GA-VM900MC
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo / Intel® Pentium® D /
Intel® Pentium® 4 / Celeron® D LGA775 Processor Motherboard
User's Manual
Rev. 1002
12ME-VM900MC-1002R
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Motherboard
GA-VM900MC
Jun. 26, 2007
GA-VM900MC
Motherboard
Jun. 27, 2007
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Identifying Your Motherboard Revision
The revision number on your motherboard looks like this: "REV: X.X." For example, "REV: 1.0"
means the revision of the motherboard is 1.0. Check your motherboard revision before updating
motherboard BIOS, drivers, or when looking for technical information.
Example:
Table of Contents
Box Contents ................................................................................................................. 6
Optional Items ................................................................................................................. 6
GA-VM900MC Motherboard Layout .............................................................................. 7
Block Diagram ................................................................................................................ 8
Chapter 1 Hardware Installation .................................................................................... 9
1-1
1-2
1-3
Installation Precautions ..................................................................................... 9
Product Specifications .................................................................................... 10
Installing the CPU and CPU Cooler .............................................................. 13
1-3-1
1-3-2
1-4
1-5
1-6
1-7
Installing the CPU ................................................................................................ 13
Installing the CPU Cooler ................................................................................... 15
Installing the Memory ..................................................................................... 16
Installing an Expansion Card ......................................................................... 17
Back Panel Connectors ................................................................................. 18
Internal Connectors ........................................................................................ 19
Chapter 2 BIOS Setup................................................................................................. 29
2-1
2-2
2-3
2-4
Startup Screen ................................................................................................ 30
The Main Menu .............................................................................................. 31
Standard CMOS Features ............................................................................. 33
Advanced BIOS Features .............................................................................. 35
2-5
2-6
2-7
2-8
Integrated Peripherals ..................................................................................... 37
Power Management Setup ............................................................................. 39
PnP/PCI Configurations ................................................................................. 41
PC Health Status ........................................................................................... 42
2-9
2-10
2-11
2-12
Load Fail-Safe Defaults ................................................................................... 43
Load Optimized Defaults ................................................................................. 43
Set Supervisor/User Password ..................................................................... 44
Save & Exit Setup ......................................................................................... 45
2-13
Exit Without Saving ....................................................................................... 45
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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation ...................................................................................... 47
3-1
3-2
Installing Chipset Drivers ............................................................................... 47
Software Applications ..................................................................................... 48
3-3
3-4
3-5
Driver CD Information .................................................................................... 48
Hardware Information ..................................................................................... 49
Contact Us ..................................................................................................... 49
Chapter 4 Unique Features ......................................................................................... 51
4-1
4-2
Xpress Recovery2 ......................................................................................... 51
BIOS Update Utilities ..................................................................................... 56
4-2-1
4-2-2
4-3
4-4
Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility ...................................................... 56
Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility ....................................................... 59
EasyTune 5 .................................................................................................... 61
Windows Vista ReadyBoost ........................................................................... 62
Chapter 5 Appendix .................................................................................................... 63
5-1
Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s) .................................................................... 63
5-1-1
5-1-2
5-1-3
5-2
Configuring Audio Input and Output ................................................................. 74
5-2-1
5-2-2
5-2-3
5-2-4
5-3
Configuring VIA VT8237S SATA Controllers .................................................... 63
Making a SATA RAID Driver Diskette ............................................................... 70
Installing the SATA RAID Driver and Operating System ................................ 71
Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio ............................................................ 74
Installing the S/PDIF In and Out Cable (Optional) ............................................ 77
Configuring Microphone Recording ................................................................... 79
Using the Sound Recorder ................................................................................. 81
Troubleshooting ............................................................................................... 82
5-3-1
5-3-2
Frequently Asked Questions ............................................................................. 82
Troubleshooting Procedure ................................................................................ 83
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Box Contents
GA-VM900MC motherboard
Motherboard Driver Disk
User's Manual
Intel® LGA775 CPU Installation Guide
One IDE cable and one floppy disk drive cable
One SATA 3Gb/s cable
I/O Shield
The box contents above are for reference only and the actual items shall depend on product package you obtain.
The box contents are subject to change without notice.
Optional Items
2-port USB 2.0 bracket (Part No. 12CR1-1UB030-51R)
2-port SATA power cable (Part No. 12CF1-2SERPW-01R)
COM port cable (Part No. 12CF1-1CM001-32R)
S/PDIF in and out cable (Part No. 12CR1-1SPINO-11R)
5.1/7.1 surround cable (Part No. 12CF1-1AU004-01R)
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GA-VM900MC Motherboard Layout
CPU_FAN
KB_MS
LPT
COMA
LGA775
GA-VM900MC
VIA
Winbond
W83627
LAN
USB
P4M900
F_AUDIO
VIA
VT8237S
BIOS
PCI1
CD_IN
PCI2
CODEC
COMB
SPDIF_IO
F_PANEL
PWR_LED
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IDE2
BATTERY
F_USB1 F_USB2
FDD
SATAII1
SATAII0
CI
HDA_SUR
IDE1
DDR1
PCIE_1
SYS_FAN
RTL8201
DDRII2
DDRII1
PCIE_16
CLR_CMOS
USB
AUDIO
ATX
VGA
ATX_12V
Block Diagram
PCIe CLK
(100 MHz)
LGA775
Processor
D-Sub
Host
Interface
CPU CLK+/- (266/200/133 MHz)
DDR2 667/533/400 MHz (Note)
DDR2
PCI Express x16
VIA
P4M900
PCI Express Bus
DDR 400 MHz
DDR
x1
PCIe CLK
(100 MHz)
PCI Express x1
RJ45
2 SATA 3Gb/s
ATA-133/100/66/33
IDE Channels
BIOS
VIA
VT8237S
RTL8201
8 USB Ports
LAN
PS/2 KB/Mouse
PCI Bus
Floppy
Winbond
W83627
COM Ports
PCI CLK
(33 MHz)
(Note)
SPDIF In
SPDIF Out
MIC
Line-Out
Line-In
Surround Speaker Out
Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
CODEC
2 PCI
LPT Port
Use of a 1066/800 MHz FSB CPU is required if you wish to install DDR2 667 MHz
memory.
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Chapter 1
Installation Precautions
The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can become
damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Prior to installation, carefully read the user's
manual and follow these procedures:
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Prior to installation, do not remove or break motherboard S/N (Serial Number) sticker or
warranty sticker provided by your dealer. These stickers are required for warranty validation.
Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet before
installing or removing the motherboard or other hardware components.
When connecting hardware components to the internal connectors on the motherboard,
make sure they are connected tightly and securely.
When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors.
It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap when handling electronic
components such as a motherboard, CPU or memory. If you do not have an ESD wrist strap,
keep your hands dry and first touch a metal object to eliminate static electricity.
Prior to installing the motherboard, please have it on top of an antistatic pad or within a
electrostatic shielding container.
Before unplugging the power supply cable from the motherboard, make sure the power supply
has been turned off.
Before turning on the power, make sure the power supply voltage has been set according to
the local voltage standard.
Before using the product, please verify that all cables and power connectors of your hardware
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components are connected.
To prevent damage to the motherboard, do not allow screws to come in contact with the
motherboard circuit or its components.
Make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or
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within the computer casing.
Do not place the computer system on an uneven surface.
Do not place the computer system in a high-temperature environment.
Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system
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components as well as physical harm to the user.
If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the
product, please consult a certified computer technician.
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Product Specifications
CPU
Front Side Bus
Chipset
Memory
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Onboard Graphics
Audio
LAN
Expansion Slots
Storage Interface
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USB
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Support for an Intel ® Core 2 Duo / Pentium® D / Pentium ® 4 / Celeron ® D
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
Support for Intel ® Hyper-Threading Technology
L2 cache varies with CPU
1066/800/533 MHz FSB
North Bridge: VIA P4M900 Express Chipset
South Bridge: VIA VT8237S
2 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 4 GB of system memory(Note 1)
1 x 2.5V DDR DIMM socket supporting up to 2 GB of system memory
(Note: Mixed mode, populating DDR and DDR2 memory modules
simultaneously is not supported.)
Support for DDR2 667/533/400 MHz (Note 2) memory modules
Support for DDR 400 MHz memory modules
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.)
Integrated in the North Bridge
Realtek ALC883 codec
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (Note 3)
Support for S/PDIF In/Out
Support for CD In
Realtek 8201 chip (10/100 Mbit)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
South Bridge:
- 2 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 4 IDE devices
- 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
- Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1
Winbond W83627 chip:
- 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
Integrated in the South Bridge
Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets
connected to the internal USB headers)
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Back Panel
Connectors
I/O Controller
Hardware Monitor
BIOS
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Internal Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x floppy disk drive connector
2 x IDE connectors
2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x system fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x CD In connector
1 x S/PDIF In/Out header
1 x surround/center audio header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x serial port header
1 x chassis intrusion header
1 x power LED header
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x parallel port
1 x serial port
1 x D-Sub port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
Winbond W83627 chip
System voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System fan fail warning
CPU fan speed control
1 x 4 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 1.0b
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Unique Features
Bundled Software
Operating System
Form Factor
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Support for @BIOS
Support for Download Center
Support for Q-Flash
Support for EasyTune (Note 4)
Support for Xpress Install
Support for Xpress Recovery2
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Support for Microsoft® Windows ® Vista/XP/2000
Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 24.4cm
(Note 1) Due to Windows XP 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical
memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
(Note 2) Use of a 1066/800 MHz FSB CPU is required if you wish to install DDR2 667 MHz
memory.
(Note 3) A 5.1/7.1 surround cable (optional) needs to be installed if you wish to enable 7.1-channel
audio output.
(Note 4) Available functions in Easytune may differ by motherboard model.
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Installing the CPU and CPU Cooler
Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the CPU:
• Make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU.
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
• Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
installing the CPU to prevent hardware damage.
• Locate the pin one of the CPU. The CPU cannot be inserted if oriented incorrectly. (Or you
may locate the notches on both sides of the CPU and alignment keys on the CPU socket.)
• Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the CPU.
• Do not turn on the computer if the CPU cooler is not installed, otherwise overheating and
damage of the CPU may occur.
• Set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the CPU specifications. It is not recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications since it
does not meet the standard requirements for the peripherals. If you wish to set the frequency beyond the standard specifications, please do so according to your hardware
specifications including the CPU, graphics card, memory, hard drive, etc.
Hyper-Threading Technology System Requirements:
(Go to Intel's website for more information about the Hyper-Threading Technology)
• An Intel ® CPU that supports HT Technology
• A chipset that supports HT Technology
• An operating system that is optimized for HT Technology
• A BIOS that supports HT Technology and has it enabled
(Refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Advanced BIOS Features," for instructions on enabling
the HT Technology.)
1-3-1 Installing the CPU
A. Locate the alignment keys on the motherboard CPU socket and the notches on the CPU.
LGA775 CPU Socket
Alignment Key
Alignment Key
Pin One Corner of the CPU Socket
LGA 775 CPU
Notch
Notch
Triangle Pin One Marking on the CPU
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B. Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU into the motherboard CPU socket.
Before installing the CPU, make sure to turn off the computer and unplug the power
cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the CPU.
CPU Socket Lever
Step 1:
Completely raise the CPU socket lever.
Step 2:
Remove the protective socket cover.
Step 3:
Lift the metal load plate on the CPU socket.
Step 4:
Hold the CPU with your thumb and index
fingers. Align the CPU pin one marking (triangle)
with the pin one corner of the CPU socket (or
you may align the CPU notches with the socket
alignment keys) and gently insert the CPU
into position.
Step 5:
Once the CPU is properly inserted, replace
the load plate and push the CPU socket lever
back into its locked position.
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Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU cooler on the motherboard. (The following procedure
uses Intel ® boxed cooler as the example cooler.)
Male
Push Pin
Direction of
the Arrow Sign
on the Male
Push Pin
The Top
of Female
Push Pin
Female
Push Pin
Step 1:
Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease
on the surface of the installed CPU.
Step 2:
Before installing the cooler, note the direction
on the male push pin.
of the arrow sign
(Turning the push pin along the direction of
arrow is to remove the cooler, on the contrary,
is to install.)
Step 3:
Place the cooler atop the CPU, aligning the
four push pins through the pin holes on the
motherboard. Push down on the push pins
diagonally.
Step 4:
You should hear a "click" when pushing down each
push pin. Check that the Male and Female push pins
are joined closely. (Refer to your CPU cooler installation manual for instructions on installing the cooler.)
Step 5:
After the installation, check the back of the
motherboard. If the push pin is inserted as the
picture above, the installation is complete.
Step 6:
Finally, attach the power connector of the CPU
cooler to the CPU fan header (CPU_FAN) on
the motherboard.
Use extreme care when removing the CPU cooler because the thermal grease/tape between
the CPU cooler and CPU may adhere to the CPU. Inadequately removing the CPU cooler may
damage the CPU.
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1-3-2 Installing the CPU Cooler
Installing the Memory
Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the memory:
• Make sure that the motherboard supports the memory. It is recommended that memory of
the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used.
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.)
• Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
installing the memory to prevent hardware damage.
• Memory modules have a foolproof design. A memory module can be installed in only one
direction. If you are unable to insert the memory, switch the direction.
• Mixed mode, populating DDR and DDR2 memory modules simultaneously is not supported.
Notch
DDRII1
DDRII2
DDR1
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DDR2 DIMM
DDR DIMM
A DDR2/DDR memory module has a notch, so it can only fit in one direction. Follow the steps below
to correctly install your memory modules in the memory sockets.
Step 1:
Note the orientation of the memory module. Spread the retaining
clips at both ends of the memory socket. Place the memory
module on the socket. As indicated in the picture on the left,
place your fingers on the top edge of the memory, push down
on the memory and insert it vertically into the memory socket.
Step 2:
The clips at both ends of the socket will snap into place when
the memory module is securely inserted.
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Installing an Expansion Card
Read the following guidelines before you begin to install an expansion card:
• Make sure the motherboard supports the expansion card. Carefully read the manual that
came with your expansion card.
• Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
installing an expansion card to prevent hardware damage.
PCI Express x16 Slot
PCI Express x1 Slot
PCI Slot
Follow the steps below to correctly install your expansion card in the expansion slot.
1. Locate an expansion slot that supports your card. Remove the metal slot cover from the chassis back panel.
2. Align the card with the slot, and press down on the card until it is fully seated in the slot.
3. Make sure the metal contacts on the card are completely inserted into the slot.
4. Secure the card's metal bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw.
5. After installing all expansion cards, replace the chassis cover(s).
6. Turn on your computer. If necessary, go to BIOS Setup to make any required BIOS changes for
your expansion card(s).
7. Install the driver provided with the expansion card in your operating system.
Example: Installing and Removing a PCI Express x16 Graphics Card:
• Installing a Graphics Card:
Gently push down on the top edge of the card
until it is fully inserted into the PCI Express x16
slot. Make sure the card is securely seated in
the slot and does not rock.
• Removing the Card:
Gently push back on the lever on the slot and then lift the card straight out
from the slot.
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Back Panel Connectors
PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Port
Use the upper port (green) to connect a PS/2 mouse and the lower port (purple) to connect a PS/2
keyboard.
Parallel Port
Use the parallel port to connect devices such as a printer, scanner and etc. The parallel port is also
called a printer port.
Serial Port
Use the serial port to connect devices such as a mouse, modem or other peripherals.
D-Sub Port
The D-Sub port supports a 15-pin D-Sub connector. Connect a monitor that supports D-Sub
connection to this port.
USB Port
The USB port supports the USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Use this port for USB devices such as an
USB keyboard/mouse, USB printer, USB flash drive and etc.
RJ-45 LAN Port
The Fast Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 100 Mbps data rate. The following
describes the states of the LAN port LEDs.
Connection/
Speed LED
Activity LED
Connection/Speed LED:
State
Description
Green
100 Mpbs data rate
Off
10 Mpbs data rate
Activity LED:
State
Blinking
Description
Data transmission or receiving is occurring
Off
No data transmission or receiving is occurring
LAN Port
Line In Jack (Blue)
The default line in jack. Use this audio jack for line in devices such as a optical drive, walkman, etc.
Line Out Jack (Green)
The default line out jack. Use this audio jack for a headphone or 2-channel speaker. This jack can
be used to connect front speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.
• When removing the cable connected to a back panel connector, first remove the cable
from your device and then remove it from the motherboard.
• When removing the cable, pull it straight out from the connector. Do not rock it side to side
to prevent an electrical short inside the cable connector.
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The default Mic in jack. Microphones must be connected to this jack.
To configure 7.1-channel audio, you need to install a 5.1/7.1 surround cable (optional) and
enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver. Refer to the instructions on
setting up a 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1Channel Audio."
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1
2
11
6
4
7
18
9
12
13
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2)
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7)
8)
9)
14 15
ATX_12V
ATX (Power Connector)
CPU_FAN
SYS_FAN
FDD
IDE1 / IDE2
SATAII0 / SATAII1
PWR_LED
BATTERY
5
16
10)
11)
12)
13)
14)
15)
16)
17)
18)
17 8
10
F_PANEL
F_AUDIO
CD_IN
HDA_SUR
SPDIF_IO
COMB
F_USB1 / F_USB2
CI
CLR_CMOS
Read the following guidelines before connecting external devices:
• First make sure your devices are compliant with the connectors you wish to connect.
• Before installing the devices, be sure to turn off the devices and your computer. Unplug the
power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the devices.
• After installing the device and before turning on the computer, make sure the device cable
has been securely attached to the connector on the motherboard.
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Mic In Jack (Pink)
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1/2) ATX_12V/ATX (2x2 12V Power Connector and 2x12 Main Power Connector)
With the use of the power connector, the power supply can supply enough stable power to all the
components on the motherboard. Before connecting the power connector, first make sure the
power supply is turned off and all devices are properly installed. The power connector possesses
a foolproof design. Connect the power supply cable to the power connector in the correct orientation.
The 12V power connector mainly supplies power to the CPU. If the 12V power connector is not
connected, the computer will not start.
• To meet expansion requirements, it is recommended that a power supply that can withstand
high power consumption be used (400W or greater). If a power supply is used that does not
provide the required power, the result can lead to an unstable or unbootable system.
• The main power connector is compatible with power supplies with 2x10 power connectors.
When using a 2x12 power supply, remove the protective cover from the main power
connector on the motherboard. Do not insert the power supply cable into pins under the
protective cover when using a 2x10 power supply.
ATX_12V :
3
4
Pin No.
1
1
2
2
GND
3
+12V
4
+12V
ATX_12V
Definition
GND
ATX :
12
24
1
13
Pin No.
Definition
Definition
3.3V
13
3.3V
2
3
3.3V
GND
14
15
-12V
GND
4
+5V
16
PS_ON(soft On/Off)
5
GND
17
GND
6
7
+5V
GND
18
19
GND
GND
8
Power Good
20
-5V
9
5V SB(stand by +5V)
21
+5V
10
11
+12V
+12V (Only for 2x12-pinATX)
22
23
+5V
+5V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
12
3.3V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
24
GND (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
ATX
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The motherboard has a 4-pin CPU fan header (CPU_FAN) and a 3-pin power fan header (SYS_FAN).
Each fan header supplies a +12V power voltage and possesses a foolproof insertion design. When
connecting a fan cable, be sure to connect it in the correct orientation. Most fans are designed with
color-coded power connector wires. A red power connector wire indicates a positive connection
and requires a +12V voltage. The black connector wire is the ground wire. The motherboard
supports CPU fan speed control, which requires the use of a CPU fan with fan speed control
design. For optimum heat dissipation, it is recommended that a system fan be installed inside the
chassis.
CPU_FAN :
Pin No.
1
1
CPU_FAN
Definition
GND
2
+12V / Speed Control
3
Sense
4
Speed Control
SYS_FAN :
1
SYS_FAN
Pin No.
Definition
1
GND
2
3
+12V
Sense
• Be sure to connect fan cables to the fan headers to prevent your CPU and system from
overheating. Overheating may result in damage to the CPU or the system may hang.
• These fan headers are not configuration jumper blocks. Do not place a jumper cap on the
headers.
5) FDD (Floppy Disk Drive Connector)
This connector is used to connect a floppy disk drive. The types of floppy disk drives supported
are: 360 KB, 720 KB, 1.2 MB, 1.44 MB, and 2.88 MB. Before connecting a floppy disk drive, locate
the foolproof groove on the connector.
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3/4) CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN (Fan Headers)
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6) IDE1 / IDE2 (IDE Connector)
The IDE connector supports up to two IDE devices such as hard drives and optical drives. Before
attaching the IDE cable, locate the foolproof groove on the connector. If you wish to connect two IDE
devices, remember to set the jumpers and the cabling according to the role of the IDE devices (for
example, master or slave). (For information about configuring master/slave settings for the IDE
devices, read the instructions from the device manufacturers.)
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2
1
IDE1
IDE2
7) SATAII0 / SATAII1 (SATA 3Gb/s Connectors, Controlled by VIA VT8237S)
The SATA connectors conform to SATA 3Gb/s standard and are compatible with SATA 1.5Gb/s
standard. Each SATA connector supports a single SATA device. The VIA VT8237S controller
supports RAID 0 and RAID 1. Refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)," for instructions
on configuring a RAID array.
Pin No.
SATAII1
7
1
1
7
SATAII0
GND
2
3
TXP
TXN
4
GND
5
RXN
6
7
RXP
GND
A RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration requires two hard drives.
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Definition
1
This header can be used to connect a system power LED on the chassis to indicate system power
status. The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the system is
in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).
Pin No.
1
Definition
1
MPD+
2
MPD-
3
MPD-
System Status LED
S0
On
S1
Blinking
S3/S4/S5
Off
9) BATTERY
The battery provides power to keep the values (such as BIOS configurations, date, and time
information) in the CMOS when the computer is turned off. Replace the battery when the battery
voltage drops to a low level, or the CMOS values may not be accurate or may be lost.
You may clear the CMOS values by removing the battery:
1. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute.
(Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and
negative terminals of the battery holder, making them short for 5 seconds.)
3. Replace the battery.
4. Plug in the power cord and restart your computer.
• Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord before replacing the battery.
• Replace the battery with an equivalent one. Danger of explosion if the battery is replaced
with an incorrect model.
• Contact the place of purchase or local dealer if you are not able to replace the battery by
yourself or uncertain about the battery model.
• When installing the battery, note the orientation of the positive side (+) and the negative
side (-) of the battery (the positive side should face up).
• Used batteries must be handled in accordance with local environmental regulations.
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8) PWR_LED (System Power LED Header)
Connect the power switch, reset switch, speaker and system status indicator on the chassis front
panel to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the positive and negative pins
before connecting the cables.
2
1
SPEAK-
Speaker
Connector
SPEAK+
Power
Switch
MSG+
MSGPW+
PW-
Message/Power/
Sleep LED
IDE Hard Disk
Active LED
RES+
NC
HD+
HD-
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19
RES-
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10) F_PANEL (Front Panel Header)
Reset
Switch
• MSG (Message/Power/Sleep LED):
Connects to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The
System Status LED
S0
On
LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when
S1
Blinking the system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in
S3/S4/S5
Off
S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).
• PW (Power Switch):
Connects to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off
your system using the power switch (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Power Management
Setup," for more information).
• SPEAK (Speaker):
Connects to the speaker on the chassis front panel. The system reports system startup status
by issuing a beep code. One single short beep will be heard if no problem is detected at system
startup. If a problem is detected, the BIOS may issue beeps in different patterns to indicate the
problem. Refer to Chapter 5, "Troubleshooting," for information about beep codes.
• HD (IDE Hard Drive Activity LED)
Connects to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the hard
drive is reading or writing data.
• RES (Reset Switch):
Connects to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the
computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.
• NC:
No connection
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module mainly consists of
power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive activity LED, speaker and etc. When
connecting your chassis front panel module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the pin assignments are matched correctly.
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The front panel audio header supports Intel High Definition audio (HD) and AC'97 audio. You may
connect your chassis front panel audio module to this header. Make sure the wire assignments of
the module connector match the pin assignments of the motherboard header. Incorrect connection
between the module connector and the motherboard header will make the device unable to work
or even damage it.
For HD Front Panel Audio:
Pin No.
Definition
10
9
2
1
For AC'97 Front Panel Audio:
Pin No.
Definition
1
2
MIC2_L
GND
1
2
MIC
GND
3
MIC2_R
3
MIC Power
4
-ACZ_DET
4
NC
5
6
LINE2_R
FSENSE1
5
6
Line Out (R)
NC
7
FAUDIO_JD
7
NC
8
No Pin
8
No Pin
9
10
LINE2_L
FSENSE2
9
10
Line Out (L)
NC
• The front panel audio header supports HD audio by default. If your chassis provides an
AC'97 front panel audio module, refer to the instructions on how to activate AC'97 functioninality
via the audio software in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio."
• When using an AC'97 front panel audio module, you can use either the front or the back
panel audio connectors, but not both at the same time.
• Some chassis provide a front panel audio module that has separated connectors on each
wire instead of a single plug. For information about connecting the front panel audio
module that has different wire assignments, please contact the chassis manufacturer.
12) CD_IN (CD In Connector)
You may connect the audio cable that came with your optical drive to the header.
Pin No.
1
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2
CD-L
GND
3
GND
4
CD-R
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11) F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header)
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13) HDA_SUR (Surround/Center Audio Header)
To enable 7.1-channel audio, connect a 5.1/7.1 surround cable to this header and configure audio
output mode via the audio software. For purchasing the optional 5.1/7.1 surround cable, please
contact the local dealer.
2
14
1
13
Pin No.
1
Definition
LEF_P
2
SURR_RR
3
CEN_P
4
5
SURR_LL
CEN_JD
6
SURR_JD
7
GND
8
9
-SUR_DET
GND
10
No Pin
11
GND
12
13
S_SURR_JD
S_SURR_LL
14
S_SURR_RR
14) SPDIF_IO (S/PDIF In/Out Header)
This header supports digital S/PDIF in/out. Via an optional S/PDIF in and out cable, this header can
connect to an audio device that supports digital audio out and an audio system that supports digital
audio in. For purchasing the optional S/PDIF in and out cable, please contact the local dealer.
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Pin No.
1
Definition
Power
2
No Pin
3
SPDIF
4
5
SPDIFI
GND
6
GND
The COMB header can provide one serial port via an optional COM port cable. For purchasing the
optional COM port cable, please contact the local dealer.
Pin No.
Definition
1
NDCD B-
2
NSIN B
NSOUT B
NDTR B-
2
10
3
4
1
9
5
GND
6
NDSR B-
7
8
NRTS BNCTS B-
9
NRI B-
10
No Pin
16) F_USB1/F_USB2(USB Headers)
The headers conform to USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Each USB header can provide two USB ports
via an optional USB bracket. For purchasing the optional USB bracket, please contact the local
dealer.
2
1
10
9
Pin No.
1
Definition
Power (5V)
2
Power (5V)
3
USB DX-
4
5
USB DYUSB DX+
6
USB DY +
7
GND
8
9
GND
No Pin
10
NC
• Do not plug the IEEE 1394 bracket (2x5-pin) cable into the USB header.
• Prior to installing the USB bracket, be sure to turn off your computer and unplug the
power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the USB bracket.
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15) COMB (Serial Port Header)
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17) CI (Chassis Intrusion Header)
This motherboard provides a chassis detection feature that detects if the chassis cover has been
removed. This function requires a chassis with chassis intrusion detection design.
Pin No.
1
1
2
Definition
Signal
GND
20) CLR_CMOS (Clearing CMOS Jumper)
Use this jumper to clear the CMOS values (e.g. date information and BIOS configurations) and
reset the CMOS values to factory defaults. To clear the CMOS values, place a jumper cap on the
two pins to temporarily short the two pins or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the two
pins for a few seconds.
Open: Normal
Short: Clear CMOS Values
• Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
clearing the CMOS values.
• After clearing the CMOS values and before turning on your computer, be sure to remove
the jumper cap from the jumper. Failure to do so may cause damage to the motherboard.
• After system restart, go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized
Defaults) or manually configure the BIOS settings (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," for
BIOS configurations).
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BIOS Setup
BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) records hardware parameters of the system in the CMOS on the
motherboard. Its major functions include conducting the Power-On Self-Test (POST) during system
startup, saving system parameters and loading operating system, etc. BIOS includes a BIOS Setup
program that allows the user to modify basic system configuration settings or to activate certain system
features. When the power is turned off, the battery on the motherboard supplies the necessary power
to the CMOS to keep the configuration values in the CMOS.
To access the BIOS Setup program, press the <Delete> key during the POST when the power is turned
on. To see more advanced BIOS Setup menu options, you can press <Ctrl> + <F1> in the main menu
of the BIOS Setup program.
To upgrade the BIOS, use either the GIGABYTE Q-Flash or @BIOS utility.
• Q-Flash allows the user to quickly and easily upgrade or back up BIOS without entering the
operating system.
• @BIOS is a Windows-based utility that searches and downloads the latest version of BIOS from the
Internet and updates the BIOS.
For instructions on using the Q-Flash and @BIOS utilities, refer to Chapter 4, "BIOS Update Utilities."
• Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, if you do not encounter problems using the
current version of BIOS, it is recommended that you not flash the BIOS. To flash the BIOS,
do it with caution. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction.
• BIOS will emit a beep code during the POST. Refer to Chapter 5, "Troubleshooting," for the
beep codes description.
• It is recommended that you not alter the default settings (unless you need to) to prevent
system instability or other unexpected results. Inadequately altering the settings may result
in system's failure to boot. If this occurs, try to clear the CMOS values and reset the board
to default values. (Refer to the "Load Optimized Defaults" section in this chapter or introductions of the battery/clearing CMOS jumper in Chapter 1 for how to clear the CMOS values.)
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Chapter 2
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2-1
Startup Screen
The following screen may appear when the computer boots.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2007, Award Software, Inc.
Motherboard Model
BIOS Version
VM900MC E3
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<DEL>: BIOS Setup/Q-Flash <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash
05/29/2007-P4M900-8237S-6A7L8G11C-00
Function Keys
Function Keys:
<DEL> : BIOS Setup/Q-Flash
Press the <Delete> key to enter BIOS Setup or to access the Q-Flash utility in BIOS Setup.
<F9> : Xpress Recovery2
If you have ever entered Xpress Recovery2 to back up hard drive data using the motherboard
driver disk, the <F9> key can be used for subsequent access to XpressRecovery2 during the
POST. For more information, refer to Chapter 4, "Xpress Recovery2."
<F12> : Boot Menu
Boot Menu allows you to set the first boot device without entering BIOS Setup. In Boot Menu, use
the up arrow key < > or the down arrow key< > to select the first boot device, then press <Enter>
to accept. To exit Boot Menu, press <Esc>. The system will directly boot from the device
configured in Boot Menu.
Note: The setting in Boot Menu is effective for one time only. After system restart, the device boot
order will still be based on BIOS Setup settings. You can access Boot Menu again to change the first
boot device setting as needed.
<End> : Q-Flash
Press the <End> key to access the Q-Flash utility directly without having to enter BIOS Setup first.
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The Main Menu
Once you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main Menu (as shown below) appears on the screen. Use
arrow keys to move among the items and press <Enter> to accept or enter a sub-menu.
(Sample BIOS Version: E3)
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
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Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
BIOS Setup Program Function Keys
< >< ><
<Enter>
<Esc>
><
<Page Up>
<Page Down>
<F1>
<F2>
<F5>
<F6>
<F7>
<F8>
<F9>
<F10>
>
Move the selection bar to select an item
Execute command or enter the submenu
Main Menu: Exit the BIOS Setup program
Submenus: Exit current submenu
Increase the numeric value or make changes
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
Show descriptions of the function keys
Move cursor to the Item Help block on the right (submenus only)
Restore the previous BIOS settings for the current submenus
Load the Fail-Safe BIOS default settings for the current submenus
Load the Optimized BIOS default settings for the current submenus
Access the Q-Flash utility
Display system information
Save all the changes and exit the BIOS Setup program
Main Menu Help
The onscreen description of a highlighted setup option is displayed on the bottom line of the Main Menu.
Submenu Help
While in a submenu, press <F1> to display a help screen (General Help) of function keys available for
the menu. Press <Esc> to exit the help screen. Help for each item is in the Item Help block on the right
side of the submenu.
• If you do not find the settings you want in the Main Menu or a submenu, press <Ctrl>+<F1>
to access more advanced options.
• When the system is not stable as usual, select the Load Optimized Defaults item to set
your system to its defaults.
• The BIOS Setup menus described in this chapter are for reference only and may differ by
BIOS version.
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„ Standard CMOS Features
Use this menu to configure the system time and date, hard drive types, floppy disk drive types,
and the type of errors that stop the system boot, etc.
„ Advanced BIOS Features
Use this menu to configure the device boot order, advanced features available on the CPU, and
the primary display adapter.
„ Integrated Peripherals
Use this menu to configure all peripheral devices, such as IDE, SATA, USB, integrated audio, and
integrated LAN, etc.
„ Power Management Setup
Use this menu to configure all the power-saving functions.
„ PnP/PCI Configurations
Use this menu to configure the system's PCI & PnP resources.
„ PC Health Status
Use this menu to see information about autodetected system/CPU temperature, system voltage
and fan speed, etc.
„ Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Fail-Safe defaults are factory settings for the most stable, minimal-performance system operations.
„ Load Optimized Defaults
Optimized defaults are factory settings for optimal-performance system operations.
„ Set Supervisor Password
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to restrict access to the system and BIOS Setup.
A supervisor password allows you to make changes in BIOS Setup.
„ Set User Password
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to restrict access to the system and BIOS Setup.
An user password only allows you to view the BIOS settings but not to make changes.
„ Save & Exit Setup
Save all the changes made in the BIOS Setup program to the CMOS and exit BIOS Setup.
(Pressing <F10> can also carry out this task.)
„ Exit Without Saving
Abandon all changes and the previous settings remain in effect. Pressing <Y> to the confirmation
message will exit BIOS Setup. (Pressing <Esc> can also carry out this task.)
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Standard CMOS Features
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Date (mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)
Thu, May 31 2007
22:31:24
IDE Channel 0 Master
IDE Channel 0 Slave
IDE Channel 1 Master
IDE Channel 1 Slave
IDE Channel 2 Master
IDE Channel 3 Master
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
Drive A
Floppy 3 Mode Support
[1.44M, 3.5"]
[Disabled]
Halt On
[All, But Keyboard]
Base Memory
Extended Memory
640K
447M
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Default
F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Date
Sets the system date. The date format is week (read-only), month, date and year. Select the
desired field and use the up arrow or down arrow key to set the date.
Time
Sets the system time. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:0:0. Select the desired field and use the up arrow
or down arrow key to set the time.
IDE Channel 0/1 Master/Slave
IDE HDD Auto-Detection
Press <Enter> to autodetect the parameters of the IDE/SATA device on this channel.
IDE Channel 0/1 Master/Slave
Configure your IDE/SATA devices by using one of the three methods below:
• Auto
Lets BIOS automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during the POST. (Default)
• None
If no IDE/SATA devices are used, set this item to None so the system will
skip the detection of the device during the POST for faster system startup.
• Manual
Allows you to manually enter the specifications of the hard drive when the
hard drive access mode is set to CHS.
Access Mode Sets the hard drive access mode. Options are: Auto (default), CHS, LBA, Large.
IDE Channel 2, 3 Master
IDE Auto-Detection
Press <Enter> to autodetect the parameters of the IDE/SATA device on this channel.
Extended IDE Drive Configure your IDE/SATA devices using one of the two
methods below:
• Auto
Lets BIOS automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during the POST. (Default)
• None
If no IDE/SATA devices are used, set this item to None so the system will
skip the detection of the device during the POST for faster system startup.
Access Mode Sets the hard drive access mode. Options are: Auto (default), Large.
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The following fields display your hard drive specifications. If you wish to enter the parameters
manually, refer to the information on the hard drive.
Capacity
Approximate capacity of the currently installed hard drive.
Cylinder
Head
Precomp
Landing Zone
Sector
Number of cylinders.
Number of heads.
Write precompensation cylinder.
Landing zone.
Number of sectors.
Drive A
Allows you to selects the type of floppy disk drive installed in your system. If you do not install a
floppy disk drive, set this item to None. Options are: None, 360K/5.25", 1.2M/5.25", 720K/3.5",
1.44M/3.5", 2.88M/3.5".
Floppy 3 Mode Support
Allows you to specify whether the installed floppy disk drive is 3-mode floppy disk drive, a
Japanese standard floppy disk drive. Options are: Disabled (default), Drive A.
Halt on
Allows you to determine whether the system will stop for an error during the POST.
No Errors
The system boot will not stop for any error.
All Errors
Whenever the BIOS detects a non-fatal error the system boot will stop.
All, But Keyboard The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error but stop for all other
errors. (Default)
All, But Diskette
The system boot will not stop for a floppy disk drive error but stop for all
other errors.
All, But Disk/Key The system boot will not stop for a keyboard or a floppy disk drive error but
it will stop for all other errors.
Memory
These fields are read-only and are determined by the BIOS POST.
Base Memory
Also called conventional memory. Typically, 640 KB will be reserved for
the MS-DOS operating system.
Extended Memory The amount of extended memory.
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Advanced BIOS Features
Init Display First
Dual display function
VGA Share Memory Size
` Hard Disk Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Password Check
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability
CPU Hyper-Threading (Note)
Limit CPUID Max. to 3 (Note)
No-Execute Memory Protect (Note)
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note)
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) (Note)
CPU EIST Function (Note)
Virtualization Technology (Note)
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[PEG]
[Disabled]
[64M]
[Press Enter]
[Floppy]
[Hard Disk]
[CDROM]
[Setup]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Init Display First
Specifies the first initiation of the monitor display from the installed PCI graphics card,
PCI Express graphics card, or the onboard VGA.
PCI Slot
Sets the PCI graphics card as the first display.
Onboard VGA Sets the onboard VGA as the first display.
PEG
Sets PCI Express graphics card as the first display. (Default)
VGA Share Memory Size
VGA Share Memory Size is the total amount of system memory allocated solely for the onboard
graphics controller. MS-DOS, for example, will use only this memory for display. Options are:64M
(default), 128M, 256M.
Hard Disk Boot Priority
Specifies the sequence of loading the operating system from the installed hard drives. Use the up
or down arrow key to select a hard drive, then press the plus key <+> (or <PageUp>) or the minus
key <-> (or <PageDown>) to move it up or down on the list. Press <Esc> to exit this menu when
finished.
First/Second/Third Boot Device
Specifies the boot order from the available devices. Use the up or down arrow key to select a
device and press <Enter> to accept. Options are: Floppy, LS120, Hard Disk, CDROM, ZIP,
USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, USB-CDROM, USB-HDD, Legacy LAN, Disabled.
(Note)
This item is present only if you install a CPU that supports this feature. For more information
about Intel CPUs' unique features, please visit Intel's website.
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Password Check
Specifies whether a password is required every time the system boots, or only when you enter
BIOS Setup. After configuring this item, set the password(s) under the Set Supervisor/User
Password item in the BIOS Main Menu.
Setup
A password is only required for entering the BIOS Setup program. (Default)
System A password is required for booting the system and for entering the BIOS Setup
program.
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability
Enables or disables the S.M.A.R.T. (Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology) capability of your
hard drive. This feature allows your system to report read/write errors of the hard drive and to
issue warnings when a third party hardware monitor utility is installed. (Default: Disabled)
CPU Hyper-Threading (Note)
Enables or disables Intel ® Hyper-Threading Technology. This feature only works for operating
systems that support multi-processors mode. (Default: Enabled)
Limit CPUID Max. to 3 (Note)
Allows you to determine whether to limit CPUID maximum value. Set this item to Disabled for
Windows XP operating system; set this item to Enabled for legacy operating system such as
Windows NT4.0. (Default: Disabled)
No-Execute Memory Protect (Note)
Enables or disables Intel ® Execute Disable Bit function. This function may enhance protection for
the computer, reducing exposure to viruses and malicious buffer overflow attacks when working
with its supporting software and system. (Default: Enabled)
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note)
Enables or disables Intel ® CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) function, a CPU power-saving function in
system halt state. When enabled, the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced during
system halt state to decrease power consumption. (Default: Enabled)
CPU Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) (Note)
Enables or disables Intel ® CPU Thermal Monitor (TM2) function, a CPU overheating protection
function. When enabled, the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced when the CPU is
overheated. (Default: Enabled)
CPU EIST Function (Note)
Enables or disables Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST). Depending on CPU loading,
Intel ® EIST technology can dynamically and effectively lower the CPU voltage and core frequency
to decrease average power consumption and heat production. (Default: Enabled)
Virtualization Technology (Note)
Enables or disables Intel ® Virtualization Technology. Virtualization enhanced by Intel ® Virtualization
Technology will allow a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent
partitions. With virtualization, one computer system can function as multiple virtual systems.
(Default: Enabled)
(Note)
This item is present only if you install a CPU that supports this feature. For more information
about Intel CPUs' unique features, please visit Intel's website.
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Integrated Peripherals
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SATA Controller
SATA Controller Mode
IDE DMA transfer access
OnChip IDE Channel0
OnChip IDE Channel1
IDE Prefetch Mode
Azalia HDA Controller
LAN Controller
USB 1.1 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller
USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Legacy USB storage detect
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Serial Port 2
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
x EPP Mode Select
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
[Enabled]
[IDE]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[2F8/IRQ3]
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
EPP1.7
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
SATA Controller
Enables or disables RAID for the integrated SATA controller. (Default: Enabled)
SATA Controller Mode
Configures the operating mode of the integrated SATA controller.
IDE
Allows the SATA controller to operate in PATA mode. (Default)
RAID
Enables RAID for the SATA controller.
IDE DMA transfer access
Enables or disables DMA (Direct Memory Access) mode for the IDE device(s). Disabled turns off
DMA mode for the IDE device(s) and lets it operate in PIO (Programmed Input/Output) mode.
(Default: Enabled)
On-Chip IDE Channel0
Enables or disables the first integrated IDE controller. (Default: Enabled)
On-Chip IDE Channel1
Enables or disables the second integrated IDE controller. (Default: Enabled)
IDE Prefetch Mode
Enables or disbales prefetch mode for the integrated IDE controller. Enabled activates the IDE
prefetch buffer to enhance hard drive performance. (Default: Enabled)
Azalia HDA Controller
Enables or disables the onboard audio function. (Default: Auto)
If you wish to install a 3rd party add-in audio card instead of using the onboard audio, set this item
to Disabled.
LAN Controller
Enables or disables the onboard LAN function. (Default: Enabled)
If you wish to install a 3rd party add-in network card instead of using the onboard LAN, set this item
to Disabled.
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USB 1.1 Controller
Enables or disables the integrated USB 1.1 controller. (Default: Enabled)
Disabled will turn off all of the USB functionalities below.
USB 2.0 Controller
Enables or disables the integrated USB 2.0 controller. (Default: Enabled)
USB Keyboard Support
Allows USB keyboard to be used in MS-DOS. (Default: Disabled)
USB Mouse Support
Allows USB mouse to be used in MS-DOS. (Default: Disabled)
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Allows you to decide whether to activate the boot ROM integrated with the onboard LAN chip.
(Default: Disabled)
Legacy USB storage detect
Determines whether to detect USB storage devices, including USB flash drives and USB hard
drives during the POST. (Default: Enabled)
Onboard Serial Port 1
Enables or disables the first serial port and specifies its base I/O address and corresponding
interrupt. Options are: Auto, 3F8/IRQ4 (default), 2F8/IRQ3, 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3, Disabled.
Onboard Serial Port 2
Enables or disables the second serial port and specifies its base I/O address and corresponding
interrupt. Options are: Auto, 3F8/IRQ4, 2F8/IRQ3 (default), 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3, Disabled.
Onboard Parallel Port
Enables or disables the onboard parallel port (LPT) and specifies its base I/O address and
corresponding interrupt. Options are: 378/IRQ7 (default), 278/IRQ5, 3BC/IRQ7, Disabled.
Parallel Port Mode
Selects an operating mode for the onboard parallel (LPT) port. Options are: SPP (Standard Parallel
Port)(default), EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port), ECP (Extended Capabilities Port), ECP+EPP.
EPP Mode Select
Allows you to select an EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port) version that the LPT port should use. This
item is configurable only if Parallel Port Mode is set to EPP or ECP+EPP mode. Options are: EPP
1.7 (default), EPP 1.9.
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USB Resume from S3
ACPI Suspend Type
Soft-Off by PWRBTN
AC BACK Function
PS2KB Power On Select
PS2 Mouse Power On
PME Event Wake Up
Modem Ring Resume
Resume by Alarm
x Date (of Month)
x Resume Time (hh:mm:ss)
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[Enabled]
[S1(POS)]
[Instant-Off]
[Soft-Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Everyday
0:0:0
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
USB Resume from S3
Allows the system to be awakened from ACPI S3 sleep state by a wake-up signal from the
installed USB device. (Default: Enabled)
ACPI Suspend Type
Specifies the ACPI sleep state when the system enters suspend.
S1(POS)
Enables the system to enter the ACPI S1 (Power on Suspend) sleep state
(default). In S1 sleep state, the system appears suspended and stays in a low
power mode. The system can be resumed at any time.
S3(STR)
Enables the system to enter the ACPI S3 (Suspend to RAM) sleep state. In S3
sleep state, the system appears to be off and consumes less power than in the
S1 state. When signaled by a wake-up device or event, the system resumes to
its working state exactly where it was left off.
Soft-Off by PWRBTN
Configures the way to turn off the computer in MS-DOS mode using the power button.
Instant-Off
Press the power button and then the system will be turned off instantly. (Default)
Delay 4 Sec. Press and hold the power button for 4 seconds to turn off the system. If the power
button is pressed for less than 4 seconds, the system will enter suspend mode.
AC Back Function
Determines the state of the system after the return of power from an AC power loss.
Soft-Off
The system stays off upon the return of the AC power. (Default)
Full-On
The system is turned on upon the return of the AC power.
Memory
The system returns to its last known awake state upon the return of the AC
power.
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PS2KB Power On Select
Allows the system to be turned on by a PS/2 keyboard wake-up event.
Note: you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on the 5VSB lead.
Disabled
Disables this function. (Default)
Password
Set a password with 1~5 characters to turn on the system.
Any Key
Press any key on the keyboard to turn on the system.
Keyboard 98 Press POWER button on the Windows 98 keyboard to turn on the system.
PS2 Mouse Power On
Allows the system to be turned on by a PS/2 mouse wake-up event.
Note: To use this function, you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on the 5VSB lead.
Disabled
Disables this function. (Default)
Double Click Double click on left button on the PS/2 mouse to turn on the system.
PME Event Wake Up
Allows the system to be awakened from an ACPI sleep state by a wake-up signal from a PCI or
PCIe device. Note: To use this function, you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on
the 5VSB lead. (Default: Enabled)
Modem Ring Resume
Allows the system to be awakened from an ACPI sleep state by a wake-up signal from a modem
that supports wake-up function. (Default: Enabled)
Resume by Alarm
Determines whether to power on the system at a desired time. (Default: Disabled)
If enabled, set the date and time as following:
Date (of Month) : Turn on the system at a specific time on each day or on a specific day in a
month.
Resume Time (hh: mm: ss) : Set the time at which the system will be powered on automatically.
Note: When using this function, avoid inadequate shutdown from the operating system or removal
of the AC power, or the settings may not be effective.
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PCI1 IRQ Assignment
PCI2 IRQ Assignment
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[Auto]
[Auto]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
PCI1 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
BIOS auto-assigns IRQ to the first PCI slot. (Default)
Assigns IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to the first PCI slot.
PCI2 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
BIOS auto-assigns IRQ to the second PCI slot. (Default)
Assigns IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to the second PCI slot.
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PC Health Status
Reset Case Open Status
Case Opened
Vcore
DDRII 1.8V/DDR 2.6V
+3.3V
+12V
System Temperature
CPU Temperature
Current SYS FAN Speed
Current CPU FAN Speed
System Warning Temp.
CPU Warning Temp.
SYS FAN Fail Warning
CPU FAN Fail Warning
CPU Smart FAN Control
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[Disabled]
Yes
OK
OK
OK
OK
46 oC/114oF
47 oC/116oF
0
RPM
2880 RPM
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Reset Case Open Status
Keeps or clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status. Enabled clears the record of
previous chassis intrusion status and the Case Opened field will show "No" at next boot. (Default:
Disabled)
Case Opened
Displays the detection status of the chassis intrusion detection device attached to the motherboard
CI header. If the system chassis cover is removed, this field will show "Yes", otherwise it will
show "No". To clear the chassis intrusion status record, set Reset Case Open Status to Enabled,
save the settings to CMOS, and then restart your system.
Current Voltage(V) Vcore/DDRII 1.8V/DDR 2.6V/+3.3V/+12V
Displays the current system voltages.
Current System/CPU Temperature
Displays current system/CPU temperature.
Current SYS/CPU FAN Speed (RPM)
Displays current system/CPU fan speed.
System/CPU Warning Temp.
Sets the warning threshold for system/CPU temperature. When system/CPU temperature exceeds the threshold, BIOS will emit warning sound. Options are: Disabled (default), 60 o C/140o F,
70 oC/158 o F, 80 o C/176 o F, 90 o C/194 o F.
SYS/CPU FAN Fail Warning
Allows the system to emit warning sound if the system/CPU fan is not connected or fails. Check
the fan condition or fan connection when this occurs. (Default: Disabled)
CPU Smart FAN Control
Enables or disables the CPU fan speed control function. Enabled allows the CPU fan to run at
different speed according to the CPU temperature. You can adjust the fan speed with EasyTune
based on system requirements. If disabled, CPU fan runs at full speed. (Default: Enabled)
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
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Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Load Fail-Safe Defaults (Y/N)? N
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Press <Enter> on this item and then press the <Y> key to load the safest BIOS default settings.
In case system instability occurs, you may try to load Fail-Safe defaults, which are the safest and most
stable BIOS settings for the motherboard.
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Standard CMOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
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Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
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PnP/PCI Configurations
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PC Health Status
Set User Password
Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? N
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Press <Enter> on this item and then press the <Y> key to load the optimal BIOS default settings. The
BIOS defaults settings helps the system to operate in optimum state. Always load the Optimized defaults
after updating the BIOS or after clearing the CMOS values.
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
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Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Enter Password:
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
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Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Change/Set/Disable Password
Press <Enter> on this item and type the password with up to 8 characters and then press <Enter>. You
will be requested to confirm the password. Type the password again and press <Enter>.
The BIOS Setup program allows you to specify two separate passwords:
Supervisor Password
When a system password is set and the Password Check item in Advanced BIOS Features is
set to Setup, you must enter the supervisor password for entering BIOS Setup and making BIOS
changes.
When the Password Check item is set to System, you must enter the supervisor password (or
user password) at system startup and when entering BIOS Setup.
User Password
When the Password Check item is set to System, you must enter the supervisor password (or
user password) at system startup to continue system boot. In BIOS Setup, you must enter the
supervisor password if you wish to make changes to BIOS settings. The user password only
allows you to view the BIOS settings but not to make changes.
To clear the password, press <Enter> on the password item and when requested for the password,
press <Enter> again. The message "PASSWORD DISABLED" will appear, indicating the password has
been cancelled.
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
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Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)? Y
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Save Data to CMOS
Press <Enter> on this item and press the <Y> key. This saves the changes to the CMOS and exits the
BIOS Setup program. Press <N> or <Esc> to return to the BIOS Setup Main Menu.
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Standard CMOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
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Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
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Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
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PC Health Status
Set User Password
Quit Without Saving (Y/N)? N
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Abandon all Data
Press <Enter> on this item and press the <Y> key. This exits the BIOS Setup without saving the
changes made in BIOS Setup to the CMOS. Press <N> or <Esc> to return to the BIOS Setup Main Menu.
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Drivers Installation
• Before installing the drivers, first install the operating system. (The following instructions use
Windows XP as the example operating system.)
• After installing the operating system, insert the motherboard driver disk into your optional drive.
The driver Autorun screen is automatically displayed which looks like that shown in the screen
shot below. (If the driver Autorun screen does not appear automatically, go to My Computer,
double-click the optical drive and execute the Run.exe program.)
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Installing Chipset Drivers
After inserting the driver disk, "Xpress Install" will automatically scan the system and then list all the
drivers that are recommended to install. Please select the item that you wish to install and press the
Install button following the item. Or you can press Xpress Install to install all the driver items.
• Some device drivers will restart your system automatically during the driver installation.
After the system restart, Xpress Install will continue to install other drivers.
• After the drivers are installed, follow the onscreen instructions to restart your system. You
can install other applications included in the motherboard driver disk.
• For USB 2.0 driver support under the Windows XP operating system, please install the
Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later. After installing the SP1 (or later), if a question mark still
exists in Universal Serial Bus Controller in Device Manager, please remove the
question mark (by right-clicking your mouse and select Uninstall) and restart the system.
(The system will then autodetect and install the USB 2.0 driver.)
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Chapter 3
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3-2
Software Applications
This page displays all the tools and applications that GIGABYTE develops and some free software. You
may press the Install button following an item to install it.
3-3
Driver CD Information
This page provides information about the drivers, applications and tools in this driver disk.
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This page provides information about the hardware devices on this motherboard.
3-5
Contact Us
Check the contacts information of the GIGABYTE headquarter in Taiwan and the overseas branch
offices on the last page of this manual.
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Chapter 4
Xpress Recovery2
Xpress Recovery2 is an utility that allows you to quickly compress
and back up your system data and perform restoration of it. Supporting
NTFS, FAT32, and FAT16 file systems, Xpress Recovery2 can back
up data on PATA and SATA hard drives and restore it.
Before You Begin:
• Xpress Recovery2 will check the first physical hard drive* for the operating system. Xpress
Recovery2 can only back up/restore the first physical hard drive that has the operating system
installed.
• As Xpress Recovery2 will save the backup file at the end of the hard drive, make sure to leave
enough unallocated space in advanced (10 GB or more is recommended; actual size requirements vary, depending on the amount of data).
• It is recommended to back up your system soon after the operating system and drivers are
installed.
• The amount of data and hard drive access speed may affect the speed at which the data is backed
up/restored.
• It takes longer to back up a hard drive than to restore it.
System Requirements:
•
•
•
•
Intel ® x86 platform
At least 64 MB of system memory
VESA compatible graphics card
Windows ® 2000 with SP3 or later; Windows® XP with SP1 or later
• Xpress Recovery and Xpress Recovery2 are different utilities. For example, a backup file
created with Xpress Recovery cannot be restored using Xpress Recovery2.
• USB hard drives are not supported.
• Hard drives in RAID/AHCI mode are not supported.
"*" Xpress Recovery2 checks the first physical hard drive in the following sequence: The first PATA
IDE connector, the second PATA IDE connector, the first SATA connector, the second SATA
connector and so forth. For example, when hard drives are attached to the first IDE and the first
SATA connectors, the hard drive on the first IDE connector is the first physical drive. When hard
drives are attached to the first and second SATA connectors, the hard drive on the first SATA
connector is the first physical drive.
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Installation and Configuration
(The following procedure uses Windows XP as the example operating system.)
A. Installing Windows XP and Partitioning the Hard Drive
1.
2.
Set CD-ROM drive as the first boot device under "Advanced BIOS Features" in the BIOS Setup
program. Save the changes and exit.
When partitioning your hard drive (Figure 1), make sure to leave unallocated space for Xpress
Recovery2 (10 GB or more is recommended; actual size requirements vary, depending on the
amount of data) (Figure 2).
Figure 2
Figure 1
3.
Select a file system (for example, NTFS) and begin the installation of the operating system (Figure 3).
Figure 3
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After the operating system is installed, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop and
select Manage (Figure 4). Go to Computer Management to check disk allocation. Xpress
Recovery2 will save the backup file to the unallocated space (black stripe along the top)(Figure 5).
Please note that if there is no enough unallocated space, Xpress Recovery2 cannot save the
backup file.
Figure 5
Figure 4
5.
If your hard drive is not properly partitioned before you install the operating system, you may
create new partitions using free space on your hard drive (Figure 6, 7). However, if Disk
Management shows the hard drive only contains the System partition without any unallocated
space, you will not be able to create new partitions or use Xpress Recovery2. If this occurs,
reinstall the operating system and re-partition your hard drive.
Figure 6
In the New Partition Wizard, you MUST select Primary
partition. This will reserve unallocated space for Xpress
Recovery2 to use.
Figure 7
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B. Accessing Xpress Recovery2
1.
Boot from the motherboard driver disk to access Xpress Recovery2 for the first time. When you
see the following message: Press any key to startup Xpress Recovery2
(Figure 8), press any key to enter Xpress Recovery2.
.
.
Boot from CD/DVD:
Press any key to startup XpressRecovery2.....
2.
Figure 8
After you use the backup function in Xpress Recovery2 for the first time, Xpress Recovery2 will
stay permanent in your hard drive. If you wish to enter Xpress Recovery2 later, simply press
<F9> during the POST (Figure 9).
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2007, Award Software, Inc.
VM900MC E3
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<DEL>: BIOS Setup/Q-Flash <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash
05/29/2007-P4M900-8237S-6A7L8G11C-00
Figure 9
C. Using the Backup Function in Xpress Recovery2
1.
2.
Select BACKUP to start backing up your hard drive data (Figure 10).
Xpress Recovery2 will then begin to search the first physical hard drive as the target drive and
detect whether this hard drive contains the Windows operating system. When the Windows
operating system is detected, Xpress Recovery2 will begin the backup process (Figure 11).
Figure 10
3.
Figure 11
When finished, go to Disk Management to check disk allocation.
Xpress Recovery2 will automatically create a
new partition to store the backup image file.
Figure 12
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Select RESTORE to restore the backup to your hard drive in case the system breaks down. The
RESTORE option will not be present if no backup is created before (Figure 13, 14).
Figure 13
Figure 14
E. Removing the Backup
1.
2.
If you wish to remove the backup file, select REMOVE (Figure 15).
After the backup file is removed, no backup image file will be present in Disk Management and
hard drive space will be freed up (Figure 16).
Figure 15
Figure 16
F. Exiting Xpress Recovery2
Select REBOOT to exit Xpress Recovery2.
Figure 17
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BIOS Update Utilities
GIGABYTE motherboards provide two unique BIOS update tools, Q-Flash TM and @BIOS TM. GIGABYTE
Q-Flash and @BIOS are easy-to-use and allow you to update the BIOS without the need to enter MSDOS mode.
What is Q-FlashTM ?
With Q-Flash you can update the system BIOS without having to enter
operating systems like MS-DOS or Window first. Embedded in the BIOS, the
Q-Flash tool frees you from the hassles of going through complicated BIOS flashing process.
What is @BIOS TM?
@BIOS allows you to update the system BIOS while in the Windows
environment. @BIOS will download the latest BIOS file from the nearest
@BIOS server site and update the BIOS.
4-2-1 Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility
A. Before You Begin:
1.
2.
3.
From GIGABYTE's website, download the latest compressed BIOS update file that matches your
motherboard model.
Extract the file and save the new BIOS file (e.g. VM900MC.F1) to your floppy disk, USB flash
drive, or hard drive. Note: The USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system.
Restart the system. During the POST, press the <End> key to enter Q-Flash. Note: You can
access Q-Flash by either pressing the <End> key during the POST or pressing the <F8> key in
BIOS Setup. However, if the BIOS update file is saved to a hard drive in RAID/AHCI mode or a hard
drive attached to an independent IDE/SATA controller, use the <End> key during the POST to
access Q-Flash.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2007, Award Software, Inc.
VM900MC E3
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<DEL>: BIOS Setup/Q-Flash <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash
05/29/2007-P4M900-8237S-6A7L8G11C-00
Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, please do it with caution. Inadequate BIOS
flashing may result in system malfunction.
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When updating the BIOS, choose the location where the BIOS file is saved. The follow procedure
assumes that you save the BIOS file to a floppy disk.
Step 1:
1. Insert the floppy disk containing the BIOS file into the floppy disk drive. In the main menu of QFlash, use the up or down arrow key to select Update BIOS from Drive and press <Enter>.
• The Save Main BIOS to Drive option allows you to save the current BIOS file.
• Q-Flash only supports USB flash drive or hard drives using FAT32/16/12 file system.
• If the BIOS update file is saved to a hard drive in RAID/AHCI mode or a hard drive
attached to an independent IDE/SATA controller, use the <End> key during the POST to
access Q-Flash.
2.
Select Floppy A and press <Enter>.
Q-Flash Utility v2.02
Flash Type/Size.................................Winbond 25X40
Keep DMI Data Enable
Update BIOS from Drive
Save
BIOSfound
to Drive
0 file(s)
KL:Move
ESC:Reset <Drive>
F10:Power Off
EnterFloppy
: Run A
Total size : 0
3.
512K
Free size : 0
Select the BIOS update file and press <Enter>.
Make sure the BIOS update file matches your motherboard model.
Step 2:
The process of the system reading the BIOS file from the floppy disk is displayed on the screen. When
the message "Are you sure to update BIOS?" appears, press <Enter> to begin the BIOS update. The
monitor will display the update process.
• Do not turn off or restart the system when the system is reading/updating the BIOS.
• Do not remove the floppy disk, USB flash drive, or hard drive when the system is updating
the BIOS.
Step 3:
When the update process is complete, press any key to return to the main menu.
Q-Flash Utility v2.02
Flash Type/Size.................................Winbond 25X40
Enter : Run
Keep DMI Data Enable
Update
from -Drive
!! Copy
BIOSBIOS
completed
Pass !!
Save BIOS to Drive
Please
press any key
to continue
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Step 4:
Press <Esc> and then <Enter> to exit Dual BIOS/Q-Flash and reboot the system. As the system boots,
you should see the new BIOS version is present on the POST screen.
Step 5:
During the POST, press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. Select Load Optimized Defaults and press
<Enter> to load BIOS defaults. System will re-detect all peripherals devices after a BIOS update, so we
recommend that you reload BIOS defaults.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
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Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? Y
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Press <Y> to load BIOS defaults
Step 6:
Select Save & Exit Setup and then press <Y> to save settings to CMOS and exit BIOS Setup. The
procedure is complete after the system restarts.
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A. Before You Begin:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
If your system supports Intel ® Hyper-Threading technology, disable this function in BIOS Setup.
In Windows, close all applications and TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) programs. This helps
prevent unexpected failures when performing a BIOS update.
During the BIOS update process, ensure the Internet connection is stable and do NOT interrupt the
Internet connection (for example, avoid a power loss or switching off the Internet). Failure to do so
may result in a corrupted BIOS or a system that is unable to start.
Do not use the C.O.M. (Corporate Online Management) function when using @BIOS.
GIGABYTE product warranty does not cover any BIOS damage or system failure resulting from an
inadequate BIOS flashing.
B. Installing and Using @BIOS:
Use the motherboard driver disk included with the motherboard to install @BIOS.
• Installing the @BIOS utility.
• Accessing the @BIOS utility.
Click Start>Program>Gigabyte>@BIOS
Select @BIOS and click Install.
C. Options and Instructions:
1.
Save the Current BIOS File
In the main dialog box of @BIOS, Save Current BIOS allows you to save the current BIOS file.
2.
Update the BIOS Using the Internet Update Function
Select this option
Click Update New BIOS
Step 2:
Select the @BIOS server site closest to your
location and click OK.
Step 1:
Select the Find BIOS From Gigabyte check
box and click Update New BIOS.
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4-2-2 Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility
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Step 3:
First make sure the model name on the screen is correct, then
click OK. Upon completion, restart your system.
• If more than one model is present when doing Step 3 above, recomfirm your motherboard
model. Updating the BIOS with an incorrect BIOS file could result in an unbootable system.
• If the BIOS update file for your motherboard is not present on the @BIOS server site,
please manually download the BIOS update file from GIGABYTE's website and follow the
instructions in "Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function" below.
Step 4:
As the system reboots, press <Delete> to enter the BIOS Setup program. Select Load Optimized
Defaults and press <Enter> to load BIOS defaults.
3. Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function
Click Update New BIOS
Step 2:
In the Open dialog box, select All Files (*.*) in
the Files of type list. Select the location where
you save the BIOS update file (e.g. VM900MC.
f1) obtained from the Internet or through other
source.
Step 1:
Click Update New BIOS.
Step 3:
Press OK to begin the BIOS update process. Upon completion, restart
your system.
Make sure the extracted BIOS file matches your motherboard model. Updating the BIOS
with an incorrect BIOS file could result in an unbootable system.
Step 4:
As the system boots, press <Delete> to enter the BIOS Setup program. Select Load Optimized
Defaults and press <Enter> to load BIOS defaults.
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EasyTune 5
EasyTune TM 5, an easy-to-use and convenient system overclocking and management tool, lets you do
overclock and overvoltage in Windows environment, eliminating the need to enter the BIOS Setup
program. EasyTune 5 provides the following functions (Note 1): overclocking/overvoltage, C.I.A./
M.I.B. (Note 2), smart fan control, and hardware monitoring and warning. (For instructions on using
EasyTune5, read or download the information on/from the Support\Motherboard\Utility page on our
website.)
The EasyTune 5 Interface
Button Information Table
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Button/Display
OVERCLOCKING
C.I.A./M.I.B.
SMART FAN
PC HEALTH
GO
EASY MODE/ADVANCED MODE
Display Field
Function LEDs
GIGABYTE Logo
Help
Exit or Minimize
Description
Enters the Overclocking setting page
Enters the C.I.A. and M.I.B. setting page
Enters the Smart-Fan setting page
Enters the PC Health setting page
Confirmation and Execution button
Toggles between Easy and Advance Mode
Displays panel of CPU frequency
Shows the information of the current function
Visits GIGABYTE website
Displays EasyTune TM 5 help screen
Quits or minimizes EasyTune TM 5
Incorrectly doing overclock/overvoltage may result in damage to CPU, chipset, or memory and
reduce the useful life of these components. Before you do the overclock/overvoltage, make sure
that you fully know how to use each function of EasyTune 5, or system instability or other
unexpected results may occur.
(Note 1) Available functions in EasyTune 5 may differ by motherboard model.
(Note 2) C.I.A. and M.I.B. may provide optimizations for CPU and memory, enhancing the
performance of these components.
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4-4
Windows Vista ReadyBoost
Windows ReadyBoost allows you to use flash memory on a Windows Vista certified USB flash drive
to boost your computer's performance. You may enable ReadyBoost and allocate part of your USB
flash drive's memory to speed up your computer.
Follow the steps below to enable the ReadyBoost function:
Step 1:
Go to Computer. Right-click on the USB flash drive icon and choose
Properties.
Step 2:
In the ReadyBoost tab, select Use this device. Under Space to
reserve for system speed, set the amount of memory space to use
for ReadyBoost using the slider or spin box. Click Apply and then OK
to turn on ReadyBoost.
• The USB flash drive must have at least 256 MB of space.
• The recommended amount of memory to use for ReadyBoost acceleration is one to three
times the amount of RAM installed in your computer.
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Chapter 5
Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)
To configure SATA hard drive(s), follow the steps below:
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Install SATA hard drive(s) in your computer.
Configure SATA controller mode in BIOS Setup.
Configure a RAID array in RAID BIOS. (Note 1)
Make a floppy disk containing the SATA RAID driver. (Note 2)
Install the SATA RAID driver and operating system. (Note 2)
Before you begin
Please prepare:
• Two SATA hard drives (to ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that you use two hard
drives with identical model and capacity). If you do not want to create RAID, you may prepare
only one hard drive.
• An empty formatted floppy disk.
• Windows Vista/XP/2000 setup disk.
• Motherboard driver disk.
5-1-1 Configuring VIA VT8237S SATA Controllers
A. Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computer
Attach one end of the SATA signal cable to the rear of the SATA hard drive and the other end to available
SATA port(s) on the motherboard. Then connect the power connector from your power supply to the
hard drive.
(Note 1) Skip this step if you do not want to create RAID array on the SATA controller.
(Note 2) Required when the SATA controller mode is set to RAID mode.
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B. Configuring SATA controller mode in BIOS Setup
Make sure to configure the SATA controller mode correctly in system BIOS Setup .
Step 1:
Turn on your computer and press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup during the POST (Power-On Self-Test).
Make sure that the SATA Controller under the Integrated Peripherals menu is enabled. To create
RAID, set SATA Controller Mode (Figure 1) to RAID (IDE by default). Set SATA Controller Mode
to IDE if you do not want to create RAID.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2007 Award Software
Integrated Peripherals
SATA Controller
SATA Controller Mode
IDE DMA transfer access
OnChip IDE Channel0
OnChip IDE Channel1
IDE Prefetch Mode
Azalia HDA Controller
LAN Controller
USB 1.1 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller
USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Legacy USB storage detect
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Serial Port 2
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
x EPP Mode Select
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[Enabled]
[RAID]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[2F8/IRQ3]
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
EPP1.7
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Figure 1
Step 2:
Save changes and exit BIOS Setup.
The BIOS Setup menus described in this section may differ from the exact settings for your
motherboard. The actual BIOS Setup menu options you will see shall depend on the motherboard
you have and the BIOS version.
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Enter the RAID BIOS setup utility to configure a RAID array. Skip this step and proceed to the installation
of Windows operating system for a non-RAID configuration.
Step 1:
After the POST memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins, look for a message
which says "Press Ctrl+Z into User Window!" (Figure 2). Press <Ctrl> + <Z> to enter the RAID
Configuration Utility.
VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT8237S V-RAID CDROM BOOT BIOS V1.20
Copyright (C) VIA Technologies, Inc. All Right reserved.
237SR120.ROM-FOR RAID
Scan Devices, Please wait...
No Raid
Channel0 Master
Channel1 Master
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
--SATA mode
--SATA mode
Press Ctrl+Z into User Window!
Figure 2
Step 2:
After you press <Ctrl> + <Z>, the MAIN MENU screen will appear (Figure 3).
VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
Create Array
Delete Array
Select/Clear Boot Array
Serial Number View
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
Dev. Posi.
Channel0 Master
Channel1 Master
Drive Name
Array Name
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
SATA
SATA
111.79
111.79
Hdd
Hdd
Figure 3
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C. Configuring a RAID array in RAID BIOS
English
Create RAID Volume
In Main Menu, select Create Array and press <ENTER>, a screen similar to Figure 4 below will
appear.
VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
Auto Setup For Data Security
Array Mode RAID 1 (Mirroring)
Select Disk Drives
Start Create Process
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
Dev. Posi.
Channel0 Master
Channel1 Master
Drive Name
:
:
:
:
Array Name
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
SATA
SATA
111.79
111.79
Hdd
Hdd
Figure 4
The first step to create a RAID array is to set the RAID mode. Select Array Mode and press <ENTER>.
And the RAID mode selection menu will appear (Figure 5). The supported RAID modes include RAID
0 for performance, RAID 1 for data protection, and RAID SPAN for capacity. Use the up or down
arrow key to select a RAID mode, then press <ENTER>. The following procedure uses RAID 0
creation as as example.
VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
Auto Setup For Data Security
RAID 0 for performance
Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
RAID 1 for data protection
Select Disk Drives
RAID SPAN for capacity
Start Create Process
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
Dev. Posi.
Channel0 Master
Channel1 Master
Drive Name
Array Name
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
Figure 5
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:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
SATA
SATA
111.79
111.79
Hdd
Hdd
VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
X
Auto Setup For Performance
Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
Select Disk Drives
Stripe Size 64K
Start Create Process
Dev. Posi.
[*] Channel0 Master
[*] Channel1 Master
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
Drive Name
:
:
:
:
Array Name
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
SATA
SATA
111.79
111.79
Stripe0
Stripe1
Figure 6
For a RAID 0 array, you have to specify the block size. Select Stripe Size and press <ENTER>.
Select the block size from the popup menu. The block size can be set from 4 KB to 64 KB (Figure 7).
VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
X
Auto Setup For Performance
Array Mode4K
RAID 0 (Striping)
8K
Select Disk Drives
16K
Stripe Size 64K
Start Create32K
Process
64K
Dev. Posi.
[*] Channel0 Master
[*] Channel1 Master
Drive Name
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
Array Name
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
SATA
SATA
111.79
111.79
Stripe0
Stripe1
Figure 7
Next, select Start Create Process and press ENTER. The prompt "The data on the selected disks
will be destroyed. Continue? (Y/N)" will appear. Press <Y> to confirm or <N> to abort.
Important All existing contents in the hard drive will be destroyed after the array creation.
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After selecting a RAID mode, you must decide whether you want the RAID array to be configured
automatically or manually. Auto Setup allows BIOS to assign the hard drives and create arrays
automatically. It is recommended all hard drives are new ones when you want to create an array.
To manually configure the RAID array, the following items need to be set.
Select Disk Drives lets users select the array drives by their requirements. Select the Select Disk
Drives item and press <ENTER>. On the target hard drive(s), press <ENTER>. The selected hard
drives will be marked with an asterisk (Figure 6).
English
View Array Status:
Press <F1> to show the array status on the lower screen. If there are no disk arrays then nothing will
be displayed on the screen (Figure 8).
VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
Create Array
Delete Array
Select/Clear Boot Array
Serial Number View
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
View Array/Disks Status..
Array No.
Array 0
Array Type
Stripe
Channel0 Master
Channel1 Master
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Stripe Size
Cap. (GB)
Status
64K
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
223.58
111.79
111.79
Normal
Stripe0
Stripe1
Figure 8
Select Boot Array:
You can select a disk array as boot device if you want to boot operating system from an array. Boot
disk array cannot be selected if the operating system does not boot from the disk array. Highlight the
Select/Clear Boot Array item in Main Menu and press <ENTER>. Then press <ENTER> on the target
disk array. The bootable array will be marked with b (Figure 9). If you want to cancel the boot array
setting, press <ENTER> on the bootable array and its boot setting will be canceled.
VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
Create Array
Delete Array
Select/Clear Boot Array
Serial Number View
Set/Clear bootable array
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
Set Boot OK!
Array No.
Array Type
(b) Array 0
Stripe
Channel0 Master
Channel1 Master
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Stripe Size
Cap. (GB)
Status
64K
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
223.58
111.79
111.79
Normal
Stripe0
Stripe1
Figure 9
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VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
Create Array
Delete Array
Select/Clear Boot Array
Serial Number View
View the serial number of
hard disks, it is userful for
identify same model disks.
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
Dev. Posi.
Channel0 Master
Channle1 Master
Serial Number:
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Drive Name
Array Name
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
Array0
Array0
SATA
SATA
111.79
111.79
Stripe
Stripe1
3JT329JX
Figure 10
Delete Array:
If you want to delete an existing array, select Delete Array in Main Menu and press <ENTER>. Press
<ENTER> on the array to be deleted. A warning message will show up, press <Y> to confirm or press
<N> to cancel (Figure 11).
VIA VT8237S V-RAID Utility V1.20
X
X
X
X
Create Array
Delete Array
Select/Clear Boot Array
Serial Number View
Delete a RAID array contain
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
K, L
Enter
ESC
Data on the raid will be destroyed.
Continue? (Y/N)
Array No.
Array Type
(b) Array 0
Stripe
Channel0 Master
Channel1 Master
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Stripe Size
Cap. (GB)
Status
64K
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
223.58
111.79
111.79
Normal
Stripe0
Stripe1
Figure 11
Deleting a disk array will destroy all the data on the disk array except for RAID 1 array(s). When a RAID
1 array is deleted, the data on the two hard drives will be reserved and the two hard drives will become
two normal drives.
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Serial Number View:
Highlight Serial Number View and press <ENTER>. Use the ARROW keys to select a drive, and the
selected drive's serial number can be viewed at the bottom line (Figure 10). The serial number is
assigned by the disk drive manufacturer .
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5-1-2 Making a SATA RAID Driver Diskette
To successfully install operating system onto SATA hard drive(s) that is/are configured to RAID mode,
you need to install the SATA controller driver during the OS installation. Without the driver, the hard drive
may not be recognized during the Windows setup process. First of all, copy the driver for the SATA
controller from the motherboard driver disk to a floppy disk. See the instructions below about how to
copy the driver in MS-DOS mode (Note) . Prepare a startup disk that has CD-ROM support and a blank
formatted floppy disk.
Step 1: Insert the prepared startup disk and motherboard driver disk in your system. Boot from the
startup disk. Once at the A:\> prompt, change to your optical drive (example: D:\>). At the D:\> prompt,
type the following two commands. Press <Enter> after each command (Figure 1):
cd bootdrv
menu
Step 2: When the controller menu (Figure 2) appears, remove the startup disk and insert the blank
formatted disk. Select the controller driver by pressing the corresponding letter from the menu. For
example, from the menu in Figure 2, press 1 to select VT8237S_Raid for Windows operating system.
Your system will then automatically zip and transfer this driver file to the floppy disk. Press <0> to exit
when finished.
Figure 1
(Note)
Figure 2
For users without a startup disk:
Use an alternative system and insert the motherboard driver disk. From your optical drive
folder, double click the MENU.exe file in the BootDrv folder (Figure 3). A command prompt
window will open similar to that in Figure 2.
Figure 3
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Now that you have prepared the SATA RAID driver diskette and configured the required BIOS settings,
you are ready to install Windows Vista/XP/2000 onto your hard drive(s). The following is an example
of Windows XP installation.
Step 1: Restart your system to boot from the Windows Vista/XP/2000 setup disk and press <F6> as
soon as you see the message "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver" (Figure
1). After pressing <F6>, there will be a few moments of some files being loaded before you see the next
screen.
Windows Setup
Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.
Figure 1
Step 2:
When a screen similar to that below appears, insert the floppy disk containing the SATA RAID driver and
press <S> (Figure 2).
Windows Setup
Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices
installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter.
Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage devices(s)
<none>
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device ENTER=Continue F3=Exit
Figure 2
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5-1-3 Installing the SATA RAID Driver and Operating System
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Step 3:
When Setup correctly recognizes the driver in the floppy disk, a controller menu similar to Figure 3
below will appear. Use the arrow keys to select one of the items displayed and press <Enter>. If you
want to install Windows XP, use the ARROW keys to select VIA V-RAID Controller Series (Windows
XP/SRV2003) (Note) and press ENTER. Then it will begin to load the SATA Raid driver from the floppy
disk.
Windows Setup
You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows,
using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.
Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC
to return to the previous screen.
VIA V-RAID Controller Series (Windows XP/SRV2003)
VIA V-RAID Controller Series (Windows XP/SRV2003-x64)
VIA V-RAID Controller Series (Windows 2K)
VIA V-RAID Controller Series (Windows NT4)
ENTER=Select F3=Exit
Figure 3
If a message appears saying one or some file(s) cannot be found, please check the floppy disk
or copy the correct SATA RAID driver again from the motherboard driver disk.
When the screen as shown below appears, press <Enter> to continue the driver installation from
the floppy disk. The driver installation will be finished in about one minute.
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
VIA V-RAID Controller Series (Windows XP/SRV2003)
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device ENTER=Continue F3=Exit
Figure 4
(Note)
For 64-bit Windows Operating System, please select VIA V-RAID Controller Series
(Windows XP/SRV2003-x64).
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WindowsXP Professional Setup
Welcome to Setup.
This port of the Setup program prepares Microsoft(R)
Windows (R) XP to run on your computer.
To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using
Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Enter= Continue
R=Repair
F3=Exit
Figure 5
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Step 4:
After the SATA RAID driver installation is completed, you can proceed with the Windows XP installation.
English
5-2
Configuring Audio Input and Output
5-2-1 Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio
The motherboard provides three audio jacks on the back panel which can support 2/4/5.1-channel
audio. To enable 7.1-channel audio, you need to install an additional 5.1/7.1 surround cable (optional)
and enable the 7.1-channel audio function through the audio driver.
A. Installing the 5.1/7.1 Surround Cable:
The 5.1/7.1 surround cable (optional) provides
audio jacks for center/subwoofer, rear, and side
speakers. Use of this cable is required if you wish
to set up a multi-channel audio system and keep
Line in and Mic in functionalities at the same time.
5.1/7.1 Surround Cable
Center/Subwoofer
Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Step 1:
Connect the connector at the end of the 5.1/7.1 surround cable
to the HDA_SUR header on your motherboard.
Step 2:
Secure the bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw.
(Note) 2/4/5.1/7.1 Channel Audio Configurations:
Refer to the following for multi-channel speaker configurations.
• 2 channel audio: Headphone or Line out.
• 4 channel audio: Front speaker out and Rear speaker out.
• 5.1 channel audio: Front speaker out, Rear speaker out, and Center/Subwoofer speaker out.
• 7.1 channel audio: Front speaker out, Rear speaker out, Center/Subwoofer speaker out, and Side
speaker out.
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Line In
Center/Subwoofer
Speaker Out
Line Out
(Front Speaker Out)
Rear Speaker Out
Mic In
Side Speaker Out
Audio Jacks on
the Motherboard
Audio Jacks on
the 5.1/7.1 Surround Cable
Back Panel
• To install a microphone, connect your microphone to the Mic in or Line in jack and
manually configure the jack for microphone functionality.
• If your front panel audio supports Intel HD Audio standard, you can have both the front and
back panel front audio connectors active simultaneously.
High Definition Audio (HD Audio)
HD Audio includes multiple high quality digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that support 44.1KHz/
48KHz/ 96KHz/192KHz sampling rate. HD Audio features multistreaming capabilities that allow multiple
audio streams (in and out) to be simultaneously processed. For example, users can listen to MP3
music, have an Internet chat, make a telephone call over the Internet, and etc. all at the same time.
B. Configuring Speakers:
(The following instructions use Windows XP as the example operating system.)
Step 1:
After installing the audio driver, the Audio
will appear in your system tray.
Manager icon
Double-click the icon to access the Audio Control
Panel.
Before installing the audio driver, make sure the "Microsoft UAA Bus driver for High Defintion
Audio" has been installed from the motherboard driver disk and your operating system has
been updated with the latest Service Pack for Windows.
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Audio Jacks:
The 5.1/7.1 surround cable adds additional three
audio jacks to the three onboard audio jacks. The
picture to the right shows the default audio jack
assignments.
The integrated HD (High Definition) audio provides
jack retasking capability that allows the user to change
the function for each jack through the audio driver.
For example, in a 4-channel audio configuration, if a
Rear speaker is plugged into the default Center/
Subwoofer speaker out jack, you can retask the
Center/Subwoofer speaker out jack to be Rear
speaker out.
English
Step 2:
Click the Audio I/O tab. In the speaker list on the
left, select 2CH Speaker, 4CH Speaker, 6CH
Speaker, or 8CH Speaker according to the type of
speaker configuration you wish to set up.
Step 3:
Everytime you connect an audio device to an audio
jack, the Connected device box appears. Select
the device according to the type of device you connect.
Then click OK to complete the configuration.
C. Configuring Sound Effect:
You may configure an audio environment on the
Sound Effect tab.
D. Configuring AC'97 Audio:
If you want to connect an AC'97 front panel audio
module, click the tool icon on the Audio I/O tab On
the Global Connector Settings box, select the Disable front panel jack detection check box. Click
OK to activiate the AC'97 functionality.
When using an AC'97 front panel audio module, you can only have audio signals present on
either the front or the back panel audio connections, but not both at the same time.
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5-2-2 Installing the S/PDIF In and Out Cable (Optional)
The S/PDIF in and out cable provides S/PDIF in and S/PDIF out functionalities.
Optical
S/PDIF Out
Coaxial
S/PDIFOut
Optical
S/PDIF In
Coaxial
S/PDIFIn
S/PDIF in:
The S/PDIF in jacks allow you to input digital audio signals to the computer for audio processing.
S/PDIF out:
The S/PDIF out jacks can transmit audio signals to an external decoder for decoding to get the best
audio quality. Install the S/PDIF in and out cable first if you want to output S/PDIF digital audio signals
to an external decoder.
A. Installing the S/PDIF In and Out Cable:
Step 1:
First, attach the connector at the end of the cable to the SPDIF_IO
header on your motherboard.
Step 2:
Secure the metal bracket to the chassis back panel with a
screw.
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Step 3:
Connect a S/PDIF coaxial cable or a S/PDIF optical cable (either
one) to an external decoder for transmitting the S/PDIF digital
audio signals.
S/PDIF Coaxial Cable
S/PDIF Optical Cable
B. Configuring S/PDIF out:
Click the tool icon in the DIGITAL section. In the
S/PDIF In/Out Settings dialog box, select an output sampling rate and select (or disable) the output
source. Click OK to complete the configuration.
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5-2-3 Configuring Microphone Recording
Step 1:
After installing the audio driver, the Audio
Manager icon
will appear in your system tray.
Double-click the icon to access the Audio Control
Panel.
Step 2:
Connect your microphone to the Mic in jack (pink) or
the Line in jack (blue) on the back panel or the Line
in jack on the front panel. Then configure the jack for
microphone functionality.
Note: The microphone functions on the front panel
and back panel cannot be used at the same time.
Step 3:
Locate the Volume icon
in your system tray
and click it to open the volume control panel
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Step 4:
To hear the sound being recorded during the recording process when using the microphone function on
the front panel, do not select the Mute check box
under Front Pink In or Front Green In in Master
Volume. It is recommended that you set the volume
at a middle level.
or
To hear the sound being recorded during the recording process when using the microphone function on
the back panel, do not select the Mute check box
under Rear Pink In or Rear Blue In in Master
Volume. It is recommended that you set the volume
at its middle level.
or
(Note)
If you cannot find the volume control options you
need in Master Volume, go to the Options menu
and then choose Properties. Select the volume control options you wish to show and click OK to
complete.
Step 5:
Next, while in Master Volume, go to Options and
click Properties. In the Mixer device list, select
Realtek HD Audio Input. Then set the recording
sound level properly. Do NOT mute the recording
sound, or you will not hear any sound when playing
back the recording you just made.
Select Realtek HD Audio Input in the Mixer devie list
Recording Control
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Step 6:
To raise the recording and playing sound for the
microphone, go to Options in Master Volume and
select Advanced Controls. Click the Advanced
button under a volume control option (e.g. Front Green
In, Front Pink In). In the Other Controls field, select
the 1 Microphone Boost check box.
Step 7:
After completion, click Start, point to Programs,
point to Accessories, point to Entertainment, and
then click Sound Recorder to begin the sound
recording.
5-2-4 Using the Sound Recorder
Recording the Sound:
1. Make sure you have connected the audio input
device (e.g. microphone) to the computer.
2. On the File menu, choose New.
3. To record a sound file, click the Recording button
.
4. To stop the recording, click the Stop button
.
Be sure to save the recording upon completion.
Playing the Sound:
1. On the File menu, choose Open.
2. In the Open dialog box, select the sound (.wav)
file you wish to play.
3. To play a sound file, click the Play button
.
4. To stop playing, click the Stop button
.
5. You may use the Fast Forward button
to
move to the beginning of a file or the Fast Backward button
to the end.
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5-3
Troubleshooting
5-3-1 Frequently Asked Questions
To read more FAQs for your motherboard, please go to the Support\Motherboard\FAQ page on
GIGABYTE's website.
Q: In the BIOS Setup program, why are some BIOS options missing?
A: Some advanced options are hidden in the BIOS Setup program. Press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup
during the POST. In the Main Menu, press <Ctrl>+<F1> to show the advanced options.
Q: Why is the light of my keyboard/optical mouse still on after the computer shuts down?
A: Some motherboard provides a small amount of standby power after the computer shuts down and
that's why the light is still on.
Q: How do I clear the CMOS values?
A: If your motherboard has a clearing CMOS jumper, refer to the instructions on the CLR_CMOS jumper
in Chapter 1 to short the jumper to clear the CMOS values. If your board doesn't have this jumper,
refer to the instructions on the motherboard battery in Chapter 1. You can temporarily remove the
battery from the battery holder to stop supplying power to the CMOS, which will clear the CMOS
values after about one minute. Refer to the steps below:
Steps:
1. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute.
(Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and negative terminals of the battery
holder, making them short for 5 seconds.)
3. Replace the battery.
4. Plug in the power cord and restart your computer.
5. Press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. Select "Load Fail-Safe Defaults" (or "Load Optimized Defaults")
to load BIOS default settings.
6. Saves changes and exit BIOS Setup (select "Save & Exit Setup") to restart your computer.
Q: Why do I still get a weak sound even though I have turned my speaker to the maximum volume?
A: Make sure your speaker is equipped with an internal amplifier. If not, try a speaker with power/
amplifier.
Q: What do the beeps emitted during the POST mean?
A: The following Award BIOS beep code descriptions may help you identify possible computer problems.
(For reference only.)
1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long, 1 short: Memory or motherboard error
1 long, 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error
1 long, 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long, 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly
Continuous short beeps: Power error
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solve the problem.
START
Turn off the power. Remove all peripherals, connecting cables, and
power cord etc.
Make sure the motherboard does not short-circuit with the chassis
Yes
or other metal objects.
No
Isolate the short
circuit.
The problem is verified and solved.
Check if the CPU cooler is attached to the CPU securely. Is the
power connector of the CPU cooler connected to the CPU_FAN
header properly?
Yes
No
Secure the CPU
cooler on the CPU.
Connect the CPU
cooler power cable
to the motherboard.
The problem is verified and solved.
Check if the memory is installed properly on the memory slot.
Yes
No
Correctly insert the
memory into the
memory socket.
The problem is verified and solved.
Insert the graphics card. Connect the ATX main power cable and the 12V
power cable. Turn on the power to start the computer.
Press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. Select "Load Fail-Safe Defaults"
(or "Load Optimized Defaults"). Select "Save & Exit Setup" to save
changes and exit BIOS Setup.
A
(Continued...)
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5-3-2 Troubleshooting Procedure
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A
When the computer is turned on, is the CPU cooler running?
Yes
No
The power supply,
CPU or CPU socket
might fail.
The problem is verified and solved.
Check if there is display on your monitor.
Yes
No
The graphics card,
expansion slot, or
monitor might fail.
The problem is verified and solved.
Turn off the computer. Plugg in the keyboard and mouse and restart the
computer.
Check if the keyboard is working properly.
No
The keyboard or
mouse might fail.
Yes
Press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. Select "Load Fail-Safe Defaults"
(or "Load Optimized Defaults"). Select "Save & Exit Setup" to save
changes and exit BIOS Setup.
Turn off the computer and connect the IDE/SATA devices.
Check if the system can boot successfully.
The problem is verified and solved.
No
The IDE/SATA
device, connector,
or cable might fail.
Yes
Reinstall the operating system. Reinstall other devices one by one (install
one device at one time and then boot the system to see if the device
The problem is verified and solved.
works successfully).
END
If the procedure above is unable to solve your problem, contact the place of purchase or local
dealer for help. Or go to the Support\Technical Service Zone page to submit your question. Our
customer service staff will reply you as soon as possible.
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