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Password Removal

image     image     Do these look familiar to you? Are you being locked out?

Have a look first at what Lenovo has to say about their ways of Password Removal (click link).

Still no luck?
Don't despair! Even if IBM and Lenovo say that such a password cannot be removed,
and that the only solution is to replace the (expensive) motherboard,
I have proven them wrong numerous times!

Should your laptop also be 'protected' by Computrace, I can remove that Phone-Home-Pest as well!

I have the equipment AND the knowledge to remove a Password, Passphrase or Computrace from almost ANY real Thinkpad.
Notice the words real Thinkpad!!
Excluded are Consumer-laptops such as SL300, SL400, SL500, B480, B580, G480, G550, G570, G580, Ideapad, U330, etc.
Off-the-wall machines such as these have a different password-storage system, in which I am NOT interested.

However, there is another limit: as modern techniques develop, so does Password- and Computrace-storage.
Newer machines use much more complicated chips, such as the MEC1633L. As a result, my regular equipment
is no longer suited for the likes of T440/T540/W540/X240/X1 Carbon Gen2/Helix/Yoga/P40 Series and later/newer models.
Although I do have the gear for them, it is becoming increasingly finicky and time-consuming, so I stopped at T440 and newer, sorry.

PLEASE NOTE: there is absolutely NO SOLDERING involved, and no chips will need to be removed/replaced!
If your laptop is still under warranty, it will remain intact (unless I have to break seals to gain access to the insides).

If your BIOS is locked, but you can still LOOK at the settings, click on Security and then Password.
Check if Supervisor Password is Enabled (or Disabled).
Next see if there is a setting for Using Passphrase. If yes, is it set to Enabled or Disabled?
If both are Enabled you need a Passphrase removed.
If there is no Passphrase setting, or Using Passphrase is set to Disabled,
then you 'only' need a Password removed.

Please note that all machines with UEFI-BIOS have a Passphrase without such an option being shown!!!

If you only can see one of the LOCK-icons above, you'll have to trust my fair judgement, once your machine arrives.

The location of the chip in which the Password/Passphrase/Computrace is stored, varies by Thinkpad type.
Several models have this chip on the motherboard's bottom, and require complete disassembly to access that chip.

You have the option to send in a stripped motherboard with CPU/fan/1 RAM module/keyboard,
or send in your whole laptop, but without charger/hard drive/CD-DVD-drive/battery (if removable).
For popular machines such as the T4x/R5x and T6x/R6x series, just a bare motherboard will do!
For other models, please inquire first.

To avoid abuse of this service, it will be limited to established members of the Thinkpad Forum!
Newcomers need not apply!

Prices valid as of January 1, 2017
   Password / Passphrase / Computrace Removal
Remove/What Description Mod-Price
US$
Shipping
US$
Remarks
Password send in Motherboard + Parts only 40.00 15.00 include parts as required/discussed above
Passphrase /
Computrace
send in Motherboard + Parts only 65.00 15.00 include parts as required/discussed above
 
Password send in your Laptop 60.00 20.00 without (removable) battery/charger/HD/CD
Passphrase /
Computrace
send in your Laptop 85.00 20.00 without (removable) battery/charger/HD/CD
 

The above shipping prices are valid for Continental USA.
For other destinations: please contact us.

Turnaround time is usually 2-3 business days.



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