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Re: Smart Card security
You can remove rtc battery and wipe all passwords.(rtc on motherboard)
theres software called spotmau power suite which u create a boot disk then put into cd and bootup and pc runs programs at startup.one program wipes all passwords.another resets bios(and passwords)
if you want a copy let me know and I'll mail it u.
you could try booting from xp disk and before format delete partition create new partition then format.if system doesnt allow this.boot with a win 95/98 disk and choose start with cd support and choose fdisk.dont know how or no luck?get back to me for precedure.
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Remove the power cord. Doublke-check that you removed the power cord! Use a butter knife to gently press in on the smart card in a push-to-release effort. Then insert an unfolded paper clip along the side of the smart card and try to nudge it outwards.
Is the message after Windows boots up? or before you even see a windows logo?
Smart card security is an alternative way to secure a laptop. The nc4200 has a BIOS setting for removing it, however you need an approved smart card to get in to change that. Sounds like you wasted your money if that is the case.
If the laptop actually boots up, I would recommend doing a system recovery. More info here: http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/psi/setupInstallResults/?sp4ts.oid=447354&spf_p.tpst=psiContentResults&spf_p.prp_psiContentResults=wsrp-navigationalState%3Daction%253Ddoclist%257Ccontentid%253DH.02.06&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken
I'm only guessing here, but did you set it up for Smart Card Authentication? If so I guess if the card reader hardware fails then so does Authentication unless replaced. Anyway I'm keen to hear the perfect solution for your Laptop problem.
It really doesn;t matter which one you choose as long as it works. One is no more "Secure" than the other.
PCMCIA cards are great, So are Express cards. But as said whatever works. Just make sure it has relevent current approved drivers etc. ya be good to go.
start menu, right click my computer, manage, device manager, check if the base system device or unknown device has a yellow question mark next to it, if so download the correct driver from dell.coms support/downloads section, yuo will need to select your model and operating system.
Is this in Windows or a bootup of the pc? If at bootup you'll need to reset the bios (can be found in manual) , otherwise you can try a reinstall of windows with the cds you got with the pc. WARNING: if you use this you will all your data on the pc