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    On PCs, the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is updatable computer firmware designed to initialize the computer during start prior to handing control to the operating system. Due to the sensitive nature of the system settings controlled by the BIOS, a password can be set by either the computer manufacturer or the end-user. Some of the most common BIOS producers include AMI, AWARD, IBM, and Phoenix with many manufacturers making their own changes to the firmware prior to selling a computer on the open market. The common methods to reset BIOS password include: Generating a BIOS password using a hash code, entering a backdoor BIOS password, reset the BIOS password using software, reset the BIOS password using hardware, and resetting the BIOS password with vendor specific solutions.

    How Does the BIOS Work?

    The computer BIOS is the first programming code executed by a PC when the machine is rebooted or turned on. The computer firmware conducts a power-on self-test of the system which is responsible for identifying system hardware and initializing components such as the CPU, hard drive(s), RAM, video card, mouse, and keyboard. Once the initialization task is Dallas Semiconductor DS1687-3 Real Time Clock. This IC stores BIOS setup information, including the BIOS password.complete, the BIOS checks the boot devices in order of configured preference (traditional default setting is the computer’s hard drive). The boot loader software is executed by the BIOS once located, and control of the computer is then passed to the operating system. Functionality that can be changed by the end-user through the BIOS user interface (UI) include setting the system clock, enabling or disabling system hardware, configuring hardware, enabling or setting passwords, and choosing the order of boot devices.
    Although the BIOS was originally stored on a ROM (read only memory) chip on the computer’s motherboard, today’s computers will store the firmware in flash memory or EEPROM chips that can be updated after the computer has been sold. Once Intel started producing chips for use on non-PC hardware such as Macintoshes, a successor to the legacy BIOS system was required and is called the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). Although EFI provides a number of improvements over the traditional BIOS, it has not yet gained market dominance on PC’s.

    Is There a BIOS on Mac OS X?

    Prior to the production of Mac computers using x86 or Intel chips during the later portion of the 2000’s and their use of EFI, OpenFirmware was the BIOS equivalent on all Macintosh computers. OpenFirmware provides similar functionality on a Mac as the BIOS and EFI do on other computing systems. It conducts tasks such as locating attached or installed hardware and uses environment variables to direct the boot process for the Mac. To access the interface for OpenFirm, press the power button on the mac for about 10 seconds. While pressing the power button, simultaneously depress the “CMD,” “OPT,” “O,” and “F” keys once you hear an audible “chime.” Once you are done with the required modifications in OpenFirmware, exit the interface by typing “bye”, “boot”, or “mac-boot” (depends on the version of Mac computer you are using) followed by pressing the “return” key.

    How to Rest a BIOS Password By Using a Hash Code

    A lot of the major computer manufacturers use a master password generated from a hash code to reset the master BIOS password. This hash code is normally calculated from a unique equipment identifier such as the Serial Number, Service Tag, System ID, or Express Service Code. On many brands of computer, the identifying code will be displayed after the BIOS password has been entered incorrectly three times in a row. On other brands, it may be printed on the computer. On some HP models of computer, the hash code will only display if the “F2” or “F12” keyboard function key is press prior to entering the incorrect password a third time.
    A free service provided by Tech FAQ (other websites will charge you) is our BIOS password generation tool. The tool is designed to make a BIOS password that will work on many computer brands to include: Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, Samsung, and Sony models. The tool has also worked for many white-label PC’s running Phoenix or Insyde BIOS. Tech-FAQ.com recommends end users that desire to reset the BIOS password for their respective computer try the hashcode generator before paying another company money to conduct the same task. Many times, third party companies will simply charge individuals upwards of $40 USD to obtain the same information provided for free here:

    BIOS Password Generator Tool

    Finding the Backdoor BIOS Password

    In addition to creating a BIOS password from a hash code, a number of BIOS manufacturers also implement an explicit backdoor password. This password will work regardless of the presence of a manually set BIOS password. The primary purpose of a manufacturer’s backdoor BIOS password is for maintenance and testing evolutions. These passwords are changed periodically by the respective company and success will vary across brand and age of computer.
    The reported BIOS backdoor passwords to date include:

    Manufacturer BIOS Password
    AMI A.M.I., AAAMMMIII, AMI?SW , AMI_SW, BIOS, CONDO, HEWITT RAND, LKWPETER, MI, Odor, and PASSWORD.
    Award BIOS ,01322222, 589589, 589721, 595595, 598598 , ALFAROME, ALLY, ALLy, aLLY, aLLy, aPAf, award, AWARD PW, AWARD SW, AWARD?SW, AWARD_PW, AWARD_SW, AWKWARD, awkward, BIOSTAR, CONCAT, CONDO, Condo, condo, d8on, djonet, HLT, J256, J262, j262, j322, j332, J64, KDD, LKWPETER, Lkwpeter, PINT, pint, SER, SKY_FOX, SYXZ, syxz, TTPTHA, ZAAAADA, ZAAADA, ZBAAACA, and ZJAAADC.
    Russian Award BIOS %øåñòü ïpîáåëîâ%, %äåâÿòü ïpîáåëîâ
    Phoenix BIOS BIOS, CMOS, phoenix, and PHOENIX.
    VOBIS & 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

    How to Reset the BIOS Password Using Software

    A popular option for end users to reset the BIOS/CMOS password is to use third party software.

    CmosPWD  is a free application that can be used to retrieve and decrypt the BIOS password. It also provides backup, restoral, and erasing capabilities. The program is proven to work with the following BIOS types:

    • 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 the BIOS Password By Removing the CMOS Battery

    One of the most common methods to reset the BIOS password is to remove or discharge the battery on the computer’s motherboard. If the power to the battery is lost or drained, the BIOS configuration will be reset to the factory state with no password. System settings made to the BIOS will also be lost.
    Step 1 – Turn off the computer and ensure it has no external power (ie unplug the power cable. If it has a battery, remove it).
    Step 2 – Open the computer’s case or box.
    Step 3 – Locate the computer’s motherboard and look for the white silver button battery on the motherboard.
    Step 4 – If the battery is not soldered to the motherboard, remove it carefully and wait for approximately 30 seconds.
    Step 5 – Put the computer case back together and boot the computer.
    Step 6 – If the “CMOS Checksum Error-Defaults Loaded” error message is displayed, the BIOS password has been reset.
    In the event the CMOS battery is soldered to the computer’s motherboard, you will want to seek a different method to reset the BIOS password on the computer.

    Steps to Reset the BIOS Password Using Hardware

    If the CMOS battery is soldered to the computer’s motherboard, some brands will have a jumper located on the board that can be used to reset or clear the BIOS password. The location of the jumper on the motherboard will be contained in the motherboard documentation. If you can not find documentation on which jumper will reset the BIOS password, some users will guestimate on which jumper is the appropriate by choosing the one closest to the battery for reset. Another option is to short the points of the battery connection pins to the motherboard (when there is no power being applied to the computer).

    Steps to Reset the BIOS Password Using the Real Time Clock

    If attempts at resetting the CMOS battery through removal or by jumper fail, another method is to reset the Real Time Clock (RTC) Integrated Circuit (IC) on the computer’s motherboard. This method will work if the RTC requires an external battery. To reset, simply remove the RTC from the motherboard socket with no power available to the computer and reseat. The RTCs reported to require external batteries include:

    • Dallas Semiconductor DS12885S
    • TI benchmarq bq3258S
    • Motorola MC146818AP
    • Hitachi HD146818AP
    • Samsung KS82C6818A

    If the RTC contains an integrated battery, it can typically be reset by shorting two of the pins for several seconds after power has been removed from the system.

    How to Reset the BIOS Password Using Vendor Specific Solutions

    Resetting a Dell BIOS Password
    For information on how to recover a Dell BIOS password, please refer to How do I reset Dell BIOS password?
    Resetting an IBM ThinkPad BIOS Password
    For information on how to recover an IBM Thinkpad BIOS password, please refer to How do I reset an IBM ThinkPad BIOS password?
    Resetting an IBM Aptiva BIOS Password
    Some IBM Aptivas can bypass the startup BIOS password if both mouse buttons are pressed repeatedly while booting the system.
    Resetting an Acer BIOS Password
    For information on how to recover an Acer BIOS password, please refer to How do I reset an Acer BIOS password?

    How to Turn Off the BIOS Password

    Once end-users obtain the master BIOS password for the target computer, a common task to accomplish is making the computer stop asking for the password when restarted or rebooted.
    Step 1 – Restart your computer.
    Step 2 – Press the BIOS access key during computer restart (F2 on many models, Tech-FAQ listing of common BIOS access keys).
    Step 3 – Use the keyboard arrow keys to locate the security tab in the BIOS setup.
    Step 4 – Locate the submenu that lists menu items similar to:
    Supervisor password is: set
    User password is: set
    Step 5 – Use the keyboard arrow key to navigate to the available options and press the first password setting.
    Step 6 – Enter the current BIOS password in the subsequently displayed menu prompt. Some BIOS types will ask for the password to be entered twice.
    Step 7 – Change the password setting to blank, not set, etc.
    Step 8 – Repeat steps 5-7 for the subsequent password options that indicate they are “set.”
    Step 9 – Navigate to the BIOS “exit” menu option and choose the “save changes” menu option.
    Step 10 – Continue to exit from the BIOS setup and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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    465 comments
    1. tony verschoor

      27 December, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      hello i have a hp x360 the code im getting is i 51538467

      Reply
    2. steve

      16 December, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      I have a hp-stream 11-ay010wm I need bios password this is the code it is generating I 59992934 tried pass generator but no luck any help would be appreciated thank you

      Reply
    3. Cobby

      27 October, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Hi there, I’m having bios disabled on my Samsung 450R5J after trying the password for three times I get something like “CAAD7598AB2F573BF3FC98947CA5EBA219BD4698C201“ but after entering to generate a code, I don’t get any response.
      Please kindly help me

      Reply
    4. Joe Suznovich

      12 October, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      86329510 is the error code, the 2 codes given by the above generator do not work.

      Reply
    5. axel2

      15 September, 2018 at 6:43 am

      por favor necesito la contraseña administrador modelo HP 240 g5 el código que me da es (i 51322312)
      no me sirve 44080934

      Reply
    6. Arjun

      14 September, 2018 at 5:59 am

      I need to unlock bios password from hasse k530w

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      2 September, 2018 at 8:31 pm

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    8. Vicky

      23 August, 2018 at 8:07 am

      I have HP note book
      Model 14-bs006ne
      I tried the pw generator and it gave me yundefinedqq7qgxfg.
      But this pw didn’t fit.
      Pls help me

      Reply
    9. fussel

      5 August, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Hy
      Brauche Hilfe für Fujitsu Laptop:
      Lifebook E Serie:

      habe 3hqgo3 , jqw534 , 0qww294e eingegeben und folgenden
      Hash Code erhalten:
      0222-3927-2136-7422-9602-8275 bzw.
      0222-3927-2005-2359-9701-1843 erhalten.
      Mit dem Passwortgenerator-Tool komme ich nicht weiter.
      vielen Dank im voraus

      Reply
    10. mubarak

      23 April, 2018 at 6:10 am

      I have dell inspiron 1525.is bios admin lock i need to unlock .#45FSTF1-595B, any help please .

      Reply
    11. Alexander

      14 April, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you guys so much, it really work for both of my Dell 5520 (2nd hand bought that had a BIOS password).
      Important: I used the Ctrl+Enter to enter the code !

      Reply
    12. Jen

      3 April, 2018 at 8:14 am

      I have a Asus laptop r503u. Serious problem. need bios password

      Reply
    13. Sabin

      25 February, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Hi!
      Please help with this:

      First password: 3hqgo3
      Second password: jqw534
      Third password: 0qww294e

      Model: Fujitsu E736
      Hash Code:
      0293-0594-8147-3826-7713-6562

      kEYBOARD QWERTY

      Thank you very much!

      Reply
    14. John Galada

      20 February, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Hi, my Samsung NP305E5A A08US gave various system disabled numbers and each time I entered those numbers I got no response from the Password Generator. Than I noticed that the disable number had 18 numbers (ten numbers and eight zeros), which I eliminated two zeros and each time I disabled the laptop and entered those numbers in the Generator, minus two zeros, I got this number: 0000,aa, But when I restart the laptop and the system code box appears, I enter the number above but the commas won’t enter into the code.
      Therefore, my question is whether leaving the two zeros of the number matters? And secondly, how can I get the commas to get recognized in the code??????

      Reply
    15. Adrian

      28 January, 2018 at 6:13 am

      I have a HP 14-ax010wm and I need to access BIOS . Do not have the password. Can you help?

      Reply
    16. alami

      26 December, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Hello,
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    17. Dan

      30 October, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Late model HP Pavilion 15-au018wm with a lock code: [I 52992641] any help would be appreciated. Dan

      Reply
    18. Tyler

      11 September, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      I have a HP Elite X2. Screen is at the BIOS Password or POST Admin password screen. Can’t get either to work and after 3 attempts it just asks to shutdown tablet. No checksum or halt code.

      Can;t find CMOS battery and have tried disconnecting and reconnecting battery as well.

      Reply
    19. malek

      6 September, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Hello
      I have HP laptop 6530b
      Number: cnu83801lj
      I want to remove Bios password
      Please..
      Thanks for support

      Reply
    20. Agaluma

      28 August, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      NEED MASTER PASSWORD
      Inspiron 15
      98621×1

      Reply
    21. Jerry

      5 August, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Hello,

      I have a Toshiba L355D laptop that is stuck on the Enter Current Password blue screen and which causes laptop not to boot. Is there a way I can retrieve password? I am working on this for a customer.

      Thank you!

      Reply
    22. mthandeni

      1 July, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Hello guys
      I have a corei5vpro mecer proficint.DQ77MK motherboard which as bios password,I can’t even go to the bios setup when I press F2.but before it ask password there is a warning say’s chassis intrusion.what can I do.

      My WhatsApp number is 0719641961 email.mtshezimthandeni@gmail.com

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    23. Theophile Bertin Nshimiyimana .

      31 May, 2017 at 6:33 am

      hello guys

      I have a Dell inspiron N5030 series which has a password authentication and It refuses to be removed!
      what can I do?

      help me!

      my whatsapp number is +250788779170

      thank you for your support.

      Reply
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