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Thinkpad X280 LED slowly flashing - will not start

Q: Thinkpad X280 LED slowly flashing - will not start

Hi everyone, I was setting up my brandnew X280 and after installing Windows 10 Pro I downloaded Lenovo System Update tool. It proposed a number of updates including a BIOS update and I let it do its job.Last I recall was the window about BIOS update where I hit enter (or ok).The noteboks was sitting in a docking station, battery fully charged. Next time I checked the progress the screen is black and the white power LED is slowly flashing (like being in standby). However I can't wake it up. It will just keep flashing. As I can't take out the battery on a X280 what can I do? Pressing the power button for an extended period of time didn't do anything. Is there a hidden key stroke combination or do I have to wait a couple of days (weeks) until the battery has run out? I'm afraid the BIOS update failed and the system is bricked, even though I followed the instructions by the letter. Any suggestions are more than welcome! Thanks. Q.

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Hello!I try to configure ThinkPad X280 with 16Gb RAM and cheapest processor  i5-8250U, but it is not allowed.Is it marketing or techical feature? Can I upgrade X280's RAM from 8 to 16 in future, if I buy cheapest version now?

A:ThinkPad X280: i5-8250U + 16Gb?

The X280 has RAM soldered to the main board so it can't be expanded or swapped out. If you need 16GB, buy the one with 16GB RAM.

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I just discovered an X280 on German eBay <https://www.ebay.de/itm/Lenovo-thinkpad-x280/263717884422?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p206...>, and I have to say the screen looks really glossy. Might this be a fake? How to tell for sure?   

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I would like to connect two 24in monitors to extend the display across the two screens.  The user manual states that if you connect a monitor to both the HDMI and USBC then USBC will have priority.  I could not find any explanation as to how two monitors can be connected to enable extended display.   I assume one option is to purchase a docking station but I am hoping there is a less expensive option. Any help would be much appreciated. 

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Hello All, I have an X280 with a dummy kit. What would I need to be able to use a nano sim card? What are the parts needed, and where can I find instructions on how to install. Thank you

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tl;dr Is the Thinkpad x280 flawless for Ubuntu 18.04? Hello. I recently acquired myself a X1 Yoga 3rd gen with the hopes that I would have a nice experience running Ubuntu. Unfortunately, from day one I encountered issues with it: X1 Carbon Gen 6 cannot enter deep sleep (S3 state aka Suspend-to-RAM) on Linuxhttps://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Linux-Discussion/X1-Carbon-Gen-6-cannot-enter-deep-sleep-S3-state-aka-S... Touchpad and trackpad work erratically after I close and open the laptop's lid (suspending and resuming). I need to reboot everytime.https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Linux-Discussion/Thinkpad-X1-Carbon-Yoga-3rd-eratic-Mouse-and-Keyboard-... Others that I found about online after acquiring the machine:FYI - Linux May Not Support Thunderbolt Native Mode (seems to be solved)https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Linux-Discussion/FYI-Linux-May-Not-Support-Thunderbolt-Native-Mode/m-p/... Linux throttling bug (T480s)https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comments/870u0a/t480s_linux_throttling_bug/ And from Linux's side, poor consideration for touchscreens. Sadly, I have no choice but to return this machine next week. I feel these are nice machines in theory, and I would be willing to give them one more try. I was considering the Thinkpad x280 and I want to run Ubuntu 18.04 again. I would like to ask if any of these issues persist, or any other issues I'm not aware of show up when running Ubuntu, or any other Linux distro.

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I have the new ThinkPad x280. I need to be able to connect using a SIM card. My model is 20KF 001LV.  I am trying to figure out if my laptop model supports the SIM option, if it has a nano-SIM card slot or not. There is no indication or way to see in the settings.

A:Thinkpad X280 - nano-SIM card

X280 have a dual nanoSIM and microSD card tray located at the back of the case (check HMM on page 82 for more information). In order to use WWAN Internet connection, you also need a proper WWAN modem installed on the motherboard. Check if Fibocom L830-EB or Fibocom L850-GL is listed in Device Manager.

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I am not sure if I'm posting this question in the right section. After signing up, I found it very difficult to work out where to post! Anyway, I am thinking of buying either an Ideapad 720s (13", core i7 8th Gen, 8GB Ram, 256 GB SSD) or a Thinkpad x280 (12", core i7 8th Gen, 8GB Ram, 512 GB SSD), and I believe they both have Thunderbolt 3. So I was wondering if there are significant differences between them. Where I am, the Ideapad is around the $1,000 mark, while the Thinkpad is about $400 more expensive. Is the Thinkpad really that much better, and if so, how? Thank you. 

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Hello all, Long time thinkpad user from the W700 time haha. Just wanted to drop a line after recently getting a thinkpad x270 instead of the x280. I got a little worried with the design philosophy of the thinkpad x270 --> x280 lineage.  I got the x270 because of the bigger removable battery capacity along with the ethernet port among other ports.  I welcome the usb-c port in the x270 and glad to see more of that in the x280. But the fact that the x280 does not have an ethernet port along with a non-removable battery with the option to add the huge super cylindrical battery was a deal breaker for me and I see that the x280 was a step backwards in terms of a design / functionality standpoint from the x270. I am just getting a little bit worried about the design team and their vision for what the x2## series have in the future. The x280 seems to be just a cheaper version of the x1 carbon.  I have the x1 carbon btw lol. Got a few thinkpads... and I like the design for the x1 carbon and i think that to remain as it is...for the thinkpad x1 carbon. I dont want that spilling over into the x2## series. That is supposed to be a pure work horse mobile productivity device.  Anyway what do you guys all think about the direction which the x280 is taking from the x270 which I thought (referencing to the x270) was a pure great work horse laptop with an AMAZING battery life which is absolutely CRITICAL to the x200 line of thinkpa... Read more

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Hi all!I need to know the part numbers for the smartcard reader and for the connection cable (I think it is a separate part nr.) as my X280 came with no smartcard reader and it is useful for me.Can anyone help me with this, please?Do you know a trutworthy reseller in Europe where I can purchase it from? Thanks in advanceRM

A:ThinkPad X280 - Smartcard reader part nr.

See HMM(hardware maintenance manual) Page 58 and 81.  That should help you.
As for part numbers try parts lookup.  In the left column Choose "Cards Misc Internal" for smart card reader.  Choose "Cables Internal" for the cable.  
As to where to buy you can try Lenovo or once you have part numbers maybe online?
Hope the above helps.

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Hi. I got my custom order X280 In July with all features for office purposes and use it just 15 times since then. The battery was never drain in shutdown mode in the first days of use. I remember that after one week being off the battery had the same percentage of charge at restart in the first month of use. Since then whenever I start it I check in Vantage if there are updates and I made the necessary updates every time, Windows updates, System updates, Bios etc. By about two weeks I noticed the battery is discharging between 6 and 8 percent overnight which is quite frustrating and annoying for a three month product. Something happened which consume the power overnight when is turned off. If they are Lenovo employees on the forum please advise me what to do. I would like to know is there is a warranty defect, something that can be fixed by the following updates or something that I can personally change in order everything come back to normal. PS. I have the USB ON disabled from Vantage Thank you.

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Hi AllI have an x280 that seems to struggle reconnecting to the network via ethernet after taking it away and connecting to the wifi network in the office.When plugging the ethernet cable back in it seems to take anything from 15 to 30 minutes to reconnect properly. Have tried deleting and reinstalling the device. Changing cables etc and am now convinced its a setting somewhere. Has anyone else experienced similar issues please. Thanks

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Hello,I bought new X280 which has proprietary connector called Ethernet Extension Adapter Gen 2. I bought it to leave other ports ready for other adapters, but I have found out, that there is another USB-C port very close next to this ethernet port and when I put ethernet adapter into laptop's proprietary port, there is no space to put second USB-C connector.My question is: If I cut the border of Ethernet Extension Adapter connector, will the USB-C work? Or is there any reason to not to do that?Many thanks.

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Hi All!A few minutes ago, while cleaning my X280 noticed that the lower bezel of the display (the part between the Lenovo logo on the left and the X280 lettering on the right) is a lot more flexible than the rest of the bezels. Noticed while cleaning it with a soft cloth with a gentle cleaning solution appropriatefor displays.The other bezels (side an top) are noticeable more sturdy.DId anyone noticed this before?  

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A:ThinkPad X280 , SIM card tray is a wrong from Lenovo . what I can do?

I have Fibocom L850-GL Wwan

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Hi there, when I undock my X280 from the Ultra dock (notebook closed but running) and open the lid the device will not respond to keyboard or trackpoint input.I need to close the lid again which triggers entering 'energy saving' mode.Then opening the lid again will resume everything to normal. I can reproduce this every time on two identical Docks. Funny thing is, my wifes identical X280 does not show this behaviour but works fine. Any idea what I could try to solve this small (but a bit annoying issue)?Thanks.Q.    

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Hi all!My X280 doesn't have the smart card reader, so I decided to buy it and install it myself (it is a pretty straightforward task).Issue is that I found the part number for the smartcard, but no one can tell me the part number for the connecting cable.Can anyone help me with this?Thanks in advance.RM

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I just bought the Thunderbolt 3 dock and remembered reading that you have to make some changes in BIOS for the usb hub to be detected in linux. So I entered BIOS and disabled thunderbolt security and enabled some other thunderbolt feature (the one below thunderbolt security, the tooltip tells you to enable this for linux support and older versions of windows 10).
After saving and rebooting all I see is a blank screen and the fans start going at full speed.
The computer does not boot into my OS and I am not able to enter BIOS again.
Any ideas how I can fix this?
Is there a way to factory reset the BIOS without entering it? Usual solution here is to remove the CMOS battery but I really don't want to open my brand new laptop unless I know my warranty is still valid.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Moderator note: post was moved to the E forum based on original incorrect model in subject.  Subject has been corrected and thread moved back to X.

A:ThinkPad X280: After BIOS update, notebook won't boot anymore

It is not very difficult to remove the CMOS/Coin Cell battery on that system, just remove the main battery, and then loosen 3 screws to open the large bottom cover (see page 73 of the ThinkPad E560 and E565 Hardware Maintenance Manual for details on removing the cover)    Once the cover is open, unplug the CMOS/Coin Cell battery (you don't actually have to remove the battery), wait a few minutes and then plug it back in (see page 81 of the HMM for details). Doing so will not effect your warranty, but don't force anything and keep track of the screws.  

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Hi All!Till a couple of days ago, my X280 provided me around 8:30 - 9:00 of battery life, with no efforts at all.After a BIOS update I received, it droped to half of that with no changes on my side.Is anyone experiencing the same?Any way I can revert the situation?Thanks in advance.RM 

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Hi All!Till a couple of days ago, my X280 provided me around 8:30 - 9:00 of battery life, with no efforts at all.After a BIOS update I received, it droped to half of that with no changes on my side.Is anyone experiencing the same?Any way I can revert the situation?Thanks in advance.RM 

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Hi Everyone!

I just joined and hopefully I can be of some help for others, but for starters I need to ask for help for myself! Before posting this, I did a search of the forums here but did not find anything identical to my issue.

I have a 10-month old Acer 5100 notebook that will no longer start Windows Vista (Home Premium if that matters).

A few nights ago I noticed the machine was at the "Windows did not shut down properly" screen (black background/white text). Unfortunately I was not around the machine when it got into this mode. The screen showed a list of 5 or less choices - I think the default highlighted choice was to let Windows search the hard disk for errors. I chose this but it didn't seem to start after watching it for several minutes. So being the impatient sort, I rebooted the PC and the same black screen with choices displayed. This time I selected 'Start Windows Normally' but when the system came back up it ends at the same screen again. (I believe the "Windows did not shut down properly" screen I was seeing was not the normal one I've always seen, but a different one with less choices, if that makes sense)

So I said forget this, I have a backup. I tried restoring a backup of the hard drive I made with Acronis True Image (I booted off the True Image CD). I chose to only restore just the C: partition. Both times I tried, it gets to over 50% complete then there's a message about the image being corrupt.

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A:Vista won't Start, Screen Hangs at Flashing Cursor, Hard Drive LED Always Flashing

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For over a year, my ThinkPad S431 laptop has been flashing a black screen at random times, very hard to get work done or watch a movie when it is fully strobing.Recently, when I plug in my headphones, it sounds like it is under water, then 10 min. later, it works fine.

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Just a week ago my thinkpad T430 had refused to start after I had swapped out a battery.Just on battery power the laptop is completely powerless, holding the power does nothing, there is no indication of power as far as i can tell, nothing. When plugging in, the only sign of light is the battery indicator, there isn't anything else. Holding to the power does nothing.The battery LED pulses 2 short 1 long 1 short, stops and repeats. What can I do to fix this? Do I need a new FRU (motherboard), can I replace the motherboard for one with dedicated graphics without compatability issues?Can soldering fix the issue?  

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Hi,  Approximately 2 months ago, my screen started to randomly display discolored lines or rectangles.They usually have uniform cyan or magenta color and appear just for one frame. It starts to annoy me. Have anyone come across this problem and solved it? Any suggestions where to look for problem? I alredy tried to update driver for integrated graphic card. It didn't help. Thanks

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This is showing up since last couple of hours. Only change made was to update the latest BIOS update from Lenovo.Pressing the power button makes 5 beeps (beep-beep, pause, beep-beep-beep) and nothing else happens. Please help!   

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Sometimes my laptop doesn't shut down or wake up when hibernated before.The screen is dark and the power button starts flashing rapidly and I can't do anything but shutting it off by pulling the plug.I haven't found a pattern when that happens yet.Do you have any advice on what to do?

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Dell E510 Intell Pentium D, 1g memory, WinXP

I have been having a problem starting my computer from the tower.Called Dell* the first time but it just happened to start up while I was talking to them. They said I probably pushed the button on a slant?
Well it has happened twice since. I shut down normally last night & this morning pushed the start button (made sure I wasn't "slanted") same thing . I get a flashing orange light and then a voice that says "Press repeat button to receive setup instructions".

Where is a repeat button? I have held the start button in for a minimum of 3 minutes but it won't shut off. Pulled power & let it sit for 15 min. & tried again..flashing orange. So I just let it continue flashing and this time it finally shut off. Went to start again..walla..it started! Now this is the third time and I am afraid the next time it won't start ever.
Someone out there able to help?

*Was surprised at Dell trying to sell me tech help in North America so I could get faster response time & a North American. This was before they would start to answer my question!

A:Can't start, tower has flashing orange light on start button,

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Hi! Out of nowhere an exclamation mark appeared on my battery sign when my laptop on ac adapter. The weird thing is that after I restart the laptop, sign goes away. But if I plugged out and in while it's open, sign come back and it says "slow charger, charging slowly". I wanted to ask what should I do?  Thanks in advance.

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We have a X1 Carbon 6th Generation with 40A9 Thinkpad USB Dock. The monitors will randomly flicker for 1 - 2 seconds. Other times it'll flash so much that the computer has to be rebooted Tried the following-Send back to depot. They replaced system board and issue persists-Ran Lenovo firmware updates - issue persists-Tried a suggestion from a Lenovo forum to Enable Thunderbolt BIOS Assist Mode and reboot then disable and reboot Has anyone else had this issue and if so are there any suggestions? Thanks!

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Computer startup very slow!!!
Why when I turn on the computer is rising very slowly?
At first the computer starts and I get to the "Welcome Screen" and i have to wait there four minutes and then I have a black screen for another five minutes before the computer is finally startup!
The computer is 3 weeks old is new! I do not understand why I have had this problem! Computer takes up at least 10 minutes!
I scan the computer for viruses with Norton 360 and dont find anything.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me to solve this problem fastly!
thank you very much for any help.

A:Computer start very slowly!

Hello omereilon,

In my signature is a link to a tutorial on this site on how to optimize windows 7. Try it out, and you may find a safe method to speed up your computer. Hope this helps!

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Hi, all
Thank you in advance.
my pc is 4 years old. recently it starts up slowly. and when i visit sites, it always freezes. i had done everything i can to speed it up. seems none of them worked.
PS: i defragged my disks, cleaned the caches and cookies, killed the unnecessary apps running background

Please help!

A:pc start up slowly and freeze

Have you tried any of these? We have many fine tutorials here at the forums, written by some very capable people. Just click on the link. I would run a complete malware/virus scan first though.

Optimize Windows 7

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I 'm looking for any spy/malware or anything that could slow my computer;

i tried to use the program you noticed dss but it didn't work as i don't have notepad.exe anymore (it was infected) - by the way if you could tell me where i could find it back...

this my hijackthis log
thank you for your help,

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 14:05:43, on 13/07/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0\avp.exe
C:\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
C:\Program Files\Fichiers communs\Sony Shared\AVLib\SSScsiSV.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\usnsvc.exe
C:\... Read more

A:Computer slow and start slowly

I forgot my panda log :

Spyware:Cookie/Xiti No D?sinfect?
C:\Documents and settings\autre\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt

Spyware:Cookie/Smartadserver No D?sinfect?
C:\Documents and Settings\claude\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt

Spyware:Cookie/Weborama No D?sinfect?
C:\Documents and Settings\claude\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt

Spyware:Cookie/Xiti No D?sinfect?
C:\Documents and Settings\claude\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt

Spyware:Cookie/Doubleclick No D?sinfect?
C:\Documents and Settings\edouard\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\g4eiutqw.default\cookies.txt[.doubleclick.net/]

Spyware:Cookie/Xiti No D?sinfect?
C:\Documents and Settings\edouard\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\g4eiutqw.default\cookies.txt[.xiti.com/]

Spyware:Cookie/Advertising No D?sinfect?
C:\Documents and Settings\edouard\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\g4eiutqw.default\cookies.txt[.advertising.com/]

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Hey guys, my laptop over the past couple of days has started to run slower. This is mainly noticeable when opening programs. It can take up to a minute for simple programs like web browsers to appear. Startup is also taking longer than usual.

Here is my log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:02:34, on 15/03/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG7\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijack This\HiJackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://start.icq.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://www.gateway.com/g/startpage.html?Ch=Retail&Br=GTW&Loc=ENG_GB&Sys=PTB&M=MX8716B
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://... Read more

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hey guys. is this just internet explorer starting as soon as i turn on the computer? If so, i need to delay it til i decide to go to the internet.

How? i went to windows defender and i can't get it figured out. i don't see the option.

Also i am getting error 101 boot performance monitoring. Is this related?

thanx in advance. You guys rock!

also, i just checked in the event viewer, and i have 4 critical error 351- stand by performance monitoring. not sure if its related. I just want some direction on how to get these errors to stop popping up and have my computer running properly and to its fullest capacity
thanks again

A:windows ie causing computer to start slowly

this may help you out..... as if you will change the startup programs then the explorer will not be opened up as soon as you start your computer and hence boosting your speed also
Startup Programs - Change

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Hello together,
I am new in this forum and I have a problem with my Satellite P85532V.
May be anybody can help
My Notebook works allways properly. After a changing the HDD to an SDD I get the following problem.
The first time i had a big delay from pushing the power button until the TOSHIBA screen (betwen 3 and 15 Min. ). Now Iam lucky if it starts.
I tried the the following steps
- remove all external Parts
- remove HDD/SDD
- remove Memory
- remove BIOS Accu for more than 5 minutes.
- remove ACCU and using the Power adapter
After I removed all the parts, the BIOS starts after a long time ( 15 Mn. ).
Setting the BIOS to default values. All OK, no errors.
Next steps
- assemble all parts again,
- start the notebook again
- same error,long delay or don't start
- If I came to the point with the TOSHIBA Screen, the noteboke works properly !
- if I check the system with the WIN 10 tools, no error found.

Thank you for your help.

Have a nice day.

Best regards


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When I click the start button and the menu opens, I notice that many of the icons take extra time to load. What can be done about this?

FYI, this does not happen all the time, but it is kind of annoying
Tried this: Start Menu Icons slow to populate, help :(

"adding the registry value did not help"

A:Start menu icons populating slowly, help?

Do you have any background processes running that might be slowing the system down? You can experiment by going to Task Manager -> Processes, sorting by Memory usage, and killing processes one by one while checking the Start menu. Make sure to save your work in any open programs first!


Windows Outreach Team

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Hi, I run Windows XP with all MS updates, Norton Antivirus 2008 w/updates and DSL with a fire wall. Scanned for virus today and only found cookies.

My problem started several days ago after receiving a link for some potential family history information. If I'm using internet explorer it shuts down, the cursor disappeared, the start menu opens, opens the taskbar dialog box, dialog box for changing the desktop appearance.

This occurs frequently and I'm at the point that I'm not using the desktop instead I'm using my laptop instead (runs vista) and to date I'm not experiencing any problems here. It does not seen to be a virus as I'm not having a problem with the vista os.

Thank you for all help with this problem.

A:HELP Start Menu Flashing

Please DO NOT double post!

You are being assisted here.

This thread is now CLOSED!

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Hi,my son has a zoostorm gaming pc which is 2weeks old.he tried to download a pc game but didn't have enough disc space even though he's got 2 tera bytes anyway he was trying to remove some programs to free up space then he pressed reset. Now all that happens is the tower starts up fans come on but the monitor keeps flashing on and off there's no welcome screen nothing I have checked all the cables turned it on and off pressed f8 on reboot. The only thing that happens is when I press alt ctrl delete the bios information comes up?I don't have a clue what to do please help.

A:flashing monitor no start up

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I am new here and having some problems regarding my start menu. I have XP SP2. The start menu and submenus will pop up on the screen at random and start flashing and lock my computer up. If I am on AOL, it kicks me off and closes AOL down completely. I have no control over the computer when this happens. The mouse just kind of goes everywhere around the screen and I can't control it.
I have ran AVG and Ad-Aware with no threats found, so I'm not sure if it's a virus or not? The only new thing I've noticed is that this started when I put an Ethernet adapter into my computer to allow me to use Vonage phone service.
Anyone know what could be causing this? It's getting to be pretty annoying since it happens about 10 times a day.

Thank you!

A:Start menu flashing?

hello & welcome to TSF,

this sounds like it is related to (Vonage)

for the time being uninstall Vonage to see if the issue persist

if it does then do this

do you have a Windows Xp cd, not the restore cd's that come with some systems, the cd will have the Windows logo & 3D hollowgram/image on it

if you do not maybe you can barrow one from a friend/family member/co-worker as long as it is the same version that is on your system

if you have (Windows XP Home Ed. sp2 ) then the cd will have to be that / if you have a cd with (Windows XP Home Ed. )you will have to slipstream (SP2 ) onto a disk that you create

this also applies to (Windows XP Professsional )


now if you do have the Windows XP cd with sp2 please follow these steps


performing a (sfc) system file checker

It is a scan that checks the core files & dlls of the (os) operating system and replaces them if they are corrupt or missing with the correct original version


#1 then select (run) , then press enter
a window will open
#2 type in ( cmd ) then press enter
another window will open
#3 type in ( sfc )then press enter
another window will open
#4 type in (sfc /purgecache) then enter / your pc will work like crazy / this helps in rebuiding the cache file (notice the space between (sfc & /)
#5 type in (sfc /scannow ) then press enter ( notice t... Read more

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Team, I have a user who is experiencing a rather strange behavior on his latop.

He is connected to a docking station, he however has issues with start menu on bootup of the machine, only sometimes.

When you click on the start menu it closes super fast, almost as if the win key was depressed. He is experiencing the issue with both his detachable keyboard and also his laptop.

At this point I have rather no clue, have you guys ever seen such a behavior?


A:Flashing start menu



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Team, I have a user who is experiencing a rather strange behavior on his latop.

He is a Winxp Sp2 32bits user.

He is connected to a docking station, he however has issues with start menu on bootup of the machine, only sometimes.

When you click on the start menu it closes super fast, almost as if the win key was depressed. He is experiencing the issue with both his detachable keyboard and also his laptop.

At this point I have rather no clue, have you guys ever seen such a behavior?


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I've seen this talked about here but I still have the explorer exec starting and stopping. I also have my symantic telling me that it has W32.trats!inf blocked on about the same cycle that my icons are flasing in and out.

Any suggestions will help. I will check back in a while I on the way out.

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Extra logfile - please post this as an attachment with your post.

-- System Information ----------------------------------------------------------

Microsoft Windows XP Professional (build 2600) SP 2.0
Architecture: X86; Language: English

CPU 0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
CPU 1: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
Percentage of Memory in Use: 52%
Physical Memory (total/avail): 959.36 MiB / 459.3 MiB
Pagefile Memory (total/avail): 2313.92 MiB / 1882.18 MiB
Virtual Memory (total/avail): 2047.88 MiB / 1928.86 MiB

C: is Fixed (NTFS) - 224.27 GiB total, 183.93 GiB free.
D: is Fixed (FAT32) - 8.59 GiB total, 0.41 GiB free.
F: is Removable (No Media)
G: is Removable (No Media)
H: is Removable (No Media)
I: is Removable (No Media)
J: is Removable (FAT32)

\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 - WDC WD2500JS-60NCB1 - 232.88 GiB - 2 partitions
\PARTITION0 (bootable) - Installable File System - 224.27 GiB - C:
\PARTITION1 - Unknown - 8.6 GiB - D:

\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1 - Apple iPod USB Device - 27.95 GiB - 1 partition
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A:ICONS and start Bar flashing

plz post logs at its dedicated section.the link is http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...this-log-help/

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When I turn my computer on, the start button in the bottom left corner continues to flash and won't stop. It will bring the icons up on the page, but if I click on one, as soon as I start typing i.e. screen name, etc it freezes and starts blinking. I have been able to run c-cleaner, spybot, anti-virus software, etc- and cleaned everything out, but continue to have the problem. Any suggestions?

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lenovo 8113-jcg
160 HDD
Pentium D 925 (3.00ghz)

Flashing cursor appears on start up after Lenovo splash screen.
Problem has occured after serveral tests...

- Faulty ram was changed and tested on other machine. RAM 100% works.
- Possible faulty HDD. Replaced with brand new HDD.
- After Norton ghost. Tested image on other computer that are the same and they work. Tested other image build on this computer and still same result.
- Connected computer to network using motherboard port and PCI card and ghosted with both. Same problem occurs.
- Removed CMOS and reset. Re-ghost and still doesn't work.

HDD works in external case so this rules out HDD failure.

HDD works when using XP disk to install windows, however there are lots of driver problems and this method isn't practical. The ghost method needs to be used to get all the settings from the network so the computer can be ready to use quickly.

This is happening on two identical computers.

If anyone has any information that could help me with this problem it would be valued.

Thank you.

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