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IBM Laptop System Password

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.

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  • Le trip Aug 08, 2008

    Thanks for a very prompt response! I'll venture in and try the short circuit first then IBM. I'll post on the site how it goes. Cheers!



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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.

Also, if none of this works, you may look at this link, its a bit technical though:

Hope this helps...

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