Computer restarting, while trying to format hard drive.

By Lunachic
Jun 7, 2007
  1. I have two empty harddrives one pc and my windows xp disc plus the back up copy. No matter what i do the bloody thing keeps restarting as i am trying to format the partition to install windows. Sometimes i get a blue screen saying to disable bios memory options such as caching or shadowing. i can't get into the setup because it says enter current password which i don't know cos its 2nd hand. Help!
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    BDOS are generally caused by:
    1. bad drivers
    2. bad ram
    3. bad power supply

    Read this months PCworld magazine. They tell of a program to crack BIOS password lockouts.

    Try disconnecting the CMOS battery and the CMOS jumpers first. That might get you in. Then reconnect them after about 10 minutes.
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