Generic BIOS password listings
If a BIOS or CMOS password is forgotten, in some cases it may be possible to use a generic BIOS password to bypass the unknown password. By using a generic BIOS password, you may be able to change the password to a different password. Below is a listing of generic passwords for each of the major BIOS manufacturers.
Note: The brand of your computer is not the BIOS manufacturer. You need to determine what BIOS your computer's motherboard has by checking with the manufacturer of your computer. You may also be able to find the BIOS chip on the motherboard and see if it lists the manufacturer on it.
Tip: With today's computers, it is easier to reset the BIOS or CMOS password using a jumper instead of going through and trying all the below passwords.
Russian Award Passwords
IBM Aptiva BIOS
Press both mouse buttons repeatedly during the boot
Some computers with a Toshiba BIOS
Hold down the Shift key as the computer is booting.
- See our password definition for further information and related links on this term.