Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook ?

I donated 100.00 for my friends IBM thinkpad T30 p-4 xp as/is thinking I could get it fixed. Not long before it began (see symptoms below) I knew it was working fine cause we surfed the web on it and i checked my email. My friend said the issue began after she let her relative keep it for "try before U buy" thing. They returned it in the condition it is in. My friend did not want to charge me cause she was going to give it to goodwill but I didn't care she deserved something. Meanwhile I called


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When you powered up the laptop did you get a padlock symbol on the top LH corner of the LCD screen?
\015\012If so, this is a Power on Password, and it won't allow the laptop to boot up until the correct password is entered.
\015\012This password is configured from the BIOS and the password is stored on an EEPROM chip. There are no backdoor passwords available.
\015\012The Power on Password can be removed but you need this password to get into the BIOS configuration to remove this password.
\015\012Please let me know if it is a power on password problem.
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\015\012When you boot up the laptop press the F1 function key to get into the BIOS configuration.
\015\012If you can get into the BIOS then check to see if the BIOS detects the hard disk, if it doesn't detect the hard disk then the hard disk is probably faulty.
\015\012If you cannot get into the BIOS configuration then re-seat the RAM in the laptop. If the laptop still doesn't work, take the RAM to your friendly computer repair/shop to get the RAM tested (not to the pro techo).
\015\012If the laptop does boots up with a message "no boot device found" this means it couldn't find the hard disk - most likely the hard disk is faulty.
\015\012Let me know the results of these tests and then I can advise you what to do next.
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To protect a laptop from being used after it has been stolen, it is possible to set a password on the laptop -- as soon as you turn the laptop on, you get the 'XXXXXXX' field, and you must enter the correct password, so that the computer will continue to start-up.
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\015\012So, somebody set a "BIOS-password" (also called a "power-on-password") -- either the technician, or the original owner, or the "friend", or the "relative". Ask them what password they created.
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\015\012To prevent a thief from using the computer, there is no easy way to "bypass" the password. Replacing the motherboard ($200? plus $100 in "labor") is one way to circumvent the password.
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\015\012Or, if you have the original sales-receipt, contact the manufacturer, and prove ownership, and they will assist you in resetting the password.
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