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02-15-2013 06:06 PM - edited 02-16-2013 12:23 AM
Has anyone opened up a W510 yet?
The real question is:
Has anyone reset the BIOS password?
After installing the latest driver package, which seems to have a BIOS upgrade with it, it now requires a pw to get into BIOS.
After 2 frustrating hours on the telephone with Acer, they insist on charging me $99 to reset the BIOS pw.
I clearly told them that after receiving instructions from them to install the latest drivers to resolve lock up issues after closing the tablet/keyboard that it now wants a PW.
I never set a BIOS pw!
They say they hear me but insist the driver/BIOS upgrade did not set a pw.
I can almost agree with that but maybe, just maybe, some bit was flipped or a register was set in error during the BIOS upgrade.
I refuse to pay them for a warranty service item and will smash this thing before they get another penny from me.
Thank you Acer for the excellent customer service.
02-15-2013 06:16 PM - last edited on 02-15-2013 06:36 PM by ElizabethS
The sad thing is even above all that they requested a dam fee which to me is outrageous !! The dam W510 never came out in North America until mid Nov. And you are within your time frame of one year free of costs from tech support over the phone or online or anthing that needs fixing under the warrenty issued within 1 year of purchase!!
02-15-2013 06:44 PM - edited 02-16-2013 09:15 PM
Forget the BIOS pw reset.
Now the thing just goes from 'Preparing Automatic Repair" to "Diagnosing Your PC".
Back and forth it goes, and goes and goes....
02-16-2013 12:34 AM
After one more telephone call Acer did give me a prepaid FedEx shipping label for the return.
But again indicated that if the technician deems a pw was set they would call me to get authorization for $99 for the pw reset.
I promptly told them, again, that I will not pay for that service as I did NOT set a password. To which their reply was that they would send me the device back.
Please listen to me Acer; I installed your drivers/bios upgrade to remedy a problem with the device locking up after opening the display from the keyboard/dock.
I purchased this new and the box was unopened.
No one at the store messed with it, at least the best I can tell since the box was still sealed.
I installed your drivers via your Acer Explorer
After installed and a prompted restart, it wanted me to install the AC power supply
Then the BIOS upgrade began
Then the machine would not work any longer
Then I called you
Then I was denied service
Then I was here looking for assistance from other users
02-16-2013 10:39 AM - edited 02-16-2013 10:56 AM
Normally when this happens you would pull the main and CMOS battery and reset the BIOS but I do not see a CMOS battery (see disassembly picture in http://www.anandtech.com/show/6529/busting-the-x86
So if I were that desperate, I'd open the case (may be some hidden screws) and pull the battery connection at the top of the picture to see if that would reset the CMOS. I am sure that if you open the case like that it will void the warrenty though.
Looking at the picture it appears that the RAM is the Elpida SMD and the SSD is the 1.8" Sandisk both appear to be soldered in but I would really like to know what is supposed to go in the rectangular opening with four mounting holes near the top. Real GPS maybe ?
My first PC
and store a full system image offline
02-16-2013 11:29 AM
just return the darn thing. Or buy a new one and swap it out and get you money back swaping the returned one with the screwed up one
02-16-2013 11:46 AM
#2 is a bad idea. Other than the legal and moral implications, sellers usually record the serial number of the sold device. Mine is on my receipt.
My first PC
and store a full system image offline
02-16-2013 10:28 PM
In case anyone is reading the OP and fears that the lastest BIOS update will create an active BIOS password:
I decided to check and had no such security blocking me from entering the BIOS.
This is on a system that has been updated from the 1.03, 2.04, and latest 2.08 driver packages which included and applied their BIOS updates.
The OP has other issues wit is system and his security issue is unlikely to solely be attributed to a driver/BIOS update.
02-17-2013 12:25 AM
bad idea how? This is no different than swapping one out in an exchange at the store. Abeit it is only in a last ditch wffort if the store won't return. And fyi nobody needs moral jargon ummmmmaky
02-17-2013 08:38 AM
Or buy a new one and swap it out and get you money back swaping the returned one with the screwed up one
That is illegal.
You are suggesting one to switch items and thereby fraudulently fail to return a specific product that is expected by the seller and not the item falling under their terms and conditions of a sale.
As dishonest as you are attempting, this fraud of yours could be used to refresh for a new product whenever you wish for as long as that product remains for sale. Not cool.