Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad 390 E Notebook ?

IBM 390E Laptop. Local computer shop replaced the

\015 IBM 390E Laptop. Local computer shop replaced the CMOS battery (clock-calendar would not keep up), and now it needs a password which I do not have. Any solutions for this problem? Bob\015

Answers :

Since this occurred after going to the shop and having the battery replaced. Bring it back to the shop and they should remedy this situation for you free of charge.
Old IBM laptops have NVRAM, and they wont reset just by removing the CMOS battery, the password is called power on password, and , depending on settings it will start before or after post.

If password is asked after post you can use a software bootable cd to recover the password.

If the poroblem has arisen after you had the laptop serviced , then the best solution is going back to the shop and asking them to reset the password, as this is caused by human error, password does not setup by itself.

The ways to reset the password:

1 Software, this if the password is asked after post:

If you can boot the IBM ThinkPad,then you can use the KeyMaker software to recover the BIOS password.

2 Hardware, this if you cannot boot from CD, probably this also in your case:

  1. Power off the laptop \015\012
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  3. Rmove the RAM cover at the bottom of the computer. \015\012
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  5. shortcircuit with a small screwdriver the two password pads or put a jumper on the contacts to short it.\015\012
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  7. With contact shorted or jumped , power on the Thinkpad and wait until the POST ends. After the computer completes the POST power-on password will be removed. \015\012
  8. \015\012
  9. Reinstall RAM cover. \015\012
\015\012\015\012If both poweron password and supervisor password are displayed, do the following:
  1. Power on the computer by pressing and holding F1. \015\012
  2. \015\012
  3. Enter the supervisor password. The Easy-Setup menu appears. \015\012
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  5. Click on the Password icon. \015\012
  6. \015\012
  7. Click on the Power on icon. \015\012
  8. \015\012
  9. Enter the supervisor password and press the Space bar. \015\012
  10. \015\012
  11. Press Enter twice. \015\012
  12. \015\012
  13. Click on Exit; then click on Restart. \015\012

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