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Michael Hannigan
Michael Hannigan, Engineer
Category: Laptop
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Experience:  25+ Years Experience in Computers and Electronics. Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Asus, Samsung, HP, Compaq
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I'm having trouble removing the BIOS password from a Toshiba

Customer Question

I'm having trouble removing the BIOS password ***** a Toshiba satellite a215-s5818 laptop
JA: Just to clarify, what's the exact model of your Toshiba? And what operating system are you running?
Customer: Psafgu-05f01d, Windows 7
JA: Have you installed any updates recently?
Customer: I updated Windows 7 looking to install windows 10
JA: Anything else you want the computer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: I'm also trying to restore my laptop to factory defaults
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Laptop
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

Hello. My name is Michael. I can help you with your question.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Hi Michael. Thank you
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

Is it stuck on the bios password *****?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
are you able to bypass remotely
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

There's no way to do it remotely, but we may be able to get past it. What does it say exactly on the screen?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
I attached a picture of the screen
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

The only way to possibly clear this is by hardware.

open up the RAM door on the bottom of the unit. The BIOS reset is under there. It should be two contacts - one with an XXX label. Short that to the other contact while turning the system on. This should clear the password.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
What would I use to short out the contact?
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

Anything metal. A screwdriver would work.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
What is the other contact point
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

They should be right next to each other.

Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

Nothing particular on the second one.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
I have a bad battery I'm going to try to charge it and try again
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

Ok. It should also work if it's plugged into power.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
I currently have it plugged in but as soon as I hit the power button it immediately shuts off
Expert:  Michael Hannigan replied 14 days ago.

I see. It should work even without the battery. But it wouldn't hurt to charge it up.