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Admin can't change boot sequence in BIOS due to lost password

I have a bootable cd and a bootable set of xp floppy discs.

What if I can't change the boot sequence at the BIOS directory to move off the hard drive and boot from a floppy or a cd drive?  

I am an adminstrator who changed the password, and misstyped in the darn thing and now can't get in.  I have a utility that will let me change it, but it requires being able to change the boot sequence, and the cd and floppy choices are not in the bios list.

Thanks,

Andrea
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imnajamCommented:
Hi Andreajen,

well it's very strange to hear that no option to boot from FLOPPY is available in bios(I doubt that you might be missing it) anyways if there is really no option than you may wish to have multiple HDD and boot from another hdd and than reset the password.

Cheers!
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imnajamCommented:
or if you mean that you have lost your password to bios than you can reset it thorough a jumber in motherboard called "JP7" or just by removing a CMOS cell
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CoolATIGuyCommented:
Are you saying they aren't in the bios at all, or that they aren't being checked before the hdd, hence the reason you can't run the pword changing utility (which might be on a cd or floppy)?


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imnajamCommented:
if you are willing to reset password by adding another harddrive you may follow the logon.scr exploit

http://www.olemiss.edu/helpdesk/itnews/200111/win2000.html
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AndreajenAuthor Commented:
all good questions and answers.  

how can I add a hard drive if I'm locked out of changing any user settings?  

I have the bios password.

I will try the above tomorrow, however.  Thanks for the quick replies.  I won't forget to credit for the fix!

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CoolATIGuyCommented:
Andrea,

First you said:

"...I am an adminstrator who changed the password, and misstyped in the darn thing and now can't get in.  I have a utility that will let me change it, but it requires being able to change the boot sequence, and the cd and floppy choices are not in the bios list."

Then:

"I have the bios password."


So what don't you have?  The windows password?  Sorry; bit confused...


CoolATIGuy
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imnajamCommented:
well
do you have trouble adding new hard drive? don't your bios auto-detect the harddrives?
btw, can you describe the BIOS you have? and have you re-checked the boot sequence option ?
good luck
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
why dont you enabled  password ereaser jumper or just  remove the battery on the motherboard? this will reset the BIOS to its default settings.
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david2808Commented:
Hi. i think he has the same problem as me. I previously set up the boot sequence password ( which is the admin password) which just allows to boot from Internal hard drive. the problem is: I forget the passord, so, If I want to reinstall win xp again, I cant because it doesnt allow me to boot from DVD room.

I cant change because it is locked by admin passord which I forgot

Please help.
 thanks
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
> I cant because it doesnt allow me to boot from DVD room.

commonly, most BIOS allows user to change the boot device during boot/restart, such like F2/F8/F10 or ESC key. better try this first.

otherwise, you may consider to reset the BIOS password by the relevant jumper on the motherboard, or simply removing the battery for 5 mins or longer.

hope it helps,
bbao
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