+ 0 Votes Check manual LarryD4 Updated - 5 years ago Their is a BIOS reset jumper switch on the board. + 0 Votes Ah well LarryD4 5 years ago Thus is life. + 0 Votes TR members do not assist in password recovery or removal. ThumbsUp2 5 years ago Do not respond to this thread. We, the members of TechRepublic - A Resource for IT Professionals, will not assist anyone in the recovery/removal of lost passwords. You may have a legitimate reason to recover/remove a password. However, we cannot verify your motives and will therefore not assist anyone in what may be an attempt at gaining unauthorized access to a computer system. Due to the open nature of this forum, any assistance given to help circumvent security measures, even for legitimate purposes, would be available for unscrupulous individuals to use for illegitimate purposes. This is a risk that we, the members of TechRepublic, will not take. Please do not ask questions of this nature on TechRepublic. If you have a legitimate need to circumvent a password scheme, please contact the vendor for the software / hardware and request their assistance. E.g. Windows XP password recovery/removal issues should be taken up with Microsoft's technical support, Phoenix BIOS password recovery/removal issues should be taken up with Phoenix Technologies, hard drive password recovery/removal should be taken up with the manufacturer of the hard drive, etc... To those viewing this post: Please DO NOT respond any further to this thread. This template has been released under the GNU public license and you are encouraged to use it as a standard reply for questions of similar nature, provided that you make any modifications available to other users. --- You can take it back to your previous work and ask the technicians to reset the BIOS password to either nothing at all, or at least something you can remember. Short of doing that, your only option is to contact DELL. + 0 Votes Re: Reset BIOS tardcart Updated - 5 years ago Oops... didn't read the post above. Sorry. + 0 Votes If you bought it legally jdclyde 5 years ago go back to your previous work and ask them to unlock the bios for you. A reasonable request, if your little story is true. + 0 Votes To Sum up LarryD4 Updated - 5 years ago So as to not have it get lost in the rants within the thread, here is my point and I hope it makes sense. Someone posts who has locked themselves out of their PC because of a BIOS password issue. Whether its because its stolen, someone screwed up, they have no idea what they are doing, or the person is simply posting the wrong information. The bottom line they are coming to a place that is known for its help and assistance. You as a community have made a choice to not help these people in there need to fix their problem. Whether the problem is real or not you the community are making that choice. Now the bottom line is, the more popular posters are making that choice. I have never been asked if we should or shouldn't answer a question such as how to reset a BIOS and the fact that I told a user to check their manual, doesn't seem to me a problem. ThumbsUp2 decided to speak for the entire community and tell us not to post to this thread which in itself is irresponsible. No one should be assuming they post for all, especially in a public forum like this. Of anything this is arrogant and self assuming. Everyone is assuming this user is a thief, because of the context of his post, which is even more ridiculous. My point is I have always seen the TR forum a place to get and give help. And the bottom line is users screw up and I have seen users who know nothing get in to and mess up and their BIOS settings. So where is it so wrong to state the obvious "Check you manual", rather than post a 3 to 4 paragraph rant on how evil this post is. I'll tell ya right now if I was a noob user asking the same question and had no clue, I would never come back. + 0 Votes Is this a Joke? galbraithjl17 5 years ago First off I seriously doubt that a business of any kind is going to sell a 3 week old computer. Second, if you are on here and don't kniow how to reset the BIOS then you should buy a book. An A+ book. We all have. How do you think we learned? Sorry but I doubt that there is anyone here going to believe you. Find a crappy site that may help you. + 0 Votes Mod. Deletions shasca 5 years ago Thanks for not removing the whole thread. + 0 Votes My final word and opinion. LarryD4 Updated - 5 years ago If you want to delve deeper in to this issue, I think the members here are divided in to two areas, paranoid security people and everyone else. Sorry if that seemed harsh but it's the impression I'm getting. Let's ignore the original post and I will agree its "Fishy" to say the least. My perception of IT is thus, IT is a service oriented profession. No matter how much the "business" relies on the IT infrastructure we are simply here to provide information quickly and as clearly as possible. Even if you were to say "But I'm a developer and I make products to sell" or "I'm in security and I only secure the access", your still a service. With a majority of world wide businesses using the youngest commercial operating system on the market, security has always been at the forefront of any IT division or company's priority. This "security" issue is also what most professionals use as a "boon" to their ability. Most IT Managers could say "We successfully provided service to our company for over 20 years". But would much rather say, "For 20 years we ran and protected the company's information without one security breach, stolen piece of hardware, or stolen information". Which is a great accomplishment but in an era when hacking, freaking(I know its on old 80's telecom term), and reverse engineering is a required course in some form in college, it will always be an inevitable struggle. This security paranoia is the real reason I have gotten my head chopped of for such a simple response. This simple, sophomoric, question has created an air of ?"how dare you" that is blatantly obvious. It's this "how dare you" attitude that creates a sense of standoffish, aloofness that personifies IT. I hate to go back 10 years but the ridiculous Saturday Night Live skit "Computer Guy" is a classic example; http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/nick-burns/2786/ . Anyone with minimal aptitude can figure out how to open and steal a HD, RAM, a DVD, even a power supply. Especially now when big brand PC's are made to open up with a push of a button. Participating in an online "public" forum is a risk and yes you may be helping someone who may have less then honorable intentions, but that's the risk you take. This is not a company where I am threatened with a firing or reprimand for saying the wrong thing. TR could close my account; they could go so far as banning my IP from the forum also. But we all know how easily that is circumvented. But this apparent "agreed" upon statement, makes the assumption that the entire 1.6 million or so members have all agreed to it, is ridiculous. No one speaks for me or anyone else on this public forum. Now if TR was closed and you could not see the actual posts except with an account, that would be a different story. When I joined TR I was thrilled to find an open public place to get answers, talk with like minded IT people, and even help others if I could. Sadly I do not have the time to sit and answer questions all day or all night; though I think it would be a lot of fun. My job, my consulting work, my family life, and my computer gaming habit keeps me from doing that. I am not looking to single out any one person or create a rift, but this is a public forum and should be treated as such. I understand that this "statement" was adopted way before I was here and overall I agree with it. But take step back and look at the big picture and see what that post would look to a budding computer tech who is just trying things out. Doesn't it make more sense to just ignore the post, if you the member, thinks that the person has evil intentions, rather then putting up a sign with sirens and flashing lights? I mean it usually happens that way doesn't it? I have seen so many posts that say, "I forgot my Admin password and I need to recover it can you tell me how"? These just fall away never to be seen from or sometimes get one of those off handed remarks from a member. And no I don't want to create more work for the TR team, they do a good job and I enjoy the broadcasts, blogs, DLs, and general fun they add to this great site. But as someone said in a reply to me up the thread, this is a community, and just because there are people who don't agree with something doesn't mean that they are enemy number one. That includes members who have been a part of the community a week or 15 years, doesn't it? Ok so now I'm gonna finish out my day and try to max out my 75 Mage on WOW tonight! The wife and kid are going to the in-laws, so its just me, a Guinness, and Outland!