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Bios Password Protected on Old Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BillWalz, Jul 7, 2005.

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  1. BillWalz

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    I have aquired a Digital ts30g on Ebay. Ad said boots to bios , no further testing dome. So I got it cheap and thought worth a gamble. The ad neglected to mention that the Bios were password protected. :eek: Anyone know a way around this? I know that sometimes if you pull the Bios Battery you can lose the password but I hate to think I'll destroy this puter trying to get to the battery. Thanks for looking and appreciate any advice.
     
  2. CouchMaster

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    Yeah, you need to open the case and pull the cmos battery - or find the reset jumper and short it. If you're careful you should be OK...
     
  3. accat13

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    unless you have done that with this type of laptop I would suggest some serious googling is in order.I wouldn't pull the battery just yet.Odds are it won't help.I know from experience it doesn't help on toshiba or ibm. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    Agree with the poster above.

    Most laptop BIOS passwords are held in non-volatile memory that is totally unaffected by removal of the CMOS battery. Totally unlike desktop PCs

    This is to give a suitable level of protection to data when the laptop is stolen, as often happens.

    On many laptops, it takes mechanical intervention by an authorised service agent, and thats only done when ownership is established. As an example, a special hardware donlgle plugged on the parallel port can allow the password to be over-ridden and reset on some brands. Other brands differ.
     
  5. accat13

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    hmmm someone own a ******* lol not hard to make.
     
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    You're pretty much out of luck I would guess. As mentioned, laptops are not like desktops when it comes to bypassing the passwords.
     
  7. BillWalz

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    This laptop seems really bad, have seen very little info on it.The only thing I have read about is replacing the chip or board (big $). http://www.pwcrack.com/security_chips_dec.shtml. May not be worth throwing the money at. On a side note hope you didn't pay much. You may be able to get some money back by parting it out. I know I need a certain toshiba ac adapter(PA2450U) so there is a market for parts.
     
  9. accat13

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    The dongle won't work on this laptop( as far as
    I know)It plugs in the PARALLEL PORT or usb on newer models.Its a PARALLEL PORT connector wired in a certain way.
     
  10. CouchMaster

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    Open it up and pull the battery - on a laptop this old you should be able to reset the BIOs...What have you got to lose?
     
  11. accat13

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    very confused your ebay link points to a NEC VERSA 6060 and your original statement in the first post says Digital ts30g. :confused:
     
  12. BillWalz

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  13. BillWalz

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    Thanks for your help. In case anyone wants it for future reference, pulling the cmos battery did the trick although it is glued in and quite a pain in the a$$ to get out. but if you get it out without ripping the posts off bubble gum seems to hold it into place when you reinsert it
     
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