Dell Latitude CPi laptops have several layers of security available, including the ability to set a BIOS password. Without this password, users are unable to start the computer or modify any system BIOS settings. The BIOS defines the system's hardware set-up and tells where to look for the operating system. As the first set of programming run when the system is started, the BIOS must be set properly and protected from tampering. You can remove BIOS password by entering the BIOS settings and clearing the existing password.
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Turn off the Dell CPi. Do not put the computer to sleep or hibernate. The laptop needs to be completely shut down. If necessary, you can press and hold the power button for 10 seconds until the CPi powers down completely.
Turn on the CPi and immediately press and hold the "F2" key when the Dell logo is being displayed on the screen. The BIOS screen will appear.
Enter the BIOS password when prompted.
Press the right arrow key to scroll through each BIOS settings tab, and press the up and down arrow keys to go from field to field. Under the setting for BIOS Password, delete the existing password. The password will show up in * format. Click the down arrow key until this field is highlighted and press the "Delete" key to remove the password.
Press the "F10" key to save the changes to the BIOS and to restart the laptop.
Tips and warnings
- If you do not have the original BIOS password and need to reset the password, check the TopBits link in the Resources. The site lists a program that will attempt to find the original password so that you can complete the steps above. If this method does not work, try contacting Dell support. The support department may be able to help reset the BIOS.
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