Lenovo T400 / T500 :: T430s - Bios Doesn't Show Press Enter To Interrupt Normal Startup After Update
Oct 13, 2013
I can't get into the bios anymore. I updated the bios via the BIOS Update Utility 2.56 and after that I can't see the "press enter to interupt normal startup" message anymore. And therfore can't get into the bios. Windows is still booting normally.
My W530 displays the "To interrupt normal startup, press Enter" message on startup. If I press Enter, I hear a beep and a message comes up indicating that a menu will be displayed, but Windows 8 starts loading shortly afterwards.
When I see the message, I can press F1 to get to the BIOS, F10 for Diagnostics or F12 for a Boot menu, but for some reason enter doesn't work.
I've tried several things, including using Recovery DVDs received from Lenovo to wipe the system (including formatting all drives), but still no luck.
When I originally received the machine, the "enter" key would bring up a menu, but I have screwed something up and even a full recovery from Lenovo DVDs didn't work. I run Windows 8 and after receiving the machine used the Create System Image feature (which I had used many times in Windows 7), but a subsequent restore didn't go well and that is when the "enter" stopped working on startup.
During a restart, a prompt to the effect of "Push Enter to Interrupt Startup" appears beneath the Lenovo logo. When I depress the Enter key, I get the message "Launching the startup interrupt menu" and then the device merrily continues on its path to launch Windows 8.1 Pro.
Initially, I thought this may have had something to do with a recent update to the Fingerprint Reader; however, de-installing that package had no effect. I can workaround this glitch; however, it was so nice to be able to simply specify something like a different boot device rather than having to go into the Setup menu.
My T430s camera(Windows8) is not working now. The LED light is on when I start the camera, but no imamges show up. I checked the driver, and it's already the latest version. The camera was working at the begining when I got my laptop, but I don't know what happened to it.
I am unable to enter the BIOS (or the boot device and application menu) of my T530. When I press Enter at the 'Press Enter to interrupt normal startup' prompt, nothing happens. It just ignores my input completely. F1 doesn't do anything either.
Otherwise my ThinkPad is working fine, but I would like to change some settings (especially change the boot device, to boot from USB).
My T400 display works at BIOS startup but goes black was soon as Windows 7 starts to load.. Video out put works and I can see an UN Backlit image on the display. Is there some sort back light controller /driver that may be broken.
I bought a ThinkPad 540p that comes with preloaded Windows 8.1. As I want to dual boot the machine I tried to select the Legacy Boot option in the BIOS/Startup tab, but I can't do anything as the option UEFI/Legacy Book is greyed out and locked in "UEFI Only". Below it there is an option called: -CSM Support that is also greyed out and selected as [No]. (below these options there is a little note with an asterisk saying "Unselectable for Secure Boot").
How can I enable the UEFI/Legacy Boot option again in order to dual boot the computer? I want to be able to boot from USB or from the CD Drive.
I want to upgrade my BIOS, but there is no update available for bios in windows 8.1.. My Bios version is 1.18, I want to update because i read somewhere that if your fan make noise make sure you have updated BIOS :A.. I want to know if I can install "BIOS update for win 8" in my lenovo t410 with windows 8.1..
We just bought 15 T430S model N1RLPGE/2356LPG. We install all our notebooks with a running DHCP/PXE environment. A formerly ordered notebook, same type, but an older BIOS (Version 2.02) accurately got itself an IP address during PXE boot and startet the installation. The new T430S (all delivered with BIOS version 2.55) don't even get an IP. I already tried updating the BIOS to the newest version 2.56, but this didn't solve the issue. I checked everything at least twice.
MAC address for IP reservation: correct. Swich (Cisco) portfast is enabled: correct. An older notebook with BIOS 2.02, installing smooth and sound.
When I start the BIOS version 2.56 notebook with a Knoppix DVD, I get the assigned IP address. But not during PXE setup. I also checked the available BIOS and PXE options of the notebook/ethernet card. No options that solved this issue.
I think my attempt to update BIOS with a "BIOS update bootable CD" method has failed!
My laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad T420, i5 @ 2.5GHz, 4 GB RAM. My old BIOS infos (taken from Setup before update attempt): UEFI BIOS Version 83ET52WW (1.22) UEFI BIOS Date (Year-Month-Day) 2011-03-24 Embedded Controller Version 83HT27WW (1.11)
I intended to update my BIOS to version 1.46 using "BIOS Update Bootable CD" from this link: [URL] .....
Steps: 1) I downloaded this ISO image: [URL] .... and burned it on a DVD-RW(DVD rewritable) medium. 2) I placed the DVD in my T420 and turned it off, then turned it on, select F12 (boot menu), selected DVD to boot from, and the BIOS update utility started. 3) In BIOS update utility I pressed "1" to read the instructions, then press "2" to update BIOS. I clicked "Y" to confirm and the update operation started. First it said " Now updating... ", then afer about 2 minutes, it said "Still updating ..." and it stuck like this.
So, right now, this message stays on my screen for about 1,5 hours(!!!):
"Still updating... It may take about a few minutes. <<< CAUTION >>> Do not turn off the computer during the update. Do not remove the CD during the update."
Other details (on system setup and current behaviour): AC was continously plugged in before&during BIOS update, battery is OK, no hard disk activity at all, keyboard is(seems) unresponsive, system's temperature is pretty high, but not dangerously high...
I need to do a clean install on a T430s and create an image of it for deploying to other laptops. The rescue CD from Lenovo is a 3 DVD set that installs all the bloatware without an option to install just the OS. How I can get this done?
I updated the BIOS of my TP T410 (2522), German keyboard, to 1.45. After the update both CTRL keys do not work any more. The same for AltGr. When I activate the FN CTRL switch in BIOS the FN key - as supposed - works like the CTRL key. But when I deactivate it again the FN gets back to its proper function and CTRL does not work.
When I connect an external keyboard via USB it works perfectly. How to get the CRTL key working again?
I wanted to change boot sequence to boot from external DVD drive to install Win8. To access the BIOS I hit Enter (empty password I guess) but in the BIOS everything is greyed out: I can't make any changes. What is going on?
My laptop was running Windows 8.1 with SecureBoot enabled just fine. But I just swapped out my boot drive for a bigger SSD and, when I tried to boot from my USB installation media (to do a fresh Windows 8.1 install), nothing would happen (the screen would just flash when I tried to select the USB drive). I realized I had to disable Secure Boot in order to boot from the USB drive and then to enable booting from legacy/non-UEFI devices.
So now I've been able to install Windows 8.1 and it's running without a hitch, but Secure Boot is still in the disabled state. When I enable it, I can't boot from anything. How can I re-enable Secure Boot with my fresh Windows 8.1 install? Or if I have to reinstall, what steps do I need to take this time?
just got a T430s with i7-3520M processor (3.60 GHz, 4MB L3, 1600MHz FSB) and 8G memory. How do I stream to my HDTV with sound? USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter? MiniDisplay to HDMI? Any caveats I should be aware of?
When I pressed Fn-F5 previously, I had the option to enable/disable Wireless Lan, Bluetooth and Wireless Wan. However after running System Update recently, when the latest Access Connections (5.98) and BIOS (2.52) was installed, I have lost Bluetooth and Wireless Wan!
When I press Fn-F5 now, I only have the option of Wireless Lan.
I have checked the BIOS, and Wireless Lan, Bluetooth and Wireless Wan are Enabled. I have tried setting them to Disabled and then Enabled again but the problem remains.
I even did a factory reset. but I still cannot find Bluetooth and Wireless Wan.
The Wireless Wan adapter can be seen in Device Manager and Network Connections. Using "Diagnose this Connection", the suggestion is to "Turn on mobile broadband capability" & "Use the switch on the front or side of the computer, or use functions keys if available, to turn on mobile broadband capability on this computer."
The hardware wireless switch is turned on but Fn-F5 has no option for Wireless Wan.
Bluetooth is worse; the adapter cannot be found in Device Manager.
I have a T430s and I love it so far, except one negative thing is that it keeps "skipping" around whenever I type. During typing, on random occasions it will skip to wherever the cursor is placed at that moment, often in the middle of a word I had already typed previously. (It has done it 4 times while typing this message) Obviously, this makes it very annoying to have to re-do a word or sentence over and over. I definitely don't type extremely fast and try to be careful with my hand placement, but as a normal sized adult male, can it be possible that the new Chiclet Keyboard makes it easier for my fingers or palm to inadvertantly move or press the touchpad which causes this problem? Or is this a software defect?
This is my second Thinkpad and I've never had this problem before.
I have new T430s with Windows 8 on it (preinstalled by Lenovo). Everything is fine except they cut a huge chunk of my expensive SSD hard drive for so called "recovery partition". So now I have 2 tasks to accomplish:
1. Create recovery media on DVDs; 2. Remove that recovery partition from my HD and attach the space to main partition.
On Windows 7 I would use "Rescue and Recovery 4.5" tool from Lenovo to do that. But it looks like the tool is not available for Windows 8. When (if) it will be available? Or any other way to accomplish the above tasks?
I'm planning to add a mSATA SSD on a brand new T430s and use the 500gb HD for data. I ordered the R&R DVD's so that I don't even have to turn on the machine with the factory drive. I will remove it and install the mSATA to install OS etc.
Then reinstall the factory drive for reformat and add data.
I'd rather do this than go through the whole first time setup with the factory drive just to create R&R disc. It seems like a giant waste of time otherwise.
I'm assuming the factory R&R discs will have the OS, drivers and Thinkpad utilities, which is all in need.
I have a T430s with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit that is not entering 30 Day Standby like it should. The issue seems to lie with Power Manager.
Inside of Power Manager I have the 30 Day Standby option checked, just like I should, and it is also reflected in the BIOS setup as well. If I change the BIOS transition time for 30 Day Standby to "Immediately" and start Windows, but don't log in, and put the computer to sleep. It almost immediately wakes up and transitions into 30-day standby.
Now I know that Power Manager has a "hard coded" setting of 3 hours, regardless of the BIOS setting. So after 3 hours, Power Manager will automatically wake up the computer like it would to transfer to 30-day standby, but it just goes back to normal sleep.
Today while on battery, it did this twice (according to the Windows Event Log) Wake up, and go back to Sleep / Standby (S3). In the logs, the wake source is listed as "Unknown" when it goes back to sleep 10 or so seconds later is listed as "Application API".
Like I said, I was running on battery, and I also went into device manager and unchecked anything I could think of that would have an option of "Allow this device to wake the computer". I also disabled the Wake-on-LAN option for the LAN card. Plus I had all USB devices unplugged, as well as no Ethernet cable in the LAN port anyway. Plus it does transition to the 30-Day standby if I force the computer to sleep at the login screen before Power Manager is loaded.
I just wanted to add I should have all driver / software updates as of Dec. 1 or so. I'm running Power Manager 6.63.1 and Power Management Driver 184.108.40.206.
My 3 month old t430s has a major issue with the audio/sound. At completely random times, I will have no sound for a matter of minutes or hours. This is primarily with web software and persists across multiple browsers.
- The speakers all test and the troubleshooting tests say they are working just fine. Occasionally, when testing the speakers, the control panel will give an error stating that they are in use by another program and that program needs to be shut down before they can be tested.
- all drivers are up to date and have recently been uninstalled and reinstalled
- the default audio device is set to the appropriate speakers
- I have had this problem with and without the Dolby Advanced Equalizer driver that comes as an optional sound update
- I have had sporadic luck with plugging in headphones, but often this does not give me any audio either.
Well I use my own laptop as a admin/standard user I use my standard user account mostly. I remember on my v570 when the user access control came up i had the option and i could type the password or use the finger print. so i was wonder if their is away i could set that up on the thinkvantage fingerprint software so that when the use access control comes up when i'm on my standard user account i could swipe my finger that i use for my admin.
I have a t430s laptop. my laptop seems to randomly switch programs or at least switch off the current one im working on. when im shifting around in excel or typing in an email. it will deselect the program im running and sometimes it will switch back.
I have a look at my battery report today and found something really awkward. I bought the computer seven months ago, and the battery start with Design capacity 44,000wWh, while the full charge capacity is quite closer to the design capacity. However in the battery report it shows that two weeks ago the design capacity suddenly drop from 44000 to 40734mWh in one week, and then afterwards it drop to 39000mWh. And the actual full charge capacity seems to linger around 37000mWh. Is there something wrong or is my battery just wear out naturally?
I’ve had the T430s for about a year. Whenever the laptop goes into sleep/hibernate mode, I hear a high pitched hum come from the bottom back section of the laptop. It also becomes noticeably louder when I unplug the AC adapter. I've put my ear to the laptop to try to identify where exactly the noise is coming from. I attached a picture with the general vicinity circled.
I don’t think I explained the issue to the repair centre properly. They ended up replacing the fan the first time I sent it in for repair. The second time I sent it, they replaced the system board. However, it continues to emit that high pitched hum.
Am I being too sensitive to the noise or is this something that can be fixed? I’m just past my warranty and I’m afraid if there is a problem that isn’t identified, I’ll be stuck with it for the next few years.
I recently upgraded my ThinkPad T430s to Windows 8 Pro and ever since my ultrabay battery gives me an error when ever I restart or turn the machine on. It goes away after I hit ok and the battery appears to still be functioning but the error is super annoying. I have the latest drivers and software from Lenovo and I have already had the battery replaced via tech support. Its so annoying i'm tempted to see if I can just get the whole unit swapped.