View Full Version : BIOS password help please

03-04-2002, 11:39 PM
Hi People
My friend has bought a new soundcard to replace his onboard one.
When trying to install it,his BIOS turned out to have a password.The manufacturer told him they never ship with a p/w.
Goodness knows how it got there.Is there any way to read or circumvent it?
thanks for any help !

04-04-2002, 08:55 AM
there should be a bios jumper on your friends motherboard which clears your cmos. Read the motherboard manual for help.

04-04-2002, 02:12 PM
Peter, it's not a bad idea to give some tiny hint about the system, such as perhaps is the BIOS from AWARD, AMI, or some other. :-)

Try these first.


I've worked on quite a few computers which had Award's default SW_AWARD password.

Alan Carpenter

04-04-2002, 02:35 PM
You could always take the battery off the main motherboard for about ten minutes or so.

This will clear the password.

04-04-2002, 03:53 PM
But remember to unplug the power cord too ... ATX power supplies are 'never' off. There is a trickle supply to the motherboard, and LAN cards, internal modems, and the 'power switch'.

But there is usually a jumper to do the job --- and Compaq and IBM boxes often have a label on the inside of the cover which tells you where to look.