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Lenovo Thinkpad T60 BIOS password

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Lenovo Thinkpad T60 BIOS password

#1 Post by Bready_To.Toast » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:10 pm

Earlier this year in January 2017 I bought my Thinkpad T60 used for 50 bucks along with a T61p that i got for another 50 bucks but a few days ago the CMOS died in the T60 and I didn't know at the time that the T60 has a password on the BIOS died when i went to boot the laptop it gives me an error saying somthing about how the "System has been Tampered with" and its forcing me to put a password in so i can boot the laptop but i dont know the password is there a way to bypass the password check?

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T60 BIOS password

#2 Post by rkawakami » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:17 pm

Welcome to thinkpads.com!

Standard recommendation, as per factory guidance, is to replace the motherboard when faced with a supervisor (aka BIOS) password. However, I'm not exactly sure that is what you are seeing. Typically, when the BIOS password is set and the CMOS battery goes dead (or is momentarily disconnected), the next time the system is booted you are presented with a lock icon on the screen; no such wording of "system has been tampered with" should occur.

If you can post a link to a picture of your boot screen, that might help. This forum does not allow uploading images so you should host the picture(s) elsewhere (any free image hosting service can do) and then post a link to those images.

A general reminder when receiving a 'new' Thinkpad: The first thing to do is to see if you can access the BIOS. If you are presented with the lock icon and you weren't given the BIOS password by the seller, then return the system ASAP and get your money back.
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad T60 BIOS password

#3 Post by Bready_To.Toast » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:21 pm

What will happen is when i boot it will show the system tamper error then ill press enter then it will take me to the screen with the lock, and ill make sure to post the pics somewhere

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