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Hi. i have an acerpower F5 which when switched on goes straight to a black screen showing: Enter CURRENT Password: I do not know this and have no recovery back up discs. Can you help please Anton UK

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If it goes immediately to a password screen, someone has set a BIOS password -- basically the brains behind the computer, the first thing the computer looks at.

In some Acer laptops, the password is written to a chip, and Acer charges $100 to reset the chip -- after you mail your computer to them.

You have an Acer desktop computer. If you pop the case, you may see a small battery, maybe about the size of a thick quarter. That's the battery to your BIOS. You can try seeing if your computer will forget the password:
-- Unplug your computer's power cord.
-- Open the case.
-- Touch a metal part of your computer's frame/case to ground yourself/prevent shocks.
-- Remove the battery
-- Come back in a half hour. Touch computer's metal, put battery back in, put case back on, put power plug back in, and see if you get anywhere.

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This sounds like someone has set up a BIOS password. The easiest way to reset your BIOS password is by removing all power sources to the computer and opening the case. Remove the CMOS battery which is the little battery that looks like a large watch battery. This will reset the motherboard BIOS to default values. Reinstall the battery and power up the machine. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

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