There's no such thing as a stupid question, but they're the easiest to answer.


Earlier Versions of Windows Earlier Versions of Windows
Search Search
Search for:
Tech Support Guy > > >

Boot-Black Screen- Password required - ??????


spmartin222's Avatar
spmartin222 spmartin222 is offline
Member with 48 posts.
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Virginia
Experience: Figuring it out
13-Nov-2005, 09:23 PM #1
Question Boot-Black Screen- Password required - ??????
Gateway, pentium 2, windows 98

On boot, after a short main screen with an option to press F1 the computer goes directly to a black screen asking for a password.

This is an old computer that I am trying to set up for daughter #2, don't remember the password. It gives the option to press F1 to go to the setup screen, but it doesn't go to the setup screen after you press the F1 button, it goes directly back to this password screen.

My question is, is there a way around this particular screen or some way to figure out what the password is?

Hulk701's Avatar
Account Disabled with 2,581 posts.
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tacoma, WA
Experience: Who Needs Experience When You Have Guts?
14-Nov-2005, 01:23 AM #2
I tried Googling and found this:

Perhaps one can help
kiwiguy's Avatar
Member with 17,584 posts.
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: New Zealand
14-Nov-2005, 02:01 AM #3
Remove the CMOS battery from the motherboard for 30 minutes, replace it and try again. Power should be totally disconnected.

Sounds like its a BIOS password, that will be cleared by the removal - reinstallation of the battery
As Seen On

BBC, Reader's Digest, PC Magazine, Today Show, Money Magazine

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Are you having the same problem? We have volunteers ready to answer your question, but first you'll have to join for free. Need help getting started? Check out our Welcome Guide.

Search Tech Support Guy

Find the solution to your
computer problem!

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

You Are Using: Server ID
Trusted Website Back to the Top ↑