Hi folks, sorry if this is in th wrong place but I couldnt see anywhwre else to put it.

Simply...I am interrogating a laptop for someone and it has an administrator password set in the BIOS/CMOS.

I am not that technical and have tried umpteen so called 'cracker programmes'.

Half of them dont work and the other half are too complicated to use.

One problem is...I cant identify the BIOS.

It is a H/P but labelled model number compaq nc8000.

Upon entering the rom based setup (f10) I am faced with a blue dialogue box which says 'Administrator Password with a key underneath it.

I cannot type anything but can press return 3 times and then it just leaves an asterisk visible.

The only thing I can do then is power off and restart.