Usually when someone "gets or has got this laptop" and does not have a
password to unlock it, it is a stolen unit. Did you get it off of Ebay
You will need to contact the previous owner and get the passwords
for the notebook, if they cannot provide them then the notebook is
probably stolen. IBM has the best notebook security .
Taking out the battery and or taking out the BIOS battery won't fix it.
The IBM thinkpads have a security chip on the motherboard that holds
and encrypts the passwords. You can't just remove the chip as it will
never boot without it. IBM cannot even unlock it. They can however
replace the security chip for about $250-$300 if you can prove
rightfull ownership of the notebook. The only other way is to maybe
find a motherboard for the T22 on Ebay or somewhere and hope it too is
not password protected and then replace the motherboard. Of course you
could just try to keep guessing the password however the notebook will
only take a few wrong passwords, then it will lockout all attempts for
10-15 minutes. The security is is one of the coolest features of
thinkpad notebooks, if the security features are enabled, the notebook
is pretty useless as the hard drive will never work with anything else
as it is protected as well. The only thing that can be salvaged and
sold is the memory chips and wifi card. I wish that IBM would make a
security sticker of some form to say this as then thinkpads would never
be taken as it is not worth the effort.
Hopefully everything will workout for you and you can get your money
back, if you used a credit card it should not be too difficult to
contest any charges on your account for this.
Jul 17, 2009 |
Acer Aspire 5520-5908 Notebook