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BIOS Password

I have a Lenovo 80H1, the HDD died recently. After replacing the hard drive I needed to get into the BIOS and found it had a master password. Must have come from the factory that way. Lenovo has no idea what it might be. I don't either. How can I get past it or reset it?

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Don't explode.

The new way is to make a bios password a factory only reset procedure. This was in response to stolen laptops. So to reset you contact the maker to find out how.

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Lenovo support...

Lenovo support website should explain what needs to be done. Thought, it can't bypass any password. If you had entered one, you were suppose to save it somewhere. Now, as stated to you, the only proper way to get pass this block is to find an "authorized Lenovo repair source" and use their services. Some cases the HD was part of the process because it was stored there -OR- used a process assigning values that the HD was part of. Newer laptops have build-in security chips that have saved passwords stored but again this isn't an end user access direct corrective process, w/o tech skills. Also, be 100% sure what password is being asked for, you state "bios" but there are other passwords too. Check link:

http://www.top-password.com/blog/how-to-reset-lenovothinkpad-bios-password/

Of course you can YouTube or google away possible fixes or hacks, but that's a chance you take. if you had no such issue before, then possible the HD was center of this problem outside of actual bios.

tada -----Willy Happy

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You are NOT Lenovo support

Just fyi willy this is factory set master password to the bios. Lenovo says there is no way to bypass or reset it. and they do not keep records of these. According to Lenovo the only way around it is to replace the motherboard.

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While I agree with both Willy and you.

This issue does have owners melt down and flame at others. Since you have Lenovo's answer you can take Willy's good hearted advice on what to try and where to look.

As to me, I know this area in general as well as why it happened. Be sure to use the Lenovo boards about this issue too. I find them with a google.

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what about reflash the BIOS?

NT

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That's an iffy proposal.

I find the maker's BIOS often retains security and settings. The makers were asked by owners and governments to help slow down/thwart theft. So here we are with possible unintended consequences.

"Can you lock it down?"
-> Done.

Post was last edited on February 11, 2017 12:25 PM PST

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worth a try if replace motherboard is the other option.

worth a try if replace motherboard is the other option. Even flashing it with a desktop BIOS and then overflashing that with the proper BIOS would be worth trying in such situation.

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Let's hope they answer Kees' question.

Sometimes I encounter folk that "need" to get into the BIOS to change boot options to reinstall the OS to the new OS. This need is often not needed as we use the BIOS's other boot menu to boot the restore media and get the machine back into operation.

It would be a shame to replace a board or change the BIOS when it's one of the usual issues with what may be an easy fix.

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It can be done

but it's a rarely revealed hack that involves shorting across the BIOS chip pins itself and no guarantee it still works for newer BIOS. Seek and ye shall find it.

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Re: they don't keep records

Then I suppose they told you that BIOS password when you bought the machine (like with a phone both the default password is told, and the PUK-code that must be used if you forget your password). In that case, you could have written better "I did not keep a record of it".

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NOPE

I still have all original documentation and it does not mention any passwords. After doing some research I found that the master password (bios) is written in an eeprom chip. That cannot be flashed at least not without killing the chip then having to replace it. Which costs more in time than replacing the motherboard. This piece of **** Lenovo/ibm is made in china and I think it's a great big F/U to the Americans who buy them. While the chinks laugh all the way to the bank!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: had to go into BIOS

Why did you have to go into the BIOS after replacing the hard drive?

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