It is not uncommon for users to set power-on passwords with business notebook computers such as the HP Omnibook XE3. If you have purchased a used Omnibook XE3, however, you might find yourself in a difficult situation if the previous owner set a password and never removed it. Additionally, if you have configured a password and forgotten it, it can be an embarrassing and expensive proposition to have an HP-authorised technician remove it for you. The password for the Omnibook XE3 is stored in the firmware code, or BIOS, for the laptop. By updating the BIOS code to the latest version, you can remove the password without paying a technician to do it for you.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Blank formatted floppy disk
Navigate to the download page for the BIOS update for your version of the Omnibook XE3 -- either the XE3-GC or XE3-GF (see Resources). Click the black "Download" button and save the resulting file to the desktop.
Insert a blank floppy disk into the floppy drive of the Omnibook XE3.
Double-click the downloaded Omnibook XE3 BIOS update file. For example, if you downloaded the update for the Omnibook XE3-GC, the file name is "AGCAB163.EXE."
Click "Next" twice when the installation screen appears.
Click the "Start" button and then click "My Computer" or double-click the "My Computer" icon on the desktop.
Double-click the "C:" hard drive icon, then navigate to the "HPNOTEBOOK" and "BIOS" folders.
Double-click the file "BIOS.EXE."
Click "Next." A command prompt window appears. Press any key to create the BIOS update floppy disk and then press "N" to close the window when the process is complete.
Restart the Omnibook XE3 with the BIOS update floppy disk inserted. After a moment, the "MS-DOS 6.22 Startup Menu" appears. Select your language with the arrow keys and then press "Enter."
Press "C" to update the BIOS of the Omnibook XE3 and remove the password.
Tips and warnings
- A sudden power failure during a BIOS update can render a computer inoperable. Only update the BIOS of the HP Omnibook XE3 while the computer is plugged into a power outlet.
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