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MSI K8NGM2-L Instruction manual
K8NGM2 Series
MS-7207 (v2.X) Micro-ATX Mainboard
G52-M7207X5
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FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement
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 the instruction manual, 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 measures listed below.
=Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
=Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
=Connec the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
=Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
Notice 1
The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Notice 2
Shielded interface cables and A.C. power cord, if any, must be used in order to
comply with the emission limits.
VOIR LA NOTICE D’INSTALLATION AVANT DE RACCORDER AU RESEAU.
Micro-Star International
MS-7207
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This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation
Copyright Notice
T he material in this document is the intellec tual property of M ICRO-STAR
INTERNATIONAL. W e take every care in the preparation of this document, but no
guarantee is given as to the correctness of its contents. Our products are under
continual improvement and we reserve the right to make changes without notice.
Trademarks
All trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
AMD, Athlon™64 and Athlon™ FX are registered trademarks of AMD Corporation.
Intel® and Pentium® are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
PS/2 and OS ® /2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines
Corporation.
Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. W indows ® 98/2000/NT/
XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, DualNet, and nForce are registered trademarks or trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Netware® is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc.
Award® is a registered trademark of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
AMI® is a registered trademark of American Megatrends Inc.
Kensington and MicroSaver are registered trademarks of the Kensington Technology
Group.
PCMCIA and CardBus are registered trademarks of the Personal Computer Memory
Card International Association.
Revision History
Revision
V1.0
V2.0
Revision History
First release for PCB 1.X with
nVidia GeForce 6150/6100 &
nForce 430/410
For RoHS
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Date
Nov. 2005
Apr. 2006
Technical Support
If a problem arises with your system and no solution can be obtained from the user’s
manual, please contact your place of purchase or local distributor. Alternatively,
please try the following help resources for further guidance.
† Visit the MSI homepage & FAQ site for technical guide, BIOS updates, driver
updates, and other information: http://www.msi.com.tw & http://www.msi.
com.tw/program/service/faq/faq/esc_faq_list.php
† Contact our technical staff at: http://support.msi.com.tw
Safety Instructions
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Always read the safety instructions carefully.
Keep this User’s Manual for future reference.
Keep this equipment away from humidity.
Lay this equipment on a reliable flat surface before setting it up.
The openings on the enclosure are for air convection hence protects the equipment from overheating. Do not cover the openings.
6. Make sure the voltage of the power source and adjust properly 110/220V before connecting the equipment to the power inlet.
7. Place the power cord such a way that people can not step on it. Do not place
anything over the power cord.
8. Always Unplug the Power Cord before inserting any add-on card or module.
9. All cautions and warnings on the equipment should be noted.
10. Never pour any liquid into the opening that could damage or cause electrical
shock.
11. If any of the following situations arises, get the equipment checked by a service
personnel:
† The power cord or plug is damaged.
† Liquid has penetrated into the equipment.
† The equipment has been exposed to moisture.
† The equipment has not work well or you can not get it work according to
User’s Manual.
† The equipment has dropped and damaged.
† The equipment has obvious sign of breakage.
12. Do not leave this equipment in an environment unconditioned, storage
temperature above 60 0 C (140 0F), it may damage the equipment.
CAUT ION: Danger of explosion if battery is incorrec tly replac ed.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer.
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WEEE Statement
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CONTENTS
FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement .......................................................... ii
Copyright Notice .............................................................................................................. iii
Technical Support .......................................................................................................... iv
Safety Instructions ......................................................................................................... iv
WEEE Statement .............................................................................................................. v
Chapter 1. Getting Started .................................................................................... 1-1
Mainboard Specifications ................................................................................... 1-2
Mainboard Layout ................................................................................................ 1-5
Packing Checklist ................................................................................................. 1-6
Chapter 2. Hardware Setup .................................................................................. 2-1
Quick Components Guide ................................................................................... 2-2
Central Processing Unit: CPU ............................................................................. 2-3
CPU Installation Procedures for Socket 939 ............................................. 2-4
Installing AMD Athlon64 CPU Cooler Set .................................................... 2-5
Memory ................................................................................................................. 2-7
DIMM Module Combination ........................................................................... 2-7
Installing DDR Modules ................................................................................ 2-8
Power Supply ...................................................................................................... 2-9
ATX 24-Pin Power Connector: ATX1 ......................................................... 2-9
ATX 12V Power Connector: JPW 1 ............................................................ 2-9
Back Panel ......................................................................................................... 2-10
Mouse/Keyboard Connector .................................................................... 2-10
VGA Connector ( for GeForce 6150 only) ............................................. 2-10
Digital Panel Connector (for GeForce 6150 only)(optional) .................... 2-11
USB Connectors ......................................................................................... 2-11
LAN (RJ-45) Jack:10/100 LAN (RTL8201CL) or Giga-bit LAN (VSC8201RX
: optional) .............................................................................................2-12
Audio Port Connectors & Audio Header (J1) .......................................... 2-13
IEEE 1394 Port (optional) ........................................................................... 2-13
Parallel Port Connector: LPT1 ................................................................... 2-14
Connectors ........................................................................................................ 2-15
Floppy Disk Drive Connector: FDD1 ........................................................ 2-15
Fan Power Connectors: CPUFAN1 / SYSFAN1 / NBFAN1 ..................... 2-15
ATA133 Hard Disk Connectors: IDE1 & IDE2 ........................................... 2-16
Serial ATAII Connectors: SATA1~SATA4 ................................................. 2-17
CD-In Connector: JCD1 ............................................................................. 2-18
Front Panel Audio Connector: JAUD1 ...................................................... 2-18
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Chassis Intrusion Switch Connector: JCI1 .............................................. 2-18
SPDIF-Out/ SPDIF-In Connector: JSPDO1/JSPDI1 (SPDIF-In is optional) 2-19
Audio-out Connector: J1 ........................................................................... 2-19
Serial Port Header: JCOM1 (Optional) ..................................................... 2-20
IEEE 1394 Connectors: J1394_1 (Optional) ............................................ 2-20
Front Panel Connector: JFP1/JFP2 ........................................................... 2-21
IrDA Infrared Module Header: JIR1.........................................................2-21
TV-Out Connector: JTV1 (For GeForce 6150 Only, Optional) ............... 2-22
Front USB Connectors: JUSB1/ JUSB2 ................................................... 2-23
Button ................................................................................................................. 2-23
Clear CMOS Button: SW1 .......................................................................... 2-24
Slots .................................................................................................................... 2-25
PCI Express Slots ...................................................................................... 2-25
PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Slots ...................................... 2-25
PCI Interrupt Request Routing ................................................................... 2-25
Chapter 3. BIOS Setup ............................................................................................ 3-1
Entering Setup ..................................................................................................... 3-2
Control Keys ................................................................................................ 3-2
Getting Help .................................................................................................. 3-3
The Main Menu ..................................................................................................... 3-4
Standard CMOS Features ................................................................................... 3-6
Advanced BIOS Features ................................................................................... 3-9
Advanced Chipset Features ............................................................................. 3-11
Integrated Peripherals ....................................................................................... 3-14
Power Management Features .......................................................................... 3-17
PNP/PCI Configurations ..................................................................................... 3-20
H/W Monitor ........................................................................................................ 3-23
Cell_Menu ........................................................................................................... 3-24
Load Fail-Safe/ Optimized Defaults ................................................................. 3-26
BIOS Setting Password .................................................................................... 3-27
Chapter 4. Introduction to DigiCell ..................................................................... 4-1
Main ...................................................................................................................... 4-2
Introduction: ................................................................................................. 4-2
H/W Diagnostic .................................................................................................... 4-4
Communication ..................................................................................................... 4-5
Software Access Point ....................................................................................... 4-6
Terminology .................................................................................................. 4-6
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Access Point Mode ..................................................................................... 4-7
WLAN Card Mode ........................................................................................ 4-8
Live Update .......................................................................................................... 4-9
MEGA STICK ....................................................................................................... 4-10
Basic Function ........................................................................................... 4-10
Non-Unicode programs supported ........................................................... 4-12
PC Alert ............................................................................................................... 4-14
Power on Agent ................................................................................................. 4-15
Power Off / Restart ................................................................................... 4-16
Start W ith .................................................................................................... 4-16
Auto Login .................................................................................................. 4-17
Chapter 5. nVidia RAID Introduction................................................................5-1
Introduction .......................................................................................................... 5-2
System Requirement ................................................................................... 5-2
RAID Arrays ................................................................................................. 5-2
Summary of RAID Configurations .............................................................. 5-2
RAID Configuration .............................................................................................. 5-3
Basic Configuration Instructions ................................................................ 5-3
Setting Up the NVRAID BIOS ...................................................................... 5-3
Installing the RAID Driver (for bootable RAID Array) ............................... 5-7
NVIDIA RAID Utility Installation ............................................................................ 5-9
Installing the NVIDIA RAID Software under W indows (for Non-bootable RAID
Arr ay) ................................................................................................................... 5-9
Initializing and Using the Disk Array .......................................................... 5-11
RAID Drives Management ................................................................................. 5-12
Viewing RAID Array Configurations ........................................................ 5-12
Setting Up a Spare RAID Disk ................................................................... 5-13
Morphing From One RAID Array to Another ............................................ 5-17
Hot Plug Array ............................................................................................ 5-18
Initializing a RAID Array ............................................................................. 5-19
Rebuilding a RAID Array ............................................................................ 5-22
Synchronizing a RAID Array .................................................................... 5-25
Usind Disk Alert ......................................................................................... 5-26
Appendix A: Introduction to Realtek ALC880 .................................................. A-1
Installing the Audio Driver ................................................................................... A-2
Installation for W indows 2000/XP .............................................................. A-2
Software Configuration ...................................................................................... A-4
Sound Effect ................................................................................................ A-5
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Mixer ............................................................................................................. A-8
AudioIO ....................................................................................................... A-12
S/PDIF ......................................................................................................... A-15
Microphone ................................................................................................ A-17
3D Audio Demo ........................................................................................... A-18
Information .................................................................................................. A-19
Using 2-, 4-, 6- & 8- Channel Audio Function ................................................. A-20
Appendix B: Using the TV-Out Function (HDTV-Out Integrated) ................. B-1
Installing the TV-Out Bracket .............................................................................. B-2
Connecting S-Video/ RCA & HDTV Cables ....................................................... B-3
Display Setup ....................................................................................................... B-6
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Getting Started
Ch ap ter 1 . Get ti ng
Started
Getting Started
Thank you for choosing the K8NGM2 Series (MS-7207 v2.X)
Micro ATX mainboard. The K8NGM2 Series mainboards are based on
nVidia® GeForce 6150/6100 & nVidia® nForce 430/410 chipsets
for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced AMD® K8
Athlon 64 FX processor, the K8NGM2 Series deliver a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.
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MS-7207 M-ATX Mainboard
Mainboard Specifications
CPU
† Supports 64-bit AMD ® K8 Athlon64/ Athlon64FX processor (Socket 939).
† Supports 4800+ and higher CPU.
(For the latest information about CPU, please visit http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_cpu_support.php)
Chipset
† nVidia® GeForce 6150/6100 Chipset (Optional)
- HyperTransportTM connection to AMD K8 Athlon64 processor.
- 8 or 16 bit control/address/data transfer both directions.
- 1GHz “Double Data Rate” operation both direction.
- Supports one PCI-E x16 slot.
- Graphic integrated.
† nVidia® nForce 430/410 Chipset (Optional)
- nForce 430 supports dual channel native SATA controller up to 300MB/s, nForce
410 supports single channel native SATA controller up to 300MB/s.
- nForce 430 supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1,and 5, nForce 410 supports RAID 0, 1 only.
- Ultra DMA 66/100/133 master mode PCI EIDE controller.
- ACPI & PC2001 compliant enhanced power management.
- Supports USB2.0 up to 8 ports.
- Supports HD audio.
M ain M emory
† Supports DDR333/400 DDR SDRAM for dual channel.
† Supports a maximum memory size of 4GB.
(For the updated supporting memory modules, please visit http://www.msi.com.
tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_trp_list.php.)
Slots
† One PCI Express x 16 slot.
† One PCI Express x 1 slot.
† Two 32-bit Master 3.3v/5v PCI Bus slots.
Onboard IDE
† An IDE controller on the nVidia® nForce 430/410 chipset provides IDE HDD/CDROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 operation modes.
† Can connect up to 4 IDE devices.
Onboard Serial ATA
† Supports 4 SATAII ports with up to 300MB/s transfer rate (nForce 410 supports
2 Serial ATAII ports only).
USB Interface
† 8 USB ports
- 4 ports in the rear I/O, 4 ports via the external bracket
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Getting Started
MSI Reminds You...
1. Please note that users cannot install OS, either WinME or Win98,
in their SATA hard drives. Under these two OSs, SATA can only be
used as an ordinary storage device.
2. To create a bootable RAID volume for a Windows 2000 environment,
Microsoft’s Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) is required. As
the end user cannot boot without SP4, a combination installation
CD must be created before attempting to install the operating system onto the bootable RAID volume.
To create the combination installation CD, please refer to the following website:
ht tp :/ /w ww .micro so ft .com/w in do ws2000/d ow nl oads/
servicepacks/sp4/HFdeploy.htm
LAN
† VITESSE VSC8201RX/ Realtek 8201CL (Optional)
- Compliant with PCI v2.2.
- Supports ACPI Power Management.
- Supports 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s or 1000Mb/s. (for VSC8201RX only)
IEEE 1394 (Optional)
† Supports two IEEE1394 ports, transfer rate is up to 400Mbps.
† Controlled by VIA VT6307/VT6308 chipset (optional).
Audio
† 8 channels HD audio codec Realtek ALC880
- High Definition link controller integrated in nForce 430/410.
On-Board Peripherals
† On-Board Peripherals include:
- 1 floppy port supports 2 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
- 1 VGA port
- 1 DVI port (for GeForce 6150, optional)
- 2 IEEE1394 ports (Rear*1/ Front*1) (optional)
- 1 parallel port supporting SPP/EPP/ECP mode
- 8 USB2.0 ports (Rear*4/Front*4)
- 1 Audio (Line-In/Line-Out/MIC) port
- 1 Audio header (Rear/ central/side output)
- 1 TV-out header (for GeForce 6150, optional)
- 1 RJ-45 LAN Jack
- 2 IDE ports support 4 IDE devices
- 2/4 serial ATAII ports (nForce 410/430)
BIOS
† The mainboard BIOS provides “Plug & Play” BIOS which detects the peripheral
devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
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MS-7207 M-ATX Mainboard
† The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which
records your mainboard specifications.
Dimension
† Micro-ATX Form Factor: 24.4cm X 24.4cm
M ounting
† 8 mounting holes
1394 GUID address
Label (optional)
MSI Reminds You...
1. E ac h bo ar d w ill b e giv en a uniqu e 1 39 4 G UID f rom t he
manufacturer’s default settings in the system BIOS.
2. Use the flash utility or Live Update from MSI’s website for BIOS
update. The 1394 GUID address is burnt in the BIOS core. If the 1394
GUID address is lost due to an unpredictable event, such as replacing a new BIOS chip, users can use the utility from MSI’s website by
entering the 1394 GUID address to recover its original one.
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Getting Started
Mainboard Layout
K8NGM2 Series (MS-7207 v2.X)
M-ATX Mainboard
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MS-7207 M-ATX Mainboard
Packing Checklist
MSI Driver/Utility CD
SATA Cable (Optional)
Power Cable (Optional)
Standard Cable for
Floppy Disk
Standard Cable for
IDE Devices
1394 Bracket (Optional)
USB Bracket (Optional)
Back IO Shield
User’s Guide
TV-out Bracket
(Optional)
Audio-out Bracket
(Optional)
MSI motherboard
* The pictures are for reference only. Your packing contents may vary depending on
the model you purchased.
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Hardware Setup
Chapter 2. Hardware
Setup
Hardware Setup
This chapter tells you how to install the CPU, memory modules,
and expansion cards, as well as how to setup the jumpers on the
mainboard. Also, it provides the instructions on connecting the peripheral devices, such as the mouse, keyboard, etc.
W hile doing the installation, be careful in holding the components and follow the installation procedures.
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MS-7207 M-ATX Mainboard
Quick Components Guide
JTV1,
p.2-22
JPW1, p.2-9
CPUFAN1, p.2-15
DDR DIMMs, p.2-7
JCOM1, p.2-20
CPU, p.2-3
Back Panel
I/O, p.2-10
JCI1,
p.2-18
FDD1, p.2-15
ATX1, p.2-9
SYSFAN1,
p.2-15
NBFAN1,
p.2-15
IDE1/2, p.2-16
PCI Express
Slots, p.2-25
SATA1~4,
p.2-17
PCI Slots,
p.2-25
JFP2, p.2-21
J1, p.2-19
JCD1, p.2-18
JAUD1, p.2-18
J1394_1,
p.2-19
JSPDO1, p.2-19
JSPDI1,
p.2-19
2-2
JFP1, p.2-21
JUSB1, JUSB2,
p.2-23
SW1, p.2-24
Hardware Setup
Central Processing Unit: CPU
The mainboard supports AMD ® Athlon64 processor. The mainboard uses a
CPU socket called Socket-939 for easy CPU installation. W hen you are installing the
CPU, make sure the CPU has a heat sink and a cooling fan attached on the
top to prevent overheating. If you do not have the heat sink and cooling fan,
contact your dealer to purchase and install them before turning on the computer.
For the latest information about CPU, please visit http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_cpu_support.php.
MSI Reminds You...
Overheating
Overheating will seriously damage the CPU and system, always make
sure the cooling fan can work properly to protect the CPU from
overheating.
Replacing the CPU
While replacing the CPU, always turn off the ATX power supply or
unplug the power supply’s power cord from grounded outlet first to
ensure the safety of CPU.
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MS-7207 M-ATX Mainboard
CPU Installation Procedures for Socket 939
1. Please turn off the power and
unplug the power cord before
installing the CPU.
Open Lever
Sliding
Plate
90 degree
2. Pull the lever s ideways away
from the socket. Make sure to
raise the lever up to a 90-degree angle.
Gold arrow
3. Look for the gold arrow of the
CPU. The gold arrow should point
as shown in the picture. The CPU
c an on l y f i t i n t h e c or r ec t
orientation.
Correc t CP U placement
4. If the CPU is correctly installed,
the pins should be completely
embedded into the socket and
can not be seen. Please note
that any violation of the correct
in s tal lati on p roc edur es m ay
cause permanent damages to
your mainboard.
5. Press the CPU down firmly into
the socket and close the lever.
As the CPU is likely to move while
the lever is being closed, always close the lever with your
fingers pressing tightly on top of
the CPU to make sure the CPU is
properly and completely embedded into the socket.
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Gold arrow
Gold arrow
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Hardware Setup
Installing AMD Athlon64 CPU Cooler Set
W hen you are installing the CPU, make sure the CPU has a heat sink and
a cooling fan attached on the top to prevent overheating. If you do not have
the heat sink and cooling fan, contact your dealer to purchase and install them before
turning on the computer.
MSI Reminds You...
Mainboard photos shown in this section are for demonstration of the
cooler installation for Socket 939 CPUs only. The appearance of
your mainboard may vary depending on the model you purchase.
1. Detach the shield off the backplate’s
paster.
3. Turn over the mainboard again, and
plac e the mainboard on the f lat
surface. Locate the two screw holes
of the mainboard.
2. Turn over the mainboard, and install
the backplate to the proper position.
4. Align the retention mechanism and
the backplate.
Fix the retention mechanism and the
backplate with two screws.
retention mechanism
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5. Position the cooling set onto the retention mechanism.
7. Fasten down the lever.
Hook one end of the clip to hook
first, and then press down the other
end of the clip to fasten the cooling
s et on the top of the retention
mechanism.
8. Make sure the safety hook completely
clasps the fixed bolt of the retention
mechanism.
6. Locate the Fix Lever, Safety Hook
and the Fixed Bolt.
Lift up the intensive fixed lever.
9. Attach the CPU Fan cable to the CPU
fan connector on the mainboard.
Safety Hook
Fixed Lever
Fixed Bolt
MSI Reminds You...
While disconnecting the Safety Hook from the fixed bolt, it is necessary
to keep an eye on your fingers, because once the Safety Hook is disconnected from the fixed bolt, the fixed lever will spring back instantly.
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Hardware Setup
Memory
The mainboard provides 4 slots for 184-pin DDR DIMM (Double In-Line Memory
Module) modules and supports the memory size up to 4GB. You can install DDR 333/
400 modules on the DDR DIMM slots (DIMM 1~4).
DIM M1~DIMM4
(from left to right)
DIMM Module Combination
Install at least one DIMM module on the slots. Each DIMM slot supports up to a
maximum size of 1GB. Users can install either single- or double-sided modules to
meet their own needs. Users may install memory modules of different type and
density on different-channel DDR DIMMs. However, memory modules of the same
type and density are required while using dual-channel DDR, or instability may
happen.
GREEN Slots
DIMM1 (CH A)
128MB~1GB
DIMM3 (CH A)
128MB~1GB
128MB~1GB
PURPLE Slots
DIMM2 (CH B) DIMM4 (CH B)
128MB~1GB
128MB~1GB
128MB~1GB
Mode
Dual Channel
128MB~1GB
Dual Channel
128MB~1GB
Dual Channel
MSI Reminds You...
- In dual-channel mode, make sure that you install memory modules
of the same type and density on DDR DIMMs.
- To enable successful system boot-up, always insert the memory
modules into the DIMM1 slots first.
- This mainboard DO NOT support the memory module installed
with more than 18 pieces of IC (integrated circuit).
- Do not support three memory modules.
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MS-7207 M-ATX Mainboard
Installing DDR Modules
1.
2.
3.
The DDR DIMM has only one notch on the center of module. The module will
only fit in the right orientation.
Insert the DIMM memory module vertically into the DIMM slot. Then push it in
until the golden finger on the memory module is deeply inserted in the socket.
The plastic clip at each side of the DIMM slot will automatically close.
Volt
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Notch
Hardware Setup
Power Supply
The mainboard supports ATX power supply for the power system. Before
inserting the power supply connector, always make sure that all components are
installed properly to ensure that no damage will be caused.
ATX 24-Pin Power Connector: ATX1
This connector allows you to connect an ATX 24-pin power supply. To connect the ATX 24-pin power supply, make sure the plug of the power
pin 13
supply is inserted in the proper orientation and the pins are aligned.
Then push down the power supply firmly into the connector.
You may use the 20-pin ATX power supply as you like. If
you’d like to use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your
power supply along with pin 1 & pin 13 (refer to the image at the
right hand). There is also a foolproof design on pin 11, 12, 23 & 24
to avoid wrong installation.
pin 12
Pin Definition
13
1
ATX1
24
12
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
2
+3.3V
+3.3V
13
14
+3.3V
-12V
3
4
GND
+5V
15
16
GND
PS-ON#
5
6
GND
+5V
17
18
GND
GND
7
8
GND
PWR OK
19
20
GND
Res
9
10
5VSB
+12V
21
22
+5V
+5V
11
+12V
12
NC
23
24
+5V
GND
ATX 12V Power Connector: JPW1
This 12V power connector is used to provide power to the CPU.
Pin Definition
JPW1
3
1
PIN
SIGNAL
4
1
GND
2
2
3
GND
12V
4
12V
MSI Reminds You...
1. These two connectors connect to the ATX power supply and have to
work together to ensure stable operation of the mainboard.
2. Power supply of 350 watts (and above) is highly recommended for
system stability.
3. ATX 12V power connection should be greater than 18A.
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Back Panel
Parallel
M ou se
DVI Port
Keyboard
1394 Port L-In
(Optional)
LAN
VGA Port
(for GeForce 6150)
(optional)
USB
Ports
USB
Ports
L-Out
Mic
Mouse/Keyboard Connector
The mainboard provides a standard PS/2® mouse/keyboard mini DIN connector
for attaching a PS/2® mouse/keyboard. You can plug a PS/2® mouse/keyboard directly
into this connector. The connector location and pin assignments are as follows:
Pin Definition
6
5
3
4
2
1
PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard
(6-pin Female)
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
Mouse/Keyboard Data
Mouse/Keyboard data
2
3
NC
GND
No connection
Ground
4
5
VCC
Mouse/KeyboardClock
+5V
Mouse/Keyboard clock
6
NC
No connection
VGA Connector
The mainboard provides a DB 15-pin female connector to connect a VGA
monitor.
1
5
15
11
VGA Connector
(DB 15-pin)
2-10
Pin
Signal Description Pin
Signal Description
1
3
RED
BLUE
2
4
GREEN
N/C
5
7
GND
GND
6
8
GND
GND
9
11
+5V
N/C
10
12
GND
SDA
13
15
Horizontal Sync
SCL
14
Vertical Sync
Hardware Setup
Digital Panel Connector (for GeForce 6150 only) (optional)
The mainboard provides a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) connector which
allows you to connect an LCD monitor. The DVI connector provides a high-speed
digital interconnection between the computer and its display device. To connect a
LCD monitor, simply plug your monitor cable into the DVI connector, and make sure
that the other end of the cable is properly connected to your monitor. (refer to your
monitor manual for more information.)
1
8
17
24
DVI Connector
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Signal Assignment
T.M.D.S.* Data2T.M.D.S. Data2+
T.M.D.S. Data2/4 Shield
NC
NC
DDC Clock
DDC Data
N/C
T.M.D.S. Data1T.M.D.S. Data1+
T.M.D.S. Data1/3 Shield
NC
Pin
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Signal Assignment
NC
+5V
GND (for +5V)
Hot Plug Detect
T.M.D.S. Data0T.M.D.S. Data0+
T.M.D.S. Data0/5 Shield
NC
NC
T.M.D.S. Clock Shield
T.M.D.S. Clock+
T.M.D.S. Clock-
MSI Reminds You...
Please note that the DVI connector doesn’t support to connect the DSub to DVI converter.
USB Connectors
The mainboard provides an OHCI (Open Host Controller Interface) Universal
Serial Bus root for attaching USB devices such as keyboard, mouse or other USBcompatible devices. You can plug the USB device directly into the connector.
USB Port Description
1
5
2
6
3
7
4
8
USB Ports
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
VCC
+5V
2
3
-Data 0
+Data0
Negative Data Channel 0
Positive Data Channel 0
4
5
GND
VCC
Ground
+5V
6
7
-Data 1
+Data 1
Negative Data Channel 1
Positive Data Channel 1
8
GND
Ground
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LAN (RJ-45) Jack:10/100 LAN (RTL8201CL) or Giga-bit LAN
(VSC8201RX : optional)
The mainboard provides 1 standard RJ-45 jack for connection to single Local
Area Network (LAN). This LAN enables data to be transferred at 10/ 100Mbps or
(1000Mbps for VSC8201RX only). You can connect a network cable to it.
Activity Indicator
Link Indicator
8
1
RJ-45 LAN Jack
LED
Color
LED State
Condition
Left
Orange
Off
On (steady state)
On (brighter & pulsing)
LAN link is not established.
LAN link is established.
The computer is communicating with another
computer on the LAN.
Off
On
On
10 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
100 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
1000 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
Green
Right
Orange
The pin assignments vary depending on the transfer rates: 10/100Mbps or
1000Mbps . Note that Pin 1/2, 3/6, 4/5, 7/8 must work in pairs. Please ref er
to the following for details:
10/100 LAN Pin Definition
Giga-bit LAN Pin Definition
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
TDP
Transmit Differential Pair
1
D0P
Differential Pair 0+
2
TDN
Transmit Differential Pair
2
D0N
Differential Pair 0-
3
RDP
Receive Differential Pair
3
D1P
Differential Pair 1+
4
NC
Not Used
4
D2P
Differential Pair 2+
5
NC
Not Used
5
D2N
Differential Pair 2-
6
RDN
Receive Differential Pair
6
D1N
Differential Pair 1-
7
NC
Not Used
7
D3P
Differential Pair 3+
8
NC
Not Used
8
D3N
Differential Pair 3-
PIN
2-12
PIN
Hardware Setup
Audio Port Connectors & Audio Header (J1)
The 3 audio jacks are for 2-channel mode for stereo speaker output: Line Out
is a connector for Speakers or Headphones. Line In is used for external CD player,
Tape player, or other audio devices. Mic is a connector for microphones.
However, there is an advanced audio application provided by Realtek ALC880
to offer support for 7.1-channel audio operation. You can use the external audio
cable and the rear audio connectors to function the 2-/4-/5.1-/7.1- channel audio.
Line In
Rear Out
Center and Subwoofer Out
Line Out
Side Surround Out
M IC
MSI Reminds You...
For the advanced functions of the audio codec, please refer to Appendix A: Introduction to Realtek ALC880 for details.
IEEE 1394 Port (optional)
There is one 1394 port on the back panel providing the connection for 1394
devices.
1394 port
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Parallel Port Connector: LPT1
The mainboard provides a 25-pin female centronic connector as LPT. A parallel
port is a standard printer port that supports Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) and Extended Capabilities Parallel Port (ECP) mode.
13
1
14
25
Pin Definition
2-14
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
2
STROBE
DATA0
Strobe
Data0
3
4
DATA1
DATA2
Data1
Data2
5
6
DATA3
DATA4
Data3
Data4
7
8
DATA5
DATA6
Data5
Data6
9
10
DATA7
ACK#
Data7
Acknowledge
11
12
BUSY
PE
Busy
PaperEnd
13
14
SELECT
AUTO FEED#
Select
AutomaticFeed
15
16
ERR#
INIT#
Error
Initialize Printer
17
18
SLIN#
GND
Select In
Ground
19
20
GND
GND
Ground
Ground
21
22
GND
GND
Ground
Ground
23
24
GND
GND
Ground
Ground
25
GND
Ground
Hardware Setup
Connectors
Floppy Disk Drive Connector: FDD1
The mainboard provides a standard floppy disk drive connector that supports
360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88M floppy disk types.
FDD1
Fan Power Connectors: CPUFAN1/SYSFAN1/NBFAN1
The fan power connectors support system cooling fan with +12V. W hen
connecting the wire to the connectors, always take note that the red wire is the
positive and should be connected to the +12V, the black wire is Ground and should
be connected to GND. If the mainboard has a System Hardware Monitor chipset onboard, you must use a specially designed fan with speed sensor to take advantage
of the CPU fan control.
+1 2V
GND
SENSOR
GND
+1 2V
SENSOR
CPUFAN1
SYSFAN1
GND
+1 2V
SENSOR
NBFAN1
MSI Reminds You...
Please refer to the recommended CPU fans at AMD ® official website
or consult the vendors for proper CPU cooling fan.
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ATA133 Hard Disk Connectors: IDE1 & IDE2
The mainboard has a 32-bit Enhanced PCI IDE and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 controller that provides PIO mode 0~4, Bus Master, and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 function.
You can connect up to four hard disk drives, CD-ROM and other IDE devices.
The Ultra ATA133 interface boosts data transfer rates between the computer
and the hard drive up to 133 megabytes (MB) per second. The new interface is onethird faster than earlier record-breaking Ultra ATA/100 technology and is backwards
compatible with the existing Ultra ATA interface.
IDE2 IDE1
IDE1 (Primary IDE Connector)
The first hard drive should always be connected to IDE1. IDE1 can connect a Master
and a Slave drive. You must configure second hard drive to Slave mode by setting the
jumper accordingly.
IDE2 (Secondary IDE Connector)
IDE2 can also connect a Master and a Slave drive.
MSI Reminds You...
If you install two hard disks on cable, you must configure the second
drive to Slave mode by setting its jumper. Refer to the hard disk documentation supplied by hard disk vendors for jumper setting instructions.
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Hardware Setup
Serial ATAII Connectors: SATA1~SATA4 (nForce 410 supports 2
SATA only)
T he Mainboard s upports f our s erial ATAII c onnec tors SATA1~SATA4.
SATA1~SATA4 are high-speed Serial ATAII interface ports. Each supports 2st generation serial ATA data rates of 300MB/s and is fully compliant with Serial ATA 1.0
specifications. Each Serial ATAII connector can connect to 1 hard disk device.
SATA3
SATA4
1
1
7
7
SATA2
1
Pin Definition
7
7
1
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
GND
2
TXP
3
5
TXN
RXN
4
6
GND
RXP
7
GND
SATA1
Serial ATA cable
Take out the dust cover and
connect to the hard disk
devices
Connect to SATA1/2/3/4
MSI Reminds You...
Please do not fold the Serial ATA cable into 90-degree angle. Otherwise,
data loss may occur during transmission.
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CD-In Connector: JCD1
This connector is provided for CD-ROM audio.
JCD1
R GND L
Front Panel Audio Connector: JAUD1
The JAUD1 front panel audio connector allows you to connect to the front
panel audio and is compliant with Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.
JAUD1
10
9
2
1
Pin Definition
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
2
PORT 1L
GND
Analog Port 1 - Left channel
Ground
3
4
PORT 1R
PRESENCE#
Analog Port 1 - Right channel
Active low signal - signals BIOS that a High Definition Audio
dongle is connected to the analog header. PRESENCE# = 0
when a High Definition Audio dongle is connected.
5
6
PORT 2R
SENSE1_RETIRN
Analog Port 2 - Right channel
Jack detection return from front panel JACK1
7
SENSE_SEND
Jack detection sense line from the High Definition Audio CODEC
jack detection resistor network
8
9
KEY
PORT 2L
ConnectorKey
Analog Port 2 - Left channel
10
SENSE2_RETIRN
Jack detection return from front panel JACK2
Chassis Intrusion Switch Connector: JCI1
This connector is connected to a 2-pin chassis switch. If the chassis is opened,
the switch will be short. The system will record this status and show a warning
message on the screen. To clear the warning, you must enter the BIOS utility and
clear the record.
CINTRU
GND
1
2
JCI1
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Hardware Setup
SPDIF-Out/ SPDIF-In Connector: JSPDO1/ JSPDI1 (SPDIF-In is
optional)
These connectors are used to connect SPDIF (Sony & Philips Digital Interconnect Format) interface for digital audio transmission. The JSPDO1 is for SPDIF-Out
and the JSPDI1 is for SPDIF-In.
SPDIF-Out
GND
GND
SPDIF-In
NC
NC
JSPDI1
JSPDO1
Connected to JSPDO1 or JSPDI1 is by your desire.
SPDIF Bracket (Optional)
Audio-out Connector: J1
The mainboard optionally provides a audio-out connector for you to attach a
Audio-Out bracket. The Audio-Out bracket offers three audio-out jacks. Select the
appropriate one to connect to the proper speaker.
Pin Definition
2
1
14
13
J1
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
LEFOut
2
SURROutR
3
CENTEROut
4
SURROutL
5
SURRBackR
6
SURRJD
7
SURRBackL
8
CENJD
9
SURRBackJD
10
Ground
11
Ground
12
Ground
13
NC
14
Ground
Audio-out Bracket
(Optional)
Connected to J1.
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Serial Port Header: JCOM1 (Optional)
The mainboard offers one 9-pin header as serial port. The port is a 16550A
high speed communication port that sends/receives 16 bytes FIFOs. You can attach
a serial mouse or other serial device directly to it.
Pin Definition
JCOM1
5
9
6
1
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
DCD
SIN
SOUT
DTR
GND
DSR
RTS
CTS
RI
Data Carry Detect
Serial In or Receive Data
Serial Out or Transmit Data
Data Terminal Ready)
Ground
Data Set Ready
Request To Send
Clear To Send
Ring Indicate
IEEE 1394 Connectors: J1394_1 (Optional)
The mainboard provides one 1394 pin header that allows you to connect IEEE
1394 ports via an external IEEE1394 bracket (optional).
Pin Definition
1
2
9
10
J1394_1
Connected to J1394_1
(Green connector)
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
TPA+
2
TPA-
3
Ground
4
Ground
5
TPB+
6
TPB-
7
Cable power
8
Cable power
9
Key (no pin)
10
Ground
IEEE1394 Bracket (Optional)
Foolproof
design
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Hardware Setup
Front Panel Connector: JFP1/JFP2
The mainboard provides one front panel connector for electrical connection to
the front panel switches and LEDs. The JFP1 is compliant with Intel® Front Panel I/O
Connectivity Design Guide.
JFP1 Pin Definition
Power Power
LED
Switch
JFP1
2
1
10
9
HDD Reset
LED Switch
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
HD_LED_P
Hard disk LED pull-up
2
3
FP PWR/SLP
HD_LED_N
MSG LED pull-up
Hard disk active LED
4
5
FP PWR/SLP
RST_SW_N
MSG LED pull-up
Reset Switch low reference pull-down to GND
6
7
PWR_SW_P
RST_SW_P
Power Switch high reference pull-up
Reset Switch high reference pull-up
8
9
PWR_SW_N
RSVD_DNU
Power Switch low reference pull-down to GND
Reserved. Do not use.
JFP2 Pin Definition
JFP2
8
7
Speaker
Power
LED
2
1
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
GND
2
SPK-
3
SLED
4
BUZ+
5
7
PLED
NC
6
8
BUZSPK+
IrDA Infrared Module Header: JIR1 (Optional)
The connector allows you to connect to IrDA Infrared module. You must configure the setting through the BIOS setup to use the IR function. JIR1 is compliant with
Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.
Pin Definition
JIR1
2
1
6
5
Pin
Signal
1
2
IRRX
IRTX
3
4
GND
VCC5
5
6
NC
NC
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TV-Out Connector: JTV1 (For GeForce 6150 Only, Optional)
The mainboard optionally provides a TV-Out connector for you to attach a TVOut bracket that integrated HDTV-out. The TV-Out bracket offers two types of TVOut connectors: S-Video and RCA Composite connectors. Select the appropriate one
to connect to the standard television or the HDTV (High-Definition TeleVision) and it
will be able to display PC’s information.
Pin Definition
4 5
Pin
Description
Pin
Description
3
1
GND
4
COMP
JTV1
2
Yout
5
GND
3
Cout
1
TV-Out Bracket (Optional)
Connected to JTV1
TV-Out Connector
(RCA Composite)
TV-Out Connector
(S-Video)
MSI Reminds You...
1. Please note that the TV-Out bracket supports to connect one TV only.
Meanwhile you can not connect two TVs to this bracket. Otherwise,
the TVs will not be functional.
2. Please refer to Appendix B: Using the TV-Out Function (HDTVOut Integrated) for details.
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Hardware Setup
Front USB Connectors: JUSB1 / JUSB2
The mainboard provides two standard USB 2.0 pin headers JUSB1 & JUSB2 .
USB 2.0 technology increases data transfer rate up to a maximum throughput of
480Mbps, which is 40 times faster than USB 1.1, and is ideal for connecting highspeed USB interface peripherals such as USB HDD, digital cameras, MP3 players,
printers, modems and the like.
JUSB1 & JUSB2 Pin Definition
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
VCC
2
VCC
JUSB1, JUSB2
3
USB4-
4
USB5-
(USB 2.0)
5
USB4+
6
USB5+
7
GND
8
GND
9
Key (no pin)
10
USBOC
9
10
1
2
Connected to JUSB1 or
JUSB2 (yellow connectors)
USB 2.0 Bracket
(Optional)
MSI Reminds You...
Note that the pins of VCC and GND must be connected correctly to
avoid possible damage.
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Button
The motherboard provides the following button for you to set the computer’s
function. This section will explain how to change your motherboard’s function through
the usage of the button.
Clear CMOS Button: SW1
There is a CMOS RAM on board that has a power supply from external battery
to keep the system configuration data. W ith the CMOS RAM, the system can automatically boot OS every time it is turned on. If you want to clear the system
configuration, use the SW 1 (Clear CMOS Button ) to clear data. Press the button in
the middle of the connector top side to clear the data.
SW1
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Hardware Setup
Slots
The motherboard provides one PCI Express x16 slot, one PCI Express x1 slot,
and two 32-bit PCI bus slots.
PCI Express Slots
The PCI Express slot, as a high-bandwidth, low pin count, serial, interconnect
technology.
PCI Express architecture provides a high performance I/O infrastructure for
Desktop Platforms with transfer rates starting at 2.5 Giga transfers per second over
a PCI Express x1 lane for Gigabit Ethernet, TV Tuners, 1394 controllers, and general
purpose I/O. Also, desktop platforms with PCI Express Architecture will be designed
to deliver highest performance in video, graphics, multimedia and other sophisticated
applications. Moreover, PCI Express architecture provides a high performance graphics
infrastructure for Desktop Platforms doubling the capability of existing AGP8x designs with transfer rates of 4.0 GB/s over a PCI Express x16 lane for graphics
controllers.
You can insert the expansion cards to meet your needs. W hen adding or
removing expansion cards, make sure that you unplug the power supply first.
PCI Express x16 slot
PCI Express x1 slot
PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Slots
The PCI slots allow you to insert the expansion cards to meet your needs.
W hen adding or removing expansion cards, make sure that you unplug the power
supply first. Meanwhile, read the documentation for the expansion card to make any
necessary hardware or software settings for the expansion card, such as jumpers,
switches or BIOS configuration.
PCI Slots
PCI Interrupt Request Routing
The IRQ, acronym of interrupt request line and pronounced I-R-Q, are hardware lines over which devices can send interrupt signals to the microprocessor. The
PCI IRQ pins are typically connected to the PCI bus pins as follows:
Order 1
Order 2
Order 3
Order 4
PCI Slot 1
INT E#
INT F#
INT G#
INT H#
PCI Slot 2
INT F#
INT G#
INT H#
INT E#
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BIOS Setup
Chapter 3. BIOS Setup
BIOS Setup
This chapter provides information on the BIOS Setup program
and allows you to configure the system for optimum use.
You may need to run the Setup program when:
² An error message appears on the screen during the system booting up, and requests you to run SETUP.
² You want to change the default settings for customized features.
MSI Reminds You...
1. The items under each BIOS category described in this chapter are
under continuous update for better system performance. Therefore,
the description may be slightly different from the latest BIOS and
should be held for reference only.
2. Upon boot-up, the 1st line appearing after the memory count is the
BIOS version. It is usually in the format:
A7207NMS V1.0 151105 where:
1st digit refers to BIOS maker as A = AMI, W = AWARD,
and P = PHOENIX.
2nd - 5th digit refers to the model number.
6th refers to the nVidia Chipset
7th - 8th digit refers to the customer as MS = all standard customers.
V1.0 refers to the BIOS version.
151105 refers to the date this BIOS was released.
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Entering Setup
Power on the computer and the system will start POST (Power On Self Test)
process. W hen the message below appears on the screen, press <DEL> key to
enter Setup.
Press DEL to enter SET UP
If the message disappears before you respond and you still wish to enter
Setup, restart the system by turning it OFF and On or pressing the RESET button. You
may also restart the system by simultaneously pressing <Ctrl>, <Alt>, and <Delete>
keys.
Control Keys
<↑>
Move to the previous item
<↓>
Move to the next item
<←>
Move to the item in the left hand
<→>
Move to the item in the right hand
<Enter>
Select the item
<Esc>
Jumps to the Exit menu or returns to the main menu
from a submenu
<+/PU>
Increase the numeric value or make changes
<-/PD>
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
<F1>
General help, only for Status Page Setup Menu and
Option Page Setup Menu
<F5>
Restore the previous CMOS value from CMOS, only for
Option Page Setup Menu
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<F6>
Load Optimized defaults
<F7>
Load Fail-Safe
<F10>
Save all the CMOS changes and exit
BIOS Setup
Getting Help
After entering the Setup menu, the first menu you will see is the Main Menu.
M ain M enu
The main menu lists the setup functions you can make changes to. You can
use the control keys ( ↑↓ ) to select the item. The on-line description of the highlighted
setup function is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Sub-M enu
If you find a right pointer symbol (as shown in the right view) appears to the
left of certain fields that means a sub-menu containing additional options can be launched from
this field. You can use control keys ( ↑↓ ) to
highlight the field and press <Enter> to call up the
sub-menu. Then you can use the control keys to
enter values and move from field to field within a
sub-menu. If you want to return to the main menu, just press <Esc >.
General Help <F1>
The BIOS setup program provides a General Help screen. You can call up this
screen from any menu by simply pressing <F1>. The Help screen lists the appropriate
keys to use and the possible selections for the highlighted item. Press <Esc> to exit
the Help screen.
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The Main Menu
Once you enter AMI® BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu (Figure 1) will
appear on the screen. The Main Menu allows you to select from twelve setup functions and two exit choices. Use arrow keys to select among the items and press
<Enter> to accept or enter the sub-menu.
Standard CMOS Features
Use this menu for basic system configurations, such as time, date etc.
Advanced BIOS Features
Use this menu to setup the items of AMI® special enhanced features.
Advanced Chipset Features
Use this menu to change the values in the chipset registers and optimize your system’s
performance.
Integrated Peripherals
Use this menu to specify your settings for integrated peripherals.
Power M anagement Setup
Use this menu to specify your settings for power management.
PNP/PCI Configurations
This entry appears if your system supports PnP/PCI.
H/W Monitor
This entry shows your PC health status.
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BIOS Setup
Cell_M enu
This menu shows the frequency of CPU.
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Use this menu to load the default values set by the BIOS vendor for stable system
performance.
Load Optimized Defaults
Use this menu to load the default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard.
BIOS Setting Password
Use this menu to set the Password.
Save & Exit Setup
Save changes to CMOS and exit setup.
Exit Without Saving
Abandon all changes and exit setup.
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Standard CMOS Features
The items in Standard CMOS Features Menu are divided into several categories.
Each category includes no, one or more than one setup items. Use the arrow keys to
highlight the item and then use the <PgUp> or <PgDn> keys to select the value you
want in each item.
Date (MM:DD:YY)
This allows you to set the system to the date that you want (usually the current date).
The format is <day><month> <date> <year>.
day
Day of the week, from Sun to Sat, determined by
BIOS. Read-only.
mon th
The month from Jan. through Dec.
date
The date from 1 to 31 can be keyed by numeric function keys.
year
The year can be adjusted by users.
Time (HH:MM:SS)
This allows you to set the system time that you want (usually the current time). The
time format is <hour> <minute> <second>.
Primary/Secondary IDE Master/ Slave, Serial-ATA 1/2 Primary/Secondary
Press <+> or <-> to select the hard disk drive type. The specification of hard d i s k
drive will show up on the right hand according to your selection. Press <Enter> for
the sub-menu of each item:
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BIOS Setup
Dev ice
This item shows the information about the specified item (Read-only).
Type
This item defines the HDD parameters.
LBA/Large M ode
This item allows you to enable or disable the LBA (Logical Block Address,
logical block size in hard disk) mode. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].
the
Block Mode
W hen the setting is Auto, it will read or write more sector at every circle to
enhance the hard disk performance. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].
PIO M ode
The PIO (Programmed Input/Output) Mode let you set a PIO mode (0-4) for the IDE
devices that the onboard IDE interface supports. Modes 0 through 4 provide
successively increased performance. In Auto mode, the system automatically
determines the best mode for each device. The settings are: [Auto], [Mode 0],
[Mode 1], [Mode 2], [Mode 3], [Mode 4].
DM A M ode
This item allows you to enable or disable the DMA (Direct Memory Access) mode.
Setting options: [Auto], [SWDMA0], [SWDMA1], [SWDMA2], [MWDMA0], [MWDMA1],
[MW DMA2], [UDMA0], [UDMA1], [UDMA2], [UDMA3], [UDMA4], [UDMA5].
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Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
This allows you to activate the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting
Technology) capability for the hard disks. S.M.A.R.T is a utility that monitors your
disk status to predict hard disk failure. This gives you an opportunity to move data
from a hard disk that is going to fail to a safe place before the hard disk becomes
offline. Settings: [Auto], [Enabled], [Disabled].
32Bit Data Transfer
This allows you to activate the 32bit data transfer to enhance the IDE hard disk
performance.Settings options: [Enabled], [Disabled].
Floppy A
This item allows you to set the type of floppy drives installed. Available options:
[None], [360K, 5.25 in.], [1.2M, 5.25 in.], [720K, 3.5 in.], [1.44M, 3.5 in.], [2.88M, 3.5 in.].
System Information
Press <Enter> to for the sub-menu of each item:
Usage M emory
This item shows the memory status (read only).
**CPU Information**
AM D Sempron(tm) Processor/CPU ID
The two items show the CPU related information of your system (read only).
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Advanced BIOS Features
Quick Boot
Select Enabled to reduce the amount of time required to run the power-on self-test
(POST). A quick POST skips certain steps. We recommend that you normally disable
quick POST. It is better to find a problem during POST than lose data during your work.
Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].
Full Screen LOGO Display
This item enables you to show the company logo on the bootup screen. Settings are:
[Enabled]
Shows a still image (logo) on the full screen at boot.
[Disabled]
Shows the POST messages at boot.
Boot Sector Protection
This function protects the BIOS from accidental corruption by unauthorized users or
computer viruses. W hen enabled, the BIOS’ data cannot be changed when attempting to update the BIOS with a Flash utility. To successfully update the BIOS, you’ll
need to disable this Flash BIOS Protection function.
You should enable this function at all times. The only time when you need to disable
it is when you want to update the BIOS. After updating the BIOS, you should immediately re-enable it to protect it against viruses. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].
Boot to OS/2
This allows you to run the OS/2® operating system with DRAM larger than 64MB.
W hen you choose [No], you cannot run the OS/2® operating system with DRAM larger
than 64MB. But it is possible if you choose [Yes].
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IOAPIC Function
This field is used to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt
Controller). Due to compliance with PC2001 design guide, the system is able to run in
APIC mode. Enabling APIC mode will expand available IRQ resources for the system.
Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].
M PS Table Version
This field allows you to select which MPS (Multi-Processor Specification) version to
be used for the operating system. You need to select the MPS version supported by
your operating system. To find out which version to use, consult the vendor of your
operating system. Setting options: [1.4], [1.1].
Boot Sequence
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu, and the following screen appears.
1st/2nd/3rd Boot Device
The items allow you to set the sequence of boot devices where BIOS attempts
to load the disk operating system.
Hard Disk Drives
This feature allows you to specify the hard disk boot priority.
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Advanced Chipset Features
MSI Reminds You...
Change these settings only if you are familiar with the chipset.
M emclock M ode
Users can place an artificial memory clock on the system. Please note that memory is
prevented from running faster than this frequency. Setting options:[Auto], [Limit].
M CT Timing M ode
This field has the capacity to automatically detect all of the DRAM timing. The settings
are: [Auto], [Manual].
User Config mode
This field has the capacity to automatically detect all of the following 4 fields default
value.. If you set this field to [Manual], the following fields will be selectable. The
settings are: [Auto], [Manual].
Burst Length
This setting allows you to set the size of Burst-Length for DRAM. Bursting feature is
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a technique that DRAM itself predicts the address of the next memory location to be
accessed after the first address is accessed. To use the feature, you need to define
the burst length, which is the actual length of burst plus the starting address and
allows internal address counter to properly generate the next memory location. The
bigger the size, the faster the DRAM performance. Setting options: [8 Beats], [4
Beats] and [2 Beats].
Hardware M emory Hole
In order to improve performance, certain space in memory can be reserved for ISA
peripherals. This memory must be mapped into the memory space below 16MB.
W hen this area is reserved, it cannot be cached. Settings: [Disabled], [15MB-16MB].
Hyper Transport Configuration
The following items are used for setting the frequency and the linkwidth from CPU to
North Bridge and from North Bridge to South Bridge.
CPU to NB Frequemcy:
NB to SB Frequemcy:
CPU to NB LinkWidth:
NB to SB LinkWidth:
200/400/600/800/1000 MHz
200/400/600/800/1000 MHz
8↓8↑/16↓16↑
4↓4↑/8↓8↑/16↓16↑
Flash Protect
This function protects the BIOS from accidental corruption by unauthorized users or
computer viruses. W hen enabled, the BIOS data cannot be changed when attempting to update the BIOS with a Flash utility. To successfully update the BIOS, you will
need to disable this Flash Protection function. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].
Primary Graphics Adapter
This setting specifies which VGA card is your primary graphics adapter. Setting
options are:
[PCI Express] The system initializes the installed PCI Express card first. If an PCI
Express card is not available, it will initialize the onboard VGA card.
[Onboard]
The system initializes the onboard VGA card first.
OnChip and PCIe VGA selection
This setting allows you to enable both OnChip and PCIe VGA, or enable PCIe VGA
only. Setting options: [Disbale Onchip VGA if have PCIe VGA], [Both exist and OnChip
VGA by frame buffer select].
OnChip VGA Frame Buffer Size
Frame Buffer is the video memory that stores data for video display (frame). This
field is used to determine the memory size for Frame Buffer. Larger frame buffer
size increases video performance. Setting options: [Disabled], [16MB], [32MB], [64MB],
[128MB].
RGB/TV Display
This item allows you to select an display device to display. Setting options: [Auto],
[RGB], [TV].
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TV M ode Support
This item allows you to select the TV display mode. Setting options: [NTSC_M],
[NTSC_J], [PAL_M], [PAL_BDGHI], [PAL_N], [PAL_NC], [Default].
OnChip VGA Trap Enable
Setting options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
CPU-LDT Frequency, MHz
This setting shows the current CPU Front Side Bus clock frequency.
PCI-Express Frequency, MHz
This setting shows the current PCI-Express Front Side Bus clock frequency.
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Integrated Peripherals
USB 1.1 Controller
This setting disables/enables the USB 1.1 controller. Setting options: [Enabled],
[Disabled].
USB 2.0 Controller
Set to [Enabled] if you need to use any USB 2.0 device in the operating system that
does not support or have any USB 2.0 driver installed, such as DOS and SCO Unix.
Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].
USB Device Legacy Support
Set to Enabled if your need to use any USB 1.1/2.0 device in the operating system
that does not support or have any USB 1.1/2.0 driver installed, such as DOS and SCO
Unix. Set to Disabled only if you want to use any USB device other than the USB
mouse. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].
Onboard Devices Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
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Onboard IEEE1394 Controller
This setting allows you to enable/disable the onboard IEEE 1394 controller. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].
AZALIA AUDIO
Select Enabled to use the audio capabilities of your system. Setting options:
[Auto], [Disabled].
M AC LAN
This setting controls the onboard LAN controller. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].
MAC LAN Bridge
This setting controls the onboard LAN bridge. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].
M AC Media Interface
This setting controls the onboard LAN media interface. Setting options: [Pin
Setup], [MII], [RGMII].
I/O Devices Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
Onboard Floppy Controller
Select [Enabled] if your system has a floppy disk controller (FDD) installed on the
system board and you wish to use it. If you install add-on FDC or the system has
no floppy drive, select [Disabled] in this field. The settings are: [Enabled],
[Disabled].
COM Port 1
Select an address and corresponding interrupt for Serial Port 1. Setting options:
[Disabled], [3F8/IRQ4], [2F8/IRQ3], [3E8/IRQ4], [2E8/IRQ3].
IR M ode
This setting allows you to specify the operation mode for serial port 2. Setting
options: [Disabled], [IrDA], [ASKIR].
[Disabled]
Disable RS-232C Serial Port
[IrDA]
IrDA-compliant Serial Infrared Port
[ASK IR]
Amplitude Shift Keyed Infrared Port
Parallel Port
This specifies the I/O port address and IRQ of the onboard parallel port. Setting
options: [378], [278], [3BC], [Disabled].
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IDE Devices Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
PCI IDE BusM aster
This item allows you to enable/ disable the PCI IDE busmaster. Setting options:
[Disabled], [Enabled].
On-Chip IDE Controller
The integrated peripheral controller contains an IDE interface with support for
two IDE channels. Choose [Both] to activate the two channels. Setting options:
[Disabled], [Primary], [Secondary], [Both].
SATA Devices Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears.
Serial-ATA 1/2
This field allows you to enable or disabled the SATA controllers. Settings options:
[Enabled], [Disabled].
nVidia RAID Setup
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
nVidia RAID Function
This field allows you to enable or disabled the nVidia RAID function. Settings
options: [Enabled], [Disabled].
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Power Management Features
MSI Reminds You...
S3-related functions described in this section are available only
when your BIOS supports S3 sleep mode.
ACPI Function
This item is to activate the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Management
Interface) Function. If your operating system is ACPI-aware, such as Windows 98SE/
2000/ME, select [Enabled]. Setting options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
ACPI Standby State
This item specifies the power saving modes for ACPI function. If your operating
system supports ACPI, such as W indows 98SE, W indows ME and W indows 2000,
you can choose to enter the Standby mode in S1/POS or S3/STR fashion through the
setting of this field. Options are:
S1/POS
S3/STR
Auto
The S1 sleep mode is a low power state. In this state, no
system context is lost (CPU or chipset) and hardware
maintains all system context.
The S3 sleep mode is a lower power state where the in
formation of system configuration and open applications/
files is saved to main memory that remains powered
while most other hardware components turn off to save
energy. The information stored in memory will be used
to restore the system when a “wake up” event occurs.
The system will decide when to enter S1 or S3 state.
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Power Button Function
This feature allows users to configure the Power Button function. Settings are:
[On/Off]
The power button functions as a normal power-on/-off
button.
[Suspend]
W hen you press the power button, the computer enters
the suspend/sleep mode, but if the button is pressed for
more than four seconds, the computer is turned off.
Restore on AC Power Loss
This setting specifies whether your system will reboot after a power failure or
interrupt occurs. Available settings are:
[Off]
Leaves the computer in the power off state.
[On]
Leaves the computer in the power on state.
[Last State]
Restores the system to the previous status before power
failure or interrupt occurred.
Wakeup Event Setup
Press <Enter> to enter sub-menu and the following screen appears.
Force Throttle
Enable this item will decrease the frequency of the CPU when the CPU is overheat.
Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].
Manual Throttle Ratio
The item specifies the percentage of descreasing. Setting options: [87.5%],
[75%], [62.5%], [50%], [37.5%], [25%], [12.5%].
Sy stem Thermal
Enable this item will decrease the frequency of the CPU when the system is
overheat. Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].
Thermal throttle Ratio
The item specifies the percentage of descreasing. Setting options: [87.5%],
[75%], [62.5%], [50%], [37.5%], [25%], [12.5%].
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PS/2 Device Wakeup from S5
This controls how and whether the PS/2 keyboard is able to power on the
system from S5. If you choose [Password], you must type the password to
power on the system. The S3 wakeup function can be set up from W indows.
Settings: [Disabled], [Enabled].
Specific Key for PowerOn
If PS/2 Device Wakeup is set to [Enabled], then you can set a key in the field for
the PS/2 keyboard to power on the system.
Resume by M AC LAN
An input signal from the LAN awakens the system from a soft off state. Setting
options: [Disabled], [Enabled].
Resume by PCI Device (PME#)
W hen setting to [Enabled], this setting allows your system to be awakened from
the power saving modes through any event on PME (Power Management Event).
Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].
Resume by RTC Alarm
This is used to enable or disable the feature of booting up the system on a
scheduled time/date from the S3, S4, and S5 state. Setting options: [Disabled],
[Enabled].
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PNP/PCI Configurations
This section describes configuring the PCI bus system and PnP (Plug & Play)
feature. PCI, or Peripheral Component Interconnect, is a system which allows I/O
devices to operate at speeds nearing the speed the CPU itself uses when communicating with its special components. This section covers some very technical items
and it is strongly recommended that only experienced users should make any changes
to the default settings.
Clear NVRAM
The ESCD (Extended System Configuration Data) NVRAM (Non-volatile Random Access Memory) is where the BIOS stores resource information for both PNP and nonPNP devices in a bit string format. W hen the item is set to [Yes], the system will reset
ESCD NVRAM right after the system is booted up and then set the setting of the item
back to [No] automatically.
PCI Latency Timer
This item controls how long each PCI device can hold the bus before another takes
over. W hen set to higher values, every PCI device can conduct transactions for a
longer time and thus improve the effective PCI bandwidth. For better PCI performance,
you should set the item to higher values. Setting options: [32], [64], [96], [128], [160],
[192], [224], [248].
PCI Slot1/2 IRQ
These items specify the IRQ line for each PCI slot. Setting options: [4], [5], [7], [10],
[11], [Auto]. Selecting [Auto] allows BIOS to automatically determine the IRQ line for
each PCI slot.
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IRQ Resource Setup
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears.
IRQ 3/4/5/7/9/10/11/14/15
These items specify the bus where the specified IRQ line is used.
The settings determine if BIOS should remove an IRQ from the pool of available
IRQs passed to devices that are configurable by the system BIOS. The available
IRQ pool is determined by reading the ESCD NVRAM. If more IRQs must be
removed from the IRQ pool, the end user can use these settings to reserve the
IRQ by assigning an [Reserved] setting to it. Onboard I/O is configured by AMIBIOS.
All IRQs used by onboard I/O are configured as [Available]. If all IRQs are set to
[Reserved], and IRQ 14/15 are allocated to the onboard PCI IDE, IRQ 9 will still be
available for PCI and PnP devices. Available settings: [Reserved] and [Available].
DM A Resource Setup
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
DMA Channel 0/1/3/5/6/7
These items specify the bus that the system DMA (Direct Memory Access)
channel is using.
The settings determine if AMIBIOS should remove a DMA from the available
DMAs passed to devices that are configurable by the system BIOS. The available DMA pool is determined by reading the ESCD NVRAM. If more DMAs must be
removed from the pool, the end user can reserve the DMA.
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MSI Reminds You...
IRQ (Interrupt Request) lines are system resources allocated to I/O
devices. When an I/O device needs to gain attention of the operating
system, it signals this by causing an IRQ to occur. After receiving the
signal, when the operating system is ready, the system will interrupt
itself and perform the service required by the I/O device.
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H/W Monitor
This section shows the status of your CPU, fan, overall system status, etc.
Monitor function is available only if there is hardware monitoring mechanism onboard.
Chassis Intrusion
The field enables or disables the feature of recording the chassis intrusion status and
issuing a warning message if the chassis is once opened. To clear the warning
message, set the field to [Reset]. The setting of the field will automatically return to
[Enabled] later. Setting options: [Enabled], [Reset], [Disabled].
Smart Fan Target Temperature
The mainboard provides the Smart Fan system which can control the fan speed
automatically depending on the current temperature to keep it with in a specific range.
System/CPU Temperature, SYSTEM FAN Speed, CPU Vcore, +12.0V, +5.0V,
+3.3V, Battery
These items display the current status of all of the monitored hardware devices/
components such as CPU voltages, temperatures and all fans’ speeds.
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Cell_Menu
The items in Cell Menu includes some important settings of CPU, PCIE, DRAM.
MSI Reminds You...
Change these settings only if you are familiar with the chipset.
Current CPU Clock
This field shows the current clocks of CPU. Read-only.
Cool’n’Quiet
This feature is especially desiged for AMD Athlon processor, which provides a CPU
temperature detecting function to prevent your CPU’s from overheading due to the
heavy working loading. Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].
MSI Reminds You...
For the purpose of ensuring the stability of Cool'n'Quiet function, it is
always recommended to have the memories plugged in DIMM1.
Voltage Control Function
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
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Adjust DDR Voltage (V)
Adjusting the DDR voltage can increase the DDR speed. Any changes made to
this setting may cause a stability issue, so changing the DDR voltage for
long-term purpose is NOT recommended.
Spread Spectrum
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
W hen the motherboard’s clock generator pulses, the extreme values (spikes) of the
pulses creates EMI (Electromagnetic Interference). The Spread Spectrum function
reduces the EMI generated by modulating the pulses so that the spikes of the pulses
are reduced to flatter curves.
CPU Spread Spectrum
Setting options: [Disabled], [Center Spread], [Down Spread].
PCIE Spread Spectrum
Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].
SATA Spread Spectrum
Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].
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Load Fail-Safe/Optimized Defaults
The two options on the main menu allow users to restore all of the BIOS
settings to the default Fail-Safe or Optimized values. The Optimized Defaults are the
default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard. The Fail-Safe Defaults are the default values set by the BIOS
vendor for stable system performance.
W hen you select Load Fail-Safe Defaults, a message as below appears:
Pressing [Y] loads the BIOS default values for the most stable, minimal system
performance.
W hen you select Load Optimized Defaults, a message as below appears:
Pressing [Y] loads the default factory settings for optimal system performance.
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BIOS Setting Password
W hen you select this function, a message as below will appear on the screen:
Type the password, up to six characters in length, and press <Enter>. The
password typed now will replace any previously set password from CMOS memory.
You will be prompted to confirm the password. Retype the password and press
<Enter>. You may also press <Esc> to abort the selection and not enter a password.
To clear a set password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter the
password. A message will show up confirming the password will be disabled. Once
the password is disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup without
entering any password.
W hen a password has been set, you will be prompted to enter it every time
you try to enter Setup. This prevents an unauthorized person from changing any part
of your system configuration.
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Chapter
4. Introduction
to DigiCell
Chapter
4. Introduction
to DigiCell
Introduction to DigiCell
DigiCell, the most useful and powerful utility that MSI has
spent much research and efforts to develop, helps users to monitor
and configure all the integrated peripherals of the system, such as
audio program, power management, MP3 files management and communication / 802.11g W LAN settings. Moreover, with this unique utility,
you will be able to activate the MSI well-known feature ‘Live Update’,
which makes it easier to update the BIOS/drivers online, and to monitor the system hardware status (CPU/Fan temperature and speed).
Once you have your DigiCell installed (locate the setup source
file in the setup CD accompanying with your mainboard, path: Utility
--> M SI Utility --> M SI DigiCell), it will have an icon
in the
system tray, a short cut icon on the desktop, and a short cut path in
your “Start-up” menu. You may double-click on each icon to enable
DigiCell.
short-cut icon in the system tray
short-cut path in the start-up menu
(path: Start-->Programs-->MSI-->DigiCell)
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Main
Before using this utility, it is required to have all the integrated peripherals/cards (LAN
card, W ireless LAN card, MegaStick... etc.) and all the necessary drivers (onboard
LAN driver, audio driver, CoreCenter, Live Update... etc.) installed correctly.
The icon representing each item will be lit up if it is inserted/installed correctly and
properly. Otherwise, the icon will remain gray and user is not able to view the
functionality/connection of that item.
Introduction:
Click on each icon appearing above to enter the sub-menu to make further configuration.
M SI
Click on this button to link to MSI website:
http://www.msi.com.tw.
Quick Guide
Click on this button and the quick guide of DigiCell will be displayed for you
to review.
H/W Diagnostic
In this sub-menu, it provides the information of each DigiCell button for you to
check if the representing peripherals/cards/drivers are correctly installed.
Comm.
In this sub-menu, you can see the configuration details for communication
products, including the status, strength, speed and channel of the connection of the Ethernet LAN & W ireless LAN.
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Software Access Point
In this sub-menu, you can change your connection mode to different ones,
and configure the advanced settings for each mode, such as the authentication encryption... etc.
Live Update
You can take advantage of Live Update to detect and update BIOS and
drivers online.
PC Alert
You can take advantage of PC Alert to monitor the health status of your
system.
M EGA STICK
If you have your MEGA STICK connected to your system, this icon will be lit
up. Click this blue icon to turn DigiCell into a MP3 player, and then you can load
media files from your MEGA STICK or the system, and edit the preferred
playlist.
Power on Agent
In this sub-menu, you can configure date, time and auto-executed programs
of the power-on, power-off and restarting features.
MSI Reminds You...
Click on back button in every sub-menu and it will bring you back to the
main menu.
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H/W Diagnostic
In the H/W Diagnostic sub-menu, you can see the information, status and note of
each DigiCell. You may double check the connection and installation of the item
marked as gray.
You may also click on the Mail to MSI button to send your questions or suggestions
to MSI’s technical support staff.
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Communication
In the Communication sub-menu, you can see the status of all the LAN / W LAN /
Bluetooth on the screen if the hardware is installed. The first icon indicates the
onboard LAN on your system, the second icon indicates the wireless LAN status,
and the third one is the information about the bluetooth on your system. Click on each
item for details.
This icon indicates the information and connection status of onboard LAN,
which is read-only.
The second icon indicates the wireless connection. You may click this icon
to configure the advanced settings in the WLAN Card Mode dialogue box
(see the image on p.4-8). Please note that it is only available when the
Software Access Point is set to WLAN Card Mode.
The third icon indicates the connection using bluetooth devices. If your
system is connected to the bluetooth device, the icon will light up.
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Software Access Point
In the Software Access Point sub-menu, you can see the communication status on
your system and choose the desired software access point mode by clicking on the
desired icon, in which the default settings are configured for your usage. The default
software access point mode is set to WLAN Card M ode. For more advanced
security settings and channels switching, click on “Setting” button to enter its submenu.
Terminology
Here are the introduction of W LAN / AP communication terminology.
WEP Key
In the wireless network environment, the administrator can set up password
(Network Key) to protect the network from being attacked or unauthorized
access. W hen building the network, you can set up 4 sets of W EP keys,
which can be 5 characters (10 hex-adecimal digital) or 13 characters (26
hex-adecimal digital) and specify one of them to use.
Ad-hoc M ode
An Ad-hoc network is a local area network or other small network, especially
one with wireless or temporary plug-in connections, in which some of the
network devices are part of the network only for the duration of a communications session. Users in the network can share files, print to a shared
printer, and access the Internet with a shared modem. In this kind of network,
new devices can be quickly added; however, users can only communicate
with other wireless LAN computers that are in this wireless LAN workgroup,
and are within range.
Infrastructure M ode
The difference between Infrastructure network and Ad-hoc network is that
the former one includes an Access Point. In an Infrastructure network, the
Access Point can manage the bandwidth to maximize bandwidth utilization.
Additionally, the Access Point enables users on a wireless LAN to access an
existing wired network, allowing wireless users to take advantage of the
wired networks resources, such as Internet, email, file transfer, and printer
sharing. The scale and range of the Infrastructure networking are larger and
wider than that of the Ad-hoc networking.
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Access Point Mode
Click on “Setting” button of the Access Point Mode and the following screen will
display.
IP Sharing
Click on this icon to enable/disable the IP sharing. The default of this setting is disabled.
Disabled.
Enabled.
Enabling/disabling IP sharing depends on the different situation. For example:
1. If your family and you are getting on Internet at home with multi computers, and
your ISP only provides one IP for you, you may need to enable IP Sharing
function in order to use this one IP to get on Internet with multi computers
simultaneously.
2. If you are getting on Internet in office, usually the LAN card will automatically get
the IP this computer uses. In this case you don’t have to enable this function.
SSID
Means Service Set Identifier, a unique name shared among all points in a wireless
network. It must be identical for all points in the network. Then the card will be able
to connect to an access point with the same SSID.
Channel
Specifies the operating radio frequency channel in Infrastructure mode, which
should be set to an available one (ex: with less traffic to ensure the stable and better
connection).
Associated Client List
This option is to display information of stations that are currently associated to your
wireless gateway.
Association Control
This option allows you to control which PC can connect to the wireless LAN. If you
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enable this feature, only PCs with MAC address located in Association Control List
can connect to the wireless LAN.
M AC Address
MAC stands for Media Access Control. A MAC address is the hardware address of
a device connected to a network.
Security
This option allows you to enable/disable the authentication function.
Authentication
Communicates the key across the network.
Open:
Shared: Devices must have identical W EP settings to communicate.
WLAN Card Mode
Click on “Setting” button of the WLAN Card Mode for the WEP status of your APs.
If the AP you are selecting (the highlighted one) is not encrypted (Disabled shown in
the Encryption column), the screen will display as below. You can click “Connect”
to make connection to that AP, click “Cancel” to close this dialogue box, or click
“Refresh” button to update the available W LAN connections.
If the network you are selecting is encrypted (WEP shown in the Encryption column),
the screen will display as below. You need to enter the correct W EP key defined by
AP in the specified WEP Key 1~4 fields to make the connection.
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Live Update
Click on the Live Update icon in the main menu and the Live Update program will be
enabled.
The Live Update 3™ is a tool used to detect and update your
BIOS/drivers/VGA BIOS/VGA Driver/Utility online so that you don’t
need to search for the correct BIOS/driver version throughout the
whole Web site. To use the function, you need to install the “MSI
Live Update 3” application. After the installation, the “MSI Live
Update 3” icon (as shown on the right) will appear on the screen.
Double click the “MSI Live Update 3” icon, and the following screen
will appear:
Several buttons are placed on the left column of the screen. Click the desired button
to start the update process.
Live BIOS – Updates the BIOS online.
Live Driver – Updates the drivers online.
Live VGA BIOS – Updates the VGA BIOS online.
Live VGA Driver – Updates the VGA driver online.
Live Utility – Updates the utilities online.
If the product you purchased does not support any of the functions listed above, a
“sorry” message is displayed. For more information on the update instructions, insert
the companion CD and refer to the “Live Update Guide” under the “Manual” Tab.
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MEGA STICK
In the MEGA STICK sub-menu, you can configure the settings of MSI MEGA STICK
and the media files (*.m3u, *.mp3, *.wav, *.cda, *.wma) on your system.
Basic Function
Here you can edit your own play list with the buttons “load”, “save”, “delete”,
“shuttle”, “repeat” & “print”.
Load
Save
Del ete
Shuffle
Repeat
Print
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To load media files or the playlist of mp3 files (*.m3u) on your system or
on your MEGA STICK.
To save a loaded playlist of mp3 files (*.m3u) on your system or on
your MEGA STICK.
Click on the media files in the Play List: field and use “Delete” button
to remove the media file from the play list. You may remove multi media
files simultaneously by using “Ctrl” to select multi files.
To play the media file in the Play List: in a random order.
To repeat the selected files in the Play List:.
This button has 2 functions:
1. To print out the details of current play list through your printer with
the following information:
Song title --- Song length --- Singer name
2. To save the details of current play list and save the file in the plain
text file format in the \\Program files\MSI\DigiCell\MyMusic.txt for
your reference. The MyMusic.txt file is with the following information:
Song title --- Song length --- Singer name
Introduction to DigiCell
There is also a toolbar for you to execute some basic function, like play, stop, pause,
previous/next song, song info and volume adjust. There is also a scroll bar on the top
for you to forward/rewind.
previous
pause
next
forward/rewind
bar
stop
song’s information
play
Right-click on the MP3 file and choose “Info”, a MP3 Info dialogue
will pop up to show the information of the file, including the title, artist,
album, release year and others. You may also add your own comment
in the comment field. Then click “Save” to save the change, click
“Cancel” to discard the change, or click “Remove” to remove all
this information.
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Non-Unicode programs supported
If you are using an operating system in European languages, and you’d like to play the
media files in MEGA STICK with East-Asian languages (such as Chinese, Japanese...
etc.), it is possible that the file names display incorrectly.
However, you can ins tall the Supplemental Language Support provided by
Microsoft to solve this problem. You need to have your Microsoft Setup CD prepared
in the CD-ROM. The system will start to install the necessary components after the
settings are configured here. Follow the steps described below.
1. Go to [Control Panel] and choose [Regional and Languages Options].
2. Go to the [Languages] tab and enable the check box of [Install files for East
Asian languages]. A dialogue box will pop up to remind you the above selection
is chosen.
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3. Then go to the [Advanced] tab and select the language you want to be
supported (the language of the filename in the MegaStick) from the dropdown list in the [Language for non-Unicode programs], then click [Apply]. The
system will install the necessary components from your Microsoft Setup CD
immediately.
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PC Alert
Click on the PC Alert icon in the main menu and the PC Alert program will be
enabled.
PC Alert is just like your PC doctor that can detect and view the PC hardware and
system status during real time operation.
On the top of the screen it shows the current PC hardware status such as the CPU
& system temperatures. On the middle of the screen it shows the current system
status includiing the Vcore, 3.3V, +5V and +12V. The under screen shows the
current fan speeds.
When you click the MENU button, an menu list will appear for users to select. Click the
Sys Info/ W MI Info, it will show the system/ peripheral informations. Click the Settings,
you can select the period time for PC Alert to detect the temperatures, voltages and
fan speeds.
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Power on Agent
In the Power on Agent sub-menu, you can configure setting of power-on, poweroff and restarting status.
In the screen below, you can set the date, time, start-up programs respectively for
power-on, power-off and restarting.
Power On
Here are the available settings for Power On function:
Date
Use the drop-down list to select the date for power-on.
T im e
Use the arrow keys to select the hour/minute/second for power-on,
power-off and restarting. Then click “Apply” to save the changes. As
you click “Apply”, the following dialogue will appear to show you the
next power-on schedule, and the system will start to count down to
restart. Click “OK” to restart the computer right away or click “Later”
to restart your computer later.
MSI Reminds You...
Please note that the new setting will not take effect until you restart your
computer.
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Power Off / Restart
You may configure the time (in the format hh:mm:ss) for the next power-off / restart.
Start With
Use the button “+Add” to add the start-up programs as DigiCell is activated next time. For example,
you may like to have Outlook activated or a specified website linked when you get to the office every
morning.
Step 1: Click on the Program: field and click “>>
add the desired start” button to browse for the path of Outwith program
look or Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on “OK” to apply the setting.
Step 3: For specified file or specified website,
you may enter the file name with the complete path or the website link in the Parameters: field.
To activate Outlook as DigiCell
To activate a specified website
is enabled next time
as DigiCell is enabled next time
Of course you may use the button “-Delete” to remove the added programs, or you
can right-click on the selected program and click Delete.
delete the added program
MSI Reminds You...
You can also enable the Every turn on function, which will enable the
specified program(s) and file(s) every time the Digi Cell utility runs.
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Auto Login
Since the Power On function allows the system to power on automatically, you may
have to enable this Auto Login function in the following situations:
1. If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, and you need to
enter your user name & password everytime when you boot up your computer.
2. If there are multi users using the same computer and you’d like to power on the
computer automatically with one specific user.
Enable Auto Login
Enable this setting if you want to use the Auto Login feature. It supports the
following operating systems: W in9X, W indows ME, W indows 2000 & W indows XP.
Default User Name
It is only available for W indows 2000 & W indows XP.
-- If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, please enter your
login user name in this field.
-- If you are using a computer with multi users (for Windows XP operating system),
please enter the user name you’d like to auto power-on in this field.
Default Password
It is only available for W indows 2000 & W indows XP.
-- If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, please enter your
login password in this field.
-- If you are using a computer with multi-users (for Windows XP operating system),
please enter the password for the user name you’d like to auto power-on in
this field.
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Chapter 6. nVidia RAID Introduction
nVidia RAID Introduction
NVIDIA brings Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)
technology—which is used by the world’s leading businesses—to
the common PC desktop. This technology uses multiple drives to
either increase total disk space or to offer data protection. For all
levels, RAID techniques optimize storage solutions by using multiple
disks grouped together and treating them as a s ingle storage
resource.
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Introduction
System Requirement
Operating System Support
NVRAID supports the following operating systems:
W indows XP
W indows 2000 Professional
RAID Arrays
NVRAID supports the following types of RAID arrays described in this section:
RAID 0: RAID 0 defines a disk striping scheme that improves the disk read and write
times for many applications.
RAID 1: RAID 1 defines techniques for mirroring data.
RAID 0+1: RAID 0+1 combines the techniques used in RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays.
RAID 5: RAID 5 defines techniques for parity data.
Spanning (JBOD): JBOD provides a method for combining drives of different sizes
into one large disk
Summary of RAID Configurations
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Array
Uses
Advantages
Drawbacks
# Hard
Disks
Fault
Tolerance
RAID 0
Non-critical data
requiring high
performance.
High data throughput.
No fault tolerance.
multiple
None
RAID 1
Small databases or any
other small capacity
environment requiring
fault tolerance.
100% data
redundancy.
Requires 2 drives for
the storage space of 1
drive.
2
Yes
RAID 0+1
Critical data requiring
high performance.
Optimized for both
100% data
redundancy and
performance.
Allows spare disks.
Requires 2 drives for
the storage space of 1
drive—the same as
RAID level 1.
4+
Yes
RAID 5
Critical data and
reasonable level of
performance.
Fault tolerance and
better utilization of
disk space.
Decreased write
performance due to
parity calculations.
Requires at least
three drives.
3+
Yes
JBOD
Combining odd size
drives into one big drive
Combines and uses
the capacity of odd
size drives.
Decreases
performance because
of the difficulty in
using drives
concurrently or to
optimize drives for
different uses.
Multiple
No
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RAID Configuration
Basic Configuration Instructions
The following are the basic steps for configuring NVRAID:
Non-Bootable RAID Array
1. Choose the hard disks that are to be RAID enabled in the system BIOS. (To enable
the nVidia RAID Function in nVidia RAID Setup of Integrated Peripherals in
BIOS.)
2. Specify the RAID level, either Mirroring (RAID 1), Striping (RAID 0), Striping and
Mirroring (RAID 0+1), RAID 5 or JBOD and create the desired RAID array.
3. Enter the W indows OS, run the W indows nForce Setup application and install the
RAID software. (Check p.6-9 for details.)
4. Initialize the NVRAID Array Disks.
Bootable RAID Array
1. Choose the hard disks that are to be RAID enabled in the system BIOS. (To enable
the nVidia RAID Function in nVidia RAID Setup of Integrated Peripherals in
BIOS.)
2. Specify the RAID level, either Mirroring (RAID 1), Striping (RAID 0), Striping and
Mirroring (RAID 0+1), RAID 5 or JBOD and create the desired RAID array.
3. Boot from the W indows CD, use the floppy disk that has the RAID driver to copy
and install the nForce RAID software. (Check p.6-7 for details.)
4. Initialize the NVRAID Array Disks.
Setting Up the NVRAID BIOS
Be sure to enable the nVidia RAID Function in nVidia RAID Setup of Integrated
Peripherals in BIOS before configuring the NVRAID BIOS. After that press F10 to
save the configuration and exit. The PC will reboot right away. Then enter the RAID
BIOS Setup by pressing F10 when prompted, and follow the procedures described
below to set up the NVRAID BIOS.
NVRAID BIOS setup lets you choose the RAID array type and which hard drives you
want to make part of the array.
Entering the RAID BIOS Setup
1. After rebooting your PC, wait until
yo u s e e t h e R A I D s of t w ar e
prompting you to press F10. The
RAID prompt appears as part of
the system POST and boot process
prior to loading the OS.
2. Press F10, and the NVIDIA RAID
Utility --- Define a New Array window will appear.
The default RAID M ode is set to
Mirroring and Striping Block is
set to Optimal.
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Understanding the “Define a New Array” Window
Use the Define a New Array window to
• Select the RAID Mode
• Set up the Striping Block
• Specify which disks to use for the RAID Array
Depending on the platform used, the system can have one or more channels. In a
typical system there is usually one controller and multiple channels, and each channel has a slave and a master.
The channel/controller/master/slave status of each hard disk is given in the Loc
(location) columns of the Free Disks and Array Disks lists.
In the example above, 1.0.M means the hard drive is attached to Channel 1, Controller
0, and the drive is set to Master. The following is a list of all possible combinations:
Parallel ATA
0.0.M
Channel
0.0.S
Channel
0.1.M
Channel
0.1.S
Channel
0,
0,
0,
0,
controller
controller
controller
controller
0, Master
0, Slave
1, Master
1, Slave
Serial ATA
1.0.M
Channel 1, controller 0,
1.1.M
Channel 1, controller 1,
2.0.M
Channel 2, controller 0,
2.1.M
Channel 2, controller 1,
Master
Master
Master
Master
MSI Reminds You...
There is no such thing as Slave drive in Serial ATA. All drives are
considered to be Master since there is a one to one connection
between the drive and the controller.
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Using the Define a New Array Window
If necessary, press the tab key to move from field to field until the appropriate field is
highlighted.
• Selecting the RAID Mode
By default, this is set to [Mirroring]. To change to a different RAID mode, press the
down arrow key until the mode that you want appears in the RAID Mode box—either
[Mirroring], [Striping], [RAID5], [Spanning], or [Stripe Mirroring].
• Selecting the Striping Block Size
Striping Block size is given in kilobytes, and affects how data is arranged on the
disk. It is recommended to leave this value at the default [Optimal], which is 32KB, but
the values can be between [4 KB] and [128 KB].
• Assigning the Disks
The disks that you enabled from the RAID Config BIOS setup page appear in the Free
Disks block. These are the drives that are available for use as RAID array disks.
To designate a free disk to be used as a RAID array disk,
1. Tab to the Free Disks section. The first disk in the list is selected.
2. Move it from the Free Disks block to the Array Disks block by pressing the right
arrow key (-->). The first disk in the list is moved, and the next disk in the list is
selected and ready to be moved.
3. Continue pressing the right-arrow key (<-- ) until all the disks that you want to use
as RAID array disks appear in the Array Disks block.
It shows that two disks have been assigned as RAID1 array disks in the figure
above.
- Define a New Array -
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Completing the RAID BIOS Setup
1. After assigning your RAID array disks, press F7. The Clear disk data prompt
appears.
2. Press Y if you want to wipe out all the data from the RAID array, otherwise press
N. You must choose Yes if the drives were previously used as RAID drives.
The Array List window appears, where you can review the RAID arrays that you
have set up.
3. Use the arrow keys to select the array that you want to set up, then press Enter.
The Array Detail window appears.
4. If you want to mark this disk as empty and wipe out all its contents then press C.
5. At the prompt, press Y to wipe out all the data, otherwise press N.
6. Press Enter again to go back to the previous window and then press Ctrl+X to
exit the RAID setup. Now that the RAID setup has been configured from the RAID
BIOS, the next step is to configure and load NVRAID drivers under W indows, as
explained in “Installing the NVIDIA RAID Software Under W indows” on p5-9.
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Installing the RAID Driver (for bootable RAID Array)
1. After you complete the RAID BIOS setup, boot from the W indows CD, and the
W indows Setup program starts.
2. Press F6 and wait for the W indows Setup screen to appear.
3. Specify the NVIDIA drivers:
(1) Insert the floppy that has the RAID driver, press S, then press Enter. The
W indows Setup screen appears as below:
MSI Reminds You...
Please follow the instruction below to make an nVIDIA Serial ATA RAID
driver for yourself.
1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Click the “Browse CD” on the Setup screen.
3. Copy all the contents in the :
\\nVidia\System\C51+M CP51\IDE\Win2k or XP\sataraid\ to
a formatted floppy disk.
4. The driver disk for nVIDIA RAID controller is done.
(2) Select “NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER” and then press Enter.
(3) Press S again at the Specify Devices screen, then press Enter.
(4) Select “NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller” and then press Enter. The following W indows Setup screen appears listing both drivers:
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4. Press Enter to continue with W indows XP Installation. Be sure to leave the floppy
disk inserted in the floppy drive until the blue screen portion of W indows XP
installation is completed, then take out the floppy.
5. Follow the instructions on how to install W indows XP. After W indows XP is completely installed, it is recommended that you install the the RAID management tool.
MSI Reminds You...
Each time you add a new hard drive to a RAID array, the RAID driver
will have to be installed under Windows once for that hard drive. After
that, the driver will not have to be installed.
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NVIDIA RAID Utility Installation
Installing the NVIDIA RAID Software Under Windows
(for Non-bootable RAID Array)
The existing W indows IDE Parallel ATA driver (as well as the Serial ATA driver if SATA
is enabled) must be upgraded to use the NVIDIA IDE Parallel ATA driver (as well as the
NV Serial ATA driver if SATA is enabled).
This section describes how to run the setup application and install the RAID software
which will upgrade the W indows IDE driver and install the RAID software.
1. Start the NVIDIA C19 System Drivers installation program to open the NVIDIA
W indows nForce Drivers page.
2. Select the modules that you want to install. Make sure that the “NVIDIA IDE Driver”
is selected.
MSI Reminds You...
You must install the NVIDIA IDE driver in order to enable NVIDIA
RAID. If you do not install the NVIDIA IDE driver, NVIDIA RAID will
not be enabled.
3. Click Next and then follow the instructions.
4. After the installation is completed, be sure to reboot the PC.
5. After the reboot, initialize the newly created array.
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Initializing and Using the Disk Array
The RAID array is now ready to be initialized under W indows.
1. Launch Computer Management by clicking “Start” --> “Settings” --> “Control Panel”
then open the “Administrative Tools” folder and double click on “Computer
Management”.
2. Click “Disk Management” (under the “Storage” section). The Initialize and Convert
Disk W izards appears.
3. Click Next. The Select Disks to Initialize window appears. The disks listed depend
on how many arrays you have configured.
4. Click Next. The Select Disks to Convert window appears.
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5. Check the disk in the list if you want to make the array a dynamic disk, then click
Next. The Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard window appears.
6. Click Finish. The “Computer Management” window appears.
The actual disks listed will depend on your system, and the unallocated partition is
the total combined storage of two hard disks. You must format the unallocated
disk space in order to use it.
7. Format the unallocated disk space. Right click “Unallocated space”, select “New
Partition…” and follow the wizard. After the drive has been formatted, it is ready
for use.
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RAID Drives Management
There is an application called NVRAIDMAN which helps you perform the following
tasks of nVDIA RAID.
• Viewing RAID Array Configurations
View an array configuration (mirrored, striped, mirror-striped, JBOD, or any supported combination)
• Setting Up a Spare RAID Disk
• View free and/or dedicated free disks
• Designate a free disk to a particular array
• Creating RAID Arrays
• Deleting a RAID Array
• Morphing From One RAID Array to Another
• Hot Plug Array
• Initializing a RAID Array
• Erase the data on the array by writing all zeros to the sectors of each hard
disk.
• Rebuilding a RAID Mirrored Array
• Rebuild a broken mirrored array
• W atch the progress of rebuilding an array
• Only applies to RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and RAID 5 arrays
• Synchronizing a RAID Array
• Rebuild the redundancy in RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 arrays (copy the data to the
redundant disk—the same operation as rebuilding)
• Rebuild the parity in RAID 5 arrays
Viewing RAID Array Configurations
To view your RAID configuration from W indows, launch the NVRAID Management
utility by double-clicking NvRaidMan.exe (the default location of NvRaidMan.exe is in
\\nVidia\System\C51+MCP51\IDE\Win2k or XP\raidtool\ of the setup CD accompanied
with your mainboard).
The RAID configuration information appears in the right-side pane, as shown below.
MSI Reminds You...
The information in the figures in this part may very from what it is shown
in your system.
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Setting Up a Spare RAID Disk
You can designate a hard drive to be used as a spare drive for a RAID 1, RAID 0+1
or RAID 5 array. The spare drive can take over for a failed disk. NVRAID supports
two types of spare drives:
• Free Disk
A free disk is a disk that is not part of any RAID array, but can be used by any
available RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 array that requires a particular disk when one of its
disks crashes or becomes unusable. The process is automatic and doesn’t require
any user interaction.
For example, if you have a system with four hard disks where one disk is used to
boot the OS, two hard drives are set up in a mirrored array, and a fourth hard disk is
set up as a free disk, then if one of the mirrored array drives fails, the free disk will
be automatically assigned to the mirrored array to be used instead of the failed disk.
• Dedicated Disk
A dedicated free disk is a disk that is assigned to a RAID 1, RAID 0+1 or RAID 5 array
and that disk is used by that array only when needed, for example during a system
crash where a RAID mirrored drive is broken. The dedicated disk can be used only by
the array that it is assigned to and not by any other array, unlike a free disk which can
be used by any available RAID 1, RAID 0+1 or RAID 5 array.
Note: You must have at least two RAID arrays to use this feature.
Assigning a Free Disk
To mark a disk as free, or not a part of any array,
1. Enter the system BIOS setup and make sure that the drive that you want to mark as
free is RAID enabled.
2. Enter the RAID BIOS and make sure that the drive is not part of any array (if one
exists).
3. Boot into W indows and run the NVRAIDMAN program. The drive appears under the
Free Disk section. The figure below shows an example of the NVRAIDMAN display
if you have a mirror array and one free disk.
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Assigning a Dedicated Disk
To mark a disk as dedicated, or reserve it for use by a specific array,
Step 1: Mark the Disk as a Free Disk
1. Enter the system BIOS setup and make sure that the drive that you want to mark as
free is RAID enabled.
2. Boot into W indows and run the NVRAIDMAN program.
If the disk is not part of any RAID array, then it will appear under the Free Disk
section of the RAID GUI.
Step 2: Dedicate the Free Disk to an Array
W hile running NVRAIDMAN, dedicate the free disk to an array by doing the following:
1. Right click one of the two Mirrored arrays as shown below.
2. Select Designate Spare from the menu to launch the Spare Disk Allocation Wizard.
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3. Click Next.
The RAID Array Selection page appears.
4. From the Free Disk Selection page, select one of the two free disks available.
This would be the disk that will be designated to the mirror array.
5. Click Next.
The Completing the NVIDIA Spare Disk Allocation page appears.
6. Click Finish.
As shown in figure below, the ST380011A drive is now a dedicated free disk in the
mirrored array. If a system crash occurs that causes any of the two W D360GD
drives to fail, the ST380011A hard drive will take over and be used in the newly
formed mirrored array.
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Removing a Dedicated Disk
Once a dedicated disk has been assigned to a particular array, it can be removed at
any time. To remove the disk, right click on the dedicated disk and select “Remove
Disk...” to remove it. In the previous example, simply right click on the ST380011A
drive and select “Remove Disk...”. as shown in the screen shot below:
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Morphing From One RAID Array to Another
In a traditional RAID environment, when a user wants to change the current state of
a disk or a current array to a new RAID configuration, the process of reconfiguring
the new array involves multiple steps. The user must back up the data, delete the
array, re-boot the PC, and then reconfigure the new array.
NVIDIA RAID allows the end user to change the current state of the disk or array to
another with a one-step process called .Morphing.. This section describes the NVIDIA
Morphing process and explains how to use Morphing to convert from one RAID array
type to another.
General M orphing Principles
NVIDIA RAID includes extensive support for morphing, a process of converting from
one RAID mode to another RAID mode.
General Requirements and Limitations
• The new array capacity must be equal to or greater than the previous array.
For example, it is possible to morph from a RAID 1 array to a RAID 0 array as long as
the RAID 0 array is the same size as (or larger than) the RAID 1 array.
• You can’t morph
- To or from a JBOD (Spanning) array
- From RAID 1 to RAID 1
- From RAID 0+1 to RAID 1
- From RAID 5 to 1
Specific M orphing Requirements
The following table lists the disk requirements for a new RAID array for various
morphing combinations.
From
To
RAID 0
RAID 1
RAID 0
RAID 0+1
New Array Disk Requirements
m>n
Number of disks in the new array must be greater than the original array.
m =2, n =1
RAID 1 array must include two disks, converted from a one disk RAID 0
array.
m >= 2 x n
Number of RAID 0+1 disks must be equal to or greater than twice the
number of RAID 0 disks.
RAID5
m >= n+1
RAID 0
No additional restrictions.
RAID 1
** Not a valid combination **
RAID 0+1
No additional restrictions.
RAID 5
m >= 3
RAID 1
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From
To
New Array Disk Requirements
RAID 0
m >=
> n n2
Number of RAID 0 disks must be equal to or greater than half the number
of RAID 0+1 disks.
RAID 1
** Not a valid combination **
RAID 0+1
m >= n+2 ; where m must be an even number of disks.
The new array must include at least two more disks than the original
array, and can include any even number of disks beyond that.
RAID 0+1
RAID 5
m >= (n/2 + 1)
RAID 0
m >= n - 1
RAID 1
** Not a valid combination **
RAID 0+1
m >= 2 x (n -1) ; where m is an even number of disks.
RAID 5
m >= n
RAID 5
Hot Plug Array
W ith respect to RAID, hot plugging is the ability to add a disk to a system safely and
without causing problems for the RAID software. For example, when a drive in a
mirrored array fails, the user can launch the Hot Plug Array W izard which instructs
the user as to when a drive can be safely added to the system. As soon as the drive
is added, the user can then finish running the RAID wizard and the drive becomes
usable by the system. Hot Plug Array allows the user to add or remove an entire
array without degrading the array in the process.
NVRAIDMAN can be used to hot plug a RAID disk. To hot plug a disk, simply do the
following:
1 Launch NVRAIDMAN and click on “Hot Plug Array” and the following screen shot
will appear:
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2 Click Next and the following screen shot will appear:
3 Connect the RAID disk that you want to use with any given RAID array.
4 Click Next and the following screen shot will appear:
5 Click Finish.
Initializing a RAID Array
Initializing a RAID array erases all the data that is stored on that array, and writes all
zeros to the disks. Initialization of newly configured RAID arrays is recommended to
ensure consistency and reliable performance on any supported fault tolerant array
such asRAID 5, RAID 0, and RAID 0+1. Use this feature only if you are absolutely sure
that you want to wipe out all the data on that array.
Initialization of a fault tolerant array can only be done when the array is being
created. To initialize an array, perform the following steps:
Note: In this example, a mirror array is initialized.
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1 From the NVRAIDMAN window, right click on any available free disk and select
Create Array as show in Figure below.
2 The Create Array W izard opens. Follow the W izard to create a Mirror array.
3 At the Create Array W izard Welcome screen, click Next.
4 At the RAID Array Selection page, make sure that RAID Mode is set to “Mirroring”
and Stripe Size is set to its default value of 64K, then click Next.
5 At the Free Disk Selection page, select the two drives that you want to Mirror and
click Next.
6 Click Next again and the following screen shot will appear:
7 Check “Intialize Array” and then click Next. The Initialization Warning dialog appears.
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8 Click OK. The Clearing System Data screen appears again with the Initialize Array
check box checked as shown below.
9 Click Next, then click Finish at the Completing the NVIDIA Create Array W izard
screen. The NVRAIDMAN windows shows the created RAID array as shown
below.
The Initialization Process
As you can see from the screen shot above, the initialization process has started
and it will be completed in a short period of time. As soon as the Initialization process
starts, a popup window similar to the following will appear:
followed by the following pop-up window:
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Rebuilding a RAID Array
Rebuilding is the process of restoring data to a hard drive from other drives in the
array. This applies only to fault tolerant arrays such as RAID 1, RAID 0+1, as well as
a RAID 5. For example, assuming you have a three disk RAID 5 array, and one of the
drives fail, then you need the lost data on the newly added drive.
Rebuilding Instructions
After creating a mirrored array, you can rebuild the array using the following steps:
1 Go to Windows and run the NVIDIA RAID Management utility.
The picture below shows an example of a system with one mirrored array and two
free disks.
2. Right-click on Mirroring. The popup menu appears.
3. From the popup menu, click Rebuild Array. The NVIDIA Rebuild Array W izard
appears.
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4. Click Next. The Disk Selection page appears.
5. Select the drive that you want to rebuild by clicking it from the list, then click Next.
The Completing the NVIDIA Rebuild Array page appears.
6. Click Finish. The array rebuilding starts after a few seconds, and a small pop-up
message appears towards the bottom right corner of the screen as shown in the
figure below.
W hen the rebuilding process is finished you will see the pop up box shown in Figure
below.
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During the rebuilding process, the NVRAID Management utility screen shows the
status under the System Tasks and Details sections.
M ore About Rebuilding Arrays
• Rebuilding Occurs in the Background
The rebuilding process is very slow (it can take up to a day) and occurs in the
background so as not to affect the performance of the system.
• Rebuilding Applies Only to RAID 1/ RAID 0+1 or RAID 5 Arrays
Rebuilding an array works only when using RAID 1 , RAID 0+1, or RAID 5. Rebuilding
does not apply to RAID 0 and JBOD arrays.
• Rebuilding applies to a degraded fault tolerant array
You can rebuild a degraded mirrored array using any available Free Disk or Dedicated
Disk. For example, Figure below shows a mirrored array using two 34.48 GB drives
while having two Free Disks each 55.90 GB large.
To use one of these available free disks to rebuild your array, follow the same steps
as explained in “Rebuilding a RAID Array” on p.6-22, except when prompted to select
a disk, choose one of the two available free disks.
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Synchronizing a RAID Array
Synchronizing an array will force a rebuild of redundancy or parity. The operation is
applicable to any fault tolerant array such as RAID 1, 0+1 and RAID 5.
• For RAID1 and RAID 0+1, “sync” results in copying the data to the redundancy disk,
• For RAID 5, “sync” results in rebuilding the parity
To sync an array, do the following (This example assumes you have already created
a fault tolerant array such as RAID 1):
1 Right click on “Mirroring” and select Synchronize Array as shown in Figure
below.
2 The Synchronize Array W izard Welcome screen appears.
3 Click on Next and then click Finish at the W izard Completion screen. The
NVRAIDMAN window indicates that the array is synchronizing, as shown in Figure below.
As you can see from the screen shot above, the synchronization process has
started and it will be completed in a short period of time.
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Usind Disk Alert
The RAID manager application includes a disk alert feature that provides a graphical
indication of the status of the hard disks in the system.
W hen the RAID manager application detects a failure condition of an attached drive,
a pop-up box appears in the clock area of the W indows system tray. Click the popup box to view the manufacturer-provide bitmap image of the system motherboard.
The image shows the hard drive connector ports and provides a visual indication of
the location and status of the drives as follows:
• Red rectangle: A red rectangle will flash around the port connector that is
attached to the failed drive.
• Green rectangle: Ports that have a drive attached, and are in a healthy state, are
indicated with a green rectangle around the port connector.
• Yellow rectangle: Ports that have a drive attached, are members of a failed RAID
array, but are not the cause of the failure have a yellow rectangle around the port
connector.
Unconnected ports have no visual indication.
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Appendix A: Introduction to Realtek
ALC880
The mainboard is equipped with Realtek ALC880 chip, which provides
support for 8-channel audio output, including 2 Front, 2 Rear, 2 Side, 1 Center and
1 Subwoofer channel. ALC880 allows the board to attach 2, 4, 6 or 8 speakers for
better surround sound effect. The section will tell you how to install and use 2-, 4-,
6- or 8-channel audio function on the board.
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Installing the Audio Driver
You need to install the driver for Realtek ALC880 codec to function properly
before you can get access to 2-, 4-, 6- or 8- channel audio operations. Follow the
procedures described below to install the drivers for different operating systems.
Installation for Windows 2000/XP
For W indows ® 2000, you must install W indows ® 2000 Service Pack4 or
later before installing the driver. And for W indows ® XP, you must install W indows ®
XP Service Pack1 or later before installing the driver.
The following illustrations are based on W indows ® XP environment and could
look slightly different if you install the drivers in different operating systems.
1. Insert the companion CD into the CD-ROM drive. The setup screen will
automatically appear.
2. Click Realtek HD Audio Driver.
Click here
MSI Reminds You...
The HD Audio Configuration
software utility is under
continuous update to enhance audio applications. Hence, the program
screens shown here in this appendix may be slightly different from
the latest software utility and shall be held for reference only.
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3. Click Next to install the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver.
Clic k he r e
4. Click Finish to restart the system.
Se le ct this
o ptio n
Clic k he r e
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Software Configuration
After installing the audio driver, you are able to use the 2-, 4-, 6- or 8- channel
audio feature now. Click the audio icon
from the system tray at the lower-right
corner of the screen to activate the HD Audio Configuration. It is also available to
enable the audio driver by clicking the Azalia HD Sound Effect Manager from the
Control Panel.
Double click
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Sound Effect
Here you can select a sound effect you like from the Environment list.
Load EQ Setting
Reset EQ Setting
EQ Setting On/Off
Save Preset
Delete EQ
Setting
You may choose the provided sound effects, and the equalizer will adjust
automatically. If you like, you may also load an equalizer setting or make a new
equalizer setting to save as a new one by using the “Load EQ Setting” and “Save
Preset” button, click “Reset EQ Setting” button to use the default value, or click
“Delete EQ Setting” button to remove a preset EQ setting.
There are also other pre-set equalizer models for you to choose by clicking
“Others” under the Equalizer part.
Environment Simulation
You will be able to enjoy different sound experience by pulling down the arrow,
totally 23 kinds of sound effect will be shown for selection. Realtek HD Audio Sound
Manager also provides five popular settings “Stone Corridor”, “Bathroom”, “Sewer
pipe”, “Arena” and “Audio Corridor” for quick enjoyment.
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Equalizer Selection
Equalizer frees users from default settings; users may create their owned
preferred settings by utilizing this tool.
10 bands of equalizer, ranging from 100Hz to 16KHz.
Save
The settings are saved
permanently for future
use.
Enable / Disable
To disable, you can
temporarily stop the
sound effect without
losing the settings.
Reset
10 bands of equalizer
would go back to the
default setting.
Lo ad
W henever you would like
to use preload settings,
simply click this, the whole
list will be shown for your
selection.
Delete
To delete the pre-saved settings which are created from previous
steps.
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Frequently Used Equalizer Setting
Realtek recognizes the needs that you might have. By leveraging our long experience
at audio field, Realtek HD Audio Sound Manager provides you certain optimized equalizer settings that are frequently used for your quick enjoyment.
[How to Use It]
Other than the buttons “Pop” “Live” “Club” & “Rock” shown on the page, to pull down
the arrow in “Others” , you will find more optimized settings available to you.
Karaoke M ode
Karaoke mode brings Karaoke fun back home. Simply using the music you
usually play, Karaoke mode can help you eliminate the vocal of the song or adjust the
key to accommodate your range.
1.Vocal Cancellation: Single click on “Voice Cancellation”, the vocal of the song would
be eliminated, while the background music is still in place, and you can be that singer!
2.Key Adjustment: Using “Up / Down Arrow” to find a key which better fits your vocal
range.
Remov e the
Raise the key
human voice
Lower the key
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Mixer
In the Mixer part, you may adjust the volumes of the rear and front panels
individually.
1. Volume
You can adjust the volume of the speakers that you pluged in front or rear
panel by select the Realtek HD Audio rear output or Realtek HD Audio front
output items.
MSI Reminds You...
Before set up, please make sure the playback devices are well plugged
in the jacks on the rear or front panel. The Realtek HD Audio front
output item will appear after you pluging the speakers into the jacks on
the front panel.
2. Multi-Stream Function
ALC880 supports an outstanding feature called Multi-Stream, which means
you may play different audio sources simultaneously and let them output respectively
from the indicated real panel or front panel. This feature is very helpful when 2
people are using the same computer together for different purposes.
Click the
button and the Mixer ToolBox menu will appear. Then check the
Enable playback multi-streaming and click OK to save the setup.
MSI Reminds You...
We strongly recommend you to plug the speakers into the audio jacks
on the back & front panel before enable the multi-stream function.
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W hen you are playing the first audio source (for example: use W indows
Media Player to play DVD/VCD), the output will be played from the rear panel, which
is the default setting.
Then you must to select the Realtek HD Audio front output from the
scroll list first, and use a different program to play the second audio source (for
example: use W inamp to play MP3 files). You will find that the second audio source
(MP3 music) will come out from the Line-Out audio jack of Front Panel.
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3. Playback control
Tool
Mute
Playback device
This function is to let you freely decide which ports to
output the sound. And this is essential when multistreaming playback enabled.
M u te
You may choose to mute single or multiple volume controls or to completely mute
sound output.
Tool
Show the following volume control
This is to let you freely decide which volume control items to be displayed, total 13
items to be chosen.
Advanced controls
Enable playback multi-streaming
W ith this function, you will be able to have an audio chat with your friends via
headphone (stream 1 from front panel) while still have music (stream 2 from back
panel) in play. At any given period, you can have maximum 2 streams operating
simultaneously.
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4. Recording control
Tool
Recording device
Realtek HD Audio Input
Realtek HD Digital Input
Tool
Show the following volume controls
This is to let you freely decide which volume control items to be displayed.
Advanced controls.
Advanced control is a “Microphone Boost” icon.
Once this item is checked, you will find “advanced” icon beside “Front Pink In” & “Mic
Volume”. With this, the input signal into “Front Pink In” & “Mic Volume” will be strengthen.
Enable recording multi-streaming
At any given period, you can have maximum 2 streams operating simultaneously.
If you want to use microphone to record, usually the microphone is connected to the MIC jack (the pink one) in the rear panel. You can start recording in this
case. If you’d like to connect your microphone to the front audio panel. You may
control the microphone volume by Mic Volume or front mic-in on the mixer.
MSI Reminds You...
Only the speakers that plugged into the Line-Out jack (the green ne) on
the back panel will be functional when you intend to listen to the audio
that has been recorded from the microphone.
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AudioIO
In this tab, you can easily configure your multi-channel audio function and
speakers.
You can choose a desired multi-channel operation here.
a. Headphone for the common headphone
b. 2CH Speaker for Stereo-Speaker Output (default setting)
c. 4CH Speaker for 4-Speaker Output
d. 6CH Speaker for 5.1-Speaker Output
e. 8CH Speaker for 8-Speaker Output
Realtek HD Audio Manager frees you from default speaker settings. Different from
before, for each jack, they are not limited to perform certain functions. Instead, now
each jack is able to be chosen to perform either output (i.e. playback) function or
input (i.e. Recording) function, we call this “Retasking”.1
Audio I/O aims to help you set jacks right. Moreover, other than blue to blue, pink to
pink, the way that you used to do, Audio I/O would guide you to other right jacks that
can also serve as microphone / speaker / headphone.
Speaker Configuration
Step 1: Plug in the device in any available jack.
Step 2: Dialogue “connected device” will pop up for your selection. Please select the
device you are trying to plug in.
If the device is being plugged into the correct jack, you will be able to find the icon
beside the jack changed to the one that is same as your device.
If not correct, Realtek HD Audio Manager will guide you to plug the device into the
correct jack.
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Correct M essage
Assume to plug a headphone in the Green jack at back panel. The icon beside
green jack become visible and the dialogue “connected device” pops up.
Check the headphone, then click OK. As soon as OK is clicked, the icon
beside green jack becomes “headphone” as your selection.
Error M essage
Assume to plug a headphone in the Blue jack at back panel. The icon beside
Blue jack becomes visible and the dialogue “connected device” pops up (the
default setting of blue jack is “Line-in”. Check the headphone anyway, then
click OK. You should notice the icon beside blue jack remains the same
without any change and the error message pops.
Pop-screen check list
2CH Speakers configutaion - check the Front Speaker Out anyway.
4CH Speakers configuration - check the Front Speaker Out & Rear Speaker
Out anyway.
6CH Speakers configuraion - check the Front Speaker Out / Rear Speaker
Out & Center/ Subwoofer Speaker out
anyway.
8CH Speakers configuraion - check the Front Speaker Out / Rear Speaker
Out / Center/Subwoofer Speaker out & Side
Speaker Out anyway.
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Global Connector Settings
Click
to access global connector settings.
1. M ute rear panel when front headphone plugged in
Once this item is checked, whenever front headphone is plugged, the music that is
playing from the back panel, will be stopped.
2. Disable front panel jack detection (option)
Find no function on front panel jacks? Please check if front jacks on your system are
so-called AC’97 jacks. If so, please check this item to disable front panel jack
detection.
3. Enable auto popup dialogue, when device has been plugged in
Once this item checked, the dialog “Connected device”, would not automatically pop
up when device plugged in.
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S/PDIF
Short for Sony/Philips Digital Interface, a standard audio file transfer format. S/
PDIF allows the transfer of digital audio signals from one device to another without
having to be converted first to an analog format. Maintaining the viability of a digital
signal prevents the quality of the signal from degrading when it is converted to analog.
Output Sampling Rate
44.1KHz: This is recommend while playing CD
48KHz: This is recommended while playing DVD or Dolby.
96KHz: This is recommended while playing DVD-Audio.
Output Source
Output digital audio source: The digital audio format (such as .wav, .mp3,.midi
etc) will come out through S/PDIF-Out.
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Test Speakers
You can select the speaker by clicking it to test its functionality. The one you
select will light up and make testing sound. If any speaker fails to make sound, then
check whether the cable is inserted firmly to the connector or replace the bad
speakers with good ones. Or you may click the auto test
button to test the
sounds of each speaker automatically.
C e n te r
Front Left
Front Right
Side Rig ht
Side Left
Rear Left
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Microphone
In this tab you may set the function of the microphone. Select the Noise
Suppression to remove the possible noise during recording, or select Acoustic
Echo Cancelltion to cancel the acoustic echo druing recording.
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3D Audio Demo
In this tab you may adjust your 3D positional audio before playing 3D audio
applications like gaming. You may also select different environment to choose the
most suitable environment you like.
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Information
In this tab it provides some information about this HD Audio Configuration utility,
including Audio Driver Version, DirectX Version, Audio Controller & Audio Codec. You
may also select the language of this utility by choosing from the Language list.
Also there is a selection Show icon in system tray. Switch it on and an icon
will
show in the system tray. Right-click on the icon and the Audio Accessories dialogue box will appear which provides several multimedia features for you to take
advantage of.
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Using 2-, 4-, 6- & 8- Channel Audio Function
Connecting the Speakers
W hen you have set the Multi-Channel Audio Function mode properly in the software
utility, connect your speakers to the correct phone jacks in accordance with the
setting in software utility.
n 2-Channel M ode for Stereo-Speaker Output
Refer to the following diagram and caption for the function of each phone jack on the
back panel when 2-Channel Mode is selected.
Back Panel
1
4
2
5
3
6
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels, but no functioning in this mode)
5
Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel, but no functioning in this mode)
6
Side Surround Out (Side channels, but no functioning in this mode)
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n 4-Channel M ode for 4-Speaker Output
1
4
2
5
3
4-Channel Analog Audio Output
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
6
Description:
Connect two speakers to back
panel’s Line Out connector and
two speakers to the real-channel Line Out connector.
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel, but no functioning in this mode)
6
Side Surround Out (Side channels, but no functioning in this mode)
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n 6-Channel M ode for 6-Speaker Output
1
2
3
6-Channel Analog Audio Output
4
5
6
Description:
Connect two speakers to back
panel’s Line Out connector, two
speakers to the rear-channel
and two speakers to the center/subwoofer-channel Line Out
connectors.
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel)
6
Side Surround Out (Side channels, but no functioning in this mode)
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n 8-Channel M ode for 8-Speaker Output
1
2
4
5
3
6
8-Channel Analog Audio Output
1
Line Out (Side channels)
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel)
6
Side Surround Out (Side channels)
Description:
Connect two speakers to back
panel’s Line Out connector, two
speakers to the rear-channel,
two speakers to the c enter/
subwoofer-channel Line Out
connectors, and two speakers
to the side-channel Line Out
connectors.
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Appendix B: Using the TV-Out Function (HDTV-Out Integrated)
You need to install the TV-Out bracket before you can get access to the TV-out
function. Follow the procedures described later to set up the TV-Out bracket and
configure the display settings. Note that the TV-Out bracket works with the onboard
graphic core. Do not insert any VGA card into the slot while using the TV-Out bracket.
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Installing the TV-Out Bracket
1. Take out the TV-Out bracket.
TV-Out Bracket
Foolproof
design
TV-Out Connector
(RCA Composite)
TV-Out Connector
(S-Video)
2. Locate the TV-out connector (JTV1) on the mainboard.
3. Connect the TV-Out bracket to the connector. Align the foolproof design with the
pin layout of the connector to avoid mis-inserting.
4. Place the TV-Out bracket into the first slot of your system case.
MSI Reminds You...
If you intend to use the TV-out function, please note that the TV-Out
bracket supports to connect one TV only. Meanwhile you can not connect two TVs to this bracket. Select one type of the TV-out connectors to
connect to appropriate TV.
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Connecting S-Video/ RCA & HDTV Cables
Connecting S-Video cable
1. Connect one end of the S-Video cable to the TV-Out(S) connector.
S-Video cable
2. Connect the other end of the S-Video cable to the TV.
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Connecting RCA cable
1. Connect one end of the RCA cable to the blue connector of the TV-Out cable. The
RCA cable usually comes with three connecotrs on both ends. The white or red
connector is for audio while the yellow one is for video.
RCA cable
W hite (Audio)
Red (Audio)
Yellow (Video)
Yellow (Video)
2. Connect the other end of the RCA cable to the TV.
Yellow (Video)
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Connecting HDTV cable
1. Connect one end of the HDTV cable to the TV-Out(C) connectors. The HDTV cable
usually comes with three connecotrs on both ends.
HDTV cable
Green
Red
Blue
Blue
Green
Red
2. Connect the other end of the HDTV cable to the HDTV.
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Display Setup
The following procedures describe display setup using W indows XP. Windows
2000/ME/9X screens are slightly different but the procedures are the same as described.
To enable the TV-Out function, follow this procedure:
1. Restart the computer. After entering
the Windows OS, left-click in the window and the screen will pop up a
menu. Click Properties.
click here
2. In the Display Properties dialog box,
click the Settings tab.
3. Click Advanced to continue.
click here
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4. In the nView tab, click Device Settings to set up or change settings
related to the output device used for
the current display.
click here
5. In the Device Selection tab, first
click TV and then Change Format.
click here
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6. Select your local TV format.
7. (refer to Step 4) Under Device
Settings, click Device Adjustments. In the Screen Adjustment tab, use the 4-way navigation
keys to adjust the screen position.
Click Default to restore the factory
setup value.
8. Click OK to exit.
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