|If the bios is not presently set to boot from a bootable CD or DVD disk if present while booting (if it is, you will see "Press xxx key to boot fron CD" or similar - you must press the stated key while that line is on the screen), see your Owner's or User's manual. There is almost always away of selecting an optical (CD or DVD) drive to boot from while booting without you having to go into the bios and change boot order or similar settings. |
If you do manage to remove the password eventually, DO NOT flash the bios !! Flashing the bios is NOT a fix-all ! If it worked fine previously and if you have not changed the cpu or ram installed, your problems have nothing to do with the present bios version.
Test the hard drive BEFORE you attempt to re-install anything on it. If it's failing, you need to get yourself another hard drive.
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
If the hard drive is a Toshiba model, they do not have diagnostics for their drives.
Seagate's diagnostics can be used to test any brand of hard drive.