Fred Ayieko wants more answers to this question
this PC is 12 years, old and as such uses BIOS PW methods used back then, (there are 3 ways on all PCs made)
1: pull NVRAM/RTC coin cell battery, (see below) or jumpers.
2: stored, in EEPROM (custom PW chip) very heard to reset,
3: stored in TPM modern PCs, and you are doomed lacking direct OEM intervention (by LAW)
so lets pretend your PC, (ever youtube this all day)
it is Generation 1, NVRAM and jumpers.
if it is GEN1 and I'm not saying it is. and there are 12 motherboards used on any A8 world wide and are NOT the same here is the GEN one methods. (and if fails proves its gen2.)
acid test: 101.
GEN1 (the maybe jumpers but IDK)
1:remove the HUGE battery first, leave it out until PC runs right again, 12years old batteries short, and are CHAOS.
2: AC pack unplugged.
3: dismantle the PC as needed to reach RTC/NVRAM battery.
as seen below. this one is Yellow, can be blue or?
we have no manuals at Toshiba (30 manuals there)
that show any jumpers at all.
4: remove the battery some solder down others just unplug
this A8 from Europe just unplugges.
5: once you are 100% sure this battery (niiMh) and is recharable is pulled, for SURE.
6: short the 2 battery pins on the PCB side, never short a battery ever ok,. just the motherboard side, we short using a jumper wire those 2 abandoned pins,
7: NVRAM is now 100% ERASED ! in 1 nano second .
the PC now how has zero power, and NVRAM is now empty.
What it really does is have random data, if you learn how NVram works.
8: put back the PC, no jumper connected. as above.
9: leave out the HUGE now bad old battery, leave it the h3ll out until such time the PC runs perfectly again on AC. do that now.
10: power on the PC, if PW still set then your PASSword for sure in not stored on NVRAM is it.? no.!
11: weeeeee, I can now get to BIOS F1 page. three cheers.
do the inside BIOS pages set to defaults now.
power on hammer F1, and BIOS now is up on the screen.
do the BIOS time and date now, SAVE and EXIT BOIS and reboot or power cycle the PC.
there is how to do it or learn if your PW is in side that NVRAM.
if the PC was parked for months on end you need to recharge it per the manual, OK or the PC can not be used. the RTC NVRAM battery must be charged first.
the battery charge only happens turned on, (oddly) as the manual clearly states in Chapter 6 page 5 below.
so do details HELP?
the manual is here,