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How can I unlock the BIOS on a late model Toshiba Satellite Laptop - there is no parallel port on this notebook

Posted on 2006-10-27
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How can I unlock the BIOS on a late model Toshiba Satellite Laptop - there is no parallel port on this notebook.  I actually asked this question before, and was referred to an e-bay USB Unlock device, they were running about $188 and I ordered it for the last Toshiba I ran across like this, it worked, but I can't find the guy who bought it and I can't find the e-bay auction anymore, can anyone point me in the right direction?? HELP!!  This is like the 3rd laptop I have run across like this.

When he came to me he wanted me to change the BIOS Password for him, I told him I was not comfortable doing that, so he took it home and attempted it himself, NOW he is locked out of the computer and Toshiba wants too much money from him to fix it.  Warranty has expired.  I have it apart but cannot find the CMOS Battery, which many times if it is removed when you put it back the BIOS password is no longer required, but I cannot find any type of Battery inside this notebook.  Any  suggestions would be appreciated.
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by:lrmoore
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by:jdunneuk
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take the battery out of the mainboard

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by:jdunneuk
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sorry miss read you didnt no where the battery was.... to find out more about its location try here fixya.com
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by:woodendude
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Everything you ever wante to do to a Toshiba.
http://repair4laptop.org/disassembly_toshiba.html
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by:nucfission
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what model is it ? may be we can help you locate the CMOS Battery
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by:gopal_krishna
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The best way to do so is to clear the CMOS by the jumper and if you are not able to find any jumber then remove the Battery. This will clear the BIOS Password with no issues.

good luck

Regards
Gopal Krishna K
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by:reyeuro
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nucfission the model number is M35X-S161, and I have taken it all apart and still cannot find any CMOS battery.  So any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Gopal Krishna K what do you mean "Clear the CMOS by the jumper"  I have located the CMOS Chip?  But I don't know what a jumper or how to jumper the CMOS, please explain more detailed.. Thanks
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by:nucfission
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reyeuro,

ok still looking for the Eng. Manual -- the CMOS batterie nowadays looks more like a Capasitor - will find it for you though - don't fret.
Gopal is right --- most mother boards have a jumper that clears the CMOS to factory settings -- I'm not so sure about laptop boards though. let me have a look.
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Toll-Free Technical Support:

Computers:(800) 457-7777

http://toshiba.com/tai-new/Support.htm

Regards
Gopal Krishna K

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by:jako
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nowadays the batteries (accus) are fixed to the mobo and it is fairly probable that without the help of some sophisticated soldering equipment it would be hard to remove ;) there might be a dipswitch block (less likely a jumper block which is more common amongst desktop mobos) near the BIOS battery though to accomplish the feat of resetting the BIOS (along with all the passwords for it).
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by:reyeuro
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Just to update you, I am exploring all the suggestions and will hopefully have this solved by weeks end!  
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by:reyeuro
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I have not had any luck, I am going to send it off to Toshiba and pay them to repair it.  This is in keeping with gopal_krishna suggestion so I am accepting his answer
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