Dell Bios Setup is Locked

By mph19 ·
I am trying to Replace a hard drive in a Dell Dimension 4700. I am trying to make changes in the bios and keep getting th error " Setup is locked! You must enter the Password into the unlock setup field to enable changes." I have tried removing the cmos battery and changing the cmos and passwor jumpers on the motherboard and still keeep getting the error message. Any ideas?

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To get rid of the password you will have to put the password in.

Why oh why don't you read the manual(s) when you buy these. The password is set into its own chip, so no matter what you try, you will have to take it to a dealer who will do it for you. Unless you want to hear other peoples views on here, and IF you take their advice you might muck up your system even more. It is your choice, i say this to you now, take it to the dealer who will give you access to your computer.

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Not sure if you've seen this-

by kewlharsh In reply to Dell Bios Setup is Locked


im not sure if you've seen this, but it might help!!

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I always recommend....

by ---TK--- In reply to Dell Bios Setup is Locked

Call Dells crappy support line, they should have a default password that will unlock the BIOS... or you could see if there is a BIOS flash, that might **** away the password, but I highly doubt it..

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So within the confines of this you need to enter the Password to enter BIOS so you can delete the Password. Ask the owner for the Password.

If you can not get the password you'll need to speak to Dell and see if they will tell you how to bypass the BIOS Password which I very much doubt they will.


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