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Intel SE7210-TP1-E Motherboard BIOS Configuration

Documentation of the BIOS configuration steps, as done to the new SLP.NYC server built on March 14, 2006


This server was built without hard drives yet installed.

The case is an Antec Sonata II with a 450 watt power supply and Antec's new Antech Chassis Air Guide (ACAG). The ACAG is a passive black plastic chimney to bring air from the back of the chassis to on top of the CPU. The other distinguishing characteristic about this case is that the 80mm rear fan on the power supply does not operate unless needed. There is a separate 80mm fan on the front of the power supply which does operate all the time; it is visible when the chasis is open.

When the server is first turned on, press [F2] to go into the BIOS Setup Utility. This server's BIOS is version 06.00, Build Date 09/08/2004, ID: SE7210TP10.86B.P.06.00.0035. These are the options available during booting:

<F2> to run Setup

<F12> for Network Boot

<ESC> for BBS Popup

The BIOS Setup Utility has five sections and each section has options as shown below. Where changes from the factory BIOS settings are necessary, it is noted in the table with bold text and enumerated below. The Exit menu also has several options, but primarily we will use: Save Changes and Exit, or Discard Changes and Exit.

I used a USB keyboard (my flexible silicon keyboard) connected to a USB port as the server's keyboard during this process. Either the front or rear panel USB ports may be used to connect the keyboard; both work fine.

 

Main Advanced Boot Security Server
System Overview
BIOS information shown above 
CPU Configuration
Max CPUID Value Limit: [Disabled]
Hyper Threading Technology [Disabled] 

Boot Settings Configuration 
Quick Boot [Disabled]
disabled while everything is new; OK to [Enable] after the machine has proven to be reliable.

Quiet Boot [Disabled]
disabled while everything is new; OK to [Enable] after the machine has proven to be reliable.

AddOn ROM Display Mode [Keep Current]

Bootup Num-Lock [On]

PS/2 Mouse Support [Auto]

POST Error Pause [Enabled]

Hit <F2> Message Display [Enabled]
(if you disable this the person watching the server boot would not know which key to press to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.)

Extended Memory Test [Every Location] changed from Disabled while everything is new; OK to Disable after the machine has proven to be reliable.

Scan User Flash Area [Disabled]

Change Supervisor Password  System Management 
(slow to respond, this option lists technical information about the motherboard but does not offer any changes)

Processor description:
Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz 

IDE Configuration [Config PATA & SATA]
SATA Controller Enhanced Mode [Disabled]
Boot Device Priority
(changes may be made after the hard drives are installed.)
Change User Password 

Serial Console Features 
BIOS Redirection Port [Disabled] (if we enable it, it wants to go to a serial port, but we are using one of the serial ports with the UPS cable, and we are not installing an external connector for the second serial port.

Baud Rate [19.2K]

Flow Control [CTS/RTS]

Terminal Type [VT100+]

System Memory, Size: 1024MB Floppy Configuration (totally disabled)   Clear User Password 

Event Log Configuration 

Clear All Event Logs [Disabled]

Event Logging [Enabled]

Critical Event Logging [Enabled]

ECC Event Logging [Enabled]

PCI Error Logging [Enabled]

System Date

SuperIO Configuration (serial port info)   Boot Sector Virus Protection [Disabled]  Assert NMI on PERR [Enabled]
 System Time  USB Configuration (recognized my folding keyboard OK, Legacy USB Support [Enabled])
  Diskette Write Protect [Disabled]  Assert NMI on SERR [Enabled]
  PCI Configuration (onboard video, NICs, all [Enabled]   NMI Control [Disabled]  Power Link [Power On]
(this is the command to make sure the server reboots after a prolonged power failure which drains the UPS)
        Platform Event Filtering [Enabled] 
        FRB-2 Policy [Retry on Next Boot]
        Late POST Timeout [Disable]
        Hard Disk OS Boot Timeout [Disable]
        PXE OS Boot Timeout [Disable]
        FRB-4 Policy [Stay On]

These are the modifications I made to the factory BIOS settings:

  1. Main: Set the date and time.
  2. IDE Configuration [Config PATA & SATA] ;  SATA Controller Enhanced Mode [Disabled]
  3. Advanced: IDE Configuration: {update these after Eric installs the hard drives}
  4. Quick Boot [Disabled] disabled while everything is new; OK to [Enable] after the machine has proven to be reliable.
  5. Quiet Boot [Disabled] disabled while everything is new; OK to [Enable] after the machine has proven to be reliable.
  6. Extended Memory Test [Every Location] changed from Disabled while everything is new; OK to Disable after the machine has proven to be reliable.
    Scan User Flash Area [Disabled].
  7. Power Link [Power On]
    (this is the command to make sure the server reboots after a prolonged power failure which drains the UPS)

 

Errata

The server was not able to boot properly with the IDE Configuration set to LEGACY; it would not recognize the secondary controller. The notes above have been updated to reflect the now correct settings.

Eric also disabled Hyperthreading thinking that it might be causing the USB related problems that were actually caused by his motherboard having SCSI.


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