i cant change my boot order i think it is locked by administ

March 21, 2012 at 10:47:46
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4
i cant change my boot order i think it is locked by administrator whenever i try to change in BIOS boot order its locked whether i pressed left or right buttons Help me.So why i can format my laptop

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#1
March 21, 2012 at 11:01:51
Have you looked at the bottom of the BIOS screen to see what keyboard commands are actually used?

Are you trying to install an OS? You should be able to do that and boot to the install CD without having to change the boot order in the BIOS.


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#2
March 21, 2012 at 11:16:36
If you can get into the bios Setup no problem, then NONE of the settings in it are "locked" - you can change the Boot Order or similar settings if you need to.

If you CANNOT get into the bios Setup because you must type a password to access it and you don't know the password and never did, or have forgotten it, usually you can STILL change which device the computer boots from. For most laptops, you see a line while booting "Press (a key) to change boot device" or similar. If you see such a line while booting, if you press the stated key while that line is being displayed, you can choose any device listed to boot the computer from.
If such a line is NOT displayed while booting, see the User's or Owner's manual for the model - there usually IS a key you can press while booting to select a device to boot from, in any case.

"Have you looked at the bottom of the BIOS screen to see what keyboard..." KEYS "....are actually used ?"
Usually a mouse DOES NOT work in the bios Setup screens.

If you set your Boot Order or similar settings a certain way, then usually you don't need to change them no matter what you're trying to boot the computer from.
Also - reasons why your hard drive may not be detected as bootable by the bios.

See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...
.....

If your laptop has a SATA hard drive....

Installing XP and SATA drive controllers, SATA drives; the SATA drive controller bios settings.
See response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#3
March 21, 2012 at 12:02:18
It's not true that if you can get into the BIOS you must be able to change settings. Some Dell laptops, for example, have Setup Lock feature. This lets you view settings but not change them.

If this is a company computer they might have locked the BIOS. In that case you should respect their wishes.


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#4
March 21, 2012 at 19:45:08
ijack

The ONLY ones I have found after searching on the web with "Setup Lock" that are
laptops are at least one of the Dell Vostro series - 3300.

talhamansoor

Okay, then I'll amend what I said to...

If you can get into the bios Setup no problem, then it's EXTREMELY UNLIKELY the settings in it are "locked" - you probably can change the Boot Order or similar settings if you need to.


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#5
March 22, 2012 at 00:36:16
I believe that some Latitudes also have the facility. It's generally the laptops (and desktops) that are aimed at businesses, which figures. That's why I wondered if this was a company laptop.

It would help, as always, if the OP gave details of their hardware. Otherwise we're just whistling in the dark.


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#6
March 22, 2012 at 07:55:50
ijack

When I search using: "Setup Lock" there are a few "hits" for a Dell Optiplex (desktop) model, and many for the Dell Vostro laptop series, many of which have it mentioned only in a list of fixes for a bios update for Astro 3300.
I looked at several pages of "hits" - no Latitude models seen.

Lots of desktop mboard bioses have the capability of using a password to lock the bios Setup settings, but in most if not all cases, it's easy to remove the passwords by simply removing the mboard battery, or by moving a clear cmos jumper, or a clear passwords jumper to the clear position,, or by shorting certain contacts that accomplishes the same thing as moving a jumper to the clear position.
None of those methods clear passwords on modern (less than about 13 years old) laptops.

Obviously I wasn't aware that you can lock the settings in the bios of certain laptops yet be able to access Setup.
Most (up until this subject I would had said All) laptops have only the options to set a system access password - you must provide it in order to access the computer at all - and/or a hard drive access password - you must provide it in order to use the hard drive - and/or a bios access password - you must provide it in order to access the bios Setup.

He hasn't mentioned being prompted for a password.


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