When you installing AGP card, please make sure the following notice
is fully understood and practiced. If your AGP card has "AGP 4X/8X
(1.5V) notch"(show below), please make sure your AGP card is AGP
4X/8X.
AGP 4X/8X notch
Caution: AGP 2X card is not supported by VIA KT880. You might
experience system unable to boot up normally. Please insert an AGP
4X/8X card.
Example 1: Diamond Vipper V770 golden finger is compatible with 2X/4X
mode AGP slot. It can be switched between AGP 2X(3.3V) or 4X(1.5V) mode
by adjusting the jumper. The factory default for this card is 2X(3.3V). The
GA-7VT880 Pro / GA-7VT880-L / GA-7VT880 (or any AGP 4X/8X only)
motherboards might not function properly, if you install this card without
switching the jumper to 4X(1.5V) mode in it.
Example 2: Some ATi Rage 128 Pro graphics cards made by "Power Color",
the graphics card manufacturer & some SiS 305 cards, their golden finger is
compatible with 2X(3.3V) / 4X(1.5V) mode AGP slot, but they support
2X(3.3V) only. The GA-7VT880 Pro / GA-7VT880-L / GA-7VT880 (or any
AGP 4X/8X only) motherboards might not function properly, If you install this
card in it.
Note : Although Gigabyte's AG32S(G) graphics card is based on ATi Rage
128 Pro chip, the design of AG32S(G) is compliance with AGP 4X(1.5V)
specification. Therefore, AG32S(G) will work fine with VIA KT880 based
motherboards.
Before you install PCI cards, please remove the Dual BIOS label from PCI
slots if there is one.
The author assumes no responsibility for any errors or
omissions that may appear in this document nor does the
author make a commitment to update the information
contained herein.
Third-party brands and names are the property of their
respective owners.
Please do not remove any labels on motherboard, this may
void the warranty of this motherboard.
Due to rapid change in technology, some of the
specifications might be out of date before publication of
this booklet.
Mother Board
GA-7VT880 Pro / GA-7VT880-L / GA-7VT880
May 13, 2004
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Per FCC Part 2 Section 2.1077(a)
Responsible Party Name: G.B.T. INC. (U.S.A.)
Address: 17358 Railroad Street
City of Industry, CA 91748
Phone/Fax No: (818) 854-9338/ (818) 854-9339
hereby declares that the product
Product Name: Motherboard
Model Number: GA-7VT880 Pro /GA-7VT880-L /GA-7VT880
Conforms to the following specifications:
FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Section 15.107(a) and Section 15.109(a),
Class B Digital Device
Supplementary Information:
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not
cause harmful and (2) this device must accept any inference received,
including that may cause undesired operation.
Representative Person’s Name: ERIC LU
Signature: E r i c
Lu
Date: May 13, 2004
GA-7VT880 Series
AMD Socket A Processor Motherboard
USER'S MANUAL
AMD Athlon™ / Athlon™ XP / Duron™ Socket A Processor Motherboard
Rev. 1002
12ME-7VT880-1002
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Table of Content
Warning .................................................................................................. 4
Chapter 1 Introduction ........................................................................... 5
Features Summary ..................................................................................... 5
GA-7VT880 Series Motherboard Layout .................................................... 7
Block Diagram - GA-7VT880 Series .......................................................... 8
Chapter 2 Hardware Installation Process .............................................. 9
Step 1: Set System Jumper (SW1) .............................................................. 9
Step 2: Install the Central Processing Unit (CPU) .................................... 10
Step 2-1: CPU Installation .............................................................................................. 10
Step 2-2: CPU Cooling Fan Installation ........................................................................ 11
Step 3: Install Memory Modules ............................................................... 12
Step 4: Install expansion cards ................................................................. 13
Step 5: Connect ribbon cables, cabinet wires and power supply ............ 14
Step 5-1: I/O Back Panel Introduction ........................................................................... 14
Step 5-2: Connectors Introduction ................................................................................. 16
Chapter 3 BIOS Setup ........................................................................ 31
The Main Menu (For example: BIOS Ver. : E9) ....................................... 32
Standard CMOS Features ........................................................................ 34
Advanced BIOS Features ......................................................................... 36
Integrated Peripherals .............................................................................. 37
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Chapter 4 Technical Reference ........................................................... 49
@BIOS™ Introduction ................................................................................ 49
Flash BIOS Method Introduction .............................................................. 50
2- / 4- / 6-Channel Audio Function Introuction .......................................... 57
Jack-Sensing and UAJ Introduction ......................................................... 63
Xpress Recovery Introduction ................................................................... 67
Serial ATA RAID BIOS Utility Introduction .................................................. 71
Chapter 5 Appendix ............................................................................ 79
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Power Management Setup ....................................................................... 40
PnP/PCI Configurations ............................................................................ 41
PC Health Status ....................................................................................... 42
MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T) ................................................................. 43
Load Fail-Safe Defaults ............................................................................ 45
Load Optimized Defaults .......................................................................... 45
Set Supervisor/User Password ................................................................. 46
Save & Exit Setup ...................................................................................... 47
Exit Without Saving ................................................................................... 47
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Warning
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Computer motherboards and expansion cards contain very delicate Integrated Circuit
(IC) chips. To protect them against damage from static electricity, you should follow
some precautions whenever you work on your computer.
Unplug your computer when working on the inside.
Use a grounded wrist strap before handling computer components. If you do not have one, touch
both of your hands to a safely grounded object or to a metal object, such as the power supply
case.
Hold components by the edges and try not touch the IC chips, leads or connectors, or other
components.
Place components on a grounded antistatic pad or on the bag that came with the components
whenever the components are separated from the system.
Ensure that the ATX power supply is switched off before you plug in or remove the ATX power
connector on the motherboard.
Installing the motherboard to the chassis...
If the motherboard has mounting holes, but they don't line up with the holes on the base and there are
no slots to attach the spacers, do not become alarmed you can still attach the spacers to the mounting
holes. Just cut the bottom portion of the spacers (the spacer may be a little hard to cut off, so be careful of
your hands). In this way you can still attach the motherboard to the base without worrying about short
circuits. Sometimes you may need to use the plastic springs to isolate the screw from the motherboard
PCB surface, because the circuit wire may be near by the hole. Be careful, don't let the screw contact
any printed circuit write or parts on the PCB that are near the fixing hole, otherwise it may damage the
board or cause board malfunctioning.
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Chapter 1 Introduction
Features Summary
Motherboard
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Slots
On-Board IDE
On-Board Floppy
On-Board SATA(Note2)
On-Board Peripherals
On-Board LAN
(Note 1)
(Note 2)
GA-7VT880 Series:
GA-7VT880 Pro / GA-7VT880-L / GA-7VT880
Socket A processor
TM
TM
TM
AMD Athlon / Athlon XP/ Duron (K7)
128K L1 & 512K/256K/64K L2 cache on die
200/266/333/400 MHz FSB
Supports 1.4GHz and faster
VIA KT880 Memory/AGP Controller (PAC)
VIA VT8237 Integrated Peripheral Controller (PSIPC)
4 184-pin DDR sockets,supports up to 4.0GB DDR (Max)(Note 1)
Supports Dual Channel DDR400/DDR333/DDR266
Supports 128MB/256MB/512MB/1GB unbuffered DRAM
Supports only 2.5V DDR DIMM
1 AGP slot supports 8X/4X mode(1.5V) & AGP 3.0 compliant
5 PCI slots supports 33MHz & PCI 2.2 compliant
2 IDE controllers provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM (IDE1, IDE2)
with PIO, Bus Master (Ultra DMA33/ATA66/ATA100/ATA133)
operation mode
1 Floppy port supports 2 FDD with 360K, 720K,1.2M, 1.44M and
2.88M bytes
2 Serial ATA connectors
2 SATA connectors controlled by VIA VT8237(SATA0,SATA1)
1 Parallel port supports Normal/EPP/ECP mode
2 Serial ports (COMA & COMB)
3 x IEEE1394 ports (by cable)
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 (rearx4, frontx4 by cable)
1 Front Audio connector
1 IrDA connector for IR
1 PS/2 keyboard
1 PS/2 mouse
Built-in RTL8110S (10/100/1000 Mbit)(1)
Built-in RTL8100C (10/100 Mbit)(2)
1 RJ45 ports
Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the
actual memory size is less than the stated amount.For example, 4 GB of memory size will instead be shown as 3.
xxGB memory during ystem startup.
It is recommended to use SATA (1.5Gb/s) hard disks.
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Introduction
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On-Board Sound
On-Board IEEE1394
On-Board SATA RAID
(SATA0, SATA1)
I/O Control
Hardware Monitor
BIOS
Additional Features
Overclocking
Form Factor
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Realtek ALC658 CODEC(UAJ)
Supports Jack Sensing function
Supports 2-/4-/6-channel
Line Out / Line In / Mic In
SPDIF Out /SPDIF In
CD In / AUX In / Game connector
Built-in VIA VT6306
Built-in VIA VT8237
Supports disk striping (RAID 0) or disk mirroring (RAID 1)
Supports up to 150MB/s data transfer rate
Up to 2 SATA devices
IT8705F
CPU/System Fan Revolution detect
CPU temperature detect
System voltage detect
CPU/System fan fail warning
Thermal shutdown function
Licensed Award BIOS
Supports Q-Flash / Dual BIOS j
Supports @BIOS
Supports EasyTune
Over Voltage (CPU/AGP/DDR/PCI) by BIOS
Over Clock (CPU/AGP/DDR/PCI) by BIOS
30.5cm x 24.4cm ATX size form factor, 4 layers PCB.
Please set the CPU host frequency in accordance with your processor's specifications.
We don't recommend you to set the system bus frequency over the CPU's specification
because these specific bus frequencies are not the standard specifications for CPU,
chipset and most of the peripherals. Whether your system can run under these specific
bus frequencies properly will depend on your hardware configurations, including CPU,
Chipsets, SDRAM, Cards… etc.
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GA-7VT880 Series Motherboard Layout
ATX
GA-7VT880 Pro
COMA
RAM_LED
PWR_FANj
CPU_FAN
KB_MS
COMB
LPT
SOCKET A
VIA KT880
LANjk
ATX_12V
FDD
AUDIO
IR
PCI5
GAME
F2_1394
SPDIF_IO
CLR_CMOS
VT6306
PWR_LED
IT8705F
Main
BIOS
PCI4
AUX_IN
-L k
SUR_CEN
PCI3
Backup
BIOSj
CI
CD_IN
SATA0
INFO_LINK
VT8237
CODEC
DDR4
SATA1
PCI1
PCI2
BATTERY
SYS_FAN
RLT8110Sj
RLT8100Ck
DDR3
AGP
DDR2
IDE1 IDE2
DDR1
F_AUDIO
SW1
F_USB1
F_PANEL
USB
USB
F1_1394
F_USB2
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Introduction
CPUCLK+/- (100/133/166/200MHz)
AMD-K7TM
AGP
4X/8X
AGPCLK
(66MHz)
System Bus
100/133/166/200MHz
Dual Channel DDR
VIA KT880
5 PCI
RJ45jk
33 MHz
14.318 MHz
RTL8110Sj
RTL8100Ck
Game Port
IT8705F
AC97 Link
VIA VT8237
2 COM Ports
33 MHz
AC97
CODEC
VT6306
2 Serial ATA
LINE-OUT
PS/2 KB/Mouse
8 USB
Ports
ATA33/66/100/133
IDE Channels
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Floppy
LPT Port
24 MHz
PCICLK
(33MHz)
Dual
BIOSj
IR
LPC BUS
MIC
LINE-IN
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Block Diagram
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3 IEEE1394
To set up your computer, you must complete the following steps:
Step 1- Set system jumper (SW1)
Step 2- Install the Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Step 3- Install memory modules
Step 4- Install expansion cards
Step 5- Connect ribbon cables, cabinet wires, and power supply
Step 2
Step 3
Step 5
Step 5
Step 1
Step 4
Step 5
Step 1: Set System Jumper (SW1)
The system bus frequency can be switched at 100/133/166/200MHz by adjusting SW1.
SW1
ON
OFF
100MHz
AUTO
100MHz : Fix FSB 200MHz CPU
AUTO : Supports FSB 400/333/266 MHz CPU
You must set SW1 to "ON" when
you used FSB 200MHz CPU.
ON
SW1
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Chapter 2 Hardware Installation Process
Before installing the processor, adhere to the following warning:
1. Please make sure the CPU type is supported by the motherboard.
2. If you do not match the CPU socket Pin 1 and CPU cut edge well, it will
cause improper installation. Please change the insert orientation.
Step 2-1: CPU Installation
CPU Top View
CPU Bottom View
Socket Actuation Lever
Pin1 indicator
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Step 2: Install the Central Processing Unit (CPU)
1 Pull up the CPU socket lever and
2. Locate Pin 1 in the socket and look
up to 90-degree angle.
for a (golden) cut edge on the CPU
upper corner. Then insert the CPU
into the socket.
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Before installing the CPU cooling fan, adhere to the following warning:
1. Please use AMD approved cooling fan.
2. We recommend you to apply the thermal tape to provide better heat
conduction between your CPU and cooling fan.
3. Make sure the CPU fan power cable is plugged in to the CPU fan
connector, this completes the installation.
Please refer to CPU cooling fan user's manual for more detail
installation procedure.
1. Press down the CPU socket lever
2. Use qualified fan approved by AMD.
and finish CPU installation.
3. Fasten the cooling fan supporting-
4. Make sure the CPU fan is plugged
base onto the CPU socket on the
motherboard.
to the CPU fan connector, than
install complete.
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Step 2-2: CPU Cooling Fan Installation
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Step 3: Install Memory Modules
Before installing the memory modules, adhere to the following warning:
1. When RAM_LED is ON, do not install / remove DIMM from socket.
2. Please note that the DIMM module can only fit in one direction due to
the one notch. Wrong orientation will cause improper installation.
Please change the insert orientation.
The motherboard has 4 dual inline memory module (DIMM) sockets. The BIOS will automatically
detects memory type and size. To install the memory module, just push it vertically into the DIMM
socket. The DIMM module can only fit in one direction due to the notch. Memory size can vary
between sockets.
Notch
DDR
1. The DIMM socket has a notch, so the DIMM
memory module can only fit in one direction.
2. Insert the DIMM memory module vertically into
the DIMM socket. Then push it down.
3. Close the plastic clip at both edges of the DIMM
sockets to lock the DIMM module.
Reverse the installation steps when you wish to
remove the DIMM module.
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GA-7VT880 Pro / GA-7VT880-L / GA-7VT880 support Dual Channel Technology. When Dual Channel
Technology is activated, the bandwidth of memory bus will be double the original one, with the fastest
speed at 6.4GB/s(DDR400) .
GA-7VT880 Pro / GA-7VT880-L / GA-7VT880 include 4 DIMM slots, and each Channel has 2 DIMMs
as following:
Channel A : DDR 1, 2
Channel B : DDR 3, 4
Below are the explanations:
If you want to operate the Dual Channel Technology, please note the following explanations due
to the limitation of VIA chipset specifications.
1. Only one DDR memory module is installed: The Dual Channel Technology can't operate
when only one DDR memory module is installed.
2. Two DDR memory modules are installed: The Dual Channel Technology will operate
when two memory modules are inserted individually into Channel A and B and must use
the same memory frequency & memory size. If you install two memory modules in the
same channel,the Dual Channel Technology will not operate.
The following tables include all memory-installed combination types:
(Please note that this types not in the tables will not boot up.)
l Figure 1: Dual Channel Technology (DS: Double Side, SS: Single Side)
DDR 1
DDR 2
DDR 3
DDR 4
2 memory modules
DS/SS
X
DS/SS
X
X
DS/SS
X
DS/SS
4 memory modules
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
Step 4: Install expansion cards
1. Read the related expansion card's instruction document before install the expansion card into the computer.
2. Remove your computer's chassis cover, screws and slot bracket from the computer.
3. Press the expansion card firmly into expansion slot in motherboard.
4. Be sure the metal contacts on the card are indeed seated in the slot.
5. Replace the screw to secure the slot bracket of the expansion card.
6. Replace your computer's chassis cover.
7. Power on the computer, if necessary, setup BIOS utility of expansion card from BIOS.
8. Install related driver from the operating system.
Please carefully pull out the small white-drawable bar at the end of the AGP slot when you try
to install / uninstall the AGP card. Please align the AGP card to the onboard AGP slot and
press firmly down on the slot. Make sure your AGP card is locked by the small whitedrawable bar.
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Dual Channel DDR:
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Step 5: Connect ribbon cables, cabinet wires and power supply
Step 5-1: I/O Back Panel Introduction
PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Connector
PS/2 Mouse Connector
(6 pin Female)
This connector supports standard PS/2
keyboard and PS/2 mouse.
PS/2 Keyboard Connector
(6 pin Female)
Parallel Port, Serial Ports (COMA / COMB)
Parallel Port (25 pin Female)
This connector supports 2 standard COM ports
and 1 Parallel port. Devices like printer can be
connected to Parallel port; mouse and modem
etc. can be connected to Serial ports.
COMA
COMB
Serial Port (9 pin Male)
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Before you connect your device(s) into USB
connector(s), please make sure your device(s)
USB/LANjk Connector
such as USB keyboard,mouse, scanner, zip,
speaker...etc. Have a standard USB interface.
LANjk
USB 0
USB 2
USB 1
USB 3
Also make sure your OS supports USB
controller. If your OS does not support USB
controller, please contact OS vendor for
possible patch or driver upgrade. For more
information please contact your OS or device
(s) vendors.
Audio Connectors
Line In
Line Out
MIC In
After install onboard audio driver, you may connect speaker to Line Out jack, microphone to MIC
In jack. Device like CD-ROM,walkman etc. can
be connected to Line-In jack.
Please note:
You are able to use 2-/4-/6-/8-channel audio
feature by S/W selection.
If you want to enable 8-channel function you can
refer to page 24, and contact your nearest dealer
for optional SUR_CEN cable.
If you want the detail information for 2-/4-/6-channel audio setup
installation, please refer to page 57.
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Step 5-2: Connectors Introduction
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12
5( j )
2
7
6
13
10
23
8
22
4
16
14
9
24
17
18 19(j ) 11
21 15 20
1) ATX_12V
13) F_AUDIO
2) ATX
3) CPU_FAN
14) SUR_CEN
15) SPDIF_IO
4) SYS_FAN
5) PWR_FAN(j )
16) CD_IN
17) AUX_IN
6) FDD
7) IDE1 / IDE2
18) F_USB1 / F_USB2
19) F1_1394 / F2_1394
8) SATA0 / SATA1
9) F_PANEL
20) IR
21) GAME
10) BAT
11) PWR_LED
22) INFO_LINK
23) CLR_CMOS
12) RAM_LED
24) C I
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1) ATX_12V (+12V Power Connector)
This connector (ATX_12V) supplies the CPU operation voltage (Vcore).
If this "ATX_12V connector" is not connected, system cannot boot.
1
2
Pin No.
1
3
4
Definition
GND
2
3
GND
+12V
4
+12V
2) ATX (ATX Power)
AC power cord should only be connected to your power supply unit after ATX power cable and
other related devices are firmly connected to the mainboard.
Pin No.
10
1
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20
11
Definition
1
3.3V
2
3
3.3V
GND
4
VCC
5
GND
6
VCC
7
GND
8
9
Power Good
10
+12V
11
12
3.3V
-12V
13
GND
14
15
PS_ON(soft on/off)
GND
16
GND
17
18
GND
-5V
19
VCC
20
VCC
5V SB (stand by +5V)
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3) CPU_FAN (CPU Fan Connector)
Please note, a proper installation of the CPU cooler is essential to prevent the CPU from running
under abnormal condition or damaged by overheating. The CPU fan connector supports Max.
current up to 600 mA.
Pin No.
1
Definition
1
GND
2
+12V
3
Sense
4) SYS_FAN (System Fan Connector)
This connector allows you to link with the cooling fan on the system case to lower the system
temperature.
1
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Pin No.
1
Definition
GND
2
3
+12V
Sense
This connector allows you to link with the cooling fan on the system case to lower the system
temperature.
Pin No.
1
Definition
1
GND
2
+12V
3
Sense
6) FDD (Floppy Connector)
Please connect the floppy drive ribbon cables to FDD. It supports 360K, 1.2M, 720K, 1.44M and
2.88M bytes floppy disk types.
The red stripe of the ribbon cable must be the same side with the Pin1.
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33
2
1
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5) PWR_FAN (Power Fan Connector)(j)
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7) IDE1 / IDE2 (IDE1 / IDE2 Connector)
Important Notice:
Please connect first hard disk to IDE1 and connect CD-ROM to IDE2.
The red stripe of the ribbon cable must be the same side with the Pin1.
40
39
2
1
IDE2
IDE1
8) SATA0 / SATA1 (Serial ATA Connector)
You can connect the Serial ATA device to this connector, it provides you high speed transfer rates
(150MB/sec). If you wish to use RAID function, please use it in unity with BIOS and install the
correct driver to have proper operation. For details, please refer to the SATA RAID manual.
Pin No.
1
7
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Definition
1
2
GND
TXP
3
4
TXN
GND
5
6
RXN
RXP
7
GND
Please connect the power LED, PC speaker, reset switch and power switch etc. of your chassis
front panel to the F_PANEL connector according to the pin assignment above.
20 19
Message LED/
Power/
Sleep LED
MSGMSG+
1
PW1
PW+
1
SPEAK+
1
Soft Power
Connector
SPEAK-
1
Speaker
Connector
2 1
HD (IDE Hard Disk Active LED)
Pin 1: LED anode(+)
(Blue)
Pin 2: LED cathode(-)
SPK (Speaker Connector)
Pin 1: VCC(+)
(Amber)
Pin 2- Pin 3: NC
NC
RES+
RESHDHD+
Reset Switch
IDE Hard Disk
Active LED
Pin 4: Data(-)
RES (Reset Switch)
Open: Normal Operation
(Green)
Close: Reset Hardware System
PW (Soft Power Connector)
Open: Normal Operation
(Red)
Close: Power On/Off
MSG(Message LED/ Power/ Sleep LED)
Pin 1: LED anode(+)
(Yellow)
Pin 2: LED cathode(-)
NC (Purple)
NC
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9) F_PANEL (2 x 10 pins Connector)
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10) BATTERY
+
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly
replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type
recommended by the manufacturer.
Dispose of used batteries according to the
manufacturer's instructions.
If you want to erase CMOS...
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Remove the battery, wait for 30 second.
3. Re-install the battery.
4. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
11) PWR_LED
PWR_LED is connect with the system power indicator to indicate whether the system is on/off.
It will blink when the system enters suspend mode. If you use dual color LED, power LED will turn
to another color.
Pin No.
1
1
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2
3
Definition
MPD+
MPDMPD-
Do not remove memory modules while RAM_LED is on. It might cause short or other unexpected
damages due to the stand by voltage. Remove memory modules only when AC power cord is
disconnected.
+
_
13) F_AUDIO (Front Audio Connector)
If you want to use Front Audio connector, you must remove 5-6, 9-10 Jumper.
In order to utilize the front audio header, your chassis must have front audio connector. Also please
make sure the pin assigment on the cable is the same as the pin assigment on the MB header. To
find out if the chassis you are buying support front audio connector, please contact your dealer.
Please note, you can have the alternative of using front audio connector or of using rear audio
connector to play sound.
Pin No.
1
Definition
MIC
2
3
GND
MIC_BIAS
10
9
4
5
Power
Front Audio (R)
2
1
6
7
Rear Audio (R)
Reserved
8
9
No Pin
Front Audio (L)
10
Rear Audio (L)
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12) RAM_LED
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14) SUR_CEN (Surround Center Connector)
Please contact your nearest dealer for optional SUR_CEN cable.
1
2
5
6
Pin No.
Definition
1
SUR OUTL
2
SUR OUTR
3
GND
4
No Pin
5
CENTER_OUT
6
BASS_OUT
15) SPDIF_IO (SPDIF In / Out Connector)
The SPDIF output is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or compressed AC3
data to an external Dolby Digital Decoder. Use this feature only when your stereo system has
digital input function. Be careful with the polarity of the SPDIF_IO connector. Check the pin
assignment carefully while you connect the SPDIF_IO cable, incorrect connection between the
cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional
SPDIF_IO cable, please contact your local dealer.
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2
6
Pin No.
1
Definition
VCC
1
5
2
3
No Pin
SPDIF_O
4
5
SPDIFI
GND
6
GND
English
16) CD_IN (CD In Connector)
Connect CD-ROM or DVD-ROM audio out to the connector.
1
Pin No.
1
2
Definition
CD-L
GND
3
GND
4
CD-R
17) AUX_IN (AUX In Connector)
Connect other device (such as PCI TV Tunner audio out) to the connector.
1
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Pin No.
1
Definition
AUX-L
2
3
GND
GND
4
AUX-R
Hardware Installation Process
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18) F_USB1 / F_USB2 (Front USB Connector, Yellow)
Be careful with the polarity of the front USB connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while
you connect the front USB cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make
the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional front USB cable, please contact your
local dealer.
2
10
1
9
Pin No.
Definition
1
2
Power
Power
3
4
USB DxUSB Dy-
5
USB Dx+
6
USB Dy+
7
GND
8
GND
9
10
No Pin
NC
19) F1_1394 / F2_1394 (Front IEEE1394 Connector)
Serial interface standard set by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which has features
like high speed, highbandwidth and hot plug. Be careful with the polarity of the IEEE1394 connector.
Check the pin assignment carefully while you connect the IEEE1394 cable, incorrect connection
between the cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For
optional IEEE1394 cable, please contact your local dealer.
2
16
1
15
F2_1394
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
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Definition
Power
Power
TPA0+
TPA0GND
GND
TPB0+
TPB0Power
Power
TPA1+
TPA1GND
No Pin
TPB1+
TPB1-
F1_1394
2
10
9
1
Pin No.
Definition
1
2
TPA2+
TPA2-
3
4
GND
GND
5
6
TPB2+
TPB2-
7
8
No Pin
Power
9
10
Power
GND
Make sure the pin 1 on the IR device is aling with pin one the connector. To enable the IR function
on the board, you are required to purchase an option IR module. Be careful with the polarity of the
IR connector. For optional IR cable, please contact your local dealer.
1
5
Pin No.
Definition
1
2
VCC(+5V)
No Pin
3
4
IR Data Input
GND
5
IR Data Output
21) GAME (Game Connector)
This connector supports joystick, MIDI keyboard and other relate audio devices. Check the pin
assignment while you connect the game cables. Please contact your nearest dealer for optional
game cables.
Pin No.
2
1
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16
15
Definition
1
2
VCC
GRX1_R
3
4
GND
GPSA2
5
6
VCC
GPX2_R
7
8
GPY2_R
MSI_R
9
10
GPSA1
GND
11
12
GPY1_R
VCC
13
14
GPSB1
MSO_R
15
16
GPSB2
No Pin
Hardware Installation Process
English
20) IR
English
22) INFO_LINK
This connector allows you to connect some external devices to provide you extra function. Check
the pin assignment while you connect the external device cable. Please contact your nearest
dealer for optional external device cable.
Pin No.
9
10
1
2
Definition
1
SMBCLK
2
VCC
3
SMBDATA
4
GPIO
5
GND
6
GND
7
No Pin
8
NC
9
+12V
10
+12V
23) CLR_CMOS
You may clear the CMOS data to its default values by this jumper.
Default doesn't include the “Shunter” to prevent from improper use this jumper. To clear CMOS,
temporarily short 1-2 pin.
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This 2 pin connector allows your system to enable or disable the "case open" item in BIOS if the
system case begin remove.
1
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Pin No.
1
2
Definition
Signal
GND
Hardware Installation Process
English
24) CI (CASE OPEN)
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BIOS Setup is an overview of the BIOS Setup Program. The program that allows users to modify the
basic system configuration. This type of information is stored in battery-backed CMOS RAM so that it
retains the Setup information when the power is turned off.
ENTERING SETUP
Powering ON the computer and pressing <Del> immediately will allow you to enter Setup. If you require
more advanced BIOS settings, please go to "Advanced BIOS" setting menu. To enter
Advanced BIOS setting menu, press "Ctrl+F1" key on the BIOS screen.
CONTROL KEYS
< >
Move to previous item
< >
Move to next item
<
Move to the item in the left hand
>
< >
Move to the item in the right hand
<Enter>
Select Item
<Esc>
Main Menu - Quit and not save changes into CMOS Status Page Setup Menu and
Option Page Setup Menu - Exit current page and return to Main Menu
<+/PgUp> Increase the numeric value or make changes
<-/PgDn>
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
<F1>
General help, only for Status Page Setup Menu and Option Page Setup Menu
<F2>
Item Help
<F3>
Reserved
<F4>
Reserved
<F5>
Restore the previous CMOS value from CMOS, only for Option Page Setup Menu
<F6>
Load the file-safe default CMOS value from BIOS default table
<F7>
Load the Optimized Defaults
<F8>
Dual BIOS/Q-Flash utility
<F9>
System Information
<F10>
Save all the CMOS changes, only for Main Menu
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BIOS Setup
English
Chapter 3 BIOS Setup
English
Main Menu
The on-line description of the highlighted setup function is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Status Page Setup Menu / Option Page Setup Menu
Press F1 to pop up a small help window that describes the appropriate keys to use and the possible
selections for the highlighted item. To exit the Help Window press <Esc>.
The Main Menu (For example: BIOS Ver. : E9)
Once you enter Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu (as figure below) will appear on the
screen. The Main Menu allows you to select from eight setup functions and two exit choices. Use arrow
keys to select among the items and press <Enter> to accept or enter the sub-menu.
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T)
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
higf: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Esc: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
If you can't find the setting you want, please press "Ctrl + F1" to search the advanced option
hidden.
l Standard CMOS Features
This setup page includes all the items in standard compatible BIOS.
l Advanced BIOS Features
This setup page includes all the items of Award special enhanced features.
l Integrated Peripherals
This setup page includes all onboard peripherals.
l Power Management Setup
This setup page includes all the items of Green function features.
l PnP/PCI Configurations
This setup page includes all the configurations of PCI & PnP ISA resources.
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l PC Health Status
This setup page is the System auto detect Temperature, voltage, fan, speed.
l MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T)
This setup page is control CPU’s clock and frequency ratio.
l Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Fail-Safe Defaults indicates the value of the system parameters which the system would be in safe
configuration.
l Load Optimized Defaults
Optimized Defaults indicates the value of the system parameters which the system would be in
best performance configuration.
l Set Supervisor Password
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to limit access to the system and Setup, or just
to Setup.
l Set User Password
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to limit access to the system.
l Save & Exit Setup
Save CMOS value settings to CMOS and exit setup.
l Exit Without Saving
Abandon all CMOS value changes and exit setup.
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BIOS Setup
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Standard CMOS Features
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Standard CMOS Features
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Date (mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)
Tue, Jan 27 2004
22:31:24
IDE
IDE
IDE
IDE
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
Primary Master
Primary Slave
Secondary Master
Secondary Slave
<Week>
Sun. to Sat.
Drive A
Drive B
Floppy 3 Mode Suport
[1.44M, 3.5"]
[None]
[Disabled]
Halt On
[All, But Keyboard]
Base Memory
Extended Memory
Total Memory
640K
127M
128M
higf: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level}
Change the day, month,
ye ar
<Month>
Jan. to Dec.
<Day>
1 to 31 (or maximum
allowed in the month)
<Year>
1999 to 2098
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
Date
The date format
Week
Month
Day
Year
is <week>, <month>, <day>, <year>.
The week, from Sun to Sat, determined by the BIOS and is displayed only
The month, Jan. Through Dec.
The day, from 1 to 31 (or the maximum allowed in the month)
The year, from 1999 through 2098
Time
The times format in <hour> <minute> <second>. The time is calculated base on the 24-hour
military-time clock. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:00:00.
IDE Primary Master, Slave / IDE Secondary Master, Slave
The category identifies the types of hard disk from drive C to F that has been installed in the
computer. There are two types: auto type, and manual type. Manual type is user-definable; Auto type
which will automatically detect HDD type.
Note that the specifications of your drive must match with the drive table. The hard disk will not work
properly if you enter improper information for this category.
If you select User Type, related information will be asked to enter to the following items. Enter the
information directly from the keyboard and press <Enter>. Such information should be provided in the
documentation form your hard disk vendor or the system manufacturer.
Cylinder
Number of cylinders
Head
Number of heads
Precomp
Write precomp
Landing Zone Landing zone
Sector
Number of sectors
If a hard disk has not been installed, select NONE and press <Enter>.
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The category identifies the types of floppy disk drive A or drive B that has been installed in the
computer.
None
No floppy drive installed
360K, 5.25" 5.25 inch PC-type standard drive; 360K byte capacity.
1.2M, 5.25" 5.25 inch AT-type high-density drive; 1.2M byte capacity
(3.5 inch when 3 Mode is Enabled).
720K, 3.5"
3.5 inch double-sided drive; 720K byte capacity
1.44M, 3.5" 3.5 inch double-sided drive; 1.44M byte capacity.
2.88M, 3.5" 3.5 inch double-sided drive; 2.88M byte capacity.
Floppy 3 Mode Support (for Japan Area)
Disabled
Drive A
Drive B
Both
Normal Floppy Drive. (Default value)
Drive A is 3 mode Floppy Drive.
Drive B is 3 mode Floppy Drive.
Drive A & B are 3 mode Floppy Drives.
Halt on
The category determines whether the computer will stop if an error is detected during power up.
No Errors
The system boot will not stop for any error that may be detected and you
will be prompted.
All Errors
Whenever the BIOS detects a non-fatal error the system will be stopped.
All, But Keyboard The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error; it will stop for all other
errors. (Default value)
All, But Diskette
The system boot will not stop for a disk error; it will stop for all other errors.
All, But Disk/Key The system boot will not stop for a keyboard or disk error; it will stop for all
other errors.
Memory
The category is display-only which is determined by POST (Power On Self Test) of the BIOS.
Base Memory
The POST of the BIOS will determine the amount of base (or conventional) memory installed
in the system.
The value of the base memory is typically 512K for systems with 512K memory installed on
the motherboard, or 640K for systems with 640K or more memory installed on the motherboard.
Extended Memory
The BIOS determines how much extended memory is present during the POST.
This is the amount of memory located above 1 MB in the CPU's memory address map.
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Drive A / Drive B
English
Advanced BIOS Features
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Advanced BIOS Features
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Password Check
[Floppy]
[HDD-0]
[CDROM]
[Setup]
Item Help
Menu Level}
Select Boot Device
priority
[Floppy]
Boot from floppy
[LS120]
Boot from LS120
[HDD-0]
Boot from First HDD
[HDD-1]
Boot from Second HDD
higf: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
First / Second / Third Boot Device
Floppy
LS120
HDD-0~3
SCSI
CDROM
ZIP
USB-FDD
USB-ZIP
USB-CDROM
USB-HDD
LAN
Disabled
Select your boot device priority by Floppy.
Select your boot device priority by LS120.
Select your boot device priority by HDD-0~3.
Select your boot device priority by SCSI.
Select your boot device priority by CDROM.
Select your boot device priority by ZIP.
Select your boot device priority by USB-FDD.
Select your boot device priority by USB-ZIP.
Select your boot device priority by USB-CDROM.
Select your boot device priority by USB-HDD.
Select your boot device priority by LAN.
Select your boot device priority by Disabled.
Password Check
System
Setup
The system can not boot and can not access to Setup page will be denied if the
correct password is not entered at the prompt.
The system will boot, but access to Setup will be denied if the correct password
is not entered at the prompt. (Default value)
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Integrated Peripherals
OnChip IDE Channel 0
OnChip IDE Channel 1
OnChip Serial ATA
AC97 Audio
USB 1.1 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller
USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
Onboard H/W LAN(jk)
Onboard H/W 1394
Onboard LAN Boot ROM(jk)
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Serial Port 2
UART Mode Select
x UR2 Duplex Mode
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
Game Port Address
Midi Port Address
higf: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[2F8/IRQ3]
[Normal]
Half
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
[201]
[Disabled]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level}
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
Integrated Peripherals
x Midi Port IRQ
5
higf: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Item Help
Menu Level}
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
OnChip IDE Channel0
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard 1st channel IDE port. (Default value)
Disable onboard 1st channel IDE port.
OnChip IDE Channel1
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard 2nd channel IDE port. (Default value)
Disable onboard 2nd channel IDE port.
OnChip Serial ATA
Enabled
Disabled
Enable VT8237 Serial ATA supported. (Default value)
Disable VT8237 Serial ATA supported.
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Integrated Peripherals
English
AC97 Audio
Auto
Disabled
Enable onboard AC'97 audio function. (Default value)
Disable this function.
USB 1.1 Controller
Disable USB 1.1 host controller if you are not using USB devices.
Enabled
Enable USB 1.1 controller. (Default value)
Disabled
Disable USB 1.1 controller.
USB 2.0 Controller
Disable USB 2.0 host controller if you are not using high speed USB devices.
Enabled
Enable USB 2.0 controller. (Default value)
Disabled
Disable USB 2.0 controller.
USB Keyboard Support
Enabled
Disabled
Enable USB keyboard support.
Disable USB keyboard support. (Default value)
USB Mouse Support
Enabled
Disabled
Enable USB mouse support.
Disable USB mouse support. (Default value)
Onboard H/W LAN(jk)
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard LAN function. (Default value)
Disable onboard LAN function.
Onboard H/W 1394
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard IEEE1394 function. (Default value)
Disable onboard IEEE1394 function.
Onboard LAN Boot ROM(jk)
This function decide whether to invoke the boot ROM of the onboard LAN chip.
Enabled
Enable this function.
Disabled
Disable this function. (Default value)
Onboard Serial Port 1
Auto
3F8/IRQ4
2F8/IRQ3
3E8/IRQ4
2E8/IRQ3
Disabled
BIOS will automatically setup the port 1 address.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 3F8. (Default value)
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 2F8.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 3E8.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 2E8.
Disable onboard Serial port 1.
Onboard Serial Port 2
Auto
3F8/IRQ4
2F8/IRQ3
3E8/IRQ4
2E8/IRQ3
Disabled
BIOS will automatically setup the port 2 address.
Enable onboard Serial port 2 and address is 3F8.
Enable onboard Serial port 2 and address is 2F8. (Default value)
Enable onboard Serial port 2 and address is 3E8.
Enable onboard Serial port 2 and address is 2E8.
Disable onboard Serial port 2.
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This item allows
Normal
IrDA
ASKIR
English
UART Mode Select
you to determine which infrared(IR) function of onboard I/O chip.
Set onboard I/O chip using as standard serial port. (Default value)
Set onboard I/O chip UART to IrDA Mode.
Set onboard I/O chip UART to ASKIR Mode.
UR2 Duplex Mode
This function will available when "UART Mode Select" doesn't set at Normal.
Half
IR Function Duplex Half. (Default value)
Full
IR Function Duplex Full.
Onboard Parallel Port
378/IRQ7
278/IRQ5
Disabled
3BC/IRQ7
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 378/IRQ7. (Default value)
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 278/IRQ5.
Disable onboard LPT port.
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 3BC/IRQ7.
Parallel Port Mode
SPP
EPP
ECP
ECP+EPP
Using Parallel port as Standard Parallel Port. (Default value)
Using Parallel port as Enhanced Parallel Port.
Using Parallel port as Extended Capabilities Port.
Using Parallel port as ECP & EPP mode.
Game Port Address
201
209
Disabled
Set Game Port Address to 201. (Default value)
Set Game Port Address to 209.
Disable this function.
Midi Port Address
300
330
Disabled
Set Midi Port Address to 300.
Set Midi Port Address to 330.
Disable this function.(Default value)
Midi Port IRQ
5
10
Set Midi Port IRQ to 5. (Default value)
Set Midi Port IRQ to 10.
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Power Management Setup
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Power Management Setup
ACPI Suspend Type
x USB Device Wake-Up From S3
Power LED in S1 state
Soft-Off by PWRBTN
AC Back Function
Keyboard Power On
Mouse Power On
PME Event Wake Up
ModemRingOn/WakeOnLan
Resume by Alarm
x Date (of Month) Alarm
x Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
higf: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[S1(POS)]
Disabled
[Blinking]
[Instant-Off]
[Soft-Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
E veryday
0:0:0
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level}
[S1]
Set suspend type to
Power On Suspend under
ACPI OS
[S3]
Set suspend type to
Suspend to RAM under
ACPI OS
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
ACPI Suspend Type
S1(POS)
S3(STR)
Set ACPI suspend type to S1/POS (Power On Suspend). (Default value)
Set ACPI suspend type to S3/STR (Suspend To RAM).
USB Device Wake-Up From S3
Disabled
Enable
Disable this function. (Default value)
Enable USB device wake up system from S3 suspend type.
Power LED in S1 state
8Blinking
8Dual/Off
In standby mode(S1), power LED will blink. (Default value)
In standby mode(S1):
a. If use single color LED, power LED will turn off.
b. If use dual color LED, power LED will turn to another color.
Soft-Off by PWRBTN
Instant-off
Delay 4 Sec.
Press power button then power off instantly. (Default value)
Press power button 4 seconds to power off. Enter suspend if button is
pressed less than 4 seconds.
AC Back Function
Soft-Off
Memory
Full-On
Always in off state when AC back. (Default value)
System power on depends on the status before AC lost.
Always power on the system when AC back.
Keyboard Power On
Disabled
Password
Keyboard 98
Disabled this function. (Default value)
Enter from 1 to 5 characters to set the keyboard power on password.
If there is a "POWER" button on your keyboard, you can press the key to
power on your system.
Mouse Power On
Disabled
Enabled
Disabled this function. (Default value)
Power on system by mouse event.
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Disabled
Enabled
Disable this function.
Enable PME as wake up event. (Default value)
ModemRingOn/WakeOnLAN (When AC Back Function set to [Soft-Off])
An incoming call via modem awakes the system from its soft-off mode. When set at Enabled,
an input signal comes from the other client.
Server on the LAN awaks the system from a soft off state if connected over LAN.
8Disabled
Disabled Modem Ring On / Wake On LAN function.
8Enabled
Enabled Modem Ring On / Wake On LAN function. (Default Value)
Resume by Alarm
You can set "Resume by Alarm" item at "Enabled" and key in data/time to power on system.
Disabled
Disable this function. (Default value)
Enabled
Enable alarm function to POWER ON system.
If RTC Alarm Lead To Power On is Enabled.
Date (of Month) Alarm :
Everyday, 1~31
Time (hh: mm: ss) Alarm :
(0~23) : (0~59) : (0~59)
PnP/PCI Configurations
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
1/5 IRQ Assignment
2 IRQ Assignment
3 IRQ Assignment
4 IRQ Assignment
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Item Help
Menu Level}
Device(s) using this
INT:
Network Cntrlr
- Bus 1 Dev18 Func 0
Display Cntrlr
- Bus 1 Dev 0 Func 0
IEEE 1394 Host Cntrlr
- Bus 0 Dev20 Func 0
USB 1.1 Host Cntrlr
- Bus 0 Dev16 Func 1
USB 1.1 Host Cntrlr
- Bus 0 Dev16 Func 0
higf: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
PCI 1/5 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Auto assign IRQ to PCI 1/5. (Default value)
Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 1/5.
PCI 2 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Auto assign IRQ to PCI 2. (Default value)
Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 2.
PCI 3 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Auto assign IRQ to PCI 3. (Default value)
Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 3.
PCI 4 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Auto assign IRQ to PCI 4. (Default value)
Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 4.
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PME Event Wake Up
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PC Health Status
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PC Health Status
Vcore
DDR2.5V
+3.3V
+12V
Current CPU Temperature
Current CPU FAN Speed
Current SYSTEM FAN Speed
CPU FAN Fail Warning
SYSTEM FAN Fail Warning
higf: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
OK
OK
OK
OK
37°C
4687 RPM
0 RPM
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level}
[Disabled]
Don't monitor
current fan speed
[Enabled]
Alarm when FAN stops
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
Current Voltage (V) Vcore / DDR2.5V / +3.3V / +12V
Detect system's voltage status automatically.
Current CPU Temperature
Detect CPU temperature automatically.
Current CPU/SYSTEM FAN Speed (RPM)
Detect CPU/system fan speed status automatically.
CPU FAN Fail Warning
Disabled
Enabled
Fan warning function disable. (Default value)
Fan warning function enable.
SYSTEM FAN Fail Warning
Disabled
Enabled
Fan warning function disable. (Default value)
Fan warning function enable.
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DRAM Timing
DRAM CAS Latency
Bank Interleave
Precharge to Active (Trp)
Active to Precharge (Tras)
Active to CMD (Trcd)
RET to ACT/REF to REF (Trfc)
ACT(0) to ACT(1) (Trrd)
CPU Ratio Control
Spread Spectrum Modulated
CPU Host Clock Control
x CPU Host Frequency (MHz)
PCI / AGP Frequency (MHz)
DRAM Clock
CPU Voltage Control
Normal CPU Vcore
AGP Voltage Control
DDR Voltage Control
[Auto By SPD]
2.5
4 Bank
3T
6T
3T
12T
2T
[Normal]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
133
33/66
[By SPD]
[Normal]
1.600V
[Auto]
[Auto]
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
higf: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level}
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
Incorrect using these features may cause your system broken. For power End-User use only!
DRAM Timing
Auto By SPD
Manual
BIOS will automatically setup the DRAM Timing by DRAM SPD data.
(Default value)
This item allows user to set DRAM Timing Manually.
DRAM CAS Latency
1.5/2/2.5/3
Set DRAM CAS Latency time to 1.5/2/2.5/3(Default value:2.5).
Bank Interleave
This feature allows user to select the DRAM access method.
4Bank /2Bank /Disabled Set DRAM access method to 4Bank/2Bank/Disanled(Default value:4Bank)
Precharge to Active(Trp)
2T/3T/4T/5T
Set Precharge to Active(Trp) to 2T/3T/4T/5T(Default value:3T)
Active to Precharge(Tras)
6T/7T/8T/9T
Set Active to Precharge(Tras) to 6T/7T/8T/9T(Default value:6T)
Active to CMD(Trcd)
2T/3T/4T/5T
Set Active to CMD(Trcd) to 2T/3T/4T/5T(Default value:3T)
RET to ACT/REF to REF(Trfc)
12T/13T/14T/15T
Set RET to ACT/REF to REF(Trfc) to 12T/13T/14T/15T(Default Value:12T)
ACT(0) to ACT(1) (Trrd)
This feature allows user to select the ACT(0) to ACT(1) (Trrd), when any DRAM DIMM
installed.
2T/3T
Set ACT(0) to ACT(1) (Trrd) to 2T/3T(Default Value:2T)
CPU Ratio Control
This option will not be shown or not be available if you are using a CPU with the locked ratio.
5X~22.5X,Normal
It depends on CPU Clock Ratio.(Default Value:Normal)
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MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T)
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
Frequency/Voltage
Control
MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T)
English
Spread Spectrum Modulated
Disabled
Enabled
Disable clock spread spectrum.
Enable clock spread spectrum.(Default value)
CPU Host Clock Control
Note: If system hangs up before enter CMOS setup utility, wait for 20 sec for times out reboot . When
time out occur, system will reset and run at CPU default Host clock at next boot.
Disable
Disable CPU Host Clock Control.(Default value)
Enable
Enable CPU Host Clock Control.
CPU Host Frequency (MHz)
To change these settings, you must first select Enable under "CPU Host Clock Control".
100-132
If your CPU host frquency is 100MHz, you can choose the 100MHz-132MHz
range to adjust CPU host frequency.
133-165
If your CPU host frquency is 100MHz, you can choose the 133MHz-165MHz
range to adjust CPU host frequency.
166-250
If your CPU host frquency is 100MHz, you can choose the 166MHz-250MHz
range to adjust CPU host frequency.
200-254
If your CPU host frquency is 100MHz, you can choose the 200MHz-254MHz
range to adjust CPU host frequency.
PCI/AGP Frequency (MHz)
The values depend on CPU Host Frequency(Mhz) .
DRAM Clock (MHz)
By SPD
133
166
200
BIOS will automatically setup the DRAM clock by DRAM SPD data. (Default value).
If you use DDR266 DRAM module, please set "DRAM Clock(MHz)" to "133".
If you use DDR333 DRAM module, please set "DRAM Clock(MHz)" to "333".
If you use DDR400 DRAM module, please set "DRAM Clock(MHz)" to "400".
CPU Voltage Control
Increase CPU voltage may get stable for Over_Clock. But it may damage to CPU when enable this
feature.
Supports adjustable CPU Vcore from 1.100V to 2.05V by 0.005V step.
(Default value: Normal)
Normal CPU Vcore
Display your CPU Vcore voltage.
AGP Voltage Control
Increase AGP voltage may get stable for over-clock. But it may damage to AGP card if improper
setting this feature.
Auto
Supply AGP voltage as AGP required(1.5V). (Default value)
+0.1V
Increase AGP voltage +0.1V.
+0.2V
Increase AGP voltage +0.2V.
+0.3V
Increase AGP voltage +0.3V.
DDR Voltage Control
Increase DDR voltage may get stable for over-clock. But it may damage to memory module if
improper setting this feature.
Auto
Supply DDR voltage as memory module required(2.5V). (Default value)
+0.1V
Increase DDR voltage +0.1V.
+0.2V
Increase DDR voltage +0.2V.
+0.3V
Increase DDR voltage +0.3V.
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Load Fail-Safe Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
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}
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}
}
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Standard CMOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Power Management Setup
Set User Password
Load Fail-Safe DefaultsSave
(Y/N)?
N Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
& Exit
PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T)
higf: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Fail-Safe defaults contain the most appropriate values of the system parameters that allow minimum
system performance.
Load Optimized Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Power Management Setup
Set User Password
Load Optimized DefaultsSave
(Y/N)?
N Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
& Exit
PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T)
higf: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
Load Optimized Defaults
Selecting this field loads the factory defaults for BIOS and Chipset Features which the system automatically
detects.
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Set Supervisor/User Password
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Enter Password:
PnP/PCI Configurations
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T)
higf: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
Change/Set/Disable Password
When you select this function, the following message will appear at the center of the screen to
assist you in creating a password.
Type the password, up to eight characters, and press <Enter>. You will be asked to confirm the
password. Type the password again and press <Enter>. You may also press <Esc> to abort the
selection and not enter a password.
To disable password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter password. A message
"PASSWORD DISABLED" will appear to confirm the password being disabled. Once the password is
disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup freely.
The BIOS Setup program allows you to specify two separate passwords:
SUPERVISOR PASSWORD and a USER PASSWORD. When disabled, anyone may access all BIOS
Setup program function. When enabled, the Supervisor password is required for entering the BIOS
Setup program and having full configuration fields, the User password is required to access only basic
items.
If you select "System" at "Password Check" in Advance BIOS Features Menu, you will be
prompted for the password every time the system is rebooted or any time you try to enter Setup Menu.
If you select "Setup" at "Password Check" in Advance BIOS Features Menu, you will be prompted
only when you try to enter Setup.
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Save & Exit Setup
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
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}
}
}
}
Standard CMOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Power Management Setup
Set User Password
Save to CMOS and EXITSave
(Y/N)?
Y Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
& Exit
PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T)
higf: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
Save & Exit Setup
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility and save the user setup value to RTC CMOS.
Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.
Exit Without Saving
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T)
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Quit Without Saving (Y/N)?
Save &NExit Setup
Exit Without Saving
higf: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
Abandon all Data
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility without saving to RTC CMOS.
Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.
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Chapter 4 Technical Reference
@BIOS™ Introduction
Gigabyte announces @BIOS
Windows BIOS Live Update Utility
Have you ever updated BIOS by yourself? Or like
many other people, you just know what BIOS is,
but always hesitate to update it? Because you think
updating newest BIOS is unnecessary and actually
you don't know how to update it.
Maybe not like others, you are very experienced in BIOS updating and spend quite a lot of time
to do it. But of course you don't like to do it too much. First, download different BIOS from website
and then switch the operating system to DOS mode. Secondly, use different flash utility to update
BIOS. The above process is not a interesting job. Besides, always be carefully to store the BIOS
source code correctly in your disks as if you update the wrong BIOS, it will be a nightmare.
Certainly, you wonder why motherboard vendors could not just do something right to save your
time and effort and save you from the lousy BIOS updating work? Here it comes! Now Gigabyte
announces @BIOS -- the first Windows BIOS live update utility. This is a smart BIOS update software.
It could help you to download the BIOS from internetand update it. Not like the other BIOS update
software, it's a Windows utility. With the help of "@BIOS", BIOS updating is no more than a click.
Besides, no matter which mainboard you are using, if it's a Gigabyte's product*, @BIOS help
you to maintain the BIOS. This utility could detect your correct mainboard model and help you to
choose the BIOS accordingly. It then downloads the BIOS from the nearest Gigabyte ftp site
automatically. There are several different choices; you could use "Internet Update" to download and
update your BIOS directly. Or you may want to keep a backup for your current BIOS, just choose
"Save Current BIOS" to save it first. You make a wise choice to use Gigabyte, and @BIOS update
your BIOS smartly. You are now worry free from updating wrong BIOS, and capable to maintain and
manage your BIOS easily. Again, Gigabyte's innovative product erects a milestone in motherboard
industries.
For such a wonderful software, how much it costs? Impossible! It's free! Now, if you buy a
Gigabyte's motherboard, you could find this amazing software in the attached driver CD. But please
remember, connected to internet at first, then you could have a internet BIOS update from your
Gigabyte @BIOS.
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Flash BIOS Method Introduction
Method 1 : Dual BIOS / Q-Flash
A. What is Dual BIOS Technology?
Dual BIOS means that there are two system BIOS (ROM) on the motherboard, one is the Main BIOS and the
other is Backup BIOS. Under the normal circumstances, the system works on the Main BIOS. If the Main
BIOS is corrupted or damaged, the Backup BIOS can take over while the system is powered on. This means
that your PC will still be able to run stably as if nothing has happened in your BIOS.
B. How to use Dual BIOS and Q-Flash Utility?
1.) After power on the computer, pressing <Del> immediately during POST (Power On Self Test) it will allow
you to enter Award BIOS CMOS SETUP, then press <F8> to enter Flash utility.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Frequency/Voltage Control
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Enter Dual BIOS/Q-Flash Utility
Save (Y/N)?
& Exit Y
Setup
Exit Without Saving
higf: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
2.) Award Dual BIOS Flash ROM Programming Utility
Dual BIOS Utility V1.33
Boot From.......................................................................... Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size......................................................... SST 39SF040
Backup ROM Type/Size..................................................... SST 39SF040
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
Auto Recovery Enable
Halt On Error Disable
Keep DMI Data Enable
Copy Main ROM Data to Backup
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Update Main BIOS from Floppy
Update Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
PgDn/PgUp: Modify
hi: Move
ESC: Reset
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512K
512K
F10: Power Off
Status 1:
If any failure (ex. Update ESCD failure, checksum error or reset… ) occurs in the Main BIOS, just before
the Operating System is loaded and after the power is on, and that the Wide Range Protection is set to
"Enable", the PC will boot from Backup BIOS automatically.
Status 2:
If the ROM BIOS on peripherals cards(ex. SCSI Cards, LAN Cards...) emits signals torequest restart of
the system after the user make any alteration on it, the boot up BIOS will not be changed to the Backup
BIOS.
• Boot From : Main BIOS(Default), Backup BIOS
Status 1: The user can set to boot from main BIOS or Backup BIOS.
Status 2: If one of the main BIOS or the Backup BIOS fails, this item "Boot From : Main BIOS(Default)"
will become gray and will not be changed by user.
• Auto Recovery : Enable(Default), Disable
When one of the Main BIOS or Backup BIOS occurs checksum failure, the working BIOS will automatically recover the BIOS of checksum failure.
(In the Power Management Setup of the BIOS Setting, if ACPI Suspend Type is set to Suspend to RAM,
the Auto Recovery will be set to Enable automatically.)
(If you want to enter the BIOS setting, please press"Del" key when the boot screen appears.)
• Halt On Error : Disable(Default), Enable
If the BIOS occurs a checksum error or the Main BIOS occurs a WIDE RANGE PROTECTION error and
Halt On Error set to Enable, the PC will show messages on the boot screen, and the system will pause
and wait for the user's instruction.
If Auto Recovery :Disable, it will show <or the other key to continue.>
If Auto Recovery :Enable, it will show <or the other key to Auto Recover.>
• Keep DMI Data : Enable(Default), Disable
Enable: The DMI data won't be replaced by flashing new BIOS.(recommend)
Disable: The DMI data will be replaced by flashing new BIOS.
• Copy Main ROM Data to Backup
(If you boot from Backup ROM, this item will change to "Copy Backup ROM Data to Main")
Auto recovery message:
BIOS Recovery: Main to Backup
The means that the Main BIOS works normally and could automatically recover the Backup BIOS.
BIOS Recovery: Backup to Main
The means that the Backup BIOS works normally and could automatically recover the Main BIOS. (This
auto recovery utility is set by system automatically and can't be changed by user.)
• Load Default Settings
Load dual BIOS default value.
• Save Settings to CMOS
Save revised setting.
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3.) Dual BIOS Item explanation:
• Wide Range Protection: Disable(Default), Enable
English
C. What is Q-Flash Utility?
Q-Flash utility is a pre-O.S. BIOS flash utility enables users to update its BIOS within BIOS mode, no more
fooling around any OS.
D. How to use Q-Flash?
Update Main BIOS from Floppy / Update Backup BIOS from Floppy
! In the A: drive, insert the "BIOS" diskette, then Press Enter to Run.
1 File(s) found
XXXX.XX
256K
Total Size: 1.39M
F5: Refresh
Free Size: 1.14M
DEL: Delete
ESC: Return Main
Where XXXX.XX is name of the BIOS file.
! Press Enter to Run.
Are you sure to update BIOS?
[Enter] to contiune Or [ESC] ot abort...
! Press Enter to Run.
!! COPY BIOS Completed - Pass !!
Please press any key to continue
Congratulation! You have completed the flashed and now can restart system.
Save Main BIOS to Floppy / Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
! In the A:drive, insert the floppy disk, then Press Enter to Run.
TYPE FILE NAME
File name: XXXX.XX
Total Size: 1.39M
F5: Refresh
Free Size: 1.14M
DEL: Delete
TAB: Switch
To name the file.
Congratulate you have accomplished the saving.
CONTROL KEYS
<PgDn/PgUp>
Make changes
<á>
Move to previous item
<â>
Move to next item
<Enter>
Run
<Esc>
Reset
<F10>
Power Off
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GIGABYTE Technology is pleased to introduce DualBIOS technology, a hot spare for
your system BIOS. This newest "Value-added" feature, in a long series of innovations from
GIGABYTE, is available on this motherboard. Future GIGABYTE motherboards will also incorporate this innovation.
What's DualBIOS™ ?
On GIGABYTE motherboards with DualBIOS there are physically two BIOS chips. For simplicity
we'll call one your "Main BIOS" and the other we'll call your "Backup BIOS" (your "hot spare"). If your Main
BIOS fails, the Backup BIOS almost automatically takes over on your next system boot.
Almost automatically and with virtually zero down time! Whether the problem is a failure in flashing your
BIOS or a virus or a catastrophic failure of the Main BIOS chip, the result is the same - the Backup BIOS
backs you up, almost automatically.
I. Q: What is DualBIOS™ technology?
Answer:
DualBIOS technology is a patented technology from Giga-Byte Technology. The concept of this
technology is based on the redundancy and fault tolerance theory. DualBIOS™ technology simply means
there are two system BIOSes (ROM) integrated onto the motherboard. One is a main BIOS, and the other is
a backup BIOS. The mainboard will operate normally with the main BIOS, however, if the main BIOS is
corrupt or damaged for various reasons, the backup BIOS will be automatically used when the system powered-On. Your PC will operate as before the main BIOS was damaged, and is completely transparent to the
user.
II. Q: Why does anyone need a motherboard with DualBIOS™ technology?
Answer:
In today's systems there are more and more BIOS failures. The most common reasons are virus attacks,
BIOS upgrade failures, and/or deterioration of the BIOS (ROM) chip itself.
1. New computer viruses are being found that attack and destroy the system BIOS. They may corrupt
your BIOS code, causing your PC to be unstable or even not boot normally.
2. BIOS data will be corrupted if a power loss/surge occurs, or if a user resets the system, or if the power
button is pressed during the process of performing a system BIOS upgrade.
3. If a user mistakenly updates their mainboard with the incorrect BIOS file, then the system may not be
able to boot correctly. This may cause the PC system hang in operation or during boot.
4. A flash ROM's life cycle is limited according to electronic characteristics. The modern PC utilizes the
Plug and Play BIOS, and is updated regularly. If a user changes peripherals often, there is a slight
chance of damage to the flash ROM.
With Giga-Byte Technology's patented DualBIOS™ technology you can reduce the possibility of hangs during
system boot up, and/or loss BIOS data due to above reasons.
This new technology will eliminate valuable system down time and costly repair bills cause by BIOS failures.
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DualBIOS™ Technology FAQ
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III. Q: How does DualBIOS™ technology work?
Answer:
1.
2.
3.
4.
This new technology will eliminate valuable system down time and costly repair bills cause by BIOS
failures.
DualBIOS™ technology provides a wide range of protection during the boot up procedure. It protects
your BIOS during system POST, ESCD update, and even all the way to PNP detection/assignment.
DualBIOS™ provides automatic recovery for the BIOS. When the first BIOS used during boot up does
not complete or if a BIOS checksum error occurs, boot-up is still possible. In the DualBIOS™ utility, the
"Auto Recovery" option will guarantee that if either the main BIOS or backup BIOS is corrupted, the
DualBIOS™ technology will use the good BIOS and correct the wrong BIOS automatically.
DualBIOS™ provides manual recovery for the BIOS. DualBIOS™ technology contains a built-in flash
utility, which can flash your system BIOS from backup to main and/or visa versa. There is no need for
an OS-dependent flash utility program.
DualBIOS™ contains a one-way flash utility. The built-in one-way flash utility will ensure that the corrupt
BIOS is not mistaken as the good BIOS during recovery and that the correct BIOS (main vs. backup)
will be flashed. This will prevent the good BIOS from being flashed.
IV. Q: Who Needs DualBIOS™ technology?
Answer:
This new technology will eliminate valuable system down time and costly repair bills cause by BIOS failures.
1. Every user should have DualBIOS™ technology due to the advancement of computer viruses. Everyday,
there are new BIOS-type viruses discovered that will destroy your system BIOS. Most commercial
products on the market do not have solutions to guard against this type of virus intrusion. The DualBIOS™
technology will provide a state-of-the-art solution to protect your PC:
Case I.) Vicious computer viruses may wipe out your entire system BIOS. With a conventional single
system BIOS PC, the PC will not be functional until it is sent for repairs.
Case II.) If the "Auto Recovery" option is enabled in the DualBIOS™ utility, and if a virus corrupts your
system BIOS, the backup BIOS will automatically reboot the system and correct the main BIOS.
Case III.) A user may override booting from the main system BIOS. The DualBIOS™ utility may be entered to manually change the boot sequence to boot from the backup BIOS.
2. During or after a BIOS upgrade, if DualBIOS™ detects that the main BIOS is corrupt, the backup BIOS
will take over the boot-up process automatically. Moreover, it will verify the main and backup BIOS
checksums when booting-up. DualBIOS™ technology examines the checksum of the main and backup
BIOS while the system is powered on to guarantee your BIOS operates properly.
3. Power Users will have the advantage of having two BIOS versions on their mainboard. The benefit is
being able to select either version BIOS to suit the performance system needs.
4. Flexibility for high-end desktop PCs and workstation/servers. In the DualBIOS ™ utility, the
option can be set, "Halt On When BIOS Defects" to be enabled to halt your system with awarning
message that the main BIOS has been corrupted. Most workstation/servers require constant operation
to guarantee services have not been interrupted. In this situation, the "Halt On When BIOS Defects"
message may be disabled to avoid system pauses during normal booting.
Another advantage you gain from Giga-Byte's DualBIOS™ technology is the ability to upgrade from
dual 2 Mbit BIOS to dual 4 Mbit BIOS in the future if extra BIOS storage is need.
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If you don't have DOS boot disk, we recommend that you used Gigabyte @BIOS™ program to flash BIOS.
Press here.
2. Click Start/ Programs/ GIGABYTE/
@BIOS.
1. Click "@BIOS" item.
(1)
3.Click "P".
(2)
Click here
4. Please select @BIOS sever site,
then Click "OK".
(4)
(3)
Methods and steps:
1. Update BIOS through Internet:
a. Click "Internet Update" icon
b. Click "Update New BIOS" icon
c. Select @BIOS™ sever
d. Select the exact model name on your motherboard
e. System will automatically download and update the BIOS.
2. Update BIOS NOT through Internet:
a. Do not click "Internet Update" icon
b. Click "Update New BIOS"
c. Please select "All Files" in dialog box while opening the old file.
d. Please search for BIOS unzip file, downloading from internet or any other methods.
(such as: 7VT880PRO.F2).
e. Complete update process following the instruction.
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Method 2 : @BIOS™ Utility
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3. Save BIOS
In the very beginning, there is "Save Current BIOS" icon shown in dialog box. It means to save the current
BIOS version.
4. Check out supported motherboard and Flash ROM:
In the very beginning, there is "About this program" icon shown in dialog box. It can help you check out
which kind of motherboard and which brand of Flash ROM are supported.
Note:
a. In method I, if it shows two or more motherboard's model names to be selected, please make sure your
motherboard's model name again. Selecting wrong model name will cause the system unbooted.
b. In method II, be sure that motherboard's model name in BIOS unzip file are the same as your motherboard's.
Otherwise, your system won't boot.
c. In method I, if the BIOS file you need cannot be found in @BIOS™ server, please go onto Gigabyte's web
site for downloading and updating it according to method II.
d. Please note that any interruption during updating will cause system unbooted.
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The installation of windows 98SE/2K/ME/XP is very simple. Please follow next step to install the
function!
Stereo Speakers Connection and Settings:
We recommend that you use the speaker with amplifier to acqiire the best sound effect if the stereo output is
applied.
STEP 1:
Connect the stereo speakers or earphone to "Line Out".
Line Out
STEP 2 :
After installation of the audio driver, you'll find an
icon on the taskbar's status area. Click the audio
icon "Sound Effect" from the windows tray at the bottom of the screen.
STEP 3:
Select "Speaker Configuration", and choose the
"2 channel for stereo speakers out put".
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Revision
2-/4-/6-Channel
HistoryAudio Function Introuction
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4 Channel Analog Audio Output Mode
STEP 1 :
Connect the front channels to "Line Out",
the rear channels to "Line In".
Line Out Line In
STEP 2 :
After installation of the audio driver, you'll find an
icon on the taskbar's status area. Click the audio
icon "Sound Effect" from the windows tray at the bottom of the screen.
STEP 3 :
Select "Speaker Configuration", and choose the
"4 channel for 4 speakers out put".
Disable "Only SURROUND-KIT", and press
"OK".
When the "Environment settings" is "None", the
sound would be performed as stereo mode
(2 channels output). Please select the other
settings for 4 channels output.
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Basic 6 Channel Analog Audio Output Mode
Use the back audio panel to connect the audio output
without any additional module.
STEP 1 :
Connect the front channels to "Line Out",the rear channels to "Line In", and the Center/Subwoofer channels
to "MIC In".
Line In
MIC In
Line Out
STEP 2 :
After installation of the audio driver, you'll find an
icon on the taskbar's status area. Click the audio
icon "Sound Effect" from the windows tray at the bottom of the screen.
STEP 3 :
Select "Speaker Configuration", and choose the
"6 channel for 5.1 speakers out put".
Disable "Only SURROUND-KIT" and pess "OK".
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Advanced 6 Channel Analog Audio Output Mode (using Audio Combo Kit,Optional Device):
(Audio Combo Kit provides SPDIF output port : optical & coaxis and SURROUND-KIT : Rear R/L & CEN /
Subwoofer)
SURROUND-KIT access analog output to rear
channels and Center/Subwoofer channels. It is the best
solution if you need 6 channel output, Line In and MIC
at the same time. "SURROUND-KIT" is included in the
GIGABYTE unique "Audio Combo Kit" as picture.
STEP 1 :
Insert the "SURROUND-KIT" in the back of the case ,
and fix it with the screw.
STEP 2 :
Connect the "SURROUND-KIT" to SUR_CEN on the
M/B.
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STEP 3 :
Connect the front channels to back audio panel's
"Line Out", the rear channels to SURROUND-KIT's
REAR R/L, and the Center/Subwoofer channels to
SURROUND-KIT's SUB CENTER.
STEP 4 :
Click the audio icon "Sound Effect" from the windows
tray at the bottom of the screen.
STEP 5 :
Select "Speaker Configuration", and choose the
"6 channel for 5.1 speakers out put".
Enable "Only SURROUND-KIT" and press "OK".
Basic & Advanced 6 Channel Analog Audio Output ModeNotes:
When the "Environment settings" is "None", the sound
would be performed as stereo mode(2 channels
output). Please select the other settings for 6
channels output.
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SPDIF Output Device (Optional Device)
A "SPDIF output" device is available on the
motherboard. Cable with rear bracket is provided
and could link to the "SPDIF output" connector
(As picture.) For the further linkage to decoder,
rear bracket provides coaxial cable and Fiber
connecting port.
1. Connect the SPDIF output device to the rear
bracket of PC, and fix it with screw.
2. Connect SPDIF device to the motherboard.
3. Connect SPDIF to the SPDIF decoder.
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Jack-Sensing provides audio connectors error-detection
function.
Install Microsoft DirectX8.1 or later version before to enable Jack-Sensing support for Windows 98/
98SE/2000/ME.
Jack-Sensing includes 2 parts: AUTO and MANUAL. Following is an example for 2 channels
(Windows XP):
Introduction of audio connectors
You may connect CDROM, Walkman or others
audio input devices to Line In jack, speakers,
earphone or others output devices to Line Out jack,
and microphone to MIC In jack.
Auto-detecting:
Please connect the devices to the right jacks as above.
A window will appear as right picture if you setup the
devices properly.
Please note that 3D audio function will only appear
when 3D audio inputs.
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Jack-Sensing Introuction
English
If you set wrong with the connectors, the warning message will come out as right picture.
Manual setting:
If the device picture shows different from what you set,
please press "Manual Selection" to set.
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UAJ (Universal Audio Jack) has a very smart feature: It will switch signal automatically when user
plugs his audio device to the wrong jack (Line-in/ Line-out).
That means users do not need to worry the Audio device should be plug in Line-in or Line-out
jack, the device will work perfectly after UAJ is activated.
Install Microsoft DirectX8.1 or later version before to enable UAJ support for Windows 98/98SE/
2000/ME.
PS. If UAJ couldn't work as expected, please
disable this function by pressing button
"UAJ information". And then Jack-Sense
function will awake and auto-detect if the Audio
device is plugged to the right jack (Line-in or
Line-out).
Reviving UAJ:
You can click "UAJ AUTO" to revive UAJ
function.
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UAJ Introuction
English
Adjusting Sound Volume:
You can adjust sound volume by moving lever.
Also you can mute sound by pressing the
"mute button".
Volume lever
Mute button
If there is only Line-in device plugged, UAJ will
remind you there is no any Line-out device
plugged in.
Note:
If you want to use AUX IN function, you must disable UAJ function from the Speaker Configuration
item
in the AC97 Audio Configuation menu. After that, you'll have to use the Line-In volume lever in the
"Volume Control" menu to adjust the volume because AUX IN and Line-In functions are controlled
by the
same audio signals.
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What is Xpress Recovery ?
Xpress Recovery is a utility used to back up and restore an OS partition. If the hard drive is
not working properly, the user can restore the drive to its original state.
1. Supports FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS formats
2. Must be connected to the IDE1 Master
3. Allows installation of only one OS
4. Must be used with an IDE hard disk supporting HPA
5. The first partition must be set as the boot partition. When the boot partition is backed up,
please do not alter its size.
6. Xpress Recovery is recommended when using Ghost to return boot manager to NTFS
format.
How to use the Xpress Recovery
1. Boot from CD-ROM (BMP Mode)
Enter the BIOS menu, select "Advanced BIOS Feature" and set to boot from CD-ROM. Insert
the provided driver CD into your CD drive, then save and exit the BIOS menu. Once the computer
has restarted, the phrase "Boot from CD:" will appear at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
When "Boot from CD:" appears, press any key to enter Xpress Recovery. Once you have completed
this step, subsequent access to Xpress Recovery can also function by pressing the F9 key during
computer power on.
.
.
Verifying DMI Pool Data
Boot from CD:
Boot from CD:
Xpress Recovery V1.0 (C) Copy Right 2003. GIGABYTE Technology CO. , Ltd.
1. Execute Backup Utility
2. Execute Restore Utility
3. Remove Backup Image
4. Set Password
5. Exit and Restart
Build 2011
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Xpress Recovery Introduction
English
2. Press F9 during powering on the computer. (Text Mode)
Press F9 during powering on the computer.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Al ly
Copyright (C) 1984-2002, Award Software, Inc.
Intel 865PE AGPSet BIOS for 8IPE1000MT F1
Check System Health OK
.
.
.
F9 For Xpress Recovery
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Q-Flash, F9 For Xpress Recovery
08/16/2002-I845GE-6A69YG01C-00
Xpress Recovery V1.0 (C) Copy Right 2003. GIGABYTE Technology CO. , Ltd.
1. Execute Backup Utility
2. Execute Restore Utility
3. Remove Backup Image
4. Set Password
5. Exit and Restart
1. If you have already entered Xpress Recovery by booting from the CD-ROM, you can
enter Xpress Recovery in the future by pressing the F9 key.
2. System storage capacity as well as drive reading/writing speed will affect backup speed.
3. It is recommended that Xpress Recovery be immediately installed after OS and all
required driver and software installations are complete.
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! Press B to Backup your System or Esc to Exit
The backup utility will automatically scan your system and back up data as a backup image in
your hard drive.
Not all systems support access to Xpress Recovery by pressing the F9 key during computer
power on. If this is the case, please use the boot from CD-ROM method to enter Xpress
Recovery.
2. Execute Restore Utility:
! This program will recover your system to factory default.
Press R to restore your system back to factory default or press Esc to exit
Restores backup image to original state.
3. Remove Backup Image:
! Remove backup image. Are you sure? (Y/N)
Remove the backup image.
4. Set Password:
! Please input a 4-16 character long password (a-z or 0-9) or press Esc to exit
You can set a password to enter Xpress Recovery to protect your hard disk data. Once this is
done, password input will be required to enter Xpress Recovery during the next as well as
subsequent system restarts. If you wish to remove the need for password entry, please select
"Set Password" and under "New Password/Confirm Password", make sure there is no entry
and then press "Enter" to remove password requirement.
5. Exit and Restart:
Exit and restart your computer.
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1. Execute Backup Utility:
English
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RAID Levels
RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a method of combining two hard disk drives into one
logical unit. The advantage of an Array is to provide better performance or data fault tolerance. Fault
tolerance is achieved through data redundant operation, where if one drives fails, a mirrored copy of the
data can be found on another drive. This can prevent data loss if the operating system fails or hangs.
The individual disk drives in an array are called .members. The configuration information of each
member is recorded in the .reserved sector. that identifies the drive as a member. All disk members
in a formed disk array are recognized as a single physical drive to the operating system.
Hard disk drives can be combined together through a few different methods. The different methods are
referred to as different RAID levels. Different RAID levels represent different performance levels,
security levels and implementation costs. The RAID levels which the VIA VT8237 southbridge chipset
supports are RAID 0, 1, and JBOD.
RAID 0 (Striping)
RAID 0 reads and writes sectors of data interleaved between multiple drives. If any disk member fails,
it affects the entire array. The disk array data capacity is equal to the number of drive members times
the capacity of the smallest member. The striping block size can be set from 4KB to 64KB. RAID 0
does not support fault tolerance.
RAID 1 (Mirroring)
RAID 1 writes duplicate data onto a pair of drives and reads both sets of data in parallel. If one of the
mirrored drives suffers a mechanical failure or does not respond, the remaining drive will continue to
function. Due to redundancy, the drive capacity of the array is the capacity of the smallest drive.
Under a RAID 1 setup, an extra drive called the .spare drive. can be attached. Such a drive will be
activated to replace a failed drive that is part of a mirrored array. Due to the fault tolerance, if any RAID
1 drive fails, data access will not be affected as long as there are other working drives in the array.
JBOD (Spanning)
A spanning disk array is equal to the sum of the all drives when the drives used are having different
capacities. Spanning stores data onto a drive until it is full, then proceeds to store files onto the next
drive in the array. When any disk member fails, the failure affects the entire array. JBOD is not really
a RAID and does not support fault tolerance.
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Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility Introduction
English
Please follow the steps below to construct a complete RAID array:
1) Have ready your hard drives for RAID construction.
Note: To achieve best performance, it is recommended that the hard drives used are of similar make
and storage capacity.
2) Please attach the hard drive connectors to their appropriate location on the motherboard ie. IDE,
SCSI, or SATA.
3) Enter the motherboard BIOS and locate RAID setup (Please refer to the section on Integrated
Peripherals).
4) Enter RAID setup in the BIOS and select the RAID type (For instance, enter <Tab> to select VIA
RAID).
5) Complete driver installation.
6) Complete RAID utility installation.
More information on steps 4 and 5 is provided. (For more detailed setup information, please visit our
website at http:\\www.gigabyte.com.tw)
Enter BIOS Configuration Utility
When the system powers on, the following information will appear on screen. Press the <Tab> key to
enter BIOS configuration utility.
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
Copyright (C) VIA Technologies, Inc. All Right reserved.
Scan Devices, Please wait...
Press <Tab> key into User Windows
Serial_Ch0 Master: ST380013AS
Serial_Ch1 Master: ST3120023AS
The main interface of BIOS configuration utility is as below:
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
u Create Array
Create a RAID array with the hard disks
u Delete Array
attached to VIA IDE controller
u Create/Delete Spare
F1
: View Array/disk Status
u Select Boot Array
h, i
: Move to next item
u Serial Number View
Enter
: Confirm the selection
ESC
: Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
Serial_Ch0 Master
Channel
Driver Name
ST380013AS
SATA
74.53
Hdd
Serial_Ch1 Master
ST9120023AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
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1. Use the arrow keys to navigate the main menu. Use the up and down arrow keys to select the
Create Array command and press <Enter> to call out the list of creation steps.
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
u Auto Setup For Data Security
Create a RAID array with the hard disks
u Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
attached to VIA IDE controller
u Select Disk Drives
F1
: View Array/disk Status
u Start Create Process
h, i
: Move to next item
Enter
: Confirm the selection
ESC
: Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Serial_Ch0 Master
Channel
Driver Name
ST380013AS
Array Name
SATA
74.53
Status
Hdd
Serial_Ch1 Master
ST9120023AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
2. Select Array Mode and press <Enter>, a list of array modes will appear. Highlight the target array
mode that you want to create, and press <Enter> to confirm the selection. If RAID 1 is selected, an
option list will popup and enable the users to select Create only or Create and duplicate. Create
only will allow BIOS to only create an array. The data on the mirroring drive may be different from
the source drive. Create and duplicate lets BIOS copy the data from the source to the mirroring
drive.
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
u Auto Setup For Data Security
RAID 0 for performance
u Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
RAID 1 for data protection
u Select Disk Drives
RAID 0/1
u Start Create Process
RAID SPAN for capacity
Channel
Driver Name
Create a RAID array with the hard disks
attached to VIA IDE controller
F1
: View Array/disk Status
h, i
: Move to next item
Enter
: Confirm the selection
ESC
: Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Serial_Ch0 Master
ST380013AS
Array Name
SATA
74.53
Hdd
Serial_Ch1 Master
ST9120023AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
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Create Disk Array
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3. After array mode is selected, there are two methods to create a disk array. One method is Auto
Setup and the other one is Select Disk Drives. Auto Setup allows BIOS to select the disk drives
and create arrays automatically, but it does not duplicate the mirroring drives even if the user
selected Create and duplicate for RAID 1. It is recommended all disk drives are new ones when
wanting to create an array. Select Disk Drives lets the user select the array drives by their
requirements. When using Select Disk Drives, the channel column will be activated. Highlight the
target drives that you want to use and press <Enter> to select them. After all drives have been
selected, press <Esc> to go back to the creation steps menu.
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
u Auto Setup For Performance
Create a RAID array with the hard disks
u Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
attached to VIA IDE controller
u Select Disk Drives
F1
: View Array/disk Status
u Block Size 64K
h, i
: Move to next item
u Start Create Process
Enter
: Confirm the selection
ESC
: Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
[*]Serial_Ch0 Master
Channel
Driver Name
ST380013AS
Array Name
SATA
74.53
Stripe0
[*]Serial_Ch1 Master
ST9120023AS
SATA
111.79
Stripe1
4. If user selects a RAID 0 array in step 2, the block size of the array can also be selected. Use the
arrow key to highlight Block Size and press <Enter>, then select a block size from the popup menu.
The block size can be 4KB to 64KB.
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
u Auto Setup For Performance
4K
u Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
8K
u Select Disk Drives
16K
u Block Size 64K
32K
u Start Create Process
64K
Channel
Driver Name
Create a RAID array with the hard disks
attached to VIA IDE controller
F1
: View Array/disk Status
h, i
: Move to next item
Enter
: Confirm the selection
ESC
: Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
[*]Serial_Ch0 Master
ST380013AS
Array Name
SATA
74.53
Stripe0
[*]Serial_Ch1 Master
ST9120023AS
SATA
111.79
Stripe1
5. Use the arrow key to highlight Start Create Process and press <Enter>. A warning message will
appear, press Y to finish the creation, or press N to cancel the creation.
6. Important note: All existing content in the hard drive will be destroyed after array creation.
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A RAID can be deleted after it has been created. To delete a RAID, use the following steps:
1. Select Delete Array in the main menu and press <Enter>. The channel column will be activated.
2. Select the member of an array that is to be deleted and press <Enter>. A warning message will show
up, press Y to delete or press N to cancel.
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
u
Create Array
Delete a RAID array contain the hard disks
u
Delete Array
attached to VIA IDE controller
u
Create/Delete Spare
F1
: View Array/disk Status
u
Select Boot Array
h, i
: Move to next item
u
Serial Number View
Enter
: Confirm the selection
The selected array will be destoried.
ESC
: Exit
Are you sure? Continue? Press Y/N
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
[*]Serial_Ch0 Master
Channel
Driver Name
ST380013AS
Array Name
SATA
74.53
Stripe0
[*]Serial_Ch1 Master
ST9120023AS
SATA
111.79
Stripe1
Deleting a disk array will destroy all the data on the disk array except RAID 1 arrays. When a RAID is
deleted, the data on these two hard disk drives will be reserved and become two normal disk drives.
Select Boot Array
User can select a disk array as boot device if user wants to boot operating system from an array.
Boot disk array cannot be selected if the operating system does not boot from the disk array. Highlight
the Select Boot Array item; press <Enter> and the channel column will be activated. Then highlight the
target disk array and press <Enter>. If user selects a disk array that has a boot mark and press <Enter>,
its boot setting will be canceled.
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
u Create Array
Set/Clear bootable array
u Delete Array
u Create/Delete Spare
F1
: View Array/disk Status
u Select Boot Array
h, i
: Move to next item
u Serial Number View
Enter
: Confirm the selection
ESC
: Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
[*]Serial_Ch0 Master
Channel
Driver Name
ST380013AS
Array Name
SATA
74.53
Stripe0
[*]Serial_Ch1 Master
ST9120023AS
SATA
111.79
Stripe1
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Delete Disk Array
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View Serial Number of Hard Drive
Highlight Serial Number View and press <Enter>. Use arrow key to select a drive, the selected
drive.s serial number can be viewed in the last column. The serial number is assigned by the disk
drive manufacturer.
View Array Status
Press the F1 key to show the array status on the lower screen. If there are no disk arrays then nothing
will be displayed on the screen.
VIA Technologies,Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility V1.20
u Create Array
Create a RAID array with the hard disks
u Delete Array
attached to VIA IDE controller
u Create/Delete Spare
F1
: View Array/disk Status
u Select Boot Array
h, i
: Move to next item
u Serial Number View
Enter
: Confirm the selection
ESC
: Exit
Array Name
ARRAY0
Array Mode
Block Size(GB)
Size(GB)
Stripe
64K
149.06
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For the Windows operating system (Win NT, WinXP, Win2000 ), for IDE RAID/SCSI/Serial ATA functioning,
the driver must first be transferred to a floppy disk. Please follow the steps below to complete driver
transfer to a floppy disk:
1) Please insert the provided driver CD into the hard disk drive eg. Drive D:
2) Insert a blank formatted floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
3) Either from "Command Prompt" or DOS, please type in "D:\BootDrv\menu.exe"(Refer to Fig.1)
4) Information on all chipsets should be listed on the screen (Refer to Fig.2), please select the proper
chipset model.
Fig.1
Fig.2
(Note)
Your system will then automatically zip and transfer this driver file to the floppy disk.
After you complete the steps, boot from the Windows CD to install the RAID drivers.
When install Windows 2000 or Windows XP from HDDs in serial ATA controller, press F6 as Win2000
or XP boots up, then supply serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk. Follow on-screen
instructions to complete installation.
(Each time you add a new hard drive to a RAID array, the RAID driver will have to be installed under
Windows once for that hard drive. After that, the driver will not have to be installed.)
Note: In the menu list, IAA_RAID is Intel ICH5R chipset.
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C. Installing the RAID drivers
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Revision
ChapterHistory
5 Appendix
Install Drivers
Picture below are shown in Windows XP
Insert the driver CD-title that came with your motherboard into your CD-ROM drive, the
driver CD-title will auto start and show the installation guide. If not, please double click the
CD-ROM device icon in "My computer", and execute the setup.exe.
INSTALL CHIPSET DRIVER
This page shows the drivers that need to be installed for the system. Click each item to install the driver
manually or switch to the
to install the drivers automatically.
The "Xpress Install" uses the"Click and GO" technology to install the drivers automatically. Just select
the drivers you want then click the "GO" button. The
will finish the installation for you
automatically.
Massage: Some device drivers will restart
your system automatically. After restarting
your system the "Xpress Install" will
continue to install other drivers.
We recommend that you install all components in the list.
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Driver install finished !
You have to reboot system !
Item Description
n VIA 4IN1 Driver
For INF, AGP, IDE and DMA Driver
n USB Path for WinXP
This patch driver can help you to resolve the USB device wake up S3 hang up issue in XP
n Realtek 8110S Lan Driver (LAN)(j) / Realtek Lan Driver(k)
RealTek 10/100/1000 LAN Chip driver (j)
RealTek 10/100 LAN Chip driver (k)
n RealTek AC97 Audio Driver
Audio driver for Realtek AC97 codec chipset
n VIA 8237 Serial ATA Driver
For VIA VT8237 Serial ATA driver.
n VIA USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Driver information for XP
For USB2.0 driver support under Windows XP operating system, please use Windows
Service Pack. After install Windows Service Pack, it will show a question mark "?" in
"Universal Serial Bus controller" under "Device Manager". Please remove the question mark
and restart the system (System will auto-detect the right USB2.0 driver).
j Only for GA-7VT880 Pro. k Only for GA-7VT880-L.
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This page reveals the value-added software developed by Gigabyte and its worldwide partners.
n Gigabyte Windows Utilities Manager(GWUM)
This utility can integrate the Gigabyte's applications in the system tray
n Gigabyte Management Tool(GMT)
A useful tool which can manage the computer via the network
n EastTune4
Powerful utility that integrates the overclocking and hardware monitoring functions
n DMI Viewer
Windows based utility which is used to browse the DMI/SMBIOS information of the system
n Face-Wizard
New utility for adding BIOS logo
n @BIOS
Gigabyte windows flash BIOS utility
n Acrobat e-Book
Useful utility from Adobe
n Acrobat Reader
Popular utility from Adobe for reading .PDF file format documents
n Norton Internet Security(NIS)
Integrated utility which includes anti-virus, ad control, etc.
n DirectX 9.0
Install Microsoft DirectX 9 to enable 3D hardware acceleration that support for operating system
to achieve better 3D performence.
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Appendix
English
SOFTWARE APPLICATION
English
SOFTWARE INFORMATION
This page list the contects of softwares and drivers in this CD title.
HARDWARE INFORMATION
This page lists all device you have for this motherboard.
CONTACT US
Contact us via the information in this page all over the world.
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Below is a collection of general asked questions. To check general asked questions based on a specific
motherboard model, please log on to http://tw.giga-byte.com/faq/faq.htm
Question 1: I cannot see some options that were included in previous BIOS after updating BIOS.
Why?
Answer: Some advanced options are hidden in new BIOS version. Please press Ctrl and F1 keys
after entering BIOS menu and you will be able to see these options.
Questions 2: Why is the light of my keyboard/optical mouse still on after computer shuts down?
Answer: In some boards, a small amount of electricity is kept on standby after computer shuts down
and that's why the light is still on.
Question 3: Why cannot I use all functions in EasyTune™ 4?
Answer: The availability of the listed functions in EasyTune™ 4 depends on the MB chipset. If the
chipset doesn't support certain functions in EasyTune™ 4, these functions will be locked automatically
and you will not be able to use them.
Question 4: Why do I fail to install RAID and ATA drivers under Win 2000 and XP on boards that
support RAID function after I connect the boot HDD to IDE3 or IDE4 ?
Answer: First of all, you need to save some files in the CD-ROM to a floppy disk before installing
drivers. You also need to go through some rather different steps in the installation process. Therefore,
we suggest that you refer to the installation steps in the RAID manual at our website.
(Please download it at http://tw.giga-byte.com/support/user_pdf/raid_manual.pdf)
Question 5: How do I clear CMOS?
Answer: If your board has a Clear CMOS jumper, please refer to the Clear CMOS steps in the
manual. If your board doesn't have such jumper, you can take off the on-board battery to leak voltage
to clear CMOS. Please refer to the steps below:
Steps:
1. Turn off power.
2. Disconnect the power cord from MB.
3. Take out the battery gently and put it aside for about 10 minutes (Or you can use a
metal object to connect the positive and negative pins in the battery holder to make
them short for one minute).
4. Re-insert the battery to the battery holder.
5. Connect power cord to MB again and turn on power.
6. Press Del to enter BIOS and load Fail-Safe Defaults.
7. Save changes and reboot the system.
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FAQ
English
Question 6: Why does system seem unstable after updating BIOS?
Answer: Please remember to load Fail-Safe Defaults (Or Load BIOS Defaults) after flashing BIOS.
However, if the system instability still remains, please clear CMOS to solve the problem.
Question 7: Why do I still get a weak sound after turning up the speaker to the maximum volume?
Answer: Please make sure the speaker you are using is equipped with an internal amplifier. If not,
please change another speaker with power/amplifier and try again later.
Question 8: How do I disable onboard VGA card in order to add an external VGA card?
Answer: Gigabyte motherboards will auto-detect the external VGA card after it is plugged in, so you
don't need to change any setting manually to disable the onboard VGA.
Question 9: Why cannot I use the IDE 2?
Answer: Please refer to the user manual and check whether you have connected any cable that is not
provided with the motherboard package to the USB Over Current pin in the Front USB Panel. If the
cable is your own cable, please remove it from this pin and do not connect any of your own cables to
it.
Question 10: Sometimes I hear different continuous beeps from computer after system boots up. What
do these beeps usually stand for?
Answer: The beep codes below may help you identify the possible computer problems. However,
they are only for reference purposes. The situations might differ from case to case.
gAMI BIOS Beep Codes
g AWARD BIOS Beep Codes
*Computer gives 1 short beep when system boots
1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
successfully.
*Except for beep code 8, these codes are always fatal.
1 long 1 short: DRAM or M/B error
1 long 2 short: Monitor or display card error
1 beep Refresh failure
2 beeps Parity error
1 long 3 short: Keyboard error
3 beeps Base 64K memory failure
1 long 9 short: BIOS ROM error
4 beeps Timer not operational
Continuous long beeps: DRAM error
5 beeps Processor error
Continuous short beeps: Power error
6 beeps 8042 - gate A20 failure
7 beeps Processor exception interrupt error
8 beeps Display memory read/write failure
9 beeps ROM checksum error
10 beeps CMOS shutdown register read/write error
11 beeps Cache memory bad
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mode?
Answer: Please set in the BIOS as follow:
1. Advanced BIOS features--> SATA/RAID/SCSI boot order: "SATA"
2. Advanced BIOS features--> First boot device: "SCSI"
3. Integrated Peripherals--> Onboard H/W Serial ATA: "enable"
Then it depends on the SATA mode that you need to set "RAID" to RAID mode or "BASE" to normal
ATA mode in the item named Serial ATA function.
Question 12: For the M/B which have RAID function, how to set in the BIOS in order to bootup from
IDE3, 4 by either RAID or ATA mode?
Answer: Please set in the BIOS as follow:
1. Advanced BIOS features-->(SATA)/RAID/SCSI boot order: "SATA"
2. Advanced BIOS features--> First boot device: "SCSI"
3. Integrated Peripherals--> Onboard H/W ATA/RAID: "enable"
Then it depends on the RAID mode that you need to set "RAID" to RAID mode or "ATA" to normal ATA
mode in the item named RAID controller function.
Question 13: How to set in the BIOS to bootup from the IDE/ SCSI/ RAID card ?
Answer: Please set in the BIOS as follow:
1. Advanced BIOS features-->(SATA)/RAID/SCSI boot order: "SCSI"
2. Advanced BIOS features--> First boot device: "SCSI"
Then it depends on the mode(RAID or ATA) that you need to set in RAID/ SCSI BIOS.
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Question 11: How to set in the BIOS in order to bootup from SATA HDDs by either RAID or ATA
English
Troubleshooting
If you encounter any trouble during boot up, please follow the troubleshooting
procedures.
START
Turn off the power and unplug the AC power cable, then remove
all of the add-on cards and cables from motherboard.
Please make sure motherboard & chassis are not short ?
Yes
Please isolate
the short pin.
No
Failure has been excluded.
Please make sure all jumper settings (such as CPU system bus
speed, frequency ratio, voltage and etc.) are set properly.
Yes
No
Make sure the
jumper setting
are correct.
Failure has been excluded.
Check if the CPU cooling fan attached to CPU properly. ls
CPU cooling fan power connected to CPU_FAN
properly?
Yes
No
Plug the CPU
cooling fan power
in the CPU fan
connector. Plug
in the AC power
connector.
Failure has been excluded.
Check if the memory install properly into the DIMM slot.
Yes
No
Insert and push
the memory
module vertically
into the DIMM
slot.
Failure has been excluded.
Insert the VGA card. Then plug in ATX power cable and turn
on the system.
A
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Is memory LED on and CPU fan running?
No
The problem could
be caused by
power supply,
CPU, memory or
CPU/memory
socket itself.
Yes
Failure has been excluded.
No
Check if there is display.
Yes
Perhaps your VGA
card / VGA slot or
monitor is defective.
Failure has been excluded.
Turn off the system. Reboot after keyboard and mouse have
been plugged in.
No
Check if keyboard is working properly.
It is possible that
your keyboard or
keyboard
connector is
defective.
Yes
Press <Del> to enter BIOS setup. Choose "Load
Optimized Defaults" and save then exit setup.
Turn off the system and re-connect the IDE cable.
Check if the system can reboot successfully.
Failure has been excluded.
No
The problem was
probably caused
by the IDE device
/ connector or
cable.
Yes
Reinstall Windows OS, and reinstall add-on cards and cables.
Then try to reboot the system.
Failure has been excluded.
END
If the above procedure unable to solve your problem, please contact with your local retailer or national
distributor for help. Or, you could submit your question to the service mail via Gigabyte website
technical support zone
(http://www.gigabyte.com.tw). The appropriate response will be provided ASAP.
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A
English
&
Technical Support/RMA Sheet
Customer/Country:
Contact Person:
Company:
Phone No.:
E-mail Add. :
Model name/Lot Number:
BIOS version:
Hardware
PCB revision:
O.S./A.S.:
Mfs.
Model name
Size:
Driver/Utility:
Configuration
CPU
Memory
Brand
Video Card
Audio Card
HDD
CD-ROM /
DVD-ROM
Modem
Network
AMR / CNR
Keyboard
Mouse
Power supply
Other Device
Problem Description:
&
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Acronyms
Meaning
ACPI
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
AP M
Advanced Power Management
AGP
Accelerated Graphics Port
AMR
Audio Modem Riser
ACR
Advanced Communications Riser
BIOS
Basic Input / Output System
CPU
Central Processing Unit
CMOS
Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor
CRIMM
Continuity RIMM
CNR
Communication and Networking Riser
DMA
Direct Memory Access
DMI
Desktop Management Interface
DIMM
Dual Inline Memory Module
DRM
Dual Retention Mechanism
DRAM
Dynamic Random Access Memory
DDR
Double Data Rate
EC P
Extended Capabilities Port
ESCD
Extended System Configuration Data
ECC
Error Checking and Correcting
EMC
Electromagnetic Compatibility
EPP
Enhanced Parallel Port
ESD
Electrostatic Discharge
FDD
Floppy Disk Device
FSB
Front Side Bus
HDD
Hard Disk Device
IDE
Integrated Dual Channel Enhanced
IRQ
Interrupt Request
I/O
Input / Output
IOAPIC
Input Output Advanced Programmable Input Controller
ISA
Industry Standard Architecture
LAN
Local Area Network
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Appendix E: Acronyms
to be continued......
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Appendix
English
Acronyms
Meaning
LBA
Logical Block Addressing
LED
Light Emitting Diode
MH z
Megahertz
MIDI
Musical Instrument Digital Interface
MTH
Memory Translator Hub
MPT
Memory Protocol Translator
NIC
Network Interface Card
OS
Operating System
OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer
PAC
PCI A.G.P. Controller
POST
Power-On Self Test
PCI
Peripheral Component Interconnect
RIMM
Rambus in-line Memory Module
SCI
Special Circumstance Instructions
SE CC
Single Edge Contact Cartridge
SRAM
Static Random Access Memory
SM P
Symmetric Multi-Processing
SMI
System Management Interrupt
US B
Universal Serial Bus
VID
Voltage ID
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English
CONTACT US
Contact us via the information in this page all over the world.
— Taiwan
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Address: No.6, Bau Chiang Road, Hsin-Tien, Taipei Hsien,
Taiwan
Tel: 886 (2) 8912-4888
Fax: 886 (2) 8912-4003
Tech. Support:
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support (Sales/Marketing issues):
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Website: http://www.gigabyte.com.tw
— USA
G.B.T. INC.
Address: 17358 Railroad St, City of Industry, CA 91748.
Tel: 1 (626) 854-9338
Fax: 1 (626) 854-9339
Tech. Support:
http://www.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support (Sales/Marketing issues):
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Website: http://www.giga-byte.com
— Germany
G.B.T. Technology Trading GmbH
Tel: 49-40-2533040
49-01803-428468 (Tech.)
Fax: 49-40-25492343 (Sales)
49-01803-428329 (Tech.)
Tech. Support:
http://de.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support (Sales/Marketing issues):
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Website: http://www.gigabyte.de
— Japan
Nippon Giga-Byte Corporation
Website: http://www.gigabyte.co.jp
— U.K
G.B.T. TECH. CO. LTD.
Tel: 44-1908-362700
Fax: 44-1908-362709
Tech. Support:
http://uk.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support (Sales/Marketing issues):
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Website: http://uk.giga-byte.com
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— The Netherlands
Giga-Byte Technology B.V.
Address: Verdunplein 8 5627 SZ, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 40 290 2088
NL Tech.Support : 0900-GIGABYTE (0900-44422983, 0.2/M)
BE Tech.Support : 0900-84034 ( 0.4/M)
Fax: +31 40 290 2089
Tech. Support:
http://nz.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support (Sales/Marketing issues):
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Website: http://www.giga-byte.nl
— China
NINGBO G.B.T. Tech. Trading CO., Ltd.
Tech. Support:
http://cn.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support (Sales/Marketing issues):
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Website: http://www.gigabyte.com.cn
Beijing
Tel: 86-10-82856054, 86-10-82856064, 86-10-82856094
Fax: 86-10-82856575
Chengdu
Tel: 86-28-85236930
Fax: 86-28-85256822
GuangZhou
Tel: 86-20-87586273
Fax: 86-20-87544306
Shanghai
Tel: 86-21-64737410
Fax: 86-21-64453227
Shenyang
Tel: 86-24-23960918, 86-24-23960893
Wuhan
Tel: 86-27-87854385, 86-27-87854802
Fax: 86-27-87854031
Xian
Tel: 86-29-5531943
Fax: 86-29-5539821
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