X8STi
X8STi-F
X8STi-3F
X8STi-LN4
USER’S MANUAL
Revision 1.1c
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Manual Revision 1.1c
Release Date: September 30, 2010
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Preface
Preface
This manual is written for system integrators, PC technicians and
knowledgeable PC users. It provides information for the installation and use of the
X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 motherboard.
About This Motherboard
The
X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 supports the Intel® Core™ i7
processor and Intel® Xeon® 5500/3500 series processors in an LGA 1366 socket.
These processors support the Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology, providing the next generation point-to-point system interface which replaces the current
Front Side Bus. With the Intel X58 Express chipset built-in, the X8STi/X8STi-F/
X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 offers substantial enhancement in system performance with increased bandwidth and unprecedented scalability, optimized for intense-computing
and high-end server platforms. Please refer to our web site (http://www.supermicro.
com/products/) for updates on supported processors. This product is intended to be
installed and serviced by professional technicians.
Manual Organization
Chapter 1 describes the features, specifications and performance of the motherboard and provides detailed information about the chipset.
Chapter 2 provides hardware installation instructions. Read this chapter when installing the processor, memory modules and other hardware components into the
system. If you encounter any problems, see Chapter 3, which describes troubleshooting procedures for video, memory and system setup stored in the CMOS.
Chapter 4 includes an introduction to the BIOS and provides detailed information
on running the CMOS Setup utility.
Appendix A provides BIOS Error Beep Codes.
Appendix B lists the Windows OS Installation Instructions.
Appendix C and Appendix D lists Other Software Program Installation Instructions
and BIOS Recovery Instructions.
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Conventions Used in the Manual:
Special attention should be given to the following symbols for proper installation and
to prevent damage done to the components or injury to yourself:
Danger/Caution: Instructions to be strictly followed to prevent catastrophic
system failure or to avoid bodily injury
Warning: Important information given to ensure proper system installation
or to prevent damage to the components
Note: Additional Information given to differentiate various models or provides information for correct system setup.
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Contacting Supermicro
Contacting Supermicro
Headquarters
Address:
Super Micro Computer, Inc.
980 Rock Ave.
San Jose, CA 95131 U.S.A.
Tel:
+1 (408) 503-8000
Fax:
+1 (408) 503-8008
Email:
marketing@supermicro.com (General Information)
support@supermicro.com (Technical Support)
Web Site:
www.supermicro.com
Europe
Address:
Super Micro Computer B.V.
Het Sterrenbeeld 28, 5215 ML
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Tel:
+31 (0) 73-6400390
Fax:
+31 (0) 73-6416525
Email:
sales@supermicro.nl (General Information)
support@supermicro.nl (Technical Support)
rma@supermicro.nl (Customer Support)
Asia-Pacific
Address:
Super Micro Computer, Inc.
4F, No. 232-1, Liancheng Rd.
Chung-Ho 235, Taipei County
Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel:
+886-(2) 8226-3990
Fax:
+886-(2) 8226-3991
Web Site:
www.supermicro.com.tw
Technical Support:
Email:
support@supermicro.com.tw
Tel: 886-2-8228-1366, ext.132 or 139
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Table of Contents
Preface
About This Motherboard................................................................................................. 3
Manual Organization...................................................................................................... 3
Conventions Used in the Manual:.................................................................................. 4
Contacting Supermicro................................................................................................... 5
Chapter 1 Introduction
1-1
Overview.......................................................................................................... 1-1
Checklist........................................................................................................... 1-1
Motherboard Features...................................................................................... 1-7
1-2
Chipset Overview . .........................................................................................1-11
Features of the LGA 1366 Processor and the X58 Chipset...........................1-11
1-3
PC Health Monitoring..................................................................................... 1-12
Recovery from AC Power Loss...................................................................... 1-12
Onboard Voltage Monitoring ......................................................................... 1-12
Fan Status Monitor with Software.................................................................. 1-12
CPU Overheat LED and Control .................................................................. 1-12
1-4
Power Configuration Settings........................................................................ 1-12
Slow Blinking LED for Suspend-State Indicator............................................ 1-13
BIOS Support for USB Keyboard.................................................................. 1-13
Main Switch Override Mechanism................................................................. 1-13
Wake-On-LAN (WOL).................................................................................... 1-13
1-5
Power Supply................................................................................................. 1-13
1-6
Super I/O........................................................................................................ 1-14
1-7
Overview of the Winbond WPCM450 Controller........................................... 1-14
Chapter 2 Installation
2-1
Static-Sensitive Devices................................................................................... 2-1
Precautions...................................................................................................... 2-1
Unpacking........................................................................................................ 2-1
2-2
Processor and Heatsink Installation................................................................ 2-2
Installing an LGA 1366 Processor................................................................... 2-2
Installing a Passive CPU Heatsink (#SNK-P0037).......................................... 2-4
Removing the Heatsink.................................................................................... 2-5
2-3
2-4
Mounting the Motherboard into the Chassis.................................................... 2-6
Installing and Removing the Memory Modules................................................ 2-7
Installing & Removing DIMMs.......................................................................... 2-7
2-5
Connectors/IO Ports....................................................................................... 2-10
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Back Panel Connectors and IO Ports............................................................ 2-10
ATX PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Ports..............................................2-11
Universal Serial Bus (USB)....................................................................... 2-12
Ethernet Ports........................................................................................... 2-13
Serial Ports................................................................................................ 2-14
Video Connector........................................................................................ 2-15
Front Control Panel........................................................................................ 2-16
Front Control Panel Pin Definitions............................................................... 2-17
NMI Button................................................................................................ 2-17
Power LED ............................................................................................... 2-17
HDD LED/UID Switch................................................................................ 2-18
NIC1/NIC2/NIC3*/NIC4* LEDs (*NIC3/NIC4: X8STi-LN4)........................ 2-18
Overheat (OH)/Fan Fail/Blue UID LED..................................................... 2-19
Power Fail LED......................................................................................... 2-19
Reset Button ............................................................................................ 2-20
Power Button ........................................................................................... 2-20
2-6
Connecting Cables......................................................................................... 2-21
ATX Main PWR & CPU PWR Connectors . ............................................. 2-21
Fan Headers.............................................................................................. 2-22
Chassis Intrusion ..................................................................................... 2-22
Internal Buzzer.......................................................................................... 2-23
Speaker..................................................................................................... 2-23
Overheat/Fan Fail LED............................................................................. 2-24
NIC3_LED/NIC4_LED (X8STi-LN4 Only).................................................. 2-24
Onboard Power LED................................................................................. 2-25
Power Supply I2C Connector.................................................................... 2-25
T-SGPIO 0/1 & 3-SGPIO 0/1 Headers...................................................... 2-26
Alarm Reset............................................................................................... 2-26
Wake-On-LAN........................................................................................... 2-27
I-Button (X8STi-3F only)............................................................................ 2-27
Power Supply Failure................................................................................ 2-28
Unit Identifier Switches.............................................................................. 2-28
2-7
Jumper Settings............................................................................................. 2-29
Explanation of Jumpers................................................................................. 2-29
LAN Port Enable/Disable.......................................................................... 2-29
CMOS Clear.............................................................................................. 2-30
Watch Dog Enable/Disable....................................................................... 2-30
PCI Slot_SMB Enable............................................................................... 2-31
VGA Enable............................................................................................... 2-31
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USB Wake-Up .......................................................................................... 2-32
SAS Enable/Disable (X8STi-3F Only)....................................................... 2-33
SAS RAID Mode Select (X8STi-3F Only)................................................. 2-33
JBMC1 (X8STi-F/X8STi-3F Only).............................................................. 2-34
2-8
Onboard Indicators......................................................................................... 2-35
LAN 1/LAN 2 LEDs................................................................................... 2-35
IPMI Dedicated LAN LEDs (X8STi-F/X8STi-3F Only).............................. 2-35
SAS Activity LED (X8STi-3F Only)............................................................ 2-36
SAS Heartbeat LED (X8STi-3F Only)....................................................... 2-36
Onboard Power LED ............................................................................................................. 2-37
BMC Heartbeat LED................................................................................. 2-37
UID-LED ................................................................................................... 2-38
2-9
SATA/SAS and Floppy Drive Connections.................................................... 2-39
SATA/SAS Connections (SAS: for X8STi-3F only)................................... 2-39
Floppy Connector...................................................................................... 2-40
Chapter 3 Troubleshooting
3-1
Troubleshooting Procedures............................................................................ 3-1
3-2
Technical Support Procedures......................................................................... 3-2
3-3
Frequently Asked Questions............................................................................ 3-3
3-4
Returning Merchandise for Service................................................................. 3-4
Chapter 4 BIOS
4-1
Introduction....................................................................................................... 4-1
4-2 Main Setup....................................................................................................... 4-2
4-3 Advanced Setup Configurations...................................................................... 4-4
4-4
Security Settings............................................................................................ 4-23
4-5
Boot Configuration......................................................................................... 4-24
4-6
Exit Options.................................................................................................... 4-25
Appendix A POST Error Beep Codes
Recoverable POST Error Beep Codes.......................................................................A-1
Appendix B Installing the Windows OS
B-1
Installing the Windows OS to a RAID System.................................................B-1
B-2
Installing the Windows OS to a Non-RAID System.........................................B-2
Appendix C Software Installation Instructions
C-1
Installing Drivers...............................................................................................C-1
C-2
Configuring Supero Doctor III..........................................................................C-2
Appendix D - BIOS Recovery
D-1 Recovery Process from a USB Device/Drive (Recommended Method)..............D-1
D-2 Recovery Process from an IDE/SATA ATAPI Disc Drive.....................................D-2
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Chapter 1
Introduction
1-1 Overview
Checklist
Congratulations on purchasing your computer motherboard from an acknowledged
leader in the industry. Supermicro boards are designed with the utmost attention to
detail to provide you with the highest standards in quality and performance.
Please check that the following items have all been included with your motherboard.
If anything listed here is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
The following items are included in the retail box.
•One (1) Supermicro Mainboard
•Six (6) SATA cables (CBL-0044L)
•One (1) floppy drive ribbon cable (CBL-022L)
•One (1) I/O shield (MCP-260-00027-0N)
•One (1) Supermicro CD containing drivers and utilities (CDR-X8-UP)
•One (1) User's Manual (MNL-1068)
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Motherboard (X8STi-3F) Image
Note: All graphics shown in this manual were based upon the latest PCB
Revision available at the time of publishing of the manual. The motherboard
you've received may or may not look exactly the same as the graphics
shown in this manual.
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NIC4 LED
Motherboard Layout
JBMC1
LSI 1068E
Important Notes to the User
•See Chapter 2 for detailed information on jumpers, I/O ports and JF1 front
panel connections.
•"
" indicates the location of "Pin 1".
•Jumpers not indicated are for testing only.
•JBMC1 is reserved for internal testing only. Do not change the jumper setting
pre-set by the manufacturer.
•When LE1 (Onboard Power LED Indicator) is on, system power is on. Unplug
the power cable before installing or removing any components.
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NIC4 LED
X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 Quick Reference
JBMC1
LSI 1068E
X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 Jumpers
Jumper
Description
Default Setting
JBMC1
BMC Jumper (X8STi-F/-3F Only)
Pins 1-2 (Default) (Note Below)
JBT1
CMOS Clear
(See Chpt. 2)
JI C1/JI C2
SMB to PCI Slots
(See Chpt. 2)
JPG1
Onboard VGA Enable
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPL1/JPL2
LAN 1/2 Enable
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPL3/JPL4
LAN 3/4 Enable (X8STi-LN4)
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPS1
SAS Enable (X8STi-3F)
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPS2
SAS RAID Mode Select (X8STi-3F)
Closed (Software RAID)
2
2
Note: JBMC1 is reserved for internal testing only. Do not change the jumper
setting pre-set by the manufacturer.
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JPUSB1
BP USB0/1 Wake-up
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPUSB2
FP USB 2/3, 4/5 Wake-up
Pins 2-3 (Disabled)
JPUSB3
FP USB 6, 7 Wake-up
Pins 2-3 (Disabled)
JWD
Watch Dog Timer Enable
Pins 1-2 (Reset)
X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 Headers/Connectors
Connector
Description
COM1/COM2
COM1/2 Serial connection headers
Fans 1~6
System/CPU fan headers
Floppy
Floppy Disk Drive connector
I-Button (For X8STi-3F)
I-Button for RAID data storage (See P. 2-27 for more info.)
JAR
Alarm Reset
JD1
Speaker header (Pins 3/4: Internal, 1~4:External)
JF1
Front Panel Control header
JL1
Chassis Intrusion header
JLED
Power LED Indicator header
JOH
Overheat LED header
JPW1
24-pin ATX main power connector (required)
JPW2
+12V 8-pin CPU power connector (required)
JPWF
Power-Fail indication header
JWOL
Wake-On-LAN header
KB/Mouse
Keyboard/mouse connectors
LAN1~LAN4
Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) ports (LAN3/4: X8STi-LN4)
(IPMI) LAN
IPMI Dedicated LAN (X8STi-F/-3F only)
NIC3_LED, NIC4_LED
LAN 3/LAN 4 LED Connectors for front access (X8STi-LN4)
I-SATA 0~5
Serial_ATA ports
SAS 0~3, 4~7
SAS Ports (X8STi-3F only)
SMB_PS1
PWR supply (I2C) System Management Bus
SPKR1
Internal speaker/buzzer
3-SGPIO-0/1
Serial_link IO headers for SAS (X8STi-3F)
T-SGPIO-0/1
Serial General Purpose IO headers (for SATA)
UID Switch
Unit Identifier Switch (used in conjunction w/UID LEDs)
USB0/1, USB 2/3, 4/5,
Backplane USB 0/1, Front panel accessible USB 2/3, 4/5,
USB6, 7
USB 6, USB 7
VGA
Onboard Video Port
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LED
Description
Color/State
Status
DP1
BMC Heartbeat LED Indicator
Green: Blinking
BMC: Normal
LE1
Onboard Standby PWR LED Indicator
Green: Solid on
PWR On
LE2
UID LED Indicator (used with UID Switch)
Blue: Solid on
Unit is Identified
LES1
SAS Activity (X8STi-3F only)
Green: Blinking
SAS: Active
LES2
SAS Heartbeat (X8STi-3F only)
Yellow: Blinking
SAS: Normal
Differences between Main Features of the X8STi/X8STi-F/ X8STi-3F/
X8STi-LN4 Models
X8STi
X8STi-F
X8STi-3F
X8STi-LN4
LAN3/LAN4
No
No
No
Yes
NIC3(LAN3)_LED/ NIC4(LAN4)_LED
No
No
No
Yes
JPL3/JPL4 (LAN3/4 Enable)
No
No
No
Yes
IPMI 2.0 Support/IPMI Jumper (JBMC1)
No
Yes
Yes
No
IPMI Dedicated_LAN
No
Yes
Yes
No
I-Button
No
No
Yes
No
SAS Ports 0~7
No
No
Yes
No
3-GPIO1/2 (Serial_Link IO)
No
No
Yes
No
SAS LEDs (LES1/LES2)
No
No
Yes
No
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Motherboard Features
CPU
• Single Intel® Core™ i7 and and Intel® Xeon® 5500/3500 series processors in
an LGA1366 socket.
Memory
• Six 240-pin, DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets with support for unbuffered ECC
or
non ECC 1333/1066/800 MHz memory.
Note: Both Unbuffered ECC and Non-ECC DIMM modules are supported
by the motherboard. Using ECC or Non-ECC memory on your motherboard
depends on the CPU installed. Please see Page 3-3 for more information
on memory support.
• Supports 3-channel memory bus
• Supports DIMM sizes of 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, and 4 GB
Chipset
• Intel® X58 Express Chipset
• Intel ICH10R
Expansion Slots
• One (1) (PCI-Express x16 Gen2 + PCI-Express x8 in x4) slot
• One (1) 32-bit PCI 33MHz slot (Slot 1)
Integrated Graphics
• Matrox G200ew with 8 MB Video Memory
Network Connections
• Two
Intel 82574L Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) Ethernet Controllers for LAN 1
and LAN 2 ports, additional two 82574L for LAN 3 and LAN 4 ports on the
X8STi-LN4 model
• Two (2) or four (4)* RJ-45 Rear IO Panel Connectors with Link and Activity LEDs
(*Four RJ-45 ports are available on the X8STi-LN4 only)
• Single
Realtek RTL8201N PHY for the Dedicated IPMI 2.0LAN for the X8STi-
F/-3F
• One (1) RJ45 Rear I/O Panel Dedicated IPMI 2.0 Connector for the X8STi-F/3F
• I/O Devices
SATA Connections
• Six (6) SATA ports supported by the Intel ICH10R SATA Controller
• Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 under the Windows OS environment
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• Supports RAID 0, 1, 10 under the Linux OS environment
SAS Connections (for the X8STi-3F only)
• Eight (8) SAS ports supported by the LSI 1068E Controller**
• Supports RAID 0, 1, 5*, 10 under the Windows OS environment
• Supports RAID 0, 1, 5*, 10 under the Linux OS environment
*RAID 5 is supported when the I-Button (AOC-IButton68) is installed on
the motherboard. (I-Button is available on the X8STi-3F only) For more
information on the AOC-IButton68, please refer to http://www.supermicro.
com/products/accessories/addon/AOC-IButton68.cfm.
**For the LSI 1068 Controller User's Guide, please refer to http://www.
supermicro.com/support/manuals/.
Integrated IPMI 2.0 (for the X8STi-F/X8STi-3F only)
• IPMI 2.0 supported by the WPCM450 Server BMC
Note: For IPMI Configuration Instructions, please refer to the Embedded
IPMI Configuration User's Guide available @ http://www.supermicro.com/
support/manuals/.
Floppy Drive
• One (1) floppy port interface (up to 1.44 MB)
USB Devices
• Two (2) USB ports (USB 0~1) on the rear IO panel
• Six (6) USB connections for front access (Two Type A connectors: USB 6,
USB 7 and two headers: USB 2/3, 4/5)
Keyboard/Mouse
• PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse ports on the I/O backplane
Serial (COM) Ports
• Fast UART 16550 Connections: one COM port and one header
Super I/O
• Winbond Super I/O 83627DHG
BIOS
• 32 Mb SPI AMI BIOS® SM Flash BIOS
• DMI 2.3, PCI 2.3, ACPI 1.0/2.0/3.0, USB Keyboard and SMBIOS 2.5
Power Configuration
• ACPI/ACPM Power Management
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• Main switch override mechanism
• Keyboard Wake-up from Soft-Off
• USB Wake-up from Soft-Off
• Wake-on-LAN
• Power-on mode for AC power recovery
PC Health Monitoring
CPU Monitoring
• Onboard voltage monitors for CPU core, Memory Voltage, Chipset Voltage,
+1.8V, +3.3V, +3.3V standby, +5V, +5V, Standby, VBat and ±12V
• CPU 6-Phase switching voltage regulator
• CPU/System overheat LED and control
• CPU Thermal Trip support
• Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) support
Fan Control
• Fan
status monitoring with firmware 4-pin (Pulse Width Modulation) fan
speed control
• Low noise fan speed control
System Management
• PECI (Platform Environment Configuration Interface) 2.0 support
• System resource alert via Supero Doctor III
• SuperoDoctor III, Watch Dog, NMI
• I2C temperature sensing logic
• Chassis Intrusion Header and Detection
• Pb Free
CD Utilities
• BIOS flash upgrade utility
• Drivers and software for Intel® X58 Express chipset utilities
Dimensions
• ATX form factor, 12" x 9.6" (304.8 x 243.8 mm)
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(6 DIMMs)
DDR3:1333/1066/800
DIMM_CHA
Intersil
Intel
DIMM_CHB
LGA1366_Socket CPU
VRD 11.1
DIMM_CHC
QPI: Up to 6.40 GT/s
(2 DIMMs per Channel, 6 DIMMs total)
SAS x8
(X8STi-3F)
RJ45
RJ45
SAS1068E
PCIE_x8
(X8STi-3F)
Intel 82574L PCIE_x1
PCIE_x1
Intel 82574L
PCIE_x16
Intel
X58
PCIE_x8
North Bridge
PCI-E Gen2 x16
PCI-E Gen1 x8 in x4
DMI
RJ45
Intel 82574L PCIE_x1
(X8STi-LN4 only)
RJ45
Intel 82574L PCIE_x1
(X8STi-LN4 only)
Intel
ICH10R
South Bridge
W83627DHG
LPC I/O
Keyboard
Mouse
Floppy
SATAII /3.0G SATA x6
USB2.0
USB x 8
PCI_32_BUS
SPI
SPI BIOS
COM1
COM2
PCI 32 X 1 Slots
BMC WPCM450
IPMI LAN
( for X8STiF/3F only)
Onboard
VGA
X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 System Block Diagram
Note: This is a general block diagram and may not exactly represent
the features on your motherboard. See the following pages for the
actual specifications of each motherboard.
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1-2 Chipset Overview
Built upon the functionality and the capability of the Intel X58 Express chipset, the
X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 motherboard provides the performance and
feature set required for single-processor-based high-end systems with configuration options optimized for intensive application and high-end server platforms.
The X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 supports the Intel® Core™ i7/Intel®
Xeon® 5500/3500 series processors, the Intel X58 Express chipset, and the
ICH10R. With Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology built in, the X8STi/
X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 is one of the first motherboards on the market that
offers the next generation point-to-point system interconnect interface, replacing
the current Front Side Bus technology, providing substantial system performance
enhancement by utilizing serial link interconnections to increase bandwidth and
scalability.
Features of the LGA 1366 Processor and the X58 Chipset
•Intel QuickPath Interconnect link, up to 6.4 GT/s of data transfer rate in each
direction
•Virtualization Technology, Integrated Management Engine support
•Point-to-point cache coherent interconnect, Fast/narrow unidirectional links, and
Concurrent bi-directional traffic
•Error detection via CRC and Error correction via Link level retry
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1-3 PC Health Monitoring
This section describes the PC health monitoring features of the X8STi/X8STi-F/
X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4. These features are supported by an onboard System Hardware Monitor chip.
Recovery from AC Power Loss
BIOS provides a setting for you to determine how the system will respond when
AC power is lost and then restored to the system. You can choose for the system
to remain powered off (in which case you must hit the power switch to turn it back
on) or for it to automatically return to a power on state. See the Power Lost Control
setting in the BIOS chapter of this manual to change this setting. The default setting is Last State.
Onboard Voltage Monitoring
The onboard voltage monitor will scan the following voltages continuously: CPU
Core, Chipset Voltage, Memory Voltage, +1.8V, +3.3V, +3.3V standby, +5V, +5V
Standby, Vbat and ±12V. Once a voltage becomes unstable, it will give a warning
or send an error message to the screen. Users can adjust the voltage thresholds
to define the sensitivity of the voltage monitor by using SD III.
Fan Status Monitor with Software
PC health monitoring can check the RPM status of the cooling fans via Supero
Doctor III.
CPU Overheat LED and Control
This feature is available when the user enables the CPU overheat warning feature
in the BIOS. This allows the user to define an overheat temperature. When this temperature reaches this pre-defined overheat threshold, the CPU thermal trip feature
will be activated and it will send a signal to the buzzer and, at the same time, the
CPU speed will be decreased.
1-4 Power Configuration Settings
This section describes the features of your motherboard that deal with power and
power settings.
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Slow Blinking LED for Suspend-State Indicator
When the CPU goes into a suspend state, the chassis power LED will start blinking to indicate that the CPU is in the suspend mode. When the user presses any
key, the CPU will wake-up and the LED indicator will automatically stop blinking
and remain on.
BIOS Support for USB Keyboard
If the USB keyboard is the only keyboard in the system, it will function like a normal
keyboard during system boot-up.
Main Switch Override Mechanism
When an ATX power supply is used, the power button can function as a system
suspend button. When the user presses the power button, the system will enter
a SoftOff state. The monitor will be suspended and the hard drive will spin down.
Pressing the power button again to wake-up the whole system. During the SoftOff
state, the ATX power supply provides power the system to keep the required circuitry "alive". In case the system malfunctions and you want to turn off the power,
just press and hold the power button for 4 seconds. The power will turn off and no
power will be provided to the motherboard.
Wake-On-LAN (WOL)
Wake-On-LAN is defined as the ability of a management application to remotely
power up a computer that is powered off. Remote PC setup, up-dates and asset
tracking can occur after hours and on weekends so that daily LAN traffic is kept to
a minimum and users are not interrupted. The motherboard has a 3-pin header
(WOL) to connect to the 3-pin header on a Network Interface Card (NIC) that has
WOL capability. In addition, an onboard LAN controller can also support WOL
without any connection to the WOL header. The 3-pin WOL header is to be used
with a LAN add-on card only.
Note: Wake-On-LAN requires an ATX 2.01 (or above) compliant power
supply.
1-5 Power Supply
As with all computer products, a stable power source is necessary for proper and
reliable operation. It is even more important for processors that have high CPU
clock rates of 1 GHz and faster.
The
X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 accommodates ATX12V standard power supplies. Although most power supplies generally meet the specifica-
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tions required by the CPU, some are inadequate. A 2-Amp of current supply on a
5V Standby rail is strongly recommended.
It is strongly recommended that you use a high quality power supply that meets
ATX12V standard power supply Specification 1.1 or above. It is also required that
the 12V 8-pin power connection (JPW2) be used for adequate power supply. In
areas where noisy power transmission is present, you may choose to install a line
filter to shield the computer from noise. It is recommended that you also install a
power surge protector to help avoid problems caused by power surges.
1-6 Super I/O
The disk drive adapter functions of the Super I/O chip include a floppy disk drive
controller that is compatible with industry standard 82077/765, a data separator,
write pre-compensation circuitry, decode logic, data rate selection, a clock generator, drive interface control logic and interrupt and DMA logic. The wide range of
functions integrated onto the Super I/O greatly reduces the number of components
required for interfacing with floppy disk drives. The Super I/O supports two 360 K,
720 K, 1.2 M, 1.44 M or 2.88 M disk drives and data transfer rates of 250 Kb/s,
500 Kb/s or 1 Mb/s.
It also provides two high-speed, 16550 compatible serial communication ports
(UARTs). Each UART includes a 16-byte send/receive FIFO, a programmable baud
rate generator, complete modem control capability and a processor interrupt system. Both UARTs provide legacy speed with baud rate of up to 115.2 Kbps as well
as an advanced speed with baud rates of 250 K, 500 K, or 1 Mb/s, which support
higher speed modems.
The Super I/O provides functions that comply with ACPI (Advanced Configuration
and Power Interface), which includes support of legacy and ACPI power management through a SMI or SCI function pin. It also features auto power management
to reduce power consumption.
1-7 Overview of the Winbond WPCM450 Controller (For
X8STi-F/ X8STi-3F Only)
The Winbond WPCM450, a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC), supports
the 2D/VGA-compatible Graphics Core with the PCI interface, Virtual Media, and
Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) Redirection modules.
The WPCM450 BMC interfaces with the host system via a PCI interface to communicate with the graphics core. It supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 for remote keyboard/
mouse/virtual media emulation. It also provides LPC interface to control Super IO
functions. The WPCM450 is connected to the network via an external Ethernet
PHY module.
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The WPCM450 communicates with onboard components via six SMBus interfaces,
fan control, Platform Environment Control Interface (PECI) buses, and General
Purpose I/O (3SGPIO) ports.
The WPCM450 also includes the following features:
•One X-Bus parallel interface for expansion I/O connections
•Three ADC inputs, Analog and Digital Video outputs
•Two serial for boundary scan and debug
Note: For more information on IPMI configuration, please refer to the
Embedded IPMI User's Guide posted on our website @ http://www.supermicro.com/support/manuals/.
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Chapter 2
Installation
2-1 Static-Sensitive Devices
Electrostatic-Discharge (ESD) can damage electronic com­ponents. To prevent damage to your system board, it is important to handle it very carefully. The following
measures are generally sufficient to protect your equipment from ESD.
Precautions
• Use a grounded wrist strap designed to prevent static discharge.
• Touch a grounded metal object before removing the board from the antistatic
bag.
• Handle the board by its edges only; do not touch its components, peripheral
chips, memory modules or gold contacts.
• When handling chips or modules, avoid touching their pins.
• Put the motherboard and peripherals back into their antistatic bags when not in
use.
• For grounding purposes, make sure your computer chassis provides excellent
conductivity between the power supply, the case, the mounting fasteners and
the motherboard.
• Use only the correct type of onboard CMOS battery. Do not install the onboard
upside down battery to avoid possible explosion.
Unpacking
The motherboard is shipped in antistatic packaging to avoid static damage. When
unpacking the board, make sure the person handling it is static protected.
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2-2 Processor and Heatsink Installation
!
When handling the processor package, avoid placing direct pressure on
the label area of the fan.
Notes:
1. Always connect the power cord last and always remove it before adding, removing or changing any hardware components. Make sure that you install the
processor into the CPU socket before you install the CPU heatsink.
2. Intel's boxed processor package contains the CPU fan and heatsink assembly. If you buy a CPU separately, make sure that you use only Intel-certified
multi-directional heatsink and fan.
3. Make sure to install the motherboard into the chassis before you install the
CPU heatsink and heatsink fans.
4. When purchasing an LGA 1366 processor or when receiving a motherboard
with an LGA 1366 processor pre-installed, make sure that the CPU plastic
cap is in place, and none of the CPU pins are bent; otherwise, contact the
retailer immediately.
5. Refer to the MB Features Section for more details on CPU support.
Installing an LGA 1366 Processor
1. Press the socket clip to release
the load plate, which covers the
CPU socket, from its locking
position.
2. Gently lift the socket clip to
open the load plate.
Socket Clip
3. Hold the plastic cap at its north
and south center edges to remove it from the CPU socket.
Load Plate
Plastic Cap
Note: The photos on this
page and succeeding pages 2-3 through 2-9 are for
illustration purposes only.
They do not necessarily
reflect the exact product(s)
described in this manual.
Hold the north & south edges of
the plastic cap to remove it
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CPU
4. After removing the plastic cap, using
your thumb and the index finger,
hold the CPU at the north and south
center edges.
5. Align the CPU key, the semi-circle
cutout, against the socket key, the
notch below the gold color dot on
the side of the socket.
6. Once both the CPU and the socket
are aligned, carefully lower the CPU
straight down into the socket. (Do
not rub the CPU against the surface
of the socket or its pins to avoid
damaging the CPU or the socket.)
CPU Socket
CPU
Align CPU keys with socket keys.
7. With the CPU inside the socket, inspect the four corners of the CPU to
make sure that the CPU is properly
installed.
8. Once the CPU is securely seated
on the socket, lower the CPU load
plate to the socket.
9. Use your thumb to gently push the
socket clip down to the clip lock.
Warning: Please save the plastic cap. The motherboard must
be shipped with the plastic cap
properly installed to protect the
CPU socket pins. Shipment
without the plastic cap properly
installed will cause damage to
the socket pins.
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Installing a Passive CPU Heatsink (#SNK-P0037)
Screw#4
Notes:
•A heatsink bracket (BKT_0023L) is
required for a screw_type heatsink
(-which is a non-pushpin heatskink
as shown on the right.) The required
heatsink bracket (BKT_0023L) can
be purchased from Supermicro.
•Do not apply any thermal grease to
the heatsink or the CPU die because
the required amount has already
been applied.
1. If you use a screw_type heatsink,
please install a heatsink bracket
(BKT_0023L) on the reverse side
of the motherboard before installing
the heatsink. (To install the heatsink
bracket, please insert four screws
to the mounting holes to secure the
bracket on the motherboard.) If you
do not use a screw_type heatsink,
please skip this step.
2. Place the heatsink on top of the CPU
so that the four mounting holes are
aligned with those on the retention
mechanism.
3. Install two diagonal screws (ie the
#1 and the #2 screws) and tighten
them until just snug (-do not fully
tighten the screws to avoid possible
damage to the CPU.)
Screw#1
Screw#3 Screw#2
Heatsink Bracket (BKT_0023L)
(for a Screw-Type Heatsink only)
Install a Heatsink Bracket on
the reverse side of the board
Screw#1
Install Screw#1
Screw#2
Screw#1
4. Finish the installation by fully tightening all four screws.
Install Screw#2
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Removing the Heatsink
Warning: We do not recommend that the CPU or the heatsink be removed. However, if you do need to remove the heatsink, please follow
the instructions below to uninstall the heatsink and prevent damage to
the CPU or other components.
1. Unplug the power cord from the
power supply.
2. Disconnect the heatsink fan
wires from the CPU fan header.
3. Using a screwdriver, loosen and
remove the heatsink screws
from the motherboard in the sequence as show in the picture
on the right.
Using a screwdriver to
remove Screw#1
4. Hold the heatsink as shown
in the picture on the right and
gently wriggle the heatsink to
loosen it from the CPU. (Do not
use excessive force when wriggling the heatsink.)
Remove Screw#2
5. Once the heatsink is loosened,
remove it from the CPU socket.
6. To reinstall the CPU and the
heatsink, clean the surface of
the CPU and the heatsink to get
rid of the old thermal grease.
Reapply the proper amount of
thermal grease on the surface
before reinstalling them on the
motherboard.
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2-3 Mounting the Motherboard into the Chassis
All motherboards have standard mounting holes to fit different types of chassis.
Make sure that the locations of all mounting holes for the motherboard and the chassis match. Although a chassis may have both plastic and metal mounting fasteners,
metal ones are highly recommended because they ground the motherboard to the
chassis. Make sure that the metal standoffs click in or are screwed in tightly. Then
use a screwdriver to secure the motherboard onto the motherboard tray. (See the
layout on the right for mounting hole locations.)
Note: Some components are very close to the mounting holes. Please take
all necessary precautionary measures to avoid damaging these components when installing the motherboard into the chassis.
Tools Needed
Location of Mounting Holes
•Philips Screwdriver
•(9) Pan head #6 screws
Pan head
Installation
Instructions
6-32 x 5 mm
1. Install
[0.197]the I/O shield in your chassis. This
is provided with your motherboard.
2. Locate the mounting holes on the motherboard. Refer to the layout on the right for
mounting hole locations.
3. Place Standoffs on the chassis as
needed.
4. Place the motherboard inside the chassis.
5. Locate the matching mounting holes on
the chassis. Align the mounting holes on
the motherboard against the mounting
holes on the chassis.
6. Insert a Pan head #6 screw into a mounting hole on the motherboard and its
matching mounting hole on the chassis,
using a Philips screwdriver.
7. Repeat Step 6 until all mounting holes
are secured.
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2-4 Installing and Removing the Memory Modules
Note: Check the Supermicro web site for recommended memory modules.
CAUTION
Exercise extreme care when installing or removing DIMM
modules to prevent any possible damage.
Press down the release tabs
Installing & Removing DIMMs
1. Insert the desired number of DIMMs into the memory
slots, starting with DIMM1A. When populating multiple
DIMM modules within a channel, always start with
blue slot first. (For best performance, please use the
memory modules of the same type and same speed
in the same bank.)
Insert & press down a
2. Press down the release tabs on the ends of a
memory slot. Insert each DIMM module vertically into
its slot. Pay attention to the notch along the bottom
of the module to prevent inserting the DIMM module
incorrectly.
DIMM module into the slot
3. Gently press down on the DIMM module until it snaps
into place in the slot. Repeat for all modules.
4. Reverse the steps above to remove the DIMM modules from the motherboard.
Installing and Removing DDR3 Memory
Notch
Notch
Front View
Note: Notch should align
with the receptive key
point on the slot.
Release Tab
Release Tab
To Remove:
Use your thumbs
to gently push the
release tabs near both
ends of the module.
Top View of DDR3 Slot
This should release it
To Install: Insert module vertically and press down until it snaps into
from the slot.
place. Pay attention to the alignment notch at the bottom.
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Memory Support
The X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 supports up to 24 GB unbuffered ECC or
Non ECC DDR3 1333/1066/800 in 6 DIMM slots.
Populating these DIMM slots with sets of three memory modules of the same type
and same size (at least one module per channel) will result in interleaved memory,
which improves memory performance. (i.e., install one module each on DIMM slots
DIMM1A, DIMM2A and DIMM3A).
Channel 3 Slots
Channel 2 Slots
Channel 1 Slots
DIMM Module Population Configuration
For memory to work properly, follow the table below for memory installation:
Memory Population (UDIMM Only Routing)
DIMM
Slots per
Channel
DIMMs
Populated
per Channel
DIMM Type
POR Speeds
(in MHz)
Ranks per DIMM
(any combination;
SR=Single Rank,
DR=Dual Rank)
2
1
Unbuffered DDR3
(with or without ECC)
800,1066,1333
SR, DR
2
2
Unbuffered DDR3
(with or without ECC)
800,1066,
SR, DR
Population Rules: Any combination of x8 and x16 UDIMMs, with 1Gb or 2Gb DRAM density.
Memory Population (UDIMM 3 DIMMs per Channel Routing)
DIMM
Slots per
Channel
DIMMs
Populated
per Channel
DIMM Type
POR Speeds
(in MHz)
Ranks per DIMM
(any combination;
SR=Single Rank,
DR=Dual Rank)
3
1
Unbuffered DDR3
(with or without ECC)
800,1066,1333
SR, DR
3
2
Unbuffered DDR3
(with or without ECC)
800,1066,
SR, DR
Population Rules: Any combination of x8 UDIMMs, with 1Gb or 2Gb DRAM density.
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Maximum Memory Possible
Single Rank UDIMMs - 12GB (6x 2GB DIMMs), Dual Rank UDIMMs - 24GB (6x
4GB DIMMs)
Note 1: Both Unbuffered ECC and Non-ECC DIMM modules are supported by the
motherboard. Using ECC or Non-ECC memory on your motherboard depends on
the CPU installed.
Note 2: Due to OS limitations, some operating systems may not show more than
4 GB of memory.
Note 3: Due to memory allocation to system devices, the amount of memory that
remains available for operational use will be reduced when 4 GB of RAM is used.
The reduction in memory availability is disproportional. Refer to the table on the
next page. For Microsoft Windows users: Microsoft implemented a design change
in Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Vista. This change is specific to the Physical Address Extension (PAE) mode behavior which improves driver
compatibility. For more information, please read the following article at Microsoft’s
Knowledge Base website at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888137.
Possible System Memory Allocation & Availability
System Device
Size
Physical Memory
Remaining (-Available)
(4 GB Total System Memory)
Firmware Hub flash memory (System BIOS)
1 MB
3.99 GB
Local APIC
4 KB
3.99 GB
Area Reserved for the chipset
2 MB
3.99 GB
I/O APIC (4 Kbytes)
4 KB
3.99 GB
PCI Enumeration Area 1
256 MB
3.76 GB
PCI Express (256 MB)
256 MB
3.51 GB
PCI Enumeration Area 2 (if needed) -Aligned on
256-MB boundary-
512 MB
3.01 GB
VGA Memory
16 MB
2.85 GB
TSEG
1 MB
2.84 GB
Memory available for the OS & other applications
2.84 GB
Note :
The motherboard will NOT boot if DIMM module(s) are installed in any of the
Bank2 slots but none in the Bank1 slots. The first DIMM module must be
installed in DIMM1A, and all Bank1 slots must be filled before populating any
Bank2 slot(s).
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2-5 Connectors/IO Ports
The I/O ports are color coded in conformance with the PC 99 specification. See the
figure below for the colors and locations of the various I/O ports.
Back Panel Connectors and IO Ports
2
1
5
4
6
7
10
11
8
9
3
Back Panel Connectors
1. Keyboard (Purple)
7. VGA
2. PS/2 Mouse (Green)
8. LAN1
3. USB Port 0
9. LAN2
4. USB Port 1
10. LAN3 (X8STi-LN4)
5. IPMI LAN (X8STi-F/-3F)
11. LAN4 (X8STi-LN4)
6. COM 1
12. Unit Identifier (UID) Switch
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ATX PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2
Mouse Ports
PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Pin
Definitions
The ATX PS/2 keyboard and PS/2
mouse are located next to the Back
Panel USB Ports 0/1 on the motherboard. See the table at right for pin
definitions.
Mouse
PS2 Keyboard
PS2 Mouse
Pin#
Definition
Pin#
Definition
1
KB Data
1
Mouse Data
2
No Connection
2
No Connection
3
Ground
3
Ground
4
Mouse/KB VCC
(+5V)
4
Mouse/KB VCC
(+5V)
5
KB Clock
5
Mouse Clock
6
No Connection
6
No Connection
VCC: with 1.5A PTC (current limit)
Keyboard
1. Keyboard (Purple)
2. Mouse (Green)
2
1
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Universal Serial Bus (USB)
Two Universal Serial Bus ports (USB
0/1) are located on the I/O back panel.
Additional six USB connections (USB
2/3, USB 4/5, USB 6 and USB 7) are
used to provide front chassis access.
USB 6 and USB 7 are Type A Connectors. (USB Cables are not included).
See the tables on the right for pin
definitions.
Back Panel USB 0/1
Pin Definitions
Pin# Definition
Pin#
Definition
1
+5V
5
+5V
2
USB_PN1
6
USB_PN0
3
USB_PP1
7
USB_PP0
4
Ground
8
Ground
Front Panel USB 2/3, 4/5, 6, 7
Pin Definitions
USB 2, 4, 6, 7
Pin #
Definition
USB 3, 5
Pin #
Definition
1
+5V
6
+5V
2
USB_PN2
7
USB_PN3
3
USB_PP2
8
USB_PP3
4
Ground
9
Ground
5
No Connection
10
Key
1. Backplane USB 0
2. Backplane USB 1
3. Front Panel USB 2/3
4. Front Panel USB 4/5
5. Front Panel USB 6
NIC4 LED
6. Front Panel USB 7
JBMC1
LSI 1068E
3
4
6
2
1
5
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Ethernet Ports
Two Ethernet ports (LAN1/LAN2) are
located next to the VGA port on the
IO Backplane. Two additional Ethernet ports (LAN3/LAN4) are located
on the X8STi-LN4 motherboard. In
addition, an IPMI Dedicated LAN is
also located above USB 0/1 ports on
the X8STi-F/ X8STi-3F to provide a
dedicated network connection for IPMI
2.0 support. These ports accept RJ45
type cables.
Notes:
1. The IPMI Dedicated LAN
is for the X8STi-F/X8STi-3F
only. LAN3 and LAN4 are for
X8STi-LN4 only.
LAN Ports
Pin Definition
Pin# Definition
1
P2V5SB
10
SGND
2
TD0+
11
Act LED
3
TD0-
12
P3V3SB
4
TD1+
13
Link 100 LED
(Yellow, +3V3SB)
5
TD1-
14
Link 1000 LED
(Yellow, +3V3SB)
6
TD2+
15
Ground
7
TD2-
16
Ground
8
TD3+
17
Ground
9
TD3-
88
Ground
(NC: No Connection)
2. Please refer to the LED
Indicator Section for LAN
LED information.
1. LAN1
2. LAN2
3. LAN3 (X8STi-LN4)
4. LAN4 (X8STi-LN4)
5.IPMI Dedicated LAN (X8STi-
NIC4 LED
F/-3F only)
5
3
4
1
2
JBMC1
LSI 1068E
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Serial Ports
A COM Port is located on the IO
Backplane and a Serial port is located next to FP USB 2/3 to provide
front access. See the table on the
right for pin definitions.
Serial Port Pin Definitions
(COM1/COM2)
Pin #
Definition
Pin #
CDC
6
2
RXD
7
RTS
3
TXD
8
CTS
4
DTR
9
RI
5
Ground
10
NC
1. COM1
2. COM2
1
2
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Video Connector
A Video (VGA) connector is located
next to the COM Port on the IO
backplane. This connector is used
to provide video and CRT display.
Refer to the board layout below for
the location.
1. VGA
1
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Front Control Panel
JF1 contains header pins for various buttons and indicators that are normally located on a control panel at the front of the chassis. These connectors are designed
specifically for use with Supermicro server chassis. See the figure below for the
descriptions of the various control panel buttons and LED indicators. Refer to the
following section for descriptions and pin definitions.
JF1 Header Pins
Pin 20
Pin 19
Pin 2
Pin 1
20
19
Ground
NMI
X
X
Vcc
Power LED
HDD LED
Vcc/UID Switch
NIC1 LED
Vcc
NIC2 LED
Vcc
OH/Fan Fail LED
Vcc/Blue UID LED
Power Fail LED
Vcc
Ground
Ground
2
2-16
1
#3~4
Reset Button
#1~2
Power Button
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Front Control Panel Pin Definitions
NMI Button
NMI Button
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The non-maskable interrupt button
header is located on pins 19 and 20
of JF1. Refer to the table on the right
for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
19
Control
20
Ground
Power LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Power LED
The Power LED connection is located
on pins 15 and 16 of JF1. Refer to the
table on the right for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
15
+5V
16
Ground
A. NMI
B. PWR LED
20
19
Ground
B
X
X
Vcc
Power LED
HDD LED
Vcc/UID Switch
NIC1 LED
Vcc
Vcc
NIC2 LED
OH/Fan Fail LED
Vcc/Blue UID LED
Power Fail LED
Vcc
Ground
Ground
2
2-17
A
NMI
1
#3~4
Reset Button
#1~2
Power Button
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HDD LED/UID Switch
HDD LED/UID Switch
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The HDD LED and UID Switch connections are located on pins 13 and 14
of JF1. Attach a cable here to indicate
HDD activity or UID (Unit Identifier)
status. See the table on the right for
pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
13
+5V/UID Switch
14
HD Active
LAN1/LAN2 LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
NIC1/NIC2/NIC3*/NIC4* LEDs
(*NIC3/NIC4: X8STi-LN4)
Pin#
The NIC (Network Interface Controller) LED connection for LAN port 1
is located on pins 11 and 12 of JF1,
and the LED connection for LAN Port
2 is on Pins 9 and 10. NIC3_LED
and NIC4_LED are 2-pin NIC LED
headers. Attach NIC LED cables to
NIC3_LED and NIC4_LED to display
network activities for LAN 3 and LAN4.
Refer to the table on the right for pin
definitions.
Definition
9/11
Vcc
10/12
Ground
NIC3/NIC4 LED Headers
Pin Definitions
(X8STi-LN4)
Pin#
Definition
Pin 1
Vcc 3.3V Standby
Pin 2
Signal
A. HDD LED/UID Switch
B. NIC1 LED
C. NIC2 LED
D. NIC3 LED (X8STi-LN4)
E. NIC4 LED (X8STi-LN4)
20
19
Ground
NMI
X
X
Vcc
NIC4 LED
Power LED
D
A
HDD LED
Vcc/UID Switch
B
NIC1 LED
Vcc
C
NIC2 LED
Vcc
OH/Fan Fail LED
B
E
Vcc/Blue UID LED
Power Fail LED
Vcc
Ground
JBMC1
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Ground
2
2-18
A
1
#3~4
Reset Button
#1~2
Power Button
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Overheat (OH)/Fan Fail/Blue UID
LED
OH/Fan Fail LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Connect an LED cable to the Blue UID
and OH/Fan Fail connections on pins
7 and 8 of JF1 to display blue UID
signals or to provide advanced warnings for chassis overheat/fan failure.
Refer to the table on the right for pin
definitions.
Pin#
Definition
7
Vcc/Blue UID LED
8
OH/Fan Fail LED
OH/Fan Fail Indicator
Status
State
Definition
Off
Normal
On
Overheat
Flashing
Fan Fail
Power Fail LED
PWR Fail LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The Power Fail LED connection is
located on pins 5 and 6 of JF1. Refer
to the table on the right for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
5
Vcc
6
Ground
A. OH/Fan Fail LED
B. PWR Supply Fail
20
19
Ground
NMI
X
X
Vcc
Power LED
HDD LED
Vcc/UID Switch
NIC1 LED
Vcc
NIC2 LED
Vcc
A
OH/Fan Fail LED
Power Fail LED
Vcc
Ground
Ground
2
2-19
A
Vcc/Blue UID LED
B
1
#3~4
Reset Button
#1~2
Power Button
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Reset Button
Reset Button
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The Reset Button connection is located
on pins 3 and 4 of JF1. Attach it to a
hardware reset switch on the computer
case to reset the system. Refer to the
table on the right for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
3
Reset
4
Ground
Power Button
The Power Button connection is located
on pins 1 and 2 of JF1. Momentarily
contacting both pins will power on/off
the system. This button can also be configured to function as a suspend button
(with a setting in the BIOS - see Chapter
4). To turn off the power in the suspend
mode, press the button for at least 4
seconds. Refer to the table on the right
for pin definitions.
Power Button
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Pin#
Definition
1
Signal
2
+3V Standby
A. Reset Button
B. PWR Button
20
19
Ground
NMI
X
X
Vcc
Power LED
HDD LED
Vcc/UID Switch
NIC1 LED
Vcc
Vcc
NIC2 LED
OH/Fan Fail LED
Vcc/Blue UID LED
Power Fail LED
Vcc
Ground
#3~4
Reset Button
A
Ground
#1~2
Power Button
B
2
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2-6 Connecting Cables
This section provides brief descriptions and pin-out definitions for onboard headers
and connectors. Be sure to use the correct cable for each header or connector.
• For information on Backpanel USB and Front Panel USB ports, refer to Page
2-14.
• For information on COM Port 1 and COM Port 2, please see Page 2-16. ATX Power 24-pin Connector
Pin Definitions (JPW1)
ATX Main PWR & CPU PWR
Connectors
The 24-pin main power connector
(JPW1) is used to provide power to
the motherboard. The 8-pin CPU PWR
connector (JPW2) is also required for
the processor. These power connectors meet the SSI EPS 12V specification. See the table on the right for pin
definitions.
Pin#
Definition
13
+3.3V
Pin #
1
+3.3V
Definition
14
-12V
2
+3.3V
15
COM
3
COM
16
PS_ON
4
+5V
17
COM
5
COM
18
COM
6
+5V
19
COM
7
COM
20
Res (NC)
8
PWR_OK
21
+5V
9
5VSB
22
+5V
10
+12V
23
+5V
11
+12V
24
COM
12
+3.3V
12V 8-pin Power Connector Pin Definitions
A
B
Pins
Definition
1 through 4
Ground
5 through 8
+12V
(Required)
A. 24-Pin ATX Main PWR
NIC4 LED
B. 8-Pin Processor PWR
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Fan Headers
The X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 has
Fan Header
Pin Definitions
six fan headers (Fan1 ~ Fan6). These fans are
Pin# Definition
4-pin fan headers. However, Pins 1-3 of the
1
Ground (Black)
fan headers are backward compatible with the
2
2.5A/+16V
traditional 3-pin fans. A fan speed control setting
(Red)
in the BIOS Hardware Monitoring section allows
3
Tachometer
the BIOS to automatically set fan speeds based
4
PWM_Control
on the system temperature. The default setting
is Disabled which allows the onboard fans to
run at full speed. Refer to the table on the right
for pin definitions.
Note: Please use all 3-pin fans or all 4-pin fans on a motherboard. Please
do not use 3-pin fans and 4-pin fans on the same board.
Chassis Intrusion
A Chassis Intrusion header is located at JL1 on
the motherboard. Attach the appropriate cable
from the chassis to inform you of a chassis intrusion when the chassis is opened.
Chassis Intrusion
Pin Definitions (JL1)
Pin#
Definition
1
Intrusion Input
2
Ground
A. Fan1
A
B. Fan2
B
C. Fan3
D. Fan4
E. Fan5
F. Fan6
G. Chassis Intru-
F
C
D
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sion
E
G
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Internal Buzzer
The Internal Buzzer (SPKR1) can be
used to provide audible indications for
various beep codes. See the table on
the right for pin definitions. Refer to
the layout below for the locations of
the Internal Buzzer.
Internal Buzzer
Pin Definition
Pin#
Definitions
Pin 1
Pos. (+)
Beep In
Pin 2
Neg. (-)
Alarm
Speaker
Speaker
On the JD1 header, Pins 3~4 are used
for internal speaker. Close Pins 3~4
with a cap to use the onboard speaker.
If you wish to use an external speaker,
close Pins 1~4 with a cable. See the
table on the right for pin definitions.
Speaker Connector
Pin Definitions
Pin Setting
Definition
Pins 3~4
Internal Speaker
Pins1~4
External Speaker
A. Internal Buzzer
NIC4 LED
B. Speaker
A
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Overheat/Fan Fail LED
Overheat LED
Pin Definitions
The JOH header is used to connect
an LED to provide warnings of chassis overheat. This LED will also blink
to indicate a fan failure. Refer to the
table on right for pin definitions and
LED status.
Pin#
Definition
1
5vDC
2
OH Active
OH/Fan Fail LED
Status
NIC3_LED/NIC4_LED (X8STi-LN4
Only)
State
Message
Solid
Overheat
Blinking
Fan Fail
NIC3/NIC4 LED Headers
Pin Definitions
(X8STi-LN4)
NIC3_LED and NIC4_LED headers
provide LAN3/LAN4 Activity LED
connections to the front panel of
your chassis. Connect appropriate
cables to NIC3_LED and NIC4_LED
to indicate LAN3 and LAN4 activities. See the table on the right for pin
definitions. Refer to the layout below
for the locations of the NIC_LED3 and
NIC_LED4. (Refer to Page 2-18 for
information on LAN 1/LAN 2 LEDs.)
Pin#
Definition
Pin 1
Vcc 3.3V Standby
Pin 2
Signal
A. Overheat/Fan Fail LED
B. NIC3_LED (X8STi-LN4)
C. NIC4_LED (X8STi-LN4)
B
A
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C
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Onboard Power LED
Onboard PWR LED
Pin Definitions
An onboard Power LED header is
located at JLED. This Power LED
header is connected to Front Control
Panel located at JF1 to indicate the
status of system power. See the table
on the right for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
1
VCC
2
No Connection
3
Connection to PWR
LED in JF1
Power Supply I2C Connector
PWR Supply I2C
Pin Definitions
Power Supply (I2C) Connector, located at SMB_PS1 on the motherboard.
This connector monitors the status
of the power supply, fan and system
temperature. See the table on the right
for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
1
Clock
2
Data
3
PWR Fail
4
Ground
5
3.3V
B
A. PWR LED
B. PWR SMB
NIC4 LED
A
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T-SGPIO 0/1 & 3-SGPIO 0/1 Headers
Two T-SGPIO (Serial-Link General Purpose Input/Output) headers are located
next to USB 6 and USB 7 connectors
on the motherboard. Additionally, two
3-SGPIO ports are also located next to
SAS Port 3 on the X8STi-3F motherboard.
These headers are used to communicate
with the enclosure management chip in
the system. See the table on the right for
pin definitions. Refer to the board layout
below for the locations of the headers.
Serial_Link-SGPIO
Pin Definitions
Pin#
Definition
Pin
Definition
1
NC
2
NC
3
Ground
4
DATA Out
5
Load
6
Ground
7
Clock
8
NC
NC: No Connections
Alarm Reset
If three power supplies are installed and
Alarm Reset (JAR) is connected, the system will notify you when any of the three
power modules fail. Connect JAR to a
micro-switch to turn off the alarm that is
activated when a power module fails. See
the table on the right for pin definitions.
Alarm Reset
Pin Definitions
Pin Setting
Definition
Pin 1
Ground
Pin 2
+5V
A. T-SGPIO 0
B. T-SGPIO 1
C.3-SGPIO 0 (X8STi-3F)
D. 3-SGPIO 1 (X8STi-3F)
NIC4 LED
E. Alarm Reset
E
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B
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Wake-On-LAN
Wake-On-LAN
Pin Definitions
(JWOL)
The Wake-On-LAN header is located at
JWOL on the motherboard. See the table on
the right for pin definitions. (You must also
have a LAN card with a Wake-On-LAN connector and cable to use this feature.)
Pin#
Definition
1
+5V Standby
2
Ground
3
Wake-up
I-Button (X8STi-3F only)
An onboard I-Button, located next to the floppy
drive, is an 1-wire computer chip enclosed in
a durable stainless steel can. I-Button stores
instructions, provides electronic interface and
allows HostRAID to operate with Mega-RAID
firmware. Please note that I-Button does not
come with your motherboard.
Note: RAID 5 is supported when the
I-Button (AOC-IButton68) is installed
on the motherboard. For more information on the AOC-IButton68, please
refer to http://www.supermicro.com/
products/accessories/addon/AOCIButton68.cfm.
A. WOL
NIC4 LED
B. I-Button (X8STi-3F only)
B
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Power Supply Failure
Connect a cable from your power supply to
the Power Supply Failure header at JPWF
to provide a warning of power supply failure.
This warning signal is passed through the
PWR_LED pin to indicate of a power failure
on the chassis. See the table on the right for
Note:
pin definitions.
PWR Supply Fail LED
Pin Definitions
Pin#
Definition
1
PWR 1: Fail
2
PWR 2: Fail
3
PWR 3: Fail
4
Signal: Alarm Reset
This feature is only available when using
Supermicro redundant power supplies.
Unit Identifier Switches
There are two Unit Identifier (UID) Switches
on the motherboard. The Front Panel UID
Switch is connected to a pin in the Front
Control Panel (JF1). The Rear UID Switch
(SW1) is located next to Fan6. When you
push the UID Switch on the Front Control
Panel, both Rear UID and Front Panel UID
Indicators will be turned on. Push the FP UID
Switch or the Rear UID Switch-SW1 again to
turn off both Indicators. These UID Indicators
provide easy identification of a system unit
that may be in need of service.
UID Switch
Pin#
Definition
1
Ground
2
Ground
3
Button In
4
Ground
A. PWR Supply Failure
NIC4 LED
B. UID
B
A
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2-7 Jumper Settings
Explanation of Jumpers
To modify the operation of the motherboard,
jumpers can be used to choose between
optional settings. Jumpers create shorts between two pins to change the function of the
connector. Pin 1 is identified with a square
solder pad on the printed circuit board.
Note: On two pin jumpers, "Closed" means
the jumper is on and "Open" means the
jumper is off the pins.
LAN Port Enable/Disable
JPL1/JPL2 enable or disable LAN Port 1/LAN
Port 2 on the motherboard. In addition, JPL3/
JPL4 are used to enable or disable LAN3
and LAN4 on the X8STi-LN4. See the table
on the right for jumper settings. The default
setting is enabled.
GLAN Enable
Jumper Settings
Pin#
Definition
1-2
Enabled (default)
2-3
Disabled
A. LAN Port 1 Enable
B. LAN Port 2 Enable
C. LAN Port 3 Enable
(X8STi-LN4)
D. LAN Port 4 Enable
(X8STi-LN4)
A
B
C
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D
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CMOS Clear
JBT1 is used to clear CMOS. Instead of pins, this "jumper" consists of contact pads
to prevent accidental clearing of CMOS. To clear CMOS, use a metal object such
as a small screwdriver to touch both pads at the same time to short the connection.
Always remove the AC power cord from the system before clearing CMOS.
Note: For an ATX power supply, you must completely shut down the system, remove
the AC power cord and then short JBT1 to clear CMOS.
Watch Dog Enable/Disable
Watch Dog
Jumper Settings (JWD)
Watch Dog is a system monitor that can
reboot the system when a software application hangs. Close pins 1-2 to reset the
system if an application hangs. Close pins
2-3 to generate a non-maskable interrupt
signal for the application that hangs. See
the table on the right for jumper settings.
Watch Dog must also be enabled in the
BIOS. Jumper Setting
Definition
Pins 1-2
Reset
(default)
Pins 2-3
NMI
Open
Disabled
A. Clear CMOS
B. Watch Dog Enable
NIC4 LED
B
A
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Chapter 2: Installation
PCI Slot_SMB Enable
Use Jumpers I2C1/I2C2 to enable PCI
Slot_SMB (System Management Bus)
support to improve system management
for the PCI slots. See the table on the
right for jumper settings.
VGA Enable
JPG1 allows you to enable or disable
the onboard VGA connector. The default
position is on pins 1 and 2 to enable
VGA. See the table on the right for
jumper settings.
PCI Slot_SMB Enable
Jumper Settings
Jumper Setting
Definition
Short
Enabled
Open (Default)
Disabled
VGA Enable/Disable
Jumper Settings (JPG1)
Both Jumpers
Definition
Pins 1-2
Enabled
Pins 2-3
Disabled
A. JI2C1
B. JI2C2
NIC4 LED
C. VGA Enable
JBMC1
C
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USB Wake-Up
Use JPUSB jumpers (JPUSB1/JPUSB2/
JPUSB3) to "wake-up" your system by pressing
a key on a USB keyboard or clicking the USB
mouse of your system. The JPUSB jumpers
are used together with the USB Wake-Up feature in the BIOS. Enable these USB jumpers
and the USB feature in the BIOS to wake-up
your system via USB devices. See the table
on the right for jumper settings and jumper
connections.
Note: JPUSB1 is used for Backpanel USB
ports #0/1, JPUSB2 is for Front Panel
USB ports #2/3, and #4/5. JPUSB3 is
used for Front Accessible USB Ports 6
and 7. When the USB function is set to
Enabled in the BIOS, and a USB Wake-up
jumper is set to Disabled, be sure to remove the USB devices from the USB ports
whose USB jumper is Disabled before the
system goes into the standby mode.
A
JPUSB1 (BackPanel USB
0/1 Wake-up Enable)
Pin#
Definition
1-2
Enabled (Default)
2-3
Disabled
JPUSB2 (Front Panel USB
2/3, 4/5 Wake-up Enable)
Pin#
Definition
1-2
Enabled
2-3
Disabled (Default)
JPUSB3 (Front Panel USB
6, 7 Wake-up Enable)
Pin#
Definition
1-2
Enabled
2-3
Disabled (Default)
A. BP USB 0/1 Wake-up
B. FP USB 2/3, 4/5 Wake-up
NIC4 LED
C. FP USB 6, 7 Wake-up
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B
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SAS Enable/Disable (X8STi-3F Only)
SAS Enable/Disable
Jumper Settings
JPS1 allows you to enable or disable
SAS Connectors. The default position is
on pins 1 and 2 to enable SAS. See the
table on the right for jumper settings.
Jumper Settings
Enabled (Default)
Pins 2-3
Disabled
SAS RAID Mode Select (X8STi-3F
Only)
JPS2 allows you to select the SAS RAID
mode. You can use either Software RAID
or IT Mode. Close this jumper to use
Software RAID (Default). Set this jumper
to open to use the IT Mode.
Definition
Pins 1-2
SAS RAID Mode Select
Jumper Settings
Settings
Definition
Close
Software RAID Enabled (Default)
Open
IT Mode Enabled
A. RAID Enable
B. SAS RAID Mode Se-
NIC4 LED
lect
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JBMC1 (X8STi-F/X8STi-3F Only)
JBMC1
Jumper Settings
Note: JBMC1 (BMC Jumper) is
reserved for internal testing only.
Do not change the jumper setting
pre-set by the manufacturer.
Settings
Pins 1-2
Definition
Default
(Note: Do not change the
manufacturer's default
setting.)
NIC4 LED
A. BMC Jumper (X8STi-F/-3F)
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2-8 Onboard Indicators
Rear View
LAN3 LAN4 (X8STi-LN4 only)
Activity LED
LAN 1/LAN 2 LEDs
Two LAN ports (LAN 1/LAN 2) are located
on the IO Backplane of the motherboard.
Another two LAN ports (LAN 3/LAN 4) are
located on the X8STi-LN4. Each Ethernet
LAN port has two LEDs. The yellow LED
indicates activity, while the Link LED may
be green, amber or off to indicate the speed
of the connections. See the tables at right
for more information.
Link LED
Activity LED
Link LED
LAN1 LAN2
LAN 1/LAN 2/LAN 3/LAN 4
Activity LEDs (Yellow)
Color
Status
Yellow
Definition
Blinking
Active
LAN 1/LAN 2/LAN3/LAN 4
Link LEDs (Green/Amber/Off)
LED Color
Off
Definition
No Connection or 10 Mbps
Green
100 Mbps
LAN1 Gbps
1/LAN 2
Amber
IPMI Dedicated LAN LEDs (X8STi-F/
X8STi-3F Only)
In addition to LAN 1/LAN 2/LAN 3/LAN4,
an IPMI Dedicated LAN is also located on
the X8STi-F/X8STi-3F. The yellow LED on
the right indicates activity, while the green
LED on the left indicates the speed of the
connection. See the tables at right for more
information.
IPMI LAN (X8STi-F/-3F only)
Activity LED
Link LED
IPMI LAN
(X8ST3-F)
Status
IPMI LAN Link LED (Left) &
Activity LED (Right)
Color
Definition
Link (Left)
Green: Solid
100 Mbps
Activity
(Right)
Yellow: Blinking
Active
A. LAN Port 1
E
B. LAN Port 2
C. LAN Port 3 (X8STi-LN4)
D. LAN Port 4 (X8STi-LN4)
E. IPMI LAN (X8STi-F/-3F)
A
C
B
NIC4 LED
D
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SAS Activity LED (X8STi-3F Only)
A SAS Activity LED is located at LES1.
When LES1 blinks, SAS is active. Refer
to the table on the right for details. Also
see the layout below for the LED location.
SAS Activity LED Indicator
LED Settings
Blinking: Green
SAS is active
SAS Heartbeat LED (X8STi-3F Only)
A SAS Heartbeat LED is located at LES2.
When LES2 blinks, SAS connectors are
ready for use. Refer to the table on the
right for details. Also see the layout below
for the LED location.
SAS Heartbeat LED Indicator (LE5)
LED Settings
Blinking: Yellow
SAS is ready for use
A. SAS Heartbeat LED
NIC4 LED
B. SAS Activity LED
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Chapter 2: Installation
Onboard Power LED
An Onboard Power LED is located at LE1
on the motherboard. When LE1 is on, the
AC power cable is connected. Make sure to
disconnect the power cable before removing
or installing any component. See the layout
below for the LED location.
Onboard PWR LED Indicator
LED Settings
LED Color
Definition
Off
System Off
On
System on, or
System off and PWR
Cable Connected
BMC Heartbeat LED
A BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) Heartbeat LED is located at DP1.
When DP1 blinks, the BMC functions
properly. Refer to the table on the right
for details. Also see the layout below for
the LED location.
BMC Heartbeat LED Indicator (DP1)
LED Settings
Green: Blinking
BMC is ready for use
A. Onboard PWR LED
B. BMC Heartbeat LED
NIC4 LED
A
B
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UID-LED
The Unit Identifier LED Indicator is located
at LE2 on the motherboard. When the blue
light is on, the unit (system) that might be
in need of service is identified. See the
layout below for the LED location.
NIC4 LED
A. UID LED
A
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2-9 SATA/SAS and Floppy Drive Connections
Note the following conditions when connecting the Serial ATA and floppy disk drive
cables:
• Be sure to use the correct cable for each connector. Refer to Page 1-1 for cables
that came with your shipment.
• A red mark on a wire indicates the location of pin 1.
SATA/SAS Connections (SAS: for X8STi3F only)
Six Serial ATA (SATA) connectors (I-SATA
0~5) are located on the motherboard. In
addition to six SATA ports, eight SAS connections are also located on the X8STi-3F.
These Serial Link connections provide faster
data transmission than the connections of
traditional Parallel ATA. The SATA connectors
are supported by the Intel ICH10R. The SAS
connectors on the X8STi-3F are supported by
the LSI SAS controller. See the table on the
right for pin definitions.
SATA/SAS Connectors
Pin Definitions
Pin#
Signal
1
Ground
2
SATA_TXP
3
SATA_TXN
4
Ground
5
SATA_RXN
6
SATA_RXP
7
Ground
A. I-SATA 0
B. I-SATA 1
C. I-SATA 2
D. I-SATA 3
E. I-SATA 4
F. I-SATA 5
G. SAS 0~3 (X8STi-3F)
NIC4 LED
H. SAS 4~7 (X8STi-3F)
LSI 1068E
JBMC1
G
A B C D E
F
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Floppy Connector
The floppy connector is located next
to the I-Button on the motherboard.
See the table on the right for pin
definitions.
Floppy Drive Connector
Pin Definitions
Pin#
Definition
1
Ground
2
FDHDIN
3
Ground
4
Reserved
5
Key
6
FDEDIN
7
Ground
8
Index
9
Ground
10
Motor Enable
11
Ground
12
Drive Select B
13
Ground
14
Drive Select B
15
Ground
16
Motor Enable
• A red mark on a wire typically
designates the location of pin 1.
17
Ground
18
DIR
19
Ground
20
STEP
• A single floppy disk drive ribbon
cable has 34 wires and two connectors to provide for two floppy
disk drives. The connector with
twisted wires always connects
to drive A, and the connector
that does not have twisted wires
always connects to drive B.
21
Ground
22
Write Data
23
Ground
24
Write Gate
25
Ground
26
Track 00
27
Ground
28
Write Protect
29
Ground
30
Read Data
31
Ground
32
Side 1 Select
33
Ground
34
Diskette
Note the following when connecting the floppy cable:
• The floppy disk drive cable has
seven twisted wires.
Pin #
NIC4 LED
A. Floppy
A
JBMC1
LSI 1068E
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Chapter 3: Troubleshooting
Chapter 3
Troubleshooting
3-1 Troubleshooting Procedures
Use the following procedures to troubleshoot your system. If you have followed all
of the procedures below and still need assistance, refer to the ‘Technical Support
Procedures’ and/or ‘Returning Merchandise for Service’ section(s) in this chapter.
Always disconnect the AC power cord before adding, changing or installing any
hardware components.
Before Power On
1. Make sure that the Standby PWR LED (LE1) is not lit. (Note: If LE1 is on, the
onboard power is on. Be sure to unplug the power cable before installing or
removing the components.)
2. Make sure that there are no short circuits between the motherboard and chassis.
3. Disconnect all ribbon/wire cables from the motherboard, including those for the
keyboard and mouse. Also, be sure to remove all add-on cards.
4. Install a CPU and heatsink (be sure that it is fully seated) and then connect the
chassis speaker and the power LED to the motherboard. Check all jumper
settings as well.
No Power
1. Make sure that there are no short circuits between the motherboard and chassis.
2. Make sure that all jumpers are set to their default positions.
3. Check if the 115V/230V switch on the power supply is properly set.
4. Turn the power switch on and off to test the system.
5. The battery on your motherboard may be old. Check to make sure that it still
supplies ~3VDC. If it does not, replace it with a new one.
No Video
1. If the power is on, but you have no video--in this case, you will need to remove
all the add-on cards and cables first.
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2. Use the speaker to determine if any beep codes exist. (Refer to Appendix A
for details on beep codes.)
3. Remove all memory modules and turn on the system. (If the alarm is on, check
the specs of memory modules, reset the memory or try a different one.)
Memory Errors
1. Make sure that the DIMM modules are properly installed and fully seated in
the slots.
2. You should be using unbuffered ECC or non-ECC DDR3 (1.5V) 1333/1066/800
MHz memory (recommended by the manufacturer). Also, it is recommended
that you use the memory modules of the same type and speed for all DIMMs
in the system.
3. Check for bad DIMM modules or slots by swapping modules between slots to
see if you can locate the faulty modules.
4. Check the power supply voltage 115V/230V switch.
Losing the System’s Setup Configuration
1. Please be sure to use a high quality power supply. A poor quality power supply
may cause the system to lose the CMOS setup information. Refer to Section
1-5 for details on recommended power supplies.
2. The battery on your motherboard may be old. Check to verify that it still supplies
~3VDC. If it does not, replace it with a new one.
3. If the above steps do not fix the Setup Configuration problem, contact your
vendor for repairs.
3-2 Technical Support Procedures
Before contacting Technical Support, please make sure that you have followed all
the steps listed below. Also, Note that as a motherboard manufacturer, Supermicro
does not sell directly to end users, so it is best to first check with your distributor or
reseller for troubleshooting services. They should know of any possible problem(s)
with the specific system configuration that was sold to you.
1. Please go through the ‘Troubleshooting Procedures’ and 'Frequently Asked
Question' (FAQ) sections in this chapter or see the FAQs on our website
(http://www.supermicro.com/support/faqs/) before contacting Technical
Support.
2. BIOS upgrades can be downloaded from our website at (http://www.supermicro.
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com/support/bios/).
Note: Not all BIOS can be flashed. Some cannot be flashed; it depends
on the modifications to the boot block code.
3. If you've followed the instructions above to troubleshoot your system, and still
cannot resolve the problem, then contact Supermicro's technical support and
provide them with the following information:
•Motherboard model and PCB revision number
•BIOS release date/version (this can be seen on the initial display when your
system first boots up)
•System configuration
An example of a Technical Support form is on our website at (http://www.
supermicro.com/support/contact.cfm).
4. Distributors: For immediate assistance, please have your account number ready
when placing a call to our technical support department. We can be reached
by e-mail at support@supermicro.com, by phone at: (408) 503-8000, option
2, or by fax at (408)503-8019. 3-3 Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What type of memory does my motherboard support?
Answer: The X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4 supports up to 24 GB of
unbuffered ECC or non-ECC DDR3 (1.5V) 1333/1066/800 MHz SDRAM. See
Section 2-4 for details on installing memory. (Note: Both ECC and Non-ECC
memory modules are supported. However, using ECC or Non-ECC memory
depends on the CPU installed on the motherboard.)
Question: I installed 1333/1066 MHz memory, why doesn't my motherboard
(X8SAX, C7X58, X8ST3-F/E or X8STi family) run the memory at 1333/1066
MHz?
Since the memory controller is integrated into the CPU, memory speed depends on the installed CPUs QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) rating. Please check
your CPU specifications. For example, to support 1333 MHz memory, the
CPU's QPI should be 6.4GT/S. A lower QPI number means that it will support
slower memory. More information may be found at www.intel.com.
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Question: How do I update my BIOS?
Answer: It is recommended that you do not upgrade your BIOS if you are not
experiencing any problems with your system. Updated BIOS files are located
on our web site at http://www.supermicro.com/support/bios/. Please check our
BIOS warning message and the information on how to update your BIOS on our
web site. Select your motherboard model and download the BIOS (.rom) file to
your computer. Also, check the current BIOS revision and make sure that it is
newer than your BIOS before downloading. You may choose the zip file or the
.exe file. If you choose the zipped BIOS file, please unzip the BIOS file onto a
bootable device or a USB pen/thumb drive. To flash the BIOS, run the batch
file named "ami.bat" with the new BIOS ROM file from your bootable device or
USB pen/thumb drive. Use the following format:
F:\> ami.bat BIOS-ROM-filename.xxx <Enter>
Notes: Always use the file named “ami.bat” to update the BIOS and insert
a space between "ami.bat" and the filename. The BIOS-ROM-filename will
bear the motherboard name (i.e., X8STi) and build version as the extension.
For example, "X8STi.115".
When completed, your system will automatically reboot. If you choose the .exe
file, please run the .exe file under Windows to create the BIOS flash floppy disk.
Insert the floppy disk into the system you wish to flash the BIOS. Then, boot
the system to the floppy disk. The BIOS utility will automatically flash the BIOS
without any prompts. Please note that this process may take a few minutes to
complete. Do not be concerned if the screen is paused for a few minutes.
Warning: Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent possible system boot failure!
When the BIOS flashing screen is completed, the system will reboot and will
show “Press F1 or F2”. At this point, you will need to load the BIOS defaults.
Press <F1> to go to the BIOS setup screen, and press <F9> to load the default
settings. Next, press <F10> to save and exit. The system will then reboot.
Note: The SPI BIOS chip installed on this motherboard is not removable. To
repair or replace a damaged BIOS chip, please send your motherboard to RMA
at Supermicro for service.
Question: I think my BIOS is corrupted. How can I recover my BIOS?
Answer: Please see Appendix D, BIOS Recovery for detailed instructions.
Question: What's on the CD that came with my motherboard?
Answer: The supplied compact disc has quite a few drivers and programs
that will greatly enhance your system. We recommend that you review the CD
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and install the applications you need. Applications on the CD include chipset
drivers for Windows, security and audio drivers.
Question: I installed the RSC-R2UW-3E8 add-on card on slot 2, but the
system does not detect it. How can I make it to work?
Answer: Change the option for PCIE Width to [X8X8X8]. from [X16X8] (default)
in the BIOS (Advance > PCI/PnP Configuration), then change the option ROM
for PCI-Exp Slot 2 to [Enable] from [Disable] (default).
Question: Is the PCI-Ex16 slot on X8 boards reserved for graphic cards
only?
Answer: No, the PCI-Ex16 slot is not only for graphic cards. It may be used
for PCI-E storage, LAN, and other peripherals.
Question: Does X8 series motherboards come with a screw type CPU heat
sink bracket?
Answer: No, it does not come with a bracket for a screw-type heat sink. Customers have to purchase it separately. Please contact RMA for information,
ask for part number BKT_0023L.
Question: Under the Microsoft Windows environment, how do I configure
my power button to shut-off instantly or wait 4 seconds before powering
down?
Answer: Enter the BIOS Setup -> Advanced -> Boot Feature -> Power Button
Function. Select "Instant Off" if you want the system to power down instantly
when the power button is pressed, or select "4 Second Override" to require the
power button to be pressed continuously for 4 seconds before shutting off.
3-4 Returning Merchandise for Service
A receipt or copy of your invoice marked with the date of purchase is required
before any warranty service will be rendered. You can obtain service by calling
your vendor for a Returned Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. (For faster
service, you may also obtain RMA authorizations online (http://www.supermicro.
com/support/rma/). When returning to the manufacturer, the RMA number should
be prominently displayed on the outside of the shipping carton, and mailed prepaid
or hand-carried. Shipping and handling charges will be applied for all orders that
must be mailed when service is complete.
This warranty only covers normal consumer use and does not cover damages
incurred in shipping or from failure due to the alteration, misuse, abuse or improper
maintenance of products. During the warranty period, contact your distributor first
for any product problems.
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Chapter 4
BIOS
4-1 Introduction
This chapter describes the AMI BIOS Setup Utility for the X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/
X8STi-LN4. The AMI ROM BIOS is stored in a Flash EEPROM and can be easily
updated. This chapter describes the basic navigation of the AMI BIOS Setup Utility
setup screens.
Starting BIOS Setup Utility
To enter the AMI BIOS Setup Utility screens, press the <Delete> key while the
system is booting up.
Note: In most cases, the <Delete> key is used to invoke the AMI BIOS
setup screen. There are a few cases when other keys are used, such as
<F1>, <F2>, etc.
Each main BIOS menu option is described in this manual. The Main BIOS setup
menu screen has two main frames. The left frame displays all the options that can
be configured. Grayed-out options cannot be configured. Options in blue can be
configured by the user. The right frame displays the key legend. Above the key
legend is an area reserved for a text message. When an option is selected in the
left frame, it is highlighted in white. Often a text message will accompany it. (Note:
the AMI BIOS has default text messages built in. Supermicro retains the option to
include, omit, or change any of these text messages.)
The AMI BIOS Setup Utility uses a key-based navigation system called "hot keys".
Most of the AMI BIOS setup utility "hot keys" can be used at any time during the
setup navigation process. These keys include <F1>, <F10>, <Enter>, <ESC>, arrow keys, etc.
Note: Options printed in Bold are default settings.
How To Change the Configuration Data
The configuration data that determines the system parameters may be changed by
entering the AMI BIOS Setup utility. This Setup utility can be accessed by pressing
<Del> at the appropriate time during system boot.
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How to Start the Setup Utility
Normally, the only visible Power-On Self-Test (POST) routine is the memory test.
As the memory is being tested, press the <Delete> key to enter the main menu of
the AMI BIOS Setup Utility. From the main menu, you can access the other setup
screens. An AMI BIOS identification string is displayed at the left bottom corner of
the screen, below the copyright message.
Warning! Do not upgrade the BIOS unless your system has a BIOS-related
issue. Flashing the wrong BIOS can cause irreparable damage to the
system. In no event shall Supermicro be liable for direct, indirect, special,
incidental, or consequential damages arising from a BIOS update. If you
have to update the BIOS, do not shut down or reset the system while the
BIOS is updating. This is to avoid possible boot failure.
4-2 Main Setup
When you first enter the AMI BIOS Setup Utility, you will enter the Main setup screen.
You can always return to the Main setup screen by selecting the Main tab on the
top of the screen. The Main BIOS Setup screen is shown below.
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System Overview: The following BIOS information will be displayed:
System Time/System Date
Use this option to change the system time and date. Highlight System Time or System Date using the arrow keys. Enter new values through the keyboard. Press the
<Tab> key or the arrow keys to move between fields. The date must be entered in
Day MM/DD/YY format. The time is entered in HH:MM:SS format. (Note: The time
is in the 24-hour format. For example, 5:30 P.M. appears as 17:30:00.)
Supermicro X8STi/X8STi-F/X8STi-3F/X8STi-LN4
Version
Build Date
Processor
The AMI BIOS will automatically display the status of processor as shown below:
Type of Processor
Speed
Physical Count
Logical Count
System Memory
This displays the size of memory available in the system:
Populated Size
Available Size
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4-3 Advanced Setup Configurations
Use the arrow keys to select Boot Setup and hit <Enter> to access the submenu
items:
BOOT Feature
Quick Boot
If Enabled, this option will skip certain tests during POST to reduce the time needed
for system boot. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Quiet Boot
This option allows the bootup screen options to be modified between POST messages or the OEM logo. Select Disabled to display the POST messages. Select
Enabled to display the OEM logo instead of the normal POST messages. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
AddOn ROM Display Mode
This sets the display mode for Option ROM. The options are Force BIOS and
Keep Current.
Bootup Num-Lock
This feature selects the Power-on state for Numlock key. The options are Off
and On.
PS/2 Mouse Support
This feature enables support for the PS/2 mouse. The options are Disabled,
Enabled and Auto.
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Wait For 'F1' If Error
This forces the system to wait until the 'F1' key is pressed if an error occurs. The
options are Disabled and Enabled.
Hit 'Del' Message Display
This feature displays "Press DEL to run Setup" during POST. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
Watch Dog Function
If enabled, the Watch Dog Timer will allow the system to reboot when it is inactive
for more than 5 minutes. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Power Button Function
This setting allows you to decide if the power button will instantly turn the system
off, or wait 4 seconds to turn off while the button is depressed. The options are 4
Seconds Override and Instant Off.
Restore on AC Power Loss
Use this feature to set the power state after a power outage. Select Power-Off for
the system power to remain off after a power loss. Select Power-On for the system
power to be turned on after a power loss. Select Last State to allow the system to
resume its last state before a power loss. The options are Power-On, Power-Off
and Last State.
Interrupt 19 Capture
Interrupt 19 is the software interrupt that handles the boot disk function. When this
item is set to Enabled, the ROM BIOS of the host adaptors will "capture" Interrupt
19 at boot and allow the drives that are attached to these host adaptors to function
as bootable disks. If this item is set to Disabled, the ROM BIOS of the host adaptors will not capture Interrupt 19, and the drives attached to these adaptors will not
function as bootable devices. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Processor & Clock Options
Warning: Take Caution when changing the Advanced settings. An incorrect
value, a very high DRAM frequency or incorrect DRAM timing may cause
system to become unstable. When this occurs, revert to the default setting.
CPU Ratio
This feature allows the user to use the CPU clock multiplier to multiply CPU speed
in order to enhance performance. Select Manual to Manually set the multiplier set-
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ting. Select Auto for the BIOS to automatically select the CPU multiplier setting for
your system. The options are Auto and Manual.
Clock Spread Spectrum
Select Enable to use the feature of Clock Spectrum, which will allow the BIOS to
monitor and attempt to reduce the level of Electromagnetic Interference caused by
the components whenever needed. Select Disabled to enhance system stability.
The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Hardware Prefetcher (Available when supported by the CPU)
If set to Enabled, the hardware pre fetcher will pre fetch streams of data and instructions from the main memory to the L2 cache in the forward or backward manner to
improve CPU performance. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch (Available when supported by the CPU)
The CPU fetches the cache line for 64 bytes if this option is set to Disabled. The
CPU fetches both cache lines for 128 bytes as comprised if Enabled.
MPS and ACPI MADT Ordering
Choose the method of ordering for the Multiple APIC Description Table (MADT).
Select Modern Ordering for Microsoft Windows XP or later, Select Legacy Ordering for Microsoft Windows 2000 or earlier. The options are Modern Ordering and
Legacy Ordering.
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Available when supported by the CPU)
Select Enabled to use the feature of Virtualization Technology to allow one platform
to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions, creating multiple "virtual" systems in one physical computer. The options are Enabled
and Disabled. Note: If there is any change to this setting, you will need to power
off and restart the system for the change to take effect. Please refer to Intel’s web
site for detailed information.
Execute-Disable Bit Capability (Available when supported by the OS and
the CPU)
Set to Enabled to enable the Execute Disable Bit which will allow the processor
to designate areas in the system memory where an application code can execute
and where it cannot, thus preventing a worm or a virus from flooding illegal codes
to overwhelm the processor or damage the system during an attack. The default is
Enabled. (Refer to Intel and Microsoft Web Sites for more information.)
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Intel AES-NI (When supported by the CPU)
Intel® AES instructions are a new set of instructions available beginning with
the the all new 2010 Intel® Core™ processor family based on the 32nm Intel®
microarchitecture. These instructions enable fast and secure data encryption and
decryption, using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Simultaneous Multi-Threading (Available when supported by the CPU)
Set to Enabled to use the Hyper-Threading Technology, which will result in increased
CPU performance. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Active Processor Cores
Set to Enabled to use a processor's Second Core and beyond. (Please refer to
Intel's web site for more information.) The options are All, 1 and 2.
Intel® EIST Technology
EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology) allows the system to automatically
adjust processor voltage and core frequency in an effort to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. Please refer to Intel’s web site for detailed information.
The options are Disable (Disable GV3), and Enable (Enable GV3).
Intel Turbo Boost Configuration (If supported by the installed CPU)
Turbo Ratio Limit Program
Select Enabled to set the processor's clock ratio in relation to the bus speed.
The options are Enabled and Disabled. The default value depends on the type
of CPU installed. (For example, the values shown below indicate that an Intel®
Core™ i7 processor 965 Extreme Edition is installed.)
1 - Core Ratio Limit
This increases (multiplies) the processor's core 1 clock speed in relation to
the bus speed. The default setting is 27. Press "+" or "-" on your keyboard to
change this value.
2 ~ 4 - Core Ratio Limit
This increases the processor's core 2~4 clock speeds in relation to the bus
speed. The default setting is 27 for core 2 and 26 for cores 3 and 4. Press "+"
or "-" on your keyboard to change this value.
TDC Limit Override
This option will override the system's default electrical current setting for the
processor. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
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TDC Limit Value
This option sets the processor's electrical current value. The default setting
is 880. Press "+" or "-" on your keyboard to change this value.
TDP Limit Override
Select Enabled to override the default power setting for the processor. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
TDP Limit Value
Use this option to set the processor's power value. The default setting is
1040. Press "+" or "-" on your keyboard to change this value.
C1E Support
Select Enabled to use the "Enhanced Halt State" feature. C1E significantly reduces
the CPU's power consumption by reducing the CPU's clock cycle and voltage during
a "Halt State." The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Intel C-STATE Tech
If enabled, C-State is set by the system automatically to either C2, C3 or C4 state. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
C-State package limit setting
If set to Auto, the AMI BIOS will automatically set the limit on the C-State package register.
The options are Auto, C1, C3, C6 and C7.
C1 Auto Demotion
When enabled, the CPU will conditionally demote C3, C6 or C7 requests to C1 based on
un-core auto-demote information. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
C3 Auto Demotion
When enabled, the CPU will conditionally demote C6 or C7 requests to C3 based on un-core
auto-demote information. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
ACPI T State
This feature Enables the ACPI throttling support for the processor to save power.
The options are Disabled and Enabled.
DCA Technology
This feature accelerates the performance of TOE devices. Note: A TOE device is a specialized, dedicated processor that is installed on an add-on card or a network card to handle
some or all packet processing of this add-on card. For this motherboard, the TOE device is
built inside the ESB 2 South Bridge chip. This feature is supported only by some types of
processors. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
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DCA Prefetch Delay
A DCA Prefetch is used with TOE components to prefetch data in order to shorten execution
cycles and maximize data processing efficiency. Prefetching too frequently can saturate the
cache directory and delay necessary cache accesses. This feature reduces or increases the
frequency the system prefetches data. The options are [8], [16], [24], [32], [40], [48], [56],
[64], [72], [80], [88], [96], [104], [112], [120]
Advanced Chipset Control
The items included in the Advanced Settings submenu are listed below.
QPI and IMC Configuration
QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) is the connection between the CPU and the motherboard's
I/O hub. Use this feature to modify speed and power management settings.
QPI Links Speed
Use this feature to select QPI data transfer speed. The options are Slowmode, and Full Speed.
QPI Frequency
Use this option to set the QPI frequency. The options are Auto, 4.800 GT,
5.866 GT, and 6.400 GT.
QPI L0s and L1
QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) offers three power states called L0, L0s and
L1:
L0 is a normal operational state where data and control packets can be
transmitted and received. All power management states are entered from
this state.
L0s is intended as a power saving state. It allows a link to quickly enter and
recover form a power saving state without going through recovery.
L1 is a power saving state that allows an additional power saving over L0s,
but with additional resume (wake-up) latency.
Select Enabled to activate QPI power saving (L0s and L1 are automatically
selected by the motherboard), select Disabled for normal operational state
without any power-saving function. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Memory Frequency
Use this option to force the system memory to run at a different frequency
than the default frequency. The available options are Auto, Force DDR-800,
Force DDR-1066, and Force DDR-1333.
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Memory Mode
The options are Independent, Channel Mirror, Lockstep and Sparing.
Independent - All DIMMs are available to the operating system.
Channel Mirror - The motherboard maintains two identical copies of all data
in memory for redundancy.
Lockstep - The motherboard uses two areas of memory to run the same set
of operations in parallel.
Sparing - Memory sparing occurs when on-demand inactive memory is automatically activated by the system to temporarily replace failed memory until
a service action can be performed (supported only on 2010 Intel® Core™
processor family based on the 32nm Intel® microarchitecture).
Demand Scrubbing
Demand Scrubbing is a process that allows the CPU to correct correctable
memory errors found on a memory module. When the CPU or I/O issues a
demand-read command, and the read data from memory turns out to be a
correctable error, the error is corrected and sent to the requestor (the original
source). Memory is updated as well. Select Enabled to use Demand Scrubbing for ECC memory correction. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Patrol Scrubbing
Patrol Scrubbing is a process that allows the CPU to correct correctable
memory errors detected on a memory module and send the correction to the
requestor (the original source). When this item is set to Enabled, the North
Bridge will read and write back one cache line every 16K cycles, if there is
no delay caused by internal processing. By using this method, roughly 64 GB
of memory behind the North Bridge will be scrubbed every day. The options
are Enabled and Disabled.
Throttling - Closed Loop
Throttling improves reliability and reduces power in the processor by automatic voltage control during processor idle states. Available options are
Disabled and Enabled.
Intel VT-d
Select Enabled to enable Intel's Virtualization Technology support for Direct I/O VT-d
by reporting the I/O device assignments to VMM through the DMAR ACPI Tables.
This feature offers fully-protected I/O resource-sharing across the Intel platforms,
providing the user with greater reliability, security and availability in networking and
data-sharing. The settings are Enabled and Disabled.
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SR-IOV Support
Enable this item to support Single Root I/O Virtualization and Sharing (SR-IOV).
The options are Disabled and Enbaled.
Intel I/OAT
The Intel I/OAT (I/O Acceleration Technology) significantly reduces CPU overhead
by leveraging CPU architectural improvements, freeing resources for more other
tasks. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Active State Power Management
Select Enabled to start Active-State Power Management for signal transactions
between L0 and L1 Links on the PCI Express Bus. This maximizes power-saving
and transaction speed. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Route Port 80h Cycles to
This feature allows the user to decide which bus to send debug information to. The
options are Disabled, PCI and LPC.
Extend PCI Hole
Select Enabled when using a 64-bit Operating System. The options are Disabled,
and Enabled.
USB Functions
This feature allows the user to decide the number of onboard USB ports to be enabled. The Options are: Disabled, 2 USB ports, 4 USB ports, 6 USB ports, 8 USB
ports, and 12 USB Ports.
USB 2.0 Controller
Select Enabled to activate the onboard USB 2.0 controller. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Legacy USB Support
Select Enabled to use Legacy USB devices. If this item is set to Auto, Legacy USB
support will be automatically enabled if a legacy USB device is installed on the
motherboard, and vise versa. The settings are Disabled, Enabled and Auto.
IDE / Floppy Configuration
When this submenu is selected, the AMI BIOS automatically detects the presence
of the IDE Devices and displays the following items:
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Floppy A
This feature allows the user to select the type of floppy drive connected to the system. The options are Disabled, 360KB 5 1/4", 1.2MB 5 1/4", 720KB 3 1/2", 1.44MB
3 1/2" and 2.88MB 3 1/2".
SATA#1 Configuration
If Compatible is selected, it sets SATA#1 to legacy compatibility mode, while selecting Enhanced sets SATA#1 to native SATA mode. The options are Disabled,
Compatible, Enhanced.
Configure SATA#1 as
This feature allows the user to select the drive type for SATA#1. The options
are IDE, RAID and AHCI.
ICH RAID CodeBase (Available if RAID is selected above)
Select Intel to enable the Intel SATA Host RAID Utility. Select Adaptec to use the
Adaptec Host RAID Utility. The options are Intel and Adaptec.
SATA#2 Configuration (Available if IDE is enabled under "Configure SATA#1
as" above)
Selecting Enhanced will set SATA#2 to native SATA mode. The options are
Disabled, Enhanced
IDE Detect Timeout (sec)
Use this feature to set the time-out value for the BIOS to detect the ATA, ATAPI
devices installed in the system. The options are 0 (sec), 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and
35.
Primary IDE Master/Slave, Secondary IDE Master/Slave, Third IDE Master,
and Fourth IDE Master
These settings allow the user to set the parameters of Primary IDE Master/Slave,
Secondary IDE Master/Slave, Third and Fourth IDE Master slots. Hit <Enter> to
activate the following submenu screen for detailed options of these items. Set the
correct configurations accordingly. The items included in the submenu are:
Type
Select the type of device connected to the system. The options are Not Installed,
Auto, CD/DVD and ARMD.
LBA/Large Mode
LBA (Logical Block Addressing) is a method of addressing data on a disk drive.
In the LBA mode, the maximum drive capacity is 137 GB. For drive capacities
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over 137 GB, your system must be equipped with a 48-bit LBA mode addressing.
If not, contact your manufacturer or install an ATA/133 IDE controller card that
supports 48-bit LBA mode. The options are Disabled and Auto.
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer)
Block Mode boosts the IDE drive performance by increasing the amount of data
transferred. Only 512 bytes of data can be transferred per interrupt if Block Mode
is not used. Block Mode allows transfers of up to 64 KB per interrupt. Select
Disabled to allow data to be transferred from and to the device one sector at
a time. Select Auto to allow data transfer from and to the device occur multiple
sectors at a time if the device supports it. The options are Auto and Disabled.
PIO Mode
The IDE PIO (Programmable I/O) Mode programs timing cycles between the
IDE drive and the programmable IDE controller. As the PIO mode increases, the
cycle time decreases. The options are Auto, 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Select Auto to allow the AMI BIOS to automatically detect the PIO mode. Use
this value if the IDE disk drive support cannot be determined.
Select 0 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 0. It has a data transfer rate
of 3.3 MB/s.
Select 1 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 1. It has a data transfer rate
of 5.2 MB/s.
Select 2 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 2. It has a data transfer rate
of 8.3 MB/s.
Select 3 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 3. It has a data transfer rate
of 11.1 MB/s.
Select 4 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 4. It has a data transfer bandwidth of 32-Bits. Select Enabled to enable 32-Bit data transfer.
DMA Mode
Select Auto to allow the BIOS to automatically detect IDE DMA mode when the
IDE disk drive support cannot be determined.
Select SWDMA0 to allow the BIOS to use Single Word DMA mode 0. It has a
data transfer rate of 2.1 MB/s.
Select SWDMA1 to allow the BIOS to use Single Word DMA mode 1. It has a
data transfer rate of 4.2 MB/s.
Select SWDMA2 to allow the BIOS to use Single Word DMA mode 2. It has a
data transfer rate of 8.3 MB/s.
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Select MWDMA0 to allow the BIOS to use Multi Word DMA mode 0. It has a
data transfer rate of 4.2 MB/s.
Select MWDMA1 to allow the BIOS to use Multi Word DMA mode 1. It has a
data transfer rate of 13.3 MB/s.
Select MWDMA2 to allow the BIOS to use Multi-Word DMA mode 2. It has a
data transfer rate of 16.6 MB/s.
Select UDMA0 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 0. It has a data transfer
rate of 16.6 MB/s. It has the same transfer rate as PIO mode 4 and Multi Word
DMA mode 2.
Select UDMA1 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 1. It has a data transfer
rate of 25 MB/s.
Select UDMA2 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 2. It has a data transfer
rate of 33.3 MB/s.
Select UDMA3 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 3. It has a data transfer
rate of 44.4 MB/s.
Select UDMA4 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 4 . It has a data
transfer rate of 66.7 MB/s.
Select UDMA5 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 5 . It has a data transfer
rate of 100.0 MB/s.
Select UDMA6 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 6 . It has a data
transfer rate of 133 MB/s.
The options are Auto, SWDMAn, MWDMAn, and UDMAn.
S.M.A.R.T.
Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) can help predict
impending drive failures. Select Auto to allow the AMI BIOS to automatically detect hard disk drive support. Select Disabled to prevent the AMI BIOS from using
the S.M.A.R.T. Select Enabled to allow the AMI BIOS to use the S.M.A.R.T. to
support hard drive disk. The options are Disabled, Enabled, and Auto.
32-Bit Data Transfer
Select Enable to enable the function of 32-bit IDE data transfer. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
PCI/PnP Configuration
This feature allows the user to set the PCI/PnP configurations for the following
items:
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Clear NVRAM
This feature clears the NVRAM during system boot. The options are No and
Yes.
Plug & Play OS
Selecting Yes allows the OS to configure Plug & Play devices. (This is not required
for system boot if your system has an OS that supports Plug & Play.) Select No to
allow the AMI BIOS to configure all devices in the system.
PCI Latency Timer
This feature sets the latency Timer of each PCI device installed on a PCI bus. Select
64 to set the PCI latency to 64 PCI clock cycles. The options are 32, 64, 96, 128,
160, 192, 224 and 248.
PCI IDE Bus Master
When enabled, the BIOS uses PCI bus mastering for reading/writing to IDE drives.
The options are Disabled and Enabled.
PCIE I/O Performance
This feature selects the setting for the IOH PCIE maximum payload size. The options are 128B and 256B.
Slot 6 Width
This feature selects the bus width of the motherboard's Slot 6 PCIE slot. The options
are x4x4x4x4, x8x4x4, x8x8, x16 and Auto.
ROM Scan Ordering
This item determines what kind of option ROM activates over another. The options
are Onboard First and Add-on First.
Slot PCI 33MHz,
PCI Slot from SXB,
Slot 6 PCIE x16
Use this feature to enable or disable a PCI-E or a PCI slot. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Load Onboard LAN1 Option ROM/Load Onboard LAN2 Option ROM
Load Onboard LAN3 Option ROM/Load Onboard LAN4 Option ROM (X8STiLN4 Only)
This feature is to enable LAN OPROM for PXE. This is to boot computers using a
network interface. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
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Load SAS Option ROM (X8STi-3F Only)
This feature is to load the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) option ROM, if available.
The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Boot Graphics Adapter Priority
Use this feature to select the graphics controller to be used as the primary boot
device. The options are Other, Onboard VGA and Slot 6. Select Slot 6 if a graphics
controller is installed in the CPU-controlled Slot 6 slot.
Super IO Device Configuration
Serial Port1 Address/ Serial Port2 Address
This option specifies the base I/O port address and the Interrupt Request address
of Serial Port 1 and Serial Port 2. Select Disabled to prevent the serial port from
accessing any system resources. When this option is set to Disabled, the serial
port physically becomes unavailable. Select 3F8/IRQ4 to allow the serial port to
use 3F8 as its I/O port address and IRQ 4 for the interrupt address. The options
for Serial Port1 are Disabled, 3F8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3. The options for Serial Port2 are
Disabled, 2F8/IRQ3, and 2E8/IRQ3.
Onboard Floppy Controller
Select Enabled to enable the onboard Floppy Controller. The options are Enabled
and Disabled.
Remote Access Configuration
Remote Access
This allows the user to enable the Remote Access feature. The options are Disabled
and Enabled.
If Remote Access is set to Enabled, the following items will display:
Serial Port Number
This feature allows the user decide which serial port to be used for Console
Redirection. The options are COM1, COM2 and COM3. An additional option,
Onboard IPMI is featured on the X8STi-F/X8STi-3F motherboard only and
becomes the default.
Serial Port Mode
This feature allows the user to set the serial port mode for Console Redirection.
The options are 115200 8, n 1; 57600 8, n, 1; 38400 8, n, 1; 19200 8, n, 1; and
9600 8, n, 1.
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Flow Control
This feature allows the user to set the flow control for Console Redirection. The
options are None, Hardware, and Software.
Redirection After BIOS POST
Select Disabled to turn off Console Redirection after Power-On Self-Test
(POST). Select Always to keep Console Redirection active all the time after
POST. (Note: This setting may not be supported by some operating systems.)
Select Boot Loader to keep Console Redirection active during POST and Boot
Loader. The options are Disabled, Boot Loader, and Always.
Terminal Type
This feature allows the user to select the target terminal type for Console Redirection. The options are ANSI, VT100, and VT-UTF8.
VT-UTF8 Combo Key Support
A terminal keyboard definition that provides a way to send commands from a
remote console. Available options are Enabled and Disabled.
Sredir Memory Display Delay
This feature defines the length of time in seconds to display memory information.
The options are No Delay, Delay 1 Sec, Delay 2 Sec, and Delay 4 Sec.
Hardware Health Configuration
This feature allows the user to monitor Hardware Health of the system and review
the status of each item when displayed.
CPU Overheat Alarm
This option allows the user to select the CPU Overheat Alarm setting which determines
when the CPU OH alarm will be activated to provide warning of possible CPU overheat.
Warning: Any temperature that exceeds the CPU threshold temperature
predefined by the CPU manufacturer may result in CPU overheat or system
instability. When the CPU temperature reaches this predefined threshold, the
CPU and system cooling fans will run at full speed.
The options are:
•The Early Alarm: Select this setting if you want the CPU overheat alarm (including the LED and the buzzer) to be triggered as soon as the CPU temperature
reaches the CPU overheat threshold as predefined by the CPU manufacturer.
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•The Default Alarm: Select this setting if you want the CPU overheat alarm
(including the LED and the buzzer) to be triggered when the CPU temperature
reaches about 5oC above the threshold temperature as predefined by the CPU
manufacturer to give the CPU and system fans additional time needed for CPU
and system cooling. In both the alarms above, please take immediate action as
shown below. (See the notes on P. 4-18 for more information.)
CPU Temperature/System Temperature
This feature displays current temperature readings for the CPU and the System.
The following items will be displayed for your reference only:
CPU Temperature
The CPU Temperature feature will display the CPU temperature status as detected
by the BIOS:
Low – This level is considered as the ‘normal’ operating state. The CPU temperature
is well below the CPU ‘Temperature Tolerance’. The motherboard fans and CPU will
run normally as configured in the BIOS (Fan Speed Control).
User intervention: No action required.
Medium – The processor is running warmer. This is a ‘precautionary’ level and
generally means that there may be factors contributing to this condition, but the CPU
is still within its normal operating state and below the CPU ‘Temperature Tolerance’.
The motherboard fans and CPU will run normally as configured in the BIOS. The
fans may adjust to a faster speed depending on the Fan Speed Control settings.
User intervention: No action is required. However, consider checking the CPU
fans and the chassis ventilation for blockage.
High – The processor is running hot. This is a ‘caution’ level since the CPU’s ‘Temperature Tolerance’ has been reached (or has been exceeded) and may activate
an overheat alarm:
The Default Alarm – the Overheat LED and system buzzer will activate if the High
condition continues for some time after it is reached. The CPU fan will run at full
speed to bring the CPU temperature down. If the CPU temperature still increases
even with the CPU fan running at full speed, the system buzzer will activate and
the Overheat LED will turn on.
The Early Alarm – the Overheat LED and system buzzer will be activated exactly
when the High level is reached. The CPU fan will run at full speed to bring the
CPU temperature down.
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Note: In both the alarms above, please take immediate action as shown below.
See CPU Overheat Alarm to modify the above alarm settings.
User intervention: If the system buzzer and Overheat LED has activated, take
action immediately by checking the system fans, chassis ventilation and room
temperature to correct any problems. Note: the system may shut down if it continues for a long period to prevent damage to the CPU.
Notes: The CPU thermal technology that reports absolute temperatures
(Celsius/Fahrenheit) has been upgraded to a more advanced feature by Intel
in its newer processors. The basic concept is that each CPU is embedded
by a unique temperature information that the motherboard can read. This
‘Temperature Threshold’ or ‘Temperature Tolerance’ has been assigned at
the factory and is the baseline by which the motherboard takes action during
different CPU temperature conditions (i.e., by increasing CPU Fan speed,
triggering the Overheat Alarm, etc). Since CPUs can have different ‘Temperature Tolerances’, the installed CPU can now send its ‘Temperature Tolerance’ to the motherboard resulting in better CPU thermal management.
Supermicro has leveraged this feature by assigning a temperature status to
certain thermal conditions in the processor (Low, Medium and High). This
makes it easier for the user to understand the CPU’s temperature status,
rather than by just simply seeing a temperature reading (i.e., 25oC).
The information provided above is for your reference only. For more information on
thermal management, please refer to Intel’s Web site at www.Intel.com.
IOH Temperature
This feature displays the absolute Input/Output Hub (IOH) temperature (i.e.,
51oC).
System Temperature
This feature displays the absolute system temperature (i.e., 34oC).
Fan1 ~ Fan 6 Reading
This feature displays the fan speed readings from fan interfaces Fan1 through
Fan5.
Fan Speed Control Modes
This feature allows the user to decide how the system controls the speeds of the
onboard fans. The CPU temperature and the fan speed are correlative. When the
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CPU on-die temperature increases, the fan speed will also increase for effective
system cooling. Select Full Speed to allow the onboard fans to run at full speed (of
100% Pulse Width Modulation Duty Cycle) for maximum cooling. The Full Speed
setting is recommended for special system configuration or debugging. Select
Performance for the onboard fans to run at 70% of the Initial PWM Cycle for better
system cooling. The Performance setting is recommended for high-power-consuming and high-density systems. Select Balanced for the onboard fans to run at 50%
of the Initial PWM Cycle in order to balance the needs between system cooling
and power saving. The Balanced setting is recommended for regular systems with
normal hardware configurations. Select Energy Saving for the onboard fans to run
at 30% of the Initial PWM Cycle for best power efficiency and maximum quietness.
The Options are: Full Speed/FS (@100% of PWM Cycle), Performance/PF (@70%
of PWM Cycle), Balanced/BL (@50% of PWM Cycle), and Energy Saving/ES
(@30% of PWM Cycle).
Voltage Reading
This feature displays the current voltage detected of the various components in
the system:
Vcore, VDIMM, 5V, 12V, -12V, 3.3Vcc, 3.3VSB, VBAT, Vtt
ACPI Configuration
Use this feature to configure Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)
power management settings for your system.
High Performance Event Timer
Select Enabled to activate the High Performance Event Timer (HPET) that produces
periodic interrupts at a much higher frequency than a Real-time Clock (RTC) does in
synchronizing multimedia streams, providing smooth playback and reducing the dependency on other timestamp calculation devices, such as an x86 RDTSC Instruction embedded in the CPU. The High Performance Event Timer is used to replace
the 8254 Programmable Interval Timer. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
ACPI Aware O/S
Enable ACPI support if it is supported by the OS to control ACPI through the Operating System. Otherwise, disable this feature. The options are Yes and No.
AMI OEMB Table
This enables the OEMB table support. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
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ACPI APIC Support
Select Enabled to include the ACPI APIC Table Pointer in the RSDT (Root System
Description Table) pointer list. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
APIC ACPI SCI IRQ
When this item is set to Enabled, APIC ACPI SCI IRQ is supported by the system.
The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Headless Mode
This feature is used to enable system to function without a keyboard, monitor or
mouse attached The options are Enabled and Disabled.
ACPI Version Features
The options are ACPI v1.0, ACPI v2.0 and ACPI v3.0. Please refer to ACPI's website
for further explanation: http://www.acpi.info/
IPMI Configuration (X8STi-F/X8STi-3F Only)
Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is a set of common interfaces that
IT administrators can use to monitor system health and to manage the system as a
whole. For more information on the IPMI specifications, please visit Intel's website
at www.intel.com.
IPMI Firmware Revision
This item displays the current IPMI firmware revision.
Status of BMC
Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) manages the interface between system
management software and platform hardware. This is an informational feature which
returns the status code of the BMC micro controller.
View BMC System Event Log
This feature is used to view any BMC events. It shows the total number of entries
and will allow the viewing of each event by scrolling down on an Entry Number
and pressing Enter.
Clear BMC System Event Log
This feature is used to clear the System Event Log. Caution: Any cleared information
is unrecoverable. Make absolutely sure you no longer need any data stored in the
log before clearing the BMC Event Log.
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Set LAN Configuration
Set this feature to configure the IPMI LAN adapter with a network address.
Channel Number - Enter the channel number for the SET LAN Config command. This is initially set to [1]. Press "+" or "-" on your keyboard to change
the Channel Number.
Channel Number Status - This feature returns the channel status for the
Channel Number selected above: "Channel Number is OK" or "Wrong Channel
Number".
IP Address Source - This feature selects whether the IP address, Subnet
Mask and Gateway Address are automatically assigned by the network's DHCP
server (Dynamic Host and Configuration Protocol) or manually entered by the
user (Static). If Static is selected, the IP Address, Subnet Mask and Gateway
Address must be manually entered below. If DHCP is selected, the next three
items will be configured automatically and will be grayed out. The options are
Static and DHCP.
IP Address - Enter the IP address for this machine. This should be in decimal
and in dotted quad form (i.e., 192.168.10.253). The value of each three-digit
number separated by dots should not exceed 255.
Subnet Mask - Subnet masks tell the network which subnet this machine belongs
to. The value of each three-digit number separated by dots should not exceed
255 (i.e., 255.255.255.0).
Gateway Address - Enter the Gateway address this machine will use (i.e.,
192.168.10.1).
MAC Address - The BIOS will automatically enter the MAC address (also known
as Hardware Address) of this machine, however it may be over-ridden. MAC
addresses are 6 two-digit hexadecimal numbers (Base 16, 0 ~ 9, A, B, C, D, E,
F) separated by dots. (i.e., 00.30.48.D0.D4.60)
BMC Watch Dog Timer Action
Allows the BMC to reset or power down the system if the operating system hangs
or crashes. The options are Disabled, Reset System, Power Down, Power Cycle.
BMC WatchDog TimeOut [Min:Sec]
This option appears if BMC Watch Dog Timer Action (above) is enabled. This
is a timed delay in minutes or seconds, before a system power down or reset
after an operating system failure is detected. The options are [5 Min], [1 Min],
[30 Sec], and [10 Sec].
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Event Log Configuration
View Event Log
Use this option to view the System Event Log.
Mark all events as read
This option marks all events as read. The options are OK and Cancel.
Clear event log
This option clears the Event Log memory of all messages. The options are OK
and Cancel.
PCIE Error Log
Use this option to enable logging of errors encountered in the system's PCIe bus.
The options are Yes and No.
Memory ECC Error Log
Use this option to enable logging of errors encountered in the system's memory.
The options are Yes and No.
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4-4 Security Settings
The AMI BIOS provides a Supervisor and a User password. If you use both passwords, the Supervisor password must be set first.
Supervisor Password
This item indicates if a supervisor password has been entered for the system. Clear
means such a password has not been used and Set means a supervisor password
has been entered for the system.
User Password:
This item indicates if a user password has been entered for the system. Clear
means such a password has not been used and Set means a user password has
been entered for the system.
Change Supervisor Password
Select this feature and press <Enter> to access the submenu, and then type in a
new Supervisor Password.
User Access Level (Available when Supervisor Password is set as above)
Available options are Full Access: grants full User read and write access to the
Setup Utility, View Only: allows access to the Setup Utility but the fields cannot be
changed, Limited: allows only limited fields to be changed such as Date and Time,
No Access: prevents User access to the Setup Utility.
Change User Password
Select this feature and press <Enter> to access the submenu , and then type in a
new User Password.
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Clear User Password (Available only if User Password has been set)
Password Check
Available options are Setup and Always.
Boot Sector Virus Protection
When Enabled, the AMI BOIS displays a warning when any program (or virus) issues a Disk Format command or attempts to write to the boot sector of the hard
disk drive. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
4-5 Boot Configuration
Use this feature to configure Boot Settings:
Boot Device Priority
This feature allows the user to specify the sequence of priority for the Boot Device.
The settings are 1st boot device, 2nd boot device, 3rd boot device, 4th boot device,
5th boot device and Disabled.
•1st Boot Device - 1st Floppy Drive
•2nd Boot Device - [USB: XXXXXXXXX]
•3rd Boot Device - [SATA: XXXXXXXXX]
•4th Boot Device - [Network: XXXXXXXXX]
•5th Boot Device - [Network: XXXXXXXXX]
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Hard Disk Drives
This feature allows the user to specify the boot sequence from all available hard
disk drives. The settings are Disabled and a list of all hard disk drives that have
been detected (i.e., 1st Drive, 2nd Drive, 3rd Drive, etc).
Removable Drives
This feature allows the user to specify the boot sequence from available Removable
Drives. The settings are 1st boot device, 2nd boot device, and Disabled.
•1st Drive
•2nd Drive - [USB: XXXXXXXXX]
CD/DVD Drives
This feature allows the user to specify the boot sequence from available CD/DVD
Drives (i.e., 1st Drive, 2nd Drive, etc).
4-6 Exit Options
Select the Exit tab from the AMI BIOS Setup Utility screen to enter the Exit BIOS
Setup screen.
Save Changes and Exit
When you have completed the system configuration changes, select this option
to leave the BIOS Setup Utility and reboot the computer, so the new system con-
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figuration parameters can take effect. Select Save Changes and Exit from the Exit
menu and press <Enter>.
Discard Changes and Exit
Select this option to quit the BIOS Setup without making any permanent changes
to the system configuration, and reboot the computer. Select Discard Changes and
Exit from the Exit menu and press <Enter>.
Discard Changes
Select this option and press <Enter> to discard all the changes and return to the
AMI BIOS Utility Program.
Load Optimal Defaults
To set this feature, select Load Optimal Defaults from the Exit menu and press
<Enter>. Then, select OK to allow the AMI BIOS to automatically load Optimal Defaults to the BIOS Settings. The Optimal settings are designed for maximum system
performance, but may not work best for all computer applications.
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
To set this feature, select Load Fail-Safe Defaults from the Exit menu and press
<Enter>. The Fail-Safe settings are designed for maximum system stability, but not
for maximum performance.
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Appendix A: POST Error Beep Codes
Appendix A
POST Error Beep Codes
This section lists POST (Power On Self Test) error beep codes for the AMI BIOS.
POST error beep codes are divided into two categories: recoverable and terminal.
This section lists Beep Codes for recoverable POST errors.
Recoverable POST Error Beep Codes
When a recoverable type of error occurs during POST, BIOS will display a POST
code that describes the problem. BIOS may also issue one of the following beep
codes:
1 long and eight short beeps - video configuration error
1 repetitive long beep - no memory detected
1 continuous beep with the front panel Overheat LED on - system overheat
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Appendix B
Installing the Windows OS
After all hardware components have been installed, you must first configure Intel
South Bridge RAID Settings before you install the Windows OS and other software
drivers. To configure RAID settings, please refer to RAID Configuration User Guides
posted on our website at www.supermicro.com/support/manuals.
B-1 Installing the Windows OS to a RAID System
1. Insert Microsoft's Windows XP/2003 Setup CD in the CD Driver, and the
system will start booting up from CD.
2. Press the <F6> key when the message-" Press F6 if you need to install a
third party SCSI or RAID driver" displays.
3. When the Windows XP/2003 Setup screen appears, press "S" to specify additional device(s).
4. Insert the driver diskette-"Intel AA RAID XP/2003 Driver for ICH10R" into
Drive A: and press the <Enter> key.
5. Choose the Intel(R) ICH10R SATA RAID Controller from the list indicated in
the XP/2003 Setup Screen, and press the <Enter> key.
6. Press the <Enter> key to continue the installation process. (If you need to
specify any additional devices to be installed, do it at this time.) Once all
devices are specified, press the <Enter> key to continue with the installation.
7. From the Windows XP/2003 Setup screen, press the <Enter> key. The
XP/2003 Setup will automatically load all device files and then, continue the
Windows XP/2003 installation.
8. After the Windows XP/2003 OS Installation is completed, the system will automatically reboot.
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1. Insert Microsoft's Windows XP/2003 Setup CD in the CD Driver, and the
system will start booting up from CD.
2. Press the <F6> key when the message-" Press F6 if you need to install a
third party SCSI or RAID driver" displays.
3. When the Windows XP/2003 Setup screen appears, press "S" to specify additional device(s).
4. Insert the driver diskette you want to install into Drive A: and press the <Enter> key.
5. Press the <Enter> key to proceed with the installation process. (If you need
to specify any additional devices to be installed, do it at this time.) Once all
devices are specified, press the <Enter> key to continue with the installation.
6. From the Windows XP/2003 Setup screen, press the <Enter> key. The
XP/2003 Setup will automatically load all device files and then continue with
the Windows XP/2003 installation.
7. After the Windows XP/2003 OS Installation is completed, the system will automatically reboot.
8. Insert the Supermicro Setup CD that came with your motherboard into the CD
Drive during system boot, and the main screen shown on Page C-1 in Appendix C will display. Follow the instructions given in Appendix C to complete
software installation.
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Appendix C: Software Installation Instructions
Appendix C
Software Installation Instructions
C-1 Installing Drivers
After you've installed the Windows Operating System, a screen as shown below
will appear. You are ready to install software programs and drivers that have not
yet been installed. To install these software programs and drivers, click the icons
to the right of these items.
Driver/Tool Installation Display Screen
Note: Click the icons showing a hand writing on the paper to view the
readme files for each item. Click a computer icon to the right of an item to
install an item (from top to the bottom) one at a time. After installing each
item, you must re-boot the system before proceeding with the next item
on the list. The bottom icon with a CD on it allows you to view the entire
contents of the CD.
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C-2 Configuring Supero Doctor III
The Supero Doctor III program is a Web-base management tool that supports
remote management capability. It includes Remote and Local Management tools.
The local management is called the SD III Client. The Supero Doctor III program
included on the CDROM that came with your motherboard allows you to monitor
the environment and operations of your system. Supero Doctor III displays crucial
system information such as CPU temperature, system voltages and fan status. See
the Figure below for a display of the Supero Doctor III interface.
Note 1: Both default user name and password are ADMIN.
Note 2: In the Windows OS environment, the Supero Doctor III settings
take precedence over the BIOS settings. When first installed, Supero
Doctor III adopts the temperature threshold settings previously set in the
BIOS. Any subsequent changes to these thresholds must be made within
Supero Doctor, since the SD III settings override the BIOS settings. For
the Windows OS to adopt the BIOS temperature threshold settings, please
change the SDIII settings to be the same as those set in the BIOS.
Supero Doctor III Interface Display Screen-I (Health Information)
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Supero Doctor III Interface Display Screen-II (Remote Control)
Note: SD III Software Revision 1.0 can be downloaded from our Web
site at: ftp://ftp.supermicro.com/utility/Supero_Doctor_III/. You can also
download SDIII User's Guide at: http://www.supermicro.com/PRODUCT/
Manuals/SDIII/UserGuide.pdf. For Linux, we will still recommend that you
use Supero Doctor II.
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Notes
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Appendix D: BIOS Recovery
Appendix D - BIOS Recovery
The recovery procedure described in this section is to be used only when advised
by your Supermicro Technical Support representative, or in cases of emergencies
where the system no longer can boot due to a corrupted BIOS. DO NOT re-program
(re-flash) the BIOS if your system is running properly.
D-1 Recovery Process from a USB Device/Drive
(Recommended Method)
If the BIOS file is corrupted and the system is not able to boot up, this feature will
allow you to recover the BIOS image using a USB-attached device. A USB Flash
Drive or a USB CD/DVD ROM/RW drive may be used for this purpose. Please
note that a USB Hard Disk drive is NOT supported at this time. Below is a two-part
procedure to recover the BIOS:
Part 1: Boot Sector Recovery Process
1.
Using a different system, download and copy the correct BIOS binary image
into a USB flash device or a writable CD/DVD disc's Root "\" Directory. Rename the
downloaded file to "super.rom", so the recovery process can recognize and read
the BIOS binary file.
2.
Insert the USB device that contains the new BIOS binary image (“super.rom”)
and power the system down.
3.
While powering on the system, press and hold <Ctrl> and <Home> simultaneously on your keyboard until the USB device's LED indicator comes on. This will
take a few seconds or up to one minute.
4.
Once the USB device's LED is on, release the <Ctrl> and <Home> keys. The
system may generate beep codes to indicate that the BIOS ROM firmware is being
reprogrammed. The screen will also display a message as shown below. DO NOT
INTERRUPT THIS PROCESS!
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5.
When the Boot Sector Recovery Process is complete, the system will reboot
automatically and you will see a checksum error on your screen.
Part 2 - BIOS Reprogramming (Re-Flashing)
After completing the Boot Sector Recovery Process, you will need to reprogram
(“re-flash”) the proper BIOS binary file again into the BIOS ROM in order to have
the correct BIOS file loaded by the system. For details on how to flash/re-flash a
BIOS, please check our website for “Update your BIOS”, or see the section 3-3
(FAQ) of this manual. DO NOT INTERRUPT THIS PROCESS!
When completed, the system will reboot automatically, and you will see a checksum
error again.
Press “F1” to go to setup. Press “F9” to load the defaults and then press “F10” to
save and exit.
D-2 Recovery Process from an IDE/SATA ATAPI Disc
Drive
This process is identical to the Boot Sector Recovery Process from a USB Device/
Drive (as above), except that the BIOS image file (“super.rom”) is loaded from an
IDE/ATAPI CD/DVD/ROM/RW disc drive that is attached to the system. Note that
loading from an IDE/SATA hard disk drive is NOT supported.
1.
Using a different system, download and copy the correct BIOS binary image
into a writable CD/DVD disc's Root "\" Directory. Rename the downloaded file to
"super.rom", so the recovery process can recognize and read the BIOS binary
file.
Note: Record/Burn the CD/DVD-R/RW disc using the ISO 9600 standard format.
Refer to your CD/DVD mastering application documentation for instructions on
how to do this.
2.
Insert the newly-created disc into the IDE/SATA ATAPI CD/DVD ROM/RW
drive of the system that has the corrupted BIOS and power the system down.
3.
Follow the step-by-step instructions under Part 1 - Recovery Process from a
USB Device/Drive (above) starting from Step 3 and continue on to Part 2 - BIOS
Reprogramming (Re-Flashing).
If your system still does not boot up after performing the above procedure, then
there may be other issues with your motherboard. Please contact your customer
service representative.
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(Disclaimer Continued)
The products sold by Supermicro are not intended for and will not be used in life support systems, medical equipment, nuclear facilities or systems, aircraft, aircraft devices,
aircraft/emergency communication devices or other critical systems whose failure to perform be reasonably expected to result in significant injury or loss of life or catastrophic
property damage. Accordingly, Supermicro disclaims any and all liability, and should buyer use or sell such products for use in such ultra-hazardous applications, it does so
entirely at its own risk. Furthermore, buyer agrees to fully indemnify, defend and hold Supermicro harmless for and against any and all claims, demands, actions, litigation, and
proceedings of any kind arising out of or related to such ultra-hazardous use or sale.
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