Recently I bought 2 laptops on Ebay each without an OS, a Lenovo T500 Thinkpad and a Dell Precision M6400. They were formerly corporate laptops and appear to be in excellent shape and I thought I would just install Windows 7, drivers, and update the Bios.
Except for a very brief inspection they've been sitting in their boxes for awhile and a few days ago I took them out and powered them on and charged their batteries and left them on for 5 hours and double-checked the Bios settings. I planned to install Windows 7 etc this week. Until I paid closer attention to 2 little things.
Dell Precision M6400: Everything looks good to go, but it has this pesky Computrace in the Bios. Seems manufacturers install it on the motherboard for corporate clients. Like Lojack for laptops--- it sends out little packets of info to Computrace periodically. In Bios it tells me it is active and I can't change that setting. Luckily I found this thread here:
So I plan to call Computrace after I install Windows 7 etc and they can disable it. Seems the best route to take. The above link may help another with this problem.
Lenovo T500 Thinkpad: On this laptop I also have Computrace, but in Bios it says it has been deactivated. Since I'm not 100% sure I'll call them about this unit to be certain it is off.
When I power-up I get this Blancco back and white screen which lists various hardware items. It does not go away and I've tried esc and turning it off and on etc. Supposedly Blancco does secure erasure of computers and this page was a report page? I can boot right to Bios and then I get the normal menu.
I don't know if this Blancco page will disappear when I install Windows 7. I don't know if I can lose it when I do the fresh install? Any advice appreciated.