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Anyone ever come across a Locked TPM?


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I was wondering about it, cos I haven't seen this since the early 2000's when Lenovo took over IBM... Lenovo was the first I ever saw to put Biometric scanners in Laptops. IN 2003 or 2004, I came across a laptop that had something LIKE TPM in it, or maybe it was one of the first - The Whole motherboard had been locked out with a password that nobody knew.

Since back then, the only way to fix it, was to pay a guy in Australia a thousand bucks for a Breadboard Kit that you could stick the Chip on to change (but not remove) the password - The only advice I could give the guy who had bought the system for significant cash, was to pour gasoline on it and see if it melted: That or PAY the 1,000 bucks US and buy the breadboard kit! Because, back then, not even Lenovo could break into a password protected BIOS and Motherboard.

So, today I get this Dell Optiplex 780 to work on and it has - Guess what? TPM! And it looks like the same tech. Apparently, the system *had* been protected, but there was some kind of Master password Reset.

So the question is, with these new TPM'med machines, can the security be overridden if it had been set but never shut off before the systems were sold at Auction?

I'm asking cos I have a Gigabyte MB here waiting for me to build it into a nice Core Duo System, but it has TPM on it, and knowing the guy I got it from, he probably set it then forgot about it, so now it's probably locked. I hope it is not, but just in case it is, is there a way to release the TPM?

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Works 550w
    MSI "M-Box"
    Water Cooled
    Dell Keyboard
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Chrome/IE 10
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.