A55 Pro
A55 Pro
User Manual
Version 1.0
Published August 2012
Copyright©2012 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1. Introduction................................................................. 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
Package Contents......................................................................
Specifications..............................................................................
Unique Features.........................................................................
Motherboard Layout .................................................................
I/O Panel . .................................................................................
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2. Installation................................................................... 13
Pre-installation Precautions.................................................................
2.1 CPU Installation..........................................................................
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink . .....................................
2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM).....................................
2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)............................
2.5 CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM Operation Guide.............
2.6 Dual Graphics Operation Guide ................................................
2.7 Dual Monitor and Surround Display Features ...........................
2.8 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide..................................
2.9 Jumpers Setup............................................................................
2.10 Onboard Headers and Connectors . ......................................
2.11 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATA2 (SATA2) Hard Disks
Installation . .............................................................................
2.12 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATA2 HDDs ..
2.13 SATA / SATA2 HDD Hot Plug and Hot Swap Feature and
Operation Operation Guide.........................................................
2.14 Driver Installation Guide.............................................................
2.15 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit With RAID Functions...................................................
2.15.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions........................................................................
2.15.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
With RAID Functions......................................................
2.16 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions..............................................
2.16.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions........................................................................
2.16.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
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Without RAID Functions................................................. 40
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY................................................... 41
3.1 Introduction................................................................................. 41
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar.................................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys................................................................
Main Screen................................................................................
OC Tweaker Screen...................................................................
Advanced Screen.......................................................................
3.4.1 CPU Configuration............................................................
3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration...............................................
3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration..............................................
3.4.4 Storage Configuration.......................................................
3.4.5 Super IO Configuration.....................................................
3.4.6 ACPI Configuration...........................................................
3.4.7 USB Configuration............................................................
Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen................................
Boot Screen................................................................................
Security Screen..........................................................................
Exit Screen.................................................................................
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4. Software Support........................................................ 60
4.1
4.2
Install Operating System.............................................................
Support CD Information..............................................................
4.2.1 Running Support CD........................................................
4.2.2 Drivers Menu....................................................................
4.2.3 Utilities Menu....................................................................
4.2.4 Contact Information..........................................................
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock A55 Pro motherboard, a reliable motherboard
produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers excellent
performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and
endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration
guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might
be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may
find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as
well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for specific information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 Package Contents
ASRock A55 Pro Motherboard
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 7.2-in, 30.5 cm x 18.3 cm)
ASRock A55 Pro Quick Installation Guide
ASRock A55 Pro Support CD
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64
bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Configuration to
AHCI mode.
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1.2 Specifications
Platform
- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 7.2-in, 30.5 cm x 18.3 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design
- Support for Socket FM1 100W processors
- 4 + 1 Power Phase Design
- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM Technology
- UMI-Link GEN2
- AMD A55 FCH (Hudson-D2)
- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology
- 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Support DDR3 2400+(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066/
800 non-ECC, un-buffered memory (see CAUTION 1)
- Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB (see CAUTION 2)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
(PCIE2 @ x16 mode; PCIE5 @ x4 mode)
- 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports AMD Quad CrossFireXTM, CrossFireXTM and Dual
Graphics
- AMD Radeon HD 65XX/64XX graphics
- DirectX 11, Pixel Shader 5.0
- Max. shared memory 512MB
Audio
LAN
- Dual VGA Output: support D-Sub and DVI-D ports by
independent display controllers
- Supports DVI with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 75Hz
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 1920x1600 @
60Hz
- Supports AMD Steady VideoTM: New video post processing
capability for automatic jutter reduction on home/online
video
- Supports HDCP function with DVI port
- Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback
with DVI port
- 5.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec)
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Realtek RTL8111E
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports LAN Cable Detection
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
Graphics 6
Rear Panel I/O
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
Connector
BIOS Feature
Support CD
Hardware Monitor
OS
Certifications
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x D-Sub Port
- 1 x DVI-D Port
- 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- HD Audio Jack: Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone
- 6 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1 and RAID 10), NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x CIR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x Power LED header
- 1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
- 2 x Chassis Fan connectors (2 x 4-pin)
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- Front panel audio connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, DRAM, VDDP, SB Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP
SP3 / XP 64-bit compliant (see CAUTION 3)
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
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WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking,
including adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking
Technology, or using third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may
affect your system’s stability, or even cause damage to the components
and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and
expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by
overclocking.
CAUTION!
1. Whether 2400/1866/1600MHz memory speed is supported
depends on the CPU you adopt. If you want to adopt DDR3
2400/1866/1600 memory module on this motherboard, please
refer to the memory support list on our website for the compatible memory modules.
ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
2. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size
may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 7 / VistaTM / XP. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64bit CPU, there is no such limitation. You can use ASRock XFast
RAM to utilize the memory that Windows® cannot use.
3. ASRock XFast RAM is not supported by Microsoft® Windows®
XP / XP 64-bit.
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1.3 Unique Features
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to
ne-tune different system functions in a user-friendly interface,
which includes Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking,
OC DNA, IES and XFast RAM. In Hardware Monitor, it shows
the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the
fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking,
you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system
performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as
a profile and share it with your friends. Your friends then can
load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy Saver), the voltage regulator
can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency
when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance. In XFast RAM, it fully utilizes the memory space that
cannot be used under Windows® OS 32-bit CPU.
ASRock Instant Boot
ASRock Instant Boot allows you to turn on your PC in just a few
seconds, provides a much more efficient way to save energy,
time, money, and improves system running speed for your system. It leverages the S3 and S4 ACPI features which normally
enable the Sleep/Standby and Hibernation modes in Windows®
to shorten boot up time. By calling S3 and S4 at specific timing
during the shutdown and startup process, Instant Boot allows
you to enter your Windows® desktop in a few seconds.
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash
ROM. This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update
system BIOS without entering operating systems first like MSDOS or Windows®. With this utility, you can press the <F6> key
during the POST or the <F2> key to enter into the BIOS setup
menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool and
save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or
hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks
without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please be noted that the USB flash drive or
hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system.
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ASRock APP Charger
If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your
Apple devices, such as iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, ASRock has
prepared a wonderful solution for you - ASRock APP Charger.
Simply install the APP Charger driver, it makes your iPhone
charge much quickly from your computer and up to 40% faster
than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to quickly charge
many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1),
Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5).
With APP Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging experience.
ASRock XFast USB
ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The performance may depend on the properties of the
device.
ASRock XFast LAN
ASRock XFast LAN provides a faster internet access, which
includes the benefits listed below. LAN Application Prioritization: You can configure your application’s priority ideally and/or
add new programs. Lower Latency in Game: After setting online
game’s priority higher, it can lower the latency in games. Traffic
Shaping: You can watch Youtube HD videos and download simultaneously. Real-Time Analysis of Your Data: With the status
window, you can easily recognize which data streams you are
transferring currently.
ASRock XFast RAM
ASRock XFast RAM is a new function that is included into ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU). It fully utilizes the memory
space that cannot be used under Windows® OS 32-bit CPU.
ASRock XFast RAM shortens the loading time of previously
visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it
also boosts the speed of Adobe Photoshop 5 times faster. Another advantage of ASRock XFast RAM is that it reduces the
frequency of accessing your SSDs or HDDs in order to extend
their lifespan.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
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5
4
18.3cm (7.2 in)
PS2
Mouse
PS2
Keyboard
CHA_FAN2
CPU_FAN1
USB 2.0
T: USB4
B: USB5
Dual Graphics
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
30.5cm (12.0 in)
ATXPWR1
DDR3 2400+
SOCKET FM1
DVI1
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
VGA1
DX11
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
ATX12V1
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USB 2.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
RJ-45 LAN
Top:
Line In
Center:
Front
Bottom:
Mic In
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PCIE1
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A55 Pro
RoHS
SATA_2
SATA_1
PCIE2
32
LAN
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CMOS
Battery
PCIE3
AMD
A55 FCH
(Hudson-D2)
Chipset
30
Super
I/O
ErP/EuP Ready
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XFast RAM
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PCIE5
XFast LAN
XFast USB
32Mb
BIOS
PCI1
28
CHA_FAN1
29
PCIE4
SPEAKER1
CLRCMOS1
1
1
PLED
AUDIO
CODEC
PWRBTN
PANEL1
1
HDLED RESET
PCI2
1
2
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10 11
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SATA_4
SATA_5
SATA_6
IR1
HDMI_SPDIF1
1
27
SATA_3
USB8_9
USB6_7
COM1
HD_AUDIO1
1
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PLED1
1
1
1
25
1
1
24
1
CIR1
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ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
CPU Socket
CPU Heatsink Retention Module
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1) ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1) SATA2 Connector (SATA_1)
SATA2 Connector (SATA_2)
Southbridge Controller
SPI Flash Memory (32Mb)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1) Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER 1)
System Panel Header (PANEL1)
SATA2 Connector (SATA_3)
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SATA2 Connector (SATA_4)
Power LED Header (PLED1)
SATA2 Connector (SATA_6)
SATA2 Connector (SATA_5)
USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9)
USB 2.0 Header (USB6_7)
Consumer Infrared Module Header (CIR1)
Infrared Module Header (IR1)
COM Port Header (COM1)
HDMI_SPDIF Header (HDMI_SPDIF1)
Front Panel Audio Header (HD_AUDIO1)
PCI Slots (PCI1-2)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE4)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE3)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1)
1.4 I/O Panel
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3
** 4
5
6
PS/2 Mouse Port (Green) LAN RJ-45 Port Line In (Light Blue)
Front Speaker (Lime)
Microphone (Pink)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB23)
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USB 2.0 Ports (USB45) USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
DVI-D Port
D-Sub Port
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Status
Off
Orange
Green
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
LAN Port
** To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front panel audio header. Please refer to below steps for the software setting of Multi-Streaming.
For Windows® XP:
After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system. Please select “Mixer ToolBox”
, click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click “ok”. Choose “2CH” or
“4CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA Primary output” to use Rear Speaker and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek HDA Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio. Then reboot your system.
For Windows® 7 / VistaTM:
After restarting your computer, please double-click “Realtek HD Audio Manager” on the
system tray. Set “Speaker Configuration” to “Quadraphonic” or “Stereo”. Click “Device
advanced settings”, choose “Make front and rear output devices playbacks two different audio streams simultaneously”, and click “ok”. Then reboot your system.
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2. Installation
This is an ATX form factor (12.0-in x 7.2-in, 30.5 cm x 18.3 cm) motherboard.
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure
that the motherboard fits into it.
Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the
power is switched off or the power cord is detached from the
power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the
like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety
grounded object before you handle components.
Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.
When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the motherboard to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing
so may damage the motherboard.
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2.1 CPU Installation
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Step 1. Unlock the socket by lifting the lever up to a 90 angle.
Step 2. Position the CPU directly above the socket such that the CPU corner with the golden triangle matches the socket corner with a small triangle.
Step 3. Carefully insert the CPU into the socket until it fits in place.
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to avoid bending of the pins.
Step 4. When the CPU is in place, press it firmly on the socket while you push down the socket lever to secure the CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab to indicate that it is locked.
Lever 90° Up
CPU Golden Triangle
Socket Corner Small
Triangle
STEP 1:
Lift Up The Socket Lever
STEP 2 / STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Match The CPU Golden Triangle Push Down And Lock
To The Socket Corner Small
The Socket Lever
Triangle
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
After you install the CPU into this motherboard, it is necessary to install a
larger heatsink and cooling fan to dissipate heat. You also need to spray
thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Make sure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened
and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the
CPU FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see Page 11, No. 4). For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of the CPU fan and
the heatsink.
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2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides two 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots,
and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration,
you always need to install two identical (the same brand, speed, size and chiptype) memory modules in the DDR3 DIMM slots to activate Dual Channel Memory
Technology. Otherwise, it will operate at single channel mode.
1.
2.
It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into DDR3 slot;otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
If you install only one memory module or two non-identical memory modules, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel Memory Technology.
Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1. Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Step 2. Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the break on the slot.
notch
break
notch
break
The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into
the slot at incorrect orientation.
Step 3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI slots and 5 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCI Slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI interface.
PCIE Slots:
PCIE1 / PCIE3 / PCIE4 (PCIE x1 slot) is used for PCI Express cards
with x1 lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card and SATA2 card.
PCIE2 (PCIE x16 slot) is used for PCI Express x16 lane width graphics
cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support
CrossFireXTM function. PCIE5 (PCIE x16 slot) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width cards,
or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support CrossFireXTM
function.
1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI
Express x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot.
2. In CrossFireXTM mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics
cards on PCIE2 and PCIE5 slots. Therefore, PCIE2 slot will work at
x16 bandwidth while PCIE5 slot will work at x4 bandwidth.
Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6. Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.5 CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireX TM and Quad CrossFireX TM feature.
CrossFireX TM technology offers the most advantageous means available of
combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPU) in a single
PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with intelligent software design
and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFireXTM enables the highest
possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D application. Currently
CrossFireXTM feature is supported with Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 / VistaTM /
7 OS. Quad CrossFireXTM feature are supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS only.
Please check AMD website for AMD CrossFireXTM driver updates.
1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the
performance benefits of CrossFireXTM. All three CrossFireXTM components, a
CrossFireXTM Ready graphics card, a CrossFireXTM Ready motherboard and a
CrossFireXTM Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly
to benefit from the CrossFireXTM multi-GPU platform.
2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFireXTM Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both
cards will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFireXTM mode.
2.5.1 Graphics Card Setup
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM feature. For other CrossFireXTM cards that AMD has released or will release
in the future, please refer to AMD graphics card manuals for detailed installation
guide.
Step 1. Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon
graphics card to PCIE5 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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Step 2. Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on
CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards.
(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not
bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor
for details.)
CrossFire Bridge
or
Step 3. Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert
the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.5.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1. Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Step 2. Remove the AMD driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your system.
The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.
Please check AMD website for AMD driver updates.
Step 3. Install the required drivers to your system.
For Windows® XP OS:
A. AMD recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed in your system, there is no need to download it again):
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please check Microsoft website for details.
For Windows® 7 / VistaTM OS:
Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.
Step 4. Restart your computer.
Step 5. Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.
Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
Step 6. Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select “CrossFireXTM”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireXTM”. Select “2 GPUs”
and click “Apply” (if you install two Radeon graphics cards).
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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFireTM”, the CrossFireXTM function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically
reboot. After restarting your computer, please confirm whether the option
“Enable CrossFireTM” in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not;
if not, please select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the benefit of
CrossFireXTM feature.
Step 7. You can freely enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM or Quad CrossFireXTM
feature.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of AMD Technologies Inc., and is used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of AMD CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for updates and details.
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2.6 AMD Dual Graphics Operation Guide
This motherboard supports AMD Dual Graphics feature. AMD Dual Graphics brings
multi-GPU performance capabilities by enabling an AMD A55 FCH (Hudson-D2)
integrated graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to operate
simultaneously with combined output to a single display for blisteringly-fast frame
rates. Currently, AMD Dual Graphics Technology is only supported with Windows® 7
OS, and is not available with Windows® VistaTM / XP OS.
What does an AMD Dual Graphics system include?
An AMD Dual Graphics system includes an AMD Radeon HD 65XX/64XX graphics
processor and a motherboard based on an AMD A55 FCH (Hudson-D2) integrated
chipset, all operating in a Windows® 7 environment. Please refer to below PCI
Express graphics card support list for AMD Dual Graphics. For the future update of
more compatible PCI Express graphics cards, please visit AMD website for further
information.
Chipset AMD RADEON HD6670
AMD RADEON HD6570
AMD RADEON HD6450
Model
ASUS DIS-PCIE2.1-ASUS-HDMI-EAH6670-DI-1GD3/1G-DDR3
MSI DIS-PCIE2.1-MSI-HDMI-R6570-MD1GD3-LP/1G-DDR3
MSI DIS-PCIE2.1-MSI-HDMI-R6450-MD1GD3-LP/1G-DDR3
Driver
8.881
8.881
8.881
Enjoy the benefit of AMD Dual Graphics
Step 1. Please keep the default UEFI setting of “Dual Graphics“ option on [Auto].
Step 2. Install one AMD RADEON HD6670 / 6570 / 6450 PCI Express graphics
card to PCIE2 slot (black).
Step 3. Connect the monitor cable to the onboard VGA port. Please be noted that
the current VGA driver / VBIOS can allow Dual Graphics output from onboard display only. For any future update, please refer to our website for
further information.
Step 4. Boot into OS. Please remove the AMD driver if you have any VGA driver
installed in your system.
Step 5. Install the onboard VGA driver from our support CD to your system for
both the onboard VGA and the discrete graphics card.
Step 6. Restart your computer. Right-click the desktop. Click “AMD VISION
Engine Control Center” to enter AMD VISION Engine Control Center.
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Step 7. You can also click “AMD VISION Engine Control Center” on your
Windows® taskbar to enter AMD VISION Engine Control Center.
AMD VISION Engine Control Center
Step 8. In AMD VISION Engine Control Center, please choose “Performance”.
Click “AMD CrossFireTM”.
Step 9. Click “Enable CrossFireTM” and click “Apply“ to save your change.
Step 10. Reboot your system. Then you can freely enjoy the benefit of Dual
Graphics feature.
* Dual Graphics appearing here is a registered trademark of AMD Technologies Inc., and is
used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of AMD Dual Graphics technology, please check AMD website for up
dates and details.
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2.7 Dual Monitor and Surround Display Features
Dual Monitor Feature
This motherboard supports dual monitor feature. With the internal VGA output support (D-Sub and DVI-D), you can easily enjoy the benefits of dual monitor feature
without installing any add-on VGA card to this motherboard. This motherboard also
provides independent display controllers for D-Sub and DVI-D to support dual VGA
output so that D-sub and DVI-D can drive same or different display contents.
To enable dual monitor feature, please follow the below steps:
1. Connect D-Sub monitor cable to D-Sub port on the I/O panel, or connect DVI-D
monitor cable to DVI-D port on the I/O panel.
D-Sub port
DVI-D port
2. If you have installed onboard VGA driver from our support CD to your system already, you can freely enjoy the benefits of dual monitor function after your system boots. If you haven’t installed onboard VGA driver yet, please install onboard VGA driver from our support CD to your system and restart your computer.
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Surround Display Feature
This motherboard supports surround display upgrade. With the internal VGA output
support (D-Sub and DVI-D) and external add-on PCI Express VGA cards, you can
easily enjoy the benefits of surround display feature.
Please refer to the following steps to set up a surround display environment:
1. Install the PCI Express VGA cards on PCIE2 and PCIE5 slots. Please refer to
page 16 for proper expansion card installation procedures for details.
2. Connect D-Sub monitor cable to D-Sub port on the I/O panel, or connect DVI-D
monitor cable to DVI-D port on the I/O panel. Then connect other monitor cables
to the corresponding connectors of the add-on PCI Express VGA cards on PCIE2
and PCIE5 slots.
3. Boot your system. Press <F2> or <Del> to enter UEFI setup. Enter “Share
Memory” option to adjust the memory capability to [32MB], [64MB], [128MB],
[256MB] or [512MB] to enable the function of D-sub. Please make sure that the value you select is less than the total capability of the system memory. If you
do not adjust the UEFI setup, the default value of “Share Memory”, [Auto], will
disable D-Sub function when the add-on VGA card is inserted to this
motherboard.
4. Install the onboard VGA driver and the add-on PCI Express VGA card driver to your system. If you have installed the drivers already, there is no need to install them again.
5. Set up a multi-monitor display.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Right click the desktop, choose “Properties”, and select the “Settings” tab so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor according to the steps below.
A. Click the “Identify” button to display a large number on each monitor.
B. Right-click the display icon in the Display Properties dialog that you wish to be your primary monitor, and then select “Primary”. When
you use multiple monitors with your card, one monitor will always be Primary, and all additional monitors will be designated as Secondary.
C. Select the display icon identified by the number 2.
D. Click “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor”.
E. Right-click the display icon and select “Attached”, if necessary.
F. Set the “Screen Resolution” and “Color Quality” as appropriate for the second monitor. Click “Apply” or “OK” to apply these new values.
G. Repeat steps C through E for the diaplay icon identified by the number one to six.
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For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Right click the desktop, choose “Personalize”, and select the “Display Settings” tab so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor according to the steps below.
A. Click the number ”2” icon.
B. Click the items “This is my main monitor” and “Extend the desktop onto this monitor”.
C. Click “OK” to save your change.
D. Repeat steps A through C for the display icon identified by the number three to six.
6. Use Surround Display. Click and drag the display icons to positions representing the physical setup of your monitors that you would like to use. The placement of display icons determines how you move items from one monitor to another.
HDCP Function
HDCP function is supported on this motherboard. To use HDCP function with this motherboard, you need to adopt the monitor that supports HDCP function as well. Therefore, you can enjoy the superior display quality with high-definition HDCP
encryption contents. Please refer to below instruction for more details about HDCP function.
What is HDCP?
HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection,
a specification developed by Intel® for protecting digital
entertainment content that uses the DVI interface. HDCP is a
copy protection scheme to eliminate the possibility of
intercepting digital data midstream between the video source,
or transmitter - such as a computer, DVD player or set-top box and the digital display, or receiver - such as a monitor, television
or projector. In other words, HDCP specification is designed to
protect the integrity of content as it is being transmitted.
Products compatible with the HDCP scheme such as DVD
players, satellite and cable HDTV set-top-boxes, as well as few
entertainment PCs requires a secure connection to a compliant
display. Due to the increase in manufacturers employing HDCP in their equipment, it is highly recommended that the HDTV or LCD monitor you purchase is compatible. 25
2.8 ASRock Smart Remote Installation Guide
ASRock Smart Remote is only used for ASRock motherboard with CIR header.
Please refer to below procedures for the quick installation and usage of ASRock
Smart Remote.
Step1.
Find the CIR header located next to the USB 2.0 header on ASRock
motherboard.
USB 2.0 header (9-pin, black)
CIR header (4-pin, gray)
Step2.
Connect the front USB cable to the
USB 2.0 header (as below, pin 1-5)
and the CIR header. Please make
sure the wire assignments and the
pin assignments are matched
correctly.
USB_PWR
PP+
GND
1
2 3
DUMMY
4 5
GND
IRTX
IRRX
ATX+5VSB
Step3.
Install Multi-Angle CIR Receiver to the front USB port.
Step4. Boot up your system. Press <F2> or <Del> to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
Make sure the option "CIR Controller" is setting at [Enabled].
(Advanced -> Super IO Configuration -> CIR Controller -> [Enabled])
If you cannot find this option, please shut down your system and install
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver to the other front USB port then try again.
Step5.
Enter Windows. Execute ASRock support CD and install CIR Driver. (It is
listed at the bottom of driver list.)
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3 CIR sensors in different angles
1.
2.
3.
Only one of the front USB port can support CIR function. When
the CIR function is enabled, the other port will remain USB function.
Multi-Angle CIR Receiver is used for front USB only. Please do
not use the rear USB bracket to connect it on the rear panel. Multi-Angle CIR Receiver can receive the multi-direction infrared
signals (top, down and front), which is compatible with most of
the chassis on the market.
The Multi-Angle CIR Receiver does not support Hot-Plug
function. Please install it before you boot the system.
* ASRock Smart Remote is only supported by some of ASRock motherboards. Please refer to
ASRock website for the motherboard support list: http://www.asrock.com
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2.9 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose
pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap
is placed on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Setting
Clear CMOS Jumper
Description
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.11, No. 13)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. To clear and reset the
system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug
the power cord from the power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a
jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However,
please do not clear the CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need
to clear the CMOS when you just finish updating the BIOS, you must boot
up the system first, and then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action. Please be noted that the password, date, time, user default profile, 1394
GUID and MAC address will be cleared only if the CMOS battery is removed.
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2.10 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
Serial ATA2 Connectors
(SATA_1: see p.11, No. 8) SATA_1
(SATA_2: see p.11, No. 9)
(SATA_3: see p.11, No. 16)
(SATA_4: see p.11, No. 17)
(SATA_5: see p.11, No. 20)
SATA_2
(SATA_6: see p.11, No. 19)
SATA_3
SATA_4
SATA_5
SATA_6
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
(Optional)
USB 2.0 Headers
(9-pin USB6_7)
(see p.11 No. 22)
These six Serial ATA2 (SATA2) connectors support SATA data cables for internal storage devices. The current SATA2 interface allows up to
3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
Either end of the SATA data cable can be connected to the SATA / SATAII hard disk or the
SATAII connector on this
motherboard.
USB_PWR
P-7
P+7
GND
DUMMY
1
GND
P+6
P-6
USB_PWR
(9-pin USB8_9)
(see p.11 No. 21)
Besides six default USB 2.0
ports on the I/O panel, there
are two USB 2.0 headers on
this motherboard. Each USB 2.0
header can support two USB
2.0 ports.
USB_PWR
P-9
P+9
GND
DUMMY
1
GND
P+8
P-8
USB_PWR
Infrared Module Header
(5-pin IR1)
(see p.11 No. 24)
This header supports an
optional wireless transmitting
and receiving infrared module.
IRTX
+5VSB
DUMMY
1
GND
IRRX
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Consumer Infrared Module Header
(4-pin CIR1)
(see p.11 No. 23)
This header can be used to connect the remote controller receiver.
Front Panel Audio Header
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
(see p.11 No. 27)
This is an interface for the front panel audio cable that allows convenient connection and control of audio devices.
GND
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT_RET
1
OUT2_L
J_SENSE
OUT2_R
MIC2_R
MIC2_L
1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio header as below:
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).
D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.
E. To activate the front mic.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”.
For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Go to the "FrontMic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust “Recording Volume”.
System Panel Header
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.11 No. 15)
This header accommodates
several system front panel functions.
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator
on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below.
Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
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RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking
when the sys-tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system
is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).
HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module
mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive
activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front
panel module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the
pin assign-ments are matched correctly.
Chassis Speaker Header
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
Please connect the chassis speaker to this header.
(see p.11 No. 14)
Power LED Header
(3-pin PLED1)
(see p.11 No. 18)
Chassis Fan Connectors
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
(see p.11 No. 12)
Please connect the chassis
power LED to this header to
indicate system power status. The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps
blinking in S1 state. The LED is off in S3/S4 state or S5 state (power off).
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PLEDPLED+
PLED+
GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
(4-pin CHA_FAN2)
(see p.11 No. 5)
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Please connect the fan cables to the fan connectors and match the black wire to the ground pin.
CPU Fan Connectors FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
CPU_FAN_SPEED
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
Please connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector and
(see p.11 No. 4)
match the black wire to the ground pin.
+12V
GND
1 2 3 4
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function. If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
ATX Power Connector
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(see p.11 No. 7)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power
supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Power Connector
(8-pin ATX12V1)
5
1
(see p.11 No. 1)
8
4
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX 12V power supply to this connector.
Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work
if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the 5
1
4-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power supply along with
Pin 1 and Pin 5.
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
Serial port Header
8
4
This COM1 header supports a
serial port module.
(9-pin COM1)
(see p.11 No.25)
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HDMI_SPDIF Header
(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
HDMI_SPDIF header, providing SPDIF audio output to HDMI
(see p.11 No. 26)
VGA card, allows the system to
connect HDMI Digital TV/
projector/LCD devices. Please connect the HDMI_SPDIF
connector of HDMI VGA card to this header.
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2.11 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATA2 (SATA2) Hard Disks
Installation
This motherboard adopts AMD A55 FCH (Hudson-D2) chipset that supports Serial
ATA (SATA) / Serial ATA2 (SATA2) hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID
10) functions. You may install SATA / SATA2 hard disks on this motherboard for
internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install the SATA / SATA2 hard
disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA / SATA2 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA / SATA2 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA2
connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA / SATA2 hard
disk.
2.12 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATA2
HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA / SATA2 in
RAID / AHCI mode. AMD A55 FCH (Hudson-D2) chipset provides hardware support
for Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for
SATA host controllers developed thru a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA / SATA2 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATA2 HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA / SATA2 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA / SATA2 HDDs are built as RAID 1 then it is called “Hot Swap” for
the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATA2 HDDs while the system is
still power-on and in working condition.
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2.13 SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation
Guide
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA / SATAII HDD in RAID / AHCI
mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully. Before you
process the SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug, please check below cable accessories
from the motherboard gift box pack.
A. 7-pin SATA data cable
B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface
A. SATA data cable (Red)
SATA 7-pin
connector
B. SATA power cable
The SATA 15-pin power
connector (Black) connect
to SATA / SATAII HDD
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connect to power supply
Caution
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA / SATAII Hot Plug
cannot be processed.
2. Even some SATA / SATAII HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power connector and
IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE 1x4-pin
conventional power connector interface is definitely not able to support Hot Plug and will cause the HDD damage and data loss.
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which supports
SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA / SATAII Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset
because of its limitation, the SATA / SATAII Hot Plug support information of our
motherboard is indicated in the product spec on our website: www.asrock.com
2. Make sure your SATA / SATAII HDD can support Hot Plug function from your
dealer or HDD user manual. The SATA / SATAII HDD, which cannot support Hot Plug function, will be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA / SATAII driver is installed into system properly. The
latest SATA / SATAII driver is available on our support website: www.asrock.com
4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our motherboard package.
5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash or data loss.
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How to Hot Plug a SATA / SATAII HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4-pin end Step 2
(White) to the power supply 1x4-pin cable.
Connect SATA data cable to
the motherboard’s SATAII connector.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable connector
(Black) end to SATA / SATAII HDD.
Step 4
Connect SATA data cable to
the SATA / SATAII HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA / SATAII HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA / SATAII HDD side.
Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA / SATAII HDD side.
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2.14 Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical
drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side
to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly.
2.15 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit
on a RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA / SATAII HDDs with RAID functions,
please follow below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.15.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or
more SATA / SATAII HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATAII Driver Diskette. (Please use USB floppy or
A. B. C.
D.
E. floppy disk.)
Insert the ASRock Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.
During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and
then a window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM
as the boot device.
When you see the message on the screen, “Generate Serial ATA driver
diskette [YN]?”, press <Y>.
Then you will see these messages,
Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive.
WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will
lose ALL data in it!
Start to format and copy files [YN]?
Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press any key.
The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA / SATAII
drivers into the floppy diskette.
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STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After step 1, 2, 3, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your
system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID
driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII driver diskette containing the AMD
RAID driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the
driver to install according to the OS you install.
2.15.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on a RAID disk
composed of 2 or more SATA / SATAII HDDs with RAID functions, please follow
below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Make a SATA / SATAII Driver Diskette.
Make a SATA / SATAII driver diskette by following section 2.15.1 step 2 on page 37.
STEP 4: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
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2.16 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64bit OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below
procedures according to the OS you install.
2.16.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA / SATAII HDDs without
RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATAII HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATAII Driver Diskette.
Make a SATA / SATAII driver diskette by following section 2.15.1 step 2 on page 37.
STEP 3: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
You can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When
prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII driver diskette containing the AMD AHCI driver.
After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install
according to the OS you install.
Using SATA / SATAII HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.16.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on your SATA /
SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATAII HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
Using SATA / SATAII HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your system. The SPI Memory on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You
may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press
<F2> or <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the following
UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only,
and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
Main
To set up the system time/date information
OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features
Advanced To set up the advanced UEFI features
H/W Monitor To display current hardware status
Boot
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Use <
> key or <
> key to choose among the selections on the menu
bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
/
/ + / -
<Tab>
<Enter>
<PGUP>
<PGDN>
<HOME>
<END>
<F1>
<F7>
<F9>
<F10>
<F12>
<ESC>
Function Description
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
Moves cursor up or down to select items
To change option for the selected items
Switch to next function
To bring up the selected screen
Go to the previous page
Go to the next page
Go to the top of the screen
Go to the bottom of the screen
To display the General Help Screen
Discard changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Load optimal default values for all the settings
Save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Print screen
Jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display
the system overview.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
EZ OC Mode
You can use this option to load EZ overclocking setting. Please note that
overclocing may cause damage to your components and motherboard. It
should be done at your own risk and expense.
CPU Configuration
Overclock Mode
Use this to select Overclock Mode. Configuration options: [Auto] and
[Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Spread Spectrum
This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability.
AMD Turbo Core Technology
This item appears only when the processor you adopt supports this feature. Use this to select enable or disable AMD Turbo Core Technology. The
default value is [Enabled].
Processor Maximum Frequency
It will display Processor Maximum Frequency for reference.
Processor Maximum Voltage
It will display Processor Maximum Voltage for reference.
Multiplier/Voltage Change
This item is set to [Auto] by default. If it is set to [Manual], you may adjust
the value of Processor Frequency and Processor Voltage. However, it is
recommended to keep the default value for system stability.
CPU Frequency Multiplier
For safety and system stability, it is not recommended to adjust the value
of this item.
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CPU Voltage
It allows you to adjust the value of CPU voltage. However, for safety and
system stability, it is not recommended to adjust the value of this item.
GFX Engine Clock
Use this to adjust graphics engine clock. The default value is [Auto].
DRAM Configuration
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically.
DRAM Timing Control
Power Down Enable
Use this item to enable or disable DDR power down mode.
Bank Interleaving
Interleaving allows memory accesses to be spread out over banks on the
same node, or accross nodes, decreasing access contention.
Channel Interleaving
It allows you to enable Channel Memory Interleaving. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Auto]. The default value is [Auto].
CAS# Latency (tCL)
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
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Row Precharge Time (tRP)
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS# Active Time (tRAS)
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Command Rate (CR)
Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. Min:
1T. Max: 2T. The default is [Auto].
RAS# Cycle Time (tRC)
Use this item to change RAS# Cycle Time (tRC) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
Write Recovery Time (tWR)
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC)
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD)
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Write to Read Delay (tWTR)
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Read to Precharge (tRTP)
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Four Activate Window (tFAW)
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual
setting. The default is [Auto].
Voltage Control
VCCM Voltage
Use this to select VCCM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
APU PCIE Voltage
Use this to select APU PCIE Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU Load-Line Calibration
CPU Load-Line Calibration helps prevent CPU voltage droop when the
system is under heavy load.
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SB Voltage
Use this to select SB Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Would you like to save current setting user defaults?
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration, Nouth Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage Configuration, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, and USB Configuration.
Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
Instant Flash
Instant Flash is a UEFI flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering
operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch this tool
and save the new UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file
system. If you execute Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI
files and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI file to update
your UEFI, and reboot your system after UEFI update process completes.
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3.4.1 CPU Configuration
Core C6 Mode
Use this item to enable or disable Core C6 mode. The default value is
[Enabled].
Cstate Pmin Mode
Use this item to enable or disable Cstate Pmin mode. The default value is
[Disabled].
Cool ‘n’ Quiet
Use this item to enable or disable AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM technology. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
If you install Windows® 7 / VistaTM and want to enable this function, please
set this item to [Enabled]. Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and memory frequency, and lead to system stability or
compatibility issue with some memory modules or power supplies. Please
set this item to [Disable] if above issue occurs.
SVM
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by AMD-V. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
CPU Thermal Throttle
Use this item to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep
the CPU from overheated. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration
Primary Graphics Adapter
This item will switch the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for video
card. It allows you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple
video controllers. The default value of this feature is [PCI Express]. Configuration options: [Onboard], [PCI] and [PCI Express].
Share Memory
This allows you to set the share memory feature. The default value is [Auto].
Configuration options: [Auto], [32MB], [64MB], [128MB], [256MB] and
[512MB].
Onboard HDMI HD Audio
This allows you to enable or disable the “Onboard HDMI HD Audio” feature.
Dual Graphics
This item appears only when you install AMD RADEON HD6670 / 6570
/ 6450 graphics card on this motherboard. Use this to enable or disable
Dual Graphics feature. If you enable this option, you can choose onboard
VGA or PCIE card VGA at will. If you select [Auto], Dual Graphics function
will be automatically enabled when you install AMD RADEON HD6670 /
6570 / 6450 graphics card. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration
Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound
Card is plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
Onboard LAN
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN feature.
Good Night LED
Enable this option to turn off Power LED when the system is power on.
The keyboard LED will also be turned off in S1, S3 and S4 state. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
SATA Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the “SATA Controller” feature.
SATA Mode
Use this item to adjust SATA Mode. The default value of this option is [AHCI
Mode]. Configuration options: [AHCI Mode], [RAID Mode] and [IDE Mode].
If you set this item to RAID mode, it is suggested to install SATA ODD driver on SATA_5 and SATA_6 ports.
SATA IDE Combined Mode
This item is for SATA_5 and SATA_6 ports. Use this item to enable or disable SATA IDE combined mode. The default value is [Enabled].
If you want to build RAID on SATA_5 and SATA_6 ports, please
disable this item.
Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled],
[Enabled].
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3.4.5 Super IO Configuration
Serial Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port.
Configuration options: [3F8 / IRQ4] and [3E8 / IRQ4].
Infrared Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port.
Infrared Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port.
Confi guration options: [2F8 / IRQ3] and [2E8 / IRQ3].
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3.4.6 ACPI Configuration
Suspend to RAM
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss.
If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the system
starts to boot up when the power recovers.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
Ring-In Power On
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Keyboard/Remote to power on the
system.
USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable USB Mouse to power on the system.
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ACPI HPET table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this motherboard to submit Windows® VistaTM certification.
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3.4.7 USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
confi guration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [UEFI Setup Only].
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the
details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
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3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU
fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
CPU Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan 1 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On], [Manual Mode] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 2 Setting
This allows you to set chassis fan 2 speed. Configuration options:
[Level 1] to [Level 4]. The default is value [Level 4].
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3.6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.
Setup Prompt Timeout
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key.
65535(0xFFFF) means indefi nite waiting.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
PCI ROM Priority
In case of multiple Option ROMs (Legacy and EFI Compatible), specifies
what PCI Option ROM to launch. Configuration options: [Legacy ROM]
and [EFI Compatible ROM]. The default vale is [Legacy ROM].
Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled].
AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option “Full
Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the
system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled]
and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
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3.7 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system.
For the user password, you may also clear it.
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3.8 Exit Screen
Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes?” Select [OK] to discard all changes.
Load UEFI Defaults
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
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4. Software Support
4.1 Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 7 / 7
64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP SP3 / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings
and hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general
reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information.
4.2 Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4.2.1 Running The Support CD To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD
automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your computer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on
the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the
menus.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects the
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your dealer for further information.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB in AHCI Mode
This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed
on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above) or Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Press <F2> or <Delete> at system POST. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility >
Advanced > Storage Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot in UEFI Setup Utility > Boot > Boot Option #1.
(“xxx” is the device which contains your Windows® installation files. Normally it is an optical drive.) You can also press <F11> to launch boot menu at system POST
and choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot.
4. Start Windows® installation.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB in RAID Mode
This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be installed
on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to install the operating
system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or above) or Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Press <F2> or <Delete> at system POST. Set RAID Mode in UEFI Setup Utility >
Advanced > Storage Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Choose onboard RAID 3TB+ unlocker > UEFI Mode For GPT partition. Press
<F10> to save the change and exit.
4. Press <F11> to enter Boot Manual. Choose UEFI : Built - in EFI Shell.
5. Key in drvcfg, for example you will see below:
Drv[4E] Ctrl[B5] Lang[eng]
6. Key in dh [Drv number], for example: key in dh 4E.
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7. And then key in drvcfg –s [Drv number] [Ctrl number] to enter Raid Utility.
For example: key in drvcfg –s 4E B5.
8. Choose Logical Drive Main Menu to set up Raid Drive.
9. Choose Logical Drive Create Menu to create a Raid Drive.
10. Choose Usable Physical Drive List to select Raid HDD.
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11. Press Space on keyboard to toggle checkbox.
12. Choose Ld Size setting, and key in the Raid size.
13. After set up Raid size, please click Start to Create.
14. Press <F10> to exit Utility.
15. During reboot, please press <F11> to enter Boot Manual. Choose UEFI: SCSI
CD/DVD Drive.
* This option only shows on Windows® 7 64-bit and VistaTM 64-bit OS.
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16. Follow Windows® Installation Guide to install OS.
If you install Windows® 7 64-bit / VistaTM 64-bit in a large hard disk (ex. Disk
volume > 2TB), it may take more time to boot into Windows® or install driver/
utilities. If you encounter this problem, you will need to following instructions
to fix this problem.
Windows® VistaTM 64-bit:
Microsoft ® does not provide hotfix for this problem. Below steps are
Microsoft® suggested solution:
A. Disable System Restore.
a. Type “systempropertiesprotection” in the Start Menu. Then press "Enter".
b. De-select Local Disks for System Restore. Then Click “Turn System
Restore Off” to confirm. Then Press “Ok”.
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B. Disable “Volume Shadow Copy” service.
a. Type “computer management” in the Start Menu, then press “Enter”.
b. Go to “Services and Applications>Services”; Then double click “Volume
Shadow Copy”.
c. Set “Startup type” to “Disable” then Click “OK”.
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C. Reboot your system.
D. After reboot, please start to install motherboard drivers and utilities.
Windows® 7 64-bit:
A. Please request the hotfix KB2505454 thru this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2505454/
B. After installing Windows® 7 64-bit, install the hotfix kb2505454.
(This may take long time; >30 mins.)
C. Reboot your system. (It may take about 5 mins to boot.)
D. The Windows® will install this hotfix then reboot by itself.
E. Please start to install motherboard drivers and utilities.
17. Finish.
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