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[HELP] T61 won't boot into BIOS setup (Linux Mint)

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[HELP] T61 won't boot into BIOS setup (Linux Mint)

#1 Post by shoobyluby » Sun Jun 05, 2022 6:12 pm

I've been trying to troubleshoot a liveUSB failing to boot properly for the last 2 hours, and I made a discovery: I can't boot into my BIOS setup and the Boot Device Selection locks up the system.

If I try to enter setup, the screen refreshes and it transitions to the Mint boot screen. I tried to force reboot into setup, when I realised that my BIOS is set to UEFI, so my only option is to initialise the setup from a cold boot or reboot, which doesn't work. Would this have something to do with me installing middletons BIOS or running Mint, right? The only way I have been able to boot into BIOS is by disconnecting the CMOS battery and reinstalling it, and I don't want to do that every time I need to access BIOS. Any pointers?

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Re: [HELP] T61 won't boot into BIOS setup (Linux Mint)

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Sun Jun 05, 2022 10:58 pm

IIRC T61 doesn't have UEFI mode...
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Re: [HELP] T61 won't boot into BIOS setup (Linux Mint)

#3 Post by unixed » Mon Jun 06, 2022 9:03 am

Run dmidecode and check if any passwords have been set.

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