MSI Trident 3 BIOS password reset

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I purchased a MSI Trident 3 with i5 8400 and GTX 1060 used from Facebook Marketplace.

There is a password set to enter the BIOS. The previous owner passed away and the PC was sold by her Dad. He had a couple of password guesses, which I tried, but did not work. I've also tried removing the CMOS battery overnight, but it's still asking for a BIOS password. I'm seeing suggestions about shorting JBAT1. I cannot find this anywhere on the motherboard (the front or back).

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Any way to crack password is illegal.
I wouldn't consider resetting a password as cracking.

Almost all motherboard manufactures have a clear CMOS option which will reset all the bios settings to default (including the password).

I was trying to get Windows 10 up and running. The reset Windows option on the computer locks it up. I've created a bootable USB drive from Microsoft and I'm was trying to reinstall Windows 10, but I can't even access the boot menu without entering a BIOS password. MSI is unable or unwilling to help.

I can't understand why anyone would want to put a password on the BIOS anyways, ESPECIALLY if there is no option to reset the password. If you set the password yourself and then forget the password, the motherboard is garbage? Good luck getting a replacement on a custom motherboard like what is in this system.

I ended up returning the computer to the seller for a refund. Luckily he was good to deal with.

That's about 5 hours of my life wasted. This is a good lesson to stay away from MSI products.
 
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What does it have to do with MSI products? What kind of idiotic thinking is that?
You bought a 2nd hand product with password protection enabled. You don't know the password. No one on forums would help reset it/disable it.
MSI would help, only with original proof of purchase of that machine. As simple as that.
 

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I'm surprised a Moderator would post such an unhelpful response.

The BIOS password has nothing to do with the Windows password. The BIOS allows your to set boot order, memory timing, overclocking, etc. There's no personal information that can be accessed with a BIOS password.

Pretty much all motherboard manufacturers have a CMOS reset jumper on the motherboard that will clear the settings and password. I've mostly used ASUS which all seem to have a CLRTC pin, which when shorted will reset the BIOS on the motherboard.

I had proof of purchase from the seller. MSI said they couldn't do anything to reset the password.
 

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I know what a BIOS password is. And it is user's decision to have it there.
And there are ways to disable it which are not described anywhere. But without original proof of purchase fron the shop no one will help, neither MSI.
To say the least, I once forgotten BIOS password on my board and was able to get rid of it.
Hint: clearing CMOS is unlikely to reset/disable it any way.
 

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I know what a BIOS password is. And it is user's decision to have it there.
And there are ways to disable it which are not described anywhere. But without original proof of purchase fron the shop no one will help, neither MSI.
To say the least, I once forgotten BIOS password on my board and was able to get rid of it.
Hint: clearing CMOS is unlikely to reset/disable it any way.
Thanks for saying that you can post helpful information, but won't.

Hint: You are an Asshole
 

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Am I? I just obey to the rules you have agreed to follow yourself.
Anyway, you don't have the machine and this behaviour will not be accepted.
 
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