Reset Bios Password

By 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.

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Check manual

by LarryD4 In reply to Reset Bios Password

Their is a BIOS reset jumper switch on the board.

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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.

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Oh come on

by LarryD4 In reply to TR members do not assist ...

I can see trying to hack an OS account or circum-navigating a network account but a documented method of reseting CMOS settings?

Any A+ book shows you how to do it..

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by shasca In reply to Oh come on

Is a thumb really that important to you that you would give up your ethics?

It's not a matter of know how. It's a matter of "we as trained and educated professionals do not condone piracy, or the encouragemant of unethical behaviour". i.e. hacking.

You aren't enrolled in troll school are you?

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by LarryD4 In reply to larryat

I do not condone piracy and clearly understand security but we are talking about a question that is as common as how to format a hard drive, which brings up an excellent point.

Instead of asking how can I get around a user password what if the poster states, I have a PC I purchased from my company and I want to install a new OS but I want to format the HD first how would I do that?

Do we know that the PC is actually theirs?

Do we know if this person actually purchased it or is just trying to setup a stolen PC for his or her own use??

I am all for not posting on techniques and ways to hack, crack, or otherwise glean information off of a PC.

But ignoring the fact that every PC in the world has a jumper that wipes the CMOS settings is just plain, head in the sand, goofy.

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Not going to win me over

by shasca In reply to Piracy????

I'm not going to agre with you.

You also seem to have a penchant that if someone posts something you don't agree with it is your responsiblity to tell the world of your vast intellectual prowess even at the expense of your TR peers.

Justa wee bit arrogant don't ya think......

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by LarryD4 In reply to Not going to win me over

Arrogant? No I don't think so, but since you feel the need to goad this more. As a prior A+ instructor I know what's out their as common knowledge. As a community, if you want to insist on sticking your head in the sand and saying sorry we don't do that, in reguards to documented hardware configs across an entire industry, then thats the choice you make.
TR is moderated and if they feel the post is in violation of their policies it will be removed. But when someone posts a blanket policy statement and are obvioulsy not a moderator, then they open it up to discussion.

I did not instuct the user on how to circumnavigate the BIOS password I simply made the obviouse statement that every PC has a jumper to reset the BIOS switch. And every Dell PC has those instructions in the manual. The same manual thats shipped with the PC and is readily available online for free at the Dell support site.

Oh and I have no intention of trying to win you over. Since I have no concern as to your opinon. But I will address anyone who tells me I have no concern for security.

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OK. Thank you.

by shasca In reply to Arrogant?


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by The Scummy One In reply to Piracy????

But ignoring the fact that every PC in the world has a jumper that wipes the CMOS settings is just plain, head in the sand, goofy.

I beg to differ on this opinion. As there are many computers that do not have a jumper setting to bypass the BIOS password. In fact, some need verification from the manufacturer to get a reset code to plug in and override the Admin PW or boot PW.

I think you are working on old systems

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by LarryD4 In reply to Really?

Except for Laptops, which are now being manufactured without the jumper or are so hidden you can't get to them, every Dell desktop system we get which is either XPS or Optiplex, has a jumper.

The brand new Lenovo desktops have them, even our newest Dell poweredge blade servers have them.

The HP Blackbird a buddy of mine bought about 6 months ago has the jumper.

I'm curious to see who would remove them, since it seems pretty silly to pay to have the PC shipped back to the manufacturer or dispatch a tech just reset a lost BIOS password.

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