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T480 Fan constantly on and off

Q: T480 Fan constantly on and off

Hello all, Just received my sixth thinkpad in the last 23 years. It arrived yesterday. It is a: T480, I7-8550U, 16GB(8+8), 512 M.2 SSD, iGPU, Win10 Pro The fan is really annoying. It goes on and off constantly. It seems to ramp up to full speed. I have been reading about fan noise with this model all over the internet. Is there a way for it to run constantly at a lower speed than the constant on and off? My previous model was a T430 never had issues with fan noise (it was very quiet too when it ran). Currently running a test: Not using the laptop at all. Opened 1 tab on Chrome and have it sitting on cnn.com. Also, opened one tab on Edge also on cnn.com. Task manager open. Chrome uses less CPU but more memory than Edge. CPU is running between 15% and 20%. Fan turns on every minute or so for about 20 to 30 seconds then goes off. It is loud and annoying going on and off. Why can't it just be a constant lower speed? On and off is ridiculous. If this keeps up this machine is going back. Thanks for any replies and suggestions.

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Hi there, my dad's laptop, an Acer Aspire 7763z-4809 running Windows 7, has one of the most bizzare problems I have ever seen.
 
He described the problem to me as the screen constantly flipping around and changing orientation all by itself. By pressing the arrow keys you can also flip it manually... sometimes.
 
I turned on the on-screen keyboard to find out that Ctrl and Alt are constantly being held or toggled. Alt and Ctrl can sometimes be temporarily disabled by just pressing those keys, but they will just toggle on (pressed) again, or flicker between being pressed and not pressed. On top of that, whatever is going on seems to really like flipping the screen upsidedown, or just flip it in random directions (but usually upsidedown). I guess it is doing this with the ctrl+alt+arrowkey hotkey combination (which I didn't think was enabled...). And on top of this, it seems to be pressing right click a lot (or some equivalent), because context menus often come up.
 
Bizzare, right? The laptop is extremely hard to navigate, because it has a mind of its own. Between the screen flipping, ctrl and alt being toggled at random, and context menus going haywire, it's a complete mess.
 
It seemed to be lacking a virus program, so I was able to very awkwardly get Microsoft Security Essentials installed (just typing "MSE" into google was hard, let alone installing the software) and I ran a scan. Problem persists.
 
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A:Alt and Ctrl keys constantly toggling, screen constantly flipping

Computer Hope has listed a few ideas on this problem. May be worth a quick look -
Flipped monitor display in Windows
 
Tell us if this helps or not -
 
Regards -

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Hi

I am looking a way to play a sound file, in this instance WAV file constantly after boot up or login

I have disabled windows sound login and added nnnn.WAV in the startup folder.

It plays and loops fine but pops up with the Windows Media Player, in this case.

I want it to continue playing but silent mode without Windows Media Player popping up.

I have seen HTML TAGS to do it, maybe do it that way and exec it from bat or vbs file on startup of

pc/laptop

Thanks in advance
 

A:Play sound file constantly after boot or login constantly

If you cant find a better way, maybe rename the standard login sound as mmm.old and replace it with your wav file, then re-enable standard windows sounds.
 

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Dear Lenovoi need your recomendation about upgrading my thinkpad T480 ram from 8 to 16 and adding ssd m2 so please check the attcahed screenshot.ThanksHossam Gebril

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I've noticed my fan always stays on regading the temps when my machine is plugged on the 65W charger, temperatures remain between 38 and 57 on light use, but even when idling the fan kicks on as soon as I plug in my charger and turns off a couple seconds after I plug it off. I have tried to fix it by installing the patch mentioned on https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/es/en/solutions/ht506625 and changin the BIOS profile for the plugged status (it's on the same profile now both for AC plugged and unplugged) but the problem perists. Anyone knows how to fix this issue without the need to install 3rd party software or can point me to the windows 10 settings that regukate this behaviour? Thanks in advance.

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Another similar question, is it possible to install more RAM into the T480?  It comes with 16GB, but are there sockets available to install another 8GB?
 
Moderator note: post moved, subject edited to match content.  Was:  Re: X1 Carbon 3rd Gen Hard Drive Replacement

A:T480: add RAM?

Per the base spec:  "32GB max / 2400MHz DDR4, dual-channel capable, two DDR4 SO-DIMM sockets"
 
http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20T480/ThinkPad_T480_Platform_Specificatio...
 
Depending on how your machine shipped, you may have a single 16GB stick and an empty socket, or two occupied sockets.
 
Z.

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If I buy a T480 mostly for office use I think an i5 could do the job or what do you think? I don't have any games at all but many people thinks that it is crazy not to buy an i7. Peter

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Hi,Recently bought a T480 with the 150MX Nvidia card. The laptop works great during normal operation during work etc but when I get home and want to play some games, nothing is working as it should. What happens is this:When I start the game everything is running good but after a few minutes I can see my CPU start to lower it's power limit (PL1) slowly towards 5W. It will stop at 5W never gaining any wattage back until i restart computer. The PL1 is at 15W when computer is newly booted. I have tried to uninstall the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework, this results in that the processor is fixed at 15W but after a while the iGPU will go crazy and goes to 100% leaving the CPU at 2W = 0.2Ghz. And I have to restart. So this is not a valid solution. All my power settings are on maximum performance ofc.I have tried almost everything I can think of and been browsing all kind of reddit threads without any long term solution.

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Hi,This is the first Lenovo Laptop bought by me.I am using the laptop for a few days and the impressions are overalling good, but, I have 2 problems:The first is with the 2 battery system.I tought that the first battery to discharge was the removal battery, but that is not the case. Do I have to change something in BIOS?The second problem is with the UltraDockStation.When I have 1 USB disk connected to the DockStation, I am unable to backup laptop to USB disk, or to transfer big files (10GBs for example) (from the laptop to USB 3.0 disk). It starts normally and then it freezes the transfer.If I connect the USB disk directly to the laptop this problem doesn't occur.All components area updated, with Lenovo Vantage.Anyone has this problems and are there any ways to solve it?Thank you

A:2 Problems with new T480

I can only respond to the 1st question.  See post below.  you cant change in Bios discharge priority.  Discharge priority depends on the wear level of the 2 batteries.
 
https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/T470s-battery-discharge-priority/m-p/380...

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I have a W520 now with 8gb ram, and a Quattro 1000 w/2gb graphic memory.My system ram is usually under 5gb usage, and I don't do a lot as far as video goes.Only youtube, and I am hooked up to a 1920x1200 monitor most of the time.For a T480, Is 8gb of ram sufficient, or would 16 make better use of the graphics card?





W-520, i7-2760QM, 8gb, quadro 1000, FHD, 500gb/7200rpm, WIN7PRO

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Hi everyone, today I upgraded the RAM and the SSD of my T480. I am absolutely not doing this for the first time and I was really careful. I removed the external battery and deactivated the internal battery before starting with the procedure. I used only ESD-safe tools and an ESD-wristband to make sure that the device doens't get damaged by static discharge.After installing the components, my device would no longer turn on. When I connect the charger, the power led flashes 3x but when I press the powervbutton nothing happens. No fan spin, no lights turning on, absolutly nothing.I then tried removing the RAM and the SSD and turning on the machine. But that didn't work as well.After that I tried removing all the power sources (internal and external battery, CMOS-battery), pressing the power button for 60 seconds and leaving the device for 1 hour before reconnecting everything. But it still can't turn it on. Do you guys have any idea what I could try to make my device work again? Thanks in advance. --resonance

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We have an associate who uses a T480, he has dual screens and we have an HDMI and USB C to Hdmi for his displays. Most of the time they are running fine, sometimes though the USB C one goes black, and he has to unplug and replug it back in. Then it wakes up, we have replaced his USB C adapter and cable to the monitor and it hasn't helped. Is there possibly some settings that turns off the USB C port after a time period? It's hard to pin point because it happens throughout the day. Any help is appreciated.  Thanks in advanced.

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hi, worldI have included all the options in the latest BIOS version. but still nothing works. hardware virtualization technology does not work. Windows 10 Pro.Hyper-V disable

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Good morning, Over the past 5-6 months, we have been updating machines to the newer T480, T580, and P52s, with the new style UltraDock (40AH0135US).  As these docks only have display ports, we have been utilizing VGA and DVI adapters to send video out to monitors. Many of the users are experiencing issues where their video, for the laptop and external screens, will blink, or just black out momentarily.  We have been in contact with both Lenovo, and our vendor's support for options.  We have tried* Letting Lenovo replace the docks    * Same issue occurs* Different display to VGA/DVI out adapters    * Same issue occurs* Running a display port cable to the monitor, if available    * Same issue occurs* Tried a different dock (40AJ0135US) that does have a VGA out onboard    * The machine seemed to run well for about a week, then the issue began to occur againWe have been monitoring the logs, and have found a common entry in at least 3 of the machines* In the system logs, we found 2 Informational messages:    * Event ID - 20003 Microsoft-Windows-UserPnP       Driver Management has concluded the process to add Service igfx for Device Instance       ID PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_5917&SUBSYS_225A17AA&REV_07\3&11583659&0&10 with the following status: 0.    * Event ID - 20001 Microsoft-Windows-UserPnP       Driver M... Read more

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T480 doesn?t charge with the USB-C AC charger plugged in. when the AC charger is plugged in, the orange LED illuminates and blinks three times, the plugged in logo pops up momentarily then nothing. The thinkpad was purchased in October this year with everything working flawlessly... I then left the standard 45W charger at an airport. I ordered a replacement and received it 6 weeks ago and has been working fine until today... Do I have a dead AC charger? anyone have similar issues?  

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HiI've bought a SATA III SSD to put on the second slot of my laptop but I haven't done enough research by the way this SSD doesn't work on this slot. So I had an amazing idea try it on the slot where my first SSD with fedora (Linux) work. It works I've installed Windows on the SSD but when I put my SSD with fedora in this slot back the SSD isn't recognized. I'm sorry for my terrible English and I hope someone could help me.Thanks for reading,

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Hi,New T480 user, with a new T480.I have a USB that I want to boot from for a temporary Linux session.I did the following:(1) Placed the USB key into the USB port(2) Restarted laptop(3) selected "Enter" when the red Lenovo logo starts on restart(4) selected the "boot from external device" option on the menu that appears(5) On the next menu that appears, I can see my USB key listed, but when I select it and press enter, nothing happens. It just stays on the same menu.I have tried this several times, restarting from both my admin account, and my windows account (I have these separate for security purposes), but cannot get it to work.Any suggestions?Thanks in advance

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Hi, everyone. Need your help to determine if a 128GB M.2 2242 PCIe NVMe SSD part number HFM128GDGTNG (Lenovo P/N SSS0L24763) would work as a second drive in the WWAN slot of my 8th gen ThinkPad T480, model 20L5-001GUS. Thanks in advance for any help. Herlock

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Hey! I was wondering any kind of SSDs would work with the T480? Right now I bought it with 500 GB HDD and Intel Optane (16Gb), but in the future, I might consider upgrading to 512 nVME SSD for system. Also, what do you guys know about the battery life upon general internet usage? I bought a battery with 72Wh so in total it would be 96 Wh. Plus, I also own a Varta Power Bank (13mAh) 48,1 Wh. Do you guys believe it could charge the battery by any chance? https://www.varta-consumer.com/en/products/portable-power/overview/details/lcd-power-bank-13000 Please let me know you guys think! Bellow you can see the exact specs. (In general I will not use the dedicated GPU, just the integrated)

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Hello,T480the following model 20L5000Bxx, http://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/ThinkPad/ThinkPad_T480?M=20L5000Bxx has SSD M.2 PCIe NVMe Opal2 storage.Is it possible to add 2.5" SATA drive, and have it together with above mentioned? Thanks

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Hi,I'm planning to buy the T480 Laptop and i want to buy the RAM outside and upgrade. i would like to know how many Slots will be there by default in the T480 Laptop so that i can buy the RAM accordingly. I'm planning to buy with the 4gbDDR4 RAM and upgrade it to 32gb by purchasing 2 16gb Sticks. can i do that. how can i get confirmed that the T480 comes with 2 slots or 1 SLOT for Ram. can you please help what's the best option to get it upgraded to 32gb ram  

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I ordered a T480 with the Geforce MX150 option. Was surprised to see my delivered unit with Intel UHD 620 and simultaneously active with the Geforce GPU. The Intel GPU however is the default display adapter. Intel UHD 620 is active display adapterI've never quite seen this before. Desktop mainboard BIOS would typically disable the onboard GPU if slotted with an actual video card (leaving the OS blind to its presence), and all my previous laptops that I configured with a discrete GPU would have just that alone. Am I supposed to disable the UHD 620 in Device Manager in order to force the Geforce to take over? I don't see anything in the BIOS that can influence this (in fact it seems to suggest the UHD is in charge with its shared memory setting).

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Dear All,I appreciate your help in advnace. my T480 take more than 35 sec to shut down, but I find it weird compared to my old T540p, or other T480 devices on the show in Lenovo stores. It starts up normall (within <10 secs).FYI, it is equiped with PCIe-NVme 981 512 Gb.Any solution?Bios update did not help , so I rolled back to the 1st version coz the lastest 2 version make the fan kicks annoyably at every start-up!

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My T480 came with a battery that doesn't last long but also seems to have room for an additional battery.  Could someone direct me where to purchase the additional battery?  Lenovo support/chat/etc doesn't seem to want to help me at all, despite email requests, trying to enter chat (on hold for 45 minutes now) etc. Thank you! 

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I am going to buy a Think Pad T480 with touch screen but I have a doubt: can I use my Wacom pen (I have a tablet Intuos5) on the T480 display? Or which pen should I use?Thanks for suggestions. 

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After perusing this and other forums looking for a definitive answer, there seem to be dissenting opinions on whether using the drive caddy and adapter cable in the HDD bay will allow 2280 M.2 NVMe SSD drives to utilize all 4 PCIe lanes. I want to know if there is a reason to shop for a higher end M.2 drive if I can't extract full performance out of it.

A:T480 M.2 SSD Performance

I don't have one to test, but the platform spec for the T480 says that some of the T480 machines have SATA drives and some have this: "M.2 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4"
 
To me, that means is should use 4 lanes

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In my T480 I am noticing the bottom of the laptop gets supper buring hot, and the laptop is very quite that is cooling Fan is not running.Upon trying restart the laptop, it shows 'Fan Error' in black screen and the laptop does not start.Have to hit the Power button again to start the laptop. I am affraid if not vigilent (when fan is not working) and the laptop will get very hot and damage the hardware. Started in April, (got this laptop in end of Jan 2019) and it is happending twice a week. Anyone else experincing this Fan Error issue on T480? I just check for System Updated following are being updated now:

A:T480 Fan Error

Take the laptop into your local ASP or call support for depot service, your thermal fan and fan cable connection should be diagnosed.  

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I have an interesting dilemma. I purchase my t480 with an m.2 NVME drive and built-in adapter, but am now looking to put a larger capacity Samsung 860 pro which is, of course, the SATA type - not m.2.... Does Lenovo offer the standard SATA adapter / HDD cage for sale as an accessory? Thanks

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I have a new laptop T480 nothing is on it but Office and Chrome. However I use the internet a lot. Intermittently the laptop will come to a crawl and when I check the Task Manager there are times the CPU night be high but the GPU is pegged out anywhere between 85-99%. I have done all the firmware and BIOS as well as all other updates and calling in the phone support folks don't know what a GPU is and I have been passed back and forth to software to hardware the hardware person got my information asked me to please reboot then format the drive. I believe it is the hardware but after an hour on the phone I still have not received any troubleshooting help. 

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I'm thinking of buying the T480 with 128Gb SSD which I assume fits in the m.2 2242 slotAnd buying the ThinkPad 1TB PCIe NVME TLC OPAL M.2 SSD plus  the ThinkPad M.2 SSD Tray 1 All this adds up to less then the price of the T480 + 1Tb SSD (some assembly required) Anyone done this? Also I'm looking at the base i5/8250 since the bang for buck of the other processors looks marginal. And I'm going to put Ubuntu on this. ThanksDave 

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Hi,I'm planning to Buy a T480 (getting upgraded from T420) I would like to know how many Hard disk options are available on a T480.  will it come with 2 slots so that i can separate it with the OS on one and data to the other one. Also I want to buy with 500 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, SATA3, 2.5" which comes by default and can i upgrade to 1 TB Solid State Drive, PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.0 M.2 later. can you please help Thanks,SRini

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I recently purchased a T480 (Win 10 Pro 64-bit, 24 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD HD) which came configured with OneDrive. Since I have a private cloud storage service, I've tried to disable OneDrive with absolutely no sucess. Attempting to unistall the software has caused many odd system behavior: a) All default user visable system folders, e.g., Documents, have path: Disk:\Users\uname\OneDrive, though function was disabled; b) When MS Office is installed, all default files & folders are stored on path described, which reports an error of device (OneDrive) is available. Essential, my laptop is unusable. Have others experienced this problem? If yes, did you resolve it? Please share your solution if you did. Desperate!! Thanks for listening. 

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Hello, I have a t480 with 8 giga ram and would like to upgrade. I would like to know if it is possible / advised to add 16 , or should it be symetric (e.g. 2 x 8, 2 x 16...).And which ram is advised?Thank you

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Hi, I have a T480 WQHD Thinkpad. The screen today is quite dark so I checked the resolution on some websites and they all say the resolution is 1270x720 but I set the resolution at 2560x1440 on the settings.Why does it happen? What can I do? Thank you very much!

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I bought a new T480. It comes with a 512Gb M2 NVME SSD kept inside the HDD tray and connected via an adapter.  In the pic it can be seen that there is much room left to add another SSD for future need.  I have limited knowledge on hardware. How ever I found some product where 2 x SSD can be accommodated and converted As SATA.  https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-S322M225R-M-2-SATA-Adapter/dp/B076S9VK1M?th=1&psc=1product like this present a cheap way to add more memory Capacity without throwing existing one. The issues are: 1. Whether these adapters are NVME compatible and 2. How to connect it to the motherboard.Please comment and advise. 

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Given Macbook Pro 13's and XPS 13's have been shipping with Iris Graphics in the past few releases, will Lenovo make the new Intel 8559u CPU available on the X1 and/or T480? Coupled with a high brightness display it could be an interesting alternative to a heavier 6-core 8750H with dedicated graphics. Anyone else thinks this would make sense for a Lenovo thin laptop?

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Hi, the display of my T480 that I bough in November, 2018, has scratches from the keyboard and the pointer that appeared after closing the lid. I always carry my laptop in a sleeve and a "slip" between the keyboard and the display (otherwise the scratches could have been even bigger!). I thought that I'm buying a business-product for 1500? that will accompany me for a couple of years during my work at the University. Unfortunately, the scratches are really annoying, and the notebooksbilliger.de told me that it is a purely "optical" flaw, not subject to warranty, and if I really want to, I should contact you in the first place. Which I am doing, because I find it really disappointing of Lenovo, as I bought your laptop due to your excellent reputation. The scratches are definately there because of the construction of the laptop. What do you say about that? Karolina Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12helGfqJ0AdEgj2yxzTbUlJGdKrxztLX/view?usp=sharinghttps://drive.google.com/file/d/190jL1109FsM4NOmVPGx8rVBso7dTqsfc/view?usp=sharingFoto: https://drive.google.com/file/d/190jL1109FsM4NOmVPGx8rVBso7dTqsfc/view?usp=sharing

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Hi, the display of my T480 that I bough in November, 2018, has scratches from the keyboard and the pointer that appeared after closing the lid. I always carry my laptop in a sleeve and a "slip" between the keyboard and the display (otherwise the scratches could have been even bigger!). I thought that I'm buying a business-product for 1500? that will accompany me for a couple of years during my work at the University. Unfortunately, the scratches are really annoying, and the notebooksbilliger.de told me that it is a purely "optical" flaw, not subject to warranty, and if I really want to, I should contact you in the first place. Which I am doing, because I find it really disappointing of Lenovo, as I bought your laptop due to your excellent reputation. The scratches are definately there because of the construction of the laptop. What do you say about that? Karolina Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12helGfqJ0AdEgj2yxzTbUlJGdKrxztLX/view?usp=sharinghttps://drive.google.com/file/d/190jL1109FsM4NOmVPGx8rVBso7dTqsfc/view?usp=sharingFoto: https://drive.google.com/file/d/190jL1109FsM4NOmVPGx8rVBso7dTqsfc/view?usp=sharing

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I just had a simple question, I was curious about the 2 different FHD display options for the T480. Is the non touch IPS display a matte or glossy display? Will both screens be glossy and the only difference is that one is touch, or is one glossy vs matte?

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My organization has recently purchased a number of T480s laptops and we have been experiencing a problem where the laptops are freezing when they are removed from the dock. We called Lenovo support and they told us to open the laptops before we dock them.For the full story:We have 2 external monitors connected to the docks so users leave the laptop closed when docked.Often, a user can put the computer back on the dock one monitor will work but it mirrors the laptop screen. The mouse/keyboard won't work on the dock but the trackpad and laptop keyboard will work. I've seen those components begin to work again after 10 minutes. All of a sudden the other monitor will turn on and then the screens will work properly.It almost feels like the dock is taking 10 minutes to realize that the computer has been put back on. We have been updating the firmware but it doesn't help.This doesn't happen every time but it is sporadic. Has anyone else seen similar issues? Thanks,Paul

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Hi, I would like my PC NOT to wake up when I open my lid and at the same time going to sleep when I close it? I had this feature on my previous HP laptop running Win7. Now I'm running Win 10 and wonder if that;s rather a matter of operating system or the PC itself? Regards,Marcin

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Hello I have some questions. I'll buy T480 or T480s  or x1c. also I have m.2 2280 ssd crucial mx200 512gb Can I use it to T480 series or x1c? I heard that. only special ssd can use. please answer about my questions. thank you

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We just purchased 20 of the T480 laptops, with 40AF ThinkPad Hybrid USB-C with USB-A Dock's.  We are having several issues with these devices:The internal battery drains almost all the way down before the replaceable battery drainsThe monitors connected to the dock don't work in BIOS and pre-windows logon screen.  We are unable to enter the bitlocker unlock key without using the laptop itselfThe USB ports on the dock cut in and out.  You'll be moving your mouse and all of the sudden it stops moving, then jumps accross the screen.  You'll be typing, and all of the sudden you'll get 10 of 1 character.  This happens about every other minute or so. Sometimes the dock and laptop don't proprly recognize each other.  The orange light on the dock never turns white, the laptop never chargess.  The only way to fix this is the power cycle the dock. I've tried 2 different docks with my laptop, and they both have the same issues. Running BIOS 1.12, and I see the new BIOS version's don't fix any of these issues. 

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I just purchased a T480 and would like to purchase a ThinkVision P27h-10 and connect via the Thunderbolt port.  Does anyone know of any compatibility issues?

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Hi, I can't update my ssd firmware on my T480 with the zip package and following the attached instructions in the txt file.Windows udpate is 1809, fresh setup, unencrypted ssd, bios 1.19. Basically all latest update from System Update. Any idea of what could be a "device reason" or code RC=0x1? See attached screenshot. thanks

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