Configuration/Setup Utility Usage

Configuration/Setup Utility Usage

From the Configuration/Setup utility program main menu you can select settings you want to change.

Pressing F1 displays Help information for a selected menu item.


  1.  If you enter only the power-on password and an administrator (supervisor-level) password is also  set, a limited version of the menu appears. To view the full Configuration/Setup utility menu you  must enter the administrator password.
  2.  The choices on some menus might differ slightly, depending on the BIOS version that comes with  the server.

To change configuration settings:

  1.  Use the Up Arrow (  ) key to select the item you want to change, then, press Enter.
  2.  Select the configuration setting you want to change.
     Use the Right Arrow (>) or Left Arrow (<) key to highlight the menu, if needed.
  3.  Use the Right Arrow (>) or Left Arrow (<) key to  select the appropriate setting for the selected item.
  4.  Repeat Steps 1 through 3 for each setting that you want to change.
     Press Esc to return to the Configuration/Setup utility main menu.
  5.  After making changes, you can select:

  6.  To exit from the Configuration/Setup utility main menu, select Exit Setup.
  7.  The system prompts you to confirm the choice. You can return to the Configuration/Setup utility main  menu, or exit.

System Summary: Select this choice to display configuration information, such as the type and speed of the microprocessor, and amount of memory.

Changes that you make to configuration settings appear on this summary screen. You cannot edit the fields.

System Information: Select this choice to display information about the Netfinity 5000,

Changes that you make on other menus might appear on this summary screen.

Product Data: Select this choice to view system information such as the machine type and model, the system serial number, the system board identifier, and the revision level or issue date of the flash electronically erasable programmable ROM (EEPROM) and BIOS.

System Card Data: Select this choice to view the system board model, submodel, system serial number, system board identifier, DASD backplane identifier, and identifiers for power supply 1 and power supply 2.

PCI Routing:

Select this choice to view the interrupt request (IRQ) settings for PCI adapters and for the Ethernet, SCSI, and other controllers on the system board. See 'PCI Bus Control' for information about changing the PCI IRQ settings.

Devices and I/O Ports: Software recognizes ports from their port assignments. Each port must have a unique port assignment. The Configuration/Setup utility program normally handles this, but you might have special hardware or software that requires you to change these assignments.


Serial port A can be shared by the system management processor and operating system. Serial port B is used by the operating system only. Management port C is controlled exclusively by the system management processor, cannot be used by the operating system, and cannot be configured using the Configuration/Setup utility program. See the 'Advanced System Management Information' section of this Server Library for information about configuring serial ports A and C.

Select the Devices and I/O Ports choice to view or change the assignments for devices and input/output ports.

You can add serial ports by installing a serial adapter in an expansion slot. See the documentation that comes with the serial adapter for information about port assignments.

You can configure the parallel port as standard, as bidirectional, as an Extended Capabilities Port (ECP), or as an Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP). Bidirectional, ECP, and EPP are all bidirectional modes, in all three modes, data can be both read from and written to a device. ECP and EPP are industry-standard, high-performance bidirectional modes. Which one of these modes you choose depends on what mode the device supports.

NOTE: When you configure the parallel port as bidirectional, ECP, or EPP, use an IEEE 1284-compliant cable. The maximum length of the cable must not exceed 3 meters (9.8 feet).

You can configure the mouse and diskette controller as enabled or disabled, and configure the type of diskette drive.

You can view the type of video controller and the amount of video memory installed.

You can configure the IDE channel (enabled or disabled) and view the IDE Primary Master Device (type, size, transfer selection and mode, and logical block addressing (LBA) mode).

To display or change the port assignments:

  1.  Select Devices and I/O Ports.
  2.  Select a device or port, then, use the Left Arrow (<)  or Right Arrow (>) key to advance through the settings available.

Date and Time: Select this choice to set the system date and time.

The system time is in a 24-hour format: hour/minute/second.
The system date is in standard format for the country. For example, in the United States, the format is MM/DD/YYYY (Month/Day/Year).

Select Date and Time, then, use the Left Arrow (<) or Right Arrow (>) key to advance through each data field.
Type the new information, the system saves the information as you type it.

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