power-on password

Compaq Armada E500
April 18, 2006 at 22:27:50
Specs: windows 2000 professional, ?
When I boot up I receive a message within a lt blue box. The message: power-up password, followed by a picture of a key. If I try to type nothing appears, if I hit enter, the same message appears followed by the picture of a key, this time with an X in the center of it. I tried to reboot, and the same result...help.


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April 18, 2006 at 22:39:15
Here's the manual download page for that model. If someone doesn't post in with some specific info maybe one of the manuals will help.

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April 18, 2006 at 23:24:01
I should add that, in general, the password is enabled in bios setup. To access setup in a compaq you hit F10 when you see the flashing cursor in the upper right corner of the screen. But I think you'll be asked to input a password to get into setup.

With some notebooks, there's no practical way around a forgotten password. Hopefully that's not the case with yours.

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April 18, 2006 at 23:56:44
Hi, If all else fails reset the BIOS Setup. Your MB manual will tell you how to move the battery jumper. Will reset in a few moments. If you can't located it remove the battery for 2-3 hours and put it back. The BIOS Setup will be at it's default values and the password will be gone.
Hope this helps a bit, Jim

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April 19, 2006 at 00:34:10
Hi, Forgot to mention - reseting the BIOS Setup by either method requires that the AC power be removed. If a laptop the main bat and all power should be removed. If no reset method is present on the laptop then find the BIOS Setup(CMOS)Battery and remove it. It is usually under the floppy or HD on an old IBM Thinkpad or under a removable panel on the bottom of newer laptops and is a small round flat batt about 3/4" in diameter. Usually sealed in red plastic with a short lead plugged into the MB. Luck, Jim

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April 19, 2006 at 10:25:15
I know that on most of the Thinkpad models there is NO WAY to get past the BIOS password if you dont know it.. How ever i did extensive research on this and i did find some people on the internet who you send the laptop to and they have special software they use to reset the password, but they were asking about 300 dollars for this, and it was over the value of the laptop in my opinion so i didnt do it. The only other way is to replace the motherboard which is about the same price as sending it to those people. But this was for a thinkpad so im not sure about yours.

P.S. I tried all the methods in the other replies and none worked.

Nicholas Costa

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