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Thread: Can't load Windows 95 onto old computer. Help!




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    Ok, problem. I have an old Packard Bell :thumbs do that I've been trying to fix. It's a POS, but I want to set it up for web browsing for my little brother. The hard disk is formatted (using FORMAT C: /s), and I'm now ready to put the OS on, BUT... I can't get the computer to boot from the CD-ROM drive. Way back in the day, my dad put an administrative lock on the BIOS, and now he can't remember the password. :?: So now I'm sitting here with the CD, and I can't load Windows. I also have a emergency bootable floppy, but this doesn't seem to work either. I tried hooking the PH's hard drive into my machine and booting the CD from that, but the CD won't work with my system.

    Is there a way to override the administrative password in the BIOS?

    What are my other options? :?:
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    Clearing the CMOS should clear the password.

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    Try this out. Itll clear CMOS if you cannot find the jumper. It worked for me on an old Gateway 2000 that wouldnt boot from cd



    Get DOS prompt and type:
    DEBUG hit enter
    -o 70 2e hit enter
    -o 71 ff hit enter
    -q hit enter
    exit hit enter

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    Yep, Wiggo's right again. Clearing the CMOS should set you up good :O) If you can't remember the jumper, just give it a good flashing :O).
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    The option I gave above is alot simpler then flashing cmos, but only use it if you dont wanna take the case off or cant find the clear cmos jumper

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    I shall try it. Thank you much, guys!!!
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    If ya can't find the jumper (and in some cases there ain't one) then just unplug the power cable and the remove the motherboard battery for a couple of minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    If ya can't find the jumper (and in some cases there ain't one) then just unplug the power cable and the remove the motherboard battery for a couple of minutes.
    I ran into an old P120 compaq without a removable cmos battery and no jumper, same way with a gateway. So i found that depug code which works 99% of the time. It also had other ways to clear CMOS but this was by far the simplest

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    Ah now that's ancient history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    Ah now that's ancient history.
    It had SIMMs and had to have matched pairs. 1gig hdd. and so on

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