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Laptop is locked out

My t21 is locked out when i power up i cant even get as far as the front screen all i get is a blank screen with a small padlock icon in the left hand corner,i need to some how recover the password but as i brought the laptop some time ago i did,nt even know it had a password to unlock as this is the first time this has happened. bought this used from a pawn shop has a black screen with a padlock icon ican not get past this screen as i do not know the password

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    A Womans Computer Man May 11, 2010

    how weird is that..i suppose that the recovery or installation disks were not part of the deal right?

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Break BIOS Password 
A user may also put a BIOS password preventing you to even enter the system but if you wish to access the system do not worry we you can still do it. However, I only recommend this trick for your own personal use.

What is BIOS?
Bios stands for Basic Input Output System and is a firmware code run by a PC when first powered on, which is a type of boot loader. The primary function of the BIOS is to identify and initialize system component hardware (such as the video display card, hard disk, and floppy).

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• Now place the battery back and start the computer normally.

Steps for Laptop:

• Open up the BIOS at the time of booting.

• There are some backdoor passwords which the manufacturing company had set that will be accepted by the BIOS. You will just need to know the make of your BIOS. Try out the passwords from these lists.
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This works great
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Turn off the computer.
Remove the battery pack.
Remove the backup battery. This is
located under the battery.
Turn on the computer and wait until the
POST ends. After the POST ends, the
password prompt does not appear. The POP
has been removed.
Reinstall the backup battery and the
battery pack.
Note: Some ThinkPad systems have the
ability to reset the Power-on passwords
in the ThinkPad BIOS setup utility if a
Supervisor password has been set.

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