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P2L97
Pentium II Motherboard
®
USER’S MANUAL
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Product Name:
ASUS P2L97
Manual Revision: 2.05 E266
Release Date:
October 1998
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CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION
7
How this Manual is Organized ........................................................... 7
Item Checklist ..................................................................................... 7
II. FEATURES
8
Features of the ASUS P2L97 Motherboard ........................................ 8
The ASUS P2L97 Motherboard .................................................... 9
III. INSTALLATION
10
Layout of the ASUS P2L97 Motherboard ........................................ 10
Installation Steps ............................................................................... 12
1. Jumpers ......................................................................................... 12
Jumper Settings ........................................................................... 13
2. System Memory (DIMM) ............................................................ 17
DIMM Memory Installation Procedures: .............................. 18
3. Central Processing Unit (CPU) .................................................... 19
Universal Retention Mechanism ........................................... 19
Heatsinks ............................................................................... 19
Installing the Processor ............................................................... 20
ASUS Smart Thermal Solutions ............................................ 22
Recommended Heatsinks for Pentium II Processors ............. 23
4. Expansion Cards ........................................................................... 24
Expansion Card Installation Procedure ................................. 24
Assigning IRQs for Expansion Cards .................................... 24
Assigning DMA Channels for ISA Cards .............................. 25
ISA Cards and Hardware Monitor ......................................... 25
5. External Connectors ..................................................................... 26
Power Connection Procedures .................................................... 33
Main Menu ............................................................................ 34
IV. BIOS SOFTWARE
34
Flash Memory Writer Utility ............................................................ 34
Managing and Updating Your Motherboard’s BIOS ................... 36
6. BIOS Setup .................................................................................. 37
Load Defaults ........................................................................ 38
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Standard CMOS Setup ................................................................ 38
Details of Standard CMOS Setup: ......................................... 38
BIOS Features Setup ................................................................... 41
Details of BIOS Features Setup ............................................. 41
Chipset Features Setup ................................................................ 44
Details of Chipset Features Setup .......................................... 44
Power Management Setup ........................................................... 47
Details of Power Management Setup .................................... 47
PNP and PCI Setup ..................................................................... 50
Details of PNP and PCI Setup ............................................... 50
Load BIOS Defaults .................................................................... 52
Load Setup Defaults .................................................................... 52
Supervisor Password and User Password ................................... 53
IDE HDD Auto Detection ........................................................... 54
Save & Exit Setup ....................................................................... 55
Exit Without Saving .................................................................... 55
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FCC & DOC COMPLIANCE
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:
•
•
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
•
•
•
Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
WARNING! The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the
graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes
or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user's authority to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
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I. INTRODUCTION
I. INTRODUCTION
(Manual / Checklist)
How this Manual is Organized
This manual is divided into the following sections:
I.
II.
III.
IV.
Introduction:
Features:
Installation:
BIOS Software
Manual information and checklist
Information and specifications concerning this product
Instructions on setting up the motherboard and jumper
Instructions on setting up the BIOS software
Item Checklist
Check that your package is complete. If you discover damaged or missing items,
contact your retailer.
(1) ASUS Motherboard
(1) Univeral retention mechanism for SECC/SECC2/SEPP
(1) IDE ribbon cable for master and slave drives
(1) Floppy ribbon cable
(1) Bag of spare jumper caps
(1) Support CD with drivers and utilities
(1) Motherboard user’s manual
Infrared module (optional)
ASUS PCI-SC200 Fast-SCSI or PCI-SC860 Ultra-Fast SCSI card (optional)
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II. FEATURES
Features of the ASUS P2L97 Motherboard
II. FEATURES
(Specifications)
The ASUS P2L97 is carefully designed for the demanding PC user who wants many
features processed by the fastest CPU.
• Versatile Processor Support: Intel Pentium® II (233MHz–333MHz) processor.
• Intel Chipset: Features Intel’s 440LX AGPset with I/O subsystems.
• Multi-Cache: Supports processors with Pipelined Burst Level 2 cache.
• Versatile Memory Support: Equipped with three DIMM sockets to support (8,
16, 32, 64, or 128MB) 168-pin SDRAM/EDO memory modules up to 384MB.
• AGP: Supports Accelerated Graphics Port cards for high performance, component level interconnect targeted at 3D graphical display applications.
• PCI & ISA Expansion Slots: Provides four 32-bit PCI, one 16-bit ISA, and one
ISA/PCI shared slot.
• EnhancedACPI & Anti-Boot Virus BIOS: Programmable BIOS (Flash EEPROM),
offering enhanced ACPI for Windows 98 compatibility, built-in hardware-based
virus protection, and autodetection of most devices for virtually automatic setup.
• Thermal Sensor Connector with Optional Sensor: Accurately detects the CPU
temperature of processors with the ASUS Smart Fan or the Intel boxed processor heatsink with fan when connected to an ASUS P2T-Cable.
• Keyboard Power (Wake) Up: Allows the computer to be powered on by pressing any key on the keyboard.
• Intelligence: Supports Fan Status Monitoring and Alarm, Temperature Monitoring and Alert, Voltage Monitoring and Alert, System Resources Alert, and
Virus Write Protection through the optional onboard LM78 Hardware Monitor
and Intel® LANDesk Client Manager (LDCM) software.
• Ultra DMA/33 BM IDE/Floppy: Comes with an onboard PCI Bus Master IDE
controller with two connectors that supports four IDE devices in two channels, supports Ultra DMA/33, PIO Modes 3 and 4 and Bus Master IDE DMA Mode 2, and
supports Enhanced IDE devices such as Tape Backup, CD-ROM and LS-120 drives.
• Universal Retention Mechanism: Supports a Pentium® II processor packaged
in Single Edge Contact Cartridge (SECC/SECC2) or a CeleronTM processor packaged in a Single Edge Processor Package (SEPP).
• Wake-On-LAN Connector: Supports Wake-On-LAN activity through an optional ASUS PCI-L101 Fast Ethernet card.
• Easy Installation: Equipped with BIOS that supports auto detection of hard
drives, PS/2 mouse, and Plug and Play devices to make setup of hard drives,
expansion cards, and other devices virtually automatic.
• Super Multi-I/O: Provides two high-speed UART compatible serial ports and
one parallel port with EPP and ECP capabilities. UART2 can also be directed from
COM2 to the Infrared Module for wireless connections.
• Desktop Management Interface (DMI): Supports DMI through BIOS, which
allows hardware to communicate within a standard protocol creating a higher
level of compatibility. (Requires DMI-enabled components.) (See section V)
• IrDA Connector: Supports an optional infrared port module for wireless interface.
• Concurrent PCI: Concurrent PCI allows multiple PCI transfers from PCI master busses to memory to CPU.
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II. FEATURES
The ASUS P2L97 Motherboard
Intel 440LX AGPset
3 DIMM Sockets
II. FEATURES
(Motherboard Parts)
T: PS/2 Mouse
B: PS/2 Keyboard
T: USB Port 1
B: USB Port 2
B: COM 1
T: Parallel
B: Serial
B: COM 2
Accelerated
Graphics Port
4 PCI Slots
Programmable
Flash ROM
1 ISA/PCI Share
1 ISA Slot
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III. INSTALLATION
Layout of the ASUS P2L97 Motherboard
Top:
PWR_FAN
Mouse
PS/2
CPU_FAN
Bottom:
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
(BIOS Power)
III. INSTALLATION
(Board Layout)
Primary IDE
CLRTC
Floppy Drives
Intel
440LX
AGPset
Secondary IDE
COM 1
COM 2
Parallel Port
USB 2
DIMM Socket 1 (64/72 bit, 168 pin module)
Bottom:
DIMM Socket 2 (64/72 bit, 168 pin module)
USB 1
DIMM Socket 3 (64/72 bit, 168 pin module)
USB
JP1
Pentium II Thermal
Sensor Connector
Single Edge Contact CPU Slot
KB_UP
Top:
ATX Power Conenctor
Keyboard
Accelerated Graphics Port
WOL_CON
Multi-I/O
PCI Slot 1
BUS FREQ
Flash EEPROM
(Programable BIOS)
FS0
FS1
FS2
PCI Slot 2
PCI Slot 3
Intel PIIX4
PCIset
CHA_FAN
PCI Slot 4
Hardware
Monitor
BF3
BF2
BF1
BF0
LM78
R
PCI Slot 5
BUS FREQ
ISA Slot 1
IR Connector
IDE LED
RT2MB
Thermal
Sensor
10
ISA Slot 2
Panel Connectors
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III. INSTALLATION
Jumpers
1)
2)
3)
4)
CLRTC
KB_UP
FS0, FS1, FS2
BF0, BF1, BF2, BF3
p. 13 Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM (Short/Clear CMOS)
p. 13 Keyboard Power Up
p. 14 CPU External Clock (BUS) Frequency Selection
p. 14 CPU”BUS Frequency Ratio
Expansion Slots/Sockets
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
System Memory
DIMM Sockets
SEC CPU Slot
SLOT1, SLOT2
PCI1, 2, 3, 4, 5
AGP
p. 15 System Memory Support
p. 16 DIMM Memory Module Support
p. 19 Single Edge Contact CPU Support
p. 24 16-bit ISA Bus Expansion Slots*
p. 24 32-bit PCI Bus Expansion Slots
p. 25 Accelerated Graphics Port
1) JP1
III. INSTALLATION
(Board Layout)
Hardware Monitor
p. 22 Pentium II Processor Thermal Sensor Connector
Connectors
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
9)
10)
11)
12)
13)
14)
15)
16)
17)
18)
19)
PS2KEYBOARD
p. 26 PS/2 Keyboard Connector (6-pin female)
PS2MOUSE
p. 26 PS/2 Mouse Connector (6-pin female)
PRINTER
p. 27 Parallel (Printer) Port Connector (25-pin female)
COM1, COM2
p. 27 Serial Port COM1 & COM2 (two 9-pin male)
FLOPPY
p. 27 Floppy Drive Connector (34-pin block)
USB
p. 28 Universal Serial BUS Ports 1 & 2 (two 4-pin female)
Primary / Second IDE p. 28 Primary / Secondary IDE Connector (40-pin blocks)
IDELED
p. 29 IDE LED Activity Light (2 pins)
CHA_, PWR_, CPU_FAN p. 29 Chassis, Power Supply, CPU Fan Power Lead (3-pin block)
IR
p. 30 Infrared Port Module Connector (5 pins)
ATXPWR
p. 30 ATX Motherboard Power Connector (20-pin block)
WOL
p. 31 Wake on LAN Connector (3 pins) (Reserved)
MSG LED (PANEL) p. 32 System Message LED (2 pins)
SMI (PANEL)
p. 32 SMI Switch Lead (2 pins)
PWR SW (PANEL)
p. 32 ATX Power & Soft-Off Switch Lead (2 pins)
RESET (PANEL)
p. 32 Reset Switch Lead (2 pins)
PWR LED (PANEL)
p. 32 System Power LED Lead (3 pins)
KEYLOCK (PANEL)
p. 32 Keyboard Lock Switch Lead (2 pins)
SPEAKER (PANEL) p. 32 Speaker Output Connector (4 pins)
*
The onboard hardware monitor uses the address 290H-297H so legacy ISA cards must not
use this address otherwise conflicts will occur.
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III. INSTALLATION
Installation Steps
Before using your computer, you must complete the following steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Set Jumpers on the Motherboard
Install System Memory Modules
Install the Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Install Expansion Cards
Connect Ribbon Cables, Cabinet Wires, and Power Supply
Setup the BIOS Software
1. Jumpers
III. INSTALLATION
(Jumpers)
Several hardware settings are made through the use of jumper caps to connect jumper
pins (JP) on the motherboard. See motherboard layout for locations of jumpers.
The jumper settings will be described numerically, such as [----], [1-2], [2-3] for no
connection, connect pins 1&2, and connect pins 2&3, respectively. A “1” is written
besides pin 1 on jumpers with three pins. The jumpers will also be shown graphically such as
to connect pins 1&2 and
to connect pins 2&3. Jumpers
for Short (On) and
for Open (Off). For
with two pins will be shown as
manufacturing simplicity, the jumpers may be sharing pins from other groups. Use
the diagrams in this manual instead of following the pin layout on the board. Settings with two jumper numbers require that both jumpers be moved together. To
connect the pins, simply place a plastic jumper cap over the two pins as diagrammed.
WARNING! Computer motherboards and expansion cards contain very delicate
Integrated Circuit (IC) chips. To protect them against damage from static electricity, you should follow some precautions whenever you work on your computer.
1. Unplug your computer when working on the inside.
2. Use a grounded wrist strap before handling computer components. If you do
not have one, touch both of your hands to a safely grounded object or to a
metal object, such as the power supply case.
3. Hold components by the edges and try not to touch the IC chips, leads or
connectors, or other components.
4. Place components on a grounded antistatic pad or on the bag that came with
the component whenever the components are separated from the system.
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III. INSTALLATION
Jumper Settings
1. Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM (CLRTC)
The CMOS RAM is powered by the onboard button cell battery. To clear the
RTC data: (1) Turn off your computer and unplug your AC power, (2) Short the
two points (Labeled: CLRTC), (3) Turn on your computer, (4) Hold down
<Delete> during bootup and enter BIOS setup to re-enter user preferences.
R
Short small solder points to clear
CLRTC
III. INSTALLATION
(Jumpers)
P2L97 Clear RTC RAM
2. Keyboard Power Up (KB_UP)
This allows you to disable or enable the keyboard power up function. Set to
Enable if you want to use your keyboard (by pressing <Spacebar>) to power up
your computer. This feature requires an ATX power supply that can supply at
least 300mA on the +5VSB lead and the new ACPI BIOS support. The default is
set to Disable because not all computers have the appropriate ATX power supply. Your computer will not function if you set this to Enable and if you do not
have the right ATX power supply.
KB_UP
R
1
2
3
Disable
(Default)
KB_UP
1
2
3
Enable
P2L97 Keyboard Power (Wake) Up
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III. INSTALLATION
3. CPU Bus Frequency (FS0, FS1, FS2)
This option tells the clock generator what frequency to send to the CPU. This allows the
selection of the CPU’s External frequency (or BUS Clock). The BUS Clock multiplied
by the BUS Ratio equals the CPU’s Internal frequency (the advertised CPU speed).
1
2
3
60MHz
1
2
3
66MHz
FS2
FS1
FS0
FS2
FS1
FS0
FS2
FS1
FS0
FS2
FS1
FS0
4. CPU Core:BUS Frequency Multiple (BF0, BF1, BF2, BF3)
This option sets the frequency ratio between the Internal frequency of the CPU
and the CPU’s External frequency. These must be set in conjunction with the
CPU Bus Frequency.
1
2
3
75MHz
1
2
3
83MHz
R
CPU Bus Frequency
1 2 3
III. INSTALLATION
(Jumpers)
1 2 3
1 2 3
1 2 3
1 2 3
BF3
BF3
BF3
BF3
BF3
BF2
BF2
BF2
BF2
BF2
BF1
BF1
BF1
BF1
BF1
BF0
BF0
BF0
BF0
BF0
2.0x(2/1)
3.5x(7/2)
4.0x(4/1)
4.5x(9/2)
5.0x(5/1)
P2L97 CPU Jumpers
CPU Core:Bus Frequency Multiple
WARNING! Frequencies above 66MHz exceed the specifications for the onboard
Intel Chipset and are not guaranteed to be stable.
Intel Pentium II Processor in an SEC Cartridge (233-333MHz)
Set the jumpers by the Internal speed of your processor as follows:
CPU Model
Intel Pentium II
Intel Pentium II
Intel Pentium II
Intel Pentium II
Freq.
333MHz
300MHz
266MHz
233MHz
Ratio
5.0x
4.5x
4.0x
3.5x
BUS F.
66MHz
66MHz
66MHz
66MHz
(BUS Freq.)
FS2 FS1 FS0
[1-2] [1-2] [1-2]
[1-2] [1-2] [1-2]
[1-2] [1-2] [1-2]
[1-2] [1-2] [1-2]
BF3
[2-3]
[2-3]
[2-3]
[2-3]
(Freq. Ratio)
BF2 BF1
[1-2] [1-2]
[1-2] [2-3]
[1-2] [2-3]
[2-3] [1-2]
BF0
[2-3]
[1-2]
[2-3]
[1-2]
NOTES: Overclocking your processor is not recommended. It may result in a slower
speed. Voltage Regulator Output Selection (VID) is not needed for the Pentium II
processor because it sends a VID signal directly to the onboard power controller.
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ASUS P2L97 User’s Manual
III. INSTALLATION
2. System Memory (DIMM)
Only Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) can be used with this motherboard.
Sockets are available for 3.3Volt (power level) Unbuffered Synchronous DRAMs
(SDRAM) or EDO DRAM of either 8, 16, 32, 64, or 128MB to form a memory size
between 8MB to 384MB. One side (with memory chips) of the DIMM module
takes up one Row on the motherboard.
To utilize the chipset’s Error Checking and Correction (ECC) feature, you must use
a DIMM module with 9 chips per side (standard 8 chips/side + 1 parity chip) and
make the proper settings in the BIOS Chipset Features Setup.
IMPORTANT: Memory speed setup is required through "Auto Configuration"
in BIOS Chipset Features Setup.
DIMM Location
168-pin DIMM Memory Modules
Socket 1 (Rows 0&1)
SDRAM/EDO 8, 16, 32, 64, 128MB
x1
Socket 2 (Rows 2&3)
SDRAM/EDO 8, 16, 32, 64, 128MB
x1
Socket 3 (Rows 4&5)
SDRAM/EDO 8, 16, 32, 64, 128MB
x1
III. INSTALLATION
(System Memory)
Install memory in any combination as follows:
Total Memory
Total System Memory (Max 384MB) =
ASUS Memory Examples:
EDO DIMM (9 chips, ECC)
SDRAM DIMM (8 chips, Non-ECC)
General DIMM Notes: (not true for all memory modules)
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Four possible memory chips are supported: EDO or SDRAM with and without parity.
SDRAM chips are generally thinner with higher pin density than EDO chips.
BIOS shows EDO or SDRAM memory on bootup screen.
8 chip/side modules do not support parity, only 9 chip/side modules support parity.
Single-sided DIMMs come in 16 or 64 MB, double-sided come in 8, 32, or 128MB.
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III. INSTALLATION
DIMM Memory Installation Procedures:
Insert the module(s) as shown. Because the number of pins are different on either
side of the breaks, the module will only fit in the orientation as shown. DRAM
SIMM modules have the same pin contact on both sides. SDRAM DIMM modules
have different pint contact on each side and therefore have a higher pin density.
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20 Pins 60 Pins
88 Pins
III. INSTALLATION
(System Memory)
Loc
P2L97 168 Pin DIMM Memory Sockets
The Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) memory modules must be 3.3Volt Unbuffered Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) or Extended Data Output (EDO) . You
can identify the type of DIMM module by the illustration below:
168-Pin DIMM Notch Key Definitions (3.3V)
DRAM Key Position
Unbuffered
RFU
Buffered
Voltage Key Position
Reserved
5.0V
3.3V
The notch on the DIMM module will shift between left, center, or right to identify
the type and also to prevent the wrong type to be inserted into the DIMM slot on the
motherboard. You must ask your retailer for the specifications before purchasing.
Four clock signals are supported on this motherboard.
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III. INSTALLATION
3. Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Your motherboard provides a Slot 1 connector for a Pentium® II processor packaged
in a Single Edge Contact Cartridge (SECC/SECC2) or a Celeron™ processor packaged in a Single Edge Processor Package (SEPP).
Pentium II processor packaged in an SECC with heatsink and
fan (top view)
Pentium II processor packaged in an SECC2 or Celeron™ processor
packaged in an SEPP with heatsink and fan (top view)
III. INSTALLATION
CPU
Universal Retention Mechanism
Your motherboard comes preinstalled with a Universal Retention Mechanism (URM).
The URM supports Pentium II and Celeron processors.
Universal Retention Mechanism (URM)
Heatsinks
The recommended heatsinks (see section on recommended heatsinks for Pentium II
processors for more information) for the boxed Pentium II and Celeron processors
are those with three-pin fans that can be connected to the fan connectors on the
motherboard.
WARNING! Be sure that there is sufficient air circulation across the processor’s
heatsink by regularly checking that your CPU fan is working. Without sufficient
circulation, the processor could overheat and damage both the processor and the
motherboard. You may install an auxiliary fan, if necessary.
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III. INSTALLATION
Installing the Processor
1. Unlock the URM’s Folding Support Arms:
The folding support arms of the URM are
locked when shipped.
Locked Folding
Support Arms
To unlock the support arms, simply flip them
up to an upright position.
The URM is now ready for the installation
of your processor.
Unlocked Folding
Support Arms
III. INSTALLATION
CPU
2. Attach the Heatsink
NOTE: Follow carefully the heatsink attachment instructions included with your
heatsink or processor. The following steps are provided only as a general guide
and may not reflect those for your heatsink.
SECC with Pentium® II
Place the SECC face down on a flat surface
Push each end of the clamps until they lock
and lay the heat sink flush on the back (metal Lock
Lock
side) of the SECC. Check the orientation of
the heatsink against the illustration below.
The thicker fin must be orientated toward the
bottom. The top clamp is wider than the bottom clamp so only this orientation
will fit. With a screw driver, push the clamps one at a time into the SECC. Be
sure that the heatsink is firmly pressed against the SECC.
SECC2 with Pentium® II/SEPPwith Celeron™
Insert the heatsink clip through the holes at the
SECC2/SEPP’s back, making sure that the bottom of the clip plate sits against the processors’s
back. Remove the tab from the thermal grease, SECC2/SEPP Heatsink Clip Legs
which is located on the bottom of the heatsink)
and place the heatsink over the processor. A slight rocking motion may be necessary to
place the heatsink on the SECC2/SEPP, with one pair of the heatsink clip legs going first
through the corresponding heatsink holes, and then the other pair. (NOTE: The heatsink
and SECC2/SEPP holes are slightly offset to ensure good locking grip between the two.)
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III. INSTALLATION
WARNING! Make sure the heatsink is mounted tightly against the SECC, SECC2
or SEPP; otherwise, the CPU will overheat. You may install an auxiliary fan to
provide adequate circulation across the processor’s passive heatsink.
3. Insert the SECC/SECC2/SEPP
SECC with Pentium® II only: Push the SECC’s two locks inward until you hear
a click (the picture in step 2 shows the locks in the outward position and inward in
the picture below).
With the heatsink facing the motherboard’s chipset, push the SECC, SECC2, or
SEPP gently but firmly into the Slot 1 connector until it is fully inserted.
SECC
SECC2/SEPP
CPU fan cable to
fan connector
III. INSTALLATION
CPU
Push lock inward
CPU fan cable to
fan connector
4. Secure the SECC/SECC2/SEPP
Secure the SECC/SECC2/SEPP in place by pushing the SECC/SECC2/SEPP
until it is firmly seated on the Slot 1 connector.
SECC with Pentium® II only: The SECC locks should be outward when secured so that the lock shows through the retention mechanism’s lock holes.
SECC
SECC2/SEPP
Lock hole
CPU fan cable to
fan connector
CPU fan
cable to fan
connector
5. Attach the Thermal Sensor Cable (optional): If you purchased the especially
designed ASUS Smart Fan (ASUS S-P2FAN), which comes with a thermal sensor
built inside the CPU fan, or purchased separately the thermal sensor cable (ASUS
P2T-Cable), you can connect the P2T-Cable to your motherboard’s thermal sensor
connector. (See next page for information on ASUS Smart Thermal Solutions.)
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III. INSTALLATION
ASUS Smart Thermal Solutions
ASUS provides two smart solutions to Slot 1 CPU thermal problems: the ASUS
Smart Fan or ASUS S-P2FAN and the ASUS P2T-Cable.
The ASUS Smart Fan or ASUS S-P2FAN is a CPU fan for a Pentium® II processor
packaged in a Single Edge Contact Cartridge (SECC). Unlike other CPU thermal
solutions, the ASUS S-P2FAN has an integrated thermal sensor located near the
center of the CPU heat source. The sensor is optimized by ASUS to give the most
accurate reading of the CPU temperature, thus provides the best protection to your
computer system.
The ASUS P2T-Cable or thermal sensor cable can be used for a Pentium® II processor packaged in a Single Edge Contact Cartridge (SECC/SECC2) or a Celeron™
processor packaged in a Single Edge Processor Package (SEPP).
III. INSTALLATION
CPU
To use the ASUS S-P2FAN: See 2. Attach the Heatsink on the preceding page for
the relevant procedures. Note that the S-P2FAN comes with a rock arm design for
easy FAN/CPU installation.
CPU Fan Cable
Thermal
Sensor
Cable
Rock Arm
NOTE: The ASUS S-P2FAN can only be used for Intel’s boxed processors.
To use the ASUS P2T-Cable:
1. Simply peel off the tab from the sensor and then stick the sensor to the lower
edge of the Intel boxed processor heatsink with fan or to the upper edge of the
Celeron™ heatsink, as indicated in the pictures below.
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III. INSTALLATION
Recommended Heatsinks for Pentium II Processors
The heatsinks shown in this manual are for reference purposes only. The recommended heatsinks for the Pentium II processor are those with three-pin fans that can
be connected to the CPU fan connector on the motherboard. These heatsinks have
the added benefits of proper heat dissipation and with the hardware monitor, the
ability to monitor the fan’s RPM and use the alert function through the included
LANDesk Client Manager (LDCM) software.
III. INSTALLATION
CPU
AAVID Heatsink
The procedures for installing the AAVID heatsink with fan is similar to the preceding procedure. You will not, however, be able to use the heatsink support top bar
because of the fan. The heatsink support top bar will, however, still be included in
the package, in case you use a heatsink without a fan.
Elan Vital Heatsink
The procedures for installing the Elan Vital heatsink with fan is also similar to the
preceding procedure. The Elan Vital heatsink, however, comes with a lever to clamp
the heatsink into the SEC cartridge. Mount the heatsink in the orientation as shown
then flip the lever from “Unlock” to “Lock.” You will not be able to simultaneously
use the heatsink support top bar because of the fan. The heatsink support top bar will,
however, still be included in the package, in case you use a heatsink without a fan.
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III. INSTALLATION
4. Expansion Cards
WARNING! Unplug your power supply when adding or removing expansion
cards or other system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to
both your motherboard and expansion cards.
Expansion Card Installation Procedure
III. INSTALLATION
Expansion Cards
1. Read the documentation for your expansion card and make any necessary hardware or software settings for your expansion card, such as jumpers.
2. Remove your computer system’s cover and the bracket plate on the slot you
intend to use. Keep the bracket for possible future use.
3. Carefully align the card’s connectors and press firmly.
4. Secure the card on the slot with the screw you removed above.
5. Replace the computer system’s cover.
6. Set up the BIOS if necessary
(such as IRQ xx Used By ISA: Yes in PNP AND PCI SETUP)
7. Install the necessary software drivers for your expansion card.
Assigning IRQs for Expansion Cards
Some expansion cards need to use an IRQ to operate. Generally, an IRQ must be
exclusively assigned to one use. In a standard design, there are 16 IRQs available
but most of them are already in use, leaving 6 IRQs free for expansion cards. If your
motherboard has audio onboard, an extra 3 IRQs will be used, leaving 3 IRQs free.
Both ISA and PCI expansion cards may require to use IRQs. System IRQs are available to cards installed in the ISA expansion bus first, then any remaining IRQs are
available to PCI cards. Currently, there are two types of ISA cards. The original ISA
expansion card design, now referred to as legacy ISA cards, requires that you configure the card’s jumpers manually and then install it in any available slot on the ISA
bus. You may use the Microsoft Diagnostics (MSD.EXE) utility located in the Windows directory to see a map of your used and free IRQs. If you use Windows 95, the
Resources tab under Device Manager displays the resource settings being used by
a particular device (to gain access, double-click the System icon under the Control
Panel program). Ensure that no two devices share the same IRQs or your computer
will experience problems when those two devices are in use at the same time.
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III. INSTALLATION
To simplify this process, this motherboard complies with the Plug and Play (PnP)
specification, which was developed to allow automatic system configuration whenever a PnP-compliant card is added to the system. For PnP cards, IRQs are assigned
automatically from those available.
If the system has both legacy and PnP ISA cards installed, IRQs are assigned to PnP
cards from those not used by legacy cards. The PCI and PNP configuration section
of the BIOS setup utility can be used to assign which IRQs are being used by legacy
cards. For older legacy cards that do not work with the BIOS, you may contact your
vendor for an ISA Configuration Utility.
III. INSTALLATION
(DMA Channels)
An IRQ number is automatically assigned to PCI expansion cards after those used
by legacy and PnP ISA cards. In the PCI bus design, the BIOS automatically assigns
an IRQ to a PCI slot that contains a card requiring an IRQ. To install a PCI card, you
need to set the INT (interrupt) assignment. Since all the PCI slots on this motherboard use an INTA #, set the jumpers on your PCI cards to INT A.
Assigning DMA Channels for ISA Cards
Some ISA cards, both legacy and PnP, may also need to use a DMA (Direct Memory
Access) channel. DMA assignments for this motherboard are handled the same way
as the IRQ assignment process described earlier. You can select a DMA channel in
the PCI and PnP configuration section of the BIOS Setup utility.
IMPORTANT: To avoid conflicts, reserve the necessary IRQs and DMAs for legacy
ISA cards (under PNP AND PCI SETUP of the BIOS SOFTWARE, choose Yes in IRQ
xx Used By ISA and DMA x Used By ISA for those IRQs and DMAs you want to reserve).
ISA Cards and Hardware Monitor
The onboard hardware monitor uses the address 290H-297H so legacy ISA cards
must not use this address or else conflicts will occur.
Accelerated Graphics Port
This motherboard provides an accelerated graphics port (AGP) slot to support a new
generation of graphics cards with ultra-high memory bandwidth, such as the ASUS
AGP-V264GT3 and ASUS AGP-V3000ST.
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P2L97 Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
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III. INSTALLATION
5. External Connectors
WARNING! Some pins are used for connectors or power sources. These are
clearly separated from jumpers in “Map of the Motherboard.” Placing jumper
caps over these will cause damage to your motherboard.
IMPORTANT: Ribbon cables should always be connected with the red stripe on
the Pin 1 side of the connector. The four corners of the connectors are labeled on
the motherboard. Pin 1 is the side closest to the power connector on hard drives
and floppy drives. IDE ribbon cable must be less than 18in. (46cm), with the
second drive connector no more than 6in. (15cm) from the first connector.
III. INSTALLATION
(Connectors)
1. PS/2 Keyboard Connector (6-pin Female)
This connection is for a standard keyboard using an PS/2 plug (mini DIN). This
connector will not allow standard AT size (large DIN) keyboard plugs. You
may use a DIN to mini DIN adapter on standard AT keyboards.
PS/2 Keyboard (6-pin Female)
2. PS/2 Mouse Connector (6-pin Female)
The system will direct IRQ12 to the PS/2 mouse if one is detected. If not detected, expansion cards can use IRQ12. See “PS/2 Mouse Control” in BIOS
Features Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE.
PS/2 Mouse (6-pin Female)
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III. INSTALLATION
3. Parallel Printer Connector (25-pin Female)
You can enable the parallel port and choose the IRQ through “Onboard Parallel
Port” in Chipset Features Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE. NOTE: Serial printers must be connected to the serial port.
Parallel (Printer) Port (25-pin Female)
III. INSTALLATION
(DMA
(Connectors)
Channels)
4. Serial Port COM1 and COM2 Connectors (Two 9-pin Male)
The two serial ports can be used for pointing devices or other serial devices. See
“Onboard Serial Port” in Chipset Features Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE.
COM 1
COM 2
Serial Ports (9-pin Male)
5. Floppy Disk Drive Connector (34-1pin FLOPPY)
This connector supports the provided floppy disk drive ribbon cable. After connecting the single end to the board, connect the two plugs on the other end to the
floppy drives. (Pin 5 is removed to prevent inserting in the wrong orientation when using ribbon cables with pin 5 plugged).
NOTE: Orient the red stripe to Pin 1
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Floppy Drive Connector
Pin 1
P2L97 Floppy Disk Drive Connector
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III. INSTALLATION
6. Universal Serial BUS Ports 1 & 2 (Two 4-pin Female)
Two USB ports are available for connecting USB devices.
USB 1
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2
III. INSTALLATION
(Connectors)
7. Primary / Secondary IDE connectors (Two 40-1pin IDE)
These connectors support the provided IDE hard disk ribbon cable. After connecting the single end to the board, connect the two plugs at the other end to
your hard disk(s). If you install two hard disks, you must configure the second
drive to Slave mode by setting its jumper accordingly. Please refer to the documentation of your hard disk for the jumper settings. BIOS now supports SCSI
device or IDE CD-ROM bootup (see “HDD Sequence SCSI/IDE First” & “Boot
Sequence” in the BIOS Features Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE) (Pin 20 is
removed to prevent inserting in the wrong orientation when using ribbon
cables with pin 20 plugged).
TIP: You may configure two hard disks to be both Masters using one ribbon
cable on the primary IDE connector and another ribbon cable on the secondary
IDE connector. You may install one operating system on an IDE drive and another on a SCSI drive and select the boot disk through BIOS Features Setup.
NOTE: Orient the red stripe to Pin 1
Pin 1
Secondary IDE Connector
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8. IDE activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
This connector supplies power to the cabinet’s IDE activity LED. Read and
write activity by devices connected to the Primary or Secondary IDE connectors
will cause the LED to light up.
TIP: If the case-mounted LED does not light,
try reversing the 2-pin plug.
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IDE_LED
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9. Chassis , CPU , & Power Supply Fan Connectors (3-pin FANPWR)
These connectors support cooling fans of 500mAMP (6WATT) or less. Orientate the fans so that the heat sink fins allow airflow to go across the onboard heat
sink(s) instead of the expansion slots. Depending on the fan manufacturer, the
wiring and plug may be different. The red wire should be positive, while the
black should be ground. Connect the fan’s plug to the board taking into consideration the polarity of the this connector.
NOTE: The “Rotation” signal is to be used only by a specially designed fan
with rotation signal.
WARNING! The CPU and/or motherboard will overheat if there is no airflow
across the CPU and onboard heatsinks. Damage may occur to the motherboard
and/or the CPU fan if these pins are incorrectly used. These are not jumpers,
do not place jumper caps over these pins.
Chassis Fan Power
CPU Fan Power
Power Supply Fan
Rotation
+12V
GND
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10. IrDA-Compliant Infrared Module Connector (5-pin IR)
This connector supports the optional wireless transmitting and receiving infrared
module. This module mounts to a small opening on system cases that support this
feature. You must also configure the setting through “UART2 Use Infrared” in
Chipset Features Setup to select whether UART2 is directed for use with COM2
or IrDA. Use the five pins as shown on the Back View and connect a ribbon cable
from the module to the motherboard according to the pin definitions.
Front View
Back View
+5V
(NC)
IRRX
GND
IRTX
R
+5V
IRTX
GND
(NC)
IRRX
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For the infrared feature to be available,
P2L97 Infrared Module Connector you must connect the optional Infrared
(IrDA) module to the motherboard
+5.0 Volts
+5.0 Volts
-5.0 Volts
Ground
Ground
Ground
PWR Sup On
Ground
-12.0Volts
+3.3Volts
11. ATX Power Supply Connector (20-pin ATXPWR)
This connector connects to an ATX power supply. The plug from the power
supply will only insert in one orientation because of the different hole sizes.
Find the proper orientation and push down firmly but gently making sure that
the pins are aligned.
+12.0Volts
+5V Standby
Power Good
Ground
+5.0 Volts
Ground
+5.0 Volts
Ground
+3.3 Volts
+3.3 Volts
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IMPORTANT: Make sure that your ATX power supply can supply at least 10mA
on the 5-volt standby lead (+5VSB). You may experience difficulty in powering
on your system if your power supply cannot support the load. For Wake on LAN
support, your ATX power supply must supply at least 720mA.
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12. Wake-On-LAN (3-pin WOL)
This connector connects to LAN cards with a Wake On LAN output. When the
system is in soft-off mode, LAN activity will power on the system.
+5 Volt Standby
PME
Ground
R
IMPORTANT: Requires an ATX power
supply with at least 720ma +5 volt
standby power
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13. Message LED Lead (MSG LED)
This indicates whether a message has been received from a fax/modem. The
LED will remain lit when there is no signal and blink when there is data transfer
or mail waiting in the inbox. This function requires ACPI OS and driver support.
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14. System Management Interrupt Lead (SMI)
This allows the user to manually place the system into a suspend mode or “Green”
mode where system activity will be instantly decreased to save electricity and
expand the life of certain components when the system is not in use. This 2-pin
connector (see the figure below) connects to the case-mounted suspend switch.
If you do not have a switch for the connector, you may use the “Turbo Switch”
since it does not have a function. SMI is activated when it detects a short to open
moment and therefore leaving it shorted will not cause any problems. May require one or two pushes depending on the position of the switch. Wake-up can
be controlled by settings in the BIOS but the keyboard will always allow wakeup (the SMI lead cannot wake-up the system). If you want to use this connector,
“Suspend Switch” in the Power Management Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE
section should be on the default setting of Enable.
15. ATX Power Switch / Soft Power Switch (PWR SW)
The system power is controlled by a momentary switch connected to this lead.
Pushing the button once will switch the system between ON and SLEEP. Pushing the switch while in the ON mode for more than 4 seconds will turn the
system off. The system power LED shows the status of the system’s power.
16. Reset Switch Lead (RESET)
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted reset switch for rebooting
your computer without having to turn off your power switch. This is a preferred
method of rebooting in order to prolong the life of the system’s power supply.
17. System Power LED (PWR LED)
This 3-pin connector connects the system power LED, which lights when the
system is powered on and blinks when it is in sleep mode.
18. Keyboard Lock Switch Lead (KEYLOCK)
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted key switch to allow keyboard locking.
19. Speaker Connector (SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector connects to the case-mounted speaker.
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Message
LED
SMI Lead
ATX Power
Switch*
Reset SW
+5 V
+5 V
MLED
ExtSMI#
Ground
PWR_SW#
Ground
ResetCon
Ground
Keyboard Lock
+5V
Ground
Ground
SPKR
Speaker
Connector
* Requires an ATX power supply.
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KEYLOCK
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Power Connection Procedures
1. After all connections are made, close the system case cover.
2. Be sure that all switches are off (in some systems, marked with ).
3. Connect the power supply cord into the power supply located on the back of
your system case according to your system user’s manual.
4. Connect the power cord into a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
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5. You may then turn on your devices in the following order:
a. Your monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. Your system power. For ATX power supplies, you need to switch
on the power supply as well as press the ATX power switch on the
front of the case.
6. The power LED on the front panel of the system case will light. For ATX power
supplies, the system LED will light when the ATX power switch is pressed. The
monitor LED may light up after the system’s if it complies with “green” standards or if it has a power standby feature. The system will then run power-on
tests. While the tests are running, additional messages will appear on the screen.
If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the time you turn on the
power, the system may have failed a power-on test. Recheck your jumper settings and connections or call your retailer for assistance.
7. During power-on, hold down <Delete> to enter BIOS setup. Follow the instructions in the next section, BIOS SOFTWARE.
* Powering Off your computer: You must first exit or shut down your operating
system before switching off the power switch. For ATX power supplies, you
can press the ATX power switch after exiting or shutting down your operating
system. If you use Windows 95, click the Start button, click Shut Down, and
then click Shut down the computer?. The system will give three quick beeps
after about 30 seconds and then power off after Windows shuts down.
NOTE: The message “You can now safely turn off your computer” will not
appear when shutting down with ATX power supplies.
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Flash Memory Writer Utility
AFLASH.EXE: This is the Flash Memory Writer utility that updates the BIOS by
uploading a new BIOS file to the programmable flash ROM chip on the motherboard.
To determine the BIOS version of your motherboard, check the last four numbers of
the code displayed on the upper left-hand corner of your screen during bootup. Larger
numbers represent a newer BIOS file. This file works only in DOS mode.
NOTE: The following screen displays are provided as examples only and may not
reflect the screen contents displayed on your system.
IV. BIOS
(Flash Memory Writer)
IMPORTANT! If “unknown” is displayed after Flash Memory:, the memory
chip is either not programmable or is not supported by the ACPI BIOS and
therefore, cannot be programmed by the Flash Memory Writer utility.
Main Menu
1. Save Current BIOS To File
This option allows you to save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS in case you
need to reinstall it. It is recommended that you save AFLASH.EXE and the BIOS
file to a bootable floppy disk.
To save your current BIOS,
type [1] at the Main Menu and
then press <Enter>. The Save
Current BIOS To File screen
appears. Type a filename and
the path, for example,
A:\XXXXX-X and then press
<Enter>.
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2. Update BIOS Including Boot Block and ESCD
This option updates the boot block, the baseboard BIOS, and the ACPI extended
system configuration data (ESCD) parameter block from a new BIOS file. See the
next page for procedures on downloading an updated BIOS file.
IV. BIOS
(Flash Memory Writer)
To update your current BIOS,
type [2] at the Main Menu
and then press <Enter>. The
Update BIOS Including
Boot Block and ESCD
screen appears. Type the
filename of your new BIOS
and the path, for example,
A:\XXXXX.AWD, and then
press <Enter>.
When prompted to confirm
the BIOS update, press Y to
start the update.
The utility starts to program
the new BIOS information
into the flash ROM. When
the programming is finished,
Flashed Successfully will be
displayed.
Follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
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Managing and Updating Your Motherboard’s BIOS
Upon First Use of the Computer System
1. Create a bootable system floppy disk by typing [FORMAT A:/S] from the DOS
prompt without creating “AUTOEXEC.BAT” and “CONFIG.SYS” files.
2. Copy AFLASH.EXE to the just created boot disk.
3. Run AFLASH.EXE from this new disk and select option 1. Save Current BIOS
to File. See 1. Save Current BIOS To File on the previous page for more details and the rest of the steps.
Updating BIOS Procedures (only when necessary)
1. Download an updated ASUS BIOS file from the Internet (WWW or FTP) or a
BBS (Bulletin Board Service) (see ASUS CONTACT INFORMATION on page
3 for details) and save to the disk you created earlier.
2. Boot from the disk you created earlier.
3. At the “A:\” prompt, type AFLASH and then press <Enter>.
4. At the Main Menu, type 2 and then press <Enter>. See 2. Update BIOS Including Boot Block and ESCD on the previous page for more details and the
rest of the steps.
IV. BIOS
(Updating BIOS)
WARNING! If you encounter problems while updating the new BIOS, DO NOT
turn off your system since this might prevent your system from booting up. Just
repeat the process, and if the problem still persists, update the original BIOS file
you saved to disk above. If the Flash Memory Writer utility was not able to
successfully update a complete BIOS file, your system may not be able to boot
up. If this happens, your system will need service.
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6. BIOS Setup
The motherboard supports two programmable Flash ROM chips: 5 Volt and 12 Volt.
Either of these memory chips can be updated when BIOS upgrades are released.
Use the Flash Memory Writer utility to download the new BIOS file into the ROM
chip as described in detail in this section.
All computer motherboards provide a Setup utility program for specifying the system configuration and settings. If your motherboard came in a computer system, the
proper configuration entries may have already been made. If so, invoke the Setup
utility, as described later, and take note of the configuration settings for future reference; in particular, the hard disk specifications.
If you are installing the motherboard, reconfiguring your system or you receive a
Run Setup message, you will need to enter new setup information. This section
describes how to configure your system using this utility.
IV. BIOS
(BIOS Setup)
The BIOS ROM of the system stores the Setup utility. When you turn on the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. This appears during the Power-On Self Test (POST). Press <Delete> to call up the Setup
utility. If you are a little bit late pressing the mentioned key(s), POST will continue
with its test routines, thus preventing you from calling up Setup. If you still need to
call Setup, reset the system by pressing <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing
the Reset button on the system case. You can also restart by turning the system off
and then back on again. But do so only if the first two methods fail.
When you invoke Setup, the CMOS SETUP UTILITY main program screen will
appear with the following options:
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Load Defaults
The “Load BIOS Defaults” option loads the minimum settings for troubleshooting.
“Load Setup Defaults”, on the other hand, is for loading optimized defaults for
regular use. Choosing defaults at this level, will modify all applicable settings.
A section at the bottom of the above screen displays the control keys for this screen.
Take note of these keys and their respective uses. Another section just below the
control keys section displays information on the currently highlighted item in the list.
Standard CMOS Setup
The “Standard CMOS Setup” option allows you to record some basic system hardware configuration and set the system clock and error handling. If the motherboard
is already installed in a working system, you will not need to select this option
anymore. However, if the configuration stored in the CMOS memory on the board
gets lost or damaged, or if you change your system hardware configuration, you will
need to respecify the configuration values. The configuration values usually get lost
or corrupted when the power of the onboard CMOS battery weakens.
IV. BIOS
(Standard CMOS)
The preceding screen provides you with a list of options. At the bottom of this screen
are the control keys for this screen. Take note of these keys and their respective uses.
User-configurable fields appear in a different color. If you need information on the
selected field, press <F1>. The help menu will then appear to provide you with the
information you need. The memory display at the lower right-hand side of the screen
is read-only and automatically adjusts accordingly.
Details of Standard CMOS Setup:
Date
To set the date, highlight the “Date” field and then press either <Page Up>/<Page Down>
or <+>/<–> to set the current date. Follow the month, day and year format. Valid values
for month, day and year are: Month: (1 to 12), Day: (1 to 31), Year: (up to 2079)
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Time
To set the time, highlight the “Time” field and then press either <Page Up>/<Page Down>
or <+>/<–> to set the current time. Follow the hour, minute and second format. Valid
values for hour, minute and second are: (Hour: (00 to 23), Minute: (00 to 59), Second:
(00 to 59).
NOTE: You can bypass the date and time prompts by creating an AUTOEXEC.BAT
file. For information on how to create this file, please refer to the MS-DOS manual.
Hard Disks
This field records the specifications for all non-SCSI hard disk drives installed in
your system. The onboard PCI IDE connectors provide Primary and Secondary
channels for connecting up to four IDE hard disks or other IDE devices. Each channel can support up to two hard disks; the first of which is the “master” and the
second is the “slave”.
Specifications for SCSI hard disks need not to be entered here since they operate
using device drivers and are not supported by any the BIOS. If you install either the
optional PCI-SC200 or PCI-SC860 SCSI controller card into the motherboard, see
section VI for instructions. If you install other vendor’s SCSI controller card, refer
to their respective documentations on how to install the required SCSI drivers.
IV. BIOS
(Standard CMOS)
For IDE hard disk drive setup, you can:
• Use the Auto setting for detection during bootup.
• Use the IDE HDD AUTO DETECTION in the main menu to automatically
enter the drive specifications.
• Enter the specifications yourself manually by using the “User” option.
The entries for specifying the hard disk type include CYLS (number of cylinders),
HEAD (number of read/write heads), PRECOMP (write precompensation), LANDZ
(landing zone), SECTOR (number of sectors) and MODE. The SIZE field automatically adjusts according to the configuration you specify. The documentation
that comes with your hard disk should provide you with the information regarding
the drive specifications.
The MODE entry is for IDE hard disks only, and can be ignored for MFM and ESDI
drives. This entry provides three options: Normal, Large, LBA, or Auto (see below).
Set MODE to the Normal for IDE hard disk drives smaller than 528MB; set it to
LBA for drives over 528MB that support Logical Block Addressing (LBA) to allow
larger IDE hard disks; set it to Large for drives over 528MB that do not support
LBA. Large type of drive can only be used with MS-DOS and is very uncommon.
Most IDE drives over 528MB support the LBA mode.
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Auto detection of hard disks on bootup
For each field: Primary Master, Primary Slave, Secondary Master, and Secondary
Slave, you can select Auto under the TYPE and MODE fields. This will enable auto
detection of your IDE hard disk during bootup. This will allow you to change your
hard disks (with the power off) and then power on without having to reconfigure
your hard disk type. If you use older hard disks that do not support this feature, then
you must configure the hard disk in the standard method as described earlier by the
“User” option.
NOTE: After the IDE hard disk drive information has been entered into BIOS, new
IDE hard disk drives must be partitioned (such as with FDISK) and then formatted
before data can be read from and write on. Primary IDE hard disk drives must have
its partition set to active (also possible with FDISK).
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Drive A / Drive B (None)
These fields record the types of floppy disk drives installed in your system. The
available options for drives A and B are: 360K, 5.25 in.; 1.2M, 5.25 in.; 720K, 3.5
in.; 1.44M, 3.5 in.; 2.88M, 3.5 in.; None
IV. BIOS
(Standard CMOS)
To enter the configuration value for a particular drive, highlight its corresponding
field and then select the drive type using the left- or right-arrow keys.
Floppy 3 Mode Support (Disabled)
This is the Japanese standard floppy drive. The standard stores 1.2MB in a 3.5inch
diskette. This is normally disabled but you may choose from either: Drive A, Drive
B, Both, and Disabled
Video (EGA/VGA)
Set this field to the type of video display card installed in your system. The options
are EGA/VGA, CGA 40, CGA 80, and MONO (for Hercules or MDA).
If you are using a VGA or any higher resolution card, choose EGA/VGA.
Halt On (All Errors)
This field determines which types of errors will cause the system to halt. Choose from
All Errors; No Errors; All,But Keyboard; All,But Diskette; and All,But Disk/Key.
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BIOS Features Setup
The “BIOS Features Setup” option consists of configuration entries that allow you
to improve your system performance, or let you set up some system features according to your preference. Some entries are required by the motherboard’s design to
remain in their default settings.
A section at the lower right of the screen displays the control keys you can use. Take
note of these keys and their respective uses. If you need information on a particular
entry, highlight it and then press <F1>. A pop-up help menu will appear to provide
you with the information you need. <F5> loads the last set values, <F6> and <F7>
loads the BIOS default values and Setup default values, respectively.
IV. BIOS
(BIOS Features)
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Details of BIOS Features Setup
CPU Internal Core Speed
This function is reserved for future use and is currently disabled.
Boot Virus Detection (Enabled)
This field allows you to set boot virus detection, ensuring a virus-free boot sector.
This new antivirus solution is unlike native BIOS tools, which offer limited virus
protection typically by write-protecting the partition table. With this new solution,
your computer is protected against boot virus threats earlier in the boot cycle, that is,
before they have a chance to load into your system. This ensures your computer
boots to a clean operating system. The system halts and displays a warning message
when it detects a virus. If this occurs, you can either allow the operation to continue
or use a virus-free bootable floppy disk to restart and investigate your system. Because of conflicts with new operating systems, for example, during installation of
new software, you may have to setthis to Disabled to prevent write errors.
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IV. BIOS
(BIOS Features)
CPU Level 1 Cache / CPU Level 2 Cache (Enabled)
These fields allow you to choose from the default of Enabled or choose Disabled to
turn on or off the CPU’s Level 1 and Level 2 built-in cache.
CPU Level 2 Cache ECC Check (Disabled)
This function controls the ECC check capability in the CPU level 2 cache.
BIOS Update (Enabled)
This functions as an update loader integrated into the BIOS to supply the processor
with the required data. The BIOS will load the update on all processors during
system bootup in the default position of Enabled.
Quick Power On Self Test (Enabled)
This field speeds up the Power-On Self Test (POST) routine by skipping retesting a
second, third, and forth time. Setup default setting for this field is Enabled. A
complete test of the system is done on each test.
HDD Sequence SCSI/IDE First (IDE)
When using both SCSI and IDE hard disk drives, IDE is always the boot disk using
drive letter C (default setting of IDE). This new feature allows a SCSI hard disk
drive to be the boot disk when set to SCSI. This allows multiple operating systems
to be used on both IDE and SCSI drives or the primary operating system to boot
using a SCSI hard disk drive.
Boot Sequence (A,C)
This field determines where the system looks first for an operating system. Options
are A,C; C,A; A,CDROM,C; CDROM,C,A; D,A; E,A; F,A; C only; LS/ZIP, C; LAN,A,C;
and LAN,C,A. The setup default setting, A, C, is to check first the floppy disk and then
the hard disk drive.
Boot Up Floppy Seek (Disabled)
When enabled, the BIOS will seek drive A once.
Floppy Disk Access Control (R/W)
This allows protection of files from the computer system to be copied to floppy
disks by allowing the setting of Read Only to only allow reads from the floppy disk
drive but not writes. The setup default R/W allows both reads and writes.
IDE HDD Block Mode Sectors (HDD MAX)
This field enhances hard disk performance by making multi-sector transfers instead
of one sector per transfer. Most IDE drives, except older versions, can utilize this
feature. Selections are HDD MAX, Disabled, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32.
HDD S.M.A.R.T. capability (Disabled)
This field enables or disables S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting
Technology) support for S.M.A.R.T.-capable hard disk drives. This technology requires an application that can display S.M.A.R.T. warning messages.
PS/2 Mouse Function Control (Auto)
The setting of Auto allows the system to detect a PS/2 Mouse on bootup. If detected,
IRQ12 will be used for the PS/2 Mouse. If not detected, IRQ12 will be reserved for
expansion cards. Enabled will reserve IRQ12 for the PS/2 Mouse.
OS/2 Onboard Memory > 64M (Disabled)
When using OS/2 operating systems with installed DRAM of greater than 64MB,
you need to Enable this option otherwise leave this on the setup default of Disabled.
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(BIOS Features)
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop (Disabled)
Some display cards that are nonstandard VGA, such as graphic accelerators or MPEG
video cards may not show colors properly. Setting this to Enabled should correct
this problem. Otherwise, leave this on the default setting of Disabled.
Video ROM BIOS Shadow (Enabled)
This field allows you to change the video BIOS location from ROM to RAM. Relocating to RAM enhances system performance, as information access is faster than the ROM.
C8000 - CBFFF Shadow to DC000 - DFFFF Shadow (Disabled)
These fields are used for shadowing other expansion card ROMs. If you install other
expansion cards with ROMs on them, you will need to know which addresses the
ROMs use to shadow them specifically. Shadowing a ROM reduces the memory
available between 640KB and 1024KB by the amount used for this purpose.
Boot Up NumLock Status (On)
This field allows users to activate the Number Lock function upon system boot.
Typematic Rate Setting (Disabled)
When enabled, you can set the two typematic controls listed below. Default setting
is Disabled.
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) (6)
This field controls the speed at which the system registers repeated keystrokes. Options range from 6 to 30 characters per second. Setup default setting is 6; other
settings are 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 24, and 30.
Typematic Delay (Msec) (250)
This field sets the time interval for displaying the first and second characters. Four
delay rate options are available: 250, 500, 750, and 1000.
Security Option (System)
When you specify a Supervisor Password and/or User Password (explained later in
this section), the Security Option field determines when the system prompts for the
password. The default setting is System, where the system prompts for the User
Password every time you start your system. The other option is Setup, where the
system goes through its startup routine unless the Setup utility is called, when the
system prompts for the Supervisor Password.
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Chipset Features Setup
The “Chipset Features Setup” option controls the configuration of the board’s chipset.
Control keys for this screen are the same as for the previous screen.
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Details of Chipset Features Setup
IV. BIOS
(Chipset Features)
EDO Auto Configuration (60ns DRAM)
The default setting of 60ns DRAM sets the optimal timings for items 2 through 5 for
60ns DRAM modules. If you are using 70ns DRAM modules, you must change this
item to 70ns DRAM. See section III for DRAM installation information.
SDRAM Configuration (12ns SDRAM)
Leave on default setting.
SDRAM RAS to CAS Delay (Auto)
This controls the latency between the SDRAM active command and the read/write
command. Leave on default setting.
SDRAM RAS Precharge Time (Auto)
This controls the idle clocks before closing an opened SDRAM page. Leave on
default setting.
MA Wait State (Auto)
This controls the leadoff clocks for CPU read cycles. Leave on default setting.
SDRAM Banks Close Policy (Arbitration)
Leave on default setting. If you are using SIEMEN’s SDRAM, set this to Page-Miss.
16-bit I/O Recovery Time (1 BUSCLK)
Timing for 16-bit ISA cards. Leave on default setting.
8-bit I/O Recovery Time (1 BUSCLK)
Timing for 8-bit ISA cards. Leave on default setting.
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IV. BIOS
(Chipset Features)
Graphics Aperture Size (64MB)
Memory-mapped, graphics data structures can reside in a Graphics Aperture. Leave
on default setting.
Video Memory Cache Mode (UC)
USWC (uncacheable, speculative write combining) is a new cache technology for
the video memory of the processor. It can greatly improve the display speed by
caching the display data. You must leave this on the default setting of UC
(uncacheable) if your display card cannot support this feature or else your system
may not boot.
PCI 2.1 Support (Enabled)
This function allows you to enable or disable PCI 2.1 features. Leave on Enabled
setting for PCI 2.1 compliancy.
Memory Hole At 15M–16M (Disabled)
Enabling this feature reserves 15MB to 16MB memory address space to ISA expansion cards that specifically require this setting. This makes the memory from 15MB
and up unavailable to the system. Expansion cards can only access memory up to
16MB. The default is Disabled.
DRAM are xx bits wide
If all your DIMMs have ECC (e.g., 8 chips + 1 parity chip), they are considered
72bits. This motherboard sums the memory per bank and therefore two modules
will give 72bits and the following will be displayed:
If your DIMMs do not have ECC (e.g. 8 chips), they are considered 64bits and the
following will be displayed instead:
Data Integrity Mode (Non-ECC)
Non-ECC has byte-wise write capability but no provision for protecting data integrity in the DRAM array. EC-Only data errors are detected but not corrected. ECC
allows a detection of single-bit and multiple-bit errors and recovery of single-bit
errors. (See section III for more information on DRAM memory modules.)
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Onboard FDC Controller (Enabled)
When Enabled, this field allows you to connect your floppy disk drives to the onboard
floppy disk drive connector instead of a separate controller card. If you want to use a
different controller card to connect the floppy disk drives, set this field to Disabled.
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IV. BIOS
(Chipset Features)
Onboard FDC Swap A & B (No Swap)
This field allows you to reverse the hardware drive letter assignments of your floppy
disk drives. Two options are available: No Swap and Swap AB. If you want to switch
drive letter assignments through the onboard chipset, set this field to Swap AB.
Onboard Serial Port 1 (3F8H/IRQ4)
Settings are 3F8H/IRQ4, 2F8H/IRQ3, 3E8H/IRQ4, 2E8H/IRQ10, and Disabled for
the onboard serial connector.
Onboard Serial Port 2 (2F8H/IRQ3)
Settings are 3F8H/IRQ4, 2F8H/IRQ3, 3E8H/IRQ4, 2E8H/IRQ10, and Disabled for
the onboard serial connector.
Onboard Parallel Port (378H/IRQ7)
This field sets the address of the onboard parallel port connector. You can select
either: 3BCH / IRQ 7, 378H / IRQ 7, 278H / IRQ 5, Disabled. If you install an I/O card
with a parallel port, ensure that there is no conflict in the address assignments. The PC
can support up to three parallel ports as long as there are no conflicts for each port.
Parallel Port Mode (ECP+EPP)
This field allows you to set the operation mode of the parallel port. The setting
Normal, allows normal-speed operation but in one direction only; EPP allows bidirectional parallel port operation at maximum speed; ECP allows the parallel port to
operate in bidirectional mode and at a speed faster than the maximum unidirectional
data transfer rate; ECP+EPP allows normal speed operation in a two-way mode.
ECP DMA Select (3)
This selection is available only if you select ECP or ECP+EPP in the Parallel Port
Mode. Select either DMA Channel 1, 3, or Disable.
UART2 Use Infrared (Disabled)
When enabled, this field activates the onboard infrared feature and sets the second
serial UART to support the infrared module connector on the motherboard. If your
system already has a second serial port connected to the onboard COM2 connector, it
will no longer work if you enable the infrared feature. By default, this field is set to
Disabled, which leaves the second serial port UART to support the COM2 serial port
connector. See IrDA-compliant infrared module connector under section III.
Onboard PCI IDE Enable (Both)
You can select to enable the primary IDE channel, secondary IDE channel, both, or
disable both channels (for systems with only SCSI drives).
IDE Ultra DMA Mode (Auto)
This sets the IDE UltraDMA to be active when using UltraDMA-capable IDE devices. The BIOS will automatically adjust or disable this setting for slower IDE
devices so that Auto or high settings will not cause problems for older IDE devices.
Choose Disable if you do not want this feature for all devices.
IDE 0 Master/Slave PIO/DMA Mode, IDE 1 Master/Slave PIO/DMA Mode (Auto)
Each channel (0 and 1) has both a master and a slave making four IDE devices
possible. Because each IDE device may have a different Mode timing (0, 1, 2, 3, 4),
it is necessary for these to be independent. The default setting of Auto will allow
auto-detection to ensure optimal performance.
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Power Management Setup
The “Power Management Setup” option allows you to reduce power consumption.
This feature turns off the video display and shuts down the hard disk after a period
of inactivity.
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Details of Power Management Setup
IV. BIOS
(Power Management)
Power Management (User Define)
This field acts as the master control for the power management modes. Max Saving
puts the system into power saving mode after a brief period of system inactivity;
Min Saving is almost the same as Max Saving except that this time the system inactivity period is longer; Disable disables the power saving features; User Define allows you to set power saving options according to your preference.
IMPORTANT: Advanced Power Management (APM) should be installed to keep
the system time updated when the computer enters suspend mode activated by the
BIOS Power Management. For DOS environments, you need to add the statement,
DEVICE=C:\DOS\POWER.EXE, in you CONFIG.SYS. For Windows 3.x and Windows 95, you need to install Windows with the APM feature. A battery and power
cord icon labeled “Power” will appear in the “Control Panel.” Choose “Advanced”
in the Power Management Field.
Video Off Option (Suspend -> Off )
This field determines when to activate the video off feature for monitor power
management. The settings are All Modes -> Off; Always On; Suspend -> Off; and
Susp,Stby -> Off .
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Video Off Method (DPMS OFF)
This field defines the video off features. The following options are available: DPMS
OFF, DPMS Reduce ON, Blank Screen, V/H SYNC+Blank, DPMS Standby, and
DPMS Suspend. The DPMS (Display Power Management System) features allow
the BIOS to control the video display card if it supports the DPMS feature. Blank
Screen only blanks the screen (use this for monitors without power management or
“green” features. If set up in your system, your screen saver will not display with
Blank Screen selected). V/H SYNC+Blank blanks the screen and turns off vertical
and horizontal scanning.
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PM Timers
This section controls the time-out settings for the Power Management scheme. The
fields included in this section are “HDD Power Down”, which places the hard disk
into its lowest power consumption mode, and the Suspend mode which suspends the
CPU.
The system automatically “wakes up” from any power saving mode when there is
system activity such as when a key is pressed from the keyboard, or when there is
activity detected from the enabled IRQ channels.
IV. BIOS
(Power Management)
HDD Power Down (Disable)
Shuts down any IDE hard disk drives in the system after a period of inactivity. This
time period is user-configurable to 1–15 Min or Disable. This feature does not
affect SCSI hard drives.
Suspend Mode (Disable)
Sets the period of time after which each of these modes activate: 1 Min, 2 Min, 4
Min, 8 Min, 10 Min, 20 Min, 30 Min, 1 Hour, 2 Hour, and 4 Hour.
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Power Up Control
This section determines the ways the system can be controlled when it is started or
restarted, when modem activity is detected, or when power to the computer is interrupted and reapplied. The Soft-Off mode refers to powering off the system through
a momentary button switch (ATX switch) or through the software as opposed to
disconnecting the AC power by way of a rocker switch or other means.
PWR Button < 4 Secs (Soft Off)
When set to Soft Off, the ATX switch can be used as a normal system power-off
button when pressed for less than 4 seconds. Suspend allows the button to have a
dual function where pressing less than 4 seconds will place the system in sleep
mode. Regardless of the setting, holding the ATX switch for more than 4 seconds
will power off the system.
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PWR Up On Modem Act (Enabled)
This allows either settings of Enabled or Disabled for powering up the computer
(turns the ATX power supply on) when the modem receives a call while the computer is off. NOTE: The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and applications are fully running, thus connection cannot be made on the first
try. Turning an external modem off and then back on while the computer is off
causes an initialization string that will also cause the system to power on.
AC PWR Loss Restart (Disabled)
This allows you to set whether you want your system to boot up after the power has
been interrupted. Disabled leaves your system off after reapplying power and Enabled boots up your system after reapplying power.
Wake On LAN (Enabled)
Enable allows the ASUS PCI-L101 fast Ethernet card to power up the system using
the proper software. Disable turns off this feature.
IV. BIOS
(Power Management)
Automatic Power Up (Disabled)
This allows you to have an unattended or automatic power up of your system. You may
configure your system to power up at a certain time of the day by selecting Everyday,
which will allow you to set the time or at a certain time and day by selecting By Date.
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Fan Monitor (xxxxRPM)
The onboard hardware monitor is able to detect the Chassis Fan Speed, CPU Fan
Speed, and the Power Supply Fan Speed in Rotations Per Minute (RPM). Set to
Ignore if one of these are not used so that error messages will not be given.
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Thermal Monitor (xxxC/xxxF)
The onboard hardware monitor is able to detect the CPU (thermal-sensing heatsink
required for Pentium II processor) and MB (motherboard) temperatures. Set to Ignore if unavailable.
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Voltage Monitor (xx.xV)
The onboard hardware monitor is able to detect the voltages put out by the voltage
regulators. Set to Ignore if unavailable.
NOTE: If any of the monitored items are out of range, an error message will appear:
“Hardware Monitor found an error, enter POWER MANAGEMENT SETUP for
details”. You will then be prompted to “Press F1 to continue, DEL to enter SETUP”.
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PNP and PCI Setup
The “PNP and PCI Setup” option configures the PCI bus slots. All PCI bus slots on
the system use INTA#, thus all installed PCI cards must be set to this value.
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Details of PNP and PCI Setup
IV. BIOS
(Plug & Play / PCI)
PNP OS Installed (No)
This field allows you to use a Plug-and-Play (PnP) operating system to configure
the PCI bus slots instead of using the BIOS. Thus interrupts may be reassigned by
the OS when Yes is selected. When a non-PnP OS is installed or to prevent reassigning of interrupt settings, select the default setting of No.
Slot 1 IRQ to Slot 4/5 IRQ (Auto)
These fields set how IRQ use is determined for each PCI slot. The default setting for
each field is Auto, which uses auto-routing to determine IRQ use. The other options are
manual settings of NA, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 or 15 for each slot.
PCI Latency Timer (32 PCI Clock)
The default setting of 32 PCI Clock enables maximum PCI performance for this
motherboard.
IRQ xx Used By ISA (No/ICU)
These fields indicate whether or not the displayed IRQ for each field is being used
by a legacy (non-PnP) ISA card. Two options are available: No/ICU and Yes. The
first option, the default value, indicates either that the displayed IRQ is not used or
an ISA Configuration Utility (ICU) is being used to determine if an ISA card is
using that IRQ. If you install a legacy ISA card that requires a unique IRQ, and you
are not using an ICU, you must set the field for that IRQ to Yes. For example: If you
install a legacy ISA card that requires IRQ 10, then set IRQ10 Used By ISA to Yes.
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DMA x Used By ISA (No/ICU)
These fields indicate whether or not the displayed DMA channel for each field is
being used by a legacy (non-PnP) ISA card. Available options include: No/ICU and
Yes. The first option, the default setting, indicates either that the displayed DMA
channel is not used or an ICU is being used to determine if an ISA card is using that
channel. If you install a legacy ISA card that requires a unique DMA channel, and
you are not using an ICU, you must set the field for that channel to Yes.
ISA MEM Block BASE (No/ICU)
This field allows you to set the base address and block size of a legacy ISA card that
uses any memory segment within the C800H and DFFFH address range. If you
have such a card, and you are not using an ICU to specify its address range, select a
base address from the six available options; the ISA MEM Block SIZE field will
then appear for selecting the block size. If you have more than one legacy ISA card
in your system that requires to use this address range, you can increase the block
size to either 8K, 16K, 32K, or 64K. If you are using an ICU to accomplish this task,
leave ISA MEM Block BASE to its default setting of No/ICU.
USB IRQ (Enabled)
Enabled reserves an IRQ# for the USB to work, Disabled does not allow the USB to
have an IRQ# and therefore prevents the USB from functioning. If you do not use
USB devices, you may Disable this feature to save an extra IRQ# for expansion cards.
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(Plug & Play / PCI)
VGA BIOS Sequence (PCI/AGP)
If your computer has both PCI and AGP VGA cards, this field allows you to select
which of the cards will act as your primary card. The default, PCI/AGP, allows your
PCI card to take precedent when detected. AGP/PCI uses the AGP card as your
primary card.
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Load BIOS Defaults
The “Load BIOS Defaults” option allows you to load the troubleshooting default
values permanently stored in the BIOS ROM. These default settings are non-optimal and disable all high performance features. To load these default settings, highlight “Load BIOS Defaults” on the main screen and then press <Enter>. The system
displays a confirmation message on the screen. Press <Y> and then <Enter> to
confirm. Press <N> and then <Enter> to abort. This feature does not affect the
fields on the Standard CMOS Setup screen.
Load Setup Defaults
The “Load Setup Defaults” option allows you to load the default values to the system configuration fields. These default values are the optimized configuration settings for the system. To load these default values, highlight “Load Setup Defaults”
on the main screen and then press <Enter>. The system displays a confirmation
message on the screen. Press <Y> and then <Enter> to confirm. Press <N> and
then <Enter> to abort. This feature does not affect the fields on the Standard CMOS
Setup screen.
IV. BIOS
(Load Defaults)
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Supervisor Password and User Password
These two options set the system passwords. “Supervisor Password” sets a password that will be used to protect the system and the Setup utility; “User Password”
sets a password that will be used exclusively on the system. By default, the system
comes without any passwords. To specify a password, highlight the type you want
and then press <Enter>. A password prompt appears on the screen. Taking note that
the password is case sensitive, and can be up to 8 alphanumeric characters long, type
in your password and then press <Enter>. The system confirms your password by
asking you to type it again. After setting a password, the screen automatically reverts to the main screen.
IV. BIOS
(Passwords)
To implement password protection, specify in the “Security Option” field of the
BIOS Features Setup screen when the system will prompt for the password. If you
want to disable either password, press <Enter> instead of entering a new password
when the “Enter Password” prompt appears. A message confirms the password has
been disabled.
NOTE: If you forget the password, see CMOS RAM in section III for procedures
on clearing the CMOS.
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IDE HDD Auto Detection
The “IDE HDD Auto Detection” option detects the parameters of an IDE hard disk
drive, and automatically enters them into the Standard CMOS Setup screen.
IV. BIOS
(Hard Disk Detect)
Up to four IDE drives can be detected, with parameters for each listed inside the
box. To accept the optimal entries, press <Y> or else select from the numbers displayed under the OPTIONS field (2, 1, 3 in this case); to skip to the next drive, press
<N>. If you accept the values, the parameters will appear listed beside the drive
letter on the screen. The process then proceeds to the next drive letter. Pressing
<N> to skip rather than to accept a set of parameters causes the program to enter
zeros after that drive letter.
Remember that if you are using another IDE controller that does not feature Enhanced IDE support for four devices, you can only install two IDE hard disk drives.
Your IDE controller must support the Enhanced IDE features in order to use Drive E
and Drive F. The onboard PCI IDE controller supports Enhanced IDE, with two
connectors for connecting up to four IDE devices. If you want to use another controller that supports four drives, you must disable the onboard IDE controller in the
Chipset Features Setup screen.
When auto-detection is completed, the program automatically enters all entries you
accepted on the field for that drive in the Standard CMOS Setup screen. Skipped
entries are ignored and are not entered in the screen.
If you are auto-detecting a hard disk that supports the LBA mode, three lines will
appear in the parameter box. Choose the line that lists LBA for an LBA drive. Do
not select Large or Normal.
The auto-detection feature can only detect one set of parameters for a particular IDE
hard drive. Some IDE drives can use more than one set. This is not a problem if the
drive is new and empty.
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IMPORTANT: If your hard disk was already formatted on an older previous system,
incorrect parameters may be detected. You will need to enter the correct parameters
manually or use low-level format if you do not need the data stored on the hard disk.
If the parameters listed differ from the ones used when the disk was formatted, the
disk will not be readable. If the auto-detected parameters do not match the ones that
should be used for your disk, do not accept them. Press <N> to reject the presented
settings and enter the correct ones manually from the Standard CMOS Setup screen.
Save & Exit Setup
IV. BIOS
(Save & Exit)
Select this option to save into the CMOS memory all modifications you specified
during the current session. To save the configuration changes, highlight the “Save
& Exit Setup” option on the main screen, type “Y”, and then press <Enter>.
Exit Without Saving
Select this option to exit the Setup utility without saving the modifications you specify
during the current session. To exit without saving, highlight the “Exit Without Saving” option on the main screen and then press <Enter>.
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