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You can call Dell and they can reset the bios password for you. But if it doesn't have a warranty anymore you can simple open the casing of your computer and there's pin(jumper) on the motherboard that you can pull out and then put it back in. The password will be reset.
Try replacing the cpu fan. The reason why the cpu fan is noisy its because the bearings are rusty and need some lubricants. But in this case you have to replace them. For me there's no need to upgrade your bios. Its just a hardware problem.
A micro ATX or mATC motherboard will not fit any Sony VAIO VGX-XL* model HTPC. These systems have a non-standard form factor, proprietary motherboard built for Sony by ASUStek (based on their ASUS P5 boards).
Micro ATX or mATX boards do not match the mounting screw pattern, and the case and rear panel would require major modifications (and many internal components removed and not reinstalled) for any replacement motherboard. The Power Supplty is also non-standard 18-pin version of an ITX low profile model power supply.
There are a few upgrades which can be made to a stock XL2 (up to 4GB RAM, better low-profile video/graphics card, DVD optical drive replacement with Blu-ray, a SSD system OS/BOOT drive), but the motherboard, power supply, BIOS and and OEM Pentium D processor cannot be upgraded (because of a locked BIOS microcode). The XL3 model offers a few more opportunities for upgrade (up to 8GB RAM, upgradeable Core2 Duo processor options) but the rest of the restrictions apply (motherboard, power supply not upgradeable).