06-21-2014 07:03 PM - last edited on 06-21-2014 09:31 PM by NateS
I purchased a new Flex 2-15 online the past week. The model name shown on the back is "20405". Manufacture date is May 12, 2014. The User Guide refers to a "Novo Button", which is shown in diagrams as being on both the left edge and the right edge near the front. Neither location has a button of any sort. The right edge has a pinhole in the supposed button location. A curved arrow icon is next to the pinhole. I have an inkling this may be some sort of factory reset button. Lacking the Novo button, what is the procedure for accessing the features which the manual says are accessed by pressing this non-existent button?. That is, BIOS, and/or the one touch image backup/restore system?
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06-21-2014 09:42 PM
Good day and welcome to the community.
To confirm, you're looking at manual page 15 of the Flex 2-14/Flex 2-15 User Guide:
Right-side view, item #1, correct?
06-22-2014 11:43 AM
That is correct. At that position, my Flex has a pinhole roughly big enough for paper-clip wire. Many electronic devices (including some computers) use pinholes like that for hard reset purposes.
The "Safety, Warranty, and Setup Guide" foldout that was in the box with the laptop shows a "Novo button" at the same two locations as the User Guide. (The diagram is labeled Port assignment and button layout) One button is shown on the right edge at the left of the memory card slot (as on the UG page you refer to), the other on the opposite edge, just right of the audio jack.
At both of those locations, my computer has solid plastic except for the pinhole at position #1 in the UG page 15.
This image may help:
06-22-2014 12:00 PM
Please have a look at manual page 9. Only the Flex2-14 models have the novo button (item 7) on the left side near the combo audio jack (item 6).
Manual page 10 shows the left side of your Flex2-15 with no opening/button next to the combo audio jack (item 7), and manual page 15 shows the right side of your Flex2-15, exactly as your image.
Have you tried to, gently, use a paper clip in the opening to see if it's just a recessed button?
06-22-2014 12:13 PM
No, I was chicken to try that. But, here goes.
Son of a gun. Novo button menu.
Possibly, the manual could be a little more explicit. When I read "push a button", I don't immediately think it means "bend a paper clip, and gently push the end of the wire into a small hole". But, maybe that's just me. .
06-22-2014 12:15 PM
12-14-2014 06:08 AM
You are right, it is the recessed, very small--only entry is with a straightened paper clip. Be patient the little devil is sometimes tricky and its "sweet spot" is evasive. Once you do click on it, you will get a pop-up menu with Bios shown. Use the direction buttons on your keyboard to move around. (See Legend at the bottom of the page.)
If you pay close attention to the User Manual, you will notice it is NOT correct in many ways: from pagination that is WRONG, to diagram that are INCORRECTLY LABELED. Lenovo should hang its collective head in shame for producing and actually releasing this so-called "help" manual; it is useless in its present form.
06-28-2015 02:15 AM
I can confirm that pressing Fn+F2 upon power-on is sufficient to enter BIOS on the Lenovo Flex 2. This is assuming that the Fn/Function hotkey setting is not already inverted in the BIOS, in which case you only need to press "F2". Tested on my Lenovo Flex2 14D.
Thanks, epetru, for this very valuable piece of information. When I didn't know this, I used to have to press the Novo Button every time I wanted to enter the BIOS, which is very inconvenient. Fn+F2 is so much better.
Of course, if you want to enter Recovery Mode, you have no option but to press the Novo Button at power-on.