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How can I retrieve a BIOS password?

I have forgotten the BIOS password, obviously making it difficult for me to log in. I have checked the "always" option as well. How do I go about retrieving this?
You may need to contact the manufacture of your hardware. Some systems may have maintenance backdoors or other ways to regain access. Alternatively, you may be able clear the BIOS password by flipping the appropriate jumper or dipswitch on the motherboard. Again, seek expert help. Computer Hope also has recommendations on common BIOS passwords that you might try.

This was first published in March 2003

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