AK74-SC
AK74-SU
Rev. A+
System Board
User’s Manual
43810032
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Caution:
Danger of explosion if battery incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer.
Dispose of used batteries according to the battery manufacturer’s
instructions.
FCC and DOC Statement on Class B
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits
for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the 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 TV 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.
2. Shielded interface cables must be used in order to comply with
the emission limits.
Table of Contents
Read Me First.......................................................... 6
Chapter 1 - Introduction
1.1 Features and Specifications.................................................................................. 8
1.2 Package Checklist......................................................................................................... 15
Chapter 2 - Hardware Installation
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
System Board Layout .............................................................................................
System Memory.............................................................................................................
Jumper Settings for Clearing CMOS Data..........................................
Jumper Settings for the Onboard Audio Codec
(AK74-SC only)..............................................................................................................
2.5 Jumper Settings for Selecting the USB Power...................................
2.6 Jumper Settings for the Onboard PCI Audio
(AK74-SU only)..............................................................................................................
2.7 Ports and Connectors.............................................................................................
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Chapter 3 - Award BIOS Setup Utility
3.1 The Basic Input/Output System..................................................................... 42
3.1.1
Standard CMOS Features............................................................. 42
3.1.2
Advanced BIOS Features.............................................................. 46
3.1.3
Advanced Chipset Features ...................................................... 50
3.1.4
Integrated Peripherals......................................................................... 53
3.1.5
Power Management Setup............................................................ 58
3.1.6
PnP/PCI Configurations.................................................................... 63
3.1.7
PC Health Status................................................................................... 66
3.1.8
Frequency/Voltage Control............................................................ 68
3.1.9
Load Fail-Safe Defaults..................................................................... 69
3.1.10 Load Optimized Defaults.............................................................. 69
3.1.11 Set Supervisor Password............................................................... 70
3.1.12 Set User Password.............................................................................. 70
3.1.13 Save & Exit Setup................................................................................. 71
3.1.14 Exit Without Saving.............................................................................. 71
3.2 Updating the BIOS..................................................................................................... 71
Chapter 4 - Supported Softwares
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
Desktop Management Interface..................................................................... 72
VIA Hardware Monitor............................................................................................ 75
VIA Service Pack.......................................................................................................... 75
Audio Drivers and Software Application............................................... 76
Drivers and Utilities Installation Notes..................................................... 77
Appendix A - Using the Suspend to RAM
Function
A.1 Using the Suspend to RAM Function........................................................ 78
Appendix B - System Error Messages
B.1 POST Beep....................................................................................................................... 82
B.2 Error Messages.............................................................................................................. 82
Appendix C - Troubleshooting
C.1 Troubleshooting Checklist.................................................................................... 84
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Read Me First
This page contains a summary of the important notes that must be
given special attention to prior to using the system board.
CPU Fan Protection
The CPU Fan Protection function has the capability of monitoring the
CPU fan during system boot-up and will automatically power-off the
system once it has detected that the CPU fan did not rotate. This
preventive measure has been added to protect the CPU from
damage and insure a safe computing environment.
Over Voltage
The Over Voltage function allows you to manually adjust to a higher
core voltage that is supplied to the CPU. Although this function is
supported, we do not recommend that you use a higher voltage
because unstable current may be supplied to the system board
causing damage.
CPU Overclocking
The CPU Overclocking function allows you to adjust the processor’s
bus clock by 1MHz stepping. However, overclocking may result to
the processor’s or system’s instability and are not guaranteed to
provide better system performance.
System Memory
The system board supports both VCM and PC SDRAM DIMMs. If
you are using more than one DIMM, make sure you insert the same
type of DIMMs into the DIMM sockets. Using different types (VCM
or PC SDRAM) of DIMMs may cause problems.
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5VSB Power
• If you are using the (1) Wake-On-LAN and/or (2) Wake-OnRing (internal modem) functions, the 5VSB power source of your
power supply must support ≥720mA.
• If you are using the Suspend to RAM function, the 5VSB power
source of your power supply must support ≥1A.
Drivers
Make sure to reboot the system after each driver installation.
Problems will occur if you reboot only after installing all the drivers.
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Chapter 1 - Introduction
1.1 Features and Specifications
1.1.1 Features
Chipset
• VIA® KT133 - VT8363 and VT82C686A
Processor
The system board is equipped with Socket-A for 462-pin PGA
processor. It is also equipped with a switching voltage regulator that
automatically detects 1.100V to 1.850V.
• AMD AthlonTM/DuronTM 100MHz (200MHz DDR) FSB processor (600/650/700/750/800/850/950MHz or future processors)
System Memory
• Supports up to 1.5GB using VCM (Virtual Channel Memory) or
PC SDRAM DIMM (unbuffered or registered)
• Three 168-pin DIMM sockets
• Uses x64 or x72 PC SDRAM, 3.3V
- PC-100 SDRAM DIMM for 100MHz memory bus
- PC-133 SDRAM DIMM for 133MHz memory bus
• L2 cache memory
- DuronTM processor: built-in 64KB Level 2 pipelined burst
cache
- AthlonTM processor: built-in 256KB Level 2 pipelined burst
cache
• ECC supported (uses x72 PC SDRAM DIMM)
Note:
If you are using more than one DIMM, make sure you insert
the same type of DIMMs into the DIMM sockets. Using
different types (VCM or PC SDRAM) of DIMMs may cause
problems.
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DIMMs
2MBx64/x72
4MBx64/x72
8MBx64/x72
Memory Size
16MB
32MB
64MB
DIMMs
16MBx64/x72
32MBx64/x72
64MBx64/x72
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Memory Size
128MB
256MB
512MB
Expansion Slots
The system board is equipped with 1 universal AGP slot. AGP is an
interface designed to support high performance 3D graphics cards. It
utilizes a dedicated pipeline to access system memory for texturing,
z-buffering and alpha blending. The universal AGP slot supports AGP
2x with up to 533MB/sec. bandwidth and AGP 4x with up to
1066MB/sec. bandwidth for 3D graphics applications. AGP in this
system board will deliver faster and better graphics to your PC.
The system board is also equipped with 4 dedicated PCI slots, 1
shared PCI/ISA slot and 1 AMR slot. AMR (Audio/Modem Riser) is
an interface designed for installing an audio riser card, modem riser
card or audio/modem riser card that is compliant to the AMR
specification.
Onboard Audio Features (AK74-SC only)
• Supports Microsoft® DirectSound/DirectSound 3D
• AC’97 supported with full duplex, independent sample rate converter for audio recording and playback
Onboard PCI Audio Features - Creative ES1373 (AK74-SU only)
• Supports Microsoft® DirectSound /DirectSound 3D / DirectMusic
SW acceleration
• 64 voice wavetable synthesizer
• Hardware SoundBlaster Pro for Windows DOS Box and
standard Microsoft Windows Sound 2.0
• Digital I/O compatible with consumer mode (SPDIF)
• Downloadable sound (DLS) level-1
ATX Double Deck Ports (PC 99 color-coded connectors)
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Two USB ports
Two NS16C550A-compatible DB-9 serial ports
One SPP/ECP/EPP DB-25 parallel port
One mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
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• One mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
• One game/MIDI port
• Three audio jacks: line-out, line-in and mic-in
Connectors
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One connector for 2 additional external USB ports
One connector for IrDA interface
Two IDE connectors
One floppy drive interface supports up to two 2.88MB floppy
drives
One 20-pin ATX power supply connector
One Wake-On-LAN connector
One Wake-On-Ring connector
CPU, chassis and second fan connectors
Three internal audio connectors (AUX-in, CD-in and TAD)
PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
• Two PCI IDE interfaces support up to four IDE devices
• Supports ATA/33 or ATA/66 hard drives
• PIO Mode 3 and Mode 4 Enhanced IDE (data transfer rate up
to 16.6MB/sec.)
• Bus mastering reduces CPU utilization during disk transfer
• Supports ATAPI CD-ROM, LS-120 and ZIP
IrDA Interface
The system board is equipped with an IrDA connector for wireless
connectivity between your computer and peripheral devices. It
supports peripheral devices that meet the HPSIR and ASKIR
standard.
USB Ports
The system board supports 4 USB ports. Two onboard USB ports
are located at the ATX double deck ports of the board. The J19
connector on the system board allows you to connect the optional
3rd and 4th USB ports. These optional USB por ts, which are
mounted on a card-edge bracket, will be provided as an option.
USB allows data exchange between your computer and a wide
range of simultaneously accessible external Plug and Play peripherals.
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BIOS
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•
•
•
•
Award BIOS, Windows® 95/98/2000 Plug and Play compatible
Supports SCSI sequential boot-up
Flash EPROM for easy BIOS upgrades
Supports DMI 2.0 function
2Mbit flash memory
Vcore selectable in the BIOS
Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
The system board comes with a DMI 2.0 built into the BIOS. The
DMI utility in the BIOS automatically records various information
about your system configuration and stores these information in the
DMI pool, which is a part of the system board's Plug and Play
BIOS. DMI, along with the appropriately networked software, is
designed to make inventory, maintenance and troubleshooting of
computer systems easier. Refer to chapter 4 for instructions on using
the DMI utility.
1.1.2 System Health Monitor Functions
The system board is capable of monitoring the following “system
health” conditions.
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Monitors CPU/system temperature and overheat alarm
Monitors 12V/5V/3.3V/VCORE voltages and failure alarm
Monitors CPU/chassis fan speed and failure alarm
Automatic chassis fan on/off control
Read back capability that displays temperature, voltage and fan
speed
Refer to the “PC Health Status” section in chapter 3 and the “VIA
Hardware Monitor” section in chapter 4 for more information.
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1.1.3 Intelligence
CPU Fan Protection
The CPU Fan Protection function has the capability of monitoring the
CPU fan during system boot-up and will automatically power-off the
system once it has detected that the CPU fan did not rotate. This
preventive measure has been added to protect the CPU from
damage and insure a safe computing environment. Refer to “CPU
Fan Connector with CPU Fan Protection Function” in chapter 2 and
“CPU Fan Protection” in the PC Health Status section in chapter 3
for more information.
Over Voltage
The Over Voltage function allows you to manually adjust to a higher
core voltage that is supplied to the CPU. Although this function is
supported, we do not recommend that you use a higher voltage
because unstable current may be supplied to the system board
causing damage. Refer to “CPU Vcore Select” in the Frequency/
Voltage Control section in chapter 3 for more information.
CPU Overclocking
The CPU Overclocking function allows you to adjust the processor’s
bus clock by 1MHz stepping. However, overclocking may result to
the processor’s or system’s instability and are not guaranteed to
provide better system performance. Refer to “Clock By Slight Adjust”
in the Frequency/Voltage Control section in chapter 3 for more
information.
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Automatic Chassis Fan Off
The chassis fan will automatically turn off once the system enters the
Suspend mode.
Dual Function Power Button
Depending on the setting in the “Soft-Off By PWRBTN” field of the
Power Management Setup, this switch will allow the system to enter
the Soft-Off or Suspend mode.
Wake-On-Ring
This feature allows the system that is in the Suspend mode or Soft
Power Off mode to wake-up/power-on to respond to calls coming
through an internal or external modem. Refer to “Wake-On-Ring
Connector” in chapter 2 and “Resume On LAN/Ring” (“Wake Up
Events” field) in the Power Management Setup section in chapter 3
for more information.
Important:
If you are using a modem add-in card, the 5VSB power source
of your power supply must support a minimum of ≥720mA.
RTC Timer to Power-on the System
The RTC installed on the system board allows your system to
automatically power-on on the set date and time. Refer to “Resume
By Alarm” (“Wake Up Events” field) in the Power Management
Setup section in chapter 3 for more information.
Wake-On-LAN
The Wake-On-LAN function allows the network to remotely wake
up a Soft Power Down (Soft-Off) PC. Your LAN card must support
the remote wakeup function. Refer to “Wake-On-LAN Connector” in
chapter 2 and “Resume On LAN/Ring” (“Wake Up Events” field) in
the Power Management Setup section in chapter 3 for more
information.
Important:
The 5VSB power source of your power supply must support a
minimum of ≥720mA.
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AC Power Failure Recovery
When power returns after an AC power failure, you may choose to
either power-on the system manually, let the system power-on
automatically or return to the state where you left off before power
failure occurs. Refer to “PWR Lost Resume State” in the Power
Management Setup section in chapter 3 for more information.
ACPI STR
The system board is designed to meet the ACPI (Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface) specification. ACPI has energy
saving features that enables PCs to implement Power Management
and Plug-and-Play with operating systems that support OS Direct
Power Management. Currently, only Windows ® 98/2000 supports
the ACPI function allowing you to use the Suspend to RAM function.
With the Suspend to RAM function enabled, you can power-off
the system at once by pressing the power button or selecting
“Standby” when you shut down Windows® 98/2000 without having
to go through the sometimes tiresome process of closing files,
applications and operating system. This is because the system is
capable of storing all programs and data files during the entire
operating session into RAM (Random Access Memory) when it
powers-off. The operating session will resume exactly where you left
off the next time you power-on the system. Refer to “Using the
Suspend to RAM Function” in appendix A for more information.
Important:
The 5VSB power source of your power supply must support
≥1A.
Virus Protection
Most viruses today destroy data stored in hard drives. The system
board is designed to protect the boot sector and partition table of
your hard disk drive.
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1.2 Package Checklist
The system board package contains the following items:
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The system board
A user’s manual
One IDE cable for ATA/33 or ATA/66 IDE drives
One 34-pin floppy disk drive cable
One “Main Board Utility” CD
If any of these items are missing or damaged, please contact your
dealer or sales representative for assistance.
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Chapter 2 - Hardware Installation
2.1 System Board Layout
AK74-SC
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AK74-SU
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Warning:
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your system board,
processor, disk drives, add-in boards, and other components. Perform
the upgrade instruction procedures described at an ESD workstation
only. If such a station is not available, you can provide some ESD
protection by wearing an antistatic wrist strap and attaching it to a
metal part of the system chassis. If a wrist strap is unavailable,
establish and maintain contact with the system chassis throughout
any procedures requiring ESD protection.
2.2 System Memory
The system board is equipped with
three 168-pin DIMM (Dual In-line
Memory Module) sockets that suppor t
VCM or PC SDRAM DIMM. PC
SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic
Random Access Memory) uses a fast
memor y interface technology that
includes using the clock on the chip to
synchronize with the CPU clock so that
the timing of the memory chips and the
timing of the CPU are synchronized. This
saves time during transmission of data,
subsequently increasing system performance.
The system board also supports the ECC (Error Checking and
Correction) function. To use this function, you must install DIMM that
supports parity. Refer to chapter 1 (System Memor y section) for
detailed specification of the memory supported by the system
board.
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2.2.1 Installing the DIM Module
A DIM module simply snaps into a DIMM socket on the system
board. Pin 1 of the DIM module must correspond with Pin 1 of the
socket.
Notch
Tab
Pin 1
Tab
Key
1. Pull the “tabs” which are at the ends of the socket to the side.
2. Position the DIMM above the socket with the “notches” in the
module aligned with the “keys” on the socket.
3. Seat the module vertically into the socket. Make sure it is
completely seated. The tabs will hold the DIMM in place.
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2.3 Jumper Settings for Clearing CMOS Data
Clear CMOS Data - Jumper JP8
If you encounter the following,
a) CMOS data becomes corrupted.
b) You forgot the supervisor or user
password.
c) You are unable to boot-up the
computer system because the
processor’s bus clock was incorrectly
set in the BIOS.
you can reconfigure the system with the
default values stored in the ROM BIOS.
To load the default values stored in the
ROM BIOS, please follow the steps below.
1. Power-off the system and unplug the power cord.
2. Set JP8 pins 2 and 3 to On. Wait for a few seconds and set JP8
back to its default setting, pins 1 and 2 On.
3. Plug the power cord and power-on the system.
If your reason for clearing the CMOS data is due to incorrect
setting of the processor’s bus clock in the BIOS, please proceed
to step 4.
4. After powering-on the system, press <Del> to enter the main
menu of the BIOS.
5. Select the “Frequency/Voltage Control” submenu and press
<Enter>.
6. Set the “Clock By Slight Adjust” field to its default setting or an
appropriate bus clock. Refer to “Clock By Slight Adjust” in the
“Frequency/Voltage Control” section in chapter 3 for more
information.
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7. Press <Esc> to return to the main menu of the BIOS setup
utility. Select “Save & Exit Setup” and press <Enter>.
8. Type <Y> and press <Enter>.
1
1
2
2
3
3
2-3 On:
Clear CMOS Data
1-2 On: Normal
(default)
2.4 Jumper Settings for the Onboard Audio Codec
(AK74-SC only)
Onboard Audio Codec Settings - Jumpers JP4, JP5, JP6 and JP7
The default setting is 1-2 On, the
onboard audio codec enabled. If you
are not using the onboard audio
codec, set this jumper pins 2 and 3 to
On - Disabled.
1
1
2
2
3
3
JP4 JP5 JP6 JP7
JP4 JP5 JP6 JP7
1-2 On: Enable the
Onboard Audio Codec
(default)
2-3 On: Disable the
Onboard Audio Codec
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2.5 Jumper Settings for Selecting the USB Power
USB Power Select for USB 1 and USB 2 - Jumper JP3
This jumper is used to select the power of the USB device
connected to USB 1 or USB 2.
1
1
2
2
3
3
1-2 On: 5V
(default)
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2.6 Jumper Settings for the Onboard PCI Audio Creative ES1373 (AK74-SU only)
Onboard PCI Audio Select - Jumper JP2
The AK74-SU system board uses the
Creative ES1373 PCI audio chip. This
jumper is used to enable or disable the
PCI audio chip. By default, the PCI
audio chip is enabled. If you wish to
install an audio add-in card, please set
this jumper to 2-3 On - disabled.
1
1
2
2
3
3
1-2 On:
Enable the Onboard
PCI Audio
(default)
2-3 On:
Disable the Onboard
PCI Audio
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2.7
Ports and Connectors
2.7.1 Serial Ports
The system board is equipped with
onboard serial por ts (COM 1: J3 and
COM 2: J5) - both in Teal/Turquoise
color located at the ATX double deck
ports of the board.
These
por ts
are
RS-232C
asynchronous communication ports with
16C550A-compatible UARTs that can
be used with modems, serial printers,
remote display terminals, and other
serial devices. You can set the serial
por ts’ I/O address in the Integrated
Peripherals submenu of the BIOS.
2.7.2 PS/2 Mouse and PS/2 Keyboard Ports
The system board is equipped with an
onboard PS/2 mouse (Green) and
PS/2 keyboard (Purple) ports - both
at location J1 of the ATX double deck
por ts. The PS/2 mouse por t uses
IRQ12. If a mouse is not connected to
this por t, the system will reser ve
IRQ12 for other expansion cards.
Warning:
Make sure to turn off your
computer prior to connecting or
disconnecting a mouse or
keyboard. Failure to do so may
damage the system board.
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2.7.3 Parallel Port
The system board has a standard
printer port (J4 - Burgundy) located at
the ATX double deck ports of the
board for interfacing your PC to a
parallel printer. It supports Normal,
ECP and EPP modes. You can set the
port’s mode in the Integrated Peripherals submenu of the BIOS.
Setting
Normal
ECP
(Extended
Port)
Function
Allows normal speed operation
but in one direction only.
Capabilities
EPP
(Enhanced Parallel Port)
Allows parallel port to operate in
bidirectional mode and at a
speed faster than the SPP’s data
transfer rate.
Allows bidirectional parallel port
operation at maximum speed.
2.7.4 Floppy Disk Drive Connector
The system board is equipped with a shrouded floppy disk drive
connector that supports two standard floppy disk drives. To prevent
improper floppy cable installation, the shrouded floppy disk header
has a keying mechanism. The 34-pin connector on the floppy cable
can be placed into the header only if pin 1 of the connector is
aligned with pin 1 of the header. You may enable or disable the
onboard FDD controller in the Integrated Peripherals submenu of
the BIOS.
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Connecting the Floppy Disk Drive Cable
1. Install the 34-pin header connector
of the floppy disk drive cable into
the shrouded floppy disk header
(J24) on the system board. The
colored edge of the ribbon should
be aligned with pin 1 of J24.
2. Install the other 34-pin header
connector(s) into the disk drive(s).
Align the colored edge of the daisy
chained ribbon cable with pin 1 of
the drive edge connector(s). The
end-most connector should be
attached to the drive you want to designate as Drive A.
2.7.5 IDE Disk Drive Connector
The system board is equipped with two shrouded PCI IDE headers
that will interface four Enhanced IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics)
disk drives. To prevent improper IDE cable installation, each shrouded
PCI IDE header has a keying mechanism. The 40-pin connector on
the IDE cable can be placed into the header only if pin 1 of the
connector is aligned with pin 1 of the header. You may enable or
disable the onboard primar y or secondary IDE controller in the
Integrated Peripherals submenu of the BIOS.
Connecting the IDE Disk Drive Cable
1. If you are connecting two IDE disk
drives, install the 40-pin connector
of the IDE cable into the primar y
shrouded IDE header (J21). If you
are adding a third or four th IDE
device, install the 40-pin connector
of the other IDE cable into the
secondary shrouded IDE header
(J25).
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2. Install the other 40-pin header connector(s) into the device with
the colored edge of the ribbon cable aligned with pin 1 of the
drive edge connector(s).
Note:
Refer to your disk drive user’s manual for information about
selecting proper drive switch settings.
Adding a Second IDE Disk Drive
When using two IDE drives, one must be set as the master and the
other as the slave. Follow the instructions provided by the drive
manufacturer for setting the jumpers and/or switches on the drives.
The system board supports Enhanced IDE or ATA-2, ATA/33 or
ATA/66 hard drives. We recommend that you use hard drives from
the same manufacturer. In a few cases, drives from two different
manufacturers will not function properly when used together. The
problem lies in the hard drives, not the system board.
Important:
If you encountered problems while using an ATAPI CD-ROM
drive that is set in Master mode, please set the CD-ROM drive
to Slave mode. Some ATAPI CD-ROMs may not be recognized
and cannot be used if incorrectly set in Master mode.
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2.7.6 Universal Serial Bus Ports
The system board suppor ts 4 USB
por ts. USB allows data exchange
between your computer and a wide
range of simultaneously accessible
external Plug and Play peripherals. You
must have the proper drivers installed
in your operating system to use the
USB ports. Refer to your operating
system’s manual or documentation.
Two onboard USB ports (J2 - Black)
are located at the ATX double deck
ports of the board. The J19 connector
on the system board allows you to
connect the optional 3rd and 4th USB
ports. These optional USB ports, which
are mounted on a card-edge bracket, will be provided as an option.
If you wish to use the optional 3rd and 4th USB ports, install the
card-edge bracket to the system chassis then inser t the connector
that is attached to the USB port cables to J19. The USB por ts’ cable
connector can be inserted only if pin 1 of the cable is aligned with
pin 1 of J19.
Pin Function Pin Function
2
VCC
1
VCC
J19 for USB 3
and USB 4
3
-Data
4
-Data
5
+Data
6
+Data
7
Ground
8
Ground
Key
10
Ground
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2.7.7 IrDA Connector
The system board is equipped with an IrDA connector for wireless
connectivity between your computer and peripheral devices. The
IRDA (Infr ared Data Association) specification suppor ts data
transfers of 115K baud at a distance of 1 meter.
Connect your IrDA cable to connector J22 on the system board. Set
“UART2 Mode Select” in the Integrated Peripherals submenu of the
BIOS to the type of IrDA standard supported by your device. You
must have the proper drivers installed in your operating system to
use this connector. Refer to your operating system’s manual or
documentation.
Pin
Function
1
VCC
2
Key
3
IRRX
4
Ground
5
IRTX
Note:
The sequence of the pin functions on some IrDA cable may be
reversed from the pin function defined on the system board.
Make sure to connect the cable to the IrDA connector
according to their pin functions.
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2.7.8 CPU Fan Connector with CPU Fan Protection
Function
The CPU must be kept cool by using a CPU fan with heatsink.
Without sufficient air circulation across the CPU and heatsink, the
CPU will overheat damaging both the CPU and system board.
The CPU Fan Protection function supported by the system board
has the capability of monitoring the CPU fan during system boot-up
and will automatically power-off the system once it has detected that
the CPU fan did not rotate. This preventive measure has been
added to protect the CPU from damage and insure a safe
computing environment.
To use the CPU Fan Protection function, please follow the steps
below.
1. Before you power-on the system, make sure the heatsink and
CPU fan are correctly installed onto the CPU. The system is
capable of monitoring the CPU fan, therefore you must use a fan
with sense pin to suppor t this function. Connect the CPU fan to
the 3-pin fan connector at location J16 on the system board.
2. Make sure the “CPU Fan Protection” field in the PC Health
Status submenu of the BIOS is set to “Enabled”. Refer to PC
Health Status section in chapter 3 for more information.
3. You may now power-on the system.
Two circumstances may occur causing the system to power-off
automatically. A beeping alarm will sound before the system will
power-off.
1. The CPU fan did not rotate because the CPU fan is damaged.
When you boot-up the system and the CPU fan did not rotate,
it may indicate that the fan is damaged. Replace it with a new
fan.
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2. The CPU fan did not rotate immediately upon system boot-up
or it took some time before the CPU fan rotated.
If the CPU fan did not rotate immediately upon system boot-up
or it took some time before the fan rotated, check whether the
heatsink and fan are mounted properly onto the CPU then
restar t the system. If the same problem occurs, you must replace
it with a good quality fan - one that will rotate immediately once
power comes in and also one that can dissipate heat more
efficiently, otherwise, you have to disable this function in the “CPU
Fan Protection” field (PC Health Status submenu) of the BIOS.
Pin
Function
1
On
2
+12V
3
Sense
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2.7.9 Chassis Fan Connector
If you are installing a chassis fan in the system unit, connect the fan’s
connector to location J23 on the system board. The fan will provide
adequate airflow throughout the chassis to prevent overheating the
processor. The system is capable of monitoring and controlling the
speed of the chassis fan. It will automatically turn off once the system
enters the Suspend mode.
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Pin
Function
1
On/Off
2
+12V
3
Sense
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2.7.10 Second Fan Connector
If you are installing a second fan in the system unit, connect the fan’s
connector to location J18 on the system board.
Pin
Function
1
Ground
2
+12V
3
N. C.
2.7.11 Game/MIDI Port
The Game/MIDI port is identical to
that of a standard PC game adapter
or game I/O port. Connect an analog
joystick to the 15-pin D-sub connector
(J9 - Gold) located at the ATX double
deck por ts of the system board. This
port works well with any application
that is compatible with the standard
PC joystick.
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2.7.12 Audio Jacks
The system board is equipped with 3 audio jacks. A jack is a onehole connecting interface for inserting a plug.
Line-out Jack (J6 - Lime)
This jack is used to connect external
amplifier speakers.
Line-in Jack (J7 - Light Blue)
This jack can be connected to any
external audio devices such as Hi-fi set,
CD player, AM/FM r adio tuner,
synthesizer, etc. Connect a stereo cable
from the line-out jack of your external
device to this line-in jack.
Mic-in Jack (J8 - Pink)
Connect a microphone to the mic-in jack.
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2.7.13 Internal Audio Connectors
AUX-in and CD-in
These audio-in connectors are used to
receive audio from a CD-ROM drive,
TV tuner or MPEG card.
TAD
TAD is a connector for telephony audio
devices such as voice modem cards. By
installing a PCI voice modem card that
is also equipped with a TAD connector,
connect one end of the cable (that
came with the card) to the card’s TAD connector and the other end
to the TAD connector on the system board. The voice modem will
interface with the onboard audio allowing voice to come from the
external speaker.
CD-in (J11)
AUX-in (J14)
TAD (J15)
Pin
Function
1
Left audio channel
2
Ground
3
Ground
4
Right audio channel
Pin
Function
1
Modem-out
(from modem)
2
Ground
3
Ground
4
Modem-in
(to modem)
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2.7.14 Wake-On-LAN Connector
The Wake-On-LAN connector is used to connect to a LAN card
that has the same connector. This function will allow the network to
remotely power-on a Soft Power Down (Soft-Off) PC. However, if
your system is in the Suspend mode, you can power-on the system
only through an IRQ or DMA interrupt.
To use the Wake-On-LAN function, you must enable “Resume on
LAN/Ring” (“Wake Up Events” field) in the Power Management
Setup of the BIOS. Your LAN card package should include a cable.
Connect one end of the cable to the wakeup header on the card
and the other end to location J10 on the system board. The
network will detect Magic Packet and assert a wakeup signal to
power-up the system. Refer to the add-in card’s manual for details.
Note: Your LAN card must support the remote wake up function.
Pin
Function
1
+5VSB
2
Ground
3
WOL
Important:
The 5VSB power source of your power supply must support a
minimum of ≥720mA.
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2.7.15 Wake-On-Ring Connector
The Wake-On-Ring connector is used to connect to an internal
modem card that has the same connector. It will allow the system
that is in the Suspend mode or Soft Power Off mode to wake-up/
power-on to respond to calls coming through the internal modem
card.
To use this function, connect one end of the cable (that came with
the card) to the card’s wake-on-ring connector and the other end to
location J12 on the system board. You must also enable “Resume on
LAN/Ring” (“Wake Up Events” field) in the Power Management
Setup of the BIOS.
If you are using an external modem, the ring-on function will come
through the serial port where the external modem is connected.
Pin
Function
1
Ground
2
RI#
Important:
If you are using a modem add-in card, the 5VSB power source
of your power supply must support a minimum of ≥720mA.
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2.7.16 AGP 4x LED and DIMM/PCI Standby Power LED
AGP 4x LED
This LED will light only when the
AGP slot is installed with a 4x AGP
add-in card.
DIMM Standby Power LED
This LED will turn red when the
system’s power is on or when it is
in the Suspend state (Power On
Suspend or Suspend to RAM). It
will not light when the system is in
the Soft-Off state.
PCI Standby Power LED
This LED will turn red when the system is in the power-on, Soft-Off
or Suspend (Power On Suspend or Suspend to RAM) state.
3.3VSB Standby for PCI (Jumper JP1)
The default setting of jumper JP1 is On. It provides 3.3VSB
Standby power to the PCI slots. If you are using a PCI modem
card that does not comply to the PCI 2.2 specification, please
set this jumper to Off. The PCI Standby Power LED’s light will
subsequently turn off.
1
2
On
1
2
Off
Important:
Lighted LEDs serve as a reminder that you must power-off the
system then turn off the power supply’s switch or unplug the
power cord prior to installing any DIM modules or add-in cards.
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2.7.17 Power Connector
The pin assignment of the ATX power connector is shown below.
Pin
Function
Pin
Function
1
3.3V
11
3.3V
2
3.3V
12
-12V
3
Ground
13
Ground
4
+5V
14
PS-ON
5
Ground
15
Ground
6
+5V
16
Ground
7
Ground
17
Ground
8
PW-OK
18
-5V
9
5VSB
19
+5V
10
+12V
20
+5V
Important:
The system board requires a minimum of 300W electric
current.
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2.7.18 Front Panel LEDs and Switches
HD-LED: Primary/Secondary IDE LED
This LED will light when the hard drive is being accessed.
G-LED: Green LED
This LED will not light when the system’s power is on or when the
system is in the S3 (STR - Suspend To RAM) state. It will blink ever y
second when the system is in the S1 (POS - Power On Suspend)
state.
ATX-SW: ATX Power Switch
Depending on the setting in the BIOS setup, this switch is a “dual
function power button” that will allow your system to enter the SoftOff or Suspend mode. Refer to “Soft-Off By PWRBTN” in the Power
Management Setup (chapter 3).
G-SW: Green Switch
This switch will allow your system to enter the Suspend mode.
RESET: Reset Switch
This switch allows you to reboot without having to power off the
system thus prolonging the life of the power supply or system.
SPEAKER: Speaker Connector
This connects to the speaker installed in the system chassis.
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PWR-LED: Power/Standby LED
When the system’s power is on, this LED will light. When the system
is in the S1 (POS - Power On Suspend) state, it will blink every
second. When the system is in the S3 (STR - Suspend To RAM)
state, it will blink ever y 4 seconds.
Note:
If a system did not boot-up and the Power/Standby LED did
not light after it was powered-on, it may indicate that the CPU
or memory module was not installed properly. Please make
sure they are properly inserted into their corresponding socket.
Pin
1
2
Pin Assignment
HDD LED Power
HDD
G-LED
(Green LED)
3
4
5
N. C.
Green LED Power
Ground
ATX-SW
(ATX power switch)
6
7
8
N. C.
PWRBT
Ground
G-SW
(Green switch)
9
10
11
N. C.
SMI
Ground
RESET
(Reset switch)
12
13
14
N. C.
H/W Reset
Ground
SPEAKER
(Speaker connector)
15
16
17
18
19
N. C.
Speaker Data
N. C.
Ground
Speaker Power
PWR-LED
(Power/Standby LED)
20
21
22
23
N. C.
LED Power (+)
N. C.
LED Power (-) or Standby Signal
HD-LED
(Primary/Secondary IDE LED)
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Chapter 3 - Award BIOS Setup Utility
3.1 The Basic Input/Output System
The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) is a program that takes care
of the basic level of communication between the processor and
peripherals. In addition, the BIOS also contains codes for various
advanced features found in this system board. This chapter explains
the Setup Utility for the Award BIOS.
After you power up the system, the BIOS message appears on the
screen and the memory count begins. After the memor y test, the
following message will appear on the screen:
Press DEL to enter setup
If the message disappears before you respond, restart the system or
press the “Reset” button. You may also restar t the system by
pressing the <Ctrl> <Alt> and <Del> keys simultaneously.
When you press <Del>, the main menu screen will appear.
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Standard CMOS Features
Frequency/Voltage Control
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Advanced Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Power Management Setup
Set User Password
PnP/PCI Configurations
Save & Exit Setup
PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
Esc
F10
↑↓→←
: Quit
: Save & Exit Setup
: Select Item
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
3.1.1 Standard CMOS Features
Use the arrow keys to highlight “Standard CMOS Features” and
press <Enter>. A screen similar to the one on the next page will
appear.
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Standard CMOS Features
u
u
u
u
Date (mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)
Wed, Jun 21 2000
4 : 35 : 5
IDE
IDE
IDE
IDE
Press
Press
Press
Press
Primary Master
Primary Slave
Secondary Master
Secondary Slave
Enter
Enter
Enter
Enter
None
None
None
None
Drive A
Drive B
1.44M, 3.5 in.
None
Video
Halt On
EGA/VGA
All, But Keyboard
Base Memory
Extended Memory
Total Memory
↑↓→← :Move Enter:Select
F5:Previous Values
Item Help
Menu Level
Change the day, month,
year and century
640K
129024K
130048K
+/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
F7:Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be
identical to this one.
Date
The date format is <day>, <month>, <date>, <year>. Day displays
a day, from Sunday to Saturday. Month displays the month, from
January to December. Date displays the date, from 1 to 31. Year
displays the year, from 1994 to 2079.
Time
The time format is <hour>, <minute>, <second>. The time is based
on the 24-hour military-time clock. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:00:00.
Hour displays hours from 00 to 23. Minute displays minutes from
00 to 59. Second displays seconds from 00 to 59.
IDE Primary Master, IDE Primary Slave, IDE Secondary Master and
IDE Secondary Slave
Move the cursor to the “IDE Primar y Master”, “IDE Primary Slave”,
“IDE Secondary Master” or “IDE Secondary Slave” field, then press
<Enter>.
IDE HDD Auto Detection
Detects the parameters of the drive. The parameter s will
automatically be shown on the screen.
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IDE Primary/Secondary Master/Slave
If you wish to define your own drive type manually, select
“Manual”. The drive type information should be included in the
documentation from your hard disk vendor. If you select ”Auto”,
the BIOS will auto-detect the HDD & CD-ROM drive at the
POST stage and show the IDE for the HDD & CD-ROM drive.
If a hard disk has not been installed, select “None”.
Capacity
Displays the approximate capacity of the disk drive. Usually the
size is slightly greater than the size of a formatted disk given by
a disk checking program.
Access Mode
For hard drives larger than 528MB, you would typically select the
LBA type. Certain operating systems require that you select
Normal or Large. Please check your operating system’s manual or
Help desk on which one to select.
Drive A and Drive B
These fields identify the types of floppy disk drives installed.
None
360K, 5.25 in.
1.2M, 5.25 in.
720K, 3.5 in.
1.44M, 3.5 in.
2.88M, 3.5 in.
No floppy drive is installed
5-1/4 in. standard drive; 360KB capacity
5-1/4 in. AT-type high-density drive; 1.2MB capacity
3-1/2 in. double-sided drive; 720KB capacity
3-1/2 in. double-sided drive; 1.44MB capacity
3-1/2 in. double-sided drive; 2.88MB capacity
Video
This field selects the type of video adapter used for the primar y
system monitor. Although secondary monitors are supported, you do
not have to select the type. The default setting is EGA/VGA.
EGA/VGA Enhanced Graphics Adapter/Video Graphics Array. For
EGA, VGA, SVGA and PGA monitor adapters.
CGA 40 Color Graphics Adapter. Power up in 40-column
mode.
CGA 80 Color Graphics Adapter. Power up in 80-column
mode.
Mono
Monochrome adapter. Includes high resolution
monochrome adapters.
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Halt On
This field determines whether the system will stop if an error is
detected during power up. The default setting is All Errors.
No Errors The system boot will not stop for any errors detected.
All Errors The system boot will stop whenever the BIOS detects
a non-fatal error.
All, But Keyboard The system boot will not stop for a keyboard
error; it will stop for all other errors.
All, But Diskette The system boot will not stop for a disk error ;
it will stop for all other errors.
All, But Disk/Key The system boot will not stop for a disk or
keyboard error; it will stop for all other errors.
Base Memory
Displays the amount of base (or conventional) memory installed in
the system. The value of the base memory is typically 512K for
systems with 512K memory installed on the motherboard or 640K
for systems with 640K or more memor y installed on the
motherboard.
Extended Memory
Displays the amount of extended memory detected during boot-up.
Total Memory
Displays the total memor y available in the system.
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3.1.2 Advanced BIOS Features
The Advanced BIOS Features allows you to configure your system
for basic operation. Some entries are defaults required by the system
board, while others, if enabled, will improve the performance of your
system or let you set some features according to your preference.
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Advanced BIOS Features
Virus Warning
CPU L1 Cache
CPU L2 Cache
CPU L2 Cache ECC Checking
Quick Power On Self Test
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Other Device
Swap Floppy Drive
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Boot Up NumLock Status
Typematic Rate Setting
X Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
X Typematic Delay (Msec)
Security Option
OS Select For DRAM > 64MB
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability
↑↓→← Move Enter:Select
F5:Previous Values
Disabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Floppy
HDD-0
LS120
Enabled
Disabled
Disabled
Off
Disabled
6
250
Setup
Non-OS2
Disabled
Item Help
Menu Level
Allows you to choose
the VIRUS warning
feature for IDE Hard
Disk boot sector
protection. If this
function is enabled and
someone attempt to
write data into this
area, BIOS will show a
warning message on
screen and alarm beep
+/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
F7:Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be
identical to this one.
Virus Warning
This field protects the boot sector and partition table of your hard
disk drive. When this field is enabled, the Award BIOS will monitor
the boot sector and partition table of the hard disk drive. If an
attempt is made to write to the boot sector or partition table of
the hard disk drive, the BIOS will halt the system and an error
message will appear.
After seeing the error message, if necessary, you will be able to run
an anti-virus program to locate and remove the problem before any
damage is done.
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Many disk diagnostic programs which attempt to access the boot
sector table will cause the warning message to appear. If you are
running such a program, we recommend that you first disable this
field. Also, disable this field if you are installing or running cer tain
operating systems like Windows® 95/98/2000 or the operating
system may not install nor work.
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CPU L1 Cache and CPU L2 Cache
These fields speed up the memory access. The default value is
enabled. Enable the external cache for better performance.
CPU L2 Cache ECC Checking
The processors suppor ted by the system board come with built-in
Level 2 cache. By default, ECC is enabled to check the Level 2 cache.
If you are not using this function, set this field to Disabled.
Quick Power On Self Test
This field speeds up Power On Self Test (POST) after you power on
the system. When Enabled, the BIOS will shor ten or skip some check
items during POST.
First Boot Device, Second Boot Device, Third Boot Device and
Boot Other Device
Select the drive to boot first, second and third in the “First Boot
Device” “Second Boot Device” and “Third Boot Device” fields
respectively. The BIOS will boot the operating system according to
the sequence of the drive selected. Set “Boot Other Device” to
Enabled if you wish to boot from another device.
Swap Floppy Drive
When this field is enabled and the system is booting from the floppy
drive, the system will boot from drive B instead of drive A. When
this option is disabled and the system is booting from the floppy
drive, the system will boot from drive A. You must have two floppy
drives to use this function.
Boot Up Floppy Seek
When enabled, the BIOS will check whether the floppy disk drive
installed is 40 or 80 tracks. Note that the BIOS cannot distinguish
between 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88M drive types as they are all 80
tracks. When disabled, the BIOS will not search for the type of floppy
disk drive by track number. Note that there will not be any warning
message if the drive installed is 360KB.
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Boot Up NumLock Status
This allows you to determine the default state of the numeric
keypad. By default, the system boots up with NumLock on wherein
the function of the numeric keypad is the number keys. When set to
Off, the function of the numeric keypad is the arrow keys.
Typematic Rate Setting
Disabled Continually holding down a key on your keyboard will
cause the BIOS to repor t that the key is down.
Enabled The BIOS will not only repor t that the key is down,
but will first wait for a moment, and, if the key is still
down, it will begin to report that the key has been
depressed repeatedly. For example, you would use such
a feature to accelerate cursor movements with the
arrow keys. You can then select the typematic rate and
typematic delay in the “Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)”
and “Typematic Delay (Msec)” fields below.
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
This field allows you to select the rate at which the keys are
accelerated.
Typematic Delay (Msec)
This field allows you to select the delay between when the key was
first depressed and when the acceleration begins.
Security Option
This field determines when the system will prompt for the password
- ever ytime the system boots or only when you enter the BIOS
setup. Set the password in the Set Supervisor/User Password
submenu.
System The system will not boot and access to Setup will be
denied unless the correct password is entered at the
prompt.
Setup The system will boot, but access to Setup will be denied
unless the correct password is entered at the prompt.
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OS Select for DRAM > 64MB
This field allows you to access the memory that is over 64MB in
OS/2. The options are: Non-OS2 and OS2.
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability
The system board supports SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and
Reporting Technology) hard drives. SMART is a reliability prediction
technology for ATA/IDE and SCSI drives. The drive will provide
sufficient notice to the system or user to backup data prior to the
drive’s failure. The default is Disabled. If you are using hard drives
that suppor t S.M.A.R.T., set this field to Enabled. SMART is
supported in ATA/33 or later hard drives.
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3.1.3 Advanced Chipset Features
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Advanced Chipset Features
DRAM Timing By SPD
SDRAM Cycle Length
DRAM Clock
System BIOS Cacheable
Video RAM Cacheable
AGP Aperture Size
AGP-4X Mode
AGP Driving Control
X AGP Driving Value
OnChip USB
USB Keyboard Support
OnChip Sound
OnChip Modem
Memory Parity/ECC Check
Disabled
3
100MHz
Disabled
Disabled
64M
Enabled
Auto
DA
Enabled
Disabled
Auto
Auto
Disabled
↑↓→← Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save
F5:Previous Values
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be
identical to this one.
This section gives you functions to configure the system based on
the specific features of the chipset. The chipset manages bus speeds
and access to system memory resources. These items should not
be altered unless necessary. The default settings have been chosen
because they provide the best operating conditions for your system.
The only time you might consider making any changes would be if
you discovered some incompatibility or that data was being lost
while using your system.
DRAM Timing By SPD
Enabled
Disabled
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The EEPROM on a PC SDRAM DIMM that has SPD
(Serial Presence Detect) data structure stores information
about the module such as the memor y type, memor y
size, memory speed, etc. When this field is enabled, the
system will run according to the information in the
EEPROM.
It allows you to configure the 2 fields that follow
(SDRAM Cycle Length and DRAM Clock). The system
will run according to the settings in these fields.
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SDRAM Cycle Length
This field is used to set the clock cycle for the CAS latency.
DRAM Clock
This field allows you to set the DRAM clock to 100MHz or
133MHz.
System BIOS Cacheable
When this field is enabled, accesses to the system BIOS ROM
addressed at F0000H-FFFFFH are cached, provided that the cache
controller is enabled. The larger the range of the Cache RAM, the
higher the efficiency of the system.
Video RAM Cacheable
When enabled, it allows the video RAM to be cacheable thus providing
better video performance. If your graphics card does not support this
function, leave this field in its default setting - Disabled.
AGP Aperture Size
This field is relevant to the memor y-mapped graphics data of the
AGP card installed in your system. Leave this in its default setting, which
is 64M.
AGP-4X Mode
This field is used to enable the AGP 4x interface which transfers video
data at 1066MB/sec. bandwidth thus delivering faster and better
graphics to your PC. Make sure your graphics card suppor ts the AGP
4x mode.
AGP Driving Control
Set this field to Manual only if there are compatibility problems with
some AGP cards. When set to Manual, you must select a value in the
“AGP Driving Value” field.
AGP Driving Value
This field is used to select a value for the AGP Driving control. We
recommend that you leave this field in its default setting.
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OnChip USB
This field is used to enable or disable the onboard USB controller
supported by the chipset. If you are using a USB peripheral, make sure
to set this field to Enabled.
USB Keyboard Support
By default, USB Keyboard Support is Disabled. However, if you are
using a USB keyboard under DOS, make sure to enable this
function.
OnChip Sound
By default, this field is set to Auto - the onboard sound controller
enabled. If you are using an audio add-in card, set this field to Disabled.
OnChip Modem
By default, this field is set to Auto - the onboard modem controller
enabled. If you are using a modem add-in card, set this field to
Disabled.
Memory Parity/ECC Check
If you are using x72 (72-bit) PC SDRAM DIMMs, which are DIMMs
that support the ECC (Error Checking and Correction) function, set
this field to Enabled.
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Integrated Peripherals
On-Chip Primary IDE
Enabled
On-Chip Secondary IDE
Enabled
IDE Prefetch Mode
Enabled
IDE Primary Master PIO
Auto
IDE Primary Slave PIO
Auto
IDE Secondary Master PIO
Auto
IDE Secondary Slave PIO
Auto
IDE Primary Master UDMA
Auto
IDE Primary Slave UDMA
Auto
IDE Secondary Master UDMA Auto
IDE Secondary Slave UDMA
Auto
Init Display First
PCI Slot
IDE HDD Block Mode
Enabled
Onboard FDD Controller
Enabled
Onboard Serial Port 1
3F8/IRQ4
Onboard Serial Port 2
2F8/IRQ3
UART2 Mode Select
Standard
Half
X IR Function Duplex
No, Yes
X TX,RX Inverting Enable
Onboard Parallel Port
378/IRQ7
Parallel Port Mode
ECP/EPP
ECP
Mode
Use
DMA
3
↑↓→← Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F10:Save
EPP Mode Select
F5:Previous Values EPP1.7
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
Onboard Legacy Audio
Enabled
Sound Blaster
Disabled
SB I/O Base Address
220H
SB IRQ Select
IRQ 5
SB DMA Select
DMA 1
MPU-401
Disabled
MPU-401 I/O Address
330-333H
Enabled
Game Port (200-207H)
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
The screen above list all the fields available in the Integr ated Peripherals
submenu, for ease of reference in this manual. In the actual CMOS setup,
you have to use the scroll bar to view the fields. The settings on the screen
are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to this one.
On-Chip Primary IDE and On-Chip Secondary IDE
These fields allow you to enable or disable the primary and
secondary IDE controller. The default is Enabled. Select Disabled if
you want to add a different hard drive controller.
IDE Prefetch Mode
This allows data and addresses to be stored in the internal buffer of
the chip, thus reducing access time. Enable this field to achieve better
performance.
IDE Primary Master/Slave PIO and IDE Secondary Master/Slave
PIO
PIO means Programmed Input/Output. Rather than have the BIOS
issue a series of commands to effect a transfer to or from the disk
drive, PIO allows the BIOS to tell the controller what it wants and
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then let the controller and the CPU perform the complete task by
themselves. Your system suppor ts five modes, 0 (default) to 4, which
primarily differ in timing. When Auto is selected, the BIOS will select
the best available mode after checking your drive.
Auto The BIOS will automatically set the system according to
your hard disk drive’s timing.
Mode 0-4 You can select a mode that matches your hard disk
drive’s timing. Caution: Do not use the wrong setting
or you will have drive errors.
IDE Primary Master/Slave UDMA and IDE Secondary Master/
Slave UDMA
These fields allow you to set the Ultra DMA in use. When Auto is
selected, the BIOS will select the best available option after checking
your hard drive or CD-ROM.
Auto
The BIOS will automatically detect the settings for you.
Disabled The BIOS will not detect these categories.
Init Display First
This field is used to select whether to initialize AGP or PCI first
when the system boots.
AGP
PCI Slot
When the system boots, it will first initialize AGP.
When the system boots, it will first initialize PCI.
IDE HDD Block Mode
Enabled
The IDE HDD uses the block mode. The system BIOS
will check the hard disk drive for the maximum block
size the system can transfer. The block size will depend
on the type of hard disk drive.
Disabled The IDE HDD uses the standard mode.
Onboard FDD Controller
Enabled Enables the onboard floppy disk controller.
Disabled Disables the onboard floppy disk controller.
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Onboard Serial Port 1 and Onboard Serial Port 2
Auto
The system will automatically select an I/O address for
the onboard serial por t 1 and serial por t 2.
3F8/IRQ4, 2F8/IRQ3, 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3 Allows
you
to
manually select an I/O address for the onboard serial
port 1 and serial port 2.
Disabled Disables the onboard serial por t 1 and/or serial port 2.
UART2 Mode Select
The system board supports IrDA function for wireless connectivity
between your computer and peripheral devices. You may not use
IrDA (J22) and the COM 2 (J5) serial port at the same time. If you
are using the COM 2 serial por t, make sure this field is set to
Normal.
To use the IrDA function, follow the steps below.
1. Connect your IrDA cable to connector J22 on the system
board.
2. Set the “UART2 Mode Select” field to the type of IrDA
standard supported by your IrDA peripheral/device (HPSIR or
ASKIR). For better transmission of data, your IrDA peripheral
device must be within a 30o angle and within a distance of 1
meter.
3. Set the “IR Function Duplex” and “TX,RX Inver ting Enable” fields
appropriately.
IR Function Duplex
Half
Full
Data is completely transmitted before receiving data.
Transmits and receives data simultaneously.
TX,RX Inverting Enable
The options are No, Yes; Yes, No; Yes, Yes; No, No.
Onboard Parallel Port
378/IRQ7, 3BC/IRQ7, 278/IRQ5 Selects the I/O address and
IRQ for the onboard parallel port.
Disabled Disables the onboard parallel port.
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Parallel Port Mode
The options are Normal, EPP, ECP and ECP/EPP. These apply to a
standard specification and will depend on the type and speed of
your device. Refer to your peripheral’s manual for the best option.
Normal
Allows normal speed operation but in one direction only.
“ECP (Extended Capabilities Port)”
Allows parallel por t to operate in bidirectional mode and at a
speed faster than the normal mode’s data transfer rate.
“EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port)”
Allows bidirectional parallel por t operation at maximum speed.
ECP Mode Use DMA
This is used to select a DMA channel for the parallel por t. The
options are 1 and 3. Default setting: 3.
EPP Mode Select
The options are EPP1.9 and EPP1.7. Default setting: EPP1.7.
Onboard Legacy Audio (AK74-SC only)
This field will appear only when you are using the AK74-SC system
board. By default, this field is enabled allowing you to use the audio
features in DOS mode. The following fields are selectable only when
this field is set to Enabled.
Sound Blaster
This field is used to enable or disable the sound blaster.
SB I/O Base Address
This field is used to select the sound blaster’s I/O base address.
The options are 220H, 240H, 260H and 280H.
SB IRQ Select
This field is used to select the sound blaster’s IRQ. The options
are IRQ 5, IRQ 7, IRQ 9 and IRQ 10.
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SB DMA Select
This field is used to select the sound blaster’s DMA. The options
are DMA 0, DMA 1, DMA 2 and DMA 3.
MPU-401
This field is used to enable or disable MPU-401.
MPU-401 I/O Address
This field is used to select MPU-401’s I/O address. The options
are 330-333H, 300-303H, 310-313H and 320-323H.
Game Port (200-207H)
This field is used to enable or disable the onboard game port.
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3.1.5 Power Management Setup
The Power Management Setup allows you to configure your system
to most effectively save energy.
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Power Management Setup
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ACPI Function
Power Management
ACPI Suspend Type
PM Control by APM
Video Off Option
Video Off Method
MODEM Use IRQ
Soft-Off By PWRBTN
PWR Lost Resume State
Wake Up Events
Enabled
Press Enter
S1(POS)
Yes
Suspend -> Off
V/H SYNC+Blank
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Instant-off
Keep Off
Press Enter
↑↓→← Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save
F5:Previous Values
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be
identical to this one.
ACPI Function
This function should be enabled only in operating systems that
support ACPI. Currently, only Windows® 98/2000 suppor ts this
function. When enabled, the system will ignore the settings in “Power
Management”. If you want to use the Suspend to RAM function,
make sure this field is enabled then select “S3(STR)” in the “ACPI
Suspend Type” field.
Power Management
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The “Power
Management”, “HDD Power Down”, “Doze Mode” and “Suspend
Mode” fields will appear.
Power Management
This field allows you to select the type (or degree) of power
saving by changing the length of idle time that elapses before the
“Doze Mode” and “Suspend Mode” fields are activated.
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Min Saving
Minimum power saving time for Doze and
Suspend mode = 1 hr.
Max Saving Maximum power saving time for Doze and
Suspend mode = 1 min.
User Define Allows you to set the power saving time in
the “Doze Mode” and “Suspend Mode”
fields.
HDD Power Down
After the set time of system inactivity, the hard disk drive will be
powered down while all other devices remain active.
Doze Mode
This is selectable only when the Power Management field is set
to User Define. When the system enters the Doze mode
according to the power saving time selected, the CPU clock will
run at a slower speed (1/2 of full speed) while all other devices
still operate at full speed.
Suspend Mode
This is selectable only when the Power Management field is set
to User Define. When the system enters the Suspend mode
according to the power saving time selected, the CPU and
onboard peripherals will be shut off.
ACPI Suspend Type
This field is used to select the type of Suspend mode.
S1(POS)
S3(STR)
Enables the Power On Suspend function.
Enables the Suspend to RAM function. Refer to
“Using the Suspend to RAM Function” in
appendix A for more information.
PM Control by APM
Yes
No
An Advanced Power Management device will be activated to
enhance the Max. Power Saving mode and stop the CPU’s internal clock. Use this option in Windows ® 95/98/2000.
(default)
The system BIOS will ignore APM when initiating the Power
Management mode.
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Video Off Option
Always On
Suspend -> Off
The system BIOS will never turn off the screen.
The screen is off when the system is in the
Suspend mode.
All Modes -> Off The screen is off when the system is in the
Doze, Standby or Suspend mode.
Video Off Method
This determines the manner in which the monitor is blanked.
V/H SYNC + Blank This will cause the system to turn off the
ver tical and horizontal synchronization por ts
and write blanks to the video buffer.
Blank Screen This only writes blanks to the video buffer.
DPMS Support Initializes display power management signaling.
Select this if your video board suppor ts it.
MODEM Use IRQ
This field is used to set an IRQ channel (IRQ 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 or 11)
for the modem installed in your system.
Soft-Off by PWRBTN
This field allows you to select the method of powering off your
system.
Delay 4 Sec Regardless of whether the Power Management field
is enabled or disabled, if the power button is
pushed and released in less than 4 sec, the system
enters the Suspend mode. The purpose of this
function is to prevent the system from powering off
in case you accidentally “hit” or pushed the power
button. Push and release again in less than 4 sec to
restore. Pushing the power button for more than 4
seconds will power off the system.
Instant-Off Pressing and then releasing the power button at
once will immediately power off your system.
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PWR Lost Resume State
Keep Off
When power returns after an AC power failure, the
system’s power is off. You must press the Power
button to power-on the system.
Turn On When power returns after an AC power failure, the
system will automatically power-on.
Last State When power returns after an AC power failure, the
system will return to the state where you left off
before power failure occurs. If the system’s power is
off when AC power failure occurs, it will remain off
when power returns. If the system’s power is on
when AC power failure occurs, the system will poweron when power returns.
Wake Up Events
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The following fields
will appear.
USB Resume from S3
This field, when enabled, allows you to use a USB device to
wake up a system that is in the S3 (STR - Suspend To RAM)
state.
VGA
When set to On, the system will respond and wake up to any
VGA activity.
LPT & COM
Select the port you would like the system to respond and wake
up when an event occurs on that port.
HDD & FDD
When set to On, the system will respond and wake up to any
hard drive or floppy drive activity.
PCI Master
When set to On, the system will respond and wake up to any
PCI or bus master activity.
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Resume On LAN/Ring
This field supports two functions.
• When enabled, the system will power-on to respond to calls
coming through an external or internal modem. Refer to “WakeOn-Ring Connector” in chapter 2 for more information.
• When enabled, the LAN card in the system will allow the
network to power-on a Soft Power Down (Soft-Off) PC.
However, if your system is in the Suspend mode, you can wake
up the system only through an IRQ or DMA interrupt. Your
LAN card must suppor t the remote wake up function. Refer
to “Wake-On-LAN Connector” in chapter 2 for more
information.
Resume By Alarm
Enabled When Enabled, you can set the date and time you
would like the Soft Power Down (Soft-Off) PC to
power-on in the “Date (of Month)” and “Resume
Time (hh:mm:ss)” fields. However, if the system is
being accessed by incoming calls or the network
prior to the date and time set in these fields, the
system will give priority to the incoming calls or
network.
Disabled Disables the automatic power-on function. (default)
Date (of Month)
0
The system will power-on everyday according to the
time set in the “Resume Time (hh:mm:ss)” field.
1-31 Select a date you would like the system to power-on.
The system will power-on on the set date, and time
set in the “Resume Time (hh:mm:ss)” field.
Resume Time (hh:mm:ss)
This is used to set the time you would like the system to poweron. If you want the system to power-on ever yday as set in the
“Date (of Month)” field, the time set in this field must be later
than the time of the RTC set in the Standard CMOS Features
submenu.
Primary INTR
When set to On, the system will respond and wake up to an
IRQ activity that has been detected.
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IRQs Activity Monitoring
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The “IRQ3” to
“IRQ15” fields will appear. When enabled, access to the specified
IRQ will cause the system to wake up completely from the
power management mode. When disabled, the system will not
wake up from the power management mode despite access to
the specified IRQ.
3.1.6 PnP/PCI Configurations
This section describes configuring the PCI bus system. It covers
some very technical items and it is strongly recommended that only
experienced users should make any changes to the default settings.
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PnP/PCI Configurations
Reset Configuration Data
Resources Controlled By
X IRQ Resources
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
Assign IRQ For VGA
Assign IRQ For USB
Disabled
Auto(ESCD)
Press Enter
Disabled
Enabled
Enabled
↑↓→← Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save
F5:Previous Values
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
Default is Disabled.
Select Enabled to
reset Extended System
Configuration Data
(ESCD) when you exit
Setup if you have
installed a new add-on
and the system
reconfiguration has
caused such a serious
conflict that the OS
cannot boot.
ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be
identical to this one.
Reset Configuration Data
Enabled The BIOS will reset the Extended System Configuration
Data (ESCD) once automatically. It will then recreate a
new set of configuration data.
Disabled The BIOS will not reset the configuration data.
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Resources Controlled By
The Award Plug and Play BIOS has the capability to automatically
configure all of the boot and Plug and Play compatible devices.
Auto(ESCD) The system will automatically detect the settings for
you.
Manual
Choose the specific IRQ resources in the “IRQ
Resources” field.
IRQ Resources
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The “IRQ-3” to
“IRQ-15” fields will appear. Set each system interrupt to either PCI
Device or Reserved.
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
This field determines whether the MPEG ISA/VESA VGA cards can
wor k with PCI/VGA or not. The default value is Disabled.
Enabled MPEG ISA/VESA VGA cards wor k with PCI/VGA.
Disabled MPEG ISA/VESA VGA cards does not work with PCI/
VGA.
Assign IRQ for VGA
When Enabled, the system automatically assigns an IRQ for the VGA
card installed. Your VGA card will need an IRQ only when using the
video capture function of the card. If you are not using this function
and a new device requires an IRQ, you can set this field to Disabled.
The IRQ (previously occupied by the VGA card) will be available for
your new device.
Note:
When Disabled, a “Yellow” mark will appear in Windows  95’s
Device Manager.
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Assign IRQ for USB
When Enabled, the system automatically assigns an IRQ for the USB
device connected to your system. However, if you are not using USB
devices and an ISA slot requires an IRQ, set this field to Disabled. The
IRQ previously occupied by the USB device will be available for the
ISA slot.
Note:
When Disabled, a “Yellow” mark will appear in Windows  95’s
Device Manager.
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3.1.7 PC Health Status
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PC Health Status
Current System Temp.
Current CPU Temperature
Current CPU Fan Speed
Current Chassis Fan Speed
Vcore
3.3V
5V
12V
CPU Fan Protection
27C/80F
37C/98F
0 RPM
0 RPM
1.75 V
3.31 V
5.05 V
12.03 V
Disabled
↑↓→← Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save
F5:Previous Values
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be
identical to this one.
Current System Temp., Current CPU Temperature, Current CPU Fan
Speed and Current Chassis Fan Speed
These fields show the internal temperature of the system, current
temperature of the CPU, and the current fan speed of the CPU and
chassis fans in RPM (Revolutions Per Minute).
Vcore
This field shows the voltage of the processor.
3.3V, 5V and 12V
These fields show the output voltage of the power supply.
Note:
If you want a warning message to pop-up or a warning alarm
to sound when an abnormal condition occurs, you must install
the VIA Hardware Monitor utility. This utility is included in the
CD that came with the system board. Refer to “VIA Hardware
Monitor” in chapter 4 for more information.
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CPU Fan Protection
The CPU Fan Protection function, when enabled, has the capability of
monitoring the CPU fan during system boot-up and will automatically
power-off the system once it has detected that the CPU fan did not
rotate. Set this field to Disabled if you are not using this function. Refer
to “CPU Fan Connector with CPU Fan Protection Function” in chapter
2 for more information.
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3.1.8 Frequency/Voltage Control
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Frequency/Voltage Control
CPU Vcore Select
Clock By Slight Adjust
Default
100
↑↓→← Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save
F5:Previous Values
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be
identical to this one.
CPU Vcore Select
This field allows you to manually adjust to a higher core voltage that
is supplied to the CPU. If you wish to use the CPU’s default core
voltage, leave this field in its default setting, which is “Default”. The
CPU’s Vcore will be generated according to the CPU VID
configuration.
Important:
Although this function is supported, we do not recommend that
you use a higher voltage because unstable current may be
supplied to the system board causing damage.
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Clock By Slight Adjust
This field provides several options for selecting the external system
bus clock of the processor. The available options allow you to adjust
the processor’s bus clock by 1MHz stepping. The default setting is
“100”.
If you selected an option other than the default setting and is unable
to boot up the system, clear the CMOS data by setting JP8 to 2-3
On. All fields in the BIOS Setup will automatically be set to their
default settings.
Important:
Overclocking may result to the processor’s or system’s
instability and are not guaranteed to provide better system
performance.
3.1.9 Load Fail-Safe Defaults
The “Load Fail-Safe Defaults” option loads the troubleshooting
default values permanently stored in the ROM chips. These settings
are not optimal and turn off all high performance features. You
should use these values only if you have hardware problems.
Highlight this option in the main menu and press <Enter>. The
message below will appear.
Load Fail-Safe Defaults (Y/N)? N
If you want to proceed, type <Y> and press <Enter>. The default
settings will be loaded.
3.1.10 Load Optimized Defaults
The “Load Optimized Defaults” option loads optimized settings from
the BIOS ROM. Use the default values as standard values for your
system. Highlight this option in the main menu and press <Enter>.
The message below will appear.
Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? N
Type <Y> and press <Enter> to load the Setup default values.
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3.1.11 Set Supervisor Password
If you want to protect your system and setup from unauthorized
entry, set a supervisor’s password with the “System” option selected
in the Advanced BIOS Features. If you want to protect access to
setup only, but not your system, set a super visor’s password with the
“Setup” option selected in the Advanced BIOS Features. You will not
be prompted for a password when you cold boot the system.
Use the arrow keys to highlight “Set Super visor Password” and
press <Enter>. The message below will appear.
Enter Password:
Type in the password. You are limited to eight characters. When
done, the message below will appear :
Confirm Password:
You are asked to verify the password. Type in exactly the same
password. If you type in a wrong password, you will be prompted
to enter the correct password again. To delete or disable the
password function, highlight “Set Supervisor Password” and press
<Enter>, instead of typing in a new password. Press the <Esc> key
to return to the main menu.
3.1.12 Set User Password
If you want another user to have access only to your system but
not to setup, set a user’s password with the “System” option
selected in the Advanced BIOS Features. If you want a user to enter
a password when trying to access setup, set a user’s password with
the “Setup” option selected in the Advanced BIOS Features.
Using user’s password to enter Setup allows a user to access only
“Set User Password” that appears in the main menu screen. Access
to all other options is denied. To set, confirm, verify, disable or delete
a user’s password, follow the procedures described in the section
“Set Supervisor Password”.
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3.1.13 Save & Exit Setup
When all the changes have been made, highlight “Save & Exit Setup”
and press <Enter>. The message below will appear:
Save to CMOS and Exit (Y/N)? N
Type “Y” and press <Enter>. The modifications you have made will
be written into the CMOS memor y, and the system will reboot. You
will once again see the initial diagnostics on the screen. If you wish to
make additional changes to the setup, press <Ctrl> <Alt> <Esc>
simultaneously or <Del> after memory testing is done.
3.1.14 Exit Without Saving
When you do not want to save the changes you have made,
highlight “Exit Without Saving” and press <Enter>. The message
below will appear :
Quit Without Saving (Y/N)? N
Type “Y” and press <Enter>. The system will reboot and you will
once again see the initial diagnostics on the screen. If you wish to
make any changes to the setup, press <Ctrl> <Alt> <Esc>
simultaneously or <Del> after memory testing is done.
3.2 Updating the BIOS
To update the BIOS, you will need the new BIOS file and a flash
utility, AWDFLASH.EXE. You can download them from DFI’s web site
or contact technical support or your sales representative.
1. Save the BIOS along with the flash utility AWDFLASH.EXE to a
floppy disk.
2. Inser t the floppy disk into a floppy drive and power-on the
system. Press the <Alt> and <F2> keys simultaneously. The utility,
which works only in DOS mode, will update the new BIOS file
to the programmable flash EEPROM that is on the system
board. The new BIOS will permanently replace the original BIOS
content after flashing.
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Chapter 4 - Supported Softwares
4.1 Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
The system board comes with a DMI built into the BIOS. DMI, along
with the appropriately networked software, is designed to make
inventory, maintenance and troubleshooting of computer systems easier.
With DMI, a network administrator or MIS engineer can remotely
access some information about a par ticular computer system without
physically going to it. Quite often a service call may be unnecessary as
the problem can be solved remotely.
The DMI utility in the BIOS automatically records various information
about your system configuration. Information about the type and speed
of CPU, type and amount of memor y for each memory slot, BIOS
revision level, types of add-in PCI boards and components, cer tain
revision numbers of hardware installed, etc. are automatically detected
and stored in the DMI pool, which is a par t of the system board's
Plug and Play BIOS. Additional information, such as ISA based
peripherals, which may not be automatically detected, can be manually
recorded in the DMI pool by using the Add DMI menu. The DMI pool
data is then verified or updated whenever the system hardware or
setup is altered.
4.1.1 Running the DMI Utility
To run the DMI utility, type: DMICFG.EXE. You can download this utility
from ftp.dfiusa.com - /utilities/DMI directory.
The DMI utility must run in real mode with at least 180K of base
memory. Memor y managers like HIMEM.SYS (required by Windows)
must not be installed. You may do this by using one of the 3 methods
listed below.
1. Boot up from a system diskette without the AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS files,
2. “REM” HIMEM.SYS in the CONFIG.SYS, or
3. Press <F5> during bootup to bypass your AUTOEXEC.BAT and
CONFIG.SYS files.
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4.1.2 Using the DMI Utility
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[Edit DMI] [Add DMI] [Load DMI File] [Save DMI File]
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n
BIOS
System
Enclosure/Chassis
Processor
Memory Controller
Memory Module
Memory Module
Memory Module
Memory Module
Cache
Cache
Port Connector
Port Connector
Port Connector
Port Connector
Port Connector
Port Connector
Port Connector
System Slots
s
↑ ↓ ← Move cursor
→
*** BIOS Auto Detect ***
Type : BIOS Information
Handle : 0000
Vendor Name :
BIOS Version :
BIOS Starting Address Segment : E000
BIOS Build Date :
BIOS Characteristics :
Size of BIOS ROM : 0256K
ENTER-Accept
DEL-Delete
ESC-Abort&Exit
The four menus located on top of the DMI Configuration Utility screen
are Edit DMI, Add DMI, Load DMI File and Save DMI File. Use the
← or → (left or right) arrow keys to select a menu from the Menu
bar.
On the left side of the screen is a list of the system configuration items.
Use the ↑ or ↓ (up or down) arrow keys to select an item.
The commands at the bottom of the screen will allow you to navigate
through the various setup menus.
Edit DMI
1. Use the ← or → arrow keys to select the Edit DMI menu.
2. Highlight the item on the left screen that you would like to edit
by using the ↑ or ↓ arrow keys, then press <Enter>.
3. The cursor will move to the screen you select allowing you to edit
infor mation. The screen will also display the auto-detected
information.
4. Press <F10> to update the edited information into the flash ROM.
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Add DMI
1. Use the ← or → arrow keys to select the Add DMI menu.
2. Highlight the item on the left screen that you would like to add
by using the ↑ or ↓ arrow keys, then press <Enter>.
3. The cursor will move to the screen you select allowing you to enter
information about the added item.
4. Press <F10> to save information into the flash ROM.
To view information about the added items, go to the Edit DMI menu.
Load DMI File
1. Use the ← or → arrow keys to select the Load DMI File menu.
2. The following message will appear.
Press [Enter] to select DMI file for load
Press <Enter>.
3. The DMI files will appear on the screen. Select the file you would
like to load and press <Enter>.
4. The following message will appear.
Do you want to execute? (Y/N)
Type <Y>. All previous DMI structures will be destroyed and the
new file will be saved into the flash ROM.
Save DMI File
1. Use the ← or → arrow keys to select the Save DMI File menu.
2. The following message will appear.
Press [Enter] to select DMI file for save
Press <Enter>.
3. Enter the directory and filename under which you would like the
DMI file saved.
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4.2 VIA Hardware Monitor
The system board comes with the VIA Hardware Monitor utility
contained in the provided CD. It is capable of monitoring the
system’s hardware conditions such as the temperature of the CPU
and system, voltage, and speed of the CPU and chassis fans. It also
allows you to manually set a range to the items being monitored. If
the values are over or under the set range, a warning message will
pop-up. The utility can also be configured so that a beeping alarm
will sound whenever an error occur s. We recommend that you use
the “Default Setting” which is the ideal setting that would keep the
system in good working condition.
Note:
Use this utility only in Windows ® 95, Windows® 98, Windows®
98 SE, Windows ® 2000 or Windows NT ® 4.0 operating
system.
To install the utility, insert the CD into a CD-ROM drive. The autorun
screen (Main Board Utility CD) will appear. Click the “VIA Hardware
Monitor” button to install the utility. Refer to its “readme” file for
instructions on using the utility.
4.3 VIA® Service Pack
The CD in the system board package also comes with the VIA®
Service Pack. The service pack includes the following drivers.
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Bus Master PCI IDE Driver
AGP VxD Driver
VIA Chipset Functions’ Registry
VIA PCI IRQ Miniport Driver
To install the drivers, inser t the CD into a CD-ROM drive. The
autorun screen (Main Board Utility CD) will appear. Click the “VIA
Service Pack” button. For installation instructions or information, click
the “Read Me” button in the autorun screen.
4.3.1 VIA® Service Pack Installation Notes
The “AGP VxD Driver” and “VIA Chipset Functions’ Registry” drivers
in the “VIA Ser vice Pack” are suppor ted in Windows ® 95,
Windows® 98 and Windows® 98 second edition.
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You must first install VIA® Service Pack prior to installing any other
drivers. However, this may not be the case for some AGP cards.
Please read carefully the following information.
Important:
The VGA driver that came with some AGP cards is already
bundled with the AGP VxD driver. Since the version of the
bundled VxD driver may be older than the one provided in the
CD, installing the bundled VxD driver may cause problems. If
you are using this type of card, we recommend that you install
first the AGP card’s VGA driver before installing the VIA Service
Pack.
To install the VIA Service pack, please follow the steps below.
1. Inser t the CD that came with the system board package into a
CD-ROM drive. The autorun screen (Main Board Utility CD) will
appear.
2. Click “VIA Service Pack”.
3. The “Welcome” screen will appear. Click “Next”. Please read the
“VIA Service Pack readme” carefully before proceeding to step 4.
4. Follow the prompts on the screen to complete the installation.
5. Reboot the system for the drivers to take effect.
4.4 Audio Drivers and Software Application
The CD in the system board package also includes audio drivers
and audio playback software for Windows 95, Windows 98,
Windows 98 SE, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 operating
systems. For installation instructions or information about their
corresponding “readme”, click the “Read Me” button in the autorun
screen. The autorun screen normally appears after the CD is inserted
into a CD-ROM drive.
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4.5 Drivers and Utilities Installation Notes
1. "Autorun" ONLY supports the Windows  95, Windows  98,
Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0
operating systems. If after inserting the CD, "Autorun" did not
automatically star t (which is, the Main Board Utility CD screen
did not appear), please go directly to the root directory of the
CD and double-click "Autorun".
2. Please go to DFI's web site at "http://www.dfi.com/suppor t/
download1.asp" for the latest version of the drivers or software
applications.
3. All steps or procedures to install software drivers are subject to
change without notice as the softwares are occassionally updated.
Please refer to the readme files, if available, for the latest
information.
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Using the Suspend to RAM Function
Appendix A - Using the Suspend to RAM Function
A.1 Using the Suspend to RAM Function
1.
Select “Power Management Setup” in the main menu screen and
press <Enter>.
2.
In the “ACPI Function” field, select “Enabled”.
3.
In the “ACPI Suspend Type” field, select “S3(STR)”.
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1984-2000 Award Software
Power Management Setup
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ACPI Function
Power Management
ACPI Suspend Type
PM Control by APM
Video Off Option
Video Off Method
MODEM Use IRQ
Soft-Off By PWRBTN
PWR Lost Resume State
Wake Up Events
Item Help
Enabled
Press Enter
S3(STR)
Yes
Suspend -> Off
V/H SYNC+Blank
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Instant-off
Keep Off
Press Enter
↑↓→← Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save
F5:Previous Values
F6:Fail-Safe Defaults
Menu Level
ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7:Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be
identical to this one.
4.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu.
5.
Select “Save & Exit Setup” and press <Enter>. Type <Y> and
press <Enter>.
6.
Install Windows® 98 by typing the following parameter. This is
to ensure that the ACPI function is supported.
[drive]:>setup /p j
If you have previously installed Windows ® 98, you need to
upgrade the system in order to suppor t ACPI. Please contact
Microsoft for upgrade information.
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Boot Windows® 98. In the Windows ® 98 desktop, click the
Start button. Move the cursor to Settings, then click Control
Panel.
To check whether ACPI was properly installed, double-click the
System icon. In the System Proper ties dialog box, click the
“Device Manager” tab. In “View devices by type”, click “System
devices”.
8.
Double-click the System icon. In the System Proper ties dialog
box, click the Performance tab.
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9.
Click File System. In the “Typical role of this computer” field,
select “Mobile or docking system”. Click Apply, then click OK.
Restar t the computer.
10. Repeat step 7 to open the Control Panel dialog box. Doubleclick the Power Management icon.
11. Click the Advanced tab. In the “When I press the power
button on my computer” field, select “Standby”.
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12. After completing the steps above and you want to power-off
the computer, you do not need to go through the process of
closing files, applications and operating system. You can poweroff the computer at once by pressing the power button or
selecting “Standby” when you shut down Windows® 98.
To power-on the computer, just press the power button. The
operating session where you left off when you power-off the
computer will resume in not more than 8 seconds. However,
the power button will not function if a keyboard password has
been set in the “KB Power On Password” field of the
Integrated Peripherals submenu. You must type the password to
power-on the computer.
If you have changed the color or resolution (in the Display
Proper ties dialog box), do not apply the settings without
restarting. You must restart the computer.
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System Error Message
Appendix B - System Error Message
When the BIOS encounters an error that requires the user to
correct something, either a beep code will sound or a message will
be displayed in a box in the middle of the screen and the message,
PRESS F1 TO CONTINUE, CTRL-ALT-ESC or DEL TO ENTER
SETUP, will be shown in the information box at the bottom. Enter
Setup to correct the error.
B.1 POST Beep
There are two kinds of beep codes in the BIOS. One code indicates
that a video error has occured and the BIOS cannot initialize the
video screen to display any additional information. This beep code
consists of a single long beep followed by three short beeps. The
other code indicates that a DRAM error has occured. This beep
code consists of a single long beep.
B.2 Error Messages
One or more of the following messages may be displayed if the
BIOS detects an error during the POST. This list indicates the error
messages for all Awards BIOSes:
CMOS BATTERY HAS FAILED
The CMOS battery is no longer functional. It should be replaced.
Caution:
Danger of explosion if battery incorrectly replaced. Replace only
with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the
battery manufacturer’s instructions.
CMOS CHECKSUM ERROR
Checksum of CMOS is incorrect. This can indicate that CMOS has
become corrupt. This error may have been caused by a weak
battery. Check the battery and replace if necessar y.
DISPLAY SWITCH IS SET INCORRECTLY
The display switch on the motherboard can be set to either
monochrome or color. This indicates the switch is set to a different
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setting than indicated in Setup. Determine which setting is correct,
either turn off the system and change the jumper or enter Setup
and change the VIDEO selection.
FLOPPY DISK(S) fail (80)
Unable to reset floppy subsystem.
FLOPPY DISK(S) fail (40)
Floppy type mismatch.
Hard Disk(s) fail (80)
HDD reset failed.
Hard Disk(s) fail (40)
HDD controller diagnostics failed.
Hard Disk(s) fail (20)
HDD initialization error.
Hard Disk(s) fail (10)
Unable to recalibrate fixed disk.
Hard Disk(s) fail (08)
Sector Verify failed.
Keyboard is locked out - Unlock the key
The BIOS detects that the keyboard is locked. Keyboard controller
is pulled low.
Keyboard error or no keyboard present
Cannot initialize the keyboard. Make sure the keyboard is attached
correctly and no keys are being pressed during the boot.
Manufacturing POST loop
System will repeat POST procedure infinitely while the keyboard
controller is pull low. This is also used for the M/B burn in test at
the factory.
BIOS ROM checksum error - System halted
The checksum of ROM address F0000H-FFFFFH is bad.
Memory test fail
The BIOS reports memory test fail if the memory has error(s).
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Troubleshooting
Appendix C - Troubleshooting
C.1 Troubleshooting Checklist
This chapter of the manual is designed to help you with problems
that you may encounter with your personal computer. To efficiently
troubleshoot your system, treat each problem individually. This is to
ensure an accurate diagnosis of the problem in case a problem has
multiple causes.
Some of the most common things to check when you encounter
problems while using your system are listed below.
1. The power switch of each peripheral device is turned on.
2. All cables and power cords are tightly connected.
3. The electrical outlet to which your peripheral devices are
connected is working. Test the outlet by plugging in a lamp or
other electrical device.
4. The monitor is turned on.
5. The display’s brightness and contrast controls are adjusted
properly.
6. All add-in boards in the expansion slots are seated securely.
7. Any add-in board you have installed is designed for your system
and is set up correctly.
CPU Fan Protection
After booting up the system, a beeping alarm sounded then the
system’s power was turned off:
1. The CPU fan did not rotate because the fan is damaged.
Replace it with a new one.
2. The CPU fan did not rotate immediately or it took some time
before the fan rotated. Check whether the heatsink and fan are
mounted properly onto the CPU then restart the system. If the
same problem occurs, you must replace it with a good quality
fan - one that will rotate immediately once power comes in and
also one that can dissipate heat more efficiently, otherwise, you
have to disable this function in the “CPU Fan Protection” field
(PC Health Status submenu) of the BIOS.
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Monitor/Display
If the display screen remains dark after the system is turned on:
1. Make sure that the monitor’s power switch is on.
2. Check that one end of the monitor’s power cord is properly
attached to the monitor and the other end is plugged into a
working AC outlet. If necessary, try another outlet.
3. Check that the video input cable is properly attached to the
monitor and the system’s display adapter.
4. Adjust the brightness of the display by turning the monitor’s
brightness control knob.
The picture seems to be constantly moving.
1. The monitor has lost its ver tical sync. Adjust the monitor’s ver tical
sync.
2. Move away any objects, such as another monitor or fan, that
may be creating a magnetic field around the display.
3. Make sure your video card’s output frequencies are supported
by this monitor.
The screen seems to be constantly wavering.
1. If the monitor is close to another monitor, the adjacent monitor
may need to be turned off. Fluorescent lights adjacent to the
monitor may also cause screen wavering.
Power Supply
When the computer is turned on, nothing happens.
1. Check that one end of the AC power cord is plugged into a live
outlet and the other end properly plugged into the back of the
system.
2. Make sure that the voltage selection switch on the back panel is
set for the correct type of voltage you are using.
3. The power cord may have a “shor t” or “open”. Inspect the cord
and install a new one if necessary.
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Floppy Drive
The computer cannot access the floppy drive.
1. The floppy diskette may not be formatted. Format the diskette
and try again.
2. The diskette may be write-protected. Use a diskette that is not
write-protected.
3. You may be wr iting to the wrong drive. Check the path
statement to make sure you are writing to the targeted drive.
4. There is not enough space left on the diskette. Use another
diskette with adequate storage space.
Hard Drive
Hard disk failure.
1. Make sure the correct drive type for the hard disk drive has
been entered in the BIOS.
2. If the system is configured with two hard drives, make sure the
bootable (first) hard drive is configured as Master and the
second hard drive is configured as Slave. The master hard drive
must have an active/bootable par tition.
Excessively long formatting period.
1. If your hard drive takes an excessively long period of time to
format, it is likely a cable connection problem. However, if your
hard drive has a large capacity, it will take a longer time to
format.
Parallel Port
The parallel printer doesn’t respond when you try to print.
1. Make sure that your printer is turned on and that the printer is
on-line.
2. Make sure your software is configured for the right type of
printer attached.
3. Verify that the onboard LPT port’s I/O address and IRQ settings
are configured correctly.
4. Verify that the attached device works by attaching it to a parallel
port that is working and configured correctly. If it works, the
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printer can be assumed to be in good condition. If the printer
remains inoperative, replace the printer cable and try again.
Serial Port
The serial device (modem, printer) doesn’t output anything or is
outputting garbled characters.
1. Make sure that the serial device’s power is turned on and that
the device is on-line.
2. Verify that the device is plugged into the correct serial port on
the rear of the computer.
3. Verify that the attached serial device works by attaching it to a
serial port that is working and configured correctly. If the serial
device does not work, either the cable or the serial device has a
problem. If the serial device works, the problem may be due to
the onboard I/O or the address setting.
4. Make sure the COM settings and I/O address are configured
correctly.
Keyboard
Nothing happens when a key on the keyboard was pressed.
1. Make sure the keyboard is properly connected.
2. Make sure there are no objects resting on the keyboard and
that no keys are pressed during the booting process.
System Board
1. Make sure the add-in card is seated securely in the expansion
slot. If the add-in card is loose, power off the system, re-install
the card and power up the system.
2. Check the jumper settings to ensure that the jumpers are
properly set.
3. Verify that all memor y modules are seated securely into the
memory sockets.
4. Make sure the memory modules are in the correct locations.
5. If the board fails to function, place the board on a flat surface
and seat all socketed components. Gently press each component
into the socket.
6. If you made changes to the BIOS settings, re-enter setup and
load the BIOS defaults.
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