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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Stan

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Posted February 12 2013 - 06:03 AM

I had a friend who passed away recently who had an HP dv6 with the fingerprint scanner. I'm sort of the neighborhood computer geek, although a bit behind on technology. Anyhow, his family wants access to his computer. Just basic documents, photos, etc. that they'd like to save. They were literally going to take his laptop to the funeral home and scan his finger to get into the laptop. Thankfully he was cremated before that happened. I've tried to help, spent a lot of time on the phone with HP. They had me go into BIOS (not sure what that had to do with a Windows 7 password, but it was no help). Booted into safe mode with and without networking, but still brings up the fingerprint scanner screen. Does anyone have any ideas before we send it back to HP for their techs to work on it?
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Posted February 12 2013 - 07:43 AM

I was going to suggest the Dan Brown solution but that ship has sailed. Not to rub it it, I have no suggestions, but I always remind folks that "Biometrics are the only password you can't change once they have been compromised". I'd have to add your scenario as another reason not to use them....

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Posted February 12 2013 - 11:42 AM

Originally Posted by Stan  I had a friend who passed away recently who had an HP dv6 with the fingerprint scanner. I'm sort of the neighborhood computer geek, although a bit behind on technology. Anyhow, his family wants access to his computer. Just basic documents, photos, etc. that they'd like to save. They were literally going to take his laptop to the funeral home and scan his finger to get into the laptop. Thankfully he was cremated before that happened. I've tried to help, spent a lot of time on the phone with HP. They had me go into BIOS (not sure what that had to do with a Windows 7 password, but it was no help). Booted into safe mode with and without networking, but still brings up the fingerprint scanner screen. Does anyone have any ideas before we send it back to HP for their techs to work on it?
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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted February 13 2013 - 01:22 AM

I thought the fingerprint scanner was tied to the bios tho, not the OS....

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Posted February 13 2013 - 02:14 AM

If all they want are files off the disc, can't you simply remove the drive and attach to another computer as a secondary drive and read them? I thought the fingerprint scanner was for access to the computer itself, not encrypting the files on the disc.

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Posted February 13 2013 - 04:35 AM

I called my local "comp geek" guys and they charge $250 to get around biometrics... They had a chef a few weeks ago who had a kitchen accident and messed up the finger he used for it...(Jokes aside...) Biometrics suck.

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Posted February 13 2013 - 04:45 AM

Originally Posted by Sam Posten 

I thought the fingerprint scanner was tied to the bios tho, not the OS....

Nope.  HP doesn't get that sophisticated on their consumer set, it's just tied to windows login.


http://www.ubcd4win.com/


Download.  Boot to it. Run the password cracker.


Cost to you: free.


IF however this is an HP Pro or Elitebook (Business class) it can be.  If you get that it won't try to boot to windows.  SInce he's getting to the windows login, I don't think that's the case
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Posted February 13 2013 - 05:17 AM

Ah that sounds like a lock designed to keep the honest people out =p

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Posted February 13 2013 - 05:26 AM

I wonder how fast Finch could get past it...

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Posted April 11 2013 - 05:53 PM

Thanks for the info and apologize for my late response.

 

Legally things ended up with the guy's parents, so his house, computer, everything turned out being off limits and I wasn't allowed to try and help any longer. His parents are in their 80s and have no clue, but it's out of my hands now. I was trying to help his brother and daughter, but can't legally get involved.


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Posted April 12 2013 - 08:18 AM

I wonder how fast Finch could get past it...

 

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Posted April 14 2013 - 11:06 PM

Too bad. Anyway, I would have taken out the drive as well.






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