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  Does this Toshiba Satellite L15-S104 need BIOS password unlock or new HDD? 
 
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Cliff Hammer Oct 22, 2012, 01:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 22, 2012, 01:18am EDT

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This laptop belongs to a friend who bought it new a few years ago and only uses it to play games like Solitaire,so it's okay if I reformat the HDD. There's nothing important to destroy. I'm just trying to help them out.:)

Model# PSL 10U-01X02E
Phoenix Bios ver.1.80
Windows XP Home Edition

I'm familiar with desktop DIY repairs, but since I've never owned a laptop this is new territory. I did reformat the HDD a couple years ago when they had a problem with it.

Now at start-up I notice the HDD making a lot of clicking sound like perhaps it's trying but not quite running properly. Could it be the HDD and not the bios having a problem?.

If I press the start button and repeat tapping the Esc key, then F2, it shows the bios version, etc.

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Then after around 20 seconds it goes into the "Password" screen.

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The owner nor do I know the password! Three tries and you're out! :/

I've watched videos,read posts,been to the Toshiba website and found that this laptop is no longer supported, searched the internet for several hours and have not found any help for this particular model Toshiba. That's why I'm here. :/

I opened it up yesterday (except for removing the bottom of case covering the HDD) looking for either the cmos battery & or the place to jumper the bios. I was just thankful to get it all back together (screws & all) and operating the same as before. :D

Thanks in advance to those who are willing to try to help this "old man" out! :D


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Cliff Hammer Oct 22, 2012, 11:06pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Does this Toshiba Satellite L15-S104 need BIOS password unlock or new HDD?
Have patience..... :/

Cliff Hammer Oct 24, 2012, 10:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Does this Toshiba Satellite L15-S104 need BIOS password unlock or new HDD?
This could take a while............................ :(

Cliff Hammer Oct 27, 2012, 11:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 27, 2012, 11:24pm EDT

 
>> Re: Does this Toshiba Satellite L15-S104 need BIOS password unlock or new HDD?
Does anyone out there know how this battery is attached to the mob?
If it's replaced with a new one will the bios go back to default state?


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angryhippy Oct 28, 2012, 09:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 28, 2012, 09:03pm EDT

 
>> Re: Does this Toshiba Satellite L15-S104 need BIOS password unlock or new HDD?
Did you try entering the password without actually putting in a password? Google around I've seen some back door kind of passwords before for those things. If he/she bought it new there shouldn't be a password if he/she didn't enter one.

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Cliff Hammer Oct 28, 2012, 09:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Does this Toshiba Satellite L15-S104 need BIOS password unlock or new HDD?
Thanks, but I've tried that & other suggestions I've seen / read online.

Cliff Hammer Nov 22, 2012, 08:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Does this Toshiba Satellite L15-S104 need BIOS password unlock or new HDD?
Fixed!!!! :)
In fact, I'm using it right now to send this message.
Thank the LORD, I found the same laptop at an online auction for $31.29. I had to buy a power cord and replace the battery also. But, the main thing was that I learned that the hdd in my friends laptop was no good. I first installed ubuntu (thought I'd try it out) on this newly purchased LT and it worked! The hdd in the newer LT was a FUJITSU MHV2040AH 40 GB
So, I put the hdd in my friends LT and it worked also! No bad bios problem after all!
They got their LT back and I got this one.
I found the same brand new hdd online $36.00 and have ubuntu 10.10 on it now.
The next hurdle is to get the wireless running. I've ordered a usb wireless adapter since I'm not able to get the stock wireless working after trying the installation disk that comes with the LT and also have tried other linux distros. I believe it's the InProComm IPN 2220 wireless card, but I don't want to buy a replacement since the company no longer exists and hopefully a newer usb adapter will do a good job. We'll see. If not, this wired connection works fine.


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