02-24-2010 10:14 AM - edited 02-24-2010 10:14 AM
Hi there, everyone! First, just a shout out to your amazing boards here... you've been a great resource!
I wish to do a clean install on my XP running ThinkPad R51, just to keep everything neat and tidy after years of reliable use. Before I start crying uncontrollably, here's what I've tried...
Okay... so loooong ago... I successfully created the Rescue & Recovery startup disc & the 6 product recovery discs. I also attempted to use the ol' AccessIBM A/K/A ThinkVantage button to start the process. It doesn't matter which path I take, I always end up at the same graveyard: R&R asking me for a CSS password/passphrase that doesn't exist. It also gives me an option to answer 3 questions to recover my password, but I've never answered those 3 questions before... So it won't let me run R&R at all, and sends me kicking and screaming back to Windows startup.
I've tried uninstalling R&R and CSS... and then reinstalling them. Etc... etc...
I've tried the whole battery thing.
What I haven't tried is just wiping the whole drive, and then trying to use the recovery discs... but I fear I'll just end up in the same ol' loop with it asking for a passphrase/password I never even remember setting in the first place.
I can successfully enter and edit the BIOS startup. I believe it's been flashed to the most current version.
Oh, and here's another prickly pear... the motherboard was replaced a few years ago under extended warranty after it went toes up. Could this be part of my password/phrase issues?
Can you folks help a brother out?
Thanks in advance!
02-24-2010 12:45 PM
sorry you didn't have any success with your post in the TVT board
Out of interest, have you tried booting from the R&R boot disc? Does it also ask for a password? Booting from the disc will not wipe the drive untill you tell it to, after you have clicked a few "yeses".
I've not been in the same situation, but have you tried the normal "no-password" - enter button or "admin"?
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02-24-2010 10:09 PM
Thanks for replying Andy! And also for removing my old post!
When I boot from the R&R disc, here are the events I experience:
Client Security passphrase:
[ ] I forgot my Passphrase or Windows Password
User name is autopopulated with my own...
Domain is autopopulated with my laptop name...
I have tried all the usual suspects for passwords. [ENTER], "admin", all my old standbys... nothing seems to work.
It will then kick me over to the three passphrase questions (or when I check the "I forgot my passphrase box,") but again none of those seem to work either.
Eventually, after three unsuccessful tries, I am kicked out to ye ol' Windows boot.
That's where I'm at, at the moment.
02-25-2010 12:28 AM
I think I may have found a solution... I'm not going to do the happy dance yet, but I'll keep you posted. I'll be sure to post my final resolution here when I know it has worked 100%. I just wanted to give you a heads up, St. Andy! I'm sure there are other poor souls drowning in Lake Lenovo that require your attention!