The BIOS ROM is a collection of machine language applications stored as firmware in ROM. It includes
functions such as POST, PCI device initialization, Plug and Play support, power management, and the
Computer Setup (F10) Utility. The BIOS ROM is a 1-MB Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) port.
The Computer Setup (F10) Utility
This section contains these topics:
Computer Setup (F10) functionality on page 31
Accessing the Computer Setup (F10) Utility on page 33
The Computer Setup (F10) Utility menu on page 34
Computer Setup (F10) functionality
The Computer Setup (F10) Utility lets you:
Change factory default settings and set or change the workstation configuration, which might be
necessary when you add or remove hardware.
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
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 workstation date and time.
Set, view, change, or verify the workstation 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, SAS, diskette drives,
optical disk drives, network drives, LS-120 drives and USB boot devices.
Configure the boot priority of SATA and SAS hard-drive controllers.
Enable or disable Network Server Mode, which lets the workstation 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
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
to review the latest BIOS ROM specifications.