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karemlore
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Registered: ‎01-17-2014
Location: USA
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Message 3 of 133

HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

1) Take a Samsung Pro 840

2) Image drive to Samsung Pro 840

3) Replace drive with Samsung Pro 840

4) Use Recovery CD set to install Windows 8 on newly installed Samsung Pro 840 drive (now in machine)

5) Done

 

Looks like new motherboards are needed.  Stuck at the Lenovo splashscreen.  2 Machines out of 2.

rschoeffler
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Registered: ‎01-16-2014
Location: Orlando fl
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Message 1 of 133

Two W540 both stuck at thinkpad splash screen

I've checked the USB port contacts on both machines and they are fine.  The first one got stuck on this screen after I finished running the recovery disks and clicked on the reboot computer button.  The second one was working fine until I tried to boot from the Samsung 840PRO SSD from the first machine.  I was usign an external USB cable to boot into the HD when I tried it on the second machine and I can read the drive on other computers so I know it's not a connector on the drive.  I can swap the ram, HD, and even tried disconnecting the CMOS battery and nothing has worked.  Once it tries to read from that one drive it seems to lock the computer up permanently.  Has anyone ran into an issue like this?

rschoeffler
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Registered: ‎01-16-2014
Location: Orlando fl
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Message 2 of 133

Re: Two W540 both stuck at thinkpad splash screen

Looks like there are other people having the same issue with Linux.

 

Link

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Message 4 of 133

Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

pull the drive and try to boot into the BIOS


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If a response answers your question, please mark it as the accepted solution.

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carage
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Registered: ‎12-30-2011
Location: Miami
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Message 5 of 133

Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

How about reformatting the SSDs and do a clean install instead?



 

biznatch
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Registered: ‎03-30-2011
Location: CA
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Message 6 of 133

Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

Why are you using the Recovery CD's to install Windows onto a drive that you've already put an image onto?
Farkus
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Registered: ‎12-31-2013
Location: US
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Message 7 of 133

Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps

Dban the 840 pro and fresh install the OS, never ever clone.


W530 | 3840QM | 32g @ 1.35v CL9 1986z | 512g 840 Pro | 1t HGST 7200 | FHD AUO v.4 | Quadro K2k | GOBI 5k | Centrino 6300
biznatch
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Location: CA
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Message 8 of 133

Re: HOWTO - Brick a W540 in easy steps


@Farkus wrote:

Dban the 840 pro and fresh install the OS, never ever clone.


What's wrong with cloning?  I've cloned my hard drive 3 times as I've upgraded my current laptop and I've never had a problem.  It's not the right solution in every situation but why *never* clone?

maxf
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Registered: ‎01-18-2014
Location: Germany
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Message 9 of 133

Betreff: Two W540 both stuck at thinkpad splash screen

Jup, I managed to brick mine twice by upgrading to 32GB RAM(the machine only came with 8GB, I used this one) and running Windows 7:

I have installed Windows and Linux in "Legacy" mode, which works around the EFI issues with GRUB. I only use Windows once in a while...

A few days after upgrading to 32 GB, I tried to boot into Windows, which gave me a black screen. Well, there was nothing important on that machine, so I just recovered Windows. Afterwards I started installing updates. When I came back later that day, the screen was blank and the machine wouldn't get past the BIOS-splash... I got the mainboard replaced on-site the next week. That evening I tried booting Windows again...black screen. This time I watched it installing updates. Windows Update went fine, afterwards I launched System Update. The machine rebooted...stuck. At least I still had to enter the power-on password this time, which gave me a black screen...

After three days of phoning back and forth I was told that the mainboard had to be replaced (surprise!) which has to be done in a repair centre, because it had already been exchanged once(huh?). So...I now have a repair with the dreaded "Repair On Hold - Awaiting Parts" status...

 

In both cases, I tried to remove the main and the CMOS-battery, insert the original 8GB stick and removing the harddisk. Nothing worked...

gusat
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Registered: ‎10-21-2012
Location: Switzerland
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Message 10 of 133

Betreff: Two W540 both stuck at thinkpad splash screen

" I managed to brick mine twice by upgrading": Weird! Is this a compound consequence of UEFI + shaky BIOS?
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