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IBM Thinkpad A22m power-on password

Postposted on Sun Jan 25, 2004 10:49 pm

I have inadvertantly reset the power-on password on my IBM Thinkpad A22m laptop. I do not want to pay IBM $180 to fix it. I am open to any suggestions as to how I can remedy this problem as I am unable to use my laptop because I am locked out of it. Thank you.
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Postposted on Sun Jan 25, 2004 10:58 pm

Is this religious or political?
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Postposted on Sun Jan 25, 2004 10:58 pm

try removing the backup battery to reset all bios parameters.
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Postposted on Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:23 pm

oh man.. rest the bimos, that is what I say.
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Postposted on Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:30 pm

You got a reciept for that thing? :)
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Postposted on Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:44 pm

That also works :D
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Postposted on Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:56 pm

Moved here by Henry44 for lack of a better place.
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Postposted on Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:35 am

Duplicate thread deleted. Please only post the thread into one forum. Thanks.

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Postposted on Mon Jan 26, 2004 1:26 am

Dup was probably my fault. I didn't delete the shadow thread. I didn't know what that was and was too chicken to delete without information.

Also, I didn't see the mobile tech forum, or I'd have moved the thread here in the first place.

I'm still new to this mod thing, bear with me.
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Postposted on Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:23 am

merlin

Try putting it in, merlin is supposedly the manufacturs bios password.

I did a google search and came up with a lot.

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=m ... word+reset
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Postposted on Mon Jan 26, 2004 7:24 am

http://www.ja.axxs.net/unlock/password_recovery.htm
http://www.nortek.on.ca/hdd_pw.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardwar ... 17682.html

Have you tried the battery trick? (to remove the BIOS pass so you can change your settings?) I'm not sure that would help, as I don't recall how exactly the power-on pass works in Thinkpads. You can probably do something from the BIOS.
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Postposted on Mon Jan 26, 2004 10:01 am

henry44 wrote:Dup was probably my fault. I didn't delete the shadow thread. I didn't know what that was and was too chicken to delete without information.

The shadow thread is a temporary thread that only stays visible in the originial forum it was posted in until you visit that forum again. As far as I know you can't delete it. The double post was a result of the original poster posting twice.

henry44 wrote:Also, I didn't see the mobile tech forum, or I'd have moved the thread here in the first place.

Heh, no worries. The General Hardware forum is a good a place as any, I only moved it to this forum because he had posted the dup in here. It only had one reply (that wasn't ontopic) so I thought it best to delete it and replace it with this thread.

henry44 wrote:I'm still new to this mod thing, bear with me.

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Postposted on Mon Jan 26, 2004 10:07 am

Pulling the battery won't do it. If it is legit call support, there are two contact points near the battery that when shorted will reset the power-on password. If you set the hard drive password your sh*T out of luck as this can't be reset.
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Postposted on Mon Jan 26, 2004 10:22 am

Niteslayer wrote:Pulling the battery won't do it. If it is legit call support their are to contact points near the battery that when shorted will reset the power-on password. If you set the hard drive password your sh*T out of luck as this can't be reset.


Follow my links. Apparently it can be done, but they don't seem to be willing to do it for free.
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IBM Thinkpad Power-on password

Postposted on Tue Jan 27, 2004 9:27 am

Thank you all. Will try your suggestions and let you know. :wink:
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Postposted on Tue Jan 27, 2004 9:45 am

Thats the pitts they charge an arm and a leg for something that should be given to their customers...did that come with a recovery cd or os disk? If all else fails that may be your only option.
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Postposted on Tue Jan 27, 2004 9:56 am

Recovery cd won't work.

Tip: Never set bios password if you are forgetful.

Its heck to undo, and it should be. Removing the battery and shorting NVRAM should reset to factory default in most cases.
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