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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Compaq 'security'?

"For most home machines, you can simply reset the CMOS [...]"

In the old days doing that also cleared the hard disk "geometry" settings that were also stored in the CMOS. You had to know the original virtual cylinder/head/sector values - to be able to access the data on the disk. There were usually several feasible variants.

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