board resource conflict

By jdmccabe ·
A friend recently gave me an old computer he had which is running windows 98. When I boot it up I get a message which says " System Board Device resource conflict" it gives me the option of slectiing F1, escape, or option rom screen. When I slect any of these options it ask me for a password which I do not have. Any suggestions as to what I might do?

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TR members do not assist in password recovery or removal.

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to board resource conflict

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Ask your 'friend' for the password. If the system really belonged to that friend at one time, they will know the password. If not, the system is stolen. Give it back to your friend so he/she is the one who gets caught with stolen merchandise.

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Open the case and remove the Power Lead

by OH Smeg In reply to board resource conflict

Then change the BIOS Battery with a new one. The old one is most likely flat by now. On the restart enter BIOS set the Date & Time and then use the Performance Defaults to set the BIOS to what the maker thinks is OK. Save the changes as you exit the BIOS and that should get rid of the Resource Conflicts.

As for the Password ask your Friend what it was or using the Install media that should have come with the computer to remain Legit with M$ Licensing reinstall the OS after formatting the HDD.


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