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System board top connectors
Power board connector
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System board bottom connectors
Battery connectorCPU socket
SPDIF audio jack
MXM (video card) connector
Hard drive connector Memory card reader Hard drive
connector DDR2 connector
PCI-E mini card connector
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Clearing password check and BIOS recovery
This section provides you with the standard operating procedures of clearing password and BIOS
recovery for Travelmate 7730/7730G. The system board has one Hardware Open Gap for clearing
the password check, and one Hotkey for enabling BIOS recovery.
Clearing the password check
Hardware Open Gap Description:
Locating the hardware gap on the system board
Gap name in Travelmate 7730/7730G is G71
Steps for Clearing BIOS Password Check
If users set the BIOS password (Supervisor password and/or User password) for a security reason,
BIOS will ask the password during system POST or when the system enters the BIOS Setup Utility.
To bypass the password check, users need to short the hardware gap to clear the password.
To clear the BIOS password:
1Disconnect the power adapter and remove the battery from the notebook.
2Turn off the notebook and remove hard disk drive.
For more information, see “Replacing the primary hard drive” on page 64 and
“Replacing the secondary hard drive” on page 73.
3Open the cover of the machine.
4Locate the hardware gap.
Richard: Need to shoot new pic once we know where the gap is.>
5Use the blade of a flat screwdriver to short the two points of the gap.
Hardware Default Setting Operation Description
Gap Open (Normal) Short (Clearing Password Check)
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6Plug in the power adapter while keeping the screwdriver on the gap, and press the
power button to turn on the notebook.
7After the BIOS POST has finished, remove the tool from the gap.
8Restart the notebook. Press the F2 key to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
If are not prompted for a password, then the BIOS passwords have been cleared.
If you are prompted for a password, repeat the procedure.
Note: This procedure only clears the BIOS password (Supervisor password
and User password). It does not clear a hard drive password.
9Reassemble the notebook.
BIOS Recovery by Crisis Diskette
BIOS Recovery Boot Block
BIOS Recovery Boot Block is a special block of BIOS. It is used to boot up the notebook with
minimum BIOS initialization. Users can enable this feature to restore the BIOS firmware to a
successful one once the previous BIOS flashing process failed.
BIOS Recovery Hotkey
The notebook provides a function hotkey: Fn+Esc, to enable BIOS Recovery process when
notebook is powered on during BIOS POST. If this function is enabled, the notebook forces the
BIOS to enter a special BIOS block, called Boot Block.
Important: To use this function, it is strongly recommended that you have
the AC adapter plugged in and a charged battery in the battery bay.
Creating a Crisis Diskette
Before completing this procedure you should prepare a Crisis Diskette. The Crisis Diskette could
be made by executing the Crisis Disk program in another notebook
notebook or does it need to be an Acer notebook? Does it need to have a similar BIOS?> with
Windows XP OS.
BIOS Recovery using a Crisis Diskette
To complete a BIOS Recovery using a Crisis Diskette:
1Turn off the notebook.
2Connect a USB diskette drive to the notebook, then insert the Crisis Diskette into
3With the notebook turned off, press and hold Fn+Esc, then press the power button.
The notebook should start with Crisis BIOS Recovery process running.
BIOS Boot Block restores the BIOS code from the Crisis Diskette to the BIOS ROM on
4The notebook automatically restarts after the Crisis flashing process is finished.
The notebook should have a working BIOS. At this point, a user can update the
BIOS to the latest version using the regular BIOS flashing process.
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