Laptop problem

  Chaz10 20:32 01 Apr 2006

Been given a IBM 600e laptop to fix the hard drive failed so i got a new one, all that happens now is the logo screen comes on then after about 30 secs a white symbol (looks like a beer can) and a padlock next to it any ideas, oh and i can't seem to access the bios, says hold F1 on startup but nowt.

Any help would be grateful


  PC Bilbo 21:08 01 Apr 2006

Sounds like a password on POST problem.Try clearing CMOS but if that does not work IBM's fix is :-

Quoting from the ThinkPad 600/600E (2645) Hardware Maintenance Manual:
How to Remove the Power-On Passwords
If only the power-on password is set, do the following to
remove the power-on password.

1. Power off the computer
2. Remove the DIMM cover on the bottom side of the
3. Short-circuit the two password pads or put the
For the location of the password pads or jumper, see
the “Locations” section for each model.
4. Under the short-circuit condition, power on the
computer and wait until the POST ends.
After the POST ends, the password prompt does not
appear. The power-on password is removed.
5. Reinstall the DIMM cover.

If both the power-on password and the supervisor
password are set, do the following to remove the

1. Power on the computer by pressing and holding F1.
2. Enter the supervisor password. The Easy-Setup
menu appears.
3. Click on the Password icon.
4. Click on the Power on icon.
5. Enter the supervisor password and press the Space
6. Press Enter twice.
7. Click on Exit; then click on Restart.

The power-on password has been removed.

  Chaz10 21:16 01 Apr 2006

the password is on the hard drive it seems, how can i format it using a desktop pc (i've got a cable that connects to the HDD and plugs in the usb but windows XP isn't seeing it)any ideas


  ade.h 21:23 01 Apr 2006

Chaz - found you the ideal product click here This will allow you to fit the lappy drive internally in your desktop. Don't woory about mounting it; just lie the tower on its side with the panel off and you can lie the hard-disk (face plate downwards) on part of the case. It'll be perfectly happy like that. Then you can format it easily.

(Just as well that the password isn't stored on a TPM!).

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