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HP Z200 Workstation - 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 computer configuration, which might be necessary when you add or remove hardware.
  • Determine if all devices installed on the computer are recognized by the system and functioning.
  • Determine information about the operating environment of the computer.
  • 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, LS-120 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 POST Messages to change the display status of POST messages. POST Messages disabled suppresses most POST messages, such as memory count, product name, and other nonerror 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 CD or diskette 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. When the display is active and F10=Setup appears in the lower right corner of the screen, press F10.
    If you do not press F10 at the appropriate time, try again. Turn the computer off, then on, and press F10 again to access the utility. You can also press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys before starting if you miss the opportunity to press F10.
  3. Select the language from the list and press the Enter key.
    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.
Do not power off the computer while the ROM is saving the Computer Setup (F10) Utility changes, because the Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) could become corrupted. 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
  • Integrated MAC
  • System BIOS
  • Boot Block Date
  • Xdale Vbios Version
  • Chassis serial number
  • Asset Tracking Number
  • ME Firmware Version
  • Management Mode
  • QPI Link Speed
  • Processor Type
  • Processor Speed
  • Processor Stepping
  • Cache Size (L1/L2/L3)
  • Memory Size
  • DIMMs (MB)
Displays copyright information.
Set Time and Date
Enables you to set system time and date.
Flash System ROM
Enables you to upgrade the BIOS from a ROM image on diskette, CD, or USB.
Replicated Setup
Provides these options:
  • Save to Removable Media—Saves the computer configuration, including CMOS, in the qsetup.txt file. This file can be saved to a formatted, blank 1.44-MB diskette, or to a USB device.
  • Restore from Removable Media—Restores the computer configuration from a diskette or a USB 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 non-SCSI storage devices (except SATA devices) and provides options for obtaining specific information about each device:
  • Hard Disk—Provides information about the hard disk drives in the computer.
  • CD-ROM—Provides information about the optical disk drives in the computer.
  • Diskette Type (for legacy diskette drives only)—Identifies the highest capacity media type accepted by the diskette drive. Options are 3.5" (1.44 MB), 5.25" (1.2 MB), and Not Installed.
  • Default Values—Resets devices to their default configuration (SATA is the default).
    • Multisector Transfers—Defines the transfer of data per interrupt. Options are 8, 16, and Disable (16 is the default).
    • Transfer Mode—Specifies the active data transfer mode. Options (subject to device capabilities) are Max UDMA, PIO 0, Max PIO, Enhanced DMA, and Ultra DMA0. (Max UDMA is the default).
    • Translation Mode—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, Bit Shift, LBA Assisted, Use (Cylinders, Heads, Sectors), and Off. Automatic is the default.
      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 is inaccessible.
Storage Options
Provides these options:
  • Removable Media Boot (Enable/Disable)—Sets the ability to start the computer from removable media.
  • ESATA Port—Lets you define ports as eSATA ports for use with external drives.
  • 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 supports (four ports only).
DPS Self-test
Select a drive—Lets you execute self-tests on ATA 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, diskette drive, and hard disk drive orders by physically reordering the menu entries. The following is the default boot order presented in the menu:
  • Optical Drive
  • Diskette Drive
  • USB Device
  • Hard Drive
  • Embedded Ethernet controller
You can take the following actions:
  • Press Enter to drag a device to a preferred place.
  • Press F5 to remove the device from consideration as a bootable device.
  • MS-DOS drive lettering assignments might not apply after an operating system other than MS-DOS has started.
  • You must confirm when you by selecting File>Save Changes and then Exit.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 bootable 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 set—up or power-on passwords. It provides these options:
  • Lock Legacy Resources—Prevents the operating system from changing resources to serial, parallel, or diskette controller. (Appears if a setup password is set.)
  • Network Server Mode—Enables network server mode. (Appears if a power-on password is set.)
  • Password Prompt on Warm Boot (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)—Enables a password prompt on a warm boot. (Appears if a power-on password is set.)
  • Setup Browse Mode—Lets you view but not change the F10 Setup Options without having to enter the setup password. (Appears if a setup password is set.)
  • Stringent Password—Lets you bypass the onboard password jumper to disable the power-on password. (Appears if a power-on password is set.)
  • Password prompt on F9, F11, & F12—Lets you access menus without entering the setup password.
Smart Cover
Lets you enable and disable the cover removal sensor to notify you if the sensor is activated.
Device Security
Makes the following devices available or hidden to the computer:
  • Serial Port
  • Parallel Port
  • System Audio
  • Network Controller
  • Embedded Security Device
  • SATA0
  • SATA1
  • SATA2
  • SATA3
  • SATA4
  • SATA5
For each device, Device Available is the default setting, which lets the operating system 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
Lets you set Device Available/Device Hidden for USB ports:
  • Front USB Ports:
    • USB Port 3
    • USB Port 4
  • Rear USB Ports:
    • USB Port 1
    • USB Port 2
    • USB Port 9
    • USB Port 10
    • USB Port 11
    • USB Port 12
  • Accessory USB Ports
    • USB Port 5
    • USB Port 6
    • USB Port 7
    • USB Port 8
    • USB Port 13
Slot Security
Lets you disable any PCI or PCI Express slot.
  • PCI Express x1 Slot1
  • PCI Express x16 Slot2
  • PCI Express x1 Slot3
  • PCI Express x4 Slot4
  • PCI Slot5
  • PCI Slot6
  • PCI Slot7
Disabling PCI Express x4 (Slot 4) also disables PCI Express x1 (slot1 and Slot3).
Network Service Boot
Enables or disables the ability to boot to the network using the F12 key or the boot order.
System IDs
Provides these options:
  • Asset Tag—A 16-byte string identifying the computer.
  • Ownership Tag—An 80-byte string identifying ownership of the computer. This tag appears on the screen during POST.
  • Universal Unique Identifier (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 computer.)
  • Keyboard—Enables you to set the keyboard locale for System ID entry.
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.
System Security
These options are hardware dependent and not available on some models:
  • Data Execution Prevention (some models) (Enable/Disable)—Helps prevent operating system security breaches.
  • PAVP (some models) (Disabled/Min/Max)—PAVP enables the Protected Audio Video Path in the Chipset. This may allow viewing of some protected high definition content that would otherwise be prohibited from playback. Selecting Max assigns 96MB of system memory exclusively to PAVP.
  • Virtualization Technology (VTx)(some models) (Enable/Disable)—Controls the virtualization features of the processor. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
  • Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (VTd) (some models) (Enable/Disable)—Controls virtualization DMA remapping features of the chipset. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
  • Trusted Execution Technology (some models) (Enable/Disable)—Controls the underlying processor and chipset features needed to support a virtual appliance. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on. To enable this feature you must enable the following features:
    • Virtualization Technology
    • Embedded Security Device Support
    • Virtualization Technology Directed I/O
  • Embedded Security Device Support (some models) (Enable/Disable)—Permits activation and deactivation of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
    You must create a Setup password to configure the Embedded Security Device.
  • Reset to Factory Settings (some models) (Do not reset/Reset)—Restores factory defaults and erases all security keys. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
    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 Device (some models) (Enable/Disable)—Limits operating system control of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
  • Reset of Embedded Security Device through OS (some models) (Enable/Disable)—Limits the operating system ability to request a Reset to Factory Settings of the Embedded Security Device. Changing this setting requires turning the computer off and then back on.
    You must create a Setup password to use this option.
  • Smart Card BIOS Password Support (some models) (Enable/Disable)—Enables/disables the Smart Card to be used in place of the Setup and Power-On Passwords. This setting requires additional initialization within ProtectTools® before this option takes effect.
Master Boot Record Security
Saves a copy of the current master boot record to provide protection from viruses or other corruption.
Setup Security Level
Enables the administrator to set the security level of each setup feature.
OS Power Management
Enables or disables:
  • Runtime Power Management
  • Idle Power Savings
  • ACPI S3 Hard Disk Reset
  • ACPI S3 PS/2 Mouse Wakeup
  • Unique Sleep State Blink Rates
Hardware Power Management
Enables or disables:
  • SATA Power Management
  • Eup Compliance Mode
Lets you set the speed of the system fan for when the CPU is in idle.
Power-On Options
Sets the following:
  • POST Mode:
    • QuickBoot—Do not clear memory or perform a memory test.
    • Clear Memory—No memory count on cold boot. Clears memory on all boots.
    • FullBoot—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 (Enable/Disable)
  • F9 Prompt:
    • Displayed—Displays the F9=Boot Menu text during POST.
    • Hidden—Prevents display of the F9=Boot Menu text during POST. (You can still access the menu by pressing F9. See Storage > Boot Order for more information.)
  • F10 Prompt:
    • Displayed—Displays the F10=Setup text during POST.
    • Hidden—Prevents display of the F10=Setup text POST. (You can still access the setup screen by pressing F10.)
  • F11 Prompt:
    • Displayed—Displays the F11=Recovery menu during POST.
    • Hidden—Prevents display of the F11=Recovery text during POST. (You can still attempt to boot to the HP Backup and Recovery partition by pressing F11. See Factory Recovery Boot Support for more information.)
  • F12 Prompt:
    • Displayed—Displays the F12=Network text during POST.
    • Hidden—Prevents display of the F11=Recovery text during POST. (You can still attempt to boot to from the network by pressing F12.)
  • Factory Recovery Boot Support (Enable/Disable). 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.
  • Option ROM1 prompt (some models) (Enable/Disable)—Enabling this feature causes the computer to display a message before loading option ROMs.
  • Remote Wakeup Boot Source—Lets you set the remote wakeup boot source to:
    • Local Hard Drive
    • Remote Server
  • After Power Loss—Lets you set options for computer behavior after a power loss.
    • Off—Computer remains powered off when power is restored.
    • 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 (5, 10, 15, 20, None) (in seconds)—Delays start of the POST process. You might need a delay to:
    • Allow time for hard disk drives on some expansion cards to spin up. (Some cards spin up so slowly that they are not ready to start by the time POST is finished.)
    • Give yourself more time to select F10 to enter the Computer Setup (F10) Utility.
  • Bypass F1 Prompt on Confirmation Changes (Enable/Disable)—Prevents display of a confirmation prompt when you make changes to the system.
Execute Memory Test
Restarts the computer and executes the POST memory test.
BIOS Power-On
Enables you to disable or specify a weekday and time for BIOS power-on.
Enables/disables these options:
  • Hyper-Threading—Provides processor parallelization such that the operating system treats one processor as two.
  • Multi-Processor—Disables multi-processor support under the OS.
Onboard Devices
Lets you disable or set resources (IRQ, DMA, I/O Rate) for onboard system devices such as the serial port. Operating system parameters generally override Onboard Devices settings.
PCI Devices
Lists currently installed PCI devices and their IRQ settings. You can reconfigure the IRQ settings for these devices or to disable them entirely. (These settings have no effect under an ACPI-based operating system.)
PCI VGA Configuration
Configures graphics cards per computer slots. In multi-graphics card configurations, this option designates one card as primary graphics, and the other card as secondary graphics.
Chipset/ Memory
Enable/disable these options:
  • PCI SERR# Generation (Enable/Disable)—Controls PCI SERR# generation for ill-behaved PCI add-in cards (that can generate SERR# spuriously).
  • PCI VGA Palette Snooping (Enable/Disable)—Controls PCI VGA Palette Snooping for compatibility purposes.
Device Options
Enable/disable the following device options:
  • Printer Mode (Bi-Directional, EPP+ECP, Output Only).
  • Num Lock State at Power-On (On or Off)
  • S5 Wake-on-LAN (Enable/Disable)
  • Internal speaker
  • NIC PXE Option ROM1 Download (Enable/Disable)
  • SATA RAID Option ROM1 Download (Enable/Disable)
  • Turbo Mode (Enable/Disable)
Slot Settings
Lets you set the following device options:
  • Slot 1 Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
  • Slot 2 Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
  • Slot 3 Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
  • Slot 4 Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
  • Slot 5 Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
  • Slot 5 Latency Timer Default/32/64/96/128/160/192/224)
  • Slot 6 Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
  • Slot 6 Latency Timer
  • Slot 7 Option ROM Download (Enable/Disable)
  • Slot 7 Latency Timer
Management Operations
Lets you set the following options:
  • MEBx Setup Prompt (Enable/Disable):
    • Enable—Displays the CRL+P prompt during POST.
    • Disable—Prevents the CRL+P prompt from displaying during POST. You can still access the MEBx Setup utility for manageability settings by pressing CRL+P to display the MEBx Setup menu. If the Setup Password is configured, users must enter the password to enter the utility. It the password is entered incorrectly three times, the MEBx Setup will not be activated.
  • Intel Remote PC Assist Prompt (Enable/Disable)—Controls attempts to connect to remote help server or services:
    • Enable—Displays the CTRL +ALT+F1 prompt during POST.
    • Disable—Prevents the CTRL +ALT+F1 prompt from displaying during POST. You can still access the utility by pressing CTRL +ALT+F1.
  • Intel Remote PC Assist Timeout (5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 120, 180, 240 seconds)—Lets you set a time limit for Remote Help to establish contact with a remote server.
  • SOL Terminal Emulation Mode (Enable/Disable)—Selects between VT100 and ANSI SOL terminal emulation. SOL terminal emulation mode is only activated during remote AMT redirection operations. The emulation options let administrators select which mode works best with their consoles.
  • SOL Local Keyboard (Enable/Disable)—Lets you enable/disable client keyboards during SOL sessions. Some remote remediation may involve having the local client boot a remote image provided by an administrator. This option determines if the BIOS keeps the local keyboard enabled or disabled for possible local client interaction. If the local keyboard is disabled, all keyboard input is only accepted from the remote source.
  • Unprovision AMT on next boot—Allows reset of AMT settings.
1Available on selected models
2These options should be used by advanced users only






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