BLUE CHIP VARIOLITE User guide

BLUE CHIP VARIOLITE User guide
Vario L2
Small Form Factor PC
User Guide
Document Reference: Product User Guide
Document Issue: 1.0
Vario L2
Table Of Contents
Contents
Section 1 - Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 4
Copyright ............................................................................................................................................................ 5
Limitations of Liability ....................................................................................................................................... 5
Trademarks ......................................................................................................................................................... 5
Regulatory Statements ........................................................................................................................................ 6
Safety Warning for North America .................................................................................................................... 6
Manual Organisation .......................................................................................................................................... 7
Section 2 - Quick Start ............................................................................................................................................ 8
Universal Mounting Bracket ............................................................................................................................... 8
Section 3 - General Precautions .............................................................................................................................. 9
Electro-Static Discharges.................................................................................................................................... 9
On-Board Battery ............................................................................................................................................... 9
BIOS & CMOS Memory .................................................................................................................................. 10
Electromagnetic Compatibility ......................................................................................................................... 10
Section 4 – Product Summary .............................................................................................................................. 11
Specification ..................................................................................................................................................... 11
Section 5 - Installation .......................................................................................................................................... 13
External Connectors ......................................................................................................................................... 13
Internal Connections ......................................................................................................................................... 14
Jumper Locations .............................................................................................................................................. 15
CMOS Clear ................................................................................................................................................. 15
Software Setup and Drivers .................................................................................................................................. 16
Windows XP Professional ............................................................................................................................ 16
Upgrading the System Hardware .......................................................................................................................... 17
Warning ............................................................................................................................................................ 17
Upgrade Options ............................................................................................................................................... 17
Removing the System Cover ........................................................................................................................ 17
Removing the CPU Fan Plate ....................................................................................................................... 18
Removal of the HDD or Compact Flash Holder ........................................................................................... 18
PCI Device Removal .................................................................................................................................... 19
Memory and/or CPU Removal ..................................................................................................................... 20
Section 6 – BIOS SETUP ..................................................................................................................................... 21
BIOS Setup ........................................................................................................................................................... 21
Main Setup page ............................................................................................................................................... 22
Security ......................................................................................................................................................... 22
Memory ........................................................................................................................................................ 23
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Advanced Setup Page ....................................................................................................................................... 24
Hard Disk Boot Priority ................................................................................................................................ 25
Advanced BIOS Features ............................................................................................................................. 25
Advanced Chipset Features .......................................................................................................................... 27
PnP/PCI Configurations................................................................................................................................ 29
Frequency/Voltage Control .......................................................................................................................... 29
Integrated Peripherals Page .............................................................................................................................. 30
South On Chip IDE Device .......................................................................................................................... 30
South On Chip PCI ....................................................................................................................................... 31
On Board I/O Chip Setup ............................................................................................................................. 31
Power Setup Page ............................................................................................................................................. 32
Hardware Monitor Setup Page .......................................................................................................................... 34
Defaults Setting Page ........................................................................................................................................ 35
Exit Setup Page ................................................................................................................................................. 36
Maintenance ......................................................................................................................................................... 37
Replacing the Processor Battery ....................................................................................................................... 37
Fuses ................................................................................................................................................................. 37
Amendment History ............................................................................................................................................. 38
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Introduction
Picture 1: Vario L2
Section 1 - Introduction
The Vario L2 is the latest in a line of successful Plasma Engines designed and manufactured in the United
Kingdom by Blue Chip Technology.
The Vario L2 is a powerful slim-line AMD Socket AM2 based Personal Computer (PC) specifically designed to
drive large plasma and other large display panels. The unit is self-contained requiring as a minimum, only a power
connection and a display. The applications are not limited to display applications: it may be used as a general
purpose PC.
The basic unit comprises a highly integrated computer board employing AMD 690G Northbridge chipset and the
SB600 Southbridge chipset with ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 integrated graphics feature. The computer board
supports the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-core / Athlon 64 / Sempron Processor with Front Side Bus frequencies of
1000 MHz (2000 MT/s). Memory options allow up to of 2GB (2 x 1GB SO-DIMMs) of ultra fast non-ECC &
unbuffered DDR2 667/533/400 200-pin SO-DIMM. Storage is provided by a single 3½-inch Serial ATA II 3Gb/s
hard disk drive or by use of optional Compact Flash.
The unit is housed in a strong sheet-steel enclosure providing both mechanical and EMC protection. Fans draw
cooling air into the unit and direct it through the chassis to ensure a wide operating temperature range. The unit
may be mounted on the plasma display, or separately to suit the particular installation
A universal Mounting kit is available for attachment to plasma displays, wall or desktops.
All connectors are on the Front face of the chassis. There are connectors for a standard VGA display, a standard
Digital Display, a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port, TV-Out connector, 4 USB (2.0) ports, an
Ethernet (10/100/1Gb) LAN port, a 1394a Firewire port, one serial port, SPDIF IN/SPDIF Out connectors and HD
Audio ports. The on-board High Definition Audio codec (ALC883) supports high quality performance 8-channel
audio play (Super 7.1 Channel Audio Effect)
The DC power jack is also on the front face. An OD5.5mm and ID2.5mm short termination plug is required to
connect to this. An optional AC/DC Power Module can be provided with the unit.
External indicators and controls on the front face of the chassis are limited to a hard drive activity LED, a power
on LED and a power/standby push-button switch. The LAN connector also includes LEDs indicating a connection
and data rate.
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Introduction
Copyright
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted,
in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopied, recorded or otherwise, without the prior
permission, in writing, from the publisher. For permission in the UK please contact Blue Chip Technology.
Information offered in this manual is believed to be correct at the time of printing. Blue Chip Technology
accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies. The information contained herein is subject to change without
notice. There are no express or implied licences granted herein to any intellectual property rights of Blue Chip
Technology Ltd.
Limitations of Liability
In no event shall Blue Chip Technology be held liable for any loss, expenses or damages of any kind
whatsoever, whether direct, indirect, incidental or consequential, arising from the design or use of this product
or the support materials supplied with this product. If this product proves to be defective, Blue Chip Technology
is only obliged to replace or refund the purchase price at Blue Chip Technology's discretion according to their
Terms and Conditions of Sale.
Trademarks
All trademarks and registered names acknowledged.
IBM, PC, AT and PS/2 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).
AMD is a registered trademark of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
All Athlon processors are registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
GeForce and nForce are registered trademarks of the NVIDIA Corporation
SoundMAX is a registered trademark of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
AMI is a registered trademark of American Megatrends Inc.
MSDOS and WINDOWS are registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation.
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Introduction
Regulatory Statements
CE
This product meets the essential protection requirements of the European EMC Directive (2004/108/EC) and its
amending Directives, and the Low Voltage Directive (2006/95/EC), and is eligible to bear the CE mark.
Warning
This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio
interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measures.
FCC
NOTE:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.
WARNING:
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the user's authority to operate
the equipment.
Safety Warning for North America
If the power lead (cord) is not supplied with the computer, select a power lead according to your local electrical
regulations. In the USA use a 'UL listed' lead. In Canada use a CSA approved or 'cUL listed' lead.
Si le cordon secteur n'est pas livré avec l'ordinateur, utiliser un cordon secteur en accord avec votre code
electrique nationale. En l'Etat Unis utiliser un cordon secteur 'UL listed'. En Canada utiliser un cordon secteur
certifié CSA, ou 'cUL listed'.
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Introduction
Manual Organisation
This manual describes in detail the Vario L2 range of Small Form-Factor PCs.
We have tried to include as much information as possible but we have not duplicated information that is provided
in the standard IBM Technical References, unless it proved to be necessary to aid in the understanding of the
product.
The manual is sectioned as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Introduction
Quick Start
General Precautions
Product Specifications
Installation, including Layout, connector details and what software to install
Bios Setup
Maintenance details
We strongly recommend that you study this manual carefully before attempting to interface with the Vario
L2(SBC) or change the standard configurations. Whilst all the necessary information is available in this manual
we would recommend that unless you are confident, you contact your supplier for guidance. IT IS
PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE SECTION 'GENERAL PRECAUTIONS' BEFORE
HANDLING ANY COMPONENTS INSIDE THE UNIT.
If you have any suggestions or find any errors concerning this manual and want to inform us of these, please
contact our Technical Services department with the relevant details.
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Quick Start
Section 2 - Quick Start
The Vario L2 Small Form-Factor PC is designed to require minimal intervention from the customer once the OS
has been installed and activated.
First ensure that you are familiar with the contents of the section "General Precautions". It contains important
information to avoid damage to the board.
Usually the unit is supplied with a factory image containing a Microsoft Operating System. In this instance, all
that is required to get going is
USB Keyboard and mouse
Display
Power
Lan connection (if OS activation is required)
When the unit is first powered on, it will prompt the user to follow the Microsoft mini setup process. All relevant
drivers will already have been installed.
It’s then a case of installing your application(s) and data, and you’re ready to go.
Universal Mounting Bracket
Picture 2: Universal Mounting Bracket
If ordered, one or two Universal Mounting bracket(s) can be supplied. The bracket will be attached as shown in
Picture 2 above, and to use, remove the screws, turn the bracket 180˚, then re-insert the screws. The bracket can be
fitted to either end of the unit as required.
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General Precautions
Section 3 - General Precautions
The electronics inside the Vario L2 is susceptible to damage by electrostatic discharges. In order to avoid damage,
you should work at an anti-static bench and observe normal anti-static precautions. Wear an anti-static wrist strap
connected to an earth point before opening any packaging.
Where a wrist strap is not available, discharge any static charge you may have built-up by touching an earth point.
Avoid any further movement that could build up another static charge. Touch an earth point from time to time to
avoid further build-up, and remove any items from their anti-static bags only when required
Electro-Static Discharges
If you are going to open up the unit, it is important to realise that the devices on the cards within this unit can be
damaged by static electricity. Bear in mind that the damage caused by static electricity may vary from total
destruction to partial damage, which may not be immediately obvious. This could have an effect on the product's
reliability and warranty. Before opening the chassis, ensure that you take necessary static precautions. Ideally you
should work at an anti-static bench and wear an approved wrist strap or if that is not possible, touch a suitable
ground to discharge any static build up before touching the electronics. This should be repeated if the handling
continues for any length of time.
If it is necessary to remove a board or electronic assembly, place it into an anti-static bag. This will prevent any
static electricity build up damaging the board. Metallised bags are preferred. Do not use black anti-static bags for
any item containing a battery because these tend to be conductive and will discharge the battery.
On-Board Battery
The processor board is fitted with a Lithium battery. Great care should be taken with this type of battery.
If the battery is mistreated in any way there is a very real possibility of fire, explosion, and personal harm.
Under NO circumstances should it be short-circuited, exposed to temperatures in excess of 100C or burnt,
immersed in water, recharged or disassembled.
Expired batteries remain hazardous and must be disposed of in a safe manner, according to local regulations.
Le panneau de processeur est équipé d’une batterie de lithium. Le grand soin devrait être pris avec ce type de
batterie. Si la batterie est mistreated il y a de dans de toute façon un possibility très vrai du feu, d’expolosion et de
mal personnel. Dans au cunes circonstances il est sous peu circuité, exposé aux températures au dessus de 100
degrés de centrigrade ou brûlé, immergé dans l’eau, rechargée ou dissassambled.
Les batteries expirées restent dazaedous et doivent être reejetées d’une façon sûre, selon des règlements locaux.
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General Precautions
BIOS & CMOS Memory
Please be aware that with personal computer products, it is possible to create configurations within the CMOS
memory that make booting impossible. If this should happen, clear the CMOS settings; (see the description of the
Jumper Settings for details).
Electromagnetic Compatibility
This product meets the requirements of the European EMC Directive and its amending Directives, and the Low
Voltage Directive. It is eligible to bear the CE mark. However, because the unit can be installed in a wide variety
of situations, certain conditions have to be applied to ensure that the compatibility is maintained. Subject to those
conditions, it meets the requirements for an ITE Class A product.
The VARIO L2 must be supplied with a clean AC supply, and the chassis should be connected to a sound
earth (ground). As a minimum the power cord must be connected to an earthed (grounded) supply or outlet.
Any additional items installed or used with the Vario L2 should carry appropriate approvals
When installing additional items, any recommendations made by the component manufacturer/supplier must
be complied with regarding earthing and the installation.
The metal back plate of any expansion card must be securely screwed to the chassis of the computer to ensure
good metal-to-metal (i.e. earth) contact.
All connector bodies must be securely connected to the enclosure.
Most EMC problems are attributable to the cabling. It is recommended that screened cabling is used wherever
possible, and that the screen of the cable connects to the metal end bracket of the board or the enclosure and
hence to earth. Round, screened cables with a braided wire screen should be used in preference to those with a
foil screen and drain wire. Use metal connector shells that connect around the full circumference of the cable
screen: they are far superior to those that earth the screen by a simple “pig-tail” connection. This method
attempts to extend the enclosure around the connecting cables, thereby trying to surround the whole of the
internal equipment and external cabling.
The keyboard and mouse will play an important part in the compatibility of the processor card since they are
ports into the board. Similarly, they will affect the compatibility of the complete system. Fully compatible
peripherals must be used otherwise the complete system could be degraded. They may radiate or behave as if
keys/buttons are pressed when subject to interference. Under these circumstances it may be beneficial to add a
ferrite clamp on the leads as close as possible to the connector.
USB cables must be high quality screened types suitable for USB 2.0, and peripherals must be approved to
equivalent EMC standards.
Where possible ensure that the screens of any external cables are also bonded to a good RF earth at the remote
end of the cable.
Failure to observe these recommendations may invalidate the EMC compliance.
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Product Summary
Section 4 – Product Summary
Specification
CPU:
AMD Athlon 64; AMD Athlon 64 X2
Chipset:
Northbridge: AMD 690G
SouthBridge: ATI SB600
I/O Controller – ITE IT8712F
IEEE 1394 – VIA VT6307
HD Audio Codec – Realtek ALC883
Gbit LAN – Marvel 88E8056
Graphics – ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
Memory:
DDR2 200 pin SO-DIMM (2 sockets)
2Gb Maximum capacity
Supports non-ECC& unbuffered DDR2 667/533/400 SO-DIMMs
Expansion:
One PCI slot – rev 2.3 compliant
Note: Due to power supply constraints, check with Blue Chip Technology Support for details of supported
cards
Storage:
SATA HDD
Compact Flash
Choice configurable at time of order
Connectors;
One IEEE 1394 port
One Gbit LAN Port
Supports 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
One coaxial S/PDIF In
One coaxial S/PDIF Out
One RCA S/PDIF Out
One TV_OUT connector
One VGA (D-Sub) connector
One HDMI port
HD Audio port
8/6/4/2 channel playback capability
Jack sensing and re-tasking support
Dolby Digital Live Technology
Four USB 2.0 ports
One power jack
Hardware monitor:
CPU/Chassis Fan Speed
CPU and System Temperatures
System Voltages
Indicators:
Power On LED, Hard Drive Activity LED, LAN Speed and Activity LED’s
Control:
Power standby pushbutton switch
Power:
120W PICO 12V DC Internal Power Supply
External power via OD5.5mm, ID2.5mm short Jack Socket
Note: the plug should be no longer than 10mm long to avoid damaging the socket housing
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Environmental:
Product Summary
Operating Temperature range 0˚C to +40˚C
Storage Temperature range -20˚C to +70˚C
Relative humidity 10-85% non-condensing
Shock and vibration compatible with light industrial usage
Note: Operating Temperature range is for the basic unit. This figure may be affected by any expansion card fitted.
Contact Blue Chip Technology to discuss any specific requirements.
Units with mechanical moving parts such as HDD’s fitted, should not be bpowered on whent he ambient temperature
is below 5˚C
Construction:
Painted zinc-plated sheet steel, welded and riveted construction
Dimensions;
300 x 200 x 57 mm, excluding mounting brackets
Note that at least 60mm is required to allow easy access to the cable connectors
Air vents must not be obstructed. A minimum gap of 25 mm between side vents and
any adjacent items is recommended. A minimum gap of 45mm above the top of the
chassis is also required
Picture 3: Vario L2 Dimensions
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Installation
Section 5 - Installation
External Connectors
On / Off
Picture 4 connectors
The above picture shows the connectors on the front of the Vario L2 unit. Usually, to operate the unit, the
following connections will be required
Power - Jack Socket
Keyboard – USB x 1
Mouse – USB x 1
Display – VGA or DVI or HDMI
Network – RG45 Shielded Socket
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Internal Connections
Picture 5: Motherboard Layout
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Installation
Jumper Locations
The processor board used in the VARIO ELITE PC is largely free of selection jumpers. Most settings are
controlled from the BIOS, and stored in the CMOS memory.
Only the following jumpers are significant.
CMOS Clear
The CMOS clear jumper JP1 is located at the end of the PCI slot.
Position
Function
1-2
2-3
Normal Operation
Clears CMOS
This is used when the CMOS settings have become corrupt or if you have forgotten your password. Clear
CMOS resets the BIOS to its default conditions
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Software Setup and Drivers
Your Vario L2 Small Form-Factor PC may have been supplied complete with a software operating system, in
which case the appropriate drivers will have been loaded.
If it has been supplied without an operating system, one must be loaded following the instructions supplied with
the software. It is then necessary to add driver programs for the specific hardware of the motherboard and any
additional expansion cards. The manner in which the drivers are loaded will vary depending upon the actual
operating system used
The following section gives details of where to find the necessary drivers and the order in which to install them
Windows XP Professional
Drivers for Vario L2 unit can be found on the Support CD supplied with unit in the following folder
.. \Drivers\Vario L2
Drivers can be installed int he following order
1 – Dot Net framework
This is required in order to fully install the Graphics driver, which is part of the chipset driver
To install this run
.. \Drivers\Vario L2\dotnetfx.exe
2 – Chipset
This includes the graphics driver
To install this run
.. \Drivers\Vario L2\chipset.exe
This driver includes games links as well as registration forms, so it is advisable when prompted to select Custom
Install and install only the drivers which are required
3 – Network
To install this run
..\Drivers\Vario L2\LAN\SetupCPwin.exe
4 - Audio
There are two stages to this, first install the Audio driver by running
..\Drivers\Vario L2\Audio\setup.exe
During this install, the New Hardware Detected windows will open in the background. Ignore these, as the
driver will automatically take care of these. After the required reboot, run
..\Drivers\Vario L2\HDAudio\setup.exe
This will finalise the audio setup
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Installation
Upgrading the System Hardware
Warning
Before attempting any upgrade to the Vario L2 computer, please read the section "Precautions". For your
personal safety it is important that you ensure that the unit is switched off, and the DC supply is disconnected.
Remember that the unit incorporates an ATX-type of power supply unit. Switching the power off using the front
panel switch does not isolate the DC supply, and under these conditions the +5V DC standby power is still
connected to the motherboard.
For the safety of the equipment, it is important that you observe electrostatic discharge precautions. Do not
remove new items from their anti-static bags until necessary.
When making any internal changes to the computer, it is imperative that the internal cables follow the original
routes and additional cables are installed as described. Failure to observe this requirement could restrict the
airflow through the unit and cause overheating problems.
Upgrade Options
The user may upgrade the unit by adding more memory or a faster CPU to the unit. Before upgrading, please
check with Blue Chip Technical support by emailing [email protected] to find out if your
proposed upgrade is supported.
PCI Options
The unit incorporates only a 120W Pico Power Supply. As such, great care should be used if trying to select and
fit a PCI adapter card, as there may not be enough system power available to allow it to operate reliably
Please contact Blue Chip Technology Technical support at the above email address to discuss your proposed
addition.
Removing the System Cover
Picture 6: System Cover
The cover is held in place by 5 screws as shown in Picture 6
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Removing the CPU Fan Plate
Picture 7: CPU Fan Assembly
In order to gain access to the Motherboard, it is necessary to remove the Fan Cover Assembly. This is held in
place by the 3 screws shown in Picture 7. The assembly should be removed and replaced in an upwards direction
to allow the smooth removal of the PCI riser card from the on-board PCI slot.
Removal of the HDD or Compact Flash Holder
Picture 8: HDD removal
The HDD is held in place by 4 screws accessed from the base of the Unit
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Picture 9: Compact Flash
The compact Flash Adapter is mounted onto a plate which utilises the same mounting holes and screws as the
HDD. Consequently, only one of these items can be fitted at any one time
PCI Device Removal
Picture 10: PCI Devices
Before PCI Devices (shown as A in Picture 10 above) can be removed, it is necessary to remove screw B and
Insulator C. The Insulator is to prevent any pins or components on the rear of the PCI card from shorting against
the LID.
Note: PCI card options are only available at time of order. If ordered without PCI expansion, the Riser card and
insulator will not be supplied
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Memory and/or CPU Removal
Picture 11: Memory and CPU
Access to the Memory slots is gained as soon as the Fan Assembly cover is removed.
To access the CPU, the Heatsink must first be removed, by unscrewing the 4 screws marked D in Picture 11
above.
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BIOS Setup
Section 6 – BIOS SETUP
BIOS Setup
To enter the BIOS setup Pages, press <DEL> during POST.
Navigation through the different menus is via the Arrow Keys as explained in the bottom panel. Up/Down arrows
navigate through the items in a particular menu, and Left/Right arrows navigate between Menu’s.
If entering a sub-menu, <esc> will take you back up to the previous level.
Pressing <F6> at any time sets the BIOS to its Default settings, and pressing <F10> at any time will prompt to Save the
settings prior to exit. The Vario L2 will then reboot and load the desired settings.
Figure A: Navigation Keys
Warning: Selecting the wrong settings may cause system
instability.
If this occurs, enter BIOS and select Default Settings
The following section provides the options available under the different menu’s.
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BIOS Setup
Main Setup page
Figure B: Main Setup Page
Figure A shows the options available under the Main section with their default values.
IDE Channel Options:
Channel 0 refers to Parallel ATA, and Channel 2 and 3 refer to Serial ATA. By selecting the particular channel, default
Automatic recognition can be turned off and settings can be manually entered.
Halt On
This feature selects the situation in which you want the BIOS to stop the POST process and notify of errors
Options are: All errors; No errors; All, but keyboard; All, but diskette; All, but dikette.Keyboard
Security
Figure C: Security sub-menu
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BIOS Setup
The Security sub menu allows the user to set/disable passwords for entering the BIOS and for booting the unit
Memory
This area shows the amount of conventional memory detected during boot, the amount of extended memory detected and
the total memory available in the system
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BIOS Setup
Advanced Setup Page
Figure D: Advanced Menu
The following options do not have a sub-menu
First Boot Device:
Set to HDD
Second Boot Device:
Set to either removable or CDROM
Third Boot Device:
Set to either removable or CDROM
Boot Other Device:
Set to Enabled if you want the BIOS to search for other boot devices if it can’t find a
boot device on the first three devices. Otherwise set to Disabled
The following options have a sub-menu for setup
Hard Disk Boot Priority
Advanced BIOS Features
Advanced Chipset Features
PnP/PCI Configuration
Frequency/Voltage Control
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BIOS Setup
Hard Disk Boot Priority
This section allows the user to pre set the boot order if more than one HDD is present. Some USB Flash devices are
regarded as “HDD’s” by the BIOS.
TIP:
During POST, if the <ESC> key is pressed, the BIOS automatically shows a temporary BOOT menu. If there are two
“HDD” devices present in the unit, then by selecting “HDD” at the menu, the user will be presented with a choice of
which “HDD” to boot to. Using this method, there is no need to enter BIOS to change the normal boot order.
Advanced BIOS Features
Figure E: Advanced BIOS features
Virus Warning – Options Disabled (Default), Enabled
This option allows you to choose the Virus warning feature for the HDD boot sector protection. If tis functi is enabled
and a program attempts to write data into this area, BIOS will display a warning message on the screen and sound an
audio alarm (beep).
CPU Internal Cache – Options Enabled (default), Disabled
Makes CPU internal cache active or inactive. System performance may degrade if you disable this item
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BIOS Setup
External Cache – Options Enabled (default) Disabled
This option allows you to enable or disable “level 2” secondary cache on the CPU to enhance performance
Quick Power on Self Test – Options Enabled (default) Disabled
If enabled, this allows the system to skip certain tests while booting. This speeds up the boot process
Swap floppy drive – Options Disabled (default) Enabled
No floppy drive fitted so leave this set to Disabled
Boot Up NumLock Status - Options On (default) Off
This setting determines the initial power-on state of Numpad keys. On, and they are set to number keys, Off and they are
se to arrow keys
Typematic Rate Setting – Option Disabled (default) Enabled
This setting determines the keystroke repeat rate for the controller. When enabled, the user can choose faster response
when keys are held down
MPS Version Control for OS – Options 1.4 (default) 1.1
Version 1.4 is used for Windows 2000, Windows XP and later. Version 1.1 is used for older OS’s such as Windows NT
OS Select for DRAM >64MB – Options Non-OS2 (default) OS2
Leave at default, OS/2 is not supported
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability – Options Disabled (default) Enabled
The Self Monitoring analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) enables a PC to attempt to predict the possible failure
of storage drives
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BIOS Setup
Advanced Chipset Features
Figure F: Advanced Chipset features
DRAM Configuration
Figure G:
This sub menu offers the user the ability to change the memory clock and timing values.
Note: users should exercise caution when making changes here, as it may result in the system becoming unstable. If
problems occur the user may have to use the Clear CMOS jumper to reset the BIOS to a stable condition
HT Link Control
Figure H:
This sub menu allows the user to change the HT Link width and frequency
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BIOS Setup
IGX Configuration
Figure I
This sub menu allows the user to enable or disable UMA mode, set the UMA frame buffer size, set the TV Out standard
and set the Video Display Device
Video Display device options are: Auto (default), CRT Only, LCD Only, DFP Only, TV Only, CRT Force Other Auto,
TV force Other Auto, CRT Force TV force
TV Standard options are; NTSC (default0, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-60, NTSC-JAP, PAL-CN, PAL-N, SCART_RGB
Memory Hole – Option Disabled (defaut) Enabled
When enabled you can reserve an area of system memory for ISA adapter ROM. When this area is reserved it cannot be
cached
System BIOS Cacheable: Options Disabled (default) Enabled
When enabled, accesses to system BIOS ROM at F0000H-FFFFFH are cached
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BIOS Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
Figure J: PnP/PCI Configuration
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop – Options Disabled (default) Enabled
This is for graphics controllers which are not VGA compatible to allow them to take the output from a VGA controller
and map it to their display as a way to provide boot information and VGA compatibility
PCI Latency Timer (CLK) = Options 64 (defaul0t, 0-255
PCI latency timers are a mechanism for PCI bus-mastering devices to share the PCI bus fairly. The higher the number, the
longer the device holds onto ownership
Maximum Payload Size
The PCI-Express maximum payload size can be set. The default is 4096, and the options are 128, 256, 512, 1024 and
2048
Frequency/Voltage Control
Figure K: frequency / voltage control
If the CPU has not been locked, then adjustments to these values can adjust the frequency and voltage of the cpu.
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Vario L2
BIOS Setup
Integrated Peripherals Page
Figure L: Peripheral Setup
South On Chip IDE Device
Figure M: South On Chip
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Vario L2
BIOS Setup
The Vario L2 has limited expansion capability, and so the settings in the South On Chip IDE sub menu should be left at
default
South On Chip PCI
Figure N: South On Chip PCI
ATI Azalia Audio – Options Auto (default) Disabled
This options allows you to turn of the on board Audio
USB Functions
Vario L2 does not have a PS/2 Keyboard or Mouse port, and therefore USB must be enabled if a USB Keyboard or
Mouse is to be used. It is recommended that these settings be left at their default values
On Board I/O Chip Setup
Figure O: I/O Setup
Onboard Serial Port 1 – Options 3F8/IRQ4 (default), Disabled, 2F8/IRQ3, 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3
This allows you to set the serial address and corresponding interrupt, or even disable the port if required
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Vario L2
BIOS Setup
Power Setup Page
Figure P: Power menu
This Menu section sets up the unit so that it can automatically go into power saving modes, thus utilizing energy saving
features, as well as providing power-up, power-down options
ACPI Suspend Type
ACPI Operating System options are
S1 (POS) Default
S3 (STR)
S1 & S3
Power on Suspend
Suspend to RAM
POS & STR
C2 Disable/Enable
This controls whether ACPI C2 state is used
Power Management Option
Options for this are User Defined, Minimum Power Saving, and Maximum Power Saving
HDD Power Down – Options Disabled (default), Enabled
When Enabled, this allows the HDD to power down after a configurable period of system inactivity time
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Vario L2
BIOS Setup
Video Off Option – Options Suspend →Off (default), Always On
This section controls whether the Video goes into power states or not
Video Off Method
This setting determines the manner in which the video is turned off
V/H Sync + Blank (default)
Blank Screen
DPMS Support
turns off vertical and horizontal syncs and writes blanks to the video buffer
writes blanks to the video buffer
uses display power management signalling
Modem Use IRQ
This option sets the IRQ line the modem will use. Default is 3
Soft-Off by PWRBTN
When the system is hung, this setting determines the response to pressing the power button. Options are Instant-OFF
(default) or Delay 4 Sec
PCI PME Wake UP – Options Disabled (default), Enabled
This option when enabled will allow the system to wake up with any onboard LAN activity
ACPI XSDT Table
The XSDT refers to the Extended System Description Table. This should only be used for 64bit operating systems
HPET Support – Options Disabled (default), Enabled
The High Precision Event Timer (HPET) is capable of improving system performances. The HPET can produce periodic
interrupts at a much higher resolution than the RTC and is often used to synchronize multimedia streams, providing
smooth playback and reducing the need to use other timestamp calculations such as an x86 CPU's RDTSC instruction.
This can only be used with later OS’s such as Windows Vista and later versions of Linux
PWRON after PWR-Fail
Determines whether the system will boot automatically after power fail or not
Off (default)
Former-State
On
System will remain off
System will return to its state prior to power fail. If off, will remain off, if On will turn on
System will turn on. If the unit was off before, it will now turn on
RTC Wake Up - Options Disabled (default), Enabled
When enabled, you can set the date and time at which the RTC will waken the system from Suspend mode
AMD K8 Cool & Quiet Control – Options Disabled (default), Auto
When set to Auto the system will automatically control the CPU voltage and frequency depending on the system loading
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BIOS Setup
Hardware Monitor Setup Page
Figure Q: Hardware Monitor
This page shows the measured system voltages and temperatures.
Smart Fan Control – Options Disabled (default), Enabled
When enabled, this allows the system to monitor the CPU temperature and intelligently adjust the CPUFAN speed to
maintain a safe temperature for the CPU. The benefit of this that at low temperatures and low activity, the noise level for
the fan is reduced
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Vario L2
BIOS Setup
Defaults Setting Page
Figure R: Defaults
As well as allowing the System Setting to be restored to their default settings, the user can save the CMOS settings to a
file and then restore them again.
This is useful when configuring multiple systems with customised settings. You can set the settings on one system, verify
they work successfully, save them, and then restore them onto all your other units.
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BIOS Setup
Exit Setup Page
Figure S: Exit Setup menu
The Exit page allows the user to exit with and without saving any BIOS setting changes made.
Alternatively, the user can use the <F10> key command
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Vario L2
Maintenance
Maintenance
On a regular basis the inside of the VARIO L2 unit should be cleaned out to prevent dust build up which could
eventually clog the fans and prevent efficient operation. If the optional Fan Filter is fitted, then this should be
checked on a regular basis and cleaned or replaced as required.
Generally the enclosure design and the wiring layout will ensure that the cooling is stable. However, bear in
mind that any modifications to the installation may cause a restriction of the air vents.
After a period of several years, it may be necessary to replace the battery on the processor board, if it cannot
maintain the CMOS memory whilst the AC power is disconnected.
Replacing the Processor Battery
The processor board includes a small 3V lithium battery (type CR-2032) to retain the BIOS settings in the
CMOS memory. Before attempting to replace the battery, please read the precautions detailed in the
introductory section. Remember that even discharged batteries can present a real personnel hazard if mistreated.
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace
only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the
manufacturer's instruction.
ATTENTION
Il y a danger d'explosion s'il y a remplacement incorrect de la
batterie. Remplacer uniquement avec une batterie du même type
ou d'un type recommandé par le constructeur. Mettre au rébut les
batteries usagées conformément aus instructions du fabricant.
The battery is located on the motherboard in the bottom right hand corner as shown in Picture 5.
Do NOT under any circumstances try to remove the battery with metallic tools (pliers, tweezers etc.).
They will short out the battery with possible disastrous results. Replace the battery by one of the same type,
ensuring that it is fitted with the positive terminal facing the CPU, and that the clip is fully engaged. When the
battery has been replaced, the BIOS settings will revert to their default settings. Reset them as necessary to suit
your application.
Fuses
There are no user-serviceable or replaceable fuses within the unit.
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Vario L2
History
Amendment History
Issue Level
Issue Date
Author
Amendment Details
1.0
20-12-2007
T Mck
First Release
Contact Details
Blue Chip Technology Ltd.
Chowley Oak
Tattenhall
Chester
CH3 9EX
U.K.
Telephone: +44 (0)1829 772000
Facsimile: +44 (0)1829 772001
www.bluechiptechnology.co.uk
Plasma PC Sales
[email protected]
Single Board Computer Sales
[email protected]
Rack mount PC Sales
[email protected]
Data and IO Sales
[email protected]
Technical Support
[email protected]
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