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Use CPU-Z to get all the information about your system

CPU-Z is a free software that lets you view all the information about the hardware connected to your computer. It gives you the details about your Processor, Memory, Motherboard, Graphics card etc. See the screenshot below.

CPU-Z can show following details about your computer’s hardware.

CPU

  • Name and number.
  • Core stepping and process.
  • Package.
  • Core voltage.
  • Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
  • Supported instruction sets.
  • Cache information.

Mainboard

  • Vendor, model and revision.
  • BIOS model and date.
  • Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
  • Graphic interface.

Memory

  • Frequency and timings.
  • Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.

System

  • Windows and DirectX version.

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Boot from USB device even if not supported by the BIOS

Many old computer systems with outdated BIOS programs does not allow user to boot from USB devices. This prevents them to run any Live operating system.Plop Boot Manager is a perfect tool to overcome this problem. Using this tool you can boot from your External Hard disk or Pen Drive or CD-ROM device even if it is not supported by your BIOS.

Features:

  • USB boot without BIOS support (UHCI, OHCI and EHCI)
  • CD/DVD boot without BIOS support (IDE)
  • Floppy boot
  • Different profiles for operating systems
  • Define up to 16 partitions
  • No extra partition for the boot manager
  • Hidden boot, maybe you have a rescue system installed and the user should not see that there is another system installed
  • Boot countdown
  • Hide partitions
  • Password protection for the computer and the boot manager setup
  • Backup of partition table data
  • Textmode user interface 80×50
  • Graphic user interface 640×480, 800×600, 1024×786, 1280×1024
  • MBR partition table edit
  • Start of the boot manager from harddisk, floppy, USB, CD, DVD
  • Starting from Windows boot menu
  • Starting from LILO, GRUB, Syslinux, Isolinux, Pxelinux (network)
  • It can be used as PCI option ROM
  • Access the whole USB hard disk (up to 2TB) even when the bios has a 128 GiB limit
  • PCMCIA (CardBus) USB comes with the next release
  • The boot manager is freeware

This tool is little complicated to use and is meant for advanced computer users only. You may end up screwing your PC if don’t use it with care. So you better use it only if you know how to handle this kind of troubles. I have tested this tool and it worked perfectly for me. You can download Plop Boot Manager from the link given below.

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[How to] Remove/Recover BIOS password

There are many different ways to remove the BIOS password. You may have forgotten the password of your BIOS or you never knew it, whatever may be the case is. Sometimes it becomes necessary to access the BIOS to change system settings.

The simplest way to remove the BIOS password is to remove the CMOS battery for few seconds.A computer uses this battery to remember its settings and date & time when your computer is turned off. The CMOS battery is the reason why you always get the correct date and time whenever you restart your PC.

When you remove it from your CPU the computer will forget all the settings which includes BIOS password too. So to reset/ remove your BIOS password you just have to remove this battery once and then put it back after few seconds.

If you don’t know how to do this or if you are not familiar with computer hardware & stuff then you can try using this software –  PC CMOS Cleaner .

PC CMOS Cleaner is an easy-to-use tool to recover, delete, decode and display the superior passwords stored in BIOS whatever the brand is. Most types of BIOS are supported. It’s an bootable CD that runs on x86 and x86_64 computers. No need to pay expensive fees to experts. It’s a useful tool for users to get their lost BIOS password back, or clean passwords from an old computer bought from others.The download file is an iso file so first you have to burn it on a cd and then boot from that cd to recover your BIOS password.

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