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Old 11th October, 2003, 03:54 PM
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IBM Thinkpad BIOS password!

Im at work now and we have this IBM thinkpad a20m with a BIOS password. we received it that way(we sell off lease systems) and we can't get rid of this goddam password!

is there ANY way do get rid of the bios pass?

Thanks!!!
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P.S. we've triied to flash the bios but after we flash it, it still asks for a password
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Old 11th October, 2003, 04:28 PM
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If it's just a power on password, then you can...

Turn off the T20m
Remove the battery
Remove the backup battery (It's under the MiniPCI slot)
Turn the computer on.

If only a Power on password is set, then it should be erased. If any other passwords are set (supervisor or hard disk), then it's more difficult.

Resetting the supervisor password requires extracting the data from the serial EEPROM onboard (IE stripping the laptop, soldering wires), then sending that data off to someone.

If the hard disk is password locked, I'm not aware of any way of retrieving this.
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Old 11th October, 2003, 04:29 PM
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thanks, i'll give it a try


EDIT: didnt work...any other ideas? could we call up IBM?
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Well, there are 2 different passwords we get.

#1 theres a little icon that lookslike a cylinder with the number 1 above it
#2 one that looks like a computer

and they both have the lock icon beside it.

so i think #1 is the power on and #2 is the supervisor
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#1 is the hard disk password (for disk 1)
#2 is the supervisor password

IBM's take on it is that you ship the machine back to them, and they replace the planar board (AKA motherboard)

If you do a search on the net, you'll find that there are people out there who can recover the supervisor password.

Not sure about the hard disk password though - you might just have to replace the hard disk!
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#1 is the hard disk password (for disk 1)
#2 is the supervisor password

IBM's take on it is that you ship the machine back to them, and they replace the planar board (AKA motherboard)

If you do a search on the net, you'll find that there are people out there who can recover the supervisor password.

Not sure about the hard disk password though - you might just have to replace the hard disk!
DAMN! so either way we'll have to replace something
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