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I decided the other day to reformat an old Averatec 2370 laptop for, well, no reason at all really. After wrestling with XPLite x64, I decided to just install the Media Center '05 that came with it. Everything went pretty smooth considering driver installations and such, but a couple of things bothered me.

1) First off, the BIOS has a password, and I forgot what I set it to way back in the day. Because of this, I have downloaded numerous BIOS Password crackers, none of which seem to work. Not only that, but I have tried every backdoor password there is. The BIOS is AMI, and, like I've said, I've had no luck with password crackers, resetters, and backdoor passwords. Any help concerning how I could reset the password would be much appreciated. Just out of curiosity, if I were to update the BIOS, would that reset the password? Oh, and the password is simply a BIOS password, not a driverlock, which I understand is as permanent as it gets.

2) the processor is a pretty low end TL-50 (1.6GHz Athlon X2). When I CPUZed the laptop, as well as when I go to system properties, It reads the speed as being half that much, 803 Mhz. The speed spikes to 1.6Ghz every now and then as the x4 multiplier jumps to x8. Is this simply a characteristic of ACPI processors or what?

All help appreciated, and I'll post more info if it is asked for...
    
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1) Clear the CMOS to get rid of the password. Even on laptops, there is a CMOS battery.
2) That's Cool N Quiet. You want your laptop processor to do that or you'll be wasting a lot of battery life.
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Where might I find the CMOS battery in such a laptop? I've taken off the only removable metal covering from the bottom, but didn't find the battery.

Is there some other way to reset the CMOS without removing the battery?

I really need some help with this, and thanks so far Duckieho...
    
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you are gonna have to open that puppy up and look for it
    
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ummmm, hammer?

i dont know any other way besides the batt...
post #6 of 10
ya battery, take it apart and look on the motherboard, should be there
    
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Could the battery be under the keyboard?

Nevermind, I see no way of lifting it up or off...
Edited by x7337H - 5/12/08 at 4:24pm
    
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post #8 of 10
It's probably under the keyboard--just google the specs of your notebook and you should come across some sort of keyboard-removal guide (it's a common procedure, so I'm sure someone's documented it). Generally the battery, if there is one (there should be...), is accessed from beneath the keyboard.
    
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http://www.tech-faq.com/reset-bios-password.shtml

Try using the backdoor password.
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post #10 of 10
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tried em...none worked...i've also tried !BIOS and CMOSPWD bios password recovery programs, but I never really understood how they worked...help?
    
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