I am locked out of BIOS and I don't remember the password. Dell support tells me I need to replace the motherboard because BIOS is on a chip that cannot be accessed or reset. So is the BIOS and NVRAM on the motherboard or in the CPU?
Does anyone know a workaround this lockout?
My CPU is PIII, 700mhz, 256k, MMC2 in a Dell laptop Inspiron 3800. Dell says I can use PC133 144 pin so can I upgrade to 2 X 512mb for 1GB RAM?
knocknut: Thanks, I tried the pccmos.com download. Did not work. I had been through it with Dell giving me a bunch of passwords and not go. I tried your other suggestion about disconnecting CMOS battery for five minutes. No good. I've ordered a replacement motherboard on ebay. I think that's really crappy that the original owner of a computer can get locked out with no effective fix from the manufacturer that will get around it other than replacing the MOBO. That's a major MOFU. Thanks again for your time.