Need to override Dell BIOS password

December 4, 2010 at 15:07:08
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I need to override Dell c610 bios password.

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#1
December 4, 2010 at 15:36:01
Contact Dell for any help. Or ask the previous legal owner for it.

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#2
December 4, 2010 at 16:12:56
They are coming thick and fast. Must be something to do with the approach of Christmas.

Stuart


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#3
December 4, 2010 at 17:35:37
If it's a hard drive access password, see response 3:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Similar applies to system access passwords.

If it's a password to access the bios Setup , if your problem is you can't boot the computer with a device because of the way the Boot Order or similar settings are set in the bios, on most brand name computers, there is a prompt that appears on the screen while booting "Press xxx to select boot device." or similar - you just press the stated key while that text is on the screen and select a device to boot from.


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#4
December 4, 2010 at 19:36:56
"They are coming thick and fast. Must be something to do with the approach of Christmas."

'Tiss the season to be stealin"


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#5
December 4, 2010 at 20:16:52
'Tiss the season to be stealin"

Indubitably

Stuart


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#6
December 4, 2010 at 23:35:46
Hey people!
You do realize that the post on this board are picked up by any number of search engines.

I wonder at what point you offend someone with your insinuations of illegal activities,
which are in writing, and you find yourself answering to a lawsuit.


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#7
December 5, 2010 at 02:40:30
If the OP is the legitimate owner of the laptop then they have no reason to be offended. The advice is to contact Dell in that case. If the OP is not the legitimate owner then good luck instituting legal action against anyone posting comments they may find offensive. This is a world-wide forum and there is little prospect any such person would take the necessary action to even identify another forum member, let alone institute international legal proceedings. Sure the forum moderators have a record of my IP address and I can be traced by my ISP since they bill me for the service but any number of forum members may and probably do use public access (Internet cafes or other such hotspots). What chance of identifying and taking legal action in that case? Post whatever you like in the knowledge that the forum moderators will delete offensive comments and block users with repeated unacceptable conduct. Suggesting that someone who asks for a means to bypass an anti-theft system in a laptop, might not be the legitimate owner of said laptop, is not in my humble opinion offensive enough to warrant either censure by the moderators or stronger legal action by anyone else.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#8
December 5, 2010 at 07:56:24
worldlibrary

I have replied to at least a hundred requests for info about how to remove a system access or a hard drive access password from a laptop on another web site, and have been one of the ones who replied to many requests for the same for modern laptops here. If the person has a legitimate reason for not knowing the password, they usually make another post and protest that I or we would think the laptop or the hard drive was probably stolen or they shouldn't have the right to access it. I would estimate that 95% percent of the time, they never post again - what does that imply ?


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#9
December 5, 2010 at 08:01:43
worldlibrary

I agree with the other posters above.

The reality is that we can't help a person with a BIOS password or hard drive password on a modern laptop.

If you notice, the first sentence of my reply was to contact Dell. IF the poster IS the legal owner they can help them.


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#10
December 5, 2010 at 09:18:36
hello no this pc is not stolen i bought it from craigslist so its not the season to be stealin. now leave real feedback and not assumptions thanks

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#11
December 5, 2010 at 09:26:44
i did contact dell about the password for the bios and am in the process of changing the computer over to my name. unfortunately this process with dell's horrible tech support could take up to 15 days. i bought this laptop for 40 bucks but had no charger so could not tell about the bios password. dell did say that the computer was registered under a business but if this old pc was stolen why an old one like this? oh well either i get the bios password or have a nice paperweight lol. i tried shorting the jumper removing thecmos battery with still no luck. if someone can help me i would appreciate it but i just want to let others know that i did not steal this laptop. for one i would not steal but if i did i would have better taste than a dell let alone an old one.

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#12
December 5, 2010 at 09:53:25
OtheHill,

Yes I did see your first sentence......A good reply!
In seeing the original post and your reply I thought the thread would end there. Your reply was on spot! But it is nice to see other opinions being added.

Tubesandwires "I would estimate that 95% percent of the time, they never post again - what does that imply ? "

You are correct in that they don't post again, but perhaps they search else where.
And then again they might take it back to the seller for a refund. Good luck on that.

It is buyer beware when buying laptops from private individuals.
(Auctions, storage lots, flea markets and community fund raisers)

Geeze I remember when desktops were a hot item when homes were broken into.

W.L.




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#13
December 5, 2010 at 09:59:41
jimmy

If what you need is a BIOS password then can you boot to the OS? Have you tried booting to a CD? I think the defaults would be CD then hard drive. You should be able to install and then in 15 days get your password.

What I am saying is the BIOS password is not required unless you need to enter the BIOS.

If you can't boot only to a certain point then what you may need is a hard drive password. Replacing the hard drive would address that issue.

As far as buying and selling of used laptops goes, the seller should either provide the necessary passwords to the buyer or a reseller should require that as a requirement to buy.

Unfortunately, neither of these scenarios happen. As was stated - buyer beware.


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#14
December 5, 2010 at 10:50:36
yea thats my fault i just thought i was getting a good deal on the laptop oh well it needs other work anyway re: hinges airport card memory. but the thing will not load a cd or boot past the password screen for some reason. i am not sure where to go from here. maybe my only action is to wait for dell's response. it it is not to my liking, then i will have to use it as a paperweight or look for a cheap ine that needs a screen and or other parts other than the useless motherboard in this computer. i have never had this problem with a pc before so i am at a loss with this one

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#15
December 5, 2010 at 12:37:40
That sounds like a hard drive password. Can you enter the BIOS screens?

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#16
December 5, 2010 at 16:20:19
no the computer turns on and then will only light up the led saying that i cant go any further without bios master or primary password but everything i type in doesnt get me anywhere and then after several trys the computer turns off

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#17
December 5, 2010 at 17:09:37
Are you certain there is even a hard drive present?

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#18
December 5, 2010 at 17:49:34
no hard drive in the unit bought it with no memory no harddrive and no airport card or charger but i put memory in it and was told it should at least boot to bios and it will not even read disks. i put in a windows os disk to see if it would at least boot from the disk and it will not even do that.

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#19
December 5, 2010 at 20:32:10
"i put in a windows os disk to see if it would at least boot from the disk and it will not even do that."

See response 3

There are three types of laptop passwords.

A system access password - you must enter a password when you first boot to use the computer at all. You can't access the bios Setup, if it has no password, until you have entered the system access password.

A bios access password - you must enter a password to get into the bios Setup.

A hard drive access password - you must enter a password to use the hard drive, before the operating system e.g. Windows loads.


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