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Lenovo Settings

Use the Lenovo Settings program to enhance your computing experience by turning your computer into a portable hotspot, configuring camera and audio settings, optimizing your power plan settings, and creating and managing multiple network profiles.

Lenovo Solution Center

The Lenovo Solution Center program enables you to troubleshoot and resolve computer problems. It combines diagnostic tests, system information collection, security status, and support information, along with hints and tips for maximum system performance.

Lenovo QuickLaunch

The Lenovo QuickLaunch program provides you with quick access to programs installed on your computer, including Lenovo programs, Microsoft programs, and other third party programs.

Lenovo Support

The Lenovo Support program enables you to register your computer with Lenovo, check the computer health condition and battery status, download and view user manuals for your computer, get the warranty information of your computer, and explore help and support information.

Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools

The Lenovo ThinkVantage Tools program guides you to a host of information sources and provides easy access to various tools to help you work more easily and securely.

Lenovo Welcome

The Lenovo Welcome program introduces you to some innovative built-infeatures of Lenovo and guides you through a few important setup tasks to help you make the most of your computer.

Password Manager

The Password Manager program automatically captures and fills in authentication information for Windows programs and Web sites.

Power Manager

The Power Manager program provides convenient, flexible, and complete power management for your computer. It enables you to adjust your computer power settings to achieve the best balance between performance and power saving.

Recovery Media

The Recovery Media program enables you to restore the contents of the hard disk drive to the factory default settings.

Rescue and Recovery

The Rescue and Recovery program is a one-buttonrecovery and restore solution that includes a set ofself-recoverytools to help you diagnose computer problems, get help, and recover from system crashes, even if you cannot start the Windows operating system.


The SimpleTap program provides you with a quick way to customize some basic computer settings such as muting the speakers, adjusting the volume, locking the computer operating system, launching a program, opening a Web page, opening a file, and so on. You also can use the SimpleTap program to access the Lenovo App Shop, from which you can download various applications and computer software.

To start the SimpleTap program in a quick way, do any of the following:

Click the red SimpleTap launch point on the desktop. The red launch point is available on the desktop after you have launched the SimpleTap program for the first time.

Press the blue ThinkVantage button if your keyboard has one.

Note: The SimpleTap program is only available on certain models preinstalled with the Windows 7 operating system. If your Windows 7 model is not preinstalled with the SimpleTap program, you can download it from

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System Update

The System Update program helps you keep the software on your computer up-to-dateby downloading and installing software update packages (Lenovo programs, device drivers, UEFI BIOS updates, and other third party programs).

View Management Utility

The View Management Utility program enables you to easily organize your open windows. It divides your screen into multiple parts and then resizes and positions open windows into different parts to make the best use of your desktop. The program also is able to work across multiple monitors to improve your productivity.


This section provides information to help you locate the connectors on the front and rear of your computer, parts on the system board, and components and internal drives in your computer.

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Locating connectors, controls, and indicators on the front of your computer

Figure 1 “Front connector, control, and indicator locations” on page 9 shows the locations of the connectors, controls, and indicators on the front of your computer.

Figure 1. Front connector, control, and indicator locations


Bluetooth activity indicator


Power indicator


Power switch


Wireless activity indicator


Hard disk drive activity indicator


USB 2.0 connector (USB port 1)


Microphone connector


Headphone connector


USB 2.0 connector (USB port 2)

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Locating connectors on the rear of your computer

Figure 2 “Rear connector locations” on page 10 shows the locations of the connectors on the rear of your computer. Some connectors on the rear of your computer arecolor-codedto help you determine where to connect the cables on your computer.

Figure 2. Rear connector locations


USB 2.0 connector (USB port 5)


Ethernet connector


VGA monitor connector


USB 2.0 connector (USB port 3)


USB 2.0 connector (USB port 4)


DisplayPort connector

7 ac power adapter connector

8 Integrated cable lock slot

9 Optional port

10 ac power adapter cable loop

11 WiFi card module antenna slot



DisplayPort connector

Used to attach a high-performancemonitor, adirect-drivemonitor, or other devices


that use a DisplayPort connector.

Ethernet connector

Used to attach an Ethernet cable for a local area network (LAN).


Note: To operate the computer within FCC Class B limits, use a Category 5 Ethernet



Optional port

Used to install a serial port, a USB 2.0 connector, or an optional WiFi card module



USB 2.0 connector

Use this connector to attach a device that requires a USB 2.0 connection, such as a


keyboard, a mouse, a scanner, a printer, or a personal digital assistant (PDA).

VGA monitor connector

Used to attach a VGA monitor or other devices that use a VGA monitor connector.

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Locating components

Figure 3 “Component locations” on page 11 shows the locations of the various components in your computer. To remove the computer cover, see“Removing the computer cover” on page 33.

Figure 3. Component locations


Computer cover


System fan


Power switch board


ac power adapter

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Heat sink




Cover presence switch (Intrusion switch)


Memory module(s)

9 WiFi card module

10 Battery

11 Internal speaker

12 Hard disk drive orsolid-statedrive

Locating parts on the system board

Figure 4 “System board part locations” on page 12 shows the locations of the parts on the system board.

Figure 4. System board part locations


Internal speaker connector


Power switch board cable connector


Mini PCI Express card slot


Hard disk drive power connector


SATA connector


Optional USB connector


Serial (COM1) connector


System fan connector



10 Clear CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) /Recovery jumper



12 Cover presence switch connector (Intrusion switch connector)


Memory slots (2)

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Machine type and model label

The machine type and model label identifies your computer. When you contact Lenovo for help, the machine type and model information helps support technicians to identify your computer and provide faster service.

The following is a sample of the machine type and model label.

Figure 5. Machine type and model label

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Chapter 2. Using your computer

This chapter provides information on using some of the computer components.

Frequently asked questions

The following are a few tips that will help you optimize the use of your computer.

Can I get my user guide in another language?

The user guide is available in various languages on the Lenovo Support Web site at:

Where are my recovery discs?

Lenovo provides a program that enables you to create recovery discs. For details about creating recovery discs, see “Creating recovery media” on page 80.

Additionally, in case of a hard disk failure, you can order Product Recovery discs from the Lenovo Customer Support Center. For information about contacting the Customer Support Center, see Chapter 11 “Getting information, help, and service” on page 117. Before using the Product Recovery discs, refer to the documentation that comes with the discs.

Attention: A Product Recovery disc package might contain multiple discs. Make sure you have all of the discs ready before starting the recovery process. During the recovery process, you might be prompted to change discs.

Where can I find help about the Windows operating system?

The Windows Help and Support information system provides you with detailed information about using the Windows operating system to help you get the most of your computer. To access the Windows Help and Support information system, do one of the following:

On the Windows 7 operating system, click Start Help and Support.

On the Windows 8 operating system, move your cursor to the top-rightorbottom-rightcorner of the screen to display the charms. Then clickSettings Help.

Accessing Control Panel on the Windows 8 operating system

On the Windows operating system, you can view and change computer settings through Control Panel. To access Control Panel on the Windows 8 operating system, do one of the following:

From the desktop

1.Move the cursor to the top-rightorbottom-rightcorner of the screen to display the charms.

2.Click Settings.

3.Click Control Panel.

From the Start screen

1.Move the cursor to the top-rightorbottom-rightcorner of the screen to display the charms.

2.Click Search.

3.On the Apps screen, scroll to the right side, and click Control Panel in theWindows System section.

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Using the keyboard

Depending on your model, your computer comes with either a standard keyboard or a fingerprint reader keyboard. The Microsoft Windows shortcut keys are provided on both keyboard types.

This section provides information about the following topics:

“Using Windows shortcut keys” on page 16

“Using the blue ThinkVantage button” on page 16

“Using a fingerprint reader” on page 16

Using Windows shortcut keys

Both the standard keyboard and the fingerprint reader keyboard provide three keys you can use with your Microsoft Windows operating system.

The two Windows logo keys are located beside the Alt key on either side of the spacebar. They feature the Windows logo. On the Windows 7 operating system, press the Windows key to open the Start menu. On the Windows 8 operating system, press the Windows key to switch between the current workspace and the Start screen. The style of the Windows logo varies depending on the keyboard type.

The context-menukey is located next to the Ctrl key on the right side of the Spacebar. Pressing thecontext-menukey opens the context menu for the active program, icon, or object.

Note: You can use the mouse or the Up and Down arrow keys to highlight menu selections. You can close theStart menu or the context menu by clicking the mouse or pressing Esc.

Using the blue ThinkVantage button

Some keyboards have a blue ThinkVantage button that you can use to open a comprehensive on-boardhelp and information center from Lenovo. Pressing the blue ThinkVantage button opens the SimpleTap program on the Windows 7 operating system or the Lenovo PC Device Experience program on the Windows 8 operating system.

Using a fingerprint reader

Some computers might come with a keyboard that has a fingerprint reader. For more information about the fingerprint reader, see “An introduction to Lenovo programs” on page 6.

To open the ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software program and use the fingerprint reader, see “Lenovo programs” on page 4.

Follow the instructions on the screen. For additional information, refer to the ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software help system.

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Using the wheel mouse

The wheel mouse has the following controls:


Primary mouse button




Secondary mouse button

Use this button to select or start a program or menu item.

Use the wheel to control the scrolling action of the mouse. The direction in which you rotate the wheel controls the direction of the scrolling action.

Use this button to display a menu for the active program, icon, or object.

You can switch the function of the primary and secondary mouse buttons and change other default behavior through the mouse properties function in the Windows Control Panel.

Adjusting audio

Sound is an important part of the computer experience. Your computer has a digital audio controller built into the system board. Some models also have a high-performanceaudio adapter installed in one of the PCI card slots.

About your computer audio

If a factory-installed,high-performanceaudio adapter is installed in your computer, thesystem-boardaudio connectors on the rear of the computer are typically disabled; use the connectors provided on the audio adapter.

Each audio solution provides at least three audio connectors: audio line-inconnector, audioline-outconnector, and Microphone connector. On some models, a fourth connector is provided for the attachment of unpowered stereo speakers (speakers that do not require an ac power source). The audio adapter provides you with the ability to record and play back sound and music, as well as to enjoy sound with multimedia applications and work withspeech-recognitionsoftware.

Optionally, you can connect a set of powered stereo speakers to the audio line-outconnector to enjoy better sound with multimedia applications.

Setting the volume from the desktop

The desktop volume control is accessible through the volume icon in the taskbar, which is located at the bottom-rightcorner of the Windows desktop. Click the volume icon and move the slider up or down to control the volume, or click theMute icon to turn the audio off. If the volume icon is not in the taskbar, see“Adding the volume icon to the taskbar” on page 17.

Adding the volume icon to the taskbar

To add the volume icon to the taskbar on the Windows 7 operating system, do the following:

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1.From the Windows desktop, click Start Control Panel Appearance and Personalization.

2.In the Taskbar and Start Menusection, click Customize icons on the taskbar.

3.Click Turn system icons on or off and change the volume behaviors fromOff toOn.

4.Click OK to save the new settings.

To add the volume icon to the taskbar on the Windows 8 operating system, do the following:

1.Open Control Panel, and click Appearance and Personalization.

2.In the Taskbarsection, click Customize icons on the taskbar.

3.Click Turn system icons on or off and change the volume behaviors fromOff toOn.

4.Click OK to save the new settings.

Setting the volume from Control Panel

You can set the computer volume from Control Panel. To set the computer volume from Control Panel, do the following:

1.On the Windows 7 operating system, click Start Control Panel Hardware and Sound. On the Windows 8 operating system, open Control Panel, and clickHardware and Sound.

2.In the Soundsection, click Adjust system volume.

3.Move the sliders up or down to raise or lower the volume of your computer.

Using CDs and DVDs

Your computer might have a DVD ROM drive or recordable DVD drive installed. DVD drives use industry-standard,12 cm(4.75-inch)CD media or DVD media. If your computer comes with a DVD drive, the drive can readDVD-ROMdiscs,DVD-Rdiscs,DVD-RAMdiscs,DVD-RWdiscs, and all types of CDs, such asCD-ROMdiscs,CD-RWdiscs,CD-Rdiscs, and audio CDs. If you have a recordable DVD drive, it can also record onDVD-Rdiscs,DVD-RWdiscs, type IIDVD-RAMdiscs,CD-RWstandard and high speed discs, andCD-Rdiscs.

Follow these guidelines when using the DVD drive:

Do not place the computer in a location where the drive is exposed to the following:

High temperature

High humidity

Excessive dust

Excessive vibration or sudden shock

An inclined surface

Direct sunlight

Do not insert any object other than a CD or DVD into the drive.

Before moving the computer, remove the CD or DVD from the drive.

Handling and storing CD and DVD media

CD and DVD media are durable and reliable, but they do require some care and special handling. When handling and storing a CD or DVD, follow these guidelines:

Hold the disc by its edges. Do not touch the surface of the side that is not labeled.

To remove dust or fingerprints, wipe the disc with a clean, soft cloth from the center to the outside. Wiping the disc in a circular direction might cause loss of data.

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Do not write or stick paper on the disc.

Do not scratch or mark the disc.

Do not place or store the disc in direct sunlight.

Do not use benzene, thinners, or other cleaners to clean the disc.

Do not drop or bend the disc.

Do not insert damaged discs into the drive. Warped, scratched, or dirty discs can damage the drive.

Playing a CD or DVD

If your computer comes with a DVD drive, you can listen to audio CDs or watch DVD movies. To play a CD or DVD, do the following:

1.Press the Eject/Load button on the DVD drive to open the tray.

2.With the tray fully extended, insert the CD or DVD into the tray. Some DVD drives have a snap hub in the center of the tray. If your drive has a snap hub, support the tray with one hand and then push on the center of the CD or DVD until it snaps into place.

3.Press the Eject/Load button again or gently push the tray forward to close the tray. The CD or DVD player program starts automatically. For additional information, refer to the CD or DVD player program help system.

To remove a CD or DVD from the DVD drive, do the following:

1.With the computer on, press the Eject/Load button. When the tray slides out automatically, carefully remove the disc.

2.Close the tray by pressing the Eject/Load button or by gently pushing the tray forward.

Note: If the tray does not slide out of the drive when you press the Eject/Load button, insert a straightened paper clip into theemergency-ejecthole located on the front of the DVD drive. Be sure the drive is powered off when using the emergency eject. Use the Eject/Load button instead of the emergency eject except

in an emergency.

Recording a CD or DVD

If your computer comes with a recordable DVD drive, you can use the drive to record CDs or DVDs.

To record a CD or DVD, do one of the following:

On the Windows 7 operating system, you have either the Corel DVD MovieFactory Lenovo Edition program or the Power2Go program installed on your computer.

To run the Corel DVD MovieFactory Lenovo Edition program, click Start All Programs Corel DVD MovieFactory Lenovo Edition Corel DVD MovieFactory Lenovo Edition. Follow the instructions on the screen.

To run the Power2Go program, click Start All Programs PowerDVD Create Power2Go. Follow the instructions on the screen.

On the Windows 8 operating system, run the Power2Go program by doing the following:

1.Move the cursor to the top-rightorbottom-rightcorner of the screen to display the charms. Then clickSearch and type Power2Go.

2.Click Power2Go in the left panel to open the program.

3.Follow the instructions on the screen.

You also can use Windows Media® Player to record CDs and data DVDs. For more information, see“Help and Support” on page 117.

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Chapter 3. You and your computer

This chapter provides information about accessibility, comfort, and relocating your computer to other countries or regions.

Accessibility and comfort

Good ergonomic practice is important to get the most from your personal computer and to avoid discomfort. Arrange your workplace and the equipment you use to suit your individual needs and the kind of work

that you perform. In addition, use healthy work habits to maximize your performance and comfort while using your computer.

The following topics provide information about arranging your work area, setting up your computer equipment, and establishing healthy work habits.

Lenovo is committed to providing people with disabilities greater access to information and technology. As a result, the following information provides ways to help users that have hearing, vision, and mobility limitations get the most out of their computer experience.

Assistive technologies enable users to access information in the most appropriate way. Some of these technologies are already provided in your operating system, others can be purchased through vendors, or accessed through the World Wide Web:

Arranging your workspace

To get the most from your computer, arrange both the equipment you use and your work area to suit your needs and the kind of work you do. Your comfort is of foremost importance, but light sources, air circulation, and the location of electrical outlets can also affect the way you arrange your workspace.


Although no single working position is ideal for everyone, here are a few guidelines to help you find a position that suits you best.

Sitting in the same position for a long time can cause fatigue. The backrest and seat of your chair should adjust independently and provide good support. The seat should have a curved front to relieve pressure on the thighs. Adjust the seat so that your thighs are parallel to the floor and your feet are either flat on the floor or on a footrest.

When using the keyboard, keep your forearms parallel to the floor and your wrists in a comfortable position. Use a light touch on the keyboard and your hands and fingers relaxed. Change the angle of the keyboard for maximum comfort by adjusting the position of the keyboard feet.

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Adjust the monitor so the top of the screen is at, or slightly below, eye level. Place the monitor at a comfortable viewing distance, usually 51 to 61 cm (20 to 24 inches), and position it so you can view it without having to twist your body. Also, position other equipment you use regularly, such as the telephone or a mouse, within easy reach.

Glare and lighting

Position the monitor to minimize glare and reflections from overhead lights, windows, and other light sources. Reflected light from shiny surfaces can cause annoying reflections on your monitor screen. Place the monitor at right angles to windows and other light sources, when possible. Reduce overhead lighting, if necessary, by turning off lights or using lower wattage bulbs. If you install the monitor near a window, use curtains or blinds to block the sunlight. You can adjust the brightness and contrast controls on the monitor as the room lighting changes throughout the day.

Where it is impossible to avoid reflections or to adjust the lighting, an antiglare filter placed over the screen might be helpful. However, these filters might affect the clarity of the image on the screen; try them only after you have exhausted other methods of reducing glare.

Dust buildup compounds problems associated with glare. Remember to clean your monitor screen periodically using a soft cloth as directed in your monitor documentation.

Air circulation

Your computer and monitor produce heat. The computer has a fan that pulls in fresh air and forces out hot air. The monitor lets hot air escape through vents. Blocking the air vents can cause overheating, which might result in a malfunction or damage. Place the computer and monitor so that nothing blocks the air vents; usually, 51 mm (2 inches) of air space is sufficient. Also, make sure the vented air is not blowing on people.

Electrical outlets and cable lengths

The location of electrical outlets, the length of power cords and cables that connect to the monitor, printer, and other devices might determine the final placement of your computer.

When arranging your workspace:

Avoid the use of extension cords. When possible, plug the computer power cord directly into an electrical outlet.

Keep power cords and cables neatly routed away from walkways and other areas where they might get kicked accidentally.

For more information about power cords, see “Power cords and power adapters” on page vi.

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Registering your computer

When you register your computer, information is entered into a database, which enables Lenovo to contact you in case of a recall or other severe problem. After you register your computer with Lenovo, you will receive quicker service when you call Lenovo for help. In addition, some locations offer extended privileges and services to registered users.

To register your computer with Lenovo, do one of the following:

Go to and follow the instructions on the screen to register your computer.

Connect your computer to the Internet and register your computer through a preinstalled registration program:

For Windows 7: The preinstalled Lenovo Product Registration program launches automatically after you have used your computer for a time. Follow the instructions on the screen to register your computer.

For Windows 8: Open the Lenovo Support program. Then click Registration and follow the instructions on the screen to register your computer.

Moving your computer to another country or region

When you move your computer to another country or region, you must take local electrical standards into consideration. This section provides information on the following:

“Voltage-selection switch” on page 23

“Replacement power cords” on page 24


Some computers are equipped with a voltage-selectionswitch located near thepower-cordconnection point on the computer and some computers do not have avoltage-selectionswitch. Before you install your computer or relocate your computer to another country or region, you must be certain that you have matched your computer to the voltage available at your electrical outlet.


You must know the voltage of the electrical connection (outlet) where your computer will be connected. If you do not know the voltage, contact your local electric company or refer to official Web sites or other literature for travelers to the country or region where you are located.

If your computer has a voltage-selectionswitch, you must set the switch to match the voltage available at your electrical outlet. Setting thevoltage-selectionswitch incorrectly will cause the computer to malfunction and might cause permanent damage to the computer. Do not connect the computer to an electrical

outlet until you have verified that the voltage-selectionswitch setting matches the voltage available at the electrical outlets.

If your computer does not have a voltage-selectionswitch, inspect thevoltage-ratinglabel on the bottom of the computer and note the following:

If the voltage-ratinglabel shows a range of either“100-127V” or“200-240V,” you must ensure that the voltage provided at the electrical outlet matches the voltage rating on the computer label. If it does not match, do not attempt to connect the computer to the electrical outlet, unless an external device such as avoltage-convertingtransformer is used.

If the voltage-ratinglabel shows a dual range of“100-127V” and“200-240V,” this signifies that the computer is suitable for worldwide operation and the computer will automatically adjust to the voltage at the electrical outlet regardless of the country or region where the computer is being connected.

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Replacement power cords

If you relocate your computer to a country or region that uses an electrical outlet style different from the type you are currently using, you will have to purchase either electrical plug adapters or new power cords. You can order power cords directly from Lenovo.

For power cord information and part numbers, go to:

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Chapter 4. Security

This chapter provides information about how to protect your computer from theft and unauthorized use.

Security features

The following security features are available on your computer:

Computrace Agent software embedded in firmware

The Computrace Agent software is an IT asset management and computer theft recovery solution. The software detects if changes have been made on the computer, such as hardware, software, or the computer call-inlocation.

Note: You might have to purchase a subscription to activate the Computrace Agent software.

Cover presence switch (also called intrusion switch)

The cover presence switch prevents your computer from logging in to the operating system when the computer cover is not properly installed or closed. To enable the cover presence switch connector on the system board, to the following:

1.Start the Setup Utility program. See “Starting the Setup Utility program” on page 87.

2.Set the Administrator Password. See “Setting, changing, and deleting a password” on page 88.

3.From the Security submenu, selectChassis Intrusion Detection Enabled. The cover presence switch connector on the system board is enabled.

When the cover presence switch detects that your computer cover is not properly installed or closed when you turn on the computer, an error message will be displayed. To bypass the error message and log in to the operating system, do the following:

1.Properly install or close your computer cover. See “Completing the parts replacement” on page 75.

2.Press F1 to enter the Setup Utility program. Then press F10 to save and exit the Setup Utility program. The error message will not be displayed again.

Ability to enable and disable devices and USB connectors

For more information, see “Enabling or disabling a device” on page 89.

Integrated fingerprint reader (available on some models)

Depending on the models of your computer, the keyboard may have an integrated fingerprint reader. By enrolling your fingerprint and associating it with a Power-onPassword, a Hard Disk Password, or both passwords beforehand, you can start the computer, log on to the system, and enter the Setup Utility program by swiping your finger over the reader, without typing a password. Thus fingerprint authentication can replace passwords and enable simple and secure user access.

Startup sequence control

For more information, see “Selecting or changing the startup device sequence” on page 90.

Startup without keyboard or mouse

Your computer is able to log in to the operating system without keyboard or mouse connected.

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Attaching an integrated cable lock

An integrated cable lock, sometimes referred to as the Kensington lock, can be used to secure your computer to a desk, table, or other non-permanentfixture. The cable lock attaches to the integrated cable lock slot at the rear of your computer and is operated with a key. The cable lock also locks the buttons used to open the computer cover. This is the same type of lock used with many notebook computers. You can order an integrated cable lock directly from Lenovo by searching for Kensington at:

Figure 6. Integrated cable lock

Using passwords

You can set a variety of passwords through the Microsoft Windows operating system and through the BIOS of your computer to help deter unauthorized use of your computer.

BIOS passwords

You can use the BIOS Setup Utility program to set passwords to prevent unauthorized access to your computer and data. The following types of passwords are available:

Power-OnPassword: When aPower-OnPassword is set, you are prompted to type a valid password each time the computer is turned on. The computer cannot be used until the valid password is typed in. For more information, see“Power-On Password” on page 88.

Hard Disk Password: Setting a Hard Disk Password prevents unauthorized access to the data on the hard disk drive. When a Hard Disk Password is set, you are prompted to type a valid password each time you try to access the hard disk drive. For more information, see “Hard Disk Password” on page 88.

Administrator Password: Setting an Administrator Password deters unauthorized users from changing configuration settings. If you are responsible for maintaining the configuration settings of several

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