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By jdbwar07 ·
Hello,
I have a major problem, if you could please help me I would be eternally grateful.

I have a one-year old Acer laptop that has what's called a supervisor password. I assume it's referring to the BIOS. I set this password myself a long time ago to protect my laptop computer's settings. The problem is now that I need to reinstall Windows I can't remember it. Is there any way to remove or reset the current password? I've looked on different forums, and most of the advice centers on removing a battery or otherwise opening up the laptop. Since I do not have any experience in repairing computers or taking apart laptops, is there some software method to do this?

The laptop is an Acer Travelmate 3204xmi (part of the 3200 series). It uses a Phoenix-type BIOS. It's fairly new, I got it from new egg last July.
Thanks in advance,
John Bowman

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Only option....

by NI70 In reply to Laptop BIOS password

bring it to your local IT shop, since you don't have any experience with taking computers apart, especially laptops. Don't believe there's a software method, but then again I haven't researched it, I mean googled it:)

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Hope there's another way.

by jdbwar07 In reply to Laptop BIOS password

Unfortunately if you're right, I'll be going to the repair place. The reason I didn't sound like that was an option was because I called Acer's technical support and they wanted like $400 to send it in. Apparently since I bought it last July it's out of warranty. I mistakenly thought the warranty lasted a year, but it only lasted 90 days.

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You should be able to have this done cheap.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Hope there's another way.

Try a mom-and-pop shop. They should be able to do this in less than 15 minutes. You're probably looking at the minimum service charge, usually between $75 and $100.

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Laptop BIOS password

by Espionage In reply to Laptop BIOS password

hi, a don't know exactly, but there is another way to enter you BIOS features, every BIOS has it special standart password to enter it, which is differ from the password you set. For example AMI has the password AMI(as far as i remember). i don't know exactly the password to the Phoenix-type BIOS, but you can find it in Internet.

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BIOS password

by jdbwar07 In reply to Laptop BIOS password

Hello,

I appreciate the reply, but unfortunately I don't think that in particular will work. I tried the default ones listed, there were a few on the web like PHOENIX, phoenix, CMOS, BIOS. None worked. Apparently Phoenix really worked to make their BIOS secure, including removing default passwords. Normally that would probably be a good thing, for security, except for unfortunate problems like this of course.

I have heard in other forums that there are programs for somehow hacking into the BIOS. It sounds like normally these could be used for shady purposes, however since I can't afford to send it in to acer I'm willing to try anything.

I tried some other types of programs like cmospwd and killcmos (cmospwd didn't work and killcmos doesn't seem to work in XP). However, if anyone knows of any actual "cracking" programs I'd like to try it. If you don't want to post it here, my email is jdbwar07@yahoo.com .

Thanks for your help,
John Bowman

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OK I'm confused

by jdmercha In reply to Laptop BIOS password

Correct me if I'm wrong but....

I'm aware of two kinds of BIOS passwords. One requires you to enter the password every time you turn the machine on. If that is the password you set then it's not likely that you would forget it. Unless you haven't turned on the computer in a year.

The second type of password I'm aware of is used to enter the BIOS setup. You can stil use the cmoputer without knowing the password, you just can't make any changes to the BIOS. So if this is the password you have set, you should not need it to reinstall Windows.

There is also another password I've seen that is embeded in the hard drive circuitry. This will prevent the hard drive from working with any other laptop. And in some models the computer will not run with any other hard drive. If this is the password you need then you are SOL and sending it back to Acer is your only option. (Or through it out and buy a new one.)

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BIOS Setup password

by jdbwar07 In reply to OK I'm confused

It's the one you use to enter the BIOS setup. I could still use the computer, but not reinstall Win XP ever or anything like that. However, I just solved the problem! Thanks for your concern though, I appreciate it.

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Good News!

by jdbwar07 In reply to Laptop BIOS password

Thanks to everyone who took the time to post here, however I have good news. I managed to solve the problem. Since I still could use the computer I used this program made by Phoenix called WinPhlash. It's used to update the BIOS. I had already tried to re-flash it using the same BIOS. Did it a couple times, but that didn't work. Then I looked into the advanced settings and checked an option "clear the cmos checksum." That did work! Now I have a nice reset BIOS menu with no password. Thanks again for posting here, I appreciate the help.

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IBM ThinkPad Password Remover EEPROM or BIOS

by spyerPWD In reply to Laptop BIOS password

Here goes some information: www.passwordmethod.com

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Problems with winflash

by fireinthesky In reply to IBM ThinkPad Password Rem ...

Hello, I have the same problem, but one that I`m ot able to solve as easy as described. Whatever version of winflash I install, it keeps saying it needs bios.wph, which I don`t have, but when I search for alternate file as described here:http://www.acersupport.com/notebook/articles/tm650_winphlash.html, I still can`t find it. I would be very grateful if someone could help me, either to tell me where can I find it or install it from, or some third option? Thanks in advance.

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