Question about IBM ThinkPad R51 Notebook
The Supervisor password Holimon was referring to is the laptop's Bios password, which can't be recovered with conventional methods. The only method known to retrieve this password is by soldering a rudimentary eeprom reader to the motherboard. Details are here:
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Posted on Oct 23, 2008
Windows Password recovery
This site provides a tool to recover lost Windows XP passwords. It works for administrator and user accounts, it doesn't change the password just tells you the old one. It works with encrypted files (EFS) and password hashes. It even works if no passwords at all are known for the machine (as long as you have another computer with internet access to view this website with).
Author claims it also works with Windows NT and Windows Server 2003 and Windows Longhorn, but the BEST thing about it is the fact that it won't reset your passwords, but simply reveal them for you to remember and then use.
Give it a try. The author would like to receive feedback. There is a free service as well as a priority service that will retrieve your passwords within minutes. The fee for the priority service is very cheap, and is really just to cover server costs.
Note: You'll need a blank floppy to run the process.
Update: Author now offers the same tool as a CD image for those of you who do not have a floppy in their computer.
Usage, instructions and additional information can be found at
Posted on Dec 03, 2007
SOURCE: supervisor password
A Supervisor password protects the system information stored in the BIOS. The user must enter the Supervisor password in order to get access to the ThinkPad BIOS Setup Utility in order to change the system configuration. If the Supervisor password is forgotten there is no way to reset it to enter the BIOS configuration. Setting a Supervisor password automatically sets the master Hard drive password. The following is the icon that comes up in the upper left corner if a Supervisor password is set:
A forgotten Supervisor password will prevent access to the ThinkPad BIOS setup utility. To regain access, the system will need to be serviced to have the system board and hard drive replaced. Proof of purchase is required, and this repair is not covered under the warranty.
Document id: MIGR-59377 Last modified: 2005-06-17 Copyright © 2009 IBM Corporation Copyright © Lenovo 2009, all rights reserved
Posted on Mar 25, 2009
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