Hello, I have 2 IBM Laptops, a T40 and a T42. I have a system password when it is first fired up, prior to booting windows. I have forgotton one of the system access passwords. Is there anyway I can get back into the laptop? If I can do this, I still have all the passwords for my Windows system. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
If you are comfortable with taking apart your laptop, open it up, find the lithium battery (it looks like a small silver disk usually) and pull it out. Then you take a metal object that conducts electricity and touch the bottom of the battery holder to the top end of it in order to short circuit the bios memory. That way, the bios memory is reset and you can get back into your computer. If you arent comfortable with it, find a computer-sav vy friend or go to your local computer IT place and have them do it for you. OR, you may call IBM and ask them to unlock it for you, over the phone, using a backdoor that only they have access to. But again, taking out the battery and shortcircuiting the CMOS (bios) memory is easiest (and cheapest) way to get back into your computer, unless IBM is willing to help. So try calling them first.
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Remove to your BIOS password download the CmosPwd, and follow the mention below instruction. Typical Usage for DOS and all Windows users:
1) Identify your BIOS manufacturer (usually displayed at boot-up)
Start in DOS, or start a DOS session in Windows 95/98/ME. For Windows
NT or Windows 2000 boot from a DOS or Windows 95/98 boot disk (you can
find boot disks at www.AnswersThatWork.com), and run CMOSPWD from your
boot floppy (or another floppy).
3) C: [Enter] cd CMOSPWD [Enter]
4) Type CMOSPWD at the DOS prompt and press Enter.
5) CMOSPWD will display a list of possibilities. Use the possibilities itemised against your BIOS manufacturer. Remember :
a) For AWARD BIOSes, use the Numeric Keypad (with NumLock ON). b) AWARD 4.50PG BIOS always accepts "AWARD_SW", or "d8on", or "589589". c) Old Phoenix BIOSes will accept "phoenix".
If the standard method does not work, then try to kill the CMOS
password with CMOSPWD /K (and press Enter), and then see if you can
get into the CMOS without a password. If you can, you successfully
"killed" the old CMOS password. DO NOT KILL THE CMOS ON LAPTOPS!
Yes by default the bios is unprotected/no password. All you have to do if you want to setup bios password just go to bios then create supervisor password then it will have password everytime you need to access the bios.
For info. bios password is not related to re-installation / installing your OS.
Unplug the laptop and remove the main battery. Remove the cover for the memory modules and you will also see the CMOS backup battery located there. Unplug it for 10-15 mins, then plug it back in, insert your main battery, ac adapter and boot the system. You will need to reset the system date again once the CMOS is cleared.
Regarding the issue with your password, one possible option to resolve it is using the system restore using the windows vista cd or using the boot advance option.
When you turn on the system, after you pressed the power button to turned it on just keep on tapping F8 key on the keyboard (depending on the system model) until you see an option to boot to "repair my computer". Follow the instructions. When you are in the Recovery option, select system restore and restore the settings back to the working date.
If system restore won't work. Last resort is to reinstall your Windows Vista. You may also ask you computer manufacturer if they have a recovery partition of your hard drive to restore your computer back to factory defaults.
You can try booting in the safemode to see whether the default administrator account is enabled. If it is there then log on to the administrator account and changed the password for the account.
If the administrator account is not enabled then you should have the Vista disc to do system restore. Boot the computer from the Windows VIsta disc.. when you see the setup screen look for Repair your computer link at the left bottom corner. Click that follow the instruction to do system restore.
IF you dont have the vista disc call you Acer support to find how to boot in to Win RE
Are you talking about the operating system admin password, or the bootup CMOS settings password(s). If it is windows, you can find the administrative password by downloading one of the freeware utilities at this link: