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    Trying to repair a friend's laptop - Fujitsu Siemens Amilo 2727

    As above.

    A neighbour once discovered that I was half way decent at repairs pcs, so he turned up at my door with the above laptop - running Vista and it crashes all the time.

    I ran through the Vista prompted repairs process, only for it to continue to crash (BSOD).

    I've now decided that its best to install XP - so I'm trying this, but don't have his bios password.

    Does anyone know what the default bios passwords are for this machine - and/or what the master password is for the bios?

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    Can't you remove the CMOS battery?

    Original Poster

    Probably, but that would still leave with with no bios password, I think?

    Amilos don't have a bios password by default, he must have set it himself.

    Banned

    Try admin for both login and passwords, if admin does not work for the password try, ironic it may sound but 'password'.

    admin is usually the default settings for both login and passwords on a lot of hardware devices so try that for both. Worth a punt mate.

    Yes it would get rid of the password.

    Why do you need the BIOS password?

    If you're trying to boot from a CD can you not press F12 or (or similar) whilst booting to bring up the boot menu.

    Original Poster

    Thanks all - tried password - it locked the bios password unfortunately.

    To access the bios it always asks for a bios pw - trying to access it to change the boot sequence to install XP.

    Will try F12 - cheers!

    EDIT: Now attempting recovery using the manufacturer's recovery system loaded on the HDD

    Original Poster

    Will add rep when it allows me to all.

    If you dont manage to find anything try ebay for a bios recovery disc

    Why do people not run a deeper level protection system, so many systems can be assessed through the f12 approach or brute force system cracker. I also ask why more people don't use truecrypt.

    Original Poster

    electriclinux;5343728

    Why do people not run a deeper level protection system, so many systems … Why do people not run a deeper level protection system, so many systems can be assessed through the f12 approach or brute force system cracker. I also ask why more people don't use truecrypt.



    I guess cause most folk aren't aware of such things nor feel they should require them in this modern day - with all these hard disc recovery systems that are supposed to work.

    electriclinux;5343728

    Why do people not run a deeper level protection system, so many systems … Why do people not run a deeper level protection system, so many systems can be assessed through the f12 approach or brute force system cracker. I also ask why more people don't use truecrypt.



    Overkill?

    You say overkill I say a stitch in time saves you from a horrible fate
    http://offload2.icculus.org:9090/~chunky/images/random/computer_bomb.jpg

    Try this password:

    SKY_FOX

    or ......

    How to Break a BIOS Password

    Laptop

    1. Remember that laptops can be trickier, especially if it's a newer model. If it has a security chip on the motherboard forget about it. You either have to physically remove the chip or contact the mfg for the "master" password. If you can boot up off of a cd or floppy try any of these methods:
    2. Create a Win98SE bootable media "or anything that lets you boot into MS-DOS" and boot off of it.
    3. When the A:\> prompt appears type debug and press enter.
    4. You will then only see a "-".
    5. Type o 70 2E "include the spaces" and press Enter.
    6. Type o 71 ff "include the spaces" and press Enter.
    7. Type q and press Enter.
    8. Here are a list of common mfg backdoor passwords:
    * AWARD BIOS
    o AWARD SW, AWARD_SW, Award SW, AWARD PW, _award, awkward, J64, j256, j262, j332, j322, 01322222, 589589, 589721, 595595, 598598, HLT, SER, SKY_FOX, aLLy, aLLY, Condo, CONCAT, TTPTHA, aPAf, HLT, KDD, ZBAAACA, ZAAADA, ZJAAADC, djonet, %øåñòü ïpîáåëîâ%, %äåâÿòü ïpîáåëîâ%
    * AMI BIOS
    o AMI, A.M.I., AMI SW, AMI_SW, BIOS, PASSWORD, HEWITT RAND, Oder
    9. Other passwords you may try (for AMI/AWARD or other BIOSes) - LKWPETER, lkwpeter, BIOSTAR, biostar, BIOSSTAR, biosstar, ALFAROME, Syxz, Wodj


    Tips

    * Depending on the manufacturer of your motherboard, you may be able to use what it is called a "backdoor password" to bypass the password problem. Try looking at the external links for possible passwords.
    * Remember that passwords are Case Sensitive. The last two passwords in the AWARD BIOS list are in Russian.
    * Sometimes the bios reset jumper has a "handle" and is colored a bright color to make it easy to locate. Also, look in your case near the bottom. If it is a manufactured computer then it probably came with a little sticker with the jumpers and the location of the reset jumper.

    ( source: ]Wiki-HOW )

    Original Poster

    Thanks lads/lasses - have now repaired it using the last post I've made method.
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