System Setup Options

NOTE: Depending on your computer and its installed devices, the items listed in this section may or may not appear.
General

Option Description
System Information This section lists the primary hardware features of your computer.
  • System Information
  • Memory Configuration
  • Processor Information
  • Device Information
  • PCI Information
Boot Sequence Allows you to change the order in which the computer attempts to find an operating system.
  • Diskette Drive
  • USB Storage Device
  • CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive
  • Onboard NIC
  • Internal HDD
Boot List Option Allows you to change the boot list option.
  • Legacy
  • UEFI
Advanced Boot Options Allows you to Enable Legacy Option ROMs
  • Enable Legacy Option ROMs (Default)
Date/Time Allows you to set the date and time. The changes to the system date and time takes effect immediately.
System Configuration

Option Description
Integrated NIC Allows you to configure the integrated network controller. The options are:
  • Enable UEFI Network Stack
  • Disabled
    NOTE: You can use the Disabled option, only if Active Management Technology (AMT) option is disabled.
  • Enabled
  • Enabled w/PXE (Default)
Integrated NIC 2 Allows you to configure the integrated network controller. The options are:
  • Enabled (Default)
  • Enabled w/PXE

NOTE: This feature is supported only on Tower 7910.
Serial Port Identifies and defines the serial port settings. You can set the serial port to:
  • Disabled
  • COM1 (Default)
  • COM2
  • COM3
  • COM4

NOTE: The operating system may allocate resources even if the setting is disabled.
SATA Operation

Tower 5810 and Tower 7810

Allows you to configure the internal SATA hard-drive controller. The options are:
  • Disabled
  • ATA
  • AHCI
  • RAID On (Default)

NOTE: SATA is configured to support RAID mode. No SATA operation support in Tower 7910.

Tower 7910

Allows you to configure the internal SATA hard-drive controller. The options are:
  • Disabled
  • ATA
  • AHCI (Default)

NOTE: SATA is configured to support RAID mode. No SATA operation support in Tower 7910.
Drives

Tower 5810 and Tower 7810

Allows you to configure the SATA drives on board. The options are:
  • HDD–0
  • HDD–1
  • HDD–2
  • HDD–3
  • ODD–0
  • ODD–1

Default Setting: All drives are enabled.


NOTE: If the hard drives are connected to a RAID controller card, the hard drives will display {none} in all the fields. The hard drives can be seen in the RAID controller card BIOS.

Tower 7910

  • SATA–0
  • SATA–1

Default Setting: All drives are enabled.


NOTE: If the hard drives are connected to a RAID controller card, the hard drives will display {none} in all the fields. The hard drives can be seen in the RAID controller card BIOS.
SMART Reporting This field controls if the hard drive errors for the integrated drives are reported during system startup. This technology is part of the SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) specification.
  • Enable SMART Reporting - This option is disabled by default.
USB Configuration Allows you to enable or disable the internal USB configuration. The options are:
  • Enable Boot Support
  • Enable Front USB Ports
  • Enable internal USB ports
  • Enable rear USB Ports
SAS RAID Controller (Tower 7910 only) Allows you to control the operation of the integrated SAS RAID HDD controller.
  • Enabled (Default)
  • Disabled.
HDD Fans Allows you to control the HDD fans.

Default Setting: depends on the system configuration

Audio Allows you enable or disable the audio feature.
  • Enable Audio (Default)
Memory Map IO above 4GB Allows you enable or disable Memory Map IO above 4GB.
  • Memory Map IO above 4GB - This option is disabled by default.
Thunderbolt Allows you to enable or disable Thunderbolt device support capability.
  • Enabled
  • Disabled (Default)
Miscellaneous devices Allows you to enable or disable various on board devices.
  • Enable PCI Slot
PCI MMIO Space Size This field controls the balance of 32-bit memory available between PCI (memory-mapped IO) and the operating system.
  • Small (Default)
  • Large
Video

Option Description
Primary Video Slot Allows you to configure primary boot video device. The options are:
  • Auto (Default)
  • SLOT 1
  • SLOT 2: VGA Compatible
  • SLOT 3
  • SLOT 4
  • SLOT 5
  • SLOT 6 ( Tower 5810 and Tower 7810 only)
  • SLOT1_CPU2: VGA Compatible (Tower 7910 only)
  • SLOT2_CPU2 (Tower 7910 only)
Security

Option Description
Strong Password Allows you to enforce the option to always set strong passwords.

Default Setting: Enable Strong Password is not selected.

Password Configuration You can define the length of your password. Min = 4 , Max = 32
Password Bypass Allows you to enable or disable the permission to bypass the System password, when it is set. The options are:
  • Disabled (Default)
  • Reboot bypass
Password Change Allows you to enable the disable permission to the System passwords when the administrator password is set.

Default Setting: Allow Non-Admin Password Changes is selected

TPM Security Allows you to enable the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) during POST.

Default Setting: The option is disabled.

Computrace (R) Allows you to activate or disable the optional Computrace software. The options are:
  • Deactivate (Default)
  • Disable
  • Activate
CPU XD Support Allows you to enable the Execute Disable mode of the processor.
  • Enable CPU XD Support (Default)
OROM Keyboard Access Allows you to determine whether users are able to enter Option ROM Configuration screens via hotkeys during boot. The options are:
  • Enable (Default)
  • One Time Enable
  • Disable
Admin Setup Lockout Allows you to prevent users from entering Setup when an administrator password is set.
  • Enable Admin Setup Lockout

Default Setting: The option is disabled.

Secure Boot

Option Description
Secure Boot Enable Allows you to enable or disable the Secure Boot Feature. The options are:
  • Disabled (Default)
  • Enabled
Expert Key Management Allows you to enable or disable Custom Mode Key Management.
  • Disabled (Default)
Performance

Option Description
Multi Core Support This field specifies whether the processor will have one or all cores enabled. The performance of some applications will improve with the additional cores. This option is enabled by default. Allows you to enable or disable multi-core support for the processor. The options are:
  • All (Default)
  • 1
  • 2
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

NOTE:
  • The options displayed could be different depending on the installed processor(s).
  • The options depend on the number of cores supported by the installed processor (All, 1, 2, N-1 for N-Core Processors)

Intel SpeedStep Allows you to enable or disable the Intel SpeedStep feature.

Default Setting: Enable Intel SpeedStep

C States Allows you to enable or disable the additional processor sleep states.

Default Setting:Enabled

Limit CPUID Value This field limits the maximum value the processor Standard CPUID Function will support.
  • Enable CPUID Limit

Default Setting: The option is disabled.

Intel TurboBoost Allows you to enable or disable the Intel TurboBoost mode of the processor.

Default Setting: Enable Intel TurboBoost

Hyper-Thread Control

Allows you to enable or disable the HyperThreading in the processor.

Default Setting: Enabled

Cache Prefetch

Default Setting: Enable Hardware Prefetch and Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch

Dell Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) Allows you to identify and isolate memory errors in system RAM..

Default Setting: Enable Dell Reliable Memory Technology (RMT)

Power Management

Option Description
AC Recovery Specifies how the computer will respond when AC power is applied after a AC power loss. You can set the AC Recovery to:
  • Power Off (Default)
  • Power On
  • Last Power State
Auto On Time Allows you to set the time at which the computer must turn on automatically. The options are:
  • Disabled (Default)
  • Every Day
  • Weekdays
  • Select Days
Deep Sleep Control Allows you to define the controls when Deep Sleep is enabled.
  • Disabled (Default)
  • Enabled in S5 only
  • Enabled in S4 and S5
Fan Speed Control Allows you to control the speed of the system fan. The options are:
  • Auto (Default)
  • Medium low
  • Medium high
  • Medium
  • High
  • Low
USB Wake Support Allows you to enable USB devices to wake the system from standby.
  • Enable USB Wake Support

Default Setting: The option is disabled.

Wake on LAN This option allows the computer to power up from the off state when triggered by a special LAN signal. Wake-up from the Standby state is unaffected by this setting and must be enabled in the operating system. This feature only works when the computer is connected to AC power supply.
  • Disabled - Does not allow the system to power on by special LAN signals when it receives a wake-up signal from the LAN or wireless LAN.
  • LAN Only - Allows the system to be powered on by special LAN signals.
  • LAN with PXE Boot - Allows the system to power on and immediately boot to PXE when it receives a wake-up packet sent to the system in either the S4 or S5 state.
This option is Disabled by default.
Block Sleep Allows you to block entering to sleep (S3 state) in OS Environment.

Default Setting: Disabled

POST Behavior

Option Description
Numlock LED Specifies if the NumLock function can be enabled when the system boots. This option is enabled by default.
Keyboard Errors Specifies whether keyboard related errors are reported when it boots. This option is enabled by default.
Fastboot Allows you to speed up the boot process by bypassing some compatibility steps. The options are:
  • Minimal
  • Thorough - This option is enabled by default.
  • Auto
Virtualization Support

Option Description
Virtualization This option specifies whether a Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Intel Virtualization technology.
  • Enable Intel Virtualization Technology - This option is enabled by default.
VT for Direct I/O Enables or disables the Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) from utilizing the additional hardware capabilities provided by Intel Virtualization technology for direct I/O.
  • Enable VT for Direct I/O - This option is enabled by default.
Trusted Execution Allows you to specify whether a Measured Virtual Machine Monitor (MVMM) can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Intel Trusted Execution Program.
  • Trusted Execution - This option is disabled by default.
Maintenance

Option Description
Service Tag Displays the service tag of your computer.
Asset Tag Allows you to create a system asset tag if an asset tag is not already set. This option is not set by default.
SERR Messages Controls the SERR message mechanism. This option is not set by default. Some graphics cards require that the SERR message mechanism be disabled.
System Logs

Option Description
BIOS events Displays the system event log and allows you to clear the log.
  • Clear Log
Engineering Configurations

Option Description
ASPM
  • Auto (Default)
  • L1 Only
  • Disabled
  • L0s and L1
  • L0s Only
Pcie LinkSpeed
  • Auto (Default)
  • Gen1
  • Gen2
  • Gen3