Hi, I bought an old computer at a garage sale. I know its a dinosaur, but then again, my technical school is teaching hardware beginning with 486 technology!
I bought a nec ready 9616.
Most posts mentioning this antique are pre- 2000. It's in great shape, but It's also password protected. It's loaded with windows 2000 professional, which surprised me. I cant get into the sucker. I saw some instructions for using linux boot disks or taking out the cmos battery, but it seems too much trouble, because I dont even see the battery. It might be in a little plastic box jammed down in a place that's hard to get to. I'd like to see what sort of cache of old programs it's got. But I don't want anyone to get the idea I'm a hacker.
I see my Norton security going bonkers when I visit pages which describe how to defeat passwords. That's not hard to understand. I put the secondary hard drive in another computer. It was pretty boring stuff. I couldn't access the bootable hard drive- my newer computer went bonkers. (Blue screen of death)
That battery removal idea sounded hopeful. Oh well, at least the computer came with a nice set of yamaha desktop speakers. How do computer shops deal with the password problem, anyone know? Surely they can't afford to load software onto dinosaurs.