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HP Pro 3420 All-in-One Business 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.

  2. Press Esc while the “Press the ESC key for Startup Menu” message is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

    If you do not press Esc at the appropriate time, you must restart the computer and again press Esc when the monitor light turns green to access the utility.
  3. Press F10 to enter Computer Setup.

  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—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

  • Cache size (L1/L2/L3)

  • 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

  • ME 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 removable media.
Replicated Setup
Save to Removable Media
Saves system configuration, including CMOS, to a formatted 1.44-MB diskette, 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 diskette, 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, translation mode.
Translation mode 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 None.
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 parameters (ATA disks only; this feature appears only when User translation mode is selected.): 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.
Default Values : Allows you to specify the default values for the Multisector Transfers, Transfer Mode, and Translation Mode for ATA devices.
CD-ROM : Model, firmware, serial number, connector color. No emulation options available.
Storage Options
Removable Media Boot
Enables/disables ability to boot the system from removable media. Default is enable.
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 EFI boot sources and legacy boot sources (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).

Press F5 to disable a device. Press Enter to select a device. Press the arrow keys to drag a selected device.
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
(Appears only if a power-on password or setup password is set.)
Allows you to:
  • Lock legacy resources (appears if a setup password is set). Default is enable.

  • Enable/Disable Setup Browse Mode (appears if a setup password is set) (allows viewing, but not changing, the F10 Setup Options without entering setup password). Default is enable.

  • Specify whether the password is required for warm boot (Ctrl +Alt +Delete ) (appears if a power-on password is set). Default is enable.

  • Enable/disable network server mode (appears if a power-on password is set). Default is disable.

Device Security
Allows you to set Device Available/Device Hidden for:
  • Embedded Security Device

  • System Audio

  • Network Controller (some models)

  • SATA0

  • SATA1

USB Security
Allows you to enable or disable groups of USB ports or individual USB ports. Default is device available.
  • Front USB Ports

    • USB Port 1

    • USB Port 2

  • Rear USB Ports

    • USB Port 1

    • USB Port 2

    • USB Port 3

    • USB Port 4

  • internal USB Ports

    • USB Port 1

    • USB Port 2

    • USB Port 3

    • USB Port 10

Slot Security
Allows you to disable or enable the PCI Express x1 slot. Default is enable.
Network 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.) Default is enable.
System IDs
Allows you to update:
  • Asset tag (18-byte identifier).

  • 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.

System Security (some models: these options are hardware dependent)
Data Execution Prevention (some models) (enable/disable) - Helps prevent operating system security breaches. Default is enabled.
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 (VTx) (some models) (enable/disable) - Controls the virtualization features of the processor. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on. Default is disabled.
Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (VTd) (some models) (enable/disable) - Controls virtualization DMA remapping features of the chipset. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on. Default is disabled.
Intel TXT (LT) Support (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. Default is disabled. To enable this feature you must enable the following features:
  • Embedded Security Device Support

  • Virtualization Technology

  • Virtualization Technology Directed I/O

Embedded Security Device (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. Default is Do not reset.

    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. Default is enable.
  • 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. Default is disable.

    To enable this option, a Setup password must be set.
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.

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. Default is enabled.

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

  • 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. Default is disabled.

    • S0 (On) = Solid green LED.

    • S3 (Stand By)= 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 (Hibernation)= 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 (Soft Off) = LED is off.

If this feature is disabled, S4 and S5 both have the LED off. S1 (no longer supported) and S3 use 1 blink per second.
Hardware Power Management
  • SATA Power Management—Enables or disables the SATA bus and/or device power management. Default is enabled.

  • 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. Default is disabled.

Thermal
Displays the system fan speed (RPMs).

Computer Setup—Advanced

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

    • QuickBoot (default) = 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.

  • Press the ESC key for Startup Menu (Enable/Disable). Default is enabled.

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

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

    • Power 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.

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

  • System Recovery Boot Support (Enable/Disable). Setting this feature to enabled will display the text F11 = Recovery during POST. Disabling 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. Default is disabled.

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

BIOS Power-On
Allows you to set the computer to turn on automatically at a time you specify.
Bus Options
On some models, allows you to enable or disable:
  • PCI SERR# Generation. Default is enable.

  • 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. Default is disable.

Onboard Devices
Allows you to set resources for or disable on-board system devices (serial ports).
Device Options
Allows you to set:
  • Turbo Mode (enable/disable). Allows you to enable and disable the Intel Turbo Mode feature, which allows one core of the system to run at a higher than standard frequency and power if other cores are idle. Default is enabled.

  • Num Lock State at Power-On (off/on). Default is on.

  • LVDS Panel Select. Auto-select, LG, Samsung.

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

  • NIC Option ROM Download (enable/disable). 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 1 MB 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. Default is-enabled.

  • Multi-Processor (enable/disable). Use this option to disable multi-processor support under the OS. Default is enabled.

AMT Configuration
Allows you to set:
  • AMT (enable/disable). Allows you to enable or disable functions of the embedded Management Engine (ME) such as Active Management Technology (AMT). If set to disable, the Management Engine is set to a temporarily disabled state and will not provide functions beyond necessary system configuration. Default is enabled.

  • Unconfigure AMT/ME (enable/disable). Allows you to unconfigure any provisioned management settings for AMT. The AMT settings are restored to factory defaults. This feature should be used with caution as AMT will not be able to provide any set AMT management functions once unconfigured. Default is disabled.

  • Watchdog Timer (enable/disable). Allows you to set amount of time for a operating system and BIOS watchdog alert to be sent if the timers are not deactivated. BIOS watchdog is deactivated by BIOS and would indicate that a halt occurred during execution if the alert is sent to the management console. An operating system alert is deactivated by the operating system image and would indicate that a hang occurred during its initialization. Default is enabled.

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