Bios admin password for Dell Latitude D510

Posted on 2009-04-26
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Last Modified: 2013-11-15
Hi All, this is not simply a bios admin password crack question although that seems to be difficult judging from the solutions I have searched.
I have been given (honest) an ex NHS laptop that has been cleared out of a doctors surgery as part of upgrade. It works fine and I have the passwords to get into XP and use it as a stand alone laptop.
 Here is the rub, The wireless card has been disabled in the bios by a concientious technician and protected by a bios admin password.
Question 1, can I enable the wireless card outside of the bios?
Question 2, failing that can I simply use a USB wireless adaptor. Incidentally I can run and install programs from either a USB stick or the CD drive.
Question by:ironwater600
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mycarefreepc earned 1500 total points
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Hi there -

To address point #2, yes, a wireless USB adapter would work.  The configuration in the BIOS simply deactivates the built in mini-PCI card used for wireless connectivity.

On point #1, I've never had success in getting past a BIOS password on a Dell Laptop.  Desktops, no problem.  Laptops, problem. :)  

Best regards,
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normally, you have to contact Dell, and show proof of ownership - thea may, or not help you for free.
you can also try this - i never tried it though, so some feedback on it is welcome :

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Good advice, it confirmed my thoughts re the usb adapter and helped me to decide not to try and crack the dell password which may have resulted in a trashed laptop

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Glad to have helped.
Brian Drain

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