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It depends on HOW the machine was "bricked" to determine IF it is possible to recover, and the approximate cost would be.
So, How did you manage to "brick" this machine? Was it dropped? Did you flash the BIOS? Is there any water damage?
Okay, that shoudl NOT have bricked the device. I suggest you change the BOOT order priority, and maybe try to boot from a CD, or from a USB.
Also, when you take the CMOS battery OUT, it does not remove passwords from the OS, or from the TPM chip....all it does is clear the BIOS, but it should clear any BIOS passwords. Also, when you remove the CMOS battery, you have to also touch the battery terminals together, to drain any remaining power left in the motherboard capacitors.
When you get the NO BOOT DEVICE, all that is saying is that it cant find the MASTER BOOT RECORD. So again, change the boot priority, and boot from a CD or USB. The hard drive may be corrupted or too messed up to boot from it. REinstall the OS, and you shoudl be good to go!
Well when you openeed up the machine, and UNsoldered the CMOS battery, you might have INADVERTANLY caused damage to other components. Not saying that IS THE CASE....but its certainly a possiblilty.
Heres what i would do.
If you CAN get into the BIOS, which sould like you CAN. Do a BIOS factory RESET.
If you are NOT able to boot from the CD/DVD to install windows....then you have motherboard issues. The BIOS should NOT need to be flashed.
So, you're NOT able to RESET the BIOS to factory settings? REALLY?! Every BIOS has an option to reset the BIOS back to the factory settings. It might be hard to find....but i assure you....it does exist.
Unless and however, this is a CUSTOM BIOS made for an employer to protect their machines....which i have seen.
Flashing the BIOS isnt something that should NEED to be done.....as if it is done incorrectly....it really WILL BRICK the machine.
In order to find the CORRECT BIOS for your machine.....i need some information:
1- Make and Model ( I gathered it is an Acer, and is an E-15 ) are there any other numbers/information?
2- Serial number
3- Date of manufacture
4- Where was it purchased? what store, or online retailor?
I dug up the USER manula for that machine, and now i need to ask you a few questions.
According to the manual...as soon as you hit the power button (to turn it on) you need to start hitting the F2 button repeatedly, and THAT will get you into the BIOS.
However, if after you hit F2, it asks you for a password, then somehow the Supervisor password ***** been enabled, and it is NOT by default.....the USER has to set this.
SO, what happens when you press F2, right after powering the machine on?
Oh and thank you for the images......they HELP immensly...thank you!
Yeah, okay...then the SUPERVISOR password ***** definietly been set. There is NO way around this....i promise. You cant get into the BIOS to change anything, so THAT is why it wont boot.
The BIOS firmware wont be able to load, because you HAVE to gain access to the BIOS to update it.
The manual says that if the supervisor password ***** ***** and has now been lost....that you MUST take the machine into ACER for support. It requires an ACER technician to be able to fix this issue.
Well, i did find the BIOS firmware......here is the link:
Was this computer a DISPLAY model by chance? You know how they set out computers for folks to play with or look at? It may be hard to know if it was, as sometimes they dont tell you, all they say is that it is discounted because it is an OPEN-BOX item.
Those display models can be hacked and messed with, some jerk set the supervisor password ***** it was on display, or the manager of the store set the supervisor password ***** KEEP jerks from changing the BIOS, but then NEVER unlocked it before it was sold?
There are SO MANY ways this could happen.
But please take a moment to rate my performance, when you get a chance....Thank you!
I did find the BIOS firmware for you.....the link i provided you (WAY ABOVE) is the link that downloads the latest firmware BIOS for YOUR machine.
But i have put the link AGAIN here:
Also.....are you saying that YOU CAN get to the BIOS?
The manual states, to hit F2 after the machine has been powered on, and that will take you to the BIOS.
If that does NOT happen....then the machine needs to be service repaired.
Enjoy your Slumber.....talk soon!
There are 4 BIOS firmwares available on the Acer website for THAT machine......and the one i gave you is the LATEST one.
see the image i attached.
I highlighted the BIOS version i linked you to.
Yup, looks like Acer used a BIOS that is only updated from within windows.
THANK YOU ACER!
YOU CAN extract the BIOS firmware and then load it onto a USB or CD (in your case) and then FLASH the BIOS that way....but that is VERY VERY tricky.
And yes.....this is very UNIQUE problem you have, and i sgree, we dont know everything and bouncing ideas off eachother can lead us in the direction of the solution.
It doesnt matter what machine you have....extracting the BIOS file from the zip file, is the same.
And, in my experience, flashing the BIOS is the same.
Boot from the USB or CD that has the BIOS file, and then RUN the BIOS file from the command prompt
Flashing program will run and auto complete, and then restart