Question about Gateway 400SD4 Notebook
I just bought in a surplus shop a GAteway 400SD4 but when I open it, it ask for a password. I tried to detached some parts and look for the CMOS battery but I really had a hard time finding it. Just want to ask if there's a built-in password for this laptop?
Thank you in advance.
The password is a "power on" password not a windows password.
On laptops there is no "Clear CMOS" jumper and removing the battery wont help - the password is stored on a special chip on the mainboard.
There is no easy way to remove the password.
You may be able to find a company that can disassemble the machine and replace the chip for you but its usually not cheap:
look at this site for information on laptop passwords.
Posted on Dec 25, 2007
Try leaving it blank see if that works first. If that don't work you may try to type in microsoft in the user name, and leave password blank, maybe that will work, If that don't work there are password retrieval disks you can buy, or you may have to reinstall the operating system, By doing a full OS (Operating system) restore. you will loose all info that was on the laptop, I sure Hope that Helps you out, If you need something else just ask here, thanks bear001
Posted on Dec 25, 2007
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Detach the CMOS battery from the metal holder. Some Gateway CMOS battery holders have tabs on both sides, while with others you can lift the battery out. Press down on the tabs and the battery will pop out. Wait two minutes, then push the battery back in. This will change the CMOS settings back to default and reset the Gateway BIOS password. Replace the panel and cords. Turn on the PC and enter the BIOS menu by pressing F2 repeatedly to create a new password. To bypass creating a BIOS password, boot to Windows normally.
Then everything will be just fine.
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