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Locked out via BIOS

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#1 SmokeViper07


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 03:41 PM

I have a desktop computer that was gifted to me from an educator. It came with a BIOS password lock and won't allow the computer to boot or access to BIOS without the correct password. I have made attempts to boot from a CD or USB via something like linux or knoppix or something to wipe everything but nothing helped. How can I bypass/disable the BIOS lock to turn this into a functioning PC again? Any suggestions are welcomed and helpful. Thanks

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#2 TsVk!


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 04:00 PM

I believe you can reset it just by removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes till the circuit runs dry, then replacing it... It's a dime size round battery somewhere on the motherboard.


Make sure you unplug the machine before you do this.


I know you can do it with reset jumpers also, but try the power cycle first.

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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:28 AM

You're going to have to reset the BIOS.  We could be of greater assistance if you could let us know the make and model of the machine.  Desktops are generally easier to work with than laptops.

Edited by RKilroy, 13 January 2014 - 11:30 AM.

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