1. Post #1
    Asshole Extraordinaire
    Dennab
    May 2005
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    I'm working on a womans' HP mini laptop and the BIOS is password protected. She doesn't know the password, and I'm not able to find any information on getting it cleared or reset to factory defaults on Google. All I'm able to find are scammers directing people to websites where you have to pay them to get it done, and they don't actually do anything but scam you out of money.

    All of the usual culprits like removing the CMOS battery / laptop battery / AC power don't do the trick (hurr dur HP stores the password in non-volatile memory.)

    Does anyone have an HP Mini 110 and know how to reset the blasted password? I can't fix this laptop without getting into the BIOS.

  2. Post #2
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    moesislack's Avatar
    January 2011
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    I doubt it can be done but maybe flash it to a different version?

  3. Post #3
    ElLekay's Avatar
    August 2009
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    I doubt it can be done but maybe flash it to a different version?
    I use my HP mini 110c daily, the passwords are still there when you flash it.

    Try looking at the documentation for the model on HP's website.

  4. Post #4
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    moesislack's Avatar
    January 2011
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    You might just have to make a reader and find the chip where the password is stored. That'd be a real bitch.

  5. Post #5
    bye
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    August 2006
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    probably uses EPROM, Unless you have some leet uv radiation skills you have no hope.

    I'd contact the vendor.
    Why do you even need to be in the BIOS?
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    -snip my testicles

  7. Post #7
    Asshole Extraordinaire
    Dennab
    May 2005
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    probably uses EPROM, Unless you have some leet uv radiation skills you have no hope.

    I'd contact the vendor.
    Why do you even need to be in the BIOS?
    The question is, why wouldn't you want to be able to get into the BIOS. You don't buy a machine to be held ransom to the manufacturer.

    Anyway, it looks pretty hopeless. I tried the manufacturers "reset to default configuration" option and now the thing has a damn boot password on it, perfect.
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    January 2011
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    That's fucking shitty.

  9. Post #9
    ze beaver's Avatar
    November 2010
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    That's HP.
    Fixed that for you.

    I wonder why the guys designing this laptop thought it would be a good idea to put a boot/BIOS password but give no way to reset it.

  10. Post #10
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    January 2011
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    Yes I'm fimilar with HP's general shittyness.

  11. Post #11
    Asshole Extraordinaire
    Dennab
    May 2005
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    Well since the machine already has other severe problems, the woman said I could have it if it was unfixable. Not really much that can be salvaged off of it though; maybe the RAM and the screen (think the hard drive is fucked from a head strike.)