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Why Does Acer charge $100 for removing BIOS? Why Can't they simply help?

I bought an Acer Aspire One on ebay (and yes, I can prove it), and I come to find that there's a BIOS password I can't get past. I can't flash the drive, I can't do anything about the CMOS as it won't help. There's no hash number so I can't hack it. Nothing works. Then I find out Acer charges me $100. Why can't they simply help?

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I dont know why but maybe they think you stole it ? but you have a receipt of payment hmmm you might have to take it a little further legal but that might cost $
However you could try this

Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer

As the computer is booting repeatadly press the F8 key as the computer is booting

If done properly the user should get to a screen similar to the below screen.

Select the option for Safe mode command prompt only

Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Debugging Mode

Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu

Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.

select safe mode with command prompt

Then type at the C:\> prompt: type


and hit Enter. You'll see a dash (-) at the DEBUG prompt. Now type:

o 70 2e

which will show as -o 70 2e at the DEBUG prompt. Hit Enter. Then type:

o 71 ff

and hit Enter. Finally type:


and hit Enter one last time to quit DEBUG back to the C:\> prompt.
Now you're ready to reboot your PC, and press the appropriate key or key
combo (look it up in your motherboard manual if you don't know it) to access
your BIOS Setup.

Youll notice the password is gone.

If this fails try typing

At command prompt type debug
you will get a - prompt where you can type the following (<enter> means press enter, not type enter*)

JB 103 <ENTER>
<ENTER> just hit enter on this line

Basic BIOS password - works 9.9 times out of ten

If this fails you will need to

Select safe mode with networking to download

you could download all of these or just one save them to a usb drive for later use if one fails to remove the password

At some stage you might need to press Ctrl+Enter rather than just Enter if on a Dell Latitude E5410

A CMOS BIOS password recovery tool

Editors note: This tool should only be used by experienced computer users.

Please see the enclosed read me if you would like to run it from Windows.

Failure to follow instructions (from Windows) will cause your anti-virus to flag this as a virus.

Hope this helps.

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  • Zachary Harris
    Zachary Harris Nov 28, 2012

    That's a really quality answer, but unfortunately F2, F8, F10 does nothing. Even Flashing the BIOS leads me to the "Enter Current Password". And Yes, I do have a recipt of proof for the purchase. Acer doesn't care and will not assist me without $100

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Nov 28, 2012

    does your keyboard work ? it should be the F2 key you might have to remove the cmos battery some acer aspire do have removable cmos batteries Remove the Phillips screws that secure the motherboard cover (refer to your owner's manual if necessary), then release the cover from the clips on the bottom of the plastic casing. Lay the cover aside, then locate the CMOS battery cable on the right side of the motherboard. Unplug the cable, then remove the battery.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Nov 28, 2012

    leave it out for 5 to 50 sec did you try any other keys to enter bios like F1

  • Zachary Harris
    Zachary Harris Nov 28, 2012

    I tried quite a few options that were shown online. I tried F1-F12. I tried to Flash the BIOS with multiple files from a bootalbe USB. It almost works (flashes to a booting screen) then jumps back to 'Enter Current Password'. I'll be trying the battery thing but I've heard that doesn't work with D257.... but lets hope.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Nov 28, 2012

    yes some laptops have an inbuilt chip designed to save bios settings if the batterery was to die you might try the first one again using the command prompt but with quit being the last instead of just q also Pressing Alt and F10 on the Acer logo screen boots the Aspire One into D2D Recovery

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Nov 28, 2012

    that would be type debug o 70 2E o 71 FF quit



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