Asus P5QPL-VM EPU Specifications
Motherboard
P5QPL-VM EPU
E4538
First Edition V1
March 2009
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Contents
Notices.......................................................................................................... vi
Safety information...................................................................................... vii
About this guide......................................................................................... vii
P5QPL-VM EPU specifications summary.................................................. ix
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-1
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-1
1.3.2
Innovative ASUS features................................................ 1-3
1.4
Before you proceed...................................................................... 1-4
1.5
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 1-5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.5.1
Placement direction......................................................... 1-5
1.5.2
Screw holes..................................................................... 1-5
1.5.3
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 1-6
1.5.4
Layout contents................................................................ 1-6
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 1-7
1.6.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 1-7
1.6.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan............................... 1-10
1.6.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan...........................1-11
System memory.......................................................................... 1-11
1.7.1
Overview.........................................................................1-11
1.7.2
Memory configurations................................................... 1-12
1.7.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 1-18
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 1-18
Expansion slots........................................................................... 1-19
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 1-19
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 1-19
1.8.3
PCI slots......................................................................... 1-19
1.8.4
PCI Express x1 slot........................................................ 1-19
1.8.5
PCI Express x16 slot...................................................... 1-19
1.9
Jumpers....................................................................................... 1-20
1.10
Connectors.................................................................................. 1-22
1.10.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 1-22
1.10.2
Internal connectors........................................................ 1-24
Contents
1.11
Software support......................................................................... 1-31
1.11.1
Installing an operating system....................................... 1-31
1.11.2
Support DVD information............................................... 1-31
Chapter 2: BIOS information
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
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Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 2-1
2.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 2-1
2.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 2-3
2.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 2-4
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 2-5
2.2.1
BIOS menu screen........................................................... 2-6
2.2.2
Menu bar.......................................................................... 2-6
2.2.3
Navigation keys................................................................ 2-6
2.2.4
Menu items...................................................................... 2-7
2.2.5
Submenu items................................................................ 2-7
2.2.6
Configuration fields.......................................................... 2-7
2.2.7
Pop-up window................................................................ 2-7
2.2.8
Scroll bar.......................................................................... 2-7
2.2.9
General help.................................................................... 2-7
Main menu..................................................................................... 2-8
2.3.1
System Time.................................................................... 2-8
2.3.2
System Date.................................................................... 2-8
2.3.3
Primary IDE Master/Slave, SATA1/2/3/4.......................... 2-8
2.3.4
Storage Configuration...................................................... 2-9
2.3.5
System Information.......................................................... 2-9
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 2-10
2.4.1
JumperFree Configuration............................................. 2-10
2.4.2
CPU Configuration......................................................... 2-12
2.4.3
Chipset........................................................................... 2-13
2.4.4
Onboard Devices Configuration..................................... 2-14
2.4.5
USB Configuration......................................................... 2-15
2.4.6
PCI PnP......................................................................... 2-15
Power menu................................................................................. 2-16
2.5.1
Suspend Mode............................................................... 2-16
2.5.2
ACPI 2.0 Support........................................................... 2-16
Contents
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.5.3
ACPI APIC Support........................................................ 2-16
2.5.4
APM Configuration......................................................... 2-16
2.5.5
Hardware Monitor ......................................................... 2-17
Boot menu................................................................................... 2-18
2.6.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 2-18
2.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 2-18
2.6.3
Security.......................................................................... 2-19
Tools menu.................................................................................. 2-20
2.7.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 2-20
2.7.2
Express Gate................................................................. 2-21
2.7.3
AI NET 2........................................................................ 2-21
Exit menu..................................................................................... 2-22
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Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions:
•
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
•
This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required
to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not
expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority
to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and
Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical
substances in our products at ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/
english/REACH.htm.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to
enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin
indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in
municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal
waste.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent electric shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electric 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.
About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring the
motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This manual contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
•
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports.
Chapter 2: BIOS information
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
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Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software
updates.
1. ASUS websites
2.
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software
products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers,
that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the
standard package.
Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used
throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.
Typography
Bold text
Italics
<Key>
<Key1>+<Key2>+<Key3>
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means
that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or
Return key.
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key
names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<D>
P5QPL-VM EPU specifications summary
CPU
LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo / Celeron® E1000 Series and 400 Series processors
Supports Intel® 45nm multi-core CPU
Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology (EIST)
* Refer to www.asus.com for the Intel CPU support list
Chipset
Northbridge: Intel® G41
Southbridge: Intel® ICH7
Front side bus
1333/1066/800MHz
Memory
Dual channel memory architecture
2 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support unbuffered non-ECC
1066(O.C)/800/667MHz DDR2 memory modules
Supports up to 8GB system memory
* When you install a total memory of 4GB or more,
Windows® 32-bit operating system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended if you are using a Windows® 32-bit operating system.
** Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
Expansion slots
1 x PCIe x16 slot
1 x PCIe x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Storage
Intel® ICH7 southbridge supports:
- 1 x Ultra DMA 100/66 connector
- 4 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors
LAN
Atheros L1E PCIe Gigabit LAN
Audio
Realtek ALC887 High Definition Audio 8-channel CODEC
Supports Jack-detect and Multi-streaming technologies
Supports S/PDIF_OUT interface
USB
Supports up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports at mid-board,
4 ports at the back panel)
ASUS overclocking
features
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection):
- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 800MHz at 1MHz
increment
Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
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ASUS special features
ASUS CrashFree BIOS3
ASUS Q-Fan
ASUS EZ Flash2
ASUS MyLogo2
ASUS AI NET2
ASUS Express Gate
ASUS EPU-4 Engine
ASUS Turbo Key
Back panel ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x DVI port
1 x HDMI port
1 x Optical S/PDIF_OUT port
1 x VGA port
1 x RJ-45 port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel audio ports
Internal connectors
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional 4
USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x IDE connector
1 x COM connector
4 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU / 1 x Power / 1 x Chassis fan connectors
1 x S/PDIF_OUT connector
1 x LPT connector
1 x High definition front panel audio connector
1 x CD audio-in connector
1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x System panel connector
BIOS
8Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0,
SM BIOS2.5, ACPI2.0a
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, WOR by Ring
Support DVD
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS LiveUpdate
Accessories
1 x Serial ATA cable
1 x Ultra DMA 100/66 cable
1 x I/O shield
1x User Manual
Form factor
MicroATX form factor: 9.6 in x 8.2 in (24.4cm x 20.8cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® P5QPL-VM EPU motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another
standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in
your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
Cables
Accessories
Application DVD
Documentations
ASUS P5QPL-VM EPU motherboard
1 x Serial ATA cable
1 x Ultra DMA 100/66 cable
1 x I/O shield
ASUS motherboard Support DVD
User Manual
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo CPU
support
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in the
LGA775 package and Intel® 45nm multi-core processors. With the new
Intel® Core™ microarchitecture technology and 1333/1066/800MHz FSB,
the Intel® Core™2 processors are among the most powerful CPUs in the
world.
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Intel® G41 Chipset
The Intel® G41 Express Chipset is the latest chipset designed to support
dual-channel DDR2 1066(O.C)/800/667 architecture, 1333/1066/800
Front Side Bus (FSB) and multi-core CPUs. It provides digital home
entertainment of full 1080p high-definition video playback, including Blu-ray
disc movies, with the next-generation Intel® Graphics Media Acceleratior
4500. The Intel® G41 Express Chipset delivers optimized 3D graphics
performance and supports Microsoft DirectX10, Shader Model 4.0 and
OpenGL 2.1. It especially includes Intel® Fast Memory Access technology
that significantly optimizes the use of available memory bandwith and
reduces the latency of the memory accesses.
Gigabit LAN solution
The onboard LAN controller is a highly integrated Gb LAN controller. It is
enhanced with an ACPI management function to provide efficient power
management for advanced operating systems.
HDMI support
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the first and only industrysupported, uncompressed, all digital audio and video interface via a single
cable and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-Ray Disc
and other protected content.
HDMI/DVI/RGB support
This motherboard supports digital HDMI/DVI and analog D-Sub standards.
DVI (Digital Visual Interface) provides high quality visuals for digital display
devices like LCD monitors.
8-channel high definition audio
The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously
codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio
output and jack-detect feature that automatically detects and identifies what
types of peripherals are plugged into the audio I/O jacks and notifies users
of inappropriate connection, which means there will be no more confusion
of Line-in, Line-out, and Mic jacks.
S/PDIF digital sound ready
This motherboard supports the SONY-PHILIPS Digtal Interface
(S/PDIF_OUT). It allows to transfer digital audio without converting it to
analog format and keeps the best signal quality.
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1.3.2
Innovative ASUS features
ASUS Express Gate
ASUS Express Gate is an instant-on environment that gives you quick
access to the Internet. A few seconds after bootup, you can instantly surf
the Internet without entering the Windows® OS.
• The actual boot time depends on the system configuration.
• ASUS Express Gate supports file uploading from SATA HDDs, ODDs and USB drives,
and downloading to USB drives only.
ASUS MyLogo2™
Turn your favorite photos into 256-color boot logos to personalize your
system.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto-recovery tool that allows you to restore
a corrupted BIOS file using the bundled support DVD or a USB flash disk
that contains the BIOS file.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 allows you to update the BIOS from a USB flash disk
before entering the OS.
ASUS Q-Fan
ASUS Q-Fan technology intelligently adjusts CPU fan speeds according to
system loading to ensure a quiet, cool, and efficient operation.
ASUS EPU
ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) is a unique power saving technology
that detects the current system loadings and adjusts the power
consumption in real time.
ASUS AI NET2
ASUS AI NET2 remotely detects the cable connection immediately after
you turn on the system and any faulty cable connections are reported back
up to 100 meters at 1 meter accuracy.
ASUS Turbo Key
ASUS Turbo Key allows you to turn the PC power button into an
overclocking button. After the easy setup, Turbo Key boosts performances
without interrupting ongoing work or games, simply through pressing the
button.
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C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
The BIOS C.P.R. feature automatically restores the CPU default settings
when the system hangs due to overclocking failure. C.P.R. eliminates the
need to open the system chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut
down and reboot the system, and the BIOS automatically restores the CPU
parameters to their default settings.
Green ASUS
This motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union’s
Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with
the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products/
packaging to safeguard consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on
the environment.
1.4
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change
any motherboard settings.
• Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.
• Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded
object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, to avoid damaging them due to
static electricity.
• Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
• Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the
bag that came with the component.
• Before you install or remove any component, switch off the ATX power supply and
detach its power cord. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard,
peripherals, or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate that the system
is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you should shut down
the system and unplug the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard
component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard LED.
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1.5
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the
motherboard fits into it.
Ensure that you unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard.
Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
1.5.1
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, ensure that you place it into the chassis in the correct
orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis as indicated in
the image below.
1.5.2
Screw holes
Place six screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis.
DO NOT overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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1.5.3
Motherboard layout
1.5.4
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED
Page Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED
Page
1. Keyboard power (3-pin KBPWR)
1-21
10. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
1-30
2. USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW1-4, USBPW5-8)
1-21
11. USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
1-26
3. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)
1-29
12. LPT connector (26-1 pin LPT)
1-24
4. CPU, power, and chassis fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin PWR_FAN, and 3-pin CHA_FAN)
1-27
13. Onboard LED (SB_PWR)
1-4
5. LGA775 CPU socket
1-7
14. Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1)
1-24
6. DDR2 DIMM slots
1-11
15. Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
1-27
7. IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
1-25
16. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
1-28
8. SATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2, SATA3, SATA4)
1-26
17. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
1-28
9. Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
1-20
18. PCIe x16 / PCIe x1 / PCI slots
1-19
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1.6
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
This motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA775 socket designed for the Intel®
Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo / Celeron® E1000 Series and 400 Series
processors.
• Unplug all power cables before installing the CPU.
• Connect the chassis fan cable to the CHA_FAN connector to ensure system stability.
• Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on the socket and the
socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap is missing,
or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket contacts/motherboard components.
ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/transit-related.
• Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the
LGA775 socket.
• The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts resulting from
incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/incorrect removal of the PnP
cap.
This motherboard supports Intel® LGA775 processors with the Intel® Hyper-Threading
Technology and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology (EIST).
1.6.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
Before installing the CPU, ensure that the socket box is facing towards you and the load
lever is on your left.
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2.
Press the load lever with your thumb
(A), then move it to the left (B) until it is
released from the retention tab.
To prevent damage to the socket pins,
DO NOT remove the PnP cap unless
you are installing a CPU.
Retention tab
A
B
Load lever
3.
Lift the load lever in the direction of the
arrow to a 135º angle.
4.
Lift the load plate with your thumb and
forefinger to a 100º angle (4A), then
push the PnP cap from the load plate
window to remove (4B).
PnP cap
Load plate
4B
4A
3
5.
Position the CPU over the socket,
ensuring that the gold triangle is on the
bottom‑left corner of the socket then fit the
socket alignment key into the CPU notch.
CPU notch
Gold
triangle
mark
Alignment key
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6.
Apply some Thermal Interface Material
to the exposed area of the CPU that the
heatsink will be in contact with, ensuring
that it is spread in an even thin layer.
Some heatsinks come with pre-applied
thermal paste. If so, skip this step.
DO NOT eat the Thermal Interface Material. If it gets into your eyes or touches your skin,
ensure that you wash it off immediately, and seek professional medical help.
To prevent contaminating the paste, DO NOT spread the paste with your finger directly.
7.
Close the load plate (A), then push
the load lever (B) until it snaps into the
retention tab.
A
B
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1.6.2
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan
The Intel® LGA775 processor requires a specially designed heatsink and fan assembly to
ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
• When you buy a boxed Intel® processor, the package includes the CPU fan and
heatsink assembly. If you buy a CPU separately, ensure that you use only Intel®‑certified
multi‑directional heatsink and fan.
• Your Intel® LGA775 heatsink and fan assembly comes in a push-pin design and requires
no tool to install.
• If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, ensure that you have
properly applied Thermal Interface Material to the CPU heatsink or CPU before you
install the heatsink and fan assembly.
Ensure that you have installed the motherboard to the chassis before you install the CPU
fan and heatsink assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed
CPU, ensuring that the four fasteners
match the holes on the motherboard.
A
B
B
Orient the heatsink and fan assembly
such that the CPU fan cable is closest
to the CPU fan connector.
2.
A
Push down two fasteners at a time in
a diagonal sequence to secure the
heatsink and fan assembly in place.
A
B
1
1
B
A
The type of CPU heatsink and fan assembly may differ, but the installation steps and
functions should remain the same. The illustration above is for reference only.
3.
When the fan and heatsink assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan cable to the
connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
DO NOT forget to connect the
CPU fan connector! Hardware
monitoring errors can occur if
you fail to plug this connector.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.6.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan
To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan:
1. A
Disconnect the CPU fan cable from the
connector on the motherboard.
2.
Rotate each fastener counterclockwise.
3.
Pull up two fasteners at a time in a
diagonal sequence to disengage the
heatsink and fan assembly from the
motherboard.
A
B
B
A
B
B
A
4.
Carefully remove the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard.
5.
Rotate ench fastener clockwise to ensure correct orientation when reinstalling.
1.7
System memory
1.7.1
Overview
This motherboard comes with two Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) sockets. The figure illustrates the location of the DDR2 DIMM sockets:
Channel
Channel A
Channel B
ASUS P5QPL-VM EPU
Sockets
DIMM_A1
DIMM_B1
1-11
1.7.2
Memory configurations
You may install 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB unbuffered non‑ECC DDR2 DIMMs into the
DIMM sockets.
• You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The system maps
the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel configuration. Any excess
memory from the higher-sized channel is then mapped for single-channel operation.
• Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum compatibility, we
recommend that you obtain memory modules from the same vendor.
• Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows® OS, when you install 4GB
or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory for the OS can be
about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we recommend that you do any of the
following:
-
-
Install a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit Windows® OS.
Use a 64-bit Windows® OS if you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard.
• This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 256 megabits (Mb) chips or less.
• This motherboard supports up to 8GB memory modules on Windows® XP Professional
x64 and Vista x64 editions. You may install a maximum of 4GB DIMMs on each slot.
• The default DIMM frequency depends on its Serial Presence Detect (SPD), which is
the standard way of accessing information from a memory module. Under the default
state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a lower frequency than
the vendor-marked value. To operate at the vendor-marked or at a higher frequency, see
section 2.4 Advanced menu for manual memory frequency adjustment.
• For system stability, use a more efficient cooling system to support a full memory load (2
DIMMs) or overclocking conditions.
• Some old-version DDR2-800 DIMMs may not match Intel®’s On‑Die‑Termination (ODT)
requirement and will automatically downgrade to run at DDR2-667. If this happens,
contact your memory vendor to check the ODT value.
• Due to chipset limitation, DDR2-800 with CL=4 will be downgraded to run at DDR2-667
by default setting. If you want to operate with lower latency, adjust the memory timing
manually.
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P5QPL-VM EPU Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
DDR2-1066MHz capability
DIMM
support
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip
Brand
Chip NO.
CL
A*
B*
A-Data
AD21066E002GU
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
Apacer
78.0AG9S.9K4
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
Apacer
78.AAGAL.9KZ
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
Corsair
CM2X1024-8500C5
1024MB
DS
Corsair
Heat-Sink Package
•
•
Corsair
CM2X2048-8500C5D
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-8500CL5S-1GBPK
1024MB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink PackageSN:815130037562
5-5-5-15
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-8500CL5D-4GBPI
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
GEIL
GB22GB8500C5DC
1024MB
SS
GEIL
GL2L128M88BA25AB
5
•
•
GEIL
GB24GB8500C5QC
1024MB
SS
GEIL
GL2L128M88BA25AB
5
•
•
GEIL
GE22GB1066C5DC
1024MB
SS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GE24GB1066C5QC
1024MB
SS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GB24GB8500C5DC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L128M88BA25AB
5
•
•
GEIL
GE24GB1066C5DC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GX24GB8500C5UDC
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
Kingston
KHX8500D2K2/1G
1024MB(2 x 512MB)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
Kingston
KHX8500D2K2/1GN(EPP) 1024MB(2 x 512MB)
SS
Kingston
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-18
•
•
Kingston
KHX8500D2K2/2GN(EPP) 1024MB
DS
Kingston
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-18
•
•
Kingston
KVR1066D2N7/1G
1024MB
DS
Elpida
E5108AJBG-1J-E
7
•
•
Kingston
KHX8500D2K2/2G
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
Kingston
KHX8500D2K2/4G
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
OCZ
OCZ2N10662GK
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
OCZ
OCZ2N1066SR2DK(Epp)
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
OCZ
Heat-Sink Package 004820806001601-2
5-5-5-15
•
OCZ
OCZ2N1066SR2GK(EPP) 2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5
OCZ
OCZ2RPR10664GK
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
PSC
AL8E8G73F-AE1
2048MB
DS
PSC
A3R1GE3FGF907MAT0FTAIWAN-G8E
5-5-5-12
•
•
Qimonda
HYS64T128000EU-1.9-C2 1024MB
DS
Qimonda
HYB18T1G800C2F-1.9FSS25253
•
•
•
•
•
Transcend TX1066QLU-2GK
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
Transcend TX1066QLJ-2GK
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
Transcend Heat-Sink Package
5
•
Transcend TX1066QLU-4GK
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
Transcend Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
AENEON
AXT860UD20-19E
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
AENEON
Heat-Sink Package
6
•
•
Elixir
M2Y1G64TU88D5B-BD
1024MB
SS
Elixir
M2TU1G800E-BD
5
•
•
Mushkin
996612
2048MB(2 x 1024MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
Mushkin
996619
4096MB(2 x 2048MB)
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
ASUS P5QPL-VM EPU
1-13
DDR2-800MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/ Chip Brand
DS
Chip NO.
A-Data
M2GVD6G3H3160Q1E52
512MB
SS
VDATA
VD29608A8A-25EG20813
A-Data
AD2800E001GOU
2048MB(2 x 1024MB) SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
A-Data
M2GVD6G314170Q1E58
1024MB
VDATA
VD29608A8A-25EG80813
A-Data
AD2800E002GOU
4096MB(2 x 2048MB) DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
Apacer
78.91G91.9K5
512MB
SS
Apacer
Apacer
78.01GA0.9K5
1024MB
SS
Apacer
78.A1GA0.9K4
2048MB
Apacer
78.A1GA0.9K4
2048MB
Corsair
CM2X1024-6400
Corsair
CL
B*
•
•
•
•
•
•
4-4-4-12
•
•
AM4B5708JQJS8E0751C
5
•
•
Apacer
AM4B5808CQJS8E0749D
5
•
•
DS
Apacer
AM4B5808CQJS8E0740E
5
•
•
DS
Apacer
AM4B5808CQJS8E0747D
5
•
•
1024MB
DS
Corsair
Heat-Sink Package
•
•
XMS2-6400
1024MB
DS
Corsair
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
Corsair
XMS2-6400
1024MB
DS
Corsair
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
Corsair
CM2X2048-6400C5DHX
4096MB(2 x 2048MB) DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
Corsair
CM2X2048-6400C5
4096MB(2 x 2048MB) DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
Crucial
BL12864AL80A.8FE5(EPP)
2048MB(2 x 1024MB) SS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
4-4-4-12
•
•
Crucial
BL25664AL80A.16FE5(EPP)
4096MB(2 x 2048MB) DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
4-4-4-12
•
•
Crucial
BL25664AR80A.16FE5(EPP)
4096MB(2 x 2048MB) DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
4-4-4-12
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-6400CL5D-1GBNQ
512MB
SS
G.SKILL
Heat-Sink Package SN:8151030036642 5-5-5-15
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK
1024MB
DS
G.SKILL
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
1024MB
DS
G.SKILL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-6400CL4D-4GBPK
2048MB
DS
G.SKILL
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
2048MB
DS
G.SKILL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-6400CL6Q-16GMQ
4096MB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GB22GB6400C4DC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L64M088BA30EB
5
•
•
GEIL
GB22GB6400C5DC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L64M088BA30EB
5
•
•
GEIL
GB24GB6400C4QC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L64M088BA30EB
4
•
•
GEIL
GB24GB6400C5QC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L64M088BA30EB
5
•
•
GEIL
GE22GB800C4DC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
GEIL
GE22GB800C5DC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GE24GB800C4QC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
GEIL
GE24GB800C5QC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GX22GB6400DC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GX22GB6400UDC
1024MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
GEIL
GB24GB6400C4DC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L128M88BA25AB
4
•
•
GEIL
GB24GB6400C5DC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L128M88BA25AB
5
•
•
GEIL
GB28GB6400C4QC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L128M88BA25AB
4
•
•
GEIL
GB28GB6400C5QC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
GL2L128M88BA25AB
5
•
•
GEIL
GE24GB800C4DC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
GEIL
GE24GB800C5DC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GE28GB800C4QC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
GEIL
GE28GB800C5QC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GX22GB6400CUSC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
GEIL
GX22GB6400LX
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GX24GB6400DC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
Kingmax
KLDC28F-A8KI5
512MB
SS
Kingmax
KKA8FF1XF-JFS-25A
•
•
Kingmax
KKB8FFBXF-CFA-25U
1024MB
SS
Kingmax
KLDD48F-B8KB5
•
•
kingmax
KLDE88F-B8KB5
2048MB
DS
kingmax
KKB8FFBXF-CFA-25U
•
•
Kingston
KVR800D2N6/ 512
512MB
SS
Elpida
E5108AJBG-8E-E
6
•
•
Kingston
KHX6400D2LLK2/1GN
1024MB(2 x 512MB)
SS
Kingston
Heat-Sink Package
4-4-4-12
•
•
Kingston
KVR800D2N5/1G(Low Profile)
1024MB
SS
Kingston
D1288TEFCGL25U
5
•
•
Kingston
KHX6400D2LL/1G
1024MB
DS
Kingston
Heat-Sink Package
4-4-4-12
•
•
Kingston
KVR800D2N5/1G
1024MB
DS
Kingston
D6408TR4CGL25USL362406PECXA
5
•
•
Kingston
KVR800D2N6/1G(Low Profile)
1024MB
DS
Elpida
E510BAJBG-8E-E
6
•
•
Kingston
KVR800D2N6/1G
1024MB
DS
Elpida
E5108AJBG-8E-E
6
•
•
DS
4-4-4-12
(continued on the next page)
1-14
DIMM
support
A*
Chapter 1: Product introduction
DDR2-800MHz capability
S S / Chip Brand
DS
Vendor
Part No.
Size
Kingston
KHX6400D2K2/2G
2048MB(2 x 1024MB) DS
Kingston
KHX6400D2/2G
2048MB
DS
Kingston
KVR800D2N5/2G(Low Profile)
2048MB
Kingston
KVR800D2N5/2G
Kingston
DIMM
support
A* B*
Chip NO.
CL
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
Kingston
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
DS
Kingston
D1288TPFCGL25U
5
•
•
2048MB
DS
Elpida
E1108ACBG-8E-E
5
•
•
KVR800D2N6/2G(Low Profile)
2048MB
DS
Elpida
E8105ACBG-8E-E
6
•
•
Kingston
KVR800D2N6/2G
2048MB
DS
Qimonda
HYB18T1G800C2F-2.5
6
•
•
Kingston
KVR800D2N6/4G
4096MB
DS
Elpida
E2108ABSE-8G-E
6
•
•
OCZ
OCZ2G800R22GK
1024MB
DS
OCZ
Heat-Sink Package
4-5-5-15
•
•
OCZ
OCZ2P800R22GK
1024MB
DS
OCZ
Heat-Sink Package
4-4-4-15
•
•
OCZ
OCZ2RPR8002GK
1024MB
DS
OCZ
Heat-Sink Package
4-4-4-15
•
•
OCZ
OCZ2VU8004GK
1024MB
DS
OCZ
Heat-Sink Package
5-6-6-18
•
•
OCZ
OCZ2SE8002GK
2048MB(2 x 1024MB) DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-5-5-15
•
•
OCZ
OCZ2F8004GK(EPP)
2048MB
DS
N/A
Heat-Sink Package
5-4-4-18
•
•
PSC
AL7E8F73C-8E1
1024MB
SS
PSC
A3R1GE3CFF734MAA0E
5
•
•
PSC
AL8E8F73C-8E1
2048MB
DS
PSC
A3R1GE3CFF734MAA0E
5
•
•
PSC
PL8E8F73C-8E1
2048MB
DS
PSC
SHG772-AA3G
5
•
•
PSC
PL8E8G73E-8E1
2048MB
DS
PSC
XCP271A3G-A
5
•
•
Qimonda
HYS64T256020EU-2.5-C2
2048MB
DS
Qimonda
HY818T1G800C2F-2.5
5
•
•
Samsung
K4T51083QG-HCF7
512MB
SS
Qimonda
M378T6553GZS-CF7
6
•
•
Samsung
K4T1G084QQ-HCF7
1024MB
SS
Qimonda
M378T2863QZS-CF7
6
•
•
Samsung
K4T51083QG-HCF7
1024MB
DS
Samsung
M378T2953GZ3-CF7
6
•
•
Samsung
K4T1G084QQ-HCF7
2048MB
DS
Samsung
M37875663QZ3-CF7
6
•
•
Samsung
M378T5263AZ3-CF7
4096MB
DS
Samsung
K4T2G084QA-HCF7
•
•
Super Talent T800UB1GC4
1024MB
DS
Super Talent
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
Transcend
TS64MLQ64V8J
512MB
SS
Micron
7HD22 D9GMH
5
•
•
Transcend
JM800QLU-1G
1024MB
SS
Transced
TQ1243PCF8
5
•
•
Transcend
TS128MLQ64V8U
1024MB
SS
ELPIDA
E1108ACBG-8E-E
5
•
•
Transcend
JM800QLJ-1G
1024MB
DS
Transced
TQ123PJF8F0801
5
•
•
Transcend
JM800QLJ-1G
1024MB
DS
Transcend
TQ123YBF8 T0747
5
•
•
Transcend
TS128MLQ64V8J
1024MB
DS
Mircon
7HD22D9GMH
5
•
•
Transcend
JM800QLU-2G
2048MB
DS
Transced
TQ243PCF8
5
•
•
Transcend
TS256MLQ64V8U
2048MB
DS
Elpida
E1108ACBG-8E-E
5
•
•
AENEON
AET760UD00-25DC08X
1024MB
SS
AENEON
AET03R250C 0732
5
•
•
AENEON
AET860UD00-25DC08X
2048MB
DS
AENEON
AET03R25DC 0732
5
•
•
ASINT
SLY2128M8-JGE
1024MB
SS
ASINT
DDRII1208-GE 8115
•
•
ASINT
SLZ2128M8-JGE
2048MB
DS
ASINT
DDRII1208-GE 8115
•
•
Elixir
M2Y1G64TU88D5B-AC 0828.GS
1024MB
SS
Elixir
N2TU16800E-AC
•
•
ELIXIR
M2Y1G64TU8HB0B-25C
1024MB
DS
ELIXIR
N2TU 51280BE-25C802006Z1DV
Elixir
M2Y2G64TU8HD5B-AC 0826.SG
2048MB
DS
Elixir
N2TUG80DE-AC
MDT
MDT 512MB
512MB
SS
MDT
18D 51280D-2.50726F
5
MDT
MDT 1024MB
1024MB
DS
MDT
18D 51280D-2.50726E
5
•
•
TAKEMS
TMS51B264C081-805EP
512MB
SS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-2.5P0710
5
•
•
TAKEMS
TMS1GB264C081-805EP
1024MB
DS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-2.5P0716
5
•
•
UMAX
D48001GP3-63BJU
1024MB
DS
UMAX
U2S12D30TP-8E
•
•
UMAX
D48002GP0-73BCU
2048MB
DS
UMAX
U2S24D30TP-8E
•
•
ASUS P5QPL-VM EPU
5
•
•
5
•
•
1-15
DDR2-667MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand
Chip NO.
A-Data
M2OAD5H3J4170I1C53
2048MB
DS
ADATA
AD20908A8A-3EG 30724
Apacer
78.91G92.9K5
512MB
SS
Apacer
AM4B5708JQJS7E0751C
Apacer
AU 512E667C5KBGC
512MB
SS
Apacer
Apacer
AU 512E667C5KBGC
512MB
SS
Apacer
78.01G9O.9K5
1024MB
SS
Apacer
AU01GE667C5KBGC
1024MB
Apacer
AU01GE667C5KBGC
Apacer
CL
DIMM
support
A*
B*
•
•
5
•
•
AM4B5708GQJS7E06332F
5
•
•
Apacer
AM4B5708MIJS7E0627B
5
•
•
Apacer
AM4B5808CQJS7E0751C
5
•
•
DS
Apacer
AM4B5708GQJS7E0636B
•
•
1024MB
DS
Apacer
AM4B5708MIJS7E0627B
5
•
•
AM4B5808CQJS7E0749B
2048MB
DS
Apacer
78.A1G9O.9K4
5
•
•
Corsair
VS 512MB667D2
512MB
DS
Corsair
MIII0052532M8CEC
•
•
Corsair
VS1GB667D2
1024MB
DS
Corsair
MID095D62864M8CEC
•
•
Corsair
XMS2-5400
1024MB
DS
Corsair
Heat-Sink Package
4
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-5400PHU2-2GBNT
2048MB(2 x 1024MB) DS
G.SKILL
D2 64M8CCF 0815 C7173S
5-5-5-15
•
•
G.SKILL
F2-5300CL5D-4GBMQ
4096MB(2 x 2048MB) DS
G.SKILL
Heat-Sink Package SN:8151030036559 5-5-5-15
•
•
GEIL
GX21GB5300SX
1024MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
3
•
•
GEIL
GX22GB5300LX
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
GEIL
GX24GB5300LDC
2048MB
DS
GEIL
Heat-Sink Package
5
•
•
Kingmax
KLCC28F-A8KB5
512MB
SS
Kingmax
KKEA88B4LAUG-29DX
•
•
Kingmax
KLCD48F-A8KB5
1024MB
DS
Kingmax
KKEA88B4LAUG-29DX
•
•
Kingston
KVR667D2N5/ 512(Low Profile) 512MB
SS
Kingston
D6408TR7CGL25U
5
•
•
Kingston
KVR667D2N5/ 512
512MB
SS
Kingston
SO1237650821 SBP D6408TR4CGL25 5
USL074905PECNB
•
•
Kingston
KVR667D2N5/1G(Low Profile)
1024MB
DS
PSC
E5108AJBG-8E-E
5
•
•
Kingston
KVR667D2N5/2G(Low Profile)
2048MB
DS
Elpida
E1108ACBG-8E-E
5
•
•
Kingston
KVR667D2N5/2G
2048MB
DS
Micron
7RE22 D9HNL
5-5-5-15
•
•
Micron
MT8HTF12864AY-667E1
1024MB
SS
Micron
D9HNL 7ZE17
5
•
•
PSC
AL6E8E63J-6E1
512MB
SS
PSC
A3R12E3JFF717B9A00
5
•
•
PSC
AL7E8F73C-6E1
1024MB
SS
PSC
A3R1GE3CFF734MAA0J
5
•
•
PSC
AL6E8E63J-6E1
1024MB
DS
PSC
A3R12E3JFF717B9A01
5
•
•
PSC
AL8E8F73C-6E1
2048MB
DS
PSC
A3R1GE3CFF733MAA00
5
•
•
Samsung
M378T5263AZ3-CE6
4096MB
DS
Samsung
K4T2G084QA-HCE6
•
•
Super Talent
T667UB1GV
1024MB
DS
Super Talent
PG 64M8-800 0750
5
•
•
Transcend
JM667QLU-1G
1024MB
SS
Transced
TQ243PCF8T0838
5
•
•
Transcend
JM667QLJ-1G
1024MB
DS
Elpida
E5108AJBG-6E-E
5
•
•
Transcend
JM667QLU-2G
2048MB
DS
Transced
TQ243PCF8T0834
5
•
•
Twinmos
8D-A3JK5MPETP
512MB
SS
PSC
A3R12E3GEF633ACAOY
5
•
•
AENEON
AET860UD00-30DB08X
2048MB
DS
AENEON
AET03F30DB 0730
5
•
•
Asint
SLX264M8-J6E
512MB
SS
Asint
DDRII6408-6E
•
•
ASINT
SLY2128M8-J6E
1024MB
SS
ASINT
DDRII1208-6E 8115
•
•
Century
CENTURY 512MB
512MB
SS
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5
•
•
Century
CENTURY 512MB
512MB
SS
Nanya
NT5TU64M8AE-3C
•
•
Century
CENTURY 1G
1024MB
DS
Nanya
NT5TU64M8AE-3C
•
•
ELIXIR
M2Y1G64TU8HA2B-3C
1024MB
DS
elixir
M2TU 51280AE-3C717095R28F
5
•
•
Elixir
M2Y1G64TU8HBOB-3C
1024MB
DS
Elixir
N2TU 51280BE-3C639009W1CF
5
•
•
KINGBOX
512MB 667MHz
512MB
SS
KINGBOX
EPD264082200-4
KINGBOX
DDRII 1G 667MHz
1024MB
DS
KINGBOX
EPD264082200-4
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•
•
DDR2-667MHz capability
DIMM
support
A*
B*
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/
DS
Chip Brand
Chip NO.
CL
Leadmax
LRMP 512U64A8-Y5
1024MB
DS
Hynix
HY5PS12821CFP-Y5 C 702AA
5
•
•
MDT
DDRII 512 PC667
512MB
DS
MDT
18D 51201D-30726E
4
•
•
MDT
MDT 1024MB
1024MB
DS
MDT
18D 51280D-30646E
4
•
•
TAKEMS
TMS51B264C081-665AP
512MB
SS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3S0627D
5
•
•
TAKEMS
TMS51B264C081-665QI
512MB
SS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3
5
•
•
TAKEMS
TMS1GB264C081-665AE
1024MB
DS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3SEA07100
5
•
•
TAKEMS
TMS1GB264C081-665AP
1024MB
DS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3SP0717A
5
•
TAKEMS
TMS1GB264C081-665QI
1024MB
DS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3
5
•
•
TEAM
TVDD1.02M667C4
1024MB
DS
TEAM
T2D648PT-6
•
•
UMAX
D46701GP3-63BJU
1024MB
DS
UMAX
U2S12D30YP-6E
•
•
UMAX
D46702GP0-73BCU
2048MB
DS
UMAX
U2S24D30TP-6E
•
•
5
SS: Single-sided / DS: Double-sided
DIMM support:
• A*: Supports one module inserted into either slot as single-channel memory configuration.
• B*: Supports one pair of modules inserted into both the slots as one pair of dual-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest QVL.
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1.7.3
Installing a DIMM
Unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other system components.
Failure to do so can cause severe damage to both the motherboard and the components.
2
1.
Press the retaining clips outward to
unlock a DDR2 DIMM socket.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket such that
the notch on the DIMM matches the
break on the socket.
DDR2 DIMM notch
1
1
Unlocked retaining clip
A DDR2 DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force a
DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the socket
until the retaining clips snap back in place
and the DIMM is properly seated.
3
Locked Retaining Clip
1.7.4
Removing a DIMM
To remove a DIMM:
1.
Simultaneously press the retaining clips
outward to unlock the DIMM.
2
Support the DIMM lightly with your
fingers when pressing the retaining
clips. The DIMM might get damaged
when it flips out with extra force.
1
1
DDR2 DIMM notch
2.
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Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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1.8
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections describe
the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do so may
cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
1.8.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with it and
make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw for later
use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely
seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
1.8.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it 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.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share IRQ” or that
the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise, conflicts will arise between the two PCI
groups, making the system unstable and the card inoperable.
1.8.3
PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other cards that
comply with PCI specifications.
1.8.4
PCI Express x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards, and other cards that
comply with the PCI Express specifications.
1.8.5
PCI Express x16 slot
This motherboard supports a PCI Express x16 graphics card that complies with the PCI
Express specifications.
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1.9
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You can
clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing
the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in
CMOS, which include system setup information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3
for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to reenter
data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper default
position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
• If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move the jumper again
to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After clearing the CMOS, reinstall the battery.
• You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to overclocking. For
system failure due to overclocking, use the CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R) feature. Shut
down and reboot the system so the BIOS can automatically reset parameter settings to
default values.
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2.
USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW1-4, USBPW5-8)
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 these jumpers to +5VSB to wake up the compurer from S3 and S4 sleep
modes (no power to CPU, DRAM in slow refresh, power supply in reduced power
mode).
3.
Keyboard power (3-pin KBPWR)
This jumper allows you to enable or disable the keyboard wake-up feature. When you
set this jumper to pins 2-3 (+5VSB), you can wake up the computer by pressing a key
on the keyboard (the default is the Space Bar). This feature requires an ATX power
supply that can supply at least 1A on the +5VSB lead, and a corresponding setting in
the BIOS.
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1.10
Connectors
1.10.1
Rear panel connectors
1.
PS/2 mouse port (green). This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
2.
Optical S/PDIF_OUT port. This port connects to an external audio output device via
an optical S/PDIF cable.
3.
D-Sub port. This 15-pin port is for a VGA monitor or other VGA-compatible devices.
4.
LAN (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN)
through a network hub.
LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link LED
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
Speed LED
Status
Description
Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10Mbps connection
ORANGE
Linked
ORANGE
100Mbps connection
BLINKING
Data activity
GREEN
1Gbps connection
LAN port
5.
Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects to the center/subwoofer
speakers.
6.
Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects to the rear speakers in the
4, 6, and 8-channel audio configurations.
7.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects to the tape, CD, DVD player, or other
audio sources.
8.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects to a headphone or a speaker. In the 4, 6 and
8-channel configurations, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
9.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects to a microphone.
10. Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects to the side speakers in the
8-channel audio configuration.
Refer to the audio configuration table on the next page for the function of the audio ports in
the 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
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Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
Light Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
8-channel
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Orange
–
–
Center/Subwoofer
Center/Subwoofer
Black
–
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Gray
–
–
–
Side Speaker Out
Ensure the audio device of sound playback is Realtek High Definition Audio (the name
may be different based on the OS). Go to Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio
Devices > Sound Playback to configure the settings.
11.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are for
USB 2.0 devices.
12. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are for
USB 2.0 devices.
13. DVI port. This port is for any DVI-D compatible device and is HDCP compliant allowing
playback of HD DVD, Blu-Ray, and other protected content.
14. HDMI port. This port is for a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector,
and is HDCP compliant allowing playback of HD DVD, Blu-Ray, and other protected
content.
Dual display output support
• This table indicates that whether the following dual display outputs are supported on
your motherboard:
Dual display outputs
Supported
DVI + D-Sub
•
DVI + HDMI
•
HDMI + D-Sub
•
Not supported
• During POST, only the monitor connected to the D-Sub port has display. The dual
display function works only under Windows®.
15. PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
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1.10.2
1.
Internal connectors
Serial port connectors (10-1 pin COM1)
The connector is for a serial (COM) port. Connect the serial port module cable to the
connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
The serial port module (COM1) is purchased separately.
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2.
LPT connector (26-1 pin LPT)
The LPT (Line Printing Terminal) connector supports devices such as a printer. LPT is
standardized as IEEE 1284, which is the parallel port interface on IBM PC-compatible
computers.
Chapter 1: Product introduction
3.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
The onboard IDE connector is for the Ultra DMA 100/66 signal cable. There are three
connectors on each Ultra DMA 100/66 signal cable: blue, black, and gray. Connect the
blue connector to the motherboard’s IDE connector, then select one of the following
modes to configure your device.
Single device
Drive jumper setting
Mode of device(s)
Cable connector
Cable-Select or Master
—
Black
Master
Black
Slave
Gray
Cable-Select
Two devices
Master
Master
Slave
Slave
Black or gray
• Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole on the Ultra DMA
cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion when you connect the IDE cable.
• Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 100/66 IDE devices.
If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” ensure that all other device jumpers have the
same setting.
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4.
Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2, SATA3, SATA4)
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk drives.
5.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable to any of
these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system
chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to
480Mbps connection speed.
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard!
The USB module is purchased separately.
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6.
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources such as
a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
7.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN,
3-pin PWR_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA ~ 2000 mA (24 W max.) or a total
of 1 A ~ 7 A (84 W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the fan connectors on the
motherboard, ensuring that the black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the
connector.
DO NOT forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air flow inside
the system may damage the motherboard components. These are not jumpers! DO NOT
place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
Only the CPU fan supports the ASUS Q-Fan feature.
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8.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either HD Audio or legacy AC’97 audio standard.
• We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this
connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio capability.
• If you want to connect a high definition front panel audio module to this connector, set
the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS to [HD Audio]. See section 2.4.3 Chipset for
details.
9.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port.
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
Ensure that the audio device of Sound playback is Realtek High Definition Audio (the
name may be different based on the OS). Go to Start > Control Panel > Sounds and
Audio Devices > Sound Playback to configure the setting.
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10. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs are
designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and
push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
• For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply unit (PSU)
that complies with ATX 12V Specification 2.0 (or later version) and provides a minimum
power of 400W.
• DO NOT forget to connect the 4-pin ATX12V power plug. Otherwise, the system will not
boot.
• We recommend that you use a PSU with a higher power output when configuring a
system with more power-consuming devices or when you intend to install additional
devices. The system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is
inadequate.
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11.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED
cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system
power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin +IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable
to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to
the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker
allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the
system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending on the BIOS settings.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the
system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without
turning off the system power.
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1.11
Software support
1.11.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/Vista Operating Systems (OS). Always install the
latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the features of your hardware.
• Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Refer to your OS documentation for
detailed information.
• Ensure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 3 or later versions / Windows® Vista
Service Pack 1 or later versions before installing the drivers for better compatibility and
system stability.
1.11.2
Support DVD information
The Support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software
applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the Support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the
ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
To run the Support DVD
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the Drivers
menu if Autorun is enabled on your computer.
Click an icon to
display Support DVD/
motherboard information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled on your computer, browse the contents of the Support DVD to
locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run
the DVD.
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Chapter 2
BIOS information
2.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need to
restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update
utility.
2.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard
BIOS in Windows® environment.
• ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
• This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support DVD into the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS Update.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
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Updating the BIOS
To update the BIOS:
1.
From the Windows® desktop, click Start > Programs > ASUS > ASUS Update >
ASUS Update to launch the ASUS Update utility.
2.
From the dropdown list, select either of the following methods:
Updating from the Internet
a.
Select Update BIOS from the Internet, then click Next.
b.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic, or click Auto Select then click Next.
c.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS version that you want to download then click Next.
The ASUS Update utility is capable of updating itself through the Internet. Always update
the utility to avail all its features.
Updating from a BIOS file
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a.
Select Update BIOS from a file, then click Next.
b.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open window, then click Open.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the updating process.
Chapter 2: BIOS setup
2.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without using an OS‑based
utility.
Before you start using this utility, download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at
www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to the USB port, then launch
EZ Flash 2 in either of these two ways:
•
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following:
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.36
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L8005
Current ROM
BOARD: P5QPL-VM-EPU
VER: 0205 (H:00 B:02)
DATE: 03/09/2009
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\
C:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[B] Backup
[V] Drive Info
[ESC] Exit
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash 2 and press <Enter> to enable it.
•
2.
Press <Tab> to switch between drives until the correct BIOS file is found, then press
<Enter>. EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS updating process and automatically reboots
the system when done.
• This function supports USB flash disks with FAT 32/16 format and single partition only.
• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
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2.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore the BIOS file
when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can update a corrupted BIOS
file using the motherboard support DVD or a USB flash disk that contains the updated BIOS
file.
• Prepare the motherboard support DVD or the USB flash disk containing the updated
motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
• Always connect the SATA cable to the SATA1/2/3/4 connector. Otherwise, the utility will
not function.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the support DVD or the USB flash disk containing the BIOS file to the optical
drive or USB port.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks the support DVD
or USB flash disk for the BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for CD-ROM...
When the BIOS file is found, the utility reads it and starts erasing the corrupted BIOS
file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for CD-ROM...
CD-ROM found!
Reading file “P5QPLVME.ROM”. Completed.
Start erasing...
Start programming...
3.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
• Only the USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and single partition supports ASUS
CrashFree BIOS 3. The device size should be smaller than 8GB.
• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this motherboard. Download
the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
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2.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) chip that you
can update using the provided utility described in section 2.1 Managing and updating your
BIOS.
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring your
system, or prompted to “Run Setup.” This section explains how to configure your system
using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change the configuration of
your computer in the future. For example, you can enable the security password feature or
change the power management settings. This requires you to reconfigure your system using
the BIOS Setup program so that the computer can recognize these changes and record them
in the CMOS RAM of the SPI chip.
The SPI chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start up the computer,
the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. Press <Del> during the
Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility. Otherwise, POST continues with its test
routines.
If you want to enter Setup after POST, reboot the system by doing any of the following
procedures:
• Restart using the OS standard shut-down procedure.
•
Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> simultaneously.
•
Press the reset button on the system chassis.
•
Press the power button to turn the system off then back on.
Using the power button, reset button, or the <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> keys to force
reset from a running operating system can cause damage to your data or system. We
recommend that you always shut down the system properly from the operating system.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a menu-driven
program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus and make your selections from the
available options using the navigation keys.
• The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply to most conditions to ensure
optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after changing any BIOS
settings, load the default settings to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the
Load Setup Defaults item under the Exit menu. See section 2.8 Exit Menu.
• The BIOS setup screens in this chapter are for reference only. They may not exactly
match what you see on your screen.
• Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard.
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2.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Advanced
Configuration fields
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
General help
Exit
Main Settings
System Time
System Date
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
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Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system
Time.
Storage Configuration
System Information
+-
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Submenu items
2.2.2
Navigation keys
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM) configuration
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Tools
For configuring options for special functions
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings.
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard until the
desired item is highlighted.
2.2.3
Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for that particular menu.
Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu and change the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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2.2.4
Menu items
2.2.5
Submenu items
2.2.6
Configuration fields
2.2.7
Pop-up window
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example,
selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, Tools, and Exit) on the menu bar have their
respective menu items.
A solid triangle before each item on a menu screen means that the item has a submenu. To
display the submenu, select the item and press <Enter>.
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user- configurable, you can
change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not
user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To change the
value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options. Refer to 2.2.7 Pop-up
window.
Select a menu item then press <Enter>
to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
2.2.8
Scroll bar
A scroll bar appears on the right side of
a menu screen when there are items that
do not fit on the screen. Press the <Up> /
<Down> arrow keys or <Page Up> /<Page
Down> keys to display the other items on
the screen.
2.2.9
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure advanced CPU settings
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz
Frequency: :1.86GHz
FSB Speed
:1066MHz
Cache L1
:64 KB
Cache L2
:2048 KB
Ratio Status:Unlocked (Min:06,Options
Max:07
Disabled
Ratio Actual Value:7
Enabled
CPUID
:6F2
Ratio CMOS Setting
[Auto]
C1E Support [Enabled]
Max CPUID Value Limit [Disabled]
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech[Enabled]
CPU TM function [Enabled]
Execute-Disable Bit Capability[Enabled]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
Sets the ratio between
CPU Core Clock and the
FSB Frequency.
NOTE: If an invalid
ratio is set in CMOS
then actual and
setpoint values may
differ.
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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Pop-up window
Scroll bar
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected item.
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2.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving you an
overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section 2.2.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen items and
how to navigate through them.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Main Settings
System Time
System Date
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
[19:34:30]
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Storage Configuration
System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system
Time.
+-
Tab
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
2.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
2.3.3
Primary IDE Master/Slave, SATA1/2/3/4
Allows you to set the system time.
Allows you to set the system date.
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE/SATA devices.
There is a separate submenu for each IDE/SATA device. Select a device item then press
<Enter> to display the IDE/SATA device information.
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device, Vendor, Size,
LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and SMART monitoring). These
values are not user-configurable. These items show N/A if no IDE/SATA device is installed in
the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Setting this item to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the
appropriate IDE device type. Select [CDROM] if you are specifically configuring a CD-ROM
drive. Select [ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is either a ZIP, LS-120,
or MO drive. Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
This item only appears in the Primary IDE Master/Slave menus.
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LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting this item to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the
device supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA mode
disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When this item is set to [Auto], the data
transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multisector transfer feature. When this item is set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the
device occurs one sector at a time. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.3.4
Storage Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to set or change the configurations for the storage devices
installed in the system. Select an item then press <Enter> if you want to configure the item.
ATA/IDE Configuration [Enhanced]
Allows you to configure ATA/IDE. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible] [Enhanced]
Enhanced Mode Support On [S-ATA]
Allows you to set Serial ATA, Parallel ATA or both as native mode. Configuration
options: [S-ATA+P-ATA] [S-ATA] [P-ATA]
IDE Detect Time Out [35]
Selects the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices. Configuration options: [0] [5] [10]
[15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
2.3.5
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
Bios information
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
Processor
Displays the auto-detected CPU specification.
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other system
devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect field
values can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
JumperFree Configuration
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
PCIPnP
Exit
Adjust system
frequency/voltage
Enter
Enter
F1
F1
F10
F10
ESC
ESC
Select
Select Screen
Screen
Select
Select Item
Item
Go
Screen
Go to
to Sub
Sub-screen
General
General Help
Help
Save
and
Exit
Save and Exit
Exit
Exit
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2.4.1
JumperFree Configuration
AI Overclocking [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal frequency.
Select either one of the preset overclocking. Configuration options: [MANUAL] [Auto]
[Overclock Profile]
The following two items appear only when you set the AI Overclocking item to [MANUAL].
CPU Frequency [XXX]
Displays the frequency sent by the clock generator to the system bus and PCI bus. The
value of this item is auto-detected by the BIOS. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the CPU
frequency. You can also key in the desired CPU frequency using the numeric keypad. The
values range from 200 to 800. Refer to the table below for the correct Front Side Bus and
CPU External Frequency settings.
FSB / CPU External Frequency Synchronization
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Front Side Bus
CPU External Frequency
FSB 1333
333MHz
FSB 1066
266MHz
FSB 800
200MHz
Chapter 2: BIOS setup
PCI Express Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the PCI Express frequency. Configuration options: [Auto] [90] ~ [150]
The following item appears only when you set the AI Overclocking item to
[Overclock Profile].
Overclock Options [Overclock 5%]
Allows you to select the overclock options. Configuration options: [Overclock 5%]
[Overclock 10%] [Overclock 15%] [Overclock 20%] [Overclock 30%] [Test Mode]
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR2 operating frequency. Configuration options: [Auto] [667MHz]
[800MHz] [1067MHz]
The DRAM Frequency options vary with different FSB values. Refer to the following table
for the DRAM Frequency options when the FSB value is 1333, 1066, and 800.
FSB
DRAM Frequency
Auto
667MHz
800MHz
1333
•
•
•
1066
•
•
•
800
•
•
•
960MHz
1000MHz
1067MHz
•
1100MHz
1200MHz
•
•
Selecting a very high DRAM frequency may cause the system to become unstable! If this
happens, revert to the default setting.
Memory Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the memory voltage. The values range from 1.50000V to 2.44500V with a
0.01500V increment. Use the <+> / <-> keys to adjust the value. Configuration options: [Auto]
[Max. = 2.44500V] [Min. = 1.50000V]
NB Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to select the North Bridge voltage. Configuration options: [Auto] [1.125V] [1.175V]
[1.225V] [1.275V]
SB 1.5V Voltage [1.5V]
Allows you to select the South Bridge voltage. Configuration options: [1.5V] [1.6V]
CPU VTT [1.2V]
Allows you to select FSB termination voltage. Configuration options: [1.2V] [1.3V]
CPU Over Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU Over Voltage. Configuration options: [Auto] [+50mv] [+100mv]
[+150mv]
Auto PSI [Enabled]
Enables or disables auto PSI. When you set this item to [Disabled], power runs in the
fixed 4 phase mode. When you set this item to [Enabled], power runs in the auto mode.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically
detects.
Ratio CMOS Setting [Auto]
Allows you to set the ratio between CPU Core Clock and the FSB frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto]
• If an invalid ratio is set in CMOS then actual and set values may differ.
• Key in ratio numbers directly.
C1E Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Intel CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) function, a CPU
power-saving function in system halt state. When this item is enable, the CPU core frequency
and voltage will be reduced during the system halt state to decrease power consumption.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Max CPUID Value Limit [Disabled]
Allows you to determine whether to limit CPUID maximum value. Set this item to [Disabled]
for Windows XP operating system; set this item to [Enabled] for legacy operating system
such as Windows NT4.0. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel® Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel® Virtualization Technology. Virtualization enhanced by Intel®
Virtualization Technology allows a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications
in independent partitions. With Virtualization, one computer system can function as multiple
virtual systems. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
CPU TM Function [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel® CPU Thermal Monitor (TM) function, a CPU overheating protection
function. When this item is enabled, the CPU core frequency and voltage are reduced when
the CPU overheats. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Execute-Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
Enables or disables Intel® Execute Disable Bit function. This function enhance protection
of your computer, reducing exposure to viruses and malicious buffer overflow attacks when
working with its supporting software and system. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you installed an Intel® Pentium® 4 or later CPU that
supports the Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology (EIST).
Intel® SpeedStep® Tech [Enabled]
Allows you to use the Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® Technology. When this item is set to
[Enabled], you can adjust the system power settings in the operating system to use the EIST
feature. Set this item to [Disabled] if you do not want to use the EIST. Configuration options:
[Enabled] [Disabled]
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2.4.3
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an item then
press <Enter> to display the submenu.
North Bridge Configuration
Memory Remap Feature [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the remapping of overlapped PCI memory above the total
physical memory. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Configure DRAM Timing by SPD [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable configuring DRAM Timing by SPD.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Initiate Graphic Adapter [PEG/PCI]
Allows you to select the primary boot device. Configuration options: [IGD] [PCI/IGD]
[PCI/PEG] [PEG/IGD] [PEG/PCI]
IGD Graphics Mode Select [Enabled, 32MB]
Allows you to select the amount of system memory used by the IGD graphics device.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled, 32MB] [Enabled, 64MB] [Enabled, 128MB]
DVMT Memory [256MB]
Allows you to select the DVMT memory. Configuration options: [128MB] [256MB]
[Maximum DVMT]
• The [Maximum DVMT] option only appears when you install 1GB system memory or
more.
• The [256MB] option only appears when you install more than 512MB system memory.
Protect Audio Video Path Mode [Lite]
Allows you to use the High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) function. This item
is not user-configurable.
Feature
PAVP Lite
Compressed video buffer is encrypted
Yes
HW 128-bit AES decryption
Yes
Protected memory (96MB reserved during boot)
No
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South Bridge Configuration
Audio Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables the audio controller. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
Allows you to select the front panel support type. If High Definition Audio Front Panel is
used, set this item to [HD Audio]. Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
This item does not appear when the Audio Controller item is set to [Disabled].
2.4.4
Onboard Devices Configuration
Onboard Gigabit LAN [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller. Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the boot ROM in the onboard LAN controller. This item
appears only when the Onboard LAN item is set to Enabled. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [378] [278] [3BC]
Parallel Port Mode [ECP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode.
Configuration options: [Normal] [Bi-Directional] [EPP] [ECP]
ECP Mode DMA Channel [DMA3]
Appears only when the Parallel Port Mode item is set to [ECP]. This item allows you
to set the Parallel Port ECP DMA. Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1] [DMA3]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Allows you to select parallel port IRQ. Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
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2.4.5
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an item then
press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
The Module Version and USB Devices Enabled items show the auto-detected values. If
no USB device is detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB functions. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable USB 2.0 controller. Configuration options: [Enabled]
[Disabled]
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable support for USB devices on legacy operating systems
(OS). Setting this item to [Auto] allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices
at startup. If detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is
detected, the legacy USB support is disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
[Auto]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to configure the USB 2.0 controller in HiSpeed (480Mbps) or Full Speed
(12Mbps). Configuration options: [FullSpeed] [HiSpeed]
2.4.6
PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP devices.
The menu includes setting IRQ and DMA channel resources for either PCI/PnP or legacy ISA
devices, and setting the memory size block for legacy ISA devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S [No]
When this item is set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When this item
is set to [Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating system
configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
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2.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced Power
Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Main
Advanced
Suspend Mode
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Exit
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
2.5.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
2.5.2
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
2.5.3
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
2.5.4
APM Configuration
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state to be used
for system suspend. Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S3 Only] [Auto]
Allows you to add more tables for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) 2.0
specifications. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)
support in the Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC). When this item is set to
[Enabled], the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Restore on AC Power Loss [Power Off]
When this item is set to [Power Off], the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
When this item is set to [Power On], the system goes on after an AC power loss. When this
item is set to [Last State], the system goes into either off or on state, whatever the system
state was before the AC power loss. Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On]
[Last State]
Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Enables or disables RTC to generate a wake event. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Power On By External Modem [Disabled]
Enables or disables RI to generate a wake event. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Resume On PCI(E) Device [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to wake the system through a PCI/PCIe
device. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB
lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PS/2 keyboard to generate a wake event. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disabe the PS/2 mouse to generate a wake event. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.5.5
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF] or [Ignored]
MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF] or [Ignored]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the motherboard and CPU
temperatures. Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed (RPM) [xxxxRPM] or [N/A] or [Ignored]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU fan speed in
rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows
N/A. Select [Ignored] if you do not want to display the detected speed.
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU Q-Fan control.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Chassis/Power Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A] or [Ignored]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the chassis/power fan
speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the chassis/power, the
specific field shows N/A. Select [Ignored] if you do not want to display the detected speed.
VCORE Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard
voltage regulators.
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2.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item then press
<Enter> to display the submenu.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Boot settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot
device.
Enter
F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub-screen
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
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2.6.1
Boot Device Priority
2.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices. The
number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices
installed in the system. Configuration options: [Removable Dev.] [Hard Drive]
[ATAPI CD-ROM] [Disabled]
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST) while booting to
decrease the time needed to boot the system. When set to [Disabled], BIOS performs all the
POST items. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo2™ feature.
Add On ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM. Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock. Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error occurs.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the system displays the message Press DEL to run Setup during
POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.6.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor Password item
on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item
shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
From the password box, type a password composed of up to six letters and/or
numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message Password Installed appears after you successfully set your password.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a supervisor
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then press
<Enter> twice. The message Password uninstalled appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real Time Clock
(RTC) RAM. See section 1.9 Jumpers for information on how to erase the RTC RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to change
other security settings.
User Access Level [Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items. Configuration options:
[No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
No Access prevents user access to the Setup utility.
View Only allows access but does not allow change to any field.
Limited allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
Full Access allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
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Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on top of the
screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of up to six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you set your password successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.
Clear User Password
Select this item to clear the user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup utility. When
set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when accessing Setup and booting the
system. Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
2.7
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to launch special functions. Select an item then press
<Enter> to display the submenu.
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2.7.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <Enter>, a confirmation message
appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press <Enter> to
confirm your choice. See section 2.1.2 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility for details.
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2.7.2
Express Gate [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Express Gate feature. The ASUS Express Gate
feature is a unique instant-on environment that provides quick access to the Internet browser
and Skype. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
Enter OS Timer [10 Seconds]
Allows you to set the countdown duration that the system waits at the Express Gate’s first
screen before starting Windows or other installed OS. Choose [Prompt User] to stay at the
first screen of Express Gate for user action. Configuration options: [Prompt User] [1 Second]
[3 Seconds] [5 Seconds] [10 Seconds] [15 Seconds] [20 Seconds] [30 Seconds]
Reset User Data [No]
When setting this item to [Reset], ensure to save the setting to the BIOS so that the user
data will be cleared the next time you enter the Express Gate. User data includes the
Express Gate’s settings as well as any personal information stored by the web browser
(bookmarks, cookies, browsing history, etc.). This is useful in the rare case where corrupt
settings prevent the Express Gate environment from launching properly.
The first time wizard runs again when you enter the Express Gate environment after
clearing its settings.
2.7.3
AI NET 2
Check Atheros LAN cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the Atheros LAN cable during the Power-On Self‑Test
(POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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2.8
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the BIOS
items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
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Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to
ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard backup battery
sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned off. When you select this
option, a confirmation window appears. Select OK to save changes and exit.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to the Setup
program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System Time, and
Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the previously saved
values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select OK to discard any changes
and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup
menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears.
Select OK to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes or make other changes
before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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