What limitations (license wise) will I meet and how can I overcome them when working on IBM laptops?

doing my homework to work on some ibm laptop (don't know the model number yet).  if i explore
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=HOME-LENOVO
i can eventually find hardware manuals.

in reading these manuals, i see if a motherboard replacement is necessary (or some other hardware) i may need some diskette to 'reset' EEPROM strings.

are there walls i will hit not being an AUTHORIZED ibm business partner, repair center, etc?

in the past I have been able to repair Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Apple laptops.  After repairing one Sony Vaio, the machine would not start so I  want to be sure that I have all the resources to fix the next IBM laptop which comes into the shop.  (Although I am not an AASP I have still found where I can buy parts -- not so sure about IBM/Lenovo prodcts).
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whoamiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The only issue you will run into with needing to rewrite the eeprom on an IBM system is some of there proprietary apps will not work.  When you replace the board with a refurbished one the model/type and serial number in the eeprom aren't always a legitimate IBM model/type and serial number.  They have a disk you can download to fix this but I am not sure you can get it without being an IBM partner/authorized service tech.  Here is the link you can try

https://www-304.ibm.com/jct03004c/pc/partner/spdb/adminServlet.wss

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supportorangesAuthor Commented:
Thanks whoami.  I'm going to look into becoming authorized but have doubts as I work from home and could never sell too many products.  I know sometimes computer companies expect you to sell their computers before you can become authorized.

I'll look into becoming a partner anyway.  You never know.

Thank you!
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