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Go on line (with another computer of course) to SpotMau.com and get their boot suite program. Copy to a DVD or CD disc.
It has a startup program that bypasses your hard drive boot section and allows you to enter your hard drive boot sector. When there you can black out the original sign-in protocol (password) and it is Removed. Restart the computer and don't use a password again unless you have kids that use the system. No need for passwords if it is your computer and no one else uses it.
The Three Types of Passwords are: Bios Password - which is a password the comes up before the machine will even start booting. If you set this password, you should know it. The only way to remove a Bios Password if the take the laptop apart and remove the CMOS battery that is on the motherboard and let it sit for an hour or so until the computer completely loses memory of everything including the date, time, passwords.
Hard Drive Password - The hard drive password is set by the owner of the laptop to prevent thieves from getting to sensitive data if the laptop is stolen. 99% of the time if someone don't know the Hard Drive Password, then the laptop is stolen. If you're smart enough to set the hard drive password, then you should be smart enough to remember it. The real owner can sometimes set the password remotely once the laptop is stolen. The only way to remove the hard drive password is type in the correct password.
Windows Password - This password is associated with a user id that shows up once windows has completely booted up. If you forgot this password, it can be reset depending on the operating system.
Windows 7 requires a Password Reset Disc that everyone should take the time to create if they want to use a password on their user account. Without the disc that was created on that computer you won't be able to get in.
Windows XP and Vista - Turn off the computer, then turn it back on and immediately start hitting the F8 key repeatedly until you see SAFE MODE. Select Safe Mode and let the computer boot. When it comes to the login screen it will show the Administrator account and the user account for which you forgot the password. Click on the Administrator account and just click ok or enter for the password (hopefully you didn't create an Administrator's password and forgot it too). When you see the windows desktop in safe mode it will look differently. The icons will be bigger and the screen darker, but that is normal in safe mode. Click Start/Control Panel/User Accounts and select the user account for which you forgot the password, then select REMOVE PASSWORD, click OK and reboot your machine. This time let the computer boot up as it normally would.
Is this a Bios Password, Hard Drive Password or Windows User Account Password? Did you set the password and forgot it? If it's a Bios Password you'll need to remove the CMOS Battery attached to the motherboard and let it sit a couple of hours then replace the battery and see if it forgot it had a bios password. Most times you'll have to disassemble your laptop to get to the CMOS battery. If it's the Hard Drive Password, them 99% of the time this is indicative of a stolen laptop and the only remedy is to try to give the laptop to it's rightful owner or replace the hard drive. Hard Drive passwords are enabled and can be done by the rightful owner remotely in some cases to keep thieves from getting to sensitive data. Maybe the guys at: http://www.generalsystemsconsulting.com can help you.
Restart in safe mode (F8 after boot) and log in as administrator providing the administator's password that you entered when you installed the operating system. Then go to control panel and modify your user login password or create a new user account for yourself. But if it is the passord on boot that you forgot, there is nothing you can do but take the machine to a Toshiba Certified Service Center to have the passwor reset or removed. As the password on boot is a securiry measure to deter laptop thefts, you will probably be asked to show proof of ownership.
You need to remove, or short, the cmos battery. I'll be on the motherboard somewhere, possibly under the keyboard. Remove all screws, carefully, slide back any tabs on the keyboard and carefully remove. Only do this if your warranty has expired.
I have the same computer and I done the very same thing. Do you have the recovery disks that it came with? If so you need to take a paper clip and open the drive by pushing the paper clip the small hole in the cd drive door.... If you cant get the drive door to open. Try running your disks from 1-7. This should at least get you to the BIOS. Set your Boot order to where the 1st line says from CD drive. Then you should be good to go to factory settings.
If that does not work if you have a 98, Ultiamte Boot Utility, Vista Bootable CD, They can boot your system and format your hard drive whatever you want to do. You will lose all your data but at least you will be able to use it.
Problem: I forgot my password.
Solution: If you forgot your power-on password, you must take your computer to an IBM reseller or marketing representative to have the password canceled. If you forgot your hard disk password, IBM will not reset your password or recover data from the hard disk. You must take your computer to an IBM reseller or an IBM marketing representative to have the hard disk drive
replaced. Proof of purchase is required, and a fee will be charged for parts and service. If you forgot your supervisor password, IBM will not reset your password. You must take your computer to an IBM reseller or IBM marketing representative to have the system board replaced. Proof of purchase is required, and a fee will be charged for parts and service.