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Intel D845wn motherboard bios password after crash

Posted on 2004-10-26
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Today I moved to my new office and reconnected my machine. It would not boot saying boot device failure: system halted.

Then I rebooted and when i needed to get into the BIOS, it kept asking for a password. I am the IT support at our company and for sure there is no password. IS there a default password?

I haven't tried resetting the cmos battery (before the problem it said CMos battery low). Will do so tomorrow and check all the cables +jumpers again.

Question by:clinthammer
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Callandor earned 2000 total points
ID: 12410428
All the symptoms point to a CMOS battery problem.  The disk geometry is saved in the CMOS, and passwords are saved in the CMOS.  When the battery gets low, spurious values can end up in there, causing the symptoms you describe.  Replace the battery, and you should be ok - Radio Shack should sell them.

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Can I take the battery from another pc?
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ID: 12410899
Yes, they are interchangeable, and a new one costs about $3 or less.

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