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Mantikor
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Only on reboot, not when turning on: "No valid operating system"

Hi folks,

 

I just encountered a serious issue on my T61p running Windows XP SP2. When I turn off (power down) my laptop and turn it on again, I am fine and everything works. When I reboot it after it was turned on, I get a black BIOS error window, saying "No valid operating system". Then it lists all boot-up devices and tells me, that it "Cannot boot from any device". The issue is "resolved" when I disable the HDD password (I entered a master and a slave password) in BIOS. I want to keep the harddrive encryption, so this is no good solution for me.

 

Do you have any hints for me, how to allow my computer to restart again?

 

Thank you very much for your help!

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Mantikor
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Re: Only on reboot, not when turning on: "No valid operating system"

Can anybody give me a hint on which BIOS settings could interfere with the encryption?

I would appreciate it :-)

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fmyhr
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Re: Only on reboot, not when turning on: "No valid operating system"

Hi Mankitor,

 

Welcome to the Lenovo forum :smileyhappy:

 

Could you please give some more information about your laptop: the 7 digit model and type number: XXXX-YYY from the label on bottom (also listed on BIOS setup screen that appears when you press F1 at boot). Please don't post your serial number, which also appears there.

 

Did you configure your laptop with a hardware-encrypting hard drive? I suppose you did, but HDD passwords can be set on non-encrypting hard drives as well.

 

Thanks,

Frank

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Mantikor
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Re: Only on reboot, not when turning on: "No valid operating system"

Hi Frank,

 

thank you for your reply!

The model number should be "6458-AG7", it says "TYPE" in front of it.

Yes, the drive is a encrypting one.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Mantikor

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fmyhr
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Re: Only on reboot, not when turning on: "No valid operating system"

This is an interesting problem. I searched a bit and didn't find others reporting it. Probably not so many people have encrypting "FDE" drives, and maybe those who do, haven't noticed the problem.

 

Have you tried putting your computer into standby, and into hibernation? Can it return successfully from those states?

 

You could try updating the BIOS:

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-67989

 

I don't see anything in the change log about FDE, but a few of the messages are quite vague... so it's possible a BIOS update might fix your problem.

 

Please let us know how it goes.

 

Good luck,

Frank

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Mantikor
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Re: Only on reboot, not when turning on: "No valid operating system"

Interesting indeed :smileytongue:

 

Returning from standby or hibernation does not work (same issue as described above). I will try the BIOS-update and keep you updated.

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Mantikor
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Re: Only on reboot, not when turning on: "No valid operating system"

The BIOS-update solved the issue. Thank you very much for your help!

 

Now it's time to party... :smileywink:

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Re: Only on reboot, not when turning on: "No valid operating system"

Super! Sometimes things work better than you expect. :smileyvery-happy:

 

Party on!

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