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How to reset a Bios password for a Gateway Laptop

edited Oct 2011 in Technology
I have a Gateway model 600YG2 laptop. Recently I attempted to remove the power-on password. I entered no password (pressing enter) on the bios password update screens (assumming this would remove the password). This did not work as I can no longer boot my laptop, and the old power-on password does not work and neither does entering no password (pressing enter). Is there a power-on password which still work (when I attempted to clear the power-on password)? How can I update the bios to remove (or change) the power-on password?

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  • LeonardoLeonardo Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Nov 2006
    I have the same laptop (be careful, the internals are NOT high quality) and had the same boot block problem. I only solved by trying different variations of what I thought was the password until I stumbled onto the correct one. I wish I had a definitive answer for you.
  • csimoncsimon Acadiana Icrontian
    edited Nov 2006
    hmmm ...removing the battery won't reset that?
  • LeonardoLeonardo Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Nov 2006
    removing the battery won't reset that?
    Not if it's a boot block in the BIOS chip.
  • edited Jun 2007
    Henry said:
    I have a Gateway model 600YG2 laptop. Recently I attempted to remove the power-on password. I entered no password (pressing enter) on the bios password update screens (assumming this would remove the password). This did not work as I can no longer boot my laptop, and the old power-on password does not work and neither does entering no password (pressing enter). Is there a power-on password which still work (when I attempted to clear the power-on password)? How can I update the bios to remove (or change) the power-on password?
    Henry, were you able to solve the problem?
  • QCHQCH Chicago Area - USA Icrontian
    edited Jun 2007
    If you can get inside and see if there is a CMOS battery, you can remove that and then removing the battery, unplugging it from all external sources, and letting it sit for a while, then press all the buttons, keys, and such to bleed all remaining charge.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Jun 2007
    Most OEM computers today save BIOS passwords to EEPROM.
  • edited Oct 2011
    QCH said:
    If you can get inside and see if there is a CMOS battery, you can remove that and then removing the battery, unplugging it from all external sources, and letting it sit for a while, then press all the buttons, keys, and such to bleed all remaining charge.
    I try that on my laptop and it did not work. The batter that was found attached to the motherboard was sadder to the motherboard. I was able to cut the battery from its attached position and reboot the laptop and press all the keys then power down the laptop and re-sadder the battery connection to the motherboard then power back on the laptop but still it did not work to allow me access to the BIOS of the laptop.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    edited Oct 2011
    Gonna go ahead and guess that whatever you found was not the BIOS battery, as that would not be soldered to the mobo.
  • It needs an specialist to do that.. I had customers with the same problem... You have to remove the battery inside the motherboard of the laptop.. But the person who has experiences in laptops should open it... once's you locate the cmos battery remove it and put an electric wire to discharge... or connect the positive charge to the negative charge to clear the data.. if you need more info email me at nayler7@yahoo.com
  • Tried it so many times... the cmos battery should be removed and discharge it...
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    I'm going to disagree on multiple points. Most CMOS batteries are end-user removable, if you are willing to unscrew a few screws and read a manual. You should definitely not discharge the CMOS battery, as you will have issues starting up the computer without a working one. Just unplug the power cord and battery, remove the CMOS battery, discharge the laptop by hitting the power button and wait 30 seconds just to clear any other internal power to CMOS and finally reverse what you did and try it again.

    dous: you need to provide a model number of your laptop if you want to get help, as we can direct you to instructions for removing the CMOS etc.
  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian
    Also, 5 year old thread. I doubt they still need an answer to this question.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    Necro award?
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