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Bios password protected???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ekih, Jun 29, 2008.

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  1. ekih

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    I started up my computer and entered F2 to enter into my Bios and found it was password protected.
    I didn't put it there, is there any way that this can be done via malware etc?
     
  2. Rache

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    I don't know, but you can clear it by taking out cmos battery for a few mins then replacing.
     
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    Clearing Forgotten Passwords

    [​IMG] CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions on "Safety Instructions."
    If you forget your system or setup password, you cannot operate your computer or change settings in the system setup program until you clear the forgotten password(s).
    [​IMG]NOTICE: This process erases both the system and setup passwords.
    1. <LI value=1>Shut down the computer.
    2. Turn off any attached devices and disconnect them from their electrical outlets.
    [​IMG]NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the network wall jack.
    1. <LI value=3>Disconnect the computer power cable from the wall outlet, and then press the power button to ground the system board.

      <LI value=4>Open the computer cover.

      <LI value=5>Locate jumper PSWD on the system board and remove the jumper plug.
    2. Close the computer cover, plug your computer into an electrical outlet, and turn on the computer.
    The existing password(s) are erased.
    1. <LI value=7>Shut down the computer.
    2. Turn off any attached devices and disconnect them from their electrical outlets.
    [​IMG]NOTICE: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your computer and then unplug it from the network wall jack.
    1. <LI value=9>Disconnect the computer power cable from the wall outlet, and then press the power button to ground the system board.

      <LI value=10>Open the computer cover.

      <LI value=11>Install the PSWD jumper plug.
    2. Close the computer cover, plug your computer into an electrical outlet, and turn on the computer.
    Turning on your computer with the PSWD jumper installed reenables the password feature.
     
  4. scoobydoobydo55

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    where is the password jumper in a dell m65 mobile workstation?
     
  5. Byteman

    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    Caution- if it's a laptop or notebook, those may have a hardware chip security device that can, set the password seemingly by itself....it can lock you out of the hard drive, and also out of the computer, period...this is NOT the usual password that can be cleared by moving the CMOS jumper or taking out the battery.

    I learned this the hard way- some computers have a preset security password, or someone sets and forgets it- there is NO way to clear one of those that is on a chip....

    Now, if it's not a security chip Password> you might have luck by doing what was posted. For notebook owners, like IBM, Toshiba, etc, consult your motherboard or user manual before doing anything with your motherboard battery.

    I found this out after I bought a used notebook, someone apparently had set and then cleared their security chip password, but when I tried to reset to default in BIOS by taking the battery out, it REset the security chip and LOCKED both the hard drive and computer- it's expensive to get one cleared believe me....that was an IBM ThinkPad.
     
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