Dell Latitude Thinks It’s an Inspiron…

…or vice versa?  This is because they can share the same motherboards but with different BIOS.  We sent off a Dell Latitude C840 for repair recently as it was freezing intermittently but all tests passed fine.  When it returned the POST identified it as a Dell Inspiron 8200.  In order to rectify this problem just get the correct BIOS and flash it from a DOS boot disk with the following switches added to the flashing executable:

/forceit /forcetype

So for the Latitude C840 and the latest BIOS A13 the command is:

c840_a13.exe /forceit /forcetype

Reboot and everything should be back to normal.