Bios admin password for Dell Latitude D510

Posted on 2009-04-26
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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    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 :

    Author Closing Comment

    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.
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