Bios Password & XP Logon Password

  BigAl127 13:16 17 Mar 2005

I have just acquired an Ergo Microlite XL Laptop, which has XP loaded on a 20Gb Hard Drive.

Unfortunately the bios is passworded and set to boot from Hard drive, and XP Logon is passworded as well.

I need to either override one of the passwords or possibly find another way in so I can boot from CD Rom.

Can't remove cmos battery as it's a soldered one.

Any help appreciated

  VoG II 13:18 17 Mar 2005

Some ideas click here

  BigAl127 13:31 17 Mar 2005

Thanks Vog for such a speedy Response, all of 2 mins from my original post.

Can't use password cracking software cos I'm unable to boot from cd.

No dipswitch or jumper, as far as I can see, and not sure it's an option on a laptop, or is it?

Can't remove battery, as it's soldered in.

Going to try the overloading Keyboard Buffer, will post back on that one.

Not prepared to risk jumping solder beads.

Any other ideas ?

  woodt 13:35 17 Mar 2005

Can you boot into Safe Mode? If so try leaving Admin Password as blank.

  BigAl127 14:42 17 Mar 2005

Won't allow me to boot into safe mode either. I press F5 and get the option screen, choose "safe mode" or "safe mode with command prompt" and it eventually returns to Welcome to Windows box, press Ctrl+alt+del to begin.

On pressing that combination I get a Log on to windows Box asking for usewr name & password.

  VoG II 14:45 17 Mar 2005

click here might help.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:48 17 Mar 2005

BIOS Passwords
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NT password cracker
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Password recovery
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when you have got it to boot from CD
Try this:

1- boot to the windows xp/2000 CD , 2- press enter to start setup , 3- press F8 for the license agreement , 4- when you get the option to repair the current installation press R to do so , 5- let it run through and for windows XP wait until it reboots and is installing, devices then press shift F10 to open a command prompt. For windows 2000 wait until it is registering components then press shift F10 to open a command prompt. , 6- In windows XP either type in "nusrmgr.cpl" w/o quotation marks at the command prompt and press enter. For windows 2000 type in "control.exe" w/o quotation marks and press enter. This should open up the user accounts applet in XP and the regular control panel in 2000. , 7- select the users and change or remove their passwords accordingly, apply settings and close the control panel windows and command prompt windows so that just setup is running again. , 8- let the inplace upgrade finish

The user should now be able to log in when it finishes and not have to reinstall the programs like in a parallel install.

  Zaphod Beeblebrox 14:50 17 Mar 2005

find out what mobo you have will have to open the box and grab a copy of the manual it may have a jumper setting to clear the cmos which will remove bios password

  BigAl127 14:59 17 Mar 2005

Got the manual and can't see anything about any jumper like you normally do with a desktop motherboard.

Have e-mailed the manufacturers, and am awaiting reply.............Hopefully.

  BigAl127 07:10 29 Mar 2005

Laptop now bck with manufacturer. Takes 2 hours at £60 an hour to re-program cmos. OUCH!!!!!!!!

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