Originally Posted by cnico88
...I came to the conclusion that this thing is built into the BIOS now since nothing I do in Windows helps
I tried to flash the BIOS to latest but it won't let me since I already have the latest. Please help me here!
I just tried a fixmbr and that didn't help. I am pretty sure this is now tied to the BIOS or something nasty like that. Please help me, I am freaking out here. Is there any way I can go back to old BIOS or maybe update the BIOS manually?
Firstly, what Samsung laptop do you have? Have you checked the Samsung support website for any information on how to disable pre-boot authentication?
Secondly, I know you've tried FIXMBR
, but did you try FIXBOOT
? FIXMBR repairs the master boot record, whereas FIXBOOT writes a new boot sector on the hard drive. This type of pre-boot authentication is usually
implemented on the hard drive in the boot sector, not the BIOS
. Therefore, in this instance, you should be able to disable pre-boot authentication by writing a new boot sector on the hard drive.
Before trying FIXBOOT, if you want to see if this pre-boot authentication is implemented on your hard drive, try the following. Remove the hard drive from the laptop and turn it on. Report back what you see on screen.
While PBA is loaded from the hard drive's boot sector, this doesn't mean however that a malicious user could gain access to the hard drive by bypassing PBA through choosing to boot into a different boot volume (such as a recovery or system rescue disc) when powering on the system, because PBA is an extension of the BIOS - the BIOS is programmed to work with PBA.
Failing all of this, you may want to contact Samsung for support.