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Just bought IBM thinkpad 380z laptop for $30 they said that they lost the password for it. When I turn the computer on the screen goes black and then you have a lock symbol that appears. Anyway of bypassing or resetting the password? Also what is the security key or security lock? Could this help?

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  • zodii Apr 18, 2009

    Just tried it and didn't work but thank you for the help. I will check out the site you gave me and go from there probably just end up calling IBM or use it for parts if thats possible.

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Battery fully charged, battery installed in the IBM Thinkpad 380Z.
Laptop off.

Turn the laptop over on it's top cover. Remove the Memory Compartment Cover. (Front of laptop facing you. Cover to the front right. Remove one screw)

On the laptop body, you will see the hole, for where the Memory Compartment Cover screw came out of.

Right below the hole you will see two metal pads. Copper or Brass. These two little pads are pretty close to each other.

Take a flat tip screwdriver,and touch the tip to both of them at the Same Time. The tip of the flat tip screwdriver, must be wide enough to touch both of those pads. Hold it there for Two seconds.

You are shorting the Power-On Password jumper pads.

Put the Memory Compartment Cover back on. Turn the laptop over. Press the Power On button, and hold it down until the laptop powers up.

If a Supervisor Password has bent set, as well as a Power-On password has been set, this will not work.

If so, past this point I suggest it will have to be taken to a tech, who will contact Lenova, (IBM now), and verify that you have purchased this laptop. Not stolen it. Then Lenova will give a password to the tech, who will enter it, and enable you to use it. You'll probably be prompted by the tech, to enter your own password at this point.

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    joecoolvette Apr 18, 2009

    There is this,http://www.password-reset.com/ but I have no working knowledge of it. Just thought I would pass it on to you.

    You might also want to try Ubuntu Linux. Burn a copy to CD, and install it. (It's free. Look on YouTube for videos of how to download, burn, and install Ubuntu)


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    joecoolvette Apr 18, 2009

    Yes, that's true. You could call Lenova. You will probably have to have a tech with a business license, verify your purchase receipt, and get a hold of Lenova.

    I would appreciate it, if you would rate my answer.


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