Advanced Socket
370 Motherboard
User’s Manual
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Compliance & Certificate
Compliance & Certificate
ISO 9001 Certificate:
This device was produced in our plant with advanced quality system certified by
DNV QA Ltd. in according to ISO 9001. This Certificate is va lid for:
CE Declaration:
CE marking is a visible declaration by the manufacturer or his authorized
representatives that the electrical equipment to which it relates satisfies all the
provisions of the 1994 Regulations.
FCC Compliance:
FCC stands for Federal Communications Commission.
This product complies with FCC Rules Part 15 and has been tested, and complied
with the EMI rules by a certified body. In normal operation, there shall be no harmful
interference caused by this device nor shall this device accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause und esired operation of this product.
Year 2000 Compliance:
This product is test to be qualified to bear the NSTL Year 2000 Compliant logo. Year
2000 problem is mainly a problem of computer software (OS), and the hardware issue.
With the support of BIOS on motherboard, the Y2K problem can be thoroughly
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Easy Installation
Easy Installation
Easy Installation Steps
The following “Easy Installation” steps are for users
accustomed to the assembly of a computer system. For
those individuals requiring more specific information,
please refer to the more detailed descriptions located within
the latter chapters of this manual.
Note: You must keep your power cable unplugged until the
following installation steps are completed.
Getting Started
Touch a grounded metal surface to release static electricity
stored in your body before unpacking your motherboard.
For details please refer to Precautio n section in Chapter 3.
Install the CPU by correctly aligning the CPU with the
socket 370 as noted in the motherboard diagram. Once
aligned, press down on the CPU gently but firmly and lock
it. Next, install the 3.3 volt un-buffered SDRAM into the
168 pin DIMM slots . Please see Sec. 3.4.
Plug in any peripheral card(s) that you want to be included
in the setup. Please see Sec. 3.5.
Plug in all cables included in the package except for the
power cord. Please see Sec. 3.6.
Please recheck all steps to ensure no mistakes have been
made and then plug in the power cord and turn on the
power to enter the BIOS setup, Chapter 4.
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Table of Contents
Declaration................................ ................................ ................................ ...... 2
Compliance & Certificate ................................ ................................ ................ 3
Easy Installation ................................ ................................ .............................. 4
1. Introduction................................ ................................ ................................ . 6
1.1 How To Use This Manual ................................ ................................ ........... 6
1.2 Check Your Device Items ................................ ................................ ........... 6
2. Features ................................ ................................ ................................ ...... 7
2.1 Features Of The Motherboard................................ ................................ ..... 7
3. Installation................................ ................................ ................................ ... 9
3.1 Motherboard Layout & Main Parts................................ ............................... 9
3.2 Connectors and Jumpers ................................ ................................ ..........12
3.3 CP U (Central Processing Unit) ................................ ................................ ..14
3.4 System Memory (DRAM)................................ ................................ ..........15
3.5 Expansion Slots................................ ................................ .......................17
3.6 Connectors, Headers, and Ports................................ ................................ 18
4. BIOS Setup ................................ ................................ ................................ .24
4.1 BIOS Setup ................................ ................................ .............................24
4.2 Main Setup Menu ................................ ................................ .....................25
4.3 General Configuration Menu ................................ ................................ ......27
4.4 Advanc ed Configuration Menu................................ ................................ ....29
4.5 System Specific Setup ................................ ................................ .............31
4.6 Primary IDE Drives ................................ ................................ ...................32
4.7 Secondar y IDE Drives................................ ................................ ...............34
4.8 Peripherals Setup Menu................................ ................................ ............ 36
4.9 Power Management Setup Menu ................................ ...............................38
4.10 PCI /PnP Configurations Menu................................ ................................ .40
4.11 Hardware Monitor ................................ ................................ ...................41
4.12 Restore Default Settings ................................ ................................ .........42
4.13 Exit ................................ ................................ ................................ .......42
5. Troubleshooting ................................ ................................ .........................43
5.1 General Troubleshooting Tips ................................ ................................ ....43
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1. Introduction
1.1 How To Use This Manual
This manual provides information necessary for
Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs) and home
users to build a ATX compatible system using Intel
Socket 370 CPU motherboard. Follow the installation
procedure presented on the Easy Installation Page and
refer to the section number following each step if you
require more detailed instructions.
1.2 Check Your Device Items
The standard package should contain the following
items. If you find any of these items be missing or
damaged, please contact your retailer.
Ø 1 RX815ELT motherboard
Ø 1 IDE ribbon cable (80 wire 40-pin)
Ø 1 floppy ribbon cable
Ø 1 CD with drivers for RX815ELT Motherboard and
user manual on PDF format.
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2. Features
2.1 Features Of The Motherboard
This product is based on the Micro ATX form factor. It features the advanced
multimedia function and provides support for business PC maker. This motherboard
incorporates Intel 815 chipset. Providing features such as integrated 2D/3D AGP VGA
controller with AGP In-Line Memory Module, Ultra DMA 33/66/100 IDE interface,
ACPI Power Management, 10/100Mbps LAN, USB connectivity, and soft sound support.
Single Intel Socket-370 mechanism for Intel Flip -Chip PGA Celeron or Intel Flip Chip PGA Pentium III Processor (Tualatin)
Supports 66/100/133 MHz FSB
Core Logic Chipset
Intel 815 Chipset includes GMCH (Graphics and Memory Controller Hub), ICH2
(I/O Controller Hub) and FWH (Firm Ware Hub)
System Memory
Three 168 -pin DIMM sockets up to 512MB (Memory type support 16x64
Supports up to 3 double sided DIMMs at 100MHz
Supports up to 3 single sided DIMMs or 2 double sided DIMMs at 133MHz
Graphics Support
230MHz RAMDAC; Integrated Hardwa re Motion Compensation (30 frames per
Desktop display modes up to 1600 x 1200 x 8 @ 75Hz refresh rate
GMCH with 4MB maximum display cache memory through AIMM (AGP In-Line
Memory Module)
1 VGA output port
External (2x/4x) AGP connector (AGP Specification 2.0 compatible)
PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
Two PCI Busmaster IDE Connectors (up to 4 IDE devices)
Supports Ultra DMA: 33MB/s, 66MB/s, and 100MB/s
LAN Support
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ICH2 integrated with LAN controller with 82562ET(10/100 Ethernet).
Integrated I/O
Winbond W83697HF LPC revision 1.0 super I/O controller
1 Parallel Port (SPP/ECP/EPP/ECP+EPP)
1 Serial Port (16C550 Fast UART Compatible – 115kbps)
1 PS/2 Mouse Port
1 PS/2 Keyboard Port
1 Floppy connector
4 Standard USB Ports (2 from the front connector an d 2 from the back ports)
3 Fan connectors
Hardware Monitor Capability (optional)
System BIOS
4Mb Flash device in FWH
PC-99 and PnP (Plug ‘n Play) compatible
Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface), and APM
(Advanced Power Management)
Sup ports to boot from CD-ROM, SCSI, IDE, FDD, ZIP, and LS-120
Green Features
Power Management APM version 1.2
Intelligent Power Management fully supported by Windows 2000 with On-Now
and supports all wake -up states (S1 thru S5)
WOL (Wake On LAN), WOR (Wake On Ring), Keyboard, Mouse, and USB
wake-up are supported.
Sound System
AC97 Revision v. 2.1 integrated in ICH2
3 Audio Phone Jacks (Line-Out, Line -In, Mic-In) and 1 MIDI/Game port
Includes one of each: Modem-In, CD -In, and Aux-In
Expansion Slots
1 AGP (2x/4x) slot (shared with AIMM)
3 PCI slots (PCI1 supports ATX Riser – optional)
1 Shared PCI/CNR slot.
This motherboard complies with the Micro ATX Form Factor specification, four
layers PCB with dimensions of 9.6” x 8.75”
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3. Installation
3.1 Motherboard Layout & Main Parts
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Significant Parts List
Expansion Slots
CPU Socket
System Memory
Expansion Slots
Refer to Sec. 3.3
Refer to Sec. 3.4
Refer to Sec. 3.5
Front Panel Connectors/Back Panel Ports
IrDA Connector (Part of Front Panel Header)
Sleep Connector (Part of Front Panel Header)
Power Switch Connector (Part of Front Panel Header)
Reset Switch Connector (Part of Front Panel Header)
HDD LED Connector (Part of Front Panel Header)
Power LED Connector (Part of Front Panel Header)
Keyboard/Mouse Ports
Printer/VGA/Serial Ports
Game/Sound Ports
Primary IDE Connector
Secondary IDE Connector
Floppy Connector
Power Connector
CD-In (CD -ROM) Connector
A u x-In (Auxiliary Li n e-In) Connector
WOL (Wake On LAN) Connector
WOR (Wake On Ring) Connector
SCSI LED Connector
Telephony Connector
CPU Fan Connector
FAN 2 Connector
FAN 3 Connector
Chassis Intrusion Connector
Front USB Connector
Mono Out Connector
Serial Port 2 Connector
Speaker Connection (Optional)
Refer to Sec. 3.6.1
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Precaution Before Start
Static Electricity Damage:
Static electricity can easily damage your motherboard.
Observing a few basic precautions can help safeguard against
damage that could result in expensive repairs. Follo w the simple
measures below to protect your equipment from static electricity
Keep the motherboard and other system components in their anti-static
packaging until you are ready to install them.
Touch a grounded surface before you remove any system component from its
protective anti-static packaging. Unpacking and installation should be done on
a grounded, anti-static mat. The operator should be wearing an anti-static
wristband, grounded at the same points as the anti-static mat.
After removing the motherboard from its original packaging, only place it on a
grounded, anti-static surface component side up. Immediately inspect the
board for damage. Due to shifting during shipping, it is suggested that the
installer press down on the entire socket ICs to ensure they are properly seated.
Do this only with the board placed on a firm flat surface.
During configuration and installation touch a grounded surface frequently to
discharge any static electrical charge that may have built up in your body. T he
best precaution is to wear a grounded wrist strap. Avoid touching the
components when handling the motherboard or a peripheral card. Handle the
motherboard and peripheral cards either by the edges or by the peripheral card
c a s e-mounting bracket.
Mispl aced Jumper Damage:
There are critical headers used for connectors or power sources.
These are clearly marked separately from the jumpers listed in
Motherboard Layout. Incorrect setting jumpers and connectors
may lead to damage to your motherboard. Please pay special
attention not to connect these headers in wrong directions
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3.2 Connectors and Jumpers
This motherboard requires jumper setting for some features. The following graphic
shows you how to set a proper jumper setting.
Note: In the following pages, the triangle s mark stands for pin 1 of the connector or
Connectors/Jumpers List
J1: Front USB Connector
J2: Front Panel Connector
J3: Primary IDE Connector
J4: Floppy Connector
J5: SCSI LED Connector
J6: Secondary IDE Connector
J7: Chassis Intrusion Connector
J8: Power Connector
J9: DIMM 3 Slot
J10: DIMM 2 Slot
J11: DIMM 1 Slot
J12: COM B Header
J13: CPU Fan Connector
J14: System Fan Connector
J15: WOR (Wake On Ring) Connector
J16: Socket 370
J17: WOL (Wake On LAN) Connector
J18: NI
J19: AGP Slot
J20: NI
J21: Chassis Fan Header
J22: PCI Slot 1
J23: PCI Slot 2
J24: PCI Slot 3
J25: Telephony Header (NI)
J26: CD-In Header (Black)
J28: Mono Out Connector
J29: Parallel Port
J30: MIDI / Game Port
J31: Mic In + Line In + Line Out
J32: AUX Line In
J33: USB 1, USB2, and LAN Ports
J34: COM A
J35: VGA Port
J36: Keyboard/ Mouse Ports
J37: LAN LED Header
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JP1: AC Power On
JP2: Clear CMOS/ Password
JP4: FWH Protection
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3.3 CPU (Central Processing Unit)
This motherboard supports a Flip -Chip PGA 370 Intel Celeron/Pentium III FC -PGA
family processor. To complete CPU installation, please install CPU to socket firmly,
presented in Sec. 3.3.1.
3.3.1 Install a CPU
Please follow the below steps to install your CPU.
Step 1:
Pull the handling bar of the socket upward to the other end to loosen the
socket’s openings.
Step 2:
Place the CPU on the middle of the socket, orienting its beveled corner to
line up with the socket’s beveled corne r. Make sure the pins of the CPU
fit evenly to the socket openings.
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3: Press the handling bar downward to fasten the CPU to the socket.
Warning: It is strongly recommended that a heatsink and CPU cooling fan be used to
prevent the CPU from overheating. Applying a thermal of jelly between the
CPU and the heatsink/fan will further cool the CPU.
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3.4 System Memory (DRAM)
3.4.1 DIMM (Dual Inline Memory Module)
The motherboard features three 168-pin DIMM sockets, share memory module. If
you have only one DIMM RAM, note that you must insert it into DIMM 1. You can
configure the system memory size from 16MB to 512MB/768MB in a variety of ways
by using different combinations of the three 168 -pin DIMMs.
3.4.2 Installation Procedure
Make sure Pin 1 of the DIMM match
with pin 1 of the DIMM socket.
Insert the DIMM module into the
DIMM socket vertically. After
inserting the DIMM module
completely into the socket, push up
on the socket latches securing the DIMM into place. If the pin 1 of the
DIMM module does not line up with pin 1 of the socket, the DIMM module
will not be inserted correctly into the socket.
Be careful not to misfit the DIMM into DIMM socket in wrong direction. This
module can be inserted into the socket only one way. To release the memory
module, push both latches down and carefully rock the module forward and
backward while slowly lifting it upward.
3.4.3 DIMM Combinations
Each DIMM socket can be inserted with 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, and
256MB. For example, the following figure shows you one way to insert your
Select DIMM 1: 32MB
DIMM 2: 16MB
DIMM 3: 64MB
Select 1 out of 5 Choices (16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, and 256MB) in DIMM 1.
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Then, repeat again in DIMM 2 for 6 choices (Empty, 16 MB, 32 MB, 64 MB, 128MB,
and 256MB) and repeat DIMM 3 same ways as DIMM 2 to go through your own
path. NOTE: If you are using double-sided PC-133 DIMM, you can only use DIMM 1
and DIMM 2.
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3.5 Expansion Slots
This motherboard contains 4 expansion slots. One AGP, one ATX Riser and two 32bit PCI expansion slots.
AGP Expansion Slot
The Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) is a high performance interconnect targeted at
3D graphical display applications and is based on a set of performance extensions or
enhancements to the PCI bus. (AGP interface specification Rev. 2.0 compliant.)
Note: The motherboard supports AGP 1X/2X/4X mode.
To install expansion cards, please read the expansion card’s documentation for
instructions and cautions.
PCI Riser Slot
This supports ATX Riser card through the PCI Riser connector. The PCI Riser card
specification defines a riser card that can be used with any board form-factor in the
ATX family to achieve a low-cost, low profile system design. With the addition of a
2x11 connector to a PCI connector on a standard ATX-family desktop board, the
board can be used in multiple system designs or with the riser card as a low-profile
desktop. This design reuses saves research and development time as well as
inventory costs.
Market trends indicate a continued need for space-constrained systems in corporate
application such as business client and point-o f-sale as well as new consumer
applications. The transition of low-profile designs from the LPX form factor to the
NLX form factor confirmed the market need for these low-profile systems. The intent
of this specification is to outline one possible approach to a cost-effective, low
profile desktop using commonly available form factor building blocks. The riser
specification allows the low -profile market to take advantage of the most popular of
form factors available: ATX.
PCI Expansion Slots
All PCI expansion slots accept PCI bus master cards and are fully supported by the
PCI 2.2 specification.
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3.6 Connectors, Headers, and Ports
This motherboard contains IDE, floppy, power connector, front panel, and additional
3.6.1 Primary IDE Connector (J3, 39-pin block, Black)
This connector supports two primary channel IDE devices as well as the LS120
floppy, Zip, CD -ROM, and DVD -ROM drives via a ribbon cable. When two IDE
devices are installed using the primary IDE connector, make sure that the second IDE
device is set to slave mode as indicated in the device’s manual.
3.6.2 Secondary IDE Connector (J6, 39-pin block, White)
This connector supports two secondary channel IDE devices as well as the LS120
floppy, Zip, CD -ROM, and DVD -ROM drives via a ribbon cable. When two IDE
devices are installed using the secondary IDE connector, make sure that the second
IDE device is adjusted to slave mode as indicated in the device’s manual.
When you connect a ribbon cable to these ports, you must orient the
cable connector so that the PIN 1 edge of the cable is at the PIN 1 edge
of the on -board connector.
3.6.3 Floppy Drive Connector (J4, 33-pin block)
The FDC sub-system can control three types of floppy drives (1.2, 1.44, and 2.88 MB)
and/or compatible tape drives. The floppy disk interface includes 48mA current
support and inputs on the drive interface.
3.6.4 ATX Power Connector (J8, 20-pin block)
This connector supports one standard ATX power supply. When connecting, make
sure the lock key matches the hook attached on a power supply cable. The power
cord should be unplugged when you connect it.
3.6.5 Front Panel Connectors (J2, 17-pin block)
Front Panel includes connectors for the following six I/O
connectors: Power Switch, Power LED, Reset, Sleep,
IrDA, and HDD LED.
IrDA Connector (Pins 9, 11, 13, 15, and 17)
The motherboard offers an IrDA infrared connector that supports third party infrared
modules. The case must reserve space for the IR module if you want to use the IrDA
function. This option supports wireless transmission and reception of infrared data.
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The module mounts in a small opening on the system case that supports this feature.
The efficient distance is 100cm and the transfer rate is 115,200 b its/s.
Reset Switch Connector (Pins 5, and 7)
This connector supports the front panel case-mounted reset button. It is advised
that the reset switch be used for rebooting the system in order to extend the life of
the system’s power supply.
HDD LED Connector (Pins 1, and 3)
The motherboard supports one 2 -pin connector for connecting to front Panel Hard
Disk activity LED indicator.
Sleep Switch Connector (Pins 10, and 12)
When the APM (Advanced Power Management) feature is enabled in the system
BIOS and the operating system’s APM driver is loaded, the system can enter the
sleep (standby) mode in one of the following ways:
Optional front panel sleep/resume button
Prolonged system inactivity using the BIOS inactivity timer feature
The 2-pin connector supports a front panel sleep/resume switch, which must be a
momentary SPST type that is normally open
Power Switch Connector (Pins 6, and 8)
This connector supports the ATX case-mounted Power Switch, which in turn
supports System Suspend function. When the BIOS sets the Power Button function
to “Suspend”, the system can be set to the suspended mode once you push the
power switch for no longer than 4 seconds. If the power switch is pushed down for
over 4 seconds, the system will be totally powered off. When this BI OS setting sets
to “Instant-off”, then Power Switch function work as a regular power switch.
Power LED Connector (Pins 2, and 4)
This connector can be connected to a 2-color LED that will light yellow or green
when the computer is in “Suspend” or “Normal” operation.
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3.6.6 Back Panel Connectors
PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Ports (J36)
The motherboard offers 1 PS/2 Keyboard Port and 1 PS/2 Mouse Port.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) Ports and LAN (Local Area Network) Port (J33) The
motherboard has two USB ports and a LAN port (optional). USB devices provide a more
convenient operating environment and improve data transferring capacity. True Plug
& Play. This new bus technology will support over 127 different peripherals through a
hub. This also supports combination of both low and high speed devices (version 1.1)
The LAN port (optional) (using RJ -45) provided to hook the system up on a local
network or with a DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), or a Cable modem internet boxes.
Parallel Port (J29)
The motherboard includes a parallel port (SPP, EPP, and ECP compatible). The
parallel port is capable of being disabled or remapped to either the secondary LPT
address or the primary LPT address through BIOS if another parallel port is installed.
Serial Port (J34)
The motherboard has one serial port. The electrical characteristics are compliant with
the EIA -232-D Serial Communications Specifications. The serial port may be disabled
through the BIOS.
Sound Ports (J31)
The motherboard also provides external so und system through an user accessible
stereo jack connector soldered to the PWA. This jack allow the connection of selfamplified speakers, Line -In voice input and Mic-In voice input.
VGA Port (J35)
This product integrates the AGP function via a VGA port. The monitor hooks up
Game/MIDI Port (J30)
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The motherboard integrates a Game/MIDI port. This port can let you plug a joystick
or a MIDI device.
3.6.7 Additional Connectors and Headers
Front USB Connector (J1, 9 -pin)
The motherboard offers you to hook up front USB ports via chassis. It is always
Clear Password Header (JP2, 3-pin)
To clear CMOS. By closing JP6, pins 1 and 2 will clear the CMOS. Under the normal
operation, leave JP6, pins 2 and 3 closed.
WOR (Wake On Ring) Connector (J15, 2-pin)
This connector is used for resuming from either the APM sleep mode or the ACPI S1
state. It requires only one call to access the computer. In addition, it detects
incoming call similarly for external and internal modems. It also requires modem
interrupt to be unmasked for correct operation.
WOL (Wake On LAN) Connector (J17, 3-pin)
This connector is used for remote wakeup of the computer through a network. WOL
requires a PCI add -in network interface card (NIC) with remote wakeup capabilities.
The remote wakeup connector on the NIC must be connected to the onboard WOL
connector. For Wake on LAN, the 5 -V standby line for the power supply must be
capable of delivering 5V at 720mA.
Chassis Intrusion Connector (J7, 2-pin)
This connector is for a chassis designed for chassis intrusion detection. Aftermarket toggle switches may also be installed to the chassis panel or on any
removable components. Two wires should be available from the chassis to connect
to this connector. When any chassis component is removed, the contact should
open and the motherboard will record a chassis intrusion event. The event can then
be processed by software such as LDCM.
FAN 2 Connector (J21, 3-pin)
This connector is used for chassis fan or power fan if needed.
FAN 3 Connector (J14, 3-pin)
This connector is used for chassis fan or power fan if needed.
Serial Port 2 Connector (J12, 9-pin)
This connector is for second serial port.
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CPU Fan Connector (J13, 3-pin)
The CPU may have an attached heatsink and fan; connect the CPU fan assembly
power to this connector.
CD-In Connector (J26, 4-pin, Black)
A connector is available for audio input from CD -ROM drives.
Aux-In Connector (J32, 4-pin, White)
A c c e s s t h e A u x-In connection for audio input from the auxiliary devices.
Telephony Connector (J25, 4-pin, Green)
Access the Telephony connection for audio input from the modem.
BIOS Lock Header (JP4, 3-pin)
When enabled, the BIOS will be locked.
Safe Speed Header (JP3, 3-pin)
Forces the CPU to run at slowest speed in case of bad configuratio n preventing a
b o o t-up.
SCSI LED Connector (J5, 2 -pin)
This header is used for a front panel LED to give SCSI HDD Busy Signal (this will
work only if SCSI adapter card and at least one SCSI drive is installed.)
Speaker Connector (, 4-pin, Optional)
For ext ernal system speaker connection.
Mono Out Connector (J28, 2-pin)
For mono out connection.
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Are You Ready To Turn On The System?
Check Again
Is the CPU installed exactly and firmly into the socket (Sec. 3.3)?
Are all the DRAM modules installed properly (Sec. 3.4)?
Are all the add-in peripheral seated and configured properly (Sec. 3.5)?
Are you sure that all the connectors (described in Sec. 3.6) have been connected
to their related devices (Sec. 3.6)?
Yes, I have checked and assured the above steps!
Now get ready to turn on your device by following the steps below.
Mount your motherboard to the chassis frame and close the case cover.
Connect the power supply cord into inlet of the system case.
Connect the power supply cord into an outlet of power supply.
Con nect Monitor signal cable to the system VGA port and the monitor power
cord to power outlet.
Now turn on the monitor and system power.
After Power On, the power LED on the front panel of the system case will light. For
ATX power supplies, the system LED will light when the ATX power switch is
The system will then do a power-o n-self-test, and additional messages will appear on
screen. If the screen blinks or the tests stop more than 30 seconds, the system may
have failed the power-o n -self-test. If so, please recheck the above steps or call your
retailer for assistance.
If the power-o n-self-test goes well, hold down <F2> key on the keyboard to enter
BIOS Setup. Next, follow the instructions in the next chapter: BIOS SETUP.
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4. BIOS Setup
The moth erboard uses Whizpro BIOS, stored in a flash EEPROM. All of the configuration
information stored in the CMOS.
4.1 BIOS Setup
The Whizpro BIOS is immediately activated when you first turn on the computer.
The BIOS reads system configuration information in CMOS RAM and begins the
process of checking the system and configuring it through the Power-On -Self-Test
(POST). When these preliminaries are finished, the BIOS seek an operation system
on the data storage devices (hard drive, floppy drive, etc.). The BIOS launches the
operating system and hands over control of system operation to it.
To start Setup, press the <F2> key during boot-up before or while a message similar
to this appears briefly at the bottom of the screen during the POST: Press <F2> key if
you want to enter SETUP
If the above message disappears before you have responded and you still wish to
enter Setup, reboot the system to try again by pressing the “RESET” button on the
system case. You may also restart by simultaneously pressing the <CTRL>, <ALT>
and <DEL> keys.
4.1.1 Setup Keys
The keys below help you navigate in Setup.
<↑> , <↓>
<←> , <→>
Move to previous or next item.
Change selection.
Main Menu – Quit and Exit CMOS.
Other Pages – Exit current page and return to Main Menu .
<PgUp> / <+>
Increase the numeric value or make changes.
<PgDn> / <−>
Decrease the numeric value or make changes.
Enter to the selected Manu.
Load default CMOS settings.
Save all the CMOS changes, only for Main Menu.
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4.2 Main Setup Menu
When you enter the Whizpro BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, a Main Menu appears on
the screen. The Main Menu allows you to select from several Setup functions and
two exit choices. Use the arrow keys to select among the items and press <ENTER>
key to enter the sub -menu.
A brief description of each highlighted selection appears at the bottom of the screen.
Following is a brief summary of each Setup category.
System Information
General Con figuration
Advanced Configuration
System Specific Setup
Primary IDE Drivers
Secondary IDE Drives
Power Management
Hardware Monitor
System Device Information
Options in the original PC AT-compatible BIOS.
Options specific to system onboard chipset and
Select PCI and DIMM clock Signals
Setup IDE Device & Hard Disk Geometry Data.
Setup IDE Device & Hard Disk Geometry Data.
Enable or Disable On -board peripherals devices.
Display the fan speed and voltage for your system.
PnP OS flag, PnP configure date, ISA memory & IRQ
Display the voltage & temperature of your CPU and
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Restore Default Settings
Setup defaults that are factory settings for optimal
performance system operations.
Save CMOS settings & Exit, Discard changes & Exit.
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4.3 General Configuration Menu
In the Standard CMOS Menu, you can set the system clock and calendar, record disk
drive parameters and the video subsystem type, and select the type of errors that
stop the BIOS POST.
4.3.1 Date
The BIOS determines the day of the week from the other date information. This field
is for information only. Press the left or right arrow key to move to the desired field
(date, month, year). Press <PgUp> or <PgDn> key to increment the setting, or type
the desired value into the field.
4.3.2 Time
The time format is based on the 24-hour military -time clock. For example, 1 p.m. is
13:00:00. Press the left or right arrow key to move to the desired field. Press the
<PgUp> or <PgDn> key to increment the setting, or type the desired value into the
4.3.3 Drive A/B type
Select the correct specifications for the diskette drive(s) installed in the computer.
No diskette drive installed.
360K, 5.25 in
5-1/4 inch AT-type standard drive; 360 kilobyte capacity.
1.2M, 5.25 in
5-1/4 inch AT-type high -density drive; 1.2 megabyte capacity.
720K, 3.5 in
3-1/2 inch double -sided drive; 720 kilobyte capacity.
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1.44M, 3.5 in
3-1/2 inch double -sided drive; 1.44 megabyte capacity.
2.88M, 3. 5 in
3-1/2 inch double -sided drive; 2.88 megabyte capacity.
4.3.4 First Boot Device
This option sets the type of device for the first boot drives that the BIOS attempts to
boot from after BIOS Post completes.
4.3.5 Second Boot Device
This option sets the type of device for the second boot drives that the BIOS attempts
to boot from after BIOS Post completes.
4.3.6 Third Boot Device
This option sets the type of device for the third boot drives that the BIOS attempts to
boot from after BIOS Post completes.
4.3.7 Fourth Boot Device
This option sets the type of device for the third boot drives that the BIOS attempts to
boot from after BIOS Post completes.
4.3.8 Power Up NumLock
Toggle between “On” or “Off” to control the state of the NumLock key when the
system boots. When toggled on, the numeric keypad generates numbers instead of
controlling cursor operations.
4.3.9 Select Primary VGA
Select Primary display type.
4.3.10 Boot Sector Protection
When enabled, you receive a warning message if a program (specifically a virus)
attempts to write to the boot sector or the partition table of the hard disk drive. You
should then run an anti-virus program. Keep in mind that this feature protects only
the boot sector, not the entire hard drive.
NOTE: Many disk diagnostic programs that access the boot sector table can trigger
the virus -warning message. If you plan to run such a program, we recommend that
you first disable the virus warning.
4.3.11 Password Required on
Enable Password protection to system setup.
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4.4 Advanced Configuration Menu
These screens contain industry-standard options additional to the core PC AT BIOS.
This section describes all fields offered by Whizpro Software in this screen. Some
fields may vary from those in your Setup program. Your system builder may omit or
modify some fields.
4.4.1 IDE Drive Delay
Configure IDE drive delay. Default Disable
4.4.2 Multi-sector Transfer
Configure Multi-sector transfer. Default Disable.
4.4.3 Quick Memory Test
Select enable allow system to skip extensive memory test during POST.
4.4.4 Video BIOS Cacheable
Select Enabled allows caching of the Video RAM, resulting in better system
performance. However, if any program writes to this memory area, a system error may
4.4.5 C800-CFFF Shadow
These options specify how the ROM at C000h copy to RAM, enable will allow the
ROM area from C800-CFFF copy to RAM.
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4.4.6 D000-D7FF Shadow
These options specify how the ROM at D000h copy to RAM, enable will allow the
ROM area from D000 -D7FF copy to RAM.
4.4.11 D800-DFFF Shadow
These options specify how the ROM at D800h copy to RAM, enable will allow the
ROM area from D000 -DFFF copy to RAM.
4.4.12 Typematic Rate Setting
When disabled, the following two items (Typematic Rate and Typematic Delay) are
irrelevant. Keystrokes repeat at a rate determined by the keyboard controller in your
system. When enabled, you can select a typematic rate and typematic delay.
4.4.13 Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
When the typematic rate setting is enabled, you can select a typematic rate (the rate
at which character repeats when you hold down a key) of 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 24, or 30
characters per second.
4.4.14 Typematic Delay (Msec)
When the typematic rate setting is enabled, you can select a typematic delay (the
delay before keystrokes begin to repeat) of 250, 500, 750 or 1000 milliseconds.
4.4.15 Onboard LAN Controller
Enable allow Onboard LAN function to be enable.
4.4.16 LAN Boot ROM
Enable allow a Boot on LAN ROM to be enable.
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4.5 System Specific Setup
4.5.1 Auto DIMM and PCI Clock
Enable will disconnect clock signals that go to unused DIMMs and PCI slots.
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4.6 Primary IDE Drives
4.6.1 Primary Master
Select Auto BIOS will detects if a drive is installed and its CHS parameters. If Manual
is select, CHS parameters needs to be insert manually. Select None for no IDE drive
Drive Type:
No IDE drive is installed
Enter drive CHS parameters
BIOS detects if a drive is installed and its CHS parameters
BIOS check if the drive supports LBA mode, if so LBA mode is
enable and used, otherwise CHS mode is use
Enter drive Cylinder , Head, Sector manually.
Configure PIO or UDMA modes of the IDE device.
4.6.2 Primary Slave
Select Auto BIOS will detects if a drive is installed and its CHS parameters. If Manual
is select, CHS parameters needs to be insert manually. Select None for no IDE drive
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See description above for available options.
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4.7 Secondary IDE Drives
4.7.1 Secondary Master
Select Auto BIOS will detects if a drive is installed and its CHS parameters. If Manual
is select, CHS parameters needs to be manually insert. Select None for no IDE drive
Drive Type:
No IDE drive is installed
Enter drive CHS parameters
BIOS detects if a drive is installed and its CHS parameters
BIOS check if the drive supports LBA mode, if so LBA mode is
enable and used, othe rwise CHS mode is use
Enter drive Cylinder, Head, Sector manually.
Configure PIO or UDMA modes of the IDE device.
4.7.2 Secondary Slave
Select Auto BIOS will detects if a drive is installed and its CHS parameters. If Manual
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is select, CHS parameters needs to be manually insert. Select None for no IDE drive
See description above for available options.
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4.8 Peripherals Setup Menu
4.8.1 Floppy Controller
Set this option to enable to invoke the floppy drive controller on the motherboard.
4.8.2 Primary IDE
Set this option to enable to invoke the Primary IDE channel on the motherboard.
4.8.3 Secondary IDE
Set this option to enable to invoke the Secondary IDE channel on the motherboard.
4.8.4 Serial Port 1
This optio n allows to set serial port configuration.
Automatic configuration
Set to I/O address 3F8 IRQ4
Set to I/O address 2F8 IRQ3
Set to I/O address 3E8 IRQ4
Set to I/O address 2E8 IRQ3
4.8.5 Serial Port 2
This o ption allows to set serial port configuration.
Automatic configuration
Set to I/O address 3F8 IRQ4
Set to I/O address 2F8 IRQ3
Set to I/O address 3E8 IRQ4
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Set to I/O address 2E8 IRQ3
Select allow to set UART mode or IRDA mode.
4.8.6 Parallel Port
This option allows to set parallel port configuration.
278 IRQ5
378 IRQ5
The parallel port can be used with devices that adhere to Standard (SPP) or Enhanced
Parallel port (EPP) specification. EPP uses the existing parallel port signals to provide
asymmetric bi- directional data transfer driven by the host device. It als o can be used
with devices that adhere to the Extended Capabilities Port (ECP) specification. ECP
uses the DMA protocol to achieve data transfer rates up to 2.5 megabits per second.
ECP provides symmetric bi-directional communication.
This option is only available if the setting for the parallel port option is ECP. This
option sets the DMA channel used by the parallel port, option available are 1 or 3.
4.8.7 Onboard USB Controller
This option allows enabling Rear USB, Font USB or Both.
4.8.8 USB Legacy Support
This option allows enable or disable USB legacy device support.
4.8.9 AC97 Audio
This option allows enable or disable onboard AC97 audio device.
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4.9 Power Management Setup Menu
The Power Management Setup allows you to configure your syste m to most
effectively save energy while operating in a manner consistent with your own style
of computer use.
4.9.1 Power Management
No power management.
Allows operating system to use APM (Advan ced Power
Management) mode for power management.
ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) evolves
the existing motherboard configuration interfaces to support
these advanced architectures in a more robust, and potentially
more efficient manner.
Allows operating system to use either APM or ACPI mode for
power management
4.9.2 Suspend Type
Set ACPI Suspend type to S1 or S3. The choices are: S1 (POS), and S3 (STR).
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4.9.3 S3 Video Init
Perform S3 initialization during S3 (STR) resume.
4.9.4 Stand- by Timer
Set system inactivity time period before BIOS enters the system into stand-by state
in APM mode.
4.9.5 Suspend Timer
Set system inactivity time period before BIOS enters the system into suspend state in
APM mode.
4.9.6 Hard Disk Power Down
Set system inactivity time period before BIOS shutdown IDE drive in APM mode.
4.9.7 Video Off
Set system inactivity time period before BIOS turn off video in APM mode.
4.9.8 Power Button
In case of computer being “hung”: Instant-Off allows the power button to shut down
the system instantly by the push of the button; Delay 4 Sec. allows the power button
to shut down the system after holding the button for 4 seconds.
4.9.9 MODEM Uses IRQ
Determines which IRQ the MODEM can use. The choices are: 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, and
4.9.10 PWRON After PWR-Fail
Sets PWRON After PWR-Fail as Last State, on, or off.
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4.10 PCI /PnP Configurations Menu
4.10.1 PnP OS Installed
Set this option to “Yes” to inform BIOS the operating system can handle plug and
play (PnP) devices.
4.10.2 Reset Configure Data
Select Enabled to reset Extended System Configuration Date (ESCD) when you exit
Setup if you have installed a new add-on and the system reconfiguration has caused
such a serious conflic t that the operating system cannot boot.
4.10.3 PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
Some display cards that are not standard VGA card such as graphics accelerators or
MPEG cards may not show the correct colors. This setting can correct this problem
once you set it to enable. To default setting, leaves at Disabled.
4.10.4 Reserved ISA Memory Device
Select “Yes” will enable that ISA memory address space reserved.
4.10.5 Reserved IRQ To ISA Space
Select “Yes” will enable that IRQ to ISA space reserved.
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4.11 Hardware Monitor
4.11.1 CPU Voltage
Display current CPU Vcore voltage.
4.11.2 FSB Voltage
Display current FSB voltage.
4.11.3 3.3 Volt
Display current 3.3 volt.
4.11.4 5.0 Volt
Display current 5 volt.
4.11.5 12 Volt
Display current 12 volt.
4.11.6 -12 Volt
Display current -12 volt.
4.11.7 CPU FAN Rotation
Display current CPU FAN speed on Rotations per minutes (RPM).
4.11.8 CPU Temperature
Display current CPU temperature.
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4.11.9 System Temperature
Display current system temperature.
4.12 Restore Default Settings
4.12.1 Restore Manufacture Settings
Restore manufacture settings to recover the optimum settings for the original
manufacture configuration.
4.11.2 Restore Fail-Safe Settings
Load Fail-Safe settings when you can not boot the system to operating system after
change/ add/ remove hardware parts or peripherals.
4.13 Exit
Options are Save CMOS and Exit, Discard Change and Exit, Back to Setup.
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5. Troubleshooting
5.1 General Troubleshooting Tips
Is your system properly assembled and configured?
a . Make sure the BIOS setup is set to default/optimal settings. Pressing
<F2> or <DEL> key to enter the setup, select Default or Optimal settings,
then save and exit the setup.
b . For Windows 2000, that requires ACPI support, make s ure your BIOS is of
the latest revision (Some EOL boards will not support it at all).
c . Is your board jumper are set according to the manual/”Jumpers” in the
d . Is all or any of your peripherals seated properly, that includes CPU,
memory, video card, e tc… You may even want to try re -seating them.
e . Is your power supply switched on for those have an on/off switch on the
back of the power supply and plugged in. Is your power supply set for
proper voltage (115 or 120 for US, 220 or 230 for Europe)? For Eu rope, if
your power supply is set at 115 or 120 and accidentally plugged with 220
or 230 volt power outlet, your system may be already damaged, in that
case, consult your vendor.
f. Some problems and/or conflict can be resolved as simple as by flashing
the BI OS with the latest version downloadable from our website.
Is there any conflict with hardware and/or drivers?
a . Make sure your BIOS setup is in default settings.
b . Make sure the drivers for the installed peripherals that you have are the
latest version.
c . Windows may have some old lingering drivers from an old setup and/or
an old motherboard you upgraded from. These older drivers may be
causing problems and/or conflicts in your system. The best step is to
back up your data and re -install Windows on clean drive. WARNING:
Only experienced people should do this as data loss may be possible.
Have you verified all of your system components for functionality?
a . If you have problem running your system, and unsure of which
component is at fault, please do a component ins pection:
i. CPU
ii. Memory
iii. Hard Drive
iv. Video Card (if the motherboard does not equip with onboard
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You may
and/or to
Sound Card (if the motherboard does not equip with onboard
vi. Network Card (if the motherboard does not equip with onboard
vii. Modem Card and/or AMR
viii. SCSI Card (if the motherboard does not equip with onboard
ix. Any other peripherals
If you have extra peripherals or components, please do some swapping at
a bare setup to narrow down the fault.
If the fault is the motherboard and you are certain of it and with all
exhaustive attempts to get it to work even at bare minimum and with
slowest speed setup, then it may require a repair or a replacement. You
can get it repaired or replaced for free if within warranty of your reseller
and/or BCM’s. Check your reseller for the warranty and exchange
policies. Please note that BCM DO NOT BACK reseller’s warranty if it
EXCEEDS BCM’s current warranty policy which is one year from the date
of manufacture and the board is PAST BCM’s warranty period. If your
reseller is out of business or no longer in service, then the BCM’s
warranty policy applies. Please also note that if the reseller is still in the
business, BCM will IGNORE ALL RMA requests associated with this
reseller. First: To determine how old your board is: Look for the label
matches to this 14 digits barcode. The break-up of 14 digits barcode is:
First Set – 5 digits = Part Number; Second Set – 2 digits = Year (98 = 1998,
00 = 2000, and so forth); Third Set – 2 digits = Week (45 = 45 th week of that
year); Forth Set – 5 digits = Serial Number. You will need to determine the
age of the board yourself.
wish to go into discussion board to submit your statement or request
read other people’s input that may be of some help to you, please go to: >> Support >> Discussion Board
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