stupid BIOS password

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  1. wywern209 macrumors 65832

    wywern209

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    K, a long time ago, my dad placed a BIOS password on the Dell computer that i use( an old pentium 4 desktop). it was relevant back then because it was the family computer and he didn't want me screwing up anything. but, now since im the only one who uses it now( my mom has a laptop of her own and my dad has an imac.), i was figuring that he might remove it because it is pretty pointless now. this is not a problem with normal usage of the computer, but when i restart the PC for windows update or something, it prompts me for a password i have no idea what it is. I know i can just remove the CMOS battery in the mobo but i don't feel like tinkering with the hardware. i Have asked him several times to at least tell me the password because i am the ONLY person who uses the computer as such there is no need for the password but he won't tell me nor will he remove it due to laziness.... any way of getting past this password without touching the hardware because it is really beginning to piss me off.
    P.s i've tried the back door passwords for the bios. tried Dell, and the phoenix password and such. doesn't work. stupid password:mad:
    /rant
     
  2. Tower-Union macrumors 6502

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    Short answer: No, you have to reset the battery. Upside is its not really that hard, and almost impossible to screw something up.
     
  3. ajthomason macrumors 6502

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    ...or use the password reset jumper pins.

    If it isn't your computer and the real owner doesn't want you to do it... then you probably shouldn't ;)
     
  4. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Or perhaps he has forgotten the password and if it has one of them security chips on it then your screwed anyways you cannot not recover without a lot of hassle sometimes it is not even possible then depending on the model..
     
  5. wywern209 thread starter macrumors 65832

    wywern209

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    thanks, now to just open the case lol. im scared of screwing something up. well whatever. i'll open it up sometime. thanks for the link r.j.s!
     

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