Thats a bios password. Theres no way around it.
You have to enter, or clear the password.
Since that is an older laptop, you should be able to clear the password ***** removing the bios battery and leaving it out for an hour. Removing all power and the normal battery from the machine. And pressing and holding the power button for one minute. ( With all the cords and batteries including the bios battery removed )
This video shows you how to take the machine apart https://youtu.be/CKVljMrPmCE
At at 6 minutes and 7 seconds into the video you can see the round, small bios coin cell battery at the bottom left hand corner of the machine.
That has to be removed and left out for over an hour to clear the password.
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