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  Author  Subject: Re: cmos password protected

Posted on 06-01-2002 01:16 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: "Mark W. Krentel" <>

> I'd like to get an old computer up and running, but the cmos is protected by
> a password and I don't have it. Is there a way to over-ride it?

Yes, somewhere on the motherboard there will be a jumper for this.
Short the jumper and reboot the machine and then you can get into
the BIOS without a password. The manual for the motherboard will tell
you which is the right jumper, probably called "password disable" or
similar. If you don't have the manual, read the model number off the
motherboard and do a Google search.

And make sure you get the right jumper, you don't want to fry the


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