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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jamesRS, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. jamesRS

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    dell inspiron 1100; i switch on and get a black screen with a box saying; please type in the hard-drive password [s/n 73QE1263]... the machine will go no futher, there never was a h-d password.
    the box is blue. thanks for ur time
     
  2. greenbrucelee
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    Can you get to CMOS
     
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  3. jamesRS

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    if i press f keys i get short beeps
    if i press letters or numbers it fills in p-w
     
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    and you are?
     
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    do you own this PC?
     
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    It would be a good idea to introduce yourself in the new members section.

    But you should be able to get into the system setup before the password thing comes up so you can disabe settings etc.
     
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    I never thought of that :oops:
     
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    i dont know what cmos is?
     
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    From what I'm reading on the Web, it is quite possible that the drive is damaged: link
     
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    there is nothing before the p-w message
     
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    if you press F8 as the computer is going through POST (the start bit) you should get to a menu where you can disable stuff, but if you don't know about CMOS then I wouldn't recommend as you sound like a new user to computers. Get a more experienced person to do this.

    Thats weird, BM could have found your answer. The hard drive could be knackered.
     
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    You mean del, or F2 on some machines
    Press del to enter setup.
     
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    new stage i have now a screen saying--a problem has been detected etc.
     
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    Take it back to where you purchased it (with reciept of course) and they sgould help you out. I would not advise alterin any values in the CMOS if you are not 100% sure what you are doing. :D
     
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    suppose it depends on the computer :D
     
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    Need more info. What EXACTLY does it say. How far into the boot proccess did it get.
     
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    that depends if its a new one, we don't know how old it is etc.

    James we need more info please
     
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    f8 f2 del did nothing. i shut down and restarted and am back to "type in h-d password
     
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    Shut down the machine. Turn it on and start tapping the "delete" key (not "del") continuosly. Make sure you dont just press it once or "press and hold".
     
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    how long have you had it?

    where did you get it?

    And tell us exactly what the error messages say
     
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