Today I just received my very small and not so shiny Dell Inspiron mini 10v (1011 model). I will possibly make a review later if there is enough popular demand 🙂
Playing with the BIOS I activated « Computrace » to see what it means, thinking that it was some sort of TPM module. What a mess !! I didn’t pay attention at all that this setting could not be changed later… or could it ? 🙂
Do the following at your own risk of course …
I grabbed a bootdisk (floppy image) with Dell utilities on it (especially ASSET.COM and EE-VALUE.EXE)
(Google is your friend, don’t even try to ask about any non-opensource download here…)
After some fight with those utilities I finally found how to change Service Tag and Asset Tag from my small laptop. I read posts on different forums that it should be enough to reset Computrace but it wasn’t …
So to change Service Tag use
ASSET /S /D (to delete and set it up again in the BIOS menu) or
ASSET /S NEWTAG
Depending on asset version it should work flawlessly, I tried ASSET_A209.EXE and it didn’t work for me (an old version did)
Use similar commands without /S to change Asset Tag.
But the trickiest part was to deactivate the damn Computrace module in BIOS.
This time we would use EE-VALUE that allows to set a value directly on the BIOS NVRAM (not sure about CMOS of NVRAM but anyways…) and looking at different values I finally found (using EE-VALUE /D to display contents) that there was a strange value at offset 0x50.
will reset it to default and then you will be able to select or disable it again.
If you have any doubt or if you have a different laptop check first with
and try to find any « 03 » (activated) or strange value around 0x50.
Very strong protection from Absolute Software guys ! It takes seconds to remove once your laptop has been stolen, very efficient …
I had this error for a long time before discovering I could do it directly with EE-VALUE so I put it here for indexing purposes :
SVCTAG.EXE version 3.3
I told you what I am. But what are you?
EE-CPB.exe: Error 0
Now, then I’m going back to my fresh Slackware 13.0 install again. Thanks for reading and I hope this will help people with Dell laptop to manage their « Computrace » settings like they want.