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Turned it on the other day, and all of a sudden it wants a password as soon as I power it up. It won't let me into the bios or setup. We never had it set up to ask for a password before, Don't know why it's asking now, and can't get into the laptop at all. Please help
TOSHIBA SATELLITE A215-S7437,
I WENT TO TURN ON THE LABTOP AND CAME ACCROSS A SCREEN THAT ASKED FOR PASSWORD? BIOS?
This should be able to be solved by opening the Ram bay and shorting out two solder points. Usually marked with a "xxx". The notebook should be started with these solder points shorted. Once the pc is on, it should go through the normal process without asking for a bios password. Once the pc is restarted, the CMOS password should disappear.
Posted on Feb 05, 2009
IT WORKS!!!! Solution #2 is the way to go. I soldered the 2 XXX points together and it started up like a charm. Thank you.
Posted on Jun 10, 2010
If in fact there has been a password entered in the bios start-up or boot of the computer and it was not there before and all of a sudden it popped up you got a virus in your bootlog! The only way to access this is to locate the cmos battery toshiba generally locates this under the keyboard. This battery like most that are installed are soldered in place and resemble a large hearing aid battery. Here is the trick,Unplug the ac adapter and remove the power pack battery before you start If you can get a ground strap and secure it so as to prevent static discharge do so. If you are skilled enough to unsolder it that is the best way just remove one lead and let it stand for five minutes to enable the internal capacitors to discharge. If that is not your cup of tea you can momentarilly short the battery for no longer than five seconds, It is very low voltage and I have never had a problem doing this.When you reconnect the battery replace the power pack battery first then the ac adapter. When you power up the cmos will re-establish itself and go to your settings to make sure you have no password. Then exit saving you settins to the cmos . In some cases you may have to flash the bios but this should br done by a tech as it could permenently damage it...Good luck, Be mucho blessed ...Mark
Posted on Jun 26, 2008
I see the one solder marked xxx. Where is the second one? Do you just short the one to ground?
Posted on Jul 06, 2010
I have a Satellite A215, but have been lucky enough to not have experienced this problem yet.
I checked out the Toshiba support website and found a support bulletin on this issue. Toshiba has a bios update for people to use who have not yet experienced this problem.
For those who are locked out of their computer due to faulty bios, they will repair the problem under warranty until December 31, 2010.
Incorrect power-on password prompt -- with older BIOS versions
98082632 Posted Date: 02/11/09 Last Updated: 02/24/09 Operating System: Category: BIOS Distribution: Public
Posted on Jun 12, 2010
I have a Toshiba A215-S7413 and the same problem has happened to me i.e. suddenly the BIOS password got set.
I tried all these suggestions i.e. shorting the two solder points under the RAM and as well as try to short the CMOS battery. But it still keeps asking me for a password. Even though shorting the CMOS battery (while the machine is powered off) claims that it reset the BIOS settings, it still asks for the BIOS password and won't accept anything. I am going crazy and have wasted a lot of time in this.
I think this is a scam by the Toshiba company. My laptop is pretty much a dead weight now. I am so frustrated.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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