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I have an IBM Thinkpad A31 with a power-on password that prevents me from using the laptop. Do you have a solution to take off the password without buying parts at the local Radio Shack that need to be sodered to assemble a work-around?

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  • 123topherchr Nov 16, 2009

    The only solutions I see by doing a Google search involves buying parts at the local Radio Shack and assembling a device that will fix the Power-on password. Is there any other solution instead of taking it to an IBM tech center that would remove the motherboard and replace it with another one?

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    Chris Hingee May 11, 2010

    The Power on Password is used to prevent unauthorized access to the laptop, and is configured in the BIOS by the owner of the laptop. The password is stored on an EEPROM chip and there are NO backdoor passwords available. Removing the BIOS battery to restore the BIOS back to the factory defaults will not remove the password.

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Is it a Bios Password or a Hard Drive Password???
If a bios pass... you need to find the CMOS battery (think it's under your keyboard on that model, though not sure offhand).. Remove the battery.. Make sure battery is removed and not plugged in.. THen Hold Down The Power On Button For 30 Seconds.. Reattach the CMOS battery..
Boot Up The Laptop..
If Still Pass Locked Then You Have A Security Chip... this is embedded onto the mainboard and You would then need to replace the board (unless you know someone who can remove it and reflash it)..

Posted on Nov 15, 2009

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