Question about PC Laptops
Hi, my A100 shut down by itself and when i restarted it said that it had a error and the core duo 2 failed to start and then asked if i wanted to load defults or enter set up, well, as i am not a newbe, but, did not realy understand what was going on i selected enter set up, but, then that was the end of my lappy as i knew it. It has spontainiously set the setup password as i have owned this laptop for over a year and never set one, i rang the toshiba service center and they said to send it to them with my proof of purchase and they would fix it. my problem is that because it is not cvered by a warrenty any more, and apparenly password are not covered anyway, i realy just cannot afford it, silly aye. i have reaserched ithe whole thing as much as i can and back door passwords do not work, i have taken it appart and found the cmos battery, but i am not realy sure if i tried to remove it if i was doing it right, so would anyone have some tech advice for me and i would love to know where the jumpers or switch for the cmos are. Please someone help me out with this nightmare!! Thanks
I had the same problem, muchos gracias! The hardest part is removing the piece of plastic. I jammed the tip of a very small flat headed screwdriver underneath the black edge facing the keyboard, directly beyond the F1-F12 keys. There are 5 clips along that edge, you need to make them click out. There are no clips along the side or back edges. The black plastic covering the screen hinges are part of the same piece of plastic, and these each have one clip on them, so after all 5 (evenly spread) clips along the front edge have come out, tilt your screen back its full extent - on my laptop, it goes flat, and then tilt the plastic front edge of the plastic up a few degrees; a little less than a 35 degree angle, and then whilst keeping that front edge at the same distance away from the computer; not without lowering it more than perhaps a little, put your fingers underneath and gently lift the back edge and the hinges away from the computer, be gentle as the clips on the hinges are the same thin clips you can now see along the front edge.
Once you have removed this, undo the two screws, and do not unplug the keyboard - it's not too difficult to plug back in, but adds unnecessary work. To remove the small card under which the C88 solder points may be found, pull the silver metal clip that is holding it in left, away from the board. I did this with a flat headed screwdriver again, but that's unnecessarily brutish. Do not remove the two wires, you won't be able to re-attach them without a little solder (or I suppose, cellotape!). Under the board you will find two neat rectangle blobs of solder, and just to make doubly sure, they're labelled C88 just above them, but as they're the only solder points in sight it's quite obvious :).
Thanks very much for this solution Rochelle (I won't say r0chelle; I assume the name you wanted was already taken!).
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
I have 1 laptop a100 bois pasword i forget ready
Posted on Jun 16, 2009
This answer I got it from a Computer Technician...here it is what to do and finally make it work....i did it my self and it worked...
Posted on Oct 02, 2012
Ii ,didnt find any plasttic covr .i just entered d default pasword..wrkd for me...
Posted on Dec 25, 2011
Thank you r0chelle...
your solution to the A100 laptop works...
i did exactly how you mentioned...
Posted on Nov 18, 2008
Hey everyone ......i got the same problem but wut i did was like i used password 1234 and it works ..i d k if it works for u...well it works for me thou
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Posted on Jul 01, 2009
After following all the sugestions, which were really helpful, I used the flattop screw driver, star screwdriver, office paper clips etc, but nothing really worked as I kept getting the password prompt over and over. After about 4 hours of battling with it, I used a trip of copper wire and voila! the password prompt was bypassed and the laptop booted straight to windows. Bend the wire like so ' [ ' and place the long strip across the 2 solder points and then boot the laptop. This is for anybody who has failed by using all the suggested equipments.
By the way, thanks to Thewyzewun, who painatakingly went through the process of removing the plastic covering on the keyboard, the wireless card and what to look for, and how to 'short' the circuit, otherwise, I could not have gotten it at all.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009
WOW !!!! U R BIG !!!!!!!!!! Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
Thank you r0chelle! the solution is greet and reely its takes 5 minutes. but the card is not a modem card but a card for vga display. althoug your solution is very usefull TKS
Posted on Dec 14, 2007
To confirm that, yes, Toshiba has a problem on BIOS passwords but only on certain units. It could be found in Document ID 98082361 in kb.toshiba.com. An repair center should take care of the problem or ship the computer back to the depot.
Posted on Oct 15, 2007
Hey everyone ......i got the some problem,when worked night very well but moring asking bios password ,Toshiba satellite A 100-294 laptop model ,i dint get bios jumper and also there is no information about this computer model.please help me
Posted on Sep 30, 2013
Hello, I come from Polish, I have a problem with a toshiba a100-528. Under the keyboard there is no card (modem). I can not find the point of C88. It's probably a different model of motherboard. How to reset the password in this model a100-528. thank you very much for your help, I look forward to quick response, very greet
Posted on Sep 28, 2011
Worked great after I scraped away some of the covering off of the two solder joints.
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
Just to let you know that shorting c88 does work.
Posted on Aug 31, 2008
And well done
Posted on Aug 18, 2008
R0chelle nailed it. fixed a satellite A100 fo me. thanks kindly
Posted on Jun 20, 2008
Ok, now i found it after a few minutes... I just want u to know, taht's not really the modem-card.... more the WLAN @ Toshiba satellite A100-692.....
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
Thank you so much for this! Toshiba and such companies should pay people like you for solving problems like this. I'm in a country without any Toshiba support centers, and to fix problems of the sort, I would need to learn myself, and do!
Posted on Dec 06, 2007
The solution is as proposed by r0chelle!
I was stuck with this problem and the laptop has been yo yoning between me and the repair company, them blaming me for the BIOS password and hence a hefty fee needed to be paid if I was to get the password removed. I've spent hours on the phone with them and had I known this solution I would have saved myself a lot of headache and phone bills!!
Solution works perfectly on my Toshiba A100-01M
Posted on Nov 01, 2007
Just do as it says:, If you want, this is what needs to be done. Remove the piece of plastic above the keyboard. Unscrew the 2 screws in the keyboard and lift the keyboard up( No reason to disconnect it ) Unscrew and remove the modem card in the center. There is 2 solder points c88 on the system board. You need to short those 2 points out while you press the power button on. This will reset the bios password. This should take someone about 5 minutes to do.
Posted on Oct 17, 2007
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