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Reset bios password

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January 4, 2013 11:41:13 AM

morning all, just been given an old computer just to mess around with, only problem is that its got a startup password and nobody knows what it is..

my mother (whose computer it was) cant remember and nobody else knew it, so it there a way to reset the whole thing?

I did try taking out the CMOS battery and waiting 10 mins before putting it back and retrying but no luck.


Any suggestions? Its an old intel board if that makes any difference

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a b V Motherboard
January 4, 2013 12:22:37 PM

Try shorting out the pins in the bios battery holder that should clear the settings.
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January 4, 2013 12:36:32 PM

thanks for the quick replies. tried shorting the pins and nothing, when it reboots it just says "CMOS error has occurred, Enter Password to access system"
a b V Motherboard
January 4, 2013 12:45:52 PM

Try removing the battery for Half an hour. Can you get to the operating system? If you can download !Bios and that application can reset the password for you.
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