hey I got a good deal on a laptop, but the catch was that it had an unknown bios password. I was planning on just sending it in some place to have a new security chip put in, which would cost upwards of $100. my question is: is there another way? I have heard that many laptops store their bios in flash, so you can't clear them with a dipswitch, or by removing the CMOS battery. however, I don't know what models that apples to. so I was thinking, are there any hacker tricks that can get it? moreover, some flash memory will die after being unpowered long enough, how long does that take? I was also intrigued by an idea I had. it would not be practical in my situation, but I was wondering what you thought of my idea. I was thinking "what if you had another computer run a brute force password cracker somehow hooked to the keyboard input of the bios protected computer?" anyway, it is a Compaq presario 1500. if you don't trust me (i.e. think I stole it) I can show you the winning bid email. any help would be great, but I am still waiting on a new power supply, so I can't power it up yet. since I would not want to compromise the security of any laptop owners out there, you can PM me some solution if you think they could be used by the wrong hands.