A88GM Series Motherboard User`s Manual

A88GM Series Motherboard User`s Manual
A88GM 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 A88GM/A88GM Deluxe
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
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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.
PCE Industry Inc.
458 E. Lambert Rd.
Fullerton, CA 92835
714-738-8868
714-738-8838
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 :
2010
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...................................................................................................17
Chapter 3 BIOS Setup
Enter BIOS Setup....................................................................................19
Main Menu..............................................................................................19
System Information.................................................................................21
Advanced BIOS Features.......................................................................23
Fox Central Control Unit..........................................................................25
Advanced Chipset Features....................................................................31
Integrated Peripherals.............................................................................35
Power Management Setup......................................................................40
PC Health Status.....................................................................................42
BIOS Security Features..........................................................................44
Load Optimal Defaults.............................................................................44
Save Changes and Exit...........................................................................44
Discard Changes and Exit.......................................................................44
Chapter 4 CD Instruction
Utility CD content....................................................................................46
Install driver and utility.............................................................................47
FOX ONE
Main Page.........................................................................................49
CPU Control......................................................................................53
Frequency Control.............................................................................55
Limit Setting......................................................................................56
Voltage Control..................................................................................58
Fan Control.......................................................................................59
FOX LiveUpdate
Local Update.....................................................................................60
Online Update...................................................................................62 Configure . ........................................................................................65
About & Help.....................................................................................67
FOX LOGO..............................................................................................68
FOX DMI.................................................................................................69
Browser Configuration Utility ..................................................................70
Chapter 5 RAID Configuration
RAID Configuration Introduction.............................................................73
Option ROM Utility...................................................................................75
Create a RAID Driver Diskette................................................................77
RAID Enable in BIOS..............................................................................79
Select a RAID Array for Use....................................................................79
Install a New Windows XP......................................................................95
Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array..................................................99
Technical Support :
Support
Website :
http://www.foxconnchannel.com
Support Website :
http://www.foxconnsupport.com
Worldwide online contact Support :
http://www.foxconnsupport.com/inquiry.aspx
CPU Support List :
http://www.foxconnsupport.com/cpusupportlist.aspx
Memory, VGA Compatibility List :
http://www.foxconnsupport.com/complist.aspx
Thank you for buying Foxconn A88GM 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, A88GM/
A88GM Deluxe 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 AM3 socket processors, Max processor power up to 140W
For the latest CPU information, please visit:
http://www.foxconnsupport.com/cpusupportlist.aspx
HyperTransportUp to 4400MT/s (HT3.0) for AM3 CPU
ChipsetNorth Bridge: AMD 880G
South Bridge: AMD SB810(A88GM)
AMD SB850(A88GM Deluxe)
Memory 4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMMs
Support up to 16GB of system memory
Dual channel DDR3 1600(oc*)/1333/1066 MHz architecture (oc*: overclocking)
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
VGAIntegrated ATI RadeonTM HD4250 GPU
Support Full HD HDMI Technology
Dual independent displays support with HDMI/DVI and D-Sub
Support DirectX 10.1, Shader Model 4.1, Universal Video Decoder (UVD) 2.0
Storage SB810 chipset:
- Support 5 x SATA 2.0 connectors
- 1 x ESATA connector
- 300MB/s data transfer rate
- Support RAID 0, 1, 10, RAID Ready and JBOD
- Support hot plug and NCQ (Native Command Queuing )
SB850 chipset:
- Support 5 x SATA 3.0 connectors
- 1 x ESATA connector
- 600MB/s data transfer rate
- Support RAID 0, 1, 5,10, RAID Ready and JBOD
- Support hot plug and NCQ (Native Command Queuing )
LANRealtek 8111DL Gigabit LAN chip
AudioRealtek ALC888S-VC2-GR audio chip:
- High Definition Audio
- 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
- Support for S/PDIF Out
- Support Jack-Sensing function
USBSupport hot plug
Support up to 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 rear panel ports, 3 onboard USB
headers supporting 6 extra ports)
Support USB 2.0 protocol up to 480Mb/s
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1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
5 x SATA connectors
3 x USB 2.0 connectors (supporting 6 x USB devices)
1 x CPU fan header (4-pin)
1 x System fan header (4-pin)
1 x NB fan header (4-pin)
1 x Front panel connector
1 x CD_IN connector
1 x Front Audio connector
1 x SPDIF-OUT connector
1 x COM1 connector
1 x TPM connector
1 x Chassis intrusion alarm header
1 x Speaker connector
Back Panel1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
Connectors1 x VGA port
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI-D port
6 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 LAN port
1 x ESATA Port
8-channel Audio ports
Hardware MonitorSystem voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System/NB fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System/NB fan speed control
PCI Express x1Support 250MB/s (500MB/s concurrent) bandwidth
Low power consumption and power management features
PCI Express x16 Gen2.0Support 8GB/s (16GB/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), S5 (soft - off)
Bundled SoftwareFOX ONE, FOX LiveUpdate, FOX LOGO, FOX DMI, Browser
Configuration Utility
Operating SystemSupport for Microsoft® Windows® 7/Vista/XP
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Form FactorMicro ATX Form Factor, 9.6 inches x 9.6 inches (24.4cm x 24.4cm)
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The chipset driver of this motherboard does not support Windows® 2000.
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Internal Connectors
1-2 Layout
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5
4
3
2
1
6
7
8
23
9
22
10
21
11
20
19
12
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14 15 16
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1. CPU_FAN Header
13. SATA Connectors
2. NB_FAN Header
3. PCI Express x1 Slot
4. PCI Express x16 Slot
5. PCI Slots
6. CD_IN Connector
7. Front Audio Connector
8. SPDIF-OUT Connector
9. COM1 Connector
10. TPM Connector
11. Front USB Connectors
12. Front Panel Connector
14. SYS_FAN Header
15. Chassis Intrusion Alarm Header
16. Clear CMOS Button
17. 24-pin ATX Power Connector
18. Speaker Connector
19. DDR3 DIMM Slots
20. South Bridge: AMD SB810(A88GM)
AMD SB850(A88GM Deluxe)
21. CPU Socket
22. North Bridge: AMD 880G
23. 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
Note : The above motherboard layout is for reference only, please refer to the physical motherboard for detail.
1-3 Back Panel Connectors
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USB Ports LAN Port
3
2
1
PS/2 Keyboard Port VGA Port
Line Out
7
Line In
Rear Speaker
Subwoofer
Side Speaker
Microphone
2
USB Ports
4
5
DVI-D Port
HDMI Port
8
6
External SATA Port
Audio Ports
1. PS/2 Keyboard Port
Use the PS/2 port (purple) to connect a PS/2 keyboard.
2. USB Ports
These USB ports support the USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Use these ports for USB devices such
as an USB keyboard/mouse, USB printer, USB flash drive and etc.
3. VGA Port
To connect with external display devices, such as monitor or LCD display.
4. DVI-D Port
The DVI-D port supports DVI-D specification. Connect a monitor that supports DVI-D connection
to this port.
5. HDMI Port
The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) provides an all-digital audio/video interface to
transmit the uncompressed audio/video signals and is HDCP compliant. Connect the HDMI audio/video to this port. The HDMI Technology can support a maximum resolution of 1920x1080p,
but the actual resolutions supported depend on the monitor being used.
6. External SATA Port
To connect external SATA device(s) to your system by expanding the internal SATA port(s) to
the chassis back panel. External SATA device shall provide power by its own.
7. RJ-45 LAN Port
The Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 10/100/1000Mb/s data rate.
LAN Type
1000M
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
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8. Audio Ports
For the definition of each audio port, please refer to the table below :
Port
2-channel
4-channel
5.1-channel
7.1-channel
Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Green
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Microphone In
Microphone In
Microphone In
Microphone In
Orange
-
-
Center/Subwoofer Out
Center/Subwoofer Out
Black
-
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Grey
-
-
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Side Speaker Out
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
Please visit the following website for more supporting information about your motherboard.
CPU Support List:
http://www.foxconnsupport.com/cpusupportlist.aspx
Memory, VGA Compatibility List:
http://www.foxconnsupport.com/complist.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.)
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1. Apply and spread an even thermal
grease on the surface of CPU.
2. Buckle the heatsink firmly at one
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 .
side of the stand.
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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2-2 Install the Memory
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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 four DDR3 memory sockets and supports Dual Channel Technology.
When memory is installed, the BIOS will automatically check the memory in your system.
Four DDR3 memory sockets are divided into two channels :
Channel 0 : DIMM1, DIMM3
Channel 1 : DIMM2, DIMM4
The combinations of DIMM modules are :
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
Single Channel
DS/SS
Single Channel
DS/SS
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DS/SS
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Single Channel
Single Channel
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DS/SS
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DS/SS
-
DS/SS
Dual Channel
DS/SS
DS/SS
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Dual Channel
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-
DS/SS
DS/SS
Dual Channel
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
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(DS : Dual 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.
96-Pin
144-Pin
2
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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2-3 Install an Expansion Card
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that 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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Definition
Pin #
1
3.3V
13
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
13
24
12
Pin #
PWR1
Definition
1
Pin No. 24
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
8-pin ATX 12 V Power Connector : PWR2
The 8-pin ATX 12V power supply connects to PWR2 and provides power to the CPU.
5
1
+12V
GND
8
4
PWR2
13
Pin #
Definition
Pin #
Definition
1
GND
5
+12V
2
GND
6
+12V
3
GND
7
+12V
4
GND
8
+12V
We recommend you using an 8-pin ATX 12V power supply. If
you are using a 4-pin power supply, you need to align the ATX
power connector according to the picture on the right.
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power plug
Fan Connectors : CPU_FAN, SYS_FAN, NB_FAN
There are three 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.
1
GND
POWER
SENSE
CONTROL
CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN/NB_FAN
COM Connector : COM1
This motherboard supports one serial RS232 COM port
for legacy compatibility. User must purchase another
RS232 cable with a 9-pin D-sub connector at one end
to connect with the external RS232 device and another
end with 10-pin female connector to connect with COM1
connector in the motherboard.
1
2
RLSD
SIN
SOUT
DTR
GND
DSR
RTS
CTS
EMPTY
RI
9 10
COM1
Speaker Connector : SPEAKER
The speaker connector is used to connect speaker of
the chassis.
SPKJ
EMPTY
NC
SPKJ
1
2
3
4
SPEAKER
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TPM Connector : TPM
The TPM (Trusted Platform Module) provides the ability to the
PC to run applications more secure and to make transactions
and communication more trustworthy. To utilize this function,
you should purchase additional device and install it.
This motherboard includes one connector for connecting the
front panel switch and LED Indicators.
GND
LFRAMEn
EMPTY
LRESETn
LAD3
NC_3
LAD2
VDD
LAD1
LAD0
NC_1
NC_2
GND
GND
NC_4
SERIRQ
CLKRUNin
LPCPDn
NC_5
19 20
TPM
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.
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.
HDD-LED
+
1
2
-
RESET-SW
+
PWR-LED
PWR-SW
EMPTY
NC
9 10
FP1
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.
Serial ATA Connectors : SATA1_2, SATA3_4, SATA5
The Serial ATA connector is used to connect with SATA Hard
Disk or CD devices which support this feature. For A88GM, Serial
ATA II interface allows up to 300MB/s data transfer rate.
For A88GM Deluxe, Serial ATA III interface allows up to 600MB/s
data transfer rate. Serial ATA III is backward compatible with
Serial ATA II.
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1
GND
TX+
TXGND
RXRX+
GND
SATA1_2/SATA3_4/SATA5
2
Front Panel Connector : FP1
1 2
LCLK
Audio Connector : CD_IN
CD_IN is a Sony standard audio connector, it can be
connected to a CD/DVD-ROM drive through a CD/DVD
audio cable.
CD_L GND CD_R
1
2
CD_IN
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
9 10
AUD_GND
PRESENCE_J
SENSE1_RETURN
EMPTY
SENSE2_RETURN
F_AUDIO
S/PDIF Connector : SPDIF_OUT
The connector is used for S/PDIF output.
1
2
+5V
EMPTY
SPDIF_OUT
GND
3
4
SPDIF_OUT
USB Connectors : F_USB 1/2/3
In addition to the six USB ports on the rear panel,
this product also provides three 10-pin USB headers
on its motherboard. By connecting through USB
cables with them, user can quickly expand another
eight USB ports on the front panel.
1
2
VCC
DD+
GND
EMPTY
VCC
DD+
GND
NC
9 10
F_USB 1/2/3
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.
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INTRUDERJ
1
GND
INTR
2-5 Jumpers
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.
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
1
Clear CMOS Jumper: CLR_CMOS1
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)
NING
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1
2
3
CLR_CMOS1
■ Disconnect the power cable before adjusting the jumper settings.
■ Do not clear the CMOS while the system is turned on.
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Description of Jumpers
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 :
■
Enter BIOS Setup
■
Main Menu
■
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 Changes and Exit
■
Discard Changes and Exit
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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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 submenu.
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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
F1:General Help +/-/:Value
F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
Configure Time and Date. Display System Information...
v02.61 (c) Copyright 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
Each item in the main menu is explained below:
► System Information
It displays the basic system configuration, such as BIOS ID, CPU Name, memory size and
system date/time. 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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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.
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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.
► Discard Changes and Exit
Do not change anything and exit the setup.
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System Information
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
[Sat , 03
11/03/2010] Help Item
[11 : 59 : 49]
[Not Detected]
Use [Enter], [TAB]
[Not Detected]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
[Not Detected]
select a field.
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
Use [+] or [-] to
[Not Detected]
configure the system Date.
Halt On
[All Errors, But ...]
Keyboard
[Disabled]
Mouse
[Disabled]
Model Name
:A88GM
BIOS ID
:9C3F1D11
BIOS Version
:08.00.15
Memory Size
:512MB
MAC Address
:00-01-6C-69-19-8C
CPU Name : AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 255 Processor
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► 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.
► 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.
► SATA Port1/2/3/4/5, e-SATA Port
When OnChip SATA Type is set to [Native IDE], while entering setup, BIOS automatically
detects the presence of SATA devices.
SATA1 is the lower SATA port of SATA1_SATA2 of the motherboard.
SATA2 is the upper SATA port of SATA1_SATA2.
SATA3 is the lower SATA port of SATA3_SATA4.
SATA4 is the upper SATA port of SATA3_SATA4.
SATA5 is the upper SATA port of SATA5.
e-SATA is in the back panel.
► Halt On
This category determines whether or not the computer will stop if an error is detected during
powering up.
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Date (mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)
► SATA Port 1
► SATA Port 2
► SATA Port 3
► SATA Port 4
► SATA Port 5
► eSATA Port
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[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 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 / BIOS Version
It displays the current BIOS ID/version. User can check this information and discuss with
the field service people if a BIOS upgrade is needed.
► Memory Size
This item displays the current memory size. The size is depending on how many memory modules were installed in your system before powering on.
► MAC Address
This item shows the onboard LAN MAC address.
► CPU Name
It displays the current CPU name.
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Advanced BIOS Features
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Advanced BIOS Features
MPS Revision
PCI Latency Timer
Quiet Boot
Quick Boot
Bootup Num-Lock [1.4]
Help Item
1.4
[64]
[Enabled]
Select MPS Revision
[Enabled]
[On]
3
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► 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.
► PCI Latency Timer
This item is used to set the PCI latency timer. The value is in unit of PCI cycle for PCI device
latency timer register. Setting values are 32, 64, 96, 128, 160, 192, 224, 248.
This feature controls how long each PCI device can hold the bus before another takes over.
The larger the value, the longer the PCI device can retain control of the bus. Low values for
the PCI Latency Timer will reduce the effective PCI bandwidth while higher values means
every PCI device will have to wait longer before they can get access to the bus, but when they
do get access, they can conduct their transactions for a longer time. Normally, a default value
of 64 cycles is set. Some PCI devices may not agree with longer latency times so if you start
facing problems like stuttering sound or a less responsive system, reduce the latency. Higher
values will actually reduce performance as too much time may be allocated to each PCI device
to the disadvantage of other devices on the bus.
► 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.
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► Quick Boot
While Enabled, this option allows BIOS to skip certain tests while booting, this will shorten the
time needed to boot the system.
► 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.
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Fox Central Control Unit
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Fox Central Control Unit
Super BIOS Protect
Auto Detect PCI Clock
► Smart BIOS
► Fox Intelligent Stepping
► Voltage Options
► CPU Configuration
[Disabled]
Help Item
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Options
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
Disabled
[Press Enter]
Enabled
3
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Super BIOS Protect
To protect the system BIOS from virus attack, there is a BIOS write-protection mechanism
provided. Super BIOS Protect function protects your BIOS from being affected by viruses, e.g.
CIH.
► Auto Detect PCI Clock
This option is used to auto detect PCI slot. When enabled, the system will turn off clock of the
empty PCI slot to reduce EMI (Electromagnetic Interference).
► Smart BIOS / Fox Intelligent Stepping / Voltage Options / CPU Configuration
Press <Enter> to go to the submenu.
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Smart BIOS
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Smart BIOS
3
[Enabled]
Smart Power LED
[Enabled]
Help Item
Smart Boot Menu
[Enabled]
Options
Disabled
Enabled
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Smart Power LED
Smart Power LED is a feature built on your motherboard to indicate different states during
Power On Self 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.
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.
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Fox Intelligent Stepping
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Fox Intelligent Stepping
CPU Clock
Current CPU Speed
[200]
200
:3100MHz
CPU Multiplier Adjust
Current FSB Multiplier
:15.5x
CPU-NB HT Link Speed
Current FSB/HTT Speed
[Auto]
[Auto]
:2000MHz
CPU-NB Multiplier Adjust
[Auto]
Current CPU-NB Speed
:2000MHz
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Help Item
Memory Speed Mode
[Auto]
Current DRAM Speed
: N/A , 800MHz
GFX Engine Clock Override
[Disabled]
PCI Express Clock [100]
Spread Spectrum
[Disabled]
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► CPU Clock
This option is used to adjust the CPU clock.
► Current CPU Speed
This item displays the current CPU speed.
► CPU Multiplier Adjust
This option is used to adjust the CPU Clock Ratio. Multiply CPU clock with this ratio, you can
get the CPU speed. Increase this ratio may overclock your CPU. This option will be valid if
your CPU ratio is unlocked and will be displayed only if your CPU is supporting this feature.
► Current FSB Multiplier
This item displays the current CPU Ratio.
► CPU-NB HT Link Speed
HT stands for HyperTransport bus. The CPU<->NB HT Speed option controls the physical
speed of the CPU to Northbridge HT link using multipliers ranging 1x to 13x. The physical
speed of the link is determined by multiplying the CPU FSB with the CPU<->NB HT Speed
setting.
► Current FSB/HTT Speed
This item displays the current Front Side Bus speed.
► CPU-NB Multiplier Adjust
This option is used to adjust the CPU-NB Clock Ratio.
► Current CPU-NB Speed
This item displays the current CPU-NB speed.
► Memory Speed Mode
This item is used to enable/disable provision of DRAM timing by SPD device. The Serial
Presence Detect (SPD) device is a small EEPROM chip, mounted on a memory
module. It contains important information about the module's speed, size, addressing mode
and various other parameters, so that the motherboard memory controller (chipset) can better
access the memory device.
Select [Auto] for SPD enable mode.
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Select [Limit], the DRAM speed will not exceed the specified value listed in the "Memory
Speed Adjust" item. If SPD value is faster than "Memory Speed Adjust" value, it will run at the
specified "Memory Speed Adjust" speed. Otherwise, SPD value is selected.
Select [Manual], then DRAM speed is manually selected according to the set value of
"Memory Speed Adjust".
► Memory Speed Adjust
This item will appear only when the "Memory Speed Mode" is set to [Limit] or [Manual].
The available settings are: [800MHz], [1067MHz], [1333MHz], [1600MHz], [Auto].
► Current DRAM Speed
This item displays the current DRAM speed.
► GFX Engine Clock Override
This item allows you to enable/disable GFX Engine Clock Override support.
► PCI Express Clock
This option is used to adjust the speed of PCI Express slot. It may enhance the graphics card
speed.
► Spread Spectrum
If you enabled this function, it can significantly reduce the EMI (Electromagnetic Interference)
generated by the system, so to comply with FCC regulation. But if overclocking is activated,
you had better disable it.
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Voltage Options
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Voltage Options
Memory Voltage Control
Current DRAM Voltage
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
:1.608V
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
Options
Disabled
+25mV
+50mV
+75mV
+100mV
+125mV
+150mV
+175mV
+200mV
+225mV
+250mV
+275mV
+300mV
+325mV
+350mV
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Memory Voltage Control
This option is used to change the DRAM voltage in a step of 25mV. The voltage can be incremented from +25mV to +375mV.
► CPU Voltage Control
This option is used to change the CPU voltage in a step of 50mV. The voltage can be incremented from +25mV to +375mV.
► HT Voltage Control
This option is used to change the HT voltage in a step of 30mV. The voltage can be incremented from +25mV to +375mV.
► NB Voltage Control
This item is used to adjust North Bridge(NB) voltage. Adjusting the voltage beyond the NB default voltage could result in damage to NB. The default option is “Disabled”.
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CPU Voltage Control [Disabled]
Current CPU Voltage
:1.356V
HT Voltage Control [Disabled]
Current HT Voltage
:1.224V NB Voltage Control
[Disabled] Help Item
CPU Configuration
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CPU Configuration
CPU Configuration Help Item
Module Version : 14.16
AGESA Version : 6.1.5.0 Enable/disable the
Physical Count : 1 generation of ACPI
Logical Count : 2
_PPC, _PSS, and _PCT
objects.
AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 255 Processor
Revision: C2
Cache L1 : 256KB
Cache L2 : 2048KB Cache L3 : N/A
Cool ‘N’ Quiet
[Enabled]
C1E Support [Enabled]
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
This menu shows most of the CPU specifications.
► Cool ‘N‘ Quiet (Appear 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.
► C1E Support
C1E represents Enhanced HALT State. It is a feature which CPU uses to reduce power
consumption when in halt state. C1E drops the CPU’s multiplier and voltage to lower levels
when a HLT (halt) command is issued. This item is used to enable/disable the C1E support.
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Advanced Chipset Features
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Advanced Chipset Features
↑↓←→: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 values configured at the settings of "DRAM Timing Mode".
► CAS Latency
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
This item displays a delay time (in clock cycles) between the CAS and RAS strobe signals.
► Row Precharge Time
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
Displays the number of clock cycles taken between a bank active command and issuing of the
precharge command.
► RAS / RAS Delay
This item displays a delay time (in clock cycles) between the RAS and RAS strobe signals.
► Row Cycle
This item shows the minimum timing interval between successive active commands to the
same bank. The row cycle time is in unit of clock cycle.
► Internal Graphics Mode
It allows you to determine whether to allocate memory for the integrated graphics controller
from the system memory or SidePort memory. Options: [Disabled], [UMA].
[Disabled]- Disables the integrated graphics controller.
[UMA]-In UMA mode, the only memory to which the integrated graphics has access is a
dynamically allocated partition of system memory. The size of the parition is selectable from
within the BIOS.
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Northbridge Chipset Configuration
Help Item
► Memory Configuration [Press Enter]
► DRAM Timing Configuration [Press Enter] CAS Latency
:N/A, 6 CLK RAS/CAS Delay :N/A, 6 CLK
Row Precharge Time
:N/A, 6 CLK
Min Active RAS :N/A, 15 CLK
RAS/RAS Delay :N/A, 4 CLK
Row Cycle
:N/A, 21 CLK
Internal Graphics Configuration
Internal Graphics Mode [UMA]
UMA Frame Buffer Size [Auto]
Primary Video Controller [PCI-GFX0-IGFX]
Surround View [Auto]
AMD 880 HD Audio [Enabled]
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► UMA 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.
► Primary Video Controller
This item allows you to select the priority of boot sequence from different display devices. Setting values are: [GFX0-IGFX-PCI], [PCI-GFX0-IGFX], [IGFX-GFX0-PCI]. (GFX0-PCI Express
x16 graphics card; IGFX-onboard VGA; PCI-PCI graphics card.)
► Surround View
SurroundView is the ATI technology that provides multi-graphics controller display capability
for both the ATI PCIe-based graphics card and the ATI integrated graphics processor (IGP).
Enabling SurroundView does not impact display modes (resolution and color depth) or performance. The display mode of each output is controlled independently by the graphics controller
connected to it.
1. When using a non-ATI PCI Express (PCIe) graphics card, SurroundView is not supported.
The integrated graphics processor (IGP) is automatically disabled, and the system memory
allocated to the IGP is freed for other use.
2. When installing an ATI PCIe graphics card, SurroundView is disabled by default. Enabling
SurroundView in the BIOS enables the integrated UMA graphics controller, which in turn
makes available up to two additional graphics outputs. When enabling the integrated UMA
graphics controller, system memory will be reallocated.
► AMD 880 HD Audio
This item is used to set whether the HD Audio controller is enabled through the HDMI port on
the rear panel.
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Memory Configuration
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Memory Configuration
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► 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
(64-bit DRAM data width) DRAM modes :
Ganged channels (DDR2) :
■ DCT channels A and B can be ganged as a single logical 128-bit DIMM.
■ Offers highest DDR2 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.
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Memory Configuration
Help Item
[Always]
DCT Unganged Mode
This allows selection of
unganged DRAM mode
(64-bit width).
Auto= Ganged mode
Always=Unganged mode
DRAM Timing Configuration
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DRAM Timing Configuration
Help Item
Options
Auto
DCT 0
DCT 1
Both
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DRAM Timing Configuration [Auto]
DRAM Timing Mode
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► 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], [DCT 0], [DCT 1], [Both].
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Integrated Peripherals
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Integrated Peripherals
► IDE Configuration
► USB Configuration
► SuperIO Configuration
► Trusted Computing
OnBoard LAN
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
HD Audio Controller
Enter]
Help Item
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
Configure the IDE
[Press Enter]
device(s).
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
3
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► IDE Configuration / USB Configuration / SuperIO Configuration / Trusted Computing
Press <Enter> to go to relative submenu.
► OnBoard LAN
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.
► HD Audio Controller
This item is used to enable or disable the HD Audio Controller.
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IDE Configuration
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IDE Configuration
IDE Configuration
Help Item
3
[Enabled]
Disabled
OnChip SATA Channel OnChip SATA Type [Native IDE] I Enabled
OnChip IDE Type [Legacy IDE]
SATA IDE Combined Mode [Enabled]
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► OnChip SATA Channel
[Disabled] : Disable SATA ports 1,2,3,4.
[Enabled] : Enable SATA ports 1,2,3,4.
► OnChip SATA Type
This item is used to set the operating mode of your SATA ports.
Options : [Native IDE]; [RAID]; [AHCI]; [Legacy IDE].
[Native IDE] - This configures the SATA ports to support native IDE mode.
[RAID] - When you enable RAID, it means all your SATA drives must also support AHCI.
[AHCI] - The Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) specification describes the register
level interface for a Host Controller for Serial ATA. The specification includes a description of
the hardware/software interface between system software and the host controller hardware.
AHCI provides more advanced features including SATA features, but some SATA drives may
not support AHCI, unless they are labeled with AHCI support in its specification.
If your motherboard supporting AHCI, and you have a SATA device, which also supports AHCI,
then you can select IDE option to have fair performance (only PATA, SATA level), or you can
select AHCI to get its best performance.
[Legacy IDE] - This configures the SATA ports to support legacy IDE mode which is running
for old Windows system.
► OnChip IDE Type
This item is used to set the operating mode of your IDE ports.
Options : [Native IDE]; [Legacy IDE].
► SATA IDE Combined Mode
[Disabled] : Disable SATA 5 and ESATA.
[Enabled] : SATA 5 and ESATA are used to simulate two additional IDE ports.
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USB Configuration
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2008, American Megatrends, Inc.
USB Configuration
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► 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 Keyboard Legacy Support
This item is used to enable Legacy Support for USB Keyboard.
► USB Mouse Legacy Support
This item is used to enable Legacy Support for USB Mouse.
► USB 2.0 Controller Mode
This item is used to set the transmission rate mode of USB 2.0. The available settings are :
[High Speed] in 480Mbps; [Full Speed] in 12Mbps.
►BIOS EHCI Hand-Off
This is a workround for OSes without EHCI hand-off support.The EHCI ownership change should claim by EHCI driver.
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USB Configuration Help Item
Module Version - 2.24.5-13.4 Enable support for
legacy USB.
Auto option disables
USB Devices Enabled : None
legacy support if
no USB devices are
Legacy USB Support
[Enabled]
connected.
[Enabled]
USB Keyboard Legacy Support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
USB Mouse Legacy Support
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
[High Speed]
BIOS EHCI Hand-Off
[Enabled]
SuperIO Configuration
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
SuperIO Configuration
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SuperIO Configuration Help Item
[3F8/IRQ4]
Allows BIOS to select
Serial Port1 Address serial port1 base
address.
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Serial Port1 Address
This item is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for the onboard serial
port1.
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Trusted Computing
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
Trusted Computing
Trusted Computing Help Item
Enable/ Disable TPM
TCG/TPM SUPPORT[No]
TCG(TPM 1.1/1.2)
support in BIOS.
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↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► TCG/TPM SUPPORT
Trusted Computing Group (TCG) members develop and promote open, vendor-neutral,
industry standard specifications for trusted computing building blocks and software interfaces
across multiple platforms.
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is a specification promoted by TCG. A Trusted Platform Module offers facilities for secure generation of cryptographic keys.
The TPM Work Group is chartered to create the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) specification. The definition of the TPM architecture comes from the TC and the TPM Work Group
defines the implementation of that architecture. Work group members should have a working
knowledge of security in relation to the design and usage of cryptographic modules. Members
should also have a working knowledge of cryptographic techniques including public-key cryptography, cryptographic algorithms and protocols.
This item is used to enable/disable the function of TCG/TPM support.
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Power Management Setup
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
Power Management Setup
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ACPI Suspend Type
Help Item
[S3(STR)]
Energy-using Products
[Enabled]
Resume by LAN
[Disabled]
Select the ACPI
Resume by PCI Card
[Disabled]
state used for
Resume by PCIE Card
[Disabled]
System Suspend.
Resume by USB Devices
[Disabled]
Resume by PS2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Resume by RTS
[Disabled]
↑↓←→: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.
► ACPI Suspend Type
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-
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computer before it entering STR will be saved in memory, and the computer can quickly return
to previous state when the STR function wakes.
► Energy-using Products
This item is used to enable/disable the EuP(Energy-using Products) feature. When enable, the
suspend power of the chipset will be cut off in S5 suspend mode in order to reduce the power
consumption of motherboard.
Enabled: S1/S3/S4 is normal, S5 wake up only by pressing the power button.
Disabled: Normal ACPI function.
► Resume by LAN
This item is used to enable/disable LAN to generate a wake up.
► 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 RTC
This item is used to enable/disable RTC alarm event to generate a wake up.
RTC is system real time clock.
PC Health Status
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
PC Health Status
Warning Temperature
Shut Down Temperature Case Open Warning CPU Temperature
System Temperature
NB Temperature
CPU Fan Speed
System Fan Speed
NB Fan Speed
CPU Voltage
DRAM Voltage
HT Voltage
+5.0V
+12V
CPU Smart Fan Function
Off PWM Temperature
Start PWM Temperature
Start PWM Value
Slope PWM Value
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
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[Disabled]
Help Item
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Options
[Disabled]
:40 oC/104 oF
Disabled
:19 oC/66 oF
:44 oC/111 oF 50 oC/122 oF
:2149 RPM
55 oC/131 oF
:N/A 60 oC/140 oF
:N/A 65 oC/149 oF
:1.356 V 70 oC/158 oF
:1.608V 75 oC/167 oF
:1.224V 80 oC/176 oF
:4.940 V 85 oC/185 oF
:11.868V 90 oC/194 oF
[Enabled]
[000]
[035]
[064]
[2 PWM]
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
► Warning Temperature
This option is used to set the warning temperature for the system. When the temperature of
CPU is higher than the set value, the motherboard will send out warning information.
► 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.
► Case Open Warning
This item is used to enable or disable case open warning function.
► CPU/System/NB Temperature
The CPU/System/NorthBridge temperature are automatically detected and displayed by the
system.
► CPU Fan/System Fan/NB Fan Speed
The CPU fan/System fan/NB fan speed are automatically detected and displayed by the
system.
► CPU Voltage / DRAM Voltage / HT Voltage / +5.0V / +12V
The current voltages are automatically detected and displayed by the system.
► CPU Smart Fan Function / System Smart Fan Function / NB Smart Fan Function
These options are used to enable or disable smart fan function.
Set “CPU Smart Fan Function”/“System Smart Fan Function”/ “NB Smart Fan Function” to
[Enabled], the following items will appear:
► Off PWM Temperature
This item is used to set a off limit of temperature. The fan will stop when the temperature is lower than the off limit. You can input a value from 0 to 127, or change it by pressing <+>/<-> key.
► Start PWM Temperature
This item is used to set a start limit of temperature. The fan will start to spin when the temperature exceeds the start limit. The default value is [035].
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► Start PWM Value
It allows you to set an initial PWM value to drive the fan when the temperature reaches “Start PWM Temperature” value.
► Slope PWM Value
It is used to set a slope value in PWM/Temperature diagram. The PWM value is subject to the temperature input value by linear changing.
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BIOS Security Features
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
BIOS Security Features
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Scurity Settings
Help Item
Supervisor Password
: Not Installed Enter or change the
User Password
: Not Installed password.
Enter]
Change Supervisor Password [Press Enter]
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
► Change Supervisor Password
This item is used to install or change supervisor password.
After you input Supervisor password, it then will ask you to input
user password optionally.
F1:General Help
Enter New Password :
Load Optimal Defaults
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.
Save Changes and Exit
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]
Discard Changes and Exit
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]
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:
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Utility CD content
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Install driver and utility
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FOX ONE
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FOX LiveUpdate
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FOX LOGO
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FOX DMI
■
Browser Configuration Utility
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 Utility CD. You can simply put it into your CD/DVD-ROM drive,
and the main menu will be displayed on your PC screen to guide you how to install.
1. Install Driver
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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. AMD Chipset Driver
B. Realtek HDA Audio Driver
C. Realtek 811X LAN Driver
D. AMD VGA Driver
E. AMD RAID Driver*1
F. ATI HDMI Audio Driver
2. Software Utilities
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*2
F. Adobe Acrobat Reader
G. Norton Internet Security
H. Browser Configuration Utility
*1 : This item will be displayed only when "OnChip SATA Type" is set to [RAID].
*2 : The item will appear in Windows XP operation system, but it will not show in Windows Vista
and Windows 7 operation system.
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Install driver and utility
1. Install Driver
You must click "AMD 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.
Manual Installation
Step by Step
Exit the program
Drop to System
Tray
Click to visit
Foxconn's
website
Select to Install Select to
Utilities
Install Drivers
2. Install Utility
You can select the specific utility to install.
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Browse CD
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Automatic Installation
by One Click.
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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With FOX ONE, you can :
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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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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.
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 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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.
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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, reboot,
then BIOS control will be back again.
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1. Main Page
Show CPU
Information
Toolbar
Alert Lamp
Switch Button
Skin Button
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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Exit
Skin Button
There are more choices of FOX ONE screen panels. Click this button, you can select
your favorite skin (FOX ONE Panel).
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Click the new skin
picture to select
the new skin
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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Configuration
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.
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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.
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.
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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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 highest CPU clock for you, click <Yes> to apply it.
You can see the system is
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raising CPU clock until the
system hangs.
Push RESET button on the
front panel of your system to
restart the computer.
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 215MHz.
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FOX Intelligent Stepping (F.I.S., Optional)
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.
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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
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Enable alert function
when the CPU
temperature is higher
than high limit 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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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
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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Show current low limit
rpm value of CPU fan
4.5 Limit Setting - NB Fan
This page lets you to set NB fan low limit rpm and enable the alert function.
Show current NB
fan rpm value
Enable alert function
when the NB fan runs
slower than low limit
rpm value
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Show current low limit
rpm value of NB fan
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
Apply the changes
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Set fan speed by
dragging the lever
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 :
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Windows 2000
■
Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows 7 (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
Key in a BIOS name
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Click here
which it is stored, prevented that you may need them to recover your BIOS later.
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
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Current information
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
Close the window
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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
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Current information
Search all new BIOS/
drivers/utilities from
Internet
Browse detailed
BIOS information
Browse detailed
driver information
Browse detailed
utility information
Close the window
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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
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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Set auto search
the latest
FOX LiveUpdate
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.
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Prompt you to
install the new
FOX LiveUpdate
3-2 Configure - System
This page lets you set the backup BIOS location.
Click here
Set the location of
download files or
auto backup BIOS
Reset to default value
Determine if the FOX LiveUpdate can
auto run when the system starts up
Apply the changes
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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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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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Select to clear CMOS
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).
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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
"Quiet Boot" setting in "Advanced BIOS Features" menu.
Supporting Operating Systems :
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Windows 2000
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Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Using FOX LOGO:
Main Page
Main screen
Exit
Backup
Minimize
Change
Website
About
Delete
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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 :
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Windows 2000
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Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Using FOX DMI:
Please operate this utility as the comments shows.
Click here to select
the node you want
to view.
Click here to select
the DMI Data format
you need
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Browser Configuration Utility
Browser Configuration Utility is a browser search engine of Yahoo. We provide it to you for
various choice.
Supporting Operating Systems :
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Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Using Browser Configuration Utility:
1. After installation, it will appear in the search menu of browser. You can use it directly.
2. If you have installed another search engine, the Browser Configuration Utility will send out a dialog to ask “Do you want to change your browser search engine to Yahoo?” If you want to use Yahoo engine as the default. Select “Yes” and click “OK”.
Then you will see a “END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT”. Read it and select “I agree” to change your default search engine.
3. Browser Configuration Utility supports online games. Double click the game icon on your
desktop to enjoy it.
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This chapter will cover two topics :
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■
Creating a Bootable Array - Installing a new Windows XP
(or Vista,7) in a brand new RAID system.
Creating a Non-Bootable Array - Existing Windows XP
(or Vista,7) system with new RAID built as data storage.
It includes the following information :
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RAID Configuration Introduction
Option ROM Utility
Create a RAID Driver Diskette
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.
A88GM does not support RAID 5, only supports RAID 0, 1, 10, RAID Ready and JBOD.
A88GM Deluxe supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, RAID Ready and JBOD.
Creating a Bootable Array - Installing a new Windows XP (or Vista,7)
in a brand new RAID system.
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1. Follow 5-1 to create a RAID driver diskette.
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. A RAID driver diskette.
5. A motherboard driver CD. (To create RAID driver diskette if it is not bundled.)
6. Windows XP, Vista or 7 Install CD.
Creating a Non-Bootable Array - Existing Windows XP (or Vista,7)
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 AMD 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.
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.
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RAID Ready
A "RAID Ready" system is a specific system configuration that, with the addition of
a second Serial ATA hard drive, can be seamlessly migrated to a configuration that
provides either improved storage performance or data protection from a single hard
drive failure.
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 10 (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.
Span (JBOD)
JBOD stands for “Just a Bunch of Disks”. Each drive is accessed as if it were 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
Smallest*(N-1)
Read faster
Write slower
Good
Limited budget
RAID10
>=4 (Even number)
Smallest*2
High
Excellent
Unlimited budget
Span
>=1
All
none
Dangerous
Big disk space
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Option ROM Utility
The Option ROM Utility supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5 and RAID10 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 through how
to configure your RAID system. Assume four hard disks are connected to the
motherboard :
Lower SATA port of SATA1_SATA2 - HDS728090PLA380, 82.34GB
Upper SATA port of SATA1_SATA2 - WDC WD1200JD-98HBB0, 120.03GB
Lower SATA port of SATA3_SATA4 - Hitachi HDT725025VLA3, 250.05GB
Upper SATA port of SATA3_SATA4 - ST3320620AS, 320.07GB
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The relationships between port numbers in the Option ROM Utility and SATA ports on
the motherboard are shown below. They are :
Port 1 is the lower SATA port of SATA1_SATA2 of the motherboard.
Port 2 is the upper SATA port of SATA1_SATA2.
Port 3 is the lower SATA port of SATA3_SATA4.
Port 4 is the upper SATA port of SATA3_SATA4.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ View Drive Assignments ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34
Extent 1
82.28 Free
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
120.03
Extent 1
119.96 Free
3 :MasHitachi HDT725025VLA3 SATA 3G
250.05
Extent 1
249.99 Free
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07
Extent 1
320.00 Free
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
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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 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.
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.
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Shut down your computer.
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Install SATA hard disks into the drive bays, connect all power and SATA cables.
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Before installing the SATA hard disks, make sure to turn off the computer
and unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the
hardware.
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5-1 Create a 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 DVD-ROM drive.
3. Click "GO" to start.
4. Select the desired destination FDD drive.
It can be the default drive A: or any USB
FDD. Click "OK" to continue.
5. Insert a diskette, click "OK" to continue.
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2. Depending on which platform your system
is, normally, it is a 32-bit XP system. Use
Windows explorer, and go to CD:\Driver\
AMD\RAID\Floppy\WinXP\, click on
RaidTool icon to start the creation.
6. You can input a volume label for this diskette,
click on "Start" to format.
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7. Click on "OK" to go through this warning
message.
8. Format finished. Click "OK" to continue copying of
RAID driver into this diskette.
9. Check if the 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 “IDE
Configuration” 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.
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
IDE Configuration
IDE Configuration
Help Item
OnChip SATA Channel [Enabled] Options
OnChip SATA Type
I
[RAID]
OnChip IDE Type [Legacy IDE] Native IDE
SATA IDE Combined Mode [Disabled]
RAID
AHCI
Legacy IDE
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↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
5-3 Select a RAID Array for Use
When BIOS is restarted, it will display a message asking you to press [Ctrl-F] key to
enter the main menu of Option ROM Utility. Press [Ctrl-F], the Main Menu appears.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Main Menu ]
View Drive Assignments . . . . . . [ 1 ]
LD View / LD Define Menu . . . . [ 2 ]
Delete LD Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . [ 3 ]
Controller Configuration . . . . . . [ 4 ]
[ Keys Available ]
Press 1..4 to Select Option
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[ESC] Exit
Create RAID 0 (Striped)
Here, we will show you how to create two RAID 0 Logical Drives (LD) by using two
hard disks.
1. Select [2] from the main menu, " LD View Menu" appears.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
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< There is no any LD exist >
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
2. Press [Crtl-C], the screen appears as below, select RAID 0.
3. Use [↓] key to select the hard disks, press [Space] key to change its assignment
status to "Y". Press [Ctrl-Y] to save the setting. And a message prompts. You can
select any of the two options. Here we select the latter option as an example.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
LD 1
Stripe Block:
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
RAID 0
Drv
2
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities
Assignment
Please press Ctrl-Y
key to input theCapacity(GB)
LD name
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 Y
or press any key to exit.
2 :MasWDC IfWD1200JD-98HBB0
1.5G default120.03 Y
you do not input anySATA
LD name,the
3 :MasHitachi
250.05 N
LDHDT725025VLA3
name will be used.SATA 3G
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 N
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
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[Space] Change Option
4. Another message prompts.
Press [Ctrl-Y] to erase the RAID array.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
Stripe Block:
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
RAID Mode
Drv
RAID 0
2
Logical Drive 1
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Assignment
Fast InitializationCompatibilities
Option has beenCapacity(GB)
selected
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
It will erase the MBRSATA
data of3G
the disks. 82.34 Y
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
120.03
Y
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if SATA
you are1.5G
sure to erase
it>
3 :MasHitachi <Press
HDT725025VLA3
3G this option>
250.05 N
any other keySATA
to ignore
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 N
[ Keys Available ]
[Space] Change Option
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[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
5. Then the screen appears as below.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
Stripe Block:
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
RAID Mode
Logical Drive 1
RAID 0
Drv
2
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 Y
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
120.03 Y
3 :MasHitachi HDT725025VLA3 SATA 3G
250.05 N
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 N
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any
other key to use maximum capacity...
[↑] Up [↓] Down
Fast Initializing...
[PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
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[Space] Change Option
6. Press [Ctrl-Y]. Input 80GB to select the first logical drive (LD1) and press [Enter].
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
RAID
0 1
Logical
Drive
LD 1
Stripe Block:
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary: OFF
Drv
RAID 0
Capacity(GB)
2
164.56
Fast Init:
Cache Mode:
ON
WriteThru
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[ Drives Assignment ]
Channel :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 Y
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
120.03 Y
Enter HDT725025VLA3
array capacity (in GB)
here:3G
3 :MasHitachi
SATA
250.05 N
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 N
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Space] Change Option
[0-9] Input Capacity
[Enter] Save
[Backspace] Delete
[ESC] exit
7. The selection of LD1 array is completed.
As we want to introduce how to create two logical drives by using the same two
hard drives here, so we will press [Crtl-C] to define LD2.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
LD No
RAID Mode
LD
LD 1
1
RAID
RAID 0
0
Drv
Capacity(GB)
2
2
79.99
79.99
Status
Functional
Functional
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
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8. You can see in the previous example, about 40GB of Channel 1 and 2 hard disks were
allocated. Select the remaining spaces from them for RAID 0 again.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 2
RAID Mode
Logical Drive 1
RAID 0
Stripe Block:
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Drv
2
Fast Init:
Cache Mode:
ON
WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
42.34 Y
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
80.03 Y
3 :MasHitachi HDT725025VLA3 SATA 3G
250.05 N
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 N
9. Press [Ctrl-Y] to save the setting. And a message prompts. You kann select any of
the two options. Here we select the latter option as an example.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 2
Stripe Block:
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
RAID Mode
Drv
RAID 0
2
Logical Drive 2
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities
Assignment
Please press Ctrl-Y
key to input theCapacity(GB)
LD name
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 Y
or press any key to exit.
2 :MasWDC IfWD1200JD-98HBB0
1.5G default120.03 Y
you do not input anySATA
LD name,the
3 :MasHitachi
250.05 N
LDHDT725025VLA3
name will be used.SATA 3G
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 N
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
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[Space] Change Option
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[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Space] Change Option
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
10. Another message prompts.
Press [Ctrl-Y] to erase the RAID array.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 2
Stripe Block:
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
RAID Mode
Drv
RAID 0
2
Logical Drive 2
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Assignment
Fast InitializationCompatibilities
Option has beenCapacity(GB)
selected
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
It will erase the MBRSATA
data of3G
the disks. 82.34 Y
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
SATA
1.5G
120.03
Y
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if you are sure to erase it>
3 :MasHitachi <Press
HDT725025VLA3
3G this option>
250.05 N
any other keySATA
to ignore
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 N
[ Keys Available ]
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[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
11. The remaining disk spaces are assigned to LD2. The size is about 42GB*2 = 84GB.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
LD No
RAID Mode
LD
LD 1
1
LD 1
RAID
RAID 0
0
RAID 0
Drv
Capacity(GB)
2
2
2
79.99
79.99
83.99
Status
Functional
Functional
Functional
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
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Create RAID 1 (Mirror)
Here, we will show you how to create one Mirrored Logical Drives (LD) by using two
hard disks.
1. Select [2] from the main menu, and " LD View Menu" appears. Then press [Crtl-C],
the screen appears as below, select RAID 1.
2. Use [↓] key to select the hard disks, press [Space] key to change its assignment
status to "Y". Press [Ctrl-Y] to save the setting. And a message prompts. You can
select any of the two options. Here we select the latter option as an example.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
RAID Mode
Drv
RAID 1
2
Logical Drive 1
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
3. Another message prompts.
Press [Ctrl-Y] to erase the RAID array.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
RAID 1
Drv
2
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Assignment
Fast InitializationCompatibilities
Option has beenCapacity(GB)
selected
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
It will erase the MBRSATA
data of3G
the disks. 82.34 N
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
120.03
N
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if SATA
you are1.5G
sure to erase
it>
3 :MasHitachi <Press
HDT725025VLA3
3G this option>
250.05 Y
any other keySATA
to ignore
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
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[Space] Change Option
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[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities
Assignment
Please press Ctrl-Y
key to input theCapacity(GB)
LD name
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 N
or press any key to exit.
2 :MasWDC IfWD1200JD-98HBB0
SATA
1.5G
120.03
N
you do not input any LD name,the default
3 :MasHitachi
250.05 Y
LDHDT725025VLA3
name will be used.SATA 3G
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
4. The screen appears as below.
Press any key to use the maximum capacity.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
Drv
RAID 1
2
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 N
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
120.03 N
3 :MasHitachi HDT725025VLA3 SATA 3G
250.05 Y
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any
other key to use maximum capacity...
5
[↑] Up [↓] Down
Fast Initializing...
[PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Space] Change Option
5. The creation of RAID 1 is completed.
The final capacity of 249.99GB (250GB) is the smaller size of the two hard drives.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
LD No
RAID Mode
LD
LD 1
1
RAID
RAID 1
0
Drv
Capacity(GB)
2
2
249.99
249.99
Status
Functional
Functional
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
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Create RAID 5 (Parity)
A88GM does not support RAID 5. Only A88GM Deluxe supports this RAID Mode.
Here, we will show you how to create one Mirrored Logical Drives (LD) by using three
hard disks.
1. Select [2] from the main menu, and " LD View Menu" appears. Then press [Crtl-C],
the screen appears as below, select RAID 5.
2. Use [↓] key to select the hard disks, press [Space] key to change its assignment
status to "Y". Press [Ctrl-Y] to save the setting. And a message prompts. You can
select any of the two options. Here we select the latter option as an example.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
RAID Mode
Drv
RAID 5
3
Logical Drive 1
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
3. Another message prompts.
Press [Ctrl-Y] to erase the RAID array.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
RAID Mode
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
RAID 5
Drv
3
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Assignment
Fast InitializationCompatibilities
Option has beenCapacity(GB)
selected
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
It will erase the MBRSATA
data of3G
the disks. 82.34 N
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
120.03
Y
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if SATA
you are1.5G
sure to erase
it>
3 :MasHitachi <Press
HDT725025VLA3
3G this option>
250.05 Y
any other keySATA
to ignore
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
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[Space] Change Option
5
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities
Assignment
Please press Ctrl-Y
key to input theCapacity(GB)
LD name
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 N
or press any key to exit.
2 :MasWDC IfWD1200JD-98HBB0
1.5G default120.03 Y
you do not input anySATA
LD name,the
3 :MasHitachi
250.05 Y
LDHDT725025VLA3
name will be used.SATA 3G
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
4. The screen appears as below.
Press any key to use the maximum capacity.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
Drv
RAID 5
3
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 N
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
120.03 Y
3 :MasHitachi HDT725025VLA3 SATA 3G
250.05 Y
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any
other key to use maximum capacity...
5
[↑] Up [↓] Down
Fast Initializing...
[PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Space] Change Option
5. The creation of RAID 5 is completed.
The final capacity of 239.99GB (119.995GB*2) is twice capacities of the smallest
size of the three hard drives.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
LD No
RAID Mode
LD
LD 1
1
RAID
RAID 5
0
Drv
Capacity(GB)
3
2
239.99
249.99
Status
Functional
Functional
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
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Create RAID 10 (Striped Mirror)
Here, we will show you how to create one Striped Mirror Logical Drives (LD) by using
four hard disks.
1. Select [2] from the main menu, and " LD View Menu" appears. Then press [Crtl-C],
the screen appears as below, select RAID 10.
2. Use [↓] key to select the hard disks, press [Space] key to change its assignment
status to "Y". Press [Ctrl-Y] to save the setting. And a message prompts. You can
select any of the two options. Here we select the latter option as an example.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
RAID Mode
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
RAID 10
Drv
4
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
3. Another message prompts.
Press [Ctrl-Y] to erase the RAID array.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
RAID Mode
Drv
RAID 10
4
Logical Drive 1
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Assignment
Fast InitializationCompatibilities
Option has beenCapacity(GB)
selected
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
It will erase the MBRSATA
data of3G
the disks. 82.34 Y
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
120.03
Y
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if SATA
you are1.5G
sure to erase
it>
3 :MasHitachi <Press
HDT725025VLA3
3G this option>
250.05 Y
any other keySATA
to ignore
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
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[Space] Change Option
5
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities
Assignment
Please press Ctrl-Y
key to input theCapacity(GB)
LD name
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 Y
or press any key to exit.
2 :MasWDC IfWD1200JD-98HBB0
1.5G default120.03 Y
you do not input anySATA
LD name,the
3 :MasHitachi
250.05 Y
LDHDT725025VLA3
name will be used.SATA 3G
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
4. The screen appears as below.
Press any key to use the maximum capacity.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
Drv
RAID 10
4
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 N
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
120.03 N
3 :MasHitachi HDT725025VLA3 SATA 3G
250.05 Y
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
5
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any
other key to use maximum capacity...
[↑] Up [↓] Down
Fast Initializing...
[PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Space] Change Option
5. The creation of RAID 10 is completed.
The final capacity of 163.99GB (81.995GB*2) is twice capacities of the smallest size
of the four hard drives.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
LD No
RAID Mode
LD
LD 1
1
RAID
RAID 10
0
Drv
Capacity(GB)
42
163.99
249.99
Status
Functional
Functional
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
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Create RAID Ready
A "RAID Ready" system is a specific system configuration that, with the addition of
a second Serial ATA hard drive, can be seamlessly migrated to a configuration that
provides either improved storage performance or data protection from a single hard
drive failure.
1. Select [2] from the main menu, and " LD View Menu" appears. Then press [Crtl-C],
the screen appears as below, select RAID Ready.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
RAID Mode
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
Drv
RAID READY
1
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
2. Use [↓] key to select the hard disks, press [Space] key to change its assignment
status to "Y". Press [Ctrl-Y] to save the setting. And a message prompts. You can
select any of the two options. Here we select the latter option as an example.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
RAID Mode
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
Drv
RAID READY
1
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities
Assignment
Please press Ctrl-Y
key to input theCapacity(GB)
LD name
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 N
or press any key to exit.
2 :MasWDC IfWD1200JD-98HBB0
1.5G default120.03 N
you do not input anySATA
LD name,the
3 :MasHitachi
250.05 N
LDHDT725025VLA3
name will be used.SATA 3G
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
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[Space] Change Option
5
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 N
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
120.03 N
3 :MasHitachi HDT725025VLA3 SATA 3G
250.05 N
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
3. Another message prompts.
Press [Ctrl-Y] to erase the RAID array.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
Drv
RAID READY
1
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Assignment
Fast InitializationCompatibilities
Option has beenCapacity(GB)
selected
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
It will erase the MBRSATA
data of3G
the disks. 82.34 N
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
SATA
120.03
N
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if you
are1.5G
sure to erase
it>
3 :MasHitachi <Press
HDT725025VLA3
3G this option>
250.05 N
any other keySATA
to ignore
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
[ Keys Available ]
5
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
4. The creation of RAID Ready is completed.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
LD No
RAID Mode
LD
LD 1
1
RAID
RAID READY
0
Drv
2
Capacity(GB)
1
319.99
249.99
Status
Functional
Functional
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
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Create JBOD
Here, we will show you how to create a JBOD Logical Drives (LD) by using four hard
disks.
1. Select [2] from the main menu, and " LD View Menu" appears. Then press [Crtl-C],
the screen appears as below, select JBOD.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
JBOD
Drv
4
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities Capacity(GB)
Assignment
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 Y
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0 SATA 1.5G
120.03 Y
3 :MasHitachi HDT725025VLA3 SATA 3G
250.05 Y
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
5
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
2. Use [↓] key to select the hard disks, press [Space] key to change its assignment
status to "Y". Press [Ctrl-Y] to save the setting. And a message prompts. You can
select any of the two options. Here we select the latter option as an example.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
LD 1
RAID Mode
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
JBOD
Drv
4
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Compatibilities
Assignment
Please press Ctrl-Y
key to input theCapacity(GB)
LD name
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
SATA 3G
82.34 Y
or press any key to exit.
2 :MasWDC IfWD1200JD-98HBB0
1.5G default120.03 Y
you do not input anySATA
LD name,the
3 :MasHitachi
250.05 Y
LDHDT725025VLA3
name will be used.SATA 3G
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
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[Space] Change Option
3. Another message prompts.
Press [Ctrl-Y] to erase the RAID array.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No LD Name
RAID Mode
LD 1
Stripe Block:
NA
Gigabyte Boundary: ON
Logical Drive 1
Drv
JBOD
4
Fast Init:
ON
Cache Mode: WriteThru
[ Drives Assignment ]
Port :ID Drive Model
Assignment
Fast InitializationCompatibilities
Option has beenCapacity(GB)
selected
1 :MasHDS728090PLA380
It will erase the MBRSATA
data of3G
the disks. 82.34 Y
2 :MasWDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
SATA
120.03
Y
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if you
are1.5G
sure to erase
it>
3 :MasHitachi <Press
HDT725025VLA3
3G this option>
250.05 Y
any other keySATA
to ignore
4 :MasST3320620AS
SATA 1.5G
320.07 Y
[ Keys Available ]
5
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page
[Ctrl+Y] Save [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
4. The creation of JBOD is completed.
Total size is 82.34+120.03+250.05+320.07 = 772.49GB
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
LD No
RAID Mode
Drv
Capacity(GB)
LD
LD 1
1
RAID
RAID JBOD
0
24
772.51
249.99
Status
Functional
Functional
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
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5-4 Install a New Windows XP
Assume a Mirrored array (249.99GB) 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 “1st Boot Device” to “CD/DVD-ROM”, save changes and exit BIOS.
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
Boot Device Priority
Boot Device Priority
Item Help
[CD/DVD:SS-DVD-ROM] Specifies the boot
1st Boot Device
[CDROM]
2nd Boot Device
[HDD:SM-HDS728080PL] sequence from the
3rd Boot Device
[1st Floppy Drive] available devices.
A device enclosed in
parenthesis has been
disabled in the
corresponding type
menu.
5
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select
+/-/PU/PD:Value F10:Save
F9: Optimized Defaults
ESC:Exit F1:General Help
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 forget 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
5
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.
S=Specify Additional Device
ENTER=Continue
F3=Exit
6. It will ask you to insert the RAID driver diskette into you 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, for your 32-bit XP system, press [Enter] to select the first
driver - "AMD AHCI Compatible RAID Controller-x86 platform".
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.
AMD
AHCICompatible
CompatibleRAID
RAIDController-x86
Controller-x86platform
platform
ATI AHCI
AMD AHCI Compatible RAID Controller-x64 platform
5
ENTER=Select
F3=Exit
8.A confirmation message appears to double check if the driver is really what we
wanted, press <Enter> to continue.
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
AMD AHCI Compatible RAID Controller-x86 platform
* 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. 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 238410MB. You can
press [C] to create partitions as many as you wish, assign them C:, D: or E: logical
drive names.
(Note : 238410MB/1024 = 232.82GB)
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.
238410 MB Disk 0 at Id 1 on bus 0 on ahcix86 [MBR]
238410
MB
5
Unpartitioned space
ENTER=Install
C=Create Partition
F3=Quit
10.In this example, we will create a 30GB partition C: and leave the remainding space
as a partition E:. (D: is allocated by a DVD drive)
11. Press <Enter> to install Windows. The Windows XP install processes will ask you
to format your hard disk, then copy files...etc. Follow the installation steps until the
whole Windows is setup.
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.
238410 MB Disk 0 at Id 1 on bus 0 on ahcix86 [MBR]
C: Partition1 [New (Raw)]
E: Partition2 [New (Raw)]
Unpartitioned space
ENTER=Install
D=Delete Partition
29996 MB ( 29996 MB free)
208406 MB ( 208405 MB free)
8 MB
F3=Quit
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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 HDS728090PLAT20 (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 HDT725025VLA3, (250.05GB) connected to SATA port2 of the motherboard.
Seagate ST3320620AS, (320.07GB) connected to SATA port3.
■ A SATA DVD Drive :
A DVD drive connected to SATA port1.
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 different brand of hard disks as an example here, the purpose
is only for easy understanding.
1. Reboot your system, and go to "IDE Configuration" menu.
Enable the RAID function. Press [F10] to save the settings and reboot.
CMOS Setup Utility - Copyright (C) 1985-2006, American Megatrends, Inc.
IDE Configuration
IDE Configuration
Help Item
OnChip SATA Channel [Enabled] Options
OnChip SATA Type
I
[RAID]
OnChip IDE Type [Legacy IDE] Native IDE
SATA IDE Combined Mode [Disabled]
RAID
AHCI
Legacy IDE
↑↓←→:Move Enter:Select
+/-/:Value F10:Save
ESC:Exit
F9:Optimized Defaults
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F1:General Help
5
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 [Ctrl-F].
Press [Ctrl-F] to enter the Option ROM Utility and configure the mirrored RAID array
as described in the 5-3 section. Finally, you can reach this step as depicted.
Option ROM Utility (c) 2008 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
[ LD
View
Define
LDMenu
Menu] ]
LD No
RAID Mode
LD
LD 1
1
RAID
RAID 1
0
Drv
Capacity(GB)
2
2
249.99
249.99
Status
Functional
Functional
5
[ Keys Available ]
[↑] Up [↓] Down [PaUp/PaDn] Switch Page [Ctrl+C] Define LD
[Enter] View LD [Ctrl+V] View Single Disk [ESC] Exit
3. Exit Option ROM Utility and restart computer to go to Windows.
4. In Windows, click "Cancel" to skip any "Found New Hardware Wizard".
Use driver CD and click on "AMD RAID Driver" to install the AMD RAID driver. The
RAID driver will be installed only when you select "RAID" in "OnChip SATA Type"
setting. If you do not select RAID, then RAID driver will not be installed.
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5. After the AMD RAID driver is installed, it will ask you to click "Finish" to restart your
computer.
5
6. When Windows starts, a message is prompting you to reboot again.
Click "Yes" to restart your computer.
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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).
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The Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard appears. Click "Next" to continue.
The RAID array is named as Disk1 and its status is unknown and not initialized.
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 232.82 GB unallocated
partition. You must format the unallocated disk space before using it.
Right click "Unallocated space", select "New Partition…" and follow the Wizard
instructions.
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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.
18. Format completed, now you can start using your RAID array.
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