Password for CMOS

Question

My computer's operating system(windows 95)has been removed, but the problem is that the powermangement (SMM) is Enabled. So I try to enter my CMOS/BIOS setup, it calls for a password? I bought the computer for a estate sale and the owner is gone...... SO PLEASE HELP ME!

Answer

This question was answered on August 29, 2002. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Turn your computer off and unplug it from the wall If you feel comfortable removing the case to your computer, do so If not take it to a computer shop.

Inside, on the motherboard you will find a small round/flat battery a little bigger than a dime With a flat small screw driver be gentle and ease(not pop)the battery out of its holder Note: Some computers have an arm that holds the battery in place rather than a case In this case just move the arm up or down with your screw driver until it clears releasing the battery

Once the battery is removed put the case cover back on (without screws)and plug the computer back into the wall Bring your computer up to the desktop then shut down the software and turn it off Unplug the computer again.

Place the same battery back into the computer and bring your computer up once again The password is cleared and your can set your own password or leave it blank Good Luck!

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Posted by Michelle of Mesa Community College on August 29, 2002