Stuck in Lenovo logo before grub screen

Does anybody have a Lenovo Thinkpad T460 laptop? Do you ever get stuck in Lenovo logo for several seconds before grub screen appears? I have at least 12 seconds delay. After that delay the system boots normally. So I guess this has nothing to do with system but more like it’s hardware related? Probably there’s nothing I could do about it, but I would be interested in to know if you have similar experiences with your Thinkpads.

Here’s my inxi -Faz:

mardimus@mardimus-20fms0ty00 ~]$ inxi -Faz
  Kernel: 6.9.7-arch1-1 arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 14.1.1
    clocksource: tsc avail: hpet,acpi_pm
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-linux
    root=UUID=08afffbd-69cb-47a3-b3be-83bd8d4c16f2 rw nowatchdog
    nvme_load=YES loglevel=3
  Desktop: Xfce v: 4.18.1 tk: Gtk v: 3.24.36 wm: xfwm4 v: 4.18.0
    with: plank,xfce4-panel tools: xscreensaver,xscreensaver-systemd vt: 7 dm:
    1: LightDM v: 1.32.0 2: SDDM note: stopped Distro: EndeavourOS
    base: Arch Linux
  Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 20FMS0TY00 v: ThinkPad T460
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: LENOVO model: 20FMS0TY00 serial: <superuser required>
    part-nu: LENOVO_MT_20FM_BU_Think_FM_ThinkPad T460 uuid: <superuser required>
    UEFI: LENOVO v: R06ET71W (1.45 ) date: 02/21/2022
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 8.8 Wh (50.6%) condition: 17.4/23.2 Wh (75.0%)
    volts: 11.4 min: 11.1 model: SANYO 45N1773 type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
    status: not charging
  ID-2: BAT1 charge: 13.2 Wh (78.6%) condition: 16.8/23.5 Wh (71.3%)
    volts: 12.2 min: 11.4 model: LGC 45N1127 type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
    status: not charging
  Info: model: Intel Core i5-6300U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Skylake
    gen: core 6 level: v3 note: check built: 2015 process: Intel 14nm family: 6
    model-id: 0x4E (78) stepping: 3 microcode: 0xF0
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 2 tpc: 2 threads: 4 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 128 KiB desc: d-2x32 KiB; i-2x32 KiB L2: 512 KiB desc: 2x256 KiB
    L3: 3 MiB desc: 1x3 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 1667 high: 2970 min/max: 400/3000 scaling:
    driver: intel_pstate governor: performance cores: 1: 2970 2: 2900 3: 400
    4: 400 bogomips: 20004
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3
  Type: gather_data_sampling status: Vulnerable: No microcode
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX unsupported
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: reg_file_data_sampling status: Not affected
  Type: retbleed mitigation: IBRS
  Type: spec_rstack_overflow status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: IBRS; IBPB: conditional; STIBP: conditional;
    RSB filling; PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected; BHI: Not affected
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort mitigation: TSX disabled
  Device-1: Intel Skylake GT2 [HD Graphics 520] vendor: Lenovo driver: i915
    v: kernel arch: Gen-9 process: Intel 14n built: 2015-16 ports: active: eDP-1
    empty: DP-1, DP-2, HDMI-A-1, HDMI-A-2 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:1916
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: Chicony Integrated Camera driver: uvcvideo type: USB rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 1-10:5 chip-ID: 04f2:b52c
    class-ID: 0e02 serial: <filter>
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.13 compositors: 1: Picom v: git-89c2c
    2: xfwm4 v: 4.18.0 driver: X: loaded: modesetting
    alternate: fbdev,intel,vesa dri: iris gpu: i915 display-ID: :0.0
    screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22")
    s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: LG Display 0x04f9 built: 2015 res: 1920x1080
    hz: 60 dpi: 158 gamma: 1.2 size: 309x174mm (12.17x6.85") diag: 355mm (14")
    ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
  API: EGL v: 1.5 hw: drv: intel iris platforms: device: 0 drv: iris
    device: 1 drv: swrast surfaceless: drv: iris x11: drv: iris
    inactive: gbm,wayland
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: intel mesa v: 24.1.2-arch1.1
    glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: Mesa Intel HD Graphics 520 (SKL GT2)
    device-ID: 8086:1916 memory: 7.56 GiB unified: yes
  Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Lenovo
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_soc_avs
    bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:9d70 class-ID: 0403
  API: ALSA v: k6.9.7-arch1-1 status: kernel-api
    tools: alsactl,alsamixer,amixer
  Server-1: PipeWire v: 1.2.0 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
    status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
    4: pw-jack type: plugin tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
  Device-1: Intel Ethernet I219-LM vendor: Lenovo driver: e1000e v: kernel
    port: N/A bus-ID: 00:1f.6 chip-ID: 8086:156f class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp0s31f6 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Intel Wireless 8260 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel pcie: gen: 1
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 bus-ID: 04:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:24f3 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
  Info: services: NetworkManager, systemd-timesyncd, wpa_supplicant
  Device-1: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB
    rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 1-7:3 chip-ID: 8087:0a2b
    class-ID: e001
  Report: btmgmt ID: hci0 rfk-id: 2 state: down bt-service: disabled
    rfk-block: hardware: no software: no address: N/A
  Local Storage: total: 238.47 GiB used: 10.27 GiB (4.3%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Toshiba model: N/A
    size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 15.8 Gb/s
    lanes: 2 tech: SSD serial: <filter> fw-rev: 510657LA temp: 29.9 C
    scheme: GPT
  ID-1: / raw-size: 21.48 GiB size: 20.98 GiB (97.65%) used: 8.85 GiB (42.2%)
    fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 100 MiB size: 96 MiB (96.00%)
    used: 40.7 MiB (42.4%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 100.68 GiB size: 98.54 GiB (97.87%)
    used: 1.38 GiB (1.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p5 maj-min: 259:5
  Alert: No swap data was found.
  System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0 C pch: 45.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (rpm): fan-1: 0
  Memory: total: 16 GiB available: 15.48 GiB used: 2.23 GiB (14.4%)
  Processes: 194 Power: uptime: 12m states: freeze,mem,disk suspend: deep
    avail: s2idle wakeups: 0 hibernate: platform avail: shutdown, reboot,
    suspend, test_resume image: 6.18 GiB services: upowerd,xfce4-power-manager
    Init: systemd v: 256 default: graphical tool: systemctl
  Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 987 libs: 284 tools: pamac,yay Compilers:
    gcc: 14.1.1 Shell: Bash v: 5.2.26 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.35

Have you had a look in your BIOS settings to see if there are any relevant settings there that might be causing it?

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In your BIOS, if you have the option to not display logo on boot, you may instead be presented with more useful information, and perhaps it may indicate what it’s doing for those 12 seconds.

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The only setting in BIOS that could be relevant was this:

But I guess disabling it only gives a diagnostic splash screen.

As said here, if you could get that information it would let others know how to help you forward, or instead of changing it press esc as it says and see what the output is

What says systemd-analyze ?

Pressed esc at boot and it gave just this:


[mardimus@mardimus-20fms0ty00 ~]$ systemd-analyze
Startup finished in 11.157s (firmware) + 2.948s (loader) + 618ms (kernel) + 2.276s (initrd) + 11.065s (userspace) = 28.066s reached after 11.065s in userspace.
[mardimus@mardimus-20fms0ty00 ~]$ 

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If I am not mistaken, this is the time it will take for the UEFI firmware to load. I guess that is the time span during which the logo is shown.

I have a similar experience with a Dell machine where the logo is shown for something around 8 to 10 seconds before getting to the Grub boot screen.

I am not sure there is much to do than just accept the delay.

On the other hand, this:

is perhaps something you could look into.

systemd-analyze blame
systemd-analyze critical-chain

In the BIOS, disable network boot (unless you’re actually needing it).

So should I choose NVMe0?

That’s stated strangely. I’m not sure why those options should be offered under a “Network Boot” setting… but sure, I think give that a go.

Network boot is typically used for enterprise scale deployments and such (and requires the presence of a PXE server). Any other time, it can just slow boot down.

I tried to change that option, but it didn’t have any effect. I guess it is as pebcak said:

"If I am not mistaken, this is the time it will take for the UEFI firmware to load. I guess that is the time span during which the logo is shown.

I have a similar experience with a Dell machine where the logo is shown for something around 8 to 10 seconds before getting to the Grub boot screen.

I am not sure there is much to do than just accept the delay."

Oh well, this is not a big deal after all. I bought this Thinkpad as refurbished for linux distro testing purpose. I can live with that little delay.