IBM Thinkpad I1400 2611

Ibm lenovo / 2611
December 5, 2009 at 08:28:40
Specs: Windows XP, 320
I got an IBM Thinkpad I1400 2611-472 from ebay, with no HDD. I installed a new hard drive, and much to my dismay, there's an HDD password lock on the system. The seller doesn't know the password. I checked the service manual and it says I need to remove the keyboard and lower plate to access the SW switches and turn #3 to ON to disable the HDD password... and there is the problem-I don't know where on the system board to look for these 4 switches! It's in no diagram. I don't even know what they look like. Any help as to where to find them would be great, I don't want to throw this thing out, but it's not really worth spending $150+ to have it fixed by an IBM dealer when I spent only $30 on the computer in the first place

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#1
December 5, 2009 at 08:58:27
The computer is probably stolen. IBM doesn't make it easy to circumvent the built in security. If it were easy then it would be useless.

You must have suspected the laptop was hot. Come on, $30?


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#2
December 5, 2009 at 09:11:53
The ebay seller has over 300 Positive feedbacks and sells quite a few used laptops, mainly for parts/repair. I was the only bidder on this item, hence the price. I've been using ebay for four years now, and I don't bid on electronics from any seller with less than 100 positive feedbacks to avoid 'stolen merchandise', and I also check service tags with my neighbor, a State Policeman, to be certain. It's not stolen, but I appreciate your post, even if it is rather condescending

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#3
December 5, 2009 at 09:49:24
The reason the hard drive was missing may have been because of the hard drive password.

I suppose it is possible the sale could be legitimate. However, I would think the motherboard and screen would bring more by parting them out.

Sorry if i have offended you. There is all kinds of stuff sold on eBay that is of questionable origin. If the person buying knows or suspects the origin of an item then they probably don't care and would give positive feedback.

The fact the laptop has the security it has indicates it isn't real old.

Perhaps I am totally off base with my assessment.


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#4
December 5, 2009 at 10:16:35
Are you sure it is a 1400?

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#5
December 5, 2009 at 10:17:35
I don't even know why there's any HDD password at all- it's a new hard drive. It's not the one that came with it, it had no hard drive when it arrived. I'm thinking I may try another HDD to see what happens
As far as offending me you didn't really, I just wanted it to be clear that while many ebay sellers are less than completely honest, and many buyers are very naive, I firmly believe in covering all the bases. I would rather lose money and get something back to the rightful owner than take a chance of legal action against myself.
Rebuilding laptops is just a hobby for me, and in this case it's just a slightly frustrating experience (I usually rebuild HPs)

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#6
December 5, 2009 at 10:26:35
jefro,
The 2611 has the password information and instructions to disable/re enable in the service manual. I just don't know where to find the 4 'SW' switches it mentions on the system board.
The tag on the bottom reads as follows:
Type 2611-472 S/N AA-DKZ2X.
There's also another tag that says
GPCC VOID IF REMOVED 102273
I suppose it's entirely possible it's not the original case...I wonder if I'm going to end up with an IBM bookend

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#7
December 5, 2009 at 10:45:20
The BIOS and hard drive passwords are saved on a chip on the motherboard. I don't know enough to help with the supposed switches but I would think that it would take more than that to get the drive to work.

How did the seller represent the laptop in the listing?


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#8
December 5, 2009 at 10:56:22
The ebay description said: "used Iseries laptop for parts or repair, needs caddy, two 6gb HDDs included. Boots to BIOS"
With the exception of the password everything is accurate

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#9
December 5, 2009 at 11:02:15
So, are there TWO drive bays in the laptop? Possibly with one still inside?

I didn't look up the model number but if it came with 6GB hard drives then it probably DOESN'T have all the security I thought it did. I think the hard drive password may have been stored on the drive with that vintage laptop.


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#10
December 5, 2009 at 11:07:33
Google for "hard drive password on IBM laptops.

http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthrea...


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#11
December 5, 2009 at 11:15:41
Both hard drives were in ziplock bags. There's only one bay, I think the seller just threw the second one in to sweeten the deal, though I never use anything less than 20gb.
I'm planning on getting cases & using both the 6gb hdds as USB externals for my daughter- they're cheaper than flash drives and not as easy to lose
The 2611 model had a 6Gb hard drive in the original factory specs, though I do know it can use a larger capacity HDD. Does this mean there's hope?


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#12
December 5, 2009 at 12:17:40
If this link is for your laptop the switches are on page 101.

http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pu...


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#13
December 5, 2009 at 14:08:38
Oops, never mind. OtheHill got it.

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#14
December 6, 2009 at 14:20:09
Those switches are not hard drive. I retired from IBM and know that model. It does not have a HD password from the factory.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#15
December 6, 2009 at 14:32:30
Jefro-
Is there any way to disable an owner 's HD password without bringing it to an IBM dealer? Is the lock symbol on BIOS even an actual HDD lock? It seems you're the one that can give an answer to my dilemma. I'm just trying to get this running for home use, and I really don't want to spend hundreds on it

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#16
December 6, 2009 at 17:37:47
Pretty darn rude for someone to say that a laptop for being sold for $30 is stolen. Check my listings, ID proudarmyspouse69
I have sold a ton of laptops on ebay, feedback rating is over 400 and NONE OF MY LAPTOPS ARE STOLEN! Also I have put laptops for as cheap as $4.00 and YES they have sold. Also I state exectly what is wrong with them and what is in them. DO I care what I sell them for NO! Unless I have money in the laptop it sell, like buying, a battery, new power cords etc. Some people do sell stolen stuff we all KNOW but not everyone. I sell my list cheap becasue we are a computer recyclig business, and I always start the laptops at $15, second time listing is $10 and then $8 and then $4 after that we take apart and sell the parts. Now I do have complete laptops for much more. But what I'm saying was that was very very offending for someone to state that because it was $30 it was stolen. They coudl be like us a computer recycling business and sell ther stuff no biggie. And also our stuff is either donated, or we buy it at a WHOLESALE PRICE! othehill- try doing alittle more research next time, before you put your foot, hands and head in your mouth.

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#17
December 6, 2009 at 18:07:17
proud

First of all I backed off after I realized the apparent age of the laptop. That said are you stating that you know where all your hardware comes from? How can you know?

The fact of the matter is that laptops are stolen and resold to unsuspecting folks everyday.

We have folks come here at least weekly with laptop problems involving passwords. They have bought them from pawnshops, eBay, Craiglist, etc. The one common thread is they don't know the passwords and neither does the seller.


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#18
December 6, 2009 at 20:00:37
This is actually funny, because I have bought laptops from proudarmyspouse69 (though not this one!).
HI! It's me, jjjsdad! I really don't think OtheHill meant any offense to anyone by his statement, my original post was ambiguous. I really didn't specify the age of the laptop, and had it been less than a year old, he would have had a legitimate point. He did back off, too. And it is true, a few dishonest sellers make many people wary of using ebay.
I don't know if we can delete the non-essential parts of these posts, but if so, we would be keeping other people from getting the wrong ideas about this forum.
My question at this point is my original one: Does anyone know how to remove this password without my bringing it to an IBM dealership?? :-)

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#19
December 7, 2009 at 06:06:57
I am a mod on this forum and could modify or remove responses. That said, I don't know if deleting part of the thread would make it any clearer.

It would also appear to be self serving. There is a second mod here plus the webmaster. I don't think this is that big of a deal.

I didn't check out the specs of the laptop but assumed it was newer due to a hard drive password.


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