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  • Product: Server
  • Model/name: PowerEdge R730xd
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Table of Contents

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Dell PowerEdge R730 and R730xd
Owner's Manual
Regulatory Model: E31S Series
Regulatory Type: E31S001
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Notes, Cautions, and Warnings
NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer.
CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates either potential damage to hardware or loss of data and tells you
how to avoid the problem.
WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death.
Copyright © 2014 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. This product is protected by U.S. and international copyright and
intellectual property laws. Dell™ and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Inc. in the United States and/or other
jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.
2014 - 09
Rev. A00
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Contents
1 About your system................................................................................................9
Supported configurations..................................................................................................................... 9
Front-panel features and indicators...................................................................................................10
LCD panel features..............................................................................................................................16
Home screen..................................................................................................................................17
Setup menu....................................................................................................................................17
View menu..................................................................................................................................... 18
Diagnostic indicators...........................................................................................................................18
Hard-drive indicator codes.................................................................................................................20
iDRAC Direct LED indicator codes......................................................................................................21
Quick Sync indicator codes................................................................................................................22
Back-panel features and indicators....................................................................................................23
NIC indicator codes............................................................................................................................ 26
Power indicator codes........................................................................................................................26
Documentation matrix........................................................................................................................29
Quick Resource Locator ..............................................................................................................30
2 Performing initial system configuration ........................................................31
Setting up your system........................................................................................................................31
Methods of setting up and configuring the iDRAC IP address ......................................................... 31
Information about logging in to iDRAC............................................................................................. 32
Methods of installing the operating system.......................................................................................32
Remote management ........................................................................................................................ 32
Downloading and installing drivers and firmware............................................................................. 32
3 Pre-operating system management applications........................................34
Navigation keys................................................................................................................................... 34
About System Setup............................................................................................................................35
Entering System Setup.................................................................................................................. 35
System Setup Main Menu..............................................................................................................35
System BIOS screen...................................................................................................................... 35
System Information screen details............................................................................................... 36
Memory Settings screen details....................................................................................................37
Processor Settings screen details.................................................................................................38
SATA Settings screen details.........................................................................................................39
Boot Settings screen details..........................................................................................................42
Network Settings screen details................................................................................................... 43
Integrated Devices screen details.................................................................................................43
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Serial Communication screen details...........................................................................................45
System Profile Settings screen details..........................................................................................45
System Security settings screen details........................................................................................47
Miscellaneous Settings screen details..........................................................................................49
About Boot Manager...........................................................................................................................50
Entering Boot Manager ................................................................................................................50
Boot Manager main menu............................................................................................................50
Changing the boot order....................................................................................................................50
Choosing the system boot mode....................................................................................................... 51
Assigning a system and setup password............................................................................................ 51
Deleting or changing an existing system and/or setup password....................................................52
4 Installing and removing system components...............................................53
Safety instructions...............................................................................................................................53
Before working inside your system.................................................................................................... 53
After working inside your system....................................................................................................... 53
Recommended tools.......................................................................................................................... 54
Front bezel (optional)..........................................................................................................................54
Removing the front bezel............................................................................................................. 54
Installing the front bezel............................................................................................................... 56
Removing the system cover............................................................................................................... 56
Installing the system cover................................................................................................................. 57
Inside the system.................................................................................................................................58
Cooling shroud................................................................................................................................... 59
Removing the cooling shroud......................................................................................................60
Installing the cooling shroud........................................................................................................ 61
Hard-drive tray assembly.................................................................................................................... 61
Removing the hard-drive tray.......................................................................................................61
Installing the hard-drive tray.........................................................................................................62
Removing a hard-drive blank from a hard-drive carrier..............................................................63
Installing a hard-drive blank into a hard-drive carrier.................................................................64
Removing a hard-drive carrier from the hard-drive tray.............................................................65
Installing a hard-drive carrier into the hard-drive tray................................................................ 66
Removing a hard drive from a hard-drive carrier.........................................................................67
Installing a hard drive into a hard-drive carrier............................................................................68
Removing the hard-drive backplane from the hard-drive tray...................................................68
Installing the hard-drive backplane in the hard-drive tray..........................................................69
Cooling fans........................................................................................................................................ 70
Removing a cooling fan................................................................................................................70
Installing a cooling fan...................................................................................................................71
Cooling-fan assembly.........................................................................................................................72
Removing the cooling-fan assembly............................................................................................72
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Installing the cooling-fan assembly..............................................................................................74
System memory.................................................................................................................................. 74
General memory module installation guidelines.........................................................................76
Mode-specific guidelines..............................................................................................................76
Sample memory configurations................................................................................................... 78
Removing memory modules........................................................................................................80
Installing memory modules.......................................................................................................... 82
Processors...........................................................................................................................................83
Removing a processor..................................................................................................................84
Installing a processor....................................................................................................................88
PCIe card holder.................................................................................................................................90
Removing the PCIe card holder................................................................................................... 90
Installing the PCIe card holder......................................................................................................91
Opening and closing the PCIe card holder latch........................................................................ 92
Cable retention bracket......................................................................................................................93
Removing the cable retention bracket.........................................................................................93
Installing the cable retention bracket...........................................................................................94
Integrated storage controller card.....................................................................................................94
Removing the integrated storage controller card....................................................................... 94
Installing the integrated storage controller card......................................................................... 96
Expansion cards and expansion-card risers...................................................................................... 96
Expansion card installation guidelines......................................................................................... 96
Removing an expansion card from expansion-card riser 2 or 3.................................................98
Installing an expansion card into the expansion-card riser 2 or 3..............................................99
Removing an expansion card from the expansion-card riser 1................................................100
Installing an expansion card into the expansion-card riser 1.................................................... 101
Removing the riser 1 blank..........................................................................................................102
Installing the riser 1 blank............................................................................................................103
Removing expansion-card risers................................................................................................103
Installing expansion-card risers.................................................................................................. 110
GPU card installation guidelines................................................................................................. 110
Removing a GPU card..................................................................................................................111
Installing a GPU card....................................................................................................................112
Internal Dual SD Module (optional)...................................................................................................113
Removing an internal SD card.....................................................................................................113
Installing an internal SD card.......................................................................................................113
Removing the internal dual SD module .....................................................................................114
Installing the internal dual SD module .......................................................................................116
Network daughter card..................................................................................................................... 116
Removing the network daughter card .......................................................................................116
Installing the network daughter card..........................................................................................118
Internal USB memory key (optional).................................................................................................118
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Replacing the internal USB key................................................................................................... 118
System battery................................................................................................................................... 119
Replacing the system battery......................................................................................................119
Power supply units.............................................................................................................................121
Hot Spare feature........................................................................................................................ 122
Removing the power supply unit blank......................................................................................122
Installing the power supply unit blank........................................................................................123
Removing an AC power supply unit........................................................................................... 123
Installing an AC power supply unit.............................................................................................124
Wiring instructions for a DC power supply unit.........................................................................125
Removing a DC power supply unit.............................................................................................128
Installing a DC power supply unit...............................................................................................129
System board.....................................................................................................................................129
Removing the system board.......................................................................................................129
Installing the system board..........................................................................................................131
Trusted Platform Module.................................................................................................................. 133
Installing the Trusted Platform Module ..................................................................................... 133
Re-enabling the TPM for BitLocker users.................................................................................. 134
Re-enabling the TPM for TXT users............................................................................................134
Hard drives.........................................................................................................................................135
Removing a 2.5 inch hard-drive blank........................................................................................135
Installing a 2.5 inch hard-drive blank......................................................................................... 136
Removing a 2.5 inch hard-drive blank (back).............................................................................136
Installing a 2.5 inch hard-drive blank (back)...............................................................................137
Removing a 1.8 inch hard-drive blank........................................................................................137
Installing a 1.8 inch hard-drive blank..........................................................................................138
Removing a 3.5 inch hard-drive blank....................................................................................... 138
Installing a 3.5 inch hard-drive blank..........................................................................................139
Removing a 1.8 inch hard drive from a hard-drive carrier.........................................................139
Installing a 1.8 inch hard drive into a hard-drive carrier............................................................140
Removing a hot-swap hard drive...............................................................................................140
Installing a hot-swap hard drive................................................................................................. 142
Removing a hard drive from a hard-drive carrier...................................................................... 143
Installing a hard drive into a hard-drive carrier..........................................................................144
Hard-drive backplane....................................................................................................................... 144
Removing the hard-drive backplane (R730).............................................................................. 145
Removing the hard-drive backplane (R730xd)...........................................................................152
Installing the hard-drive backplane (R730 and R730xd)............................................................163
Removing the optional hard-drive backplane (back)................................................................ 163
Installing the optional hard-drive backplane (back).................................................................. 164
Tape backup unit (optional)..............................................................................................................165
Removing the tape backup unit .................................................................................................165
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Installing the tape backup unit ...................................................................................................166
Optical drive (optional)......................................................................................................................167
Removing the optical drive......................................................................................................... 167
Installing the optical drive...........................................................................................................168
SD vFlash media card........................................................................................................................168
Replacing an SD vFlash media card............................................................................................168
Removing the vFlash media unit................................................................................................ 169
Installing the vFlash media unit...................................................................................................170
Control panel assembly.....................................................................................................................171
Removing the control panel (R730)............................................................................................ 171
Installing the control panel (R730)..............................................................................................174
Removing the control panel (R730xd)........................................................................................175
Installing the control panel (R730xd)..........................................................................................176
Removing the I/O panel (R730xd)...............................................................................................177
Installing the I/O panel (R730xd)................................................................................................ 178
5 Troubleshooting your system........................................................................180
Safety first—for you and your system.............................................................................................. 180
Troubleshooting system startup failure........................................................................................... 180
Troubleshooting external connections............................................................................................180
Troubleshooting the video subsystem.............................................................................................180
Troubleshooting a USB device.........................................................................................................180
Troubleshooting iDRAC Direct (USB XML configuration)................................................................181
Troubleshooting iDRAC Direct (laptop connection)....................................................................... 182
Troubleshooting a serial I/O device................................................................................................. 182
Troubleshooting a NIC......................................................................................................................182
Troubleshooting a wet system......................................................................................................... 183
Troubleshooting a damaged system................................................................................................184
Troubleshooting the system battery................................................................................................184
Troubleshooting power supply units............................................................................................... 185
Power source problems..............................................................................................................185
Power supply unit problems.......................................................................................................185
Troubleshooting cooling problems................................................................................................. 186
Troubleshooting cooling fans.......................................................................................................... 186
Troubleshooting system memory.................................................................................................... 187
Troubleshooting an internal USB key...............................................................................................188
Troubleshooting an SD card.............................................................................................................188
Troubleshooting an optical drive..................................................................................................... 189
Troubleshooting a tape backup unit................................................................................................189
Troubleshooting a hard drive........................................................................................................... 190
Troubleshooting a storage controller...............................................................................................191
Troubleshooting expansion cards.................................................................................................... 191
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Troubleshooting processors.............................................................................................................192
System messages.............................................................................................................................. 193
Warning messages.......................................................................................................................193
Diagnostic messages...................................................................................................................193
Alert messages.............................................................................................................................193
6 Using system diagnostics................................................................................194
Dell Embedded System Diagnostics.................................................................................................194
When to use the Embedded System Diagnostics......................................................................194
Running the Embedded System Diagnostics from Boot Manager........................................... 194
Running the Embedded System Diagnostics from the Dell Lifecycle Controller.................... 194
System diagnostic controls.........................................................................................................195
7 Jumpers and connectors................................................................................ 196
System board jumper settings..........................................................................................................196
System board connectors.................................................................................................................197
Disabling a forgotten password........................................................................................................199
8 Technical specifications................................................................................. 200
9 Getting help.......................................................................................................207
Contacting Dell.................................................................................................................................207
Locating your system service tag.....................................................................................................207
Documentation feedback.................................................................................................................207
Quick Resource Locator ..................................................................................................................207
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About your system
The Dell PowerEdge R730 and R730xd systems are rack servers that support up to two Intel Xeon
E5-2600 v3 processors, up to 24 DIMMs, and 28 hard drives/SSDs.
NOTE: The R730 and R730xd systems support only internal, hot-swappable hard drives.
Supported configurations
PowerEdge R730
Systems
Configurations
Eight-hard-drive systems Up to eight 3.5 inch hard drives or 2.5 inch hard drives.
Sixteen-hard-drive
systems
Up to sixteen 2.5 inch hard drives.
PowerEdge R730xd
Systems
Configurations
Twelve plus two–hard-
drive systems
Up to twelve 3.5 inch hard drives and two optional 2.5 inch back-accessible
hard drives.
Sixteen plus two-hard-
drive systems
Up to twelve 3.5 inch hard drives, two optional 2.5 inch back-accessible hard
drives and four 3.5 inch hard drives in the middle hard-drive tray.
Twenty-four plus two–
hard-drive systems
Up to twenty-four 2.5 inch hard drives and two optional 2.5 inch back
accessible hard drives.
Up to twenty 2.5 inch hard drives, up to four 2.5 inch Dell PowerEdge
Express Flash devices (PCIe SSD) and up to two optional 2.5 inch back-
accessible hard drives.
Twenty-six plus two–
hard-drive systems
Up to eighteen 1.8 inch hard drives, up to eight 3.5 inch hard drives and up to
two 2.5 inch back-accessible, hard drives.
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Front-panel features and indicators
Figure 1. Front-panel features and indicators (3.5 inch hard-drive chassis)—PowerEdge R730
Item Indicator, button, or
connector
Icon Description
1 Power-on indicator,
power button
The power-on indicator lights when the system
power is on. The power button controls the power
supply output to the system.
NOTE: On ACPI-compliant operating systems,
turning off the system using the power button
causes the system to perform a graceful
shutdown before power to the system is
turned off.
2 NMI button Used to troubleshoot software and device driver
errors when running certain operating systems. This
button can be pressed using the end of a paper clip.
Use this button only if directed to do so by qualified
support personnel or by the operating system
documentation.
3 System identification
button
The identification buttons on the front and back
panels can be used to locate a particular system
within a rack. When one of these buttons is pressed,
the LCD panel on the front and the system status
indicator on the back flashes until one of the
buttons is pressed again.
Press to toggle the system ID on and off.
If the system stops responding during POST, press
and hold the system ID button for more than five
seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.
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Item Indicator, button, or
connector
Icon Description
To reset iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC setup)
press and hold the button for more than 15
seconds.
4 Video connector Allows you to connect a VGA display to the system.
5 LCD menu buttons Allow you to navigate the control panel LCD menu.
6 Information tag A slide-out label panel which allows you to record
system information such as Service Tag, NIC, MAC
address and so on as per your need.
7 LCD panel Displays system ID, status information, and system
error messages. The LCD lights blue during normal
system operation. The LCD lights amber when the
system needs attention, and the LCD panel displays
an error code followed by descriptive text.
NOTE: If the system is connected to a power
source and an error is detected, the LCD lights
amber regardless of whether the system is
turned on or off.
8 Hard drives Up to eight 3.5 inch hot-swappable drives.
9 USB management port/
iDRAC Direct
Allows you to connect USB devices to the system
or provides access to the iDRAC Direct features. For
more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote
Access Controller User’s Guide at dell.com/
esmmanuals. The USB management port is USB
2.0-compliant.
10 vFlash media card slot Allows you to insert a vFlash media card.
11 USB connector Allows you to connect USB devices to the system.
The ports are USB 2.0-compliant.
12 Optical drive (optional) One optional SATA DVD-ROM drive or DVD+/-RW
drive.
13 Quick Sync (optional) Indicates a Quick Sync enabled system. The Quick
Sync feature is optional and requires a Quick Sync
bezel. This feature allows management of the
system using mobile devices. This feature
aggregates hardware/firmware inventory and
various system level diagnostic/error information
that can be used in troubleshooting the system. For
more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote
Access Controller User’s Guide at dell.com/
esmmanuals.
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Figure 2. Front-panel features and indicators (2.5 inch hard-drive chassis)—PowerEdge R730
Item Indicator, button, or
connector
Icon Description
1 Power-on indicator,
power button
The power-on indicator lights when the system
power is on. The power button controls the power
supply output to the system.
NOTE: On ACPI-compliant operating systems,
turning off the system using the power button
causes the system to perform a graceful
shutdown before power to the system is
turned off.
2 NMI button Used to troubleshoot software and device driver
errors when running certain operating systems.
This button can be pressed using the end of a
paper clip.
Use this button only if directed to do so by
qualified support personnel or by the operating
system documentation.
3 System identification
button
The identification buttons on the front and back
panels can be used to locate a particular system
within a rack. When one of these buttons is
pressed, the LCD panel on the front and the
system status indicator on the back flashes until
one of the buttons is pressed again.
Press to toggle the system ID on and off.
If the system stops responding during POST, press
and hold the system ID button for more than five
seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.
To reset iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC setup)
press and hold the button for more than 15
seconds.
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Item Indicator, button, or
connector
Icon Description
4 Video connector Allows you to connect a VGA display to the
system.
5 LCD menu buttons Allow you to navigate the control panel LCD
menu.
6 Information tag A slide-out label panel which allows you to record
system information such as Service Tag, NIC, MAC
address and so on as per your need.
7 LCD panel Displays system ID, status information, and system
error messages. The LCD lights blue during normal
system operation. The LCD lights amber when the
system needs attention, and the LCD panel
displays an error code followed by descriptive text.
NOTE: If the system is connected to a power
source and an error is detected, the LCD lights
amber regardless of whether the system is
turned on or off.
8 Hard drives Up to sixteen 2.5 inch hot-swappable hard drives.
9 vFlash media card slot Allows you to insert a vFlash media card.
10 USB connector Allows you to connect USB devices to the system.
The ports are USB 2.0-compliant.
11 USB management port/
iDRAC Direct
Allows you to connect USB devices to the system
or provides access to the iDRAC Direct features.
For more information, see the Integrated Dell
Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at
dell.com/esmmanuals. The USB management port
is USB 2.0-compliant.
12 Optical drive (optional) One optional SATA DVD-ROM drive or DVD+/-RW
drive.
13 Tape drive slot (optional) One optional 3.5 inch tape backup unit.
14 Quick Sync (optional) Indicates a Quick Sync enabled system. The Quick
Sync feature is optional and requires a Quick Sync
bezel. This feature allows management of the
system using mobile devices. This feature
aggregates hardware/firmware inventory and
various system level diagnostic/error information
that can be used in troubleshooting the system.
For more information, see the Integrated Dell
Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at
dell.com/esmmanuals.
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Figure 3. Front-panel features and indicators (2.5 inch hard-drive chassis)—PowerEdge R730xd
Figure 4. Front-panel features and indicators (3.5 inch hard-drive chassis)—PowerEdge R730xd
Figure 5. Front-panel features and indicators (3.5 inch and 1.8 inch hard-drive chassis)—PowerEdge R730xd
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Item Indicator, Button, or
Connector
Icon Description
1 Diagnostic indicators The diagnostic indicators light up to display error
status.
2 System identification
button
The identification buttons on the front and back
panels can be used to locate a particular system
within a rack. When one of these buttons is
pressed, the system status indicator on the back
flashes until one of the buttons is pressed again.
Press to toggle the system ID on and off.
If the system stops responding during POST, press
and hold the system ID button for more than five
seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.
To reset the iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC
setup) press and hold the button for more than 15
seconds.
3 Power-on indicator,
power button
The power-on indicator lights when the system
power is on. The power button controls the power
supply output to the system.
NOTE: On ACPI-compliant operating systems,
turning off the system using the power button
causes the system to perform a graceful
shutdown before power to the system is
turned off.
4 NMI button Used to troubleshoot software and device driver
errors when running certain operating systems.
This button can be pressed using the end of a
paper clip.
Use this button only if directed to do so by
qualified support personnel or by the operating
system's documentation.
5 Information tag A slide-out label panel which allows you to record
system information such as Service Tag, NIC, MAC
address, and so on as per your need.
6 Hard drives
2.5 inch hard
drive systems
Up to twenty four 2.5 inch
hot-swappable hard drives.
3.5 inch hard
drive systems
Up to twelve 3.5 inch hot-
swappable hard drives.
3.5 inch and 1.8
inch hard drive
systems
Up to eight 3.5 inch and
eighteen 1.8 inch hot-
swappable hard drives.
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Item Indicator, Button, or
Connector
Icon Description
7 USB management port/
iDRAC Direct
Allows you to connect USB devices to the system
or provides access to the iDRAC Direct features.
For more information, see the Integrated Dell
Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at
dell.com/esmmanuals. The USB management port
is USB 2.0-compliant.
8 iDRAC Direct LED
indicator
The indicator lights up to display error status.
9 Video connector Allows you to connect a VGA display to the
system.
10 Quick Sync (optional) Indicates a Quick Sync enabled system. The Quick
Sync feature is optional and requires a Quick Sync
bezel. This feature allows management of the
system using mobile devices. This feature
aggregates hardware/firmware inventory and
various system level diagnostic/error information
that can be used in troubleshooting the system.
For more information, see the Integrated Dell
Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at
dell.com/esmmanuals.
LCD panel features
NOTE: The LCD panel is present only on PowerEdge R730.
The LCD panel of your system provides system information and status and error messages to indicate if
the system is operating correctly or if the system needs attention. For more information on error
messages, see the Dell Event and Error Messages Reference Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
• The LCD backlight lights blue during normal operating conditions and lights amber to indicate an
error condition.
• The LCD backlight is off when the system is in standby mode and can be turned on by pressing either
the Select, Left, or Right button on the LCD panel.
• The LCD backlight remains off if LCD messaging is turned off through the iDRAC utility, the LCD
panel, or other tools.
Figure 6. LCD panel features
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Item Button Description
1 Left Moves the cursor back in one-step increments.
2 Select Selects the menu item highlighted by the cursor.
3 Right Moves the cursor forward in one-step increments.
During message scrolling:
• Press and hold the button to increase scrolling speed.
• Release the button to stop.
NOTE: The display will stop scrolling when the button is
released. After 45 seconds of inactivity the display will start
scrolling.
Home screen
The Home screen displays user-configurable information about the system. This screen is displayed
during normal system operation when there are no status messages or errors. When the system is in
standby mode, the LCD backlight turns off after five minutes of inactivity if there are no error messages.
Press one of the three navigation buttons (Select, Left, or Right) to view the Home screen.
To navigate to the Home screen from another menu, continue to select the up arrow until the Home
icon is displayed, and then select the Home icon.
From the Home screen, press the Select button to enter the main menu.
Setup menu
NOTE: When you select an option in the Setup menu, you must confirm the option before
proceeding to the next action.
Option Description
iDRAC Select DHCP or Static IP to configure the network mode. If Static IP is selected,
the available fields are IP, Subnet (Sub), and Gateway (Gtw). Select Setup DNS to
enable DNS and to view domain addresses. Two separate DNS entries are available.
Set error Select SEL to display LCD error messages in a format that matches the IPMI
description in the SEL. This is useful when trying to match an LCD message with an
SEL entry.
Select Simple to display LCD error messages in a simplified user-friendly
description. For more information on error messages, see the Dell Event and Error
Messages Reference Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
Set home Select the default information to be displayed on the LCD Home screen. See View
menu to see the options and option items that can be set as the default on the
Home screen.
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View menu
NOTE: When you select an option in the View menu, you must confirm the option before
proceeding to the next action.
Option Description
iDRAC IP Displays the IPv4 or IPv6 addresses for iDRAC8. Addresses include DNS (Primary
and Secondary), Gateway, IP, and Subnet (IPv6 does not have Subnet).
MAC Displays the MAC addresses for iDRAC, iSCSI, or Network devices.
Name Displays the name of the Host, Model, or User String for the system.
Number Displays the Asset tag or the Service tag for the system.
Power Displays the power output of the system in BTU/hr or Watts. The display format can
be configured in the Set home submenu of the Setup menu.
Temperature Displays the temperature of the system in Celsius or Fahrenheit. The display format
can be configured in the Set home submenu of the Setup menu.
Diagnostic indicators
The diagnostic indicators on the system front panel display error status during system startup.
NOTE: No diagnostic indicators are lit when the system is switched off. To start the system, plug it
into a working power source and press the power button.
Icon Description Condition Corrective action
Health
indicator
If the system is on, and in
good health, the indicator
lights solid blue.
None required.
The indicator blinks amber if
the system is on or in
standby, and if any error
exists (for example, a failed
fan or hard drive).
See the System Event Log or system
messages for the specific issue. For more
information on error messages, see the Dell
Event and Error Messages Reference Guide at
dell.com/esmmanuals.
Invalid memory configurations can cause the
system to halt at startup without any video
output. See Getting help.
Hard-drive
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if a
hard drive experiences an
error.
See the System Event Log to determine the
hard drive that has an error. Run the
appropriate Online Diagnostics test. Restart
system and run embedded diagnostics
(ePSA). If the hard drives are configured in a
RAID array, restart the system and enter the
host adapter configuration utility program.
Electrical
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if
the system experiences an
See the System Event Log or system
messages for the specific issue. If it is due to
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Icon Description Condition Corrective action
electrical error (for example,
voltage out of range, or a
failed power supply or voltage
regulator).
a problem with the power supply, check the
LED on the power supply. Re-seat the power
supply by removing and reinstalling it. If the
problem persists, see Getting help.
Temperature
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if
the system experiences a
thermal error (for example, a
temperature out of range or
fan failure).
Ensure that none of the following conditions
exist:
• A cooling fan is removed or has failed.
• System cover, cooling shroud, EMI filler
panel, memory-module blank, or back-
filler bracket is removed.
• Ambient temperature is too high.
• External airflow is obstructed.
See Getting help.
Memory
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if a
memory error occurs.
See the system event log or system messages
for the location of the failed memory.
Reinstall the memory device. If the problem
persists, see Getting help.
PCIe
indicator
The indicator blinks amber if a
PCIe card experiences an
error.
Restart the system. Update any required
drivers for the PCIe card. Re-install the card.
If the problem persists, see Getting help.
NOTE: For more information on
supported PCIe cards, see Expansion
card installation guidelines.
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Hard-drive indicator codes
Figure 7. Hard-drive indicators
1. hard-drive activity indicator 2. hard-drive status indicator
3. hard drive
Figure 8. Hard-drive indicators on the hard-drive tray backplane
1. hard-drive activity indicator 2. hard-drive status indicator
3. hard-drive backplane on hard-drive tray
NOTE: If the hard drive is in Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) mode, the status indicator
(on the right side) does not function and remains off.
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Drive-status indicator pattern (RAID only) Condition
Blinks green two times per second Identifying drive or preparing for removal.
Off Drive ready for insertion or removal.
NOTE: The drive status indicator remains off until
all hard drives are initialized after the system is
turned on. Drives are not ready for insertion or
removal during this time.
Blinks green, amber, and turns off Predicted drive failure
Blinks amber four times per second Drive failed
Blinks green slowly Drive rebuilding
Steady green Drive online
Blinks green three seconds, amber three
seconds, and turns off six seconds
Rebuild aborted
iDRAC Direct LED indicator codes
NOTE: The iDRAC Direct LED indicator does not light up for the USB mode.
Figure 9. iDRAC Direct LED indicator
1. iDRAC Direct status indicator
The table below displays iDRAC Direct activity when configuring iDRAC Direct by using the management
port (USB XML Import).
Convention iDRAC Direct
LED indicator
pattern
Condition
A Green Lights green for a minimum of 2 seconds at the beginning and end
of a file transfer.
B Flashing green Indicates file transfer or any operation tasks.
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Convention iDRAC Direct
LED indicator
pattern
Condition
C Green and turns
off
Indicates that the file transfer is complete.
D Not lit Indicates that the USB is ready to be removed or that a task is
complete.
The table below displays iDRAC Direct activity when configuring iDRAC Direct using your laptop and
cable (Laptop Connect).
iDRAC Direct LED
indicator pattern
Condition
Solid green for two
seconds
Indicates that the laptop is connected.
Flashing green (on
for two seconds and
off for two seconds)
Indicates that the laptop connected is recognized.
Turns off Indicates that the laptop is unplugged..
Quick Sync indicator codes
Figure 10. Quick Sync indicator codes
1. Quick Sync status indicator 2. Quick Sync activation button
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Power indicator pattern Condition
Slow blink Quick Sync is waiting to be configured from iDRAC.
Solid Quick Sync is ready to transfer.
Blinks three times rapidly and then turns off Quick Sync feature is disabled from iDRAC.
Blinks continuously when the mobile device
touches the antenna
Indicates data transfer activity.
Blinks rapidly five times and turns off for one
second when the activation button is pressed.
This pattern is repeated until the activation
button is pressed again.
Quick Sync hardware is not responding properly.
Reseat the bezel. the problem persists, see Getting
help.
Off Indicates that the Quick Sync feature is turned off.
Use the activation button to activate it. If pressing the
activation button does not turn on the LEDs, it
indicates that power is not delivered to the Quick
Sync bezel.
NOTE: For security purposes, Quick Sync turns
off after thirty seconds of in-activity after the
activation button is pressed. Once timed-out,
the user is expected to press the activation
button again to activate Quick Sync.
Back-panel features and indicators
Figure 11. Back-panel features and indicators—PowerEdge R730
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Figure 12. Back-panel features and indicators—PowerEdge R730xd
Item Indicator, button, or
connector
Icon Description
1 System identification
button
The identification buttons on the front and back
panels can be used to locate a particular system
within a rack.
PowerEdge
R730
When one of these buttons
is pressed, the LCD panel on
the front and the system
status indicator on the back
flashes until one of the
buttons is pressed again.
PowerEdge
R730xd
When one of these buttons
is pressed, the system status
indicator on the back flashes
until one of the buttons is
pressed again.
Press to toggle the system ID on and off.
If the system stops responding during POST, press
and hold the system ID button for more than five
seconds to enter BIOS progress mode.
To reset iDRAC (if not disabled in F2 iDRAC setup)
press and hold the button for more than 15
seconds.
2 System identification
connector
Connects the optional system status indicator
assembly through the optional cable management
arm.
3 iDRAC8 Enterprise port Dedicated management port.
4 Half-height PCIe
expansion-card slot (3)
Allows you to connect up to three half-height PCI
Express expansion cards.
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Item Indicator, button, or
connector
Icon Description
5 Serial connector Allows you to connect a serial device to the
system.
6 Video connector Allows you to connect a VGA display to the system.
7 USB connector (2) Allows you to connect USB devices to the system.
The ports are USB 3.0-compliant.
8 Full-height PCIe
expansion-card slot (4)
(PowerEdge R730)
Allows you to connect up to four full-height PCI
Express expansion cards.
Full-height PCIe
expansion-card slot (3)
(PowerEdge R730xd)
Allows you to connect up to three full-height PCI
Express expansion cards.
9 Ethernet connector (4) Four integrated 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC
connectors
or
Four integrated connectors that include:
• Two 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC connectors
• Two 100 Mbps/1 Gbps/10 Gbps SFP+/10 GbE T
connectors
10 Power supply unit (PSU1)
AC 495 W, 750 W, or 1100 W
or
DC 750 W or 1100 W
11 Power supply unit
(PSU2)
12 vFlash media card slot Allows you to insert a vFlash media card.
NOTE: This applies only to PowerEdge R730xd
13 Hard drive (2) (back) Up to two hot-swappable 2.5 inch hard drives.
NOTE: This applies only to PowerEdge R730xd
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NIC indicator codes
Figure 13. NIC indicators
1. link indicator 2. activity indicator
Indicator Indicator code
Link and activity indicators are off The NIC is not connected to the network.
Link indicator is green The NIC is connected to a valid network at its
maximum port speed (1 Gbps or 10 Gbps).
Link indicator is amber The NIC is connected to a valid network at less
than its maximum port speed.
Activity indicator is blinking green Network data is being sent or received.
Power indicator codes
Each AC power supply unit (PSU) has an illuminated translucent handle and each DC power supply unit
(when available) has an LED that serves as an indicator to show whether power is present or a power fault
has occurred.
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Figure 14. AC power supply unit status indicator
1. AC power supply unit status indicator/handle
Convention Power indicator
pattern
Condition
A Green The handle indicator lights green indicating that a valid power
source is connected to the power supply unit and that the power
supply unit is operational.
B Flashing green When updating the firmware of the power supply unit, the power
supply unit handle flashes green.
C Flashing green
and turns off
When hot-adding a power supply unit (PSU), the power supply unit
handle flashes green five times at 4 Hz rate and turns off. This
indicates that the power supply unit is mismatched with the other
power supply unit (in terms of efficiency, feature set, health status,
and supported voltage). Replace the power supply unit that has the
flashing indicator with a power supply unit that matches the capacity
of the other installed power supply unit.
NOTE: For AC power supplies, use only PSUs with the Extended
Power Performance (EPP) label on the back. Mixing PSUs from
previous generations of servers can result in a PSU mismatch
condition or failure to power on.
D Flashing amber Indicates a problem with the power supply unit.
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Convention Power indicator
pattern
Condition
CAUTION: When correcting a power supply unit mismatch,
replace only the power supply unit with the flashing indicator.
Swapping the opposite power supply unit to make a matched
pair can result in an error condition and unexpected system
shutdown. To change from a High Output configuration to a
Low Output configuration or vice versa, you must power
down the system.
CAUTION: AC power supplies support both 220 V and 110 V
input voltages with the exception of Titanium power supplies,
which support only 220 V. When two identical power supplies
receive different input voltages, they can output different
wattages, and trigger a mismatch.
CAUTION: If two power supplies are used, they must be of the
same type and have the same maximum output power.
CAUTION: Combining AC and DC power supplies is not
supported and triggers a mismatch.
E Not lit Power is not connected.
Figure 15. DC power supply unit status indicator
1. DC power supply unit status indicator
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Convention Power indicator
pattern
Condition
A Green The handle/LED indicator lights green indicating that a valid power
source is connected to the power supply unit and that the power
supply unit is operational.
B Flashing green When hot-adding a power supply unit, power supply unit LED
flashes green. This indicates that the power supply unit is
mismatched with the other power supply unit (in terms of
efficiency, feature set, health status, and supported voltage).
Replace the power supply unit that has the flashing indicator with a
power supply unit that matches the capacity of the other installed
power supply unit.
C Flashing amber Indicates a problem with the power supply unit.
CAUTION: When correcting a power supply unit mismatch,
replace only the power supply unit with the flashing
indicator. Swapping the opposite power supply unit to make
a matched pair can result in an error condition and
unexpected system shutdown. To change from a High
Output configuration to a Low Output configuration or vice
versa, you must power down the system.
CAUTION: AC power supplies support both 220 V and 110 V
input voltages with the exception of Titanium power
supplies, which support only 220 V. When two identical
power supplies receive different input voltages, they can
output different wattages, and trigger a mismatch.
CAUTION: If two power supplies are used, they must be of
the same type and have the same maximum output power.
CAUTION: Combining AC and DC power supplies is not
supported and triggers a mismatch.
D Not lit Power is not connected.
Documentation matrix
The documentation matrix provides information on documents that you can refer to for setting up and
managing your system.
To... Refer to...
Install your system into a rack Rack documentation included with your rack
solution
Set up your system and know the system technical
specifications
Getting Started With Your System that shipped with
your system or see dell.com/poweredgemanuals
Install the operating system Operating system documentation at dell.com/
operatingsystemmanuals
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To... Refer to...
Get an overview of the Dell Systems Management
offerings
Dell OpenManage Systems Management Overview
Guide at dell.com/openmanagemanuals
Configure and log in to iDRAC, set up managed
and management system, know the iDRAC
features and troubleshoot using iDRAC
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's
Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals
Know about the RACADM subcommands and
supported RACADM interfaces
RACADM Command Line Reference Guide for
iDRAC and CMC at dell.com/esmmanuals
Launch, enable and disable Lifecycle Controller,
know the features, use and troubleshoot Lifecycle
Controller
Dell Lifecycle Controller User’s Guide at dell.com/
esmmanuals
Use Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Dell Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Quick
Start Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals
Set up, use, and troubleshoot OpenManage Server
Administrator
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator User’s
Guide at dell.com/openmanagemanuals
Install, use and troubleshoot OpenManage
Essentials
Dell OpenManage Essentials User’s Guide at
dell.com/openmanagemanuals
Know the features of the storage controller cards,
deploy the cards, and manage the storage
subsystem
Storage controller documentation at dell.com/
storagecontrollermanuals
Check the event and error messages generated by
the system firmware and agents that monitor
system components
Dell Event and Error Messages Reference Guide at
dell.com/esmmanuals
Quick Resource Locator
Use the Quick Resource Locator (QRL) to get immediate access to system information and how-to
videos. This can be done by visiting dell.com/QRL or by using your smartphone or tablet and a model
specific Quick Resource (QR) code located on your Dell PowerEdge system. To try out the QR code, scan
the following image.
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Performing initial system configuration
After you receive your PowerEdge system, you must set up your system, install the operating system, and
set up and configure the system iDRAC IP address for system management.
Setting up your system
1. Unpack the server.
2. Install the server into the rack. For more information on installing the server into the rack, see your
system's Rack Installation Placemat at dell.com/poweredgemanuals.
3. Connect any peripherals to the system.
4. Connect the system to its electrical outlet.
5. Turn the system on by pressing the power button or using iDRAC.
6. Turn on the attached peripherals.
Methods of setting up and configuring the iDRAC IP
address
You can set up the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) IP address by using one of the
following interfaces:
1. iDRAC Settings utility.
2. Lifecycle Controller.
3. Dell Deployment Toolkit.
4. Server LCD panel.
5. Quick Sync (optional)
You can configure iDRAC IP using:
1. iDRAC Web Interface.
For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide.
2. Remote Access Controller ADMin (RACADM).
For more information, see the RACADM Command Line Interface Reference Guide and the
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide.
3. Remote Services that includes Web Services Management (WS-Man). For more information, see the
Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Quick Start Guide.
For more information on setting up and configuring iDRAC, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access
Controller User's Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
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Information about logging in to iDRAC
You can log in to iDRAC as an iDRAC local user, as a Microsoft Active Directory user, or as a Lightweight
Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) user. You can also log in using Single Sign-On or Smart Card. The
default user name is root and password is calvin. For more information on logging in to iDRAC and
iDRAC licenses, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
You can also access the iDRAC using RACADM. For more information, see the RACADM Command Line
Interface Reference Guide and the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide available at
dell.com/esmmanuals.
Methods of installing the operating system
If the server is shipped without an operating system, install the supported operating system on the server
using the following methods:
• Dell Systems Management Tools and Documentation media. See the operating system
documentation at dell.com/operatingsystemmanuals.
• Dell Lifecycle Controller. See the Lifecycle Controller documentation at dell.com/esmmanuals.
• Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit. See the OpenManage documentation at dell.com/
openmanagemanuals.
For information on the list of operating systems supported on your system, see the operating systems
support matrix at dell.com/ossupport.
Remote management
To perform out-of-band systems management using iDRAC, you must configure iDRAC for remote
accessibility, set up the management station and managed system, and configure the supported Web
browsers. For more information, see the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at
dell.com/esmmanuals.
You can also remotely monitor and manage the server, using the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator
(OMSA) software and OpenManage Essentials (OME) systems management console. For more
information, see dell.com/openmanagemanuals.
Downloading and installing drivers and firmware
It is recommended that you download and install the latest BIOS, drivers, and systems management
firmware on your system.
Prerequisites
NOTE: Ensure that you clear the web browser cache.
Steps
1. Go to dell.com/support/drivers.
2. In the Product Selection section, enter the service tag of your system in the Service Tag or Express
Service Code field.
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NOTE: If you do not have the service tag, select Automatically detect my Service Tag for me to
allow the system to automatically detect your service tag, or select Choose from a list of all
Dell products to select your product from the Product Selection page.
3. Click Get drivers and downloads.
The drivers that are applicable to your selection are displayed.
4. Download the drivers that you require to a diskette drive, USB drive, CD, or DVD.
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Pre-operating system management
applications
The pre-operating system management applications for your PowerEdge system help you manage
different settings and features of your system without booting to the operating system.
Your PowerEdge system has the following pre-operating system management applications:
• System Setup
• Boot Manager
• Dell Lifecycle Controller
Dell Lifecycle Controller allows you to perform useful tasks such as configuring BIOS and hardware
settings, deploying operating system, updating drivers, changing RAID settings, and saving hardware
profiles. For more information about Dell Lifecycle Controller, see the documentation at dell.com/
esmmanuals.
Navigation keys
The navigation keys can help you access the pre-operating system management applications.
Key Description
<PgUp> Moves to the previous screen.
<PgDn> Moves to the next screen.
Up arrow Moves to the previous field.
Down
arrow
Moves to the next field.
<Enter> Enables you to type a value in the selected field (if applicable) or follow the link in the field.
Spacebar Expands or collapses a drop-down list, if applicable.
<Tab> Moves to the next focus area.
NOTE: This feature is applicable for the standard graphics browser only.
<Esc> Moves to the previous page till you view the main screen. Pressing <Esc> in the main
screen exits System BIOS/IDRAC Settings/Device Settings/Service Tag Settings and
proceeds with system boot.
<F1> Displays the System Setup help text.
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About System Setup
Using System Setup, you can configure the BIOS settings, iDRAC settings, and device settings of your
system.
You can access System Setup in two ways:
• Standard Graphical Browser— This is enabled by default.
• Text Browser— This is enabled using Console Redirection.
NOTE: By default, help text for the selected field is displayed in the graphical browser. To view the
help text in the text browser, press <F1>.
Entering System Setup
1. Turn on or restart your system.
2. Press <F2> immediately after you see the following message:
<F2> = System Setup
If your operating system begins to load before you press <F2>, allow the system to finish booting,
and then restart your system and try again.
System Setup Main Menu
Option Description
System BIOS Enables you to configure BIOS settings.
iDRAC Settings Enables you to configure iDRAC settings.
The iDRAC Settings utility is an interface to set up and configure the iDRAC
parameters using UEFI. You can enable or disable various iDRAC parameters by
using the iDRAC Settings utility. For more information about this utility, see the
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User’s Guide at dell.com/esmmanuals.
Device Settings Enables you to configure device settings.
System BIOS screen
You can use the System BIOS screen to view BIOS settings as well as edit specific functions such as boot
order, system password, setup password, setting RAID mode, and enabling or disabling USB ports.
In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS.
The System BIOS screen details are explained below.
Example
Menu Item Description
System
Information
Displays information about the system such as the system model name, BIOS
version, Service Tag, and so on.
Memory Settings Displays information and options related to installed memory.
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Menu Item Description
Processor Settings Displays information and options related to the processor such as speed, cache
size, and so on.
SATA Settings Displays options to enable or disable the integrated SATA controller and ports.
Boot Settings Displays options to specify the boot mode (BIOS or UEFI). Enables you to modify
UEFI and BIOS boot settings.
Integrated
Devices
Displays options to enable or disable integrated device controllers and ports, and to
specify related features and options.
Serial
Communication
Displays options to enable or disable the serial ports and specify related features
and options.
System Profile
Settings
Displays options to change the processor power management settings, memory
frequency, and so on.
System Security Displays options to configure the system security settings like, system password,
setup password, TPM security, and so on. It also enables or disables support for the
power and NMI buttons on the system.
Miscellaneous
Settings
Displays options to change the system date, time, and so on.
System Information screen details
You can use the System Information screen allows to view system properties such as Service Tag, system
model, and BIOS version.
You can view the System Information screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
System Information.
The System Information screen details are explained as follows:
Example
Menu Item Description
System Model
Name
Displays the system model name.
System BIOS
Version
Displays the BIOS version installed on the system.
System
Management
Engine Version
Displays the current revision of the Management Engine firmware.
System Service
Tag
Displays the system Service Tag.
System
Manufacturer
Displays the name of the system manufacturer.
System
Manufacturer
Displays the contact information of the system manufacturer.
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Menu Item Description
Contact
Information
System CPLD
Version
Displays the current revision of the system CPLD firmware.
UEFI Compliance
Version
Displays the system firmware UEFI compliance level.
Memory Settings screen details
You can use the Memory Settings screen to view all the memory settings as well as to enable or disable
specific memory functions such as system memory testing and node interleaving.
You can view the Memory Setting screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
Memory Settings.
The Memory Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Example
Menu Item Description
System Memory
Size
Displays the amount of memory installed in the system.
System Memory
Type
Displays the type of memory installed in the system.
System Memory
Speed
Displays the system memory speed.
System Memory
Voltage
Displays the system memory voltage.
Video Memory Displays the amount of video memory.
System Memory
Testing
Specifies whether system memory tests are run during system boot. Options are
Enabled and Disabled. By default, the System Memory Testing option is set to
Disabled.
Memory
Operating Mode
Specifies the memory operating mode. The options available are Optimizer Mode,
Advanced ECC Mode, Mirror Mode, Spare Mode, Spare with Advanced ECC Mode,
and Dell Fault Resilient Mode. By default, the Memory Operating Mode option is
set to Optimizer Mode.
NOTE: The Memory Operating Mode can have different defaults and available
options based on the memory configuration of your system.
NOTE: The Dell Fault Resilient Mode establishes an area of memory that is
fault resilient. This mode can be used by an operating system that supports the
feature to load critical applications or enables the operating system kernel to
maximize system availability.
Node Interleaving Specifies if Non-Uniform Memory architecture (NUMA) is supported. If this field is
Enabled, memory interleaving is supported if a symmetric memory configuration is
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Menu Item Description
installed. If Disabled, the system supports NUMA (asymmetric) memory
configurations. By default, Node Interleaving option is set to Disabled.
Snoop Mode Specifies the Snoop Mode options. Snoop Mode options available are Home
Snoop, Early Snoop, Cluster on Die. By default, the Snoop Mode option is set to
Early Snoop. The field is only available when Node Interleaving is Disabled.
Processor Settings screen details
You can use the Processor Settings screen to view the processor settings and perform specific functions
such as enabling virtualization technology, hardware prefetcher, and logical processor idling.
You can view the Processor Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
Processor Settings.
The Processor Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Example
Menu Item Description
Logical Processor Enables or disables the logical processors and displays the number of logical
processors. If the Logical Processor option is set to Enabled, the BIOS displays all
the logical processors. If this option is set to Disabled, the BIOS only displays one
logical processor per core. By default, the Logical Processor option is set to
Enabled.
Alternate RTID
(Requestor
Transaction ID)
Setting
Enables you to allocate more RTIDs to the remote socket, thereby increasing
cache performance between the sockets or easing work in normal mode for
NUMA. By default, the Alternate RTID (Requestor Transaction ID) Setting is set to
Disabled.
Virtualization
Technology
Enables or disables the additional hardware capabilities provided for virtualization.
By default, the Virtualization Technology option is set to Enabled.
Address
Translation
Service (ATS)
Defines the Address Translation Cache (ATC) for devices to cache the DMA
transactions. This field provides an interface to a chipset's Address Translation and
Protection Table to translate DMA addresses to host addresses. By default, the
option is set to Enabled.
Adjacent Cache
Line Prefetch
Optimizes the system for applications that require high utilization of sequential
memory access. By default, the Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch option is set to
Enabled. You can disable this option for applications that require high utilization of
random memory access.
Hardware
Prefetcher
Enables or disables the hardware prefetcher. By default, the Hardware Prefetcher
option is set to Enabled.
DCU Streamer
Prefetcher
Allows you to enable or disable the Data Cache Unit (DCU) streamer prefetcher. By
default, the DCU Streamer Prefetcher option is set to Enabled.
DCU IP Prefetcher Enables or disables the Data Cache Unit (DCU) IP prefetcher. By default, the DCU
IP Prefetcher option is set to Enabled.
Execute Disable Enables or disables the execute disable memory protection technology. By default,
the Execute Disable option is set to Enabled.
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Menu Item Description
Logical Processor
Idling
Enables or disables the operating system capability to put logical processors in the
idling state in order to reduce power consumption. By default, the option is set to
Disabled.
Configurable TDP Allows reconfiguration of Thermal Design Power (TDP) to lower levels.
TDP refers to the maximum amount of power the cooling system is required to
dissipate.
X2Apic Mode Enables or disables the X2Apic mode.
Dell Controlled
Turbo
NOTE: Depending on the number of installed CPUs, there may be up to four
processor listings.
Controls the turbo engagement. Enable this option only when System Profile is set
to Performance.
Number of Cores
per Processor
Controls the number of enabled cores in each processor. By default, the Number
of Cores per Processor option is set to All.
Processor 64-bit
Support
Specifies if the processor(s) support 64-bit extensions.
Processor Core
Speed
Displays the maximum core frequency of the processor.
Processor 1
NOTE: Depending on the number of installed CPUs, there may be up to four
processor listings. The following settings are displayed for each processor
installed in the system.
Family-Model-
Stepping
Displays the family, model and stepping of the processor as defined by Intel.
Brand Displays the brand name reported by the processor.
Level 2 Cache Displays the total L2 cache.
Level 3 Cache Displays the total L3 cache.
Number of Cores Displays the number of cores per processor.
SATA Settings screen details
You can use the SATA Settings screen to view the SATA settings of SATA devices and enable RAID on
your system.
You can view the SATA Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → SATA
Settings.
The SATA Settings screen details are explained below.
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Example
Menu Item Description
Embedded SATA Enables the embedded SATA to be set to Off, ATA, AHCI, or RAID modes. By
default, the Embedded SATA option is set to AHCI.
Security Freeze
Lock
Sends Security Freeze Lock command to the Embedded SATA drives during POST.
This option is only applicable to ATA and AHCI mode.
Write Cache Enables or disables the command for Embedded SATA drives during POST.
Port A Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Port B Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Port C Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Port D Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
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Menu Item Description
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Port E Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Port F Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Port G Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Port H Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
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Port I Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Port J Sets the drive type of the selected device. For Embedded SATA settings in ATA
mode, set this field to Auto to enable BIOS support. Set it to OFF to turn off BIOS
support.
For AHCI mode or RAID mode, BIOS always enables support.
Model Displays the drive model of the selected device.
Drive Type Displays the type of drive attached to the SATA port.
Capacity Displays the total capacity of the hard drive. The field is undefined for removable
media devices such as optical drives.
Boot Settings screen details
You can use the Boot Settings screen to set the Boot mode to either BIOS or UEFI. It also allows you to
specify the boot order.
You can view the Boot Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS → Boot
Settings.
The Boot Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Example
Menu Item Description
Boot Mode Enables you to set the boot mode of the system.
CAUTION: Switching the boot mode may prevent the system from booting if
the operating system is not installed in the same boot mode.
NOTE: Setting this field to UEFI disables BIOS Boot Settings menu. Setting this
field to BIOS disables the UEFI Boot Settings menu.
If the operating system supports UEFI, you can set this option to UEFI. Setting this
field to BIOS allows compatibility with non-UEFI operating systems. By default, the
Boot Mode option is set to BIOS.
Boot Sequence
Retry
Enables or disables the boot sequence retry feature. If this field is enabled and the
system fails to boot, the system reattempts the boot sequence after 30 seconds. By
default, the Boot Sequence Retry option is set to Enabled.
Hard Disk Failover Specifies which devices in the Hard-Disk Drive Sequence are attempted in the
boot sequence. When the option is Disabled, only the first hard disk device in the
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list is attempted to boot. When set to Enabled, all hard disk devices are attempted
in order, as listed in the Hard-Disk Drive Sequence. This option is not enabled for
UEFI Boot Mode.
Boot Options
Settings
Configures the boot sequence and the boot devices.
Network Settings screen details
You can use the Network Settings screen to modify PXE device settings. Network Settings are only
available in UEFI boot mode. BIOS does not control network settings in the BIOS boot mode. For BIOS
boot mode, the network settings are handled by the network controllers option ROM.
You can view the Network Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
Network Settings.
The Network Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Example
Menu Item Description
PXE Device n (n =
1 to 4)
Enables or disables the device. When enabled, a UEFI boot option is created for the
device.
PXE Device n
Settings (n = 1 to
4)
Allows you to control the configuration of the PXE device.
Integrated Devices screen details
You can use the Integrated Devices screen to view and configure the settings of all integrated devices
including the video controller, integrated RAID controller, and the USB ports.
You can view the Integrated Devices screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
Integrated Devices.
The Integrated Devices screen details are explained below.
Example
Menu Item Description
USB 3.0 Setting Enables or disables the USB 3.0 support. Enable this option only if your operating
system supports USB 3.0. If you disable this option, devices operate at USB 2.0
speed. USB 3.0 is disabled by default.
User Accessible
USB Ports
Enables or disables the USB ports. Selecting Only Back Ports On disables the front
USB ports, selecting All Ports Off disables all USB ports. The USB keyboard and
mouse operates during boot process in certain operating systems. After the boot
process is complete, the USB keyboard and mouse do not work if the ports are
disabled.
NOTE: Selecting Only Back Ports On and All Ports Off will disable the USB
management port and also restrict access to iDRAC features.
Internal USB Port Enables or disables the internal USB port. By default, the option is set to Enabled.
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Integrated RAID
Controller
Enables or disables the integrated RAID controller. By default, the option is set to
Enabled.
Integrated
Network Card 1
Enables or disables the integrated network card.
Embedded NIC1
and NIC2
NOTE: The Embedded NIC1 and NIC2 option is only available on systems that
do not have Integrated Network Card 1.
Enables or disables the Embedded NIC1 and NIC2 . If set to Disabled, the NIC may
still be available for shared network access by the embedded management
controller. The embedded NIC1 and NIC2 option is only available on systems that
do not have NDCs. This option is mutually exclusive with the Integrated Network
Card 1 option. Configure this function using the NIC management utilities of the
system.
I/OAT DMA Engine Enables or disables the I/OAT option. Enable only if the hardware and software
support the feature.
Embedded Video
Controller
Enables or disables the Embedded Video Controller. By default, the embedded
video controller is Enabled. Current state of Embedded Video Controller is
Enabled. Current State of Embedded Video Controller is a read only field,
indicating the current state for the Embedded Video Controller. If the Embedded
Video Controller is the only display capability in the system (that is, no add-in
graphics card is installed), then the Embedded Video Controller is automatically
used as the primary display even if the Embedded Video Controller setting is
Disabled.
Current State of
Embedded Video
Controller
Displays the current state of the Embedded Video Controller. Current State of
Embedded Video Controller is a read only field, indicating the current state for the
Embedded Video Controller
SR-IOV Global
Enable
Enables or disables the BIOS configuration of Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-
IOV) devices. By default, the SR-IOV Global Enable option is set to Disabled.
OS Watchdog
Timer
If your system stops responding, this watchdog timer aids in the recovery of your
operating system. When this field is set to Enabled, the operating system is allowed
to initialize the timer. When the option is set to Disabled (the default), the timer will
have no effect on the system.
Memory Mapped
I/O above 4GB
Enables or disables the support for PCIe devices that require large amounts of
memory. By default, the option is set to Enabled.
Slot Disablement Enables or disables the available PCIe slots on your system. The Slot Disablement
feature controls the configuration of PCIe cards installed in the specified slot. Slot
disablement must be used only when the installed peripheral card is preventing
booting into the operating system or causing delays in system startup. If the slot is
disabled, both the Option ROM and UEFI driver are disabled.
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Serial Communication screen details
You can use the Serial Communication screen to view the properties of the serial communication port.
You can view the Serial Communication screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
Serial Communication.
The Serial Communication screen details are explained below.
Example
Menu Item Description
Serial
Communication
Selects serial communication devices (Serial Device 1 and Serial Device 2) in the
BIOS. BIOS console redirection can also be enabled and the port address can be
specified. By default, Serial Communication option is set to Auto.
Serial Port
Address
Enables you to set the port address for serial devices. By default, the Serial Port
Address option is set to Serial Device 1=COM2, Serial Device 2=COM1.
NOTE: Only Serial Device 2 can be used for Serial Over LAN (SOL). To use
console redirection by SOL, configure the same port address for console
redirection and the serial device.
External Serial
Connector
Enables you to associate the external serial connector to serial device 1, serial
device 2, or remote access device. By default, the External Serial Connector option
is set to Serial Device1.
NOTE: Only Serial Device 2 can be used for SOL. To use console redirection
by SOL, configure the same port address for console redirection and the serial
device.
Failsafe Baud Rate Displays the failsafe baud rate for console redirection. The BIOS attempts to
determine the baud rate automatically. This failsafe baud rate is used only if the
attempt fails and the value must not be changed. By default, the Failsafe Baud Rate
option is set to 115200.
Remote Terminal
Type
Sets the remote console terminal type. By default, the Remote Terminal Type
option is set to VT 100/VT 220.
Redirection After
Boot
Enables or disables the BIOS console redirection when the operating system is
loaded. By default, the Redirection After Boot option is set to Enabled.
System Profile Settings screen details
You can use the System Profile Settings screen to enable specific system performance settings such as
power management.
You can view the System Profile Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
System Profile Settings.
The System Profile Settings screen details are explained as follows:
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Example
Menu Item Description
System Profile Sets the system profile. If you set the System Profile option to a mode other than
Custom, the BIOS automatically sets the rest of the options. You can only change
the rest of the options if the mode is set to Custom. By default, the System Profile
option is set to Performance Per Watt Optimized (DAPC). DAPC is Dell Active
Power Controller.
NOTE: The following parameters are available only when the System Profile is
set to Custom.
CPU Power
Management
Sets the CPU power management. By default, the CPU Power Management option
is set to System DBPM (DAPC). DBPM is Demand-Based Power Management.
Memory
Frequency
Sets the speed of the system memory. You can select Maximum Performance,
Maximum Reliability, or a specific speed.
Turbo Boost Enables or disables the processor to operate in turbo boost mode. By default, the
Turbo Boost option is set to Enabled.
Energy Efficient
Turbo
Enables or disables the Energy Efficient Turbo.
Energy Efficient Turbo (EET) is a mode of operation where a processor’s core
frequency is adjusted within the turbo range based on workload.
C1E Enables or disables the processor to switch to a minimum performance state when
it is idle. By default, the C1E option is set to Enabled.
C States Enables or disables the processor to operate in all available power states. By
default, the C States option is set to Enabled.
Collaborative CPU
Performance
Control
Enables or disables the CPU power management. When set to Enabled, the CPU
power management is controlled by the OS DBPM and the System DBPM (DAPC).
By default, the option is set to Disabled.
Memory Patrol
Scrub
Sets the memory patrol scrub frequency. By default, the Memory Patrol Scrub
option is set to Standard.
Memory Refresh
Rate
Sets the memory refresh rate to either 1x or 2x. By default, the Memory Refresh
Rate option is set to 1x.
Uncore Frequency Selects the Processor Uncore Frequency.
Dynamic mode allows the processor to optimize power resources across the cores
and uncore during runtime. The optimization of the uncore frequency to either
save power or optimize performance is influenced by the setting of the Energy
Efficiency Policy.
Energy Efficient
Policy
Selects the Energy Efficient Policy.
The CPU uses the setting to manipulate the internal behavior of the processor and
determines whether to target higher performance or better power savings.
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Menu Item Description
Number of Turbo
Boot Enabled
Cores for
Processor 1
NOTE: If there are two processors installed in the system, you see an entry for
Number of Turbo Boost Enabled Cores for Processor 2.
Controls the number of turbo boost enabled cores for processor 1. By default, the
maximum number of cores is enabled.
Monitor/Mwait Enables the Monitor/Mwait instructions in the processor. By default, the Monitor/
Mwait option is set to Enabled for all system profiles, except Custom.
NOTE: This option can be disabled only if the C States option in Custom
mode is disabled.
NOTE: When C States is enabled in Custom mode, changing the Monitor/
Mwait setting does not impact system power/performance.
System Security settings screen details
You can use the System Security screen to perform specific functions such as setting the system
password, setup password, and disabling the power button.
You can view the System Security screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
System Security Settings.
The System Security Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Example
Menu Item Description
Intel AES-NI Improves the speed of applications by performing encryption and decryption using
the Advanced Encryption Standard Instruction Set and is set to Enabled by default.
System Password Sets the system password. This option is set to Enabled by default and is read-only
if the password jumper is not installed in the system.
Setup Password Sets the setup password. This option is read-only if the password jumper is not
installed in the system.
Password Status Locks the system password. By default, the Password Status option is set to
Unlocked.
TPM Security
NOTE: The TPM menu is available only when the TPM module is installed.
Allows you to control the reporting mode of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
By default, the TPM Security option is set to Off. You can only modify the TPM
Status, TPM Activation , and Intel TXT fields if the TPM Status field is set to either
On with Pre-boot Measurements or On without Pre-boot Measurements.
TPM Information Changes the operational state of the TPM. By default, the TPM Activation option is
set to No Change.
TPM Status Displays the TPM status.
TPM Command
CAUTION: Clearing the TPM results in the loss of all keys in the TPM. The
loss of TPM keys may affect booting to the operating system.
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Clears all the contents of the TPM. By default, the TPM Clear option is set to No.
Intel TXT Enables or disables the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). To enable Intel
TXT, Virtualization Technology must be enabled and TPM Security must be
Enabled with Pre-boot measurements. By default, the Intel TXT option is set to
Off.
Power Button Enables or disables the power button on the front of the system. By default, the
Power Button option is set to Enabled.
NMI Button Enables or disables the NMI button on the front of the system. By default, the NMI
Button option is set to Disabled.
AC Power
Recovery
Sets how the system reacts after AC power is restored to the system. By default,
the AC Power Recovery option is set to Last.
AC Power
Recovery Delay
Sets how the system supports staggering of power up after AC power is restored to
the system. By default, the AC Power Recovery Delay option is set to Immediate.
User Defined Delay
(60s to 240s)
Sets the User Defined Delay when the User Defined option for AC Power Recovery
Delay is selected.
UEFI Variable
Access
Provides varying degrees of securing UEFI variables. When set to Standard (the
default) UEFI variables are accessible in the Operating System per the UEFI
specification. When set to Controlled, selected UEFI variables are protected in the
environment and new UEFI boot entries are forced to be at the end of the current
boot order.
Secure Boot Enables Secure Boot, where the BIOS authenticates each pre-boot image using the
certificates in the Secure Boot Policy. Secure Boot is disabled by default.
Secure Boot Policy When Secure Boot policy is Standard, the BIOS uses the system manufacturer’s key
and certificates to authenticate pre-boot images. When Secure Boot policy is
Custom, the BIOS uses the user-defined key and certificates. Secure Boot policy is
Standard by default.
Secure Boot Policy
Summary
Views the list of certificates and hashes that secure boot uses to authenticated
images.
Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings
Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings is displayed only when Secure Boot Policy is set to Custom.
In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS → System Security → Secure Boot Custom Policy
Settings.
The Secure Boot Custom Policy Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Example
Menu Item Description
Platform Key Imports, exports, deletes, or restores the platform key (PK).
Key Exchange Key
Database
Allows you to import, export, delete, or restore entries in the Key Exchange Key
(KEK) Database
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Authorized
Signature
Database
Imports, exports, deletes, or restores entries in the Authorized Signature Database
(db).
Forbidden
Signature
Database
Imports, exports, deletes, or restores entries in the Forbidden Signature Database
(dbx).
Miscellaneous Settings screen details
You can use the Miscellaneous Settings screen to perform specific functions such as updating the asset
tag, and changing the system date and time.
You can view the Miscellaneous Settings screen by clicking System Setup Main Menu → System BIOS →
Miscellaneous Settings.
The Miscellaneous Settings screen details are explained as follows:
Example
Menu Item Description
System Time Enables you to set the time on the system.
System Date Enables you to set the date on the system.
Asset Tag Displays the asset tag and enables you to modify it for security and tracking
purposes.
Keyboard
NumLock
Enables you to set whether the system boots with the NumLock enabled or
disabled. By default the Keyboard NumLock is set to On.
NOTE: This option does not apply to 84-key keyboards.
F1/F2 Prompt on
Error
Enables or disables the F1/F2 prompt on error. By default, F1/F2 Prompt on Error is
set to Enabled. The F1/F2 prompt also includes keyboard errors.
Load Legacy
Video Option
ROM
Enables you to determine whether the system BIOS loads the legacy video (INT
10H) option ROM from the video controller. Selecting Enabled in the operating
system does not support UEFI video output standards. This field is only for UEFI
boot mode. You cannot set this to Enabled if UEFI Secure Boot mode is enabled.
In-System
Characterization
This option enables or disables In-System Characterization. By default, In-System
Characterization is set to Disabled. The two other options are Enabled and
Enabled - No Reboot.
NOTE: The default setting for In-System Characterization is subject to change
in future BIOS releases.
When enabled, In-System Characterization (ISC) executes during POST upon
detecting relevant change(s) in system configuration to optimize system power and
performance. ISC takes about 20 seconds to execute, and system reset is required
for ISC results to be applied. The Enabled - No Reboot option executes ISC and
continues without applying ISC results until the next time system reset occurs. The
Enabled option executes ISC and forces an immediate system reset so that ISC
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Menu Item Description
results can be applied. It takes the system longer to be ready due to the forced
system reset. When disabled, ISC does not execute.
About Boot Manager
Boot Manager enables you to add, delete, and arrange boot options. You can also access System Setup
and boot options without restarting the system.
Entering Boot Manager
The Boot Manager screen allows you to select boot options and diagnostic utilities.
1. Turn on or restart your system.
2. Press <F11> when you see the message <F11> = Boot Manager.
If your operating system begins to load before you press <F11>, allow the system to finish booting,
and then restart your system and try again.
Boot Manager main menu
Menu Item Description
Continue Normal
Boot
The system attempts to boot to devices starting with the first item in the boot
order. If the boot attempt fails, the system continues with the next item in the boot
order until the boot is successful or no more boot options are found.
One Shot Boot
Menu
Takes you to the boot menu where you can select a one time boot device to boot
from.
Launch System
Setup
Enables you to access the System Setup.
Launch Lifecycle
Controller
Exits the Boot Manager and invokes the Lifecycle Controller program.
System Utilities Launches system utilities menu such as system diagnostics and UEFI shell.
Changing the boot order
You may have to change the boot order if you want to boot from a USB key or an optical drive.
About this task
NOTE: The instructions given below may vary if you have selected BIOS for Boot Mode.
Steps
1. In the System Setup Main Menu, click System BIOS → Boot Settings.
2. Click Boot Option Settings → Boot Sequence.
3. Use the arrow keys to select a boot device, and use the + and - keys to move the device down or up
in the ordering.
4. Click Exit, click Yes to save the settings on exit.
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