The other day I recieved an Acer 5517 aspire that had a damaged drive and the user needed the files from it. Normally I would just use a Hiren boot cd to get into an Operating System Enviroment or use the dos tools to go move the datat to another drive. The problem was the BIOS had been locked with a password and the boot menu on an Acer 5517 is disabled in the bios by default so booting from a cd wasnt an option. I searched the net for answers with not alot of luck other then companies that claim they will unlock it for you for a price. I eventually found a spec sheet and after a quick look found the fastest an easiest solution to clear the CMOS password. these are the steps in case someone else ever runs into the same problem. This might work on other models also but this writting is specifically for the Acer Aspire 5517 and do it at yer own risk.
- First remove the battery then unscrew and open up the hatch where the memory is
- Carefully pull out the memory sticks.
- Now there should be 2 solder pads NOTE: there is a sticker it wasnt covering them on mine but it may be on yours if so peel of the sticker .
- Take anything metal like a paper clip or what not I just used a metal flat head screwdriver and simply touch both pads at the same time.
- While still touching both pads completing the circuit use the AC adaptor and turn the computer on wait a couple seconds and turn it back off
- Now remove the screwdriver replace the ram and battery pack turn the computer on press F2 and voila your into the BIOS again.
Hope ya found this useful as I couldnt find much on google to help me when I had the problem so I thought I’d share it.
EDIT: Ive edited the photo another user posted and adding it under this edit, Hope this helps