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BIOS passwords can add an extra layer of security for desktop and laptop computers. They are used to either prevent a user from changing the BIOS settings or to prevent the PC from booting without a password. Unfortunately, BIOS passwords can also be a liability if a user forgets their password, or changes the password to intentionally lock out the corporate IT department. Sending the unit back to the manufacturer to have the BIOS reset can be expensive and is usually not covered in the warranty. Never fear, all is not lost. There are a few known back doors and other tricks of the trade that can be used to bypass or reset the BIOS
Unless wiping the laptop clean of all info (refomatting) can reset to default settings, you pretty much stuck.
My question is, why would anyone have a need to set-up a password on the BIOS?
Your job is to not unlock it, but rather go back to the original owner and work with him to try and remember it. I'm sure that he has used only a handful of passwords over time, and one of them has to work. You trying to figure it out is like trying to figure out someone's debit card pin number, which would be a total waste of time. Sell it back to him, or take it to a PC technician and hope that they know some back door tips.
When your password pops up, put it in and do not hit the enter key, instead use the back space key to erase password and press enter, this should reset it, and bring you into login when you start it again.
Seems like you set up a password for BIOS. You can't get past without password.
Only option left with you is Open the CPU(Tower) and find a small flat circular battery called as "CMOS Battery" on the motherboard
All you need to is to remove the battery and then put back in
You will not be asked for password again on Setup
try all these passwords from what you described it looks like a system disabled password and i'm guessing you have pheonix bios therefore i generated some passwords with the code you provided hopefully it helps and works
Generic Phoenix BIOS: dszqtj
HP/Compaq Phoenix BIOS: wmxzjzz
FSI Phoenix BIOS (generic): 826167
FSI Phoenix BIOS ('L' model): 8197
FSI Phoenix BIOS ('P' model): 1985
FSI Phoenix BIOS ('S' model): 6321543
FSI Phoenix BIOS ('X' model): 5576
The simple and most easiest way is to remove the bios cell(Cmos). Take out the CMOS battery and wait 10 - 25 minutes before putting it back in. The reason for this wait is because the computer can still store power in its capacitors even though everything is unplugged. The waiting period allows enough time for them to discharge. second way is pheonix backdoor passwords are:-
these are case senstivtve.
third way is bios crack software.if you are going to try this plz download the version of bios you are using right now as back up.as these software can result into unwanted results.
I'm not sure if you are physically trying to close your pc, or if you have only set a BIOS password, have forgot it, and need to reset it. If you have forgotten the BIOS password, you will need to reset the CMOS (BIOS) in order to access the BIOS and change your boot order.
Please provide the make and model of your PC, and I will post instructions on how to reset the password :)