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Dell Inspiron 1520 Forgot BIOS Password

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I received a laptop from a buddy of mine that he bought off of a buddy of his......lol .  He wanted me to fix an issue with logging into the machine.  It asks for a system password or CMOS Sys Admin password.  Not one of them can recall what the password is.  So, naturally, we're stuck.  Is there a way to overide the system from asking the password or a way to reset the password.  I do know that a master password probably exists and perhaps I can get that from Dell, but I'm not sure if they'd give it to me over the phone.  Well, I know they wouldn't give it to me over the phone, but without the acknowledgement of the original owner (not sure how to get a hold of him cause he moved), I don't think they'd give it to me.

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I know that popping the battery won't work.  I will probably file an online change of ownership form with Dell and then try to get them to send me the master password.  I know in the past there was a way with Dells that had a printer port to kind of form a loop back on some pins in the printer port...(loop back to itself) to kind of reset the bios.  This trick actually worked.  However, this laptop does not have a printer port.

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I kinda knew that Dell was an option.  I was more interested in seeing ig anyone knew of other ways to bypass it like you could on older Dell Laptops.  Afterall was said and done, I agreed that I would go with my first notion to contact Dell and fill out a form.
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