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Having Some Problems....

Postby Nater43 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:25 pm

Is there any way to have Linux Mint boot from an external drive without having to set BIOS to boot from USB first? I'm currently having some BIOS issues with it asking for a password that I never set, and the PhoenixBios defaults are not working.

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Re: Having Some Problems....

Postby lagagnon on Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:44 pm

Nater43 wrote:I'm currently having some BIOS issues with it asking for a password that I never set


If you can get at the motherboard there will be a small jumper somewhere on the motherboard to reset the BIOS password to nothing. The jumper is sometimes labelled "PSWD" or "BIOS RESET" or something along those lines. You put the jumper over those 2 connectors for about 5 seconds and you can overwrite the password lock on the BIOS.

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Re: Having Some Problems....

Postby Nater43 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:51 pm

lagagnon wrote:
Nater43 wrote:I'm currently having some BIOS issues with it asking for a password that I never set


If you can get at the motherboard there will be a small jumper somewhere on the motherboard to reset the BIOS password to nothing. The jumper is sometimes labelled "PSWD" or "BIOS RESET" or something along those lines. You put the jumper over those 2 connectors for about 5 seconds and you can overwrite the password lock on the BIOS.

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I was thinking that, but I'm on a laptop. I don't know if that option is still available, and even so, I'm not sure how easy it would be to get the the CMOS.
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Re: Having Some Problems....

Postby lagagnon on Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:56 pm

It should be easy to at least get to the BIOS backup battery - read your computer manual. You could then remove the battery for 10 seconds or so, that should remove the password - it will also reset your BIOS to default so you will have to re-do the date, time, etc...
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Re: Having Some Problems....

Postby Nater43 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:14 pm

Well I went through the manual, and it really doesn't seem like a problem. That is assuming that the CMOS battery is the same thing as the RTC battery?
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Re: Having Some Problems....

Postby lagagnon on Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:32 am

Yes.
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