BIOS means ‘Basic Input/Output System’. It is a program embedded into IBM computers. BIOS begins to run once the computer is turned on. It identifies and initializes the hardware components (such as the hard disk, floppy drive and video display card) of the computer. It prepares the machine so that other programs can be loaded properly. Passwords can be enabled on the BIOS so that its usage will be restricted once it has begun loading.
Toshiba computers use two kinds of BIOS, so before it can be accessed, the user has determine what kind his computer operates. The following options should be tried to be able to set up a Toshiba Computer BIOS password.
The F1 Key Method
Start the computer and wait for the POST screen display. The POST screen has a black background, and it appears before the Operating System loads. A prompt that says “Check System and press F1” will appear. Press the Esc key several times to get to the setup display screen.
Both the arrow and the tab key can be used to navigate inside the BIOS setup program. Highlight the NOT REGISTERED field in the Password field. Press the space bar once and enter the new password. The computer will give a “Password” prompt. Press Enter to get to the next page. Reenter the password when the setup program requires it. Hit the space bar once, then the Password field will display REGISTERED. The user can then exit the window.
The F2 Key Method
Other computers will not recognize the F1 key; some will accept only the F2 key to access the BIOS Setup menu. Pressing F2 will allow the user to see the Setup Utility.
Start the computer. The POST screen display will appear before the Operating System loads. Press the F2 key multiple times until the BIOS setup appears. Look for the Security tab. This is where the password will be set. The arrow keys are used to select “Set User Password”. Press either F5 or F6 to move to the Password section. Type in the new password into the “Password” prompt. Press the Enter key.
The Setup program will require the new password again. Once it has been keyed in, press Enter. The password field will indicate the new password. Press F10 to save and exit the BIOS setup.
This program works in the Windows environment. It can be accessed through the Windows Control Panel. This tool can also be used to make new settings and to enable/disable the BIOS password.
Go to the BIOS Setup program and enter the preferred password into the password field. The user will be required to enter the new password whenever he starts, resets or restarts the computer.