I have a compaq nc6220. When I start the notebook It will give me a blank screen, occasionally I can see a box that says "insert smart card into reader" after about 5 seconds the hard drive shuts down. On one of the few times I started the PC I made sure that I had to smart card disabled in the BIOS. I thought this was a hard drive problem, I tried putting a different drive in but now know that there is an eeprom or other chip. Please help.
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I would try resetting the BIOS to it's defaults.
If that doesn't help, I would take it in for service. It sounds like something is loose or a cable or board or chip is malfunctioning.