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  • Ernest Perez Jr May 11, 2010

    Can you tell me the manufacturer of the BIOS? You should see it on the top when you power it on.


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Just remove the cmos battery by unplugging the powercord then wait for some time and resit the battery and boot, the now the password should be removed.

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After force stop with power button askes for password and owner dosnt know password. tryed all known password used by owner. then it says system halted must power down

there is a way around this but the password was needed to turn the computer on in the first place.
there is software out there but i would bring ID with you and take it down your nearest computer shop to have it removed.

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How to clear security password

To get rid of a BIOS password ( a password when the computer first turns on ) you need to clear the CMOS.
In order to do that, you need to unplug it from the wall and then try turning it on ( to remove any stored charge).

The battery looks like the one in the picture:
It usually has a metal clip holding it in, you need to push it in to get the battery out.

Keep the battery out for around 2 minutes, then put it back in, reattach the power cables, and reboot.

If the password you're referring to is the one for the windows, take a look at Ophcrack. They have a file you can burn to a CD, available here: , which will crack the password for Windows XP or Windows Vista computers.

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I need to know how to reset bios password on a Dell Inspiron

you have forgotten the password?

one way is to simply remove the bios battery (remove the PC from power) and hook a paperclip (very carefully of course) around the 2 sets of terminals where the bios battery would usually go.. leave it for a good half hour to an hour to ensure all the circuit power has been drained, out the battery back in and boot it, you should hopefully be able to get in!

you might also reciave a message along the lines of "CMON checksum error, defaults loaded" - this is good it means the bios has been reset.

good luck

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I changed the HDD password and when i tried to enter it, its not accepting and after 3 tries disables my system. is there any way around this or a way of resetting the password or system

The simplest way to remove a BIOS password is to simply remove the CMOS battery. A computer will remember its settings and keep the time even when it is turned off and unplugged because these parts are powered by small battery inside the computer called a CMOS battery. If we pull out this battery, the computer will forget alot of its hardware settings, including its BIOS password. This should not be performed on Laptops if you are not experienced working with laptop hardware.
Hope this has helped you... Thanks...

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How do I get around the power on password my sister forgot the password

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Emachine d620 laptop son lost hdd password windows vista how can reset password

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Changing a password

When you power up the computer press F8 key then enter in safe mode.
Then enter in admin account then change or reset password of your user account in control panel.
But if your brother set administrator password and you forgot it then you need winxp recovery disk.

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Compaq NC6320 laptop pc with "stringent" security power on password set. How do I get around this? RTC does not control this password.

remove the laptop battery and the plug to your bios (small) battery on the motherboard wait about ten minutes then plug the bios battery back in power the computer back up using the power supply not the battery then: shutdown and, reboot again after you have reinserted your laptop (large) battery; you should have all passwords removed.

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there is a jumper on the motherboard to reset the password.

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