*Now updated to include later model laptops including new Dell 1FF6 & 6FF1 BIOS!!
Megabyte presents a quick & easy way to bypass BIOS passwords on (some, not all) laptops. \0/
HP, Compaq, Dell, Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, Acer, Asus, Fujitsu & more – your BIOS is brake. All your BIOS are belong to us.
8-digit BIOS provided by Insyde H20 and 5-digit Phoenix BIOS are also pwnd.
Seen this before? Bios-locked & password lost, that’s what that screen indicates. But the 20-digit machine ID code displayed can often be decrypted to reveal the BIOS password. (That code reveals a Fujitsu-Siemens laptop with password 9538393.)
This one is for all who drink a little then play with their laptop security – they’ve seen this before.
Because while they were half-pissed they decide that upping their security level would be a good thing. And they’re not wrong, in itself, upping security levels is highly recommended. (I personally use an EFI lock combined with BitLocker drive encryption.) However, drinking & adjusting security levels are incompatible behaviours.
Being half-pissed, they’re bound to come up with a brand new & totes memorable password that – because it’s so brilliant – will not be remembered in the morning. *sigh*
Let me ask one of my favourite questions – What could possibly go wrong?
So, when you open your laptop & find yourself faced with the immediate black BIOS password screen & absolutely no idea of what password you used, all you gotta do is come to this page @ 1024kb.co.nz. Most HP, Compaq, Dell, Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, Acer, Asus or Fujitsu laptop BIOS passwords can be revealed.
Anyway, grab the Machine ID Code – sometimes called the Service Tag – usually displayed after submitting a few (3-5) incorrect codes. (On some HP/Dell machines, you may need to press Right Ctrl+Enter to show the ID code – & Left Ctrl+Enter to submit the password)
Now enter that code in the box below. With a bit of luck, you’ll be back on track in a few seconds.
If this worked for you, please take a few more seconds to leave a comment below, tell us about your win.
HP Probook/Elitebook owners – there is an alternative method available to you here in the Downloads section. Highly effective for the targeted machines, includes full instructions.
Asus laptop owners – yes, I’m talking to you. Asus, bless them, build an insecurity into your BIOS security *sigh*. There’s a fairly quick process to follow to find your particular BIOS/UEFI MASTER Password:
1. At the Password entry screen, press Alt+R – this will reveal a date code. Note the date.
2. If your date code is <2012, look up your corresponding password here.
3. Enter your BIOS/UEFI Master Password. Ka-ching!
4A. For those with date code >2011, EITHER temporarily transplant your hard drive into another computer, change the date in Windows to 31/12/2011, save & shut down. Return the drive to your Asus laptop & boot up again. At the BIOS/UEFI password prompt, enter AAOLDOA0 – which is the correct password for that date. Ka-ching!
4B. OR rather than remove the charger from your laptop, leave it connected but switch it off at the wall – now you have a solid earth connection. Remove the battery. Find your CMOS battery, carefully disconnect or remove that. Press & hold your power button (removes the last traces of current). Replace CMOS battery, replace main battery, turn charger on at the wall. Now when you restart, your internal clock will have defaulted to an earlier date.
5. Refer to step 2. Ka-ching!