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Acer Travelmate 8473T - How to Clear BIOS?

I recently bought this laptop off a student. It was originally Windows 7 but her school had upgraded it to Windows 8.1

I want to return it to Windows 7 but the bios is locked so I cannot get in to edit the boot order.

I've tried numerous options to remove the lock but just can't get anything to work.

Can anyone possibly help?

Thank you,

Best Answer

  • HoffyHoffy Posts: 3
    Accepted Answer

    Thanks for the reply.

     

    When I tried to get into the Bios. it would ask for a password.

    I had previously tried to reset the password by shorting the C2201 jumper but could not get it to work.

    I tried a new approach to that method today and had success so the problem is now solved.

     

    Kind regards,

    Hoffy.

FAQ & Answers

  • brummyfan2brummyfan2 Posts: 12,436ACE Trailblazer

    Hi,

    How are  you trying to access BIOS? Are you pressing F2 button as soon as you press Power button? Does it ask for any Password?

    Please don't click "Like" but click "Yes" for "Did this answer the question", if I resolve the problem.
  • HoffyHoffy Posts: 3Member
    Accepted Answer

    Thanks for the reply.

     

    When I tried to get into the Bios. it would ask for a password.

    I had previously tried to reset the password by shorting the C2201 jumper but could not get it to work.

    I tried a new approach to that method today and had success so the problem is now solved.

     

    Kind regards,

    Hoffy.

  • mperez5mperez5 Posts: 5Member

    What was the method that you succeeded with? I have tried everything I could find to get the bios password removed from the laptop that I bought nothing has worked. So if you don't mind sharing what ever you did to get rid of it, it would be very much appreciated.

     

  • HoffyHoffy Posts: 3Member

    I tried every recommendation I could find but with no success.

     

    The answer does actually lie with shorting the C2201 jumper pads. Most reviews I found were for a different laptop saying they were under the Wireless card.

     

    The problem with this laptop was they were under the RAM and to short them, you needed to remove the RAM. Problem then is, the system will not POST.

     

    My resolution was to solder the two pads, then reinstall the RAM. Follow the procedure recommended.

    When you do this, the system will seem to be in a POST loop. It will atempt to POST, then restart. After this had happened a few times, I turned the system off, removed the solder jumper and, voila!

     

    Regards,

    Hoffy.

  • RupinderSinghRupinderSingh Posts: 1Member

    i watch more than 40 videos ever. on acer official website bios 1.01 version is not availiable on video which i watch on youtube he download version 1.01. What i do??????

  • Amdad1997Amdad1997 Posts: 1Member New User
    I want to know how to unlock bios lock in my laptop Acer travelmate P243
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