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Old 12-04-2003, 02:14 PM   #1
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Angry Winbook issues

I hope this is the right forum to post this issue.

I have a Winbook XL (P-233, 32MB RAM) which I was "given" by my church. Actually, they asked me to fix the CD drive, which required replacement, and when they found out the cost of the replacement, they said pitch it. So I bought the drive and kept the Winbook.

Now, my problem is the computer was donated to the church by an unknown entity. I would like to put a Linux distro on it. Problem is, in order to install a Linux distro, I need to boot from the CD. BIOS is set to boot from C: first, where Win98 was installed. BIOS also has a password (unknown) set which I can't crack. In my rush to get Linux on this unit, I formatted C: to make room for the new OS (poor decision) and force the unit to boot from floppy/CD drive. This is when I found out that the BIOS was not set to boot from C: first, it was set to boot from C: ONLY (no floppy, no CD, very poor decision). So, now I've got a system that boots from hda, only, and no OS on hda. And no way I know of to change any of this.

I've contacted Winbook Corp. and they want $500 just to reset the BIOS password, and I have no idea what they'd charge to replace the drive or any of the other fun stuff I'd like to get done. So there's no satisfaction from the manufacturer (in any way, shape or form). I know there are a couple of utilities (DOS) which will reset the BIOS to factory default (which I can't get out of Winbook, either) but I have no idea if that will even help me. If default is boot from hda only, then I'd be screwed there, anyway.

So, the long and short of it is that I'd like to know if anyone has any idea on how to get this system to boot (by hook or crook) so I can try to get an OS on it?

Old 12-04-2003, 05:15 PM   #2
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Don't know if this will help, but maybe...

I just went to google and searched for 'laptop bios password reset'.
Old 12-06-2003, 04:19 AM   #3
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You could always take a look around Wim's BIOS page. This site has been around since the late 486 to early Pentium days and has useful info. and tools, etc.



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