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30-07-2010, 11:34 AM
Can't access laptop
Toshiba Satellite L300D
comes up with "enter current password"
have pulled the battery - no change
can't get into bios - asks as above.
won't boot from CD

Any suggestions on removing the password

Speedy Gonzales
30-07-2010, 11:37 AM
If its stored on a chip, there's probably no way of removing it. Unless you know what the password is

30-07-2010, 11:41 AM
so the laptop is a loss!?

30-07-2010, 11:48 AM
take out the cmos battery too? do laptops even have one? i've never really known.
failing that, see if there's jumpers on the lappy's mobo?

Speedy Gonzales
30-07-2010, 11:48 AM
Well unless you own it, and you know the password, (or if youre fixing it for someone else, and they dont know the password either) there's not a lot you can do. Besides ring / email Toshiba

30-07-2010, 12:14 PM
Most laptops have the option to select the first boot device without going into the actual BIOS - usually F12. See if it has that option, if so boot from a CD that has a password changing / removal program -- Plenty about.

30-07-2010, 12:23 PM
This WILL work - done it myself plenty of times. You sometimes need to do it a few times to get the contact and timing right though. I've never bothered with the tape. You're lucky it's an L300 - some of the older Toshiba notebooks have a separate eeprom chip and when that gets stuffed it's $90 for Toshiba to replace the chip.


Follow these steps to remove / disable the BIOS (CMOS) Password on the Satellite L300 / L305 / L300D / L305D models:
1. Turn the computer OFF, if it's on.
2. Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery.
3. Remove the memory module cover, on the bottom of the computer.
4. Remove any memory modules that are installed.


5. With the computer oriented as in the photo above, grasp the Mylar film at the upper left corner and peel it to the right -- far enough to expose the B500 solder pads (see photo below). Attach a 4" long piece of tape to the underside of the Mylar film. Do not remove the film completely, because it may be difficult to re-attach it correctly.
6. Insert one of the memory modules into the innermost socket (at left).
7. Secure the tape to the computer's case, as shown below, to keep the Mylar film from covering the solder pads.


8. Reconnect the AC adapter.
9. Short the B500 solder pads on the system board. Needle-nose pliers or a flat-blade screwdriver works well to short them.
10. While continuing to short-circuit the solder pads, turn the computer on, and continue shorting the pads until the Toshiba Logo Screen disappears. If the password has been successfully removed, the computer will not display a BIOS password prompt before starting Windows or another OS.
11. Shut down Windows or other OS, making sure the the computer turns off.
12. Disconnect the AC adapter.
13. Remove the memory module and re-position the Mylar film over the system board.
14. Re-insert all memory modules.
15. Re-attach the memory slot cover.
16. Re-insert the battery and connect the AC adapter.
17. Restart the computer to verify that the password prompt no longer appears. If it does still appear, then repeat this procedure, starting with step 1