Re: IBM ThinkPad 390X Master Password

Re: IBM ThinkPad 390X Master Password


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Posted by John on May 18, 2001 at 15:03:05:

In Reply to: IBM ThinkPad 390X Master Password posted by S.A.M. on January 22, 2001 at 23:48:20:

: Locked up my thinkpad and forgot the password...tried everything. Could anyone tell me if there is any way to get into the system?
I READ THIS A FEW DAYS AGO ... hope this helps
his name is DIESEL79@yahoo.com his email address
Name: john
Date: May 15, 2001 at 12:35:41 Pacific
Subject: IBM Thinkpad lost HD password

Reply:
Just to clear up some things, first of all thinkpads do have HD passwords. It is stored in encrypted form in track 0 of the drive and there really is no good way to get it out and still save the data on the drive.
Second of all thinkpads have NO cmos jumpers!
They are NV RAM cmos chips and do not require a battery back-up to maintain memory.
There are two kinds of cmos passwords on a thinkpad. 1.User password- remove floppy or cdrom drive and look carefully for a jumper underneath the second battery terminals. With the power off jump across them with a screwdriver and leave it in place while booting the computer.
2.Admin password-bad news-the only thing you can do with this one is short the cmos chip itself. You can tell the difference by if it gives the code 158 before asking for the password. If you need to know how to do this one e-mail me and i will give you further info. Sounds like you probably have a harddrive password to which i really dont know the answer without destroying the data.




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