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    Bios Password

    I`ve got a pico laptop at work that one of the little monkeys has taken the hard drive from the boot order and changed the bios password so i cant get it back, does anyone know of any utilities to recover the password from a systemsoft bios.

    I`ve thought about removing the cmos battery but I`m sure I would end up with more screws than i started with?

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    Re: Bios Password

    The is usually a jumper on the mobo to reset the BIOS in emergencies

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    Re: Bios Password

    Some laptops have a removeable plate over the battery

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    Re: Bios Password

    Make sure you password the BIOS on your other machines.

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    Re: Bios Password

    Will it boot from CD/Floppy?

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    Re: Bios Password

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Will it boot from CD/Floppy?
    yeah, it just wont boot from the hd.

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    Re: Bios Password

    A few years back this happened to me when some kids got hold of a dos bios password flusher and managed to completely screw a couple of machines. check out http://www.tech-faq.com/reset-bios-password.shtml for some ideas

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    Re: Bios Password

    Quote Originally Posted by jamieallonby
    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Will it boot from CD/Floppy?
    yeah, it just wont boot from the hd.
    Alright, thats easy. I've attached a zip file with a utility for wiping the BIOS password to this post. Just decompress it onto a bootable floppy (its fairly small) and boot up the machine. Once you run it, it'll ask a couple of things then kill the bios password.

    There's a windows version included too if anyone is interested. You need local admin on the machine for that to work though.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: Bios Password

    Ahh but will it work on laptops. Tosh laptops can not have there password reset by anyone except a certified Tosh Tech. He uses a special dongle to reset it. This feature was implemented so that if you laptop was stolen noone could do much without the bios pass or dongle. Removing the battery on a tosh does not work as well I believe.
    Good luck anyway

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    Re: Bios Password

    We used to have one of those things at my old job it was just a parallel socket wired in a certain way

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    Re: Bios Password

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour
    Ahh but will it work on laptops. Tosh laptops can not have there password reset by anyone except a certified Tosh Tech. He uses a special dongle to reset it. This feature was implemented so that if you laptop was stolen noone could do much without the bios pass or dongle. Removing the battery on a tosh does not work as well I believe.
    Good luck anyway
    Yes, it'll work with most laptops. I've personally used it on a Toshiba Satalite Pro.

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    Re: Bios Password

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH
    We used to have one of those things at my old job it was just a parallel socket wired in a certain way
    The pinout is googleable, or I can post it tomorrow if anyone wants

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    Re: Bios Password

    Is it a good idea to host that file for public access Geoff? It kinda renders BIOS password useless if you can just wipe them and if a kid gets ahold of the tool all hell could break loose.

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    Re: Bios Password

    1. It's already freely available. Try Googling it.
    2. Security through obscurity doesn't work.
    3. Tighten up your physical security if your worried.

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    Re: Bios Password

    thats done it, thanks

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