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5.Peel off the black tape near the DIMM slot to expose the SW1 dip switch.
6.Locate the G41 pin.
7.Short the G41 pin to clear all system passwords.
8.Reinstall the memory modules and the lower case cover.
9.Turn on the computer and press F2 during bootup to access the Setup Utility.
10.Press F9 to load the system defaults.
11 .Press F10 to save the changes you made and close the Setup Utility.
To clear a lost HDD password:
It uses on dos environment. To decode HDD password error code for unlock hard disk.
1.Open the computer in a DOS environment.
2.Type the following command:
A\> unlock6 XXXXX 00
3.Press Enter to display the command options.
4.Select option 2 (upper case ASCII code), then press Enter.
5.Write down the generated master password.
6.Reboot the computer.
7.In the HDD password prompt, type the master password generated in step 4, then press Enter.
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The Boot menu screen allows users to set the drive sequence in which Setup attempts to boot the operating
system. By default, Setup searches for boot devices in the order shown in the screen below.
To set the boot drive sequence:
1.Press or to select a bootable device.
2.Press F6 to move the device up the list, or F5 to move it down the list.
3.Press F10 to save the changes you made and close the Setup Utility.
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The Exit menu displays the several options on how to quit from the Setup Utility. Select any of the exit options
then press Enter.
Exit Saving Changes Saves changes made and closes the Setup Utility.
Keyboard shortcut: F10·
Exit Discarding Changes Discards changes made and closes the Setup Utility.
Load Setup Defaults Loads the factory-default settings for all Setup fields.
Keyboard shortcut: F9
Discard Changes Discards all changes made to the Setup Utility and loads the previous
Save Changes Saves all changes made to the Setup Utility.
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BIOS Flash Utility
The BIOS flash memory update is required under the following conditions:
TWhen there are new versions of system programs
TWhen new hardware options are installed
TWhen the BIOS has been corrupted and you need to restore it
BIOS Flash Precautions
TIf you do not have a crisis recovery diskette at hand, create a Crisis Recovery Diskette in Windows XP
of Vista before you use the flash utility.
TDo not install memory-related drivers (XMS, EMS, DPMI) when you use the flash utility.
TPlace the computer in AC mode during the BIOS flash procedure. If the battery pack does not contain
enough power to finish the BIOS flash, you may not able to boot the system because the BIOS is not
To flash the BIOS:
1.Prepare a bootable diskette.
2.Copy the flash utilities to the bootable diskette.
3.Boot the system from the bootable diskette.
The flash utility will automatically be executed.
4.Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the flashing of the BIOS.
If a BIOS flash procedure fails to complete, perform a BIOS recovery procedure by using the Crisis Recovery
Diskette. During this procedure, the system will force the BIOS to enter a special BIOS block, called boot
block, to boot up the system with minimum BIOS initialization.
To perform BIOS recovery:
1.Make sure the power cord is connected to the computer.
1.Attached a USB floppy drive to the computer.
2.Insert the Crisis Recovery Diskette into the floppy drive.
3.Press and hold the Fn+Esc keys, then press the power button .
This initialize the BIOS recovery process. The boot block BIOS will start to restore the failed BIOS code.
Short beeps should be heard during this process. Once the process is completed, a long beep should be
4.Turn off the computer once the process is complete.
5.Turn on the computer again and flash the BIOS. Refer to the previous instructions.
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Launch Manager allows users to configure three of the easy-launch keys—Acer Empowering, Web browser,
To configure an easy-launch key:
1.Select Start | All Programs | Launch Manager.
2.Select which key to configure, then click the Add button opposite it.
3.You can set the key to open a particular file or program, or display a Web site address. Select the
corresponding radio button, then type or browse for your selection.
4.If you’ve entered a Web site address, key in a descriptive label for the new easy-launch key function.
6.Click OK to save the new settings.
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