Richard Bucker

Resetting your password with a paperclip

Posted at — Jul 14, 2014

I remember resetting my IBM PC password by inserting a paperclip through the vent on the front of the box and shorting two pins while turning the machine on. I’m trying to remember why… (a) there was a keylock on the back of the box preventing it from being opened. (b) the password was stored in the battery backed memory which was part of the BIOS IPL (initial program load).