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Changing BIOS settings messing with Windows?

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My laptop was running hot, even on idle, so I tried turning Intel SpeedStep on for when it's plugged in (turned it off before, hoping it would make it a bit faster lol )

So I (stupidly) load defaults and restart. Yey, right? Nope :3

Laptop wouldn't boot into Windows, got blue screen. So I Googled the bsod code, and found out I had to change SATA settings from ACHP or whatever to Compatibility. Windows boots

Then it starts being weird. Takes extra long to boot, my HTC Home stops responding as soon as it starts, a lot of my gadgets are being weird, the fingerprint reader doesn't work, the standard Thinkpad Ultranav pad and Trackpoint thing in the middle of the keyboard don't work. About to give up tonight. Even worse? SpeedStep still isn't on @_@

Thinking that after a sweep with HDTune (SMART says a sector had to be replaced I think) for bad sectors, I'm going to let it chill overnight and work on it again tomorrow :\\ but in the meantime, does anyone know if I did something stupid? It's a Lenovo R61i, I think it's similar to the T series from what I've seen and heard. Thanks in advance!
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You have a few problems that could cause more or less issues, depending on how serious they are:
1. Bad sectors on the HDD; I've been reading an article that said that after the first sector has been found on a HDD there's a twenty-something more chance of HDD failure than on ones that don't have any fault. It may be that your disk is dying and you messing with the BIOS just at the moment this happened is some coincidence
2. Switching to AHCI when Win was installed on non-AHCI shouldn't cause anything more than a BSOD; it should be solved when the setting is switched back. If it doesn't it may be that the Win install got corrupted, but not bad enough so that it wouldn't start. Reinstalling might help.
3. To activate SpeedStep you can just do that in the BIOS, there's no need to switch to defaults. Maybe the default is the fingerprint reader is disabled and that's why it doesn't work. Check all settings.
4. Make sure in Win's "Power Settings" that the CPU policy is "Balanced" when plugged, and not "High Performance". The latter overrides SpeedStep even if enabled and keeps the CPU @100% clockspeed.
5. If the lappy is running hot at idle it may have some serious problems like cooling system failure. If it's not properly cooled you shouldn't even try to solve anything as you may toast it in the process. Solve the heating issue, even if temporary with a nice fan blowing cold air - heating can cripple a laptop as it will try to slow itself down as far as possible to avoid burning-out.

Hope this helps, cheers
Edited by dragosmp - 4/19/11 at 6:40am
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Thanks, I forgot to check the HDTune results before I let it do Windows Update, so I'm going to run it again, but now it seems to be back to full strength. I reckon that it was just the ThinkVantage software over-zealously trying to fix whatever was wrong, between a few reboots and a Windows Update, it seems to be working. Even better, I think SpeedStep is off, but some power management things are on, so the temps are finally comfortable

Thanks again, +rep Think I might have just been overreacting, I was just worried because I just got this thing not too long ago
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