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HP Compaq Business Notebook nc6000 Series - Power-on Passwords

Introduction

A power-on password prevents unauthorized use of the notebook. Once set, a power-on password must be entered each time the notebook is turned on or restarted. A power-on password:
  • Does not display as it is set, entered, changed, or deleted.
  • Must be set and entered with the same keys. For example, a power-on password set with keyboard number keys will not be recognized if entered with keypad number keys.
  • Can include any combination of up to 32 letters and numbers and is not case-sensitive.

Setting power-on passwords

A power-on password is set, changed, or deleted in Computer Setup. To manage the password:
  1. Open Computer Setup by turning on or restarting the notebook. Press F10 while the F10 = ROM Based Setup message is displayed in the lower left of the screen.
    • To change the language, press F2.
    • For navigation instructions, press F1.
  2. Click Security, and Power-On password, then press Enter. Then:
    • To set a power-on password, type the password in the New Password field, then in the Verify New Password field, then press F10.
    • To change a power-on password, type the current password in the Old Password field, type the new password in the New Password and Verify New Password fields, then press F10.
    • To delete a power-on password, type the current password in the Old Password field, then press F10.
  3. To save preferences, click File, and Save Changes and Exit, then follow the instructions on the screen.
    Preferences are set when Computer Setup is exited, and take effect when the notebook restarts.

Entering power-on passwords

At the power-on password prompt, type the password, then press Enter. After three unsuccessful attempts to enter the password, the notebook must be restarted before trying again.

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