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i bought the laptop off a friend who told me that his uncle gave it to him cause it was old.   he tried to mess around w/ the bios and set a password that he can not remember....    I tried removing the bios battery for days and still the pswrd shows, i tried taking the whole laptop appart and shorting all points of power and still no work.

if anyone knows how to remove it... or if there is a posibility that the motherboard can be messed up and have a permanent password, please return your comments... thank you...

Leo,
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by:cookre
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Here are the words from the horse's mouth:
ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub/pccbbs/mobiles/37l5153.pdf

Note that if it's the HDD password that was forgotten, they claim no recovery, however, for a price:
http://www.onlink.net/nortek/hdd_pw.html
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Thinkpad 390/i Series 1700 [2626, 2627]
Thinkpad 390E [2626]
Thinkpad 390X / i 1700 [2624, 2627]
A. Power off the computer.
B. Remove the battery pack and AC Adapter.
C. Remove the backup battery (RTC) for 20 minutes or use a screwdriver to touch the backup battery (RTC) for 1 second.
D. Put back the backup battery (RTC).
E. Power on the computer and wait until POST ends.
F. Verify that the password prompt does not appear.


Hope this helps!
 
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