Cant boot from CD

Sony Vaio vgn-fw140e/h notebook
March 29, 2010 at 21:54:57
Specs: vista home, Intel Cor duo p8400
Hi I just purchased a Sony Vaio VGN F140E
and am trying to bring it back to factory
condition using the Vaio Recovery Media Kit I
got with it. Problem is that there is a bios
password attached and I cant get ahold of the
person I bought it from to get the password.
Therefore I cant change the boot order to
make it boot from cd. The hard drive appears
to be empty and unformatted. Does anyone
have any ideas to get it to boot from the
recovery media? Thank you

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March 29, 2010 at 22:07:39
You're going to have to get a hold of the person you bought it from to get the password - there's no legitimate way around that.

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March 29, 2010 at 22:23:59
unfortunately I cant get ahold of them any longer. Will
Sony do anything for me?

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March 30, 2010 at 07:08:58
You could try contacting Sony, but often the brand name system builder will help you only if you are the original owner.

There are illegitimate ways of removing the password that can be found on the web, but it's against the rules of this site to reveal them.

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March 30, 2010 at 18:45:05
Since you can power it on I suspect you only need to reset the bios not the power on password. Might try ultimate boot cd tools or as above look on the web.

Sony will reset the power on password for a fee, dunno how much. A service center might do them on a walk in basis.

Here might be the owners manual.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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March 30, 2010 at 19:52:01
"Since you can power it on I suspect you only need to reset the bios not the power on password."

The passwords are NOT stored in the bios (Cmos) on laptops made in the last ten years or more - they're stored on a separate chip on the mboard that cannot have the user settings cleared from it by removing all power. He has a bios access password, not a system access password that prevents him from using the computer if he doesn't know the password.

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March 31, 2010 at 17:37:56
You should be able to temporarily change the boot order. For my laptop, you press F8 just after the system tests and just before it tries to boot from a drive. If that doesn't work, check your user manual, or google for one.

(edit) I looked it up, it says "Turn on your computer and press the F11 key when the VAIO logo appears". It is referring to booting from a floppy disk drive, but you should be able to boot from the optical drive.

Here is the link to the manuals:

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September 10, 2010 at 13:08:28
It's really easy, remove the battery and disconnect cmos battery cable and let it set for about 10 min. Then rehook cmos battery cable put battery back in reconfigure BIOS (date, time, boot order etc...) and your done. No need to make it more difficult thatn it really is.

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September 10, 2010 at 13:11:20
and if it is stored in a seperate chip which is not entirely accurate, you have an option of shorting it on most motherboards which in turn will clear it.

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September 11, 2010 at 12:03:05
Thank you very much for your help. I have given the laptop away.

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