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My customer has a gateway p-171x notebook that has a bios setup password he does not know-how can I reset that? I have taken out the battery and it disn't work. It is a Phoenix bios

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Sadly, many Gateways models must be returned to the manufacturer to have these passwords reset.
Try A Phoenix Backdoor BIOS Password The reported Phoenix BIOS backdoor passwords include BIOS, CMOS, phoenix, and PHOENIX. Try one of these passwords and see if they will unlock it.

If that doesn't work, there could be a jumper located under the keyboard if your model has one.

The last thing to try would be to open the unit and remove the CMOS lithium battery to clear it. This is of course a last resort and is not for the weak at heart. You may void the warranty if there is one by doing this, so be careful.

If I think of anything else, I'll let you know. Please reply with the fix if one of these works.

Mike Vail



Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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