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I was locked out of my computer, login wanted password that was never set, took out bios battery from motherboard, still locked out. I can get into biso only, cant not run windows. This there a test I can run on the hard drive other than smart?

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Go HERE and do a search for you computer model. When you find it look under Driver and Software Downloads for a BIOS update. You may be able to recover after updating the BIOS.

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Locked password


Locked Password where? Bios Password? Hard Drive Password? Windows User Account (userid) Password? And which operating system?

If it's the Bios Password, then you will need to remove the CMOS Battery and let the computer sit for a couple of hours. Then put the battery back in and try rebooting. You'll have to go back into the BIOS or Setup to put the correct date and time in but the password should be gone from memory.

If it's the Hard Drive Password, you're kinda out of luck. Hard drives are locked 99% of the time when the computer is stolen. The original owner either locked it while he had possession of it or he could have locked it remotely when it was stolen to keep thieves from getting to sensitive data. The only way around it is to have the original put the password in, or Purchase a new hard drive to put in the computer, reload the operating system, reload the drivers and reload application programs.

If it's the Windows Password for User Account turn off the computer, then turn it on and immediately start hitting the F8 key until you see the SAFE MODE Option. Take the Safe Mode option to boot the computer. When it comes to the login screen it will show you the Administrator account and the Account for which you forgot or don't know the password. Log into the Administrator account (hopefully you didn't password protect it and forgot it). When windows desktop comes up click Start/Control Panel/User Accounts. When the User Accounts window opens up click on the User Account for which you forgot the password then select Remove Password. Reboot the machine

Mar 17, 2012 | PC Desktops

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How to Recover Windows XP Administrator Password?


Computer plays a vital role nowadays. No matter for the business man or home computer user, they all need use PC to do work, watch TV & Video, play online games and so on. Indeed, in some sense computer is already becoming a part of our life. Most of computer users get use to create a Windows administrator password in case of privacy data lack. So, you can image that there are more and more people need to gain access to their PC when Windows XP administrator passwords forgot. Absolutely, you want get out of this situation without formatting and re-installing the operating system? Thus here I point out the easiest and safest method that can help you recover Windows XP administrator password. Let's roll it.

Part 1: Select Windows XP administrator password recovery tool

As you can't login Windows XP operating system, the only thing you can do is making a Windows password recovery disk and using the disk to recover your Windows password, and then you need:

1> a blank CD disk.
2> a computer that can download from Internet and have a CD writer.
3> a program that can recover Windows password. In this tutorial we highly recommended Windows Login Recovery and use it as an example.

Part 2: Recover the forgotten Windows XP administrator password

Step 1. Download Windows Login Recovery from the official website.

Step 2. Install Windows Login Recovery on your Windows XP computer, then launch it (When launch the program, you will see the ISO image file has automatically entered. Please leave it as the default).

Step 3. Choose a device to burn the ISO image file, we select the CD writer.

Step 4. Click Burn and then start to burn the ISO image file (Please insert the blank CD disk into the CD writer first). When the burning completes, click OK and the disk will eject itself.

Step 5. Change your locked computer's BIOS settings to make it boot from CD-ROM: (3 steps)

1). Reboot your locked computer, press F2 or Delete to enter your BIOS setup during the booting.

2). On the Boot tab, set the Boot Device Priority. Make sure the CDROM Drives is before Hard Disk Drives.

3). Press F10 and Y followed by Enter to save the BIOS settings and reboot your locked computer.

Step 6. Use the created disk to recover the Windows XP administrator password: (5 steps)

1). Insert the created disk into the CD-ROM of the locked computer and reboot it (When the locked computer boots, you can see Windows Login Recovery initializing).

2). Enter the ID number of the hard drive volume that Windows is installed.

3). Enter the ID number for the User Name.

4). Enter y (yes) to confirm your action or n (no) to deny the action, then hit Enter.

5). Enter y to continue to remove passwords of other accounts or n to finish (If you enter n, the locked computer will reboot, please eject the created disk first).

Congratulations! You have successfully removed the Windows XP administrator password. Now you can login Windows XP without password and you can create a new one.

on Jul 29, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Password for bios


It depends where the machine came from. It may have been put on by the shop that sold it, or a previous owner.

Sadly, I cannot find an online manual for this motherboard (it should be a MCP61PM-GM motherboard), which would lead to how to reset the BIOS. Have a look around the motherboad closely, and see if you can find a switch, or even remove the power and the battery for at least 24 hours.

This is some info I found that may help you:
"Using the Motherboard "Clear CMOS" Jumper or Dipswitch settings Many motherboards feature a set of jumpers or dipswitches that will clear the CMOS and wipe all of the custom settings including BIOS passwords. The locations of these jumpers / dipswitches will vary depending on the motherboard manufacturer and ideally you should always refer to the motherboard or computer manufacturers documentation. If the documentation is unavailable, the jumpers/dipswitches can sometimes be found along the edge of the motherboard, next to the CMOS battery, or near the processor. Some manufacturers may label the jumper / dipswitch CLEAR - CLEAR CMOS - CLR - CLRPWD - PASSWD - PASSWORD - PWD. On laptop computers, the dipswitches are usually found under the keyboard or within a compartment at the bottom of the laptop.
Please remember to unplug your PC and use a grounding strip before reaching into your PC and touching the motherboard. Once you locate and rest the jumper switches, turn the computer on and check if the password has been cleared. If it has, turn the computer off and return the jumpers or dipswitches to its original position.
Removing the CMOS Battery The CMOS settings on most systems are buffered by a small battery that is attached to the motherboard. (It looks like a small watch battery). If you unplug the PC and remove the battery for 10-15 minutes, the CMOS may reset itself and the password should be blank. (Along with any other machine specific settings, so be sure you are familiar with manually reconfiguring the BIOS settings before you do this.) Some manufacturers backup the power to the CMOS chipset by using a capacitor, so if your first attempt fails, leave the battery out (with the system unplugged) for at least 24 hours. Some batteries are actually soldered onto the motherboard making this task more difficult. Unsoldering the battery incorrectly may damage your motherboard and other components, so please don't attempt this if you are inexperienced. Another option may be to remove the CMOS chip from the motherboard for a period of time.
Note: Removing the battery to reset the CMOS will not work for all PC's, and almost all of the newer laptops store their BIOS passwords in a manner which does not require continuous power, so removing the CMOS battery may not work at all. IBM Thinkpad laptops lock the hard drive as well as the BIOS when the supervisor password is set. If you reset the BIOS password, but cannot reset the hard drive password, you may not be able to access the drive and it will remain locked, even if you place it in a new laptop. IBM Thinkpads have special jumper switches on the motherboard, and these should be used to reset the system."

Jul 31, 2011 | eMachines ET1161-05 PC Desktop

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How can i reset my bios password ,logged out/dell computer


You can call Dell and they can reset the bios password for you. But if it doesn't have a warranty anymore you can simple open the casing of your computer and there's pin(jumper) on the motherboard that you can pull out and then put it back in. The password will be reset.


Oct 27, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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My computer has a password on it when you hit the f2 button. How do I retrieve the password


Backdoor Passwords READ COMPLETELY!!

Many BIOS manufacturers have provided backdoor passwords that can be used to access the BIOS setup in the event you have lost your password. These passwords are case sensitive, so you may wish to try a variety of combinations.

WARNING: Some BIOS configurations will lock you out of the system completely if you type in an incorrect password more than 3 times. Read your manufacturers documentation for the BIOS setting before you begin typing in passwords.
Award BIOS backdoor passwords:ALFAROME BIOSTAR KDD ZAAADA
ALLy CONCAT Lkwpeter ZBAAACA
aLLy CONDO LKWPETER ZJAAADC
aLLY Condo PINT 01322222
ALLY d8on pint 589589
aPAf djonet SER 589721
_award HLT SKY_FOX 595595
AWARD_SW J64 SYXZ 598598
AWARD?SW J256 syxz
AWARD SW J262 shift + syxz
AWARD PW j332 TTPTHA
AWKWARD j322
awkward

AMI BIOS Backdoor Passwords:AMI BIOS PASSWORD HEWITT RAND
AMI?SW AMI_SW LKWPETER CONDO

Phoenix BIOS Backdoor Passwords:phoenix PHOENIX CMOS BIOS

Misc. Common PasswordsALFAROME BIOSTAR biostar biosstar
CMOS cmos LKWPETER lkwpeter
setup SETUP Syxz Wodj

Other BIOS Passwords by ManufacturerManufacturer Password

VOBIS & IBM merlin
Dell Dell
Biostar Biostar
Compaq Compaq
Enox xo11nE
Epox central
Freetech Posterie
IWill iwill
Jetway spooml
Packard Bell bell9
QDI QDI
Siemens SKY_FOX
TMC BIGO
Toshiba Toshiba

Toshiba BIOS

Most Toshiba laptops and some desktop systems will bypass the BIOS password if the left shift key is held down during boot
IBM Aptiva BIOS

Press both mouse buttons repeatedly during the boot
Using the Motherboard "Clear CMOS" Jumper or Dipswitch settings

Many motherboards feature a set of jumpers or dipswitches that will clear the CMOS and wipe all of the custom settings including BIOS passwords. The locations of these jumpers / dipswitches will vary depending on the motherboard manufacturer and ideally you should always refer to the motherboard or computer manufacturers documentation. If the documentation is unavailable, the jumpers/dipswitches can sometimes be found along the edge of the motherboard, next to the CMOS battery, or near the processor. Some manufacturers may label the jumper / dipswitch CLEAR - CLEAR CMOS - CLR - CLRPWD - PASSWD - PASSWORD - PWD. On laptop computers, the dipswitches are usually found under the keyboard or within a compartment at the bottom of the laptop.

Please remember to unplug your PC and use a grounding strip before reaching into your PC and touching the motherboard. Once you locate and rest the jumper switches, turn the computer on and check if the password has been cleared. If it has, turn the computer off and return the jumpers or dipswitches to its original position.
Removing the CMOS Battery

The CMOS settings on most systems are buffered by a small battery that is attached to the motherboard. (It looks like a small watch battery). If you unplug the PC and remove the battery for 10-15 minutes, the CMOS may reset itself and the password should be blank. (Along with any other machine specific settings, so be sure you are familiar with manually reconfiguring the BIOS settings before you do this.) Some manufacturers backup the power to the CMOS chipset by using a capacitor, so if your first attempt fails, leave the battery out (with the system unplugged) for at least 24 hours. Some batteries are actually soldered onto the motherboard making this task more difficult. Unsoldering the battery incorrectly may damage your motherboard and other components, so please don't attempt this if you are inexperienced. Another option may be to remove the CMOS chip from the motherboard for a period of time.

Note: Removing the battery to reset the CMOS will not work for all PC's, and almost all of the newer laptops store their BIOS passwords in a manner which does not require continuous power, so removing the CMOS battery may not work at all. IBM Thinkpad laptops lock the hard drive as well as the BIOS when the supervisor password is set. If you reset the BIOS password, but cannot reset the hard drive password, you may not be able to access the drive and it will remain locked, even if you place it in a new laptop. IBM Thinkpads have special jumper switches on the motherboard, and these should be used to reset the system.
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Panasonic cf-28


Unlock BIOS by removing jumper on Motherboard. The jumper is a small plastic thing on two pins.

Jun 19, 2009 | Panasonic Toughbook 29 Touch (P/N...

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I have a dell 4600 that I got from my daughter . which I had to re-install and It has a password in the bios for the set up and my daughter dont know




Hi katmbutts;


Before attempting to bypass the BIOS password on a computer, please take a minute to contact the hardware manufacturer support staff directly and ask for their recommended methods of bypassing the BIOS security. In the event the manufacturer cannot (or will not) help you, there are a number of methods that can be used to bypass or reset the BIOS password yourself. They include:
    • Using a manufacturers backdoor password to access the BIOS
    • Use password cracking software
    • Reset the CMOS using the jumpers or solder beads.
    • Removing the CMOS battery for at least 10 minutes
    • Overloading the keyboard buffer
    • Using a professional service
Please remember that most BIOS passwords do not protect the hard drive, so if you need to recover the data, simply remove the hard drive and install it in an identical system, or configure it as a slave drive in an existing system. The exception to this are laptops, especially IBM Thinkpads, which silently lock the hard drive if the supervisor password is enabled. If the supervisor password is reset without resetting the and hard drive as well, you will be unable to access the data on the drive.

Backdoor passwords
Many BIOS manufacturers have provided backdoor passwords that can be used to access the BIOS setup in the event you have lost your password. These passwords are case sensitive, so you may wish to try a variety of combinations. Keep in mind that the key associated to "_" in the US keyboard corresponds to "?" in some European keyboards. Laptops typically have better BIOS security than desktop systems, and we are not aware of any backdoor passwords that will work with name brand laptops. WARNING: Some BIOS configurations will lock you out of the system completely if you type in an incorrect password more than 3 times. Read your manufacturers documentation for the BIOS setting before you begin typing in passwords Award BIOS backdoor passwords:
ALFAROME BIOSTAR KDD ZAAADA ALLy CONCAT Lkwpeter ZBAAACA aLLy CONDO LKWPETER ZJAAADC aLLY Condo PINT 01322222 ALLY d8on pint 589589 aPAf djonet SER 589721 _award HLT SKY_FOX 595595 AWARD_SW J64 SYXZ 598598 AWARD?SW J256 syxz AWARD SW J262 shift + syxz AWARD PW j332 TTPTHA AWKWARD j322 awkward AMI BIOS backdoor passwords:
AMI AAAMMMIII BIOS PASSWORD HEWITT RAND AMI?SW AMI_SW LKWPETER A.M.I. CONDO PHOENIX BIOS backdoor passwords: phoenix, PHOENIX, CMOS, BIOS MISC. COMMON PASSWORDS
ALFAROME LKWPETER BIOSTAR lkwpeter biostar setup biosstar SETUP CMOS Syxz cmos Wodj OTHER BIOS PASSWORDS BY MANUFACTURER Manufacturer Password VOBIS & IBM merlin Dell Dell Biostar Biostar Compaq Compaq Enox xo11nE Epox central Freetech Posterie IWill iwill Jetway spooml Packard Bell bell9 QDI QDI Siemens SKY_FOX TMC BIGO Toshiba Toshiba TOSHIBA BIOS Most Toshiba laptops and some desktop systems will bypass the BIOS password if the left shift key is held down during boot IBM APTIVA BIOS Press both mouse buttons repeatedly during the boot Then There is Password cracking software The following software can be used to either crack or reset the BIOS on many chipsets. If your PC is locked with a BIOS administrator password that will not allow access to the floppy drive, these utilities may not work. Also, since these utilities do not come from the manufacturer, use them cautiously and at your own risk. Using the Motherboard "Clear CMOS" Jumper or Dipswitch settings Many motherboards feature a set of jumpers or dipswitches that will clear the CMOS and wipe all of the custom settings including BIOS passwords. The locations of these jumpers / dipswitches will vary depending on the motherboard manufacturer and ideally you should always refer to the motherboard or computer manufacturer's documentation. If the documentation is unavailable, the jumpers/dipswitches can sometimes be found along the edge of the motherboard, next to the CMOS battery, or near the processor. Some manufacturers may label the jumper / dipswitch CLEAR - CLEAR CMOS - CLR - CLRPWD - PASSWD - PASSWORD - PWD. On laptop computers, the dipswitches are usually found under the keyboard or within a compartment at the bottom of the laptop. Remember to unplug your PC and use a grounding strip before reaching into your PC and touching the motherboard. Once you locate and rest the jumper switches, turn the computer on and check if the password has been cleared. If it has, turn the computer off and return the jumpers or dipswitches to its original position. Removing the CMOS Battery The CMOS settings on most systems are buffered by a small battery that is attached to the motherboard. (It looks like a small watch battery). If you unplug the PC and remove the battery for 10-15 minutes, the CMOS may reset itself and the password should be blank. (Along with any other machine specific settings, so be sure you are familiar with manually reconfiguring the BIOS settings before you do this.) Some manufacturers backup the power to the CMOS chipset by using a capacitor, so if your first attempt fails, leave the battery out (with the system unplugged) for at least 24 hours. Some batteries are actually soldered onto the motherboard making this task more difficult. Unsoldering the battery incorrectly may damage your motherboard and other components, so please don't attempt this if you are inexperienced. Another option may be to remove the CMOS chip from the motherboard for a period of time. Note: Removing the battery to reset the CMOS will not work for all PC's, and almost all of the newer laptops store their BIOS passwords in a manner which does not require continuous power, so removing the CMOS battery may not work at all. IBM Thinkpad laptops lock the hard drive as well as the BIOS when the supervisor password is set. If you reset the BIOS password, but cannot reset the hard drive password, you may not be able to access the drive and it will remain locked, even if you place it in a new laptop. IBM Thinkpads have special jumper switches on the motherboard, and these should be used to reset the system.

Overloading the KeyBoard Buffer On some older computer systems, you can force the CMOS to enter its setup screen on boot by overloading the keyboard buffer. This can be done by booting with the keyboard or mouse unattached to the systems, or on some systems by hitting the ESC key over 100 times in rapid succession. Jumping the Solder Beads on the CMOS It is also possible to reset the CMOS by connecting or "jumping" specific solder beads on the chipset. There are too many chipsets to do a breakdown of which points to jump on individual chipsets, and the location of these solder beads can vary by manufacturer, so please check your computer and motherboard documentation for details. This technique is not recommended for the inexperienced and should be only be used as a "last ditch" effort. I hope this helps, Don't forget to leave a rating. Mark

Apr 23, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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My motherboard has been locked by some body with a password


Hi, First shud down your pc.Switch off the power. And open your motherboard's battery. Be carefull and don't rush. And again fix it. And start your computer. Then you will be asked by a message in a black screen that some BIOS Lost or somthing. You just carry on with new set up. Let me know the result

Dec 12, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Resetting a bios password


YOU NEED NOT TO USE SOFTWARE TO RESET BIOS PASSWORD. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SIMPLY OPEN YOUR SYSTEM UNIT. UNPLUG ALL CABLES ON IT. GROUND YOURSELF BY TOUCHING @ LEAST 10-15 SECONDS TO THE SYSYTEM UNITS COVER ( SO-CALLED CPU BY SOME) ON YOUR MOTHERBOARD, LOCATE THE CMOS BATTERY, REMOVE IT.
Option #1: Mechanically Removing the Password Most motherboards manufactured over the last decade or more use a battery to sustain the dynamic Bios/CMOS settings for the motherboards PROM chip. These dynamic settings are those manually set by either the computers manufacturer or you, the user. There are two ways to erase these dynamic settings, by either resetting a jumper on the motherboard itself (referred to as a "clear CMOS" jumper), or by physically remove the power from the computer (disconnecting the power plug) and then removing a battery (used to maintain power to the PROM chip that contains the Bios/CMOS information) from the motherboard.

The procedures for clearing a Bios/CMOS without jumpers is essentially the same as those given above when they are present, it just takes a little more effort.
  • Shut down the computer and disconnect the power plug.
  • Locate, if possible, the instruction booklet for your motherboard. If you cannot locate the booklet, then user the motherboard references on this site to locate the manufacturer and see if a manual is available there. You may also want to closely examine the motherboard itself.
  • Now identify where the battery is located on the motherboard. It will be approximately 1/2 inch in diameter.
  • Normally these batteries are held into place with one or more small clips over the face of the battery. Carefully lift the battery out of its socket and set it aside. Note: Some batteries are actually soldered to the motherboard, so take that into consideration and be careful.
  • Leave the battery our of the computer for about 20 to 30 minutes and then return it to its socket.
  • Now plug the power cord back in and restart the computer.
  • When the computer begins it's startup (boot) process, tap the DEL, F10 or F1 key, (whichever is appropriate for your computer) to get into the Bios/CMOS setup. If you need more detailed information as to how to get to the Bios/CMOS setup, follow this link. Bios Basics
  • Once into the Bios/CMOS setup, look for a section or area to set the Bios/CMOS to its default settings. This will return the motherboard to either its basic or optimum settings depending upon the motherboard manufacturers settings. You will then need to verify certain settings, such a CPU and memory as well as hard drive type and size recognition. If you need more information regarding these settings, follow either of these links: For an AMI Bios or for an Award Bios.
  • After making any final adjustments, save your settings and restart the computer. The Bios password should be gone and the Bios set to its optimum settings.

Nov 07, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite P15-S470 (PSP10U-0GGPGR)...

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Can't get pass the blackscreen password


That is the BIOS password





Using the Motherboard "Clear CMOS" Jumper or Dipswitch settings
Many motherboards feature a set of jumpers or dipswitches that will clear the CMOS and wipe all of the custom settings including BIOS passwords. The locations of these jumpers / dipswitches will vary depending on the motherboard manufacturer and ideally you should always refer to the motherboard or computer manufacturers documentation. If the documentation is unavailable, the jumpers/dipswitches can sometimes be found along the edge of the motherboard, next to the CMOS battery, or near the processor. Some manufacturers may label the jumper / dipswitch CLEAR - CLEAR CMOS - CLR - CLRPWD - PASSWD - PASSWORD - PWD. On laptop computers, the dipswitches are usually found under the keyboard or within a compartment at the bottom of the laptop. Please remember to unplug your PC and use a grounding strip before reaching into your PC and touching the motherboard. Once you locate and rest the jumper switches, turn the computer on and check if the password has been cleared. If it has, turn the computer off and return the jumpers or dipswitches to its original position.
Removing the CMOS Battery
The CMOS settings on most systems are buffered by a small battery that is attached to the motherboard. (It looks like a small watch battery). If you unplug the PC and remove the battery for 10-15 minutes, the CMOS may reset itself and the password should be blank. (Along with any other machine specific settings, so be sure you are familiar with manually reconfiguring the BIOS settings before you do this.) Some manufacturers backup the power to the CMOS chipset by using a capacitor, so if your first attempt fails, leave the battery out (with the system unplugged) for at least 24 hours. Some batteries are actually soldered onto the motherboard making this task more difficult. Unsoldering the battery incorrectly may damage your motherboard and other components, so please don't attempt this if you are inexperienced. Another option may be to remove the CMOS chip from the motherboard for a period of time. Note: Removing the battery to reset the CMOS will not work for all PC's, and almost all of the newer laptops store their BIOS passwords in a manner which does not require continuous power, so removing the CMOS battery may not work at all. IBM Thinkpad laptops lock the hard drive as well as the BIOS when the supervisor password is set. If you reset the BIOS password, but cannot reset the hard drive password, you may not be able to access the drive and it will remain locked, even if you place it in a new laptop. IBM Thinkpads have special jumper switches on the motherboard, and these should be used to reset the system

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