Motherboard
A8R-MVP
E2319
Revised Edition V2
November 2005
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Contents
Notices ............................................................................................... vii
Safety information ............................................................................ viii
About this guide ................................................................................. ix
A8R-MVP specifications summary ....................................................... xi
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome! .............................................................................. 1-1
1.2
Package contents ................................................................. 1-1
1.3
Special features .................................................................... 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights ................................................... 1-2
1.3.3
Innovative ASUS features ....................................... 1-4
Chapter 2:
Hardware information
2.1
Before you proceed .............................................................. 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview .......................................................... 2-2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.2.1
Placement direction ................................................ 2-2
2.2.2
Screw holes ............................................................ 2-2
2.2.3
Motherboard layout ................................................ 2-3
2.2.4
Layout Contents ..................................................... 2-4
Central Processing Unit (CPU) .............................................. 2-5
2.3.1
Installing the CPU .................................................... 2-5
2.3.2
Installing the heatsink and fan ................................ 2-7
System memory ................................................................. 2-10
2.4.1
Overview ............................................................... 2-10
2.4.2
Memory Configurations ......................................... 2-11
2.4.3
Installing a DDR DIMM ........................................... 2-13
2.4.4
Removing a DDR DIMM .......................................... 2-13
Expansion slots ................................................................... 2-14
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card .................................. 2-14
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card .............................. 2-14
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments .......................................... 2-15
2.5.4
PCI slots ................................................................ 2-16
2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slot ............................................... 2-16
2.5.6
Two PCI Express x16 slots ................................... 2-16
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Contents
2.6
Jumper ............................................................................... 2-18
2.7
Connectors ......................................................................... 2-19
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors .......................................... 2-19
2.7.2
Internal connectors ............................................... 2-21
Chapter 3:
3.1
Starting up for the first time ................................................ 3-1
3.2
Powering off the computer .................................................. 3-2
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function ........................... 3-2
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch .................... 3-2
Chapter 4:
4.1
4.2
4.3
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Powering up
BIOS setup
Managing and updating your BIOS ........................................ 4-1
4.1.1
ASUS Update utility ................................................ 4-1
4.1.2
Creating a bootable floppy disk .............................. 4-4
4.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash utility .............................................. 4-5
4.1.4
AFUDOS utility ........................................................ 4-6
4.1.5
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 utility ................................ 4-9
BIOS setup program ........................................................... 4-11
4.2.1
BIOS menu screen ................................................. 4-12
4.2.2
Menu bar ............................................................... 4-12
4.2.3
Navigation keys .................................................... 4-12
4.2.4
Menu items ........................................................... 4-13
4.2.5
Sub-menu items ................................................... 4-13
4.2.6
Configuration fields .............................................. 4-13
4.2.7
Pop-up window ..................................................... 4-13
4.2.8
Scroll bar .............................................................. 4-13
4.2.9
General help .......................................................... 4-13
Main menu .......................................................................... 4-14
4.3.1
System Time ......................................................... 4-14
4.3.2
System Date ......................................................... 4-14
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A ................................................ 4-14
4.3.4
Primary, Secondary, Third, and Fourth
IDE Master/Slave .................................................. 4-15
4.3.5
Storage Configuration .......................................... 4-16
4.3.6
System Information .............................................. 4-17
Contents
4.4
4.5
4.6
4.7
Advanced menu .................................................................. 4-18
4.4.1
JumperFree Configuration .................................... 4-18
4.4.2
CPU Configuration ................................................. 4-22
4.4.3
Chipset Configuration ........................................... 4-26
4.4.4
Onboard Devices Configuration ............................ 4-27
4.4.5
PCI PnP ................................................................. 4-29
4.4.6
LAN Cable Status ................................................. 4-30
4.4.7
USB Configuration ................................................. 4-30
Power menu ........................................................................ 4-32
4.5.1
Suspend Mode ...................................................... 4-32
4.5.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume ................................ 4-32
4.5.3
ACPI 2.0 Support .................................................. 4-32
4.5.4
ACPI APIC Support ................................................ 4-32
4.5.5
APM Configuration ................................................ 4-33
4.5.6
Hardware Monitor ................................................. 4-35
Boot menu .......................................................................... 4-37
4.6.1
Boot Device Priority .............................................. 4-38
4.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration ................................. 4-39
4.6.3
Security ................................................................ 4-40
Exit menu ........................................................................... 4-42
Chapter 5:
Software support
5.1
Installing an operating system ............................................. 5-1
5.2
Support CD information ........................................................ 5-1
5.2.1
Running the support CD ......................................... 5-1
5.2.2
Drivers menu .......................................................... 5-2
5.2.3
Utilities menu .......................................................... 5-3
5.2.4
Make Disk menu ...................................................... 5-4
5.2.5
Manuals menu ......................................................... 5-5
5.2.6
ASUS Contact information ...................................... 5-6
5.2.7
Other information ................................................... 5-6
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Contents
5.3
Software information ........................................................... 5-8
5.3.1
ASUS MyLogo™ ....................................................... 5-8
5.3.2
AI Net 2 ................................................................ 5-10
Using the Virtual Cable Tester™ ......................................... 5-10
5.3.3
ASUS PC Probe II ................................................... 5-11
5.3.4
Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology .................................. 5-17
5.3.5
SoundMAX® High Definition Audio utility .............. 5-19
Audio Setup Wizard ............................................................ 5-20
5.4
5.5
RAID configurations ............................................................ 5-24
5.4.1
Installing hard disks .............................................. 5-25
5.4.2
ULI® RAID configurations ...................................... 5-25
Creating a RAID driver disk ................................................. 5-33
Chapter 6:
6.1
Overview ............................................................................... 6-1
6.2
Hardware installation ............................................................ 6-2
6.3
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A T I® MVP technology support
6.2.1
Installing a single graphics card .............................. 6-2
6.2.2
Installing CrossFire™ graphics cards ....................... 6-3
Software information ........................................................... 6-6
6.3.1
Installing the device drivers .................................... 6-6
6.3.2
Using the Catalyst™ Control Center ....................... 6-8
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. Please 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 guide contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports.
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to
perform when installing system components. It includes description of
the switches, jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.
•
Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter describes the power up sequence, the vocal POST
messages, and ways of shutting down the system.
•
Chapter 4: 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 5: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes
with the motherboard package.
•
C h a p t e r 6 : A T I® M V P t e c h n o l o g y s u p p o r t
This chapter tells how to install ATI® MVP graphics cards.
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.
D A N G E R / W A R N I N G : Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
C A U T I O N : Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
I M P O R T A N T : Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
N O T E : Tips and additional information to help you complete a
task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
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+D>
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:
afudos /i[filename]
afudos /iA8R-MVP.ROM
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A8R-MVP specifications summary
CPU
Socket 939 for AMD Athlon™ 64FX/Athlon™ 64 X2/
Athlon™ 64/Sempron™ processor*
AMD64 architecture enables simultaneous 32- and
64-bit computing
Supports AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology
Supports AMD HyperTransport™ Technology
Chipset
ATI Radeon® Xpress 200 CrossFire™
System bus
2000/1600 MT/s
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
4 x 184-pin DIMM sockets support up to 4 GB
unbufferred ECC/non-ECC 400/333/266 MHz DDR
memory modules
Expansion slots
2 x PCI Express™ x16 slot for discrete graphics card
1 x PCI Express™ x1 slot
3 x PCI slots
CrossFire™
Supports ATI CrossFire™ graphics cards (both at x8
mode)
Storage
ULi M1575 Southbridge supports:
- 2 x IDE connectors for up to four Ultra DMA
133/100/66/33 hard disks
- 4 x Serial ATA I/II 3.0 Gb/s hard disks with RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 1+0, RAID 5, and JBOD configuration
AI Audio
ADI SoundMAX® AD1986A 6-channel CODEC
S/PDIF Out port on the rear panel
LAN
Marvell® 88E8001 Gigabit LAN controller featuring
AI NET2
IEEE 1394a
T1 1394 controller supports:
- 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (one on the rear panel and one at
mid-board)
USB
Supports up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
BIOS features
4 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0
Special features
ASUS MyLogo™
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
ASUS Q-Fan2 Technology
ASUS EZ Flash
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Overclocking
ASUS PEG Link
AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
Precision Tweaker:
- vDIMM: 8-step DRAM voltage control
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.025 increment
- Stepless Frequency Selection (SFS) allows FSB
tuning from 200 MHz up to 400 MHz at 1 MHz
increment
ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
Rear panel
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x Parallel port
1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x Serial (COM) port
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF port
1 x IEEE 1394a port
6-Channel audio ports
Manageabiity
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, chassis
intrusion, PXE, and RPL
Internal
connectors
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
2 x IDE connectors
4 x Serial ATA connectors
1 x CPU fan connector
1 x Chassis fan connector
1 x Power fan connector
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
2 x USB 2.0 connectors for four additional USB 2.0 ports
1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12 V power connector
1 x EZ Plug connector
1 x GAME/MIDI port connector
1 x CD-in connector
1 x AUX connector
1 x Chassis intrusion connector
1 x Front panel High Definition Audio connector
1 x System panel connector
Support CD
contents
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe 2
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form factor
ATX form factor: 12 in x 9.6 in (30.5 cm x 24.4 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
information
Chapter summary
1
1.1
Welcome! .............................................................................. 1-1
1.2
Package contents ................................................................. 1-1
1.3
Special features .................................................................... 1-2
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1.1
Welcome!
T h a n k y o u f o r b u y i n g a n A S U S® A 8 R - M V P 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 A8R-MVP motherboard
Cables
1 x Floppy disk drive signal cable
1 x IDE cable
1 x Ultra DMA cable 133/100/66 cable
2 x Serial ATA signal cables
1 x Serial ATA power cable (dual-plug)
1 x IEEE 1394a cable
Accessories
I/O shield
1 x MVP Switch Card
1 x 2-port USB 2.0/Game module
Application CDs
ASUS motherboard support CD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
In single card mode, install the MVP Switch Card on the black PCI Express
slot.
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Latest processor technology
The motherboard comes with a 939-pin surface mount, Zero Insertion
Force (ZIF) socket that supports AMD Athlon™ 64/Athlon™ 64 FX/Athlon™
64 X2/Sempron™ processors. With an integrated low-latency
high-bandwidth memory controller and a highly-scalable HyperTransport™
technology-based system bus, the motherboard provides a powerful
platform for your diverse computing needs, increased office productivity,
and enhanced digital media experience. See page 2-5.
ATI Radeon® X press 200 CrossFire™
The ATI Radeon® Xpress 200 CrossFire™ boosts image quality and
rendering speed, eliminating the need to crank down screen resolutions to
get high quality images. The chipset allows higher antialiasing, anisotropic
filtering, shading, and texture settings. ATI Radeon® Xpress 200 CrossFire™
features the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center that allows you to get real-time
3D-rendered previews of adjustments to your display configurations and
advanced 3D settings. See Chapter 6 for details.
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 2-16 for details.
6-channel High Definition audio
Onboard is the SoundMAX® ADI AD1986A 6-channel CODEC that supports
Jack Sensing and Enumeration Technology. The CODEC supports High
Definition Audio standard. With the CODEC, 6-channel audio ports, and
S/PDIF interface, your computer will produce crystal-clear digital audio.
See page 5-19 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Serial ATA I/II technology
The motherboard supports the Serial ATA II 3 Gb/s technology through the
Serial ATA interfaces and the ULI M1575 Southbridge. The Serial ATA II 3
Gb/s specification provides twice the bandwidth of the current Serial ATA
products with a host of new features, including Native Command Queueing
(NCQ), and Power Management (PM) Implementation Algorithm. Serial ATA
allows for thinner, more flexible cables with lower pin count, reduced voltage
requirement. See page 2-22 for details.
SATA RAID solution
Onboard RAID controllers provide the motherboard with RAID functionality.
The ULI M1575 Southbridge allows RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, and
JBOD configuration. See page 5-25 for details.
Gigabit LAN
The motherboard comes with the Marvell® Yukon™ 88E8001 Gigabit LAN
controller to meet your growing networking needs. See pages 2-19 and
5-10 for details.
IEEE 1394a support
The IEEE 1394a interface provides high-speed and flexible PC connectivity
to a wide range of peripherals and devices compliant to IEEE 1394a
standards. The IEEE 1394a interface allows up to 400 Mbps transfer rates
through simple, low-cost, high-bandwidth asynchronous (real-time) data
interfacing between computers, peripherals, and consumer electronic
devices such as camcorders, VCRs, printers,TVs, and digital cameras. See
pages 2-19 and 2-26 for details.
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 2-20 and 2-24 for details.
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1.3.3
Innovative ASUS features
AI NET2
The AI NET2 is a BIOS-based diagnostic tool that detects and reports
Ethernet cable faults and shorts. With this utility, you can easily monitor
the condition of the Ethernet cable(s) connected to the LAN (RJ-45)
port(s). During the bootup process, AI NET2 immediately diagnoses the
LAN cable(s) and reports shorts and faults up to 100 meters at 1 meter
accuracy. See page 5-10 for details.
Precision Tweaker
This feature allows you to fine tune the CPU/memory voltage and gradually
increase the memory Front Side Bus (FSB) and PCI Express frequency at
1MHz increment to achieve maximum system performance. See pages 4-19
and 4-20 for details.
PEG Link Mode for two graphics cards
This feature enhances your PCI Express graphics card performance, allowing
the motherboard to automatically adjust the PCI Express graphics link mode
to the correct frequency based on the system configuration. Four
additional settings are available for overclocking the PEG Link Mode. See
page 4-20 for details.
ASUS Q-Fan 2 technology
The ASUS Q-Fan 2 technology smartly adjusts the CPU fan speed according
to the system loading to ensure quiet, cool, and efficient operation. See
page 4-35 for details.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
This feature allows you to restore the original BIOS data from the support CD
when the BIOS codes and data are corrupted. This protection eliminates the
need to buy a replacement ROM chip. See page 4-9 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
ASUS MyLogo™
This feature allows you to personalize and add style to your system with
customizable boot logos. See page 5-8 for details.
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
The C.P.R. feature of the motherboard BIOS allows automatic re-setting to
the BIOS default settings in case the system hangs due to overclocking.
When the system hangs due to overclocking, C.P.R. eliminates the need to
open the system chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut down and
reboot the system, and the BIOS automatically restores the CPU default
setting for each parameter.
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 4-5 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter 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.
2
Hardware
information
Chapter summary
2
2.1
Before you proceed .............................................................. 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview .......................................................... 2-2
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU) .............................................. 2-5
2.4
System memory ................................................................. 2-10
2.5
Expansion slots ................................................................... 2-14
2.6
Jumper ............................................................................... 2-18
2.7
Connectors ......................................................................... 2-19
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2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or a
metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling
components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded
antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure
that the ATX power supply is switched off or the
p o w e r c o r d i s d e t a c h e d f r o m t h e p o w e r s u p p l y . Failure
to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals,
and/or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to
indicate that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode.
This is a reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug
the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard
component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard
LED.
SB_PWR
A8R-MVP
®
A8R-MVP Onboard LED
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
Make sure to connect the EZPlug when using two PCI Express graphics
cards and a 20-pin ATX power supply unit, or if the graphics cards do
not have auxiliary power plugs. See page 2-24 for the location of the
EZPlug connector.
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2.2
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis
to ensure that the motherboard fits into it. Refer to the chassis
documentation before installing the motherboard.
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.
2.2.1
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.
2.2.2
Screw holes
Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the
motherboard to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.3
Motherboard layout
24.5cm (9.6in)
CPU_FAN
ATX12V
USB2.0 Top:
T: USB3 RJ-45
B: USB4
EATXPWR
PRI_IDE
Top:
USB1 1394
USB2
DDR DIMM_B2 (64 bit,184-pin module)
Bottom:
DDR DIMM_B1 (64 bit,184-pin module)
COM1
DDR DIMM_A2 (64 bit,184-pin module)
SPDIF_O
Socket 939
PARALLEL PORT
Super
I/O
DDR DIMM_A1 (64 bit,184-pin module)
PS/2KBMS
T: Mouse
B: Keyboard
Center:Line Out
CHA_FAN
Below:Mic In
USB78_WFG
CD
ATI
Radeon®
Xpress 200
CrossFire™
AUX
AAFP
SEC_IDE
EZ_PLUG
PCIEX16_2
30.5cm (12in)
Top:Line In
PCIEX1_1
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SATA2
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TI 1394
4Mbit
BIOS
PCI3
PWR_FAN
IE1394_1
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SB_PWR
PCI2
GAME
SATA3
88E8001
SATA4
ULI
M1575
PCI1
FLOPPY
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
PCIEX16_1
SATA1
AD1986A
CLRTC
CHASSIS
PANEL
USB56
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2.2.4
2-4
Layout Contents
Slots
Page
1.
DDR DIMM slots
2-10
2.
PCI slots
2-16
3.
PCI Express x1 slot
2-16
4.
PCI Express x16 slots
2-16
Jumper
Page
1.
2-18
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
Rear panel connectors
Page
1.
PS/2 mouse port
2-19
2.
Parallel port
2-19
3.
IEEE 1394a port
2-19
4.
LAN (RJ-45) port
2-19
5.
Line In port
2-19
6.
Line Out port
2-19
7.
Microphone port
2-19
8.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
2-20
9.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
2-20
10. Serial port
2-20
11. Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
2-20
12. PS/2 keyboard port
2-20
Internal connectors
Page
1.
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
2-21
2.
IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, 40-1 pin SEC_IDE)
2-21
3.
Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1 [red], SATA2 [red],
SATA3 [black], SATA4 [black])
2-22
4.
CPU, Chassis, and Power fan connectors
(3-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN, 3-pin PWR_FAN )
2-23
5.
USB connectors (10-1 USB56, USB78_WFG)
2-24
6.
Power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V; 4-pin EZ_PLUG)
2-24
7.
GAME/MIDI port connector (16-1 pin GAME)
2-25
8.
IEEE 1394a connector (10-1 pin IE1394_1)
2-26
9.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
2-26
10. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
2-27
11. Internal audio connectors (4-pin CD [black], 4-pin AUX [white])
2-27
12. System panel connectors (20 pin PANEL)
- System Power LED (Green 3-pin PLED)
- Hard Disk activity (Red 2-pin IDE_LED)
- System warning speaker (Orange 4-pin SPEAKER)
- Power/Soft-off button(Yellow 2-pin PWRSW)
- Reset switch (Blue 2-pin RESET)
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2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount 939-pin Zero Insertion Force
(ZIF) socket designed for the AMD Athlon™ 64FX/AMD Athlon™ 64 /
Athlon™ 64 X2 processor.
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
2.3.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU.
1.
Locate the 939-pin ZIF socket on the motherboard.
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2.
Unlock the socket by pressing
the lever sideways, then lift it up
to a 90°-100° angle.
Socket lever
Make sure that the socket lever is lifted up to 90°-100° angle, otherwise
the CPU does not fit in completely.
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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.
Small triangle
Gold triangle
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!
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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.
6.
Install a CPU heatsink and fan
following the instructions that
came with the heatsink package.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.2
Installing the heatsink and fan
The AMD Athlon™ 64FX/Athlon™ 64/Athlon™ 64 X2/Sempron™ processor
requires a specially designed heatsink and fan assembly to ensure optimum
thermal condition and performance.
Make sure that you use only AMD-certified heatsink and fan assembly.
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 module base
Retention bracket
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.
3.
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.
2-8
Push down the retention bracket
lock on the retention mechanism
to secure the heatsink and fan to
the module base.
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5.
When the fan and heatsink assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
Rotation
+12V
GND
CPU_FAN
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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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2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with four 184-pin Double Data Rate (DDR) Dual
Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) sockets.
DIMM_B2
DIMM_B1
DIMM_A2
DIMM_A1
The following figure illustrates the location of the sockets:
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Channel
Sockets
Channel 1
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_B1
Channel 2
DIMM_A2 and DIMM_B2
In dual-channel configurations, installing i d e n t i c a l (the same type and
size) DDR DIMM pairs for each channel provides optimum performance.
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2.4.2
Memory Configurations
You may install 256 MB, 512 MB, and 1 GB unbuffered ECC/non-ECC DDR
DIMMs into the DIMM sockets using the memory configurations in this
section.
•
If you installed four 1 GB memory modules, the system may detect
less than 3 GB of total memory because of address space allocation
for other critical functions. This limitation applies to Windows® XP
32-bit version operating system since it does not support Physical
Address Extension (PAE).
•
When using only one DDR DIMM module, install it into slot DIMM_B1
only.
•
For single-channel memory configuration, start installing the DDR
DIMMs from slot DIMM_B1 or DMM_B2.
•
For dual-channel memory configuration, install the DIMMs in slots
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_A1 (blue slots); install another pair of DIMMs in
slots DIMM_B2 and DIMM_A2 (black slots).
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum
results, we recommend that you obtain memory modules from the
same vendor. Refer to the Qualified Vendors List on the next page
for details.
Recommended memory configurations
Sockets
Mode
Single-channel
Dual-channel*
(1)
DIMM_A1
DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1
DIMM_B2
–
–
Populated
–
(1)
Populated
–
Populated
–
(2)
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
* Use only identical DDR DIMM pairs.
* For dual-channel configuration (2), you may:
• install identical DIMMs in all four sockets
OR
• install identical DIMM pair in DIMM_A1 and DIMM_B1 (blue sockets)
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DDR (400 MHz) Qualified Vendors List
DIMM support
Size
Vendor
Chip No.
Brand Side/s*
Part No.
A B C
256 MB
KINGSTON
V58C2256804SAT5(ECC)
–
512 MB
KINGSTON
V58C2256804SAT5(ECC)
–
SS
KVR400X72C3A/256
• • •
DS
KVR400X72C3A/512
• • •
512 MB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
–
256 MB
KINGSTON
D3208DL3T-5A
–
DS
KHX3200A/512
• • •
SS
KVR400X64C3A/256
• • •
256 MB
KINGSTON
A2S56D30BTP
512 MB
KINGSTON
V58C2256804SAT5
–
SS
KVR400X64C3A/256
• • •
–
DS
KVR400X64C3A/512
512 MB
KINGSTON
• • •
HY5DU12822BT-D43
–
SS
KVR400X64C3A/512
• • •
1024 MB KINGSTON
HYB25D512800BE-5B
–
DS
KVR400X64C3A/1G
• • •
256 MB
SAMSUNG
K4H560838E-TCCC(ECC) SAMSUNG
SS
M381L3223ETM-CCC
• • •
512 MB
SAMSUNG
K4H560838E-TCCC(ECC) SAMSUNG
DS
M381L6423ETM-CCC
• • •
256 MB
SAMSUNG
K4H560838E-TCCC
SS
M368L3223ETM-CCC
• •
SAMSUNG
256 MB
SAMSUNG
K4H560838F-TCCC
SAMSUNG
SS
M368L3223FTN-CCC
• •
512 MB
SAMSUNG
K4H560838F-TCCC
SAMSUNG
DS
M368L6423FTN-CCC
• • •
512 MB
SAMSUNG
K4H510838B-TCCC
SAMSUNG
SS
M368L6523BTM-CCC
• •
• • •
256 MB
MICRON
MT46V32M8TG-5BC
MICRON
SS
MT8VDDT3264AG-40BCB
512 MB
MICRON
MT46V32M8TG-5BC
MICRON
DS
MT16VDDT6464AG-40BCB • • •
256 MB
Infineon
HYB25D256800CE-5C
Infineon
SS
HYS64D32300HU-5-C
• • •
512 MB
Infineon
HYB25D256800CE-5C
Infineon
DS
HYS64D64320HU-5-C
• • •
256 MB
Infineon
HYB25D512160CE-5C
Infineon
SS
HYS64D32301HU-5-C
• • •
512 MB
Infineon
HYB25D512800CE-5C
Infineon
SS
HYS64D64300HU-5-C
• • •
1024 MB Infineon
HYB25D512800CE-5B
Infineon
DS
HYS64D128320HU-5-C
• • •
256 MB
CORSAIR
W942508BH-5
–
SS
CMX256A-3200C2PT
• • •
512 MB
CORSAIR
Heat-Sink Package
–
DS
CMX512-3200C2
• •
512 MB
CORSAIR
VS32M8-5
–
DS
VS512MB400
• • •
512 MB
CORSAIR
Heat-Sink Package
–
DS
CMXP512-3200XL
• •
1024 MB CORSAIR
Heat-Sink Package
–
DS
TWINX2048-3200C2
• • •
256 MB
Hynix
HY5DU56822DT-D43
–
SS
HYMD232646D8J-D43
• • •
512 MB Hynix
HY5DU56822DT-D43
–
DS
HYMD264646D8J-D43
• • •
Legend:
A - supports one module inserted in DIMM_B1 slot in a Single-channel memory
configuration.
B -
Supports one pair of modules inserted into either the blue slots or the black
slots as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration.
C -
Supports 4 modules inserted into both the blue and black slots as two pairs of
Dual-channel memory configuration
S S - Single-sided
D S - Double-sided
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the latest Qualified Vendors
List.
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2.4.3
Installing a DDR 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.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips
snap back in place and the DIMM
is properly seated.
Locked Retaining Clip
2.4.4
Removing a DDR DIMM
2
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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2.5
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.
2.5.1
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.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software
settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any.
See Chapter 4 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.
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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
Priority
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Standard Function
1
2
—
11
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Re-direct to IRQ #9
Reserved
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
Floppy Disk Controller
Printer Port (LPT1)*
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port*
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE/SATA Channel
Secondary IDE/SATA Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCI slot 1
PCI slot 2
PCI slot 3
IEEE 1394
LAN
PCI-E x1
PCI-E x16_1
PCI-E x16_2
Onboard USB controller 1
Onboard USB controller 2
Onboard USB controller 3
Onboard USB 2.0 controller
HD audio
A
B
C
D
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F
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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 assignment; otherwise,
conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the system
unstable and the card inoperable.
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2.5.4
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.
2.5.5
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
following figure shows a network card
installed on the PCI Express x1 slot.
2.5.6
Two PCI Express x16 slots
This motherboard supports two ATI
CrossFire™ PCI Express x16 graphics
cards that comply with the PCI
Express specifications. The figure
shows two graphics cards installed on
the PCI Express x16 slots.
See Chapter 6 for details on the
CrossFire™ technology feature.
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•
We recommend that you install a VGA card on the primary (blue) PCI
Express slot and install any other PCI Express device on the
secondary (black) PCI Express slot.
•
In CrossFire™ mode, each PCI Express x16 slot works at x8
bandwidth.
•
In CrossFire™ mode, install the ATI CrossFire™ Edition
(Master) graphics card on the primary (blue) PCI
Express slot; otherwise, the system will not boot.
•
Refer to the table below for possible PCI Express Card
configurations.
PCI Express x16 slot configurations
Single
graphics
card*
Dual
graphics
cards in
CrossFire™
mode**
*
PCIEX16_1 (blue) slot
PCIEX16_2 (black) slot
Card Type
Card Type
Speed
PCIe x16 graphics card
x16
MVP Switch Card
PCIe x16 graphics card
x8
PCIe devices (non-VGA)
ATI CrossFire Edition
graphics card
x8
ATI graphics card
Speed
NA
x8, x4, x1
x8
Install the MVP Switch Card on the black PCI Express slot. Remove it
only when you want to install other devices.
** Install two ATI graphics cards from the same GPU family.
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2.6
Jumper
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS.
You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup
parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell
battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup
information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2.
Remove the onboard 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.
Reinstall 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.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC
jumper default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
CLRTC
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1 2
2 3
Normal
(Default)
Clear RTC
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
12
1.
2.
11
10
9
8
P S / 2 m o u s e p o r t ( g r e e n ) . This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
P a r a l l e l p o r t . This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner,
or other devices.
I E E E 1 3 9 4 a p o r t . This 6-pin IEEE 1394a port provides high-speed
connectivity for audio/video devices, storage peripherals, PCs, or
portable devices.
L A N ( R J - 4 5 ) p o r t . This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local
Area Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below
for the LAN port LED indications.
3.
4.
LAN port LED indications
ACT/LINK LED
Status
Description
SPEED LED
Status
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10Mbps connection
GREEN
Linked
ORANGE
100Mbps connection
BLINKING
Acting
GREEN
1Gbps connection
LAN port
5.
L i n e I n p o r t ( l i g h t b l u e ) . This port connects a tape, CD, DVD
player, or other audio sources.
6.
L i n e O u t p o r t ( l i m e ) . This port connects a headphone or a
speaker. In 4/6-channel configuration, the function of this port
becomes Front Speaker Out.
M i c r o p h o n e p o r t ( p i n k ) . This port connects a microphone.
7.
Refer to the audio configuration table on the next page for the function
of the audio ports in 2, 4, or 6-channel configuration.
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Audio 2, 4, or 6-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2-ss p e a k e r
2-
4-speaker
6-speaker
Light Blue
Line In
Surround Out
Surround Out
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic
Center/Bass
8.
U S B 2 . 0 p o r t s 3 a n d 4 . These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus
(USB) ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
9.
U S B 2 . 0 p o r t s 1 a n d 2 . These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus
(USB) ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
1 0 . S e r i a l p o r tt. This 9-pin COM1 port is for pointing devices or other
serial devices.
1 1 . C o a x i a l S / P D I F O u t p o r t . This port connects an external audio
output device via a coaxial S/PDIF cable.
1 2 . P S / 2 k e y b o a r d p o r t ( p u r p l e ) . This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
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2.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable.
Insert one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other
end to the signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable connection
when using an FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
PIN 1
FLOPPY
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
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2.
IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, 40-1 pin SEC_IDE)
This connector is for an Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable. The Ultra
DMA 133/100/66 signal cable has three connectors: a blue connector
for the primary IDE connector on the motherboard, a black connector
for an Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE slave device (optical drive/hard disk
drive), and a gray connector for an Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE master
device (hard disk drive). If you install two hard disk drives, you must
configure the second drive as a slave device by setting its jumper
accordingly. Refer to the hard disk documentation for the jumper
settings.
•
Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole
on the Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion
when you connect the IDE cable.
•
Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE
devices.
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PIN 1
A8R-MVP IDE connectors
3.
SEC_IDE
A8R-MVP
PRI_IDE
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
Serial ATA connectors
(7-pin SATA1 [red], SATA2 [red], SATA3 [black],
SATA4 [black])
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA
hard disk drives.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can can create a
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, and JBOD configuration. Refer to
Chapter 5 for information on creating a RAID configuration.
Enable the S e r i a l A T A C o n t r o l l e r and O n b o a r d S A T A B o o t R O M
items in the BIOS if you want to use the Serial ATA RAID feature. See
section “4.3.5 Storage Configuration” for details.
SATA4
A8R-MVP
GND
RSATA_TXP4
RSATA_TXN4
GND
RSATA_RXP4
RSATA_RXN4
GND
SATA3
GND
RSATA_TXP3
RSATA_TXN3
GND
RSATA_RXP3
RSATA_RXN3
GND
®
SATA2
A8R-MVP SATA connectors
2-22
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN2
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
SATA1
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
•
Plug your Serial ATA boot disk on the master port (SATA1/2 to
support S3 function).
•
Install the Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4 or the Windows® XP
Service Pack1 or later when using Serial ATA.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Serial ATA hard disk drive connection
4.
Connector
Color
Setting
Use
SATA1/SATA2
Red
Master
Boot disk
SATA3/SATA4
Black
Slave
Data Disk
CPU, Chassis, and Power fan connectors
(3-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA ~ 2000 mA (24 W
max.) or a total of 1 A ~ 3.48 A (41.76 W max.) at +12 V. 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.
Rotation
+12V
GND
CPU_FAN
CHA_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
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®
A8R-MVP Fan connectors
Rotation
+12V
GND
PWR_FAN
Only the CPU_FAN and CHA_FAN connectors support the
ASUS Q-Fan 2 feature.
For some chassis models with short 3-pin chassis fan cable, connect the
cable to the PWR_FAN connector.
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USB78_WFG
A8R-MVP
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
GND
NC
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78_WFG)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB/GAME
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.
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
USB56
1
A8R-MVP USB 2.0 connectors
1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
®
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
5.
Never connect a 1 3 9 4 c a b l e to the USB connectors. Doing so will
damage the motherboard!
6.
Power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V, 4-pin
EZ_PLUG)
These connectors are for an ATX power supply. 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.
ATX12V
+12V DC
GND
A8R-MVP
®
+5V
EZ_DET
GND
+12V
EZ_PLUG
A8R-MVP ATX power connectors
2-24
EATXPWR
+12V DC +3 Volts
GND
+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
Chapter 2: Hardware information
•
For a fully-configured system, we recommend that you use a power
supply unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or
later version) and provides a minimum power of 400 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12 V power plug;
otherwise, the system will not boot up.
•
Make sure to connect the EZ Plug™ when using two PCI Express
graphcis card and a 20-pin ATX power supply unit; otherwise, the
system will be unstable.
•
The ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 compliant (400 W) PSU has been
tested to support the below configuration:
CPU:
Memory:
Graphics card:
Hard disk:
ATAPI:
•
Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The
system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is
inadequate.
•
If you want to use the ATI CrossFire™ Graphics solution, use a PSU
with 500 ~ 600 W power to ensure system stability.
GAME/MIDI port connector (16-1 pin GAME)
This connector is for a GAME/MIDI port. Connect the USB/GAME
module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis. The GAME/MIDI port
connects a joystick or game pad for playing games, and MIDI devices
for playing or editing audio files.
+5V
J1B2
J1CY
GND
GND
J1CX
J1B1
+5V
7.
AMD FX-57
512 MB DDR (x4)
PCI Express x16 ATI X850
SATA HD (x2)
CD-ROM (x1)
A8R-MVP
®
A8R-MVP Game connector
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MIDI_IN
J2B2
J2CY
MIDI_OUT
J2CX
J2B1
+5V
GAME
2-25
8.
IEEE 1394a connector (10-1 pin IE1394_1)
+12V
TPB2+
GND
TPA2+
This connector is for an IEEE 1394a port. Connect the IEEE 1394a
module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis.
A8R-MVP
®
1
GND
+12V
TPB2GND
TPA2-
IE1394_1
A8R-MVP IEEE 1394 connector
NEVER connect a U S B c a b l e to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so
will damage the motherboard!
9.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or
switch. Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch
cable to this connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a
high-level signal to this connector when a chassis component is
removed or replaced. The signal is then generated as a chassis
intrusion event.
By default, the pins labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted
with a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to
use the chassis intrusion detection feature.
A8R-MVP
Chassis Signal
GND
+5VSB_MB
CHASSIS
®
(Default)
A8R-MVP Chassis intrusion connector
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1 0 . Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module
that supports either HD Audio or legacy AC ‘97 audio standard.
Connect one end of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this
connector.
AAFP
BLINE_OUT_L
Legacy AC’97
compliant definition
AGND
+5VA
BLINE_OUT_R
SENSE2_RETUR
GND
PRESENCE#
SENSE1_RETUR
Azalia
compliant definition
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
®
PORT1 L
PORT1 R
PORT2 R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2 L
A8R-MVP
A8R-MVP Analog front panel connector
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio
module to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s
high-definition audio capability.
•
Make sure the HD Audio item in the BIOS is set to [Enabled] to avail
of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability. See sectoin
“4.4.4 Onboard Devices Configuration” for details.
1 1 . Internal audio connectors
(4-pin CD [black], 4-pin AUX [white])
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound
sources such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
CD (Black)
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®
Left Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Right Audio Channel
AUX (White)
Left Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Right Audio Channel
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1 2 . System panel connector (20-pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
SPEAKER
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
PLED-
PLED+
PLED
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IDE_LED
Reset
Ground
PWR
Ground
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PANEL
RESET
®
PWRSW
* Requires an ATX power supply.
A8R-MVP 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 3-pin PLED)
This 3-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 IDE_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.
System warning speaker (Orange 4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning
speaker. The speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
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 2: Hardware information
This chapter describes the power up
sequence, the vocal POST messages,
and ways of shutting down the
system.
3
Powering up
Chapter summary
3
3.1
Starting up for the first time ................................................ 3-1
3.2
Powering off the computer .................................................. 3-2
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3.1
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2.
Be sure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the
system chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a
surge protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
6.
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front
panel case lights up. For systems withATX power supplies, the system
LED lights up when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor
complies with “green” standards or if it has a “power standby”
feature, the monitor LED may light up or switch between orange and
green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the
tests are running, the BIOS beeps (see BIOS beep codes table below)
or additional messages appear on the screen. If you do not see
anything within 30 seconds from the time you turned on the power,
the system may have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper
settings and connections or call your retailer for assistance.
AMI BIOS beep codes
7.
Beep Description
Error
One beep
Keyboard controller error
Refresh Time error
No master drive detected
Two continuous beeps followed by
two short beeps
Floppy controller failure
Two continuous beeps followed by
four short beeps
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup.
Follow the instructions in Chapter 4.
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3.2
Powering off the computer
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® 2000:
2.
Click the S t a r t button then click S h u t D o w n . . .
Make sure that the S h u t D o w n option button is selected, then click
the O K button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
1.
If you are using Windows® XP:
2.
Click the S t a r t button then select T u r n O f f C o m p u t e r .
Click the T u r n O f f button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
1.
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four
seconds puts the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on
the BIOS setting. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds
lets the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting.
Refer to section “4.5 Power Menu” in Chapter 4 for details.
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Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter tells how to change
the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions
of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
4
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
4
4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS ........................................ 4-1
4.2
BIOS setup program ........................................................... 4-11
4.3
Main menu .......................................................................... 4-14
4.4
Advanced menu .................................................................. 4-18
4.5
Power menu ........................................................................ 4-32
4.6
Boot menu .......................................................................... 4-37
4.7
Exit menu ........................................................................... 4-42
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4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard
Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1.
2.
3.
4.
A S U S U p d a t e (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
A S U S E Z F l a s h (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk during POST.)
A S U S A F U D O S (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a bootable
floppy disk.)
A S U S C r a s h F r e e B I O S 2 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable
floppy disk or the motherboard support CD when the BIOS file fails or
gets corrupted.)
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.
4.1.1
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:
2.
Place the support CD in the optical drive. The D r i v e r s menu appears.
Click the U t i l i t i e s tab, then click I n s t a l l A S U S U p d a t e
VX.XX.XX
X. See page 5-3 for the U t i l i t i e s screen menu.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
1.
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Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this
utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
4-2
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by
clicking S t a r t > P r o g r a m s > A S U S > A S U S U p d a t e >
ASUSUpdate
e. The ASUS Update main window appears.
2.
Select U p d a t e B I O S f r o m
t h e I n t e r n e t option from the
drop-down menu, then click
N e x tt.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site
nearest you to avoid network
traffic, or click A u t o S e l e c tt.
Click N e x tt.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
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:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by
clicking S t a r t > P r o g r a m s > A S U S > A S U S U p d a t e >
ASUSUpdate
e. The ASUS Update main window appears.
Select U p d a t e B I O S f r o m a
f i l e option from the drop-down
menu, then click N e x tt.
Locate the BIOS file from the
O p e n window, then click S a v e
e.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
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4.1.2
1.
Creating a bootable floppy disk
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 S t a r t from the Windows® desktop, then select M y
C o m p u t e rr.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click F i l e from the menu, then select F o r m a tt. A F o r m a t 3 1 / 2
F l o p p y D i s k window appears.
e. Select C r e a t e a n M S - D O S s t a r t u p d i s k from the format
options field, then click S t a r tt.
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 S t a r tt, then select R u n
n.
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.
4-4
Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable
floppy disk.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.1.3
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 A 8 R - M V P . R O M
M.
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 “A8R-MVP.ROM”. Completed.
Start erasing.......|
Start programming...|
Flashed successfully. Rebooting.
•
Do not shut down 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 “A8R-MVP.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 A8R-MVP.ROM.
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4.1.4
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.
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Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility:
1.
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.
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 /iA8R-MVP.ROM
4.
The utility verifies the file and starts updating the BIOS.
A:\>afudos /iA8R-MVP.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2003 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ..... done
Reading flash .... done
Advance Check........
Erasing flash .... done
Writing flash .... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent system boot failure!
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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 /iA8R-MVP.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2003 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ..... done
Reading flash .... done
Search bootblock version
Advance Check.........
Erasing flash ..... done
Writing flash ..... done
Verifying flash ... done
Please restart your computer
A:\>
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Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.1.5
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to
restore the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating
process. You can update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard
support CD or the floppy disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
•
Prepare the motherboard support CD or the floppy disk containing
the updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
•
Make sure that you rename the original or updated BIOS file in the
floppy disk to A 8 R - M V P . R O M
M.
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 “A8R-MVP.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.
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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 “A8R-MVP.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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Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable firmware chip that you can
update using the provided utility described in section “4.1 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 or 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+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis.
You can also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this
last option only if the first two 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 L o a d
D e f a u l t S e t t i n g s item under the Exit Menu. See section “4.7 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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4.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Advanced
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Third IDE Master
Third IDE Slave
Fourt IDE Master
Fourth IDE Slave
Storage Configuration
Configuration fields
Power
General help
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Exit
[10:55:25]
[Mon 10/25/2005]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
[ST320410A]
[ASUS CD-S520/A]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure the System
Time.
System Information
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
Tab
Select Field
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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Sub-menu items
4.2.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
Advanced
For changing the basic system configuration
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Boot
Exit
For changing the system boot configuration
For changing the advanced system settings
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.
4.2.3
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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4.2.4
Menu items
Main
The highlighted item on the menu
bar displays the specific items for
that menu. For example, selecting
M a i n shows the Main menu items.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Boot
Exit
[10:55:25]
[Wed 10/25/2005]
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Primary IDE Master [ST320410A]
Primary IDE Slave
[ASUS CD-S520/A]
Secondary IDE Master[Not Detected]
Secondary IDE Slave [Not Detected]
Third IDE Master
[Not Detected]
Third IDE Slave
[Not Detected]
Fourth IDE Master
[Not Detected]
Fourth IDE Slave
[Not Detected]
Storage Configuration
System Information
The other items (Advanced,
Power, Boot, and Exit) on the
menu bar have their respective
menu items.
4.2.5
Advanced
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Use [ENTER], [TAB],
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system
time.
Select Screen
Select Item
+Change Field
Tab
Select Field
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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Main menu items
Sub-menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the iteam
has a sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press
<Enter>.
4.2.6
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is userconfigurable, 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 “4.2.7 Pop-up window.”
4.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with
the configuration options for that item.
4.2.8
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right
side of a menu screen when there
are items that do not fit on the
screen. Press the
Up/Down arrow keys or <Page
Up> /<Page Down> keys to
display the other items on the
screen.
4.2.9
General help
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
PCI IDE BusMaster
[No]
[64]
[Yes]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Pop-up window
Scroll bar
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the
selected item.
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4.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the M a i n menu screen appears,
giving you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section “4.2.1 BIOS menu screen” for information on the menu
screen items and how to navigate through them.
Main
Advanced
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Third IDE Master
Third IDE Slave
Fourth IDE Master
Fourth IDE Slave
Storage Configuration
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Exit
[10:55:25]
[Mon 10/25/2005]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
[ST320410A]
[ASUS CD-S520/A]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure the System
Time.
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
Tab
Select Field
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
System Information
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4.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
4.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[360K, 5.25 in.] [1.2M , 5.25 in.] [720K , 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
[2.88M, 3.5 in.]
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4.3.4
Primary, Secondary, Third, and Fourth
IDE Master/Slave
The BIOS automatically detects the connected 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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Primary IDE Master
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: ST320413A
Size
: 20.0GB
LBA Mode
: Supported
Block Mode
: 16 Sectors
PIO Mode
: 4
Async DMA
: MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA
: Ultra DMA-6
SMART Monitoring: Supported
Type
LBA/Large Mode
Block(Multi-sector Transfer M
PIO Mode
DMA Mode
SMART Monitoring
32Bit Data Transfer
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
Select the type of
device connected to
the system.
+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. Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection
of the appropriate IDE device type. Select [CDROM] if you are specifically
configuring a CD-ROM drive. Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media
Device) if your device is either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode
if the device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously
formatted with LBA mode disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Auto]
Block (Multi-sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the
data transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if
the device supports multi-sector transfer feature. When set to [Disabled],
the data transfer from and to the device occurs one sector at a time.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
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PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
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 [Disabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.3.5
Storage Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Storage Configuration
Serial ATA Controller
Onboard SATA Boot ROM
SATA Mode Selection
Options
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Emulated PATA Mode]
Disabled
Enabled
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Serial ATA Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Serial ATA controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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The succeeding items appear only if the S e r i a l A T A C o n t r o l l e r item
is set to [Enabled].
Onboard SATA Boot ROM [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard Serial ATA Boot ROM.
Set this item to [Enabled] to configure Serial ATA RAID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SATA Mode Selection [Emulated PATA Mode]
Allows you to select the Serial ATA mode.
Configuration options: [Emulated PATA Mode] [AHCI Mode]
4.3.6
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The
BIOS automatically detects the items in this menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AMIBIOS
Version
: 0127
Build Date : 10/25/05
Processor
Type
: AMD Athlon (tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor
Speed
: 2400 MHz
Count
: 2
System Memory
Size
: 512 MB
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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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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4.4
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.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Exit
Jumperfree Configuration
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
PCI PnP
LAN Cable Status
USB Configuration
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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4.4.1
JumperFree Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure System Frequency/Voltage
AI Overclocking
PCIE Frequency
[Auto]
[100]
FID/VID Change
DDR Voltage
PCI-Express Voltage
VCORE Over Voltage
Southbridge Over-voltage
[Auto]
[Auto]
[+1.20V]
[Disable]
[Auto]
PEG Link Mode
PEG Buffer Length
[Auto]
[Auto]
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Subscreen
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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AI Overclocking [Auto]
Allows you to select the overclocking options to achieve the desired CPU
internal frequency. Select either one of the preset overclocking
configiuration options.
Setting
Description
Manual
allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
loads the optimal settings for the system.
Standard
loads the standard settings for the system.
Overclock Profile
loads overclocking profiles with optimal
parameters for stability when overclocking.
PCIE Frequency [100]
Allows you to set the PCI Express frequency. Use the <+>/<-> key or the
number keys to set the value. Configuration options: [100] ~ [150]
FID/VID Change [Auto]
When set to [Auto], FID/VID will be set at the rated frequency/voltage.
When set to [Manual], FID/VID will be set based on the user selection.
The following items appear only when the F I D / V I D C h a n g e i t e m is
set to [Manual].
Processor Frequency Multiplier [x4]
Allows you to set the processor frequency multiplier.
Configuration options: [x4] [x4.5] [x5]... [x25.5]
Processor Voltage [1.350 V]
Allows you to set the processor voltage.
Configuration options: [1.350 V] [1.325 V] [1.300 V]... [0.800 V]
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DDR Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR memory voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2.65 V] [2.70 V] [2.80 V] [2.85 V]
[2.90 V] [3.00 V] [3.10 V] [3.20 V]
Setting a very high voltage may damage the component permanently.
Setting a very low voltage may cause the system to become unstable.
PCI-Express Voltage [+1.20V]
Allows you to set the PCI Express voltage.
Configuration options: [+1.20V] [+1.30V] [+1.40V] [+1.50V]
Setting a very high voltage may damage the component permanently.
Setting a very low voltage may cause the system to become unstable.
VCORE Over-voltage [Disable]
Allows you to enable or disable VCORE over-voltage.
Configuration options: [Disable] [Enable]
Southbridge Over-voltage [Disable]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disable] [Enable]
PEG Link Mode [Auto]
Sets the PCI Express graphics (PEG) link mode. Setting this item to [Auto]
allows the motherboard to automatically adjust the PCI Express graphics
link mode to the correct frequency based on the system configuration.
Three additional settings are available for overclocking the PEG Link Mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Normal] [Fast] [Faster]
PEG Buffer Length [Auto]
Allows you to set the PEG buffer length.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Short] [Long] [Longer] [Longest]
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The following item appears only when you set the A I O v e r c l o c k i n g
item to [Manual].
CPU Frequency [XXX]
Allows you to adjust the CPU frequency. The value of this item is
auto-detected by the BIOS. Use the < + > and < - > keys to adjust the CPU
FSB frequency. You can also type the desired CPU frequency using the
numeric keypad. The values range from 200 to 400.
The following item appears only when you set the A I O v e r c l o c k i n g
item to [Ovrerclock Profile].
Overclock Options [Overclock 5%]
Allows you to overclock the CPU speed through the available preset values.
Configuration options: [Overclock 3%] [Overclock 5%] [Overclock 10%]
[Overclock 15%] [Overclock 20%] [Overclock 30%]
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4.4.2
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
CPU Configuration
Module Version: 14.08
Physical Count: 1
Logical Count: 2
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+
Revision: E6
Cache L1: 128*2 KB
Cache L2: 512*2 KB
Speed: 2400 MHz
Current FSB Multiplier: 12x
Maximum FSB Multiplier: 12x
Able to Change Freq: Yes
uCode Patch Level: 0x4D
GART Error Reporting
MTRR Mapping
Cool `n’ Quiet
HT Link Speed
[Disabled]
[Continuous]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
This option should
remain disabled for
the normal operation.
The driver developer
may enable it for
testing purpose.
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Memory Configuration
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GART Error Reporting [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable GART error checking for testing purposes.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
MTRR Mapping [Continuous]
Determines the method used for programming processor MTRRs when using
more than 4 GB of system memory. Setting to [Discrete] leaves the PCI
hole below the 4 GB boundary undescribed. [Continuous] explicitly
describes the PCI hole as non-cacheable. Configuration options:
[Continuous] [Discrete]
Cool ‘n’ Quiet [[Disabled
Disabled
Disabled]]
Enables or disables the Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ technology feature.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
HT Link Speed [Auto]
Allows you to set the speed at which the HyperTransport link will run if the
speed is lower than or equal to the system clock and if the board is
capable. Configuration options: [Auto] [200 MHz] [400 MHz] [600 MHz]
[800 MHz] [1 GHz]
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Memory Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Memory Configuration
Memory Timing 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
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
:
166 MHz
2.5
3 CLK
7 CLK
3 CLK
2 CLK
10 CLK
12 CLK
4 CLK
6.0 ns
7 ns
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Memory Timing Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Memory Configuration
Memclock Mode
MCT Timing Mode
User Config Mode
Burst Length
HardWare Memory Hole
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[4 Beats]
[Disabled]
MEMCLK can be set by
the code using AUTO,
or if you use LIMIT,
you can set one of
the standard values.
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Memclock Mode [Auto]
[Auto] allows the BIOS to set the memclock mode automatically.
[Limit] allows you to select from any of the standard values.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Limit]
The following item appears when the M e m c l o c k M o d e item is set to
[Limit].
Memclock Value [200 MHz]
Allows you to set the memclock value.
Configuration options: [100 MHz] [133 MHz] [166 MHz] [183 MHz] [200 MHz]
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MCT Timing Mode [Auto]
[Auto] allows the BIOS to set the MCT timing mode automatically.
[Manual] allows you to set the values by yourself.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
The following items appear when the M C T T i m i n g M o d e 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]... [6 CLK]
User Config Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
The following items appear when the U s e r C o n f i g M o d e item is set
to [Manual].
Read Preamble [ 5.5ns]
Configuration options: [2.0ns] [2.5ns] [3.0ns]... [9.5ns]
Asyc Latency [ 7.0ns]
Configuration options: [4.0ns] [5.0ns] [6.0ns]... [11.0ns]
CMD-ADDR Timing Mode [ 2T]
Configuration options: [1T] [2T]
Burst length [4 Beats]
Sets the burst length.
Configuration options: [8 Beats] [4 Beats] [2 Beats]
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Hardware Memory Hole [Disabled]
Enables or disables the software memory remapping around the
memory hole. Only REV E0 processors and above support this feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ECC Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
ECC Configuration
DRAM ECC Enable
MCA DRAM ECC Logging
ECC Chip Kill
DRAM SCRUB REDIRECT
DRAM BG Scrub
L2 Cache BG Scrub
Data Cache BG Scrub
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
DRAM ECC allows
hardware to report and
correct memory errors
automatically,
maintaining system
integrity.
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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DRAM ECC Enable [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable DRAM ECC, which allows the hardware
to report and correct memory errors automatically to maintain system
integrity. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
MCA DRAM ECC Logging [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable MCA DRAM ECC logging/reporting.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ECC Chip Kill [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable ECC chip kill.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM SCRUB REDIRECT [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable DRAM scrub redirect, which allows the system to
correct DRAM ECC errors immediately when they occur, even if background scrubbing is
on. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM BG Scrub [Disabled]
Allows DRAM scrubbing to correct memory errors so later reads are correct. Doing this
while memory is not being used improves performance. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [40ns] [80ns] [160ns] [320ns] [640ns] [1.28us] [2.56us] [5.12us]
[10.2us] [20.5 us] [41.0us] [81.9us] [163.8us] [327.7us] [655.4us] [1.31ms]
[2.62ms] [5.24ms] [10.49ms] [20.97ms] [42.00ms] [84.00ms]
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L2 Cache BG Scrub [Disabled]
Allows the L2 Data Cache RAM to be corrected while idle.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [40ns] [80ns] [160ns] [320ns]
[640ns] [1.28us] [2.56us] [5.12us] [10.2us] [20.5 us] [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]
Allows the L1 Data Cache RAM to be corrected while idle.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [40ns] [80ns] [160ns] [320ns]
[640ns] [1.28us] [2.56us] [5.12us] [10.2us] [20.5 us] [41.0us]
[81.9us] [163.8us] [327.7us] [655.4us] [1.31ms] [2.62ms]
[5.24ms] [10.49ms] [20.97ms] [42.00ms] [84.00ms]
4.4.3
Chipset Configuration
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
ATI RD480 Chipset Configuration
Dual-slot configuration
RD800 HT PLL Control
Dual-slot
configuration.
[Auto]
[Normal]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Dual-slot configuration [Auto]
When set to [Auto], the BIOS automatically sets the configuration for
either single or dual graphics cards. Configuration options: [Auto]
[Single Video Card] [Dual Video Cards]
If you set this item to [Single Video Card], you will not be able to enable
the Crossfire™ function even if you installed two Crossfire™-enabled
graphics cards. For optimum performance, we recommend that you keep
the default setting [Auto].
RD800 HT PLL Control [Normal]
Configuration options: [Normal] [Fast]
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4.4.4
Onboard Devices Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Onboard Devices
HD Audio
Onboard LAN
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Onboard IEEE1394
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled
Configure ITE8712 Super IO Chipset
Serial Port1 Address
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
EPP Version
ECP Mode DMA Channel
Parallel Port IRQ
[3F8/IRQ4]
[378]
[EPP+ECP]
[1.9]
[DMA3]
[IRQ7]
Onboard Game Port
Onboard MIDI Port
MIDI IRQ Select
[Enabled]
[330]
[IRQ5]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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H D A u d i o [[Enabled
Enabled
Enabled]]
Allows you to enable or disable the HD Audio feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard LAN [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onchip MAC LAN.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item allows you to enable or disable the MAC boot ROM. This item
appears only when the O n b o a r d L A N item is set to [Enabled].
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard IEEE1394 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard IEEE 1394a controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4]
[2E8/IRQ3]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [378] [278]
Parallel Port Mode [EPP+ECP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode.
Configuration options: [Normal] [EPP] [ECP] [EPP+ECP]
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EPP Version [1.9]
Appears only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to [EPP] or
[EPP+ECP]. Allows you to select the parallel port EPP version.
Configuration options: [1.9] [1.7]
ECP Mode DMA Channel [DMA3]
Appears only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to [EPP+ECP]or
[ECP]. This item allows you to set the Parallel Port ECP DMA.
Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1] [DMA3]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Allows you to select the parallel port IRQ.
Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
Onboard Game Port [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard game port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard MIDI Port [330]
Allows you to select the MIDI Port address or to disable the port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [300] [330]
MIDI IRQ Select [IRQ5]
This item allows the BIOS to select the MIDI port IRQs.
Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7] [IRQ10] [IRQ11]
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4.4.5
PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for
PCI/PnP devices. The menu includes setting IRQ and DMA channel resources
for either PCI/PnP or legacy ISA devices, 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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
[No]
PCI Latency Timer
[64]
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
[Yes]
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]
NO: Lets the BIOS
configue all the
devices in the system.
YES: Lets the
operating system
configure Plug and
Play (PnP) devices not
required for boot if
your system has a Plug
and Play operating
system.
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Plug And Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set
to [Yes] and if you 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]
IRQ-xx assigned to [PCI Device]
When set to [PCI Device], the specific IRQ is free for use of PCI/PnP
devices. When set to [Reserved], the IRQ is reserved for legacy ISA
devices. Configuration options: [PCI Device] [Reserved]
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4.4.6
LAN Cable Status
This menu displays the status of the Local Area Network (LAN) cable
connected to the LAN (RJ-45) port.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
POST Check LAN Cable
LAN2 Cable Status
Pair
Status
Length
1-2
3-6
4-5
7-8
0.0M
0.0M
0.0M
0.0M
Open
Open
Open
Open
Check LAN cable
during POST.
[Disabled]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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POST Check LAN Cable [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable LAN cable check during POST. When
enabled, the menu reports the cable faults or shorts, and displays the point
(length) where the fault or short is detected. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
4.4.7
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
USB Configuration
Module Version - 2.24.0-10.4
USB Devices Enabled: None
USB Controller
Legacy USB Support
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
BIOS EHCI Hand-off
[USB1.1+2.0]
[Auto]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
USB Mass Storage Device Configuration
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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The M o d u l e V e r s i o n and U S B D e v i c e s E n a b l e d items show the
auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the item shows
None
e.
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USB Controller [USB1.1+2.0]
Allows you to disable the USB controllers, or choose which controller to
enable. Configuration options: [Disabled ] [USB1.1+2.0] [USB1.1 Only]
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable support for legacy USB devices. Setting to
[Auto] allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at
startup. If detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB
device is detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to set the USB 2.0 controller mode to HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or
FullSpeed (12 Mbps). Configuration options: [HiSpeed] [FullSpeed]
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
Allows you to enable support for operating systems without an EHCI
hand-off feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following sub-menu and its related items appear only when you
plugged a USB device into a USB port.
USB Mass Storage Device Configuration
USB Mass Storage Reset Delay [Auto]
Sets the USB mass storage reset delay time in seconds.
Configuration options: [10] [20] [30] [40]
Emulation Type [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Floppy] [Forced FDD] [HD] [CDROM]
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4.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the ACPI and
Advanced Power Management (APM) features. Select an item then press
<Enter> to display the configuration options.
Main
Advanced
Power
Suspend Mode
Repost Video on S3 Resume
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Exit
[Auto]
[No]
[No]
[Enabled]
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.5.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)
state to be used for system suspend. Setting this item to [Auto] allows the
OS to select the ACPI state. Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only]
[S3 Only] [Auto]
4.5.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Determines whether to invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
4.5.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [No]
Allows you to add more tables for Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface (ACPI) 2.0 specifications. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
4.5.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface (ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt
Controller (APIC). When set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is
included in the RSDT pointer list. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
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4.5.5
APM Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Power Button Mode
[On/Off]
Restore on AC Power Loss
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard
Power On By PS/2 Mouse
Power On By RTC Alarm
Power On By External Modems
Power On By PCI Devices
[Power Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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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 [Power Off]
When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power
loss. When set to Power On, the system goes on after an AC power loss.
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]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to use specific keys on the keyboard to turn on the system.
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By 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]
Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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The succeeding items appear when the P o w e r O n B y R T C A l a r m
item is set to Enabled.
RTC Alarm Date (Days) [Everyday]
To set the alarm date, highlight this item and press the <+> or <-> key to
make the selection.
RTC Alarm Hour (Hours) [0]
To set the alarm hour, highlight this item and press the <+> or <-> key to
make the selection.
RTC Alarm Minute (Minutes) [0]
To set the alarm minute, highlight this item and press the <+> or <-> key
to make the selection.
RTC Alarm Second (Seconds) [0]
To set the alarm second, highlight this item and press the <+> or <-> key
to make the selection.
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
Allows either settings of [Enabled] or [Disabled] for powering up the
computer when the external modem receives a call while the computer is in
Soft-off mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and
applications are fully running. Thus, connection cannot be made on the
first try. Turning an external modem off and then back on while the
computer is off causes an initialization string that turns the system
power on.
Power On By PCI Devices [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]
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4.5.6
Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
[32.5ºC/90.5ºF]
[36.0ºC/96.5ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
Chassis Fan Speed
Power Fan Speed
[3813 RPM]
[N/A]
[N/A]
VCORE Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[ 1.320V]
[ 3.345V]
[ 5.094V]
[11.880V]
CPU QFan Control
[Disabled]
+-
Chassis QFan Control
[Disabled]
F1
F10
ESC
CPU Temperature
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
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.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored]
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. Select [Ignore] from the item options to
disable CPU fan speed monitoring.
Chassis Fan Speed N/A] or [Ignored]
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. Select [Ignore] from the item
options to disable chassis fan speed monitoring.
Power Fan Speed [N/A] or [Ignored]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
power fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected
to the power fan connector, the specific field shows 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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CPU QFan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Q-Fan feature that smartly
adjusts the fan speeds for more efficient system operation. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear when the C P U Q F a n C o n t r o l item is set
to [Enabled].
CPUFan Off Temperature [XXX]
Allows you to specify the maximum CPU temperature at which the system
will shut down. Use the <+>/<-> key or use the numeric keypad to set the
value. Valid values range from [0] to [100].
CPUFan Start Temperature[XXX]
Allows you to set the CPU temperature at which the CPU fan starts. Use
the <+>/<-> key or use the numeric keypad to set the value. Valid values
range from [0] to [100].
CPUFan Full-speed Temperature[XXX]
Allows you to set the CPU temperature at which the CPU fan runs at full
speed. Use the <+>/<-> key or use the numeric keypad to set the value.
Valid values range from [0] to [100].
CPU Start P W M [XXX]
Allows you to set the CPU temperature at which the power management
feature starts. Use the <+>/<-> key or use the numeric keypad to set the
value. Valid values range from [0] to [100].
Chassis QFan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Q-Fan feature that smartly
adjusts the fan speeds for more efficient system operation. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear when the C h a s s i s Q F a n C o n t r o l item is
set to [Enabled].
ChassisFan Off Temperature [XXX]
Allows you to specify the maximum chassis temperature at which the
system will shut down. Use the <+>/<-> key or use the numeric keypad to
set the value. Valid values range from [0] to [100].
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ChassisFan Start Temperature[XXX]
Allows you to set the chassis temperature at which the CPU fan starts. Use
the <+>/<-> key or use the numeric keypad to set the value. Valid values
range from [0] to [100].
ChassisFan Full-speed Temperature[XXX]
Allows you to set the CPU temperature at which the chassis fan runs at full
speed. Use the <+>/<-> key or use the numeric keypad to set the value.
Valid values range from [0] to [100].
ChassisStart P W M [XXX]
Allows you to set the chassis temperature at which the power management
feature starts. Use the <+>/<-> key or use the numeric keypad to set the
value. Valid values range from [0] to [100].
4.6
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.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Exit
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
Specifies the Boot
Device Boot Priority
sequence.
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive
B:) may appear when
you set the CD-ROM
drive as the first
boot device.
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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4.6.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
[PM-ST320410A]
[PS-ASUS CD-S520/A]
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
availabe devices.
A device enclosed in
parenthesis has been
disabled in the
corresponding menu.
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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1st ~ xxth Boot Device [1st Floppy Drive]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available
devices. The number of device items that appears on the screen depends
on the number of devices installed in the system.
Configuration options: [xxxxx Drive] [Disabled]
The following item appears only when you have set a Serial ATA drive in
a RAID configuration as boot device.
Hard Disk [XXX Drive]
This item specifies the Serial ATA boot device priority sequence from the
available devices in a RAID configuration.
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4.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
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]
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
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Quick Boot [Enabled]
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]
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 ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when
error occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system displays the message “Press DEL to run
Setup” during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this function allows the option ROMs to trap
Interrupt 19. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.6.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
Change Supervisor Password
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Change
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default N o t I n s t a l l e d
d.
After you set a password, this item shows I n s t a l l e d
d.
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.
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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 it by erasing the CMOS
Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section “2.6 Jumpers” for information
on how to erase the RTC RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow
you to change other security settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Installed
: Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
[Full Access]
[Setup]
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Change
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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User Access Level (Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
N o A c c e s s prevents user access to the Setup utility.
V i e w O n l y allows access but does not allow change to any field.
L i m i t e d allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and
Time.
F u l l A c c e s s 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 N o t I n s t a l l e d
d. After you set
a password, this item shows I n s t a l l e d
d.
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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.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the
Setup utility. When set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both
when accessing Setup and booting the system.
Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
4.7
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.
Main
Advanced
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Exit
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Load Setup Defaults
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
Tab
Select Field
F1
General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the
options from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
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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 [ O k ] 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.
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 [ O k ] 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 [ O k ] to load default
values. Select E x i t & S a v e C h a n g e s 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.
5
Software
support
Chapter summary
5
5.1
Installing an operating system ............................................. 5-1
5.2
Support CD information ........................................................ 5-1
5.3
Software information ........................................................... 5-8
5.4
RAID configurations ............................................................ 5-24
5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk ................................................. 5-33
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5.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® 2000/XP operating systems (OS).
Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize
the features of your hardware.
5.2
•
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 Pack 1 or later versions before installing the
drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
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.
5.2.1
Running the support CD
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The CD automatically displays the
D r i v e r s menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
CD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If A u t o r u n 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 A S S E T U P . E X E to run the CD.
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5.2.2
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 Driver
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ driver.
ADI 1986A Audio Driver
Executes the wizard to install the ADI SoundMAX® AD1986A audio driver
and application.
Marvell Yukon Gigabit Driver
Installs the driver for the Marvell® Yukon™ 88E8001 PCI interface Gigabit LAN .
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the USB 2.0 driver.
The screen display and drivers option may not be the same for different
operating system versions.
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5.2.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the
motherboard supports.
Marvell Yukon VCT Application
The Virtual Cable Tester (VCT) is a cable diagnostic application that
analyzes and reports LAN cable faults and shorts. See page 5-10 for
details.
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
The ASUS Update utility that allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in
Windows® environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either
through a network or an Internet Service Provider (ISP). See section “4.1.1
ASUS Update utility” for details.
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.
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Adobe Acrobat Reader V7.0
Installs the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader that allows you to open, view, and
print documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
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 your computer so you can
enjoy watching TV and movies, capturing videos, or playing games on your
computer. Visit the Microsoft® website (www.microsoft.com) for updates.
ASUS Cool ‘n’ Quiet Utility
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ software.
Anti-virus utility
The anti-virus application scans, identifies, and removes computer viruses.
View the online help for detailed information.
The screen display and utilities option may not be the same for different
operating system versions.
5.2.4
Make Disk menu
The Make Disk menu contains the item needed to create the ULI Serial
ATA/RAID driver disk.
Make ULi Chipset Driver Disk
Allows you to create the ULI chipset driver disk for Serial ATA and RAID
features.
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5.2.5
Manuals menu
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an
item to open the folder of the user manual.
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install
the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the U t i l i t i e s m e n u before opening
a user manual file.
ULi SATA/RAID User’s Manual
Allows you to open the ULI Serial ATA/RAID user’s manual.
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5.2.6
ASUS Contact information
Click the C o n t a c t tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can
also find this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
5.2.7
Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information
on the motherboard and the contents of the support CD. Click an icon to
display the specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
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Browse this CD
Displays the support CD contents in graphical format.
Technical support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out
when requesting technical support.
Filelist
Displays the contents of the support CD and a brief description of each in
text format.
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5.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support CD have wizards that will
conveniently guide you through the installation. View the online help or
readme file that came with the software application for more information.
5.3.1
ASUS MyLogo™
The ASUS MyLogo™ utility lets you customize the boot logo. The boot logo
is the image that appears on screen during the Power-On-Self-Tests
(POST). The ASUS MyLogo™ is automatically installed when you install the
A S U S U p d a t e utility from the support CD. See section “5.2.3 Utilities
menu” for details.
•
Before using the ASUS MyLogo™, use the AFUDOS utility to make a
copy of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS version from
the ASUS website. See section “4.1.4 AFUDOS Utility.”
•
Make sure that the BIOS item F u l l S c r e e n L o g o is set to
[Enabled] if you wish to use ASUS MyLogo. See section “4.6.2 Boot
Settings Configuration.”
•
You can create your own boot logo image in GIF, JPG, or BMP file
formats.
To launch the ASUS MyLogo™:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
5-8
Launch the ASUS Update utility. Refer to section “4.1.1 ASUS Update
utility” for details.
Select O p t i o n s from the drop down menu, then click N e x tt.
Check the option L a u n c h M y L o g o t o r e p l a c e s y s t e m b o o t
logo before flashing BIOS
S, then click N e x tt.
Select U p d a t e B I O S f r o m a f i l e from the drop down menu, then
click N e x tt.
When prompted, locate the
new BIOS file, then click N e x tt.
The ASUS MyLogo window
appears.
From the left window pane,
select the folder that contains
the image you intend to use as
your boot logo.
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When the logo images appear
on the right window pane,
select an image to enlarge by
clicking on it.
8.
Adjust the boot image to your
desired size by selecting a
value on the R a t i o box.
9.
When the screen returns to the ASUS Update utility, flash the original
BIOS to load the new boot logo.
10. After flashing the BIOS, restart the computer to display the new boot
logo during POST.
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5.3.2
AI Net 2
The Marvell® Virtual Cable Tester™ (VCT) is a cable diagnostic utility that
reports LAN cable faults and shorts using the Time Domain Reflectometry
(TDR) technology. The VCT detects and reports open and shorted cables,
impedance mismatches, pair swaps, pair polarity problems, and pair skew
problems of up to 64 ns at one meter accuracy.
The VCT feature reduces networking and support costs through a highly
manageable and controlled network system. This utility can be incorporated
in the network systems software for ideal field support as well as
development diagnostics.
Using the Virtual Cable Tester™
To use the the Marvell® Virtual Cable Tester™ utility:
1.
2.
3.
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Launch the VCT utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking
S t a r t > A l l P r o g r a m s > M a r v e l l > V i r t u a l C a b l e T e s t e rr.
Click V i r t u a l C a b l e T e s t e r from the menu to display the screen
below.
Click the R u n button to perform a cable test.
•
The VCT only runs on systems with Windows® XP or Windows® 2000
operating systems.
•
The VCT utility only tests Ethernet cables connected to Gigabit LAN
port(s).
•
The R u n button on the Virtual Cable Tester™ main window is
disabled if no problem is detected on the LAN cable(s) connected to
the LAN port(s).
•
If you want the system to check the LAN cable before entering the
OS, enable the P O S T C h e c k L A N c a b l e item in the BIOS.
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5.3.3
ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and
detects and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe II
senses fan rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among
others. Because PC Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring
your computer the moment you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured
that your computer is always at a healthy operating condition.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The D r i v e r s installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the
support CD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder.
Double-click the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
3.
Click the U t i l i t i e s tab, then click A S U S P C P r o b e I II.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the
Windows® desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click S t a r t > A l l
Programs > ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.00.43
3. The PC
Probe II main window appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the
Windows® taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Main window
The PC Probe II main window allows
you to view the current status of
your system and change the utility
configuration. By default, the main
window displays the P r e f e r e n c e
section. You can close or restore the
P r e f e r e n c e section by clicking on the triangle on the main window right
handle.
Click to close the
Preference panel
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Button
Function
Opens the C o n f i g u r a t i o n window
Opens the R e p o r t window
Opens the D e s k t o p M a n a g e m e n t I n t e r f a c e window
Opens the P e r i p h e r a l C o m p o n e n t I n t e r c o n n e c t window
Opens the W i n d o w s M a n a g e m e n t I n s t r u m e n t a t i o n window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the P r e f e r e n c e section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle
turns red, as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to
the M o n i t o r p a n e l s section for details.
Preferences
You can customize the application using the
Preference section in the main window. Click
the box before each preference to activate or
deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor
such as fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large)
and rectangular (small). When you check the E n a b l e M o n i t o r i n g P a n e l
option from the P r e f e r e n c e section, the monitor panels appear on your
computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop,
click the arrow down button of the S c h e m e options, then
select another position from the list box. Click O K when
finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using a
magnetic effect. If you want to detach a
monitor panel from the group, click the
horseshoe magnet icon. You can now move
or reposition the panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold value
You can adjust the sensor threshold
value in the monitor panel by clicking
the or buttons. You can also adjust
the threshold values using the
C o n f i g window.
You cannot adjust the sensor threshold
values in a small monitoring panel.
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increase
value
Click to
decrease
value
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower
than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the WMI
(Windows Management
Instrumentation) browser. This
browser displays various Windows®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display
on the right panel. Click the plus
sign (+) before W M I I n f o r m a t i o n
to display the available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right
corner of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays
various desktop and system
information. Click the plus sign (+)
before D M I I n f o r m a t i o n to
display the available information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the PCI
(Peripheral Component
Interconnect) browser. This browser
provides information on the PCI
devices installed on your system.
Click the plus sign (+) before the
P C I I n f o r m a t i o n item to display
available information.
Usage
The U s a g e browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk
to display the Usage browser.
drive space, and memory usage. Click
CPU usage
The C P U tab displays real-time CPU
usage in line graph representation.
If the CPU has an enabled
Hyper-Threading, two separate line
graphs display the operation of the
two logical processors.
Hard disk drive space usage
The H a r d D i s k tab displays the
used and available hard disk drive
space. The left panel of the tab
lists all logical drives. Click a hard
disk drive to display the information
on the right panel. The pie chart at
the bottom of the window
represents the used (blue) and the
available HDD space.
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both used
and available physical memory. The
pie chart at the bottom of the
window represents the used (blue)
and the available physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The C o n f i g window has two tabs: S e n s o r / T h r e s h o l d and P r e f e r e n c e
e.
The S e n s o r / T h r e s h o l d tab enables you to activate the sensors or to
adjust the sensor threshold values. The P r e f e r e n c e tab allows you to
customize sensor alerts, or change the temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values
for each sensor
Applies your
changes
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Cancels or
ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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5.3.4
Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology that
dynamically and automatically change the CPU speed, voltage, and amount
of power depending on the task the CPU performs.
Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology
To enable Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology:
1.
2.
3.
Turn on the system and enter BIOS by pressing the <Del> key during
the Power On Self-Tests (POST).
Go to the A d v a n c e d M e n u - > C P U C o n f i g u r a t i o n
n, select the
d. See section “4.4.2 CPU
item C o o l ‘ n ’ Q u i e t and set it to E n a b l e d
Configuration.”
In the P o w e r menu, select the item A C P I 2 . 0 S u p p o r t and set it
to Y e ss. See section “4.5 Power Menu.”
4.
Save your changes and exit BIOS Setup.
5.
Reboot your computer and set your Power Options Properties
depending on your operating system.
The Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology item is set to [Disabled] by default in
the BIOS.
Windows® 2000/XP
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
From the Windows® 2000/XP operating system, click the S t a r t
button. Select S e t t i n g ss, then
C o n t r o l P a n e ll.
Make sure the Control Panel is
set to Classic View.
Double-click the D i s p l a y icon in
the Control Panel then select the
S c r e e n S a v e r tab.
Click the P o w e r . . . button. The
following dialog box appears.
From the P o w e r s c h e m e s
combo list box, select M i n i m a l
P o w e r M a n a g e m e n tt.
Click O K to effect settings.
Make sure to install the Cool
‘n’ Quiet™ driver and
application before using this feature.
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Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ software
The motherboard support CD includes the Cool ‘n’ Quie!™ software that
enables you to view your system’s real-time CPU Frequency and voltage.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ software from the motherboard
support CD. Refer to section “5.2.3 Utilities menu” for details.
To launch the Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ program:
1.
2.
3.
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If you are using Windows® 2000, click the S t a r t button. Select
Programs-> ASUS -> Cool & Quiet -> Cool & Quiet.
If you are using Windows® XP, click the S t a r t button. Select A l l
Programs-> ASUS -> Cool & Quiet -> Cool & Quiet.
The Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology screen appears and displays the
current CPU Frequency and CPU Voltage.
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5.3.5
SoundMAX® High Definition Audio utility
The ADI AD1986 High Definition
Audio CODEC provides 6-channel
audio capability through the
SoundMAX® audio utility with
AudioESP™ software to deliver the
ultimate audio experience on your
PC. The software implements high
quality audio synthesis/rendering,
3D sound positioning, and advanced
voice-input technologies.
Follow the installation wizard to install the A D I A D 1 9 8 6 A A u d i o D r i v e r
from the support CD that came with the motherboard package to activate
the SoundMAX® audio utility.
•
You must use 4-channel or 6-channel speakers for this setup.
•
SoundMAX® requires Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP. Make sure that
one of these operating systems is installed before installing
SoundMAX®.
If the SoundMAX® audio utility is correctly
installed, you will find the SoundMAX® icon on the
taskbar.
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From the taskbar, double-click on the S o u n d M A X® icon to display the
S o u n d M A X® C o n t r o l P a n e ll.
Audio Setup Wizard
By clicking the
icon from the SoundMAX® control panel, you can easily
configure your audio settings. Simply follow succeeding screen instructions
and begin enjoying High Definition Audio.
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Jack configuration
Adjust speaker volume
This screen helps you configure
your computer’s audio ports,
depending on the audio devices
you have installed.
This screen helps you adjust
speaker volume. Click the Test
button to hear the changes you
have made.
Adjust microphone volume
This screen helps you adjust microphone volume. You will be asked to
read pre-written text to allow the AudioWizard to adjust the volume as you
speak.
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Audio preferences
Click the
icon to go to the P r e f e r e n c e s page. This page allows you
to change various audio settings.
General options
Click the G e n e r a l tab to choose your playback and recording devices,
enable/disable the AudioESP™ feature, and enable/disable digital output.
Listening Environment options
Click the L i s t e n i n g E n v i r o n m e n t tab allows you to optimize your audio
listening environment. You can setup your speakers, choose from different
acoustic environments, and enable/disable the Virtual Theater™ Surround,
which can create virtual speakers through your stereo setup.
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Microphone options
Click the L i s t e n i n g E n v i r o n m e n t tab allows you to optimize your
microphone input settings.
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5.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with a RAID controller integrated in the ULI M1575
Southbridge that allows you to configure Serial ATA hard disk drives as
RAID sets. The motherboard supports the following RAID configurations.
R A I D 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and
write data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same
work as a single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of
a single disk alone, thus improving data access and storage. Use of two
new identical hard disk drives is required for this setup.
R A I D 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data
from one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array
management software directs all applications to the surviving drive as it
contains a complete copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID
configuration provides data protection and increases fault tolerance to the
entire system. Use two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive
for this setup. The new drive must be of the same size or larger than the
existing drive.
R A I D 0 + 1 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity
(redundancy data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 0+1
configuration you get all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1
configurations. Use four new hard disk drives or use an existing drive and
three new drives for this setup.
R A I D 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard
disk drives. Among the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better
HDD performance, fault tolerance, and higher storage capacity. The RAID 5
configuration is best suited for transaction processing, relational database
applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems.
Use a minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
J B O D (Spanning) stands for J u s t a B u n c h o f D i s k s and refers to hard
disk drives that are not yet configured as a RAID set. This configuration
stores the same data redundantly on multiple disks that appear as a single
disk on the operating system. Spanning does not deliver any advantage
over using separate disks independently and does not provide fault
tolerance or other RAID performance benefits.
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5.4.1
Installing hard disks
The motherboard supports Ultra DMA 133/100/66 and Serial ATA hard
disk drives. For optimal performance, install identical drives of the same
model and capacity when creating a disk array.
Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
5.4.2
ULI® RAID configurations
The ULI® RAID controller supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, and
JBOD configurations. Use the ULI® RAID BIOS Setup utility to configure a
disk array.
You may also set the RAID configurations in Windows® OS after you
have installed the Serial ATA RAID driver. See section “5.2.4 Make
Disk menu” for details.
Entering the ULI® RAID BIOS Setup Utility
To enter the ULI® RAID BIOS setup utility:
1.
Boot up your computer, and press <Del> during POST to enter the
BIOS setup.
2.
3.
In the M a i n M e n u
u, go to S t o r a g e C o n f i g u r a t i o n
n, and set the
O n b o a r d S A T A B o o t R O M item to [Enabled].
Press <F10> to save the changes and exit.
4.
During POST, press <Ctrl+A>.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference
only, and may not exactly match the items on your screen.
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www.uli.com.tw
Create RAID 0 Striping x2 for Performance
Create RAID 1 Mirroring for Reliability
Create RAID 0+1 Striping, Mirroring
Create JBOD for integrated Capacity
Stripe Size
16K
Delete RAID Settings & Partition
16K
Delete All RAID Settings & Partition
Rebuild RAID Array
Create RAID 5 for Reliability
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
0
1
2
3
Master:
Master:
Master:
Master:
Drive Model
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
Capacity
RAID Array A
RAID Array B
RAID Array C
Mode
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
SPACE: Select
↑↓
: Moving Cursor
Enter: Select & Finish
ESC: Exit
Capacity
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
2
2
2
2
RAID Type
RAID Array/Type
Stripe Size
RAID Name
:
:
:
The Main Menu on the upper left side allows you to select an operation to
perform. The Main Menu options include:
C r e a t e R A I D 0 S t r i p i n g x 2 f o r P e r f o r m a n c e - creates a new legacy
RAID set or allocates spare drives.
C r e a t e R A I D 0 + 1 f o r S t r i p i n g , M i r r o r i n g - creates a RAID setup with
all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configuration.
C r e a tte
e JBOD for integrated capacity - creates a JBOD configuration.
S t r i p e S i z e - sets the stripe size.
D e l e t e R A I D S e t t i n g s & P a r t i t i o n - deletes a selected RAID set and
partition.
D e l e t e A l l R A I D S e t t i n g s & P a r t i t i o n - deletes all current RAID
set(s) and partition(s).
R e b u i l d R A I D a r r a y - rebuilds mirror drive(s).
C r e a t e R A I D 5 f o r R e l i a b i l i t y - creates a RAID 5 configuration
On the upper right side of the screen is the legend box. The keys on the
legend box allow you to navigate through the setup menu options. The
following lists the keys in the legend box and their corresponding functions.
SPACE :
↑, ↓
:
Enter :
ESC
:
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Select an item
Move cursor to the next item
Confirms a selected item
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Creating a RAID 0 configuration
To create a RAID 0 set:
1.
2.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
C r e a t e R A I D 0 S t r i p i n g f o r P e r f o r m a n c e then press <Enter>.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a drive then press <Space>
or <Enter>. The striped mark “S” appears before a selected drive.
3.
Repeat step 2 to select the second drive.
4.
The utility prompts the following warning message:
Data on RAID drives will be deleted (Y/N)?
Press <Y> to continue or press <N> to return to the menu.
5.
Key in a RAID name with a maximum of eight (8) alphanumeric
characters then press <Enter>. Do not use special characters or
symbols.
6.
The utility displays the RAID Array settings at the bottom of the
screen.
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
0
1
2
3
Master:
Master:
Master:
Master:
RAID Array A
RAID Array B
RAID Array C
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Drive Model
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
Capacity
XXXXX GB
Mode
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
2
2
2
2
RAID Type
0X2
Capacity
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
RAID Array/Type
RAID A/0x2
RAID A/0x2
Stripe Size
16K
RAID Name
RAID0
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Creating a RAID 1 configuration
To create a RAID 1 set:
1.
2.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
C r e a t e R A I D 1 M i r r o r i n g f o r R e l i a b i l i t y then press <Enter>.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a drive then press <Space>
or <Enter>. The striped mark “M” appears before a selected drive.
3.
Repeat step 2 to select the second drive.
4.
The utility prompts the following warning message:
Create RAID 1 (Y/N)?
Press <Y> to continue or press <N> to return to the menu.
5.
Key in a RAID name with a maximum of eight (8) alphanumeric
characters then press <Enter>. Do not use special characters or
symbols.
6.
The utility prompts the following confirmation message:
Duplicate Data from M to m (Y/N)?
Press <Y> to duplicate data from the source disk “M” to the target
disk “m” or press <N> to create a RAID 1 set without duplicating the
data.
7.
If you selected <Y>, the utility will duplicate your data. The following
progress bar appears.
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8.
The utility displays the RAID Array settings at the bottom of the
screen.
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
0
1
2
3
Master:
Master:
Master:
Master:
RAID Array A
RAID Array B
RAID Array C
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:
:
:
Drive Model
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
Capacity
XXXXX MB
Mode
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
Capacity
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
2
2
2
2
RAID Type
1
RAID Array/Type
RAID A/1
RAID A/1
Stripe Size
RAID Name
RAID1
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Creating a RAID 0+1 configuration
To create a RAID 0+1 set:
1.
2.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
C r e a t e R A I D 0 + 1 S t r i p i n g , M i r r o r i n g then press <Enter>.
The utility prompts the following warning message:
Data on first 4 drives will be deleted (Y/N)?
Press <Y> to continue or press <N> to return to the menu.
3.
Key in a RAID name with a maximum of eight (8) alphanumeric
characters then press <Enter>. Do not use special characters or
symbols.
4.
The utility displays the RAID Array settings at the bottom of the
screen.
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
0
1
2
3
Master:
Master:
Master:
Master:
RAID Array A
RAID Array B
RAID Array C
:
:
:
Drive Model
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
Capacity
XXXXX MB
Mode
SATA
SATA
SATA
SATA
2
2
2
2
Capacity
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
RAID Type
0+1 X4
RAID
RAID
RAID
RAID
RAID
Stripe Size
Array/Type
A/RAID0+1
A/RAID0+1
A/RAID0+1
A/RAID0+1
RAID Name
RAID01
Creating a JBOD configuration
To create a JBOD set:
1.
2.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
C r e a t e J B O D f o r i n t e g r a t e d c a p a c i t y then press <Enter>.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a drive then press <Space>
or <Enter>. The striped mark “J” appears before a selected drive.
3.
Repeat step 2 to select the second drive.
4.
The utility prompts the following warning message:
Data on RAID drives will be deleted (Y/N)?
Press <Y> to continue or press <N> to return to the menu.
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5.
Key in a RAID name with a maximum of eight (8) alphanumeric
characters then press <Enter>. Do not use special characters or
symbols.
6.
The utility displays the RAID Array settings at the bottom of the
screen.
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
0
1
2
3
Master:
Master:
Master:
Master:
RAID Array A
RAID Array B
RAID Array C
:
:
:
Drive Model
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
Capacity
XXXXX MB
Mode
SATA 2
Capacity
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
SATA 2
SATA 2
RAID Type
JBOD
RAID Array/Type
RAID A/JBOD
RAID A/JBOD
Stripe Size
RAID Name
RAIDJ
Setting the Stripe Size
To set the stripe size:
1.
2.
3.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
S t r i p e S i z e then press <Enter>.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a stripe size then press
<Enter>.
The stripe size is displayed beside the Stripe Size menu item.
T I P : For server systems, we recommend using a lower array block
size. For multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and
video editing, we recommend a higher array block size for optimum
performance.
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Deleting a RAID configuration
To delete a RAID set:
1.
2.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
D e l e t e R A I D S e t t i n g s & P a r t i t i o n then press <Enter>.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a RAID set then press
<Space> or <Enter>. The striped mark “E” appears before a selected
drive.
3.
The utility prompts the following warning message:
Data on RAID drives will be deleted (Y/N)?
Press <Y> to continue or press <N> to return to the menu.
Pressing <Y> removes the deleted RAID Array item from the list at the
bottom of the screen.
Deleting All RAID configurations
To delete all RAID sets:
1.
2.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
D e l e t e A l l R A I D S e t t i n g s & P a r t i t i o n then press <Enter>.
The utility prompts the following warning message:
Data on RAID drives will be deleted (Y/N)?
Press <Y> to continue or press <N> to return to menu.
Pressing <Y> removes all the RAID Array items from the list at the
bottom of the screen.
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Rebuilding a RAID array
This option allows you to rebuild an existing RAID array.
To rebuild a RAID array:
1.
2.
3.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
R e b u i l d R A I D A r r a y then press <Enter>.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select the source drive from which
to rebuild then press <Enter>. The striped mark “R” appears before a
selected drive.
The utility prompts if you want to proceed with rebuilding the array.
Press <Y> to continue or press <N> to return to the menu.
Creating a RAID 5 configuration
To create a RAID 5 set:
1.
2.
From the ULI RAID BIOS Setup utility menu, move the cursor to
C r e a t e R A I D 5 f o r R e l i a b i l i t y then press <Enter>.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a drive then press <Space>
or <Enter>. The striped mark “5” appears before a selected drive.
3.
Repeat step 2 to select the second and third drives.
4.
The utility prompts the following warning message:
Data on RAID drives will be deleted (Y/N)?
Press <Y> to continue or press <N> to return to the menu.
5.
Key in a RAID name with a maximum of eight (8) alphanumeric
characters then press <Enter>. Do not use special characters or
symbols.
6.
The utility displays the RAID Array settings at the bottom of the
screen.
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
0
1
2
3
Master:
Master:
Master:
Master:
RAID Array A
RAID Array B
RAID Array C
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:
:
:
Drive Model
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXX
Capacity
160 GB
Mode
SATA 2
SATA 2
SATA 2
RAID Type
5
Capacity
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
XXXXX MB
RAID Array/Type
RAID A/5
RAID A/5
RAID A/5
Stripe Size
16K
RAID Name
RAID5
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5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows®
2000/XP operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID
set.
To create a RAID driver disk:
1.
Boot your computer.
2.
Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3.
Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
5.
Insert the support CD into the optical drive.
6.
Press the any key when the system prompts “Press any key to boot
from the optical drive.” The following menu appears:
1) Make ULi RAID Driver Disk
2) Format Floppy Disk
3) FreeDOS command prompt
Please choose 1 ~ 3:_
7.
Press <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
8.
Insert a formatted floppy disk into the floppy drive then press
<Enter>.
9.
Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
- OR -
1.
Start Windows® .
2.
3.
Place the motherboard support CD into the optical drive.
When the D r i v e r s menu appears, click M a k e U L i C h i p s e t D r i v e r
D i s k to create a ULI RAID driver disk.
4.
Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
5.
Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
To install the RAID driver:
1.
During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6
key to install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2.
Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy
disk drive.
3.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
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This chapter tells how to install
CrossFire™ graphics cards to avail of
ATI’s Multi-Video Processing
technology.
6
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technology
support
Chapter summary
6
6.1
Overview ............................................................................... 6-1
6.2
Hardware installation ............................................................ 6-2
6.3
Software information ........................................................... 6-6
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Overview
The motherboard supports the ATI® MVP (Multi-Video Processing)
technology that allows you to install multi-graphics processing units (GPU)
graphics cards. Follow the installation procedures in this section.
Requirements
•
CrossFire™ Edition graphics card (Master)
•
CrossFire™-ready graphics card (Slave)
•
CrossFire™-ready motherboard, such as the ASUS A8R-MVP
motherboard.
•
Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the
minimum power required by your system. See “6. Power connectors”
on page 2-24 for details.
•
Visit the ATI website or download the Radeon® X850 Crossfire™
Edition User’s Guide from the support CD for detailed hardware
requirements and installation procedures.
•
The ATI CrossFire™ technology supports only the following operating
systems:
- Windows® XP 32-bit (Home or Professional) with Service
Pack 2 (SP2)
- Windows® XP Professional 64-bit Edition.
•
Make sure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI
CrossFire™ Technology. Download the latest driver from the ATI
website (www.ati.com)
•
The maximum resolution of Radeon™ X850 CrossFire™ Edition is
1600 x 1200 at 65 MHz when you use DVI output.
Before you begin
Uninstall other graphics card driver
driverss in your system
To uninstall other graphics card drivers:
1.
3.
Close all current applications.
Go to C o n t r o l P a n e l > A d d / R e m o v e P r o g r a m ss.
Select your current graphics card driver/s.
4.
Select A d d / R e m o v e
e.
5.
Restart your system.
2.
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6.2
Hardware installation
6.2.1
Installing a single graphics card
1.
Install a PCI Express x16 graphics card on the blue slot.
To avail of the card full x16 bandwidth, install the ASUS MVP Switch
Card on the black slot; otherwise, the card will run only at x8 speed.
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2.
Connect one end of the external cable to the graphics card.
3.
Connect the loose end to the corresponding port on your monitor.
4.
Connect an auxiliary power source from the power supply to the
graphics card.
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6.2.2
Installing CrossFire™ graphics cards
Before ins talling a CrossFire™ system, refer to the user guide that came
with the ATI CrossFire™ Edition graphics card.
To install the graphics cards:
1.
Remove the MVP Switch Card if one is installed.
2.
Prepare one CrossFire™ Edition graphics card, which will serve as the
Master graphics card, and one CrossFire™-ready graphics card, which
will serve as the Slave graphics card.
Slave graphics card
3.
Master graphics card
Insert the CrossFire™-ready (Slave) graphics card into the black slot.
Make sure that the card is properly seated on the slot.
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4.
Insert the CrossFire™ Edition (Master) graphics card into the blue slot.
Make sure that the card is properly seated on the slot.
5.
Connect one end of the external cable to the Slave graphics card.
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6.
Connect the other end of the external cable to the Master graphics
card.
7.
Connect the loose end to the corresponding port on your monitor.
8.
Connect an auxiliary power source from the power supply to the
graphics cards.
8
6
7
9.
Boot up your computer, and press <Del> during POST to enter the
BIOS setup.
10. Set the Dual-slot configuration item in the BIOS to [Auto] or
[Dual Video Cards]. See section “4.4.3 Chipset Configuration” for
details.
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6.3
Software information
6.3.1
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to
install the device drivers.
The ATI CrossFire™ technology supports only the following operating
systems:
• Windows® XP 32-bit (Home or Professional) with Service
Pack 2 (SP2)
• Windows® XP Professional 64-bit Edition.
1.
Turn on your system and log in
with administrator rights.
2.
Windows® auto-detects the
ASUS TV/FM card and siplays
the F o u n d N e w H a r d w a r e
W i z a r d window. Click
C a n c e ll.
Place the CrossFire™
installation CD in your optical
drive. The opening menu
appears.
Click I n s t a l l C r o s s F i r e d r i v e r ss.
3.
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4.
The installation window
appears. Click N e x t to
continue.
5.
Read the License Agreement,
then click Y e ss.
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6.
Select the components that
you want to install, then click
N e x tt.
•
Select E x p r e s s to install the HydraVision™ multi-monitor and
desktop management software, as well as the ATI driver.
•
Select C u s t o m to individually choose desired software components.
7.
Installation begins.
8.
A status window appears,
indicating the progress of the
installation.
9.
The S e t u p C o m p l e t e window
appears, indicating that the
driver files have been copied to
your computer.
Click Y e s to restart your
computer now or N o to restart
later.
Click F i n i s h
h.
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6.3.2
Using the Catalyst™ Control Center
The Catalyst™ Control Center allows you to access display features of the
ATI hardware and software you installed. Use this application to adjust
your graphic settings, enable/disable connected devices, and change your
desktop orientation.
Launching the Catalyst™ Control Center
There are several ways to launch the Catalyst™ Control Center:
• On the Windows® task bar, click S t a r t > ATI Catalyst™ Control
C e n t e r > Catalyst™ Control Center
• Double-click the Catalyst™ Control Center desktop
shortcut.
• On the Windows® task bar,
double-click the Catalyst™ Control
Center icon.
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The Catalyst™ Control Center Dialog Box
View
The Catalyst™ Control Center provides two views:
• Standard - simple view with wizards for beginners
• A d v a n c e - allows advanced users to access and configure the complete
features of the software
•
Set to A d v a n c e view to enable the CrossFire™ function.
•
Make sure that the Dual-slot configuration item in the BIOS is set to
[Auto] or [Dual Video Cards] if you want to enable the CrossFire™
function.
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To enable CrossFire™:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Set the view to A d v a n c e
e.
Click the C r o s s f i r e ™ item in G r a p h i c s S e t t i n g ss.
In the CrossFire™ Settings dialog, tick the box opposite E n a b l e
CrossFire™
™.
Click OK to effect the setting.
3
2
4
Hotkeys
Click the H o t k e y s tab on the Catalyst™ Control Center to access the
Hotkeys Manager, which allows you to create key combinations as
shortcuts for performing certain functions quickly.
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Profiles
Click the P r o f i l e s tab on the Catalyst™ Control Center to access the
Profiles Manager, which allows you to create customized environments for
your desktop, video, and 3D applications.
Preferences
Click the P r e f e r e n c e s tab on the Catalyst™ Control Center to select a
language, restore defaults, change skins, or enable/disable the System
Tray icon.
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Help
Click the H e l p tab on the Catalyst™ Control Center to access the online
help system, generate a Problem Report, and get the Catalyst™ Control
Center version information.
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