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inspiron 1150 password?

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Picked up a Dell Inspiron 1150 at the dump today for free. Password protected of course LMAO. I have been googling around but cant seem to find any solid info on how to get past this.

Bios is locked up and get a message about needing an HDD password at boot up. Any one know a work around for this? I dont care whats on the HD, I'm gonna run LINUX on it any way.

Boot priority is HDD first, so no chance is using a CD on it.
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Not good with finding may way around passwords and such...

But you could try popping out the HDD and whiping it on your desktop? Methinks that should at least take care of something.
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Does it show a white screen asking for password?
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have you tried the default dell password, which is Dell
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For dell desktops I cleared the cmos to get rid of the password, but for a laptop you are going to have a hard time finding a jumper that would control that(hint: there isn't one). I have read that you can find the cap that is keeping power and dissipating the power from it so it forgets, or you can try all the default passwords(Which can be found by a quick google search). It might drain out over time if you remove the battery, but that could potentially take a while.

Is the hard drive one of those FDE drives that require the password, or is it just a normal CMOS password?
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