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#1 2014-08-12 19:51:50

olegabrielz
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ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

I got myself another Old ThinkPad (Z60m) but the bios was locked down. Is there a way to fix this without to much trouble?

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#2 2014-08-12 20:02:20

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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

A quick google gives

From the service manual
Attention: If the SVP has been forgotten and cannot be made available to the servicer, there is no service procedure to reset the password. The system board must be replaced for a scheduled fee.


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#3 2014-08-12 20:02:38

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#4 2014-08-12 21:10:30

olegabrielz
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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

@damo: They wrote the service manual. If there is a way to fix this, they would not put the answer there wink
@Head_on_a_Stick: I did try what they described in http://www.tech-faq.com/reset-ibm-think … sword.html, but there are something I don't understand. What do they mean by writing "Short circuit the two password pads"?
I did really like the http://sodoityourself.com/hacking-ibm-t … -password/ way of resolving the problem. A bit more adventurous for sure  smile

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#5 2014-08-12 21:14:47

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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

^ I'm sorry I haven't a clue --- I don't have a ThinkPad (I wish!), I just used the power of startpage...

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#6 2014-08-12 21:16:29

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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

you could try contacting the one who gave/sold it to you, or did you do that first anyways?

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#7 2014-08-12 21:29:53

olegabrielz
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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

@Head_on_a_Stick: If you behave nice, and you want an old one, I might send you a T60 for cristmas  big_smile

@CSCoder4ever: That won't help. I got it from the father of someone that is no longer with us  sad

Last edited by olegabrielz (2014-08-12 21:35:22)

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#8 2014-08-12 22:02:14

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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

@OP

I have read that the only fix is a hardware one ie board/chip replacement, or risk shorting out A to B (whatever A and B are!). Which is why there isn't a procedure in the service manual.


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#9 2014-08-12 22:25:11

olegabrielz
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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

damo wrote:

@OP

I have read that the only fix is a hardware one ie board/chip replacement, or risk shorting out A to B (whatever A and B are!). Which is why there isn't a procedure in the service manual.

I have also tried to read my way to a simple solution, but with no luck sad The most promising example of "doing it your self" solution I did find, also mentioned by Head_on_a_Stick, is the more adventurous way described here  smile  Could be fun  big_smile

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#10 2014-08-12 22:25:28

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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

^^ Service manual suggests pulling out the CMOS ("backup") battery.

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#11 2014-08-12 22:45:16

olegabrielz
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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

@Alad: I did try that but it did not work sad The computer only gives you a slap on the rist when resetting the CMOS. It looks like the bios password are stored somewere else and are not affected by total power loss in the motherboard  sad

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#12 2014-08-13 21:45:46

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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news;

T43/T43p, R52, T60/T60p, R60, X60/s, Z60t/m/p and Z61 series don't use 24RF08, but more advanced security chips like PC8394T-VJG or secure storage chips PC8394 Tools are needed to unlock the new models.

source

Although that thread is still going. Looks like your best bet.

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#13 2014-08-14 13:40:25

olegabrielz
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Re: ThinkPad Z60m Backdoor Bios Password??

@wuxmedia: Thank you for the link. That gives me some hope for my old Z60m  big_smile

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