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Back up your most important data
to an external storage device in case anything goes wrong while
changing the BIOS settings. Remove any disc that is currently inserted
in the IBM Thinkpad X41's disc drive. 2-Shut off the Thinkpad X41
laptop. Turn the laptop back on and wait for the "To interrupt normal
startup, press the blue Access IBM button" message to appear on the
screen. 3-Tap the blue Access IBM button
at the top of the keyboard. Click the "Access BIOS" button when the
"Rescue and Recovery" menu appears. 4-Click "Yes" and wait for the BIOS to load. Type in the current BIOS password for the IBM X41 and press Enter.5-Navigate over to the IBM's
"Security" heading by tapping the right arrow key twice. Scroll down to
the "Supervisor Password" listing and press "F5."6-Type the IBM's current BIOS
password and hit Enter. Leave the next field blank if you want to
completely remove the BIOS password, or instead type in a new password
to replace the old one. Press Enter.7-Press "Escape" and then highlight "Restart" and press F5. Navigate to "Save changes and Restart" and press Enter.
I just helped a friend out with this exact issue on the same notebook. Here is the instructions (step by step...well 4 steps) that worked perfectly. What you are doing is using a backdoor password set up by IBM/Lenovo.
Turn on your Thinkpad T60 computer.
Watch for the status message "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button" to appear on the screen. The only time you have the ability to access your BIOS is while this message is on your monitor. If this message disappears, you will have to restart your T60 and try again.
Press the "ThinkVantage" button on your T60. From the list of options that appears, select "Start setup utility." You will be prompted to enter your BIOS password. Type "merlin" and hit "Enter" to bypass the password prompt using your backdoor password and enter your main BIOS utility.
Select "Security." In this window, select "Set Password." Type the new password you want to use for your BIOS. Press "Enter" to finish resetting your T60 BIOS password.
Try to remove it with Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0.
It works perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password.
I Wrote it to an old 128mb USB flash drive do this. Booting up and
clearing a password takes a minute or two works like a charm.
For IBM/Lenovo Password there is solution for all IBM/Lenovo laptop
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there is one more way to break password for many laptop ..u need to make com port or printer port and there is software for it ...
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Depending on your linux distrobution, you will need to check the /etc/samba or /etc/smb configuration file, within that file there will be a place to set your windowsfile sharing password. then you will be able to transfer data across the local network between your linux / windows machine again..
however, if you've actually changed the password for the linux user account that enabled the samba file sharing, you will need to either remember that password, or set a new one from the root account byt typing the following command in a terminal / bash / shell session:
Task: Set or change user password
Type passwd command as follows>
$ passwd <user>
Changing password for <user> Enter new password: Retype new password: passwd: password updated successfully NOTE: when typing the password, you may not see the password you are typing.. You need to replace <user> with the username you are changing the password for.
If it is a passwd set in the bios...good luck. You may have to download a disc from techspot.com
If it is a windows passwd after the dell splach screen tap F8 this brings up the Advanced Startup Menu. Select safe mode and log in as the administrator. From there you can remove or change the password for all accounts. If there was never an account setup on that laptop and the Administrator account is being used then you will need a disk fron techspot.com to retrieve that password.
Which Operating system is it ? If you have forgotten the admin pwd then you can try the following :
You need to bootup into single
user mode (command+S at startup). It will take you to a command prompt.
From the prompt you can do:
Where user is the shortname for the admin account (you can lookup the
shortname from the System Preferences->Accounts pane before you boot
into single user mode). You type in the new password twice .. then type:
OR you can try...
At command prompt:
1.type: mount -uw /
2. press enter
3. type: /usr/libexec/register_mach_bootstrap_servers /etc/mach_init.d
4. press enter
5. type: netinfod -s local
6. press enter
7. type: SystemStarter
8. press enter
9. type: passwd root
10. press enter
12. press enter
How to Reset an IBM ThinkPad Power On Password Using Hardware
If you cannot boot the ThinkPad, you will have to reset the IBM ThinkPad password via hardware.
If only the power-on password is set, do the following to remove the power-on password.
Power off the computer
Remove the DIMM cover on the bottom side of the computer.
Short-circuit the two password pads or put a jumper on the contacts to short the circuit.
Under the short-circuit condition, power on the computer and wait until the POST ends. After the POST ends, the password prompt does not appear. The power-on password is removed.
Reinstall the DIMM cover.
If both the power-on password and the supervisor password are set, do the following to remove the passwords:
Power on the computer by pressing and holding F1.
Enter the supervisor password. The Easy-Setup menu appears.
Click on the Password icon.
Click on the Power on icon.
Enter the supervisor password and press the Space bar.
Press Enter twice.
Click on Exit; then click on Restart.