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Unlock tool

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2023 6:57 pm
by PeterLinu
Hiyall,
I have the opportunity to purchase several older Thinkpads at a very cheap price. Trouble is, they're all 'locked' by a government department and there is no chance of retrieving the passwords. I understand that there is a tool that will do the job.
Can I buy it or make it?

Re: Unlock tool

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2023 9:49 pm
by RealBlackStuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z0HdLqgR_I
Made by a Forum member.
Works on most older Thinkpads up till and including xx30 models.
All you basically need is a pointed tweezer and steady hands.

Re: Unlock tool

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2023 2:28 am
by PeterLinu
What about newer Thinkpads?

Re: Unlock tool

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2023 3:49 am
by RealBlackStuff
For newer ones (from xx40 onward) you need an EEPROM reader/programmer/writer such as CH341A plus an 8-pin testclip and all sorts of weird and wonderful programs.
Plus you need to know where and what to change in the BIOS-readout.
For some of those (e.g. T440p), specific instructions/webpages have been made.
You're on your own from here on.

Re: Unlock tool

Posted: Tue Aug 08, 2023 7:03 am
by PeterLinu
I'm not that interested. Thanks anyway.