After an exhausting ordeal with what I believe to be impersonation on my desktop, I thought it a good idea to set a bios password on my Gateway laptop. Unfortunately, I didn't write it down and cannot remember the password. I've hardly used the laptop, and now, I can't even get passed the first screen. Please let me know if there's an alternative to sending to the manufacturer. Warranty has ended. Thanks.
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If it's your windows password you've forgot, this situation is recoverable. You need to make a PASSWORD RESET DISK, which you will have to google for on the internet. You will probably require your Windows COA 25 character code from the underside of your laptop/back of PC. Instructions from MicroSoft are here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/create-password-reset-disk#1TC=windows-vista
That was for Vista but the procedure is similar for XP/7/8 I believe.
Obviously you will have to borrow another computer with similar OS OR get a friend to make you one.Once done, put in CDROM and reboot (set reboot frm CDROM in BIOS if necessary). BIOS is got by pressing F1 or F2 or other key (google it) depending on your model. Good Luck
Here is a good link for the bios setup:<br />
<a href="http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bios-beginners,1126.html">http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bios-beginners,1126.html</a><br />
Here is a more simple one:<br />
<a href="http://www.abit.com.tw/banner/bios-guide/index.htm">http://www.abit.com.tw/banner/bios-guide/index.htm</a><br />
For reset the bios password:<br />
<a href="http://www.tech-faq.com/reset-bios-password.html">http://www.tech-faq.com/reset-bios-password.html</a><br />
You have two methods to rest on two different conditions.
First if you want to re-set in normal mode and a second thing if you have forgotten the password.
First of all enter into Bios Setup then Security and Reset your password.
Second if you have forgotten your password and you need to reset without power on your computer take these steps;
1. Uncover your computer
2. See a jumper near to hard connector. This jumper sets on two legs total of three and one leg free.
3. Changer jumper side ... It sets on free leg and then one leg will free.
4. Now, starts on your computer, it will give you a message. Now follow the message and accept changes for Bios and press enter.
5. Once again switch off your computer.
6. Reset jumper on the same place and cover your computer again.
7. Start your computer enter into Bios without any password. Now you can set your password from security tab again.
I.m assuming you want to know what the BIOS password is? The BIOS password is established by the consumer after purchase. It is not set by the manufacturer for obvious reasons. If you have set a BIOS password and have forgotten it, the only recourse you have is to go into the case, find the BIOS reset jumper, position it to the reset position, wait a few seconds, then replace it back to normal. This will clear the BIOS password, but will also reset the BIOS to its default factory settings. You will need to make any modifications that are desired after rebooting the machine. There is no way to hack the password once it is set, unless you're a real good guesser.
You will need to create a bootable Dos, or Linux or NT cd in order to run them.
2. Hardware Removal method : - First you need to open the case. - Then find the cmos battery (It will look like a nickel sized silver disk located on the motherboard). - Remove the cmos battery for 30 seconds and then put it back in. You may have to tweak the bios settings afterward, but the password will be gone.
Apparently, this laptop sets the password by itself because of some kind of glitch in the earlier BIOS releases. I believe this problem was fixed with the latest BIOS release. But how can you upgrade the laptop BIOS to the latest version if you cannot bypass the password? 1. If the laptop is still under warranty take it to an authorized repair center. They should clear the BIOS password without any charge. 2. If the laptop is not under warranty, you can try to clear the BIOS password yourself. You’ll find instructions here and here. After the password has been cleared, upgrade the laptop BIOS to the latest version. You can download it from the Toshiba website.
If the PC concerned is a desktop and you can open it up and see the motherboard, it is possible to reset the CMOS/BIOS. This action will set the CMOS/BIOS to default, remove all personal configurations including any password(s) that you may have set. The reset jumper normally is very near the Lithium battery
If it were a laptop, then that's another issue. Most present day laptops for purposes of security made it a point to really protect passwords such as this. Some older laptop versions have a total reset button underneath. Still others also have a battery that you can remove to reset the CMOS/BIOS.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back with details of your PC's brand/model or at the very least your motherboard.
Good luck and kind regards.
To access or enter motherboard BIOS settings, on powerup either F2 or Del.
If you just want to remove the password in your Dell Optiplex > The BIOS password may be cleared by removing the password jumper (PSWD) on the motherboard. This will also clear all CMOS settings:
Open your casing, on your motherboard. find the CMOS password reset jumper (3-pin) on the motherboard;
Remove the jumper from pins 1 and 2 and put it on pins 2 and 3 for about 5 seconds.
Replace back the jumper on pins 1 and 2.
Hope this be of help/idea. Good luck and kind regards.