How do I remove a power-on password

July 5, 2005 at 01:29:39
Specs: Win XP, Intel

How do I remove a power-on password on a Compaq Presario 2500? It runs on a Phoenix Bios 4 Release 6

I tried removing the CMOS battery but that didn't help, and it won't boot onto a live CD

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July 5, 2005 at 01:47:57

Removing the cmos battery on it's own won't help. You will also need to remove the main battery and the mains connection. Sometimes 2 minutes will be enough although some systems will require a few hours, if not overnight.

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July 5, 2005 at 05:03:14

Check your motherboard manual or call Compaq tech support (I hope you have lots of time and patience). If there is a CMOS jumper for removing the password, one or the other will tell you where it is and how to clear the password.

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July 5, 2005 at 05:47:03

Power-on passwords on laptops generally cannot be removed by disconnecting the battery, nor is there an accessible reset jumper like you find in desktops. They are made that way to deter theft. Call the manufacturer and be prepared to provide proof of ownership before they will help you unlock it.

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July 5, 2005 at 06:32:40

agreed ^^^

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