February 19, 2012

Solving Lenovo X200 Blue Screen Problem

Posted in technology, Troubleshooting tagged , , , , , , , at 11:32 pm by degyes

Some months back, I posted an article offering a solution to a known black screen issue with the Lenovo X200 PC. This time, we’re solving a blue screen issue …

After months of getting ‘blue screens’ (BSODs) when redocking the PC and taking it out of sleep mode (15% – 20% of the time), a colleague in the laptops lab came up with a brilliant solution that’s been succeeding. The solution involves disabling the function that allows certain hardware devices to bring the computer out of standby mode.

  1. In Windows (still working in XP), select the My Computer icon.
  2. Click the right-mouse button.
  3. In the pop-up menu, choose Properties.
  4. In the System Properties dialog, select the Hardware tab.
  5. Click the Device Manager button.
  6. In the list of components, expand the various trees, select the items appearing within the branches, right-click, and choose properties.
  7. For items with a Power Management tab, select that tab.
  8. Un-select “Allow this device to bring the computer out of standby.”
  9. Click OK.

To save you the task of inspecting each hardware element individually, the following are the items on my PC with Power Management:

  • Modems > ThinkPad Modem Adapter
  • Network Adapters > Intel Gigabit and Intel WiFi link.


Leave USB Controllers alone, i.e. don’t uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power,” under USB Controllers > USB Root Hub.


1 Comment »

  1. degyes said,

    With regard to the Note above, I’m actually experimenting by disabling Power Management on the USB Root Hubs. So we’ll see how that works out.

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