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HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One PC - Computer Setup (F10) Utility

Computer Setup (F10) Utilities

Use Computer Setup (F10) Utility to do the following:

  • Change 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 bootable devices such as hard drives, optical drives, or USB flash media devices.

  • Enable Quick Boot, which is faster than Full Boot but does not run all of the diagnostic tests run during a Full Boot. You can set the system to:

    • always Quick Boot (default);

    • periodically Full Boot (from every 1 to 30 days); or

    • always Full Boot.

  • Select Post Messages Enabled or Disabled to change the display status of Power-On Self-Test (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 turned on or restarted.

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

  • Enable the power-on password prompt during system restarts (warm boots) as well as during power-on.

  • Establish a setup password that controls access to the Computer Setup (F10) Utility and the settings described in this section.

  • Secure integrated I/O functionality, including USB, audio, or embedded NIC, so that they cannot be used until they are unsecured.

  • Enable or disable removable media boot ability.

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

  • Replicate the system setup by saving system configuration information on a USB flash drive and restoring it on one or more computers.

  • Execute self-tests on a specified ATA hard drive (when supported by drive).

  • Enable or disable DriveLock security (when supported by drive).

Using Computer Setup (F10) Utilities

Computer Setup can be accessed only by turning the computer on or restarting the system. To access the Computer Setup Utilities menu, complete the following steps:

  1. Turn on or restart the computer. If you are in Microsoft Windows, click Start > Shut Down > Restart.

  2. As soon as the computer is turned on, press F10 before the computer boots to the operating system to enter Computer Setup. Press Enter to bypass the title screen, if necessary.

    If you do not press F10 at the appropriate time, you must restart the computer and again press F10 before the computer boots to the operating system to access the utility.
  3. Select your language from the list and press Enter.

  4. A choice of five headings appears in the Computer Setup Utilities menu: File, Storage, Security, Power, and Advanced.

  5. 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, then press Enter. To return to the Computer Setup Utilities menu, press Esc.

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

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

    • To reset to factory settings or previously saved default settings (some models), select Apply Defaults and Exit. This option will restore the original factory system defaults.

Do NOT turn the computer power OFF while the BIOS is saving the Computer Setup (F10) changes because the CMOS could become corrupted. It is safe to turn off the computer only after exiting the F10 Setup screen.
Computer Setup (F10) Utility
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File
Storage
Computer Setup—StorageOptionDescriptionDevice ConfigurationLists all installed BIOS-controlled storage devices.When a device is selected, detailed information and options are displayed. The following options may be presented:Hard Disk: Size, model, firmware, serial number, connector color, SMART, emulation type.Emulation type has the following choices:None (prevents BIOS data accesses and disables it as a boot device)Hard Disk (treated as a hard disk)Translation Mode (ATA disks only)Lets you select the translation mode to be used for the device. This enables the BIOS to access disks partitioned and formatted on other systems and may be necessary for users of older versions of UNIX (e.g., SCO UNIX version 3.2). Options are Automatic, Bit-Shift, LBA Assisted, User, and Off.User mode allows you to specify the parameters (logical cylinders, heads, and sectors per track) used by the BIOS to translate disk I/O requests (from the operating system or an application) into terms the hard drive can accept. Logical cylinders may not exceed 1024. The number of heads may not exceed 256. The number of sectors per track may not exceed 63. These fields are only visible and changeable when the drive translation mode is set to User.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.CD-ROM: Model, firmware, serial number, connector color. No emulation options available.Default Values(ATA disks only)SATA DefaultsTranslation Mode (ATA disks only)Lets you select the translation mode to be used for the device. This enables the BIOS to access disks partitioned and formatted on other systems and may be necessary for users of older versions of UNIX (e.g., SCO UNIX version 3.2). Options are Automatic, Bit-Shift, LBA Assisted, User, and Off.User mode allows you to specify the parameters (logical cylinders, heads, and sectors per track) used by the BIOS to translate disk I/O requests (from the operating system or an application) into terms the hard drive can accept. Logical cylinders may not exceed 1024. The number of heads may not exceed 256. The number of sectors per track may not exceed 63. These fields are only visible and changeable when the drive translation mode is set to User.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.Storage OptionsRemovable Media BootEnables/disables ability to boot the system from removable media.SATA EmulationAllows you to choose how the SATA controller and devices are accessed by the operating system. There are two supported options: AHCI and IDE.AHCI (default option) - Allows operating systems with AHCI device drivers loaded to take advantage of more advanced features of the SATA controller.IDE - This is the most backwards-compatible setting of the two options. Operating systems usually do not require additional driver support in IDE mode.The AHCI device driver must be installed prior to attempting to boot from an AHCI volume. If you attempt to boot from an AHCI volume without the required device driver installed, the system will crash (blue screen).DPS Self-TestAllows you to execute self-tests on ATA hard drives capable of performing the Drive Protection System (DPS) self-tests.This selection will only appear when at least one drive capable of performing the DPS self-tests is attached to the system.Boot OrderAllows you to:Specify the order in which attached devices (such as a USB flash media device, hard drive, optical drive, or network interface card) are checked for a bootable operating system image. Each device on the list may be individually excluded from or included for consideration as a bootable operating system source.Specify the order of attached hard drives. The first hard drive in the order will have priority in the boot sequence and will be recognized as drive C (if any devices are attached).MS-DOS drive lettering assignments may not apply after a non-MS-DOS operating system has started.Shortcut to Temporarily Override Boot OrderTo boot one time from a device other than the default device specified in Boot Order, restart the computer and press F9 before the computer boots to the operating system. After POST is completed, a list of bootable devices is displayed. Use the arrow keys to select the preferred bootable device and press Enter. The computer then boots from the selected non-default device for this one time.
Security
Computer Setup—SecurityOptionDescriptionSetup PasswordAllows you to set and enable a 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.See the Desktop Management Guide for more information.Power-On PasswordAllows you to set and enable a power-on password. The power-on password prompt appears after a power cycle. If the user does not enter the correct power-on password, the unit will not boot.This password does not appear on warm boots , such as Ctrl+Alt+Delete or Restart from Windows, unless enabled in Password Options (see below).See the Desktop Management Guide for more information.Password Options(This selection appears only if a power-on password or setup password is set.)Allows you to enable/disable:Lock Legacy Resources (appears if a setup password is set)Network Server Mode (appears if a power-on password is set)Password Prompt on Warm Boot (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) (appears if a power-on password is set)Setup Browse Mode (appears if a setup password is set) allows viewing, but not changing, the F10 Setup options without entering setup password.Stringent Password (appears if a setup password is set), which when enabled bypasses the onboard password jumper to disable the power-on password.Password prompt on F9, F11, & F12 (allows access to menus without entering setup password)See the Desktop Management Guide for more information.Device SecurityAllows you to set Device Available/Device Hidden for:System audioNetwork controllers (some models)Embedded security device (some models)SATA0SATA11394 and Media ReaderUSB SecurityAllows you to enable or disable groups of USB ports or individual USB ports:Front USB PortsUSB Port 11USB Port 12Rear USB PortsUSB Port 1USB Port 3USB Port 8USB Port 9USB Port 10Accessory USB PortsUSB Port 2USB Port 4USB Port 6USB Port 7Slot SecurityAllows you to disable or enable any PCI Express x16 or x1 slotNetwork Service BootEnables/disables the computer’s ability to boot from an operating system installed on a network server. (Feature available on NIC models only; the network controller must be either a PCI Express expansion card or embedded on the system board.)System IDsAllows you to set:Asset tag (18-byte identifier), a property identification number assigned by the company to the computer.Ownership tag (80-byte identifier) displayed during POST.Chassis serial number or Universal Unique Identifier (UUID) number. The 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.)Keyboard locale setting (for example, English or German) for System ID entry.DriveLock SecurityAllows you to assign or modify a master or user password for hard drives. When this feature is enabled, the user is prompted to provide one of the DriveLock passwords during POST. If neither is successfully entered, the hard drive will remain inaccessible until one of the passwords is successfully provided during a subsequent cold-boot sequence.This selection will only appear when at least one drive that supports the DriveLock feature is attached to the system. You may need to power cycle the system to manage DriveLock-enabled drives.See the Desktop Management Guide for more information.System Security (some models: these options are hardware dependent)Data Execution Prevention (some models) (enable/disable) - Helps prevent operating system security breaches.PAVP (Models with Blu-ray drives) (disabled/min/max) - PAVP enables the Protected Audio Video Path in the Chipset. This may allow viewing of some protected high definition content that would otherwise be prohibited from playback. Selecting Max will assign 96 Megabytes of system memory exclusively to PAVP.Virtualization Technology (some models) (enable/disable) - Controls the virtualization features of the processor. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (some models) (enable/disable) - Controls virtualization DMA remapping features of the chipset. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.Trusted Execution Technology (some models) (enable/disable) - Controls the underlying processor and chipset features needed to support a virtual appliance. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on. To enable this feature you must enable the following features:Embedded Security Device SupportVirtualization TechnologyVirtualization Technology Directed I/OEmbedded Security Device Support (some models) (enable/disable) - Permits activation and deactivation of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.To configure the Embedded Security Device, a Setup password must be set.Reset to Factory Settings (some models) (Do not reset/Reset) - Resetting to factory defaults will erase all security keys. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.The embedded security device is a critical component of many security schemes. Erasing the security keys will prevent access to data protected by the Embedded Security Device. Choosing Reset to Factory Settings may result in significant data loss.OS management of Embedded Security Device (some models) (enable/disable) - This option allows the user to limit operating system control of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on. This option allows the user to limit OS control of the Embedded Security Device.Reset of Embedded Security Device through OS (some models) (enable/disable) - This option allows the user to limit the operating system ability to request a Reset to Factory Settings of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.To enable this option, a Setup password must be set.Button Retask Password Protection (disable/enable) - Controls whether or not the Setup password must be provided to WMI methods used to re-task the function of the side panel buttons.Power Button (enable/disable) - Allows you to disable or enable the power button.Consumer IR Power Button (enable/disable) - Controls whether or not the BIOS will respond to Remote Control power button presses. This does not affect the Remote Control power button operation in Windows.Optical Drive Eject Button (enable/disable) - Allows you to disable or enable the optical drive eject button. Disabling the eject button does not disable software control of the eject function inside Windows.Master Boot Record Security(Enable/Disable) Protects the master boot record from viruses or other corruption. Saves a copy of the current master boot record and allows you to restore the saved copy.Setup Security LevelProvides a method to allow end-users limited access to change specified setup options, without having to know the Setup Password.This feature allows the administrator the flexibility to protect changes to essential setup options, while allowing the user to view system settings and configure nonessential options. The administrator specifies access rights to individual setup options on a case-by-case basis via the Setup Security Level menu. By default, all setup options are assigned Setup Password, indicating the user must enter the correct Setup Password during POST to make changes to any of the options. The administrator may set individual items to None, indicating the user can make changes to the specified options when setup has been accessed with invalid passwords. The choice, None, is replaced by Power-On Password if a Power-On Password is enabled.Setup Browse Mode must be set to Enable in order for the user to enter Setup without knowing the setup password.
Power
Computer Setup—PowerOptionDescriptionOS Power ManagementRuntime Power Management— Enable/Disable. Allows certain operating systems to reduce processor voltage and frequency when the current software load does not require the full capabilities of the processor.Idle Power Savings—Extended/Normal. Allows certain operating systems to decrease the processors power consumption when the processor is idle.ACPI S3 Hard Disk Reset—Enabling this causes the BIOS to ensure hard disks are ready to accept commands after resuming from S3 before returning control to the operating system.ACPI S3 PS2 Mouse Wakeup—Enables or disables waking from S3 due to any PS2 mouse activity or a button click only.USB Wake on Device Insertion (some models)—Allows system to wake from Standby on USB device insertion.Unique Sleep State Blink Rates—Enable/Disable. This feature is designed to provide a visual indication of what sleep state the system is in. Each sleep state has a unique blink pattern.S0 = Solid green LED.S3 = 3 blinks at 1Hz (50% duty cycle) followed by a pause of 2 seconds (green LED) — repeated cycles of 3 blinks and a pause.S4 = 4 blinks at 1Hz (50% duty cycle) followed by a pause of 2 seconds (green LED) — repeated cycles of 4 blinks and a pause.S5 = LED is off.If this feature is disabled, S4 and S5 both have the LED off. S3 uses 1 blink per second.Hardware Power ManagementSATA Power Management—Enables or disables the SATA bus and/or device power management.S5 Maximum Power Savings—Turns off power to all nonessential hardware when system is off to meet EUP Lot 6 requirement of less than 1 Watt power usage. Enabling this feature will disable any wake events and management devices while in S5.ThermalFan idle mode—This bar graph controls the minimum permitted fan speed.This setting only changes the minimum fan speed. The fans are still automatically controlled.
Advanced
Computer Setup—AdvancedOptionHeadingPower-On OptionsAllows you to set:POST mode (QuickBoot, Clear Memory, FullBoot, or FullBoot Every x Days).QuickBoot = Do not clear memory or perform a memory test.FullBoot = Memory test (count) on cold boot. Clears memory on all boots.Clear Memory = No memory count on cold boot. Clears memory on all boots.FullBoot Every x Days = Memory count on 1st cold boot on or after the xth day. No more memory counts until 1st cold boot on or after x days. Clears memory on all boots.POST messages (enable/disable). 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.F9 prompt (hidden/displayed). Enabling this feature will display the text F9 = Boot Menu during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing F9 will still access the Shortcut Boot [Order] Menu screen. See Storage > Boot Order for more information.F10 prompt (hidden/displayed). Enabling this feature will display the text F10 = Setup during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing F10 will still access the Setup screen.F11 prompt (hidden/displayed). Setting this feature to displayed will display the text F11 = Recovery during POST. Hiding the feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing F11 will still attempt to boot to the HP Backup and Recovery partition. See Factory Recovery Boot Support for more information.F12 prompt (hidden/displayed). Enabling this feature will display the text F12 = Network during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing F12 will still force the system to attempt booting from the network.Factory Recovery Boot Support (enable/disable). Enabling this feature will cause an additional prompt, F11 = Recovery, to be displayed during POST on systems with HP Backup and Recovery software installed and configured with a recovery partition on the boot hard drive. Pressing F11 causes the system to boot to the recovery partition and launch HP Backup and Recovery. The F11 = Recovery prompt can be hidden with the F11 prompt (hidden/displayed) option (see above).Option ROM Prompt (enable/disable). Enabling this feature will cause the system to display a message before loading option ROMs. (This feature is supported on some models only.)Remote Wakeup Boot Source (remote server/local hard drive).After Power Loss (off/on/previous state): Setting this option to:Off—causes the computer to remain powered off when power is restored.On—causes the computer to power on automatically as soon as power is restored.Previous state—causes the computer to power on automatically as soon as power is restored, if it was on when power was lost.If you turn off power to the computer using the switch on a power strip, you will not be able to use the suspend/sleep feature or the Remote Management features.POST Delay (None, 5, 10 15, or 20 seconds). Enabling this feature will add a user-specified delay to the POST process. This delay is sometimes needed for hard disks on some PCI cards that spin up very 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 (F10) Setup.Bypass F1 Prompt on Configuration Changes (Enable/Disable). Allows you to set the computer not to confirm when changes were made.Execute Memory Test (some models)Restarts the computer and executes the POST memory test/logging.BIOS Power-OnAllows you to set the computer to turn on automatically at a time you specify.PCI DevicesLists currently installed PCI devices and their IRQ settings.Allows you to reconfigure IRQ settings for these devices or to disable them entirely. These settings have no effect under an ACPI-based operating system.Bus OptionsOn some models, allows you to enable or disable:PCI SERR# Generation.PCI VGA Palette Snooping, which sets the VGA palette snooping bit in PCI configuration space; only needed when more than one graphics controller is installed.Device OptionsAllows you to set:Num Lock State at Power-On (off/on).S5 Wake on LAN (enable/disable).To disable Wake on LAN during the off state (S5), use the arrow (left and right) keys to select the Advanced > Device Options menu and set the S5 Wake on LAN feature to Disable. This obtains the lowest power consumption available on the computer during S5. It does not affect the ability of the computer to Wake on LAN from suspend or hibernation, but will prevent it from waking from S5 via the network. It does not affect operation of the network connection while the computer is on.If a network connection is not required, completely disable the network controller (NIC) by using the arrow (left and right) keys to select the Security > Device Security menu. Set the Network Controller option to Device Hidden. This prevents the network controller from being used by the operating system and reduces the power used by the computer in S5.Multi-Processor (enable/disable). This option may be used to disable multi-processor support under the OS.Internal Speaker (some models) (does not affect external speakers).NIC Option ROM Download (PXE, Disable, iSCSI). The BIOS contains an embedded NIC option ROM to allow the unit to boot through the network to a PXE server. This is typically used to download a corporate image to a hard drive. The NIC option ROM takes up memory space below 1MB commonly referred to as DOS Compatibility Hole (DCH) space. This space is limited. This F10 option will allow users to disable the downloading of this embedded NIC option ROM thus giving more DCH space for additional PCI cards which may need option ROM space. The default will be to have the NIC PXE option-ROM-enabled.Management DevicesThe Management Devices menu will only be displayed in the Advanced menu when the BIOS detects multiple management options.This option is for installed NIC cards that support ASF or DASH. Use the Management Devices menu to select if the BIOS management operations will be through the embedded solution or one of the installed NIC cards.Management OperationsAllows you to set:MEBx Setup Prompt (enable/disable). Enabling this feature displays the CTRL+P prompt during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the prompt from being displayed. However, pressing Ctrl+P still accesses the utility used to configure manageability settings.The CTRL+P function activates the MEBx Setup menu. If the Setup Password is configured, the user will be prompted to correctly enter it before being allowed to enter the MEBx Setup. It the password is entered incorrectly three times, the MEBx Setup will not be activated.Unprovision AMT on next boot. Allows reset of AMT settings.SOL Terminal Emulation Mode. Selects between VT100 and ANSI SOL terminal emulation. SOL terminal emulation mode is only activated during remote AMT redirection operations. The emulation options allow administrators to select which mode works best with their console.SOL Local Keyboard (enable/disable). Disable or enable client keyboard during SOL sessions. Some remote remediation may involve having the local client boot a remote image provided by an administrator. This option determines if the BIOS will keep the local keyboard enabled or disabled for possible local client interaction. If the local keyboard is disabled, all keyboard input is only accepted from the remote source.

Computer Setup—File

Support for specific Computer Setup options may vary depending on the hardware configuration.
Computer Setup—File
Option
Description
System Information
Lists:
  • Product name

  • SKU number (some models)

  • Processor type/speed/stepping

  • Installed memory size/speed, number of channels (single or dual) (if applicable)

  • Integrated MAC address for embedded, enabled NIC (if applicable)

  • System BIOS (includes family name and version)

  • Chassis serial number

  • Asset tracking number

  • ME firmware version

  • Management mode

About
Displays copyright notice.
Set Time and Date
Allows you to set system time and date.
Flash System ROM
Allows you to update the system ROM with a BIOS image file located on a USB flash media device or CD-ROM.
Replicated Setup
Save to Removable Media
Saves system configuration, including CMOS, to a USB flash media device or a diskette-like device (a storage device set to emulate a diskette drive).
Restore from Removable Media
Restores system configuration from a a USB flash media device or a diskette-like device.
Default Setup
Save Current Settings as Default
Saves the current system configuration settings as the default.
Restore Factory Settings as Default
Restores the factory system configuration settings as the default.
Apply Defaults and Exit
Applies the currently selected default settings and clears 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 or default settings and exits Computer Setup.

Computer Setup—Storage

Support for specific Computer Setup options may vary depending on the hardware configuration.
Computer Setup—Storage
Option
Description
Device Configuration
Lists all installed BIOS-controlled storage devices.
When a device is selected, detailed information and options are displayed. The following options may be presented:
Hard Disk: Size, model, firmware, serial number, connector color, SMART, emulation type.
Emulation type has the following choices:
  • None (prevents BIOS data accesses and disables it as a boot device)

  • Hard Disk (treated as a hard disk)

Translation Mode (ATA disks only)
Lets you select the translation mode to be used for the device. This enables the BIOS to access disks partitioned and formatted on other systems and may be necessary for users of older versions of UNIX (e.g., SCO UNIX version 3.2). Options are Automatic, Bit-Shift, LBA Assisted, User, and Off.
User mode allows you to specify the parameters (logical cylinders, heads, and sectors per track) used by the BIOS to translate disk I/O requests (from the operating system or an application) into terms the hard drive can accept. Logical cylinders may not exceed 1024. The number of heads may not exceed 256. The number of sectors per track may not exceed 63. These fields are only visible and changeable when the drive translation mode is set to User.
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.
CD-ROM: Model, firmware, serial number, connector color. No emulation options available.
Default Values (ATA disks only)
SATA Defaults
Translation Mode (ATA disks only)
Lets you select the translation mode to be used for the device. This enables the BIOS to access disks partitioned and formatted on other systems and may be necessary for users of older versions of UNIX (e.g., SCO UNIX version 3.2). Options are Automatic, Bit-Shift, LBA Assisted, User, and Off.
User mode allows you to specify the parameters (logical cylinders, heads, and sectors per track) used by the BIOS to translate disk I/O requests (from the operating system or an application) into terms the hard drive can accept. Logical cylinders may not exceed 1024. The number of heads may not exceed 256. The number of sectors per track may not exceed 63. These fields are only visible and changeable when the drive translation mode is set to User.
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.
Storage Options
Removable Media Boot
Enables/disables ability to boot the system from removable media.
SATA Emulation
Allows you to choose how the SATA controller and devices are accessed by the operating system. There are two supported options: AHCI and IDE.
AHCI (default option) - Allows operating systems with AHCI device drivers loaded to take advantage of more advanced features of the SATA controller.
IDE - This is the most backwards-compatible setting of the two options. Operating systems usually do not require additional driver support in IDE mode.
The AHCI device driver must be installed prior to attempting to boot from an AHCI volume. If you attempt to boot from an AHCI volume without the required device driver installed, the system will crash (blue screen).
DPS Self-Test
Allows you to execute self-tests on ATA hard drives capable of performing the Drive Protection System (DPS) self-tests.
This selection will only appear when at least one drive capable of performing the DPS self-tests is attached to the system.
Boot Order
Allows you to:
  • Specify the order in which attached devices (such as a USB flash media device, hard drive, optical drive, or network interface card) are checked for a bootable operating system image. Each device on the list may be individually excluded from or included for consideration as a bootable operating system source.

  • Specify the order of attached hard drives. The first hard drive in the order will have priority in the boot sequence and will be recognized as drive C (if any devices are attached).

MS-DOS drive lettering assignments may not apply after a non-MS-DOS operating system has started.
Shortcut to Temporarily Override Boot Order
To boot one time from a device other than the default device specified in Boot Order, restart the computer and press F9 before the computer boots to the operating system. After POST is completed, a list of bootable devices is displayed. Use the arrow keys to select the preferred bootable device and press Enter. The computer then boots from the selected non-default device for this one time.

Computer Setup—Security

Support for specific Computer Setup options may vary depending on the hardware configuration.
Computer Setup—Security
Option
Description
Setup Password
Allows you to set and enable a 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.
See the Desktop Management Guide for more information.
Power-On Password
Allows you to set and enable a power-on password. The power-on password prompt appears after a power cycle. If the user does not enter the correct power-on password, the unit will not boot.
This password does not appear on warm boots , such as Ctrl+Alt+Delete or Restart from Windows, unless enabled in Password Options (see below).
See the Desktop Management Guide for more information.
Password Options
(This selection appears only if a power-on password or setup password is set.)
Allows you to enable/disable:
  • Lock Legacy Resources (appears if a setup password is set)

  • Network Server Mode (appears if a power-on password is set)

  • Password Prompt on Warm Boot (Ctrl+Alt+Delete) (appears if a power-on password is set)

  • Setup Browse Mode (appears if a setup password is set) allows viewing, but not changing, the F10 Setup options without entering setup password.

  • Stringent Password (appears if a setup password is set), which when enabled bypasses the onboard password jumper to disable the power-on password.

  • Password prompt on F9, F11, & F12 (allows access to menus without entering setup password)

See the Desktop Management Guide for more information.
Device Security
Allows you to set Device Available/Device Hidden for:
  • System audio

  • Network controllers (some models)

  • Embedded security device (some models)

  • SATA0

  • SATA1

  • 1394 and Media Reader

USB Security
Allows you to enable or disable groups of USB ports or individual USB ports:
  • Front USB Ports

    • USB Port 11

    • USB Port 12

  • Rear USB Ports

    • USB Port 1

    • USB Port 3

    • USB Port 8

    • USB Port 9

    • USB Port 10

  • Accessory USB Ports

    • USB Port 2

    • USB Port 4

    • USB Port 6

    • USB Port 7

Slot Security
Allows you to disable or enable any PCI Express x16 or x1 slot
Network Service Boot
Enables/disables the computer’s ability to boot from an operating system installed on a network server. (Feature available on NIC models only; the network controller must be either a PCI Express expansion card or embedded on the system board.)
System IDs
Allows you to set:
  • Asset tag (18-byte identifier), a property identification number assigned by the company to the computer.

  • Ownership tag (80-byte identifier) displayed during POST.

  • Chassis serial number or Universal Unique Identifier (UUID) number. The 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.)

  • Keyboard locale setting (for example, English or German) for System ID entry.

DriveLock Security
Allows you to assign or modify a master or user password for hard drives. When this feature is enabled, the user is prompted to provide one of the DriveLock passwords during POST. If neither is successfully entered, the hard drive will remain inaccessible until one of the passwords is successfully provided during a subsequent cold-boot sequence.
This selection will only appear when at least one drive that supports the DriveLock feature is attached to the system. You may need to power cycle the system to manage DriveLock-enabled drives.
See the Desktop Management Guide for more information.
System Security (some models: these options are hardware dependent)
Data Execution Prevention (some models) (enable/disable) - Helps prevent operating system security breaches.
PAVP (Models with Blu-ray drives) (disabled/min/max) - PAVP enables the Protected Audio Video Path in the Chipset. This may allow viewing of some protected high definition content that would otherwise be prohibited from playback. Selecting Max will assign 96 Megabytes of system memory exclusively to PAVP.
Virtualization Technology (some models) (enable/disable) - Controls the virtualization features of the processor. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (some models) (enable/disable) - Controls virtualization DMA remapping features of the chipset. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
Trusted Execution Technology (some models) (enable/disable) - Controls the underlying processor and chipset features needed to support a virtual appliance. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on. To enable this feature you must enable the following features:
  • Embedded Security Device Support

  • Virtualization Technology

  • Virtualization Technology Directed I/O

Embedded Security Device Support (some models) (enable/disable) - Permits activation and deactivation of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
To configure the Embedded Security Device, a Setup password must be set.
  • Reset to Factory Settings (some models) (Do not reset/Reset) - Resetting to factory defaults will erase all security keys. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.

    The embedded security device is a critical component of many security schemes. Erasing the security keys will prevent access to data protected by the Embedded Security Device. Choosing Reset to Factory Settings may result in significant data loss.
OS management of Embedded Security Device (some models) (enable/disable) - This option allows the user to limit operating system control of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on. This option allows the user to limit OS control of the Embedded Security Device.
  • Reset of Embedded Security Device through OS (some models) (enable/disable) - This option allows the user to limit the operating system ability to request a Reset to Factory Settings of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.

    To enable this option, a Setup password must be set.
Button Retask Password Protection (disable/enable) - Controls whether or not the Setup password must be provided to WMI methods used to re-task the function of the side panel buttons.
Power Button (enable/disable) - Allows you to disable or enable the power button.
Consumer IR Power Button (enable/disable) - Controls whether or not the BIOS will respond to Remote Control power button presses. This does not affect the Remote Control power button operation in Windows.
Optical Drive Eject Button (enable/disable) - Allows you to disable or enable the optical drive eject button. Disabling the eject button does not disable software control of the eject function inside Windows.
Master Boot Record Security
(Enable/Disable) Protects the master boot record from viruses or other corruption. Saves a copy of the current master boot record and allows you to restore the saved copy.
Setup Security Level
Provides a method to allow end-users limited access to change specified setup options, without having to know the Setup Password.
This feature allows the administrator the flexibility to protect changes to essential setup options, while allowing the user to view system settings and configure nonessential options. The administrator specifies access rights to individual setup options on a case-by-case basis via the Setup Security Level menu. By default, all setup options are assigned Setup Password, indicating the user must enter the correct Setup Password during POST to make changes to any of the options. The administrator may set individual items to None, indicating the user can make changes to the specified options when setup has been accessed with invalid passwords. The choice, None, is replaced by Power-On Password if a Power-On Password is enabled.
Setup Browse Mode must be set to Enable in order for the user to enter Setup without knowing the setup password.

Computer Setup—Power

Support for specific Computer Setup options may vary depending on the hardware configuration.
Computer Setup—Power
Option
Description
OS Power Management
  • Runtime Power Management— Enable/Disable. Allows certain operating systems to reduce processor voltage and frequency when the current software load does not require the full capabilities of the processor.

  • Idle Power Savings—Extended/Normal. Allows certain operating systems to decrease the processors power consumption when the processor is idle.

  • ACPI S3 Hard Disk Reset—Enabling this causes the BIOS to ensure hard disks are ready to accept commands after resuming from S3 before returning control to the operating system.

  • ACPI S3 PS2 Mouse Wakeup—Enables or disables waking from S3 due to any PS2 mouse activity or a button click only.

  • USB Wake on Device Insertion (some models)—Allows system to wake from Standby on USB device insertion.

  • Unique Sleep State Blink Rates—Enable/Disable. This feature is designed to provide a visual indication of what sleep state the system is in. Each sleep state has a unique blink pattern.

    • S0 = Solid green LED.

    • S3 = 3 blinks at 1Hz (50% duty cycle) followed by a pause of 2 seconds (green LED) — repeated cycles of 3 blinks and a pause.

    • S4 = 4 blinks at 1Hz (50% duty cycle) followed by a pause of 2 seconds (green LED) — repeated cycles of 4 blinks and a pause.

    • S5 = LED is off.

    If this feature is disabled, S4 and S5 both have the LED off. S3 uses 1 blink per second.
Hardware Power Management
SATA Power Management—Enables or disables the SATA bus and/or device power management.
S5 Maximum Power Savings—Turns off power to all nonessential hardware when system is off to meet EUP Lot 6 requirement of less than 1 Watt power usage. Enabling this feature will disable any wake events and management devices while in S5.
Thermal
Fan idle mode—This bar graph controls the minimum permitted fan speed.
This setting only changes the minimum fan speed. The fans are still automatically controlled.

Computer Setup—Advanced

Support for specific Computer Setup options may vary depending on the hardware configuration.
Computer Setup—Advanced
Option
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Power-On Options
Allows you to set:
  • POST mode (QuickBoot, Clear Memory, FullBoot, or FullBoot Every x Days).

    • QuickBoot = Do not clear memory or perform a memory test.

    • FullBoot = Memory test (count) on cold boot. Clears memory on all boots.

    • Clear Memory = No memory count on cold boot. Clears memory on all boots.

    • FullBoot Every x Days = Memory count on 1st cold boot on or after the xth day. No more memory counts until 1st cold boot on or after x days. Clears memory on all boots.

  • POST messages (enable/disable). 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.

  • F9 prompt (hidden/displayed). Enabling this feature will display the text F9 = Boot Menu during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing F9 will still access the Shortcut Boot [Order] Menu screen. See Storage > Boot Order for more information.

  • F10 prompt (hidden/displayed). Enabling this feature will display the text F10 = Setup during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing F10 will still access the Setup screen.

  • F11 prompt (hidden/displayed). Setting this feature to displayed will display the text F11 = Recovery during POST. Hiding the feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing F11 will still attempt to boot to the HP Backup and Recovery partition. See Factory Recovery Boot Support for more information.

  • F12 prompt (hidden/displayed). Enabling this feature will display the text F12 = Network during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the text from being displayed. However, pressing F12 will still force the system to attempt booting from the network.

  • Factory Recovery Boot Support (enable/disable). Enabling this feature will cause an additional prompt, F11 = Recovery, to be displayed during POST on systems with HP Backup and Recovery software installed and configured with a recovery partition on the boot hard drive. Pressing F11 causes the system to boot to the recovery partition and launch HP Backup and Recovery. The F11 = Recovery prompt can be hidden with the F11 prompt (hidden/displayed) option (see above).

  • Option ROM Prompt (enable/disable). Enabling this feature will cause the system to display a message before loading option ROMs. (This feature is supported on some models only.)

  • Remote Wakeup Boot Source (remote server/local hard drive).

  • After Power Loss (off/on/previous state): Setting this option to:

    • Off—causes the computer to remain powered off when power is restored.

    • On—causes the computer to power on automatically as soon as power is restored.

    • Previous state—causes the computer to power on automatically as soon as power is restored, if it was on when power was lost.

If you turn off power to the computer using the switch on a power strip, you will not be able to use the suspend/sleep feature or the Remote Management features.
  • POST Delay (None, 5, 10 15, or 20 seconds). Enabling this feature will add a user-specified delay to the POST process. This delay is sometimes needed for hard disks on some PCI cards that spin up very 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 (F10) Setup.

  • Bypass F1 Prompt on Configuration Changes (Enable/Disable). Allows you to set the computer not to confirm when changes were made.

Execute Memory Test (some models)
Restarts the computer and executes the POST memory test/logging.
BIOS Power-On
Allows you to set the computer to turn on automatically at a time you specify.
PCI Devices
  • Lists currently installed PCI devices and their IRQ settings.

  • Allows you to reconfigure IRQ settings for these devices or to disable them entirely. These settings have no effect under an ACPI-based operating system.

Bus Options
On some models, allows you to enable or disable:
  • PCI SERR# Generation.

  • PCI VGA Palette Snooping, which sets the VGA palette snooping bit in PCI configuration space; only needed when more than one graphics controller is installed.

Device Options
Allows you to set:
  • Num Lock State at Power-On (off/on).

  • S5 Wake on LAN (enable/disable).

    • To disable Wake on LAN during the off state (S5), use the arrow (left and right) keys to select the Advanced > Device Options menu and set the S5 Wake on LAN feature to Disable. This obtains the lowest power consumption available on the computer during S5. It does not affect the ability of the computer to Wake on LAN from suspend or hibernation, but will prevent it from waking from S5 via the network. It does not affect operation of the network connection while the computer is on.

    • If a network connection is not required, completely disable the network controller (NIC) by using the arrow (left and right) keys to select the Security > Device Security menu. Set the Network Controller option to Device Hidden. This prevents the network controller from being used by the operating system and reduces the power used by the computer in S5.

  • Multi-Processor (enable/disable). This option may be used to disable multi-processor support under the OS.

  • Internal Speaker (some models) (does not affect external speakers).

  • NIC Option ROM Download (PXE, Disable, iSCSI). The BIOS contains an embedded NIC option ROM to allow the unit to boot through the network to a PXE server. This is typically used to download a corporate image to a hard drive. The NIC option ROM takes up memory space below 1MB commonly referred to as DOS Compatibility Hole (DCH) space. This space is limited. This F10 option will allow users to disable the downloading of this embedded NIC option ROM thus giving more DCH space for additional PCI cards which may need option ROM space. The default will be to have the NIC PXE option-ROM-enabled.

Management Devices
The Management Devices menu will only be displayed in the Advanced menu when the BIOS detects multiple management options.
This option is for installed NIC cards that support ASF or DASH. Use the Management Devices menu to select if the BIOS management operations will be through the embedded solution or one of the installed NIC cards.
Management Operations
Allows you to set:
  • MEBx Setup Prompt (enable/disable). Enabling this feature displays the CTRL+P prompt during POST. Disabling this feature prevents the prompt from being displayed. However, pressing Ctrl+P still accesses the utility used to configure manageability settings.

    The CTRL+P function activates the MEBx Setup menu. If the Setup Password is configured, the user will be prompted to correctly enter it before being allowed to enter the MEBx Setup. It the password is entered incorrectly three times, the MEBx Setup will not be activated.

  • Unprovision AMT on next boot. Allows reset of AMT settings.

  • SOL Terminal Emulation Mode. Selects between VT100 and ANSI SOL terminal emulation. SOL terminal emulation mode is only activated during remote AMT redirection operations. The emulation options allow administrators to select which mode works best with their console.

  • SOL Local Keyboard (enable/disable). Disable or enable client keyboard during SOL sessions. Some remote remediation may involve having the local client boot a remote image provided by an administrator. This option determines if the BIOS will keep the local keyboard enabled or disabled for possible local client interaction. If the local keyboard is disabled, all keyboard input is only accepted from the remote source.

Recovering the Configuration Settings

This method of recovery requires that you first perform the Save to Removable Media command with the Computer Setup (F10) Utility before Restore is needed. (See Save to Removable Media in the Computer Setup—File table.)

It is recommended that you save any modified computer configuration settings to a USB flash media device or a diskette-like device (a storage device set to emulate a diskette drive) and save the device for possible future use.

To restore the configuration, insert the USB flash media device or other storage media emulating a diskette with the saved configuration and perform the Restore from Removable Media command with the Computer Setup (F10) Utility. (See Restore from Removable Media in the Computer Setup—File table.)

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