bios over ride

Compaq PRESARIO
April 7, 2010 at 08:34:56
Specs: Windows Vista
can anyone tell me how to override a compact presario with windows millennium password in the setup it says operating system missing so to reinstall i try to go to the setup but theirs a password to accsess the setup and ive tried everything does anyone know a password or how to override it help please.

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#1
April 7, 2010 at 11:35:11
The bios setup is different than an OS setup so accessing it won't matter unless you need to change the boot order or configure the hardware in order to get the installation going

But you can usually remove a bios password by locating the CLEAR CMOS jumper on the motherboard. Then jumper it to the clear position for a second or two, then back to the standby position. Do this with the power cord disconnected as some power supplies provide a charge even when the PC is off. Consult the manual if you can't locate the jumper.

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#2
April 7, 2010 at 15:54:31
oh yeah i should have mentioned i tried that already it wont let me reinstall the operating system its stuck on the no operating system screen i have to f4 or f10 it to get to the set up screen then it wants a password ive never had this problem usually u just enter setup so im stumped any other suggestions thanks

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#3
April 7, 2010 at 19:49:12
Tried clearing the cmos? If not, try it. If you have and are still getting a password request, look for a 'clear password' jumper. Some motherboards have those. Otherwise you didn't get the cmos cleared right.

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#4
April 9, 2010 at 18:09:19
this is a laptop not a desk top it does not have a jumper for that i looked lol but thank you i did try the c mos again thou its still asking for that infurating password rrrrr lol

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#5
April 9, 2010 at 23:35:22
If it does have a 'clear cmos' jumper I wouldn't know how to access it.

Laptop password are designed to be hard to break since they're often the target of thieves. I've heard of some software solutions but haven't needed to try any so don't have any recommendations.

If no one else posts in with suggestions you might try googling something like "bios password" compaq laptop or repost in a new thread, making sure you explain it's a laptop.

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#6
April 10, 2010 at 13:22:16
This has nothing to do with the computer's BIOS.

The error "operating system missing" cannot be cured by any function in the BIOS. Nor is access to the BIOS required in order to install or reinstall Windows ME.

You require a Windows ME installation CD. A full installation CD will wipe the entire hard disk. An upgrade installation CD will only wipe the Windows directory.

If you suspect that the computer has a broken Windows ME system on it, you can boot the CD from a bootable Windows ME floppy disk, to load DOS, and then examine the C: drive in DOS, to determine the extent of the damage to the operating system.

In that latter case, it is difficult to know how to proceed with a repair until the extent of the damage is known. You might simply have a missing COMMAND.COM or IO.SYS (hidden files in the C:\ root and C:\Windows\Command directories), capable of repair from DOS by a SYS C: command. Or you might have more extensive damage.

You will also discover whether the data files on the C: drive are still intact. Are you even trying to recover data files from this machine? Obviously, if you are not then doing a Windows reinstall is the easier option.

In any event, all datafiles are potentially recoverable in DOS mode, by attaching the laptop to another computer by cable, and copying the files to that other computer (e.g. using the DOS program interlink or a third-party non-Microsoft program).


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#7
May 22, 2010 at 08:21:43
Some WinME disks are bootable, others require a boot floppy to load the CD drivers, then the installation is started thru DOS.

I'm unclear about this password. It can't be the WinME password because the message says "no operating system found". That means the system is either trying to boot off a non-bootable device or a blank HDD. And I doubt it's the BIOS password because a system generally doesn't bring up the BIOS screen without some sort of user intervention (pressing DEL at startup, for instance). Some laptops have a "power-on" password which I *believe" can be cleared by using an option in the BIOS. Others have one bulit into the the motherboard itself & are extremely difficult to crack. It would help to know the model number of your Presario.

I found this:

"The Power On password is set in the System BIOS options. It prevents unwanted users from accessing the computer. By default, HP does not set the Power On password. If you set the Power On password in the System BIOS options you will be prompted for it immediately after you power on the Notebook PC. If this password is forgotten, a repair at an HP certified repair center is required to reset the computer."


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#8
May 23, 2010 at 06:58:36
It could also be a HHD password they are very difficult to crack , almost impossible for the average home user .

You might try to remove and reseat the HDD .

You could also remove the bios battery for half an hour or so .


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