Preface
Copyright
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any of the material contained herein, may be reproduced without written consent of
the author.
Version 6.0
Disclaimer
The information in this document is subject to change without notice. The manufacturer makes no representations or warranties with respect to the contents hereof and
specifically disclaims any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any
particular purpose. The manufacturer reserves the right to revise this publication and
to make changes from time to time in the content hereof without obligation of the
manufacturer to notify any person of such revision or changes.
Trademark Recognition
Microsoft, MS-DOS and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp.
AMD, Athlon, Sempron and Duron are registered trademarks of AMD Corporation.
Other product names used in this manual are the properties of their respective
owners and are acknowledged.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
Connect the equipment onto an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Shielded interconnect cables and a shielded AC power cable must be employed with
this equipment to ensure compliance with the pertinent RF emission limits governing this device. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the system ’ s
manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
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Declaration of Conformity
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
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This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation
Canadian Department of Communications
This class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interferencecausing Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Réglement sur
le matériel brouilieur du Canada.
About the Manual
The manual consists of the following:
Describes features of the
motherboard.
Go to
H page 1
Chapter 1
Introducing the Motherboard
Chapter 2
Describes installation of
motherboard components.
Go to
H page 7
Installing the Motherboard
Provides information on using the BIOS Setup Utility.
Go to
H page 27
Chapter 3
Using BIOS
Chapter 4
Using the Motherboard Software
Chapter 5
Setting Up NVIDIA RAID Configuration
Describes the motherboard
software
Go to
H page 47
Provides information about
SATA RAID Setup
Go to
H page 51
Provides basic trouble shooting tips
Chapter 6
Trouble Shooting
Go to
Preface
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
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Chapter 1
1
Introducing the Motherboard
1
Introduction......................................................................................1
Feature ..............................................................................................2
Motherboard Components.............................................................4
Chapter 2
7
Installing the Motherboard
7
Safety Precautions...........................................................................7
Choosing a Computer Case............................................................7
Installing the Motherboard in a Case............................................7
Checking Jumper Settings...............................................................8
Setting Jumpers...................................................................8
Checking Jumper Settings...................................................9
Jumper Settings...................................................................9
Installing Hardware........................................................................10
Installing the Processor.....................................................10
Installing Memory Modules...............................................11
Expansion Slots.................................................................15
Connecting Optional Devices............................................17
Installing a Hard Disk Drive/CD-ROM/SATA Hard Drive...21
Installing a Floppy Diskette Drive....................................22
Connecting I/O Devices................................................................23
Connecting Case Components.....................................................24
Front Panel Header...........................................................26
Chapter 3
27
Using BIOS
27
About the Setup Utility................................................................ 27
The Standard Configuration............................................27
Entering the Setup Utility..................................................27
Resetting the Default CMOS Values..................................28
Using BIOS......................................................................................29
Standard CMOS Features.................................................30
Advanced Setup.................................................................33
Advanced Chipset Setup....................................................35
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Integrated Peripherals......................................................36
Power Management Setup.................................................38
PnP/PCI Configurations....................................................40
PC Health Status................................................................40
Frequency/Voltage Control.................................................43
Load Default Settings ........................................................44
Supervisor Password.........................................................44
User Password...................................................................45
Save & Exit Setup................................................................45
Exit Without Saving..............................................................45
Updating the BIOS...............................................................46
Chapter 4
47
Using the Motherboard Software
47
About the Software CD-ROM/DVD-ROM..................................47
Auto-installing under Windows XP/Vista/7...............................47
Running Setup....................................................................48
Manual Installation........................................................................50
Utility Software Reference............................................................50
Chapter 5
51
Setting Up NVIDIA RAID Configuration
51
Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array......................................51
Setting Up a Bootable RAID Array...............................................51
Chapter 6
61
Trouble Shooting
61
Start up problems during assembly............................................61
Start up problems after prolong use..........................................62
Maintenance and care tips..........................................................62
Basic Troubleshooting Flowchart...................................................63
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Chapter 1
Introducing the Motherboard
Introduction
Thank you for choosing the NFORCE6M-A motherboard. This motherboard is a
high performance, enhanced function motherboard that supports socket for AM3
Phenom™ II/AM3 Athlon™ II/AM3 Sempron™/AMD Phenom™/Athlon™ 64 X2 DualCore/Athlon ™ 64/Sempron ™ processors for high-end business or personal desktop
markets.
This motherboard is based on NVIDIA® ΜCP61P media and communications processor (MCP) for best desktop platform solution. ΜCP61P is a single-chip, highly
integrated, high performance HyperTransport peripheral controller, unmatched by
any other single chip-device controller. This motherboard supports up to 32 GB of
system memory with DDR2 800/667/533/400. It supports high resolution graphics
via one PCI Express x16 slot, and it also integrates native Gigabit Ethernet LAN
controller, 8 USB 2.0 ports (4 USB ports and 2 USB headers support additional 4 USB
ports) and Serial ATA host controller with maximum transfer rate up to 3.0 Gb/s.
There is an advanced full set of I/O ports in the rear panel, including PS/2 mouse and
keyboard connectors, COM1, four USB ports, one optional LAN port, one optional
ESATA port and audio jacks for microphone, line-in, and 6/8-channel (optional)
line-out.
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Feature
Processor
This motherboard uses Sockets AM2+ that carries the following features:
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Accommodates AM3 Phenom™ II/AM3 Athlon™ II/AM3 Sempron™/AMD
Phenom™/Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core/Athlon™ 64/Sempron™ processors
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Supports up to 2000 MT/s HyperTransportTM (HT) interface Speeds
HyperTransport TM Technology is a point-to-point link between two devices, it
enables integrated circuits to exchange information at much higher speeds than
currently available interconnect technologies.
This board supports AM3 CPU up to 65W TDP only.
Chipset
The NVIDIA® MCP61P is a single-chip with proven reliability and performance.
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HyperTransport x16 up and down links at up to 1.0 GHz to the AM2+
CPUs
PCI Express x16 for external graphics
PCI 2.3 interface at 33 MHz
Four SATA controllers,each with integrated dual PHYs that are capable of operating at 1.5Gb/s and 3.0Gb/s speeds
Eight USB 2.0 ports
Fast ATA-133 IDE controller
Memory
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DDR2 800/667/533/400 DDR SDRAM with Dual Channel supported
Accommodates four unbuffered DIMMs
Up to 8 GB per DIMM with maximum memory size up to 32 GB
Audio (Optional)
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High performance HD Audio CODEC
24-bit resolution with up to 192 KHz sample rates
Supports Jack Retasking and Universal Jacks™
+5V Analog Power Supply
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High performance HD Audio CODEC
Eight Channel (4 DAC pairs and 2 stereo ADCs) with 24-bit resolustion
Sample Rates Up to 192 KHz
+5V Analog Power Supply
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Onboard LAN (Optional)
The onboard LAN provides the following features:
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Integrated Gigabit Ethernet Controller for PCI ExpressTM Applications
Integrated 10/100/1000 transceiver
Wake-on-LAN and remote wake-up support
Expansion Options
The motherboard comes with the following expansion options:
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One PCI Express x16 for Graphics Interface
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One PCI Express x1 slots
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Three 32-bit PCI v2.3 compliant slots
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One IDE connector supporting up to two IDE devices
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One floppy disk drive interface
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Four 7-pin SATA connectors
This motherboard supports Ultra DMA bus mastering with transfer rates of 133/
100/66/33 MB/s.
Integrated I/O
The motherboard has a full set of I/O ports and connectors:
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Two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard
One serial port
One ESATA port (optional)
Four USB ports
One LAN port (optional)
Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and 6/8-channel (optional) line-out
BIOS Firmware
The motherboard uses AMI BIOS that enables users to configure many system
features including the following:
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Power management
Wake-up alarms
CPU parameters
CPU and memory timing
The firmware can also be used to set parameters for different processor clock
speeds.
Some hardware specifications and software items are subject to change
without prior notice.
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Motherboard Components
Introducing the Motherboard
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Table of Motherboard Components
LABEL
COMPONENTS
AM3 PhenomTM II/AM3 AthlonTM II/AM3 SempronTM/
1.CPU Socket
AMD PhenomTM/AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core/
AthlonTM 64/SempronTM processors
2.CPU_FAN
CPU cooling fan connector
3.PWR_FAN*
Power Fan connector
4.DDR2_1~4
240-pin DDR2 SDRAM slots
5.ATX_POWER Standard 24-pin ATX power connector
6.IDE
Primary IDE connector
7.SATA1~4
Serial ATA connectors
8.SPK
Speaker header
9.LPT
Onboard Parallel Port header
10.USBPWR_F Front USB Power Select jumper
11.F_PANEL
Front panel switch/LED header
12.F_USB1~2
Front Panel USB headers
13.TPM*
TPM Module header
14.IRDA*
Infrared header
15.FDD
Floppy disk drive connector
16.COM2
Onboard serial port header
17.SPDIFO
SPDIF out header
18.CD_IN
Analog audio input connector
19.F_AUDIO
Front panel audio header
20.WOL*
Wake On LAN Connector
21.PCI1~3
32-bit add-on card slots
22.PCIE
PCI Express x1 slot
23.CLR_CMOS Clear CMOS jumper
24.PCIEX16
PCI Express x16 slot for graphics interface
25.W-USB*
USB Wireless Card header
26.SYS_FAN
System cooling fan connector
27.USBPWR_R Rear USB Power Select jumper
Standard 4-Pin ATX Power connector
28.ATX12V
* Stands for optional components
This concludes Chapter 1. The next chapter explains how to install the motherboard.
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Memo
Introducing the Motherboard
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Chapter 2
Installing the Motherboard
Safety Precautions
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Follow these safety precautions when installing the motherboard
Wear a grounding strap attached to a grounded device to avoid damage from static electricity
Discharge static electricity by touching the metal case of a safely
grounded object before working on the motherboard
Leave components in the static-proof bags they came in
Hold all circuit boards by the edges. Do not bend circuit boards
Choosing a Computer Case
There are many types of computer cases on the market. The motherboard complies
with the specifications for the ATX system case. First, some features on the
motherboard are implemented by cabling connectors on the motherboard to indicators and switches on the system case. Make sure that your case supports all the
features required. Secondly, this motherboard supports one floppy diskette drive and
two enhanced IDE drives. Make sure that your case has sufficient power and space for
all drives that you intend to install.
Most cases have a choice of I/O templates in the rear panel. Make sure that the I/O
template in the case matches the I/O ports installed on the rear edge of the
motherboard.
This motherboard carries an ATX form factor of 305 X 210 mm. Choose a case that
accommodates this form factor.
Installing the Motherboard in a Case
Refer to the following illustration and instructions for installing the motherboard in
a case.
Most system cases have mounting brackets installed in the case, which correspond
the holes in the motherboard. Place the motherboard over the mounting brackets
and secure the motherboard onto the mounting brackets with screws.
Ensure that your case has an I/O template that supports the I/O ports and expansion
slots on your motherboard.
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Do not over-tighten the screws as this can stress the motherboard.
Checking Jumper Settings
This section explains how to set jumpers for correct configuration of the motherboard.
Setting Jumpers
Use the motherboard jumpers to set system configuration options. Jumpers with
more than one pin are numbered. When setting the jumpers, ensure that the jumper
caps are placed on the correct pins.
The illustrations show a 2-pin jumper. When
the jumper cap is placed on both pins, the
jumper is SHORT. If you remove the jumper
cap, or place the jumper cap on just one pin,
the jumper is OPEN.
SHORT
This illustration shows a 3-pin jumper. Pins
1 and 2 are SHORT.
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Checking Jumper Settings
The following illustration shows the location of the motherboard jumpers. Pin 1 is
labeled.
Jumper Settings
Jumper
Type
Description
CLR_CMOS 3-pin CLEAR CMOS
USBPWR_R 3-pin
USB Power
Select Jumper
Setting (default)
1-2: NORMAL
2-3: CLEAR
1
Before clearing the
CMOS, make sure to CLR_CMOS
turn the system off.
1-2: VCC5
2-3: VCC5_DUAL
1
USBPWR_R
1
USB Power
USBPWR_F 3-pin
Select Jumper
1-2: VCC5
2-3: VCC5_DUAL
USBPWR_F
1. To avoid the system instability after clearing CMOS, we recommend
users to enter the main BIOS setting page to “Load Optimized Defaults” and then “Save & Exit Setup”.
2. Make sure the power supply provides enough VCC5_DUAL voltage
before selecting the VCC5_DUAL function.
3. It is required that users place the USBPWR_F & USBPWR_R cap onto
2-3 pin rather than 1-2 pin as default if you want to wake up the
computer by USB/PS2 KB/Mouse.
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Installing Hardware
Installing the Processor
Caution: When installing a CPU heatsink and cooling fan make sure that
you DO NOT scratch the motherboard or any of the surface-mount
resistors with the clip of the cooling fan. If the clip of the cooling fan
scrapes across the motherboard, you may cause serious damage to the
motherboard or its components.
On most motherboards, there are small surface-mount resistors near the
processor socket, which may be damaged if the cooling fan is carelessly
installed.
Avoid using cooling fans with sharp edges on the fan casing and the clips.
Also, install the cooling fan in a well-lit work area so that you can clearly
see the motherboard and processor socket.
Before installing the Processor
This motherboard automatically determines the CPU clock frequency and system
bus frequency for the processor. You may be able to change these settings by changing
the settings in the system Setup Utility. We strongly recommend that you do not
over-clock processors or other components to run faster than their rated speed.
Warning:
1. Over-clocking components can adversely affect the reliability of the
system and introduce errors into your system. Over-clocking can permanently damage the motherboard by generating excess heat in components that are run beyond the rated limits.
2. Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from
the power outlet before installing or removing the motherboard or
other hardware components.
This motherboard has Socket AM2+ processor socket. When choosing a processor,
consider the performance requirements of the system. Performance is based on the
processor design, the clock speed and system bus frequency of the processor, and the
quantity of internal cache memory and external cache memory.
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CPU Installation Procedure
The following illustration shows CPU installation components.
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2
3
4
5
Install your CPU. Pull up the lever away from the
socket and lift up to 90-degree angle.
Locate the CPU cut edge (the corner with the
pin hold noticeably missing). Align and insert
the CPU correctly.
Press the lever down and apply thermal grease
on top of the CPU.
Put the CPU Fan down on the retention module
and snap the four retention legs of the cooling
fan into place.
Flip the levers over to lock the heat sink in place
and connect the CPU cooling Fan power cable
to the CPUFAN connector. This completes the
installation.
To achieve better airflow rates and heat dissipation, we suggest that you
use a high quality fan with 4800 rpm at least. CPU fan and heatsink
installation procedures may vary with the type of CPU fan/heatsink supplied. The form and size of fan/heatsink may also vary.
Installing Memory Modules
This motherboard accommodates four 240-pin unbuffered DIMMs and supports
DDR2 800/667/533/400 DDR2 SDRAM. You must install at least one module in any
of the four slots. Each module can be installed with 8 GB of memory; the total
memory capacity is 32 GB.
DDR2 SDRAM memory module table
Memory module
Memory Bus
DDR2 400
DDR2 533
DDR2 667
DDR2 800
200
266
333
400
MHz
MHz
MHz
MHz
You must install at least one module in any of the two or four slots. Each module can
be installed with 8 GB of memory.
Do not remove any memory module from its antistatic packaging until
you are ready to install it on the motherboard. Handle the modules only
by their edges. Do not touch the components or metal parts. Always wear
a grounding strap when you handle the modules.
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Installation Procedure
Refer to the following to install the memory modules.
1
2
3
This motherboard supports unbuffered DDR2 SDRAM only.
Push the latches on each side of the DIMM slot down.
Align the memory module with the slot. The DIMM slots are keyed with
notches and the DIMMs are keyed with cutouts so that they can only be
installed correctly.
Check that the cutouts on the DIMM module edge connector match the
notches in the DIMM slot.
Install the DIMM module into the slot and press it firmly down until it
seats correctly. The slot latches are levered upwards and latch on to
the edges of the DIMM.
Install any remaining DIMM modules.
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5
6
For best performance and compatibility, we recommend that users
install DIMMs in the sequence of DIMM3, DIMM4, DIMM1 and
DIMM2.
Recommend configuration for best performance and compatibility
Number of DIMMs
DIMM 1
DIMM 2
DIMM 3
DIMM 4
1
2
3
4
AM2
Single Channel
AM2+ *
Unganged Mode
Dual Channel
Ganged Mode
Single Channel
Unganged Mode
Dual Channel
Ganged Mode
* When Unganged Mode is disabled
: operation with normal performance
: operation with the best performance
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Table A: DDR2 (memory module) QVL (Qualified Vendor List)
The following DDR2 memory modules have been tested and qualified for use with
this motherboard.
Type
DDR2 533
Size
Vendor
Module Name
512MB
Kingston
HY5PS12821 F-C4
1GB
A-data
Vitesta
512 MB
Micron
MT4HTF6464AY-667E1
Apacer
Corsair
1 GB
AU01GE667C5KBGC
78.01G9O.9K5
VS1GB667D2
Kingston
KVR667D2N5
Micron
MT8HTF12864AY-667E1
AL7E8E63B-6E1T
DDR2 667
PSC
AL7E8F63J-6E1
AL7E8F73C-6E1
Samsung
Hynix
2 GB
Golden Bar M378T2863DZS
0742
HYMP125U64AP8-Y5 AB-A
0623
Kingston
KVR667D2N5/2G
LeadMax
PC2-5300U
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Type
Size
Vendor
Module Name
A-DATA
M2GVD6G3I41P0U1E5E
AU01GE800C5KBGC
Apacer
78.01GA0.9L5
78.01GA0.9K5
1GB
Geil
Geil Millenary
Hynix
HYMP112U64CP8-S6 AB
KingMax
KLDD48F-B8KU5 NGES
Kingston
KVR800D2N5/1G 1.8V 9905316-
Nanya
NT1GT64U88D0BY-AD
054.A01LF
Ramaxel
Samsung
Silicon Power
DDR2 800
SP001GBLRU800S01
DIMM 5-5-5
Unifosa
GU341G0ALEPR6B2C6CE
A-DATA
Red A-DATA M2OMI6H3J4720L1C5Z
78.A1GC0.9L4
78.A1GAO.9K4
CORSAIR
CM2X2048-6400C5
Geil
Geil Platinum Edition
Hynix
HYMP125U64CP8-S6 AB
KingMax
KLDE88F-B8KU5 NHES
Kingston
KVR800D2N5/2G
KVR800D2N6/2G-SP
Micron
MT16HTF25664AY-800E1
Nanya
NT2GT64U8HD0BY-AD
PSC
AL8E8F73C-8E1
Samsung
DDR2 1066
M378T2863EHS-CF7 0849
Transcend
Apacer
2 GB
RML1320EH38D7F-800
Golden Bar M378T2953EZ3-CE7 0726
M378T5663QZ3-CF7
M378T5663EH3-CF7
Silicon Power
SP002GBLRU800S01
Unifosa
GU342G0ALEPR692C6CE
4 GB
Samsung
M378T5263AZ3-CF7 0819
1GB
Micron
MT8HTF12864AY-1GAE1
2GB
Micron
MT16HTF25664AY-1GAE1
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Expansion Slots
Installing Add-on Cards
The slots on this motherboard are designed to hold expansion cards and connect
them to the system bus. Expansion slots are a means of adding or enhancing the
motherboard’s features and capabilities. With these efficient facilities, you can increase the motherboard’s capabilities by adding hardware that performs tasks that are
not part of the basic system.
PCIEX16 Slot
The PCI Express x16 slot is used to install an external PCI Express
graphics card that is fully compliant to the PCI Express Base
Specification revision 1.1.
PCIE Slot
The PCI Express x1 slot is fully compliant to the PCI Express Base
Specification revision 1.1 as well.
PCI1~3 Slots
This motherboard is equipped with three standard PCI slots. PCI
stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect and is a bus standard for expansion cards, which for the most part, is a supplement
of the older ISA bus standard. The PCI slots on this board are PCI
v2.3 compliant.
Before installing an add-on card, check the documentation for the
card carefully. If the card is not Plug and Play, you may have to
manually configure the card before installation.
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Follow these instructions to install an add-on card:
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2
3
Remove a blanking plate from the system case corresponding to the
slot you are going to use.
Install the edge connector of the add-on card into the expansion slot.
Ensure that the edge connector is correctly seated in the slot.
Secure the metal bracket of the card to the system case with a screw.
For some add-on cards, for example graphics adapters and network adapters, you have to install drivers and software before you can begin using the
add-on card.
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Connecting Optional Devices
Refer to the following for information on connecting the motherboard’s optional
devices:
F_AUDIO: Front Panel Audio header (Optional)
This header allows the user to install auxiliary front-oriented microphone and 6/8Pin forSignal
channel (optional) line-out ports
easier Name
access.
Pin
1
3
5
7
9
Signal Name
Pin
Signal Name
PORT 1L
2
AUD_GND
PORT 1R
4
PRESENCE#
PORT 2R
6
SENSE1_RETURN
SENSE_SEND
8
10
KEY
PORT 2L
SENSE2_RETURN
SATA1~4: Serial ATA connectors
These connectors are used to support the new Serial ATA devices for the highest date
transfer rates (1.5/3.0 Gb/s), simpler disk drive cabling and easier PC assembly. It
eliminates limitations of the current Parallel ATA interface. But maintains register
compatibility and software compatibility with Parallel ATA.
Pin
1
3
5
7
Signal Name
Pin
Ground
2
4
6
-
TXRXGround
Signal Name
TX+
Ground
RX+
-
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F_USB1~2: Front Panel USB headers
The motherboard has four USB ports installed on the rear edge I/O port array.
Additionally, some computer cases have USB ports at the front of the case. If you
have this kind of case, use auxiliary USB connector to connect the front-mounted
ports to the motherboard.
Pin
Signal Name
Function
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
USBPWR
Front Panel USB Power
USBPWR
Front Panel USB Power
USB_FP_P0-
USB Port 0 Negative Signal
USB_FP_P1-
USB Port 1 Negative Signal
USB_FP_P0+
USB Port 0 Positive Signal
USB_FP_P1+
USB Port 1 Positive Signal
GND
Ground
8
9
10
GND
Ground
Key
No pin
NC
Not connected
Please make sure that the USB cable has the same pin assignment as
indicated above. A different pin assignment may cause damage or system
hang-up.
IRDA: Infrared port (Optional)
The motherboard supports an Infrared (IRDA) data port. Infrared ports allow the
wireless exchange of information between your computer and similarly equipped
devices such as printers, laptops, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and other
computers.
Pin
Pin
SignalName
Name
Signal
Function
Function
1
2
3
Not assigned
KEY
+5V
IR Power
4
5
6
GND
Ground
Not assigned
No pin
IRTX
IrDA serial output
IRRX
IrDA serial input
CD_IN: Analog Audio Input header
Pin
Signal Name
1
2
3
4
CD_Right
CD In right channel
CD_GND
Ground
CD_GND
Ground
CD _Left
CD In left channel
Function
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TPM: TPM Module Header (Optional)
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a published specification detailing a
microcontroller that can store secured information, and implementations of that
specification.
Pin Signal Name
Pin
Signal Name
LAD0
LAD2
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
VCC3
19
LPCPD#
20
RESERVE2
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
TPM_CLK
9
10
LAD1
GND
LFRAME#
KEY
LREST#
VCC5
LAD3
GND
RESERVE0
RESERVE1
VCC3_DUAL
SERIRQ
GND
CLKRUN#
W-USB: USB Wireless Card Header (Optional)
This is a header that will preserve the functionality of wired USB while also unwiring
the cable connection and providing enhanced support for streaming media CE
devices and peripherals.
Pin Signal Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
USB Power
USB Power
USBPAUSBPBUSBPA+
USBPB+
Pin
Signal Name
7
8
9
10
11
12
GND
GND
KEY
USBOC#
PME#
VCC3_DUAL
SPDIFO: SPDIF out header
This is a header that provides an S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) output to
digital multimedia device through optical fiber or coaxial connector.
Pin
1
2
3
4
Signal Name
Function
SPDIF
SPDIF digital output
+5VA
5V analog Power
Key
No pin
GND
Ground
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LPT: Onboard parallel port header
This is a header that can be used to connect to the printer, scanner or other devices.
Pin
Signal Name
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
STROBE
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
PD0
PD1
PD2
PD3
PD4
PD5
PD6
PD7
ACK
BUSK
PE
SLCT
Signal Name
ALF
ERROR
INIT
SLCTIN
Ground
Ground
Ground
Ground
Ground
Ground
Ground
Ground
Key
COM2: Onboard serial port header
Connect a serial port extension bracket to this header to add a second serial port to
your system.
Pin
Signal Name
Function
1
DCDB
Data carry detect
2
3
4
5
6
7
NSINB
Serial Data In
NSOUTB
Serial Data Out
DTRB
Data terminal ready
GND
Ground
DSRB
Date set ready
RTSB
Request to send
8
9
10
CTSB
Clear to send
RI
Ring Indicator
Key
No pin
WOL: Wake On LAN connector (Optional)
If you have installed a LAN card, use the cable provided with the card to plug into the
WOL1 connector onboard. This enables the Wake On LAN (WOL) feature. When
your system is in a power-saving mode, any LAN signal automatically resumes the
system. You must enable this item using the Power Management page of the Setup
Utility in the BIOS. See Chapter 3 for more information.
Pin
Signal Name
Function
1
5VSB
2
GND
Ground
3
Wake_up
Wake up signal (low active)
+5V stand by power
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Installing a Hard Disk Drive/CD-ROM/SATA Hard Drive
This section describes how to install IDE devices such as a hard disk drive and a CDROM drive.
About IDE Devices
Your motherboard has one IDE channel interface.
IDE: IDE Connector
This motherboard supports two or four high data transfer SATA ports with each
runs up to 1.5/3.0 Gb/s. To get better system performance, we recommend users
connect the CD-ROM to the IDE channel, and set up the hard drives on the SATA
ports.
IDE devices enclose jumpers or switches used to set the IDE device as MASTER or
SLAVE. Refer to the IDE device user’s manual. Installing two IDE devices on one
cable, ensure that one device is set to MASTER and the other device is set to SLAVE.
The documentation of your IDE device explains how to do this.
About SATA Connectors
Your motherboard features two or four SATA connectors supporting a total of two or
four drives. SATA refers to Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) is the
standard interface for the IDE hard drives which are currently used in most PCs.
These connectors are well designed and will only fit in one orientation. Locate the
SATA connectors on the motherboard and follow the illustration below to install the
SATA hard drives.
Installing Serial ATA Hard Drives
To install the Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives, use the SATA cable that supports the
Serial ATA protocol. This SATA cable comes with an SATA power cable. You can
connect either end of the SATA cable to the SATA hard drive or the connector on the
motherboard.
SATA cable
(optional)
SATA power cable
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Refer to
1
2
3
the illustration below for proper installation:
Attach either cable end to the connector on the motherboard.
Attach the other cable end to the SATA hard drive.
Attach the SATA power cable to the SATA hard drive and connect the
other end to the power supply.
This motherboard supports the “ Hot-Plug“ function.
Installing a Floppy Diskette Drive
FDD: Floppy Disk Connector
Connect the single end of the floppy connector to the onboard floppy connector
firstly, and then connect the remaining plug on the other end to the floppy drive
correspondingly.
You must orient the cable connector so that the pin 1 (color) edge of
the cable corresponds to the pin 1 of the I/O port connector.
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Connecting I/O Devices
The backplane of the motherboard has the following I/O ports:
PS2 Mouse
Use the upper PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 pointing device.
PS2 Keyboard
Use the lower PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 keyboard.
ESATA Port
Use this port to connect to an external SATA box or a
(Optional)
Serial ATA portmultiplier .
Serial Port
(COM1)
Use the COM port to connect serial devices such as mice or
fax/modems.
LAN Port
(Optional)
Connect an RJ-45 jack to the LAN port to connect your
computer to the Network.
USB Ports
Use the USB ports to connect USB devices.
Audio Ports
(Optional)
Use the three audio ports to connect audio devices. The
first jack is for stereo line-in signal. The second jack is for
stereo line-out signal. The third jack is for microphone.
This motherboard may adopt 8-channel audio ports that
correspond to the A,B, C, and E port respectively. In addition, all of the 3 ports, B, C, and E provide users with both
right & left channels individually. Users please refer to the
following note for specific port function definition.
A: Center & Woofer
B: Back Surround
C: Side Surround
D: Line-in
E: Front Out
F: Mic_in Rear
The above port definition can be changed to audio input or
audio output by changing the driver utility setting.
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Connecting Case Components
After you have installed the motherboard into a case, you can begin connecting the
motherboard components. Refer to the following:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Connect the CPU cooling fan cable to CPU_FAN.
Connect the power cooling fan connector to PWR_FAN (optional).
Connect the system cooling fan connector to SYS_FAN.
Connect the case speaker cable to SPK.
Connect the standard power supply connector to ATX_POWER.
Connect the auxiliary case power supply connector to ATX12V.
Connect the case switches and indicator LEDs to the F_PANEL.
Connecting 24-pin power cable
Users please note that the 24-pin power cable can be connected to the
ATX_POWER connector.
With ATX v2.x power supply, users please
note that when installing 24-pin power
cable, the latches of power cable and the
ATX_POWER match perfectly.
24-pin power cable
Connecting 4-pin power cable
The ATX12V power connector is used to provide power to the CPU.
When installing 4-pin power cable, the
latches of power cable and the ATX12V
match perfectly.
4-pin power cable
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CPU_FAN: CPU Cooling FAN Power Connector
Pin
Signal Name
Function
1
2
3
Ground
System Ground
+12V
Power +12V
SENSE
Sensor
4
CONTROL
CPU FAN control
Users please note that the fan connector supports the CPU
cooling fan of 1.1A~2.2A (26.4W max.) at +12V.
PWR_FAN (optional)/SYS_FAN: Cooling FAN Power Connectors
Pin
Signal Name
Function
1
GND
2
3
+12V
Power +12V
Sense
Sensor
System Ground
SPK: Internal speaker
Pin
1
2
3
4
Signal Name
VCC
Key
GND
Signal
ATX_POWER: ATX 24-pin Power Connector
Pin
Signal Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
+3.3V
10
11
12
+12V
+3.3V
COM
+5V
COM
+5V
COM
PWR OK
5VSB
Pin
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
+12V
+3.3V
Signal Name
+3.3V
-12V
COM
PS_ON
COM
COM
COM
-5V
+5V
+5V
+5V
COM
ATX12V: ATX 12V Power Connector
Pin
1
2
3
4
Signal Name
Ground
Ground
+12V
+12V
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Front Panel Header
The front panel header (F_PANEL) provides a standard set of switch and LED
headers commonly found on ATX or Micro ATX cases. Refer to the table below for
information:
Pin Signal Name
1
Function
Pin Signal Name
HD_LED_P Hard disk LED(+) 2
FP PWR/SLP
3
HD_LED_N Hard disk LED(-) 4
5
RST_SW_N
7
9
Function
*MSG LED(+)
FP PWR/SLP
*MSG LED(-)
Reset Switch(-)
6
PWR_SW_N
Power Switch(-)
RST_SW_P
Reset Switch(+)
8
PWR_SW_P
Power Switch(+)
RSVD
Reserved
10 Key
No pin
* MSG LED (dual color or single color)
Hard Drive Activity LED
Connecting pins 1 and 3 to a front panel mounted LED provides visual indication
that data is being read from or written to the hard drive. For the LED to function
properly, an IDE drive should be connected to the onboard IDE interface. The LED
will also show activity for devices connected to the SCSI (hard drive activity LED)
connector.
Power/Sleep/Message waiting LED
Connecting pins 2 and 4 to a single or dual-color, front panel mounted LED provides
power on/off, sleep, and message waiting indication.
Reset Switch
Supporting the reset function requires connecting pin 5 and 7 to a momentarycontact switch that is normally open. When the switch is closed, the board resets and
runs POST.
Power Switch
Supporting the power on/off function requires connecting pins 6 and 8 to a momentary-contact switch that is normally open. The switch should maintain contact for at
least 50 ms to signal the power supply to switch on or off. The time requirement is
due to internal de-bounce circuitry. After receiving a power on/off signal, at least two
seconds elapses before the power supply recognizes another on/off signal.
This concludes Chapter 2. The next chapter covers the BIOS.
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Chapter 3
Using BIOS
About the Setup Utility
The computer uses the latest “American Megatrends Inc.” BIOS with support for
Windows Plug and Play. The CMOS chip on the motherboard contains the ROM
setup instructions for configuring the motherboard BIOS.
The BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) Setup Utility displays the system ’ s
configuration status and provides you with options to set system parameters. The
parameters are stored in battery-backed-up CMOS RAM that saves this information
when the power is turned off. When the system is turned back on, the system is
configured with the values you stored in CMOS.
The BIOS Setup Utility enables you to configure:
•
•
•
•
Hard drives, diskette drives and peripherals
Video display type and display options
Password protection from unauthorized use
Power Management features
The settings made in the Setup Utility affect how the computer performs. Before
using the Setup Utility, ensure that you understand the Setup Utility options.
This chapter provides explanations for Setup Utility options.
The Standard Configuration
A standard configuration has already been set in the Setup Utility. However, we
recommend that you read this chapter in case you need to make any changes in the
future.
This Setup Utility should be used:
•
•
•
•
•
when changing the system configuration
when a configuration error is detected and you are prompted to make
changes to the Setup Utility
when trying to resolve IRQ conflicts
when making changes to the Power Management configuration
when changing the password or making other changes to the Security
Setup
Entering the Setup Utility
When you power on the system, BIOS enters the Power-On Self Test (POST)
routines. POST is a series of built-in diagnostics performed by the BIOS. After the
POST routines are completed, the following message appears:
Press DEL to enter SETUP
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Press the delete key to access the BIOS Setup Utility.
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f Standard CMOS Setup
f Advanced Setup
f Advanced Chipset Setup
f Integrated Peripherals
f Power Management Setup
f PCI/PnP Setup
f PC Health Status
fFrequency/Voltage Control
Load Default Settings
fSupervisor Password
fUser Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
ESC: Exit
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Resetting the Default CMOS Values
When powering on for the first time, the POST screen may show a “CMOS Settings
Wrong” message. This standard message will appear following a clear CMOS data at
factory by the manufacturer. You simply need to Load Default Settings to reset the
default CMOS values.
Note: Changes to system hardware such as different CPU, memories, etc. may also
trigger this message.
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Using BIOS
When you start the Setup Utility, the main menu appears. The main menu of the
Setup Utility displays a list of the options that are available. A highlight indicates
which option is currently selected. Use the cursor arrow keys to move the highlight
to other options. When an option is highlighted, execute the option by pressing
<Enter>.
Some options lead to pop-up dialog boxes that prompt you to verify that you wish to
execute that option. Other options lead to dialog boxes that prompt you for information.
Some options (marked with a triangle f ) lead to submenus that enable you to change
the values for the option. Use the cursor arrow keys to scroll through the items in the
submenu.
In this manual, default values are enclosed in parenthesis. Submenu items are denoted
by a triangle f .
The default BIOS setting for this motherboard apply for most conditions
with optimum performance. We do not suggest users change the default
values in the BIOS setup and take no responsibility to any damage caused
by changing the BIOS settings.
BIOS Navigation Keys
The BIOS navigation keys are listed below:
KEY
ESC
mnlk
FUNCTION
Exits the current menu
Scrolls through the items on a menu
+/Enter
Modifies the selected field’s values
Select
F9
Loads an optimized setting for better performance
F10
Saves the current configuration and exits setup
F1
Displays a screen that describes all key functions
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For the purpose of better product maintenances, we reserve the right to
change the BIOS items presented in the manual. The BIOS setup screens
shown in this chapter are for reference only. Please visit our website for
updated manual.
Standard CMOS Setup
This option displays basic information about your system.
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Standard CMOS Setup
Date
Time
f
f
f
f
f
f
Tue 07/28/2009
00 : 12 : 01
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA 1
SATA 2
SATA 3
SATA 4
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
IDE BusMaster
Enabled
Drive A:
1.44 MB 31/2”
Help Item
User [Enter], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Date & Time
The Date and Time items show the current date and time on the computer. If you are
running a Windows OS, these items are automatically updated whenever you make
changes to the Windows Date and Time Properties utility.
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f Primary IDE Master/Slave, SATA 1~4
Your computer has one IDE channel which can be installed with one or two devices
(Master and Slave). In addition, this motherboard supports four SATA channels and
each channel allows one SATA device to be installed. Use these items to configure
each device on the IDE channel.
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Primary IDE Master
Help Item
Primary IDE Master
Device :
Not Detected
Type
LBA/Large Mode
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer
PIO Mode
DMA Mode
S.M.A.R.T.
32Bit Data Transfer
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Enabled
Select the type
of device connected
to the system.
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Type (Auto)
Use this item to configure the type of the IDE device that you specify. If the feature
is enabled, it will enhance hard disk performance by reading or writing more data
during each transfer.
LBA/Large Mode (Auto)
Use this item to set the LAB/Large mode to enhance hard disk performance by
optimizing the area the hard disk is visited each time.
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) (Auto)
If the feature is enabled, it will enhance hard disk performance by reading or writing
more data during each transfer.
PIO Mode (Auto)
Use this item to set the PIO mode to enhance hard disk performance by optimizing
the hard disk timing.
DMA Mode (Auto)
DMA capability allows user to improve the transfer-speed and data-integrity for
compatible IDE devices.
S.M.A.R.T. (Auto)
The S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) system is a
diagnostics technology that monitors and predicts device performance. S.M.A.R.T.
software resides on both the disk drive and the host computer.
32Bit Data Transfer (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the 32Bit Data Transfer.
Press <Esc> to return to the Standard CMOS Setup page.
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IDE BusMaster (Enabled)
This item enables or disables the DMA under DOS mode. We recommend you to leave
this item at the default value.
Drive A (1..44 MB 31/2”)
This item defines the characteristics of any diskette drive attached to the system.
Only one diskette drive is supported.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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Advanced Setup
This page sets up more advanced information about your system. Handle this page
with caution. Any changes can affect the operation of your computer.
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Advanced Setup
HT Frequency
AMD C&Q
Quick Power on Self Test
Boot Up Numlock Status
APIC Mode
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
fHard Disk Drives
f Removable Drives
Boot Other Device
Auto
Enabled
Enabled
On
Enabled
USB Flash Disk
CD/DVD
1st FLOPPY DRIVE
Press Enter
Press Enter
Yes
Help Item
MCP61 (SB) to K8(CPU)
frequency selection
by CPU capability
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
HT Frequency (Auto)
This item enables users to manually set up the HyperTransport frequency. If Manual,
the HT Frequency Value will display, and the options are 200 MHz, 400 MHz, 600
MHz, 800 MHz and 1000 MHz.
AMD C&Q (Enabled)
This item helps the system to lower the frequency when CPU idles. When the
frequency decreases, the temperature will drop automatically as well.
Quick Power on Self Test (Enabled)
Enable this item to shorten the power on testing (POST) and have your system start
up faster. You might like to enable this item after you are confident that your system
hardware is operating smoothly.
Boot Up Numlock Status (On)
This item defines if the keyboard Num Lock key is active when your system is
started.
APIC Mode (Enabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable the APCI (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller) mode. APIC provides symmetric multi-processing (SMP) for systems, allowing support for up to 60 processors.
1st/2nd/3rd Boot Device (USB Flash Disk/CD/DVD/1st FLOPPY DRIVE)
Use this item to determine the device order the computer used to look for an
operating system to load at start-up time. The devices showed here will be different
depending on the exact devices installed on your motherboard.
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fHard Disk Drives (Press Enter)
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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Hard Disk Drives
Help Item
Hard Disk Drives
1st Drive
2nd Drive
ST31500341AS
USB Flash Disk
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced setup page.
f Removable Drives (Press Enter)
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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Removable Drives
Removable Drives
Help Item
1st Drive
1st FLOPPY DRIVE
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced setup page.
Boot Other Device (Yes)
When enabled, the system searches all other possible locations for an operating
system if it fails to find one in the devices specified under the First, Second, and
Third boot devices.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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Advanced Chipset Setup
This page sets up more advanced information about your system. Handle this page
with caution. Any changes can affect the operation of your computer.
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Advanced Chipset Setup
Help Item
Dram Frequency
Dram Timing
DCT Unganged Mode
Auto
Auto
Always
Options
Auto
Limit
Manual
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Dram Frequency (Auto)
This item enables users to adjust the DRAM frequency. The default setting is auto and
we recommend users leave the setting unchanged. Modify it at will may cause the
system to be unstable.
DRAM Timing (Auto)
This item allows you to enable or disable the DRAM timing defined by the Serial
Presence Detect electrical. Users please note that if setting this item to auto, the
following two items are not available.
DCT Unganged Mode (Always)
This item is used to select the DCT mode (DRAM Controller mode).
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Integrated Peripherals
This page sets up some parameters for peripheral devices connected to the system.
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Integrated Peripherals
Onboard IDE Controller
Serial-ATA 0
SATA Configuration
Enabled
Enabled
SATA Mode
f nVidia RAID Setup
Press Enter
Onboard AUDIO Function
OnBoard LAN Function
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
Serial Port1 Address
Serial Port2 Address
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
ECP Mode DMA Channel
Parallel Port IRQ
USB Functions
Legacy USB Support
Enabled
Enabled
Disabled
3F8/IRQ4
2F8/IRQ3
378
ECP
DMA3
IRQ7
Enabled
Enabled
Help Item
DISABLED: disables the
integrated IDE Controller.
PRIMARY: enables only
the Primary IDE Controller.
SECONDARY: enables
only the Secondary IDE
Controller.
BOTH: enables both IDE
Controllers.
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Onboard IDE Controller (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard IDE interface.
Serial-ATA 0 (Enabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable the onboard SATA controller.
SATA Configuration (SATA Mode)
Use this item to show the mode of the Serial ATA configuration options.
X
nVidia RAID Setup (Press Enter)
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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nVidia RAID Setup
Help Item
RAID Setup
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the Integrated Peripherals page.
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Onboard AUDIO Function (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard audio device.
OnBoard LAN Function (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard LAN function.
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM (Disabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the booting from the onboard LAN or a network
add-in card with a remote boot ROM installed.
Serial Port1/2 Address (3F8/IRQ4/2F8/IRQ3)
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard COM1 serial port, and to assign a port
address.
Parallel Port Address (378)
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard Parallel port, and to assign a port
address.
Parallel Port Mode (ECP)
Use this item to select the parallel port mode. You can select Normal (Standard
Parallel Port), ECP (Extended Capabilities Port), EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port), or
BPP (Bi-Directional Parallel Port).
ECP Mode DMA Channel (DMA3)
Use this item to assign the DMA Channel under ECP Mode function.
Parallel Port IRQ (IRQ7)
Use this item to assign IRQ to the parallel port.
USB Functions (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the USB function.
Legacy USB Support (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable support for legacy USB devices. Setting to Auto
allows the system to detect the presence of USB device at startup. If detected, the
USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected, the legacy USB
support is disabled.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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Power Management Setup
This page sets up some parameters for system power management operation.
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Power Management Setup
ACPI Suspend Type
PWRON After PWR-Fail
Resume By Ring
Resume By PCI/PCI-E/Lan PME
Resume By USB (S3)
Resume By PS2 KB (S3)
Resume By PS2 MS (S3)
Resume on RTC Alarm
S3 (STR)
Power Off
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save
F9: Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
Help Item
Select the ACPI
state used for
System Suspend.
ESC: Exit
ACPI Suspend Type (S3(STR))
Use this item to define how your system suspends. In the default, S3, the suspend
mode is a suspend to RAM, i.e, the system shuts down with the exception of a refresh
current to the system memory.
PWRON After PWR-Fail (Power Off)
This item enables your computer to automatically restart or return to its operating
status.
Resume By Ring (Disabled)
An input signal on the serial Ring Indicator (RI) line (in other words, an incoming call
on the modem) awakens the system from a soft off state.
Resume by PCI/PCI-E/Lan PME (Disabled)
These items specify whether the system will be awakened from power saving modes
when activity or input signal of the specified hardware peripheral or component is
detected.
Resume By USB (S3) (Disabled)
This item allows you to enable/disable the USB device wakeup function from S3
mode.
Resume By PS2 KB (S3) (Disabled)
This item enable or disable you to allow keyboard activity to awaken the system
from power saving mode.
Resume By PS2 MS (S3) (Disabled)
This item enable or disable you to allow mouse activity to awaken the system from
power saving mode.
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Resume By RTC Alarm (Disabled)
The system can be turned off with a software command. If you enable this item, the
system can automatically resume at a fixed time based on the system’s RTC (realtime
clock). Use the items below this one to set the date and time of the wake-up alarm.
You must use an ATX power supply in order to use this feature.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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PCI / PnP Setup
This page sets up some parameters for devices installed on the PCI bus and those
utilizing the system plug and play capability.
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PCI / PnP Setup
Init Display First
PCI
Help Item
Options
PCI
PCI Express
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Init Display First (PCI)
Use this item to select which graphics controller to use as the primary boot devices.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
PC Health Status
On motherboards support hardware monitoring, this item lets you monitor the
parameters for critical voltages, temperatures and fan speeds.
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PC Health Status
-=- System Hardware Monitor-=-
f Smart Fan Function
Shutdown Temperature
CPU Tcontrol
System Temperature
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Vcore
VDIMM
Help Item
Press Enter
Disabled
:40°C/104°F
:32°C/89°F
:0 RPM
:1.304V
:1.488V
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
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f Smart Fan Function
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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Smart Fan Function
Help Item
CPU SMART Fan Control
Smart Fan Mode
TargetTemp Value
Tolerance
StartUp Value
Stop Value
StopTime Value
Enabled
Normal
040
03
102
051
Options
Normal
Quiet
Silent
Manual
mnlk
: Move Enter : Select
F1:General Help
Normal: auto adjusts
depending on the CPU
temperature.
Quiet: auto minimizes
fan speed for quiet
environment operation.
+/-/: Value
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F9: Optimized Defaults
SMART Fan Mode (Normal)
This item allows you to select the fan mode (Normal, Quiet, Silent, or Manual) for a
better operation environment. If you choose Normal mode, the fan speed will be
auto adjusted depending on the CPU temperature. If you choose Quite mode, the fan
speed will be auto minimized for quiet environment. If you choose Silent mode, the
fan speed will be auto restricted to make system more quietly. If you choose Manual
mode, the fan speed will be adjust depending on users’ parameters.
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Smart Fan Function
Help Item
CPU SMART Fan Control
Smart Fan Mode
TargetTemp Value
Tolerance
StartUp Value
Stop Value
StopTime Value
mnlk
Enabled
Quiet
060
03
076
038
020
: Move Enter : Select
F1:General Help
Options
Normal: auto adjusts
depending on the CPU
temperature.
Quiet: auto minimizes
fan speed for quiet
environment operation.
+/-/: Value
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the Smart Fan Function page.
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Smart Fan Function
Help Item
CPU SMART Fan Control
Smart Fan Mode
TargetTemp Value
Tolerance
StartUp Value
Stop Value
StopTime Value
Enabled
Silent
065
03
051
030
020
Options
Normal: auto adjusts
depending on the CPU
temperature.
Quiet: auto minimizes
fan speed for quiet
environment operation.
mnlk
: Move Enter : Select
F1:General Help
+/-/: Value
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the Smart Fan Function page.
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Smart Fan Function
Help Item
CPU SMART Fan Control
Smart Fan Mode
TargetTemp Value
Tolerance Value
StartUp Value
Stop Value
StopTime Value
Enabled
Manual
065
03
051
030
020
Options
Normal: auto adjusts
depending on the CPU
temperature.
Quiet: auto minimizes
fan speed for quiet environment operation.
mnlk
: Move Enter : Select
F1:General Help
+/-/: Value
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the PC Health Status page.
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System Component Characteristics
These items display the monitoring of the overall inboard hardware health events,
such as System & CPU temperature, CPU & DIMM voltage, CPU & system fan
speed,...etc.
•
•
•
•
•
CPU Tcontrol
System Temperature
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Vcore
VDIMM
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
Frequency/Voltage Control
This page enables you to set the clock speed and system bus for your system. The
clock speed and system bus are determined by the kind of processor you have installed in your system.
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Frequency/Voltage Control
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI CIK
Spread Spectrum
Help Item
Enabled
Enabled
Options
Disabled
Enabled
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk (Enabled)
When this item is enabled, BIOS will disable the clock signal of free DIMM/PCI slots.
Spread Spectrum (Enabled)
If you enable spread spertrum, it can significantly reduce the EMI (Electro-Magnetic interface) generated by the system.and voltage according to its temperature.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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Load Default Settings
This option opens a dialog box to ask if you are sure to install optimized defaults or
not. You select [OK], and then <Enter>, the Setup Utility loads all default values; or
select [Cancel], and then <Enter>, the Setup Utility does not load default values.
Supervisor Password
This page helps you install or change a password.
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Supervisor Password
Supervisor Password
Help Item
:Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
Press Enter
Install or Change the
password.
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Supervisor Password (Not Installed)
This item indicates whether a supervisor password has been set. If the password has
been installed, Installed displays. If not, Not Installed displays.
Change Supervisor Password (Press Enter)
You can select this option and press <Enter> to access the sub menu. You can use the
sub menu to change the supervisor password.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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User Password
This page helps you install or change a password.
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User Password
User Password
Help Item
: Not Installed
Change User Password
Press Enter
Install or Change the
password.
mnlk: Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
User Password (Not Installed)
This item indicates whether a user password has been set. If the password has been
installed, Installed displays. If not, Not Installed displays.
Change User Password (Press Enter)
You can select this option and press <Enter> to access the sub menu. You can use the
sub menu to change the supervisor password.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
Save & Exit Setup
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to save the changes that you have made in the
Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Save and Exit dialog box appears,
select [OK] to save and exit, or select [Cancel] to return to the main menu.
Exit Without Saving
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to discard any changes that you have made in
the Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Exit Without Saving dialog
box appears, select [OK] to discard changes and exit, or select [Cancel] to return to
the main menu.
If you have made settings that you do not want to save, use the “Exit
Without Saving” item and select [OK] to discard any changes you have
made.
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Updating the BIOS
You can download and install updated BIOS for this motherboard from the
manufacturer’s Web site. New BIOS provides support for new peripherals, improvements in performance, or fixes for known bugs. Install new BIOS as follows:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
If your motherboard has a BIOS protection jumper, change the setting to
allow BIOS flashing.
If your motherboard has an item called Firmware Write Protect in Advanced BIOS features, disable it. (Firmware Write Protect prevents
BIOS from being overwritten.)
Prepare a bootable device or create a bootable system disk. (Refer to
Windows online help for information on creating a bootable system
disk.)
Download the Flash Utility and new BIOS file from the manufacturer’s
Web site. Copy these files to the bootable device.
Turn off your computer and insert the bootable device in your computer. (You might need to run the Setup Utility and change the the boot
priority items on the Advanced BIOS Features Setup page, to force
your computer to boot from the bootable device first.)
At the C:\ or A:\ prompt, type the Flash Utility program name and the file
name of the new BIOS and then press <Enter>. Example: AFUDOS.EXE
040706.ROM
When the installation is complete, remove the bootable device from the
computer and restart your computer. If your motherboard has a Flash
BIOS jumper, reset the jumper to protect the newly installed BIOS from
being overwritten. The computer will restart automatically.
This concludes Chapter 3. Refer to the next chapter for information on the software
supplied with the motherboard.
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Chapter 4
Using the Motherboard Software
About the Software CD-ROM/DVD-ROM
The support software CD-ROM/DVD-ROM that is included in the motherboard package contains all the drivers and utility programs needed to properly run the bundled
products. Below you can find a brief description of each software program, and the
location for your motherboard version. More information on some programs is
available in a README file, located in the same directory as the software. Before
installing any software, always inspect the folder for files named README.TXT, or
something similar. These files may contain important information that is not included in this manual.
1. Never try to install all software from folder that is not specified for use with
your motherboard.
2. The notice of Intel HD audio installation (optional): The Intel High Definition audio functionality unexpectedly quits working in Windows Server
2003 Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. Users need
to download and install the update packages from the Microsoft Download
Center “before” installing HD audio driver bundled in the Driver CD.
Please log on to http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;enus;901105#appliesto for more information.
Auto-installing under Windows XP/Vista/7
The Auto-install CD-ROM/DVD-ROM makes it easy for you to install the drivers and
software for your motherboard.
If the Auto-install CD-ROM/DVD-ROM does not work on your system,
you can still install drivers through the file manager for your OS (for
example, Windows Explorer). Refer to the Utility Folder Installation Notes
later in this chapter.
The support software CD-ROM/DVD-ROM disc loads automatically under Windows
XP/Vista/7. When you insert the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM disc in the CD-ROM/DVDROM drive, the autorun feature will automatically bring up the install screen. The
screen has three buttons on it, Setup, Browse CD and Exit.
If the opening screen does not appear; double-click the file “setup.exe”
in the root directory.
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Drivers Tab
Setup
Click the Setup button to run the software installation program.
Select from the menu which software you want to install.
Browse CD The Browse CD button is the standard Windows command that allows you to open Windows Explorer and show the contents of the
support disk.
Before installing the software from Windows Explorer, look for a file
named README.TXT, or something similar. This file may contain
important information to help you install the software correctly.
Some software is installed in separate folders for different operating
systems, such as Windows XP/Vista/7. Always go to the correct folder
for the kind of OS you are using.
In install the software, execute a file named SETUP.EXE by doubleclicking the file and then following the instructions on the screen.
Exit
The EXIT button closes the Auto Setup window.
Utilities Tab
Lists the software utilities that are available on the disk.
Information Tab
Displays the path for all software and drivers available on the disk.
Running Setup
Follow these instructions to install device drivers and software for the motherboard:
1.
Click Setup. The installation program begins:
The following screens are examples only. The screens and driver lists will be
different according to the motherboard you are installing.
The motherboard identification is located in the upper left-hand corner.
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2.
Click Next. The following screen appears:
3.
Check the box next to the items you want to install. The default options are recommended.
4.
Click Next run the Installation Wizard. An item installation screen appears:
5.
Follow the instructions on the screen to install the items.
Drivers and software are automatically installed in sequence. Follow the
onscreen instructions, confirm commands and allow the computer to
restart a few times to complete the installation.
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Windows Vista/7 will appear below UAC (User Account Control) message
after the system restart. You must select “Allow” to install the next driver.
Continue this process to complete the drivers installation.
Manual Installation
Insert the disk in the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive and locate the PATH.DOC file in
the root directory. This file contains the information needed to locate the drivers for
your motherboard.
Look for the chipset and motherboard model; then browse to the directory and path
to begin installing the drivers. Most drivers have a setup program (SETUP.EXE) that
automatically detects your operating system before installation. Other drivers have
the setup program located in the operating system subfolder.
If the driver you want to install does not have a setup program, browse to the
operating system subfolder and locate the readme text file (README.TXT or
README.DOC) for information on installing the driver or software for your operating system.
Utility Software Reference
All the utility software available from this page is Windows compliant. They are
provided only for the convenience of the customer. The following software is furnished under license and may only be used or copied in accordance with the terms of
the license.
1. These software(s) are subject to change at anytime without prior notice.
Please refer to the support disk for available software.
2. Please go to ECS website to download AMD Cool‘n’QuietTM technology.
This concludes Chapter 4.
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Chapter 5
Setting Up NVIDIA RAID Configuration
There are two ways to setup NVIDIA RAID Configuration: one is to create a RAID
1 Array for backup or a RAID 0 Array for increased performance just by adding
additional disk array without changing the original OS (Non-Bootable RAID Array);
while the other is to configure the RAID Array disks when reinstalling the OS
(Bootable RAID Array).
Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array
RAID arrays can be created/deleted using both MediaShield RAID BIOS and the
MediaShield RAID Manager from Windows. This section only covers basic BIOS
setup required for non-bootable array. See the section "Setting Up a Bootable RAID
Array” for instructions on configuring the RAID array in BIOS. See sections on using
the MediaShield RAID Manager for details on configuring non-bootable RAID from
Windows.
Setting Up the BIOS
1
Start your computer, then press Delete to enter the BIOS setup.
The BIOS CMOS Setup Utility window appears.
Figure 1.1
2
BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Main Window
Use the arrow keys to select Integrated Peripherals (see Figure 1.1), then
press Enter.
The Integrated Peripherals window appears.
Figure 1.2
Integrated Peripherals Window
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3
From the Integrated Peripherals Window, globally set SATA Mode select to
RAID Mode (see Figure 1.2).
4
Press F10 to save the configuration and exit (F10 is the navigation key to
save the current configuration and exit setup in BIOS setting).
The PC reboots.
Installing the NVIDIA RAID Software Under Windows
This section describes how to run the setup application and install the RAID software.
1
Start the nForce Setup program to open the NVIDIA Windows nForce
Drivers page.
Figure 1.3
nForce Driver Installation Window
2
Select the modules that you want to install.
Make sure that the “NVIDIA IDE Driver” is selected.
3
You must install the NVIDIA IDE driver in order to enable NVIDIA RAID.
If you do not install the NVIDIA IDE driver, NVIDIA RAID will not be
enabled.
4
Click Next and then follow the instructions.After the installation is completed, be sure to reboot the PC.
5
After the reboot, initialize the newly created array.
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Setting Up a Bootable RAID Array
This section explains how to configure a bootable NVIDIA RAID array.
Setting Up the BIOS
1
Start your computer, then press Delete to enter the BIOS setup.
The BIOS CMOS Setup Utility screen appears.
Figure 1.4
2
BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Main Screen
Use the arrow keys to select Integrated Peripherals (see Figure 1.4), then
press Enter.
The Integrated Peripherals screen (or a screen similar to it) appears.
Figure 1.5
3
Integrated Peripherals Screen
From the Integrated Peripherals Window, globally set SATA Mode select to
RAID Mode (see Figure 1.5).
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6
Press F10 to save the configuration and exit.
The PC reboots.
7
Enter the RAID BIOS Setup by pressing F10 when prompted, and proceed
to set up the NVIDIA RAID BIOS as described in the next section.
Configuring the NVIDIA RAID BIOS
The NVIDIA RAID BIOS set up lets you choose the RAID type and which hard drives
you want to make part of the array.
Entering the RAID BIOS Setup:
1
Wait until you see the RAID software prompting you to press F10.
The RAID prompt appears as part of the system POST and boot process
prior to loading of the OS. You have a few seconds to press F10 before the
screen disappears (see Figure 1.6).
Figure 1.6
2
Press F10 to enter Define a New Array page.
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The NVIDIA RAID Utility—Define a New Array screen appears (Figure
1.7).
Figure 1.7
MediaShield BIOS
By default, RAID Mode is set to Mirroring and Striping Block is set to Optimal.
Using the Define a New Array Screen
If necessary, press the tab key to move from field to field until the appropriate field
is highlighted.
•
•
Selecting the RAID Mode
By default, this is set to Mirroring. To change to a different RAID mode,
press the down arrow key until the mode that you want appears in the RAID
Mode box—either Mirroring, Striping, Spanning, Stripe Mirroring or RAID
5.
Note: Not all RAID levels are supported on all platforms. And enough Hard
disks are required to complete the RAID configuration.
Selecting the Strping Block Size
Striping block size is given in kilobytes, and affects how data is arranged on
the disk. It is recommended to leave this value at the default Optimal, which
is 64KB, but the values can be between 4 KB and 128 KB (4, 8, 16, 32, 64,
and 128 KB)
Assigning the Disks
The disks that you enabled from the RAID Config BIOS setup page appear in the Free
Disks block. These are the drives that are available for use as RAID array disks.
To designate a free disk to be used as a RAID array disk,
1
2
3
Tab to the Free Disks section.
The first disk in the list is selected
Move it from the Free Disks block to the Array Disks block by pressing the
right-arrow key (—>).
The first disk in the list is moved, and the next disk in the list is selected and
ready to be moved.
Continue pressing the right-arrow key (—>) until all the disks that you want
to use as RAID array disks appear in the Array Disks block.
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Figure 1.8 illustrates the Define a New Array screen after one disk have been
assigned as RAID 0 array disk.
Figure 1.8
MediaShield BIOS—Array Disks Assigned
Completing the RAID BIOS Setup
1
After assigning your RAID array disk, press F7.
The Clear disk array prompt appears.
Figure 1.9
Clear Disk Data Prompt
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2
Press Y to clear the disk data.
The Array List screen appears, where you can review the RAID arrays that
you have set up.
Figure 1.10
Array List Window
3
Use the arrow keys to select the array that you want to set up, then press B
to specify the array as bootable.
4
Press Enter to view and verify details.
The Array Detail screen shows various information about the array that you
selected, such as Striping Block used, RAID Mode, Striping Width, Disk
Model Name, and disk capacity.
5
If you want to mark this disk as empty and wipe out all its contents, press C.
6
At the prompt, press Y to wipe out all the data, otherwise press N.
7
Press Enter again to go back to the previous screen and then press F10 to exit
the RAID setup.
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Installing the RAID Drivers
Your system may come with a Windows install CD that already includes NVIDIA
RAID drivers. If so, then this section is not relevant.
If that is not the case (or you are trying to install a new version of Windows), then
you will need an NVIDIA RAID driver F6 install floppy. Check to see if one came
with your system. If not, you can create one by downloading the appropriate driver
package and following the steps in this section.
1
Copy all files in "…\IDE\WinXP\sataraid" to a floppy disk. (For Windows
2000, substitute "Win2K" in the path.)
2
After you complete the RAID BIOS setup, boot from the Windows CD.
The Windows Setup program starts.
3
Press F6 and wait a few moments for the Windows Setup screen to
appear.
Figure 1.11
4
Windows Setup—Specify Devices
Specify the NVIDIA drivers.
a
Insert the floppy that has the RAID driver, press S, then press Enter.
The following Windows Setup screen appears:
Figure 1.12
Windows Setup—Selected SCSI Adapter
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b
Select “NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)” and then press Enter.
c
Press S again at the Specify Devices screen, then press Enter.
d
Select “NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller (required)” and then press
Enter.
The following Windows Setup screen appears listing both drivers:.
Figure 1.13
5
Windows Setup—NVIDIA drives listed
Press Enter to continue with Windows XP Installation.
Be sure to leave the floppy disk inserted in the floppy drive until the blue
screen portion of Windows XP installation is completed, then take out the
floppy.
6
Follow the instructions on how to install Windows XP.
After Windows XP is completely installed, it is recommended that you
install the ForceWare software in order to access the MediaShield RAID
Management tool.
Note:
Each time you add a new hard drive to a RAID array, the RAID driver
will have to be installed under Windows once for that hard drive. After
that, the driver will not have to be installed.
This concludes chapter 5.
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Chapter 6
Trouble Shooting
Start up problems during assembly
After assembling the PC for the first time you may experience some start up
problems. Before calling for technical support or returning for warranty, this chapter
may help to address some of the common questions using some basic troubleshooting
tips.
a) System does not power up and the fans are not running.
1.Disassemble the PC to remove the VGA adaptor card, DDR memory, LAN, USB
and other peripherals including keyboard and mouse. Leave only the motherboard,
CPU with CPU cooler and power supply connected. Turn on again to see if the
CPU and power supply fans are running.
2. Make sure to remove any unused screws or other metal objects such as screwdrivers
from the inside PC case. This is to prevent damage from short circuit.
3. Check the CPU FAN connector is connected to the motherboard.
4. For Intel platforms check the pins on the CPU socket for damage or bent. A bent
pin may cause failure to boot and sometimes permanent damage from short circuit.
5. Check the 12V power connector is connected to the motherboard.
6. Check that the 12V power & ATX connectors are fully inserted into the
motherboard connectors. Make sure the latches of the cable and connector are
locked into place.
b) Power is on, fans are running but there is no display
1. Make sure the monitor is turned on and the monitor cable is properly connected
to the PC.
2. Check the VGA adapter card (if applicable) is inserted properly.
3. Listen for beep sounds. If you are using internal PC speaker make sure it is
connected.
a. continuous 3 short beeps : memory not detected
b. 1 long beep and 8 short beeps : VGA not detected
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c) The PC suddenly shuts down while booting up.
1. The CPU may experience overheating so it will shutdown to protect itself.
Ensure the CPU fan is working properly.
2. From the BIOS setting, try to disable the Smartfan function to let the fan run at
default speed. Doing a Load Optimised Default will also disable the Smartfan.
Start up problems after prolong use
After a prolong period of use your PC may experience start up problems again.
This may be caused by breakdown of devices connected to the motherboard such as
HDD, CPU fan, etc. The following tips may help to revive the PC or identify the
cause of failure.
1. Clear the CMOS values using the CLR_CMOS jumper. Refer to CLR_CMOS
jumper in Chapter 2 for Checking Jumper Settings in this user manual. When
completed, follow up with a Load Optimised Default in the BIOS setup.
2. Check the CPU cooler fan for dust. Long term accumulation of dust will reduce
its effectiveness to cool the processor. Clean the cooler or replace a new one if
necessary.
3. Check that the 12V power & ATX connectors are fully inserted into the
motherboard connectors. Make sure the latches of the cable and connector are
locked into place.
4. Remove the hard drive, optical drive or DDR memory to determine which of
these component may be at fault.
Maintenance and care tips
Your computer, like any electrical appliance, requires proper care and maintenance.
Here are some basic PC care tips to help prolong the life of the motherboard and
keep it running as best as it can.
1. Keep your computer in a well ventilated area. Leave some space between
the PC and the wall for sufficient airflow.
2. Keep your computer in a cool dry place. Avoid dusty areas, direct sunlight
and areas of high moisture content.
3. Routinely clean the CPU cooler fan to remove dust and hair.
4. In places of hot and humid weather you should turn on your computer once
every other week to circulate the air and prevent damage from humidity.
5. Add more memory to your computer if possible. This not only speeds up the
system but also reduces the loading of your hard drive to prolong its life span.
6. If possible, ensure the power cord has an earth ground pin directly from the
wall outlet. This will reduce voltage fluctuation that may damage sensitive devices.
Trouble Shooting
If fail, contact RMA
CLR CMOS and restart.
Yes
Halt at POST screen?
Yes
Check if monitor has
display
Yes
Check if Power Supply
Unit (PSU) is working
Power Bu on is pressed
but PC fails to start.
CMOS setup error,
-
need to CLRCMOS.
HDD problem.
-
Peripheral device issue
No
No
No
VGA not detected
- If 1 long beep and 8 short beeps:
inserted or memory failure
DIMM memory not properly
- If 3 short beeps:
Yes
Any Beep sound?
No
Yes
Check if monitor
has display
Restart the PC
is connected
if CPU 12V power
CLR CMOS and check
Basic Troubleshooting Flowchart
Board problem
-> contact RMA
a er modify BIOS se ng.
System fail to start or unstable
No
If board problem -> contact RMA
Problem with PSU or board?
Yes
and PSU switch is turned on?
AC power cord is plugged
CLR CMOS and restart
and restart.
or connect to wall socket
Turn on PSU switch
No
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