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    Exclamation I have met my match with Bios Password.

    Been a fan of ASUS products for 15+ years and own 5 ASUS themed computers. Came across many problems and was always able to solve them eventually. Not this time.

    I have a P9X79-E WS motherboard. I've bought this motherboard brand new and use it for rendering 3D graphics. I have one overclock profile that I go into the bios and enable when I want to render something fast. After rendering I go back in to the bios and enable my default profile to save power. I've been doing this for 4 years with this same motherboard. Four days ago I try and go into the bios and out of nowhere I am presented with a password screen. What? I've never and would never put a password on my bios. I recently recieved a Windows Update but couldn't imagine that having anything to do with it. I've tried everything.

    I know this is not a ROG board, but who better than to ask about his than this community.


    1 .Jumper settings.
    2. Taking out the cmos battery for 10 minutes.
    3. Taking out the cmos battery for 1 hour simutaneously while doing jumper.
    4. Taking out the cmos battery overnight while simutaneously while doing jumper.
    5. Of course unplugging PSU while doing all of the above.
    6. I read a post of someone unplugging hard drives and disconnecting everything and then pulling CMIOS battery. I done that. But can't remove graphics cards because they are in a liquid loop.
    7. Changing CMOS battery.
    8. Seen post about Alt r, but I believe that only works with laptops. I tried it for the hell of it. Doesn't work.


    I can still boot into Windows 10 and everything runs perfect.

    I am at a lost. Please can someone throw anything at me. I have a render job to do and am behind.

    Thanks for anyone comment and time.

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    Ok. I just tried flashing a previous version of bios with BUPUPDATER with a dos USB stick.. Downgraded to a lower bios number. Didn't fix the problem. Enter Password still pop up.

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    Tried CmosPwd through dos. Didn't work. Asus manual says I can reset the password by pulling the battery.. No luck of course. I never put a password on this anyway. I'm about to put my foot through this board.

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    WOW. I figured it out. So my past experiment was to set the jumer from 1-2 to 2-3; then take the battery out and wait 5 - 10 mintues. This time instead of waiting I did it as fast as i could. BUT, I took the batter out first. So take the CMOS battery out; move jumper from 1-2 to 2-3; put battery back in; move jumper back from 2-3 to 1-2. Press the power button. VIOLA!! All under 60 seconds. Maybe this will help someone else out.

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    One other thing I should note. I did have the usb mouse and keyboard unplugged. After doing the above I plugged the power cord back into the PSU, restarted the PC and when prompt to press F1 to enter bios I plugged only the keyboard back in. This time I did put a password so I never have to deal with this again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icatt23 View Post
    One other thing I should note. I did have the usb mouse and keyboard unplugged. After doing the above I plugged the power cord back into the PSU, restarted the PC and when prompt to press F1 to enter bios I plugged only the keyboard back in. This time I did put a password so I never have to deal with this again.
    Glad you got it figured out, although acquiring a "password" is a strange problem to have. It would have been bad to never have access to your BIOS settings.

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    Yes, it would have been bad. Did some more test and it always ask for a password even when I remove the password. Everytime I remove the password from the bios and restart it still ask for a password so then I have to clear CMOS again, plus I have to have the keyboard and mouse unplugged. Wierdest **** I ever seen and this came out of nowhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icatt23 View Post
    Yes, it would have been bad. Did some more test and it always ask for a password even when I remove the password. Everytime I remove the password from the bios and restart it still ask for a password so then I have to clear CMOS again, plus I have to have the keyboard and mouse unplugged. Wierdest **** I ever seen and this came out of nowhere.
    I wonder if re-flashing the BIOS might help? Maybe the BIOS code has become corrupted. That could explain why the behavior appeared out of nowhere.

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