The POST F1 Prompt option is a toggle setting
that configures the server so the F1 key must be pressed to proceed
when an error occurs during the power-up sequence. A series of
system tests executes during POST before continuing with the
If failures occur that allow the system to
continue operating, the system continues to boot but posts a
If critical components fail or are missing,
the server attempts to boot. If it can boot, it posts a message and
an F1 prompt.
If Enabled is selected and an error occurs,
the system stops at the F1 prompt until the F1 key is pressed,
before continuing to boot.
If Delayed is selected and an error occurs,
the system pauses for 20 seconds at the F1 prompt, and then
continues to boot the OS.
If the system cannot run with the missing or
failed components, it halts until those components are
The POST F1 Prompt setting is delayed by
default in ProLiant BL, ML, and DL servers.