Re: Thinkpad T20 Supervisor Password

From: Mick (
Date: 02/14/04

Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 18:00:39 -0000

Killcmos wont do it as the system password doesnt let the lappy boot to
floppy.I have built the reader and used it successfully but am in
Yorkshire.If you want to post it to me let me know.

"AstraVanMan" <> wrote in message
> I've recently had cause to take my laptop to bits, which included removing
> the backup battery, and now on bootup it's saying "ERROR: 0271 - Check
> and Time Settings", and then prompting for a password, which I have
> to be the supervisor password, as I've tried the methods as specified in
> Hardware Maintenance Manual for resetting/removing the Power-on and Hard
> Disk passwords and they didn't work.
> According to the manual the only solution for this is to replace the
> motherboard, but that's 660 including VAT, and that's more than the whole
> laptop's worth!
> I've done quite a bit of searching, and apart from companies in America,
> Pakistan and Japan that have cropped up on some message boards, along with
> few people that have developed a device that'll do the trick, all of which
> seem quite hard to contact (plus I haven't a clue exactly where these
> are), the only real solution appears to be this one:
> A bit of googling around reveals fairly good reports about this method,
> I've seen how close together the pins are on the EEPROM chip and I really
> don't want to risk buggering my system up, so is there anyone out there
> (preferably in South-East England, or within an hour or two's drive of
> Berkshire) who's successfully used this method before (and already has the
> interface built and ready to go), and would fix my laptop for a reasonable
> fee?
> Or could someone recommend a reliable company or individual who could
> my password using an equally valid, but maybe slightly different method?
> Or does anyone produce some form of device that fits onto the EEPROM chip
> (sort of piggy-backs on) that could then link up to another PC and obtain
> the password?
> Cheers,
> Peter