Initializing Intel® Boot Agent GE v1.2.31
PXE-E05: The LAN adapter's configuation is corrupted or has not been initialized. The Boot Agent cannot continue.
Expansion ROM not initialized - PCI on Motherboard
Bus:00, Device:00, Function:00
Press <ESC> to continue
After those messages, Windows XP booted just fine until I found out the last guy who used this laptop had an account and I don't know the password. Since I only want to clear this laptop out and re-load XP anyway, I put in the OS CD and re-booted, but I came up with "The Boot Agent cannot continue" and that just redirected me back to the password protected Windows Welcome page.
I thought this could be solved with a simple tweak to the BIOS so I tried to access it and lo-and-behold there was YET another password that was protecting BIOS and I can't find a way to boot from the CD. I also tried pressing F12 to the boot agent, but that just led me to the error message again.
After all this, I thought maybe it would help if I updated BIOS so I made a bootable BIOS CD, popped that into the laptop, and crossed my fingers but instead it came up with some error message about the CD not having the BIOS setup stuff included. But even if I update BIOS, will that remove the password?
Does anyone have an idea on how to bypass these passwords and wipe out the OS so I can re-install? Otherwise this laptop is only good as a paper weight. Thanks in advance.
Edited by nerrdy, 24 June 2010 - 06:35 PM.