Configuring password security and
This chapter describes how to configure password security and to reset CMOS, and includes these
Preparing to configure passwords on page 166
Resetting the password jumper on page 167
Clearing and Resetting the CMOS on page 167
Preparing to configure passwords
The Computer Setup (F10) Utility enables you to create setup and power-on passwords.
There are three possibilities for setting passwords:
Define a setup password only
Define a power-on password only
When defining a setup password only, you cannot enter the setup utility without the password.
No password is needed to boot from power-on.
When defining a power-on password only, the power-on password is needed to enter F10 Setup
or to boot from power-on.
When defining both, the setup password is needed to enter F10 setup and can be used to boot
The power-on password cannot be used to enter the F10 Setup Utility, but it can be used to boot
One of the passwords will be required to boot from power on.
After you create both passwords, you can use the setup password in place of the power-on password
as an override to log into the computer (a useful feature for a network administrator).
You can only clear the passwords with the password jumper. Clearing CMOS does not clear
Pressing the Clear CMOS button resets CMOS values to factory defaults and erases customized
information, including asset numbers and special settings.
To back up the CMOS settings, run the Computer Setup (F10) Utility and select Save to Diskette from
the File menu.
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Before pressing the Clear CMOS button, back up your computer CMOS settings.