How to Reset the BIOS Password of an IBM ThinkPad T30

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How to Reset the BIOS Password of an IBM ThinkPad T30
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IBM ThinkPad notebook computers are ideal for use in businesses where security is an utmost concern. A common method of securing business computers is setting a password that users must enter when turning the machine on. If you purchased a used IBM ThinkPad T30 notebook but you can't use it because of a password entry screen, this is one possible reason. If your ThinkPad T30 has a power-on password that you do not know, reset the password.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Turn the ThinkPad T30 off, then turn it over so that the closed screen faces down. Disconnect the power cable.

  2. 2

    Pull the release latch next to the battery pack, and lift the battery out of the computer using the indentation next to the release latch for leverage. In the corner of the empty battery compartment, see a second small, circular battery inside a plastic holder. A wire connects the battery to the ThinkPad T30 logic board.

  3. 3

    Remove the plastic battery connector from the logic board, being careful not to pull the wires themselves.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the Phillips-head screwdriver connecting the plastic battery holder to the inside of the ThinkPad T30 battery compartment. Remove the battery and holder together.

  5. 5

    Reconnect the power cable and turn the ThinkPad T30 on. The computer should boot fully without asking for a password. Turn the computer back off.

  6. 6

    Reconnect the round battery and place the primary battery back into its compartment.

Tips and warnings

  • It is also possible to set a hard drive password and a master password called a supervisor password on the ThinkPad T30. If one of these passwords has been set on your computer and you do not have access to it, the only way to resolve the issue is through hardware replacement. Replace the hard drive to reset a hard drive password or the logic board to reset a supervisor password.

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