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johnathon22
Occasional Visitor

Bios Password locked

Hi All. Hoping someone might be able to help me out here. Three months ago I brought a Armada E500 and everything was fine. Works like a dream. My problem now is, I have tried to get into the bios, but cant. After I press f10, I get a screen coming up saying "set password" it also has a key beside it. I presume that means that a password has already been set for the bios :~( I have tried emailing the seller on Ebay, but i cant get an answer from him, so now im stuck with a laptop that has its bios locked on me.
Can someone please tell me what my options are please. Do I have to remove the RTC battery (if so were do I find it under that cover or is there some software I can run on a floppy . Thanks guys, I know someone in here will be able to help me..... ( I hope)
Cheers all
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Matt Hobbs
Honored Contributor

Re: Bios Password locked

Hi Johnathon,

I found this from the maintainence and service guide chapter 2:

2.2 Clearing Passwords
1. Turn off the computer.
2. Disconnect the AC Adapter.
3. Remove all battery packs.
4. Remove the switch cover (refer to Chapter 5, Section 5.8).
5. Disconnect the Real Time Clock (RTC) battery (Section 5.9).
6. Wait five minutes.
7. Reconnect the RTC battery.
8. Replace the switch cover.
9. Reconnect the AC Adapter. Do not reinstall any battery packs yet.
10. Turn on the computer.
NOTE: Remember to set the date and time the next time the computer is
turned on.

For the rest of the service guide manuals, search for e500 on the hp site, and then click on manuals.

johnathon22
Occasional Visitor

Re: Bios Password locked

Thanks so much for that Matt, Hopefully that might work. Im off to work now but Ill give it ago when i get home tomorrow.
Ill let you know how I go.
Thanks again buddy
Cheers
johnathon22
Occasional Visitor

Re: Bios Password locked

Matt.
Would you have a link for the page with the manual.
I cant seem to find it.
Thx again
Cheers
Matt Hobbs
Honored Contributor

Re: Bios Password locked

Try this - http://lnk.in/3h53

Don't forget to assign points to posts that have helped you.
goodluck
Occasional Visitor

Re: Bios Password locked

Matt Hobbs reply is the best and only way to solve your problem follow those points and work like a dream again.