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HP Workstation xw8200 - Computer Setup Utilities

Computer Setup (F10)

The Computer Setup (F10) utilities include the following functionalities:
  • Change factory default settings and set or change the system configuration, which might benecessary when adding and removing hardware.
  • Determine if all of the devices installed on the workstation are recognized by the system andfunctioning properly.
  • Determine information about the operating environment of the workstation.
  • Solve system configuration errors detected but not automatically fixed during the Power-On Self-Test(POST).
  • Establish and manage passwords and other security features.
  • Establish and manage energy-saving timeouts (not supported for Linux platforms).
  • Modify or restore 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, diskette drives, optical drives, or LS-120 drives.
  • Configure the boot priority of SATA, IDE (ATA), and SCSI hard drive controllers.
  • Enable Quick Boot, which is faster than Full Boot but does not run all of the diagnostic tests runduring a Full Boot. The system can be set to:
    • Always Quick Boot (default)
    • Periodically Full Boot (from every 1 to 30 days)
    • Always Full Boot
  • Enable or disable Network Server Mode, which enables the workstation to boot the operating systemwhen the power-on password is enabled with or without a keyboard or mouse attached. Whenattached to the system, the keyboard and mouse remain locked until the power-on password isentered.
  • POST Messages Enabled or Disabled to change the display status of POST messages. POSTMessages Disabled suppresses most POST messages, such as memory count, product name, andother non-error text messages. If a POST error occurs, the error is displayed regardless of the modeselected. To manually switch to POST Messages Enabled during POST, press any key (except F1through F12).
  • Establish an Ownership Tag, the text of which is displayed each time the system is turned on orrestarted.
  • Enter the Asset Tag or property identification number assigned by your company to this workstation.
  • Enable power-on password prompting during system restarts (warm boots) as well as during poweron.
  • Secure the integrated I/O functionality, including the serial, USB, or parallel ports, audio, orembedded NIC, so that the I/O functionality cannot be used until they are unsecured.
  • Enable or disable Master Boot Record (MBR) Security.
  • Enable or disable removable media boot ability.
  • Enable or disable removable media write ability (when supported by hardware).
  • Solve system configuration errors detected, but not automatically fixed, during the POST.
  • Replicate the system setup by saving system configuration information on diskette and restoring iton one or more workstations.
  • Execute self-tests on specified SATA and IDE (ATA) hard drives (when supported by the drive).


The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) of the computer is a collection of machine language programsstored as firmware in read-only memory (ROM). The BIOS ROM includes such functions as POST, PCIdevice initialization, Plug 'n Play support, power management activities, and the Setup utility. Thefirmware contained in the BIOS ROM supports the following systems and specifications:
  • Microsoft WHQL
  • Alert-On-LAN (AOL) and Wake-On-LAN (WOL)
  • ACPI 1.0 and 2.0 and OnNow
  • SMBIOS 2.3.5
  • PC98/99/00 and NetPC
  • Intel PXE boot ROM for the integrated LAN controller
  • BIOS Boot Specification 1.01
  • Enhanced Disk Drive Specification 3.0
  • El Torito Bootable CD-ROM Format Specification 1.0
  • ATAPI Removable Media Device BIOS Specification 1.0
  • MPS Specification 1.4 (for booting Linux SMP)
The BIOS ROM is a 1-MB Intel Firmware Hub (or Firmware Hub-compatible) part. The runtime portion ofthe BIOS resides in a 128-K block from EA000h to FFFFFh (approximation).

Navigating the Setup utility

Accessing the Setup utility

To access the Setup Utility, turn on the workstation or restarting the system. To run the access utility, do the following:
  1. Turn on or restart the workstation.
  2. Press the F10 key as soon as the monitor light turns green.
    If you do not press the F10 key at the appropriate time, you must try again. Turn the workstationoff, then on again, and press the F10 key again to access the utility.
  3. Select the appropriate language from the list and press Enter. In the Computer Setup Utilities menu, fourheadings are displayed: File, Storage, Security, and Advanced.
  4. Use the arrow (left and right) keys to select the appropriatekeys to select the desired option, then press Enter.
  5. To apply and save changes, select File, Save Changes and Exit.
    • Select Ignore Changes and Exit to discard the changes made.
    • To reset to factory settings, select Set Defaults and Exit. This option restores the original factorysystem defaults.
    Do NOT turn the workstation power OFF while the ROM is saving the Computer Setup F10changes because the CMOS could become corrupted. After exiting the F10 Setup screen, it is safe toturn off all power to the workstation.

Setup utility function keys

The following table includes the function keys and their corresponding menus of the Setup utility.
Press this key:
Display a description of the current field or option.
Up and down arrows
Select an item
Select a submenu
Right and left arrows
See and choose the settings for a menu option.
Move to the next field on a screen.
Move to the previous field on a screen.
Save your changes and exit the submenu.
Exit the current selection or menu and ignore changes.

BIOS simulator

BIOS simulator includes the majority of the BIOS screens. The simulator does not provide the complete functionality of the BIOS.

Computer Setup menu

The following table provides the descriptions of the following four Computer Setup menus:
File menu option
A read-only screen that allows you to see what is included in the system without opening the chassis. This option displays the product name; processor type, speed and stepping; cache and memory size; chassis serial and asset tracking numbers; and the BIOS version.
Displays copyright information.
Set Time andDate
Enables you to set system time and date.
Save toDiskette
Allows you to save the current system configuration to a 1.44MB diskette in Drive A. The data is stored in a text file named cpqsetup.txt. The end of each file contains a dump of the Extended System Configuration Data (ESCD), which is a format for holding comprehensive data about the peripheral devices plugged into the workstation, including ISA and Plug and Play cards. ESCD data can be stored in a disk file or nonvolatile memory.
Some settings such as the system date, time, and passwords are not included in the saved configuration
Restore fromDiskette
Restores system configuration from a diskette.
Set Defaults and Exit
Restores the default values for all of the BIOS options (for all menus), and then exits the Setup Utility. Using this option is equivalent to pressing the CMOS reset button on the system board.
Set Defaultsand Exit
Loads a saved configuration from a diskette in Drive A. That is, it restores the contents of a diskette made with the Save to Diskette option.
IgnoreChanges andExit
Exits from the Setup Utility without writing to ROM any changes you have made to the BIOS options. The settings remain as they were before you entered the Setup Utility.
Save Changesand Exit
Writes to ROM all changes you have made to the BIOS setting and then exits.
Storage menu option
Lists all installed non-SCSI storage devices.SCSI storage drives will not be listed in Computer Setup (F10).When a device is selected, detailed information and options are displayed. The following optionsmight be presented:
  • Hard Disk (SATA 0)
  • CD-ROM (IDE Secondary 0)
  • Diskette (Legacy Diskette 0)
  • Default Values (IDE/SATA)
Storage options
Enables or disables the following options:
  • Removable Media Boot: Controls the ability to boot the system from removable media. The default is enabled.
  • Removable Media Write: Controls the ability to write data to removable media when the default is enabled. This feature applies only to legacy diskette, IDE LS-120 Superdisk, and IDE PC CD drives.
  • BIOS IDE DMA Transfers
  • SATA Configuration
  • Primary IDE Controller
  • Secondary IDE Controller
IDE DPS self-test
Executes a Drive Protection System test on the hard drive.
This selection is displayed if at least one drive capable of performing the IDE DPS test is attached to the workstation.
Boot order
Specifies the order of devices from which the system will boot. The default order is: IDE CD-ROM drive, diskette drive, USB device, hard drive, network controller, LSI MPI boot support. To exclude a device from the boot order so that it cannot be booted, set the value of the drive option to Disabled.
The system will boot to a ROMPaq diskette in the A: drive, even if the diskette drive is not the first drive specified in the boot order.
Controller order
Specifies the controller/device boot order.
Security menu option
Setup Password
Sets a password that allows changes to the F10 Setup Utility. If the setup password is set, it is required to flash the ROM or change certain Plug and Play settings. This password is also required to use some of the HP remote security options.
The password is null by default. You must set the password to use it.
Power-On Password
Sets a password that is required before the system will boot. The password is null by default. You must set the password to use it.
If you are servicing a system with an unknown power-on password, you can clear the password by resetting the password jumper as described in the Servicing the System module.
Device Security
Sets the following embedded devices as available or hidden:
  • Serial port
  • Parallel port
  • All USB ports
  • Front USB ports (displayed only when these ports are connected to the system board)
  • System audio
  • Network controller
The device available option (the default setting for all devices) allows the operating system to allocate resources and use the device.
The device hidden option removes access to the device and hides it from the operating system, so the operating system cannot re-enable the device. Disabling a device prevents resource assignment to that device, making those resources available to other devices. However, a disabled device can still be detected by some software or operating systems.
You would also set a device as hidden if you want to substitute a different component for it. For example, if you add a sound card, you may need to hide the default system audio device (the embedded device on the system board), to prevent conflicts with the new sound card.
Hiding a device suppresses its functionality. For example, if you hide the embedded network controller, you will not be able to connect to a network unless you replace the embedded controller with another network controller.
Network Service Boot
Allows the system to be booted from another system on a network. The default is Enabled. Disable this option if you do not want the computer to be booted over a network.
System IDs
Sets the following system-specific identification tags.
  • Asset Tag: A 16-byte string set by the customer to identify the system.
  • Ownership Tag: An 80-byte string to identify ownership of the system. This tag is displayed on the screen during POST. This allows the customer to identify the system during reboot, for example, "Engineering Web Server."
  • UUID Universally Unique Identifier. A unique system identifier that is normally set in the factory and cannot be changed.
  • Keyboard: Sets the language designation for the keyboard.
  • Monitor tracking
Master Boot Record Security
Saves a snapshot of the Master Boot Record (MBR), which is a small program that initiates the bootstrap process. Saving the MBR may be useful in case of an unsuccessful ROM flash, or in case the MBR is corrupted. In those cases, the system could reboot and restore defaults based on what is in the saved snapshot of the MBR.
Each time the system is powered on, the BIOS checks the MBR to ensure that it has not changed. If the MBR is different, the system notifies you and immediately enters the Setup Utility.
Master Boot Record Security is disabled by default. You have the following options if you enable Master Boot Record Security:
  • Save Master Boot Record - saves a copy of the MBR.
  • Restore Master Boot Record - this option is only visible if Master Boot Record Security is enabled and a valid MBR has been saved for the current hard disk drive.
    This option allows you to restore the MBR from a previous copy if it becomes corrupted.
Advanced menu option
Sets the following options:
  • POST mode
  • POST messages
  • F9 prompt
  • F10 prompt
  • F12 prompt
  • Option ROM Prompt
  • POST Delay
  • Num Lock State at Power-On
Sets the following options:
  • Remote Wakeup Boot Source
  • After Power Loss
  • S5 Wake on LAN
  • ACPI S3 Support
  • ACPI S3 Video REPOST
  • ACPI S3 Hard Disk Reset
  • ACPI S3 PS2 Mouse Wake
  • Up Unique Sleep State Blink Rates
Sets the following options:
  • Processor Cache
  • Hyper-Threading
  • Power Management
  • Pentium IV Freq. Multiplier
Sets the following options:
  • ECC Support
  • Memory Scrubbing
  • Memory Remapping
  • PCI SERR# Generation
  • PCI VGA Palette Snooping
Onboard devices
Sets address ranges and interrupts for the following devices:
  • Serial Port
  • Parallel Port
  • Diskette Controller
  • USB Controller #1
  • USB Controller #2
  • USB Controller #3
  • USB Controller #4
  • USB 2.0 Controller
  • IDE Controller
  • SATA RAID Controller
  • Audio Controller
  • Network Controller
Device options
Enables or disables the following options:
  • Printer Mode
  • SATA RAID Option ROM
  • Network Controller Option ROM
Slot 1(PCI Express x16)
Enables or disables the PCI slot and latency timer
Slot 2 (PCI)
Enables or disables the slot and option ROM
Slot 3 (PCI)
Enables or disables the PCI slot and latency timer
Slot 4 (PCI)
Enables or disables the slot and option ROM
Slot 5 (PCI)
Sets the bus speed for the slot, enables or disables option ROM and sets the latency timer.
Slot 6 (PCI Express x4)
Slot 7 (PCI-X 100)






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