I just bought an old toshiba laptop at a car boot sale . when i switch it on it asks for a password , ive tried entering Toshiba which someone told me would work , but sadly not . Does anyone know how to solve this problem ? ( Toshiba satellite 11ocs Win 95 flopy drive only ) Thanks J M .
Try just pressing the enter button leaving the password blank. If that doesn't work, you could boot with a boot floppy ( click here for a download) and at the a: prompt type:
you should now be at the C: prompt, now type:
dir /p [enter]
which will allow you to view the contents of the drive by page - click enter each time you want to move down the pages.
Note any file that has the extension; .pwl
These are the files that hold the passwords for Win 95. Now use the "ren" (rename) command to alter those files and with a bit of luck, you will be able to boot the operating system.
So, for example, if you found a file named jkm2525.pwl, the command would be:
ren jkm2525.pwl jkm2525.bak[enter]
You may then get a warning. If you do, just accept it and continue.
What you have achieved here, is to rename a password file, to become a backup file. The reason being, that if there is something peculiar to your laptop that requires those files, you can always rename them back to pwl files by reversing the process.
Win 95 is normally ridiculously easy to bypass and so this problem should not be insurmountable, but not having a CD Drive complicates the issue slightly.
There is a device that overrides the bios password. This is just the printer plug without any wires etc. the plug on its own. You can buy them at a fair from anyone that sells that type of plug for making up your own leads.
once you get the plug just put it in the LPT port and boot up. Hey presto in resets the Password. M