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Old 12-18-2015, 12:21 PM   #1
mertsatic4u
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BIOS Password


I have a HP 2740p Elitebook. It has a preset BIOS Admin. password that neither I nor the company that sold it to me has. After all else failed, I removed the CMOS chip and reinserted. In case you are wondering, I removed all power sources before starting. After replacing the chip, I tried turning the computer on and nothing happens. No lights, no screen, no boot. Does anyone know what I need to do?
 
Old 12-18-2015, 12:26 PM   #2
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Did you bend a pin putting it back? Is it seated correctly? Can you return it to the seller as I would not accept a locked BIOS...
 
Old 12-18-2015, 12:41 PM   #3
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Can you return it to the seller as I would not accept a locked BIOS...
This is the answer.

There is no way beyond replacing the entire motherboard to clear a BIOS password on HP laptop unless:

1. You can get ahold of the ORIGINAL owner and have them contact HP.
2. The original owner had uploaded the BIOS password via HP Sparekey
3. The original owner has some proof of ownership in order to get the password from HP.

If ANY of those 3 conditions fail, you cannot remove the password, and so the only option is to buy and replace the motherboard, which is a PITA, or have a laptop repair shop replace the motherboard, which isn't cheap.
 
Old 12-18-2015, 02:05 PM   #4
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Return the laptop. Did you not test it before you bought it?
 
Old 12-18-2015, 02:13 PM   #5
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I purchased on Ebay. I will just return it. Thanks for the info.
 
Old 12-18-2015, 09:19 PM   #6
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I purchased on Ebay. I will just return it. Thanks for the info.
Hi...

If you have no further questions, if you would, please mark this thread as "SOLVED" by clicking on "Thread Tools" directly above your initial post. Thanks!

Regards...
 
Old 12-19-2015, 06:48 AM   #7
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Try taking the battery out for ten minutes or longer... usually removing the CMOS battery causes your BIOS to lose not only the date and time, but also any customizations you might have made to the BIOS configuration.
 
  


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