Asrock 990FX Extreme4
990FX Extreme4
User Manual
Version 1.1
Published December 2012
Copyright©201 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1. Introduction................................................................. 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Package Contents .....................................................................
Specifications.............................................................................
Motherboard Layout .................................................................
I/O Panel ..................................................................................
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2. Installation ................................................................... 15
Pre-installation Precautions ................................................................ 15
2.1 CPU Installation ......................................................................... 16
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink ...................................... 16
2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) .................................... 17
2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)........................... 19
2.5 SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide ..................................... 20
2.6
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10
2.11
2.12
2.13
2.14
2.15
2.16
CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM
Operation Guide ........................................................................
Surround Display Information ....................................................
Jumpers Setup...........................................................................
Onboard Headers and Connectors .......................................
Smart Switches ..........................................................................
Dr. Debug ..............................................................................
Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation .........................
Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs .................
SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Operation Guide
Driver Installation Guide ............................................................
Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
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XP 64-bit With RAID Functions .................................................. 45
2.16.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions ....................................................................... 45
2.16.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
With RAID Functions ..................................................... 46
2.17 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions ............................................. 47
2.17.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions ....................................................................... 47
2.17.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
Without RAID Functions ................................................ 48
2.18 Untied Overclocking Technology ............................................ 48
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY.......................................................... 49
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
Introduction ................................................................................
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar ................................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys ...............................................................
Main Screen ...............................................................................
OC Tweaker Screen...................................................................
Advanced Screen ......................................................................
3.4.1 CPU Configuration ...........................................................
3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration ..............................................
3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration .............................................
3.4.4 Storage Configuration ......................................................
3.4.5 Super IO Configuration ....................................................
3.4.6 ACPI Configuration ..........................................................
3.4.7 USB Configuration ...........................................................
Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen ...............................
Boot Screen ...............................................................................
Security Screen .........................................................................
Exit Screen ................................................................................
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4. Software Support ......................................................... 69
4.1
4.2
Install Operating System............................................................
Support CD Information .............................................................
4.2.1 Running Support CD .......................................................
4.2.2 Drivers Menu ...................................................................
4.2.3 Utilities Menu ...................................................................
4.2.4 Contact Information .........................................................
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock 990FX Extreme4 motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers
excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to
quality and endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration
guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might
be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may
find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as
well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for specific information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 Package Contents
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Motherboard
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Quick Installation Guide
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 Support CD
1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA 66/100/133 IDE Ribbon Cable
1 x Ribbon Cable for a 3.5-in Floppy Drive
4 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cables (Optional)
1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel
4 x HDD Screws
6 x Chassis Screws
1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64
bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Configuration
to AHCI mode. For the BIOS setup, please refer to the “User Manual” in
our support CD for details.
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1.2 Specifications
Platform
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality
Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
- Support for Socket AM3+ processors
- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD PhenomTM II X6 /
X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 /
Sempron processors
- Supports 8-Core CPU
- Supports UCC feature (Unlock CPU Core) (see CAUTION 1)
- Advanced V8 + 2 Power Phase Design
- Supports CPU up to 140W
- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM Technology
- FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology (see CAUTION 2)
- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
- Northbridge: AMD 990FX
- Southbridge: AMD SB950
- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 3)
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Support DDR3 2100(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066/800
non-ECC, un-buffered memory (see CAUTION 4)
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION 5)
- 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: x16 mode;
PCIE5: x4 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports AMDTM Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM
and CrossFireXTM
Audio
LAN
Rear Panel I/O
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM and SLITM
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
(Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudioTM
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Broadcom BCM57781
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
I/O Panel
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SATA3
USB 3.0
Connector
Smart Switch
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATA3 Connector
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED
LED)
- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker/Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/
Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone (see CAUTION 6)
- 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by AMD SB950, support
RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD and RAID 5), NCQ,
AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9120, support
NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions
(SATA3_8 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)
- 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0
/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by
Etron EJ168A, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 8 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors
- 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
- 1 x Floppy connector
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x IEEE 1394 header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- CD in header
- Front panel audio connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Dr. Debug (7-Segment Debug LED)
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
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BIOS Feature
Support CD
Unique Feature
Hardware
Monitor
OS
Certifications
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
- 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, VCCM, NB, SB Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial
- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) (see CAUTION 7)
- ASRock Instant Boot
- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 8)
- ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 9)
- ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 10)
- ASRock On/Off Play Technology (see CAUTION 11)
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 12)
- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 13)
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Turbo 50 / Turbo 60 CPU Overclocking
- Turbo UCC
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP
/ XP 64-bit compliant
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
(see CAUTION 14)
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
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WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting the
setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or using the third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even cause damage to the
components and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and expense.
We are not responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking.
CAUTION!
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7.
ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activation. As long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you
can unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost.
When UCC feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost
to the quad-core CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can
also increase L3 cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the
upgrade CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC
feature is supported with AM3 CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3
CPU can support this function because some CPU’s hidden core may be
malfunctioned.
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology. Please read
“Untied Overclocking Technology” on page 48 for details.
This motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Before
you implement Dual Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the
installation guide of memory modules on page 17 for proper installation.
Whether 2100MHz memory speed is supported depends on the AM3/
AM3+ CPU you adopt. If you want to adopt DDR3 2100 memory module
on this motherboard, please refer to the memory support list on our website for the compatible memory modules.
ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be
less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 7 /
VistaTM / XP. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such
limitation.
For microphone input, this motherboard supports both stereo and mono
modes. For audio output, this motherboard supports 2-channel, 4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel modes. Please check the table on page 13
for proper connection.
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to ne-tune
different system functions in a user-friendly interface, which is including
Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control,
it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking, you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and
share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to
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their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy
Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to
improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures
of ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU).
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM.
This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS
without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. With
this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to
BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool
and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file
system.
If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices,
such as iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful solution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply installing the APP Charger
driver, it makes your iPhone charged much quickly from your computer
and up to 40% faster than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to
quickly charge many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports
continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). With APP
Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging
experience than ever.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp
ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The
performance may depend on the property of the device.
ASRock On/Off Play Technology allows users to enjoy the great audio experience from the portable audio devices, such like MP3 player or mobile
phone to your PC, even when the PC is turned off (or in ACPI S5 mode)!
This motherboard also provides a free 3.5mm audio cable (optional) that
ensures users the most convenient computing environment.
Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended
to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU
bus frequencies may cause the instability of the system or damage the
CPU.
While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown.
Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the
motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug
it back again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal
grease between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC system.
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14. EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by European Union to define the power consumption for the completed system.
According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system shall be
under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standard, an EuP ready
motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required. According to
Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet the standard
of 5v standby power efficiency is higher than 50% under 100 mA current
consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you
checking with the power supply manufacturer for more details.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
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5
7
8 9
10
11
24.4cm (9.6-in)
PS2
Mouse
Center:
FRONT
Top:
LINE IN
PCIE1
PWR_FAN1
30.5cm (12.0-in)
USB8_9
AMD
990FX
Chipset
15
16
17
CD1
PCIE2
AUDIO
CODEC
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38
AMD
SB950
Chipset
PCI Express 2.0
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PCI2
ErP/EuP Ready Front USB 3.0
1394a
SATA3_8
COM1
SATA3_7
PANEL 1
FLOPPY1
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13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
32
USB3_0_1
PLED PWRBTN
PWRBTN1
RSTBTN1
21
PLED1
1
1
HDLED
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20
Dr.
Debug
1
1
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32Mb
BIOS
RoHS USB 3.0
PCIE5
19
SATA3_3_4
PCIE4
Support 8-Core CPU SATA3 6Gb/s
SATA3_1_2
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SATA3_5_6
PCI1
990FX Extreme4
Super
I/O
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
18
PCIE3
37
34
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IDE1
Bottom:
MIC IN
HD_AUDIO1
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1
Center:
REAR SPK
Bottom:
CTR BASS
Top:
SIDE SPK
IR1
1
1
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1
USB 3.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
44
CHA_FAN1
USB2_3
eSATA3
USB 2.0
T: USB4
B: USB5
IEEE 1394
45
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1
USB 2.0
T: USB6
B: USB7
RJ-45 LAN
SOCKET AM3b
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
CMOS
BATTERY
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
Coaxial
SPDIF
Optical
SPDIF
LAN
PHY
DDR3_B2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
1
CLRCMOS1
FRONT_1394
HDMI_SPDIF1
DDR3_A2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
HT3.0 AM3+
DDR3 1866
Clr
CMOS
1
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
CPU_FAN1 CPU_FAN2
ATX12V1
Phenom II FSB2.6GHz
Dual Channel 140W CPU
PS2
Keyboard
Designed in Taipei
CHA_FAN2
CHA_FAN3
SPEAKER1
RESET
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HDMI_SPDIF Header (HDMI_SPDIF1, White)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN3)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN2)
CPU Heatsink Retention Module
AM3+ CPU Socket
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel B: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1; Blue)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel B: DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2; White)
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9, Blue)
USB 2.0 Header (USB2_3, Blue)
Front Panel IEEE 1394 Header
(FRONT_1394, White)
Northbridge Controller
Southbridge Controller
Primary IDE Connector (IDE1, Blue)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_5_6, White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_3_4, White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_1_2, White)
Power LED Header (PLED1)
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Chassis Speaker Header
(SPEAKER 1, White)
Dr. Debug (LED)
Reset Switch (RSTBTN)
Power Switch (PWRBTN)
SPI Flash Memory (32Mb)
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_0_1, Light Blue)
System Panel Header (PANEL1, White)
Floppy Connector (FLOPPY1)
Serial Port Connector (COM1)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_7, White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3_8, White)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5; Blue)
PCI Slot (PCI2)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4; Blue)
PCI Slot (PCI1)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE3; White)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2; Blue)
Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1; White)
Internal Audio Connector: CD1 (White)
Front Panel Audio Header
(HD_AUDIO1, White)
Infrared Module Header (IR1)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
1.4 I/O Panel
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1
2
*3
4
5
6
7
8
**9
3
2
1
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14 13 12
15
16
4
PS/2 Mouse Port (Green)
Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
LAN RJ-45 Port
USB 2.0 Ports (USB45)
Side Speaker (Gray)
Rear Speaker (Black)
Central / Bass (Orange)
Line In (Light Blue)
Front Speaker (Lime)
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12
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15
16
17
18
5
8
6
9
7
10
11
Microphone (Pink)
USB 3.0 Ports (USB23)
IEEE 1394 Port (IEEE 1394)
eSATA3 Connector
USB 2.0 Ports (USB67)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
Optical SPDIF Out Port
Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN)
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED
indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Status
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Off
Orange
Green
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
LAN Port
** If you use 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”.
See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use.
TABLE for Audio Output Connection
Audio Output Channels Front Speaker Rear Speaker
(No. 9)
(No. 6)
2
V
-4
V
V
6
V
V
8
V
V
13
Central / Bass
(No. 7)
--V
V
Side Speaker
(No. 5)
---V
To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system.
Please select “Mixer ToolBox”
, click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click “ok”.
Choose “2CH”, “4CH”, “6CH”, or “8CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA Primary output” to use Rear Speaker, Central/Bass, and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek HDA
Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio.
*** eSATA3 connector supports SATA Gen3 in cable 1M.
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2. Installation
This is an ATX form factor (12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) motherboard.
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure
that the motherboard fits into it.
Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the
power is switched off or the power cord is detached from the
power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
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2.
3.
4.
5.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the
like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety
grounded object before you handle components.
Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.
When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the motherboard to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing
so may damage the motherboard.
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2.1 CPU Installation
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
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Unlock the socket by lifting the lever up to a 90 angle.
Position the CPU directly above the socket such that the CPU corner with
the golden triangle matches the socket corner with a small triangle.
Carefully insert the CPU into the socket until it fits in place.
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to avoid bending of the pins.
Step 4.
When the CPU is in place, press it firmly on the socket while you push
down the socket lever to secure the CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab
to indicate that it is locked.
Lever 90° Up
CPU Golden Triangle
Socker Corner
Small Triangle
STEP 1:
Lift Up The Socket Lever
STEP 2 / STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Match The CPU Golden Triangle Push Down And Lock
To The Socket Corner Small
The Socket Lever
Triangle
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
After you install the CPU into this motherboard, it is necessary to install a
larger heatsink and cooling fan to dissipate heat. You also need to spray
thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Make sure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened
and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the
CPU FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see Page 12, No. 6 or CPU_FAN2,
see Page 12, No. 7). For proper installation, please kindly refer to the
instruction manuals of the CPU fan and the heatsink.
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2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots,
and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration,
you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chip-type)
DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots of the same color. In other words, you have to install
identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel A (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1; Blue
slots; see p.12 No.10) or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel B (DDR3_
A2 and DDR3_B2; White slots; see p.12 No.11), so that Dual Channel Memory
Technology can be activated. This motherboard also allows you to install four DDR3
DIMMs for dual channel configuration, and please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in
all four slots. You may refer to the Dual Channel Memory Configuration Table below.
Dual Channel Memory Configurations
DDR3_A1
(Blue Slot)
Populated
Populated
(1)
(2)
(3)*
*
DDR3_A2
(White Slot)
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B1
(Blue Slot)
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B2
(White Slot)
Populated
Populated
For the configuration (3), please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four
slots.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Please install the memory module into the white slot (DDR3_A2
and DDR3_B2) for the first priority.
If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility
and reliability, it is recommended to install them in the slots of the
same color. In other words, install them either in the set of blue
slots (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1), or in the set of white slots (DDR3_
A2 and DDR3_B2).
If only one memory module or three memory modules are installed
in the DDR3 DIMM slots on this motherboard, it is unable to activate
the Dual Channel Memory Technology.
If a pair of memory modules is NOT installed in the same Dual
Channel, for example, installing a pair of memory modules in
DDR3_A1 and DDR3_A2, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel
Memory Technology .
It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
If you adopt DDR3 2100 memory modules on this motherboard, it is
recommended to install them on DDR3_A2 and DDR3_B2 slots.
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Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or
removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1.
Step 2.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the
break on the slot.
The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into
the slot at incorrect orientation.
Step 3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends
fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI slots and 5 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCI Slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI
interface.
PCIE Slots:
PCIE1 / PCIE3 (PCIE x1 slot; White) is used for PCI Express cards with
x1 lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card and SATA2 card.
PCIE2 / PCIE4 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x16 lane
width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to
support SLITM and CrossFireXTM function.
PCIE5 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width
cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support 3-Way
CrossFireXTM function.
1.
2.
3.
4.
In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot.
In CrossFireXTM or SLITM mode, please install PCI Express x16
graphics cards on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, both these
two slots will work at x16 bandwidth.
In 3-Way CrossFireXTM mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics cards on PCIE2, PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. Therefore, PCIE2 and
PCIE4 slots will work at x16 bandwidth while PCIE5 slot will work at
x4 bandwidth.
Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connector (CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3) when using multiple
graphics cards for better thermal environment.
Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power
supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the
documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.5 SLITM and Quad SLITM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports NVIDIA® SLITM and Quad SLITM (Scalable Link Interface)
technology that allows you to install up to three identical PCI Express x16 graphics
cards. Currently, NVIDIA® SLITM technology supports Windows® XP / XP 64-bit /
VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS. NVIDIA® Quad SLITM technology support
Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS only. Please follow the installation
procedures in this section.
Requirements
1.
For SLITM technology, you should have two identical SLITM-ready
graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified. For Quad SLITM technology, you should have two identical Quad SLITM-ready graphics cards
that are NVIDIA® certified.
2.
Make sure that your graphics card driver supports NVIDIA® SLITM
technology. Download the driver from NVIDIA® website
3.
(www.nvidia.com).
Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least
the minimum power required by your system. It is recommended
to use NVIDIA® certified PSU. Please refer to NVIDIA® website for
details.
2.5.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.5.1.1 Installing Two SLITM-Ready Graphics Cards
Step 1.
Install the identical SLITM-ready graphics cards that are NVIDIA® certified
because different types of graphics cards will not work together properly.
(Even the GPU chips version shall be the same.) Insert one graphics card
into PCIE2 slot and the other graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that
the cards are properly seated on the slots.
Step2.
If required, connect the auxiliary power source to the PCI Express
graphics cards.
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Step3.
Align and insert ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card to the goldfingers on each
graphics card. Make sure ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card is firmly in place.
ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
Step4.
Connect a VGA cable or a DVI cable to the monitor connector or the DVI
connector of the graphics card that is inserted to PCIE2 slot.
2.5.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Install the graphics card drivers to your system. After that, you can enable the MultiGraphics Processing Unit (GPU) feature in the NVIDIA® nView system tray utility.
Please follow the below procedures to enable the multi-GPU feature.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
(For SLITM mode only)
A. Double-click NVIDIA Settings icon on your Windows® taskbar.
B. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In
Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select
an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
C. Reboot your system.
D. You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLITM feature.
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For Windows® VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit OS:
(For SLITM and Quad SLITM mode)
A. Click the Start icon on your Windows taskbar.
B. From the pop-up menu, select All Programs, and then click NVIDIA
Corporation.
C. Select NVIDIA Control Panel tab.
D. Select Control Panel tab.
E. From the pop-up menu, select Set SLI and PhysX configuration. In
Set PhysX GPU acceleration item, please select Enabled. In Select
an SLI configuration item, please select Enable SLI. And click Apply.
F. Reboot your system.
G.You can freely enjoy the benefit of SLITM or Quad SLITM feature.
* SLITM appearing here is a registered trademark of NVIDIA® Technologies Inc., and is used
only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
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2.6 CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM
Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireX TM , 3-way CrossFireX TM and Quad
CrossFireX TM feature. CrossFireX TM technology offers the most advantageous
means available of combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing
Units (GPU) in a single PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with
intelligent software design and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFireXTM
enables the highest possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D
application. Currently CrossFireXTM feature is supported with Windows® XP with
Service Pack 2 / VistaTM / 7 OS. 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM feature
are supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS only. Please check AMD website for
AMDTM CrossFireXTM driver updates.
1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the
performance benefits of CrossFireXTM. All three CrossFireXTM components, a
CrossFireXTM Ready graphics card, a CrossFireXTM Ready motherboard and a
CrossFireXTM Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly
to benefit from the CrossFireXTM multi-GPU platform.
2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFireXTM Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both
cards will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFireXTM mode.
2.6.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.6.1.1 Installing Two CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics
Cards
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 3870 as the example
graphics card. For other CrossFireXTM cards that AMDTM has released or will
release in the future, please refer to AMDTM graphics card manuals for detailed
installation guide.
Step 1.
Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon
graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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Step 2.
Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on
CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards.
(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not
bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor
for details.)
CrossFire Bridge
or
Step 3.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert
the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.6.1.2 Installing Three CrossFireXTM-Ready Graphics
Cards
Step 1.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE2 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 2.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE4 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 3.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE5 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 4.
Use one CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE2
and PCIE4 slots, and use the other CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon
graphics cards on PCIE4 and PCIE5 slots. (CrossFireTM Bridge is provided
with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard.
Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)
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CrossFireTM Bridge
Step 5.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert
the DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.6.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1.
Step 2.
Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Remove the ATITM driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your system.
The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this
utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.
Please check AMD website for ATITM driver updates.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Install the required drivers to your system.
For Windows® XP OS:
A. AMDTM recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be
installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed
in your system, there is no need to download it again):
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to
downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please
check Microsoft website for details.
For Windows® 7 / VistaTM OS:
Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.
Restart your computer.
Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.
Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
Step 6.
Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select “CrossFireXTM”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireXTM”. Select “2 GPUs”
and click “Apply” (if you install two Radeon graphics cards). Select “3
GPUs” and click “OK” (if you install three Radeon graphics cards).
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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFireTM”, the CrossFireXTM function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically
reboot. After restarting your computer, please confirm whether the option
“Enable CrossFireTM” in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not;
if not, please select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the benefit of
CrossFireXTM feature.
Step 7.
You can freely enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM or
Quad CrossFireXTM feature.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of AMDTM Technologies Inc., and is
used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of AMDTM CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for
updates and details.
2.7 Surround Display Feature
This motherboard supports Surround Display upgrade. With the external add-on PCI
Express VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of Surround Display feature.
For the detailed instruction, please refer to the document at the following path in the
Support CD:
..\ Surround Display Information
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2.8 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose
pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap
is placed on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Setting
Clear CMOS Jumper
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.12, No. 3)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. The data in CMOS includes system setup information such as system password, date, time, and
system setup parameters. To clear and reset the system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the
power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a jumper cap to short pin2
and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However, please do not clear the
CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need to clear the CMOS when
you just finish updating the BIOS, you must boot up the system first, and then
shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action.
The Clear CMOS Switch has the same function as the Clear CMOS
jumper.
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2.9 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
FDD connector
(33-pin FLOPPY1)
(see p.12 No. 30)
the red-striped side to Pin1
Note: Make sure the red-striped side of the cable is plugged into Pin1 side of the
connector.
Primary IDE connector (Blue)
(39-pin IDE1, see p.12 No. 18)
connect the black end
to the IDE devices
connect the blue end
to the motherboard
80-conductor ATA 66/100/133 cable
Note: Please refer to the instruction of your IDE device vendor for the details.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
Either end of the SATA data
cable can be connected to the
(Optional)
SATA3 hard disk or the SATA3
connector on this motherboard.
3.5mm Audio Cable
Either end of the 3.5mm audio
cable can be connected to the
portable audio devices, such
as MP3 player and mobile
phone or the Line-in port of
your PC.
(Optional)
Serial ATA (SATA)
Power Cable
(Optional)
connect to the SATA
HDD power connector
connect to the
power supply
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Please connect the black end
of SATA power cable to the
power connector on each drive.
Then connect the white end of
SATA power cable to the power
connector of the power supply.
SATA3_1_2 SATA3_3_4 SATA3_5_6
Serial ATA3 Connectors
(SATA3_1_2: see p.12, No. 21)
(SATA3_3_4: see p.12, No. 20)
(SATA3_5_6: see p.12, No. 19)
(SATA3_7: see p.12, No. 32)
(SATA3_8: see p.12, No. 33)
SATA3_8
(see p.12 No. 14)
SATA3 interface allows up to
6.0 Gb/s data transfer rate. If
you install the HDD on the
eSATA port on the rear I/O,
the internal SATA3_8 will not
function.
Besides six default USB 2.0
DUMMY
GND
GND
P+2
P+3
P-3
USB_PWR
P-2
USB_PWR
1
(9-pin USB8_9)
(see p.12 No. 13)
(SATA3) connectors support
SATA data cables for internal
storage devices. The current
SATA3_7
USB 2.0 Headers
(9-pin USB2_3)
These eight Serial ATA3
ports on the I/O panel, there
are two USB 2.0 headers on
this motherboard. Each USB 2.0
header can support two USB
2.0 ports.
DUMMY
GND
GND
P+8
P+9
P-9
USB_PWR
P-8
USB_PWR
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USB 3.0 Header
Besides two default USB 3.0
(19-pin USB3_0_1)
ports on the I/O panel, there is
one USB 3.0 header on this
motherboard. This USB 3.0
header can support two USB
3.0 ports.
(see p.12 No. 28)
Infrared Module Header
This header supports an
(5-pin IR1)
optional wireless transmitting
and receiving infrared module.
(see p.12 No. 44)
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Internal Audio Connectors
This connector allows you
CD1
(4-pin CD1)
(CD1: see p.12 No. 42)
Front Panel Audio Header
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
1
MIC2_L
GND
MIC2_R
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT2_R
(see p.12 No. 43)
J_SENSE
OUT2_L
OUT_RET
to receive stereo audio input
from sound sources such as
a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, TV
tuner card, or MPEG card.
This is an interface for the front
panel audio cable that allows
convenient connection and
control of audio devices.
1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on
the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the
instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio
header as below:
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).
D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t
need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.
E. To activate the front mic.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”.
For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Go to the "FrontMic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust
“Recording Volume”.
System Panel Header
This header accommodates
several system front panel
functions.
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.12 No. 29)
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator
on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below.
Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
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RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking
when the sys-tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system
is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).
HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module
mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive
activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front
panel module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the
pin assign-ments are matched correctly.
Chassis Speaker Header
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
(see p.12 No. 23)
Please connect the chassis
speaker to this header.
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SPEAKER
DUMMY
+5V DUMMY
Power LED Header
Please connect the chassis
power LED to this header to
indicate system power status.
The LED is on when the system
is operating. The LED keeps
blinking in S1 state. The LED is
off in S3/S4 state or S5 state
(power off).
(3-pin PLED1)
(see p.12 No. 22)
Chassis and Power Fan Connectors
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 45)
GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
(3-pin CHA_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 4)
(3-pin CHA_FAN3)
(see p.12 No. 2)
Please connect the fan cables
to the fan connectors and
match the black wire to the
ground pin. CHA_FAN1/2/3 fan
speed can be controlled through
UEFI or AXTU.
CHA_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
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(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 40)
CPU Fan Connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
PWR_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
CPU_FAN_SPEED
+12V
GND
(see p.12 No. 6)
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
1 2 3 4
Please connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin
CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function.
If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this
motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
(3-pin CPU_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 7)
ATX Power Connector
+12V
GND
PWR_FAN_SPEED
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1
13
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(see p.12 No. 12)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power
supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
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1
13
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Power Connector
8
5
4
1
(8-pin ATX12V1)
(see p.12 No. 5)
Please connect an ATX 12V
power supply to this connector.
Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work
if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the 4-pin ATX power
supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 5. 8
5
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
4
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1
IEEE 1394 Header
GND
+12V
RXTPBM_0
(9-pin FRONT_1394)
+12V
RXTPBP_0
GND
GND
(see p.12 No. 15)
RXTPAP_0
RXTPAM_0
1
Serial port Header
one IEEE 1394 header
(FRONT_1394) on this
motherboard. This IEEE 1394
header can support one IEEE
1394 port.
This COM1 header supports a
RRXD1
DDTR#1
DDSR#1
CCTS#1
(9-pin COM1)
Besides one default IEEE 1394
port on the I/O panel, there is
serial port module.
(see p.12 No.31)
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RRI#1
RRTS#1
GND
TTXD1
DDCD#1
HDMI_SPDIF Header
HDMI_SPDIF header, providing
SPDIF audio output to HDMI
VGA card, allows the system to
connect HDMI Digital TV/
projector/LCD devices. Please
connect the HDMI_SPDIF
connector of HDMI VGA card to
this header.
(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
(see p.12
No. 1)
Front USB 3.0 Panel Installation Guide
Step 1 Prepare the bundled Front USB 3.0
Panel, four HDD screws, and six
chassis screws.
Step 2 Screw the 2.5” HDD/SSD to the Front
USB 3.0 Panel with four HDD screws.
Step 3 Intall the Front USB 3.0 Panel into
the 2.5” drive bay of the chassis.
Step 4 Screw the Front USB 3.0 Panel to
the drive bay with six chassis screws.
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Step 5 Plug the Front USB 3.0 cable into the
USB 3.0 header (USB3_0_1) on the
motherboard.
Step 6 The Front USB 3.0 Panel is ready
to use.
Rear USB 3.0 Bracket Installation Guide
Step 1 Unscrew the two screws from the Front
USB 3.0 Panel.
Step 2
Put the USB 3.0 cable and the
rear USB 3.0 bracket together.
Step 3 Screw the two screws into the rear
USB 3.0 bracket.
Step 4
Put the rear USB 3.0 bracket into
the chassis.
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2.10 Smart Switches
This motherboard has three smart switches: power switch, reset switch and clear
CMOS switch, allowing users to quickly turn on/off or reset the system or clear the
CMOS values.
Power Switch
Power Switch is a smart switch,
(PWRBTN)
(see p.12 No. 26)
allowing users to quickly turn
on/off the system.
Reset Switch
Reset Switch is a smart switch,
(RSTBTN)
allowing users to quickly reset
the system.
(see p.12 No. 25)
Clear CMOS Switch
Clear CMOS Switch is a smart
switch, allowing users to quickly
clear the CMOS values
(CLRCBTN)
(see p.13 No. 17)
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2.11 Dr. Debug
Dr. Debug is used to provide code information, which makes troubleshooting even
easier. Please see the diagrams below for reading the Dr. Debug codes.
Status Code
0x00
0x01
0x02
0x03
0x04
0x05
0x06
0x07
0x08
0x09
0x0A
0x0B
0x0C – 0x0D
0x0E
0x0F
0x10
0x11
0x12
0x13
0x14
0x15
0x16
0x17
0x18
0x19
0x1A
0x1B
0x1C
0x1D – 0x2A
0x2B
0x2C
0x2D
0x2E
0x2F
0x30
0x31
0x32
0x33
0x34
0x35
0x36
Description
Not used
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard)
AP initialization before microcode loading
North Bridge initialization before microcode loading
South Bridge initialization before microcode loading
OEM initialization before microcode loading
Microcode loading
AP initialization after microcode loading
North Bridge initialization after microcode loading
South Bridge initialization after microcode loading
OEM initialization after microcode loading
Cache initialization
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
Microcode not found
Microcode not loaded
PEI Core is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory North Bridge initialization is started
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization is started
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
OEM pre-memory initialization codes
Memory initialization. Serial Presence Detect (SPD) data reading
Memory initialization. Memory presence detection
Memory initialization. Programming memory timing information
Memory initialization. Configuring memory
Memory initialization (other)
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Memory Installed
CPU post-memory initialization is started
CPU post-memory initialization. Cache initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Application Processor(s) (AP) initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Boot Strap Processor (BSP) selection
CPU post-memory initialization. System Management Mode (SMM)
initialization
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0x37
0x38
0x39
0x3A
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization is started
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
0x3B
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization is started
0x3C
0x3D
0x3E
0x3F-0x4E
0x4F
0x50
speed
0x51
0x52
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
OEM post memory initialization codes
DXE IPL is started
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or incompatible memory
0x53
0x54
0x55
0x56
0x57
0x58
0x59
0x5A
0x5B
0x5C-0x5F
0xE0
0xE1
0xE2
0xE3
0xE4-0xE7
0xE8
0xE9
0xEA
0xEB
0xEC-0xEF
0xF0
0xF1
0xF2
0xF3
0xF4
0xF5-0xF7
0xF8
0xF9
Memory initialization error. SPD reading has failed
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory size or memory modules do not
match
Memory initialization error. No usable memory detected
Unspecified memory initialization error
Memory not installed
Invalid CPU type or Speed
CPU mismatch
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
Internal CPU error
reset PPI is not available
Reserved for future AMI error codes
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
S3 Boot Script execution
Video repost
OS S3 wake vector call
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
S3 Resume Failed
S3 Resume PPI not Found
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
S3 OS Wake Error
Reserved for future AMI error codes
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
Recovery process started
Recovery firmware image is found
Recovery firmware image is loaded
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
Recovery PPI is not available
Recovery capsule is not found
0xFA
0xFB – 0xFF
0x60
0X61
Invalid recovery capsule
Reserved for future AMI error codes
DXE Core is started
NVRAM initialization
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0x62
0x63
0x64
0x65
Installation of the South Bridge Runtime Services
CPU DXE initialization is started
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
0x66
0x67
0x68
0x69
0x6A
0x6B
0x6C
0x6D
0x6E
0x6F
0x70
0x71
0x72
0x73
0x74
0x75
0x76
0x77
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
PCI host bridge initialization
North Bridge DXE initialization is started
North Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE initialization is started
South Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
South Bridge devices initialization
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
0x78
0x79
0x7A – 0x7F
0x80 – 0x8F
0x90
0x91
0x92
0x93
0x94
0x95
0x96
0x97
0x98
0x99
0x9A
0x9B
0x9C
0x9D
0x9E – 0x9F
0xA0
0xA1
0xA2
0xA3
0xA4
0xA5
ACPI module initialization
CSM initialization
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
OEM DXE initialization codes
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
Driver connecting is started
PCI Bus initialization is started
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
PCI Bus Enumeration
PCI Bus Request Resources
PCI Bus Assign Resources
Console Output devices connect
Console input devices connect
Super IO Initialization
USB initialization is started
USB Reset
USB Detect
USB Enable
Reserved for future AMI codes
IDE initialization is started
IDE Reset
IDE Detect
IDE Enable
SCSI initialization is started
SCSI Reset
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0xA6
0xA7
0xA8
0xA9
0xAA
0xAB
0xAC
0xAD
0xAE
0xAF
0xB0
0xB1
0xB2
0xB3
0xB4
0xB5
0xB6
0xB7
0xB8 – 0xBF
0xC0 – 0xCF
0xD0
0xD1
0xD2
0xD3
0xD4
0xD5
0xD6
0xD7
0xD8
0xD9
0xDA
0xDB
0xDC
SCSI Detect
SCSI Enable
Setup Verifying Password
Start of Setup
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Setup Input Wait
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
Ready To Boot event
Legacy Boot event
Exit Boot Services event
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
System Reset
USB hot plug
PCI bus hot plug
Clean-up of NVRAM
Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
Reserved for future AMI codes
OEM BDS initialization codes
CPU initialization error
North Bridge initialization error
South Bridge initialization error
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
No Console Output Devices are found
No Console Input Devices are found
Invalid password
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
Flash update is failed
Reset protocol is not available
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2.12 Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts AMD SB950 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3)
hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD and RAID 5) functions for
SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 connectors. It also adopts Marvell SE9120 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3) hard disks for SATA3_7 and SATA3_8 connectors. You
may install SATA3 hard disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This
section will guide you to install the SATA3 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA3 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA3 connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
2.13 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3 in RAID /
AHCI mode. AMD SB950 and Marvell SE9120 chipsets provide hardware support
for Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for
SATA host controllers developed thru a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA3 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system
is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA3 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA3 HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot Swap”
for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system is still
power-on and in working condition.
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2.14 SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Guide
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA3 HDD in RAID / AHCI
mode. Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully. Before you
process the SATA3 HDD Hot Plug, please check below cable accessories from the
motherboard gift box pack.
A. 7-pin SATA data cable
B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface
A. SATA data cable (Red)
SATA 7-pin
connector
B. SATA power cable
The SATA 15-pin power
connector (Black) connect
to SATA3 HDD
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connect to power supply
Caution
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA3 Hot Plug cannot be
processed.
2. Even some SATA3 HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power connector and IDE
1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE 1x4-pin conventional
power connector interface is definitely not able to support Hot Plug and will cause
the HDD damage and data loss.
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which supports
SATA3 HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA3 Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset because of
its limitation, the SATA3 Hot Plug support information of our motherboard is
indicated in the product spec on our website: www.asrock.com
2. Make sure your SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from your dealer or
HDD user manual. The SATA3 HDD, which cannot support Hot Plug function, will
be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA3 driver is installed into system properly. The latest
SATA3 driver is available on our support website: www.asrock.com
4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our
motherboard package.
5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash or
data loss.
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How to Hot Plug a SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4-pin Step 2 Connect SATA data cable to
end (White) to the power supply 1x4-pin
the motherboard’s SATAII / SATA3
cable.
connector.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable
connector (Black) end to SATA3 HDD.
Step 4 Connect SATA data cable to the
SATA3 HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA3 HDD side.
Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA3 HDD side.
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2.15 Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical
drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side
to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly.
2.16 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit
on a RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please
follow below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.16.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or
more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette.
A. Insert the ASRock Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.
B. During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and
then a window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM as
the boot device.
C. When you see the message on the screen, “Generate Serial ATA driver diskette
[YN]?”, press <Y>.
D. Then you will see these messages,
Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive.
WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will
lose ALL data in it!
Start to format and copy files [YN]?
Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press any key.
E. The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA3 drivers into
the floppy diskette.
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STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After step 1, 2, 3, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your
system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID
driver. When prompted, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD RAID
driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to
install according to the OS you install.
2.16.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on a RAID disk
composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below
steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette.
Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.16.1 step 2 on page 45.
STEP 4: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.17 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit
OS on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below procedures
according to the OS you install.
2.17.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID
functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 ports.)
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_7 and
SATA3_8 ports.)
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette.
Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.16.1 step 2 on page 45.
STEP 3: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
You can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When prompted, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD AHCI driver. After reading
the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install according to
the OS you install.
Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 ports.)
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_7 and
SATA3_8 ports.)
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.17.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on your SATA3
HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 ports.)
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [AHCI]. (For SATA3_7 and
SATA3_8 ports.)
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your system.
Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 ports.)
Set the option “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” to [IDE]. (For SATA3_7 and
SATA3_8 ports.)
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your system.
2.18 Untied Overclocking Technology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during
overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of UEFI
setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is untied
during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB can
operate under a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 9 for the possible overclocking risk
before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your system. The SPI Memory on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You
may run the UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press
<F2> or <Del>during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the following
UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only,
and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
Main
To set up the system time/date information
OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features
Advanced
To set up the advanced UEFI features
H/W Monitor To display current hardware status
Boot
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Use <
> key or <
> key to choose among the selections on the menu
bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
/
/
+ / <Enter>
<F1>
<F9>
<F10>
<ESC>
Function Description
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
Moves cursor up or down to select items
To change option for the selected items
To bring up the selected screen
To display the General Help Screen
To load optimal default values for all the settings
To save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display
the system overview.
System Time [Hour:Minute:Second]
Use this item to specify the system time.
System Date [Day Month/Date/Year]
Use this item to specify the system date.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
CPU Configuration
Overclock Mode
Use this to select Overclock Mode. Configuration options: [Auto] and
[Manual]. The default value is [Auto].
Spread Spectrum
This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability.
ASRock UCC
ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activation.
As long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you can
unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. When
UCC feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to the
quad-core CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also increase L3 cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade
CPU performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC feature is
supported with AM3/AM3+ CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3/AM3+
CPU can support this function because some CPU’s hidden core may be
malfunctioned.
CPU Active Core Control
This allows you to adjust CPU Active Core Control feature. The configuration options depend on the CPU core you adopt. The default value is [Disabled].
Processor Maximum Frequency
It will display Processor Maximum Frequency for reference.
North Bridge Maximum Frequency
It will display North Bridge Maximum Frequency for reference.
Processor Maximum Voltage
It will display Processor Maximum Voltage for reference.
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Multiplier/Voltage Change
This item is set to [Auto] by default. If it is set to [Manual], you may adjust
the value of Processor Frequency and Processor Voltage. However, it is
recommended to keep the default value for system stability.
HT Bus Speed
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus speed. Configuration options: [200MHz] to [2000MHz].
HT Bus Width
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus width. Configuration
options: [8 Bit] and [16 Bit].
DRAM Configuration
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically.
DRAM Timing Control
Power Down Enable
Use this item to enable or disable DDR power down mode.
Bank Interleaving
Interleaving allows memory accesses to be spread out over banks on the
same node, or accross nodes, decreasing access contention.
Channel Interleaving
It allows you to enable Channel Memory Interleaving. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Auto]. The default value is [Auto].
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CAS# Latency (tCL)
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Row Precharge Time (tRP)
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS# Active Time (tRAS)
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Command Rate (CR)
Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. Min:
1T. Max: 2T. The default is [Auto].
RAS# Cycle Time (tRC)
Use this item to change RAS# Cycle Time (tRC) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
Write Recovery Time (tWR)
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC)
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD)
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Write to Read Delay (tWTR)
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Read to Precharge (tRTP)
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Four Activate Window (tFAW)
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual
setting. The default is [Auto].
Voltage Control
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
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NB Voltage
Use this to select NB Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
HT Voltage
Use this to select HT Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU Load-line calibration
Use this to select CPU Load-line calibration. The default value is [Auto].
CPU VDDA Voltage
Use this to select CPU VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
PCIE VDDA Voltage
Use this to select PCIE VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Would you like to save current setting user defaults?
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration, Nouth Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage Configuration, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, and USB Configuration.
Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
Instant Flash
Instant Flash is a UEFI flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without entering
operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch this tool
and save the new UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file
system. If you execute Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the UEFI
files and their respective information. Select the proper UEFI file to update
your UEFI, and reboot your system after UEFI update process completes.
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3.4.1 CPU Configuration
Cool ‘n’ Quiet
Use this item to enable or disable AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM technology. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
If you install Windows® 7 / VistaTM and want to enable this function, please
set this item to [Enabled]. Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and memory frequency, and lead to system stability or
compatibility issue with some memory modules or power supplies. Please
set this item to [Disable] if above issue occurs.
Secure Virtual Machine
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by AMD-V. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
Enhance Halt State (C1E)
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported
through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no
hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor
maintains the context of the system caches.
CPU Thermal Throttle
Use this item to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep
the CPU from overheated. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration
Primary Graphics Adapter
This item will switch the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for video
card. It allows you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple
video controllers. The default value of this feature is [PCI Express]. Configuration options: [PCI] and [PCI Express].
IOMMU
Use this to enable or disable IOMMU. The default value of this feature is
[Disabled].
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3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration
Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound
Card is plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
On/Off Play
Use this item to enable or disable On/Off Play Technology. The default value is [Enabled]. When On/Off Play is enabled, Deep Sx will be disabled. If
you want to enable Deep Sx, please disable On/Off Play first.
Onboard LAN
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN feature.
Good Night LED
This allows you to enable to turn off Power LED, Lan LED at power on.
Onboard Debug Port LED
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard Debug Port LED.
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
SATA Controller
This item is for SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 ports. Use this item to enable or disable the “SATA Controller” feature.
SATA Mode
This item is for SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 ports.Use this item to adjust SATA
Mode. The default value of this option is [IDE Mode]. Configuration options: [AHCI Mode], [RAID Mode] and [IDE Mode].
If you set this item to RAID mode, it is suggested to install
SATA ODD driver on SATA3_5 or SATA3_6 port.
SATA IDE Combined Mode
This item is for SATA3_5 and SATA3_6 ports. Use this item to enable or
disable SATA IDE combined mode. The default value is [Enabled].
If you want to build RAID on SATA3_5 and SATA3_6 ports,
please disable this item.
Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode
This item is for Marvell SATA3_7 and SATA3_8/eSATA3 ports. Use this
item to adjust the “Marvell SATA3 Operation Mode” feature. Configuration
options: [IDE Mode], [AHCI Mode] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE
Mode].
Marvell SATA3 Bootable
Use this to enable or disable Onboard Marvell SATA3 Option ROM. If
Option ROM is disabled, UEFI cannot use the SATA device to connect to
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Marvell SATA3 controller as Boot Device.
We recommend to use SATA3_1 to SATA3_6 ports for your
bootable device. This will minimum your boot time and get the
best performance. But if you still want to boot from Marvell SATA3
controller, please set this item to [Yes].
Onboard IDE & 1394 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the “Onboard IDE & 1394 Controller”
feature.
Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled]
and [Enabled].
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3.4.5 Super IO Configuration
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Use this item to enable or disable floppy drive controller.
Serial Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port. Configuration
options: [3F8 / IRQ4] and [3E8 / IRQ4].
Infrared Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port.
Infrared Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port.Configuration
options: [2F8 / IRQ3] and [2E8 / IRQ3].
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3.4.6 ACPI Configuration
Suspend to RAM
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss.
If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the system
starts to boot up when the power recovers.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
Ring-In Power On
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB
Keyboard/Remote.
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USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB
Mouse.
ACPI HPET table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this motherboard to submit Windows® VistaTM certification.
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3.4.7 USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
USB 3.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 3.0 controller.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
confi guration options: [Enabled], [Disabled], [Auto] and [UEFI Setup Only].
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the
details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
Legacy USB 3.0 Support
Use this option to enable or disable legacy support for USB 3.0 devices.
The default value is [Disabled].
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3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU
fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan 1 & 2 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On], [Automatic Mode] and [Manual]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 2 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 2 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Manual]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 3 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 3 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Manual]. The default is value [Full On].
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3.6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.
Setup Prompt Timeout
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key.
65535(0xFFFF) means indefinite waiting.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled].
AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option “Full
Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the
system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled]
and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
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3.7 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system.
For the user password, you may also clear it.
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3.8 Exit Screen
Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [Yes] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes and exit setup?” Select [Yes] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes?” Select [Yes] to discard all changes.
Load UEFI Defaults
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
Attempts to Launch EFI Shell application (Shell64.efi) from one of the
available filesystem devices.
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4. Software Support
4.1 Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 7 /
7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings
and hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general
reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information.
4.2 Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4.2.1 Running The Support CD
To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD
automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your computer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on
the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the
menus.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects the
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome
to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your
dealer for further information.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB
This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be
installed on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to
install the operating system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or
above) or Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility > Advanced > Storage
Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Press F11 to launch boot menu at system POST.
4. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot. (“xxx” is the device which contains
your Windows® installation fi les. Normally it is an optical drive.)
5. Start Windows® installation.
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