I know this sound outrageous and silly but trust me i have done it this way for years.
Take the CMOS battery out and put it some place safe, if you have a jumper that you can reset to clear you CMOS do so, then put your mother board in the freezer for atl east 24 hours.
You see, all your BIOS settings are stored in a CMOS chip and the only way to make sure you delete all the info stored in the chip now a days, is to hit them with a UV light, however they are a kind of volatile chip so using the CMOS reset jumper might not always work first time, you could be lucky of course and it work the first time or you could be unlucky and it doesnt work till the 100th time you reset it!
BUT,CMOS chips do not like the cold, or the heat for that matter, but its easer and safer to freeze it that it is to heat it up!
Give it a shot, also if you cant start your system up DONT flash the BIOS as it wont completley install untill you have started your system up COMPLETLEY, if you stop the prosess halfway through you will permantly damage you bios and hence your mo bo and will prob have to send it away to be re-flashed!!
October 18th, 2003, 12:37 AM
I have been aware of freezing for some time (very?).............nokia........do you steal car stereos for a living? :D :D
Not a good idea with something that you want to keep and use? hey, nokia, before you flame me, please check the physics/metallurgy?
My browsers freezing up right now, but if you click on the manuals link, you will find your manual for the baord. Look for CMOS jumpers.
October 18th, 2003, 09:12 AM
Originally posted here by nihil I have been aware of freezing for some time (very?).............nokia........do you steal car stereos for a living? :D :D
LOL, how on earth did you guess that?? ;-)
Nothing on a Mo Bo will incur any damage as long as once you have "Thawed" it out you dont put it straight back in the frigde(maybe leave it for a few dayz) the only component(s) that will be affected (as far as I have been told anyway) are CMOS chips everything else would be OK.
I wouldnt recommend pluging the Mo Bo stright in, as soon as you have taken it out of the freezer though!
Its a garenteed solution to the BIOS password problem though!
October 18th, 2003, 09:33 AM
Award BIOS backdoor passwords:
shift + syxz
AMI BIOS backdoor passwords:
PHOENIX BIOS backdoor passwords:
phoenix, PHOENIX, CMOS, BIOS
MISC. COMMON PASSWORDS
OTHER BIOS PASSWORDS BY MANUFACTURER
VOBIS & IBM merlin
Packard Bell bell9
Most Toshiba laptops and some desktop systems will bypass the BIOS password if the left shift key is held down during boot
IBM APTIVA BIOS
Press both mouse buttons repeatedly during the boot
October 18th, 2003, 01:21 PM
This may sound stupid?
you said that you "took the jumper out"????
In my experience, there are usually three pins on the MoBo, and the jumper is connecting pins 1 & 2. With the machine OFF, you connect pins 2 & 3. Then power up the machine and power it down again. Then replace the jumper on pins 1 & 2.