Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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I have created a bootable USB drive but I am unable to proceed with the installation because my Thinkpad X220 (which is still running Windows 10) fails to boot from USB. I have looked through the Lenovo forums but I have no idea how to proceed and what to change in the BIOS. Any help is greatly appreciated. Seems like I am stuck with Windows.

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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For Lenovo (Thinkpads), do you not get at first bootup the "F12 to choose boot device" or something similar?

Or it may also be the Secure Boot feature used with Win10 . .

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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During the bootup process it says that I can press the blue ThinkVantage button which I did. In the following Startup Interrupt Menu I have four options:
ESC to resume normal startup
F1 to enter the BIOS Setup Utility
F12 to choose a temporary startup device
<CTRL-P> to enter the Management Engine setup screen

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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F12 to choose a temporary startup device
When you choose this, what choices does it give you?

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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A screen with Boot Menu and Application Menu. In the Boot Menu there are three options:
ATA HDD0: SanDisk SD8SBAT256G1122
ATAPI CD0: MATSHITADVD-RAM UJ8A2
PCI LAN: IBA GE Slot 00C8 v1266

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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Select the F12. :wink:
May have to burn a SD chip. 32g runs $10. :idea:
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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I selected F12 and now I am in this menu with no option to boot from USB. When I press F1 and then go to the Startup menu to set the boot priority order I have set it to:
1. USB FDD (not sure what FDD is?)
2. USB HDD
3. USB CD
4. ATA HDDO SanDisk SD8SBAT256G1122 (that's my harddrive?)
Is this correct?

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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While the laptop boots continually tap F12 and it should bring up a menu where you can choose your boot device. Your USB drive should be in there. Use the arrow keys to select it and then press the enter key. No need to enter the bios at all.

If your USB device is not there then you may need to use a different USB stick or different USB port. Use Unetbootin in Windows to burn the iso file to the USB stick. Format it first as Fat32.

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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I have tried with different USB drives and at different USB ports with no success. There won't be any USB option to select from after pressing F12. Any other ideas? All USB ports are working well under Windows 10 though. In the BIOS there is also no option for me to disable Secure Boot. Do I have a device which is simply not bootable via USB?

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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Hello maro - Have you tried using "USB HDD"? I'm pretty sure that's how my Lenovo Thinkpad T400 recognizes USB flash drives.*

BTW: USB FDD = USB Floppy Disk Drive

*Confirmed!
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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Do you have the USB drive plugged in during boot? The F12 options won't show a device that is not connected.

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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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Hello maro - I went into the BIOS settings on my own Thinkpad and might have found the problem.

From the main BIOS setup screen, select "Config", then select "USB". There is a setting labelled "USB BIOS Support". Make sure this is set to "Enabled", otherwise you will not be able to boot from any USB device!
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Re: Lenovo Thinkpad X220 won't boot from USB

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Thank you guys for all your help. I have done nearly everything, even flashed the BIOS to the latest version. Guess what was the problem. The BIOS simply didn't like any of my USB drives, especially not any newer Sandisk ones. I used an older HP USB drive and it booted without any problems. So the only problem that remains for me is what boot mode to select when installing Linux Mint. Is there a difference whether I boot using UEFI or Legacy mode? I intend to install LM on a SSD drive which currently runs Windows 10 but I want to erase Windows 10 completely. Anything I need to consider?

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