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AOpen i945Ga-PLF Installation guide
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Table of Contents ................................................................................... 1
1.1 A Thank-you Note Before You Get Start..........................................................4
1.2 Features of This Manual ...............................................................................5
1.3 Safety Information ......................................................................................5
Chapter 2 Introduction to This Motherboard ............................................... 6
2.1 How does your motherboard look like?...........................................................6
2.2 Specification ...............................................................................................7
2.3 Block Diagram ............................................................................................8
Chapter 3 Hardware Installation ............................................................... 9
3.1 Quick Installation Procedure .........................................................................9
3.2 Installation You Have to Know..................................................................... 10
Installing CPU ...........................................................................................10
Installing CPU Cooler .................................................................................11
Installing CPU and System Fans ..................................................................12
Installing Memory Modules .........................................................................13
Maximum The Performance of the Dual Channel............................................14
Connecting IDE and Floppy Cables ..............................................................15
Connecting Front Panel Cable .....................................................................16
Connecting ATX Power Cables .....................................................................17
3.3 Other Installation for Your Reference ........................................................... 18
Setting CPU Voltage and Frequency .............................................................18
Connecting Serial ATA II ............................................................................19
Adjusting your Hard Disk Setting.................................................................20
Connecting PCI Express x 16 Graphics Slot...................................................22
Connecting PCI Express x 1 Slot..................................................................23
Connecting IrDA........................................................................................24
Connecting Game Port ...............................................................................25
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Gigabit LAN Supported...............................................................................26
Connecting USB2.0....................................................................................27
Connecting 1394 .......................................................................................28
Super 7.1 Channel Audio Effect ...................................................................29
Connecting Front Audio ..............................................................................30
Connecting CD_IN .....................................................................................31
Connecting COM2 ( for i945Ga-PLF only)......................................................32
Connecting Case Open ...............................................................................33
Connecting S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) ........................................34
Colored Coded Back Panel (for i945Ga-PLF) ..................................................35
Colored Coded Back Panel (for i945Pa-PLF) ..................................................36
LED Indication ..........................................................................................37
3.4 Jumper Settings ........................................................................................ 38
Chapter 4 Special Features and Utilities................................................... 39
4.1 Other Useful Features ................................................................................ 39
Chapter 5 Setting BIOS......................................................................... 40
5.1 Introduction ............................................................................................. 40
5.2 How To Use Phoenix-Award™ BIOS Setup Program ........................................ 41
5.3 How To Enter BIOS Setup ........................................................................... 41
5.4 Definition of Power Master .......................................................................... 42
Automatic Mode ........................................................................................43
Performance Mode.....................................................................................43
Silent Mode ..............................................................................................44
Normal Mode ............................................................................................44
5.5 BIOS Upgrade under Windows environment.................................................. 45
5.6 Vivid BIOS technology ............................................................................... 47
Chapter 6 Installing Drivers ................................................................... 48
6.1 Installing Drivers....................................................................................... 49
6.2 Installing Utilities ...................................................................................... 50
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Chapter 7 Troubleshooting..................................................................... 51
Chapter 8 Technical Support .................................................................. 52
Model Name and BIOS Version....................................................................53
Register Your Motherboard .........................................................................53
Technical Support......................................................................................54
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1.1 A Thank-you Note Before You Get Start
First of all, we would like to express our gratitude for purchasing AOpen products.
Once again, this motherboard is designed uniquely to meet all your personal
needs with our great industry-designing ability and our everlasting perseverance
to the quality of all our products.
This manual will introduce you how this motherboard is installed. Please keep it
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Now, we would like to invite you to personally experience this user-friendly
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1.2 Features of This Manual
To help you grab the useful information of this motherboard and aware of certain
conditions that you might need to know, you will see the icons below frequently:
Note
This contains knowledge you should know in process
of assembling, or some helpful tips.
Warning / Caution
Warning
Please be careful when you see this mark.
It
highlights mistakes that occur often during
assembling, or something you need to pay attention
to.
Tip
Warning
This tip tells you some useful information that will
make your installation smoothly.
1.3 Safety Information
Please wear a wrist strap and attach it to a metal part of the system unit
before handling a component. Alternatively, you can also touch an object
that is of ground connection or with metal surface.
Always unplug the power before you make any jumper setting.
Before you install or remove any components on the motherboard, please
make sure to disconnect the power first in case of damaging motherboard
or other components.
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Chapter 2 Introduction to This Motherboard
Chapter 2 Introduction to This Motherboard
2.1 How does your motherboard look like?
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1. COM2 Connector (i945Ga-PLF only)
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18. Realtek AC’97 CODEC
2. JP28 PS2 KB/Mouse Wakeup Jumper
19. Front Audio Connector
3. 4-pin 12V ATX Power Connector
20. S/PDIF Connector
4. SYSFAN1 Connector
21. Realtek Gigabit LAN Chip
5. PCI Express x1 Slots X 2
22. Game port
6. PCI Express x16 Graphics slot
23. 32-bit PCI Expansion Slots x 3
7. LGA775 CPU Socket supporting Intel FC-LGA4 .
CPU
24. IrDA connector
8. STBY LED
25. IEEE 1394 Connector X 1
9. Intel 945G / ICH7 (i945Ga-PLF)
Intel 945P / ICH7 (i945Pa-PLF)
26. FDD connector
10. 240-pin DDR II DIMMs x 4
27. Serial ATA II connector x 4
11. CPU FAN connector
28. USB 2.0 Connectors x 2
12. BOOT LED
29. Case Open Connector
13. ATX Power Connector
30. JP14 CMOS Data Clear Jumper
14. PWRFAN Connector
31. Front Panel Connector
15. Power Temperature Connector
32. ATA133 Connector
16. ATA100 Connector
33. SYSFAN2 Connector
17. CD_IN Connector
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2.2 Specification
Here is the main function of your motherboard.
Models
CPU
Chipset
Main
Memory
Graphics
IDE
LAN
Sound
USB
IEEE 1394
Slots
Back
Panel I/O
On Board
Connector
BIOS
Board Size
i945Ga-PLF
Intel FC-LGA4 CPU
Socket T
533/800/1066MHz
Intel 945G/ICH7
Dual Channel Mode DDRII
DDRII 400/533/667
DDR DIMM x 4
DIMM Type : 128/256/512MB & 1GB
Max Memory : 4GB
Integrated VGA Engine in chipset
PCI Express x 16 Graphics slot
Support ADD2 card
Integrated ATA100 and Serial ATA II
Controller
ITE External IDE ATA133 control chip
Max Disk: 144,000,000GB [by 48 bits
LBA Spec.]
Realtek Gigabit PCI LAN Chip
Intel High Definition Audio on-Board
Support 7.1 Channel and above
Integrated in chipset, USB 2.0 x 8
Agere 1394 Control Chip
PCI Express x 1 slots x 2
PCI Express x 16 graphics slot x 1
PCI slots x 3
PS/2 Keyboard x 1, PS/2 Mouse x 1
USB Port x 4, LAN Port x 1
VGA Port x 1, COM Port x 1
Printer Port x 1, IEEE 1394 x 1
Speaker_Out x 1, Line_In x 1, MIC_In x 1
Side SUR x 1, Rear SUR x 1
Center/Subwoofer x 1
Floppy Drive Connector x 1
IDE Channel: ATA100 x 1
IDE Channel: ATA133 x 2
Serial ATA II Channel x 4
Front Panel x 1
Front Audio x 1
CPU FAN x 1
System FAN x 2,
Power FAN x 1
Power Temperature Connector x 1
Case Open Connector x 1
CD_IN x 1, IrDA x 1, S/PDIF x 1
COM2 x 1
Game Connector x 1
IEEE 1394 x 2
USB2.0 Connectors x 2
Award PnP 4Mb Flash ROM BIOS
305 mm x 230 mm
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i945Pa-PLF
Intel FC-LGA4 CPU
Socket T
533/800/1066MHz
Intel 945P/ICH7
Dual Channel Mode DDRII
DDRII 400/533/667
DDR DIMM x 4
DIMM Type : 128/256/512MB & 1GB
Max Memory : 4GB
PCI Express x 16 Graphics slot
Integrated ATA100 and Serial ATA II
Controller
ITE External IDE ATA133 control chip
Max Disk: 144,000,000GB [by 48 bits
LBA Spec.]
Realtek Gigabit PCI LAN Chip
Intel High Definition Audio on-Board
Support 7.1 Channel and above
Integrated in chipset, USB 2.0 x 8
Agere 1394 Control Chip
PCI Express x 1 slots x 2
PCI Express x 16 graphics slot x 1
PCI slots x 3
PS/2 Keyboard x 1, PS/2 Mouse x 1
USB Port x 4, LAN Port x 1
COM Port x 2
Printer Port x 1, IEEE 1394 x 1
Speaker_Out x 1, Line_In x 1, MIC_In x 1
Side SUR x 1, Rear SUR x 1
Center/Subwoofer x 1
Floppy Drive Connector x 1
IDE Channel: ATA100 x 1
IDE Channel: ATA133 x 2
Serial ATA II Channel x 4
Front Panel x 1
Front Audio x 1
CPU FAN x 1
System FAN x 2,
Power FAN x 1,
Power Temperature Connector x 1
Case Open Connector x 1
CD_IN x 1, IrDA x 1, S/PDIF x 1
Game Connector x 1
IEEE 1394 x 2
USB2.0 connectors x 2
Award PnP 4Mb Flash ROM BIOS
305 mm x 230 mm
2.3 Block Diagram
ATA 66/100/133
LGA775
Socket
Intel
FC-LGA4
CPU
VGA Onboard
(i945Ga-PLF)
300MB/s
Serial ATA II
Ports x 4
PCI Bus
32-bit PCI Slots
x3
533/800/1066 MHz
System Bus
500MB/s
PCI Express x 1
Slots x 2
PCI Express x16
Intel
945G / 945P
Chipset
Graphics Slot
Support ADD2 Card
AC’97
CODEC
(for i945Ga-PLF)
DDRII DIMM x 4
IDE Drives x 6
Dual Channel DDRII
400/533/667 SDRAM
Up to 4GB
Realtek
Gigabit
LAN Chip
ICH7
LAN connect
Component
4Mbits Flash
EEPROM
Agere
IEEE
1394
Controller
Parallel Port
Floppy Disk
Drive
Winbond
Super I/O
IEEE 1394 x 2
Serial Ports x 2
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USB 2.0 x 8
Chapter 3 Hardware Installation
Chapter 3 Hardware Installation
3.1 Quick Installation Procedure
12. Installing Drivers &
Utilities
1. Installing CPU
11. Installing
Operating System
(such as, Windows
XP)
2. Installing CPU
Fan & System Fan
3. Installing
Memory Module
10. Loading
Default BIOS,
Setting CPU
Frequency
4. Installing HD,
CD-ROM and
SATA Disk, etc
9. Connecting
Back Panel Ports
(Keyboard,
Mouse, etc)
8. Installing Other
Devices (USB, Front
Audio, etc)
5. Connecting Front
Panel Cable
7. Installing PCI
Express x16 Graphics
cards & PCI Express x 1
cards & PCI Cards
6. Connecting ATX
Power Cable
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3.2 Installation You Have to Know
Installing CPU
This socket supports FC-LGA4 CPU, which is the latest CPU package developed by
Intel. Other forms of CPU package are impossible to be fitted in.
1.
Pull CPU socket lever and plate up.
2.
Remove plastic cap from CPU socket plate.
3.
Locate Pin 1 in the socket and look for a golden arrow on the CPU upper
interface. Match Pin 1 and golden arrow. Then insert the CPU into the
socket.
4.
Press down the CPU socket plate and lever to finish CPU installation.
CPU socket plate
Plastic cap
Plastic cap
CPU socket
lever
Socket Pin 1
Warning: If you do not match the CPU
socket Pin 1 and CPU golden arrow well,
you may damage the CPU. And please don’t
touch CPU socket pins when installing CPU.
Note: It’s strongly recommended by
Intel to use thermal paste properly to avoid
over-heat generated from Prescott CPU.
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Golden
arrow
Installing CPU Cooler
1. Gently put down the CPU fan on CPU socket with four sticks aiming correctly
to the four mounting holes.
Mounting
Mounting
hole
hole
2.
Press down four fixing sticks into the holes one by one. Make sure the
sticks are firmly fixed into the holes.
Fixing
stick
Note: The picture above may look different from the product
you purchased.
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Installing CPU and System Fans
Plug the CPU fan cable to the 4-pin CPUFAN connector. If you have chassis fan,
you can also plug it in SYSFAN1 or SYSFAN2 connector.
GND
+12V
Sensor
SYSFAN1 Connector
PWM
SENSOR
+12V
GND
GND
+12V
Sensor
CPUFAN Connector
SYSFAN2 Connector
Note: Some CPU fans
do not have sensor pin so
that they cannot support fan
monitoring.
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Installing Memory Modules
DIMM slots are designed in black and navy blue which are very easy to recognize.
Insert the module straight down to the DIMM slot with both hands and press down
firmly until the DIMM module is securely in place.
Tab
Pin 1
Key
Note: The tabs of the
DIMM slot will clip to hold the
DIMM in place when the DIMM
touches the slot’s bottom.
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Maximum The Performance of the Dual Channel
To obtain the highest performance of Dual Channel, the configuration of DIMM
must meet the following conditions.
Matched DIMM configuration in each channel
● Same density (128MB~1GB)
As long as you insert memory modules of same density into Channel 1 (DIMM1
& DIMM3) and Channel 2 (DIMM2 & DIMM4), dual channel mode will be
enabled.
DIMM1 + DIMM3 = DIMM2 + DIMM4
Ex: if you insert 1GB memory module into DIMM1 and DIMM3, dual channel
mode will be enabled when DIMM2 + DIMM4 = 1GB
● Same DRAM bus width (x8 or x16)
● Either single-sided or double-sided
Note: Using memory modules of different chip will
cause system unstable.
When dual channel mode is successfully enabled, the screen will show “Dual
Channel Mode Enabled” while entering POST screens.
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Connecting IDE and Floppy Cables
Connect the 34-pin floppy cable and 40-pin, 80-wire IDE cable to floppy
connector and IDE connector. Be careful of the pin1 orientation. Wrong
orientation may cause system damage.
Pin 1
Pin 1
FDD Connector
Primary
Slave (2nd)
Primary
Master (1st)
ATA 33/66/100 IDE Connector
Secondary
Secondary
Slave (4th)
Master (3rd)
IDE 3 (Secondary)
Pin 1
IDE 2 (Primary)
Primary
Primary
Slave (2nd)
Master (1st)
ATA 66/100/133 IDE Connector
(iTE IT8211F)
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Connecting Front Panel Cable
Attach the power LED, speaker and reset switch connectors to the corresponding
pins. If you enable “Suspend Mode” item in BIOS Setup, the ACPI & Power LED
will keep flashing while the system is in suspend mode.
Locate the power switch cable from your housing, which is a 2-pin female
connector from the housing front panel. Plug this connector to the soft-power
switch connector marked SPWR.
1
NC
NC
+5V
HDD LED
HDD LED
+5V
+5V
GND
NC
SPEAKER
Power Switch
GND
Power LEDGND
Power LED+
NC
GND
GND
RESET
GND
Front Panel Connector
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Connecting ATX Power Cables
This motherboard comes with a 24-pin and 4-pin ATX power connector as shown
below. Make sure you plug them in the right direction. We strongly recommend
you to insert the 4-pin connector before connecting the 24-pin connector.
+12V
+12V
Ground
Ground
Note: Please aim the power plug at the left side of the 24-pin ATX power
connector when the foolproof design faces you as shown.
Aiming at the
left side
Foolproof
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3.3 Other Installation for Your Reference
Setting CPU Voltage and Frequency
Setting CPU Core Voltage
This motherboard supports Voltage ID (VID) function to detect CPU voltage
automatically during power-on. It’s not necessary to set CPU core voltage.
Setting CPU Frequency
This motherboard is CPU jumper-less design; you can set CPU frequency by 1MHz
stepping CPU Overclocking in the BIOS. CPU Core Frequency = CPU FSB clock
x CPU Ratio. However, all CPU now sold in market belong to "Fixed Multiplier".
That means users can not adjust the CPU Ratio but change CPU FSB clock to
achieve overclocking only.
BIOS Setup > Frequency / Voltage Control > CPU Speed Setup
(Users will do the overclocking at their own risk!!)
CPU Ratio
8x, 10x… 24x, 25x, 26x, 27x, 28x
CPU FSB
FSB = 100MHz-250MHz by 1MHz Stepping CPU Overclocking
(Adjustment manually)
Processor
Processor
Number
Frequency
Extreme Edition Processor
3.73G
8 Series
840
3.20G
830
3.00G
820
2.80G
6 Series
670
3.80G
660
3.60G
650
3.40G
640
3.20G
630
3.00G
5 Series
570
560
550
540
530
520
3 Series
355
350
345
340
335
330
FSB
CPU
Ratio
Cache
1066MHz
14x
2MB L2
800MHz
800MHz
800MHz
16x
15x
14x
2 x 1MB L2
2 x 1MB L2
2 x 1MB L2
800MHz
800MHz
800MHz
800MHz
800MHz
19x
18x
17x
16x
15x
2MB
2MB
2MB
2MB
2MB
L2
L2
L2
L2
L2
3.80G
3.60G
3.40G
3.20G
3.00G
2.80G
800MHz
800MHz
800MHz
800MHz
800MHz
800MHz
19x
18x
17x
16x
15x
14x
1MB
1MB
1MB
1MB
1MB
1MB
L2
L2
L2
L2
L2
L2
3.33G
3.20G
3.06G
2.93G
2.80G
2.66G
533MHz
533MHz
533MHz
533MHz
533MHz
533MHz
25x
24x
23x
22x
21x
20x
256K
256K
256K
256K
256K
256K
L2
L2
L2
L2
L2
L2
Note: With CPU speed changing rapidly, there might be faster CPU on the
market by the time you received this installation guide. This table is kindly
for your references only.
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Warning:
Intel 945G / 945P
chipset support
maximum
1066MHz
(266MHz*4)
system; higher
clock setting may
cause serious
system damage.
Note: Some
CPU fans do not
have sensor pin
so that they can’t
support fan
monitoring.
Connecting Serial ATA II
To connect a serial ATA II disk, you have to have a 7-pin serial ATA cable. Connect
two ends of the serial ATA II cable to the serial ATA II header on the motherboard
and the disk. Like every other traditional disk, you also have to connect a power
cable. Please be noted that it is a jumper free implement; you don’t need to set
jumpers to define a master or slave disk. When serial ATA II hard disks are
installed on serial ATA II ports, the one connected on Port0 (SATA1) will be set as
the first boot device automatically. Please note that it doesn’t support
Hot-Plug in function.
SATA 2.0
Port1
SATA 2.0
Port2
SATA 2.0
SATA 2.0
Port3
Port4
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Adjusting your Hard Disk Setting
Except its original 1 set of parallel IDE, this motherboard supports the latest serial
ATA hard disk. If you are unable to find your newly installed serial ATA hard disks
on your operating system after having them installed, the problem may lie in the
BIOS setting. You can simply adjust BIOS settings to have them work properly.
After installing your hard disks properly, you can directly go to BIOS setting
screen for adjustment. Simply pressing “Integrated Peripherals Æ OnChip
IDE Device Æ On-Chip Serial ATA” to choose your preferable mode. If you
have no intention of changing its original setting, the default would be Auto.
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If you desire to change the default setting,
press Enter for selection list:
Disabled: You can choose this item if
there are only traditional IDE hard disks
had been installed on your system.
Disabling this item will also cancel the
detection of serial ATA hard disks during
POST, which will theoretically speed up
your boot-up time a little bit; however,
please remember to re-adjust the setting here if you want to use serial ATA hard
disk later.
Auto: This is factory default setting on this motherboard. Basically, if your system
functions properly, it is no necessary to change it. The system will automatically
recognize PATA (IDE) as primary..
Combined Mode: If you have traditional IDE hard disks and serial ATA hard disks
installed at the same time, then you can choose this mode. Under this mode, you
can randomly choose either IDE hard disks or serial ATA had disk as your first boot
device. But please note, IDE will exist with serial ATA in a mapping way, which
means it will occupy one of the serial Channel and leave you one serial Channel
only. When PATA Mode is set to primary, SATA3 and SATA4 will be set to secondary,
and when PATA Mode is set to secondary, SATA1 and SATA2 will be set to primary.
Enhanced Mode: If you are using the latest operating system (say, Windows XP,
Windows.NET Server), it is highly recommended that you select Enhanced Mode.
Under this mode the system will detect all six devices (traditional IDE x 2, Serial
ATA x 4) completely and function perfectly. But please note that PATA Mode is set
to primary under this mode.
Note: According to practical lab tests of us, there are no obvious
problems or mistakes happened when we set this mode under
Windows2000 operating system; however, it is not recommended by
Intel.
SATA Only: You may select this mode if you install serial ATA hard disks only.
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Connecting PCI Express x 16 Graphics Slot
i945Ga-PLF / i945Pa-PLF provides a PCI Express x 16 Graphics slot, a red slot
having the latest PCI Express x 16 specification on motherboard. The PCI Express
x 16 is a bus interface targeted for high-performance 3D graphic. Traditionally
AGP used both rising and falling edge of the 66MHz clock for 8X AGP, and the data
transfer rate could achieve 2.1GB/s. Now PCI Express x 16 is moving to higher
data transfer rate, which is upgraded to 8.0GB/s (250MB/s x 16 x 2, it’s 4.0GB/s
per direction). For i945Ga-PLF, the PCI Express x16 Graphics slot can
automatically recognize a PCI Express x 16 Graphics or a Multiplexed Intel DVO
Output depending on which cards being inserted, such as PCI Express x 16
Graphics, or ADD2 (AGP Digital Display 2) cards. With an ADD2 card implemented
to this slot, Multiplexed Intel DVO output will provide high-speed digital
connection for digital displays or TV-OUT functionality.
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Connecting PCI Express x 1 Slot
This motherboard provides two PCI Express x 1 slots, which are located between
the PCI Express x 16 and traditional PCI slot. In order to go with the step of
today’s and tomorrow’s processors, PCI Express x 1 provides higher I/O
bandwidth. The transfer data rate could achieve 250MB/s, which is close to twice
the traditional PCI 2.2 data transfer rate. You could install any PCI Express x 1
device in the slot for your preference.
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Connecting IrDA
The IrDA connector can be configured to support wireless infrared module, with
this module and application software such as Laplink or Windows Direct Cable
Connection, user can transfer files to or from laptops, notebooks, PDA devices
and printers. This connector supports both HPSIR (115.2Kbps, 2 meters) and
ASK-IR (56Kbps).
Install an infrared module onto the IrDA connector and enable the infrared
function from BIOS Setup, UART Mode, you can use this function. Please make
sure you connect correct orientation when plugging IrDA module.
Pin 1
1
NC
+5V
IR_TX
KEY
GND
IR_RX
IrDA Connector
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Connecting Game Port
This motherboard comes with a game port (Joystick-Midi) for you to connect any
midi devices or joysticks. To use this function you have to have a joystick module
and connect it with a game port cable to this port on the motherboard.
Pin1
1 2
+5V
JBB1
+5V
JAB1
JACX
GND
GND
JACY
JAB2
JBCX
MIDI_TXD
JBCY
JBB2
MIDI_RXD
KEY
+5V
15 16
Game Port Connector
(User Upgrade Optional)
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Gigabit LAN Supported
On the strength of Realtek Gigabit LAN controller on board, this motherboard
provides 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet for office and home use. The Ethernet RJ45
connector is located on the top of USB connectors. The right hand side LED
indicates link mode; it lights in yellow when linking to network. The left hand side
LED indicates the transfer mode and will light in green when data is transferring
at 100Mbps (never lights while at 10Mbps), but will light in orange when
transferring in Gigabit’s mode. To enable or disable this function, you may simply
adjust it through BIOS. To enable LAN wakeup function, you have to set the
“Wake on PCI Card” enable in the BIOS “Power Management Setup” section.
Speed LED (Left)
Green 100Mbps
Orange Gigabit mode
ACT LED (Right)
Yellow
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Connecting USB2.0
This motherboard provides eight USB 2.0 ports to connect USB devices such as
mouse, keyboard, modem, printer, etc. There are four ports on the back panel.
You can use proper cables to connect Front USB connector to USB modules or
chassis front panel.
Pin 1
Pin 1
1 2
+5V
SBD7SBD7+
GND
+5V
SBD6SBD6+
GND
KEY
NC
9 10
USB Connector
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Connecting 1394
With IEEE1394 Chip on board (Agere 1394), having its data transfer rate up to
400Mb/s, this interface can connect to devices that require high data transferring
performance such as digital camera, scanner or others IEEE 1394 devices. Please
use appropriate cables to connect IEEE1394 devices.
Pin1
1 2
TPA+
GND
TPB+
+12V (Fused)
TPAGND
TPB+12V (Fused)
SHIED GND
IEEE 1394 Connector
Warning: Please note
that Hot-Plug is not allowed on
IEEE 1394 headers; doing so
will burn the controller IC and
damage the motherboard.
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Super 7.1 Channel Audio Effect
This motherboard comes with an AC’97 (Realtek ALC880) CODEC, which supports
the latest 7.1 Channel with high quality of audio effects, bringing you a brand new
audio experience. This motherboard provides 7.1 Channel ports shown as below.
Picture represents the standard location of all speakers in 7.1 Channel sound
tracks. Please connect the plug of your front speakers to the green “Speaker out”
port , rear surround speakers to orange port, side surround speakers to gray port
and both of the center and subwoofer speakers to black port on the back panel.
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Connecting Front Audio
If the housing is designed with an audio port on the front panel, you’ll be able to
connect onboard audio to front panel through this connector. By the way, please
remove the jumper cap from the Front Audio Connector before you connect the
cable. Do not remove this yellow jumper cap if your housing doesn’t have an
audio port on the front panel.
Pin1
1
AUD_MIC
AUD MIC BIAS
AUD_FPOUT_R
NC
AUD_FPOUT_L
AUD_GND
AUD_VCC
AUD_RET_R
KEY
AUD_RET_L
Front Audio Connector
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Connecting CD_IN
This connector is designed to connect CD Audio cable from CDROM or DVD drive
to onboard sound.
R
GND
L
AUX-IN Connector
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Connecting COM2 ( for i945Ga-PLF only)
i945Ga-PLF provides two serial ports. One of them is on back panel connector,
and the other is on the upper of CPU socket. With proper cable, you can connect
it to the back panel of chassis.
Pin 1
GND
SOUT
DCD#
RTS
RI#
1
2
CTS#
DSR#
Sin
DTR#
COM Connector
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Connecting Case Open
The “CASE OPEN” header provides chassis intrusion-monitoring function. To
make this function work, you have to enable it in the system BIOS, connect this
header to a sensor somewhere on the chassis. So, whenever the sensor is
triggered by lights or by the opening of the chassis, the system will beep to inform
you. Please be informed that this useful function only applies to advanced chassis;
you may purchase an extra sensor, attach it on your chassis and make a good use
of this function.
Pin 1
1
GND
Sensor
Chassis Intrusion Connector
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Connecting S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)
S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is a newest audio transfer file format,
which provides impressive audio quality through optical fiber and allows you to
enjoy digital audio instead of analog audio. Through a specific audio cable, you
can connect the S/PDIF connector to other end of the S/PDIF audio module, which
bears S/PDIF digital output. Normally there are two S/PDIF outputs as shown,
one for RCA connector, the most common one used for consumer audio products,
and the other for optical connector with better audio quality. Same as outputs,
you can also connect RCA or optical audio products to input connectors on the
module and have the voice or music come out from your computer. However, you
must have a S/PDIF supported speaker/amplifier/decoder with S/PDIF digital
input/output to connect to the S/PDIF digital input/output to make the most out
of this function.
Pin 1
1
+5V
KEY
SPDIF OUT
GND
SPDIF IN
5
S/PDIF Connector
(RCA)
S/PDIF OUT
S/PDIF IN
S/PDIF
Cable
S/PDIF OUT
S/PDIF IN
(Optical)
S/PDIF Module
(User Upgrade Optional)
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Colored Coded Back Panel (for i945Ga-PLF)
The onboard I/O devices have PS/2 Keyboard, PS/2 Mouse, RJ-45 LAN Connector,
COM1, VGA port, USB, IEEE 1394, AC’97 sound and Parallel ports. The view angle
of drawing shown here is from the back panel of the housing.
PS/2 Mouse
Connector
SPP/EPP/ECP
Parallel Port
IEEE
1394
RJ45
LAN Jack
Rear SUR
Line-In
Speaker Out
Center/
Subwoofer
MIC-In
PS/2 Keyboard COM1 Port
Connector
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Ports
Side SUR
PS/2 Keyboard:
For standard keyboard, which use a PS/2 plug.
PS/2 Mouse:
For PC-Mouse, which use a PS/2 plug.
Parallel Port:
To connect with SPP/ECP/EPP printer.
COM1 Port:
To connect with pointing devices, modem or
others serial devices.
RJ-45 LAN Port:
To connect Ethernet for home or office use.
VGA Connector:
To connect with PC monitor.
USB Port:
Available for connecting USB devices.
IEEE 1394 Port:
Available for connecting IEEE 1394 interface
devices.
Side SUR:
For side surround speaker.
Center/Subwoofer:
For center & subwoofer speaker.
Rear SUR:
For rear speaker.
Speaker Out:
To External Speaker, Earphone or Amplifier.
Line-In:
Comes from the signal sources, such as CD/Tape
player.
MIC-In:
For Microphone
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Colored Coded Back Panel (for i945Pa-PLF)
The onboard I/O devices have PS/2 Keyboard, PS/2 Mouse, RJ-45 LAN Connector,
COM1, COM2, USB, IEEE 1394, AC’97 sound and Parallel ports. The view angle of
drawing shown here is from the back panel of the housing.
PS/2 Mouse
Connector
SPP/EPP/ECP
Parallel Port
IEEE
1394
RJ45
LAN Jack
Rear SUR
Line-In
Speaker Out
Center/
Subwoofer
MIC-In
PS/2 Keyboard COM1 Port
Connector
COM2 Port
USB 2.0 Ports
Side SUR
PS/2 Keyboard:
For standard keyboard, which use a PS/2 plug.
PS/2 Mouse:
For PC-Mouse, which use a PS/2 plug.
Parallel Port:
To connect with SPP/ECP/EPP printer.
COM1 / COM2 Port:
To connect with pointing devices, modem or
others serial devices.
RJ-45 LAN Port:
To connect Ethernet for home or office use.
USB Port:
Available for connecting USB devices.
IEEE 1394 Port:
Available for connecting IEEE 1394 interface
devices.
Side SUR:
For side surround speaker.
Center/Subwoofer:
For center & subwoofer speaker.
Rear SUR:
For rear speaker.
Speaker Out:
To External Speaker, Earphone or Amplifier.
Line-In:
Comes from the signal sources, such as CD/Tape
player.
MIC-In:
For Microphone
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LED Indication
LED indication including Standby LED and BOOT LED are AOpen’s considerate
designs that aim at providing you friendly system information.
STBY LED will light up when power is provided to the motherboard, giving you a
convenient indication check the system power status in circumstances such as
power on/off, stand-by mode and RAM power status during Suspend to RAM
mode.
BOOT LED will keep blinking when you power the system on and when your
system is under POST (Power-On Self Test). After POST diagnoses everything all
right and finishes the booting, the LED will stay on otherwise it will remain
flashing to warn you that mistakes have occurred during POST.
v
STBY LED
BOOT LED
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3.4 Jumper Settings
JP28 Keyboard / Mouse
Wakeup Jumper
This motherboard provides PS2 keyboard / mouse
wake-up function.
1
1
Disable
(Default)
Enable
JP28 PS2 KB/Mouse
Wakeup Jumper
1
Normal
(Default)
1
Clear CMOS
JP14 Clear CMOS Jumper
You can clear CMOS to restore system default setting. To
clear the CMOS, follow the procedure below.
JP14 Clear CMOS Data
1. Turn off the system and unplug the AC power.
2. Remove ATX power cable from connector PWR3.
3. Locate JP14 and short pins 2-3 for a few seconds.
4. Return JP14 to its normal setting by shorting pin 1 & pin 2.
5. Connect ATX power cable back to connector PWR3.
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Chapter 4 Special Features and Utilities
Chapter 4 Special Features and Utilities
4.1 Other Useful Features
With excellent design ability of R&D team, AOpen boasts for its various powerful
and handy features that come with our product like follows. You are welcomed
to visit our technical website to learn more about those features.
http://english.aopen.com.tw/tech/techinside
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Chapter 5 Setting BIOS
Chapter 5 Setting BIOS
5.1 Introduction
System parameters can be modified by going into BIOS Setup menu; this menu
allows you to configure the system parameters and save the configuration into
the 128 bytes CMOS area (normally in the RTC chip or in the main chipset).
The Phoenix-Award BIOS™ that installed in the Flash ROM of the motherboard is
a custom version of an industry standard BIOS. The BIOS provides critical
low-level support for standard devices such as hard disk drives, serial and parallel
ports.
AOpen’s R&D engineering team had optimized most BIOS settings of this
motherboard. However, some default settings of BIOS cannot fine-tune those
sections that controlled by chipset. Therefore, this chapter is intended to guide
you and help you to configure some other settings.
To enter BIOS setup menu, press <Del> when POST (Power-On Self Test) screen
is shown on your monitor.
Note: Because BIOS code is the most often
changed part on motherboard, the BIOS
information contained in this manual may be
different from the BIOS version that comes with
your motherboard.
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5.2 How To Use Phoenix-Award™ BIOS Setup
Program
Generally, you can use arrow keys to highlight items that you want to choose,
press <Enter> key to select, and use <Page Up> and <Page Down> keys to
change setting values. You can press <Esc> key to quit Phoenix-Award™ BIOS
setup program. The following table provides details about how to use keyboard in
the Phoenix-Award™BIOS setup program.
Key
Description
Page Up or +
Change setting to next value or increase the value.
Page Down or -
Change setting to previous value or decrease value.
Enter
Select the item.
Esc
Up Arrow
In main menu: Quit without saving any changes.
In sub menu: Exit current menu to main menu.
Highlight previous item.
Down Arrow
Highlight next item.
Left Arrow
Move the light bar to left side of menu.
Right Arrow
Move the light bar to right side of menu.
F6
Load Setup Default setting value from CMOS.
F7
Load turbo setting value from CMOS.
F10
Save changed settings and exit setup program.
5.3 How To Enter BIOS Setup
After finishing the jumper settings and connecting cables, you can power on and
enter the BIOS Setup. Press <Del> during POST (Power-On Self Test) and choose
"Load Setup Defaults" for recommended optimal performance.
Del
Warning: Please avoid of using “Load
Turbo Defaults”, unless you are certain your
system components (CPU, SDRAM, HDD, etc.)
are good enough for turbo setting.
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5.4 Definition of Power Master
Please press the Del button after you start the computer, then you can enter the
BIOS setting page. Once you get into BIOS setting page, please select the
Frequency/voltage control to set up the Power Master.
You will have three modes to select what you want via BIOS setting. When you get
the new motherboard from Aopen, the default is Automatic mode.
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Automatic Mode
Once you enable this mode, Power Master will detect your processor true loading
automatically. When the processor loading is heavy, Power Master will raise your
processor’s clock frequency to meet your requirement. On the contrary, when the
processor is in low loading, Power Master will drop the clock frequency to reduce
the noise from processor fan.
Performance Mode
Once you enable this mode, Power Master will detect your processor true loading
automatically. In this mode, the processor’s performance will always be the
highest. When the processor loading is heavy, it will raise your processor’s clock
frequency higher. On the contrary, the processor will be getting lower.
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Silent Mode
Once you enable this mode, Power Master will detect your processor true loading
automatically. In order to provide you the quietest working environment, you can
choose this mode. In this mode, the processor clock frequency will be lower and
the noise from processor fan might be very silent.
Normal Mode
When you choose this mode, Power Master will be turned off. The processor clock
frequency will always keep at the original speed.
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5.5 BIOS Upgrade under Windows
environment
With outstanding R&D ability of AOpen, we now bring you a whole new BIOS Flash
wizard ---- EzWinFlash. With an eye to convenience for users, EzWinFlash
combines the BIOS binary code and flash module together, so the only thing you
have to do is just clicking on the utility you downloaded from web and let it help
you complete the flash process automatically. EzWinFlash detects your
motherboard and checks the BIOS version cleverly to prevent your system from
any possible failure. Moreover, EzWinFlash has been taken into consideration to
go with any windows platform you might be using, no matter if you’re using
Windows 95/98, 98SE/ME, NT4.0/2000, or Windows XP.
In the meanwhile, in order to provide a much more user-friendly operating
environment, AOpen EzWinFlash is natively designed to have multi-language
function to provide easier way for user in changing BIOS setting.
Caution: You are taking a risk of BIOS flash
failure when you update your system. If your
motherboard is working stable, and there are no
major bugs to be fixed by a latter BIOS revision, we
recommend that you DO NOT upgrade your BIOS.
If you intent on upgrade PLEASE MAKE SURE you
get the right BIOS revision for your motherboard
model so as to avoid any possible failure.
Note: The model name on this BIOS picture is for reference only. It may
not be the same model with your motherboard.
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You may accomplish BIOS upgrade procedure with EzWinFlash according to
following steps, and it’s STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to close all applications
before you start the upgrades.
Download the latest version of BIOS package zip file from AOpen official web site.
(Ex: http://english.aopen.com.tw/)
Unzip the downloaded BIOS package (ex: WSGMAXII102.ZIP) with WinZip
(http://www.winzip.com) in Windows environment.
Save the unzipped files into a folder, for example, WSGMAXII102.EXE &
WSGMAXII102.BIN.
Double click WSGMAXII102.EXE; EzWinFlash will detect the model name and
BIOS version of your motherboard. If you collect wrong BIOS, you will not be
allowed to proceed with the flash steps.
You may select a preferred language in main menu, then click [Start Flash] to
begin the BIOS upgrade procedure.
EzWinFlash will complete all the process automatically, and a dialogue box will
pop up to ask you to restart Windows. Click [YES] to reboot Windows.
Press <Del> at POST to enter BIOS setup screen; choose "Load Setup Defaults",
then “Save & Exit Setup”. Done!
It is strongly recommended NOT to turn off the power or run any applications
during FLASH PROCESS.
Warning: The new BIOS upgrade will
permanently replace your original BIOS setting
when flashing. You may need to reconfigure the
BIOS setting before your system goes back to
work as normal.
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5.6 Vivid BIOS technology
Have you been fed up with the conservative and
immutable POST screen? Let’s rule out the
tradition idea that POST screen are stiff and frigid, and let AOpen show you the
newly developed VividBIOS to experience the lively vivid colorful POST screen!
Unlike earlier graphic POST screen which could occupy the whole screen and
mask text information during POST, AOpen VividBIOS deals with graphics and
texts separately, and makes them running simultaneously during POST. With this
innovative design, VividBIOS now brings you a beautiful and sleek 256 colors
screen without missing any important information shown on POST screen.
In addition, the limited space of BIOS ROM is another big issue. When all of the
traditional BIOS can only show space-consuming and uncompressed Bitmap,
AOpen has considerately tuned the BIOS to next generation, to recognize the
smaller-sized GIF format and even dynamic-showing GIF animation.
Vivid BIOS shares the same fundamental technology with Open JukeBox CD
Player, you may use the same EzSkin utility to change your VividBIOS screen or to
download your favorite Open JukeBox skin. If you see this little logo shown beside
your
model
name
on
the
motherboard
download
page,
http://english.aopen.com.tw/tech/ezskin/vivid.htm, it is assured
that your motherboard supports this innovative feature!
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Chapter 6 Installing Drivers
Chapter 6 Installing Drivers
You may think that installing drivers and utilities would be a repeated task of going
through those installation wizards and steps-by-steps. Now, you will be surprised
with how “Ez” EzInstall could do. Without wizards or steps, all you have to do is to
do one click and then it’s done. Click and done. Yes. EzInstall makes installation
easy and even foolproof!
After putting in the CD, you will be prompted with AOpen welcome page and our
branches information.
First, click on the install driver ICON at left side for necessary drivers.
Second, click on the install utility ICON at left side for preferred utilities.
Practically, it’s done. But you may also browse CD contents, Readme to get more
information or just exit the CD installation.
Click to install
online manual
Install
driver
Install
utility
AOpen
Browse CD
Contents
branches
information
Read me
Exit CD
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6.1 Installing Drivers
As you may see from the Installing driver page, EzInstall had picked up necessary
for your motherboard. All you have to do is just click on the “GO”, and no more
steps afterward, of all listed drivers, grey checks indicate necessary drivers; you
cannot click them off. Red checks can be disabled if you don’t want to install them
now.
Press the icon will prompt the
“Install Driver” page. You
may also press “Back” to
return to the Main page.
Once clicking “GO”, EzInstall will run the installing procedure
automatically, and prompt a reboot dialog (Some drivers or
utilities may skip the reboot part).
Note: Due to the limitation of Intel chipsets driver, Windows 2000 is
needed to be updated to service pack 4 for installing audio driver correctly.
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6.2 Installing Utilities
Installing Utilities is virtually the same as installing drivers. AOpen provides you
many friendly and powerful utilities to manage your system. You may find lots of
fabulous utilities listed there, and all you have to do is to click on the “GO”, then
it will install the utilities to your system right away without complicated steps.
Press the icon will
prompt the “Install
Utilities” page for your
selection. You may also
press “Back” to get back
to the Main page.
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Chapter 7 Troubleshooting
Chapter 7 Troubleshooting
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Chapter 8 Technical Support
Chapter 8 Technical Support
Dear Customer,
Thanks for choosing AOpen products. We invite you to register at
http://www.aopen.com to become a Gold Member of Club AOpen so as to
ensure quality service in the future. In order to maintain the best service to every
customer of us, we recommend you to follow the procedures below and seek help
from our branches according to the region you buy the product. With your help,
we can then continue to provide efficient and the best quality service to every
customer.
Thanks very much for your understanding!
AOpen Technical Supporting Team
Europe
AOpen Computer b.v.
Tel: 31-73-645-9516
Email: Support@AOpen.NL
China
艾爾鵬國際貿易(上海)有限公司
Tel: 86-21-6225-8622
Fax: 86-21-6225-7926
America
AOpen America Inc.
Tel: 1-510-489-8928
Fax: 1-510-489-1998
Germany
AOpen Computer GmbH.
Tel: 49-2131-1243-710
Fax: 49-2131-1243-999
Europe Email:
Japan
AOpen Japan Inc.
Tel: 81-048-290-1800
Fax: 81-048-290-1820
Pacific Rim
AOpen Inc.
Tel: 886-2-3789-5888
Fax: 886-2-3789-5899
Support@AOpen.NL
Pacific Rim:
http://www.aopen.com.tw/tech/default.htm
China:
http://www.aopen.com.cn/tech/default.htm
Germany:
http://www.aopencom.de/tech/default.htm
America:
http://usa.aopen.com/tech/default.htm
Japan:
http://aopen.jp/tech/index.html
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Model Name and BIOS Version
Model name and BIOS version can be found on upper left corner of first boot
screen (POST screen). For example:
Phoenix AwardBIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 2004, Phoenix Technologies, LTD.
i945Ga-PLF
R1.00 May 01. 2005 AOpen Inc.
i945Ga-PLF is model name of motherboard; R1.00 is BIOS version
Register Your Motherboard
Thanks for choosing AOpen product, please register this motherboard at
http://club.aopen.com.tw/productreg/ to become a Gold member of Club AOpen,
and to ensure high service quality and priority from AOpen. You will also have a
chance to play slot machine game to win prize from AOpen. Please prepare the
following information before you start: Model Name, Part Number (P/N), Serial
Number (S/N) and Purchase Date. The Part Number and Serial number are
printed on bar code label. You can find this bar code label on the outside packing
or on component side of PCB. For example:
Part No.
Serial No.
P/N: 91.88110.201 is part number, S/N: 91949378KN73 is serial number.
Phoenix-Award BIOS ERROR Message
Beep Sound
Message
1 short(Beep)
System booting is normally.
1 long - 1 short(Beep)
DRAM ERROR
1 long - 2 short(Beep)
Display card or monitor connected error
1 long - 3 short(Beep)
Keyboard Error
Long(Beep) continuous
DRAM hasn't inset correctly.
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