Computer appears dead

Hot-swapping and Boot-Block flash & Boot block flash and floppy support
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I've spent the last 3 weeks putting together a computer, bits from her, bits from there. Anyway, yesterday I had it all set up and running. It's only a 266 but it will do what I want it to do. I had 2000 on it. ran a little slow. So I decided to put 98 on it. but there was a BIOS password. the guy I got the board off of doesn't know what it is.
So, I took the chip off the board, left it off for 30 seconds, put it back on, turned on the machine.
All the lights on the HD's light up, on the floppy drive, the power and the processor in use light lights up, but it doesn't boot.
Please does anyone have any ideas? it's an AWARD BIOS chip.

Thanks Steve
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Password is not stored in the BIOS chip. Make sure that you put it back with correct orientation, no pins are bent outside the socket and the chip is seated firmly.
To clear CMOS, use the jumper designed to do that or remove the battery.
Patched and tested BIOSes are at
UniFlash - Flash anything anywhere
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