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Locked out of my Acer Notebook by a BIOS password

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by JRC, Jan 11, 2005.

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    JRC Guest

    Locked out of my Acer Notebook TravelMate 290 by a BIOS password. One
    of my former employees finally returned the Co. owned laptop. Needless
    to say I don't want to communicate with the lowlife %[email protected]#^%&$#. He set
    a bios password that I of course don't have. This notebook's claim is
    that there's layers of security including the use of bios passwords as
    well as two "smartcards". Credit card looking that slip into the
    machine if one forgets their pword. Tried it doesn't work however I may
    not have the correct card as it may go to one of the the other 5
    notebooks that we bot. Anybody know the remedy?? JRC
    JRC, Jan 11, 2005
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    Woody Guest

    You have a number of options. I did a google search on' remove bios password
    travelmate 290' and came up with a number of answers that you could search
    thru and apply. One was on a 280 where there was a switch bank under the
    memory somewhere and turning on sw6 and booting reset bios to factory. Go
    thru some of the answers and try them on your laptop. I couldn't find a
    service manual on the Acer site. You could check with the dealer that sold
    you the computers or look for an Acer repair shop near you. You could also
    call Acer service....
    Woody, Jan 11, 2005
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    Woody Guest

    Also check for a software manual on one of the other computers that may give
    information on switch bank or removing the password.
    Woody, Jan 11, 2005
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    bobb Guest

    Talk to your IT guys, or your maintenance organization.

    U bought the hardware with some sort of maintenance options right?
    bobb, Jan 11, 2005
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    Quaoar Guest

    Take the employee to small claims court for the value of the laptop.

    Quaoar, Jan 11, 2005
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    Paul Rubin Guest

    Contact Acer if you have the purchase invoice with the serial number.
    Paul Rubin, Jan 11, 2005
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