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Contents
1 Introduction ........................................................ 4
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Package Contents .........................................................
Speciications.................................................................
Motherboard Layout.......................................................
I/O Panel .......................................................................
4
5
8
9
2 Installation .......................................................... 10
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
Screw Holes...................................................................
Pre-installation Precautions .........................................
CPU Installation .............................................................
Installation of Heatsink and CPU fan .............................
Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) ........................
Expansion Slots (PCI Express Slots).................................
Jumpers Setup ..........................................................
Onboard Headers and Connectors ............................
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11
13
14
15
16
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3 UEFI SETUP UTILITY .......................................... 21
3.1 Introduction ....................................................................
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar ....................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys ...................................................
3.2 Main Screen...................................................................
3.3 OC Tweaker Screen ......................................................
3.4 Advanced Screen...........................................................
3.4.1 CPU Coniguration ...............................................
3.4.2 North Bridge Coniguration...................................
3.4.3 South Bridge Coniguration ..................................
3.4.4 Storage Coniguration ..........................................
3.4.5 Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology ...........................
3.4.6 Intel(R) Smart Connect Technology .....................
3.4.7 ACPI Coniguration...............................................
3.4.8 USB Coniguration ...............................................
3.5 Tool ................................................................................
3.6 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen ...................
3.7 Boot Screen ...................................................................
3.8 Security Screen .............................................................
3.9 Exit Screen ....................................................................
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4 Software Support ............................................... 44
4.1 Install Operating System................................................ 44
4.2 Support CD Information ................................................. 44
4.2.1 Running Support CD ............................................ 44
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4.2.2 Drivers Menu ........................................................ 44
4.2.3 Utilities Menu........................................................ 44
4.2.4 Contact Information .............................................. 44
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock H61M-XT PLUS motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers
excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to
quality and endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the coniguration
guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard speciications and the BIOS software might be
updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without notice. In case any modiications of this manual occur, the updated version
will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may ind
the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as well.
ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for speciic information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 Package Contents
ASRock H61M-XT PLUS Motherboard (Micro ATX Form Factor)
ASRock H61M-XT PLUS Quick Installation Guide
ASRock H61M-XT PLUS Support CD
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
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1.2 Speciications
Platform
- Micro ATX Form Factor
- Solid Capacitor design
- High Density Glass Fabric PCB
CPU
- Supports 3rd and 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM i7 / i5 / i3 /
Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1155 package
- Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
- Supports Intel® K-Series CPUs
- Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
- Intel® H61
- Supports Intel® Rapid Start Technology and Smart Connect
Technology
- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology
- 2 x DDR3 DIMM Slots
- Supports DDR3 1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered
memory (DDR3 1600 with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU, DDR3
1333 with Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU)
- Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB (see CAUTION 1)
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Proile (XMP) 1.3 / 1.2 with
Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU
- 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (Blue @ x16 mode)
* PCIE 3.0 is only supported with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU. With
Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU, it only supports PCIE 2.0.
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot
* Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can
be supported only with processors which are GPU
integrated.
- Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals: Intel® Quick
Sync Video 2.0, Intel® InTruTM 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD
Technology, Intel® InsiderTM, Intel® HD Graphics 2500/4000
with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU
- Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals: Intel® Quick
Sync Video, Intel® InTruTM 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD
Technology, Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000, Intel® Advanced
Vector Extensions (AVX) with Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU
- Pixel Shader 5.0, DirectX 11 with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU.
Pixel Shader 4.1, DirectX 10.1 with Intel® Sandy Bridge
CPU.
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
Graphics
5
Audio
LAN
Rear Panel I/O
Storage
Connector
BIOS Feature
Hardware
Monitor
- Max. shared memory 1760MB with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU.
Max. shared memory 1759MB with Intel® Sandy Bridge
CPU.
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @
75Hz
- 5.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec)
- ELNA Audio Caps
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Realtek RTL8111E
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports Lightning/ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike
Protection)
- Supports LAN Cable Detection
- Supports Energy Eficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x D-Sub Port
- 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED
LED)
- HD Audio Jacks: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
- 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s Connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and
Hot Plug
- 1 x Power LED Header
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion Header
- 1 x LPC Header
- 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)
- 1 x Chassis Fan Connector (3-pin)
- 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
- 1 x 4 pin 12V Power Connector
- 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliant wake up events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 support
- CPU/Chassis temperature sensing
- CPU/Chassis Fan Tachometer
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OS
Certiications
- CPU Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU
temperature)
- CPU/Chassis Fan multi-speed control
- CASE OPEN detection
- Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 32-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 8 32-bit /
8 64-bit / 7 32-bit / 7 64-bit / VistaTM 32-bit / VistaTM 64-bit /
XP 32-bit / XP 64-bit
- FCC, CE, WHQL
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking,
including adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking
Technology, or using third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may
affect your system’s stability, or even cause damage to the components
and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and
expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by
overclocking.
CAUTION!
1. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size
may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 8.1 / 8 / 7 / VistaTM / XP. For Windows® OS with
64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation. You can use ASRock
XFast RAM to utilize the memory that Windows® cannot use.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
1
2
3
5
4
SATA_0 (PORT 0)
SATA_2 (PORT 4)
SATA_1 (PORT 1)
SATA_3 (PORT 5)
8
6 7
9
PS2
Mouse
PS2
Keyboard
ATXPWR1
32Mb
BIOS
1
USB4_5
1
USB6_7
21
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
RoHS
20
CPU_FAN1
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
ATX12V1
19
USB 2.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
Top:
RJ-45
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LAN
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
DDR3
VGA1
Intel
H61
Center:
FRONT
Top:
LINE IN
Bottom:
MIC IN
HD_AUDIO1
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1
CI1
1
1
16
PCIE1
PLED1
CLRCMOS1
CMOS
BATTERY
1
10
11
PLED PWRBTN
H61M-XT PLUS
1
CHA_FAN1
HDLED RESET
PANEL1
AUDIO
CODEC
PCIE2
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
32Mb SPI Flash
SATA2 Connector (SATA_1 (PORT 1))
SATA2 Connector (SATA_0 (PORT 0))
SATA2 Connector (SATA_2 (PORT 4))
SATA2 Connector (SATA_3 (PORT 5))
USB 2.0 Header (USB6_7)
USB 2.0 Header (USB4_5)
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
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11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
8
13
12
Power LED Header (PLED1)
System Panel Header (PANEL1)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
Chassis Intrusion Header (CI1)
PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1)
Front Panel Audio Header (HD_AUDIO1)
1155-Pin CPU Socket
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
Intel H61 Chipset
1.4 I/O Panel
2
1
3
4
5
9
1
*2
3
** 4
5
8
6
7
PS/2 Mouse Port (Green)
LAN RJ-45 Port
Line In (Light Blue)
Front Speaker (Lime)
Microphone (Pink)
6
7
8
9
USB 2.0 Ports (USB23)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
VGA Port
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED
indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Status
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Off
Orange
Green
SPEED LED
Description
ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
LAN Port
** To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header. Please refer to below steps for the software setting of Multi-Streaming.
For Windows® XP:
After restarting your computer, you will ind “Mixer” tool on your system. Please select “Mixer
ToolBox”
, click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click “ok”. Choose “2CH” or
“4CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA Primary output” to use Rear Speaker
and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek HDA Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio. Then
reboot your system.
For Windows® 8.1 / 8 / 7 / VistaTM:
After restarting your computer, please double-click “Realtek HD Audio Manager” on the
system tray. Set “Speaker Coniguration” to “Quadraphonic” or “Stereo”. Click “Device
advanced settings”, choose “Make front and rear output devices playbacks two different audio
streams simultaneously”, and click “ok”. Then reboot your system.
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Chapter 2: Installation
This is a Micro ATX form factor motherboard. Before you install the motherboard,
study the coniguration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard its into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so may cause physical injuries to you and
damages to motherboard components.
2.1 Screw Holes
Place screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the
chassis.
Do not over-tighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard.
2.2 Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
2. To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity,
NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the like. Also
remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety grounded object
before you handle components.
3. Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
4. Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or
in the bag that comes with the component.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the power 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.
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2.3 CPU Installation
For the installation of Intel 1155-Pin CPU,
please follow the steps below.
Load Plate
Load Lever
Contact Array
Socket Body
1155-Pin Socket Overview
Before you insert the 1155-Pin CPU into the socket, please check if the
CPU surface is unclean or if there is any bent pin on the socket. Do not
force to insert the CPU into the socket if above situation is found. Otherwise, the CPU will be seriously damaged.
Step 1.
Open the socket:
Step 1-1. Disengaging the lever by depressing
down and out on the hook to clear
retention tab.
Step 1-2. Rotate the load lever to fully open position at approximately 135 degrees.
Step 1-3. Rotate the load plate to fully open position at approximately 100 degrees.
Step 2.
Remove PnP Cap (Pick and Place Cap).
1. It is recommended to use the cap tab to handle and avoid kicking
off the PnP cap.
2. This cap must be placed if returning the motherboard for after
service.
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Step 3.
black line
Insert the 1155-Pin CPU:
Step 3-1. Hold the CPU by the edge where is
marked with black line.
Step 3-2. Orient the CPU with IHS (Integrated
Heat Sink) up. Locate Pin1 and the
two orientation key notches.
orientation key notch
alignment key
Pin1
Pin1
alignment key
1155-Pin Socket
orientation key notch
1155-Pin CPU
For proper inserting, please ensure to match the two orientation key
notches of the CPU with the two alignment keys of the socket.
Step 3-3. Carefully place the CPU into the
socket by using a purely vertical motion.
Step 3-4. Verify that the CPU is within the socket and properly mated to the orient
keys.
Step 4.
Close the socket:
Step 4-1. Rotate the load plate onto the IHS.
Step 4-2. While pressing down lightly on load
plate, engage the load lever.
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2.4 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
This motherboard is equipped with 1155-Pin socket that supports Intel 1155-Pin
CPU. Please adopt the type of heatsink and cooling fan compliant with Intel 1155Pin CPU to dissipate heat. Before you installed the heatsink, you need to spray
thermal interface material between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Ensure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened and in good
contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the CPU_FAN connector
(CPU_FAN1, see page 8, No. 19).
For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of your
CPU fan and heatsink.
Below is an example to illustrate the installation of the heatsink for 1155-Pin CPU.
Step 1. Apply thermal interface material onto center of
IHS on the socket surface.
Apply Thermal
Interface Material
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Place the heatsink onto the socket. Ensure
fan cables are oriented on side closest to the
CPU fan connector on the motherboard (CPU_
FAN1, see page 8, No. 19).
Align fasteners with the motherboard throughholes.
Rotate the fastener clockwise, then press
down on fastener caps with thumb to install
and lock. Repeat with remaining fasteners.
Fan cables on side
closest to MB header
Fastener slots
pointing straight out
Press Down
(4 Places)
If you press down the fasteners without rotating them clockwise, the
heatsink cannot be secured on the motherboard.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Connect fan header with the CPU fan connector on the motherboard.
Secure excess cable with tie-wrap to ensure cable does not interfere with
fan operation or contact other components.
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2.5 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides two 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots,
and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration,
you always need to install two identical (the same brand, speed, size and chiptype) memory modules in the DDR3 DIMM slots to activate Dual Channel Memory
Technology. Otherwise, it will operate at single channel mode.
1.
2.
3.
It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into
DDR3 slot;otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be
damaged.
If you install only one memory module or two non-identical
memory modules, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel
Memory Technology.
Some DDR3 1GB double-sided DIMMs with 16 chips may not
work on this motherboard. It is not recommended to install them
on this motherboard.
Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or
removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1.
Step 2.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the
break on the slot.
notch
break
notch
break
The DIMM only its in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into
the slot at incorrect orientation.
Step 3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends
fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.6 Expansion Slots (PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCIE slots:
PCIE1 (PCIE 2.0 x1 slot) is used for PCI Express x1 lane width cards.
PCIE2 (PCIE 3.0 x16 slot) is used for PCI Express x16 lane width
graphics cards.
Only PCIE2 slot supports Gen 3 speed. To run the PCI Express in Gen
3 speed, please install an Ivy Bridge CPU. If you install a Sandy Bridge
CPU, the PCI Express will run only at PCI Express Gen 2 speed.
Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power
supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the
documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press irmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.7 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose
pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap
is placed on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Clear CMOS Jumper
Setting
Description
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.8, No. 10)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. To clear and reset the
system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug
the power cord from the power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a
jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However,
please do not clear the CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need
to clear the CMOS when you just inish updating the BIOS, you must boot up
the system irst, and then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action.
Please be noted that the password, date, time and user default proile will be
cleared only if the CMOS battery is removed.
If you clear the CMOS, the case open may be detected. Please adjust
the BIOS option “Clear Status” to clear the record of previous chassis
intrusion status.
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2.8 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
Serial ATA2 Connectors
These four Serial ATA2
(SATA_0 (PORT 0):
(SATA2) connectors support
see p.8, No. 3)
SATA_0 (PORT 0) SATA_2 (PORT 4)
(SATA_1 (PORT 1):
see p.8, No. 2)
SATA data cables for internal
storage devices. The current
SATA_1 (PORT 1) SATA_3 (PORT 5)
(SATA_2 (PORT 4):
SATA2 interface allows up to
3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
see p.8, No. 4)
(SATA_3 (PORT 5):
see p.8, No. 5)
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
Either end of the SATA data
cable can be connected to the
(Optional)
SATA / SATA2 hard disk or the
SATA2 connector on this
motherboard.
USB 2.0 Headers
Besides four default USB 2.0
USB_PWR
-B
+B
(9-pin USB4_5)
GND
DUMMY
(see p.8 No. 7)
1
GND
+A
-A
USB_PWR
(9-pin USB6_7)
(see p.8 No. 6)
USB_PWR
-B
+B
GND
DUMMY
1
GND
+A
-A
USB_PWR
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ports on the I/O panel, there
are two USB 2.0 headers on
this motherboard. Each
USB 2.0 header can support
two USB 2.0 ports.
Front Panel Audio Header
GND
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT_RET
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
(see p.8 No. 17)
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This is an interface for front
panel audio cable that allows
convenient connection and
control of audio devices.
OUT2_L
J_SENSE
OUT2_R
MIC2_R
MIC2_L
1. High Deinition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on
the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the
instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio
header as below:
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).
D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t
need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.
E. To activate the front mic.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”.
For Windows® 8.1 / 8.1 64-bit / 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Go to the "FrontMic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust
“Recording Volume”.
System Panel Header
PLED+
PLEDPWRBTN#
GND
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.8 No. 12)
This header accommodates
several system front panel
functions.
1
GND
RESET#
GND
HDLEDHDLED+
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator on the
chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the
positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may conigure
the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a
normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED
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is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4 sleep
state or powered off (S5).
HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED
is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module mainly
consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive activity LED,
speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front panel module to this
header, make sure the wire assignments and the pin assign-ments are
matched correctly.
Power LED Header
Please connect the chassis
1
(3-pin PLED1)
power LED to this header to
PLEDPLED+
PLED+
(see p.8 No. 11)
indicate system power status.
The LED is on when the system
is operating. The LED keeps
blinking in S1 state. The LED is
off in S3/S4 state or S5 state
(power off).
Chassis Fan Connector
Please connect the fan cables
(3-pin CHA_FAN1)
to the fan connectors and
(see p.8 No. 13)
GND
+ 12V
CHA_ FAN_SPEED
CPU Fan Connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
(see p.8 No. 19)
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
Please connect the CPU fan
1
2
3
4
GND
+12V
CPU_FAN_SPEED
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
cable to the connector and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin
CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function.
If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this
motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
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ATX Power Connector
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13
12
1
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
(see p.8 No. 8)
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector, it can still work if
you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply. To use the 20-pin ATX power
supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
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13
12
1
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Power Connector
Please connect an ATX 12V
(4-pin ATX12V1)
power supply to this connector.
(see p.8 No. 20)
Chassis Intrusion Header
(2-pin CI1)
(see p.8, No. 14)
This motherboard supports
1
CASE OPEN detection feature
GND
Signal
that detects if the chassis cover
has been removed. This feature
requires a chassis with chassis
intrusion detection design.
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Chapter 3: UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to conigure your
system. The UEFI chip on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You
may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press
<F2> or <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the
following UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference
purpose only, and they may not exactly match what you see on
your screen.
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
Main
To set up the system time/date information
OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features
Advanced
To set up the advanced UEFI features
Tool
Useful tools
H/W Monitor To display current hardware status
Boot
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Use <
> key or <
> key to choose among the selections on the menu
bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen. You can also use the
mouse to click your required item.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
Function Description
/
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
/
Moves cursor up or down to select items
+ / To change option for the selected items
<Tab>
Switch to next function
<Enter>
To bring up the selected screen
<PGUP>
Go to the previous page
<PGDN>
Go to the next page
<HOME>
Go to the top of the screen
<END>
Go to the bottom of the screen
<F1>
To display the General Help Screen
<F7>
Discard changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
<F9>
Load optimal default values for all the settings
<F10>
Save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
<F12>
Print screen
<ESC>
Jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display
the system overview.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
CPU Coniguration
CPU Ratio
Use this item to change the ratio value of this motherboard.
Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel SpeedStep technology is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processors can switch between multiple frequencies and voltage points to enable power saving. The default value is [Enabled]. Coniguration options:
[Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you install Windows® VistaTM / 7 / 8 / 8.1 and
want to enable this function, please set this item to [Enabled]. This item
will be hidden if the current CPU does not support Intel SpeedStep technology.
Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system
stability or compatibility issues with some power supplies. Please set this item to
[Disabled] if above issues occur.
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Use this item to enable or disable Intel Turbo Boost Mode Technology.
Turbo Boost Mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in speciic conditions. The default value is [Enabled].
Long Duration Power Limit
Use this item to conigure long duration power limit in watts. The default
value is [Auto].
Long Duration Maintained
Use this item to conigure time window which the long duration power is
maintained. The default value is [Auto].
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Short Duration Power Limit
Use this item to conigure short duration power limit in watts. The default
value is [Auto].
Primary Plane Current Limit
Use this item to conigure the maximum instantaneous current allowed for
the primary plane. The default value is [Auto].
Secondary Plane Current Limit
Use this item to conigure the maximum instantaneous current allowed for
the secondary plane. The default value is [Auto].
GT OverClocking Support
Use this item to enable or disable GT OverClocking Support. The default
value is [Disabled].
DRAM Timing Coniguration
Load XMP Setting
Use this to load XMP setting. Coniguration options: [Auto], [Default], [Proile
1] and [Proile 2]. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assign the appropriate frequency automatically.
DRAM Coniguration
DRAM tCL
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
DRAM tRCD
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
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DRAM tRP
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRAS
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Command Rate (CR)
Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
DRAM tWR
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRFC
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRRD
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tWTR
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tRTP
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
DRAM tFAW
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual setting. The default is [Auto].
DRAM tCWL
Use this item to change CAS# Write Latency (tCWL) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
ODT WR (CHA)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CHA) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT WR (CHB)
Use this item to change ODT WR (CHB) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CHA)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CHA) setting. The default is [Auto].
ODT NOM (CHB)
Use this item to change ODT NOM (CHB) setting. The default is [Auto].
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MRC Fast Boot
Use this item to enable or disable MRC Fast Boot. The default is [Enabled].
Voltage Coniguration
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the conigurations for the following items: CPU Coniguration, North Bridge Coniguration, South Bridge Coniguration, Storage Coniguration, Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology, Intel(R) Smart Connect Technology, ACPI
Coniguration and USB Coniguration.
Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
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3.4.1 CPU Coniguration
Intel Hyper Threading Technology
To enable this feature, a computer system with an Intel processor that supports Hyper-Threading technology and an operating system that includes
optimization for this technology, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP / VistaTM
/ 7 / 8 / 8.1 is required. Set to [Enabled] if using Microsoft® Windows® XP,
VistaTM, 7, 8, 8.1, or Linux kernel version 2.4.18 or higher. This option will
be hidden if the installed CPU does not support Hyper-Threading technology.
Active Processor Cores
Use this item to select the number of cores to enable in each processor
package. The default value is [All].
Enhance Halt State (C1E)
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported
through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no
hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor
maintains the context of the system caches.
CPU C3 State Support
Use this to enable or disable CPU C3 (ACPI C2) report to OS.
CPU C6 State Support
Use this to enable or disable CPU C6 (ACPI C3) report to OS.
Package C State Support
Selected option will program into C State package limit register. The
default value is [Auto].
CPU Thermal Throttling
You may select [Enabled] to enable CPU internal thermal control
mechanism to keep the CPU from overheating.
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No-Execute Memory Protection
No-Execution (NX) Memory Protection Technology is an enhancement
to the IA-32 Intel Architecture. An IA-32 processor with “No Execute (NX)
Memory Protection” can prevent data pages from being used by malicious
software to execute codes. This option will be hidden if the current CPU
does not support No-Excute Memory Protection.
Intel Virtualization Technology
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Vanderpool
Technology. This option will be hidden if the installed CPU does not
support Intel Virtualization Technology.
Hardware Prefetcher
Use this item to turn on/off the MLC streamer prefetcher.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch
Use this item to turn on/off prefetching of adjacent cache lines.
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3.4.2 North Bridge Coniguration
Primary Graphics Adapter
This allows you to select [Onboard] or [PCI Express] as the boot graphic
adapter priority. The default value is [PCI Express].
VT-d
Use this to enable or disable Intel® VT-d technology (Intel® Virtualization
Technology for Directed I/O). The default value of this feature is [Disabled].
PCIE2 Link Speed
This allows you to select PCIE2 Link Speed. The default value is [Auto].
Share Memory
This allows you to set onboard VGA share memory feature. The default
value is [Auto].
IGPU Multi-Moniter
This allows you to enable or disable IGPU Multi-Moniter. The default value
is [Enabled]. If you install the PCI Express card under Windows® XP /
VistaTM OS, please disable this option.
Render Standby
Use this to enable or disable Render Standby by Internal Graphics Device.
The default value is [Enabled].
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3.4.3 South Bridge Coniguration
Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound
Card is plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
Onboard LAN
This allows you to enable or disable the Onboard LAN feature.
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss.
If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power
recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the
system starts to boot up when the power recovers.
Good Night LED
Use this item to enable or disable Power LED and LAN LED.
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3.4.4 Storage Coniguration
SATA Controller(s)
Use this item to enable or disable the SATA Controller feature.
SATA Mode Selection
Use this to select SATA mode. Coniguration options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI
Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [AHCI Mode].
AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) supports NCQ and other
new features that will improve SATA disk performance but IDE mode
does not have these advantages.
SATA Aggressive Link Power Management
Use this item to conigure SATA Aggressive Link Power Management.
Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Coniguration options: [Disabled]
and [Enabled].
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3.4.5 Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology
Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology
Use this item to enable or disable Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology. Intel(R)
Rapid Start Technology is a new zero power hibernation mode which allows users to resume in just 5-6 seconds. The default is [Enabled].
Entry After
Select a time to enable RTC wake timer at S3 entry. The default is [10
minutes].
Active Page Threshold Support
This allows you to enable or disable Active Page Threshold Support. The
default is [Disabled].
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3.4.6 Intel(R) Smart Connect Technology
Intel(R) Smart Connect Technology
Use this item to enable or disable Intel(R) Smart Connect Technology.
Intel(R) Smart Connect Technology keeps your e-mail and social networks,
such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. updated automatically while the computer
is in sleep mode. The default is [Enabled].
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3.4.7 ACPI Coniguration
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
ACPI HPET Table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this
motherboard to submit Windows® certiication.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
PCIE Device Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCIE devices to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Keyboard/Remote to turn on the
system from the power-soft-off mode.
USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Mouse to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
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CSM
Please disable CSM when you enable Fast Boot option. The default value
is [Enabled].
3.4.8 USB Coniguration
USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
coniguration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [UEFI Setup Only].
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the
details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
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3.5 Tool
OMG(Online Management Guard)
Administrators are able to establish an internet curfew or restrict internet
access at speciied times via OMG. You may schedule the starting and
ending hours of internet access granted to other users. In order to prevent
users from bypassing OMG, guest accounts without permission to modify
the system time are required.
UEFI Update Utility
Instant Flash
Instant Flash is a UEFI lash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering operating systems irst like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just save the new
UEFI ile to your USB lash drive, loppy disk or hard drive and launch this
tool, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without preparing an additional loppy diskette or other complicated lash utility. Please
be noted that the USB lash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 ile
system. If you execute Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI
iles and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI ile to update your UEFI, and reboot your system after the UEFI update process is
completed.
Internet Flash
Internet Flash searches for available UEFI firmware updates from our
servers. In other words, the system can auto-detect the latest UEFI from
our servers and lash them without entering Windows OS. Please note
that you must be running on a DHCP conigured computer in order to enable this function.
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Network Coniguration
Internet Setting
Use this item to set up the internet connection mode. Coniguration
options: [DHCP (Auto IP)] and [PPPOE].
UEFI Download Server
Use this item to select UEFI irmware download server for Internet Flash.
Coniguration options: [Asia], [Europe], [USA] and [China].
Dehumidiier Function
Users may prevent motherboard damages due to dampness by enabling
“Dehumidiier Function”. When enabling Dehumidiier Function, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering
S4/S5 state.
Dehumidiier Period
This allows users to conigure the period of time until the computer powers
on and enables “Dehumidiier” after entering S4/S5 state.
Dehumidiier Duration
This allows users to conigure the duration of the dehumidifying process
before it returns to S4/S5 state.
Dehumidiier CPU Fan Setting
Use this setting to conigure CPU fan speed while “Dehumidiier” is enabled.
Would you like to save current setting user defaults?
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.6 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU
fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
CPU Fan Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan speed. Coniguration options: [Full On]
and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Case Open Feature
This allows you to enable or disable case open detection feature. The
default is value [Enabled].
Clear Status
This option appears only when the case open has been detected. Use this
option to keep or clear the record of previous chassis intrusion status.
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3.7 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to conigure the boot settings and the boot priority.
Fast Boot
Fast Boot minimizes your computer’s boot time. There are three coniguration options: [Disabled], [Fast] and [Ultra Fast]. The default value is
[Disabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the details of these three
options:
[Disabled] - Disable Fast Boot.
[Fast] - The only restriction is you may not boot by using an USB lash
drive.
[Ultra Fast] - There are a few restrictions.
1. Only supports Windows® 8.1 / 8 UEFI operating system.
2. You will not be able to enter BIOS Setup (Clear CMOS or run utility
in Widows® to enter BIOS Setup).
3. If you are using an external graphics card, the VBIOS must support
UEFI GOP in order to boot.
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Setup Prompt Timeout
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key.
65535(0xFFFF) means indei nite waiting.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
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Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled].
AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option “Full
Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the
system boots, please select [Enabled]. Coniguration options: [Enabled]
and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
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3.8 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system.
For the user password, you may also clear it.
Secure Boot
Use this to enable or disable Secure Boot. The default value is [Disabled].
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3.9 Exit Screen
Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, the following message “Save coniguration
changes and exit setup?” will pop-out. Select [Yes] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, the following message “Discard changes and
exit setup?” will pop-out. Select [Yes] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, the following message “Discard changes?”
will pop-out. Select [Yes] to discard all changes.
Load UEFI Defaults
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
Launch EFI Shell from ilesystem device
Attempts to Launch EFI Shell application (Shell64.efi) from one of the
available ilesystem devices.
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Chapter 4: Software Support
4.1 Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 8.1 32bit / 8.1 64-bit / 8 32-bit / 8 64-bit / 7 32-bit / 7 64-bit / VistaTM 32-bit / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP 32-bit / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings and hardware options vary,
use the setup procedures in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your
OS documentation for more information.
4.2 Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4.2.1 Running The Support CD
To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The
CD automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your
computer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double
click on the ile “ASRSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to
display the menus.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a speciic item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome
to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your
dealer for further information.
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