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Password ***** a SONY VAIO...
There has to be an easy way to bypass and delete a Machine Password ***** a SONY VAIO laptop. What can I try? Thanks!
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Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago
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Hi my name is ***** ***** I will be the expert working with you today to help and resolve the problem you have posted.

Please let me know is it the power on bios password ***** the windows login password?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
There has to be an easy way to bypass and delete a bios Machine Password ***** a SONY VAIO laptop. I simply want to reformat the disk and load Windows 7. However, I cannot get past the bios machine password.
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

Please let me know how old is the laptop

resetting bios password ***** be done either through special tools built in by sony or by reseating the cmos battery

let me know how old is the unit and i will suggest accordingly

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I'm guessing it is 5 -10 years old. It came with Windows XP.
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

ok...now there are 2 ways to bypass the bios password. one would be to contact sony and after providing a valid proof of purchase of the laptop, they would either send you a reset utiluty to run on the pc or might schedule a service at the service center. since the unit is out of warranty this might be a chargeable service

second way is to disassemble the laptop and remove and reseat the coin cell battery on the motherboard which you remove the password

i can provide you the steps to open the laptop and do this

if you are comfortable opening the unit let me know so that i may share the steps with you

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Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

let me know and i will suggest further accordingly

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Please provide the steps.
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

ok please turn off laptop and unplug power cord

remove the battery pack

keep the ON button on unit pressed for 10 secs

let me know once done

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Done
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

do you have a phillips screwdriver handy

we need to flip the laptop upside down and unscrew the screws

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ready
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

please watch this video..start watching from 0:40 secs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3KQ6_SlJsw

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Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

you will be able to locate the coin cell battery on the motherboard

let me know once you see it

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Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

let me know if you face any difficulty

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Mine is different, and I have removed all of the screws on the back, but don't know how to proceed.
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

yes the video is a generic one for sony vaio...let me know the model# ***** your vaio

also let me know that were you able to open the memory modules\ram sticks

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have found one screw that appears to be stripped, and I can't get it out.
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

dont force it..can you tell me the model# ***** the vaio

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Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

is it the screw for the bottom panel cover or you have got the cover out

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I gave up on the battery option. Believe it or not, I found a guy in Germany that gave me 7 digit code to try as the password, and it worked. But that leads me to the next issue. My intention is to do a clean install of Windows 7 on this Sony Vaio (PCG-571L). It currently has Windows XP. However, I cannot get it to boot from the CD where I have placed a genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit software DVD. I can get to the bios, and I have attached a couple of photos. Can you tell me what the "!" means next to "Optical Drive", and what the "+" means next to the "Hard Disk Drive"?
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

the exclamation sign and plus sign indicate an issue of bios not being able to recognise the drives correctly

press the shift key and number 1 key together on the bios screen and check if that makes that mark go away

you can also restart computer and tap the f12 key

you will reach a one time boot menu..select cd drive option and press enter

let me know what happens

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I can make the ! go away, but I cannot change the + next to HARD DISK DRIVE. I do not have an option for CD Drive on my bios screen. I tried to tap the F12 key to no avail; it just powered up normally. Any other ideas?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Also, I tried to power up with and without the ! showing for OPTICAL DRIVE.
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

insert the windows 7 disc and restart the computer and tap f2..once in bios ensure optical drive is selected as first boot device under the boot\boot sequence tab

press f10 to save changes and exit

the computer will restart, let me know if it boots from the windows 7 disc or not

also let me know your time zone and what times you can be available online as we both are in different time zones

knowing your availability will help me in being online accordingly to troubleshoot this issueb on real time basis

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I tried this before, and I have tried it again to no avail. I'm beginning to wonder if my Windows 7 disc has been corrupted. I used it a few days ago to do a clean install on a different Sony Vaio which works just fine.I am in the Central Time Zone (Illinois).
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

if you can arrange an external usb cd/dvd drive then you can try booting from the external drive using the windows 7 disk.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Unfortunately, I do not have an external drive.
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

we cannot determine the internal drive is functioning or not however in that case you would need an external usb drive to determine that the internal drive is functioning or not.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I can play an audio CD on the drive.
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

please insert the windows 7 disk in the drive and let windows xp run and be on teh desktop screen.

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Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

try to run the win7 disk from the my computer folder.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It acts like it is trying to read the disc, but nothing happens. It just goes click, click.........click, click........
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

remove the disc and restart computer and tap the f12key

let me know if you reach the one time boot menu or not

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Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

dont worry about the plus sign next to hard drive..the plus sign is an indication that you can change the boot device order and can move the hard drive up or down in the list

if you do not get the f12 menu, restart and tap f2 to get in bios

ensure that cd drive is the first boot device and insert the windows 7 disc

save changes and exity

when computer restarts you will get a message - "press any key to boot from cd"...press enter as soon as you see that message and windows 7 disc setup should load

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Not working. CD drive is not specifically listed. I have tried Optical Drive first and floppy drive first. It still does its normal boot from the Hard Drive. I do not get a message "press any key to boot from cd". There has to be something else wrong. Could lack of memory be an issue?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I'm frustrated!!!
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

let me know what time you will be online i will check the disk and the drive same time.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Sorry, I'm busy today, but should have time tomorrow. Thanks!
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

not a problem

do let me know the time tomorrow so that i may be online accordingly

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I was busy all of this week. Can we set up a time next week? Thanks!
Laptop technician: michelleclive, Computer Support Specialist replied 2 years ago

sure we can post me a message when you will be online a day before.

Thanks

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