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Bios Issues with Thinkpad A485

Q: Bios Issues with Thinkpad A485

HI, Im looking for getting a lenovo thinkpad A485 in this shopping season, but have been noticing iposts on ssues with the bios and cpu throttling hindering the performance of the laptop. Im not a power user by all means for now, just looking for replacement laptop with much better battery life, but would like to be assure that these issues will see a decent fix for it. 1. So far has the situation improved in any significant way?2. Is there any other way to get around the issue?3. Any other common problems i should be aware of? Thanks.

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Hi, It seems that this latest BIOS version (1.02) is causing a few different performance issues for the ThinkPad A485. Once obtaining my A485 I ran some synthetic benchmarks to judge CPU performance. After updating to the latest BIOS, I have noticed a decrease in performance on the order of about 10%. It seems that this BIOS update has allowed the CPU to exhibit more stable performance and CPU throttling behavior under constant load, e.g. as seen in the updates to this article: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenovo-ThinkPad-A485-Ryzen-5-Pro-Laptop-Review.334528.0.html but at the cost of some overall performance. Adding to this, after having owned a ThinkPad A485 with a Ryzen 5 2500u and one with a Ryzen 7 2700u, it seems as though Lenovo's power management is aggressively holding back the Vega 10 GPU in the Ryzen 7 2700u, as opposed to the Vega 8 GPU in the Ryzen 5 2500u. Previously, in CineBench R15 (https://www.maxon.net/en/products/cinebench/) benchmarks, my A485 with the 2500u would achieve ~37fps during testing, while hardware monitoring software would show that the GPU was achieving a clock speed of about 800mhz. With my new A485 that has the Vega 10 GPU, it is impossible to achieve more than ~25fps under the same test and testing conditions and the hardware monitoring software shows that the GPU can not reach a clock speed higher than what I believe to be the near-base clock of 400mhz. With both laptops, this testing was performed with the Windows po... Read more

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I just updated the Bios on my machine hoping for the performance to start going further to becoming at least on par with the E485/E585, but to my horror, it now throttles even worse! What used to be a stable 2.5Ghz on the CPU during a Cinebench run on high performance mode, resulting in an underwhelming but acceptable 530-560cb is now 2.0Ghz! This barely puts it in the 450-480cb range, which is almost as bad as quiet mode on the previous bios. This is completely unacceptable. If the E485/E585 can get 600cb consistently, so can the A485. The cooling isn't the problem, just stop limitting the laptop and let it get a little louder/hotter so we can get the performance we have been advertised! 70 degrees is _not_ a suitable temp limit in high performance mode.Please try and fix this. This could be the best Ryzen laptop around, but right now, you're just a fool for buying this over the E485. Here's a look at my findings https://imgur.com/a/qXJS2Bs

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Linux may be unsupported, so I just want to hear from other users: Are you able to use the Bluetooth on the Realtek R8822be in this Laptop under Linux? If so, under what kernel?

A:Thinkpad A485 - Bluetooth not turning on (Linux)

It is working for Antergos 4.18.* Kernel. Did you turn it on with FN+F10?

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Can we please have confirmation that the A485 will be supported for BIOS updates via Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS)?According to the website https://fwupd.org/lvfs/devicelist I can see that fairly new Thinkpads like the P52/P72 are already supported. I do not mind waiting (within reasonable time frame) for Lenovo to fix the BIOS issues but at least I would like to be able to update my system without relying on Windows. Can we please have an update on anything revolving this machine? Is LVFS support coming or not? Is a BIOS update planned fairly soon so that I can stick with Windows for a bit longer? Please shed some light on the situation. A simple yes is coming or no is not will suffice so that we can all move on... Thank you.

A:Lenovo, please add LVFS compatibility for Thinkpad A485

Hi,
 
I can't answer your immediate question, but I'm posting to make sure you know there's a way to get there. Perhaps you're already aware but others may not be...
 
It still requires Windows, but that could be in a VM if you don't have a Win box handy.  The Windows update exe includes a tool to make a bootable flash drive.  Instructions in the readme.
 
https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles/r0wuj37w.exe
 
https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles/r0wuj37w.txt
 
I realize it's not ideal but at least it's possible.
 
Z.

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System is occassionally very slow in responding to clicks.  Program selected from start menu takes upto a minute to launch.  Other examples are Moving emails within thunderbird, launching acrobat when an attachment is clicked.Not sure whats holidng the system as its brand new and is not short or resources 

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I noticed and issue with the ThinkPad A485 (AMD Ryzen) and DisplayPort audio. If using either the Lenovo Pro dock or the Lenovo USB-C dock, I'm unable to get sound to come through my Acer B247Y 24" monitors using a DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable. The monitors have built-in speakers. It seems Windows 10 thinks it's sending the audio through to the monitors, but nothing comes out. Connecting the HDMI port on the side of the A485 to HDMI on the monitor will produce sound. Using a DisplayPort to female HDMI adapter from the back of either docking station and then connecting an HDMI cable to the adapter and then to HDMI on the monitor will also produce sound. There are no settings on the monitor that seem to do anything for it. I can select the Acer AMD High Definition Audio source in Sound Properties and the little equalizer meter moves when you right-click "Test sound", just no audio comes out using DisplayPort to DisplayPort. I'm not sure if this is an issue with USB-C and DP Alt-Mode which the A485 uses for either the Pro dock or USB-C dock. This does not seem to be an issue with an Intel-based machines using USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 or just Intel and DisplayPort audio. Other testing I've done.1. DisplayPort to DisplayPort does produce sound through the Acer monitor with the Pro dock and the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 dock using a ThinkPad T480. DisplayPort to HDMI will also produce sound.2. DisplayPort to DisplayPort does produce sound through the Acer mo... Read more

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System is occassionally very slow in responding to clicks.  Program selected from start menu takes upto a minute to launch.  Other examples are Moving emails within thunderbird, launching acrobat when an attachment is clicked.Not sure whats holidng the system as its brand new and is not short or resources 

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Hi, The ThinkPad A485 currently suffers from the same issue as the E485, where if typing on the keyboard quickly, jumbles up the letters. This appears to be a firmware bug as I have tested in in Windows and Linux, and yet it persists. https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-11e-Windows-13-E-and/E485-strangely-unresponsive-keyboard/td-p... Could I please also have confirmation that the A485 will be supported for BIOS updates via LVFS (fwupd.org)? If you need any more information please ping me. Cheers

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Hi, Does anyone have a definitive answer whether Thinkpad A485 support dual [email protected] using any kind of configurations? I know the HDMI supports a single 4k, would the second monitor work if I plug it into a USB-C to DP cable? Thanks!

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I'm loving my new A485 but I have 2 issues that I'm unanble to solve. First:Silent/Perfomance toggle is only showing up sometimes? There is this little speedometer in the taskbar that is either bleu or orange depending on your silent or performance setting. But often this toggle is missing from my taskbar after a sleep / hibernation or full restart. I tried almost everything to figure out what could trigger this issue but I haven't really figured out what it could be... All software is up to date and I'm running Win 10 1809   Second:Installing a second SSD in the wwan port (m.2 2242)Is this even possible? I inserted a new M.2 2242 SATA SSD with 512GB but it does not show up anywhere in the Disk manager or in MS dos (diskpart).  A little help would be welcome for this new Thinkpad user      





Woodworker with an affection for pixels.

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I have an A485 with the ultra docking station using ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10. Whenever I undock the laptop, the USB ports stop working completely. Docking or undocking does not help afterwords. Removing the USB and reattaching does not work. Adding a USB after the undock does not work. It's like the USB ports don't even exist. The only thing that makes the USB ports work again is restarting. I have upgraded the dock firmware, BIOS firmware and upgraded the kernel to the latest version to no avail. Anyone have this issue or know of any fix? Thanks!

A:A485 and Thinkpad Ultra Docking station USB issue

 Whenever I undock the laptop, the USB ports stop working completely. Docking or undocking does not help afterwords. Removing the USB and reattaching does not work. Adding a USB after the undock does not work. It's like the USB ports don't even exist. The only thing that makes the USB ports work again is restarting. I have upgraded the dock firmware, BIOS firmware and upgraded the kernel to the latest version to no avail. Anyone have this issue or know of any fix? Thanks!

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Who can confirm that the key combination Windows+Shift+RightArrow does not send any keypress event to the operation system?

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Brand A485 laptop does not detect brand new Toshiba RC100 (2242) in wwan slot. And from what I have read in psref it should be supported.

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Hi, I am pretty new to this forum so I'm not sure whether I'm correct here, I just hope it is.My device is a Thinkpad A485 with the Ryzen Pro 2500U.I am using Linux (Debian to be precise) on this machine btw, to defuse some confusion that could come up, using the mainline kernel 5.1.0-rc2+ (master from torvalds master branch), but these issues are also occuring on the kernel supplied by Debian which is 4.19.0-4-amd64. The issue in detail I am experiencing is:When I cold boot the laptop without a USB device attached, the USB ports won't give any power until the power supply is plugged into one of the USB-C Ports. When I connect a USB device to one of the USB ports, it doesn't do anything, until I plug in the power supply, but when removing the power supply again, the device remains powered. This is not happening, when the USB device is plugged in while the device is turned off or while it is in the bootup process. Also ethernet seems to be affected by this as the same issue is occuring with the ethernet port on the right side.Is this a know issue? I did not test this on Windows 10 though.I doubt that this is a hardware issue as the devices keep getting powered when the power supply is removed until I plug them out.I wonder whether other people also have this problem.

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I am testing the new models of Thinkpad A485 units Model Type 20MV S00U00.OS installs just fine.I have the drivers for enterprise that were downloaded from the lenovo site, they installed just fine.I have a script that as part of the setup it installs around 38 wireless profiles and its the same script that we use in all our models.On this model is causing a BSOD pointing to the "rtwlane.sys" file.  after some research I have downloaded the latest driver from Realtek.  This did not help.I added a pause command on the script so that the script pauses after each individual profile is installed to see if its one particular profile causing the issue.Each time that I run the script, the BSOD happens at a different profile. 

A:Thinkpad A485 - BSOD - rtwlane.sys when adding multiple wireless profiles

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Hello,before I updated the firmware utility, my thinkpad A485 was recharging witht he 65 watt adapter attached to the docking station.However, now I need the 135 watt adapter attached to the docking station?Why is this happening?is there a way to uninstall the driver update? I cannot find anything related to dockign station in the contorl panel-->uninstall programs. Please help me, this is very frustrating. I am using the docking station for just one 1080p  display, it was able to work smoothly with the 65 watt adapter plugged to the docking station.My laptop was charged and the ports and the 1 1080p display was functional. Please help me, I do not want to use the 135 watt adapter as I need it for another lenovo dock.

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Can't see a dedicated category for A series laptops. Are people using this category because there are similiaries in the base design between the A485 and T series laptops?

A:Where to discuss A485 issues?

@Helios-Comms wrote:
Can't see a dedicated category for A series laptops. Are people using this category because there are similiaries in the base design between the A485 and T series laptops?

Good day.
 
Yes.
Currently, this product line is being discussed in this (T-series) board.
 
Regards.

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Hi all,I purchased an A485 on the 10th of this month. It's continuously been delayed and I don't seem to be getting anywhere with it. All i ever get told is 'my irder is in process' or there is a parts delay. I understand that sometimes parts delays can halt an order for weeks if not months. Was just wondering if anyone else had ordered this and was having similar issues? OPLEaDER

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After upgrading the BIOS, I am having an issue with my battery. I finally got around to troubleshooting an outstanding issue with my RAM (It was maxing out at 10 of my 20gb of RAM), I found that updating my BIOS resolved the issue. I purchased the laptop in May 2016, and this was the first time I had updated my BIOS. I used Lenovo Solution Center / Vantage to run the updates. I updated my BIOS to N1CET68W (6/20/18). While troubleshooting I ran battery report, and I don't think it is a coincidence that the date I updated the BIOS on is also the date at which one of my batteries stopped working - Attached with a line drawn for when I updated the BIOS. My battery now caps out at 62%. Battery 1: 68% and charging. Battery 2: 0%. Battery 2 will not charge any more. Battery 1: 00HW022, Sanyo. Design Capacity: 23510 mWh, full charge capacity: 17840mWh (Acceptable degradation for 2 year old battery)Battery 2: 01AV406, SMP. Design Capacity: 26060 mWh, full charge capacity: 1770mWh (Significant drop-off once BIOS updated). I have already performed laptop surgery and made sure both batteries are connected. Unplugged both of them, and hard reset my laptop (holding power button for ~2 minutes with batteries out). I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers, and then updating them. Windows 10 x64.     

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I have regret updating my ThinkPad P1 to BIOS 1.18, now the FN hot keys don't all work. Especially FN + F4,  F7-F12. Since I have unplugged, the power seems to be draining very fast. I have used the dGPU disable-enable trick in Device Manager to no avail. Did anyone else on P1/X1E experienced this same issue?

A:BIOS 1.18 issues on ThinkPad P1, disabled hotkeys and heavy battery drain

Did fn-lock disengage?

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See subject.  Ever since the BIOS upgrade, the dock no longer crashes.  Two days running now with no problems; prior to the upgrade it would crash routinely when connecting via USB-C.  I had to employ the unsavoury workaround of connecting the laptop to a charger and connecting it to the dock via the USB-A port using the USB-A to USB-C adaptor supplied.  Now I'm connecting via USB-C cable only. In fact, I'd given up on using the dock at all and had it just sitting there.  I decided to give it another go after reading that BIOS v1.19 fixed instances of BSODs occuring when connected to an external monitor (which I did experience now and again when connecting to an external monitor via HDMI i.e. not via dock).    Dock Type : 40AFX1E Type : 20MF 

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Apologies if this is reprising and earlier question on this topic. I have recently acquired an old-ish second-hand ThinkPad X230 [2325SWK build with a G2ET91WW (2.51) BIOS], accompanied by a ThinkPad UltraBase Series 3 docking station [P/N 0B67692] which has an empty 2" bay.I need advice on the following issues:1    The X230 currently has an SSD installed [Samsung 128GB MZ7TD128HAFV-000L1] which will not be large enough for the programs and program data that I have planned to install.  I would like to upgrade to a 1 1TB SSD, and I propose to clone the contents of the existing 128 GB drive to a 1 TB Samsung 850 Evo [MZ-75E1T0B].  Are there any SATA or other firmware issues that I should be aware of before acquiring the 1 TB drive, arranging for its cloning and for the replacement of the current 128 GB drive?2    I would like to populate the empty 2" bay on the UltraBase Series 3 docking station with an HDD, and the model I have in mind is a 2 TB Seagate BarraCuda Hard Drive [ST2000LM015].  Again, I'd like to know if there are any hardware, firmware or other issues before acquisition and installation.I'd be grateful for any help on either of these two issues in an Australian context.

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We recently upgraded 5 users from X1C5thgens to 6thgens but the  ThinkPad USB-C Dock Model 40A9 keeps disconnecting the mice and keyboards intermintebtly  and sometimes there is a clicking sound coming from in the docks themselves. The only way to resolve the issue is to power cycle the dock  an the issue goes away until it happens again. I called Lenovo but they dont have any information me so i was wondering if anyone is experiencing these issues with the docks and the 6thgens  Thank you

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Hi All, Am I not paying attention to older BIOS of T470? Because I've noticed below: Evaluation Only?Is this correct info? And is this showing on older BIOS versions?  Thanks!


























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Hi, I try to install recommended update by Lenovo ThinkPad BIOS Update - 7  However, I'm not sure which to choose when comes to installation step. I don't want to mess up with my BIOS  Update ThinkPad BIOSUpdate model number Thank you.

A:ThinkPad BIOS Update - 7 - Update ThinkPad BIOS or Update model number

dont worry just go next..with update ThinkPad bios...and all will be installed automaticly..the computer will reboot and you are finish..best regards..

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I have two annoying issues with my new ThinkPad X1 Tablet (Model: 20JB001DGE, running Windows 10 Pro, Build: 1709; 16299.371): When trying to create a new folder on a network share on my Synology NAS I get the error message:If I click 'Try Again' the message remains. When 'Cancel' is clicked I got the new folder with the default name 'New Folder'.Sometimes this also happens when renaming a folder or file.The only way to get rid of it, is restarting the tablet.I have already been in contact with the Synology Support. They checked the NAS, which seems to be okay. This can be confirmed by using another Windows tablet with the same Win 10 build, which can access the NAS shares and create folder without any issues.I also contacted the Microsoft Support.They adviced me to disable all non-Windows services and all auto start items.I uninstalled my Antivirus and Firewall-Tool Avast Premier, using Windows Defender only now.We also tried out different SMB configurations. (activating SMB v1 only on both NAS an PC vs. SMB v2/3, which is the recommended and more secure configuration.)Nothing of this helped so far.The tablet is connected to the DVI port of a monitor via the USB 3 Ultra Dock.Every once in a while some items are displayed larger than normal or seem blurred, for example when opening windows explorer.This screenshot should illustrate the difference. On the left is the normal view, while the right one coincides with blurred view of windows explorer items or fonts in documen... Read more

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Hello All,
3 days ago I applied the latest bios update to my 1-year old XPS15, running latest and fully patched 64 bit Windows 10 public release.
Since then
A) plugin a rather simple USB-3 hub into the system prevents the laptop from Booting into BIOS, or if manages to do that
B) plugin said USB-3 hub after full windows boot, freezes both USB ports devices.  The unfreeze can be overcame by unplugging the hub and then other device and then re-pluging both
C) after step B, windows explorer becomes very unstable and does not even show all the folder contents to some programs "open file" function.
D) the system does not recover anymore from plain S3 sleep, triggering a windows hard reboot.
I'm afraid the bios option to roll-back the bios version was not active, so I'm stuck.
Finally, the latest Intel diver published at the same time does not install cleanly after the bios update (although I managed to get it to show in the "program files" section.
I always apply the latest updates for drivers and bios promptly as main security policy and so far the system has behaved very well (Maybe with the exception of Hibernation from sleep time out, which always has been a bit faulty)

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Hi i'd like to restore a previous bios to my computer or have support help me with getting it to support ACPI devices. I bought a GDC Beast and a GTX graphics card, plugged it in to my mini-pci slot and tried to boot, was greeted by a blue screen that said this bios is not ACPI Compliant, so which bios would I need to use to make the error go away and boot using my graphics card? The current bios file is sp77491.exe and it hasnt been updated since 2016.Thanks for your help. 

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Hi all. Bougth recently new a485 2500u to mine long thinkpad line (T61, T410, T430), with fresh and clean windows install + 8gb ram to use full potential of vega - And it do crashes while gaming warthunder again and again. Bios is updated. Maginificient machine on size/performance scale (faster whan previous t430 i7 + egpu 750ti). What is strange - it do crash less if run as administrator. Code in BSOD is watchdog-timer 

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The Ryzen Pros in the A485 are qualified for ECC support. Can Lenovo enable this support in a BIOS update? 16GB ECC SODIMMs (Lenovo # 4X70Q27989) are recognised by the system but there's no option in the BIOS to enable ECC.

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For activate certain options in bios, i found that the bios has a password, despite i buy a lenovo thinkpad p50 new and never used

A:BIOS ThinkPad P50

Who did you buy from?  New machines never have passwords set

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i have the R40E and it has a bios code, i got the laptop from a friend and it had been stolen from him and recovered with the bios code on it now, we couldn't crack the code and i tried removing the watch battery from it for the 10 mins. and it is still there. there is no way of figuring out the code, is there any other way to get rid of it. btw when you hold the ESC key with the space bar it takes you to other screens telling you to press more keys but eventually they all take you back to entering the code. the blue access ibm button does nothing at all.
 

A:bios on an ibm thinkpad

I've been through this before. You'll have to contact IBM and be ready to fork over big bucks. Unless the laptop is near new, it won't be worth what you'll have to pay. And if it is coded like mine was, both the computer and the hard disk are useless.

On the Dell, it was called "Password Authentication System".

Dell wanted $129 to help me with mine. I junked it.
 

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The User Guide for the a485 notes an external display can achieve a resolution ... "Up to 4096 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz, with an external display connected to the HDMI connector".  I currently have my a485 attached to an external LG 27UD69P-W that supports a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 (HDMI: 60 Hz). My issue occurs when setting the display above 30Hz, I get random blank screens that last for 1-2 seconds.  This does not occur at 30Hz Is there a fix incoming for this?  Am I the only one affected by this? Thanks for any info!

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I'm looking to replace my A485's regular US/English keyboard with a backlit keyboard but dont know the FRU.  Any help would be greatly appreciated! Posting here because there is no clear place for A-series questions.  Apologies if this is incorrect.

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Issue:Estimated battery %/time is correct until the internal battery is out of power, then the battery %/time instantly drops to 5%/unknown until the external is dead (it was shutting off and id have to turn it back on as shutdown was 7%), OR the system is rebooted in which case then the battery %/time is correct again until the remaining battery is actuallly dead...It can say not installed all it wants to...  Had this issue with the last 2 BIOS's, dont know if it existed before, or a known issue.?Did a fresh reinstall on 12-23-2018, latest drivers downloaded for install at the time (and as of today, still no update's, running latest on all.

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The User Guide for the a485 notes an external display can achieve a resolution ... "Up to 4096 x 2160 pixels / 60 Hz, with an external display connected to the HDMI connector".  I currently have my a485 attached to an external LG 27UD69P-W that supports a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 (HDMI: 60 Hz). My issue occurs when setting the display above 30Hz, I get random blank screens that last for 1-2 seconds.  This does not occur at 30Hz Is there a fix incoming for this?  Am I the only one affected by this? Thanks for any info!

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Hello everyone,

do someone know a procedure to remove de bios pass on a thinkpad t43 ? I've seen this procedure http://sodoityourself.com/hacking-ibm-thinkpad-bios-password/ but i'll rather hear from you guys first, instead of tweaking the chip.

If someone knows about a pass software like the dell latitude one or similar i'll thankyou a lot.

Cheers.
 

A:IBM Thinkpad t43 bios password

the T43 password removal can only be doing using special i2c programmer. there are no master passwords for these laptops.
 

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How long will the latest bios update need? The screen interrupts at "begin flashing.... total blocks of the image=2048." Since 10 minutes. Can i start the computer again?

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I have a thinkpad G40 type 2389-Y11. i replaced the cmos battery and upon booting back up i go error code 0271 check date and time settings, then i got prompted for a password that i do not have because i bought the computer used for my deployment to iraq. I understand there is connector pads on the motherboard to reset the bios, can anyone tell me which pads they may be or another way around it? thanks for your help
 

A:Thinkpad bios reset

I would inquire at IBM's tech support. You may have to prove that it wasn't stolen.
 

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This is a critical issue to me. The laptop was bought couple months ago, so I haven't done any backup of my files. (which are very important to me)

It's an ibm x40, 40GB hitachi hdd (C4K40 model HTC424040F9AT00).

Have been working fine, until 2 sudden crashes.
Both was blue screen of "dumping ..memory" (although I had 512mb ram onboard, and was only using mpc to watch movie)
Prior to crash, hdd was making funny clicking sounds repeatingly. (I've heard a similar sound before, on my desktop when it wasn't spinning properly.)
The sound occured when I was trying to skip some parts of the movie (by clicking on different time points). This same crash happened twice.

Then finally on last boot up, I had an error message of some dll not found, windows cannot run.

I restarted, and this time, BIOS does not detect my hdd..
and it tries to run Intel boot agent (from network..)
I still hear the same clicking sound from the hdd...

I've tried hdd regenerator, win boot disk, etc...
All of them says HDD NOT FOUND.

Could someone tell me what's wrong? Is the hdd dead....? or is it motherboard prob?
Are there any methods I could possibly recover my data?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:X40 thinkpad hdd not found in BIOS. Please help.

Thank you for your reply.

Would you mind telling me which method is most reliable?
Do data recovery centers work 100%? Are they expensive? Would it be worth it?

I'm thinking of taking it to the ibm service center.. Is it a one-shot try?

Thanks a lot.
 

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Hello Every Body I have Lenovo ThinkPad P70 Mobile Workstation , And it's amazing Machine to work with it .But i need Help to rest Bios chip , Because i made a supervisor passeord and i can not remeber it , so if any one have any way to remove or reset the supervisor password , because th lenovo Thechnical support said that i have to change the systemboard to solve this problem .

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