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I have an "old" Compaq Prolinea which I was firing up, to delete all data before disposing of the machine. I haven't had it going in some time, "years", and it requires a Power-on Password - which of course I've long forgotten. HELP - what is a work around that will assist.

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The workaround is to remove the BIOS battery with the power disconnected, wait a few minutes and put it back in. You could just take out the hard drive and format it on another machine. On some of the old machines you can't remove the battery, you have to discharge it, and some have a jumper that lets you use the internal or an external battery.
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