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Hi Everyone,
First ever post on here, I am a newbie and I am having issues with a SONY VAIO VGN-NR260E Laptop (model number on underside is PCG-7113L)
This computer was given to me after is crashed on the orig owner, I was able to use the factory restore setting to bring it back to Vista (bleh) and then it crashed out again, this time the restore option did not work so I installed Ubuntu from cd because for some reason it wouldn't install win7 form cd. The computer wasn't recognizing the touchpad so I searched some ubuntu forums and got instructions on how to fix that. bad move. now when ubuntu loads the screen goes black and there is no way to get out of it without a reset. I would like to get into the BIOS to tell it to boot from USB (to try windows again)because when I boot from my ubuntu CD there doesn't seem to be an option for re-install. grrr. the BIOS is locked with a factory password and Sony won't help me without my ability to prove that I am the owner of this laptop. the mother board is labeled Hannstar J MV-6 but from research Hannstar seems to be a re-brander so I have no info on the orig manufacturer. Does ANYONE know the factory BIOS password to this pile of crap? Or any suggestions about how to fix ubuntu? (I am brand new to linux and really just want win7 on this thing) I really would like to have a laptop for the fall semster. HELP ME INTER-WEBS!!!!!
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There are many bootable programs that can crack BIOS passwords.

You can download ULTIMATE BOOT CD, for example. It's a collection of programs, some of them are meant to break BIOS passwords.

After you burn the CD with it and boot from it, it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to get any BIOS password erased with one or more than one of the programs in there.

Hope it helps.
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HELP ME INTER-WEBS!!!!!
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I'd be weary helping people fix issues like this. Can the original owner not provide proof of purchase to Sony?
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Originally Posted by Willhemmens;14423929 
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I'd be weary helping people fix issues like this. Can the original owner not provide proof of purchase to Sony?

Meh, might be a bureaucracy problem, and I hate bureaucracy.

I don't keep all of my fiscal notes, why should I? I wanna buy stuff, not buy stuff that comes with a 400 pages contract and lots of documents. tongue.gif
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My solution would be to remove all the access panels at the back and look for the cmos battery. Depending on the model number of course, sometimes its easy to get to or sometimes you might need to tear the whole thing apart to get it. Look behind all the access panels on the back and if you can, remove the keyboard to see if its there....if you still cant see it, you can either take it apart to get to it, beg Sony for help or do EduFurtado says.

If you can find the battery, you might not be able to remove it so be warned, if you can just remove it for 10 mins and make sure the laptop battery is out and the a/c power cord is removed, that'll reset it the bios password.
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Yeah...I've came across machines to fix where there was a bios password. A majority of the time the owner will not have any clue. I just pull out the battery which typically will be under the keyboard on a laptop. I have a wonder if some PC shops don't set a bios password on machines they sell just so people won't mess with them and cause them them to have to service it under warranty for free...even though the user is at fault.
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How were you able to change the boot to CD instead of HDD then...
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian;14424405 
How were you able to change the boot to CD instead of HDD then...

By default most BIOSes, if not all, it usually looks for 1.44 disk drives, CDs/DVDs then HDDs
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado;14424461 
By default most BIOSes, if not all, it usually looks for 1.44 disk drives, CDs/DVDs then HDDs

doh.gif I didn't think of that.

OP, you could disconnect everything except the USB drive...and then BIOS will eventually boot from there if no HDD/CD/etc is present, right?
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian;14429340 
doh.gif I didn't think of that.

OP, you could disconnect everything except the USB drive...and then BIOS will eventually boot from there if no HDD/CD/etc is present, right?

Not necessarily.

When you format a USB flash drive it may be detected as just another HDD, so he would have to go into the setup (bios) to change the main drive.

Some BIOSes detect those not as an HDD but as a pendrive, which is not the same as the removable dev.

Maybe if he disconnect his HDD and put the pendrive it will boot by the pendrive. Then shut down, reconnect HDD and reboot so the pendrive is the first drive.


Anyways... Where is OP on this thread? frown.gif
I hate when new members do that, I want everybody to stick to the forum and get 1000 posts within 2 months. LOL
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