01-30-2009 02:59 PM
01-30-2009 03:30 PM
The only information I have is the model number (8741-CTO) and the operating system that was on them prior to the wipe (two were xp professional and one was vista ultimate)... how the heck do I order these parts?
If Lenovo can't help then you might want to consider this option.
01-30-2009 08:25 PM
You can do a search on the web for ways to reset the bios power up password.
if it is a supervisor password the only waty to reset that is to replace sustem bd. If you can read one serial number and model type you can order a set of rcd's.
01-31-2009 04:52 AM
01-31-2009 06:21 AM
01-31-2009 07:25 AM - edited 01-31-2009 07:28 AM
Yes, I know all about the supervisor password situation. Unfortunately these were part of 1000+ notebooks the surplus depot was auctioning off in lots and the supervisor password situation seems to have be on departmental level and unique to only a small subset of those sold. This is a state institution and, as such, little details like passwords tend to fall through the cracks. Since they were auctioned off and are no longer university property, the records (such as who had them/serial numbers/etc) were removed from the auditing system. I'm not going to return them because I got them for a song. Thus, I am going to be spending the next couple of months using some of my spare time to track down the department they came from using the tried and true method of trial-and-error. In the mean time, I would like to have them operational and having the supervisor password is irrelevant for this, since the system tries to boot from the optical drive and then the hdd. You know, why can't they put the serial number and what not inside the battery bay where it is less likely to come into contact with foreign substances/greasy hands/sharp surfaces? But more importantly, why is it such a hassle to order these disks? I mean, I have had to order restore disks in the past from HP and it is easy as pie. I just place my order with the parts system online, no serial numbers, no calls to tech support, or any other nonsense needed. Seriously, it isn't like these will work on a non-Lenovo system since you still need a valid key/slic in the system's eeprom. The search continues, but I think I will go the e-bay route for the XP Pro disks. I still need the Vista Ultimate recovery disks, however.
01-31-2009 09:14 AM
Seriously, it isn't like these will work on a non-Lenovo system since you still need a valid key/slic in the system's eeprom...
There is still a potential licensing issue. Suppose your T60p came with XP Pro. You can buy a set of Vista Business Recovery media for less than the cost of the official XP to Vista upgrade. Granted that Recovery wipes out your HD so you'd need to reinstall/config your applications.
I've had an ongoing argument with IBM PC (then) division management about their not shipping recovery media with all ThinkPads that goes back to the 770 (and maybe even earlier.) By contrast the el cheapo Dell Vostro 220 that a friend bought a couple of weeks ago came with a full set of recovery discs, including Vista.