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Pass word locks me out of CMOS setup

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Although this may appear to be on the wrong thread, I'm hoping that there is a simple 'hardware' fix.

I have an old machine I use for experimental work.

It is essentially a 486 with a Cyrix 333 running on a J53BF Motherboard.

Until recently I have had no problems. But a few days ago I found that the machine wouldn't boot up from the C drive. It will boot up from a DOS startup disc. I can then change to C and all is well.

I tried holding down the delete key to get into the setup, but it is now asking me for a password.

It has never done this before and I have never set a password. So I don't know how this has happened.

I understand that there may be a method of bypassing the password by changing a jumper on the motherboard.

Does anyone know if this is possible ?

I can still use the machine, but it is very inconvenient not being able to get into setup.

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BIOS or Operating System's passwords are there for the purpose related to Security and Privacy to protect the legitimate owner of a machine. While there are many locations on the Internet that might help you learn about managing passwords for a machine's BIOS or Operating System, we a G2G do not assist in what amounts to hacking past a machine's Security and Privacy safeguards.

While such requests are often legitimate, and come from users who experience exactly the kind of problem that you post, we have no way of determining legitimate vs. not legitimate, therefore we do not respond to such requests.
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