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lisamarie 25Jan2010 12:19

Bios Password Reset
I have my fathers laptop tonight; trying to figure out how to reset a password the he created; and now can't remember. Ive read through the related posts & have tried each of the responses for a solution, but no luck.:embarasse & :crazy:

His laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1000. I have another Dell Inspiron 1000 & wondered if I could swap out a part(s) to get his back in working order? If there's a possible yes in your answer; I should add that mine is retired because it would shutdown arbitrarily for no apparent reason; not turn on for no apparent reason & finally either the internal battery or maybe the ac charger quit...but it wouldn't retain a charge.

With all considered, I'd appreciate your expertise & and any insight that you could offer to me. I called Dell earlier this evening and was quite disappointed; I agree like some of the others noted, paying them for a service call for this type of issue is ridiculous; but either way, couldn't be an option for us right now anyway. I will look forward to hearing back from. Thank you for your time and sharing your knowledge.


shabbir 25Jan2010 16:05

Re: Bios Password Reset
Taking the battery out should reset the password for your Laptop.

SpOonWiZaRd 25Jan2010 17:00

Re: Bios Password Reset
or there's sometimes a jumper or switch that needs to be set or pushed.

lisamarie 25Jan2010 21:04

Re: Bios Password Reset
I saw the options on your site & tried each before posting last night...neither worked. Any thoughts about my question re; swapping parts? Thanks again, lisa

SpOonWiZaRd 26Jan2010 12:59

Re: Bios Password Reset
!BIOS is a freeware utility which is designed to be a whole BIOS and security suite. It has the ability to decrypt the passwords used in some of the most common BIOS makes such as Award, Phoenix, American Megatrends, IMB etc..
It also has the ability to brute force the password (known as “blasters”). However, this method is dangerous and can result in some unexpected and unwanted results.

Note: Because of this applications password cracking abilities, some antivirus software may report it as a virus/trojan. This is a false positive.

To start using !BIOS, reboot your computer and take note of the BIOS type and version you are running. For example, If your motherboard uses Award BIOS you should look for the text “Award Medallion BIOS 6.0″ or something similar.

Download !BIOS from the link I have sent you via PM and save it to your desktop. Then, open a DOS command windows by going to Start > Run and type: cmd

Once you see a black screen in front of you, type: cd desktop
You should now see something like: C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Desktop>

Now type the name of the file you just downloaded, if you haven’t changed the name just type in: bios320.exe

Use the down arrow and choose “Crackers” and then press the right arrow. Using the up and down arrows, select the BIOS that the motherboard is using and press Enter.

You should now see a menu asking what you want to crack, in most cases its the Supervisor or System Passwords you want to crack, so press the 1 key on your keyboard. It will then show you another menu asking how you want it to be cracked. Option 1 is pretty good so try that first by pressing the 1 key on your keyboard. You should now have your BIOS password.

Reboot the computer, enter the BIOS and try it out.

On many computers (especially old ones), computer manufacturers build in backdoor passwords for their own technicians to use so they can access the BIOS when the hardware is being serviced. Here are some of the ones that have been reported. You may need to try quite a few passwords before you find one that works

These passwords are CaSe SeNsItIve.

AMI BIOS Backdoor Passwords:

Award BIOS Backdoor Passwords:

•(eight spaces)
Russian Award BIOS Passwords:

•%шесть пpобелов%
•%девять пpобелов%
Phoenix Backdoor BIOS Passwords:

Other Manufcaturers Backdoor Passwords: (manufacturer name – password)

•VOBIS and IBM – merlin
•Dell – Dell
•Biostar – Biostar
•Compaq – Compaq
•Enox – xo11nE
•Epox – central
•Freetech – Posterie
•IWill – iwill
•Jetway – spooml
•Packard Bell – bell9
•Siemens – SKY_FOX
•Toshiba – Toshiba

If all of this fails then there is one 2 more things you couold try, open the RAM cover, check if there is a small button or a jumper, if there is then push the button or fuse the jumper, else, you should open the laptop and check for the jumper or button inside. Hope this helps.

lisamarie 26Jan2010 18:54

Re: Bios Password Reset
Thank you! Id like to try this. But, I have 2 quick questions: :worried:

1. Since I cant get pass the password prompt; Can I load the !BIOS on a thumb drive from mine, insert in his & reboot/ will his PC respond & run it?

2. I can't capture a view of his bios info., ref., that Ill need in the instruction. Ive tried every button & F# function at reboot & it just goes straight to the password prompt; since I have this other laptop, same model as his, can I input the bios info captured from mine? And, If question 1 is a yes, this question no I can't, will this step during the process keep me from proceeding without knowing the correct info.,?

Thank you again! Really! Thank you!

SpOonWiZaRd 26Jan2010 19:18

Re: Bios Password Reset
Option 1 wont work since the BIOS is ROM that is on the motherboard... The other laptop will have the same BIOS if its the same model so if a backdoor password works on the other it should work on yours. Also check this link http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...6002033AAxpkTj

I really hope you can reset it.

SpOonWiZaRd 28Jan2010 16:53

Re: Bios Password Reset
Did you manage to reset the password?

SpOonWiZaRd 28Jan2010 16:54

Re: Bios Password Reset
Shabbir, shouldn't this post be in the ethical hacking forum?

shabbir 28Jan2010 18:29

Re: Bios Password Reset

Originally Posted by SpOonWiZaRd (Post 63512)
Shabbir, shouldn't this post be in the ethical hacking forum?

It should not have been in intro but as of now I have moved it into Hardware forum

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