Originally Posted by NGIB
Can you return it to the seller as I would not accept a locked BIOS...
This is the answer.
There is no way beyond replacing the entire motherboard to clear a BIOS password on HP laptop unless:
1. You can get ahold of the ORIGINAL owner and have them contact HP.
2. The original owner had uploaded the BIOS password via HP Sparekey
3. The original owner has some proof of ownership in order to get the password from HP.
of those 3 conditions fail, you cannot remove the password, and so the only option is to buy and replace the motherboard, which is a PITA, or have a laptop repair shop replace the motherboard, which isn't cheap.