GA-P55-USB3
LGA1156 socket motherboard for Intel® Core™ i7 processor family/
Intel® Core™ i5 processor family
User's Manual
Rev. 1001
12ME-P55USB3-1001R
Motherboard
GA-P55-USB3
Dec. 24, 2009
GA-P55-USB3
Motherboard
Dec. 24, 2009
Copyright
© 2009 GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
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For quick set-up of the product, read the Quick Installation Guide included with the product.
For detailed product information, carefully read the User's Manual.
For instructions on how to use GIGABYTE's unique features, read or download the information on/from the Support&Downloads\Motherboard\Technology Guide page on our website.
For product-related information, check on our website at:
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw
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-P55-USB3 Motherboard Layout.................................................................................7
GA-P55-USB3 Motherboard 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
Installing the Memory...................................................................................... 16
1-4-1
1-4-2
1-5
1-6
1-7
Installing the CPU....................................................................................................13
Installing the CPU Cooler........................................................................................15
Dual Channel Memory Configuration......................................................................16
Installing a Memory ................................................................................................17
Installing an Expansion Card.......................................................................... 18
Back Panel Connectors................................................................................... 19
Internal Connectors......................................................................................... 21
Chapter 2 BIOS Setup...................................................................................................33
2-1
2-2
2-3
2-4
2-5
2-6
2-7
2-8
2-9
2-10
2-11
Startup Screen................................................................................................ 34
The Main Menu............................................................................................... 35
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)......................................................................... 37
Standard CMOS Features............................................................................... 46
Advanced BIOS Features............................................................................... 48
Integrated Peripherals..................................................................................... 50
Power Management Setup.............................................................................. 53
PC Health Status............................................................................................. 55
Load Fail-Safe Defaults................................................................................... 57
Load Optimized Defaults................................................................................. 57
Set Supervisor/User Password....................................................................... 58
2-12 Save & Exit Setup........................................................................................... 59
2-13 Exit Without Saving......................................................................................... 59
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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation.........................................................................................61
3-1
3-2
3-3
3-4
3-5
3-6
3-7
Installing Chipset Drivers................................................................................ 61
Application Software....................................................................................... 62
Technical Manuals........................................................................................... 62
Contact............................................................................................................ 63
System............................................................................................................ 63
Download Center............................................................................................ 64
New Utilities.................................................................................................... 64
Chapter 4 Unique Features............................................................................................65
4-1
4-2
Xpress Recovery2........................................................................................... 65
BIOS Update Utilities...................................................................................... 68
4-2-1
4-2-2
Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility..............................................................68
Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility..............................................................71
4-3
4-4
4-5
4-6
4-7
EasyTune 6..................................................................................................... 72
Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2............................................................................... 73
Q-Share........................................................................................................... 75
Smart 6™ . ....................................................................................................... 76
Auto Green...................................................................................................... 79
4-8
eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) j ..............................................................80
Chapter 5 Appendix.......................................................................................................81
5-1
Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)...................................................................... 81
5-1-1
5-1-2
5-1-3
5-1-4
5-2
Configuring Intel P55 SATA Controllers . ................................................................81
Configuring GIGABYTE SATA2 SATA Controller.....................................................89
Making a SATA RAID/AHCI Driver Diskette.............................................................95
Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating System................................96
Configuring Audio Input and Output.............................................................. 107
5-2-1
5-2-2
5-2-3
Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio..................................................................107
Configuring S/PDIF In/Out.....................................................................................109
Configuring Microphone Recording....................................................................... 111
5-2-4
Using the Sound Recorder....................................................................................113
5-3
Troubleshooting............................................................................................ 114
5-3-1
5-3-2
5-4
Frequently Asked Questions ................................................................................114
Troubleshooting Procedure...................................................................................115
Regulatory Statements.................................................................................. 117
j Only for P55 Chipset.
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Box Contents
GA-P55-USB3 motherboard
Motherboard driver disk
User's Manual
Quick Installation Guide
One IDE cable
Two SATA 3Gb/s cables
I/O Shield
• The box contents above are for reference only and the actual items shall depend on the product package you obtain. The box contents are subject to change without notice.
• The motherboard image is for reference only.
Optional Items
Floppy disk drive cable (Part No. 12CF1-1FD001-7*R)
2-port USB 2.0 bracket (Part No. 12CR1-1UB030-5*R)
2-port SATA power cable (Part No. 12CF1-2SERPW-0*R)
S/PDIF In cable (Part No. 12CR1-1SPDIN-0*R)
COM port cable (Part No. 12CF1-1CM001-3*R)
LPT port cable (Part No. 12CF1-1LP001-0*R)
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GA-P55-USB3 Motherboard Layout
CPU_FAN
KB_USBj
PHASE LED
ATX_12V_2X4
R_SPDIF
LGA1156
R_USB_2
ATX
PWR_FAN
R_USB_1
R_USB30
USB_LAN
NEC
AUDIO
GA-P55-USB3
PCIEX1_1 (Note)
BAT
PCI1
SPDIF_I
SPDIF_O
CODEC
CD_IN
SYS_FAN2
GIGABYTE
SATA2
PCIEX1_2
IT8720
DDR3_3
DDR3_4
DDR3_2
PCIEX16
RTL8111D
IDE
SYS_FAN1
DDR3_1
F_AUDIO
Intel® P55/H55
GSATA2_6
GSATA2_7
PCIEX4_X1
PCI2
B_BIOS
PCI3
LPT
FDD
F_USB2
M_BIOS
CLR_CMOS
F_USB1
SATA2_3 SATA2_0
SATA2_4 SATA2_1
SATA2_5 SATA2_2
F_PANEL
COMA
j Only for P55 Chipset.
(Note)
Due to a hardware limitation, the PCIEX1_1 slot can only accommodate a shorter PCI Express x1 expansion card. For a longer expansion card, use other expansion slots.
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GA-P55-USB3 Motherboard Block Diagram
PCIe CLK
(100 MHz)
CPU CLK+/- (133 MHz)
1 PCI Express x16
Gen 2
x1
Switch
PCIe CLK
(100 MHz)
PCI Express x1
(PCIEX1_1)
2 SATA 3Gb/s
PCI Express x1
(PCIEX1_2)
x1
Switchj
x4j/X1k
NEC
x1
Gen 1
PCI Express Bus
1 PCI Express x4
2 USB 3.0
RJ45
RTL8111D
Dual Channel Memory
DMI
Interface
x16
PCI Express Bus
LAN
DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz
LGA1156
CPU
Intel® P55/H55
Dual BIOS
PCI Express Bus
6 SATA 3Gb/s
x1
x1
14 USB 2.0/1.1j (Note)
GIGABYTE
SATA2
12 USB 2.0/1.1k (Note)
ATA-133/100/66/33 IDE Channel
PCI Bus
LPC Bus
Floppy
IT8720
COM Port
CODEC
3 PCI
PCI CLK
(33 MHz)
(Note)
Two share the same ports with USB 3.0.
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S/PDIF In
S/PDIF Out
Surround Speaker Out
Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
MIC
Line Out
Line In
PS/2 KB/Mouse
j Only for P55 Chipset.
k Only for H55 Chipset.
Chapter 1 Hardware Installation
1-1
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:
• 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 an
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 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
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 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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Hardware Installation
1-2 Product Specifications
CPU


Chipset
Memory
Audio LAN
Support for an Intel® Core™ i7 series processor/Intel® Core™ i5 series processor
in the LGA1156 package
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
L3 cache varies with CPU
 Intel® P55/H55 Express Chipset
 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory (Note 1)
 Dual channel memory architecture
 Support for DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
 Support for non-ECC memory modules
 Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.)
 Realtek ALC888 codec
 High Definition Audio
 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
 Support for S/PDIF In/Out
 Support for CD In
 1 x RTL8111D chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots  1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (Note 2)
(The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4_X1) (Note 3) j
 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x1 (PCIEX4_X1) k
 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
 3 x PCI slots
Multi-Graphics  Support for ATI CrossFireX™ technology (Note 4) j
Technology
Storage Interface  Chipset:
- 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
- Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 j
 GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
- 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
- 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_6, GSATA2_7) supporting up to 2
SATA 3Gb/s devices
- Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
 iTE IT8720 chip:
- 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
j Only for P55 Chipset.
k Only for H55 Chipset.
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USB  Chipset:
- Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (Note 5) (10 on the back panel, 4 via the USB
brackets connected to the internal USB headers) j
- Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (Note 5) (8 on the back panel, 4 via the USB
brackets connected to the internal USB headers) k
 NEC chip:
- Up to 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
w 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
Internal
Connectors
w 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
w 1 x floppy disk drive connector
w 1 x IDE connector
w 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
w 1 x CPU fan header
w 2 x system fan headers
w 1 x power fan header
w 1 x front panel header
w 1 x front panel audio header
w 1 x CD In connector
w 1 x S/PDIF In header
w 1 x S/PDIF Out header
w 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
w 1 x serial port header
w 1 x parallel port header
w 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
w 1 x PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 mouse port
Back Panel Connectors
w 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
w 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
w 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports j
w 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports k
w 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
w 1 x RJ-45 port
w 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/
Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
w iTE IT8720 chip
Hardware Monitor w
w
w
w
w
w
System voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
CPU/System fan speed control (Note 6)
j Only for P55 Chipset.
k Only for H55 Chipset.
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Hardware Installation
BIOS
Unique Features
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
w
2 x 16 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
Support for Download Center
Support for Xpress Install
Support for Xpress Recovery2
Support for EasyTune (Note 7)
Support for Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2
Support for Smart 6™
Support for Auto Green
Support for eXtreme Hard Drive j
Support for Q-Share
Bundled Software w Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating Systemw Support for Microsoft® Windows® 7/Vista/XP
Form Factor
w ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
j Only for P55 Chipset.
(Note 1) Due to Windows 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) For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to
install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
(Note 3) When the PCIEX1_2 slot is populated with an expansion card, the PCIEX4_X1 slot will operate at up to x1 mode.
(Note 4) The PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x4 mode when ATI CrossFireX is enabled.
(Note 5) Two share the same ports with USB 3.0. (Note 6) Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.
(Note 7) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
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1-3 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.
1-3-1 Installing the CPU
A. Locate the alignment keys on the motherboard CPU socket and the notches on the CPU.
LGA1156 CPU Socket
Alignment Key
Alignment Key
Pin One Corner of the CPU Socket
LGA1156 CPU
Notch
Notch
Triangle Pin One Marking on the CPU
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Hardware Installation
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.
Step 1:
Gently press the CPU socket lever handle down
and away from the socket with your finger. Then
completely lift the CPU socket lever and the metal
load plate will be lifted as well.
Step 2:
Remove the CPU socket cover as shown. Hold
your index finger down on the rear side of the
socket cover and use your thumb to lift up the
front edge (next to the "REMOVE" mark) of the
socket cover and remove it. (DO NOT touch
socket contacts. To protect the CPU socket,
always replace the protective socket cover when
the CPU is not installed.)
Step 3:
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 4:
Once the CPU is properly inserted, use one
hand to hold the socket lever and use the other
to lightly replace the load plate. When replacing
the load plate, make sure the front end of the
load plate is under the shoulder screw.
Step 5:
Push the CPU socket lever back into its locked
position.
NOTE:
Hold the CPU socket lever by the handle, not the
lever base portion.
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1-3-2 Installing the CPU Cooler
Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU cooler on the motherboard. (The following procedure uses
Intel® boxed cooler as the example cooler.)
Direction of the
Arrow Sign on
the Male Push
Pin
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 of
the arrow sign
on the male push pin. (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 shows, 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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Hardware Installation
1-4 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.
1-4-1 Dual Channel Memory Configuration
This motherboard provides four DDR3 memory sockets and supports Dual Channel Technology. After the
memory is installed, the BIOS will automatically detect the specifications and capacity of the memory. Enabling Dual Channel memory mode will double the original memory bandwidth.
The four DDR3 memory sockets are divided into two channels and each channel has two memory sockets as
following:
Channel 0: DDR3_1, DDR3_2
Channel 1: DDR3_3, DDR3_4
Dual Channel Memory Configurations Table
Two Modules
DDR3_2 DDR3_1 DDR3_4 DDR3_3
- -
DS/SS
- -
DS/SS
DDR3_2
DDR3_1
DDR3_4
DDR3_3
Four Modules
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
(SS=Single-Sided, DS=Double-Sided, "- -"=No Memory)
Due to CPU limitations, read the following guidelines before installing the memory in Dual Channel mode.
1. Dual Channel mode cannot be enabled if only one DDR3 memory module is installed.
2. When enabling Dual Channel mode with two or four memory modules, it is recommended that
memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used for optimum performance. When
enabling Dual Channel mode with two memory modules, be sure to install them in the DDR3_1 and
DDR3_3 sockets.
If only one DDR3 memory module is installed, it is recommended to install it in the DDR3_1 or
DDR3_3 sockets.
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1-4-2 Installing a Memory
Before installing a memory module, make sure to turn off the computer and unplug the power
cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the memory module.
DDR3 and DDR2 DIMMs are not compatible to each other or DDR DIMMs. Be sure to install
DDR3 DIMMs on this motherboard.
Notch
DDR3 DIMM
A DDR3 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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Hardware Installation
1-5 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 x1 Slot
PCI Express x16 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 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 slot. Make
sure the card is securely seated in the slot and
does not rock.
• Removing the Card:
Press the white latch at the end of the PCI Express slot to release the card and
then pull the card straight up from the slot.
Hardware Installation
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1-6 Back Panel Connectors
j
USB 2.0/1.1 Port
The USB port supports the USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Use this port for USB devices such as a USB keyboard/mouse, USB printer, USB flash drive and etc.
PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Port
Use this port to connect a PS/2 keyboard or mouse.
Optical S/PDIF Out Connector
This connector provides digital audio out to an external audio system that supports digital optical audio.
Before using this feature, ensure that your audio system provides an optical digital audio in connector.
Coaxial S/PDIF Out Connector
This connector provides digital audio out to an external audio system that supports digital coaxial audio.
Before using this feature, ensure that your audio system provides a coaxial digital audio in connector.
USB 3.0/2.0 Port
The USB 3.0 port supports the USB 3.0 specification and is compatible to the USB 2.0/1.1 specification.
Use this port for USB devices such as a USB keyboard/mouse, USB printer, USB flash drive and etc.
RJ-45 LAN Port
The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 1 Gbps data rate. The following describes the states of the LAN port LEDs.
Connection/
Speed LED
Activity LED
LAN Port
Connection/Speed LED:
State Orange Green Off
Activity LED:
Description
1 Gbps data rate
100 Mbps data rate
10 Mbps data rate
State Blinking
Off
Description
Data transmission or receiving is occurring
No data transmission or receiving is occurring
j Only for P55 Chipset.
• 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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Hardware Installation
Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out Jack (Orange)
Use this audio jack to connect center/subwoofer speakers in a 5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.
Rear Speaker Out Jack (Black)
Use this audio jack to connect rear speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.
Side Speaker Out Jack (Gray)
Use this audio jack to connect side speakers in a 7.1-channel audio configuration.
Line In Jack (Blue)
The default line in jack. Use this audio jack for line in devices such as an 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.
Mic In Jack (Pink)
The default Mic in jack. Microphones must be connected to this jack.
In addition to the default speakers settings, the
~
audio jacks can be reconfigured to perform
different functions via the audio software. Only microphones still MUST be connected to the
default Mic in jack ( ). Refer to the instructions on setting up a 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio."
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1-7 Internal Connectors
1
3
20
2
5
12
7
4
10
9
13
14
15
8
11
18
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
9)
10)
ATX_12V_2X4
ATX
CPU_FAN
SYS_FAN1/2
PWR_FAN
FDD
IDE
SATA2_0/1/2/3/4/5
GSATA2_6/7
BAT
17
16 19
6
11)
12)
13)
14)
15)
16)
17)
18)
19)
20)
F_PANEL
F_AUDIO
CD_IN
SPDIF_I
SPDIF_O
F_USB1/F_USB2
LPT
COMA
CLR_CMOS
PHASE LED
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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Hardware Installation
1/2)ATX_12V_2X4/ATX (2x4 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.
• Use of a power supply providing a 2x4 12V power connector is recommended by the CPU
manufacturer when using an Intel Extreme Edition CPU (130W).
• To meet expansion requirements, it is recommended that a power supply that can withstand
high power consumption be used (500W 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 power connectors are compatible with power supplies with 2x2 12V and 2x10 power
connectors. When using a power supply providing a 2x4 12V and a 2x12 power connector,
remove the protective covers from the 12V power connector and the main power connector on
the motherboard. Do not insert the power supply cables into pins under the protective covers
when using a power supply providing a 2x2 12V and a 2x10 power connector.
ATX_12V_2X4:
8
4
5
1
ATX_12V_2X4
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Definition
GND (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
GND (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
GND
GND
+12V (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
+12V (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
+12V
+12V
Pin No.
13
14 15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Definition
3.3V
-12V
GND
PS_ON (soft On/Off)
GND
GND
GND
-5V
+5V
+5V
+5V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
GND (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
ATX:
12
24
1
13
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Definition
3.3V
3.3V
GND
+5V
GND
+5V
GND
Power Good
5VSB (stand by +5V)
+12V
+12V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
3.3V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
ATX
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3/4/5) CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN1/SYS_FAN2/PWR_FAN (Fan Headers)
The motherboard has a 4-pin CPU fan header (CPU_FAN), a 4-pin (SYS_FAN2) and two 3-pin (SYS_
FAN1) system fan headers, and a 3-pin power fan header (PWR_FAN). Most fan headers possess a
foolproof insertion design. When connecting a fan cable, be sure to connect it in the correct orientation
(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:
1
CPU_FAN
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
Definition
GND
+12V / Speed Control
Sense
Speed Control
SYS_FAN2:
1
SYS_FAN2
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
Definition
GND
+12V / Speed Control
Sense
Reserve
SYS_FAN1/PWR_FAN:
1
SYS_FAN1
1
PWR_FAN
Pin No.
1
2
3
Definition
GND
+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.
6) 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, be sure to locate
pin 1 of the connector and the floppy disk drive cable. The pin 1 of the cable is typically designated by a
stripe of different color. For purchasing the optional floppy disk drive cable, please contact the local dealer.
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1
34
2
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Hardware Installation
7) IDE (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.)
40
39
2
1
8) SATA2_0/1/2/3/4/5 (SATA 3Gb/s Connectors, Controlled by P55/H55 Chipset)
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 P55 Chipset supports RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)," for instructions on
configuring a RAID array.
7
1
SATA2_3
SATA2_0
SATA2_4
SATA2_1
SATA2_5
SATA2_2
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Definition
GND
TXP
TXN
GND
RXN
RXP
GND
Please connect the L-shaped end of
the SATA 3Gb/s cable to your SATA
hard drive.
• A RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration requires at least two hard drives. If more than two hard
drives are to be used, the total number of hard drives must be an even number.
• A RAID 5 configuration requires at least three hard drives. (The total number of hard drives
does not have to be an even number.)
• A RAID 10 configuration requires at least four hard drives and the total number of hard drives
must be an even number.
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9) GSATA2_6/7 (SATA 3Gb/s Connectors, Controlled by GIGABYTE SATA2)
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 GIGABYTE SATA2 controller supports RAID 0,
RAID 1, and JBOD. Refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)," for instructions on configuring
a RAID array.
7
1
GSATA2_6
GSATA2_7
A RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration requires at least two hard
drives. If more than two hard drives are to be used, the total
number of hard drives must be an even number.
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Definition
GND
TXP
TXN
GND
RXN
RXP
GND
Please connect the L-shaped end of
the SATA 3Gb/s cable to your SATA
hard drive.
10) BAT (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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Hardware Installation
11) F_PANEL (Front Panel Header)
Connect the power switch, reset switch, speaker, chassis intrusion switch/sensor and system status
indicator on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the positive and
negative pins before connecting the cables.
Power
Switch
Speaker
SPEAK-
MSG+
MSGPW+
PW-
Message/Power/
Sleep LED
SPEAK+
Hard Drive
Activity LED
Reset
Switch
PWR-
PWR+
20
19
HD+
HDRESRES+
CICI+
2
1
Power LED
Chassis Intrusion
Header
• MSG/PWR (Message/Power/Sleep LED, Yellow/Purple):
System Status LED Connects to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED
is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the sysS0
On
S1
Blinking tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4 sleep
S3/S4/S5
Off
state or powered off (S5).
• PW (Power Switch, Red):
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, Orange):
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 (Hard Drive Activity LED, Blue)
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, Green):
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.
• CI (Chassis Intrusion Header, Gray):
Connects to the chassis intrusion switch/sensor on the chassis that can detect if the chassis cover
has been removed. This function requires a chassis with a chassis intrusion switch/sensor.
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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12) F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header)
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.
1
2
9
10
For HD Front Panel Audio:
Pin No. Definition
1
MIC2_L
2
GND
3
MIC2_R
4
-ACZ_DET
5
LINE2_R
6
GND
7
FAUDIO_JD
8
No Pin
9
LINE2_L
10
GND
For AC'97 Front Panel Audio:
Pin No. Definition
1
MIC
2
GND
3
MIC Power
4
NC
5
Line Out (R)
6
NC
7
NC
8
No Pin
9
Line Out (L)
10
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 functionality via
the audio software in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio."
• Audio signals will be present on both of the front and back panel audio connections simultaneously. If you want to mute the back panel audio (only supported when using an HD front panel
audio module), refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio."
• 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.
13) CD_IN (CD In Connector)
You may connect the audio cable that came with your optical drive to the header.
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Pin No.
1
2
3
4
Definition
CD-L
GND
GND
CD-R
Hardware Installation
14) SPDIF_I (S/PDIF In Header)
This header supports digital S/PDIF In and can connect to an audio device that supports digital audio out
via an optional S/PDIF In cable. For purchasing the optional S/PDIF In cable, please contact the local
dealer.
1
Pin No.
1
2
3
Definition
Power
SPDIFI
GND
15) SPDIF_O (S/PDIF Out Header)
This header supports digital S/PDIF Out and connects a S/PDIF digital audio cable (provided by expansion cards) for digital audio output from your motherboard to certain expansion cards like graphics cards
and sound cards. For example, some graphics cards may require you to use a S/PDIF digital audio cable
for digital audio output from your motherboard to your graphics card if you wish to connect an HDMI
display to the graphics card and have digital audio output from the HDMI display at the same time. For
information about connecting the S/PDIF digital audio cable, carefully read the manual for your expansion card.
1
Hardware Installation
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Pin No. Definition
1
SPDIFO
2
GND
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.
9
10
1
2
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Definition
Power (5V)
Power (5V)
USB DXUSB DYUSB DX+
USB DY+
GND
GND
No Pin
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.
17) LPT (Parallel Port Header)
The LPT header can provide one parallel port via an optional LPT port cable. For purchasing the optional
LPT port cable, please contact the local dealer.
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26
1
2
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Definition
STBAFDPD0
ERRPD1
INITPD2
SLIN-
Pin No.
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Definition
GND
PD6
GND
PD7
GND
ACKGND
BUSY
PD3
GND
PD4
GND
PD5
GND
PE
No Pin
SLCT
GND
9
10
11
12
13
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23
24
25
26
Hardware Installation
18) COMA (Serial Port Header)
The COMA header can provide one serial port via an optional COM port cable. For purchasing the optional COM port cable, please contact the local dealer.
9
10
1
2
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Definition
NDCDNSIN
NSOUT
NDTRGND
NDSRNRTSNCTSNRINo Pin
19) 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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20) PHASE LED
The number of lighted LEDs indicates the CPU loading. The higher the CPU loading, the more the
number of lighted LEDs. To enable the Phase LED display function, please first enable Dynamic Energy
Saver™ 2. Refer to Chapter 4, "Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2," for more details.
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Hardware Installation
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Chapter 2 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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BIOS Setup
2-1 Startup Screen
The following screens may appear when the computer boots.
A. The LOGO Screen (Default)
Function Keys
B. The POST Screen
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2009, Award Software, Inc.
Motherboard Model
BIOS Version
P55-USB3 D4
.
.
.
.
<DEL>: BIOS Setup <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash
12/04/2009-P55-7A89TG0DC-00
Function Keys
Function Keys:
<TAB>: POST SCREEN
Press the <Tab> key to show the BIOS POST screen. To show the BIOS POST screen at system startup, refer to the instructions on the Full Screen LOGO Show item on page 49.
<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 driver disk, the <F9>
key can be used for subsequent access to Xpress Recovery2 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 <h> or the down arrow key <i> 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.
BIOS Setup
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2-2 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: D4)
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2009 Award Software






MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PC Health Status
ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS
F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
Change CPU's Clock & Voltage
BIOS Setup Program Function Keys
<h><i><f><g>Move the selection bar to select an item
<Enter>
Execute command or enter the submenu
<Esc>
Main Menu: Exit the BIOS Setup program
Submenus: Exit current submenu
<Page Up>
Increase the numeric value or make changes
<Page Down>
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
<F1>
Show descriptions of the function keys
<F2>
Move cursor to the Item Help block on the right (submenus only)
<F5>
Restore the previous BIOS settings for the current submenus
<F6>
Load the Fail-Safe BIOS default settings for the current submenus
<F7>
Load the Optimized BIOS default settings for the current submenus
<F8>
Access the Q-Flash utility
<F9>
Display system information
<F10>
Save all the changes and exit the BIOS Setup program
<F11>
Save CMOS to BIOS
<F12>
Load CMOS from BIOS
Main Menu Help
The on-screen 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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BIOS Setup
 The Functions of the <F11> and <F12> keys (For the Main Menu Only)
 F11: Save CMOS to BIOS
This function allows you to save the current BIOS settings to a profile. You can create up to 8 profiles
(Profile 1-8) and name each profile. First enter the profile name (to erase the default profile name, use
the SPACE key) and then press <Enter> to complete.
 F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
If your system becomes unstable and you have loaded the BIOS default settings, you can use this
function to load the BIOS settings from a profile created before, without the hassles of reconfiguring the
BIOS settings. First select the profile you wish to load, then press <Enter> to complete.
 MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Use this menu to configure the clock, frequency and voltages of your CPU, memory, etc.
 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.
Use this menu to see information about autodetected system/CPU temperature, system voltage and fan
speed, etc.
 PC Health Status
 Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Fail-Safe defaults are factory settings for the most stable, minimal-performance system operations.
Optimized defaults are factory settings for optimal-performance system operations.
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.
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to restrict access to the system and BIOS Setup.
A user password only allows you to view the BIOS settings but not to make changes.
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.)
 Load Optimized Defaults
 Set Supervisor Password
 Set User Password
 Save & Exit Setup
 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.)
BIOS Setup
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2-3 MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2009 Award Software
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
}
}
}
}
}
M.I.T Current Status
Advanced Frequency Settings
Advanced Memory Settings
Advanced Voltage Settings
Miscellaneous Settings
BIOS Version
BCLK
CPU Frequency
Memory Frequency
Total Memory Size
D4
133.27 MHz
3198.64 MHz
1332.71 MHz
1024 MB
CPU Temperature
PCH Temperature
45oC
40oC
Vcore DRAM Voltage
1.280V
1.696V
Enter: Select
: Move
F5: Previous Values
Item Help
Menu Level 
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Whether the system will work stably with the overclock/overvoltage settings you made is dependent
on your overall system configurations. Incorrectly doing overclock/overvoltage may result in damage to CPU, chipset, or memory and reduce the useful life of these components. This page is for
advanced users only and we recommend you not to alter the default settings to prevent system
instability or other unexpected results. (Inadequately altering the settings may result in system's
failure to boot. If this occurs, clear the CMOS values and reset the board to default values.)
 M.I.T. Current Status
This screen provides information on CPU/memory frequencies/parameters.
 Advanced Frequency Settings
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CPU Clock Ratio CPU Frequency
Advanced CPU Core Features
QPI Clock Ratio QPI Link Speed
Uncore Clock Ratio
Uncore Frequency
>>>>> Standard Clock Control
Base Clock(BCLK) Control
BCLK Frequency (Mhz)
Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) (Note) System Memory Multiplier (SPD)
Memory Frequency (Mhz) 1333
PCI Express Frequency (Mhz)
>>>>> Advanced Clock Control
CPU Clock Drive
PCI Express Clock Drive
CPU Clock Skew
Enter: Select
: Move
F5: Previous Values
(Note)
[22X]
2.93GHz (133x22)
[Press Enter]
[Auto]
4.8GHz
18x
2400MHz
Item Help
Menu Level 
[Disabled]
133
[Disabled]
[Auto]
1333
[Auto]
[800mV]
[900mV]
[0ps]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
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ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
This item appears only if you install a memory module that supports this feature.
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CPU Clock Ratio
Allows you to alter the clock ratio for the installed CPU. The adjustable range is dependent on the CPU being installed.
CPU Frequency
Displays the current operating CPU frequency.
 Advanced CPU Core Features
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Advanced CPU Core Features
Intel(R) Turbo Boost Tech.
CPU Cores Enabled (Note)
CPU Multi-Threading (Note)
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note)
C3/C6/C7 State Support (Note)
CPU Thermal Monitor (Note)
CPU EIST Function (Note)
Bi-Directional PROCHOT (Note)
Enter: Select
: Move
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[Auto]
[All]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level 
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Intel(R) Turbo Boost Tech.
Allows you to determine whether to enable the Intel CPU Turbo Boost technology. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto)
CPU Cores Enabled (Note)
Allows you to determine whether to enable all CPU cores.
All
Enables all CPU cores. (Default)
1
Enables only one CPU core.
2
Enables only two CPU cores.
3
Enables only three CPU cores.
CPU Multi-Threading (Note)
Allows you to determine whether to enable multi-threading technology when using an Intel CPU that
supports this function. This feature only works for operating systems that support multi-processor mode.
(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. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto)
(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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C3/C6/C7 State Support (Note)
Allows you to determine whether to let the CPU enter C3/C6/C7 mode in system halt state. When enabled, the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced during system halt state to decrease power
consumption. The C3/C6/C7 state is a more enhanced power-saving state than C1. Auto lets the BIOS
automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto)
CPU Thermal Monitor (Note)
Enables or disables Intel CPU Thermal Monitor function, a CPU overheating protection function. When
enabled, the CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced when the CPU is overheated. Auto lets
the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto)
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. Auto lets the BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default: Auto)
Bi-Directional PROCHOT (Note)
Auto Enabled
Disabled
Lets BIOS automatically configure this setting. (Default)
When the CPU or chipset detects that an overheating is occurring, PROCHOT signals will be emitted to lower CPU performance to decrease heat production.
Only allows the CPU to detect whether an overheating is occurring to emit PROCHOT signals.
QPI Clock Ratio
Allows you to set the QPI clock ratio. Options are: Auto (default), x32, x36. The item is adjustable only if
a CPU with unlocked clock ratio is installed.
QPI Link Speed
Displays the current operating QPI link speed.
Uncore Clock Ratio
Displays the Uncore clock ratio.
Uncore Frequency
This value is determined by multiplying the BLCK Frequency value by the Uncore Clock Ratio value.
>>>>> Standard Clock Control
Base Clock(BCLK) Control
Enables or disables the control of CPU base clock. Enabled will allow the BCLK Frequency(Mhz) item
below to be configurable. Note: If your system fails to boot after overclocking, please wait for 20 seconds
to allow for automated system reboot, or clear the CMOS values to reset the board to default values.
(Default: 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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BCLK Frequency(Mhz)
Allows you to manually set the CPU base clock. The adjustable range is from 100 MHz to 600 MHz. This
item is configurable only if the Base Clock(BCLK) Control option is enabled.
Important: It is highly recommended that the CPU frequency be set in accordance with the CPU specifications.
Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) (Note)
Allows the BIOS
when enabled.
Disabled
Profile1 Profile2 (Note)
to read the SPD data on XMP memory module(s) to enhance memory performance
Disables this function. (Default)
Uses Profile 1 settings.
Uses Profile 2 settings.
System Memory Multiplier (SPD)
Allows you to set the system memory multiplier. Auto sets memory multiplier according to memory SPD
data. (Default: Auto)
Memory Frequency(Mhz)
The first memory frequency value is the normal operating frequency of the memory being used; the
second is the memory frequency that is automatically adjusted according to the BCLK Frequency(Mhz)
and System Memory Multiplier settings.
PCI Express Frequency(Mhz)
Allows you to manually set the PCIe clock frequency. The adjustable range is from 90 MHz to 150 MHz.
Auto sets the PCIe clock frequency to standard 100 MHz. (Default: Auto)
>>>>> Advanced Clock Control
CPU Clock Drive
Allows you to adjust the amplitude of the CPU and Chipset clock.
Options are: 700mV, 800mV (default), 900mV, 1000mV.
PCI Express Clock Drive
Allows you to adjust the amplitude of the PCI Express and Chipset clock.
Options are: 700mV, 800mV, 900mV (default), 1000mV.
CPU Clock Skew
Allows you to set the CPU clock prior to the Chipset clock.
Options are: 0ps~750ps. (Default: 0ps)
(Note)
This item appears only if you install a memory module that supports this feature.
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 Advanced Memory Settings
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Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) (Note)
System Memory Multiplier (SPD)
Memory Frequency (Mhz) 1333
Performance Enhance
DRAM Timing Selectable
(SPD)
Profile DDR Voltage Profile QPI Voltage
Channel Interleaving
6
Rank Interleaving
4
>>>>> Channel A
Channel A Timing Settings
>>>>> Channel B
Channel B Timing Settings
Enter: Select
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[Disabled]
[Auto]
1333
[Turbo]
[Auto]
1.5V
1.1V
Auto
Auto
Item Help
Menu Level 
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) (Note)
Allows the BIOS
when enabled.
Disabled
Profile1 Profile2 (Note)
to read the SPD data on XMP memory module(s) to enhance memory performance
Disables this function. (Default)
Uses Profile 1 settings.
Uses Profile 2 settings.
System Memory Multiplier (SPD)
Allows you to set the system memory multiplier. Auto sets memory multiplier according to memory SPD
data. (Default: Auto)
Memory Frequency(Mhz)
The first memory frequency value is the normal operating frequency of the memory being used; the
second is the memory frequency that is automatically adjusted according to the BCLK Frequency(Mhz)
and System Memory Multiplier settings.
Performance Enhance
Allows the system to operate at three different performance levels.
Standard
Lets the system operate at its basic performance level.
Turbo
Lets the system operate at its good performance level. (Default)
Extreme
Lets the system operate at its best performance level.
DRAM Timing Selectable (SPD)
Quick and Expert allows the Channel Interleaving and Rank Interleaving items to be configurable.
Options are: Auto (default), Quick, Expert.
Profile DDR Voltage
When using a non-XMP memory module or Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) is set to Disabled, this
item will display as 1.5V. When Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) is set to Profile1 or Profile2, this
item will display the value based on the SPD data on the XMP memory.
(Note)
This item appears only if you install a memory module that supports this feature.
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Profile QPI Voltage
The value displayed here is dependent on the CPU being used.
Channel Interleaving
Options are: Auto (default), 1~6.
Rank Interleaving
Options are: Auto (default), 1~4.
>>>>> Channel A/B Timing Settings
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>>>>> Channel A Standard Timing Control
CAS Latency Time
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tRCD
7
tRP
7
tRAS
20
>>>>> Channel A Advanced Timing Control
tRC
28
tRRD
4
tWTR
5
tWR
10
tWTP
21
tWL
7
tRFC
60
tRTP
5
tFAW
16
Command Rate (CMD)
1
>>>>> Channel A Misc Timing Control
B2B CAS Delay
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Round Trip Latency
36
Enter: Select
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Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
>>>>> Channel A/B Standard Timing Control
CAS Latency Time
Options are: Auto (default), 6~15.
tRCD
Options are: Auto (default), 1~15.
tRP
Options are: Auto (default), 1~15.
tRAS
Options are: Auto (default), 1~31.
>>>>> Channel A/B Advanced Timing Control
tRC
Options are: Auto (default), 1~63.
tRRD
Options are: Auto (default), 1~7.
tWTR
Options are: Auto (default), 1~31.
tWR
Options are: Auto (default), 1~15.
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F1: General Help
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tWTP
Options are: Auto (default), 1~31.
tWL
Options are: Auto (default), 1~10
tRFC
Options are: Auto (default), 1~255.
tRTP
Options are: Auto (default), 1~15.
tFAW
Options are: Auto (default), 1~63.
Command Rate(CMD)
Options are: Auto (default), 1~3.
>>>>> Channel A/B Misc Timing Control
B2B CAS Delay
Options are: Auto (default), 1~31.
Round Trip Latency
Options are: Auto (default), 1~255.
 Advanced Voltage Settings
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****** Mother Board Voltage Control ******
Voltage Types
Normal
Current
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>>> CPU
Load-Line Calibration
[Auto]
CPU Vcore
1.31250V
[Auto]
Dynamic Vcore(DVID)
+0.00000V [Auto]
QPI/Vtt Voltage
1.100V
[Auto]
>>> MCH/ICH
PCH Core
1.050V
[Auto]
CPU PLL
1.800V
[Auto]
>>> DRAM
DRAM Voltage
1.500V
[Auto]
DRAM Termination
0.750V
[Auto]
Ch-A Data VRef.
0.750V
[Auto]
Ch-B Data VRef.
0.750V
[Auto]
Ch-A Address VRef.
0.750V
[Auto]
Ch-B Address VRef.
0.750V
[Auto]
Enter: Select
: Move
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level 
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
>>> CPU
Load-Line Calibration
Enables or disables Load-Line Calibration. Enabling this feature adjusts Vdroop, keeping the CPU
voltage more constant under light and heavy CPU load. Disabled sets the CPU voltage following Intel
specifications. (Default: Auto)
Note: Enabling Load-Line Calibration may result in damage to your CPU or reduce the useful life of the
CPU.
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CPU Vcore
The default is Auto.
Dynamic Vcore(DVID)
The default is Auto.
QPI/Vtt Voltage
The default is Auto.
>>> MCH/ICH
PCH Core
The default is Auto.
CPU PLL
The default is Auto.
>>> DRAM
DRAM Voltage
The default is Auto.
DRAM Termination
The default is Auto.
Ch-A Data VRef.
The default is Auto.
Ch-B Data VRef.
The default is Auto.
Ch-A Address VRef.
The default is Auto.
Ch-B Address VRef.
The default is Auto.
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 Miscellaneous Settings
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Miscellaneous Settings
Isochronous Support
Virtualization Technology (Note)
Enter: Select
: Move
F5: Previous Values
Item Help
Menu Level 
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Isochronous Support
Determines whether to enable specific streams within the CPU and Chipset. (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)
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M.I.T Current Status
Advanced Frequency Settings
Advanced Memory Settings
Advanced Voltage Settings
Miscellaneous Settings
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
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BIOS Version
BCLK
CPU Frequency
Memory Frequency
Total Memory Size
D4
133.27 MHz
3198.64 MHz
1332.71 MHz
1024 MB
CPU Temperature
PCH Temperature
45oC
40oC
Vcore DRAM Voltage
1.280V
1.696V
Enter: Select
: Move
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level 
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
This section provides information on the BIOS version, CPU base clock, CPU frequency, memory frequency,
total memory size , CPU temperature, Chipset temperature, Vcore, and memory voltage.
(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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2-4 Standard CMOS Features
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Standard CMOS Features
Date (mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)
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IDE Channel 0 Master
IDE Channel 0 Slave
IDE Channel 1 Master
IDE Channel 1 Slave
IDE Channel 2 Master
IDE Channel 3 Master
IDE Channel 4 Master
IDE Channel 4 Slave
IDE Channel 5 Master
IDE Channel 5 Slave
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
Drive A
[1.44M, 3.5"]
Halt On
[All, But Keyboard]
Base Memory
Enter: Select
: Move
F5: Previous Values
Item Help
Menu Level 
640K
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
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Standard CMOS Features
Extended Memory
Total Memory
Enter: Select
: Move
F5: Previous Values
1022M
1024M
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level 
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Date (mm:dd:yy)
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 (hh:mm:ss)
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 Channel 0, 1 Master/Slave
Configure your IDE/SATA devices by using one of the three methods below:
• 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.
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• Auto
• Manual
Access Mode
Lets the BIOS automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during the POST. (Default)
Allows you to manually enter the specifications of the hard drive when the hard drive access mode is set to CHS.
Sets the hard drive access mode. Options are: Auto (default), CHS, LBA, Large.
IDE Channel 2, 3 Master, 4, 5 Master/Slave
Extended IDE Drive
Configure your IDE/SATA devices by using one of the two methods below:
• Auto
Lets the 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.
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
Number of cylinders.
Head
Number of heads.
Precomp
Write precompensation cylinder.
Landing Zone
Landing zone.
Sector
Number of sectors.
Drive A
Allows you to select 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".
Halt On
Allows you to determine whether the system will stop for an error during the POST.
All Errors
Whenever the BIOS detects a non-fatal error the system boot will stop.
No Errors
The system boot will not stop for any error.
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.
Total Memory
The total amount of memory installed on the system.
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Hard Disk Boot Priority
Quick Boot
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Password Check
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability
Limit CPUID Max. to 3 (Note)
No-Execute Memory Protect (Note)
Delay For HDD (Secs)
Full Screen LOGO Show
Backup BIOS Image to HDD
Init Display First
Enter: Select
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[Press Enter]
[Disabled]
[Hard Disk]
[CDROM]
[Floppy]
[Setup]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[0]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[PCI]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level 
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
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.
Quick Boot
Enables or disables the quick boot function to speed up the system boot-up process to shorten the waiting time for entering the operating system and to deliver greater efficiency for daily use. The settings
here synchronize with the settings of the SMART QuickBoot of Smart 6™. (Default: Disabled)
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.
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)
(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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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)
Delay For HDD (Secs)
Allows you to set a delay time for the BIOS to initialize the hard drive as the system boots up. The adjustable range is from 0 to 15 seconds. (Default: 0)
Full Screen LOGO Show
Allows you to determine whether to display the GIGABYTE Logo at system startup. Disabled displays
normal POST message. (Default: Enabled)
Backup BIOS Image to HDD
Allows the system to copy the BIOS image file to the hard drive. If the system BIOS is corrupted, it will
be recovered from this image file. (Default: Disabled)
Init Display First
Specifies the first initiation of the monitor display from the installed PCI graphics card or the PCI Express
graphics card.
PCI Sets the PCI graphics card as the first display. (Default)
PEG Sets the PCI Express graphics card on the PCIEX16 slot as the first display.
PEG2
Sets the PCI Express graphics card on the PCIEX4_X1 slot as the first display.
(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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PCH SATA Control Mode SATA Port0-3 Native Mode
USB Controllers
USB Legacy Function
USB Storage Function
Turbo USB 3.0 (Note)
Azalia Codec
Onboard H/W LAN
Green LAN
SMART LAN
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Onboard USB 3.0 Controller
Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode
Onboard SATA/IDE Device
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
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[IDE]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Press Enter]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[IDE]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
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ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
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eXtreme Hard Drive (Intel P55 Chipset) j
Enables or disables the X.H.D function for the SATA controllers integrated in the Intel P55 Chipset. When
set to Enabled, the PCH SATA Control Mode item below will be set to RAID(XHD) automatically. For
details on using the GIGABYTE X.H.D utility, refer to Chaper 4, "eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)."
(Default: Disabled)
PCH SATA Control Mode (Intel P55/H55 Chipset)
Enables or disables RAID for the SATA controllers integrated in the Intel P55/H55 Chipset or configures
the SATA controllers to AHCI mode.
IDE Disables RAID for the SATA controllers and configures the SATA controllers to IDE mode. (Default)
RAID(XHD)
Enables RAID for the SATA controllers. j
AHCI Configures the SATA controllers to AHCI mode. Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows the storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features such as Native Command Queuing and hot plug.
SATA Port0-3 Native Mode (Intel P55/H55 Chipset)
Specifies the operating mode of the integrated SATA controllers.
Disabled
Allows the SATA controllers to operate in Legacy IDE mode.
In Legacy mode the SATA controllers use dedicated IRQs that cannot be shared with other device. Set this option to Disabled if you wish to install operating systems that do not support Native mode.
Enabled
Allows the SATA controllers to operate in Native IDE mode. Enable Native IDE mode if you wish to install operating systems that support Native mode. (Default)
USB Controllers
Enables or disables the integrated USB 1.0 controller. (Default: Enabled)
Disabled will turn off all of the USB functionalities below.
USB Legacy Function
Allows USB keyboard to be used in MS-DOS. (Default: Enabled)
j Only for P55 Chipset.
(Note) On H55 Chipset motherboards, this item is present only when an Intel Lynnfield CPU is installed.
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USB Storage Function
Determines whether to detect USB storage devices, including USB flash drives and USB hard drives
during the POST. (Default: Enabled)
Turbo USB3.0 (NEC USB 3.0 Controller) (Note)
Determines whether to set the PCIe speed of the NEC USB 3.0 controller to PCIe Gen 2. Please note
that when only one graphics card is installed on the PCIEX16 slot, it will operate at up to x8 mode if either one of the two controllers is set to PCIe Gen 2.
Enabled
Sets the PCIe speed of the NEC USB 3.0 controller to PCIe Gen 2.
Disabled
Disabled forces the NEC USB 3.0 controllers to PCIe Gen 1. (Default)
Azalia Codec
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.
Onboard H/W LAN
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.
Green LAN
When the onboard LAN function and Green LAN are enabled, the system will dynamically detect if a
LAN cable is connected or not. If not, the corresponding LAN controller will be disabled automatically.
(Default: Disabled)
SMART LAN
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Start detecting at Port.....
Part1-2 Status = Open
Part3-6 Status = Open
Part4-5 Status = Open
Part7-8 Status = Open
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ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
This motherboard incorporates cable diagnostic feature designed to detect the status of the attached LAN
cable. This feature will detect cabling issue and report the approximate distance to the fault or short. Refer to
the following information for diagnosing your LAN cable:
When No LAN Cable Is Attached...
If no LAN cable is attached to the motherboard, the Status fields of all four pairs of wires will show Open
and the Length fields show 0m, as shown in the figure above.
When LAN Cable Is Functioning Normally...
If no cable problem is detected on the LAN cable connected to a Gigabit hub or a 10/100 Mbps hub, the
following message will appear:
(Note)
Start detecting at Port.....
Link Detected --> 100Mbps
Cable Length= 30m
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Link Detected Displays transmission speed.
Cable Length Displays the approximate length of the attached LAN cable.
Note: The Gigabit hub will only operate at a speed of 10/100 Mbps in MS-DOS mode; it will operate at a
normal speed of 10/100/1000 Mbps in Windows mode or when the LAN Boot ROM is activated.
When a Cable Problem Occurs...
If a cable problem occurs on a specified pair of wires, the Status field will show Short and then length
shown will be the approximate distance to the fault or short.
Example: Part1-2 Status = Short / Length = 2m
Explanation: A fault or short might occur at about 2m on Part 1-2.
Note: Part 4-5 and Part 7-8 are not used in a 10/100 Mbps environment, so their Status fields will show
Open, and the length shown is the approximate length of the attached LAN cable.
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Allows you to decide whether to activate the boot ROM integrated with the onboard LAN chip.
(Default: Disabled)
Onboard USB 3.0 Controller (NEC USB 3.0 Controller)
Enables or disables the NEC USB 3.0 controller. (Default: Enabled)
Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode (GIGABYTE SATA2, IDE and GSATA2_6/7 Connectors)
Enables or disables RAID for the SATA controller integrated in the GIGABYTE SATA2 chip or configures the SATA controller to AHCI mode.
IDE Disables RAID for the SATA controller and configures the SATA controller to IDE mode. (Default)
AHCI Configures the SATA controller to AHCI mode. Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) is an interface specification that allows the storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features such as Native Command Queuing and hot plug.
RAID/IDE
Enables RAID for the SATA controller; the IDE controller still operates in IDE mode.
Onboard SATA/IDE Device (GIGABYTE SATA2, IDE and GSATA2_6/7 Connectors)
Enables or disables the IDE and SATA controllers integrated in the GIGABYTE SATA2 chip.
(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 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.
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2-7 Power Management Setup
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Power Management Setup
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ACPI Suspend Type
Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN
PME Event Wake Up
Power On by Ring
Resume by Alarm
Date (of Month) Alarm
Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
HPET Support (Note)
HPET Mode (Note)
Power On By Mouse
Power On By Keyboard
KB Power ON Password
AC Back Function
EuP Support
Enter: Select
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[S3(STR)]
[Instant-Off]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Everyday
0:0:0
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[Disabled]
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Enter
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+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level 
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
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. 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 (default). 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 PWR-BTTN
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.
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)
Power On by Ring
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)
(Note)
Supported on Windows 7/Vista operating system only.
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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) Alarm: Turn on the system at a specific time on each day or on a specific day in a
month.
Time (hh: mm: ss) Alarm: 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.
HPET Support (Note)
Enables or disables High Precision Event Timer (HPET) for Windows 7/Vista operating system.
(Default: Enabled)
HPET Mode (Note)
Allows you to select the HPET mode for your Windows 7/Vista operating system. Select 32-bit mode
when you install 32-bit Windows 7/Vista; select 64-bit mode when you install 64-bit Windows 7/Vista.
This item is configurable only if the HPET Support is set to Enabled. (Default: 32-bit mode)
Power On By Mouse
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.
Power On By Keyboard
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.
Keyboard 98 Press POWER button on the Windows 98 keyboard to turn on the system.
KB Power ON Password
Set the password when Power On by Keyboard is set to Password. Press <Enter> on this item and set
a password with up to 5 characters and then press <Enter> to accept. To turn on the system, enter the
password and press <Enter>.
Note: To cancel the password, press <Enter> on this item. When prompted for the password, press
<Enter> again without entering the password to clear the password settings.
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.
EuP Support
Determines whether to let the system consume less than 1W power in S5 (shutdown) state. (Default:
Disabled)
Note: When this item is set to Enabled, the following four functions will become unavailable:
PME event wake up, power on by mouse, power on by keyboard, and wake on LAN.
(Note)
Supported on Windows 7/Vista operating system only.
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2-8 PC Health Status
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PC Health Status
Reset Case Open Status
Case Opened
Vcore
DDR15V
+5V
+12V
Current System Temperature
Current CPU Temperature
Current CPU FAN Speed
Current SYSTEM FAN2 Speed
Current POWER FAN Speed
Current SYSTEM FAN1 Speed
CPU Warning Temperature
CPU FAN Fail Warning
SYSTEM FAN2 Fail Warning
POWER FAN Fail Warning
SYSTEM FAN1 Fail Warning
CPU Smart FAN Control
CPU Smart FAN Mode Enter: Select
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No
1.220V
1.504V
4.972V
12.048V
30oC
47oC
3375 RPM
0 RPM
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0 RPM
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F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level 
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
the CMOS, and then restart your system.
Current Voltage(V) Vcore/DDR15V/+5V/+12V
Displays the current system voltages.
Current System/CPU Temperature
Displays current system/CPU temperature.
Current CPU/SYSTEM/POWER FAN Speed (RPM)
Displays current CPU/system/power fan speed.
CPU Warning Temperature
Sets the warning threshold for CPU temperature. When CPU temperature exceeds the threshold,
BIOS will emit warning sound. Options are: Disabled (default), 60oC/140oF, 70oC/158oF, 80oC/176oF,
90oC/194oF.
CPU/SYSTEM/POWER FAN Fail Warning
Allows the system to emit warning sound if the CPU/system/power 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, the CPU fan runs at full speed. (Default: Enabled)
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CPU Smart FAN Mode
Specifies how to control CPU fan speed. This item is configurable only if CPU Smart FAN Control is set
to Enabled.
Auto
Lets the BIOS automatically detect the type of CPU fan installed and sets the optimal CPU fan control mode. (Default)
Voltage Sets Voltage mode for a 3-pin CPU fan.
PWM
Sets PWM mode for a 4-pin CPU fan.
Note: The Voltage mode can be set for a 3-pin CPU fan or a 4-pin CPU fan. However, for a 4-pin CPU
fan that is not designed following Intel PWM fan specifications, selecting PWM mode may not effectively
reduce the fan speed.
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2-9 Load Fail-Safe Defaults
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PC Health Status
ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save
& Exit
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
(Y/N)?
N Setup
Exit Without Saving
: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS
F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
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.
2-10 Load Optimized Defaults
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Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Standard CMOS Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Advanced BIOS Features
Set Supervisor Password
Integrated Peripherals
Set User Password
Power Management Setup
Save
& Exit
Load Optimized Defaults
(Y/N)?
N Setup
PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash
: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS
F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
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 help 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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2-11 Set Supervisor/User Password
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management SetupEnter Password:
PC Health Status
ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS
F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
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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2-12 Save & Exit Setup
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Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Standard CMOS Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)? Y
Advanced BIOS Features
Set Supervisor Password
Integrated Peripherals
Set User Password
Power Management Setup
Save & Exit Setup
PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash
: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS
F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
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.
2-13 Exit Without Saving
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Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PC Health Status
ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Quit Without Saving (Y/N)? N
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS
F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
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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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation
• Before installing the drivers, first install the operating system.
• After installing the operating system, insert the motherboard driver disk into your optical 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.)
3-1 Installing Chipset Drivers
After inserting the driver disk, "Xpress Install" will automatically scan your system and then list all the drivers
that are recommended to install. You can click the Install All button and "Xpress Install" will install all the recommended drivers. Or click Install Single Items to manually select the drivers you wish to install.
• Please ignore the popup dialog box(es) (e.g. the Found New Hardware Wizard) displayed
when "Xpress Install" is installing the drivers. Failure to do so may affect the driver installation.
• 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 on-screen 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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3-2 Application Software
This page displays all the utilities and applications that GIGABYTE develops and some free software. You
can click the Install button on the right of an item to install it.
3-3 Technical Manuals
This page provides GIGABYTE's application guides, content descriptions for this driver disk, and the motherboard manuals.
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3-4 Contact
For the detailed contact information of the GIGABYTE Taiwan headquarter or worldwide branch offices, click
the URL on this page to link to the GIGABYTE website.
3-5 System
This page provides the basic system information.
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3-6 Download Center
To update the BIOS, drivers, or applications, click the Download Center button to link to the GIGABYTE
website. The latest version of the BIOS, drivers, or applications will be displayed.
3-7 New Utilities
This page provides a quick link to GIGABYTE's lately developed utilities for users to install. You can click the
Install button on the right of an item to install it.
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Chapter 4 Unique Features
4-1 Xpress Recovery2
Xpress Recovery2 is a 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(Note) 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:
• At least 512 MB of system memory
• VESA compatible graphics card
• Windows XP with SP1 or later, Windows Vista
• 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.
Installation and Configuration:
Turn on your system to boot from the Windows Vista setup disk.
A. Installing Windows Vista and Partitioning the Hard Drive
Step 1:
Click Drive options.
(Note)
Step 2:
Click New.
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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Step 3:
When partitioning your hard drive, make sure to
leave unallocated space (10 GB or more is recommended; actual size requirements vary, depending
on the amount of data) and begin the installation of
the operating system.
Step 4:
After the operating system is installed, right-click
the Computer icon on your desktop and select
Manage. Go to Disk Management to check disk
allocation.
Step 5:
Xpress Recovery2 will save the backup file to the unallocated
space (black stripe along the top). Please note that if there is no
enough unallocated space, Xpress Recovery2 cannot save the
backup file.
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, press any key
to enter Xpress Recovery2.
2. 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.
C. Using the Backup Function in Xpress Recovery2
Xpress Recovery2 will automatically create a
new partition to store the backup image file.
Step 1:
Select BACKUP to start backing up your hard drive
data.
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Step 2:
When finished, go to Disk Management to check
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D. Using the Restore Function in Xpress Recovery2
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.
E. Removing the Backup
Step 1:
If you wish to remove the backup file, select
REMOVE.
Step 2:
After the backup file is removed, no backup image
file will be present in Disk Management and hard
drive space will be freed up.
F. Exiting Xpress Recovery2
Select REBOOT to exit Xpress Recovery2.
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4-2 BIOS Update Utilities
GIGABYTE motherboards provide two unique BIOS update tools, Q-Flash™ and @BIOS™. GIGABYTE
Q-Flash and @BIOS are easy-to-use and allow you to update the BIOS without the need to enter MS-DOS
mode. Additionally, this motherboard features the DualBIOS™ design, which enhances protection for the
safety and stability of your computer by adding one more physical BIOS chip.
What is DualBIOS™?
Motherboards that support DualBIOS have two BIOS onboard, a main BIOS and
a backup BIOS. Normally, the system works on the main BIOS. However, if the
main BIOS is corrupted or damaged, the backup BIOS will take over on the next system boot and copy the
BIOS file to the main BIOS to ensure normal system operation. For the sake of system safety, users cannot
update the backup BIOS manually.
What is Q-Flash™?
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.
site and update the BIOS.
What is @BIOS™?
@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
4-2-1 Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility
A. Before You Begin
1. From GIGABYTE's website, download the latest compressed BIOS update file that matches your motherboard model.
2. Extract the file and save the new BIOS file (e.g. p55usb3.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.
3. 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.
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P55-USB3 D4
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<DEL>: BIOS Setup <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash
12/04/2009-P55-7A89TG0DC-00
Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, please do it with caution. Inadequate BIOS flashing may
result in system malfunction.
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B. Updating the BIOS
When updating the BIOS, choose the location where the BIOS file is saved. The following 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 Q-Flash, 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>.
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3. 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.
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Step 4:
Press <Esc> and then <Enter> to exit 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 peripheral devices after a BIOS update, so we recommend
that you reload BIOS defaults.
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Advanced BIOS Features
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Power Management Setup
PC Health Status
ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save
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Y Setup
Exit Without Saving
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F10: Save & Exit Setup
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS
F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
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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4-2-2 Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility
A. Before You Begin
1. In Windows, close all applications and TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) programs. This helps prevent
unexpected failures when performing a BIOS update.
2. 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.
3. Do not use the G.O.M. (GIGABYTE Online Management) function when using @BIOS.
4. GIGABYTE product warranty does not cover any BIOS damage or system failure resulting from an inadequate BIOS flashing.
B. Using @BIOS
1.
Update the BIOS Using the Internet Update Function:
Click Update BIOS from GIGABYTE Server, select the @BIOS server site closest to your location and
then download the BIOS file that matches your motherboard model. Follow the on-screen instructions to
complete.
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.
2.
Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function:
Click Update BIOS from File, then select the location where you save the BIOS update file obtained
from the Internet or through other source. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete.
3.
Save the Current BIOS File:
Click Save Current BIOS to File to save the current BIOS file.
4.
Load BIOS Defaults after BIOS Update:
Select the Load CMOS default after BIOS update check box and then the system will automatically
load BIOS defaults after BIOS update and after the system restarts.
C. After Updating the BIOS
Restart your system after updating the BIOS.
Make sure that the BIOS file to be flashed matches your motherboard model. Updating the
BIOS with an incorrect BIOS file could cause your system not to boot.
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4-3 EasyTune 6
GIGABYTE's EasyTune 6 is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system
settings or do overclock/overvoltage in Windows environment. The user-friendly EasyTune 6 interface also
includes tabbed pages for CPU and memory information, letting users read their system-related information
without the need to install additional software.
The EasyTune 6 Interface
Tabs Information
Tab
Function
The CPU tab provides information on the installed CPU and motherboard.
The Memory tab provides information on the installed memory module(s). You can select memory module on a specific slot to see its information.
The Tuner tab allows you to change system clock settings and voltages.
• Quick Boost mode provides you with 3 levels of CPU frequency/base clock to choose to achieve desired system performance. (Note)
After making changes in Quick Boost mode or clicking Default to restore to default values, be sure to restart your system for these changes to take effect.
• Easy mode allows you to adjust the CPU base clock only.
• Advanced mode allows you to individually change system clock settings and voltages settings using the sliders.
• Save allows you to save the current settings to a new profile (.txt file).
• Load allows you to load previous settings from a profile. After making changes in Easy mode/Advanced mode, be sure to click Set for these changes to take effect or click Default to restore to default values.
The Graphics tab allows you to change the core clock and memory clock for your ATI or NVIDIA graphics card.
The Smart tab allows you to specify a C.I.A.2 level and a Smart Fan mode. Smart Fan Advance Mode allows the CPU fan speed to be changed linearly based on the CPU temperature thresholds you set.
The HW Monitor tab allows you to monitor hardware temperature, voltage and fan speed and set temperature/fan speed alarm. You can choose the alert sound from the buzzer or use your own sound file (.wav file).
(Note) Due to the hardware limitation, you must install a DDR3 1066 MHz memory module(s) (or above) to enable support
for Quick Boost.
Available functions in EasyTune 6 may differ by motherboard model. Grayed-out area(s) indicates that the item is
not configurable or the function is not supported.
Incorrectly doing overclock/overvoltage may result in damage to the hardware components such as CPU, chipset,
and memory and reduce the useful life of these components. Before you do the overclock/overvoltage, make sure
that you fully know each function of EasyTune 6, or system instability or other unexpected results may occur.
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4-4 Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2
GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2 (Note 1) is a revolutionary technology that delivers unparalleled power
savings with a click of the button. Featuring an advanced proprietary hardware and software design, GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2 is able to provide exceptional power savings and enhanced power efficiency
without sacrificing computing performance.
The Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2 Interface
A. Meter Mode
In Meter Mode, GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2 shows how much power they have saved in a set period of time.
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Dynamic Energy Saver On/Off Switch (Default: Off)
Current CPU Power Consumption
Power Saving (Calculate power savings based on time)
Meter Time
Meter/Timer Reset Switch
Total Mode Switch
Meter Mode Switch
Dynamic Power Phase Status
Power Saving Status (Icons of the devices currently in power-saving mode will light on)
3-Level Power Saving Switch (Default:1) (Note 2)
Advanced Settings
Close (Application will enter Stealth Mode)
Minimize (Application will continue to run in taskbar)
INFO/Help
Motherboard Phase LED On/Off Switch (Default: On)
Live Utility Update (Check for the latest utility version)
• The above data is for reference only. Actual performance may vary depending on motherboard model.
• CPU Power and Power Scores are for reference only. Actual results may vary based on testing method.
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B. Total Mode
In Total Mode, users are able to see how much total power savings they have accumulated in a set period of
time since activating Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2 for the first time (Note 3).
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Dynamic Energy Saver On/Off Switch (Default: Off)
Current CPU Power Consumption
Total Power Savings (Total power saving with Dynamic Energy Saver enabled) (Note 4)
Time/Date Dynamic Energy Saver Enabled
Total Mode Switch
Meter Mode Switch
Dynamic Power Phase Status
Power Saving Status (Icons of the devices currently in power-saving mode will light on)
3-Level Power Saving Switch (Default:1) (Note 2)
Advanced Settings
Close (Application will enter Stealth Mode)
Minimize (Application will continue to run in taskbar)
INFO/Help
Motherboard Phase LED On/Off Switch (Default: On)
Live Utility Update (Check for the latest utility version)
C. Stealth Mode
In Stealth Mode, the system continues to work with the user-defined power saving settings, even after the
system is restarted. Re-enter the application only if you want to make any changes or completely close the
application.
(Note 1) Before using the Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2 function, make sure the CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)
and CPU EIST Function items in the BIOS Setup program are set to Enabled.
(Note 2) 1: Smart FAN/CPU (default); 2: Smart FAN/CPU/VGA/HDD; 3: Smart FAN/CPU/VGA/HDD/Chipset/
Memory.
(Note 3) The total amount of power saved will be recorded until re-activated when only the Dynamic Power
Saver is under the enable status, and power savings meter is unable to reset to zero.
(Note 4) Dynamic Energy Saver Meter will automatically reset when the total power saving reaches
99999999 Watts.
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4-5 Q-Share
Q-Share is an easy and convenient data sharing tool. After configuring your LAN connection settings and
Q-Share, you are able to share your data with computers on the same network, making full use of Internet
resources.
Directions for using Q-Share
After installing Q-Share from the motherboard driver disk, go to Start>All Programs>GIGABYTE>Q-Share.
exe to launch the Q-Share tool. Find the Q-Share icon
in the notification area and right-click on this icon
to configure the data sharing settings.
Figure 1. Data Sharing Disabled
Options Descriptions
Option
Connect ...
Enable Incoming Folder ...
Disable Incoming Folder ...
Open Incoming Folder :
C:\Q-ShareFolder
Change Incoming Folder :
C:\Q-ShareFolder
Update Q-Share ...
About Q-Share ... Exit...
(Note)
Figure 2. Data Sharing Enabled
Description
Displays the computers with data sharing enabled
Enables data sharing
Disables data sharing
Accesses the shared data folder
Changes the data folder to be shared (Note)
Updates Q-Share online
Displays the current Q-Share version
Exits Q-Share
This option is available only when data sharing is NOT enabled.
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4-6 Smart 6™
GIGABYTE Smart 6™ (Note 1) is designed with user-friendliness in mind, and offers a combination of 6 innovative
software utilities that provide easier and smarter PC system management. Smart 6™ allows you to speed up
system performance, reduce boot-up time, manage a secure platform and recover specified files easily with a
click of the mouse button.
SMART QuickBoot
SMART QuickBoot speeds up the system boot-up process and shortens the waiting time for entering the operating system, delivering greater efficiency for daily use.
Instructions:
Select the Enable check box below the BIOS QuickBoot or OS
QuickBoot item and then click Save to save the settings.
SMART QuickBoost
SMART QuickBoost features quick and effortless CPU overclocking for novice and experienced
users alike; users simply click on one of the three levels of CPU performance enhancement, and
SMART QuickBoost automatically adjusts CPU performance.
Instructions:
Select a CPU performance boost level and restart your computer for
the changes to take effect.
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SMART Recovery
With SMART Recovery, users can quickly create backups of changed data files (Note 2) or copy
files from a specific backup on PATA and SATA hard drives (partitioned on NTFS file system) in
Windows Vista.
Instructions:
In the main menu, click the Config button to open the Smart Recovery Preference dialog box.
The Smart Recovery Preference dialog box:
Button
Enable Schedule
Capacity
Function
Enables automatic daily backup (Note 3)
Sets a daily backup schedule
Sets the percentage of hard drive space used for saving backups (Note 4)
• The hard drive must have more than 1 GB of capacity.
• Each partition can accommodate up to 64 backups (the actual
limit depends on the size of each partition). When this limit is
reached, the oldest backup will be ovewritten.
Instructions for copying files/folders from a backup:
To browse through your backups made at different time, select a
backup time using the time scroll bar on the right or at the bottom of
the screen. If you want to copy back a file/folder, select the file/folder
you wish to copy and click the Copy button.
The files/folders listed on the screen are read-only so you cannot edit
their contents.
SMART DualBIOS
SMART DualBIOS is a new feature that can record personal passwords and important dates,
and remind users of the dates. It also stores the recorded data in the main and backup BIOS
simultaneously, which can prevent loss of the data in case the system/hard drive fails.
Instructions:
Enter the Smart 6™ password to launch the SMART DualBIOS utility.
You can record personal passwords and important dates and set reminders of these dates. Click Save to save the settings and click Exit
to exit.
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SMART Recorder
SMART Recorder monitors and records the activities in a system such as the time when the
computer was turned on/off or even when large data files were moved within the hard drive or
copied to an external storage device (Note 5).
Instructions:
Select the Enable check box at the bottom of the ON/OFF Recorder
or File Monitor tab to enable the recording of system on/off time or
files copying. Entering the Smart 6™ password is required before you
make any changes to the previous settings.
SMART TimeLock
SMART TimeLock allows users to effectively manage computer usage time with simple rules and
options.
Instructions (Note 6):
Click the lock icon
on the bottom left corner and enter the Smart 6™
password. Set the time when a user can or cannot use your computer
for weekdays and weekends. Click Save to save the settings and
click Exit to exit.
The Smart TimeLock Alert:
An alert will appear 15 minutes and 1 minute prior to the default shutdown time.
When the alert appears, you can enter the Smart 6™ password to extend the
usage time or click Cancel to close the alert. If you respond Cancel, you will
be requested to enter the password to extend the usage time again when the
default shutdown time arrives, or the computer will shutdown right away.
(Note 1) When launching Smart 6™ for the first time, the system will request you to set up a password. This password is required when
you activate SMART DualBIOS or when you want to make changes to the SMART Recorder or SMART TimeLock settings.
(Note 2) The changed data refers to the data that has been modified, deleted, or newly added since the last backup.
(Note 3) The system will make an automatic backup on changed data only once everyday. If the computer is turned on for
a long time, the backup will be performed at the scheduled backup time. If the computer is turned off before the
scheduled backup time, the backup will be performed on the next boot.
(Note 4) We recommend that you preserve at least 25 percent of the hard drive space to optimize the storage space for
the backups. The backups of the changed data will be stored in the original partition of the data.
(Note 5) You will not be able to use the "Safely Remove Hardware" feature in the operating system with SMART Recorder
enabled. To remove an external storage device, unplug it directly from your computer (please note that doing so
may result in damage to the hardware device or loss of data).
(Note 6) You can set the User Password in the system BIOS Setup program to prevent the system time being changed by other users.
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4-7 Auto Green
Auto Green is an easy-to-use tool that provides users with simple options to enable system power savings
via a Bluetooth cell phone. When the phone is out of the range of the computer's Bluetooth receiver, the system will enter the specified power saving mode.
The Configuration dialog box:
First, you have to set your Bluetooth cell phone as a portable key. On the Auto Green
main menu, click Configure and then click Configure BT devices. Select the Bluetooth cell phone that you want to use as the portable key(Note 1). (If the screen doesn't
display your Bluetooth cell phone, click Refresh to let Auto Green re-detect the device.)
Before creating a Bluetooth cell phone key, make sure your motherboard
has a Bluetooth receiver and you have turned on the search and Bluetooth
functions on your phone.
Configuring the Bluetooth cell phone key:
After you select a cell phone, the Add Bluetooth Device Wizard as shown on the left
will appear. Enter a passkey (8~16 digits recommended) which will be used for pairing
with the cell phone. Then enter the same passkey on your cell phone.
Configuring other Bluetooth settings:
On the Other Settings tab, you can set how much time it takes to scan your Bluetooth
cell phone key, how many times to rescan the key to make sure it is in range of your
computer, and when to turn off the hard drive if the system energy saving state lasts
over the predetermined period of time. After completing the settings, click Set for the
settings to take effect and then click Exit to quit.
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Device Scan Time (sec.):
Set the length of time Auto Green scans your Bluetooth cell phone key, ranging from 5 to 30 seconds in 5-second increment. Auto Green searches for the key based on the length of time you set.
Rescan Times:
Set how many times Auto Green will rescan your Bluetooth cell phone key if it does not detect it, ranging from 2 to 5 times. Auto
Green will keep rescanning according to the times you set. When the times limit is reached and your Bluetooth cell phone key
is still not detected, the system will enter the selected energy saving mode.
Turn off HD:
Set when to turn off the hard drive. If the system inactivity time exceeds the specified time limit, the hard drive will be turned off.
Selecting a system energy saving mode:
Depending on your needs, select a system power saving mode on the Auto Green
main menu and click Save to save the settings.
Button
Description
Standby
Enters Power on Suspend mode
Suspend
Enters Suspend to RAM mode
Disable
Disables this function
The Bluetooth dongle included in the motherboard package(Note 2) allows
you to wake up the system from Suspend to RAM mode without the
need to press the power button first.
(Note 1)
(Note 2)
If your cell phone has been configured as the Auto Green key, you'll not be able to use it to connect to other
Bluetooth device(s) when Auto Green is enabled.
Whether the Bluetooth dongle is included depends on the motherboard models. Before installing the Bluetooth dongle, be sure to turn off other Bluetooth receiver on your computer.
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4-8 eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) j
With GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)(Note 1), users can quickly configure a RAIDready system for RAID 0 when a new SATA drive is added. For a RAID 0 array that already exists, users also can use X.H.D to easily add a hard drive into the array to expand
its capacity. All with a simple click of a button, X.H.D helps to enhance your hard drive
read/write performance without the need for complex and time-consuming configurations. The following procedure
details the steps to set up a RAID-ready system and configure it for RAID 0.
A. Setting Up a RAID-Ready System
Step 1: Configure the system BIOS
Enter the system BIOS Setup program, set eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) under the Integrated Peripherals
menu to Enabled to enable RAID for the Intel SATA controllers.
Step 2: Install the RAID driver and operating system
The X.H.D utility supports Windows 7/Vista/XP. Before installing the operating system, you have to load the
SATA controller driver first. Without the driver, the hard drive may not be recognized during the Windows setup
process. (For more details, refer to Chapter 5, "Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating System." )
Step 3: Install the motherboard drivers and the X.H.D utiltiy
After installing the operating system, insert the motherboard driver disk. You can click the Xpress Install All
button to automatically install all motherboard drivers, including the X.H.D utility. Or you can go to the Application Software screen to individually install the X.H.D utility later.
B. Using GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
Instructions:(Note 2)
Before launching X.H.D, make sure the newly added harddrive has equal or greater capacity than the RAID-ready
system drive. (To add a new hard drive into a RAID 0 array that's been created earlier, make sure the new drive is
greater than or equal to the biggest drive in the array. )
1.
To automatically set up a RAID 0 array:
Click Auto to automatically and quickly set up a RAID 0 array.
2.
To manually set up a RAID array: (Note 3):
Click Manual to access the Intel Matrix Storage Console, with which you can build a RAID 0, RAID 1, or
other supported RAID array depending on your needs and hardware components.
3.
Exits the X.H.D utility:
Click Cancel to exit the X.H.D utility.
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(Note 1) The X.H.D utility only supports the SATA controllers integrated in the Intel Chipset.
(Note 2) It is recommended that before you run the X.H.D utility, back up all of your data to avoid risk of
hardware damage or lost of data.
(Note 3) If you manually build a non-RAID 0 array, you'll not be able to automatically set up a RAID 0 array
later using the Auto function.
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Chapter 5 Appendix
5-1 Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)
To configure SATA hard drive(s), follow the steps below:
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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/AHCI driver for Windows XP. (Note 2)
Install the SATA RAID/AHCI driver and operating system. (Note 2)
Before you begin
Please prepare:
• At least 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 setup disk.
• Motherboard driver disk.
5-1-1 Configuring Intel P55 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 on the motherboard. If there is more than one SATA controller on your motherboard, refer to
"Chapter 1," "Hardware Installation," to identify the SATA controller for the SATA port. (For example, on this
motherboard, the SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4 and SATA2_5 ports are supported by
P55 Chipset.) 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.
(Note 2) Required when the SATA controller is set to AHCI or 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). To
create RAID, set PCH SATA Control Mode under the Integrated Peripherals menu to RAID(XHD) (Figure 1)
(IDE by default). If you do not want to create RAID, set this item to IDE or AHCI.
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PCH SATA Control Mode
SATA Port0-3 Native Mode
USB Controllers
USB Legacy Function
USB Storage Function
Turbo USB 3.0
Azalia Codec
Onboard H/W LAN
Green LAN
SMART LAN
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Onboard USB 3.0 Controller
Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode
Onboard SATA/IDE Device
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
Enter: Select
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F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
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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C. Configuring a RAID array in RAID BIOS
Enter the RAID BIOS setup utility to configure a RAID array. Skip this step and proceed with 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-I> to enter Configuration Utility" (Figure 2). Press <Ctrl> + <I> to enter the P55 RAID Configuration Utility.
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RAID Volumes :
None defined.
Physical Disks :
Port
Drive Model
0
ST3120026AS
1
ST3120026AS
Serial #
3JT354CP
3JT329JX
Size
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111.7GB
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
Press <CTRL - I> to enter Configuration Utility..
Figure 2
Step 2:
After you press <Ctrl> + <I>, the MAIN MENU screen will appear (Figure 3).
Create RAID Volume
If you want to create a RAID array, select Create RAID Volume in MAIN MENU and press <Enter>.
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[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
5. Exit
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Recovery Volume Options
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes :
None defined.
Physical Disks :
Port
Drive Model
0
ST3120026AS
1
ST3120026AS
[hi]-Select
Serial #
3JT354CP
3JT329JX
Size
111.7GB
111.7GB
[ESC]-Exit
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
[ENTER]-Select Menu
Figure 3
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Step 3:
After entering the CREATE VOLUME MENU screen, enter a volume name with 1~16 letters (letters cannot
be special characters) under the Name item and press <Enter>. Then, select a RAID level (Figure 4). RAID
levels supported include RAID 0, RAID 1, Recovery, RAID 10, and RAID 5 (the selections available depend
on the number of the hard drives being installed). Press <Enter> to proceed.
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[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name : Volume0
RAID Level : RAID0(Stripe)
Disks : Select Disks
Strip Size : 128KB
Capacity : 111.7 GB
Sync : N/A
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
RAID0: Stripes data (performance).
[hi]-Change
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Figure 4
Step 4:
Under Disks item, select the hard drives to be included in the RAID array. If only two hard drives are installed,
they will be automatically assigned to the array. Set the stripe block size (Figure 5) if necessary. The stripe
block size can be set from 4 KB to 128 KB. Once you have selected the stripe block size, press <Enter>.
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[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name : Volume0
RAID Level : RAID0(Stripe)
Disks : Select Disks
Strip Size : 128KB
Capacity : 111.7 GB
Sync : N/A
Create Volume
[hi]-Change
[ HELP ]
The following are typical values:
RAID0 - 128KB
RAID10 - 64KB
RAID5 - 64KB
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
Figure 5
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[ENTER]-Select
Step 5:
Enter the array capacity and press <Enter>. Finally press <Enter> on the Create Volume item to begin creating the RAID array. When prompted to confirm whether to create this volume, press <Y> to confirm or <N> to
cancel (Figure 6).
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[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name : Volume0
RAID Level : RAID0(Stripe)
Disks : Select Disks
Strip Size : 128 MB
Capacity : 111.7 GB
Sync : N/A
Create Volume
WARNING : ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
[ HELP ]
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N) :
Press ENTER to create the specified volume.
[hi]-Change
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Figure 6
When completed, you can see detailed information about the RAID array in the DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION section, including the RAID level, stripe block size, array name, and array capacity, etc. (Figure 7)
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[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
5. Exit
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Recovery Volume Options
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes :
ID
Name
0
Volume0
Level
RAID0(Stripe)
Physical Disks :
Port
Drive Model
0
ST3120026AS
1
ST3120026AS
[hi]-Select
Strip
128KB
Serial #
3JT354CP
3JT329JX
Size
223.6GB
Status
Normal
Size
111.7GB
111.7GB
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Member Disk(0)
Member Disk(0)
[ESC]-Exit
Bootable
Yes
[ENTER]-Select Menu
Figure 7
To exit the RAID BIOS utility, press <Esc> or select 5. Exit in MAIN MENU.
Now, you can proceed to create the SATA RAID/AHCI driver diskette and install the SATA RAID/AHCI
driver and operating system.
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Recovery Volume Options
Intel Rapid Recover Technology provides data protection by allowing users to easily restore data and system
operation using a designated recovery drive. With the Rapid Recovery Technology, which employs RAID 1
functionality, users can copy the data from the master drive to the recovery drive; if needed, the data on the
recovery drive can be restored back to the master drive.
Before you begin:
• The recovery drive must have equal or greater capacity than the master drive.
• A recovery volume can be created with two hard drives only. A recovery volume and a RAID array cannot
co-exist in the system at the same time, that is, if you have already created a recovery volume, you are
unable to create a RAID array.
• By default, only the master drive can be riewed in the operating system; the recovery drive is hidden.
Step 1:
select Create RAID Volume in MAIN MENU and press <Enter> (Figure 8).
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[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Recovery Volume Options
5. Exit
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes :
None defined.
Physical Disks :
Port
Drive Model
0
ST3120026AS
1
ST3120026AS
Serial #
3JT354CP
3JT329JX
[hi]-Select
Size
111.7GB
111.7GB
[ESC]-Exit
Type/Status(Vol ID)
Non-RAID Disk
Non-RAID Disk
[ENTER]-Select Menu
Figure 8
Step 2:
After entering the volume name, select Recovery under the RAID Level item and press <Enter> (Figure 9).
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[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name : Volume0
RAID Level : Recovery
Disks : Select Disks
Strip Size : N/A
Capacity : 0.0 GB
Sync : Continuous
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Recovery: Copies data between a master and a recovery disk.
[hi]-Change
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
Figure 9
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[ENTER]-Select
Step 3:
Press <Enter> under the Select Disks item. In the SELECT DISKS box, press <Tab> on the hard drive you
want to use for the master drive and press <Space> on the hard drive you want to use for the recovery drive.
(Make sure the recovery drive has equal or larger capacity than the master drive.) Then press <Enter> to
confirm. (Figure 10)
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[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name : Volume0
RAID Level : Recovery
Disks
: Select
Disks
[ SELECT
DISKS
]
Strip Size : 128KB
Capacity : 223.6 GB
Port Drive Model
Serial # Create
Size
Type/Status
Volume
M0
ST3120026AS
3JT354CP
111.7GB
Non-RAID Disk
R1
ST3120026AS
3JT329JX
111.7GB
Non-RAID Disk
[ HELP ]
Choose the RAID level:
RAID0: Stripes data (performance).
Mirrors disk
data to
(redundancy).
Select 1 Master RAID1:
and 1 Recovery
create volume.
Recovery: Copies data between a master and a recovery disk.
RAID10: Mirrors data and stripes the mirror.
[hi]-Prev/Next [TAB]-(M)aster
[ENTER]-Done
RAID5: Stripes[SPACE]-(R)ecovery
data and parity.
[hi]-Change
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Figure 10
Step 4:
Under Sync, select Continuous or On Request (Figure 11). When set to Continuous, changes made to the
data on the master drive will be automatically and continuously copied to the recovery drive when both hard
drives are installed in the system. On Request allows users to update data from the master drive to the recovery drive manually using the Update Volume function of the Intel Matrix Storage Console in the operating
system. On Request also allows users to restore the master drive to a previous state.
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[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name : Volume0
RAID Level : Recovery
Disks : Select Disks
Strip Size : N/A
Capacity : 0.0 GB
Sync : Continuous
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Select a sync option:
On Request: volume is updated manually
Continuous: volume is updated automatically
[hi]-Change
[TAB]-Next
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Figure 11
Step 5:
Finally press <Enter> on the Create Volume item to begin creating the Recovery Volume and follow the onscreen instructions to complete.
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Delete RAID Volume
To delete a RAID array, select Delete RAID Volume in MAIN MENU and press <Enter>. In the DELETE
VOLUME MENU section, use the up or down arrow key to select the array to be deleted and press <Delete>.
When prompted to confirm your selection (Figure 12), press <Y> to confirm or <N> to abort.
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Name
Volume0
Level
RAID0(Stripe)
[ DELETE VOLUME MENU ]
Drives
Capacity
2
223.6GB
Status
Normal
Bootable
Yes
[ DELETE VOLUME VERIFICATION ]
ALL DATA IN THE VOLUME WILL BE LOST!
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
Are you sure you want
to delete
[ HELP
] "Volume0"? (Y/N) :
Deleting a volume will reset the disks to non-RAID.
WARNING: ALL DISK DATA WILL BE DELETED.
(This does not apply to Recovery volumes)
[hi]-Select
[ESC]-Exit
Figure 12
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[DEL]-Delete Volume
5-1-2 Configuring GIGABYTE SATA2 SATA Controller
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 on the motherboard. On this motherboard, the GSATA2_6 and GSATA2_7 ports are supported by
the GIGABYTE SATA2 SATA controller. Then connect the power connector from your power supply to the
hard drive.
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. In BIOS Setup, go to Integrated Peripherals, ensure that Onboard SATA/IDE Device is enabled. Then set Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl
Mode to RAID/IDE (Figure 1). If you do not want to create RAID, set this item to IDE or AHCI.
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Integrated Peripherals
}
eXtreme Hard Drive (XHD)
PCH SATA Control Mode
SATA Port0-3 Native Mode
USB Controllers
USB Legacy Function
USB Storage Function
Turbo USB 3.0
Azalia Codec
Onboard H/W LAN
Green LAN
SMART LAN
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Onboard USB 3.0 Controller
Onboard SATA/IDE Ctrl Mode
Onboard SATA/IDE Device
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
Enter: Select
: Move
F5: Previous Values
[Disabled]
[RAID(XHD)]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Press Enter]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[RAID/IDE]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
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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C. Configuring a RAID array in RAID BIOS
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. After the POST memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins, look for a message which
says "Press <Ctrl-G> to enter RAID Setup Utility" (Figure 2). Press <Ctrl> + <G> to enter the RAID setup utility.
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HDD0 :
HDD1 :
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
120 GB
120 GB
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Press <Ctrl-G> to enter RAID Setup Utility ...
Figure 2
In the main screen of the RAID setup utility (Figure 3), use the up or down arrow key to highlight
through choices in the Main Menu block. Highlight the item that you wish to execute and press
<Enter>.
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[ Main Menu ]
Create RAID Disk Drive
Delete RAID Disk Drive
Revert HDD to Non-RAID
Solve Mirror Conflict
Rebuild Mirror Drive
Save And Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
Capacity
120 GB
120 GB
Type/Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
[fgTAB]-Switch Window
[hi]-Select ITEM
[ENTER]-Action
[ESC]-Exit
Figure 3
Note: In the main screen, you can select a hard drive in the Hard Disk Drive List block and press <Enter> to
see detailed information about the selected hard drive.
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Create a RAID Array:
In the main screen, press <Enter> on the Create RAID Disk Drive item. Then the Create New RAID screen
appears (Figure 4).
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[ Create New RAID ]
Name: GRAID_
Level: 0-Stripe
Disks: Select Disk
Block: 128 KB
Size: 240 GB
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
Available
120 GB
120 GB
Type/Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Confirm Creation
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
[ Help ]
[fg]-Move Cursor
Enter RAID Name
Enter a string between 1 to 16 characters
in length for the created RAID drive to be
identified by system BIOS or OS.
[DEL,BS]-Delete Character
[ENTER]-Next
[ESC]-Abort
Figure 4
The Create New RAID block displays all the items that need to be set for creating an array (Figure 5).
Steps:
1. Enter Array Name: Under the Name item, enter an array name with 1~16 letters (letters cannot be special
characters) and press <Enter>.
2. Select RAID Mode: Under the Level item, use up or down arrow key to select RAID 0 (Stripe), RAID 1
(Mirror) or JBOD (Figure 5). Then press <Enter> to move onto the next step.
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[ Create New RAID ]
Name:
Level:
Disks:
Block:
Size:
GRAID
0-Stripe
Select Disk
128 KB
240 GB
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
Available
120 GB
120 GB
Type/Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Confirm Creation
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
[ Help ]
Select RAID Level
RAID 0 -
RAID 1 -
JBOD
-
[hi]-Switch RAID Level
[ENTER]-Next
Data striped for performance
Data mirrored for redundancy
Data concatenated for huge
temporarily disk required
[ESC]-Abort
Figure 5
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3. Assign Array Disks: After a RAID mode is selected, RAID BIOS automatically assigns the two hard drives
installed as the RAID drives.
4. Set Block Size (RAID 0 only): Under the Block item, use the up or down arrow key to select the stripe
block size (Figure 6), ranging from 4 KB to 128 KB. Press <Enter>.
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[ Create New RAID ]
Name:
Level:
Disks:
Block:
Size:
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
GRAID
0-Stripe
Select Disk
128 KB
240 GB
Model Name ST3120026AS
} HDD0:
ST3120026AS
} HDD1:
Available
120 GB
120 GB
Type/Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Confirm Creation
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
[ Help ]
Select a stripe size which will be used to
divide data from/to seperate RAID members.
The following are typical values:
[hi]-Switch RAID Block Size
Setting Stripe Block
RAID 0-128KB
[ENTER]-Next
[ESC]-Abort
Figure 6
5. Set Array Size: Under the Size item, enter the size of the array and press <Enter>.
6. Confirm Creation: After all of the items above are configured, the selection bar automatically jumps to the
Confirm Creation item. Press <Enter>. When prompted to confirm your selection (Figure 7), press <Y> to
confirm or <N> to abort.
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[ Create New RAID ]
Name:
Level:
Disks:
Block:
Size:
GRAID
0-Stripe
Select Disk
128 KB
240 GB
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Model Name ST3120026AS
} HDD0:
ST3120026AS
} HDD1:
Available
120 GB
120 GB
Type/Status
Non-RAID
Non-RAID
Confirm Creation
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
[ Help ]
Create RAID on the select HDD (Y/N) ? Y
[fg]-Switch Unit
ALL DATA ON THE SELECTED HARD DISK
WILL BE LOST WHEN EXIT WITH SAVING
[DEL,BS]-Delete Number
[ENTER]-Next
Figure 7
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[ESC]-Abort
When finished, the new RAID array will be displayed in the RAID Disk Drive List block (Figure 8).
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[ Main Menu ]
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Create RAID Disk Drive
Delete RAID Disk Drive
Revert HDD to Non-RAID
Solve Mirror Conflict
Rebuild Mirror Drive
Save And Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
Model Name RDD0: GRAID
[fgTAB]-Switch Window
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
RAID Level
0-Stripe
Capacity
240 GB [hi]-Select ITEM
Capacity
120 GB
120 GB
Status
Normal
Type/Status
RAID Inside
RAID Inside
Members(HDDx)
01
[ENTER]-Action
[ESC]-Exit
Figure 8
To check more detailed information about the array, use the <Tab> key while in the Main Menu block to move
the selection bar to the RAID Disk Drive List block. Select the array and press <Enter>. A small window displaying the array information will appear in the center of the screen (Figure 9).
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[ Main Menu ]
Create RAID Disk Drive
Delete RAID Disk Drive
Revert HDD to Non-RAID
Solve Mirror Conflict
Rebuild Mirror Drive
Save And Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
Model Name RDD0: GRAID
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
Type/Status
RAID Inside
RAID Inside
[ RAID Information ]
RAID Level
0-Stripe [fgTAB]-Switch Window
Capacity
120 GB
120 GB
Name: GRAID
Level: 0-Stripe
Block:
128 KB
Capacity
Capacity:
240240
GBGB
Status
Normal
Members(HDDx)
01
Members: HDD 01
Status: Normal
[hi]-Select RAID
[ENTER]-Detail
[ESC]-Exit
Figure 9
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7. Save and Exit Setup: After configuring the RAID array, select the Save And Exit Setup item in the main
screen to save your settings before exiting the RAID BIOS utility, then press <Y> (Figure 10).
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[ Main Menu ]
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Create RAID Disk Drive
Delete RAID Disk Drive
Revert HDD to Non-RAID
Solve Mirror Conflict
Rebuild Mirror Drive
Save And Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
Model Name RDD0: GRAID
[fgTAB]-Switch Window
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
RAID Level
0-Stripe
Capacity
120 GB
120 GB
Save to Disk & Exit (Y/N) ? Y
Capacity
Status
240 GB Normal
[hi]-Select ITEM
Type/Status
RAID Inside
RAID Inside
Members(HDDx)
01
[ENTER]-Action
[ESC]-Exit
Figure 10
Now, you may proceed to create the SATA RAID/AHCI driver diskette and the installation of the SATA RAID/
AHCI driver and operating system.
Delete the RAID Array:
To delete the array, select Delete RAID Disk Drive in the main menu and press <Enter>. The selection bar
will move to the RAID Disk Drive List block. Press the space bar on the array to be deleted; a small triangle
will appear to mark the selected array. Press <Delete>. When prompted to confirm your selection (Figure 11),
press <Y> to confirm or <N> to cancel.
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[ Main Menu ]
Create RAID Disk Drive
Delete RAID Disk Drive
Revert HDD to Non-RAID
Solve Mirror Conflict
Rebuild Mirror Drive
Save And Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
Model Name } RDD0: GRAID
[hi]-Select RAID
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
ALL DATA ON THE RAID WILL LOST!!
ARE YOU SURE TO DELETE (Y/N) ? N
RAID Level
Capacity
Status
0-Stripe
240 GB Normal
[SPACE]-Mark Delete
Figure 11
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[DEL]-Confirm
Capacity
120 GB
120 GB
Type/Status
RAID Inside
RAID Inside
Members(HDDx)
01
[ESC]-Abort
5-1-3 Making a SATA RAID/AHCI Driver Diskette
(Required for AHCI and RAID Mode)
To successfully install operating system onto SATA hard drive(s) that is/are configured to RAID/AHCI 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. For installing Windows Vista, you also can copy the SATA controller driver from the motherboard driver disk to a USB flash drive. See the instructions below about how to
copy the driver in MS-DOS and Windows mode.
In MS-DOS mode:
Prepare a startup disk that has CD-ROM support and a blank formatted floppy disk.
Steps:
1: Boot from the startup disk.
2: Remove the startup disk and insert the prepared floppy disk and the motherboard driver disk (here we assume that the drive letter for your optical drive is D:\).
3: At the A:\> prompt, type the following command. Press <Enter> after the command:
• For the Intel P55, type (Figure 1): (Note)
A:\>copy d:\bootdrv\irst\32bit\*.*
• For the GIGABYTE SATA2, type (Figure 2): (Note)
A:\>copy d:\bootdrv\gsata\32bit\*.*
Figure 1
Figure 2
In Windows mode:
Steps:
1: Use an alternative system and insert the motherboard driver disk.
2: 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 4.
3: Insert the blank formatted disk. Depending on the operating system to be installed, select the controller
driver by pressing the corresponding letter from the menu and press <Enter>. For example, from the menu
in Figure 4,
• For the Intel P55, select 7) Intel Rapid Storage driver for 32bit system for Windows XP operating system.
• For the GIGABYTE SATA2, select 3) GIGABYTE GSATA driver for 32bit system for Windows 32-bit
operating system.
Your system will then automatically copy the driver files to the floppy disk. Press any key to exit when finished.
Figure 4
Figure 3
(Note)
Change the directory from \32bit to \64bit for copying the Windows 64-bit driver.
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5-1-4 Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating System
With the SATA RAID/AHCI driver diskette and correct BIOS settings, you are ready to install Windows Vista/
XP onto your hard drive(s). The followings are examples of Windows XP and Vista installation.
A. Installing Windows XP
Step 1:
Restart your system to boot from the Windows XP 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). A screen will then appear
asking you to specify additional device.
Windows Setup
Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.
Figure 1
Step 2:
For the Intel P55:
Insert the floppy disk containing the SATA RAID/AHCI driver and press <S>. Then a controller menu similar
to Figure 2 below will appear. Select Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/5 Series/3400 Series SATA RAID
Controller and press <Enter>.
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.
Intel(R) ICH7R/DH SATA RAID Controller
Intel(R) ICH7MDH SATA RAID Controller
Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/5 Series/3400 Serues SATA RAID Controller
Intel(R) ICH8M-E/ICH9M-E/5 Series SATA RAID Controller
ENTER=Select
F3=Exit
Figure 2
Step 3:
On the next screen, press <Enter> to continue the driver installation. After the driver installation, you can proceed with the Windows XP installation.
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For the GIGABYTE SATA2:
Insert the floppy disk containing the SATA RAID/AHCI driver and press <S>. Then a controller menu similar
to Figure 3 below will appear. Select RAID/AHCI Driver for GIGABYTE GBB36X Controller (x32) and press
<Enter>.
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.
RAID/AHCI Driver for GIGABYTE GBB36X Controller (x32)
ENTER=Select
F3=Exit
Figure 3
Step 3:
On the next screen, press <Enter> to continue the driver installation. After the driver installation, you can proceed with the Windows XP installation.
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B. Installing Windows Vista
(The procedure below assumes that only one RAID array exists in your system.)
For the Intel P55:
Step 1:
Restart your system to boot from the Windows Vista setup disk and perform standard OS installation steps.
When a screen similar to that below appears (RAID hard drive will not be detected at this stage), select Load
Driver (Figure 4).
Figure 4
Step 2:
Insert the motherboard driver disk (Method A) or the floppy disk/USB flash drive that contains the driver (Method
B), then specify the location of the driver (Figure 5). Note: For users using a SATA optical drive, be sure to
copy the driver files from the motherboard driver disk to a USB flash drive before installing Windows Vista (go
to the BootDrv folder and save the whole iRST folder to the USB flash drive). Then use Method B to load the
driver.
Method A:
Insert the motherboard driver disk into your system and browse to the following directory:
\BootDrv\iRST\32Bit
For Windows Vista 64-bit, browse to the 64Bit folder.
Method B:
Insert the USB flash drive containing the driver files and browse to \iRST\32Bit (for Windows Vista 32-bit) or \
iRST\64Bit (for Windows Vista 64-bit).
Figure 5
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Step 3:
When a screen as shown in Figure 6 appears, select Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/5 Series/3400 Series SATA RAID Controller and click Next.
Figure 6
Step 4:
After the driver is loaded, select the RAID/AHCI drive(s) where you want to install the operating system and
then click Next to continue the OS installation (Figure 7).
Figure 7
The install menus described in this chapter are for reference only and may differ by driver version.
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For the GIGABYTE SATA2:
Step 1:
Restart your system to boot from the Windows Vista setup disk and perform standard OS installation steps.
When a screen similar to that below appears (RAID/AHCI hard drive(s) will not be detected at this stage),
select Load Driver (Figure 8).
Figure 8
Step 2:
Insert the motherboard driver disk (Method A) or the floppy disk/USB flash drive that contains the SATA RAID/
AHCI driver (Method B), then specify the location of the driver (Figure 9). Note: For users using a SATA optical drive, be sure to copy the driver files from the motherboard driver disk to a USB flash drive before installing Windows Vista (go to the BootDrv folder and save the whole GSATA folder to the USB flash drive). Then
use Method B to load the driver.
Method A:
Insert the motherboard driver disk into your system and browse to the following directory:
\BootDrv\GSATA\32Bit
For Windows Vista 64-bit, browse to the 64Bit folder.
Method B:
Insert the USB flash drive containing the driver files and browse to \GSATA\32Bit (for Windows Vista 32-bit)
or \GSATA\64Bit (for Windows Vista 64-bit).
Figure 9
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Step 3:
When a screen as shown in Figure 10 appears, select GIGABYTE GBB36X Controller and click Next.
Figure 10
Step 4:
After the driver is loaded, select the RAID/AHCI drive(s) where you want to install the operating system and
then click Next to continue the OS installation (Figure 11).
Figure 11
The install menus described in this chapter are for reference only and may differ by driver version.
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C. Rebuilding an Array
Rebuilding is the process of restoring data to a hard drive from other drives in the array. Rebuilding applies
only to fault-tolerant arrays such as RAID 1, RAID 5 or RAID 10 arrays. The procedures below assume a new
drive is added to replace a failed drive to rebuild a RAID 1 array. (Note: The new drive must have equal or
greater capacity than the old one.)
For the Intel P55:
Turn off your computer and replace the failed hard drive with a new one. Restart your computer.
• Enabling Automatic Rebuild
Step 1:
When the message "Press <Ctrl-I> to enter Configuration Utility" appears, press <Ctrl> + <I> to enter the
RAID Configuration Utility. The following screen appears after you enter the RAID Configuration Utility.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - option ROM - 9.5.0.1037
Copyright(C) 2003-09 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ MAIN MENU ]
] Reset Disks to Non-RAID
1. Create RAID Volume[ DEGRADED VOLUME DETECTED3.
2. Delete
Volume
"Degraded
volumeRAID
and disk
available for rebuilding detected. Selecting4. Exit
a disk initiates a rebuild. Rebuild completes in the operating system.
[ DISK/VOLUME
INFORMATION
]
Select the port of the destination disk
for rebuilding (ESC
to exit):
RAID Volumes :
Port Drive Model None defined.
1
WDC WD800JD-22LS
Serial # WD-WMAM9W736333
Physical Disks :
[hi]-Previous/NextSerial #
[ENTER]-SelectSize
Port
Drive Model
0
ST3120026AS
3JT354CP
111.7GB
1
WDC WD800JD-22LS
WD-WMAM9W736333
111.7GB
[hi]-Select
[ESC]-Exit
Size
111.7GB
[ESC]-Exit
Type/Status(Vol
ID)
Member Disk (0)
Non-RAID Disk
[ENTER]-Select Menu
Step 2:
Select the new hard drive to add into the array to be rebuilt and press <Enter>. The following screen appears,
indicating that an automatic rebuild will be performed after you enter the operating system (look for the Intel
Rapid Storage Technology icon
in the notification area, which will show that a RAID volume is being
rebuilt). If you do not enable automatic rebuild on this stage, you have to manually rebuild the array in the
operating system (see the next page for more details).
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - option ROM - 9.5.0.1037
Copyright(C) 2003-09 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume
2. Delete RAID Volume
RAID Volumes :
ID
Name
0
Volume0
5. Exit
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
4. Recovery Volume Options
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
Level
RAID1(Mirror)
Strip
N/A
Size
111.7GB
Status
Rebuild
Bootable
Yes
Physical Disks :
Port
Drive Model
Serial #
Size
Type/Status(Vol ID)
0
ST3120026AS
3JT354CP
111.7GB
Member Disk (0)
1
WDC WD800JD-22LS
WD-WMAM9W736333
111.7GB
Member Disk (0)
Volumes with "Rebuild" status will be rebuilt within the operating system.
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[hi]-Select
[ESC]-Exit
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[ENTER]-Select Menu
• Performing the Rebuild in the Operating System
While in the operating system, make sure the chipset driver has been installed from the motherboard driver
disk. Then launch the Intel Rapid Stroage Technology utility from All Programs in the Start menu.
Step 2:
Select a new drive to rebuild the RAID and click
Rebuild.
Step 1:
Go to the Manage menu and click Rebuild to
another disk in Manage Volume.
The Status item on the left of the screen displays the rebuild progress.
Step 3:
After the RAID 1 volume rebuilding, the Status
will display as Normal.
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• Restoring the Master Drive to a Previous State (for Recovery Volume only)
When two hard drives are set to Recovery Volume in Update on Request mode, you can restore the master
drive data to the last backup state when needed. For example, in case the master drive detects a virus, you
can restore the recovery drive data to the master drive.
Step 1:
Select 4. Recovery Volume Options in the MAIN MENU of the RAID Configuration Utility. On the RECOVERY OPTIONS menu, select Enable Only Recovery Disk to show the recovery drive in the operating system. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete and exit the RAID Configuration Utility.
Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology - option ROM - 9.5.0.1037
Copyright(C) 2003-09 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reversed.
[ RECOVERY VOLUME OPTIONS ]
1. Enable Only Recovery Disk
2. Enable Only Master Disk
[ SELECT RECOVERY VOLUME ]
Name
}Volume0
[ HELP ]
Level
Capacity
Recovery(OnReq) 111.7GB
Status
Bootable
NeedsUpdate Yes
Choose the RAID level:
RAID0: Stripes data (performance).
RAID1: Mirrors data (redundancy).
Recovery:
Select aCopies
Recovery
to ado
the operation.
datavolume
between
master
and a recovery disk.
RAID10: Mirrors data and stripes the mirror.
RAID5: Stripes data and parity.
[hi]-Up/Down [SPACE]-Selects [ENTER]-Done
[hi]-select
[ESC]-Previous Menu
[ENTER]-Select
Step 3:
Click Yes to begin the data recovery.
Step 2:
Go to the Manage menu of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology utility and click Recover data in
Manage Volume.
The Status item on the left of the screen displays the rebuild progress.
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Step 4:
After the recovery volume is completed, the Status will display as Normal.
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For the GIGABYTE SATA2:
Turn off your computer and replace the failed hard drive with a new one. Use either the RAID setup utility or
the GIGABYTE RAID CONFIGURER utility in the operating system to perform the rebuild.
• Rebuilding with the RAID setup utility
Step 1:
When the message "Press <Ctrl-G> to enter RAID Setup Utility" appears, press <Ctrl> + <G> to enter the utility. In the Main Menu block, select Rebuild Mirror Drive and press <Enter>. The selection bar will move to
the degraded array. Press <Enter> again.
Gigabyte Technology Corp. RAID Setup Utility v1.07.06
[ Main Menu ]
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Create RAID Disk Drive
Delete RAID Disk Drive
Revert HDD to Non-RAID
Solve Mirror Conflict
Rebuild Mirror Drive
Save And Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
Model Name RDD0: GRAID
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
RAID Level
1-Mirror
[fgTAB]-Switch Window
Capacity
120 GB [hi]-Select RAID
Capacity
120 GB
120 GB
Status
Degraded
Type/Status
RAID Inside
Non-RAID
Members(HDDx)
0?
[ENTER]-Action
[ESC]-Exit
Step 2:
The selection bar will then move to new hard drive in the Hard Disk Drive List block. Press <Enter> to start
the RAID rebuilding process. The rebuilding progress is displayed at the bottom of the screen. When done,
the status of the array will display as Normal.
Gigabyte Technology Corp. RAID Setup Utility v1.07.06
[ Main Menu ]
[ Hard Disk Drive List ]
Create RAID Disk Drive
Delete RAID Disk Drive
Revert HDD to Non-RAID
Solve Mirror Conflict
Rebuild Mirror Drive
Save And Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
[ RAID Disk Drive List ]
Model Name RDD0: GRAID
Model Name HDD0: ST3120026AS
HDD1: ST3120026AS
RAID Level
1-Mirror
Capacity
120 GB Capacity
120 GB
120 GB
Status
Degraded
Type/Status
RAID Inside
Non-RAID
Members(HDDx)
0?
Rebuilding....35%, please wait....
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• Rebuilding in the operating system
Make sure the GIGABYTE SATA2 SATA controller driver has been installed from the motherboard driver disk.
Launch the GIGABYTE RAID CONFIGURER from All Programs in the Start menu.
Step 2:
When the Rebuilding RAID Wizard appears,
click Next.
Step 1:
In the GIGABYTE RAID CONFIGURER screen,
right-click on the array to be rebuilt in the RAID
LIST block. Select Rebuild Raid. (Or click the
Rebuild icon
in the tool bar.)
Step 3:
Select a drive to rebuild the array and click Next.
Step 4:
Click Finish to start the RAID rebuilding process.
Step 6:
When finished, restart your system.
Step 5:
The rebuilding progress is displayed at the
bottom of the screen.
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5-2 Configuring Audio Input and Output
5-2-1 Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio
The motherboard provides six audio jacks on the
back panel which support 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel (Note)
audio. The picture to the right shows the default audio
Center/Subwoofer
Line In
Speaker Out
jack assignments.
Rear Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
The integrated HD (High Definition) audio provides
Side
Mic In
Speaker Out
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.
• To install a microphone, connect your microphone to the Mic in jack and manually configure the
jack for microphone functionality.
• Audio signals will be present on both of the front and back panel audio connections simultaneously. If you want to mute the back panel audio (only supported when using an HD front panel
audio module), refer to instructions on the next page.
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.
A. Configuring Speakers
(The following instructions use Windows Vista as the example operating system.)
Step 1:
After installing the audio driver, the HD Audio Manager
icon
will appear in the notification area. Double-click
the icon to access the HD Audio Manager.
(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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Step 2:
Connect an audio device to an audio jack. The The current connected device is dialog box appears. Select the
device according to the type of device you connect. Then
click OK.
Step 3:
On the Speakers screen, click the Speaker Configuration tab. In the Speaker Configuration list, select Stereo,
Quadraphonic, 5.1 Speaker, or 7.1 Speaker according to
the type of speaker configuration you wish to set up. Then
the speaker setup is completed.
B. Configuring Sound Effect
You may configure an audio environment on the Sound Effects tab.
C. Activating an AC'97 Front Panel Audio Module
If your chassis provides an AC'97 front panel audio module, to activate the AC'97 functionality, click the tool icon
on the Speaker Configuration tab. On the Connector
Settings dialog box, select the Disable front panel jack
detection check box. Click OK to complete.
D. Muting the Back Panel Audio (For HD Audio Only)
Click Device advanced settings on the top right corner
on the Speaker Configuration tab to open the Device
advanced settings dialog box. Select the Mute the rear
output device, when a front headphone plugged in
check box. Click OK to complete.
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5-2-2 Configuring S/PDIF In/Out
A. S/PDIF In
The S/PDIF In cable (optional) allows you to input digital audio signals to the computer for audio processing.
S/PDIF In Cable
Optical
S/PDIF In
Coaxial
S/PDIF In
1. Installing the S/PDIF In Cable:
Step 1:
First, attach the connector at the end of the cable
to the SPDIF_I header on your motherboard.
Step 2:
Secure the metal bracket to the chassis back
panel with a screw.
2. Configuring S/PDIF In:
On the Digital Input screen, click the Default Format tab to select the default format. Click OK to complete.
(Note)
The actual locations of the S/PDIF In and S/PDIF Out connectors may differ by model.
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B. S/PDIF Out
The S/PDIF Out jacks can transmit audio signals to an external decoder for decoding to get the best audio
quality.
1. Connecting a S/PDIF Out Cable:
S/PDIF Coaxial Cable
S/PDIF Optical Cable
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.
2. Configuring S/PDIF Out:
On the Digital Output screen, click the Default Format tab and then select the sample rate and bit depth.
Click OK to complete.
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5-2-3 Configuring Microphone Recording
Step 1:
After installing the audio driver, the HD Audio Manager
icon
will appear in the notification area. Double-click
the icon to access the HD Audio Manager.
Step 2:
Connect your microphone to the Mic in jack (pink) on
the back panel or the Mic in jack (pink) 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:
Go to the Microphone screen. Do not mute the recording volume, or you'll not be able to record the sound.
To hear the sound being recorded during the recording
process, do not mute the playback volume. It is recommended that you set the volumes at a middle level.
If you want to change the current sound input
default device to microphone, right-click on Microphone and select Set Default Device.
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Step 4:
To raise the recording and playback volume for the
microphone, click the Microphone Boost icon
on
the right of the Recording Volume slider and set the
Microphone Boost level.
Step 5:
After completing the settings above, click Start, point
to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click
Sound Recorder to begin the sound recording.
* Enabling Stereo Mix
If the HD Audio Manager does not display the recording device you wish to use, refer to the steps below. The
following steps explain how to enable Stereo Mix (which may be needed when you want to record sound from
your computer).
Step 1:
Locate the Volume icon
in the notification area and
right-click on this icon. Select Recording Devices.
Step 2:
On the Recording tab, right-click on an empty space
and select Show Disabled Devices.
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Step 3:
When the Stereo Mix item appears, right-click on this
item and select Enable. Then set it as the default device.
Step 4:
Now you can access the HD Audio Manager to configure Stereo Mix and use Sound Recorder to record the
sound.
5-2-4 Using the Sound Recorder
A. Recording Sound
1.Make sure you have connected the sound input device (e.g. microphone) to the computer.
2.To record the audio, click the Start Recording button
.
3.To stop recording audio, click the Stop Recording button
.
Be sure to save the recorded audio file upon completion.
B. Playing the Recorded Sound
You can play your recording in a digital media player program that supports your audio file format.
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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&Downloads\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 motherboards provide 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: For motherboards that have a CMOS_SW button, press this button to clear the CMOS values (before doing this, please
turn off the computer and unplug the power cord). For motherboards that have 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.
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: Why cannot I install the onboard HD audio driver successfully? (For Windows XP only)
A: Step 1:First, make sure Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2 has been installed (check in My Computer > Properties > General > System). If not, please update it from Microsoft's website. Then make sure the Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for
High Definition Audio has been installed successfully (check in My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device
Manager > System Devices).
Step 2:Check if Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus or Unknown device is present in Device Manager or
Sound, video, and game controllers. If yes, please disable this device. (If not, skip this step.)
Step 3:Then go back to My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager > System devices and right-click on
Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for High Definition Audio and select Disable and Uninstall.
Step 4:In Device Manager, right-click on the computer name and select Scan for hardware changes. When the Add
New Hardware Wizard appears, click Cancel. Then install the onboard HD audio driver from the motherboard
driver disk or download the audio driver from GIGABYTE's website to install.
For more details, go to the Support&Downloads\Motherboards\FAQ page on our website and search for "onboard HD
audio driver."
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
1 long, 3 short: Keyboard error
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long, 9 short: BIOS ROM error
1 long, 1 short: Memory or motherboard error
Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly
1 long, 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error
Continuous short beeps: Power error
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5-3-2 Troubleshooting Procedure
If you encounter any troubles during system startup, follow the troubleshooting procedure below to 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 or
other metal objects.
No
Yes
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.
Make sure the graphics card is securely seated in the
expansion slot and power connectors are firmly attached.
A
(Continued...)
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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. Plug in the keyboard and mouse and restart
the computer.
Check if the keyboard is working properly.
Yes
No
The keyboard or keyboard
connector might fail.
The problem is verified and solved.
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.
Yes
No
The IDE/SATA device,
connector, or cable might
fail.
The problem is verified and solved.
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 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&Downloads\Technical Service Zone page to submit your
question. Our customer service staff will reply you as soon as possible.
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5-4 Regulatory Statements
Regulatory Notices
This document must not be copied without our written permission, and the contents there of must not be
imparted to a third party nor be used for any unauthorized purpose. Contravention will be prosecuted. We
believe that the information contained herein was accurate in all respects at the time of printing. GIGABYTE
cannot, however, assume any responsibility for errors or omissions in this text. Also note that the information in this document is subject to change without notice and should not be construed as a commitment by
GIGABYTE.
Our Commitment to Preserving the Environment
In addition to high-efficiency performance, all GIGABYTE motherboards fulfill European Union regulations
for RoHS (Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and WEEE
(Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) environmental directives, as well as most major worldwide safety
requirements. To prevent releases of harmful substances into the environment and to maximize the use of
our natural resources, GIGABYTE provides the following information on how you can responsibly recycle or
reuse most of the materials in your "end of life" product.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive Statement
GIGABYTE products have not intended to add and safe from hazardous substances (Cd, Pb, Hg, Cr+6,
PBDE and PBB). The parts and components have been carefully selected to meet RoHS requirement. Moreover, we at GIGABYTE are continuing our efforts to develop products that do not use internationally banned
toxic chemicals.
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive Statement
GIGABYTE will fulfill the national laws as interpreted from the 2002/96/EC WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive. The WEEE Directive specifies the treatment, collection, recycling and disposal of
electric and electronic devices and their components. Under the Directive, used equipment must be marked,
collected separately, and disposed of properly.
WEEE Symbol Statement
The symbol shown below is on the product or on its packaging, which indicates that this product
must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, the device should be taken to the waste
collection centers for activation of the treatment, collection, recycling and disposal procedure.
The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to
conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health
and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling,
please contact your local government office, your household waste disposal service or where you purchased
the product for details of environmentally safe recycling.
w When your electrical or electronic equipment is no longer useful to you, "take it back" to your local or
regional waste collection administration for recycling.
w If you need further assistance in recycling, reusing in your "end of life" product, you may contact us at the
Customer Care number listed in your product's user's manual and we will be glad to help you with your
effort.
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Finally, we suggest that you practice other environmentally friendly actions by understanding and using the
energy-saving features of this product (where applicable), recycling the inner and outer packaging (including
shipping containers) this product was delivered in, and by disposing of or recycling used batteries properly.
With your help, we can reduce the amount of natural resources needed to produce electrical and electronic
equipment, minimize the use of landfills for the disposal of "end of life" products, and generally improve our
quality of life by ensuring that potentially hazardous substances are not released into the environment and
are disposed of properly.
China Restriction of Hazardous Substances Table
The following table is supplied in compliance with China's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (China
RoHS) requirements:
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WEB address : http://www.giga-byte.it
• Spain
WEB address : http://www.giga-byte.es
• Greece
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.com.gr
• Czech Republic
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.cz
• Hungary
WEB address : http://www.giga-byte.hu
• Turkey
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.com.tr
• Russia
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.ru
• Poland
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.pl
• Ukraine
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.ua
• Romania
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.com.ro
• Serbia
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.co.rs
• Kazakhstan
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.kz
You may go to the GIGABYTE website, select your language
in the language list on the top right corner of the website.
• GIGABYTE Global Service System
To submit a technical or non-technical (Sales/Marketing) question, please link to:
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw
Then select your language to enter the system.
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