one could simply reset the jumpers could they not? no software will run in BIOS(aside from the BIOS itself) what model of the laptop is it? that will help research how to reset the BIOS password
a quick google found this: https://www.technibble.com/how-to-bypass-or-remove-a-bios-password/
Most laptops don't have jumpers. One would have to remove the CMOS battery, which is not easily accessible.
On most of the new laptops just removing the CMOS battery doesn't do the trick. You have to find the pins and manually jump them with a flat head. Which can be kind of a pain depending on the model.
My suggestion would be taking it to a local PC repair shop and seeing if you have any luck. Just be advised that in many instances you might bypass the bios password but a HDD LOCK PW will be in place. Meaning the Hard Drive will be firmware password locked as well. So you may need a new hard drive and might need to start fresh.
Unless you have the means necessary to remove the platter from the drive and place into an exact copy of the drive. However, if it's an older drive then you could run forensics software and read the password from the firmware.