The BIOS ROM is a collection of machine language applications stored as firmware in ROM. It includes
functions such as Power on Self Test (POST), PCI device initialization, Plug and Play support, power
management, and the Computer Setup (F10) Utility. The BIOS ROM is an 8MB Serial Peripheral
Interface (SPI) port.
The Computer Setup (F10) Utility
This section contains these topics:
Computer Setup (F10) functionality on page 29
Accessing the Computer Setup (F10) Utility on page 31
The Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu on page 32
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
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
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
to review the latest BIOS ROM specifications.