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Changing (known) power-on or bios setup acces passwords on ARMADA 1575D

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I have a Compaq Armada 1575D series laptop with Windows NT 4 running. How do you can change the power-on password and the bios setup password? I know that you must do something when the computer asks one of the passwords, but I forgot wich keys to press.
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by:surki1
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I can give you the setps to clear the password. Incase if you are not comfortable in doing this i suggest you to take the unit to service center to get the password removed.
1. Remove all power from the system, including the battery and the AC adapter.
2. Turn the unit upside down and remove the three screws on the bottom that hold the keyboard cover. All screws have a picuture of a keyboard next to them.
3. Turn the unit right-side-up and remove the keyboard cover.
4. Remove the RTC battery i think u shoud disconnect some wires from the system board
5. Wait approximately twenty minutes.
6. Reconnect the power cord and power cycle the system. (This drains the small charge that is still in the CMOS).
7. Shut the system down and disconnect the power cord.
8. Replace the RTC battery and reassemble the computer.
9. Connect the AC power to the computer. Do not reinsert any battery packs at this time.
10. Turn on the computer. The "System options not set" message is displayed.
11. Press F1 to reboot the system.
12. Enter the Setup Utility and reset the passwords and CMOS settings.
13. Let the unit boot back into Windows.
14. Shut the unit down once more and reinsert the battery packs.

Incase the above steps doesnt work you can also do this once you reboot the unit i.e after the 6th step you can hold down the function key and keep tapping F11 for atlest 15 times and then follow from the 7 th step.
This should work for you :-)
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by:thiver
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I found the answer on another forum:

If you want to change your known power-on or bios acces password, you just have to type the following code in the password screen: old password=new password=newpassword, or just old password= if you want to clear it.
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by:ChrisSchumann
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Thiver, you should ask the moderator to close this question.
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Can a moderator close this question? I found the solution myself:

If you want to change your known power-on or bios acces password, you just have to type the following code in the password screen: old password=new password=newpassword, or just old password= if you want to clear it.
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