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Inspiron 1520 - Unable to boot from CD/USB

iggles 370 256 September 25, 2015 at 01:47 PM
A coworker of mine brought over her Dell Inspiron 1520 for a reformat and upgrade to the OS (dual boot of XP and Ubuntu).

I went into the BIOS, but there is a master password, not allowing any changes to the BIOS (including not allowing me to change the first boot device to CD/DVD drive). Dell is willing to provide us with the "password unique to the machine" for $75 since the computer is out of warranty (by 6+ years).

I was thinking of putting the hard drive in another laptop formatting, and loading WindowsXP (all the files until it does the first complete restart),and then putting it back in the Dell laptop. I would then load Ubuntu from within Windows (assuming it's possible).

Would this method even work? This is the first machine I've ever done work on that has not allowed me to boot from CD, so I'm hoping there is an easier method than what I'm planning on trying.



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EDIT: above link won't help since you don't know the password, but you may want to try this:
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Last edited by boboli September 25, 2015 at 02:38 PM
remove bios battery

also remove main battery

battery should be located below the modem

from another site

You have to get into safe mode by pressing f 8 a bunch of times as the computer boots up, once youe in safe mode go to start / run and then type "control userpasswords2" without the quotes. And now edit the password you want.

heres a site I found I don't know if its ok

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On a Dell, you don't need to go into the bios to switch the boot order. Just hit F12 during boot up. You can then select another device. In this case, select USB.
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