Error accessing BIOS setup on Acer Travelmate 3280

Hey guys,

I am trying to fix up a friend's Acer Travelmate 3280 laptop. The laptop comes with a Phoenix BIOS v1.28. Two days ago, I went into BIOS setup to disable the splash screen. However, after that, while the Acer splash screen no longer shows (it shows instead the memory tests and hard disk autodetection), I am also not able to access the BIOS setup using the F2 key. The F2 key simply brings up a corrupted password prompt, and the system stops responding to any key input after that.

Does anybody know how I can reset the BIOS back to factory settings or if this is indeed a hopeless case?

Thanks very much for your help guys! Much appreciated.
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  1. Try resetting the BIOS by removing the CMOS battery?
  2. r_manic said:
    Try resetting the BIOS by removing the CMOS battery?

    I tried to dismantle the laptop but did not get very far as I did not want to risk damaging any part of it... is the CMOS battery easily locatable (i.e. maybe right underneath the keyboard)?

    Thanks for your help!
  3. check he has service manuals downloads might have the one for your laptop , removing cmos battery doesnt work in most cases look for jumper location and follow the instructions
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