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Lenovo System Interface Foundation, Lenovo Yoga Mode Control, Lenovo Utility, Lenovo Companion

Q: Lenovo System Interface Foundation, Lenovo Yoga Mode Control, Lenovo Utility, Lenovo Companion

Since you have to hunt around different Lenovo sites (and other sites) to find out about these softwares, I decided to make a post to get feedback from actual Yoga owners on how these programs interact, what they do, which ones are prerequisite, and which ones are unnecessary. Please don't take this as a blanket answer. This is just what I have found. It might be right - it might be wrong. I'm looking for others to post their experiences as well. Lenovo System Interface Foundation Driver - Necessary prerequisite (missing driver in device manager without it). It allows the Lenovo Utility and Lenovo Companion to work. Lenovo Yoga Mode Control - Necessary if you want to use your yoga to seemlessly change between all the different modes (laptop, tablet, tent, stand). This software is responsible for autorotating and putting Windows into tablet mode. Lenovo Utility - Recommended(?) This one I'm not too sure on. I remember that I was missing some function that I wanted but I can't remember what it was now. Maybe battery cycle count and health? Lenovo Companion - I don't have this one installed and don't think it's necessary but would like someone else to shed some light here.

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Preferred Solution: Lenovo System Interface Foundation, Lenovo Yoga Mode Control, Lenovo Utility, Lenovo Companion

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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Hi all,  I have lost the automatic keyboard backlight setting on my X1 Yoga 20FQ. I now only have three options; off, low and high. This was after a clean install of Windows 10 x64. All known drivers have been installed from the Lenovo support pages. Searching previous forum posts suggest installing ThinkPad Settings Dependency however this has now been widthdrawn and replace by Lenovo System Interface Foundation which I have installed. anyone got any suggestions? Thanks inadvance. 

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I'm running the latest version of Windows 10 (Anniversary Update - Build 14393.693) clean installed on  a Yoga 2 Pro (20266 / 80AY) BIOS 76CN43WW. The "Lenovo Yoga  Mode Control" version 2.0.0.9 (ymc.exe) has consistently crashed every day for the last few months. Crash reports are logged. Are there any plans to fix this issue any time soon? Best Regards,

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origin :lenovo settings store appsupport package: SystemInterfaceFoundationurl : https://filedownload.lenovo.com/enm/sift/core/SystemInterfaceFoundation.exeproblem : stucks during install [above pakage]attachament : lenovostuck.pngos: windows 10 X64 prodetails:ver : 1607osbuild : 14393.969processor : i7 4710hq thank youfor your any advise , solutions , commants.V2G


























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Hi,I scan my Lenovo Yoga900 64bit to get the latest available updates than It prompts "Lenovo System Interface Foundation - Initial Install - 10".When I clicked UPDATE button, I got "#Unhandled Exception" error.How can I solve it?RegardsTosun

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I used Lenovo Settings on my Lenovo Yoga 3 11 for the battery conservations mode. So I was forced to install Lenovo Companion since it recently replaced Lenovo Settings.Ever since I did this, I have noticed the following:* Screen brightness keeps changing by itself slightly* Screen contrast keeps changing by itself slightly* Colours look muted and unsaturated, and filtered. Makes the sceen look worse than it should.* trackpad is only ignorred if the tablet mode is fully flat. The slightest opening causes the trackpad and keyboard to become sensitive. All of this irrespective of whether Dynamic Brighness Control is enabled or disabled in Lenvovo Companion hardware settings, and regarless of whether recommended hardware settings are used.Anyone else noticed anything similar? I'll report back after I've uninistalled the app to see whether any of these behaviours disappear.

A:Noticed issues ever since I installed Lenovo Companion (which replaced Lenovo Settings)

So I deactivated "Change brightness autoatically when lighting changes" in Windows Display Settings. This seems to have been the cause of the brightness and contrast changes, but the colours still look blander than I recall. Sorry to suspect Lenovov Companion so quickly, but the changes coincided with it's installation. Admittedly Windows 10 Fall edition just landed too.

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i have downloaded and installed both the lenovo companion and settings app but after the install and start it links me to update the apps after which i get this code An error occurred while processing your request.Reference #132.4e24db17.1507324500.1229536e if the z series r not included what alternatives do i have to the lenovo suite that i use to have with this before i upgraded to win 10

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Hi, a couple of weeks ago, I tried to open Lenovo Settings and it instruct me to uninstall it, as all functions are now integrated to Lenovo Companion. I did, but noticed that the Lenovo Battery Gauge still points me to Lenovo Settings (left click on the battery gauge). I uninstalled Companion, and Settings, rebooted, and installed companion again, but looks the Gauge does not uninstall. How can I remove the gauge and make it point to companion? Thanks!

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When I do a Hardware scan using the Companion all areas go through OKButWhen I use the Solution Centre for Hardware scans it stops at Mathermatical Operations test & goes no further.Question why?

A:Lenovo Companion v Lenovo Solution Centre Hardware Scans

(1)Update your Intel Graphics driver from your support page.(2)Install LSC 3.6.002 from here:https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/lenovodiagnosticsolutions/tools/lscoverview This should clear the math error.

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Hello, I need help on my Lenovo Companion app with it's dust removal option. I just bought my Lenovo ideapad 700 for a week now. Previously I had the dust removal option in the Lenovo Quick Optimizer widget on taskbar. After I turned it on, the option never existed anymore in the quick widget and even in Lenovo Companion app itself. Would really love to see this feature again in my new laptop.

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Hello, I need help on my Lenovo Companion app with it's dust removal option.
 
I just bought my Lenovo ideapad 700 for a week now.
 
Previously I had the dust removal option in the Lenovo Quick Optimizer widget on taskbar.
 
After I turned it on, the option never existed anymore in the quick widget and even in Lenovo Companion app itself.
 
Would really love to see this feature again in my new laptop.
 
 
Moderator comment: Subject edited to match message text.

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Recently, whenever I launch "lenovo Companion" and choose "system update", the "critical auto-updates" (under schedule lenovo updates) runs forever and never come to an end! This has never happened before and it seems to have something to do with your recent sysyem down or configuration change. 

A:Dear Lenovo: My "Lenovo Companion" checks for crit...

A known issue. Use the windows store for latest Companion version.Use SIF download from  Companion offering, not SIF10ww512.exe on the support page.Best solution: Discard Companion and install the latest System update.systemupdate5-07-0027.exe. Companion, LSC new have soooo many issues.If the support site, which is waxed for a few days, functions. 

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Does anyone know the functions of the Lenovo Utility app? I am aware that it flashes up with an on screen symbol when the caps lock or num lock is pressed but what else can it do? I only ask as I want to disable it in order to stop the on screen notification that caps lock is on from appearing everytime I press the key. However I read somewhere that the app also handles the battery management and don't want to disable it if it will harm my pc. When I go into details in task manager it just appears as Lenovo Utility. So can I safley diable it? or will it cause an issue? Thanks   

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Hello, I lost to prgrams from my IdeaPad Y5070. Lenovo Energy Manger & Lenovo Utility/Settings. Could you please give me the link to download them ? Thanks.Khalid Mostafa  ???

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Hi  We have purchased a Lenovo Yoga Laptop on 20.01.17. From 10th of April onwards , there is some issues with Laptop Power Button .We are not able to switch it on using power Button. We had a talk with call center executives, Senior Executives & service Head of Kolkata, but still there is no proper update. We are still in Dark .They are not able to provide any proper information about parts availability.Ticket Ref No. is 7007963157.As the Laptop is very high valued  & purchased on the month of Jan.We are in regular touch of Service Head since last week & he is still not able to provide proper info about the parts availability .NOw he says he is sending an engineer to inspect.THis is not at all acceptable.  Any suggestions Would be helpful.

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Hello, My Lenovo yoga 3 pro 1370 is barly 5 months old, this morning when i tried to switch it on. it is stuck at the lennovo screen.I treid accssing the BIOS screen but even if the press the button it still wont go past the lenovo logo screen.Please help  Thank you,Shyam Jampala

























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I have some problems with the Lenovo software. Lenovo Account Portal does not launch Lenovo Companion and Lenovo Settings. Also, Lenovo Solution Center is missing from the Start Menu. The second problem is that some tiles are blank in Start Menu. Seemingly it's the apps that aren't Metro. I'm not sure when the problem started, but I think it was like that since I got the PC. If I right click the apps, the only option will be "Pin to Start", and with some apps: Share and Rate. Here's a picture of the problem:I did already try:Restarting the PC.Doing scannow, DISM, and scannow again.Fixing Registry errors with CCleaner.Updating BIOS and drivers. What can I do to fix the problem?

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Hello,
 
I lost to prgrams from my IdeaPad Y5070. 
Lenovo Energy Manger & Lenovo Utility/Settings.
 
Could you please give me the link to download them ?
 
Thanks.
Khalid Mostafa
 
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Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.
 

A:Y50-70 - Lenovo Energy Manger & Lenovo Utility/Set...

Oh wow, I haven't seen those before, What operating system were you running with that? Its certainly different with Windows 10




T520 Model 4239 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QMbr>; Nvidia NVS 4200M Windows 7 Home Prem - 64bit w/8GBZ70-80 I7 - 5500U 16GB GB - 1TB HD Window 8.1 64bit FHD 17.3 inch Display, Nvidia G840 w/2GB memory

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I bought the Lenovo yoga 900 in December as i was about start medical school, now after only about 6 months of use, while i was using it one evening, i decided to take a break from school work, when I got back to my computer it had powered down and tried to reboot but didn't make it pass the Lenovo screen, i tired exhausting the battery power and trying it again but to no avail. so my question is has anyone had this kind of problem before and if so what is the solution?Also is this a common problem and how long is the company warranty for my 6 month old computer, in case i need to give it back to get something more reliable, its kind of disheartening as i had believed this was the best decision i made for medical school, but now am left with the possibility of failing the semester due to faullty equipment. SOOO PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME SAVE MY SEMESTER. Thnak youjay

A:Lenovo Yoga 910 wont load pass the Lenovo screen.

Try getting into BIOS first and loading default settings. To do this, press the small "Novo" button (you'll need a paperclip for this), and select "BIOS setup". From there, use the arrow keys to get to the "exit" tab and select load default settings. 
 
If this doesn't work, let me know.

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My son accidentally got his leg caught in the cord of his laptop when he got up and the laptop  fell approximately 2 feet to the tile floor.  It boots up but stays on the Lenovo splash screen.  If I go into the BIOS and select System Recovery it goes through the "Loading files..." process, the Lenovo splash screen appears with the dots going in a circle but, then after about 2 minutes of that the screen just goes black.  If I tilt the screen forward or back I can tell it is still backlit just with nothing to display.  Anything we can try?

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Hi, my daughter has the same problems with the flashing power button/not starting up anymore as described in numerous posts here on the forum. Lenovo said that they started up an investigation. But I haven't been able to find the outcome onof that investigation on the forum. So what are the findings on this annoying problem?

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New Yoga 700-141SK: Ran the Lenovo Support Center Hardware Scan and the Video Card Mathematical Operations Test has failed rendering the Report: WVC007002-UL7BPL. Is there a tried and proven solution out there? I have had a look at the solutions on the forum and am not satisfied that the solutions offered prove that the problem has been resolved. It is reasonable to expect Lenovo to make available a solution as a matter of course instead of end-users of "afflicted" Lenovo devices having to request/search for a solution(s).

























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I bought the Lenovo yoga 900 in December as i was about start medical school, now after only about 6 months of use, while i was using it one evening, i decided to take a break from school work, when I got back to my computer it had powered down and tried to reboot but didn't make it pass the Lenovo screen, i tired exhausting the battery power and trying it again but to no avail. so my question is has anyone had this kind of problem before and if so what is the solution?Also is this a common problem and how long is the company warranty for my 6 month old computer, in case i need to give it back to get something more reliable, its kind of disheartening as i had believed this was the best decision i made for medical school, but now am left with the possibility of failing the semester due to faullty equipment. SOOO PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME SAVE MY SEMESTER. Thnak youjay

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I'm running the latest insider version of Windows 10 (soon to be the Anniversary Release) on  a Yoga 900. The "Lenovo Yoga  Mode Control" ((ymc.exe) has consistently crashed every day for the last few months. Crash reports are logged. Are there any plans to fix this issue any time soon?

A:Lenovo Yoga Mode Control crashes daily on Windows ...

What version of YMC are you using?
 
A new version (1.0.0.9) was posted just a few days ago: Lenovo Yoga Mode Control for Windows 10 (64-bit). Perhaps it addresses the issue with the Anniversary Release.

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I bought my laptop from USA and i am currently located in INDIA, but i am having some issues with it, & there is no other way to contact, other than this forum. The chat does not work outside US, & the phone number is for US callers only. Please tell me how to contact you guys? I even contacted LENOVO INDIA CUSTOMER SUPPORT, & they have no idea as to how to contact LENOVO USA CUSTOMER SUPPORT.

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Hello,  When I try to run the "Optimize Your ThinkPad" It hangs up on the PC Cleanup and doesn't progress to System Accelerate, or Critical Update.  Is this something I should be concerned about, as my machine seems to be running fine?  Also in Companion, when I try to run the Hardware Scan, it says it cannot run the scan at this time.  Both operated as expected a couple weeks ago.....Thanks for any guidance.John

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Initial problem:On the  29th June 2016 my laptop suddenly turned off and now only the backlit keyboard lights up and goes off again and the power button just goes on and off.After about 5 minutes of use before the error the screen went blue and shut down. After restarting, as it went onto the desktop the screen flickered constantly and was unusable. I then turned it off again and it wont turn on since. My issue now:Anyway after emailing lenovo, and sending it off they said it was the RAM. However after enquiring over a month after sending it off and paying for the repair they replied with:'We have received feedback from our repair provider in relation to your device in repair. Unfortunately due to non-availability of parts we are unable to complete this repair. We will send your faulty device back to you free of charge. Once we have the part in stock you can re-book the repair again free of charge.' Since last summer, I have emailed multiple times and they have replied saying it still isn't in stock. I just feel like I am being treated unfairly as the laptop wasn't even 2 years old and it's broke and they will not fix it. I don't want to have to  do it myself as that will probably cause its own problem, but its the principal that they should fix their mistake! I have seen a youtube video of the same problem on the same laptop so it is obviously an issue. Any ideas on what I can do to get this issue solved would be great, even if its the email to ... Read more

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Lenovo companion missing optimizer in the app

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Hi, I reinstalled window 10 Pro to Factory and now Lenovo companion application is not detecting any need for drivers.I have to install the new driver manually when they come out.On the home page of Companion App my system product number and serial are detected and accurate. Is there anything to be done to reste the baseline to allow the system to dectec delta in the driver version? thanksLaurent 

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I downloaded the Lenovo Utility from the Yoga 910 drivers page, but it doesn't do anything after install. I've navigated to the Program Files/Lenovo/Lenovo Utility folder and clicked on LenovoUtility.exe but nothing happens. I was under the impression this app controlled the hotkeys. What am I missing? Also, is there an app that I can install that will keep the Lenovo drivers updated?

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The newest Intel Video Driver that Lenovo Companion has made available (21.20.16.4678) has an issue ive found that wasnt present in the previous one, and is not present in a newer version (22.20.16.4718) installed automatically through Windows 10 after uninstalling the driver through "Add or remove programs". The bug is that certian (maybe all?) OpenGL applications seem slightly zoomed in. I tested this with Genymotion VM's, after the install of the new driver they all seemed to run as if the window border diddnt exist, clipping the edges of what is shown in the window (much more noticable at the top due to the title bar). Ive restored from backups and manually installed that driver from Lenovos driver download page for this system and the same issue occures. While its possible its an incompatibility with that software, it is not present in the newer drivers (this "new" driver is actually alwready old) so it might be worth pushing a newer driver.

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Hello,    I am looking to replace my aging Lenovo T420S and Lenovo x1 Carbon 1st generation. They have both served me well and I am happy with both.  I like the touch of Carbon but don?t use it that often. The machine will be perosnla machine but will be used for personal and business/work use. I saw the T460S and x1 Yoga yesterday at our IT department. I like the built quality of Lenovo T460S including keyboard but found X1 Yoga to be fragile. I couldn?t get my hands on X1 Carbon 4th generation and found out that it doesn?t have touch anymore. The weight difference is minimal between the three machines and I personally like the weight, feel and ruggedness of Lenovo T460S. Bottom line is does anyone have experience with these three machines? I can afford to replace only one machine now and it will be fully loaded (i7, 16GB and 1Tb PCIe-NVME drive). Is x1 Yoga rugged and reliable? The difference between X1 Carbon 4th Gen and T460S seems minimal. Thank You!Subhash

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In lenovo companion system update under the headline of installation history it shows me updates that i have already installed  and when i check for new updates it shows again the same updates. Anyone know how to fix this ?

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I just did an update of my system to Windows 10 on my X220. Also, I downloaded the Lenovo Companion most updated version. Anybody can tell me please why I am not able to check on my battery condition; instead, I am getting the following message: "We can't detect your system's battery at this time". Thanks in advance.

A:Lenovo Companion - We can't detect your system's b...

I'm also hitting this on my Thinkpad T460s w/Windows 10.

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Just so everyone knows . . . don't rely on the System Update function of Lenovo Companion to update your machine. I used it today and it told me all was good. However, when I checked the Drivers and Software section of the Support Site, it showed a new version of Lenovo Software Foundation and App Explorer to download. In a word, the System Update function is "no bueno".

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In the past, I have been able to receive the latest updates via Lenovo Companion > System Update (while occasionally accessing the actual System Update program). But lately when I access both System Update - the actual program - as well as the System Update option via Lenovo Companion, I am greeted with the following error message after loading at around 15% (or after not loading at all): "The System Update Server is currently unavailable. Please try again later." Is there a solution for this issue? I would appreciate assistance on this problem. I am currently a Windows 10 Home (Build Version 1703) user with a Lenovo Companion at Version 3.73.1.0. The last time I have checked my ThinkPad T450s for updates was yesterday at 10:40am HKT (Hong Kong Time) and the last time I made any updates to my computer was on May 31st at 10:37am HKT.

A:Lenovo Companion - System Update Server Error

The Lenovo server has been down all day today. https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Pre-Installed-Lenovo-Software/Lenovo-System-Update-5-07-failes-to-downl...===https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/System-Update-no-longer-works/m-p/3695514#M77...

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ThinkPad Helix 2, came with Windows 8, upgraded to Windows 10.  Having quite a few problems that I am solving one by one.  Computer is running slow and the memory is saturated. 
 
Try to run "Lenovo Companion" to see if I can address some issues I am having.  When I go to use this program, I get a popup to install "Lenovo System Interface Driver" for "full functionality".  After the file is downloaded, it will not completely install.  Get error messages toward the end.
 
Two questions:  1) Is Lenovo Companion helpful, or just bloatware?  2) If it is helpful, how can I successfully install it?
 
Thank you.
 
 
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A:Helix 2 - Can't Install "Lenovo System Interface D...

Actually, after trying a few times, it installed correctly.  Don't ask me why... 

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I am judt about fed up. This laptop was amazing for the first eight months or so, but now the rotation is off the rails. It will switch to tablet and tent mode without being moved. Then it refuses to switch back to laptop mode. I am a writer. I need my keyboard. This is honestly unacceptable. I've tried everything - updating drivers, bios, etc. I wrote to Best Buy (where I purchased it) but they refused to help. Plus, my warranty is up. Any idea? 

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 Hi everyone, I've recently purchased the Lenovo Yoga 710 14 inch and wanted to change the touchpad settings to disable some gestures that I find annoying. The mouse settings and additional settings work fine, but when I click on settings, the Synaptic Control Panel window opens for a split second and then immediately closes again, making it impossible to change the gesture settings. I've updated the touchpad driver multiple times without luck. Anyone know how to solve this issue?

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Hi guys,  Got my yoga last month and it's been okay, bit slow to load from sleep but it's done the job. Only thing is its now in a permanent sleep mode. I've tried re-charging it from zero battery, hard reset, putting the lid up and down, combining that with hard reset too. what to do? Do I have to send it somewhere? Obviously I don't want to open the thing up, I'd rather leave that to a professional. cheers.

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Dear All, I have a lenovo yoga 500- 14IBD, my problem is the flight mode key is not working as well as the osd for touchpad on/off. I have windos 10 64bit, I was advised to install energy management software or flight mode driver (couldn't find both).I reinstalled all of the intel components and now it works only if I start my computer with the ac cord (clearly it is a faulty power management or conflicting services) could anyone please advise !! Thanks a lot in advance. Mostafa

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I have problem with my laptop after changing the screen of my yoga 500 later. it is changing to tablet mode automatically without rotating screen I mean when I am using laptop in laptop mode it changing to tablet mode without rotating if anyone has a solution mean please explain me to solve it.

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