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Recently a password was recently setup in the Setup on my computer at work. At the same time other things were changed in the BIOS and the system is now not functional. Would someone kindly provide me with steps to remove the password so that the BIOS settings can be reset.
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by:ddiez
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That would depend on what kind of PC it is? HP Vectra's are switch 6 power on power off switch back. Others like AMI bios you need to short out the BIOS chip to ground, others all you need to do is to remove the battery. So what do you have?
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AMI, I couldn't just flash the BIOS?
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TheComputerMaster earned 100 total points
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since this was on the computer set up at work, I would talk to your computer resource people. They are the ones that set up the password, right? Even if they did not do it, they are most likely to know where to go to remove the password.  As ddiez pointed out, it will vary somewhat from system to system, but most of the new machines will lose the cmos settings when the battery has been removed for some time. How long, depends on the motherboard manufacturer. Could be minutes, or days.  The jumper is usually located back by the power supply, when they are present, but that too will vary.  As always, refer to the manual, which is usually lost, to solve all problems ;)
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by:ddiez
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Flashing the BIOS may or may not work. In a case of tier one products that may take care of the issue. For third party products probably not. If you can give me the name and model I would be more than happy to see if I can drum up any information on it.
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by:biggbill44
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Thank you for the help, I am a studying computer science major and am limited in my knowledge. How did you get so knowledgable? Thanx again.

Bill
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by:TheComputerMaster
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As for myself, mostly experience... I have been modem-ing since the days when 300 baud was state-of-the-art.  I am currently a National Honor Society student studying Computer Technology and Computer Programing.
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