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Reset bios on Toshiba A215

According the one of your posts on FixYa you reset bios to clear the password. How did you do this? I got a password to enter the bios that I can't remember.

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  • inuyasha5891 Mar 13, 2009

    My Toshiba A215-5818 usually crashed, with the power light and other led lights still on, but the screen would be blank. I did some research on the issue and found that Toshiba instructs that users should download and upgrade their BIOS. I tried doing that, following every detailed instruction. I got to the middle of flashing the BIOS when it suddenly crashed! When I try to reboot, the power light is on and the FN key works for a couple of seconds and freezes, but I get no BIOS messages, such as Press F2 or Delete to enter Setup etc. Just a blank screen. Is there a way to refresh the BIOS by shorting it? If so how would I do this effectively? Or is the entire Computer MoBo bricked?


  • inuyasha5891 Mar 13, 2009

    My Toshiba A215-5818 usually crashed, with the power light and other led lights still on, but the screen would be blank. I did some research on the issue and found that Toshiba instructs that users should download and upgrade their BIOS. I tried doing that, following every detailed instruction. I got to the middle of flashing the BIOS when it suddenly crashed! When I try to reboot, the power light is on and the FN key works for a couple of seconds and freezes, but I get no BIOS messages, such as Press F2 or Delete to enter Setup etc. Just a blank screen. Is there a way to refresh the BIOS by shorting it? If so how would I do this effectively? Or is the entire Computer MoBo bricked?


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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.

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The only way to do this is to remove the cmos battery for 5 mins or so or short the jumpers on motherboard, battery way is easier

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Hello, I´ve tried it several times with the shorting method and nothing happened, but then i changed the hard drive for another one and everything changed, the F2 and F12 options came back. Then i´ve put on the original drive and these options still remains active. Sorry for my english. bye

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What are you trying to do? Replace the CMOS battery, or reset a BIOS password?

This is what the CMOS battery looks like,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CMOS-RTC-Battery-Toshiba-Satellite-A210-A215-Series-/270970735656?_trksid=p4340.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%252BC%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%26otn%3D15%26pmod%3D160437620636%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D8748715535548215160


Now view this pictorial disassembly guide,

Page 1 - http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/toshiba-satellite-a205/laptop-disassembly-1.htm

Page 3 - http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/toshiba-satellite-a205/laptop-disassembly-3.htm

Go to the photo in Step 17, and click on it to enlarge.
See the CMOS battery in the middle/left?

Round silvery looking object. Go straight down from the red arrow to the far left.

That is how to access the CMOS battery.
(Yes I know it states Satellite A200/A205. Same for the A215)

Now BIOS password reset?
Do not know where the two copper pads are to briefly short out. Suspect under the Ram Memory modules, (And under a small sheet of Mylar plastic), or under the Wireless Modem. (And under a small sheet of Mylar plastic)

The links on this solution I gave may help,

http://www.fixya.com/support/t6645137-toshiba_l500_clear_cmos

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
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/Teis

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Back to resetting the password......you need to access the motherboard of the laptop....on the motherboard is a small circular battery (it is flat and silver)..... that needs to be disconnected from the motherboard to reset all the BIOS information...depending on the model of the laptop , you may be able to completely remove the battery from the clip it is in , or you may need to disconnect the wire running from the batter to motherboard. Below I have put some example pictures to make it clear.

Removing That Battery:
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Disconnecting The Cable:
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After disconnecting it/removing it place it back in/reconnect it , put the laptop back together and boot up....the password will be reset! Below is a picture just in case you have trouble finding the battery



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