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Motherboard User’s Guide

This publication, including photographs, illustrations and software, is under the protection of international copyright laws, with all rights reserved. Neither this user’s guide, nor any of the material contained herein, may be reproduced without the express written consent of the manufacturer.

The information in this document is subject to change without notice. The manufacturer makes no representations or warranties with respect to the contents hereof and specifically disclaims any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. Further, the manufacturer reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes from time to time in the content hereof without obligation of the manufacturer to notify any person of such revision or changes.

Trademarks

IBM, VGA, and PS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business

Machines.

Intel, Pentium/II/III, Pentium 4, Celeron and MMX are registered trademarks of

Intel Corporation.

Microsoft, MS-DOS and Windows 2000/XP/Vista are registered trademarks of

Microsoft Corporation.

AMI is a trademark of American Megatrends Inc.

It has been acknowledged that other brands or product names in this manual are trademarks or the properties of their respective owners.

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 © 2007

All Rights Reserved

P53G Series, V1.0

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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 ................................................................................................. 8

Installing Memory Modules .......................................................................................... 9

Jumper Settings ............................................................................................................ 1 0

Install the Motherboard ............................................................................................... 1 2

Connecting Optional Devices ..................................................................................... 1 3

Install Other Devices .................................................................................................... 1 5

Expansion Slots ............................................................................................................ 1 8

Chapter 3: BIOS Setup Utility ....................................................................... 20

Introduction .................................................................................................................. 2 0

Running the Setup Utility ................................................... …………………………...20

Standard CMOS Setup Page ....................................................................................... 2 1

Advanced Setup Page .................................................................................................. 2 2

Advanced Chipset Setup Page .................................................................................... 2 4

Integrated Peripherals Page ....................................................................................... 2 5

Power Management Setup Page ................................................................................ 2 6

PCI/PnP Setup Page .................................................................................................... 2 8

PCI Health Status Page ............................................................................................... 2 8

Frequency/Voltage Control Page ............................................................................... 2 9

Load Default Settings ................................................................................................... 3 0

Supervisor Password Page .......................................................................................... 3 0

User Password Page .................................................................................................... 3 1

Save & Exit Setup ......................................................................................................... 3 1

Exit Without Saving ...................................................................................................... 3 1

Chapter 4: Software & Applications .............................................................. 32

Introduction .................................................................................................................. 3 2

Installing Support Software ........................................................................................ 3 2

Bundled Software Installation .................................................................................... 3 6 ii

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Chapter 5: VIA VT8237 RAID Setup Guide .................................................. 37

VIA RAID Configuration ............................................................................................. 3 7

Installing RAID Software & Drivers ........................................................................... 4 5

Using VIA RAID Tool ................................................................................................... 4 7

Notice:

1 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

This motherboard has a LGA775 socket for latest * Intel

®

Core TM 2 Quad/

Intel ® Core

TM

2 Duo/Pentium ® 4/Celeron ® D processors with Hyper-

Threading Technology and Front-Side Bus (FSB) speeds up to 1066 MHz.

Hyper-Threading Technology, designed to take advantage of the multitasking features, giving you the power to do more things at once.

It integrates the P4M900 CD Northbridge and VT8237S 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 High Definition Audio Codec and provides Ultra

DMA 133/100/66 function. It has one PCI Expressx16, one PCI Expressx1 and two 32-bit PCI slots. There is a full set of I/O ports including two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard, οne serial port, one VGA port, one LAN port (optional), four back-panel USB 2.0 ports and Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and lineout 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.

“ * ” stands for this motherboard is ready to support Intel ® Core TM 2 Quad processor Q6700 (G0) and below.

Key Features

The key features of this motherboard include:

LGA775 Socket Processor

Supports the latest * Intel ® Core TM 2 Quad/Intel ® Core

TM

2 Duo/

Pentium ® 4/Celeron ® D processors with Hyper-Threading Technol- ogy

Supports up to 1066 MHz Front-Side Bus

Note: 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.

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Chipset

There are P4M900 CD Northbridge and VT8237S in the chipsets in accordance with an innovative and scalable architecture with proven reliability and performance.

High Performance Host Interface: Supports * Intel ® Core TM 2 Quad/

Intel ® Core

TM

2 Duo/Pentium ® 4/Celeron ® D processor family with

FSB 1066 MHz

Hyper-Threading Technology

System Memory Controller Support: DDR2 SDRAM with up to maximum memory of 4 GB.

PCI Express Graphics Interface Support: One PCI Express x16 port

PCI Bus Interface Support: PCI Revision 2.3 Specification at 33MHz

Integrade Serial ATA Host Controller: Independent DMA operation on two ports with Data transfer rates up to 3.0 Gb/s

Intgrated IDE Controller: Ultra DMA-133/100/66 Bus Master EIDE

Controller

USB 2.0: Integrated USB 2.0 interface, supporting up to eight functional ports

Memory Support

Two 240-pin DIMM sockets for DDR2 SDRAM memory modules

Supports DDR2 667/533/400 memory bus

Maximum installed memory is 4 GB

Expansion Slots

Two 32-bit PCI slots

One PCI Expressx16 slot

One PCI Expressx1 slot

Onboard IDE channels

One IDE Connector

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 (3.0 Gb/s) with scalability to higher rates

Low pin count for both host and devices

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Audio

• 5.1Channel High Definition Audio Codec

• ADCs support 44.1k/48k/96k sample rate

• High-quality analog differential CD input

• Meet Microsoft WHQL/WLP 3.0x audio requirements

• Direct Sound 3D TM compatible

LAN (Optional)

• Supports 10 Mb/s and 100 Mb/s N-way Auto-negotiation operation

• Single Chip 100Base-TX/10Base-T Physical Layer Solution

• Half/Full Duplex capability

Onboard I/O Ports

Two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard

One serial port

One VGA port

One LAN port (optional)

Four back-panel USB2.0 ports

Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and line-out

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

The firmware can also be used to set parameters for different processor clock speeds.

Dimensions

Micro ATX form factor of 244 x 200 mm

Note: Hardware specifications and software items are subject to change without notification.

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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 56K 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.

Before installing this motherboard, make sure jumper CLR_CMOS is under Normal setting. See this chapter for information about locating

CLR_CMOS and the setting options.

2.

Never connect power to the system during installation; otherwise, it may damage the motherboard.

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Motherboard Components

8

9

10

11

6

7

4

5

2

3

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

ITEM

1

LABEL

CPU Socket

COMPONENTS

LGA775 socket for *Intel

®

Core TM 2 Quad/Intel

®

Core TM 2 Duo/

Pentium

®

4/Celeron

®

D CPUs

CPU cooling fan connector CPU_FAN

DDRII1~2

ATX1

240-pin DDR2 SDRAM slots

Standard 24-pin ATX pow er connector

SATA1~2

Serial ATA connectors

BIOS_WP

IDE1

BIOS flash protect jumper

Primary IDE connector

SPK1 Speaker header

IR1 Infrared header

PANEL1

CLR_CMOS

Front panel sw itch/LED header

Clear CMOS jumper

USB3~4 Front Panel USB headers

USBPWR_F2 Front Panel USB Pow er Select Jumper

FDD

CD_IN1

Floppy disk drive connector

Analog audio input connector

F_AUDIO1

Front panel audio header

SPDIFO1 SPDIF out header

PCI1~2 32-bit add-on card slots

PCIEX1

PCI Express x1 slot

PCIEX16

PCI Express slot for graphics interface

USBPWR_R1 Real Panel USB PS/2 Pow er Select Jumper

SYS_FAN System cooling fan connector

LPT1

ATX_12V1

Parallel port header

Auxiliary 4-pin pow er connector

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I/O Port

s

The illustration below shows a side view of the built-in I/O ports on the motherboard.

PS/2 Mouse

PS/2 Keyboard

COM1

VGA Port

LAN Port (optional)

USB Ports

Audio Ports

Use the upper PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 pointing device.

Use the low er PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 keyboard.

Use the COM port to connect serial devices such as mice or fax/modems. COM1 is identified by the system as COM1.

Use the VGA port to connect VGA devices.

Connect an RJ-45 jack to the LAN port to connect your computer to the Netw ork.

Use the USB ports to connect USB devices.

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.

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Installing the Processor

This motherboard has a LGA775 socket for the latest * Intel ® Core TM 2 Quad/

Intel ® Core

TM

2 Duo/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.

CPU Installation Procedure

Follow these instructions to install the CPU:

A. Read and follow the instructions

shown on the sticker on the CPU cap.

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.

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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.

H. Make sure the CPU fan is plugged to the CPU

fan connector. Please refer to the CPU cooling fan

user’s manual for mor detail installation procedure.

Note 1: 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.

Note 2: The fan connector supports the CPU cooling fan of 1.1A~2.2A (26.4W

max.) at +12V.

Note 3: Do Not remove the CPU cap from the socket before installing a CPU.

Note 4: 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 sockets (Dual Inline

Memory Module) for unbuffered DDR2 667/533/400 memory modules (Double

Data Rate SDRAM), and maximum 4 GB installed memory.

Over its predecessor, DDR-SDRAM, DDR2-SDRAM offers greater bandwith and density in a smaller packahe along with a reduction in power consumption.

In addition, DDR2-SDRAM offers new features and functions that enable a higher clock rate and data rate operations of 400 MHz, 533 MHz and 667 MHz.

DDR2 transfer 64 bits of data twice every clock cycle.

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Memory Module Installation Procedure

These modules can be installed with up to 4 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.

Jumper Settings

Connecting two pins with a jumper cap is SHORT; removing a jumper cap from these pins, OPEN.

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CLR_CMOS: 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.

1

CLR_CMOS

Function Jum per Setting

Normal Short Pins 1-2

Clear CMOS 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”.

BIOS_WP: BIOS FLASH PROTECT Jumper

Use this jumper to set the BIOS FLASH PROTECT function.

1

BIOS_WP

Function

WRITE ENABLE

WRITE DISABLE

Jum per Setting

OPEN

SHORT

USBPWR_F2: FRONT PANEL USB POWER SELECT Jumper

1

USBPWR_F2

Function

VCC

5VSB

Jum per Setting

Short Pins 1-2

Short Pins 2-3

USBPWR_R1: REAR USB PS/2 POWER SELECT Jumper

Use this jumper to set the Rear USB PS/2 Power function.

1

USBPWR_R1

Function

VCC

5VSB

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 ATX1 connector on the motherboard. The ATX_12V1 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_FAN fan power connector on the motherboard.

Connect the case switches and indicator LEDs to the PANEL1 header.

Here is a list of the PANEL1 pin assignments.

Pin Signal

1 HD_LED_P(+)

3 HD_LED_N(-)

5 RESET_SW_N(-)

7 RESET_SW_P(+)

9 RSVD_DNU

Pin Signal

2 FP PWR/SLP(+)

4 FP PWR/SLP(-)

6 POWER_SW_P(+)

8 POWER_SW_N(-)

10 KEY

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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

VCC

NC

Pin

2

4

Signal

Key

Signal

SPDIFO1: S/PIF Out Header

S/PDIF (Sony/Plilips Digital Interface) is a standard audio transfer file format and allows the transfer of digatal audio signals from one device to another without having to be converted first to an analog format. Via a specific audio cable, you can connect the SPDIFO1 header (S/PDIF output) on the motherboard to the S/PDIF digital input on the external speakers or AC Decode devices.

Pin

1

3

Signal

SPDIFOUT

KEY

Pin

2

4

Signal

5VA

GDN

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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 PORT1L

Signal

3 PORT1R

5 PORT2R

7 SENSE_SEND

9 PORT2L

Pin

2 GND

Signal

4 PRESENCE#

6 Sense1_return

8 KEY

10 Sense2_return

USB3/USB4: 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 USB3/USB4 to connect the front-mounted ports to the motherboard.

Pin Sig n al Pin Sig n al

1 V ERG_FP_USBPW R0 2 V ERG_FP_USBPW R0

3 USB_FP_P0(-)

5 USB_FP_P0(+)

4 USB_FP_P1(- )

6 USB_FP_P1(+)

7 GROUND

9 KEY

8 GROUND

10 NC

1.

Locate the USB3/USB4 header on the motherboard.

2.

Plug the bracket cable onto the USB3/USB4 header.

3.

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 Signal Pin Signal

1

3

5

NC

+5V

IRTX

2

4

6

KEY

GND

IRRX

1.

Locate the infrared port-IR1 header on the motherboard.

2.

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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LPT1: Onboard parallel port Header

This header allows the user to connect to the printer, scanner or devices.

Pin

1

3

5

Signal

STROBE

PD1

PD3

7

9

PD5

PD7

11 BUSK

13 SLCT

15 ERROR

17 SLCTIN

19 Ground

21 Ground

23 Ground

25 Ground

Pin

2

4

6

8

PD0

PD2

PD4

PD6

10 ACK

12 PE

14 ALF

16 INIT

18 Ground

20 Ground

22 Ground

24 Ground

26 Key

Signal

Install Other Devices

Install and connect any other devices in the system following the steps below.

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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.

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 3.0 Gb/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.

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Analog Audio Input Connector

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 4-pin connector CD_IN1.

Pin

1

2

3

4

Signal

CD IN L

GND

GND

CD IN R

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Expansion Slots

This motherboard has one PCI Ex16, one PCI Ex1 and two 32-bit PCI slots.

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Follow the steps below to install an PCI Express/CNR/PCI expansion card.

1

2

3

4

Locate the PCI Express, CNR or PCI slots on the motherboard.

Remove the blanking plate of the slot from the system chassis.

Install the edge connector of the expansion card into the slot. Ensure the edge connector is correctly seated in the slot.

Secure the metal bracket of the card to the system chassis with a screw.

PCI Express Slot

You can install an external PCI Express graphics card that is fully compliant to the

PCI Express Base Specification revsion 1.0a.

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.

CMOS Setup Utility – Copyright (C) 1985-2005, American Megatrends, Inc

Standard CMOS Setup

Advanced Setup

Advanced Chipset Setup

Integrated Peripherals

Power Management Setup

PCI / PnP Setup

PC Health Status

Frequency/Voltage Control

Load Default Settings

Supervisor Password

User Password

Save & Exit Setup

Exit Without Saving

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

V02.59 (C) Copyright 1985-2005, American Megatrends, Inc.

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.

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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 PgUp and

PgDn 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 the [OK] or [Cancel] key.

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 load optimtimal settings.

Standard CMOS Setup Page

This page displays a table of items defining basic information of your system.

Date

Time

CMOS Setup Utility – Copyright (C) 1985-2005, American Megatrends, Inc.

Standard CMOS Setup

Wed 07/18/2007

03:08:56

Help Item

Primary IDE Master

Primary IDE Slave

S-ATA1

S-ATA2

ATAPI CDROM

Not Detected

Hard Disk

Hard Disk

While entering setup, BIOS auto detects the presence of

IDE devices. This displays the status of auto detection of

IDE devices.

IDE BusMaster Enabled

Drive A 1.44 MB 3 1 /

2

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

Date & Time

These items set up system date and time.

Primary IDE Master/Primary IDE Slave

Use these items to configure devices connected to the Primary IDE channels. To configure an IDE hard disk drive, choose Auto. If the Auto setting fails to find a hard disk drive, set it to User, and then fill in the hard disk characteristics (Size,

Cyls, etc.) manually. If you have a CD-ROM drive, select the setting CDROM.

If you have an ATAPI device with removable media (e.g. a ZIP drive or an LS-

120), select Floptical.

S-ATA1/2

These items display the status of auto detection of saa devices when “Onboard

SATA-IDE” sets to “IDE”.

IDE BusMaster

This item enables or disables the DMA under DOS mode. We recommend you to leave this item at the default value.

Drive A

The item defines the characteristics of any diskette drive attached to the system.

You can connect one or two diskette drives.

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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.

CMOS Setup Utility – Copyright (C) 1985-2005, American Megatrends, Inc.

Advanced Setup

Help Item TM Status

Limit CPUID MaxVal

Hyper-Threading Technology

Quick Power on Self Test

Bootup NumLock Status

APIC Mode

1st Boot Device

2nd Boot Device

3rd Boot Device

Hard Disk Drives

Removable Drives

CD/DVD Drives

Boot Other Device

BIOS Protect

TM1

Disabled

Enabled

Enabled

On

Enabled

1st FLOPPY DRIVE

ST3120023AS

DVD-ROM DDU1632

Press Enter

Press Enter

Press Enter

Yes

Disabled

Disabled for WindowsXP

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

TM Status

This item display CPU Thermal Monitor status.

Limit CPUID MaxVal

This item can support Prescott CPUs for old OS. Users please note that under

NT 4.0, it must be set “Enabled”, while under WinXP, it must be set “Disabled”

Hyper-Threading Technology

This item is only available when the chipset supports Hyper-Threading and you areusing a Hyper-Threading CPU.

Quick Power On Self Test

Enable this item to shorten the power on self testing (POST) and have your system start up faster. You might like to enable this item after you confident that your system hardware is operating smoothly.

Boot Up NumLock Status

This item determines if the NumLock key is active or inactive at system start-up time.

APIC Mode

This item allows you to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable

Interrupt Controller) mode. APIC provides symmetric multi-processing (SMP) for systems, allowing support for up to 60 processors.

1st/2nd/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.

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Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:

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Hard Disk Drives

Hard Disk Drives

Help Item

1st Drive

2nd Drive

1st FLOPPY DRIVE

WDC WD2500JS-08NCB1

Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices.

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

Press <Esc> to return to Advanced Setup screen.

Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:

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Removable Drives

Removable Drives

Help Item

1st Drive 1st FLOPPY DRIVE Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices.

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

Press <Esc> to return to Advanced Setup screen.

Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:

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CD/DVD Drives

CD-DVD Drives

Help Item

1st Drive DVD-ROM DDU1632 Specifies the boot sequence from the available devices.

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

Press <Esc> to return to Advanced Setup screen.

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Boot Other Device

When enabled, the system searches all other possible locations for operating system if it fails to find one in the devices specified under the First, Second, and

Third boot devices.

BIOS Protect

This item enables or disables BIOS protect.

Press <Esc> to return to the main menu page.

Advanced Chipset Setup Page

This page sets up more advanced chipset information about your system.

Handle this page with caution. Any changes can affect the operation of your computer.

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Advanced Chipset Setup

Help Item

DRAM Timing

VGA Share Memory Size

Auto

256MB

Options

Manual

Auto

Turbo

Ultra

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

DRAM Timing

This item allows you to enable or disable the DRAM timing defined by the Serial

Presence Detect electrical. Users please note that if setting this item to auto, the following two items are not available.

VGA Share Memory Size

This item shows the VGA memory size borrowed from main memory capability.

In this case, 256MB is borrowed, which in the meanwhile the same the main memory loses.

Press <Esc> to return to the main menu page.

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Integrated Peripherals Page

This page sets up some parameters for peripheral devices connected to the system.

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Integrated Peripherals

Help Item OnBoard Floppy Controller

Serial Port1 Address

Enabled

3F8/IRQ4

Serial Port2 Adress 2F8/IRQ3

Serial Port2 Mode Normal

Parallel Port Address 378

Parallel Port Mode ECP

ECP Mode DMA Channel DMA3

Parallel Port IRQ IRQ7

SATA Controller IDE

HDAC Audio Controller Auto

LAN Controller Enabled

LAN Option ROM Disabled

OnBoard USB Function Enabled

USB Function For DOS Enabled

Allow BIOS to Enable or Disable Floppy

Controller.

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

OnBoard Floppy Controller

Use this item to enable or disable the onboard floppy disk drive interface.

Serial Port1/2 Address

Use this item to enable or disable the onboard COM1 serial port, and to assign a port address.

Serial Port2 Mode

If Serial Port 2 Address is not disabled, it allows you to set the Serial Port 2 Mode.

Parallel Port Address

Use this item to enable or disable the onboard Parallel port, and to assign a port address.

Parallel Port Mode

Use this item to select the parallel port mode. You can select Normal (Standard

Parallel Port), ECP (Extended Capabilities Port), EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port), or BPP (Bi-Directional Parallel Port).

ECP Mode DMA Channel

Use this item to assign the DMA Channel under ECP Mode function.

Parallel Port IRQ

Use this item to assign IRQ to the parallel port.

SATA Controller

Use this item to enable or disable the onboard SATA controller.

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HDAC Audio Controller

Use this item to enable or disable the onboard Audio controller.

LAN Controller

This option allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller.

LAN Option ROM

Use this item to enable or disable the booting from the onboard LAN with a remote boot ROM installed.

Onboard USB Function

Enable this item if you plan to use the USB ports on this motherboard.

USB Function For DOS

Enable this item if you plan to use the USB ports on this motherboard in a DOS environment.

Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.

Power Management Setup Page

This page sets some parameters for system power management operation.

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Power Management Setup

ACPI Suspend Type S1

Suspend Time Out Disabled

Resume on RTC Alarm

Resume On Ring

Resume On PME#

Disabled

Disabled

Enabled

Resume by WOL Disabled

Resume On PS/2 Mouse Disabled

Resume by PCI-E PME Disabled

PWRON After PWR-Fail Power Off

Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN Instant Off

USB Device Wakeup Function Enabled

Resume On KBC Disabled

Wake-Up Key Any Key

Help Item

Select the ACPI state used for

System Suspend.

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

ACPI Suspend Type

Use this item to define how your system suspends. In the default, S3 (STR), the suspend mode is a suspend to RAM, i.e., the system shuts down with the exception of a refresh current to the system memory.

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.

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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.

Resume On Ring

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.

You must use an ATX power supply in order to use this feature.

Resume On PME#

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 PCI

Modem or PCI LAN card. You must use an ATX power supply in order to use this feature. Use this item to do wake-up action if inserting the PCI card.

Resume by WOL

This item specifies whether the system will be awakened from power saving modes when activity or input signal of the specified WOL device is detected.

Resume On PS/2 Mouse

This item enables or disables you to allow mouse activity to awaken the system from power saving mode.

Resume by PCI-E PME

This item specifies whether the system will be awakened from power saving modes when activity or input signal of the specified WOL device is detected.

PWRON After PWR-Fail

This item enables your computer to automatically restart or return to its last operating status.

Soft-Off By PWR- BTTN

If the item is set to Instant-Off, then the power button causes a software power down. If the item is set to Delay 4 Sec. then you have to hold the power button down for four seconds to cause power down.

USB Device Wakeup Function

This item allows you to enable or disable the USB device Wakeup function.

Resume On KBC

This item enables or disables you to allow keyboard activity to awaken the system.

Wake-Up key: When Keyboard Power On is set to Enable, this item is available and users can enter any key, or hot key on the keyboard or type in the password.

Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.

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PCI / PnP 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 / PnP Setup

Init Display First

Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA

PCI

Yes

Help Item

Options

PCI

PCI Express Card

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

Init Dispaly First

This item allows you to choose the primary display card.

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 Health Status Page

This page helps you monitor the parameters for critical voltages, temperatures and fan speeds.

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PC Health Status

Help Item

Hardware Health Event Monitoring

Vcore : 1.296V

Vdimm : 1.592V

Vcc5V : 1.296V

CPU FAN Speed : 1962RPM

CPU Temperature : 162°C/143°F

CPU SMART Fan Control Disabled

Options

Disabled

Enabled

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

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System Component Characteristics

These fields provide you with information about the system current operating status.

CPU Temperature

System Temperature

CPU Fan Speed

System Fan Speed

CPU Vorce

VDIMM

CPU SMART Fan Control

This item allows users to enable or disable smart fan control function.

Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.

Frequency/Voltage Control Page

This page helps you to set the clock speed and system bus for your system. The clock speed and system bus are determined by the kind of processor you have installed in your system.

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Frequncey/Voltage Control

Help Item

Manufacturer : Intel

Ratio Actual Value : 15

DRAM Frequency Auto

CPU Over-clocking Func.: Disabled

CPU Frequency : 200MHz

Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk Enabled

Spread Spectrum Enabled

Auto

Options

400MHz

533 MHz

667 MHz

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

Manufacturer

This item indicates the brand of the CPU installed in your system.

Ratio Actual Value

This item determinese the actual value of ratio.

DRAM Frequency

This item enables users to adjust the DRAM frequency. The default setting is auto and we recommend users leave the setting unchanged. Modify it at will may cause the system to be unstable.

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CPU Over-clocking Func.

This item decides the CPU over-clocking function/frequencyinstalled in your system. If the over-clocking fails, please turn offthe system power. And then, hold the PageUp key (similar to theClear CMOS function) and turn on the power, the BIOS willrecover the safe default.

CPU Frequency

This item indicates the current CPU frequency. Users can not make any change to this item. Please noted that the frequency will be varied with different CPU.

Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk

When this item is enabled, BIOS will disable the clock signal of free DIMM/PCI slots.

S pread Spectrum

If you enable spread spectrum, it can significantly reduce the EMI (Electro-

Magnetic interface) generated by the system.

Load Default Settings

This option opens a dialog box to ask if you are sure to install optimized defaults or not. You select [OK], and then <Enter>, the Setup Utility loads all default values; or select [Cancel], and then <Enter>, the Setup Utility does not load default values.

Note: It is highly recommend that users enter this option to load optimal default values for accessing the best performance.

Supervisor Password Page

This page helps you set up some parameters for the hardware monitoring function of this motherboard.

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Supervisor Password

Supervisor Password : Not Installed Help Item

Change Supervisor Password Press Enter

Installed or Change the password

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

Supervisor Password

This item indicates whether a supervisor password has been set. If the password has been installed , Installed displays. If not, Not Installed dispalys.

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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.

Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.

User Password Page

This page helps you set up some parameters for the hardware monitoring function of this motherboard.

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User Password

User Password : Not Installed Help Item

Change User Password Press Enter

Installed or Change the password

: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value F10: Save Esc: Exit

F1: General Help F9: Optimized Defaults

User Password

This item indicates whether a user password has been set. If the password has been installed , Installed displays. If not, Not Installed dispalys.

Change User 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.

Save & Exit Setup

Highlight this item and press <Enter> to save the changes that you have made in the Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Save and Exit dialog box appears, press [Y] to save and exit, or press [N] to return to the main menu.

Exit Without Saving

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 Exit Without Saving dialog box appears, press [Y] to discard changes and exit, or press [N] to return to the main menu.

Note: If you have made settings that you do not want to save, use the “Exit

Without Saving” item and presst [Y] to discard any changes you have made.

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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 auto-installing or manual installation depending on your operating system.

If your operating system is Windows 2000/XP/Vista, it will automatically install all the drivers and utilities for your motherboard.

Installing Support Software

1 Insert the support CD-ROM disc in the CD-ROM drive.

2 When you insert the CD-ROM disc in the system CD-ROM drive, the CD automatically displays an Auto Setup screen.

3 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 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 mainboard supports.

The ReadMe brings you to the Install Path where you can find out path names of software driver.

Auto-Installing under Windows 2000/XP/Vista

If you are under Windows 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.

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3 The support software will automatically install.

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.

During the Windows Vista Driver Auto Setup Procedure, users should use one of the following two methods to install the driver after the system restart.

Method 1. Run Reboot Setup

Windows Vista will block startup programs by default when installing drivers after the system restart. You must select taskbar icon Run Blocked Program and run Reboot Setup to install the next driver, until you finish all drivers installation.

Method 2. Disable UAC (User Account Control)

* For administrator account only. Standard user account can only use Method 1.

Disable Vista UAC function before installing drivers, then use CD driver to install drivers, it will continue to install drivers after system restart without running blocked programs.

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Follow these instructions to Disable Vista UAC function:

1.

Go to Control Panel.

2.

Select Classic View.

3.

Set User Account.

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4.

Select Turn User Account Control on or off and press Continue.

5.

Disable User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer item and press OK, then press Restart Now. Then you can restart your computer and continue to install drivers without running blocked programs.

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.

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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 mn

Enter

ESC

View Array

Move to the next item

Confirm the selection

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 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.

3 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 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.

4 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.)

5 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 VT8237 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 Insert the supported CD into the CD-ROM drive.

2 The CD will auto-run and the setup screen will appear.

3 Under the Driver tab, click on VIA SATA RAID Utility.

4 The drivers will be automatically installed.

Confirming Windows XP Driver Installation

1 From Windows XP, open the Control Panel from My Computer followed by the System icon.

2 Choose the Hardware tab, then click the Device manager tab.

3 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 supported 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 or button to view the statuses of

Array 0--RAID 1.

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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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