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How do I get to the Thinkpad T530 BIOS setup? As the laptop turns on I press ENTER when prompted, then press F1 when prompted, but that takes me to the Intel PXE prompt. If I hit CTRL-S I get into the PXE setup menu, but when I exit that (or if I never hit CTRL-S in the first place) the computer just sits there and never gets into BIOS setup (and never boots, for that matter).

I know I can get into the BIOS because I did get into it once (only looked around, didn't change anything and definitely did NOT put it into UEFI-only mode). But I don't know/can't remember how to get past the PXE thing. Personally, I'd love to just disable it because I am never going to and don't even want to do remote network boots.

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Have you tried pushing the Thinkvantage Burton at boot? – FredrikD Feb 18 '13 at 6:22
On my laptop that just starts the recover-from-the-hidden-partition program. – QuantumMechanic Feb 19 '13 at 14:26
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I have a ThinkPad X230, so the keys may be different, but I have a few ways to get into the BIOS:

  • Press F1 at the Lenovo/ThinkPad logo to enter the BIOS.
  • Press Enter at the Lenovo/ThinkPad logo. The Startup Interrupt Menu will appear. Press F1 to enter the BIOS.
  • Press F12 at the Lenovo/ThinkPad logo. A tabbed menu will appear. Press Tab to switch from Boot Menu to Application Menu. Select the Setup option to enter the BIOS.

It sounds like the second method is what you're doing and it doesn't work for you. How about the other two?

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