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inspiron 2200, bios protected password. How do I reset or remove that password.


ultimately the cd rom has failed and I need to change the boot sequence to boot from usb device to install os

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Remive the CMOS battery. Also, if the bboard has a CMOS reset jumper, short those pins. Doing so will clear the CMOS.

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most new motherboards now have a CMOS reset jumper, look in your motherboard book to see where it is located.

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depends on who makes your motherboard though. Dell especially are quite secretive about motherboard components.

when you open up your machine have a look and see if you can determine whos the manufacturer of your motherboard and chipset and what not.

take out the CMOS battery and let it be for a short time before reinserting it. this should clear the CMOS settings including your password.

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You can follow the advice given by the others to reset the password, but you cannot install OS with a USB CD-ROM. You, most definitely, will need to change your CD drive before you can install a new OS.

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I'd like close this one with a "Didn't see that one coming" Removing the Cmos battery did nothing. And as it turns out there was nothing wrong with the CD rom, I had a stop code that indicated hardware failure.

It turned out to be the memory that was causing problems, I never thought to check because it was a new chip. I guess live and learn, i replaced the ram and installed OS just fine.

Thanks for the help.

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