Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: USB Boot For IdeaPad Z500

Feb 11, 2014

I bought the Lenovo Ideapad Z500 and I'm trying to boot from a USB drive in order to install Windows on it. When I start the boot menu I only see the hard-drive, the DVD and the network. I tried to set both UEFI mode and Legacy mode in BIOS but the USB stick does not appear in the menu when I boot. I put the image of windows with Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool which formats the stick in NTFS mode.

I have the latest BIOS v1.21 and I tried with 2 different USB sticks: one 16GB USB 2.0 Corsair and with a 32GB USB 3.0 ADATA both on USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports on the notebook. I really haven't seen anything like this in my entire career. 
I even downloaded the file efiootBOOTX64.efi and replaced the one that Windows come with on the specified folder on the USB stick ....

Why is so difficult to choose the USB boot drive on the newer notebooks? How can I boot from USB?

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 Won't Boot Up Without Power Cable Plugged In

Jan 9, 2014

My z500 cannot boot up without power cable plugged in. Usually,a few seconds after I saw the lenovo logo,the system will suddenly shut down just like the battery was removed.however,if I connect powercable to the laptop and power on,everything is fine,I can enter windows 8,or ubuntu,after I enter OS,I can disconnect the power cable without any problems.the battery is healthy and can last for more than 2 hours.

So far I tried the following methods:
1.update BIOS
2.update battery firmware
3.reset BIOS
none of them worked for me....

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 Brightness Can't Increase

Nov 24, 2012

I have a new z500 that I've downgraded to Windows 7 64bit. For the most part I have everything working. I accidentally hit the brightness + (yes, +) and it instantly dimmed the screen to where it is barely viewable. It seems that hitting that one key decreased the brightness to the minimum amount. I've rebooted, looked for a setting in the BIOS, hit the Brightness +/- and can't increase the brightness. It is interesting because the other hot keys work correctly. I've even upped the brightness in the Control Panel, but nothing seems to work. The screen is extremely dim whenever the machine is powered on (including the BIOS), not just in Windows. I tried a lot of intel chipset drivers, the available Intel HD 4000 drivers in Win8 and win7 too, but nothing working. How to up the brightness? 

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 HDD Clicking Sounds?

Mar 6, 2014

I've a problem with my Z500 (i5/8gb/GeForce 740/1tb)

Its HDD makes clicking sound all the time. Its really annoying.

I would like to know is it normal?

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 - Screen Brightness Adjust Key Not Working

Feb 4, 2015

I own an Ideapad Z-500 notebook running Win 8.1.After updating Intel graphic adapter from Windows Update the screen brightness adjust key (F11 and F12) stops working and I cannot adjust my scrren brightness.I have to uninstall it and disable Windows update to keep using my laptop.

Here are driver details.

Name: Intel Corporation - Graphics Adapter WDDM1.1, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2, Graphics Adapter WDDM1.3 - Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Pubblished: 01/11/2014

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 - Firmware Updated But Still Battery Not Charging

Feb 4, 2015

I own an Ideapad Z-500 notebook with Win 8.1 pro.

My battery is at locked at 59% of charge and even if i connect the power plug it doesn't charge any more.

I had the same problem a few months ago and I run run the "Battery Firmware Update" i found here: [URL] ....

It worked for then, but now I have the same problem once again and firmware update doesnt work anymore because my firmware is already up to date.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Change Special Keys Configuration - Z500 IdeaPad

Jan 18, 2013

Three days ago to buy a laptop lenovo ideapad z500. The problem is that I need the f1, f2, f3, f4. without having to press the Fn key now when I press these keys are options, brightness, contrast, volume. is very uncomfortable. How could I change the key configuration....

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 - Cannot Control Luminosity Level After Updating Bios

Aug 4, 2014

I have an Ideapad Z500 with an W8.1 installed on it. I updated the bios to the last version but after that I can not control the luminosity level anymore. When I try to do it pressing the Hotkey it trurns to the lowest level of luminosity and I can only fix it by pressing the hotfix key when the laptop starts. I can not return to the old bios version. What shall I do?

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 - Sound Stopped Working After Updated BIOS To 1.21

Jul 4, 2014

I have trouble with my audio driver on my lenovo laptop. After I updated BIOS to version 1.21, my sound stopped working. I tried to reinstall audio driver, but when I reboot my computer, sound is not working again.

I read about flashing BIOS back, but I dont know where to download old version.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 - WiFi Connectivity (Limited Connection / Yellow Triangle)

Mar 21, 2013

I have an ideapad z500 which I'm happy for, but it annoys me that when 'm at my college I can't properly connect to the wi-fi the school has. When I connect, I'm on for usually about half an hour, but then I get the "limited connection" yellow triangle and I have to deactivate the networkcard before I can get a normal connection.

Other times I simply just can't connect, it tries but it fails. When it does, I have to reboot the computer before it succeeds, and that's no good when you are working on a project. At home i have no problems, it works nicely.

Also, how to enable the WiDi on the z500.

My PC is running Win 8 with the Intel Centrino n2230, Intel 3rd. gen i7 (3632qm)

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 Brightness Adjust Function Doesn't Works - Windows 8.1

Oct 7, 2013

I open this post to report a brightness problem on Lenovo Z500 Ideapad. Yesterday I've upgraded to OS Windows 8.1 and when I adjusted the screen brightness it goes off, and brightness adjust function doesn't works. I've solved my problem reinstalling the Intel video drivers, downloaded from Lenovo Driver Support.

It seems that Windows 8.1 upgrade disables video drivers.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z500 Incredibly Slow Startup Due To Constant Hard Disk Activity

Feb 5, 2014

Purchased from Amazon 2 months ago and worked perfectly without a hitch until a few days ago when I got on the receiving end of  the win8 equivalent of the BSOD with the . From them on I ended up with slow boots random pauses etc. I opted to refresh the PC without affecting any files but toward the end of the reinstall the BSOD appears and now all I had was a black background with only a white cursor.
Left that for over a hour, nothing happened so held down the power button to force shutdown.  Found that Z500 no longer boots into win8 so eventually decided to do a clean reinstall with the onekeyrecovery via NOVO button. This should have been the end of all the problem I was having but unbelievably the problem is still there.
Research what I could about this and found that the slow boot is caused by hard disk constantly being thrashed about by a system file ntoskrnl.exe. I tried updating the wifi driver and it appeared to have done the trick until the next day when I booted up the system again. It appear that the constant hd activity goes away after a few hours of leaving the PC on.
Anyway I have drawn a blank as to what's going on especially as everything was working perfectly until up to that point with no signs of system conflict.

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Lenovo Y510p P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Boot On CD / DVD?

Feb 5, 2014

Just got the y510p laptop and am trying to install Ubuntu so I have this bootable DVD and I wanted to try Ubuntu before installing as usual but I can't get the laptop to bot on dvd. On boot menu options there is only EFI and some kind of network options but no dvd. I tried following instructions here but no matter how many times I press F1 during startup, I can't get to boot menu and windows starts directly: [URL] Is it not possible to boot on dvd. The dvd is ubuntu 13.10 supposedly compatible with EFI and secure boot. I don't understand why there is no option to reorder boot devices like on all my older PCs.
I manage to get BIOS setup pressing restart and shift and then selecting UEFI firware settings and I do get to bios setups but again no way to find the option for booting on a dvd.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Can't Boot From Disk Or USB On IdeaPad Z710

Oct 26, 2014

I'm trying to Install Debian GNU/Linux on my Windows 8 Ideapad Z710, and I can't even get my laptop to boot from external media. From the InsydeH20 Setup Utility, I've so far disabled Secure Boot, set Boot Mode to UEFI, enabled USB Boot, enabled PXE Boot to LAN, and set my EFI boot order to 1) EFI Network 0 for IPv4, 2) EFI Network 0 for IPv6, then 3) Windows Boot Manager (no other options). I'm not actually trying to boot from a network, I just want to boot from the onboard DVD drive or my USB DVD drive. When I boot with these settings, I get the error: EFI Network 0 for IPv4 (...) boot failed, then a similar one for IPv6, then it boots to Windows. Why can't I boot from DVD or USB?
Another thing I've tried is setting Boot Mode to Legacy Support and Boot Priority to Legacy First (with Secure Boot disabled) which results in my laptop booting to straight to Windows even when USB ODD is first in the boot order.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Z570 - Unable To Boot From CD

Dec 10, 2014

My Lenovo z570 will not boot from CD.  I have the system recovery CDs and another bootable CD that work in another Lenovo so I know the discs are fine.  The boot order is set properly (CD first) and even hitting F12 on the boot up and selecting the CD drive again doesn't work.  The drive does work - I can burn and play CDs.  I uninstalled the drive and reinstalled and updated the BIOS to the latest.  I see others with this problem have been advised to change UEFI or Secure Boot setting but these options are not available in my BIOS.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Y410p Boot Taking More Time

Feb 8, 2014

I got my Ideapad y410p a week ago. It came with Windows 8 and many useless softwares installed. It was taking around 3 minutes of time and immediately i updated my os to 8.1 (x64). Even after updating to 8.1, the boot time didn't get any better. I unistalled useless softwares like Mcafee, Cyberlink tools and many and installed AntiVir and Visual Studio. Turn on Fast startup is also enabled. But what is painful is it still takes 2 minutes and 31 seconds plus to load my desktop. What is more painful to me is My old laptop (Amd Dual Core, 3GB Ram with Many softwares installed with windows 7) loads earlier than this.

Lenovo Y410P, Interl Core i7 4th Gen, 8 GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 2GB Graphics

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Lenovo C/E/K/M/N/V Series :: IdeaPad V570 Can't Boot Windows 8 Install DVD

Nov 22, 2014

I have an IdeaPad V570 that experienced a total hard drive failure (be careful how hard to close the laptop in frustration) I had Best Buy try to recover data and opted not to pay for the recovery after the only crucial data did not seem to have been recovered. Best Buy told me the rest of the system seems to be intact so they could install a new Hard Drive if I wanted it back. They made me offers to completely restore the system at a price but I decided to save money thinking I should be able to restore the system myself. So they installed the hard drive and that was it. 

I decided to go with Windows 8 after learning that support was beginning to wain for Windows 7. I purchased the OS from Best Buy and I am attempting to install it. So far that is not going well. The BIOS sees the CDDVDW drive and the HDD, both are listed in the BOOT menu with the right names. However the computer is not booting from the WIndows disk. I get a message ending with :

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

At which point it take me to the Boot Menu. I can see the order I have set for Booting is:

3. PCI LAN: Realtek PXE B03 D00

It seems to me that the system is trying to boot in that order but the CDDVD drive is not responding, the HDD has nothing on it so it goes for the PCI LAN and there is nothing for it to do so it returns the error an sends me back to the Boot Menu.

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Lenovo U/S Series :: Windows 8.1 On IdeaPad U330 - Secure Boot Not Being Configured

Oct 19, 2013

Yesterday, I updated to win 8.1.  The process appeared to go smoothly, but I now have a number of issues:
1  If I close the lid and reopen, the sytem does not wake up.   It does not wake up if I press the power button.  All I can do is a hard shutdown and reboot.  This occasionally gives an error message on restart, but has not produced any solutions.
2 There is a message about secure boot not being configured
3 The support app has a cross on it and won't work
No doubt there are other problems, but number 1 is the killer....

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Lenovo U/S Series :: IdeaPad U300s Boot Error After Canceling Installation Win7 From USB

Jul 13, 2014

I tried to install a new version of Win7 on my ideapad U300s from a usb that set to be a bootable device containing *iso file.

I also set USB as first boot priority in BIOS setting, of course. But when the installation began, I canceled them all and restarted my laptop but found it troubled.

Here is its error report.

From then, I can no longer boot my laptop from USB as well as enter BIOS setting to set back HDD as first boot priority. 

Both Enter/ESC make it restart and then turn to this dumb black screen.

I think I should remove the BIOS battery to turn BIOS setting into its default, shouldn't I?

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: IdeaPad Y510P Freezes At Startup - Takes 10-15 Minutes To Fully Boot Up

Mar 18, 2014

For the first week or two it worked fine and everything was going really well. Then about a week or two ago it started acting up. It is freezing programs(firefox, IE, Chrome, explorer, Flash CC, blender, and a few other programs I needed to install for school. It sometimes freezes on startup and I have to hold the power button down to restart it. Sometimes when it restarts it takes 10-15 mins to fully boot up and load up to the login screen.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Z500 Really Dim On Maximum Brightness

Jan 26, 2014

All was fine until I pressed F12. Now even on maximum brightness it's really dim.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Z500 Fan Won't Start Until Max Temp

Nov 19, 2014

I have z500. I start playing some medium grapic games. After a 1 hour gameplay my graphics start to glitch so i checked my cpu and gpu temp. I saw that CPU temp has reached 99 Celcius but still the fans were dead. 
Few minutes later, after what ever reason, fans start to spin and now its cooled downed to 60 C. and keeps spinning in low speed still.
Since i can see the temp, i assume there is no problem in thermometer so i assume its kind of a software deficiency. I am not using any overcload or cooling app, my power settings are set to high performance.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: How To Disable FN Button On Z500

Mar 28, 2013

I want to use F1-F12 as standard keys but I can't find any way to do so. I looked in BIOS but theres nothing useful. How do I turn off the FN button?

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: One Key Recovery Not Working For Z500?

Sep 18, 2013

when i press one key recovery an app opens wich have two option one of them back up and the othere is recovery when i press backup i see an error saying current system cannot support backup and when i press recovery shows me a notice to reboot in order to start recovery  but when i press yes i see an error saying the program cannot find the service partition i am using win8 64

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: How To Update Z500 - Windows 8 To 8.1

Mar 12, 2014

I have recently updated Lenovo Z500 to windows 8.1 but I have to reset and get back to windows 8 , not updated properly.

How to update windows 8 to 8.1. Do I need to uninstall some programs also before updating or have to install windows 8.1 drivers before updating windows 8 to 8.1 ..

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Lenovo Z500 P/Y/Z Series :: Disable Battery Charge

Dec 26, 2012

I recently got the Z500, working under Windows 8.I got a question regarding the battery charge. I work on the laptop for extended periods of time with the power plugged in. Since this is bad for the battery, is there any way to disable the charging or to perhaps remove the battery?I wasn't able to find anything similar for this model.

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Error In Writing On CD - Windows 8.1 On Z500

Nov 30, 2013

When I was write cd with nero and ashampoo after a minute write half of it but at the end of write cdrom say error in writing on CD and say its problem for windows ..

My windows in 8.1 and register right ! My laptop in z500 notebook

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Reinstalled Windows And Cannot Activate It On Z500

Mar 1, 2014

I have z500 model laptop. I've just reinstalled windows using flash drive. But I installed a pro version and I need to activate it using my OEM Windows license. How can I do this?

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Lenovo Z500 P/Y/Z Series :: Synaptic Touch Driver With Win 8.1?

Oct 12, 2014

i have z500 i can not install synaptic touchpad driver for win 8.1 . i downloaded the latest version of driver from lenovo website and when i was tring to install it , it gave me this error : not appropriate driver was found 1 month ago i was using win 7 and the synaptic touchpad driver was ok ! why i cant install it on win 8.1 ? touchpad works with 1 finger already but i want to user 2 finger scrolling that don't work

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Lenovo P/Y/Z Series :: Z500 Touch - Static Sound

Jun 22, 2012

Ever since I got the laptop over a year ago, the audio was never working properly for me. Every time a sound was played there would be a staticky sound played with the audio. 

The same thing happens when I use headphones with it. The laptop is also out of warranty so I don't know what to do.

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