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ThinkPad Notebooks: Freezing At Boot Up After Upgrading BIOS - August 2016

Lenovo has identified root cause for an issue that causes Lenovo ThinkPad systems with Broadwell and Haswell chips to hang or freeze at OS boot after upgrading the BIOS to versions released in August 2016. This is known to occur on ThinkPad systems running Windows 7 and Windows 10 installed via legacy Windows 7.


Root cause was identified as a conflict between the BIOS and a feature in ThinkPad Power Manager for Dynamic Brightness Control. This setting is disabled by default, so only customers who enabled the feature would encounter this issue.


Lenovo is working to provide updated BIOS that resolve this issue.


To check if an updated BIOS has been released for your system, please visit support.lenovo.com to view the most recent BIOS version made available.


If you experience this issue prior to the BIOS fix being published, the following customer workaround has restored boot up to impacted systems: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/T450-Windows-splash-freezes-after-BIOS-update/m-p/3392269#M111256


9/14/16 EDIT: The official Service TIP has been released and can be found here: 


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Majestic On 2016-12-28, 6:14 AM
BigAddy On 2017-01-09, 20:29 PM

Lenovo, any update for those of us who have enabled dynamic brightness control and can no longer install Windows or boot into Windows to turn this feature back off?

palmirante On 2019-07-04, 7:40 AM

I’ve got a Thinkpad L430. After updating the BIOS recently, I have been unable to boot up and I’m getting a 1-3-3-1 beep error. Has anyone else experienced this?

Thien On 2019-12-13, 13:40 PM

Hello palmirante.

We have the same problem. Did you solve yours? There is no suggestion from Lenovo? If not, don't use any more the BIOS  especialy from Lenovo -support. It was an expnsive experiment for me :(

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