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Dell Precision™ T5500 Service Manual--System BIOS

System Setup

Dell Precision™ T5500 Service Manual

  POST Keystrokes

  Boot Menu

  Entering System Setup

  System Setup Navigation Keystrokes

 


POST Keystrokes

Your computer has several keystroke options available during the POST process at the Dell™ Logo screen.

Keystroke Function Description
< F2> Enter System Setup Use System Setup to make changes to the user-definable settings.
< F12> or
<Ctrl><Alt><F8>
Enter Boot Menu One-time boot and diagnostics utility menu
< F3> Network Boot Bypass the BIOS boot sequence and boot directly to the network

Boot Menu

As with previous Dell Precision™ workstation platforms, your computer includes a one-time boot menu. This feature offers a quick and convenient method with which to bypass the System Setup-defined boot device order and boot directly to a specific device (e.g., floppy, CD-ROM, or hard drive).

The boot menu enhancements introduced on previous platforms are as follows:
  • Easier access—Although the <Ctrl><Alt><F8> keystroke still exists and can be used to call up the menu, you can also simply press <F12> during system boot to access the menu.
  • Diagnostics options—The boot menu includes two diagnostic options, IDE Drive Diagnostics (90/90 Hard Drive Diagnostics) and Boot to the Utility Partition.

Entering System Setup

Press <F2> to enter System Setup and change the user-definable settings. If you have trouble entering System Setup using this key, press <F2> when the keyboard lights first flash.

Follow the on-screen instructions to view and/or change any settings. On each screen, the system setup options are listed at the left. To the right of each option is the setting or value for that option. You can change settings that appear as white type on the screen. Options or values that you cannot change (because they are determined by your Tablet-PC) appear less bright.

The upper-right corner of the screen displays help information for the currently highlighted option. The lower-right corner displays information about the computer. System setup key functions are listed across the bottom of the screen.

The system setup screens display the current setup information and settings for your computer, such as:

  • System configuration
  • Boot order
  • Boot (start-up) configuration
  • Basic device configuration settings
  • System security and hard drive password settings

System Setup Navigation Keystrokes

Use the following keystrokes to navigate the BIOS screens.

Navigation Keystrokes
Action Keystroke
Expand and collapse field <Enter>, left- and right-arrow keys, or +/–
Expand or collapse all fields < >
Exit BIOS <Esc>—Remain in Setup, Save/Exit, Discard/Exit
Change a setting Left- and right-arrow keys
Select field to change <Enter>
Cancel a modification <Esc>
Reset defaults <Alt><F> or Load Defaults menu option
NOTE: Depending on your computer and any installed devices, the items listed in this section may or may not appear.

 

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