Normally when my laptop encounters problem, I will use the software ACCESS IBM provided to restore factory settings. But recently the password to software has not been recognised by the system. Please help
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If it has the blue IBM Access button on it, press that immediately after turning on the computer. It should load a page with options to run a recovery.
More info here:
To reset the machine back to the factory settings, just follow these steps:
1 Shutdown your machine and make sure that the charger is plugged in before doing the reset. Turn on the machine.
Press the blue Access IBM button
on your ThinkPad keyboard at the screen prompt. The screen prompt reads
"To interrupt normal startup, press the blue Access IBM button." This
interrupts the Windows reboot process.
Double click "Recover to Factory Contents" at the Access IBM predesktop menu.
Follow the recovery wizard
prompts to initiate the factory restoration process. Your ThinkPad will
automatically reboot upon completion.
IBM BIOS power on password, hard disk password are stored on an EEPROM chip and is almost impossible to crack. There are no backdoor passwords available.
These password protection are set to stop unauthorised access to data on the laptop, also moving the hard disk to another computer to read the data off the hard disk will not work either.
There is a way to hack into the EEPROM, but requires electronic hardware skills to build a reader device, a working computer and software.
For details on IBM password hack go to :- www.sodoityourself.com/hacking-ibm-thinkpad-bios-password/
You have not explained what is wrong with your computer.
Is the laptop working, does it boot up into Windows?
What are you trying to restore?
Are you trying to get into a previous Restore Point?
The Access button takes you into the BIOS, you can change the BIOS settings back to the Default settings (ie the factory default settings).
It is difficult to offer a solution without knowing the exact nature of the problem.
Turn your unit off.
then turn it back on.
Watch the display carefully, Press the Blue Access IBM button when you see the message
"To interrupt normal start up, press the blue Access IBM button"
Then double click on "Recover to factory contents"
Follow the instructions on the screen.
When the Recovery process finishes, press enter.
Your computer will start with the pre-installed OS, Drivers and software.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe