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I have a Acer travelmate 5720 and it'sask for a hdd password

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Sogle0529, Jun 26, 2019.

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  1. Sogle0529

    Sogle0529 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    I bought this thing used and everything I have tried from the f2 to alt and f10 it will not let me factory rest. What do I do
     
  2. lunarlander

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    Some hard drives have built in locks located on the hard drive. These are impossible to bypass. You have to ask the previous owner to give you the password.

    Is this a laptop - what brand and model please.
     
  3. Sogle0529

    Sogle0529 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    Acer travelmate 5720 laptop
     
  4. lunarlander

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    Ask the previous owner for the password.
     
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    Sogle0529 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    They don't know what it. That's why I am here now.
     
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    The Acer TravelMate 5720 laptop was introduced in late 2007 - early 2008 and supposedly came with Windows Vista Business 32-bit.
    You can confirm which Windows version originally came in yours by examining its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker.

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    As we at the forum cannot be certain of whether your laptop is stolen property or not, we have a policy of not helping with bypassing passwords. You will have to take it to a shop. At least that means you have the item and is not trying to pull a prank on the owner.
     
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    Sogle0529 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    Yeah I have already the person I bought it from and a shop. I understand the policy and thank you
     
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    You posted this in the "Windows XP" section, so I'm assuming whoever sold you that Acer TravelMate 5720 laptop said it has Windows XP in it.
    What is the exact Windows version on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker?

    According to that laptop's support site, it has full driver support for Windows XP and Windows Vista 32-bit, so it was designed to run those Windows operating systems.
    Windows XP went "extinct" in April 2014 and Windows Vista went "extinct" in April 2017, so you should consider buying a newer faster laptop which has Windows 7 or Windows 10.

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  10. Sogle0529

    Sogle0529 It's My Birthday! Thread Starter

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    It is xp
     
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    This isn't a fix, but it is an option considering XP isn't safe for internet usage and updating to Win 10 may not be practical considering the age of your laptop.

    Set up a Live version of Linux on a DVD or USB flash drive and ignore the hard drive since it's apparently locked.
    You won't be using Windows apps, but there are many Linux apps that will replace them.

    I'm currently booting Puppy Linux from a USB flash drive on a Lenovo desktop with the hard drive disconnected. ( I choose not to use Windows on the Internet ).
    I browse the Internet with Firefox and everything looks/acts the same as if I were using Firefox and Windows.

    http://puppylinux.com/download.html

    I use Xenialpup64.
    I've been using Puppy Linux for about 4 years with good results.

    It's a different culture and not necessarily for everyone.
    There is a learning curve, but Puppy is among the few that works well as downloaded, so that learning curve isn't difficult. IMO, easier than when I had to learn Win 98se.
     
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