unknown password

Hewlett-packard / Dm168a-aba a320n
August 7, 2009 at 04:05:28
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 512 MB
I need to reformat an Acer Travelmate 2420 and there has been a password added in the Bios or CMOS and I don't know what it is so I can not enter in the bios settings.
How can I wipe out that password?



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#1
August 7, 2009 at 04:21:51
You ask the person who owns the laptop what the bios password is.

Bios passwords in laptops are an anti-theft feature and cannot be removed other than by the manufacturer who will require proof of ownership.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
August 7, 2009 at 04:25:18
Yes switch off all power to the computer open the computer up and locate to the motherboard in the motherboard is a battary called a cmos a round silver battary take that out and leave for 5 mins once after 5 mins replace the cmos battary again and switch power back on then once you have done that the bios no loger requires a password it is wiped and the bios setting are set to the default settings

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#3
August 7, 2009 at 04:42:21
BJseal91 the OP has a LAPTOP!!

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#4
August 7, 2009 at 05:08:33
same applys to laptops as desktops makes no diffrence still has a bios and still has a cmos battary !

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#5
August 7, 2009 at 05:14:54
Laptop bios passwords cannot be reset or removed by removal of any cmos battery. If they could they would be completely useless as anti-theft measures. the only option is to send the laptop to manufacturer's authorised service tech.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#6
August 7, 2009 at 05:35:50
they can be removed becuase i did it to mine and it sets the bios to default so maybe in that case you are right and I agree with you they are not any theft

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#7
August 7, 2009 at 05:53:43
BJseal91

Any laptop less than, say 5 years old, has the type of anti-theft measures built into it.

Modern laptops have multiple passwords that can be set. If you were able to reset a password on a laptop it MAY have been a BIOS password.

Hard drive passwords are not affected by the BIOS or CMOS. Additionally, some brands also have an extra measure to not allow replacement of the hard drive to circumvent a hard drive password.

All this would be fine if buyers of used laptops knew about these measures. Unfortunately they don't. So even if they know of suspect a laptop is stolen they think they can still use it.

The regular posters on this forum all know about this and respond accordingly. If a legal owner of a laptop has locked themselves out the manufacture is the best resource. Others are not willing to contact the manufacturer for obvious reasons.

I am always skeptical when someone has a laptop they can't access.


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#8
August 8, 2009 at 04:29:03
I know it don't sound good not knowing the password but trust me, it is not stolen, It belongs to a friend that ask me to format it cause he had this kid do it for him and he totally screwed it up. Now we hope this kid remembers what he put in there as a password.
Sometimes it can be costly trying to save a buck.

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#9
August 8, 2009 at 05:40:30
There are at least two passwords on a modern laptop. One to enter the BIOS (setup) screens before any changes can be made. The other is a hard drive password.

If your friend has proof of original ownership have him contact the manufacturer for any possible help.

Replacing the hard drive will sometimes allow access to a new hard drive but not always.

The situation your friend is now in is not uncommon and is one of many drawbacks to laptop ownership. Just my opinion.


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#10
August 8, 2009 at 05:55:57
Just a rant ...

In the era of Desktop as the mainstream computer before laptops, we got fewer posts asking for help on lost or I don't remember passwords. Now that laptops are increasingly replacing desktop, we are getting too too many similar post. I guess the only reason for the sudden surge in password posts is because it is so damn easy to steal laptop than it is to steal bulky desktops.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#11
August 8, 2009 at 07:27:09
Hi just to clear things up about people who keep laveing bad feeback to start with I was taurt this at college and I have a deplomer level 2 City and Guilds for I.T Partianers and every thing I say is fact if you are unawear of hard wear it is best not to comment as i said i have performed this already myself secondley what qulifications do you have to back up you know about I.T at least admit the information is correct that I am puting down even if you are all agaist giving this information out becuase of sercurity reasons

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#12
August 8, 2009 at 08:15:20
You have two choices:

Beat the password out of your friend who is "the owner" of the notebook or give it back to him & have him try this out.

Good luck!

Windows 7 News!


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#13
August 8, 2009 at 08:19:54
Huh? I hope response #11 is meant to be comical. If not then you need to use spell check.

If you are serious then let me explain the feedback system as it currently works. Negative and positive votes cancel out each other. That means you have a net of 5 negative votes for #6. The total number of votes is not shown at this time. If this bothers you that much then don't post responses.

Qualifying your response with variables is a good method to use if you think something is right but not sure. Those types of responses can sometimes prove useful to the OP (original poster).


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#14
August 8, 2009 at 09:45:22
Fine case is closed i am not playing games any longer and as for the grammer just try to remember that some people can not spell it is not there fault and do not need criterzing for it people on here should think before being narsty

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#15
August 8, 2009 at 09:51:47
Curious - narsty what is that?

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#16
August 8, 2009 at 09:52:23
Your browser should have a spell checker built in. I didn't know we were playing a game. If we were, you should have told us the rules. Seems like you are a bit sensitive. This is one of the best computer help forums available. It is that way because of the diligence of the members. Bad answers are not beneficial to anyone.

Hang around here just surfing and jump in when you feel you have something to contribute. You are more than welcome to hang here. Remember though, the forum was here before you and probably will be here after both of us are gone from here.


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#17
August 8, 2009 at 10:03:14
Thanks Otherhill :) do you know how to close this account

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#18
August 8, 2009 at 10:28:55
Contact Justin Weber by private message. Private message can be reached by clicking on My Home. Your loss if you leave.

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