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i was trying to help my friend with her laptop and i was trying to something but her computer is in spanish, so i was using my laptop for a side by side comparison... but i had to take the password off the bios because it was making the first screen too short for me to press f8 to open additional safe mode thingys, so i decided to remove the password, so then i went into the bios and type the old password, and just entered blank for the 2 new ones, because there was no option to just "remove password" and when i hit enter it said the password was "cleared"... so i restarted and i still had the password screen but this time i have no way to get past it >.< if someone knows a website with pictures of how to take it apart, or can some how locate the cmos battery, that would be awesome. i know how to go about removing the password through cmos... just i cant find it...

well thats what i get for trying to help somebody...

the problem isnt taking it apart or anything, i can do that6 i just dont know how to locate the cmos battery, its not the big 8 inchish battery obviously, so i need to find out where exactly it is do i take off the bottom panel, or do i take it apart and get to the processor and stuff?

asked Jul 23 '11 at 17:01

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edited Jul 23 '11 at 20:39

You could try looking behind the RAM or Mini PCI covers. The battery will generally look like a watch battery wrapped in some type of material that looks like tape with a pair of cables coming out of it connecting to a white 2 pin connector on the motherboard like this: http://www.ioffer.com/img/item/205/894/284/hp-dv6000-dv6500-dv9000-bios-cmos-battery-ahl03002111-e06d2.jpg

If it is an older laptop, it could be a smaller battery that is soldered to the motherboard.

That image is for an HP CMOS battery but a gateway should be similar.

answered Jul 24 '11 at 00:27

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it shouldnt b hard to take it apart though take out battery and unplug it from wall charger and look for screws to take out simple as that just be careful not to break anything in the process

answered Jul 23 '11 at 17:20

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You will need to open it up to get at the CMOS battery by the looks of it. When I pull apart a laptop and I am unfamiliar with the make, I take pictures of every step I do and also sometimes record it all by video so I can go back to it in case I run into problems with reassembly.

Also make sure you have some sort of jar to hold all the screws in because they like to get lost very easily. Of course make sure you disconnect all power sources and remove the laptop battery before attempting to disassemble it.

answered Jul 23 '11 at 21:26

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