good idea! like I said, it may just need to know its a Dell, but its upto you if you wanna risk it... I dont think a repair will check the bios lock, so that SHOULD be okay, but again I'm not sure. I know gateway had a problem where it checked the bios version. well, when someone needed to update the bios there where MANY problems because if a install was needed, it wouldn't work because the bios would not match. not sure how that was taken care of. probably some sort of unattended installation was done. you can write a flat file put on a bootable disk that will tell how the installation is done, boot off of it and start a flat install by copying the info to the hard disk and run the winnt. but not sure what commands to use to bypass this.
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