CF-19 Remove BIOS password request by entering password

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  1. Geraout

    Geraout Notebook Guru

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    I'm looking a some CF-19s on eBay. It looks as if they have a BIOS password which is supplied by the seller.

    My question is that once into the BIOS settings with the correct password, can the BIOS password then be removed so that it does not have to be re-entered?

    Message in the description pictures reads:
    "In case you have performed a bios default and afterwards it asks to enter a passcode dont panic, to deactivate it enter the code "hancock" in the required field".

    I'm wondering why the seller has not just removed the BIOS password if they have it.
     
  2. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    A recent post here talks about this.
    The password is coded into the bios firmware and anytime you reset the bios to defaults the password comes back.
     
  3. Geraout

    Geraout Notebook Guru

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    Thanks for the fast reply Shawn.

    I did search before I posted and I've just searched again to no avail.

    Could you post a link to the thread you mention pls?
     
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  5. gijoe4us

    gijoe4us Notebook Consultant

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    Don't waste your time looking for a "master" password. The BIOS Security chip, or the whole board will have to be replaced. If you can have the seller enter the BIOS password and change it to blank, then have him show you the pic of that machine with the BIOS unlocked, then I would probably buy it. Don't wast your time pulling the battery to reset it, that will not work, as everyone purports it to. I just bought a locked 19 Mk III, and a beat up low hour 19 Mk Iv, then just swapped the unlocked Iv components into a brand new Mk III case. Less than $300

    BIOS bypass and unlock is forbidden on this site.... I only offer the 2 viable, legal solutions to to your dilemma>>>
     
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  6. Geraout

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    Thanks for your reply gijoe4us. The BIOS password is supplied as I mentioned above so I am not asking about BIOS bypass or unlock and no master password or board replacement will be required.

    So - is there any issue with owning such a Toughbook?

    The seller (an established Toughbook eBay seller with 8000+ 100% positive feedback) assures me that no BIOS options are unavailable and that the supplied password is only required if - as previously mentioned - the BIOS is reset to default settings.
     
  7. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    no problems owning it.
    I personally would write that password inside of the bottom wwan cover. That way you have it for when you forget. Or for the next owner.
     
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  8. Liteace

    Liteace Notebook Consultant

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    The answer to your question is yes, if you have the correct password to enter the bios, enter it, then switch bios password off by entering the password, save changes, reboot then when you enter bios again it won't ask for password
     
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  9. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Normally you are correct, but not totally in this case.
    The password requirement is permanently stored in the firmware per the original purchasers specification. He can not permanently remove the password. Even after following the proper instructions as you stated, if he resets the bios to defaults or if the bios battery fails, the password requirement will return.
     
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