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APPENDIX D. INSTALLING THE VIA SERVICE PACK DRIVERS
FOR WINDOWS® NT 4.0 SERVER / WORKSTATION
APPENDIX E. INSTALLING THE VIA PCI AUDIO DRIVERS FOR
WINDOWS® NT 4.0 SERVER / WORKSTATION
APPENDIX F. INSTALLING THE VIA SERVICE PACK DRIVERS
FOR WINDOWS® 2000
APPENDIX G. INSTALLING THE VIA PCI AUDIO DRIVERS FOR
WINDOWS® 2000
APPENDIX H. INSTALLING THE VIA USB FILTER DRIVER FOR
WINDOWS® 2000
APPENDIX I. BIOS FLASHING USER INSTRUCTIONS
APPENDIX J. INSTALLING THE VIA HARDWARE MONITOR
SYSTEM
APPENDIX K. TROUBLESHOOTING (NEED ASSISTANCE?)
APPENDIX L. HOW TO GET TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Introduction of VL6 Features
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Chapter 1. Introduction of VL6 Features
1-1. Features of This Motherboard
This motherboard is designed for Intel’s new generation of Intel® Pentium® III & Celeron™
processors. It supports the Intel® Pentium® III & Celeron™ processor, with the FC-PGA &
PPGA (Plastic Pin Grid Array package) 370-pin design, up to 768MB of memory, newer
super I/O, and Green PC functions.
The VL6 uses the VIA Apollo Pro 133 chipset to make the evolutionary move from PC 100
to PC 133, increasing the speed of the system and memory buses from 100 MHz to 133 MHz.
It’s 133 MHz memory interface supports the wide range of PC 133 memory devices now on
the market. Its 133MHz capable front-side bus delivers a clear upgrade path to the future
generation of 133MHz processors.
The VL6 provides you expendability for the USB port. It can give you the maximum four
USB ports to connect to USB peripherals. The additional two USB port plugs and cable KIT
are an option. VL6 also has a built in AC ‘97 2.1 CODEC onboard. This CODEC has an
integrated H/W Sound Blaster Pro AC ‘97 digital audio controller that can give you the
best sound quality and compatibility.
The VL6 has a built in Ultra ATA/66 function. This means that it can provides speedier HDD
throughput that boosts overall system performance. Ultra ATA/66 is the new standard for
IDE devices. It enhances existing Ultra ATA/33 technology by increasing both performance
and data integrity. This new high-speed interface doubles the Ultra ATA/33 burst data
transfer rate to 66.6 Mbytes/sec. The result is maximum disc performance using the current
PCI local bus environment. Another benefit is, you can connect another four IDE devices in
your system either Ultra ATA/33 IDE devices or Ultra ATA/66 IDE devices. You will have
more flexibility to expand your computer system.
The VL6 has one AMR slot onboard, it is called the Audio/Modem Riser (AMR) slot. The
Audio/Modem Riser is an open industry-standard specification that defines a hardware
scalable Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) motherboard riser board and interface,
which supports both audio and modem functions. The specification's main objective is to
reduce the baseline implementation cost of audio and modem functionality. In accordance
with PC user's demands for feature-rich PCs, combined with the industry's current trend
towards lower cost PCs, all of theses functions are built into the motherboard. But
motherboard integration of the modem subsystem has been problematic to date, in large part
due to FCC and other international telecom certification processes that may delay the
introduction of a motherboard. Resolving the homologation / certification issue for modems
is one of the AMR specification's key objectives.
In the future, not only OEM motherboards will have an AMR design, the AMR card will
appear in the market and you can make a choice in buying this kind of card according to your
budget. But your motherboard must have an AMR slot to be able to plug an AMR card. The
VL6 insures this expandibility for this issue.
VL6 provides highly flexibility to users building Pentium II/III and Celeron™ level systems.
It provides the option of 66/100 or 100/133MHz CPU and memory bus combinations. You
can choose the different combinations and don't need to upgrade many new components to
change to this motherboard.
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The VL6 has built-in hardware monitoring functions (you can refer to Appendix J for
detailed information), they can monitor and protect your computer insuring a safe
computing environment. The motherboard can provide high performance for servers and
meets the requirements for desktop systems for multimedia in the future.
1-2. Specifications
1. CPU
! Supports Intel® Pentium® III 500 ~ 1GHz processors (Based on FC-PGA package)
! Supports Intel® Celeron™ 300A~733MHz processors (Based on 66MHz PPGA & FCPGA package)
! Supports 66, 100 and 133MHz CPU external clock speeds
! Reserves support for future Intel® Pentium® III processors
2. Chipset
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VIA Apollo Pro 133 chipset (VT82C693A and VT82C686A)
Supports Ultra DMA/33 and Ultra DMA/66 IDE protocol
Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)
Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 1x and 2x mode (Sideband) 3.3V
device
3. Memory (System Memory)
! Three 168-pin DIMM sockets support SDRAM modules
! Supports up to 768MB MAX. (8, 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256MB SDRAM)
! Supports ECC
4. System BIOS
! CPU SOFT MENU™ II, can easily set the processor parameters
! Award Plug and Play BIOS supports APM and DMI
! Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS
5. Multi I/O Functions
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Two Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to four Ultra DMA 33/66 devices
PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse connectors
One floppy port connector ( up to 2.88MB)
One parallel port connector (EPP/ECP)
Two serial ports connectors
Two USB connectors
On board USB header for two extra USB channels
Built-in IrDA TX-RX header
Audio/Game connectors (Line-in, Line-out, MIC-in, and Game Port connectors)
6. Audio CODEC Features
! AC ’97 2.1 compliant
! Integrated hardware Sound Blaster Pro AC ‘97 digital audio controller
7. Miscellaneous
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ATX form factor
One AGP slot, five PCI slots, one ISA slot and one AMR slot
Built-in Wake on LAN header
Built-in IrDA TX/RX header
Built-in Wake On Modem header
Built-in SM bus header
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! Hardware monitoring:Included fan speed, voltages, CPU and system environment
temperature
! Board size: 305 * 190mm
" Supports Wake On LAN, Modem, but your ATX power supply 5V standby power
must be able to provide at least a 720mA current capacity. Otherwise, the functions
may not work normally.
# The 66MHz/100MHz/133MHz bus speeds are supported but not guaranteed due to the
PCI, processor and chipset specifications.
# Specifications and information contained in this manual are subject to change without
notice.
Note
All brand names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
1-3. Layout Diagram
Figure 1-2. VL6 Motherboard component location
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1-4. The System Block Diagram
Figure 1-3. System diagram of the VIA Apollo Pro 133 chipset
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Installing the Motherboard
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Chapter 2. Installing the Motherboard
This VL6 motherboard not only provides all standard equipment for classic personal
computers, but also provides great flexibility for meeting future upgrade demands. This
chapter will introduce step by step all of the standard equipment and will also present, as
completely as possible, future upgrade capabilities. This motherboard is able to support all
Intel Pentium III (FC-PGA) processors and Intel Celeron™ (PPGA & FC-PGA)
processors now on the market. (For details, see specifications in Chapter 1.)
This chapter is organized according the following features:
2-1
2-2
2-3
2-4
Installing the Motherboard to the Chassis
Installation of the Intel Pentium III (FC-PGA) & Celeron™ (PPGA & FC-PGA) CPU
Installing System Memory
Connectors, Headers and Switches
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Before Proceeding with the Installation
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Before you install or unplug any connectors or add-on cards, please remember to turn the
ATX power supply switch off (fully turn the +5V standby power off), or take the power cord
off. Otherwise, you may cause the motherboard components or add-on cards to malfunction
or be damaged.
User Friendly Instructions
Our objective is to enable the novice computer user to perform the installation by himself.
We have attempted to write this document in a very clear, concise and descriptive manner to
help overcome any obstacles you may face during installation. Please read our instructions
carefully and follow them step-by-step.
2-1. Installing the Motherboard to the Chassis
Most computer chassis will have a base on which there will be many mounting holes that
allows the motherboard to be securely attached and at the same time, prevents short circuits.
There are two ways to attach the motherboard to the base of chassis:
! with studs
! or with spacers
Please refer to figure 2-1, which shows the studs and
spacers. There may be several types, but all look
like the figures below:
In principle, the best way to attach the motherboard
is with studs. Only if you are unable to do this
should you attach the board with
spacers. Take a careful look at the
motherboard and you will see
many mounting holes on it. Line
these holes up with the mounting
holes on the base. If the holes line
up and there are screw holes this
means you can attach the
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motherboard with studs. If the holes line up and there are only slots, this means you can only
attach the motherboard with spacers. Take the tip of the spacers and insert them into the slots.
After doing this to all the slots, you can slide the motherboard into position aligned with the
slots. After the motherboard has been positioned, check to make sure everything is OK
before putting the casing back on.
Figure 2-2 shows you the way to affix the motherboard using studs or spacers:
Note
If the motherboard has mounting holes, but they don’t line up with the holes on the base
and there are no slots to attach the spacers, don’t worry, you can still attach the spacers to
the mounting holes. Just cut the bottom portion of spacers (the spacer they may be a little
hard to cut, so be careful with your hands). In this way you can still attach the
motherboard to the base without worrying about short circuits. Sometimes you may need
to use the plastic springs to isolate the screw from the motherboard PCB surface, because
the circuit wire may be near by the hole. Be careful, don’t let the screw contact any the
printed circuit wire or parts on the PCB that are near the fixing hole, otherwise it may
damage the board or cause board malfunctioning.
2-2. Installation of the Intel® Celeron™ (PPGA & FCPGA) & Pentium® III (FC-PGA) processors
The Intel® Celeron™ (PPGA & FC-PGA) & Pentium® III (FC-PGA) package processor
installation, is easy, like Socket 7 Pentium® processors before. Because it uses the “Socket
370” ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) socket, it lets you easily fix the processor on to its position
firmly. Figure 2-3 shows you what the 370 socket looks like, and how to open the lever. Its
pin count is more than socket 7. Therefore, a Pentium level processor cannot be inserted into
socket 370.
When you raise the lever, you have to loosen the socket lock. Please raise the lever to the end,
and prepare to insert the processor. Next, you need to align the processor pin 1 to the socket
pin 1. If you put it in the wrong direction, you will not be able to insert the processor easily,
and processor pins will not fully go into the socket. If that is the case, please change the
direction, until it easily and fully inserts into the 370 socket. See Figure 2-4.
When you finish the above, push the lever down to its original position, and you should feel
the lever lock up the 370 socket. You have then finished the processor installation.
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2-3. Installing System Memory
This motherboard provides three 168-pin DIMM sites for memory expansion. The DIMM
sockets support 1Mx64 (8MB), 2Mx64 (16MB), 4Mx64 (32MB), 8Mx64 (64MB), 16Mx64
(128MB), and 32Mx64 (256MB) or double sided DIMM modules. Minimum memory size
is 8MB and maximum memory size is 768MB SDRAM. There are three Memory module
sockets on the system board. (Total six banks)
In order to create a memory array, certain rules must be followed. The following set of rules
allows for optimum configurations.
! The memory array is 64 or 72 bits wide. (depending on with or without parity)
! Those modules can be populated in any order.
! Supports single and double density DIMMS.
Table 2-1. Valid Memory Configurations
Bank
Memory Module
Bank 0, 1
(DIMM1)
Bank 2, 3
(DIMM2)
Bank 4, 5
(DIMM3)
8MB, 16MB, 32MB,
64MB, 128MB, 256MB
8MB, 16MB, 32MB,
64MB, 128MB, 256MB
8MB, 16MB, 32MB,
64MB, 128MB, 256MB
Total System Memory
Total Memory
8MB ~ 256MB
8MB ~ 256MB
8MB ~ 256MB
8MB ~ 768MB
Generally, installing SDRAM modules to your
motherboard is an easy thing to do. You can refer
to figure 2-5 to see what a 168-pin PC100 &
PC133 SDRAM module looks like.
Unlike installing SIMMs, DIMMs may be
"snapped" directly into the socket. Note: Certain
DIMM sockets have minor physical differences.
If your module doesn't seem to fit, please do not force it into the socket as you may damage
your memory module or DIMM socket.
Figure 2-5 PC100/PC133 Module and
Component Mark
The following procedure will show you how
to install a DIMM module into a DIMM
socket.
Step 1. Before you install the memory
module, please place the computer power
switch in the off position and disconnect the
AC power cord from your computer.
Step 2. Remove the computer’s chassis
cover.
Figure 2-6. Memory module installation
Step 3. Before touching any electronic
components, make sure you first touch an
unpainted, grounded metal object to discharge
any static electricity stored on your clothing
or body.
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Step 4. Locate your computer’s 168-pin memory expansion DIMM socket.
Step 5. Insert the DIMM module into the expansion socket as shown in the illustration.
Note how the module is keyed to the socket. You can refer to figure 2-6 for the
details. This insures the DIMM module will be plugged into the socket in one way
only. Firmly press the DIMM module into the DIMM socket, making certain the
module is completely seated in the DIMM socket.
Step 6. Once the DIMM module has been installed, the installation is complete and the
computer’s cover can be replaced. Or you can continue to install other devices and
add-on cards that are mentioned in the following section.
Note
When you install a DIMM module fully into the DIMM socket, the eject tab should be
locked into the DIMM module very firmly and fit into its indention on the both sides.
You are hard to make different from its outside look between PC100 and PC133 SDRAM
module, the only way you can identify them is to see the sticker on the RAM module. The
sticker will show you the RAM module is which kind structure module.
2-4. Connectors, Headers and Switches
Inside the case of any computer several cables and plugs have to be connected. These cables
and plugs are usually connected one-by-one to connectors located on the motherboard. You
need to carefully pay attention to any connection orientation the cables may have and, if any,
notice the position of the first pin of the connector. In the explanations that follow, we will
describe the significance of the first pin.
We will show you all of the connectors, headers and switches here, and tell you how to
connect them. Please pay attention and read the entire section for necessary information
before attempting to finish all of the hardware installation inside the computer chassis.
Figure 2-7 shows you all of the connectors and headers that we’ll discuss in the next section,
you can use this diagram to visually locate each connector and header we describe.
All connectors, headers and switches mentioned here, will depend on your system
configuration. Some features you may (or may not) have and need to connect or configure
depending on the peripheral. If your system doesn't have such add-on cards or switches you
can ignore some special feature connectors.
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Note
! The Master or Slave status of the hard disk drive is set on the hard disk itself. Please
refer to the hard disk drive user’s manual.
! A red mark on a wire typically designates the location of pin 1. You need to align the
wire pin 1 to the FDC1 connector pin 1, then insert the wire connector into the FDC1
connector.
The VL6 supports the Ultra ATA/66 (Also known as Ultra DMA/66) specification. It
enhances existing Ultra ATA/33 technology by increasing both performance and data
integrity. This new high-speed interface doubles the Ultra ATA/33 burst data transfer rate to
66.6 Mbytes/sec. The result is maximum disc performance using the current PCI local bus
environment. Figure 2-10 shows you the difference between the Ultra ATA/33 and Ultra
ATA/66 Conductor Cable.
Figure 2-11 shows you a
photo of an Ultra ATA/66
Conductor Cable. An Ultra
ATA/66-capable cable is a
40-pin, 80-conductor cable
with a black connector on
one end, a blue connector on
the other end and a gray
connector in the middle. In
addition, line 34 on the
Figure 2-10. The difference between Ultra ATA/33 and
cable should be notched or
Ultra ATA/66 Conductor Cables
cut (this may be difficult to
see).
Ultra ATA/66 is backwards compatible with all Ultra
ATA/33 systems, but it will be limited in its transfer mode
to the Ultra ATA/33 (Ultra DMA Mode 2 - 33 Mbytes/sec)
or PIO Mode 4 (16.6 Mbytes/sec). Ultra ATA/66 hard
drives are 100 percent backward compatible with both
Ultra ATA/33 and DMA and with existing ATA (IDE) hard
drives, CD-ROM drives, and host systems. The Ultra
ATA/66 protocol and commands are designed to be
compatible with existing ATA (IDE) devices and systems.
Although a new 40-pin, 80-conductor cable is required for
Ultra ATA/66, the chip set pin connector remains the same
at 40. Hard drives that support Ultra ATA/66 also support
Ultra ATA/33 and legacy ATA (IDE) specifications.
There are four requirements for attaining Ultra ATA/66:
Figure 2-11. Photo of an
*The drive must support Ultra ATA/66.
Ultra ATA/66 Conductor
*The motherboard and system BIOS (or an add-in
controller) must support Ultra ATA/66.
*The operating system must support Direct Memory Access (DMA); Microsoft Windows
98 and Windows 95B (OSR2) support DMA.
*The cable must be an 80-pin conductor. The length should not exceed 18 inches. If all of
the above requirements are met, you can enjoy the Ultra ATA/66 features of your computer
system.
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How to install the Ultra ATA/66 Cable Assembly:
% The BLUE connector MUST be plugged
into the motherboard or your system will not
work.
% Each connector on the Ultra ATA/66
cable assembly has a small polarization tab
centrally located on the body of the plastic.
This fits into the matching slot on the mating
plugs on the motherboard and the drives,
thus assuring positive mating (pin #1 to pin
#1)
% The red line on the cable should be
aligned with pin #1. On the drives this will
result in the red line facing the power
connector. Attach the BLUE connector to
the appropriate 40 pin IDE plug on the motherboard.
Figure 2-12. How to connect an ATA/66
Cable to the Motherboard
% Attach the BLACK connector to the mating plug on the master hard drive. Attach the
GREY connector to the mating plug on the slave drive (secondary hard drive, CD-ROM,
or tape drive). Please refer figure 2-12.
Figure 2-13. VL6 back panel connectors
Figure 2-13 shows the VL6 back panel connectors, these connectors are for connection to
outside devices to the motherboard. We will describe which devices will attach to these
connectors below.
KM1 Lower: PS/2 Keyboard Connector
Attach a PS/2 keyboard connector to this 6pin Din-connector. If you use an AT
keyboard, you can go to a computer store to
purchase an AT to ATX converter adapter,
then you can connect your AT keyboard to
this connector. We suggest you use a PS/2
keyboard for best compatibility.
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KM1 Upper: PS/2 Mouse Connector
Attach a PS/2 mouse to this 6-pin Dinconnector.
USB Port Connectors
This motherboard provides two USB ports.
Attach the USB connector from the
individual device to these connectors.
You can attach USB devices such as a,
scanner, digital speakers, monitor, mouse,
keyboard, hub, digital camera, joystick etc. to one of each USB connector. You must make
sure your operating system supports this feature and you may need to install an additional
driver for individual devices. Please refer to your device user’s manual for detailed
information.
Serial Port COM1 & COM2 Port Connector
This motherboard provides two COM ports,
you can connect an external modem, mouse
or other devices that support this
communication
protocol
to
these
connectors.
You can decide which external devices you
want to connect to COM1 and COM2. Each
COM port can only have one device
connected at a time.
Parallel Port Connector
This parallel port is also called an “LPT”
port, because it usually connects to the
printer. You can connect other devices that
support this communication protocol, like
an EPP/ECP scanner, etc.
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Line Out, Line In and Mic In Connector
Line Out connector: You can connect an
external stereo speaker signal input plug to
this connector, or you can connect the plug
from here to the stereo audio equipment
AUX signal input socket. Remember, the
motherboard does not have a built in
amplifier to drive the speaker. You must use
a speaker that has a built in amplifier.
Otherwise, you may not be able to hear any
sound or only a small volume of sound from
the speaker.
Line In Connector: You can connect the
TV adapter audio output signal, or external
audio sources, like a CD walkman, video
camcorder, VHS recorder audio output
signal plug to this connector. Your audio
software can control the input level for the line-in signal.
Mic In Connector: You can connect the plug from the microphone to
this connector. Do not connect other audio (or signal) sources to this
connector.
MIDI/GAME Port Connector
You can connect your joystick, game pad, or
other simulation hardware device DIN 15pin plugs to this connector. Please refer to
the further connection notes of the device’s
user's manual for further detailed
information.
Note
This chapter contains many color drawing diagram and photos, we strongly recommend
you to read this chapter use the PDF file we gave you that store in the CD-Title. It will
provide you the better look and clearly color identify.
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Introduction of the BIOS
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Chapter 3. Introducing the BIOS
The BIOS is a program located on a Flash Memory chip on the motherboard. This program
will not be lost when you turn the computer off. This program is also referred to as the boot
program. It is the only channel the hardware circuit has to communicate with the operating
system. Its main function is to manage the setup of the motherboard and interface card
parameters, including simple parameters such as time, date, hard disk drive, as well as more
complex parameters such as hardware synchronization, device operating mode, CPU SOFT
MENU™ II features and setup of CPU speed. The computer will operate normally, or will
operate at its best, only if all of these parameters are correctly configured through the BIOS.
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Don’t change the parameters inside the BIOS unless you fully understand
their meanings and consequences
The parameters inside the BIOS are used to setup the hardware synchronization or the
device-operating mode. If the parameters are not correct, they will produce errors, the
computer will crash, and sometimes you will even not be able to boot the computer after
it has crashed. We recommend that you do not change the parameters inside the BIOS
unless you are very familiar with them. If you are not able to boot your computer
anymore, please refer to the section “Erase CMOS data” in Chapter 2.
When you start the computer, the BIOS program controls it. The BIOS first operates an
auto-diagnostic test called POST (Power On Self Test) for all of the necessary hardware. It
then configures the parameters of the hardware synchronization, and detects all of the
hardware. Only when these tasks are completed does it give up control of the computer to
the program to the next level, which is the operating system (OS). Since the BIOS is the only
channel for hardware and software to communicate, it is the key factor for system stability,
and in insuring that your system performs at its best. After the BIOS has achieved the
auto-diagnostic and auto-detection operations, it will display the following message:
PRESS DEL TO ENTER SETUP
The message will be displayed for three to five seconds, if you press the <Del> key, you will
access the BIOS Setup menu. At that moment, the BIOS will display the following screen:
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Figure 3-1. CMOS Setup Utility
In the BIOS Setup main menu of Figure 3-1, you can see several options. We will explain
these options step by step in the following pages of this chapter, but let us first see a short
description of the function keys you may use here:
! Press Esc to quit the BIOS Setup.
! Press ↑↓←→ (up, down, left, right) to choose, in the main menu, the option you want
to confirm or to modify.
! Press F10 when you have completed the setup of BIOS parameters to save these
parameters and to exit the BIOS Setup menu.
! Press Page Up/Page Down or +/- keys when you want to modify the BIOS parameters for
the active option.
Computer Knowledge: CMOS Data
Maybe you have heard somebody saying that his or her CMOS DATA was lost. What is
the CMOS? Is it important? The CMOS is the memory used to store the BIOS
parameters that you have configured. This memory is passive. You can read its data, and
you can also store data in it. But this memory has to be powered by a battery, in order to
avoid any loss of its data when the computer is turned off. Since you may have to change
the CMOS battery when it is out of power and if doing so, you will loose all CMOS data,
therefore, we recommend that you write down all the parameters of your hardware, or to
put a label with these parameters on your hard disk.
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3-1. CPU Setup [SOFT MENU™ II]
The CPU can be setup through a programmable switch (CPU SOFT MENU™ II), that
replaces the traditional manual hardware configuration. This feature allows the user to more
easily complete the installation procedures. You can install the CPU without configuring any
jumpers or switches. The CPU must be setup according to its specifications.
In the first option, you can press <Enter> at any time to display all the items that can be
chosen for that option.
Figure 3-2. CPU SOFT MENU™ II
CPU Name Is:
➤ Intel Celeron MMX
➤ Intel Pentium III MMX
CPU Operating Speed:
This option sets the CPU speed. In this field, the CPU speed is indicated like this: CPU
speed = External clock * Multiplier factor, select the CPU speed according the type and the
speed of your CPU. For Intel Pentium® III and Celeron™ MMX processors, you can choose
the following settings:
➤300 (66)
➤333 (66)
➤366 (66)
➤400 (66)
➤400 (100)
➤433 (66)
➤450 (100)
➤466 (66)
➤500(66)
➤500 (100)
➤533 (66)
➤533 (133)
➤550 (100)
➤566 (66)
➤600 (66)
➤600 (100)
➤600 (133)
➤650 (100)
➤667 (66)
➤667 (133)
➤700 (66)
➤700 (100)
➤733 (133)
➤750 (100)
➤800 (100)
➤800 (133)
➤850 (100)
➤866 (133)
➤900 (100)
➤933 (133)
➤1000 (133)
➤User Define
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User defined external clock and multiplier factor:
➤ User Defined
$$$$
Warning
$$$$
The wrong settings of the multiplier and external clock in certain circumstances may
cause CPU damage. Setting the working frequency higher than the PCI chipset or
processor specs, may cause abnormal memory module functioning, system hangs, hard
disk drive data lose, abnormal functioning of the VGA card, or abnormal functioning
with other add-on cards. Using non-specification settings for your CPU is not the
intention of this explanation. These should be used for engineering testing, not for
normal applications.
If you use non-specification settings for normal operation, your system may not be
stable, and may effect system reliability. Also, we do not guarantee the stability and
compatibility for settings that are not within specification, and any damage of any
elements on the motherboard or peripherals, is not our responsibility.
✏ Ext. Clock (PCI):
➤66MHz (1/2)
➤140MHz (1/4)
➤120MHz (1/3)
➤75MHz (1/2)
➤100MHz (1/3)
➤133MHz (1/4)
➤150MHz(1/4)
➤105MHz (1/3)
➤110MHz (1/3)
➤115MHz (1/3)
➤112MHz (1/3)
➤103MHz (1/3)
➤83MHz (1/2)
➤124MHz (1/3)
Note
CPU bus speed above 66MHz/100MHz/133MHz supported but not guaranteed due to
the PCI, processor and chipset specs.
✏ Multiplier Factor:
You can choose the following multiplier factors:
➤2
➤ 2.5
➤3
➤ 3.5 ➤ 4
➤ 4.5
➤ 6.5
➤7
➤ 7.5 ➤ 8
➤ 8.5 ➤ 9
➤ 11
➤ 11.5 ➤ 12
➤5
➤ 5.5
➤6
➤ 9.5
➤ 10
➤ 10.5
However, differences will exist because of the various brands and types available.
Note
According to Celeron™ PPGA MMX processor types, some Celeron™ PPGA MMX
processors will have the multiplier factor locked and the signal disabled. In this situation,
there is no way to choose a higher multiplier factor.
✏ Speed Error Hold:
The default setting is “Disabled”. If you change the setting to “Enabled” when the
CPU speed setting is wrong, the system will hold.
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Normally, we do not recommend that you use the “User Define” option to setup CPU
speed and multiplier factors. This option is for setup of future CPUs whose
specifications are still unknown. The specifications of all present CPUs are included
in the default settings. Unless you are very familiar with all CPU parameters, it is
very easy to make mistakes when you define the external clock and the multiplier
factor by yourself.
Solution in case of booting problem due to invalid clock setup:
Normally, if the CPU clock setup is wrong, you will not be able to boot. In this case, turn the
system off then on again. The CPU will automatically use its standard parameters to boot.
You can then enter the BIOS Setup again and set up the CPU clock. If you can’t enter the
BIOS setup, you must try turning the system on a few times (3~4 times) or press
“INSERT“ key when turning on and the system will automatically use its standard
parameters to boot. You can then enter BIOS SETUP again and set up the new parameters.
When you change your CPU:
This motherboard has been designed in such a way that you can turn the system on after
having inserted a CPU in the socket without having to configure any jumpers or DIP
switches. But if you change your CPU, normally you just have to turn off the power supply,
change the CPU and then, set up the CPU parameters through SOFT MENU™ II. However,
if the new CPU is slower than the old one (and is same brand and type), we offer you two
methods to successfully complete the CPU change operation.
Method 1: Setup up the CPU for the lowest speed for its brand. Turn the power supply off
and change the CPU. Then turn the system on again, and set up the CPU
parameters through SOFT MENU™ II.
Method 2: Since you have to open the computer case when you change the CPU, it could be
a good idea to use the CCMOS jumper to erase the parameters of the original
CPU and to enter BIOS Setup to set up CPU parameters again.
Attention
After setting up the parameters and leaving the BIOS SETUP, and having verified that
the system can be booted, do not press the Reset button or turn off the power supply.
Otherwise the BIOS will not read correctly, the parameters will fail and you must enter
SOFT MENU™ II again to set up the parameters all over again.
CPU Power Supply:
This option allows you to switch between CPU default and user-defined voltages.
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➤CPU Default: The system will detect the CPU type and select the proper voltage
automatically. When it is enabled, the option “Core Voltage” will show
the current voltage setting that is defined by the CPU and this will not be
changeable. We recommend using this CPU default setting and not
changing it unless the current CPU type and voltage setting can not be
detected or is not correct.
➤User Define:
This option lets the user select the voltage manually. You can change
values of the “Core Voltage” option lists by using the Page Up and Page
Down keys.
Spread Spectrum:
Two options are available: Disabled ' Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. For EMC
(Electro-Magnetic Compatibility Test) testing you may need to adjust these options for
optimal results, we do not recommend you change the default, except for special reasons.
Some values you select may cause system instability under some situations, please be
careful.
CPU Hardwired IOQ:
Two options are available: 1 Level ' 4 Level. The default setting is 4 Level. This option
will effect the pipeline depth between the processor and chipset Choose level 4 to get faster
performance, and level 1 to get better stability.
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3-2. Standard CMOS Features Setup Menu
This contains the basic configuration parameters of the BIOS. These parameters include
date, hour, VGA card, FDD and HDD settings.
Figure 3-3A. Standard CMOS Setup Screen Shot
Date (mm:dd:yy):
You can set the date in this item: month (mm), date (dd) and year (yy).
Time (hh:mm:ss):
You can set the time in this item: hour (hh), minute (mm) and second (ss).
IDE Primary Master / Slave and IDE Secondary Master / Slave:
These items have a sub-menu to let you choose further options. You can refer to figure 3-3B
to check what options are available.
Figure 3-3B. IDE Primary Master Setup Screen Shot
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IDE HDD Auto-Detection:
Press the Enter key for the BIOS to auto detect all detailed parameters of the hard disk
drivers (HDD). If auto detection is successful, the correct values will be shown in the
remaining items of this menu.
Note
( A new IDE HDD must be first formatted, otherwise it can not read/write. The basic
step in using a HDD is to make a HDD low-level format, then run FDISK, and then
FORMAT the drive. Most current HDDs have already been subjected to low-level
format at the factory, so you can probably skip this operation. Remember though, the
primary IDE HDD must have its partition set to active within the FDISK procedure.
) If you are using an old HDD that is already formatted, auto detection can not detect
the correct parameters. You may need to do a low-level format or set the parameters
manually, and then check if the HDD is working.
IDE Primary Master:
Three settings are available: Auto, Manual and None. If you choose Auto, the BIOS will
automatically check what kind hard disk you are using. If you want to set the HDD
parameters yourself, make sure you fully understand the meaning of the parameters, and be
sure to refer to the manual provided by the HDD manufacture to get the settings right.
Access Mode:
Since old operating systems were only able to support HDDs with capacities no bigger than
528MB, any hard disk with more than 528MB was unusable. AWARD BIOS features a
solution to this problem: you can, according to your operating system, choose four operating
modes: NORMAL ' LBA ' LARGE 'Auto.
The HDD auto detection option in the sub-menu will automatically detect the parameters of
your hard disk and the mode supported.
➤ Auto:
Just let the BIOS detect your HDD access mode and make the decisions.
➤ Normal mode:
Standard normal mode supports hard disks of up to 528MB or less. This mode directly
uses positions indicated by Cylinders (CYLS), Heads, and Sectors to access data.
➤ LBA (Logical Block Addressing) mode:
The earlier LBA mode can support HDD capacities of up to 8.4GB, and this mode uses a
different method to calculate the position of disk data to be accessed. It translates
Cylinders (CYLS), Heads and Sectors into a logical address where data is located. The
Cylinders, Heads, and Sectors displayed in this menu do not reflect the actual structure
of the hard disk, they are just reference values used to calculate actual positions.
Currently, all high capacity hard disks support this mode, that’s why we recommend you
use this mode. Currently, the BIOS can support the INT 13h extension function,
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enabling the LBA mode to support hard disk drive capacities exceeding 8.4GB.
➤ Large Mode:
When the number of cylinders (CYLs) of the hard disk exceeds 1024 and DOS is not
able to support it, or if your operating system does not support LBA mode, you should
select this mode.
Capacity:
This item auto displays your HDD size. Note that this size is usually slightly greater than the
size given by a disk checking program of a formatted disk.
Note
All the items below are available when you set the item Primary IDE Master to Manual.
Cylinder:
When disks are placed directly above one another along the shaft, the circular vertical
"slice" consisting of all the tracks located in a particular position is called a cylinder. You
can set the number of cylinders for a HDD. The minimum number you can enter is 0, the
maximum number you can enter is 65536.
Head:
This is the tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to create and read back the
magnetic patterns on the disk (also called the read/write head). You can configure the
number of read/write heads. The minimum number you can enter is 0, the maximum number
you can enter is 255.
Precomp:
The minimum number you can enter is 0, the maximum number you can enter is 65536.
Warning
Setting a value of 65536 means no hard disk exists.
Landing Zone:
This is a non-data area on the disk's inner cylinder where the heads can rest when the power
is turned off. The minimum number you can enter is 0, the maximum number you can enter
is 65536.
Sector:
The minimum segment of track length that can be assigned to stored data. Sectors usually
are grouped into blocks or logical blocks that function as the smallest units of data permit.
You can configure this item to sectors per track. The minimum number you can enter is 0,
the maximum number you can enter is 255.
Driver A & Driver B:
If you have installed the floppy disk drive here, then you can select the type of floppy drive
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it can support. Six options are available: None'360K, 5.25 in. ' 1.2M, 5.25in. ' 720K,
3.5 in. ' 1.44M, 3.5 in. ' 2.88M, 3.5 in.
Floppy 3 Mode Support:
Four options are available: Disabled ' Driver A ' Driver B ' Both. The default setting is
Disabled. 3 Mode floppy disk drives (FDD) are 3 1/2” drives used in Japanese computer
systems. If you need to access data stored in this kind of floppy, you must select this mode,
and of course you must have a 3 Mode floppy drive.
Video:
You can select the VGA modes for your video adapter, four options are available:
EGA/VGA ' CGA 40 ' CGA 80 ' MONO. The default setting is EGA/VGA.
Halt On:
You can select which type of error will cause the system to halt. Five options are available:
All Errors ' No Errors ' All, But Keyboard ' All, But Diskette ' All, But Disk/Key.
You can see your system memory list in the lower right box, it shows the Base Memory,
Extended Memory and total Memory size configurations in your system. It is detected by the
system during boot-up procedure.
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3-3. Advanced BIOS Features Setup Menu
In each item, you can press <Enter> at any time to display all the options for this item.
Attention
Advanced BIOS Features Setup Menu has already been set for maximum operation. If
you do not really understand each of the options in this menu, we recommend you use
the default values.
Figure 3-4A. Advanced BIOS Features Setup Upper Screen
Figure 3-4B. Advanced BIOS Features Setup Lower Screen
Virus Warning:
This item can be set to Enabled or Disabled, the default setting being Disabled.
When this feature is enabled, if there is any attempt from a software or an application to
access the boot sector or the partition table, the BIOS will warn you that a boot virus is
attempting to access the hard disk.
CPU Level 1 Cache:
This item is used to enable or to disable the CPU level 1 cache. When the cache is set to
Disabled it is much slower, so the default setting for this item is Enabled since it will speed
up memory access. Some old and very poorly written programs will make the computer
malfunction or crash if the system speed is too high. In this case, you should disable this
feature. The default setting is Enabled.
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CPU Level 2 Cache:
This item is used to enable or to disable the CPU level 2 cache. When the external cache is
enable, it will speed up memory access, and the system works faster. The default setting is
Enabled.
CPU L2 Cache ECC Checking:
This item is used to enable or to disable the CPU level 2 cache ECC checking function. The
default setting is Enabled.
Processor Number Feature
This feature can let the program read the data inside your processor. This feature only works
with Intel® Pentium® III processors. When you install a Pentium® III processor on your
motherboard and boot your system, this item will appear in the BIOS.
Two items will be available: Enabled and Disabled. When you choose Enabled, the specific
program can read your processor's serial number. When you choose Disabled it will not
allow the program to read your processor's serial number. The default setting is Enabled.
Quick Power On Self Test:
After the computer has been powered on, the BIOS of the motherboard will run a series of
tests in order to check the system and its peripherals. If the Quick Power on Self-Test feature
is enable, the BIOS will simplify the test procedures in order to speed up the boot process.
The default setting is Enabled.
First Boot Device:
When the computer boots up, the BIOS attempts to load the operating system from the
devices in the sequence selected in these items: floppy disk drive A, LS/ZIP devices, hard
drive C, SCSI hard disk drive or CD-ROM. There are ten options for the boot sequence that
you can choose (The default setting is Floppy.):
Floppy ' LS120 ' HDD-0 ' SCSI ' CDROM ' HDD-1 ' HDD-2 ' HDD-3 '
ZIP100 ' LAN ' Disabled.
Second Boot Device:
Description is the same as the First Boot Device, the default setting is HDD-0.
Third Boot Device:
Description is same as the First Boot Device, the default setting is LS/ZIP
Boot Other Device:
Two options are available: Enabled or Disabled. The default setting is Enabled. This setting
allows the BIOS to try three kinds of boot devices that set from the above three items.
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Swap Floppy Drive:
This item can be set as Enabled or Disabled. The default setting is Disabled. When this
feature is enabled, you don’t need to open the computer case to swap the position of floppy
disk drive connectors. Drive A can be set as drive B and drive B can be set as drive A.
Boot Up Floppy Seek:
When the computer boots up, the BIOS detects if the system has a FDD or not. When this
item is enable, if the BIOS detects no floppy drive, it will display a floppy disk drive error
message. If this item is disabled, the BIOS will skip this test. The default setting is Disabled.
Boot Up NumLock Status:
➤ On: At boot up, the Numeric Keypad is in numeric mode. (Default Settings)
➤ Off: At boot up, the Numeric Keypad is in cursor control mode.
Typematic Rate Setting:
This item allows you to adjust the keystroke repeat rate. When set to Enabled, you can set
the two keyboard typematic controls that follow (Typematic Rate and Typematic Rate
Delay). If this item is set to Disabled, the BIOS will use the default setting. The default
setting is Enabled.
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec):
When you press a key continuously, the keyboard will repeat the keystroke according to the
rate you have set (Unit: characters/second). Eight options are available: 6 ' 8 ' 10 ' 12
' 15 ' 20 ' 24 ' 30 ' Back to 6. The default setting is 30.
Typematic Delay (Msec):
When you press a key continuously, if you exceed the delay you have set here, the keyboard
will automatically repeat the keystroke according to a certain rate (Unit: milliseconds). Four
options are available: 250 ' 500 ' 750 ' 1000 ' Back to 250. The default setting is 250.
Security Option:
This option can be set to System or Setup. The default setting is Setup. After you have
created a password through PASSWORD SETTING, this option will deny access to your
system (System) or modification of computer setup (BIOS Setup) by unauthorized users.
➤SYSTEM: When you choose System, a password is required each time the computer
boots up. If the correct password is not given, the system will not start.
➤SETUP:
When you choose Setup, a password is required only when accessing the
BIOS Setup. If you have not set a password in the PASSWORD SETTING
option, this option is not available.
To disable security, select Set Password at main menu and then you will be asked to enter
password. Do not type anything and just press the Enter key and it will disable security.
Once security is disabled, the system will boot and you can enter the BIOS setup menu freely
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Notice
Don’t forget your password. If you forget the password, you will have to open the
computer case and clear all information in the CMOS before you can start up the system.
But by doing this, you will have to reset all previously set options.
OS Select For DRAM > 64MB:
When the system memory is bigger than 64MB, the communication method between the
BIOS and the operating system will differ from one operating system to another. If you use
OS/2, select OS2; if you are using another operating system, select Non-OS2. The default
setting is Non-OS2.
Report No FDD For WIN 95:
When using Windows® 95 without a floppy drive, please set this item to Yes. Otherwise, set
it to No. The default setting is No.
Video BIOS Shadow:
This option is used to define whether the BIOS on the video card uses the shadow feature or
not. You should set this option to Enabled, otherwise the display performance of the system
will greatly decrease.
Shadowing address ranges:
This option allows you to decide if the ROM BIOS area of an interface card at a specific
address uses the shadow feature or not. If you have no interface card using this memory
block, don’t enable this option.
You have six address ranges you can select:
C8000-CBFFF Shadow, CC000-CFFFF Shadow, D0000-D3FFF Shadow, D4000-D7FFF
Shadow, D8000-DBFFF Shadow, DC000-DFFFF Shadow.
Computer Knowledge: SHADOW
What is the SHADOW? The BIOS of standard video or interface cards is stored in ROM,
and it is often very slow. With the Shadow feature, the CPU reads the BIOS on the VGA
card and copies it into RAM. When the CPU runs this BIOS, the operation is speeded up.
Delay IDE Initial (Sec):
This item is used to support some old models or special types of hard disks or CD-ROMs.
They may need a longer amount of time to initialize and prepare for activation. Since the
BIOS may not detect those kinds of devices during system booting. You can adjust the value
to fit such devices. Larger values will give more delay time to the device. The minimum
number you can enter is 0, the maximum number you can enter is 15. The default setting is
0. For best system performance, we strongly suggest you to set it to 0.
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3-4. Advanced Chipset Features Setup Menu
The Chipset Features Setup Menu is used to modify the contents of the buffers in the chipset
on the motherboard. Since the parameters of the buffers are closely related to hardware, if
the setup is not correct or is false, the motherboard will become unstable or you will not be
able to boot up. If you don’t know the hardware very well, use default values (i.e. use the
LOAD SETUP DEFAULTS option).
Figure 3-5A. Advanced Chipset Features Setup Upper Screen
Figure 3-5B. Advanced Chipset Features Setup Lower Screen
You can use the arrow keys to move between the items. Use PgUP, PgDn, + or - key to
change the values. When you have finished setting up the chipset, press ESC to go back to
the main menu.
Note
The parameters in this screen are for system designers, service personnel, and
technically competent users only. Do not reset these values unless you understand the
consequences of your changes.
Bank 0/1, 2/3, 4/5 DRAM Timing:
The DRAM timing of Bank 0/1, 2/3, 4/5 in this field is set by the motherboard manufacturer,
depending on whether memory module preset. For end users, we do not suggest that you to
change the setting. Except when you actually know what kind memory module you use.
The Choice: SDRAM 10ns ' SDRAM 8ns ' Normal ' Medium ' Fast ' Turbo '
Back to SDRAM 10ns. The default setting is SDRAM 10ns.
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DRAM Bank Interleave:
Four options are available: Auto ' Disabled ' 2-Way ' 4-Way. The default setting is
Auto. Depending on your SDRAM module structure, the 4-Way setting can make the
performance best. If you choose the wrong setting, the computer system will not run in a
stable manner. For detailed information on your SDRAM module, please ask your SDRAM
module manufacturer.
Delay DRAM Read Latch:
Five options are available: Auto ' No Delay ' 0.5ns ' 1.0ns ' 1.5ns. The default
setting is Auto. This option can increase the DRAM signal strength to give you better
compatibility for DRAM modules.
SDRAM Cycle Length:
Two options are available: 2 or 3. This option sets the CAS latency timing. of the DRAM
system memory access cycle when SDRAM system memory is installed on the motherboard.
The default setting is 3.
DRAM Clock:
Two options are available: Host CLK or 66 MHz. The default setting is Host CLK. This
option is used to set the working speed of SDRAM same as CPU working frequency, or keep
it at 66 MHz.
Memory Hole:
Two options are available: Disabled or 15M - 16M. The default setting is Disabled. This
option is used to free up the memory block 15M-16M. Some special peripherals need to use
a memory block located between 15M and 16M, and this memory block has a size of 1M.
We recommend that you disable this option.
Read Around Write
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. This item is
designed for DRAM optimization feature. If a memory read is addressed to a location whose
latest write is being held in a buffer before being written to memory, the read is satisfied
through the buffer contents, and the read is not sent to the DRAM
Concurrent PCI/Host
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. When
disable, CPU bus will be occupied during the entire PCI operation period.
System BIOS Cacheable:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. When you
select Enabled, you get faster system BIOS executing speed via the L2 cache.
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Video RAM Cacheable:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. When you
select Enabled, you get faster video RAM executing speed via the L2 cache. You must check
your VGA adapter manual to find out if any compatibility problems will occur.
AGP Aperture Size:
Six options are available: 16M ' 32M ' 64M ' 128M ' 256M ' Back to 16M. The
default setting is 64M. This option specifies the amount of system memory that can be used
by the AGP device. The aperture is a portion of the PCI memory address range dedicated for
graphics memory address space. Host cycles that hit the aperture range are forwarded to the
AGP without any translation. See www.agpforum.org for AGP information.
AGP-2X Mode:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. If you use
the older AGP adapter that does not support AGP 2X mode, you need to set this item to
Disabled.
CPU to PCI Write Buffer:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. When
enabled, up to four words of data can be written to the PCI bus without interrupting the CPU.
When disabled, a write buffer is not used and the CPU read cycle will not be completed until
the PCI bus signals that it is ready to receive the data. Because the CPU speed running faster
than PCI bus, the CPU must wait as the PCI bus receives data before starting each write
cycle.
PCI Dynamic Bursting:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. When
Enabled, every write transaction goes to the write buffer. Burstable transactions then burst
on the PCI bus and nonburstable transactions don’t. Which means, when you set to disabled,
if the write transaction is a burst transaction, the information go to the write buffer and burst
transfers are perform on the PCI bus later. If the transaction is not a burst transaction, PCI
write will occur immediately. (it will active after a write buffer flush)
PCI Master 0 WS Write:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. When
Enabled, writes to the PCI bus are executed with zero wait states (immediately), when PCI
bus is ready to receive data. If disabled , the system will wait one state before data is written
to the PCI bus.
PCI Delay Transaction:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. The chipset
has an embedded 32-bit posted write buffer to support delay transactions cycles. Select
Enabled to support compliance with PCI specification version 2.1.
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PCI#2 Access #1 Retry:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. This item
allows you enable/disable the PCI #2 Access #1 Retry. When you set the PCI#2 Access#1 to
Enabled, the AGP bus will attempt to access the PCI bus at a limited time period before
being disconnected. When you set it to Disabled, the AGP bus will try to access the PCI bus
until it successfully accesses the PCI bus.
AGP Master 1 WS Write:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. This
implements a single delay when writing to the AGP Bus. When you set it to Disabled, twowait states are used by the system, allowing for greater stability.
AGP Master 1 WS Read:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. This
implements a single delay when reading to the AGP Bus. By default, two-wait states are
used by the system, allowing for greater stability.
OnChip Sound:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. Because this
motherboard had built-in the Audio CODEC, so we set this item to Auto. If you want to use
the other sound card with this motherboard, you have to disable this item.
OnChip Modem:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. As this
motherboard can use the modem riser card, you need to set it to “Enabled” in order to auto
detect the device. If you want to use the other internal modem card with this motherboard,
you have to disable this item.
Memory Parity/ECC Check:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. This item
can allow BIOS to check memory is parity/ECC module or not.
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3-5. Integrated Peripherals
In this menu, you can change the onboard I/O device, I/O port address and other hardware
settings.
Figure 3-6A. Integrated Peripherals Menu Upper Screen
Figure 3-6B. Integrated Peripherals Menu Lower Screen
Onboard IDE-1 Controller:
The onboard IDE 1 controller can be set as Enabled or Disabled.
✏ Master Drive PIO Mode:
➤Auto: The BIOS can auto-detect the transfer mode of the IDE devices in order to set
its data transfer rate. (Default)
You can select the PIO mode from 0 to 4 of the IDE devices in order to set its data
transfer rate.
✏ Slave Drive PIO Mode:
➤Auto: The BIOS can auto-detect the transfer mode of the IDE devices in order to set
its data transfer rate. (Default)
You can select the PIO mode from 0 to 4 of the IDE devices in order to set its data
transfer rate.
✏ Master Drive Ultra DMA:
Ultra DMA is a DMA data transfer protocol that utilizes ATA commands and the ATA
bus to allow DMA commands to transfer data at a maximum burst rate of 66 MB/sec.
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➤Auto:
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When you select Auto, the system automatically determines the optimal
data transfer rate for each IDE device. (Default)
➤Disabled: If you encounter the problem of using Ultra DMA devices, you can try to
Disable this item.
✏ Slave Drive Ultra DMA:
➤Auto:
When you select Auto, the system automatically determines the optimal
data transfer rate for each IDE device. (Default)
➤Disabled: If you encounter the problem of using Ultra DMA devices, you can try to
Disable this item.
Onboard IDE-2 Controller:
The onboard IDE-2 controller can be set at Enabled or Disabled.
✏ Master Drive PIO Mode:
➤Auto: The BIOS can auto-detect the transfer mode of the IDE devices in order to set
its data transfer rate. (Default)
You can select the PIO mode from 0 to 4 of the IDE devices in order to set its data
transfer rate.
✏ Slave Drive PIO Mode:
➤Auto: The BIOS can auto-detect the transfer mode of the IDE devices in order to set
its data transfer rate. (Default)
You can select the PIO mode from 0 to 4 of the IDE devices in order to set its data
transfer rate.
✏ Master Drive Ultra DMA: Ultra DMA is a DMA data transfer protocol that utilizes ATA
commands and the ATA bus to allow DMA commands to transfer data at a maximum
burst rate of 66 MB/sec.
➤Auto:
When you select Auto, the system automatically determines the optimal
data transfer rate for each IDE device. (Default)
➤Disabled: If you encounter a problem using Ultra DMA devices, you can try to
Disable this item.
✏ Slave Drive Ultra DMA:
➤Auto:
When you select Auto, the system automatically determines the optimal
data transfer rate for each IDE device. (Default)
➤Disabled: If you encounter the problem of using Ultra DMA devices, you can try to
Disable this item.
PIO MODE 0~4 reflects the IDE device data transfer rate. The higher the MODE value is,
the better is the IDE device data transfer rate. But it does not mean that you can select the
highest MODE value just as you like, you first have to be sure that your IDE device supports
this MODE, otherwise the hard disk will not be able to operate normally.
IDE Prefetch Mode:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. The onboard
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IDE drive interfaces supports IDE prefetching, for faster drive accesses. If you install a
primary and/or secondary add-in IDE interface, set this field to Disabled if the interface does
not support prefetching.
Init Display First:
Two options are available: PCI Slot or AGP. The default setting is AGP. When you install
more than one display cards, you can choose either a PCI display card (PCI Slot) or an AGP
display card (AGP) to activate the display boot-up screen. If you only installed one display
card, the BIOS will detect which slot (AGP or PCI) you installed it, in then everything will
be take care of by the BIOS.
USB Controller:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. This should
be enabled if your system has a USB installed on the system board and you wish to use it.
Even when so equipped, if you add a higher performance controller, you will need to disable
this feature. If you choose disable this item, the “USB Keyboard Support” item will
disappear in Chipset Features Setup menu.
✏ USB Keyboard Support: Two options are available: BIOS and OS. The default setting
is OS. If your operating system supports a USB keyboard, please set it to OS. Only in
some situations, such as in a pure DOS environment that does not support a USB
keyboard, should you set it to BIOS.
IDE HDD Block Mode:
This item can be set as Enabled or Disabled.
Most of new hard disk drives (IDE drives) support multi-sector transfers. This feature
speeds up hard disk drive access performance and reduces the time necessary to access data.
When this item is enabled, the BIOS will automatically detect if your hard disk drive
supports this feature or not, and will choose the right settings for you. (The default is
Enabled)
Onboard FDD Controller:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. This is set to
Enabled or Disabled the Onboard FDD Controller. If you add a higher performance
controller, you will need to disable this feature.
Onboard Serial Port 1:
This item allows you to determine access onboard serial port 1 controller with which I/O
address. Six options are available: Auto ' Disabled ' 3F8/IRQ4 ' 2F8/IRQ3 '
3E8/IRQ4 ' 2E8/IRQ3 ' Back to Auto. The default setting is 3F8/IRQ4.
Onboard Serial Port 2:
This item allows you to determine access onboard serial port 2 controller with which I/O
address. Six options are available: Auto ' Disabled ' 3F8/IRQ4 ' 2F8/IRQ3 '
3E8/IRQ4 ' 2E8/IRQ3 ' Back to Auto. The default setting is 2F8/IRQ3.
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If you choose “Disabled”, then item “Onboard IR Function” will disappear.
Onboard IR Function:
Three options are available: Disabled ' HPSIR ' ASKIR (Amplitude Shift Keyed IR).
The default setting is Disabled.
When you select the item HPSIR or ASKIR, then the following two items will appear.
✏ IR Function Duplex: Two options are available: Half or Full. The default setting is Half.
Select the value required by the IR device connected to the IR port. Full-duplex mode
permits simultaneous two-direction transmission. Half-duplex mode permits
transmission in one direction only at a time.
✏ TX, RX inverting enable: Four options are available: No, Yes ' Yes, No ' Yes, Yes
' No, No. This item allows you to determine the active of RxD, TxD.
Note
The setting for item “TX, RX inverting”, also called “RxD, TxD Active”, allows you to
determine the activity of RxD, TxD. We set it fixed to “No, Yes”. If your motherboard
BIOS uses ‘Hi’ and ‘Lo’ to represent this item, you should set it to the same setting as the
VL6. This means that you should set it to “Hi, Lo” in order to match the transfer and
receiving speed. If you fail to do so, you will not get an IR connection between the VL6
and the other computer.
Onboard Parallel Port:
Four options are available: 378/IRQ7 ' 278/IRQ5 ' Disabled ' 3BC/IRQ7. The default
setting is 378/IRQ7. Select a logical LPT port name and matching address for the physical
parallel (printer) port.
Onboard Parallel Mode:
Four options are available: Normal ' EPP ' ECP ' ECP/EPP. Default is Normal mode.
Select an operating mode for the onboard parallel (printer) port. Normal (SPP, Standard
Parallel Port), EPP (Extended Parallel Port), ECP (Extended Capabilities Port) or ECP plus
EPP.
Select Normal unless you are certain your hardware and software both support EPP or ECP
mode. According your select the following items will separate show up.
✏ ECP Mode Use DMA: When the mode selected for the onboard parallel port is ECP or
ECP/EPP, the DMA channel selected can be Channel 1 or Channel 3.
✏ Parallel Port EPP Type: Two options are available: EPP1.7 ' EPP1.9. The default
setting is EPP 1.9. When the mode selected for the parallel port mode is EPP, the two
EPP version options are available.
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3-6. Power Management Setup Menu
The difference between Green PCs and traditional computers is that Green PCs have a
power management feature. With this feature, when the computer is powered on but inactive,
the power consumption is reduced in order to save energy. When the computer operates
normally, it is in Normal mode. In this mode, the Power Management Program will control
the access to video, parallel ports, serial ports and drives, and the operating status of the
keyboard, mouse and other device. These are referred to as Power Management Events. In
cases where none of these events occur, the system enters the power saving mode. When one
of the controlled events occurs, the system immediately returns to normal mode and
operates at its maximum speed. Power saving modes can be divided into three modes
according to their power consumption: Doze Mode, Standby Mode, and Suspend Mode. The
four modes proceed in the following sequence:
Normal Mode ===> Doze Mode ===> Standby Mode ===> Suspend Mode
The system consumption is reduced according the following sequence:
Normal
>
Doze >
Standby
>
Suspend
1. In the Main Menu, select "Power Management Setup" and press "Enter". The following
screen is displayed:
Figure 3-7A. Power Management Setup Main Menu
2. Use the arrow keys to go to the item you want to configure. To change the settings, use
PgUP, PgDn, + or - key.
3. After you have configured the Power Management feature, press Esc to go back to the
Main Menu.
We are now going to briefly explain the options in this menu:
ACPI Function (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface):
ACPI gives the operating system direct control over the power management and Plug and
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Play functions of a computer.
If you want ACPI functions to work normally, you should notice two things. One is your
operating system must support ACPI, as of now only Microsoft® Windows® 98 supports
these functions. The second thing is that all devices and add-on cards in your system, must
fully support ACPI, both hardware and software (drivers). If you want to know if your
devices or add-on cards support ACPI or not, please contact the device or add-on card
manufacture for more information. If you want to know more about ACPI specifications,
please go to the address below for more detailed information:
http://www.teleport.com/~acpi/acpihtml/home.htm
ACPI requires an ACPI-aware operating system. ACPI features include:
! Plug and Play (including bus and device enumeration) and APM functionality normally
contained in the BIOS.
! Power management control of individual devices, add-in cards (some add-in cards may
require an ACPI-aware driver), video displays, and hard disk drives.
! A Soft-off feature that enables the operating system to power off the computer.
! Support for multiple wake up events (see Table 3-1).
! Support for a front panel power and sleep mode switch. Table 3-2 describes the system
states based on how long the power switch is pressed, depending on how ACPI is
configured with an ACPI-aware operating system.
Note
If you enable the ACPI function in the BIOS setup, the SMI switch function will not
work.
System States and Power States
Under ACPI, the operating system directs all system and device power state transitions. The
operating system puts devices in and out of low-power states based on user preferences and
knowledge of how devices are being used by applications. Devices that are not being used
can be turned off. The operating system uses information from applications and user settings
to put the system as a whole into a low-power state.
Table 3-1: Wake Up Device and Events
The table below describes which devices or specific events can wake the computer from
specific states.
These device/events can wake up the
computer……
Power switch
RTC alarm
LAN
Modem
IR command
USB
PS/2 keyboard
PS/2 mouse
Sleep button
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Sleeping mode or power off mode
Sleeping mode or power off mode
Sleeping mode or power off mode
Sleeping mode or power off mode
Sleeping mode
Sleeping mode
Sleeping mode
Sleeping mode
Sleeping mode
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Table 3-2: Effect of Pressing the Power Switch
If the system is in this
……and the power switch
state……
is pressed for
Off
Less than four seconds
On
More than four seconds
On
Less than four seconds
Sleep
Less than four seconds
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……the system enters this
state
Power on
Soft off/Suspend
Fail safe power off
Wake up
Power Management:
Figure 3-7B. Power Management Setup Menu
This item allows you to select the type (or degree) of power saving and is directly related to
the following modes:
1. HDD Power Down
2. Doze Mode
3. Suspend Mode
There are three options for power management, three of which have fixed mode settings:
➤ User Define
“User Define” defines the delay for accessing the power modes.
HDD Power Down: Disabled ' 1 Min ' 2 Min ' 3 Min ' 4 Min ' 5 Min ' 6
Min ' 7 Min ' 8 Min ' 9 Hour ' 10 Min ' 11 Min ' 12
Min ' 13 Min ' 14 Min ' 15 Min. The default setting is
Disabled.
Doze Mode:
Disabled ' 1 Min ' 2 Min ' 4 Min ' 6 Min ' 8 Min ' 10
Min ' 20 Min ' 30 Min ' 40 Min ' 1 Hour. The default
setting is Disabled.
Suspend Mode:
Disabled ' 1 Min ' 2 Min ' 4 Min ' 6 Min ' 8 Min ' 10
Min ' 20 Min ' 30 Min ' 40 Min ' 1 Hour. The default
setting is Disabled.
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HDD Power Down:
Sixteen items available: Disable ' 1 Min ' 2 Min '3 Min ' 4 Min' 5 Min ' 6 Min
' 7 Min ' 8 Min '9 Min ' 10 Min ' 11 Min ' 12 Min ' 13 Min ' 14 Min ' 15
Min ' Back to Disable. The default setting is Disable.
If the system has not accessed data on the hard disk drive during the specified time period,
the engine of the HDD will stop in order to save electricity. You can set 1 to 15 minutes or
select Disable according to your use of the HDD.
Doze Mode:
Eleven items are available: Disabled ' 1 Min ' 2 Min ' 4 Min ' 6 Min ' 8 Min ' 10
Min ' 20 Min ' 30 Min ' 40 Min ' 1 Hour ' Back to Disable. The default setting is
Disable.
When the setting selected for "Power Management" is "User Define", you can define for this
mode any delay from 1 minute to 1 hour. If no power management event occurs during this
time period, meaning that the computer is inactive during this period, the system will enter
the Doze power saving mode. If this mode is disabled, the system will enter the next mode in
the sequence (suspend mode).
Suspend Mode:
Eleven items are available: Disabled ' 1 Min ' 2 Min ' 4 Min ' 6 Min ' 8 Min ' 10
Min ' 20 Min ' 30 Min ' 40 Min ' 1 Hour ' Back to Disable. The default setting is
Disable.
When the setting selected for "Power Management" is "User Define", you can define for this
mode any delay from 1 minute to 1 hour. If no power management event occurs during this
time period, meaning the computer is inactive during this period, the system will enter the
Suspend power saving mode. The CPU stops working completely.
If this mode is disabled, the system will not enter the suspend mode.
➤ Min Saving
When these two saving modes are enabled, the system is set up for minimum power
savings.
Doze Mode = 1 Hour
Suspend Mode = 1 Hour
➤ Max Saving
When the two saving modes are enabled, the system is set up for maximum power
savings.
Doze Mode = 1 Min
Suspend Mode = 1 Min
PM Control by APM:
Power Management is completely controlled by the APM.
Two options are available: Yes or No. The default setting is Yes. APM stands for Advanced
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Power Management, it is a power management standard set by Microsoft®, Intel® and other
major manufacturers.
Video Off Option:
Select the saving mode in which the video is switched off.
➤ Always On
The video will never be switched off in the "no power saving" mode.
➤ Suspend * Off
The video will only be switched off in Suspend mode. (Default setting)
➤ All Modes * Off
The video will be switched off in all power saving modes.
Video Off Method:
Three video off methods are available: "Blank Screen", "V/H SYNC + Blank" and "DPMS
Support". The default is "V/H SYNC + Blank".
If this setting does not shut off the screen, select “Blank Screen”. If your monitor and video
card support DMPS standard, select “DPMS Support”.
Modem Use IRQ:
Eight items available: 3 ' 4' 5' 7 ' 9 ' 10 ' 11 ' NA ' Back to 3. The default
setting is NA. You can specify the IRQ for modem use.
Soft-Off by PWRBTN:
Two items available: Instant-Off or Delay 4 Sec. The default setting is Instant-Off. It is
activated when the user presses the power button for more than four seconds while the
system is in the working state, then the system will transition to the soft-off (Power off by
software). This is called the power button over-ride.
State After Power Failure:
Three items are available: Auto ' On ' Off. The default setting is Off. If your computer
power fails or an abnormal power shutdown occurs, the computer will return to either its
previous state, the power on state, or the power off state.
Wake Up Events:
When one of the specified events occurs, the count down for entry into the power saving
mode goes back to zero. Since the computer will enter a power saving mode only after a
specified inactivity delay (time specific for Doze, Standby and Suspend modes) and after
there has been no activity during this time period, any event will cause the computer to recount the time elapsed. Resume events are operations or signals that cause the computer to
resume time counting.
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Figure 3-7C. Wake Up Events Setup Menu
➤ VGA:
Two items available: On or Off. The default setting is Off. When set to On, any event
occurring at a VGA port will awaken a system, which has been powered down.
➤ LPT & COM:
Four items available: LPT/COM ' None ' LPT ' COM. The default setting is
LPT/COM. When set to LPT/COM, any event occurring at a LPT (printer) /COM (serial)
port will awaken a system which has been powered down.
➤ HDD & FDD:
Two items available: On or Off. The default setting is On. When set to On, any event
occurring at a hard disk drive or floppy drive port will awaken a system, which has been
powered down.
➤ PCI Master:
Two items available: On or Off. The default setting is Off. When set to On, any event
occurring at PCI Master signal will awaken a system, which has been powered down.
➤ Wake Up On LAN/Ring:
Two items available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. When set to
Enabled, any event occurring to the LAN/Modem Ring will awaken a system, which has
been powered down.
➤ RTC Alarm Resume:
Two items available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. When
Enabled, your can set the date and time at which the RTC (real-time clock) alarm
awakens the system from Suspend mode.
✏ Date (of Month) / Timer (hh:mm:ss):
You could set the date (of month) and timer (hh:mm:ss), any event occurring at will
awaken a system, which has been powered down.
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IRQs Activity Monitoring
Figure 3-7D. IRQs Activity Monitoring Setup Menu
Primary INTR:
Two items available: On or Off. The default setting is On. When set to On, any event
occurring at below list will awaken a system which has been powered down.
The following is a list of IRQ’s, Interrupt ReQuests, which can be exempted much as the
COM ports and LPT ports above can. When an I/O device wants to gain the attention of the
operating system, it signals by causing an IRQ to occur. When the operating system is ready
to respond to the request, it interrupts itself and performs the service.
As above, the choices are On and Off.
When set On, activity will neither prevent the system from going into a power management
mode nor awaken it. Each item has three options: Primary ' Secondary ' Disabled.
➤ IRQ3 (COM 2 ): The default setting is Primary.
➤ IRQ4 (COM 1): The default setting is Primary.
➤ IRQ5 (LPT 2): The default setting is Primary.
➤ IRQ6 (Floppy Disk) : The default setting is Primary.
➤ IRQ7 (LPT 1): The default setting is Primary.
➤ IRQ8 (RTC Alarm): The default setting is Disabled.
➤ IRQ9 (IRQ2 Redir): The default setting is Secondary.
➤ IRQ10 (Reserved): The default setting is Secondary.
➤
➤
➤
➤
➤
IRQ11 (Reserved): The default setting is Secondary.
IRQ12 (PS/ 2 Mouse): The default setting is Primary.
IRQ13 (Coprocessor): The default setting is Primary.
IRQ14 (Hard Disk): The default setting is Primary.
IRQ15 (Reserved): The default setting is Disabled.
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3-7. PNP/PCI Configurations Setup Menu
In this menu, you can change the INT# and IRQ of the PCI bus and other hardware settings.
Figure 3-8A. PNP/PCI Configurations Setup Menu
PNP OS Installed:
Device resource assigned by PnP OS or BIOS. Two items available: Yes or No. The default
setting is No.
Reset Configuration Data:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Disabled. Normally,
you leave this field Disabled. Select Enabled to reset Extended System Configuration Data
(ESCD) when you exit Setup if you have installed a new add-on and the system
reconfiguration has caused such a serious conflict that the operating system cannot boot.
Computer Knowledge: ESCD (Extended System Configuration Data)
The ESCD contains the IRQ, DMA, I/O port, memory information of the system. This is
a specification and a feature specific to the Plug & Play BIOS.
Resources Controlled By:
When resources are controlled manually, assign each system interrupt as one of the
following types, depending on the type of device using the interrupt:
Legacy ISA devices compliant with the original PC AT bus specification, requiring a specific
interrupt (such as IRQ4 for serial port 1).
PCI/ISA PnP devices compliant with the Plug and Play standard, whether designed for the
PCI or ISA bus architecture.
Two options are available: Auto (ESCD) or Manual. The default setting is Auto (ESCD).
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The Award Plug and Play BIOS has the capability to automatically configure all of the boot
and Plug and Play compatible devices. If you select Auto (ESCD), all of the interrupt
request (IRQ) and DMA assignment fields disappear, as the BIOS automatically assigns
them. But if you have trouble in assigning the interrupt resource automatically, you can
select Manual to set which IRQ and DMA are assigned to PCI/ISA PnP or legacy ISA cards.
Figure 3-8B. IRQ Resources Setup Menu
Figure 3-8C. DMA Resources Setup Menu
PCI /VGA Palette Snoop:
This option allows the BIOS to preview VGA Status, and to modify the information
delivered from the Feature Connector of the VGA card to the MPEG Card. This option can
solve the display inversion to black after you have used the MPEG card.
Assign IRQ For VGA :
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. Name the
interrupt request (IRQ) line assigned to the USB/VGA/ACPI (if any) on your system.
Activity of the selected IRQ always awakens the system.
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You can assign an IRQ for the PCI VGA or Disabled.
Assigned IRQ For USB:
Two options are available: Disabled or Enabled. The default setting is Enabled. If you need
another IRQ to be freed up, you can choose to disable this item, and you can get an IRQ. But
in some situations in Windows® 95 it may cause the USB port to malfunction or have other
problems! Two options are available: Enable or Disable.
INT Pin 1 Assignment ~ INT Pin 4 Assignment:
Eleven options are available: Auto, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15. Default setting is Auto.
This item allows the system to automatically specify the IRQ number for the device installed
on PCI slots. Which means, the system can specify the fixed IRQ number for the device
installed on the PCI slots (PCI slot 1 to PCI slot 5). This is a useful function when you want
to fix the IRQ for a specific device.
For example, if you want to move your hard disk to another computer and don’t want to
re-install Windows® NT, then you can specify the IRQ for the device installed on the new
computer to fit the original computer settings.
Note
If you specify the IRQ in this item, then you cannot specify the same IRQ to the ISA bus,
otherwise, it will cause a hardware conflict.
This feature is for the operating system which will record and fix the PCI configuration
status, if you want to change it.
For the relations between the hardware layout of PIRQ (the signals from the VIA
VT82C686A chipset), INT# (means PCI slot IRQ signals) and devices, please refer to the
table below:
Signals
PCI slot 1
PCI slot 2
PCI slot 3
PCI slot 4
PCI slot 5
INT Pin 1 Assignment
INT A
INT B
INT C
INT D
INT Pin 2 Assignment
INT B
INT C
INT D
INT A
INT Pin 3 Assignment
INT C
INT D
INT A
INT B
INT Pin 4 Assignment
INT D
INT A
INT B
INT C
! USB used INT D.
! Each PCI slot has four INT#s (INT Pin 1 ~ INT Pin 4), and the AGP slot has two INT#
(INTA and INT B).
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3-8. PC Health Status
You can check the fan speeds and power supply voltages of your computer system. The
features are useful for monitoring all the important parameters within your computer system.
We call it the PC Health Status.
Figure 3-9. PC Health Status Screen Shot
All Voltages, Fans Speed and Thermal Monitoring:
These items list the current states of the CPU and environment (using RT1 and RT2 to detect
them.) temperatures as well as fan speeds (CPU fan and power fan). It can not be changed by
the user.
The following items list the voltage states of the system power. It is also unchangeable.
Note
The hardware monitoring features for temperatures, fans and voltages will occupy the
I/O address from 294H to 297H. If you have a network adapter, sound card or other
add-on cards that might use those I/O addresses, please adjust your add-on card I/O
address, to avoid the use of those addresses.
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3-9. Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Figure 3-10. Load Fail-Safe Defaults Screen Shot
When you press <Enter> on this item you get a confirmation dialog box with a message
similar to:
Load Fail-Safe Defaults (Y/N) ? N
Pressing ‘Y’ loads the BIOS default values for the most stable, minimal-performance
system operations.
3-10. Load Optimized Defaults
Figure 3-11. Load Optimized Defaults Screen Shot
When you press <Enter> on this item you get a confirmation dialog box with a message
similar to:
Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N) ? N
Pressing ‘Y’ loads the default values that are factory settings for optimal performance
system operations.
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3-11. Set Password
Figure 3-12. Set Password Screen Shot
Set Password: Can enter but do not have the right to change the options of the setup
menus. When you select this function, the following message will appear
at the center of the screen to assist you in creating a password.
ENTER PASSWORD:
Type the password, up to eight characters in length, and press <Enter>. The password typed
now will clear any previously entered password from CMOS memory. You will be asked to
confirm the password. Type the password again and press <Enter>. You may also press
<Esc> to abort the selection and not enter a password.
To disable a password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter the password. A
message will confirm the password will be disabled. Once the password is disabled, the
system will boot and you can enter Setup freely.
PASSWORD DISABLED.
When a password has been enabled, you will be prompted to enter it every time you try to
enter Setup. This prevents an unauthorized person from changing any part of your system
configuration.
Additionally, when a password is enabled, you can also require the BIOS to request a
password every time your system is rebooted. This would prevent unauthorized use of your
computer.
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Figure 3-13. Password Disabled Screen Shot
You determine when the password is required within the BIOS Features Setup Menu and its
Security option. If the Security option is set to “System”, the password will be required both
at boot and at entry to Setup. If set to “Setup”, prompting only occurs when trying to enter
Setup.
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3-12. Save & Exit Setup
Figure 3-14. Save & Exit Setup Screen Shot
Pressing <Enter> on this item asks for confirmation:
Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)? Y
Pressing “Y” stores the selections made in the menus in CMOS - a special section of
memory that stays on after you turn your system off. The next time you boot your computer,
the BIOS configures your system according to the Setup selections stored in CMOS. After
saving the values the system is restarted again.
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3-13. Exit Without Saving
Figure 3-15. Exit Without Saving Screen Shot
Pressing <Enter> on this item asks for confirmation:
Quit without saving (Y/N)? Y
This allows you to exit Setup without storing in CMOS any change. The previous selections
remain in effect. This exits the Setup utility and restarts your computer.
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Appendix A. Installing the VIA Service Pack
Drivers for Windows® 98 SE
After you’ve installed Windows® 98, you need to install the VIA Service Pack drivers. We
will tell you step by step in the following section how to do this.
Note A-1
You have to install the VIA Service Pack drivers before you install the VGA and audio
drivers. After installing Windows® the quality of your display will be poor because it
will be set to 640*480 and 16 color. For the best screen capture quality, install the VGA
drivers and set the desktop to 800*600 using True Color.
Note A-2
Details of the Windows® 98 SE operating system will not be mentioned in this manual. If
you have any problems with Windows® 98 SE installation, operations and settings please
refer to your Windows® 98 SE user's manual or other databases provided by Microsoft®
Corporation.
First, go to check the System Properties ' Device Manager. We will show you several
places that identify the VIA chipset and controller. Some items will illicit questions. (We’ll
discuss the VIA PCI Audio drivers installation in next chapter.)
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Appendix A
Exit the device manager and insert the VL6 CD-Title into your CD-ROM drive, it should
execute the program automatically. If not, you can go to the CD location and execute the
execution file at the main directory of this CD-Title. After it has been executed you will see
the screen below.
Move the cursor to “Drivers” and click on it.
You will go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “VIA Service Pack” and
click on it. Go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “Install” and click on it.
Go to the next screen.
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Now you will see the install shield loading.
You will now see the welcome screen and its
dialogue box. Click “Next>” to go on.
The service pack readme screen will appear.
Click the “Yes” button to go on.
This setup program will install the four
kinds of drivers. Please check which drivers
you want to install. When you choose the
items, please click the “Next>” button to
continue.
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Choose the “Install VIA ATAPI Vendor
Support Driver” and click the “Next>”
button to go on.
Choose “enable DMA Mode” and then
click the “Next>” button.
Choose the “Install VIA AGP VxD in
Standard mode” and then click the
“Next>” button.
Note A-3: What is the difference between “Standard” & “Turbo” mode
Installing in “Turbo” mode will give your graphics card the enhanced speed and
performance while “Standard” mode offers increased system stability.
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Choose “Install VIA Chipset Functions’
Registry” and then click the “Next>”
button.
The installer will show the install progress
percentage.
When the installation is complete, the
installer will ask you to restart your
computer. We suggest that you choose “Yes,
I want to restart my computer now” and
then click the “Finish” button to restart your
computer to finish the driver installation.
When your computer system restarts, you will see the Windows® 98 SE starts the update
process and several new hardware devices will be found and updated. When restarting
Windows® 98 SE, the CD-ROM drives will fail to be found in the updating process. If the
prompt dialogue box asks you to put the Windows® 98 SE CD into the CD-ROM drive, just
ignore this message and let it go to the next process.
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Go to check the System Properties ' Device Manager. It will show you several places
that identify the VIA chipset and controller.
Problem under Windows® 95 OSR2
If your operating system is Windows® 95 OSR2, install the VIA service pack and
Microsoft® usbsupp.exe for USB devices support. Then restart Windows and go to
System Properties ' Device Manager. There will be question marks before “PCI
Universal Serial Bus” and “VIA PCI to USB Universal Host Controller”.
To make these question marks disappear, remove these items and then restart Windows.
When Windows completes loading, these devices will returned to normal and the
question marks will be gone.
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Appendix B. Installing the VIA PCI Audio
Driver for Windows® 98 SE
We will show you how to install the VIA PCI audio drivers for Windows® 98 SE operating
system.
First check System Properties ' Device
Manager ' Sound, Video and game
controllers. Your system should now show
“PCI Multimedia Audio Device”.
Exit the Device Manager and insert the VL6 CD-Title into your CD-ROM drive. It should
execute the program automatically. If not, you can go to the CD location and execute the
execution file from the main directory of this CD-Title. Once executed, you will see the
screen below.
Move the cursor to “Drivers” and click on it.
This will bring you to the to the next screen.
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Move the cursor to “VIA Audio Driver”
and click on it. Go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “Install” and click on it.
Go to the next screen.
Now you will see the install shield loading.
You will now see the welcome screen and its
dialogue box. Click “Next>” to go on.
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Choose “Install” and then click the “Next>”
button to go on.
Program will start to install all drivers you
choose.
When installation is complete, the installer
will ask you to restart your computer. We
suggest you choose “Yes, I want to restart
my computer now” and then click the
“Finish” button to restart your computer to
finish the drivers update.
When Windows restarts, it will ask you to
put the Windows® 98 SE CD into the CDROM drive. Put the Windows® 98 SE CD
into the drive and follow the instructions to
proceed.
When the update is finished, go to System
Properties ' Device Manager ' Sound,
Video and game controllers. Your system
should now show “VIA PCI Audio
Controller (WDM)” is there instead.
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Appendix B
Installing the VIA USB Filter Driver for Windows® 98 SE
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Appendix C. Installing the VIA USB Filter
Driver for Windows® 98 SE
We will show you how to install the VIA USB filter drivers for Windows® 98 SE operating
system.
Move the cursor to “Drivers” and click on it.
You will go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “VIA USB Filter
Driver” and click on it. Go to the next
screen.
Move the cursor to “Install” and click on it.
Go to the next screen.
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The installer will show the install progress
percentage.
You will now see the welcome screen and its
dialogue box. Click “Next>” to go on.
Choose the “Install Filter Driver” and then
click the “Next>” button to go on.
When the installation is complete, the
installer will ask you to restart your
computer. We suggest that you choose “Yes,
I want to restart my computer now” and
then click the “Finish” button to restart your
computer to finish driver installation.
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Appendix D. Installing the VIA Service Pack
Drivers for Windows® NT 4.0
Server / Workstation
In this section we will show you how to install the VIA Service Pack drivers to your
Windows® NT 4.0 Server/Workstation operating system. All the screen shots are taken from
the Windows® NT 4.0 server version. Before you install the VIA Service Pack drives, please
install Windows® NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 (or latest version) first, and then you can install the
VIA Service Pack drivers.
Note D-1
Details of the Windows® NT 4.0 Server/Workstation operating system are not mentioned
in this manual. If you have any problems with the settings, operating or installing
Windows® NT 4.0 Server/Workstation, please refer to your Windows® NT 4.0
Server/Workstation user's manual or other databases provided by Microsoft®
Corporation.
Note D-2
For Windows® NT 4.0 Server/Workstation operating system, you don't need to install the
IDE-USB drivers. All you have to install is the Windows® NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 (or
latest version) first.
Insert the VL6 CD-Title into your CD-ROM drive. It should execute the program
automatically. If not, you can go to the CD location and execute the execution file from the
main directory of this CD-Title. After it is executed, you will see the screen below.
Move the cursor to “Drivers” and click on it.
This will bring you to the next screen.
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Move the cursor to “VIA Service Pack” and
click on it. Go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “Install” and click on it.
Go to the next screen.
The install shield is now loading.
The “Welcome” screen and its dialogue box
appear. Click the “Next>” button to go on.
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The readme screen will appear next. Click
the “Yes” button to continue.
Choose “Install” and then click the “Next>”
button to go on.
Now you can choose the folder for the
destination location you want the drivers
installed. We suggest you use the default
folder as the destination location. After
checking the folder click “Next>” button.
You can choose the name of the program
folder. We suggest you use the default
program folder name. After checking the
program folder name then click “Next>”
button.
Program will start to install drivers system
need.
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The installer will show the install progress
percentage.
When installation is complete, the installer
will ask you to restart your computer. We
suggestion you choose “Yes, I want to
restart my computer now” and then click
“Finish” button to restart your computer to
finish the drivers updating.
When you restart the Windows, you can see
the VIA DMA Tools program group.
You can see the detail about your IDE
device.
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Appendix E. Installing the VIA PCI Audio
Drivers for Windows® NT 4.0
Server / Workstation
In this section we will show you how to install the VIA PCI audio drives to your Windows®
NT 4.0 Server/Workstation operating system. All screen shots are from the Windows® NT
4.0 server version. Before you install the VIA PCI audio drivers, please install Windows®
NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 (or the latest version) first. Then you can install the audio drivers.
Note E-1
Details of the Windows® NT 4.0 Server/Workstation operating system are not mentioned
in this manual. If you have any problems with the settings, operating or installing
Windows® NT 4.0 Server / Workstation, please refer to your Windows® NT 4.0
Server/Workstation user's manual or other databases provided by Microsoft®
Corporation.
Note E-2
For Windows® NT 4.0 Server/Workstation operating system, you don't need to install the
IDE-USB drivers. But you have to install the Windows® NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 (or latest
version) first.
Insert the VL6 CD-Title into your CD-ROM drive. It should execute the program
automatically. If not, you can go to the CD location and execute the execution file from the
main directory of this CD-Title. Once executed, you will see the screen below.
Move the cursor to “Drivers” and click on it.
This will bring you to the to the next screen.
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Move the cursor to "VIA Audio Driver"
and click on it. Go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to "Install" and click on it.
Go to the next screen.
Now you will see the install shield loading.
You will now see the welcome screen and its
dialogue box. Click "Next>" to go on.
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Choose “Install” then click the “Next>”
button to go on.
Program will start to install all drivers you
choose.
The dialogue box will show “Please choose
“Add…” from the...”, please click “OK”
button to go on.
Choose “Add…” and then go to next screen.
First, choose the “VIA
PCI
Audio
Controller”, then click “OK” button.
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The dialogue box will show “Please choose
“Add…” from…”, this time will ask you to
install the “VIA MIDI External Port”.
Please click “OK” button then go on.
Choose “Add…” then go to next screen.
First, choose the “VIA MIDI External Port
Device”, then click “OK” button.
Program will ask if you want to install the
Microsoft sidewinder 3D pro joystick driver.
If you have this kind of joystick click “Yes”,
otherwise just click the “No” button to go
on.
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When installation is complete, the installer
will ask you to restart your computer. We
suggest that you choose “Yes, I want to
restart my computer now” then click
“Finish” button to restart your computer to
finish the driver update.
When Windows® NT restarts, check the
"Multimedia Properties". You will see the
VIA PCI Audio devices had been identify.
Note E-3
If you are using the PCI bus mastering network adapter in your system under Windows®
NT 4.0, insert the network adapter into any PCI slot except slot 3. Otherwise, a system
conflict may occur.
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Installing the VIA Service Pack Drivers for Windows® 2000
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Appendix F. Installing the VIA Service Pack
Drivers for Windows® 2000
After you’ve installed Windows® 2000 operation system, you need to install the VIA
Service Pack drivers. We will tell you step by step in the following section how to do this.
Note F-1
You have to install the VIA Service Pack drivers before you install the VGA and audio
drivers. After installing Windows® the quality of your display will be poor because it
will be set to 640*480 and 16 color. For the best screen capture quality, install the VGA
drivers and set the desktop to 800*600 using True Color.
Note F-2
Details of the Windows® 2000 operating system are not mentioned in this manual. If you
have any problems with the settings, operating or installing Windows® 2000, please refer
to your Windows® 2000 user's manual or other databases provided by Microsoft®
Corporation.
First, go to check the System Properties ' Device Manager. We will show you several
places that identify the VIA chipset and controller. Some items will illicit questions. (We’ll
discussion the VIA PCI Audio drivers installation in next chapter.)
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Appendix F
Exit the device manager and insert the VL6 CD-Title into your CD-ROM drive, it should
execute the program automatically. If not, you can go to the CD location and execute the
execution file at the main directory of this CD-Title. After it has been executed you will see
the screen below.
Move the cursor to “Drivers” and click on it.
You will go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “VIA Service Pack” and
click on it. Go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “Install” and click on it.
Go to the next screen.
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The install shield is now loading.
The welcome screen and its dialogue box
appear. Click “Next>” to go on.
The service pack readme screen appears.
Click the “Yes” button to go on.
This setup program will install the drivers.
Please check which drivers you want to
install. After chosen the items, click the
“Next>” button to continue.
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Choose the “Install AGP 4X/133 driver”
and then click the “Next>” button to go on.
The installer will show the install progress
percentage.
When the installation is complete, the
installer will ask you to restart your
computer. Choose “Yes, I want to restart
my computer now” then click the “Finish”
button to restart your computer to finish the
driver installation.
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Appendix G. Installing the VIA PCI Audio
Drivers for Windows® 2000
In this section we will show you how to install the VIA PCI audio drives to your Windows®
2000 operating system. All screen shots are taken from the Windows® 2000 version.
First check System Manager ' Other
devices. Your system should now show the
question mark before item “Multimedia
Audio Controller”.
Insert the VL6 CD-Title into your CD-ROM drive. It should execute the program
automatically. If not, you can go to the CD location and execute the execution file from the
main directory of this CD-Title. Once executed, you will see the screen below.
Move the cursor to “Drivers” and click on it.
This will bring you to the to the next screen.
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Move the cursor to “VIA Audio Driver”
and click on it. Go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “Install” and click on it.
Go to the next screen.
Now you will see the install shield loading.
You will now see the welcome screen and its
dialogue box. Click “Next>” to go on.
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Choose “Install” then click the “Next>”
button to go on.
Program will start to install all drivers you
choose.
When installation is complete, the installer
will ask you to restart your computer. We
suggest that you choose “Yes, I want to
restart my computer now” then click
“ Finish” button to restart your computer to
finish the driver installation.
When Windows® 2000 restarts, it will start
updating your audio drivers. When the
“Digital Signature Not Found” screen
appears, click “Yes” to go on. The program
will then finish the updating.
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Finally, check the System Manager '
“Sound, video and game controllers”.
You will see the “VIA PCI Audio
Controller (WDM)” is now identified.
Note
If you are using the PCI bus mastering network adapter in your system under Windows®
2000, insert the network adapter into any PCI slot except slot 3. Otherwise, a system
conflict may occur.
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Appendix H. Installing the VIA USB Filter
Driver for Windows® 2000
We will show you how to install the VIA USB filter driver for Windows® 2000 operating
system.
Move the cursor to “Drivers” and click on it.
You will go to the next screen.
Move the cursor to “VIA USB Filter
Driver” and click on it. Go to the next
screen.
Move the cursor to “Install” and click on it.
Go to the next screen.
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The installer will show the install progress
percentage.
You will now see the welcome screen and its
dialogue box. Click “Next>” to go on.
Choose the “Install Filter Driver”, then
click the “Next>” button to go on.
When the installation is complete, the
installer will ask you to restart your
computer. We suggest that you choose “Yes,
I want to restart my computer now” then
click the "Finish" button to restart your
computer to finish the driver updates.
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Appendix I. BIOS Flashing User Instructions
When your motherboard needs to be upgraded with new features or some compatibility
problems in the BIOS need to be fixed, you will need to use this BIOS flash utility. This
utility is provided by Award Software makes it easy to flash by you. However, please read
all the information in this section before flashing.
Before you can flash the BIOS you need to go into the pure DOS environment by rebooting
your system and going directly into DOS. Basically, there are two ways to flash your BIOS.
One is to directly type the full line commands that are described in this section. The utility
will then flash your BIOS. When you finish the flash operation, you will see the screen as in
Figure I-2 Note I-1.
The other method is to just type awdflash (under Award flash BIOS utility directory) then
press enter. The Flash Memory Writer V7.52C screen will appear. Please refer to Figure I1 Note I-1. You need to type “NEWBIOS” (the file name or you can use another name if you
choose) into the “File Name to Program”, then press enter.
Figure I-1. Award Flash Memory Writer V7.52C Start Screen
When you have finished updating your BIOS, you will see the screen as in Figure I-2. You
then need to press the F1 key to reset the system, or press the F10 key to exit the writer.
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Figure I-2. Award Flash Memory Writer V7.52C Complete Screen
Figure I-3 shows you what commands you can use for the flashing program. You need to go
into the pure DOS environment and type awdflash. Figure I-3 will then appear.
Figure I-3. Award Flash Memory Writer V7.52C Flash Commands Screen
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Note I-1
The BIOS file name in the figure shown is only an example. You should check
which .bin file is to be used with your motherboard. Don’t flash with the wrong .bin file
otherwise you may cause system malfunctions. Even the same model BIOS, according to
their release dates and which problems have been fixed, have different .bin names.
Please read the BIOS file description before you download it.
For example, if you want to update the VL6 BIOS, please follow the procedures described
below.
Step 1. Please visit our website (www.abit.com.tw) and download the following files:
ABITFAE.BAT, AWDFLASH.EXE and the VL6’s newest BIOS file-VL6_QW.EXE for example. After you download these three files, please execute
the “VL6_QW.EXE.” Then you will get a file “VL6_QW.BIN.”
Step 2. Create a bootable floppy without any resident programs, and then copy the files
ABITFAE.BAT, AWDFLASH and VL6_QW.BIN to the floppy.
Step 3. Reboot your computer and enter the BIOS setup. Set your system to boot from
“Floppy” (refer to section 3-3) and then insert the floppy you created into drive A.
Step 4. After you boot from floppy successfully, at the “A:\>” prompt, execute the
following command:
ABITFAE VL6_QW.BIN (Enter)
The BIOS will be updated automatically with all parameters.
Step 5. After the flash update is completed, reboot your system, and then go into the BIOS
setup to configure the CPU parameter and other peripheral settings (refer to chapter
3).
Note I-2
! The Award flash utility can not be completed under a Windows® 95/98 or Windows
NT environment, you must be in a pure DOS environment.
! You should check which BIOS file is to be used with your motherboard, don't flash
with the wrong BIOS file. Otherwise, you may cause system malfunctions.
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Note I-3
Please do not use the Award flash memory writer version that earlier than Version 7.52C
to flash your VL6 motherboard BIOS. Otherwise, it may cause flash fail or anticipate
problems.
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Appendix J. Installing the VIA Hardware
Monitor System
The VIA Hardware Monitor System is a self-diagnostic system for PCs. It will protect PC
hardware by monitoring several critical items including power supply voltages, CPU &
system fan speeds, and CPU and system temperatures. These items are important for the
operation of the system; errors may result in permanent damage to the PC. Once any item is
out of its normal range, a warning message will pop up and remind the user to take proper
measures.
The following description will show you how to install the VIA Hardware Monitor System
and use it. Insert the VL6 CD-Title into your CD-ROM drive. It should execute the program
automatically. If not, you can go to the CD location and execute the execution file from the
main directory of this CD-Title. After it is executed, you will see the screen below.
Click “VIA Hardware Monitor” button.
Click “Install” button to start install the
VIA hardware monitor system utility.
You will see the install shell active.
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The “Welcome” screen and its dialogue box
will appear. Click the “Next>” button to go
on.
Now you can choose the folder for the
destination location you want to install the
drivers. We suggest you use the default
folder as the destination location. After
checking the folder click “Next>” button.
You can choose the name of the program
folder. We suggest you use the default
program folder name. After checking the
program folder name then click “Next>”
button.
Program will start to install drivers system
need.
The installer will show the install progress
percentage.
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When installation is complete, the installer will automatically terminate the install process.
When installation is complete, choose
“Programs” from the “Start” toolbar. You
can see the program group “VIA HM” and
an item called “VIA Hardware Monitor”.
Click it, and then you can see the screen
below.
This screen shows the
VIA hardware monitor
system screen. It shows
the
information
system
about
temperature,
voltages and fan speed.
Some items can let you
set the warning range;
you can accordance your
system to make optimize
value setting.
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For Windows® NT Screen Shot:
When installation is complete, choose
“Programs” from the “Start” toolbar. You
can see the program group “VIA HM” and
an item called “VIA Hardware Monitor”.
Click it, and then you can see the same VIA
HWM screen at the previous page.
For Windows® 2000 Screen Shot:
When installation is complete, choose
“Programs” from the “Start” toolbar. You
can see the program group “VIA HM” and
an item called “VIA Hardware Monitor”.
Click it, and then you can see the same VIA
HWM screen at the previous page.
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Appendix K. Troubleshooting (Need Assistance?)
If you have a problem during operation, in order to help our technical support personnel
quickly determine the problem with your motherboard and give you the answers you need,
before filling in the technical support form, eliminate any peripheral that is not related to the
problem, and indicate it on the form . Fax this form to your dealer or to the company where
you bought the hardware in order to benefit from our technical support. (You can refer to the
examples given below)
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Example 1: With a system including: motherboard (with CPU, DRAM, COAST...) HDD,
CD-ROM, FDD, VGA CARD, MPEG CARD, SCSI CARD, SOUND CARD,
etc. After the system is assembled, if you cannot boot up, check the key
components of the system using the procedure described below. First remove
all interface cards except the VGA card and try to reboot.
, If you still cannot boot up:
Try installing another brand/model VGA card and see if the system will
start. If it still does not start, note the VGA card model, motherboard model,
Bios identification number, CPU on the technical support form (refer to
main instructions), and describe the problem in the problem description
space provided.
, If you can boot up:
Insert the interface cards you have removed back into the system, one by
one and try to start the system each time you insert a card, until the system
will not start. Keep the VGA card and the interface card that caused the
problem inserted on the motherboard, remove any other cards or peripheral,
and start again. If you still cannot start, note the information related to both
cards in the add-on Card space provided, and don’t forget to indicate the
motherboard model, version, BIOS identification number, CPU (refer to
main instructions), and give a description of the problem.
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Example 2: With a system including the motherboard (with CPU, DRAM, COAST...) HDD,
CD-ROM, FDD, VGA CARD, LAN CARD, MPEG CARD, SCSI CARD,
SOUND CARD, after assembly and after having installed the Sound Card
Driver, when you restart the system, when it runs the Sound Card Driver, it
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resets automatically. This problem may be due to the Sound Card Driver.
During the Starting DOS… procedure, press SHIFT (BY-PASS) key, to skip
CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT; edit CONFIG.SYS with a text editor,
and in function the line that loads the Sound Card Driver, add a remark REM, in
order to disable the Sound Card Driver. See the example below.
CONFIG.SYS:
DEVICE=C:\DOS\HIMEM.SYS
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE HIGHSCAN
DOS=HIGH, UMB
FILES=40
BUFFERS=36
REM DEVICEHIGH=C:\PLUGPLAY\DWCFGMG.SYS
LASTDRIVE=Z
Restart the system. If the system starts and does not reset, you can be sure that
the problem is due to the Sound Card Driver. Write down the Sound Card
model, motherboard model, BIOS identification number on the technical
support file (refer to main instructions), and describe the problem in the space
provided.
--.. Main instructions...
To fill in this “Technical Support Form”, refer to the step-by-step instructions given below:
1*. MODEL: Note the model number given in your user’s manual.
Example: VH6, BX6, BH6, etc…
2*. Motherboard model number (REV): Note the motherboard model number labeled on
the motherboard as “REV:*.**”.
Example: REV: 1.01
3*. BIOS ID and Part Number: See next page example.
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4. DRIVER REV: Note the driver version number indicated on the DEVICE DRIVER
disk (if have) as “Release *.**”. For example:
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5*. OS/APPLICATION: Indicate the operating system and the applications your are
running on the system.
Example: MS-DOS® 6.22, Windows® 95, Windows® NT....
6*. CPU: Indicate the brand and the speed (MHz) of your CPU.
Example: (A) In the “Brand” space, write “Intel”, in the “Specifications” space, write
“ Pentium® II MMX 300MHz”。
7. HDD: Indicate the brand and specifications of your HDD(s), specify if the HDD is using
/IDE1 or /IDE2. If you know the disk capacity, indicate it and check (“0”) “
”; in
case you give no indication, we will consider that your HDD is “1IDE1” Master.
Example: In the “HDD” space, check the box, in the Brand space, write “Seagate”, in the
Specifications space, write “ST31621A (1.6GB)”.
8. CD-ROM Drive: Indicate the brand and specifications of your CD-ROM drive. Specify
if it uses / IDE1 or /IDE2, and check (“0”) “
”; in case you give no indication, we
will consider that your CD-ROM is “1IDE2” Master.
Example: In the “CD-ROM drive” space, check the box, in the Brand space, write
“Mitsumi”, in the Specifications space, write “FX-400D”.
9. System Memory (DRAM): Indicate the brand and specifications (SIMM / DIMM) of
your system memory. For example:
In the Brand space, write “Panasonic”, in the Specifications space, write “SIMM-FP
DRAM 4MB-06”.
Or, in the Brand, write “NPNX”, in the Specifications space, write “SIMM-EDO DRAM
8MB-06”.
Or, in the Brand space, write “SEC”, in the Specifications space, write “DIMM-S
DRAM 8MB-G12”.
10. ADD-ON CARD: Indicate which add-on cards you are absolutely sure is related to the
problem.
If you cannot identify the problem’s origin, indicate all the add-on cards inserted into
your system.
Note
Items between the “*” are absolutely necessary.
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Model
Motherboard
Model No.
OS/Application
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BIOS ID #
DRIVER REV
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Hardware name
CPU
HDD
IDE1
IDE2
CDIDE1
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Problem Description:
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Appendix L. How to Get Technical Support
(From our website) http://www.abit.com.tw
(In North America) http://www.abit-usa.com
(In Europe) http://www.abit.nl
Thank you for choosing ABIT products. ABIT sells all our products through distributors,
resellers and system integrators, we have no direct sales to end-users. Before sending email
for tech support please check with your resellers or integrators if you need any services, they
are the ones who sold you your system and they should know best as to what can be done,
how they serve you is a good reference for future purchases.
We appreciate every customer and would like to provide the best service to you. Providing
fast service to our customers is our top priority. However we receive many phone calls and a
huge amount of email from all over the world. At the present time it is impossible for us to
respond to every single inquiry. Therefore it is quite possible that if you send an email to us
that you may not receive a response.
We have done many compatibility tests and reliability tests to make sure our products have
the best quality and compatibility. In case you need service or technical support, please
understand the constraint we have and always check with the reseller who sold the
product to you first.
To expedite service, we recommend that you follow the procedures outlined below before
contacting us. With your help, we can meet our commitment to provide the best service to
the greatest number of ABIT customers:
1. Check the Manual. It sounds simple but we have taken a lot of care in making a wellwritten and thorough manual. It is full of information that doesn't only pertain to
motherboards. The CD-ROM included with your board will have the manual as well as
drivers. If you don't have either one go to our Program Download Area of the website or
FTP server at: http://www.abit.com.tw/download/index.htm
2. Download latest BIOS, software or drivers. Please go to our Program Download area
on our website to check to see if you have the latest BIOS. They are developed over
periods of time to fix bugs or incompatibilities. Also please make sure you have the
latest drivers from your peripheral cards makers!
3. Check the ABIT Technical Terms Guide and FAQ on our website. We are trying to
expand and make the FAQs more helpful and information rich. Let us know if you have
any suggestions. For hot topics check out our HOT FAQ!
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4. Internet Newsgroups. They are a great source of information and many people there
can offer help. ABIT's Internet News group, alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.abit, is an
ideal forum for the public to exchange information and discuss experiences they have
had with ABIT products. Many times you will see that your question has already been
asked before. This is a public Internet news group and it is reserved for free discussions,
Here is a list of some of the more popular ones:
alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.abit
comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips
alt.comp.hardware.overclocking
alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt
alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt
Ask your reseller. Your ABIT authorized distributor should be able to provide the
fastest solution to your technical problem. We sell our products through distributors who
sell to resellers and stores. Your reseller should be very familiar with your system
configuration and should be able to solve your problem much more efficiently than we
could. After all, your reseller regards you as an important customer who may purchase
more products and who can urge your friends to buy from him or her as well. They
integrated and sold the system to you. They should know best what your system
configuration is and your problem. They should have reasonable return or refund
policies. How they serve you is also a good reference for your next purchase.
5. Contacting ABIT. If you feel that you need to contact ABIT directly you can send email
to the ABIT technical support department. First, please contact the support team for the
branch office closest to you. They will be more familiar with local conditions and
problems and will have better insight as to which resellers offer what products and
services. Due to the huge number of emails coming in every day and other reasons, such
as the time required for problem reproduction, we will not be able to reply to every email.
Please understand that we are selling through distribution channels and don't have the
resources to serve every end-user. However, we will try to do our best to help every
customer. Please also remember that for many of our technical support team English is a
second language, you will have a better chance of getting a helpful answer if your
question can be understood in the first place. Be sure to use very, simple, concise
language that clearly states the problem, avoid rambling or flowery language and always
list your system components. Here is the contact information for our branch offices:
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In North America and South America please contact:
ABIT Computer (USA) Corporation
46808 Lakeview Blvd.
Fremont, California 94538 U.S.A.
sales@abit-usa.com
technical@abit-usa.com
Tel: 1-510-623-0500
Fax: 1-510-623-1092
In the UK and Ireland:
ABIT Computer Corporation Ltd.
Caxton Place, Caxton Way,
Stevenage, Herts SG1 2UG, UK
abituksales@compuserve.com
abituktech@compuserve.com
Tel: 44-1438-741 999
Fax: 44-1438-742 899
In Germany and Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
countries:
AMOR Computer B.V. (ABIT's European Office)
Van Coehoornstraat 5a,
5916 PH Venlo, The Netherlands
sales@abit.nl
technical@abit.nl
Tel: 31-77-3204428
Fax: 31-77-3204420
All other territories not covered above please contact:
Taiwan Head Office
When contacting our headquarters please note we are located in Taiwan and we are 8+
GMT time. In addition, we have holidays that may be different from those in your
country.
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