I just started up an old toshiba Satellite A45-S250 and is asking for a password that I donot remember. Is there a way to by pass the password requirement without send it to toshiba and getting charge for reseting the password?
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Here's how (and I've done it):
Turn on your computer and tap F8 repeatedly to get to "safe mode" and then press "enter."
At the login screen Click on administrator, which should not require a password
Click on Start
type <cmd> without the hentrax
Windows will start and you'll get a msg saying you're in safe mode are you sure you want to continue? etc etc. Yes you do.
Once it's all up and running (you'll have no internet and everything runs slow because safe mode disables some memory stuff)...
Co to control panel and click on "user accounts" (you may need to "switch to classic view").
Then you will see your regular account. Double click and then you can change all sorts of things, including your password, without having to put in the old one. Type the new password in each box it tells you too, type a password hint, click okay. If you want to be nerdy, you can put a password on your administrator account, but then you'd better remember it!
Reboot and let the computer go into its normal cycle.
My advice is if you don;t really need a password, fergit it!
From memory, there is no jumper. Look for bare solder pads near the bios battery... usually marked 'RST' or 'FRST' or similar. There will be a few pairs of pads grouped, you only need to short out the RST ones (a pair) Its a bit of a juggling act, but short them out during the process of applying power to the laptop. so... short out, maintain the short, plug in power, power up laptop, maintaining short for about 3 seconds..... remove power, restart.
The only way you can manege to restore to factory settings without a cd or a BIOS password is when you remove the hard drive from the pc, slave it to another computer and make a backup of all the data and then format it as an NTFS and then put it back into its computer and then install a new operating system
The plastic strip above the keyboard - you need to remove it (start by using a small, flat screwdriver and using the Windows key as leverage). After that, it's three screws (L, middle, R), then set it upside down over the touchpad, and disconnect the cable by lifting the connectors up.
I assume you have no mouse pointer.
Try pushing the Control/Alt/deletekeys all at once twice to see if that restarts it.
If not, push and hold the power button till it shuts down.
If it doesn't fully restart, then you may have to start it in safe
mode. (this is ususlly done by tapping the F8 key as it is starting up)
Let me know how it goes.
Oh, Some of the reset button holes are only small enough for a small paperclip to go into. SO these are sometimes hard to find.