System Security

The System Security screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your computer from unauthorized use.

PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Information Main Advanced Security Boot Exit

Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Password on boot

Set Primary Hard Disk Password [Enter]

Item Specific Help

Supervisor password controls the access to the whole setup utility.

It can be used to boot up when Password on boot is enabled.

F1 Help ^ Select Item F5/F6 Change Values F9 Setup Defaults Esc Exit ^^ Select Menu Enter Select >Sub Menu F10 Save and Exit

The following table describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings.

Parameter

Description

Options

Set Supervisor Password

While entering SETUP, BIOS need to request user to enter supervisor password if set.

This password protects the BIOS SETUP menu from unathorized modification.

Help: Supervisor Password controls the access of the whole setup utility. It can be used to boot up when Password on boot is enabled.

Enter or Present

Set User Password

During POST, BIOS need to check user password if set.

This password protects the system from unallowable user entry before OS boots up.

Help: User Password controls the access of the whole setup utility. It can be used to boot up when Password on boot is enabled.

Enter or Present

Password on boot

During POST, BIOS need to check power on password if set. This password protects the computer from unathorized entry during boot-up.

Help: Enable password entry on boot up.

Enabled or Disabled

Set Primary Hard Disk Password

During POST, BIOS need to check power on password if set. This password protects the interanl hard disk to prevent from any unathorized access.

When there is no hard disk existence, this item should be hidden. If S/W Jumper: Hide HDD Password is Enabled, this item should be hidden.

Help: Input HDD Password to prevent from any unathorized access.

Enter or Present

Setting a Password

Follow these steps:

  1. Use the cursor W/0 keys to highlight a Password parameter (Setup, Power-on or Hard Disk) and press the lin key. The password box appears:
  2. Type a password. The password may consist of up to eight characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9). IMPORTANT:Be very careful when typing your password because the characters do not appear on the screen.
  3. Press Ill. Retype the password to verify your first entry and press Ill.
  4. After setting the password, the computer automatically sets the chosen password parameter to Present.

Removing a Password

Should you want to remove a password, do the following:

  1. Use the cursor up/ down keys to highlight a password parameter (Setup, Power-on or Hard Disk) and press the Ill key. The password box appears.
  2. Enter the current password and press In .
  3. Press Enter twice without entering anything in the new field and confirm password fields to remove the existing password.

NOTE: When you want to remove the Hard Disk (or 2nd Hard Disk) password, you are prompted for the current Hard Disk password before it is removed.

Changing a Password

To change a password, follow these steps:

  • Remove the current password. See "Removing a Password" on page 40.
  • Set a new password. See "Setting a Password" on page 44.
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