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Toshiba A215 Password Removal

Follow these steps to remove / disable the BIOS (CMOS) Password on the Satellite A210 / A215 (PSAFGx ) models:
1. Turn the computer OFF, if it's on.
2. Remove the memory module cover, on the bottom of the computer.
3. Check the configuration of memory modules in the two sockets. It's necessary to have a memory module present in the outermost socket only.

  • If there is a memory module in only the outermost socket (the one farthest from the system board), then continue to step 4.
  • If there is a memory module in only the innermost socket, move it to the outermost socket.
  • If there are memory modules in both sockets, remove them both, then re-insert one of them into the outermost socket.
4. With the computer oriented as in the photo above, carefully peel back the black Mylar film. Pull this film to the side enough to expose the B500 solder pads (see photo below). Tape the film to the computer's case, as shown. Do not remove the film completely, because it may be difficult to re-attach it correctly.
5. Short the B500 solder pads on the system board. Needle-nose pliers or a flat-blade screwdriver works well to short them.
6. While continuing to short-circuit the solder pads, turn the computer on, and continue shorting the pads until the Toshiba Logo Screen disappears.
7. Re-position the Mylar film over the system board.
8. If you removed a memory module, turn the computer OFF, then re-insert it.
9. Re-attach the memory slot cover.
10. Restart the computer to verify that the password prompt no longer appears. If it does still appear, then repeat this procedure, starting with step 1.

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  • mr_clean5953 Dec 30, 2008

    where are the pictures

  • ppcito_lives Jan 18, 2009

    If I could see the pictures I just might be able to fix my problem. Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somebody show the pictures!!!!

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    Need help here in locating the points please

  • rrsolution Feb 02, 2009

    can you send me the photo because a can find

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    THANKS A LOT!!!!


  • Jay Kirby Jul 12, 2011

    I've tried everything step by step but cant figure out why its not working for me. any suggestions?

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I had the same problem and could not find the pictures either. I still figured it out, so here are more detailed instructions. Please use a combination of the previous instructions and mine. This worked for my computer, but I can't guarantee success everytime since I have only done it once. Just do the best you can.

-Pull off the memory cover on the back of your computer.

-Now, take out any memory cards that are present.

-Look at the circuit board under where the memory was. You should see a rectangular black plastic sticker.

-Pull the sticker up.

-Look VERY closely at the circuit board under where the sticker was. You should find two soldering points close together that are labled with "B500."

-Now put one memory card in the slot that is furthest from the circuit board. DO NOT put a memory card into the inner-most slot at this time.

-Carefully hold a very small straight screwdriver over these two points and turn the power on to your computer.

-The Toshiba boot up screen will appear.

-Continue holding the screwdriver over the two points until the Toshiba screen goes away.

-When the screen goes away, pull away the screwdriver.

-Turn the computer off.

-Put the black plastic sticker back in place on the circuit board.

-Put all memory cards back in the memory slots.

-Put the memory cover back on the laptop case.

-Turn the computer on.

At this point I was asked to start windows normally or start using repair wizard. Normally did not work. So start windows using the repair option. It took about 10 minuts for windows to finally open normally.

100% success in my case! Please be careful when doing this repair because I do not know what damage could be done if you do it wrong. But, after 2 months of not using my laptop, it is finally back in operating condition!

Thanks

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

  • BruceInPA Oct 11, 2010

    >> -Carefully hold a very small straight screwdriver over these two points and turn the power on to your computer.

    Add the following:

    There is a metal tab near the case (back) just over those two point. Allow the screwdriver to touch that tab while connecting the B500 points.

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THANKS IT WORKS VERY WELL

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  • spank731101 May 18, 2011

    thank you very much, your solution worked great

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Toshiba A210/A215 series will not power up on and off icon does lit up?

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Hei thank you a lot works grate for me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sattelite a215 bios reset found

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This did not work for me. Is there any other solution to this problem?

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I have an A215-S5839 and the following program worked great for me. Cleared bios password which I had forgotten.

http://www.pccmos.com/

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THANK YOU!
Worked Perfectly

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I've tried everything step by step but cant figure out why its not working for me. any suggestions?

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The solution didn t work for me

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The described solution worked for me too, thankyou so much!

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Is this method working with a TOSHIBA A210-17z ? Please help me :(

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Es maravilloso, pude recuperar mi laptop toshiba satellite m205-s4806, modelo psmcc3u, a la derecha de la memoria mas cercana al board, encontraras el B500, al reves, mantienes los dos puntos con un puente, mientras enciendes la pc, un poco acrobatico, pero funciona.

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

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(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

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Toshiba A215 Password Removal By purpledog1 on Aug 18, 2008
Follow these steps to remove / disable the BIOS (CMOS) Password on the Satellite A210 / A215 (PSAFGx ) models:


1. Turn the computer OFF, if it's on.

2. Remove the memory module cover, on the bottom of the computer.

3. Check the configuration of memory modules in the two sockets. It's necessary to have a memory module present in the outermost socket only.
  • If there is a memory module in only the outermost socket (the one farthest from the system board), then continue to step 4.
  • If there is a memory module in only the innermost socket, move it to the outermost socket.
  • If there are memory modules in both sockets, remove them both, then re-insert one of them into the outermost socket.
4. With the computer oriented as in the photo above, carefully peel back the black Mylar film. Pull this film to the side enough to expose the B500 solder pads (see photo below). Tape the film to the computer's case, as shown. Do not remove the film completely, because it may be difficult to re-attach it correctly.

5. Short the B500 solder pads on the system board. Needle-nose pliers or a flat-blade screwdriver works well to short them.

6. While continuing to short-circuit the solder pads, turn the computer on, and continue shorting the pads until the Toshiba Logo Screen disappears.

7. Re-position the Mylar film over the system board.

8. If you removed a memory module, turn the computer OFF, then re-insert it.

9. Re-attach the memory slot cover.

10. Restart the computer to verify that the password prompt no longer appears. If it does still appear, then repeat this procedure, starting with step 1.


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Hi.

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1) Please remove the bottom casing of the Notebook.
2) Once you have removed the below casing, you should be able to see a CMOS Battery.
3) The CMOS Battery will be of a size of a coin.
4) Once you have found the CMOS Battery, please remove and re-insert it again.
5) The CMOS Battery will have the information about the Computer Date, time, BIOS Password etc.,
6) Removing and re-inserting the CMOS Battery will reset these settings, which will also remove the BIOS password.

Please perform the above steps and let me know the results.

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Two:
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http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=1852724&rpn=PSAFGU&modelFilter=A215-S7422&selCategory=3&selFamily=1073768663&selModel=1852724%7CPSAFGU
As you don’t have a diskette on your model, you might be able to install it on a memory key, and boot from that, depending on your previous BIOS setup???

/Teis

Do vote before you leave,
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