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Instructions on how to actually unlock your ThinkPad (TP) are in the User's Guides

EEPROM Location and Type

A30 A30p A31 A31p you treat it as a 24RF08

Locating the A30 series connection points

Switch the A30 or A31 OFF.

You should have already downloaded the hardware Maintenance Manual for your ThinkPad model, if you have not done so use the link below to download it now,

Download the Hardware Maintenance Manual (HMM) for your TP model

The links above are to the Lenovo site, if it doesn't work, don't panic, it isn't broken, their site is shut down daily for maintenance and at those times they display spurious messages like the page you requested cannot be found, wait a good while and try again.

Using the HMM link above, once you select a model and are on the page that has the PDF HMM for that model, it is best to right click on the PDF HMM for your model then select Save Target AS, that way you will have the PDF HMM on your PC to refer to any time you need it.

Locating the eeprom

Follow the section in the TP A30 A30p A31 A31p Hardware Maintenance Manual titled "FRU System Board" to dismantle your TP and gain access to the System Board where the 24RF08 eeprom is located.

Keep individual modules and their screws separate to make it easier to re assemble it correctly

There is more than one way to connect to the eeprom, it all depends on YOUR SKILLS, lighting and your eyesight etc.

Make sure you have really good lighting to see the small pins, a bare 60W globe hanging from the ceiling high above you in a dark room will make this job impossible.

You could use sharp probes or Pomona SMD Grabbers to contact the SDA and SCL pins on the EEPROM.

NOTE: VCC is NOT connected, the ThinkPad supplies power to the eeprom later on we will switch on the TP to analyse the eeprom.

The photo below shows a 24RF08 EEPROM from a DIFFERENT MODEL ThinkPad with the Pomona clips attached to SCL and SDA pins.

See my page on Options for Clips and Probes including making your own probes.

 

I receive many emails asking about the GND connection, in reality it is very simple, you use some kind of a clip so that you don't have to hold it in place, you DON'T HAVE 3 HANDS and there are 3 connections, GND SDA and SCL, so have a clip for GND, then you can use the 2 hands YOU DO HAVE to hold your SDA and SCL probes in place.

Almost any large piece of metal or the screws for the external connectors of any ThinkPad are a good GND connecting point.

Anyway a picture is worth a thousand words

Click here for pictures of GND Connections

Basically you make the System board functional outside of it's case which includes mounting heat sink and fan on CPU.

Once you have taken care of the GND connection.

You push the sharp probes onto SCL SDA , this is the reason you need 2 persons, not enough hands to hold the probes and run the software.

This is not easy, you will need to have the Keyboard [and optionally the LCD] plugged into the system board in such a way that none touch any contacts on the system board, use paper as an insulator to keep things from electrically shorting out, later you will need to plug in the AC adaptor and switch ON the TP, then you will need to hold 2 probes in place to the SCL and SDA points on the system board.

See my page on Options for Clips and Probes including making your own probes.

This page ONLY describes how to connect the KeyMaker Interface to the EEPROM.

The instructions on how to Recover or clear a Supervisor password are in The "User's Guides" click here

 

Assembling your TP - AFTER - you have finished.

Follow the Hardware Maintenance Manual [FRU System Board], very carefully, double check screw type and size for each individual module.  Assemble the TP in the reverse order used to dismantle it.

Disclaimer

I make no warranty that any of my information is correct, or safe, or does or does not breach any warranty clause,  or anything else, it is up to you to decide if you will follow all or any of the instructions to recover the Supervisor Password from a TP. It is up to you to decide, I am not responsible for the results or for any consequential or incidental damages whatsoever.

If you have any questions, email Joe at

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