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July 27, 2015

How to Reset or Remove or Bypass a Forgotten BIOS Password

A BIOS password is a protection measure that can be used to stop someone powering up a computer system or making changes in some of the computers most sensitive areas. Many big name computer manufacturers such as Dell and HP lock the customers out of this area because they don’t want the customer changing anything and potentially damaging the machine (which the manufacturer may have to warranty). However, when someone like a computer technician or hardware enthusiast needs to make some hardware changes to the computer, they will need to access the BIOS. Here are some methods to be a bios password cracker, removing a BIOS password.



How to Reset or Remove or Bypass a Forgotten BIOS Password By Removing CMOS Battery

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Almost all motherboards use a small coin sized CMOS battery to store all BIOS settings along with the password. To reset the password, unplug the PC, open the cabinet and remove the CMOS battery for approx. 15-30 minutes and then put it back. It'll reset all BIOS settings as well as the password and you'll need to re-enter all settings.
If it fails, then try to remove the battery for at least one hour.
How to Reset or Remove or Bypass a Forgotten BIOS Password By Using Software
If the password is only required at setup, it is possible, with specific motherboards, to recover it without having to follow the hardware reset instructions described above. 
Download CMOSPWD software (freeware): here 
The program works with the following BIOS:
  • ACER/IBM BIOS
  • AMI BIOS
  • AMI WinBIOS 2.5
  • Award 4.5x/4.6x/6.0
  • Compaq (1992)
  • Compaq (New version)
  • IBM (PS/2, Activa, Thinkpad)
  • Packard Bell
  • Phoenix 1.00.09.AC0 (1994), a486 1.03, 1.04, 1.10 A03, 4.05 rev 1.02.943, 4.06 rev 1.13.1107
  • Phoenix 4 release 6 (User)
  • Gateway Solo - Phoenix 4.0 release 6
  • Toshiba
  • Zenith AMI

How to Reset or Remove or Bypass a Forgotten BIOS Password By Using MS DOS Command

This method works only if you have access to the system when its turned on because this method requires MS DOS. Open Command Prompt from Programs menu and provide following commands one bye one:
debug
o 70 2E
o 71 FF
quit
NOTE: The first character in the above commands is English alphabet "o" and not the number 0.
After providing the above commands, restart your system and it should reset the CMOS Settings along with the BIOS password.
If you are curious to know how it works? then let me explain the above commands:
In this method we are using the Debug tool of MS DOS. The "o" character present at first in these commands, outputs the values to IO ports. The number 70 and 71 are port numbers which are used to access CMOS memory. By providing FF value we are telling CMOS that there is an invalid checksum and it resets the CMOS settings as well as BIOS password.

How to Reset or Remove or Bypass a Forgotten BIOS Password By Using Motherboard Jumper

Almost all motherboards contain a jumper that can clear all CMOS settings along with the BIOS password. The location of this jumper varies depending upon the motherboard brand. You should read your motherboard manual to check its location. If you don't have the manual then look for the jumpers near the CMOS battery. Most of the manufacturer label the jumper as CLR, CLEAR, CLEAR CMOS, etc.
When you find the jumper, look carefully. There will be 3 pins and the jumper will be joining the center pin to either left or right pin. What you need to do, is remove the jumper and join the center pin to the opposite pin. e.g. if the jumper joins center pin to left pin, then remove it and join center pin to right pin. Now wait for a few seconds and then again remove the jumper and join the center pin to left pin.
Make sure to turn the PC off before opening the cabinet and resetting the jumper.

How to Reset or Remove or Bypass a Forgotten BIOS Password Using the Manufacturer Backdoor Password

On many computers (especially old ones), computer manufacturers build in backdoor passwords for their own technicians to use so they can access the BIOS when the hardware is being serviced. Here are some of the ones that have been reported. You may need to try quite a few passwords before you find one that works
These passwords are CaSe SeNsItIve.
AMI BIOS Backdoor Passwords:
  • A.M.I.
  • AAAMMMII
  • AMI
  • AMI?SW
  • AMI_SW
  • BIOS
  • CONDO
  • HEWITT RAND
  • LKWPETER
  • MI
  • Oder
  • PASSWORD
Award BIOS Backdoor Passwords:
    • (eight spaces)
    • 01322222
    • 589589
    • 589721
    • 595595
    • 598598
    • ALFAROME
    • ALLY
    • ALLy
    • aLLY
    • aLLy
    • aPAf
    • award
    • AWARD PW
    • AWARD SW
    • AWARD?SW
    • AWARD_PW
    • AWARD_SW
    • AWKWARD
    • awkward
    • IOSTAR
    • CONCAT
    • CONDO
    • Condo
    • condo
    • d8on
    • djonet
    • HLT
    • J256
    • J262
    • j262
    • j322
    • j332
    • J64
    • KDD
    • LKWPETER
    • Lkwpeter
    • PINT
    • pint
    • SER
    • SKY_FOXSYXZ
    • SKY_FOX
    • syxz
    • SYXZ
    • TTPTHA
    • ZAAAADA
    • ZAAADA
    • ZBAAACA
    • ZJAAADC
Russian Award BIOS Passwords:
  • %øåñòü ïpîáåëîâ%
  • %äåâÿòü ïpîáåëîâ%
Phoenix Backdoor BIOS Passwords:
  • BIOS
  • CMOS
  • phoenix
  • PHOENIX
Other Manufcaturers Backdoor Passwords: (manufacturer name – password)
  • VOBIS and IBM – merlin
  • Dell – Dell
  • Biostar – Biostar
  • Compaq – Compaq
  • Enox – xo11nE
  • Epox – central
  • Freetech – Posterie
  • IWill – iwill
  • Jetway – spooml
  • Packard Bell – bell9
  • QDI – QDI
  • Siemens – SKY_FOX
  • SOYO – SY_MB
  • TMC – BIGO
  • Toshiba – Toshiba

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