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Reset Bios Password

Pitroadrush
Hello, I just bought Dell desktop optiplex 330 from my previous work, 3 weeks old pc. But, the bios is password protected and I did not received the password.
Is there a way I can delete/reset this password and give me full access to the PC.
Dell Desktop Optiplex 330.
Thanks,
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The Scummy One
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and a 3 week old computer aer not the same. But, the fact is, the company put a BIOS PW on it, why cant they remove it if they 'sold' it to him/her?
How many companies will buy a new computer only to sell it off a few weeks later due to downsizing? They would rid themselves of the older items first.

The point is, we do not offer this kind of help. It IS a security feature, no matter how readily available the information is from a Google search. As Security is being asked to be bypassed, we SHOULD NOT lead a person to anyplace other than the manufacturer. I dont even care if it IS IN the owners manual.

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cmiller5400
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Just because the information is out there, doesn't mean that we have to point to it.

WE as a COMMUNITY decided not to answer these questions and to post a blanket response on password issues. You have only been around with your account for a little over a year, so maybe it was before your time...

Here's my point...

Good afternoon all, I have recently purchased a car from a friend but he misplaced the ignition keys. Can someone please tell me how to hot wire the car so I can use it?


See my point, just because the information is available if a search with the proper keywords are used, doesn't mean that it should be freely given out...

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LarryD4
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I see your point but then consider this. If I were to ask a car club forum on how to hot wire a car, I may get yelled at, but I may also be told how. But the bottom line is there are tons of sites that show you how.

http://www.google.com/search?q=How+to+hotwire+a+car&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1

I thought the posting of a giant paragraph of how its all so bad was pretty ridiculous. Since we are all in this field we are all aware of security issues. But I think it was shasca who put my back up when she eluded to the fact that I don't care about security after my post.

Erring on the side of safety I understand and being responsible IT people I also understand.

But then again are we trying to help people who need it and direct them to learn more or is this just a place for techies to shout out?

Further more the assumption that this person stole the computer just because of bad english is pretty arrogant don't ya think?

And the best part is I have been a member of TR a lot longer then my account suggests, but then again that doesn't make to much of a difference.

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shasca
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"But I think it was shasca who put my back up when she eluded to the fact that I don't care about security after my post".

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LarryD4
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shasca wants be sure this makes the TROLOV top 10 biggest posts of the week!

Thats why we only see snyde comments rather then well thought out statements. :)

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SilverBullet
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or a simple hardware issue?

I see Larry's point and agree with all his posts. One must catagorize this on an individual basis not a global one. BIOS passwords are intended to secure the hardware not the data content. Come on now.

Answer: hardware

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The Scummy One
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lets say it was locked and he lied, he is at work and they locked the BIOS to stop people from changing some things (like boot order, multi-boot options, legacy USB, any USB, etc.).

Maybe this person is working for an employer that does not want these options available. But he wants to copy data to a flash drive (blocked in Win and BIOS), so he wants to enable multi-boot, and boot order to boot to a live cd, then copy the data to the UB stick.

You dont have the answers, and a password IS a security feature.

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SilverBullet
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Your hypothetical dance into la, la, land is less than amusing, however for the sake of your efforts my analysis is that the business lacks the very first level of any security,,,,,,,, physical!

Ok he lied. Your hypothetical business does not demonstrate to secure their resources with any means of ?first? level security. We can discuss 2nd, 3rd, and so on but the lack of physical security is not in place. No video surveillance, no access security to the building or room. With the proper physical security we are not having this discussion. That?s the answer!

Here is my hypothetical. This business has no IT department to speak of. Each department is responsible for purchasing their own computer equipment. The procurement procedures are so loose that his manager uses the same to reward good employees with stuff. (cell phones, computers, credit card expenses for in-town meals ect.) The manager does this to retain the good guys. The manager?s boss is a tight *** that only seeks to reward with 1% raises. This company contracts The Geek Squad to set up any newly purchased equipment with what ?they? deem necessary. All the passwords in the world are not going to protect this company from any level of breach. The answer is the same!

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The Scummy One
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"my analysis is that the business lacks the very first level of any security,,,,,,,, physical! "

Ok, that is if, the OP is telling the truth and it is at home, what if it was at work and the OP is just trying to bypass the security? Hmmm, maybe the OP is on the level, but someone later is searching around and sees the answer here?

It is not the goal for us to give out cracks or bypass security at ANY level. If you cant understand that, I feel sorry for you.

"No video surveillance, no access security to the building or room."
Where did this come from? Out from L. field apparently.
What if the computer IS locked to the desk, at work? and again, what if the OP is not the issue, but some other reader of these posts later? Again, I say you fail

"Here is my hypothetical. This business has no IT department to speak of. Each department is responsible for purchasing their own computer equipment."

Ok, then why is there a BIOS lock?

We can go round and round all day, however, this is a security feature, and we discourage ANY posts that will help to crack the security of a system, regardless of how easy the information is to obtain elsewhere.

The only thing I see in your post is an argument just to argue. Nothing else. We have revisited this several times already -- for more information about our views here, keep reading through the thread

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SilverBullet
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Scummy, first,,,,,,,,, this is "your" hypothetical because you think he is lying. Him lying is not a fact. So research and discover the facts before proceeding.

I don't like hypotheticals situations,,, especially with a dilettante, tyro, or any novice. You seem to want to set the parameters for every post on this thread.

If "What" is your response, I need to better utilize my time with more meaningful banter. Your cookie cutter ideas are not relative with the hunderds of clients I have seen, and helped over the past 25 years. I'm glad you are not reponsible for security where I work.