Using the System Setup Program
Your operating system may automatically configure most of the options available in system setup,
thus overriding options that you set through system setup. (An exception is the External Hot Key option,
which you can disable or enable only through system setup.) For more information on configuring
features for your operating system, see the Help and Support Center.
The system setup screens display the current setup information and settings for your computer,
Boot (start-up) configuration and docking-device configuration settings
Basic device-configuration settings
System security and hard-drive password settings
Unless you are an expert computer user or are directed to do so by Dell technical support, do
not change the system setup settings. Certain changes might make your computer work incorrectly.
Viewing the System Setup Screens
Turn on (or restart) your computer.
When the DELL™ logo appears, press <F2> immediately. If you wait too long and the
Windows logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop. Then shut down
your computer and try again.
System Setup Screens
For information about a specific item on a system setup screen, highlight the item and see the
Help area on the screen.
On each screen, the system setup options are listed at the left. To the right of each option is the
setting or value for that option. You can change settings that appear as white type on the screen.
Options or values that you cannot change (because they are determined by the computer) appear
The upper-right corner of the screen displays help information for the currently highlighted option;
the lower-right corner displays information about the computer. System-setup key functions are
listed across the bottom of the screen.