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Bootup password required?

When booting up "enter current password" appears, attempting any keystrokes resets puter and again "enter current password" appears.
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CrazyOneCommented:
What operating system? Could be a virus.
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itsus96Author Commented:
98, worked fine prior to transportation?
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CrazyOneCommented:
>>>prior to transportation?

You mean you moved the machine to a different location? I am resuming we are talking about a desktop and not a laptop? Is this password used for allowing the system to boot? In other words was this password setup through the BIOS. If so there usually is a jumper on the mother board that you can pull off and restart the machine and this will clear the password.
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itsus96Author Commented:
Desktop, no password has ever been set, and yes it went for a drive. I am no expert but found the cpu fan adrift, relaced it but thats all i can see?
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CrazyOneCommented:
Ok does Windows try to start and when you start entering a password this problem occurs or does a password box appear almost immediately when you start the machine. If it is a Windows thing is there a "Cancel" button if so try clicking on it to see what happens. If it isn't a Windows thing then look for a jumper on the mother board that appears to indicate it is for passwords and pull the jumper.

Your keyboard may have gotten damaged or the port where you plug the keyboard in was damaged. Try another keyboard.
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itsus96Author Commented:
I'll try looking for a jumper as its certainly not a windows problem, it comes directly after memory test.
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WakeupCommented:
i agree with CrazyOne.  Bios password looks to be set.  If you know what kind of motherboard it is, we maybe able to look it up and find the right jumper for you.
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CrazyOneCommented:
Ok be careful which ones you pull. Most of the ones I have dealt with are near a conrner of the MB or next to the CPU. They tend to be marked with "PW" of "Password". If you have the manual it should tell you which one it is. If you don't have the manual you could try going to the vendors site of the MB. Most MB vendors will have schematics and/or explainations of what the jumpers are.

I have to leave for a while so hopefully another Expert will step in if you still need help.
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itsus96Author Commented:
Thanks i'll give it a go, get back to you shortly, Don't know what the mb is ....what about "rst" might that be reset?
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itsus96Author Commented:
DER only reset button on the front :)
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CrazyOneCommented:
MB = Mother Board. :>)
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itsus96Author Commented:
That much i knew...don't know mb brand though :)
Not looking too hopeful still searching for this jumper.
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itsus96Author Commented:
All i've found is socket 7, don't know where else to look.
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WakeupCommented:
are there any model numbers or anything on the motherboard itself?  specific letters and numbers?  version numbers serial numbers?
Do you know where you got it?  Is it a home built or is it a Dell or gateway sony compaq?  etc....that might be able to help us locate a manual so we could find the jumper...?

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itsus96Author Commented:
It was purchased as a "budget box" from a company in Sydney about 3-4 years ago. Apparently it never skipped a beat until now. I have looked but still can't find anything that remotely helps with brand. Been thru a few mb pics but nothing.
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itsus96Author Commented:
2 of the chips begin with UT6....soundpro pci....UMC UM86
don't know if thats any help.
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stevenlewisCommented:
remove the battery, wait about 1/2 hour, replace
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WakeupCommented:
Ya stevenlewis is on the right track....try that....
You also may need to unplug the power cable to your computer while the battery is out.
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itsus96Author Commented:
Ok, will give it a shot and get back to you.
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Jason_SCommented:
Some motherboards have tiny switches on the board that may have gotten hit by the fan when loose in the case.  Look to see if you see switches like this.  Identifying the board is the key to reverse this.  How old / what speed processor is the system?
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FlamingSwordCommented:
Reset Bios (sorry I read not all, so consider a "ditto" as applicable)
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SunBowCommented:
> 98, worked fine prior to transportation?

look for loose cables, improper networking, improper boot sequence (clean cmos), even damaged heads (disk) when moving eq causes prob
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Jason_SCommented:
Also try booting to a floppy, and see if that is successful.
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itsus96Author Commented:
Will check all of the above, thanks, can't boot to a floppy, and now i no longer need a password, after mem check it starts to load and freezes.
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stevenlewisCommented:
open the case and check all the cables, may have worked loose during transport
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CrazyOneCommented:
Well Steve it looks like you are getting your email notifs again. LOL
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stevenlewisCommented:
Yep, Spence. It pays to have more than one dns server *grin*
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ymashCommented:
Usually it's the jumper next to the battery. some motherboards you just disconnect power and unjukper it for 30 seconds or so and some mother boards you change the jumper setting and bootup, then set it back and boot again. hope this helps.
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itsus96Author Commented:
Ok, removing the battery helped the password problem, the jumper near the battery allowed me to load to safemode where the comp froze, reset caused it to freeze after mem test, i left it for a while and switched on again and it asked for boot disk, Then, reset, format, freeze, bootdisk, 8% of windows reload error...Invalid True Type Font detected...an app used an invalid truetype font that caused an error in windows...quit all and restart,
App Error...W98Setup caused G P Fault, restart, freeze, bootup disk req, 10% reload windows...Standard mode: Bad Fault in MSDOS Extender, retsart, reload win 12% SUWIN caused a general pro Fault.... It appears the longer i leave it off the further the next reload of windows gets, could this just be low battery?
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itsus96Author Commented:
Ok, removing the battery helped the password problem, the jumper near the battery allowed me to load to safemode where the comp froze, reset caused it to freeze after mem test, i left it for a while and switched on again and it asked for boot disk, Then, reset, format, freeze, bootdisk, 8% of windows reload error...Invalid True Type Font detected...an app used an invalid truetype font that caused an error in windows...quit all and restart,
App Error...W98Setup caused G P Fault, restart, freeze, bootup disk req, 10% reload windows...Standard mode: Bad Fault in MSDOS Extender, retsart, reload win 12% SUWIN caused a general pro Fault.... It appears the longer i leave it off the further the next reload of windows gets, could this just be low battery?
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CrazyOneCommented:
Windows Err Msg: Fault in MS-DOS Extender
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q87239 
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itsus96Author Commented:
Thanks,
So can all of these faults/errors relate to this as a base?
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CrazyOneCommented:
It is possible especially if the problem is related to a Virus.
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Jason_SCommented:
It sounds as if your origional problem is now resolved.  You may want to consider resolving this question by selecting a comment above as the answer, and opening a new question for your current problem.  This will give you fresh exposure.

Check to see that your fans are all working, and your heat sync is in place.  It may be a heat problem.
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