This section provide you the standard operating procedures of clearing password and BIOS recovery for Aspire 5515. Aspire 5515 provides one Hardware Open Gap on main board for clearing password check, and one Hotkey for enabling BIOS Recovery.
Clearing Password Check Hardware Open Gap Description
Clear CMOS Jumper
Steps for Clearing BIOS Password Check
If users set BIOS Password (Supervisor Password and/or User Password) for a security reason, BIOS will ask the password during systems POST or when systems enter to BIOS Setup menu. However, once it is necessary to bypass the password check, users need to short the HW Gap to clear the password by the following steps:
NOTE: The steps are only for clearing BIOS Password (Supervisor Password and User Password).
BIOS Recovery Boot Block:
BIOS Recovery Boot Block is a special block of BIOS. It is used to boot up the system 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 system provides a function hotkey: Fn+Esc, for enable BIOS Recovery process when system is powered on during BIOS POST. To use this function, it is strongly recommended to have the AC adapter and Battery present. If this function is enabled, the system will force the BIOS to enter a special BIOS block, called Boot Block.
Steps for BIOS Recovery from USB Storage:
When CRISIS is complete, the system auto restarts with a workable BIOS.
5. Update the latest version BIOS for this machine by regular BIOS flashing process.
Steps for BIOS Recovery by Crisis Disk:
Before doing this, a Crisis Diskette should be prepared ready in hand. The Crisis Diskette could be made by executing the Crisis Disk program in another system with Windows XP OS.
6. Select Quick Format Disk and click Start. A progress screen displays.
BIOS Boot Block begins restoring the BIOS code from the Crisis floppy disk to BIOS ROM on the failed systems.
When the Crisis flash process is finished, the system restarts with a workable BIOS. Update to the latest version BIOS for the system using the regular BIOS flashing process.
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