I have a Sony Vaio Laptop (Model PCG-7F1M) which, when I switch it on, simply asks for a password. It's a friends who simply cannot remember entering any password but has tried all he can think of. He took it into Currys who told him it's not a bios password.
A box comes up with the words "Enter Password".
After three incorrect attempts it then says:
Key: VTDF-6JVD-2R73-HRXP Enter Onetime Password:
The string after the word "Key" varies each time I try. Any suggestions as to how I might reset this password?
Your friend must know the password as the programme is an OPIE that companies use for each login to be unique. Staff are usually given a digital password or number generator (similar to a memory stick but with an LCD screen). he/she must have been supplied the computer by their company and they need to ask their IT department.
I've just spoken to him - he said he was using it on a wireless access point at Heathrow, and switched it off as normal. When he came to switching it back on he was faced with this request for a password. He certainly did not enter a password in at any time.
These things tend not to be unique and therefore someone has seen it before...a quick search on google for "Enter onetime password" brought up several sony laptop manuals as pdfs.
A quick search within one of those advises that this is a sony bios power-on feature. There are tools out there that allege they can reset the bios password but the manual recommends you contact a sony centre to get it reset.
In reading around this issue it sounds like sony may be able to give you a one time password to get in....see:
I've taken out the (Toshiba MK8032GSX) hard drive from this laptop to attach it to a desktop using an adaptor (so that I may take a backup of My Documents) but I find that there aren't the pins I normally see on a laptop hard drive, usually 44 of them I think, so I can't attach it to the adaptor I have.
I've never seen a hard drive with these special pins; in fact they're not pins but just a couple of strips which slot into the Sony Laptop. These strips don't seem detachable in any way.
They do sata 2.5 LT drives now, try using on sata enabled pc;
"Despite their diminutive form factors, 2.5" Serial ATA hard drives actually use the same connectors as their desktop counterparts. These drives plug into standard SATA data and power cables, making them particularly intriguing options for small form factor systems."