How to enter BIOS on Lenovo IdeaPad laptops

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Recently, I increasingly have to deal with Lenovo laptops. They enjoy well-deserved popularity due to their decent workmanship, while remaining one of the most humane in terms of price. They also have quite non-standard engineering solutions, for example, a way to enter the BIOS, recovery mode or change the Boot Menu parameters.

Today’s post could be titled like this: “IF ANYTHING DOES NOT HELP. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS”, or rather, I’ll tell you about the “NOVO” button and how to get into the BIOS using the example of the Lenovo IdeaPad 110 laptop.

When this laptop came into my hands (I had to remove the password on Windows 10) to select an alternative bootloader from the flash drive, I needed to get into the BIOS or Boot Menu, but the laptop ignored the standard key combinations (Fn) F2 or (Fn) F1, but on the side of the laptop case there was a special hole with the image of a curved arrow.

What is the “NOVO” button?

All Lenovo Idea laptops have a special small button (or a hole for a paper clip, like smartphones) “NOVO”, indicated by a reverse arrow resembling an inverted “U” Novo button icon.

Pressing this button launches a special menu that allows you to enter BIOS settings, start Lenovo OneKey Recovery, or choose to boot from another device. Usually the “NOVO” button is located on the front of the laptop, next to the power button, but on some models it can be located at the end of the case, as is the case with the Lenovo IdeaPad 110.

On the official Lenovo support site, all this information is available, both in the general section about BIOS (UEFI) https://support.lenovo.com/us/ru/solutions/ht062552, and if you use the search for a specific model of interest.

I will give one more link from the official Lenovo website on the recommended ways to enter the BIOS for IdeaPad notebook series https://support.lenovo.com/ru/ru/solutions/ht101636

So, to get into the BIOS on Lenovo IdeaPad 110, you should use a paper clip by pushing its end into the hole marked with the “NOVO” icon until it clicks. The laptop, of course, must be turned off (do not touch the power button of the laptop, it will turn on by itself when you press the “NOVO” button).

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Комментарии и мнения владельцев: 4

Button at the end of the case. I call these laptops one-button.

NO ONE. In general, not a single user has used this shnyaga

Square Circle, this was not invented by me, but by the manufacturer. I think Lenovo engineers are not the most stupid and the company’s products are deservedly popular. And I look at you all “shnyaga”, it’s even interesting to know which brand does not fall under this definition.

sysadmins don’t like the new button, because any user, if Windows accidentally demolishes blocker viruses in ten minutes, will restore everything himself to the factory settings for ten minutes and the recovery section cannot be demolished by anything this chip only from Lenovo

demolished this section to the devil and installed the system as I need on the laptop of this company. He didn’t even tweet.

If I knew that he was indestructible, it probably would not have worked 🙂

Recover the section not only from Lenovo. And the discussed button is not liked only by lazy or illiterate admins. With a properly organized grid, the user does not store anything.

Open the BIOS on a Lenovo laptop using a key on the keyboard

There is nothing complicated about it. The most commonly used key is F2. It must be actively pressed immediately after turning on the laptop (after pressing the power button).

The BIOS menu should open immediately. On my laptop, it looks something like this:

Rarely, but it happens that you need to press the Fn F2 key combination. It depends on the laptop model.

As a result, the necessary menu with the settings should also appear. By the way, you can change the boot order on the “Boot” tab.

How to enter BIOS of Lenovo laptop?

I always try to write articles only after I have checked everything myself. I’ve had a lot of tweaking Lenovo laptops lately. Install Windows, check the system from the boot disk, change some parameters, etc. And, accordingly, almost always had to go into the BIOS of Lenovo laptops. So I decided to write a small instruction in which to show in detail the process of entering the BIOS of laptops from this popular manufacturer.

For an ordinary user, entering the BIOS is most often required during the installation of an operating system, or starting a laptop from a boot disk, or a USB flash drive. You can also change many different parameters there, reset the settings to the factory settings, see the characteristics of the laptop, model, BIOS version, etc.

Let me tell you a little secret. To boot from a USB flash drive or disk, you do not need to enter the BIOS. You can use the Boot menu. So even better. On Lenovo laptops, this menu can most often be opened by pressing the F12 key when turning on the laptop. You can find more information on this topic in the article Entering the Boot Menu on a laptop and computer.

If you are going to install an operating system on a laptop, then the article on how to install Windows 10 on a laptop may also come in handy. Highly detailed guide.

As with laptops from other manufacturers, to open the BIOS of a Lenovo laptop, simply press a special key (or key combination) on the keyboard. Or use the dedicated arrow button found on almost all Lenovo laptop models. It can be on the front panel, or on the side (in the form of a hole, recessed into the body). We’ll look at both options.

Dedicated arrow button to enter BIOS

I am not familiar with all Lenovo laptops, they have a lot of models. But it seems to me that each has this arrow button. As far as I understand, it is called Recovery. Most often located near the power button, or on the side.

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On some newer models (for example, Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP), this button is recessed into the body, and you can press it only with something sharp and thin. There’s just a hole.

How to enter the BIOS on most Lenovo ThinkPad laptops. The easy way!

This button is very easy to use. Turn off the laptop and click on the “Recovery” button (with an arrow). The laptop turns on and the Novo Button Menu appears. We need to select “BIOS Setup”. Also from this menu you can start system restore and go to the boot menu, which I wrote about at the beginning of the article.

We select “BIOS Setup” and get into the menu we need.

I am waiting for your questions and additions in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев.

BIOS Login Methods [Lenovo]

1) Standard “hot” keys for login

On the vast majority of laptops of this brand. the F2 or F1 button should act (you need to press immediately after turning on the laptop. Model range: ThinkPad, IdeaPad, 3000 Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation).

On some models. may require pressing the FnF2 key combination (for example, in the G50).

Addition. The F12 key (FnF12. enter the Boot Menu) is very rare. to enter the BIOS (Lenovo model b590). I also recommend trying.

2) Dedicated recovery button “with an arrow”

Some Lenovo notebook models have special buttons on the device to enter the BIOS. For example, we are talking about these: g505, v580c, b50, b560, g50, g500, g505s, g570, g570e, g580, g700, z500, z580, Z50, B70 and others.

When turned on, they may not react at all to your pressing of the F2 buttons. To enter the BIOS, in this case, you need to use the special Recovery button (with an arrow). You need to press it instead of the power button (i.e. when the laptop is turned off).

The Recovery button is located on the body of the device, next to the power button (on some models this button is on the side).

Lenovo G700. button to enter device settings (including BIOS)

Lenovo B70. BIOS entry button next to the power input. It is most convenient to press with a pencil or pen

After you click on this button “with an arrow”. the laptop will turn on and you will see a small service menu (usually consists of several items): Normal startup (normal boot), BIOS Setup (BIOS settings), Boot Menu (boot menu, for example, to boot from a USB flash drive without changing the download queue), etc.

After your choice of BIOS Setup, you will go to the most common BIOS settings (as in other laptops) and you can set the necessary parameters.

If you have a blue ThinkVantage button on the device. then press it immediately after turning on the laptop. while the welcome is still on and the brand of the device manufacturer is displayed (see photo below).

Next, you will see a menu of several items, among which there will be an entry into the BIOS. the F1 button (see arrow-1 in the screenshot below).

Lenovo Model SL510. Logging in with ThinkVoltage

4) A hole instead of the recovery button and ThinkVantage

A number of Lenovo laptop models do not have any buttons at all, but there is a small hole on the side of the device (usually where power is connected).

For example, the Lenovo 100 laptop does not have a recovery button (which is with an arrow) at all. There is a small hole (there is an arrow next to the hole). The button itself is located in this hole, to press it. you need to use, for example, a paper clip or a knitting needle.

Lenovo 100. BIOS entry hole

Manufacturers, apparently, are trying to eliminate accidental button presses. all the same, the vast majority of users have to enter BIOS very rarely.

1) Some laptop models do not allow entering the BIOS if it is running on battery power. I can’t say that this is a 100% glitch. but the setting is very controversial. To check for sure. connect the device to the network and try to enter the BIOS using the methods described above.

2) The Lenovo v580c model sometimes has a very unpleasant glitch: if you cleaned the disk and installed a new Windows, the BIOS entry buttons will stop working for you.

To re-enter the BIOS (instructions for advanced users!). turn off the laptop, then unplug it, remove the battery. Next, remove the cover and take out the small battery from the mat. boards. After 5-10 minutes. assemble the device.

When enabled, the BIOS will be loaded automatically to set the basic parameters. You need to open the “Startup” tab: in the item with the “UEFI / Legacy boot” setting there are three parameters (Both, UEFI Only, Legacy Only). you need to select “Both”. In the item “UEFI / Legacy Boot Priority”, you need to set “Legacy”. Next, save the settings and restart the laptop. Everything should work as expected.

Open the BIOS on a Lenovo laptop using a key on the keyboard

There is nothing complicated about it. The most commonly used key is F2. It must be actively pressed immediately after turning on the laptop (after pressing the power button).

The BIOS menu should open immediately. On my laptop, it looks something like this:

Rarely, but it happens that you need to press the FnF2 key combination. It depends on the laptop model.

As a result, the necessary menu with the settings should also appear. By the way, you can change the boot order on the “Boot” tab.

I am not familiar with all Lenovo laptops, they have a lot of models. But it seems to me that each has this arrow button. As far as I understand, it is called Recovery. Most often located near the power button, or on the side.

On some newer models (for example, Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IAP), this button is recessed into the body, and you can press it only with something sharp and thin. There’s just a hole.

This button is very easy to use. Turn off the laptop and click on the “Recovery” button (with an arrow). The laptop turns on and the Novo Button Menu appears. We need to select “BIOS Setup”. Also from this menu you can start system restore and go to the boot menu, which I wrote about at the beginning of the article.

We select “BIOS Setup” and get into the menu we need.

How to enter BIOS

Notebook BIOS entry methods may differ for different Lenovo models. First, try the standard login method. when you start a personal computer, you need to press the F2 button on the keyboard, sometimes holding down the Fn key before that. Next, the PC parameters menu will be called.

But this method is not always working. For some Lenovo models, the BIOS does not load when you press F2 or FnF2. for example, Lenovo Legion Y520, Lenovo G70, G50-30, or G500. If you tried to enter the BIOS using the above method, and you did not succeed, the following instruction is for you:

  • On the side of the laptop (where the charging socket is usually located) or right next to the power button, there should be a special small key with a curved arrow. It’s called Novo Button, One Key Recovery, or One Key Rescue System. You need to turn off the laptop and click on it.
  • If you pressed the correct button, the laptop will start, and on the screen you will see that we are going to a special startup menu:
  • Normal Startup
  • BIOS Setup (parameters);
  • System Recovery (system recovery);
  • Boot Menu.
  • As you probably already guessed, in order to enter the BIOS on Lenovo, you need to go to the BiosSetup item. After you select it, you will see that the laptop has entered the BIOS and you can configure it to your liking.
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Ways to enter BIOS on Lenovo laptop

Owners of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks, as well as some other models, can enter the BIOS without using key combinations. just use the special NOVO button located next to the power button or on the end of the device. After turning off the Lenovo laptop, you should press NOVO and hold it for a few seconds; by selecting the BIOS Setup item in the window that appears, the user can finally enter the BIOS. and continue working in the basic input-output system.

Tip: sometimes, instead of the NOVO button, there is a special hole on the body of the device, near which the same icon is located. In this case, you can open the BIOS menu by inserting a special paper clip for an iPhone or smartphone or a regular paper clip into the connector and lightly pressing on the contact for two to three seconds.

Some Lenovo models have a dedicated Novo button to replace the BIOS setup key. It is usually located next to the power connector with the logo. If you have a Novo button on your laptop, you can enter the BIOS much more easily. All you have to do is press the Novo button when your laptop is turned off. Then the laptop will turn on automatically and show you the menu. You can select “BIOS Setup” in the menu to enter BIOS.

Here are the BIOS keys for different Lenovo laptop models.

Lenovo Model BIOS setup key
Ideapad N Series F2
Ideapad P Series F2 on Lenovo logo
Ideapad S Series New button, some models: F2
Ideapad U Series New button, some models: F2
Ideapad V Series F2
Ideapad Y Series F2
Ideapad Z Series New button, some models: F2
Series B New button, some models: F2
E series New button, some models: F2
Edge Series New button
Flex Series New button
G series F2
K series F1
M series F1
Series N F2
S series New button
Series V F1
Series Y New button
Z series New button
Yoga Series New button, some models: F2 / (Fn F2)
ThinkPad Yoga 12 F1

This method is suitable for Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10 versions.

Before proceeding to the first step of this method, try holding the Shift key and restarting your device through the Start menu. If in this way you got to the Select actions menu, then immediately go to step 4 of this method.

Press the Windows i key combination to go to the system settings;

In this window, select the Update and Security section

Next, go to the System Restore tab and in the Special Boot Options item click the Restart Now button, after which you will be taken to the Select Actions menu

Select Troubleshoot.

Next, select the item Additional parameters

UEFI Firmware Options

And already in the last menu, select the restart button. After that, your device will automatically go to BIOS settings.

ATTENTION! If none of these methods work, then, after disconnecting the laptop from the network and disconnecting the battery, open its case (bottom cover) and remove the flat battery from the motherboard for 10-15 minutes. This will reset the BIOS settings. Then return everything back and, when turned on, try the first 2 methods again.

Keyboard shortcuts

Fortunately, Lenovo has established a single key combination for almost all models of its laptops: Fn F2, where Fn is a special “function” button, usually located in the lower left corner.

Much less often, in order to enter the BIOS, you have to use another Fn F1 combination or just press the Delete (Del) key.

In general, the procedure for user actions is reduced to two steps:

  • Open the “Start” menu and, by clicking on the virtual power button, select one of the options. shutdown or restart.
  • Turning your Lenovo laptop back on or waiting for it to start after restarting and using one of the above key combinations to enter BIOS is as easy as understanding the benefits of UEFI Boot.

If everything is done correctly, the user will see the BIOS menu in front of him. Now he can configure the BIOS, set the operating system boot sequence and perform other required manipulations. if necessary, after entering the password.

Tip: If your Lenovo laptop starts up too quickly or you can’t enter BIOS after rebooting, it makes sense to turn it off using the physical button by pressing and holding it for a few seconds.

Now, having given the Lenovo laptop a little “rest”, you should start it again. and do not forget to use one of the above combinations in time to enter the BIOS.

Owners of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks, as well as some other models, can enter the BIOS without using key combinations. just use the special NOVO button located next to the power button or on the end of the device.

After turning off the Lenovo laptop, you should press NOVO and hold it for a few seconds; by selecting the BIOS Setup item in the window that appears, the user can finally enter the BIOS. and continue working in the basic input-output system.

Tip: sometimes, instead of the NOVO button, there is a special hole on the body of the device, near which the same icon is located. In this case, you can open the BIOS menu by inserting a special paper clip for an iPhone or smartphone or a regular paper clip into the connector and lightly pressing on the contact for two to three seconds.

Two secrets to running BIOS

But if you still did not manage to start the BIOS using one of the above methods, and the laptop has Windows 8.1 or higher operating system, we will tell you two startup secrets.

  • You need to turn on the PC. In a running computer on the desktop, drag the mouse pointer to the lower right corner of the desktop (call the side menu).
  • A menu opens to us, where we select the items “Options”. “Update and Recovery”. “Recovery”.
  • Here, in the “Special boot options” section, click on the “Reload now” button.
  • Next, a blue screen with tiles will open. Open the “Diagnostics” tile, by clicking on which you will be taken to additional parameters.
  • You need to open the item “UEFI Firmware Options” and click the “Restart” button. Ready! You are in BIOS!
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Second secret. Many Win 8.1 users make an error when trying to enter BIOS. Everyone knows how to get into the BIOS. you need to press a certain button on the keyboard. To do this, the user clicks on “Shutdown”, waits for the laptop to turn off, and then presses the button to enter the BIOS, but the computer starts in the old way. the OS is loading.

The whole problem is that the Windows 8.1 operating system works initially with the fast startup function, which is based on sleep mode. enter the BIOS without turning off the PC, but restarting it.

Some helpful tips:

  • After entering the BIOS, go to the various settings of the system parameters and its boot in the BIOS itself. Be very careful and careful, and it is better not to touch what you do not know, as there is a risk of doing something wrong and completely losing your computer. After making all the changes, go to the “Exit” section and select “Save exit”. After that, the laptop will be rebooted, and on a new start, all the settings that you had to set before will already be taken into account.
  • If the above methods of entering BIOS on a Lenovo laptop do not work, try holding down the F12 key while starting the device until the BIOS starts. this method works on some Lenovo models.
  • It is very rare, but it still happens. in some models the F1 key works (you need to press it several times while the laptop turns on).
  • Manufacturers recommend adjusting PC settings in BIOS only with a fully charged laptop battery, since if during the setup process your laptop turns off due to being discharged, then this is likely to cause some system problems in the future.
  • Before exiting BIOS, be sure to save all changes so as not to get lost.

Remember that BIOS setup is a very serious undertaking that requires maximum understanding of the process and great attention to detail. You should be aware that if the configuration is incorrect, some components of the system may not work correctly, which brings additional difficulties in operation. And if you doubt that you know how to do it right, it is better to call qualified specialists, this will save money, time, and nerves. We hope this article helped you figure out how to enter BIOS.

How to enter BIOS on a Lenovo laptop

Good day.

Lenovo is one of the most popular laptop manufacturers. By the way, I must tell you (from personal experience), laptops are quite good and reliable. And there is one feature of some models of these laptops. an unusual entry into the BIOS (and you often need to enter it, for example, to reinstall Windows).

In this relatively short article, I would like to consider these features of the entrance

Entering BIOS on a Lenovo laptop (step by step)

1) Usually, to enter the BIOS on Lenovo laptops (on most models), it is enough to press the F2 (or FnF2) button when it is turned on.

However, some models may not react at all to these presses (for example, Lenovo Z50, Lenovo G50, and in general the model range: g505, v580c, b50, b560, b590, g50, g500, g505s, g570, g570e, g580, g700. z500, z580 may not respond to these keys)

2) The above models have a special button on the side panel (usually next to the power cable) (for example, Lenovo G50 model, see Fig. 2).

To enter the BIOS, you need to: turn off the laptop, and then click on this button (an arrow is usually drawn on it, although I admit that on some models the arrow may not be).

By the way, an important point. Not all Lenovo laptop models have this service button on the side. For example, on a Lenovo G480 laptop. this button is next to the laptop power button (see Fig. 2.1).

3) If everything was done correctly, the laptop should turn on and a service menu with four items will appear on the screen (see Fig. 3):

To enter BIOS. select BIOS Setup (BIOS settings and settings).

4) Next, the most common BIOS menu should appear. Then you can configure the BIOS in the same way as other laptop models (the settings are almost identical).

By the way, maybe someone will need it: in fig. 4 shows the settings of the BOOT section of the Lenovo G480 laptop for installing Windows 7 on it:

  • Boot Mode: [Legacy Support]
  • Boot Priority: [Legacy First]
  • USB Boot: [Enabled]
  • Boot Device Priority: PLDS DVD RW (this is a drive with a Windows 7 boot disk installed in it, note that it is the first in this list), Internal HDD

After changing all the settings, remember to save them. To do this, in the EXIT section, select “Save and exit”. After restarting the laptop, the installation of Windows 7 should start

5) There are certain laptop models, for example Lenovo b590 and v580c, where you may need the F12 key to enter the BIOS. Holding this key right after turning on the laptop. you can get into Quick Boot (quick menu). where you can easily change the boot order of various devices (HDD, CD-Rom, USB).

6) And the F1 key is used quite rarely. You may need it if you are using a Lenovo b590 laptop. The key must be pressed and held after turning on the device. The BIOS menu itself differs little from the standard.

The manufacturer recommends that you charge the laptop battery sufficiently before entering the BIOS. If during the process of configuring and setting parameters in the BIOS, the device is abnormally turned off (due to lack of power). there may be problems in the further operation of the laptop.

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To be honest, I’m not ready to comment on the last recommendation: I have never experienced problems when turning off a PC when I was in the BIOS settings

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