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BIOS password reset may help??

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jfs_moose, Dec 5, 2004.

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  1. jfs_moose

    jfs_moose Thread Starter

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    I have an old Octek Rhino 12 SMC669 based computer that I am trying to install Windows ME upon my clients request.
    Unfortunatley this is proving very hard at the moment, and I appreciate your help on this in advance.

    When I turn on this machine it says invalid system disk (as there is currently nothing on the HDD). OK.. insert a boot disk.
    When I insert a boot disk I get a Disk I/O Error.. Please replace disk and press any key.
    This boot disk works fine on any of my other machines.
    I tried to go into the BIOS to check the settings but it is password protected. My client has cant remember what the password is. I have tried a number of default passwords with no luck.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction as to resetting the password on this motherboard (I cant find the jumper settings anywhere) or have any idea what might be causing the other errors. Thanks.
     
  2. colmaca

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    taking the battery out for 10-15 min will normally reset the bios,make shore it not connected to power as well
     
  3. jfs_moose

    jfs_moose Thread Starter

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    Thank you very much, that worked a treat. I can now get into the BIOS password free.

    BUT... Now even though I have managed to boot up the machine via a Wind98SE boot disk, and installed Windows ME successfully, now when I power on I get the Invalid System Disk error. There is no disk in A: nor a CD in the CDROM. The boot order is set to C, CDROM, A. The HDD is detected correctly by the BIOS and the jumpers are set as master on the drive itself. In FDISK it is set to the active partition (it is the only partition!)

    What am I missing???? Help!
     
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