Hardware

Management of Hardware Passwords in Think PCs

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Executive Summary

Hardware passwords are divided based on who is supposed to use them. Two of them are intended for end-user use, the POP and HDP. Two of them are intended for administrative use, the SVP and MHDP. Another way to divide the passwords is based on what the passwords control access to. The POP and SVP are used to control access to the motherboard - whether the system will boot. The SVP can also be used to control who has the authority to modify BIOS configuration settings on that PC. The HDP and MHDP are used to control access to the hard disk drive - if they are set, the drive will not spin unless one of them is entered.

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