User Guide
Motherboard
P4V8X-MX
E2227
First Edition
August 2005
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Contents
Notices ...........................................................................................................v
Safety Information..........................................................................................vi
About This Guide .......................................................................................... vii
P4V8X-MX Specifications Summary ........................................................... viii
Chapter 1:
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
1.10
Chapter 2:
2.1
Product Introduction
Welcome! ....................................................................................... 1-2
Package Contents .......................................................................... 1-2
Special Features ............................................................................ 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights ........................................................... 1-2
1.3.2
Innovative ASUS features ............................................... 1-3
Before You Proceed ....................................................................... 1-4
Motherboard Overview ................................................................... 1-5
1.5.1
Motherboard layout ......................................................... 1-5
1.5.2
Placement direction ........................................................ 1-6
1.5.3
Screw holes .................................................................... 1-6
Central Processing Unit (CPU) ...................................................... 1-7
1.6.1
Overview ......................................................................... 1-7
1.6.2
Installing the CPU ........................................................... 1-8
System Memory ............................................................................. 1-9
1.7.1
Overview ......................................................................... 1-9
1.7.2
Memory configurations.................................................... 1-9
1.7.3
Installing a DIMM ...........................................................1-11
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM .........................................................1-11
Expansion Slots ........................................................................... 1-12
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card ......................................... 1-12
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card ..................................... 1-12
1.8.3
AGP slot ........................................................................ 1-14
1.8.4
PCI slots........................................................................ 1-14
Jumpers ....................................................................................... 1-15
Connectors ................................................................................... 1-17
1.10.1 Rear panel connectors .................................................. 1-17
1.10.2 Internal connectors ....................................................... 1-18
BIOS Setup
Managing and Updating Your BIOS ............................................... 2-2
2.1.1
Creating a bootable floppy disk....................................... 2-2
2.1.2
Using AFUDOS to copy the current BIOS....................... 2-2
2.1.3
Using AFUDOS to update the BIOS ............................... 2-3
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Contents
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.1.4
Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS ..................... 2-5
2.1.5
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 utility ...................................... 2-6
BIOS Setup Program ..................................................................... 2-8
2.2.1
BIOS menu screen.......................................................... 2-9
2.2.2
Menu bar ......................................................................... 2-9
2.2.3
Navigation keys............................................................... 2-9
2.2.4
Menu items ................................................................... 2-10
2.2.5
Sub-menu items ............................................................ 2-10
2.2.6
Configuration fields ....................................................... 2-10
2.2.7
Pop-up window ............................................................. 2-10
2.2.8
Scroll bar ....................................................................... 2-10
2.2.9
General help ................................................................. 2-10
Main Menu ....................................................................................2-11
Advanced Menu ........................................................................... 2-15
2.4.1
CPU Configuration ........................................................ 2-15
2.4.2
USB Configuration ........................................................ 2-17
2.4.3
Chipset .......................................................................... 2-18
2.4.4
Onboard Devices Configuration .................................... 2-21
2.4.5
PCIPnP ......................................................................... 2-22
Power Menu ................................................................................. 2-23
2.5.1
APM Configuration ........................................................ 2-24
2.5.2
Hardware Monitor ......................................................... 2-25
Boot Menu .................................................................................... 2-26
2.6.1
Boot Device Priority ...................................................... 2-27
2.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration .......................................... 2-27
2.6.3
Security ......................................................................... 2-28
Exit Menu ..................................................................................... 2-29
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
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Software Support
Installing An Operating System ...................................................... 3-2
Support CD Information ................................................................. 3-2
3.2.1
Running the support CD ................................................. 3-2
3.2.2
Drivers menu................................................................... 3-3
3.2.3
Utilities menu .................................................................. 3-3
3.2.4
Manual menu .................................................................. 3-4
3.2.5
Contacts menu ................................................................ 3-5
VIA RAID configurations................................................................. 3-6
3.3.1
Installing hard disks ........................................................ 3-6
3.3.2
VIA RAID Configuration .................................................. 3-7
Creating a RAID driver disk.......................................................... 3-10
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions:
•
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturerʼ
s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is
required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications
to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the userʼs authority to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety Information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
•
When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the
power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are
connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system
before you add a device.
•
Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure
that all power cables are unplugged.
•
Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
•
Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area.
If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using,
contact your local power company.
•
If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
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•
Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all
the manuals that came with the package.
•
Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected and
the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your
dealer immediately.
•
To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
•
Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
•
Place the product on a stable surface.
•
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
About This Guide
How this guide is organized
This manual contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports. It also lists the hardware setup procedures that you
have to perform when installing system components. It includes description of
the jumpers and connectors on the motherboard.
•
Chapter 2: BIOS Information
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
•
Chapter 3: Software Support
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes with the
motherboard package.
Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following
symbols used throughout this guide.
WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when
trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Information that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to aid in completing a task.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
1.
2.
ASUS websites
The ASUS websites worldwide provide updated information on ASUS
hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty
flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not
part of the standard package.
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P4V8X-MX Specifications Summary
CPU
Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4/ Celeron processor
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
Supports Intel Prescott CPU
Chipset
VIA P4M800
VIA 8237R PLUS
Front Side Bus (FSB)
800/533/400 MHz
Memory
2 x 184-pin DIMM Sockets for up to 2GB DDR 333/266, nonECC DDR SDRAM memory
Expansion Slots
1 x AGP 8X (1.5V only)
3 x PCI
VGA
Integrated UniChrome Pro 3D/2D Graphics & Video Controller
Supports 64MB Share Memory size
Microsoft DirectX 9,0 and OpenGL (Please update VGA driver
and Direct 9.0 driver in support CD to support Direct 9.0)
Storage
VIA 8237R PLUS South Bridge:
*2 x Serial ATA, RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD
*2 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33
Audio
C-Media CMI9761A 6-channel CODEC
LAN
Integrated 10/100Mbps LAN controller + VIA 6103 PHY
USB 2.0
Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
ASUS Special features
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
ASUS EZ Flash
ASUS MyLogo2
Overclock Features
FSB frequency adjustable with 1MHz step (SFS)
ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
Back panel I/O ports
1 x Parallel port
1 x Serial (COM1) port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
1 x PS/2 Mouse port (green)
1 x VGA
1 x 6-channel Audio I/O port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
Internal I/O connectors
2 x USB connectors supports additional 4 USB ports
CPU/Chassis FAN connectors
20-pin ATX power connector
4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Chassis Intrusion connector
S/PDIF out connector
CD/AUX audio in connectors
20-pin Panel connector
Front panel audio connector
(continued next page)
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P4V8X-MX Specifications Summary
BIOS features
4 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM
BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall), ASUS
CrashFree BIOS2, ASUS EZ Flash, MyLogo2, PXE, RPL
Industry standard
PCI 2.2, USB 2.0/1.1
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME
Support CD
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe
Anti-Virus Software (OEM version)
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Accessary
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x Serial ATA / Power cable
1 x FDD cable
Userʼs Manual
I/O shield
Form factor
Micro ATX Form Factor, 9.6” x 8” (24.5cm x 19.6cm)
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies it
supports.
1
Product
Introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® P4V8X-MX motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it
another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the
items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS P4V8X-MX motherboard
Cables
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x Serial ATA / Power cable
1 x Floppy Disk Drive cable
Accessories
I/O shield
Application CDs
ASUS motherboard support CD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology support
Leveraging the VIA P4M800 chipset to support P4 CPU on 800Hz FSB, DDR400
memory, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, and a full-range of advanced features.
See Page 1-7.
Integrated Graphics
The VIA P4M800 delivers powerful integrated 2D and 3D graphics performance for
functionality and value.
AGP8X
AGP8X (AGP 3.0) is the mainstream VGA interface specification that enables
enhanced graphics performance with high bandwidth up to 2.12 GB/s. See page
1-14 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Serial ATA technology
Serial ATA is the next generation ATA specification that provides scalable
performance for today and tomorrow. With up to 150MB/s data transfer rate, Serial
ATA is faster than current Parallel ATA, while providing software compatibility with
the legacy Parallel ATA (See page 1-19 for details).
Integrated 10/100 LAN controller
A 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet controller is embedded in this motherboard to give
you a fast and reliable connection to a local area network (LAN) and the Internet.
USB 2.0 technology
USB 2.0 is the latest connectivity standard for next generation components and
peripherals. Backwards compatible with current USB 1.1 peripherals, USB 2.0
delivers transfer speeds up to 40 times faster at 480 MB/s, for easy connectivity
and ultra-fast data transfer rate (See pages 1-17 & 1-20 for details).
1.3.2
Innovative ASUS features
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
The CrashFree BIOS2 feature now includes the BIOS auto-recovery function
in a support CD. Users can reboot their system through the support CD when
a bootable disk is not available, and go through the simple BIOS auto-recovery
process. ASUS motherboards now enable users to enjoy this protection feature
without the need to pay for an optional ROM (See page 2-6).
ASUS EZ Flash BIOS
With ASUS EZ Flash, you can update BIOS before entering operating system. No
more DOS-based flash utility and bootable diskette required (See page 2-5).
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the
case to clear CMOS data. Just simply restart the system, the BIOS would show the
previous setting and then users can amend the CPU setting again.
ASUS MyLogo 2
You can convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for a more colorful
and vivid image on your screen.
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1.4
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or
a metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling
components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded
antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX
power supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from
the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate that
the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you
should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before removing or
plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below shows the location
of the onboard LED.
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SB_PWR
P4V8X-MX
P4V8X-MX Onboard LED
1-4
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
1.5
Motherboard overview
1.5.1
Motherboard layout
19.6cm(8.0in)
PS2USBPWR
PS/2KBMS
T:Mouse
B:Keyboard
Super
I/O
ATX12V
USB56
CPU_FAN
VIA P4M800
FLOPPY
Top:
USB3 RJ-45
USB4
CHA_FAN
Top:Line In
Center:Line Out
Below:Mic In
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CLRTC
FP_AUDIO
PRI_IDE
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
SEC_IDE
Bottom:
24.5cm(9.6in)
USB1
USB2
ATXPWR
VGA
4Mb
BIOS
DDR DIMM2 (64 bit, 184-pin module)
PARALLEL PORT
Socket 478
DDR DIMM1 (64 bit, 184-pin module)
COM1
PCI1
P4V8X-MX
VIA
PCI2
CD AUX
VT8237R PLUS
PCI3
AUDIO SPDIF_OUT
CHASSIS
ASUS P4V8X-MX Motherboard
SB_PWR
USB78
PANEL
SATA2
SATA1
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1.5.2
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the chassis in the
correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis
as indicated in the image below.
1.5.3
Screw holes
Place six screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to
the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards-the rear of the chassis
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P4V8X-MX
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
1.6
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
1.6.1
Overview
The motherboard has a Socket 478 for installation. The Intel Pentium 4/Celeron
CPU has a “marked” corner. This corner is usually indicated with a notch, and/or a
golden square or triangle. Refer to this indicator when orienting the CPU. A fan and
heat sink should be installed on top of the CPU to prevent overheating.
Do not use processors with core speeds of less than 1GHz.
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P4V8X-MX
Gold Arrow
P4V8X-MX CPU Socket 478
Notes on Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
1.
This motherboard supports Intel® Pentium® 4 CPUs with Hyper-Threading
Technology
2.
Hyper-Threading Technology is supported under Windows® XP and Linux
2.4.x (kernel) and later versoins only. Under Linux, use the Hyper-Threading
compliler to compile the code. If you are using any other operating systems,
disable the Hyper-Threading Technology item in BIOS to ensure system
stability and performance.
3.
It is recommended that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 1.
4.
Make sure to enable the Hyper-Threading Technology item in BIOS before
installing a supported operating system.
5.
For more infformaion on Hyper-Threading Technology,visit
www.intel.com/info/hyperthreading.
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To use the Hyper-Threading Technology on this motherboard:
1.
Buy an Intel Pentium 4 CPU that supports Hyper-Threading Technology,
Install the CPU
2.
Power up the system and enter BIOS Setup (see Chapter 4). Under
the AAdvanced Menu, make sure that the item Hyper-Threading
Technology is set to Enabled, The item appears only if you installed a
CPU that supports Hyper-Threading Technology.
3.
Reboot the computer
1.6.2
Installing the CPU
Follow these steps to install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket. Open the socket by pulling the lever gently sideways
away from the socket, then lift the lever upwards to a 90 to 100-degree angle.
2.
Insert the CPU with the correct orientation. The notched or golden corner of
the CPU must be oriented toward the inner corner of the socket base nearest
to the lever hinge.
The CPU should drop easily into place. Do not force the CPU into the socket to
avoid bending the pins. If the CPU does not fit, check its alignment and look for
bent pins.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
1.7
System memory
1.7.1
Overview
DIMM2
104 Pins
DIMM1
The motherboard has two Double Data Rate (DDR) DIMM sockets that support
up to 2 GB unbuffered non-ECC DDR333/266 DDR SDRAM DIMMs. Each DIMM
socket is double-sided.
P4V8X-MX
80 Pins
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P4V8X-MX 184-Pin DDR DIMM Sockets
1.7.2
Memory configurations
You may install single or double-sided 64 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, and 1 GB
DDR DIMMs to the sockets.
1. DIMMs with more than 8 devices on each side of the module are not supported.
2. Make sure the memory frequency and bus frequency setting in the BIOS are
the same or set to [Auto] ensure system stability.
3. A DDR DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO
NOT force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
4. For optimum compatibility, it is recommended that you obtain memory
modules from qualified vendors. See the next page for a list of qualified
DDR333 DIMM vendors.
5. Visit ASUS website (www.asus.com) for latest DDR333 Qualified Vendor List.
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Qualified Vendors List (QVL)
Size
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
1G
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
1G
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
Vendor
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
HY
HY
HY
HY
Corsair
Corsair
Corsair
Corsair
Corsair
Corsair
Corsair
Micron
Micron
Micron
Samsung
Samsung
Samsung
Samsung
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Elpida
Elpida
Transcend
Transcend
Transcend
Transcend
Transcend
Transcend
Transcend
Kingmax
Kingmax
Kingmax
Mosel
Nanya
Nanya
Nanya
Nanya
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Smart
Smart
Smart
Smart
Twinmos
Twinmos
Model
KVR333X64C25/256
KVR333X64C25/256
KVR333X64C25/512
KVR400X64C3A/512
KVR400X64C3A/512
KVR400X64C3A/256
KVR400X64C3A/256
KVR400X64C3A/1G
HYS64D32300HU-5-C
HYS64D64320HU-5-C
HYS64D64300HU-5-B
HYS64D32300GU-5-C
HYS64D64320HU-6-C
HYMD232646D8J-D43
HYMD264646D8J-D43
HYMD232646B8J-J
HYMD264646B8J-J
VS256MB400
XMS3202v3.1
VS512MB400
XMS2700v1.1
VS256MB333
XMS2702v3.1
XMS2702v1.2
MT16VDDT6464AG-335GB
MT8VDDT3264AG-335GB
MT16VDDT6464AG-40BCB
M368L3223FTN-CCC
M368L6423FTN-CCC
M368L3223FTN-CB3
M368L6423FTN-CB3
U24256ADWBG6H20
U24256AAWBG6H20
DDR333-512
U24512ADWBG6H20
U24256ADEPG6H20
U24512ADEPG6H20
DDR400-256
103004-0720
102709-0001
DDR400-512
DDR400-512
111448-0214
DDR333-512
MPMC22D-38HT3R
MPXB62D-38KT3R
MPXC22D-38KT3R
V826664K24SATG-D3
NT256D64S88B1G-5T
NT512D64S8HB1G-5T
NT512D64S88C0GY-5T
NT1GD64S8HC0GY-5T
77.90728.U1G
77.10636.46G
77.10636.56G
77.10736.11G
U24256ADSRG6H20
U24256ADSRG6H20
U24512ADSRG6H20
U24512ADSRG6H20
DDR333-256
M2G9108A-TT
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N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Brand
SS/DS Component
Kingston
SS
D3208DH1T-6
Hynix
DS
HY5DU56822BT-D43
Kingston
DS
D3208DH1T-6
Hynix
DS
HY5DU56822BT-D43
Kingston
DS
D3208DH1T-5
Kingston
SS
D3208DL3T-5A
PSC
SS
A2S56D30BTP
Infineon
DS
HYB25D512800BE-5B
Infineon
SS
HYB25D256800CE-5C
Infineon
DS
HYB25D256800CE-5C
Infineon
SS
HYB25D512800BE-5B
Infineon
SS
HYB25D256800CE-5C
Infineon
DS
HYB25D256800CE-6C
Hynix
SS
HY5DU56822DT-D43
Hynix
DS
HY5DU56822DT-D43
Hynix
SS
HY5DU56822BT-J
Hynix
DS
HY5DU56822BT-J
Value select
SS
VS32M8-5 2B0409
Infineon
SS
HYB25D256807BT-5B
Value select
DS
VS32M8-5 2B0402
Winbond
SS
W942508BH-6
Samsung
SS
K4H5608380-TCB3
Mosel
DS
V58C2256804SAT6
Winbond
DS
W942508CH-6
Micron
DS
MT46V32M8TG-6TG
Micron
SS
MT46V32M8TG-6TG
Micron
DS
MT46V32M8TG-5BC
Samsung
SS
K4H560838F-TCCC
Samsung
DS
K4H560838F-TCCC
Samsung
SS
K4H560838F-TCB3
Samsung
DS
K4H560838F-TCB3
Winbond
SS
W942508CH-5
Winbond
SS
W942508CH-6
Winbond
DS
W942508BH-6
Winbond
DS
W942508CH-5
Elpida
SS
DD2508AKTA-5C
Elpida
DS
DD2508AMTA
Samsung
SS
K4H560838F-TCCC
PSC
SS
A2S56D3OBTP
PSC
DS
A2S56D3OATP
Mosel
DS
V58C2256804SAT5B
Samsung
DS
K4H560838F-TCCC
PSC
SS
A2S56D30BTP
Hynix
DS
HY5DU56822CT-J
Hynix
DS
HY5DU56822BT-J
Kingmax
SS
KDL388P4LA-50
Kingmax
DS
KDL388P4EA-50
Mosel
DS
V58C2256804SAT5
Nanya
SS
NT5DS32M8BT-5T
Nanya
DS
NT5DS32M8BT-5T
Nanya
SS
NT5DS64M8CS-5T
Nanya
DS
NT5DS64M8CS-5T
Apacer
DS
AM3A568AJT-6B
Samsung
SS
K4H560838E-TCCC
Mosel
SS
V58C2256804SAT5B
Infineon
DS
HYB25D256800BT-5B
Smart
SS
D32M8XS50H3X4AMV
Smart
SS
D32M8XS60HBX4AMV
Smart
DS
D32M8XS50H3X4AMV
Smart
DS
D32M8XS60HBX4AMV
Twinmos
SS
TMD7608F8E60B
Twinmos
SS
TMD7608F8E501
Note: When you use 400MHz memory module, the default data of this motherboard run the
efficieincy of 333MHz.
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1.7.3
Installing a DIMM
Make sure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or
other system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to both
the motherboard and the components.
Follow these steps to install a DIMM.
1.
Locate the DIMM sockets in the
motherboard.
2.
Unlock a DIMM socket by pressing
the retaining clips outward.
3.
Align a DIMM on the socket such
that the notch on the DIMM matches
the break on the socket.
DDR DIMM notch
Unlocked Retaining
Clip
A DDR DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT
force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
4.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips snap
back in place and the DIMM is
properly seated.
Locked Retaining Clip
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM
Follow these steps to remove a DIMM.
1.
Simultaneously press the retaining
clips outward to unlock the DIMM.
Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining clips.
The DIMM might get damaged when it flips out with extra force.
2.
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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1.8
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub-sections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion
cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw
for later use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
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1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 2 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
Priority
0
1
Standard Function
System Timer
1
2
Keyboard Controller
2
N/A
Re-direct to IRQ#9
3
11
IRQ holder for PCI steering
4
12
Communications Port (COM1)
5
13
IRQ holder for PCI steering
6
14
Floppy Disk Controller
7
15
Printer Port (LPT1)
8
3
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
9
4
IRQ holder for PCI steering
10
5
IRQ holder for PCI steering
11
6
IRQ holder for PCI steering
12
7
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
13
8
Numeric Data Processor
14
9
15
10
Primary IDE Channel
Secondary IDE Channel
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCI slot 1
PCI slot 2
PCI slot 3
Onboard USB Controller 1
Onboard USB Controller 2
Onboard USB Controller 3
Onboard USB Controller 4
Onboard AC97 Audio
Onboard LAN
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
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When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share
IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments; otherwise, conflicts will arise
between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card inoperable.
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1.8.3
AGP slot
The motherboard has an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) slot that supports +1.5
V 8X AGP graphics card. Note the notches on the card golden fingers to ensure
that they fit into the AGP slot.
R
P4V8X-MX
Keyed for 1.5v
P4V8X-MX Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
1.8.4
PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other
cards that comply with PCI specifications. The figure shows a LAN card installed
on a PCI slot.
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1.9
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS.
You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters
by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery
powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup information such
as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
Remove the onboard battery.
Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on
pins 2-3 for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
Reinstall the battery.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup
to re-enter data. Please save all data before you exist.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
Clear CMOS
3
2
R
CLRTC
P4V8X-MX
Normal
(Default)
P4V8X-MX Clear RTC RAM
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2.
PS2/USB Device Wake-up (3-pin PS2USBPW)
This jumper allows you to enable or disable the USB/PS2 keyboard or mouse
wake-up feature. Set this jumper to +5V to wake up the computer from S1
sleep mode (CPU stopped, DRAM refreshed, system running in low power
mode) using the connected keyboard, mouse or USB devices. Set this jumper
to pins 2-3 (+5VSB) to wake up from S3 and S4 sleep modes (no power to
CPU, DRAM in slow refresh, power supply in reduced power mode).
The versions which are after 1.01 version can support S3.
PS2USBPW
1 2
+5V
(Default)
2 3
+5VSB
R
P4V8X-MX
P4V8X-MX PS2 USB Power Setting
1. This device wake-up feature requires a power supply that can provide
500mA on the +5VSB lead for each USB, keyboard and mouse devices,
otherwise, the system will not power up.
2. The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply
capability (+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep mode.
3. Only PCB 2.00 or later version can support S3 function.
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1.10 Connectors
1.10.1 Rear panel connectors
1
2
3
4
5
6
11
1.
2.
10
9
8
7
PS/2 mouse port (green). This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
Parallel port. This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner, or other
devices.
LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows 10/100 Mbps connection to a Local Area
Network (LAN) through a network hub.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects a tape, CD, DVD player or other
audio sources. In 4/6-channel mode, the function of this port becomes
Surround (Rear Speaker) Out.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In
4/6-channel mode, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone. In 6-channel mode,
the function of this port becomes Bass/Center.
3.
4.
5.
6.
The functions of the Line Out, Line In, and Microphone ports change when you
select the 4 or 6-channel audio configuration as shown in the following table.
Audio 2, 4, or 6-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue
Headset/2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
Line In
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Bass/Center
7.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
8. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
9. Video Graphics Adapter port. This 15-pin port is for a VGA monitor or other
VGA-compatible devices.
10. Serial connector. This 9-pin COM1 port is for pointing devices or other serial
devices.
11. PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
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1.10.2 Internal connectors
1.
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable. Insert
one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other end to the
signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable connection when
using a FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
FLOPPY
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
R
PIN 1
P4V8X-MX
P4V8X-MX Floppy Disk Drive Connector
2.
IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE)
This connector is for an Ultra D M A 1 3 3 s i g n a l c a b l e . T h e U l t r a
DMA 133 signal cable has three connectors: a blue connector for the
IDE connector on the motherboard, a black connector for an Ultra
DMA 133/100/66 IDE slave device (optical drive/hard disk drive), and
a gray connector for an Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE master device
(hard disk drive). If you install two hard disk drives, you must configure
the second drive as a slave device by setting its jumper accordingly.
Refer to the hard disk documentation for the jumper settings.
Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole on the
Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion when you
connect the IDE cable.
•
Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE devices.
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PRI_IDE
R
PIN 1
SEC_IDE
•
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
PIN 1
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
3.
Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2)
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk
drives.
R
SATA1
GND
RSATA_RXN2
RSATA_RXP2
GND
RSATA_TXN2
RSATA_TXP2
GND
GND
RSATA_RXN1
RSATA_RXP1
GND
RSATA_TXN1
RSATA_TXP1
GND
SATA2
P4V8X-MX
P4V8X-MX SATA Connectors
Important notes on Serial ATA
4.
•
You must install Windows® 2000 SP4, Windows® XP SP1, Windows® 2003,
or newer OS versions before using Serial ATA hard disk drives.
•
The Serial ATA interface is not supported when using Windows® 98SE/Me
operating system.
CPU and chassis fan connectors (3-pin CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA~740 mA (8.88 W max.) or
a total of 1 A~2.22 A (26.64 W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the
fan connectors on the motherboard, making sure that the black wire of each
cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air
flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are
not jumpers! Do not place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
CPU_FAN
Rotation
+12V
GND
R
P4V8X-MX
CHA_FAN
Rotation
+12V
GND
P4V8X-MX CPU Fan Connectors
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5.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to
any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back
of the system chassis.
The USB module is purchased separately.
USB56
NC
GND
USB_P8+
USB_P8USB+5V
P4V8X-MX USB 2.0 Connectors
1
GND
USB_P7+
USB_P7USB+5V
USB78
1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
P4V8X-MX
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
R
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
6.
Internal audio connectors (4-pin CD, AUX)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
CD(Black) AUX(White)
R
P4V8X-MX
Left Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Right Audio Channel
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7.
Front panel audio connectors (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO)
R
BLINE_OUT_L
AGND
+5VA
BLINE_OUT_R
This connector is for the front panel audio cable. This connector supports the
front panel audio I/O ports.
FP_AUDIO
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
P4V8X-MX
P4V8X-MX Front Panel Audio Connector
8.
ATX power connector (20-pin ATXPWR and 4-pin ATX 12V)
This connectors are for the 20-pin ATX power and 4-pin ATX 12V supply
plugs. The plug from the power supply is designed to fit this connector in only
one orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the
connector completely fit.
ATX12V
+12V DC
+12V DC
R
P4V8X-MX
GND
GND
ATXPWR
+12.0VDC
+5VSB
PWR_OK
GND
+5.0VDC
GND
+5.0VDC
GND
+3.3VDC
+3.3VDC
+5.0VDC
+5.0VDC
-5.0VDC
GND
GND
GND
PS_ON#
GND
-12.0VDC
+3.3VDC
P4V8X-MX ATX Power Connectors
If you will need to replace the power supply in the future, make sure that your
new ATX 12V power supply can provide 8 A on the +12 V lead and at least 1
A on the +5 V standby lead (+5VSB). The minimum recommended wattage is
230W, or 300W for a fully configured system. The system may become unstable
and may experience difficulty powering up if the power supply is inadequate.
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9.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This lead is for a chassis designed with intrusion detection feature. This
requires an external detection mechanism such as a chassis intrusion sensor
or microswitch. When you remove any chassis component, the sensor
triggers and sends a high-level signal to this lead to record a chassis intrusion
event.
By default, the pins labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with a
jumper cap. If you wish to use the chassis intrusion detection feature, remove
the jumper cap from the pins.
R
P4V8X-MX
Chassis Signal
GND
+5VSB_MB
CHASSIS
(Default)
P4V8X-MX Chassis Intrusion Connectors
10. Digital audio connector (3- pin SPDIF)
This connector is for the S/PDIF audio module that allows digital sound input.
R
SPDIFOUT
GND
Use 75 ohm impedance matched coaxial cables for your S/PDIF connection.
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
+5V
•
•
P4V8X-MX
SPDIF_OUT
P4V8X-MX Digital Audio Connector
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11.
System panel connector (20-pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
SPEAKER
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
PLED-
PLED+
PLED
IDE_LED
P4V8X-MX
P4V8X-MX System Panel Connector
•
Reset
Ground
PWR
Ground
+5V
IDELED
PANEL
R
RESET
PWRSW
* Requires an ATX power supply.
System power LED (3-1 pin PLED)
This connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on
the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
•
This connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot
without turning off the system power.
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRBTN)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button
turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending
on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds
while the system is ON turns the system OFF.
•
System Management Interrupt (2-pin SMI)
This connector is for the chassis-mounted suspend switch that allows you to
manually place the system into a suspend mode, or “green” mode. When in
suspend mode, the system activity is instantly decreased to save power and
to expand the life of certain system components.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin HDLED)
This connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED
cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read
from or written to the HDD.
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This chapter tells how to change
the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions
of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
2
BIOS Setup
2.1 Managing and Updating Your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1. AFUDOS (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a bootable floppy disk.)
2. ASUS EZ Flash (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk during POST.)
3. ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 - Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk or the
motherboard support CD.
Refer to the corresponding section for each utility.
•
•
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk
in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original
motherboard BIOS using the AFUDOS utility.
Refer to the system builderʼs website for details about updating the BIOS.
2.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk
1. Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive. At the DOS prompt, type:
format A:/S then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
b. From your Windows® desktop, click on Start, then select My Computer.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2 Floppy Disk
window appears.
e. Select Create an MS-DOS startup disk from the format options field, then
click Start.
2. Copy the original (or the latest) motherboard BIOS to the bootable floppy disk.
2.1.2 Using AFUDOS to copy the current BIOS
The AFUDOS.EXE utility can also be used to copy the current system BIOS
settings to a floppy or hard disk. The copy can be used as a backup in case the
system BIOS fails or gets corrupted.
1. At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /o[filename]
where “filename” can be any user-provided filename of not more than eight
alphanumeric characters for the main filename and three alphanumeric
characters for the extension name.
Press <Enter>.
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Chapter 2: BIOS Information
The BIOS information on the screen is for reference only. What you see on your
screen may not be exactly the same as shown.
Main filename Extension name
A:\>afudos /oMYBIOS03.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
2. The utility will copy the current system BIOS by default to the floppy disk. Make
sure that the floppy disk is not write-protected and has enough space (at least
600KB) to store the file.
A:\>afudos /oMYBIOS03.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... done
A:\>
When the BIOS copy process is complete, the utility returns to the DOS prompt.
2.1.3 Using AFUDOS to update the BIOS
The AFUDOS is a DOS-based application that lets you update the BIOS file using
a bootable floppy diskette. AFUDOS also allows you to copy the original BIOS file
to a floppy diskette.
To update the BIOS using the AFUDOS.EXE:
1. Download the latest BIOS file from the website provided by the system builder.
Write the BIOS filename on a piece of paper. You need to type the exact BIOS
file name at the prompt.
2. Copy the AFUDOS.EXE utility from the support CD to the bootable floppy disk
that contains the BIOS file.
3. Boot the system from the floppy disk.
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4. At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /i[filename.rom]
where [filename.rom] means the latest (or original) BIOS file that you copied to
the bootable floppy disk.
5. Press <Enter>. The screen displays the status of the update process.
The BIOS information on the screen is for reference only. What you see on your
screen may not be exactly the same as shown.
A:\>afudos /iP4V8X-MX.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading file ..... done
Erasing flash .... done
Writing flash .... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can
cause system boot failure!
When the BIOS update process is complete, the utility returns to the DOS prompt.
A:\>afudos /iP4V8X-MX.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading file ..... done
Erasing flash .... done
Writing flash .... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
Verifying flash .. done
A:\>
6. Reboot the system from the hard disk.
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2.1.4 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS
The ASUS EZ Flash feature allows you to easily update the BIOS without
having to go through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and
using a DOS-based utility. The EZ Flash is built-in the BIOS LPC chip so
it is accessible by simply pressing <Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self
Tests (POST).
To update the BIOS using ASUS EZ Flash:
1. Visit the system builder website to download the latest BIOS file for your
motherboard and rename it to P4V8X-MX.ROM. Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk.
2. Reboot the system.
3. To launch EZ Flash, press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
User recovery requested. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
•
•
If there is no floppy disk in the drive, the error message “Floppy not found!” appears.
If the correct BIOS file is not found in the floppy disk, the error message
“P4V8X-MX.ROM not found!” is displayed.
4. Insert the floppy disk that contains the BIOS file. If the P4V8X-MX.ROM file
is found in the floppy disk, EZ Flash performs the BIOS update process and
automatically reboots the system when done.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can
cause system boot failure!
User recovery requested. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “p4v8x-mx.rom”. Completed.
Start flashing...
Flashed successfully. Rebooting.
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2.1.5 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore
the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can
update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support CD or the floppy disk
that contains the updated BIOS file.
•
•
Prepare the motherboard support CD or the floppy disk containing the
updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
Make sure that you rename the original or updated BIOS file in the floppy
disk to P4V8X-MX.ROM.
Recovering the BIOS from a floppy disk
To recover the BIOS from a floppy disk:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the floppy disk with the original or updated BIOS file to the floppy disk drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks the floppy
disk for the original or updated BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted
BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “P4V8X-MX.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can
cause system boot failure!
4.
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Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
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Recovering the BIOS from the support CD
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1.
Remove any floppy disk from the floppy disk drive, then turn on the system.
2.
Insert the support CD to the optical drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks the floppy
disk for the original or updated BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
When no floppy disk is found, the utility automatically checks the optical drive
for the original or updated BIOS file. The utility then updates the corrupted
BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy not found!
Checking for CD-ROM...
CD-ROM found!
Reading file “P4V8X-MX.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can
cause system boot failure!
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this motherboard.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file.
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2.2 BIOS Setup Program
The BIOS software is constantly being updated so the BIOS setup screens and
descriptions in this section are for reference purposes only, and may not exactly
match what you see on your screen.
This motherboard supports a programmable Low Pin Count (LPC) chip that you
can update using the provided utility described in section “2.1 Managing and
updating your BIOS.”
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring
your system, or prompted to “Run Setup”. This section explains how to configure
your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change the
configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can enable the
security password feature or make changes to the power management settings.
This requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so
that the computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS
RAM of the LPC chip.
The LPC chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start up
the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program.
Press <Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility;
otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.
To enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by
pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can also restart by turning the
system off and then back on. Do this last option only if the first two fail.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a
menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus and make
your selections among the predetermined choices.
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2.2.1 BIOS menu screen
Menu items Menu bar
System
System
Legacy
Legacy
General help
Configuration fields
Time
Date
Diskette A
Diskette B
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
IDE Configuration
[17:08:35]
[Mon 08/08/2005]
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
[Disabled]
[ST340014A]
[Not Detected]
[ASUS
CD-S500/A]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure System Time.
←→
↑↓
+Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Sub-menu items
Navigation keys
2.2.2 Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard
until the desired item is highlighted.
2.2.3 Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that
particular menu. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change
the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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2.2.4 Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu.
For example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have their
respective menu items.
2.2.5 Sub-menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item, then press <Enter>.
2.2.6 Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable,
you can change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item
that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Refer to “2.2.7 Pop-up window”.
2.2.7 Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
2.2.8 Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a menu screen when there are items
that do not fit on the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow keys or <PageUp> /
<PageDown> keys to display the other items on the screen.
2.2.9 General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item.
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2.3 Main Menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving
you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section “2.2.1 BIOS menu screen” for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
System
System
Legacy
Legacy
Time
Date
Diskette A
Diskette B
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
IDE Configuration
[17:08:35]
[Mon 01/04/2005]
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
[Disabled]
[ST340014A]
[Not Detected]
[ASUS
CD-S500/A]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure System Time.
←→
↑↓
+Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.3.1 System Time [xx:xx:xxxx]
Allows you to set the system time.
2.3.2 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
2.3.3 Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed. Configuration options: [Disabled] [360K, 5.25
in.] [1.2M , 5.25 in.] [720K , 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.] [2.88M, 3.5 in.]
2.3.4 Legacy Diskette B [Disabled]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed. Configuration options: [Disabled] [360K, 5.25
in.] [1.2M , 5.25 in.] [720K , 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.] [2.88M, 3.5 in.]
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2.3.5 Primary/Secondary IDE Master/Slave,
SATA1/SATA2
While entering Setup, BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE devices.
There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device item then press
<Enter> to display the IDE device information.
Primary IDE Master
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: ST340014A
Size
: 40.0GB
LBA Mode : Supported
Block Mode : 16 Sectors
PIO Mode : 4
Async DMA : MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA : Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring: Supported
Type
LBA/Large Mode
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M
PIO Mode
DMA Mode
SMART Monitoring
32Bit Data Transfer
Select the type
of device connected
to the system.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device,
Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and
SMART monitoring). These values are not user-configurable. These items show
N/A if no IDE device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto]
[CDROM] [ARMD]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA/Large mode. Setting to Auto enables the LBA/Large
mode if the device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously
formatted with LBA mode disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to Auto, the data transfer
from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multisector transfer feature. When set to Disabled, the data transfer from and to the
device occurs one sector at a time. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
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DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0] [SWDMA1]
[SWDMA2] [MWDMA0] [MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2]
[UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5]
SMART Monitoring [Disabled]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. Configuration
options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Disabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.3.6 IDE Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to set or change the configurat5ion s for the
IDE devices installed in the system. Select an item then press Enter if you wish to
configure the item.
IDE Configuration
OnBoard IDE Controller
SATA Operation Mode
[Enabled]
[RAID]
DISABLED: disables the
integrated IDE
Controller.
PRIMARY: enables only
the Primary IDE
Controller.
SECONDARY: enables
only the Secondary IDE
OnBoard IDE Controller [Enabled]
Allows selection of the IDE operation mode depending on the operating system
(OS) that you installed. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SATA Operation Mode [RAID]
Allows you to set SATA Operation Mode. Configuration options: [non-RAID] [RAID]
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2.3.7 System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The items
in this menu are auto-detected by the BIOS.
AMIBIOS
Version
Build Date
: 08.00.12
: 08/10/05
Processor
Type
Speed
Count
: Intel (R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
: 2400MHz
: 1
System Memory
Size
: 256MB with 64MB shared memory
AMI BIOS
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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2.4 Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Configure CPU.
CPU Configuration
USB Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
PCIPnP
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.4.1 CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
Configure advanced CPU settings
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Intel (R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz
Frequency
:2400MHz
FSB Speed
: 533MHz
Cache L1
Cache L2
Cache L3
This should be enabled
in order to boot
legacy OSes unable to
support CPUs with
extended CPUID
functions.
:8 KB
:512 KB
:0 KB
Max CPUID Value Limit:
CPU Internal Thermal Control
CPU Configuration
[Disabled]
[Auto]
CPU Host Frequency
Actual Frequency (MHz)
[Auto]
[133]
Boot Failure Guard
Spread Spectrum
[Enabled]
[Auto]
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Max CPUID Value Limit [Disabled]
Enable this item to boot legacy operating systems that cannot support CPUs with
extended CPUID functions. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Internal Thermal Control [Auto]
Disables or sets the CPU internal control. Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
CPU Host Frequency [Auto]
While entering setup, BIOS auto detects the present CPU host frequency of this
motherboard. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the clock generator spread spectrum. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Auto]
CPU group delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [None] [Delay 500ps] [Delay 1000ps] [Delay 1500ps]
CPU-CS group delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [None] [Delay 500ps] [Delay 1000ps] [Delay 1500ps]
3V66 group delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [None] [Delay 500ps] [Delay 1000ps] [Delay 1500ps]
PCI & PCI-F group delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [None] [Delay 500ps] [Delay 1000ps] [Delay 1500ps]
DDR/SDRAM group delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [None] [Delay 500ps] [Delay 1000ps] [Delay 1500ps]
PCI to 3V66 delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Delay 2ns] [Delay 3ns]
SDRAM-F group delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [None] [Delay 500ps] [Delay 1000ps] [Delay 1500ps]
CPU Thermal Throttling [Enabled]
Select [Enabled] to enable P4 CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep the
CPU from overheated. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Max CPUID Value Limit: [Disabled]
Enable this item to boot legacy operating systems that cannot support CPUs with
extended CPUID functions. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.4.2 USB Configuration
USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Support
Legacy USB Support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Enables 1.1 USB
host controllers.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 Controller. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Ports Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 ports. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable support for legacy USB devices. Setting to Auto
allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If detected, the
USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected, the legacy
USB support is disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
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2.4.3 Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Chipset Settings
DRAM Frequency
DRAM CAS# Latency
DRAM Bank Interleave
Precharge to Active(Trp)
Active to Precharge(Tras)
Active to CMD(Trcd)
REF to ACT/REF to REF(Trfc)
ACT(0) to ACT(1) (Trrd)
Read to Precharge (Trtp)
Write to Read CMD (Twtr)
Write Recovery Time (Twr)
DRAM Command Rate
DRAM Multiple Page Mode
Flexibility Option
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[2T Command]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
DRAM Voltage
[Auto]
Memory Clock can be
set by the code using
AUTO, or you can set
one of the standard
values.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR operating frequency. If you seclect [Auto], the
motherboard will detect the memory module(s) inserted and assigns appropriate
frequency automatically. Configuration options: [Auto] [133MHz (DDR266)]
[166MHz (DDR333)] [200MHz (DDR400)]
DRAM CAS# Latency [Auto]
This item controls the laterncy between the SDRAM read command and the time
the data actually becomes available. Configuration options: [Auto] [2.0] [2.5] [3.0]
DRAM Bank Interleave [Auto]
Allows you to select the DRAM Bank Interleave. Configuration options: [Auto]
[Disabled] [2-Way] [4-Way] [8-Way]
Precharge to Active(Trp) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2T] [3T] [4T] [5T]
Active to Precharge(Tras) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5T] [6T] [7T] [8T] [9T] [10T] [11T] [12T] [13T] [14T]
[15T] [16T] [17T] [18T] [19T]
Active to CMD(Trcd) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2T] [3T] [4T] [5T]
REF to ACT/REF to REF(Trfc) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [8T] [9T] [10T] [11T] [12T] [13T] [14T] [15T] [16T]
[17T] [18T] [19T] [20T] [21T] [22T]
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ACT(0) to ACT(1) (Trrd) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2T] [3T] [4T] [5T]
Read to Precharge (Trtp) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2T] [3T]
Write to Read CMD (Twtr) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1T] [2T]
Write Recovery Time (Twr) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2T] [3T] [4T] [5T]
DRAM Command Rate [2T Command]
Configuration options: [2T Command] [1T Command]
DRAM Multiple Page Mode [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the DRAM Multiple Page Mode. Configuration
options: [Auto] [Enabled] [Disabled]
Flexibility Option [Disabled]
The default value of this option is [Disabled]. It allows better tolerance for memory
compatibility when it is set to [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to select the DRAM Voltage. The default value of this feature is set to
[Auto]. Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [High]
Onboard AGP Share Memory [Auto]
Allows you to select [8MB], [16MB], [32MB], [64MB] as the Onboard AGP share
Memory. When the total memory is equal or above 256MB, the share memory
size will be [64MB]; otherwise, please set the share memory size to [32MB].
Configuration options: [8MB] [16MB] [32MB] [64MB]
Primary Graphics Adapter [PCI]
Allows you to select [PCI] or [AGP] as the primary graphics adapter. Configuration
options: [PCI] [AGP]
AGP Aperture Size [64MB]
It refers to a section of the PCI memory address range used for graphics memory.
It is recommended to leave this field at the default value unless the installed AGP
cardʼs specifications requires other sizes. Configuration options: [32MB] [64MB]
[128MB] [256MB]
AGP Mode [Auto]
The default value of this feature is set to [Auto]. Configuration options: [Auto] [4X]
AGP Fast Write [Disabled]
Allows you to disable or enable the feature of AGP Fast Write protocol support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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AGP 3.0 Calibration [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
AGP Staggered Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [None] [Delay 1ns]
AGP GADSTB Output Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [None] [Delay 150 psec] [Delay 300 psec] [Delay 450 psec]
V-Link Speed [Normal]
Configuration options: [Normal] [Fast]
PCI Delay Transaction [Enabled]
Allows you to disable or enable the PCI Delay Transaction. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Drive Strength [Normal]
Configuration options: [Lowest] [Low] [Normal] [Highest]
IDE Read Perfetch Buffer [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard LAN [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the OnBoard LAN controller. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard ACʼ97 Audio [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the OnBoard ACʼ97 Audio CODEC. Configuration
options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
Thermal Throttling Temperature [Auto]
Allows you to set the Thermal Throttling Temperature. Configuration options: [Auto]
[Disabled] [50°C] [55°C] [60°C] [65°C] [70°C] [75°C]
Thermal Throttling Duty Cycle [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [12.50%] [25.00%] [37.50%] [50.00%] [62.50%]
[75.00%] [87.50%]
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2.4.4 Onboard Devices Configuration
Configure Super IO Chipset
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Serial Port1 Address
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
EPP Version
ECP Mode DMA Channel
Parallel Port IRQ
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[378]
[ECP+EPP]
[1.9]
[DMA3]
[IRQ7]
Allows BIOS to Enable
or Disable Floppy
Controller.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Onboard Floppy Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables the Onboard Floppy Controller. Configuration options:
[Enabled] [Disabled]
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4][2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Allows you to select the Parallel port base addresses. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [378] [278]
Parallel Port Mode [ECP+EPP]
Allows you to select the Parallel port mode. Configuration options: [Normal] [BiDirectional] [EPP+ECP]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port IRQ. Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7
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2.4.5 PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP
devices. The menu includes setting IRQ and DMA channel resources for either
PCI/PnP or legacy ISA devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCIPnP menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Advanced PCI/PnP settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in the sections below
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play OS
PCI Latency Timer
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
Palette Snooping
[No]
[32]
[Yes]
[Disabled]
NO: lets the BIOS
configure all the
devices in the system.
YES: lets the
operating system
configure Plug and
Play (PnP) devices not
required for boot if
your system has a Plug
and Play operating
system.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Plug And Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When
set to [Yes] and if you installed a Plug and Play operating system, the
operating system configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
PCI Latency Timer [64]
Allows you to select the value in units of PCI clocks for the PCI device latency timer
register. Configuration options: [32] [64] [96] [128] [160] [192] [224] [248]
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA [Yes]
When set to [Yes], BIOS assigns an IRQ to PCI VGA card if the card requests for
an IRQ. When set to [No], BIOS does not assign an IRQ to the PCI VGA card even
if requested. Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Palette Snooping [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the palette snooping feature informs the PCI devices that
an ISA graphics device is installed in the system so that the latter can function
correctly. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.5 Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the power settings. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Suspend To RAM
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
[Disabled]
[No]
[Enabled]
Select auto-detect or
disable the STR
feature.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Suspend To RAM [Auto]
Allows you to select RAM to be used for system suspend. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Auto]
ACPI 2.0 Support [No]
Allows you to add more tables for ACPI 2.0 specifications. Configuration options:
[No] [Yes]
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Enables or disables the ACPI support in the ASIC. When set to Enabled, the ACPI
APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.5.1 APM Configuration
Restore on AC/Power Loss
Ring-In Power On
PCI Devices Power On
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
RTC Alarm Power On
[Power off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Set the power state
after an unexpected
AC/Power loss.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Restore on AC Power Loss [Power off]
When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
When set to Power On, the system goes on after an AC power loss. Configuration
options: [Power Off] [Power On]
Ring-In Power On [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the ring-in power on. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
PCI Devices Power On [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCI devices power on. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
PS/2 Keyboard Power On [Disabled]
Allows you to use any key on the keyboard to turn on the system. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Any Key]
RTC Alarm Power On [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item is
set to Enabled, the items RTC Alarm Date, RTC Alarm Hour, RTC Alarm Minute,
and RTC Alarm Second appear with set values. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
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2.5.2 HardWare Monitor
Hardware Health Event Monitoring
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
: 44ºC/111.5ºF
: 32ºC/89.5ºF
CPU Fan Speed
Chassis Fan Speed
: 3461RPM
: N/A
Vcore
+ 3.30V
+ 5.00V
+ 12.00V
:
:
:
:
1.376 V
3.296 V
5.208 V
11.510 V
Set the power state
after an unexpected
AC/Power loss.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU Temperature [xxx°C/xxx°F]
MB Temperature [xxx°C/xxx°F]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and
motherboard temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the specific field shows N/A.
Chassis Fan Speed [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the chassis fan
speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the chassis, the
specific field shows N/A.
Some CPU fans with a 4-pin cable do not comply with Intel ® ʻs PWM fan
specification. When using this type of CPU fan, you can not reduce the CPU fan
speed even if you set the CPU Q-Fan Mode to [PWM].
VCORE Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators.
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2.6 Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot
device.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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A Hide option will display if removable boot device is detected.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Removable Drives
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot
device.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.6.1 Boot Device Priority
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
[HDD:PM-ST340014A]
[CDROM:SM-ASUS CD-S]
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
A device enclosed in
parenthesis has been
disabled in the
corresponding type
menu.
1st ~ xxth Boot Device [1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices.
The number of device items that appear on the screen depends on the number of
devices installed in the system. Configuration options: [xxxxx Drive] [Disabled]
2.6.2 Boot Settings Configuration
Boot Settings Configuration
Full Screen Logo
Boot From Network
VIA SATA Raid Utility
Bootup Num-Lock
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[On]
Disabled: Displays
normal POST messages.
Enabled:Displays OEM
Logo instead of POST
messages.
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Full Screen Logo [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo™ feature.
Boot From Network [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the boot from network option. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
VIA SATA Raid Utility [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the VIA SATA Raid Utility. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
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2.6.3 Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Security Settings
Supervisor Password :Not Installed
User Password
:Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disable password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you
have set a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1. Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2. On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you successfully set your
password. The Supervisor Password item now shows “Installed”. To change the
supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press Enter. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press Enter. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The Supervisor Password item
on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this
item shows Installed.
To set a password:
1. Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2. On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you successfully set your password.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password
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2.7 Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the
BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. The CMOS
RAM is sustained by an onboard backup battery and stays on even when the PC
is turned off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select
[Yes] to save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Pressing <Enter> saves the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to the
Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than system date, system time,
and password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
[Yes] to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. When you select this option, or if you press <F5>, a confirmation
window appears. Select [Yes] to load the default values. Select Exit & Save
Changes or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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This chapter describes the contents
of the support CD that comes with the
motherboard package.
3
Software Support
3.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® 98SE/ME/2000/XP operating systems (OS).
Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the
features of your hardware.
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup procedures
presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for
detailed information.
3.2
Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software
applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time without notice.
Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates.
3.2.1
Running the support CD
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The CD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
CD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the CD.
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3.2.2
Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
Via Chipset Driver
Install Chipset Driver.
SATA Driver
Install SATA Driver.
C-Mediaʼs Xear 3D Driver
Install C-Mediaʼs Xear 3D Driver.
LAN Driver
Install LAN Driver.
USB 2.0 Driver
Install USB 2.0 Driver.
RAID Driver Disk
Install RAID Driver Disk.
The screen display and drivers option may not be the same for different
operating system versions.
3.2.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard supports.
ASUS PC Probe
ASUS PC Probe can monitor Fan Speed, Voltage, and CPU Temperature to keep
your PC safe.
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ASUS Update
ASUS Update can help user to download and flash BIOS. Please install Network
Card and TCP/IP network driver first, otherwise ASUS Update can not work properly.
ASUS Screen Saver
Bring life to your idle screen by installing the ASUS screen saver.
ADOBE Acrobat Reader V7.0
The Adobe Acrobat® Reader V7.0 is for opening, viewing, and printing documents
in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
The Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c is a multimedia technology that enhances computer
graphics and sounds. DirectX® improves the multimedia features of your computer
so you can enjoy watching TV and movies, capturing videos, or playing games in
your computer.
Anti-Virus Utility
The anti-virus application scans, identifies, and removes computer viruses. View
the online help for detailed information.
3.2.4
Manual menu
The Manual menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals.Click an item to
open the folder of the user manual
Install the Adobe ® Acrobat ® Reader from the Utilities menu before
opening the manual files.
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Raid Userʼs Manual
Please install first Adobe Acrobat, then open the VIA8237 SATA Quick Setup Guide.
3.2.5
Contacts menu
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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3.3
VIA RAID configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance IDE RAID controller integrated in
the VIA VT8237R southbridge chipset. It supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD with
two independent Serial ATA channels.
RAID 0 (called Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and
write data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work
as a single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk
alone, thus improving data access and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk
drives is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (called Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data
from one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management
software directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete
copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data protection
and increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use two new drives or use an
existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be of the same
size or larger than the existing drive.
JBOD (Spanning) stands for Just a Bunch of Disks and refers to hard disk drives
that are not yet configured as a RAID set. This configuration stores the same data
redundantly on multiple disks that appear as a single disk on the operating system.
Spanning does not deliver any advantage over using separate disks independently
and does not provide fault tolerance or other RAID performance benefits.
If you use either Windows® XP or Windows® 2000 operating system (OS), copy
first the RAID driver from the support CD to a floppy disk before creating RAID
configurations. Refer to section “5.5 Creating a RAID driver disk” for details.
3.3.1
Installing hard disks
The motherboard supports Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 and Serial ATA hard disk
drives. For optimal performance, install identical drives of the same model and
capacity when creating a disk array.
Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
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1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
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3.3.2
VIA RAID configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance IDE RAID controller integrated in
the VIA VT8237R PLUS southbridge chipset. It supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 with
two independent Serial ATA channels.
Setting the BIOS RAID items
After installing the hard disk drives, make sure to set the necessary RAID items in
the BIOS before setting your RAID configuration.
To set the BIOS RAID items:
1.
2.
3.
Boot the system and press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to
enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
From the Main > IDE Configuration menu in the BIOS, then Set the SATA
Operation Mode item as Enabled.
Save your changes and exit Setup.
Entering the VIA Tech RAID BIOS Utility
1.
2.
Boot up your computer.
During POST, press <Tab> to enter VIA RAID configuration utility.
The following menu options will appear.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
Create Array
From the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Create Array then press
<Enter>. The main menu items on the upper-left corner of the screen are
replaced with create array menu options.
VIA Tech. VT8237 Series SATA RAID BIOS Ver x.xx
Auto Setup For Data Security
Array Mode RAID 1 (Mirroring)
Select Disk Drives
Start Create Process
Channel
Drive Name
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
↑, ↓
Enter
ESC
:
:
:
:
View Array/Disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Array Name Mode
Size(GB) Status
Serial_Ch0 Master XXXXXXXXXXX
ARRAY 0
SATA
999.99
XXXXXXX
Serial_Ch1 Master XXXXXXXXXXX
ARRAY 0
SATA
999.99
XXXXXXX
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RAID 0 for performance
1.
From the create array menu, select Array Mode, then press <Enter>. The
supported RAID configurations appear on a pop-up menu.
RAID 0 for performance
RAID 1 for data protection
RAID SPAN for capacity
2.
3.
Select RAID 0 for performance then press <Enter>.
From this point, you may choose to auto-configure the RAID array by
selecting Auto Setup for Performance or manually configure the RAID array
for stripped sets. If you want to auto-configure, proceed to the next step,
otherwise, skip to step 5.
Select Auto Setup for Performance and press <Enter>. The following
confirmation message appears.
Auto create array will destroy all
data on disks, Continue? (Y/N)
4.
5.
6.
Press <Y> to confirm or <N> to return to the configuration options. If you
selected <Y>, proceed to step 9.
Select Disk Drives, then press <Enter>. Use arrow keys to select disk drive,
then press <Enter> to mark selected drive. An asterisk appears before a
selected drive.
Select Block Size, then press <Enter> to set array block size. A list of valid
array block sizes are displayed on a pop-up menu.
4K
8K
16K
32K
64K
7.
TIP: For server systems, use of a lower array block
size is recommended. For multimedia computer
systems used mainly for audio and video editing, a
higher array block size is recommended for optimum
performance.
Use arrow keys to move selection bar on items and press <Enter> to select.
Select Start Create Process and press <Enter> to set up hard disk for RAID
system. The following confirmation message appears:
The data on the selected disks will
be destroyed. Continue? (Y/N)
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8.
Press <Y> to confirm or <N> to return to the configuration options.
9.
Press <Esc> to go back to main menu.
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RAID 1 for data protection
1.
From the create array menu, select Array Mode, then press <Enter>. The
supported RAID configurations appear on a pop-up menu.
RAID 0 for performance
RAID
RAID 11 for
for data
data protection
protection
RAID SPAN for capacity
2.
Select RAID 1 for data protection then press <Enter>.
3.
From this point, you can auto-configure the RAID array by selecting Auto
Setup for Data Security or manually configure the RAID array for mirrored
sets. If you want to auto-configure, proceed to the next step, otherwise, skip
to step 6.
Select Auto Setup for Data Security and press <Enter>. The following
confirmation message appears.
4.
Auto create array will destroy all
data on disks, Continue? (Y/N)
5.
6.
7.
Press <Y> to confirm or <N> to return to the configuration options. If you
selected <Y>, proceed to step 11.
Select Select Disk Drives, then press <Enter>. Use arrow keys to select disk
drive/s, then press <Enter>. An asterisk appears before a selected drive.
Select Start Create Process and press <Enter> to setup hard disk for RAID
system. The following inquiry appears:
Save the data on source disk to
mirror after creation? (Y/N)
8.
If you select <Y> the utility will duplicate your data. Press <Y> anytime if you
want to exit the duplication process.
Duplicating...
RAID 1 for data protection
Press CTRL+E to Escape
9.
If you select <N>, the following confirmation message appears.
The data on the selected disks will
be destroyed. Continue? (Y/N)
10. Press <Y> to confirm or <N> to return to the configuration options.
11.
Press <Esc> to go back to main menu.
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3.4
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® 2000/XP
operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set. You can
create a RAID driver disk using your motherboard support CD.
To create a RAID driver disk:
1.
Insert the motherboard support CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2.
When the Drivers menu appears, click RAID Driver Disk to creat a VIA 8237
RAID PLUS Driver Disk
Or
Browse the contents of the support CD to locate the driver disk utility and go
to \Drivers\Chipset\MakeDisk\MakeDisk for the VIA RAID driver disk utility.
Refer to section “5.2.2 Drivers menu” for details.
3.
Insert floppy disk to floppy disk drive.
4.
Follow succeeding screen information to complete process.
5.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
To install the RAID driver:
1.
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During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to
install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2.
Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk drive.
3.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
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