I'm not going to get into the specifics of this, lets just say I have a friend whose ex husband decided to take it upon himself before he left to screw her over and password the BIOS and not tell her what the pw is. I know its an Athlon KMD6, but I dont have the rest of the specifics. If someone does this, how can you get it to reset? I'm guessing pull the cmos battery and try that, but does anyone else have any other suggestions? Only other thing I could think of was to try and find out what mobo it is and find documentation on the jumper to reset the bios if there is one. Thanks guys.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
22nd October 1999
If it's ANYTHING except an IBM Thinkpad or a Toshiba lappy, you can unplug the power cord, pull the BIOS battery, then short the bios battery pins briefly to discharge anything left in the circuit, or just let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes.
There may also be a CMOS reset jumper on the mobo (most modern mobos have one) - if so you don't need to pull the battery.
If it's a Thinkpad or Toshiba lappy, and he used the hard drive or mobo password lock then you're screwed. It's a security feature on those highend lappies - it's IMPOSSIBLE for you to use the mobo or the drive EVER again without sending it back to the manufacturer or there's also a place in Canada that does it cheaper.
Last I check the Canadian place charges $200 to unlock a drive leaving it blank, $100 to unlock a mobo, and an additional $500 if you want to salvage the data off the drive.
I forget the name of the place but if you do a search on the newsgroups or google you'll find it.
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