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HP Z210 Workstations - The Computer Setup (F10) Utility

Computer Setup (F10) functionality

The Computer Setup (F10) Utility enables you to:
  • Change factory default settings and set or change the workstation configuration, which might be necessary when you add or remove hardware.
  • Determine if all devices installed on the workstation are recognized by the system and are functioning.
  • Determine information about the operating environment of the workstation.
  • Solve system configuration errors that are detected but not fixed during the Power-On Self-Test (POST).
  • Establish and manage passwords and other security features.
  • Establish and manage energy-saving time-outs (not supported on Linux platforms).
  • Modify or restore factory default settings.
  • Set the computer date and time.
  • Set, view, change or verify the computer configuration, including settings for CPU, graphics, memory, audio, storage, communications and input devices.
  • Modify the boot order of installed mass storage devices such as SATA, optical disk drives, network drives, and USB boot devices.
  • Configure the boot priority of SATA hard-drive controllers.
  • Enable or disable Network Server Mode, which enables the computer to start the operating system when the power-on password is enabled with or without a keyboard or mouse attached. When attached to the computer, the keyboard and mouse remain locked until the power-on password is entered.
  • Enable or disable the display of POST messages. Disabling POST Messages 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.
  • Specify an Ownership Tag, which appears when the computer is powered on or restarted.
  • Specify the Asset Tag or property identification number assigned by the company to this computer.
  • Enable power-on password prompts during system restarts (warm-starts) and power on.
  • Hide or show the integrated I/O functionality, including serial, USB, or parallel ports, audio, or embedded NIC. Hidden devices are inaccessible, which increases system security.
  • Enable or disable removable media boot ability.
  • Enable or disable removable media write ability (if supported by hardware).
  • Replicate the computer setup by saving system configuration information on USB removeable storage devices and restoring it on computers.
  • Execute self-tests on specified SATA hard disk drives (if supported by the drive).

Accessing the Computer Setup (F10) Utility

To access the Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu:
  1. Power on or restart the computer.
  2. As the display first becomes active, press F10.
    If you do not press F10 quickly enough at the appropriate time, try again. Turn the computer off, then on, and press F10 again to access the utility. You can also press Ctrl + Alt + Delete before starting if you miss the opportunity to press F10.
  3. Select the language from the list and press Enter.
    In the Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu, five headings are displayed: File, Storage, Security, Power, and Advanced.
  4. Use the left and right arrow keys to select the appropriate heading, use the up and down arrow keys to select an option, and then press Enter.
  5. Choose from the following:
    • To apply and save changes, select File > Save Changes, and then select F10=YES.
    • To remove changes you have made, select Ignore Changes and then select F10=YES.
    • To reset to factory settings, select File > Default Setup > Restore Factory Settings as Default. Press F10 to accept the changes, and then select Apply Defaults and Exit. This restores the original factory system defaults.
Help screens (accessed by pressing F1) are available for many menus in the Computer Setup (F10) Utility.
Do not power off the computer while the ROM is saving the Computer Setup (F10) Utility changes to CMOS memory. A loss of power could corrupt the CMOS memory. After you exit the F10 Setup screen, you can disconnect power from the computer.

The Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu

The following table describes the functions available in the Computer Setup (F10) utility menu.
With new BIOS releases, the following content is subject to change, so the menu might be different than shown.
Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu descriptions
System Information
Displays the following system characteristics:
  • Product Name
  • SKU Number
  • Processor Type
  • Processor Speed
  • Processor Stepping (stepping designation and patch number)
  • Cache Size (L1/L2/L3)
  • Memory Size
  • Integrated MAC (onboard NIC)
  • System BIOS
  • Chassis Serial Number
  • Asset Tracking Number
  • ME (Intel Management Engine) Firmware Version
  • ME Management Mode
Displays copyright information.
Set Time and Date
Lets you set system time and date. Use the keyboard Tab and arrow keys to make changes.
Flash System ROM
Lets you upgrade the BIOS from a ROM image on optical media or USB.
Replicated Setup
Provides these options:
  • Save to Removable Media—Saves the computer configuration, including CMOS, to a USB storage device. The saved configuration file is named cpqsetup.txt.
  • Restore from Removable Media—Restores the computer configuration from a USB storage device.
Default Setup
Provides these options:
  • Save Current Settings as Default—Saves the current settings as default settings for the next operation.
  • Restore Factory Settings as Default—Restores the factory settings as the default settings for the next operation.
Apply Defaults and Exit
Restores the default settings defined in Default Setup.
Ignore Changes and Exit
Exits computer setup without applying or saving changes.
Save Changes and Exit
Saves changes to system configuration and exits the computer setup.
Device Configuration
Lists installed SATA storage devices and provides specific information about each device:
  • Hard Disk—Provides information about the hard disk drives.
  • CD-ROM—Provides information about the optical disk drives.
  • Default Values—Resets devices to their default configuration (SATA is the default).
    • Translation Mode2—Enables the BIOS to determine the translation mode used to configure a formatted SATA or USB mass storage device. This prevents you from needing to know how the mass storage device was formatted. Options are Automatic (default), Bit Shift, LBA Assisted, User (Cylinders, Heads, Sectors), and Off.
      Ordinarily, you should not change the translation mode selected by the BIOS. If the selected translation mode is not compatible with the translation mode that was active when the drive was partitioned and formatted, the data on the disk becomes inaccessible.
Storage Options
Provides these options:
  • Removable Media Boot (Enabled/Disabled)—Enabling allows the workstation to boot from removable media, such as a USB flash drive.
  • SATA Emulation—Sets the SATA emulation mode with the following options:
    • RAID + AHCI—both the RAID and AHCI OPROMs execute. This emulation mode is the default and offers the best performance and most functionality.
    • IDE—offers standard SATA support. Some higher-numbered SATA ports may not be available in this mode.
  • eSATA Port—Displays the internal SATA port(s) that are configured to operate as eSATA. Changing this to None provisions the port(s) as internal SATA.
  • Max eSATA Speed—Configures eSATA port speeds:
    • Gen 2 (3.0 Gbps)
    • Gen 1 (1.5 Gbps)
DPS Self-test
Select a drive—Lets you execute self-tests on SATA hard drives capable of performing Drive Protection System (DPS) self-tests.
This selection appears only when the system has one or more drives capable of performing the DPS self-tests.
Boot Order
Lets you configure the boot order by physically reordering the menu entries. The default boot order is:
  • EFI Boot Sources
    • USB Floppy/CD
    • USB Hard Drive
    • ATAPI CD/DVD Drive
  • Legacy Boot Sources
    • ATAPI CD/DVD Drive
    • USB Floppy/CD
    • Hard Drive
    • Network Controller
You can take the following actions:
  • Press Enter to drag a device with the arrow keys to a preferred place, then press Enter again to drop the device in place.
  • Press F5 to remove the device from consideration as a bootable device.
  • You must confirm changes by selecting File>Save Changes and Exit and then press Enter.The computer then stores boot order changes in the physical ROM.
To temporarily override the boot order and boot from a device other than the default device specified in Boot Order:
  1. Restart the computer.
  2. Press F9 when the F9=Boot Menu message appears on the screen.
  3. Wait for POST to finish and for the list of bootable devices to display.
  4. Use the arrow keys to select the preferred boot device.
  5. Press Enter. The computer then starts from the selected nondefault device. (This does not change the default boot device.)
Setup Password
Lets you set and enable a setup password for the administrator.
If you create a setup password, you must use it to change computer setup options, to flash the ROM, and to make changes to certain Plug and Play settings under Windows.
Power-On Password
Let you set and enable the power-on password.
Password Options
This option becomes available depending on the presence of setup or power-on passwords. It provides these options:
  • Lock Legacy Resources (Enabled/Disabled)—Prevents the operating system from changing resources to serial, parallel, or diskette controller. (Appears if a setup password is set.)
  • Setup Browse Mode (Enabled/Disabled)—Lets you view but not change the F10 Setup Options without having to enter the setup password. (Appears if a setup password is set.)
  • Password prompt on F9, F11, and F12 (Enabled/Disabled)—Lets you access menus without entering the setup password.
  • Network Server Mode (Disabled/Enabled)—Enables network server mode. (Appears if a power-on password is set.)
Smart Cover
Lets you enable/disable the cover removal sensor1.
Device Security
Makes the following devices available or hidden to the computer:
  • Embedded Security Device (hidden by default)
  • System Audio
  • Network Controller
  • SATA ports
With the exception of Embedded Security Device (TPM), Device Available is the default setting for all devices (allows the operating system to access the device). Device Hidden disables the device by the BIOS so that the operating system can no longer enable the device.
An entry for enabling DriveLock appears in the setup menu if the computer has a DriveLock-compatible hard disk drive.
USB Security
Set workstation USB ports to Enabled/Disabled:
  • Front USB Ports
  • Rear USB Ports
  • Accessory USB Ports
Slot Security
Lets you disable any PCI or PCI Express slot.
Network Boot
Lets you enable/disable the ability to boot from the network using the F12 key or the boot order.
System IDs
Provides these options:
  • Asset Tag—A user-editable, 16-byte string identifying the computer.
  • Ownership Tag—A user-editable, 80-byte string identifying ownership of the computer. This tag appears on the screen during POST.
  • Universal Unique Identifier (UUID)—An ID number set in the factory that uniquely identifies the computer.
  • Keyboard—Lets you set the keyboard locale for System ID entry.
System Security
With the exception of the first option, Data Execution Prevention, changing any of these system security settings and choosing File > Save Changes and Exit will result in the computer performing a global reset, automatically turning itself off and then back on. Note also that these options are hardware dependent and may not be available on some models:
  • Data Execution Prevention (Enabled/Disabled)—Helps prevent operating system security breaches.
  • Virtualization Technology (VTx)1 (Disabled/Enabled)—Controls the virtualization features of the processor.
  • Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (VTd)1 (Disabled/Enabled)—Controls virtualization DMA remapping features of the chipset.
  • Intel TXT(LT) Support1 (Enabled/Disabled)—Controls the underlying processor and chipset features needed to support a virtual appliance. To enable this feature you must enable:
    • Virtualization Technology (VTx)
    • Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (VTd)
    • Embedded Security Device
  • Embedded Security Device1 (Disabled/Enabled)—Permits activation and deactivation of the Embedded Security Device.
    Embedded Security Device must be set to Device Available in the Device Security menu, and you must create a Setup Password, in order to configure the Embedded Security Device.
  • Reset to Factory Settings1 (Do not reset/Reset)—Restores factory defaults and erases all security keys.
    Choosing Reset to Factory Settings may result in significant data loss. The embedded security device is a critical component of many security schemes. Erasing the security keys prevent access to data protected by the Embedded Security Device.
  • OS Management of Embedded Security Device1 (Disabled/Enabled)—Limits operating system control of the Embedded Security Device.
  • Reset of Embedded Security Device through OS1 (Enabled/Disabled)—Limits the operating system ability to request a Reset to Factory Settings of the Embedded Security Device.
    You must create a Setup Password to use this option.
Drive Lock Security
Lets you assign or modify a master password or user password for hard drives. When enabled, this feature prompts the user to provide one of the DriveLock passwords during POST. If the user does not successfully enter one of the passwords, the hard drive remains inaccessible until one of the passwords is successfully entered during a subsequent cold-boot sequence.
This selection appears only when the system includes at least one drive that supports the DriveLock feature.
OS Power Management
Enables or disables:
  • Runtime Power Management
  • Idle Power Savings: Extended (default) or Normal; extended mode reduces processor power consumption when the CPU is idle
  • ACPI S3 PS2 Mouse Wakeup
  • Unique Sleep State Blink Rates
Hardware Power Management
Enables or disables:
  • SATA Power Management
  • S5 Maximum Power Savings
Lets you set the minimum speed of the system fan when the CPU is idle.
Power-On Options
Sets the following:
  • POST Mode:
    • 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 test (count) on cold boot. Clears memory on all boots.
    • FullBoot Every x Days—Memory count on first cold boot on or after the Xth day and no more memory counts until that boot occurs. Clears memory on all boots.
  • POST Messages (Enabled/Disabled)
  • Press the ESC key for Startup Menu (Enabled/Disabled)
  • Option ROM Prompt (Enabled/Disabled)—Enabling this feature causes the computer to display a message before loading option ROMs.
  • After Power Loss—Lets you specify computer behavior after a power loss:
    • Power Off—Computer remains powered off when power is restored (default).
    • Power On—Computer automatically powers on when power is restored. (This lets you power on the computer using a power strip switch, if the computer is connected to an electric power strip.)
    • Previous state—Computer powers on automatically when power is restored only if computer was on when power was lost.
      If you turn off power to the computer using a power strip, you cannot use the suspend/sleep feature or the Remote Management features.
  • POST Delay (None (default), 5, 10, 15, 20 seconds)—Delays start of the POST process. You might need a delay to:
    • Allow time for some hard disk drives to spin up before POST is finished
    • Give yourself more time to select F10 to enter the Computer Setup (F10) Utility.
  • Remote Wakeup Boot Source (Local Hard Drive/Remote Server). Sets the boot device for the workstation when it is started using Remote Wakeup (takes precedence over the Boot Order menu setting) .
  • System Recovery Boot Support (Enabled/Disabled). Enabling this feature displays an additional prompt, F11=Recovery, 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. You can hide the F11=Recovery prompt by using the F11 prompt option described above.
  • Bypass F1 Prompt on Confirmation Changes (Enabled/Disabled)—Prevents display of a confirmation prompt when you make changes to the system.
BIOS Power-On
Lets you disable or specify a weekday and time for BIOS power-on.
Onboard Devices
Lets you disable or set resources (IRQ, DMA, I/O Rate) for onboard system devices such as the serial port and parallel ports. Operating system parameters generally override Onboard Devices settings.
Bus options
Enable/disable these options:
  • PCI SERR# Generation (Enabled/Disabled)—Controls PCI SERR# generation for ill-behaved PCI add-in cards (that can generate SERR# spuriously)
  • PCI VGA Palette Snooping (Disabled/Enabled)—Controls PCI VGA Palette Snooping for compatibility purposes
  • PCI Latency Timer (32/64/128/160/192/224/248). 128 PCI Clocks is the default.
Device Options
Enable/disable the following device options:
  • S5 Wake-on-LAN (Enabled/Disabled)
  • Turbo Mode (Enabled/Disabled)
  • Printer Mode (EPP+ECP, Output Only, Bi-Directional).
  • Num Lock State at Power-On (On/Off)
  • Integrated Video1 (Enabled/Disabled)
  • IGD (Integrated Graphics Device) Memory—Displayed when Integrated Video is Enabled. Sets the maximum amount of system memory that can be allocated as graphics memory (32, 64 (default), 128, 256, 512 MB)1
  • Internal Speaker (Enabled/Disabled)
  • NIC Option ROM2 Download (PXE/Disabled)
  • SATA RAID Option ROM2 Download (Enabled/Disabled)
  • Multi-Processor (Enabled/Disabled)
  • Hyperthreading1 (Disabled/Enabled)
Slot Settings
Lets you Enable/Disable Option ROM Download for each slot. Selective disabling of Option ROM downloads can help manage limited Option ROM space.
AMT Configuration
Lets you set the following AMT (Intel Active Management Technology) configuration options:
  • AMT (Enabled/Disabled)—Allows for remote discovery, repair and protection of networked workstations. Enabling the AMT function also enables the Network Controller (required for AMT to function correctly).
  • Unconfigure AMT/ME (Disabled/Enabled)2—Restores AMT/ME defaults. When you save and exit after enabling this option, you will be prompted to complete the process upon restart. A Setup Password (even if one is set) does not need to be entered to complete the process.
    Information about Intel AMT can be found at www.intel.com.
  • WatchDog Timer (Enabled/Disabled)—OS and BIOS WatchDog Timers can be set independently (in minutes):
    • OS WatchDog Timer—Sets the OS WatchDog Timer
    • BIOS WatchDog Timer—Sets the BIOS WatchDog Timer.
1Available on selected models
2These options should be used by advanced users only






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