RS720-X7/RS8
2U Rackmount Server
User Guide
E7388
First Edition
April 2012
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Contents
Notices......................................................................................................... vii
Safety information..................................................................................... viii
About this guide.......................................................................................... ix
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.2
1.3
Product introduction
System package contents............................................................ 1-2
Serial number label....................................................................... 1-2
System specifications.................................................................. 1-3
1.4
Front panel features...................................................................... 1-5
1.6
Internal features............................................................................ 1-7
1.5
1.7
Rear panel features....................................................................... 1-6
LED information............................................................................ 1-8
1.7.1
Front panel LEDs............................................................. 1-8
1.7.3
HDD status LED............................................................... 1-9
1.7.2
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.5
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-3
2.2.1
2.2.2
2.7
2.8
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-3
Installing the CPU heatsink.............................................. 2-8
System memory............................................................................ 2-9
2.3.1
Overview.......................................................................... 2-9
2.3.3
Installing a DIMM............................................................2-11
Memory Configurations.................................................... 2-9
Hard disk drives.......................................................................... 2-12
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-14
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-14
2.5.3
PCI Express x16 slot (x16 link)...................................... 2-16
2.5.2
2.6
Hardware setup
Chassis cover................................................................................ 2-2
2.3.2
2.4
LAN (RJ-45) LEDs........................................................... 1-8
2.5.4
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-15
PCI Express x8 slot (x8 link).......................................... 2-16
Cable connections...................................................................... 2-17
SATA/SAS backplane cabling.................................................... 2-18
Removable/optional components.............................................. 2-19
2.8.1
System fans................................................................... 2-19
2.8.3
Installing ASUS PIKE RAID card (optional)................... 2-21
2.8.2
Redundant power supply module.................................. 2-20
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Contents
Chapter 3:
3.1
Installing friction rail kit items..................................................... 3-2
3.1.1
3.1.2
Chapter 4:
Attaching the fixing latches to the server......................... 3-2
Mounting the server to the rack....................................... 3-5
Motherboard Info
4.1
Motherboard layout....................................................................... 4-2
4.3
Internal connectors....................................................................... 4-8
4.2
4.4
Jumpers......................................................................................... 4-4
Internal LEDs............................................................................... 4-19
Chapter 5:
5.1
5.2
5.1.1
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 5-2
5.1.3
BUPDATER utility............................................................ 5-4
5.2.1
BIOS menu screen........................................................... 5-7
5.2.3
Menu items...................................................................... 5-8
5.2.4
5.2.5
5.2.6
5.2.7
5.2.8
5.4
ASUS EZ Flash Utility...................................................... 5-3
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 5-6
5.2.2
5.3
BIOS setup
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 5-2
5.1.2
5.2.9
Menu bar.......................................................................... 5-7
Submenu items................................................................ 5-8
Navigation keys................................................................ 5-8
General help.................................................................... 5-8
Configuration fields.......................................................... 5-8
Pop-up window................................................................ 5-8
Scroll bar.......................................................................... 5-8
Main menu..................................................................................... 5-9
5.3.1
5.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx].......................................... 5-9
System Time [xx:xx:xx].................................................... 5-9
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 5-10
5.4.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 5-10
5.4.3
Chipset Configuration.................................................... 5-14
5.4.2
5.4.4
5.4.5
5.4.6
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Installation options
CPU Power Management Configuration........................ 5-12
PCH SATA Configuration............................................... 5-20
PCH SCU Configuration................................................ 5-21
PCI Subsystem Settings................................................ 5-22
Contents
5.4.7
Intel TXT(LT-SX) Configuration...................................... 5-25
5.4.9
Trusted Computing......................................................... 5-27
5.4.8
5.4.10
5.4.11
5.4.12
5.4.13
5.4.14
5.4.15
5.4.16
5.5
5.6
5.7
5.8
5.9
5.10
5.11
5.4.17
5.5.1
5.5.2
WHEA Configuration...................................................... 5-28
APM setting.................................................................... 5-29
Serial Port Console Redirection..................................... 5-30
Onboard LAN Configuration........................................... 5-33
ME Subsystem............................................................... 5-34
Legacy Devices Configuration....................................... 5-34
Runtime Error Logging................................................... 5-35
System Event Log.......................................................... 5-37
BMC network configuration............................................ 5-38
Event Logs menu........................................................................ 5-39
5.6.1
Change Smbios Event Log Settings.............................. 5-39
Boot menu................................................................................... 5-41
Monitor menu.............................................................................. 5-43
Security menu............................................................................. 5-44
Tool menu.................................................................................... 5-45
Exit menu..................................................................................... 5-46
RAID configuration
Setting up RAID............................................................................. 6-2
6.1.1
RAID definitions............................................................... 6-2
6.1.3
RAID controller selection................................................. 6-3
6.1.2
6.2
ACPI Settings................................................................. 5-28
Server Mgmt menu...................................................................... 5-36
Chapter 6:
6.1
USB Configuration......................................................... 5-26
6.1.4
Installing hard disk drives................................................. 6-2
Setting the RAID item in BIOS......................................... 6-3
LSI Software RAID Configuration Utility..................................... 6-4
6.2.1
Creating a RAID set......................................................... 6-5
6.2.3
Initializing the virtual drives............................................ 6-12
6.2.2
6.2.4
6.2.5
6.2.6
Adding or viewing a RAID configuration.........................6-11
Rebuilding failed drives.................................................. 6-16
Checking the drives for data consistency...................... 6-18
Deleting a RAID configuration........................................ 6-21
Contents
6.2.7
6.2.8
Selecting the boot drive from a RAID set....................... 6-22
Enabling WriteCache..................................................... 6-23
6.3Intel Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM Utility.............. 6-24
®
6.3.1
Creating a RAID set....................................................... 6-25
6.3.3
Deleting a RAID set....................................................... 6-28
6.3.2
6.3.4
6.3.5
6.3.6
6.3.7
6.3.8
Chapter 7:
7.1
Creating a Recovery set................................................ 6-26
Resetting disks to Non-RAID......................................... 6-29
Recovery Volume Options............................................. 6-30
Exiting the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology utility......... 6-31
Rebuilding the RAID...................................................... 6-31
Setting the Boot array in the BIOS Setup Utility............. 6-33
Driver installation
RAID driver installation................................................................ 7-2
7.1.1
7.1.2
Creating a RAID driver disk............................................. 7-2
Installing the RAID controller driver................................. 7-5
7.2Intel® chipset device software installation................................ 7-15
7.3Intel@ Network Connections Software installation.................. 7-18
7.4
VGA driver installation............................................................... 7-21
7.5Intel® C600 Series Chipset SCU SATA RAID Drivers................ 7-24
7.6Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0 installation.. 7-25
7.7Intel® WG82574L Gigabit Adapters Driver installation............. 7-28
7.8
Management applications and utilitiesinstallation.................. 7-32
7.8.1
Running the support DVD.............................................. 7-32
7.8.3
Utilities menu................................................................. 7-33
7.8.2
7.8.4
7.8.5
Drivers menu.................................................................. 7-32
Make disk menu............................................................. 7-33
Contact information........................................................ 7-33
ASUS contact information........................................................................A-1
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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.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
•
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
WARNING! 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 A limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This Class A digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
REACH Information
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction
of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we publish the chemical substances in our
products at ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/english/REACH.htm.
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Safety information
Electrical Safety
•
•
•
•
Before installing or removing signal cables, ensure that the power cables for
the system unit and all attached devices are unplugged.
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
When adding or removing any additional 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.
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified
service technician or your dealer.
Operation Safety
•
•
•
•
•
Any mechanical operation on this server must be conducted by certified or
experienced engineers.
Before operating the server, carefully read all the manuals included with the
server package.
Before using the server, ensure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If any damage is detected, contact your dealer
as soon as possible.
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Place the server on a stable
surface.
This product is equipped with a three-wire power cable and plug for the user’s
safety. Use the power cable with a properly grounded electrical outlet to avoid
electrical shock.
Lithium-Ion Battery Warning
CAUTION! Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace
only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.
Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
CD-ROM Drive Safety Warning
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
Heavy System
CAUTION! This server system is heavy. Ask for assistance when moving or
carrying the system.
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DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed
to enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled
bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be
placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not
be placed in municipal waste.
About this guide
Audience
This user guide is intended for system integrators, and experienced users with at
least basic knowledge of configuring a server.
Contents
This guide contains the following parts:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
This chapter describes the general features of the server, including sections
on front panel and rear panel specifications.
Chapter 2: Hardware setup
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform
when installing or removing system components.
Chapter 3: Installation options
This chapter describes how to install optional components into the barebone
server.
Chapter 4: Motherboard information
This chapter gives information about the motherboard that comes with the
server. This chapter includes the motherboard layout, jumper settings, and
connector locations.
Chapter 5: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus and describes the BIOS parameters.
Chapter 6: RAID configuration
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
Chapter 7: Driver installation
This chapter provides instructions for installing the necessary drivers for
different system components.
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Conventions
To ensure 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 <Key> Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
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+Del>
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: format A:/S
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means that you must press the enclosed key.
References
Refer to the following sources for additional information, and for product and
software updates.
1.
2.
ASUS Server Web-based Management (ASWM) user guide
This manual tells how to set up and use the proprietary ASUS server
management utility.
ASUS websites
The ASUS websites worldwide provide updated information for all ASUS
hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
This chapter describes the general
features of the chassis kit. It includes
sections on front panel and rear panel
specifications.
Product introduction
Chapter 1
1-
1.1
System package contents
Check your system package for the following items.
Model Name
RS720-X7/RS8
Motherboard
ASUS Z9PR-D12/4L Server Board
Component
1 x 770W Redundant Power Supply
1 x SATA HDD Backplane (BP8LX-R21B)
8 x hot-swap HDD trays
1 x Front I/O Shield
1 x Front USB Board
4 x System Fans (80 x 38mm)
1 x Redundant Power Supply Distribution Board (PDB-R20A)
Accessories
1 x RS720-X7/RS8 User’s Guide
1 x ASWM Enterprise User’s Guide
1 x RS720-X7/RS8 Support DVD
1 x Bag of Screws
1 x ASWM Enterprise DVD
1 x ASMB6 Series DVD
1 x ASMB6 User’s Guide
2 x AC Power Cable
1 x Friction Rail Kit
Chassis
ASUS R20D 2U Rackmount Chassis
Optional Items Second 770W Redundant Power Supply Module
Slim-type Optical Device
*ASUS System Web-based Management
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
1.2
Serial number label
Before requesting support from the ASUS Technical Support team, you must
take note of the product’s serial number containing 14 characters such as
xxS0xxxxxxxxxx. See the figure below.
With the correct serial number of the product, ASUS Technical Support team
members can then offer a quicker and satisfying solution to your problems.
RS720-X7/RS8
xxS0xxxxxxxxxx
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.3
System specifications
The ASUS RS720-X7/RS8 feature the ASUS Z9PR-D12/4L server board. The
server supports Intel® LGA2011 Xeon® series processors with EM64T technology,
plus other latest technologies through the chipsets onboard.
Model Name
RS720-X7/RS8
2 x Socket-R 2011
Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 product
Processor / System Bus
family(115W)
QPI 6.4 / 7.2 / 8.0 GT/s
Core Logic
Intel® C602-A PCH chipset
Smart Fan
√
ASUS Features
ASWM Enterprise √
12 (4-channel per CPU, 8 DIMM per CPU1,
Total Slots
4 DIMM per CPU2)
Maximum up to 96GB (UDIMM)
Capacity
Maximum up to 384GB (RDIMM)
Maximum up to 384GB (LRDIMM)
DDR3 800 / 1066 / 1333 / 1600 RDIMM
Memory
DDR3 1066 / 1333 ECC UDIMM/Non-ECC
Memory Type
UDIMM
DDR3 1066 / 1333 LR-DIMM
1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB (RDIMM)
Memory Size
1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB (UDIMM)
8GB, 16GB, 32GB (LRDIMM)
Total PCI/PCI-X/
7
PCI-E Slots
Low-profile:
- 1 x PCI-E x16 (Gen3 x16 link) + 5 x PCI-E x8 (Gen3 x8 link)
Expansion Slots
Slot Type
or
- 1 x PCI-E x16 (Gen3 x8 link) + 6 x PCI-E x8 (Gen3 x8 link)
Additional Slot 1
1 x PIKE slot for storage enhancement
Intel® C602-A:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
4 x SATA 3Gb/s ports
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (for Windows only)
SATA Controller
- Supports software RAID 0, 1, 10 & 5
LSI® Mega RAID (for Windows/Linux)
- Supports software RAID 0, 1, & 10
Storage
Optional:
- ASUS PIKE 2008 8-port SAS 6G RAID card
- ASUS PIKE 2008/IMR 8-port SAS 6G RAID
SAS Controller
card
- ASUS PIKE 2108 8-port SAS 6G H/W RAID
card
I = internal
HDD Bays
A or S will be
8 x Hot-swap 3.5” HDD Bays
hot-swappable
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Model Name
Networking
LAN
Graphic
VGA
Auxiliary Storage Device Bay
(Floppy / Optical Device)
Onboard I/O
OS Support
Out of Band
Remote
Hardware
Software
Dimension (HH x WW x DD)
Net Weight Kg (CPU, DRAM &
HDD not inclu ded)
Management
Solution
Power Supply
Environment
RS720-X7/RS8
4 x Intel 82574L + 1 x Mgmt LAN per Node
Aspeed AST2300 16MB
1 x Slim-type optical Device Bay
Options: No Device / DVD-RW
2 x Internal Serial Port
5 x RJ-45 ports (1 for ASMB6-iKVM)
4 x USB 2.0 ports (Front x 2, Rear x 2)
1 x Internal A Type USB Port
1 x VGA port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
Windows® Server 2008 R2
Windows® Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Windows® Server 2008 Enterprise 32/64-bit
RedHat® Enterprise Linux AS5.6/6.0 32/64-bit
SuSE® Linux Enterprise Server 11.2 32/64-bit
CentOS 5.6 32/64-bit
VMWare ESX4.1/ESXi4.1
(Subject to change without any notice)
Onboard ASMB6-iKVM for KVM-over-IP
ASWM Enterprise
615mm x 444mm x 87.0mm (2U)
22 Kg
1+1 Redundant 770W 80PLUS Gold Power Supply
(following different configuration by region)
Operating temperature: 10°C–35°C
Non operating temperature: -40°C–70°C
Non operating humidity: 20%–90%
(Non-condensing)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.4
Front panel features
The barebone server displays a simple yet stylish front panel with easily accessible
features. The power and reset buttons, LED indicators, optical drive, and two USB
ports are located on the front panel.
Refer to section 1.7.1 Front panel LEDs for the LED descriptions.
Location switch
Location LED
Reset button
Message LED
LAN1/3 LED
LAN2/4 LED
HDD Access LED
USB ports
Slim-type optical drive(optional)
HDD 1 HDD 5
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HDD 2
HDD 6
HDD 3 HDD 7
Power
LED
Power
button
HDD 4 HDD 8
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1.5
Rear panel features
The rear panel includes the expansion slots, system power socket, and rear fans.
The middle part includes the I/O shield with openings for the rear panel connectors
on the motherboard.
7 Expansion slots
LAN port 3
LAN port 4
LAN port 1
LAN port 2
USB ports
VGA port
DM_LAN 1 port *
PS/2 keyboard port
PS/2 mouse port
Power cord
connector
Redundant power
supply
1-6
•
The ports for the PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, USB, VGA, and Gigabit LAN
do not appear on the rear panel if motherboard is not present.
•
*The port is for ASUS ASMB6-iKVM only.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.6
Internal features
The barebone server includes the basic components as shown.
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1.
2.
3.
4.
2
5.
6.
3
3
3
7.
3
Power supply and
power fan
ASUS Z9PR-D12/4L
server board
System fans
SATA/SAS backplane
(hidden)
Hot-swap HDD tray
Slim-type optical drive
bay
Front I/O board
(hidden)
4
5
6
7
The barebone server does not include a floppy disk drive. Connect a USB floppy
disk drive to any of the USB ports on the front or rear panel if you need to use a
floppy disk.
A protection film is pre-attached to the front cover before shipping. Please
remove the protection film before turning on the system for proper heat
dissipation.
*WARNING
HAZARDOUS MOVING PARTS
KEEP FINGERS AND OTHER BODY PARTS AWAY
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1.7
LED information
1.7.1
Front panel LEDs
LAN1/3 LED
LAN2/4 LED
HDD Access LED
LED
Icon
Power LED
HDD Access LED
Message LED
Location LED
LAN LEDs
1.7.2
Message LED
Location LED
Power LED
Display status Description
ON
OFF
Blinking
OFF
Blinking
OFF
ON
OFF
Blinking
ON
System power ON
No activity
Read/write data into the HDD
System is normal; no incoming event
ASWM indicates a HW monitor event
Normal status
Location switch is pressed
(Press the location switch again to turn off)
No LAN connection
LAN is transmitting or receiving data
LAN connection is present
LAN (RJ-45) LEDs
SPEED LED
ACT/LINK LED
ACT/LINK LED
Status
Description
OFF
No link
GREEN
Linked
BLINKING
Data activity
1-8
Status
OFF
ORANGE
GREEN
SPEED LED
Description
10 Mbps connection
100 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.7.3
HDD status LED
HDD status LED
HDD Activity LED
SATAII/SAS HDD LED Description
GREEN
HDD Status
RED
LED
GREEN/
RED
HDD Activity
GREEN
LED
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ON
SATAII/SAS HDD power ON
ON
HDD has failed and should be swapped
immediately
Blinking
RAID rebuilding
Blinking
Read/write data from/into the SATAII/SAS HDD
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing or removing system
components.
Hardware setup
Chapter 2
2-
2.1
Chassis cover
Removing the rear cover
1.
Loosen the two thumbscrews on the rear panel to release the rear cover from
the chassis.
Thumbscrews
2.
Firmly hold the cover and slide it
toward the rear panel for about half
an inch until it is disengaged from
the chassis.
1/2 inch distance
3.
2-2
Lift the cover from the chassis.
Chapter 2: Hardware setup
2.2
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with two surface mount LGA 2011 Socket R designed for
the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processor family.
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
2.2.1
•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on
the socket and the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer
immediately if the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP
cap/socket contacts/motherboard components. ASUS shoulders the repair
cost only if the damage is shipment/transit-related.
•
Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes
with the cap on the LGA2011 socket.
•
The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts
resulting from incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/
incorrect removal of the PnP cap.
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
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2.
Press the left load lever with your
thumb (A), then move it to the left
(B) until it is released from the
retention tab.
To prevent damage to the socket
pins, do not remove the PnP cap
unless you are installing a CPU.
3.
Slightly lift the load lever in the
direction of the arrow.
4.
Press the right load lever with your
thumb (C), then move it to the right
(D) until it is released from the
retention tab. Lift the load lever in
the direction of the arrow (E).
A
B
Load lever
E
C
D
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5.
Push the left load lever (F) to lift
the load plate (G).
F
G
6.
Position the CPU over the socket,
ensuring that the triangle mark
is on the top‑right corner of the
socket.
Triangle
mark
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!
7.
Remove the PnP cap (H) from the CPU socket and close the load plate (I).
I
H
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8.
Push down the right load lever (J),
ensuring that the edge of the load
plate is fixed by the lever (K).
K
J
9.
Insert the right load lever under the
retention tab.
10. Push down the left load lever (L),
and then insert the lever under the
retention tab (M).
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M
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11. Apply some Thermal Interface
Material to the exposed area of
the CPU that the heatsink will be
in contact with, ensuring that it is
spread in an even thin layer.
Some heatsinks come with preapplied thermal paste. If so, skip
this step.
The Thermal Interface Material is toxic and inedible. DO NOT eat it. If it
gets into your eyes or touches your skin, wash it off immediately, and seek
professional medical help.
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2.2.2
Installing the CPU heatsink
To install the CPU heatsink:
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the
installed CPU, ensuring that the
four fasteners match the holes on
the motherboard.
2.
Twist each of the four screws with
a Philips (cross) screwdriver just
enough to attach the heatsink to
the motherboard. When the four
screws are attached, tighten them
one by one to completely secure
the heatsink.
A
B
B
A
Tighten the four heatsink screws in a diagonal sequence.
3.
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Connect the fan cable to the fan
connector on the motherboard.
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2.3
System memory
2.3.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with eight (for CPU1) and four (for CPU2) Double Data
Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) sockets.
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR3 DIMM sockets:
2.3.2
Memory Configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB* RDIMMs or 1GB, 2GB,
4GB and 8GB* UDIMMs or 8GB, 16GB and 32GB* LR-DIMMs into the DIMM sockets
using the memory configurations in this section.
1 CPU Configuration (must on CPU1)
A1
A2
B1
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1 DIMMs
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2 DIMMs
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3 DIMMs
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4 DIMMs
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5 DIMMs
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6 DIMMs
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7 DIMMs
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8 DIMMs
B2
C1
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C2
D1
D2
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*Refer to ASUS Server AVL for latest update.
•
Start installing the DIMMs from slot A1 and C1 (light blue).
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum
compatibility, it is recommended that you obtain memory modules from the
same vendor.
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2 CPU Configuration
A1 A2
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1 DIMMs
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2 DIMMs
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3 DIMMs
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4 DIMMs
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5 DIMMs
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6 DIMMs
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7 DIMMs
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8 DIMMs
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9 DIMMs
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B1
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B2
C1
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C2
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D1
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D2
E1
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F1
G1
H1
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2.3.3
1.
2.
Installing a DIMM
Unlock a DIMM socket by pressing
the retaining clip outward.
DIMM notch
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the DIMM slot key on the
socket.
1
2
DIMM slot key
Unlocked retaining clip
A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force
a DIMM into a socket in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Hold the DIMM by both of its ends,
then insert the DIMM vertically
into the socket. Apply force to both
ends of the DIMM simultaneously
until the retaining clip snaps back
into place, and the DIMM cannot
be pushed in any further to ensure
proper sitting of the DIMM.
3
Locked Retaining Clip
Always insert the DIMM into the socket VERTICALLY to prevent DIMM notch
damage.
•
To install two or more DIMMs, refer to the user guide bundled in the
motherboard package.
•
Refer to the user guide for qualified vendor lists of the memory modules.
Removing a DIMM from a single clip DIMM socket
1.
2.
Press the retaining clip outward to
unlock the DIMM.
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
2
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.
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2.4
Hard disk drives
The hard disk drive installed on the drive tray connects to the motherboard SATA/
SAS ports via the SATA/SAS backplane.
To install a hot-swap SATA/SAS HDD:
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1.
Release a drive tray by pushing the
spring lock to the right, then pulling
the tray lever outward. The drive
tray ejects slightly after you pull out
the lever.
2.
Firmly hold the tray lever and pull
the drive tray out of the bay.
3.
Take note of the drive tray holes.
Each side has three holes to fit
different types of hard disk drives.
Use two screws on each side to
secure the hard disk drive.
4.
Place a SATAII/SAS hard disk drive
on the tray, then secure it with four
screws.
spring lock
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5.
Carefully insert the drive tray and
push it all the way to the depth of
the bay until just a small fraction of
the tray edge protrudes.
When installed, the SATAII/SAS connector on the drive connects to the SATAII/
SAS interface on the backplane.
6.
7.
Push the tray lever until it clicks,
and secures the drive tray in place.
The drive tray is correctly placed
when its front edge aligns with the
bay edge.
Repeat steps 1 to 6 if you wish to
install other SATAII/SAS drive(s).
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2.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following subsections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Ensure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards.
Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
ASUS RS720-X7/RS8 support low-profile expansion cards only.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
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1.
Remove the two screws on the
metal bracket lock, and then set it
aside. Remove the metal slot cover
opposite the slot where you wish to
install an expansion card.
2.
Align the card golden fingers with
the slot, and then press firmly until
the card is completely seated on
the slot.
3.
Place the metal bracket lock, and
secure it with two screws.
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2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure the it by adjusting the software
settings.
1.
2.
3.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 5 for information on BIOS setup.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the following tables.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
Standard Interrupt assignments
IRQ
Priority
Standard function
1
2
Keyboard Controller
0
2
3*
4*
5*
6
7*
8
9*
10*
11*
12*
13
14*
15*
1
-
11
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
System Timer
Programmable Interrupt
Communications Port (COM2)
Communications Port (COM1)
--
Floppy Disk Controller
--
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
ACPI Mode when used
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.
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2.5.3
PCI Express x16 slot (x16 link)
The onboard PCIE 2 slot provides one x16 Gen3 link to CPU1 and auto switches to
x8 link if PCIE3 is occupied. This slot supports VGA cards and various server class
high performance add-on cards.
2.5.4
PCI Express x8 slot (x8 link)
The onboard PCIE 1, 3, and 4 slots provide one x8 Gen3 link to CPU1. The onboard
PCIE 5, 6, and 7 slots provide one x8 Gen3 link to CPU2. These slots support VGA
Cards and various server class high performance add-on cards.
PCIE 1
1 x PCI-E x 8 (Gen3 x8 link)
PCIE 3
1 x PCI-E x 8 (Gen3 x8 link)
PCIE 2
PCIE 4
PCIE 5
PCIE 6
PCIE 7
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1 x PCI-E x 16 (Gen3 x16 link) (Auto switch to x8 Link if PCIE3 is occupied)
1 x PCI-E x 8 (Gen3 x8 link)
1 x PCI-E x 8 (Gen3 x8 link)
1 x PCI-E x 8 (Gen3 x8 link)
1 x PCI-E x 8 (Gen3 x8 link)
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2.6
Cable connections
•
The bundled system cables are pre-connected before shipment. You do
not need to disconnect these cables unless you will remove pre‑installed
components to install additional devices.
•
Refer to Chapter 4 for detailed information on the connectors.
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1
2
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7
4
3
3
3
5
3
5
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3
3
8
Standard cables connected to the motherboard
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
24-pin ATX power connector (from power supply to motherboard)
8-pin 12V power connector (from power supply to motherboard)
System fan connector (from system fan to motherboard)
USB connector (from motherboard to front I/O board)
SATA conectors (system default; from motherboard to SATA/SAS backplane)
System auxiliary panel connector (from motherboard to front I/O board)
System panel connector (from motherboard to front I/O board)
SAS connectors (for ASUS PIKE only; from motherboard to SATA/SAS backplane)
Serial General Purpose Input/Output connectors
(SATA: from motherboard SGPIO1 to SATA/SAS backplane SGPIO1 connector
SAS: from motherboard PSGPIO1 to SATA/SAS backplane SGPIO2 connector
SAS: from motherboard PSGPIO2 to SATA/SAS backplane SGPIO3 connector)
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SATA/SAS backplane cabling
RS720-E7/RS12
Connects a 8-pin plug
from power supply
Connects the data cables
connected to the motherboard
Onboard SGPIO1:
Connects to the
SGPIO1 connector to
support Intel® RSTe
and LSI® Mega RAID
RAID function.
SGPIO_SEL jumper:
pins 1-2 (Onboard)
pins 2-3 (Add-on card)
J1: Connects to the
power connector of
the slim-type optical
drive
Onboard SGPIO2/3:
Connects to the
SGPIO2/3 connector
to support PIKE card
SAS RAID function.
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2.8
Removable/optional components
You may need to remove previously installed system components when installing
or removing system devices. Or you may need to install the optional components
into the system. This section tells how to remove/install the following components:
1.
System fans
3.
ASUS PIKE RAID card (optional)
2.
Redundant power supply module (optional)
Ensure that the system is turned off before removing any components.
2.8.1
System fans
To uninstall the system fans:
1.
Press the fan clip inward to release
the fan.
2.
Lift the fan, then set aside.
3.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 to uninstall
the other system fans.
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2.8.2
Redundant power supply module
To install a second redundant power supply module:
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1.
Remove the redundant power
supply dummy cover.
2.
Take out the seocond redundant
power supply module from its
package. Slide it into the chassis.
3.
Firmly pull the lever to slide the
power supply module into the
chassis.
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2.8.3
Installing ASUS PIKE RAID card (optional)
Follow the steps below to install an optional ASUS RAID card on your motherboard.
1.
Remove the data cables connected
to the SATA connectors on the
motherboard.
2.
Locate the PIKE RAID card slot on
the motherboard, then remove the
screw beside the PIKE slot.
3.
Align the golden fingers of the
RAID card with the PIKE RAID card
slot then insert the RAID card into
the PIKE RAID card slot. Ensure
that it is completely seated in place,
then secure the PIKE card with the
screw you removed earlier.
4.
Connect the data cables in
numerical order, from SATA14 to the SAS connectors
labeled PSAS1-4 (Blue) on the
motherboard.
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5.
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Set the SGPIO_SEL jumper
on the backplane to pin2-3
when connecting data cables
to the PSAS connectors on the
motherboard.
Chapter 2: Hardware setup
This chapter describes how to install
the optional components and devices
into the barebone server.
Installation options
Chapter 3
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3.1
Installing friction rail kit items
Your friction rail kit package contains:
•
One pair of rack rails
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4 latch screws, 4 rail screws and 4 rail washers
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One pair of fixing latches
Rail Washers
Rail screws
Latch screws
Front end
3.1.1
Fixing latches
Rack rails
Rear end
Attaching the fixing latches to the server
Refer to the figures below for the locations to attach the two fixing latches to the
two sides of the server with four screws.
Fixing latch
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1.
2.
Select a 1U space on the rack
where you want to install the rack
rail. A 1U space consists of three
square mounting holes with two
thin lips on the top and the bottom,
as shown in the right figure.
Adjust the rack rail to fit the depth
of the rack.
3.
From inside the rack, place the
rear rail hook on the bottom thin
lip of the rear mounting hole, and
then place the front rail hook on the
bottom thin lip of the front mounting
hole, as shown in the right figure.
4.
Secure the front and rear ends of
the rail with two rack screws and
washers.
5.
Repeat step 1 to 4 to attach the
rack rail on the other side of the
rack.
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6.
When mounting the server to the rack,
ensure to include the side knots on the
two sides of the server in the rack rail
holders, as shown in the right figure.
Do not install the rail kit in the following situation:
DO NOT place the rail hook on a thick lip
of the mounting hole.
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DO NOT install the rail to the outer side of
the server rack.
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3.1.2
Mounting the server to the rack
To mount the server to the rack
1.
2.
Align the server rails with the rack rails, then push the server all the way to
the depth of the rack.
Drive two screws on both mounting
ears to secure the server in place.
To uninstall the server from the rack:
1.
2.
Remove the screws secured on the mounting ears.
Hold the mounting ears, then pull the server from the rack.
Remember to press the latches
on both sides to release the
server from the rack.
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Chapter 3: Installation options
This chapter includes the motherboard
layout and brief descriptions of the
jumpers and internal connectors.
Motherboard Info
Chapter 4
4.1
Motherboard layout
Layout contents
Jumpers
4-2
Page
1.
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC1)
4-4
2.
VGA controller setting (3-pin VGA_SW1)
4-5
3.
LAN controller setting (3-pin LAN_SW1, LAN_SW2, LAN_SW3, LAN_SW4)
4-5
4.
LSI MegaRAID or Intel RSTe selection jumper (3-pin RAID_SEL1)
4-6
5.
ME firmware force recovery setting (3-pin ME_RCVR1)
4-6
6.
DDR3 Thermal event setting (3-pin DIMMTRIP1)
4-7
7.
PMBus 1.2 PSU select jumper (3-pin SMART_PSU1)
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Internal connectors
Page
1.
Serial ATA connectors
(SATA 6Gb/s: 7-pin SATA1, SATA2 [Blue])
(SATA 3Gb/s: 7-pin SATA3, SATA4, SATA5, SATA6 [Black])
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2.
SATA connectors - ISAS connectors
(7-pin ISAS1, ISAS2, ISAS3, ISAS4 [Gray])
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3.
SAS connectors - PSAS connectors
(7-pin PSAS1, PSAS2, PSAS3, PSAS4 [Light Blue])
4-9
4.
Hard disk activity LED connector (4-pin HDLED1)
5.
USB connector (10-1 pin USB34, USB56; A-Type USB7)
4-10
6.
VGA connector (10-1 pin VGA_HDR1)
7.
CPU, front and rear fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN1, CPU_FAN2, FRNT_FAN1, FRNT_FAN2,
FRNT_FAN3, FRNT_FAN4, REAR_FAN1, REAR_FAN2)
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8.
LAN LED connector (LAN34_LED1)
9.
Serial General Purpose Input/Output connector
(8-1 pin PSGPIO1/2, ISGPIO1, SGPIO1)
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10.
Serial port connectors (10-1 pin COM1/COM2)
11.
TPM connector (20-1-pin TPM1)
12.
EATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR1, 8-pin EATX12V1)
13.
Power Supply SMBUS connector (5-pin PSUSMB1)
14.
System panel connector (20-1 pin PANEL1)
15.
Auxiliary panel connector (20-2 pin AUX_PANEL1)
4-10
4-11
4-13
4-14
4-14
4-15
4-16
4-17
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Internal LEDs
Page
1.
Standby power LED (SB_PWR1)
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2.
Baseboard Management Controller LED (BMC_LED1)
4-19
3.
CATT Error LED (CATERR_LED1)
4-20
4.
Location LED (LOCLED2)
4-20
5.
CPU Warning LED (ERR_CPU1/2)
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4.2
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC1)
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. 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.
3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup
to re-enter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move the
jumper again to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After the CMOS clearance,
reinstall the battery.
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2.
VGA controller setting (3-pin VGA_EN1)
This jumper allows you to enable or disable the onboard VGA controller. Set
to pins 1–2 to activate the VGA feature.
3.
LAN controller setting (3-pin LAN_SW1-4)
These jumpers allow you to enable or disable the onboard Intel® 82574L
Gigabit LAN controllers. Set to pins 1-2 to activate the Gigabit LAN feature.
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4.
5.
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LSI MegaRAID or Intel RSTe selection jumper (3-pin RAID_SEL1)
This jumper allows you to select the PCH SATA RAID mode to use LSI
MegaRAID software or Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0 RAID.
Place the jumper caps over pins 1–2 if you want to use the LSI MegaRAID
software RAID Utility (default). Otherwise, place the jumper caps to pins 2–3
to use the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise Option ROM Utility.
ME firmware force recovery setting (3-pin ME_RCVR1)
This jumper allows you to force Intel Management Engine (ME) boot from
recovery mode when ME become corrupted.
Chapter 4: Motherboard information
6.
7.
DDR3 thermal event setting (3-pin DIMMTRIP1)
This jumper allows you to enable/disable DDR3 DIMM thermal sensing event
pin.
PMBus 1.2 PSU select jumper (3-pin SMART_PSU1)
This jumper allows you to select PSU PMBus version, Set to pins 1-2 for
PMBus, set to pins 2-3 for Others.
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4.3
1.
Internal connectors
Serial ATA connectors
(SATA 6Gb/s: 7-pin SATA1, SATA2 [Blue])
(SATA 3Gb/s: 7-pin SATA3, SATA4, SATA5, SATA6 [Black])
Supported by the Intel® C602-A PCH chipset, these connectors are for the
Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk drives that allows up to
6Gb/s of data transfer rate.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 10, or RAID 5 configuration.
The actual data transfer rate depends on the speed of Serial ATA hard disks
installed.
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2.
SATA connectors — ISAS connectors (7-pin ISAS1–4 [Gray])
Supported by the Intel® C602-A PCH, ISAS 1-4 connectors connect to Serial
ATA 3.0 Gb/s hard disk drives and optical disk drives via Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
signal cables.
3.
SAS connectors— PSAS connectors (7-pin PSAS1–8 [Light Blue])
Supported by the ASUS® PIKE Card, these connectors are for the SAS signal
cables for SAS hard disk drives that allows up to 6Gb/s of data transfer rate.
The actual data transfer rate depends on the speed of SAS hard disks installed.
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4.
5.
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Hard disk activity LED connector (4-pin HDLED1)
This LED connector is for the storage add-on card cable connected to
the SATA or SAS add-on card. The read or write activities of any device
connected to the SATA or SAS add-on card causes the front panel LED to
light up.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB34, USB56; A-Type USB7)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cables to
connectors USB34 and USB56, then install the modules 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.
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6.
7.
VGA connector (10-1 pin VGA_HDR1)
This connector supports the VGA High Dynamic-Range interface.
CPU, front and rear fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN1-2, FRNT_FAN1–4, REAR_FAN1-2)
The fan connectors support cooling fans. Connect the fan cables to the fan
connectors on the motherboard, ensuring that the black wire of each cable
matches the ground pin of the connector.
•
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!
•
All fans feature the ASUS Fan Speed Control technology.
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8.
LAN LED connector (LAN34_LED1)
This LED connector supports LAN3 and LAN4 LEDs.
The LAN LEDs function only when the motherboard is installed in a server
system.
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9.
Serial General Purpose Input/Output connectors
(8-1 pin PSGPIO1/2, ISGPIO1, SGPIO1)
The SGPIO 1 connectors are used for the Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Enterprise SGPIO interface that controls the LED pattern generation, device
information and general purpose data.
•
The PSGPIO 1/2 connectors are used for PIKE card.
•
The ISGPIO 1 connector is for SATA connectors—ISAS connectors.
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10. Serial port connectors (10-1 pin COM1/COM2)
These connectors are for the serial (COM) ports. Connect the serial port
module cable to one of these connectors, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis.
Only COM1 functions when BMC is Enabled.
11. TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM1)
This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which can
securely store keys, digital certificates, passwords, and data. A TPM system
also helps enhance network security, protects digital identities, and ensures
platform integrity.
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12. EATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR1, 8-pin EATX12V1/EATX12V2)
These connectors are for the EATX 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.
•
DO NOT forget to connect the 24+8+8-pin power plugs. Otherwise, the
system will not boot up.
•
We recommend that you use a PSU with a higher power output when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The system
may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
•
This motherboard supports EATX2.0 PSU or later version.
•
Ensure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system.
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13. Power Supply SMBus connector (5-pin PSUSMB1)
This connector allows you to connect SMBus (System Management Bus) to
the power supply unit to read PSU information. Devices communicate with an
SMBus host and/or other SMBus devices using the SMBus interface.
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14. System panel connector (20-1 pin PANEL1)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
1) System power LED (3-pin PLED)
This 3-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.
2) Message LED (2-pin MLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the message LED cable that connects to
the front message LED. The message LED is controlled by Hardware
monitor to indicate an abnormal event occurance.
3) 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.
4) Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin HDDLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD
Activity LED cable to this connector. The HDD LED lights up or flashes
when data is read from or written to the HDD.
5) Power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
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.
6) 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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15. Auxiliary panel connector (20-2 pin AUX_PANEL1)
This connector is for additional front panel features including front panel
SMB, locator LED and switch, chassis intrusion, and LAN LEDs.
1) Front panel SMB (6-1 pin FPSMB)
These leads connect the front panel SMBus cable.
2) LAN activity LED (2-pin LAN13_LED, LAN24_LED)
These leads are for Gigabit LAN activity LEDs on the front panel.
3) Chassis intrusion (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
These leads are for the intrusion detection feature for chassis with
intrusion sensor or microswitch. When you remove any chassis
component, the sensor triggers and sends a high-level signal to these
leads to record a chassis intrusion event. The default setting is short
CASEOPEN and GND pin by jumper cap to disable the function.
4) Locator LED (2-pin LOCATORLED1 and 2-pin LOCATORLED2)
These leads are for the locator LED1 and LED2 on the front panel.
Connect the Locator LED cables to these 2-pin connector. The LEDs will
light up when the Locator button is pressed.
5) Locator Button/Switch (2-pin LOCATORBTN)
These leads are for the locator button on the front panel. This button
queries the state of the system locator.
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4.4
Internal LEDs
1.
Standby Power LED
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.
2.
Baseboard Management Controller LED (BMC_LED1)
The BMC LED works with the ASUS ASMB6 management device and
indicates its initiation status. When the PSU is plugged and the system is
OFF, ASUS ASMB6 management device starts system initiation for about one
(1) minute. The BMC LED blinks after system initiation finishes.
The heartbeat LED functions only when you install the ASUS ASMB6.
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3.
4.
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CATT Error LED (CATTERR_LED1)
Indicates that the system has experienced a fatal or catastrophic error and
cannot continue to operate.
Location LED (LOCLED2)
This LED allows you to know the server location.
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5.
CPU warning LED (ERR_CPU1/2)
The CPU warning LEDs light up to indicate an impending failure of the
corresponding CPU.
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This chapter tells how to change the
system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS
parameters are also provided.
BIOS setup
Chapter 5
5.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup:
1.
2.
3.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 (To recover the BIOS using a bootable USB flash
disk drive when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.)
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS using a USB flash disk.)
BUPDATER utility (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a bootable USB
flash disk drive.)
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable USB flash
disk drive in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original
motherboard BIOS using the BUPDATER utility.
5.1.1
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 a USB flash drive that contains the updated
BIOS file.
Prepare a USB flash drive containing the updated motherboard BIOS before
using this utility.
Recovering the BIOS from a USB flash drive
To recover the BIOS from a USB flash drive:
1.
2.
Insert the USB flash drive with the original or updated BIOS file to one USB
port on the system.
The utility will automatically recover the BIOS. It resets the system when the
BIOS recovery finished.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while recovering the BIOS! Doing so
would cause system boot failure!
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this motherboard.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file.
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5.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash Utility
The ASUS EZ Flash Utility feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to
use a DOS‑based utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS from the ASUS
website at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash Utility
1.
2.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port.
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tool menu to select ASUS EZ
Flash Utility and press <Enter> to enable it.
Exit
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 Utility V01.04
Flash Info
MODEL: Z9PR-D12/4L
VER: 0208
DATE: 10/18/2011
fs0:\
Drive
Folder Info
fs0:\
fs1:\
12/09/10
10:23p
4194304
Z9PR-D12_4L.ROM
File Infor
MODEL:
VER:
DATE:
Help Info
[Enter] Select or Load
3.
4.
5.
6.
[Tab] Switch
[Up/Down/PageUp/PageDown/Home/End] Move
[Esc] Exit
[F2] Backup
Press <Tab> to switch to the Drive field.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the USB flash disk that contains the
latest BIOS, and then press <Enter>.
Press <Tab> to switch to the Folder Info field.
Press the Up/Down arrow keys to find the BIOS file, and then press <Enter>
to perform the BIOS update process. Reboot the system when the update
process is done.
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•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash 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!
Ensure to load the BIOS default settings to ensure system compatibility and
stability. Press <F5> and select Yes to load the BIOS default settings.
5.1.3
BUPDATER utility
The succeeding BIOS screens are for reference only. The actual BIOS screen
displays may not be the same as shown.
The BUPDATER utility allows you to update the BIOS file in DOS environment
using a bootable USB flash disk drive with the updated BIOS file.
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using the BUPDATER utility:
1.
2.
3.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com and download the latest BIOS file
for the motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable USB flash disk drive.
Copy the BUPDATER utility (BUPDATER.exe) from the ASUS support
website at support.asus.com to the bootable USB flash disk drive you created
earlier.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt, type:
BUPDATER /i[filename].ROM
where [filename] is the latest or the original BIOS file on the bootable USB
flash disk drive, then press <Enter>.
A:\>BUPDATER /i[file name].ROM
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4.
The utility verifies the file, then starts updating the BIOS file.
ASUSTek BIOS Update for DOS V1.06 (09/08/04)
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L1605A
Update ROM
Current ROM
BOARD: Z9PR-D12/4L
BOARD: Z9PR-D12/4L
VER: 0203
VER: 0206
DATE: 08/24/2011
DATE: 09/30/2011
PATH: WARNING! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Note
Writing BIOS:
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.
The BIOS update is finished! Please restart your system.
C:\>
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5.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable firmware chip that you can update
using the provided utility described in section 5.1 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
firmware chip.
The firmware 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. Press <F5> and select Yes to load the BIOS
default settings.
•
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.
Chapter 5: BIOS setup
5.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Configuration fields
General help
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BIOS Information
BIOS Vendor
Core Version
Compliancy
BIOS Version
Build Date
American Megatrends
4.6.4.1
UEFI 2.1; PI 0.9
0202 x64
01/18/2012
System Date
System Time
[Thu 02/23/2012]
[15:07:28]
Access Level
Administrator
Memory Information
Total Memory
1024 MB (DDR3)
Processor
CPU Speed
Count:
2300 MHz
1
Set the Date, Use Tab to
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Navigation keys
5.2.2
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Server Mgmt
For changing the Server Mgmt settings
Advanced
Event Logs
Boot
For changing the advanced system settings
For changing the event log settings
For changing the system boot configuration
MonitorFor displaying the system temperature, power status, and
changing the fan settings
Security For changing the security settings
Exit
For selecting the exit options
Tool
For configuring options for special functions
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard
until the desired item is highlighted.
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5.2.3
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 (Event Logs, Advanced, Monitor, Boot, Tool, and Exit) on the menu
bar have their respective menu items.
5.2.4
Submenu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
submenu. To display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
5.2.5
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for the BIOS
setup program. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the
settings.
5.2.6
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected
item.
5.2.7
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 and press <Enter> to display a list of options.
5.2.8
Pop-up window
Select a menu item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
5.2.9
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.
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5.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears. The Main
menu provides you an overview of the basic system information, and allows you to
set the system date, time settings.
Main
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BIOS Vendor
Core Version
Compliancy
BIOS Version
Build Date
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5.6.4.1
UEFI 2.1; PI 0.9
0103 x64
02/24/2012
System Date
System Time
[Tue 03/15/2011]
[15:07:28]
Access Level
Administrator
Memory Information
Total Memory
4096 MB (DDR3)
Processor
CPU Speed
Count:
2600 MHz
1
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
Onboard
LAN1
LAN2
LAN3
LAN4
MAC:
MAC:
MAC:
MAC:
00:E0:18:02:20:DC
00:E0:18:02:20:DD
00:E0:18:02:20:DC
00:E0:18:02:20:DD
Set the Date, Use Tab to
switch between Data elements.
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+/-: Change Opt.
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
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5.3.1
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
5.3.2
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
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5.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
Be cautious when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
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CPU Configuration Parameters
CPU Configuration
CPU Power Management Configuration
Chipset Configuration
PCH SATA Configuration
PCH SCU Configuration
PCI Subsystem Settings
Intel TXT(LT-SX) Configuration
USB Configuration
Trusted Computing
ACPI Settings
WHEA Configuration
APM
Serial Port Console Redirection
Onboard LAN Configuration
ME Subsystem
Legacy Devices Configuration
Runtime Error Logging
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+/-: Change Opt.
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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5.4.1
CPU Configuration
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Advanced
CPU Confguration
Enter to view socket soecific
CPU Information.
Socket 1 CPU Information
Socket 2
Not Present
CPU Speed
64-bit
2300 MHz
Supported
Hyper Threading
Active Processor Core
Limit CPUID Maximum
Execute Disable Bit
Server Class
Hardware Prefetcher
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch
DCU Streamer Prefetcher
DCU IP Prefetcher
Intel Virtualization Technology
Local APIC Mode
[Enabled]
[All]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Custom]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
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ESC: Exit
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Socket 1 CPU Information
Enter to view socket CPU Information.
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Advanced
Socket 1 CPU Information
Genuine Intel(R) CPU @ 2.60GHz
CPU Signature
Microcode Patch
Max CPU Speed
Min CPU Speed
Processor Cores
Intel HT Technology
Intel VT-X Technology
Intel SMX Technology
206d5
513
2600 MHz
1200 MHz
8
Supported
Supported
Supported
L1
L1
L2
L3
32kB x8
32kB x8
256kB x8
20480 kB
Data Cache
Code Cache
Cache
Cache
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Hyper Threading [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology function.
When disabled, only one thread per activated core is enabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Active Processor Cores [All]
Configuration options: [All] [1] [2] [4] [6]
Configuration code numbers vary with CPU models.
Limit CPUID Maximum [Disabled]
Setting this item to [Enabled] allows legacy operating system to boot even without
support for CPUs with extended CPUID functions.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Execute Disable Bit [Enabled]
XP can prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when
combined with a supporting OS (Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows XP SP2,
SuSE Linux 9.2, Redhat Enterprise 3 Update 3). Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Server Class [Custom]
Use Intel recommended prefetch settings. Configuration options: [Enterprise] [High
Performance(HPC)] [Custom]
Hardware Prefetcher [Enabled]
This Item allows you to turn on/off the mid level cache(L2) streamer prefetcher.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch [Enabled]
This Item allows you to turn on/off prefetching of adjacent cache lines.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DCU Streamer Prefetcher [Enabled]
This Item allows you to enable/disable L1 data prefetcher.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DCU IP Prefetcher [Enabled]
This Item allows you to enable/disable L1 data prefetcher.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel Virtualization Technology [Enabled]
When enabled this item, a VMM can utilize the additional hardware capabilities
provided by Vanderpool Technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
APIC mode [Auto]
Allows you to select APIC mode.
Configuration options: [Auto][x2APIC] [xAPIC]
5.4.2
CPU Power Management Configuration
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CPU Power Management Configuration
Power Technology [Custom]
EIST [Enabled]
Turbo Mode [Enabled]
P-STATE Coordination [HW_ALL]
CPU C3 Report [Disabled]
CPU C6 Report [Enabled]
CPU C7 Report [Disabled]
Package C State limit [C6]
Energy Performance
[Balanced Performance]
Factory long duration power limit
115 Watts
Long duration power limit
0
Factory long duration maintained
1000 ms
Long duration power limit
0
Recommended short duration power1 1.2 * Long Duration
Short duration power limit
0
This item allows you to
enabled power management
features.
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Power Technology [Custom]
This item allows you to enable power management features.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Energy Efficient] [Custom]
EIST [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable/disable Intel SpeedStep.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Turbo Mode [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
P-STATE Coordination [HW_ALL]
This item allows you to change P-STATE Coordination type.
Configuration options: [HW_ALL] [SW_ALL] [SW_ANY]
CPU C3 Report [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable/disable CPU C3(ACPI C2) report.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU C6 Report [Enabled]
This item allows you to enable/disable CPU C6(ACPI C3) report.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU C7 Report [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable/disable CPU C7(ACPI C3) report.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Package C State limit [C6]
This item allows you to set package C State limit.
Configuration options: [C0] [C2] [C6] [C7] [No Limit]
Energy Performance [Balanced Performance]
This item allows you to optimize between performance and power savings.
Configuration options: [Performance] [Balanced Performance] [Balanced Energy]
[Energy Efficient]
Factory long duration power limit
Long duration power limit
115 Watts
0
Factory long duration maintained
Long duration power limit
1000 ms
0
Allows you to set long duration power limit in watts. Use the <+> and <-> keys to
adjust the value.
Allows you to set time window which the long duration power is maintained. Use
the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
Recommended short duration power1 1.2 * Long Duration
Short duration power limit
0
Allows you to set short duration power limit in watts. Use the <+> and <-> keys to
adjust the value.
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5.4.3
Chipset Configuration
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Advanced
QPI Configuration
Memory Configuration
CPU II0 Bridge Configuration
PCH Configuration
Intel(R) VT for Directed I/O Configuration
QPI Configuration Page
QPI Configuration
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Advanced
Current QPI Link Speed
Current QPI Link Freq
Isoc
QPI Link Speed Mode
QPI Link Frequency Select
QPI Link0s
QPI Link0p
QPI Link1 Slow
Unknown
[Enabled]
[Fast]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Enable/Disable Isoc
Isoc [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
QPI Link Speed Mode [Fast]
This item allows you to select the QPI link speed as either the fast mode or slow
mode.
Configuration options: [Slow] [Fast]
QPI Link Frequency Select [Auto]
This item allows for selecting the QPI link frequency
Configuration options: [Auto] [6.4 GT/s] [7.2 GT/s (Fast Mode Only)] [8.0 GT/s
(Fast Mode Only)]
QPI Link0s [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
QPI Link0p [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
QPI Link1 [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Memory Configuration
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Advanced
Compatibility RID
[Enabled]
Memory Configuration
Total Memory
Current Memory Mode
Currently Memory Speed
Mirroring
Sparing
Memory Mode
DDR Speed
Channel Interleaving
Rank Interleaving
Patrol Scrub
Demand Scrub
Data Scrambling
Device Tagging
Thermal Throtting
Enable High Temp.
Allow 2x Refresh
Altitude
Memory HOT sensor support
DIMM Information
4096 MB (DDR3)
Independent
1333 MHz
Not Possible
Not Possible
[Independent]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[CLTT]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[300 M]
[Enabled]
Support for compatibility
Revision ID(CRID)
Functionality mentioned in
Sandybridge bios spec.
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Compatibility RID [Enabled]
Support for compatibility revision ID (CRID) functionality mentioned in Sandy Bridge
BIOS specification. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Memory Mode [Independent]
Select the mode for memory initializaton.
Configuration options: [Independent] [Mirroring] [Lock Step] [Sparing]
DDR Speed [Auto]
Force DDR speed. Configuration options: [Auto] [Force DDR3 800] [Force DDR3
1066] [Force DDR3 1333] [Force DDR3 1600] [Force DDR3 1866]
Channel Interleaving [Auto]
Select different channel interleaving setting.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 Way] [2 Way] [3 Way] [4 Way]
Rank Interleaving [Auto]
Select different rank interleaving setting.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 Way] [2 Way] [4 Way] [8 Way]
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Patrol Scrub [Disabled]
Allows you to enable/disable Patrol Scrub.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Demand Scrub [Enabled]
Allows you to enable/disable demand scrubing feature.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Data Scrambling [Enabled]
Allows you to enable/disable data scrambling.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Device Tagging [Disabled]
Allows you to enable/disable device tagging.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Thermal Throtting [CLTT]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [0LTT] [CLTT]
Enable High Temp [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Allow 2x Refresh [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Altitude [300 M]
The system altitude above the sea level in meters.
Configuration options: [Auto] [300 M] [900 M] [1500 M] [3000 M]
Memory Hot sensor support [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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DIMM Information
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Advanced
CPU1 DIMM Information
Node
Node
Node
Node
Node
Node
Node
Node
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Ch
Ch
Ch
Ch
Ch
Ch
Ch
Ch
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Dimm
Dimm
Dimm
Dimm
Dimm
Dimm
Dimm
Dimm
A1
A2
B1
B2
C1
C2
D1
D2
Not Present
Not Present
Not Present
Not Present
Not Present
Not Present
Present 40096 MB Indep
Not Present
CPU2 DIMM Information
CPU IIO Bridge Configuration
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Advanced
Intel(R) I/OAT
DCA Support
VGA Priority
TargetVGA
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Offboard]
VGA From CPU 0
Enables/Disables Intel(R)
I/O Acceleration Technology
(I/OAT).
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↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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Intel(R) I/OAT [Disabled]
Allows you to enable/disable Intel I/O accelaration technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DCA Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable/disable DCA support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
VGA Priority [offboard]
Allows you to decide priority between onboard and 1st offboard video device found.
Configuration options: [Onboard] [Offboard]
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PCH Configuration
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Advanced
Name
Stepping
Patsburg
06 (C1 Stepping)
SB Chipset Configuration
PCH Compatibility RID [Disabled]
Deep Sx SCU devices Onboard SATA RAID Oprom [Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
High Precision Event Timer Configuration
High Precision Timer [Enabled]
Support for PCH Compatibility
Revision ID(CRID)
functionality.
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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PCH Compatibility RID [Disabled]
Support for PCH compatibility.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Deep Sx [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled in S5] [Enabled in S4 and S5]
Mobile platforms support deep S4/S5 in DC only and desktop platforms support
deep S4/S5 in AC only.
SCU devices [Enabled]
Allows you to enable/disable Patsburg SCU devices.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Onboard SATA RAID Oprom [Enabled]
Allows you to enable/disable onboard SATA RAID option rom if Launch Storage Oprom
is enabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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High Precision Event Timer Configuration
High Precision Timer [Enabled]
Allows you to enable/disable High Precision Event Timer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]]
Intel(R) VT for Directed I/O Configuration
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Intel(R) VT-d [Disabled]
Enables or Disables BIOS ACPI
Auto Configuration.
Intel(R) VT-d [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Intel VT-d.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
The following item appears only when you set Intel(R) VT-d to [Enabled].
Coherency Support [Disabled]
Allows you to enable/disable VT-d Engine Coherency support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ATS Support [Disabled]
Allows you to enable/disable VT-d Engine address translation services (ATS)
support. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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5.4.4
PCH SATA Configuration
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Advanced
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
Port1
Port2
Port3
Port4
Port5
Port6
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
SATA Mode S.M.A.R.T. Status Check Present
Present
Present
Present
Present
Present
(1)IDE Mode. (2)AHCI Mode.
(3)RAID Mode.
[AHCI Mode]
[Enabled]
Aggressive Link Power Management [Enabled]
Port1
Port2
Port3
Port4
Port5
Port6
Staggered
Staggered
Staggered
Staggered
Staggered
Staggered
Spin-up
Spin-up
Spin-up
Spin-up
Spin-up
Spin-up
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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SATA Mode [AHCI Mode]
Allows you to set the SATA configuration.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [IDE Mode] [AHCI Mode] [RAID Mode]
•
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical
storage devices, set this item to [IDE Mode].
•
If you want the Serial ATA hard disk drives to use the Advanced Host
Controller Interface (AHCI), keep the default setting [AHCI Mode]. The
AHCI allows the onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA
features that increases storage performance on random workloads by
allowing the drive to internally optimize the order of commands.
•
If you want to create RAID sets with LSI MegaRAID utility, or Intel® Rapid
Storage Technology Enterprise from the Serial ATA hard disk drives, set this
item to [RAID Mode].
S.M.A.R.T. Status Check [Enabled]
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a monitor
system. When hard disk read/write errors occur, this feature allows the hard disk to
report warning messages during the POST.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Aggressive Link Power Management [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Port 1/2/3/4/5/6 Staggered Spin-up [Disabled]
AHCI supports staggered spin-up.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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5.4.5
PCH SCU Configuration
This menu automatically detects and displays Device 1-4.
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Advanced
Device1
Device2
Device3
Device4
Not
Not
Not
Not
Present
Present
Present
Present
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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5.4.6
PCI Subsystem Settings
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Advanced
PCI Bus Driver Version
V 2.05.00
PCI Option ROM Handling
PCI ROM Priority [EFI Compatible ROM]
In case of multiple Option
ROMs (Legacy and EFI
Compatible), specifies what
PCI option ROM to lanuch.
PCI Common Setting
PCI Latency Timer VGA Palette Snoop PERR# Generation SERR# Generation Load RT32 Image
[32 PCI Bus Clocks]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
PCI Express Settings
PCIE Slot Option Rom Configuration
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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PCI ROM Priority [EFI Compatible ROM]
In case of multiple option roms (Legacy and EFI Compatible), specifies what PCI
option rom to lanuch.Configuration options: [Legacy ROM] [EFI Compatible ROM]
PCI Latency Timer [32 PCI Bus Clocks]
Value to be programmed into PCI latency timer register.
Configuration options: [32 PCI Bus Clocks] [64 PCI Bus Clocks] [96 PCI Bus Clocks]
[128 PCI Bus Clocks] [160 PCI Bus Clocks] [192 PCI Bus Clocks] [224 PCI Bus
Clocks] [248 PCI Bus Clocks]
VGA Palette Snoop [Disabled]
Enables or disables VGA pallette registers snooping.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PERR# Generation [Disabled]
Enables or disables PCI device to generate PERR#.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SERR# Generation [Disabled]
Enables or disables PCI device to generate SERR#.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Load RT32 Image [Disabled]
Enables or disables PCI device to load RT32 image.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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PCI Express Settings
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Advanced
PCI Express Link Register Settings
ASPM Support [Disabled]
WARNING: Enabling ASPM may cause some
PCI-E device to fail
Enables or DisablesPCI
Express Device Relaxed
Ordering.
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↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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PCI Express Link Register Settings
ASPM Support [Disabled]
Allows to set the ASPM level. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [Force L0s]
[Force L0s] Force all links to L0s state.
[Auto]
BIOS auto configure.
[Disabled]
Disabled ASPM.
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PCIE Slot Option Rom Configuration
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Advanced
Legacy 0pROM Support
Launch Storage 0pROM [Enabled]
PCIE1 Option Rom
PCIE2 Option Rom
PCIE3 Option Rom
PCIE4 Option Rom
PCIE5 Option Rom
PCIE6 Option Rom
PCIE7 Option Rom
PIKE Option Rom
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables or disables boot
option for legacy mass
storage device with option
ROM.
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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Launch Storage 0pROM [Enabled]
Enables or disables boot option for legacy mass storage device with option ROM.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCIE1 Option Rom [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCIE2 Option Rom [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCIE3 Option Rom [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCIE4 Option Rom [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCIE5 Option Rom [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCIE6 Option Rom [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCIE7 Option Rom [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PIKE Option Rom [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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5.4.7
Intel TXT(LT-SX) Configuration
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Advanced
Intel TXT(LT-SX) Hardware Support
CPU:TXT Feature
Chipset:TXT Feature
Supported
Supported
Intel TXT(LT-SX)Configuration
TXT Support
Disabled
Intel TXT(LT-SX)Dependencies
The following must be supported and enabled.
VT-d Support
VT Support
TPM Support
TPM State
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Disabled
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F2: Previous Values
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F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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This is the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) feature. VT and VT-d support
must be enabled before using this feature..
Install a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) on the motherboard to enable the Intel®
TXT(LT) Hardware Support.
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5.4.8
USB Configuration
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Advanced
USB Configuration
USB Devices:
3 Drives, 1 Keyboard, 2 Mice, 3 Hubs
Legacy USB Support EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
[Disabled]
USB hardware delays and time-outs
USB transfer time-out Device reset time-out [20 sec]
[20 sec]
Mass Storage Devices:
USB Ports Configuration
Enabled Legacy USB support.
AUTO option disables legacy
support if no USB devices
are connected. DISABLE
option will keep USB devices
available only for EFI
applications.
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Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
This item enables or disables Legacy USB device support.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] [Auto]
EHCI Hand-off [Disabled]
This is a workaround for OSes without EHCI ownership change should be claimed
by EHCI driver.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB Hardware Delays and Time-outs
USB transfer time-out [20 sec]
This item sets the time-out value for control, bulk, and interrupt transfer.
Configuration options: [1 sec] [5 sec] [10 sec] [20 sec]
Device reset time-out [20 sec]
USB mass storage device Start Unit command time-out.
Configuration options: [10 sec] [20 sec] [30 sec] [40 sec]
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USB Ports Configuration
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Advanced
EHCI Controller 1 EHCI Controller 2 [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Rear USB #1
Rear USB #2
Onboard USB #3 Onboard USB #4 Onboard USB #5 Onboard USB #6 Onboard USB #7 [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enable/Disable (EHCI)
Support.
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F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
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EHCI Controller 1/2 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Support. If we disable the EHCI
Controller in BIOS > South Bridge > USB configuration, the USB device will all
disable in OS.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Rear USB 1/ 2 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable rear USB ports.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard USB 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ 6/ 7 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable onboard USB ports.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
5.4.9
Trusted Computing
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Advanced
Configuration
TPM SUPPORT [Enabled]
Current Status Information
No Security Device Found
Enables or Disables BIOS
support for security device.
O.S. will not show Security
Device. TCG EFI protocol and
INT1A interface will not be
available.
TPM Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the TPM support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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5.4.10
ACPI Settings
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Advanced
ACPI Settings
Enable ACPI Auto Configuration
[Disabled]
Enables or Disables BIOS ACPI
Auto Configuration.
Enabled Hibernation
[Enabled]
ACPI Sleep State [S1 (CPU Stop Clock)]
Lock Legacy Resources
[Disabled]
Enable ACPI Auto Configuration [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable BIOS ACPI Auto Configuration.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set Enabled ACPI Auto Configuration
to [Disabled].
Enable Hibernation [Enabled]
Enables or disables system ability to Hibernate (0S/S4 sleep state). This option
may be not effective with some OS.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ACPI Sleep State [S1 (CPU Stop Clock)]
Allows you to set the ACPI Sleep State.
Configuration options: [Suspend Disabled] [S1 (CPU Stop Clock)] [S3 (Suspend to
RAM)]
Lock Legacy Resources [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Lock Legacy Resources.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
5.4.11
WHEA Configuration
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Advanced
WHEA Support
[Enabled]
Enable or disable Windows
Hardware Error Architecture.
WHEA Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Windows Hardware Error Architecture support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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5.4.12
APM setting
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Advanced
Restore AC Power Loss
Power On By PCIE
Power On By Ring
Power On By RTC
[Last State]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Specify what state to go to
when power is re-applied after
a power failure (G3 state).
Restore AC Power Loss [Last State]
When set to [Power Off], the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
When set to [Power On], the system will reboot 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 PCIE [Disabled]
[Disabled]Disables the PCIE devices from generating a wake event.
[Enabled]Enables the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Power On By Ring [Disabled]
[Disabled]Disables the Ring devices from generating a wake event.
[Enabled]Enables the Ring devices to generate a wake event.
Power On By RTC [Disabled]
[Disabled]Disables RTC from generating a wake event.
[Enabled]When set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date (Days) and
Hour/Minute/Second will become user-configurable with set
values.
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5.4.13
Serial Port Console Redirection
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Advanced
COM1
Console Redirection
Console Redirection Settings
[Disabled]
COM2
Console Redirection
Console Redirection Settings
[Enabled]
Serial Port for Out-of-Band Management/
Windows Emergency Management Services (EMS)
Console Redirection
[Disabled]
Console Redirection Settings
Consloe Redirection Enable
or Disable.
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COM1
Console Redirection [Disabled]
Enables or disables the console redirection feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set Console Redirection to
[Enabled].
Console Redirection Settings
This item becomes configurable only when you enable the Console Redirection
item. The settings specify how the host computer and the remote computer (which
the user is using) will exchange data. Both computers should have the same or
compatible settings.
Terminal Type [VT-UTF8]
Allows you to set the terminal type.
[VT100] ASCII char set.
[VT100+] Extends VT100 to support color, function keys, et.
[VT-UTF8]Uses UTF8 encoding to map Unicode chars onto 1 or more bytes
[ANSI] Extended ASCII char set
Bits per second [57600]
Selects serial port transmission speed. The speed must be matched
on the other side. Long or noisy lines may require lower speeds.
Configuration options: [9600] [19200] [38400] [57600] [115200]
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Data Bits [8]
Configuration options: [7] [8]
Parity [None]
A parity bit can be sent with the data bits to detect some transmission errors.
[Mark] and [Space] parity do not allow for error detection.
[None]
[Even]
[Odd]
[Mark]
[Space]
No parity bit
parity bit is 0 if the num of 1’s in the data bits is even
parity bit is 0 if num of 1’s in the data bits is odd
parity bit is always 1
parity bit is always 0
Stop Bits [1]
Stop bits indicate the end of a serial data packet. (A start bit indicates the
beginning.) The standard setting is 1 stop bit. Communication with slow
devices may require more than 1 stop bit. Configuration options: [1] [2]
Flow Control [Hardware RTS/CTS]
Flow control can prevent data loss from buffer overflow. When sending data,
if the receiving buffers are full, a “stop” signal can be sent to stop the data
flow. Once the buffers are empty, a “start” signal can be sent to re-start the
flow. Hardware flow control uses two wires to send start/stop signals.
Configuration options: [None] [Hardware RTS/CTS]
Recorder Mode [Disabled]
With this mode enabled only text will be sent. This is to capture Terminal
data.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Legacy OS Redirection Resolution [80x24]
Configures the number of rows and columns supported on legacy OS.
Configuration options: [80x24] [80x25]
COM2
Console Redirection [Enabled]
Enables or disables the console redirection feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Console Redirection Settings
Please refer to the description of the Console Redirection Settings item under
COM1 for details.
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Serial Port for Out-of-Band Management/ Windows Emergency
Management Services (EMS)
Console Redirection [Disabled]
Enables or disables the console redirection feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set Console Redirection to [Enabled].
Console Redirection Settings
Out-of-Band Mgmt Port [COM1]
Microsoft Windows Emergency Management Services (EMS) allow for
remote management of a Windows Server OS through a serial port.
Configuration options: [COM1] [COM2]
Terminal Type [VT-UTF8]
Microsoft Windows Emergency Management Services (EMS) allow for
remote management of a Windows Server OS through a serial port.
Configuration options: [VT100] [VT100+] [VT-UTF8] [ANSI]
Bits per second [115200]
Microsoft Windows Emergency Management Services (EMS) allow for
remote management of a Windows Server OS through a serial port.
Configuration options: [9600] [19200] [57600] [115200]
Flow Control [None]
Microsoft Windows Emergency Management Services (EMS) allow for
remote management of a Windows Server OS through a serial port.
Configuration options: [None] [VT100] [Hardware RTS/CTS] [Software
Xon/Xoff]
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5.4.14
Onboard LAN Configuration
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Advanced
Onboard LAN Configuration
Intel LAN ROM Type
Intel LAN1 Enable
LAN1 Option ROM Support
Intel LAN2 Enable
LAN2 Option ROM Support
Intel LAN3 Enable
LAN3 Option ROM Support
Intel LAN4 Enable
LAN4 Option ROM Support
[PXE]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Launch INTEL W82574L OpROM
Intel LAN ROM Type [PXE]
This item launches LAN ROM.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [PXE] [iSCSI]
Intel LAN1 Enable [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel LAN1 function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
LAN1 Option ROM Support [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel LAN2 Enable [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel LAN2 function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
LAN2 Option ROM Support [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel LAN3 Enable [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel LAN3 function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
LAN3 Option ROM Support [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel LAN4 Enable [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel LAN4 function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
LAN4 Option ROM Support [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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5.4.15
ME Subsystem
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Advanced
Intel ME Subsystem Configuration
ME BIOS Interface Version
1.2
ME Version
ME Subsystem Help.
2.1.5.69
ME FW Status Value :
ME FW State
0xf0345
:
SPS ME FW Active
ME FW Operation State:
M0 without UMA
ME FW Error Code:
No Error
ME Ext FW Status value:
0x3000e301
BIOS Booting Mode:
Performance Optimized
Cores Disabled:
0
ME FW
SiEn NM
SKU Information:
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↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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5.4.16
Legacy Devices Configuration
Aptio Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 2011 American Megatrends, Inc.
Advanced
Set Parameters of serial
Port 1(COM1).
Serial Port 1 Configuration
Serial Port 2 Configuration
Serial Port 1/2 Configuration
Aptio Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 2011 American Megatrends, Inc.
Advanced
Enable or Disable Serial
Port(COM).
Serial Port Configuration
Serial Port
Device Settings
[Enabled]
I0=3F8h; IRQ=4
Device Mode
[Standard Serial Po..]
Serial Port [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the serial port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Device Mode [Standard Serial Port Mode]
Allows you to change the serial port mode.
Configuration options: [Standard Serial Port Mode]
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5.4.17
Runtime Error Logging
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Advanced
Runtime Error Logging Support
[Disabled]
Runtime Error Logging Support [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable Runtime Error Logging Support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set Runtime Error Logging Support
to [Enabled].
PCI Error Logging Support [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable PCI Error Logging.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled].
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5.5
Server Mgmt menu
The Server Mgmt menu displays the server management status, and allows you to
change the settings.
The Server Mgmt menu appears only when you install ASMB card on the
motherboard.
Main
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O/S Watchdog Timer
O/S Wtd Timer Timeout
O/S Wtd Timer Policy
1.07
[Disabled]
[10 minutes]
[Reset]
System Event Log
BMC network configuration
Wait for BMC response for
specified timeout In PILOTII,
BMC starts at the same time
when BIOS starts during AC
power ON. It takes arround
30 seconds to initialize
Host to BMC interfaces.
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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O/S Watchdog Timer [Disabled]
If enabled, starts a BIOS timer which can only be shut off by Intel Management
Software after the OS loads. Helps determine that the OS sucessfully loaded or
follows the O/S Boot Watchdog TImer Policy.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
O/S Wtd Timer Timeout [10 minutes]
Allows you to configure the length of the O/S Boot Watchdog Timer. Not available if
O/S Boot Watchdog Timer is disabled.
Configuration options: [5 minutes] [10 minutes] [15 minutes] [20 minutes]
O/S Wtd Timer Policy [Reset]
Allows you to configure how the system should respond if the OS Boot Watchdog
Timer expires. Not available if O/S Boot Watchdog Timer is disabled.
Configuration options: [Do Nothing] [Reset] [Power Down]
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5.5.1
System Event Log
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Enabling/Disabling Options
SEL Components
[Disabled]
Erasing Settings
Erase SEL
When SEL is Full
[No]
[Do Nothing]
Note: All values changed here do not take effect
until computer is restarted.
Change this to enable or
disable all features of
system Event Logging during
boot.
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↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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SEL Components [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable all features of system Event Logging during boot.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
•
The following items appears only when you set SEL Components to
[Enabled].
•
All values changed here do not take effect until computer is restarted.
Erase SEL [No]
Allows you to choose options for erasing SEL.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes, On next reset] [Yes, On every reset]
When SEL is Full [Do Nothing]
Allows you to choose options for reactions to a full SEL.
Configuration options: [Do Nothing] [Erase Immediately]
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5.5.2
BMC network configuration
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DM_LAN1
DM_LAN1 IP Address in BMC:
DM_LAN1 Subnet Mask in BMC:
DM_LAN1 Gateway Address in BMC:
DM_LAN1 MAC Address in BMC:
DM_LAN1 Address Source in BMC:
Configuration Address source
000.000.000.000
000.000.000.000
000.000.000.000
00.E0.18.02.21.DC
DHCP Mode
[Previous State]
Lan1
Lan1
Lan1
Lan1
Lan1
Lan1
IP Address in BMC:
Subnet Mask in BMC:
Gateway Address in BMC:
MAC Address in BMC:
Address Source in BMC:
Configuration Address source
000.000.000.000
000.000.000.000
000.000.000.000
00.00.00.00.00.00
DHCP Mode
[Previous State]
Select to configure LAN
channel parameters
statically or dynamically(by
BIOS or BMC). Unspecified
option will not modify any
BMC network parameters
during BIOS phase
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Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
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F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
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Configuration Address source [Previous State]
Select to configure LAN channel parameters statically or dynamically(by BIOS or BMC).
Unspecified option will not modify any BMC network parameters during BIOS phase.
Configuration options: [Previous State] [Static Mode] [DHCP Mode]
The following items appears only when you set Configuration Address source
to [Static Mode].
Station IP address [0.0.0.0]
Allows you to key in Station IP address.
Subnet mask [0.0.0.0]
Allows you to key in Subnet mask.
Gateway IP address [0.0.0.0]
Allows you to key in Gateway IP address.
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5.6
Event Logs menu
The Event Logs allows you to change or view the event log settings.
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Press <Enter> to change
the Smbios Event Log
configuration.
Change Smbios Event Log Settings
View Smbios Event Log
View System Event Log
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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Change Smbios Event Log Settings
Press <Enter> to change the Smbios Event Log configuration.
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Event Logs
Enabling/Disabling Options
Smbios Event Log
[Enabled]
Erasing Settings
Erase Event Log
When Log is Full
[No]
[Do Nothing]
Smbios Event Log Standard Settings
Log System Boot Event
[Disabled]
MECI
1
METW
60
Custom Option
Log OEM Codes
[Enabled]
Convert OEM Codes
[Disabled]
Note: All values changed here do not take effect
until computer is restarted.
Change this to enable or
disable all features of
Smbios Event Logging during
boot.
→←: Select Screen
↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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All the changes made will take effect after you restart your system.
Enabling/Disabling Options
Smbios Event Log [Enabled]
Change this to enable or disable all features of Smbios Event Logging during
boot.Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Erasing Settings
Erase Event Log [No]
Choose the options for erasing Smbios Event Log. Erasing is done prior to
any logging activation during reset.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes, Next reset] [Yes, Every reset]
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When Log is Full [Do Nothing]
Allows you to choose the options for reactions to a full Smbios Event Log.
Configuration options: [Do Nothing] [Erase Immediately]
Smbios Event Log Standard Settings
Log System Boot Event [Disabled]
Allows you to choose the options to enable/disable logging of System boot
event.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
MECI [1]
Mutiple Event Count Increment (MECI). The number of occurrences of a
duplicate event that must pass before the multiple-event counter associated
with the log entry is updated, specified as a numeric value ranging from 1 to
255.
METW [60]
Mutiple Event Time Windows (METW). The number of minutes that must
pass between duplicate log entries that utilize a multiple-event counter. The
value ranges from 0 to 99 minutes.
Custom Option
Log OEM Codes [Enabled]
Enables or disables the logging of EFI Status Codes as OEM Codes (if not
already converted to legacy).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Convert OEM Codes [Disabled]
Enables or disables the converting of EFI Status Codes to Standard Smbios
Types (Not all may be translated).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
View Smbios Event Log
Press <Enter> to view all smbios event logs.
View System Event Log
Press <Enter> to view all system event logs.
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5.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options.
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Boot Configuration
Setup Prompt Timeout
Bootup NumLock State
1
[On]
Full Screen Logo
[Enabled]
CSM16 Module Version
07.68
GateA20 Active
Option ROM Messages
Interrupt 19 Capture
Boot Device Seeking
UEFI Boot
[Upon Request]
[Force BIOS]
[Enabled]
[Endless PXE]
[Disabled]
Boot
Boot
Boot
Boot
Boot
[SATA P2: ASUS
...]
[SATA P3: WDC WD80...]
[AMI Virtual Floppy...]
[IBA GE Slot 0700 v...]
Option
Option
Option
Option
Option
Priorities
#1
#2
#3
#4
Number of seconds to wait for
setup activation key.
65535(0xFFFF) means indefinite
waiting.
CD/DVD ROM Drive BBS Priorities
Floppy Drive BBS Priorities
Network Device BBS Priorities
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↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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Setup Prompt Timeout [xx]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the number of seconds to wait for setup
activation key.
Bootup NumLock State [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
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.
CSM16 Module Version
GateA20 Active [Upon Request]
[Upon Request] GA20 can be disabled using BIOS services.
[Always] D
o not allow disable GA20. This option is useful when any RT
code is executed above 1MB.
Option ROM Messages [Force BIOS]
Allows you to set the display mode for Options ROM.
Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
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Interrupt 19 Capture [Enabled]
Allows Option ROMs to trap interrupt 19.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Boot Device Seeking [Endless PXE]
[Endless PXE] Continuously searches for the remote boot image until it is found or
the process is aborted
[Normal]
Searches for the remote boot image once, then stops.
UEFI Boot [Disabled]
Enables or disables UEFI Boot.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Boot Option Priorities
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.
•
To select the boot device during system startup, press <F8> when ASUS
Logo appears.
•
To access Windows OS in Safe Mode, please press <F8> after POST.
Set the booting order of network devices.
Boot Option #1/#2/#3/#4 [SATA P2: ASUS ...]
Configuration options: [SATA P2: ASUS ...] [SATA P3: WDC WD80...]
[AMI Virtual Floppy...] [IBA GE Slot 0700 v...]
CD/DVD ROM Drive BBS Priorities
Hard Drive BBS Priorities
Floppy Drive BBS Priorities
Network Device BBS Priorities
These items appear only when you connect SATA ODD or hard drive to the
SATA ports and allow you to set the booting order of the SATA devices.
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5.8
Monitor menu
The Monitor menu displays the system temperature/power status, and allows you to
change the fan settings.
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CPU1 Temperature
CPU2 Temperature
TR1 Temperature
TR2 Temperature
CPU FAN1 Speed
CPU FAN2 Speed
FRNT FAN1 Speed
FRNT FAN2 Speed
FRNT FAN3 Speed
FRNT FAN4 Speed
REAR FAN1 Speed
REAR FAN2 Speed
+VTT_CPU
VCORE1
VCORE2
+VDDQ_AB_CPU1
+VDDQ_CD_CPU1
+VDDQ_EF_CPU2
+VDDQ_GH_CPU2
+5VSB
+5V
+12V
+3.3V
VBAT
+3.3VSB
56.0ºC/132.8ºF
N/A
41.3ºC/106.3ºF
31.1ºC/87.9ºF
N/A
N/A
N/A
5421 RPM
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
+1.056 V
+0.992 V
N/A
N/A
+1.490 V
N/A
N/A
+5.030 V
+5.017 V
+11.712 V
+3.372 V
+3.264 V
+3.366 V
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↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: Exit
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FAN Speed Control
[Generic Mode]
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CPU 1/2; TR1 1/2 Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and
motherboard component temperatures.
CPU FAN1/2 Speed; FRNT FAN1–4 Speed; REAR FAN1/2 Speed
[xxxx RPM] or [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the speed of
CPU fans, front fans, and rear fan in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not
connected to the motherboard, the field shows N/A.
+VTT_CPU Voltage, VCORE1/2 Voltage, +VDDQ_AB/CD_CPU1
Voltage, +VDDQ_EF/GH_CPU2 Voltage, +5VSB Voltage, +5V Voltage,
+12V Voltage, +3.3V Voltage, VBAT Voltage, +3.3VSB Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators.
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FAN Speed Control [Generic Mode]
Allows you to configure the ASUS Smart Fan feature that smartly adjusts the fan
speeds for more efficient system operation.
Configuration options: [Generic Mode] [High Speed Mode] [Full Speed Mode]
5.9
Security menu
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
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Password Description
If ONLY the Administrator's password is set,
then this only limits access to Setup and is
only asked for when entering Setup
If ONLY the User's password is set, then this
is a power on password and must be entered to
boot or enter Setup. In Setup the User will
have Administrator rights
The password length must br in the following range:
Minimum length 3
Maximum length 20
Set Setup Administrator
Password
Administrator Password
User Password
If you have forgotten your BIOS password, erase the CMOS Real Time Clock
(RTC) RAM to clear the BIOS password. See section 2.6 Jumpers for information
on how to erase the RTC RAM.
Administrator Password
If you have set an administrator password, we recommend that you enter the
administrator password for accessing the system. Otherwise, you might be able to
see or change only selected fields in the BIOS setup program.
To set an administrator password:
1.
2.
3.
Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press
<Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change an administrator password:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Select the Administrator Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then
press <Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press
<Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
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To clear the administrator password, follow the same steps as in changing an
administrator password, but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the
password.
User Password
If you have set a user password, you must enter the user password for accessing
the system.
To set a user password:
1.
2.
3.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a password, then press
<Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To change a user password:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select the User Password item and press <Enter>.
From the Enter Current Password box, key in the current password, then
press <Enter>.
From the Create New Password box, key in a new password, then press
<Enter>.
Confirm the password when prompted.
To clear the user password, follow the same steps as in changing a user password,
but press <Enter> when prompted to create/confirm the password.
5.10 Tool menu
The Tool menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the submenu.
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ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
Be used to update BIOS
ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash BIOS ROM Utility when you press <Enter>. Check
section 5.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility for details.
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5.11 Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
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Discard Changes & Exit
Save Changes & Reset
Discard Changes & Reset
Exit system setup without
saving any changes.
Restore Defaults
Boot Override
AMI Virtual CDROM0 1.00
AMI Virtual Floppy0 1.00
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IBA GE Slot 0800 v1376
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
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↑↓: Select Item
Enter: Select Item
+/-: Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F5: Optimized Defaults
F10: Save & Exit
ESC: 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.
Discard Changes & Exit
This option allows you to exit the Setup program without saving your changes.
When you select this option or if you press <Esc>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Yes to discard changes and exit.
Save Changes & Reset
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved. When you select this option or
if you press <F10>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to save changes
and exit.
Discard Changes & Reset
This option allows you to reset the Setup program without saving your changes.
When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to discard
changes and reset.
Restore Defaults
This option allows you to restore/load defaults values for all the setup options.
When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select Yes to load optimized defaults.
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Boot Override
These items displays the available devices. The device items that appears on the
screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system. Click an item to
start booting from the selected device.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
This item is for launching the EFI Shell application from one of the available
filesystem devices.
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This chapter provides instructions for
setting up, creating and configuring RAID
sets using the available utilities.
RAID configuration
Chapter 6
6.1
Setting up RAID
The motherboard comes with the Intel® C602-A controller that supports the
following SATA RAID solutions:
•
•
LSI MegaRAID software RAID Configuration Utility (default) with RAID 0,
RAID 1, and RAID 10 support (for both Linux and Windows OS).
Intel Rapid Storage Technology with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and RAID 5
support (for Windows OS only).
6.1.1
RAID definitions
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 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy
data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10 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.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard disk
drives. Among the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better HDD
performance, fault tolerance, and higher storage capacity. The RAID 5 configuration
is best suited for transaction processing, relational database applications,
enterprise resource planning, and other business systems. Use a minimum of three
identical hard disk drives for this setup.
6.1.2
Installing hard disk drives
The motherboard supports SATA hard disk drives for RAID set configuration. For
optimal performance, install identical drives of the same model and capacity when
creating a disk array.
See section 2.4 Hard disk drives for SATA hard disk drive installation.
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6.1.3
RAID controller selection
You can choose either the LSI Software RAID Configuration Utility or the Intel
Rapid Storage Technology as the default utility to create RAID set(s). See 5. RAID
configuration utility selection on page 4-6 for details.
6.1.4
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must enable the RAID function in the BIOS Setup before creating RAID set(s)
using SATA HDDs. To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
3.
Set SATA Mode to [RAID Mode]
2.
4.
Go to the Advanced Menu > PCH SATA Configuration, then press <Enter>.
Press <F10> to save your changes and exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to Chapter 5 for details on entering and navigating through the BIOS
Setup.
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6.2
LSI Software RAID Configuration Utility
The LSI MegaRAID software RAID configuration utility allows you to create RAID 0,
RAID 1, or RAID 10 set(s) from SATA hard disk drives connected to the SATA
connectors supported by the motherboard southbridge chip.
To enter the LSI MegaRAID software RAID configuration utility:
1.
2.
Turn on the system after installing all the SATA hard disk drives.
During POST, the LSI MegaRAID software RAID configuration utility
automatically detects the installed SATA hard disk drives and displays any
existing RAID set(s). Press <Ctrl> + <M> to enter the utility.
LSI MegaRAID Software RAID BIOS Version A.10 09231523R
LSI SATA RAID Found at PCI Bus No:00 Dev No:1F
Device present at Port 0
ST3160812AS
152114MB
Device present at Port 1
ST3160812AS
152114MB
Device present at Port 2
ST3160812AS
152114MB
Device present at Port 3
ST3160812AS
152114MB
Press Ctrl-M or Enter to run LSI Software RAID Setup Utility.
3.
•
The LSI MegaRAID software RAID configuration utility automatically
configures to RAID 1 when the SATA to RAID Mode is enabled.
•
The RAID setup screens shown in this section are for reference only and
may not exactly match the items on your screen due to the controller
version difference.
•
When you create RAID sets with the LSI MegaRAID software RAID
configuration utility, the boot priority of the SATA optical drive has to be
manually adjusted. Otherwise, the system will not boot from the connected
SATA ODD.
The utility main window appears. Use the arrow keys to select an option from
the Management Menu and then press <Enter>. Refer to the Management
Menu descriptions on the next page.
At the bottom of the screen is the legend box. The keys on the legend box
allow you to navigate through the setup menu options or execute commands.
The keys on the legend box vary according to the menu level.
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Management Menu
Configure
Initialize
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Configure VD(s)
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Menu
Description
Configure
Allows you to create RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 10 set using the Easy
Configuration or the New Configuration command. This menu also
allows you to view, add, or clear RAID configurations or select the
boot drive
Initialize
Allows you to initialize the virtual drives of a created RAID set
Objects
Allows you to initialize virtual drives or change the virtual drive
parameters
Rebuild
Allows you to rebuild failed drives
Check Consistency Allows you to check the data consistency of the virtual drives of a
created RAID set
6.2.1
Creating a RAID set
The LSI Software RAID Configuration Utility allows you to create a RAID 0, RAID 1,
or RAID 10 set using two types of configurations: Easy and New.
In Easy Configuration, the virtual drive parameters are set automatically.
In New Configuration, you manually set the virtual drive parameters.
Using Easy Configuration
To create a RAID set using the Easy Configuration option:
1.
From the Management Menu, select Configure > Easy Configuration, and
then press <Enter>.
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Configuration Menu
Easy Configuration
New Configuration
Management Menu
View/Add Configuration
Configure
Clear Configuration
Initialize
Select Boot Drive
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Defines Physical Arrays. An Array Will Automatically Become A VD
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2.
The ARRAY SELECTION MENU displays the available drives connected to
the SATA ports. Use the up/down arrow keys to select the drives you want to
include in the RAID set, and then press <Space>. When selected, the drive
indicator changes from READY to ONLIN A[X]-[Y], where X is the array
number, and Y is the drive number.
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Easy Configuration - ARRAY SELECTION MENU
Management Menu
Configure
Initialize
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
PORT #
0 ONLIN A00-00
1 ONLIN A00-01
2 READY
3 READY
Port # 2 DISK
74.74GB
HDS728080PLA380
05.01C05
SPACE-Sel,ENTER-EndArray,F10-Configure,F2-Drive Info,F3-Virtual Drives,F4-HSP
3.
4.
•
The information of the selected hard disk drive displays at the bottom of the
screen.
•
You need at least two identical hard disk drives when creating a RAID 1 set.
•
You need at least four identical hard disk drives when creating a RAID 10
set.
Select all the drives required for the RAID set, and then press <F10> to
configure array setting.
Press <Space> to select the configurable array.
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PORT #
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5.
Press <F10> again, the virtual drive information appears including a Virtual
Drive menu that allows you to change the virtual drive parameters.
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1 DNLIN A00-01
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Virtual Drive 0
RAID = 1
Units= MB
Size = 152146MB
DWC = Off
RA = On
Accept
SPAN = NO
64 KB
ONLINE
Choose RAID Level For This VD
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
6.
7.
Select RAID from the Virtual Drive sub-menu, and then press <Enter>.
Select the RAID level from the menu, and then press <Enter>.
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1 DNLIN A00-01
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RAID Level
RAID = 1
RAID 0
Units= MB
RAID 1
Size = 152146MB
DWC = Off
RA = On
Accept
SPAN = NO
ONLINE
Choose RAID Level For This VD
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
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8.
9.
Select Units from the Virtual Drive sub-menu, and then press <Enter>.
Select the units for virtual drive size from the menu, and then press <Enter>.
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148.580GB PORT
2 #
64 KB
ONLINE
Configure
0 DNLIN A00-00
Initialize
Objects
1 DNLIN A00-01
Rebuild
Select Units For VD Size
Check Consistency
MB
Virtual Drive 0
GB
RAID = 1
TB
Units= MB
Size = 152146MB
DWC = Off
RA = On
Accept
SPAN = NO
Select Units For VD Size
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
10. When creating a RAID 1 or a RAID 10 set, select DWC from the Virtual
Drive menu, and then press <Enter>.
When creating a RAID 0 set, proceed to step 12.
11. Select On to enable the Disk Write Cache setting, and then press <Enter>.
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2 #
64 KB
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0 DNLIN A00-00
Initialize
Objects
1 DNLIN A00-01Change DWC
Rebuild
Off
Check Consistency
On
Virtual Drive 0
RAID = 1
Units= MB
Size = 152146MB
DWC = Off
RA = On
Accept
SPAN = NO
ONLINE
Disk Write Cache Setting Of VD
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
Enabling DWC can improve the performance, but with the risk of data loss.
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12. When finished setting the selected virtual drive configuration, select Accept
from the menu, and then press <Enter>.
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Objects
1 DNLIN A00-01
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Virtual Drive 0
RAID = 1
Units= MB
Size = 152146MB
DWC = Off
RA = On
Accept
SPAN = NO
64 KB
ONLINE
Accept This VD Configuration And Go To Next VD
Cursor Keys, SPACE-(De)Select F2-ChIdInfo F3-SlotInfo F10-Configure Esc-Quit
13. Follow step 2 to 12 to configure additional virtual drives.
14. Press <Esc> to finish RAID configuration. When prompted to save
configuration, select Yes from the menu, and then press <Enter>.
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Save Configuration?
Easy Configuration
Yes
New
Management Menu Configuration
No
View/Add Configuration
Configure
Clear Configuration
Initialize
Virtual Drive(s) Configured
Boot Drive
Objects
LD Select
RAID
Size
#Stripes
StripSz Status
Rebuild
Check Consistency
0
1
148.580GB
2
64 KB
ONLINE
Select Yes Or No
Use Cursor Keys to Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
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Using New Configuration
When a RAID set already exists, using the New Configuration command
erases the existing RAID configuration data. If you do not want to delete the
existing RAID set, use the View/Add Configuration command to view or create
another RAID configuration.
To create a RAID set using the New Configuration option
1.
From the Management Menu, select Configure > New Configuration, and
then press <Enter>.
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Easy Configuration
New Configuration
Management Menu
View/Add Configuration
Configure
Clear Configuration
Initialize
Select Boot Drive
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Clear Existing Configuration And Start A New Configuration
Use Cursor Keys to Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
2.
Follow step 2 to 9 of the previous section: Using Easy Configuration.
4.
Key-in the desired virtual drive size, and then press <Enter>.
3.
Select Size from the Virtual Drive menu, and then press <Enter>.
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0 DNLIN A00-00
Initialize
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1 DNLIN A00-01
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Enter VD Size: 152146_
Virtual Drive 0
RAID = 1
Units= MB
Size = 152146MB
DWC = Off
RA = On
Accept
SPAN = NO
64 KB
ONLINE
Enter VD Size:
Use Cursor Keys to Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
5.
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Follow step 10 to 14 of the previous section: Using Easy Configuration to
create the RAID set.
Chapter 6: RAID configuration
6.2.2
Adding or viewing a RAID configuration
You can add a new RAID configuration or view an existing configuration using the
View/Add Configuration command.
Adding a new RAID configuration
To add a new RAID configuration:
1.
From the Management Menu, select Configure > View/Add Configuration,
and then press <Enter>.
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Easy Configuration
New Configuration
Management Menu
View/Add Configuration
Configure
Clear Configuration
Initialize
Select Boot Drive
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
View/Add to The Existing Configuration
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
2.
The ARRAY SELECTION MENU displays the available drives connected to
the SATA ports. Select the drive(s) you want to include in the RAID set, then
press <Space>. When selected, the drive indicator changes from READY to
ONLIN A[X]-[Y], where X is the array number, and Y is the drive number.
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Configure
Initialize
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Port # 2 DISK
PORT #
0 ONLIN A00-00
1 ONLIN A00-01
2 READY
3 READY
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SPACE-Sel,ENTER-EndArray,F10-Configure,F2-Drive Info,F3-Virtual Drives,F4-HSP
The information of the selected hard disk drive displays at the bottom of the
screen.
3.
Follow step 3 to 12 of section 6.2.1 Creating a RAID set: Using Easy
Configuration to add a new RAID set.
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6.2.3
Initializing the virtual drives
After creating the RAID set(s), you must initialize the virtual drives. You may
initialize the virtual drives of a RAID set(s) using the Initialize or Objects command
on the Management Menu.
Using the Initialize command
To initialize the virtual drive using the Initialize command
1.
From the Management Menu, select Initialize, and then press <Enter>.
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Initialize
Objects
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Check Consistency
Initialize VD(s)
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
2.
The screen displays the available RAID set(s) and prompts you to select the
virtual drive to initialize. Use the arrow keys to select the virtual drive from the
Virtual Drive selection, and then press <Space>.
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1
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Size
#Stripes
StripSz
148.580GB
2
64 KB
Status
ONLINE
Virtual Drives
Virtual Drive 0
Select VD
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3.
Press <F10> to start initialization. When prompted, select Yes from the
Initialize? dialog box, and then press <Enter>.
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#Stripes
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2
Status
64 KB
ONLINE
Initialize?
Yes
No
Virtual Drives
Virtual Drive 0
Init Will Destroy Data On Selected VD(s)
SPACE-(De)Select, F10-Initialize
Initializing a virtual drive erases all data on the drive.
4.
A progress bar appears on screen. If desired, press <Esc> to abort
initialization. When initialization is completed, press <Esc>.
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SPACE-(De)Select, F10-Initialize
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Using the Objects command
To initialize the virtual drives using the Objects command
1.
From the Management Menu, select Objects > Virtual Drive, and then
press <Enter>.
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Adapter
Configure
Virtual Drive
Initialize
Physical Drive
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Change VD Parameters
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
2.
Select the virtual drive to initialize from the Virtual Drives sub‑menu, and
then press <Enter>.
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Configure
Virtual Drive
Initialize
Physical Drive
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Select VD
Press ENTER To Select A VD, <Del> To Delete A VD
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3.
Select Initialize from the pop-up menu, and then press <Enter> to start
initialization.
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Configure
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Initialize
Physical Drive
Objects
Vitual Drive(0)
Rebuild
Initialze
Check Consistency
Check Consistency
View/Update Parameters
Initilize VD
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
4.
When prompted, press the <Space> to select Yes from the Initialize? dialog
box, and then press <Enter>.
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Initialize
Physical Drive
Objects
Vitual Drive(0)
Rebuild
Initialze
Check Consistency
Initialize?
Check Consistency
Yes
View/Update Parameters
No
Init Will Destroy Data On Selected VD(s)
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
5.
A progress bar appears on screen. If desired, press <Esc> to abort
initialization. When initialization is completed, press <Esc>.
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6.2.4
Rebuilding failed drives
You can manually rebuild failed hard disk drives using the Rebuild command in the
Management Menu.
To rebuild a failed hard disk drive
1.
From the Management Menu, select Rebuild, and then press <Enter>.
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Initialize
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Rebuild PD(s)
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
2.
The PHYSICAL DRIVES SELECTION MENU displays the available drives
connected to the SATA ports. Select the drive you want to rebuild, and then
press <Space>.
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Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
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1 FAIL A00-01
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3.
After selecting the drive to rebuild, press <F10>. When prompted, press <Y>
to rebuild the drive.
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1 RBLD A00-01
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Rebuilding
Of Drive Will Take A Few Minutes. Start Rebuilding Drive (Y/N)?
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4.
When rebuild is complete, press any key to continue.
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6.2.5
Checking the drives for data consistency
You can check and verify the accuracy of data redundancy in the selected virtual
drive. The utility can automatically detect and/or detect and correct any differences
in data redundancy depending on the selected option in the Objects > Adapter
menu.
The Check Consistency command is available only for virtual drives included
in a RAID 1 or RAID 10 set.
Using the Check Consistency Command
To check data consistency using the Check Consistency command
1.
From the Management Menu, select Check Consistency, and then press
<Enter>.
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Objects
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Check Consistency
CC Of VD(s)
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
2.
The screen displays the available RAID set(s) and prompts you to select
the virtual drive to check. Press <Space> to select the virtual drive from the
Virtual Drive sub-menu, and then press <F10>.
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1
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Size
#Stripes
StripSz
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2
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ONLINE
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Virtual Drive 0
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SPACE-(De)Select,
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3.
When prompted, use the arrow keys to select Yes from the Consistency
Check? dialog box, and then press <Enter>.
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0
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RAID
Size
#Stripes
StripSz
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4
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Yes
No
Status
ONLINE
Consistency Check?
Virtual Drives
Virtual Drive 0
Select VD
SPACE-(De)Select,
F10-Check Consistency
A progress bar appears on screen.
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10
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64 KB
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Initialize
Objects
VD 0 Consistency Check. Press Esc to Abort.
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Status
ONLINE
¦ 85 % Completed
Virtual Drives
Virtual Drive 0
The Data On The Drives Is Inconsistency. Repair Done!
SPACE-(De)Select,
4.
F10-Check Consistency
While checking the disk consistency, press <Esc> to display the following
options.
• Stop
- Stops the consistency check. The utility stores the
percentage of disk checked, and when you restart checking,
it continues from the last percentage completed rather than
from zero percent.
• Continue- Continues the consistency check.
• Abort
5.
When checking is complete, press any key to continue.
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- Aborts the consistency check. When you restart checking, it
continues from zero percent.
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Using the Objects command
To check data consistency using the Objects command
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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From the Management Menu, select Objects, and then select Virtual Drive
from the sub-menu.
Use the arrow keys to select the virtual drive you want to check, and then
press <Enter>.
Select Check Consistency from the pop-up menu, and then press <Enter>.
When prompted, use the arrow keys to select Yes from the dialog box to
check the drive.
When checking is complete, press any key to continue.
Chapter 6: RAID configuration
6.2.6
Deleting a RAID configuration
To delete a RAID configuration
1.
From the Management Menu, select Configure > Clear Configuration, and
then press <Enter>.
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New Configuration
Management Menu
View/Add Configuration
Configure
Clear Configuration
Initialize
Select Boot Drive
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Clear Existing Configuration
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
2.
When prompted, use the arrow keys to select Yes from the Clear
Configuration? dialog box, and then press <Enter>.
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New Configuration
Management Menu
Clear Configuration?
View/Add Configuration
Configure
Yes
Clear Configuration
Initialize
No Drive
Select Boot
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Clear Existing Configuration
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
3.
The utility clears all the current array(s).
Press any key to continue.
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6.2.7
Selecting the boot drive from a RAID set
You must have created a new RAID configuration before you can select the
boot drive from a RAID set. See section 6.2.1 Creating a RAID set: Using New
Configuration for details.
To select the boot drive from a RAID set
1.
From the Management Menu, select Configure > Select Boot Drive, and
then press <Enter>.
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New Configuration
Management Menu
View/Add Configuration
Configure
Clear Configuration
Initialize
Select Boot Drive
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Select A Boot VD
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
2.
When prompted, use the arrow keys to select the bootable virtual drive from
the list, then press <Enter>.
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BootMenu
Drive 0
Easy Configuration
New Configuration
Management Menu
View/Add Configuration
Configure
Clear Configuration
Initialize
Select Boot Drive
Objects
Rebuild
Check Consistency
Select A Boot VD
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
3.
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The virtual drive is selected as boot drive. Press any key to continue.
Chapter 6: RAID configuration
6.2.8
Enabling WriteCache
You may manually enable the RAID controller’s WriteCache option after creating a
RAID set to improve the data transmission performance.
When you enable WriteCache, you may lose data when a power interruption occurs
while transmitting or exchanging data among the drives.
The WriteCache function is recommended for RAID 1 and RAID 10 sets.
To enable WriteCache
1.
2.
From the Management Menu, select Objects > Adapter, select an existing
adapter, and then press <Enter> to display the adapter properties.
Select Disk WC, and then press <Enter> to turn on the option.
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Adapter 0
Rebuild Rate = 30
ObjectsChk Const Rate = 30
Management Menu
Adapter
FGI Rate
= 30
Configure
Virtual Drive BGI Rate
= 30
Initialize
Physical DriveDisk WC
= Off
Objects
Read Ahead
= On
Rebuild
Bios State
= Enable
Check Consistency
Cont On Error = Yes
Fast Init
= Enable
Auto Rebuild = On
Auto Resume
= Enable
Disk Coercion = 1GB
Factory Default
Disk Write Cache - Off(Write Through) or On(Write Back)
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
3.
4.
From the Management Menu, select Objects > Virtual Drive, select an
existing adapter and press <Enter>. Select View/Update Parameters and
press <Enter> to display the adapter properties.
Select Disk WC, and then press <Enter> to turn on the option.
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RAID
= 0
Objects
Size
= 148.580GB
Management Menu
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Stripe Size = 64KB
Configure
Virtual Drive
#Stripes
= 2
Initialize
Physical Drive
State
= OPTIMAL
Objects
Spans
= 1
Rebuild
Disk WC
= On
Check Consistency
Read Ahead
= On
Disk Write Cache Setting of VD
Use Cursor Keys To Navigate Between Items And Press Enter To Select An Option
5.
When finished, press any key to continue.
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6.3Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Option ROM Utility
The Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility allows you to create RAID
0, RAID 1, RAID 10 (RAID 1+0), and RAID 5 set(s) from Serial ATA hard disk drives
that are connected to the Serial ATA connectors supported by the Southbridge.
To enter the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology option ROM utility:
1.
Install all the Serial ATA hard disk drives.
3.
During POST, press <Ctrl+I> to display the utility main menu.
2.
Turn on the system.
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1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
[ MAIN MENU ]
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Exit
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Disks:
ID
Drive Model
0
ST3300656SS
1
ST3300656SS
2
ST3300656SS
3
ST3300656SS
[↑↓]-Select
Serial #
HWAS0000991753TR
37VN00009846RAJ1
397600009846UEDY
GWC50000991756G6
[ESC]-Exit
Size Type/Status(Vol ID)
279.3GB
Non-RAID Disk
279.3GB
Non-RAID Disk
279.3GB
Non-RAID Disk
279.3GB
Non-RAID Disk
[ENTER]-Select Menu
The navigation keys at the bottom of the screen allow you to move through
the menus and select the menu options.
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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6.3.1
Creating a RAID set
To create a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
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[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Sync:
Volume0
RAID0(Stripe)
Select Disks
128KB
0.0
GB
N/A
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]Change
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
2.
Enter a name for the RAID set and press <Enter>.
4.
When the Disks item is selected, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives
you want to include in the RAID set. The SELECT DISKS screen appears.
3.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow keys to
select a RAID level to create, and then press <Enter>.
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Port
0
1
2
3
Drive Model
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next [SPACE]-SelectDisk [ENTER]-Done
5.
Use the up/down arrow keys to select a drive, and then press <Space>
to select. A small triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after
completing your selection.
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6.
Use the up/down arrow keys to select the stripe size for the RAID array (for
RAID 0, 10 and 5 only), and then press <Enter>. The available stripe size
values range from 4 KB to 128 KB. The following are typical values:
RAID 0: 128KB
RAID 10: 64KB
RAID 5: 64KB
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size
for multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
8.
When the Capacity item is selected, enter the RAID volume capacity that you
want and press <Enter>. The default value indicates the maximum allowed
capacity.
When the Create Volume item is selected, press <Enter>. The following
warning message appears.
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
9.
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu, or <N> to
go back to the CREATE VOLUME menu.
6.3.2
Creating a Recovery set
To create a recovery set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise - SATA Option ROM - 3.0.0.1104
Copyright(C) 2003-11 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Sync:
Volume0
RAID0(Stripe)
Select Disks
128KB
0.0
GB
N/A
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]Change
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[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Chapter 6: RAID configuration
2.
3.
4.
Enter a name for the recovery set and press <Enter>.
When the RAID Level item is selected, press the up/down arrow keys to
select Recovery, and then press <Enter>.
When the Disks item is selected, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives
you want to include in the recovery set. The SELECT DISKS screen appears.
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Port
0
1
2
3
Drive Model
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
ST3160812AS
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
9LS0BJ5H
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
149.0GB
Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 1 Master and 1 Recovery disk to create volume.
[↑↓]-Prev/Next [TAB]-(M)aster [SPACE]-(R)ecovery [ENTER]-Done
5.
6.
7.
Use the up/down arrow keys to select a drive, press <TAB> to select a Master
disk, and then press <SPACE> to select a Recovery disk. A small triangle
marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after completing your selection.
When the Sync item is selected, use the up/down arrow keys to select a sync
option that you want and press <Enter>.
When the Create Volume item is selected, press <Enter>. The following
warning message appears.
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
8.
Press <Y> to create the recovery set and return to the main menu, or <N> to
go back to the CREATE VOLUME menu.
If a recovery set is created, you cannot add more RAID sets even when you
have more non-RAID disks installed in your system.
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6.3.3
Deleting a RAID set
Take caution when deleting a RAID set. You will lose all data on the hard disk
drives when you delete a RAID set.
To delete a RAID set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 2. Delete RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise - SATA Option ROM - 3.0.0.1104
Copyright(C) 2003-11 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Name
Volume0
Level
RAID0(Stripe)
Drives
2
Capacity
298.0GB
Status
Normal
Bootable
Yes
[ HELP ]
Deleting a volume will reset the disks to non-RAID.
WARNING: ALL DISK DATA WILL BE DELETED.
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
[↑↓]-Select
2.
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[DEL]-Delete Volume
Use the up/down arrow keys to select the RAID set you want to delete, and
then press <Del>. The following warning message appears.
[ DELETE VOLUME VERIFICATION ]
ALL DATA IN THE VOLUME WILL BE LOST!
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Are you sure you want to delete volume “Volume0”? (Y/N):
3.
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Press <Y> to delete the RAID set and return to the utility main menu, or press
<N> to return to the DELETE VOLUME menu.
Chapter 6: RAID configuration
6.3.4
Resetting disks to Non-RAID
Take caution before you reset a RAID volume hard disk drive to non-RAID.
Resetting a RAID volume hard disk drive deletes all internal RAID structure on
the drive.
To reset a RAID set hard disk drive:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
[ RESET RAID DATA ]
Resetting RAID disk will remove its RAID structures
and revert it to a non-RAID disk.
WARNING: Resetting a disk causes all data on the disk to be lost.
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Port Drive Model
0
ST3160812AS
1
ST3160812AS
Serial #
9LS0HJA4
9LS0F4HL
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
Status
Member Disk
Member Disk
Select the disks that should be reset.
[↑↓]-Previous/Next
2.
3.
4.
[SPACE]-Selects [ENTER]-Selection Complete
Use the up/down arrow keys to select the RAID set drive(s) you want to reset,
and then press <Space> to select.
Press <Enter> to reset the RAID set drive(s). A confirmation message
appears.
Press <Y> to reset the drive(s) or press <N> to return to the utility main
menu.
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6.3.5
Recovery Volume Options
If you have created a recovery set, you can configure more recovery set options
following the descriptions in the section.
See section 6.3.2 Creating a Recovery set to create a recovery set before
continue.
To configure a recovery set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 4. Recovery Volume Options and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise - SATA Option ROM - 3.0.0.1104
Copyright(C) 2003-11 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ RECOVERY VOLUME OPTIONS ]
1.
2.
Enable Only Recovery Disk
Enable Only Master Disk
[ HELP ]
Enable Only Recovery Disk - enables recovery disk if available and
disables master disk.
Enable Only Master Disk - enables master disk if available and
disables recovery disk.
Actions will result in change from Continuous Update mode to On-Request.
[↑↓]-Select
2.
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Use the up/down arrow keys to select the option you want, and then press
<ENTER>. The SELECT RECOVERY VOLUME screen appears.
[ SELECT RECOVERY VOLUME ]
Name
Volume0
Level
Recovery(Cont.)
Capacity
149.0GB
Status
Normal
Bootable
Yes
Select a Recovery volume to do the operation.
[↑↓]-Up/Down [SPACE]-Selects [ENTER]-Done
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Use the up/down arrow keys to select a drive, and then press <Space>
to select. A small triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after
completing your selection and return to the utility main menu.
Chapter 6: RAID configuration
6.3.6
Exiting the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology utility
To exit the utility:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 5. Exit, and then press <Enter>. The
following warning message appears.
[ CONFIRM EXIT ]
Are you sure you want to exit? (Y/N):
2.
Press <Y> to exit or press <N> to return to the utility main menu.
6.3.7
Rebuilding the RAID
This option is only for the RAID 1 set.
Rebuilding the RAID with other non-RAID disk
If any of the SATA hard disk drives included in the RAID 1 array failed, the system
displays the status of the RAID volume as “Degraded” during POST. You can
rebuild the RAID array with other installed non-RAID disks.
To rebuild the RAID with other non-RAID disk:
1.
2.
At the prompt, press <Ctrl> + <I> to enter the Intel Rapid Storage Technology
option ROM utility.
If there is a non-RAID SATA Hard Disk available, the utility will prompt to
rebuild the RAID. Press <Enter>, and then use up/down arrow keys to select
the destination disk or press <ESC> to exit.
[ DEGRADED VOLUME DETECTED ]
"Degraded" volume and disk available for rebuilding detected. Selecting
a disk initiates a rebuild. Rebuild completes in the operating system.
Select the port of destination disk for rebuilding (ESC to exit):
Port Drive Model
Serial #
Size
X
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXX
XX.XGB
[↑↓]-Previous/Next
[ENTER]-Select
[ESC]-Exit
Select a destination disk with the same size as the original hard disk.
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3.
The utility immediately starts rebuilding after the disk is selected. The status
of the degraded RAID volume is changed to “Rebuild”.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology enterprise - SATA Option ROM - 3.0.0.1104
Copyright(C) 2003-11 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Recovery Volume Options
5. Exit
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes:
ID
Name
0
Volume0
Physical Devices:
Port Drive Model
1
ST3160812AS
2
ST3160812AS
5.
6.
7.
Strip
N/A
Serial #
9LS0F4HL
3LS0JYL8
Size
149.0GB
Size
149.0GB
149.0GB
* = Data is Encrypted
Status
Bootable
Rebuild
Yes
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Member Disk(0)
Member Disk(0)
Volumes with “Rebuild” status will be rebuilt within the operating system.
[↑↓]-Select
4.
Level
RAID1(Mirror)
[ESC]-Exit
[ENTER]-Select Menu
Exit Intel Rapid Storage Technology and reboot the system.
Select Start > Programs > Intel Rapid Storage > Intel Rapid Storage
Console or click the Intel Rapid Storage Technology tray icon to load the
Intel Rapid Stroage Manager utility.
From the View menu, select Advanced Mode to display the details of the
Intel Rapid Storage Console.
From the Volumes view option, select RAID volume to view the rebuilding
status. When finished, the status is changed to “Normal”.
Rebuilding the RAID with a new hard disk
If any of the SATA hard disk drives included in the RAID array failed, the system
displays the status of the RAID volume as “Degraded” during POST. You may
replace the disk drive and rebuild the RAID array.
To rebuild the RAID with a new hard disk:
1.
Remove the failed SATA hard disk and install a new SATA hard disk of the
same specification into the same SATA Port.
Select a destination disk with the same size as the original hard disk.
2.
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Reboot the system and then follow the steps in section Rebuilding the RAID
with other non-RAID disk.
Chapter 6: RAID configuration
6.3.8
Setting the Boot array in the BIOS Setup Utility
You can set the boot priority sequence in the BIOS for your RAID arrays when
creating multi-RAID using the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology.
To set the boot array in the BIOS:
Set at least one of the arrays bootable to boot from the hard disk.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Reboot the system and press <Del> to enter the BIOS setup utility during
POST.
Go to the Boot menu and select the boot option priority.
Use up/down arrow keys to select the boot priority and press <Enter>. See
section 5.8 Boot menu for details.
From the Exit menu, select Save Changes & Exit, then press <Enter>.
When the confirmation window appears, select Yes, then press <Enter>.
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Chapter 6: RAID configuration
This chapter provides instructions for
installing the necessary drivers for
different system components.
Driver installation
Chapter 7
7.1
RAID driver installation
After creating the RAID sets for your server system, you are now ready to install
an operating system to the independent hard disk drive or bootable array. This
part provides instructions on how to install the RAID controller drivers during OS
installation.
7.1.1
Creating a RAID driver disk
The system does not include a floppy drive. You have to use a USB floppy drive
when creating a SATA RAID driver disk.
If you have created RAID sets with the LSI Software RAID configuration utility,
the boot priority of the SATA optical disk drive has to be manually adjusted.
Otherwise, the system will not boot from the connected SATA ODD.
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® or
Red Hat® Enterprise operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in
a RAID set. You can create a RAID driver disk in DOS (using the Makedisk
application in the support DVD).
To create a RAID driver disk in DOS environment
1.
Place the motherboard support DVD in the optical drive.
3.
Select the optical drive as the first boot priority to boot from the support DVD.
Save your changes, and then exit the BIOS Setup.
2.
4.
Restart the computer, and then enter the BIOS Setup.
Restart the computer. The Makedisk menu appears.
Create Driver Diskette Menu
C600 INTEL RAID Driver
C600 LSI RAID Driver
MARVELL 9230 SATA Driver
Write DMI
FreeDOS command prompt
5.
Use the arrow keys to select the type of RAID driver disk you want to create
and press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu.
C600 INTEL RAID Driver
Windows
Windows
Windows
Windows
Back
Exit
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32
64
32
64
C600
bit
bit
bit
bit
INTEL RAID Driver
(AHCI / AHCI RAID)
(AHCI / AHCI RAID)
(SCU RAID)
(SCU RAID)
Chapter 7: Driver installation
LSI 2008 SAS2 Driver
LSI 2008 SAS2 Driver
Windows XP 32 bit
Windows XP 64 bit
Windows Server 2003 32 bit
Windows Server 2003 64 bit
Windows Vista 32 bit
Windows Vista 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 32 bit
Windows Server 2008 64 bit
Windows 7 32 bit
Windows 7 64 bit
Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit
RHEL 4 UP7 32 bit
RHEL 4 UP7 64 bit
RHEL 4 UP8 32 bit
RHEL 4 UP8 64 bit
Back
Exit
6.
7.
8.
Locate the RAID driver and place a blank, high-density floppy disk to the
floppy disk drive.
Press <Enter>.
Follow screen instructions to create the driver disk.
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To create a RAID driver disk in Windows® environment
1. Start Windows®.
2. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
3. Go to the Make disk menu, and then select the type of RAID driver disk you
want to create.
4. Insert a floppy disk into the USB floppy disk drive.
5. Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
To create a RAID driver disk in Red Hat® Enterprise Linux server environment
1.
2.
Insert a blank formatted high-density floppy disk to the USB floppy disk drive.
Type dd if=XXX.img of=/dev/fd0 to decompress the file into the floppy
disk from the following path in the support DVD:
For LSI MegaRAID Driver
\Drivers\C600 LSI RAID\Driver\makedisk\Linux
3. Eject the floppy disk.
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Chapter 7: Driver installation
7.1.2
Installing the RAID controller driver
During Windows® Server 2008 OS installation
To install the RAID controller driver when installing Windows® Server 2008 OS
1.
2.
3.
Boot the computer using the Windows® Server 2008 OS installation disc.
Follow the screen instructions to start installing Windows Server 2008.
When prompted to choose a type of installation, click Custom (advanced).
Click Load Driver.
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4.
A message appears, reminding you to insert the installation media containing
the driver of the RAID controller driver. If you have only one optical drive
installed in your system, eject the Windows OS installation disc and replace
with the motherboard Support DVD into the optical drive. Click Browse to
continue.
5.
Locate the driver in the corresponding folder of the Support DVD, and then
click OK to continue.
6.
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Select the RAID controller driver you need from the list and click Next.
7.
When the system finishes loading the RAID driver, replace the motherboard
Support DVD with the Windows Server installation disc. Select the drive to
install Windows and click Next.
8.
Setup then proceeds with the OS installation. Follow screen instructions to
continue.
Chapter 7: Driver installation
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux OS 5.6
To install the LSI MegaRAID controller driver when installing Red Hat® Enterprise
OS:
1.
2.
Boot the system from the Red Hat® OS installation CD.
At the boot:, type linux dd noprobe=ata1 noprobe=ata2..., then
press <Enter>.
The number of ata varies with the hard disk drive number you have when
building a RAID set. For example, if you want to build a RAID set with 6 hard
disk drives, type command line: linux dd noprobe=ata1 noprobe=ata2
noprobe=ata3 noprobe=ata4 noprobe=ata5 noprobe=ata6.
- To install or upgrade in graphical mode, press the <ENTER> key.
- To install or upgrade in text mode, type: linux text <ENTER>.
- Use the function keys listed below for more information.
[F1-Main] [F2-Options] [F3-General] [F4-Kernel] [F5-Rescue]
boot: linux dd noprobe=ata1 noprobe=ata2
3.
Select Yes using the <Tab> key when asked if you have the driver disk, then
press <Enter>.
Main Menu
Do you have a driver disk?
Yes
4.
No
Insert the Red Hat® Enterprise RAID driver disk to the USB floppy disk drive,
select OK, then press <Enter>.
Insert Driver Disk
Insert your driver disk into /dev/fd0
and press “OK” to continue.
OK
Back
The drivers for the RAID card are installed to the system.
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5.
When asked if you will load additional RAID controller drivers, select No, then
press <Enter>.
More Driver Disks?
Do you wish to load any more
driver disks?
Yes
6.
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No
Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the OS installation.
7.
When the installation is completed, DO NOT click Reboot. Press <Ctrl>
+ <Alt> + <F2> to switch to the command-line interface from graphic user
interface.
8.
Type the following commands when using a Legacy floppy.
mkdir /mnt/driver
mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/driver
cd /mnt/driver
sh replace_ahci.sh
reboot
Chapter 7: Driver installation
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux OS 6.1
To install the LSI MegaRAID controller driver when installing Red Hat® Enterprise
OS:
1.
Boot the system from the Red Hat® OS installation CD.
3.
Entering the following command at the boot: linux dd blacklist=isci
blacklist=ahci nodmraid, then press <Enter>.
2.
Press <Tab> to edit options.
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4.
Select Yes using the <Tab> key when asked if you have the driver disk, then
press <Enter>.
Main Menu
Do you have a driver disk?
Yes
5.
No
You have multiple devices which could serve as source for a driver disk.
Choose one you like to use and select OK, then press <Enter>.
Driver Disk Sou8rce
You have multiple devices which could
serve as source for a driver disk.
Which would you like to use?
sdc
sdd
sdb
sr0
OK
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Cancel
Chapter 7: Driver installation
6.
Insert the Red Hat® Enterprise RAID driver disk to the USB floppy disk drive,
select OK, then press <Enter>.
Insert Driver Disk
Insert your driver disk into /dev/sdb
and press “OK” to continue.
OK
Back
The drivers for the RAID card are installed to the system.
7.
When asked if you will load additional RAID controller drivers, select No, then
press <Enter>.
More Driver Disks?
Do you wish to load any more
driver disks?
Yes
8.
No
Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the OS installation.
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Preparing the Linux Driver
Ensure that there is another computer with a Linux-based OS to create the RAID
driver. When creating the RAID driver, you may refer to the examples below which
uses a 64bit SUSE Linux system to create a 64bit RAID driver for SUSE11 sp1.
1. Copy the image file into the Linux system.
2.
3.
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Example: megasr-15.00.0120.2012-1-sles11-ga-x86_64.img
Create a folder.
Example: image
Mount the image file into the image folder using this command format:
mount -o loop [image file name] image
Example: mount -o loop megasr-15-15.00.0120.2012-1-sles11ga-x86__64.img image
4.
Copy the contents of the image directory, labeled as 01, into a FAT32 USB
drive.
5.
Rename the 01 folder to CD Image.
Chapter 7: Driver installation
SUSE Linux 11 OS
To install the LSI MegaRAID controller driver when installing SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server OS:
1.
Boot the system from the SUSE OS installation CD.
3.
Press <F6>, then select Yes from the menu. Press <Enter>.
2.
Use the arrow keys to select Installation from the Boot Options menu.
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4.
Use the USB drive to provide the third-party driver during the OS installation.
Type the command brokenmodules=ahci in Boot Options field, and press
<Enter>.
5.
When below screen appears, select the USB floppy disk drive (sda) as the
driver update medium. Select OK, then press <Enter>.
Please choose the Driver Update medium.
sda: USB Floppy
Other device
OK
6.
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Back
Select Back and follow the onscreen instructions to finish the installation.
Chapter 7: Driver installation
7.2Intel® chipset device software
installation
This section provides the instructions on how to install the Intel® chipset device
software on the system.
You need to manually install the Intel® chipset device software on a Windows
operating system.
To install the Intel® chipset device software:
1.
2.
Restart the computer, and then log on with Administrator privileges.
Insert the motherboard/system support DVD to the optical drive. The support
DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your
computer.
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the support DVD.
3.
Click the item Intel Chipset Device Software from the menu.
4.
The Intel(R) Chipset Device Software window appears. Click Next to start
installation.
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5.
Select Yes to accept the terms of the License Agreement and continue the
process.
6.
Read the Readme File Information and press Next to continue the
installation.
7.
After completing the installation, click Next to complete the setup process.
Chapter 7: Driver installation
8.
Select Yes, I want to restart my computer now and click Finish to restart
your computer before using the program.
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7.3Intel@ Network Connections Software
installation
This section provides the instructions on how to install the Intel® Network
Connections Software on the system.
You need to manually install the Intel® Network Connections Software on a
Windows® operating system. To install the Intel® Network Connections Software:
1.
2.
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Restart the computer, and then log on with Administrator privileges.
Insert the motherboard/system support DVD to the optical drive. The support
DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your
computer.
•
Windows® automatically detects the LAN controllers and displays a New
Hardware Found window. Click Cancel to close this window.
•
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the
support DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Doubleclick the ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD.
3.
Click the Intel® Network Connections Software to begin installation.
4.
Click Install Drivers and Software option to begin installation.
Chapter 7: Driver installation
5.
Click Next when the Intel(R) Network Connections–InstallShield Wizard
window appears.
6.
Select Modify and then click Next to continue.
7.
Click the Intel(R) PROSet for Windows Device Manager box, and then click
Next to start the installation.
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8.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
9.
When finished, press Finish to continue.
Chapter 7: Driver installation
7.4
VGA driver installation
This section provides the instructions on how to install the ASPEED Video
Graphics Adapter (VGA) driver.
You need to manually install the ASPEED VGA driver on a Windows® operating
system.
To install the ASPEED VGA driver:
1.
2.
Restart the computer, and then log on with Administrator privileges.
Insert the motherboard/system support DVD to the optical drive. The support
DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your
computer.
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the support DVD.
3.
Click the ASPEED AST2300 Display Driver to begin installation.
4.
Click Next to start the installation.
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5.
Toggle I accept the terms in the license agreement and click Next to
continue.
6.
Enter the user information and click Next to continue.
7.
Select a setup type and click Next to continue.
Chapter 7: Driver installation
8.
Click Install to start driver installation.
9.
When the installation completes, click Finish to restart your computer before
using the program.
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7.5Intel® C600 Series Chipset SCU SATA
RAID Drivers
This section provides the instructions on how to install the Intel® C600 Series
Chipset SCU SATA RAID Drivers on the system.
You need to manually install the Intel® C600 Series Chipset SCU SATA RAID
Drivers on a Windows operating system.
To install the drivers:
1.
2.
Restart the computer, and then log on with Administrator privileges.
Insert the motherboard/system support DVD to the optical drive. The support
DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your
computer.
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the support DVD.
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Click the item Intel® C600 Series Chipset SCU SATA RAID Drivers from the
menu, and then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
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7.6Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
enterprise 3.0 installation
This section provides the instructions on how to install the Intel® Rapid Storage
Technology enterprise 3.0 on the system.
You need to manually install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0
utility on a Windows® operating system.
To install the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0 utility:
1.
2.
Restart the computer, and then log on with Administrator privileges.
Insert the motherboard/system support DVD to the optical drive. The support
DVD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your
computer.
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the support DVD.
3.
Click the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise 3.0 to begin
installation.
4.
When the Welcome to the Setup Program appears, click Next to start the
installation.
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5.
Read the Warning message and click Next to continue.
6.
Read the License Agreement and click Yes to continue.
7.
Read the Readme File Information and click Next to continue.
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8.
After completing the installation, click Next to complete the setup process.
9.
Select Yes, I want to restart my computer now and click Finish to restart
your computer before using the program.
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7.7Intel® WG82574L Gigabit Adapters
Driver installation
This section provides the instructions on how to install Intel® WG82574L Gigabit
Adapters Driver.
To install the Intel® WG82574L Gigabit Adapters Driver on a Windows® OS:
1.
2.
Restart the computer, and then log on with Administrator privileges.
Insert the motherboard/system support DVD to the optical drive. The DVD
automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your
computer.
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the
support DVD to locate the file AUTORUN.EXE and double-click the AUTORUN.
EXE and follow step 4 to run the installation.
3.
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Click Intel® WG82574L Gigabit Adapters Driver.
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4.
When the Intel® PRO Network Connections – InstallShield Wizard window
appears, click Next to start the installation.
5.
Select Modify and then click Next to continue.
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6.
Select the programs you want to install and click Next to continue.
7.
Click Install to start the installation.
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8.
The programs you select are being installed.
9.
Click Finish to finish the installation.
10. Restart your computer before using the program.
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7.8
Management applications and utilities
installation
The support DVD that came with the motherboard package contains the drivers,
management applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard
features.
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for updates.
7.8.1
Running the support DVD
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD.
7.8.2
Drivers menu
The Drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
The screen display and driver options vary under different operating system
versions.
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7.8.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu displays the
software applications and utilities
that the motherboard supports.
Click an item to install.
7.8.4
Make disk menu
The Make disk menu contains
items to create the Intel Rapid
Storage Technology and LSI
MegaRAID driver disks.
7.8.5
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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ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
Address
Telephone Fax E-mail
Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Fax Online Support
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
+886-2-2894-3447
+886-2-2890-7798
info@asus.com.tw
http://www.asus.com
+86-21-38429911
+86-21-58668722 ext: 9101
http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (Taiwan)
Address
Telephone Fax E-mail
Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Online Support
15 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 11259
+886-2-2894-3447
+886-2-2890-7798
info@asus.com.tw
http://tw.asus.com
+886-2-2894-3447 (0800-093-456)
http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (China)
Address
Telephone Fax Web site
Technical Support
Telephone Online Support
ASUS RS700-X7/PS4
No.508, Chundong Road, Xinzhuang Industrial Zone,
Minhang District, Shanghai, China.
+86-21-5442-1616
+86-21-5442-0099
http://cn.asus.com
+86-21-3407-4610 (800-820-6655)
http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx
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ASUS contact information
ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)
Address
Fax
Web site
Technical Support
Support fax
General support
Online support
800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA
+1-510-608-4555
http://usa.asus.com
+1-812-284-0883
+1-812-282-2787
http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address
Fax
Web site
Online contact
Technical Support
Telephone
Support Fax
Online support
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Harkort Str. 21-23, 40880 Ratingen, Germany
+49-2102-959911
http://www.asus.de
http://www.asus.de/sales
+49-1805-010923
+49-2102-959911
http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx
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