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If you can't change the setting in the bios setup that means you have a bios supervisor password set. If you don't know the supervisor password you can reset the supervisor with Acer Bios Master Password from http://www.unlockbiosrecovery.com/Unlock_Acer_Bios.php for only $20
The BIOS and Supervisor passwords cannot be removed or changed unless
you know the existing password(s). If you forget your BIOS or Supervisor
password, you will have to have the password removed by a Toshiba
Authorized Service Provider
The IBM Thinkpad has a very strong security system.
you are seeing a lock symbol when booting then somebody has set the supervisor
password. If you can't remember it or guess it (try "password", "admin", "pass", etc)
then you need to find the person that set the supervisor password.
the supervisor password is set the T41 is very well protected and it
can't be reset by removing the laptop battery or CMOS battery.
is a way to read the password from the protection chip but this is very
complicated and requires taking the laptop apart and building your own
A Supervisor password protects the system information stored in the BIOS. The user must enter the Supervisor password in order to get access to the ThinkPad BIOS Setup Utility in order to change the system configuration. If the Supervisor password is forgotten there is no way to reset it to enter the BIOS configuration. Setting a Supervisor password automatically sets the master Hard drive password. The following is the icon that comes up in the upper left corner if a Supervisor password is set: A forgotten Supervisor password will prevent access to the ThinkPad BIOS setup utility. To regain access, the system will need to be serviced to have the system board and hard drive replaced. Proof of purchase is required, and this repair is not covered under the warranty.
The BIOS and Supervisor passwords cannot be removed or changed unless you know the existing password(s). If you forget your BIOS or Supervisor password, you will have to have the password removed by a Toshiba Authorized Service Provider. Although the prompts for these two passwords have the same appearance, the passwords are set and removed differently. If both are set, the Supervisor password takes precedence.
I assume that the notebook will have a BIOS battery similar to a standard PC. If you are happy to disassembe it you may be able to reset the BIOS by removing the battery and/or locating the bios reset jumper
Another alternative is to If this doesn't work or you dont want to disassemble the PC, you can try to build the Toshiba Parallell loopback.
A lot of Toshiba computers remove the password when you boot it up with the loopback connected
It can be made out of a 25pin male connectors (db25). Connect these pins: 1-5-10, 2-11, 3-17, 4-12, 6-16, 7-13, 8-14, 9-15, 18-25