Solved Can't Unlock Setup In Setup

March 30, 2012 at 20:53:55
Specs: Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, Intel Pentium 4 3.20GHz 2GB Ram
Everytime i go into F2 setup i cant change anything because it says it's locked and i need to enter the admin password. Problem is the origional user is deceased and i cant figure out the password and no startup disk are included.

Hardware: Dell Dimension E510
Software: Windows Xp Windows Media Center Edition 2005
Problems included effecting other solutions: Can't burn iso's

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March 30, 2012 at 21:48:26
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"Dell Dimension E510" is a desktop computer.

You can easily clear any password that was set in the bios Setup for most desktop computers if you remove the AC power to the computer case, open up the computer case (e.g. remove the left side as seen from the front of the case if it's a tower case; some Dell computer cases have a latch you must move in a certain direction, rather than screws that must be removed at the back of the case on that side), and.....

- remove the Cmos battery on the mboard from it's socket for , say, 15 seconds, and install it again, with the + showing on the battery when it's installed

- or - move a clear Cmos jumper on the mboard to the Clear position, for, say, 15 seconds, and move it back to the normal or run position

- or some mboards have a second such jumper for just Passwords you can move to the clear position and move back to the normal position.

See the Owner's or Service manual for the Dimension E510 if you need more info.

In the first two cases, when you restore the AC power and boot the computer, you will get a message while booting "Cmos Checksum Error" or similar. You must go into the bios Setup and set at least the Time and Date to their current values, Save bios settings, to get rid of that message while booting the computer.
(Some Windows programs will produce error messages if the Time And Date are way out of whack.)

In some cases, e.g. if your computer has more than one hard drive and the bios is not finding a bootable hard drive partition, you may need to change other settings from their default settings in the bios Setup.

"Can't burn iso's"

XP has a simple CD, only, burning program built into it, but it can't make a CD from an *.iso file.

Some third party burning programs you can install in XP can do that, some can't. There are free burning programs on the web that you can download and install that can make a CD (or DVD) from an *.iso file.

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March 30, 2012 at 22:04:54
Tried all of the above and still says setup is locked

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March 30, 2012 at 22:16:31
Refesh this page - I have added more to response 1, after you made response 2.

READ THE MANUALS I pointed you to , then !
And READ the screens in the bios regarding what certain keyboard keys are used for. In most cases, a mouse does NOT work iin the bios Setup

There are very few desktop computers that have the situation where you can't remove passwords that were set in the bios, and I've never encountered that or heard of that for a Dimension model.

There's no such thing as a Startup disk like there was for Windows 95 to ME for Windows 2000 and above.

Most Dell computers that I've personally encountered that orginally had XP Pro or Home on them came with at least one if not two Recovery disks when they were new, but that may not apply to a system that has an (XP) MCE 200x version on it - the official Microsoft supplied OEM MCE 200x versions are on two CDs , not one.
(I have the MCE 2005 2 CD set, and have installed it many times.)

There are a small number of web sites where you can buy Recovery or Restore disk sets for your specific brand name model.

E.g. All three of these have listings for Dimension E510 with MCE 200x on it - the middle set may be the cheapest to buy.

In at least some cases, you can download (*.iso ?) files to make the disks as soon as your online payment clears.

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March 30, 2012 at 23:12:30
Thanks fixed the password issue and ill try those ISO sites out but one of my dcs drives doesn't read or write correctly so it might be a pain.

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March 31, 2012 at 07:35:40
Thanks for the thanks.

Try using a laser lens cleaning CD in the problem drive.
If you don't have one, you SHOULD have one.
Most places that sell CDs and DVDs have them, and even some "dollar" stores have them for a buck or two.

If that doesn't help, new replacement combo DVD burner drives (read and burn both CDs and DVDs) are relatively inexpensive, especially if you get a "bulk" drive that is merely a drive in an anti-static bag that usually comes with free versions of a DVD player program and burning software on a disk.

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March 31, 2012 at 07:49:17
Well thank you i really couldnt figure out why it wasnt doing anything. The insight is appreciated.

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March 31, 2012 at 18:22:24
" of my dcs drives doesn't read or write correctly...." a VERY different situation from....

"....couldnt figure out why it wasnt doing anything..."

Optical (CD, DVD) drives DO NOT work fine forever.
Usually what makes them useless first after they have been used a lot is the cheap sleeve bearings in their motor have worn such that the the friction in the bearings is too much and the drive's motor can no longer spin up to at least the original audio CD speed (1X) or the motor no longer spins at all.

Your optical drive has a button on the front of it. Does the tray eject / retract when you press that button when the computer is running ?
That should work even if you have Windows software problems, and even if there's a problem with the drive's motor that spins the disks, if the drive has a power connector plugged into it inside the case as it should .

Does the drive letter for the drive show up in My Computer ?

If yes, do you get an error message when you click on the drive letter when it has a disk (with data on it) in it ?

If you DO get an error message,

- what does it say?

- when you insert a disk in the drive and close the tray, at first does the led on the front of the drive stay on for a longer time than it used to then go off ?
- or - does it blink on and off for a longer time than it used to then go off ?

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