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Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-1C1

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September 13, 2010 1:35:16 PM

Hi there,

I have a little problem, which is driving me crazy! Forgive me if this has already been asked.

I have (they aren't actually owned by me, they are owned by the school I work for) three Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-1C1 laptops all of which where working fine, until I removed the last bit of crap Toshiba had installed on the laptop, and restarted the system. Upon restart, I was prompted to enter in a password, not the windows user password, but a BIOS password, I have no idea what this is, as I haven't set one up, nor has anyone else (when I booted the laptops up this morning they where working fine and didn't ask for a password).

I have browsed the internet, with no luck - my only hope seems to be a bit of bootable software called KillCMOS, but I am wary about using this as I have read some stories of users using KillCMOS and their systems have just died completely.

Does anyone else have any suggestions as to how this problem can be resolved? I have tried backdoor passwords for the BIOS for both Toshiba and Phoenix but they didn't work :( 

Cheers in advance, looking forward to any suggestions you may have!


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September 13, 2010 1:53:56 PM

Are you sure you are the only one who had access to these systems? I know of no software that can setup a BIOS password without the users knowledge.

In any case, contact Toshiba and see if they can help you, or try KillCMOS.
September 13, 2010 2:08:37 PM

The laptops where give to the school brand new as part of a new initiative for children who's parents cannot afford a laptop, but since getting them they have just been stuck in a store room over the summer holidays.

As I said, when I started sorting out the laptops today, they booted up without the need for a BIOS password, and I had also reset the system several times as well. Its really strange and I just can't get my head around it.

At the moment, I am trying to open up the laptop so I can do a hard CMOS reset and see if that works, but I am faced with a new problem...the casing refuses to budge! Toshiba have really built these things to be a royal pain in the a**! haha.

Cheers for your reply The_Prophecy, much appreciated.