Forgotten password in biow

Discussion in 'Gateway' started by jridenou_2000, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. A neighbor was given a Gateway desktop computer. On booting,
    apparently the bios is asking for a password that she doesn't know.
    Windows hasn't even started booting yet so I'm sure it's the bios
    doing it. What to do?
    jridenou_2000, Apr 6, 2008
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  2. jridenou_2000

    Ben Myers Guest

    Two possibilites, and both require opening up the chassis:

    1. If you can find the motherboard specs and schematic, you will find the CMOS
    clear jumper. Follow instructions to clear CMOS, including BIOS password.
    2. Remove the battery for a few minutes. It is probably a nickel-sized C2032
    battery held in a socket by some spring loaded mechanism. Carefully remove the
    battery, wait a bit, put it back, and power up the system. Enter the BIOS setup
    and and reset everything back to the default settings and set the date and time.
    The default BIOS settings will generally be OK for a modern computer.

    .... Ben Myers
    Ben Myers, Apr 7, 2008
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