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Where did the Ctrl-P go on Lenovo vPro systems?

Created: 27 Oct 2009 • Updated: 03 Nov 2009
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Earlier this year, Lenovo made a small change on their T400 and related platforms.   The Ctrl-P option disappeared when attempting to access the MEBx (Management Engine BIOS Extension screens for Intel Active Management Technology).   If you browse through the Lenovo BIOS update posting at http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-70350.html, there is a brief mention of this change.

The main reason was to improve boot times.   The difference is a few seconds.   All of the Intel AMT functionality is still present.

To access the MEBx screen, press F12 during the POST process to access the Boot Menu. 

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The option "Enter ME Configuration Screens" will access the MEBx.

The option "Initiate a Remote Connection" is for the Client Initiated Remote Access (CIRA), more commonly referred to as "Fast Call for Help" - the ability for Intel AMT to make a call home for assistance.

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