Lenovo P320 desktop


The CDT machines are ordered with two disks, one old-fashioned spinning disk and one SSD. We want the spinning disk to be connected to SATA 1 and the SSD on SATA 2 (or any number other than 1). This means that when the machine is booted as Linux the spinning disk is enumerated as sda. This is particularly important for DICE which always installs the OS onto sda. This leaves the SSD free for holding data which requires fast access. The easiest way to check is to open up each machine and look at the cables. There is a handy label on the motherboard which shows the SATA port numbers. There is no way to predict where inside the machine each disk will have been installed, it's not consistent, so you have to be careful to check which disk is which for each machine.

Graphics Card

The CDT machines come with an additional nvidia graphics card. For 2018 the card has 4 mini-displayport ports, use any of them, ignore the onboard graphics.


The BIOS needs changes in the Security and Startup sections.


  • Set Administrator Password
  • Require admin password when flashing - On
  • Require admin password for F12 boot - On
  • Secure boot -> In sub-page ensure this is set to disabled


The boot sequence needs to be tweaked to have the following order. There's no need to exclude any items, once installed the machine will always boot from the local disk unless F12 is pressed (which requires admin password).

  • Primary boot sequence:
    1. SATA1 ST1000DM003-1SB102 (the Seagate spinning disk)
    2. SATA2 SanDisk SD9TB8W256G1001 (the SSD)
    3. DVD-RW
    4. USB
    5. Network

-- StephenQuinney - 05 Sep 2018

Topic revision: r1 - 05 Sep 2018 - 10:24:54 - StephenQuinney
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