Help with BIOS password - laptop

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by captain chris, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. captain chris

    captain chris MDL Novice

    Feb 16, 2010
    Hello everyone, brand new here. I need some help!
    I have a customer unit that is totally locked up. This guy is a college kid, has very little money, and I want very much to help him.
    He put a PW on his BIOS, and can't remember what it was... he says that someone stole a machine from him b4, and he wanted to make damned sure thaty if someone took this one, they would not be able to use it... I guess he got his wish in a left handed sort of way!
    I have seen these macines b4, it is a Dell Vostro 1000, and the ones I have looked at were running (I believe,) Pheonix rev. 2.6.3
    Is there any way to work around this, or do I have to flash an entirely new BIOS?
    How can this even be done if I can't get the thing to even start to boot?
    Honestly, I have never seen anyone screw themselves this badly sorta on purpose...

    I really would like to help him, and it would make me look good in the college community (Alfred State, SUNY) we are a small community here in upstate NY.
    Any help/ info/ advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thanx in advance,
  2. captain chris

    captain chris MDL Novice

    Feb 16, 2010
    Thank You, Admin for setting me up a new thread, that should help.
    I thought it might seem a bit presumptuous to start a new thread with my very first post.
    I am sure someone out there knows what to do...

    Thanks again,
  3. omdhar

    omdhar MDL Junior Member

    Aug 1, 2009
  4. captain chris

    captain chris MDL Novice

    Feb 16, 2010
    Thank you very much for the tip, however, I am unable to deactivate the antivir, or even get a command line. It does not boot at all.
    I get the option to change boot sequence, and start options, but all are blocked by the PW it is demanding. I cannot get into this machine at all.
    Dan Taylor (CEO, T-G Embedded Systems) said to Google C-MOS reset for the model of machine, and I may find something out there- I will post results... (I guarantee results...)
    But- if you could enlighten me on what I am missing about what you said, that might help. All I get, no matter what I ask it to do is "Enter Password" and a field with a blinking underscore- ya know what I mean...
    Thank you for the reply,
  5. Motoguru

    Motoguru MDL Novice

    Jan 18, 2010
    You always have the option to take the machine apart and remove the CMOS battery!
    Some machines have a jumper to cross connect and reset the bios.
    You may need a magnifying glass to see the reset pins though.
  6. TophrHwk

    TophrHwk MDL Novice

    Feb 13, 2010
    If you can boot from USB key or floppy you can use the tool that omhar mentioned above. I have used both 'cmospwd' and 'KillCMOS' before with positive results. When you are downloading the file, extracting the archive, and copying the contents to USB/floppy (on a functional PC) you will want to have the anti-virus disabled or it will get nabbed.
  7. urie

    urie Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 21, 2007
  8. devitouch

    devitouch MDL Novice

    Feb 20, 2010
    Urie Nice! Do we have the bios master pwd keygen based on the servicetag for newer dells lurking around? Thanks. :))