re:computer locked/hdd locked

By rnj44 ·
can someone assist me i have a gateway m520 notebook an i entered a bios password on it an forgot it an i remove the battery an nothing works

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Remove the other battery

by TechBro In reply to re:computer locked/hdd lo ...

There is usually a small watch-type battery on the motherboard. You need to find and remove that one. Keep in mind that you will lose all of your bios settings. If your daya is valuable, you might want to pull the drive, put it in an external case, and copy the contents to another computer, just in case. Better safe than sorry.

Whatever you do, do not let the computer sucker you into reformatting the drive.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Remove the other battery

Not all computers store the password where pulling the battery(s) clears it (IBM/Lenovo series comes to mind).

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TR members do not assist with password recovery.

by cmiller5400 In reply to re:computer locked/hdd lo ...

TR members do not assist with password recovery.

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