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Tsunamai Tsunamai is offline
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Angry Mini 10v (1011) BIOS Update A06 Help - 05-03-2012, 01:42 AM


As per members advice I have removed the cmos internal battery. It cleared the cmos but the password remains. Dell master passwords still dont work


Hi to all,

I'm new to these forums as I have never had an issue with dell bios updates (in the past). Here is my problem...

I repair laptops that have virus problems, hardware faults etc. My customer has given me a working 1011 that has had a few malware problems. Re-installing windows and drivers were a breeze (thanks to dell's support site and the service tag feature).

Last thing before restoring the customers data, WINPHLASH dell bios update A06. The bios was backed up to the .bak file and; All 17 blocks erased re-written and verified.

So when the laptop restarted, imagine my surprise when a password is requested. The customer never set a password. After a google search I read posts on here about people having a password they do not know and dell having master passwords to aid this sort of thing. Now I can understand a situation where a student sets a password maliciously and the administrator wouldn't be aware of it. So thank all that is good for dell I thought...

Unfortunately this wasn't the case and the master passwords do not work. If I had set a password and forgotten it I can understand dell charging for a new logic/mother board. But this situation is entirely different. As dell state "Dell recommends applying this update during your next scheduled update cycle" I decided to ignore the "if it aint broke, dont fix it" principle and listen to dell.

Installing the bios update (A06) has created a password that seemingly even dell cannot fix. An hour on the phone to out of warranty tech support, an email with 7 different "master passswords" later, the laptop is now a rather glossy doorstop.

Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated, I am baffled.

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