My BIOS is messed up really bad, and how do i fix it?
My BIOS is messed up really bad.
It is a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. On the security settings:
Supervisor password: Clear
User password: Clear
HDD password: Frozen
I tried to run a few BIOS freeware clear programs, and I have tried to remove the battery and press the power button for 30 seconds to try to force reset the BIOS back to defaults, but still no luck. I cannot boot to windows normally or into safe mode in anyway without it rebooting non-stop on the test screen.
i am currently using Mini Windows XP on the same laptop that is having this issue off the CD Hirren's Boot CD.
It is able to boot from a disk, or USB, but the not he hard drive.
Please respond to this ASAP with ideas on how to fix this issue or email me at:
RE: My BIOS is messed up really bad, and how do i fix it?
You need to call Dell support and be prepared to verify your ownership of the system. They will generate a master password to clear the hard drive password.
Once that's done, the cheapest option is to then replace the existing hard drive with a new one. If you need the data on the existing drive, it'll need to be sent to a data recovery service with the tools to remove the existing password - that is stored in a user-inaccessible portion of the drive itself.