Overwrite Password Protected System
Posted 29 September 2007 - 02:21 PM
Posted 29 September 2007 - 03:26 PM
If it is actually booting, you could use something like DBAN (http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/), which can be used to wipe the disk. Then you can reload another operating system. You would need to make a floppy or CD and the machine needs to boot that before the harddisk.
If is a BIOS password, there are ways to reset that, although I don't know them, but perhaps others do. You might see if you can press "DEL" or "F2" (I think) to enter the CMOS settings (bios). What you need to press depends on the machine.
Posted 29 September 2007 - 06:05 PM
Posted 30 September 2007 - 12:15 PM
Have you tried installing a boot disk to reinstall the OS?
It looks like DBAN is just for floppies. I thought that there was a CD version. According to the web page, you just run the executable that you download and it will create the floppy for you.
You can also use other means, such as a Linux Live CD, but that is a bit more complicated.
It might not be the F2 key, it could be something else depending on who made the computer.
Posted 30 September 2007 - 02:09 PM
Read the "readme" file on how to install/ run and burn as an ISO image found HERE
You can also try a boot disk and run FDISK from http://<strong class...span></strong>/
Either way you will have to boot from CD or floppy and will most likely have to get into the bios and set the order. Usually F2, esc, del. Read (usually) the lower left of the screen at bootup and it will tell you what to press.
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