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How can I disable a Platform Administration Technology Password?


Hello folks,

Someone I know is given an old PC, based on a 946 chipset board and having a problem; there is no sound output. I'm known as the tech savvy guy in my circles, so they requested I have a look. Apparently, board is old, so there is no driver support for Win7, the machine is running currently. I want to downgrade to WinXP, and solve this problem. Thing is, a corporate feature, known as Platform Administration Technology is enabled and there is a password, denying me to access to BIOS.

Long story short, how can I disable PAT so I can access to BIOS/Boot settings on a D946GZIS desktop motherboard?

Any help is really appreciated, I really don't want to dissappoint this guy. : )

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Please bear in mind that this product has reached its End of Interactive Support so Intel no longer provides interactive support for this product via telephone, chat or e-mail.

I recommend you to review the information available on the following sites: Desktop Boards | Computer does not boot after BIOS update

That last URL has information on how to clear the CMOS on the system and how to boot into Maintenance mode in the system.