However, there is a small backdoor, and that is the BIOS emergency recovery: it's basically the last resort to recover from a bad BIOS update. I've patched out the password check from the binary so it can be used to reset the machine to a valid password. Here's a quick how-to:
- Get a USB floppy drive and a floppy disk - format the disk to FAT16.
- Remove the battery and power cord from the laptop.
- Connect the USB floppy drive to the laptop, then insert the battery, then the power cord.
- Press both Ctrl+Home keys while actuating the power button. Keep Ctrl+Home pressed for another 2-3 minutes.
- The BIOS is being reflashed - after that, the machine should reboot on its own.
- When it boots up, go to setup and set new passwords. If you get asked for a password, just enter a few random characters.
- Boot the laptop up again, re-flash the vendor BIOS.
- Go to the BIOS, reset all passwords.
mtmarco has posted alternative instructions on amilo-forum.com.