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HP Z600 Workstation - The Computer Setup (F10) Utility

Computer Setup (F10) functionality

The Computer Setup (F10) Utility enables you to:
  • Update BIOS using a USB device.
  • Determine if all devices installed on the workstation are recognized by the system and 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).
  • Set, view, change, or verify the workstation configuration, including settings for CPU, graphics, memory, audio, storage, communications, and input devices. This might be necessary when you add or remove hardware.
  • Restore factory default settings.
  • Set the workstation date and time.
  • Set PCIe lane allocation between Slot four and Slot five.
  • Modify the boot order of installed mass storage devices such as SATA, SAS, diskette drives, optical disk drives, network drives, and LS-120 drives.
  • Configure the boot priority of SATA and SAS hard-drive controllers.
  • Enable or disable Network Server Mode, which enables the workstation to start the operating system when the power-on password is enabled with or without a keyboard or mouse attached. When attached to the workstation, the keyboard and mouse remain locked until the power-on password is entered.
  • Change the display status of POST messages. By default most POST messages are suppressed, 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.
  • Specify an Ownership Tag, which appears when the workstation is powered on or restarted.
  • Specify the Asset Tag or property identification number assigned by the company to this workstation.
  • 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 workstation setup by saving system configuration information on CD or diskette and restoring it on workstations.
  • Execute self-tests on specified SATA and SAS 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 workstation.
  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 workstation off, then on, and press F10 again to access the utility.
  3. Select the language from the list and press the Enter key.
  4. In the Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu, five headings are displayed: File, Storage, Security, Power, and Advanced. 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, then F10=YES.
    • To remove changes you have made, select Ignore Changes, then F10=YES.
    • To reset to factory settings, select File>Default setup>Restore Factory Settings as Default. Press F10 to accept the changes, then select Apply Defaults and Exit.
Do not power off the workstation while the Computer Setup (F10) Utility changes are saving, because the Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) could become corrupted. After you exit the F10 Setup screen, you can disconnect power from the workstation.

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
  • QPI Link Speed
  • Memory Size
  • Integrated MAC
  • System BIOS
  • Boot Block Date
  • Chassis serial number
  • Asset Tracking Number
  • Management Module
  • Processor Type
  • Processor Speed
  • Processor Stepping
  • Cache Size
  • DIMMs
Displays copyright information.
System Temperatures
Displays system temperatures and fan speeds.
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 workstation 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 workstation 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 workstation setup without applying or saving changes.
Save Changes and Exit
Saves changes to system configuration and exits the workstation 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 workstation. Available in IDE Mode only.
  • CD-ROM—Provides information about the optical disk drives in the workstation. Available in IDE Mode only.
  • 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.
      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—Enables and disables the ability to start the workstation from removable media.
  • Legacy Diskette Write—Enables and disables the ability to write data to removable media.
  • 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).
  • SATA PORT 0-n—enables and disables the SATA ports. Offers these configurations:
    • GEN 2/3.0 Gbps (Internal/eSATA default)
    • GEN 1/1.5 Gbps (eSATA optional)
DPS Self-test
Select a drive—Enables you to select a drive to test. This option is available in SATA IDE emulation mode only.
The DPS self-test function directs an IDE hard disk to run an internal self-test and report the results. If the SATA controller is not in IDE emulation mode, the DPS self-test option is not displayed in the setup menu.
This selection appears only when at least one drive capable of performing the IDE DPS self-test is attached to the workstation. By default, the SATA controller is in RAID+AHCI mode, so this option is not displayed
Boot Order
Enables you to 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
  • Embedded Ethernet controller (ASF) Second embedded LAN.1
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.
Boot devices can be disabled in the boot order process. These order changes are stored in the physical ROM when the F10 Setup changes are confirmed with File>Save Changes and Exit.
You can temporarily override the boot order. To start one time from a device other than the default device specified in Boot Order, restart the workstation and press F9 when the F9=Boot Menu message appears on the screen. After POST completes, a list of bootable devices is displayed. Use the arrow keys to select the preferred bootable device and press Enter. The workstation then starts from the selected nondefault device for this one time.
Setup Password
Enables you to set and enable a setup password for the administrator.
If you create a setup password, you must use it to change workstation setup options, to flash the ROM, and to make changes to certain Plug and Play settings under Windows.
Power-On Password
Enables you to set and enable the power-on password.
Password Options
This option becomes available when you create a setup and/or power-on password. It provides these options:
  • Lock Legacy Resources—Prevents the operating system from changing resources to serial, parallel, or diskette controller.
  • Network Server Mode—Enables network server mode.
  • Password Prompt on Warm Boot—Enables a password prompt on a warm boot.
  • Setup Browse Mode—Enables read-only functionality for password info.
Smart Cover
Enables you to enable and disable the cover removal sensor, or to notify you if the sensor is activated.
Device Security
Makes the following devices available or hidden to the workstation:
  • Serial Port
  • Front USB Ports
  • Rear USB Ports
  • Internal USB Ports
  • System Audio
  • IEEE 1394 Controller (Not available on some models)
  • Ethernet Controller
  • Ethernet Controller (ASF)1
  • SAS Controller1
  • Legacy Diskette
  • Embedded Security Device
  • SATA 0-n
  • DriveLock (only available with DriveLock-compatible hard disk drives)
For each device, Device Available is the default setting and allows the operating system to access the device. Device Hidden makes the device unavailable; it is disabled by the BIOS and cannot be enabled by the operating system.
Embedded Security Device
This option becomes available if Embedded Device is set to Available.
Embedded Security Device turns the Trusted Platform Mechanism (TPM) on and off. Device Hidden is the default. If this option is made available, the following options become available:
  • Power-On Authentication Support—Enables and disables an authentication feature that requires you to enter a TPM user key password to start the workstation. This feature uses the TPM to generate and store the authentication password.
  • Reset Authentication Credential—Resets the authentication functionality and clears authentication credentials.
To enable the Embedded Security Device and to access any security features associated with the device, you must enter a setup password.
Setting a device to Available enables the operating system to access the device. Hidden makes the device unavailable. It is disabled by the BIOS and cannot be enabled by the operating system.
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 workstation.
  • Ownership Tag—An 80-byte string identifying ownership of the workstation. 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 workstation.
  • Keyboard—Enables you to set the keyboard locale for System ID entry.
System Security
Provides these options:
  • Data Execution Prevention—Enables or disables Data Execution Prevention mode in the CPUs. This mode prohibits code from running in pages that were set up as data pages, and prevents attacks such as buffer overflows. Operating system support is required for this feature.
  • Virtualization Technology (VTx)—Enables or disables Intel Virtualization Technology to increase workstation performance.
  • Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT–d2)—Enables a virtual machine to gain exclusive control of a hardware device, such as a graphics card.
  • Embedded Security Device—Turns the Trusted Platform Mechanism (TPM) on and off. Hidden is the default. If this option is made available, the following options become available:
    • Power-On Authentication Support—Enables and disables an authentication feature that requires a TPM user key password to start the workstation.
    • Reset Authentication Credential—Resets the authentication functionality and clears authentication credentials.
    To enable the Embedded Security Device and to access any security features associated with the device, you must enter a setup password.
  • Intel IO Virtualization—Enables or disables Virtualization Technology to increase workstation I/O performance.
  • Embedded Security Device Support—Enables the workstation to leverage the trusted platform mechanism device.
  • OS Management of Embedded Security Device—Enables or disables the ability of the operating system to control the TPM device, including turning it on and off, initializing it, and resetting it.
  • Reset of Embedded Security Device through OS—Enables or disables the ability of the operating system to reset the TPM.
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
  • USB Wake on Device Insertion
  • Unique Sleep State Blink Rates
Hardware Power Management
Enables or disables:
  • SATA Power Management
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Enhanced Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Eup Compliance Mode
Sets the rate of the system fan when the CPU is in idle.
Power-On Options
Sets the following:
  • POST Messages—Enables or disables the splash screen during POST.
  • F9 Prompt—Selecting Displayed shows F9=Boot Menu during POST. Selecting Hidden prevents the text from being displayed (although pressing F9 still opens the boot menu).
  • F10 Prompt—Selecting Displayed shows F10=Setup during POST. Selecting Hidden prevents the text from being displayed (although pressing F10 still opens).
  • F12 Prompt—Selecting Displayed shows F12=Network Service Boot during POST. Selecting Hidden prevents the text from being displayed (although pressing F12 still forces the workstation to attempt booting from the network).
  • Option ROM prompt1—Enabling this feature causes the workstation to display a message before loading option ROMs.
  • Remote Wakeup Boot Source—Enables you to set the remote wakeup boot source as:
    • Local Hard Drive
    • Remote Server
  • After Power Loss—Enabling this option directs the previous state to be the default.
  • POST Delay (in seconds)—Adds a specified delay to the POST process. This delay is sometimes needed for hard disk drives on some expansion cards that spin up slowly. The POST delay also gives you time to select F10 to enter the Computer Setup (F10) Utility.
BIOS Power-On
Enables you to specify a weekday and time for BIOS power-on, or to disable it.
Enables or disables these options:
  • Hyper-Threading—Provides processor parallelization such that the operating system treats one processor as two.
  • Active Cores1—Selects a single core, or multiple cores per socket.
  • Limit CPUID Maximum Value to 3—Sets the number of allowable CPU IDs.
Onboard Devices
Enables you to set or disable resources (IRQ, DMA, I/O Rate) for onboard system devices such as serial port and diskette controller. Operating system parameters generally override Onboard Devices settings.
PCI VGA Configuration
Configures graphics cards per workstation slots. In multi-graphics card configurations, this option designates one card as primary graphics, and the other card as secondary graphics.
Chipset/ Memory
Enable or disable these options:
  • PCI SERR# Generation—Controls PCI SERR# generation for ill-behaved PCI add-in cards that generate incorrect SERR#.
  • PCI VGA Palette Snooping—Controls PCI VGA Palette Snooping for compatibility purposes.
  • Memory Mode Interleave—Sets interleave mode for dual socket workstations.
  • NUMA Split Mode1—Provides enhanced memory performance by increasing memory operation speed. Enable this option for Windows, and disable it for Linux.
  • Enhanced Memory Performance—Runs DIMMs at a higher frequency on certain configurations and platforms.
Device Options
Enables you to set the following device options:
  • Num Lock State at Power-On
  • S5 Wake-on-LAN
  • Multiprocessor
  • Unique Sleep State Blink Rates
  • Internal speaker
  • Monitor Tracking
  • NIC PXE Option ROM Download1
  • SAS Option ROM Download1
  • SATA RAID Option ROM Download1
HP Z600 PCI slots
Slot 1 - PCIe2 x8(4)
Slot 1 option ROM download
Slot 2 - PCIe2 x16
Slot 2 option ROM download
Sot 3 - PCIe x8(4)
Slot 3 option ROM download
Slot 4 - PCIe2 x16
Slot 4 option ROM download
Slot 5 - PCI 32/33
Slot 5 option ROM download, latency timer, and speed
Slot 6 - PCI 32/33
Slot 6 option ROM download, latency timer, and speed
1Available on selected models






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