Question about Panasonic TOUGHBOOK CF-18 Tablet PC
Hi, Just purchased a toughbook cf-18 from a guy on craigslist. Problem is that is has a supervisor password set on the bios. He can't remember what is was set to and I want to install a large hard drive. Can you help me remedy this problem??
Toughbook CF18, CF-18
How to remove the BIOS Supervisor Password:
Open all covers and openings. Remove hard drive and battery. Remove bottom of notebook. Many many tiny screws.
Now look towards the rear of the notebook. You will see 2 plugs both have a red and black wires. The one with the much smaller wires and connector is the BIOS battery. Use a pair of needle nose pliers and remove this plug.
Leave it off for 5-15 minutes.
Leave the BIOS battery plug off. Replace the laptop's main battery. Leave the hard drive out. Turn the unit over and turn it on.
Press F2 when the screen comes up. POOF! NO PASSWORD!
Go to Security and disable the password. Save configuration. Turn off the notebook. Replace the small connector. Turn it back over and turn it back on. Press F2 and verify that there is no password. Go to Security and Disable the password again. Save the configuration.
Put the bottom back on. You're done.
NOW FOR THE BAD NEWS!!!
Your hard drive is now dead. Replace it. When a supervisor password is used it locks the hard drive to that password. There is NO WAY to recover the hard drive. It is called an ATA security password. Without the ATA password the hard drive is completely useless.
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
You are in deep trouble.
To prevent stolen laptops from being used,
there is no way to bypass a supervisor password,
except if you contact Panasonic, and "prove" that you are the legitimate owner.
So, contact the seller, and get a list of "possible" passwords from him.
Or, contact the seller, return it to him, and get your money back.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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