How to unlock bios for Acer TravelMate 6292?

Acer Travelmate 6292-6059 core 2 duo t75...
March 19, 2011 at 13:40:35
Specs: Windows XP
I want to format my Acer TravelMate 6292, but the bios is locked and I can't find a way to unlock it. Some help please?

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#1
March 19, 2011 at 14:02:29
You don't need the bios to reformat. Use the restore disks or partition.

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#2
March 20, 2011 at 04:37:35
Well the thing is that I got instructions on how to reformat directly by Acer, and they say:

1. Turn on your Notebook.
2. Press F2 in order to access the BIOS
3. While in BIOS press F9 in order to select the preset settings.

Everything works okay untill step 2, but then when I press F9( or anything else for that matter) nothing happens.
And I don't own any restore disks, and don't have the slightest clue what a partition is.


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#3
March 20, 2011 at 05:06:05
According to your manual, you use the ALT / F10 key combo to get to the restore functions.

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#4
March 20, 2011 at 05:22:17
That doesn't work either. Nothing works actually. Whatever I press it just goes *beep* but nothing happens. Also I haven't metioned it, but in the security section where it says " Password to BIOS ENABLED" and I can't change it. Does that matter?

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#5
March 20, 2011 at 05:39:34
The bios password was set by Acer. You don't need to access the bios to reformat. It sounds like your hard drive is damaged. See if you can boot into windows in Safe Mode. Tap the F8 key constantly while the computer is booting. Also, when you first got the computer, did you create a recovery disk like you were supposed to? What is the original problem with the machine? Why do you want to reformat?

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#6
March 20, 2011 at 06:04:41
The problem( and the reason I want to reformat for) is that one day when I turned on the laptop, the desktop icons and task bar were gone, and there was only the wallpaper. I've tried everything I could find( eg. running explorer .exe), to restore them but nothing happened.

When going into Safe Mode all the icons and the task bar are also missing. I can only open up programms through task manager which is the only thing I can open up. Acer customer service told that it's probably a virus -and it would corrupt more files/programms- and that I need to reformat and send me the instructions I already mentioned.

Except the desktop gone missing, everything else works just fine.


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#7
March 20, 2011 at 06:22:46
http://www.midiox.com/index.htm?htt...

Try this fix. You can also try a system restore to a time before this happened. You don't need to reformat.


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#8
March 20, 2011 at 06:33:02
Okay I'm gonna try that fix right away.

I've already tried to restore the system to a date before the problem occured, but it didn't work. Actually a friend of mine who knows about computers tried and told thathe couldn't. Don't know why though.

By the way, thanks for your interest so far.


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#9
March 20, 2011 at 06:50:46
You're welcome. I hear a coffee calling me now. I'll check in later.

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#10
March 20, 2011 at 07:05:46
I wish you enjoyed your coffee.

Anyway, I downloaded that fix did everything the instructions said but it didn't work.


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#11
March 20, 2011 at 08:14:37
Ok, I did enjoy my coffee, thank you. Let's try this. In case it is an infection, download and install this program. Run the scanner in perform full scan mode.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Also download and install this program. Use the slim version. Both programs are free. Don't pay for them.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

ccleaner also has a registry fixer in the program. I found it to be very safe to use. it will ask you to back up the registry before the changes. Do that just in case. Also if you have a virus scanner on your machine, and you should, run it also. Your best bet is to turn off system restore points before the scans and do the scans in safe mode. Good Luck.


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#12
March 20, 2011 at 08:45:17
okay! I'm gonna need it (good luck)

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#13
March 20, 2011 at 08:46:20
"the bios is locked and I can't find a way to unlock it. "

"The bios password was set by Acer."

As far as I have seen, a brand name computer NEVER initially comes with a password that's set in the bios that is already set.

It's likely that you (or someone who has used the computer) have set a password to access the bios yourself (themself) but you (they) have forgotten what it is because you (they) have rarely needed to access the bios.
You are supposed to use a password that is familiar to you that you're not likely to forget. If it was you who set the password, then you should make an effort to try to figure out what it is. The case of letters - upper or lower case - is important. You can usually make a limited number of attempts, say, three, then you have to restart the computer to try again if none of those were successful.

"....they say:

1. Turn on your Notebook.
2. Press F2 in order to access the BIOS
3. While in BIOS press F9 in order to select the preset settings.

Everything works okay untill step 2, but then when I press F9( or anything else for that matter) nothing happens. "

You haven't said whether you get any message when you press F9.
That may not work if you don't know the password to access the bios.

The program that is accessed by pressing F9 requires that there is data on the hard drive that is where it is supposed to be and that the data is not corrupted or damaged.
If that data is missing or not 100% undamaged, the program cannot work.

"And I don't own any restore disks,"

Acer systems never come with Restore or Recovery disks. You get what you pay for - a cheaper system, cheaper support.
However, you may be able to order a set from the Acer web site.
See Recovery Disks below.
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Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

E.g.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
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If the hard drive itself tests okay......

grasshopper's referenced fix in response 7 won't work if other data needed to make it work is not working correctly or is corrupted or missing.

You can probably fix your problem either of two ways without losing your personal data that you have added to the C partition,
or - you could reload Windows or the original software installation from scratch, but that's a lot more work, and if you don't want to lose personal data that you can't easily re-install, you would need to boot the computer from something such as a Linux CD and copy the data you do not want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you install Windows or the original software installation from scratch.

There are two types of brand name system Restore or Recovery disk sets.

The most common type I've seen for computers that have XP Home or Pro installed on them originally is
- the first disk is an XP Re-installation CD. You use it the same way as a retail Microsoft XP CD. Certain OEM.* files on the CD have been modified so that you can't install XP from scratch or run a Repair installation of Windows on any other computer unless is the same model or the model is one of a small group of the same series.
It does not prompt you to insert another disk when it has finished installing Windows.
You have the option of trying to Repair your existing Windows installation without losing your personal data if you follow a standard Microsoft Repair installation procedure.
- the other disk(s) have the drivers you need for your system and sometimes programs that do not come with Windows that the brand name provided in the original software installation.

The other type is
- the Restore or Recovery disk set is a custom made multi disk archive. In that case, all of the original software is installed on the entire hard drive, you are prompted to insert the second disk after the first one has finished loading, etc.
With that type of set, you cannot repair an existing Windows installation, and you must copy personal data you do not want to lose to elsewhere BEFORE you run the procedure.
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Recovery Disks.

If you can get Recovery disks for your model, according to my experiences, that set is much cheaper to buy including shipping than even just a regular Microsoft OEM XP Home CD, the cheapest type of XP CD you can buy.

.Pick your country.
http://www.acer.com/worldwide/selec...


I picked United States.

I chose
Support
Support Website

I chose this Top Answer

How do I reinstall the Operating System on my computer?
http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answer...

Click on the blue link for: Acer Recovery Media Order Form
in this:

"If the ability to reinstall from the previous method is not available or fails, recovery of the Operating System will need to be from Recovery Media. If you do not have a set of Acer Recovery Media, you may purchase the set online from the Acer Recovery Media Order Form."
.....

The Alt-F10 procedure make not work with your model.
....

If the Restore or Recovery disk set is the type where the first disk is an XP Re-installation CD,

-you can run a standard Microsoft Repair installation procedure to try repairing your existing Windows installation without losing your personal data that's on C

-if you install Windows from scratch with that CD...

see this Top Answer:

How do I restore drivers and applications using eRecovery?
http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answer...



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#14
March 20, 2011 at 14:37:25
Thanks for all that stuff. I'll work on getting the recovery disks and I'll get back at you with the results.

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#15
March 21, 2011 at 08:39:10
I searched through Acer's website and oddly there aren't any Restore/Recovery disks for my laptop and Windows XP Pro(which I am currently using).

Also I downloaded and ran the Seatools programm(twice) that you sent me, but both times at a certain point the screen went black, a small blue window popped up with strabge text written out of symbols, and then the PC restarted. The only thing I could make out from that text was" KERNEL". Does that mean something? Should I take my laptop to Acer?


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#16
March 21, 2011 at 09:49:13
http://acer.custhelp.com/app/answer...

There is an order form on this page. You can get a set of disks for your laptop here. If you know someone that has an xp pro disk you can borrow, you could do a repair from the disk. Look at this article

http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrep...


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#17
March 21, 2011 at 12:37:16
You should not get any messages regarding KERNEL when you use the Dos bootable version of Seatools. Were you using the Windows version of it ?

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#18
March 22, 2011 at 08:09:55
Yes, I was using the SeaTools for Windows. Should I re-do it with the Dos version?.

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#19
March 22, 2011 at 10:51:18
The SeaTools for Windows version can't work properly if Windows doesn't work properly.

"Should I re-do it with the Dos version?."

Yes

If the bios is not set appropriately to boot from a bootable CD or DVD, usually it doesn't matter if you don't know the bios access password - most if not all laptops show a line while booting "Press xxx to select Boot device" or similar - press the stated key and choose to boot from CD drive or similar.

As I said above...

"If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another"


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#20
March 24, 2011 at 08:36:27
To learn it.

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#21
March 24, 2011 at 09:09:42
chuangtianyu

See response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...



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#22
May 12, 2011 at 12:58:57
Updating the bios to latest version sometimes will fix the bios password problem (bug actually). But be careful since updating the bios will also render the old pass useless (will not work even if you remember the correct password).
Go google "$10 bios password" you might get the help that you want.

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#23
May 12, 2011 at 13:16:04
azira

The password info is NOT stored on the bios chip on modern laptops.

see response 21


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