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Boot passward issue with Toshiba Satellite A215-S7413

\015 Hello friends, \015\012\015\012I have a Toshiba A215-S7413 model laptop that I bought in 2007. It was working fine until last week. Suddenly it started shutting down mysteriously at random intervals when I was working on it, though I was able to reboot it back. I had setup a boot password which it was accepting fine. \015\012\015\012But yesterday it finally shutdown and when I tried to reboot it, it won't accept my boot password. Rather when I enter the boot password I had setup, it says:\015\012\015\012 Setup Warning\015\012 Invalid Password\015\012 [ Continue ]\015\012\015\012After three unsuccessful attempts, it will shutdown. Then I will have to press the power button to reboot it with no avail of it accepting my boot password.\015\012\015\012Has anyone experienced this weird issue of your boot password (that you had setup previously) not getting accepted? What could have caused this? Could it be a computer virus? \015\012\015\012Now I am completely locked off my laptop and unable to use it. I can't even install a new Operating System on it, since it won't get past the boot menu. I think I haven't setup the proper boot sequence with the CDROM in it as a first choice. \015\012\015\012I have been searching the internet for solutions. I came across a few solutions as listed below. But they don't seem to be easy. \015\012\015\012Solution 1) \015\012They ask me to use a boot floppy disk with a program called keydisk.exe. But the problem is that my laptop doesn't have a floppy drive. I wonder if anyone has floppy drives in their laptops now a days. Is there a way to get around the floppy requirement? \015\012\015\012Solution 2)\015\012Use a db25 connector and connect some pins together. I haven't tried this one, since I don't have that connector or don't have the devices to connect them. Seems complex.\015\012\015\012Solution 3)\015\012Another solution suggested is to remove the CMOS battery from the laptop. But it is easier said than done. I don't know where the CMOS battery is located on the A215-S7413 laptop. I tried opening the ram cover and removed the RAM. But I couldn't locate the CMOS battery there. Does anyone know where exactly the CMOS battery is located on the Toshiba A215-S7413 laptop? Could you please help?\015\012\015\012I am still very mystified by the fact why the boot password will get reset by itself. This is so crazy and stupid I can't belive this has happened by itself. Is this a known bug or issue with Toshiba A215-s7413 or other Toshiba laptops. It is ridiculous. My laptop is not under warranty. Is Toshiba aware of this issue? Does anyone know? I have wasted so much of time on trying to solve this stupid issue, for which I wasn't responsible in the first place. This is driving me crazy. Any help to solve this problem will be appreciated. \015\012\015\012Does anyone have a A215-S7413. Any laptop owners who might have experienced the same problem or experts out here, please help me solve this problem. Thank you for your time and consideration.\015

Answers :

\015\012The BIOS password is removed by the BIOS configuration, you need the BIOS password to get into the BIOS configuration.But if you do not have the BIOS password then you need to construct this dongle device.
TOSHIBA BIOS PASSWORD DONGLE
You can build a dongle that plugs into the printer port.Purchase a 25 pin male D sub connector and solder insulated wires to the various pins as listed below. The pins are numbered on the connector
http://www.tilman.de/sonstiges/toshiba/dongle1.jpg this is a picture of the finished dongle


Wire the pins as follows :-1-5-10, 2-11, 3-17, 4-12, 6-16, 7-13, 8-14, 9-15
Plug the finished dongle in the printer port and power up the laptop. The password will be reset, go into the BIOS configuration to check the BIOS password, you may have to disable the BIOS password.
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