okay, touchy subject -- passwords again

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Alex Ethridge

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This is not a question about cracking a password. I'm just trying to identify what kind of password it is. This is an Acer K-series laptop. The hard disk has been removed and so has the motherboard battery. It's been out for weeks.

What I get on boot is a totally black screen that has in its center, simply this: "enter password:" (without quotes).

I see no jumper for clearing the BIOS and since the button cell has been out for weeks, I'm wondering if this is one of those motherboard passwords that bricks a system.

Again, this is not a question about cracking a password; it is a question about simply identifying what kind of password it is.

Also, does anyone know where I can find a main board manual?
 

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It's a BIOS password.

Acer doesn't provide motherboard manuals, nor can the password be easily cleared on most laptop by using the Clear CMOS jumper/pins. Acer may be able to help you but only with paid support I believe.
 

Alex Ethridge

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Well, I made a dumb mistake; it Asus, not Acer. Does that make a difference. Does Asus allow for those motherboard-bricking passwords?
 

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Bricked, locked, it doesn't make much difference as the cost of unlocking usually rivals the cost of a new main board.

What do you know about Asus? Do they use motherboard-locking passwords?

I can't find anything on the web about clearing the CMOS so I'm wondering if this is one of those motherboard-locking passwords.
 
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