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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Do you sell

by The Scummy One In reply to We sell

3-week old systems?
If so, can I work for you? a 3-week old $30 system sounds good to me. Just hire me for like 2 days and I'll grab a few systems and throw them on ebay

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five finger discount is more like it

by jdclyde In reply to Do you sell

It is a gullible person to believe this losers story.

As a side note (while using that word) I was shocked to find that gullible is NOT in the Webster dictionary.

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You missed it Darre11

by jdclyde In reply to five finger discount is m ...

because only someone gullible would LOOK to see if it is there or not!


Damn, I crack myself up! ;\

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Sorry, but no

by ganyssa In reply to Do you sell

they all have standard warranties, which means more like 3-year-old systems. It's still a good deal, which is why we have to have a raffle. Not nearly the sort of deal the OP found, however.

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To Sum up

by LarryD4 In reply to Reset Bios Password

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.

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I didnt have a problem with the

by The Scummy One In reply to To Sum up

"check your manual" advice, just like I wouldnt have a problem telling them to contact the place that they purchased it from, or the manufacturer of the system. To me, all of these are acceptable.

As for TUp2, this response was agreed upon and has been used for over a year, by many members from a discussion thread. If you believe that this response should be changed or altered, start a discussion about it? The fact is that a large amount of TR regulars have agreed and used this template would suggest that we felt it was the responsible thing to do.
As times change though, this may lead to an end (I doubt it though), but if you want to revisit the issue, be my guest.

This is a community, more than just a website. And, as such, you are part of the community, and have an opinion and a voice.

Now, this OP really looks fishy though. The company just gave the person a 3 week old system, and it has a BIOS PW that needs to be removed? That doesnt bring up any red flags for you???

The only reason I started (even with insulting earlier) was that you were arguing the use of the we wont help post, which, I personally agree with, especially with people like the OP. Normally I dont have any issues with you.

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The red flag, well sorta...

by LarryD4 In reply to I didnt have a problem wi ...

I have a shipment of 120 PC's that are config'd by the Feds due in June. They will have the same BIOS password on them as do all of our systems. I can easily see both sides of the fence here but I promised someone I wouldn't post any more. :)

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Last thought Larry

by jdclyde In reply to The red flag, well sorta. ...

the reason for the standard "we don't answer" reply, is because everytime someone posts in the discussion, it gets thrown back up into the light of day for more to see.

If one person posts a polite "sorry, we can not help you break a password", it can be left to die a quiet death.

Many of us make our living securing company assets, and look at how we would feel if it was our system that you are helping him steal. And helping someone break into a system that isn't theirs (which logically is the case here) is helping commit a crime.

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A few thoughts ...

by jasonhiner Moderator In reply to To Sum up

Larry - I think you sound pretty legit and you certainly have a pretty common problem.

The IT pros in this community have been a little hostile in this thread, but what they are trying to do (albeit in an overly snarky way) is ultimately uphold the golden rule. They wouldn't want other IT pros telling people how to bypass IT security constraints for their systems, so they don't share that information either.

IT pros have been conditioned against doing this under any circumstances because of social engineering attacks in which people provide perfectly normal-sounding excuses for bypassing standard rules and protocols.

So while I wish most of the TechRepublic members in this thread were a little nicer about it, I hope you'll appreciate that they are genuinely trying to do the right thing here.

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