Locked out of Bios, Hard Drive, and Admin

Acer / ASPIRE
December 1, 2011 at 14:04:02
Specs: Windows 7
The Deal:
I have an Acer Aspire laptop, one night I got drunk and changed my Admin password (bad move on my part, I know). The next morning, I forgot it. After trying multiple times, and letting the laptop sit for almost half a year, I tried getting in again. For some reason my computer decided to lock me out of the bios and the hard drive during the time I let it sit. I tried calling acer, but of course my warranty has expired. They said I can send it in and they will fix it for a flat $100 fee, I would much rather handle this on my own if it's possible. Help?

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#1
December 1, 2011 at 14:31:55
First try to remove the BIOS password by resetting the CMOS settings.

You can do this by:
1. Removing the silver button battery inside the laptop
2. Reattach it 30 seconds later.

CMOS battery looks like this:
http://www.ehow.com/how-does_500822...

Best Regards,
abdiel
pc repair fort lauderdale


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#2
December 1, 2011 at 16:59:27
One of the first things I tried, didn't seem to do anything.

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#3
December 2, 2011 at 06:15:16
Why did you even need an admin password in the 1st place? And why did you let the laptop sit for 6 months? Your story sounds awfully fishy. Laptops are not like desktops, their security is fairly bulletproof. There's not a thing you can do to reset the password, it has to be done professionally. Either pay $100 to have it fixed or pay $500 or more for a new laptop.

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#4
December 2, 2011 at 08:50:57
I had a roommate who liked to use it without my permission. Isn't that why anyone sets a password? So unauthorized people don't use it? I guess looking back it didn't have to be an admin account, but at the time I figured what the hell, right? & I worked at a seasonal resort, no internet connection in the place I was staying, so didn't need it. Think "fishy" all you want. But that's my "worst mistake ever made" story and I'd appreciate no comments unless you have a solution, instead of accusations or stating my obviously already stated last resort.
Thanks :)

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#5
December 2, 2011 at 12:21:28
Theoretically, you may be able to utilize a windows 7 recovery disk, the only issue is that you would be unable to access the files that are currently on there. If your only interest is in the use of the computer this should enable this.

In polite regards to riider, there are many posts on this forum that inquire as to the best way to bypass security settings that are the result of stolen, or mischevious purposes. I believe that is where riider's concern lies, as that isnt the intent of this site.

best of luck,

mike


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#6
December 2, 2011 at 13:38:17
I'm sorry, I understood that you were locked out of your BIOS and therefore could not access your hard drive because of a hard drive BIOS password.

If all you need is to log into Windows, use Hiren's CD:
Download it here:
http://www.hirensbootcd.org/files/H...

Instructions are here:
http://www.hirensbootcd.org/resetti...

Best Regards,
abdiel
pc repair fort lauderdale


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#7
December 3, 2011 at 09:11:07
The problem is these laptops have been getting really secure. OEM's do that to help prevent the theft issue. If Acer says it will cost $100 then I'd assume it is not the easy type to clear.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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