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#1 Post by Nylo » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:39 pm

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Re: T61 Bios Password Reset Issue

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:44 pm

Welcome to the forum.

By removing the CMOS battery, you triggered the Supervisor password and locked yourself out of the system. There is no default PW, these are set by the user.

Given that the discussion of password cracking techniques are prohibited by the forum rules, the only solution that I can suggest is a motherboard replacement.

Good luck.
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Re: T61 Bios Password Reset Issue

#3 Post by Nylo » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:14 am

I figured as much.

What I don't understand is I set the BIOS pass, but now it doesn't work. I've only given the BIOS that one password.

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Re: T61 Bios Password Reset Issue

#4 Post by ajkula66 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:32 am

The Supervisor password might have been set by the previous owner, without you being aware of that fact. That's the only explanation that I can think of. These two (Supervisor and BIOS) passwords can be different and without knowing the Supervisor password, you have no way of actually getting back into the machine.

Good luck.
...Knowledge is a deadly friend when no one sets the rules...(King Crimson)

Cheers,

George (your grouchy retired FlexView farmer)

FlexView AARP club members:A31p, T43pSF, X60T

Abused daily: X200s


PMs requesting personal tech support will be ignored.

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Re: T61 Bios Password Reset Issue

#5 Post by Nylo » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:41 am

I did purchase that machine used years ago... darn!

Looks as if I'm going to have to go to the dark-side.

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