If you need to boot a Lenovo Ideapad 100 from USB, there’s an easy way to do it.
First, shut down the computer. Plug a USB drive into one of the USB ports. Next, press the Novo Button. On my friend’s Ideapad 100 it’s a small recessed button between the power jack and the vent, toward the back of the machine. You have to press it with a paper clip. The Ideapad will start up and present you with a boot menu. Use the arrow keys to select the third option, which reads Boot Menu. Press the enter key. The computer will present you a series of options, likely the internal hard drive, the optical drive, or USB. Choose USB. The computer will boot off USB this time, then boot off the hard drive the next.
Getting any computer to boot off USB is almost always different from the next, but on this model of Lenovo, it’s pretty easy. You just have to know what that Novo button does.
If your Lenovo Ideapad 100 won’t turn on, you’re in good company. I have a friend who has that problem with his Ideapad 100 laptop a lot. Incredibly, nobody I know of documented this fix before. Here’s the secret.
Cheap laptops are nothing new this time of year–they’ve been practically a holiday tradition since 2002 when Sotec released a decent laptop for $900, which was jaw-droppingly low for the time–but this year, Best Buy is selling a Lenovo Ideapad 100s for $149.99, which, while not jaw-droppingly low given the number of $199 laptops that were available last year, is still the cheapest name-brand laptop I’ve seen. Note: Best Buy has since raised the price to $199, but Ebay has limited stock of the same item for $129.
I’ve seen some reviews, but there is one thing I haven’t seen anyone bring up yet: This is a netbook in every way, except I think we’re supposed to call them cloudbooks now. So keep that in mind. The machine is probably worth $149.99, but it made some compromises to reach that price point.