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P320: How to show POST during bootup?

2021-07-16, 4:40 AM

ThinkStation P320

BIOS version S06KT24A (09/22/2017)

 

The computer boots into Windows fine.  On bootup it shows the Lenovo logo, but not the POST progress.  I need to push ctrl+i on bootup to access the Intel RAID settings, but pushing ctrl+i doesn't do anything.

 

I've seen manuals and forum postings saying that you need to disable Quiet Mode or disable showing the logo, but this BIOS doesn't have the settings that they're referring to.

 

How do I configure it to respond to the ctrl+i so that it will access the Intel RAID setup on bootup?

 

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P320: How to show POST during bootup?

2021-07-16, 14:41 PM
I don't have a P320 with me to test this right away, but you could try disabling the fast boot option from the BIOS settings.
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Re:P320: How to show POST during bootup?

2021-07-16, 19:43 PM

We looked for a fast boot option, but don't see one.

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Re:P320: How to show POST during bootup?

2021-07-16, 22:21 PM

We have a Lenovo H50-50 also, and in the BIOS it does have a 'Quick Boot' setting, and that does speed up the bootup, but whether enabled or disabled, the PC doesn't show the POST progress.  On the slow boot, although it must be doing some POST work, it shows the Lenovo logo the entire time, and it doesn't respond to ctrl+i.

 

Normally for other computers, on bootup the Intel Rapid Storage Technology screen appears during the POST, and then you hit ctrl+i.

 

With the P320's BIOS version S06KT24A, how do I get to that point?

 

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Re:P320: How to show POST during bootup?

2021-07-19, 16:47 PM

Lenovo must know how to make the POST show during bootup on a ThinkStation P320.  Please let me know.  Currently, it shows the Lenovo logo the entire time up until Windows loads.

 

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Re:P320: How to show POST during bootup?

2021-07-19, 17:24 PM

Can you confirm if your system is booting in UEFI mode?

 

Check BIOS setup under the exit menu and see if OS Optimized Defaults are enabled.  

 

It sounds to me like your system is attempting to boot in UEFI mode and you're seeing a basic Lenovo splash screen with the animated circle/dot pattern.  By spec, this typically disables all hotkey options to attempt to enter legacy OPROMs from the POST menu.  In that scenario, you would need to enter the UEFI OPROM menu from within BIOS setup itself (instead of using the CTRL + letter hotkey combo).

 

You likely have two options:

1.  Disable OS Optimized Defaults, save BIOS and reboot to get the system booting in legacy mode again.  CTRL + I should be accessible here assuming RAID is enabled AND you have at least two drives connected to the Intel controller.

 

2.  Leave the system in UEFI mode and check BIOS setup under the Advanced tab to see if you are presented with the ability to access the Intel OPROM from that menu within BIOS setup.  Note I don't have a P320 on hand currently to check exactly how this will show up in UEFI, so going off memory for this.  And again, I don't think this option will show up unless you have the controller set to RAID mode and have 2 drives connected to the controller.




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