Win 95 Power on Password?

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cheesha

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I have an old Win95 PC that crashed while the kids were playing a video game. Now, when we reboot, I just get a block with message in the middle of the screen that says: Power On Password We never had any passwords so I'm not sure what to do next. I thought about reformating hard drive and reinstalling windows but I can't even get into the Bios.

Any ideas what prompts this message?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Can you boot from a floppy? If not, a CMOS password may somehow gotten set. If so, you will have to open the case and find the CMOS backup battery, remove it, short the battery connectors to clear the CMOS, replace the battery and try to boot with and without the floppy. You will have to reset the CMOS values. LOL
 

cheesha

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No, it won't boot from a floppy.
Opened case and can't get the battery out. Should it just pop out?
 
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If the the battery is a button "watch" battery it should pop out. Its removal can be assisted with a jeweler's flat blade screwdriver or a strong tootpick (plastic or circular wood).
 

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Thank you! I'll give it a try!


Next question.

How do I reset the CMOS values? I'm sure it's done in the BIOS but from there, I'm a novice on this one.

Thanks in advance!
 
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To access the CMOS settings the procedure is the same for all machines, but the key differs. At the start of the boot hold down DEL or F8 or ctrl-shift, etc. If your system documentation is available it should tell which key to press
 
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