Dell Latitude Bios Password

I have a Dell Latitude 133st and require the bios password. It gives the tag KS07v
rippyAsked:
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MichaelMarchCommented:
2 types of optional passwords can be assigned:
 Primary password that prevents unauthorized access to the computer at start-up
 Administrator password that overrides the primary password

CAUTION: The password features provide a high level of security for the data in the computer. However, they are not foolproof. If the data requires more security, it is the responsibility to obtain and use additional forms of protection, such as data encryption programs or PC Cards with encryption features.



Assigning a Primary Password in Windows
1. Select the Security icon located in the in the Control Panel and in the Dell Control Center.
The Security window appears.
2. Select the SET OR CHANGE PASSWORD... button. A dialog box appears prompting the user to enter a password.
3. Type a password of at least 3 characters, and press <ENTER>. Up to 7 characters (including spaces) can be used. The computer makes no distinction between lowercase or uppercase letters.
A dialog box prompts for the password to be reentered to confirm it.
4. Type the password again and press <ENTER>.
5. To protect the computer from being started from a bootable diskette, click on the check box beside BOOT FROM THE HARD-DISK DRIVE ONLY so that an X appears in the box.
6. Select the OK button.


Changing or Disabling a Primary Password in Windows
1. Select the Security icon and enter the current password in the dialog box that appears.
2. Select the SET OR CHANGE PASSWORD... button in the Security Window. A dialog box appears prompting the user to enter the new password.
3. Type a new password and press <ENTER>. To disable the password, leave the box blank and press <ENTER>. After <ENTER> is pressed, a dialog box appears prompts for the password to be reentered to confirm it.
4. To change the password, type the new password again and press <ENTER>. To disable the password, press <ENTER>.
5. Select the OK button.


Assigning a Primary Password in MS-DOS
1. From the MS-DOS prompt, press <FN-F1> or <CTRL-ALT-ENTER> to enter the System Setup program. Then press <ALT-P> to move to Page 2.
2. Highlight the PRIMARY PASSWORD option, and make sure it is set to DISABLED. If the PRIMARY PASSWORD option is not set to disabled, see the next section, Changing or Disabling a Primary Password in MS-DOS.
3. Press the left or right arrow keys to change the setting to ENTER PASSWORD, followed by an empty 7-character field in square brackets.
4. Type a password of at least 3 characters, and press <ENTER>. Up to 7 characters (including spaces) can be used. The computer makes no distinction between lowercase or uppercase letters.
To exit without assigning a password, press <ESC>. After entering the password, the password option changes to VERIFY PASSWORD, followed by an empty 7-character field in square brackets.
5. To confirm the password, type it again and press <ENTER>. When the password is confirmed, the password option changes to ENABLED. The password is now operational.


Changing or Disabling a Primary Password in MS-DOS
1. From the MS-DOS prompt, press <FN-F1> or <CTRL-ALT-ENTER> to enter the System Setup program. Then press <ALT-P> to move to Page 2.
2. Highlight the PRIMARY PASSWORD option, and press the spacebar to change the setting from ENABLED to DISABLED.
3. When prompted, type the password and press <ENTER>. The setting for the password option changes to ENTER PASSWORD. To avoid entering a new password, press <ESC> to exit the System Setup program.
To assign a new password, type it in and then verify it. The primary password can be erased at start-up by typing the primary password when prompted, and then pressing <CTRL-ENTER>. This sets the PRIMARY PASSWORD option to DISABLED.

NOTE: If the administrator password is entered and <CTRL-ENTER> is pressed, both the ADMIN PASSWORD option and PRIMARY PASSWORD options are set to DISABLED.


Using a Primary Password
After assigning a primary password, the following message appears at start-up:

Type the password and . . .

 -- Press <ENTER> to leave password security enabled.

 -- Press <CTRL-ENTER> to disable password security.


If an administrator password is assigned, it can be used instead of the primary password. The computer does not specifically prompt for the administrator password.


Administrator Password
The administrator password is designed to give system administrators or service technicians in large companies access to computers for repair or reconfiguration.
The administrator password overrides the primary password. Whenever the primary password prompt appears, the administrator password can be entered instead.


Setting or Changing an Administrator Password in Windows
1. Hold down the <CTRL> key and double-click on the Control Panel icon (in the Program Manager's Main group) to open the Control Panel.
2. Choose the Admin icon by double-clicking it.
3. If an administrator password is currently assigned, a dialog box prompts for it to be entered. Type the administrator password and press <ENTER>; then continue with step 4. If no administrator password is currently assigned, the Administrator Options window appears.
4. Select the SET OR CHANGE PASSWORD... button. A dialog box prompts for the administrator password to be entered. (To change the password, enter a password different from the existing password.)
5. Type a password of at least 3 characters, and then press <ENTER>. Up to 7 characters (including spaces) can be used. The computer makes no distinction between lowercase or uppercase letters.
After the password is entered, a dialog box prompts for the password to be reentered to confirm it.
6. Type the password again and press <ENTER>.
7. Select the OK button.


Disabling an Administrator Password in Windows
1. Hold down the <CTRL> key and double-click on the Control Panel icon (in the Program Manager's Main group) to open the Windows Control Panel.
2. Choose the Admin icon by double-clicking it.
3. A dialog box prompts for the password to be entered. Type the password and press <ENTER>. The Administrator Options window appears.
4. Select the SET OR CHANGE PASSWORD... button. When the dialog box prompts for the new password, leave the field blank and press <ENTER>.
5. Select the OK button.


Assigning an Administrator Password in MS-DOS
1. From the MS-DOS prompt, press <FN-F1> or <CTRL-ALT-ENTER> to enter the System Setup program. Then press <ALT-P> to move to Page 2.
2. Highlight the ADMIN PASSWORD option, and make sure it is set to DISABLED. If the ADMIN PASSWORD option is not set to disabled, see Changing or Disabling an Administrator Password in MS-DOS.
3. Press the left- or right- arrow keys to change the setting to ENTER PASSWORD, followed by an empty 7-character field in square brackets.
4. Type a password of at least 3 characters, and press <ENTER>. Up to 7 characters (including spaces) can be used in the password. The computer makes no distinction between lowercase or uppercase letters.
To exit without assigning a password, press <ESC>. After the password is entered, the password option changes to VERIFY PASSWORD, followed by an empty 7-character field in square brackets.
5. To confirm the password, type it again and press <ENTER>. When the password is confirmed, the password option changes to ENABLED. The password is now operational.


Changing or Disabling an Administrator Password in MS-DOS
1. From the MS-DOS prompt, press <FN-F1> or <CTRL-ALT-ENTER> to enter the System Setup program. Then press <ALT-P> to move to Page 2.
2. Highlight the ADMIN PASSWORD option, and press the spacebar to change the setting from ENABLED to DISABLED.
3. When prompted, type the password and press <ENTER>. The setting for the password option changes to ENTER PASSWORD. To avoid entering a new password, press <ESC> to exit the System Setup program.
To assign a new password, enter it and verify it. The administrator password can be erased at start-up by typing the administrator password when prompted, and then pressing <CTRL-ENTER>.

NOTE: If the administrator password is entered and <CTRL-ENTER> is pressed, both the ADMIN PASSWORD option and PRIMARY PASSWORD options are set to DISABLED.


Disabling a Forgotten Password
If the administrator and primary passwords are active and they are lost, the system can only be accessed through the use of the master password. This password is unique to each system and can only be obtained by contacting Dell Technical Support.


 

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rayt333Commented:
rippy
The last few lines gives you the answer, but still you will need a little luck, some of their Tech's really give you a rough time getting the master password, they want to make sure you are the owner and not some hack.

MichaelMarch
That is a very complete answer, couldn't ask for more then that, huh?
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rsparCommented:
A couple of years ago I had a problem with a bios password being forgotten.  I went to the bios manufacturers web site (I can't remember which Award maybe) and their was a list of back door passwords.  It took a little while but I eventually found one that worked.  It kind of makes sense where is Dell going to get it?
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hewittgCommented:
I am assuming the resetting of the bios will not work via the f? jumper according to the manual on the motherboard?
Justa question.  Dell is complete but not that complete.  
Do you know what the motherboard is?

Thanks

Glenn
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