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chx1975
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T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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I can't get to the right hand side. Very very weird. I can expand and navigate the left hand side tree, if I press alt+f i can confirm the left and right arrows are recognized but still I can't change any setting at all. Any ideas?

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RoHe
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RE: T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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Are you selecting (highlighting) something on the left side and pressing Enter to allow you to get to the right side to change the setting?

Ron

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chx1975
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RE: T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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Yes. goo.gl/.../LRzrSpCvpRPKs7MU8 I press enter here ... and nothing happens?

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RoHe
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RE: T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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Just guessing but was a BIOS password set..??

Ron

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chx1975
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RE: T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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AFAIK no passwords are set goo.gl/.../NGy3vnp4CDM11eef8

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RoHe
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RE: T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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The manual says BIOS can be navigated with either keyboard or mouse. So have you tried using the mouse on the right side?

You may want to try resetting BIOS to the defaults to see if that solves the problem. Copy down all or as many of the current settings first, just to be safe. Then press <alt><F> or see if you can navigate to the Defaults Menu to do it.

If you can't load defaults that way, you may have to remove the motherboard battery:

Power off and unplug

Press/hold power button for ~15 sec

Open case and remove battery

Press/hold power button for ~30 sec

Reinstall battery - might be time for a new one if this one is old

Close up and boot into BIOS

Assuming you can navigate now, make sure all settings match what you copied or change to match. Be sure to save any changes before exiting setup.

Ron

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chx1975
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RE: T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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CMOS reset didn't help but plugging in a mouse does the trick. Mouse in a BIOS? I am getting way, way too old -- I remember buying my first Genius serial mouse for a PC and also when the first optical mouse appeared for the PC using the old glass grid mousepads much like the Sun mice we used at the univ. When did the BIOS learn this trick? Anyways, the T1600 BIOS is not 100% compatible with the ThinkPad USB keyboard and plugging in a normal mouse allowed to change settings. When entering time I noted that while 1-9 worked 0 entered a / and the TrackPoint simply doesn't work. It is not impossible other keys didn't work either hence the stuck. Very odd. It should just work, it's a normal HID device. Thanks for pointing Smiley Wink this trick out.

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RoHe
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RE: T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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Glad to have helped you sort things out.

Maybe your ThinkPad keyboard is busted or needs its own driver, which -obviously- won't be loaded in BIOS setup? Maybe you should try a different USB keyboard...?

We're all getting old...

Ron

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chx1975
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RE: T1600 BIOS -- stuck on the left hand side

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No, it works perfectly fine in Windows 10 on this machine without a special driver or with Linux on my other desktop, I am just guessing BIOS can't handle the single physical device is two USB devices at once. There's an USB-to-Bluetooth converter which also can't handle it.

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