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12-31-2018 12:10 PM
I picked up this little EliteDesk at a flea market. No OS On the hard disk but won't boot from USB stick or USB optical drive. BIOS has a password on it so I don't see how to change the boot options/order.
I tried holding down the CMOS reset button for 10 seconds with or without the power cord plugged in, and with or without the CMOS battery installed and I tried what I think is the default bios password of admin but that isn't it.
I tried tapping F11 when booting for recovery but nothing happens.
How can I reset this little PC so I can try to put an OS on it?
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12-31-2018 01:10 PM - edited 12-31-2018 01:10 PM
Here is the link to the service manual for the model series.
Please refer to chapter 8 starting on page 104 for how to clear the BIOS P/W.
Since this manual covers the MT, SFF and Mini G3's I don't know if your model has this feature.
If not, you will have to contact HP technical support for further assistance.
12-31-2018 02:20 PM
Well I still cannot access the BIOS because it is still asking for a password I do not know but I tried a different USB stick that has a bootable installer for Linux Mint and booted with that inserted - and I am installing Linux now, so thanks much!