Some Relatives of mine in Ireland picked up a Dell latitude cp , laptop computer at an estate auction , but the laptop seems to have come with a bios password for security purposes, so they cant even tell us what O/S is loaded.
IT people , this has probably happened before , is there a utility that will crack a bios password ?
Other than that , we can get no help from the dell folks ,as they are assuming that the laptop was obtained through nefarious means.
Check out newsgroups. Lots of solutions to this, involving removing the battery or using a loopback connector on the parallel port. I’m assuming what you’re doing is legit and the laptop didn’t “fall off the back of a lorry”.
I was researching laptop security and I asked Dell how an owner gets into a machine with a forgotten bios pw. Calling support with the tag number and info to indicate you are the owner will get you an override pw you can use.
I asked if each of these override passwords is unique per machine. Answer from tech support was no, and they implied that anyone with one legit dell laptop could call and get the override and thereby be able to defeat the password on all dell laptops. Possible they’ve improved this since I spoke with them a couple of years ago.