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Motherboard
M3A32-MVP
Deluxe Series
E3455
Second Edition V2
October 2007
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Contents
Contents....................................................................................................... iii
Notices........................................................................................................ viii
Safety information....................................................................................... ix
About this guide........................................................................................... x
M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series specifications summary............................... xii
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
1.3.3
ASUS intelligent performance and overclocking features1-8
1.3.2
Chapter 2:
2.1
2.2
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.2.1
Placement direction......................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-3
2.2.4
Layout contents................................................................ 2-4
2.3.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-6
2.3.3
Installing the optional fans..............................................2-11
Installing the heatsink and fan......................................... 2-8
System memory.......................................................................... 2-12
2.4.1
Overview........................................................................ 2-12
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-17
2.4.2
2.4.4
2.5
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-2
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-6
2.3.2
2.4
Hardware information
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2.2
2.3
ASUS AI Lifestyle unique features................................... 1-5
2.4.5
Memory configurations................................................... 2-13
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-17
Installing ASUS Cool Mempipe...................................... 2-18
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-20
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-20
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-21
2.5.2
2.5.4
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-20
PCI slots......................................................................... 2-22
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Contents
2.6
2.7
2.5.5
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-25
2.7.1
2.7.2
Chapter 3:
3.1
3.2
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function..................................... 3-2
Using the dual function power switch............................... 3-2
BIOS setup
4.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 4-1
4.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 4-5
4.1.4
4.1.5
Creating a bootable floppy disk........................................ 4-4
AFUDOS utility................................................................. 4-6
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 4-8
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 4-9
4.2.1
BIOS menu screen......................................................... 4-10
4.2.3
Navigation keys.............................................................. 4-10
4.2.2
4.2.4
4.2.5
4.2.6
4.2.7
4.2.8
4.2.9
Menu bar........................................................................ 4-10
Menu items.....................................................................4-11
Sub-menu items..............................................................4-11
Configuration fields.........................................................4-11
Pop-up window...............................................................4-11
Scroll bar.........................................................................4-11
General help...................................................................4-11
Main menu................................................................................... 4-12
4.3.1
System Time.................................................................. 4-12
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A.......................................................... 4-12
4.3.2
4.3.4
4.3.5
4.3.6
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Powering up
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 4-1
4.1.2
4.3
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-28
Turning off the computer.............................................................. 3-2
Chapter 4:
4.2
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-25
Starting up for the first time......................................................... 3-1
3.2.2
4.1
Four PCI Express x16 slots........................................... 2-22
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-24
System Date.................................................................. 4-12
Language....................................................................... 4-12
Primary IDE Master/Slave; SATA1~4............................. 4-13
Storage Configuration.................................................... 4-14
Contents
4.4
4.3.7
System Information........................................................ 4-15
4.4.1
Jumperfree Configuration.............................................. 4-16
4.4.3
CPU Configuration......................................................... 4-22
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 4-16
4.4.2
4.4.4
4.4.5
4.4.6
4.5
4.4.7
ACPI 2.0 Support........................................................... 4-29
4.5.6
ACPI APIC Support........................................................ 4-29
APM Configuration......................................................... 4-29
Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 4-31
4.6.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 4-32
4.6.3
Security.......................................................................... 4-34
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 4-33
Tools menu.................................................................................. 4-36
4.7.1
4.7.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 4-36
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 4-37
Exit menu..................................................................................... 4-38
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................... 5-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 5-1
5.2.1
Running the support DVD................................................ 5-1
5.2.3
Utilities menu................................................................... 5-3
5.2.2
5.2.4
5.2.5
5.2.6
5.3
Repost Video on S3 Resume......................................... 4-29
Boot menu................................................................................... 4-32
Chapter 5:
5.2
USB Configuration......................................................... 4-27
4.5.3
4.6.2
5.1
PCI PnP......................................................................... 4-26
Suspend Mode............................................................... 4-28
4.5.5
4.8
Onboard Devices Configuration..................................... 4-25
4.5.1
4.5.4
4.7
Chipset........................................................................... 4-23
Power menu................................................................................. 4-28
4.5.2
4.6
AI Net 2.......................................................................... 4-21
5.2.7
Drivers menu.................................................................... 5-2
Make Disk menu.............................................................. 5-5
Manual menu................................................................... 5-6
ASUS Contact information............................................... 5-6
Other information............................................................. 5-7
Software information.................................................................... 5-9
Contents
5.3.1
ASUS MyLogo2™............................................................ 5-9
5.3.3
AI Audio 2 (SoundMAX® High Definition Audio utility).... 5-13
5.3.2
5.3.4
5.3.5 5.3.6 5.3.7
5.3.8
5.3.9
5.3.10
5.4
5.3.11
6.3
ASUS AI Nap................................................................. 5-31
ASUS AI N.O.S.............................................................. 5-32
ASUS Q-Fan 2............................................................... 5-33
ASUS AI Booster............................................................ 5-34
AMD OverDrive (AOD) . ................................................ 5-35
5.4.3
AMD® RAID configurations............................................ 5-37
5.4.4
Installing Serial ATA hard disks...................................... 5-37
Marvell® RAID configurations......................................... 5-43
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 5-49
5.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS..... 5-49
Creating a RAID/SATA driver disk in Windows®. ........... 5-49
ATI® CrossFire™ technology support
Overview........................................................................................ 6-1
6.1.1
6.1.2
Requirements................................................................... 6-1
Before you begin.............................................................. 6-1
Installing CrossFire™ graphics cards........................................ 6-2
Software information.................................................................... 6-5
6.3.1
6.3.2
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ASUS AI Gear 2............................................................. 5-30
RAID definitions............................................................. 5-36
Chapter 6:
6.2
ASUS AI Suite................................................................ 5-28
5.4.1
5.5.2
6.1
ASUS PC Probe II.......................................................... 5-22
RAID configurations................................................................... 5-36
5.4.2
5.5
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology...........................................5-11
Installing the device drivers.............................................. 6-5
Using the Catalyst™ Control Center................................ 6-7
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is
required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications
to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power
cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If
possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add
a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure
that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adpater or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If
you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact
your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all
the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer
immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical,
electronic equipment, and mercury-containing button cell battery) should not
be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic
products.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring
the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports.
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
•
Chapter 3: Powering up
•
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
•
Chapter 5: Software support
•
Chapter 6: ATI CrossFire™ support
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It includes description of the switches,
jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.
This chapter describes the power up sequence and ways of shutting down
the system.
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
This chapter describes the ATI CrossFire™ feature and shows the graphics
card installation procedures.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
1.
2.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and
software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty
flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not
part of the standard package.
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Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following
symbols used throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a
task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key> Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign
means that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the
Enter or Return key.
<Key1+Key2+Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the
key names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl+Alt+D>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly
as shown, then supply the required item or value
enclosed in brackets.
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /iM3A32MVP.ROM
M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
specifications summary
CPU
AMD® Socket AM2+ Phenom™ FX / Phenom X4 /
Phenom X2 / Athlon™ 64 X2 / Sempron™ processor
AMD® Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX /
Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
AMD LIVE!™ Ready
Chipset
AMD 790FX / SB600
System bus
Up to 5200 MT/s; HyperTransport™ 3.0 interface for
AM2+ CPU
2000 / 1600 MT/s for AM2 CPU
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
- 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support unbufferred
ECC/non-ECC DDR2 1066*/800/667/533 MHz
memory modules
- Supports up to 8 GB system memory
*DDR2 1066 is supported by some of the AM2+ CPUs
only. Refer to www.asus.com for the supported CPU
models and the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
Expansion slots
4 x PCIe x16 slots with ATI CrossFireX™ support
(@ dual x16, triple x16 / x8 / x8, or quad x8 modes)
2 x PCI 2.2 slots
Support PCIe 2.0/1.0 architecture
CrossFireX™
Supports ATI CrossFireX™ graphics cards
Storage
Southbridge:
- 4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors support RAID 0,
RAID1, and RAID 0+1
- 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66
Marvell® 6121 and 6111 PATA and SATA controller
- 2 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors support RAID 0
and RAID1
- 1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s on the rear panel
(SATA-On-The-Go)
LAN
Marvell® PCIe Gigabit LAN controllers featuring AI NET 2
Wireless LAN
(WiFi-AP Edition only)
ASUS WiFi-AP Solo
54 Mbps IEEE 802.11g and backwards compatible with
11 Mbps IEEE 802.11b
- Software Access Point mode
- Station mode: Infrastructure mode and Ad-Hoc
mode
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M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
specifications summary
High Definition audio
ADI® AD1988B 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
- Supports Jack-Detection, Enumeration, Multi Streaming, and Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF Out ports at back I/O
IEEE 1394
2 x IEEE 1394a connectors (1 at mid-board; 1 on the rear
panel)
USB
10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at mid-board; 6 on the rear panel)
ASUS AI Lifestyle
unique features
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS Fanless Design: Cool Mempipe solution
(WiFi-AP Edition only)
- ASUS AI Gear 2
- ASUS 8+2 Phase Power Design
- ASUS AI Nap
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution & Stack
Cool 2
- ASUS Q-Fan 2
ASUS Crystal Sound
- ASUS Noise Filter
- ASUS AI Audio 2
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
Other features
ASUS MyLogo 2™
Multi-language BIOS
ASUS exclusive
overclocking features
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System)
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- ASUS AI Booster utility
Precision Tweaker 2:
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V
increment
- vDIMM: 35-step DRAM voltage control
- vChipset: 16-step Chipset voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection):
- FSB tuning from 100 MHz up to 600 MHz at 1 MHz
increment
- Memory tuning from 533 MHz up to 1066 MHz
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100 MHz to 150
MHz at 1 MHz increment
Overclocking protection:
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
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M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
specifications summary
Rear panel I/O ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
1 x External SATA
1 x IEEE 1394a port
1 x LAN (RJ-45)
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x WiFi-AP Solo antenna jack (WiFi-AP Edition only)
8-channel audio I/O
Internal I/O connectors
2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x COM connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector
2 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x Azalia Digital Header
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel (Q-Connector)
BIOS features
8 Mb Flash ROM, Award BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM2.0,
SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ
Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
Manageability
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Support DVD contents
Drivers
ASUS AI Suite
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
AI Booster
Anti-virus Utility (OEM version)
Form factor
ATX form factor: 12 in x 9.6 in (30.5 cm x 24.5 cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
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Product
introduction
Chapter summary
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1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it
another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the
items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
I/O modules
1 x Multi-functional module (1-port IEEE 1394a
module and 2-port USB 2.0 module)
Cables
ASUS CrossFire™ bridge cables
1 x Serial ATA power cable for 2 devices
6 x Serial ATA signal cables
1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x Floppy disk drive cable
Accessories
ASUS Cool Mempipe (WiFi-AP Ediition Only)
ASUS Q-Shield
1 x ASUS Q-Connector Kit (USB, 1394, system
panel; Retail version only)
1 x WiFi-AP Solo Antenna (WiFi-AP Ediition Only)
Optional fan for Water-Cooling or Passive-cooling
only
Application DVD
ASUS motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
WiFi-AP Solo user guide (WiFi-AP Ediition Only)
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Green ASUS
This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s Restriction
on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision
of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products/packaging to safeguard
consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
AMD® Socket AM2+ Phenom™ FX / Phenom X4 /
Phenom X2 / Athlon™ 64 X2 / Sempron™
CPU support
This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM2+ multi-core processors with
unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power
consumption. It features dual-channel DDR2 1066 memory support and
accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based
system bus. See page 2-6 for details.
HyperTransport™ 3.0 support
HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology provides 2.6 times more bandwidth than
HyperTransport™ 1.0, radically improving system efficiency to create a smoother,
faster computing environment.
AMD® Socket AM2 Athlon™ 64 X2 / Athlon™
64 FX / Athlon™ 64 / Sempron™ CPU support
This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM2 single-core Athlon™ 64 /
Sempron™ and dual-core Athlon™ 64 X2 / Athlon™ 64 FX processors with 2MB
/ 1MB / 512KB L2 cache based on 64-bit architecture. It features 2000 / 1600
MT/s HyperTransport™-based system bus, dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 800
memory support, and AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology. See page 2-6 for details.
AMD 790FX Chipset
AMD 790FX Chipset is designed to support up to 5200MT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0
(HT 3.0) interface speed and quad PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized
with AMD®’s latest AM2+ and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system
performance and overclocking capabilities.
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Native DDR2 1066 support
This motherboard is the first AMD® platform with native DDR2 1066 support.
It provides faster data transfer rate and more bandwidth to increase memory
computing efficiency, enhancing system performance in 3D graphics and other
memory demanding applications. See page 2­‑12 for details.
DDR2 1066 is supported by some of the AM2+ CPUs only. Refer to www.asus.
com for the supported CPU models.
ATI CrossFireX™ Technology
ATI’s CrossFireX™ boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating
the need to scale down screen resolution to get high quality images. CrossFireX™
allows higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading, and texture settings. Adjust
your display configurations, experiment with the advanced 3D settings, and check
the effects with a real-time 3D-rendered previews within ATI Catalyst™ Control
Center.
PCIe 2.0 support
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and
bandwidth which enhances system performance. See page 2-22 for details.
Multi-VGA support
This motherboard is ready to support Quad-CrossFire™, the most advanced
graphics standard that provides higher frame rates for superb graphics
performance. It also provides full x16 dual lanes or triple VGA support. See page
2-22 for details.
Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s technology and SATA-On-The-Go
This motherboard supports the next-generation hard disk drives based on the
Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specifications, delivering enhanced scalability
and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and save. The
external SATA port located at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug
functions, enabling easy backup of media files to external devices. See pages 2-26
and 2-29 for details.
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Dual RAID solution
The onboard RAID controllers provide the motherboard with dual-RAID
functionality that allows you to select the best RAID solution using Serial ATA
devices. The AMD® SB600 chipset incorporates four Serial ATA connectors with
high performance RAID 0, 1, and 0+1 functions. The Marvell® controller provides
another two Serial ATA connectors for RAID 0 and RAID 1 functions. See pages
2-29 and 2-31 for details.
IEEE 1394a support
The IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video
appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals,
and other PC portable devices. See pages 2-25 and 2-32 for details.
S/PDIF digital sound ready
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio
systems via coaxial and optical S/PDIF (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) Out
jacks.It allows digital audio transferring without converting it to analog format, and
therefore well preserves signal quality. See page 2-37 for details.
WiFi-AP Solo (WiFi-AP Edition only)
WiFi-AP Solo allows a new level of versatility for your PC and helps create a
complete wireless home network in either AP or wireless client mode. Users will be
able to play LAN games, connect to the Internet, access and share printers, and
use Skype from anywhere within range. WiFi-AP Solo provides these functions
even when the PC is in sleep mode, so users can use Skype as a replacement for
tradition long distance telephone service. Since WiFi-AP Solo is onboard, users
can save the cost of an extra WiFi-AP.
High Definition Audio
Enjoy high-end sound quality on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High
Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality
192KHz/24-bit audio output that simultaneously sends different audio streams to
different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphones while
playing multi-channel network games. See pages 2-25 and 2-26 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
1.3.2
ASUS AI Lifestyle unique features
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Quiet Thermal solution makes system more stable and enhances the
overclocking capability.
ASUS Cool Mempipe (WiFi-AP Edition only)
ASUS Cool Mempipe supports unparalleled memory overclocking via innovative
thermal solutions. By lowering the memory and system temperatures, the Cool
Mempipe contributes to a stable computing environment. See pages 2-18 and
2-19 for details.
ASUS Cool Mempipe supports the thermal dissipation of memory modules on
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_B1 sockets only.
AI Gear 2
AI Gear 2 allows you to choose from profiles to adjust CPU frequency and
vCore voltage, minimizing system noise and saving CPU power consumption
at most. You can real-time chnage the mode under operating system to suit
your needs. See page 5-30 for details.
AI Nap
With AI Nap, the system can continue running at minimum power and noise
when you are temporarily away. To wake the system and return to the OS
environment, simply click the mouse or press a key. See page 5-31 for
details.
8+2 Phase Power Design
ASUS 8+2 Phase Power Design, with independent power to vital
components, ultimately enhances memory performance and ensures quick
response and stability of CPU under heavy loading or overclocking modes.
Fanless Design–Stack Cool 2
ASUS Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution that lowers
the temperature of critical heat generating components. The motherboard
uses a special design on the printed circuit board (PCB) to dissipate heat
these critical components generate.
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Fanless Design–Heat-pipe
The Heat Pipe design effectively directs the heat generated by the chipsets to
the heatsink near the back IO ports, where it can be carried away by existing
airflow from CPU fan or bundled optional fan. The purpose of the innovative
heat pipe design on this motherboard is that the groundbreaking fanless
design does not have lifetime problems as a chipset fan does. Furthermore, it
provides options for users to install side-flow fan or passive cooler. The Heat
Pipe design is the most reliable fanless thermal solution to date.
DO NOT uninstall the heat-pipe by yourself. Doing so may bend the tubing and
affect the heat dissipation performance.
Q-Fan 2
ASUS Q-Fan2 technology intelligently adjusts both CPU fan and chassis fan
speeds according to system loading to ensure quiet, cool and efficient operation.
See page 4-31 and 5-33 for details.
ASUS Crystal Sound
This feature can enhance speech-centric applications like Skype, online game,
video conference and recording.
Noise Filter
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises (non-voice signals) like
computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates
it in the incoming audio stream while recording. See page 5-21for details.
AI Audio 2
AI Audio 2 creates a virtual center channel that expands the overall sound
field without introducing a picket fencing effect. Preserving the dialogue
or solo performances with downmixing from multi-channels allows you to
experience true-to-life high quality audio. Refer to pages 5-13 for details.
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS EZ DIY feature collection provides you easy ways to install computer
components, update the BIOS or back up your favorite settings.
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ASUS Q-Shield
The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual “fingers”—
making it convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity,
it ideally protects your motherboard against static electricity and shields it
against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis
front panel cables to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the
trouble of connecting the system panel cables one at a time and avoiding
wrong cable connections. See page 2-39 for details.
ASUS O.C. Profile
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to
conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be
stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and
distribute their favorite settings. See page 4-37 for details.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a
USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. See page 4-8 for details.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the
predefined hotkey to launch the utility and update the BIOS without entering
the OS. Update your BIOS easily without preparing a bootable diskette or
using an OS-based flash utility. See pages 4-5 and 4-36 for details.
Smart Support CD
This feature provides a checklist that allows the user to know which drivers
are already installed, as well as those that are not. When using ASUS PC
Probe II, you can easily monitor the critical components of the computer.
ASUS MyLogo 2™
This feature allows you to convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo
for a more colorful and vivid image on your screen. See pages 4-33 and 5-9 for
details.
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ASUS Multi-language BIOS
The multi-language BIOS allows you to select the language of your choice from the
available options. The localized BIOS setup menu helps you configure your system
easier and faster. See page 4-12 for details.
1.3.3
ASUS intelligent performance and overclocking
features
Precision Tweaker 2
Precision Tweaker 2 allows the user to adjust the northbridge voltage, southbridge
voltage, and DRAM voltage in 0.02V steps to achieve the most precise settings for
th ultimate customized overclocking configuration.
AI NOS™ (Non-Delay Overclocking System)
The patented ASUS Non-delay Overclocking System™ (AI NOS™) technology
auto‑detects the CPU loading and dynamically overclocks the CPU speed when
needed. Unlike other dynamic overclocking techniques, AI NOS™ reacts much
faster to satisfy your need for speed. See page 5-32 for details.
AI Booster
The ASUS AI Booster allows you to overclock the CPU speed in Windows
environment without the hassle of booting the BIOS. See page 5-34 for details.
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
The C.P.R. feature of the motherboard BIOS allows automatic re-setting to the
BIOS default settings in case the system hangs due to overclocking. When the
system hangs due to overclocking, C.P.R. eliminates the need to open the system
chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut down and reboot the system, and the
BIOS automatically restores the CPU default setting for each parameter.
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This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It
includes description of the jumpers and
connectors on the motherboard.
2
Hardware
information
Chapter summary
2
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-6
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
System memory.......................................................................... 2-12
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-20
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-24
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-25
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2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or to a metal
object, such as the power supply case, before handling components to
avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic
pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX power
supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power
supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard,
peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
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The motherboard comes with a standby power LED. The green LED lights up
to indicate that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft‑off mode. This is a
reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable
before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration
below shows the location of the onboard LED.
SB_PWR
®
ON
Standby
Power
M3A32-MVP DELUXE Onboard LED
ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
OFF
Powered
Off
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Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to
ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage
motherboard components.
2.2.1
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the chassis in
the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the
chassis as indicated in the image below.
2.2.2
Screw holes
Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard
to the chassis.
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Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
®
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2.2.3
Motherboard layout
24.5cm (9.6in)
WFG (WiFi-AP Edition only)
CPU_FAN
PRI_IDE
AMD
790FX
ICS
PCIEX16_1
88E8056
30.5cm (12.0in)
AUDIO
EATXPWR
LAN1_USB12
DDR2 DIMM_B2 (64 bit,240-pin module)
F_ESATA
DDR2 DIMM_B1 (64 bit,240-pin module)
SPDIF_O12
USB34
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Socket AM2+/AM2
DDR2 DIMM_A1 (64 bit,240-pin module)
EATX12V
DDR2 DIMM_A2 (64 bit,240-pin module)
KB_USB56
®
PCI1
SATA13
agere
L-FW3227-100
PCIEX16_3
COM1
SATA24
CHA_FAN1
PWR_FAN
PCIEX16_4
FLOPPY
Super
I/O
BIOS
IE1394_2
USB78
SB_PWR
USB910
SATA_RAID12
CD
CHA_FAN2
AAFP
88SE6121
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
PCI2
AD1988B
AMD
SB600
PCIEX16_2
88SE6111
CHASSIS
CLRTC
PANEL
SPDIF_OUT
Refer to 2.7 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and
internal connectors.
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2.2.4
Layout contents
Slots
1.
2.
3.
DDR2 DIMM slots
PCI slots
PCI Express x16 slots
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2-22
Jumper
1.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
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Rear panel connectors
1.
PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
2.
Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
3.
IEEE 1394a port
4.
LAN (RJ-45) port.
5.
Center/Subwoofer port (orange)
6.
Rear Speaker Out port (black)
7.
Line In port (light blue)
8.
Line Out port (lime)
9.
Microphone port (pink)
10.
Side Speaker Out port (gray)
11.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
12.
External SATA port
13.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
14.
Optical S/PDIF Out port
15.
USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6
16.
Wireless LAN port (WiFi-AP Edition only)
17. Wireless LAN Activity LED (WiFi-AP Edition only)
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Internal connectors
1.
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
2.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
3.
AMD® SB600 Serial ATA connectors
(7-pin SATA1 [red]; SATA2 [black]; SATA3 [red]; SATA4 [black])
4.
Marvell® 6121 Serial ATA RAID connectors
(7-pin SATA_RAID1 [black]; SATA_RAID2 [black])
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6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
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2-33
5.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78; USB910)
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
CPU, chassis, power, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN; 3-pin CHA_FAN1; 3-pin CHA_FAN2;
3-pin PWR_FAN)
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin ATX12V)
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
System panel connector (20-8-pin PANEL)
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
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2-32
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2-37
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2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with an AM2+/AM2 socket designed for AMD® Socket
AM2+ Phenom™ FX / Phenom X4 / Phenom X2 / Athlon™ 64 X2 / Sempron™
processor or for Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron
processor.
The AM2+/AM2 socket has a different pinout from the 940-pin socket designed
for the AMD Opteron processor. Make sure you use a CPU designed for the
AM2+/AM2 socket. The CPU fits in only one correct orientation. DO NOT force
the CPU into the socket to prevent bending the connectors on the socket and
damaging the CPU!
2.3.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
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1.
®
M3A32-MVP DELUXE CPU Socket AM2+/AM2
2.
Unlock the socket by pressing the
lever sideways, then lift it up to a
90º angle.
Socket lever
Make sure that the socket lever is lifted up to a 90º angle; otherwise, the CPU
will not fit in completely.
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3.
4.
Position the CPU above the socket
such that the CPU corner with the
gold triangle matches the socket
corner with a small triangle.
Carefully insert the CPU into the
socket until it fits in place.
Gold triangle
Small triangle
5.
6.
When the CPU is in place, push
down the socket lever to secure the
CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab
to indicate that it is locked.
Install a CPU heatsink and fan
following the instructions that came
with the heatsink package.
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2.3.2
Installing the heatsink and fan
The AMD® Phenom™ FX / Phenom X4 / Phenom X2 / Athlon™ 64 X2 / Athlon 64
FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron™ processor requires a specially designed heatsink and
fan assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
Make sure that you use only AMD-certified heatsink and fan assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, making sure that the heatsink
fits properly on the retention module base.
•
The retention module base is already installed on the motherboard upon
purchase.
•
You do not have to remove the retention module base when installing the
CPU or installing other motherboard components.
•
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, make sure
that a Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or
CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
CPU fan
CPU heatsink
Retention module base
Retention bracket
Retention bracket lock
Your boxed CPU heatsink and fan assembly should come with installation
instructions for the CPU, heatsink, and the retention mechanism. If the
instructions in this section do not match the CPU documentation, follow the
latter.
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2.
Attach one end of the retention bracket
to the retention module base.
3.
Align the other end of the retention
bracket (near the retention bracket
lock) to the retention module base.
A clicking sound denotes that the
retention bracket is in place.
Make sure that the fan and
heatsink assembly perfectly fits
the retention mechanism module
base, otherwise you cannot snap
the retention bracket in place.
4.
Push down the retention bracket lock
on the retention mechanism to secure
the heatsink and fan to the module
base.
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5.
When the fan and heatsink assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan cable
to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
GND
CPU FAN PWR
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWM
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CPU_FAN
®
M3A32-MVP DELUXE CPU fan connector
2-10
•
Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring
errors can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
•
This connector is backward compatiable with old 3-pin CPU fan.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.3
Installing the optional fans
Install the optional fan only if you are using a passive cooler or a water cooler.
Installing the optional fan with an active CPU cooler will interfere with the airflow
and destabilize the system.
1. Position the fan above the pipe
and heatsink assembly.
2. Fit the fan to the grooved edge of
the heatsink.
3. Carefully push down the fan until
it snugly fits the heatsink, then
connect the fan cable.
4. The photo shows the fan installed
on the motherboard.
•
•
Plug the optional fan cable to the CHA_FAN1/2 connector on the
motherboard.
Make sure the optional fan is installed correctly to prevent damage to the
fan and motherboard components.
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2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) Dual Inline Memory
Modules (DIMM) sockets.
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The figure illustrates the location of the DDR2 DIMM sockets:
DIMM_B1
DIMM_B2
DIMM_A1
DIMM_A2
®
M3A32-MVP DELUXE 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
Channel
Channel A
Channel B
2-12
Sockets
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4.2
Memory configurations
You may install 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, and 2 GB unbuffered ECC and non‑ECC
DDR2 DIMMs into the DIMM sockets.
Recommended Memory Configurations
Mode
Single-Channel
Dual-channel (1)
Dual-channel (2)
DIMM_A1
(yellow)
–
Populated
Populated
Populated
Sockets
DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1
(black)
(yellow)
–
Populated
–
–
–
Populated
Populated
Populated
DIMM_B2
(black)
–
–
–
Populated
•
You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The
system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel
configuration. Any excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then
mapped for single-channel operation.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility,
it is recommended that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
•
If you install four 1 GB memory modules, the system may only recognize less
than 3GB because the address space is reserved for other critical functions.
This limitation appears on Windows® XP/Vista 32-bit operation system which
does not support Physical Address Extension (PAE).
•
If you install Windows® XP/Vista 32-bit operation system, a total memory of
less than 3GB is recommended.
•
This motherboard does not support memory modules made up of 128 Mb
chips.
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M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR2-800MHz capability for AM2 CPU
DIMM support
Size
Vendor
Chip No.
SS/
DS
Part No.
A*
B*
C*
512MB
KINGSTON
K4T51083QC
SS
KVR800D2N5/512
•
•
•
1024MB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
DS
KHX6400D2LL/1G
•
•
•
1024MB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
SS
KHX6400D2LLK2/1GN
•
•
•
1024MB
KINGSTON
V59C1512804QBF25
DS
KVR800D2N5/1G
•
•
•
1024MB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
SS
KHX6400D2ULK2/1G
•
•
•
2048MB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
DS
KHX6400D2ULK2/2G
•
•
•
512MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF25F
SS
HYS64T64000HU-25F-B
•
•
1024MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF25F
DS
HYS64T128020HU-25F-B
•
•
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821CFP-S5
SS
HYMP564U64CP8-S5
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821CFP-S5
DS
HYMP512U64CP8-S5
512MB
MICRON
D9GKX
SS
MT8HTF6464AY-80ED4
•
•
•
1024MB
MICRON
D9GKX
DS
MT16HTF12864AY-80ED4
•
•
•
512MB
CORSAIR
Heat-Sink Package
SS
CM2X512A-6400
•
•
•
1024MB
CORSAIR
Heat-Sink Package
DS
CM2X1024-6400C4
•
•
•
512MB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
SS
BL6464AA804.8FD
•
•
•
1024MB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AL804.16FD3
•
•
1024MB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AA804.16FD3
•
•
•
512MB
Apacer
Heat-Sink Package
DS
AHU512E800C5K1C
•
512MB
A-DATA
AD29608A8A-25EG
SS
M2OAD6G3H3160G1E53
•
•
•
1024MB
A-DATA
AD26908A8A-25EG
DS
M2OAD6G3I4170I1E58
•
•
•
512MB
KINGMAX
KKA8FEIBF-HJK-25A
SS
KLDC28F-A8KI5
•
1024MB
KINGMAX
KKA8FEIBF-HJK-25A
DS
KLDD48F-ABKI5
•
512MB
Transcend
HY5PS12821CFP-S5
SS
TS64MLQ64V8J
•
1024MB
Transcend
HY5PS12821CFP-S5
DS
TS128MLQ64V8J
•
512MB
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
SS
T800UA12C4
•
•
1024MB
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
DS
T800UB1GC4
•
•
512MB
NANYA
NT5TU64M8BE-25C
SS
NT512T64U880BY-25C
•
•
1024MB
NANYA
NT5TU64M8BE-25C
DS
NT1GT64U8HB0BY-25C
•
•
•
512MB
PSC
A3R12E3HEF641B9A05
SS
AL6E8E63B8E1K
•
•
•
1024MB
PSC
A3R12E3HEF641B9A05
DS
AL7E8E63B-8E1K
•
•
1024MB
Elixir
N2TU51280BE-25C
DS
M2Y1G64TU8HB0B-25C
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
A*: Supports one module inserted in any slot as Single-channel memory
configuration.
•
B*: Supports one pair of modules inserted into either the yellow slots or the
black slots as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration.
•
C*: Supports 4 modules inserted into both the yellow and black slots as two
pairs of Dual-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website for the latest DDR2-1066/800/667/533MHz QVL.
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M3A32-MVP Deluxe Series
Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR2-667MHz capability for AM2 CPU
DIMM support
Size
Vendor
Chip No.
SS/
DS
Part No.
A*
B*
C*
512MB
KINGSTON
D6408TEBGGL3U
SS
KVR667D2N5/512
•
•
•
256MB
KINGSTON
HYB18T256800AF3S
SS
KVR667D2N5/256
•
•
•
256MB
KINGSTON
6SBI2D9DCG
SS
KVR667D2N5/256
•
•
2048MB
KINGSTON
E1108AB-6E-E
DS
KVR667D2N5/2G
•
•
256MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512160BF-3S
SS
HYS64T32000HU-3S-B
•
•
512MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF3S
SS
HYS64T64000HU-3S-B
•
•
•
1024MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF3S
DS
HYS64T128020HU-3S-B
•
•
256MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51163QC-ZCE6
SS
M378T3354CZ0-CE6
•
•
•
512MB
SAMSUNG
ZCE6K4T51083QC
SS
M378T6553CZ0-CE6
•
•
•
256MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51163QC-ZCE6
SS
M378T3354CZ3-CE6
•
•
512MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51083QC
SS
M378T6553CZ3-CE6
•
•
1024MB
SAMSUNG
ZCE6K4T51083QC
DS
M378T2953CZ3-CE6
•
•
512MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51163QE-ZCE6
DS
M378T3354EZ3-CE6
•
•
•
256MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51083QE
SS
M378T6553EZS-CE6
•
1024MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51083QE
DS
M378T2953EZ3-CE6
•
•
•
256MB
Hynix
HY5PS121621CFP-Y5
SS
HYMP532U64CP6-Y5
•
•
•
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821CFP-Y5
DS
HYMP512U64CP8-Y5
•
•
•
256MB
CORSAIR
MIII00605
SS
VS256MB667D2
•
512MB
CORSAIR
64M8CFEG
SS
VS512MB667D2
•
•
•
1024MB
CORSAIR
64M8CFEG
DS
VS1GB667D2
•
•
•
256MB
ELPIDA
E2508AB-6E-E
SS
EBE25UC8ABFA-6E-E
•
•
•
512MB
A-DATA
AD29608A8A-3EG
SS
M2OAD5G3H3166I1C52
•
•
•
1024MB
A-DATA
AD29608A8A-3EG
DS
M2OAD5G3I4176I1C52
•
•
•
2048MB
A-DATA
NT5TU128M8BJ-3C
DS
M2ONY5H3J4170I1C5Z
•
•
•
512MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
SS
BL6464AA663.8FD
•
1024MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AA663.16FD
•
•
•
1024MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AL664.16FD
•
•
•
512MB
Apacer
AM4B5708GQJS7E0628F
SS
AU512E667C5KBGC
•
•
1024MB
Apacer
AM4B5708GQJS7E
DS
AU01GE667C5KBGC
•
•
512MB
Transcend
K4T51083QE
SS
TS64MLQ64V6J
•
1024MB
Transcend
K4T51083QE
DS
TS128MLQ64V6J
•
•
256MB
Kingmax
N2TU51216AG-3C
SS
KLCB68F-36KH5
•
•
•
512MB
Kingmax
KKEA88B4LAUG-29DX
SS
KLCC28F-A8KB5
•
•
•
1024MB
Kingmax
KKEA88B4LAUG-29DX
DS
KLCD48F-A8KB5
•
•
512MB
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
SS
T6UA512C5
•
•
1024MB
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
DS
T6UB1GC5
•
•
2048MB
NANYA
NT5TU128M8BJ-3C
DS
NT2GT64U8HB0JY-3C
•
•
•
512MB
NANYA
NT5TU64M8BE-3C
SS
NT512T64U88B0BY-3C
•
•
•
512MB
PSC
A3R12E3GEF637BLC5N
SS
AL6E8E63B-6E1K
•
•
•
1024MB
PSC
A3R12E3GEF637BLC5N
DS
AL7E8E63B-6E1K
•
•
•
512MB
TwinMOS
TMM6208G8M30C
SS
8D-23JK5M2ETP
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Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR2-533MHz capability for AM2 CPU
2-16
DIMM support
Size
Vendor
Chip No.
SS/
DS
Part No.
A*
B*
C*
512MB
KINGSTON
HYB18T512800AF37
SS
KVR533D2N4/512
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•
•
1024MB
KINGSTON
D6408TPAGGL3U
DS
KVR533D2N4/1G
•
•
2048MB
KINGSTON
E1108AB-6E-E
DS
KVR533D2N4/2G
•
•
512MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF37
SS
HYS64T64000HU-3.7-B
•
•
1024MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF37
DS
HYS64T128020HU-3.7-B
•
•
256MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51163QC-ZCD5
SS
M378T3354CZ3-CD5
•
•
512MB
SAMSUNG
ZCD5K4T51083QC
SS
M378T6553CZ3-CD5
•
•
1024MB
SAMSUNG
ZCD5K4T51083QC
DS
M378T2953CZ3-CD5
•
•
256MB
Hynix
HY5PS121621CFP-C4
SS
HYMP532U64CP6-C4
•
•
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821CFP-C4
DS
HYMP512U64CP8-C4
•
•
256MB
CORSAIR
32M16CEDG
SS
VS256MB533D2
•
•
1024MB
CORSAIR
64M8CEDG
DS
VS1GB533D2
•
•
512MB
ELPIDA
E5108AB-5C-E
SS
EBE51UD8ABFA-5C-E
•
•
512MB
KINGMAX
E5108AE-5C-E
SS
KLBC28F-A8EB4
•
•
•
512MB
KINGMAX
KKEA88E4AAK-37
SS
KLBC28F-A8KE4
•
•
•
1024MB
KINGMAX
5MB22D9DCN
DS
KLBD48F-A8ME4
512MB
Apacer
AM4B5708GQJS5D
SS
AU512E533C4KBGC
•
•
1024MB
Apacer
AM4B5708GQJS5D
DS
AU01GE533C4KBGC
•
•
512MB
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
SS
T5UA512C4
•
•
1024MB
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
DS
T5UB1G8C4
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other
system components. Failure to do so can cause severe damage to both the
motherboard and the components.
2
To install a DIMM:
1.
2.
3.
3
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clips
outward.
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the break on the socket.
DDR2 DIMM notch
1
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips
snap back in place and the
DIMM is properly seated.
Unlocked retaining clip
2.4.4
•
A DDR2 DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. Do
not force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
•
The DDR2 DIMM sockets do not support DDR DIMMs. DO not install DDR
DIMMs to the DDR2 DIMM sockets.
Removing a DIMM
To remove a DIMM:
1.
Support the DIMM lightly with
your fingers when pressing the
retaining clips. The DIMM might
get damaged when it flips out
with extra force.
2.
2
Simultaneously press the retaining
clips outward to unlock the DIMM.
1
1
DDR2 DIMM notch
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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2.4.5
Installing ASUS Cool Mempipe
Install ASUS Cool Mempipe to your motherboard to achieve excellent thermal
dissipation for your memory modules.
To install ASUS Cool Mempipe:
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1.
Secure the motherboard to your
chassis with nine screws.
2.
Install memory modules to
sockets DIMM_A1/B1 first.
3.
Loosen the four nuts to part the
heat spreaders.
4.
Remove the four pieces of
protective film on the heat
spreaders.
5.
Align the Cool Mempipe with the
northbridge heatsink and ensure
the memory modules are located
between the heat spreaders.
6.
Fasten the Cool Mempipe to the
northbridge heatsink with four
screws.
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7.
Adjust the heatpipe until the
heat spreaders contact the
memory modules.
8.
Firmly press the heat spreaders
against the memory modules.
9.
Hold the heat spreaders and
secure the four nuts. DO NOT
overtighten the nuts.
10. Install another two memory
modules to sockets DIMM_A2/
B2 if necessary.
Install memory modules to sockets DIMM_A2 and DIMM_B2 after the
completion of Cool Mempipe installation.
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2.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion
cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw
for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
Replace the system cover.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure the it by adjusting the software
settings.
1.
2.
3.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 4 for information on BIOS setup.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share
IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments; otherwise, conflicts will
arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card
inoperable.
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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
0
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Priority
1
2
–
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Standard function
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Redirect to IRQ#9
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Floppy Disk Controller
Reserved
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Reserved
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCIE x16_1
PCIE x16_2
PCIE x16_3
PCIE x16_4
USB 1.0 controller 1
USB 1.0 controller 2
USB 1.0 controller 3
USB 1.0 controller 4
USB 2.0 controller
HD audio
Onboard SATA
A
shared
shared
shared
shared
–
–
–
–
–
shared
–
B
shared
shared
shared
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
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C
shared
shared
shared
shared
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
D
shared
shared
shared
shared
shared
shared
shared
shared
shared
–
–
E
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
F
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
shared
G
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
H
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
–
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2.5.4
PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other
cards that comply with PCI specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location
of the slots.
2.5.5
Four PCI Express x16 slots
This motherboard supports four ATI CrossFireX™ PCI Express x16 graphics cards
that comply with the PCI Express specifications. With four graphics cards installed,
the motherboard can enable quad‑display. Refer to the figure below for the location
of the slots.
PCI Express x16_1 slot
PCI slot
PCI Express x 16_4 slot
PCI Express x16_3 slot
PCI Express x 16_2 slot
PCI slot
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Primary PCI Express x16 slots
The primary PCI Express x16 slots support PCI Express x16 graphics cards that
comply with the PCI Express specifications.
Universal PCI Express x16 slots (max. x8 mode)
This motherboard also supports universal PCI Express x16 slots with a maximum
speed of 8 GB/s. The operating frequency of this slot changes, depending on the
type of PCI Express card you install. Refer to the table below for details.
If you install multiple VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis
fan cable to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1/2 for better thermal
environment. See page 2-34 for the connector location.
VGA configuration
PCI Express operating mode
PCIex16_2
PCIex16_3
PCIex16_4
Single VGA/PCIe card x16
x1
x16
x1
Dual VGA/PCIe card
x16
x1
x16
x1
x16
x1
x8
x8
x8
x8
x16
x1
x8
x8
x8
x8
Triple VGA/PCIe card
Quad VGA card
PCIex16_1
•
When using one VGA card and a x4 PCIe card at the same time, install
them to the blue slots.
•
If you install two VGA cards to the blue slots and use other x4 PCIe cards
simultaneously, the x4 PCIe cards will downgrade to x1 mode for optimum
VGA performance. You may reassign PCIe width in BIOS settings. Refer to
page 4-24 for details.
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2.6
Jumper
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup
parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button
cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup
information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Remove the onboard battery.
3. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on
pins 2-3 for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
4. Reinstall the battery.
5. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
6. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup
to re-enter data.
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Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
CLRTC
®
1 2
Normal
(Default)
2 3
Clear RTC
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•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
•
Due to the chipset limitation, AC power off is required prior using C.P.R.
function. You must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the
power cord before reboot the system.
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
1
2
3
4
5 6
7
10
9
8
16
17
15
1.
2.
3.
4.
14
13
12
11
PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
Coaxial S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via a coaxial S/PDIF cable.
IEEE 1394a port. This 6-pin IEEE 1394a port provides high-speed
connectivity for audio/video devices, storage peripherals, PCs, or portable
devices.
LAN (RJ-45) port. Supported by Marvell® 88E1116 Gigabit LAN controller,
this port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a
network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
OFF
No link
ORANGE
Linked
BLINKING
Data activity
Speed LED
Status
OFF
ORANGE
GREEN
Description
10 Mbps connection
100 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
LAN port
5. Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects the center/subwoofer
speakers.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects the rear speakers in a
4-channel, 6-channel, or 8-channel audio configuration.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects the tape, CD, DVD player, or
other audio sources.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In
4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the function of this port
becomes Front Speaker Out.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone.
10. Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects the side speakers in an
8-channel audio configuration.
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Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in
2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Orange
Black
Gray
Headset
2-channel
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
–
–
–
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
–
Rear Speaker Out
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Ou
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
11. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
12. External SATA port. This port connects an external Serial ATA hard disk
drive.
The external SATA port supports
external Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
devices. Longer cables support
higher power requirements to
deliver signal up to two meters
away, and enables improved
hot-swap function.
DO NOT insert a different connector to this port.
13. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
14. Optical S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via an optical S/PDIF cable.
15. USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
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For WiFi-AP Edition Only:
Refer to the WiFi-AP Solo user guide for detailed settings.
16. Wireless LAN port. This port is on the onboard wireless LAN module that
allows you to set up a wireless network and exchange information with other
wireless devices without tagling cables and wires. Connect the moveable
omni-directional antenna to this port.
17. Wireless LAN Activity LED. The wireless module comes with an activity
LED.
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2.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable. Insert
one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other end to the
signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
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Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable connection when
using a FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
®
FLOPPY
PIN 1
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Floppy disk drive connector
2.
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
The onboard IDE connector is for the Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable.
There are three connectors on each Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable:
blue, black, and gray. Connect the blue connector to the motherboard’s IDE
connector, then select one of the following modes to configure your device.
Drive jumper setting
Single device
Two devices
Cable-Select or Master
Cable-Select
Master
Slave
Mode of
device(s)
–
Master
Slave
Master
Slave
Cable connector
Black
Black
Gray
Black or gray
•
Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole on the
Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion when you
connect the IDE cable.
•
Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 100/66 IDE devices.
If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” make sure all other device
jumpers have the same setting.
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PRI_IDE
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
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3.
AMD® SB600 Southbridge Serial ATA connectors
(7-pin SATA1 [red]; SATA2 [black]; SATA3 [red]; SATA4 [black])
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk
and optical disk drives.
If you install SATA hard disk drives to the SATA1/2/3/4 connectors, you can
create a RAID 0, RAID 1, or RAID 0+1 configuration through the onboard
AMD® SB600 controller.
•
Before creating a RAID set, refer to 5.4 RAID Configurations or the
manual bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
GND
RSATA_RXN3
RSATA_RXP3
GND
RSATA_TXN3
RSATA_TXP3
GND
SATA1
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SATA4
GND
RSATA_RXN2
RSATA_RXP2
GND
RSATA_TXN2
RSATA_TXP2
GND
SATA3
GND
RSATA_RXN4
RSATA_RXP4
GND
RSATA_TXN4
RSATA_TXP4
GND
®
GND
RSATA_RXN1
RSATA_RXP1
GND
RSATA_TXN1
RSATA_TXP1
GND
These connectors are set to [IDE] by default. If you intend to create a Serial
ATA RAID set using these connectors, set the Onchip SATA Type item in
the BIOS to [RAID]. See section 4.3.6 Storage Configuration for details.
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•
•
You must install the Windows® XP Service Pack 1 before using Serial ATA
hard disk drives. The Serial ATA RAID feature (RAID 0 and RAID 1) is
available only if you are using Windows® XP or later version.
When using the connectors in Native IDE mode, connect the primary (boot)
hard disk drive to the SATA1/3 connector. Refer to the table below for the
recommended SATA hard disk drive connections.
Serial ATA hard disk drive connection
Connector
Color
Setting
Use
SATA 1/3
Red
Master
Boot disk
SATA 2/4
Black
Slave
Data disk
Connect the right-angle side
of SATA signal cable to SATA
device. Or you may connect the
right-angle side of SATA cable to
the onboard SATA port to avoid
mechanical conflict with huge
graphics cards.
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4.
Marvell® 6121 Serial ATA RAID connector (7-pin SATA_RAID1/2)
This connector is for a Serial ATA signal cable that supports a Serial ATA hard
disk drive. To configure RAID 0 or RAID 1, install two internal Serial ATA hard
disk drives to the SATA_RAID1/2 connectors.
SATA_RAID1
SATA_RAID2
GND
RSATA_RXN2
RSATA_RXP2
GND
RSATA_TXN2
RSATA_TXP2
GND
®
GND
RSATA_RXN1
RSATA_RXP1
GND
RSATA_TXN1
RSATA_TXP1
GND
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The Marvell IDE/RAID function item in BIOS is set to [IDE] by default. Setting
this item to [RAID] allows you to use the connectors to build a RAID set. See
section 4.4.5 Onboard Devices Configuration for details.
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SATA RAID connectors
Before creating a RAID set using Serial ATA hard disks, make sure that you
have connected the Serial ATA signal cables and installed Serial ATA hard disk
drives; otherwise, you cannot enter the Marvell RAID BIOS Configuration utility
and SATA BIOS setup during POST.
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USB connectors (10-1 pin USB 78; USB910)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable
to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the
back of the system chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0
specification that supports up to 480 Mbps connection speed.
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USB 2.0 connectors
USB+5V
USB_P10USB_P10+
GND
NC
USB910
PIN1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
PIN1
USB+5V
USB_P9USB_P9+
GND
USB78
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
®
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
You can connect the front panel USB cable to the ASUS Q-Connector (USB,
blue) first, and then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector
onboard if your chassis supports front panel USB ports.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
This connector is for a IEEE 1394a port. Connect the IEEE 1394a module
cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back
of the system chassis.
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TPA1GND
TPB1+12V
GND
®
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IE1394_2
PIN 1
TPA1+
GND
TPB1+
+12V
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IEEE 1394a connector
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Never connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so will damage
the motherboard!
You can connect the front panel 1394 cable to the ASUS Q-Connector (1394,
red) first, and then install the Q-Connector (1394) to the 1394 connector
onboard if your chassis supports front panel 1394 ports.
7.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN; 3-pin CHA_FAN1; 3-pin CHA_FAN2; 3-pin PWR_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA~2000 mA (24 W max.)
or a total of 1 A~7 A (84 W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the fan
connectors on the motherboard, making sure that the black wire of each
cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air
flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are
not jumpers! Do not place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
GND
CPU FAN PWR
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWM
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CPU_FAN
CHA_FAN2
GND
+12V
Rotation
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•
•
Rotation
+12V
GND
PWR_FAN
CHA_FAN1
Rotation
+12V
GND
Only the CPU_FAN and CHA_FAN 1 connectors support the ASUS Q
FAN2 feature.
If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis
fan cable to the motherboard connector labled CHA_FAN1 or CHA_FAN2
for better themal environment.
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8.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch.
Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this
connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to
this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced. The signal
is then generated as a chassis intrusion event.
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CHASSIS
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Chassis intrusion connector
9.
Chassis Signal
GND
+5VSB_MB
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By default , the pin labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with
a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the
chassis intrusion detection feature.
(Default)
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR; 8-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs
are designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper
orientation and push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
®
GND
GND
GND
GND
+12V DC
+12V DC
+12V DC
+12V DC
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EATX12V
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EATXPWR
+3 Volts
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+5V Standby
Power OK
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
-5 Volts
Ground
Ground
Ground
PSON#
Ground
-12 Volts
+3 Volts
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•
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply
unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version)
and provides a minimum power of 600 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 8-pin ATX +12 V power plug; otherwise, the
system will not boot.
•
Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The system
may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
•
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your
system, refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator
at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
The ATX 12 V Specification 2.0-compliant (500W) PSU has been tested
to support the motherboard power requirements with the following
configuration:
CPU: AMD FX-62
Memory 1024 MB DDR2-800 (x4)
Graphics card: PCI Express x16 NVIDIA 7900GTX
Serial ATA device: SATA hard disk drive (x2)
Optical drives: DVD-RW
10. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that
supports either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end
of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
AAFP
NC
Legacy AC ‘97 audio
pin definition
AGND
NC
NC
SENSE2_RETUR
AGND
PRESENCE#
SENSE1_RETUR
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HD Audio-compliant
pin definition
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
PORT1 L
PORT1 R
PORT2 R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2 L
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M3A32-MVP DELUXE Analog front panel connector
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio
module to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio
capability.
•
If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector, set the Front Panel Support Type item in the BIOS setup to
[HD Audio]; if you want to connect an AC'97 front panel audio module
to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. By default, this connector is set
to [HD Audio]. See section 4.4.5 Onboard Devices Configuration for
details.
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11. Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
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These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
CD
®
Right Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Left Audio Channel
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12. Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
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This connector is for a serial (COM) port. Connect the serial port module
cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back
of the system chassis.
COM1
PIN 1
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The COM module is purchased separately.
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13. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
SPDIF_OUT
+5V
®
SPDIFOUT
GND
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This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s). Connect the S/PDIF Out module cable to this connector, then install
the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
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The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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14. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
PLED-
PLED+
SPEAKER
PANEL
®
PWR
Ground
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
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PLED
Reset
Ground
RESET
IDE_LED
PWRSW
* Requires an ATX power supply.
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•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSR)
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis
power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when
you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity
LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is
read from or written to the HDD.
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button
turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending
on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds
while the system is ON turns the system OFF.
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system
reboot without turning off the system power.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)
You can use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect chassis front panel
cables in a few steps. Refer to the instructions below to install the ASUS QConnector.
1.
Connect the front panel cables to the
ASUS Q-Connector.
Refer to the labels on the Q-Connector
to know the detailed pin definitions, then
match them to the respective front panel
cable labels.
2.
Install the ASUS Q-Connector to the
system panel connector, making sure
the orientation matches the labels on the
motherboard.
3.
The front panel functions are now enabled.
The figure shows the Q-Connector properly
installed on the motherboard.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter describes the power up
sequence, the vocal POST messages,
and ways of shutting down the system.
3
Powering up
Chapter summary
3.1
3.2
3
Starting up for the first time......................................................... 3-1
Turning off the computer.............................................................. 3-2
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Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
2.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Be sure that all switches are off.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge
protector.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case
lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up
when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with “green”
standards or if it has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up
or switch between orange and green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are
running, the BIOS beeps (see BIOS beep codes table below) or additional
messages appear on the screen. If you do not see anything within 30
seconds from the time you turned on the power, the system may have failed a
power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call your retailer
for assistance.
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 4.
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3.2
Turning off the computer
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® Vista™:
1. Click the Start button then select ShutDown.
2. The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts
the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the
soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. Refer to section “4.5 Power Menu” in
Chapter 4 for details.
3-
Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter tells how to change
the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions
of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
4
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
4
4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 4-1
4.3
Main menu................................................................................... 4-12
4.2
4.4
4.5
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 4-9
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 4-16
Power menu................................................................................. 4-28
4.6
Boot menu................................................................................... 4-32
4.8
Exit menu..................................................................................... 4-38
4.7
Tools menu.................................................................................. 4-36
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Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1.
ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
3.
ASUS AFUDOS (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk.)
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk or USB flash disk.)
2.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk,
USB flash disk or the motherboard support DVD when the BIOS file fails or
gets corrupted.)
4.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk or
USB flash disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the
original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or AFUDOS utilities.
4.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the
motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you
to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
•
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard
package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update.
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Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
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1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet option from the drop‑down
menu, then click Next.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic, or
click Auto Select. Click Next.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.
5.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself through
the Internet. Always update the
utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, then click Open.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
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4.1.2
1.
Creating a bootable floppy disk
Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk drive.
b. Click Start from the Windows® desktop, then select My Computer.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2 Floppy
Disk window appears.
e. Select Create an MS-DOS startup disk from the format options field,
then click Start.
2.
4-
Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable floppy
disk.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to go
through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and using a DOS‑based
utility. The EZ Flash 2 utility is built-in the BIOS chip so it is accessible by pressing
<Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests (POST).
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
2.
3.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
the motherboard.
Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk or a USB flash disk, then restart the
system.
You can launch the EZ Flash 2 by two methods.
(1) Insert the floppy disk / USB flash disk that contains the BIOS file to the
floppy disk drive or the USB port.
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.06
FLASH TYPE: WINBOND W25X80
Current ROM
BOARD: M3A32-MVP
VER: 0301
DATE: 10/04/07
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\
A:
C:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[B] Backup
[Tab] Switch
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[ESC] Exit
(2) Enter BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash2
and press <Enter> to enable it.
You can switch between drives by pressing <Tab> before the correct file
is found. Then press <Enter>.
4.
When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update
process and automatically reboots the system when done.
•
•
This function can support devices such as USB flash disk, or floppy disk
with FAT 32/16 format and single partition only.
Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot failure!
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4.1.4
AFUDOS utility
The AFUDOS utility allows you to update the BIOS file in DOS environment using
a bootable floppy disk with the updated BIOS file. This utility also allows you to
copy the current BIOS file that you can use as backup when the BIOS fails or gets
corrupted during the updating process.
Copying the current BIOS
To copy the current BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility:
1.
2.
•
Make sure that the floppy disk is not write-protected and has at least
1024KB free space to save the file.
•
The succeeding BIOS screens are for reference only. The actual BIOS
screen displays may not be same as shown.
Copy the AFUDOS utility (afudos.exe) from the motherboard support DVD to
the bootable floppy disk you created earlier.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt type:
afudos /o[filename]
where the [filename] is any user-assigned filename not more than eight
alphanumeric characters for the main filename and three alphanumeric
characters for the extension name.
A:\>afudos /oOLDBIOS1.rom
Main filename
3.
Extension name
Press <Enter>. The utility copies the current BIOS file to the floppy disk.
A:\>afudos /oOLDBIOS1.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... done
Write to file...... ok
A:\>
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after copying the current BIOS file.
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility:
1.
4-
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) and download the latest BIOS file for
the motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
Write the BIOS filename on a piece of paper. You need to type the exact BIOS
filename at the DOS prompt.
2.
3.
Copy the AFUDOS utility (afudos.exe) from the motherboard support DVD to
the bootable floppy disk you created earlier.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt type:
afudos /i[filename]
where [filename] is the latest or the original BIOS file on the bootable floppy
disk.
A:\>afudos /iM3A32-MVP.ROM
4.
The utility verifies the file and starts updating the BIOS.
A:\>afudos /iM3A32-MVP.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ....... done
Reading flash ...... done
Advance Check ......
Erasing flash ...... done
Writing flash ...... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
system boot failure!
5.
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after the BIOS update process is
completed. Reboot the system from the hard disk drive.
A:\>afudos /iM3A32-MVP.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ....... done
Reading flash ...... done
Advance Check ......
Erasing flash ...... done
Writing flash ...... done
Verifying flash .... done
Please restart your computer
A:\>
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4.1.5
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore
the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can
update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support DVD, the floppy disk,
or the USB flash disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
•
•
Prepare the motherboard support DVD, the floppy disk or the USB flash
disk containing the updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
If your display receives no signal during the BIOS updating process, the
system will beep when it is searching for a device that contains the BIOS
file. The beep stops when such device is found and the updating process
begins. You will hear four beeps when the updating process is completed,
and the display will return after the system reboots.
Recovering the BIOS from the support DVD
To recover the BIOS from the support DVD:
1.
Turn on the system.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks the DVD
for the BIOS file.
2.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted
BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “M3A32-MVP.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
Recovering the BIOS from the USB flash disk
To recover the BIOS from the USB flash disk:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains BIOS file to the USB port.
3.
The utility will automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file When found,
the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted BIOS file.
2.
4.
Turn on the system.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
•
•
4-
Only the USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and single partition can
support ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3. The device size should be smaller than
8GB.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so
can cause system boot failure!
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) chip
that you can update using the provided utility described in section “4.1 Managing
and updating your BIOS.”
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring
your system, or prompted to “Run Setup.” This section explains how to configure
your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change the
configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can enable the
security password feature or change the power management settings. This
requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so that the
computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the
SPI chip.
The SPI chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start up the
computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. Press
<Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility; otherwise,
POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can
also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this last option only if
the first two failed.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a
menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus and make
your selections from the available options using the navigation keys.
•
The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions
to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after
changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings to ensure system
compatibility and stability. Select the Load Setups Default item under the
Exit Menu. See section 4.8 Exit Menu.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes
only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
this motherboard.
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4.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Advanced
Power
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
Storage Configuration
Configuration fields
General help
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
[10:55:25]
[Wed 09/12/2007]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[English]
[WDC
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
System Information
WD800JD-00LSA0]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
+-
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2007, American Megatrends, Inc.
Sub-menu items
4.2.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Tools
For Configuring options for special functions
Advanced
Boot
Exit
For changing the advanced system settings
For changing the system boot configuration
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings.
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard
until the desired item is highlighted.
4.2.3
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that
particular menu. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change
the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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4.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar
displays the specific items for that
menu. For example, selecting Main
shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power,
Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
4.2.5
Sub-menu items
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
Use [ENTER], [TAB],
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[06:22:54]
[Thu 07/26/2007]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[English]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
Storage Configuration
[WDC
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
WD800JD-00LSA0]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system
Time.
System Information
Main menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the iteam has a
sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press <Enter>.
4.2.6
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user- configurable,
you can change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item
that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Refer to “4.2.7 Pop-up window.”
4.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
4.2.8
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of a
menu screen when there are items that do
not fit on the screen. Press the
Up/Down arrow keys or <Page Up> /<Page
Down> keys to display the other items on
the screen.
4.2.9
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen
is a brief description of the selected item.
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Scroll bar
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4.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving
you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section 4.2.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
Main
Advanced
Power
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
Storage Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
[10:55:25]
[Wed 09/12/2007]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[English]
[WDC
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
WD800JD-00LSA0]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
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F10
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Select Field
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4.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
4.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [720K, 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
4.3.4
Language [English]
Allows you to select the display language for the BIOS setup screen.
Configuration options: [Chinese(BIG5)] [Chinese(GB)] [Japanese] [Français]
[German] [English]
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4.3.5
Primary IDE Master/Slave; SATA1~4
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE devices.
There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device item then
press <Enter> to display the IDE device information.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Primary IDE Master
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: WDC WD800JD-00LSA0
Size
: 80.0GB
LBA Mode
: Supported
Block Mode
: 16 Sectors
PIO Mode
: 4
Async DMA
: MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA
: Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring: Supported
Type [Auto]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Block(Multi-sector Transfer)M
[Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
DMA Mode [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Select the type of
device connected to
the system.
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The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device,
Vendor, Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and
SMART monitoring). These values are not user-configurable. These items show
N/A if no IDE device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the
appropriate IDE device type. Select [CDROM] if you are specifically configuring a
CD-ROM drive. Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is
either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
This item appears in Primary IDE Master/Slave only.
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the
device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA
mode disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the data
transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device
supports multi-sector transfer feature. When set to [Disabled], the data transfer
from and to the device occurs one sector at a time.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
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PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0] [SWDMA1]
[SWDMA2] [MWDMA0] [MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2]
[UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Disabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.3.6
Storage Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Onchip SATA Channel
Onchip SATA Type
[Enabled]
[IDE]
Options
Disabled
Enabled
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Onchip SATA Channel [Enabled]
Enables or disables the onchip SATA channel.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you enable Onchip SATA Channel.
Onchip SATA Type [IDE]
Sets the configuration for the Serial ATA connectors supported by the Southbridge
chip.
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The AHCI allows the onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA
features that increases storage performance on random workloads by allowing the
drive to internally optimize the order of commands.
If you want to create a RAID 0, RAID1, or RAID 0+1 configuration from the Serial
ATA hard disk drives, set this item to [RAID].
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical storage
devices, keep the defaul setting [IDE].
If you want the Serial ATA hard disk drives to use the Advanced Host Controller
Interface (AHCI), set this item to [AHCI].
4.3.7
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AMIBIOS
Version
: 0301
Build Date : 10/04/07
Processor
Type
: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3000+
Speed
Count
: 1600MHz
: 1
System Memory
Usable Size
: 1024 MB
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AMI BIOS
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
Processor
Displays the auto-detected CPU specification.
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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4.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
JumperFree Configuration
AI NET2
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
PCIPnP
USB Configuration
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Tab
F1
F10
ESC
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Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.4.1
Jumperfree Configuration
Advanced
Configure System Frequency/Voltage
AI Overclocking
PLL1 Spread Spectrum
PLL2 Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Processor Voltage
CPU VDDA Voltage
CPU-NB HT Link Speed
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Select the target CPU
frequency, and the
relevant parameters
will be auto-adjusted.
Frequencies higher
than CPU manufacturer
recomends are not
guaranteed to be
stable. If the system
becomes unstable,
return to the default.
AI Overclocking [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal
frequency. Select any one of the preset overclocking configuration options:
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Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
Standard
Loads the standard settings for the system.
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Some of the following items appear when you set AI Overclocking to [Manual],
or [Standard]. The items vary depending on which option you select.
FSB Frequency [XXX]
Displays the frequency sent by the clock generator to the system bus and PCI
bus. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the FSB frequency. You can also type
the desired FSB frequency using the numeric keypad. The values range from 200
to 600. Refer to the table below for the correct Front Side Bus and CPU External
Frequency settings.
PCIE Frequency [XXX]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the PCIE frequency. You can also type the
desired PCIE frequency using the numeric keypad. The values range from 100 to
150.
PLL1 Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PLL2 Spread Spectrum [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Processor Frequency Multiplier [Auto]
This item is not configurable.
Processor Voltage [Auto]
You can enter the desired processor voltage using the numeric keypad. The values
range from 0.8000V to 1.7125V with a 0.0125V interval.
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU Vcore voltage. Setting
a high VCore voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and setting a low
VCore voltage may make the system unstable.
CPU VDDA Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU VDDA voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2.50V] [2.6V] [2.7V] [2.8V]
CPU-NB HT Link Speed [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU-Northbridge link speed.
Configuration options: [200 MHz] [400 MHz] [600 MHz] [800 MHz] [1 GHz] [Auto]
The configuration options may vary depending on your CPU model.
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DDR Voltage [Auto]
You can enter the desired DDR2 voltage using the numeric keypad. The values
range from 1.80V to 2.50V with a 0.02V interval.
Refer to the DDR2 documentation before adjusting the memory voltage. Setting
a very high memory voltage may damage the memory module(s)!
Northbridge Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the Northbridge voltage. The following three items appear when
you set Northbridge Voltage to [Manual]. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
HyperTransport Voltage [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.20V] [1.30V] [1.40V] [1.50V]
Core/PCIe Voltage [Auto]
You can enter the desired Core/PCIe voltage using the numeric keypad. The
values range from 1.10V to 1.40V with a 0.02V interval.
NB PCIE PLL [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.8V] [1.9V] [2.0V] [2.1V]
Southbridge Voltage [Auto]
You can enter the desired Southbridge voltage using the numeric keypad. The
values range from 1.20V to 1.40V with a 0.02V interval.
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•
Setting Processor Voltage, DDR Voltage, Core/PCIe Voltage and
Southbridge Voltage to a high level may damage the CPU, memory
module, and chipset permanently. Proceed with caution.
•
Some values of the items mentioned above are labeled in different color,
indicating the risk levels of high voltage settings. Refer to the table below
for details.
•
The system may require better cooling system to work stably under high
voltage settings.
Blue
Yellow
Pink
Red
Processor Voltage
0.8000V~
1.6000V
N/A
N/A
1.6125V~
1.7250V
DDR Voltage
1.80V~1.98V
2.00V~2.18V
2.20V~2.38V
2.40V~2.50V
Core/PCIe Voltage
1.10V~1.28V
N/A
N/A
1.30V~1.40V
Southbridge Voltage
1.20V~1.28V
N/A
N/A
1.30V~1.40V
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
AMD Auto Xpress [Auto]
AMD recommends that you enable this item to improve platform performance.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
Memory Configuration
Advanced
Memory Configuration
Bank Interleaving
Channel Interleaving
MemClk Tristate C3/ATLVID
Memory Hole Remapping
Unganged Mode support
Power Down Enable
Power Down Mode
Read Delay
DCQ Bypass Maximum
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Channel]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Enable Bank Memory
Interleavng.
Bank Interleaving [Auto]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Channel Interleaving [Auto]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto] [Address buts 6] [Address bits 12]
[Hash*, XOR of Address bits [20:16, 6]]
[Hash*, XOR of Address bits [20:16, 9]]
MemClk Tristate C3/ATLVID [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Memory Hole Remapping [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Unganged Mode Support [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power Down Enable [Enabled]
Enables or disables the DDR power down mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power Down Mode [Channel]
Allows you to set the DDR power down mode. This item appears only when you
enable the previous item. Configuration options: [Channel] [Chip Select]
Read Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.5 Memory CLKs] [1.0 Memory CLKs] [1.5
Memory CLKs] [2.0 Memory CLKs] [2.5 Memory CLKs] [3.0 Memory CLKs]
[3.5 Memory CLKs] [4.0 Memory CLKs]
DCQ Bypass Maximum [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0x] [1x] [2x]~[14x] [15x]
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DRAM Timing Configuration
Advanced
DRAM Timing Configuration
Memory Clock Mode
2T Mode
DRAM Timing Mode
Options
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Auto
Limit
Manual
Memory Clock Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Limit] [Manual]
Memclock Value [200 MHz]
This item appears when you set the previous item to [Limit] or [Manual].
Configuration options: [200 MHz] [266 MHz] [333 MHz] [400 MHz]
2T Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM Timing Mode [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [DCT 0]
AI Clock Skew for Channel A [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Advance 900ps] [Advance 750ps] [Advance 600ps]
[Advance 450ps] [Advance 300ps] [Advance 150ps] [Normal] [Delay 150ps]
[Delay 300ps] [Delay 450ps] [Delay 600ps] [Delay 750ps] [Delay 900ps]
Current Clock Skew [Advance450ps]
This item shows the current clock skew for channel A.
AI Clock Skew for Channel B [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Advance 900ps] [Advance 750ps] [Advance 600ps]
[Advance 450ps] [Advance 300ps] [Advance 150ps] [Normal] [Delay 150ps]
[Delay 300ps] [Delay 450ps] [Delay 600ps] [Delay 750ps] [Delay 900ps]
Current Clock Skew [Advance450ps]
This item shows the current clock skew for channel B.
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4.4.2
AI Net 2
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
AI Net 2
Pair
Status
1-2
3-6
4-5
7-8
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
1-2
3-6
4-5
7-8
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Marvell Check LAN
cable during POST.
Length
Marvell POST Check LAN cable
[Disabled]
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Marvell POST Check LAN Cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the LAN cable during the Power-On Self‑Test
(POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.4.3
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
CPU Configuration
Module Version: 13.16
AGESA Version: 3.1.1.0
Physical Count: 1
Logical Count: 1
AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3000+
Revision: F2
Cache L1: 128 KB
Cache L2: 256 KB
Cache L3: N/A
Speed
: 1600MHz, NV Clk: N/A
Current FSB Multiplier: 8x
Maximum FSB Multiplier: 8x
Able to chabge Freq. : No
uCode Patch Level
: 0x62
Secure Virtual Machine Mode [Enabled]
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Function [Disabled]
ACPI SRAT Table [Enabled]
AMD Live! [Disabled]
Enable/Disable
Secure Virtual Machine
Mode (SVM)
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Secure Virtual Machine Mode [Enabled]
Enables or disables the Secure Virtual Machine mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Function [Disabled]
Enables or disables the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
ACPI SRAT Table [Enabled]
Enables or disables the building of ACPI SRAT table.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
AMD Live! [Disabled]
Enables or disables the AMD® Live! Technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.4.4
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
PCI Express Configurat
PCI Express Configuration
Hyper Transport Configuration
PCI Express Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
PCI Express Configuration
GFX Dual Slot Configuration
GFX2 Dual Slot Configuration
Peer-to-Peer among GFX/GFX2
GPP Slots Power Limit, W
Options
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[25]
Port #02 Features
Port #03 Features
Port #04 Features
Port #05 Features
Port #06 Features
Port #07 Features
Port #09 Features
Port #10 Features
Port #11 Features
Port #12 Features
NB-SB Port Features
PCIe_2 Config
Auto
Enable
Disabled
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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GFX Dual Slot Configuration [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enable] [Disabled]
GFX2 Dual Slot Configuration [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Enable] [Disabled]
Peer-to-Peer among GFX/GFX2 [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enable] [Disabled]
GPP Slots Power Limit, W [25]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to change the value or type the desired value
using the numeric keypad. The values range from 0 to 255.
Port #02/03/11/12 Features
Gen2 High Speed Mode [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Software Switch] [Autonomous Switch]
Link ASPM [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L0s] [L1] [L0s & L1]
Link Width [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [x1 Mode] [x2] [x4] [x8 Mode]
Slot Power Limit, W [75]
Use the <+> and <-> keys to change the value or type the desired value using the
numeric keypad. The values range from 0 to 255.
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Port #04/05/06/07/09/10 Features
Gen2 High Speed Mode [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Software Switch] [Autonomous Switch]
Link ASPM [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L0s] [L1] [L0s & L1]
NB-SB Port Features
NB-SB link ASPM [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [L1]
NP NB-SB VC1 Traffic Support [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
PCIe_2/PCIe_4 Config [X1 Mode.]
Configuration options: [X1 Mode.] [X8 Mode.]
•
This item appears only when you install PCIe x4 cards to the PCIEX16_2/4
slots.
•
When you set this item to [X8 Mode], the PCIEX16_2/4 slots share width
with the PCIEX16_1/3 slots.
Hyper Transport Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Hyper Transport Configuration
Isochronous Flow-Control Mode
HT Link Tristate
UnitID Clumping
2x LCLK Mode
Options
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Disabled
Enable
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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Isochronous Flow-Control Mode [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enable]
HT Link Tristate [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [CAD/CTL] [CAD/CTL/CLK]
UnitID Clumping [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [UnitID 2/3] [UnitID B/C] [UnitID 2/3&B/C]
2x LCLK Mode [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enable]
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4.4.5
Onboard Devices Configuration
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Onboard Devices Configuraiton
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Serial Port1 Mode [Normal]
HD Audio Azalia Device [Auto]
Front Panel Support Type [HD Audio]
Onboard Lan [Enable]
Onboard Lan Boot Rom [Disabled]
Marvell 6111 SATA Controller[Enable]
Marvell 6121 SATA Controller[Enable]
Marvell Option ROM [Disabled]
Primary Display Adapter [PCI-E]
Allows BIOS to select
Serial Port1 Base
Addresses.
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Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Serial Port1 Mode [Normal]
This item does not show if you disable the Serial Port1 Address item.
Configuration options: [Normal] [IrDA] [ASK IR]
HD Audio Azalia Device [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the High Definition Audio. The following item
appears only when you set this item to [Auto].
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
Front Panel Support Type [HD Audio]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy
AC’97 or high-definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front
panel audio module supports. Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
Onboard Lan [Enable]
Configuration options: [Enable] [Disabled]
Onboard Lan Boot Rom [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item.
Configuration options: [Enable] [Disabled]
Marvell 6111 SATA Controller [Enable]
Configuration options: [Enable] [Disabled]
Marvell 6121 SATA Controller [Enable]
Configuration options: [Enable] [Disabled]
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Marvell 6121 Option Rom [Disabled]
This item appears when you enable Marvell 6121 SATA Controller.
Configuration options: [Enable] [Disabled]
Marvell IDE/RAID function [IDE]
This item appears when you enable Marvell 6121 Option Rom.
If you want to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, or RAID 0+1 configuration from the Serial
ATA hard disk drives, set this item to [RAID].
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical storage
devices, keep the default setting [IDE].
Primary Display Adapter [PCI-E]
Allows you to select which graphics controller to use as the primary boot device.
Configuration options: [PCI-E] [PCI]
4.4.6
PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP
devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
PCI Latency Timer
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
Palette Snooping
[No]
[64]
[Yes]
[Disabled]
IRQ3
IRQ4
IRQ5
IRQ7
IRQ9
IRQ10
IRQ11
IRQ14
IRQ15
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
NO: lets the BIOS
configure all the
devices in the system.
YES: lets the
operating system
configure Plug and Play
(PnP) devices not
required for boot if
your system has a Plug
and Play operating
system.
+F1
F10
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Select Item
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Save and Exit
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Plug And Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set to
[Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating system
configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
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PCI Latency Timer [64]
Configuration options: [32] [64] [96] [128] [160] [192] [224] [248]
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA [Yes]
Configuration options: [Yes] [No
Palette Snooping [Disabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IRQ3/4/5/7/9/10/11/14/15 [PCI Device]
Configuration options: [PCI Device] [Reserved]
4.4.7
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
USB Configuration
Options
USB Devices Enabled:
None
USB Functions
USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
BIOS EHCI Hand-off
Legacy USB Support Disabled
Enabled
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
F1 General Help
F10 Save and Exit
ESC Exit
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The USB Devices Enabled item shows the auto-detected values. If no USB
device is detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB functions.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you set USB Functions to [Enabled].
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to set the USB 2.0 controller mode to HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or
FullSpeed (12 Mbps). Configuration options: [FullSpeed] [HiSpeed]
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
Allows you to enable the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the support for legacy USB devices. Setting to
[Auto] allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected,
the legacy USB support is disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
4.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Power Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
Main
Advanced
Power
Suspend Mode
Repost Video on S3 Resume
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
[Auto]
[No]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Suspend Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state
to be used for system suspend.
Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S3 Only] [Auto]
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Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Determines whether to invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
4.5.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) 2.0 support. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.5.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC). When
set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.5.5
APM Configuration
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Select Power button
functionality.
APM Configuration
Power Button Mode
Restore on AC Power Loss
Power On By PCI devices
Power On By PCIE Devices
Power On By External Modems
Power On By RTC Alarm
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard
[On/Off]
[Power Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
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F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Power Button Mode [On/Off]
Allows you to set the power button function.
Configuration options: [On/Off] [Suspend]
Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off]
When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
When set to Power On, the system goes on after an AC power loss. When set to
Last State, the system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system state
was before the AC power loss.
Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
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Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI devices.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this item allows you to power on the computer in Soft-off
mode with an external modem. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
When a computer is off, turning an external modem off and then on causes an
initialization string that turns on the computer.
Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item is
set to Enabled, the items RTC Alarm Date/ RTC Alarm Hour/ RTC Alarm Minute/
RTC Alarm Second will become user-configurable with set values.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function or set specific keys
on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power
supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar] [Power Key] [Ctrl-Esc]
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4.5.6
Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
[25ºC/77ºF]
[34ºC/93ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
Chassis Fan 1 Speed
Chassis Fan 2 Speed
Power Fan Speed
[4440RPM]
[4440RPM]
[N/A]
[N/A]
VCORE Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[ 1.080V]
[ 3.232V]
[ 5.040V]
[12.208V]
CPU Fan Warning Speed
Smart Q-FAN Function
[800]
[Disabled]
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F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the motherboard
and CPU temperatures. Select [Ignored] if you do not wish to display the detected
temperatures.
CPU Fan/ Chassis Fan 1 and 2/Power Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or
[Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the fan speed
in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the motherboard, the
field shows N/A.
Vcore Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators. Select [Ignored] if you do not want to detect this
item.
CPU Fan Warning Speed [800]
Allows you to set the CPU fan warning speed.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [800] [1200] [1600]
Smart Q-FAN Function [Disabled]
Enables or disables the Smart Q-Fan function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The Q-Fan Profile item appears when you enable Smart Q-Fan Function.
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Q-Fan Profile [Optimal]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU Q-Fan. When
set to [Optimal], the CPU fan automatically adjusts depending on the CPU
temperature. Set this item to [Silent Mode] to minimize fan speed for quiet
CPU fan operation, or [Performance Mode] to achieve maximum CPU fan
speed. Configuration options: [Optimal] [Silent Mode] [Performance Mode]
4.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:)
may appear when you set
the CD-ROM drive as the
first boot device.
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.6.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
[HDD:PM-WDC WD800JD]
[ATAPI CD-ROM]
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
availabe devices.
A device enclosed
in parenthesis has
been disabled in
the corresponding
menu.
1st ~ xxth Boot Device [xxx Drive]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices.
The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of
devices installed in the system.
Configuration options: [xxx Drive] [Disabled]
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Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo
[Enabled]
AddOn ROM Display Mode
[Force BIOS]
Bootup Num-Lock
[On]
Wait for ‘F1’ if Error
[Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display[Enabled]
Chassis Intrusion
[Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
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F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Quick Boot [Enabled]
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST) while
booting to decrease the time needed to boot the system. When set to [Disabled],
BIOS performs all the POST items.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2™ feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM.
Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error
occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system displays the message “Press DEL to run Setup”
during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Chassis Intrusion [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.6.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Not Installed
:Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a
password, this item shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
2.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you successfully set your
password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press <Enter>. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real
Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section 2.6 Jumper for information on how to
erase the RTC RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to
change other security settings.
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BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
:Installed
:Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
[Full Access]
[Setup]
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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User Access Level [Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
No Access prevents user access to the Setup utility.
View Only allows access but does not allow change to any field.
Limited allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
Full Access allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on
top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this
item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
2.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password
successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
Clear User Password
Select this item to clear the user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup
utility. When set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when accessing
Setup and booting the system.
Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
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4.7
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Press ENTER to run
the utility to select
and update BIOS.
This utility doesn't
support :
1.NTFS format
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS O.C. Profile
+Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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4.7.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation
message appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No],
then press <Enter> to confirm your choice. Please see section 4.1.3 for details.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.06
FLASH TYPE: WINBOND W25X80
Current ROM
BOARD: M3A32-MVP
VER: 0301
DATE: 10/04/07
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\
A:
C:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Tab] Switch
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[ESC] Exit
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4.7.2
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
O.C. PROFILE Configuration
O.C. Profile 1 Status
O.C. Profile 2 Status
Save to Profile 1
:Not Installed
:Not Installed
Save to Profile 1
Load from Profile 1
Save to Profile 2
Load from Profile 2
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Start O.C. Profile
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Save to Profle 1/2
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. Press <Enter> to save
the file.
Load from Profile 1/2
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press
<Enter> to load the file.
Start O.C. Profile
Allows you to run the utility to save and load CMOS. Press <Enter> to run the
utility.
ASUSTek O.C. Profile Utility V1.06
Current CMOS
BOARD: M3A32-MVP
VER: 0301
DATE: 10/04/07
Restore CMOS
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\
A:
C:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load
[Tab] Switch
•
•
[B] Backup
[ESC] Exit
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
This function can support devices such as USB flash disk or floppy
disk with FAT 32/16 format and single partition only.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent the system boot failure!
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4.8
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the
BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Main
Advanced
Power
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Load Setup Defaults
Enter
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard
backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned
off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select YES to
save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to
the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System
Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
YES to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation
window appears. Select YES to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes
or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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This chapter describes the contents of
the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package.
5
Software
support
Chapter summary
5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
5
Installing an operating system.................................................... 5-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 5-1
Software informtion...................................................................... 5-9
RAID configurations................................................................... 5-36
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 5-49
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5.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/64-bit XP/Vista/64-bit Vista operating
systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to
maximize the features of your hardware.
5.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS
documentation for detailed information.
•
Make sure that you install Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4 or the Windows®
XP Service Pack 2 or later versions before installing the drivers for better
compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The support DVD that came with the motherboard package contains the drivers,
software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard
features.
The contents of the support DVD are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates.
5.2.1
Running the support DVD
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
DVD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD.
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Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
ASUS InstAll - Drivers Installation Wizard
Installs all of the drivers through the installation wizard.
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Driver
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ technology driver.
AMD Chipset Program Driver
Installs the AMD® chipset drivers for the AMD 790FX chipset.
SoundMAX ADI Audio Driver
Installs the SoundMAX® ADI audio driver and application.
Marvell 61xx SATA RAID Controller Driver
Installs the Marvell® Serial ATA RAID controller driver.
ASUS WiFi-AP Solo (WiFi-AP Edition only)
Installs the ASUS WiFi-AP Solo driver.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) driver.
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5.2.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
Click to display
the next screen
Click to display
the previous
screen
ASUS InstAll - Installation Wizard for Utilities
Installs all of the utilities through the installation wizard.
AMD OverDrive Utility (AOD)
Installs the AMD® OverDrive™ utility.
ASUS Cool ‘n’ Quiet Utility
Installs the ASUS Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ software.
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ASUS Update
The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Before using the ASUS Update, make sure that you have an Internet connection
so that you can connect to the ASUS website.
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltages,
and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
in healthy operating condition.
ASUS AI Suite
Installs the ASUS AI Suite.
Marvell Yukon VCT Application
Installs the Marvell® Yukon VCT applications.
Adobe Reader V7.0
Installs the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader that allows you to open, view, and print
documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
Installs the Microsoft® DirectX 9.0c driver. The Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c is a
multimedia technology that enhances computer graphics and sound. DirectX®
improves the multimedia features of you computer so you can enjoy watching
TV and movies, capturing videos, or playing games in your computer. Visit the
Microsoft website (www.microsoft.com) for updates.
Anti-Virus Utility
The anti-virus application scans, identifies, and removes computer viruses. View
the online help for detailed information.
Anti-Virus Utility Download
Installs to update your anti-virus utility version.
InterVideo MediaOne Gallery
Installs the InterVideo MediaOne Gallery software.
DVD Copy5 Trial
Installs the WinDVD Copy5 Trial version.
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Ulead PhotoImpact 12 SE
Installs the Ulead PhotoImpact 12 SE software.
CyberLink PowerBackup
Installs the CyberLink PowerBackup software.
Corel Snapfire Plus SE
Installs the Corel Snapfire Plus SE software.
5.2.4
Make Disk menu
The Make Disk menu contains items to create the NVIDIA® nForce™ 590-SLI or
Silicon Image SATA/RAID driver disk.
Make ATI RAID/AHCI x86_x64_WinXP Driver
Allows you to create an ATI RAID/AHCI driver disk for Windows®XP.
Make ATI RAID/AHCI Vista Driver
Allows you to create an ATI RAID/AHCI driver disk for Windows® Vista™.
Marvell 61xx 32/64bit SATA RAID Driver
Allows you to create a Marvell 6121 SATA RAID driver disk for a 32/64-bit system.
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Manual menu
The Manual menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an item to
open the folder of the user manual.
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual
file.
5.2.6
ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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5.2.7
Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information on the
motherboard and the contents of the support DVD. Click an icon to display the
specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
Browse this DVD
Displays the support DVD contents in graphical format.
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Technical support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out when
requesting technical support.
Filelist
Displays the contents of the support DVD and a brief description of each in text
format.
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5.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support DVD have wizards that will conveniently
guide you through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came
with the software application for more information.
5.3.1
ASUS MyLogo2™
The ASUS MyLogo2™ utility lets you customize the boot logo. The boot logo is the
image that appears on screen during the Power‑On Self-Tests (POST). The ASUS
MyLogo2™ is automatically installed when you install the ASUS Update utility from
the support DVD. See section “5.2.3 Utilities menu” for details.
•
Before using the ASUS MyLogo2™, use the AFUDOS utility to make a copy
of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS version from the ASUS
website. See section 4.1.4 AFUDOS utility.
•
Make sure that the BIOS item Full Screen Logo is set to [Enabled] if
you wish to use ASUS MyLogo2. See section 4.6.2 Boot Settings
Configuration.
•
You can create your own boot logo image in GIF, or BMP file formats.
•
The file size should be smaller than 150 K.
To launch the ASUS MyLogo2™:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Launch the ASUS Update utility. Refer to section “4.1.1 ASUS Update utility”
for details.
Select Options from the drop down menu, then click Next.
Check the option Launch MyLogo to replace system boot logo before
flashing BIOS, then click Next.
Select Update BIOS from a file from the drop down menu, then click Next.
When prompted, locate the new
BIOS file, then click Next. The ASUS
MyLogo window appears.
From the left window pane, select the
folder that contains the image you
intend to use as your boot logo.
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When the logo images appear on the
right window pane, select an image to
enlarge by clicking on it.
8.
Adjust the boot image to your desired
size by selecting a value on the Ratio
box.
9.
When the screen returns to the ASUS Update utility, flash the original BIOS to
load the new boot logo.
10. After flashing the BIOS, restart the computer to display the new boot logo
during POST.
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5.3.2
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that dynamically
and automatically change the CPU speed, voltage, and amount of power
depending on the task the CPU performs.
Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
To enable Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology:
1.
2.
3.
4.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Turn on the system and enter BIOS by pressing the <Del> key during the
Power On Self-Tests (POST).
Go to Advanced > CPU Configuration > AMD Cool ‘n’Quiet function and
set it to [Enabled]. See section “4.4 Advanced Menu.”
Save your changes and exit BIOS Setup.
Reboot your computer and set your Power Option Properties depending on
your operating system.
Windows® 2000/XP
From the Windows® 2000/XP operating system, click Start. Select Settings >
Control Panel.
Make sure the Control Panel is set to Classic View.
Double-click the Display icon in the Control Panel then select the Screen
Saver tab.
Click the Power button. The following dialogue box appears.
From the Power schemes combo list box, select Minimal Power
Management.
Click OK to effect settings.
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Make sure to install the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ driver and application before
using this feature.
•
The AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology feature works only with the AMD
heatsink and fan assembly with monitor chip
•
If you purchased a separate heatsink and fan package, use the ASUS
Q-Fan technology feature to automatically adjust the CPU fan speed
according to your system loading.
Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software
The motherboard support DVD includes the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software that enables
you to view your system’s real-time CPU Frequency and voltage.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software from the motherboard support
DVD. Refer to section 5.2.3 Utilities menu for details.
To launch the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ program:
1.
2.
3.
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If you are using Windows® 2000, click the Start button. Select Programs >
ASUS > Cool & Quiet > Cool & Quiet.
If you are using Windows® XP, click the Start button. Select All Programs >
ASUS > Cool & Quiet > Cool & Quiet.
The Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology screen appears and displays the current
CPU Frequency and CPU Voltage.
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5.3.3
AI Audio 2 (SoundMAX® High Definition Audio utility)
The ADI AD1988 High Definition Audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio
capability through the SoundMAX® audio utility with AudioESP™ software to
deliver the ultimate audio experience on your PC. The software implements high
quality audio synthesis/rendering, 3D sound positioning, and advanced voice-input
technologies.
Follow the installation wizard to install the ADI AD1988 Audio Driver from the
support DVD that comes with the motherboard package to activate the
SoundMAX® audio utility.
You must use 4-channel, 6-channel or 8-channel speakers for this setup.
If the SoundMAX® audio utility is correctly installed, you
will find the SoundMAX®/ SoundMAX® BlackHawk icon
on the taskbar.
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A.
SoundMAX BlackHawk (AI Audio 2)
If you are using Windows Vista™ operating system, from the taskbar, double-click
on the SoundMAX® BlackHawk icon to display the SoundMAX® control panel.
Enabling AI Audio 2
Click the power button
to activate digital signal processing. AI Audio 2,
with the new SoundMAX® BlackHawk by Sonic Focus, brings you more multimedia enjoyment.
Fidelity Compensation
After you click the power button, the utility will compensate for the fidelity lost in the
compression process and make the audio output quasi-original when reverting the
compressed audio streams back to the uncompressed condition.
Sound Field Expansion
AI Audio 2 also expands the stereophonic sound field to a multi-channel one with
realistic front and rear environment.
Surround Virtualization
Activating this function virtualizes surround sound with the vocal clarity added for
use with stereo speakers or headphones.
SoundMAX BlackHawk (AI Audio2) is available only under the Windows®
Vista™ operating system.
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Playback Settings
To configure the playback settings, click the Playback button on the control
panel. You can adjust the volume of the Speakers and SPDIF Interface or
mute the audio.
Preset settings
Click and expand the drop-down menu
to select your preferred Digital Signal
Processing (DSP) preset. Move the sliders
to customize the values of Voice Clarity,
Dynamics, Brilliance, and Deep Bass
of each preset. Click Save to save the
changes to the current preset. Or, click
Reset to discard the changes and restore
the preset to the factory defaults.
Surround settings
Allows you to change the settings of the
stereo speakers. Move the sliders to
change the listener position or adjust the
center channel volume. Press the Test
Speakers button to perform speaker test.
Port settings
Click this port settings tab to display the rear panel ports configuration for the
speakers or rear panel digital port configuration for the SPDIF interface.
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Recording Settings
To change the recording settings, click the Recording button on the control
panel. You can adjust the speaker delay of Microphone or Line In by moving
the slider rightward or leftward.
Record testing
Click the tab to perform test recording
and play the test sample through the
speakers or the SPDIF interface.
Port settings
Click the tab to display the rear panel
ports for Microphone or Line In.
ANDREA settings
Allows you to select an enhanced
microphone input features, including
No Filtering, Speakerphone, Voice
Recording, and Directional Beam.
More Settings
Click
for the further configurations.
Equalizer
Allows you to
configure and
customize all
the DSP presets
frequencies.
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Speakers
Allows you to adjust the Speaker Trim and Speaker Delay.
Bass
Allows you to do the Bass management.
Preferences
Displays the preference options for this utility, version information, AudioESP, etc.
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B.
SoundMAX
If you are using Windows XP operating system, from the taskbar, double-click on
the SoundMAX® icon to display the SoundMAX® Control Panel.
Audio Setup Wizard
By clicking the
icon from the SoundMAX® control panel, you can
easily configure your audio settings. Simply follow the succeeding screen
instructions and begin enjoying High Definition Audio.
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Jack configuration
This screen helps you configure
your computer’s audio ports,
depending on the audio devices
you have installed.
Adjust speaker volume
This screen helps you adjust
speaker volume. Click the Test
button to hear the changes you
have made.
Adjust microphone volume
This screen helps you adjust microphone volume. You will be asked to read
pre-written text to allow the AudioWizard to adjust the volume as you speak.
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Audio preferences
Click the
icon to go to the Preferences page. This page allows you to
change various audio settings.
General options
Click the General tab to choose your playback and recording devices, enable/
disable the AudioESP™ feature, and enable/disable digital output.
Listening Environment options
Click the Listening Environment tab to set up your speaker, acoustic
environment, and enable/disable the Virtual Theater Surround function.
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Microphone options
Click the Microphone tab allows you to optimize your microphone input
settings.
Enhanced Microphone Features
Noise Filtering
Enables Noise Filter function. Detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer
fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the
incoming sudio stream while recording. You can enable it for a better recording
quality.
Directional Array
Receives only the sound coming from the reception cone and eliminates
interferences including neighboring speakers and reverberations. You can enable it
to transit clearer sound during on-line games, MSN, or Skype.
Speaker Phone
Advanced de-reverberation techniques can help to reduce echo and minimize its
effect on the speech engine. You can enable it when you have conference call to
reduce echoes in the other side.
•
The directional Array and Speaker Phone
are purchased separately and function only
when working with the ASUS Array Mic.
•
If you are using Windows Vista, you have to
manually enable the directional Array and
Speaker Phone function. Go to Control
panel > Sound. Click the Recording tab on
the top and select Microphone. Click the
Microphone Enhancement tab and check
Array Mic.
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5.3.4
ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects
and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe II senses fan
rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. Because PC
Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring your computer the moment
you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a
healthy operating condition. Refer to page 1-9 for the OS that supports this utility.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder. Double-click
the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
3.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the
Windows® desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs
> ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.xx.xx. The PC Probe II main window
appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the Windows®
taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Main window
The PC Probe II main window
allows you to view the current
status of your system and change
the utility configuration. By
default, the main window displays
the Preference section. You can
close or restore the Preference
section by clicking on the triangle on the main window right handle.
Click to close the
Preference panel
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Button
Function
Opens the Configuration window
Opens the Report window
Opens the Desktop Management Interface window
Opens the Peripheral Component Interconnect window
Opens the Windows Management Instrumentation window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the Preference section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle
turns red, as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to the
Monitor panels section for details.
Preference
You can customize the application using
the Preference section in the main window.
Click the box before each preference to
activate or deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor such as
fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large) and
rectangular (small). When you check the Enable Monitoring Panel option from the
Preference section, the monitor panels appear on your computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop,
click the arrow down button of the Scheme options, then select
another position from the list box. Click OK when finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using a magnetic effect. If
you want to detach a monitor panel from
the group, click the horseshoe magnet
icon. You can now move or reposition the
panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold value
You can adjust the sensor threshold
value in the monitor panel by
clicking the or buttons. You can
also adjust the threshold values
using the Config window.
You cannot adjust the sensor
threshold values in a small
monitoring panel.
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Click to
increase
value
Click to
decrease
value
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower
than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the
WMI (Windows Management
Instrumentation) browser. This
browser displays various Windows®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display on
the right panel. Click the plus sign (+)
before WMI Information to display the
available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right corner
of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays various
desktop and system information.
Click the plus sign (+) before DMI
Information to display the available
information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the PCI
(Peripheral Component Interconnect)
browser. This browser provides
information on the PCI devices installed
on your system. Click the plus sign
(+) before the PCI Information item to
display available information.
Usage
The Usage browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk drive
space, and memory usage. Click
to display the Usage browser.
CPU usage
The CPU tab displays realtime CPU usage in line graph
representation. If the CPU has
an enabled Hyper­‑Threading,
two separate line graphs display
the operation of the two logical
processors.
Hard disk drive space usage
The Hard Disk tab displays the
used and available hard disk
drive space. The left panel of the
tab lists all logical drives. Click
a hard disk drive to display the
information on the right panel.
The pie chart at the bottom of
the window represents the used
(blue) and the available HDD
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both used
and available physical memory. The
pie chart at the bottom of the window
represents the used (blue) and the
available physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference. The Sensor/
Threshold tab enables you to activate the sensors or to adjust the sensor threshold
values. The Preference tab allows you to customize sensor alerts, or change the
temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values for
each sensor
Applies your
changes
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ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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5.3.5 ASUS AI Suite
ASUS AI Suite allows you to launch AI Gear 2, AI N.O.S., AI Booster, AI Nap, and
Q-Fan 2 utilities easily.
Installing AI Suite
To install AI Suite on your computer:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears
if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching AI Suite
You can launch the AI Suite right after installation or anytime from the Windows®
desktop.
To launch the AI Suite from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs >
ASUS > AI Suite > AI Suite v1.xx.xx. The AI Suite main window appears.
After launching the application, the AI Suite icon appears in the Windows® taskbar.
Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using AI Suite
Click the AI N.O.S., AI Gear 2, AI Nap, AI Booster, or Q-Fan 2 icon to launch the
utility, or click the Normal icon to restore the system to normal state.
Press to restore to normal
Press to launch AI Nap
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Press to launch AI Gear 2
Press to launch AI N.O.S.
Press to launch AI Booster
Press to launch Q-Fan 2
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Other feature buttons
Click
on right corner of the main window to open the monitor window.
Displays the CPU/
system temperature,
CPU/memory/PCIE
voltage, and CPU/
chassis fan speed
Displays the FSB/CPU
frequency
Click
on right corner of the expanded window to switch the temperature from
degrees Centigrade to degrees Fahrenheit.
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5.3.6 ASUS AI Gear 2
ASUS AI Gear 2 provides four system performance options that allows you to
select the best performance setting for your computing needs. This easy-to-use
utility adjusts the processor frequency and vCore voltage to minimize system noise
and power consumption.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support CD, you can launch AI Gear 2 by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on your Windows OS taskbar and then click the
AI Gear 2 button on the AI Suite main window.
Shift the gear to the performance setting that you like.
Maximum
Performance
Medium
Performance
High
Performance
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Power Saving
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5.3.7
ASUS AI Nap
This feature allows you to minimize the power consumption of your computer
whenever you are away. Enable this feature for minimum power consumption and
a more quiet system operation.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support CD, you can launch the utility by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows OS taskbar and click the AI Nap
button on the AI Suite main window.
Click Yes on the confirmation screen.
To exit AI Nap mode, press the system power or mouse button then click Yes on
the confirmation screen.
To switch the power button functions from AI Nap to shutting down, just right
click the AI Suite icon on the OS taskbar, select AI Nap and click Use power
button. Unclick the the item to switch the function back.
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5.3.8
ASUS AI N.O.S.
This ASUS Non-delay Overclocking System feature intelligently determines the
system load and automatically boosts the performance for the most demanding
tasks.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support CD, you can launch the utility
by double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows OS taskbar and click the AI
N.O.S. button on the AI Suite main window.
drop-down menu
button
Click the drop-down menu button and select Disable or Manual.
select an N.O.S.
mode
Click Apply at the bottom to save the configuration.
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5.3.9
ASUS Q-Fan 2
This ASUS Q-Fan 2 Control feature allows you to set the appropriate performance
level of the CPU Q-Fan 2 or the Chassis Q-Fan 2 for more efficient system
operation. After enabling the Q-Fan 2 function, the fans can be set to automatically
adjust depending on the temperature, to decrease fan speed, or to achieve the
maximum fan speed.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support CD, you can launch the utility by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows® OS taskbar and click the Q-Fan
2 button on the AI Suite maIn window.
Click the drop-down menu button and display the fan names. Select CPU Q-Fan 2
or CHASSIS Q-Fan 2. Click the box of Enable Q-Fan 2 to activate this function.
Enable Q-Fan 2 box
drop-down list
button
Profile list appears after clicking the Enable Q-Fan 2 box. Click the drop-down
list button and select a profile. Optimal mode makes the fans adjust speed
with the temperature; Silent mode minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation;
Performance mode boosts the fan to achieve maximal fan speed for the best
cooling effect.
click to display the dropdown list and select a
Q-Fan 2 mode
Click Apply at the bottom to save the setup.
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5.3.10
ASUS AI Booster
The ASUS AI Booster application allows you to overclock the CPU speed in
WIndows® environment without the hassle of booting the BIOS.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support CD, you can launch the utility
by double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows® OS taskbar and click the AI
Booster button on the AI Suite main window.
The options on the taskbar allow you to use the default settings, adjust CPU/
Memory/PCI-E frequency manually, or create and apply your personal overclocking
configurations.
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5.3.11
AMD OverDrive (AOD)
The AMD® OverDrive™ utility allows you to configure system and overclocking
settings in WIndows® environment. These configurations will not be saved to BIOS
after the system reboots.
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5.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with two RAID controllers that allow you to configure
Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets.
•
•
AMD SB600 Southbridge RAID includes a high performance SATA RAID
controller that supports RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1 for four independent
SATA channels.
Marvell® 6121 RAID includes a high performance SATA RAID controller that
supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for two independent SATA channels.
5.4.1
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write
data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a
single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone,
thus improving data access and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives
is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from
one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software
directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of
the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data protection and
increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use two new drives or use an
existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be of the same
size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 0+1 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy
data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 0+1 configuration you get
all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk
drives or use an existing drive and three new drives for this setup.
If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a RAID set,
copy first the RAID driver from the support DVD to a floppy disk/USB device
before you install an operating system to a selected hard disk drive. Refer to
section 5.6 Creating a RAID driver disk for details.
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5.4.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance,
install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
5.4.3
AMD® RAID configurations
This motherboard supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 configurations for Serial
ATA hard disks drives through the AMD SB600 Southbridge chip.
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must set the RAID item in the BIOS Setup before you can create a RAID
set(s). To do this:
1.
Install the internal Serial ATA hard disk drives to the SATA connectors labeled
SATA_1/2/3/4.
2. Boot up your computer, and press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS
setup.
3.
3.
In the Main Menu, go to Storage Configuration, and set the OnChip SATA
Type item to [RAID].
Press <F10> to save the changes and exit.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
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AMD® FastBuild™ Utility
To enter the AMD® FastBuild™ utility:
1. Boot up your computer.
2.
Press <Ctrl+F> during POST to display the main menu of the utility.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Main Menu ]
View Drive Assignments........[1]
Define LD.....................[2]
Delete LD.....................[3]
Controller Configuration......[4]
[ Keys Available ]
Press 1..4 to Select Option
[ESC] Exit
The Main Menu above allows you to select an operation to perform. The Main
Menu options include:
•
View Drive Assignments: shows the status of the hard disk drives.
•
Delete LD: deletes a selected RAID set and partition.
•
•
Define LD: creates a RAID 0, RAID 1, or RAID 0+1 configuration.
Controller Configuration: Shows the system resources configuration.
Press <1>, <2>, <3>, or <4> to enter the option you need; press <ESC> to exit the
utility.
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Creating a RAID 0 configuration
To create a RAID 0 set:
1. In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the “Define LD” function.
2.
Press <Enter>, and the following screen appears.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
LD 1
RAID Mode
RAID 0
Total Drv
2
Strip Block:
64 KB Gigabyte Boundary: ON Channel:ID
Assignment
1:Mas
2:Mas
3:Mas
4:Mas
Fast Init: OFF
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Define LD Menu ]
Drive Model
Capacity (MB)
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
Y
Y
N
N
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
3.
4.
5.
[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y]Save
Highlight the LD1 item and press <Space> to select RAID 0.
Move to the Assignment item by using the down arrow key and set Y to any
two of the drives.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to save the setting. The utility prompts the following
messages:
Press Ctrl-Y if you are sure to erase MBR! Press any other
key to ignore this option...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to erase MBR or press any key to continue.
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any other key
to use maxinum capacity...
6.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to key in the desired capacity or press any key to continue.
The utility displays the following screen.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
RAID Mode
RAID 0
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Total Drv
2
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Capacity(MB)
xxxxxx
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Status
Functional
----------------------
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
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Creating a RAID 1 configuration
To create a RAID 1 set:
1. In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the “Define LD” function.
2.
Press <Enter>, and the following screen appears.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
LD 1
RAID Mode
RAID 1
Total Drv
2
Strip Block:
64 KB Gigabyte Boundary: ON Channel:ID
Assignment
1:Mas
2:Mas
3:Mas
4:Mas
Fast Init: OFF
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Define LD Menu ]
Drive Model
Capacity (MB)
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
Y
Y
N
N
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
3.
4.
5.
[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y]Save
Highlight the LD1 item and press <Space> to select RAID 1.
Move to the Assignment item by using the down arrow key and set Y to any
two of the drives.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to save the setting. The utility prompts the following
messages:
Press Ctrl-Y if you are sure to erase MBR! Press any other
key to ignore this option...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to erase MBR or press any key to continue.
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any other key
to use maxinum capacity...
6.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to key in the desired capacity or press any key to continue.
The utility displays the following screen.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
RAID Mode
RAID 1
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Total Drv
2
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Capacity(MB)
xxxxxx
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Status
Functional
----------------------
[ Keys Available ]
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Creating a RAID 0+1 configuration
To create a RAID 0+1 set:
1. In the Main Menu, press <2> to enter the “Define LD” function.
2.
Press <Enter>, and the following screen appears.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
LD 1
RAID Mode
RAID 10
Total Drv
4
Strip Block:
64 KB Gigabyte Boundary: ON Channel:ID
Assignment
1:Mas
2:Mas
3:Mas
4:Mas
Fast Init: OFF
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Define LD Menu ]
Drive Model
Capacity (MB)
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
xxxxxx
Y
Y
Y
Y
[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
3.
4.
5.
[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y]Save
Highlight the LD1 item and press <Space> to select RAID 10.
Move to the Assignment item by using the down arrow key and set Y to any
four of the drives.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to save the setting. The utility prompts the following
messages:
Press Ctrl-Y if you are sure to erase MBR! Press any other
key to ignore this option...
Press <Ctrl+Y> to erase MBR or press any key to continue.
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any other key
to use maxinum capacity...
6.
Press <Ctrl+Y> to key in the desired capacity or press any key to continue.
The utility displays the following screen.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
RAID Mode
RAID 10
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Total Drv
4
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Capacity(MB)
xxxxxx
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Status
Functional
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[ Keys Available ]
[↑]Up
[↓]Down
[ESC]Exit
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Deleting a RAID configuration
To create a RAID set:
1. In the Main Menu, press <3> to enter the “Delete LD” function.
2.
Select the RAID item you want to delete and press <Del> or <Alt+D>.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2004-2005 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Delete LD Menu ]
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
LD
No
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
RAID Mode
RAID 10
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Total Drv
4
----
----
----
----
----
----
----
Capacity(MB)
xxxxxx
----
----
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----
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Status
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5.4.4
Marvell® RAID configurations
The Marvell® 6121 Serial ATA controller allows you to configure RAID 0 and RAID 1
sets on the Serial ATA hard disk drives.
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must set the RAID item in the BIOS Setup before you can create a RAID
set(s). To do this:
1.
Install two internal Serial ATA hard disk drives to the SATA connectors labeled
SATA_RAID1/2.
2. Boot up your computer, and press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS
setup.
3.
4.
In the Advanced Menu, go to Onboard Devices Configuration, and enable
both Marvell 6121 SATA Controller and Marvell Option ROM.
Set Marvell IDE/RAID function to [RAID].
Advanced
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Onboard Devices Configuraiton
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Serial Port1 Mode [Normal]
HD Audio Azalia Device [Auto]
Front Panel support Type [HD Audio]
Onboard Lan [Enable]
Onboard Lan Boot Rom [Disabled]
Marvell 6111 SATA Controller[Enable]
Marvell 6121 SATA Controller[Enable]
Marvell Option ROM [Enable]
Marvell IDE/RAID function [RAID]
Primary Display Adapter [PCI-E]
Allows BIOS to select
Serial Port1 Base
Addresses.
+-
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2007, American Megatrends, Inc.
3.
Press <F10> to save the changes and exit.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
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Marvell® RAID BIOS Configuration utility
To enter the Marvell® RAID BIOS Configuration utility:
1.
2.
Boot up your computer.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <M> to enter the utility main menu.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Adapter 1
Arrays Information:
No array is defined!
Disks Information:
No hard disk is detected!
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
3.
Highlight Adapter and press <Enter>. Select Adapter 2 for RAID
configuration.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select Adapter
Adapter 1
Adapter 2
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Creating a RAID 0 or RAID 1 set
To create a RAID set:
1.
From the utility menu bar, highlight Create on the top.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Adapter 2
Arrays Information:
No array is defined!
Disks Information:
ID Port Disk Name
0 0
SATA: HDS721010KLA330
4 1
SATA: HDS721010KLA330
Size
Speed
164.6GB SATA II
82.3GB SATA II
Status
FREE
FREE
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
2.
Press <Enter>. The screen shows the disks you can add to make up the
RAID set. Use the arrow key to select a disk and press <Enter> or <Space>
to include this disk in the array.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select free disks to create
ID Port Disk Name
0 0
SATA: HDS721010KLA330
4 1
SATA: HDS721010KLA330
NEXT
Size
Speed
164.6GB SATA II
82.2GB SATA II
Status
FREE
FREE
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
3.
After you have selected the desired disks, select NEXT to create array.
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4.
The "Create Array" screen appears.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select free disks to create
IDCreate
Port Array
Disk Name
* 0 Raid
0 Level
SATA: :HDS721010KLA330
RAID0
* 4 Max
1 Size(MB)
SATA: :HDS721010KLA330
164526
Capacity(MB)
Stripe Size
Quick Init
Cache Mode
Array Name
Disks ID
NEXT
:
:
:
:
:
:
164526
64KB
No
Write Back
Size
Speed
164.6GB SATA II
82.3GB SATA II
Status
FREE
FREE
0 1
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
5.
Use the arrow key to select the Raid Level item and press <Enter> to display
the available RAID set. Select a RAID set and press <Enter> to create.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select free disks to create
IDCreate
Port Array
Disk Name
* 0 Raid
0 Level
SATA: :HDS721010KLA330
RAID0
* 4 Max
1 Size(MB)
SATA: :HDS721010KLA330
*RAID0
164526
Capacity(MB)
Stripe Size
Quick Init
Cache Mode
Array Name
Disks ID
NEXT
:
:
:
:
:
:
RAID1
164526
RAID10
64KB
No RAID5
Write Back
Size
Speed
164.6GB SATA II
82.3GB SATA II
Status
FREE
FREE
0 1
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•
The available RAID sets vary with the number of disks you select. The
RAID sets that you are not allowed to create are grayed out.
•
We recommend that you keep the default values of the items other than
Raid Level in the Create Array screen.
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6.
A confirmation screen appears. Press <Y> to confirm the array creation.
Create the array?[Y]
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select free disks to create
IDCreate
Port Array
Disk Name
* 0 Raid
0 Level
SATA: :HDS721010KLA330
RAID0
* 4 Max
1 Size(MB)
SATA: :HDS721010KLA330
164526
Capacity(MB)
Stripe Size
Quick Init
Cache Mode
Array Name
Disks ID
NEXT
:
:
:
:
:
:
164526
64KB
No
Write Back
Size
Speed
164.6GB SATA II
82.3GB SATA II
Status
FREE
FREE
0 1
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
7.
The newly created array appears in Arrays Information.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Adapter 2
Arrays Information:
ID Array Name Size
Level
0
164.5GB RAID0
Disks Information:
ID Port Disk Name
0 0
SATA: HDS721010KLA330
4 1
SATA: HDS721010KLA330
Status
ONLINE
Stripe Members
64KB
0,4
Size
Speed
164.6GB SATA II
82.3GB SATA II
Status
FREE
FREE
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Deleting an array
To delete a RAID set:
1.
From the utility menu bar, select Delete on the top and press <Enter>. The
"Delete array" screen appears.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Delete array
ID Array Name Size
Level
Status
0
164.5GB RAID0
ONLINE
NEXT
Stripe Members
64KB
0,4
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
2.
Select a desired array to delete and select NEXT. Press <Y> after the
confirmation screen appears.
ENTER/SPACE:Select,
Delete
the array?[Y] ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Delete array
ID Array Name Size
Level
Status
*0
164.5GB RAID0
ONLINE
NEXT
Stripe Members
64KB
0,4
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
3.
Press <Y> again to confirm and delete the selected array.
You cannot recover lost data if you delete an array. Make sure you back up
important data before deleting an array.
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5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® XP
operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set. For Windows®
Vista™ operating system, use either a floppy disk or a USB device with the RAID
driver.
5.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
To create a RAID/SATA driver disk without entering the OS:
1.
2.
Boot your computer.
Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
3. Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
4. Insert the support CD into the optical drive.
5.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
6. Press any key when the system prompts “Press any key to boot from the
optical drive.”
7. When the menu appears, press <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
8. Insert a formatted floppy disk into the floppy drive then press <Enter>.
9. Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
5.5.2
Creating a RAID/SATA driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1. Start Windows®.
2. Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
3. Go to the Make Disk menu, then click Make ATI RAID WinXP/Vista Driver to
create an SB 600 RAID driver disk or the Marvell 61xx 32/64bit SATA RAID
Driver to create a Marvell® 6121 RAID driver disk.
4. Insert a floppy disk/USB device into the floppy disk drive/USB port.
5. Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
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To install the RAID driver in Windows® XP:
1. During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to
install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2. Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk
drive.
3.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, make sure you select
SB 600 and Marvell 6121.
4. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver in Windows® Vista™:
1. Insert the floppy disk/USB device with RAID driver into the floppy disk drive/USB
port.
2. During the OS installation, select SB 600 and Marvell 6121.
3. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
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This chapter tells how to install ATI®
CrossFire™ graphics cards to avail of
ATI’s Multi-Video Processing technology.
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technology support
Chapter summary
6.1
Overview........................................................................................ 6-1
6.3
Software information.................................................................... 6-5
6.2
Installing CrossFire™ graphics cards........................................ 6-2
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Overview
The motherboard supports the ATI® CrossFire™ technology that allows you to
install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation
procedures in this section.
6.1.1
Requirements
•
CrossFire™ Edition graphics card (Master)
•
CrossFire™-ready motherboard, such as the ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe
Series motherboard.
•
•
CrossFire™-ready graphics card (Slave)
Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the minimum
power required by your system. See “9. ATX power connectors” on page 2-34
for details.
6.1.2
•
Visit the ATI website or download the Radeon® X850 Crossfire™ Edition
User’s Guide from the support CD for detailed hardware requirements and
installation procedures.
•
The ATI CrossFire™ technology supports only the following operating
systems:
- Windows® XP 32-bit (Home or Professional) with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
- Windows® XP Professional 64-bit Edition.
•
Make sure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI® CrossFire™
Technology. Download the latest driver from the ATI website
(www.amd.com).
•
The maximum resolution of Radeon™ X850 CrossFire™ Edition is 1600 x
1200 at 65 MHz when you use DVI output.
Before you begin
Uninstall other graphics card drivers in your system
To uninstall other graphics card drivers:
1.
Close all current applications.
3.
Select your current graphics card driver/s.
2.
4.
5.
Go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
Select Add/Remove.
Restart your system.
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6.2
Installing CrossFire™ graphics cards
Before ins talling a CrossFire™ system, refer to the user guide that came with
the ATI® CrossFire™ Edition graphics card.
To install the graphics cards:
1.
Prepare one CrossFire™ Edition (Master) graphics card and one
CrossFire™-ready (Slave) graphics card.
Slave graphics card
Master graphics card
2. Insert the CrossFire™ Edition (Master) graphics card into the PCI Express
x16 blue slot. Make sure that the card is properly seated on the slot.
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3. Insert the CrossFire™-ready (Slave) graphics card into the PCI Express x16
black slot. Make sure that the card is properly seated on the slot.
4. Connect an auxiliary power source from the power supply to the graphics
cards.
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5. Connect one end of the external cable to the Master graphics card.
6. Connect the other end of the external cable to the Slave graphics card.
7.
Connect the loose end to the corresponding port on your monitor.
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6.3
Software information
6.3.1
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to install
the device drivers.
The ATI CrossFire™ technology supports only the following operating systems:
• Windows® XP 32-bit (Home or Professional) with Service Pack 2
(SP2)
• Windows® XP Professional 64-bit Edition.
1.
2.
3.
Turn on your system and log in with administrator rights.
Windows® auto-detects the
CrossFire™ graphics cards
and displays the Found New
Hardware Wizard window. Click
Cancel.
Place the CrossFire™ installation
CD in your optical drive and install
drivers from the opening menu.
4.
Click Next to continue from the
installation window that appears.
5.
Read the License Agreement,
then click Yes.
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•
Select Express to install the HydraVision™ multi-monitor and desktop
management software, as well as the AMD driver.
•
Select Custom to individually choose desired software components.
Setup prepares the installation
wizard that will guide you to setup
process.
Windows automatically configures
the ATI Catalyst Control Center.
The status windows indicates the
progress of the installation.
7.
The Setup Complete window
appears, indicating that the driver
files have been copied to your
computer.
8.
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Select the components that you
want to install, then click Next.
Click Yes to restart your computer
now or No to restart later
Click Finish.
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6.3.2
Using the Catalyst™ Control Center
The Catalyst™ Control Center allows you to access display features of the ATI
hardware and software you installed. Use this application to adjust your graphic
settings, enable/disable connected devices, and change your desktop orientation.
Launching the Catalyst™ Control Center
There are several ways to launch the Catalyst™ Control Center:
• On the Windows® task bar, click Start > ATI Catalyst™ Control Center >
Catalyst™ Control Center.
• Double-click on the Catalyst™ Control Center desktop
shortcut.
• On the Windows® task bar, doubleclick on the Catalyst™ Control
Center icon.
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The Catalyst™ Control Center Dialog Box
View
The Catalyst™ Control Center provides two views:
• Standard - simple view with wizards for beginners
• Advance - allows advanced users to access and configure the complete
features of the software
Set to Advance view to enable the CrossFire™ function.
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To enable CrossFire™:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Set the view to Advance.
Click the Crossfire™ item in Graphics Settings.
In the CrossFire™ Settings dialog, tick the box opposite Enable
CrossFire™.
Click OK to effect the setting.
3
2
4
Hotkeys
Click the Hotkeys tab on the Catalyst™ Control Center to access the Hotkeys
Manager, which allows you to create key combinations as shortcuts for performing
certain functions quickly.
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Profiles
Click the Profiles tab on the Catalyst™ Control Center to access the Profiles
Manager, which allows you to create customized environments for your desktop,
video, and 3D applications.
Preferences
Click the Preferences tab on the Catalyst™ Control Center to select a language,
restore defaults, change skins, or enable/disable the System Tray icon.
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Help
Click the Help tab on the Catalyst™ Control Center to access the online help
system, generate a Problem Report, and get the Catalyst™ Control Center version
information.
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