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Folks, I've gone and made a 'bush league' error and lost my power-on password. The truth be known I used a strong password with special characters that the BIOS write ...
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    Compaq Armada 1750 BIOS hardware replacement


    Folks,

    I've gone and made a 'bush league' error and lost my power-on password. The truth be known I used a strong password with special characters that the BIOS write utility was more than happy to accept when writing to the FLASH target but are rejected at the power-on password prompt (I didn't do enough homework, silly me).

    I have it on good authority that I'll have to replace the BIOS chip itself and given that HP has acquired Compaq I doubt that they'll entertain my service request (posted it to the support site earlier this morning) for such a late model product. Does anyone know of wher I can obtain a replacement BIOS chip?

    Dave.

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    Discovered Bad Character

    I was happily living with my laptop up constantly (forty-five days uptime and "shutdown -r now" when required) and was considering purchasing a UPS to maintain operation in the face of power outages when a kernel panic forced me to revisit the problem. Although unlikely, I hope someone can learn from my stupidity. When typing quickly I occasionaly transpose characters such that "the" often comes out as "teh" and I often press the shift key +/- one character. With that in mind I decided to brute force my pwd looking for adjacent single character transpositions and shft. My power on password was "axTh,?2". On relfection, I realized that '?' unshifted is '/' a reserved character that erases the BIOS power-on pwd. The BIOS ignored the '?' and my power-on pwd actually turned out to be "axTh,2". My first attempt "axTh,2/" thus deleted my power-on pwd! I know this may not be of particular use to anyone searching for "Compaq Armada 1750...". That having been said I hope my mistake can help others in two ways: 1. Don't ever give up. 2. Take the time to analyze your own seemingly unrelated behaviours to solve a problem, any problem. Cheers!

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    How inspirational!

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    hope this helps

    had this problem and all i had to do was:

    1. Remove all battery packs from the battery bay and multibay, if applicable
    2. Disconnect the AC Power
    3. Remove the real-time clock battery
    4. Wait five minutes
    5. Reconnect AC Power
    6. Restart the computing, during POST a '162 System Options not set' message
    appears
    7. Shut down the computer then disconnect AC power again.
    8. Replace real-time clock battery
    9. Install the battery pack(s)

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