Computer Password Has Locked Me Out

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Packy Broke

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My 5-year old son was playing around and he got into the BIOS setup screen (the thing that comes up when the computer is booting) and set a password for the computer to use. Obviously, he was just playing around and we have no idea what the password he put in is (and my son has no idea either - he was just goofing around). The computer is an old Packard Bell Platinum 300 MHz that is requiring the unknown password to be entered in before it does anything. Is there anything I can do?
 
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Does your BIOS show a version number or a 'type' of BIOS like 'Award' or 'Pheonix'?
 
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You can try resetting the cmos either with the jumper or by taking the battery out for about 20 minutes. Both if possible really.

That "should" reset the bios to factory defaults / requiring no password.
 
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oh heh i almost forgot about the reset jumper :rolleyes:
havent used mine since i got my mobo..
good lookin skivv (y)
 

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That's one bright 5 year-old you have there. I don't know how many threads people have started here asking how to get into their BIOS. Even more ask how to navigate it. I can't imagine a kindergartener wandering into the BIOS accidentally, navigating all the menus, entering a password twice (for verification), and then telling his parents he has no idea what he did.

I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but this is your first post, and the circumstances don't seem realistic to me.

Regardless, the new rules here don't allow people to help with forgotten passwords.
 
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DoubleHelix said:
That's one bright 5 year-old you have there. I don't know how many threads people have started here asking how to get into their BIOS. Even more ask how to navigate it. I can't imagine a kindergartener wandering into the BIOS accidentally, navigating all the menus, entering a password twice (for verification), and then telling his parents he has no idea what he did.

I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but this is your first post, and the circumstances don't seem realistic to me.

Regardless, the new rules here don't allow people to help with forgotten passwords.
They could have a bright 5 year old? :p
 
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I thought that rule applied to the OS, not the bios. If I was wrong I plead ignorance / misunderstanding because I did know of the rule. I thought it pertained to OS only.

Please don't kick me off the boards for being a turkey. ;) If I was wrong, I apologize. :eek:
 

JohnWill

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Folks, that rule applies to any password help. Note there is no "BIOS exclusion" here. ;)
Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.
 
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