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Have you tried to remove the mobo battery for some hours? In some cases it will flush the stored pwd.
Some motherboards though have other types of technologies to store passwords (for example EEPROMs). In that case you will have to destroy the EEPROM chip itself (by short-circuiting it) to remove the password. You will not be able to set a new password on it again though afaik.
From the Toshiba website the password can only be reset by a technician. However, from searching the web the answer depends on the model number. Some were reset by shorting particular jumper pins, some by using a modified floppy boot disk and some by a special parallel port dongle. Tecras appear to use shorting pins but again the procedure depends on the model and may not be as simple as clearing CMOS memory.
luckily, I have not had the opportunity to find out how easy or hard it is to actually reset the password.