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
Power the laptop off. Unplug it. Remove the battery. Turn it over. Open the bottom panels. Look for a small battery. Unplug this battery. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds. RE-Assemble everything. Turn it back on - hopefully it has cleared the settings and you will be prompted to enter the BIOS.
To reset the BIOS read the information from this link to see what options you have.
In case of your laptop I would use software from Hiren's Boot CD to reset the BIOS (there is a program on the disc called Kill CMOS that wipes the BIOS as well as some other programs to remove the password).
You can remove the BIOS battery, but on laptops it's pretty hard to open it all up to get to the motherboard.
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I understand that whenever you turn ON the computer it pops for HDD password.
Inorder to reset it please follow the steps mentioned below:
If you have forgot BIOS/HDD password then you have to reset CMOS jumper setting. Please follow the below steps: Open the Laptop back panel. Locate the CMOS battrey, remove it &
then with the help of a screw driver keep on pressing the terminal inside it and turn ON the computer for 10 secs and Turn Off (make sure you keep on pressing the terminal with
a screwdriver while turning ON). It will short the BIOS setting. Now, fix the CMOS battrey & restart the computer. This will take care of the issue.
I believe the above resolution should resolve the issue, however, if the issue still persists, please contact us. We will be glad to help you.
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How to recover your forgotten laptop BIOS password? There are 3 methods, each method has its strength and weakness but I am going to talk about the 2 easy methods that works across the board for everyone. Here they are:
Method 1 – Remove BatteryFor desktop user, open up your computer casing and look for the battery. Remove the battery for approximately 5 minutes (maybe longer, depending on the motherboard) and slot it back. By removing the battery and deprive the motherboard’s flash memory of power supply, you are essentially resetting the settings back to default when the existing data in BIOS are cleared.
This method works well for desktop, however this is not practical for laptop user unless the warranty expired long time ago. This method might or not not work, it depends on the type of motherboard.
Method 2 – Reset CMOS With SoftwarePC CMOS Cleaner is the best CMOS password reset software, it works setting the BIOS to the default state or revealing the password. PC CMOS Cleaner is an easy-to-use tool to recover, delete, decode and display the superior passwords stored in BIOS whatever the brand is. Most types of BIOS are supported. It’s an bootable CD that runs on x86 and x86_64 computers. No need to pay expensive fees to experts. It’s a useful tool for users to get their lost BIOS password back, or clean passwords from an old computer bought from others.
Support all x86, x86_64 Personal Computers.
Support most BIOS, such as: AWARD, AMI, Compaq, Phoenix, Samsung, IBM, Compaq, DTK, Thinkpad, Sony, Toshiba and so on.
Display the superior passwords of the BIOS .
Remove BIOS password(will set the BIOS to default status, need reset date).
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.
A lot of the computers come with the factory default password "admin". You might try this.
If this is a bios level password, you may have to reset the bios on the motherboard. I would recommend you contact customer support.
If this is a Windows password you can get fixes on the Microsoft website.
Hope this helps.