My revitalised laptop now asks for password to enter the BIOS...

  Aitchbee 18:34 PM 26 Dec 11
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It's a Packard Bell Easynote L4. It had a fault hard drive - but I could access the Bios by hitting F2 key.

After a successful hard drive upgrade, I now get asked to enter a password, if I want to get into the Bios configuration page.

I have downloaded a Bios upgrade from the PB website ( along with drivers), and wonder if, by updating the bios, which is now on a bootable CD, this might resolve (reset) the Bios problem.

Is it worth the risk, as the laptop is booting into XP and is working well?

  Aitchbee 18:52 PM 26 Dec 11

...I forgot to add that I tried replacing the original faulty hard drive into the laptop to see if the Bios page was still accessible - no joy.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:52 PM 26 Dec 11

unplug from mains

remove battery

remove Cmos battery for 10 mins

replace all and retry.

  Aitchbee 19:59 PM 26 Dec 11

Fruit Bat - how do I remove CMOS battery?

I will try what you suggest regarding the laptop battery which I think is also past it's working life.

  rdave13 20:10 PM 26 Dec 11

This might help but you need to look for the battery. Be careful, link, and make sure it is the same netbook type before starting.

  rdave13 20:11 PM 26 Dec 11

Should have added to click on the PDF link.

  lotvic 20:14 PM 26 Dec 11

Usual way to clear password is to remove the CMOS battery for a few minutes, though don't know if that is an easy job with a laptop. There are other ways to try, do a google for: manufacturer backdoor bios password

Be careful, I believe some bios's will lock you out of the system completely if you type in an incorrect password more than 3 times. That's why taking out CMOS battery is safest way.

  rdave13 20:14 PM 26 Dec 11

I'll see if the link will work now, link

If not and it goes to the other thread, click on the link in the second post and when that opens then click on the PDF link.

  rdave13 20:15 PM 26 Dec 11

Last link worked OK.

  rdave13 20:22 PM 26 Dec 11

PS again, if you had someone else to replace the hard drive then I'd ask them for the password first, if they set one.

  Aitchbee 20:35 PM 26 Dec 11

Thanks for responses.

Fruit Bat - I removed main battery for over 15 mins, and then re-inserted.

There was a high-pitched sound which stopped when I pressed on the power button. I still get the password prompt, but everything loads as normal...it boots up XP when I hit the 'ESC' key as suggested at the Bios entry password stage.

Lotvic - opening up the laptop is not on my todo list. :o) but I will follow up your suggestions.

rdave13 - will check out your link tomoro.

Off to watch university challenge now. Thanks.

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