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HP Desktop PCs - BIOS Settings for the Joshua Motherboard

This information applies to HP desktop computers with the Joshua motherboard.

The Joshua motherboard uses an AMI BIOS version 7 or version 8 that is compatible with UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface).

The Basic Input Output System (BIOS) is responsible for enabling the hardware system on your computer when the computer is turned on. The Computer Setup Utility makes it possible to change and store system configuration settings such as enabling and disabling onboard components, setting the boot sequence for the system, and adjusting power management support.

NOTE: Some settings described in this document are available in Windows 8 only.

Opening the Computer Setup Utility

To open the Computer Setup Utility, turn on the computer and immediately press the Escape key repeatedly, about once every second, until the Startup menu opens. Then press F10 .

Figure 1: Startup menu

Illustration: Startup menu

To navigate the menus, choose menu screens by pressing the left or right arrow keys. Use the up or down arrow keys to move through the list of items on the menu screen. Press the Enter key to select an item and open a submenu. Then use the left and right arrow keys to modify the settings. Press the F10 key to save the changes and exit from a submenu, or press the Esc key to exit from a submenu without saving the changes.

CAUTION: Information stored by the BIOS is essential and changing certain settings can render your system unusable (until the BIOS is reset). BIOS settings should not be changed unless you are certain the change does not negatively impact the system.

BIOS Settings

The Computer Setup Utility includes five menus from which to choose. Use one of the following sections to change the BIOS settings.

Click expandable (+) headings to expand the information.

NOTE: Device names and settings might vary, based on the configuration of your computer.

File menu

Figure 2: File menu

Image of File menu

The File menu contains the following items:

System Information - Select this to see information about the computer.

About - Select this to see information about the setup utility.

Set Time and Date - Select this to set the time and date.

Apply Defaults and Exit - Select this to return the computer to the default settings and exit from Setup.

Ignore Changes and Exit - Select this to ignore the changes and exit from Setup.

Save Changes and Exit - Select this to save the settings and exit from Setup.

Use the following sections to learn more about each item:

System Information

Figure 3: System Information

System Information

This screen displays the following information about the computer:

Main menu
Displayed information
Product Name
Displays the model number of your HP computer.
SKU Number
Displays the product number of your HP computer.
Processor Type
Displays the processor type of your HP computer.
Processor Speed
Displays the processor speed of your HP computer.
Processor Stepping
Displays the microprocessor version of your HP computer.
Cache Size (L1/L2/L3)
Displays the size of each of the caches.
Memory Size
Displays the total amount of RAM in the computer, the memory type and speed, and the amount of memory installed in each socket.
Integrated MAC (Media Access Controller)
Displays the MAC address for the integrated network adapter.
System BIOS
Displays the BIOS version.
Chassis Serial Number
Displays the serial number of your HP computer.

Set Time and Date

Use the up and down arrow keys to select the time or date. Use the left and right arrow keys to adjust the time and date: the left arrow decreases the number and the right arrow increases it. When you are finished setting the time and date, press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to exit without saving the changes.

Figure 4: Setting the time and date

Setting the time and date

Storage menu

Figure 5: Storage menu

Image of the Storage menu

The Storage menu contains the following items:

Device Configuration - Select this to view device information and configure the storage devices.

Storage Options - Select this to change the SATA controller mode.

DPS Self-test - Select this to perform a diagnostic test on the hard drive.

Boot Order - Select this to change the order of the devices from which the computer boots.

Use the following sections to learn more about each item:

Device Configuration

Use Device Configuration to view the device information and change the emulation type for the hard disk drive and the optical drive. Use the up and down arrow keys to select the item. Then press Enter to access the Device Configuration submenu for that drive.

Figure 6: Device Configuration

Device Configuration

In the Hard Disk or CD-ROM submenus, the following information might be available: Size, Model, Firmware version, Serial Number, and Emulation Type. To change the Emulation type, press the left or right arrow key to change the setting. Then press F10 to accept the change or ESC to cancel the changes and return to the previous menu.

Figure 7: Device configuration submenu for a hard drive

Device configuration submenu

The following table shows the information available in the Device Configuration submenu screen:

Size (Hard drive only)
Displays the amount of space on the hard drive.
Model
Displays the model number of the device.
Firmware
Displays the firmware version of the device.
Serial Number
Displays the serial number of the device.

Storage Options

To change the SATA controller mode, use the left and right arrow keys to choose between AHCI or IDE . Then press F10 to save the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous screen without saving the changes.

For more information about SATA controller modes, see the HP support document About SATA Hard Drives and Controller Modes .

Figure 8: Storage options

Storage options

DPS Self-test

The Drive Protection System (DPS) self-test is a diagnostic tool built into the hard drive to help diagnose problems with the drive. Press Enter to begin the test.

Figure 9: DPS Self-test

DPS Self-test

A screen displays the estimated time to complete the test. Press Enter to select OK and start the test.

Figure 10: Starting the DPS test

Starting the DPS test

A screen displays a graphic showing the progress of the test. To cancel the test from this screen, press ESC .

Figure 11: DPS progress screen

DPS progress screen

When the test is complete or if the test is cancelled, a screen displays the results.

Figure 12: DPS test results

DPS test results

Boot Order

Use this screen to specify the order in which UEFI boot sources (such as an internal hard drive, USB hard drive, USB optical drive, or internal optical drive) or legacy boot sources (such as a network interface card, internal hard drive, USB optical drive, or internal optical drive) are checked for a bootable operating system image. UEFI boot sources always have precedence over legacy boot sources.

To change the boot order, use the up and down arrow keys to select the item you want to change. Then press the Enter key to drag the device to a new location. Press F10 to save the change or ESC to cancel the change and return to the previous menu.

Figure 13: Boot Order menu

Boot Order menu

Security menu

Figure 14: Security menu

Security menu

The Security menu contains the following items:

Setup Password - Select this to create a password to prevent unauthorized access to the Computer Setup Utility.

Power-On Password - Select this to require a password to turn on the computer.

Device Security - Select this to change device settings from Device available to Device hidden .

USB Security - Select this to enable or disable the USB ports on the computer.

Slot Security - Select this to enable or disable the PCI Express Slots on the computer.

Network Boot - Select this to enable or disable the Network Boot feature.

System IDs - Select this to view the System IDs for the computer.

System Security - Select this to change the system security settings.

Secure Boot Configuration - Select this to enable or disable Secure Boot and change the settings.

Use the following sections to learn more about each item:

Setup Password

In the Setup Password screen, you can create a new password or change the current password to access the Computer Setup Utility.

If you are creating a new password, type a password in the New Password area, and then type it again in the Confirm Password area. Press F10 to accept the password or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu.

Figure 15: Setup Password screen

Setup Password screen

If you are changing the password, type the current password in the Old Password area. Then type a new password in the New Password area and type it again in the Confirm Password area. Press F10 to accept the new password or ESC to cancel, keep the existing password, and return to the previous menu.

Figure 16: Change Password screen

Change Password screen

Power-On Password

Use the Power-On Password screen to create a password or change the password to turn on the computer power.

If you are creating a new password, type a password in the New Password area, then type it again in the Confirm Password area. Press F10 to accept the password or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu.

Figure 17: Power-On Password screen

Power-On Password screen

If you are changing the password, type the current password in the Old Password area. Then type a new password in the New Password area and type it again in the Confirm Password area. Press F10 to accept the new password or ESC to cancel, keep the existing password, and return to the previous menu.

Figure 18: Power-On Password screen

Power-On Password screen

Device Security

The Device Security screen lists all the devices on the computer, allowing you to set each device as available or hidden. To change the setting, use the up and down arrow keys to move to the device. Then press the left or right arrow key to change the setting. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

NOTE: The integrated audio on the motherboard cannot be hidden. If the computer is using integrated audio, System Audio does not display in this screen. The System Audio device displays in this screen only if a separate sound card is installed.

Figure 19: Device Security

Device Security

USB Security

Use the USB Security screen to enable or disable the USB ports on the computer. Use the up and down arrow keys to move to a port. Then press the left or right arrow key to change the setting between Enable and Disable. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

Figure 20: USB Security

USB Security

Slot Security

Use the Slot Security screen to enable or disable the PCI Express Slots on the computer. To change the setting, use the up and down arrow keys to move to the slot. Then press the left or right arrow key to change the setting. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

Figure 21: Slot security

Slot security

Network Boot

Enable network boot to allow the computer to boot to a network drive. To change the setting, press the left or right arrow key to change the setting. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

Figure 22: Network Boot

Network Boot

System IDs

The System IDs screen displays information about the computer, including Product Name, Serial Number, and Build ID.

Figure 23: System IDs

System IDs

The following information is available:

  • Product Name - the HP model name of your computer.

  • Serial Number - the unique serial number of your computer.

  • UUID - the Universally Unique Identifier of your computer.

  • SKU Number - Product ID for your computer.

  • Family Name: the model family that your computer belongs to.

  • Feature Byte - information about the features on your computer.

  • Build ID - the hardware and software configuration of your computer.

  • Keyboard - the language setup of your keyboard.

System Security

Use System Security to change the Data Execution Prevention and Virtualization Technology settings. Data Execution Prevention helps prevent operating system security breaches. Enable Virtualization Technology if required by virtualization software.

Use the up and down arrow keys to move to an item. Then press the left or right arrow key to change the setting. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

Figure 24: System Security

System Security

Secure Boot Configuration

This option is available only on systems that shipped with Windows 8.

Secure Boot Configuration is a new feature in BIOS 8 that allows your computer to validate the authenticity of components like hardware and firmware. When your computer was manufactured, UEFI created a list of keys that identify trusted hardware, firmware, and OS loader code. It also created a list of keys to identify known malware. When Secure Boot is enabled, the computer checks that the firmware used by hardware devices has been qualified and is safe to use before Windows opens. Secure Boot also checks the validity of critical hardware, including the motherboard and video card. Any malware or other firmware code that is not recognized is blocked. For example, Secure Boot can prevent your computer from starting from illegally copied CDs or DVDs that could harm the computer. Secure Boot does not lock out valid recovery discs or Windows discs.

NOTE: This option is available only with BIOS 8 and on computers with Windows 8 installed.
CAUTION: Changing the Secure Boot options can cause problems with your computer. Your computer might be more susceptible to viruses or malware, or it might not start correctly. Make only the changes necessary to secure your computer.

Before you can use this menu, a warning appears. If you have Windows 8 installed on your computer, press F10 to continue to the Secure Boot Configuration menu. If you do not have Windows 8 installed, press Esc to cancel.

Figure 25: Secure boot warning

Secure boot warning

Figure 26: Secure Boot Configuration Menu

Secure Boot Configuration menu

The Secure Boot Configuration menu contains the following items:

Legacy Support - Select this option to boot up normally, without Secure Boot. Legacy Support allows any firmware or OS loader code to run. You must also disable Secure Boot to use Legacy Support.

Secure Boot - Select this option to enable Secure Boot. You must also disable Legacy Support .

Clear Secure Boot Keys - Select Clear to remove the list of recognized firmware, OS loader, and known malware keys. Select Don't clear to keep the keys created when the computer was manufactured.

Key Ownership - Select Custom keys to specify recognized firmware or OS loader keys. Select HP keys to use the keys created when the computer was manufactured.

Fast Boot - Enabling Fast Boot reduces the time it takes for your computer to boot up. During Fast Boot, USB devices are not available until the OS boots up completely.

Power Menu

Figure 27: Power Menu

Power Menu

The Power menu contains the following items:

Hardware Power Management - Select this to change the Hardware Power Management settings.

Thermal - Select this to view the fan speeds inside the computer.

Use the following sections to learn more about each item:

Hardware Power Management menu

Use the Hardware Power Management menu to change the Hardware Power Management settings, such as SATA Power Management.

Figure 28: Hardware Power Management

Hardware Power Management

Use the up and down arrow keys to move to the item. Then press the left or right arrow key to change the setting. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

The following settings are available in the Hardware Power Management menu:

Hardware Power Management Menu
Setting
SATA Power Management
Enable or Disable
S4/S5 Wake on LAN
Enable this setting to allow the computer to be turned on by a network message.
Enable or Disable

Thermal menu

Select Thermal to view the CPU and system fan speeds.

Figure 29: Thermal menu

Thermal menu

Advanced menu

Figure 30: Advanced menu

Advanced menu

The Advanced menu contains the following items:

Power-On Options - Select this to change what happens after the computer loses power and to change the behavior of the Power On Self Test (POST).

BIOS Power-On - Select this to automatically turn on the computer on a certain day at a certain time.

Bus Options - Select this to change the BUS options.

Device Options - Select this to change the device options such as the behavior of the number lock key.

Use the following sections to learn more about each item:

Power-On Options menu

Use the Power-On Options menu to enable or disable POST (Power On Self Test) messages, to select what happens after the computer has lost power, and set a delay in the POST. Use the up and down arrow key to move to the item you want to change. Then use the left or right arrow key to change the setting. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

Figure 31: Power-on Options

Power-On Options
The following options are found in the Power-On Options:
Power-On Options Menu
Settings
POST (Power On Self Test) Messages
Enable or Disable
After Power Loss
Previous State, On, or Off
POST Delay (in seconds)
None, 5, 10, 15, 20, 60 seconds

BIOS Power-On menu

Enable the BIOS Power-On feature to set the BIOS to turn on the computer on a certain day at a certain time. To change the setting, press the left or right arrow key to change the setting. If you want to enable the BIOS Power-On, use the down arrow key to move to the Time, and then use the left or right arrow key to set the time for the computer to turn on. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

Figure 32: BIOS Power-On menu

BIOS Power-On menu
The following options are available in the BIOS Power-On menu:
Day of week / Time
Setting
Sunday
Enable or Disable
Monday
Enable or Disable
Tuesday
Enable or Disable
Wednesday
Enable or Disable
Thursday
Enable or Disable
Friday
Enable or Disable
Saturday
Enable or Disable
Time (hh:mm)
Enter the time to turn on the computer

Bus Options menu

Use the up and down arrow keys to move to the item you want to change. To change the setting, press the left or right arrow key to change the setting. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving.

Figure 33: Bus Options menu

Bus Options menu
The following items are found in the BUS Options menu:
Bus Options menu
Settings
PCI SERR# Generation
Enable or Disable
PCI VGA Palette Snooping
Sets the VGA palette snooping bit in PCI configuration space. Needed only when more than one graphics controller is installed.
Enable or Disable

Device Options menu

To change items in the Device Options menu, use the up and down arrow keys to move to the item you want to change. Then use the left and right arrow keys to change the setting. Press F10 to accept the changes or ESC to cancel and return to the previous menu without saving the changes.

Figure 34: Device Options menu

Device Options menu

The following items are available in the Device Options menu:

Device Options menu
Settings
Num Lock State at Power-On
On or Off
Multi-Processor
Enable or Disable
NIC PXE Option ROM Download
Enable or Disable

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