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password reset

By nevasurndr ·
i need help recovering the password to my sony vgn nr260e. i just got it out of the shop and they want me to buy this and that that would cost me way too much. please help me out.

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by PurpleSkys In reply to password reset

TR members do not assist in password recovery or removal. Do not respond to this thread.

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oops, wrong level

by seanferd In reply to really?

however did i manage that?

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Who put the password there?

by seanferd In reply to password reset

If it was you, remember it.

If it was the shop, tell them to sort it out.

If it was you, and you cannot remember it, contact the vendor and be prepared to pay.

No other way.


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Or they could

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Who put the password ther ...

Buy a new computer and not worry about the old one's password.

I remember the days when IBM where actually selling the Think Pads. The Users who where given these NB's used to set a Power On Password which rendered the NB useless when they got the sack. Seemed to be a very common trick that many people used to get even with the Boss/Company by not telling anyone the password that they set.

I still think it's stupid but apparently lots of people did it.


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Which is exactly why

by seanferd In reply to Or they could

the sysadmins should be setting a BIOS admin pwd and denying the ability to change settings to the end users.

Not sure what BIOS setup was like on the ThinkPads, so maybe they didn't have that option? Seems kinda stupid, if so.

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Oh, they had that option

by NickNielsen In reply to Which is exactly why

The problem was (and is) that setting a BIOS password gets in the way when the help desk is trying to troubleshoot over the phone. This was compounded by IBM also having a "High Security" option which stored BIOS passwords in the flash and not in CMOS. IBM's documentation made it perfectly clear that if this option was chosen and the admin password was forgotten or otherwise lost, the password could not be cleared by the usual methods. The only recovery option was to return the PC or laptop to IBM for a new mainboard or flash chip.

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