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Can't get past BIOS password

Q: Can't get past BIOS password

I need help I have a dell dimension e520 and I cant get pass the bios pass word. can someone please help me

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A: Can't get past BIOS password

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Is there anything I can do here? I highly doubt that I can get the password. Can I reflash the BIOS maybe? Is there a way I can get the software to boot using a windows startup disk and changing it over to the CD drive and entering some command?


A:Solved: Getting past BIOS password

You can clear the CMOS through Jumper Settings on the MB.This will set it back to the manufactureres original settings.

You may need the MB Manual or get it from the Internet.Usually JBAT 1 Jumpers.

Also you may try to Power Down your PC,Take out the Power Cable and Remove the MB battery.

Leave for about 15 to 20 Mins and Replace.

Power up.
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Please try this Password = 75650205RegardsKNRKI work on behalf of HP
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I inserted a new battery to my laptop after it had been sitting idle for about 6months. Now when I turn on the computer it is asking for a password.
I don't have a password nor can I find the system recovery disc that came with the laptop (toshiba A105/S4011) when I bought it 2yrs ago.
Is there anything else I can do? Please help. TY

A:Can't Get Past Password

Order a new set of recovery DVDs from Toshiba. I bought similar ones from Hp in 2008; cost ~ $30.

Toshiba Support -->

Other than that, we cannot help with password issues due to TSF Rules.

I must now close this thread.

Regards. . .


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A:Can't Get Past Log In Password

Viruses do not install themselves, she has to be entering her password wrong.

We are not obliged to help you with passwords.

If she has a 64 bit system too, the repair disc should work, this is never definite. ( for whatever it is you want to do, not sure )
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A:how to get past password

Hi klbillin
Welcome to Tech Support Guy Forums!

Sorry, we cannot assist with forgotten or bypassing passwords.
# Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.Click to expand...

Please read the Forum Rules before posting again.

Closing thread.
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Quote: Originally Posted by lorawil1

I've locked myself out of my laptop. I Cannot Get To A Full Boot Up To Be Able to Even Do A Forced Stop So I Could Go To SafeMode. Help Please.

Would you be able to upload an image for a better understanding? Are you stuck on the BIOS password?
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A:how to get past login password

Hello and
Enter safe mode pressing F8 at boot. The Administrator Account should be available. You can use that to change the password on the other account.
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Maybe, have you tried to boot into the Last Known Good Configuration or Safe Mode?
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Hi.. May have a major problem here, but I'll ask for simple stuff first.

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Could I try taking the battery out and leaving it for 30 mins and try again, or could we be looking at a major fault?

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A:Win 7 x86 Won't boot past Bios

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A:Can't get past BIOS When Booting

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A:Having trouble getting past the Bios

The Corrupted Video Sounds Like A Bad Video Card Or Agp Slot. But Most Modern Motherboards Use The Same Type Of Battery. You Can Get It At Any Store. Just Take The Old Battery To Match The Number.
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A:PC won't boot past BIOS

make sure hi-speed usb 2.0 is enabled, as i've encountered numerous situations where changing said vaule from full-speed to hi-speed fixed the problem right away.
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A:ntfs.sys Can't get past BIOS

To preserve the data in your hard disk, I think the only way you're going to get around this problem is to buy a small, cheap hard disk, unplug your old one and set the new one as Master, and reinstall Windows on to it. Once that's running smoothly, assuming it does, you can put your old disk in as Slave and see if you can recover the format error about which that ntfs error message is warning you. At best, you will be able to burn your personal files and data on to CDs in case the present hard disk is unuseable.

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A:Solved: Formating/Can't get past password...

you don't format from the recovery console.

if you're trying to format/reinstall:

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Hello and welcome to Techspot.

What password are you refering to?

As much info as possible might help.

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There is a very specific registry entry that determines how you logon. I use a tool, but in Safe Mode you won't be able to, but you should be able to do the same thing manually using regedit. Go research "autologon" & "registry" and see if you can find out exactly where the registry key is.

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A:Computer won't boot past BIOS

Unless someone has a better idea, you could remove the CMOS battery for about
5 to 10 minutes. Be sure to unplug computer before you remove the battery.
Then see if you can reboot into BIOS to reset it.
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A:Cannot boot past BIOS screen

Does it boot better after cooling?

What were you doing when it went down the first time?
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A:PC will sometimes refuse to boot past BIOS

Greetings GabrielK. I am sure someone with more experience than myself will jump on this soon and suggest a chkdisk and/or system restore, plus any other possible favorites. I personally would start with a restore back to a couple of days prior to the freeze up event. Just my opinion, I like to keep it simple when first getting into something.
Keep in touch.
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Have a look in Bios for the temp/voltage readings.

What do they report?
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A:my pc won't boot past bios screen

If using a USB keyboard, try using a PS2 keyboard if you have those ports. Press F1 to go to Bios Setup. Hit the key to make the settings Default (F5) Set the correct date and time. Make the boot order CD rom drive first. If you have not slipstreamed you SATA drivers into your XP disc, see if there is a setting for the SATA drive to change it from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility mode.
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A:PC won't boot past first BIOS screen

Hello Senobris. Welcome to the forum.

You have done everything I would do at first to test the system. So much for any easy fixes.

To be clear, you cannot get into the BIOS settings? The system will show the product splash screen, or be forced to start the startup routine, but stops at that point - correct?

What exactly is the last thing on the screen when it stops? Is it always the same thing?
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A:[SOLVED] Can't boot past BIOS

Hi Nirv,

Not picking holes - Just checking that you are aware that IE's process is not 'IExplorer.exe', but is 'IExplore.exe'. Just incase you were looking for something that doesn't exist.

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A:F1 key to get past bios splash screen

The first thing I would do is replace the CMOS battery.  On an old machine when it is asking for the F1, that is likely a BIOS losing the settings due to the CMOS battery.
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A:Cannot get past BIOS startup screen

Almost sounds like the romsip data has become corrupted or something. Have you tried clearing the CMOS by removing the battery? You should also make sure that your motherboard BIOS is the latest version and check the release notes for any added CPU compatibility enhancements. I had a motherboard and CPU do all kinds of weird stuff when the BIOS version didn't support the processor. The board is an RMA replacement so it could have an old BIOS version installed. You should consider flashing to the latest build if that's the case.

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A:can't get past bios... defective motherboard?

Okay, after looking up info/asking around I'm wondering if it's a power issue. The bios is reporting the Vcore voltage as 1.408V. Isn't that a bit on the low side? (All other voltages seem okay.) Could this be causing the problem? And uh, could someone tell me how to fix this? Do I just set it manually in the BIOS?

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Have you tried safemode

keep tapping f8 on boot

try last good configuration

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Hello and welcome to TSF.
I, myself would actually slave the drive into another computer to salvage your paid for songs.


Originally Posted by friendshipme

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Didn't you reply here, and say it worked (after the unusual 9th try )

Awfully strange!

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Oh and thanks for the extended long Title. I'm thinking this Topic of yours would be best removed? What do you think?
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i just finished building my rig and i dont get any beeps except for one which indicates the successful post. my problem is my motherboard go's straight to bios and when i exit bios it restarts and go's right back. ive checked all the cables, had the ram replaced, cpu fan was installed correctly, everything is normal. i don't know why it wont continue forward. although i dont have a cd-drive because my old one is a IDE cable version and the new motherboard i got doesn't support it, could this be a problem? i always booted from the harddrive also.

A:motherboard wont boot past bios

If you don't have an optical drive, how did you install the OS on your hard drive for the new computer? If you are trying to boot to a hard drive that has Win 7 installed on it while it wa in a different computer, it isn't going to work anyway, New motherboard requires clean istallation of Windows 7.
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A:PC not booting past mobo/bios splash

If the updates were actually installed, it's possible that they may have caused the current problem. Can you get into Safe Mode? If yes, I'd suggest uninstalling those updates by using a Restore Point. Hopefully that will return your machine to a good working condition. If no restore point is available I'd manually uninstall the updates and see if that fixes things.

Safe Mode

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If you want to reinstall the updates I suggest just a few at a time. Reboot after installing each group to make sure the computer is working. Then install the next group, and so on. If you find that your computer stops working you'll know which group to uninstall. Then install one at a time rebooting after each one. It's a slower process but usually results in a cleaner install of updates.

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A:PC Won't Boot Past BIOS Splash Screen

Only suspects left then are Motherboard/CPU and PSU. I guess you can try to check atleast CPU in some other board if possible to start with.
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Can you borrow a retail XP CD?;en-us;314503
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A:computer not loading past bios screen

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A:Cannot Get Past Blue HP Bios Boot Screen

What hard drive did you remove? If you have no hard drive then you can not recover or repair any OS if there no OS to repair to detect or hard drive.

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What kind of HDD is it a SATA or IDE type?
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A:Computer turns on but will not boot past bios

The first thing that springs to mind that you have not mentioned is the PSU
You don't mention the make or if it is new,
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A:Dell Inspiron 530 BIOS is locked with password requesting help to unlock BIOS

Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
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A:Bios Password 'Enter Current Password' on Toshiba Satellite

Your thread is closed. We do not help with password problems. This is clearly stated in the rules section.
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A:BIOS "Admin Password or Power On Password" needed for startu...

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A:Laptop won't boot past BIOS, blinking cursor

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I have an Asus k52j laptop and when I boot I can't get past BIOS logo but if I remove the harddrive I can access the BIOS and access any utilites on DVD. My laptop was really slow to boot and to access desktop and suddently I could not access anymore login screen and I had a black screen. Now I can't get past BIOS logo... so does it mean that I must change the HD? or it could be something else?

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You are using two different type of hard disk all together. Did you configure your hard disk in the master slave mode?
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A:Vaio laptop not loading past bios. HDD problem?

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums...

Enter BIOS and check HDD is shown or not? Try to set BIOS default values. If the HDD is visible then make it the first boot device and then CD/DVD and reboot.

Finally try to boot with a Linux on CD and check the HDD. Or download UBCD4Win or Hiren's CD and run chkdsk on the HDD.
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Have you tried f8 to see if you can get into advanced boot options?
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