i thought i owned my laptop, but i was wrong, it owned me

, posted: 4-Dec-2007 15:49

When I bought a laptop from Lenovo, i thought i would therefore own it.. but it turns out i'm wrong. Lenovo are still the owner and i'm only allowed to use it in authorized ways, for example: i plugged in an intel wireless card, and got this error message from bios: unathorized network card is plugged in - Power off and remove the unauthorized network card. i thought i owned this laptop

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Comment by muppet, on 5-Dec-2007 08:24

That's the craziest thing I've seen a while. I googled it and wow, it's actually the vendor really locking you down (I thought at first it was just a bogus error) I'd be taking my laptop back and throwing it at someone if it told me that. They claim it's so that the card you insert doesn't interfere with the wireless built into the laptop, thus breaking FCC regs. What a pile of poo. It reminds me of certain Ethernet Switch Vendors who look at certain parts of a GBIC eeprom ID and will refuse to power the GBIC if they didn't make it. There's a few potential hacks online to work around your problem, but no doubt you've found them?

Comment by stevonz, on 5-Dec-2007 10:05

WOW!  That is crazy... bet that wasn't included in the sales pitch... good luck.

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