Solved how repair bios on a lenovo t430 laptop

December 13, 2016 at 18:37:02
Specs: Windows 10
i had a window pop up saying there was an update from lenovo which installed part of the it was to update the bios i left the machine running and it restarted but no logo just a blank screen with the power button glowing green and not blinking i tried restarting but got the same result i removed the battery and the backup battery as well and took out the ac plug and held down the on of button but no joy the laptop is out of warranty i spoke to a lenovo repair agent and he said i would have to replace the mother board as this laptop was working fine up until the update i was wndering if i could fix this without going to the expense of a new motherboard any help would be appreciated

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#1
December 13, 2016 at 20:59:02
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First, manufactures do not ever to my knowledge offer BIOS updates as a routine and generally make them somewhat complicated to find so that only those who know they need them and know how dangerous they are because they can fail, will be able to find them.
Second, BIOS updates should only be performed if the reason for the update actually fixes some problem you have existing and the fix is in the description.
Third, a BIOS update on a laptop should be done only with a full battery and the AC plug feeding power.
Fourth, a BIOS update is best done through a Flash update via a USB flash drive outside of Windows. If done from within a Windows OS, it must be free or all malware, running completely stable, be on a hard surface for proper cooling, all other programs should be closed and the system just restarted. Still, it is better outside of Windows.
Fifth, The update you downloaded if offered to you outside of the manufacture's website was probably malware and not from the company.
Sixth, It is common that when a BIOS update fails, the motherboard usually needs replacing. If in fact you had been getting help from the manufacture's official help site and they directed you to do the update and you followed their instructions to the letter and it failed, you would have been entitled to a free replacement. If the update was not directed to be done by them, you are probably out of luck. You will have to appeal to their charity or pay for it.
FINALLY, there are occasionally some who have been able to recover from a bad update but not often. Google your model and the words 'recover from a bad BIOS update' and see if there are any real hits.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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December 14, 2016 at 02:28:40
Thanks for that i was sitting in front of the computer when the update box popped up and after downloading updates it definately said updating bios do not turn of your computer if it was maleware which is quite possible then thats my fault for not maintaning my laptop butas its out of warranty i will send it to lenovos repair agent to be repaired when i spoke to them origanly they said it would cost around £150 but they would let me know before they commenced work so i will make a decision then but thanks for the info anyway

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#3
December 14, 2016 at 12:22:51
Hi Ray, this sounds very much like a con.

Heed Finger's 'Words of Wisdom' above.

Try powering ON, continually tapping the F8 key.
You may have to try more than once.
If it works, you will be in Safe Mode.

Advise back what happens.

Good` Luck - Keep us posted.


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#4
December 14, 2016 at 12:38:04
Unfortunately, F8 doesn't work with Windows 10.

@majorray - any beeps when you try to start the laptop?

Have a look at these: https://www.google.com/search?q=len...


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#5
December 14, 2016 at 15:38:32
Hi Riider,
F8 worked with my free download version.
Regards - Mike

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#6
December 29, 2016 at 02:42:44
hi all got in touch with lenovo eventually had a long chat with a very helpfull tech and after doing some checks decided it was the motherboard that had gone down the cost of a new motherboard was quite high so decided to give up and get a secondhand laptop from ebay which i have now got and its great so thanks for all your help ray

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#7
December 29, 2016 at 21:06:23
If you got a good deal and it is a machine as good or better than your old one then you probably made the best out of the situation.
I recommend turning off any factory automatic updates and using only Windows Updates.
Keep your AV up to date and occasionally scan with Malwarebytes free version (at least once a month and at any sign of funny stuff or bogging down).

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