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HP Compaq Business Notebook nc6000 Series - Using the Computer Setup Utility

Using Computer Setup

Information and settings in Computer Setup are accessed from the File, Security, or Advanced menus:
  1. Turn on or restart the notebook. Press F10 while the F10 = ROM-Based Setup message is displayed in the lower left corner of the screen.
    • To change the language, press F2.
    • To view navigation information, press F1.
    • To return to the Computer Setup menu, press Esc.
  2. Click File, Security, or Advanced.
  3. To close Computer Setup and restart the notebook:
    • Click File, Save Changes and Exit, then press Enter.
    • Click File, Ignore Changes and Exit, then press Enter.
  4. When prompted to confirm the action, press F10.

Selecting from the File menu

To Do This
System Information
  • View identification information about the notebook, a Port Replicator, and any battery packs in the system.
  • View specification information about the processor, memory and cache size, and system ROM.
Save to Floppy
Save system configuration settings to a diskette.
Restore from Floppy
Restore system configuration settings from a diskette.
Restore Defaults
Replace configuration settings in Computer Setup with factory default settings. Identification information is retained.
Ignore Changes and Exit
Cancel changes entered during the current session, then exit and restart the notebook.
Save Changes and Exit
Save changes entered during the current session, then exit and restart the notebook.

Selecting from the Security menu

To Do This
Setup Password
Enter, change, or delete a Setup password. The Setup password is called an administrator password in Computer Security, a program accessed from the Windows Control Panel.
Power-on Password
Enter, change, or delete a power-on password.
DriveLock Passwords
Enable/disable DriveLock; change a DriveLock User or Master password.
DriveLock Settings are accessible only when Computer Setup is entered by turning on (not restarting) the notebook.
Password Options (Password options can be selected only when a power-on password has been set.)
  • QuickLock
  • QuickLock on Standby
  • QuickBlank
    To enable QuickLock on Standby or QuickBlank, QuickLock must first be enabled.
Device Security
  • Ports or diskette drives
    Not applicable to SuperDisk LS-120 drives.
  • Diskette write
    Not applicable to SuperDisk LS-120 drives.
  • CD-ROM or diskette startup
    Settings for a DVD-ROM can be entered in the CD-ROM field.
System IDs
Enter identification numbers for the notebook, a Port Replicator, and all battery packs in the system.

Selecting from the Advanced menu

To Do This
Change the Computer Setup language.
Boot Options
  • QuickBoot, which starts the notebook more quickly by eliminating some startup tests. (If a memory failure is suspected, test memory automatically during startup by disabling QuickBoot.)
  • MultiBoot, which sets a startup sequence that can include most bootable devices and media in the system.
Device Options
  • Enable/disable the embedded numeric keypad at startup.
  • Enable/disable multiple standard pointing devices at startup. (To set the notebook to support only a single, usually nonstandard, pointing device at startup, click Disable.)
  • Enable/disable USB legacy support for a USB keyboard. (When USB legacy support is enabled, the keyboard works even when a Windows operating system is not loaded.)
  • Set an optional external monitor or overhead projector connected to a video card in a Port Replicator as the primary device. (When the notebook display is set as secondary, the notebook must be shut down before it is undocked from a Port Replicator.)
  • Change the parallel port mode from Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP, the default setting) to standard, bi-directional EPP, or Enhanced Capabilities Port (ECP).
  • Set video-out mode to NTSC (default), PAL, NTSC-J, or PAL-M.
    Video modes vary even within countries/regions. However, NTSC is common in North America; PAL, in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; NTSC-J, in Japan; and PAL-M, in Brazil. Other South and Central American countries/regions can use NTSC, PAL, or PAL-M.
  • Enable/disable all settings in the Intel SpeedStep window. (When Disable is selected, the notebook runs in Battery Optimized mode.)
  • Specify how the notebook recognizes multiple identical Port Replicators that are identically equipped. Click Disable to recognize the Port Replicators as a single Port Replicator; click Enable to recognize the Port Replicators individually, by serial number.
  • Enable/disable the reporting of the processor serial number by the processor to the software.
HDD Self Test Options
Run a quick comprehensive self test on hard drives in the system that support the test features.






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