MCC ETS BIOS QC Setup
January 29, 2023
This procedure explains how to set up the BIOS on a Dell 3420
laptop that will be loaned to students. There is information in
this document on how to power up the laptop, connect a mouse,
enter BIOS setup, make changes, save changes, and verify that
changes are made correctly.
Connect the laptop to wall power. Do not run this procedure
without wall power.
Connect a mouse to a USB port
Power on the laptop by pressing the power switch that is on the
keyboard to the upper right. Note that the power button will
Watch the computer after applying power. Within three seconds the
computer screen will blink. When the screen blinks press the F2
key for one second. It is best to avoid repeatedly tapping the
function key as this wears out the keyboard.
A message will briefly appear in the upper right corner of the
screen stating “Preparing to enter BIOS Setup…”. Within another
three seconds a Dell BIOS Setup Overview panel is displayed. Make
note along the left side of the panel of all the configuration
options such as Overview, Boot Configuration, Integrated Devices,
Storage, …, Performance, and System Logs. Also note a gray box
above this list titled “Admin Password”.
The first step in this procedure is to unlock the Admin Password.
Click on “UNLOCK” in the gray box labeled Admin Password. There is
a prompt for the Admin Password. Enter this password and click OK.
The Unlock symbol is no longer visible in the gray box labeled
A Passwords panel is displayed. Enter the existing BIOS password
in the field labeled Enter the old password: and press enter. The
field area will turn gray and become protected. The field below,
labeled Enter the new password: is now enabled. Enter the new
password and press enter. The field label changes to Confirm
Password. Enter the new password again and press enter. If the new
password and confirm password are the same a “Password Valid”
message box is posted. Click Yes. The Passwords panel is
Make note of the yellow box next to “changes were made” at the
bottom of the page. The yellow box at this point should indicate
one change, the BIOS password, was made
Click Boot Configuration. The Boot Configuration page is
displayed. De-select OBOARD NIC (IPV6). Note the counter now shows
2 changes were made.
Click Integrated Devices. The Integrated Devices page is
displayed. Look at the date and time. Typically the date is
correct and the time needs correction. Set the date and time to
current date and time.
Click Storage. The Storage page is displayed. Make sure
that AHCI/NVMe is selected.
Click Power. The Power page is displayed. Use the scroll
bar to scroll down to the bottom of this page. Look for a setting
titled “Lid Switch” Make sure that “Enable Lid Switch” is set to
Click System Management. The System Management page is
displayed. Use the scroll bar to scroll to the bottom of the page.
Under Auto On Time click the radio button labeled Select Days and
then check every day except Sunday. Set time to 7:30 AM.
Click System Logs. The System Logs page is displayed. Look
at the page and see three instances of a select button labeled
Clear Log. Select each Clear Log button and click Yes to the
confirmation prompt. Make sure that below each of the three log
file names there is message text stating “Event Log Cleared”.
Look at the changes were made counter. On a new computer that has
not been previously configured it should register 14 changes.
Click Apply Changes at the bottom of the page. When
prompted, enable “Save as Custom User Settings” and click OK. The
changes were made counter reverts to zero.
Click EXIT. The computer exits BIOS setup and reboots.