I have just recently installed Freespire linux on my hp compaq laptop.
But, an error occured. After use, when i turned it off, i would try to turn it back on, but all it said was "please insert smart card into reader:.
1. Is this a common or normal linux problem OR is it something from the old Windws XP that was installed before i put freespire on.
2. Because i changed the OS, is that a reason for the laptop to start malfunctioning
People still use freespire? Yikes. I didn't know the distro was still active.
But for your question, no this is not a linux problem. This is something to do with your hardware. I took a glance at a couple of forums, and the most promising lead seems to be that maybe there is an internal smart card that has worked loose. Also possible that your motherboard is failing. You might contact customer support for your hardware manufacturer and ask them.
"Insert Smart Card into Reader" - CNET Computer help Forums
IT Resource Center forums - Error message : "insert smart card" when I boot the laptop :