Enable USB - Acer notebook

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Have an Acer Extensa 503T Notebook. Usb does not show in device drivers. I think I need to get to Setup on booting to find USB and enable so Windows can then load the necessary drivers. Tried F2, F1, Ecs, Del etc on cold boot but cannot seem to get to Setup. No manual to find answer. Not my computer - trying to help a friend - so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Yes, there is a USB port.
Thanks, Ken
 
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Here are some more options, not exactly sure what an acer uses

Entering CMOS For Different Motherboards
Press Tab during boot=Emachine
Press del during boot= (AMI, Award).
Press Esc during boot= Toshiba.
Press F1 during boot= (Toshiba; Phoenix; Late model PS/1 Value Point and 330s).
Press F2 during boot = (NEC).
Press F10 when square in top RH corner of screen= (Compaq).
Press Ins during boot=IBM PS/2 with reference partition.
Shift Ctrl Alt + Num Pad del= - Olivetti PC Pro.
Ctrl Alt ? =some PS/2s, such as 75 and 90.
Ctrl-Esc = Misc Puters
Ctrl Ins= some PS/2s when pointer at top right of screen.
Press reset twice= some Dells.
Ctrl Alt Enter= Dell.
Ctrl Alt Esc=AST Advantage, Award, Tandon.
Ctrl Alt + =Misc Puters
Ctrl Alt S= Phoenix.
Ctrl Alt Ins= (Zenith, Phoenix)
Ctrl S =(Phoenix).
Ctrl Shift Esc= Tandon 386
 
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Press F2 when the logo is displayed

http://www.acersupport.com/library/e500man/500olm.htm

The BIOS Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's BIOS (Basic Input/Ouput System). Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run Setup. Please also refer to Troubleshooting when a problem arises.

To activate the BIOS Utility, press F2 during POST (while the Extensa logo is being displayed).
 

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Thanks, Brian
F2 still will not open the bios utility - as done per your note.
Downloaded and installed Notebook Utility.
When trying to open - asks for a password. Bios must have had one from previous user. Notebook bought second hand.
Is there a way to find the password, ie in registry? - or change it
I know that I can change the password or change to no password if I can get into this utility - which opens up the options I need through a windows program. I would have thought the F2 on boot up would have brought up the password screen. However, if I can get to it through the notebook utility, with some password advice, I may be able to get the job done -- enable the USB, which is disabled by default on original setup. Thanks in advance for further advise.
Ken
 
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Only way I know of to clear it would be to pull the cmos battery out and reset the cmos to defaults, easier said than done on a laptop I have heard.

May be worth your time to send an email, generally the manufacturers have a master password
 
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