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Friday, October 12, 2012



Last year you decided to play with the password protection feature of your computer BIOS. Today you forgot the password and the note you wrote it on was just washed with your favorite shirt! Or, someone sold or gave you a used PC and when you ask them about the password...they can’t remember.

Both of these incidents happen often and are extremely frustrating. Fear is on the way. Motherboard manufacturers are not cheap, but they are smart. They are well aware of this dilemma and have created a fix for it.

First, you will need to open the PC case in order to disable the password. REMEMBER: Power off the computer, unplug the power cord...and make sure you are grounded before proceeding. Static electricity to PC circuitry is like lightning to humans, one strike and your out! OK, you’ve been warned!

Next step is to remove the PC case cover. If you are not sure how to remove it check your owners manual or visit the manufacturer online and they should have the procedures. Once you have the case removed you should be able to see the motherboard. Peruse the motheroard looking for a switch or clip (jumper), protruding up from the motherboard. You should find several banks of one or both of these. Look for one that says something like PWD, PSWD, PSD or “duh” Password. With the computer off, gently pull out the jumber and place it to the side. Plug the computer back in and turn it on (you do not need to replace the case to do this). Enter the BIOS and make sure the password is disabled. Shut down the computer, replace the jumper then replace the case. That’s all there is to it. Also, while the case is off it’s a good idea to clean out the case with some canned air and check that all the cards are in tight.
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