Print | Rate this content

HP xw4400 Workstation - Computer Setup (F10) Utility

The Computer Setup (F10) Utility enables you to:

  • Change factory default settings and set or change the system configuration, which might be necessary when you add or remove hardware.

  • Determine if all of the devices installed on the workstation are recognized by the system and functioning properly.

  • Determine information about the operating environment of the workstation.

  • Solve system configuration errors detected but not automatically fixed during the Power-On Self-Test (POST).

  • Establish and manage passwords and other security features.

  • Establish and manage energy-saving time-outs (not supported for Linux platforms).

  • Modify or restore factory default settings.

  • Set the system date and time.

  • Set, view, change, or verify the system configuration, including settings for processor, graphics, memory, audio, storage, communications, and input devices.

  • Modify the boot order of installed mass storage devices such as SATA, SAS, diskette drives, optical drives, network drives, and LS-120 drives.

  • Configure the boot priority of SATA and SAS hard drive controllers.

  • Enable or disable Network Server Mode, which enables the workstation to boot the operating system when the power-on password is enabled with or without a keyboard or mouse attached. When attached to the system, the keyboard and mouse remain locked until the power-on password is entered.

  • Select POST Messages Enabled or Disabled to change the display status of POST messages. POST Messages disabled suppresses most POST messages, such as memory count, product name, and other non-error text messages. If a POST error occurs, the error is displayed regardless of the mode selected. To manually switch to POST Messages Enabled during POST, press any key (except F1 through F12 ).

  • Establish an Ownership Tag, the text of which is displayed each time the system is powered on or restarted.

  • Enter the Asset Tag or property identification number assigned by your company to this workstation.

  • Enable power-on password prompting during system restarts (warm boots) and power-on.

  • Hide or make available the integrated I/O functionality, including the serial, USB, or parallel ports, audio, or embedded NIC. Any hidden devices are inaccessible and increase overall system security.

  • Enable or disable removable media boot ability.

  • Enable or disable removable media write ability (when supported by hardware).

  • Replicate your system setup by saving system configuration information on diskette and restoring it on one or more workstations.

  • Execute self-tests on specified SATA and SAS hard drives (when supported by the drive).


The BIOS of the computer is a collection of machine language programs stored as firmware in ROM. The BIOS ROM includes such functions as POST, PCI device initialization, plug-in-play support, power management activities, and the Computer Setup (F10) Utility. The firmware contained in the BIOS ROM supports the following systems and specifications:

  • Microsoft WHQL

  • Alert-On-LAN (AOL) and Wake-On-LAN (WOL)

  • ACPI 1.0 and OnNow

  • SMBIOS 2.3.5

  • PC98/99/00 and NetPC

  • PXE boot ROM for the integrated LAN controller

  • BIOS Boot Specification 1.01

  • Enhanced Disk Drive Specification 3.0

  • “El Torito” Bootable CD-ROM Format Specification 1.0

  • ATAPI Removable Media Device BIOS Specification 1.0

  • MPS Specification 1.4 (for booting Linux SMP)

The BIOS ROM is a 1-MB Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) part. The runtime portion of the BIOS resides in a 128-K block from E0000h to FFFFFh.

Using the Computer Setup (F10) Utility

You can only open the Computer Setup (F10) Utility by powering on the workstation or restarting the workstation. To access the Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu:

  1. Power on or restart the workstation.

  2. Press the F10 key as soon as your display is active and you see F10=Setup appear in the lower right corner of the screen.

    If you do not press F10 at the appropriate time, try again. Turn the workstation off, then on, and press F10 again to access the utility, or press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys before boot if you miss the opportunity to press F10 .
  3. Select your language from the list and press the Enter key. In the Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu, five headings are displayed: File , Storage , Security , Power , and Advanced .

  4. Use the arrow (left and right) keys to select the appropriate heading. Use the arrow (up and down) keys to select the option you want, and press Enter .

  5. To apply and save changes, select File >Save Changes then select Exit .

    • If you have made changes that you do not want applied, select Ignore Changes and Exit .

    • To reset to factory settings, select File>Default setup>Restore Factory Settings as Default . Press F10 to accept the changes. Select Apply Defaults and Exit . This option restores the original factory system defaults.

Do not power off the workstation while the ROM is saving your Computer Setup (F10) Utility changes because the Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) could become corrupted. After you exit the F10 Setup screen, it is safe to disconnect power from the workstation.

Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu

The following content is subject to change with new BIOS releases, so your menu might be different than shown.
Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu descriptions
System Information
  • Product Name

  • SKU Number

  • Processor Type/Speed/Stepping

  • Cache Size (L1/L2)

  • Installed Memory Size

  • Integrated MAC

  • System BIOS

  • Chassis Serial Number

  • Asset Tracking Number

  • Boot Block Date

Displays copyright information.
Set Time and Date
Enables you to set system time and date.
Flash System ROM
Diskette A:
Enables you to upgrade the BIOS from a ROM image on diskette.
Enables you to upgrade the BIOS from a ROM image on CD.
Enables you to upgrade the BIOS from a ROM image on a USB drive or memory stick.
Replicated Setup
Save to Removable Media
Saves the system configuration, including CMOS in a system file. This file can be saved to a formatted, blank 1.44-MB diskette or to a USB device.
Restore to Removable Media
Restores system configuration from a diskette.
Default Setup
Save Current Settings as Default
Saves the current settings as default settings for the next operation.
Restore Factory Settings as Default
Restores the factory settings as the default settings for the next operation.
Apply Defaults and Exit
Restores factory default settings, which includes clearing any established passwords.
Ignore Changes and Exit
Exits Computer Setup without applying or saving any changes.
Save Changes and Exit
Saves changes to system configuration and exits Computer Setup.
Device Configuration
Lists all installed non-SCSI storage devices (except SATA devices) and provides options for getting specific information about each device.
SCSI storage drives will not be listed in Computer Setup (F10).
Hard Disk
Provides information about the hard disk drives in the system.
Provides information about the CD-ROM drives in the system.
Diskette Type (for legacy diskette drives only) Identifies the highest capacity media type accepted by the diskette drive. Options are 3.5" 1.44 MB, 5.25" 1.2 MB, and Not Installed.
Default Values
Resets devices to their default configuration.
Multisector Transfers Options are 8, 16, and Disable.
Transfer Mode Specifies the active data transfer mode. Options (subject to device capabilities) are Max UDMA, PIO 0, Max PIO, Enhanced DMA, and Ultra DMA0
A new Automatic option has been added to allow for BIOS to automatically determine the translation mode used to configure a previously formatted SATA or USB mass storage device. This prevents you from having to know how the mass storage device was previously formatted.
Ordinarily, the translation mode selected automatically by the BIOS should not be changed. If the selected translation mode is not compatible with the translation mode that was active when the disk was partitioned and formatted, the data on the disk will be inaccessible.
Translation Mode Options are Automatic, Bit Shift, LBA Assisted, Use (Cylinders, Heads, Sectors), and Off.
Storage Options
Removable Media Boot
Enables/disables ability to boot the system from removable media.
Legacy Diskette Write
Enables/disables ability to write data to removable media.
BIOS DMA Transfers
Enable/disables the BIOS use of DMA for transfers.
SATA Emulation
Sets the SATA emulation mode with the following options:
  • RAID + AHCI–AHCI functionality does not require an OPROM to execute. RAID OPROM executes. This emulation mode offers the best performance and most functionality.

  • Separate IDE Controller–Offers standard SATA supports (four ports only).

  • Combined IDE Controller–Makes the SATA controller look like an IDE controller and offers best IDE compatibility (two ports only).

  • AHCI–Offers full SATA and SATA-II functionality with no support for RAID.

DriveLock is not available in RAID+AHCI mode.
IDE Controller
Enables/disables primary IDE controller.
Primary SATA Controller
Enables/disables SATA controller #0.
Secondary SATA Controller
Enables/disables SATA controller #1.
DPS Self-test
Enables you to select a drive test for a SATA drive. It is not displayed by default and not available for RAID and AHCI configurations.
Boot Order
Enables you to configure the boot, diskette drive, and hard drive orders by physically reordering the menu entries. The default boot order presents these selections:
  • Optical Drive

  • Diskette Drive

  • USB Device

  • Hard Drive

  • Broadcom Ethernet controller

Press Enter to drag a device to a preferred place. Press F5 to remove the device from consideration as a bootable device.
MS-DOS drive lettering assignments might not apply after a non-MS-DOS operating system has started.
Boot devices can be disabled from participating in the boot order process. These order changes are reconciled with the IPL/BCV historical information and stored in the physical ROM part when the F10 Setup changes are confirmed with File/Save Changes and Exit.
Shortcut to Temporarily Override Boot Order
: To boot one time from a device other than the default device specified in Boot Order, restart the workstation and press F9 when the F9=Boot Menu message appears on the screen. After POST completes, a list of bootable devices is displayed. Use the arrow keys to select the preferred bootable device and press Enter. The workstation then boots from the selected non-default device for this one time.
Controller Order
Allows you to specify the order of the attached hard drive controller. The first hard drive controller in the order will have priority in the boot sequence and will be recognized as drive C (if any devices are attached).
Setup Password
Allows you to set and enable setup (administrator) password.
If the setup password is set, it is required to change Computer Setup options, flash the ROM, and make changes to certain plug and play settings under Windows.
Power-On Password
Allows you to set and enable power-on password.
DriveLock Security
Allows you to set and enable the DriveLock password if your workstation hard drive supports this function.
Enabling DriveLock can render a hard drive permanently inaccessible if the master password is lost or forgotten. No method exists to recover the password or access the data.
Smart Cover
Allows you to disable cover removal sensor or to notify user if sensor has been activated.
Device Security
Makes the following devices available or unavailable to the system:
  • Serial Port

  • Parallel Port

  • All USB Ports

  • Front USB Ports

  • System Audio

  • Network Controller

  • Embedded Security Device

For each device, Device available is the default setting and allows the operating system access to the device. Device Hidden makes the device unavailable; it is disabled by the BIOS and cannot be enabled by the operating system.
When enabled, Embedded Security Device offers these options:
  • Enable/Disable—Turns the TPM on/off.

  • Power-On Authentication Support—Enables/disables an authentication feature that requires you to enter a TPM user key password to boot the system. This feature uses the TPM to generate and store the authentication password.

  • Reset Authentication Credential—Resets the authentication functionality and clears all authentication credentials.

A setup password must be set to enable the Embedded Security Device and to access any security features associated with the Embedded Security Device.
Network Service Boot
Enables/disables the ability to boot to the network by way of the F12 key or the boot order.
System IDs
Asset Tag
A 16-byte string identifying the system.
Ownership Tag
An 80-byte string identifying ownership of the system. This tag is displayed on the screen during POST.
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID)
Can only be updated if the current chassis serial number is invalid. (These ID numbers are normally set in the factory and are used to uniquely identify the system.)
Enables you to set the keyboard locale for System ID entry.
OS Security
Data Execution Prevention
Enables/disables Data Execution Prevention mode in the processors. This mode prohibits code from running in pages that were set up as data pages, and prevents attacks such as buffer overflows. Operating system support is required for this feature.
Intel Virtualization Technology
Enables Intel Virtualization Technology to increase workstation performance.
OS Management of Embedded Security Device
Enables/disables the ability of the operating system to control the TPM device. This includes turning it on/off, initializing it, and resetting it.
Reset of Embedded Security Device through OS.
Enables/disables the ability of the operating system to reset the TPM.
OS Power Management
  • ACPI S3 Support

  • ACPI S3 Hard Disk Reset

  • ACPI S3 PS2 Mouse Wakeup

  • USB Wake on Device Insertion

  • Idle Power Savings

Hardware Power Management
Enables/disables SATA Power Management
Allows you set the rate of the system fan when CPU is in idle.
Power-On Options
Allows you to set:
  • POST Mode (QuickBoot, FullBoot, or FullBoot every 1–30 days).

  • POST Messages (Enable/Disable).

  • F9 Prompt (Enable/Disable). Enabling this feature will display the text F9=Boot Menu during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing the F9 key will still access the boot menu.

  • F10 Prompt (Enable/Disable). Enabling this feature displays the text F10=Setup during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed but pressing F10 still accesses the Setup screen.

  • F11 Prompt (Enable/Disable). Makes the Factory Recovery option visible during POST.

  • F12 Prompt (Enable/Disable). Enabling this feature displays the text F12=Network Service Boot during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed but pressing F12 still forces the system to attempt booting from the network.

  • Factory Recovery Boot Support (Enable/Disable). Recovery partition (HDD) option available for Vista. Vista leaves the factory with this support in place.

  • Option ROM prompt* (Enable/Disable). Enabling this feature causes the system to display a message before loading options ROMs.

  • Remote Wakeup Boot Source

  • After Power Loss (on/off)

  • POST Delay (in seconds) (Enable/Disable). Enabling this feature adds a user-specified delay to the POST process. This delay is sometimes needed for hard disks on some PCI cards that spin up slowly—so slowly that they are not ready to boot by the time POST is finished. The POST delay also gives you more time to select F10 to enter Computer Setup (F10).

  • I/O APIC Mode (Enable/Disable)

  • Limit (PUID Maximum Value to 3) (Enable/Disable)

  • Setup Browse Mode (Enable/Disable)

  • ACPI/USB Buffers @ Top of Memory (Enable/Disable)

Execute Memory Test
The system will reboot and any changes that have been made will be lost. The system might boot with memory in a sub-optimal configuration.
BIOS Power-On
Enables you to disable or specify a weekday and time for BIOS power-on.
Onboard Devices
Enables you to set resources for or disable onboard system devices (serial ports, USB ports, diskette controllers, and so on).
PCI Devices
Enables you to set resources for the following devices:
Intel HD Audio Device (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
Intel USB Controller (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
Intel USB Controller (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
Intel USB Controller (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
Intel USB Controller (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
Intel USB Controller (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
Intel IDE Controller (Enable/Disable)
Intel SATA Controller (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
VGA Controller (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
Broadcom Ethernet Controller (IRQ 5, 10, 11, or Disable)
Bus Options
The options are:
PCI SERR# Generation (Enable/Disable)
PCI VGA Palette Snooping (Enable/Disable)
ECC Support (Enable/Disable)
Memory Remapping (Enable/Disable)
Device Options
Printer Mode (EPP + ECP, Output-Only, Bi-Directional)
Num Lock State at Power-On (off/on)
S5 Wake-on-LAN (Enable/Disable)
Processor Cache (Enable/Disable)
Unique Sleep State Blink Rates (Enable/Disable)
Internal Speaker (Enable/Disable)
Monitor Tracking (Enable/Disable)
NIC PxE Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
SATA RAID Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
Slot 1 (PCI Express x 16)
Configures the option ROM.
Slot 2 (PCI)
Configures the option ROM and latency timer.
Slot 3 (PCI Express x 8’ (x4))
Configures the option ROM.
Slot 4 (PCI Express x1)
Configures the option ROM.
Slot 5 PCI
Configures the option ROM and latency timer.
Slot 6 PCI
Configures the option ROM and latency timer.
* Available on selected models.
**These options should be used by advanced users only.

Provide feedback

Please rate the information on this page to help us improve our content. Thank you!