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HELP! I Cant access BIOS menu during windows 11 start

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HELP! I Cant access BIOS menu during windows 11 start

#1 Post by canonmasta » Mon Dec 04, 2023 5:07 pm

Good evening. I happened to buy a hard drive to install windows 11 on my Thinkpad X230. Everything went fine. I have installed it successfully, but as I also wanted Linux Mint installed, when trying to access during boot to the Bios menu, it is impossible. Neither to the F12 boot menu. Sometimes the text under the ThinkPad logo appears fleetingly but most of the time it does not. I have another hard disk with which I boot windows 10 and linux and there I can enter the BIOS without any problem Do you know what could be the reason? Thank you very much in advance.

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Re: HELP! I Cant access BIOS menu during windows 11 start

#2 Post by dr_st » Tue Dec 05, 2023 6:26 am

Disable "Fast Startup" in your Windows 11. With it on (which is the default), Windows doesn't shut down, instead it hibernates, and when resuming from hibernation, the BIOS does not go through the full startup cycle, which among other things, provides the window during which you can access BIOS / boot menu.
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Re: HELP! I Cant access BIOS menu during windows 11 start

#3 Post by canonmasta » Fri Dec 08, 2023 5:25 pm

Woa! Thank You very very much!

I'll try it

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Re: HELP! I Cant access BIOS menu during windows 11 start

#4 Post by canonmasta » Fri Dec 15, 2023 6:23 pm

canonmasta wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2023 5:25 pm
Woa! Thank You very very much!

I'll try it
you were ritght. Problem solved!

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Re: HELP! I Cant access BIOS menu during windows 11 start

#5 Post by dr_st » Sat Dec 16, 2023 3:19 am

Glad it helped!

On Thinkpads where I don't feel like disabling fast startup, I use a different trick - I put a power-on or hard-drive password (which I want to do anyway). The password prompt comes up even if the laptop is resuming from hibernation. If you turn the computer off at the prompt, by holding the power button, then back on - the next time the full POST cycle will happen, allowing BIOS access. After which, the OS will still resume as if from fast startup. :)
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Re: HELP! I Cant access BIOS menu during windows 11 start

#6 Post by Brad » Sat Dec 16, 2023 6:40 am

You could also hold down the SHIFT key while shutting down which disables shutdown hibernation.

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