I salvaged an old tower from a warehouse. It actually works fine and boots up into XP. The only problem is that XP is locked with a password, and I think there is a delay after 5 attempts, so I do not think a Brute Force crack would work.
Moreover, I believe the BIOS has been edited to require a password before booting from CD (the computer appears to be a remnant of an old company, meaning the IT guys locked it down.) So, whenever I try to install Linux or an old XP recovery disk, it goes to what appears to be the BIOS registry and requires a password.
Does anyone know any way I can wipe the hard-drive without actually knowing the password? I want to use this computer for some tinkering work, considering it was free.