Bios Flash Results

Dell Inspiron 2200 notebook
November 12, 2009 at 08:03:29
Specs: Windows XP
Will flashing my bios remove a malicious bios password? If not does anyone have knowlege of a place to get backdoor bios passwords for free or very cheap for out of warranty machines?

Dell Inspiron 2200 Laptop, Service Tag#: JDJVN81-595B


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#1
November 12, 2009 at 08:18:56
If you mean a Windows password or any other one after the machine boots, then no, it won't.

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#2
November 12, 2009 at 08:42:36
No TRA, the bios is corrupted and locked to prevent changes to settings.

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#3
November 12, 2009 at 08:49:00
Is it corrupted or just password protected? I never heard of a "malicious bios password"...as far as I know, they have to be setup manually. So the password was either set by the manufacturer, you did it & forgot, or someone else did it without your permission.

Did you try removing the main battery, then taking out the CMOS battery momentarily? That *should* clear the password. The CMOS battery is *probably* under the keyboard.


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#4
November 12, 2009 at 08:52:12
http://www.tech-faq.com/reset-bios-...

You can also have a look at this site.


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#5
November 12, 2009 at 09:55:11
Thanks for all the suggestions but all have been tried.

jam: Bios is corrupt it doesn't recognize the hard drive or optical drive. I removed the cmos battery over night and reinstalled it with no success. Dell keeps their bios password on a separate chip on the bottom of the motherboard. To reset it I have to disassemble the whole laptop and plug everything in & power up while disassembled to jump the pins. Sounds risky!!

grasshopper: No generics work. Passwords are service tag specific. Dell requires legal proof of ownership which is no problem. I bought it for my daughter Christmas '05, but they charge big bucks after the machine is out of warranty for any help at all. I'm barely surviving financially right now.


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#6
November 12, 2009 at 09:59:03
jam: Root viruses like the one she got can get into the bios. This one rewrote parts of windows and completely erased all firewall files before it succeeded in shutting down the whole thing. Nasty!!!

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