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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.

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  • lilmoney Dec 07, 2007

    my laptop wont let me get farther than the box thats says user name and password and i for got my pass wjhat do i do?

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    i bought a used laptop i do not the password i can't get in to it.it is a dell latitude cpi. it windows xp pro . can't get in bios is it a way to fix this.thanks

  • engine Dec 24, 2007

    locked thinkpad

  • Anonymous May 02, 2008

    same problem , a padlock has appear on screen. laptop is IBM Thinkpad, T30.

  • rustykev May 21, 2008

    My son purchased a used T21 that has just experienced the same problem. However, he loaded the OS on Saturday and everything was running fine until Tuesday night. He bought the unit at a computer recycling shop that had quite a number of these units (parts machines). From the research I've done, it seems that this password is a problem from the get go. He has even removed the hard drive, but the black screen and padlock icon still appear. I'm going to bring his computer back to the recycling shop to see if by chance another mobo will fix the problem. The machine ran quite well before it locked up.

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    I To have a IBM thinkpad T23 Laptop which has a black screen with a padlock in the top left hand corner and that is as far as it will let me go. it just wont let me open it up. Can any one Help.

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    I Have a Thinkpad Laptop it has a black screen and a padlock in top left hand courner can any one help Tony

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This works great
Forgotten Power-on password
If the Power-on password is forgotten
and the Supervisor password is known,
simply go into the ThinkPad BIOS setup
utility and reset the Power-on password,
otherwise try the following:
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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Forgot windows password on ThinkPad?if so,you'd better unlock it with a software, Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 is reliable,i unlock my lost Windows password successfully with it.

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I can help you Reset the password but it is not easy..Do u have some knowledge of electronics?Can you solder on printed circuit boards?Can you Follow a schematic diagram?IF yes..then click the link below..
http://sodoityourself.com/hacking-ibm-thinkpad-bios-password/

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I can't get in please tell me how to erase or skip the password

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Hmmm good luck with the ibm password removal... if its a system password, you might be able to get around it...

if its a hard drive password, forget it... replace the hard drive... I know how to wipe the password chip on a Dell laptop, have even replaced and reprogrammed some chips in some Dells. I would assume IBM uses the same type of technology, just a different program on the chip.

It will require some soldering and a few parts from radioshack. Assuming this is a system password. You can attempt to remove the hard drive and see if the password prompt goes away. If it doesn't then it's prob not a hard drive password. You have those options in the bios setup to set system passwords and hard drive passwords....

Anyway, see this link below if wish to tackle this yourself -

AND BE WARNED, YOU COULD KILL YOUR T21 LOL

http://sodoityourself.com/hacking-ibm-thinkpad-bios-password/

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    Chuck Gluth Oct 30, 2007

    The other thing you could try, which might work, would be to purchase an identical motherboard. Preferably a dead one, and just pull the password chip from it and replace your with it. Takes some soldering skills not to damage the chip. But could theoretically work. IF in fact, the donor chip is clear of any passwords as well. Check ebay for a dead board, might be able to find one. Have seen dead boards on there for many makes and models in the past.

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