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Lenovo e525 bootloop to setup/bios

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thomask70, May 15, 2019 at 5:01 AM.

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  1. thomask70

    thomask70 Thread Starter

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    I've got a e525 lenovo that (currently) refuses to boot from media.

    I've got Fn keys set to legacy, for ease of use.

    F12 will display 'options' on the diagnostic splash screen, however it gives no opportunity to select, and dumps me directly into the setup/bios.

    CD in CD drive, Bootable USB plugged in, none of them want to boot. I've pulled the SATA drive and placed it into another computer to run checkdisk on, and its recognised and "fixed".

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    What please does fixed mean
    What was it necessary for chkdsk to FIX

    If the system cannot see a bootable drive it will default to BIOS

    What is the OS on the drive

    Is the computer firmware BIOS - UEFI or traditional BIOS
    If it is UEFI is it set UEFI or legacy boot
    This is totally separate from the legacy Fn key mode which simply disables some of the multimedia functions on the F keys

    What is the CD in the drive for, as it cannot be the installation disc to be used for that or attempted repair of 7, 8 or 10 as that requites a DVD not a CD - so what is the actual CD being used for please
     
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  3. thomask70

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    Sorry, I don’t have “what it fixed”. I’ll have to check to see if it logged it. It simply said “made repairs”. Before running the scan/fix it didn’t want to mount the partition.

    The OS should be win10.
    Legacy boot.
    The CD/USB was PC-doctor (an old version) that I use to check systems with.
    I’ve also attempted to use ULtimate Boot CD. It goes straight to bios.
     
  4. Macboatmaster

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    I very much doubt that your computer will boot from PC Doctor
    I do not know how the Ultimate boot CD is configured
    I suggest you make a Windows 10 installation media and see if it will boot from that
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
    following the instructions under
    Using the tool to create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) to install Windows 10 on a different PC (click to show more or less information)

    not for the purpose of reinstalling 10 but to se if it will boot from it and to then use its repair functions
     
  5. thomask70

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    I've just attempted to do so, and I've tried the following.

    Windows 10 USB bootable
    Windows 10 DVD bootable internal DVD drive
    Windows 10 DVD bootable EXTERNAL DVD drive.
    (Same with Windows 7, and UBDC etc)

    It drops me into the bios/Thinkpad Setup each time.
    UEFI BIOS Version GBET02WW (1.02)
    UEFI/Legacy boot - both
    UEFI/Legacy boot priority - Legacy first

    Boot device settings... (not sure if its helpful or not.
    Boot priority is USB Kingston
    USB CD
    USB FDD
    ATAPI CD1 DVD
    ATA HDD0 WDC
    PCI LAN
     
  6. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Try
    1. remove battery
    and disconnect power
    HOLD down power button for a full 30 seconds
    Reconnect power only
    boot to BIOS
    Load optimized defaults.
    If the BIOS offers load optimized defaults for
    Windows 10
    Other OS
    choose Windows 10

    In BIOS setup make boot UEFI not BOTH
    Save and exit

    Shut down.
    Connect Kingston USB
    which I presume you made from the windows 10 link I sent you
    If you used some third party tool to make it rather then the inbuilt tool on the link, then there is a chance that it has not been made correctly to boot the laptop
    Now try boot.

    If that does not work shut down.
    disconnect power
    again hold down power button for 30 seconds
    Remove bottom panel
    Take out both ram sticks
    Reinsert STICK ONE - the lower stick

    Then retry again.
    If that does not work change the sticks.
    so that you have now tried both sticks separately.

    See the workshop manual if necessary for the ram removal etc.
    http://content.etilize.com/user-manual/1020847162.pdf

    Page 41 - 59 and 60
     
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