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uphillslyde

locked out of win 98se

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I could sure use some help here.I have an IBM thinkpad 390E,loaded with win 98se.I use it only to run the navigation program for my boat. I keep it on the boat so it is always available.Anyway last week I returned, turned on the laptop and all I get is a small image of a padlock in the upper left hand screen.I never put a password on this thing,I bought it a year ago with no software,had a shop load it w/win98se and it has been fine til now?

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This might require removing the CMOS battery for awhile and then reinstalling.

Unfortunately, I've never done that in a laptop so perhaps someone else here could advise you on that if you want to consider doing.

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I'd appreciate any help.I need to bring the boat north in 2 months and I will need the laptop to interface the nav.systems. thanks for the reply

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Why in the world are you still using 98 man. make the switch to ME or XP and youll be much happier and none of this crap will happen. :D

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For those of you who still run an older Windows OS now would be a good time to upgrade to XP. Support for those older systems will be ending in July. :eek:

Effective July 11, 2006, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me (and their related components) will transition to a non-supported status. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates. Microsoft is not offering a custom support agreement for these products.

That was a post by Z Man. and it fully truthful. So good luck. its time to upgrade.

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Why in the world are you still using 98 man. make the switch to ME or XP and youll be much happier and none of this crap will happen. :D

But I've got 98 on a dual boot and it's like an old friend I've grown up with that I don't wanna reject. We've grown up gracefully together!

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On my Thinkpad A31 there are 3 passwords that can be set and 2 can be overturned if you know what your doing. but the BIOS supervisor can not be broken or worked around.

I'spent many days and many differrent avenues trying to get around the security of a thinkpad. They have the best security for a reason.

basically IBM told me the only way to remove the BIOS password for any reason is to actually replace not only the MotherBoard but also the seperate security chip on the MB.

good luck.

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I also had to ask myself why in the world you would still be using 98. switch to ME or XP!

willpete99

im usin 98 one one of mine. its fun. but its a pain in the a** to do anything modern on.

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I also had to ask myself why in the world you would still be using 98. switch to ME or XP!

willpete99

NOOOO...! don't switch to ME thats the worst mistake you could ever make. anyway i liked any M$ OS that's before the 98SE/ME thats when the sucking started

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I agree with Max, stick with 98SE before going to ME. You can get a hybrid, which is a mix of 98SE and ME, called win98se2me, see the link below.

http://www.mdgx.com/

I put this on one of my customer's kids laptop, a couple years ago, and he has never had a problem with it, and he uses it pretty much every day.

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I agree with Max, stick with 98SE before going to ME. You can get a hybrid, which is a mix of 98SE and ME, called win98se2me, see the link below.

http://www.mdgx.com/

I put this on one of my customer's kids laptop, a couple years ago, and he has never had a problem with it, and he uses it pretty much every day.

A hybrid of 98SE & ME is it [or was it] by M$? or is it a look-a-like? what makes it better than 98SE?

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A hybrid of 98SE & ME is it [or was it] by M$? or is it a look-a-like? what makes it better than 98SE?

What some guys did, was take the best features of 98SE and ME, and put them together. The system not only works like a charm, but it is a stable system as well. Basically, what they did was load 98SE that's fully updated, and replaced many system files with ME improved version of the same files.

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It's probably a little larger than ME, but I can't remember, it may be smaller. I have it set up on a hard drive, but I'm not going to install it.

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