Lenovo ThinkPad - Answered Questions & Fixed Issues

Insert a DVD disc into the DVD drive.
Open My Computer then right click on the DVD drive (it maybe the D drive) - click on Properties - then click on Autoplay..

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Apr 07, 2020 | 80 views

Try go into BIOS (press F1 after you start the pc). Then F9 for resetting BIOS settings.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Sep 06, 2019 | 153 views

You need to get a hold of a windows xp recover boot cd/usb. You can download it on the internet (if you can with something else than the lapop)

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 18, 2019 | 65 views


I have only encountered this issue since using Audlogics software to remove duplicate files on my machine.

Nothing against Audlogics, I have used it before to remove duplicate images or mp3s without any problems.

This time I (maybe foolishly) scanned the entire machine and removed every duplicate file with every extension (whilst keeping an original)

Since then my machine crashes, especially when using Chrome, and gives this error upon restart. It will eventually restart.

It works fine in safe mode and does not crash at all.

I am about to go back in and try it in normal mode and run various software to see which one causes the crashes.

I'm confident that the hard drive is still fine though.

Lenovo Thinkpad... | Answered on Apr 19, 2019 | 1,433 views

Error code 36 means a ley is stuck. Only you can find out which one. Press each key in turn to feel if there is a dodgy key.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Oct 09, 2019 | 1,848 views

Contact Lenovo , proove ownership and they may be able to help with a code.

Lenovo Elite... | Answered on Dec 29, 2018 | 596 views


I would recommend installing all the newest drivers for the unit.

Lenovo Thinkpad... | Answered on Jan 12, 2019 | 43 views

Here is the ATI driver page on the Lenovo support site. They list the XP driver for your model. Download and reinstall to see if this solves your problem. If you get errors or if you are not running XP please post beneath this thread with additional info so I can follow up with you...

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Sep 30, 2018 | 2,150 views

hello mr, Matt the hyjacker?
why not ask using all your facts, and not OPs
my wild guess is the OP inserted to the docking station
and bent pins, and now will not work.
the word unlock here is poor choice of words
as many docking stations have option key mech. KEY lock.
so if NOT a key lock !
then it is just mechanically jammed
why not get someone to fix it
or try to unjam it your self , I am sure the OP did 8 long years ago.
or sold it or scrapped it.

invert the whole thing, LT and dock.
upside down, now press dock firmly the LT bottom
near the Connector end and at same time...
then unlatch the dock using the dock latch release now.
this relieves pressure (gravity) and can aid in the cure.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 17, 2018 | 215 views



Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 26, 2018 | 208 views

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 | 109 views

remove the battery large.
then run on AC pack only
#1 top failure of all mobile PC is that battery, so unplug it
then test with AC pack only.
work now.? and all vents must be clean, end to end. not just fan.
there i no fuse it uses current regulator, imagine genius magic electronics fuses that never blow out, and bingo.

OK big battery out, an RTC coin cell fresh.
then fan blows.
next is BIOS, do the BIOS screens work if not the mobo is dead.
have 2 RAM stick on the 2 slots>? try one at a time
run the PC with all modules removed, (options)
remove hdd?
remove, dvd drive.
think like this. Get bios working first
learn that modules can short, and when they do the power regs shut down.
so we unplug all things to the mob,
until only 1 ram and cpu remains.
see? (this is called power overload fault isolation tactics)
even the screen only can be dead, you never mention text showing
you can test the mobo with external screen via that rear (?)_ VGA jack what if that worked, did you learn something here, sure.
this pc has tons of modules to pull, even bluetooth. wifi, sound and more. if you look at all parts inside or sold by ebay, bingo. lots

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 14, 2018 | 65 views

As it was left with no ventilation underneath for the cooling fan, it has desoldered the GPU.
Motherboard replacement or GPU re ball required.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jan 20, 2018 | 132 views

If you right click on the sound icon down by the clock and choos "open volume mixer", are all of the levels even?

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jan 19, 2018 | 61 views

If the computer goes into sleep mode, some devices won't wake afterwards. As a test, either disable sleep mode, or open Device Manager, find the adapter or its USB port and set the power properties to not allow the device to turn off to save power.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Dec 12, 2017 | 36 views

this is not to say for you to try it.if you dont no what you are doing please do not try this get some one that does know how to do it.
if you do try this then do so at your own risk.
Turn off laptop, remove battery. Remove palmrest, and remove keyboard (leave keyboard plugged in). Remove CMOS battery, and boot up the laptop without CMOS battery. Your Power-on password is now removed, put it all back together and enjoy!7 Feb 2012

How to Remove and Reset the Power-On Password for a Thinkpad ...

or go to this link and have a good read up about what else you could try first. password power on lenovo Google Search

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Oct 21, 2017 | 61 views

sounds like the driver you updated is causing it to shut down.try and start in safe mode and see if you can sort it from there.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Oct 08, 2017 | 245 views

Traditionally with ThinkPads:

1. The BIOS password can be reset with the CMOS.
2. The Supervisor password cannot.
3. The HD password cannot.

If it's the harddrive that's locked you will have to replace that. If it's the Supervisor password you need to replace the system board which kind of defeats your purpose.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Oct 06, 2017 | 60 views

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