12-16-2013 11:07 AM - edited 12-16-2013 11:18 AM
I have just deployed a new server and am having boot issues. the server is a TS140 and if i have an external hdd plugged in (for backup) the system will hang at the Lenovo splash screen. if i unplug the drive and reboot it starts normally.
- the bios is current
- have excluded all usb drives in each of the 3 boot configurations
- have put the raid volume as the #1 boot option in each of the 3 boot configurations
- tried the drive plugged into each of the usb ports on the server (both usb 2.0 and 3.0)
- tried different boot options relating to Legacy and UEFI....sure ive tried every combination
i have tried 2 different usb drives each with the same result:
- 3TB WD MyBook
- 3TB Seagate GoFlex
with the WD plugged in, the server would fail doing server backups. with the Seagate plugged in, server backups have been successful.
what worry's me is when there is a restart or power down. if the server shuts down or restarts at any point it will hang on boot unless the drive is detached which is a major inconvenience to my client.
i have seen this problem existent with other Lenovo systems (Laptops, Desktops, Servers).
forgot to add, the Server is running Windows Server 2012 Essentials
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01-06-2014 09:52 AM
I also am having the same issue. My boot gets stuck at the second 'ThinkServer' splash screen and I have to power off the unit and back on to try again. Once I unplug the USB drive, it boots fine.
I've got a slightly different config, ESXi 5.5 with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials as a VM. I'm concerned as well about a system reboot or more likely, a UPS power graceful shutdown/re-power.
02-10-2014 07:27 AM - edited 02-10-2014 07:37 AM
Welcome to Lenovo's buggy UEFI/BIOS:
EDIT: Regarding the problem with WD backup failure: Do you get periodic drive disconnects?
02-11-2014 07:32 AM
02-11-2014 08:49 AM - edited 02-11-2014 09:02 AM
Disabling the Legacy USB support in the BIOS does not affect functionality or usability of the USB device from the operating system but only affects the boot options. The user will need to reverse this change if there is a need to boot from a Legacy USB device.
Not all USB storage devices will produce this issue. This could affect USB 2.0 or 3.0 devices connected to 2.0 or 3.0 ports. The cause of the issue is under investigation.
I am pretty sure the proposed workaround does not work. I tried anything possible on my ThinkCentre but nothing helped. It is good to hear that Lenovo is investigating the problems but unfortunately we need 10 new PCs and a server right now, so we have to go with Dell and Fujitsu. I really like the Lenovo hardware and the whisper-quiet operation but we just cannot accept all the UEFI / USB issues in a business environment. Lenovo should probably buy two of the most widely used external HDDs from WD and Seagate and just let some students test if the PCs boot before selling thousands of computers... I am very annoyed as I have spent so much time trying to fix the issues without success. Nobody is working for free.
02-11-2014 11:27 AM
as Nivek stated "This workaround may not work for all devices". ThinkCentre and ThinkServer are very different products which is why we have them separated in different boards.
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05-19-2014 08:44 AM
We have two TS140's in the field with latest BIOS and drivers and both will not boot with an external hd attached. Drives are 1TB IBM drive and a second 3TB buffalo. Drives where plugged into 3.0 USB on back or 2.0 USB on back. Disabled legacy usb settings in bios both results in same hung boot until drive was unplugged.
05-19-2014 09:57 AM