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how do I bypass the bios and HDD P/words?

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how do I bypass the bios and HDD P/words?
I have been given for personal use a laptop from work which was used by a previous employee.
The Windows Vista Business passwords have been lost.
Both the BIOS and the HDD passwords have been set and are known. My intention is to remove Vista and install a brand new and legally bought W XP SP3 but I need to get into the bios bit to set the machine to boot off of a cd. The Function F2 and F12 and DEL keys don't work (tapping rapidly while Windows loads) as the machine simply asks for the bios and HDD passwords every time. I enter these correctly and am presented with the screen with the users' icons and subsequent request for user password.

I set these passwords as a previous laptop had been stolen and it wasn't protected so when I got this one, I enter the bios bit and set the passwords; it appears this now prevents the F2 key opening the bios page.

The machine is a quite expensive Satellite Pro and it's a pity to dump it so any help will be seriously appreciated.
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