Solved HP laptop BIOS configuration question

December 3, 2016 at 13:10:20
Specs: several
A brand-new HP laptop with InsydeH2O UEFI BIOS.
It has two USB ports on the left side (2.0 and 3.0) and
one on the right side (2.0). In the BIOS Setup Utility,
under System Configuration > Built-in Device Option,
there are 7 built-in hardware devices or ports which
can be enabled or disabled. The Item Specific Help
for the first two (Ethernet LAN, Wireless LAN) and last
two (Camera, Optical Disk Drive) are straightforward.
But the Help for the three items in the middle seem to
be strangely intertangled. These are the descriptions
of what is done when the item is disabled. Notice use
of the singular pronoun "it", rather than "them":

Bluetooth -- [Disabled] Disable use of Bluetooth Device,
Memory Card Slot, Right USB Port and keeps it disabled
in OS environment.

USB Port -- [Disabled] Disable use of USB Port, Bluetooth,
Memory Card Slot and keeps it disabled in OS environment.

Memory Card Slot -- [Disabled] Disable use of Memory Card
Slot, Bluetooth, Right USB Port and keeps it disabled in OS

It appears from those descriptions, and a minimal bit of
testing, that disabling any one of the three disables all three.


-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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December 3, 2016 at 16:42:26
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It appears that the three of them are tied together either through a single onboard expansion chip or the same bus into the chipset. I would not worry too much as long as the ones you need work correctly. Note that the Bluetooth probably will not work until it is set up in Windows and the same for Wifi and they should be able to be disabled completely in Windows as well.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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