Asus P4BGL-MX User guide
User Guide
Motherboard
P4BGL-MX
E1339
Checklist
Revised Edition V3
June 2003
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Contents
Features
Contents ......................................................................................... iii
FCC/CDC statements ...................................................................... v
Federal Communications Commission Statement ................. v
Canadian Department of Communications Statement ........... v
Safety information .......................................................................... vi
About this guide ............................................................................. vii
Conventions used in this guide ............................................ vii
Where to find more information ............................................ vii
ASUS contact information ............................................................. vii
Specifications summary ................................................................. ix
Chapter 1 - Motherboard Info ................................................... 1-1
1.1 Welcome ...................................................................... 1-2
1.2 Package contents ....................................................... 1-2
1.3 Introduction .................................................................. 1-3
1.4 Motherboard components .......................................... 1-3
1.5 Motherboard layout ..................................................... 1-6
1.6 Before you proceed ..................................................... 1-7
1.7 Central Processing Unit (CPU) ................................... 1-7
1.8 System memory ........................................................... 1-8
1.9 Expansion Slots ........................................................... 1-9
1.9.1 Configuring an expansion card .................................. 1-9
1.9.2 Standard Interrupt Assignments ................................ 1-9
1.10 Jumpers ....................................................................... 1-10
1.11 Connectors ................................................................. 1-11
Chapter 2 - BIOS Information .....................................................
2.1 Managing and updating your BIOS ............................
2.1.1 Using ASUS EZ FLASH to update the BIOS ...................
2.1.2 Using ASUS AFLASH to update the BIOS ...................
Updating BIOS procedures ....................................
2.2 BIOS Setup Program ...................................................
2.2.1 BIOS menu bar ...........................................................
2.2.2 Legend bar ..................................................................
2-1
2-2
2-2
2-4
2-5
2-7
2-7
2-8
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Contents
Safeguards
2.3 Main Menu .................................................................... 2-9
2.3.1 Primary and Secondary Master/Slave ......................... 2-11
2.3.2 Keyboard Features ..................................................... 2-13
2.4 Advanced Menu ........................................................... 2-14
2.4.1 Chip Configuration ...................................................... 2-16
2.4.2 I/O Device Configuration ............................................. 2-18
2.4.3 PCI Configuration ........................................................ 2-19
2.4.3.1 PCI IRQ Resource Exclusion ................................... 2-20
2.5 Power Menu .................................................................. 2-21
2.5.1 Power-up Control ........................................................ 2-23
2.5.2 Hardware Monitor ........................................................ 2-24
2.6 Boot Menu ..................................................................... 2-24
2.7 Exit Menu
................................................................. 2-26
Chapter 3 - Starting Up .............................................................. 3-1
3.1 Install an operating system ......................................... 3-2
3.2 Support CD information .............................................. 3-2
3.2.1 Running the support CD ............................................ 3-2
3.2.2 Software installation menu ......................................... 3-3
3.2.3 Drivers installation menu ............................................ 3-3
3.2.4 DOS Utility installation menu ..................................... 3-4
3.2.5 ASUS Contact information .......................................... 3-4
3.3 Software Information ................................................... 3-5
3.3.1 ASUS Update ............................................................. 3-5
3.3.2 ASUS PC Probe ......................................................... 3-6
Starting ASUS PC Probe ...................................... 3-6
Using ASUS PC Probe ......................................... 3-7
ASUS PC Probe Task Bar Icon ............................ 3-9
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FCC/CDC statements
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the
graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations.
Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the
party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to
operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise
emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference
Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from
the electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that
the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal
cables are connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the
existing system before you add a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard,
ensure that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adpater or extension
cord. These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your
area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you
are using, contact your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully
read all the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected
and the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage,
contact your dealer immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the
product in any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
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Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the
following symbols used throughout this manual.
WARNING/DANGER: Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Information that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to aid in completing a task.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product
and software updates.
1. ASUS Websites
The ASUS websites worldwide provide updated information on ASUS
hardware and software products. The ASUS websites are listed in the
ASUS Contact Information on page viii.
2. Optional Documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as
warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These
documents are not part of the standard package.
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ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (Asia-Pacific)
Address:
General Tel:
General Fax:
General Email:
150 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 112
+886-2-2894-3447
+886-2-2894-3449
info@asus.com.tw
Technical Support
MB/Others (Tel):
Notebook (Tel):
Desktop/Server (Tel):
Support Fax:
Web Site:
+886-2-2890-7121 (English)
+886-2-2890-7122 (English)
+886-2-2890-7123 (English)
+886-2-2890-7698
www.asus.com.tw
ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)
Address:
General Fax:
General Email:
44370 Nobel Drive, Fremont, CA 94538, USA
+1-502-933-8713
tmd1@asus.com
Technical Support
Support Fax:
General Support:
Notebook Support:
Web Site:
Support Email:
+1-502-933-8713
+1-502-995-0883
+1-510-739-3777 x5110
usa.asus.com
tsd@asus.com
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address:
General Email:
General Fax:
Harkortstr. 25, 40880 Ratingen, BRD, Germany
sales@asuscom.de (for marketing requests only)
+49-2102-9599-31
Technical Support
Support Hotlines:
Support Fax:
Support Email:
Web Site:
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(Components) +49-2102-9599-0
(Notebook PC) +49-2102-9599-10
+49-2102-9599-11
www.asuscom.de/kontakt (for online support)
www.asuscom.de
P4BGL-MX specifications summary
CPU
Socket 478 ofr Intel Pentium 4 Northwood/Willamette
processors with frequency up to 2.4+ GHz
Chipset
Northbridge: Intel Brookdale GL (i845GL)
Southbridge: Intel ICH4 (FW82801DB)
Front Side Bus (FSB)
400 MHz
Memory
2 x DDR DIMM Sockets
Max. 2 GB unbuffered PC2100/1600 non-ECC DDR SDRAM
Expansion slots
3 x PCI
IDE
2 x UltraDMA 100/66
Audio
RealTek 2-channel CODEC
LAN
RealTek 8101L PCI LAN integrated 10/100Mbps Fast
Ethernet
Special Features
Power Loss Restart
ASUS JumperFree
BIOS write protections
CPU Throttle
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x Parallel
1 x Serial
1 x VGA
1 x PS/2 Keyboard
1 x PS/2 Mouse
4 x USB 2.0
1 x RJ-45 Port
Internal I/O
Connectors
CPU/Chassis FAN connector
20 pin ATX power connector
4-pin AUX power connector
COM2 port
CD/AUX audio in (on audio model only)
Front panel audio connector (on audio model only)
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P4BGL-MX specifications summary
BIOS features
2Mb Flash ROM, EEPROM, ASUS JumperFree, Award
BIOS with ACPI, DMI2.0, PnP, WfM2.0, Green, TCAV (Trend
Chip Away Virus)
Industry standard
PCI 2.2, USB 2.0.
Manageability
WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOR by PME, WOL by BME
Form Factor
Micro-ATX form factor: 8.6 in x 9.6 in
Support CD contents
Device drivers
ASUS PC Probe
Trend Microtm PC-cillin 2002 anti-virus software
ASUS LiveUpdate Utility
Accessories
User’s manual
Support CD
1 x USB Bracket
IDE cable
FDD cable
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter gives information about the
ASUS P4BGL-MX motherboard that came
with the system.This chapter includes the
motherboard layout, jumper settings, and
connector locations.
ASUS P4BGL-MX Motherboard
Motherboard Info
Chapter 1
1-1
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying the ASUS® P4BGL-MX motherboard!
The ASUS P4BGL-MX motherboard is loaded with new features and the
most advanced technologies making it another standout in the long line of
ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check
the items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your ASUS P4BGL-MX package for the following items.
ASUS P4BGL-MX motherboard
Micro-ATX form factor: 8.6 in x 9.6 in
ASUS P4BGL-MX series support CD
40-conductor IDE cable
Ribbon cable for a 3.5-inch floppy drive
Bag of extra jumper caps
User Guide
I/O Shield
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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1.3
Introduction
The ASUS P4BGL-MX motherboard is yet another high-quality motherboard
from ASUS. This motherboard is loaded with value-added features for
guaranteed consumer satisfaction. For future upgrades or system
reconfiguration, this chapter provides technical information about the
motherboard.
1.4
Motherboard components
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3
4
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8
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20
25
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1-4
1
ATX 12V connector. This power connector connects the 4-pin 12V
plug from the ATX 12V power supply.
2
CPU Sockets. A 478-pin surface mount, Zero Insertion Force (ZIF)
socket for the Intel® Pentium® 4 478/Northwood Processor with 400
MHz system bus that allows 3.2 GB/s data transfer rates.
3
NorthBridge Controller. This Intel Brookdale GL controller
integrates a high performance host interface for the Intel® Pentium®
4 processor, a memory controller and an integrated graphics
interface.
4
DDR DIMM Sockets. These two 184-pin DIMM sockets support up
to 2GB using non-ECC PC2100/1600 DDR SDRAM DIMMs with
2.1GBytes/sec of transfer rate.
5
ATX power connector. This standard 20-pin connector connects to
an ATX 12V power supply. The power supply must have at least 1A
on the +5V standby lead (+5VSB).
6
Super I/O chipset. This interface provides the commonly used
Super I/O functionality. The chipset supports a high-performance
floppy disk controller for a 360K/720K/1.44M/2.88M floppy disk
drive, a PS/2 keyboard and mouse port, a multi-mode parallel port,
a game port and two serial ports.
7
Floppy Disk connector. This connector connects the provided
ribbon cable for the floppy disk drive. One side of the connector is
slotted to prevent incorrect insertion of the floppy disk cable.
8
IDE Connectors. These dual-channel bus master IDE connectors
support up to four Ultra DMA 100/66, PIO Modes 3 & 4 IDE
devices. Both the primary(blue) and secondary(black) connectors
are slotted to prevent incorrect insertion of the IDE ribbon cable.
9
Flash ROM. This 2Mb firmware contains the programmable BIOS
program.
10
South bridge controller. This Intel ICH4 FW82801DB controller
integrates the AC’97 Interface, six Universal Serial Bus 2.0, two
IDE Master/Slave controllers, the ITE 8708F Super I/O, Flash
BIOS, and PCI bus for two PCI Slots.
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ASUS ASIC. This chip performs multiple system functions that
include hardware and system voltage monitoring among others.
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Audio/Modem CODEC. This audio CODEC is AC ’97 compliant.
13
PCI slots. These 32-bit PCI 2.2 expansion slots support bus
master PCI cards like SCSI and LAN cards with 133MB/s maximum
output.
14
Single-Chip Fast Ethernet controller. The RealTek 8101L PCI
LAN Fast Ethernet controller allows connection to a Local Area
Network (LAN) through a network hub.
15
PS/2 mouse port. This green 6-pin connector is for a PS/2 mouse.
16
Parallel port. This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a
scanner, or other devices.
17
RJ-45 port. This port allows connection to a Local Area Network
(LAN) through a network hub.
18
Line In jack. This Line In (light blue) jack connects a tape player or
other audio sources.
19
Line Out jack. This Line Out (lime) jack connects a headphone or
a speaker.
20
Microphone jack. This Mic (pink) jack connects a microphone.
21
USB 2.0 ports. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0)
ports are available for connecting USB devices such as a mouse
and PDA.
22
Video port. This port connects a VGA monitor.
23
Serial port. This port connects to your serial mouse and other
serial devices.
24
USB 2.0 ports. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0)
ports are available for connecting USB devices such as a mouse
and PDA.
25
PS/2 keyboard port. This purple 6-pin connector is for a PS/2
keyboard.
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1.5
Motherboard layout
21.9cm (8.6in)
PS/2KBMS
T: Mouse
B: Keyboard
Super
I/O
CPUFAN1
Socket 478
USBPWR_34
KBPWR1
Intel 845GL
Graphic
Memory
Controller
Hub (GMCH)
USBPWR_12
USB2.0 Top:
RJ-45
ATX12V1
T: USB20_1
B: USB20_2
FLOPPY1
2 3
ATX Power Connector
0 1
24.4cm (9.6in)
VGA
DDR DIMM2 (64/72 bit, 184-pin module)
PARALLEL PORT
COM1
IR1
DDR DIMM1 (64/72 bit, 184-pin module)
Bottom:
USB20-3
USB20-4
Below:Mic In
IAPANEL1
PCI1
Intel I/O
Controller
Hub
(ICH4)
P4BGL-MX
ASPDIF1
PCI2
ASUS
Mozart
RTL8101L
BAT1
PCI3
Audio
Codec
CD1
AUX1
CHASFAN1
USBPWR_56
COM2
USB20_5
USB20_6
2Mbit
Firmware
Hub
Center:Line Out
PRI_ IDE
SEC_IDE
Top:Line In
BUZZ1
CHASSIS1
GAME1
J1
ASUS PANEL1
The audio and LAN features are optional. These components are
grayed out in the above motherboard layout.
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1.6
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
2. Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or to
a metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling
components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
3. Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
4. Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded
antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.
5. Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the
ATX power supply is switched off or the power cord is
detached from the power supply. Failure to do so may cause
severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals, and/or
components.
1.7
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount 478-pin Zero Insertion
Force (ZIF) socket. This socket is specifically designed for the Intel®
Pentium® 4 478/Northwood Processor.
Gold Arrow
P4BGL-MX
P4BGL-MX Socket 478
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1.8
System memory
The motherboard has two Double Data Rate (DDR) DIMM sockets that
supports up to 2GB non-ECC PC2100/1600 DDR.
80 Pins
104 Pins
P4BGL-MX
P4BGL-MX 184-Pin DDR DIMM Sockets
1. A DDR DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one
direction. DO NOT force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging
the DIMM.
1.9
Expansion slots
The P4BGL-MX motherboard has three (3) expansion slots. The following
sub-sections describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
1.9.1
Configuring an expansion card
After physically installing the expansion card, configure the card by
adjusting the software settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any.
See Chapter 2 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables below.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
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1.9.2
IRQ
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Standard Interrupt Assignments
Standard Function
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Programmable Interrupt Controller
Communications Port (COM2)
Communications Port (COM1)
IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering
Standard Floppy Disk Controller
ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering
IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering
IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
Secondary Ultra ATA Controller (dual fifo)
*These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A
B
C
PCI slot 1
—
—
—
PCI slot 2
—
—
—
PCI slot 3
—
—
—
Onboard USB 1.1 controller 1 shared —
—
Onboard USB 1.1 controller 2 —
—
—
Onboard USB 1.1 controller 3 —
—
used
Onboard USB 2.0 controller
—
—
—
Onboard LAN
— shared —
Onboard Audio
— shared —
Onboard VGA
shared —
—
D
—
—
—
—
used
—
—
—
—
—
E
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
F
used
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
G
H
—
—
used
—
— shared
—
—
—
—
—
—
— shared
—
—
—
—
—
—
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support
“Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments.
Otherwise, conflicts will arise between two PCI groups.
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1.10 Jumpers
This section describes and illustrates the jumpers on the motherboard.
1.
USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPWR_12, USBPWR_34,
USBPWR_56)
Set these jumpers to +5V to wake up the computer from S1 sleep
mode (CPU stopped, DRAM refreshed, system running in low power
mode) using the connected USB devices. Set to +5VSB to wake up
from S3 sleep mode (no power to CPU, DRAM in slow refresh, power
supply in reduced power mode).
This feature requires a power supply that can provide at least 1A on
the +5VSB lead when these jumpers are set to +5VSB. Otherwise, the
system does not power up.
The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply
capability (+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep mode.
USBPWR_34
3
2
2
1
+5V
(Default)
+5VSB
USBPWR_12
USBPWR_56
P4BGL-MX
1 2
P4BGL-MX USB Device Wake Up
1-10
+5V
(Default)
2 3
+5VSB
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2.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin J1)
These solder points allow you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM in CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and
system setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The
RAM data in CMOS, that include system setup information such as
system passwords, is powered by the onboard button cell battery.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
Remove the battery.
Place the jumper cap to [2-3], then put it back to [1-2]
Re-install the battery.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter
BIOS setup to re-enter data.
J1
1 2
2 3
P4BGL-MX
Normal
(Default)
Clear CMOS
P4BGL-MX Clear RTC RAM
3.
Keyboard power (3-pin KBPWR1)
This jumper allows you to enable or disable the keyboard wake-up
feature. Set this jumper to pins 2-3 (+5VSB) if you wish to wake up
the computer when you press a key on the keyboard . This feature
requires an ATX power supply that can supply at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead, and a corresponding setting in the BIOS.
KBPWR1
2
1
+5V
(Default)
3
2
+5VSB
(Default)
P4BGL-MX
P4BGL-MX Keyboard Power Setting
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1.11 Connectors
This section describes and illustrates the connectors on the motherboard.
1.
IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE)
This connector supports the provided UltraDMA100/66 IDE hard disk
ribbon cable. Connect the cable’s blue connector to the primary
(recommended) or secondary IDE connector, then connect the gray
connector to the UltraDMA100/66 slave device (hard disk drive) and
the black connector to the UltraDMA100/66 master device. It is
recommended that you connect non-UltraDMA100/66 devices to the
secondary IDE connector. If you install two hard disks, you must
configure the second drive as a slave device by setting its jumper
accordingly. Refer to the hard disk documentation for the jumper
settings. BIOS supports specific device bootup. If you have more than
two UltraDMA100/66 devices, purchase another UltraDMA100/66
cable. You may configure two hard disks to be both master devices
with two ribbon cables – one for the primary IDE connector and
another for the secondary IDE connector.
Pin 20 on each IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole
on the UltraDMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect orientation
when you connect the cables.
P4BGL-MX IDE Connectors
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PRI_IDE
P4BGL-MX
SEC_IDE
For UltraDMA100/66 IDE devices, use an 80-conductor IDE cable.
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
PIN 1
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2.
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY1)
This connector supports the provided floppy drive ribbon cable. After
connecting one end to the motherboard, connect the other end to the
floppy drive. (Pin 5 is removed to prevent incorrect insertion when
using ribbon cables with pin 5 plug).
FLOPPY1
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
P4BGL-MX
PIN 1
P4BGL-MX Floppy Disk Drive Connector
3.
Chassis Alarm (4-1 pin CHASSIS1)
This lead is for a chassis designed with intrusion detection feature.
This requires an external detection mechanism such as a chassis
intrusion sensor or microswitch. When you remove any chassis
component, the sensor triggers and sends a high-level signal to this
lead to record a chassis intrusion event.
By default, the pins labeled “Chassis Signal” and “GND” are shorted
with a jumper cap. If you wish to use the chassis intrusion detection
feature, remove the jumper caps from the pins.
Chassis Signal
GND
P4BGL-MX
+5VSB_MB
CHASSIS1
P4BGL-MX Chassis Alarm Lead
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4.
ATX power connectors (20-pin ATX_POWER1)
These connectors connect to an ATX 12V power supply. The plugs
from the power supply are designed to fit these connectors in only one
orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the
connectors completely fit.
In addition to the 20-pin ATXPWR connector, this motherboard
requires that you connect the 4-pin ATX +12V power plug to provide
sufficient power to the CPU.
ATX_POWER1
Pin 1
ATX12V1
P4BGL-MX
+12V DC
GND
+12V DC
GND
P4BGL-MX ATX Power Connectors
+12.0VDC
+5VSB
PWR_OK
COM
+5.0VDC
COM
+5.0VDC
COM
+3.3VDC
+3.3VDC
+5.0VDC
+5.0VDC
-5.0VDC
COM
COM
COM
PS_ON#
COM
-12.0VDC
+3.3VDC
If you will need to replace the power supply in the future, make sure
that your new ATX 12V power supply can provide 8A on the +12V lead
and at least 1A on the +5-volt standby lead (+5VSB). The minimum
recommended wattage is 230W, or 300W for a fully configured system.
The system may become unstable and may experience difficulty
powering up if the power supply is inadequate.
5.
USB headers (10-1 pin USB1)
P4BGL-MX
USB20_5
USB20_6
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1
USB+5V
LDM6
LDP6
GND
USB+5V
LDM5
LDP5
GND
NC
USB1 is for the internal USB header that you can connect to the front
USB ports.
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6.
CPU and Chassis Fan Connectors
(3-pin CPUFAN1, CHASFAN1)
The two fan connectors support cooling fans of 350mA (4.2 Watts) or
a total of 1A (12W) at +12V. Orient the fans so that the heat sink fins
allow air flow to go across the onboard heat sinks instead of the
expansion slots. The fan wiring and plug may vary depending on the
fan manufacturer. Connect the fan cable to the connector matching
the black wire to the ground pin.
CPUFAN1
GND
+12V
Rotation
P4BGL-MX
Rotation
+12V
GND
CHASFAN1
P4BGL-MX 12-Volt Cooling Fan Power
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Lack of
sufficient air flow within the system may damage the motherboard
components. These are not jumpers! DO NOT place jumper caps on
the fan connectors!
7.
Internal audio connectors (4-pin AUX1, CD1)
Left Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Right Audio Channel
Left Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Right Audio Channel
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound
sources such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
P4BGL-MX
CD1(Black) AUX1(White)
P4BGL-MX Internal Audio Connectors
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8.
Front panel audio connectors (10-1 pin IAPANEL1)
This connector connects to the front panel audio module using an
audio cable.
IAPANEL1
P4BGL-MX
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
AGND
+5VA
BLINE_OUT_R
Line out_L
BLINE_OUT_L
P4BGL-MX Front Panel Audio Connector
9.
GAME/MIDI connector (16-1 pin GAME1) (optional)
+5V
J1B2
J1CY
GND
GND
J1CX
J1B1
+5V
This connector supports a GAME/MIDI module. If your package came
with the USB 2.0/GAME module, connect the GAME/MIDI cable to
this connector. The GAME/MIDI port on the module connects a
joystick or a game pad for playing games, and MIDI devices for
playing or editing audio files.
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MIDI_IN
J2B2
J2CY
MIDI_OUT
J2CX
J2B1
+5V
GAME1
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10. infrared connector (10-pin IR1)
Standard Infrared (SIR)
Front View
Back View
GND
IRTX
+5V
IRRX
These connectors support an optional wireless transmitting and
receiving infrared module. The module mounts to a small opening on
the system chassis that supports this feature. You must also
configure the UART2 Use As parameter in BIOS to set UART2 for
use with IR. Use the ten pins as shown in Back View and connect a
ribbon cable from the module to the motherboard IR1 connector
according to the pin definitions.
SIR
CIRRX
CIR+5V
IRAX
GND
CIR
P4BGL-MX
+5V
(NC)
IRTX
GND
IRRX
P4BGL-MX Infrared Module Connector
11. Serial connector (9-pin COM2 )
This 9-pin connector connects to the Serial COM2 bracket. Connect
the COM2 cable to this connector and install the bracket on an
available slot in the rear panel of the chassis.
COM2
PIN 1
P4BGL-MX
P4BGL-MX Serial COM2 Bracket
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12. Hard disk connector (2-pin HDDLED)
This 2-pin connector connects to the front panel HD LED and lights up
on every read/write activity of any of the disk drives connected to the
primary or secondary IDE slots.
HDDLED
P4BGL-MX
P4BGL-MX HDD Activity LED
TIP: If the case-mounted LED does not
light, try reversing the 2-pin plug.
13. System panel connector (20-pin PANEL1)
This connector accommodates several system front panel functions.
Message LED
P4BGL-MX
SMI Lead
P4BGL-MX System Panel Connectors
Reset
Ground
+5 V
MLED
ExtSMI#
Ground
PWR
Ground
+5 V
PLED
Keylock
Ground
Power LED
Speaker
Connector
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
Keyboard Lock
Reset SW
ATX Power
Switch*
* Requires an ATX power supply.
• System Power LED Lead (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector connects to the system power LED. The LED
lights up when you turn on the system power.
• Keyboard Lock Lead (2-pin KEYLOCK)
This 2-pin connector connects to a chassis-mounted switch to allow
the use of the keyboard lock feature.
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• System Warning Speaker Lead (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector connects to the case-mounted speaker and
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
• System Management Interrupt Lead (2-pin SMI#)
This 2-pin connector permits switching to suspend mode, or “Green”
mode, in which system activity is instantly decreased to save power
and to expand the life of certain system components.
• Reset Switch (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted reset switch for
rebooting the system without turning off the power switch.
• ATX Power Switch / Soft-Off Switch Lead (2-pin PWRBTN)
This connector connects a switch that controls the system power.
Pressing the power switch turns the system between ON and SLEEP,
or ON and SOFT OFF, depending on the BIOS or OS settings.
Pressing the power switch while in the ON mode for more than 4
seconds turns the system OFF.
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This chapter gives information about the
ASUS P4BGL-MX Binary Input/Output
System (BIOS).This chapter includes
updating the BIOS using the ASUS
AFLASH BIOS that is bundled with the
support CD.
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2.1
Managing and Updating your BIOS
It is recommended that you save a copy of the motherboard’s original
BIOS to a bootable floppy disk in case you need to reinstall the original
BIOS later.
2.1.1 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS
The ASUS EZ Flash feature allows you to easily update the BIOS without
having to go through the long process of booting from a diskette and using
a DOS-based utility. The EZ Flash is built-in the BIOS firmware so it is
accessible by simply pressing <Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self
Tests (POST).
Follow these steps to update the BIOS using ASUS EZ Flash.
1. Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website (see ASUS
contact information on page viii). Save the file to a floppy disk.
Write down the BIOS file name on a piece of paper. You need to type
the exact BIOS file name at the EZ Flash screen.
2. Reboot the computer.
3. To use EZ Flash, press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the
following screen.
ASUS EZ Flash V1.00
Copyright (C) 2002, ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
[Onboard BIOS Information]
BIOS Version
: ASUS P4BGL-MX ACPI BIOS Revision 001
BIOS Model
: P4BGL-MX
BIOS Built Date : 09/16/02
Please Enter File Name for NEW BIOS: _
*Note: EZ Flash will copy file from A:\, Press [ESC] to reboot
The BIOS information in the above screen is for reference only. What
you see on your screen may not be exactly the same as shown.
4. Insert the disk that contains the new BIOS file into the floppy drive. You
will receive the error message, “WARNING! Device not ready.” if you
proceed to step 5 without the disk in the drive.
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5. At the prompt, “Please Enter File Name for NEW BIOS: _”, type in the
BIOS file name that you downloaded from the ASUS website, then
press <Enter>.
EZ Flash will automatically access drive A to look for the file name that
you typed. When found, the following message appears on screen.
[BIOS Information in File]
BIOS Version: P4BGL-MX Boot Block
WARNING! Continue to update the BIOS (Y/N)? _
If you accidentally typed in a wrong BIOS file name, the error
message, “WARNING! File not found.” appears. Press <Enter> to
remove the message, then type in the correct file name. Press
<Enter>.
6. At the above prompt, type Y to continue with the update process.
Pressing N exits the EZ Flash screen and reboots the system without
updating the BIOS.
The following prompts appear if you typed Y.
Flash Memory:
SST 49LF004
1. Update Main BIOS area
2. Update Boot Block area
(Y/N)? _
(Y/N)? _
7. Press Y for both items to completely update the main BIOS area and
the boot block area.
DO NOT shutdown or reset the system while updating the BIOS boot
block area! Doing so may cause system boot failure.
8. When the update process is done, the message, “Press a key to
reboot” appears. Press any key to reboot the system with the new
BIOS.
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2.1.2 Using AFLASH to update the BIOS
The BIOS information in the above screen is for reference only. What
you see on your screen may not be exactly the same as shown.
Creating a bootable disk
AFLASH.EXE is a Flash Memory Writer utility that updates the BIOS by
uploading a new BIOS file to the programmable flash ROM on the
motherboard. This file works only in DOS mode. To determine the BIOS
version of your motherboard, check the last four numbers of the code
displayed on the upper left-hand corner of your screen during bootup.
Larger numbers represent a newer BIOS file.
1. Type FORMAT A:/S at the DOS prompt to create a bootable system
disk. DO NOT copy AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS to the disk.
2. Type COPY D:\AFLASH\AFLASH.EXE A:\ (assuming D is your
CD-ROM drive) to copy AFLASH.EXE to the boot disk you created.
AFLASH works only in DOS mode. It does not work with certain
memory drivers that may be loaded when you boot from the hard drive.
It is recommended that you reboot using a floppy disk.
3. Reboot the computer from the floppy disk.
BIOS setup must specify “Floppy” as the first item in the boot
sequence.
4. In DOS mode, type A:\AFLASH <Enter> to run AFLASH.
If the word “unknown” appears after Flash Memory:, the memory chip
is either not programmable or is not supported by the ACPI BIOS and
therefore, cannot be programmed by the Flash Memory Writer utility.
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5. Select 1. Save Current BIOS to File from the Main menu and press
<Enter>. The Save Current BIOS To File screen appears.
6. Type a filename and the path, for example, A:\XXX-XX.XXX, then
press <Enter>.
Updating the BIOS
Update the BIOS only if you are sure that the new BIOS revision will
solve your problems. Careless updating may result to more problems
with the motherboard!
1. Download an updated ASUS BIOS file from the Internet (WWW or
FTP) (see ASUS CONTACT INFORMATION on page x for details) and
save to the boot floppy disk you created earlier.
2. Boot from the floppy disk.
3. At the “A:\” prompt, type AFLASH and then press <Enter>.
4. At the Main Menu, type 2 then press <Enter>. The Update BIOS
Including Boot Block and ESCD screen appears.
5. Type the filename of your new BIOS and the path, for example,
A:\XXX-XX.XXX, then press <Enter>.
To cancel this operation, press <Enter>.
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6. When prompted to confirm the BIOS update, press Y to start the
update.
7. The utility starts to program the new BIOS information into the Flash
ROM. The boot block is updated automatically only when necessary.
When the programming is done, the message “Flashed Successfully”
appears.
8. Follow the onscreen instructions to continue.
DO NOT turn off the system while updating the BIOS. This may cause
boot problems. Just repeat the process, and if the problem persists,
load the original BIOS file you saved to the boot disk. If the Flash
Memory Writer utility is not able to successfully update a complete
BIOS file, call the ASUS service center for support.
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2.2
BIOS Setup program
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard,
reconfiguring your system, or prompted to “Run Setup”. This section explains
how to configure your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you may want to
change the configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you
may want to enable the security password feature or make changes to the
power management settings. This requires you to reconfigure your system
using the BIOS Setup program so that the computer can recognize these
changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the EEPROM.
The EEPROM on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start
up the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this
program. Press <Delete> during the Power-On Self Test (POST) to enter the
Setup utility, otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. It is a
menu-driven program, which means you can scroll through the various submenus and make your selections among the predetermined choices.
Because the BIOS software is constantly being updated, the following
BIOS setup screens and descriptions are for reference purposes only,
and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
2.2.1 BIOS menu bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
MAIN
Use this menu to make changes to the basic system
configuration.
ADVANCED
Use this menu to enable and make changes to the
advanced features.
POWER
Use this menu to configure and enable Power
Management features.
BOOT
Use this menu to configure the default system device
used to locate and load the Operating System.
EXIT
Use this menu to exit the current menu or to exit the
Setup program.
To access the menu bar items, press the right or left arrow key on the
keyboard until the desired item is highlighted.
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2.2.2 Legend bar
At the bottom of the Setup screen is a legend bar. The keys in the legend bar
allow you to navigate through the various setup menus. The following table
lists the keys found in the legend bar with their corresponding functions.
Navigation Key(s)
Function Description
<F1> or <Alt + H>
Displays the General Help screen from anywhere in the BIOS Setup
<Esc>
Jumps to the Exit menu or returns to the main
menu from a sub-menu
Left or Right arrow
Selects the menu item to the left or right
Up or Down arrow
Moves the highlight up or down between fields
- (minus key)
Scrolls backward through the values for the
highlighted field
+ (plus key) or spacebar Scrolls forward through the values for the highlighted field
<Enter>
Brings up a selection menu for the highlighted
field
<Home> or <PgUp>
Moves the cursor to the first field
<End> or <PgDn>
Moves the cursor to the last field
<F5>
Resets the current screen to its Setup Defaults
<F10>
Saves changes and exits Setup
General help
In addition to the Item Specific Help window, the BIOS setup program also
provides a General Help screen. You may launch this screen from any menu
by simply pressing <F1> or the <Alt> + <H> combination. The General Help
screen lists the legend keys and their corresponding functions.
Saving changes and exiting the Setup program
See “2.7 Exit Menu” for detailed information on saving changes and exiting
the setup program.
When a scroll bar appears to the right of a help window, it indicates that
there is more information to be displayed that will not fit in the window. Use
<PgUp> and <PgDn> or the up and down arrow keys to scroll through the
entire help document. Press <Home> to display the first page, press <End>
to go to the last page. To exit the help window, press <Enter> or <Esc>.
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Sub-menu
Note that a right pointer symbol (as shown on
the left) appears to the left of certain fields. This
pointer indicates that you can display a sub-menu
from this field. A sub-menu contains additional
options for a field parameter. To display a submenu, move the highlight to the field and press
<Enter>. The sub-menu appears. Use the legend
keys to enter values and move from field to field
within a sub-menu as you would within a menu.
Use the <Esc> key to return to the main menu.
Take some time to familiarize yourself with the
legend keys and their corresponding functions. Practice navigating through
the various menus and sub-menus. If you accidentally make unwanted
changes to any of the fields, use the set default hot key <F5> to load the
Setup default values. While moving around through the Setup program, note
that explanations appear in the Item Specific Help window located to the
right of each menu. This window displays the help text for the currently
highlighted field.
2.3
Main Menu
When you enter the Setup program, the following screen appears.
System Time [XX:XX:XX]
Sets the system to the time that you specify (usually the current time). The
format is hour, minute, second. Valid values for hour, minute and second
are Hour: (00 to 23), Minute: (00 to 59), Second: (00 to 59). Use the <Tab>
or <Shift> + <Tab> keys to move between the hour, minute, and second
fields.
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System Date [XX/XX/XXXX]
Sets the system to the date that you specify (usually the current date). The
format is month, day, year. Valid values for month, day, and year are
Month: (1 to 12), Day: (1 to 31), Year: (up to 2099). Use the <Tab> or
<Shift> + <Tab> keys to move between the month, day, and year fields.
Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed. Configuration 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.]
Floppy 3 Mode Support [Disabled]
This is required to support older Japanese floppy drives. The Floppy 3 Mode
feature allows reading and writing of 1.2MB (as opposed to 1.44MB) on a
3.5-inch diskette. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Supervisor Password [Disabled] / User Password [Disabled]
These fields allow you to set passwords. To set a password, highlight the
appropriate field and press <Enter>. Type in a password then press
<Enter>. You can type up to eight alphanumeric characters. Symbols and
other characters are ignored. To confirm the password, type the password
again and press <Enter>. The password is now set to [Enabled]. This
password allows full access to the BIOS Setup menus. To clear the
password, highlight this field and press <Enter>. The same dialog box as
above appears. Press <Enter>. The password is set to [Disabled].
A note about passwords
The BIOS Setup program allows you to specify passwords in the Main menu. The passwords
control access to the BIOS during system startup. Passwords are not case sensitive, meaning,
passwords typed in either uppercase or lowercase letters are accepted. The BIOS Setup program
allows you to specify two different passwords: a Supervisor password and a User password. If
you did not set a Supervisor password, anyone can access the BIOS Setup program. If you
did, the Supervisor password is required to enter the BIOS Setup program and to gain full
access to the configuration fields.
Forgot the password?
If you forget your password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC)
RAM. The RAM data containing the password information is powered by the onboard button
cell battery. If you need to erase the CMOS RAM, unplug the all the power cables and remove
the button cell battery. Re-install the battery after about 2 seconds, then power up the system.
Halt On [All Errors]
This field specifies the types of errors that will cause the system to halt.
Configuration options: [All Errors] [No Error] [All but Keyboard] [All but
Disk] [All but Disk/Keyboard]
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Installed Memory [XXX MB]
This field automatically displays the amount of conventional memory
detected by the system during the boot process.
2.3.1 Primary and Secondary Master/Slave
Type [Auto]
Select [Auto] to automatically detect an IDE hard disk drive. If automatic
detection is successful, Setup automatically fills in the correct values for
the remaining fields on this sub-menu. If automatic detection fails, select
[User Type HDD] to manually enter the IDE hard disk drive parameters.
Refer to the next section for details.
Before attempting to configure a hard disk drive, make sure you have the
correct configuration information supplied by the drive manufacturer.
[User Type HDD]
Manually enter the number of cylinders, heads and sectors per track for
the drive. Refer to the drive documentation or label for this information.
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If no drive is installed or if you are removing a drive and not replacing it,
select [None].
Other options for the Type field are:
[CD-ROM] - for IDE CD-ROM drives
[LS-120] - for LS-120 compatible floppy disk drives
[ZIP] - for ZIP-compatible disk drives
[MO] - for IDE magneto optical disk drives
[Other ATAPI Device] - for IDE devices not listed here
After making your selections on this sub-menu, press the <Esc> key to
return to the Main menu. When the Main menu appears, the hard disk
drive field displays the size for the hard disk drive that you configured.
Translation Method [LBA]
Select the hard disk drive type in this field. When Logical Block Addressing
(LBA) is enabled, the 28-bit addressing of the hard drive is used without
regard for cylinders, heads, or sectors. Note that LBA Mode is necessary
for drives with more than 504MB storage capacity. Configuration options:
[LBA] [LARGE] [Normal] [Match Partition Table] [Manual]
Cylinders
This field configures the number of cylinders. Refer to the drive
documentation to determine the correct value. To make changes to this
field, set the Type field to [User Type HDD] and the Translation Method
field to [Manual].
Head
This field configures the number of read/write heads. Refer to the drive
documentation to determine the correct value. To make changes to this
field, set the Type field to [User Type HDD] and the Translation Method
field to [Manual].
Sector
This field configures the number of sectors per track. Refer to the drive
documentation to determine the correct value. To make changes to this
field, set the Type field to [User Type HDD] and the Translation Method
field to [Manual].
CHS Capacity
This field shows the drive’s maximum CHS capacity as calculated by the
BIOS based on the drive information you entered.
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Maximum LBA Capacity
This field shows the drive’s maximum LBA capacity as calculated by the
BIOS based on the drive information you entered.
Multi-Sector Transfers [Maximum]
This option automatically sets the number of sectors per block to the
highest number that the drive supports. Note that when this field is
automatically configured, the set value may not always be the fastest
value for the drive. You may also manually configure this field. Refer to the
documentation that came with the hard drive to determine the optimum
value and set it manually. To make changes to this field, set the Type field
to [User Type HDD]. Configuration options: [Disabled] [2 Sectors] [4
Sectors] [8 Sectors] [16 Sectors] [32 Sectors] [Maximum]
SMART Monitoring [Disabled]
This field allows you to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring,
Analysis and Reporting Technology) system that utilizes internal hard disk
drive monitoring technology. This parameter is normally disabled because
the resources used in the SMART monitoring feature may decrease
system performance. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PIO Mode [4]
This option lets you set a PIO (Programmed Input/Output) mode for the
IDE device. Modes 0 through 4 provide successive increase in
performance. Configuration options: [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
Ultra DMA Mode [Disabled]
Ultra DMA capability allows improved transfer speeds and data integrity for
compatible IDE devices. Set to [Disabled] to suppress Ultra DMA
capability. To make changes to this field, set the Type field to [User Type
HDD]. Configuration options: [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [Disabled]
2.3.2 Keyboard Features
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Boot Up NumLock Status [On]
This field enables users to activate the Number Lock function upon system
boot. Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Keyboard Auto-Repeat Rate [6/Sec]
This controls the speed at which the system registers repeated keystrokes.
Options range from 6 to 30 characters per second. Configuration options:
[6/Sec] [8/Sec] [10/Sec] [12/Sec] [15/Sec] [20/Sec] [24/Sec] [30/Sec]
Keyboard Auto-Repeat Delay [1/4 Sec]
This field sets the time interval for displaying the first and second
characters. Configuration options: [1/4 Sec] [1/2 Sec] [3/4 Sec] [1 Sec]
2.4
Advanced Menu
This motherboard supports overclocking to 533MHz FSB. To adjust
CPU Speed and Memory Frequency, enter the BIOS Setup Utility
and select the Advanced Menu. This feature is not an Intel® chipset
specification and does not support Intel® HyperThreading Technology.
CPU Speed
This displays the current speed of the CPU installed.
CPU Frequency Multiple
This field displays frequency multiple value between the CPU’s internal
frequency (CPU speed) and external frequency.
CPU External Frequency (MHz)
This feature tells the clock generator what frequency to send to the system
bus and PCI bus. The bus frequency (external frequency) multiplied by the
bus multiple equals the CPU speed.
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Memory Frequency [Auto]
This field determines whether the memory clock frequency is set to be in
synchronous or asynchronous mode with respect to the system frequency.
The options that appear in the popup menu vary according to the CPU
Frequency (MHz). Configuration options: [Auto]
CPU Level 1 Cache, CPU Level 2 Cache [Enabled]
These fields allow you to choose from the default [Enabled] or choose
[Disabled] to turn on or off the CPU Level 1 and Level 2 built-in cache.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
BIOS Update [Enabled]
This field functions as an update loader integrated into the BIOS to supply
the processor with the required data. When set to [Enabled], the BIOS
loads the update on all processors during system bootup. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PS/2 Mouse Function Control [Auto]
The default setting [Auto] allows the system to detect a PS/2 mouse at
startup. If a mouse is detected, the BIOS assigns IRQ12 to the PS/2
mouse. Otherwise, IRQ12 can be used for expansion cards. When you set
this field to [Enabled], BIOS reserves IRQ12, whether or not a PS/2 mouse
is detected at startup. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Auto]
USB Legacy Support [Auto]
This motherboard supports Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices. The
default of [Auto] allows the system to detect a USB device at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If not detected, the
USB controller legacy mode is disabled.
When you set this field to [Disabled], the USB controller legacy mode is
disabled whether or not you are using a USB device. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
OS/2 Onboard Memory > 64M [Disabled]
When using OS/2 operating systems with installed DRAM of greater than
64MB, you need to set this option to [Enabled]. Otherwise, leave to the
default setting [Disabled]. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.4.1 Chip Configuration
SDRAM Configuration [By SPD]
This parameter allows you to set the optimal timings for items 2–5,
depending on the memory modules that you are using. The default setting
is [By SPD], which configures items 2–5 by reading the contents in the
SPD (Serial Presence Detect) device. The EEPROM on the memory
module stores critical information about the module, such as memory type,
size, speed, voltage interface, and module banks.
Configuration options: [User Defined] [By SPD]
The SDRAM parameters (items 2~5) become configurable only when
you set the SDRAM Configuration to [User Defined].
SDRAM CAS Latency [2T]
This item controls the latency between the SDRAM read command and
the time the data actually becomes available.
SDRAM RAS to CAS Delay [3T]
This item controls the latency between the DDR SDRAM active command
and the read/write command.
SDRAM RAS Precharge Delay [3T]
This item controls the idle clocks after issuing a precharge command to
the DDR SDRAM.
SDRAM Active Precharge Delay [5T]
This item controls the number of DDR SDRAM clocks used for DDR
SDRAM parameters.
SDRAM Idle Timer [Infinite]
Configuration Options: [Infinite] [0T] [8T] [16T] [64T] [Auto]
Onboard VGA Memory Size [8MB]
This field allows you to set the size of shared memory for internal VGA.
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NTSC/PAL Preference [NTSC]
This field allows you to select broadcast transmission and reception
standards. Configuration options: [NTSC] [PAL]
Internal AGP Turbo Mode [Disabled]
This field allows you to choose from the default [Enabled] or choose
[Disabled] to turn on or off the AGP Turbo Mode. Configuration options:
[Enabled] [Disabled]
Graphics Aperture Size [128MB]
This feature allows you to select the size of mapped memory for AGP
graphic data. Configuration options: [128MB] [256MB]
AGP Capability [4X Mode]
This motherboard supports the AGP 4x interface that transfers video data
at 1066MB/s. AGP 4X is backward-compatible, so you may keep the
default [4X Mode] even if you are using an AGP 1x video card. When set
to [1X Mode], the AGP interface only provides a peak data throughput of
266MB/s even if you are using an AGP 4X card.
Configuration options: [1X Mode] [4X Mode]
Video Memory Cache Mode [UC]
USWC (uncacheable, speculative write combining) is a new cache
technology for the video memory of the processor. It can greatly improve
the display speed by caching the display data. You must set this to UC
(uncacheable) if your display card does not support this feature, otherwise
the system may not boot. Configuration options: [UC] [USWC]
Delay Transaction [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this feature frees the PCI bus when the CPU is
accessing 8-bit ISA cards. This process normally consumes about 50-60
PCI clocks without PCI delayed transaction. Set this field to [Disabled]
when using ISA cards that are not PCI 2.1 compliant. Configuration
options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Onboard PCI IDE [Both]
This field allows you to enable either the primary IDE channel or
secondary IDE channel, or both. You can also set both channels to
[Disabled]. Configuration options: [Both] [Primary] [Secondary] [Disabled]
USB 2.0 HS Reference Voltage [Medium]
This item controls the USB 2.0 high-speed drive strength reference
voltage. Configuration options: [Low] [Medium] [High] [Maximum]
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2.4.2 I/O Device Configuration
Floppy Disk Access Control [R/W]
When set to [Read Only], this parameter protects files from being copied to
floppy disks by allowing reads from, but not writes to, the floppy disk drive.
The default setting [R/W] allows both reads and writes. Configuration
options: [R/W] [Read Only]
Onboard Serial Port 1 [3F8H/IRQ4], Port 2 [2F8H/IRQ3]
These fields allow you to set the addresses for the onboard serial
connectors. Serial Port 1 and Serial Port 2 must have different addresses.
UART2 Use As [COM Port]
This field allows you to select the device on which to assign UART2.
Configuration options: [COM Port] [IR]
Onboard Parallel Port [378H/IRQ7]
This field allows you to set the address of the onboard parallel port
connector. If you disable this field, the Parallel Port Mode and ECP DMA
Select configurations are not available. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[378H/IRQ7] [278H/IRQ5]
Parallel Port Mode [ECP+EPP]
This field allows you to set the operation mode of the parallel port.
[Normal] allows normal-speed operation but in one direction only; [EPP]
allows bidirectional parallel port operation; [ECP] allows the parallel port to
operate in bidirectional DMA mode; [ECP+EPP] allows normal speed
operation in a two-way mode. Configuration options: [Normal] [EPP] [ECP]
[ECP+EPP]
ECP DMA Select [3]
This field allows you to configure the parallel port DMA channel for the
selected ECP mode. This selection is available only if you select [ECP] or
[ECP+EPP] in Parallel Port Mode above. Configuration options: [1] [3]
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Onboard AC97 Audio Controller [Auto]
[Auto] allows the BIOS to detect whether you are using any audio device.
If an audio device is detected, the onboard audio controller is enabled; if
no audio device is detected, the controller is disabled. If there are conflicts
with the onboard audio controller, set the appropriate field to [Disabled].
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Onboard MIDI I/O [Disabled]
This field allows you to select the I/O address for the MIDI port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [330H-331H] [300H-301H]
Onboard Game Port [200H-207H]
This field allows you to select the I/O address for the game port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [200H-207H] [208H-20FH]
2.4.3 PCI Configuration
Slot 1, Slot 2, Slot 3 IRQ [Auto]
These fields assign the IRQ for each PCI slot. The default setting for each
field is [Auto], which utilizes auto-routing to determine IRQ assignments.
Configuration options: [Auto] [NA] [3] [4] [5] [7] [9] [10] [11] [12] [14] [15]
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop [Disabled]
Some non-standard VGA cards, like graphics accelerators or MPEG video
cards, may not show colors properly. Setting this field to [Enabled] corrects
this problem. If you are using standard VGA cards, leave this field to the
default setting [Disabled]. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCI Latency Timer [32]
Leave this field to the default setting [32] for best performance and
stability.
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USB 1.1 Controller [3 Controllers]
This field allows you to select the number of USB 1.1 controllers that you
wish to activate. Configuration options: [Disabled] [3 Controllers]
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
This field allows you to turn on or off the USB 2.0 controller. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Primary VGA BIOS [PCI VGA Card]
This field allows you to select primary graphics card or onboard VGA as
the primary display BIOS.
Configuration options: [PCI VGA Card] [Onboard VGA]
Onboard LAN Controller [Enabled]
This field allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller. This
item appears only when onboard LAN exist.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This field allows you to turn on or off the onboard LAN boot ROM.This item
appears only when onboard LAN is enabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.4.3.1 PCI IRQ Resource Exclusion
IRQ XX Reserved [No/ICU]
These fields indicate whether or not the displayed IRQ for each field is
being used by a legacy (non-PnP) ISA card. The setting [No/ICU] for an
IRQ field indicates that you are using the ISA Configuration Utility (ICU),
and that this particular IRQ is NOT required by a legacy ISA card. Set the
IRQ field to [Yes] if you install a legacy ISA card that requires a unique IRQ
and you are NOT using ICU. Configuration options: [No/ICU] [Yes]
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2.5
Power Menu
The Power menu allows you to reduce power consumption. This feature
turns off the video display and shuts down the hard disk after a period of
inactivity.
Power Management [User Defined]
This field allows you to activate or deactivate the automatic power saving
features. When set to [Disabled], the power management features do not
function regardless of the other settings on this menu. The [User Defined]
option allows you to set the period of inactivity before the system enters
suspend mode. Refer to “Suspend Mode” later in this section.
When set to [Max Saving], system power is conserved to its greatest
amount. This setting automatically puts the system into suspend mode
after a brief period of system inactivity. [Min Saving] allows the least power
saving as the system enters suspend mode only after a long period of
inactivity. Configuration options: [User Defined] [Disabled] [Min Saving]
[Max Saving]
You should install the Advanced Power Management (APM) utility to
keep the system time updated even when the computer enters
suspend mode. In Windows 3.x and Windows 95, you need to install
Windows with the APM feature. In Windows 98 or later, APM is
automatically installed as indicated by a battery and power cord icon
labeled “Power Management” in the Control Panel. Select the item
“Advanced” in the Power Management Properties dialog box.
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Video Off Option [Suspend -> Off ]
This field determines when to activate the video off feature for monitor
power management. Configuration options: [Always On] [Suspend -> Off]
Video Off Method [DPMS OFF]
This field defines the video off features. The Display Power Management
System (DPMS) feature allows the BIOS to control the video display card if
it supports the DPMS feature. [Blank Screen] only blanks the screen. Use
this for monitors without power management or “green” features.
Even if installed, your screen saver does not display when you select
[Blank Screen] for the above field.
[V/H SYNC+Blank] blanks the screen and turns off vertical and horizontal
scanning. Configuration options: [Blank Screen] [V/H SYNC+Blank]
[DPMS Standby] [DPMS Suspend] [DPMS OFF] [DPMS Reduce ON]
HDD Power Down [Disabled]
Shuts down any IDE hard disk drives in the system after a period of
inactivity as set in this user-configurable field. This feature does not affect
SCSI hard drives. Configuration options: [Disabled] [1 Min] [2 Min] [3
Min]...[15 Min]
ACPI Suspend To RAM [Enabled]
This field allows you to enable or disable the ACPI Suspend-to-RAM
feature. To support this feature, the +5VSB of the power supply should
have the capacity to provide more than 720mA current. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Suspend Mode [Disabled]
Sets the time period before the system goes into suspend mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [1~2 Min] [2~3 Min] [4~5 min] [8~9 Min]
[20 Min] [30 Min] [40 Min] [1 Hour]
PWR Button < 4 Secs [Soft Off]
When set to [Soft off], the ATX switch can be used as a normal system
power-off button when pressed for less than 4 seconds. [Suspend] allows
the button to have a dual function where pressing less than 4 seconds
puts the system in sleep mode. Regardless of the setting, holding the ATX
switch for more than 4 seconds powers off the system. Configuration
options: [Soft off] [Suspend]
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2.5.1 Power Up Control
AC Power Loss Restart [Disabled]
This allows you to set whether or not to reboot the system after AC power
loss. [Disabled] leaves your system off while [Enabled] reboots the system.
[Previous State] sets the system back to the state it was before the power
interruption. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Previous State]
Wake/Power Up On Ext. Modem [Disabled]
This allows either settings of [Enabled] or [Disabled] for powering up the
computer when the external modem receives a call while the computer is
in Soft-off mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power Up On PCI Device [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to turn on the system
through a PCI LAN or modem card. This feature requires an ATX power
supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power Up By PS/2 Keyboard [Space Bar]
This parameter allows you to use specific keys on the keyboard to turn on
the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at
least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar]
[Ctrl-Esc] [Power Key]
Power On By PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse
to turn on the system. This requires an ATX power supply that provides at
least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Automatic Power Up [Disabled]
This allows an unattended or automatic system power up. You may
configure your system to power up at a certain time of the day by selecting
[Everyday] or at a certain time and day by selecting [By Date].
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Everyday] [By Date]
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2.5.2 Hardware Monitor
MB Temperature [xxxC/xxxF]
CPU Temperature [xxxC/xxxF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
motherboard and CPU temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
Chassis Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
CPU and chassis fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM). If any of the
fans is not connected to the motherboard, that field shows N/A.
VCORE Voltage, +3.3V Voltage, +5V Voltage, +12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output
through the onboard voltage regulators.
If any of the monitored items is out of range, the following error
message appears: “Hardware Monitor found an error. Enter Power
setup menu for details”. You will then be prompted to “Press F1 to
continue or DEL to enter SETUP”.
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Boot Menu
Chapter 2: BIOS Information
Boot Sequence
The Boot menu allows you to select four types of boot devices using the up
and down arrow keys. By using the <+> or <Space> key, you can promote
devices and by using the <-> key, you can demote devices. Promotion or
demotion of devices alters the priority which the system uses to boot device
on system power up. Configuration fields include Removable Devices, IDE
Hard Drive, ATAPI CD-ROM, and Other Boot Device.
Removable Device [Legacy Floppy]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Legacy Floppy] [LS-120] [ZIP]
[ATAPIMO]
IDE Hard Drive
This field allows you to select which IDE hard disk drive to use in the boot
sequence. Pressing [Enter] will show the product IDs of all connected IDE
hard disk drives.
ATAPI CD-ROM
This field allows you to select which ATAPI CD-ROM drive to use in the
boot sequence. Pressing [Enter] will show the product IDs of all your
connected ATAPI CD-ROM drives.
Other Boot Device Select [INT18 Device (Network)]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [SCSI Boot Device] [INT18 Device
(Network)]
Plug & Play O/S [No]
This field allows you to use a Plug-and-Play (PnP) operating system to
configure the PCI bus slots instead of using the BIOS. When [Yes] is
selected, interrupts may be reassigned by the OS. If you installed a nonPnP OS or if you want to prevent reassigning of interrupt settings, keep
the default setting [No]. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
Reset Configuration Data [No]
Select [Yes], if you want to clear the Extended System Configuration Data
(ESCD).Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
Boot Virus Detection [Enabled]
This field allows you to set boot virus detection, ensuring a virus-free boot
sector. The system halts and displays a warning message when it detects
a virus. If this occurs, you can either allow the operation to continue or use
a virus-free bootable floppy disk to restart and investigate your system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Quick Power On Self Test [Enabled]
This field speeds up the Power-On-Self Test (POST) routine by skipping
retesting several times. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Boot Up Floppy Seek [Enabled]
When enabled, the BIOS will seek the floppy disk drive to determine
whether the drive has 40 or 80 tracks. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Interrupt Mode [APIC]
The Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC) setting allows
you to distribute interrupt routings other than the 16 IRQs. The
Programmable Interrupt Controller (PIC) setting allows you to use the 16
IRQs only. Configuration options: [PIC] [APIC]
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Exit Menu
When you have made all of your selections from the various menus in the
Setup program, save your changes and exit Setup. Select Exit from the
menu bar to display the following menu.
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the
options from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
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Exit Saving Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the
Exit menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM.
The CMOS RAM is sustained by an onboard backup battery and stays on
even when the PC is turned off. When you select this option, a
confirmation window appears. Select [Yes] to save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes,
the program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save
your changes before exiting. Pressing <Enter> saves the changes
while exiting.
Exit Discarding Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you
made to the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than
system date, system time, and password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation
before exiting.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the
parameters on the Setup menus. When you select this option or if you
press <F5>, a confirmation window appears. Select [Yes] to load default
values. Select Exit Saving Changes or make other changes before saving
the values to the non-volatile RAM.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation
appears. Select [Yes] to discard any changes and load the previously
saved values.
Save Changes
This option saves your selections without exiting the Setup program. You
can then return to other menus and make further changes. After you select
this option, a confirmation window appears. Select [Yes] to save any
changes to the non-volatile RAM.
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Chapter 3
Starting Up
This chapter helps you power up your
system and install drivers and utilities that
came with the support CD.
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3.1
Install an operating system
The P4BGL-MX motherboard supports Windows ME/2000/XP operating
systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding
updates so you can maximize the features of your hardware.
Because motherboard settings and hardware options vary, use the
setup procedures presented in this chapter for general reference only.
Refer to your OS documentation for more information.
3.2 Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard contains useful software
and several utility drivers that enhance the motherboard features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time
without notice. Visit the ASUS website for updates.
3.2.1
Running the support CD
To begin using the support CD, simply insert the CD into your CD-ROM
drive. If Autorun is enabled in your computer, the software and drivers
menu automatically appears on your screen.
If the installation menu did not appear automatically, locate and doubleclick on the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder in the support CD to
display the menu.
The menu lists the drivers and utilities that are available for this
motherboard. Also, included is the contact information for technical
support. Simply click on the specific option of your choice.
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3.2.2
Software Installation menu
ASUS PC Probe
Install utility that can monitor Fan, Speed, Voltage, and CPU temperature.
ASUS Screen Saver
This item installs the ASUS screen saver.
ASUS Update
Installs utility to download and update motherboard BIOS.
Acrobat Reader
This installs software for viewing files in Portable Document Format (PDF).
E-Color 3Deep
This item installs application to optimize 3D graphics output.
DirectX
This item installs the Microsoft DirectX V8.1 driver.
PC-cillin
This item installs the Trend PC-cillin 2002 anti-virus software.
3.2.3
Drivers installation menu
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INF Driver
Click this item to load the installation wizard and install the Intel Chipset
update driver.
Intel Application Accelerator
Click this item to load the installation wizard and install the Intel Application
Accelerator.
Display
This item installs the Intel graphics display driver.
Audio
This item installs the Realtek audio driver.
LAN
This item installs the Realtek LAN driver.
3.2.4
DOS utility menu
Flash BIOS Utility DOS Version
Click this item to display information about the Flash BIOS Utility
(DOS Version).
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3.3 Software information
3.3.1
ASUS Update
The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS and
drivers. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a
network or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Follow these steps to use the ASUS Update.
1.
Launch the utility from your
Windows Start menu:
Programs/AsusUpdate Vx.xx.xx/
AsusUpdate
The ASUS Update initial screen
appears.
2.
Select desired update method.
Click Next.
3.
If you selected Updating or
Downloading from the Internet,
select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic,
or choose Auto Select.
Click Next.
4.
From the FTP site, select the
BIOS version that you wish to
download.
Click Next.
5.
Follow the instructions on the
succeeding screens to complete
the update process.
If you selected the option to update the BIOS from a file, a window
pops up prompting you to locate the file. Select the file, click Open,
then follow the screen instructions to complete the update process.
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3.3.2
ASUS PC Probe
ASUS PC Probe is a convenient utility to continuously monitor your
computer system’s vital components, such as fan rotations, voltages, and
temperatures. It also has a utility that lets you review useful information
about your computer, such as hard disk space, memory usage, and CPU
type, CPU speed, and internal/external frequencies through the DMI
Explorer.
Starting ASUS PC Probe
When ASUS PC Probe starts, a splash screen appears allowing you to
select whether to show the screen again when you open PC Probe or not.
To bypass this startup screen, clear the Show up in next execution
check box.
To launch ASUS PC Probe, click the Windows Start button, point to
Programs, and then ASUS Utility, and then click Probe Vx.xx.
appears on the taskbar system tray indicating
The PC Probe icon
that ASUS PC Probe is running. Clicking the icon allows you to see the
status of your PC.
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Using ASUS PC Probe
Monitoring
Temperature Warning
Threshold Adjustment
(Move the slider up to increase the
threshold level or down to decrease the
threshold level)
Monitor Summary
Shows a summary of the items
being monitored.
Temperature Monitor
Shows the PC temperature (for
supported processors only).
Fan Warning
Threshold Adjustment
(Move the slider up to increase the
threshold level or down to decrease the
threshold level)
Fan Monitor
Shows the PC fan rotation.
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Voltage Monitor
Shows the PC voltages.
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Settings
Lets you set threshold levels and
polling intervals or refresh times of
the PC’s temperature, fan rotation,
and voltages.
CPU Cooling System Setup
Lets you select when to enable software CPU
cooling. When When CPU Overheated is selected,
the CPU cooling system is enabled whenever the
CPU temperature reaches the threshold value.
History
Lets you record the monitoring
activity of a certain component of
your PC for future reference.
Hard Drives
Shows the used and free space of
the PC’s hard disk drives and the
file allocation table or file system
used.
Memory
Shows the PC memory usage.
Device Summary
Shows a summary of devices
present in your PC.
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DMI Explorer
Shows information pertinent to the
PC, such as CPU type, CPU
speed, and internal/external
frequencies, and memory size.
Utility
NOTE: This feature is currently unavailable.
ASUS PC Probe Task Bar Icon
Right clicking the PC Probe icon
brings up a menu to open or exit
ASUS PC Probe and pause or
resume all system monitoring.
When the ASUS PC Probe
senses a problem with your PC,
portions of the ASUS PC Probe
icon change to red, the PC
speaker beeps, and the ASUS
PC Probe monitor appears.
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