What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?
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I was given a free Toshiba C855 that appears to work OK with the exception of the cracked display. Eventually I’ll order a new LCD panel but I need to learn a bit more about this machine and how to bring it back to a usable state.


The machine seems to boot up OK to the login screen as long as I have an external monitor plugged in. I’ll probably just reinstall Windows rather than asking the previous owner to provide me with her granddaughter’s password. I don’t see a Windows CoA sticker on the machine, even under the battery. From what I’ve read it’s actually in the BIOS, something I can’t seem to access with the trashed display.

Without knowing the password, is there any way for me to log into this machine and give myself admin rights? I figure that, for the time being, I’ll just use it as a desktop. Will I ever be able to access the BIOS without having a working LCD display?

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