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Old 04-20-2009, 06:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi there ,first time on this forum, i was just given an acer travelmate c110 laptop running windows xp tablet , this is an older lappie which you can twist the screen round and turn into a tablet. anyway i did all the usual things i do when i get a 2nd hand machine, i.e. change the name of the computer and wipe the old users and programs etc only this one would not let me wipe the admin users so i changed the admin password to one i could remember and re-started. now instead of a choice of users on log on (like before) i just get a name and the older or the new password doesnt work, i have tried all i know, all i did was change the computer name and the workgroup and the admin password and i am locked out, this computer doesnt have an internal drive and came originally with a external one which i dont have so i cant just use a boot disk and i dont know if i buy an external drive if it will work to boot a computer than it hasnt been set up on. sorry to sound dumb but i have only really used ibooks before and they are so simple compared to windows machines so any help at all with this would be most excellent.
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: locked out of acer travelmate laptop with no disc drive

have you tried logging in as:

user: administrator
pass: whatever you set up or nothing if no pass is set.

If you just get the graphical interface you can press ctl alt del twice to get to a traditional log in screen.
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jeez it was that easy , cheers hoff you have sorted this out with the administrator log in, now all i have to do is figure where all the hard disc is being used (i have deleted everything i can find and i am still missing 50gb)

Hef sorry, got hoffmeister on the brain lol (its a uk brand of lager)
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Most likely hidden files. Do you have it set up to view hidden files?

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