03-23-2016 09:03 PM
I currently use a Lenovo ThinkPad S1 Yoga, and have recently upgraded the 64-bit OS from Windows 8.1 to 10.
Since then I have been experiencing issues where ‘Tablet Mode’ will activate suddenly and randomly while I am using my ultrabook in laptop mode. This is especially frustrating because it often occurs while I am using the keyboard which will then be disabled, and cannot be re-enabled. I have attempted to turn on/off the various Tablet Mode settings – “Make Windows more touch-friendly…”, “When I sign in...”, “When this device automatically…”, “Hide app icons…”, but no pair of settings seemed to work.
In the end, I am forced to reboot, which is the only solution that resolves the matter.
What steps can I take to resolve this matter once and for all without having to restart the system constantly?
03-24-2016 07:16 PM - edited 03-24-2016 07:20 PM
In my case I have a Thinkpad Yoga 14 and it took me some time to stabilize Windows 10 on it. I went updating the driver over time until it get stable.
I also have some settings similar to you, but mine (for example) sometimes switches to tablet mode when I close the lid, but when I open it Windows change very fast to laptop mode, so it does not bother me.
I can suggest you to try to update your drivers, here are some of my tips to update the drivers on a Thinkpad when going to Windows 10.
These are some of my tips to update the drivers of your Thinkpad:
1) Try first Windows Update and update all the drivers and Patches
2) Try Lenovo System Update to get any new/missing drivers.
4) Sometimes all that software does not recognize some updated / missing driver. Check Lenovo's Support Site and search for your specific model drivers (use the full model number of your Thinkpad).
If you have more experience installing and uninstalling driver, there are some other things you can do, but those options os AS IS outside Lenovo's suggestion.
1) There is DriverEasy that offers a decent for free scanning of your device and shows you which drivers can be updated from their database.
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01-01-2019 04:27 PM
This problem has been haunting me for perhaps two years. None of the Windows settings helped. Finally I thought it might be a BIOS issue. In my system, movemement of the system or the screen tilt would randomly cause Windows to ask if I want to switch to Tablet Mode. Even if I clicked on "No", it still would change to Tablet mode, and lock out all use of keyboard. Even clicking the Notifications area Tablet Mode tile back off to *not* be in tablet mode would not bring the keyboard back. The only work-around I found was closing the lid (causing sleep) and then reopening it (I have the option to always wake up in notebook mode). Sometimes I would have to do that several times in an hour. Maddening!
Finallty, yesterday I checked for a BIOS update and found I was several versions behind the current 1.39/1.30 (depending on Yoga S1 BIOS version). I got the BIOS update here at Lenovo Support. Installation went smoothly. Afterwards I could manually switch back and forth to and from Tablet mode and now the keyboard STILL works in Tablet mode as long as the screen is still in a notebook position. That never worked before. Just moments ago I got the dreaded "do you want to switch to tablet mode" message and clicking 'No' actually prevented the switch! Woohoo.
That has really been my only gripe about this Yoga S1 system. So now it is back to working 100%. I hope this helps someone else who has this issue. This may also explain why some people online have been able to use other solutions: their BIOS may be newer than mine was.
01-01-2019 04:31 PM