Clearing Password Check and BIOS Recovery

This section provides the standard operating procedures for clearing the password and BIOS recovery for the system. There is one Hardware Open Gap on the main board for clearing the password check and one Hotkey for enabling BIOS Recovery.

Clearing Password Check Hardware Open Gap Description

Hardware

Default Setting

Operation Description

Gap

Open (Normal)

Short (Clearing Password Check)

Hardware Gap Position on the Main Board

Gap name in Aspire 5738DG/5738DZG Series and Aspire 5738G/5738ZG/5738Z/5738/5338 Series is G78.

Aspire 5542g
Gap name in Aspire 5542G/5542/5242 and Aspire 5536/5536G/5236 Series is G106.
Acer 5536 Bios
G106

Steps for Clearing BIOS Password Check

If the user sets the BIOS Password (Supervisor Password and/or User Password) for a security reason, the BIOS will ask for the password during system POST or when the system enters into the BIOS Setup menu. If it is necessary to bypass the password check, the user needs to short the hardware gap to clear the password by following these steps:

  • Power off the system, and remove the HDD, AC adapter and battery from the computer.
  • Open the back cover of the computer and look for the hardware gap on the main board as shown in the picture(s) above.
  • Use an electric conductivity tool to short the two points of the hardware gap.
  • Plug in the AC adapter while retaining the short condition on the hardware gap. Press the power button to turn on the computer until the BIOS POST routine is finished. Finally, remove the tool from the hardware gap.
  • Restart the system. Press the F2 key to enter BIOS Setup menu.
  • If there is no password request, the BIOS Password is cleared. Otherwise, repeat the steps above and try again.

NOTE: The steps are only for clearing the BIOS password (Supervisor Password and User Password).

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