P35 Platinum Combo
series
MS-7338 (v1.X) Mainboard
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Copyright Notice
T he material in this doc ument is the intellec tual property of M ICRO-STAR
INTERNATIONAL. We take every care in the preparation of this document, but no
guarantee is given as to the correctness of its contents. Our products are under
continual improvement and we reserve the right to make changes without notice.
Trademarks
All trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
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Corporation.
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Corporation.
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AMI® is a registered trademark of American Megatrends Inc.
Revision History
Revision
Revision History
Date
V1.0
First release for P35
June 2007
Technical Support
If a problem arises with your system and no solution can be obtained from the user’s
manual, please contact your place of purchase or local distributor. Alternatively,
please try the following help resources for further guidance.
Visit the MSI website for FAQ, technical guide, BIOS updates, driver updates,
an d ot h er i n f orm at i on: h t t p: / / g l o ba l . m s i. c o m . t w / i n d e x .p h p ?
func=faqIndex
Contact our technical staff at: http://support.msi.com.tw/
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Safety Instructions
1.
Always read the safety instructions carefully.
2.
Keep this User’s Manual for future reference.
3.
Keep this equipment away from humidity.
4.
Lay this equipment on a reliable flat surface before setting it up.
5.
The openings on the enclosure are for air convection hence protects the equipment from overheating. DO NOT COVER THE OPENINGS.
6.
Make sure the voltage of the power source and adjust properly 110/220V before connecting the equipment to the power inlet.
7.
Place the power cord such a way that people can not step on it. Do not place
anything over the power cord.
8.
Always Unplug the Power Cord before inserting any add-on card or module.
9.
All cautions and warnings on the equipment should be noted.
10. Never pour any liquid into the opening that could damage or cause electrical
shock.
11. If any of the following situations arises, get the equipment checked by a service
personnel:
†
†
†
†
The power cord or plug is damaged.
Liquid has penetrated into the equipment.
The equipment has been exposed to moisture.
The equipment has not work well or you can not get it work according to
User’s Manual.
† The equipment has dropped and damaged.
† The equipment has obvious sign of breakage.
12. DO NOT LEAVE THIS EQUIPMENT IN AN ENVIRONMENT UNCONDITIONED, STORAGE TEMPERATURE ABOVE 600 C (1400F), IT MAY DAMAGE THE EQUIPMENT.
CAUT ION: Danger of expl os i on if bat ter y i s i nc orrec tl y r epl ac ed.
Replac e only with the same or equivalent type rec ommended by the
manufacturer.
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FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement
T h is eq uip men t h as been
tested and found to c omply
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 the 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 measures listed
below.
† Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
† Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
† Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
† Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
Notice 1
The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Notice 2
Shielded interface cables and A.C. power cord, if any, must be used in order to
comply with the emission limits.
VOIR LA NOTICE D’INSTALLATION AVANT DE RACCORDER AU RESEAU.
Micro-Star International
MS-7338
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
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WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Statement
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CONTENTS
Copyright Notice .............................................................................................................. ii
Trademarks ....................................................................................................................... ii
Revision History .............................................................................................................. ii
Technical Support ........................................................................................................... ii
Safety Instructions ......................................................................................................... iii
FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement ........................................................ iv
W EEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Statement .................................... v
Chapter 1. Getting Started .................................................................................... 1-1
Mainboard Specifications ................................................................................... 1-2
Mainboard Layout ................................................................................................ 1-4
Packing Checklist ................................................................................................. 1-5
Chapter 2. Hardware Setup .................................................................................. 2-1
Quick Components Guide .................................................................................... 2-2
CPU (Central Processing Unit) ............................................................................ 2-3
Memory ................................................................................................................. 2-7
Power Supply .................................................................................................... 2-10
Back Panel ........................................................................................................... 2-11
Connectors ........................................................................................................ 2-13
Jumper ................................................................................................................ 2-20
Button ................................................................................................................. 2-21
Slots .................................................................................................................... 2-22
LED Status Indicators ........................................................................................ 2-24
Chapter 3 BIOS Setup ............................................................................................. 3-1
Entering Setup ..................................................................................................... 3-2
The Main Menu ..................................................................................................... 3-4
Standard CMOS Features ................................................................................... 3-6
Advanced BIOS Features ................................................................................... 3-9
Integrated Peripherals ....................................................................................... 3-12
Power Management Setup ............................................................................... 3-14
PNP/PCI Configurations ..................................................................................... 3-17
H/W Monitor ........................................................................................................ 3-19
Cell Menu ............................................................................................................ 3-20
Load Fail-Safe/ Optimized Defaults ................................................................. 3-26
BIOS Setting Password ..................................................................................... 3-27
Realtek ALC888/888T Audio Appendix A .......................................................... A-1
Installing the Realtek HD Audio Driver ................................................................ A-2
Software Configuration ...................................................................................... A-4
Hardware Setup ................................................................................................ A-18
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Appendix B Dual Core Center .............................................................................. B-1
Activating Dual Core Center ............................................................................... B-2
Main ...................................................................................................................... B-2
DOT (Dynamic OverClocking) ............................................................................. B-5
Clock ..................................................................................................................... B-6
Voltage ................................................................................................................. B-7
FAN Speed ........................................................................................................... B-8
Temperature ......................................................................................................... B-9
User Profile ........................................................................................................ B-10
Appendix C Intel ICH9R SATA RAID ..................................................................... C-1
ICH9R Introduction ............................................................................................... C-2
BIOS Configuration .............................................................................................. C-3
Installing Driver .................................................................................................... C-9
Installing Software ............................................................................................ C-11
RAID Migration Instructions ............................................................................... C-15
Degraded RAID Array ........................................................................................ C-22
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Getting Started
Chapter 1
Getting Started
Thank you for choosing the P35 Platinum Combo Series
(MS-7338 v1.X) ATX mainboard. The P35 Platinum Combo
Series mainboards are based on Intel® P35 & ICH9R
chipsets for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit
the advanced Intel ® Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Duo/
Pentium/Celeron LGA775 processor, the P35 Platinum Combo Series deliver a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.
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Mainboard Specifications
Processor Support
- Intel ® Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Duo/Pentium/Celeron processors in the
LGA775 package
- Support Intel ® Yorkfield, Wolfdale
(For the latest information about CPU, please visit http://global.
msi.com.tw/index.php?func=cpuform)
Supported FSB
- 1333/ 1066/ 800 MHz
Chipset
- North Bridge: Intel ® P35 chipset
- South Bridge: Intel ® ICH9R chipset
M emory Support
- 4 DDR2 DIMMs support DDR2 800/ 667 SDRAM (240pin / 1,8V /
8GB Max)
- 2 DDR3 DIMMs support DDR3 1066/ 800 SDRAM (240pin / 1.5V /
4GB Max)
(For more information on compatible components, please visit
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=testreport)
LAN
- Supports PCIE LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111B
Audio
-
Chip integrated by Realtek® ALC888/ALC888T
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
Meet Microsoft Vista Premium spec
Supports VoIP Card (only for ALC888T)
IDE
- 1 IDE port by Marvell 88SE6111
- Supports Ultra DMA 66/100/133 mode
- Supports PIO, Bus Master operation mode
SATA
- 4 SATAII ports plus 2 eSATA by ICH9R
- 1 SATA II port by Marvell 88SE6111
- Supports storage and data transfers at up to 300 MB/s
RAID
- Supports Intel Martix Storage Technology (AHCI + RAID 0/1/5/10)
by ICH9R
1394 (optional)
- Supports 1394 by VIA VT6308
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FDD
- 1 floppy port
- Supports 1 FDD with 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB, 1.44MB and 2.88MB
Connectors
Back panel
- 1 PS/2 mouse port
- 1 PS/2 keyboard port
- 2 eSATA ports (support Command Based Port Multipliers)
- 6 USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 LAN jack (10/100/1000)
- 6 flexible audio jacks
- 1 1394 port (optional)
- 1 Optical S/PDIF-Out (optional)
On-Board Pinheaders / Connectors
- 3 USB 2.0 pinheaders
- 1 1394 pinheader (optional)
- 1 chasis intrusion connector
- 1 SPDIF-out pinheader
- 1 CD-in connector
- 2 H/W OC pinheaders (optional)
- 1 front audio pinheader
- 1 serial pinheader
Slots
- 1 PCI Express x16 slot
- 2 PCI Express x1 slots
- 1 PCI Express x4 slot
- 2 PCI slots
- Support 3.3V/ 5V PCI bus Interface
Form Factor
- ATX (30.5cm X 24.5cm)
M ounting
- 9 mounting holes
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Mainboard Layout
Top : mou se
Botto m:
keybo ar d
Top :
USB Ports
Bottom:
SYSFAN5
Top : LAN jack
Botto m:
USB ports
eSATA ports
CPUFAN
JPWR3
T: Line-In
M: Line-Out
B: Mic
T:RS -Out
M:CS -Out
B:SS-Out
Inte l
P35
JPWR2
JPWR1
SYSFAN1
SYSFAN4
Code c
DIMM_DDR3_2
DIMM_DDR2_4
SATA1
SATA5
DIMM_DDR2_3
DIMM_DDR3_1
BATT
+
PCI 1
SATA7
JCOM1
SATA2
JCI1
PCI_E4
SATA6
I
IC n te
H l
9R
PCI _E3
I/O Chip
JB1
J B2
(optional )
PCI _E2
DIMM_DDR2_2
DIMM_DDR2_1
PCI_E1
SW1
JU SB3
PCI 2
JUSB2
JUSB1
SYSFAN2
JAUD1
SYSFAN3
FDD1
JCD1
JSLIC1(ALC88 8T) JSP1
J1394_1(option al)
JFP2
JFP1
P35 Platinum Combo Series
(MS-7338 v1.X) ATX Mainboard
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IDE1
Getting Started
Packing Checklist
MSI Driver/Utility CD
Back IO Shield
Power Cable
SATA Cable
IDE Cable
Floppy Cable
external SATA Cable
MSI motherboard
(Optional)
User’s Guide
ATX Extender (Optional)
and Quick Guide
1394 Bracket (Optional)
DDR2/DDR3 Turbo Card
* The pictures are for reference only and may vary from the packing contents of the
product you purchased.
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Hardware Setup
Chapter 2
Hardware Setup
This chapter provides you with the information about
hardware setup procedures. While doing the installation,
be careful in holding the components and follow the
installation procedures. For some components, if you
install in the wrong orientation, the components will not
work properly.
Use a grounded wrist strap before handling computer
c om ponen ts . S tatic elec tric ity m ay damage the
components.
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Quick Components Guide
CPUFAN,
p.2-15
JPWR1,
p.2-10
JPWR2,
p.2-10
CPU, p.2-3
DDR2/DDR3,
p.2-7
Back Panel,
SYSFAN5,
p.2-11
p.2-15
JPWR3,
p.2-10
SYSFAN1,
p.2-15
JB1,JB2,
p.2-20
JCI1,
SYSFAN4,
p.2-15
p.2-15
PCI_E,
IDE1,
p.2-22
p.2-13
JCOM1,
SATA1,2,5,6,7,
p.2-19
p.2-14
JUSB1~3,
p.2-19
PCI,
p.2-23
SYSFAN3,
p.2-15
JFP1,2,
p.2-17
JAUD1,
J1394_1,
JSP1,
p.2-16
p.2-18
JCD1,
p.2-16
FDD1,
p.2-18
p.2-13
JSLIC1,
p.2-14
SW1,
p.2-21
SYSFAN2,
p.2-15
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Hardware Setup
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
W hen you are installing the CPU, make sure to install the cooler to prevent
overheating. If you do not have the CPU cooler, consult your dealer before turning
on the computer.
For the latest information about CPU, please visit http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?
func=cpuform
Important
Overheating
Overheating will seriously damage the CPU and system. Always make sure
the cooling fan can work properly to protect the CPU from overheating. Make
sure that you apply an even layer of thermal paste (or thermal tape) between
the CPU and the heatsink to enhance heat dissipation.
Replaceing the CPU
While replacing the CPU, always turn off the ATX power supply or unplug the
power supply’s power cord from the grounded outlet first to ensure the safety
of CPU.
Overclocking
This mainboard is designed to support overclocking. However, please make
sure your components are able to tolerate such abnormal setting, while
doing overclocking. Any attempt to operate beyond product specifications is
not recommended. We do not guarantee the damages or risks caused
by inadequate operation or beyond product specifications.
Introduction to LGA 775 CPU
The pin-pad side of LGA 775
CPU.
Alignment Key
The surface of LGA 775 CPU.
Remember to apply some thermal paste on it for better heat
dispersion.
Alignment Key
Yellow triangle is the Pin 1 indicator
Yellow triangle is the Pin 1 indicator
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CPU & Cooler Installation
W hen you are installing the CPU, make sure the CPU has a cooler attached on
the top to prevent overheating. Meanwhile, do not forget to apply some thermal
paste on CPU before installing the heat sink/cooler fan for better heat dispersion.
Follow the steps below to install the CPU & cooler correctly. W rong installation will
cause the damage of your CPU & mainboard.
1. The CPU socket has a plastic cap on
it to protect the contact from damage.
Before you install the CPU, always
cover it to protect the socket pin.
3. The pins of socket reveal.
2. Remove the cap from lever hinge
side (as the arrow shows).
4. Open the load lever.
Important
1. Confirm if your CPU cooler is firmly installed before turning on your system.
2. Do not touch the CPU socket pins to avoid damaging.
3. The availability of the CPU land side cover depends on your CPU packing.
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Hardware Setup
5. Lift the load lever up and open the
load plate.
6. After confirming the CPU direction
for correct mating, put down the
CPU in the socket housing frame.
Be sure to grasp on the edge of
the CPU base. Note that the alignment keys are matched.
alignment
key
7. Visually ins pect if the CPU is
seated well into the socket. If not,
take out the CPU with pure vertical
motion and reinstall.
8. Cover the load plate onto the
package.
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9. Press down the load lever lightly
onto the load plate, and then secure the lever with the hook under
retention tab.
10. Align the holes on the mainboard
with the heatsink. Push down the
c ooler u nti l i ts f ou r c lip s g et
wedged int o t he holes of t he
mainboard.
11. Press the four hooks down to fasten the cooler. Then rotate the locking switch (refer to the correct direction marked on it) to lock the
hooks.
12. Turn over the mainboard to confirm that the clip-ends are correctly inserted.
locking
switch
Important
1. Read the CPU status in BIOS (Chapter 3).
2. Whenever CPU is not installed, always protect your CPU socket pin with the
plastic cap covered (shown in Figure 1) to avoid damaging.
3. Mainboard photos shown in this section are for demonstration of the CPU/
cooler installation only. The appearance of your mainboard may vary depending on the model you purchase.
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Memory
These DIMM slots are used for installing memory modules.
Since DDR3 modules are not interchangeable with DDR2 and the DDR3 standard is not
backward compatible, you should always install DDR3 memory module in DDR3 slot
(DIMM_DDR3_1~2), and DDR2 memory module in DDR2 slot (DIMM_DDR2_1~4). Wrong
installation may cause damage of mainboard. Meanwhile, you are not able to boot up
your system if you install DDR2 & DDR3 memory modules simultaneously.
For more information on compatible components, please visit http://global.msi.com.
tw/index.php?func=testreport
DDR2
240-pin, 1.8V
64x2=128 pin
56x2=112 pin
DIMM_DDR2_1~4 are for DDR2 memory module
Dual-Channel: Channel A in GREEN; Channel B in ORANGE
DDR3
240-pin, 1.5V
72x2=144 pin
48x2=96 pin
DIMM_DDR3_1~2 are for DDR3 memory module
Dual-Channel: Channel A inSKYBLUE; Channel B in PINK
Dual-Channel mode Population Rule
In Dual-Channel mode, the memory modules can transmit and receive data with two
data bus lines simultaneously. Enabling Dual-Channel mode can enhance the system
performance. Please refer to the following illustrations for population rules under
Dual-Channel mode.
Installed
E mpty
1
DIMM_DDR2_1
DIMM_DDR2_2
DIMM_DDR3_1
DIMM_DDR2_3
DIMM_DDR2_4
DIMM_DDR3_2
2
DIMM_DDR2_1
DIMM_DDR2_2
DIMM_DDR3_1
DIMM_DDR2_3
DIMM_DDR2_4
DIMM_DDR3_2
Dual channel mode
population rule for DDR2
(Install two DDR2/DDR3
Turbo Cards in
the DIMM_D DR3_1 and
DIMM_DDR3_2 slots)
Dual channel mode
population rule for DDR2
(Install two DDR2/DDR3
Turbo Cards in
the DIMM_D DR3_1 and
DIMM_DDR3_2 slots)
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DIMM_DDR2_1
DIMM_DDR2_2
DIMM_DDR3_1
DIMM_DDR2_3
DIMM_DDR2_4
DIMM_DDR3_2
4
DIMM_DDR2_1
DIMM_DDR2_2
DIMM_DDR3_1
DIMM_DDR2_3
DIMM_DDR2_4
DIMM_DDR3_2
Dual channel mode
population rule for DDR2
(Install two DDR2/DDR3
Turbo Cards in
the DIMM_D DR3_1 and
DIMM_DDR3_2 slots)
Dual channel mode
population rule for DDR3
(Install two DDR2/DDR3
Turbo Cards in
the DIMM_D DR2_2 and
DIMM_DDR2_4 slots)
Installing Memory Modules
1. The memory module has only one notch on the center and will only fit in the right
orientation.
2. Insert the memory module vertically into the DIMM slot. Then push it in until the
golden finger on the memory module is deeply inserted in the DIMM slot.
Important
You can barely see the golden finger if the memory module is properly inserted
in the DIMM slot.
3. The plastic clip at each side of the DIMM slot will automatically close.
Volt
Notch
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Installing DDR2/DDR3 Turbo Card
The DDR2/DDR3 Turbo Cards are memory switchers which should be installed in
DIMM slots. If your memory is DDR2, you should install the DIMM_DDR3_1 side of
DDR2/DDR3 Turbo Cards into DIMM_DDR3_1 and DIMM_DDR3_2. If your memory is
DDR3, you should install the DIMM_DDR2_1 side of DDR2/DDR3 Turbo Cards into
DIMM_DDR2_2 and DIMM_DDR2_4.
DIMM_DDR2_1 Side
DIMM_DDR3_1 Side
DDR2/DDR3 Turbo Card
W hen system memory
is DDR2
Install the DIMM_DDR3_1
side of DDR2/DDR3 Turbo
Cards into DIMM_DDR3_1
and DIMM_DDR3_2 slots.
W hen system memory
is DDR3
Install the DIMM_DDR2_1
side of DDR2/DDR3 Turbo
Cards into DIMM_DDR2_2
and DIMM_DDR2_4 slots.
Important
- In Dual-Channel mode, make sure that you install memory modules of the
same type and density in different channel DIMM slots.
- To enable successful system boot-up, always insert the memory modules
into the DIMM_DDR2_1 or DIMM_DDR3_1 first.
- To overclock your DDR3 memory and raise FSB higher then 1333MHz, you
must remove the DDR2/DDR3 Turbo Cards from the DIMM slots.
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Power Supply
ATX 24-Pin Power Connector: JPWR3
This connector allows you to connect an ATX 24-pin power supply.
To connect the ATX 24-pin power supply, make sure the plug of the
power supply is inserted in the proper orientation and the pins are
aligned. Then push down the power supply firmly into the connector.
pin 13
You may use the 20-pin ATX power supply as you like. If you’d like
to use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power supply along with pin 1 & pin 13 (refer to the image at the right hand).
pin 12
Pin Definition
12
24
JPWR3
13
1
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
2
+3.3V
+3.3V
13
14
+3.3V
-12V
3
4
GND
+5V
15
16
GND
PS-ON#
5
6
GND
+5V
17
18
GND
GND
7
8
GND
PWR OK
19
20
GND
Res
9
10
5VSB
+12V
21
22
+5V
+5V
11
+12V
12
+3.3V
23
24
+5V
GND
ATX 5V / 12V Power Connector: JPWR2 / JPWR1
The JPW R2 12V power connector is used to provide power to the CPU. And the
JPW R1 5V / 12V power connector is used to provide power to the PCIEX16 graphics
card.
Pin Definition
5
8
1
4
JPWR2
PIN SIGNAL PIN SIGNAL
1
2
GND
GND
5
6
+12V
+12V
3
4
GND
GND
7
8
+12V
+12V
Pin Definition
1
JPWR1
PIN
SIGNAL
1
5V
2
3
GND
GND
4
12V
Important
1. Make sure that all the connectors are connected to proper ATX power supplies to ensure stable operation of the mainboard.
2. Power supply of 350 watts (and above) is highly recommended for system
stability.
3. ATX 12V power connection should be greater than 18A.
4. If the JPWR2 connector too closes the heatpipe and plug inconveniently. You
could use the bundled ATX Extender to increase connector height. It can
prevent the power cable to touch the heatpipe as well.
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Back Panel
USB Ports
L-In RS-Out
LAN
M ou se
eSATA Port
L-Out CS-Out
Keyboard
Optical
1394
S/PDIF
Port
(Optional) Out
(Optional)
USB Ports
Mic
SS-Out
M ouse/Keyboard
The standard PS/2® mouse/keyboard DIN connector is for a PS/2® mouse/keyboard.
1394 Port (Optional)
The IEEE1394 port on the back panel provides connection to IEEE1394 devices.
Optical S/PDIF-Out (Optional)
This SPDIF (Sony & Philips Digital Interconnect Format) connector is provided for
digital audio transmission to external speakers through an optical fiber cable.
USB Port
The USB (Universal Serial Bus) port is for attaching USB devices such as keyboard,
mouse, or other USB-compatible devices.
LAN
The standard RJ-45 LAN jack is for connection to the Local Area Network (LAN). You
can connect a network cable to it.
Yellow
LED
Color
LED State
Condition
Off
Left
Yellow
Green / Orange
LAN link is not established.
On (steady state)
LAN link is established.
On (brighter & pulsing) The computer is communicating with another computer on the LAN.
Green
Right
Orange
Off
10 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
On
100 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
On
1000 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
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Audio Ports
These audio connectors are used for audio devices. You can differentiate the color
of the audio jacks for different audio sound effects.
Line-In (Blue) - Line In is used for external CD player, tapeplayer or
other audio devices.
Line-Out (Green) - Line Out, is a connector for speakers or headphones.
Mic (Pink) - Mic, is a connector for microphones.
RS-Out (Black) - Rear-Surround Out in 4/ 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode.
CS-Out (Orange) - Center/ Subwoofer Out in 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode.
SS-Out (Gray) - Side-Surround Out 7.1 channel mode.
eSATA Port
The eSATA port is for attaching the eSATA external hard drive.
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Connectors
Floppy Disk Drive Connector: FDD1
This connector supports 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB, 1.44MB or 2.88MB floppy disk drive.
FDD1
IDE Connector: IDE1
This connector supports IDE hard disk drives, optical disk drives and other IDE devices.
IDE1
Important
If you install two IDE devices on the same cable, you must configure the
drives separately to master / slave mode by setting jumpers. Refer to IDE
dev ic e’s doc umentation s upplied by the vendors for jumper s etting
instructions.
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Serial ATA Connector: SATA1,2,5,6,7
This connector is a high-speed Serial ATA interface port. Each connector can connect
to one Serial ATA device.
SATA2 SATA1
SATA6 SATA5
SATA1,2,5,6 supported by ICH9R
SATA7
supported by Marvell 88SE6111
Important
Please do not fold the Serial ATA cable into 90-degree angle. Otherwise,
data loss may occur during transmission.
VoIP Card Connector: JSLIC1 (Only for ALC888T)
This connector connects to the VoIP card. Please refer to the instruction of the VoIP
card.
JSLIC1
2
1
22
21
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Fan Power Connectors: CPUFAN, SYSFAN1~5
GND
+1 2V
SENSOR
CONTROL
CPUFAN
SENSOR
+1 2V
GND
SYSFAN2
SYSFAN1
GND
+1 2V
SENSOR
GND
+1 2V
SENSOR
The fan power connectors support system cooling fan with +12V. W hen connecting
the wire to the connectors, always note that the red wire is the positive and should
be connected to the +12V; the black wire is Ground and should be connected to GND.
If the mainboard has a System Hardware Monitor chipset on-board, you must use a
specially designed fan with speed sensor to take advantage of the CPU fan control.
SYSFAN3/4/5
Important
1. Please refer to the recommended CPU fans at processor’s official website
or consult the vendors for proper CPU cooling fan.
2. CPUFAN supports fan control. You can install Dual Core Center utility that
will automatically control the CPU fan speed according to the actual CPU
temperature.
3. Fan cooler set with 3 or 4 pins power connector are both available for
CPUFAN.
Chassis Intrusion Connector: JCI1
This connector connects to the chassis intrusion switch cable. If the chassis is
opened, the chassis intrusion mechanism will be activated. The system will record
this status and show a warning message on the screen. To clear the warning, you
must enter the BIOS utility and clear the record.
CINTRU
GND
1
2
JCI1
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IEEE1394 Connector: J1394_1(Optional)
This connector allows you to connect the IEEE1394 device via an optional IEEE1394
bracket.
Pin Definition
10
9
2
1
J1394_1
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
TPA+
2
TPA-
3
Ground
4
Ground
5
TPB+
6
TPB-
7
Cable power
8
Cable power
9
Key (no pin)
10
Ground
IEEE1394 Bracket (Optional)
S/PDIF-Out Connector: JSP1
This connector is used to connect S/PDIF (Sony & Philips Digital Interconnect Format)
interface for digital audio transmission.
JSP1
VCC
GND
SPDIF
S/PDIF Bracket (Optional)
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Front Panel Connectors: JFP1, JFP2
These connectors are for electrical connection to the front panel switches and LEDs.
The JFP1 is compliant with Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.
JFP2
2
1
Power Power
LED
Switch
+ -
Speaker
+
+ 8
7
JFP1
2
1
10
9
+ - - +
HDD Reset
LED Switch
Power
LED
JFP1 Pin Definition
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
HD_LED +
Hard disk LED pull-up
2
3
FP PWR/SLP
HD_LED -
MSG LED pull-up
Hard disk active LED
4
5
FP PWR/SLP
RST_SW -
MSG LED pull-up
Reset Switch low reference pull-down to GND
6
7
PWR_SW +
RST_SW +
Power Switch high reference pull-up
Reset Switch high reference pull-up
8
9
PWR_SW RSVD_DNU
Power Switch low reference pull-down to GND
Reserved. Do not use.
JFP2 Pin Definition
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
GND
Ground
2
3
SPKSLED
SpeakerSuspend LED
4
5
BUZ+
PLED
Buzzer+
Power LED
6
7
BUZNC
BuzzerNo connection
8
SPK+
Speaker+
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Front Panel Audio Connector: JAUD1
This connector allows you to connect the front panel audio and is compliant with
Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.
2
1
10
9
JAUD1
HD Audio Pin Definition
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
2
MIC_L
GND
Microphone - Left channel
Ground
3
4
MIC_R
PRESENCE#
Microphone - Right channel
Active low signal-signals BIOS that a High Definition Audio dongle
is connected to the analog header. PRESENCE# = 0 when a
High Definition Audio dongle is connected
5
6
LINE out_R
MIC_JD
Analog Port - Right channel
Jack detection return from front panel microphone JACK1
7
Front_JD
Jack detection sense line from the High Definition Audio CODEC
jack detection resistor network
8
9
NC
LINE out_L
No control
Analog Port - Left channel
10
LINEout_JD
Jack detection return from front panel JACK2
CD-In Connector: JCD1
This connector is provided for external audio input.
JCD1
L GND R
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Front USB Connector: JUSB1 ~ 3
These connectors, compliant with Intel® I/O Connectivity Design Guide, is ideal for
connecting high-speed USB interface peripherals such as USB HDD, digital cameras,
M P3 players, printers, modems and the like.
Pin Definition
JUSB1~3
2
1
10
9
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
VCC
2
VCC
3
USB0-
4
USB1-
5
USB0+
6
USB1+
7
GND
8
GND
9
Key (no pin)
10
USBOC
USB 2.0 Bracket
(Optional)
Important
Note that the pins of VCC and GND must be connected correctly to avoid
possible damage.
Serial Port Connector: JCOM 1
This connector is a 16550A high speed communication port that sends/receives 16
bytes FIFOs. You can attach a serial device.
Pin Definition
PIN
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
JCOM1
2
1
9
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
DCD
SIN
SOUT
DTR
GND
DSR
RTS
CTS
RI
Data Carry Detect
Serial In or Receive Data
Serial Out or Transmit Data
Data Terminal Ready
Ground
Data Set Ready
Request To Send
Clear To Send
Ring Indicate
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Jumper
The motherboard provides the following jumper for you to set the computer’s function.
This section will explain how to change your motherboard’s function through the use
of jumper.
Hardware Overclock FSB Jumpers: JB1, JB2 (optional)
You can overclock the FSB to increase the processor frequency by changing the
jumpers JB1 and JB2. Follow the instructions below to set the FSB.
1
JB1 JB2
1
1
3
3
1
3
266 MHz
200 MHz
333 MHz
Important
Make sure that you power off the system before changing the jumpers
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Button
The motherboard provides the following button for you to set the computer’s function.
This section will explain how to change your motherboard’s function through the use
of button.
Clear CMOS Button: SW1
There is a CMOS RAM on board that has a power supply from external battery to
keep the system configuration data. With the CMOS RAM, the system can automatically boot OS every time it is turned on. If you want to clear the system configuration,
use the button to clear data. Press the button to clear the data.
SW1
Important
Make sure that you power off the system before clearing CMOS data.
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Slots
PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Express Slot
The
The
The
The
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
Express
Express
Express
Express
slot supports the PCI Express interface expansion card.
x 16 slot supports up to 4.0 GB/s transfer rate.
x 4 slot supports up to 1.0 GB/s transfer rate.
x 1 slot supports up to 250 MB/s transfer rate.
PCI Express x16 Slot
PCI_E1
PCI_E2
Share 4 PCIE
channels
PCI_E3
PCI_E4 (Yellow)
Important
The PCI_E2 and the PCI_E3 slots share 4 PCIE channels with the PCI_E4
slot. You could select the speed of the PCI_E4 slot in BIOS setup. Please refer
to Chapter 3 BIOS Setup - Cell Menu - PCIEx4 Speed Controller.
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PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Slot
The PCI slot supports LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other add-on cards that
comply with PCI specifications.
32-bit PCI Slot
Important
When adding or removing expansion cards, make sure that you unplug the
power supply first. Meanwhile, read the documentation for the expansion card
to configure any necessary hardware or software settings for the expansion
card, such as jumpers, switches or BIOS configuration.
PCI Interrupt Request Routing
The IRQ, acronym of interrupt request line and pronounced I-R-Q, are hardware lines
over which devices can send interrupt signals to the microprocessor. The PCI IRQ
pins are typically connected to the PCI bus pins as follows:
Order 1
Order 2
Order 3
Order 4
PCI Slot 1
INT A#
INT B#
INT C#
INT D#
PCI Slot 2
INT B#
INT C#
INT D#
INT A#
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LED Status Indicators
LED5
LED6
LED2
LED17
LED18
LED19
LED20
LED3
LED4
LED21
LED1
LED16
LED15
LED22
LED14
LED13
LED12
LED11
LED10
LED9
LED8
LED7
Name
Status
Name
Status
LED1
Lights when DIMM_DDR3_1
slot is functional.
LED16
Lights when system is
power-on.
LED2
Lights when DIMM_DDR3_2
slot is functional.
LED17
Lights when PCI_E1 slot is
functional.
LED3
Lights when DIMM_DDR2_1
slot is functional.
LED18
Lights when PCI_E2 slot is
functional.
LED4
Lights when DIMM_DDR2_2
slot is functional.
LED19
Lights when PCI_E3 slot is
functional.
LED5
Lights when DIMM_DDR2_3
slot is functional.
LED20
Lights when PCI_E4 slot is
functional.
LED6
Lights when DIMM_DDR2_4
slot is functional.
LED21
Lights when PCI1 slot is
functional.
LED15
Lights when system is on
standby mode.
LED22
Lights when PCI2 slot is
functional.
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LED 7, 8, 9 ,10, 11, 12, 13, 14
These four LEDs allow users to identify system problems through 16 various combinations of LED signals.
LED14
LED13
LED12
LED11
LED10
LED9
LED8
LED7
Red
LED Signal
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Green
Description
LED Signal
Description
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Initializing Video Interface
This will start detecting CPU clock,
checking type of video onboard. Then,
detect and initialize the video adapter.
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
BIOS Sign On
This will start showing information
about logo, processor brand name,
etc...
Memory Detection Test
Testing onboard memory size. The
D-LED will hang if the memory module is damaged or not installed
properly.
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Testing Base and Extended Memory
Testing base memory from 240K to
640K and extended memory above
1MB using various patterns.
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Decompressing BIOS image to RAM
for fast booting.
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Initializing Keyboard Controller.
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Testing VGA BIOS
This will start writing VGA sign-on
message to the screen.
Group4 Initializing Floppy Drive Controller
Group3 This will initialize Floppy Drive and
Group2 controller.
Group1
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Processor Initialization
This will show information regarding
the processor (like brand name, system bus, etc...)
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
BootAttempt
This will set low stack and boot via
INT 19h.
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Testing RTC (Real Time Clock)
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Operating System Booting
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
System Power ON
The D-LED will hang here if the
processor is damaged ornot installed
properly.
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Early Chipset Initialization
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Group4
Group3
Group2
Group1
Assign Resources to all ISA.
Initializing Hard Drive Controller
This will initialize IDE drive and
controller.
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Chapter 3
BIOS Setup
This chapter provides information on the BIOS Setup
program and allows you to configure the system for
optimum use.
You may need to run the Setup program when:
² An error message appears on the screen during the
system booting up, and requests you to run SETUP.
² You want to change the default settings for customized features.
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Entering Setup
Power on the computer and the system will start POST (Power On Self Test) process.
W hen the message below appears on the screen, press <DEL> key to enter Setup.
Press DEL to enter SETUP
If the message disappears before you respond and you still wish to enter Setup,
restart the system by turning it OFF and On or pressing the RESET button. You may
also restart the system by simultaneously pressing <Ctrl>, <Alt>, and <Delete> keys.
Important
1. The items under each BIOS category described in this chapter are under
continuous update for better system performance. Therefore, the description may be slightly different from the latest BIOS and should be held for
reference only.
2. Upon boot-up, the 1st line appearing after the memory count is the BIOS
version. It is usually in the format:
A7345IMS V1.0 030807 where:
1st digit refers to BIOS maker as A = AMI, W = AWARD, and P =
PHOENIX.
2nd - 5th digit refers to the model number.
6th digit refers to the chipset as I = Intel, N = nVidia, and V = VIA.
7th - 8th digit refers to the customer as MS = all standard customers.
V1.1 refers to the BIOS version.
030807 refers to the date this BIOS was released.
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Control Keys
< ↑>
Move to the previous item
< ↓>
Move to the next item
< ←>
Move to the item in the left hand
< →>
Move to the item in the right hand
<Enter>
Select the item
<Esc>
Jumps to the Exit menu or returns to the main menu from a
submenu
<+/PU>
Increase the numeric value or make changes
<-/PD>
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
<F6>
Load Optimized Defaults
<F10>
Save all the CMOS changes and exit
Getting Help
After entering the Setup menu, the first menu you will see is the Main Menu.
M ain M enu
The main menu lists the setup functions you can make changes to. You can use the
arrow keys ( ↑↓ ) to select the item. The on-line description of the highlighted setup
function is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Sub-M enu
If you find a right pointer symbol (as shown in the right
view) appears to the left of certain fields that means a
sub-menu can be launched from this field. A sub-menu
contains additional options for a field parameter. You
can use arrow keys ( ↑↓ ) to highlight the field and
press <Enter> to call up the sub-menu. Then you can
use the control keys to enter values and move from field to field within a sub-menu.
If you want to return to the main menu, just press the <Esc >.
General Help <F1>
The BIOS setup program provides a General Help screen. You can call up this screen
from any menu by simply pressing <F1>. The Help screen lists the appropriate keys
to use and the possible selections for the highlighted item. Press <Esc> to exit the
Help screen.
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The Main Menu
Standard CM OS Features
Use this menu for basic system configurations, such as time, date etc.
Advanced BIOS Features
Use this menu to setup the items of AMI® special enhanced features.
Integrated Peripherals
Use this menu to specify your settings for integrated peripherals.
Power M anagement Setup
Use this menu to specify your settings for power management.
PNP/PCI Configurations
This entry appears if your system supports PnP/PCI.
H/W M onitor
This entry shows your PC health status.
Cell M enu
Use this menu to specify your settings for frequency/voltage control and overclocking.
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Use this menu to load the default values set by the BIOS vendor for stable system
performance.
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Load Optimized Defaults
Use this menu to load the default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard.
BIOS Setting Password
Use this menu to set the password for BIOS.
Save & Exit Setup
Save changes to CMOS and exit setup.
Exit Without Saving
Abandon all changes and exit setup.
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Standard CMOS Features
The items in Standard CMOS Features Menu includes some basic setup items. Use
the arrow keys to highlight the item and then use the <PgUp> or <PgDn> keys to select
the value you want in each item.
Date (MM:DD:YY)
This allows you to set the system to the date that you want (usually the current date).
The format is <day><month> <date> <year>.
day
Day of the week, from Sun to Sat, determined by
BIOS. Read-only.
mon th
The month from Jan. through Dec.
date
The date from 1 to 31 can be keyed by numeric function keys.
year
The year can be adjusted by users.
Time (HH:MM :SS)
This allows you to set the system time that you want (usually the current time). The
time format is <hour> <minute> <second>.
SATA1~6
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu, and the following screen appears.
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Device / Vender / Size
It will showing the device information that you connected to the SATA connector.
LBA/Large M ode
This allows you to enable or disable the LBA Mode. Setting to Auto enables LBA
mode if the device supports it and the devices is not already formatted with LBA
mode disabled.
DM A M ode
Select DMA Mode.
Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
This allows you to activate the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting
Technology) capability for the hard disks. S.M.A.R.T is a utility that monitors your
disk status to predict hard disk failure. This gives you an opportunity to move
data from a hard disk that is going to fail to a safe place before the hard disk
becomes offline.
Important
Serial-ATA 1/2/3/4/5/6 Channel are appearing when you connect the HD
devices to the IDE/ SATA connector on the mainboard.
Floppy A
This item allows you to set the type of floppy drives installed. Available options:
[None], [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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System Information
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu, and the following screen appears.
This sub-menu shows the CPU information, BIOS version and memory status of your
system (read only).
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Advanced BIOS Features
Full Screen LOGO Display
This item enables you to show the company logo on the bootup screen. Settings are:
[Enabled]
Shows a still image (logo) on the full screen at boot.
[Disabled]
Shows the POST messages at boot.
Quick Booting
Setting the item to [Enabled] allows the system to boot within 10 seconds since it will
skip some check items.
Boot Up Num-Lock LED
This setting is to set the Num Lock status when the system is powered on. Setting to
[On] will turn on the Num Lock key when the system is powered on. Setting to [Off]
will allow users to use the arrow keys on the numeric keypad.
IOAPIC Function
This field is used to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt
Controller). Due to compliance with PC2001 design guide, the system is able to run in
APIC mode. Enabling APIC mode will expand available IRQ resources for the system.
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MPS Table Version
This field allows you to select which MPS (Multi-Processor Specification) version to
be used for the operating system. You need to select the MPS version supported by
your operating system. To find out which version to use, consult the vendor of your
operating system.
CPU Feature
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
Hyper-Threading Technology
This field appears only when the CPU supports Hyper-Threading. The processor uses Hyper-Threading technology to increase transaction rates and reduces end-user response times. The technology treats the two cores inside the
p roc es s or as t wo logi c al pr oc es s ors t h at c an exec ut e i ns t ru c t i on s
simultaneously. In this way, the system performance is highly improved. If you
dis able the f unction, the processor will use only one c ore to execute the
instructions.
Execute Bit Support
Intel's Execute Disable Bit functionality can prevent certain classes of malicious
"buffer overflow" attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.
This functionality allows the processor to classify areas in memory by where
application code can execute and where it cannot. W hen a malicious worm
attempts to insert code in the buffer, the processor disables code execution,
preventing damage or worm propagation.
Set Limit CPUID MaxVal to 3
The Max CPUID Value Limit is designed to limit the listed speed of the processor
to older operating systems.
Chipset Feature
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
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BIOS Setup
HPET
The HPET (High Precision Event Timers) is a component that is part of the chipset.
You can to enable it, and will provide you with the means to get to it via the
various ACPI methods.
Boot Sequence
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
1st/ 2nd/ 3rd Boot Device
The items allow you to set the first/ second/ third boot device where BIOS
attempts to load the disk operating system.
Boot From Other Device
Setting the option to [Yes] allows the system to try to boot from other device. if
the system fails to boot from the 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd boot device.
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Integrated Peripherals
USB Controller
This setting allows you to enable/disable the onboard USB controller.
USB Device Legacy Support
Select [Enabled] if you need to use a USB-interfaced device in the operating system.
Onboard LAN Controller
This item is used to enable/disable the onboard LAN controller.
LAN Option ROM
This item is used to decide whether to invoke the Boot ROM of the LAN controller.
Onboard IEEE1394 Controller
This item allows you to enable/disable the onboard IEEE1394 controller.
Extra IDE Controller
This item allows you to enable/disable the onboard IDE controller.
HD Audio Controller
This setting is used to enable/disable the onboard audio controller.
On-Chip ATA Devices
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
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PCI IDE BusMaster
This item allows you to enable/ disable BIOS to used PCI busmastering for
reading/ writing to IDE drives.
Oc-Chip SATA Controller
These items allow users to enable or disable the SATA controller.
RAID M ode
This item is used to enable/disable the RAID function for SATA devices.
AHCI Devices Group
Press <Enter> to enter the AHCI settings sub-menu. The submenu displays the
status of auto detection of IDE devices.
AHCI Port0~5
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. These submenu allow users to select
the type of devices connected to the system.
I/O Device Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
COM Port 1
Select an address and corresponding interrupt for the first serial port.
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Power Management Setup
Important
S3-related functions described in this section are available only when your
BIOS supports S3 sleep mode.
ACPI Function
This item is to activate the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Management
Interface) Function. If your operating system is ACPI-aware, such as W indows 2000/
XP, select [Enabled].
ACPI Standby State
This item specifies the power saving modes for ACPI function. If your operating
system supports ACPI, such as W indows 2000/ XP , you can choose to enter the
Standby mode in S1(POS) or S3(STR) fashion through the setting of this field. Settings are:
[S1]
The S1 sleep mode is a low power state. In this state, no system
context is lost (CPU or chipset) and hardware maintains all system
context.
[S3]
The S3 sleep mode is a lower power state where the in formation of
system configuration and open applications/files is saved to main
memory that remains powered while most other hardware components turn off to save energy. The information stored in memory will
be used to restore the system when a “wake up” event occurs.
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Re-Call VGA BIOS From S3
W hen ACPI Standby State is set to [S3], users can select the options in this field.
Selecting [Yes] allows BIOS to call VGABIOS to initialize the VGA card when system
wakes up (resumes) from S3 sleep state. The system resume time is shortened
when you disable the function, but system will need an VGA driver to initialize the
VGA card. Therefore, if the VGA driver of the card does not support the initialization
feature, the display may work abnormally or not function after resuming from S3.
Suspend Time Out (M inute)
If system activity is not detected for the length of time specified in this field, all
devices except CPU will be shut off.
Power Button Function
This feature sets the function of the power button. Settings are:
[On/ Off]
The power button functions as normal power off button.
[Suspend]
W hen you press the power button, the computer enters the
suspend/sleep mode, but if the button is pressed for more
than four seconds, the computer is turned off.
Restore On AC Power Loss
This item specifies whether your system will reboot after a power failure or interrupt
occurs. Settings are:
[Off]
Always leaves the computer in the power off state.
[On]
Always leaves the computer in the power on state.
[Last State]
Restores the system to the status before power failure
or interrupt occurred.
Wakeup Event Setup
Press <Enter> and the following sub-menu appears.
Resume From S3 By USB Device
The item allows the activity of the USB device to wake up the system from S3
(Suspend to RAM) sleep state.
Resume From S3 By PS/2 Keyboard
This setting determines whether the system will be awakened from what power
saving modes when input signal of the PS/2 keyboard is detected.
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Resume From S3 By PS/2 M ouse
This setting determines whether the system will be awakened from what power
saving modes when input signal of the PS/2 mouse is detected.
Resume by PCI Device (PME#)
W hen set to [Enabled], the feature allows your system to be awakened from the
power saving modes through any event on PME (Power Management Event).
Resume by PCI-E Device
W hen set to [Enabled], the feature allows your system to be awakened from the
power saving modes through any event on PCIE device.
Resume by RTC Alarm
The field is used to enable or disable the feature of booting up the system on a
scheduled time/date.
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PNP/PCI Configurations
This section describes configuring the PCI bus system and PnP (Plug & Play) feature.
PCI, or Peripheral Component Interconnect, is a system which allows I/O devices to
operate at speeds nearing the speed the CPU itself uses when communicating with
its special components. This section covers some very technical items and it is
strongly recommended that only experienced users should make any changes to the
default settings.
Primary Graphic’s Adapter
This setting specifies which graphics card is your primary graphics adapter.
PCI Latency Timer
This item controls how long each PCI device can hold the bus before another takes
over. W hen set to higher values, every PCI device can conduct transactions for a
longer time and thus improve the effective PCI bandwidth. For better PCI performance,
you should set the item to higher values.
PCI Slot 1/ 2 IRQ
These items specify the IRQ line for each PCI slot.
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IRQ Resource Setup
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears.
IRQ 3/4/5/7/9/10/11/14/15
These items specify the bus where the specified IRQ line is used.
The settings determine if AMIBIOS should remove an IRQ from the pool of available IRQs passed to devices that are configurable by the system BIOS. The
available IRQ pool is determined by reading the ESCD NVRAM. If more IRQs must
be removed from the IRQ pool, the end user can use these settings to reserve
the IRQ by assigning an [Reserved] setting to it. Onboard I/O is configured by
AMIBIOS. All IRQs used by onboard I/O are configured as [Available]. If all IRQs
are set to [Reserved], and IRQ 14/15 are allocated to the onboard PCI IDE, IRQ 9
will still be available for PCI and PnP devices.
Important
IRQ (Interrupt Request) lines are system resources allocated to I/O devices.
When an I/O device needs to gain attention of the operating system, it signals this by causing an IRQ to occur. After receiving the signal, when the
operating system is ready, the system will interrupt itself and perform the
service required by the I/O device.
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H/W Monitor
Chassis Intrusion
The field enables or disables the feature of recording the chassis intrusion status
and issuing a warning message if the chassis is once opened. To clear the warning
message, set the field to [Reset]. The setting of the field will automatically return to
[Enabled] later.
CPU Smart FAN Target
The mainboard provides the Smart Fan function which can control the CPU fan speed
automatically depending on the current temperature to keep it with in a specific range.
You can select a fan target value here. If the current CPU fan temperature reaches to
the target value, the smart fan function will be activated. It provides several sections
to speed up for cooling down automaticlly .
CPU Min.FAN speed(%)
This item allows users to select how percentage of minimum speed limit for the CPU
fan.
SYS FAN1 Control
This item allows users to select how percentage of speed for the SYS FAN1.
PC Health Status
CPU/ System Temperature, CPU FAN/ SYS FAN1/ SYS FAN2 Speed, CPU
Vcore, 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 5V SB
These items display the current status of all of the monitored hardware devices/
components such as CPU voltage, temperatures and all fans’ speeds.
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Cell Menu
Important
Change these settings only if you are familiar with the chipset.
Current CPU / DRAM Frequency
These items show the current clocks of CPU and Memory speed. Read-only.
D.O.T Control
This item allows users to select either/both of CPU and PCIE to be controlled under D.
O.T. The D.O.T. (Dynamic Overclocking Technology) is an automatic overclocking
function, included in the MSITM ’s newly developed Dual CoreCellTM Technology. It is
designed to detect the load balance of CPU and PCIE while running programs, and to
adjust the best frequency automatically. W hen the motherboard detects system is
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running programs, it will speed up automatically to make the program run smoothly
and faster. W hen the system is temporarily suspending or staying in the low load
balance, it will restore the default settings instead. Usually the Dynamic Overclocking
Technology will be powered only when users' PC need to run huge amount of data
like 3D games or the video process, and the CPU and PCIE frequency need to be
boosted up to enhance the overall performance.
CPU D.O.T3 step1/2/3 setting
Due to D.O .T can detec t the CPU loading and increase the f requency with 3
overclocking steps. These items allow users to select the speed up range of each
step.
PCIE D.O.T3 step1/2/3 setting
Due to D.O.T can detec t the PCIE loading and increas e the frequenc y with 3
overclocking steps. These items allow users to select the speed up range of each
step.
Important
Even though the Dynamic Overclocking Technology is more stable than
manual overclocking, basically, it is still risky. We suggest user to make
sure that your CPU can afford to overclocking regularly first. If you find the
PC appears to be unstable or reboot incidentally, it's better to disable the
Dynamic Overclocking or to lower the level of overclocking options. By the
way, if you need to conduct overclocking manually, you also need to disable
the Dynamic OverClocking first.
Intel EIST
The Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology allows you to set the performance level of
the microprocessor whether the computer is running on battery or AC power. This
field will appear after you installed the CPU which support speedstep technology.
Adjust CPU FSB Frequency
This item allows you to set the CPU FSB frequency (in MHz).
Adjust CPU Ratio
This field appears only when the CPU supports this function. It is adjustable only
when Intel EIST set to Disable. This item allows you to set the CPU ratio.
Adjusted CPU Frequency
It shows the adjusted CPU frequency (FSB x Ratio). Read-only.
Advance DRAM Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears.
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Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD
Setting to [Enabled] enables DRAM CAS# Latency automatically to be determined
by BIOS based on the configurations on the SPD (Serial Presence Detect) EEPROM
on the DRAM module.
DRAM CAS# Latency
W hen the Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD sets to [Disabled], the field is
adjustable.This controls the CAS latency, which determines the timing delay (in
clock cycles) before SDRAM starts a read command after receiving it.
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay
W hen the Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD sets to [Disabled], the field is
adjustable. W hen DRAM is refreshed, both rows and columns are addressed
separately. This setup item allows you to determine the timing of the transition
from RAS (row address strobe) to CAS (column address strobe). The less the
clock cycles, the faster the DRAM performance.
DRAM RAS# Precharge
W hen the Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD sets to [Disabled], this field is
adjustable. This setting controls the number of cycles for Row Address Strobe
(RAS) to be allowed to precharge. If insufficient time is allowed for the RAS to
accumulate its charge before DRAM refresh, refresh may be incomplete and
DRAM may fail to retain data. This item applies only when synchronous DRAM is
installed in the system.
DRAM TRFC
W hen the Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD sets to [Disabled], the field is
adjustable. This setting determines the time RFC takes to read from and write to
a memory cell.
DRAM TWR
W hen the Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD sets to [Disabled], the field is
adjustable. Minimum time interval between end of write data burst and the start
of a precharge command. Allows sense amplifiers to restore data to cells.
DRAM TWTR
W hen the Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD sets to [Disabled], the field is
adjustable. Minimum time interval between the end of write data burst and the
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start of a column-read command. It allows I/O gating to overdrive sense amplifiers
before read command starts.
DRAM TRRD
W hen the Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD sets to [Disabled], the field is
adjustable. Specifies the active-to-active delay of different banks. Time interval
between a read and a precharge command.
DRAM TRTP
W hen the Configuration DRAM Timing by SPD sets to [Disabled], the field is
adjustable. Time interval between a read and a precharge command.
FSB/Memory Ratio
This item will allow you to adjust the FSB/Ratio of the memory.
Adjusted DDR M emory Frequency
It shows the adjusted DDR Memory frequency. Read-only.
PCIEx4 Speed Controller
This item will allow you to select the PCIEx4 speed.Settings are:
[Auto]
The output speed depends on the device installed on PCIEx4 slot.
[4X]
The output speed keeps on 4X. In this mode, PCI_E2 and PCI_E3 are
not able to function.
[2X]
The output speed keeps on 2X. In this mode, you may use PCI_E2,
PCI_E3 and PCI_E4 simultaneously, please note that the output speed
on PCI_E4 in only with 2X.
Adjust PCIE Frequency
This field allows you to select the PCIE frequency (in MHz).
Auto Disable DIM M/PCI Frequency
W hen set to [Enabled], the system will remove (turn off) clocks from empty DIMM and
PCI slots to minimize the electromagnetic interference (EMI).
CPU Voltage / Momory Voltage / VTT FSB Voltage / NB Voltage / SB I/O
Power / SB Core Power
These items dispaly the power status of CPU, Memory, FSB and chipset. Read-only.
Spread Spectrum
W hen the motherboard’s clock generator pulses, the extreme values (spikes) of the
pulses create EMI (Electromagnetic Interference). The Spread Spectrum function
reduces the EMI generated by modulating the pulses so that the spikes of the pulses
are reduced to flatter curves. If you do not have any EMI problem, leave the setting at
Disabled for optimal system stability and performance. But if you are plagued by EMI,
set to Enabled for EMI reduction. Remember to disable Spread Spectrum if you are
overclocking because even a slight jitter can introduce a temporary boost in clock
speed which may just cause your overclocked processor to lock up.
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Important
1. If you do not have any EMI problem, leave the setting at [Disabled] for
optimal system stability and performance. But if you are plagued by EMI,
select the value of Spread Spectrum for EMI reduction.
2. The greater the Spread Spectrum value is, the greater the EMI is reduced,
and the system will become less stable. For the most suitable Spread
Spectrum value, please consult your local EMI regulation.
3. Remember to disable Spread Spectrum if you are overclocking because
even a slight jitter can introduce a temporary boost in clock speed which
may just cause your overclocked processor to lock up.
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CPU and Memory Clock Overclocking
The D.O.T Control, Adjust CPU FSB Frequency, Adjust CPU Ratio, FSB/Memory
Ratio are the items for you to overclock the CPU and the Memory. Please refer to the
descriptions of these fields for more information.
Important
1. CPU Speed = CPU Frequency * CPU Ratio
2. This motherboard supports overclocking greatly. However, please make
sure your peripherals and components are bearable for some special
s ettings . Any operation that ex c eeds produc t spec ific ation is not
recommended. Any risk or damge resulting from improper operation will
not be under our product warranty.
Two ways to save your system from failed overclocking...
Reboot
1. Press the Power button to reboot the system three times. Please note that, to
avoid electric current to affect other devices or components, we suggest an
interval of more than 10 seconds among the reboot actions.
2. At the fourth reboot, BIOS will determine that the previous overclocking is failed
and restore the default settings automatically. Please press any key to boot the
system normally when the following message appears on screen.
W arning !!! The previous performance of overclocking is failed,
and the system is restored to the defaults setting,
Press any key exclude "DEL" to enter SETUP.......
Clear CM OS
- Please refer to “chapter 2” for more information about how to clear CMOS data.
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Load Fail-Safe/ Optimized Defaults
The two options on the main menu allow users to restore all of the BIOS settings to
the default Fail-Safe or Optimized values. The Optimized Defaults are the default
values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the
mainboard. The Fail-Safe Defaults are the default values set by the BIOS vendor for
stable system performance.
W hen you select Load Fail-Safe Defaults, a message as below appears:
Pressing Y loads the BIOS default values for the most stable, minimal system
performance.
W hen you select Load Optimized Defaults, a message as below appears:
Pressing Y loads the default factory settings for optimal system performance.
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BIOS Setting Password
W hen you select this function, a message as below will appear on the screen:
Type the password, up to six characters in length, and press <Enter>. The password
typed now will replace any previously set password from CMOS memory. You will
be prompted to confirm the password. Retype the password and press <Enter>. You
may also press <Esc> to abort the selection and not enter a password.
To clear a set password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter the
password. A message will show up confirming the password will be disabled. Once
the password is disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup without
entering any password.
W hen a password has been set, you will be prompted to enter it every time you try
to enter Setup. This prevents an unauthorized person from changing any part of your
system configuration.
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Appendix A
Realtek ALC888/888T Audio
The Realtek ALC888/888T provides 10-channel DAC
that simultaneously supports 7.1 sound playback and 2
channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple
streaming) through the Front-Out-Left and Front-OutRight channels.
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Installing the Realtek HD Audio Driver
You need to install the driver for Realtek ALC888/888T codec to function properly
before you can get access to 2-, 4-, 6-, 8- channel or 7.1+2 channel audio operations.
Follow the procedures described below to install the drivers for different operating
systems.
Installation for Windows 2000/XP
For W indows ® 2000, you must install W indows ® 2000 Service Pack4 or later before
installing the driver. For Windows ® XP, you must install W indows ® XP Service Pack1
or later before installing the driver.
The following illustrations are based on W indows ® XP environment and could look
slightly different if you install the drivers in different operating systems.
1. Insert the application CD into the CD-ROM drive. The setup screen will automatically appear.
2. Click Realtek HD Audio Driver.
Click here
Important
software utility is under continuous update
The HD Audio Configuration
to enhance audio applications. Hence, the program screens shown here in
this section may be slightly different from the latest software utility and shall
be held for reference only.
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3. Click Next to install the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver.
Click here
4. Click Finish to restart the system.
S el ec t t hi s
option
Click here
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Software Configuration
After installing the audio driver, you are able to use the 2-, 4-, 6- or 8- channel audio
feature now. Click the audio icon
from the system tray at the lower-right corner of
the screen to activate the HD Audio Configuration. It is also available to enable the
audio driver by clicking the Realtek HD Audio M anager from the Control Panel.
Double click
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Sound Effect
Here you can select a sound effect you like from the Environment list.
Environment Simulation
You will be able to enjoy different sound experience by pulling down the arrow,
totally 23 kinds of sound effect will be shown for selection. Realtek HD Audio Sound
Manager also provides five popular settings “Stone Corridor”, “Bathroom”, “Sewer
pipe”, “Arena” and “Audio Corridor” for quick enjoyment.
You may choose the provided sound effects, and the equalizer will adjust automatically.
If you like, you may also load an equalizer setting or make an new equalizer setting to
save as an new one by using the “Load EQ Setting” and “Save Preset” button,
click “Reset EQ Setting” button to use the default value, or click “Delete EQ Setting” button to remove a preset EQ setting.
There are also other pre-set equalizer models for you to choose by clicking “Others”
under the Equalizer part.
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Equalizer Selection
Equalizer frees users from default settings; users may create their owned preferred
settings by utilizing this tool.
10 bands of equalizer, ranging from 100Hz to 16KHz.
Save
The settings are saved
permanently for future
use
Reset
10 bands of equalizer
would go back to the default setting
Enable / Disable
To disable, you can temporarily s top the sound
effect without losing the
settings
Lo ad
W henever you would like to
use preload settings, simply
click this, the whole list will
be shown for your selection.
Delete
To delete the pre-saved settings which are created from previous steps.
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Frequently Used Equalizer Setting
Realtek recognizes the needs that you might have. By leveraging our long experience
at audio field, Realtek HD Audio Sound Manager provides you certain optimized equalizer settings that are frequently used for your quick enjoyment.
[How to Use It]
Other than the buttons “Pop” “Live” “Club” & “Rock” shown on the page, to pull down
the arrow in “Others”, you will find more optimized settings available to you.
Karaoke M ode
Karaoke mode brings Karaoke fun back home. Simply using the music you usually
play, Karaoke mode can help you eliminate the vocal of the song or adjust the key to
accommodate your range.
1.Vocal Cancellation: Single click on “Voice Cancellation”, the vocal of the song would
be eliminated, while the background music is still in place, and you can be that
singer!
2.Key Adjustment: Using “Up / Down Arrow” to find a key which better fits your vocal
range.
Raise the key
Remov e the
human voice
Lower the key
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Mixer
In the Mixer part, you may adjust the volumes of the rear and front panels individually.
1. Adjust Volume
You can adjust the volume of the speakers that you pluged in front or rear panel by
select the Realtek HD Audio rear output or Realtek HD Audio front output
items.
Important
Before set up, please make sure the playback devices are well plugged in the
jacks on the rear or front panel. The Realtek HD Audio front output item
will appear after you pluging the speakers into the jacks on the front panel.
2. Multi-Stream Function
ALC888 supports an outstanding feature called Multi-Stream, which means you may
play different audio sources simultaneously and let them output respectively from the
indicated real panel or front panel. This feature is very helpful when 2 people are
using the same computer together for different purposes.
Click the
button and the Mixer ToolBox menu will appear. Then check the Enable
playback multi-streaming and click OK to save the setup.
Important
You have to plug audio device into the jacks on the rear and front panel first
before enable the multi-stream function.
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W hen you are playing the first audio source (for example: use W indows Media
Player to play DVD/VCD), the output will be played from the rear panel, which is the
default setting.
Then you must to select the Realtek HD Audio front output from the scroll list
first, and use a different program to play the second audio source (for example: use
Winamp to play MP3 files). You will find that the second audio source (MP3 music) will
come out from the Line-Out audio jack of Front Panel.
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3. Playback control
Playback device
Tool
Mute
This function is to let you freely decide which ports to
output the sound. And this is essential when multistreaming playback enabled.
- Realtek HD Audio Rear Output
- Realtek HD Audio Front Output
M u te
You may choose to mute single or multiple volume controls or to completely mute
sound output.
Tool
- Show the following volume controls
This is to let you freely decide which volume control items to be displayed.
- Advanced controls
- Enable playback multi-streaming
W ith this function, you will be able to have an audio chat with your friends via
headphone (stream 1 from front panel) while still have music (stream 2 from back
panel) in play. At any given period, you can have maximum 2 streams operating
simultaneously.
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4. Recording control
Tool
Recording device
-Back Line in/Mic, Front Lin in
Mute
-Realtek HD Audio Input
M u te
You may choose to mute single or multiple volume controls or to completely mute
sound input.
Tool
- Show the following volume controls
This is to let you freely decide which volume control items to be displayed.
- Enable recording multi-streaming
Important
ALC888 allows you to record the CD, Line, Mic and Stereo Mix channels
simultaneously, frees you from mixing efforts. At any given period, you may
choose 1 of the following 4 channels to record.
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Audio I/O
In this tab, you can easily configure your multi-channel audio function and speakers.
You can choose a desired multi-channel operation here.
a. Headphone for the common headphone
b. 2CH Speaker for Stereo-Speaker Output
c. 4CH Speaker for 4-Speaker Output
d. 6CH Speaker for 5.1-Speaker Output
e. 8CH Speaker for 7.1-Speaker Output
Speaker Configuration:
1. Plug the speakers in the corresponding jack.
2. Dialogue “connected device” will pop up for your selection. Please select the
device you have plugged in.
- If the device is being plugged into the correct jack, you will be able to find the icon
beside the jack changed to the one that is same as your device.
- If not correct, Realtek HD Audio Manager will guide you to plug the device into the
correct jack.
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Connector Settings
Click
to access connector settings.
Disable front panel jack detection (option)
Find no function on front panel jacks? Please check if front jacks on your system are
so-called AC’97 jacks. If so, please check this item to disable front panel jack detection.
M ute rear panel output when front headphone plugged in.
Enable auto popup dialogue, when device has been plugged in
Once this item checked, the dialog “Connected device” would automatically pop up
when device plugged in.
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S/PDIF
Short for Sony/Philips Digital Interface, a standard audio file transfer format. S/PDIF
allows the transfer of digital audio signals from one device to another without having
to be converted first to an analog format. Maintaining the viability of a digital signal
prevents the quality of the signal from degrading when it is converted to analog.
Output Sampling Rate
44.1KHz: This is recommend while playing CD.
48KHz: This is recommended while playing DVD or Dolby.
96KHz: This is recommended while playing DVD-Audio.
192KHz: This is recommended while playing High quality Audio.
Output Source
Output digital audio source: The digital audio format (such as .wav, .mp3,.midi etc)
will come out through S/PDIF-Out.
S/PDIF-in to S/PDIF -out pass though mode: The data from S/PDIF-In can be realtime played from S/PDIF-Out.
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Test Speakers
You can select the speaker by clicking it to test its functionality. The one you select
will light up and make testing sound. If any speaker fails to make sound, then check
whether the cable is inserted firmly to the connector or replace the bad speakers
with good ones. Or you may click the auto test
button to test the sounds of
each speaker automatically.
Center
Front Left
Front Right
Side Right
Subwoof er
Side Left
Rear Right
Rear Left
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Microphone
In this tab you may set the function of the microphone. Select the Noise Suppression to remove the possible noise during recording, or select Acoustic Echo Cancellation to cancel the acoustic echo druing recording.
Acoustic Echo Cancellation prevents playback sound from being recorded by
microphone together with your sound. For example, you might have chance to use
VOIP function through Internet with your friends. The voice of your friend will come
out from speakers (playback). However, the voice of your friend might also be
recorded into your microphone then go back to your friend through Internet. In that
case, your friend will hear his /her own voic e again. W ith AEC(Ac oustic Echo
Cancellation) enabled at your side, your friend can enjoy the benefit with less echo.
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3D Audio Demo
In this tab you may adjust your 3D positional audio before playing 3D audio applications like gaming. You may also select different environment to choose the most
suitable environment you like.
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Information
In this tab it provides some information about this HD Audio Configuration utility,
including Audio Driver Version, DirectX Version, Audio Controller & Audio Codec. You
may also select the language of this utility by choosing from the Language list.
Also there is a selection Show icon in system tray. Switch it on and an icon
will show in the system tray. Right-click on the icon and the Audio Accessories
dialogue box will appear which provides several multimedia features for you to take
advantage of.
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Hardware Setup
Connecting the Speakers
W hen you have set the Multi-Channel Audio Function mode properly in the software
utility, connect your speakers to the correct phone jacks in accordance with the
setting in software utility.
n 2-Channel M ode for Stereo-Speaker Output
Refer to the following diagram and caption for the function of each phone jack on the
back panel when 2-Channel Mode is selected.
1
4
2
5
3
6
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
No function
5
No function
6
No function
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n 4-Channel M ode for 4-Speaker Output
1
4
2
5
3
6
4-Channel Analog Audio Output
a
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
No function
6
No function
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n 6-Channel M ode for 6-Speaker Output
1
2
4
5
3
6
6-Channel Analog Audio Output
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel)
6
No function
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n 8-Channel M ode for 8-Speaker Output
1
4
2
5
3
6
8-Channel Analog Audio Output
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel)
6
Line Out (Side channels)
Important
To enable 7.1 channel audio-out function on Vista operating system, you have to
install the Realtek Audio Driver. Or, the mainboard will support 5.1 channel
audio-out only.
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Dual Core Center
Appendix B
Dual Core Center
Dual CoreCenter, the most useful and powerful utility
that MSI has spent muc h researc h and ef forts to
develop, helps users to monitor or configure the hardware status of MSI Mainboard & MSI Graphics card in
windows, such as CPU/GPU clock, voltage, fan speed
and temperature.
Before you install the Dual CoreCenter, please make
sure the system has meet the following requirements:
1. Intel Pentium4 / Celeron, AMD Athlon XP/ Sempron or
compatible CPU with PCI Express slot.
2. 256MB system memory.
3. CD-ROM drive for software installation.
4. Operation system: W indows XP.
5. DotNet Frame Work 2.0
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Activating Dual Core Center
Once you have your Dual Core Center installed (locate the setup source file in the
setup CD accompanying with your mainboard, path: Utility --> MSI Utility --> Dual
Core Center), it will have an icon
in the system tray, a short cut icon on the
desktop, and a short cut path in your “Start-up” menu. You may double-click on each
icon to enable Dual Core Center.
short-cut icon in the system tray
short-cut path in the start-up menu
( path: S t ar t- - >P r ograms - - >MSI - - >
DualCoreCenter-->DualCoreCenter)
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Main
Before using this utility, we have to remind you: only when installing the MSI V044
(V044 has to install with the version 8.26 or newer driver)/ V046 or V060 graphics
card can activate the full function of this utility. If you install a graphics card of other
brand, only hardware status of the MSI mainboard would be available.
Introduction:
Click each button appearing above to enter sub-menu to make further configuration
or to execute the function.
MB
Click MB button to read current CPU temperature, FSB and CPU clock of
mainboard will show below.
VGA
Click VGA button to read current GPU temperature, GPU clock and memory
clock of graphics card will show below.
DO T
Click DOT button to enable or disable the Dynamic Overclocking Technology.
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AV/ Game/ Office/ Silence/ Cool
MSI provides five common settings for different environments. The settings
had been set to optimal values to reac h better performanc e in eac h
environment. Click the button you need.
Important
Before clicking the AV/ Game/ Office/ Silence or Cool button, select Smooth
mode or Sharp mode to decide whether you want the system to reach the
optimal values smoothly or quickly.
Sharp mode
Smooth mode
Clock
In this sub-menu, you can adjust and monitor the clocks of MB and graphics
card.
Voltage
In this sub-menu, you can adjust and monitor the voltages of MB and graphics
card.
FAN Speed
In this sub-menu, you can adjust and monitor the fan speeds of MB and
graphics card.
Temperature
In this sub-menu, you can monitor the temperatures of MB and graphics card.
User Profile
In this sub-menu, you can set the values of clock, voltage and fan speed by
your need and save them in a profile. You can save 3 profiles for further use.
Important
Click on the icon
, the clock, voltage, fan, and temperature buttons will
appear beside the icon.
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DOT (Dynamic OverClocking)
Dynamic Overclocking Technology is an automatic overclocking function, included in
the MSITM ’s newly developed Dual CoreCenter Technology. It is designed to detect the
loading of CPU/ GPU while running programs, and to over-clock automatically. When
the motherboard detects that the loading of CPU is exceed the default threshold for a
time, it will speed up the CPU and fan automatically to make the system run smoother
and faster. W hen the graphics card detects that the loading of GPU is exceed the
default threshold for a time, it will speed up the GPU, memory, fan and voltage
automatically to make the system run smoother and faster. W hen the CPU/ GPU is
temporarily suspending or staying in low loading balance, it will restore the default
settings instead. Usually the Dynamic Overclocking Technology will be powered only
when users' PC runs huge amount of data, like 3D games or video process, and the
motherboard/ graphicd card need to be boosted up to enhance the overall performance.
There will be several selections when you click the DOT rate button (include increase
rate
and decrease
rate buttons), to select the DOT level, then you have to
click the DOT button
to apply the DOT function.
DOT FSB-UP
Rate button
DOT FSB-DOWN
Rate button
Important
Even though the Dynamic Overclocking Technology is more stable than
manual overclocking, basically, it is still risky. We suggest user to make
sure that your CPU can afford to overclock regularly first. If you find the PC
appears to be unstable or reboot incidentally, it's better to lower the level of
overclocking options. By the way, if you need to conduct overclocking
manually, please do not to apply the DOT function.
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Clock
In the Clock sub-menu, you can see clock status (including FSB/ CPU clock of
mainboard and GPU/ memory clock of graphics card) of your system. And you can
select desired value for overclocking. There will be several items for you to select for
overclocking after you click
button. You can click the plus sign button
to increase the clock, or click the minus sign button
to decrease the clock. And
finally, click the Apply button to apply the values adjusted. If you do not want to apply
the adjustments, click the Cancel button to cancel. Or click the Default button to
restore the default values.
On the underside, it shows the graphs of the clocks. Only the curves of the item
which the button is lit up with red color will be shown.
Important
In the user profile, clicking the Save button can save the changes to it. In the
default profile, the Save button is not available.
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Voltage
In the Voltage sub-menu, you can see voltage status (including Vcore, memory, GPU
voltage... etc.) of your system, and you can select desired value for overclocking. It
will show several items to select for overclocking after you click the
button.
You can click the plus sign button
to increase the voltage, or click the minus sign
button
to decrease. And finally, click the Apply button to apply the adjustments.
If you do not want to apply the adjustments, click the Cancel button to cancel. Or click
the Default button to restore the default values.
On the underside, it shows the graphs of the voltages. Only the curves of the item
which the button is lit up with red color will be shown.
Important
In the user profile, clicking the Save button can save the changes to it. In the
default profile, the Save button is not available.
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FAN Speed
In the FAN Speed sub-menu, you can read fan status of your system. Select higher
speed for better cooling effect. There are several sections for you to change the fan
speed to a section after clicking
button. Click the plus sign button
to
increase the fan speed to a section, or click the minus sign button
to decrease.
Or click the Default button to restore the default values.
On the underside, it shows the graphs of the fan speed. Only the curves of the item
which the button is lit up with red color will be shown.
Important
1. When you set the fan speed manually, please make sure to disabled the
“CPU Smart FAN Target” item in the BIOS.
2. In the user profile, clicking the Save button can save the changes to it. In
the default profile, the Save button is not available.
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Temperature
In the Temperature sub-menu, you can see temperature status of your system.
On the underside, it shows the graphs of the temperatures. Only the curves of the
item which the button is lit up with red color will be shown.
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User Profile
In the User Profile sub-menu, click the setting button that besides the user profile
bar, and the next screen will appear.
Here you can define the clock/ fan speed/ voltage by your need, click the
button to choose a value quickly, or click the plus
/ minus sign
button to
increase/ decrease the value.
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Use the draw bar to set the max system temperature. W hen the system temperature
exceeds the threshold you defined, the system will pop up a warning message and
shut down the system.
Use the draw bar to set the minimal fan speed. When the fan speed is lower than the
threshold you defined, the system will pop up a warning message.
After setting all values you need, you can change the user profile name in the box
then click the save button
to save all changes in a profile.
Finally, you can choose the user profile by click the button in the left side and click the
Apply button to load the user profile.
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Intel ICH9R SATA RAID
Appendix C
Intel ICH9R SATA RAID
This appendix will assist users in configuring and enabling RAID functionality on platforms
The ICH9R RAID s olution s upports RAID level 0
(striping), RAID level 1 (mirroring), RAID level 5 (striping
with parity) and RAID level 10 (striping and mirroring).
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ICH9R Introduction
The ICH9R provides a hybrid solution that combines 6 independent SATAII ports for
support of up to 6 Serial ATAII (Serial ATAII RAID) drives.
Serial ATAII (SATAII) is the latest generation of the ATA interface. SATA hard drives
deliver blistering transfer speeds up to 300MB/sec. Serial ATA uses long, thin cables,
making it easier to connect your drive and improving the airflow inside your PC. The
most outstanding features are:
1. Supports 300MB/s transfers with CRC error checking.
2. Supports Hot-plug-n-play feature.
3. Data handling optimizations including tagged command queuing, elevator
seek and packet chain command.
Intel® ICH9R offers RAID level 0 (Striping), RAID level 1 (Mirroring and Duplexing),
RAID level 5 (Block Interleaved Distributed Parity), RAID level 10 (A Stripe of Mirrors)
and Intel® Martix Storage Technology.
RAID 0 breaks the data into blocks which are written to separate hard drives. Spreading
the hard drive I/O load across independent channels greatly improves I/O performance.
RAID 1 provides data redundancy by mirroring data between the hard drives and
provides enhanced read performance. RAID 5 Provides data striping at the byte level
and also stripe error correction information. This results in excellent performance
and good fault tolerance. Level 5 is one of the most popular implementations of RAID.
RAID 10 Not one of the original RAID levels, multiple RAID 1 mirrors are created, and
a RAID 0 stripe is created over these. Intel Matrix RAID Technology is the advanced
ability for two RAID volumes to share the combined space of two hard drives being
used in unison.
Important
The least number of hard drives for RAID 0, RAID 1 or Matrix mode is 2. The
least number of hard drives for RAID 10 mode is 4. And the least number of
hard drives for RAID 5 mode is 3.
All the information/ volumes/ pictures listed in your system might differ from
the illustrations in this appendix.
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BIOS Configuration
The Intel Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM should be integrated with the system
BIOS on all motherboards with a supported Intel chipset. The Intel Matrix Stroage
Manager Option ROM is the Intel RAID implementation and provides BIOS and DOS
disk services. Please use <Ctrl> + <I> keys to enter the “Intel(R) RAID for Serial ATA”
status screen, which should appear early in system boot-up, during the POST
(Power-On Self Test). Also, you need to enable the RAID function in BIOS to create,
delete and reset RAID volumes.
Using the Intel Matrix Stroage Manager Option ROM
1. Creating, Deleting and Resetting RAID Volumes:
The Serial ATA RAID volume may be configured using the RAID Configuration utility
stored within the Intel RAID Option ROM. During the Power-On Self Test (POST), the
following message will appear for a few seconds:
Important
The “Driver Model”, “Serial #” and “Size” in the following example might be
different from your system.
After the above message shows, press <Ctrl> and <I> keys simultaneously to enter
the RAID Configuration Utility.
Important
The following procedure is only available with a newly-built system or if you
are reinstalling your OS. It should not be used to migrate an existing system
to RAID.
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After pressing the <Ctrl> and <I> keys simultaneously, the following window will
appear:
(1) Create RAID Volume
1.
2.
Select option 1 “Create RAID Volume” and press <Enter> key. The following
screen appears. Then in the Name field, specify a RAID Volume name and
then press the <TAB> or <Enter> key to go to the next field.
Use the arrow keys to select the RAID level best suited to your usage model
in RAID Level.
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3.
In the Disk field, press <Enter> key and the following screen appears. Use
<Space> key to select the disks you want to create for the RAID volume, then
click <Enter> key to finish selection.
4.
Then select the strip value for the RAID array by using the “upper arrow” or
“down arrow” keys to scroll through the available values, and pressing the
<Enter> key to select and advance to the next field. The available values
range from 4KB to 128 KB in power of 2 increments. The strip value should be
chosen based on the planned drive usage. Here are some typical values:
RAID0 – 128KB
RAID10 – 64KB
RAID5 – 64KB
Then select the capacity of the volume in the Capacity field. The default
value is the maximum volume capacity of the selected disks.
5.
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Important
Since you want to create two volumes (Intel Matrix RAID Technology), this
default size (maximum) needs to be reduced. Type in a new size for the first
volume. As an example: if you want the first volume to span the first half of the
two disks, re-type the size to be half of what is shown by default. The second
volume, when created, will automatically span the remainder of two hard
drives.
6. Then the following screen appears for you to confirm if you are sure to
create the RAID volume. Press <Y> to continue.
7. Then the following screen appears to indicate that the creation is finished.
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(2) Delete RAID Volume
Here you can delete the RAID volume, but please be noted that all data on RAID
drives will be lost.
Important
If your system currently boots to RAID and you delete the RAID volume in the
Intel RAID Option ROM, your system will become unbootable.
Select option 2 Delete RAID Volume from the main menu window and press
<Enter> key to select a RAID volume for deletion. Then press <Delete> key to
delete the selected RAID volume. The following screen appears.
Press <Y> key to accept the volume deletion.
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(3) Reset Disks to Non-RAID
Select option 3 Reset Disks to Non-RAID and press <Enter> to delete the RAID
volume and remove any RAID structures from the drives. The following screen
appears:
Press <Y> key to accept the selection.
Important
1. You will lose all data on the RAID drives and any internal RAID structures
when you perform this operation.
2. Possible reasons to ‘Reset Disks to Non-RAID’ could include issues such
as incompatible RAID configurations or a failed volume or failed disk.
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Installing Driver
Install Driver in Windows Vista / XP / 2000
† New Windows Vista / XP / 2000 Installation
The following details the installation of the drivers while installing W indows XP /
2000.
1. W hen you start installing Windows XP and older operating systems, you may
encounter a message stating, “Setup could not determine the type of one or
more mass storage devices installed in your system”. If this is the case, then
you are already in the right place and are ready to supply the driver. If this is
not the case, then press F6 when prompted at the beginning of W indows
setup.
2. Press the “S” key to select “Specify Additional Device”.
3. You should be prompted to insert a floppy disk containing the Intel® RAID
driver into the A: drive.
Note: For W indows Vista you can use Floppy, CD/DVD or USB.
Important
Please follow the instruction below to make an “Intel ® RAID Driver” for
yourself.
1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Click the “Browse CD” on the Setup screen.
3. Copy all the contents in \\IDE\Intel\ICH9R\Floppy to a formatted floppy
diskette.
4. The driver diskette for Intel® ICH9R RAID Controller is done.
4. For W indows Vista:
During the Operating system installation, after selecting the location to install
Vista click on “Load Driver” button to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.
5. W hen prompted, insert the floppy disk or media (Floppy, CD/DVD or USB) you
created in step 3 and press Enter.
6. Select “Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID Controller” an press ENTER.
7. The next screen should confirm that you have selected the Intel ® RAID
controller. Press ENTER again to continue.
8. You have successfully installed the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager driver, and
W indows setup should continue.
9. Leave the disk in the floppy drive until the system reboots itself. W indows
setup will need to copy the files from the floppy again after the RAID volume
is formatted, and W indows setup starts copying files.
† Existing Windows Vista/XP/2000 Driver Installation
1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. The CD will auto-run and the setup screen will appear.
3. Under the Driver tab, click on Intel IAA RAID Edition.
4. The drivers will be automatically installed.
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† Confirming Windows Vista/XP/2000 Driver Installation
1. From W indows Vista/XP/2000, open the Control Panel from My Computer
followed by the System icon.
2. Choose the Hardware tab, then click the Device M anager tab.
3. Click the "+" in front of the SCSI and RAID Controllers hardware type. The
driver Intel(R) ICH9R SATA RAID Controller should appear.
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Installing Software
Install Intel Matrix Storage Console
The Intel Application Accelerator RAID Edition driver may be used to operate the hard
drive from which the system is booting or a hard drive that contains important data.
For this reason, you cannot remove or un-install this driver from the system after
installation; however, you will have the ability to un-install all other non-driver
components.
Insert the MSI CD and click on the Intel IAA RAID Editor to install the software.
Click on this item
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The InstallShield Wizard will begin automatically for installation showed as following:
Click on the Next button to proceed the installation in the welcoming window.
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The window shows the components to be installed. Click Next button to continue.
After reading the license agreement in the following window, click Yes button to
continue.
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The following window appears to show the Readme File Information. It shows the
system requirements and installation information.
Once the installation is complete, the following window appears.
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RAID Migration Instructions
The Intel Matrix Storage Console offers the flexibility to upgrade from a single Serial
ATA (SATA) hard drive to RAID configuration when an additional SATA hard drive is
added to the system. This process will create a new RAID volume from an existing
disk. However, several important steps must be followed at the time the system is
first configured in order to take advantage of RAID when upgrading to a second
SATA hard drive:
1. BIOS must be configured for RAID before installing W indows on the single
SATA hard drive. Refer to On-Chip ATA Devices for properly setting of
the BIOS.
2. Install the Intel Application Accelerator RAID Driver during W indows Setup.
Refer to Installing Software for instructions on installing the driver during W indows Setup.
3. Install the Intel Matrix Storage Console after the operating system is installed.
To create a volume from an existing disk, complete the following steps:
Important
A Create from Existing Disk operation will delete all existing data from the
added disk and the data cannot be recovered. It is critical to backup all
important data on the added disk before proceeding. However, during the
migration process, the data on the source disk is preserved.
After the Intel Matrix Storage Console has been successfully installed and the system has rebooted, click on the Intel Application Accelerator shortcut link (Start --> All
Programs --> Intel M atrix Storage Manager --> Intel Matrix Storage Console)
and the following window will appear:
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Create RAID Volume from Existing Disk
To create a RAID volume from an existing disk, choose Action --> Create RAID
Volume from Existing Hard Drive.
Note: The “Action” button only appears in advance mode. To enable the advance
mode, go to View --> Basic mode and click it.
The Create RAID Volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard pops up to lead you
for the following procedure. Click Next to continue.
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(1) Step 1: Configure Volume
Here you can configure the new RAID volume by entering the volume name, selecting
the RAID level and strip size.
† RAID Volume Name:
A desired RAID volume name needs to be typed in where the ‘RAID_Volume1’ text
currently appears above. The RAID volume name has a maximum limit of 16 characters.
The RAID volume name must also be in English alphanumeric ASCII characters.
† RAID Level:
Select the desired RAID level:
RAID 0 (Performance) – A volume optimized for performance will allow you to
access your data more quickly.
RAID 1 (Redundancy) – A volume optimized for data redundancy will provide
you with a realtime duplicate copy of your data. Note:
Only half of the available volume space will be available for data storage.
RAID 5 (Useful) –
RAID 5 can be used on three or more disks, with zero
or more spare-disks. The resulting RAID-5 device size
will be (N-1)*S, where N is the how many drive, S is the
size of the smallest drive in the array. If one of the disks
fail, all data are still intact. It can rebuild the disk from
the parity information. If spare disks are available, reconstruction will begin immediately after the device
failure. If two disks fail simultaneously, all data are lost.
RAID-5 can survive one disk failure, but not two or
more. Both read and wri te perf ormanc e us ually
increase, but can be hard to predict how much. Reads
are similar to RAID-0 reads, writes can be either rather
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expensive (requiring read-in prior to write, in order to
be able to calculate the correct parity information), or
similar to RAID-1 writes. The write efficiency depends
heavily on the amount of memory in the machine, and
the usage pattern of the array. Heavily scattered writes
are bound to be more expensive.
RAID 10 (Mirrored Stripes) – A RAID 1 array of two RAID 0 arrays.
† Strip Sizes:
Select the desired strip size setting. As indicated, the optimal setting is 128KB. Selecting any other option may result in performance degradation. Even though 128KB
is the recommended setting for most users, you should choose the strip size value
which is best suited to your specific RAID usage model. The most typical strip size
settings are:
4KB: For specialized usage models requiring 4KB strips
8KB: For specialized usage models requiring 8KB strips
16KB: Best for sequential transfers
32KB: Good for sequential transfers
64KB: Good general purpose strip size
128KB: Best performance for most desktops and workstations
(2) Select the source disk
Then select the source disk that you wish to use and then click “--->” to move it to the
Selected field. Then click Next to continue.
It is very important to note which disk is the source disk (the one containing all of the
information to be migrated) and which one is the target disk. On a RAID Ready
system, this can be determined by making a note during POST of which port the single
disk is attached to.
You can also use the Intel Application Accelerator RAID Edition utility before the
second disk is installed to verify the Port and serial number of the drive that contains
all the data.
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(3) Select Member Hard Drive(s)
Then select the member disk (the target disk) that you wish to use and then click “-->” to move it to the Selected field. Then click Next to continue.
Please note that the existing data on the selected hard drive(s) will be deleted
permanently. Do not forget to back up all the important data before continuing.
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(4) Specify Volume Size
Specify the amount of available array space to be used by the new RAID volume. You
may enter the amount in the space or use the slider to specify. It is recommended you
use 100% of the available space for the optimized usage. For RAID 0 volume, if you
do not specify 100% of the hard drive space, the rest hard drive space will be
worked as RAID 1 volume, which is the new technology called Intel Matrix RAID. Then
click Next to continue.
(5) Start Creating RAID Volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard
Before you continue the procedure of RAID volume creation from existing hard drive,
read the dialogue box below carefully. Please note that once you click Finish, the
existing data on the selected hard drive(s) will be deleted permanently and this
operation cannot be undone. It is critical that you backup all important data before
selecting Finish to start the migration process.
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(6) Start Migration
The migration process may take up to two hours to complete depending on the size
of the disks being used and the strip size selected. A dialogue window will appear
stating that the migration process may take considerable time to complete, meanwhile
a popup dialogue at the taskbar will also show the migration status. While you can still
continue using your computer during the migration process, once the migration process starts, it cannot be stopped. If the migration process gets interrupted and your
system is rebooted for any reason, it will pick up the migration process where it left
off. You will be provided with an estimated completion time (the remaining time will
depend on your system) once the migration process starts.
The following screen appears if the migration process is completed successfully.
Then you have to reboot your system to use the full capacity of the new volume.
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Degraded RAID Array
A RAID 1, RAID 5 or RAID 10 volume is reported as degraded when one of its hard
drive members fails or is temporarily disconnected, and data mirroring is lost. As a
result, the system can only utilize theremaining functional hard drive member. To reestablish data mirroring and restore data redundancy, refer to the procedure below
that corresponds to the current situation.
Missing Hard Drive Member
1. Make sure the system is powered off.
2. Reconnect the hard drive.
3. Reboot the system to W indows; the rebuild will occur automatically.
Failed Hard Drive Member
1. Make sure the system is powered off.
2. Replace the failed hard drive with a new one that is of equal or greater
capacity.
3. Reboot the system to Intel RAID Option ROM by press <Ctrl> and <I> keys
simultaneously during the Power-On Self Test (POST).
4. Select the port of the destination disk for rebuilding, and then press ENTER.
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5. Exit Intel RAID Option ROM, and then reboot to W indows system.
6. W hen prompted to rebuild the RAID volume, click 'Yes'.
7. The Intel(R) Storage Utility will be launched. Right-click the new hard drive and
select 'Rebuild to this Disk'. The 'Rebuild W izard' will be launched which will
guide you through the process of rebuilding to the new hard drive.
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