How to Clear the “System Event Log” from the BIOS on an Intel® Server Board


Maintenance & Performance



Clearing the event log from within the board Set-up Utility is sometimes necessary when the system is non-functional or the log is full.

Important: To save the current SEL log, before clearing it, in the event it is needed for future review, one can save it [refer to the Server Health->Event Log->Save Event Log section of the Intel(R) Integrated BMC Web Console; for more information, refer to How to Extract and Read the System Event Log (SEL) for Intel® Server Boards] or, alternatively, the Saving the SEL Viewer records to a File section of the Intel System Event Log (SEL) Viewer Utility User Guide.


  1. Reboot the server into the BIOS by pressing <F2> during the boot process.  If needed, refer to your board BIOS Setup Utility User Guide.
  2. Once there, proceed as follows:
    1. Enable the Clear System Event Log (SEL) option, which is located in the Server Management menu.


      Should loading the BIOS default settings be a recommended, extra step, based on the particular scenario being troubleshot, this is done by simply hitting the F9 key; however, after this is done, it is suggested to reset any customized BIOS setting(s) before moving forward with the next step.

    2. Finally, press <F10> to save the changes and reboot the system.
Related topics
Clearing the SEL Viewer Utility section in the Intel System Event Log (SEL) Viewer Utility User Guide
BIOS Recovery Procedure for Current Intel® Server Boards