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A client brought in a Sony vaio pcg fxa47 with a forgotten password. I am interested if anyone knows where the CMOS jumer is on the mobo. I have looked in the manual and contacted Sony, but both are worthless.

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by:natcom
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on that particular laptop model it is probably best to use software to recover the password you might want to try the administrator account without a password if we are talking about a user account.

there are many software solutions out there to recover a lost password
some are free solutions use google.com you should be able to find the answer to your question there
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by:jeepstyx22
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If you cannot find the jumper on the board, you can disconnect power, and battery and try removing the CMOS battery.  Leave it out for a minute, and then put it all back together.  As long as the laptops power sources are removed, it should clear the BIOS settings.
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jamietoner earned 500 total points
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Here comes the bad news. That laptop uses a security chip, there is no jumper or software that will reset the password and removing the cmos battery will not remove the password. YOu would have to send in into a sony repair facility or to a place like this one http://www.pwcrack.com/security_chips_sony.shtml to get the security chip replaced.
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by:bgbeer
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I have to agree w/ jamietoner, the only 2 ways to do this is to solder two wires to the motherboard(I will not post the link because it will most likely cause damage to the motherboard) or send the computer back to sony and pay 65.00 dollars to have the reset it.
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by:Klasno
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I checked Sony's prices. It's a little more than $65. They charge a $99 bench fee, and $280 to perform any work, apparently. I've yet to open the system up (waiting on the client to get back to me).
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by:SimonGodot
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Is this a New Client???  You may have a hot laptop...
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by:Klasno
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No. The apparent circumstances are that the previous owner was a family member of the client, and passed away, taking the BIOS password with him.
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by:bgbeer
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give the points to jamietoner
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