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dekerf22
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T42 Can't change BIOS settings

I can get into the BIOS fine, I just can't change any of the settings in the BIOS settings screens because it says I need to be in 'admin' mode. I've entered the BIOS by hitting the blue 'Access IBM' button, F1, or F12 and I run into the same problem regardless. This was previously my brother's laptop and he set a BIOS password which I know and he was telling me one of the F-keys will get you into admin mode but he forgets which one.

 

Thanks for any help.

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Re: T42 Can't change BIOS settings

You'll need to know the supervisor password, if you don't have it, Lenovo's solution is to replace the system board. 

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dekerf22
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Re: T42 Can't change BIOS settings

Thanks for the response, I'll ask my brother, he must have the supervisor password since its set to have one. Seems like an odd feature. I mean, why have an admin bios password AND a normal user password?? If the normal user can't change anything it seems pretty pointless. I guess extra security.

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Re: T42 Can't change BIOS settings

There are some things you can change I believe, depending on your model, but you can't make any major changes. It also depends on the settings the supervisor set. What I find annoying is that they didn't design a way to reset a lost password even if you prove the laptop belongs to you. 

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dekerf22
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Re: T42 Can't change BIOS settings

Welp I finally got the password and turned all that crap off. Thanks

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Re: T42 Can't change BIOS settings

excellent decision. Bios passwords should only be used in rare cases. For years used corporate thinkpads were dumped on the market with passwords, which only served to tarnish thinkpads reputation when buyers get stuck with them. Luckily the brokers have learned not to accept them unless the corp remove the passwords first.

ThinkPad W-510 i7-820QM(1.73-3.06GHz) Quad Core... ThinkPad T500, T9900, 8gb SSD...FrankNpad T-60p/61p (X9000 2.8ghz) 8gb SSD ips FlexView...ThinkPad T-61p (T9300 2.5ghz) 8gb ram...Thinkpad X-61 Tablet 4gb ram...ThinkPad A-31 (1.9ghz P4 1.5gb ram)