20 Most Recent Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 Notebook Questions & Answers

no boot. SL500 notebook. 10 years old now? 2008 made.

no failed screen photo posted. making answers near impossible to guess what is there on screen.
PC's boot in serial sequence.
Power on
BIOS posts. (power on self test and possible errors)

then asks for BIOS PASSword (bad thing to have and forget) never turn this feature on.
then if Bitlocker was turned on you must get this password next, if lost doom it is for HDD.'

next the HDD boots the OS. (or fails with errors)
what OS is this, windows (what) or Linux (hat) or freedos, or well lots more OS.
let my guess its windows. so the next step is
windows password, is this where you get stuck.

this messages (means recovery mode) in english.
To interrupt normal startup, press the
blue ThinkVantage button"

it is the BIOS hot key for recovery.
if the bios password is not set then BIOS works.

My guess is your HDD is bad, and cant boot.
you read the manual, (did you) and see the recovery chapter. and then attempt the recovery
and that works , good, but if not that means the HDD is bad, or damaged.'
page 41 covers how to use factory recover disk

If you need help , next time tell the helper
what OS came new with PC and was it upgraded.
to say w10. WE CAN NEVER GUESS what
OS is there (operating system)


Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 23, 2018

The sl500 includes 4 buttons on either side of the touchpad. The buttons on the right side of the touchpad are designated for a right-click by default. The menu key may also be used to simulate a right - click.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jan 16, 2015

Check to see if there is a system restore setup for a previous date, this will allow you to roll-back the changes made. You can find this under the control panel.
If you want to restore back to the original windows settings, you need to reinstall windows from DVD or CD, these are backups made when you first got the laptop.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 09, 2014

These are usually covered by the Plug&Play drivers and shouldn't need any installation. If you disabled the Audio Output, then
either uninstall your soundcard driver (Realtek), restart the pc and install it again.
If you disabled something, it might also show in the Device Manager (START-->RUN-->devmgmt.msc). If ther is anything with a yellow esclamation mark ( ! ), then try update the driver. If updating the driver doesn't work, then remove the hardware (NOT physically).

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jun 24, 2014

I don't know what software you were using when this error occured, but it's likely this is some sort of encoding issue. Well, either that or the file is just corrupted. Generally, though, encoding issues such as this won't prevent a document from opening.

I've also seen this happen when you try and open a file with an application that is not intended to read it (e.g. trying to open a binary file with MS Word). Make sure you are using the correct application, as this is also a possible cause.

If I'm not making any sense, just know that I sometimes do that. I'd be happy to clarify if needed, just ask. ;-)

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Nov 08, 2013

I know it is difficult asking a question, but it is even more difficult to address your problem without one.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Oct 03, 2013

The laptop has a barrel connector to the external supply and that only has two wires. 20 Volts dc. Where is this connector?

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jan 16, 2013

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