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Lenovo Thinkpad r61i notebook
August 26, 2009 at 16:25:47
Specs: Windows XP
Hi Everybody,

I lost my power supply for my IBM Thinkpad R61i about 8 months ago, and since I didn't use it much, I didn't get around to buying a replacement until today. Now I can't remember the password to simply open the laptop. Does anyone know what I can do?

- Thanks!

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August 26, 2009 at 17:49:25
Your Lenovo has two passwords - Hard drive password & Power-on password. It is NOT possible to reset the password through a jumper configuration, or taking the CMOS battery out. There are only two methods of resetting the password:

1. Call up the laptop manufacturer, with the serial number of the machine, and proof of purchase. You will then be given a machine-specific supervisor password to unlock your machine.

2. If you have no proof of purchase for any reason, OR your machine can not be verified as legit, the bank on the best part of $200 to get it unlocked. In extreme cases, a new motherboard has to be installed.



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August 26, 2009 at 18:47:30
Thanks for your prompt response to my question. I worked on the Obama campaign and they sold us (at a discount) our laptops. Hopefully the manufactuer will see it was a campaign laptop and not require a reciept. If the motherboard is replaced I guess that would also make me loose the MS Office aps presently on it...

Thanks again for your help!

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