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Blue Screen Again
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎11-04-2011
Location: US
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T420 - Cannot access BIOS settings

When I press the ThinkVantage button during startup, I don't get an option that allows me to Start Setup Utility. Instead, the screen flashes very briefly, then a message displays "Windows is loading files..." and then I get System Recovery Options.

 

My guess is that the "screen flash" is where I would have the option to view/change BIOS settings, but it goes by almost instantaneously, with no option to make any selection.

 

Any thoughts? I appreciate any help.

 

Thanks,

Don

 

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Posts: 2,903
Registered: ‎10-29-2009
Location: NC
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Re: T420 - Cannot access BIOS settings

To access BIOS settings, press F1 or the Enter key, not the ThinkVantage button.

Fanfold Paper
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Registered: ‎06-19-2011
Location: Bethesda, MD USA
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Re: T420 - Cannot access BIOS settings

Does this only work from cold boot (from power off)? It does not appear to work during a warm boot (pressing ctrl-alt-del from the windows OS boot menu)
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Re: T420 - Cannot access BIOS settings

It should work for either cold boot or warm boot.

The window of time to press the F1 key is small, so it's easy to miss.

When I need to enter BIOS setup menu, I press F1 button repeatedly, at a rate of around twice per second.