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Can't type in system password

I have a Dell Opiplex GX240, 256MB ram, 1.7Ghz, running Win98SE. I decided to set up a system password to keep it being used when I was away. In Setup, under Security, I unlocked Password Status and entered and confirmed my password. On rebooting, it asked for my password with a blinking cursor to type it in - BUT no matter what keys I hit, no letters appear on the screen; it's impossible to type in anything. After 8 or 9 reboots, I gave up. Can anyone tell me why the keyboard let me type in the setup, but won't let me type to enter it. (Probly have to reset the jumper.)

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Tap Escape to get in then...

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Go find the .PWL files in C:\Windows, delete them to allow it to accept a new password the next time.

Bob

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Can't type in system password

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Bob, thanks for your reply. It's not really a Windows password - it was set up in the CMOS settings. Nothing I hit on my keyboard enters anything on my screen, except ENTER, then it tells me Wrong Password.

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Maybe

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but only maybe...

You need to take out the CMOS battery on the motherboard, wait a few minutes and replace it.

Also check the motherboard instructions book on how to reset CMOS.

Zee

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Sorry, I thought that was Windows.

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The forum topic is Windows, so I'll think with that hat on.

The method to clear a CMOS password varies with the machine. Some have a PASSWORD clear jumper, others a CMOS clear and others have other methods.

Bob

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Maybe ...

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the BIOS is smart enough not to SHOW the password you type in on the screen, but still accept it. What would you expect: the full password shown, stars, dots, spaces, nothing (like apparently here)? The full password would be the most unsafe method between this five.

Kees

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Kees, right, nothing goes in - I guess I'd expect stars, rather than the actual password. When I type, nothing changes; the cursor just blinks (or winks?) at me. I can type in the password and hit ENTER, and get WRONG PASSWORD. It's like my keyboard isn't loaded, which I guess it isn't. I can clear the password by the board jumpers, but this password idea would keep everyone out of my PC - and it really works!! It won't even let ME in. Back to the drawing board. Thanks for your input, guys.

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Embarassed to admit...

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I almost was too embarassed to post this, but I owe it to you guys who responded.
Kees was right, the password was going in but didn't show anything - when I hit ENTER it worked. One thing I must remember with passwords is REMEMBER THE PASSWORD! I should tell you my wife wrote it down wrong, but it was my stupidity!
Thanks to all you guys!!

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Tssk...tssk....

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Wink

That was nice, believe me.

I'm sure everybody will be happy with the good news.

And, of course, thanks for posting back.

Zee

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