This is the second time I have come across this problem, both Dell's, last one a desktop, this one a laptop. For whatever reason a BIOS admin password is suddenly required to logon. A BIOS password has NEVER been setup and the user has never been previously prompted for it. The aforementioned desktop ended up having a bad motherboard, but I'd like to get some input from the Expert's before I saddle this machine with that type of diagnosis.
I cannot get into the BIOS. I cannot boot from ANYTHING. The password prompt comes up before POST.