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Working on a toshiba satellite L305 S5968 for a friend who wants the os wiped and a fresh install but when i go to F2 for set-up a get a window that wants a [ enter current password ]. How do i get into bios so i can set boot sequence?
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You might need to take the keyboard off and take the battery out to clear the cmos.
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anything easier?
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A little search on the web will give you a wealth of passwords to try. Alot of oem's use just a few passwords for their bioslocks.
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Help a brother out, do you know any off the top of your head?
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Wich bios does this perticular laptop have? Phoenix?

http://www.biosman.com/bios-password.htm

Check this site, might help you getting into the bios.
Edited by Pir - 12/29/10 at 12:26pm
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Wich bios does this perticular laptop have? Phoenix?

http://www.biosman.com/bios-password.htm

Check this site, might help you getting into the bios.
I have know idea, thanks, i'll check it out!
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A wild shot here, if it hasn't already been resolved. But if you want to access the recovery partition to do a fresh install you can just hold down the 0 (zero) key on the keyboard right after the power button for a few seconds until the Toshiba flash screen comes up. A few seconds after that let go and you'll be taken to a recovery mode. First is a big WARNING logo, hit next and then you'll get some recovery options. Complete reformat, recovery, and lastly a complete factory restore of the os.

I've had to do this a few times on my toshi 205 netbook because of stupidity and a few customer returns at work because of their own stupidity. The only password prompt you'll get is for your Windows login for you account. Again, from personal experience so I don't know if this works on all Toshiba's, but it has worked on most of the one's I've tried it on.
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