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Reset bios password

You'll need to find out which screws hold the keyboard in. Usually three or four and are on the bottom of the laptop. After unscrewing them you'll have to pry off the plastic part (carefully) that is just under where your laptops screen is. Then you will see two, three, or four screws that hold the keyboard in. Unscrew those, then gently lift up the keyboard and you should see a small round button battery somewhere on the exposed part. That is the CMOS/BIOS battery. (Note you might have to take more screws out on the back if the battery is hidden under a part, but usually it is visible and you can get to it) remove that battery for 1/2 hour or longer, and put it back. This usally will reset the bios and its password. Also note tho, that some newer boards that won't work on, and you'll need to buy software especially for reseting the password in the BIOS. Youtube has some 'videos' that advertise those softwares. Try the battery thing first tho. If uncomfortable doing that first part to get to the battery yourself, you will want someone who knows how to take apart a laptop to do it for you.

May 30, 2013 | IBM ThinkPad R31 2656 Notebook

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Need to get past the bios password on my thinkpad T40. What can I do?

write it down all the bios settings. and remove laptop keyboard by removing screws back side of the laptop (small embosed picture indication remove those screws) and just lift the keyboard and search for cmos battery, see below picture , just unplug the battery and keep unpluged for minuite or two. and connect the battery. fit all the opened cover and restart . best of luck


Jan 15, 2011 | IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook

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Keyboard problem

Have you tried cleaning the keyboard? Pry off the #6 and K keys and see if they are dirty. They will come off with slight upward pressure with a butter knife or similar tool. They pop back on. Turn the entire keyboard upside down and gently tap it on a soft surface to remove any trapped debris.

Mar 09, 2010 | IBM Thinkpad T40 Thinkpad T41 Thinkpad T42...

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Ibm t 41 screen is blank when graphic card load is in play

This is a common problem with IBM Thinkpad T40, T41, and T42s. They develop video issue due to over heating.
If you want a temporary solution put some pressure the mouse buttons just below the keyboard and right above the touch pad. Press firmly with your palm when you start the laptop and the display should come back on. Or hold the laptop with your four fingers underneath and thumb on the mouse pad and lift it up so that there is pressure at the point where your index & middle finger are. This will improve the contacts of the chip that is causing the graphic card to malfunction.

We fix these issues all the time. However, it is not something fixable by the end user as it needs professional repair equipment and expertise to get the job done right as it is motherboard level repair.

The cost of this repair is relatively cheap now for IBM T40/T41/T42. It should cost you roughly $80 to $120 to get it fixed (in metropolitan area, in smaller towns repair shops will rip you off). If you are quoted more, then shop around.

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Mar 06, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T41 Notebook

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Need info on replacing zapped T41 modem with new card. Is this a simple switch? Or do I need to call in the Mod Squad? Len

I'm not sure what you mean by the T41 modem. If you mean the phone modem the it cannot be replaced because it is part of the motherboard.
If you mean the wireless card, then this can be easily replaced. To access this wireless card, remove the ketboard. There are four screws securing the keyboard and these are labeled with a keyboard symbol. After removing the screws the keyboard can be lifted up. The wireless card is located towards the top LH corner of the laptop and is held in place with screws, it also has two wires (for the wireless aerial) attached to the wireless card.

Aug 13, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T41 Notebook

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Think pad T40

It's possible that this is a hardware problem, but it sounds more like a loose connection to me. Start by removing the keyboard and checking all visible connections. You should be able to see the touch pad, keyboard, and screen connections with the keyboard off, and, yes, I realize that you cannot check the keyboard connection with the keyboard off, but you can when putting it back on. For some reason I keep getting people that love to point out the obvious lately, so I'll throw that in there right off the bat. Also check the hard drive to see if it's seated properly. If the problem persists, you may need to take the cases apart and check all connections on the board.

Aug 22, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook

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Laptop Fan?

Before getting the fan replaced you may want to try to blow the fan with an air compressed duster. Worked for me. You do not need to take the laptop apart completely. There are 4 screws that holds the keyboard in place, unscrew the 4 and you should be able to pop the keyboard out. Once the keyboard is off you should be able to clean the fan.

May 13, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook

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ThinkPad T40

If you can make the problem come and go by slightly twisting or flexing the bottom (keyboard) section of the case, you may have a loose internal connector. If the laptop has been dropped recently, more probably you have a cracked land pattern on the motherboard.

Oct 17, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook

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