Motherboard
A8N-E
E1911
First Edition
January 2005
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Contents
Notices ............................................................................................... vii
Safety information ............................................................................ viii
About this guide ................................................................................. ix
How this guide is organized .................................................... ix
Where to find more information .............................................. ix
Conventions used in this guide ................................................ x
Typography .......................................................................................... x
A8N-E specifications summary ........................................................... xi
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
Welcome! .............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents ................................................................. 1-2
1.3
Special features .................................................................... 1-3
1.3.1
Product highlights ................................................... 1-3
1.3.2
ASUS Proactive features ........................................ 1-5
1.3.3
Innovative ASUS features ....................................... 1-6
1.4
Before you proceed .............................................................. 1-7
1.5
Motherboard overview .......................................................... 1-8
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.5.1
Placement direction ................................................ 1-8
1.5.2
Screw holes ............................................................ 1-8
1.5.3
Motherboard layout ................................................ 1-9
Central Processing Unit (CPU) ............................................ 1-10
1.6.1
Overview ............................................................... 1-10
1.6.2
Installling the CPU ................................................. 1-10
1.6.3
Installing the heatsink and fan .............................. 1-12
System memory ................................................................. 1-15
1.7.1
Overview ............................................................... 1-15
1.7.2
Memory Configurations ......................................... 1-15
1.7.3
Installing a DIMM ................................................... 1-17
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM ................................................. 1-17
Expansion slots ................................................................... 1-18
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card .................................. 1-18
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card .............................. 1-18
1.8.3
Interrupt assignments .......................................... 1-19
1.8.4
PCI slots ................................................................ 1-20
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Contents
1.8.5
PCI Express x16 slot ............................................. 1-20
1.8.6
PCI Express x1 slot ............................................... 1-20
1.9
Jumpers .............................................................................. 1-21
1.10
Connectors ......................................................................... 1-22
1.10.1 Rear panel connectors .......................................... 1-22
1.10.2 Internal connectors ............................................... 1-24
Chapter 2: BIOS setup
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
Managing and updating your BIOS ........................................ 2-2
2.1.1
Creating a bootable floppy disk .............................. 2-2
2.1.2
Updating the BIOS .................................................. 2-3
2.1.3
Saving the current BIOS file .................................... 2-5
2.1.4
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 utility ................................ 2-6
2.1.5
ASUS EZ Flash utility .............................................. 2-8
2.1.6
ASUS Update utility ................................................ 2-9
BIOS setup program ........................................................... 2-12
2.2.1
BIOS menu screen ................................................. 2-13
2.2.2
Menu bar ............................................................... 2-13
2.2.3
Legend bar ........................................................... 2-14
2.2.4
Menu items ........................................................... 2-14
2.2.5
Sub-menu items ................................................... 2-14
2.2.6
Configuration fields .............................................. 2-14
2.2.8
General help .......................................................... 2-15
2.2.7
Pop-up window ..................................................... 2-15
Main menu .......................................................................... 2-16
2.3.1
System Time ......................................................... 2-16
2.3.2
System Date ......................................................... 2-16
2.3.3
Language .............................................................. 2-16
2.3.4
Legacy Diskette A ................................................ 2-16
2.3.5
Primary and Secondary IDE Master/Slave ............. 2-17
2.3.6
First, Second, Third, Fourth SATA Master ............ 2-19
2.3.7
HDD SMART Monitoring ........................................ 2-20
2.3.8
Installed Memory .................................................. 2-20
Advanced menu .................................................................. 2-21
2.4.1
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CPU Configuration ................................................. 2-21
Contents
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.4.2
PCIPnP ................................................................... 2-23
2.4.3
Onboard Devices Configuration ............................ 2-24
2.4.4
JumperFree Configuration .................................... 2-28
2.4.5
LAN Cable Status ................................................. 2-30
2.4.6
PEG Link Mode ...................................................... 2-30
2.4.7
Instant Music ........................................................ 2-31
Power menu ........................................................................ 2-32
2.5.1
ACPI Suspend Type ............................................... 2-32
2.5.2
ACPI APIC Support ................................................ 2-32
2.5.3
APM Configuration ................................................ 2-33
2.5.4
Hardware Monitor ................................................. 2-35
Boot menu .......................................................................... 2-36
2.6.1
Boot Device Priority .............................................. 2-36
2.6.2
Removable Drives ................................................. 2-37
2.6.3
Hard Disk Drives ................................................... 2-37
2.6.4
CDROM Drives ....................................................... 2-37
2.6.5
Boot Settings Configuration ................................. 2-38
2.6.6
Security ................................................................ 2-39
Exit menu ........................................................................... 2-41
Chapter 3: Software support
3.1
Installing an operating system ............................................. 3-2
3.2
Support CD information ........................................................ 3-2
3.3
3.2.1
Running the support CD ......................................... 3-2
3.2.2
Drivers menu .......................................................... 3-3
3.2.3
Utilities menu .......................................................... 3-4
3.2.4
Manuals menu ......................................................... 3-6
3.2.5
ASUS Contact information ...................................... 3-7
3.2.6
Other information ................................................... 3-7
Software information ........................................................... 3-9
3.3.1
ASUS MyLogo2™ .................................................... 3-9
3.3.3
AI NET 2 ............................................................... 3-11
Using the Virtual Cable Tester™ ........................... 3-11
3.3.4
Audio configurations ............................................ 3-12
3.3.5
Using the NVIDIA® Firewall™ ................................. 3-18
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3.4
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RAID configurations ............................................................ 3-21
3.4.1
Installing hard disks .............................................. 3-22
3.4.2
NVIDIA® RAID configurations ............................... 3-23
3.5
Creating a RAID driver disk ................................................. 3-30
3.6
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology ............................................... 3-31
3.6.1
Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology ................... 3-31
3.6.2
Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software .............. 3-32
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics
card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or
modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate
this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise
emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference
Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian
ICES-003.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the
power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are
connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing
system before you add a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard,
ensure that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your
area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are
using, contact your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read
all the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected
and the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage,
contact your dealer immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the
product in any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and
configuring the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This manual contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports. It also lists the hardware setup procedures
that you have to perform when installing system components. It
includes description of the jumpers and connectors on the
motherboard.
•
Chapter 2: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
•
Chapter 3: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes
with the motherboard package.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product
and software updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware
and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as
warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These
documents are not part of the standard package.
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Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the
following symbols used throughout this manual.
D A N G E R / W A R N I N G : Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
C A U T I O N : Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
I M P O R T A N T : Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
N O T E : Tips and additional information to help you complete a
task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase
<Key>
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means
that you must press the enclosed key
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or
Return key
<Key1+Key2+Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the
key names are linked with a plus sign (+)
Example: <Ctrl+Alt+D>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly as shown,
then supply the required item or value enclosed in
brackets
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
awdflash A8NE.ROM
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A8N-E specifications summary
CPU
Socket 939 for AMD Athlon™ 64FX/AMD Athlon™ 64
processor
Supports AMD 64 architecture that enables simultaneous
32-bit and 64-bit architecture
Supports AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet! Technology
Chipset
NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Ultra
System Bus
1600/2000 MT per second
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
4 x 184-pin DIMM sockets support ECC/non-ECC
unbufferred 400/333/266 MHz DDR memory modules
Supports up to 4 GB system memory
Expansion slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slots
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
1 x PCI Express x4 slot (Note: Supports a total bandwidth of 1GB/s)
3 x PCI slots
Storage
NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Ultra chipset supports:
- 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33
- 4 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s drives
- RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1+0, and JBOD that spans
across the Serial ATA and Parallel ATA drives
Overclocking
AI NOS™ (Non-Delay Overclocking System)
ASUS AI Overclocking (Intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
ASUS PEG Link
Fixed PCI Express/PCI/SATA frequencies
ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
Precision Tweaker supports:
- DIMM voltage: 9-step DRAM voltage control
- Core voltage: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125
increment
- PCI Express Frequency: Allows 1MHz increment from
100MHz to 200MHz
- Stepless Frequency Selection(SFS) allows 1MHz
increment from 200 MHz to 400 MHz
Special features
ASUS EZFlash
ASUS Q-Fan
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
ASUS Multi-language BIOS
ASUS MyLogo2
ASUS Instant Music
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Internal
connectors
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
2 x IDE connectors
4 x Serial ATA connectors
1 x CPU fan connector
1 x Power fan connector
2 x Chassis fan connector
1 x Chipset fan connector
1 x Serial port connector (COM port)
1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12 V power connector
3 x USB 2.0 connectors for 6 additional USB 2.0 ports
1 x Internal audio connectors (CD\AUX)
1 x GAME/MIDI connector
1 x Chassis intrusion connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
System panel connector
LAN
NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 built-in Gigabit MAC with external
Marvell® PHY supports:
- NV ActiveArmor™
- NV Firewall™
AI NET2
AI Audio
Realtek® ALC850 8-channel CODEC
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out port
1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
Supports Universal Audio Jack (UAJ®) Technology
Supports Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
USB
Supports up to 10 USB 2.0 ports
Rear panel
1 x Parallel port
1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
8-channel audio ports
BIOS features
4 Mb Flash ROM, Phoenix-Award BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0,
WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Power
Requirement
ATX power supply (with 24-pin and 4-pin 12 V plugs)
ATX 12 V 2.0 compliant
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A8N-E specifications summary
Form Factor
ATX form factor: 12 in x 9.6 in (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
Support CD
contents
Device drivers
ASUS PC Probe
ASUS Live Update utility
ASUS Cool’n’Quiet! utility
Anti-virus utility (OEM version)
NVIDIA® nTune™ utility
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
1
Product
introduction
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1.1
Welcome!
T h a n k y o u f o r b u y i n g a n A S U S® A 8 N - E m o t h e r b o a r d !
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies,
making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it,
check the items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS A8N-E motherboard
I/O modules
USB 2.0 2-port module
USB 2.0 + GAME port module
Cables
4 x Serial ATA signal cables
2 x Serial ATA power cables (dual plugs)
Ultra DMA/133 cable
40-conductor IDE cable
Floppy disk drive cable
Accessories
I/O shield
Application CDs
ASUS motherboard support CD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Latest processor technology
The AMD Athlon™ 64FX and Athlon™ 64 desktop processors are based on
AMD’s 64-bit and 32-bit architecture, which represents the landmark
introduction of the industry’s first x86-64 technology. These processors
provide a dramatic leap forward in compatibility, performance, investment
protection, and reduced total cost of ownership and development. See
page 1-10.
Built-in NVFirewall™ and NVActiveArmor™
The NVIDIA® Firewall™ (NVFirewall™) is an easy-to-use high-performance
desktop firewall application that protects your system from intruders.
Integrated into the NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Ultra chipset with the NVIDIA®
Gigabit Ethernet, it provides advanced anti-computer-hacking technologies,
remote management capabilities, and a user-friendly setup wizard that
improves overall system security.
Enhancing your network security is the NVIDIA® ActiveArmor™
(NV ActiveArmor™) engine that provides advanced data packet inspection.
This innovative technology ensures that only safe data packets are passed
on the network. Additionally, it boosts overall system performance by
offloading the CPU from the rigorous task of filtering data packets. See
page 3-18 for details.
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that
dynamically and automatically changes the CPU speed, voltage and amount
of power depending on the task the CPU performs. See pages 2-22, 3-31.
HyperTransport™ Technology
HyperTransport™ Technology is a high-speed, low latency, point-to-point
link designed to increase the communication speed between integrated
circuits in computers, networking and telecommunicatons equipment up to
48 times faster than other existing technologies.
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Dual Channel DDR memory support
Employing the Double Data Rate (DDR) memory technology, the
motherboard supports up to 4GB of system memory using DDR400/333/
266 DIMMs. The ultra-fast 400MHz memory bus delivers the required
bandwidth for the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications.
See page 1-15.
Serial ATA 3Gb/s technology
The motherboard supports the next-generation Serial ATA 3Gb/s
technology through the Serial ATA interfaces and the NVIDIA® nForce™ 4
Ultra chipset. The SATA 3Gb/s specification provides twice the bandwidth
of the current Serial ATA products. Additionally, Serial ATA allows thinner,
more flexible cables with lower pin count, and reduced voltage requirement.
See pages 1-25.
RAID solution
The NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Ultra RAID controller onboard provides the
motherboard with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1+0 and JBOD configuration for
four SATA and two PATA connectors. See page 3-21 for details.
PCI Express™ interface
The motherboard fully supports PCI Express, the latest I/O interconnect
technology that speeds up the PCI bus. PCI Express features point-to-point
serial interconnections between devices and allows higher clockspeeds by
carrying data in packets. This high speed interface is software compatible with
existing PCI specifications. See page 1-20 for details.
S/PDIF digital sound ready
The motherboard supports the S/PDIF Out function through the S/PDIF
interfaces on the rear panel. The S/PDIF technology turns your computer into
a high-end entertainment system with digital connectivity to powerful audio
and speaker systems. See page 1-23 for details.
USB 2.0 technology
The motherboard implements the Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
specification, dramatically increasing the connection speed from the
12 Mbps bandwidth on USB 1.1 to a fast 480 Mbps on USB 2.0. USB 2.0 is
backward compatible with USB 1.1. See page 1-23 and 1-27 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Temperature, fan, and voltage monitoring
The CPU temperature is monitored by the ASIC (integrated in the Winbond
Super I/O) to prevent overheating and damage. The system fan rotations
per minute (RPM) is monitored for timely failure detection. The ASIC
monitors the voltage levels to ensure stable supply of current for critical
components. See section “2.5.4 Hardware Monitor” on page 2-35.
1.3.2
ASUS Proactive features
AI NOS™ (Non-Delay Overclocking System)
ASUS Non-delay Overclocking System™ (NOS) is a technology that
auto-detects the CPU loading and dynamically overclocks the CPU speed
only when needed. See page 2-28 for details.
Precision Tweaker
Designed for overclocking aficionados, this feature allows you to fine tune
the CPU and memory voltage and gradually increase the Front Side Bus
(FSB) and PCI Express frequency to achieve maximum system performance.
PEG Link mode
This feature allows you to adjust the PCI Express graphics frequency
according to your system configuration for optimized graphics
performance.
AI NET 2
AI NET 2 is a BIOS-based diagnostic tool that detects and reports Ethernet
cable faults and shorts. With this utility, you can easily monitor the
condition of the Ethernet cable(s) connected to the LAN (RJ-45) port(s).
During the bootup process, AI NET 2 immediately diagnoses the LAN
cable(s) and reports shorts and faults up to 100 meters at 1 meter
accuracy. See pages 2-30 and 3-11 for details.
AI Audio technology
The motherboard supports 8-channel audio through the onboard ALC850
CODEC with 16-bit DAC, a stereo 16-bit ADC, and an AC97 2.3 compatible
multi-channel audio designed for PC multimedia systems. It also provides
Jack-Sensing function, S/PDIF out support, interrupt capability and includes
the Realtek® proprietary UAJ® (Universal Audio Jack) technology. See pages
1-22, 1-23 and 3-12 for details.
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1.3.3
Innovative ASUS features
CrashFree BIOS 2
This feature allows you to restore the original BIOS data from the support CD
in case when the BIOS codes and data are corrupted. This protection
eliminates the need to buy a replacement ROM chip. See details on page 2-5.
ASUS Q-Fan technology
The ASUS Q-Fan technology smartly adjusts the fan speeds according to
the system loading to ensure quiet, cool, and efficient operation. See page
2-35 for details.
ASUS Multi-language BIOS
The multi-language BIOS allows you to select the language of your choice
from the available options. The localized BIOS menus allow you to configure
easier and faster. See page 2-16 for details.
ASUS MyLogo2™
This new feature present in the motherboard allows you to personalize and
add style to your system with customizable boot logos. See page 3-9 for
details.
ASUS Instant Lite
This unique feature allows you to playback audio files even without booting
the system to Windows. Just press the ASUS Instant Music Lite special
function keys and enjoy the music! See pages 2-31.
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1.4
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or to
a metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling
components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded
antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure
that the ATX power supply is switched off or the
p o w e r c o r d i s d e t a c h e d f r o m t h e p o w e r s u p p l y . Failure
to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals,
and/or components.
Onboard LEDs
The motherboard comes with a green standby power LED that 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.
SB_PWR
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A8N-E Onboard LED
ASUS A8N-E
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
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1.5
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis
to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage
motherboard components.
1.5.1
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the
chassis in the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the
rear part of the chassis as indicated in the image below.
1.5.2
Screw holes
Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the
motherboard to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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1.5.3
Motherboard layout
24.5cm (9.6in)
PS/2KBMS
T: Mouse
B: Keyboard
CHA2_FAN CPU_FAN
ATX12V
AUX
FLOPPY
EATXPWR
Marvell
88E1111
Top:Line In
Center:Line Out
Bottom:Mic In
PWR_FAN
SEC_IDE
FP_AUDIO
PCIEX16_1
ACL850
30.5cm (12.0in)
CD
PRI_IDE
Top:Rear Speaker Out
Center:
Side Speaker Out
Below:
Center/Subwoofer
DDR DIMM_B2 (64 bit,184-pin module)
LAN1_USB34
DDR DIMM_B1 (64 bit,184-pin module)
USB12
DDR DIMM_A2 (64 bit,184-pin module)
DDR DIMM_A1 (64 bit,184-pin module)
Socket 939
SPDIF_O2
PARALLEL PORT
SPDIF_O
PCIEX1_1
PCIEX1_2
nForce4 ultra
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CHIP_FAN
PCIEX4_1
®
PCI1
SATA4
SATA3
SATA2
SATA1
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
CLRTC
Super
I/O
4Mb
BIOS
PCI2
PCI3
USB78
SB_PWR
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USB56
USB910
GAME
CHA1_FAN
CHASSIS
PANEL
COM1
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1.6
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
1.6.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with a surface mount 939-pin Zero Insertion Force
(ZIF) socket designed for the AMD Athlon™ 64FX, AMD Athlon 64™ or AMD
Sempron™ processor.
The 128-bit-wide data paths of these processors can run applications
faster than processors with only 32-bit or 64-bit wide data paths.
Take note of the marked corner (with
gold triangle) on the CPU. This mark
should match a specific corner on the
socket to ensure correct installation.
Gold triangle
1.6.2
Installling the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
A8N-E
®
A8N-E CPU Socket 939
Before installing the CPU, make sure that the socket box is facing
towards you and the load lever is on your left.
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2.
Unlock the socket by pressing
the lever sideways, then lift it up
to a 90°-100° angle.
Socket Lever
Make sure that the socket lever is lifted up to 90°-100° angle, otherwise
the CPU does not fit in completely.
3.
Position the CPU above the
socket such that the CPU corner
with the gold triangle matches
the socket corner with a small
triangle.
4.
Carefully insert the CPU into the
socket until it fits in place.
Gold triangle
Small triangle
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU into
the socket to prevent bending the pins and damaging the CPU!
5.
When the CPU is in place, push
down the socket lever to secure
the CPU. The lever clicks on the
side tab to indicate that it is
locked.
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1.6.3
Installing the heatsink and fan
The AMD Athlon™ 64FX or AMD Athlon 64™ processor require a specially
designed heatsink and fan assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition
and performance.
Make sure that you use only qualified heatsink and fan assembly.
Follow these steps to install the CPU heatsink and fan.
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, making sure that the
heatsink fits properly on the retention module base.
•
The retention module base is already installed on the motherboard
upon purchase.
•
You do not have to remove the retention module base when
installing the CPU or installing other motherboard components.
•
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, make
sure that a Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU
heatsink or CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
CPU Fan
CPU Heatsink
Retention Module Base
Retention bracket Retention bracket lock
Your boxed CPU heatsink and fan assembly should come with installation
instructions for the CPU, heatsink, and the retention mechanism. If the
instructions in this section do not match the CPU documentation, follow
the latter.
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2.
Attach one end of the retention bracket to the retention module
base.
3.
Align the other end of the retention bracket (near the retention
bracket lock) to the retention module base. A clicking sound denotes
that the retention bracket is in place.
Make sure that the fan and
heatsink assembly perfectly
fits the retention mechanism
module base, otherwise you
cannot snap the retention
bracket in place.
4.
Push down the retention bracket lock on the retention mechanism to
secure the heatsink and fan to the module base.
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3.
When the fan and heatsink assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
GND
+12V
Rotation
CPU_FAN
A8N-E
®
A8N-E CPU fan connector
Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring
errors can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
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1.7
System memory
1.7.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with four 184-pin Double Data Rate (DDR) Dual
Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) sockets.
DIMM_B2
DIMM_B1
DIMM_A2
DIMM_A1
The following figure illustrates the location of the sockets:
A8N-E
®
A8N-E 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
1.7.2
Channel
Sockets
Channel A
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2
Channel B
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2
Memory Configurations
You may install 256 MB, 512 MB and 1 GB unbuffered ECC or non-ECC DDR
DIMMs into the DIMM sockets using the memory configurations in this
section.
•
For dual-channel configuration, the total size of memory module(s)
installed per channel must be the same for better performance
(DIMM_A1+DIMM_A2=DIMM_B1+DIMM_B2).
•
When using one DDR DIMM module, install into DIMM_B1 slot only.
•
When using two DDR DIMM modules, install into DIMM_A1 and
DIMM_B1 slots only.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum
compatibility, it is recommended that you obtain memory modules
from the same vendor. Refer to the DDR400 Qualified Vendors List
on the next page for details.
•
Due to chipset resource allocation, the system may detect less than
4 GB of system memory when you installed four 1 GB DDR memory
modules.
•
Due to CPU limitation, DIMM modules with 128 Mb memory chips or
double-sided x16 memory chips are not supported in this
motherboard.
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DDR400 Qualified Vendors List
Size
Vendor
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
1024MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
1024MB
256MB
512MB
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
MICRON
MICRON
Infineon
Infineon
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
Hynix
Hynix
Model
KVR400X64C3A/256
KVR400X64C3A/512
KVR400X72C3A/256
KVR400X72C3A/512
KVR400X64C3A/256
KVR400X64C3A/512
KVR400X64C3A/256
KVR400X64C3A/512
HYB25D512800BE-5B
M381L3223ETM-CCC
M381L6423ETM-CCC
M368L3223ETM-CCC
M368L3223FTN-CCC
M368L6423FTN-CCC
M368L6523BTM-CCC
MT8VDDT3264AG-40BCB
MT16VDDT6464AG-40BCB
HYS64D32300HU-5-C
HYS64D64320HU-5-C
CMX256A-3200C2PT
VS512MB400
TWINX2048-3200C2
HYMD232645D8J-D43
HYMD264646D8J-D43
S i d e ( s ) : S S - Single-Sided
Brand
Hynix
Hynix
Mosel
Mosel
Infineon
Infineon
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
N/A
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
MICRON
MICRON
Infineon
Infineon
Winbond
VALUE seLecT
N/A
Hynix
Hynix
Side(s)
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
DS
SS
DS
SS
SS
DS
SS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
DS
SS
DS
Component
DIMM support
A
C
B
HY5DU56822BT-D43
HY5DU56822BT-D43
V58C2256804SAT5(ECC)
V58C2256804SAT5(ECC)
HYB25D256800BT-5B
HYB25D256809BT-5B
D3208DL2T-5
D328DIB-50
KVR400X64C3A/1G
K4H560838E-TCCC(ECC)
K4H560838E-TCCC(ECC)
K4H560838E-TCCC
K4H560838F-TCCC
K4H560838F-TCCC
K4H510838B-TCCC
MT46V32M8TG-5BC
MT46V32M8TG-5BC
HYB25D256800CE-5C
HYB25D256800CE-5C
W942508BH-5
VS32M8-5
N/A
HY5DU56822DT-D43
HY5DU56822DT-D43
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D S - Double-Sided
DIMM Support:
A - supports one module inserted into either the blue slots, in a Single-channel
memory configuration.
B - supports on pair of modules inserted into either the blue slots or the black slots
as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration.
C - support for 4 modules inserted into the blue and black slots as two pairs of
Dual-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the latest DDR 400 Qualified
Vendors List.
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1.7.3
Installing a DIMM
Make sure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs
or other system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage
to both the motherboard and the components.
2
1.
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clips
outward.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket such
that the notch on the DIMM
matches the break on the
socket.
DDR DIMM notch
1
1
Unlocked retaining clip
A DDR DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction.
DO NOT force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips
snap back in place and the DIMM
is properly seated.
Locked Retaining Clip
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM
2
Follow these steps to remove a DIMM.
1.
Simultaneously press the
retaining clips outward to unlock
the DIMM.
1
1
DDR DIMM notch
Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining
clips. The DIMM might get damaged when it flips out with extra force.
2.
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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1.8
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following
sub-sections describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing
expansion cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and
damage motherboard components.
We recommended to install the memory modules first before installing a
PCI Express x16 card.
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that
came with it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already
installed in a chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep
the screw for later use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure the it by adjusting the
software settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any.
See Chapter 2 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
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1.8.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
Priority
0
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Standard Function
1
2
–
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Re-direct to IRQ#9
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
Floppy Disk Controller
Printer Port (LPT1)*
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port*
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
Secondary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A
PCI slot 1
PCI slot 2
PCI slot 3
Onboard USB 1.0 controller
Onboard USB 2.0 controller
Onboard LAN1
B
C
shared
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When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support
“Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise,
conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the system
unstable and the card inoperable.
1.8.4
PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as a
LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and
other cards that comply with PCI
specifications. The figure shows a
LAN card installed on a PCI slot.
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1.8.5
PCI Express x16 slot
This motherboard supports PCI
Express x16 graphic cards that
comply with the PCI Express
specifications. The following figure
shows a graphics card installed on
the PCI Express x16 slot.
In Normal mode, only the PCI Express blue slot can be used for PCI
Express x16 graphics cards. The PCI Express black slot functions as a PCI
Express x1 slot.
1.8.6
PCI Express x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI
Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards
and other cards that comply with the
PCI Express specifications. The figure
shows a network card installed on the
PCI Express x1 slot.
1.8.7
Universal PCIe slot (PCI Express x4 slot)
This motherboard provides a PCI
Express x4 slot that can support PCI
Express x1, x4, x8, or x16 cards. This
ASUS proprietary slot allows you to
use additional PCI Express cards
(e.g. graphics card) for twice the
speed of a PCI Express x1 slot.
The Universal PCIe slot
supports a total bandwidth of
1GB/s.
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1.9
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system
setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard
button cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include
system setup information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2.
Remove the onboard battery.
3.
Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the
cap on pins 2-3 for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to
pins 1-2.
4.
Re-install the battery.
5.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
6.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS
setup to re-enter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC
jumper default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
CLRTC
A8N-E
1 2
2 3
®
Normal
(Default)
Clear CMOS
A8N-E Clear RTC RAM
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
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1.10
Connectors
1.10.1 Rear panel connectors
1
3
2
4
5
6
7
8
14
1.
2.
3.
13
12
11
10
9
P S / 2 m o u s e p o r t ( g r e e n ) . This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
P a r a l l e l p o r t . This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner,
or other devices.
L A N ( R J - 4 5 ) p o r t . Supported by the NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Gigabit
MAC with external Marvell® PHY, this port allows Gigabit connection to
a Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table
below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
ACT/LINK LED
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
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SPEED LED
Status
Description
Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10 Mbps connection
GREEN
Linked
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
BLINKING
Data activity
GREEN
1 Gbps connection
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
LAN port
R e a r S p e a k e r O u t p o r t ( g r a y ) . This port connects the rear
speakers on a 4-channel, 6-channel, or 8-channel audio configuration.
S i d e S p e a k e r O u t p o r t ( b l a c k ) . This port connects the side
speakers in an 8-channel audio configuration.
L i n e I n p o r t ( l i g h t b l u e ) . This port connects the tape, CD, DVD
player, or other audio sources.
L i n e O u t p o r t ( l i m e ) . This port connects a headphone or a
speaker. In 4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the
function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
M i c r o p h o n e p o r t ( p i n k ) . This port connects a microphone.
C e n t e r / S u b w o o f e r p o r t ( y e l l o w o r a n g e ) . This port connects
the center/subwoofer speakers.
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Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the
audio ports in 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2-channel
4-channel
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Gray
•
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Black
•
•
•
Side Speaker Out
Yellow Orange
•
•
Center/Subwoofer
Center/Subwoofer
Light Blue
6-channel
8-channel
1 0 . U S B 2 . 0 p o r t s 3 a n d 4 . These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus
(USB) ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
1 1 . U S B 2 . 0 p o r t s 1 a n d 2 . These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus
(USB) ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
1 2 . O p t i c a l S / P D I F O u t p o r tt. This port connects an external audio
output device via an optical S/PDIF cable.
1 3 . C o a x i a l S / P D I F O u t p o r t . This port connects an external audio
output device via a coaxial S/PDIF cable.
1 4 . P S / 2 k e y b o a r d p o r t ( p u r p l e ) . This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
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1.10.2 Internal connectors
1.
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable.
Insert one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other
end to the signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
The Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable
connection when using an FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
FLOPPY
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
A8N-E
®
PIN 1
A8N-E Floppy disk drive connector
2.
IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE)
These connectors are for Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cables. The
Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable has three connectors: a blue
connector for the primary IDE connector on the motherboard, a black
connector for an Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE slave device (optical
drive/hard disk drive), and a gray connector for an Ultra DMA 133/
100/66 IDE master device (hard disk drive). If you install two hard disk
drives, you must configure the second drive as a slave device by setting
its jumper accordingly. Refer to the hard disk documentation for the
jumper settings.
The Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole
on the Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion
when you connect the IDE cable.
•
Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for UltraDMA133/100/66 IDE devices.
®
PRI_IDE
A8N-E
SEC_IDE
•
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
PIN 1
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3.
Serial ATA connectors
(7-pin SATA1, SATA2, SATA3, SATA4)
Supported by the NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Ultra chipset, these connectors
are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk drives that
allows up to 3Gb/s of data transfer rate.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 1+0, or JBOD configuration that span across the Parallel
ATA drives. Refer to Chapter 5 for details on how to set up RAID
configurations.
GND
RSATA_RXP3
RSATA_RXN3
GND
RSATA_TXN3
RSATA_TXP3
GND
GND
RSATA_RXP4
RSATA_RXN4
GND
RSATA_TXN4
RSATA_TXP4
GND
These connectors are set to S A T A by default. In SATA mode, you can
connect Serial ATA boot or data hard disk drives to these connectors. If
you intent to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these connectors,
enable the RAID function of each port from the N V R A I D
C o n f i g u r a t i o n sub-menu item in the BIOS. See section “2.4.3 Onboard
Devices Configuration” on pages 2-24 and 2-25 for details.
A8N-E
®
SATA2
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
RSATA_TXN1
RSATA_TXP1
GND
SATA3
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
RSATA_TXN2
RSATA_TXP2
GND
SATA4
SATA1
A8N-E SATA connectors
Important notes on Serial ATA
•
The actual data transfer rate depends on the speed of Serial ATA
hard disks installed.
•
See Appendix for instructions on how to install the Serial ATA
extension module.
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CPU, Chassis, Chipset and Power fan connectors
(3-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA2_FAN, 3-pin CHIP_FAN,
3-pin PWR_FAN, 3-pin CHA1_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350mA~2000mA (24 W
max.) or a total of 1A~3.48A (41.76 W max.) at +12V. Connect the
fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, making sure that
the black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
•
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Lack
of sufficient air flow inside the system may damage the
motherboard components. These are not jumpers! DO NOT place
jumper caps on the fan connectors!
•
The ASUS Q-Fan function is supported using the CPU Fan (CPU_FAN)
and Chassis Fan 1 (CHA1_FAN) connectors only.
•
The chipset fan is synchronized with the CPU fan.
GND
+12V
Rotation
4.
CPU_FAN
PWR_FAN
CHIP_FAN
A8N-E
CPU_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
CHA2_FAN
CHA2_FAN
PWR_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
®
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CHIP_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
CHA1_FAN
CHA1_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
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5.
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
This connector is for a serial (COM) port. Connect the serial port
module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis.
COM1
PIN 1
A8N-E
®
A8N-E COM port connector
6.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78, USB910)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB/GAME
module cable to any of these connectors, then install the module to a
slot opening at the back of the system chassis. These USB connectors
comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to 480 Mbps
connection speed.
USB910
1
1
USB+5V
USB_P9USB_P9+
GND
USB56
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
USB78
A8N-E
USB 2.0 connectors
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
GND
NC
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
®
USB+5V
USB_P10USB_P10 +
GND
NC
A8N-E
Never connect a 1 3 9 4 c a b l e to the USB connectors. Doing so will
damage the motherboard!
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8.
ATX power connectors
(24-pin EATXPWR1, 4-pin ATX12V1)
These connectors are for an ATX power supply plugs. The power
supply plugs are designed to fit these connectors in only one
orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the
connectors completely fit.
•
Use of a power supply unit (PSU) with a higher power output is
recommended when configuring a system with more powerconsuming devices. The system may become unstable or may not
boot up if the power is inadequate.
•
Make sure that your PSU can provide at least the minimum power
required by your system.
ATX12V
+12V DC GND
+12V DC GND
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A8N-E ATX power connectors
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EATXPWR
+3 Volts
-12 Volts
Ground
PSON#
Ground
Ground
Ground
-5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
Ground
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
Power OK
+5V Standby
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+3 Volts
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9.
Internal audio connectors (4-pin CD, AUX)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound
sources such as a CD-ROM, TV-tuner, or MPEG card.
Left Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Right Audio Channel
CD
(black)
A8N-E
®
AUX
(white)
Right Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Left Audio Channel
A8N-E Internal audio connectors
The function of these connectors are disabled under 8-channel mode.
+5V
J2B1
J2CX
MIDI_OUT
J2CY
J2B2
MIDI_IN
1 0 . GAME/MIDI port connector (16-1 pin GAME)
This connector is for a GAME/MIDI port. Connect the USB/GAME
module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis. The GAME/MIDI port
connects a joystick or game pad for playing games, and MIDI devices
for playing or editing audio files.
A8N-E
®
A8N-E Game connector
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J1B1
J1CX
GND
GND
J1CY
J1B2
+5V
GAME
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1 1 . Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or
switch. Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch
cable to this connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a
high-level signal to this connector when a chassis component is
removed or replaced. The signal is then generated as a chassis
intrusion event.
A8N-E
Chassis Signal
GND
+5VSB_MB
By default, the pins labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted
with a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to
use the chassis intrusion detection feature. See related BIOS item in
page 2-42.
®
CHASSIS
(Default)
A8N-E Chassis intrusion connector
1 2 . Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module
that supports legacy AC ‘97 audio standard. Connect one end of the
front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
FP_AUDIO
BLINE_OUT_L
A8N-E
®
BLINE_OUT_R
+5VA
AGND
Line out_L
NC
Line out_R
MICPWR
MIC2
A8N-E Front panel audio connector
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1 3 . System panel connector (20-pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
SPEAKER
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
PLED-
PLED+
PLED
®
IDE_LED
Reset
Ground
A8N-E
PWR
Ground
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PANEL
RESET
PWRSW
* Requires an ATX power supply.
A8N-E System panel connector
The sytem panel connector is color-coded for easy connection. Refer to
the connector description below for details.
•
•
•
•
•
System power LED (Green 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.
Hard disk drive activity (Red 2-pin IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD
Activity LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes
when data is read from or written to the HDD.
System warning speaker (Orange 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.
Power/Soft-off button (Yellow 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.
Reset button (Blue 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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This chapter tells how to change
the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions
of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
2
BIOS setup
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2.1
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.
4.
A w a r d B I O S F l a s h U t i l i t y (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a
bootable floppy disk.)
A S U S C r a s h F r e e B I O S 2 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable
floppy disk or the motherboard support CD when the BIOS file fails or
gets corrupted.)
A S U S E Z F l a s h (Updates the BIOS in DOS using a floppy disk or the
motherboard support CD.)
A S U S U p d a t e (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy
disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original
motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or AwardBIOS Flash utilities.
2.1.1
1.
Creating a bootable floppy disk
Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk drive.
b. Click S t a r t from the Windows® desktop, then select M y
C o m p u t e rr.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click F i l e from the menu, then select F o r m a tt. A F o r m a t 3 1 / 2
F l o p p y D i s k window appears.
e. Select C r e a t e a n M S - D O S s t a r t u p d i s k from the format
options field, then click S t a r tt.
Windows® 2000 environment
To create a set of boot disks for Windows® 2000:
a. Insert a formatted, high density 1.44 MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. Insert the Windows® 2000 CD to the optical drive.
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c. Click S t a r tt, then select R u n
n.
d. From the Open field, type
D:\bootdisk\makeboot a:
assuming that D: is your optical drive.
e. Press <Enter>, then follow screen instructions to continue.
2.
Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable
floppy disk.
2.1.2
Updating the BIOS
The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) can be updated using the
AwardBIOS Flash Utility. Follow these instructions to update the BIOS using
this utility.
1. Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS web site. Rename the file
to A 8 N - E . B I N and save it to a floppy disk.
Save only the updated BIOS file in the floppy disk to avoid loading the
wrong BIOS file.
2.
Copy the AwardBIOS Flash Utility (awdflash.exe) from the Software
folder of the support CD to the floppy disk with the latest BIOS file.
3.
Boot the system in DOS mode using the bootable floppy disk you
created earlier.
When the A : > appears, replace the bootable floppy disk with the
floppy disk containing the new BIOS file and the Award BIOS Flash
Utility.
4.
5.
At the prompt, type
a w d f l a s h then press
<Enter>. The Award
BIOS Flash Utility screen
appears.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-A8N-E-00
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program:
Message: Please input File Name!
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6.
Type the BIOS file name
in the F i l e N a m e t o
P r o g r a m field, then
press <Enter>.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-A8N-E-00
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: 1001.bin
Message: Do You Want To Save Bios (Y/N)
7.
Press <N> when the utility prompts you to save the current BIOS file.
The following screen appears.
8.
The utility verifies the
BIOS file in the floppy
disk and starts flashing
the BIOS file.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-A8N-E-00
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: 1001.bin
Program
Flashing Memory - OFE00 OK
1234567890123456789012345678901
1234567890123456789012345678901
1234567890123456789012345678901
123
123
123
123 Write OK
123
123
123
123 No Update
123
123
123
123 Write Fail
Warning: Don’t Turn Off Power Or Reset System!
Do not turn off or reset the system during the flashing process!
9.
The utility displays a
Flashing Complete
message indicating that
you have successfully
flashed the BIOS file.
Remove the floppy disk
then press <F1> to
restart the system.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-A8N-E-00
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: 1001.bin
Flashing Complete
Press <F1> to Continue
123
123
123
123 Write OK
123
123
123
123 No Update
123
123
123
123 Write Fail
F1 Reset
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2.1.3
Saving the current BIOS file
You can use the AwardBIOS Flash Utility to save the current BIOS file. You
can load the current BIOS file when the BIOS file gets corrupted during the
flashing process.
Make sure that the floppy disk has enough disk space to save the file.
To save the current BIOS file using the AwardBIOS Flash Utility:
1.
Follow steps 1 to 6 of
the previous section.
2.
Press <Y> when the
utility prompts you to
save the current BIOS
file. The following screen
appears.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-A8N-E-00
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: 1001.bin
Save current BIOS as:
Message:
3.
Type a filename for the
current BIOS file in the
Save current BIOS
a s field, then press
<Enter>.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-A8N-E-00
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: 1001.bin
Checksum: DAD6H
Save current BIOS as: old.bin
Message: Please Wait!
4. The utility saves the
current BIOS file to the
floppy disk, then returns
to the BIOS flashing
process.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-A8N-E-00
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: 1001.bin
Now Backup System BIOS to
1234567890123456789012345678901
File!
1234567890123456789012345678901
1234567890123456789012345678901
1234567890123456789012345678901
Message: Please Wait!
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2.1.4
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to
restore the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating
process. You can update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard
support CD or the floppy disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
Prepare the motherboard support CD or the floppy disk containing the
updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
Recovering the BIOS from the support CD
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the motherboard support CD to the optical drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks
the CD for the BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the
corrupted BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
Found CDROM, try to Boot from it... Pass
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing
so can cause system boot failure!
4.
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Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
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Recovering the BIOS from a floppy disk
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1.
Remove any CD from the optical drive, then turn on the system.
2.
Insert the floppy disk with the original or updated BIOS file to the
floppy disk drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks
the floppy disk for the original or updated BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
When no CD is found, the utility automatically checks the floppy drive
for the original or updated BIOS file. The utility then updates the
corrupted BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
Found CDROM, try to Boot from it... Fail
Detecting floppy drive A media...
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing
so can cause system boot failure!
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this
motherboard. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the
latest BIOS file.
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2.1.5
ASUS EZ Flash utility
The ASUS EZ Flash feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to
go through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and using a
DOS-based utility. The EZ Flash utility is built-in the BIOS chip so it is
accessible by pressing <Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests
(POST).
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash:
1.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS
file for the motherboard.
2.
Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk, then restart the system.
3.
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
Insert Disk then press Enter or ESC to continue POST
4.
Insert the floppy disk
that contains the BIOS
file to the floppy disk
drive then press
<Enter>. The following
screen appears.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-A8N-E-00
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program:
Message: Please wait...
5.
When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash performs the BIOS
update process and automatically reboots the system when done.
Do not shutdown or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent system boot failure!
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2.1.6
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update
the motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility
allows you to:
• Save the current BIOS file
• Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
• Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
• Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
• View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support CD that comes with the motherboard
package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
2.
Place the support CD in the optical drive. The D r i v e r s menu appears.
Click the U t i l i t i e s tab, then click I n s t a l l A S U S U p d a t e
VX.XX.XX
X. See page 3-3 for the U t i l i t i e s screen menu.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
1.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this
utility.
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Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking
Start > Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate
e. The
ASUS Update main window appears.
2.
Select U p d a t e B I O S f r o m
t h e I n t e r n e t option from the
drop-down menu, then click
N e x tt.
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3.
Select the ASUS FTP site
nearest you to avoid network
traffic, or click A u t o S e l e c tt.
Click N e x tt.
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4.
From the FTP site, select the
BIOS version that you wish to
download. Click Next.
5.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself
through the Internet. Always
update the utility to avail all
its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
1.
2.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by
clicking S t a r t > P r o g r a m s > A S U S > A S U S U p d a t e >
ASUSUpdate
e. The ASUS Update main window appears.
Select U p d a t e B I O S f r o m a
f i l e option from the drop-down
menu, then click N e x tt.
3.
Locate the BIOS file from the
O p e n window, then click S a v e
e.
4.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
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2.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable Low-Pin Count (LPC) chip that
you can update using the provided utility described in section “2.1
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 LPC chip.
The LPC chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start
up the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this
program. Press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the
Setup utility; otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing
<Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis.
You can also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this
last option only if the first two failed.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being
a menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus
and make your selections from the available options using the navigation
keys.
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•
The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most
conditions to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes
unstable after changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings
to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the L o a d
D e f a u l t S e t t i n g s item under the Exit Menu. See section “2.7 Exit
Menu.”
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference
purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your
screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS
file for this motherboard and .
Chapter 2: BIOS setup
2.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items Menu bar
Main
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Boot
Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
15 : 30 : 36
Wed, Nov 5 2004
[English]
Legacy Diskette A:
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
First SATA Master
Second SATA Slave
Third SATA Master
Fourth SATA Slave
HDD SMART Monitoring
[ST321122A]
[ASUS CDS520/A]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[Disabled]
Installed Memory
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
General help
Configuration fields
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Change the day, month,
year and century.
256MB
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Sub-menu items
2.2.2
Legend bar
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
Advanced
For changing the basic system configuration
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Boot
Exit
For changing the system boot configuration
For changing the advanced system settings
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the
keyboard until the desired item is highlighted.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this chapter 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
information.
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2.2.3
Legend bar
At the bottom of the Setup screen is a legend bar. The keys in the legend
bar allow you to navigate through the various setup menus. The following
table lists the keys found in the legend bar with their corresponding
functions.
Navigation Key
Function
<F1>
Displays the General Help screen
<F5>
Loads setup default values
<Esc>
Exits the BIOS setup or returns to the main menu
from a sub-menu
Left or Right arrow
Selects the menu item to the left or right
Up or Down arrow
Moves the highlight up or down between fields
P a g e D o w n o r – ( m i n u s ) Scrolls backward through the values for the
highlighted field
Page Up or + (plus)
Scrolls forward through the values for the highlighted
field
<Enter>
Brings up a selection menu for the highlighted field
<F10>
Saves changes and exit
2.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that
menu. For example, selecting M a i n shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
2.2.5
Sub-menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the iteam
has a sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press
<Enter>.
2.2.6
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is
user-configurable, you can change the value of the field opposite the item.
You cannot select an item that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when
selected. To change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to
display a list of options. Refer to “2.2.7 Pop-up window.”
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2.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with
the configuration options for that item.
Main
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Boot
Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
15 : 30 : 36
Wed, Nov 5 2004
[English]
Legacy Diskette A:
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Legacy Diskette A:
Primary IDE Master
[ST321122A]
Disabled
..... [ ]
Primary IDE Slave
[ASUS CDS520/A]
Secondary IDE Master 360K , 5.25 in.
[None] ..... [ ]
Secondary IDE Slave 1.2M , 5.25 in.
[None] ..... [ ]
720K , 3.5 in.
First SATA Master
[None] ..... [ ]
1.44M, 3.5 in.
Second SATA Slave
[None] ..... [ ]
2.88M, 3.5 in.
Third SATA Master
[None] ..... [ ]
Fourth SATA Slave
[None]
HDD SMART Monitoring
[Disabled]
↑↓ :Move ENTER:Accept ESC:Abort
Installed Memory
256MB
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Specifies the capacity
and physical size of
diskette drive A.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Pop-up menu
2.2.8
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the
selected item.
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2.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears,
giving you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section “2.2.1 BIOS menu screen” for information on the menu
screen items and how to navigate through them.
Main
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Boot
Exit
System Time
System Date
Language
15 : 30 : 36
Wed, Nov 5 2004
[English]
Legacy Diskette A:
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
First SATA Master
Second SATA Slave
Third SATA Master
Fourth SATA Slave
HDD SMART Monitoring
[ST321122A]
[ASUS CDS520/A]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[Disabled]
Installed Memory
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
2.3.1
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Change the day, month,
year and century.
256MB
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
System Time [xx:xx:xxxx]
Allows you to set the system time.
2.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
2.3.3
Language [English]
Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the options.
Configuration options: [Français] [German] [English]
2.3.4
Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[360K, 5.25 in.] [1.2M , 5.25 in.] [720K , 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
[2.88M, 3.5 in.]
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2.3.5
Primary and Secondary IDE Master/Slave
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE
devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device
item then press <Enter> to display the IDE device information.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Main
Primary IDE Master
PIO Mode
UDMA Mode
[Auto]
[Auto]
Primary IDE Master
Access Mode
UDMA Mode
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Capacity
13579 MB
Cylinder
Head
Sector
Transfer Mode
26310
16
63
UDMA 4
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to
select
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items
(Capacity, Cylinder, Head, Sector and Transfer Mode). These values are not
user-configurable. These items show N/A if no IDE device is installed in the
system.
PIO Mode
Sets the PIO mode for the IDE device.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Mode 0] [Mode 1] [Mode 2] [Mode 3]
[Mode 4]
UDMA Mode
Disables or sets the UDMA mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
IDE Primary Master/Slave [Auto]; IDE Secondary Master/
Slave [Auto]
Select [Auto] to automatically detect an IDE hard disk drive. If automatic
detection is successful, the BIOS automatically fills in the correct values for
the remaining fields on this sub-menu. If the hard disk was already
formatted on a previous system, the setup BIOS may detect incorrect
parameters. Select [Manual] to manually enter the IDE hard disk drive
parameters. If no drive is installed select [None].
Configuration options: [None] [Auto] [Manual]
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Access Mode [Auto]
The default [Auto] allows automatic detection of an IDE hard disk drive.
Select [CHS] for this item if you set the IDE Primary Master/Slave to
[Manual]. Configuration options: [CHS] [LBA] [Large] [Auto]
Before attempting to configure a hard disk drive, make sure you have
the correct configuration information supplied by the drive
manufacturer. Incorrect settings may cause the system to fail to
recognize the installed hard disk.
Capacity
Displays the auto-detected hard disk capacity. This item is not
configurable.
Cylinder
Shows the number of the hard disk cylinders. This item is not configurable.
Head
Shows the number of the hard disk read/write heads. This item is not
configurable.
Sector
Shows the number of sectors per track. This item is not configurable.
Transfer Mode
Shows the Transfer mode. This item is not configurable.
After entering the IDE hard disk drive information into BIOS, use a disk
utility, such as FDISK, to partition and format new IDE hard disk drives.
This is necessary so that you can write or read data from the hard disk.
Make sure to set the partition of the Primary IDE hard disk drives to
active.
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2.3.6
First, Second, Third, Fourth SATA Master
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of Serial
ATA devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each SATA device. Select a
device item then press <Enter> to display the SATA device information.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Main
Primary IDE Master
Select Menu
Extended Drive
Access Mode
[Auto]
[Auto]
Item Specific Help
Capacity
xxxxx MB
Press [Enter] to
select
Cylinder
Head
Precomp
Landing Zone
Sector
xxxxx
xx
xx
xx
xx
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items
(Capacity, Cylinder, Head, Precomp, Landing Zone and Sector). These
values are not user-configurable. These items show 0 if no SATA device is
installed in the system.
Extended Drive
Selects the type of fixed disk connected to the system.
Configuration options: [None] [Auto]
Access Mode
Sets the sector addressing mode. Configuration options: [Large] [Auto]
Before attempting to configure a hard disk drive, make sure you have
the correct configuration information supplied by the drive
manufacturer. Incorrect settings may cause the system to fail to
recognize the installed hard disk.
Capacity
Displays the auto-detected hard disk capacity. This item is not
configurable.
Cylinder
Shows the number of the hard disk cylinders. This item is not configurable.
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Head
Shows the number of the hard disk read/write heads. This item is not
configurable.
Precomp
Shows the number of precomp per track. This item is not configurable.
Landing Zone
Shows the number of landing zone per track. This item is not configurable.
Sector
Shows the number of sectors per track. This item is not configurable.
After entering the IDE hard disk drive information into BIOS, use a disk
utility, such as FDISK, to partition and format new IDE hard disk drives.
This is necessary so that you can write or read data from the hard disk.
Make sure to set the partition of the Primary IDE hard disk drives to
active.
2.3.7
HDD SMART Monitoring
Allows you to enable or disable the HDD Self-Monitoring Analysis and
Reporting Technology (SMART) feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.3.8
Installed Memory
Shows the size of installed memory.
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2.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU
and other system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Boot
Exit
CPU Configuration
PCIPnP
Onboard Device Configuration
JumperFree Configuration
LAN Cable Status
PEG Link Mode
Instant Music
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
2.4.1
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press Enter to Set
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
CPU Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
CPU Configuration
CPU Type
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-55 Processor
CPU Speed
3400MHz
Cache RAM
512K
DRAM Configuration
Hyper Transport Frequency
[Auto]
AMD K8 Cool’n’Quiet control
[Auto]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
DRAM timing and
control
DRAM Configuration
The items in this sub-menu show the DRAM-related information
auto-detected by the BIOS.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
DRAM Configuration
Max Memclock (MHz)
1T/2T Memory Timing
CAS# latency (Tcl)
RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd)
Min RAS# active time (Tras)
Row precharge Time (Trp)
Master ECC Enabled
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[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Place an artificial
memory clock limit on
the system. Memory is
prevented from
running faster than
this frequency.
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Max Memclock (MHz) [Auto]
Sets the maximum operating memory clock.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR200] [DDR266] [DDR333]
[DDR400] [DDR400] [DDR433] [DDR466] [DDR500] [DDR533]
[DDR550] [DDR600]
1T/2T Memory Timing [Auto]
Sets the memory timing. Configuration options: [Auto] [1T] [2T]
CAS# latency (Tcl) [Auto]
Sets the CAS# latency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2.0] [2.5] [3.0]
RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd) [Auto]
Sets the RAS# to CAS# delay to Rd/Wr command on the same bank.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
Min RAS# active time (Tras) [Auto]
Sets the minimum RAS# active time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]
[14] [15]
Row precharge Time (Trp) [Auto]
Sets the Row precharge time. Precharge to Active or Auto-Refresh of
the same bank. Configuration options: [Auto] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Master ECC Enable [Disabled]
Enables or disables the master ECC function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hyper Transport Frequency [Auto]
Sets the Hyper Transport frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1x] [2x] [3x] [4x] [5x] [Auto]
AMD K8 Cool’n’Quiet control [Auto]
Enables or disables the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet! technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.4.2
PCIPnP
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
Frequency/Voltage control
Plug & Play O/S
Init Display First
[No]
[PCI Slot]
Resources Controlled By
x IRQ Resources
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
[Auto]
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
[Disabled]
Plug & Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], the BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When
set to [Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the
operating system configures the Plug and Play devices not required for
boot. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
Resources Controlled By [Auto]
When set to [Auto], the BIOS automatically configures all the boot and
Plug and Play compatible devices. Set to [Manual] if you want to assign the
IRQ DMA and memory base address fields.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
When the item Resources Controlled By is set to [Auto], the item IRQ
Resources is grayed out and not user-configurable. Refer to the section
“IRQ Resources” for information on how to enable this item.
IRQ Resources
This sub-menu is activated only when the R e s o u r c e s C o n t r o l l e d B y
item is set to Manual.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
IRQ Resources
IRQ-3 assigned to
IRQ-4 assigned to
IRQ-5 assigned to
IRQ-7 assigned to
IRQ-9 assigned to
IRQ-10 assigned to
IRQ-11 assigned to
IRQ-12 assigned to
IRQ-14 assigned to
IRQ-15 assigned to
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
Select Menu
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Item Specific Help
Legacy ISA for devices
compliant with the
original PC AT bus
specification, PCI/ISA
PnP for devices
compliant with the
IRQ-xx assigned to
When set to [PCI Device], the specific IRQ is free for use of PCI/PnP
devices. When set to [Reserved], the IRQ is reserved for legacy ISA
devices. Configuration options: [PCI Device] [Reserved]
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PCI/VGA Palette Snoop [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the pallete snooping feature informs the PCI
devices that an ISA graphics device is installed in the system so that the
latter can function correctly. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.4.3
Onboard Devices Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
Onboard Device Configuration
IDE Function Setup
NVRAID Configuration
USB Configuration
Onboard NV LAN
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
AC97 Audio
Serial Port1 Address
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
ECP MOde Use DMA
Game Port Address
Midi Port Address
x Midi Port IRQ
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[378/IRQ7]
[ECP+EPP]
[3]
[201]
[Disabled]
10
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
IDE Function Setup
This sub-menu contains IDE function-related items. Select an item then
press <Enter> to edit.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
Onboard Device Configuration
OnChip IDE Channel0
OnChip IDE Channel1
IDE DMA transfer access
Serial Port 1, 2
SATA DMA transfer
Serial Port 3, 4
SATA2 DMA transfer
IDE Prefetch Mode
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
OnChip IDE Channel0 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onchip IDE channel 0 controller .
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnChip IDE Channel1 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onchip IDE channel 1 controller .
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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IDE DMA transfer access [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the IDE DMA transfer access.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Serial Port 1, 2 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the SATA 1 and 2 ports.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SATA DMA access [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the SATA DMA transfer access.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Serial Port 3, 4 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the SATA 3 and 4 ports.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SATA2 DMA transfer [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the SATA2 DMA transfer access.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Prefetch Mode [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the IDE prefetch mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
NVRAID Configuration
This sub-menu contains NVRAID function-related items. Select an item then
press <Enter> to edit.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
NVRAID Configuration
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
RAID Enabled
IDE Primary Master RAID
IDE Primary Slave RAID
IDE Secondary Master RAID
IDE Secondary Slave RAID
First SATA Master RAID
Second SATA Master RAID
Third SATA Master RAID
Fourth SATA Master RAID
[Disabled]
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
RAID Enabled [Disabled]
Enables or disables the onboard RAID controller. When Enabled, the
succeeding items becomes user-configurable.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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IDE Primary, Secondary Master/Slave RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the RAID function of the primary or secondary master
or slave IDE. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
First, Second, Third, Fourth SATA Master RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the RAID function of the first, second, third or fourth
SATA master drive. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
USB Configuration
USB Controller
USB2.0 Controller
USB Legacy support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
USB Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onchip USB controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB Legacy Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable support for USB devices on legacy
operating systems (OS). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard NV LAN [Enabled]
Enables or disables the onboard NVIDIA® Gigabit LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN boot ROM.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
AC97 Audio [Enabled]
Allows you to disable or enabled the onboard AC97 audio controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Parallel Port Address [378/IRQ7]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [378/IRQ7] [278/IRQ5] [3BC/IRQ7]
Parallel Port Mode [ECP+EPP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode.
Configuration options: [Normal] [Bi-directional] [EPP] [ECP]
ECP Mode Use DMA [3]
Allows selection of ECP Mode. Configuration options: [1] [3]
Game Port Address [201]
Allows you to select the Game Port address or to disable the port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [201] [209]
Midi Port Address [Disabled]
Allows you to select the Game Port address or to disable the port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [330] [300]
Midi Port IRQ [10]
Allows you to set the Midi port IRQ address. Configuration options: [5] [10]
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2.4.4
JumperFree Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
JumperFree Configuration
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Overclock Profile
Overclock Options
N.O.S. Option
CPU Frequency
PCI Express Clock
DDR Voltage
CPU Multiplier
CPU Voltage
[Auto]
Disable
Disable
200.00
100Mhz
Auto
Auto
Auto
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Overclock Profile [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU
internal frequency. Select either one of the preset overclocking
configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking
parameters.
Auto
Standard
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
AI Overclock
Loads overclocking profiles with optimal
parameters for stability when overclocking.
AI N.O.S.
The ASUS AI Non-delay Overclocking System
feature intelligently determines the system
load and automatically boost the performance
for the most demanding tasks.
Loads the standard settings for the system.
The following items are user-configurable only when the Overclock
Profile item is set to [Manual].
CPU Frequency [XXX] (value is auto-detected)
Indicates the frequency sent by the clock generator to the system bus and
PCI bus. The bus frequency (external frequency) multiplied by the bus
multiple equals the CPU speed. The value of this item is auto-detected by
BIOS. The values range from 200 to 400. Refer to the following table for
the correct Front Side Bus and CPU External Frequency settings.
Selecting a very high CPU frequency may cause the system to become
unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting.
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PCI Express Clock [100MHz]
Allows you to set the PCI Express clock. Key-in a decimal value between
100-200 MHz. Configuration options: [100Mhz] [101Mhz~[145Mhz]
DDR Voltage [Auto]
Sets the operating DDR voltage. Configuration options: [Auto] [2.60V]
[2.65V] [2.70V] [2.75V] [2.80V] [2.85V] [2.90V] [2.95V] [3.00V]
CPU Multiplier [Auto]
Sets the operating CPU multiplier. The configuration options vary
depending on the type of CPU installed. Configuration options: [Auto] [x4]
[x4.5] [x5] [x5.5] [x6] [x6.5] [x7] [x7.5] [x7.5] [x8] [x8.5] [x9] [x9.5]
[x10] [x10.5] [x11] [x11.5] [x12] [x12.5] [x13] [x13.5] [x14] [x14.5]
[x15] [x15.5] [x16] [x16.5] [x17] [x17.5] [x18] [x18.5] [x19] [x19.5]
[x20]
CPU Voltage [Auto]
Sets the operating CPU voltage. Configuration options: [Auto]
[1.650V] [1.6375V] [1.625V] [1.6125V] [1.600V] [1.5875V]
[1.575V] [1.5625V] [1.550V] [1.5375V] [1.525V] [1.5125V]
[1.500V] [1.4875V] [1.475V] [1.4625V] [1.450V] [1.4375V]
[1.425V] [1.4125V] [1.400V] [1.3875V] [1.375V] [1.3625V]
[1.350V] [1.3375V] [1.325V] [1.3125V] [1.300V] [1.2875V]
[1.275V] [1.2625V] [1.250V] [1.2375V] [1.225V] [1.2125V]
[1.200V] [1.1875V] [1.175V] [1.1625V] [1.150V] [1.1375V]
[1.125V] [1.1125V] [1.100V] [1.0875V] [1.075V] [1.0625V]
[1.050V] [1.0375V] [1.025V] [1.0125V] [1.000V] [0.9875V]
[0.975V] [0.9625V] [0.950V] [0.9375V] [0.925V] [0.9125V]
[0.900V] [0.8875V] [0.875V] [0.8625V] [0.850V] [0.8375V]
[0.825V] [0.8125V] [0.800V]
The following item is user-configurable only when the AI Overclocking
item is set to [AI Overclock].
Overclock Options [Disable]
Allows you to set the oveclocking options.
Configuration options: [Disable] [Overclock 3%] [Overclock 5%]
[Overclock 8%] [Overclock 10%]
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The following item is user-configurable only when the AI Overclocking
item is set to [AI N.O.S.].
N.O.S. Option [Disable]
Sets the Non-Delay Overclocking System mode.
Configuration options: [Disable] [Overclock 3%] [Overclock 5%]
[Overclock 8%] [Overclock 10%]
2.4.5
LAN Cable Status
The items in this menu displays the status of the Local Area Network
(LAN) cable.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
JumperFree Configuration
POST Check LAN Cable
[Disabled]
Pair
1-2
3-6
4-5
7-8
Status
Open
Open
Open
Open
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Length
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
POST Check LAN cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the LAN cable during the Power-On
Self-Test (POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.4.6
PEG Link Mode
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
JumperFree Configuration
PEG Link Mode
PEG Root Control
PEG Buffer Length
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
PEG Link Mode [Disabled]
Allows you to enhance the performance of your PCI Express graphics card.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Slow] [Normal] [Fast] [Faster]
PEG Root Control [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCI Express graphics root control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
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PEG Buffer Length [Auto]
Allows you to set the PCI Express graphics buffer length.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Long] [Short]
2.4.7
Instant Music
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
JumperFree Configuration
Instant Music
x Instant Music CD-ROM Drive
[Disabled]
Primary Master
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
If enabled, power up
by PS/2 keyboard
function will be
disabled.
Instant Music [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Instant Music feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Enabling Instant Music automatically disables the PS/2 keyboard power
up feature.
Instant Music CD-ROM Drive [Primary Master]
Allows you to select the CD-ROM drive that you wish to use for the Instant
Music CD playback. Configuration options: [Primary Master] [Primary Slave]
[Secondary Master] [Secondary Slave]
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Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) and the Advanced Power
Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
Main
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Boot
Exit
ACPI Suspend Type
ACPI APIC support
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
2.5.1
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[S1&S3]
[Enabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
ACPI Suspend Type [S1&S3]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) state to be used for system suspend.
Configuration options: [S1 (POS)] [S3(STR)] [S1&S3]
2.5.2
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface (ACPI) support in the Application-Specific Integrated Circuit
(ASIC). When set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the
RSDT pointer list. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.5.3
APM Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss
PWR Button < 4 secs
Power On By PCI Devices
Power On By External Modems
Power-On by RTC Alarm
x Date (of Month)
x Resume Time (hh:mm:ss)
Power Up By PS/2 Mouse
Power Up By PS/2 Keyboard
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
[Disabled]
[Instant Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
0
0 : 0 : 0
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [ENTER] to
select whether or not
to restart the system
after AC power loss.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Restore on AC Power Loss [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Restore on AC Power Loss function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PWR Button < 4 secs [Instant-Off]
Allows you to set the event after the power button is pressed for more
than 4 seconds. Configuration options: [Suspend] [Instant-Off]
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to turn on the system
through a PCI LAN or modem card. This feature requires an ATX power
supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
This allows either settings of [Enabled] or [Disabled] for powering up the
computer when the external modem receives a call while the computer is in
Soft-off mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and
applications are fully running. Thus, connection cannot be made on the
first try. Turning an external modem off and then back on while the
computer is off causes an initialization string that turns the system
power on.
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Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this
item is set to Enabled, the items Date of Month Alarm and Time (hh:mm:ss)
Alarm items become user-configurable with set values.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Day of Month Alarm [Disabled]
To set the date of alarm, highlight this item and press <Enter> to display
the Day of Month Alarm pop-up menu. Key-in a value within the specified
range then press <Enter>. Configuration options: [Min=0] [Max=31]
Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm [Disabled]
To set the time of alarm:
1.
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up menu for the
hour field.
2.
Key-in a value (Min=0, Max=23), then press <Enter>.
3.
Press <TAB> to move to the minutes field then press <Enter>.
4.
Key-in a minute value (Min=0, Max=59), then press <Enter>.
5.
Press <TAB> to move to the seconds field then press <Enter>.
6.
Key-in a value (Min=0, Max=59), then press <Enter>.
Power Up By PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse
to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that
provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function or set
specific keys on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-ESC] [Power Key]
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Hardware Monitor
The items in this sub-menu displays the hardware monitor values
automatically detected by the BIOS. It also allows you to change CPU Q-Fan
feature-related parameters. Select an item then press <Enter> to display
the configuration options.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Hardware Monitor
Q-Fan Controller
Vcore Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
CPU Temperature
M/B Temperature
CPU FAN Speed
CHA1 FAN Speed
CHIP FAN Speed
x CPU Target Temperature
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[Disabled]
1.50V
3.31V
4.94V
11.26V
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to
enable or disable
48ºC
38ºC
4962 RPM
0 RPM
5443 RPM
72ºC
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Q-Fan Controller [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Q-Fan controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
VCORE Voltage, +12V Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5VCC
Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output
through the onboard voltage regulators. These items are not
user-configurable.
CPU Temperature, M/B Temperature
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
motherboard and CPU temperatures. These items are not user-configurable.
CPU Fan Speed
CHA1 Fan Speed
CHIP Fan Speed
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
Chassis, CPU, and Chip fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan
is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows 0. These items are
not user-configurable.
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CPU Target Temperature
Allows you to set the temperature threshold before the CPU fan rotates at
full speed. Configuration options: [51ºC] [54ºC] [57ºC] [60ºC] [63ºC]
[66ºC] [69ºC] [72ºC] [75ºC] [78ºC] [81ºC]
2.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Boot
Exit
Boot Device Priority
Removable Drives
Hard Disk Drives
CDROM Drives
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
2.6.1
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Boot Device Priority
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Boot Device Priority
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Boot
Boot
Boot
Boot
Device
Device
Device
Device
[Removable]
[Hard Disk]
[CDROM]
[Disabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Select your boot
device priority
1st ~ xxth Boot Device [Removable]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available
devices. The number of device items that appears on the screen depends
on the number of devices installed in the system.
Configuration options: [Removable] [Hard Disk] [CDROM] [Legacy LAN]
[Disabled]
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Removable Drives
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Removable Drives
1. Floppy Disks
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
1. Floppy Disks
Allows you to assign a removable drive attached to the system.
2.6.3
Hard Disk Drives
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Hard Disk Drives
1. 1st Master: XXXXXXXXX
2. Bootable Add-in Cards
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
1. 1st Master: XXXXXXXXX
Allows you to assign hard disk drives attached to the system.
2.6.4
CDROM Drives
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
CDROM Drives
1. 1st Slave: XXXXXXXXX
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
1. 1st Slave: XXXXXXXXX
Allows you to assign optical drives attached to the system.
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2.6.5
Boot Settings Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Case Open Warning
Quick Boot
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Bootup Num-Lock
Typematic Rate Setting
x Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
x Typematic Delay (Msec)
OS Select For DRAM > 64MB
Full Screen LOGO
Halt On
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[On]
[Disabled]
6
250
[Non-OS2]
[Enabled]
[All Errors]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to
enable or disable.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Case Open Warning [Enabled]
Enables or disables the chassis open status feature. Setting to Enabled,
clears the chassis open status. Refer to section “2.7 Internal connectors”
for setting details. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the system quick boot feature. When
Enabled, the system skips certain tests while booting.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Boot Up Floppy Seek [Enabled]
Enables or disables the chassis open status feature. Setting to Enabled,
clears the chassis open status. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Typematic Rate Setting [Disabled]
Allows you to set the keystroke rate. Enable this item to configure the
T y p e m a t i c R a t e ( C h a r s / S e c ) and the T y p e m a t i c D e l a y ( M s e c )).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The items T y p e m a t i c R a t e ( C h a r s / S e c ) and T y p e m a t i c D e l a y
( M s e c ) becomes user-configurable only when the item Typematic Rate
Setting is enabled.
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Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) [6]
Allows you to select the rate at which a character repeats when you hold a
key. Configuration options: [6] [8] [10] [12] [15] [20] [24] [30]
Typematic Delay (Msec) [250]
Allows you to set the delay before keystrokes begin to repeat.
Configuration options: [250] [500] [750] [1000]
OS Select for DRAM > 64MB [Non-OS2]
Set this item to OS2 only when you are running on an OS/2 operating
system with an installed RAM of greater than 64 KB.
Configuration options: [Non-OS2] [OS2]
Full Screen LOGO [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
•
Make sure that the above item is set to [Enabled] if you want to use
the ASUS MyLogo2™ feature.
•
See section “3.3.1 ASUS MyLogo2™” for details.
Halt On [All Errors]
Allows you to error report type.
Configuration options: [All Errors] [No Errors] [All, But Keyboard]
[All, But Diskette] [All, But Disk/Key]
2.6.6
Security
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Supervisor Password
User Password
Password Check
Clear
Clear
[Setup]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Supervisor Password
User Password
These fields allow you to set passwords:
To set a password:
1.
Select an item then press <Enter>.
2.
Type in a password using a combination of a maximum of eight (8)
alpha-numeric characters, then press <Enter>.
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3.
When prompted, confirm the password by typing the exact characters
again, then press <Enter>. The password field setting is changed to
Set.
To clear the password:
1.
Select the password field and press <Enter> twice. The following
message appears:
PASSWORD DISABLED !!!
Press any key to continue...
2.
Press any key to continue. The password field setting is changed to
Clear.
A note about passwords
The Supervisor password is required to enter the BIOS Setup program
preventing unauthorized access. The User password is required to
boot the system preventing unauthorized use.
Forgot your password?
If you forget your password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real
Time Clock (RTC) RAM. The RAM data containing the password
information is powered by the onboard button cell battery. If you need
to erase the CMOS RAM, refer to section “2.6 Jumpers” for
instructions.
Password Check
This field requires you to enter the password before entering the BIOS
setup or the system. Select [Setup] to require the password before
entering the BIOS Setup. Select [System] to require the password before
entering the system. Configuration options: [Setup] [System]
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2.7
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values
for the BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Main
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Power
Boot
Exit
Select Menu
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Load Setup Default
Discard Changes
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Item Specific Help
This option save data
to CMOS and exiting
the setup menu.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the
options from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the
Exit menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM.
An onboard backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even
when the PC is turned off. When you select this option, a confirmation
window appears. Select Y e s to save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes,
the program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save
your changes before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while
exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you
made to the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than
System Date, System Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation
before exiting.
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Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the
parameters on the Setup menus. When you select this option or if you
press <F5>, a confirmation window appears. Select Y e s to load default
values. Select E x i t & S a v e C h a n g e s or make other changes before
saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears.
Select Y e s to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
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This chapter describes the contents
of the support CD that comes with
the motherboard package.
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support
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3.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® 2000/XP operating systems (OS).
Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize
the features of your hardware.
3.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to
your OS documentation for detailed information.
•
Make sure that you install Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4 or the
Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before installing the
drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard package contains the
drivers, software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all
motherboard features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time
without notice. Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates.
3.2.1
Running the support CD
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The CD automatically displays the
D r i v e r s menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
CD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If A u t o r u n is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of
the support CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder.
Double-click the A S S E T U P . E X E to run the CD.
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3.2.2
Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
Nvidia Chipset Driver Program
Installs the NVIDIA® Chipset drivers for the NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Ultra
chipset.
Make NVIDIA RAID Driver Disk
Creates the NVIDIA® driver disk for Serial ATA and RAID features.
Realtek ALC850 Driver
Installs the Realtek® ALC850 audio controller and application.
AMD Cool’n’Quiet Driver
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet! Technology drivers.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) driver.
The screen display and drivers option may not be the same for different
operating system versions.
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Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the
motherboard supports.
NVIDIA Chipset nTune Utility
Installs the NVIDIA® nTune™ utility that allows easy and safe system tuning
for optimum performance.
ASUS PC Probe
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system
voltages, and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you
keep your computer in healthy operating condition.
ASUS Update
Allows you to download the latest version of the BIOS from the ASUS
website.
Before using the ASUS Update, make sure that you have an Internet
connection so you can connect to the ASUS website.
ASUS AI Booster
The ASUS AI Booster application allows you to overclock the CPU speed in a
Windows® environment.
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Microsoft DirectX
Installs the Microsoft® DirectX 9.0 driver. The Microsoft DirectX® 9.0 is a
multimedia technology that enhances computer graphics and sound.
DirectX® improves the multimedia features of you computer so you can
enjoy watching TV and movies, capturing videos, or playing games in your
computer. Visit the Microsoft website (www.microsoft.com) for updates.
Anti-virus Utility
The anti-virus application detects and protects your computer from viruses
that destroys data.
ADOBE Acrobat Reader
Installs the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader that allows you to open, view, and
print documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).
ASUS Screen Saver
Bring life to your computer screen by installing the ASUS screen saver.
ASUS AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Software
Installs the AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet! software.
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Manuals menu
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an
item to open the folder of the user manual.
•
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Install the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the U t i l i t i e s m e n u
before opening a user manual file.
•
Some user manuals listed in this menu may not be applicable for this
motherboard model.
NVIDIA Firewall Administrator’s Guide
Allows you to open the NVIDIA® ForceWare Networking and Firewall
Administrator’s Guide.
NVIDIA RAID User’s Guide
Allows you to open the NVIDIA® RAID User’s Guide.
NVIDIA nTune Manual
Allows you to open the NVIDIA® nTune™ user’s manual.
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3.2.5
ASUS Contact information
Click the C o n t a c t tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can
also find this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
3.2.6
Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information
on the motherboard and the contents of the support CD. Click an icon to
display the specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
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Browse this CD
Displays the support CD contents in graphical format.
Technical support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out
when requesting technical support.
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3.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support CD have wizards that will
conveniently guide you through the installation. View the online help or
readme file that came with the software application for more information.
3.3.1
ASUS MyLogo2™
The ASUS MyLogo2™ utility lets you customize the boot logo. The boot
logo is the image that appears on screen during the Power-On Self-Tests
(POST). The ASUS MyLogo2™ is automatically installed when you install the
A S U S U p d a t e utility from the support CD. See section “3.2.3 Utilities
menu” for details.
•
Before using the ASUS MyLogo2™, use the Award BIOS Flash utility
to make a copy of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS
version from the ASUS website. See section “2.1.2 Updating the
BIOS”.
•
Make sure that the BIOS item F u l l S c r e e n L o g o is set to
[Enabled] if you wish to use ASUS MyLogo2. See section “2.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration”.
•
You can create your own boot logo image in GIF, JPG, or BMP file
formats.
To launch the ASUS MyLogo2™:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Launch the ASUS Update utility. Refer to section “2.1.5 ASUS Update
utility” for details.
Select O p t i o n s from the drop down menu, then click N e x tt.
Check the option L a u n c h M y L o g o t o r e p l a c e s y s t e m b o o t
S, then click N e x tt.
logo before flashing BIOS
Select U p d a t e B I O S f r o m a f i l e from the drop down menu, then
click N e x tt.
When prompted, locate the new
BIOS file, then click N e x tt. The
ASUS MyLogo2 window appears.
From the left window pane, select
the folder that contains the image
you intend to use as your boot
logo.
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7.
When the logo images appear on
the right window pane, select an
image to enlarge by clicking on it.
8.
Adjust the boot image to your
desired size by selecting a value
on the R a t i o box.
9.
When the screen returns to the ASUS Update utility, flash the original
BIOS to load the new boot logo.
10. After flashing the BIOS, restart the computer to display the new boot
logo during POST.
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3.3.3
AI NET 2
The Marvell® Virtual Cable Tester™ (VCT) is a cable diagnostic utility that
reports LAN cable faults and shorts using the Time Domain Reflectometry
(TDR) technology. The VCT detects and reports open and shorted cables,
impedance mismatches, pair swaps, pair polarity problems, and pair skew
problems of up to 100 meters at one meter accuracy.
The VCT feature reduces networking and support costs through a highly
manageable and controlled network system. This utility can be incorporated
in the network systems sofware for ideal field support as well as
development diagnostics.
Using the Virtual Cable Tester™
To use the the Marvell® Virtual Cable Tester™ utility:
2.
Launch the VCT utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking
S t a r t > A l l P r o g r a m s > M a r v e l l > V i r t u a l C a b l e T e s t e rr.
Click V i r t u a l C a b l e
T e s t e r from the menu
to display the screen
below.
3.
Click the R u n button to perform a cable test.
1.
•
The VCT only runs on systems with Windows® XP or Windows® 2000
operating systems.
•
The R u n button on the Virtual Cable Tester™ main window is
disabled if no problem is detected on the LAN cable(s) connected to
the LAN port(s).
•
If you want the system to check the LAN cable before entering the
OS, enable the P O S T C h e c k L A N c a b l e item in the BIOS. See
section “2.4.5 LAN Cable Status” for details.
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Audio configurations
The Realtek® ALC850 AC ‘97 audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio
capability to deliver the ultimate audio experience on your PC. The software
provides Jack-Sensing function (Line-In, Line-Out, Mic-In), S/PDIF out
support and interrupt capability. The ALC850 also includes the Realtek®
proprietary UAJ® (Universal Audio Jack) technology for three ports (Line-In,
Line-Out and Mic-In), eliminating cable connection errors and giving users
plug and play convenience.
Follow the installation wizard to install the R e a l t e k A L C 8 5 0 A u d i o
D r i v e r a n d A p p l i c a t i o n from the support CD that came with the
motherboard package.
If the Realtek audio software is correctly installed, you will find the
SoundEffect icon on the taskbar.
From the taskbar, double-click on the
S o u n d E f f e c t icon to display the R e a l t e k
A u d i o C o n t r o l P a n e ll.
Realtek SoundEffect icon
The Jack-sensing and UAJ® technology features are supported on the
Line-In, Line-Out, and Mic jacks only.
Sound Effect options
The Realtek® ALC850 Audio CODEC allows you to set your listening
environment, adjust the equalizer, set the karaoke, or select
pre-programmed equalizer settings for your listening pleasure.
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To set the sound effect options:
1.
From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the S o u n d E f f e c t
button.
2.
Click the shortcut buttons to change the acoustic environment, adjust
the equalizer, or set the karaoke to your desired settings.
3.
The audio settings take effect immediately after you click on the
buttons.
Click the Exit (X
X ) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
to exit.
4.
S/PDIF option
The Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) options allows you to change
your S/PDIF output settings.
To set the S/PDIF options:
1.
From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the S P D I F button.
2.
Click the option buttons to change your S/PDIF out settings.
X ) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
Click the Exit (X
to exit.
3.
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Speaker Configuration
This option allows you to set your speaker configuration.
To set the speaker configuration:
1.
From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the S p e a k e r
C o n f i g u r a t i o n button.
2.
Select from the combo list box your current speaker setup, then click
A u t o T e s t to test your settings.
Click the U A J A u t o m a t i c button to enable or disable the Universal
Audio Jack(UAJ®) technology feature.
Click the Exit (X
X ) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
to exit.
3.
4.
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AI Audio feature
The AI Audio feature works through the connector sensing option that
allows you to check if your audio devices are connected properly.
To start the connector sensing:
1.
From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the C o n n e c t o r S e n s i n g
button.
2.
Click the B r a c k e t button to display connected audio devices.
Click the O p t i o n button to change sensing options.
3.
4.
Click the S t a r t button to start connection sensing. A progress bar
displays current connector sensing status.
Make sure to exit all audio applications before starting this function.
5.
When finished, the utility prompts the Realtek® EZ-connection dialog
box showing your current audio connections. The text at the bottom
of the box explains your audio connection status. An X mark denotes
an incorrect connection.
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6.
7.
8.
If there are detected problems, make sure that your audio cables are
connected to the proper audio jack and repeat connector sensing.
Click the X button to exit EZ-connection dialog box.
X ) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
Click the Exit (X
to exit audio control panel.
HRTF Demo
This option shows a demo of the Head-Related Transfer Functions (HRTF).
To start the HRTF demo:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the H R T F D e m o button.
Click the option buttons to change the sound, moving path or EAX
settings.
Click the P l a y button to start or the S t o p button to stop.
X ) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
Click the Exit (X
to exit.
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General settings
This option shows the audio settings and allows you to change the
language setting or toggle the SoundEffect icon display on the Windows
taskbar.
To display the general settings:
1.
From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the G e n e r a l button.
2.
Click the option button to enable or disable the icon display on the
Windows taskbar.
Click the L a n g u a g e combo list box to change language display.
3.
4.
X ) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
Click the Exit (X
to exit.
Rear panel audio ports function variation
The functions of the Line Out (lime), Line In (blue), Mic (pink), Rear
Speaker Out (gray), Side Speaker Out (black), and Center/Subwoofer
(yellow orange) ports on the rear panel change when you select the
4-channel, 6-channel or 8-channel audio configuration. See the 8, 6, 4 or
2-channel speaker configuration on page 1-23.
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3.3.5
Using the NVIDIA® Firewall™
The motherboard supports the NVIDIA® Firewall™ (NVFirewall™) application
that protects your computer from intruders. The NVFirewall™ is classified
as a personal firewall or desktop firewall that works at the device level to
protect your system from malicious computer code by controlling the
connections to and from your computer and alerting you for attempted
intrusions. The following sections describe how to use the NVIDIA®
Firewall™.
Launching the NVFirewall™ summary
After you install the NVFirewall™ application from the motherboard support
CD, it is automatically activated with a M e d i u m security profile as its
default setting. The setup summary of NVFirewall™ is displayed in the
summary menu.
To launch the NVFirewall™ summary menu:
1.
Click the N V I D I A® F i r e w a l l ™ i c o n from
the Windows® taskbar.
N V I D I A® F i r e w a l l ™ i c o n
2.
Double-click the icon to display
the NVFirewall™ Summary
menu.
Click to select firewall profile
Click to view profile details
Click to view the firewall log
Click to view the firewall stats
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Setting security profiles
The NVFirewall™ application allows several security profiles to match your
system security needs. The following describes the NVFirewall™ security
profiles:
•
•
•
•
L o w - allows safe incoming connections and deny those that are
known to be dangerous connections. This profile also enables some
anti-hacking features.
M e d i u m - blocks most incoming connections. Incoming connections
to some ports must be set to allow file transfers using some online
messaging applications. This profile also enables some anti-hacking
features.
H i g h - allows the least traffic through. Only outbound connections
are allowed. This profile also includes the “stealth mode’ feature that
makes your system invisible to intruders. This also enables some
anti-hacking features.
L o c k d o w n - blocks all incoming and outgoing connections.
•
A n t i - h a c k i n g o n l y - this profile enables all anti-hacking features but
disables the firewall. This security profile is useful if you want to use a
third-party firewall application.
C u s t o m 1 , 2 , 3 - these are reserved for customized profiles.
•
O f f - deactivates the firewall.
•
To set a security profile:
1.
From the NVFirewall™ summary
menu, click the C u r r e n t
F i r e w a l l P r o f i l e combo list
box then select a security profile.
The following confirmation box
appears.
2.
Click C h a n g e P r o f i l e to apply
settings or D o n ’ t C h a n g e
P r o f i l e to return to previous
menu.
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Turning the NVFirewall™ off
Take caution when using this option, your computer becomes vulnerable
to viruses, hackers or intruders after you turn off the firewall.
To turn off the NVFirewall:
1.
From the NVIDIA Firewall
summary menu, click the
Current Firewall Profile
combo list box then select O f ff.
The following confirmation box
appears.
2.
Click T u r n F i r e w a l l O F FF.
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3.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Ultra southbridge
RAID controller that allow you to configure IDE and Serial ATA hard disk
drives as RAID sets. The motherboard supports the following RAID
configurations.
R A I D 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.
R A I D 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.
R A I D 0 + 1 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity
(redundancy data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 0+1
configuration you get all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1
configurations. Use four new hard disk drives or use an existing drive and
three new drives for this setup.
J B O D (Spanning) stands for J u s t a B u n c h o f D i s k s and refers to hard
disk drives that are not yet configured as a RAID set. This configuration
stores the same data redundantly on multiple disks that appear as a single
disk on the operating system. Spanning does not deliver any advantage
over using separate disks independently and does not provide fault
tolerance or other RAID performance benefits.
If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a RAID
set, copy first the RAID driver from the support CD to a floppy disk
before you install an operating system to a selected hard disk drive.
Refer to section “3.5 Creating a RAID driver disk” for details.
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3.4.1
Installing hard disks
The motherboard supports Ultra DMA /133/100/66 and Serial ATA hard
disk drives. For optimal performance, install identical drives of the same
model and capacity when creating a disk array.
Installing Parallel ATA hard disks
To install IDE hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Set the jumpers of each hard disk as Master/Master or Slave/Slave.
2.
Install the hard disks into the drive bays.
3.
Connect the HDD signal cables.
4.
Connect a 4-pin power cable to the power connector on each drive.
Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
Refer to the RAID controllers user manual in the motherboard support
CD for detailed information on RAID configurations. See section “3.2.4
Manuals menu”.
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3.4.2
NVIDIA® RAID configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance IDE RAID controller
integrated in the NVIDIA® nForce 4 Ultra southbridge chipset. It supports
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1+0, and JBOD with four independent Serial ATA
channels.
Setting the BIOS RAID items
After installing the hard disk drives, make sure to set the necessary RAID
items in the BIOS before setting your RAID configuration.
To set the BIOS RAID items:
1.
2.
Boot the system and press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test
(POST) to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
From the A d v a n c e d > O n b o a r d D e v i c e s C o n f i g u r a t i o n >
N V R A I D C o n f i g u r a t i o n menu item in the BIOS set the R A I D
E n a b l e d item to Enabled. The succeeding items become
user-configurable.
3.
Select and enable the IDE or SATA drive(s) that you want to configure
as RAID. See section “2.4.3 Onboard Devices Configuration” for
details.
4.
Save your changes and Exit Setup.
For detailed descriptions on the NVIDIA® RAID configuration, refer to
the “NVIDIA® RAID User’s Manual” found in your motherboard support
CD.
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Entering the NVIDIA® RAID utility
To enter the NVIDIA® RAID utility:
1.
Boot up your computer.
2.
During POST, press <F10> to display the main menu of the utility.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference
only, and may not exactly match the items on your screen.
NVIDIA RAID Utility Oct 5 2004
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Striping Block:
Free Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
Array Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
1.0.M
1.1.M
2.0.M
2.1.M
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Optimal
[→] Add
[←] Del
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
At the bottom of the screen are the navigation keys. These keys allow you
to move through and select menu options.
Creating a RAID Volume
To create a RAID volume:
1.
From the NVIDIA® RAID utility Define a New Array menu, select R A I D
M o d e then press <Enter>. The following submenu appears.
Use the up or down arrow keys to
Mirroring
select a RAID mode then press
Striping
Stripe Mirroring
<Enter>.
Spanning
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2.
Press <TAB> select the Striping
Block then press <Enter>. The
following submenu appears:
8K
↑
16K
32K
64K
128K
Optim↓
If you selected Striping or Stripe Mirroring, use the up or down arrow
keys to select the stripe size for your RAID 0 array then press
<Enter>.The available values range from 8 KB to 128 KB. The default
selection is 128 KB. The strip value should be chosen based on the
planned drive usage.
• 8 /16 KB - low disk usage
• 64 KB - typical disk usage
• 128 KB - performance disk usage
T I P : For server systems, use of a lower array block size is
recommended. For multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio
and video editing, a higher array block size is recommended for optimum
performance.
3.` Press <TAB> to select the Free Disks area. Use the left or right arrow
keys to assign the array disks.
4.
Press <F7> to create RAID set. The following message box appears.
Clear disk data?
[Y] YES
5.
[N]
Press <Y> to clear the selected disks or <N> to proceed without
clearing the disks. The following screen appears.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
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NVIDIA RAID Utility Oct 5 2004
- Array List Boot
Id
Status
Vendor
Array Model Name
No
4
Healthy
NVIDIA
MIRROR
[Ctrl-X]Exit
[↑↓]Select
[B]Set Boot
XXX.XXG
[N]New Array
[ENTER]Detail
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the
screen.
6.
Press <Ctrl+X> to save settings and exit.
Rebuilding a RAID array
To rebuild a RAID array:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a
RAID array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
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[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
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A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the
screen.
2.
Press <R> to rebuild a RAID array. The following screen appears.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Select Disk Inside Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[↑↓] Select [F6] Back
3.
[F7] Finish
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a RAID array to rebuild, then
press <F7>. The following confirmation message appears.
Rebuild array?
[ENTER] OK
[ESC] Cancel
4.
Press <Enter> to start rebuilding array or press <Esc> to cancel.
5.
After the rebuild process, the Array list menu appears.
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Deleting a RAID array
To delete a RAID array:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a
RAID array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
[ENTER] Return
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the
screen.
2.
Press <D> to delete a RAID array. The following confirmation message
appears.
Delete this array?
[Y] YES
3.
[N] No
Press <Y> to delete array or press <N> to cancel.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
4.
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Clearing a disk data
To clear disk data:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a
RAID array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
[ENTER] Return
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the
screen.
2.
Press <C> to clear disk. The following confirmation message appears.
Clear disk data?
[Y] YES
5.
[N]
Press <Y> to clear the disk data or press <N> to cancel.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
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3.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows®
2000/XP operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID
set.
To create a RAID driver disk:
1.
2.
Place the motherboard support CD into the CD-ROM drive.
When the D r i v e r s menu appears, click M a k e N V I D I A R A I D D r i v e r
to create an NVIDIA® RAID driver disk.
Or
Browse the contents of the support CD and locate go to
\ D r i v e r s \ C h i p s e t \ W I N X P _ 2 K \ D r i v e r _ D i s k for the
NVIDIA® RAID driver disk utility.
Refer to section “3.2.2 Drivers menu” for details.
4.
Insert floppy disk to floppy disk drive.
5.
Follow succeeding screen information to complete process.
6.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
To install the RAID driver:
1.
During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6
key to install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2.
Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy
disk drive.
3.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
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3.6
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that
dynamically and automatically change the CPU speed, voltage, and amount
of power depending on the task the CPU performs.
3.6.1
Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
To enable Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology:
1.
2.
3.
Turn on the system and enter BIOS by pressing the <Del> key during
the Power-On Self-Tests (POST).
In the A d v a n c e d > C P U C o n f i g u r a t i o n > A M D C P U C o o l &
Q u i e t C o n f i g u r a t i o n menu, select the item C o o l N ’ Q u i e t and set
it to E n a b l e d
d. See section “2.4 Advanced Menu” in the user guide.
In the P o w e r menu, select the item A C P I 2 . 0 S u p p o r t and set it
to Y e ss. See section “2.5 Power Menu” in the user guide.
4.
Save your changes and exit BIOS Setup.
5.
Reboot your computer and set your Power Option Properties
depending on your operating system.
Windows® 2000/XP
1.
From the Windows® 2000/XP operating system, click the S t a r t
button. Select S e t t i n g ss, then C o n t r o l P a n e ll.
2.
Make sure the Control Panel is set to Classic View.
Double-click the D i s p l a y icon in
the Control Panel then select the
S c r e e n S a v e r tab.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Click the P o w e r . . . button. The
following dialog box appears.
From the P o w e r s c h e m e s
combo list box, select M i n i m a l
P o w e r M a n a g e m e n tt.
Click O K to effect settings.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ driver and application before
using this feature.
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3.6.2
Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software
The motherboard support CD includes the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software that
enables you to view your system’s real-time CPU Frequency and voltage.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software from the motherboard
support CD. Refer to section “3.2.3 Utilities menu”, for details.
To launch the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ program:
1.
2.
3.
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If you are using Windows® 2000, click the S t a r t button. Select
Programs > ASUS > Cool & Quiet > Cool & Quiet.
If you are using Windows® XP, click the S t a r t button. Select A l l
Programs > ASUS > Cool & Quiet > Cool & Quiet.
The Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology screen appears and displays the
current CPU Frequency and CPU Voltage.
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