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IBM ThinkPad model 2628

You asked if my problem is a startup or Windows 2000 password. The password is for startup, not the Windows 2000. And I can't boot the computer up from a CD. You asked a question, not a solution.

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  • scjavna Jun 27, 2008

    It is probably a solution, but I can't tell until I do it. I think it is a fix for a difficult problem, and maybe the only solution.

  • scjavna Jun 28, 2008

    I have the same reaction to your interesting workaround method for getting the password as Irishdruid; I'm leary of damage in taking the case apart--although I have done this many times with larger computers--and of finding that the circuitry is different from the photos, and also leary of damaging the cables which are designed for a tight fit.

    I tried Irishdruid's link but was denied admission to the site.


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I've sent you a solution

Here it is again

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  • Ekse Jun 27, 2008

    I've contacted a collegue who worked for IBM I'l let you know if he has any other solutions to this.

  • Ekse Jun 28, 2008

    My collegue Irishdruid has responded to the problem im not sure if you have seen hes solution but im posting it here for you to see.

    He has worked for IBM


    The IBM TP2628 has the password encoded on a chip, and the usual method of removing the CMOS battery/ changing jumpers will not work. You will have to contact IBM tech support in this regard.

    Of course, the link provided by Ekse is a great workaround, but much too risky, and the actual chip on your model may differ from the one in the article..

    Try this may help:

    Hope that helps!

  • Ekse Jun 28, 2008

    Im also unable to open the link and I can't understand the website. I'l get back to you about the file if required.


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