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Help Resetting CMOS Password : Toshiba Laptop - Satelite - A 100 Series.

Hi,
I have this old toshiba satelite series A-100 , Somebody used it in my absence and specified CMOS password.
When I hit F2 to enter setup, It prompts me for password. Now I do not know this password.
I need to reset this CMOS password. (Need to change Boot devices for once and good - I can "Select" boot devices by hitting F12 - But thats not the solution I am looking for)
Having said that - Since I bought this laptop about 2 years back (April-2004)- I do not know If I can call Toshiba for Support.

Thank you for all help,Regards

Amit
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chuckyhCommented:
You can try calling toshiba for tech support.
You can try removing the battery o nthe MB
or Toshiba has a parallel port dongle that removes the bios password.
found here
http://cgi.ebay.com/TOSHIBA-LAPTOP-BIOS-PASSWORD-REMOVER-Free-shipping_W0QQitemZ190137650391QQihZ009QQcategoryZ140085QQcmdZViewItem
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JohnnyCanuckCommented:
Does the laptop have a floppy drive?

http://home.earthlink.net/~porsche914/linux/keydisk.html
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amit_panjwaniAuthor Commented:
@chuckyh
I really would not like to open this puppy. Shipping may take time :(

@JohnnyCanuck  

Nopes - No Floppy Drive, Just plain Old DVD drive(Read Only)/ CD RW
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jamietonerCommented:
This system uses a security chip so removing the cmos battery will not reset a bios password. The only way to get past it would be to buy a replacement security chip and solder it on, replace the motherboard, or send to a Toshiba Repair Center for service.
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amit_panjwaniAuthor Commented:
@jamietoner

Hi, Would you know where do you get replacement chips, and these chips are they specific to given model - say Satelite A100 has different and Satelite A200 uses another.
And I cannot say about soldering part.
Replacing motherboard is costly preposition.

Apparently I will be left with no choice other then to Walk in to nearest Toshiba repair center for paid support.
But I will still wait for about a day or two and see if I can can get some other solution.
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jamietonerCommented:
After looking for the chip it looks like you can't get replacement chips for this model. This is the site i usually find them at http://www.pwcrack.com/security_chips.shtml.
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garycaseCommented:
Removing the battery ... even the CMOS battery on the motherboard (thus clearing CMOS) won't help here ==>  As jamietoner noted, your laptop uses a security chip.   This basically means it CANNOT be reset -- you have to know the password.   The only solutions are:

(1)  Return it to Toshiba along with proof of ownership.  They'll replace the motherboard (or possibly just the security chip - I don't know which) and possibly the hard drive (if it's an ATA-secure drive -- I'm not sure for this model).   This will cost several hundred $$

(2)  Buy a replacement security chip.  This is a surface mounted chip, so replacing it requires good soldering skills and the right equipment.   A surface mount soldering/desoldering tool costs about $150, and the chips are available for about $60.    I do NOT recommend attempting this ==> it requires excellent soldering skills and if you get it wrong the laptop will be destroyed.

(3)  Send the laptop off to the folks at www.pwcrack.com (see jamietoner's link above).   While they don't list your specific model, I suspect that's simply because they haven't yet done one.   Give them a call (or e-mail) and I suspect they can do it for you ==> probably for the same $250 they typically charge.

Modern laptops have excellent security -- this is GOOD for the security of your data.   But can be a real pain if you forget the password.
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amit_panjwaniAuthor Commented:
@garycase

SATA Hard drive - very likely should not require replacement. I often at times use that hard drive with my desktop (USB Attachment) and Other Laptop.

HTH - But thats crazy - I just want to remove BIOS/CMOS Password - I do not know if HP too has same problem. I am exploring my options for replacing current laptop.
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amit_panjwaniAuthor Commented:
Thank you guys for guiding me , Good day ahead

Amit
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garycaseCommented:
You're welcome.    Most modern laptops (including HP's) use security chips for their much-enhanced security.    As I noted in my last comment above, this is GOOD for the security of your data => but a real pain if you forget the password.    The best way to be sure this doesn't happen is to either not set a password (if you're the only user of the laptop), or to set one you're SURE you won't forget (this also eliminates the potential issue of some other user deciding to set a password and then forgetting it => which is what happened to you here).
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amit_panjwaniAuthor Commented:
@garycase

[[[ to set one you're SURE you won't forget (this also eliminates the potential issue of some other user deciding to set a password and then forgetting it => which is what happened to you here)]]]

Thats what I was pondering on :)
You got it right on point.
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