I clean installed Vista (32bit) and its been flawless. However, from a cold start, the Thinkpad screen flashes and stops there unless I strike a key after which Vista will proceed with loading.
This does not occur on restarts (ie Vista orb -- restart).
I did some rule-out troubleshooting and found that if I unplug my USB hub (with printer & wired mouse attached), Vista will load automatically with no key strike required.
So I thought it must be a boot order issue. I have tried modifying the boot order -- both placing the dvd drive and hard drive 1st and 2nd; and also excluding everything except the cd/dvd drive and the hard drive. In either case, it still needs a key strike to load vista from a cold start.
I even "disabled" USB support in the BIOS setup...still happens.
I suppose this isnt the worst issue I could face, however, I find it annoying to power-on and then have to strike a key to load my OS.
Thanks for your response. I recall the boot.ini file in XP. However I believe that it is no more in Vista. There is a boot timeout setting in msconfig (looks like 30 secs is the default).
However, even waiting 2 minutes, it just waits on the Thinkpad screen, unless I press a key.
I did lower the boot timeout setting in msconfig, but it had no effect.
Also, it boots normally (short flash of Thinkpad screen, then immediate load of Vista) when I remove my USB peripherals. That just screams "boot order issue." However I have removed everything from BIOS boot menu except my DVD drive and hard drive -- even ordering the hard drive first -- no effect.
Its as though its waiting to boot from the USB peripherals and will only move on to boot Vista from the hard drive if I strike a key. Again, without those USB items plugged in, startup is just perfect.