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Previous password issue

I got a thinkpad from a friend who got it from a friend - can't get in because of an unknown password.
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You'll need to reset your password. Just access your CMOS battery on your motherboard, remove it for a while and you'll have reset your entire BIOS to its defaults, next, power up your computer and you should be good to go...

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Notebooks password.


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