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I want to buy a computer at a pawn shop but the bios password is locked. is it easy to unlock?

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Hi,

Whether the BIOS is easy to unlock depends on your abilities. If you are fairly technologically competent, it should not be a problem for you.

If you receive a password at boot that you do not know, you will need to clear the BIOS password by one of the following methods.

Please Note!: When inside the computer please be aware of the potential for Electrostatic discharge (ESD). This can ruin your computer.

* Try using generic BIOS passwords provided by the manufacturer.

or;

* On the computer motherboard locate the BIOS clear / password jumper or dipswitch and change its position. Once this jumper has been changed, turn on the computer and the password should be cleared. Once cleared, turn the computer off and return the jumper or dipswitch to its original position.

The location of the jumpers or dipswitches may vary; however, here are general locations where these jumpers / dipswitch may be located.

1. On the edge of the motherboard - Most jumpers are located on the side of the motherboard for easy accessibility, verify by looking at all visible edges of the motherboard.

2. By the CMOS battery - Some manufactures will place the jumper to clear the CMOS / BIOS password by the actual CMOS battery.

3. By the processor - Some manufactures will place the jumpers by the processor of the computer. However, note that in some cases these jumpers will be to change the processor and not the password.

4. Under the keyboard or bottom of laptop - If you are working on a laptop computer the location of the dipswitch (almost never a jumper) can be under the keyboard or on the bottom of the laptop in a compartment such as the memory compartment.

5. Other visible location - While it is possible that the jumpers / dipswitches may not be in a visible location, most manufactures try to make things easier by placing the jumpers / dipswitches in another visible location.

Additionally, when looking for the jumper / dipswitch, the label of that switch can be anything; however, in most cases will be labeled CLEAR - CLEAR CMOS - JCMOS1 - CLR - CLRPWD - PASSWD - PASSWORD - PWD.

I hope this helps. Thanks for using FixYa!

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Hello there :
if you first shut down the computer and remove the side panel and get to the cmos battery and remove it for 5 min than replace the battery and reboot the computer this will bypass the cmos password. than just go into bios and set your own password ok?
best regards mike

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