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February 11, 2011, 9:20 pm
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Phoenix AwardBIOS v6.00 PG
BIOS Revision 5.14 6/20/08
It's asking for a password to enter BIOS.
Googling around BIOS, CMOS, phoenix and PHOENIX were suggested.
I see some jumpers on the motherboard but they are unidentified.
I finally found a picture of it. I drew a circle around the jumpers and
posted it at http://mewnlite.com/mboard.jpg
I can find no manual for the board anywhere.
Vista won't boot... missing some file. It asks for an installation CD which
naturally it didn't come with. No repair options. It probably has a restore
partition in which case I'll clone the drive to save the data and then put
it back to factory.
I guess the only reason I needed to go into BIOS was to see if the hard
drive was showing up. It does show up in the boot sequence so I guess
that's evidence enough.
The people who own this computer do not even know what BIOS means and they
definitely didn't password protect it.
Why is it that up to a couple of years ago, I could figure this kind of
stuff out on my own?
Am I getting old or what? :-)
Retired (Menno in disguise)
-- Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it! --
Re: BIOS password - stumped again
I take it that your idea is to find the 'clear CMOS' jumper so that you can
start over, hoping that clearing it will kill the password. Typically this
will be a 3-pin group with a jumper on, for example 1-2, and moving it to
the other side will disconnect the battery and short out the holding
capacitor on the CMOS VCC line. If you cannot identify the jumpers with
certainty there is another way to achieve the same result: turn off and
_unplug_ the computer, physically remove the battery, connect a resistor of
at least 10Kohm across the two exposed battery terminals on the MB and wait
a few minutes, remove the resistor replace the battery, plug in and turn
on. The CMOS will, for better or worse, have been cleared. There is _no_
_guarantee_ that this will actually clear the BIOS password and allow you
to get into it but the process has worked for me in the past. If you have
gotten to the stage where the computer asked for the password then you at
least have found the magic key combination so you have a starting point. As
you undoubtedly know the documentation for this HP computer is pathetic in
the extreme and contains not a single hint of 'technical' information.
Re: BIOS password - stumped again
Its similar to this board
The BIOS password is used to protect BIOS settings from unwanted changes. If
you have forgotten your password you may disable password checking.
To erase the BIOS password follow these steps:
1.Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2.Locate the jumper labeled Clear P.W. The jumper is found at the lower right
edge of the motherboard.
3.Move the jumper on jumper Clear P.W to pins 1-2.
4.Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
5.Hold down the F10 key during the startup process and enter BIOS setup to
change or clear the password.
6.After changing or clearing the BIOS passwords, remember to reset the jumper
to pins 2-3.
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