Problems with laptops
Hi, I have purchased a few laptops that were originally from the Forest Service. They were part of a government liquidation and have problems with them.
I have been trying to fix them but they are not working correctly. I am afraid that they have added some extra information to the motherboard, or some other added hardware, as when I pull the hard drive and boot they still display that they are US Government machines.
I have never flashed the bios before, and am wondering if that is the way to go with these. I have tried to run KillDisk, to zero out the hard drives, but it errors up.
So my question is if there is a way to easily reset the bios to factory settings, (pulling out the cmos battery, regular battery, and ac adapter doesn't seem to work.) And if it is possible to set up a laptop so that it will only work with one harddrive. As I have bought 4 of the same, but when i switch the hard drives around, they say that no hard drive is installed. when i put in the original ones, it sees the hard drives, but errors or freezes when I try to install or run a zero level format.
Anyone out there work for the forest service and know what they do to them to make them different from consumer laptops?
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Forgot to mention. The laptops are IBM Thinkpads A22m. Current Bios is Version 1.06 KXET33WW Date: 2001-09-05 Embedded Controler 1.01 Phoenis 4.0 Release 6.0.
The bios looks like it works fine. It just seems like it has extra security built in so that I can't use other hard drives, can't format and Can't install an OS. (unless the hard drives are all corrupt or something I guess).
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