Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Help me, obi-wan technobi....

I just bought a really cheap netbooky sort of computer on eBay - a Packard Bell Easynote XS, sold as non-working, I suspect that the hard disk is dead. This appears to be a rebadged Via Nanobook. It doesn't have wonderful reviews but it's one of the smallest XP-capable netbooks I've seen, and I suspect will be pretty fast with some sort of Linux replacing Windows, and possibly a flash card instead of hard disk.

The trouble is that I can't figure out how to get into the BIOS to review its settings and do a little troubleshooting before I try to open the case, I just get a password screen then it locks me out after three failures.

Does anyone have any experience with these, or suggestions on likely passwords? All of the password sites suggest "bell9" as Packard Bell's default but it doesn't actually work, I've also tried 'password', '911', 'via" "pegasus" (appears to be some sort of model number on the case), "1234" etc. etc.

All suggestions etc. VERY gratefully received.

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