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Help removing Dell BIOS password

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by makersmark1, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. makersmark1

    makersmark1 Thread Starter

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    Earlier today, I madea horrible mistake, and installed Intel Active Monitor 1.2.2 on my Dell XPS 410. After frantic searching (it screwed over my BIOS settings so only my fans turned on when I powered on the computer) I removed the backup battery and let the BIOS reset.

    When I turned the comp on, it actually turned on!! Unfortunatly, I encountered a BIOS password screen. My old BIOS password obviously didnt work, so I tried calling Dell. They refused to help me unless I pay them $39.00 since my warranty expired.

    Ive bought 3 comps and 4 monitors from them over the last 3 years, and if this is the customer support I get, they will NEVER see another penny from me. In that light, I would like to see if theres a way to bypass this factory password, before I go out and upgrade my mobo/processor/ram.

    Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 1.0.3

    Dell System Dell DXP061 Series
    BIOS version 1.0.3

    Ive tried the following backdoor passwords, to no avail:

    Dell
    dell
    PHOENIX
    phoenix
    BIOS
    CMOS

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. brdalderson

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    Can you get to windows or does it come up with the password straight away?
    There are two options I can think of:
    1. Open the laptop and remove the CMOS battery for about 20mins and then put it back in, may not do anything but its worth a try.
    2. the other option is get the newset BIOS firmware and boot into DOS, if you can, and flash the BIOS, theoreticaly it should wipe the old firmware and give you a fresh start.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Sorry. Please read the rules.
     
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