I bought a used IBM Thinkpad...when I start it up, it wants a
password(BIOS-not windows). It won't even boot up or start to
loadwindows. How do I reset BIOS password (new motherboard?) or
getwindows to load?
I tried to reload windows, but it won't let me...it's a great laptop, but I can't get it to go beyond the DOS startup.
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you can go to the BIOS setting? if you can,look for "Boot Device Priority" or something like that,it's usually placed on Advanced settings. Set the first boot device as your harddisk,save the settings and restart your computer Please let me know if it's working or not
If you are talking about the Boot, HDD, Bios password, then the only one way to recover it is to implement a chip on the systemboard to shorcut the protection or to contact Lenovo for a systemboard replacement.
Unfortunalty, no other ways other round.
Thanks and have a nice day
http://sodoityourself.com/hacking-ibm-thinkpad-bios-password/ better find somone to do it for you ..or a friend that has some skills on electronics...cause its not that easy ..but not really complicated...another solution is to contact the manufacturer ..cause they might have some kinda supervisor or backdoor password for all them models......this particular model has the password stored in a special chip ...that does not delete itself after removing or shorting the bios power...
the default BIOS password for this model is merlin but if that doesn't work you have a hard drive password set and may for lack of a better term be screwed. You can try zero wiping the harddrive from another system assuming you have the right cabling/adapters.
If the Hardrive is locked but the BIOS password works you can also acquire a new hard drive cheaper than a password cracker in most cases.
Sound like a memory chip has failed. Try removing the memory, I believe these have on board, but not sure. If it doesn't have on board, you will need at least one chip in. If the problem is still there, try removing the CD drive, occasionally they can cause a no start. If it's not the memory or the CD drive, then try a bios flash. You will need to create a bootable disc from IBM's support site using a different machine (obviously).
If the bios flash doesn't fix it, them the problem will lie with the motherboard.