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Dell m1710 with bios lock

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a b V Motherboard
June 13, 2010 10:40:46 AM

recently purchased this computer off of craigslist for fifty dollars. i was not working due the fact that it needed a new DC jack. so I replaced the DC jack only to turn the computer on in get the bios screen. the service tag for this computer is (8vzz7b1) and the express code is (19349139133) model number (pp05xb) could someone out there please help me with this matter I would really appreciate it! with all those beautiful minds out there I know someone can help!

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a b V Motherboard
June 13, 2010 4:57:07 PM

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madman730
recently purchased this computer off of craigslist for fifty dollars. i was not working due the fact that it needed a new DC jack. so I replaced the DC jack only to turn the computer on in get the bios screen. the service tag for this computer is (8vzz7b1) and the express code is (19349139133) model number (pp05xb) could someone out there please help me with this matter I would really appreciate it! with all those beautiful minds out there I know someone can help!


You may need to crack open the case and locate the system battery. Once removed, power up the laptop and the bios lock should be removed. Or simply, contact the person you purchased the laptop from and ask for the password.
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a b V Motherboard
June 14, 2010 3:45:08 PM

I can't speak to this laptop in particular, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but I know that getting rid of BIOS lock passwords are more difficult on Dell laptops than just removing the battery. Most of them store the password in NVRAM in the TPM module (ie it doesn't need a battery to maintain the password). In most cases you need special software from Dell to clear the password out. For obvious reasons, Dell does not freely distribute this software and will be reluctant to give you it even with reasonable proof that the laptop is owned by you.

To the OP, your best bet is to contact the original owner and get the password from him/her. In the past I have scoured the internet and couldn't find Dell's password removal utility. I had a couple laptops at my work that I had forgotten the BIOS password (yes I was the one who set it) and I just couldn't get into them. Luckily I finally remembered what I used for a password and summarily disabled the BIOS lock. What I discovered is there are quite a few people claiming to have the software, but they expect you to pay for it up front before they will e-mail it to you. Smacks of scam to me. Worse yet, you don't know that what their sending you isn't a trojan/virus/keylogger or whatever.
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