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remove a bios password from a lenovo think pad  x120e

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when i power up my lenovo i get a locked screen. i need to bypass or reset this password. in the cmos i don't have any reset tools. please help!! this is my first IBM LENOVO. AND I'M LOST.  HOW CAN I FLASH THE OS AND RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL STATE
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by:Tony Giangreco
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You need to set a jumper on the motherboard to drain the cmos power. this removes the bios password.

I suggest googling it with your laptop model.
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016 earned 168 total points
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According to Lenovo, you must take it in for service to reset the password:
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=migr-59377

However, the second post at this link describes a way to do it yourself:
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkStation/S20-How-to-reset-BIOS-password/td-p/541591

Regards, Joe
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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The x120e is a business machine with the password stored in non-volatile RAM (NVRAM) not in the CMOS, so a CMOS reset will only restore the laptop settings it won't remove the password and as NVRAM doesn't require power to retain its contents pulling the batteries won't help either.  You'll need to get Lenovo involved and prove ownership for them to reset at a cost.

It's not in the S20 class that the link above describes.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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MASQ,
Thanks for the correction — much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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You can't remove the password, without knowing it !   -->  ( what good is a password that can be "repaired" ?)
modern laptops keep it in a security chip - for anti-theft reasons
resetting the bios does not help;  nor does removing the battery, since the password is not in there
you would need to know in what chip it is, and how to reset that
you have to turn it in to the manufacturer, and show proof of ownership - then they can help
or replace the mobo !
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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by:nobus
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Joe, Masq and my post answer the question
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Thanks again, thermoduric. Regards, Joe
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