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    Default Re: Legacy System Problem[s]

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Looked up the manual, found the appropriate pages, The CMOS jumper is #29 Instructions on how to clear it - Reset to factory defaults.
    I did have that detail at hand (thanks), but, after 4 attempts, trying the specified steps in varying orders, I still can't break the BIOS password code.

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    Default Re: Legacy System Problem[s]

    Didn't removing the battery ( as per second picture, last two lines) actually clear the Password ?
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    No. Tried that three times, in case I was not doing it right. It did clear some things, but not the password. Weird.

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    Default Re: Legacy System Problem[s]

    Remove the battery and wait 5 mins before putting it back in.
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    Default Re: Legacy System Problem[s]

    Quote Originally Posted by zqwerty View Post
    Remove the battery and wait 5 mins before putting it back in.
    might also need to disconnect power supply from motherboard

    He may have a faulty hard drive , hence corrupt file message
    As above , connect ONLY the windows hard drive . The motherboard should then load win from that drive

    The board may not clear the password that easily anyway .
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    Default Re: Legacy System Problem[s]

    The HDD with the broken jack point has been successfully cloned, by a tech with much greater experience than me.

    But 'cracking' the BIOS has us defeated, still. The tech is at the point of pondering the prudence of replacing the BIOS chip.

    Of course, given that he and me have tried what's in the manual, in assorted different orders, we don't know if the [annoyingly persistent] BIOS password prompt is asking for the admin password or some AS Rock default.

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    Default Re: Legacy System Problem[s]

    I have no clue how to bypass the password but it does sound like someone set an admin password in the BIOS.

    Anyway just wanted to mention it's entirely possible the boot issues are just because the boot order changed when you powered up with the dodgy SATA cable.
    As a shot in the dark you could try shuffling around what drives are connected to what cables to see if you can fluke the right boot order.

    As others have mentioned also, if more than one drive was connected when windows was installed boot files can end up on more than one drive. I'm not sure if XP suffered from this particular quirk or not though or if it's just later windows versions.
    If it's entirely on one drive and you know which one, just disconnect every other boot device and give it no choice and see what happens.
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    Default Resolved: Legacy System Problem[s]

    The most frustrating part of this problem is that following the manufacturer's instruction manual did not work. Black mark for AS Rock.

    (Who reads manuals these days, anyway, did I hear you say?)

    Anyway, the password was finally guessed correctly and the beast is now functional, with a replacement HDD installed.

    Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions.

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    You have to tell us how you guessed the password. We hate to be left in the air!

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    Default Re: Legacy System Problem[s]

    Sorry! Just luck, really. Plus comparing it to other passwords which may have been re-utilised, a second time. Took quite a few tries, though, as lock-out occurred on three successive errors and a re-boot was then needed. Very time-consuming.

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