Asus M3A - Motherboard - ATX Specifications

Motherboard
M3A
E3422
First Edition V1
October 2007
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Contents
Contents....................................................................................................... iii
Notices......................................................................................................... vii
Safety information..................................................................................... viii
About this guide.......................................................................................... ix
M3A specifications summary..................................................................... xi
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
1.3.2
ASUS AI Lifestyle unique features................................... 1-4
1.3.3
ASUS intelligent performance and
overclocking features....................................................... 1-6
Chapter 2:
Hardware information
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.2.1
Placement direction......................................................... 2-2
2.2.2
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-3
2.2.4
Layout contents................................................................ 2-4
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-6
2.3.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-6
2.3.2
Installing the heatsink and fan......................................... 2-8
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.4.1
Overview.........................................................................2-11
2.4.2
Memory configurations....................................................2-11
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-15
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-15
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-16
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-16
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-16
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-17
2.5.4
PCI slots......................................................................... 2-18
2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slots...................................................... 2-18
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Contents
2.5.6
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-19
2.7
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-21
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-21
2.7.2
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-23
Chapter 3:
Powering up
3.1
Starting up for the first time......................................................... 3-1
3.2
Turning off the computer.............................................................. 3-2
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function..................................... 3-2
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch............................... 3-2
Chapter 4:
4.1
4.2
4.3
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PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot................................................ 2-18
2.6
BIOS setup
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 4-1
4.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 4-1
4.1.2
Creating a bootable floppy disk........................................ 4-4
4.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 4-5
4.1.4
AFUDOS utility................................................................. 4-6
4.1.5
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 4-8
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 4-9
4.2.1
BIOS menu screen......................................................... 4-10
4.2.2
Menu bar........................................................................ 4-10
4.2.3
Navigation keys.............................................................. 4-10
4.2.4
Menu items.....................................................................4-11
4.2.5
Sub-menu items..............................................................4-11
4.2.6
Configuration fields.........................................................4-11
4.2.7
Pop-up window...............................................................4-11
4.2.8
Scroll bar.........................................................................4-11
4.2.9
General help...................................................................4-11
Main menu................................................................................... 4-12
4.3.1
System Time.................................................................. 4-12
4.3.2
System Date.................................................................. 4-12
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A.......................................................... 4-12
4.3.4
Primary IDE Master/Slave.............................................. 4-13
4.3.5
SATA1/2/3/4.....................................................................................4-14
4.3.6
Storage Configuration.....................................................................4-15
Contents
4.3.7
4.4
4.5
4.6
4.7
4.4.1
Jumperfree Configuration.............................................. 4-17
4.4.2
AI NET 2........................................................................ 4-20
4.4.3
CPU Configuration......................................................... 4-21
4.4.4
Chipset........................................................................... 4-22
4.4.5
OnBoard Devices Configuration.................................... 4-24
4.4.6
PCI PnP......................................................................... 4-25
4.4.7
USB Configuration......................................................... 4-26
Power menu................................................................................. 4-27
4.5.1
Suspend Mode............................................................... 4-27
4.5.2
ACPI 2.0 Support........................................................... 4-27
4.5.3
ACPI APIC Support........................................................ 4-27
4.5.4
APM Configuration......................................................... 4-28
4.5.5
Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 4-29
Boot menu................................................................................... 4-31
4.6.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 4-31
4.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 4-32
4.6.3
Security.......................................................................... 4-34
Tools menu.................................................................................. 4-36
4.7.1
4.8
System Information........................................................ 4-16
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 4-17
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 4-36
Exit menu..................................................................................... 4-37
Software support
5.1
Installing an operating system.................................................... 5-1
5.2
Support CD information............................................................... 5-1
5.3
5.2.1
Running the support CD.................................................. 5-1
5.2.2
Drivers menu.................................................................... 5-2
5.2.3
Utilities menu................................................................... 5-3
5.2.4
Make Disk menu.............................................................. 5-4
5.2.5
Manual menu................................................................... 5-5
5.2.6
ASUS Contact information............................................... 5-5
5.2.7
Other information............................................................. 5-6
Software information.................................................................... 5-8
5.3.1
ASUS MyLogo2™............................................................ 5-8
5.3.2
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology.......................................... 5-10
Contents
5.4
5.5
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5.3.3 Audio configurations...................................................... 5-13
5.3.4
ASUS PC Probe II.......................................................... 5-17
5.3.5 ASUS AI Gear 2............................................................. 5-23
5.3.6
ASUS AI Nap................................................................. 5-24
5.3.7
ASUS Q-Fan 2............................................................... 5-25
RAID configurations................................................................... 5-26
5.4.1
Installing hard disks....................................................... 5-26
5.4.2
AMD® RAID configurations............................................ 5-27
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 5-33
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is
required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications
to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power
cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If
possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add
a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure
that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adpater or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If
you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact
your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all
the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer
immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical,
electronic equipment, and mercury-containing button cell battery) should not
be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic
products.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring
the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports.
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It includes description of the switches,
jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.
•
Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter describes the power up sequence and ways of shutting down
the system.
•
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
•
Chapter 5: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes with the
motherboard package.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and
software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty
flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not
part of the standard package.
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Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following
symbols used throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a
task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key> Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign
means that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the
Enter or Return key.
<Key1+Key2+Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the
key names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl+Alt+D>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly
as shown, then supply the required item or value
enclosed in brackets.
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
awdflash M3A.bin
M3A specifications summary
CPU
AMD® Socket AM2+ Phenom™ FX / Phenom X4 /
Phenom X2 / Athlon™ X2 / Sempron™ processor
AMD® Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX /
Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology
Chipset
AMD 770 / SB600
System bus
Up to 5200 MT/s; HyperTransport™ 3.0 interface
for AM2+ CPU
2000 / 1600 MT/s for AM2 CPU
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
- 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support unbufferred
ECC/non-ECC DDR2 1066*/800/667/533 MHz
memory modules
- Supports up to 8 GB system memory
*DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+ CPU only
*Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the
Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists)
Expansion slots
1 x PCIe x16 slot
2 x PCIe x1 slots
3 x PCI 2.2 slots
Support PCIe 2.0 / 1.0 Architecture
Storage
- 4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors support RAID 0, 1, and
0+1
- 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100
LAN
Atheros® PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET 2
High Definition audio
Realtek ALC883 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
- Supports Jack-Detection, and Multi-Streaming
- Coaxial S/PDIF Out ports at back I/O
USB
10 x USB 2.0 ports (6 at mid-board; 4 on the rear panel)
ASUS AI Lifestyle
unique features
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS AI Gear 2
- ASUS AI Nap
- ASUS Q-Fan 2
ASUS Crystal Sound
- ASUS Noise Filter
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
BIOS features
8 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM2.0, SM
BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree
BIOS 3
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M3A specifications summary
Other features
ASUS MyLogo2™
ASUS exclusive
overclocking features
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- AI Overclocking (Intelligent CPU Frequency Tuner)
Precision Tweaker:
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.025V
increment
- vDIMM: 8-step DRAM voltage control
- vChipset: 4-step Chipset voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection):
- FSB tuning from 200 MHz up to 600 MHz at 1 MHz
increment
- Memory tuning from 533 MHz up to 1066 MHz
(1066 MHz mode is supported by AM2+ CPU only.)
- PCIe frequency tuning from 100 MHz up to 150
MHz at 1 MHz increment
Overclocking protection:
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
Rear panel I/O ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 Mouse
1 x Serial port
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out
1 x LAN (RJ-45)
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
8-channel audio I/O
Internal I/O connectors
3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
4 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel (Q-Connector)
Support CD contents
Drivers
ASUS Gear 2
ASUS AI Nap
ASUS Q-Fan2
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
Anti-virus Utility (OEM version)
Form factor
ATX form factor: 12 in x 8.6 in (30.5 cm x 21.8 cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
1
Product
introduction
1
Chapter summary
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
ASUS M3A
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® M3A motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it
another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the
items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS M3A
Cables
1 x Serial ATA power cable for 2 devices
2 x Serial ATA signal cables
1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x Floppy disk drive cable
Accessories
ASUS Q-Shield
1 x ASUS Q-Connector Kit (USB, system panel;
Retail version only)
Application CD
ASUS motherboard support CD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
ASUS M3A
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Green ASUS
This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s Restriction
on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision
of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products/packaging to safeguard
consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
AMD® Socket AM2+ Phenom™ FX / Phenom
X4 / Phenom X2 / Athlon™ 64 X2 / Sempron™
CPU support
This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM2+ multi-core processors with
unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power
consumption. It features dual-channel DDR2 1066 memory support and
accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based
system bus. See page 2-6 for details.
HyperTransport™ 3.0 support
HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology provides 2.6 times more bandwidth than
HyperTransport™ 1.0, radically improving system efficiency to create a smoother,
faster computing environment.
AMD® Socket AM2 Athlon™ 64 X2 / Athlon™
64 FX / Athlon™ 64 / Sempron™ CPU support
This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM2 single-core Athlon™ 64 /
Sempron™ and dual-core Athlon™ 64 X2 / Athlon™ 64 FX processors with 2MB
/ 1MB / 512KB L2 cache based on 64-bit architecture. It features 2000 / 1600
MT/s HyperTransport™-based system bus, dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 800
memory support, and AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology. See page 2-6 for details.
AMD 770 Chipset
AMD 770 Chipset is designed to support up to 5200MT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0
(HT 3.0) interface speed and PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with
AMD®’s latest AM2+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance
and overclocking capabilities.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Native DDR2 1066 support
This motherboard is the first AMD® platform with native DDR2 1066 support.
It provides faster data transfer rate and more bandwidth to increase memory
computing efficiency, enhancing system performance in 3D graphics and other
memory demanding applications. See page 2­‑11 for details.
*DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+ CPU only.
PCIe 2.0 support
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and
bandwidth which enhances system performance. See page 2-18 for details.
Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s technology
This motherboard supports the next-generation hard disk drives based on the
Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specifications, delivering enhanced scalability
and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and save. See page
2-25 for details.
S/PDIF digital sound ready
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio
systems via coaxial S/PDIF (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) Out jack.It allows
digital audio transferring without converting it to analog format, and therefore well
preserves signal quality. See pages 2-22 and 2-28 for details.
High Definition Audio
Enjoy high-end sound quality on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High
Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality
192KHz/24-bit audio output that simultaneously sends different audio streams to
different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphones while
playing multi-channel network games. See pages 2-21 and 2-22 for details.
ASUS M3A
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1.3.2
ASUS AI Lifestyle unique features
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Quiet Thermal solution makes system more stable and enhances the
overclocking capability.
AI Gear 2
AI Gear 2 allows you to choose from profiles to adjust CPU frequency and
vCore voltage, minimizing system noise and saving 50% power consumption
at most. You can real-time chnage the mode under operating system to suit
your needs. See page 5-23 for details.
AI Nap
With AI Nap, the system can continue running at minimum power and noise
when you are temporarily away. To wake the system and return to the OS
environment, simply click the mouse or press a key. See page 5-24 for
details.
Q-Fan 2
ASUS Q-Fan2 technology intelligently adjusts both CPU fan and chassis
fan speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient
operation. See page 4-30 and 5-25 for details.
ASUS Crystal Sound
This feature can enhance speech-centric applications like Skype, online game,
video conference and recording.
Noise Filter
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises (non-voice signals) like
computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates
it in the incoming audio stream while recording. See page 5-16 for details.
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ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS EZ DIY feature collection provides you easy ways to install computer
components, update the BIOS or back up your favorite settings.
ASUS Q-Shield
The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual “fingers”
- making it convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity,
it ideally protects your motherboard against static electricity and shields it
against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis
front panel cables to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the
trouble of connecting the system panel cables one at a time and avoiding
wrong cable connections. See page 2-32 for details.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a
USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. See page 4-8 for details.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the
predefined hotkey to launch the utility and update the BIOS without entering
the OS. Update your BIOS easily without preparing a bootable diskette or
using an OS-based flash utility. See pages 4-5 and 4-36 for details.
Smart Support CD
This feature provides a checklist that allows the user to know which drivers
are already installed, as well as those that are not. When using ASUS PC
Probe II, you can easily monitor the critical components of the computer.
ASUS MyLogo2™
This feature allows you to convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo
for a more colorful and vivid image on your screen. See pages 4-32 and 5-8 for
details.
ASUS M3A
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1.3.3
ASUS intelligent performance and overclocking
features
Precision Tweaker
This feature allows you to fine tune the CPU/memory voltage and gradually
increase the memory Front Side Bus (FSB) and PCI Express frequency at 1 MHz
increment to achieve maximum system performance.
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
The C.P.R. feature of the motherboard BIOS allows automatic re-setting to the
BIOS default settings in case the system hangs due to overclocking. When the
system hangs due to overclocking, C.P.R. eliminates the need to open the system
chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut down and reboot the system, and the
BIOS automatically restores the CPU default setting for each parameter.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It
includes description of the jumpers and
connectors on the motherboard.
2
Hardware
information
2
Chapter summary
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-6
2.4
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.5
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-16
2.6
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-19
2.7
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-21
ASUS M3A
2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or to a metal
object, such as the power supply case, before handling components to
avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic
pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power
supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power
supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard,
peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
M3A
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED. The green LED lights up
to indicate that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft‑off mode. This is a
reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable
before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration
below shows the location of the onboard LED.
®
SB_PWR
M3A Onboard LED
ASUS M3A
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
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2.2
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to
ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage
motherboard components.
2.2.1
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the chassis in
the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the
chassis as indicated in the image below.
2.2.2
Screw holes
Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard
to the chassis.
M3A
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.3
Motherboard layout
21.8cm (8.6in)
PWR_FAN
30.5cm (12.0in)
AMD
770
ICS
EATXPWR
DDR2 DIMM_B2 (64 bit,240-pin module)
LAN1_USB12
DDR2 DIMM_A2 (64 bit,240-pin module)
USB34
DDR2 DIMM_B1 (64 bit,240-pin module)
USBPW1-4
USBPW56
M3A
Socket AM2+
SPDIF_O
AUDIO
CPU_FAN
ATX12V
COM1
KBPWR
DDR2 DIMM_A1 (64 bit,240-pin module)
KBMS
USB56
®
PCIEX16_1
Attansic
PRI_IDE
SATA3
AMD
SB600
PCIEX1_2
SATA2
SPDIF_OUT
SATA1
PCI1
ALC883
SATA4
PCIEX1_1
CD
AAFP
PCI2
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
Super
I/O
PCI3
FLOPPY
CHASSIS
CLRTC
BIOS
USBPW7-10
CHA_FAN1
USB910
SB_PWR
PANEL
USB78
Refer to 2.7 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and
internal connectors.
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2.2.4
Layout contents
Slots
1.
2.
3.
4.
DDR2 DIMM slots
PCI slots
PCI Express x1 slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
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Jumper
1.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
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2.
USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW1-4, USBPW56)
2-20
3.
Keyboard power (3-pin KBPWR)
2-20
Rear panel connectors
1.
PS/2 mouse port (green)
2.
Serial connector
3.
LAN (RJ-45) port.
4.
Center/Subwoofer port (orange)
5.
Rear Speaker Out port (black)
6.
Line In port (light blue)
7.
Line Out port (lime)
8.
Microphone port (pink)
9.
Side Speaker Out port (gray)
10.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
11.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
12.
Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
13.
PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
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Internal connectors
1.
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
2.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
3.
AMD® SB600 Southbridge Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1
[red]; SATA2 [black]; SATA3 [red]; SATA4 [black]
4.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78; USB910)
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5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
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CPU, chassis, power, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN; 3-pin CHA_FAN1; 3-pin PWR_FAN)
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin ATX12V)
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
System panel connector (20-8-pin PANEL)
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
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2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with an AM2+/AM2 socket designed for AMD® Socket
AM2+ Phenom™ FX / Phenom X4 / Phenom X2 / Athlon™ 64 X2 / Sempron™
processor or for Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron
processor.
The AM2+/AM2 socket has a different pinout from the 940-pin socket designed
for the AMD Opteron processor. Make sure you use a CPU designed for the
AM2+/AM2 socket. The CPU fits in only one correct orientation. DO NOT force
the CPU into the socket to prevent bending the connectors on the socket and
damaging the CPU!
2.3.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
M3A
1.
®
M3A CPU Socket AM2+/AM2
2.
Unlock the socket by pressing the
lever sideways, then lift it up to a
90º angle.
Socket lever
Make sure that the socket lever is lifted up to a 90º angle; otherwise, the CPU
will not fit in completely.
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3.
Position the CPU above the socket
such that the CPU corner with the
gold triangle matches the socket
corner with a small triangle.
4.
Carefully insert the CPU into the
socket until it fits in place.
Gold triangle
Small triangle
5.
When the CPU is in place, push
down the socket lever to secure the
CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab
to indicate that it is locked.
6.
Install a CPU heatsink and fan
following the instructions that came
with the heatsink package.
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2.3.2
Installing the heatsink and fan
The AMD® Phenom™ FX / Phenom X4 / Phenom X2 / Athlon™ 64 X2 / Athlon 64
FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron™ processor requires a specially designed heatsink and
fan assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
Make sure that you use only AMD-certified heatsink and fan assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, making sure that the heatsink
fits properly on the retention module base.
•
The retention module base is already installed on the motherboard upon
purchase.
•
You do not have to remove the retention module base when installing the
CPU or installing other motherboard components.
•
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, make sure
that a Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or
CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
CPU fan
CPU heatsink
Retention module base
Retention bracket
Retention bracket lock
Your boxed CPU heatsink and fan assembly should come with installation
instructions for the CPU, heatsink, and the retention mechanism. If the
instructions in this section do not match the CPU documentation, follow the
latter.
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2.
Attach one end of the retention bracket
to the retention module base.
3.
Align the other end of the retention
bracket (near the retention bracket
lock) to the retention module base.
A clicking sound denotes that the
retention bracket is in place.
Make sure that the fan and
heatsink assembly perfectly fits
the retention mechanism module
base, otherwise you cannot snap
the retention bracket in place.
4.
Push down the retention bracket lock
on the retention mechanism to secure
the heatsink and fan to the module
base.
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When the fan and heatsink assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan cable
to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
®
CPU FAN PWM
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWR
GND
M3A
CPU_FAN
M3A CPU fan connector
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•
Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring
errors can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
•
This connector is backward compatiable with old 3-pin CPU fan.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) Dual Inline Memory
Modules (DIMM) sockets.
M3A
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR2 DIMM sockets:
DIMM_A1
DIMM_B1
DIMM_A2
DIMM_B2
®
M3A 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
Channel
Channel A
Channel B
2.4.2
Sockets
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2
Memory configurations
You may install 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, and 2 GB unbuffered ECC and non‑ECC
DDR2 DIMMs into the DIMM sockets.
Recommended Memory Configurations
Mode
Single-Channel
DIMM_A1
(yellow)
–
Populated
Sockets
DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1
(black)
(yellow)
–
Populated
–
–
DIMM_B2
(black)
–
–
Dual-channel (1)
Populated
–
Populated
–
Dual-channel (2)
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
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•
•
•
When using only one memory module, start installing the DDR2 DIMMs
from slot DIMM_A1 or DIMM_B1 for better overclocking capability.
For dual-channel configuration (2), you may:
• install identical DIMMs in all four sockets OR
• install identical DIMM pair in DIMM_A1 and DIMM_B1 (yellow sockets) and another identical DIMM pair in DIMM_A2 and DIMM_B2 (black sockets)
Always use identical DDR2 DIMM pairs for dual channel mode. For
optimum compatibility, it is recommended that you obtain memory modules
from the same vendor. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the
latest Qualified Vendors list.
Important notice on installing Windows® XP 32-bit version
If you install Windows® XP 32-bit version Operating System (OS), the limitation
of this OS version is that it may reserve a certain amount of memory space for
system devices. We recommend that you install less than 3 GB system memory
if you would like to work under Windows® XP 32-bit version OS. The excess
memory installation will not cause any usage problem, but it will not give users
the benefit of manipulating this excess memory space.
Visit the ASUS FAQ site for further
explanation:
http://support.asus.com/faq/faq.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us
Under General Search, make the
selections as shown, then click Search. Click the article titled “4GB memory
installed but less memory size detected.”
You also may check the URLs below for third party comments on this issue:
http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/4GB_Rev1.pdf
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sb/cs-016594.htm
This motherboard can support 8 GB physical memory on the operating systems
listed below. You may install a maximum of 2 GB DIMMs on each slot.
64-bit
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Windows Vista x64 Edition
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M3A Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR2-800MHz capability
Size
Vendor
Chip No.
CL
Chip
Brand
SS/
DS
Part No.
512MB
KINGSTON
K4T51083QC
5
SEC
SS
KVR800D2N5/512
1GB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
4-4-4-12
N/A
SS
KHX6400D2LLK2/1GN
1GB
KINGSTON
V59C1512804QBF25
N/A
N/A
DS
KVR800D2N5/1G
1GB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
N/A
N/A
SS
2GB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
N/A
N/A
512MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF25F
5-5-5
N/A
1GB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF25F
5-5-5
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821CFP-S5
1GB
Hynix
512MB
DIMM socket
support (Optional)
A*
B*
C*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
KHX6400D2ULK2/1G
*
*
DS
KHX6400D2ULK2/2G
*
*
SS
HYS64T64000HU-25F-B
*
*
*
N/A
DS
HYS64T128020HU-25F-B
*
*
*
5-5-5
Hynix
SS
HYMP564U64CP8-S5
*
*
HY5PS12821CFP-S5
5-5-5
Hynix
DS
HYMP512U64CP8-S5
*
*
MICRON
D9GKX
N/A
N/A
SS
MT8HTF6464AY-80ED4
*
*
1GB
MICRON
D9GKX
N/A
N/A
DS
MT16HTF12864AY-80ED4
*
*
*
1GB
CORSAIR
Heat-Sink Package
4
N/A
DS
CM2X1024-6400C4
*
*
*
1GB
ELPIDA
E1108AB-8E-E(ECC)
5
ELPIDA
SS
EBE10EE8ABFA-8E-E
2GB
ELPIDA
E1108AB-8E-E(ECC)
5
ELPIDA
DS
EBE21EE8ABFA-8E-E
1GB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
4
N/A
DS
BL12864AA804.16FD
*
*
*
1GB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
4
N/A
DS
BL12864AL804.16FD3
*
*
*
1GB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
4
N/A
DS
BL12864AA804.16FD3
*
*
*
1GB
Apacer
Heat-Sink Package
5
N/A
DS
AHU01GE800C5K1C
*
*
*
512MB
A-DATA
AD29608A8A-25EG
N/A
N/A
SS
M2OAD6G3H3160G1E53
*
*
1GB
A-DATA
AD26908A8A-25EG
N/A
N/A
DS
M2OAD6G3I4170I1E58
*
512MB
KINGMAX
KKA8FEIBF-HJK-25A
N/A
KINGMAX
SS
KLDC28F-A8KI5
*
*
*
1GB
KINGMAX
KKA8FEIBF-HJK-25A
N/A
KINGMAX
DS
KLDD48F-ABKI5
*
*
*
512MB
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
N/A
N/A
SS
T800UA12C4
*
*
1GB
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
N/A
N/A
DS
T800UB1GC4
*
*
*
512MB
NANYA
NT5TU64M8BE-25C
5
NANYA
SS
NT512T64U880BY-25C
*
*
*
1GB
NANYA
NT5TU64M8BE-25C
5
NANYA
DS
NT1GT64U8HB0BY-25C
*
*
*
1GB
NANYA
NT5TU64M8CE-25D
N/A
NANYA
DS
NT1GT64U8HCOBY-25D
*
*
*
512MB
PSC
A3R12E3HEF641B9A05
5
PSC
SS
AL6E8E63B8E1K
*
*
*
1GB
PSC
A3R12E3HEF641B9A05
5
PSC
DS
AL7E8E63B-8E1K
*
*
*
256MB
TwinMOS
E2508AB-GE-E
5
ELPIDA
SS
8G-24IK2-EBT
*
*
*
1GB
Elixir
N2TU51280BE-25C
N/A
Elixir
DS
M2Y1G64TU8HB0B-25C
*
*
*
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*
*
*
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DDR2-667MHz capability
DIMM socket support
(Optional)
Size
Vendor
Chip No.
CL
Chip Brand
SS/
DS
Part No.
512MB
KINGSTON
D6408TEBGGL3U
5
KINGSTON
SS
KVR667D2N5/512
256MB
KINGSTON
6SBI2D9DCG
5
MICRON
SS
KVR667D2N5/256
*
2GB
KINGSTON
E1108AB-6E-E
N/A
ELPIDA
DS
KVR667D2N5/2G
*
1GB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF3S(ECC)
5-5-5
N/A
DS
HYS72T128020HU-3S-B
*
512MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF3S
5
N/A
SS
HYS64T64000HU-3S-B
*
*
1GB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF3S
5
N/A
DS
HYS64T128020HU-3S-B
*
*
1GB
Apacer
AM4B5708GQJS7E
5
APACER
DS
AU01GE667C5KBGC
*
256MB
Kingmax
N2TU51216AG-3C
5
NANYA
SS
KLCB68F-36KH5
*
512MB
Kingmax
KKEA88B4LAUG-29DX
5
KINGMAX
SS
KLCC28F-A8KB5
*
1GB
Super
Talent
Heat-Sink Package
5
N/A
DS
T6UB1GC5
*
2GB
NANYA
NT5TU128M8BJ-3C
5
NANYA
DS
NT2GT64U8HB0JY-3C
512MB
PSC
A3R12E3GEF637BLC5N
5
PSC
SS
AL6E8E63B-6E1K
*
*
*
1GB
PSC
A3R12E3GEF637BLC5N
5
PSC
DS
AL7E8E63B-6E1K
*
*
*
A*
B*
C*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
•
A*: Supports one module inserted in any slot as Single-channel memory
configuration.
•
B*: Supports one pair of modules inserted into either the yellow slots or the
black slots as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration.
•
C*: Supports 4 modules inserted into both the yellow and black slots as two
pairs of Dual-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website for the latest DDR2 QVL.
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2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other
system components. Failure to do so can cause severe damage to both the
motherboard and the components.
2
To install a DIMM:
1.
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clips
outward.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the break on the socket.
3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips
snap back in place and the
DIMM is properly seated.
3
DDR2 DIMM notch
1
Unlocked retaining clip
2.4.4
•
A DDR2 DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. Do
not force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
•
The DDR2 DIMM sockets do not support DDR DIMMs. DO not install DDR
DIMMs to the DDR2 DIMM sockets.
Removing a DIMM
To remove a DIMM:
1.
Support the DIMM lightly with
your fingers when pressing the
retaining clips. The DIMM might
get damaged when it flips out
with extra force.
2.
2
Simultaneously press the retaining
clips outward to unlock the DIMM.
1
1
DDR2 DIMM notch
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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2.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion
cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw
for later use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure the it by adjusting the software
settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 4 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share
IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments; otherwise, conflicts will
arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card
inoperable.
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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Priority
1
2
–
9
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
10
11
Standard function
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Redirect to IRQ#9
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Floppy Disk Controller
Printer Port (LPT1)*
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port*
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
Secondary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIE x16
PCIE x1_1
PCIE x1_2
LAN (L1)
PCI slot 1
PCI slot 2
PCI slot 3
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A
B
C
shared
–
–
shared
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
shared
shared
–
–
–
shared
–
–
–
shared
D
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
E
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
F
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
G
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
H
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
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2.5.4
PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other
cards that comply with PCI specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location
of the slots.
2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slots
This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards and other
cards that comply with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the figure below for
the locatino of the slots.
2.5.6
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
This motherboard supports one PCI Express 2.0 x16 graphics card that complies
with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location of the
slot.
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
PCI Express x1_1 slot
PCI_1 slot
PCI_3 slot
PCI_2 slot
PCI Express x1_2 slot
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2.6
Jumper
1. Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup
parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button
cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup
information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Remove the onboard battery.
3. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on
pins 2-3 for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
4. Reinstall the battery.
5. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
6. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup
to re-enter data.
M3A
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
®
CLRTC
1 2
M3A Clear RTC RAM
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Normal
(Default)
2 3
Clear RTC
•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
•
Due to the chipset limitation, AC power off is required prior using C.P.R.
function. You must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the
power cord before reboot the system.
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2.
USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW1-4, USBPW56)
Set these jumpers to +5V to wake up the computer from S1 sleep mode
(CPU stopped, DRAM refreshed, system running in low power mode) using
the connected USB devices. Set to +5VSB to wake up from S3 and S4 sleep
modes.
The USBPW1-4 jumpers are for the rear USB ports. The USBPW5-8 and
USBPW910 jumpers are for the internal USB connectors that you can
connect to additional USB ports.
M3A
USBPW1-4
USBPW56
3
2
2
1
+5V
(Default)
®
+5VSB
USBPW7-10
1 2
M3A USB device wake up
3.
+5V
(Default)
2 3
+5VSB
•
The USB device wake-up feature requires a power supply that can
provide 500mA on the +5VSB lead for each USB port; otherwise,
the system will not power up.
•
The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply
capability (+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep mode.
Keyboard power (3-pin KBPWR)
This jumper allows you to enable or disable the keyboard wake-up feature.
Set this jumper to pins 2-3 (+5VSB) to wake up the computer when you press
a key on the keyboard (the default is the Space Bar). This feature requires an
ATX power supply that can supply at least 500 mA on the +5VSB lead, and a
corresponding setting in the BIOS.
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KBPWR
2
1
+5V
3
2
+5VSB
(Default)
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
3
1
4 5
6
9
8
7
2
13
1.
12
11
10
PS/2 mouse port (green). This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
2.
Serial connector. This 9-pin COM1 port is for serial devices.
3.
LAN (RJ-45) port. Supported by Atheros L1 Gigabit LAN controller, this port
allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a network
hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
OFF
No link
ORANGE
Linked
BLINKING
Data activity
Speed LED
Status
OFF
ORANGE
GREEN
Description
10 Mbps connection
100 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
LAN port
4. Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects the center/subwoofer
speakers.
5.
Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects the rear speakers in a
4-channel, 6-channel, or 8-channel audio configuration.
6.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects the tape, CD, CD player, or
other audio sources.
7.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In
4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the function of this port
becomes Front Speaker Out.
8.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone.
9.
Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects the side speakers in an
8-channel audio configuration.
Refer to the audio configuration table on the next page for the function of the
audio ports in 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
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Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Orange
Black
Gray
Headset
2-channel
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
–
–
–
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
–
Rear Speaker Out
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Ou
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
10. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
11. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
12. Coaxial S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via an optical S/PDIF cable.
13. PS/2 Keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
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2.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable. Insert
one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other end to the
signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
M3A
Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable connection when
using a FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
®
FLOPPY
PIN 1
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
M3A Floppy disk drive connector
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2.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
The onboard IDE connector is for the Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable.
There are three connectors on each Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable:
blue, black, and gray. Connect the blue connector to the motherboard’s IDE
connector, then select one of the following modes to configure your device.
M3A
PRI_IDE
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
®
M3A IDE connector
Drive jumper setting
Single device
Cable-Select or Master
Cable-Select
Two devices
Master
Slave
Mode of
device(s)
–
Master
Slave
Master
Slave
Cable connector
Black
Black
Gray
Black or gray
•
Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole on the
Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion when you
connect the IDE cable.
•
Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 100/66 IDE devices.
If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” make sure all other device
jumpers have the same setting.
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3.
AMD® SB600 Southbridge Serial ATA connectors
(7-pin SATA1 [red]; SATA2 [black]; SATA3 [red]; SATA4 [black])
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk
and optical disk drives.
If you install SATA hard disk drives to the SATA1/2/3/4 connectors, you can
create a RAID 0, RAID 1, or RAID 0+1 configuration through the onboard
AMD® SB600 controller.
M3A
SATA1
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
®
GND
RSATA_TXP3
RSATA_TXN3
GND
RSATA_RXP3
RSATA_RXN3
GND
SATA4
M3A SATA connectors
SATA3
GND
RSATA_TXP4
RSATA_TXN4
GND
RSATA_RXP4
RSATA_RXN4
GND
SATA2
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN2
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
Serial ATA hard disk drive connection
Connector
Color
Setting
Use
SATA 1/3
Red
Master
Boot disk
SATA 2/4
Black
Slave
Data disk
•
These connectors are set to [Native IDE] by default. If you intend to create
a Serial ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the Onchip SATA Type
item in the BIOS to [RAID]. See section 4.4.3 Chipset for details.
•
Before creating a RAID set, refer to 5.4.2 RAID Configuration or the
manual bundled in the motherboard support CD.
•
You must install the Windows® XP Service Pack 1 before using Serial ATA
hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature (RAID 0 and RAID 1) is
available only if you are using Windows® XP or later version.
•
When using the connectors in Native IDE mode, connect the primary (boot)
hard disk drive to the SATA1/2/3/4 connector. Refer to the table below for
the recommended SATA hard disk drive connections.
Connect the right-angle side
of SATA signal cable to SATA
device. Or you may connect the
right-angle side of SATA cable to
the onboard SATA port to avoid
mechanical conflict with huge
graphics cards.
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4.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB 78; USB910)
M3A
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
GND
NC
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable
to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the
back of the system chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0
specification that supports up to 480 Mbps connection speed.
PIN1
USB78
USB+5V
USB_P9USB_P9+
GND
USB910
M3A USB 2.0 connectors
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
USB+5V
USB_P10USB_P10+
GND
NC
®
PIN1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
PIN1
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
USB56
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
You can connect the front panel USB cable to the ASUS Q-Connector (USB,
blue) first, and then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector
onboard if your chassis supports front panel USB ports.
The USB module is purchased seperately.
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5.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN; 3-pin CHA_FAN1; 3-pin PWR_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA~2000 mA (24 W max.)
or a total of 1 A~7 A (84 W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the fan
connectors on the motherboard, making sure that the black wire of each
cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
®
M3A Fan connectors
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PWR_FAN
CHA_FAN1
GND
Rotation
+12V
+12V
GND
Rotation
M3A
CPU_FAN
CPU FAN PWM
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWR
GND
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air
flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are
not jumpers! Do not place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
•
Only the CPU_FAN and CHA_FAN 1 connectors support the ASUS Q
FAN2 feature.
•
If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear
chassis fan cable to the motherboard connector labled CHA_FAN1
for better themal environment.
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6.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch.
Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this
connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to
this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced. The signal
is then generated as a chassis intrusion event.
®
CHASSIS
M3A Chassis intrusion connector
7.
Chassis Signal
GND
+5VSB_MB
M3A
By default , the pin labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with
a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the
chassis intrusion detection feature.
(Default)
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
®
SPDIFOUT
GND
SPDIF_OUT
+5V
M3A
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s). Connect the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install
the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
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The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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8.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 4-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs
are designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper
orientation and push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
EATXPWR
M3A
ATX12V
+12V DC
GND
®
M3A ATX power connectors
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+12V DC
GND
+3 Volts
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+5V Standby
Power OK
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
-5 Volts
Ground
Ground
Ground
PSON#
Ground
-12 Volts
+3 Volts
•
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply
unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version)
and provides a minimum power of 600 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12 V power plug; otherwise, the
system will not boot.
•
Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The system
may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your
system, refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator
at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
•
The ATX 12 V Specification 2.0-compliant (500W) PSU has been tested
to support the motherboard power requirements with the following
configuration:
CPU: AMD FX-62
Memory 1024 MB DDR2-800 (x4)
Graphics card: PCI Express x16 NVIDIA 7900GTX
Serial ATA device: SATA hard disk drive (x2)
Optical drives: CD-RW
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9.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that
supports either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end
of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
NC
AGND
NC
NC
Legacy AC 97 audio
pin definition
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
PORT1 L
PORT1 R
PORT2 R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2 L
®
SENSE2_RETUR
AGND
PRESENCE#
SENSE1_RETUR
M3A
AAFP
HD Audio-compliant
pin definition
M3A Analog front panel connector
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio
module to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio
capability.
•
If you want to connect a High Definition front panel audio module to this
connector, set the SDIN0/1/2/3 Pin Config item in the BIOS setup to
[Azalia] (default). If you want to connect an AC’97 front panel audio module
to this connector, set this item to [AC97]. See section 4.4.3 Chipset for
details.
10. Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
®
Right Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Left Audio Channel
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These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
CD
M3A Internal audio connector
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11. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
PLED-
PLED+
M3A
PLED
SPEAKER
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
IDE_LED
Reset
Ground
PWR
Ground
®
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PANEL
RESET
PWRSW
* Requires an ATX power supply.
M3A System panel connector
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis
power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when
you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity
LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is
read from or written to the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSR)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button
turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending
on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds
while the system is ON turns the system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system
reboot without turning off the system power.
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12. ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)
You can use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect chassis front panel
cables in a few steps. Refer to the instructions below to install the ASUS QConnector.
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1.
Connect the front panel cables to the
ASUS Q-Connector.
Refer to the labels on the Q-Connector
to know the detailed pin definitions, then
match them to the respective front panel
cable labels.
2.
Install the ASUS Q-Connector to the
system panel connector, making sure
the orientation matches the labels on the
motherboard.
3.
The front panel functions are now enabled.
The figure shows the Q-Connector properly
installed on the motherboard.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter describes the power up
sequence, the vocal POST messages,
and ways of shutting down the system.
3
Powering up
3
Chapter summary
3.1
Starting up for the first time......................................................... 3-1
3.2
Turning off the computer.............................................................. 3-2
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3.1
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2.
Be sure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge
protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
6.
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case
lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up
when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with “green”
standards or if it has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up
or switch between orange and green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are
running, the BIOS beeps (see BIOS beep codes table below) or additional
messages appear on the screen. If you do not see anything within 30
seconds from the time you turned on the power, the system may have failed a
power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call your retailer
for assistance.
7.
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 4.
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3.2
Turning off the computer
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® Vista™:
1. Click the Start button then select ShutDown.
2. The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts
the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the
soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. Refer to section “4.5 Power Menu” in
Chapter 4 for details.
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Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter tells how to change
the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions
of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
4
BIOS setup
4
Chapter summary
4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 4-1
4.2
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 4-9
4.3
Main menu................................................................................... 4-12
4.4
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 4-17
4.5
Power menu................................................................................. 4-27
4.6
Boot menu................................................................................... 4-31
4.7
Tools menu.................................................................................. 4-36
4.8
Exit menu..................................................................................... 4-37
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4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1.
ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
2.
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk or USB flash disk.)
3.
ASUS AFUDOS (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk.)
4.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk,
USB flash disk or the motherboard support CD when the BIOS file fails or
gets corrupted.)
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk or
USB flash disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the
original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or AFUDOS utilities.
4.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the
motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you
to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
•
View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support CD that comes with the motherboard
package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support CD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
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Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
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1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet option from the drop‑down
menu, then click Next.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic, or
click Auto Select. Click Next.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
5.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself through
the Internet. Always update the
utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
3.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, then click Open.
4.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
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4.1.2
1.
Creating a bootable floppy disk
Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk drive.
b. Click Start from the Windows® desktop, then select My Computer.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2 Floppy
Disk window appears.
e. Select Create an MS-DOS startup disk from the format options field,
then click Start.
2.
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Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable floppy
disk.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to go
through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and using a DOS‑based
utility. The EZ Flash 2 utility is built-in the BIOS chip so it is accessible by pressing
<Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests (POST).
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
the motherboard.
2.
Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk or a USB flash disk, then restart the
system.
3.
You can launch the EZ Flash 2 by two methods.
(1) Insert the floppy disk / USB flash disk that contains the BIOS file to the
floppy disk drive or the USB port.
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.06
FLASH TYPE: SST 25LF080
Current ROM
BOARD: M3A
VER: 0111
DATE: 10/05/07
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\
A:
C:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[B] Backup
[Tab] Switch
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[ESC] Exit
(2) Enter BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash2
and press <Enter> to enable it.
You can switch between drives by pressing <Tab> before the correct file
is found. Then press <Enter>.
4.
When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update
process and automatically reboots the system when done.
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•
This function can support devices such as USB flash disk, or floppy disk
with FAT 32/16 format and single partition only.
•
Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot failure!
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4.1.4
AFUDOS utility
The AFUDOS utility allows you to update the BIOS file in DOS environment using
a bootable floppy disk with the updated BIOS file. This utility also allows you to
copy the current BIOS file that you can use as backup when the BIOS fails or gets
corrupted during the updating process.
Copying the current BIOS
To copy the current BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility:
•
Make sure that the floppy disk is not write-protected and has at least
1024KB free space to save the file.
•
The succeeding BIOS screens are for reference only. The actual BIOS
screen displays may not be same as shown.
1.
Copy the AFUDOS utility (afudos.exe) from the motherboard support CD to
the bootable floppy disk you created earlier.
2.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt type:
afudos /o[filename]
where the [filename] is any user-assigned filename not more than eight
alphanumeric characters for the main filename and three alphanumeric
characters for the extension name.
A:\>afudos /oOLDBIOS1.rom
Main filename
3.
Extension name
Press <Enter>. The utility copies the current BIOS file to the floppy disk.
A:\>afudos /oOLDBIOS1.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... done
Write to file...... ok
A:\>
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after copying the current BIOS file.
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility:
1.
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Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) and download the latest BIOS file for
the motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
Write the BIOS filename on a piece of paper. You need to type the exact BIOS
filename at the DOS prompt.
2.
Copy the AFUDOS utility (afudos.exe) from the motherboard support CD to
the bootable floppy disk you created earlier.
3.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt type:
afudos /i[filename]
where [filename] is the latest or the original BIOS file on the bootable floppy
disk.
A:\>afudos /iM3A.ROM
4.
The utility verifies the file and starts updating the BIOS.
A:\>afudos /iM3A.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ....... done
Reading flash ...... done
Advance Check ......
Erasing flash ...... done
Writing flash ...... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
system boot failure!
5.
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after the BIOS update process is
completed. Reboot the system from the hard disk drive.
A:\>afudos /iM3A.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ....... done
Reading flash ...... done
Advance Check ......
Erasing flash ...... done
Writing flash ...... done
Verifying flash .... done
Please restart your computer
A:\>
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4.1.5
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore
the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can
update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support CD, the floppy disk, or
the USB flash disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
•
Prepare the motherboard support CD, the floppy disk or the USB flash disk
containing the updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
•
If you use a SATA optical drive, always connect the SATA cable to the
SATA1/SATA2 connector; otherwise, the utility will not function.
Recovering the BIOS from the support CD
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the motherboard support CD to the optical drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks the CD
for the BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted
BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “M3A.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
Recovering the BIOS from the USB flash disk
To recover the BIOS from the USB flash disk:
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1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains BIOS file to the USB port.
2.
Turn on the system.
3.
The utility will automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file When found,
the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted BIOS file.
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
•
Only the USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and single partition can
support ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3. The device size should be smaller than
8GB.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so
can cause system boot failure!
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) chip
that you can update using the provided utility described in section “4.1 Managing
and updating your BIOS.”
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring
your system, or prompted to “Run Setup.” This section explains how to configure
your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change the
configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can enable the
security password feature or change the power management settings. This
requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so that the
computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the
SPI chip.
The SPI chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start up the
computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. Press
<Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility; otherwise,
POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can
also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this last option only if
the first two failed.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a
menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus and make
your selections from the available options using the navigation keys.
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The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions
to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after
changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings to ensure system
compatibility and stability. Select the Load Setups Default item under the
Exit Menu. See section 4.8 Exit Menu.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes
only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
this motherboard.
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4.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Advanced
Power
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
Storage Configuration
Configuration fields
General help
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
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[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[Not
[Not
[WDC
[Not
[Not
[Not
System Information
Detected]
Detected]
WD800JD-00LSA0]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
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Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Sub-menu items
4.2.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Tools
For Configuring options for special functions
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings.
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard
until the desired item is highlighted.
4.2.3
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that
particular menu. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change
the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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4.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar
displays the specific items for that
menu. For example, selecting Main
shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power,
Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
4.2.5
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
Use [ENTER], [TAB],
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
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[English]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Third IDE Master
Third IDE Slave
Fourth IDE Master
Fourth IDE Slave
[WDC
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
WD800JD-00LSA0]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system
Time.
System Information
Main menu items
Sub-menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the iteam has a
sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press <Enter>.
4.2.6
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user- configurable,
you can change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item
that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Refer to “4.2.7 Pop-up window.”
4.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
4.2.8
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a
menu screen when there are items that do
not fit on the screen. Press the
Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> /<Page
Down> keys to display the other items on
the screen.
4.2.9
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen
is a brief description of the selected item.
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Scroll bar
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4.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving
you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section 4.2.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
Main
Advanced
Power
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
Storage Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
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[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[Not
[Not
[WDC
[Not
[Not
[Not
Detected]
Detected]
WD800JD-00LSA0]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
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Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
4.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [720K, 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
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4.3.4
Primary IDE Master/Slave
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE devices.
There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device item then
press <Enter> to display the IDE device information.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
SATA 1
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: WDC WD800JD-00LSA0
Size
: 80.0GB
LBA Mode
: Supported
Block Mode
: 16 Sectors
PIO Mode
: 4
Async DMA
: MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA
: Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring: Supported
Type [Auto]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Block(Multi-sector Transfer)M
[Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
DMA Mode [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Select the type of
device connected to
the system.
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F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device,
Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and
SMART monitoring). These values are not user-configurable. These items show
N/A if no IDE device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the
appropriate IDE device type. Select [CDROM] if you are specifically configuring a
CD-ROM drive. Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is
either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the
device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA
mode disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the data
transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device
supports multi-sector transfer feature. When set to [Disabled], the data transfer
from and to the device occurs one sector at a time.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
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DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0] [SWDMA1]
[SWDMA2] [MWDMA0] [MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2]
[UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Disabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.3.5
SATA1/2/3/4
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE devices.
There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device item then
press <Enter> to display the IDE device information.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Third IDE Master
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: WDC WD800JD-00LSA0
Size
: 80.0GB
LBA Mode
: Supported
Block Mode
: 16 Sectors
PIO Mode
: 4
Async DMA
: MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA
: Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring: Supported
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Block(Multi-sector Transfer)M
[Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
DMA Mode [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Select the type of
device connected to
the system.
+-
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device,
Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and
SMART monitoring). These values are not user-configurable. These items show
N/A if no IDE device is installed in the system.
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the
device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA
mode disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
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Block (Multi-sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the data
transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device
supports multi-sector transfer feature. When set to [Disabled], the data transfer
from and to the device occurs one sector at a time.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0] [SWDMA1]
[SWDMA2] [MWDMA0] [MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2]
[UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5] [UDMA6]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Disabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.3.6
Storage Configuration
The Storage Configuration menu allows you to configure your storage device(s).
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
OnChip SATA channel
OnChip SATA Type
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
[Enabled]
[IDE]
Options
Disabled
Enabled
OnChip SATA Channel [Enabled]
Enables or disables OnChip SATA Channel.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnChip SATA Type [IDE]
This item appears only when you set the OnChip SATA Channel item to
[Enabled]. Allows you to set the OnChip SATA Type.
Configuration options: [IDE] [RAID] [AHCI]
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4.3.7
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AMIBIOS
Version
:0111
Build Date :10/05/07
Processor
Type
:AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+
Speed
Count
:2200MHz
:1
System Memory
Usable Size
:1024 MB
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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AMI BIOS
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
Processor
Displays the auto-detected CPU specification.
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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4.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
JumperFree Configuration
AI NET 2
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
PCIPnP
USB Configuration
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Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.4.1
Jumperfree Configuration
Advanced
Configure System Frequency/Voltage
AI Overclocking
PLL1 Spread Spectrum
PLL2 Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
CPU-NB HT Link Speed
[Auto]
Processor Voltage
[Auto]
Select the target CPU
frequency, and the
relevant parameters
will be auto-adjusted.
Frequencies higher
than CPU manufacturer
recomends are not
guaranteed to be
stable. If the system
becomes unstable,
return to the default.
AI Overclocking [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal
frequency. Select any one of the preset overclocking configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
Standard
Loads the standard settings for the system.performance.
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The following two items appear only when you set the Ai Overclocking item to
[Manual].
FSB Frequency [XXX]
Displays the frequency sent by the clock generator to the system bus and PCI
bus. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the FSB frequency. You can also type
the desired FSB frequency using the numeric keypad. The values range from 200
to 600. Refer to the table below for the correct Front Side Bus and CPU External
Frequency settings.
FSB/CPU External Frequency Synchronization
Front Side Bus
CPU External Frequency
FSB 1333
333 MHz
FSB 1066
266 MHz
FSB 800
200 MHz
PCIE Frequency [XXX]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the PCIE frequency. You can also type the
desired PCIE frequency using the numeric keypad. The values range from 100 to
150.
PLL1/2 Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
Allows selection of the PLL1/2 Spread Spectrum settings.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
•
The following item appears only when you set the Ai Overclocking item to
[Manual] and [Standard].
•
The configuration options for the following item vary depending on the CPU
you install on the motherboard.
Processor Frequency Multiplier [Auto]
Allows selection of the processor frequency multiplier.
Configuration options: [Auto] [x5.0 1000 MHz] [x5.5 1100 MHz] [Reserved] [x6.5
1300 MHz] [Reserved] [x7.5 1500 MHz] [x8.0 1600 MHz] [x8.5 1700 MHz] [x9.0
1800 MHz] [x9.5 1900 MHz] [x10.0 2000 MHz] [x10.5 2100 MHz] [x11.0 2200 MHz]
CPU-NB HT Link Speed [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU-Northbridge HyperTransport link speed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 GHz] [800 MHz] [600 MHz] [400 MHz] [200 MHz]
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Processor Voltage [Auto]
Allows selection of the Processor Voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.8000V] [0.8250V] [0.8500V] ~ [1.6500V] [1.6750V]
[1.7000V]
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the processor voltage. Setting a
high voltage may damage the CPU!
The following item appears only when you set the Ai Overclocking item to
[Manual] and [Standard].
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows selection of the DRAM Voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.90V] [1.95V] [2.00V] [2.05V] [2.10V] [2.15V] [2.20V]
[2.25V]
Southbridge Voltage [Auto]
Allows selection of the Southbridge Voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.30V] [1.35V] [1.40V]
DRAM Timing Configuration
This sub-menu allows selection of the DRAM Timing Configuration.
Advanced
DRAM Timing Configuration
Memory Clock Mode
2T Mode
DRAM Timing Mode
Options
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Auto
Limit
Manual
The configuration options for some of the following items vary depending on the
DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
Memory Clock Mode [Auto]
Allows selection of the DRAM Frequency programming method.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Limit] [Manual]
Memclock Value [533 MHz]
This sub-item appears only when you set the Memory Clock Mode item to
[Limit] and [Manual].
Configuration options: [533 MHz] [667 MHz] [800 MHz] [1066 MHz]
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2T Mode [Auto]
Allows selection of the 2T Mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Allows selection of the DRAM Timing Mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DCT 0]
The following sub-items appear only when you set the DRAM Timing Mode
item to [DCT 0].
CAS Latency (CL) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 CLK] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK] [7 CLK
DH_Only]
TRCD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3 CLK] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK]
TRP [Auto]
[Auto] [3 CLK] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK]
TRAS [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5 CLK] [6 CLK] ~ [17 CLK] [18 CLK]
4.4.2
AI NET 2
This menu displays the status of the Local Area Network (LAN) cable connected to
the LAN (RJ-45) port.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
AI NET 2
Pair
Status
1-2N/A
3-6N/A
4-5N/A
7-8N/A
Length
Tools
Atheros Check LAN
cable during POST.
Atheros Controller 0
Atheros POST Check LAN cable [Disabled]
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Atheros POST Check LAN cable [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable LAN cable check during POST. When enabled, the
menu reports the cable faults or shorts, and displays the point (length) where the
faults or shorts are detected. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.4.3
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
CPU Configuration
Module Version: 13.16
AGESA Version: 3.1.1.0
Physical Count: 1
Logical Count: 1
Enable/Disable
Secure Virtual Machine
Mode (SVM)
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+
Revision: G2
Cache L1: 128 KB
Cache L2: 512 KB
Cache L3: N/A
Speed
: 2200MHz, NV Clk: N/A
Current FSB Multiplier: 11x
Maximum FSB Multiplier: 11x
Able to chabge Freq. : Yes
uCode Patch Level
: None Required
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Function [Disabled]
DRAM Configuration
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F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Function [Disabled]
Enables or disables the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM Configuration
This sub-menu allows selection of the Memory Configuration.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Memory Configuration
Bank Interleaving
MemClk Tristate C3/ATLVID
Memory Hole Remapping
Power Down Enable
Power Down Mode
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Channel]
Enable Bank Memory
Interleaving
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Bank Interleaving [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the bank memory interleaving.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
MemClk Tristate C3/ATLVID [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable MemClk Tri-Stating during C3 and Alt VID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Memory Hole Remapping [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable memory remapping around memory hole.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power Down Enable [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable DDR power down mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power Down Mode [Channel]
Appears only when you enable the Power Down Enable item.
Configuration options: [Channel] [Chip Select]
4.4.4
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
PCI Express Configuration
Hyper Transport Configuration
PCI Express Configuration
PCI Express Configuration
This menu allows you to change the PCI Express Configuration settings. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Advanced
PCI Express Configuration
Peer-to-Peer among GFX/GFX2 [Disabled]
GPP Slots Power Limit, W [25]
Options
Enable
Disabled
NB-SB Port Features
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Peer-to-Peer among GFX/GFX2 [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
GPP Slots Power Limit, W [25]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to change the value or type the desired value using the
numeric keypad. The values range from 0 to 255.
NB-SB Port Features
NB-SB Link ASPM [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L1]
NP NB-SB VC1 Traffic Support [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Hyper Transport Configuration
This menu allows you to change the Hyper Transport Configuration settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Advanced
Hyper Transport Configuration
Isochronous Flow-Control Mode
HT Link Tristate
UnitID Clumping
2x LCLK Mode
Options
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Enable
Disabled
Isochronous Flow-Control Mode [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enable]
HT Link Tristate [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [CAD/CTL] [CAD/CTL/CLK]
UnitID Clumping [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [UnitID 2/3] [UnitID B/C] [UnitID 2/3&B/C]
2x LCLK Mode [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enable]
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4.4.5
OnBoard Devices Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Onboard Devices Configuraiton
Serial Port1 Address
HD Audio Azalia Device
Front Panel support Type
Onboard LAN
OnBoard NIC OPTROM
Primary Display Adapter
[3F8/IRQ4]
[Auto]
[HD Audio]
[Enable]
[Disabled]
[PCI-E]
Allows BIOS to select
Serial Port1 Base
Addresses.
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F10
ESC
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Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
HD Audio Azalia Device [Auto]
Enables or disables the High Definition (HD) audio device.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
Front Panel support Type [HD Audio]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to [Auto] and allows you to
set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or high-definition
audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio module supports.
Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
Onboard LAN [Enable]
Configuration options: [Enable] [Disabled]
OnBoard NIC OPTROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item.
Configuration options: [Enable] [Disabled]
Primary Display Adapter [PCI-E]
Allows you to select which graphics controller to use as the primary boot device.
Configuration options: [PCI-E] [PCI]
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4.4.6
PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP
devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
PCI Latency Timer
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
Palette Snooping
[No]
[64]
[Yes]
[Disabled]
IRQ3
IRQ4
IRQ5
IRQ7
IRQ9
IRQ10
IRQ11
IRQ14
IRQ15
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
NO: lets the BIOS
configure all the
devices in the system.
YES: lets the
operating system
configure Plug and Play
(PnP) devices not
required for boot if
your system has a Plug
and Play operating
system.
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Plug And Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set to
[Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating system
configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
PCI Latency timer [64]
Configuration options: [32] [64] [96] [128] [160] [192] [224] [248]
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA [Yes]
Configuration options: [Yes] [No
Palette Snooping [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IRQ3/4/5/7/9/10/11/14/15 [PCI Device]
Configuration options: [PCI Device] [Reserved]
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4.4.7
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
USB Configuration
USB Devices Enabled:
None
USB Functions
USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
BIOS EHCI Hand-off
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
Enables support for
legacy USB. AUTO
option disables
legacy support if
no USB devices are
connected.
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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The USB Devices Enabled item shows auto-detected values. If no USB device
is detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB functions. The following sub-items appear
when this item is set to [Enabled].
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to set the USB 2.0 controller mode to HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or
FullSpeed (12 Mbps). This item appears only when you enable the USB 2.0
Controller item.
Configuration options: [FullSpeed ] [HiSpeed ]
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
Allows you to enable support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable support for legacy USB devices. Setting to [Auto]
allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If detected,
the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected, the
legacy USB support is disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
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4.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Power Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
Main
Advanced
Power
Suspend Mode
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.5.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state
to be used for system suspend.
Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S3 Only] [Auto]
4.5.2
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) 2.0 support. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.5.3
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC). When
set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.5.4
APM Configuration
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss
Power On By PCI Devices
Power On By PCIE Devices
Power On By External Modems
Power On By RTC Alarm
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard
Power On By PS/2 Mouse
Options
[Power Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Power Off
Power On
Last State
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F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off]
When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
When set to Power On, the system goes on after an AC power loss. When set to
Last State, the system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state
was before the AC power loss.
Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI devices.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
This allows either settings of [Enabled] or [Disabled] for powering up the computer
when the external modem receives a call while the computer is in Soft-off mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and
applications are fully running. Thus, connection cannot be made on the first
try. Turning an external modem off and then back on while the computer is off
causes an initialization string that turns the system power on.
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Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item
is set to Enabled, the items RTC Alarm Date / RTC Alarm Hour / RTC Alarm
Minute / RTC Alarm Second will become user-configurable with set values.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function or set specific keys
on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power
supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-Esc] [Power Key]
Power On By PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse to turn on
the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on
the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.5.5
Hardware Monitor
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
[23ºC/73ºF]
[30ºC/86ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
Chassis Fan Speed
Power Fan Speed
[4891RPM]
[4440RPM]
[N/A]
VCORE Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[ 1.344V]
[ 3.152V]
[ 4.838V]
[11.712V]
CPU Fan Warning Speed
Smart Q-FAN Function
[800]
[Disabled]
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CPU Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the motherboard
and CPU temperatures. Select [Ignored] if you do not wish to display the detected
temperatures.
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CPU Fan / Chassis Fan / Power Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] /
[N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the fan speed
in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the motherboard, the
field shows N/A.
Vcore Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators. Select [Ignored] if you do not want to detect this
item.
CPU Fan Warning Speed [800]
Allows you to disable or set the CPU fan warning speed.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [800] [1200] [1600]
Smart Q-FAN Function [Disabled]
Enables or disables the Smart Q-Fan function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear when you set Smart Q-FAN Function to [Enabled].
Smart Q-FAN Profile [Optimal]
Allows you to select the predefined smart Q-Fan profiles.
Configuration options: [Performance] [Optimal] [Silent]
The default value of the following items vary depending on the Smart Q-FAN
Profile settings.
Fan Auto Mode Start Voltage [x.xV]
Sets the voltage at which the Q-Fan function starts.
Configuration options: [4.0V] [4.5V] [5.0V] [5.5V] [6.0V]
Fan Auto Mode Start Speed Temp [xxºC]
Sets the temperature at which the Q-Fan function starts.
Configuration options: [25ºC] [26ºC] ~ [74ºC] [75ºC]
Fan Auto Mode Full Speed Temp [xx8ºC]
Sets the temperature at which the Q-Fan rotates in full speed.
Configuration options: [25ºC] [26ºC] ~ [74ºC] [75ºC]
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4.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:)
may appear when you set
the CD-ROM drive as the
first boot device.
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.6.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
[HDD:PM-WDC WD800JD]
[ATAPI CD-ROM]
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
availabe devices.
A device enclosed
in parenthesis has
been disabled in
the corresponding
menu.
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1st ~ xxth Boot Device [xxx Drive]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices.
The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of
devices installed in the system.
Configuration options: [1st FLOPPY DRIVE] [Hard Drive] [ATAPI CD-ROM]
[Disabled]
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4.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo
[Enabled]
AddOn ROM Display Mode
[Force BIOS]
Bootup Num-Lock
[On]
PS/2 Mouse support
[Auto]
Wait for ‘F1’ if Error
[Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display[Enabled]
Chassis Intrusion
[Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
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F1
F10
ESC
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Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Quick Boot [Enabled]
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST) while
booting to decrease the time needed to boot the system. When set to [Disabled],
BIOS performs all the POST items.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo2™ feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM.
Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Power Up By PS/2 Mouse [Auto]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse to turn on
the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on
the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error
occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system displays the message “Press DEL to run Setup”
during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Chassis Intrusion [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Chassis Intrusion function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.6.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Not Installed
:Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a
password, this item shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you successfully set your
password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press <Enter>. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real
Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section 2.6 Jumper for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to
change other security settings.
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BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Installed
:Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
[Full Access]
[Setup]
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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User Access Level [Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
No Access prevents user access to the Setup utility.
View Only allows access but does not allow change to any field.
Limited allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
Full Access allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on
top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this
item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password
successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
Clear User Password
Select this item to clear the user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup
utility. When set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when accessing
Setup and booting the system.
Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
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4.7
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Press ENTER to run
the utility to select
and update BIOS.
This utility doesn't
support :
1.NTFS format
ASUS EZ Flash 2
+Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.7.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation
message appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No],
then press <Enter> to confirm your choice. Please see section 4.1.3 for details.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.06
FLASH TYPE: SST 25LF080
Current ROM
BOARD: M3A
VER: 0111
DATE: 10/05/07
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\
A:
C:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Tab] Switch
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4.8
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the
BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Main
Advanced
Power
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Load Setup Defaults
Enter
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard
backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned
off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select YES to
save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to
the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System
Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
YES to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation
window appears. Select YES to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes
or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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This chapter describes the contents
of the support CD that comes with the
motherboard package.
5
Software
support
5
Chapter summary
5.1
Installing an operating system.................................................... 5-1
5.2
Support CD information............................................................... 5-1
5.3
Software informtion...................................................................... 5-9
5.4
RAID configurations................................................................... 5-30
5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 5-38
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5.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/64-bit XP/Vista/64-bit Vista operating
systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to
maximize the features of your hardware.
5.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS
documentation for detailed information.
•
Make sure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions
before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard package contains the drivers,
software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard
features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates.
5.2.1
Running the support CD
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The CD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
CD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the CD.
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Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
ASUS InstAll - Drivers Installation Wizard
Installs all of the drivers through the installation wizard.
AMD Chipset Program Driver
Installs the AMD® Chipset drivers for the AMD 770 chipset.
ATI RAID/AHCI Controller Driver
Installs the ATI® RAID/AHCI controller drivers.
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Driver
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ technology driver.
Atheros L1 Gigabit Ethernet Driver
Installs the Atheros L1 Gigabit Ethernet driver.
Realtek Audio Driver
Installs the Realtek® ALC 883 audio driver and application.
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Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
ASUS InstAll - Installation Wizard for Utilities
Installs all of the utilities through the installation wizard.
ASUS Cool ‘n’ Quiet Utility
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ software.
Atheros Ethernet utility
Installs the Atheros Ethernet utility.
ASUS AI Gear2
Installs the ASUS AI Gear 2 utility.
ASUS AI Nap
Installs the ASUS AI Nap utility.
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltages,
and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
in healthy operating condition.
ASUS Update
The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network or
an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
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Before using the ASUS Update, make sure that you have an Internet connection
so that you can connect to the ASUS website.
ATI WEBPAM
Installs the ATI WebPAM RAID Utility.
5.2.4
Make Disk menu
The Make Disk menu contains items to create the AMD 770 SATA/RAID driver
disk.
Make ATI RAID Driver
Allows you to create an AMD® Serial ATA RAID driver disk.
Make ATI 32bit Vista RAID
Allows you to create an AMD® Serial ATA RAID driver disk for 32bit Windows
Vista™ operating system.
Make ATI 64bit Vista RAID
Allows you to create an AMD® Serial ATA RAID driver disk for 64bit Windows
Vista™ operating system.
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5.2.5
Manual menu
The Manual menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an item to
open the folder of the user manual.
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual
file.
5.2.6
ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information on the
motherboard and the contents of the support CD. Click an icon to display the
specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
Browse this CD
Displays the support CD contents in graphical format.
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Technical support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out when
requesting technical support.
Filelist
Displays the contents of the support CD and a brief description of each in text
format.
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Software information
Most of the applications in the support CD have wizards that will conveniently
guide you through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came
with the software application for more information.
5.3.1
ASUS MyLogo2™
The ASUS MyLogo2™ utility lets you customize the boot logo. The boot logo is the
image that appears on screen during the Power‑On Self-Tests (POST). The ASUS
MyLogo2™ is automatically installed when you install the ASUS Update utility from
the support CD. See section “5.2.3 Utilities menu” for details.
•
Before using the ASUS MyLogo2™, use the AFUDOS utility to make a copy
of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS version from the ASUS
website. See section 4.1.4 Updating the BIOS.
•
Make sure that the BIOS item Full Screen Logo is set to [Enabled] if
you wish to use ASUS MyLogo2. See section 4.6.2 Boot Settings
Configuration.
•
You can create your own boot logo image in GIF, or BMP file formats.
•
The file size should be smaller than 150 K.
To launch the ASUS MyLogo2™:
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Launch the ASUS Update utility. Refer to section “4.1.1 ASUS Update utility”
for details.
2.
Select Options from the drop down menu, then click Next.
3.
Check the option Launch MyLogo to replace system boot logo before
flashing BIOS, then click Next.
4.
Select Update BIOS from a file from the drop down menu, then click Next.
5.
When prompted, locate the new
BIOS file, then click Next. The ASUS
MyLogo window appears.
6.
From the left window pane, select the
folder that contains the image you
intend to use as your boot logo.
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7.
When the logo images appear on the
right window pane, select an image to
enlarge by clicking on it.
8.
Adjust the boot image to your desired
size by selecting a value on the Ratio
box.
9.
When the screen returns to the ASUS Update utility, flash the original BIOS to
load the new boot logo.
10. After flashing the BIOS, restart the computer to display the new boot logo
during POST.
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5.3.2
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that dynamically
and automatically change the CPU speed, voltage, and amount of power
depending on the task the CPU performs.
Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
To enable Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology:
1.
Turn on the system and enter BIOS by pressing the <Del> key during the
Power On Self-Tests (POST).
2.
Go to Advanced > CPU Configuration > AMD Cool ‘n’Quiet function and
set it to [Enabled]. See section “4.4 Advanced Menu.”
3.
Save your changes and exit BIOS Setup.
4.
Reboot your computer and set your Power Option Properties depending on
your operating system.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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Windows® XP
From the Windows® XP operating system, click Start. Select Settings >
Control Panel.
Make sure the Control Panel is set to Classic View.
Double-click the Display icon in the Control Panel then select the Screen
Saver tab.
Click the Power button. The following dialogue box appears.
From the Power schemes combo list box, select Minimal Power
Management.
Click OK to effect settings.
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Windows® Vista
From the Windows® Vista operating system, click Start. Select Control
Panel.
Make sure the Control Panel is set to Classic View.
Double-click the Personalization icon in the Control Panel then click the
Screen Saver item.
Click “Change power settings...”. The following dialogue box appears.
From the Preferred plans, select Power saver.
Close all windows.
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Make sure to install the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ driver and application before
using this feature.
•
The AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology feature works only with the AMD
heatsink and fan assembly with monitor chip
•
If you purchased a separate heatsink and fan package, use the ASUS
Q-Fan technology feature to automatically adjust the CPU fan speed
according to your system loading.
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Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software
The motherboard support CD includes the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software that enables
you to view your system’s real-time CPU Frequency and voltage.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software from the motherboard support
CD. Refer to section 5.2.3 Utilities menu for details.
To launch the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ program:
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1.
If you are using Windows® XP and Vista, click the Start button. Select All
Programs > ASUS > Cool & Quiet > Cool & Quiet vX.XXX.
2.
The Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology screen appears and displays the current
CPU Frequency and CPU Voltage.
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5.3.3 Audio configurations
The Realtek® ALC883 audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to deliver
the ultimate audio experience on your computer. The software provides JackSensing function, S/PDIF Out support, and interrupt capability. The ALC883 also
includes the Realtek® proprietary UAJ® (Universal Audio Jack) technology for all
audio ports, eliminating cable connection errors and giving users plug and play
convenience.
Follow the installation wizard to install the Realtek® Audio Driver from the Support
CD that came with the motherboard package.
If the Realtek audio software is correctly installed, you will find the Realtek HD
Audio Manager icon on the taskbar.
From the taskbar, double-click on the SoundEffect
icon to display the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
Realtek HD Audio Manager
Realtek HD Audio Manager
Configuration
options
Control settings
window
Exit button
Minimize
button
Information
button
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Information
Click the information button (
) to display
information about the audio driver version, DirectX
version, audio controller, audio codec, and
language setting.
Minimize
Click the minimize button (
) to minimize the window.
Exit
Click the exit button (
) to exit the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
Configuration options
Click any of the tabs in this area to configure your audio settings.
Sound Effect
The Realtek® ALC883 Audio CODEC
allows you to set your listening
environment, adjust the equalizer, set
the karaoke, or select pre‑programmed
equalizer settings for your listening
pleasure.
To set the sound effect options:
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1.
From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the Sound Effect
tab.
2.
Click the shortcut buttons or the drop-down menus for options on changing
the acoustic environment, adjust the equalizer, or set the karaoke to your
desired settings.
3.
Click
to effect the Sound Effect settings and exit.
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Mixer
The Mixer option allows you to
configure audio output (playback)
volume and audio input (record)
volume.
To set the mixer options:
1.
From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the Mixer tab.
2.
Turn the volume buttons to adjust
the Playback and/or Record
volume.
The Mixer option activates voice input from all channels by default. Make sure
to set all channels to mute ( ) if you do not want voice input.
3.
Make adjustments to Wave, SW Synth, Front, Rear, Subwoofer, CD volume,
Mic volume, Line Volume, and Stereo mix by clicking the control tabs and
dragging them up and down until you get the desired levels.
4.
Click
to effect the Mixer settings and exit.
Audio I/O
The Audio I/O option allows you
configure your input/output settings.
To set the Audio I/O options:
1.
From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the Audio I/O tab.
2.
Click the drop-down menu to
select the channel configuration.
3.
The control settings window
displays the status of connected
devices. Click
digital options.
4.
for analog and
Click <OK> to effect the Audio I/O settings and exit
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Microphone
The Microphone option allows you
configure your input/output settings
and to check if your audio devices are
connected properly.
To set the Microphone options:
1.
From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the Microphone tab.
2.
Click the Noise Suppression
option button to reduce the static
background noise when recording.
3.
Click the Acoustic Echo Cancellation option button to reduce the echo from
the front speakers when recording.
4.
Click the Beam Forming option button to eliminate surrounding noise
interferences. Click
5.
Click
to start microphone calibration.
to effect the Microphone settings and exit.
3D Audio Demo
The 3D Audio Demo option gives you a
demonstration of the 3D audio feature.
To start the 3D Audio Demo:
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1.
From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the 3D Audio
Demo tab.
2.
Click the option buttons to change
the sound, moving path, or
environment settings.
3.
Click
4.
Click
to test your settings.
to effect the 3D Audio Demo settings and exit.
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5.3.4
ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects
and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe II senses fan
rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. Because PC
Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring your computer the moment
you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a
healthy operating condition.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears
if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
CD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder. Double-click
the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
3.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the
Windows® desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs
> ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.xx.xx. The PC Probe II main window
appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the Windows®
taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Main window
The PC Probe II main window
allows you to view the current
status of your system and change
the utility configuration. By
default, the main window displays
the Preference section. You can
close or restore the Preference
section by clicking on the triangle on the main window right handle.
Click to close the
Preference panel
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Button
Function
Opens the Configuration window
Opens the Report window
Opens the Desktop Management Interface window
Opens the Peripheral Component Interconnect window
Opens the Windows Management Instrumentation window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the Preference section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle
turns red, as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to the
Monitor panels section for details.
Preference
You can customize the application using
the Preference section in the main window.
Click the box before each preference to
activate or deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor such as
fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large) and
rectangular (small). When you check the Enable Monitoring Panel option from the
Preference section, the monitor panels appear on your computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop,
click the arrow down button of the Scheme options, then select
another position from the list box. Click OK when finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using a magnetic effect. If
you want to detach a monitor panel from
the group, click the horseshoe magnet
icon. You can now move or reposition the
panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold value
You can adjust the sensor threshold
value in the monitor panel by
clicking the or buttons. You can
also adjust the threshold values
using the Config window.
You cannot adjust the sensor
threshold values in a small
monitoring panel.
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Click to
decrease
value
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower
than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the
WMI (Windows Management
Instrumentation) browser. This
browser displays various Windows®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display on
the right panel. Click the plus sign (+)
before WMI Information to display the
available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right corner
of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays various
desktop and system information.
Click the plus sign (+) before DMI
Information to display the available
information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the PCI
(Peripheral Component Interconnect)
browser. This browser provides
information on the PCI devices installed
on your system. Click the plus sign
(+) before the PCI Information item to
display available information.
Usage
The Usage browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk drive
space, and memory usage. Click
to display the Usage browser.
CPU usage
The CPU tab displays realtime CPU usage in line graph
representation. If the CPU has
an enabled Hyper­‑Threading,
two separate line graphs display
the operation of the two logical
processors.
Hard disk drive space usage
The Hard Disk tab displays the
used and available hard disk
drive space. The left panel of the
tab lists all logical drives. Click
a hard disk drive to display the
information on the right panel.
The pie chart at the bottom of
the window represents the used
(blue) and the available HDD
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both used
and available physical memory. The
pie chart at the bottom of the window
represents the used (blue) and the
available physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference. The Sensor/
Threshold tab enables you to activate the sensors or to adjust the sensor threshold
values. The Preference tab allows you to customize sensor alerts, or change the
temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values for
each sensor
Applies your
changes
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Cancels or
ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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5.3.5 ASUS AI Gear 2
ASUS AI Gear 2 provides four system performance options that allows you to
select the best performance setting for your computing needs. This easy-to-use
utility adjusts the processor frequency and vCore voltage to minimize system noise
and power consumption.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support CD, you can launch AI Gear 2 by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on your Windows OS taskbar and then click the
AI Gear 2 button on the AI Suite main window.
Shift the gear to the performance setting that you like.
Maximum
Performance
Medium
Performance
High
Performance
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5.3.6
ASUS AI Nap
This feature allows you to minimize the power consumption of your computer
whenever you are away. Enable this feature for minimum power consumption and
a more quiet system operation.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support CD, you can launch the utility by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows OS taskbar and click the AI Nap
button on the AI Suite main window.
Click Yes on the confirmation screen.
To exit AI Nap mode, press the system power or mouse button then click Yes on
the confirmation screen.
To switch the power button functions from AI Nap to shutting down, just right
click the AI Suite icon on the OS taskbar, select AI Nap and click Use power
button. Unclick the the item to switch the function back.
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5.3.7
ASUS Q-Fan 2
This ASUS Q-Fan 2 Control feature allows you to set the appropriate performance
level of the CPU Q-Fan 2 or the Chassis Q-Fan 2 for more efficient system
operation. After enabling the Q-Fan 2 function, the fans can be set to automatically
adjust depending on the temperature, to decrease fan speed, or to achieve the
maximum fan speed.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support CD, you can launch the utility by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows® OS taskbar and click the Q-Fan
2 button on the AI Suite maIn window.
Click the drop-down menu button and display the fan names. Select CPU Q-Fan 2
or CHASSIS Q-Fan 2. Click the box of Enable Q-Fan 2 to activate this function.
Enable Q-Fan 2 box
drop-down list
button
Profile list appears after clicking the Enable Q-Fan 2 box. Click the drop-down
list button and select a profile. Optimal mode makes the fans adjust speed
with the temperature; Silent mode minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation;
Performance mode boosts the fan to achieve maximal fan speed for the best
cooling effect.
click to display the dropdown list and select a
Q-Fan 2 mode
Click Apply at the bottom to save the setup.
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5.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the AMD® SB600 Southbridge RAID controller that
allows you to configure Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets. The motherboard
supports the following RAID configurations.
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write
data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a
single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone,
thus improving data access and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives
is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from one
drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software
directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of
the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data protection and
increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use two new drives or use an
existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be of the same
size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 0+1 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy
data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 0+1 configuration you get
all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk
drives or use an existing drive and three new drives for this setup. (For NF-590 SLI
only)
If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a RAID set,
copy first the RAID driver from the support CD to a floppy disk before you install
an operating system to a selected hard disk drive. Refer to section 5.6 Creating
a RAID driver disk for details.
5.4.1
Installing hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance,
install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
Refer to the RAID controllers user manual in the motherboard support CD for
detailed information on RAID configurations. See section 5.2.5 Manual menu.
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5.4.2
AMD® RAID configurations
The AMD® RAID controller supports RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1configurations.
You may also set the RAID configurations in Windows® OS after you have
installed the Serial ATA RAID driver. See section 5.2.4 Make Disk menu for
details.
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must set the RAID item in the BIOS Setup before you can create a RAID
set(s). To do this:
1. Boot up your computer, and press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS
setup.
2.
In the Main Menu, go to Storage Configuration, and set the OnChip SATA
Type item to [RAID].
3.
Press <F10> to save the changes and exit.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
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AMD® FastBuild™ Utility
To enter the AMD® FastBuild™ utility:
1. Boot up your computer.
2.
Press <Ctrl+F> during POST to display the main menu of the utility.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 AMD Technology, Inc.
[ Main Menu ]
View Drive Assignments........[1]
Define LD.....................[2]
Delete LD.....................[3]
Controller Configuration......[4]
[ Keys Available ]
Press 1..4 to Select Option
[ESC] Exit
The Main Menu above allows you to select an operation to perform. The Main
Menu options include:
View Drive Assignments - shows the status of the hard disk drives.
Define LD - creates a RAID 0, RAID 1, or RAID 0+1 configuration.
Delete LD - deletes a selected RAID set and partition.
Controller Configuration - Shows the system resources configuration.
Press <1>, <2>, <3>, or <4> to enter the option you need; press <ESC> to exit the
utility.
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Creating a RAID 0 configuration
To create a RAID 0 set:
1. In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the “Define LD” function.
2.
Press <Enter>, and the following screen appears.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 AMD Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
LD 1
RAID Mode
RAID 0
Total Drv
2
Strip Block:
64 KB Gigabyte Boundary: ON Channel:ID
Assignment
1:Mas
2:Mas
3:Mas
4:Mas
Fast Init: OFF
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Define LD Menu ]
Drive Model
Capacity (MB)
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
Y
Y
N
N
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y]Save
3.
Highlight the LD1 item and press <Space> to select RAID 0.
4.
Move to the Assignment item by using the down arrow key and set Y to any
two of the drives.
5.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to save the setting. The utility prompts the following
messages:
Press Ctrl-Y if you are sure to erase MBR! Press any other
key to ignore this option...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to erase MBR or press any key to continue.
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any other key
to use maxinum capacity...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to key in the desired capacity or press any key to continue.
6.
The utility displays the following screen.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 AMD Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
RAID Mode
RAID 0
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Total Drv
2
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Capacity(MB)
xxxxxx
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Status
Functional
----------------------
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
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[ESC]Exit
[Enter] Select
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Creating a RAID 1 configuration
To create a RAID 1 set:
1. In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the “Define LD” function.
2.
Press <Enter>, and the following screen appears.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 AMD Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
LD 1
RAID Mode
RAID 1
Total Drv
2
Strip Block:
64 KB Gigabyte Boundary: ON Channel:ID
Assignment
1:Mas
2:Mas
3:Mas
4:Mas
Fast Init: OFF
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Define LD Menu ]
Drive Model
Capacity (MB)
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
Y
Y
N
N
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y]Save
3.
Highlight the LD1 item and press <Space> to select RAID 1.
4.
Move to the Assignment item by using the down arrow key and set Y to any
two of the drives.
5.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to save the setting. The utility prompts the following
messages:
Press Ctrl-Y if you are sure to erase MBR! Press any other
key to ignore this option...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to erase MBR or press any key to continue.
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any other key
to use maxinum capacity...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to key in the desired capacity or press any key to continue.
6.
The utility displays the following screen.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 AMD Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
RAID Mode
RAID 1
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Total Drv
2
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Capacity(MB)
xxxxxx
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Status
Functional
----------------------
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
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[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
[Enter] Select
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Creating a RAID 0+1 configuration
To create a RAID 0+1 set:
1. In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the “Define LD” function.
2.
Press <Enter>, and the following screen appears.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 AMD Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
LD 1
RAID Mode
RAID 10
Total Drv
4
Strip Block:
64 KB Gigabyte Boundary: ON Channel:ID
Assignment
1:Mas
2:Mas
3:Mas
4:Mas
Fast Init: OFF
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Define LD Menu ]
Drive Model
Capacity (MB)
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
Y
Y
Y
Y
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y]Save
3.
Highlight the LD1 item and press <Space> to select RAID 10.
4.
Move to the Assignment item by using the down arrow key and set Y to any
four of the drives .
5.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to save the setting. The utility prompts the following
messages:
Press Ctrl-Y if you are sure to erase MBR! Press any other
key to ignore this option...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to erase MBR or press any key to continue.
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any other key
to use maxinum capacity...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to key in the desired capacity or press any key to continue.
6.
The utility displays the following screen.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 AMD Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
RAID Mode
RAID 10
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Total Drv
4
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Capacity(MB)
xxxxxx
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Status
Functional
----------------------
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
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Deleting a RAID configuration
To create a RAID set:
1. In the Main Menu, press <3> to enter the “Delete LD” function.
2.
Select the RAID item you want to delete and press <Del> or <Alt+D>.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 AMD Technology, Inc.
[ Delete LD Menu ]
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
No
1
2
3
4
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5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® XP/Vista
operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.
To create a RAID driver disk:
1. Boot your computer.
2.
Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3.
Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
5.
Insert the support CD into the optical drive.
6.
Press the any key when the system prompts “Press any key to boot from the
optical drive.” The following menu appears:
a) AMD RAID Driver Disk
b) Jmicron JM363 32 bit AHCI/RAID Driver Disk
c) Jmicron JM363 64 bit AHCI/RAID Driver Disk
d) FreeDOS command prompt
Please choose a ~ d:_
7.
Press <a> to create a RAID driver disk.
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Insert a formatted floppy disk into the floppy drive then press <Enter>.
9.
Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
1.
Start Windows® .
2.
Place the motherboard support CD into the optical drive.
3.
When the Drivers menu appears, click AMD Chipset Driver to create an AMD
RAID driver disk.
4.
Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
5.
Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
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Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
To install the RAID driver:
1.
During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to
install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2.
Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk
drive.
3.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
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