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Can't change settings in bios and hd locked with unknown password

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  • Larry Soares
    Larry Soares Oct 12, 2008

    It is an Acer laptop and if I could find the battery or jumper I would know what to do. It can only be dismantled so far: I removed keyboard, all screws and it only open about an inch.

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Unplug the computer, remove the computer cover(usually 2-4 philips head screws),remove the small round battery (cmos) from the main board for about 2 minutes, replace it, install cover, power cord, REBOOT.
this will clear the password and reset the bios to defaults.

Posted on Oct 07, 2008

  • Jeff Strader
    Jeff Strader Oct 12, 2008

    Is this a laptop? If you include the model number and post this under a laptop category, we will be able to assist you better.

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