How to Reset a Gateway BIOS Password

By TS Jordan

Updated February 10, 2017

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BIOS, which stands for Basic Input Output System, is the most low-level operating system on your computer. BIOS is responsible for automatically performing a number of tasks, such as setting the clock speed of your computer's processor and determining the timings of your computer's memory. Resetting a BIOS password on your Gateway computer can be accomplished in multiple ways, so choose the one that best fits your situation.

Navigate to and attempt to use the master passwords contained therein (see Resources below). These are BIOS passwords built into the system that can be used by technicians and other service personnel when working on an otherwise locked computer.

Contact Gateway and speak to a customer service representative about obtaining a master password for your particular model if none of the passwords in Step 1 work (see Resources below).

Open your computer case using a Phillips screwdriver (or no screwdriver at all if you have a case that supports screwless entry). Look in your operating manual for the location of the BIOS chip on the motherboard. Remove this chip by gently wedging the screwdriver beneath it and prying it off the motherboard.

Wait five minutes and place the chip back into position on the motherboard. This will reset the memory, removing the password and allowing you access to your computer.

Items you will need

  • Computer operating manual

  • Phillips screwdriver