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Old 11-14-2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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Hi all, i've recently got my hands on some old company hardware that i used to work on because i used to work there. Long story short, company went belly up and had to close down. They sold everything including Dell servers/workstations/PDA's etc etc etc.

I got a great deal on a couple $40 a pop from a friend that was close to our old manager. Problem is, the BIOS is locked down completely. And if anyone knows Dell support, they're as useless as wisdom teeth. :P

So i tried everyting, i pulled the old HD out and put it in another desktop, HP Pavilion and it would be forced to boot via Network PXE. When i tried to put my old SATA HD in the Dell Optiplex workstation it would boot, except the USB ports were disabled. And unless i get the prior owners to a company that no longer exists to agree that they will allow Dell to give me access to the BIOS recovery CD, i just bought 5 heavy pieces of metal and plastic.

So ofcourse the latter wont pan out and im not going to even try, i thought about Googling some BIOS software and i found here. Im planning on trying this last daring stunt and hope that i can succeed. But i've never done this before and i cant seem to find any tuts on this. So i was wondering if anyone has used this before and what the out come was for x86 Dell motherboards. Thanx in advance!
Old 11-14-2009, 03:47 PM   #2
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Doesn't it have an NVRAM clear jumper on the motherboard?
Old 11-14-2009, 04:01 PM   #3
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Yes, its actually green though. Without that jumper removed you cant edit the boot sequence. But i think i found a solution that doesnt require me to use Open Firmware. Im to understand that OpenFirmware has a possibility of bricking motherboards. So i probably wont play around with it.
Old 11-14-2009, 04:26 PM   #4
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If these BIOS-es are locked by passwords try to remove CMOS battery for some time. It should help.


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