Motherboard
P5Q WS
E3771
First Edition
June 2008
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Contents
Contents....................................................................................................... iii
Notices......................................................................................................... vii
Safety information..................................................................................... viii
About this guide.......................................................................................... ix
P5Q WS specifications summary............................................................... xi
Chapter 1:
Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
1.3.3
ASUS Intelligent Performance & Overclocking features.. 1-7
1.3.2
Chapter 2:
ASUS unique features..................................................... 1-4
Hardware information
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
Onboard LED.................................................................................. 2-1
2.2.1
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
Placement direction......................................................... 2-4
2.2.2
2.3
2.2.4
2.3.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-6
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan.......................... 2-10
Installing the CPU heatsink and fan................................. 2-9
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.4.1
Overview.........................................................................2-11
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-15
2.4.2
2.5
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-4
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-5
2.3.2
2.4
Layout contents................................................................ 2-3
2.5.4
Memory configurations................................................... 2-12
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-15
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-16
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-16
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-17
2.5.2
2.5.4
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-16
PCI slot.......................................................................... 2-18
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Contents
2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slots...................................................... 2-18
2.5.7
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots.............................................. 2-18
2.5.6
2.6
2.7
2.8
Jumpers....................................................................................... 2-19
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-22
2.7.1
2.7.2
2.10
G.P. Diagnosis card layout............................................. 2-36
2.8.3
G.P. Diagnosis card check codes.................................. 2-37
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-39
2.10.1
Using the dual function power switch............................. 2-39
BIOS setup
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 3-1
3.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 3-5
3.1.4
3.1.5
Creating a bootable floppy disk........................................ 3-4
AFUDOS utility................................................................. 3-6
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 3-8
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-9
3.2.1
BIOS menu screen......................................................... 3-10
3.2.3
Navigation keys.............................................................. 3-10
3.2.2
3.2.4
3.2.5
3.2.6
3.2.7
3.2.8
3.2.9
Menu bar........................................................................ 3-10
Menu items.....................................................................3-11
Sub-menu items..............................................................3-11
Configuration fields.........................................................3-11
Pop-up window...............................................................3-11
Scroll bar.........................................................................3-11
General help...................................................................3-11
Main menu................................................................................... 3-12
3.3.1
3.3.2
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Using the OS shut down function................................... 2-39
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.1.2
3.3
Installing G.P. Diagnosis card........................................ 2-36
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-38
Chapter 3:
3.2
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-24
2.8.1
2.10.2
3.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-22
G.P. Diagnosis card installation................................................. 2-36
2.8.2
2.9
PCI-X slot....................................................................... 2-18
System Time.................................................................. 3-12
System Date.................................................................. 3-12
Contents
3.3.3
Legacy Diskette A ......................................................... 3-12
3.3.5
SATA 1–6....................................................................... 3-13
3.3.4
3.3.6
3.3.7
3.4
3.5
3.3.8
Configure System performance Settings....................... 3-17
3.5.1
CPU Configuration......................................................... 3-24
3.5.3
Onboard Devices Configuration..................................... 3-28
3.5.5
PCIPnP.......................................................................... 3-31
Suspend Mode............................................................... 3-32
3.6.3
ACPI 2.0 Support........................................................... 3-32
3.6.6
Repost Video on S3 Resume......................................... 3-32
ACPI APIC Support........................................................ 3-32
APM Configuration......................................................... 3-33
Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 3-34
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-36
3.7.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 3-36
3.7.3
Security.......................................................................... 3-38
3.7.2
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 3-37
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-40
3.8.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 3-40
3.8.3
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 3-42
3.8.2
3.8.4
Express Gate................................................................. 3-41
AI Net 2.......................................................................... 3-43
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-44
Chapter 4:
4.2
USB Configuration......................................................... 3-30
3.6.1
3.6.5
4.1
Chipset........................................................................... 3-26
Power menu................................................................................. 3-32
3.6.4
3.9
System Information........................................................ 3-16
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-24
3.6.2
3.8
AHCI Configuration........................................................ 3-15
3.4.1
3.5.4
3.7
Storage Configuration.................................................... 3-14
Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................... 3-17
3.5.2
3.6
Language....................................................................... 3-12
Software support
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
4.2.1
Running the support DVD................................................ 4-1
Contents
4.2.2
Drivers menu.................................................................... 4-2
4.2.4
Make disk menu............................................................... 4-5
4.2.3
4.2.5
4.2.6
4.3
4.2.7
Other information............................................................. 4-7
ASUS MyLogo2™............................................................ 4-9
4.3.3
Audio configurations...................................................... 4-17
4.3.5 4.3.6
4.3.7
4.3.8
4.3.9
ASUS PC Probe II...........................................................4-11
ASUS EPU-WS Engine.................................................. 4-21
ASUS AI Suite................................................................ 4-25
ASUS AI Nap................................................................. 4-27
ASUS Fan Xpert............................................................ 4-28
ASUS AI Booster............................................................ 4-30
ASUS Express Gate...................................................... 4-31
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-40
4.4.1
RAID definitions............................................................. 4-40
4.4.3
Intel® RAID configurations.............................................. 4-41
4.4.2
4.4.4
Installing Serial ATA hard disks...................................... 4-41
Marvell® RAID configurations......................................... 4-49
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-55
4.5.1
4.5.2
Appendix:
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS..... 4-55
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®...................... 4-55
CPU features
A.1
Intel EM64T...................................................................................A-1
A.2
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology (EIST).........................A-1
A.3
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ASUS Contact information............................................... 4-6
4.3.1
4.3.4 4.5
Manual menu................................................................... 4-6
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
4.3.2
4.4
Utilities menu................................................................... 4-3
®
Using the Intel® EM64T feature.......................................................A-1
A.2.1
A.2.2
System requirements.......................................................A-1
Using the EIST.................................................................A-2
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology............................................A-3
®
Using the Hyper-Threading Technology . .......................................A-3
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.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the
power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are
connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system
before you add a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure
that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adpater or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area.
If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using,
contact your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all
the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer
immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical,
electronic equipment and mercury-containing button cell battery) should not
be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic
products.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring
the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
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•
•
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•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It includes description of the switches,
jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
Chapter 4: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
Appendix: CPU features
The Appendix describes the CPU features and technologies that the
motherboard supports.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
1.
2.
ASUS websites
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.
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Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following
symbols used throughout this manual.
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
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
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.
<Key1+Key2+Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the
key names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl+Alt+D>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly
as shown, then supply the required item or value
enclosed in brackets.
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /iP5Q-WS.ROM
P5Q WS specifications summary
CPU
LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad
/ Core™2 Duo / Pentium® dual-core / Celeron® dual core / Celeron® processors
Intel® EM64T / EIST / Hyper-Threading Technology
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel® CPU support list
Chipset
Northbridge: Intel® P45
Southbridge: Intel® ICH10R
System Bus
1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
- 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support unbuffered
non-ECC DDR2 1200 / 1066 / 800 / 667 MHz
memory modules
- Supports up to 8 GB system memory
*When installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more,
Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize
less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less
than 3 GB is recommended.
Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (@x16, x0 or x8, x8 speed)
2 x PCIe x1 slots
1 x PCI-X slot
1 x PCI 2.2 slot
Storage
Intel® ICH10R Southbridge
- 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports with ��������������������
RAID 0,1, 10, and 5
configurations
- Intel® Matrix Storage Technology
Marvell 88SE6121 controller
- 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100 for up to 2 PATA devices
- 2 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports ������������������
with RAID 0 and 1
configurations
LAN
2 x Realtek® 8111C Dual Gigabit LAN controllers
- Supports teaming function
High Definition audio
Realtek® ALC1200 8-channel High Definition Audio
codecs
- Supports Jack-Detecting, Multi-streaming, and
Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
- ASUS AI Audio 2
- ASUS Noise-Filtering
IEEE 1394
LSI Agere® FW3227 controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a
ports (one at midboard; one at back panel)
USB
12 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at
back panel)
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P5Q WS specifications summary
ASUS Unique features
ASUS Power Saving solution:
- ASUS EPU-WS Engine
- ASUS 8-Phase Power Design
- ASUS AI Nap
ASUS Workstation Features:
- G.P. Diagnosis card
- ASUS SASsaby cards support
ASUS AI Life Features:
- ASUS Express Gate
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Stylish Features
ASUS MyLogo2™
ASUS Exclusive
Overclocking Features
ASUS AI Booster utility
Precision Tweaker 2:
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V
increment
- vDIMM: 64-step DRAM voltage control
- vChipset (N.B.): 48-step chipset voltage control
- vCPU PLL: 64-step CPU PLL voltage control
- vVTT_CPU: 40-step Hyper Transport voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 800MHz at 1MHz
increment
- Memory tuning from 400MHz up to 2600MHz
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to
180MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection:
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
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P5Q WS specifications summary
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse combo port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical) port
2 x External SATA port
1 x IEEE1394a port
2 x RJ45 ports
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O ports
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors (red)
3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IEEE1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
2 x Chassis Fan connectors
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x TPM connector
1 x S/PDIF OUT connector
1 x CD audio in
1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connectors
1 x 20-pin Panel connector
BIOS Features
8 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM2.0,
SMBIOS 2.4, ACPI 2.0a, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS
CrashFree BIOS 3
Manageability
BIOS flash utility under DOS
Support DVD Contents
Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
ASUS AI Suite
Anti-virus software
Adobe Acrobat Reader ver 8.0
Microsoft Direct X ver 9.0C
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.5cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies it
supports.
1
Product
introduction
Chapter summary
1
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
ASUS P5Q WS
1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® P5Q WS 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
ASUS P5Q WS
I/O modules
1 x 2-port USB 2.0 + 1-port 1394 (4-pin) module
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Serial ATA signal cable for 6 devices
Serial ATA power cable for 2 devices
1 x Ultra DMA 133/100 cable
1 x Floppy disk drive cable
Accessories
1 x ASUS Q-Shield (I/O shield)
1 x ASUS Q-Connector Kit (USB, 1394, system
panel; Retail version only)
1 x G.P. Diagnosis card (Retail version only)
Application DVD
ASUS motherboard support DVD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
ASUS P5Q WS
1-1
1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
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/packagings to safeguard
consumers’ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™ 2 Quad / Core™2 Duo
Processor Support
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme / Core™ 2 Quad /
Core™ 2 Duo processors in the LGA775 package. It is excellent for multi-tasking,
multi-media and enthusiastic gamers with 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz FSB. The
Intel® Core™ 2 series processor is one of the most powerful CPUs in the world.
This motherboard also supports Intel® CPUs in the new 45nm manufacturing
process.
Intel P45 Chipset
The Intel® P45 Express Chipset is the latest chipset designed to support dualchannel DDR2 800 / 667 architecture, 1333 / 1066 / 800 FSB (Front Side Bus),
PCIe 2.0, and multi-core CPUs. It especially includes Intel® Fast Memory Access
technology that significantly optimizes the use of available memory bandwidth and
reduces the latency of the memory accesses.
PCIe 2.0
This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 device for twice the current speed
and bandwidth. This enhances system performance while still providing backward
compatibility to PCIe 1.0 devices. ��������������������������
See page 2-18 for details.
Serial ATA 3 Gb/s technology and SATA-On-The-Go
This motherboard supports hard drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s
storage specification, delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus
bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and saves. The external SATA port located
at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos,
videos and other entertainment contents to external devices. �������������������
See pages 2-22 and
2-26 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
Dual RAID solution
The Intel® ICH10R chipset incorporates six Serial ATA connectors with high
performance RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 functions, and the Marvell® controller provides
another two external Serial ATA connectors for RAID 0 and 1 functions, making this
motherboard an ideal solution to enhance hard disk performance and data back up
protection without the cost of add-on cards.
Dual Gigabit LAN solution
The integrated dual Gigabit LAN design allows a PC to serve as a network gateway
for managing traffic between two separate networks. This capability ensures rapid
transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any added arbitration or latency. See
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page 2-22 for details.
IEEE 1394a support
The IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video
appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals &
other PC portable devices. See pages 2-22 and 2-28 for details.
High Definition Audio
Enjoy high-end sound quality on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High
Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality
192KHz/24-bit audio output that simultaneously sends different audio streams to
different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphone while
playing multi-channel network games. ��������������������������
See page 2-22 for details.
ASUS P5Q WS
1-3
1.3.2
ASUS unique features
ASUS Express Gate
Taking only 5 seconds to go online from bootup, Express Gate is the one-stop
gateway to instant fun! It’s a unique motherboard built-in OS. You can utilize the
most popular Instant Messengers (IM) like MSN, Skype, Google talk, QQ, and
Yahoo! Messenger to keep in touch with friends, or quickly check on the weather
and e-mails just before leaving your house. What’s more, the user-friendly picture
manager lets you view your pictures without entering Windows at any time! See
pages 3-41 and 4-31 to 4-39 for details.
The actual boot time depends on the system configuration.
ASUS Power Saving Solution
ASUS Power Saving solution intelligently and automatically provides balanced
computing power and energy consumption.
ASUS EPU-WS Engine
The new ASUS EPU—the world’s first power saving engine, has been
upgraded to a new WS-engine version, which provides total system power
savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power
in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes the
CPU, VGA card, drives, and system fan), the EPU automatically provides the
most appropriate power usage via intelligent acceleration and overclocking—
helping save power and money. See pages 4-21 to 4-24 for details.
ASUS 3rd Generation 8-Phase Power Design
The ASUS 3rd Generation 8-Phase Power Design provides highly efficient
operation to generate less heat (at least 18°C (32.4°F)) than other
conventional power solutions. It reduces input ripple current and output ripple
voltage, which keeps CPU and power module from suffering the risk of high
power stress. It has the advantages of quick transient response and stability,
especially beneficial when CPU requires more current immediately under
heavy loading or overclocking mode.
AI Nap
With AI Nap, the system can continue running at minimum power and noise
when you are temporarily away. To wake the system and return to the OS
environment, simply click the mouse or press a key. See
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page 4-27 for
details.
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Chapter 1: Product Introduction
ASUS Workstation Features
ASUS Workstation features provide complete support to system maintenance and
storage technology.
G.P. Diagnosis card
Bundled with P5Q WS motherboard (retail version), the G.P. Diagnosis card
assists users in system checking by effortlessly and quickly providing precise
system checks right after they switch on their PCs. See page 2-36 for details.
ASUS SASsaby cards support
This motherboard is fully compatible with ASUS SASsaby cards (optional).
Faster, safer and more stable, SAS will provide users with a better choice for
storage expansion and upgrade needs.
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Quiet Thermal solution makes system more stable and enhances the
overclocking capability.
Fanless Design—Heat-pipe solution
The Heat Pipe design effectively directs the heat generated by the chipsets to
the heatsink near the back IO ports, where it can be carried away by existing
airflow from CPU fan or bundled optional fan. The purpose of the innovative
heat pipe design on this motherboard is that the groundbreaking fanless
design does not have lifetime problems as a chipset fan does. Furthermore, it
provides options for users to install side-flow fan or passive cooler. The Heat
Pipe design is the most reliable fanless thermal solution to date.
DO NOT uninstall the heat-pipe by yourself. Doing so may bend the tubing and
affect the heat dissipation performance.
Fan Xpert
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis
fan speed according to different ambient temperature, which is caused
by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system
loading. Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to
achieve a quiet and cool environment. See pages 4-28 and 4-29 for details.
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ASUS Crystal Sound
This feature can enhance speech-centric applications like Skype, online game,
video conference and recording.
Noise Filter
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises (non-voice signals) like
computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates
it in the incoming audio stream while recording.
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS EZ DIY feature collection provides you easy ways to install computer
components, update the BIOS or back up your favorite settings.
ASUS Q-Shield
The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual “fingers”—
making it convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity,
it ideally protects your motherboard against static electricity and shields it
against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis
front panel cables to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the
trouble of connecting the system panel cables one at a time and avoiding
wrong cable connections. ��������������������������
See page 2-35 for details.
ASUS O.C. Profile
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to
conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be
stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and
distribute their favorite settings. ��������������������������
See page 3-42 for details.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the predefined
hotkey to launch the utility and update the BIOS without entering the OS.
Update your BIOS easily without preparing a bootable diskette or using an
OS-based flash utility. See
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pages 3-5 and 3-40 for details.
1-6
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a
USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. See page 3-8 for details.
ASUS MyLogo2™
This feature allows you to convert your favorite photo into a 256-color boot logo for
a more colorful and vivid image on your screen. �������������������������
See page 4-9 for details.
1.3.3
ASUS Intelligent Performance & Overclocking features
AI Booster
The ASUS AI Booster allows you to overclock the CPU speed in Windows
environment without the hassle of booting the BIOS. ��������������������������
See page 4-30 for details.
Precision Tweaker 2
Allows the user to adjust the NB Voltage, FSB termination Voltage, CPU PLL
Voltage and the DRAM Voltage in 0.02v steps to finetune voltages to achieve the
most precise setting for the ultimate customized overclocking configuration.
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
The C.P.R. feature of the motherboard BIOS allows automatic re-setting to the BIOS
default settings in case the system hangs due to overclocking. When the system
hangs due to overclocking, 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 default setting for each parameter.
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1-8
Chapter 1: Product Introduction
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It
includes description of the jumpers and
connectors on the motherboard.
2
Hardware
information
Chapter summary
2
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-5
2.2
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-16
Jumpers....................................................................................... 2-19
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-22
G.P. Diagnosis card installation................................................. 2-36
Starting up for the first time....................................................... 2-38
Turning off the computer............................................................ 2-39
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2.1
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.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or a metal
object, such as the power supply case, before handling components 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, ensure that the ATX power
supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from the power
supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard,
peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED. The green LED 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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2.2
Motherboard overview
2.2.1
Motherboard layout
Refer to 2.7 Connectors for more information about rear panel connectors and
internal connectors.
2-2
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.2
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots
Page
1.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
2-33
2.
LGA775 CPU Socket
2-6
3.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN;
3-pin CHA_FAN1/2; 3-pin PWR_FAN)
2-29
4.
DDR2 DIMM slots
2-11
5.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
2-30
6.
CPU / Northbridge overvoltage setting (3-pin OV_CPU; 3-pin
OV_NB)
2-20
7.
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
2-24
8.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_EIDE)
2-25
9.
ICH10R Serial ATA connectors [red] (7-pin SATA1-6)
2-26
10.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
2-19
11.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
2-34
12.
Onboard LED (SB_PWR)
2-1
13.
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM)
2-32
14.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78; USB910; USB1112)
2-27
15.
PCI-X Speed setting (3-pin PCIX_SPEED)
2-21
16.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
2-28
17.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
2-31
18.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
2-30
19. Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
2-31
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2.2.3
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure 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.
2.2.4
Screw holes
Place nine (9) 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
2-4
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA775 socket designed for the
Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® dual-core /
Celeron® dual-core / Celeron® Processors.
•
Make sure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
•
If installing a dual-core CPU, connect the chassis fan cable to the
CHA_FAN1 connector to ensure system stability.
•
Due to the chipset limitation, we recommend you use FSB 800MHz CPU or
above.
•
Upon purchase of the motherboard, make sure 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.
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2.3.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
Before installing the CPU, make sure that the cam box is facing towards you
and the load lever is on your left.
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.
3.
4.
Retention tab
A
B
Load lever
Lift the load lever in the direction of
the arrow to a 135º angle.
PnP cap
Load plate
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).
4B
4A
3
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5.
Position the CPU over the socket,
making sure 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
The CPU fits in only one correct
orientation. DO NOT force the
CPU into the socket to prevent
bending the connectors on the
socket and damaging the CPU!
Gold
triangle
mark
Alignment key
6.
Apply several drops of thermal
paste 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 preapplied thermal paste. If so,
skip this step.
The Thermal Interface Material is toxic and inedible. If it gets into your eyes
or touches your skin, ensure to wash it off immediately, and seek professional
medical help.
To prevent contaminating the paste, DO NOT spread the paste with your finger
directly.
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7.
Close the load plate (A), then push
the load lever (B) until it snaps into
the retention tab.
A
B
The motherboard supports Intel® LGA775 processors with the Intel® Enhanced
Memory 64 Technology (EM64T), Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
(EIST), and Hyper-Threading Technology. Refer to the Appendix for more
information on these CPU features.
2-8
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.2
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, make sure 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, make sure
that you have properly applied Thermal Interface Material to the CPU
heatsink or CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
Make sure that you have installed the motherboard to the chassis before you
install the CPU fan and heatsink assembly.
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, ensure that the
Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or CPU
before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
2.
Place the heatsink on top of the
installed CPU, making sure that the
four fasteners match the holes on
the motherboard.
A
B
B
Push down two fasteners at a time in
a diagonal sequence to secure the
heatsink and fan assembly in place.
A
A
B
1
B
A
1
Orient the heatsink and fan assembly such that the CPU fan cable is closest to
the CPU fan connector.
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3.
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.
2.3.3
Uninstalling the CPU heatsink and fan
To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan:
1. Disconnect the CPU fan cable from
the connector on the motherboard.
2.
3.
4.
2-10
Rotate each fastener
counterclockwise.
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
A
B
B
A
Carefully remove the heatsink and fan assembly from the motherboard.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) Dual Inline Memory
Modules (DIMM) sockets.
A DDR2 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR DIMM but has a
240-pin footprint compared to the 184-pin DDR DIMM. DDR2 DIMMs are notched
differently to prevent installation on a DDR DIMM socket.
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR2 DIMM sockets:
Channel
Sockets
Channel B
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2
Channel A
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2.4.2
Memory configurations
You may install 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, and 2 GB non‑ECC, unbuffered, 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.
•
It is recommended to install the memory modules from the yellow slots for
better overclocking capability.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum
compatibility, it is recommended that you obtain memory modules from the
same vendor.
•
If you install four 1 GB memory modules, the system may only recognize
less than 3GB because the address space is reserved for other critical
functions. This limitation appears on Windows® XP/Vista 32-bit operation
system which does not support Physical Address Extension (PAE).
•
If you install Windows® XP/Vista 32-bit operation system, a total memory of
less than 3GB is recommended.
•
This motherboard does not support memory modules made up of 128 Mb
chips.
•
Due to chipset limitation, this motherboard can only support up to 8 GB on
the operating systems listed below. You may install a maximum of 2 GB
DIMMs on each slot.
64-bit
Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition
Windows® Vista x64 Edition
2-12
•
The default memory operation frequency is dependent on its SPD. Under
the default state, some memory modules for overclocking may operate at a
lower frequency than the vendor-marked value. To operate at the vendormarked or at a higher frequency, see section 3.4 Ai Tweaker menu for
manual memory frequency adjustment.
•
The memory modules may require a better cooling system to work stably
under full loading (4 DIMMs) or overclocking setting.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
P5Q WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
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DS
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G.SKILL
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Hynix
Hynix
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KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
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KINGSTON
NANYA
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SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
Super Talent
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Heat-Sink Package
Heat-Sink Package
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HY5PS12821CFP-S5
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DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
DS
SS
DS
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SS
SS
DS
DS
DS
SS
DS
DS
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N/A
N/A
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N/A
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A*
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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BoxP/N:TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX
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5-5-5
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SS/
DS
Part No.
CL
512MB
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512MB
2048MB
512MB
1024MB
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1024MB
1024MB
1024MB
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2048MB
4096MB(Kit of 2)
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1024MB
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1024MB
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512MB
2048MB
1024MB
2048MB
512MB
1024MB
4096MB
512MB
1024MB
1024MB
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512MB
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Apacer
Apacer
Apacer
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crucial
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DIMM support:
• A*: Supports one module inserted in any slot as Single-channel
memory configuration.
• B*: Supports one pair of modules inserted into either the yellow slots
or the black slots as one pair of Dual-channel memory configuration.
• C*: Supports four modules inserted into both the yellow and black slots
as two pairs of Dual-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website for the latest DDR2-1066/800/667MHz QVL.
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2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Make sure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or
other system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to both
the motherboard and the components.
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To install a DIMM
1.
2.
DDR2 DIMM notch
Unlock a DDR2 DIMM socket
by pressing the retaining clips
outward.
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the break on the socket.
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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.
Locked Retaining Clip
2.5.4
Removing a DIMM
2
To remove a DIMM
1.
Simultaneously press the
retaining clips outward to unlock
the DIMM.
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DDR2 DIMM notch
Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining clips.
The DIMM might get damaged when it flips out with extra force.
2.
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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2.5
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.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion
cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw
for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
Replace the system cover.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
1.
2.
3.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 3 for information on BIOS setup.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
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. Refer to the table on the next page for details.
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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
IRQ
0
1
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5
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Priority
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2
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Standard function
System timer
Keyboard controller
Re-direct to IRQ#9
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
Communications port (COM1)*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
Floppy disk controller
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
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IRQ holder for PCI steering*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
PS/2 compatible mouse port*
Numeric data processor
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
IRQ holder for PCI steering*
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System CMOS/Real Time Clock
* These IRQs are usually available for PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCI1
1394 (FW322)
LAN 1 (8111C)
LAN 2 (8111C)
Marvell 6121
PCIEX16_1
PCIEX16_2
PCIEX1_1
PCIEX1_2
PCIX_1
USB controller 1
USB controller 2
USB controller 3
USB controller 4
USB controller 5
USB controller 6
USB 2.0 controller 1
USB 2.0 controller 2
SATA controller 1
SATA controller 2
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2.5.4
PCI slot
The PCI slot supports cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other
cards that comply with PCI specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location
of the slot.
2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slots
This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards and other
cards that comply with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the figure below for
the location of the slot.
2.5.6
PCI-X slot
The PCI-X slot supports cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and
other cards that comply with PCI-X 1.0 specifications. ������������������������������
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2.5.7
PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
This motherboard has two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots that support PCI Express
2.0 x16 graphic cards complying with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the
figure below for the location of the slots.
PCI1 slot
PCIX_1 slot
PCIe 2.0 x16_2 slot (black)
PCIe x1_2 slot
PCIe x1_1 slot
PCIe x16_1 slot (blue)
This motherboard supports the ASUS SASsaby cards (optional) for SAS Hard
disk drive support. For SASsaby M, install the card to the PCIe 2.0 x16 slots.
For SASsaby 1064E, install the card to the black PCIe 2.0 x16 slot only.
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2.6
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 re-enter 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 the CMOS
clearance, 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 C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
•
Due to the chipset behavior, AC power off is required to enable C.P.R.
function. You must turn off and on the power supply or unplug and plug the
power cord before rebooting the system.
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2.
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CPU / Northbridge overvoltage setting (3-pin OV_CPU; 3-pin OV_NB)
These jumpers allow you to enable or disable the advanced CPU and
Northbridge overvoltage settings in BIOS. Read the following information
before you change the jumper settings. Set to pins 1-2 to activate the
advanced CPU / Northbridge overvoltage feature.
OV_CPU
OV_NB
Pins 2-3 (Default)
up to 1.70V
up to 1.91V
Pins 1-2 (OV Enabled)
up to 2.10V
up to 2.21V
•
Before you change the jumper settings for extra-high overvoltage ability,
use the BIOS items introduced in 3.4 Ai Tweaker first to adjust the desired
CPU and Northbridge performance. Make sure your system function well
under the highest BIOS voltage settings before you change the setting of
these two jumpers.
•
Refer to 3.4 Ai Tweaker for more information about CPU and Northbridge
overvoltage settings.
•
DO NOT set the OV_CPU jumper to pins 1-2 when you install a new CPU
and have not booted for the first time. Doing so may cause the system to
halt. For system failure due to the wrong setting of the OV_CPU jumper,
shut down the computer and move the cap back to pins 2-3.
•
The system may need a better cooling system (for example, a water-cooling
system) to work stably under high voltage settings.
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3.
PCI-X Speed setting (3-pin PCIX_SPEED)
This jumper allows you to set the PCI-X slot’s maximum frequency capability.
The jumper cap on pins 1-2: 133 MHz capability for the PCI-X slot.
The jumper cap on pins 2-3: 100 MHz capability for the PCI-X slot.
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
PS/2 keyboard / mouse combo port. This port is for a PS/2 keyboard or
mouse.
Coaxial S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via a coaxial S/PDIF cable.
LAN 2 (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area
Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN
port LED indications.
IEEE 1394a port. This 6-pin IEEE 1394a port provides high-speed
connectivity for audio/video devices, storage peripherals, PCs, or portable
devices.
*LAN 1 (RJ-45) port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area
Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN
port LED indications.
*To compliant with Energy Star 4.0, this port does not support WOL (Wake on LAN) function.
LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link LED
Speed LED
OFF
No link
OFF
BLINKING
Data activity
Status
GREEN
Description
Linked
ACT/LINK
LED
Status
Description
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
GREEN
SPEED
LED
10 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
LAN port
6. Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects the center/subwoofer
speakers.
7.
8.
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Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects the rear speakers in a
4-channel, 6-channel, or 8-channel audio configuration..
Line In port (light blue). This port connects the tape, CD, DVD player, or
other audio sources.
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9.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In
4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the function of this port
becomes Front Speaker Out.
10. Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone.
11. Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects the side speakers in an
8-channel audio configuration.
Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in
2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Orange
Black
Gray
Headset
2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Line In
Line Out
Line In
Line In
Line In
Mic In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
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Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
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Front Speaker Out
Center/Subwoofer
Rear Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
12. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
13. External SATA port. This port connects to an external Serial ATA hard disk
drive.
DO NOT insert different connectors to the external SATA port.
14. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
15. Optical S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via an optical S/PDIF cable.
16. USB 2.0 ports 5 and 6. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are
available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
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2.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable. Insert
one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other end to the
signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable connection when
using a FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
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2.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_EIDE)
The onboard IDE connector is for the Ultra DMA 133/100 signal cable. There
are three connectors on each Ultra DMA 133/100 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.
Drive jumper setting
Single device
Two devices
Cable-Select or Master
Cable-Select
Master
Slave
Mode of
device(s)
Cable connector
Master
Black
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Black
Slave
Gray
Master
Slave
Black or gray
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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 133/100 IDE devices.
If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” make sure all other device
jumpers have the same setting.
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3.
ICH10R Serial ATA connectors [red] (7-pin SATA1-6)
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA hard disk
drives and optical disc drives.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, 1, 5,
and 10 configuration with the Intel® Matrix Storage Technology through the
onboard Intel® ICH10R RAID controller.
•
These connectors are set to Standard IDE mode by default. In Standard
IDE mode, you can connect Serial ATA boot/data hard disk drives to these
connectors. If you intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these
connectors, set the Configure SATA as item in the BIOS to [RAID]. See
section 3.3.6 Storage Configuration for details.
•
Before creating a RAID set, refer to 4.4.3 Intel® RAID configurations or
the manual bundled in the motherboard support DVD.
•
When using the connectors in Standard IDE mode, connect the primary
(boot) hard disk drive to the SATA1/2 connector. Refer to the table below
for the recommended SATA hard disk drive connections.
Serial ATA hard disk drive connection
Connector
SATA 1/2
SATA 3/4
SATA 5/6
Color
Red
Red
Red
Setting
Master
Slave
Master
Connect the right-angle side of SATA
signal cable to SATA device. Or you may
connect the right-angle side of SATA
cable to the onboard SATA port to avoid
mechanical conflict with huge graphics
cards.
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Use
Boot disk
Boot/Data disk
Boot disk
right angle side
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4.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB78; USB910; USB1112)
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 480 Mbps connection speed.
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
If your chassis supports front panel USB ports, you can attach a front panel
USB cable to these connectors. Connect the USB cable to ASUS Q-Connector
(USB, blue) first, and then install the Q-Connector (USB) to the USB connector
onboard.
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5.
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
This connector is for a IEEE 1394a port. Connect the IEEE 1394a module
cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back
of the system chassis.
Never connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394a connector. Doing so will damage
the motherboard!
You can attach a FireWire/1394 cable to this connector if your chassis suppots
the front panel IEEE1394 port. Connect the 1394 cable to ASUS Q-Connector
(1394, red) first, and then install the Q-Connector (1394) to the 1394 connector
onboard.
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6.
CPU, chassis and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN1/2, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA–2000 mA (24 W max.)
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7 A (84 W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the fan
connectors on the motherboard, making sure 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 and CHA_FAN 1/2 connectors support the ASUS Fan
Xpert feature.
•
If you install two VGA cards, we recommend that you plug the rear chassis
fan cable to the motherboard connector labeled CHA_FAN1 or CHA_FAN2
for better thermal environment.
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7.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch.
Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this
connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to
this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced. The signal
is then generated as a chassis intrusion event.
By default , the pin labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with
a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the
chassis intrusion detection feature.
8.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s).
The S/PDIF out cable is purchased separately.
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9.
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. Connect one end
of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
•
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, make sure that the Front Panel Type item in the BIOS is set
to [HD Audio]. If you want to connect an AC' 97 front panel audio module
to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. Refer to 3.5.3 Onboard Device
Configuration for details.
10. Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
This connector allows you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources
such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
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11. TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM) [Optional]
This connector supports a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) system, which can
securely store keys, digital certificates, passwords, and data. A TPM system
also helps enhance network security, protects digital identities, and ensures
platform integrity.
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12. ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V)
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 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version)
and provides a minimum power of 400 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 8-pin EATX12V power plug; otherwise, the
system will not boot.
•
Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The system
may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
•
If you want to use two high-end PCI Express x16 cards, use a PSU with
500W to 600W power or above to ensure the system stability.
•
If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your
system, refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator
at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
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13. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
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This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
•
System power LED (2-pin PLED)
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Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
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System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
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ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
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Reset button (2-pin RESET)
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.
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.
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
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.
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system
reboot without turning off the system power.
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ASUS Q-Connector (system panel)
You can use the ASUS Q-Connector to connect/disconnect chassis front panel
cables in a few steps. Refer to the instructions below to install the ASUS QConnector.
1.
Connect the front panel cables to the
ASUS Q-Connector.
Refer to the labels on the Q-Connector
to know the detailed pin definitions, then
match them to the respective front panel
cable labels.
2.
Install the ASUS Q-Connector to the
system panel connector, making sure
the orientation matches the labels on the
motherboard.
3.
The front panel functions are now enabled.
The figure shows the Q-Connector properly
installed on the motherboard.
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2.8
G.P. Diagnosis card installation
2.8.1
G.P. Diagnosis card layout
LED 0 and 1
Power Switch. Press
to turn ON or OFF the
computer.
Reset Button.
Press to restart the
computer.
Card connector
2.8.2
Installing G.P. Diagnosis card
Make sure to turn off the power supply unit before instaling the diagnosis card to
avoid electrical shock hazard.
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1.
Locate the TPM connector (20-1
pin TPM) on the motherboard (Refer
to page 2-32 for the connector
location).
2.
With the LEDs of the diagnosis
card facing to the DIMM sockets,
align the card connector with the
TPM connector and press firmly
until the card sits on the connector
completely.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.8.3
G.P. Diagnosis card check codes
D0
Initiate chip
75
Detect IDE
D1
Enable IO device for bootlock
78
Initiate option ROM
D2
Check and wake up system
85
Show post error
D3
Prepare system for memory detection 87
and sizing
A4
D4
Memory test
AC
OS in PIC mode
D5
Copy BIOS from ROM to RAM
AA
OS in APIC mode
C0
Early CPU initiation
01
S1
C5
Wake up AP
03
S3
0A
Initiate KBC8042
04
S4
0B
Detect PS2 mouse
05
S5
0C
Detect PS2 keyboard
10
Resume from S1
38
USB initiation
30
Resume from S3
52
Display USB devices
40
Resume from S4
2A
Initiate VGA BIOS
00
Leave BIOS and pass control to OS
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BIOS boot menu
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2.9
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
2.
4.
5.
6.
Be sure that all switches are off.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge
protector.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case
lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up
when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with “green”
standards or if it has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up
or switch between orange and green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are
running, the BIOS beeps (see BIOS beep codes table below) or additional
messages appear on the screen. If you do not see anything within 30
seconds from the time you turned on the power, the system may have failed
a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call your
retailer for assistance.
BIOS Beep
One short beep
One continuous beep followed by two
short beeps then a pause (repeated)
One continuous beep followed by three
short beeps
One continuous beep followed by four
short beeps
7.
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Description
VGA detected
Quick boot set to disabled
No keyboard detected
No memory detected
No VGA detected
Hardware component failure
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 3.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.10 Turning off the computer
2.10.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® Vista:
1. Click the Start button and then select Shut Down.
2. The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button and then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
2.10.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts
the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the
soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. Refer to section 3.6 Power Menu for
details.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter tells how to change the
system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS
parameters are also provided.
3
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
3.1
3
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 3-1
3.2
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 3-9
3.4
Ai Tweaker................................................................................... 3-17
3.6
Power menu................................................................................. 3-32
3.3
3.5
3.7
3.8
3.9
Main menu................................................................................... 3-12
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 3-24
Boot menu................................................................................... 3-36
Tools menu.................................................................................. 3-40
Exit menu..................................................................................... 3-44
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Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1.
ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
3.
ASUS AFUDOS (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk)
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk or USB flash disk.)
2.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk,
USB flash disk or the motherboard support DVD when the BIOS file fails or
gets corrupted.)
4.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk or
USB flash disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the
original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or AFUDOS utilities.
3.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the
motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you
to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
•
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support DVD that comes with the motherboard
package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support DVD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX.
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Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
3-2
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet option from the drop‑down
menu, then click Next.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic, or
click Auto Select. Click Next.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
4.
5.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself through
the Internet. Always update the
utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, then click Open.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
P5Q-WS.ROM
P5Q-WS
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3.1.2
1.
Creating a bootable floppy disk
Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk drive.
b. Click Start from the Windows® desktop, then select My Computer.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2 Floppy
Disk window appears.
e. Select Create an MS-DOS startup disk from the format options field,
then click Start.
2.
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Windows® Vista environment
a. Insert a formatted, high density 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk
drive.
b. Click Start from the Windows® desktop, then select Computer.
c. Right-click Floppy Disk Drive then click Format to display the Format 3
1/2 Floppy dialog box.
d. Select the Create an MS-DOS startup disk check box.
e. Click Start.
Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable floppy
disk.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to go
through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and using a DOS‑based
utility. The EZ Flash 2 utility is built-in the BIOS chip so it is accessible by pressing
<Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self Tests (POST).
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2
1.
2.
3.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
the motherboard.
Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk or a USB flash disk, then restart the
system.
You can launch the EZ Flash 2 by two methods.
(1) Insert the floppy disk / USB flash disk that contains the BIOS file to the
floppy disk drive or the USB port.
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.25
FLASH TYPE: WINBOND W25P/X16
Current ROM
BOARD: P5Q-WS
VER: 0121
DATE: 05/20/2008
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
(2) Enter BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash2
and press <Enter> to enable it.
4.
You can switch between drives by pressing <Tab> before the correct file
is found. Then press <Enter>.
When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update
process and automatically reboots the system when done.
•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk or a floppy disk
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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3.1.4
AFUDOS utility
The AFUDOS utility allows you to update the BIOS file in DOS environment using
a bootable floppy disk with the updated BIOS file. This utility also allows you to
copy the current BIOS file that you can use as backup when the BIOS fails or gets
corrupted during the updating process.
Copying the current BIOS
To copy the current BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility
1.
2.
•
Make sure that the floppy disk is not write-protected and has at least
1024KB free space to save the file.
•
The succeeding BIOS screens are for reference only. The actual BIOS
screen displays may not be same as shown.
Copy the AFUDOS utility (afudos.exe) from the motherboard support DVD to
the bootable floppy disk you created earlier.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt type:
afudos /o[filename]
where the [filename] is any user-assigned filename not more than eight
alphanumeric characters for the main filename and three alphanumeric
characters for the extension name.
A:\>afudos /oOLDBIOS1.rom
Main filename
3.
Extension name
Press <Enter>. The utility copies the current BIOS file to the floppy disk.
A:\>afudos /oOLDBIOS1.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... done
Write to file...... ok
A:\>
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after copying the current BIOS file.
Updating the BIOS file
To update the BIOS file using the AFUDOS utility:
1.
3-6
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) and download the latest BIOS file for
the motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk.
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
Write the BIOS filename on a piece of paper. You need to type the exact BIOS
filename at the DOS prompt.
2.
3.
Copy the AFUDOS utility (afudos.exe) from the motherboard support DVD to
the bootable floppy disk you created earlier.
Boot the system in DOS mode, then at the prompt type:
afudos /i[filename]
where [filename] is the latest or the original BIOS file on the bootable floppy
disk.
A:\>afudos /iP5Q-WS.ROM
4.
The utility verifies the file and starts updating the BIOS.
A:\>afudos /iP5Q-WS.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ....... done
Reading flash ...... done
Advance Check ......
Erasing flash ...... done
Writing flash ...... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
system boot failure!
5.
The utility returns to the DOS prompt after the BIOS update process is
completed. Reboot the system from the hard disk drive.
A:\>afudos /iP5Q-WS.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.19(ASUS V2.07(03.11.24BB))
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING!! Do not turn off power during flash BIOS
Reading file ....... done
Reading flash ...... done
Advance Check ......
Erasing flash ...... done
Writing flash ...... done
Verifying flash .... done
Please restart your computer
A:\>
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3.1.5
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, the floppy disk,
or the USB flash disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
Prepare the motherboard support DVD, the floppy disk or the USB flash disk
containing the updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
Recovering the BIOS from the support DVD
To recover the BIOS from the support DVD:
1.
Turn on the system.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks the DVD
for the BIOS file.
2.
Insert the motherboard support DVD to the optical drive.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted
BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “P5Q-WS.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
Recovering the BIOS from the USB flash disk
To recover the BIOS from the USB flash disk:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains BIOS file to the USB port.
3.
The utility will automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file When found,
the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted BIOS file.
2.
4.
Turn on the system.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
•
•
3-8
Only the USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and single partition can
support 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!
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
3.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable firmware chip that you can update
using the provided utility described in section 3.1 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 firmware 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 wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You can
also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this last option only if
the first two failed.
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 for 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 3.9 Exit Menu.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes
only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
this motherboard.
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3.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Menu bar
Configuration fields
General help
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
Storage Configuration
[11:55:25]
[Fri 05/23/2008]
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
[English]
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
������������������
System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-]
to configure the
System Time.
Select Screen
Select Item
Field
Tab Select Field
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
+- Change
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Sub-menu items
3.2.2
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
Ai Tweaker
For changing the overclocking settings
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
Tools
For configuring options for special functions
Boot
Exit
For changing the system boot configuration
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.
3.2.3
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.
The navigation keys may differ from one screen to another.
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3.2.4
Menu items
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, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
3.2.5
System Time
System Date
Floppy Diskette A
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
Use [ENTER], [TAB], or
[SHIFT-TAB] to select
a field.
[11:56:54]
[Wed 04/30/2008]
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
[English]
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Storage Configuration
System Information
Sub-menu items
Main menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the iteam has a
sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press <Enter>.
3.2.6
Configuration fields
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 3.2.7 Pop-up window.
3.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter>
to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
3.2.8
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.
3.2.9
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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3.3
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 3.2.1 BIOS menu screen for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
SATA5
SATA6
Storage Configuration
[11:55:25]
[Fri 05/23/2008]
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
[English]
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
������������������
System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure System Time.
Select Screen
Select Item
Field
Tab Select Field
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
+- Change
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2008, American Megatrends, Inc.
3.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
3.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
3.3.3
Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [720K , 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
3.3.4
Language [English]
Allows you to select the display language for the BIOS setup screen.
Configuration options: [Chinese(BIG5)] [Chinese(GB)] [Japanese] [Korean(KR)]
[Français] [German] [Español] [Italian] [English]
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3.3.5
SATA 1–6
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of Serial ATA
devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each SATA device. Select a device item
then press <Enter> to display the SATA device information.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
SATA 1
Device : Hard Disk
Vendor : WDC WD800JD-00LSA0
Size : 80.0GB
LBA Mode : Supported
Block Mode : 16Sectors
PIO Mode : 4
Async DMA : MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA : Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring: Supported
Type
[Auto]
LBA/Large Mode
[Auto]
Block(Multi-Sector Transfer)M
[Auto]
PIO Mode
[Auto]
DMA Mode
[Auto]
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
32Bit Data Transfer
[Enabled]
Select the type of
device connected to
the system.
Select Screen
Select Item
Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
+- Change
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2008, American Megatrends, Inc.
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 device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Setting 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]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting 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 set to [Auto], the data
transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device
supports multi-sector transfer feature. When set to [Disabled], the data transfer
from and to the device occurs one sector at a time.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Allows you to select the data transfer mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
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DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0] [SWDMA1] [SWDMA2] [MWDMA0]
[MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0] [UDMA1] [UDMA2] [UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5]
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]
3.3.6
Storage Configuration
The items in this menu allow you to set or change the configurations for the SATA
devices installed in the system. Select an item then press <Enter> if you want to
configure the item.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Storage Configuration
Options
SATA#1 Configuraton
Configure SATA#1 as
[Enhanced]
[IDE]
Hard Disk Write Protect IDE Detect Time Out (Sec)
[Disabled]
[35]
Disabled
Compatible
Enhanced
SATA#1 Configuration [Enhanced]
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible] [Enhanced]
Configure SATA#1 as [IDE]
Sets the configuration for the Serial ATA connectors supported by the
Southbridge chip. Configuration options: [IDE] [RAID] [AHCI]
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•
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical
storage devices, keep the default setting [IDE].
•
If you want the Serial ATA hard disk drives to use the Advanced Host
Controller Interface (AHCI), set this item to [AHCI]. The AHCI allows
the onboard storage driver to enable advanced Serial ATA features that
increases storage performance on random workloads by allowing the drive
to internally optimize the order of commands.
•
If you want to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, or the Intel®
Matrix Storage Technology configuration from the Serial ATA hard disk
drives, set this item to [RAID].
Chapter 3: BIOS setup
Hard Disk Write Protect [Disabled]
Disables or enables device write protection. This will be effective only if the device
is accessed through BIOS.
Configuration option: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec) [35]
Selects the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices.
Configuration options: [0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
3.3.7
AHCI Configuration
This menu is the section for AHCI configuration. It appears only when you set the
item Configure SATA as from the sub-menu of SATA Configuration to [AHCI].
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AHCI Settings
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
AHCI
Port1
Port2
Port3
Port4
Port5
Port6
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[Not
[15]
Some SATA CD/DVD in
AHCI mode need to wait ready longer.
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
AHCI CD/DVD Boot Time out [15]
Selects the boot time out value for ACHI CD/DVD devices.
Congifuration options: [0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
AHCI Port1–6 [XXXX]
Displays the status of auto-detection of SATA devices.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
AHCI Port1
Device :Not Detected
SATA Port1
SMART Monitoring
[Auto]
[Enabled]
Select the type of devices connected
to the system.
SATA Port1 [Auto]
Allows you to select the type of device connected to the system.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Not Installed]
SMART Monitoring [Enabled]
Allows you to set the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology.
Configration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.3.8
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main
Bios Information
Version : 0121
Build Date : 05/20/08
Processor
Type : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz
Speed : 2666MHz
Count : 2
System Memory
Usable Size : 2048MB
Select Screen
Select Item
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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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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3.4
Ai Tweaker menu
The Ai Tweaker menu items allow you to configure overclocking-related items.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Ai Tweaker menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
The default values of the following items vary depending on the CPU and
memory modules you install on the motherboard.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Configure System Performance Settings
Ai Overclock Tuner
[Auto]
Ratio CMOS Setting
[Auto]
FSB Strap to North Bridge [Auto]
DRAM Frequency
[Auto]
DRAM Timing Control
[Auto]
1st Information : 5-5-5-15-3-44-5-3
2nd Information : 8-3-5-4-6-4-6
3rd Information : 13-5-1-6-6
DRAM Static Read Control [Auto]
DRAM Read Training
[Auto]
MEM. OC Charger
[Auto
Ai Clock Twister
[Auto]
Ai Transaction Booster
[Auto]
C/P : A1 A2 A3 A4
LVL : 12 12 12 12
******** Please key in numbers directly! ********
Options
Manual
Auto
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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Scroll down to display the following items:
CPU Voltage
[Auto]
CPU GTL Reference(0/2)
[Auto]
CPU GTL Reference(1/3)
[Auto]
CPU PLL Voltage
[Auto]
FSB Termination Voltage [Auto]
Memory Voltage
[Auto]
NB Voltage
[Auto]
NB GTL Reference
[Auto]
SB Voltage
[Auto]
PCIE SATA Voltage
[Auto]
*************************************************
Load-Line Calibration
[Auto]
CPU Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
PCIE Spread Spectrum
[Auto]
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Configure System performance Settings
Ai Overclock Tuner [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal
frequency. Select either one of the preset overclocking configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
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Ratio CMOS Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and FSB Frequency. Use
the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
Configuration options: [Auto] [06.0] [07.0] [08.0] [09.0] [10.0]
The following two items appear only when you set the Ai Overclock Tuner item
to [Manual].
FSB 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 frequency. You can also type the desired 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
Front Side Bus
FSB 1600
FSB 1333
FSB 1066
FSB 800
CPU External Frequency
400 MHz
333 MHz
266 MHz
200 MHz
PCIE Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the PCI Express frequency. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust
the frequency or t���������������������������������������������������������������
ype the desired frequency using the numeric keypad�������������
. The values
range from 100 to 180.
FSB Strap to North Bridge [Auto]
When set to [Auto], the FSB Strap will be adjusted automatically by FSB
Frequency and DRAM Frequency.
Congifuration options: [Auto] [200 MHz] [266 MHz] [333 MHz] [400 MHz]
DRAM Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to set the DDR2 operating frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR2-667 MHz] [DDR2-800 MHz] [DDR2-835MHz]
[DDR2-887 MHz] [DDR2-1002MHz] [DDR2-1066MHz] [DDR2-1111�����
MHz��]
[DDR2-1335MHz]
The DRAM Frequency configuration options vary with the FSB Frequency
item settings.
Selecting a very high DRAM frequency may cause the system to become
unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting.
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DRAM Timing Control [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
•
The following sub-items apprear only when you set the DRAM Timing
Control item to [Manual].
•
The configuration options for some of the following items vary depending
on the DIMMs you install on the motherboard.
1st Information : 5-5-5-15-3-44-5-3 (These values are auto-detected)
CAS# Latency [5 DRAM Clocks]
Configuration options: [3 DRAM Clocks] [4 DRAM Clocks]�����������������
–����������������
[11 DRAM Clocks]
DRAM RAS# to CAS# Delay [5 DRAM Clocks]
Configuration options: [3 DRAM Clocks] [4 DRAM Clocks]–[17 DRAM Clocks]
[18 DRAM Clocks]
DRAM RAS# Precharge Time [5 DRAM Clocks]
Configuration options: [3 DRAM Clocks] [4 DRAM Clocks]–[17 DRAM Clocks]
[18 DRAM Clocks]
DRAM RAS# Activate to Precharge Time [15 DRAM Clocks]
Configuration options: [3 DRAM Clocks] [4 DRAM Clocks]–[17 DRAM Clocks]
[18 DRAM Clocks]
RAS# to RAS# Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
Row Refresh Cycle Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [20 DRAM Clocks] [25 DRAM Clocks]
[30 DRAM Clocks] [35 DRAM Clocks]�����������������������������������
–����������������������������������
[80 DRAM Clocks] �����������������
[85 DRAM Clocks]
[105 DRAM Clocks] [132 DRAM Clocks]
Write Recovery Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
Read to Precharge Time [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
2nd Information : 8-3-5-4-6-4-6 (These values are auto-detected)
READ to WRITE Delay(S/D) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
WRITE to READ Delay(S) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
WRITE to READ Delay(D) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
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READ To READ Delay(S) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
READ To READ Delay(D) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
WRITE To WRITE Delay(S) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
WRITE To WRITE Delay(D) [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
3rd Information : 13-5-1-6-6 (These values are auto-detected)
WRITE to PRE Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[31 DRAM Clocks]
READ to PRE Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
PRE to PRE Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[3 DRAM Clocks]
ALL PRE to ACT Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
ALL PRE to REF Delay [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1 DRAM Clocks]–[15 DRAM Clocks]
DRAM Static Read Control [Auto]
Adjusting this item might enhance DRAM overclocking ability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM Read Training [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
MEM. OC Charger [Auto]
Enable this item to increase DRAM overclockability.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
Ai Clock Twister [Auto]
Allows you to set the DRAM performance. Set this item to [Light] or [Lighter]
to enhance DRAM compatibility, or [Strong] or [Stronger] to accelerate DRAM
performance.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Lighter] [Light] [Moderate] [Strong] [Stronger]
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Ai Transaction Booster [Auto]
Allows you to set the system performance.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
The following two sub-items appear only when you set the Ai Transaction
Booster item to [Manual].
Common Performance Level [05]
Set this item to a higher level for better compatibility or a lower level for
better performance. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value or t��������
ype the
desired value using the numeric keypad��������������������������������
. The values range from 1 to 31.
Pull-In of CHA/B PH1/2/3/4 [Disabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to apply enhancement on DRAM Channel A and B,
Phase 1 to 4. The number of phases is determined by DRAM frequency and
FSB strap. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following ten (10) items are adjusted by typing the desired values using
the numeric keypad and press the <Enter> key. You can also use the <+> and
<-> keys to adjust the value. To restore the default setting, type [auto] using the
keyboard and press the <Enter> key.
CPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU VCore voltage. The values range from 0.85000V to
2.0000V* with a 0.00625V interval.
•
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU Vcore voltage.
Setting a high VCore voltage may damage the CPU permanently, and
setting a low VCore voltage may make the system unstable.
•
*The value [2.0000V] of the CPU Voltage item is supported only if the
OV_CPU jumper is enabled; otherwise the maximum voltage supported is
[1.70000V]. See 2. CPU / Northbridge overvoltage setting on page 2-20
for details.
CPU GTL Voltage Reference(0/2) [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU GTL voltage reference. The values range from 0.370x
to 0.760x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might enhance CPU overclocking
ability.
CPU GTL Voltage Reference(1/3) [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU GTL voltage reference. The values range from 0.410x
to 0.800x with a 0.005x interval. Different ratio might enhance CPU overclocking
ability.
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CPU PLL Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the CPU PLL voltage. The values range from 1.50V to 2.78V with
a 0.02V interval.
FSB Termination Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the front side bus termination voltage. The values range from
1.20V* to 1.90V with a 0.02V interval.
*The minimum value of this item becomes 1.10V when a 45nm CPU is installed.
Memory Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the memory voltage. The values range from 1.80V to 3.08V with
a 0.02V interval.
NB Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the North Bridge voltage. The values range from 1.10V to 2.06V*
with a 0.02V interval.
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•
The value [2.06V] of the NB Voltage item is supported only if the OV_NB
jumper is enabled, otherwise the maximum voltage supported is [1.76V].
See 2. CPU / Northbridge overvoltage setting on page 2-20 for details.
•
Setting the CPU PLL Voltage, FSB Termination Voltage, Memory
Voltage and NB Voltage items to a high level may damage the chipset,
memory module and CPU permanently. Proceed with caution.
•
Some values of the CPU PLL Voltage, FSB Termination Voltage,
Memory Voltage and NB Voltage items are labeled in different color,
indicating the risk levels of high voltage settings. Refer to the table below
for details.
•
The system may need better cooling system to work stably under high
voltage settings.
Blue
Yellow
Purple
Red
CPU PLL Voltage
1.50V–1.78V
1.80V–2.00V
2.02V–2.20V
2.22V–2.78V
FSB Termination Voltage
1.20V–1.38V
1.40V–1.90V
N/A
N/A
Memory Voltage
1.80V–1.98V
2.00V–2.20V
2.22V–2.40V
2.42V–3.08V
NB Voltage
1.10V–1.26V
1.28V–1.40V
1.42V–1.58V
1.60V–2.06V
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NB GTL Reference [Auto]
Allows you to set the Northbridge GTL voltage reference. Different ratio might
enhance CPU overclocking ability. The values range from 0.370x to 0.760x with a
0.005x interval.
SB Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the South Bridge voltage. The values range from 1.10V to 1.40V
with a 0.10V interval.
PCIE SATA Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the PCI Express SATA voltage. The values range from 1.50V to
1.80V with a 0.10V interval.
Load-Line Calibration [Auto]
Allows you to select the CPU Load-Line mode. Set to [Disabled] to follow Intel
specifications, or to [Enabled] to improve CPU VDroop directly.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Set to [Disabled] to enhance FSB overclocking ability or [Auto] for EMI control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
PCIE Spread Spectrum [Auto]
Set to [Disabled] to enhance PCIE overclocking ability or [Auto] for EMI control.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
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3.5
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
USB Configuration
PCIPnP
Configure CPU.
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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3.5.1
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
The items shown in this screen may vary with CPU model.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure advanced CPU settings
Manufacturer:Intel
Brand String:Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz
Frequency :2.66GHz
FSB Speed :1332 MHz
Cache L1 :64 KB
Cache L2 :4096 KB
Ratio Status: Unlocked (Min:06, Max:09)
Ratio Actual Value:8
CPUID :6FB
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.
Select Screen
Ratio CMOS Setting
[Auto]
Select Item
C1E Support
[Enabled]
+- Change Option
Max CPUID Value Limit
[Disabled]
F1 General Help
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
F10
Save and Exit
CPU TM function
[Enabled]
ESC
Exit
Execute-Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) Tech [Enabled]
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech
[Enabled]
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Ratio CMOS Setting [Auto]
Allows you to adjust the ratio between CPU Core Clock and FSB Frequency. Use
the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the value.
Configuration options: [Auto] [06.0] [07.0] [08.0] [09.0] [10.0]
C1E Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable Enhanced Halt State support.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Max CPUID Value Limit [Disabled]
Setting this item to [Enabled] allows legacy operating systems to boot even without
support for CPUs with extended CPUID functions.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) Virtualization Tech [Enabled]
The Intel® Virtualization Technology allows a hardware platform to run multiple
operating systems separately and simultaneously, enabling one system to virtually
function as several systems.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU TM function [Enabled]
This function enables the overheated CPU to throttle the clock speed to cool down.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Execute-Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the No-Execution Page Protection Technology.
Setting this item to [Disabled] forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero
(0). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set the Ratio CMOS Setting item to
[Auto].
Intel(R) SpeedStep (TM) Tech [Enabled]
When set to [Disabled], the CPU runs at its default speed. When set to [Enabled],
the CPU speed is controlled by the operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Intel(R) C-STATE Tech [Enabled]
Allows you enable or disable the Intel® C-STATE Technology. When enabled, the
CPU idle is set to C2/C3/C4.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.5.2
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced Chipset Settings
WARMING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Configure North Bridge
features.
North Bridge Configuration
NEC PCI-X Hub Configuration
North Bridge Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
North Bridge Chipset Configuration
Memory Remap Feature
[Enabled]
PCI MMIO Allocation: 4GB To 3328MB
Initiate Graphic Adapter [PEG/PCI]
ENABLE: Allow
remapping of
overlapped PCI memory
above the total
physical memory.
DISABLE: Do not allow
remapping of memory.
Memory Remap Feature [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the remapping of the overlapped PCI memory
above the total physical memory. Enable this option only when you install
64-bit operating system.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Initiate Graphic Adapter [PEG/PCI]
Allows you to decide which graphics controller to use as the primary boot
device. Configuration options: [PCI/PEG] [PEG/PCI]
NEC PCI-X Hub Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure advanced settings for PCI-X Hub
PCI
I/O
RAS
VGA
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Bus Frequency
Port Decode
Sticky Error Handling
16-Bit Decode
[Auto]
[4K Decode]
[Clear Errors]
[Enabled]
This question will
allow to select the
maximum PCI bus speed
to be programmed.
Default will always
be set to AUTO where
bus speed will be
decided based on the
capabilities of the
device on that bus.
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PCI Bus Frequency [Auto]
Allows you to select the PCI bus speed. When this item is set to [Auto], PCI
bus runs at the speed determined by the device installed.
Configuration options: [Auto] [33 Mhz PCI] [66 Mhz PCI] [66 Mhz PCI-X M1]
[100 Mhz PCI-X M1] [133 Mhz PCI-X M1]
II/O Port Decode [4K Decode]
Allows you to select the decode range for I/O ports.
Configuration options: [4K Decode] [1K Decode]
RAS Sticky Error Handling [Clear Errors]
Allows you to select the way to handle Sticky RAS errors.
Configuration options: [Clear Errors] [Leave Errors]
VGA 16-Bit Decode [Enabled]
Enables or disables decoding of graphics card.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Onboard Devices Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Onboard Devices Configuration
High Definition Audio
Front Panel Type
SPDIF OUT Mode Setting
Realtek Gigabit LAN
LAN Boot ROM
Realtek Gigabit LAN2
LAN Boot ROM
Agere Firewire 1394
Marvell IDE/eSATA
IDE/eSATA Boot ROM
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[SPDIF]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Legacy Mode]
[Enabled]
Enable or Disable
High Definition Audio
Controller
Select Screen
Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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High Definition Audio [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the High Definition Audio controller. The following
two items appear only when you set this item to [Enabled].
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Front Panel Type [HD Audio]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy
AC’97 or high-definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front
panel audio module supports. Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
SPDIF OUT Mode Setting [SPDIF]
Allows you to set the digital audio connector (SPDIF) mode to SPDIF or
HDMI depending on the audio device you use.
Configuration options: [SPDIF] [HDMI]
Realtek Gigabit LAN1/2 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard Realtek LAN port1/2.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item appears only when you enable the previous item.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Agere Firewire 1394 [Enabled]
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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Marvell IDE/eSATA [Legacy Mode]
Allows you to disable the onboard Marvell IDE/eSATA controller or set its mode.
Configuration options: [Legacy Mode] [RAID Mode] [Disabled]
If you want to create a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration from the Serial ATA hard
disk drives, set this item to [RAID Mode].
If you want to use the Serial ATA hard disk drives as Parallel ATA physical storage
devices, keep the default setting [Legacy Mode].
IDE/eSATA Boot ROM [Enabled]
This item appears only when you set the previous item to �����������������
[Legacy Mode] or
[RAID Mode]���������������������������������������������
. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.5.4
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
USB Configuration
Options
USB Devices Enabled:
None
USB Functions
USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
BIOS EHCI Hand-off
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[HiSpeed]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
Disabled
Enabled
Select Screen
Select Item
Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
+- Change
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The USB Devices Enabled item shows 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 Host Controllers.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when you set USB Functions to [Enabled].
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to set the USB 2.0 controller mode to HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or
FullSpeed (12 Mbps). Configuration options: [FullSpeed] [HiSpeed]
The USB 2.0 Controller Mode item appears only when you enable the USB
2.0 Controller.
BIOS EHCI Hand-off [Enabled]
Allows you to enable the support for operating systems without an EHCI hand‑off
feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable the support for legacy USB devices. Setting 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]
3.5.5
PCIPnP
The PCIPnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP
devices.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
[No]
NO: lets the BIOS
configure all the
devices in the system.
YES: lets the
operating system
configure Plug and Play (PnP) devices not
required for boot if
your system has a Plug
and Play operating
system.
Select Screen
Select Item
Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
+- Change
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Plug And Play O/S [No]
When set to [NO], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When 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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3.6
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Suspend Mode
Repost Video on S3 Resume
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
[Auto]
[No]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
Select Screen
Select Item
Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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3.6.1
Suspend Mode [Auto]
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]
3.6.2
Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Determines whether to invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
3.6.3
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
Add additional tables as per ACPI 2.0 specifications.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
3.6.4
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) support in the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC). When
set to [Enabled], the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.6.5
APM Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss Power
Power
Power
Power
On
On
On
On
[Power Off]
By RTC Alarm
[Disabled]
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[Disabled]
By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
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PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Energy Star 4.0C Support <Enter> to select
whether or not to
restart the system
after AC power loss.
[Disabled]
Select Screen
Select Item
Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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Restore On AC Power Loss [Power Off]
When set to [Power Off], the system goes into off state after an AC power loss.
When set to [Power On], the system goes on after an AC power loss. When 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]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item
is set to [Enabled], the items RTC Alarm Date/ RTC Alarm Hour/ RTC Alarm
Minute/ RTC Alarm Second will become user-configurable with set values.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PCI/PCI-X Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI/PCI-X
devices. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PCIE devices to generate a wake event.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function or set specific keys
on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power
supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-Esc] [Power Key]
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Energy Star 4.0c Support [Disabled]
Setting this item to [Enabled] to pass Energy Star 4.0c rating. When enabled,
S3-PS/2 & USB wake-up functions will be closed, and S4/S5-Marvell LAN, PS/2 &
USB devices wake-up functions will be closed.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
3.6.6
Hardware Monitor
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Power
CPU Temperature
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
[47ºC/116.5ºF]
[32ºC/89.5ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Q-Fan Control
[4500RPM]
[Disabled]
Chassis Fan 1 Speed
Chassis Fan 2 Speed
Chassis Q-Fan Control
[N/A]
[N/A]
[Disabled]
Power Fan Speed
[N/A]
CPU Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[ 1.304V]
[ 3.248V]
[ 5.112V]
[12.096V]
Select Screen
Select Item
Field
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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CPU Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
MB Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
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 [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
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].
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU Q-fan control feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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The following item appears only when you enable the CPU Q-Fan Control item.
CPU Fan Profile [Standard]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the ASUS Q-Fan.
When set to [Standard], the CPU fan automatically adjusts depending on
the CPU temperature. Set this item to [Silent] to minimize fan speed for
quiet CPU fan operation, or [Turbo] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed.
Configuration options: [Standard] [Silent] [Turbo]
Chassis Fan 1/2 Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the chassis
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows [N/A].
Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Chassis Q-fan control feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following item appears only when you enable the Chassis Q-Fan Control
item.
Chassis Fan Profile [Standard]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the ASUS Q-Fan.
When set to [Standard], the chassis fan automatically adjusts depending
on the chassis temperature. Set this item to [Silent] to minimize fan speed
for quiet chassis fan operation, or [Turbo] to achieve maximum chassis fan
speed. Configuration options: [Standard] [Silent] [Turbo]
Power Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored] / [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the power
fan speed in rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the
motherboard, the field shows [N/A].
CPU Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators. Select [Ignored] if you do not want to detect this
item.
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3.7
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:
) may appear when you
set the CD-ROM drive
as the first boot
device.
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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3.7.1
Boot Device Priority
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
[Hard Drive]
[ATAPI CD-ROM]
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
A device enclosed in parenthesis has been
disabled in the
corresponding type
menu.
Select Screen
Select Item
Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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1st ~ xxth Boot Device [xxx Drive]
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: [1st FLOPPY DRIVE] [Hard Drive] [ATAPI CD-ROM]
[Disabled]
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3.7.2
Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo
[Enabled]
AddOn ROM Display Mode
[Force BIOS]
Bootup Num-Lock
[On]
Wait for ‘F1’ if Error
[Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display[Enabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
Select Screen
Select Item
Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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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.
AddOn 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]
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]
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3.7.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password : Not Installed
User Password : Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Change
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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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.
2.
3.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
From the password box, type a password composed of at least six letters
and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
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 user
password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then
press <Enter>. 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 2.6 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.
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BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password : Installed
User Password : Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
[Full Access]
[Setup]
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.
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.
2.
3.
Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six
letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
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]
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3.8
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Press ENTER to run
the utility to select
and update BIOS.
This utility doesn't
support :
1.NTFS format
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Express Gate
Enter OS Timer
Reset User Data
[Enabled]
[10 Seconds]
[No]
ASUS O.C. Profile
AI Net 2
Select Screen
Select Item
Field
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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3.8.1
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. Please see section 3.1.3 ASUS EZ
Flash 2 utility for details.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.25
FLASH TYPE: WINBOND W25P/X16
Current ROM
BOARD: P5Q-WS
VER: 0121
DATE: 05/20/2008
PATH: A:\
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
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3.8.2
Express Gate
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. Refer to section 4.3.9 ASUS Express
GATE for details. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Enter OS Timer [10 Seconds]
Sets 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]
Allows you to clear Express Gate’s user data.
Configuration options: [No] [Reset]
When setting this item to [Reset], make sure 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 will run again when you enter the Express Gate
environment after clearing its settings.
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3.8.3
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
O.C. PROFILE Configuration
O.C. Profile 1 Status
O.C. Profile 2 Status
Save BIOS settings to Profile 1
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
Save to Profile 1
Load from Profile 1
Save to Profile 2
Load from Profile 2
Start O.C. Profile
Save to Profle 1/2
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. Press <Enter> to save
the file.
Load from Profile 1/2
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press
<Enter> to load the file.
Start O.C. Profile
Allows you to run the utility to save and load CMOS. Press <Enter> to run the
utility.
ASUSTek O.C. Profile Utility V1.25
Current CMOS
BOARD: P5Q-WS
VER: 0121
DATE: 05/20/2008
PATH: A:\
Restore CMOS
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
A:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup [Esc] Exit
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•
This function can support devices such as a USB flash disk or a floppy disk
with FAT 32/16 format and single partition only.
•
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent
the system boot failure!
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3.8.4
AI Net 2
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Tools
Realtek Check LAN
cable during POST.
AI NET 2
Pair Status Length
Check Realtek LAN cable
[Disabled]
Select Screen
Select Item
Field
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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Check Realtek LAN Cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the Marvell LAN cable during the Power-On
Self‑Test (POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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3.9
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.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Select Screen
Select Item
Enter Go to Sub Screen
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
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Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. 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.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while exiting.
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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This chapter describes the contents of
the support DVD that comes with the
motherboard package and the software.
4
Software
support
Chapter summary
4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
4
Installing an operating system.................................................... 4-1
Support DVD information............................................................. 4-1
Software information.................................................................... 4-9
RAID configurations................................................................... 4-40
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 4-55
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Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/ 64-bit XP/ Vista™ operating systems
(OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize
the features of your hardware.
4.2
•
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS
documentation for detailed information.
•
Make sure that you install the Windows® XP Service Pack2 or later versions
before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
Support DVD information
The support DVD that came 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(www.asus.com) for updates.
4.2.1
Running the support DVD
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support DVD/
motherboard information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in 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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Drivers menu
The Drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
ASUS InstAll - Drivers Installation Wizard
Installs all of the drivers through the Installation Wizard.
Intel Chipset Inf Update Program
Installs the Intel® chipset Inf update program.
Realtek Audio Driver
Installs the Realtek® ALC1200 audio driver and application.
Realtek RTL8111b 10/100/1000M LAN Driver
Installs the Realtek® RTL8111b LAN driver.
Realtek Teaming Utility
Installs the Realtek® Teaming utility.
Marvell 61xx SATA RAID Driver
Installs the Marvell® 61xx SATA RAID driver.
ASUS EPU-WS Engine
Installs the ASUS EPU-WS Engine driver and utility.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the USB 2.0 driver.
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4.2.3
Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
Click to display
Click to return
to the previous
ASUS InstAll - Installation Wizard for Utilities
Installs all of the utilities through the Installation Wizard.
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltages,
and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
in healthy operating condition.
ASUS AI Suite
The ASUS AI Suite is an innovative application to do overclocking, fan control,
power saving and quiet thermal control.
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ASUS Update
The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
ASUS Express Gate Installer
Installs the ASUS Express Gate application.
Anti-Virus Utility
The anti-virus application detects and protects your computer from viruses that
destroys data.
Adobe Acrobat Reader 8
Installs the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader that allows you to open, view, and print
documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
Installs the Microsoft® DirectX 9.0c driver. The Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c is a
multimedia technology that enhances computer graphics and sound. DirectX®
improves the multimedia features of you computer so you can enjoy watching
TV and movies, capturing videos, or playing games in your computer. Visit the
Microsoft website (www.microsoft.com) for updates.
Ulead Burn.Now
Installs the Ulead Burn.Now application for Audio DVD, CD and data disc creation.
Corel MediaOne Starter
Installs the Corel MediaOne Starter application to easily manage, edit share and
protect your multimedia data.
CyberLink PowerBackup
Installs CyberLink PowerBackup to back up and restore your data easily.
Ulead PhotoImpact 12 SE
Installs the PhotoImpact image editing software.
Winzip 11
Installs the Winzip utility for easy file-compression and protection.
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4.2.4
Make disk menu
The Make disk menu contains items to create the Intel ICH10R or Marvell® 61xx
driver disk.
Intel ICH10R 32/64 bit RAID/AHCI Driver Disk
Allows you to create an ICH10R 32/64bit RAID/AHCI driver disk.
Marvell 61xx 32/64bit SATA Driver
Allows you to create a Marvell® 61xx 32/64bit SATA driver disk.
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Manual menu
The Manual menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an item to
open the folder of the user manual.
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual
file.
4.2.6
ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
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4.2.7
Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information on the
motherboard and the contents of the support DVD. Click an icon to display the
specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
Browse this DVD
Displays the support DVD contents in graphical format.
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Technical support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out when
requesting technical support.
Filelist
Displays the contents of the support DVD in text format.
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4.3
Software information
Most of the applications in the support DVD have wizards that will conveniently
guide you through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came
with the software application for more information.
4.3.1
ASUS MyLogo2™
The ASUS MyLogo2™ utility lets you customize the boot logo. The boot logo is the
image that appears on screen during the Power‑On‑Self-Tests (POST). The ASUS
MyLogo2™ is automatically installed when you install the ASUS Update utility from
the support DVD. See section 4.2.3 Utilities menu for details.
•
Before using the ASUS MyLogo2™, use the AFUDOS utility to make a copy
of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS version from the ASUS
website. See section 3.1.4 AFUDOS utility.
•
Make sure that the BIOS item Full Screen Logo is set to [Enabled] if
you wish to use ASUS MyLogo2. See section 3.7.2 Boot Settings
Configuration.
•
You can create your own boot logo image in GIF file format.
To launch the ASUS MyLogo2™:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Launch the ASUS Update utility. Refer to section 3.1.1 ASUS Update utility
for details.
Select Options from the drop down menu, and then click Next.
Check the option Launch MyLogo to replace system boot logo before
flashing BIOS, and then click Next.
Select Update BIOS from a file from the drop down menu, and then click
Next.
When prompted, locate the new BIOS file, and then click Next. The ASUS
MyLogo2 window appears.
From the left window pane, select
the folder that contains the image
you intend to use as your boot logo.
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7.
When the logo images appear on the
right window pane, select an image to
enlarge by clicking on it.
8.
Adjust the boot image to your desired
size by selecting a value on the Ratio
box.
9.
When the screen returns to the ASUS Update utility, flash the original BIOS to
load the new boot logo.
10. After flashing the BIOS, restart the computer to display the new boot logo
during POST.
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4.3.2
ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects
and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe II senses fan
rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. Because PC
Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring your computer the moment
you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a
healthy operating condition.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
DVD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder. Double-click
the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
3.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the
Windows® desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs
> ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.xx.xx. The PC Probe II main window
appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the Windows®
taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Main window
The PC Probe II main window allows you to view the current status of your
system and change the utility
configuration. By default, the main
window displays the Preference
section. You can close or restore
the Preference section by clicking
on the triangle on the main
window right handle.
Click to close the
Preference panel
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Button
Function
Opens the Configuration window
Opens the Report window
Opens the Desktop Management Interface window
Opens the Peripheral Component Interconnect window
Opens the Windows Management Instrumentation window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the Preference section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle
turns red, as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to the
Monitor panels section for details.
Preference
You can customize the application using
the Preference section in the main window.
Click the box before each preference to
activate or deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor such as
fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large) and
rectangular (small). When you check the Enable Monitoring Panel option from the
Preference section, the monitor panels appear on your computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop,
click the arrow down button of the Scheme options, then select
another position from the list box. Click OK when finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using a magnetic effect. If
you want to detach a monitor panel from
the group, click the horseshoe magnet
icon. You can now move or reposition the
panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold value
You can adjust the sensor threshold
value in the monitor panel by
clicking the or buttons. You can
also adjust the threshold values
using the Config window.
You cannot adjust the sensor
threshold values in a small
monitoring panel.
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Click to
increase
value
Click to
decrease
value
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower
than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the
WMI (Windows Management
Instrumentation) browser. This
browser displays various Windows®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display on
the right panel. Click the plus sign (+)
before WMI Information to display the
available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right corner
of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays various
desktop and system information.
Click the plus sign (+) before DMI
Information to display the available
information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the PCI
(Peripheral Component Interconnect)
browser. This browser provides
information on the PCI devices installed
on your system. Click the plus sign
(+) before the PCI Information item to
display available information.
Usage
The Usage browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk drive
space, and memory usage. Click
to display the Usage browser.
CPU usage
The CPU tab displays realtime CPU usage in line graph
representation. If the CPU has
an enabled Hyper­‑Threading,
two separate line graphs display
the operation of the two logical
processors.
Hard disk drive space usage
The Hard Disk tab displays the
used and available hard disk
drive space. The left panel of the
tab lists all logical drives. Click
a hard disk drive to display the
information on the right panel.
The pie chart at the bottom of
the window represents the used
(blue) and the available HDD
space.
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both
used and available physical
memory. The pie chart at the
bottom of the window represents
the used (blue) and the available
physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference. The Sensor/
Threshold tab enables you to activate the sensors or to adjust the sensor threshold
values. The Preference tab allows you to customize sensor alerts, or change the
temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values for
each sensor
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Applies your
changes
Cancels or
ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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4.3.3
Audio configurations
The Realtek® ALC1200 audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to
deliver the ultimate audio experience on your computer. The software provides
Jack-Sensing function, S/PDIF Out support, and interrupt capability. The ALC1200
also includes the Realtek® proprietary UAJ® (Universal Audio Jack) technology for
all audio ports, eliminating cable connection errors and giving users plug and play
convenience.
Follow the installation wizard to install the Realtek® Audio Driver from the support
DVD that came with the motherboard package.
If the Realtek audio software is correctly installed, you will find the Realtek HD
Audio Manager icon on the taskbar.
From the taskbar, double-click on the SoundEffect
icon to display the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
Realtek HD Audio Manager
Realtek HD Audio Manager
Configuration
options
Control settings
window
Exit button
Minimize
button
Information
button
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Information
Click the information button (
) to
display information about the audio driver
version, DirectX version, audio controller,
audio codec, and language setting.
Minimize
Click the minimize button (
Exit
Click the exit button (
) to minimize the window.
) to exit the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
Configuration options
Click any of the tabs in this area to configure your audio settings.
Sound Effect
The Realtek® ALC1200 Audio CODEC
allows you to set your listening
environment, adjust the equalizer, set
the karaoke, or select pre‑programmed
equalizer settings for your listening
pleasure.
To set the sound effect options:
1.
2.
3.
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From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the Sound Effect
tab.
Click the shortcut buttons or the drop-down menus for options on changing
the acoustic environment, adjust the equalizer, or set the karaoke to your
desired settings.
Click
to effect the Sound Effect settings and exit.
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Mixer
The Mixer option allows you to configure
audio output (playback) volume and
audio input (record) volume.
To set the mixer options:
1.
2.
From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the Mixer tab.
Turn the volume buttons to adjust
the Playback and/or Record
volume.
The Mixer option activates voice input from all channels by default. Make sure
to set all channels to mute ( ) if you do not want voice input.
3.
Make adjustments to Wave, SW Synth, Front, Rear, CD volume, Mic volume,
Line Volume, and Stereo mix, etc. by clicking the control tabs and dragging
them up and down until you get the desired levels.
Click the next button (
4.
Click
) to display more menu options.
to effect the Mixer settings and exit.
Audio I/O
The Audio I/O option allows you
configure your input/output settings.
To set the Audio I/O options:
1.
2.
3.
4.
From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the Audio I/O tab.
Click the drop-down menu to
select the channel configuration.
The control settings window
displays the status of connected
devices. Click
for analog and digital options.
Click <OK> to effect the Audio I/O settings and exit
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Microphone
The Microphone option allows you
configure your input/output settings
and to check if your audio devices are
connected properly.
To set the Microphone options:
1.
2.
3.
4.
From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the Microphone
tab.
Click the Noise Suppression
option button to reduce the static background noise when recording.
Click the Acoustic Echo Cancellation option button to reduce the echo from
the front speakers when recording.
Click
to effect the Microphone settings and exit.
3D Audio Demo
The 3D Audio Demo option gives you a
demonstration of the 3D audio feature.
To start the 3D Audio Demo:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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From the Realtek HD Audio
Manager, click the 3D Audio
Demo tab.
Click the option buttons to change
the sound, moving path, or
environment settings.
Click
Click
to test your settings.
to effect the 3D Audio Demo settings and exit.
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4.3.4 ASUS EPU-WS Engine
ASUS EPU-WS Engine is an energy-efficient tool that satisfies different computing
needs. This utility provides four modes that you can select to enhance system
performance or save power. Selecting Auto mode will have the system shift modes
automatically according to current system status. You can also customize each
mode by configuring settings like CPU frequency, vCore Voltage, and Fan Control.
Installing WS Engine
To install WS Engine on your computer:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Drivers tab and then click ASUS EPU-WS Engine.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching WS Engine
Launch WS Engine by double-clicking the WS
Engine icon on the Windows® notification area.
The first time you launch WS
Engine, the following message will
appear, asking you to run Calibration
first. Running calibration allows the
system to detect CPU properties to
optimize power management.
Click Run Calibration and wait for a few seconds. Then, the WS Engine main
menu appears.
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WS Engine main menu
Displays CPU Power and
Total CPU Energy Saving
Lights up when power
saving engine is activated
Displays the following
message if no VGA power
saving engine is detected.
Displays the
amount of CO2
reduced
*Shifts between
the display of Total
and Current CO2
reduced
Displays
current
mode
Auto Mode
Turbo Mode
Runs calibration
High Performance Mode
Medium Power Saving Mode
Max. Power Saving Mode
Exits the utility
Displays the system
properties of each
mode
Advanced settings for each mode (refer to the next page for further information)
*• Click Current
to show the CO2 that has been reduced since
you click the Renew button
.
*• Click Total
to show the total CO2 that has been reduced
since you launched WS Engine.
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Advanced settings menu
Click Setting (
) from the WS Engine main menu to display
configuration options in each mode. Some options in certain modes are dimmed,
meaning that they are not available.
Click to select
a mode
Move the
slider to adjust
Click the arrow
to see more
options
Restore default
settings
Click to apply
settings
Click to abort
settings
Configuration options in Advanced settings menu
The following lists the configuration options and their definitions in Advanced
settings menu.
•
CPU Frequency: Raises or lowers CPU frequency to a certain percentage.
•
High: Downgrades voltage to the highest level for CPU power saving.
•
Small: Downgrades voltage to the minimum level.
•
•
•
•
vCore Voltage Downgrade: Lowers CPU vCore voltage.
•
Medium: Downgrades voltage to the medium level.
Chipset Voltage Downgrade: Turns on/off chipset voltage.
Turn Off hard disks: Turns off hard disk drives when they are not accessed
after a certain time.
CPU Loadline: Sets up the CPU loadline to manage CPU power saving.
•
Light: Saves CPU power to the minimum level.
•
Heavy: Saves CPU power to the highest level.
•
Medium: Saves CPU power to the medium level.
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•
Fan Control: Adjusts fan speeds to reduce noise and save system power.
•
•
•
Quiet: Lowers CPU fan speed and shuts off two chassis fans.
Slow: Lowers CPU fan and two chassis fan speeds.
AI Nap Idle Time: Enters AI Nap mode after a certain time during system idle
process.
Refer to the following table for the configuration options in each mode.
Configuration
options
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Turbo Mode
High
Performance
Mode
Medium Power
Saving Mode
Maximum
Power Saving
Mode
CPU Frequency Overclocking
+1% to +30%
N/A
Downclocking
-1% to -50%
Downclocking
-1% to -50%
vCore Voltage
Downgrade
N/A
N/A
Small/Medium/
High
Small/Medium/
High
Chipset Voltage N/A
Downgrade
N/A
On/Off
On/Off
Turn Off
hard disks
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
CPU Loadline
N/A
N/A
Light/Medium/
Heavy
Light/Medium/
Heavy
Fan Control
N/A
N/A
Keep Bios
Setting/Slow
Keep Bios
Setting/Quiet
AI Nap
Idle Time
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
Never/After 3
mins–After 5
hours
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4.3.5 ASUS AI Suite
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Fan Xpert, and
AI Nap utilities easily.
Installing AI Suite
To install AI Suite on your computer:
1.
2.
3.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Utilities tab, then click AI Suite.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching AI Suite
You can launch AI Suite right after installation or anytime from the Windows®
desktop.
To launch AI Suite from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs >
ASUS > AI Suite > AI Suite v1.xx.xx. The AI Suite main window appears.
After launching the application, the AI Suite icon appears in the Windows® taskbar.
Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using AI Suite
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icon to launch the
utility, or click the Normal icon to restore the system to normal state.
Click to restore to normal
Click to launch
EPU-WS Engine
Click to launch AI Booster
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Click to launch
Fan Xpert
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Other feature buttons
Click
on right corner of the main window to open the monitor window.
Displays the CPU/
system temperature,
CPU/memory/PCIE
voltage, and CPU/
chassis fan speed
Displays the FSB/CPU
frequency
Click
on right corner of the expanded window to switch the temperature from
degrees Centigrade to degrees Fahrenheit.
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4.3.6
ASUS AI Nap
This feature allows you to minimize the power consumption of your computer
whenever you are away. Enable this feature for minimum power consumption and
a more quiet system operation.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support DVD, you can launch the utility by
double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows OS taskbar and click the AI Nap
button on the AI Suite main window.
Click Yes on the confirmation screen.
To exit AI Nap mode, press the system power or mouse button then click Yes on
the confirmation screen.
To switch the power button functions from AI Nap to shutting down, just right
click the AI Suite icon on the OS taskbar, select AI Nap and click Use power
button. Unclick the the item to switch the function back.
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4.3.7
ASUS Fan Xpert
Asus Fan Xpert intelligently allows you to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan
speeds according to different ambient temperatures caused by different climate
conditions in different geographic regions and your PC’s system loading. The
built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a
quiet and cool environment.
Install AI Suite from the bundled support DVD. To launch the ASUS Fan Xpert
utility, double-click the AI Suite icon on the Windows® notification bar and click
the Fan Xpert button on the AI Suite main window.
Click the dropdown list button and display the fan types. Select CPU Fan or
Chassis Fan.
Click to open the
Calibration wiondow
Dropdown list button
Click to display the
dropdown list and
select a fan profile
mode
Click to save the setup
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Click to display
the current CPU
temperature and the
fan speed ratio
Click to cancel the
Fan Xpert utility
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Fan profile modes
•
Disable: Select this mode to disable the Fan Xpert function.
•
Silent: This mode minimizes fan speed for quiet fan operation.
•
•
•
•
•
Standard: This mode makes the fan adjust speed in moderate pattern.
Turbo: This mode boosts the fan to achieve maximal fan speed for the best
cooling effect.
Intelligent: This mode automatically adjusts the CPU fan speed with the
ambient temperature.
Stable: This mode keeps the CPU fan at the same speed to avoid noise
caused by the unsteady fan rotation. However, the fan will speed up
when the temperature exceeds 70ºC.
User: This mode allows you to change the CPU fan profile under certain
limitation.
For Chassis Fan, only Disable/Standard/Silent/Turbo modes could be selected.
Click to close the Calibration window
Click to get the calibration between the
fan rotation and fan speed ratio
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4.3.8
ASUS AI Booster
The ASUS AI Booster application allows you to overclock the CPU speed in
WIndows® environment without the hassle of booting the BIOS.
After installing AI Suite from the bundled support DVD, you can launch the utility
by double-clicking the AI Suite icon on the Windows® OS taskbar and click the AI
Booster button on the AI Suite main window.
The options on the taskbar allow you to use the default settings, adjust CPU/
Memory/PCI-E frequency manually, or create and apply your personal overclocking
configurations.
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4.3.9
ASUS Express Gate
ASUS Express Gate is an instant-on environment that gives you quick access to
the Internet. Within a few seconds of powering on your computer, you will be at the
Express Gate menu where you can start the web browser, Skype, or other Express
Gate softwares.
Installing ASUS Express Gate
•
ASUS Express Gate supports installation on SATA HDDs in IDE mode only.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports HDDs connected to motherboard chipsetcontrolled onboard SATA ports only. All onboard extended SATA ports
and external SATA ports are NOT supported. See chapter 2 for the exact
location of onboard SATA ports.
•
ASUS Express Gate supports installation on USB HDDs and Flash drives,
but the software performance may be slower than installed on SATA HDDs.
To install Express Gate on your computer
1.
2.
Place the support DVD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has enabled Autorun feature.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS Express Gate Installer.
3.
Select the language for installation
and click OK.
4.
The InstallShield Wizard for Express
Gate appears. Click Next to
continue.
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5.
6.
Select the target disk volume for you
to install Express Gate. If you have
multiple volumes and OS installed in
your hard drive, it is recommended
to install Express Gate in Volume
C. Click Next to continue.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete installation.
The First Screen
Express Gate’s first screen appears
within a few seconds after you power
on the computer. From here, you can
immediately start the web browser or
Skype.
You can also choose to continue booting
normally (e.g. to your installed OS such
as Windows), enter BIOS setup, or power
off.
If you don’t make any selection, Express
Gate will automatically exit and boot to your normal OS after a certain amount of
time. The timer countdown is shown on-screen inside the “boot to OS” button. As
you move the mouse or type a key, the countdown stops and the timer disappears,
so you can take your time to make a selection.
The Express Gate Environment
The very first time you enter the Express
Gate environment (by launching either
web or Skype from the first screen), a
first time wizard will guide you through
basic Express Gate configurations. Basic
configurations include language, date and
time and screen resolution.
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Once inside the Express Gate environment, click on the icons on the LaunchBar,
by default at bottom of the screen, to launch or switch between softwares. You
can re-arrange, re-size and move windows. Bring a window to the foreground by
clicking within it or by clicking on its corresponding software icon. Re-size a window
by dragging any of its four corners. Move a window by dragging its title bar.
Besides using the LaunchBar, you can also switch between softwares by pressing
<Alt> +<Tab> on the keyboard. You can also right-click anywhere on the desktop to
bring up a menu of softwares.
The red triangle on an software icon in the LaunchBar denotes that the software is
already running. This means that you can switch to it without any delay. In the rare
case where an software stops responding, right-click on its icon to force close it.
Knowing the Express Gate hot-keys
Here is a list of common-used hot-keys for Express Gate.
In the First Screen:
Key
PAUSE/BREAK
ESC
DEL
F8
In the Express Gate Environment:
Key
<Alt> + <Tab>
<Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Del>
<Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Print Screen>
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Power-off
Continue to boot OS
Enter BIOS setup
Enter Boot selection pop-up
Function
Switch between softwares
Bring up Power-Off dialog box
Save screen snapshot as picture to file
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Using the Configuration Panel
Use the configuration panel to change various Express Gate settings.
Click on an icon to open a particular configuration tool. The following tools are
available:
•
Date and Time: set current date and time as well as time zone.
•
Language and Keyboard: choose your language and keyboard preferences.
•
•
•
•
Input Method: choose your preferred input language and method.
LaunchBar Settings: customize your LaunchBar (where it docks, whether it
auto-hides, etc.)
Network: Specify how your computer connects to the Internet. Enable all the
network ports that you may use (LAN1, LAN2, and/or wireless [optional]). LAN1
and LAN2 refer to the two RJ-45 network ports on your computer.
•
The number of the LAN ports may differ from motherboards.
•
You can connect the LAN cable to either port, and Express Gate will
automatically use the connected port.
Also specify whether each port uses DHCP (most common) or static IP. For
PPPoE and wireless (optional), set the login credentials (user name, password,
SSID, etc.) as well.
Environment Settings: This function allows you to clear the Express Gate
settings, as well as any personal information stored by the web browser
(Bookmarks, Cookies, History, etc.). The user data will be reset to the original
default configuration.
After you click Restore System, a confirmation dialog box will open. If you click
“Yes” in the confirmation dialog box, your system will immediately restart and
then re-enter Express Gate to finish clearing the settings. This is also useful in
the rare case where settings might become corrupted.
The first-time Wizard will run again when you enter the Express Gate
environment after clearing its settings.
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•
•
Screen Settings: Choose the most optimal screen resolution for your display.
Volume Control: Control the volume for your speaker output, microphone
input, etc.
Using the LaunchBar
The LaunchBar has several system icons that show you various system statuses
and let you configure individual Express Gate settings. The LaunchBar can be
configured to auto-hide, if you want more screen space for the softwares. It can
also be configured to dock on any of the four sides of the screen.
Starts the Web Browser for quick access to the World Wide Web.
Starts the Photo Manager album / organizer tool.
Starts the Chat instant messaging tool.
Start the Skype software, which lets you call other people on Skype
for free, as well as offering affordable, high quality voice communications
to phones all over the world.
Opens Configuration Panel, which lets you specify network settings
and other preferences.
In the rare case that one of the above softwares stops responding, you can rightclick on its icon and then select Close to force it to close.
The smaller icons on the right side of the LaunchBar are:
Click on this icon to open the File Manager window, which lets you
conveniently access the files on a USB drive. If a USB device is
detected, the icon contains a green arrow.
ASUS Express Gate supports file uploading from SATA HDDs, ODDs and USB
drive and downloading to USB drives only.
Shows network status; click to configure network.
Shows mute status; click to change volume.
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Click to choose input language and method as well as keyboard
shortcuts (Ctrl-Space by default).
Click to change LaunchBar options (auto-hide, docking position, etc).
Click to show the “ASUS Utility” panel.
Click to show “About Express Gate ”.
Click to open Express Gate Help.
Click to bring up power options window to boot to OS, restart or power
down. This window is also shown when you press Ctrl-Alt-Del on the
keyboard.
Power off
Enter OS
Restart
Check to save
user profile
Cancel and return to
Express Gate
How Do I Get on to the Internet
If Internet doesn’t seem to be working in the Express Gate environment, check the
following:
1.
Open the Configuration Panel.
Open Configuration Panel
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2.
Open Network.
Network
3.
•
Make the proper network configurations.
Each network interface is enabled immediately when you check the box next
to it.
If you use a network cable connected to a home router (which is then
connected to your DSL/cable modem), enable both LAN1 and LAN2. Express
Gate will automatically use whichever port (LAN1 or LAN2) is connected.
If you plug the network cable into a different port while Express Gate is running
(e.g. move the cable from LAN1 to LAN2), you may need to press the “Refresh”
button to detect the change.
•
The most common scenario is for your computer to automatically obtain
network settings (i.e. DHCP). If this is the case, you don’t need to click Setup
for any LAN port. If this is not the case, click Setup to configure the static IP
settings manually.
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•
•
If you have wireless network, click Setup for the WiFi option. In the WiFi tab of
the Advanced Network Settings box, enter the name of your wireless access
point in the SSID field. If your wireless access point has security enabled,
select the corresponding security algorithm from the drop-down list (e.g.
WEPAUTO) in the Encryption Type field, and enter the password.
Click OK to enable WiFi and establish the wireless connection.
If you use a network cable connected directly to your DSL/cable modem (no
router in between), click Setup for xDSL/cable dial-up. This method is also
referred to as PPPoE. Choose whether the DSL/cable modem is connected
to your computer’s LAN port. Then enter the username and password for your
dial-up account.
Click OK to enable xDSL/cable dial-up and establish the PPPoE connection.
When PPPoE is enabled, the port it uses will automatically be unchecked and
grayed out.
Using the Photo Manager
Express Gate provides a easy-to-use Photo Manager that allows you to view
pictures stored in your hard drive or external storage devices (such as USB
dongles, card readers, or optical disks). You can view pictures in thumbnail view;
in an enlarged view individually; in a filename/data list view; or play them in a
slideshow with background music and fancy transition effects. JPEG, GIF, BMP,
and PNG formats are supported. Refer to the on-line Help for detailed software
operation.
Photo slideshow
Shows
the image
folder(s)
found in your
hard drive
or external
devices
Shows usercreated image
album(s)
Help
View mode
selection
Image
control bar
ASUS Express Gate supports HDDs connected to motherboard chipsetcontrolled onboard SATA ports only. All onboard extended SATA ports and
external SATA ports are NOT supported.
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Configuring Express Gate in BIOS Setup
Enter BIOS setup by pressing DEL key after powering on or by clicking on the
BIOS setup icon on Express Gate’s first screen. Express Gate configuration
options are under the Tools menu. Refer to section 3.8.2 Express Gate for details.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Main Ai Tweaker Advanced Power Boot Tools Exit
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Express Gate
Enter OS Timer
Reset User Data
[Enabled]
[10 Seconds]
[No]
Press ENTER to run
the utility to select
and update BIOS.
This utility doesn't
support :
1.NTFS format
Updating Express Gate
You may update your existing Express Gate software to new versions. New
versions of the Express Gate software will be released regularly, adding
refinements or new applications. You can find original version of the software on
the support DVD or download new versions from the ASUS support website.
To update Express Gate
1.
2.
3.
4.
Double-click the Express Gate setup
file to start software update.
A software update confirmation
dialog box appears. Click Yes to
continue.
The InstallShield Wizard for Express Gate appears. Click Next to continue.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Repairing Express Gate
In case Express Gate cannot start normally, you can repair Express Gate by
reinstalling the software or using the repairing utility.
To repair Express Gate
•
•
Click Start > All Programs > Express
Gate > Express Gate Installer >
Repair this software.
OR
Double click the Express Gate setup
file, choose Repair, and click Next to
continue.
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4.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with two RAID controllers that allow you to configure
Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets.
•
•
Intel® ICH10R Southbridge RAID includes a high performance SATA
RAID controller that supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and RAID 5 for six
independent SATA channels.
Marvell® 6121 RAID includes a high performance SATA RAID controller that
supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for two independent eSATA channels.
4.4.1
RAID definitions
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and write
data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same work as a
single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single disk alone,
thus improving data access and storage. Use of two new identical hard disk drives
is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data from
one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management software
directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete copy of
the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data protection and
increases fault tolerance to the entire system. Use two new drives or use an
existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be of the same
size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard
disk drives. Among the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better
HDD performance, fault tolerance, and higher storage capacity. The RAID
5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing, relational database
applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems. Use a
minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
RAID 10 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy
data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 10* configuration you get
all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk
drives or use an existing drive and three new drives for this setup.
Intel® Matrix Storage. The Intel® Matrix Storage technology supported by the
ICH10R chip allows you to create a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 function
to improve both system performance and data safety. You can also combine two
RAID sets to get higher performance, capacity, or fault tolerance provided by the
difference RAID function. For example, RAID 0 and RAID 1 set can be created by
using only two identical hard disk drives.
If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a created RAID
set, copy first the RAID driver from the support DVD to a floppy disk before you
install an operating system to the selected hard disk drive. Refer to section 4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk for details.
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4.4.2
Installing Serial ATA hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance,
install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
4.4.3
Intel® RAID configurations
This motherboard supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel® Matrix
Storage configurations for Serial ATA hard disks drives through the Intel® ICH10R
Southbridge chip.
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must set the RAID item in the BIOS Setup before you can create a RAID
set(s). To do this:
1.
Enter the BIOS Setup during POST.
3.
Select the item Configure SATA as, then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
2.
4.
5.
Go to the Main menu, select Storage Configuration, then press <Enter>.
Select [RAID] from the Configure SATA as item options, then press <Enter>.
Save your changes, then exit the BIOS Setup.
Refer to the system or the motherboard user guide for details on entering and
navigating through the BIOS Setup.
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Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility
The Intel® Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM utility allows you to create RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10 (RAID 0+1), and RAID 5 set(s) from Serial ATA hard disk drives
that are connected to the Serial ATA connectors supported by the Southbridge.
To enter the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option ROM utility:
1.
Install all the Serial ATA hard disk drives.
3.
During POST, press <Ctrl+I> to display the utility main menu.
2.
Turn on the system.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM v8.0.0.1027 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ MAIN MENU ]
1. Create RAID Volume
3. Reset Disks to Non-RAID
2. Delete RAID Volume
4. Exit
[ DISK/VOLUME INFORMATION ]
RAID Volumes:
None defined.
Physical Disks:
Port Drive Model Serial # Size Type/Status(Vol ID)
0
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXX
XX.XXGB Non-RAID Disk
1
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXX
XX.XXGB Non-RAID Disk
2
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXX
XX.XXGB Non-RAID Disk
3
XXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXX
XX.XXGB Non-RAID Disk
[↑↓]-Select
[ESC]-Exit [ENTER]-Select Menu
The navigation keys at the bottom of the screen allow you to move through
the menus and select the menu options.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
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Creating a RAID 0 set (striped)
To create a RAID 0 set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1027 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Volume0
RAID0(Stripe)
Select Disks
128KB
XXX GB
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]-Change [TAB]-Next [ESC]-Previous Menu [Enter]-Select
2.
3.
4.
Enter a name for the RAID 0 set and press <Enter>.
When the RAID Level item is highlighted, press the up/down arrow key to
select RAID 0(Stripe), and then press <Enter>.
When the Disks item is highlighted, press <Enter> to select the hard disk
drives to configure as RAID. The following screen appears.
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Port Drive Model Serial # Size Status
0 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX.XGB Non-RAID
1 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX.XGB Non-RAID
2 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX.XGB Non-RAID
3 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX.XGB Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 2 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Previous/Next [SPACE]-SelectsDisk [ENTER]-Done
5.
Use the up/down arrow key to highlight a drive, and then press <Space>
to select. A small triangle marks the selected drive. Press <Enter> after
completing your selection.
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6.
Use the up/down arrow key to select the stripe size for the RAID 0 array, and
then press <Enter>. The available stripe size values range from 4 KB to 128
KB. The default stripe size is 128 KB.
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size
for multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
8.
Enter the RAID volume capacity that you want and press <Enter>. The default
value indicates the maximum capacity allowed.
Press <Enter> when the Create Volume item is highlighted. The following
warning message appears.
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
9.
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Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu, or <N> to
go back to the Create Volume menu.
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Creating a RAID 1 set (mirrored)
To create a RAID 1 set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1027 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Volume1
RAID1(Mirror)
Select Disks
N/A
XXX GB
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]-Change [TAB]-Next [ESC]-Previous Menu [Enter]-Select
2.
3.
4.
5.
Enter a name for the RAID 1 set and press <Enter>.
When the RAID Level item is highlighted, press the up/down arrow key to
select RAID 1(Mirror), then press <Enter>.
When the Capacity item is highlighted, enter the RAID volume capacity that
you want, and then press <Enter>. The default value indicates the maximum
capacity allowed.
Press <Enter> when the Create Volume item is highlighted. The following
warning message appears.
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
6.
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to main menu or <N> to go
back to Create Volume menu.
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Creating a RAID 10 set (RAID 0+1)
To create a RAID 10 set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1027 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Volume10
RAID10(RAID0+1)
Select Disks
64KB
XXX GB
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]-Change [TAB]-Next [ESC]-Previous Menu [Enter]-Select
2.
3.
4.
Enter a name for the RAID 10 set and press <Enter>.
When the RAID Level item is highlighted, press the up/down arrow key to
select RAID 10 (RAID 0+1), and then press <Enter>.
When the Stripe Size item is highlighted, press the up/down arrow key to
select the stripe size for the RAID 10 array, and then press <Enter>. The
available stripe size values range from 4 KB to 64 KB. The default stripe size
is 64 KB.
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size
for multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
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Enter the RAID volume capacity that you want and press <Enter>. The default
value indicates the maximum capacity allowed.
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6.
Press <Enter> when the Create Volume item is highlighted. The following
warning message appears.
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
7.
Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu or <N> to
go back to the Create Volume menu.
Creating a RAID 5 set (parity)
To create a RAID 5 set:
1.
From the utility main menu, select 1. Create RAID Volume and press
<Enter>. The following screen appears.
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v8.0.0.1027 ICH10R wRAID5
Copyright(C) 2003-08 Intel Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
[ CREATE VOLUME MENU ]
Name:
RAID Level:
Disks:
Strip Size:
Capacity:
Volume5
RAID5(Parity)
Select Disks
64KB
XXX GB
Create Volume
[ HELP ]
Enter a unique volume name that has no special characters and is
16 characters or less.
[↑↓]-Change [TAB]-Next [ESC]-Previous Menu [Enter]-Select
2.
3.
Enter a name for the RAID 5 set and press <Enter>.
When the RAID Level item is highlighted, press the up/down arrow key to
select RAID 5(Parity), and then press <Enter>.
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4.
The Disks item is highlighted, press <Enter> to select the hard disk drives to
configure as RAID. The following screen appears.
[ SELECT DISKS ]
Port Drive Model Serial # Size Status
0 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX.XGB Non-RAID
1 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX.XGB Non-RAID
2 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX.XGB Non-RAID
3 XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX.XGB Non-RAID
Disk
Disk
Disk
Disk
Select 3 to 6 disks to use in creating the volume.
[↑↓]-Previous/Next [SPACE]-SelectsDisk [ENTER]-Done
5.
6.
Use the up/down arrow key to highlight the drive you want to set, and then
press <Space> to select. A small triangle marks the selected drive. Press
<Enter> after completing your selection.
When the Stripe Size item is highlighted, press the up/down arrow key to
select the stripe size for the RAID 5 array, and then press <Enter>. The
available stripe size values range from 16 KB to 128 KB. The default stripe
size is 64 KB.
We recommend a lower stripe size for server systems, and a higher stripe size
for multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing.
7.
8.
Enter the RAID volume capacity that you want and then press <Enter>. The
default value indicates the maximum allowed capacity.
Press <Enter> when the Create Volume item is highlighted. The following
warning message appears.
WARNING: ALL DATA ON SELECTED DISKS WILL BE LOST.
Are you sure you want to create this volume? (Y/N):
9.
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Press <Y> to create the RAID volume and return to the main menu or <N> to
go back to the Create Volume menu.
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4.4.4
Marvell® RAID configurations
The Marvell® 6121 Serial ATA controller allows you to configure RAID 0 and RAID 1
sets on the Serial ATA hard disk drives.
Setting the RAID item in BIOS
You must set the RAID item in the BIOS Setup before you can create a RAID
set(s). To do this:
1.
Install two Serial ATA hard disk drives to the eSATA connectors on the rear
panel.
2. Boot up your computer, and press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS
setup.
3.
In the Advanced Menu, go to Onboard Devices Configuration, and set
Marvell IDE/eSATA to [RAID Mode].
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Onboard Devices Configuration
High Definition Audio
Front Panel Type
SPDIF OUT Mode Setting
Realtek Gigabit LAN
LAN Boot ROM
Realtek Gigabit LAN2
Agere Firewire 1394
Marvell IDE/eSATA
IDE/eSATA Boot ROM
[Enabled]
[HD Audio]
[SPDIF]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[RAID Mode]
[Enabled]
Serial Port1 Address
[3F8/IRQ4]
Enable or Disable
High Definition Audio
Controller
Select Screen
Select Item
+- Change Option
F1 General Help
F10
Save and Exit
ESC
Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2008, American Megatrends, Inc.
3.
Press <F10> to save the changes and exit.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
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Marvell® RAID BIOS Configuration utility
To enter the Marvell® RAID BIOS Configuration utility:
1.
2.
Boot up your computer.
During POST, press <Ctrl> + <M> to enter the utility main menu.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Adapter 1
Arrays Information:
No array is defined!
Disks Information:
No hard disk is detected!
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
3.
Highlight Adapter and press <Enter>. Select Adapter 2 for RAID
configuration.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select Adapter
Adapter 1
Adapter
Adapter 2
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
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Creating a RAID 0 or RAID 1 set
To create a RAID set:
1.
From the utility menu bar, highlight Create on the top.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Adapter 2
Arrays Information:
No array is defined!
Disks Information:
ID Port Disk Name Size Speed Status
0 0 SATA: HDS721010KLA330 164.6GB SATA II FREE
4 1 SATA: HDS721010KLA330 82.3GB SATA II FREE
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
2.
Press <Enter>. The screen shows the disks you can add to make up the
RAID set. Use the arrow key to select a disk and press <Enter> or <Space>
to include this disk in the array.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select free disks to create
ID Port Disk Name Size Speed Status
0 0 SATA:
II FREE
0 0 SATA: HDS721010KLA330 164.6GB SATA II FREE
4 1 SATA: HDS721010KLA330 82.2GB SATA II FREE
NEXT
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
3.
After you have selected the desired disks, select NEXT to create array.
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4.
The "Create Array" screen appears.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select free disks to create
IDCreate
Port Disk
Name Size Speed Status
Array
* 0 0 SATA:
II FREE
Raid Level :HDS721010KLA330 164.6GB SATA
RAID0
* 4 1 SATA:
II FREE
Max Size(MB) :HDS721010KLA330 82.3GB SATA
164526
Capacity(MB) : 164526
Stripe Size : 64KB
Quick Init : No
Cache Mode : Write Back
Array Name :
Disks ID : 0 1
NEXT
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
5.
Use the arrow key to select the Raid Level item and press <Enter> to display
the available RAID set. Select a RAID set and press <Enter> to create.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select free disks to create
IDCreate
Port Disk
Array Name Size Speed Status
* 0 0 SATA:
II FREE
Raid Level :HDS721010KLA330 164.6GB SATA
RAID0
* 4 1 SATA:
II FREE
*RAID0
Max Size(MB) :HDS721010KLA330 82.3GB SATA
164526
RAID1
Capacity(MB) : 164526
RAID10
Stripe Size : 64KB
Quick Init : NoRAID5
Cache Mode : Write Back
Array Name :
Disks ID : 0 1
NEXT
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
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•
The available RAID sets vary with the number of disks you select. The
RAID sets that you are not allowed to create are grayed out.
•
We recommend that you keep the default values of the items other than
Raid Level in the Create Array screen.
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6.
A confirmation screen appears. Press <Y> to confirm the array creation.
Create the array?[Y]
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Select free disks to create
IDCreate
Port Disk
Array Name Size Speed Status
* 0 0 SATA:
II FREE
Raid Level :HDS721010KLA330 164.6GB SATA
RAID0
* 4 1 SATA:
II FREE
Max Size(MB) :HDS721010KLA330 82.3GB SATA
164526
Capacity(MB) : 164526
Stripe Size : 64KB
Quick Init : No
Cache Mode : Write Back
Array Name :
Disks ID : 0 1
NEXT
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
7.
The newly created array appears in Arrays Information.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Adapter 2
Arrays Information:
ID Array Name Size Level Status Stripe Members
0 164.5GB RAID0 ONLINE 64KB 0,4
Disks Information:
ID Port Disk Name Size Speed Status
0 0 SATA: HDS721010KLA330 164.6GB SATA II FREE
4 1 SATA: HDS721010KLA330 82.3GB SATA II FREE
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
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Deleting an array
To delete a RAID set:
1.
From the utility menu bar, select Delete on the top and press <Enter>. The
"Delete array" screen appears.
ENTER/SPACE:Select, ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Delete array
ID Array Name Size Level Status Stripe Members
0 164.5GB RAID0 ONLINE 64KB 0,4
0 164.5GB RAID0 ONLINE 64KB 0,4
NEXT
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
2.
Select a desired array to delete and select NEXT. Press <Y> after the
confirmation screen appears.
ENTER/SPACE:Select,
Delete
the array?[Y] ESC:Back/Exit
[Adapter]
[Create]
[Delete]
Delete array
ID Array Name Size Level Status Stripe Members
*0 164.5GB RAID0 ONLINE 64KB 0,4
NEXT
NEXT
Marvell BIOS Setup (c) 2006 Marvell Technology, Ltd.
3.
Press <Y> again to confirm and delete the selected array.
You cannot recover lost data if you delete an array. Make sure you back up
important data before deleting an array.
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4.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
4.5.1
Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® XP/Vista
and later operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set. For
Windows Vista user, you can create a RAID driver disk with a floppy disk drive or a
USB flash disk drive.
To create a RAID driver disk without entering the OS:
1. Boot your computer.
2.
Press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup utility.
4.
Insert the support DVD into the optical drive.
3.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Set the optical drive as the primary boot device.
Save changes and exit BIOS.
Press any key when the system prompts “Press any key to boot from the
optical drive.”
When the menu appears, press <1> to create a RAID driver disk.
Insert a formatted floppy disk into the floppy drive then press <Enter>.
Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
4.5.2
Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
To create a RAID driver disk in Windows®:
1.
Start Windows®.
3.
Go to the Make disk menu, and then click Intel ICH10R 32/64 bit RAID
Driver Disk to create an Intel® ICH10R RAID driver disk.
2.
4.
5.
Place the motherboard support DVD into the optical drive.
Insert a floppy disk into the floppy disk drive or connect a USB flash disk if
you are using Windows Vista OS.
Follow succeeding screen instructions to complete the process.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
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To install the RAID driver in Windows XP:
1.
2.
3.
4.
During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the <F6> key to
install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk
drive.
When prompted to select the SCSI adapter to install, make sure you select
Intel(R) SATA RAID Controller (Desktop ICH10R).
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
To install the RAID driver in Windows® Vista:
1. Insert the floppy disk/USB device with RAID driver into the floppy disk drive/
USB port.
2. During the OS installation, select Intel(R) SATA RAID Controller (Desktop
ICH10R).
3. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
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The Appendix describes the CPU features
and technologies that the motherboard
supports.
A
CPU features
Chapter summary
A
A.1
Intel EM64T...................................................................................A-1
A.3
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology............................................A-3
A.2
®
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology (EIST).........................A-1
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Intel® EM64T
•
The motherboard is fully compatible with Intel® LGA775 processors running
on 32-bit operating systems.
•
The motherboard comes with a BIOS file that supports EM64T. You can
download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website (www.asus.com/
support/download/) if you need to update the BIOS file. See Chapter 3 for
details.
•
Visit www.intel.com for more information on the EM64T feature.
•
Visit www.microsoft.com for more information on Windows® 64-bit OS.
Using the Intel® EM64T feature
To use the Intel® EM64T feature:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Install an Intel® CPU that supports the Intel® EM64T.
Install a 64-bit operating system (Windows® Vista 64-bit Edition or Windows®
XP Professional x64 Edition).
Install the 64-bit drivers for the motherboard components and devices from
the support DVD.
Install the 64-bit drivers for expansion cards or add-on devices, if any.
Refer to the expansion card or add-on device(s) documentation, or visit the
related website, to verify if the card/device supports a 64-bit system.
A.2
A.2.1
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep®
Technology (EIST)
•
The motherboard comes with a BIOS file that supports EIST. You can
download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website (www.asus.com/
support/download/) if you need to update the BIOS. See Chapter 3 for
details.
•
Visit www.intel.com for more information on the EIST feature.
System requirements
Before using EIST, check your system if it meets the following requirements:
•
Intel® processor with EIST support
•
Operating system with EIST support (Windows® Vista, Windows® XP SP2 /
Linux 2.6 kernel or later versions)
•
BIOS file with EIST support
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Using the EIST
To use the EIST feature:
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6.
7.
8.
9.
Turn on the computer, then enter the BIOS Setup.
Go to the Advanced Menu, highlight CPU Configuration,
then press <Enter>.
Set the Intel(R) SpeedStep Technology item to [Automatic],
then press <Enter>.
Press <F10> to save your changes and exit the BIOS setup.
After the computer restarts, right click on a blank space on the desktop, then
select Properties from the pop-up menu.
When the Display Properties
window appears, click the Screen
Saver tab.
Click the Power button on the
Monitor power section to open the
Power Options Properties window.
On the Power schemes section,
click , then select any option
except Home/Office Desktop or
Always On.
Click Apply, then click OK.
10. Close the Display Properties
window.
After you adjust the power scheme,
the CPU internal frequency slightly
decreases when the CPU loading is
low.
The screen displays and procedures may vary depending on the operating
system.
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Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
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The motherboard supports Intel® Pentium® LGA775 processors with HyperThreading Technology.
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Hyper-Threading Technology is supported under Windows® Vista/XP
and Linux 2.4.x (kernel) and later versions only. Under Linux, use the
Hyper-Threading compiler to compile the code. If you are using any other
operating systems, disable the Hyper-Threading Technology item in the
BIOS to ensure system stability and performance.
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Installing Windows® XP Service Pack 1 or later version is recommended.
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Make sure to enable the Hyper-Threading Technology item in BIOS before
installing a supported operating system.
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For more information on Hyper-Threading Technology, visit www.intel.
com/info/hyperthreading.
Using the Hyper-Threading Technology
To use the Hyper-Threading Technology:
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Install an Intel® Pentium® CPU that supports Hyper-Threading Technology.
Power up the system and enter the BIOS Setup. Under the Advanced Menu,
make sure that the item Hyper‑Threading Technology is set to [Enabled].
The BIOS item appears only if you installed a CPU that supports Hyper­
‑Threading Technology.
Restart the computer.
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