M61PMP Series Motherboard User`s Manual
M61PMP Series Motherboard
User’s Manual
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Declaration of conformity
HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY COMPANY LTD
66 , CHUNG SHAN RD., TU-CHENG INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT,
TAIPEI HSIEN, TAIWAN, R.O.C.
declares that the product
Motherboard M61PMP/M61PMP-K
is in conformity with
(reference to the specification under which conformity is declared in
accordance with 89/336 EEC-EMC Directive)
■ EN 55022:1998/A2: 2003 Limits and methods of measurements of radio disturbance characteristics of information technology equipment
■ EN 61000-3-2/:2000 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
Part 3: Limits
Section 2: Limits for harmonic current emissions
(equipment input current <= 16A per phase)
■ EN 61000-3-3/A1:2001 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
Part 3: Limits
Section 2: Limits of voltage fluctuations and flicker in low voltage supply systems for equipment with rated current <= 16A
■ EN 55024/A2:2003 Information technology equipment-Immunity characteristics limits and methods of measurement
Signature : Printed Name : James Liang Place / Date : TAIPEI/2009
Declaration of conformity
Trade Name:
FOXCONN
M61PMP/M61PMP-K
odel Name:
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Responsible Party: PCE Industry Inc.
Address:
458 E. Lambert Rd.
Fullerton, CA 92835
Telephone:
714-738-8868
Facsimile:
714-738-8838
Equipment Classification:
Type of Product:
Manufacturer:
Address:
FCC Class B Subassembly
Motherboard
HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY
COMPANY LTD
66 , CHUNG SHAN RD., TU-CHENG
INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT, TAIPEI HSIEN, TAIWAN, R.O.C.
Supplementary Information:
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions : (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Tested to comply with FCC standards.
Signature : Date :
2009
Installation Precautions
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Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden and momentary electric current
that flows between two objects at different electrical potentials. Normally it
comes out as a spark which will quickly damage your electronic equipment.
Please wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap when handling
components such as a motherboard, CPU or memory.
Ensure that the DC power supply is turned off before installing or removing
CPU, memory, expansion cards or other peripherals. It is recommended to
unplug the AC power cord from the power supply outlet. Failure to unplug
the power supply cord may result in serious damage to your system.
Please carefully read the following procedures to install your computer :
It is suggested to select high-quality, certified fans in order to avoid damage
to the motherboard and CPU due to high temperature. Never turn on the
computer if the CPU fan is not properly installed.
We cannot guarantee that your system can operate normally when your
CPU is overclocked. Normal operation depends on the overclocking capacity of your device.
If there is any, when connecting USB, audio, RS232 COM, IrDA or S/PDIF
cables to the internal connectors on the motherboard, make sure their
pinouts are matching with the connectors on the motherboard. Incorrect connections might damage the motherboard.
When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors.
If there is a PCI Express x16 graphics card installed in your system, we
recommend using a 24-pin ATX power supply to get the best performance.
Before turning on the power, please make sure the power supply AC input
voltage setting has been configured to the local standard.
To prevent damage to the motherboard, do not allow screws to come in contact
with the motherboard circuit or its components. Also, make sure there are no
leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or within the
computer casing.
If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to
the use of the product, please consult a certified computer technician.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Product Introduction
Product Specifications................................................................... 2
Layout............................................................................................ 4
Back Panel Connectors................................................................. 5
Chapter 2 Hardware Install
Install the CPU and CPU Cooler................................................... 8
Install the Memory....................................................................... 10
Install an Expansion Card........................................................... 12
Install other Internal Connectors................................................. 13
Jumpers....................................................................................... 16
Chapter 3 BIOS Setup
Enter BIOS Setup........................................................................ 18
Main Menu................................................................................... 18
System Information.................................................................. 20
Advanced BIOS Features............................................................ 22
Fox Central Control Unit.............................................................. 23
Advanced Chipset Features........................................................ 26
Integrated Peripherals................................................................. 29
Power Management Setup.......................................................... 33
PC Health Status......................................................................... 35
BIOS Security Features............................................................... 36
Load Optimal Defaults................................................................. 37
Save & Exit Setup....................................................................... 37
Exit Without Saving..................................................................... 37
Chapter 4 CD Instruction
Utility CD content......................................................................... 39
Install driver and utility................................................................. 40
FOX ONE
Main Page.............................................................................. 42
CPU Control........................................................................... 46
Frequency Control................................................................. 48
Limit Setting........................................................................... 49
Voltage Control...................................................................... 51
Fan Control............................................................................ 52
FOX LiveUpdate
Local Update.......................................................................... 53
Online Update........................................................................ 55
Configure .............................................................................. 58
About & Help.......................................................................... 60
FOX LOGO.................................................................................. 61
FOX DMI..................................................................................... 62
Chapter 5 RAID Configuration
RAID Configuration Introduction.................................................. 65
NVIDIA® MediaShield Driver...................................................... 67
Create RAID Driver Diskette....................................................... 69
RAID Enable in BIOS.................................................................. 71
Select a RAID Array for Use........................................................ 71
Install a New Windows XP.......................................................... 87
Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array....................................... 94
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Thank you for buying Foxconn M61PMP Series motherboard.
Foxconn products are engineered to maximize computing power,
providing only what you need for break-through performance.
With advanced overclocking capability and a range of connectivity
features for today multi-media computing requirements, M61PMP
/M61PP-K enables you to unleash more power from your computer.
This chapter includes the following information:
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Product Specifications
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Layout
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Back Panel Connectors
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1-1 Product Specifications
CPUSupport AMD socket AM3 processor (PhenomII, dual power plane)
Max power, 95W (suggest)
HyperTransportHyper Transport 1.0 interface
ChipsetNorth Bridge: MCP61P
Memory 2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
Support up to 4GB of system memory
Dual channel DDR3 1333/1066/800MHz architecture
Audio
ALC662 audio chip
2/4/5.1--Channel
LANRealtek 10/100Mb/s LAN chip (M61PMP)
Realtek 10/100/1000Mb/s LAN chip (M61PMP-K)
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Onboard Serial ATA 4 x SATA connectors
300MB/s data transfer rate
Support hot plug and NCQ (Native Command Queuing )
USBSupport hot plug
Support up to 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 rear panel ports, 2 onboard USB
headers supporting 4 extra ports)
Support USB 2.0 protocol up to 480Mb/s
Internal Connectors1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
4 x SATA connectors
2 x USB 2.0 headers (supporting 4 x USB devices)
1 x CPU fan header (4-pin)
1 x System fan header (4-pin)
1 x Front panel connector
1 x CD_IN connector
1 x Front Audio connector
1 x Chassis intrusion alarm header (INTR)
1 x IrDA connector
1 x SPDIF_OUT Header
1 x CLR-CMOS Header
Back Panel1 x PS/2 keyboard port
Connectors1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x VGA port
1 x Parallel port
1 x Serial port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 LAN port
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6-channel Audio ports
Hardware MonitorSystem voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System fan speed detection
CPU/System overheating warning
CPU/System fan speed control
PCI Express x1Support 250MB/s (500MB/s concurrent) bandwidth
Low power consumption and power management features
PCI Express x16Support 4GB/s (8GB/s concurrent) bandwidth
Low power consumption and power management features
Green FunctionSupport ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
Support S0 (normal), S1 (power on suspend), S3 (suspend to RAM), S4
(suspend to disk), and S5 (soft - off)
Bundled SoftwareFOX ONE
FOX LiveUpdate
FOX LOGO
FOX DMI
Operating SystemSupport for Microsoft® Windows® Vista/XP/2000
Form FactorMicro uATX Form Factor, 9.6 inches x 8.2 inches (24.4cm x 20.8cm)
1-2 Layout
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1. 4-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
2. Chassis Intrusion Alarm Header
3. System Fan Header
4. IrDA Connector
5. PCI Express x16 Slot
6. PCI Express x1 Slot
7. S/PDIF Out Connector
8. PCI Slots
9. Front Audio Connector
10. CD_IN Connector
11. Floppy Connector
12. Front Panel Connector
13. Front USB Connectors
14. Clear CMOS Jumper
15. SATA Connectors
16. Chipset:MCP61P
17. IDE Connector
18. 24-pin ATX Power Connector
19. DDR3 DIMM Slots
20. CPU_FAN Header
21. CPU Socket
Note : The above motherboard layout is for reference only, please refer to the physical motherboard for detail.
1-3 Back Panel Connectors
Parallel Port
LAN Port
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8
1
1
PS/2 Mouse Port
Line In
Line Out
Microphone
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5
6
7
VGA Port
USB Ports
Audio Ports
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PS/2 Keyboard Port Serial Port
1. PS/2 Mouse Port
Use the upper port (green) to connect a PS/2 mouse.
2. PS/2 Keyboard Port
Use the lower port (purple) to connect a PS/2 keyboard.
3. Parallel Port
This connector provides printer port interface.
4. Serial Port
This is output of RS232 COM1 port.
5. VGA Port
To connect with external display devices, such as monitor or LCD display.
6. USB Ports
The USB port supports the USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Use this port for USB devices such as an
USB keyboard/mouse, USB printer, USB flash drive and etc.
7. Audio Ports
For the definition of each audio port, please refer to the table below :
Port
2-channel
4-channel
5.1-channel
Blue
Line In
Rear Speaker Out*
Rear Speaker Out*
Green
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Microphone In
Microphone In
Center/Subwoofer Out*
* : Please refer to Chapter 4, and install the Realtek audio driver (in CD) to assign the audio
output ports for different applications of 2/4/5.1 channels. The fundamental audio outputs are
depicted in the table above.
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8. RJ-45 LAN Port
The Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 10/100Mb/s(M61PMP) or
10/100/1000Mb/s (M61PMP-K) data rate.
LAN Type
100M
LAN Type
1000M
Left: Active
Status
Description
Off
No Link
Green
Blinking
Data Activity
Right: Link
Status
Description
Off
No Link
Orange
10/100Mb/s
Connection
Left: Active
Right: Link
Status
Description
Status
Off
No Link
Off
No Link
Off
10Mb/s Connection
Green
Blinking
Data Activity
Description
Green
100Mb/s Connection
Orange
1000Mb/s Connection
Active
LED
Link
LED
This chapter introduces the hardware installation process, including
the installation of the CPU, memory, power supply, slots, pin headers
and the mounting of jumpers. Caution should be exercised during
the installation of these modules. Please refer to the motherboard
layout prior to any installation and read the contents in this chapter
carefully.
This chapter includes the following information :
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Install the CPU and CPU Cooler
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Install the Memory
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Install an Expansion Card
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Install other Internal Connectors
Jumpers
This motherboard supports low power energy-saving CPUs (drawing less than
95W under normal operation).
This currently includes most PhenomTM Series, AthlonTM 64X2 Dual-Core processors, and all AthlonTM 64 and SempronTM models.
CPUs with a power rating higher than 95W are not supported, and will result in
system working abnormally or damaging the hardware.
Please visit this website for more supporting information about CPU, Memory
and VGA for your motherboard :
http://www.foxconnchannel.com/product/Motherboards/compatibility.aspx
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2-1 Install the CPU and CPU Cooler
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Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the CPU :
Make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU.
Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power supply before
installing the CPU to prevent hardware damage.
Locate the Pin-1 of the CPU. The CPU cannot be inserted if oriented incorrectly.
Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the CPU.
Do not turn on the computer if the CPU cooler is not installed, otherwise overheating
and damage of the CPU may occur.
Set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the CPU specifications. It is not
recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications
since it does not meet the standard requirements for the peripherals. If you want to
set the frequency beyond the standard specifications, please do so according to your
hardware specifications including the CPU, graphics card, memory, hard drive, etc.
Install the CPU
Locate the Pin-1 CPU triangle mark and the Pin-1 of the CPU socket.
Pin-1 corner of the
CPU socket
Pin-1 triangle
marking of CPU
2. Align Pin-1 of the CPU with the CPU
socket, and gently put the CPU
onto the socket.
1. Release the CPU socket lever.
3. When CPU is properly seated,
push the CPU socket lever back
to its locked position.
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Install the CPU Cooler
Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU cooler. (The following procedures use Foxconn
cooler as the example.)
1. Apply and spread an even thermal
grease on the surface of CPU.
2. Buckle the heatsink firmly at one
side of the stand.
3. Buckle the heatsink at another
side, and press the fasten lever
down to tightly seat the cooler.
4. Attach the 3-wire CPU cooler
connector to the CPU fan header
on the motherboard .
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Use extreme care when removing the CPU cooler because the thermal grease may
adhere to the CPU. Inadequately removing the CPU cooler may damage the CPU.
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Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the memory :
Make sure that the motherboard supports the memory. It is recommended that memory
of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used.
Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
installing the memory to prevent hardware damage.
Memory modules have a foolproof design. A memory module can be installed in only
one direction. If you are unable to insert the memory, switch the direction.
Dual Channel Memory Configuration
This motherboard provides two DDR3 memory sockets and supports Dual Channel Technology.
When memory is installed, the BIOS will automatically check the memory in your system.
Two DDR3 memory sockets are divided into two channels :
Channel 0 : DIMM1
Channel 1 : DIMM2
The combinations of DIMM modules are :
DIMM1
DIMM2
DS/SS
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Single Channel
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DS/SS
Dual Channel
DS/SS
DS/SS
Single Channel
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(DS : Double Side, SS : Single Side, - : No Memory)
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It is recommended that memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used and please select dual channel first to achieve optimum performance.
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Installing a Memory
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Before installing a memory module, make sure to turn off the computer and unplug the
power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the memory module. Be sure
to install DDR3 DIMMs on this motherboard.
144-Pin
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96-Pin
Notch
If you take a look at front side of memory module, it has asymmetric pin counts on both sides separated
by a notch in the middle, so it can only fit in one direction. Follow the steps below to correctly install
your memory modules into the sockets.
Step 1:
Spread the clips at both ends of the memory socket.
Place the memory module onto the socket, then put your
fingers on top edge of the module, and push it down firmly
and seat it vertically into the memory socket.
Step 2:
The clips at both ends of the socket will snap into
place when the memory module is securely inserted.
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came with your expansion card.
Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
installing an expansion card to prevent hardware damage.
PCI Express x1
PCI Express x16
PCI
Follow the steps below to correctly install your expansion card in the expansion slot.
1. Locate an expansion slot that supports your card. Remove the metal slot cover from the chassis
back panel.
2. Align the card with the slot, and press down on the card until it is fully seated in the slot.
3. Make sure the metal contacts on the card are completely inserted into the slot.
4. Secure the card's metal bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw.
5. After installing all expansion cards, replace the chassis cover.
6. Turn on your computer. If necessary, go to BIOS Setup to make any required BIOS changes for
your expansion card(s).
7. Install the driver provided with the expansion card in your operating system.
Installing and Removing a PCI Express x16 Graphics Card :
• Installing a Graphics Card:
Gently insert the graphics card into the PCI Express x16 slot.
Make sure the graphics card is locked by the latch at the end of
the PCI Express x16 slot.
• Removing the Card:
Push the latch at the end of the PCI Express x16 slot to
release the card and then pull the card straight up from the
slot.
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2-4 Install other Internal Connectors
Power Connectors
This motherboard uses an ATX power supply. In order not to damage any device, make sure all the
devices have been installed properly before applying the power supply.
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24-pin ATX power connector : PWR1
PWR1 is the ATX power supply connector. Make sure that the power supply cable and pins are
properly aligned with the connector on the motherboard. Firmly plug the power supply cable into the
connector and make sure it is secure.
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Pin #
Definition
Pin #
1
3.3V
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Definition
3.3V
2
3.3V
14
-12V
3
GND
15
GND
4
+5V
16
PS_ON(Soft On/Off)
5
GND
17
GND
6
+5V
18
GND
7
GND
19
GND
8
Power Good
20
NC
9
+5V SB(Stand by +5V)
21
+5V
10
+12V
22
+5V
11
+12V
23
+5V
12
3.3V
24
GND
1
PWR1
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Pin No. 24
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We recommend you using a 24-pin power supply.
If you are using a 20-pin power supply, you need
to align the ATX power connector according to
the picture.
20-Pin Power
4-pin ATX 12 V Power Connector : PWR2
Connect the 4-pin ATX 12V power supply to PWR2 and provides power to the CPU.
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1
+12V
GND
4
2
PWR2
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Pin #
Definition
1
GND
2
GND
3
+12V
4
+12V
Front Panel Connector : FP1
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This motherboard includes one connector for connecting the
front panel switch and LED Indicators.
Hard Disk LED Connector (HDD-LED)
Connect to the chassis front panel IDE indicator LED. It
indicates the active status of the hard disks. This 2-pin
connector is directional with +/- sign.
HDD-LED
+
1
2
-
RESET-SW
+
PWR-LED
PWR-SW
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FP1
Reset Switch (RESET-SW)
Attach the connector to the Reset switch on the front
panel of the case; the system will restart when the switch
is pressed.
Power LED Connector (PWR-LED)
Connect to the power LED indicator on the front panel
of the chassis. The Power LED indicates the system’s
status. When the system is in operation (S0 status), the
LED is on. When the system gets into sleep mode (S1) ,
the LED is blinking; When the system is in S3/S4 sleep
state or power off mode (S5), the LED is off. This 2-pin
connector is directional with +/- sign.
Power Switch Connector (PWR-SW)
Connect to the power button on the front panel of the
chassis. Push this switch allows the system to be turned
on and off rather than using the power supply button.
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USB Connectors : F_USB1/2
In addition to the two USB ports on the rear panel, this product
also provides two 10-pin USB headers on its motherboard. By
connecting through USB cables with them, user can quickly
expand another four USB ports on the front panel.
VCC
DD+
GND
EMPTY
The Serial ATA connector is used to connect with SATA Hard
Disk or CD devices which support this feature. The current
Serial ATA II interface allows up to 300MB/s data transfer
rate.
VCC
DD+
GND
NC
9 10
F_USB 1/2
1
Serial ATA Connectors : SATA_1/2/3/4
2
GND
TX+
TXGND
RXRX+
GND
SATA_1/2/3/4
IDE Connector : PIDE
With the provided Ultra DMA IDE ribbon cable, you can
connect to any IDE type of hard disk and CD/DVD ROM/RW
drive.
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Audio Connector : F_AUDIO
The audio connector supports HD Audio standard.
It provides the Front Audio output choice.
PORT1_L
PORT1_R
PORT2_R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2_L
1 2
AUD_GND
PRESENCE_J
SENSE1_RETURN
EMPTY
SENSE2_RETURN
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F_AUDIO
CD_IN is a Sony standard audio connector, it can be
connected to a CD/DVD-ROM drive through a CD/DVD
audio cable.
Chassis Intruder Connector : INTR
The connector can be connected to a security switch on
the chassis. The system can detect the chassis intrusion
through the function of this connector. If eventually the
chassis is closed, the system will send a message out.
S/PDIF Connector : SPDIF_OUT
CD_L GND CD_R
1
CD_IN
1
INTRUDERJ
GND
INTR
+5V
EMPTY
SPDIF_OUT
GND
1
2
3
4
SPDIF_OUT
The connector is used for S/PDIF output.
Floppy Disk Drive Connector : FLOPPY
This motherboard includes a standard floppy disk drive
(FDD) connector, supporting 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB,
1.44MB, and 2.88MB FDDs.
Fan Connectors : CPU_FAN, SYS_FAN
There are two main fan headers on this motherboard. The
fan speed can be controlled and monitored in “PC Health
Status” section of the BIOS Setup. These fans can be
automatically turned off after the system enters S3, S4
and S5 sleeping states.
IrDA Connector : IR
This connector supports infrared wireless transmitting
and receiving device.
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GND
POWER
SENSE
CONTROL
CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN
1
+5V
2
EMPTY
3
IRRX
GND
IRTX
4
5
IR
2
Audio Connector : CD_IN
2-5 Jumpers
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For some features needed, users can change the jumper settings on this motherboard to modify them.
This section explains how to use the various functions of this motherboard by changing the jumper
settings. Users should read the following content carefully prior to modifying any jumper setting.
Description of Jumpers
1. For any jumper on this motherboard, pin 1 can be identified by the bold silkscreen next to it.
However, in this manual, pin 1 is simply labeled as “1”.
2. The following table explains different types of the jumper settings. "Closed" means placing a jumper
cap on the two pins to temporarily short them. The shorting can also be done by touching two
pins by a screwdriver for a few seconds, but using jumper cap is recommended. It can prevent
hazardous ESD (Electrical Static Discharge) problem.
Jumper
Diagram
Definition
Description
1
1-2
Set Pin 1 and Pin 2 closed
1
2-3
Set Pin 2 and Pin 3 closed
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Clear CMOS Jumper: CLR_CMOS
The motherboard uses CMOS RAM to store the basic hardware information (such as BIOS data,
date, time information, hardware password...etc.). Clear CMOS data is the fast way to go back to
factory default when the BIOS settings were mistakenly modified.
The steps to clear CMOS data are :
1. Turn off the computer, unplug the power cord from the power outlet.
2. Remove jumper cap from pins 2-3, put it onto pins 1-2 to short them. This will clear CMOS
data.
3. Return the setting to its original with pins 2-3 closed.
4. Plug in the power cord to your computer and turn it on.
5. Go to BIOS Setup to configure new system as described in next chapter.
Clear
1
2
3
Normal
(Default)
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■ Disconnect the power cable before adjusting the jumper settings.
■ Do not clear the CMOS while the system is turned on.
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This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are
also provided.
You have to run the Setup Program when the following cases occur:
1. An error message appears on the screen during the system
Power On Self Test (POST) process.
2. You want to change the default CMOS settings.
This chapter includes the following information :
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Enter BIOS Setup
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Main Menu
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System Information
Advanced BIOS Features
Fox Central Control Unit
Advanced Chipset Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PC Health Status
BIOS Security Features
Load Optimal Defaults
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
Since BIOS could be updated some other times, the BIOS information described
in this manual is for reference only. We do not guarantee the content of this
manual will remain consistent with the newly released BIOS at any given time in
the future. Please visit our website for updated manual if it is available.
Enter BIOS Setup
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The BIOS is the communication bridge between hardware and software, correctly setting up the
BIOS parameters is critical to maintain optimal system performance. Power on the computer,
when the message "Press <DEL> to enter Setup, <ESC> to boot menu". appears at the bottom
of the screen, you can press <DEL> key to enter SETUP.
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We do not suggest that you change the default values in the BIOS Setup, and we
shall not be responsible for any damage which resulted from the change you made.
Main Menu
The main menu allows you to select from a list of setup functions together with two exit choices.
Use the arrow keys to select a specific item and press <Enter> to go to the sub-menu.
Each item in the main menu is explained below:
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Information
► System Information
► PC Health Status
► Advanced BIOS Features
► BIOS Security Features
► Fox Central Control Unit Load Optimal Defaults
► Advanced Chipset Features Save Changes and Exit
► Integrated Peripherals Discard Changes and Exit
► Power Management Setup
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
F9:Optimized Defaults
+/-/:Value
F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F1:General Help
Configure Time and Date. Display System Information... v02.61 (c) Copyright 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
► System Information
It displays the basic system configuration, such as BIOS ID, CPU Name, memory size plus
system date, time and Floppy drive. They all can be viewed or set up through this menu.
► Advanced BIOS Features
The advanced system features can be set up through this menu. There are boot up settings.
► Fox Central Control Unit
Some special proprietary features (such as overclocking) can be set up through this menu.
► Advanced Chipset Features
The values for the chipset can be changed through this menu, and the system performance
can be optimized.
► Integrated Peripherals
All onboard peripherals can be set up through this menu. There are IDE devices, Super I/O
devices such as Serial I/O and other USB devices... etc.
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► Power Management Setup
All the items related with Green function features can be set up through this menu.
► PC Health Status
This setup enables you to read/change Fan speeds, and displays temperatures and voltages
of your CPU/System.
► BIOS Security Features
The Supervisor/User password can be set up through this menu to prevent unauthorized use
of your computer. If you set a password, the system will ask you to key in correct password
before boot or access to Setup.
► Load Optimal Defaults
The optimal performance settings can be loaded through this menu. However, it may offer better performance in some ways (such as less I/O cards, less memory ...etc.), still, it may cause
problem if you have more memory or I/O cards installed. It means, if your system loading is
heavy, set to optimal default may sometimes come out an unstable system. What you need
now is to adjust BIOS setting one by one, trial and error, to find out the best setting for your
current system.
► Save Changes and Exit
Save setting values to CMOS and exit.
► Diascard Changes and Exit
Do not change anything and exit the setup.
System Information
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This sub-menu is used to set up the standard BIOS features, such as the date, time, floppy drive
and so on. Use the arrow up/down keys to select an item, then use the <+> or <-> keys to change
the setting.
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System Information
Time (hh:mm:ss)
[18:38:41]
Help Item
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Date (mm:dd:yy)
[Thu 10/22/2009]
[Not Detected]
Use [Enter], [TAB]
► SATA Channel 1 Master
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
► SATA Channel 2 Master
[Not Detected]
select a field.
► SATA Channel 3 Master
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
► SATA Channel 4 Master
Use [+] or [-] to
change system Time
Floppy A
[1.44 MB 31/2]
[All Errors, But ...]
Halt On
Keyboard
[Disabled]
Mouse
[Disabled]
Model Name
: M61PMP/M61PMP-K
BIOS ID
:966F1B10
BIOS Version
:08.00.15
CPU Name : AMD Phenom(tm) II X3 705e Processor
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
F9:Optimized Defaults
ESC:Exit
F1:General Help
► Time (hh:mm:ss)
This item allows you to configure the desired time. Use [ENTER] to enter the setting, then use
[TAB] to move forward a field. Use [+] or [-] to input the value.
The three fields of the setting are <hour> : <minute> : <second> respectively.
► Date (mm:dd:yy)
<weekday><month><date> <year> format.
Day—weekday from Sun. to Sat., this message is automatically displayed by BIOS (Read
Only).
Month—month from 1 to 12.
Date—date from 1 to 31.
Year—year, set up by users.
Use [ENTER], [TAB] or [SHIFT-TAB] to select a field. Use [+] or [-] to input the value.
► SATA1 Channel 1/2/3/4 Master
While entering setup, BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices, and you can
enable or disable the related mode and technology for the relevant device. This item displays
the drive information of SATA devices.
► Floppy A
This option allows you to select which kind of the Floppy Disk Drive is installed in your system.
It can be [Disabled], [360KB, 51/4"], [1.2MB, 51/4"], [720KB, 31/2"], [1.44MB, 31/2"] and [2.88
MB, 31/2"].
► Halt On
This category determines whether or not the computer will stop if an error is detected during
powering up.
[All Errors] : All errors can result in system halt.
[All Errors But...] : All errors but keyboard or mouse or floppy can result in system halt. The halt
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condition can be enabled/disabled in the next three settings.
► Keyboard
The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error if you enabled this item.
► Mouse
The system boot will not stop for a mouse error if you enabled this item.
► Model Name
Model name of this product.
► BIOS ID
It displays the BIOS ID of this product.
► BIOS Version
It displays the current BIOS version. User can check this information and discuss with the field
service people if a BIOS upgrade is needed.
► CPU Name
It displays the current CPU name.
Advanced BIOS Features
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Advanced BIOS Features
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Help Item
[35]
[1.1]
[Enabled]
Select the time out [Enabled]
value for detecting
[On]
ATA/ATAPI device(s)
[Press Enter]
in second .
[Press Enter]
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IDE Detect Time Out MPS Revision
Quick Boot
Quiet Boot
Bootup Num-Lock
► Boot Device Priority
► Removable Drives
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► IDE Detect Time Out
This item is used to select the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices. If the checking
time is over the set value, the system will skip it.
► MPS Revision
This feature is only applicable to multiprocessor motherboards as it specifies the version of the
MPS that the motherboard will use. The MPS is a specification by which PC manufacturers
design and build CPU architecture systems with two or more processors. MPS 1.1 was the
original specification. MPS version 1.4 adds extended configuration tables for improved
support of multiple PCI bus configurations and greater expandability in the future. In addition,
MPS 1.4 introduces support for a secondary PCI bus without requiring a PCI bridge. If your
operating system comes with support for MPS 1.4, you should keep the setting as the default
1.4. You also need to enable MPS 1.4 support if you need to make use of the secondary PCI
bus on a motherboard that doesn't come with a PCI bridge. You should only leave it as 1.1
only if you are running an older operating system that only supports MPS 1.1.
► Quick Boot
While Enabled, this option allows BIOS to skip certain tests while booting, this will shorten the
time needed to boot the system.
► Quiet Boot
This item is used to enable/disable the quiet boot.
[Disabled] : Displays the normal POST messages.
[Enabled] : Displays OEM customer logo instead of POST messages.
► Bootup Num-Lock
This item defines if the keyboard Num Lock key is active when your system is started. The
available settings are: On (default) and Off.
► Boot Device Priority
This option is used to select the priority for boot devices. After pressing <Enter>, you can
select the device using the Up/Down arrow keys, and change the device priority using <+> or
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<->; you can exit this menu by pressing <Esc>.
► Removable Drives
This option is used to specify the boot priority sequence from available removable drives.
Fox Central Control Unit
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Fox Central Control Unit
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
[Press
Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
+/-/:Value F10:Save
F9:Optimized Defaults
Help Item
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► Smart BIOS
► Fox Intelligent Stepping
► CPU Configuration
► Other Options
ESC:Exit
F1:General Help
► Smart BIOS/Fox Intelligent Stepping/ CPU Configuration/Other Options
Press <Enter> to go to its submenu.
Smart BIOS
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Smart BIOS
Smart Power LED
Smart Boot Menu
Current CPU Speed Current DRAM Speed
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
: 2500MHz , NB CIK: 2000
: 800 MHz, N/A
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
Options
Disabled
Enabled
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
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Help Item
F1:General Help
► Smart Power LED
Smart Power LED is a feature built on your motherboard to indicate different states during
Power On System Test (POST). The LED is located at the front panel, and it displays POST
state by different long-short blinking intervals. You can always leave this state enabled.
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System Status
Power LED Status
Stop Blinking Condition
Normal
Always On
Always On
No Memory
Continue blinking On (1sec.), Off (1sec.)
Reboot & Memory OK
No Display
Continue blinking On (2sec.), Off (2sec.)
Reboot & Display OK
Post Error Message
Quick blinking twice (1/3sec. On, 1/3sec. Off),
one long On (1sec.), continuously.
Enter Setup or Skip
No CPU Fan
Continue blinking On (1/2sec.), Off (1/2sec.)
Reboot & Fan OK
► Smart Boot Menu
When PC starts, it will ask you to press [Del] key to enter setup or press [Esc] key to enter
smart boot menu. If [Disabled] is selected, then pressing [Esc] has no function. This also
prevents user without password trying to get into your computer through smart boot menu.
► Current CPU Speed
This item displays the current CPU speed.
► Current DRAM Speed
This item displays the current DRAM speed, in dual channels.
Fox Intelligent Stepping
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Fox Intelligent Stepping
PCIE Spread Spectrum
[Enabled]
Memory Voltage
[Default]
Help Item
Options
Disabled
Enabled
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► PCIE Spread Spectrum
This option is used to enable or disable the PCIE spread spectrum function. If you enabled this
function, it can significantly reduce the EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) generated by the
system, so to comply with FCC regulation.
► Memory Voltage
This option is used to change the memory voltage.
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CPU Configuration
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CPU Configuration
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F9:Optimized Defaults
This menu shows most of the CPU specifications.
► CPU Configuration
This item shows the basic informations about CPU.
► Cool ’N’ Quiet (Appears only when CPU supports)
This option helps lowering down the CPU frequency and voltage when system is idling. When
the CPU speed is slowing down, the temperature will drop as well.
Other Options
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Other Options
Auto Detect PCI Clock
Flash Write Protection
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
[Disabled]
[Disable]
Help Item
Options
Disabled
Enabled
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Auto Detect PCI Clock
This option is used to auto detect PCI slots. When enabled, the system will turn off clock of the
empty PCI slot to reduce EMI (Electromagnetic Interference).
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CPU Configuration Help Item
Module Version : 14.14
AGESA Version : 6.1.3.0
Enable/disable the
Physical Count : 1 generation of ACPI
Logical Count : 3 _PPC, _PSS, and _PCT
objects .
AMD Phenom(tm) II X3 705e Processor
Revision : C2
Cache L1 : 384KB
Cache L2 : 1536KB Cache L3 : 6MB
Current CPU Speed : 2500MHz, NB ClK: 2000MHz
Able to Change Freq. : Yes
uCode Patch Level : 0x1000086
Cool ‘N’ Quiet
[Enabled]
► Flash Write Protection
This item is used to enable/disable to the flash write protection.
Advanced Chipset Features
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Advanced Chipset Features
Northbridge Chipset Configuration
Help Item
► Memory Configuration [Press Enter]
► DRAM Timing Configuration [Press Enter] CAS Latency (Tcl)
:6 CLK , N/A RAS/CAS Delay (Trcd) :6 CLK , N/A
Row Precharge Time (Trp) :6 CLK , N/A
Min Active RAS (Tras) :15 CLK , N/A RAS/RAS Delay (Trrd) :4 CLK , N/A
Row Cycle (Trc) :20 CLK , N/A
[PCI Express -> PCI]
Primary Graphics Adapter
OnChip VGA Frame Buffer Size
[128MB] ↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Memory Configuration/DRAM Timing Configuration
Press <Enter> to go to its submenu.
The following six items display the DRAM timing values.
► CAS Latency(Tcl)
This item shows the CAS latency. The CAS Latency is the number of clock cycles that elapse
from the time the request for data is sent to the actual memory location until the data is
transmitted from the module.
► RAS / CAS Delay(Trcd)
This item displays a delay time (in clock cycles) between the CAS and RAS strobe
signals.
► Row Precharge Time(Trp)
This item shows the number of clock cycles taken between issuing of the precharge command
and the active command. The DRAM row precharge time is in unit of clock cycle.
► Min Active RAS(Tras)
Displays the number of clock cycles taken between a bank active command and
issuing of the precharge command.
► RAS / RAS Delay(Trrd)
This item shows a delay time (in clock cycles) between the RAS and RAS strobe signals.
► Row Cycle(Trc)
This item displays the minimum timing interval between successive active commands to the
same bank. The row cycle time is in unit of clock cycle.
► Primary Graphics Adapter
This is item is used to select which graphics controller is used as the primary boot device.
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► OnChip VGA Frame Buffer Size
Allocates system memory for use as video memory to ensure the most efficient use of available resources for maximum 2D/3D graphics performance.
This is a memory allocation method addition to the Unified Memory Architecture (UMA)
concept, wherein a static amount of page-locked graphics memory is allocated during driver
initialization. This fixed amount of memory will provide the user with a guaranteed graphics
memory at all times, and will no longer be available to the OS.
Memory Configuration
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Memory Configuration
Memory Configuration
Enable Clock to All DIMMS [Disabled]
Memory Hole Remapping
[Enabled]
DCT Unganged Mode
[Always]
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
Help Item
Enable unused clocks to
DIMMs even when memory
slots are not populated.
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Enable Clock to All DIMMs
This setting is to control EMI.
When disabled, the system will turn off clock on the empty DIMM slots to reduce EMI(ElectroMagnetic Interface).
► Memory Hole Remaping
This item is used to enable/disable memory remapping around memory hole. PCI doesn't actually care much which addresses are used, but by convention the PC platform puts them at the
top of the 32-bit address space. For many years it wasn't possible or practical to put that much
RAM into a PC. But now it is, so it's up to the memory controller and host bridge to figure out
what to do. Many systems cause that high RAM to simply be ignored, resulting in the loss of
effective RAM. More complex systems will take the RAM that would occupy that 3.5-4GB
address space and re-map it into the 4.0-4.5 address space. The RAM doesn't care because it's just an array of storage cells, it's up to the memory controller to associate addresses with
those storage cells. Of course, that only works if you're using a 64-bit (or 32-bit physical address extension (PAE) enabled) OS that can deal with physical addresses larger than 32 bits.
Once this option is enabled, the BIOS can see 4096MB of memory.
► DCT Unganged Mode
DCT stands for DRAM Controller.
Ganged refers to the use of both DRAM controllers within a memory controller acting in concert to access memory. For a description of ganged (128-bit DRAM data width) and unganged
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(64-bit DRAM data width) DRAM modes :
Ganged channels (DDR3) :
■ DCT channels A and B can be ganged as a single logical 128-bit DIMM.
■ Offers highest DDR3 bandwidth.
■ Requires both DIMMs in a logical pair to have identical size and timing parameters, both
DCTs programmed identically.
Unganged channels
■ DCT channels A and B operate as two completely independent 64-bit channels (both channels operate at the same frequency).
■ Reduce DRAM page conflicts – more concurrent open dram pages .
■ Better bus efficiency.
Burst lengths supported
When both DCTs are enabled in unganged mode, BIOS must initialize the frequency of each
DCT in order.
DRAM Timing Configuration
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DRAM Timing Configuration
DRAM Timing Configuration Help Item
Options
[Auto]
Memory Clock Mode
DRAM Timing Mode
[Auto]
Auto
Limit
Manual
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Memory Clock Mode
This option is used to configuration Memory Frequency, Timings and Subtimings. Setting
values are :[Auto],[Limit],[Manual].
[Auto]: DRAM SPD profile1;
[Limit]: DRAM SPD profile2;
[Manual]: DRAM by Manual.
► DRAM Timing Mode
When both DCTs (DRAM controller) are enabled in unganged mode, BIOS must initialize the
frequency of each DCT in order, you also can configure the timings manually.
Settings are: [Auto], [DCT0], [DCT1], [Both].
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Integrated Peripherals
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Integrated Peripherals
► IDE Configuration
► USB Configuration
► SuperIO Configuration
► Onboard Devices
Enter]
Help Item
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
Configure the IDE devices.
[Press Enter]
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↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► IDE Configuration / USB Configuration / SuperIO Configuration/OnBoard Devices
Press <Enter> to go to relative submenu.
IDE Configuration
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IDE Configuration
IDE Configuration
Help Item
[Enabled]
OnBoard IDE Controller [Enabled]
Disabled: Disable the
Serial-ATA Devices
[Device 0/1] IIDE controller
Enabled: Enable the
[Press Enter]
IDE controller.
► nVidia RAID Setup
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► OnBoard IDE Controller
[Disabled]: Disable the integrated IDE controller.
[Enabled]: Enable both IDE controllers.
► Serial-ATA Devices
This option is used to configuration Serial-ATA Devices. Setting values are :[Disabled], [Device0], [Device0/1].
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[Disabled] : Disable SATA controller 1 and 2, SATA devices are unusable.
[Device 0] : Enable SATA controller 1, SATA port 1 and SATA port 2 are usable.
[Device 0/1] : Enable SATA controller 1 and 2, SATA port1/2/3/4 are usable.
► nVIDIA RAID Setup
This item is used to enbale/disable RAID mode for each ATA channels while entering setup.
USB Configuration
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USB Configuration
USB Configuration
Module Version - 2.24.5-13.4
Help Item
USB Devices Enabled :
None
Legacy USB Support [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [High Speed]
Enable support for
legacy USB.
Auto option disables
legacy support if no
USB devices are
commected.
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Module Version
This item shows the module version of USB.
► USB Devices Enabled
This item is used to enable or disabled the enhanced host controller interface for USB.
► Legacy USB Support
This item is used to enable the support for USB devices on legacy OS. If you have a USB
keyboard or mouse, set to auto or enabled.
► USB 2.0 Controller Mode
This item is used to set the transmission rate mode of USB 2.0. This function only works under
DOS mode. The available settings are: [High Speed] in 480Mbps; [Full Speed] in 12Mbps.
If USB devices are connected to the computer, the following item will appear:
► USB Storage Configuration
After pressing <Enter>, you can set the reset delay for the USB mass storage device. There
are many different emulation types of this USB device, such as floppy, hard disk and CDROM
can be selected.
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SuperIO Configuration
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SuperIO Configuration
Configure ITE8716 Super IO Chipset Help Item
Allows BIOS to enable
OnBoard Floppy Controller [Enabled]
[Enabled]
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4] or disable floppy
[2F8/IRQ3] controller.
IR Address
IR Mode
[IrDA]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Parallel Port Mode [Normal]
Parallel Port IRQ
[IRQ7]
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↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► OnBoard Floppy Controller
This item is used to enable/disable Floppy Controller.
► Serial Port1 Address
This item is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for the onboard serial
port 1.
► IR Address
This item is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for the IR port.
► IR Mode
This item is used to set the IR mode. The available settings are :
[IrDA] : An IrDA device for maximum 115200 bit/s.
[ASK IR] : A faster IrDA for 1152000 bit/s.
► Parallel Port Address
This item is used to assign the I/O address for the onboard parallel port .
► Parallel Port Mode
This item is used to set parallel port mode.
► Parallel Port IRQ
This item is used to set parallel IRQ.
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Onboard Devices
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Ondoard Devices
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AZALIA AUDIO
Help Item
[Auto]
Onboard LAN Controller
[Enabled]
Options
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
[Disabled]
Auto
Disabled
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► AZALIA AUDIO
This item is used to enabled or disable the AZALIA AUDIO controller.
► OnBoard LAN Controller
This item is used to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller.
► OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
This item is used to enable or disable the onboard LAN boot optional ROM. A LAN boot ROM
lets you set up a diskless workstation on the network. By installing a boot ROM in the network
board, you can enable a client PC system on the network to be booted remotely.
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Power Management Setup
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Power Management Setup
Suspend mode
[S3 (STR)]
Help Item
(STR)]
PWRON after PWR-Fail
[Power Off]
Resume by PCI Card
[Disabled]
Select the ACPI
Resume by PCIE Card
[Disabled]
State used for
Resume by USB Devices
[Disabled]
System Suspend.
Resume by PS/2 Keyboard
[Disabled]
Resume by PS/2 Mouse
[Disabled]
Resume by RTC
[Disabled]
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↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) is an open industry standard interfaces
enabling OS-directed configuration, power management, and thermal management of mobile,
desktop, and server platforms. It defines five sleeping states, they are :
S1 - The S1 sleeping state is a low wake latency sleeping state. In this state, no system
context is lost (CPU or chip set) and hardware maintains all system context. (also called
Power On Suspend)
S2 - The S2 sleeping state is a low wake latency sleeping state. This state is similar to
the S1 sleeping state except that the CPU and system cache context is lost (the OS
is responsible for maintaining the caches and CPU context). Control starts from the
processor’s reset vector after the wake event.
S3 - The S3 sleeping state is a low wake latency sleeping state where all system context is lost
except system memory. CPU, cache, and chip set context are lost in this state. Hardware
maintains memory context and restores some CPU and L2 configuration context. Control
starts from the processor’s reset vector after the wake event. (also called Suspend to
RAM)
S4 - The S4 sleeping state is the lowest power, longest wake latency sleeping state supported
by ACPI. In order to reduce power to a minimum, it is assumed that the hardware platform
has powered off all devices. Platform context is maintained. (also called Suspend to
Disk)
S5 - The S5 state is similar to the S4 state except that the OS does not save any context. The
system is in the “soft” off state and requires a complete boot when it wakes. Software
uses a different state value to distinguish between the S5 state and the S4 state to allow
for initial boot operations within the BIOS to distinguish whether or not the boot is going to
wake from a saved memory image.
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► Suspend mode
This item is used to set the energy saving mode of the ACPI function. When you select “S1
(POS)” mode, the power is always on and computer can be resumed at any time. When
you select “S3 (STR)” mode, the power will be down after a period of time. The status of the
computer before it entering STR will be saved in memory, and the computer can quickly return
to previous state when the STR function wakes.
► Power On After Power Fail
This item is used to set which state the PC will take with when it resumes after an AC power
loss.
► Resume by PCI Card
This item is used to enable/disable the PCI card to generate a wake up.
► Resume by PCIE Card
This item is used to enable/disable the PCIE card to generate a wake up.
► Resume by USB Devices
This item is used to enable/disable the USB devices to generate a wake up.
► Resume by PS2 Keyboard
This item is used to enable/disable the PS2 keyboard to generate a wake up.
► Resume by PS2 Mouse
This item is used to enable/disable the PS2 mouse to generate a wake up.
► Resume by RTC
This item is used to enable/disable RTC alarm event to generate a wake up.
RTC is system real time clock.
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PC Health Status
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PC Health Status
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
[Disabled]
Help Item
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Options
:40 oC/104 oF
Disabled
:31 oC/87 oF
:2184 RPM
Enabled
:N/A
Reset
:1.232 V
:1.888 V
:3.424 V
:5.107 V
:11.968 V
:5.080 V
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Case Open Warning
This item is used to enable or disable case open warning function.
► Shut Down Temperature
This item is used to set the system temperature upper limit. When the temperature exceeds
the set value, the system will shut down automatically.
This function works only when your operating system is supporting ACPI.
► CPU Temperature/System Temperature
The CPU/System temperature are automatically detected and displayed by the system.
► CPU Fan/System Fan Speed
The CPU fan/System fan speed are automatically detected and displayed by the system.
► CPU Core/VTT(V)/+ 3.3V/+5.0V/+12.0V/5VSB
The current voltages are automatically detected and displayed by the system.
► CPU Smart Fan Function / System Smart Fan Function
This option is used to enable or disable smart fan function.
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Case Open Warning
Shut Down Temperature
CPU Temperature System Temperature
CPU Fan Speed
System Fan Speed
CPU Core
VTT(V)
+3.3V
+5.0V
+12.0V
5VSB (V)
CPU Smart Fan Function
System Smart Fan Function
BIOS Security Features
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
BIOS Security Features
Help Item
Enter or change the
password.
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Security Settings
Supervisor Password : Not Installed User Password
: Not Installed
Enter]
Change Supervisor Password [Press Enter]
Change User Password [Press Enter]
Boot Sector Virus Protection
[Disabled]
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Change Supervisor Password
This item is used to install or change supervisor password.
Enter New Password :
After you input Supervisor password, it then will ask you to
input user password optionally.
If you have installed the Supervisor Password, the following
items will appear:
► Change User Password
This item is used to install or change user password.
► Boot Sector Virus Protection
This item is used to enable/disable the boot sector virus protection.
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Load Optimal Defaults
Save & Exit Setup
When you select this option and press <Enter>, a message
will be displayed in the center of the screen:
Select [OK] to save your changes to CMOS and exit the program, select [Cancel] or <ESC> to return to the main menu.
Save configuration changes and exit setup?
[OK]
[Cancel]
Exit Without Saving
If you select this option and press <Enter>, the following message
will be displayed in the center of the screen:
Select [OK] to exit CMOS without saving your modifications,
select [Cancel] or <ESC> to return to the main menu.
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Discard changes and exit setup?
[OK]
[Cancel]
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Optimal defaults are the best settings of this motherboard. Always load
Load Optimal Defaults?
the Optimal defaults after updating the BIOS or after clearing the CMOS
values.
[OK]
[Cancel]
Select this option and press Enter, it will pop out a dialogue box to let
you load the defaults. Select <OK> and then press <Enter> to load the
defaults. Select <Cancel> and press <Enter>, it will not load.
By this default, BIOS have set the optimal performance parameters of system to improve the
performances of system components. But if the optimal performance parameters to be set cannot
be supported by your hardware devices (for example, too many expansion cards were installed),
the system might fail to work.
The utility CD that came with the motherboard contains useful software
and several utility drivers that enhance the motherboard features.
This chapter includes the following information:
■
Utility CD content
■
Install driver and utility
■
FOX ONE
■
FOX LiveUpdate
■
FOX LOGO
■
FOX DMI
Note : Because each module is independent, so the section number
will be reorganized and unique to each module, please understand.
Utility CD content
This motherboard comes with one DVD. You can simply put it into your DVD-ROM drive, and the
main menu will be displayed on your PC screen to guide you how to install.
1. Install Driver
Use these options to install all the drivers for your system. You should install the drivers in order,
and you need to restart your computer after all the drivers have been installed.
A. NVIDIA Chipset Driver
B. Realtek HDA Audio Driver
C.Realtek 811XLAN Driver
Use these options to install additional software programs. FOX ONE is a very powerful user
interface program which allows you to change your system setting without going to BIOS. Some
auto features help user to improve (or overclock) your system without being a computer literate.
A. FOX ONE
B. FOX LiveUpdate
C. FOX LOGO
D. FOX DMI
E. Microsoft DirectX 9.0
F. Adobe Acrobat Reader
G. Norton Internet Security
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2. Software Utilities
Install driver and utility
1. Install Driver
You must click "NVIDIA Chipset Driver" to install it first. After that, you can click "One Click Setup"
to install all the other drivers left, or you can click on each individual driver to install it manually.
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Manual
Installation Step
by Step
Automatic
Installation by
One Click.
Exit the program
Drop to
System Tray
Click to visit
Foxconn's
website
Select to Browse CD
Select to
Install Utilities Install Drivers
2. Install Utility
You can select the specific utility to install.
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FOX ONE
FOX ONE is a powerful utility for easily modifying system settings. It also allows users to monitor
various temperature values, voltage values, frequencies and fan speeds at any time.
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Modify system performance settings, such as the CPU and memory bus speeds, CPU
voltages, fan speeds, and other system performance options.
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Monitor hardware temperatures, voltages, frequencies and fan speeds.
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Supporting Operating Systems :
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Windows 2000
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Using FOX ONE :
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The very first time you run FOX ONE, F.I.S. Calibration function (FOX Intelligent
Stepping) will require you to calibrate the CPU’s loading. Click “OK” to proceed
and start the Utility. F.I.S. is a feature of FOX ONE, which can automatically adjust your CPU
clock based on your current system loading.
!
Before you running the FOX ONE program, the system parameters (such as CPU
clock, voltage...etc.) are controlled by BIOS settings. After you run FOX ONE, it will
take over, and the controlling right will be transferred to FOX ONE. Later, if you exit
FOX ONE, then BIOS control will be back again.
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Depending on hardware support, voltage monitoring and Fox Intelligent Stepping
features are optional and only supported in some models. If the option is selectable, it
also means the feature is supported.
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Voltage Monitoring is supported only in FOX ONE Premium & Deluxe products.
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Fox Intelligent Stepping is supported only in FOX ONE Deluxe products.
1. Main Page
Show CPU
Information
Toolbar
Alert Lamp
Switch Button
Skin Button
Exit
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Minimum
Configuration
Homepage
Monitor Frequency/Voltage/Fan
speed/Temperature value
Toolbar
Use the toolbar to navigate to other pages.
Alert Lamp
When the system is in healthy state, the color of alert lamp is green. When the system is in
abnormal state, the alert lamp color is red.
Switch Button
Click this button, it will simplify the whole FOX ONE control panel to a smaller information bar (i.e.
Simple Mode) as depicted below, you can drag this bar to any place on your screen to help you
monitoring system status.
Exit FOX ONE
Click here to go back to
FOX ONE full screen
Click here will drop the FOX ONE to Windows system tray
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Skin Button
There are more choices of FOX ONE screen panels. Click this button, you can select your
favorite skin (FOX ONE Panel).
Apply the changes
Cancel the changes
Exit
Click this button to exit the program.
Minimum
Click this button to drop the FOX ONE to Windows system tray located at the lower right corner of
your screen.
Homepage
Click this button to visit Foxconn motherboard website :
http://www.foxconnchannel.com
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Click the new skin
picture to select
the new skin
Configuration
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This menu allows you to configure :
1). Monitor interval (ms) :
This is to define the interval of different messages of system settings which are to be
displayed on Simple Mode screen. Minimum value is 1 second.
2). Simple Mode :
To select which message of system settings are to be displayed in the Simple Mode.
Messages such as CPU frequency, voltage...etc., they can be displayed one by one in Simple
Mode.
3). F.I.S. Calibration (FOX Intelligent Stepping, Optional)
This function will re-calibrate the CPU's loading, and it may take several minutes to proceed.
The FOX ONE calibration process will apply different loadings to your CPU, record PWM IC
voltage together with the CPU clock running at these loadings, so it can define and estimate
within a particular range of system loading, what the CPU clock should be.
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Step 1 : Click Calibration icon, a message pops out to ask for continue. Select Yes.
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Step 2 : After data is collected, it will ask you to restart your computer now.
Later on, when the FOX ONE program is activated, and F.I.S. feature (in CPU Page) is
also enabled, FOX ONE will automatically adjust your CPU clock according to your system
loadings. (Loadings are like Power Gaming, Data Mining...etc.)
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2. CPU Page - CPU Control
This page lets you select (or overclock) CPU clock to meet the current performance level of the
system. The fastest and suitable CPU clock running for current system can be calculated by FOX
ONE automatically or manually input by yourselves.
Manual :
You can press the up/down button to adjust your CPU clock.
Auto :
Click this button to let FOX ONE check the highest CPU clock you can use. System will raise the
CPU clock step by step until it hangs, you can then push the RESET button on your PC panel to
restart the system. When system restarts, run FOX ONE again, it will display a recommended
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highest CPU clock for you, click <Yes> to apply it.
Go to CPU page
Adjust by manual
Press Auto button to let FOX
ONE check the highest CPU
clock you can use.
Reset the
changes
FIS Features :
Apply the
Select the different changes
benchmarks
A message informs you to
push RESET button later if the
system hangs finally.
Click Yes to continue.
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You can see the system is
raising CPU clock until the
system hangs.
Push RESET button on the front
panel of your system to restart
the computer.
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Run FOX ONE program again,
it will inform you the previous
test found that 255MHz is the
recommended CPU clock for
your system.
Click Yes to apply it to your
system.
Now, your system is running at
a CPU clock of 255MHz.
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FOX Intelligent Stepping (F.I.S., Optional)
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Select FOX Intelligent Stepping will allow your system to automatically adjust your CPU clock rate
based on different system loadings. For example, if you select Power Gaming, CPU clock will
be driven to run at its maximum speed. While in Energy Saving, CPU will lower down its speed
to a minimum. The four benchmarks - Power Gaming, Data Mining, Office and Energy Saving,
the references of their system loading were calculated and defined in the FIS Calibration option
of Configuration menu. Select Auto, CPU will automatically adjust its clock according to current
system loading.
3. Frequency Page - Frequency Control
This page lets you set memory and PCI Express frequencies by manual.
Go to Freq. page
Close this page
Select the option
you want to set
Adjust by manual
Reset the changes
Apply the changes
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4. Limit Setting
4.1 Limit Setting - CPU Temperature
This page lets you to set CPU high limit temperature and enable the alert function.
Go to Limit Setting
page
Show current CPU
temperature value
Show current high
limit value of the CPU
temperature
Set high limit by
dragging the lever
4.2 Limit Setting - System Temperature
This page lets you to set system high limit temperature and enable the alert function.
Show current system
temperature value
Enable alert function
when the system
temperature is higher
than high limit value
Show current high
limit value of system
temperature
Set high limit by
dragging the lever
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Enable alert function
when the CPU
temperature is higher
than high limit value
4.3 Limit Setting - CPU Fan
This page lets you to set CPU fan low limit rpm and enable the alert function.
Show current CPU
fan rpm value
Enable alert function
when the CPU fan runs
slower than the low
limit rpm value
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Show current low limit
rpm value of CPU fan
Set low limit rpm by
dragging the lever
4.4 Limit Setting - System Fan
This page lets you to set system fan low limit rpm and enable the alert function.
Show current system
fan rpm value
Enable alert function
when the system fan
runs slower than low
limit rpm value
Show current low limit
rpm value of system
fan
Set low limit rpm by
dragging the lever
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4.5 Limit Setting - FAN1 Fan
This page lets you to set FAN1 fan low limit rpm and enable the alert function.
Show current FAN1
fan rpm value
Enable alert function
when the FAN1 fan
runs slower than low
limit rpm value
Show current low limit
rpm value of FAN1 fan
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Set low limit rpm by
dragging the lever
5. Voltage Page - Voltage Control (Optional)
This page lets you set CPU voltage, memory voltage and North Bridge voltage manually. CPU
voltage can be stepped up/down by a unit of 12.5mV, while memory is 0.05V/step, and North
Bridge is 0.04V/step.
Go to Voltage page
Select the option
you want to set
Adjust by manual
Reset the changes
Apply the changes
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6. Fan Page - Fan Control
This page lets you enable Smart Fan function or set the fan speed by manual.
When Smart Fan is selected, you must use a 4-pin CPU cooler in your system.
Go to Fan page
Enable or disable
smart fan function
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Set fan speed by
dragging the lever
Apply the changes
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FOX LiveUpdate
FOX LiveUpdate is a useful utility to backup and update your system BIOS, drivers and utilities by
local or online.
Supporting Operating Systems :
■
Windows 2000
■
Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
■
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Using FOX LiveUpdate :
1. Local Update
1-1 Local Update - BIOS Information
This page lets you know your system BIOS information.
Minimum
Link to website
Exit
Show current
BIOS information
Toolbar
*** : please refer to the physical motherboard for detail.
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1-2 Local Update - Backup
This page can backup your system BIOS. You can click “Backup”, and key in a file name, then
click “Save” to finish the backup operation. The extension of this backup file is ".BIN" for Award
BIOS and ".ROM" for AMI BIOS. Default directory is "C:\Desktop\My Documents" in Windows XP
and "Documents" in Vista. Make sure you can remember the file name together with the directory
which it is stored, prevented that you may need them to recover your BIOS later.
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Key in a BIOS name
Click here
1-3 Local Update - Update
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This page helps you to update your BIOS from a local file. After click “Update”, An alert message
will be displayed to ensure if you really want to continue, click “Yes” to confirm. A setup wizard
will guide you to load a local BIOS file to finish the operation. You must remember from which
directory to load your new BIOS file (with an extension of ".BIN" for Award BIOS, ".ROM" for AMI
BIOS) before the setup wizard starts.
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FOX LiveUpdate can automatically backup old BIOS before update. This feature can be
enabled in the "Configure-System" setup. Please refer to "Configure-System" section
for more detail. The default backup directory is C:\LiveUpdate_Temp, but the backup
file name will be automatically generated. It is hard to find it out from a backup directory,
and we recommend you using Explorer to check date/time message of this backup file
to find it out and write its name down to remember it.
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2. Online Update
2-1 Online Update - Update BIOS
This page lets you update your system BIOS from Internet. Click “start”, it will search the new
BIOS from Internet. Then follow the wizard to finish the update operation.
Click here
Current information
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Search new BIOS
from Internet
Select BIOS to update
Browse detailed
information
Update BIOS
Close the window
2-2 Online Update - Update Driver
This page lets you update your system drivers from Internet. Click “start”, it will search the new
drivers from Internet. Then follow the wizard to finish the update operation.
Click here
Current information
Search new drivers
from Internet
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Select the driver to update
Browse detailed
information
Install the selected
driver
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Close the window
2-3 Online Update - Update Utility
This page lets you update utilities from Internet. Click “start”, it will search the new utilities from
Internet. Then follow the wizard to finish the update operation.
Click here
Current information
Search new utilities
from Internet
Select the utility to update
Browse detailed
information
Install the selected
utility
Close the window
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2-4 Online Update - Update All
This page lets you update your system drivers from Internet. Click “start”, it will search all new
BIOS/drivers/utilities from Internet. Then follow the wizard to finish the update operation.
Click here
Current information
Browse detailed
BIOS information
Browse detailed
driver information
Browse detailed
utility information
Close the window
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Search all new BIOS/
drivers/utilities from
Internet
3. Configure
3-1 Configure - option
This page lets you set auto search options. After you enable the auto search function, FOX
LiveUpdate will start its searching from Internet and if any qualified item found, it will pop out a
message on the task bar to inform you to do the next step.
Click here
Set auto
search options
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Set auto search
the latest
FOX LiveUpdate
Select search
which kind of
versions
Apply the changes
Reset to default value
Double click on the icon as show below, you can see the detailed information.
Double click here
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When you enable "Auto Search FOX LiveUpdate", if your FOX LiveUpdate version is older, it will
auto search from internet and prompt you to install the new version.
3-2 Configure - System
This page lets you set the backup BIOS location and change different skin of the FOX LiveUpdate
utility.
Click here
Set the location of
download files or
auto backup BIOS
Select different skin
of the software
Reset to default value
Determine if the FOX LiveUpdate can
auto run when the system starts up
Apply the changes
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Prompt you to
install the new
FOX LiveUpdate
3-3 Configure - Advance
This page lets you select to flash BIOS / Boot Block and clear CMOS. If you choose Flash Boot
Block, it means BIOS is not protective, and you must make sure the flash process is continuous
and without any interruption.
Click here
Select which BIOS ROM
to flash(Only available to
motherboard with backup
BIOS ROM )
Select to flash Boot Block
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Select to clear CMOS
Apply the changes
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Reset to default value
We recommend that you had better keep the default setting unchanged to avoid any
damage.
4. About & Help
This page shows some information about FOX LiveUpdate.
Click here
Show information about
FOX LiveUpdate
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FOX LOGO
FOX LOGO is a simple and useful utility to backup, change and delete the boot time Logo. The
boot Logo is the image that appears on screen during POST (Power-On Self-Test).
You can prepare a JPG image (1024x768) file, then use FOX LOGO to open it and change the
boot time Logo. Boot time Logo will be displayed if you enable the BIOS "Full Screen Logo Show"
setting in "Advanced BIOS Features" menu.
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Supporting Operating Systems :
■
Windows 2000
■
Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
■
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Using FOX LOGO:
Main Page
Main screen
Exit
Backup
Minimize
Change
Website
About
Delete
NING
AR
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When you change Logo or delete current Logo, the system will flash BIOS file automatically. During this time, please DO NOT shut down the application and the system,
or the motherboard will be damaged seriously.
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FOX DMI
FOX DMI is a full Desktop Management Interface viewer, and it provides three DMI data formats :
Report, Data Fields and Memory Dump.
With DMI information, system maker can easily analyze and troubleshoot your motherboard if there
is any problem occurred.
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Supporting Operating Systems :
■
Windows 2000
■
Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
■
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Using FOX DMI:
Please operate this utility as the comments shows.
Click here to select
the type you want
to view.
Click here to select
the DMI Data format
you need
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This chapter will cover two topics :
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Creating a Bootable Array - Installing a new Windows XP
(Vista) in a brand new RAID system.
Creating a Non-Bootable Array - Existing Windows XP
(Vista) system with new RAID built as data storage.
It includes the following information :
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RAID Configuration Introduction
NVIDIA® MediaShield Driver
Create two RAID Driver Diskettes
RAID Enable in BIOS
Select a RAID Array for Use
Install a New Windows XP
Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array
The RAID BIOS Setup pictures shown in this chapter are for
reference only, please refer to the practical screen.
Creating a Bootable Array - Installing a new Windows XP (or Vista) in
a brand new RAID system.
1. Follow 5-1 to create two RAID driver diskettes.
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2. Follow 5-2 to set RAID enabled in BIOS.
3. Follow 5-3 to select a RAID array for use.
4. Follow 5-4 to Install a new Windows Operating System.
What kinds of hardware and software you need here :
1. A floppy drive.
2. A DVD-ROM drive.
3. Several SATA hard disks.
4. Two RAID driver diskettes. (Can be created by using motherboard driver CD)
5. A motherboard driver CD.
6. Windows XP or Vista Install CD.
Creating a Non-Bootable Array - Existing Windows XP (or Vista)
system with new RAID built as data storage.
Follow 5-5 to go through the processes to build a new RAID array in your existing
Windows XP system, it includes :
1. Set RAID enabled in BIOS.
2. Follow 5-3 to select a RAID array for use.
3. Run setup program to install NVIDIA RAID driver into your current Windows XP
system.
4. Use Administrative Tools in Control Panel to format new RAID array.
What kinds of hardware and software you need here :
1. A DVD-ROM drive.
2. Several SATA hard disks.
3. A motherboard driver CD.
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RAID Configuration Introduction
RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a method for computer data storage
schemes that divide and/or replicate data among multiple hard drives. RAID can be
designed to provide increased data reliability (fault tolerance) or increased I/O (input/
output) performance, or both. The following RAID configurations are provided for
users.
There are three major key concepts in RAID:
1. Mirroring : The copying of data to more than one disk;
2. Striping : The splitting of data across more than one disk;
3. Error correction : Where redundant data is stored to allow problems to be detected
and possibly fixed (known as fault tolerance).
The configuration affects reliability and performance in different ways. The problem
with using more disks is that it is more likely that one will go wrong, but by using
error checking the total system can be made more reliable by being able to survive
and repair the failure. Basic mirroring can speed up reading data as a system can
read different data from both the disks, but it may be slow for writing if it insists that
both disks must confirm that the data is correctly written. Striping is often used for
performance, where it allows sequences of data to be read off multiple disks at the
same time. Error checking typically will slow the system down as data needs to be
read from several places and compared. The design of RAID systems is therefore a
compromise and understanding the requirements of a system is important. Modern
disk arrays typically provide the facility to select the appropriate RAID configuration.
RAID is often used in high availability systems, where it is important that the system
keeps running as much of the time as possible.
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Different RAID levels use one or more of these techniques, depending on the system
requirements. The main aims of using RAID are to improve reliability, important for
protecting information that is critical to a business, for example a database of customer
orders; or where speed is important, for example a system that delivers video on
demand TV programs to many viewers.
RAID 0 (Striped)
RAID 0 reads and writes sectors of data interleaved among multiple drives. If any disk
member fails, it affects the entire array. The disk array data capacity is equal to the
number of drive members times the capacity of the smallest member. RAID 0 does
not support fault tolerance.
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RAID 1 (Mirror)
RAID 1 writes duplicate data onto a pair of drives and reads both sets of data in
parallel. If one of the mirrored drives suffers a mechanical failure or does not respond,
the remaining drive will continue to function. Due to redundancy, the drive capacity of
the array is the capacity of the smallest drive.
RAID 5 (Parity)
RAID 5 provides data striping at the byte level and also stripes error correction
information. This results in excellent performance and good fault tolerance. Level 5 is
one of the most popular implementations of RAID.
RAID 0+1 (Striped Mirror)
RAID 10 is a combination of striping and mirroring. This configuration provides optimal
speed and reliability, but you need four SATA hard disks.
Spanning (JBOD)
JBOD stands for “Just a Bunch of Disks”. Each drive is accessed as if it was on a
standard SCSI host bus adapter. This is useful when a single drive configuration is
needed, but it offers no speed improvement or fault tolerance. A spanned volume is a
formatted partition which data is stored on more than one hard disk, yet appears as
one volume. Unlike RAID, spanned volumes have no fault-tolerance, so if any disk
fails, the data on the whole volume could be lost. Additionally, the system or boot
partitions cannot be included in a spanned volume. FAT16/32 and NTFS file systems
may be used, and the volume can span up to 32 hard disks.
Comparison Table :
Solution
Hard Disks No.
Capacity
Performance
Reliability
Application
RAID0
>=2
All
Highest
Dangerous
Look for speed
RAID1
2
50%
Read faster
Excellent
100% Data backup
RAID5
>=3
N-1
Read faster
Write slower
Good
Limited budget
>=4
(Even number)
Smallest
*2
High
Excellent
Unlimited budget
>=1
All
none
Dangerous
Big disk space
RAID0+1
Span
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NVIDIA® MediaShield Driver
The NVIDIA® MediaShield driver supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 0+1
functions. It allows you to get high performance with fault tolerance, big capacity, or
data safety provided by different RAID functions.
Here, we will use four SATA hard disks as an example to guide you how to select your
RAID system. Assume four hard disks are connected to the motherboard :
SATA port 1 - WDC WD1200JD-98HBBO, 111.79GB
SATA port 2 - Hitachi HDT725025VLA, 232.88GB
SATA port 3 - HDS728080PLA380, 76.69GB
SATA port 4 - ST3320620AS, 298.09GB
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
RAID Config
RAID Enable
SATA Pri-Master RAID SATA Pri-Slave RAID SATA Sec-Master RAID SATA Sec-Slave RAID [Enabled
IDE]
Item Help
[Disabled]
[Disabled] Menu Level ►
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
In section 5-3 later, you will know the relationships between port numbers in the
MediaShield BIOS and SATA ports on the motherboard. We put their descriptions here
for better arrangement. They are :
Port 0.0 is the SATA port 1 of the motherboard.
Port 0.2 is the SATA port 2.
Port 0.1 is the SATA port 3.
Port 0.3 is the SATA port 4.
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The relationships between RAID settings and SATA ports on the motherboard are :
SATA Pri-Master RAID is the SATA port 1 of the motherboard.
SATA Pri-Slave RAID is the SATA port 2.
SATA Sec-Master RAID is the SATA port 3.
SATA Sec-Slave RAID is the SATA port 4.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[+] Add
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5
[ESC] Quit
Stripe Block:
Two topics will be covered in the following sections :
1). Creating a Bootable Array - Installing a new Windows XP in a brand new RAID
system.
2). Creating a Non-Bootable Array - Existing Windows XP system with new RAID
built as data storage.
Install SATA Hard Disks before we continue :
■
Shut down your computer.
■
Install SATA hard disks into the drive bays, connect all power and SATA cables.
NING
AR
!
W
To achieve the best performance and reliability, we highly recommend you
using the hard disks with the same brand, size and model number. Though
we are using four different hard disks as an example to describe RAID
function in this chapter, it is only helpful in explaining what the final disk
volume of the RAID array will be. In the real world, using the same model to
build a disk array is strongly recommended.
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5-1 Create RAID Driver Diskette
If you want to install a brand new Windows XP on a RAID system, you need to create a
RAID driver floppy diskette which will be used during Windows XP installation later.
1. Find a PC, put a diskette into its floppy drive A:, this diskette will be formatted later.
Put the driver CD into your DVD-ROM drive and go to Driver\Common\RAID, click
on RAIDFLpy.txt.
2. A message pops out telling you where to find the routine in driver CD to create the driver diskette.
4. Click "GO" to start.
5. Select the desired destination FDD drive.
It can be the default drive A: or any USB
FDD. Click "OK" to continue.
6. Insert a diskette, click "OK" to continue.
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5
3. Depending on which platform your XP
system is, normally, it is a 32-bit system.
Use Windows explorer, and go to CD:\
Driver\NVIDIA\MCP61\Chipset\WinXP\
32bit\IDE\WinXP\sataraid, click on
RaidTool icon to start the creation.
7. You can input a volume label for this diskette,
click on "Start" to format.
5
8. Click on "OK" to go through this warning
message.
9. Format finished. Click "OK", then click "Close"
to continue copying of RAID driver into this
diskette.
10. Check if the first diskette contains the
driver files.
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5-2 RAID Enable in BIOS
1. Enter the BIOS setup by pressing [DEL] key when boot up.
2. Select the “Integrated Peripherals” from the “Main menu”, then select the “RAID
Config” menu and press [Enter] to go to the configuration items.
3. Enable RAID function and individual SATA port for hard drive or DVD connection.
4. Press [F10] to save the setting then PC will reboot itself.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
RAID Config
RAID Enable
SATA Pri-Master RAID SATA Pri-Slave RAID SATA Sec-Master RAID SATA Sec-Slave RAID [Enabled
IDE]
Item Help
[Disabled]
[Disabled] Menu Level ►
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
5
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
5-3 Select a RAID Array for Use
When BIOS is restarted, it will display a message asking you to press [F10] key to
enter the main menu of MediaShield BIOS. Press [F10], the screen appears.
At the bottom of each screen displayed, there is one line listing each key’s function,
such as [Tab], [Enter], [ESC]...etc. It is helpful to make your choice easier.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirrored
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0
0.0 WDC
WDC WD1200JD-9
WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[+] Add
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
71
[↑↓] Select
[Enter] Popup
Create RAID 0 (Striped)
1. Select "Striped" from the RAID Mode. The menu appears :
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[+] Add
5
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select two hard disks to build our RAID0 system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[+] Add
[-] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[TAB] Navigate
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Capacity
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe value should be selected based on different applications. It ranges from
4KB to 128KB. Some suggested choices are :
16K - Best for sequential transfer.
64K - Good general purpose strip size.
128K - Best performance for most desktops and workstations.
Keep it at Optimal default value. Press [F7] to finish the setting.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
AllHDT725
data on new232.88GB
(or added) disks will 0.0
be overwritten.
Continue? 111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi
WDC WD1200JD-9
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.79GB
[+] Add
[Y] YES [N] NO
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. Press [Y] to continue, and press [Y] again to select "Clear MBR".
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GBClear MBR?0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[+] Add
[Y] YES [N] NO
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
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[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
6. The screen displays a STRIPE array of 153.38GB, which is twice the size of the smallest
hard disk. That is, 2*76.69GB = 153.38GB.
If you want to build a new Operating System (such as Windows XP) in this RAID
system, please press [B] to select it as bootable.
You can then press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Array List Status
Vendor
Array
Size
Healthy
NVIDIA
STRIPE
153.38G
5
Boot
[Ctrl-X] Exit
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
7. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA STRIPE 153.38G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Striped
Stripe Width :
2
Port Index Disk Model
0.0
0.1
[R] Rebuild
0
1
Stripe Block:
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
HDS728080PLA380
[D] Delete
64K
[C] Clear MBR
74
111.79G
76.69GB
[ENTER] Return
Create RAID 1 (Mirrored)
1. Select “Mirrored” from the RAID Mode.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirrored
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[+] Add
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select two hard disks to build our RAID1 system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirrored
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[+] Add
[-] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
0.3 ST3320620AS
[TAB] Navigate
75
[↑↓] Select
Capacity
232.88GB
298.09GB
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe block value is fixed and not changeable.
Press [F7] to finish the setting.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirrored
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
5
AllHDT725
data on new232.88GB
(or added) disks will 0.0
be overwritten.
Continue? 111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi
WDC WD1200JD-9
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.79GB
[+] Add
[Y] YES [N] NO
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. Press [Y] to continue, and press [Y] again to select "Clear MBR".
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirrored
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GBClear MBR? 0.2 Hitachi HDT725
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
[+] Add
[Y] YES [N] NO
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Capacity
232.88GB
298.09GB
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
76
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
6. The screen displays a MIRRORED array of 232.88GB, which is the size of the smallest
hard disk. That is, 232.88GB.
If you want to build a new Operating System (such as Windows XP) in this RAID
system, please press [B] to select it as bootable.
You can then press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Array List Boot
Status
Vendor
Array
Healthy
NVIDIA
MIRROR 232.88G
Size
5
[Ctrl-X] Exit
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
7. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA MIRROR 232.88G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirrored
Stripe Width :
1
Port Index Disk Model
0.2
0.3
[R] Rebuild
0
1
Stripe Block:
Capacity
Hitachi HDT725025VLA380
ST3320620AS
[D] Delete
64K
[C] Clear MBR
77
232.88G
298.09G
[ENTER] Return
Create RAID 0+1 (Striped Mirror)
1. Select “Striped Mirror” from the RAID Mode. The menu appears :
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Mirror
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[+] Add
5
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select four hard disks to build our RAID0+1 system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Mirror
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
0.0
0.1
[+] Add 0.2
0.3
[-] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[TAB] Navigate
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Capacity
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe value should be selected based on different applications. It ranges from
4KB to 128KB. Some suggested choices are :
16K - Best for sequential transfer.
64K - Good general purpose strip size.
128K - Best performance for most desktops and workstations.
Keep it at Optimal default value. Press [F7] to finish the setting.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Mirror
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-9
All data on new (or added) disks will 0.0
be overwritten.
Continue? 111.79GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.79GB
[+] Add 0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[Y] YES [N] NO
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[-] Del
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. Press [Y] to continue, and press [Y] again to select "Clear MBR".
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array Mirror
RAID Mode: Striped
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Clear MBR? 0.0
0.1
[+] Add 0.2
[Y] YES [N] NO
0.3
[ESC] Quit
Stripe Block:
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
79
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
6. The screen displays a RAID 0+1 array of 153.38GB, which is twice the size of the
smallest hard disk. That is, 2*76.69= 153.38GB.
If you want to build a new Operating System (such as Windows XP) in this RAID
system, please press [B] to select it as bootable.
You can then press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Array List Status
Vendor
Array
Healthy
NVIDIA
RAID 0+1 153.38G
Size
5
Boot
[Ctrl-X] Exit
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
7. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA RAID 0+1 153.38G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Striped Mirror
Stripe Width :
2
Stripe Block:
Port
Index
Disk Model
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.3
0
1
2
3
WDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
HDS728080PLA380
Hitachi HDT725025VLA380
ST3320620AS
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
64K
Capacity
[C] Clear MBR
80
111.79G
76.69GB
232.88G
298.09G
[ENTER] Return
Create RAID 5
1. Select “RAID5” from the RAID Mode.
The menu appears :
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: RAID5
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Optimal
Optimal
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
[+] Add
[-] Del
5
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Capacity
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select three SATA hard disks to build our RAID5 system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: RAID5
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[+] Add 0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[-] Del
0.3 ST3320620AS
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
298.09GB
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
81
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe value should be selected based on different applications. It ranges from
4KB to 128KB. Some suggested choices are :
16K - Best for sequential transfer.
64K - Good general purpose strip size.
128K - Best performance for most desktops and workstations.
Keep it at Optimal default value. Press [F7] to finish the setting.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: RAID5
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
5
All data on new298.09GB
(or added) disks will 0.0
be overwritten.
Continue? 111.79GB
WDC WD1200JD-9
0.3 ST3320620AS
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[+] Add 0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[Y] YES [N] NO
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. Press [Y] to continue, and press [Y] again to select "Clear MBR".
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: RAID5
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Clear MBR? 0.0
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
0.1
[+] Add 0.2
[Y] YES [N] NO
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
82
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
6. The screen displays a RAID5 array of 153.38GB, which is twice the size of the smallest
hard disk. That is, 2*76.69= 153.38GB. Another hard disk is used for parity check.
If you want to build a new Operating System (such as Windows XP) in this RAID
system, please press [B] to select it as bootable.
You can then press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Array List Boot
Status
Vendor
Array
Healthy
NVIDIA
RAID5
Size
153.38G
5
[Ctrl-X] Exit
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
7. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA RAID5 153.38G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: RAID5
Stripe Width :
2
Port Index Disk Model
0.0
0.1
0.2
[R] Rebuild
0
1
2
Stripe Block:
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
HDS728080PLA380
Hitachi HDT725025VLA380
[D] Delete
64K
[C] Clear MBR
83
111.79G
76.69GB
232.88G
[ENTER] Return
Create Spanned RAID
1. Select “Spanned” from the RAID Mode. The menu appears :
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Spanned
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[+] Add
5
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
0.3 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select three SATA hard disks to build our Spanned RAID system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Spanned
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[+] Add 0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[-] Del
0.3 ST3320620AS
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
298.09GB
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
84
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe block value is fixed and not changeable.
Press [F7] to finish the setting.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Spanned
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
All data on new298.09GB
(or added) disks will 0.0
be overwritten.
Continue? 111.79GB
WDC WD1200JD-9
0.3 ST3320620AS
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[+] Add 0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[Y] YES [N] NO
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. Press [Y] to continue, and press [Y] again to select "Clear MBR".
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Spanned
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.3 ST3320620AS
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Clear MBR? 0.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
298.09GB
0.1 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[+] Add 0.2 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[Y] YES [N] NO
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
85
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
6. The screen displays a Spanned RAID array of 421.36GB, which is the total sizes of
these three hard disks. That is, 111.79+76.69+232.88= 421.36GB. We recommend
not setting it to bootable as it will be impossible to recover if crashed. You can then
press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Array List Status
Vendor
Array
Healthy
NVIDIA
SPAN
Size
421.36G
5
Boot
[Ctrl-X] Exit
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
7. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA SPAN 421.36G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Spanned
Stripe Width :
3
Port Index Disk Model
0.0
0.1
0.2
[R] Rebuild
0
1
2
Stripe Block:
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
HDS728080PLA380
Hitachi HDT725025VLA380
[D] Delete
64K
[C] Clear MBR
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111.79G
76.69GB
232.88G
[ENTER] Return
5-4 Creating a Bootable Array- Install a New Windows XP
Assume a Mirrored array (232.88GB) was created as introduced in section 5-3, after
the system restarts :
1. Press [DEL] to enter BIOS Setup during POST.
2. Insert the Windows installation CD into the optical drive.
3. Set the “First Boot Device” to “CDROM”, save changes and exit BIOS.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced BIOS Features
► Removable Device Priority
► Hard Disk Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Other Device
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Boot Up NumLock Status
Security Option
Full Screen Logo Show
[Press Enter]
Item Help
[Press Enter]
[CDROM
CDROM] Menu Level ►
[Hard Disk]
Select removable boot
[Removable] device priority
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[On]
[Setup]
[Enabled]
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↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
4.The computer will reboot, and it will start installing Windows Operating System.
Watch the screen carefully, when the following picture appears, press [F6] key
immediately. If you forgot to do this, PC will go to an fatal blue screen, and you
may need to reboot the system again. PC may not respond to your [F6] input
immediately, and it keeps loading files until the next screen displays.
Windows Setup
Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver.
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5.After some files are copied to your system, the following picture appears, press [S]
to continue the specific driver installation.
Windows Setup
Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices
installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter.
Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
<none>
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drivers, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
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S=Specify Additional Device
ENTER=Continue
F3=Exit
6. It will ask you to insert the RAID driver diskette 1 into your floppy drive. Press [Enter]
after it is done.
Windows Setup
Please insert the disk labeled
manufacturer-supplied hardware support disk
into Drive A:
* Press ENTER when ready
Enter=Continue ESC=Cancel F3=Exit
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7. There are two drivers, all these two drivers must be installed. Press [Enter] to select
the first driver - "NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)".
Windows Setup
You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows,
using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.
Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC
to return to the previous screen.
NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)
NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)
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ENTER=Select
F3=Exit
8. A confirmation message appears to double check if the driver is really what we
wanted. As we need to install both two drivers, so we will press [S] again to select
the second driver. It will ask you to insert the RAID driver diskette into your floppy
drive again, press [Enter] to continue.
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drivers, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device
ENTER=Continue
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F3=Exit
9. Use [↓] key to select "NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)", then press
[Enter]. Still, The RAID floppy diskette 1 is inside the floppy drive.
Windows Setup
You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows,
using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.
Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC
to return to the previous screen.
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NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)
NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)
ENTER=Select
F3=Exit
10. Two drivers are displayed. Press [Enter] to continue.
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)
NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drivers, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device
ENTER=Continue
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F3=Exit
11. Windows will display the partition of your system. As we are using a Mirrored RAID
array as an example, its size 232.88GB is now displayed as 238473MB. You can
press [C] to create partitions as many as you wish, assign them C:, D: or E: logical
drive names.
(Note : 238473MB/1024 = 232.88GB)
Windows XP Professional Setup
The following list shows the existing partitions and
unpartitioned space on this computer.
Use the UP ad DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.
● To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER.
● To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
● To delete the selected partitions, press D.
238473 MB Disk 0 at id 1 on bus 0 on nvrd32 [MBR]
ENTER=Install
C=Create Partition
238473
MB
F3=Quit
12. In this example, we will create a 30GB partition C: and leave the remainding space
as a partition E:. Drive D: is DVD drive. Press [Enter] to install Windows.
Windows XP Professional Setup
The following list shows the existing partitions and
unpartitioned space on this computer.
Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.
● To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER.
● To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
● To delete the selected partitions, press D.
238473 MB Disk 0 at id 1 on bus 0 on nvrd32 [MBR]
C:Partition1 [New (Raw)]
E: Partition2 [New (Raw)]
Unpartitioned space
ENTER=Install
D=Delete Partition
29996 MB ( 29996 MB free)
208468 MB ( 208468 MB free)
8 MB
F3=Quit
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Unpartitioned space
13. The Windows XP install processes will ask you to format your hard disk, select
quick formatting using NTFS file system, press [ENTER].
Windows XP Professional Setup
The partition you selected is not formatted. Setup will now
format the partition.
Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select the file system
you want, and then press ENTER.
If you want to select a different partition for Windows XP,
press ESC.
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Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)
Format the partition using the FAT file system (Quick)
Format the partition using the NTFS file system
Format the partition using the FAT file system
ENTER=Continue
ESC=Cancel
14. After drive C: is formatted, Setup will copy files from RAID floppy diskette 1 to the
Windows installation folders, then ask you to insert the second RAID diskette.
Press [Enter] to continue when it is done.
Windows Setup
Insert the disk labeled :
NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI) disk 2
into drive A:
* Press ENTER when ready.
F3=Quit
Enter=Continue
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15. After Setup copies files from RAID floppy diskette 2 to the Windows installation
folders, it then will ask you to insert the first RAID diskette into floppy drive again.
Press [Enter] to continue when it is done.
Windows Setup
Insert the disk labeled :
NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI) disk 1
into drive A:
* Press ENTER when ready.
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F3=Quit
Enter=Continue
16. Again, after Setup copies files from RAID floppy diskette 1 to the Windows
installation folders, it then will ask you to insert the second RAID diskette into
floppy drive. Press [Enter] to continue when it is done.
Windows Setup
Insert the disk labeled :
NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI) disk 2
into drive A:
* Press ENTER when ready.
F3=Quit
Enter=Continue
17. Setup will be coping files to the RAID disk array to create your new Windows XP
system. You can follow the normal procedures to complete the installations.
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5-5 Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array
This section assumes the following setup :
■ Boot Disk with Windows XP installed :
One hard disk HDS728080PLAT20 (80GB) is connected to the IDE channel, and set
to Master.
■ A Mirrored RAID Array Disk :
Two SATA hard disks are configured as a mirrored RAID1 array, they are :
Hitachi HDT725025VLA, (232.88GB) connected to SATA port2 of the motherboard.
Segate ST3320620AS, (298.09GB) connected to SATA port4.
■ A SATA DVD Drive :
A DVD drive connected to SATA port1.
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NING
AR
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To achieve the best performance and reliability, we highly recommend you
using the hard disks with the same brand, size and model number. Though
we are using different brand of hard disks as an example here, the purpose
is only for easy understanding.
1. Reboot your system, and go to "RAID Enable" menu.
Enable the RAID function together with the SATA ports which have the hard disks
and DVD drive connected. Press [F10] to save the settings and reboot.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
RAID Config
RAID Enable
SATA Pri-Master RAID SATA Pri-Slave RAID SATA Sec-Master RAID SATA Sec-Slave RAID [Enabled
IDE]
Item Help
[Disabled]
[Disabled] Menu Level ►
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
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F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
2. Select a RAID array for use (also can refer to section 5-3)
After rebooting your computer, you will see the RAID software prompting you to
press [F10].
Press [F10] to enter the NVIDIA MediaShield BIOS setup and configure the mirrored
RAID array as described in the 5-3 section. Finally, you can reach this step as
depicted.
MediaShield BIOS Jul 27 2007
- Array List Boot
Status
Vendor
Array
Size
Healthy
NVIDIA
MIRROR 232.88G
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[Ctrl-X] Exit
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
3. Press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit and go to Windows.
4. In Windows, click "Cancel" to skip any "Found New Hardware Wizard".
Use driver CD and click on "NVIDIA MCP61 Chipset Driver" to install the NVIDIA
RAID driver. The RAID driver can be installed only when you select [Enable] in BIOS
"RAID Enable" setting. If you do not select [Enabled], then RAID driver can not be
installed.
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5. The installation of driver may take a while, after the NVIDIA driver is installed, it will
ask you to click "Finish" to restart your computer.
6. When Windows starts, a "Found New Hardware Wizard" appears. Click on "Cancel"
to ignore it.
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7. After PC starts, the RAID array is now ready to be initialized under Windows.
Launch Computer Management by clicking Start -> Settings -> Control Panel then
open the Administrative Tools folder and double click on Computer Management.
Click Disk Management (under the Storage section).
The Initialize and Convert Disk Wizards appears. Click "Next" to continue.
The RAID array is named as Disk1 and its status is unknown and not Initialized.
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8. A "Select Disks to Initialize" window will appear. The disks listed depend on how
many arrays you have configured. Select "Disk1" and click "Next" to continue.
9. When "Select Disks to Convert" window appears, do not select anything and click
"Next" to continue.
10. When the "Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard" window appears,
click "Finish" to complete the wizard.
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11. The Computer Management window appears. The actual disks listed will depend
on your system. In below figure, you can see there is a 232.88 GB unallocated
partition. You must format the unallocated disk space before using it.
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Right click "Unallocated space", select "New Partition…" and follow the Wizard
instructions.
12. When "New Partition Wizard" appears, click "Next" to continue.
13. When "Primary partition" screen appears, click "Next" to continue.
14. When "Specify Partition Size" screen appears, click "Next" to continue.
15. When "Assign Drive Letter or Path" screen appears, click "Next" to continue.
16. Click "Finish" to end the "New Partition Wizard".
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17. The format of disk array (Disk1) is in processing.
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18. Format completed, now you can start using your RAID array.
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