Solved Cops locked me out of my laptop confiscated for forensics

October 28, 2012 at 03:00:35
Specs: Windows Vista, /4gb
police had my toshiba satelight l355 running win vista to conduct a search of content. when it was returned and I turned it on it goes to a enter current password screen. This I have never seen nor do I know of a password. I have tried everything I have been suggested. nothing will bypass this screen.

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November 2, 2012 at 12:25:19
Pull the hard drive. put it in another computer. Backup what you need.

Then put it back and RE-install windows.

if someone messed around with my laptop thats what I did.

If it is indeed a bios password that the cops put on Then I search for a way to reset that.

Cheers



#1
October 28, 2012 at 03:02:44
Has anyone suggested you take it back to the cops and ask them what they did to it?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
October 28, 2012 at 05:13:55
Agreed, take it back and have them remove the password or change it to something of your choosing and easy for you to remember. If they gave it back then they are done with their investigating.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
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#3
October 28, 2012 at 08:09:41
I certainly would like to hear the story behind this situation.

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#4
October 28, 2012 at 13:33:04
'I certainly would like to hear the story behind this situation. '
Yes...me too....sounds like another excuse for a random password problem...

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#5
October 28, 2012 at 18:38:53
I'm not sure if this works with Vista, but with XP you can boot to safe mode via F8 and log onto the default ADMINISTRATOR account (which shouldn't have a password) and then go into 'user accounts' and delete the password on the other account. I think that works with accounts with administrator priveleges but can't remember for sure.

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#6
October 28, 2012 at 20:30:55
The BIOS might have the boot sector security enabled. If it goes to a black screen that looks like DOS, the BIOS is locked out. Other than asking the cops to input their special password (how the crud did they manage to activate the BIOS security anyhow?) there is no other way to fix this aside from scrapping the computer and yanking the hard drive to copy to another comp. does it show a windows boot progress bar, or does it go directly to this lockout screen even before the BIOS loads?
~oldie
P.S I agree with all the other posts: How did this computer confiscation situation come around?

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#7
October 29, 2012 at 03:18:44
Perhaps the cops thought it was a stolen computer?

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#8
October 29, 2012 at 05:21:18
Resetting CMOS would clear a BIOS level password. Then you would have to enter BIOS, reset to defaults, and then fix time, date, boot, hard drive, video, RAM, and other settings.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
---- Save Big Bird -----


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#9
October 29, 2012 at 06:26:02
Fingers

Resetting the CMOS doesn't clear laptop passwords.


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October 29, 2012 at 16:04:55

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#11
October 29, 2012 at 20:02:45
OtheHill

Since the discussion went around to it probably being a BIOS password, I assumed that this would be the case. I know that it would not effect system passwords in any way, but clearing CMOS should clear all of its memory though I have never had the need to test this. If I am wrong, I stand corrected.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
---- Save Big Bird -----


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#12
October 29, 2012 at 20:15:56
Laptops need additional security. You can't clear a BIOS password from a laptop by clearing the CMOS. The password is not stored there. This has been the case for many years.


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#13
October 29, 2012 at 23:49:58
I have little faith that the police would be helpful on this matter. The detective in charge of the investigation claims that nothing was altered internally on the laptop. Im not sure how I would contact the person that actually went through the laptop. I really would like to fix the problem myself, beat them at their own game!

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#14
October 29, 2012 at 23:54:26
Its not as exciting as it may sound. My boyfriend was somewhere he should not have been and in my vehicle, as was my laptop. In the police's attempt to prove wrongdoing, the laptop became part of their investigation. Once the case was closed I was able to have it returned.

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#15
October 30, 2012 at 05:03:46
A solution to your issue depends on what type of password this is. If you see the Vista splash screen and then get a password box that would likely be a Windows password.

If the password screen shows as soon as you boot the computer then you need to contact the manufacturer of the laptop. Be prepared to prove ownership.


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#16
October 30, 2012 at 05:14:15
try to boot from a cd:
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07153

post back with the result

larry


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#17
October 31, 2012 at 12:12:50
members please note - all posts regarding password problems should be ignored. You could be assisting in criminal activity!

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#18
October 31, 2012 at 16:07:12
phil22

I do not assist with BIOS or hard drive passwords. However, if a user has a Windows password issue there are many solutions available including a factory restore.

If a laptop falls into the wrong hands and has no BIOS and/or hard drive passwords installed then we can feel more comfortable with helping.

I am a moderator on this forum so I do know the rules. I haven't provided any links to hacks.

There may be some instances where the request is legitimate.


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November 2, 2012 at 12:25:19
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Pull the hard drive. put it in another computer. Backup what you need.

Then put it back and RE-install windows.

if someone messed around with my laptop thats what I did.

If it is indeed a bios password that the cops put on Then I search for a way to reset that.

Cheers


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