IBM Thinkpad has padlock on power up ?

Posted on 2009-02-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
When I power up my friends IBM thinkpad it comes up with a small padlock symbol with the number "1" in it ?  It appears to be looking for a password ?  What is going on ?
Question by:Bloxsom
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    Ehm.... And what does your friend have to say? He/she knows of no password?
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    Is this an icon on the screen/desktop or on the IBM case itself?

    If it's on the case, I would think that it indicates that the number pad lock is active, making some of the keys function like a number pad.  I know that on some laptops this is configured on boot to be active.

    What is happening that indicates you need some password?

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    It boots to a blank screen except there is a small icon of a monitor and then a padlock next to it and then a blinking courser.  If I type a something it "x"'s out the letter like a password and then puts an "x" below it for every password try up to three.  Then it locks me out.  This looks like it is coming from the bios because it is so cryptic.
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    Yes, I think that comes from the BIOS and is a system password. There's probably a way to clear it, but it would mean opening the box (not a small feat on a laptop) and clearing the BIOS.  Have you tried IBM tech support?

    Author Closing Comment

    I was able to reset it by removing the main battery and unplugging the coin lithuim battery underneath it for ten seconds and then plugging it back in.

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