fake cmos enter code or all data will be erased issue
Got a Lenovo T400 today, I think the issue is either
1. The MBR on the hard drive
2. The CMOS has been altered
Everytime you boot without the hard drive you don't seem to get the message but as soon as you have the hard drive in you get a message something to the effect of
Important, if you do not enter the correct code all data will be erased / wiped, to get a valid code please send payment to
Most of the text is in yellow / red and I know is fake
Can't get into safe mode or any where near windows so please dont suggest safe mode etc
Tried to boot the laptop using an XP SP 3 disc and it gets to the part where it states to press any key to boot / install xp.....
so I press any key on the keyboard and then the screen goes blank / black, normally it loads the xp setup with a blue background etc but none of this happens.
I got the bios updater from Lenovos website and that booted fine and updated the bios but the virus or whatever it is , still resides in the cmos / bios.
I did do a quick format on the drive in question ( hard drive that is ) but its still the same so I am guessing this did not touch the MBR of said drive.
Any suggestions on how to clear the cmos safely and get rid of this extra code that is malware / trojan / virus ( should not be there )
I will try and clear the MBR through an active disk or by having it attached externally on my machine and getting to the recovery console on my machine and doing it that way and see if that helps
Anything else I can do or try ??