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French BIOS

By David Guy
Jun 21, 2006
  1. Hi All

    I removed the battery to gain access to a computer that has a forgotten password. When this did not work I tried to access the BIOS only to find it is in French how can I get into this machine I don't speak French and I have tried the usual passwords???

    Running win 2000

    Thanks in advance

    Dave
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    what kind of computer? If it is a dell there is a sticky in the FAQs section of chipsets and motherboards forum.
     
  3. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    Even though you don't know French, it should'nt be to hard to see if there is a section for changing language. Unless it is built only in French with no option to change language?

    Otherwise, what kind of PC is it anyway?
     
  4. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    You search "Langue" or "Langage"
     
  5. David Guy

    David Guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Hi

    Its an IBM with 30gb HDD, 800 mhz processor? it seems to be an old network machine.
    How come removing the battery has not cleared the bios, I thought the password would also clear if I removed the battery.


    Thanks again

    Dave
     
  6. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    Let it removed for a few minutes with the ATX connector pulled off and the PSU off.
     
  7. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    IBM laptop or desktop?

    There are multiple levels of passwords in some IBMs. Boot password, master password, logon password etc...
    Normally a simple logon password is removed by a BIOS reset. But master passwords and security passwords are not removed that way. They are hard coded in the EEPROM.
    Sometimes there is a special dedicated jumper on the motherboard for bypassing a security password. Once you set the jumper, you can enter BIOS and blank the pass, then reset the jumper.

    Otherwise, more tedious methods may be involved.
    Give us the model number, it may help, if you like.
     
  8. David Guy

    David Guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Hi

    On the Desktop case it has IBM NetVista then on facing front (near the A: drive) it has:
    TYPE 6579-NBG
    S/N 55205K7


    on the inside of the cover it has a recovery jumper is it worth trying different combinations of the 3 pins??

    Thanks for all your help

    Dave
     
  9. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    OK, the recovery jumper appears to be just the regular CMOS clear jumper.

    Here is a quote on how to erase a password using that:
    I found 3 PDF docs with info about your system:

    Technical Information Manual:
    ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/netvista/a20a40tim.pdf

    User Guide (Has the most info on passwords):
    ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/netvista/19k8332.pdf

    Quick Reference:
    ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/netvista/25p5709.pdf

    Hope that gets you somewhere.

    Good luck
     
  10. David Guy

    David Guy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Thanks

    Thanks very much for your help.

    I will try this later.

    Kind regards

    Thanks again

    David Guy
     
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