EVALUATION COPY, NOT FOR SALE…

I was installing a new Dell Vostro 420 desktop at the office this morning.
One of the first things I do in the BIOS is enable POST messages, so I can see when there’s something wrong. That resulted in the following boot screen:Dell Vostro 420 BIOS shows 'EVALUATION COPY, NOT FOR SALE'

Hmm, what is wrong with this picture…? Perhaps that the BIOS has a notification telling me: EVALUATION COPY, NOT FOR SALE…? And the fact that Dell IS selling machines with this BIOS? 😉

(Actually, it turns out my case is not unique. Google found me similar cases here and here.)

And Dell being Dell, the only way to get this ‘problem’ fixed is a swap of the motherboard…

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6 Responses to “EVALUATION COPY, NOT FOR SALE…

  • I have the same problem….

    • Lakshman Goyal
      Lakshman Goyal
      2 months ago

      oye listen to me…..

      remove hard disk wire
      and
      connect hard disk again with new cable………

      thnku dost

  • It is really strange. I think you have to change your motherboard or at leat to update your motherboard

  • They changed the motherboard, which fixed the problem.
    (I first tried upgrading the BIOS but since the installed version and the latest available version are the same, the upgrader refused)

    • Victor Badulescu
      Victor Badulescu
      8 years ago

      Oh well…I’m happy for you!I shall try to bother my vendor again.
      Many thanks for your answer.

      Regards

  • Victor Badulescu
    Victor Badulescu
    8 years ago

    OK, I have a similar problem.One year ago, I bought a new motherboard: 122-CK-NF66, nForce 650i Ultra( by EVGA). After one year of total abnormal and weird work of my PC which is build around this motherboard( freezing during POST, problems with hard drives and USB ports and so on), I discovered by Everest program that:

    “BIOS type Award
    BIOS version (73N2P01) EVALUATION ROM-NOT FOR SALE”

    Now, it seems that: this is it, because my vendor told that I must upgrade my BIOS( flash my EPROM); in their opinion the mobo which they sold me is OK and they have no duty.
    Also the producer( EVGA) told me the same.

    I’m quite lost.Can you tell me if they changed your mobo?

    Thanks

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