HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

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HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby rascard2007 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:53 am

Hi friends!!! a long time out of the forums. it's all my fault!

well, last night when i turn on my ancient HP Vectra 8 350 MHz Pentium II slot 1 mobo I got the following pink blinking message

"password cleared by hardware setting" and I can't do anything to boot the PC

any help will be welcome!!!

Many thanks

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Re: HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby Karlsweldt » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:48 am

Good to see you are still with us!
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If the system is password locked for getting into the BIOS, maybe some help from the owner's manual or from the motherboard provider's site. For OS password help, find the person who put it there. Maybe reseating all device cards and power connectors might help?
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Re: HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby rascard2007 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:48 pm

Oh! i'm sorry, perhaps I wasn't clear, the password doesn't exist and the system is not asking for a password is only notifying that the 'password cleared by hardware setting' I thing it's a cockroach stuck in the mobo or something, I owned this system form more than, perhaps, ten years or more (you can find more than a question about it in my older posts) and It never has a password.

on anyway, I will to take it all apart next week end and clear all the dust and dirty out of the board, see if there is any jump I can play with and them say the results here.

I did some goggling but the system seems to be so old because I found nothing about, I will check my old cd's and dvd's collection to see if I still have some sort of manual about it.

It's good to hear for U again Karl

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Re: HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby Karlsweldt » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:13 am

No problem then with the 'gray zone' of passwords.
No BIOS or OS password, yet that "password cleared by hardware setting" note is odd. Maybe there was a password on some program other than the OS, or a router/hub access login? Sometimes, a general error message that does not fit the error is displayed. If the board has several jumpers, maybe one has come off? Some early socket 370 boards (and slot 1) did have several system jumpers to set. Later models usually had only one or two.. mainly the base FSB clock and multiplier. The slot 1 cartridge should have print on the top, denoting the FSB, cache, voltage and model.
Any computer system more than 10 years old likely has no good source of manuals or info from the provider. Other sites like http://www.elhvb.com/ , http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/motherboards/ or http://www.motherboard.cz/ may still have archived files or links to manuals and settings.
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Re: HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby rascard2007 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:20 am

I found some info in the HP support pages that I think will solve the problem, but I have no time to take care about it till the week end

BTW the HP pages say that they will remove that info soon so I think it's time to download anything from them

And yes there is a switch panel on board with one to the bios password I think there is the culprit
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Re: HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby Karlsweldt » Wed Jun 14, 2017 5:45 am

Possibly there is a 3-pin jumper, one way to prevent BIOS access, the other way for access. Considered as "locking" the settings access from curious untrained fingers!
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SOLVED HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setti

Postby rascard2007 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:11 am

SOLVED, I found the following information in some kind of manual:

System Board Switches

Switch Function
1-4 Processor speed, see next table
5 CMOS:
Off - normal (default)
On - clear CMOS and reload default values in Setup
6 Password:
Off - enabled (default)
On - disabled/clear User and Administrator passwords

I remove the power cord and system battery, turn on both switches (5 & 6) wait for a couple of minutes and reverse the operation, turn the power on an VOILA! system if full operating again!!
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Re: HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby rascard2007 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:55 am

another question, what is the maximum HDD size that this board can handle?

thanks

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Re: HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby Karlsweldt » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:32 am

Some specs in this link about that old Vectra..
https://www.cnet.com/products/hp-vectra ... ies/specs/
Looks like it was only a 4.3 GB drive, ATA 33 class. May be hard to find, unless in a notebook (2.5") type drive.
But a larger capacity drive should work, if the primary partition is within the BIOS limits. Form partitions and loading on that machine, or one identical. There likely are different BIOS processes with other machines.
You might be able to install Win XP on that system. All previous OS versions are obsolete, not accepted.
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Re: HP Vectra 8 series password cleared by hardware setting

Postby rascard2007 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:14 am

yeah! I think that the 32GB limit is for the boot disk only, because I did some experiments and now the configuration of the HDDs is:

PM - 13.5 GB WD
SM - 80 GB Maxtor

PS - 60 GB Maxtor
SL - 160 GB Seagate (divided in two 80 GB partitions, I don't know if it is necessary)

obviously the MOBO manufacturers always were miles in front of the rest

thanks Karl and keep recovering
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