travelmate 2420 bios password reset?

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  1. Roadkill_ak_47

    Roadkill_ak_47 Support your local Pirate

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    acer wants $100 to clear my bios password in their depot.

    any one know how to reset the password or clear the bios on a travelmate 2420 ?
     
  2. deusexaethera

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    It will involve opening the case and disconnecting the CMOS battery for about 1 minute. If you feel comfortable doing that, go for it. If not, find a friend who is, and don't tell Acer.
     
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    theres an opening on the bottom where the wifi adapter and ram go's. there is no batt that i saw there, or under the edge of the opening.

    i tried removing the batt. for a while incase it would do the same as removing the cmos batt. and no luck

    cliffs:
    i dont exactly want to take my lptp out of its case/shell to find a battery

    i herd theres a 'default' password for the bios and i would like to find it
     
  4. Xaphoeous

    Xaphoeous the cat put deez glassiz ons me again

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    When you turn the lappy on, your POST screen should tell you who made your BIOS. Should be Award, BIOSTAR, AMI or soemthing like that. If you know that much, then we can try to find some possible default/master passwords to try.
     
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    I really wish you would just shut the fuck up and stop posting. There is no CMOS battery in a fucking laptop. Passwords are stored in NVRAM explicitly to PREVENT your suggested shenanigans.
     
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    Some BIOS flash utilities bypass the password protection.
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    My Gateway laptop has a six-cell lithium CMOS battery. When I unplug it, the BIOS password goes away.
     
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    you have possibly the shittiest laptop ever, if that is true. All laptops I have tried have the password in NVRAM and will retain the pwd even after total power loss.
     
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    You should be using the jumper reset anyhow. I pulled a CMOS battery once ever, and it was only because the jumper was obstructed.
     
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    ibnewavconfusion
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    (shrug) Oh well. It runs Kubuntu and XP well enough.
     
  12. Roadkill_ak_47

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    there is no such, jumper, cmos batt, ect...


    bios is by phoenix btw, i saw some pws around like 'bios, phoenix, xineohp, PHOENIX... ect

    still no luck
     
  13. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    There's a program or two that are more specific than this, but you didn't say which
    bios you're running so I can't be sure they would work.

    But this will probably do the trick
    http://www.11a.nu/software/bios-pc-bios-security-and-maintanance-toolkit/

    That will recover the password that's being used now. Once you know it,
    you can change it to whatever you want.
     
  14. Hate Crime

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    Take the memory out and underneath you should see a J3 jumper(2 little pins). Short them with a flat head screw driver for 30 seconds and it should be removed.
     
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    hmmm ill try thanks
     
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    6 cell?? wouldnt that be huge, like... the main battery? :ugh:

    most bios batteries are single cell 3-3.6 V.
     
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    it's probably got 6x 1.2V cells for a total of 7.2V.

    Probably has a low mAh rating, so it's also physically small.

    Doesn't seem entirely unreasonable.
     
  18. Roadkill_ak_47

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    i am running pheinox bios
    i saw no batt for the cmos
    the site doc brown suggested was 404 on me,
    i still dont have access to my bios

    suggestions ( im gona go hit up some irc channels with my fingers crossed)
     

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