Acer Aspire 5672WLMi BIOS Password and Standby Problem

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I have an Acer Aspire 5672WLMi that I've had for about three weeks.  I've
set it up with a BIOS password and a Windows Password. Everything has worked
fine (except for the firewire port).  Yesterday for the first time, instead
of turning off the notebook, I just closed the lid.  This supposedly puts
the notebook into suspend mode.  When I got back, I opened the lid and the
notebook asked for a password (it was displaying the BIOS password screen).
I entered the password and the Notebook displayed a "Setup Warning Invalid
Password".  The notebook would not accept the password.  I talked to Acer
Tech Support and the person said that I must of changed the password 'cause
the computer doesn't change itself.  I didn't change the password, I'm sure
that the computer didn't change it.  I think there's a bug somewhere between
Windows XP Pro SP2 standby mode and the BIOS.  I've had no problems with the
Password when I turn the notebook on and off only this one time when it was
in standby.  Of course the remedy is to send the notebook into Acer for
repair.  This would take from 7 to 10 days.  Luckily or unluckily the
firewire port never worked on the notebook and CompUSA was going to exchange
it for a new one.  Hopefully it'll be here in a day or two.

Any hardy souls want to confirm this password problem with their new 5672?
Pete Rissler

Re: Acer Aspire 5672WLMi BIOS Password and Standby Problem

Ok, I said screw it.  I opened the bottom of the notebook, found the backup
battery and shorted the contacts.  Turned the notebook on and viola the BIOS
was reset.  Damm it, I hate when people lie to me.  The Acer Tech
specifically told me you can not reset the BIOS by unplugging the backup
battery (OK, I couldn't unplug the damm thing thus the short).


Re: Acer Aspire 5672WLMi BIOS Password and Standby Problem

I've down some more test and this is what I've found.  First let me clear up
a couple of things.  When in Standby it requires a key press to resume.
When in Hibernate the power button needs to be pressed to resume.  Here's a
table of what combination of power down and password that will work.  Yes,
means the combo works; no, means you'll either have to remove the CMOS power
to reset the BIOS or send the computer to Acer.

                            Power Down Setting
Password Type        Standby  Hibernate
BIOS                       Yes         No
Windows                  Yes         Yes

Basically Do Not use a BIOS Password when using Hibernate.  Here's the
setting from the notebook.

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name
System Manufacturer Acer, inc.
System Model Aspire 5670
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1666 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1666 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Acer v0.3209, 12/21/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180
User Name
Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 2,048.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.38 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 3.85 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Re: Acer Aspire 5672WLMi BIOS Password and Standby Problem

Hey, looks like I have the same problem as you.....hope this works.

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