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dogpoundmike

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I received a Dell running W98 from a friend who forgot their password. I cant get into safe mode or startup. Dell wants to charge me per minute to get me in. Any ideas out there?
Thanks, Mike
 

Del

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Does the password request come up before the windows desktop? Could be a bios password or windows password??
If it's a windows password you can put in a different username and leave the password blank and and click ok. You won't see it again. If it's the bios password, you probably have to pull the battery on the motherboard to get it to default to no password..
 
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if its a windows password, hit escape when it asks you for a password.


To reset all the windows passwords, run a search for *.pwl and delete each instance.

If its a bios password (before windows) then you will need to pull the battery or short the cmos jumper on the motherboard to clear it.
 

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wow, thought I just said that.
Anyway, you don't need to trash the *.pwl files just yet.
Let's see what the problem is before we fix it.

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dogpoundmike

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Its a bios password. I will remove/replace the battery tomorrow. The comp is at work.....
Mike
 

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If it's the bios password, then you have to remove or bypass the battery to get it to reset..
Good luck tomorrow.
 
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BIOS password
If you haven't set a password it may be using a default password. Try the following (case is significant):
AWARD_SW (may override a set password)
AMI
AMI_SW
AMI!SW/
AMI?SW/
AWARD (possibly also Award)
AWARD?SW
AWARD_SW
589589
alfarome
aLLy
bios
BIOSTAR
biostar
cmos
concat
efmukl
HLT
j256
j262 (may override a set password)
LKWPETER
lkwpeter
SER
setup
shift+s y x z.
SKY_FOX
Syxz
Wodj
If that doesn't work, download and run killcmos at Http://users.pwernet.co.uk/sysserv1/killcmos.zip . This program will reset the BIOS to the default settings. That may include a default password in which case retry the defaults listed above.
If all else fails, check out Password Crackers Inc. at http://www.pwcrack.com/BIOS/bios.html (I have no personal experience with this site so you're on your own). Everything you ever wanted to know about AMI BIOS is available here at Http://www.cubix.com/support/vendors/ami/amisetup.htm . Everything you ever wanted to know about any BIOS is available here http://www.wimsbios.com/ (if you can find it, its not the best organized site).
At boot-up note the BIOS provider (Award, AMI, Phoenix, IBM, etc.)
For Award BIOS’ try these backdoor passwords:
AWARD_SW
j262
HLT
SER
SKY_FOX
BIOSTAR
ALFAROME
Lkwpeter
j256
AWARD?SW
LKWPETER
syxz
ALLy
589589
589721
awkward
CONCAT
d8on
CONDO
j64
szyx
For AMI BIOS’ try these backdoor passwords:
AMI
BIOS
PASSWORD
HEWITT RAND
AMI?SW
AMI_SW
LKWPETER
A.M.I.
CONDO
For PHOENIX BIOS’ try this backdoor password:
phoenix
These backdoor passwords have been provided to you free of charge. If you have attempted to use these backdoor passwords on a system (even just as a test), we would appreciate knowing whether these backdoors have worked for you. Please email us at with the BIOS ID number, whether or not the backdoor worked, and which backdoor worked. This information will help us assist others in the future. The AMI or Award BIOS ID appears at the bottom of the screen after power on.
In BIOS’ with a release date of December 19, 1996 or later, Award required OEM customers to configure their own security default BIOS passwords using the Award MODBIN.EXE utility, version 4.50.60. If you are aware of any other backdoor BIOS passwords please let us know at [email protected].
If you are unable to recover the password
At boot-up note the BIOS provider (Award, AMI, Phoenix, IBM, etc.)

Hope this helps you!

This was previously posted or cut and pasted from JerryCTX website at http://pcinsecurity.com/
 
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