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Old 07-25-2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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Default Hiren's Boot CD

Okay. Hiren's Boot CD 15.something on USB flashdrive, not working. I tried v.12 and 9 also with same results.

I get:

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Booting Hiren's BootCD
find --set-root /HBCD/menu.lst
Error 15: File Not Found
Press Any Key To Continue...

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So what am I doing wrong?

I can't boot to HDD because of passwords on OS.
I can't boot to CD/DVD because it's a Tablet PC and all boot devices except primary HDD are apparently disabled, and locked with a password...I picked this up for $15 at a thrift store...

Any ideas?
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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Will need to use something like this:

ISO to USB

That should put the ISO on the USB for it to work.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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Thanks but I tried that too. I give up. It's going in the closet.
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Try using something like OPHcrack. Either that or just use GParted to format the drive and reinstall Windows on the system.
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Yup. Tried that too. The PC skips it completely. It doesn't acknowledge it even exists. I can't get into the BIOS to enable USB boot device. I'll save my money and buy a replacement HDD. That may work, since the new HDD won't have an OS. I was able to get it to boot to KonBoot, and DSL when I removed the HDD, but I don't know how to use a BIOS crack utility in Linux.
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Yahoo!! I got it! I had already put it in the closet, when I decided it wouldn't hurt to take it apart. I mean, take it all the way apart. I've taken apart laptops before, not a lot of them. Maybe 10...and I figured the odds were stacked against me that I'd be able to find a jumper to reset the BIOS pwd, or even find the BIOS battery; but, I did. In this particular Tablet PC there's a BIOS battery, which is soldered and not removable, and a detachable battery that reminds me of something I'd find in an R/C car...a small R/C car.

I just finished putting it back together, leaving the HDD out, then crossing my fingures, I turned it on, and VOULA, it said there was a device error and it let me enter BIOS SETUP without prompting for a password!

Now, on to the easy parts, cracking the OS passwords! Ha! Where there's a will, there's a way!
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:11 PM   #7
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I'm currently using KonBoot for the first time. Pretty cool stuff. Admin access without knowing pwd, or having to reset it first. I could use this on anyone's computer and they would never know I was there...lol...but I don't do that sort of crap.
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