PC CHIPS P27G (V3.0B)
Motherboard User’s Guide
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Trademarks
IBM, VGA, and PS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business
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trademarks of Intel Corporation.
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It has been acknowledged that other brands or product names in this manual are
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Static Electricity Precautions
1. Don’t take this motherboard and components out of their original staticproof package until you are ready to install them.
2. While installing, please wear a grounded wrist strap if possible. If you
don’t have a wrist strap, discharge static electricity by touching the bare
metal of the system chassis.
3. Carefully hold this motherboard by its edges. Do not touch those
components unless it is absolutely necessary. Put this motherboard on
the top of static-protection package with component side facing up
while installing.
Pre-Installation Inspection
1. Inspect this motherboard whether there are any damages to components
and connectors on the board.
2. If you suspect this motherboard has been damaged, do not connect
power to the system. Contact your motherboard vendor about those
damages.
Copyright © 2006
All Rights Reserved
P27G Series, V3.0
June 2006
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Table of Contents
Trademark ............................................................................................................ i
Static Electricity Precautions ......................................................................................... i
Pre-Installation Inspection ............................................................................................. i
Chapter 1: Introduction ..................................................................................... 1
Key Features .................................................................................................................... 1
Package Contents ........................................................................................................... 4
Chapter 2: Motherboard Installation .............................................................. 5
Motherboard Components ............................................................................................ 6
I/O Ports .......................................................................................................................... 7
Installing the Processor ................................................................................................. 7
Installing Memory Modules .......................................................................................... 9
Jumper Settings ............................................................................................................ 1 2
Install the Motherboard ............................................................................................... 1 3
Connecting Optional Devices ..................................................................................... 1 4
Install Other Devices .................................................................................................... 1 6
Expansion Slots ............................................................................................................ 1 8
Chapter 3: BIOS Setup Utility ....................................................................... 19
Introduction .................................................................................................................. 1 9
Running the Setup Utility ................................................... …………………………...19
Standard CMOS Setup Page ....................................................................................... 2 0
Advanced Setup Page .................................................................................................. 2 1
Features Setup Page .................................................................................................... 2 3
Power Management Setup .......................................................................................... 2 4
PCI/Plug and Play Setup Page .................................................................................. 2 5
BIOS Security Features Setup Page ........................................................................... 2 6
CPU PnP Setup Page .................................................................................................. 2 7
Hardware Monitor Page .............................................................................................. 2 8
Load Optimal Defaults ................................................................................................ 2 8
Save Changes and Exit ................................................................................................ 2 9
Discard Changes and Exit ........................................................................................... 2 9
Chapter 4: Software & Applications .............................................................. 31
Introduction .................................................................................................................. 3 1
Installing Support Software ........................................................................................ 3 1
Bundled Software Installation .................................................................................... 3 3
AMI/AWARD Flash Utility ........................................................................................... 3 3
WinFlash Utility ............................................................................................................. 3 3
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Chapter 5: VIA VT8237 RAID Setup Guide .................................................. 35
VIA RAID Configuration ............................................................................................. 3 5
Installing RAID Software & Drivers ........................................................................... 4 3
Using VIA RAID Tool ................................................................................................... 4 5
Notice:
Owing to Microsoft’s certifying schedule is various to every supplier, we might
have some drivers not certified yet by Microsoft. Therefore, it might happen
under Windows XP that a dialogue box (shown as below) pop out warning you
this software has not passed Windows Logo testing to verify its compatibility
with Windows XP. Please rest assured that our RD department has already
tested and verified these drivers. Just click the “Continue Anyway” button and
go ahead the installation.
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 1 Introduction
This motherboard has an LGA775 socket for the latest Intel® Core™2 Duo/
Pentium D/Pentium 4/ Celeron D processors with Hyper-Threading Technology
and Front-Side Bus (FSB) speeds up to 1066/800/533 MHz. Hyper-Threading
Technology, designed to take advantage of the multitasking features in Windows
XP, gives you the power to do more things at once.
It integrates the VIA P4M800Pro Northbridge and VT8237R Plus Southbridge
that supports the Serial ATA interface for high-performance and mainstream
desktop PCs; the built-in USB 2.0 providing higher bandwidth, implementing
Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0 and is compliant with UHCI 1.1
and EHCI 1.0. It supports AC’ 97 Audio Codec and provides Ultra DMA 133/
100/66 function. It has one 8X AGP, one CNR and three 32-bit PCI slots. There
is a full set of I/O ports including two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard, one
serial port, one parallel port, one VGA port, one LAN port (optional), three
audio jacks for Line-in, Line-out and Microphone, four back-panel USB 2.0
ports and onboard USB headers providing extra ports by connecting the
Extended USB Module to the motherboard.
It is a Micro ATX motherboard and has power connectors for an ATX power
supply.
Key Features
The key features of this motherboard include:
LGA775 Socket
•
Supports the latest Intel® Core™2 Duo/Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron
D Series processors with Hyper-Threading Technology
•
Supports up to 1066/800/533 MHz Front-Side Bus
Hyper-Threading technology enables the operating system into thinking it’s
hooked up to two processors, allowing two threads to be run in parallel, both
on separate ‘logical’ processors within the same physical processor.
Chipset
There are VIA P4M800Pro Northbridge and VT8237R Plus in the chipsets in
accordance with an innovative and scalable architecture with proven reliability
and performance.
•
High Performance Northbridge with 1066/800/533 MHz FSB for Intel®
Core™2 Duo/Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron D processors
•
V-link 533 MB/s high bandwidth North/South Bridge interconnect
•
Integrated UniChrome Pro 3D/2D Graphics & Video Controller,
Microsoft DirectX 9.0 compatible, OpenGL supported
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•
Supports for AGP 8X/4X, AGP v3.0 compliant with 1.5V
Advanced 64-bit DDR2 533 SDRAM controller
Note: P4M800Pro chipset can only support mixed 1024/512/256/128/
64Mb x8/16 DDR2 SDRAMs.
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•
•
•
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Supports 16-bit 66 MHz V-Link Host interface with total bandwidth of
1066 MB/s
Compliant with PCI 2.2 specification at 33 MHz, supporting up to 6
PCI masters
Integrated Serial ATA Host Controllers, supporting data transfer rates up
to 1.5Gb/s
Integrated Dual channel UltraDMA 133/100/66 Master Mode EIDE
Controller
USB 2.0 Controller, supporting up to 8 USB 2.0 ports
Network Controller, supporting enterprise class 100/10 Mb Fast
Ethernet MAC
Integrated keyboard Controller with PS2 mouse support
Memory Support
•
Two 240-pin DIMM sockets for DDR2 SDRAM memory modules
•
Support DDR2 533 DDR2 SDRAM with Maximum memory size of 2
GB.
Expansion Slots
•
Three 32-bit PCI slots
•
One 8X AGP slot
•
One CNR slot
Onboard IDE channels
•
Supports PIO (Programmable Input/Output) and DMA (Direct Memory
Access) modes
•
Supports IDE Ultra DMA bus mastering with transfer rates of 133/100/
66 MB/sec
Serial ATA
•
Two Serial ATA Connectors
•
Transfer rate exceeding best ATA (~150 MB/s) with scalability to higher
rates
•
Low pin count for both host and devices
AC’97 Audio Codec
•
Compliant with AC’97 2.3 specifications
•
Meets performance requirements for audio on PC99/2001 systems
•
Meets Microsoft WHQL/WLP 2.0 audio requirements
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•
Support 48 KHz of S/PDIF output is compliant with AC’97 rev2.3
specification
HRTF 3D Positional Audio and 10 Bands of Software EQualizer
Onboard I/O Ports
•
Two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard
•
One serial port
•
One parallel port
•
One VGA port
•
One LAN port (optional)
•
Four back-panel USB2.0 ports
•
Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and line-out
Fast Ethernet LAN (optional)
•
Single Chip 100Base-TX / 10Base-T Physical Layer Solution
•
Dual Speed – 100/10 Mbps
•
Half and Full Duplex
•
MII Interface to Ethernet Controller
•
MII Interface to Configuration & Status
•
Auto Negotiation: 10 / 100, Full / Half Duplex
•
Meet All Applicable IEEE 802.3, 10Base-T and 100Base-Tx Standards.
•
On Chip Wave Shaping – No External Filters Required.
USB 2.0
•
Compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0
•
Compliant with Intel’s Enhanced Host Controller Interface Specification
Revision 1.0
•
Compliant with Universal Host Controller Interface Specification Revision
1.1
•
PCI multi-function device consists of two UHCI Host Controller cores for
full-/low-speed signaling and one EHCI Host Controller core for highspeed signaling
•
Root hub consists 4 downstream facing ports with integrated physical
layer transceivers shared by UHCI and EHCI Host Controller, up to eight
functional ports
•
Support PCI-Bus Power Management Interface Specification release 1.1
•
Legacy support for all downstream facing ports
BIOS Firmware
This motherboard uses AMI BIOS that enables users to configure many system
features including the following:
•
Power management
•
Wake-up alarms
•
CPU parameters and memory timing
•
CPU and memory timing
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The firmware can also be used to set parameters for different processor clock
speeds.
Dimensions
•
Micro ATX form factor of 244 x 220 mm
Note: Hardware specifications and software items are subject to change
without notification.
Package Contents
Your motherboard package ships with the following items:
‰ The motherboard
‰ The User’s Guide
‰ One diskette drive ribbon cable (optional)
‰ One IDE drive ribbon cable
‰ The Software support CD
Optional Accessories
You can purchase the following optional accessories for this motherboard.
‰ The Extended USB module
‰ The CNR v.90 56 K Fax/Modem card
‰ The Serial ATA cable
‰ The Serial ATA power cable
Note: You can purchase your own optional accessories from the third party,
but please contact your local vendor on any issues of the specification
and compatibility.
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Chapter 2 Motherboard Installation
To install this motherboard in a system, please follow these instructions in this
chapter:
‰ Identify the motherboard components
‰ Install a CPU
‰ Install one or more system memory modules
‰ Make sure all jumpers and switches are set correctly
‰ Install this motherboard in a system chassis (case)
‰ Connect any extension brackets or cables to headers/connectors on the
motherboard
‰ Install peripheral devices and make the appropriate connections to
headers/connectors on the motherboard
Note:
1.
2.
Before installing this motherboard, make sure jumper CLR_CMOS1
is under Normal setting. See this chapter for information about
locating CLR_CMOS1 and the setting options.
Never connect power to the system during installation; otherwise, it
may damage the motherboard.
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Motherboard Components
ITEM
LABEL
COMPONENTS
CPU Socket
LGA775 Socket for Intel Core™2 Duo
Pentium 4/ Celeron D/Pentium D
processors
2
CPU_FAN1
CPU Fan connector(4-pin)
3
DDRII1-2
240-pin DDR2 SDRAM sockets
4
IDE1
Primary IDE connector
5
IDE2
Secondary IDE connector
6
SATA1/2
Serial ATA connectors
7
CLR_CMOS1
Clear CMOS jumper
8
PANEL1
Front Panel Switch/LED header
9
SPK1
Speaker header
10
SYS_FAN1
System Fan connector
11
F_USB1/2
Front Panel USB headers
12
FDD1
Floppy Disk Drive connector
13
CNR1
CNR slot
14
IR1
Infrared header
15
PCI 1-3
32-bit PCI slots
16
CD_IN1
Analog Audio Input header
17
AGP1
AGP slot
18
F_AUDIO1
Front Panel Audio header
19
PWR1
Standard 20-Pin ATX Power connector
20
USB_PWR1
USB Power Select jumper
21
ATX_12V1
Standard 4-Pin ATX Power connector
1
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I/O Ports
The illustration below shows a side view of the built-in I/O ports on the
motherboard.
PS/2 Mouse
Use the upper PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 pointing
device.
PS/2 Keyboard
Use the low er PS/2 port to connect a PS/2
keyboard.
Parallel Port (LPT1)
Use the Parallel port to connect printers or other
parallel communications devices.
COM1
Use the COM port to connect serial devices such
as mice or fax/modems. COM1 is identified by the
system as COM1.
VGA
Use the VGA port to connect VGA devices.
LAN Port (optional)
Connect an RJ-45 jack to the LAN port to connect
your computer to the Netw ork.
USB Ports
Use the USB ports to connect USB devices.
Audio Ports
Use these three audio jacks to connect audio
devices. The first jack is for stereo Line-In signal,
the second jack for stereo Line-Out signal, and the
third jack for Microphone.
Installing the Processor
This motherboard has an LGA775 socket for the latest Intel Core ™2 Duo/
Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron D processors. When choosing a processor,
consider the performance requirements of the system. Performance is based on
the processor design, the clock speed and system bus frequency of the processor, and the quantity of internal cache memory and external cache memory.
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CPU Installation Procedure
Follow these instructions to install the CPU:
A. Read and follow the instructions shown on
the sticker on the CPUcap.
B. Unload the cap
• Use thumb & forefinger to hold the
lifting tab of the cap.
• Lift the cap up and remove the cap
completely from the socket.
C. Open the load plate
• Use thumb & forefinger to hold the
hook of the lever, pushing down and
pulling aside unlock it.
• Lift up the lever.
• Use thumb to open the load plate.
Be careful not to touch the contacts.
D. Install the CPU on the socket
• Orientate CPU package to the socket.
• Make sure you match triangle marker
to pin 1 location.
E. Close the load plate
• Slightly push down the load plate onto
the tongue side, and hook the lever.
• CPU is locked completely.
F. Apply thermal grease on top of the CPU.
G.. Fasten the cooling fan supporting base
onto the CPU socket on the motherboard.
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H. Make sure the CPU fan is plugged to the
CPU fan connector. Please refer to the
CPU cooling fan user’s manual for more
detail installation procedure.
Note 1:
Note 2:
Note 3:
To achieve better airflow rates and heat dissipation, we suggest
that you use a high quality fan with 3800 rpm at least. CPU fan and
heatsink installation procedures may vary with the type of CPU fan/
heatsink supplied. The form and size of fan/heatsink may also vary.
DO NOT remove the CPU cap from the socket before installing a
CPU.
Return Material Authorization(RMA) requests will be accepted only if
the motherboard comes with the cap on the LGA775 socket.
Installing Memory Modules
This motherboard accommodates two 240-pin DIMM DDRII1~2 sockets (Dual
Inline Memory Module) for unbuffered DDR2 533 memory modules (Double
Data Rate SDRAM). DDR2 SDRAM is a type of SDRAM that supports data
transfers on both edges of each clock cycle (the rising and falling edges),
effectively doubling the memory chip’s data throughput. You must install at least
one module in any of the two slots. Each module can be installed with 256 MB
to 1 GB of memory; total memory capacity is 2 GB.
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Note1:
Do not remove any memory module from its antistatic packaging until
you are ready to install it on the motherboard. Handle the modules
only by their edges. Do not touch the components or metal parts.
Always wear a grounding strap when you handle the modules.
Memory Module Installation Procedure
These modules can be installed with up to 2 GB system memory. Refer to the
following to install the memory module.
1.
Push down the latches on both sides of the DIMM socket.
2.
Align the memory module with the socket. There is a notch on the
DIMM socket that you can install the DIMM module in the correct
direction. Match the cutout on the DIMM module with the notch on
the DIMM socket.
3.
Install the DIMM module into the socket and press it firmly down
until it is seated correctly. The socket latches are levered upwards and
latch on to the edges of the DIMM.
4.
Install any remaining DIMM modules.
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Table A: DDR2 (memory module) QVL (Qualified Vendor List)
The following DDR2 533 memory modules have been tested and qualified for use with
this motherboard.
Size
256 MB
Vendor
AENEON
AENEON
Module Name
AET560UD00-370A98X
AET560UD00-370A98Z
CORSAIR
ELPIDA
Elixir
ELPIDA
4PB11D9CHM
04180WB00
N2TU51216AF-37B
E2508AA-DF-E
SAMSUNG
A-DATA
ADATA
AENEON
AENEON
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
ELPIDA
G.SKILL
Infinity
512MB
Kingston
PQI
Samsung
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SyncMAX
Transcend
Twinmos
1GB
AENEON
Kingston
Kingston
K4T56083QF-GCCC
M2GXX2F3H4140A1B0E
Eipida E5108AE-6E-E
AET660UD00-370A98X
AET660UD00-370A98Z
CM2X512-4200
4PB11D9CHM
E2508AA-DF-E
G76 GT
0547W64M9PC5300
KVR533D2N4/512HYPS56821
PQC2648S3
K4T56083QF
K4T51083QB-GCCC
K4T51083QB-GCD5
64MX8 D2-F
K4T5108AE-6E-E
Elpida 8D22JB-ED
AET03F50C
D6408TE8EWL3
NANTA NT5TU64MBAE-378
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Jumper Settings
Connecting two pins with a jumper cap is SHORT; removing a jumper cap from
these pins, OPEN.
CLR_COMS1: Clear CMOS Jumper
Use this jumper to clear the contents of the CMOS memory. You may need to
clear the CMOS memory if the settings in the Setup Utility are incorrect and
prevent your motherboard from operating. To clear the CMOS memory,
disconnect all the power cables from the motherboard and then move the jumper
cap into the CLEAR setting for a few seconds.
Function
Normal
Clear CMOS
Jum per Setting
Short Pins 1-2
Short Pins 2-3
Note: To avoid the system unstability after clearing CMOS, we recommend
users to enter the main BIOS setting page to “Load Optimal De-faults”
and then “Save Changes and Exit”.
USB_PWR1: USB Power Select Jumper
Use these jumpers to select the voltage for USB port.
Function
VCC5V
SB5V
Jum per Setting
Short Pins 1-2
Short Pins 2-3
Note: Make sure the power supply provides enough SB5V voltage before
selecting the SB5V function.
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Install the Motherboard
Install the motherboard in a system chassis (case). The board is a Micro ATX
size motherboard. You can install this motherboard in an ATX case. Make sure
your case has an I/O cover plate matching the ports on this motherboard.
Install the motherboard in a case. Follow the case manufacturer’s instructions to
use the hardware and internal mounting points on the chassis.
Connect the power connector from the power supply to the PWR1 connector on
the motherboard. The PWR2 is a +12V connector for CPU Vcore power.
If there is a cooling fan installed in the system chassis, connect the cable from the
cooling fan to the SYS_FAN1 fan power connector on the motherboard.
Connect the case switches and indicator LEDs to the PANEL1 header.
Pin
1
3
5
7
9
Signal
HD_LED_P (+)
HD_LED_N (-)
RESET_SW_N (-)
RESET_SW_P (+)
RSVD_DNU
Pin
2
4
6
8
10
13
Signal
SOS_LED_P (+)
SOS_LED_N (-)
POWER_SW_P (+)
POWER_SW_N (-)
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Connecting Optional Devices
Refer to the following for information on connecting the motherboard’s optional
devices:
SPK1: Speaker Header
Connect the cable from the PC speaker to the SPK1 header on the motherboard.
Pin
1
3
Signal
SPKR
GND
Pin
2
4
Signal
NC
+5V
F_AUDIO1: Front Panel Audio Header
This header allows the user to install auxiliary front-oriented microphone and
line-out ports for easier access.
Pin
1
3
5
7
9
Signal
AUD_MIC
AUD_MIC_BIAS
AUD_FPOUT_R
HP_ON
AUD_FPOUT_L
Pin
2
4
6
8
10
14
Signal
AUD_GND
AUD_VCC
AUD_RET_R
KEY
AUD_RET_L
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F_USB1/F_USB2: Front panel USB Headers
The motherboard has USB ports installed on the rear edge I/O port array.
Additionally, some computer cases have USB ports at the front of the case. If
you have this kind of case, use auxiliary USB headers F_USB1/F_USB2 to
connect the front-mounted ports to the motherboard.
Pin
1
3
5
7
9
1.
2.
3.
Signal
VERG_FP_USBPWR0
USB_FP_P0(-)
USB_FP_P0(+)
GROUND
KEY
Pin
2
4
6
8
10
Signal
VERG_FP_USBPWR0
USB_FP_P1(-)
USB_FP_P1(+)
GROUND
USB_FP_OC0
Locate the F_USB1/F_USB2 header on the motherboard.
Plug the bracket cable onto the F_USB1/F_USB2 header.
Remove a slot cover from one of the expansion slots on the system
chassis. Install an extension bracket in the opening. Secure the
extension bracket to the chassis with a screw.
IR1: Infrared Header
The infrared port allows the wireless exchange of information between your
computer and similarly equipped devices such as printers, laptops, Personal
Digital Assistants (PDAs), and other computers.
Pin
1
3
5
1.
2.
Signal
NC
+5V
IRTX
Pin
2
4
6
Signal
KEY
GND
IRRX
Locate the infrared port-IR1 header on the motherboard.
If you are adding an infrared port, connect the ribbon cable from the
port to the IR1 header and then secure the port to an appropriate
place in your system chassis.
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Install Other Devices
Install and connect any other devices in the system following the steps below.
G.
Floppy Disk Drive
The motherboard ships with a floppy disk drive cable that can support one or
two drives. Drives can be 3.5" or 5.25" wide, with capacities of 360 K, 720 K,
1.2 MB, 1.44 MB, or 2.88 MB.
Install your drives and connect power from the system power supply. Use the
cable provided to connect the drives to the floppy disk drive connector FDD1.
IDE Devices
IDE devices include hard disk drives, high-density diskette drives, and CD-ROM
or DVD-ROM drives, among others.
The motherboard ships with an IDE cable that can support one or two IDE
devices. If you connect two devices to a single cable, you must configure one of
the drives as Master and one of the drives as Slave. The documentation of the
IDE device will tell you how to configure the device as a Master or Slave device.
The Master device connects to the end of the cable.
Install the device(s) and connect power from the system power supply. Use the
cable provided to connect the device(s) to the Primary IDE channel connector
IDE1 on the motherboard.
If you want to install more IDE devices, you can purchase a second IDE cable
and connect one or two devices to the Secondary IDE channel connector IDE2
on the motherboard. If you have two devices on the cable, one must be Master
and one must be Slave.
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Serial ATA Devices
The Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) is the standard interface for
the IDE hard drives, which is designed to overcome the design limitations while
enabling the storage interface to scale with the growing media rate demands of PC
platforms. It provides you a faster transfer rate of 150 MB/s. If you have
installed a Serial ATA hard drive, you can connect the Serial ATA cables to the
Serial ATA hard drive or the connector on the motherboard.
On the motherboard, locate the Serial ATA connectors SATA1-2, which support
new Serial ATA devices for the highest data transfer rates, simpler disk drive
cabling and easier PC assembly.
It eliminates limitations of the current Parallel ATA interface, but maintains
register compatibility and software compatibility with Parallel ATA.
Analog Audio Input Header
If you have installed a CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive, you can connect
the drive audio cable to the onboard sound system.
When you first start up your system, the BIOS should automatically detect your
CD-ROM/DVD drive. If it doesn’t, enter the Setup Utility and configure the
CD-ROM/DVD drive that you have installed. On the motherboard, locate the 4pin header CD_IN1.
Pin
1
2
3
Signal
CD IN L
GND
GND
4
CD IN R
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Expansion Slots
This motherboard has one AGP, CNR and three 32-bit PCI slots.
Follow the steps below to install an AGP/CNR/PCI expansion card.
1
Locate the AGP, CNR or PCI slots on the motherboard.
2
Remove the blanking plate of the slot from the system chassis.
3
Install the edge connector of the expansion card into the slot. Ensure
the edge connector is correctly seated in the slot.
4
Secure the metal bracket of the card to the system chassis with a
screw.
8X AGP Slot
You can install a graphics adapter that supports the 8X AGP specification and
has an 8X AGP edge connector in the AGP slot.
CNR Slot
You can install the CNR (Communications and Networking Riser) cards in this
slot, including LAN, Modem, and Audio functions.
PCI Slots
You can install the 32-bit PCI interface expansion cards in the slots.
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Chapter 3 BIOS Setup Utility
Introduction
The BIOS Setup Utility records settings and information of your computer, such
as date and time, the type of hardware installed, and various configuration
settings. Your computer applies the information to initialize all the components
when booting up and basic functions of coordination between system components.
If the Setup Utility configuration is incorrect, it may cause the system to
malfunction. It can even stop your computer booting properly. If it happens,
you can use the clear CMOS jumper to clear the CMOS memory which has
stored the configuration information; or you can hold down the Page Up key
while rebooting your computer. Holding down the Page Up key also clears the
setup information.
You can run the setup utility and manually change the configuration. You might
need to do this to configure some hardware installed in or connected to the
motherboard, such as the CPU, system memory, disk drives, etc.
Running the Setup Utility
Every time you start your computer, a message appears on the screen before the
operating system loading that prompts you to “Hit <DEL>if you want to run
SETUP”. Whenever you see this message, press the Delete key, and the Main
menu page of the Setup Utility appears on your monitor. If you manually clear
CMOS, you need to press the F1 key that enters the Main menu page of the
Setup Utility.
CMOS SETUP UTILITY – Copyright (C) 1985-2003, American Megatrends, Inc
CPU PnP Setup
Hardware Monitor
Load Optimal Defaults
Save Changes and Exit
Discard Changes and Exit
Standard CMOS Setup
Advanced Setup
Features Setup
Power Management Setup
PCI / Plug and Play Setup
BIOS Security Features
: Move
F1: General Help
Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save
F9: Optimized Settings
Esc: Exit
Standards COMOS setup for changing time, date, hard disk type, etc.
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You can use cursor arrow keys to highlight anyone of options on the main menu
page. Press Enter to select the highlighted option. Press the Escape key to leave
the setup utility. Press +/-/ to modify the selected field’s values.
Some options on the main menu page lead to tables of items with installed values
that you can use cursor arrow keys to highlight one item, and press + and - keys
to cycle through alternative values of that item. The other options on the main
menu page lead to dialog boxes requiring your answer OK or Cancel by selecting
[OK] or [Cancel].
If you have already changed the setup utility, press F10 to save those changes
and exit the utility. Press F1 to display a screen describing all key functions.
Press F9 to install the setup utility with a set of default values.
Standard CMOS Setup Page
This page displays a table of items defining basic information about your
system.
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Standard CMOS Setup
System Time
System Date
00:01:25
Fri 10/24/2003
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Hard Disk
Not Detected
Not Detected
CD/DVD ROM
Floppy A
Floppy B
1.44 MB 3 1/2”
Disabled
Help Item
User [Enter], [TAB] or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to configure system
time.
System Time & System Date
These items set up system date and time.
Primary IDE Master/Primary IDE Slave/Secondary IDE Master/Secondary
IDE Slave
Your computer has two IDE channels and each channel can be installed with one
or two devices (Master and Slave). In addition, this motherboard supports two
SATA channels and each channel allows one SATA device to be installed. Use
these items to configure each device on the IDE channel.
Floppy A/B
These items set up size and capacity of the floppy diskette drive(s) installed in
the system.
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Advanced Setup Page
This page sets up more advanced information about your system. Handle this
page with caution. Any changes can affect the operation of your computer.
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Advanced Setup
Quick Boot
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
Try Other Boot Device
Bootup Num-Lock
Boot To OS/2 > 64 MB
AGP Aperture Size
DRAM Timing
DRAM CAS# Latency
DRAM Bank Interleave
Hyper Threading Function
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk
Spread Spectrum
Max CPUID Value Limit
Execute Disable Bit
CPU TM Function
C1E Support
Intel (R) SpeedStep (tm) tech.
Venderpool Technology
DRAM Driving
Enabled
PM-IC35L040AVVN07
SS-Pioneer DVD-R0
1st Floppy Drive
Yes
On
No
64 MB
Manual
By SPD
4-way
Ensabled
Enabled
Disabled
Disabled
Enabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Enabled
Normal
Help Item
Allows BIOS to skip certain
tests while booting. This will
decrease the time needed
to boot the system.
Quick Boot
If you enable this item, the system starts up more quickly be elimination some
of the power on test routines.
1st Boot Device/2nd Boot Device/3rd Boot Device
Use these items to determine the device order the computer uses to look for an
operating system to load at start-up time.
Try Other Boot Device
If you enable this item, the system will also search for other boot devices if it
fails to find an operating system from the first two locations.
BootUp Num-Lock
This item determines if the Num Lock key is active or inactive at system startup time.
Boot To OS/2> 64MB
Enable this item if you are booting the OS/2 operating system and you have
more than 64MB of system memory installed.
AGP Aperture Size
This item defines the size of aperture if you use a graphic adapter.
DRAM Timing
This item allows you to enable or disable the DRAM timing defined by the
Serial Presence Detect electrical.
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DRAM CAS# Latency
This item determines the operation of SDRAM memory CAS (column address
strobe). It is recommended that you leave this item at the default value. The 2T
setting requires faster memory that specifically supports this mode.
DRAM Bank Interleave
Enable this item to increase DRAM memory speed. When enabled, separate
memory banks are set for odd and even addresses and the next byte of memory
can be accessed while the current byte is being refreshed.
Hyper Threading Function
You can set “Disabled” or “Enabled” to control HT CPU support in O.S. Set
“Enabled” to test HT CPU function.
Auto detect DIMM/PCI Clock
When this item is enabled, BIOS will disable the clock signal of free DIMM/PCI
slots.
Spread Spectrum
If you enable spread spectrum, it can significantly reduce the EMI (ElectroMagnetic Interference) generated by the system.
Max CPUID Value Limit
When this item is enabled, you can use Prescott CPU and LGA-775 CPU and
there will be a normal NT4.0 installation; otherwise, the automatically restarting
will occur while installing.
Execute Disable Bit
It allows the processor to classify areas in memory by where application code
can execute and where it cannot. When a malicious worm attempts to insert code
in the buffer, the processor disables code execution, preventing damage or worm
propagation. Replacing older computers with Execute Disable Bit-enabled
systems can halt worm attacks, reducing the need for virus related repairs.
CPU TM Function
For some specific brands of CPU, you can use this item to control the CPU
frequency and voltage according to its temperature.
C1E Support
Use this item to decrease the bus ratio that reduces the consumption of CPU
electricity and power.
Intel (R) SpeedStep (tm) tech.
Use this item to enable or disable the Intel SpeedStep Technology, which is only
for the Intel CPU supporting the SpeedStep Technology function.
Venderpool Technology
Use this item to enable or disable the Venderpool Technology, which is only for
the CPU supporting the VT function.
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DRAM Driving
When this item is defaulted at “Normal”, some DDRs might cause the problem
of booting or system stability; in that case, please set it at “High”.
Features Setup Page
This page sets up some parameters for peripheral devices connected to the
system.
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Features Setup
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Serial Port1 Address
OnBoard IR Port
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
ECP Mode DMA Channel
Parallel Port IRQ
OnBoard PCI IDE Controller
Onboard SATA-IDE
Audio Device
MODEM Device
Ethernet Device
OnBoard LAN Boot Rom
OnBoard USB Function
USB Function For DOS
Enabled
3F8/IRQ4
Disabled
378
ECP
DMA3
IRQ7
Both
IDE
Enabled
Auto
Enabled
Disabled
Enabled
Disabled
Help Item
Allows BIOS to Enable or
Disable Floppy Controller.
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard floppy disk drive interface.
OnBoard Serial Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard COM1 serial port, and to assign a
port address.
OnBoard IR Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port, and to assign a port
address.
Onboard Parallel Port
This item enables or disables the onboard LPT1 parallel port, and assigns a port
address. The Auto setting will detect and available address.
Parallel Port Mode
Use this item to set the parallel port mode. You can select Normal (Standard
Parallel Port), ECP (Extended Capabilities Port), EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port),
or EPP & ECP.
Parallel Port IRQ
Use this item to assign IRQ to the parallel port.
Parallel Port DMA
Use this item to assign a DMA channel to the parallel port.
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OnBoard PCI IDE
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard PCI IDE channel.
OnBoard SATA-IDE
Use this item to select RAID mode, IDE mode or Disabled for onboard SATAIDE.
Audio Device
This item enables or disables the AC’97 audio chip.
MODEM Device
This item enables or disables the MC’97 modem chip.
Ethernet Device
This item enables or disables the onboard Ethernet LAN.
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
Use this item to enable or disable the LAN Boot ROM function.
OnBoard USB Function
Enable this item if you plan to use the USB ports on this motherboard.
Power Management Setup Page
This page sets some parameters for system power management operation.
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Power Management Setup
ACPI Aware O/S
Power Management
ACPI Enhanced Efficiency
Suspend Time Out
Resume on RTC Alarm
LAN/Ring Power On
Keyboard Power On
Wake-Up Key
Yes
Enabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Any Key
Help Item
Yes / No
ACPI support for Operating
System.
Yes: If OS supports ACPI.
No: If OS does not support
ACPI.
ACPI Aware O/S
This itme supports ACPI (Advanced Configuraion and Power Management
Interface). Use this item to enable or disable the ACPI feature.
Power Management
Use this item to enable or disable a power management scheme. If you enable
power management, you can use this item below to set the power management
operation. Both APM and ACPI are supported.
ACPI Enhanced Efficiency
Use this item to enable or disable the function of ACPI enhanced efficiency.
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Suspend Time Out
This item sets up the timeout for Suspend mode in minutes. If the time selected
passes without any system activity, the computer will enter power-saving
Suspend mode.
Resume on RTC Alarm
The system can be turned off with a software command. If you enable this item,
the system can automatically resume at a fixed time based on the system’s RTC
(realtime clock). Use the items below this one to set the date and time of the
wake-up alarm. You must use an ATX power supply in order to use this feature.
LAN/Ring Power On
The system can be turned off with a software command. If you enable this item,
the system can automatically resume if there is an incoming call on the Modem/
Ring, or traffic on the network adapter. You must use an ATX power supply in
order to use this feature.
Keyboard Power On/Wake-Up Key
If you enable this item, the system can automatically resume by pressing any
keys, hot key, power key on the keyboard, or typing in the password. You must
use an ATX power supply in order to use this feature.
PCI / Plug and Play Setup Page
This page sets up some parameters for devices installed on the PCI bus and
those utilizing the system plug and play capability.
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PCI / Plug and Play Setup
Primary Graphics Adapter
Share Memory Size
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
PCI IDE BusMaster
PCI
32 MB
Yes
Disabled
Help Item
Select which graphics controller
to use as the primary boot
device.
Primary Graphics Adapter
This item indicates if the primary graphics adapter uses the PCI or the AGP bus.
The default PCI setting still lets the onboard display work and allows the use of
a second display card installed in an AGP slot.
Share Memory Size
This item lets you allocate a portion of the main memory for theonbaord VGA
display application with several options.
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Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
If this item is enabled, an IRQ will be assigned to the PCI VGA graphics system.
You set this value to No to free up an IRQ.
PCI IDE BusMaster
This item enables or disables the DMA under DOS mode. We recommend you to
leave this item at the default value.
BIOS Security Features Setup Page
This page helps you install or change a password.
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BIOS Security Features Setup
Security Settings
Supervisor Password : Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
Help Item
Press Enter
Install or Change the
password.
Supervisor Password
This item indicates whether a supervisor password has been set. If the password
has been installed, Installed displays. If not, Not Installed displays.
Change Supervisor Password
You can select this option and press <Enter> to access the sub menu. You can
use the sub menu to change the supervisor password.
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CPU PnP Setup Page
This page helps you manually configure the mainboard for the CPU. The system
will automatically detect the type of installed CPU and make the appropriate
adjustments to the items on this page.
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CPU PnP Setup
Manufacturer:
Ratio Status
CPU Over-clocking Func.
CPU Frequency
DRAM Frequency
Intel
Locked
Disabled
200 MHz
Auto
Help Item
Manufacturer
These items show the brand of the CPU installed in your system.
Ratio Status
This item shows the Locked/Unlocked ratio status of CPU installed in your
system.
CPU Over-clocking Func.
This item decides the CPU over-clocking function installed in your system. If
the over-clocking fails, please turn off the system power. And then, hold the
PageUp key (similar to the Clear CMOS function) and turn on the power, the
BIOS will recover the safe default.
CPU Frequency
This item shows the frequency of the CPU installed in your system.
DRAM Frequency
This item shows the frequency of the DRAM in your system.
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Hardware Monitor Page
This page sets up some parameters for the hardware monitoring function of this
motherboard.
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Hardware Monitor Setup
***System Hardware Monitor***
SYSTEM Temperature
CPU Temperature
SYSTEM FAN Speed
CPU FAN Speed
Vcore
Vdimm
Vivdd
Vcc5V
SB3V
VBAT
Smart FAN Control
Help Item
32 oC/89 oF
41 o C/105 oF
0 RPM
4560 RPM
1.504 V
2.496 V
2.608 V
5.107 V
3.296 V
3.264 V
Disabled
CPU/System Temperature
These items display CPU and system temperature measurement.
FANs & Voltage Measurements
These items indicate cooling fan speeds in RPM and the various system voltage
measurements.
Load Optimal Defaults
This option opens a dialog box to ask if you are sure to install optimized
defaults or not. You select [OK], and then press <Enter>, the Setup Utility loads
all default values; or select [Cancel], and then press <Enter>, the Setup Utility
does not load default values.
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Save Changes and Exit
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to save the changes that you have made in
the Setup Utility configuration. When the Save Changes and Exit dialog box
appears, select [OK] to save and exit, or select [Cancel] to return to the main
menu.
Discard Changes and Exit
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to discard any changes that you have made
in the Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Discard Changes and
Exit dialog box appears, select [OK] to discard changes and exit, or select
[Cancel] to return to the main menu.
Note: If you have made settings that you do not want to save, use the
“Discard Changes and Exit” item and select [OK] to discard any
changes you have made.
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Chapter 4: Software & Applications
Chapter 4 Software & Applications
Introduction
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD-ROM that comes with
the motherboard package.
The support CD-ROM contains all useful software, necessary drivers and
utility programs to properly run our products. More program information is
available in a README file, located in the same directory as the software.
To run the support CD, simply insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. An
Auto Setup screen automatically pops out, and then you can go on the autoinstalling or manual installation depending on your operating system.
If your operating system is Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP, it will automatically
install all the drivers and utilities for your motherboard.
Installing Support Software
1
2
3
Insert the support CD-ROM disc in the CD-ROM drive.
When you insert the CD-ROM disc in the system CD-ROM drive,
the CD automatically displays an Auto Setup screen.
The screen displays three buttons of Setup, Browse CD and Exit on
the right side, and three others Setup, Application and ReadMe at
the bottom. Please see the following illustration.
The Setup button runs the software auto-installing program as explained in next
section.
The Browse CD button is a standard Windows command that you can check the
contents of the disc with the Windows 98 file browsing interface.
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The Exit button closes the Auto Setup window. To run the program again,
reinsert the CD-ROM disc in the drive; or click the CD-ROM driver from the
Windows Explorer, and click the Setup icon.
The Application button brings up a software menu. It shows the bundled
software that this motherboard supports.
The ReadMe brings you to the Install Path where you can find out path names
of software driver.
Auto-Installing under Windows 98SE/ME2000/XP
If you are under Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP, please click the Setup button to
run the software auto-installing program while the Auto Setup screen pops out
after inserting the support CD-ROM:
1
The installation program loads and displays the following screen.
Click the Next button.
2
Select the items that you want to setup by clicking on it (the default
options are recommended). Click the Next button to proceed.
3
The support software will automatically install.
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Once any of the installation procedures start, software is automatically installed
in sequence. You need to follow the onscreen instructions, confirm commands
and allow the computer to restart as few times as needed to complete installing
whatever software you selected. When the process is finished, all the support
software will be installed and start working.
Bundled Software Installation
All bundled software available on the CD-ROM is for users’ convenience. You
can install bundled software as follows:
1
Click the Application button while the Auto Setup screen pops out
after inserting the support CD-ROM.
2
A software menu appears. Click the software you want to install.
3
Follow onscreen instructions to install the software program step by
step until finished.
AMI/AWARD Flash Utility
This utility lets you erase the system BIOS stored on a Flash Memory chip on
the motherboard, and lets you copy an updated version of the BIOS to the chip.
Proceed with caution when using this program. If you erase the current BIOS
and fail to write a new BIOS, or write a new BIOS that is incorrect, your system
will malfunction. Refer to Chapter 3, Using BIOS for more information.
WinFlash Utility
The WinFlash utility is a Windows version of the DOS BIOS flash writer utility.
The utility enables you to flash the system BIOS stored on a Flash Memory chip
on the motherboard while in a Windows environment. This utility is currently
available for WINXP\2000. To install the WinFlash utility, run AFUWIN.EXE
(AMI) or WINFLASH.EXE (Award) from the following directory:
\Utility\AMIFlash or AWDFlash.
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Chapter 5 VIA VT8237 SATA RAID Setup Guide
VIA RAID Configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance Serial ATA RAID controller
integrated in the VIA VT8237 Southbridge chipset. It supports RAID 0, RAID
1 and JBOD with two independent Serial ATA channels.
RAID: (Redundant Array of Independent Disk Drives) use jointly several hard
drives to increase data transfer rates and data security. It depends on the number
of drives present and RAID function you select to fulfill the seurity or performance pruposes or both.
RAID 0 (called data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read
and write data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same
work as a single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single
disk alone, thus improving data access and storage.
RAID 1 (called data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data
from one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management
software directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete
copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data
protection and increases fault tolerance to the entire system.
JBOD: (Just a Bunch of Drives) Also known as “Spanning”. Two or more hard
drives are required. Several hard disk types configured as a single hard disk. The
hard drives are simply hooked up in series. This expands the capacity of your
drive and results in a useable total capacity. However, JBOD will not increase
any performance or data security.
Install the Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
The VIA VT8237 Southbridge chipset supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For
optimal performance, install identical drives of the same model and capacity
when creating a RAID set.
•
If you are creating a RAID 0 (striping) array of performance, use two
new drives.
•
If you are creating a RAID 1 (mirroring) array for protection, you can
use two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive (the new
drive must be of the same size or larger than the existing drive). If you
use two drives of different sizes, the smaller capacity hard disk will be
the base storage size. For example, one hard disk has an 80 GB storage
capacity and the other hard disk has 60 GB storage capacity, the
maximum storage capacity for the RAID 1 set is 60 GB.
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Follow these steps to install the SATA hard disks for RAID configuration.
i Before setting up your new RAID array, verify the status of your hard
disks. Make sure the Master/Slave jumpers are configured properly.
ii Both the data and power SATA cables are new cables. You cannot use
older 40-pin 80-conductor IDE or regular IDE power cables with Serial
ATA drives. Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks require the use of
new Serial ATA cable (4-conductor) which supports the Serial ATA
protocol and a Serial ATA power cable.
iii Either end of the Serial ATA data cable can be connected to the SATA
hard disk or the SATA connector on the motherboard.
1 Install the Serial ATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2 Connect one end of the Serial ATA cable to the motherboard’s primary
Serial ATA connector (SATA1).
3 Connect the other end of Serial ATA cable to the master Serial ATA hard
disk.
4 Connect one end of the second Serial ATA cable to the motherboard’s
secondary Serial ATA connector (SATA2).
5 Connect the other end of Serial ATA cable to the secondary Serial ATA
hard disk.
6 Connect the Serial ATA power cable to the power connector on each
drive.
7 Proceed to section “Entering VIA Tech RAID BIOS Utility” for the next
procedure.
Entering VIA Tech RAID BIOS Utility
1 Boot-up your computer.
2 During POST, press <TAB> to enter VIA RAID configuration utility.
The following menu options will appear.
The RAID BIOS information on the setup screen shown is for
reference only. What you see on your screen may not by exactly
the same as shown.
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On the upper-right side of the screen is the message and legend box. The keys on
the legend box allow you to navigate through the setup menu options. The
message describes the function of each menu item. The following lists the keys
found in the legend box with their corresponding functions.
F1
View Array
mn
Move to the next item
Enter
Confirm the selection
ESC
Exit
Create Array
1 In the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Create Array then
press the <Enter> key. The main menu items on the upper-left corner of
the screen are replaced with create array menu options.
RAID 0 for performance
1 Select the second option item Array Mode, then press the <Enter> key.
The RAID system setting pop-up menu appears.
2
3
Select RAID 0 for performance from the menu and press <Enter>.
From this point, you may choose to auto-configure the RAID array by
selecting Auto Setup for Performance or manually configure the RAID
array for stripped sets. If you want to manually configure the RAID
array continue with next step, otherwise, proceed to step #5.
Select Select Disk Drives, then press <Enter>. Use arrow keys to
select disk drive/s, then press <Enter> to mark selected drive. An
asterisk is placed before the selected drive.
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4
Select Block Size, then press <Enter> to set array block size. Lists of
valid array block sizes are displayed on a pop-up menu.
Tip
For server systems, it is recommended to use a
lower array block size. For multimedia computer
systems used mainly for audio and video editing,
a higher array block size is recommended for
optimum performance.
Use arrow keys to move selection bar on items and press <Enter> to select.
5
Select Start Create Process and press <Enter> to setup hard disk for
RAID system. The following confirmation appears:
The same confirmation message appears when
the Auto Setup for Performance option is selected.
Press “Y” to confirm or “N” to return to the configuration options.
RAID 1 for data protection
1
Select the second option item Array Mode, then press the <Enter> key.
The RAID system setting pop-up menu appears.
2
Select RAID 1 for data protection from the menu and press <Enter>.
Select next task from pop-up menu. The task Create only creates the
mirrored set without creating a backup. Create and duplicate creates
both mirrored set and backup.
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3
4
5
Select task and press <Enter>. The screen returns to Create Array menu
items. From this point, you may choose to auto-configure the RAID
array by selecting Auto Setup for Data Security or manually configure
the RAID array for mirrored sets. If you want to manually configure the
RAID array continue with next step, otherwise, proceed to step #5.
Select Select Disk Drives, then press <Enter>. Use arrow keys to select
disk drive/s, then press <Enter> to mark selected drive. (An asterisk is
placed before a selected drve.)
Select Start Create Process and press <Enter> to setup hard disk for
RAID system. The following confirmation message appears:
The same confirmation message appears when
the Auto Setup for Performance option is selected.
Press “Y” to confirm or “N” to return to the configuration options.
Delete Array
1 In the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Delete Array then
press the <Enter> key. The focus is directed to the list of channel used for
IDE RAID arrays.
2 Press the <Enter> key to select a RAID array to delete. The following
confirmation message appears.
Press “Y” to confirm or “N” to return to the configuration options.
Select Boot Array
1
2
In the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Select Boot Array then
press the <Enter> key. The focus is directed to the list of channel used
for IDE RAID arrays.
Press the <Enter> key to select a RAID array for boot. The Status of the
selected array will change to Boot. Press <ESC> key to go return to
menu items. Follow the same procedure to deselect the boot array.
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Serial Number View
1 In the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Serial Number View
then press the <Enter> key. The focus is directed to the list of channel
used for IDE RAID arrays. Move the selection bar on each item and the
serial number is displayed at the bottom of the screen. This option is
useful for identifying same model disks.
Duplicate Critical RAID 1 Array
When booting up the system, BIOS will detect if the RAID 1 array has any
inconsistencies between user data and backup data. If BIOS detects any
inconsistencies, the status of the disk array will be marked as critical, and BIOS
will prompt the user to duplicate the RAID 1 in order to ensure the backup data
consistency with the user data.
If user selects Continue to boot, it will enable duplicating the array after
booting into OS.
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Rebuild Broken RAID 1 Array
When booting up the system, BIOS will detect if any member disk drives of
RAID has failed or is absent. If BIOS detects any disk drive failures or missing
disk drives, the status of the array will be marked as broken.
If BIOS detects a broken RAID 1 array but there is a spare hard drive available
for rebuilding the broken array, the spare hard drive will automatically become
the mirroring drive. BIOS will show a main interface just like a duplicated
RAID 1. Selecting Continue to boot enables the user to duplicate the array
after booting into operating system.
If BIOS detects a broken RAID 1 array but there is no spare hard drive available
for rebuilding the array, BIOS will provide several operations to solve such
1. Power off and Check the Failed Drive:
This item turns off the computer and replaces the failed hard drive with a good
one. If your computer does not support APM, you must turn off your
computer manually. After replacing the hard drive, boot into BIOS and select
Choose replacement drive and rebuild to rebuild the broken array.
2. Destroy the Mirroring Relationship:
This item cancels the data mirroring relationship of the broken array. For broken
RAID 1 arrays, the data on the surviving disk will remain after the destroy
operation. However, Destroy the Mirroring Relationship is not recommended because the data on the remaining disk will be lost when the hard drive is
used to create another RAID 1 array.
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3. Choose Replacement Drive and Rebuild:
This item enables users to select an already-connected hard drive to rebuild the
broken array. After choosing a hard drive, the channel column will be activated.
Highlight the target hard drive and press <Enter>, a warning message will appear.
Press Y to use that hard drive to rebuild, or press N to cancel. Please note
selecting option Y will destroy all the data on the selected hard drive.
4. Continue to boot:
This item enables BIOS to skip the problem and continue booting into OS.
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Installing RAID Software & Drivers
Install Driver in Windows OS
New Windows OS (2000/XP/NT4) Installation
The following details the installation of the drivers while installing Windows XP.
1 Start the installation:
Boot from the CD-ROM. Press F6 when the message “Press F6 if you
need to install third party SCSI or RAID driver’ appears.
2 When the Windows Setup window is generated, press S to specify an
Additional Device(s).
3 Insert the driver diskette VIA VT8237R Plus Disk Driver into drive A:
and press <Enter>.
4 Depending on your operation system, choose VIA Serial ATA RAID
Controller (Windows XP), VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller
(Windows 2000) or VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller (Windows
NT4) from the list that appears on Windows XP Setup screen, press the
<Enter> key.
5 Press <Enter> to continue with installation or if you need to specify any
additional devices to be installed, do so at this time. Once all devices are
specified, press <Enter> to continue with installation.
6 From the Windows XP Setup screen press the <Enter> key. Setup will
now load all device files and the continue the Windows XP installation.
Existing Windows XP Driver Installation
1
2
3
4
Insert the ECS CD into the CD-ROM drive.
The CD will auto-run and the setup screen will appear.
Under the Driver tab, click on VIA SATA RAID Utility.
The drivers will be automatically installed.
Confirming Windows XP Driver Installation
1
2
3
From Windows XP, open the Control Panel from My Computer
followed by the System icon.
Choose the Hardware tab, then click the Device manager tab.
Click the “+” in front of the SCSI and RAID Controllers hardware
type. The driver VIA IDE RAID Host Controller should appear.
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Installation of VIA SATA RAID Utility
The VIA SATA RAID Utility is the software package that enables highperformance RAID 0 arrays in the Windows*XP operating system. This
version of VIA SATA RAID Utility contains the following key features:
• Serial ATA RAID driver for Windows XP
• VIA SATA RAID utility
• RAID0 and RAID1 functions
Insert the ECS CD and click on the Setup to install the software.
The InstallShield Wizard will begin automatically for installation. Click on the
Next button to proceed the installation in the welcoming window.
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Put a check mark in the check box to install the feature you want. Then click
Next button to proceed the installation.
Using VIA RAID Tool
Once the installation is complete, go to Start---> Programs---> VIA--->
raid_tool.exe to enable VIA RAID Tool.
After the software is finished installation, it will
automatically started every time Windows is
initiated. You may double-click on the
icon shown in the system tray of the tool bar to
launch the VIA RAID Tool utility.
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The main interface is divided into two windows and the toolbar above contain
the main functions. Click on these toolbar buttons to execute their specific
functions. The left windowpane displays the controller and disk drives and the
right windowpane displays the details of the controller or disk drives. The
available features are as following:
View by Controller
View by Devices
View Event log
Help Topics
It means that VT8237 SATA RAID only has the feature of monitoring the
statuses of RAID 0 and RAID 1.
Click on
or
button to determine the viewing type of left windowpane. There are two viewing types: By controllers and by device. Click on the
object in the left windowpane to display the status of the object in the right
windowpane. The following screen shows the status of Array 0-RAID 0.
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Click on the plus (+) symbol next to Array 0--RAID 0 to see the details of each
disk.
You may also use the same
Array 0--RAID 1.
or
button to view the statuses of
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Click on the plus (+) symbol next to Array 0; RAID 1 to see the details of each
disk.
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