User Guide
Motherboard
K8S-MX
E1884
Checklist
Revised Edition V2
December 2004
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Contents
Features
Notices ........................................................................................... vi
Safety information ......................................................................... vii
About this guide ............................................................................ viii
Conventions used in this guide ........................................... viii
Typography .......................................................................... viii
K8S-MX specifications summary .................................................... ix
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
1.2
1.3
Welcome! ........................................................................... 1-2
Package contents ............................................................... 1-2
Special features .................................................................. 1-3
1.3.1 Product Highlights .................................................. 1-3
1.3.2 Unique ASUS features ........................................... 1-4
1.4 Before you proceed ............................................................ 1-5
1.5 Motherboard overview ........................................................ 1-6
1.5.1 Motherboard layout ................................................ 1-6
1.5.2 Placement direction ............................................... 1-7
1.5.3 Screw holes ........................................................... 1-7
1.6 Central Processing Unit (CPU) ........................................... 1-8
1.6.1 Overview ................................................................ 1-8
1.6.2 Installing the CPU .................................................. 1-9
1.7 System memory ............................................................... 1-10
1.7.1 DIMM sockets location ......................................... 1-10
1.7.2 Memory configurations ........................................ 1-10
1.7.3 Installing a DIMM ................................................. 1-13
1.8 Expansion slots ................................................................ 1-13
1.8.1 Standard interrupt assignments ........................... 1-13
1.8.2 IRQ assignments for this motherboard ................ 1-14
1.8.3 PCI slots .............................................................. 1-14
1.8.4 PCI Express x1 slot ............................................. 1-14
1.8.5 AGP slot ............................................................... 1-15
1.9 Jumpers ............................................................................ 1-16
1.10 Connectors ....................................................................... 1-18
1.10.1 Rear panel connectors ......................................... 1-18
1.10.2 Internal connectors .............................................. 1-19
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Contents
Safeguards
Chapter 2: BIOS Information
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
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Managing and updating your BIOS .................................... 2-2
2.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk ............................. 2-2
2.1.2 Using AFUDOS to update the BIOS ...................... 2-3
2.1.3 Using AFUDOS to copy BIOS from PC ................. 2-4
2.1.4 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS ............ 2-5
2.1.5 Recovering the BIOS with CrashFree BIOS 2 ....... 2-6
BIOS Setup program .......................................................... 2-8
2.2.1 BIOS menu screen ................................................ 2-9
2.2.2 Menu bar ................................................................ 2-9
2.2.3 Navigation keys ..................................................... 2-9
2.2.4 Menu items .......................................................... 2-10
2.2.5 Sub-menu items ................................................... 2-10
2.2.6 Configuration fields .............................................. 2-10
2.2.7 Pop-up window .................................................... 2-10
2.2.8 Scroll bar .............................................................. 2-10
2.2.9 General help ........................................................ 2-10
Main menu ......................................................................... 2-11
2.3.1 System Time ......................................................... 2-11
2.3.2 System Date ......................................................... 2-11
2.3.3 Legacy Diskette A .................................................2-11
2.3.4 Primary and Secondary IDE Master/Slave .......... 2-12
2.3.5 Onboard PCI S-ATA Controller ............................ 2-13
2.3.6 System Information .............................................. 2-13
Advanced menu ............................................................... 2-14
2.4.1 JumperFree Configuration ................................... 2-14
2.4.2 CPU Configuration ............................................... 2-15
2.4.3 Chipset ................................................................. 2-16
2.4.4 Onboard Devices Configuration ........................... 2-19
2.4.5 PCI PnP ............................................................... 2-22
Power menu ..................................................................... 2-23
2.5.1 ACPI Aware O/S .................................................. 2-23
2.5.2 Suspend Mode ..................................................... 2-24
2.5.3 ACPI 2.0 Support ................................................. 2-24
2.5.4 ACPI APIC Support .............................................. 2-24
2.5.5 BIOS--> AML ACPI table ...................................... 2-24
2.5.6 Headless mode .................................................... 2-24
2.5.7 APM Configuration ............................................... 2-24
Contents
2.6
2.7
2.5.8 Hardware Monitor ................................................ 2-26
Boot menu ........................................................................ 2-27
2.6.1 Boot Device Priority ............................................. 2-27
2.6.2 Hard Disk Drives .................................................. 2-27
2.6.3 Boot Settings Configuration ................................. 2-28
2.6.4 Security ................................................................ 2-29
Exit menu ......................................................................... 2-31
Chapter 3: Software support
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
Install an operating system ................................................. 3-2
Support CD information ...................................................... 3-2
3.2.1 Running the support CD ........................................ 3-2
3.2.2 Drivers menu ......................................................... 3-3
3.2.3 Utilities menu ......................................................... 3-3
3.2.4 Manuals ................................................................. 3-5
3.2.5 ASUS Contact Information ..................................... 3-5
RAID configurations ........................................................... 3-6
3.3.1 Installing hard disks ............................................... 3-6
3.3.2 SIS RAID configurations ........................................ 3-7
Creating a RAID driver disk .............................................. 3-16
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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.
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.
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. The ASUS websites are listed in the ASUS Contact
Information on the inside front cover.
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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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 adpater 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.
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About this guide
Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following
symbols used throughout this manual.
WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when
trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Information that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to aid in completing 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
indicates that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> indicates that you must press the
Enter or Return key.
<Multiple key names>
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 enter the command exactly as
shown then supply the appropriate values that
appear in brackets. Example:
At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /i[filename]
In this example, you must supply a filename for
[filename].
afudos /iK8S-MX.ROM
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K8S-MX specifications summary
CPU
Socket 754 that supports:
- AMD Athlon™ 64 processor with built-in 1MB L2 cache
- AMD Sempron™ processor with built-in 256K L2 cache
AMD 64 architecture that enables simultaneous 32-bit and
64-bit computing
Chipset
SiS 760GX
SiS 965L
System Bus
800 MHz
Memory
2 x 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets for up to 2GB non-ECC
PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/PC1600 DDR DIMMs
Expansion slots
1 x AGP 8X/4X slot
1 x PCI Express 1x slot
2 x PCI slots
Storage
South Bridge supports
- 2 x UltraATA 133 connectors
- 2 x SATA with RAID 0, RAID 1
Audio
ADI AD1888 SoundMAX® 6-channel audio CODEC
support for S/PDIF out interface
LAN
SIS 191/190 MAC + Realtek® RTL8201CL 10/100 LAN PHY
USB
Maximum of eight (8) USB 2.0 ports
Overclocking
Features
Memory voltage adjustable
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 200 MHz up to
250 MHz at 1 MHz increment
Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio
ASUS JumperFree
ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
Special features
ASUS EZ Flash
ASUS CrashFree BIOS2
ASUS MyLogo™
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet! Technology
Back panel I/O
1 x Parallel port
1 x Serial port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x VGA port
1 x RJ-45 port
Line In/Line Out/Microphone ports
(continued on the next page)
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K8S-MX specifications summary
Internal I/O
2 x USB 2.0 connector for 4 additional USB ports
CPU/Chassis fan connectors
20-pin/4-pin ATX 12V power connectors
CD/AUX connectors
S/PDIF out connector
GAME/MIDI connector
Front panel audio connector
BIOS features
4Mb Flash EEPROM
AMI BIOS with enhanced ACPI, PnP, DMI, ASUS MyLogo™,
SM BIOS 2.3
Industry standard
PCI 2.2, USB 2.0/1.1
Manageability
Wake-On-LAN by PME, Wake-On-Ring by PME
Power Requirement
ATX power supply (with 4-pin 12V plug)
Form Factor
micro-ATX form factor: 9.6 in x 7.6 in (24.4 cm x 19.3 cm)
Support CD contents
Device drivers
ASUS PC Probe
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1
This chapter describes the features of the
motherboard. It includes brief descriptions of the
motherboard components, and illustrations of the
layout, jumper settings, and connectors.
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying the ASUS® K8S-MX motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies making it
another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
The motherboard combines the powers of the AMD Athlon™ 64 or AMD
Sempron™ processor and the SiS 760GX chipset to set a new benchmark for an
effective desktop platform solution.
Supporting up to 2GB of system memory with PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/PC1600
DDR DIMMs, high-resolution graphics via an AGP 8X slot, Serial ATA RAID, USB
2.0, and 6-channel audio features, the motherboard takes you ahead in the world
of power computing!
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.
ASUS K8S-MX motherboard
ASUS motherboard support CD
1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 cables
2 x Serial ATA cables
1 x Floppy disk cable
I/O shield
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.3
Special features
1.3.1 Product Highlights
Latest processor technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Sempron™ desktop
processors. The AMD Athlon™ 64 is based on AMD’s 64-bit architecture, which
represents the landmark introduction of the industry’s first x86-64 technology. This
processor provides a dramatic leap forward in compatibility, performance,
investment protection, and reduced total cost of ownership and development.
The AMD Sempron™ is a 32-bit processor that provides the performance needs of
value-conscious buyers. This processor is designed to deliver best-in-class
performance for everyday computing.
HyperTransport™ Technology
HyperTransport™ Technology is a high-speed, low latency, point-to-point link
designed to increase the communication speed between integrated circuits in
computers, networking and telecommunicatons equipment up to 48 times faster
than other existing technologies.
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that dynamically
and automatically changes the CPU speed, voltage and amount of power
depending on the task the CPU performs.
Serial ATA solution
The motherboard supports two interfaces compliant to the Serial ATA (SATA)
specification, an evolutionary replacement of the Parallel ATA storage interface.
The Serial ATA specification allows for thinner, more flexible cables with lower pin
count, reduced voltage requirement, up to 150 MB/s data transfer rate.
Serial ATA RAID solution
The motherboard provides a high-performance Serial ATA RAID controller that
enhance hard disk performance and data backup protection without the cost of
additional RAID cards. The onboard SIS 965L RAID controller provides two Serial
ATA connectors for RAID 0 and RAID 1 functions.
AGP 8X support
AGP 8X (AGP 3.0) is the VGA interface specification that enables enhanced
graphics performance with maximum bandwidth speeds of up to 2.12 GB/s.
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S/PDIF out
The motherboard’s S/PDIF out function turns your computer into a high-end
entertainment system with digital connectivity to powerful speaker systems.
USB 2.0 technology
The motherboard implements the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) specification,
extending the connection speed from 12 Mbps on USB 1.1 to a fast 480Mbps on
USB 2.0.
6-Channel Audio solution
The motherboard uses an onboard audio CODEC that lets you enjoy high-quality
6-channel audio without having to buy advanced sound cards.
1.3.2 Unique ASUS features
CrashFree BIOS 2
This feature allows you to restore the original BIOS data from the ASUS support
CD in case when the BIOS codes and data are corrupted. This protection
eliminates the need to buy a replacement ROM chip. See page 2-6.
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
BIOS automatically restores the CPU previous setting for each parameter.
ASUS MyLogo™
This new feature present in the motherboard allows you to personalize and add
style to your system with customizable boot logos. See pages 2-31.
ASUS EZ Flash BIOS
With the ASUS EZ Flash, you can easily update the system BIOS even before
loading the operating system. No need to use a DOS-based utility or boot from a
floppy disk. See page 2-5.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.4
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
1.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
2.
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or to a metal
object, such as the power supply case, before handling components to
avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
3.
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
4.
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic
pad or in the bag that came with the component.
5.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power
supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply.
Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard,
peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a stand-by power LED. When lit, this green LED
indicates that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode, 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
K8S-MX
K8S-MX Onboard LED
ASUS K8S-MX motherboard
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
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1.5
Motherboard overview
1.5.1 Motherboard layout
19.3cm (7.6in)
®
PS/2KBMS
T: Mouse
B: Keyboard
CPU_FAN
ATX12V
USB12
USBPW34
USBPW12
Bottom:
ATXPWR
24.4cm (9.6in)
VGA
DDR DIMM2 (64 bit, 184-pin module)
DDR DIMM1 (64 bit, 184-pin module)
Socket 754
PARALLEL PORT
COM1
Top:
SEC_IDE
USB34 RJ-45
SIS
760GX
Top:Line In
Center:Line Out
Below:Mic In
RTL8201CL
PCIEX1_1
4M
BIOS
Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
SIS
965L
CHA_FAN
Super
I/O
K8S-MX
SATA2
SPDIF_OUT
CD
AD1888
USB78
PCI2
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
USBPW78
USBPW56
FP_AUDIO
1-6
GAME
FLOPPY
USB56
SATA1
CHASSIS
CLRTC
SB_PWR
AUX
PRI_IDE
PCI1
PANEL
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.5.2 Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the chassis in
the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the
chassis as indicated in the image below.
1.5.3 Screw holes
Place six (6) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard
to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard.
R
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
K8S-MX
ASUS K8S-MX motherboard
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1.6
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
1.6.1 Overview
The motherboard comes with a surface mount 754-pin Zero Insertion Force (ZIF)
socket designed for the AMD Athlon™ 64 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.
®
K8S-MX
Gold Arrow
K8S-MX CPU Socket 754
Incorrect installation of the CPU into the socket may bend the pins and severely
damage the CPU!
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.6.2 Installing the CPU
Follow these steps to install a CPU.
1. Locate the 754-pin ZIF socket on the motherboard.
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.
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.
Gold triangle
Small 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!
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 specifically designed heatsink
and fan assembly.
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1.7
System memory
1.7.1 DIMM sockets location
104 Pins
®
DIMM2
DIMM1
The following figure illustrates the location of the DDR DIMM sockets.
80 Pins
K8S-MX
K8S-MX 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
•
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.
•
When installing long AGP cards, it is recommended to install the memory
modules first. Long AGP cards, when installed, may interfere with the
memory sockets.
1.7.2 Memory configurations
You may install 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB DDR DIMMs into the
DIMM sockets using the memory configurations in this section.
Important notes
1-10
•
Installing DDR DIMMs other than the recommended configurations may
cause memory sizing error or system boot failure. Use any of the
recommended configurations in Table 1.
•
For optimum compatibility, obtain memory modules from qualified vendors.
See Qualified Vendors List on page 1-12.
•
Stacked RAM and DDR DIMM modules with more than 18 chips are not
supported.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS Latency. For optimum
compatibility, obtain memory modules from the same vendors. See
Qualified Vendors List on page 1-12.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
Table 1
Recommended memory configurations
Number of
DIMMs
1
256MB
257MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
DIMM Slot
DIMM2
Single Side
Max Speed
-
DDR 400
1
-
Single Side
DDR 400
1
Double Side
-
DDR 400
1
-
Double Side
DDR 400
2
Single Side
Single Side
DDR 400
2
Single Side
Double Side
DDR 400
2
Double Side
Single Side
DDR 400
2
Double Side
Double Side
DDR 400
Table 2
Size
DIMM1
DDR400 Qualified Vendor List (QVL)
Vendor
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Kingston
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
HY
HY
HY
HY
HY
Corsair
Corsair
Corsair
Corsair
Micron
Micron
Micron
Micron
Samsung
Samsung
Samsung
Samsung
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Elpida
Elpida
Transcend
Transcend
Model
KVR333X64C25/256
KVR333X64C25/256
KVR333X64C25/512
KVR400X643A/512
KVR400X64C3A/512
KVR400X64C3A/256
HYS64D64320GU-5-C
HYS64D32300GU-5-C
HYS64D64320GU-5-C
HYS64D64320GU-6-C
DDR400-256
DDR400-512
DDR266-256
DDR333-256
DDR333-512
VS256MB400
VS512MB400
VS256MB333
VS512MB333
MT16VDDT6464AG-335GB
MT8VDDT3264AG-335GB
MT8VDDT3264AG-40BGB
MT16VDDT6464AG-40BGB
M368L3223FTN-CCC
M368L6423FTN-CCC
M368L3223FTN-CB3
M368L6423FTN-CB3
U24256ADWBG6H20
U24256AAWBG6H20
DDR333-512
U24512ADWBG6H20
U24256AD1PG6H20
U24512AD1PG6H20
DDR400-256
DDR400-256
Brand
Side(s)
Component
Kingston
Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
Kingston
Hynix
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
Hynix
Value select
Value select
SAMSUNG
Value select
MICRON
MICRON
MICRON
MICRON
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Winbond
Elpida
Elpida
SAMSUNG
Mosel
SS
SS
DS
DS
DS
SS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
DS
SS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
SS
DS
DS
SS
DS
SS
SS
D3208DH1T-6
HY5DU56822BT-J
HY5DU56822BT-J
HY5DU56822BT-D43
D3208DL3T-5
HY5DU56822BT-D43
HYB25D256800CE-5C
HYB25D256800CE-5C
HYB25D256800CE-5C
HYB25D256800CE-6C
HY5DU56822BT-D43
HY5DU56822BT-D43
HY5DU56822AT-H
HY5DU56822BT-J
HY5DU56822BT-J
VS32M8-5 2B0409
VS32M8-5 2B0402
K4H5608380-TCB3
VS32M8-6 2B0412
MT46V32M8-G
MT46V32M8-G
MT46V32M8-G
MT46V32M8-G
K4H560838F-TCCC
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W942508BH-6
W942508CH-5
DD2508AKTA-5C
DD2508AMTA
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Table 2
Size
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
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512MB
DDR400 Qualified Vendor List (QVL)
Vendor
Transcend
Transcend
Transcend
Pmi
Pmi
Kingmax
Kingmax
Kingmax
Kingmax
Mosel
Mosel
Nanya
Nanya
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
Smart
Smart
Smart
Twinmos
Twinmos
A Data
A Data
Promos
Model
DDR400-512
DDR400-512
DDR333-512
3208GATA07-04A7
3208GATA01-04A4
MPMB62D-38LT3R
MPMC22D-38HT3R
MPMB62D-38KT3R
MPXC22D-38KT3R
V826632K24SATG-D3
V826664K24SATG-D3
NT256D64S88B1G-5T
NT512D64S8HB1G-5T
77.10628.10A
77.90728.U1G
77.10736.464
77.90739.U1G
77.10636.46G
77.10636.56G
77.10736.11G
U24256ADSRG6H20
U24512ADSRG6H20
U24512ADSKG6H20
M2S5016AJAMC5G0811A-J
M2S9J18BGAPS9F0811A-T
MDOSS1F3G3X10BZL0Z
MDOSS1F3H4X10BZL0Z
V826662K24SCTG-D0
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Mosel
SAMSUNG
Hynix
Pmi
Pmi
Mosel
Hynix
KINGMAX
KINGMAX
Mosel
Mosel
Nanya
Nanya
Apacer
Apacer
SAMSUNG
Apacer
SAMSUNG
Mosel
Infineon
Smart
Smart
Smart
TWINMOS
PSC
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
Promos
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KDL388P4LA-50
KDL388P4EA-50
V58C2256804SAT5
V58C2256804SAT5
NT5DS32M8BT-5T
NT5DS32M8BT-5T
AM3A5608AIT-6B
AM3A568AJT-6B
K4H560838E-TCCC
AM3A568AJT-5A
K4H560838E-TCCC
V58C2256804SAT5B
HYB25D256800BT-5B
D32M8XS50H3X4AMV
D32M8XS50H3X4AMV
D32M8XS60HBX4AMV
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A - supports one module inserted into either slot, in a Single-channel memory configuration.
B - supports one pair of modules inserted into both slots.
SS - Single-sided
DS - Double-sided
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the latest DDR 400 Qualified
Vendor List for this motherboard.
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1.7.3 Installing a DIMM
DDR DIMM
Follow these steps to install a DIMM.
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.
3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the socket
until the retaining clips snap back in place
and the DIMM is properly seated.
Unlocked
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.
1.8
Expansion slots
To install and configure an expansion card:
1. Install an expansion card following the instructions that came with the chassis.
2. Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 2 for BIOS information.
3. Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables next page.
4. Install the drivers and/or software applications for the expansion card
according to the card documentation.
1.8.1 Standard interrupt assignments
*
IRQ
Priority
Standard Function
0
1
System Timer
1
2
Keyboard Controller
2
N/A
Programmable Interrupt
3*
11
IRQ holder for PCI steering
4*
12
Communications Port (COM1)
5*
13
IRQ holder for PCI steering
6
14
Floppy Disk Controller
7*
15
Printer Port (LPT1)
8
3
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
9*
4
IRQ holder for PCI steering
10*
5
IRQ holder for PCI steering
11*
6
IRQ holder for PCI steering
12*
7
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
13
8
Numeric Data Processor
14*
9
Primary IDE Channel
15*
10
Secondary IDE Channel
These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
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1.8.2 IRQ assignments for this motherboard
INT A
shared
—
—
—
—
PCI slot 1
PCI slot 2
LAN
AGP slot
VGA slot
INT B
—
shared
—
—
—
INT C
—
—
—
shared
shared
INT D
—
—
shared
—
—
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share
IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will
arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card
inoperable.
1.8.3 PCI slots
The PCI slots support PCI cards such
as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card,
and other cards that comply with PCI
specifications.
1.8.4 PCI Express x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express
x1 network cards, SCSI cards and other
cards that comply with the PCI Express
specifications. The figure shows a
network card installed on the PCI
Express x1 slot.
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1.8.5 AGP slot
The Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) slot supports AGP 8X/4X (+1.5V) cards.
When you buy an AGP card, make sure that you ask for one with +1.5V
specification.
Note the notches on the card golden fingers to ensure that they fit the AGP slot on
the motherboard.
Install only +1.5V AGP cards.
®
K8S-MX
Keyed for 1.5v
K8S-MX Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
If installing the ATi 9500 or 9700 Pro Series VGA cards, use only the card
version PN xxx-xxxxx-30 or later, for optimum performance and overclocking
stability.
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1.9
Jumpers
1. Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS.
You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters
by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The RAM data in CMOS, that include
system setup information such as system • words, is powered by the onboard
button cell battery.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. 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.
3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4. 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 the jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
®
CLRTC
K8S-MX
3
2
2
1
K8S-MX Clear RTC RAM Setting
Normal
(Default)
Clear CMOS
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 BIOS can automatically reset
parameter settings to its previous values.
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2. USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW12, USBPW34, USBPW56, USBPW78)
Set these jumpers to +5V to wake up the computer from S1 sleep mode (CPU
stopped, DRAM refreshed, system running in low power mode) using the
connected USB devices. Set to +5VSB to wake up from S3 and S4 sleep
modes (no power to CPU, DRAM in slow refresh, power supply in reduced
power mode).
®
USBPW34
USBPW12
2 3
1 2
+5V
(Default)
USBPW78
USBPW56
K8S-MX
1 2
K8S-MX USB device wake-up
+5VSB
+5V
(Default)
2 3
+5VSB
•
The USB device wake-up feature requires a power supply that can provide
500mA on the +5VSB lead for each USB port. Otherwise, the system would
not power up.
•
The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply capability
(+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep mode.
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1.10 Connectors
This section describes and illustrates the motherboard rear panel and internal
connectors.
1.10.1 Rear panel connectors
1
2
3
4
5
6
11
10
9
8
7
1. PS/2 mouse port. This green 6-pin connector is for a PS/2 mouse.
2. Parallel port. This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner, or other
devices.
3. RJ-45 port. This port allows connection to a Local Area Network (LAN) through
a network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
4. Line In jack. This Line In (light blue) jack connects a tape player or other audio
sources. In 6-channel mode, the function of this jack becomes Bass/Center.
5. Line Out jack. This Line Out (lime) jack connects a headphone or a speaker.
In 6-channel mode, the function of this jack becomes Front Speaker Out.
6. Microphone jack. This Mic (pink) jack connects a microphone. In 6-channel
mode, the function of this jack becomes Rear Speaker Out.
The functions of the Line Out, Line In, and Microphone jacks change when you
select the 6-channel audio configuration as shown in the following table.
Audio 2, 4 or 6-channel configuration
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Headphone/
2-Speaker
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
4-Speaker
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
6-Speaker
Bass/Center
Front Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
7. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
8. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
9. VGA port. This port connects to a VGA monitor.
10. Serial connector. This 9-pin COM1 port is for serial devices.
11. PS/2 keyboard port. This purple connector is for a PS/2 keyboard.
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1.10.2 Internal connectors
1. IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE)
This connector supports the provided UltraATA133 IDE hard disk ribbon cable.
Connect the cable’s blue connector to the primary (recommended) or secondary
IDE connector, then connect the gray connector to the UltraATA133 slave device
(hard disk drive) and the black connector to the UltraATA133 master device.
•
Follow the hard disk drive documentation when setting the device in master
or slave mode.
•
Pin 20 on each IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole on the
UltraATA cable connector. This prevents incorrect orientation when you
connect the cables.
•
The hole near the blue connector on the UltraATA cable is intentional.
K8S-MX
PIN 1
K8S-MX IDE connectors
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
PRI_IDE
SEC_IDE
®
2. Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector supports the provided floppy drive ribbon cable. After
connecting one end to the motherboard, connect the other end to the floppy
drive. (Pin 5 is removed to prevent incorrect insertion when using ribbon cables
with pin 5 plug).
®
FLOPPY
K8S-MX
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
PIN 1
K8S-MX Floppy disk drive connector
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3. ATX power connectors (20-pin ATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)
These connectors connect to an ATX 12V 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.
In addition to the 20-pin ATX power connector, this motherboard requires that
you connect the 4-pin ATX +12V power plug to provide sufficient power to the
CPU.
Make sure that your ATX 12V power supply can provide 8A on the +12V lead
and at least 1A on the +5-volt standby lead (+5VSB). The minimum
recommended wattage is 300W or 350W for a fully configured system. The
system may become unstable and may experience difficulty powering up if the
power supply is inadequate.
®
ATX12V
GND
+12V DC
ATXPWR
GND
+12V DC
+12.0VDC
+5VSB
PWR_OK
GND
+5.0VDC
GND
+5.0VDC
GND
+3.3VDC
+3.3VDC
K8S-MX
+5.0VDC
+5.0VDC
-5.0VDC
GND
GND
GND
PS_ON#
GND
-12.0VDC
+3.3VDC
K8S-MX ATX power connectors
4. Internal audio connectors (4-pin CD, AUX)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
®
AUX (White)
Left Audio Channel
Ground
Right Audio Channel
K8S-MX
Right Audio Channel
CD (Black)
Ground
Left Audio Channel
K8S-MX Internal audio connectors
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5. CPU and chassis fan connectors (3-pin CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350mA~740mA (8.88W max.) or a
total of 1A~2.22A (26.64W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the fan
connectors on the motherboard, making sure that the black wire of each cable
matches the ground pin of the connector.
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Lack of sufficient
air flow within 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
K8S-MX
CHA_FAN
Rotation
+12V
GND
K8S-MX Fan connectors
6. USB header (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
If the USB ports on the rear panel are inadequate, a USB header is available
for additional USB ports. Connect the USB cable of the USB 2.0 module to this
header. You may install the USB module in the chassis front panel. The
module has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting next generation USB peripherals
such as high resolution cameras, scanners, and printers.
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
1
•
•
USB56
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
USB78
1
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
K8S-MX
K8S-MX USB 2.0 connectors
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
GND
NC
®
The USB 2.0 module is purchased separately.
Install the USB 2.0 driver before using the USB 2.0 feature.
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7. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO)
This is an interface for the front panel cable that allows convenient connection
and control of audio devices.
Be default, the pins labeled LINE OUT_R/BLINE_OUT_R and the pins
LINE OUT_L/BLINE_OUT_L are shorted with jumper caps. Remove the caps
only when you are connecting the front panel audio cable.
Line out_L
NC
Line out_R
MICPWR
MIC2
®
BLINE_OUT_L
BLINE_OUT_R
+5VA
AGND
FP_AUDIO
K8S-MX
K8S-MX Front panel audio connector
8. Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This lead is for a chassis designed with intrusion detection feature. This
requires an external detection mechanism such as a chassis intrusion sensor
or microswitch. When you remove any chassis component, the sensor triggers
and sends a high-level signal to this lead to record a chassis intrusion event.
By default, the pins labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with a
jumper cap. If you wish to use the chassis intrusion detection feature, remove
the jumper cap from the pins.
®
CHASSIS
GND
Chassis Signal
(Default)
K8S-MX
+5VSB_MB
K8S-MX Chassis intrusion connector
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9. GAME/MIDI connector (16-1 pin GAME1)
This connector supports a GAME/MIDI module. If a GAME/MIDI module is
available, connect the GAME/MIDI cable to this connector. The GAME/MIDI
port on the module connects a joystick or a game pad for playing games, and
MIDI devices for playing or editing audio files.
+5V
J2B1
J2CX
MIDI_OUT
J2CY
J2B2
MIDI_IN
®
K8S-MX
K8S-MX Game connector
+5V
J1B1
J1CX
GND
GND
J1CY
J1B2
+5V
GAME1
The GAME/MIDI module is purchased separately.
10. Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2)
These next generation connectors support the thin Serial ATA cables for
primary internal storage devices. The current Serial ATA interface allows up to
150 MB/s data transfer rate, faster than the standard parallel ATA with 133MB/s
(Ultra ATA/133).
GND
RSATA_RXN2
RSATA_RXP2
GND
RSATA_TXN2
RSATA_TXP2
GND
®
K8S-MX
K8S-MX SATA connectors
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GND
RSATA_RXN1
RSATA_RXP1
GND
RSATA_TXN1
RSATA_TXP1
GND
SATA2
SATA1
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11. Digital Audio connector (6-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for the S/PDIF audio module to allow digital sound output.
Connect one end of the S/PDIF audio cable to this connector and the other
end to the S/PDIF module.
®
SPDIF_OUT
GND
SPDIFOUT
K8S-MX
+5V
K8S-MX Digital audio connector
The S/PDIF out module is purchased separately.
12. System panel connector (10-1 pin PANEL)
This connector accommodates several system front panel functions.
®
SPEAKER
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
PLED-
PLED+
PLED
IDE_LED
Reset
Ground
PWR
Ground
K8S-MX
+5V
IDELED
PANEL
RESET
PWRSW
K8S-MX System panel connector
•
* Requires an ATX power supply.
System Power LED Lead (Green 3-pin PLED)
This 3-pin connector connects to the system power LED. The LED lights up
when you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep
mode.
•
System Warning Speaker Lead (Orange 4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector connects to the case-mounted speaker and allows you to
hear system beeps and warnings.
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•
Reset Switch Lead (Blue 2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted reset switch for rebooting
the system without turning off the system power.
•
ATX Power Switch / Soft-Off Switch Lead (Yellow 2-pin PWRSW )
This connector connects a switch that controls the system power. Pressing the
power switch turns the system between ON and SLEEP, or ON and SOFT
OFF, depending on the BIOS or OS settings. Pressing the power switch while
in the ON mode for more than 4 seconds turns the system OFF.
•
Hard disk activity LED (Red 2-pin IDE_LED)
This connector supplies power to the hard disk activity LED. Any read or write
activity of an IDE device cause this LED to light up.
The System Panel connector is color-coded for easy and foolproof connection.
Take note of the specific connector colors as described.
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Chapter 2
This chapter tells how to change system settings
through the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed
descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
BIOS information
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2.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1. ASUS AFUDOS - Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk in DOS
mode.
2. ASUS EZ Flash - Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk during POST.
3. ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 - Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk or
the motherboard support CD.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Important notes
•
•
It is recommended that you 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 AFUDOS (refer to
section “2.1.3 Using AFUDOS to copy BIOS from PC”)
Visit the ASUS website and download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard using the ASUS Update utility.
2.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk
1. Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk into the drive. At the DOS prompt, type:
format A:/S
then press <Enter>.
Windows® 98SE/ME/XP environment
a.
b.
c.
d.
Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
From your Windows desktop, click on Start, then select My Computer.
Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2 Floppy Disk
window appears.
e. If you are using Windows® XP, select Create an MS-DOS startup disk
from the format options field, then click Start.
OR
If you are using Windows® 98SE/ME, select Full option button from the
format type, then click Start.
Windows® 2000 environment
To create a set of boot disks for Windows® 2000, run the Makeboot.exe tool
from the Windows® 2000 CD:
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
b. Insert the Windows® 2000 CD into the CD-ROM drive.
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c. Click Start, then select Run.
d. From the Open box, type
D:\bootdisk\makeboot a: then press <Enter>,
assuming that D: is your CD-ROM drive.
e. Follow succeeding screen instructions.
2. Copy the original (or the latest) motherboard BIOS to the bootable floppy disk.
2.1.2 Using AFUDOS to update the BIOS
To update the BIOS using the AFUDOS.EXE utility:
1. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
your motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk.
Write the BIOS file name on a piece of paper. You need to type the exact BIOS
file name at the prompt.
2. Copy the AFUDOS.EXE utility from the support CD to the bootable floppy disk
that contains the BIOS file.
3. Boot the system from the floppy disk.
4. At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /i[filename]
where [filename] means the latest (or original) BIOS file that you copied to
the bootable floppy disk.
5. Press <Enter>. The succeeding screen displays the status of the update
process.
The BIOS information on the screen is for reference only. What you see on your
screen may not be exactly the same as shown.
A:\>afudos /iK8S-MX.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading file ..... done
Erasing flash .... done
Writing flash .... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
DO NOT shutdown or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so may
cause system boot failure!
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When the BIOS update process is complete, the utility returns to the DOS
prompt.
A:\>afudos /iK8S-MX.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading file .....
Erasing flash ....
Writing flash ....
Verifying flash ..
done
done
0x0008CC00 (9%)
done
A:\>
5. Reboot the system from the hard disk.
2.1.3 Using AFUDOS to copy BIOS from PC
You can use the AFUDOS.EXE utility to copy the current system BIOS to a floppy
or hard disk and use it as a backup in case the system BIOS fails or gets
corrupted.
To copy the BIOS from your PC using AFUDOS.EXE:
1. At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /o[filename]
where [filename] string of not more than eight (8) alpha-numeric characters
for the main filename and three (3) alpha-numeric characters for the extension
name.
2. Press <Enter>.
The BIOS information on the screen is for reference only. What you see on your
screen may not be exactly the same as shown.
Main filename
Extension name
A:\>afudos /oMYBIOS03.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
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3. The utility will copy the current system BIOS by default to the floppy disk. Make
sure that the floppy disk has at least 600KB of free disk space and is not writeprotected.
A:\>afudos /oMYBIOS03.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... done
A:\>
When the copy process is complete, the utility returns to the DOS prompt.
2.1.4 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS
The ASUS EZ Flash feature allows you to easily update the BIOS without having to
go through the long process of booting from a diskette and using a DOS-based
utility. The EZ Flash is built-in the BIOS firmware so it is accessible by simply
pressing <Alt + F2> during the Power-On Self Tests (POST).
To update the BIOS using ASUS EZ Flash:
1. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
your motherboard and rename the downloaded file as K8S-MX.ROM. Save the
BIOS file to a floppy disk.
2. Reboot the system.
3. To launch EZ Flash, press <Alt+F2> during POST to display the following.
User recovery requested. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
•
If there is no floppy disk in the drive, the error message
“Floppy not found!” appears.
•
If the correct BIOS file is not in the floppy disk, the error message “Floppy
not found!” is displayed. Make sure to rename the downloaded BIOS file as
“K8S-MX.ROM”.
4. Insert the floppy disk that contains the BIOS file. If all the necessary files are
found in the floppy disk, EZ Flash performs the BIOS update process and
automatically reboots the system when done.
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DO NOT shutdown or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so may
cause system boot failure!
User recovery requested. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “K8S-MX.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
Flashed successfully. Rebooting.
2.1.5 Recovering the BIOS with CrashFree BIOS 2
The CrashFree BIOS 2 auto recovery tool allows you to restore BIOS from the
motherboard support CD, or from a floppy disk that contains the BIOS file, in case
the current BIOS on the motherboard fails or gets corrupted.
•
Prepare the support CD that came with the motherboard or a floppy disk
that contains the motherboard BIOS before proceeding with the BIOS
update process.
•
If you have saved a copy of the original motherboard BIOS to a bootable
floppy disk, you may also use this disk to restore the BIOS. See section
“2.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk.”
To recover the BIOS from a floppy disk:
1. Boot the system.
2. When a corrupted BIOS is detected, the following screen message appears.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
3. Insert a floppy disk that contains the original or the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard. If all the necessary files are found in the floppy disk, the BIOS
update process continues.
Make sure that the BIOS file in the floppy disk is renamed as “K8S-MX.ROM”.
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Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “K8S-MX.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so may
cause system boot failure!
2. When the BIOS update process is complete, reboot the system.
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1. Boot the system.
2. When a corrupted BIOS is detected, the following screen message appears.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
If there is no floppy disk found in the drive, the system automatically checks the
CD-ROM.
3. Place the support CD in the CD-ROM. The support CD contains the a working
BIOS for this motherboard.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy not found!
Checking for CD-ROM...
CD-ROM found.
Reading file “K8S-MX.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so may
cause system boot failure!
2. When the BIOS update process is complete, reboot the system.
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this motherboard.
Visit ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file.
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2.2
BIOS Setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable LPC chip that you can update using
the provided utility described in section “2.1 Managing and updating your BIOS.”
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring
your system, or prompted to “Run Setup”. This section explains how to configure
your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you may want to change
the configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you may want to
enable the security password feature or change the power management settings.
This requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so
that the computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS
RAM of the LPC.
The LPC 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. It is a menudriven program, which means you can scroll through the various sub-menus and
make your selections from the available options using the navigation keys.
The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions to
ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after changing
any BIOS settings, load the default settings to ensure system compatibility and
stability. Select the Load Default Settings item under the Exit Menu. See
section “2.7 Exit Menu.”
The BIOS setup screens shown in this chapter 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 product and
BIOS information.
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2.2.1 BIOS menu screen
Menu items Menu bar
Configuration fields
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Onboard PCI S-ATA Controller
[11:51:19]
[Thu 08/05/2003]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
: [ST320413A]
: [ASUS CD-S340]
: [Not Detected]
: [Not Detected]
[Disabled]
General help
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system time.
System Information
Sub-menu items
Navigation keys
2.2.2 Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard
until the desired item is highlighted.
2.2.3 Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that
particular menu. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change
the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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2.2.4 Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar
displays the specific items for that menu. For
example, selecting Main shows the Main
menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot,
and Exit) on the menu bar have their
respective menu items.
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
[11:51:19]
[Thu 08/05/2003]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[English]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
:[ST320413A]
:[ASUS CD-S340]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system time.
System Information
+Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Main menu items
2.2.5 Sub-menu items
An item with a sub-menu on any menu screen is distinguished by a solid triangle
before the item. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press <Enter>.
2.2.6 Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user- configurable,
you may change the value of the field opposite the item. You can not select an item
that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Refer to “2.2.7 Pop-up window.”
2.2.7 Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press Enter to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
2.2.8 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 Up/Down
arrow keys or PageUp/PageDown keys
to display the other items on the screen.
2.2.9 General help
Primary Graphics Adapter
Search for MDA Resources
[AGP]
[Yes]
AGP Mode
AGP Fast Write
Graphics Aperture Size
[AGP 8X]
[Enabled]
[64MB]
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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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2.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears giving
you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section “2.2.1 BIOS menu screen” for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Onboard PCI S-ATA Controller
[11:51:19]
[Thu 08/05/2003]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
: [ST320413A]
: [ASUS CD-S340]
: [Not Detected]
: [Not Detected]
[Disabled]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system time.
System Information
2.3.1 System Time [xx:xx:xxxx]
Allows you to set the system time.
2.3.2 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
2.3.3 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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2.3.4 Primary and Secondary IDE Master/Slave
While entering Setup, BIOS auto-detects the presence of IDE devices. There is a
separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device item then press <Enter>
to display the IDE device information.
Primary IDE Master
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: ST320413A
Size
: 20.0GB
LBA Mode
: Supported
Block Mode
: 16 Sectors
PIO Mode
: Supported
Async DMA
: MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA
: Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring: Supported
Type
LBA/Large Mode
Block(Multi-sector Transfer)
PIO Mode
DMA Mode
Smart Monitoring
32Bit Data Transfer
Select the type
of device connected
to the system
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
The values opposite the dimmed items (Device, Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block
Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and SMART monitoring) are autodetected by BIOS and 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) [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]
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]
2.3.5 Onboard PCI S-ATA Controller [IDE by BIOS]
Disables or sets the onboard PCI S-ATA controller mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [IDE by BIOS] [RAID by Rom]
2.3.6 System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The items
in this menu are auto-detected by BIOS.
AMI BIOS
Version
Build Date
: 08.00.08
: 07/26/04
Processor
Type
Speed
Count
: AMD Athlon9tm) 64 Processor 3200+
: 2007MHz
: 1
System Memory
Size
: 992MB
AMI BIOS
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
Processor
Displays the auto-detected processor information.
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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2.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items.
Incorrect field values may cause the system to malfunction.
JumperFree Configuration
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
PCI PnP
2.4.1 JumperFree Configuration
Configure System Frequency
Overclock Option
[Standard]
Overclock Option [Standard]
Sets the mode for overclocking. Configuration options: [Manual] [Standard]
The following items appear only when the Overclock Option is set to Manual.
CPU Frequency [XXX] (value is auto-detected)
Indicates the frequency sent by the clock generator to the system bus and PCI
bus. The bus frequency (external frequency) multiplied by the bus multiple equals
the CPU speed. The value of this item is auto-detected by BIOS. The values range
from 200 to 250. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
AGP/PCI Frequency (MHz) [Auto]
Allows you to set the AGP/PCI frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [66/33] [75/37] [80/40]
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DDR Reference Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to automatically detect or select from a list the DDR operating voltage.
Configuration options: [2.6V] [2.5V] [Auto]
2.4.2 CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information auto-detected by BIOS.
GART Error Reporting
MTRR Mapping
[Disabled]
[Continous]
Cool N’Quiet
Memory Configuration
[Enabled]
This option should
remain disabled for
the normal operation.
The driver developer
may enable it for
testing purpose.
GART Error Reporting [Disabled]
Enables or disables the GART Error Reporting feature. This option should always
be disabled for normal operation. Device driver developers may enable it for
testing purpose. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
MTRR Mapping [Continous]
Sets the MTRR mapping method.
Configuration options: [Continous] [Discrete]
Cool N’ Quiet [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology feature.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Make sure that the above item is set to Enabled if you want to use the
AMD CPU Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology feature.
Memory Configuration
NorthBridge Chipset Configuration
Bank Interleaving
Node Interleaving
Burst Length
Memclock Mode
CAS Latency (CL)
TRCD
TRP
TRAS
Memory CLK
CAS Latency
TRCD
TRP
TRAS
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[8 Beats]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Interleaving allows
memory accesses to
be spread out over
BANKS on the same
NODES, decreasing
access contention.
:166 MHz
:2.5
:3 CLK
:3 CLK
:7 CLK
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Bank Interleaving [ Disabled]
Sets whether to allow memory accesses to be spread out over BANKS on the
same node or across nodes, decreasing access contention.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
Node Interleaving [Disabled]
Sets whether to allow memory accesses to be spread out over NODES on the
same node or across nodes, decreasing access contention.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
Burst Length [ 8 Beats]
Sets the burst length. Set to 4 beats to use 64 Bit Dq.
Configuration options: [8 Beats] [4 Beats]
Memclock Mode [ Auto]
Allows you to set the memory clock mode. Set by the code using [Auto] or select
[Manual] to set using one of the standard values.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Limit]
CAS Latency (CL) [Auto]
Sets the CAS Latency. Configuration options: [Auto] [2.0] [3.0] [2.5]
TRCD [Auto]
Sets the TRCD.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] [3 CLK] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK]
TRP [Auto]
Sets the TRP.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] [3 CLK] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK]
TRAS [Auto]
This item sets the TRAS.
Configuration options: [Auto] [5 CLK] [6 CLK] [7 CLK] [8 CLK] [9 CLK] [10 CLK] [11
CLK] [12 CLK] [13 CLK] [14 CLK] [15 CLK]
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2.4.3 Chipset
The Chipset menu items allow you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Chipset Settings
AGP Configuration
HyperTransport Configuration
MPS Configuration
AGP Configuration
Aperture Size
Graphics Adapter Priority
AGP Fast Write
Select AGP 3.0 Data Ratio
Share Memory
[64MB]
[AGP/Int-VGA]
[Disabled]
[8X]
[ 32MB]
Aperture Size [64MB]
Allows you to select the size of mapped memory for AGP graphic data.
Configuration options: [32MB] [64MB] [128MB]
Graphics Adapter Priority [AGP/Int-VGA]
Switches the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for a video card. This allows
you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple video controllers.
Configuration options: [Internal VGA] [AGP/Int-VGA] [AGP/PCI] [PCI/AGP]
[PCI/Int-VGA]
AGP Fast Write [Disabled]
Enables or disables the AGP Fast Write feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Select AGP 3.0 Data Ratio [8X]
Sets the AGP 3.0 data ratio. Configuration options: [8X] [4X]
Share Memory [ 32MB]
Disables or sets the shared memory.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [ 32MB] [ 64MB] [128MB]
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HyperTransport Configuration
HyperTransport Configuration
HT Width
HT Speed
HT Tristate Enabled
CRC Flood Enable
[ 8x16 BIT]
[800 MHz]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
HT Width [ 8x16 BIT]
Allows selection of HyperTransport upstream data width.
Configuration options: [8x8 BIT] [16x16 BIT] [16x8 BIT] [8x16 BIT]
HT Speed [800 MHz]
Allows frequency selection of HyperTransport transfer from K8 CPU to AGP.
Configuration options: [200 MHz] [400 Mhz] [600 Mhz] [800 Mhz]
HT Tristate Enable [Disabled]
Enables or disables the HyperTransport Tristate that enables the tristate link during
the disconnected state of an LDTSTOP. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CRC Flood Enable [Disabled]
Enables or disables the CRC Flood that enable the generation of synchronized
packets on CRC Error. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
MPS Configuration
MPS Revision
[1.4]
MPS Revision [1.4]
Sets the MPS revision value. Configuration options: [1.1] [1.4]
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2.4.4 Onboard Devices Configuration
OnBoard AC’97 Audio DEVICE
OnBoard SiS190 LAN DEVICE
SiS190 LAN Boot ROM
All PCI EXPRESS Controller
All PCI EXPRESS INTPIN
USB Configuration
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Serial Port1 Address
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
ECP Mode DMA Channel
Parallel Port IRQ
OnBoard Game Port
[3F8/IRQ4]
[378]
[ECP]
[DMA3]
[IRQ7]
[Disabled]
OnBoard AC’97 Audio DEVICE [Enabled]
Allows the BIOS to detect whether you are using any audio device. If an audio
device is detected, the onboard audio controller is enabled; if no audio device is
detected, the controller is disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard SiS190 LAN DEVICE [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard SIS 190 LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SiS190 LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard SIS 190 LAN boot ROM.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
All PCI Express Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard PCI Express controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
All PCI Express INTPIN [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard PCI Express INTPIN. This item
appears only when the All PCI Express Controller item is set to Enabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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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.
OnBoard SiS USB1.1 DEVICE
OnBoard SiS USB2.0 DEVICE
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
USB Configuration
Module Version - 2.23.2-9.4
USB Devices Enabled: None
Legacy USB Support
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
Stop EHCI HC in OHCI handover
[Auto]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
OnBoard SiS USB1.1 DEVICE [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard SiS USB 1.1 port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard SiS USB2.0 DEVICE [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard SiS USB 2.0 port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The Module Version and USB Devices Enabled items show the auto-detected
values. If no USB device is detected, the item shows None.
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the legacy USB support. When set to Auto, the
system disables the legacy USB support if there are no USB devices connected.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to configure the USB 2.0 controller in HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or Full
Speed (12 Mbps). Configuration options: [HiSpeed ] [Full Speed]
Stop EHCI HC in OHCI handover [Enabled]
Allows you to stop the EHCI HC in OHCI handover. Enable this item when
installing operating systems that does not support EHCI host controllers.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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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] [3BC]
Parallel Port Mode [Normal]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode.
Configuration options: [Normal] [Bi-Directional] [EPP] [ECP]
EPP Version [1.9]
Appears only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to [EPP]. This item allows you
to 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 [ECP]. This item allows you
to set the Parallel Port ECP DMA.
Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1] [DMA3]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Sets the Parallel Port IRQ. Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
Onboard Game/MIDI Port [Disabled]
Disables or sets the onboard GAME/MIDI port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [200/300] [200/330] [208/300] [208/330]
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2.4.5 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 may cause the system to malfunction.
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
PCI Lantency Timer
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
Palette Snooping
PCI IDE BusMaster
OffBoard PCI/ISA IDE Card
[No]
[64]
[Yes]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
IRQ3
IRQ4
IRQ5
IRQ7
IRQ9
IRQ10
IRQ11
IRQ14
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
IRQ15
DMA
DMA
DMA
DMA
DMA
DMA
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
NO: Lets the BIOS
configure 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.
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
[PCI Device]
0
1
3
5
6
7
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
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 installed a Plug & Play operating system, the operating system
configures the Plug & 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: [Yes] [No]
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Palette Snooping [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the pallete snooping feature informs the PCI devices that
an ISA graphics device is installed in the system so that the latter can function
correctly. Setting to [Disabled] deactivates this feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCI IDE BusMaster [Enabled]
Allows BIOS to use PCI bus mastering when reading/writing to IDE devices.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OffBoard PCI/ISA IDE Card [Auto]
Allows you to set the PCI slot number where a PCI card is installed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [PCI Slot1] [PCI Slot2]
IRQ xx [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]
2.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced Power
Management (APM) feature. Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
ACPI Aware O/S
Suspend Mode
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
BIOS-->AML ACPI table
Headless mode
[Yes]
[S1 (POS) only]
[No]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
Enable/Disable
ACPI support for
Operating System.
ENABLE: If OS
supports ACPI.
DISABLE: If OS
does not support
ACPI.
2.5.1 ACPI Aware O/S [Yes]
Allows you to enable or disable the ACPI support. Set to Yes if your operating
system (OS) supports ACPI. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
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The following items appear only when the ACPI Aware O/S item is set to [Yes].
2.5.2 Suspend Mode [S1 (POS) only]
Allows you to select the ACPI state to be used for system suspend.
Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S1 and S3 (STR)] [S3 Only]
2.5.3 ACPI 2.0 Support [No]
Allows you to add more tables for ACPI 2.0 specifications.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
2.5.4 ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Enables or disables the ACPI support in the ASIC. When set to Enabled, the ACPI
APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.5.5 BIOS--> AML ACPI table [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the BIOS to AML ACPI table exchange.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.5.6 Headless mode [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the headless mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.5.7 APM Configuration
Power Management/APM
Power Button Mode
Hard Disk Time Out (Minute)
Resume on Ring
Resume on PXE#
Resume on Keyboard
Resume on PS2 Mouse
Resume on RTC
Restore on AC Power Loss
[Enabled]
[On/Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Power Off]
Power Management/APM [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Power Management (APM) feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The Power Button Mode and Hard Disk Time Out (Minute) items appear only
when the Power Management/APM item is set to [Enabled].
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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]
Hard Disk Time Out (Minute) [Disabled]
Allows you to select the specified time in minute at which the hard disk goes on
standby mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [1] [2] ~ [15]
Resume on Ring [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.
Resume on PME# [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PME to generate a wake event. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Resume on Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable or set the keyboard wake-up feature. This feature requires an
ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Any Key] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-Esc] [Power Key]
Resume on PS2 Mouse [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse to
resume the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at
least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Resume on RTC [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item is
set to Enabled, the items RTC Alarm Date, RTC Alarm Hour, RTC Alarm Minute,
and RTC Alarm Second appear with set values.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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
before the AC power loss.
Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
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2.5.8 Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
[40.5ºC/102.5ºF]
[33ªC/91ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
Chassis Fan Speed
[3260RPM]
[N/A]
VCORE Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[ 1.504V]
[ 3.360V]
[ 5.160V]
[11.328V]
CPU Temperature [xxx ºC/xxx ºF]
MB Temperature [xxx ºC/xxx ºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
motherboard and CPU temperatures. Select Disabled if you do not wish to display
the detected temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
Chassis Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU and
chassis fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM). If any of the fans is not
connected to the motherboard, 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.
If any of the monitored items is out of range, the following error message
appears: “Hardware Monitor found an error. Enter Power setup menu for
details”. You will then be prompted to “Press F1 to continue or DEL to enter
SETUP”.
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2.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Boot Settings
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
2.6.1 Boot Device Priority
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
[PM-ST320413A]
[SM-ASUS CD-S360]
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 appear on the screen depends on the the number
of devices installed in the system. Configuration options: [xxxxx Drive] [Disabled]
2.6.2 Hard Disk Drives
Hard Disk Drives
1st Drive
2nd Drive
[PM-ST320413A]
[xxxxxx Drive]
1st ~ xxth Drive
These items specify the hard disk priority sequence from the available hard disk
drives. The number of hard disk drive items that appear on the screen depends on
the number of hard disk drives installed in the system.
Configuration options: [xxxxx Drive] [Disabled]
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2.6.3 Boot Settings Configuration
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot
Full Screen Logo
AddOn ROM Display Mode
Bootup Num-Lock
PS/2 Mouse Support
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display
Interrupt 19 Capture
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Force BIOS]
[On]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
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]
Make sure that the above item is set to [Enabled] if you wish 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 F1 key to be pressed when error
occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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]
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Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this function allows the option ROMs to trap Interrupt 19.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.6.4 Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disable password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Boot Sector Virus Protection
[Disabled]
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 Not Installed. After you
have set a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1. Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2. From the password box, type a password combination of at least six (6) letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted. The message “Password Installed”
appears after you have successfully set your password.
The Supervisor Password item now shows Installed.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press <Enter>. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear clear it by erasing the CMOS
Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section “1.9 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.
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<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Installed
: Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
Boot Sector Virus Protection
[Full Access]
[Setup]
[Disabled]
User Access Level (Full Access]
Allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
No Access prevents user access to the Setup utility.
View Only allows access but does not allow change to any field.
Limited allows change only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
Full Access allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on
top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you have set a password,
this item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1. Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2. On the password box that appears, type a password combination of at least six
(6) letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted. The message “Password Installed”
appears after you have successfully set your password.
The User Password item now shows Installed.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
Clear User Password
Select this item if you wish to clear the 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]
Boot Sector Virus Protection [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the boot sector virus protection.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.7
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the
BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Load Setup Defaults
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure that the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An
onboard backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM and stays on even when the PC
is turned off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select
Yes 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
Allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the previously saved
values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select Yes 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 Yes to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes
or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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Chapter 3
This chapter describes the contents of the
support CD that comes with the motherboard
package.
Software support
3.1
Install an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® 98SE/ME/2000/XP operating system (OS).
Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the
features of your hardware.
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary, so use the setup procedures
presented in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your OS
documentation for more information.
3.2
Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard contains useful software and
several utility drivers that enhance the motherboard features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website for updates.
3.2.1 Running the support CD
To begin using the support CD, simply insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The
CD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your
computer. Click on an item to install.
Click an item to install
Click an icon to display
more information
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the
support CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click
the ASSETUP.EXE to run the CD.
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3.2.2 Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
AGP SiS 760 driver
Installs the SiS 760 AGP driver.
SIS 760 Graphics Driver
Installs the SiS 760GX graphics controller driver.
AD1888 SoundMAX Audio Driver
Installs the ADI 1888 AC’97 compliant audio controller and application.
SIS RAID Controller Driver
Installs the SIS RAID controller driver.
SIS RAID Controller Driver Disk
Creates a SIS RAID Controller driver disk.
SiS191/SiS190 Ethernet Device Driver
Installs the SIS191/SIS190 LAN drivers for 10/100 LAN solution that provides up to
100Mbps data transfer rates.
Cool ‘n’ Quiet Driver
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet! Technology drivers.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the USB 2.0 driver to upgrade your USB 1.1 ports to USB 2.0. For
Windows® XP users, make sure to install Windows XP SP 1 to support USB 2.0.
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3.2.3 Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
ASUS AMD Cool’n’Quiet Software
Installs the AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet! Technology software.
ASUS PC Probe
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltages,
and alerts you on any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
at a healthy operating condition.
Install ASUS Update
This program allows you to download the latest version of the BIOS from the ASUS
website. Before using the ASUS Update, make sure that you have an Internet
connection so you can connect to the ASUS website. Installing ASUS Update also
installs ASUS Mylogo2™.
Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Driver
Installs the Microsoft DirectX™9.0 driver.
Anti-virus utility
The anti-virus application detects and protects your computer from viruses that
destroys data.
Acrobat Reader
Installs the Adobe Acrobat® Reader V5.0. The Acrobat® Reader software is for
viewing files saved in Portable Document Format (PDF).
ASUS Screen Saver
Installs the ASUS screen saver.
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3.2.4 Manuals
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click item to
open the folder of the user manual.
The user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual
file.
3.2.5 ASUS Contact Information
Clicking the ASUS Contact Information tab displays as stated. You may also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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3.3
RAID configurations
The SIS 965L southbridge comes with a RAID controller that allows you to
configure Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets. The motherboard supports the
following RAID configurations.
RAID 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.
RAID 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.
JBOD (Spanning) stands for Just a Bunch of Disks 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.
If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a RAID set,
copy first the RAID driver from the support CD to a floppy disk before you install
an operating system to a selected hard disk drive. Refer to section “3.4 Creating
a RAID driver disk” for details.
3.3.1 Installing hard disks
The motherboard supports 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.
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3.3.2 SIS RAID configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance Serial ATA RAID controller
integrated in the SIS 965L southbridge chipset. It supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 with
two independent Serial ATA channels.
Entering the SIS RAID BIOS utility
1. Boot your computer.
2. During POST, press <Ctrl> + <S> to enter the SIS RAID configuration utility.
The following menu options appear.
3. Press <R> to display the RAID setup menu.
Create an Array
1. From the SIS RAID BIOS utility main menu, press <A> to create an array.
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Creating JBOD
1. From the RAID Setup, press <1> then <Enter> to select JBOD (Spanning)
2. Select <1> to auto-create a RAID array or press <2> to manually configure
array then press <Enter>.
3. If you selected 1 proceed to step 5.
4. Use the up/down arrow keys to move the selection bar, then press <Enter> to
select a disk drive.
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5. The current RAID set is displayed on the upper side of the screen.
6. Press <Q> to exit the RAID setup.
7. Press <Y> then <Enter> to save changes.
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After the setup is complete, you can partition and format your hard disk as a
single hard drive.
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Creating RAID 0 for performance
1. From the RAID Setup, press <2> then <Enter> to select RAID 0 (Striping).
2. Select <1> to auto-create a RAID array or press <2> to manually configure
array then press <Enter>.
3. If you selected 1 proceed to step 7.
4. If you selected 2, select the array block size by pressing the corresponding
number beside the available block sizes then press <Enter>.
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5. Use the up/down arrow keys to move the selection bar, then press <Enter> to
select a disk drive.
6. After selecting the drives, press <Q> to return to previous menu.
7. Press <N> then <Enter> to create a Stripe only configuration. Press <Y> if you
wish to split the data on the source disk to other disks.
8. If you selected Y, the following screen appears.
9. When finished, press <Q> to return to previous menu.
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10. The current RAID setup is displayed on the upper side of the screen. Press
<Q> to exit the RAID setup menu.
11. Press <Y> then <Enter> to save changes.
12. When finished, you can partition and format the array as a single hard drive.
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Creating RAID 1 for capacity
1. From the RAID Setup, press <3> then <Enter> to select RAID 1 (Mirroring).
2. Select <1> to auto-create a RAID array or press <2> to manually configure
array then press <Enter>.
3. If you selected 1 proceed to step 5.
4. Use the up/down arrow keys to move the selection bar, then press <Enter> to
select a disk drive.
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5. Press <N> then <Enter> to create a mirrored set. Press <Y> if you wish to
duplicate the source disk (DISK 1) data to the RAID disks.
6. If you selected Y, the followig screen appears.
7. When finished, press <Q> to return to previous menu. The current RAID set is
displayed on the upper side of the screen.
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8. Press <Q> to exit the RAID setup.
9. Press <Y> then <Enter> to save changes.
10. After the setup is complete, you can partition and format the array as a single
hard drive.
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3.4
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. Use the
support CD that came with the motherboard package to create a RAID driver disk.
To use the support CD:
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 SIS 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. Place the motherboard support CD into the optical drive.
3. When the Drivers menu appears, click SIS RAID Controller Driver Disk to
create a SIS 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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