Gateway P-6860fx Bios Options Greyed/Grayed Out
I had bios boot password protected.
The other day I booted into a corrupted windows and it wanted to repair. I powered off with power button to reboot.
Upon rebooting the bios didn't ask for a password to boot.
Eventually I reinstalled windows but then I began to wonder if I have and infected bios.
So I attempted to reset to default bios configuration but it's greyed out and so is the supervisor password selection. In fact almost everything is greyed in bios except for user password and some minor selections.
I can change user password but not boot order etc..
So I flashed to a newer bios but the greyed out issue is stilled there with the new flashed bios.
I then tried to use winflash to wipe the bios before flashing the new bios but windows crashes to a memory dump.
Windows seems to boot fine and work fine but there's this nagging issue of how did my bios boot password get overridden and why can I not modify major settings in the bios anymore.
I then removed the cmos battery for 10 minutes but the issue was still there so I shorted the connectors of the cmos battery, and no joy (. I the left the cmos battery out over night but that didn't reset the bios either.
I tried some debug codes to clear cmos but non of them worked.
I contacted Gateway but my laptop is out of warranty.
So now I'm stumped.
Any help at all would be very appreciated.
Thanks in advance