Why is there a security password?

December 17, 2010 at 14:00:07
Specs: IMB
I'm trying to use my old IMB Thinkpad A20m laptop from 1998 and when I turn it on it seems to require a password or something because there is a little lock symbol and the screen is just black. It hasn't been used in a few years but it never asked for a password, it automatically just started up. If anyone has any ideas of how to fix this it would be much appreciated!

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#1
December 21, 2010 at 10:45:05
there should be an option to access setting before this loads by selecting F2, or F1. this might allow you to get into the security settings. also check your power supply

mike


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#2
December 21, 2010 at 11:40:39
try logging on by leaving the password blank

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#3
December 21, 2010 at 18:09:24
When I press F1 or F2 it goes to a black screen and still asks for a password. The only thing that comes up on the screen is a lock at the top left corner

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#4
December 22, 2010 at 08:29:42
you could also try this;

http://www.paralaptop.com/lenovo-la...

mike


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#5
December 22, 2010 at 08:38:20
I would try that if I could actually get to the home screen, it won't let me do anything without the password :/

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#6
December 22, 2010 at 08:44:50
I would try holding the F1 key until you get to the administrator password(after startup)
then try leaving the password blank, or useng admin as the password.

I imagine at some point you set this password. you should be able to reset the startup password from the administrator point.

mike


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#7
December 22, 2010 at 10:02:26
I tried putting admin as the password, but after I hit enter, underneath the password there are small X's which I'm assuming is another password? It doesn't even go to the start up page, it just goes to the black screen.

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