Motherboard
A8V-VM
Ultra
E2504
First Edition
April 2006
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Table of contents
Notices................................................................................................. vi
Safety information...............................................................................vii
A8V-VM Ultra specifications summary.................................................. x
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!............................................................................... 1-2
1.2
Package contents.................................................................. 1-2
1.3
Special features..................................................................... 1-3
1.3.1
Product highlights.................................................... 1-3
1.3.2
Innovative ASUS features ....................................... 1-4
1.4
Before you proceed............................................................... 1-5
1.5
Motherboard overview........................................................... 1-6
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
1.5.1
Motherboard layout................................................. 1-6
1.5.2
Placement direction................................................. 1-6
1.5.3
Screw holes.............................................................. 1-7
Central Processing Unit (CPU)............................................... 1-8
1.6.1
Overview.................................................................. 1-8
1.6.2
Installing the CPU..................................................... 1-8
1.6.3
Installing the heatsink and fan............................... 1-10
System memory................................................................... 1-12
1.7.1
Overview................................................................ 1-12
1.7.2
Memory configurations.......................................... 1-12
1.7.3
Installing a DIMM.................................................... 1-15
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM................................................... 1-15
Expansion slots.................................................................... 1-16
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card................................... 1-16
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card............................... 1-16
1.8.3
PCI slots................................................................. 1-18
1.8.4
PCI Express x1 slot................................................ 1-18
1.8.5
PCI Express x16 slot.............................................. 1-18
Jumpers............................................................................... 1-19
1.10 Connectors.......................................................................... 1-21
1.10.1 Rear panel connectors........................................... 1-21
1.10.2 Internal connectors................................................ 1-22
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Chapter 2: BIOS setup
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
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Managing and updating your BIOS......................................... 2-2
2.1.1
Creating a bootable floppy disk............................... 2-2
2.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash utility................................................ 2-3
2.1.3
AFUDOS utility......................................................... 2-4
2.1.4
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 utility................................. 2-6
2.1.5
ASUS Update utility................................................. 2-8
BIOS setup program............................................................. 2-11
2.2.1
BIOS menu screen.................................................. 2-12
2.2.2
Menu bar................................................................ 2-12
2.2.3
Navigation keys...................................................... 2-12
2.2.4
Menu items............................................................ 2-13
2.2.5
Sub-menu items..................................................... 2-13
2.2.6
Configuration fields................................................ 2-13
2.2.7
Pop-up window....................................................... 2-13
2.2.8
Scroll bar................................................................ 2-13
2.2.9
General help........................................................... 2-13
Main menu............................................................................ 2-14
2.3.1
System Time.......................................................... 2-14
2.3.2
System Date.......................................................... 2-14
2.3.3
Legacy Diskette A ................................................ 2-14
2.3.4
Primary, Secondary, Third, Fourth IDE Master/Slave .... 2-15
2.3.5
IDE Configuration................................................... 2-16
2.3.6
System Information............................................... 2-17
Advanced menu................................................................... 2-18
2.4.1
CPU Configuration.................................................. 2-18
2.4.2
Chipset ................................................................. 2-19
2.4.3
Onboard Devices Configuration.............................. 2-26
2.4.4
PCI PnP................................................................... 2-27
Power menu......................................................................... 2-28
2.5.1
ACPI 2.0 Support .................................................. 2-28
2.5.2
ACPI APIC Support................................................. 2-28
Table of contents
2.6
2.7
2.5.3
APM Configuration................................................. 2-29
2.5.4
Hardware Monitor................................................... 2-31
Boot menu........................................................................... 2-32
2.6.1
Boot Device Priority............................................... 2-32
2.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration.................................. 2-33
2.6.3
Security.................................................................. 2-34
Exit menu............................................................................. 2-36
Chapter 3: Software support
3.1
Installing an operating system............................................... 3-2
3.2
Support CD information......................................................... 3-2
3.2.1
Running the support CD........................................... 3-2
3.2.2
Drivers menu............................................................ 3-3
3.2.3
Utilities menu........................................................... 3-4
3.2.4
Make disk menu....................................................... 3-5
3.2.4
Manual...................................................................... 3-6
3.2.5
ASUS Contact information....................................... 3-6
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics
card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes
or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate
this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise
emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference
Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from
the electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that
the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables
are connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing
system before you add a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard,
ensure that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your
area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you
are using, contact your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully
read all the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected
and the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage,
contact your dealer immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the
product in any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
The symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product
(electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal
waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and
configuring the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This manual contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports. It also lists the hardware setup procedures
that you have to perform when installing system components.
It includes description of the jumpers and connectors on the
motherboard.
•
Chapter 2: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
•
Chapter 3: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes
with the motherboard package.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product
and software updates.
1. ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware
and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2. Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as
warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These
documents are not part of the standard package.
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Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the
following symbols used throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a
task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select
Italics
<Key> Used to emphasize a word or a phrase
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means that you must press the enclosed key
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or Return key
<Key1> + <Key2> + <Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key names are linked with a plus sign (+)
Example: <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly as shown, then supply the required item or value enclosed in brackets
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
awdflash A8VVMUT.ROM
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A8V-VM Ultra specifications summary
CPU
Socket 939 for AMD® Athlon™ 64/Sempron™/Opteron™ processors
Supports AMD 64 architecture that enables simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit computing
Supports AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
Chipset
Northbridge: VIA® K8M890
Southbridge: VIA® VT8237A
System Bus
1GH/z
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
2 x 184-pin DIMM sockets support unbuffered ECC/
non-ECC DDR 400/333/266 MHz memory modules
Supports up to 2 GB system memory
VGA
Integrated Gfx in North bridge
Expansion slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Storage
VIA® VT8237A South Bridge supports:
- 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33
- 2 x Serial ATA devices with RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD configurations
Audio
Realtek® ALC660 6-channel CODEC USB
Supports up to 8 USB 2.0 ports
LAN
Realtek® RTL8201CL 10/100M LAN PHY
ASUS special
features
ASUS MyLogo
ASUS EZ Flash
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
BIOS features
4 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Back Panel I/O
Ports
1 x Parallel port
1 x Serial port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x RJ45 port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x 6-Channel Audio I/O port
1 x VGA port
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Internal I/O
connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
2 x USB connectors for four additional USB 2.0 ports
1 x Front panel audio connector
CPU/Chassis fan connectors
1 x CD audio-in connector
1 x System panel connector
Manageability
Wfm2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE, RPL
Support CD
contents
Device drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Anti-Virus software
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor: 9.6 in x 7.8 in (24.4 cm x 19.4 cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
1
Product
introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS ® A 8 V - V M U l t r a m o t h e r b o a r d !
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies,
making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it,
check the items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS A8V-VM Ultra motherboard
Cables
1 x floppy disk drive cable
1 x Ultral DMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x SATA cable kit (SATA/power)
Accessories
I/O shield
Application CDs
ASUS motherboard support CD
Documentation
Quick Start Guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1 Product highlights
AMD Dual-Core Architecture
The motherboard supports AMD dual-core processors containing two
physical CPU cores with discrete L2 cache structure for each core to meet
demands for more powerful computing.
Latest processor and 64-bit
computing technology
The AMD Athlon™ 64, AMD Opteron™, and AMD Sempron™ desktop
processors are based on AMD’s 64-bit and 32-bit architecture, which
represents the landmark introduction of the industry’s first x86-64 technology.
These processors provide a dramatic leap forward in compatibility,
performance, investment protection, and reduced total cost of ownership
and development. See page 1-8 for details.
Dual-channel DDR400 memory support
Employing the Double Date Rate (DDR) memory technology,
the motherboard supports up to 2GB of system meomory using
DDR400/333/266 DIMMs. The ultra-fast 400MHz memory bus delivers the
required bandwidth for the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet
applications. See page 1-12 for details.
Serial ATA technology
The motherboard supports the Serial ATA technology through the Serial ATA
interfaces. The SATA specification allows for thinner, more flexible cables
with lower pin count, reduced voltage requirement, and up to 150 MB/s data
transfer rate. See page 1-24 for details.
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that
dynamically and automatically changes the CPU speed, voltage and amount
of power depending on the task the CPU performs.
USB 2.0 technology
The motherboard implements the Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
specification, dramatically increasing the connection speed from the
12 Mbps bandwidth on USB 1.1 to a fast 480 Mbps on USB 2.0. USB 2.0
is backward compatible with USB 1.1. See pages 1-20, 1-22, and 2-26 for
details.
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PCI Express™ interface
The motherboard fully supports PCI Express, the latest I/O interconnect
technology that speeds up the PCI bus. PCI Express features point‑to­‑point
serial interconnections between devices and allows higher clockspeeds by
carrying data in packets. This high speed interface is software compatible
with existing PCI specifications. See page 1-18 for details.
1.3.2 Innovative ASUS features
CrashFree BIOS 2
This feature allows you to restore the original BIOS data from the support
CD in case when the BIOS codes and data are corrupted. This protection
eliminates the need to buy a replacement ROM chip. See page 2-6 for details.
ASUS MyLogo™
This new feature present in the motherboard allows you to personalize and
add style to your system with customizable boot logos. See page 2-33 for
details.
ASUS EZ Flash BIOS
With the ASUS EZ Flash, you can easily update the system BIOS even
before loading the operating system. No need to use a DOS-based utility or
boot from a floppy disk. See page 2-3 for details.
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1.4
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install components into
the system.
• Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
• Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or
a metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling
components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
• Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
• Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded
antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.
• Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX
power supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from
the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
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The motherboard comes with a green standby power LED. This LED
lights up to indicate that the system is ON, in sleep mode or in softoff mode, and not powered OFF. Unplug the power cable from the
power outlet and make sure that the standby power LED is OFF before
installing any system component.
SB_PWR
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA Onboard LED
ASUS A8V-VM Ultra
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
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1.5
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis
to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage
motherboard components.
1.5.1 Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the
chassis in the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the
rear part of the chassis as indicated in the image below.
1.5.2 Screw holes
Place six (6) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the
motherboard to the chassis.
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Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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1.5.3 Motherboard layout
19.4cm(7.8in)
PS2_USB_PWR
PS/2KBM
T: Mouse
B: Keyboard
ATX12V
CPU_FAN
Top:
USB3 RJ-45
USB4
VIA
K8M890
RTL8201CL
PCIEX1_1
A8V-VM ULTRA
4M
BIOS
PCIEX16
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
Super I/O
PCI1
USB56_WFG
USB56
USB78
SEC_IDE
CD
CHA_FAN
Top:Line In
Center:Line Out
Below:Mic In
PRI_IDE
Bottom:
24.5cm (9.6in)
USB12
EATXPWR
VGA
DDR DIMM_B1 (64 bit,184-pin module)
DDR DIMM_A1 (64 bit,184-pin module)
Socket 939
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PARALLEL PORT
COM2
VIA
VT8237A
PCI2
ALC660
SPEAKER
AAFP
CLRTC
FLOPPY
ASUS A8V-VM Ultra
SB_PWR F_PANEL
SATA1
SATA2
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1.6
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
1.6.1 Overview
The motherboard comes with a surface mount 939-pin Zero Insertion Force
(ZIF) socket designed for the AMD Athlon™ 64, AMD Sempron™, or AMD
Opteron™ processors.
The 128-bit-wide data paths of these processors can run applications
faster than processors with only 32-bit or 64-bit wide data paths.
Take note of the marked corner
(with gold triangle) on the CPU. This
mark should match a specific corner
on the socket to ensure correct
installation.
Gold triangle
1.6.2 Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
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1.
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA CPU Socket 939
Before installing the CPU, make sure that the socket box is facing
towards you and the load lever is on your left.
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2.
Unlock the socket by pressing the
lever sideways, then lift it up to a
90°-100° angle.
Make sure that the socket lever
is lifted up to 90°-100° angle,
otherwise the CPU does not fit in
completely.
3.
Position the CPU above the socket
such that the CPU corner with the
gold triangle matches the socket
corner with a small triangle.
4.
Carefully insert the CPU into the
socket until it fits in place.
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU into
the socket to prevent bending the pins and damaging the CPU!
5.
When the CPU is in place, push down
the socket lever to secure the CPU.
The lever clicks on the side tab to
indicate that it is locked.
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1.6.3 Installing the heatsink and fan
The AMD Athlon™ 64, AMD Sempron™, or AMD Opteron™ processor
requires a specially designed heatsink and fan assembly to ensure optimum
thermal condition and performance.
Follow these steps to install the CPU heatsink and fan.
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, making sure that the
heatsink fits properly on the retention module base.
• The retention module base is already installed on the motherboard upon purchase. • You do not have to remove the retention module base when installing the CPU or installing other motherboard components.
• If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, make sure that a Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
CPU Fan
CPU Heatsink
Retention bracket
Retention Module Base
Retention bracket lock
Your boxed CPU heatsink and fan assembly should come with installation
instructions for the CPU, heatsink, and the retention mechanism. If the
instructions in this section do not match the CPU documentation, follow
the latter.
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2.
Attach one end of the retention bracket to the retention module base.
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2
4
3
3.
5
Align the other end of the retention bracket (near the retention
bracket lock) to the retention module base. A clicking sound denotes
that the retention bracket is in place.
Make sure that the fan and heatsink assembly perfectly fits the
retention mechanism module base, otherwise you cannot snap the
retention bracket in place.
4.
Push down the retention bracket lock on the retention mechanism to
secure the heatsink and fan to the module base.
5.
When the fan and heatsink assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
GND
+12V
Tachometer
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CPU_FAN
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA CPU Fan Connector
ASUS A8V-VM Ultra
Do not forget to connect the
CPU fan connector! Hardware
monitoring errors can
occur if you fail to plug this
connector.
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1.7
System memory
1.7.1 Overview
The motherboard comes with two 184-pin Double Data Rate (DDR) Dual
Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets.
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The following figure illustrates the location of the sockets:
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA 184-pin DDR DIMM Sockets
Channel
Sockets
Channel A
DIMM_A1
Channel B
DIMM_B1
1.7.2 Memory configurations
You may install 64MB, 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, 2 GB unbuffered ECC or
non-ECC DDR DIMMs into the DIMM sockets using the memory configuration
in this section.
• For dual-channel configuration, the size of memory module installed
per channel must be the same (DIMM_A1= DIMM_B1)
• Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum
compatibility, it is recommended that you obtain memory modules
from the same vendor. See the Qualified Vendors List (QVL) on the
next page.
• If you are installing only one DIMM module for a Single-channel
configuration, install the module on DIMM_B1.
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DDR400 Qualified Vendors List
DIMM support
Size
256MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
256MB
1G
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
Vendor
Model
Brand
Kingston
KVR333X64C25/256 Kingston
Kingston
KVR333X64C25/256
Hynix
Kingston
KVR333X64C25/256 Hynix
Kingston
KVR333X64C25/512
Kingston
Kingston
KVR400X64C3A/512
Hynix
Kingston
KVR400X64C3A/512 Kingston
Kingston
KVR400X64C3A/512
Hynix
Kingston
KVR400X64C3A/256 Hynix
Kingston
KVR400X64C3A/256 Kingston
Kingston
KVR400X64C3A/256
PSC
Kingston
KVR400X64C3A/1G Infineon
Infineon
HYS64D32300HU-5-C
Infineon
Infineon
HYS64D64320HU-5-C
Infineon
Infineon
HYS64D64300HU-5-B
Infineon
Infineon
HYS64D32300GU-5-C
Infineon
Infineon
HYS64D64320HU-6-C
Infineon
HY
HYMD232646D8J-D43
Hynix
HY
HYMD264646D8J-D43
Hynix
HY
HYMD232646B8J-J
Hynix
HY
HYMD264646B8J-J
Hynix
Corsair
VS256MB400 Value select
Corsair
XMS3202v3.1
Infineon
Corsair
XMS3205v1.2 Winbond
Corsair
VS512MB400
Value select
Corsair
XMS2700v1.1 Winbond
Corsair
VS256MB333 Samsung
Corsair
XMS2702v3.1
Mosel
Corsair
XMS2702v1.2 Winbond
Micron
MT16VDDT6464AG-335GB
Micron
Micron
MT8VDDT3264AG-335GB
Micron
Micron
MT8VDDT3264AG-40BGB
Micron
Micron
MT16VDDT6464AG-40BCB
Micron
Samsung
M368L3223FTN-CCC
Samsung
Samsung
M368L6423FTN-CCC
Samsung
Samsung
M368L3223FTN-CB3 Samsung
Samsung
M368L6423FTN-CB3 Samsung
Elpida
U24256ADEPG6H20 Elpida
Elpida
U24512ADEPG6H20 Elpida
Apacer77.90728.U1G Apacer
Apacer77.10636.46G Samsung
Apacer77.10636.56G
Mosel
Apacer
77.10736.11G Infineon
Transcend
DDR400-256
Samsung
Transcend
DDR400-256
Mosel
Transcend
103004-0720 PSC
Transcend
102709-0001 PSC
Transcend
DDR400-512
Mosel
Transcend
DDR400-512
Samsung
Transcend
111448-0214 2.5
Transcend
DDR333-512
Hynix
Kingmax
MPMB62D-38LT3R
Mosel
Kingmax
MPMC22D-38HT3R Hynix
Kingmax
MPXB62D-38KT3R Kingmax
Kingmax
MPXC22D-38KT3R Kingmax
Vdata
MDYVD6F4G2880B1E0H Vdata
Pmi
3208GATA07-04A7 Pmi
Pmi
3208GATA01-04A4 Pmi
Side(s)
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SS
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DS
DS
DS
SS
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DS
DS
DS
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DS
DS
DS
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DS
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DS
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DS
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DS
DS
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DS
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DS
DS
DS
PSC
DS
SS
DS
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DS
SS
SS
DS
Component
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B
D3208DH1T-6
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HY5DU56822BT-J
•
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HY5DU56822BT-D43
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D3208DH1T-6
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HY5DU56822BT-D43
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D3208DH1T-5
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HY5DU12822BT-D43
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HY5DU56822BT-D43
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D3208DL3T-5A
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A2S56D30BTP
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HYB25D512800BE-5B
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HYB25D256800CE-5C
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HYB25D256800CE-5C
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HYB25D512800BE-5B
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HYB25D256800CE-5C
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HYB25D256800CE-6C
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HY5DU56822DT-D43
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HY5DU56822DT-D43
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HY5DU56822BT-J
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HY5DU56822BT-J
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VS32M8-5 2B0409
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HYB25D256807BT-5B
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W942508CH-5
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VS32M8-5 2B0402
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W942508BH-6
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K4H560838D-TCB3
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V58C2256804SAT6
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W942508CH-6
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MT46V32M8TG-6TG
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MT46V32M8TG-6TG
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MT46V32M8TG-5BG
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MT46V32M8TG-5BC
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K4H560838F-TCCC
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K4H560838F-TCCC
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K4H560838F-TCB3
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K4H560838F-TCB3
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DD2508AKTA-5C
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DD2508AMTA
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AM3A568AJT-6B
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K4H560838E-TCCC
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V58C2256804SAT5B
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HYB25D256800BT-5B
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K4H560838F-TCCC
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V58C2256804SAT5B
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A2S56D3OBTP
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A2S56D3OATP
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V58C2256804SAT5B
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K4H560838F-TCCC
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SS A2S56D30BTP
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HY5DU56822CT-J
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V58C2256804SAT6
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HY5DU56822BT-J
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KDL388P4LA-50
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KDL388P4EA-50
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VDD9616A8A-5C
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PM4D328D50406EU
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PM4D328S50403DU
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DDR400 Qualified Vendors List
DIMM support
Size
Vendor
Model
Brand
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
1G
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
Mosel
Mosel
Nanya
Nanya
Nanya
Nanya
Smart
Smart
Smart
Smart
Twinmos
Twinmos
Promos
Promos
BiaoXing
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Patriot
MDT
GEIL
V826632K24SATG-D3 V826664K24SATG-D3 NT256D64S88B1G-5T NT512D64S8HB1G-5T
NT512D64S88C0GY-5T
NT1GD64S8HC0GY-5T U24256ADSRG6H20 U24256ADSRG6H20 U24512ADSRG6H20
U24512ADSRG6H20 DDR333-256
M2G9108A-TT
V826632K24SCTG-D0
V826664K24SCTG-D0
BXXC22D-38KT3B U24256ADWBG6H20 U24256AAWBG6H20
DDR333-512
U24512ADWBG6H20 PDC1G3200+XBLK
MDT 512MB
GE5123200
Mosel
Mosel
Nanya
Nanya
Nanya
Nanya
Smart
Smart
Smart
Smart
Twinmos
Twinmos
Promos
Promos
BiaoXing
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Patriot
MDT
GEIL
Side(s): SS - Single-Sided
Side(s)
Component
A
B
SS
V58C2256804SAT5
DS
V58C2256804SAT5
SS
NT5DS32M8BT-5T
DS
NT5DS32M8BT-5T
SS
NT5DS64M8CS-5T
DS
NT5DS64M8CS-5T
SS
D32M8XS50H3X4AMV
SS
D32M8XS60HBX4AMV
DS
D32M8XS50H3X4AMV
DS
D32M8XS60HBX4AMV
SS
TMD7608F8E60B
SS
TMD7608F8E501
SS
V58C2256804SCT5B
DS
V58C2256804SCT5B
DS
VM256D328BT-5
SS
W942508CH-5
SS
W942508CH-6
DS
W942508BH-6
DS
W942508CH-5
DS
DS
MDT25B25680-50530
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GL3LC32G88TG-5A
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DS - Double-Sided
DIMM Support:
A - supports one module as a single-channel memory configuration.
B - supports one pair of modules inserted into two slots as one pair of
dual‑channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the latest DDR 400 Qualified
Vendors List.
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1.7.3 Installing a DIMM
Make sure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs
or other system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage
to both the motherboard and the components.
2
1.
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clips
outward.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the
DIMM matches the break on the
socket.
DDR DIMM notch
1
1
Unlocked retaining clip
A DDR DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO
NOT force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
3
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips
snap back in place and the DIMM
is properly seated.
Locked Retaining Clip
1.7.4 Removing a DIMM
2
Follow these steps to remove a DIMM.
1.
Simultaneously press the
retaining clips outward to
unlock the DIMM.
1
1
DDR DIMM notch
Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining
clips. The DIMM might get damaged when it flips out with extra force.
2.
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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1.8
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following
sub‑sections describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing
expansion cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and
damage motherboard components.
1.8.1 Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that
came with it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already
installed in a chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep
the screw for later use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
1.8.2 Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software
settings.
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1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any.
See Chapter 2 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
Priority
Standard Function
0
1
12
2
-
3
11
4
12
5
13
6
14
7
15
8
3
9
4
10
5
11
6
127
13
8
14
9
15
10
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Programmable interrupt
Communications Port (COM2)*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
Floppy Disk Controller
Printer Port (LPT1)*
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
MIDI port*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port*
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
Secondary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A
PCI slot 1
PCI slot 2
PCI Express x16 slot
PCI Express x1 slot 1
Onboard USB controller 0
Onboard USB controller 1
Onboard USB controller 2
Onboard USB controller 3
Onboard EHCI controller
Onboard SATA Controller
Onboard Audio Controller
Onboard LAN
Integrated graphics
B
C
D
shared —
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F
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H
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shared
shared
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When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support
“Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments; otherwise,
conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the system
unstable and the card inoperable.
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1.8.3 PCI Express x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI
Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards
and other cards that comply with the
PCI Express specifications. The figure
shows a network card installed on the
PCI Express x1 slot.
1.8.4 PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as
a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and
other cards that comply with PCI
specifications. The figure shows a
LAN card installed on a PCI slot.
1.8.5 PCI Express x16 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express
x16 graphic cards that comply with
the PCI Express specifications. The
figure shows a graphics card installed
on the PCI Express x16 slot.
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1.9
Jumpers
1. Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system
setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard
button cell battery powers the RAM data in the CMOS, which includes
the system setup information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Remove the battery.
3. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
4. Re-install the battery.
5. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
6. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to re-enter data.
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CLRTC
A8V-VM ULTRA
1 2
Normal
(Default)
2 3
Clear CMOS
A8V-VM ULTRA Clear RTC RAM
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC
jumper default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure.
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2. USB device wake-up (3-pin PS2_USB_PWR)
Set this jumper to +5V to wake up the computer from S1 sleep mode
(CPU stopped, DRAM refreshed, system running in low power mode)
using the connected USB devices. Set to +5VSB to wake up from S3
and S4 sleep modes (no power to CPU, DRAM in slow refresh, power
supply in reduced power mode).
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PS2_USB_PWR
2 3
1 2
+5V
(Default)
+5VSB
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA USB Device Wake Up
• The USB device wake-up feature requires a power supply that can
provide 500mA on the +5VSB lead for each USB port; otherwise,
the system would not power up.
• The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply
capability (+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep mode.
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1.10 Connectors
1.10.1Rear panel connectors
1
2
3
4
5
6
11
10
9
8
7
1.
PS/2 mouse port (green). This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
2.
Parallel port. This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner, or
other devices.
3.
LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection with a speed
of 100 Mbps to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub.
Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
100 Mbps LED
Status
OFF
Description
No link
Orange
10 Mbps LED
100 Mbps 10 Mbps
LED
LED
Status Description
100 Mbps connection
OFF
No link
GREEN
10 Mbps connection
BLINKING Transmitting and receiving BLINKING Transmitting and receiving
LAN port
4.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects a tape, CD, DVD player, or
other audio sources.
5.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker.
In 4-channel and 6-channel configuration, the function of this port
becomes Front Speaker Out.
6.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone.
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Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio
ports in 2, 4, or 6-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, or 6-channel configuration
Port2-channel
Light Blue
4-channel
6-channel
Line In
Back Surround
Back Surround
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Center/LFE
7.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB)
ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
8.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB)
ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
9.
VGA port. This 15-pin VGA port connects to a VGA monitor.
10. Serial port. This port connects a mouse, modem, or other devices that
conform with serial specification.
11. PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
1.10.2 Internal connectors
1. Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable.
Insert one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other
end to the signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
R
Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable connection
when using a FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
A8V-VM ULTRA
FLOPPY
PIN 1
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
A8V-VM ULTRA Floppy Disk Drive Connector
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2. IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE)
The onboard IDE connectors are for Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal
cables. There are three connectors on each Ultra DMA 133/100/66
signal cable: blue, black, and gray. Connect the blue connector to
the motherboard’s IDE connector, then select one of the following
modes to configure your device(s).
Drive jumper
setting Mode of device(s)
Cable connector
Single device
Cable-Select or Master -
Black
Two devices
Cable-Select
Master
Black
Slave
Gray
Master
Slave
Master
Black or gray
Slave
• Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole
on the Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion
when you connect the IDE cable.
• Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE
devices.
PRI_IDE
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If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” make sure all other device
jumpers have the same setting.
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3. Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2)
R
These connectors support the thin Serial ATA cables for Serial ATA
hard disks. If you installed Serial ATA hard disks, you may create a
RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD configuration.
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
SATA 2
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN2
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
SATA1
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA SATA Connectors
Install the Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4 or the Windows® XP Service
Pack1 before using Serial ATA.
For detailed instructions on how to configure RAID 0, RAID1, and JBOD,
refer to the RAID manual in the support CD.
4. Speaker out connector (4-pin SPEAKER)
R
This connector is for the case-mounted speaker and allows you to
hear system beeps and warnings.
SPEAKER
1
+5V
GND
GND
Speak Out
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA Speaker Out Connector
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5. CPU and Chassis fan connectors (3-pin CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA~740 mA (8.88
W max.) or a total of 1 A~2.22 A (26.64 W max.) at +12V. Connect
the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, making
sure that the black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the
connector.
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors.
Insufficient air flow inside the system may damage the motherboard
components. These are not jumpers! Do not place jumper caps on the
fan connectors!
GND
+12V
Tachometer
R
CPU_FAN
CHA_FAN
A8V-VM ULTRA
GND
+12V
Tachometer
A8V-VM ULTRA Fan Connectors
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6. USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
R
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module
cable to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis. These USB connectors
comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to 480 Mbps
connection speed.
USB56_WFG
USB56
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
GND
NC
1
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA CPU Socket 939
USB78
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will
damage the motherboard!
The USB2.0 module is purchased separately .
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7. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The plugs from
the power supply are designed to fit these connectors in only one
orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the
connectors completely fit.
EATXPWR
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ATX12V
+12V DC
+12V DC
A8V-VM ULTRA
A8V-VM ULTRA ATX Power Connectors
GND
GND
+3 Volts
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+5V Standby
Power OK
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
-5 Volts
Ground
Ground
Ground
PSON#
Ground
-12 Volts
+3 Volts
• We recommend that you use an ATX 12 V Specification
2.0‑compliant power supply unit (PSU) with a minimum of 300 W
power rating. This PSU type has 24-pin and 4-pin power plugs.
• If you intend to use a PSU with 20-pin and 4-pin power plugs, make
sure that the 20-pin power plug can provide at least 15 A on +12
V and that the PSU has a minimum power rating of 300 W. The
system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is
inadequate.
• Do not forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12 V power plug;
otherwise, the system will not boot up.
• We recommend that you use a PSU with higher power output when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The
system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is
inadequate.
• You must install a PSU with a higher power rating if you intend to
install additional devices.
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8. Internal audio connector (4-pin CD)
R
This connector is for the 4-pin audio cable that connects to the audio
connector at the back of the optical drive.
CD(Black)
Right Audio Channel
CD_GND
CD_GND
Left Audio Channel
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A8V-VM ULTRA Internal audio connector
9. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO)
FP_AUDIO
MIC2_L
MIC2_R
HP_R
Jack_Sense
HP_L
A8V-VM ULTRA
HP_HD
AGND
PRESENSE#
MIC2_JD
R
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module
that supports High Definition Audio. Connect one end of the front
panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
A8V-VM ULTRA Front Panel Audio Connector
• We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector to avail of the motherboard highdefinition audio capability.
• If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to
this connector, make sure the High Definition Audio item in the BIOS
is set to [Auto]. See page 2-24 for details.
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10. System panel connector (10-1 pin F_PANEL)
R
This connector supports several system chassis-mounted functions.
PLED+
PLEDPWR
GND
PLED PWRSW
IDELED+
IDELEDGround
Reset
F_PANEL
A8V-VM ULTRA
HD LED RESET
A8V-VM ULTRA System Panel Connector
The sytem panel connector is color-coded for easy connection. Refer to
the connector description below for details.
•
System power LED (Green 2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the
chassis power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED
lights up when you turn on the system power, and blinks when the
system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity (Red 2-pin HD_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD
Activity LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes
when data is read from or written to the HDD.
•
Power/Soft-off button (Yellow 2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power
button turns the system ON or puts the system in SLEEP or SOFT-OFF
mode depending on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for
more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the system OFF.
•
Reset button (Blue 2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for
system reboot without turning off the system power.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter tells how to change
the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions
of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
2
BIOS setup
2.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard
Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1.
ASUS EZ Flash (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk during POST.)
2.
ASUS AFUDOS (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a bootable floppy
disk.)
3.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy
disk or the motherboard support CD when the BIOS file fails or gets
corrupted.)
4.
ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy
disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original
motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or AFUDOS utilities.
2.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk
1.
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Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk drive.
b. Click Start from the Windows® desktop, then select My Computer.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2
Floppy Disk window appears.
e. Select Create an MS-DOS startup disk from the format options
field, then click Start.
Windows® 2000 environment
To create a set of boot disks for Windows® 2000:
a. Insert a formatted, high density 1.44 MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. Insert the Windows® 2000 CD to the optical drive.
c. Click Start, then select Run.
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d. From the Open field, type
D:\bootdisk\makeboot a:
assuming that D: is your optical drive.
e. Press <Enter>, then follow screen instructions to continue.
2.
Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable
floppy disk.
2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash utility
The ASUS EZ Flash feature allows you to update the BIOS without having
to go through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and using
a DOS‑based utility. The EZ Flash utility is built-in the BIOS chip so it is
accessible by pressing <Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests
(POST).
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash:
1.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS
file for the motherboard and rename the same to A8VVMUT.ROM.
2.
Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk, then restart the system.
3.
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
EZFlash starting BIOS update
Checking for floppy...
4.
Insert the floppy disk that contains the BIOS file to the floppy disk
drive. When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash performs the BIOS
update process and automatically reboots the system when done.
EZFlash starting BIOS update
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “A8VVMUT.ROM”. Completed.
Start erasing.......
Start programming...
Flashed successfully. Rebooting.
• Do not shutdown or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent system boot failure!
• A “Floppy not found!” error message appears if there is no floppy
disk in the drive. A “A8VVMUT.ROM not found!” error message
appears if the correct BIOS file is not found in the floppy disk. Make
sure that you rename the BIOS file to A8VVMUT.ROM.
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2.1.3 AFUDOS utility
The AFUDOS utility allows you to update the BIOS file in DOS environment
using a bootable floppy disk with the updated BIOS file. This utility also
allows you to copy the current BIOS file that you can use as backup when
the BIOS fails or gets corrupted during the updating process.
Copying the current BIOS
To copy the current BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility:
• Make sure that the floppy disk is not write-protected and has at
least 600 KB free space to save the file.
• The succeeding BIOS screens are for reference only. The actual BIOS
screen displays may not be exactly the same as shown.
1.
Copy the AFUDOS utility (afudos.exe) from the motherboard support
CD to the bootable floppy disk you created earlier.
2.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt type:
afudos /o[filename]
where the [filename] is any user-assigned filename not more than
eight alphanumeric characters for the main filename and three
alphanumeric characters for the extension name.
A:\>afudos /oOLDBIOS1.ROM
Main filename
3.
Extension name
Press <Enter>. The utility copies the current BIOS file to the floppy
disk.
A:\>afudos /oOLDBIOS1.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... done
A:\>
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after copying the current BIOS
file.
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility:
1.
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Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) and download the latest BIOS
file for the motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk.
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Write the BIOS filename on a piece of paper. You need to type the exact
BIOS filename at the DOS prompt.
2.
Copy the AFUDOS utility (afudos.exe) from the motherboard support
CD to the bootable floppy disk you created earlier.
3.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt type:
afudos /i[filename]
where [filename] is the latest or the original BIOS file on the bootable
floppy disk.
A:\>afudos /iA8VVMUT.ROM
4.
The utility verifies the file and starts updating the BIOS.
A:\>afudos /iA8VVMUT.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19
Copyright (C) 2003 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ..... done
Erasing flash .... done
Search bootblock version:
0%
100%
Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent system boot failure!
5.
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after the BIOS update process is
completed. Reboot the system from the hard disk drive.
A:\>afudos /iA8VVMUT.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19
Copyright (C) 2003 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ..... done
Erasing flash .... done
Search bootblock version:
0%
Advance Check ........
Erasing flash ..... done
Writing flash ..... done
Verifying flash ... done
100%
Please restart your computer
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2.1.4 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to
restore the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating
process. You can update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard
support CD or the floppy disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
• Prepare the motherboard support CD or the floppy disk containing
the updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
• Make sure that you rename the original or updated BIOS file in the
floppy disk to A8VVMUT.ROM.
Recovering the BIOS from a floppy disk
To recover the BIOS from a floppy disk:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the floppy disk with the original or updated BIOS file to the
floppy disk drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks
the floppy disk for the original or updated BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the
corrupted BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “A8VVMUT.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing
so can cause system boot failure!
4.
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Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
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Recovering the BIOS from the support CD
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1.
Remove any floppy disk from the floppy disk drive, then turn on the
system.
2.
Insert the support CD to the optical drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks
the floppy disk for the original or updated BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
When no floppy disk is found, the utility automatically checks the
optical drive for the original or updated BIOS file. The utility then
updates the corrupted BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy not found!
Checking for CD-ROM...
CD-ROM found!
Reading file “A8VVMUT.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing
so can cause system boot failure!
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this
motherboard. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the
latest BIOS file.
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2.1.5 ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update
the motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility
allows you to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
•
View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support CD that comes with the motherboard
package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support CD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX. See
page 3-4 for the Utilities screen menu.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this
utility.
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Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking
Start > Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS
Update main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from
the Internet option from the
drop‑down menu, then click
Next.
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Select the ASUS FTP site
nearest you to avoid network
traffic, or click Auto Select.
Click Next.
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4.
From the FTP site, select the
BIOS version that you wish to
download. Click Next.
5.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself
through the Internet. Always
update the utility to avail all
its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
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1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by
clicking Start > Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The
ASUS Update main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
3.
Locate the BIOS file from the
Open window, then click Open.
4.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
Chapter 2: BIOS setup
2.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable firmware chip that you can
update using the provided utility described in section “2.1 Managing and
updating your BIOS.”
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard,
reconfiguring your system, or prompted to “Run Setup”. This section
explains how to configure your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change
the configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can
enable the security password feature or change the power management
settings. This requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup
program so that the computer can recognize these changes and record
them in the CMOS RAM of the firmware hub.
The firmware hub on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you
start up the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to
run this program. Press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to
enter the Setup utility; otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You can also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Do this last option only if the first two failed.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being
a menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus
and make your selections from the available options using the navigation
keys.
• The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most
conditions to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes
unstable after changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings
to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Default
Settings item under the Exit Menu. See section “2.7 Exit Menu.”
• The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference
purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
• Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS
file for this motherboard.
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2.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items Menu bar
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Seconday IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Third IDE Master
Third IDE Slave
Fourth IDE Master
Fourth IDE Slave
IDE Configuration
Configuration fields
General help
[17:08:35]
[Mon 04/19/2004]
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[ST340014A]
[Not Detected]
[ASUS DVD-E616P2]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure System Time.
System Information
←→
↑↓
+Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Sub-menu items
2.2.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default
settings
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the
keyboard until the desired item is highlighted.
2.2.3
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for
that particular menu. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu
and change the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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2.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that
menu. For example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
2.2.5
Sub-menu items
2.2.6
Configuration fields
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item
has a sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item, then press
<Enter>.
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is
user-configurable, you can change the value of the field opposite the item.
You cannot select an item that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when
selected. To change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to
display a list of options. Refer to “2.2.7 Pop-up window”.
2.2.7
Pop-up window
2.2.8
Scroll bar
2.2.9
General help
Select a menu item then press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with
the configuration options for that item.
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a menu screen when there are
items that do not fit on the screen. Press the Up/Down arrow keys or
<PageUp> / <PageDown> keys to display the other items on the screen.
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the
selected item.
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2.3
Main Menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears,
giving you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section “2.2.1 BIOS menu screen” for information on the menu
screen items and how to navigate through them.
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Seconday IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Third IDE Master
Third IDE Slave
Fourth IDE Master
Fourth IDE Slave
IDE Configuration
[17:08:35]
[Mon 04/19/2004]
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[ST340014A]
[Not Detected]
[ASUS DVD-E616P2]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure System Time.
System Information
←→
↑↓
+Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
2.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
2.3.3
Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Allows you to set the system time.
Allows you to set the system date.
Sets the type of floppy drive installed. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[360K, 5.25 in.] [1.2M , 5.25 in.] [720K , 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.] [2.88M,
3.5 in.]
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2.3.4
Primary, Secondary, Third, Fourth IDE
Master/Slave
While entering Setup, BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE
devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device
item then press <Enter> to display the IDE device information.
Primary IDE Master
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: ST340014A
Size
: 40.0GB
LBA Mode
: Supported
Block Mode
: 16 Sectors
PIO Mode
: 4
Async DMA
: MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA
: Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring: Supported
Type
LBA/Large Mode
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M
PIO Mode
DMA Mode
SMART Monitoring
32Bit Data Transfer
Select the type
of device connected
to the system.
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
←→
↑↓
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items
(Device, Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra
DMA, and SMART monitoring). These values are not user-configurable.
These items show N/A if no IDE device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Not Installed] [CDROM] [ARMD]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA/Large mode. Setting to Auto enables the
LBA/Large mode if the device supports this mode, and if the device was
not previously formatted with LBA mode disabled. Configuration options:
[Auto] [Disabled]
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to Auto, the
data transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if
the device supports multi-sector transfer feature. When set to Disabled,
the data transfer from and to the device occurs one sector at a time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
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DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0]
[SWDMA1] [SWDMA2] [MWDMA0] [MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0]
[UDMA1] [UDMA2] [UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5] [UDMA6]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.3.5
IDE Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to set or change the configurations for
the IDE devices installed in the system. Select an item then press <Enter>
if you want to configure the item.
Parallel ATA IDE Controller
Hard Disk Write Protect
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec)
ATA(PI) 80Pin Cable Detection
[Both]
[Disabled]
[35]
[Host]
Parallel ATA IDE Controller [Both]
Allows you to select the Parallel ATA IDE controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Primary] [Secondary] [Both]
Hard Disk Write Protect [Disabled]
Allows you to enable to disable the hard disk write protection. This will be
effective only if device is accessed through BIOS. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec) [35]
Allows you to select the time out value for detecting ATA or ATAPI
device(s).Configuration options: [0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
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ATA(PI) 80Pin Cable Detection [Host]
Allows you to select the mechanism for detecting 80Pin ATA(PI) cable.
Configuration options: [Host & Device] [Host] [Device]
2.3.6
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The
items in this menu are auto-detected by the BIOS.
AMI BIOS
Version
Build Date
Processor
Type
Speed
Count
: 0202
: 03/23/06
: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Procssor 3200+
: 2000 MHz
: 1
System Memory
Installed Size : 256MB
Usable Size
: 192MB
AMI BIOS
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
Processor
Displays the auto-detected CPU specification
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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2.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU
and other system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Configure CPU.
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
PCIPnP
←→
↑↓
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.4.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
CPU Configuration
Module Version: 14.08
Physical Count: 1
Logical Count : 1
HyperTransport
Configuration
Options
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
Revision: C0
Cache L1: 128KB
Cache L2: 1024KB
Speed
: 2000MHz
Current FSB Multiplier: 10x
Maximum FSB Multiplier: 10x
Able to Change Freq. : Yes
uCode Patch Level
: 0x41
Configure CPU.
GART Error Reporting
MTRR Mapping
[Disabled]
[Continuous]
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GART Error Reporting [Disabled]
Enables or disables the GART error reporting feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
MTRR Mapping [Continuous]
Determines the method used for programming CPU MTRRs when using over
4G of system memory. Configuration options: [Continuous] [Discrete]
2.4.2
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
NorthBridge Configuration
AGP Bridge K8M890 AGP/PCI EXPRESS Configuration
SouthBridge VIA VT8237A Configuration
HyperTransport Configuration
AMD Cool ‘N’ Quiet Configuration
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NorthBridge Configuration
NorthBridge Chipset Configuration
Memory Configuration
ECC Configuration
Memory CLK
CAS Latency(Tcl)
RAS/CAS Delay(Trcd)
Min Active RAS(Tras)
Row Precharge Time(Trp)
RAS/RAS Delay(Trrd)
Row Cycle (Trc)
Row Refresh Cycle(Trfc)
Read Write Delay(Trwt)
Read Preamble
Asynchronous Latency
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
200 MHz
2.5
3 CLK
8 CLK
3 CLK
2 CLK
11 CLK
24 CLK
3 CLK
5.0 ns
6 ns
Memory Configuration
Memory Configuration
Memclock Mode
MCT Timing Mode
User Config Mode
Bank Interleaving
Burst Length
Hardware Memory Hole
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[4 Beats]
[Disabled]
DDR Reference Voltage
[Auto]
Memclock Mode [Auto]
Sets the memory clock mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [Limit]
The following item appears when the Memclock Mode item is set to
[Limit].
Memclock Value [100MHz]
Configuration options: [100MHz] [133MHz] [166MHz] [183MHz]
[200MHz] [216MHz] [233MHz] [250MHz]
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MCT Timing Mode [Auto]
Sets the MCT Timing mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
The following item appears when the MCT Time Mode item is set to
[Manual].
CAS Latency (CL) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2.0] [3.0] [2.5]
TRAS [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5 CLK] [6 CLK]... [15 CLK]
TRP [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] [3 CLK]... [6 CLK]
TRCD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] [3 CLK]... [6 CLK]
TRRD [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2T] [3T] [4T]
TRC [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [7T] [8T] [9T]... [22T]
TRFC [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [9T] [10T] [11T]... [24T]
TRWT [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 CLK] [2 CLK] [3 CLK]... [6 CLK]
User Config Mode [Auto]
Sets the user config mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
The following item appears when the User Config Mode item is set to
[Manual].
Read Preamble [9.5ns]
Configuration options: [2.0ns] [2.5ns] [3.0ns] [3.5ns] [4.0ns]...
[9.5ns]
Async Latency [11.0ns]
Configuration options: [4.0ns] [5.0ns] [6.0ns]... [11.0ns]
CMD-ADDR Timing Mode [2T]
Configuration options: [1T] [2T]
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Bank Interleaving [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disable]
Burst Length [4 Beats]
Sets the operating burst length.
Configuration options: [8 Beats] [4 Beats] [2 Beats]
Hardware Memory Hole [Disabled]
Enables or disables the hardware memory hole.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DDR Reference Voltage [Auto]
Sets the DDR reference voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2.6V] [2.5]
ECC Configuration
ECC Configuration
DRAM ECC Enable
L2 Cache BG Scrub
Data Cache BG Scrub
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
DRAM ECC allows
hardware to report
and correct memory
errors automatically
maintaining system
integrity.
DRAM ECC Enable [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the DRAM ECC.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears when the DRAM ECC item is set to [Enabled].
MCA DRAM ECC Logging [Disabled]
Enables or disables the MCA DRAM ECC logging.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ECC Chip Kill [Disabled]
Enables or disables the ECC Chip Kill function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM SCRUB REDIRECT [Disabled]
Enables or disables the DRAM SCRUB REDIRECT.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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DRAM BG SCRUB [Disabled]
Disables or sets the DRAM BG SCRUB.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [40ns] [80ns] [160ns]
[320ns] [640ns] [1.28us] [2.56us] [5.12us] [10.2us]
[20.5us] [41.0us] [81.9us] [163.8us] [327.7us] [655.4us]
[1.31ms] [2.62ms] [5.24ms] [10.49ms] [20.97ms]
[42.00ms] [84.00ms]
L2 Cache BG Scrub [Disabled]
Disables or sets the L2 Cache BG Scrub.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [40ns] [80ns] [160ns] [320ns]
[640ns] [1.28us] [2.56us] [5.12us] [10.2us] [20.5us] [41.0us]
[81.9us] [163.8us] [327.7us] [655.4us] [1.31ms] [2.62ms]
[5.24ms] [10.49ms] [20.97ms] [42.00ms] [84.00ms]
Data Cache BG Scrub [Disabled]
Disables or sets the Data Cache BG Scrub.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [40ns] [80ns] [160ns] [320ns]
[640ns] [1.28us] [2.56us] [5.12us] [10.2us] [20.5us] [41.0us]
[81.9us] [163.8us] [327.7us] [655.4us] [1.31ms] [2.62ms]
[5.24ms] [10.49ms] [20.97ms] [42.00ms] [84.00ms]
AGP Bridge K8M890 AGP/PCI EXPRESS Configuration
OnChip VGA Frame Buffer Size
Primary Graphics Adapter
[64MB]
[PCIE VGA]
OnChip VGA Frame Buffer Size [64MB]
Allows you to disable or set the onchip VGA frame buffer size.Configuration
options: [Disabled] [64MB] [128MB][256MB]
Primary Graphics Adapter [PCIE VGA]
Allows selection of the graphics controller to use as a primary boot device.
Configuration options: [PCI] [PCIE VGA] [Integrated VGA]
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SouthBridge Configuration
Serial ATA IDE Controller
LAN Controller
LAN BOOTROM
High Definition Audio
USB 1.1 Ports Configuration
Lagacy USB Support
USB 2.0 Ports Enable
[IDE]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[USB 8 Ports]
[Enabled]
[Enable]
PCI Delay Transaction
[Enabled]
Options
Disabled
IDE
RAID
Serial ATA IDE Controller [IDE]
This option allows you to set the Serial ATA IDE controller mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [IDE] [RAID]
LAN Controller [Enabled]
This option allows you to enable or disable the LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
LAN BootROM [Disabled]
This option allows you to enable or disable the LAN boot ROM.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
High Definition Audio [Auto]
This option allows you to set the High Definition Audio.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
USB 1.1 Ports Configuration [USB 8 Ports]
This option allows you to enable 1.1 USB host controllers.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [USB 2 Ports] [USB 4 Ports] [USB 6
Ports] [USB 8 Ports]
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
This option allows you to enable support for legacy USB. Auto option
disables legacy support if no USB devices are connected.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Ports Enable [Enable]
This option allows you to enable 2.0 USB host controllers.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enable]
PCI Delay Transaction [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCI Delay Transaction.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Hyper Transport Geforce 6100 Configuration
LDT to AGP Lokar Frequency
LDT to AGP Width (Upstream)
LDT to AGP Width (Downstream)
[200 MHz]
[16 BIT]
[16 BIT]
LDT to AGP Lokar Frequency [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [200MHz] [400MHz] [600MHz] [800MHz]
[1000MHz]
LDT to AGP Width (Upstream) [16 BIT]
Configuration options: [16 BIT] [8 BIT]
LDT to AGP Width (Downstream) [16 BIT]
Configuration options: [16 BIT] [8 BIT]
AMD CoolʼNʼQuiet Configuration
AMD Cool’N’Quiet Configuration
Cool‘N’Quiet
[Disabled]
Enabled/Disabled Cool
'N'Quiet
Cool ʻNʼ Quiet [Disabled]
Enables or disables the AMD Cool ʻnʼ Quiet technology feature.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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2.4.3
Onboard Devices Configuration
Configure Win627EHF Super IO Chipset
Serial Port Address
Serial Port Mode
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
ECP Mode DMA Channel
Parallel Port IRQ
[2F8/IRQ3]
[Normal]
[378]
[ECP]
[DMA3]
[IRQ7]
Allows BIOS to Select
Serial Port Base
Addresses.
v02.58 (C)Copyright 1985-2004, American Megatrends, Inc.
Serial Port Address [2F8/IRQ3]
Allows you to select the Serial Port2 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
[3F8/IRQ4]
Serial Port Mode [Normal]
Allows you to select the Serial port mode.
Configuration options: [Normal] [IrDA] [ASK IR]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [378] [278] [3BC]
Parallel Port Mode [ECP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode. When the item Parallel Port
Address is set to 3BC, the Parallel Port Mode options are only Normal,
Bi-directional, and ECP.
Configuration options: [Normal] [Bi-directional] [EPP] [ECP]
ECP Mode DMA Channel [DMA3]
Allows selection of the Parallel Port ECP DMA channel.
Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1] [DMA3]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port IRQ.
Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
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2.4.4
PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for
PCI/PnP devices. The menu includes setting IRQ and DMA channel resources
for either PCI/PnP or legacy ISA devices, and setting the memory size block
for legacy ISA devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
PCI Latency Timer
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
Palette Snooping
[No]
[64]
[Yes]
[Disabled]
IRQ-3 assigned to
IRQ-4 assigned to
IRQ-5 assigned to
IRQ-7 assigned to
IRQ-9 assigned to
IRQ-10 assigned to
IRQ-11 assigned to
IRQ-14 assigned to
IRQ-15 assigned to
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Plug and Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set
to [Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating
system configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
PCI Latency Timer [64]
Allows you to select the value in units of PCI clocks for the PCI device
latency timer register. Configuration options: [32] [64] [96] [128] [160]
[192] [224] [248]
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA [Yes]
When set to [Yes], BIOS assigns an IRQ to PCI VGA card if the card
requests for an IRQ. When set to [No], BIOS does not assign an IRQ to the
PCI VGA card even if requested. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
Palette Snooping [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the pallete snooping feature informs the PCI
devices that an ISA graphics device is installed in the system so that the
latter can function correctly. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) and the Advanced Power
Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
[No]
[Enabled]
Configure CPU.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
2.5.1
ACPI 2.0 Support [No]
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub-screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Allows you to add more tables for Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface (ACPI) 2.0 specifications. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
2.5.2
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface (ACPI) support in the Application-Specific Integrated Circuit
(ASIC). When set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the
RSDT pointer list. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.5.3
APM Configuration
Power Management/APM
[Enabled]
Power Button Mode
Restore on AC Power Loss
[On/Off]
[Last State]
Enabled or disable
APM.
Advanced Resume Events Controls
Resume On Ring
[Disabled]
Resume On LAN
[Disabled]
Resume On PME#
[Disabled]
Resume On KBC
[Disabled]
Resume On PS/2 Mouse
[Disabled]
Resume On RTC Alarm
[Disabled]
Power Management/APM [Enabled]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Allows you to enable to disable the Power Management/APM function.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Power Button Mode [On/Off]
Allows the system to go into On/Off mode or suspend mode when the
power button is pressed. Configuration options: [On/Off] [Suspend]
Restore on AC Power Loss [Last State]
When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power
loss. When set to Power On, the system goes on after an AC power loss.
When set to Last State, the system goes into either off or on state,
whatever the system state was before the AC power loss.
Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
Resume On Ring [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system enables the RI to generate a wake
event while the computer is in Soft-off mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Resume On LAN [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to turn on the system
through a PCI LAN or modem card. This feature requires an ATX power
supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Resume On PME# [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system enables the PME to generate a wake
event while the computer is in Soft-off mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Resume On KBC [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 keyboard
to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that
provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Resume On PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse
to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that
provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Resume On RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this
item is set to Enabled, the items RTC Alarm Date, and System Time appear
with set values. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.5.4
Hardware Monitor
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
[35ºC/96.5ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
Chassis Fan Speed
[3770 RPM]
[N/A]
CPU Voltage Selection
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[ 1.248V]
[ 3.430V]
[ 5.004V]
[11.554V]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
CPU Temperature [xxxC/xxxF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
motherboard and CPU temperatures. Select [Ignored] if you do not wish to
display the detected temperatures.
Configuration options: [Ignored] [xxxC/xxxF]
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows N/A.
Configuration options: [Ignored] [xxxRPM]
Chassis Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
chassis fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected
to the chassis, the specific field shows N/A.
Configuration options: [Ignored] [xxxRPM] or [N/A]
VCORE Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output
through the onboard voltage regulators.
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2.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
2.6.1
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub-screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Boot Device Priority
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
[PM-ST330620A]
[PS-ASUS CD-S360]
1st ~ xxth Boot Device [1st Floppy Drive]
Select Screen
Select Item
to available
Sub-screen
These items specify the boot device priority sequenceEnter
fromGothe
F1
General Help
devices. The number of device items that appears on F10
the screen
depends
Save and
Exit
ESC
Exit
on the number of devices installed in the system.
Configuration options: [xxxxx Drive] [Disabled]
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2.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot
Full Screen Logo
AddOn ROM Display Mode
Bootup Num-Lock
PS/2 Mouse Support
Wait For ‘F1’ If Error
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display
Interrupt 19 Capture
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Force BIOS]
[On]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST)
while booting to decrease the time needed to boot the system. When set
to [Disabled], BIOS performs all the POST items.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo™ feature.
Add On ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM.
Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
PS/2 Mouse Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable support for PS/2 mouse.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
Wait for ʻF1ʼ If Error [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when
error occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hit ʻDELʼ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system displays the message “Press DEL to run
Setup” during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this function allows the option ROMs to trap
Interrupt 19. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.6.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
Change Supervisor Password
Select Screen
Select Item
+Change Option
F1
General Help
F10 Save and Exit
password.
The Supervisor
ESC Exit
Select this item to set or change the supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After
you set a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you successfully set your
password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a
user password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password
then press <Enter>. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear clear it by erasing
the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section “2.6 Jumpers” for
information on how to erase the RTC RAM.
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After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow
you to change other security settings.
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
[Full Access]
[Setup]
User Access Level [Full Access]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
No Access prevents user access to the Setup utility.
View Only allows access but does not allow change to any field.
Limited allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
Full Access allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup
utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password
item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a
password, this item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at
least six letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password
successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password
item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a
password, this item shows Installed.
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To set a User Password:
1.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at
least six letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password
successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
2.7
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values
for the BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub-screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the
options from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the
Exit menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM.
An onboard backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even
when the PC is turned off. When you select this option, a confirmation
window appears. Select Ok to save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes,
the program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save
your changes before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while
exiting.
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Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you
made to the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than
System Date, System Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation
before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears.
Select Ok to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the
parameters on the Setup menus. When you select this option or if you
press <F5>, a confirmation window appears. Select Ok to load default
values. Select Exit & Save Changes or make other changes before saving
the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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This chapter describes the contents
of the support CD that comes with
the motherboard package.
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Software
support
3.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® 2000/2003 Server/XP/64-bit
XP operating systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and
corresponding updates to maximize the features of your hardware.
• Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to
your OS documentation for detailed information.
• Make sure that you install Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4 or the
Windows® XP Service Pack2 or later versions before installing the
drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
3.2
Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard package contains the
drivers, software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all
motherboard features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time
without notice. Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates.
3.2.1 Running the support CD
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The CD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
CD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of
the support CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder.
Double click the ASSETUP.EXE to run the CD.
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3.2.2 Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
AMD Cool ‘n’Quiet Drivers
Installs AMD Cool ‘n’Quiet Drivers.
VIA 4 in 1 Drivers
Install VIA 4 in 1 drivers.
VIA Onboard VGA Driver
Installs VIA Onboard VGA Driver.
Realtek Audio Driver
Installs Realtek Audio Driver.
VIA Rhine Family Fast Ethernet Adapter Driver
Install VIA Rhine Family Fast Ethernet Adapter driver.
USB2.0 Driver
Installs USB2.0 Driver.
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3.2.3 Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the
motherboard supports.
ASUS Cool ‘n’Quiet Utility
Launches the ASUS Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology driver installation wizard.
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system
voltages, and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you
keep your computer in healthy operating condition.
ASUS Update
Allows you to download the latest version of the BIOS from the ASUS
website.
Before using the ASUS Update, make sure that you have an Internet
connection so you can connect to the ASUS website.
ASUS Screen Saver
Bring life to your computer screen by installing the ASUS screen saver.
ADOBE Acrobat Reader
Installs the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader V7.0 that allows you to open, view,
and print documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).
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Microsoft DirectX
Installs the Microsoft® DirectX 9.0c driver. The Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c
is a multimedia technology that enhances computer graphics and sound.
DirectX® improves the multimedia features of you computer so you can
enjoy watching TV and movies, capturing videos, or playing games in your
computer. Visit the Microsoft website (www.microsoft.com) for updates.
Anti-virus Utility
The anti-virus application scans, identifies, and removes computer viruses.
View the online help for detailed information.
3.2.4 Make disk menu
The Utilities menu shows you to make a RAID driver disk.
VIA RAID Driver
Allows you to create a VT8237A 32/64bit RAID driver disk.
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3.2.5 Manual
The Manual menu contains a VIA8237A RAID User Manual. Click the item to
open the manual.
VIA8237A SATA Quick setup User’s Manual
Allows you to open the VIA8237A SATA quick setup user’s manual.
3.2.6 ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also
find this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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