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    Guy's I have a really old Laptop on which I need to reset the BIOS password as I cant remember it.

    I have tried everything under the sun but cant remember for the life of me.

    I have been advised that there should be a "master" password that wipes it clean but cant seem to figure it out.

    Mode is: Compaq Armada E500, and its old, but still works a treat.

    I have www'd it but am struggling.

    So far have tried: Compaq, compaq, KillBIOS, KillBios.

    HELP PLEASE.

    Dont want it to be a case of opening it all up and taking off the CMOS battery!

    Thanks in adv!


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    I've got a copy of the manual, as I have one of those laptops, and it just says to disconnect the battery -you're welcome to a copy of it.
    Getting to the battery is actually a piece of cake, as you just lever the strip above the keyboard off, and it's under there.

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by SignumPhil View Post
    I've got a copy of the manual, as I have one of those laptops, and it just says to disconnect the battery -you're welcome to a copy of it.
    Getting to the battery is actually a piece of cake, as you just lever the strip above the keyboard off, and it's under there.

    Phil
    YES PLEASE.....PM sent with email addy for manual. Thanks bud!


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    Alternatively serach google for Killcmos, It scrambles the cmos and clears passwords. You may have to turn off AV to download it as it gets reported as a Trojan. ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaux-Man-G View Post
    YES PLEASE.....PM sent with email addy for manual. Thanks bud!
    Sent


    Phil

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    Quality. Laptop now sat in front of me with RTC battery disconnected!


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    I hope you are lucky with disconnecting the battery, I don't know this particular model but some of the earlier Compaq's held the passwords etc in EAROM (electrically alterable read only memory) which you need the Compaq utility to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowler View Post
    I hope you are lucky with disconnecting the battery, I don't know this particular model but some of the earlier Compaq's held the passwords etc in EAROM (electrically alterable read only memory) which you need the Compaq utility to change.
    This is the procedure suggested in the manual, so it should work.

    Phil

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    OK guy's...an update. again to Vectra-C.com and also a for Signum Phil....I left it off until now and switched back on, and straight into the BIOS!! Excellent stuff!

    What would we do without this forum !!

    Absolute quality.

    Well done guy's!

    Now for the next problem, the volume adjusment switchs on the front of the laptop donw control the volume so it as loud as hell when doing anything, can only control from the windows volume control. Its running Win XP Pro......anyone know why these aint working?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaux-Man-G View Post
    Guy's I have a really old Laptop
    coz it's old and broken??

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