How to pick Kensington laptop lock

Does anyone know how to pick this lock?  The eu was fired yesterday and "forgot" to leave the combo so now the desk is cleaned off and the laptop is just sitting there.
Thank youNeed to pick this lock
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAsked:
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Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Set the combination to "0000" (the factory preset combination for many laptop locks) or to the current combination if you have changed it since purchasing it.

Insert a screwdriver or an included reset tool into the reset screw or pin. Rotate the reset screw or pin to the appropriate position. You may need to rotate the pin clockwise or counterclockwise 60 to 90 degrees.

Scroll the combination dials to select a new combination. Write down the combination.

Rotate the reset screw or pin to its original position. Test the new combination prior to connecting the lock to your laptop.

Let me know if this works or not.

o/
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Where in the picture does the screwdriver go?
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
I dont have a reset tool
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Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Hmm, the reset tool would be needed in my example.  Otherwise, bolt cutters or calling a locksmith might be necessary.  I do not have a suggestion for 'picking' the lock.  Sorry!
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
does anybody else have a suggestion?
Michael-BestCommented:
Bolt cutters will not work.
The  Kensington laptop lock is tensile steel.
You can freeze the locking mechanism and then break it:
See popsci.com
http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2012-08/gray-matter-how-science-helps-bike-thieves

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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Does this model take a "reset tool"?
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Do you have an idea of what model the lock is; do you have a guess at what model?  Did it come with keys that may have been retained elsewhere in the department?  When the desk was cleaned out were there a bunch of items that seemed non-important before being tossed?
Michael-BestCommented:
Only the original purchaser may have access to a reset tool.... you cannot bypass this so destruction of the lock by freezing and breaking it is the best option.
rindiCommented:
Just go through all possible combinations, starting with 0 0 0 0, then 0 0 0 1 to 0 0 0 9, then 0 0 1 0 to 0 0 1 9, and so on.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
all possible combinations = 10*10*10*10 = 10000 possibilities! And you have to keep track of where you are!

I agree with Michael-Best's solution & freeze the lock!
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
I probably wont be able to freeze it at the desk.

Does anyone know what the tool is by looking at the picture?
cpmcomputersManaging DirectorCommented:
Had this problem at the weekend
Bit drastic But I used a dremel power tool and ground it off in about a minute
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
where did you grind?
cpmcomputersManaging DirectorCommented:
Simply through the cable ( watch for the sparks - safety glasses etc)

drastic as I said, assuming you just want to release the kit without damaging anything but Kensington.

As stated bolt cutters will not do the trick

The Dremel I used was a model 300 with a 426 reinforced wheel from a 688 multikit
You may be able to get the 426 separately?

The Kensington was no use afterwards ( scrap) but freed up the device without a mark on anything else
 (not sure Kensington will thank me for this - but it may increase their sales :-)
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
How did you get the lock out of the chassis?
cpmcomputersManaging DirectorCommented:
The one I removed had a sort of "T" bar that went into the side of the device I then cut through that
Looking at your photo It should be possible to grind off the entire combination mechanism near to where it enters the laptop.

You can cover the laptop with an old blanket to protect it from damage.
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
I have got to find the combination
_Commented:
What about just asking the ex-eu for it (or have your legal dept, or someone that is 'friendly' with him, do it).
If he doesn't, (assuming the laptop is Company owned), let him know you (Company) will have to take him to court, for damaging Company property.

Don't get mad, don't get hostile. Be "matter of fact". See how that goes.
Don't forget to 'document' it, to show willful his refusal.
nobusCommented:
How do we reset the combination if the combination is unknown or is lost?  from :  kensington page

You can’t.  The combination can only be changed  if customer knows the previous set combination.  If the customer has forgotten the combination there is no way to reset it. However, if the customer registered the combination online at Kensington’s product  registration website then it can be retrieved and the customer can try the original combination.  If the combination code was not registered online at the time of purchase then there is no way to reset or unlock it.  There is no master or ‘backdoor’ combination code for any Kensington combination lock.
Michael-BestCommented:
You do not want to use an angle grinder unless you can prevent the massive amount of sparks and heat causing damage.
By freezing I mean by using a dusting spray can or two that contain Trifluoroethane. (liquid nitrogen being a hazardous option would be faster)
Hold the cans upside down and spay the lock until it freezes then use bolt cutters to smash the frozen lock.
Alternatively a high speed hand held Rotary Power Tool with a diamond tool bit will also work.
You can get this Rotary Power Tool and a diamond tool bit from a DIY or hardware store that stocks hobby tools.
FYI I have provided this hobbylinc.com link:
http://www.hobbylinc.com/rotary-power-tool-cutting-bits-grinding-bits
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Im waiting for my mgr to get with me.  Ive tried all the non invasive stuff.  Director thinks you just pull the lock while turning the numbers and feeling for a slight change but I didnt notice anything.
Michael-BestCommented:
Lock cracking by pulling on the lock while turning the numbers and feeling for a slight change works only for cheap combination locks.
Get a hearing device like you see in the movies and listen for the clicks...
It can be done, but Kensington claim that their locks cannot be cracked?
cpmcomputersManaging DirectorCommented:
I favour the approach suggested by Coral47  as a first off

If the EU is obstructive the deduction of the cost of the equipment and software from any monies due to him may also yield the required result?

If not,

Cut the cable so you can move the laptop to a workshop environment then either try the freeze method suggested by MIchael Best or take the device to a locksmith for picking

Or then more drastically as a final option

Get or borrow a dremel

A dremel is not an "angle grinder" but a small high power rotary tool. You can get all sorts of cutting grinding and drill bits for
The head I recommended is a cutter wheel
You will need to cover the laptop and protect your eyes as any operation like this will generate sparks.
Chop out all the combination parts and you can lift what is left out
If you are unlucky you may need to use a very fine cutting head ( Protective tape around the laptop to drill out the final bits
nobusCommented:
did you check if the lock was registered - or not?
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
its not
nobusCommented:
then you'll need to ask the previous owner - or cut it free
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Looks like HR will need to call the eu.  Im not going to be smashing things with hammers
joinaunionCommented:
Do you still have the little metal key with it? Should be attached to the cable.
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
No, but if I did, I'd still need the old combo to reset
joinaunionCommented:
No you wouldn't you would use factory 0000 combination. But you don't have key so makes things difficult.

Did you register the lock and your code with kensington?
joinaunionCommented:
What's the make and model of laptop?
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
combo not regitsered.

LT: 8460p
joinaunionCommented:
One option is to disassemble the laptop then you should be able to pop/force it out.
That is if your comfortable doing it.
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
A mgr emailed the end user and got the code
_Commented:
Excellent.     : )
nobusCommented:
as suggested by several...
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
I am glad that worked out for you, Mark!  Take care and thank you.
_Commented:
Thank you much.    : )
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Hope I did it right that time.
Sorry :(
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