Hello, I have a very frustrating problem. Recently I acquired an old craptop, designed to run Win98, but is running Windows XP Professional. The last user of the laptop set up a password on it, and I have no idea what it is.
The first trick I tried was to restart the laptop in Safe Mode, and log into administrator. No go. Then, I decided to go with NTPasswd (http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd
). After purchasing a 5 disk pack of CD-RW's, I burned the utility to the disc and attempted to boot from it. I did indeed go into the BIOS and set the main boot drive to the CD, and even screwed around with the other settings, and so far, when powered on, at the top of the screen, it saysChecking boot disk...
for approximately 15 seconds, then says Not bootable disk
and defaults to the next boot device. I have checked the boot disk on other computers, and it does indeed work, so it's no problem with the disk.
Specs on the craptop:
Bios: SystemSoft MobilePRO BIOS Version 1.01 (2482-00)-(R1.30)
SystemSoft Plug-n-Play Bios Ver 1.17.01
Processor: 700MHz Pentium III with MMX
Chipset: Intel 440BX/440ZX
I'm thinking that
a) the CD Drive is borked
b) the BIOS is too old to read El Torito boot structure
If anyone could help, would be greatly appreciated.