Too many forgotten BIOS passwords post

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December 23, 2010 at 10:03:49
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.362 GHz / 2047 MB
We seem to be getting a lot of posters who have forgotten their BIOS passwords. I have trouble with this because it seems odd to suddenly wake up one day having forgotten something that is used every time you boot up. I suppose if a machine is dug out of the attic this could happen but otherwise the most likely possibility is that someone wants to break into another person’s machine.

I queried this on one post but had it removed. Presumably someone knew of a plausible reason for this extreme forgetfulness. Can anyone suggest a likely scenario that has escaped my logic?

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#1
December 23, 2010 at 11:14:57
It's a given that some of the computers are hot. The thief realizing the computer is useless pawns it off to an un suspecting third party .

Then again some are bought at estate sales, and auctions.

Just had a customer , they bought it at a church rummage sale password protected...

Because of the make and model it only took a few minutes to generate a working password for the bios and to clear the windows password.
Since the hd wasn't protected the original owners information was also retrieved.

A phone call later.....the laptop was donated, but before he could clean it up
his wife took it to the sale. In calling, he also got the power supply and all the software and paper work to go with it. Both party's are happy.

I think a lot of people just don't want to admit to buying a paper weight.

My laptop has no passwords. If stolen and connected to the internet I get an email of the location. I think it is a better chance of getting it back than having
it be useless.

My next laptop will have a camera as well so I can have both the location and a picture of the user.


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#2
December 23, 2010 at 12:31:54
Most password logs posted are laptops, so that says alot. That's why when there is a query some of us always ask...desktop or laptop. 99.9% of the time it is a laptop.
Lots of paperweights and anchors out there because of the laptop protection LOL.

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#3
December 23, 2010 at 13:00:38
I queried this on one post but had it removed. Presumably someone knew of a plausible reason for this extreme forgetfulness. Can anyone suggest a likely scenario that has escaped my logic?

A "BIOS password" is set to password protect access to the BIOS.

Most folks don't go into the BIOS daily. So, let's say you set a BIOS password and don't try to access the BIOS again for a year. It would be very easy to forget that password right.

I don't bother with BIOS passwords on my home PC's but even if I did, the last time I was in the BIOS of my main home PC was about 3 years ago. Plenty of time to forget a password.

Now, if you're talking about a "bootup password" that's a different thing altogether but you said BIOS password, not bootup. So which are you actually talking about Derek? A BIOS password, or a bootup password?

Just FYI, most PC mobo's have a jumper to reset the BIOS password. Barring that, you could remove the CMOS battery for a few minutes and the BIOS password will reset as well. However, the jumper is preferable since it doesn't reset all BIOS settings to the defaults which removing the CMOS will do.

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#4
December 23, 2010 at 13:35:38
Curt

Laptops don't work like desktops. Removing the CMOS battery on a modern laptop will not remove a BIOS password.


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#5
December 23, 2010 at 16:45:54
Curt R

Aha, I think you might have hit the nail on the head - something was bothering me about the situation, which is why I raised this post.

Whereas I am sure there are a lot of dubious posts around about passwords it does look as if I was confusing a BIOS access pasword with a bootup password. In which case I can now see that the removal of my response was probably justified.

Thank you for jogging my brain - I'll slap my wrist and be a bit more careful in future.


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