Thinkpad P1 Gen 2 bootloop fix

Lately I've been using a Lenovo Thinkpad P1 Gen 2, my first, well actually second, ThinkPad. Today I've depleted the battery completely, then let it hibernate. When I plugged the A/C adapter back and pressed the power button, it didn't turn on, but kept boot-looping.

I'm documenting this fix in case someone else encounters the same issue.


Lenovo Thinkpad P1 Gen 2 doesn't turn on. Keyboard lights up then it resets. Force resetting doesn't help.


  • Remove the A/C adapter.
  • Locate the emergency reset hole (#1 on the image below). See the manual under Meet Your Computer > Bottom heading for reference.
    bottom view of Lenovo P1
  • Find something pointy like a pin/toothpick/paperclip and stick it in the emergency reset hole under the body.
  • Turn the PC back on.

I guess it was that easy, but I admit that I got flashbacks from trying to fix my old Dell XPS 13. Having a hardware reset button is cool.

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