01-31-2011 08:04 PM
A couple of months ago I did a system update with the lenovo think vantage toolbox. Since then, whenever I go on to battery power or resume after hibernation, a black toolbar (usually for light, sometimes sound) appears and can't be removed unless I reboot. Has someone else experienced this and do they know how to fix it?
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02-14-2011 08:40 AM
Hmm - that's an odd one. Where is the black bar? Is it down on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen?
If so, it could be a glitch with Toolbox if it appeared following the update - you might check toolbox to see if there is now a newer version - we update frequently.
If the black bar is in the middle lower area of the screen, above the toolbar where the brightness and audio controls pop up on the screen when you either press the volume buttons or use the Fn + Home / End to adjust brightness like this...
If the bar is solid black and there is no bar graph, icon, or number level, then I would think there is an issue with the hot key driver and / or power manager version. If that is the issue, try downloading and updating the hot key driver and upgrade to the latest version of power manager from the support site.
Also, check your video driver version against the newest level on the support site. You can check the driver version through control panel and intel driver icon and information button, or through device manager. Update the driver if you are not at the latest level.
Device manager -> select display adapter -> select the chipset -> right click and select properties -> select driver tab.
Please post back your results, and confirm what OS you are running...
The community may then have additional suggestions if this did not help resolve your trouble...
02-14-2011 08:23 PM
Yes the bar is the one you pasted into your reply. I am running Vista 32 bit (home basic). I went into the device driver and tried to update but it said I already had the latest driver. I then uninstalled and then downloaded the toolbox from the lenovo website. I have also restored the default power settings... but still the bar appears. I'm thinking I may have updated the system with the think vantage productivity center rather than the toolbox, does this mean I should try updating that and then updating my system again? I also did a "rejuvenate my system" to a time when I didn't have the problem but that hasn't worked either. PLEASE HELP
02-20-2011 07:06 AM
Try reinstalling the hotkey drivers, and uninstalling and reinstalling Power Manager. These two items work in consort with the video drivers to provide the onscreen controls for brightness, volume, etc. I think this is where you problem may be.
If the back bar had been down on the toolbar toward the right side of the screen that could have been a Toolbox message that was not displaying properly. I had that happen under XP on an earlier version of toolbox.
Please keep us posted
04-10-2013 10:06 AM
I have a similar (but opposite) problem. I was going through add/remove programs and I accidentally deleted one that I believe is responsible for showing the on screen brightness and sound levels when you adjust them on the keyboard. I'm on a Lenovo ThinkPad running Windows 7.
That black bar you showed is exactly what I just lost - and what I want back! My sound and brightness controls still work, but the display showing their levels does not show anymore. I have searched google and this forum to try to find what program it was that I deleted, but each one I download does not seem to do the trick.
I'd greatly appreicate any feedback and help! Thanks!
04-20-2013 05:40 PM
My sound and brightness controls still work, but the display showing their levels does not show anymore.
I just had the same problem, although it was after changing several services to 'manual' to reduce the number or processes running. All I had to do was open 'Services' and start the service called 'Lenovo Hotkey Client Loader'. My sound/brightness bars immediately began working again. Hope this helps!