Question about IBM ThinkPad 600X Notebook
Currently using an external KeyBoard connected via a Y-cable into the external mouse PS2 port. [Keyboard connector on laptop is non--functional].
Currently the unit is configured for a POP, but has been 'blanked', via POP password pads, needing just a Return at the Lock icon prompt.
Need to enter into the BIOS settings to set time and date, and remove POP.
According to the manual, need to press and hold the F1 key during power-up until the Easy-Access screen menu appears.
If there is a POP then it will appear after the password is entered.
Can you help me with clarification of the sequence, have tried several possible sequences and none of them bring me into the BIOS Easy-Access, rather to an error page.
Firstly tried pressing the F1 key down, holding through the power-up check sequence of the computer [BIOS presumably], until the Lock icon prompt appeared. Then pressed the Enter key. Resulted in the error screen.
Secondly tried pressing the F1 key immediately after the Enter key was pressed [to complete the 'blank password'] and holding it until it would bring up a menu selection screen [getting the error screen], or alternatively, began pressing and holding the F1 key down from before pressing the Enter key. Both resulted in the same error screen as in above,
Thirdly tried pressing the F1 key before power on, holding it down all the way through the power up check sequence, pressing the Enter key after the Lock icon prompt, and until the screen shows the green rectangle, but results aslo in the same error page.
What is wrong with these sequence of steps? What is wrong that it does not bring up the Easy-Access configuration menu page?
Does using an external keyboard affect this? [have tested that the F1 key works connected to another computer with the same Y-cable]
Could the error 8611 of the TrackPoint, being it is disconnected cause a problem? Remember having connected an external mouse, and still having this error too?
Would any other errors prevent access to the BIOS Easy-Access menu?
The Power On Password problem is near impossible to crack. It is designed to prevent unauthorized access to the Thinkpad and removing the BIOS battery will not remove the password because the password is stored on an EEPROM chip.
There are no backdoor passwords available, the only option is to ask the person who set the password.
There is a way to hack into the Thinkpad to see and remove the password but it requires electronic skills, a program and a working computer.
For details on how to do this go to :-
Posted on Feb 04, 2009
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