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Arthur
26-Jun-2012, 15:38
A user's home laptop (Toshioba Satellite C660-18C) has a BIOS password that
he has forgotten. I can't find an service manual online with instruction on
how to reset it. Has anyone any method of erasing the password? I've found a
video on youtube for resetting it for a different model.
Thanks in advance for any replies.

malcolmlewis
26-Jun-2012, 16:11
On Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:38:25 GMT
"Arthur" <arthur@novell.com> wrote:

> A user's home laptop (Toshioba Satellite C660-18C) has a BIOS
> password that he has forgotten. I can't find an service manual online
> with instruction on how to reset it. Has anyone any method of erasing
> the password? I've found a video on youtube for resetting it for a
> different model. Thanks in advance for any replies.
>
>
Hi
Pull the BIOS battery? Probably under the keyboard....

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Massimo Rosen
27-Jun-2012, 16:27
On 26.06.2012 16:38, Arthur wrote:
> A user's home laptop (Toshioba Satellite C660-18C) has a BIOS password that
> he has forgotten. I can't find an service manual online with instruction on
> how to reset it. Has anyone any method of erasing the password? I've found a
> video on youtube for resetting it for a different model.
> Thanks in advance for any replies.
>
>
Are you absolutely certain it's a BIOS password, and *not* a Harddisk
password? If it is the latter, then he's toast, as is all the data. HD
passwords are not recoverable.

Does it still boot, and the problem is "only" to get into the bios, or
is the password required to even boot the machine?

The official answer is, as usual, send it to toshiba. So you won't find
any service manual or other official site that says otherwise.

If you can still boot the machine, there may be a chance to use a CMOS
cracker or rest utility under windows.

Otherwise, search the web for default BIOS passwords, and try those, if
that fails, it's time to de-assemble the machine and attempt to find the
cmos battery.

CU,
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Marcel Cox
28-Jun-2012, 19:32
Does this machine have a Phenix BIOS by any chance? Phoenix BIOSes often
have a feature that after 3 failed attemps, you get a 4 digit code which
can be used to generate a recovery password. There are tools on the
internet that allow you generating the recovery password based on the code.

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Arthur
02-Jul-2012, 09:51
Thanks for the replies. I got the user to bring in the laptop and it turned
out to be a Windows password rather that a BIOS password.
"Marcel Cox" <Marcel_Cox@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote in message
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> Does this machine have a Phenix BIOS by any chance? Phoenix BIOSes often
> have a feature that after 3 failed attemps, you get a 4 digit code which
> can be used to generate a recovery password. There are tools on the
> internet that allow you generating the recovery password based on the
> code.
>
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> http://support.novell.com/forums
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