Today I was absolutely stumped by seeing a warning in a T61 BIOS that Computrace
I just put a new T61 mobo from TuuS
in a T60 chassis, to create my Frankie #74
(I kid you not!).
During installation last week of this new mobo with nVidia NVS140M chip from 2010 I had no problems.
When I used the HDM to put in TYPE, S/N and UUID I had no problems either.
When I put in Middleton's BIOS I had no problems either.
Everything was hunky-dory, UNTIL I put in one of my test-HDs with W7-Pro.
Checking the functionality of the new Frankie went without a hitch and I had a test-run of almost 24 hours.
Still no problems.
Checked it again the next day to start charging the battery, still no problem.
However, I hadn't gone into the BIOS again, since I had no need for checking/changing anything there, yet.
On Friday last week I finished my testing, which was still all OK as far as I knew.
Then today (Monday morning) I was ready to pack up this T601FL and ship it out to its new owner.
To make sure, I had removed the HD, battery and AC were in, just wanted to check the BIOS settings before shipping.
All alarm bells went ringing when I went into the BIOS and saw this Computrace warning:http://www.kundracomputers.co.uk/laptop ... utrace.jpg
In the T61 BIOS there are no settings for Computrace, so what had happened?
After a lot of investigation I found this:
The HD I used for testing this Frankie came from a T400 I have.
That T400 has Anti-Theft settings in BIOS, including Computrace (not available in T61).
Upon checking that T400, I found that Computrace was ENabled, but NOT activated.
Apparently that is enough to install the rpcnet*.*
files in Windows or Linux!
These files make a call to http://www.absolute.com
at every fresh computer start.
But here is the crunch!
When I installed this T400 HD as a test-HD in my new T601 Frankie, it created havoc in the T601 innards and put in an activated Computrace
in the BIOS! WTF?
Luckily I know how to kill Computrace (a.k.a. LoJack), so I got rid of it in no time.
But herewith you are WARNED TO NOT EVER put in a HD/SSD from a Computrace-activated laptop in any other machine!