|"paid $50 dollars for a seemingly useless acer one."|
You paid $50 for the Acer netbook you list, or you paid $50 for some software or info to get rid of the drivelock password?
If you paid $50 for the netbook, if the person you bought that laptop from doesn't know the drivelock password, the computer was probably stolen, by that person, or by someone else he got it from.
The passwords on laptops and netbooks made in the last ten years or so are not stored in the bios - they're stored in a separate chip on the mboard that cannot have the user contents erased by removing the power to it, or by clearing the Cmos contents.
If you paid $50 for some software or info to get rid of the drivelock password, almost all software and info meant for removing passwords on older laptops does not work on newer laptops.
When a drivelock password has been used, the info about whether the hard drive is locked is also stored on the hard drive in a data area that is not accessible by you using any normal or easily available free special software. If you were to transfer the drivelocked hard drive to another Acer computer with a bios version compatible with removing the drivelock that does not have a drivelock pass word enabled, you still would still not be able to access the hard drive if you don't know the password.
You could replace the mboard with one that has no password, but you still wouldn't be able to access the drivelocked hard drive if you don't know the password.
I recently took apart an Acer laptop that was having problems, that's about 3 years 3 months old. The keyboard and touchpad, and perhaps several other things, have ribbon cables that have no connector on the end of the cable - you have to carefully plug the end of it into a very narrow slot in a connector built into the mboard, without damaging it.
I was NOT able to get that Acer laptop working properly. It has been dropped, the built in display hasn't worked for some time though it works to connect an external monitor to it (without you having to press any keys to enable that) , none of the three USB ports work, and the keyboard and touchpad do not work, despite the fact the laptop hasn't been used a lot and at least the keyboard worked fine until recently.
According to the Owner's or User's manual, if the USB ports worked a USB keyboard or USB mouse would work.
The hard drive loads Windows Vista fine, but since no keyboard works, I cannot get past the Logon screen.
There is key combo - Fn and F7 - that toggles the touchpad on / off.