Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 Notebook - Answered Questions & Fixed issues


no boot. SL500 notebook. 10 years old now? 2008 made.

no failed screen photo posted. making answers near impossible to guess what is there on screen.
PC's boot in serial sequence.
Power on
BIOS posts. (power on self test and possible errors)

then asks for BIOS PASSword (bad thing to have and forget) never turn this feature on.
then if Bitlocker was turned on you must get this password next, if lost doom it is for HDD.'

next the HDD boots the OS. (or fails with errors)
what OS is this, windows (what) or Linux (hat) or freedos, or well lots more OS.
let my guess its windows. so the next step is
windows password, is this where you get stuck.


this messages (means recovery mode) in english.
To interrupt normal startup, press the
blue ThinkVantage button"

it is the BIOS hot key for recovery.
if the bios password is not set then BIOS works.

My guess is your HDD is bad, and cant boot.
you read the manual, (did you) and see the recovery chapter. and then attempt the recovery
and that works , good, but if not that means the HDD is bad, or damaged.'
page 41 covers how to use factory recover disk

If you need help , next time tell the helper
what OS came new with PC and was it upgraded.
to say w10. WE CAN NEVER GUESS what
OS is there (operating system)


https://www.manualslib.com/manual/492867/Lenovo-Thinkpad-Sl500.html

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 23, 2018 | 106 views


The sl500 includes 4 buttons on either side of the touchpad. The buttons on the right side of the touchpad are designated for a right-click by default. The menu key may also be used to simulate a right - click.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jan 16, 2015 | 48 views


Check to see if there is a system restore setup for a previous date, this will allow you to roll-back the changes made. You can find this under the control panel.
If you want to restore back to the original windows settings, you need to reinstall windows from DVD or CD, these are backups made when you first got the laptop.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 09, 2014 | 94 views


These are usually covered by the Plug&Play drivers and shouldn't need any installation. If you disabled the Audio Output, then
either uninstall your soundcard driver (Realtek), restart the pc and install it again.
If you disabled something, it might also show in the Device Manager (START-->RUN-->devmgmt.msc). If ther is anything with a yellow esclamation mark ( ! ), then try update the driver. If updating the driver doesn't work, then remove the hardware (NOT physically).

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jun 24, 2014 | 52 views


I don't know what software you were using when this error occured, but it's likely this is some sort of encoding issue. Well, either that or the file is just corrupted. Generally, though, encoding issues such as this won't prevent a document from opening.

I've also seen this happen when you try and open a file with an application that is not intended to read it (e.g. trying to open a binary file with MS Word). Make sure you are using the correct application, as this is also a possible cause.

If I'm not making any sense, just know that I sometimes do that. I'd be happy to clarify if needed, just ask. ;-)

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Nov 08, 2013 | 92 views


I know it is difficult asking a question, but it is even more difficult to address your problem without one.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Oct 03, 2013 | 20 views


The laptop has a barrel connector to the external supply and that only has two wires. 20 Volts dc. Where is this connector?

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jan 16, 2013 | 26 views


Sounds like it's the memory or video card. Since you say it never posts anything on the screen, i"m voting for the bad video card.

When you plug in the power cord is there any lights whatsoever on the laptop, where the plug goes in or on the AC Adapter of the power cord?

When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning, lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear the DvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for a second or two? If so the laptop is trying to boot or may have booted, but the screen is not showing for some reason.

Beep tones and blinking lights tells the technicians what is going on with the laptop and why it is not booting. Most times it's a motherboard issue when you hear beeps or blinking lights continuous. Most times the problem is with the memory or Video Card. Count the Blinking Lights or Beeps and take note of their pattern (1 Long or 1 Long followed by 2 Short).

Maybe your power cord is bad if you don't get anything to happen whatsoever when you press the power button. And if that's true maybe you was operating off the battery the last time you had it on and since the power cord is bad, it was not charging the battery so the battery is drained and the power cord is bad.

Maybe you have a Static Charge Buildup. Remove the Power Cord, Remove the Battery, then Press and Hold the power button for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds plug the power cord back in (leave the battery out) and hit the power button to see if it boots. If it does, you can put the battery back in and let it charge.


Maybe your DC Power Jack which is where the power cord plugs into the computer is bad. Take an ink pen and push the tip inside the jack and see if the little pin wiggles, if so the jack is bad. You'll have to take the laptop apart to fix it. Most times it is soldered onto the motherboard, so you will have to desolder the old and solder a new one.


Maybe your memory is bad or the memory slot is bad.

Remove the Power Cord, Remove the Battery, Remove the cover that houses the memory on the bottom of the laptop then remove one of the memory chips. Set the chip aside then try rebooting the computer. If it boots, then you know the memory chip you set aside is bad so mark an x on it with an ink pen. If it fails to boot then move the chip to the next memory slot and try rebooting. If it fails take the chip out and set it aside, then put the other chip in and try booting it in both slots. If it boots, just to verify that the chip set aside is bad, mark an x on it and put it into the open memory chip slot and try booting.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on May 19, 2012 | 100 views


Press the "print screen" or "prt sc" key. Open any image editor or microsoft word. Go to edit menu and click on paste. Save the document and attach it at your mail.

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Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Sep 13, 2011 | 111 views


If thelaptop battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out.Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles andwill lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% andgradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR Thebattery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the batterydrops off to zero capacity in a very short time or when the mains power is removed. If the battery drops to anunacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jul 15, 2011 | 114 views


No, it is worn out. You need a new battery.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jul 15, 2011 | 25 views


If thelaptop battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be worn out.Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cycles andwill lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% andgradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up at all. OR Thebattery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected the batterydrops off to zero capacity in a very short time. If the battery drops to anunacceptable charge level then the battery needs to be replaced.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jul 15, 2011 | 114 views


Hello,
If your LCD screen on your laptop is really dark and pressing the brightness function keys does not make it any better then you probably have a failing backlight. This pretty much means, time to either replace the screen altogether or buy a new laptop.
You can get screens off ebay for about $130
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=Lenovo+ThinkPad+SL500+lcd+screen&_sacat=0&_odkw=Lenovo+ThinkPad+SL500+lcd&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313
Regards, Chris

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on May 18, 2011 | 383 views


Follow this tutorial or if you already did the things there, try a third party solution, like this:
http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCare-Free/3000-2086_4-10407614.html

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on May 05, 2011 | 195 views


Hi

Try this audio driver

www.realtek.com go up to downloads
choose the HD audio driver
download it
install it
restart laptop
hopefully sound will be ok

good luck

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Feb 19, 2011 | 55 views


Hola!

Necesitas instalar el Lenovo Care Pack por Windows XP... Descargalo de aca.
Tambien, te recomendo actualizar el BIOS. Descarga la ultima edicion de aca.
El Rescue and Recovery tambien sera util... Descargalo de aca (version en Espanol).

Suerte y saludos desde Israel,
Pelu.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Feb 05, 2011 | 493 views


if your computer came with a motherboard disc the sound drivers could be on it
you might have to uninstall then reinstall both the sound drivers and the sound card make sure you have both of these devices backed up to a disc before uninstalling
a yellow? question mark means you need to install/update driver to do this
right click to install driver also
click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll to sound,video and game controllers you might see a yellow question mark? Right click to reinstall drivers
click start control panel sounds and audio,volume,advanced,speakers select appropriate speakers also audio you will find 3 drop down lists make sure you have made the correct adjustments there

click start control panel sounds and audio devices you can adjust the volume there also select speaker volume you can make adjustments there you can also tick in the box place icon in taskbar
hope this helps

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Jan 20, 2011 | 169 views


If it is a bad virus that won't let you do anything on the computer, follow the instructions on this link. If you can install programs on your computer, follow only steps 7 and 8 from the above link.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Dec 23, 2010 | 34 views


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The camera in your computer is basically turned on right away the moment you boot the computer to windows. You can use the camera when you are chatting with your fried thru skype or Yahoo messenger. If you want to test the camera if it is working, you can go to this site.

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Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Dec 07, 2010 | 148 views


Hi. Press the power buttong for 10 secs inorder for the system to shutdown. Take out the battery and unplugged the power adapter. Preass and hold the power button for 30 secs then put everything back in. Turn On the computer.

Lenovo ThinkPad... | Answered on Oct 14, 2010 | 179 views

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