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HP ProDesk 600 G1 Desktop Mini PC - BIOS Setup

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 the serial, USB, or parallel ports, 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 device 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:
  • Turn On or restart the computer.
  • Repeatedly press F10 when the monitor light turns green to access the utility. The end-user also press Esc to a menu that allows you to access different options available at startup, including the Computer Setup utility.
    If you do not press F10 at the appropriate time, you must restart the computer and again repeatedly press F10 when the monitor light turns green to access the utility.
  • A choice of five headings appears in the Computer Setup Utilities menu: File, Storage, Security, Power, and Advanced.
  • 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.
  • To apply and save changes, select File > Save Changes and Exit.
    • If end-user 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.
Not all settings shown in the following sections are available for all models
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.
System Information
  • Product name
  • Manufacturer
  • SKU number
  • Processor type/speed/stepping
  • Installed memory size/speed, number of channels
  • Integrated MAC address for embedded, enabled NIC (if applicable)
  • Chassis serial number
  • Asset tracking number/Asset tag
  • System Board ID
  • System Board CT Number
  • BIOS (includes family name and version)
Displays copyright notice.
Set Time and Date
Allows to set system time and date.
Flash System ROM
Allows to update the system ROM with a BIOS image file located on removable media.
Replicated Setup
  • Save to Removable Media
    Saves system configuration to a formatted USB flash media device.
  • Restore from Removable Media
    Restores system configuration from a USB flash media 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.
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 version, serial number, connector color, SMART category.
    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.
    Available only when the drive translation mode is set to User, 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.
    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 version, serial number, connector color (not included for USB CDROM).
  • SSD Life Used
    Displays for solid-state drives.
  • SMART (ATA disks only)
  • Diskette: Model and firmware version.
    Displays for USB diskette drives.
  • Default Values (ATA disks only)
    See Translation Mode above for details.
    SATA Defaults
Storage Options
  • SATA Emulation
    Allows you to choose how the SATA controller and devices are accessed by the operating system. There are three supported options: IDE, RAID, and AHCI (default).
    SATA emulation changes may prevent access to existing hard drive data and degrade or corrupt established volumes
    • IDE - This is the most backwards-compatible setting of the three options. Operating systems usually do not require additional driver support in IDE mode.
    • RAID - Allows DOS and boot access to RAID volumes. Use this mode with the RAID device driver loaded in the operating system to take advantage of RAID features.
    • AHCI (default option) - Allows operating systems with AHCI device drivers loaded to take advantage of more advanced features of the SATA controller.
    The RAID/AHCI device driver must be installed prior to attempting to boot from a RAID/ AHCI volume. If you attempt to boot from a RAID/AHCI volume without the required device driver installed, the system will crash (blue screen). RAID volumes may become corrupted if they are booted to after disabling RAID.
  • Removable Media Boot
    Enables/disables ability to boot the system from removable media. Default is enabled.
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 selftests is attached to the system.
Boot Order
Allows to:
  • UEFI Boot Sources: Specify the order in which EFI boot sources (such as a internal hard drive, USB hard drive, USB optical drive, or internal optical drive) 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.
    EFI boot sources always have precedence over legacy boot sources.
  • Legacy Boot Sources: Specify the order in which 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. 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).
    To drag a device to a preferred place, press Enter. To remove the device from consideration as a bootable device, press F5.
    You can use F5 to disable individual boot items, as well as disable EFI boot and/or legacy boot.
    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 Esc (to access the boot menu) and then F9 (Boot Order), or only F9 (skipping the boot menu) when the monitor light turns green. 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.
Setup Password
Allows 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.
Power-On Password
Allows to set and enable a power-on password. The power-on password prompt appears after a power cycle or reboot. If the user does not enter the correct power-on password, the unit will not boot.
Password Options (This selection appears only if a power-on password or setup password is set.)
Allows to enable/disable:
  • Lock Legacy Resources (determines whether or not Windows Device Manager is allowed to change resource settings for serial and parallel ports).
  • Stringent security (enabling the stringent password disables the ability to reset the password by moving the jumper on the system board). Default is disabled.
    If you enable the stringent security feature and you forget the setup password or the power-on password, the computer is inaccessible and can no longer be used.
    If you lose or forget the password, the system board must be replaced. This scenario is not covered under warranty.
    To prevent the computer from becoming permanently unusable, record your configured setup password or power-on password in a safe place away from your computer. Without these passwords, the computer cannot be unlocked.
  • 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 enabled.
  • Password prompt on F9 & F12 (requires setup password to use these boot functions). Default is enabled.
  • Network Server Mode. Default is disabled.
Device Security
Allows to set Device Available/Device Hidden (default is Device Available) for:
  • System audio
  • Network controller
  • Network controller
    You must disable AMT before trying to hide the network controller.
  • SATA ports (varies by model)
USB Security
Allows to set Enabled/Disabled (default is Enabled) for:
  • Front USB Ports
  • Rear USB Ports
  • Accessory USB Ports
Slot Security
Allows to disable any PCI or PCI Express slot. Default is enabled.
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 expansion card or embedded on the system board.) Default is enabled.
System IDs
Allows 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.
  • 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 Layout (language).
Master Boot Record Security
Enables/disables Master Boot Record (MBR) security.
The MBR contains information needed to successfully boot from a disk and to access the data stored on the disk. Master Boot Record Security may prevent unintentional or malicious changes to the MBR, such as those caused by some viruses or by the incorrect use of certain disk utilities. It also allows you to recover the "last known good" MBR, should changes to the MBR be detected when the system is restarted.
When MBR Security is enabled, the BIOS prevents any changes being made to the MBR of the current bootable disk while in MS-DOS or Windows Safe Mode.
Most operating systems control access to the MBR of the current bootable disk; the BIOS cannot prevent changes that may occur while the operating system is running.
Restores the backup Master Boot Record to the current bootable disk. Default is disabled.
Only appears if all of the following conditions are true:
  • MBR security is enabled
  • A backup copy of the MBR has been previously saved
  • The current bootable disk is the same disk from which the backup copy was saved
    Restoring a previously saved MBR after a disk utility or operating system has modified the MBR, may cause the data on the disk to become inaccessible. Only restore a previously saved MBR if you are confident that the current bootable disk's MBR has been corrupted or infected with a virus.
System Security (these options are hardware dependent)
  • Data Execution Prevention (enable/disable) - Helps prevent operating system security breaches. Default is enabled.
  • Virtualization Technology (VTx) (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) (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.
  • Button Retask Password Protection (enable/disable) - Controls whether or not the Setup password must be provided to WMI methods used to re-task the function of the side panel buttons.
DriveLock Security
Allows 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.
Secure Boot Configuration
This is a feature of Windows 8.
  • Legacy Support—Enable/Disable. Allows to turn off all legacy support on the computer, including booting to DOS, running legacy graphics cards, booting to legacy devices, and so on. If set to disable, legacy boot options in Storage > Boot Order are not displayed. Default is enabled.
  • Secure Boot—Enable/Disable. Allows to make sure an operating system is legitimate before booting to it, making Windows resistant to malicious modification from preboot to full OS booting, preventing firmware attacks. UEFI and Windows Secure Boot only allow code signed by pre-approved digital certificates to run during the firmware and OS boot process. Default is disabled, except for Windows 8 systems which have this setting enabled. Secure Boot enabled also sets Legacy Support to disabled.
  • Key Management—This option lets to manage the custom key settings.
    • Clear Secure Boot Keys—Don't Clear/Clear. Allows you to delete any previously loaded custom boot keys. Default is Don't Clear.
    • Key Ownership—HP Keys/Custom Keys. Selecting Custom Mode allows you to modify the contents of the secure boot signature databases and the platform key (PK) that verifies kernels during system start up, allowing you to use alternative operating systems. Selecting HP Keys causes the computer boot using the preloaded HP-specific boot keys. Default is HP Keys.
    • Fast Boot—Enable/Disable. Fast boot disables the ability to interrupt boot, such as pressing f keys to access items before the operating system loads. Default is disabled.
      If Windows 8 detects a serious error, it will interrupt the boot process automatically and display advanced boot options.
      From Windows 8, you can press Shift and select Restart to access the screen that lets you boot to a device or troubleshoot your computer.
      Support for specific Computer Setup options may vary depending on the hardware configuration.

Computer Setup—Power

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.
  • 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.
    For Windows 8 systems with Fast Boot support, a normal shutdown goes to the S4 state, not the S5 state.
    • S0 (On) = Solid white LED.
    • S3 (Stand By)= 3 blinks at 1Hz (50% duty cycle) followed by a pause of 2 seconds (white 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 (white LED) — repeated cycles of 4 blinks and a pause.
    • S5 (Soft Off) = LED is Off.
Hardware Power Management
  • SATA Power Management – Enables or disables 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 0.5 Watt power usage. Default is disabled.
  • PCI Express Power Management – Sets Active State Power Management (ASPM) of the bus. ASPM lets you set lower power modes that activate when the bus is not being used. Default is enabled.
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.
Power-On Options
Allows 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). Enabling this feature will cause the system to display POST error messages, which are error messages displayed on the monitor during the Power On Self Test if the BIOS encounters some kind of problem while starting the PC. A POST error message will only display on screen if the computer is capable of booting this far. If the POST detects an error before this point, a beep code is generated instead. Default is disabled.
  • Press the ESC key for Startup Menu (Enable/Disable). This feature controls the display of the text “Press the ESC key for Startup Menu” during POST. This text does not display on Windows 8 systems with Fast Boot support. Other text also will not display (for example, Ownership Tag). Default is enabled.
  • Option ROM Prompt (enable/disable). Enabling this feature will cause the system to display a message before loading option ROMs. Default is enabled.
  • After Power Loss (off/on/previous state). Default is Power off. 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 (in 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. Default is None.
  • Remote Wakeup Boot Source (remote server/local hard drive). Default is Local hard drive.
  • Factory Recovery Boot Support (Enable/Disable). Provides the ability for the BIOS to redirect the boot to the recovery partition on the user hard drive, if present. Some versions of the recovery software honor the F11 key press even when this feature is disabled by the BIOS. 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.
  • POST Memory Manager Runtime Allocation (Enable/Disable). Default is disabled.
BIOS Power-On
Allows to set the computer to turn on automatically at a specified time.
Onboard Devices
  • Allows to set resources for or disable Legacy devices.
  • Select the Legacy device's IRQ, DMA, and I/O Range. The settings may not take effect for all operating systems. To hide a device from the operating system, see Security > Device Security.
Bus Options
Allows to enable or disable:
  • PCI SERR# Generation. Default is enabled.
  • 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 disabled.
Device Options
Allows 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 Off.
  • Internal Speaker (does not affect external speakers). Default is enabled.
  • Multi-Processor (enable/disable). Use this option to disable multi-processor support under the OS. Default is enabled.
    USB Charging Port (enable/disable). Default is enabled.
  • USB 3.0 BIOS Driver Support (enabled/disabled). Default is disabled.
  • Hyper threading (enable/disable). Use this option to disable processor hyper-threading.
VGA Configuration
Displayed only if there is an add-in video card in the system. Allows you to specify which VGA controller will be the “boot” or primary VGA controller.
Option ROM Launch Policy
(Windows 8 only). Windows 8 installs as a UEFI operating system (as opposed to ‘legacy’), and ships with the ‘Legacy Support’ setting off in the BIOS. When ‘Legacy Support’ is off, the Option ROM Launch Policies are set to ‘UEFI Only’. These policies control whether the Legacy Option ROM or the UEFI driver is loaded for the following features:
  • PXE Option ROMs (UEFI Only/Do Not Launch). Specifies whether the legacy option ROM or the UEFI driver in the BIOS is used to provide PXE services.
  • Storage Option ROMs (UEFI Only/Do Not Launch). Specifies whether the legacy option ROM or the UEFI driver in the BIOS is used to provide RAID setup and support.
  • Video Option ROMs (UEFI Only/Do Not Launch). Specifies whether the legacy VBIOS or the UEFI driver in the BIOS is used to provide graphics setup and support.
  • NetClone Option ROMs (Legacy Only/Do Not Launch). Only available on models with the NetClone operating system.
PCIe Family Controller
Provides information about the PCIe controller, including:
  • Driver Name/Version/Release Date
  • Device Name
  • PCI Slot
  • MAC Address