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Thinkpad 3890XD BIOS

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I just recieved my notebook back after lending it out over the weekend.  My freinds company runs NTwrkstn that their admin setup.  When I went to reload my backup after fdisk / formating I went to change the BIOS back and he pswd'd it.  He was fired on Monday and I can't get in touch with him and I don't have time to send in to get serviced.  If any one can help I sure would appreciate it.  It's a matter of Life or Unemployment!!!!!
Thanx!
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by:j_powers
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I have some bad news for you, because I deal with ThinkPads all the time, and there is no switch to change this. The reason why is for security, and theft reasons.

It is just a jumper that needs to be set in to clear the CMOS, but you will need to open the computer to do it, and that can be hard to do. And if you open the computer, IBM may void all warranties.  

Here is the official document from IBM. Good Luck

TP General - How to remove/add/change a power on password


How to set, remove or change a Power On Password on your IBM ThinkPad 365X, 380, 385, 560, 600, 750, 755, 760, 765, 770.

Note: Do not forget your Power On Password! If you forget your power-on password, you cannot reset it. You have to take the computer to an IBM authorized reseller or IBM marketing representative to have the password canceled. Proof of purchase is required, and an additional charge might be required for the service.

Choose which option you wish to perform:

Remove a Power-On Password
Setting a Power-On Password
Changing a Power-On Password

Removing a Power-On Password:
Remove the password by following the procedure below. This operation removes the Power-On password.

You must remove your password at the password prompt that appears when you turn on the computer. To remove the password, at the prompt, Enter your current password, press the Spacebar and then press Enter.

Setting a Power-On Password:
1. Start Easy-Setup by pressing and holding F1 and then turning on the computer.
2. Select Password icon and then select the Power-On icon.
3. Type your desired Power-On password; then press Enter. You can use any combination of up to 7 characters. Use a combination of any letters or numbers (A to Z, 0 to 9) in uppercase (A) or lowercase (a). Uppercase and lowercase letters are treated the same.
4. Type your Power-On drive password again to verify it; the press Enter

Changing a Power-On Password:
1. Turn off the computer and wait at least 5 seconds; then turn it on.
2. When the Power-On drive password prompt appears, type your current Power-On drive password; then press Spacebar.
3. Type the new password; then press the Spacebar. Use no more than 7 characters.
4. Type the new password again to verifiy it; then press Enter.

Note: This document applies to the X models of the 365 systems which are the following: 2E9,2R9,3E9,3R9,6E7,7E7.


 

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by:trentm
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I went to the manufacturer and paid thru the nose and had it fixed.
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by:cosmoar
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You can get you password removed by third party comnpanies.

The password resides ON THE SYSTEMBOARD for US/Can Security.  There is no way around it.

If you want to have IBM remove it, it requies a new system board, and a new HDD (only if a supervisor password has been set).

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