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Hey Ginsa! Welcome to OCN. I told you that you could find some helpful information here. Did you get your issue sorted out? Who gave you the VAIO? Youy ladies mom? Keep us updated, I am sure someone here has a fix for ya:thumb:
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I think you should tell your friend to at least come back to thank us for the effort.
I'm a little mad at him for posting and then disappearing! tongue.gif
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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?


Nope, unfortunately original owner doesn't have any proof frown.gif
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado;14443967 
I think you should tell your friend to at least come back to thank us for the effort.
I'm a little mad at him for posting and then disappearing! tongue.gif

Sorry about that, Like I said, total newbie on here, still trying to figure out how to subscribe to this thread, also been at work, no down time frown.gif
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Originally Posted by mdbsat;14443892 
Hey Ginsa! Welcome to OCN. I told you that you could find some helpful information here. Did you get your issue sorted out? Who gave you the VAIO? Youy ladies mom? Keep us updated, I am sure someone here has a fix for ya:thumb:

Nope, got it from another friend, still working on the issue.. trying some fixes ppl have suggested on here, hopefully I'll get it up and running soon!
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado;14423863 
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.

I tried this one but I d/l'ed it onto my desktop, when I attempt to make the boot cd it can't find the windows boot files, I am going to keep messing with it and I will let you know if i get it working... (fingers crossed)
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Originally Posted by Jim McNasty;14424345 
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.

I actually tried this, 1st ever time pulling apart a laptop (nervous!) but I found the CMOS battery, disconnected it for quite a while nothing else was plugged in either, put it all back together, tried to enter BIOS and still asks for PW... GRRRRRR!
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian;14424405 
How were you able to change the boot to CD instead of HDD then...

If I hit escape when I boot it gives me boot options, either HDD or CDROM. Alas no USB option is avail under factory BIOS settings, you have to get in there and select it in the BIOS for it to appear in the boot options, which I can't since it is PW protected frown.gif
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Originally Posted by EduFurtado;14429597 
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

Sorry about my absence, still learning the ins and outs of etiquette in a thread... Gonna try your suggestion about disconnecting the HDD
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Sorry about my absence from the thread, didn't successfully subscribe as I am still a newbie and an idiot, but hopefully a teachable one...
Status Update:

Things I have tried:
-Unplugging CMOS batt, still asks for PW
-Putting in Ubuntu CD and booting from CDROM, gives me some options but no re-install option and I am completely lost in Ubuntu
-Putting in Win7 CD, nothing happens, black screen
-Downloaded ULTIMATE BOOT CD, trying to figure it out but apparently I am missing some crucial windows boot files... going to mess with this one tomorrow cause it is late and I am tired

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions!
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