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IBM THINKPAD R51 ERROR CODE

by ncboy187 / December 31, 2010 8:46 AM PST

I have a laptop that when i boot up, it gives me an error code then goes into a locked passcode that I do not know. The error code is 0271-check date and time settings. Then the passcode screen comes up. Does anyone know how to get pass this problem? I've been dealing with this for a year now.

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This is a factory issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2010 9:00 AM PST

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=YAST-3JZNDP notes the other models but the R51 appears to be the same. You get to have them reset it.
Bob

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Thinkpad r51 error code
by ncboy187 / January 8, 2011 2:34 AM PST

I had gotten a message to replace the cmos battery in the laptop and I am still getting the same error code. Is there something that I am missing on here? Would like to save money as best as possible.

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Yes, you are.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2011 3:14 AM PST

Today's laptops don't let us reset those passwords like that. It's done at the factory to curb thief. Sorry if you missed why this was done.
Bob

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(NT) Replace the CMOS battery.
by Coryphaeus / December 31, 2010 9:37 AM PST
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Replacing Cmos battery for IBM thinkpad r51
by ncboy187 / January 8, 2011 2:33 AM PST

I thank you for that response. I replaced the cmos battery and it still comes up the same thing. Is there something that I am missing? What would be the next step?

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Sorry to say that R. Proffitt is probably correct
by Steven Haninger / January 8, 2011 7:12 AM PST

There was a know issue with some Thinkpads that could lock a person out after a BIOS update if the laptop hadn't been set to turn off the password. I've read that this could possibly happen even if the user had never set a password. It required sending the machine in. There was a published hack which required a little bit of skill and familiarity with electronic components. This might be one. I'll link this hoping that it's not considered against forum policy. Obviously if it allowed people to steal laptops to use or resell, it wouldn't be allowed. Here goes.

http://sodoityourself.com/hacking-ibm-thinkpad-bios-password/

If any MODs see this as inappropriate, please delete with my apology.

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