Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

Thinkpad x200 locked BIOS and trackpoint not working

X200, X201, X220 (including equivalent tablet models) and X300, X301 series specific matters only.
Post Reply
Message
Author
terannotterran
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:31 pm
Location: Boise, Idaho

Thinkpad x200 locked BIOS and trackpoint not working

#1 Post by terannotterran » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:42 pm

Hi everyone,

Got my x200 in from ebay. The seller said you needed an external mouse and the keyboard had missing keys. So I replaced the keyboard.

Trackpoint is still not working. Says it's enabled in BIOS. Haven't tried a live image yet.

The BIOS is locked.

I'm thinking about Librebooting it anyway but is there an easy way to unlock the factory BIOS? Any ideas on the Trackpoint?

Thanks,

Teran

terannotterran
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:31 pm
Location: Boise, Idaho

Re: Thinkpad x200 locked BIOS and trackpoint not working

#2 Post by terannotterran » Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:59 pm

Ok, I reset the BIOS password.

Booted up a Linux live image and the trackpoint still is not working. It's enabled in the BIOS. And this is a new keyboard, so I am puzzled.

terannotterran
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:31 pm
Location: Boise, Idaho

Re: Thinkpad x200 locked BIOS and trackpoint not working

#3 Post by terannotterran » Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:18 pm

It was this: /viewtopic.php?f=43&t=100537

The fuse, F7, next to the keyboard connector. It had blown. It's the one blue-ish component near it.

Somehow, with a pen style unregulated soldering iron and a fat tip, I managed to desolder the fuse and put a bead of solder there.

And it works. I am elated.

RealBlackStuff
Admin Emeritus
Admin Emeritus
Posts: 20783
Joined: Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:17 am
Location: Dublin, Éire
Contact:

Re: Thinkpad x200 locked BIOS and trackpoint not working

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:57 am

Good that you got it going.
Much better if you would put a proper fuse there.
Otherwise next time it'll probably blow the motherboard...
Lovely day for a Guinness! (the Real Black Stuff). And pigs CAN fly!
Check out The Boardroom for Parts, Mods and Other Services.

"Computers don't lie, but liars can compute." (Terry Hayes)

terannotterran
Posts: 6
Joined: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:31 pm
Location: Boise, Idaho

Re: Thinkpad x200 locked BIOS and trackpoint not working

#5 Post by terannotterran » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:25 am

I agree. I don't have the right soldering station for that and maybe not the skills. But down the road I definitely should.

These laptops are so nicely built. Can't believe I didn't start using them sooner.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests