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So I have a problem.  Somehow the bios is locked with a password.  Is there a way to break the pass lock?
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by:Tony Giangreco
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NOTE: Before running this process, make sure you know the settings in your cmos setup. You may need to go back in and configure some settings.

Pull out the Cmos battery for 15 seconds and press the power button. reinstall the battery, go into setup and configure the system components the way thy were setup before starting the process.
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You should either be able to reset the BIOS by opening the computer up and removing the small disc shaped watch battery. Usually it's a CR2032 battery like this one:

http://sportfactoryproshop.com/images/products/detail/CR2032.jpg

Unplug your computer from the mains power, open it up (on a laptop it's the same procedure and usually you can get to the battery relatively easy, too) and look on the motherboard for the battery. Remove it (flathead screwdriver helps) and wait a few seconds. Put the battery back in and start the computer back up. In theory that would have reset the BIOS to defaults and cleared the password at the same time.

If that doesn't work, there is a jumper (a small plastic pin that needs to be set). Looks something like this:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b0/Jumper_on_motherboard.jpg

Usually it says CMOS at the base and your motherboard manual should have further information. The battery should do the job though.
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the methods above were fine for older laptops but  don't work on modern ones
what are your pC specs?

You can't remove the password, without knowing it !   -->  ( what good is a password that can be "repaired" ?)
modern laptops keep it in a security chip - for anti-theft reasons
resetting the bios does not help;  nor does removing the battery, since the password is not in there
you would need to know in what chip it is, and how to reset that
you have to turn it in to the manufacturer, and show proof of ownership - then they can help
or replace the mobo !
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Have you been able to reset the password?
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by:al4629740
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was not able to try it yet, but will do
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by:nobus
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post results plse!
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by:rbudj
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Procedure is different for almost every computer.

1. Is it a desktop or laptop
2. What is the model number?

Sometimes a simple jumper will do it and sometimes you have to send it to the manufacturer.
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Have you been able to reset the password?
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