GA-8VT880P Combo
GA-8VT880P Combo
Intel® Pentium® 4 LGA775 Processor Motherboard
User's Manual
Rev. 1003
12ME-8VT880PCO-1003
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Motherboard
GA-8VT880P Combo
May 13, 2005
Motherboard
GA-8VT880P Combo
May 13, 2005
Copyright
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Table of Contents
GA-8VT880P Combo Motherboard Layout .................................................................... 6
Block Diagram ................................................................................................................ 7
Chapter 1 Hardware Installation ..................................................................................... 9
1-1
1-2
Considerations Prior to Installation .................................................................... 9
Feature Summary .......................................................................................... 10
1-3
Installation of the CPU and Heatsink .............................................................. 12
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1-3-2
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Installation of the CPU ......................................................................................... 12
Installation of the Heatsink .................................................................................. 13
Installation of Memory .................................................................................... 14
1-5
Installation of Expansion Cards ...................................................................... 16
1-5-1
Recommended PCI Express x 16 graphics cards for the GA-8VT880 Combo17
1-6
I/O Back Panel Introduction ........................................................................... 18
1-7
Connectors Introduction .................................................................................. 19
Chapter 2 BIOS Setup ................................................................................................ 29
The Main Menu (For example: BIOS Ver. : FD) ....................................................... 30
2-1
2-2
Standard CMOS Features ............................................................................. 31
Advanced BIOS Features .............................................................................. 34
2-3
2-4
Integrated Peripherals ..................................................................................... 35
Power Management Setup ............................................................................. 38
2-5
2-6
PnP/PCI Configurations ................................................................................. 40
PC Health Status ........................................................................................... 41
2-7
2-8
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) ....................................................................... 42
Load Fail-Safe Defaults ................................................................................... 44
2-9 Load Optimized Defaults ................................................................................. 44
2-10 Set Supervisor/User Password ..................................................................... 45
2-11
2-12
Save & Exit Setup ......................................................................................... 46
Exit Without Saving ....................................................................................... 46
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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation ...................................................................................... 49
3-1
Install Chipset Drivers .................................................................................... 49
3-2
3-3
Software Application ....................................................................................... 50
Software Information ....................................................................................... 50
3-4
3-5
Hardware Information ..................................................................................... 51
Contact Us ..................................................................................................... 51
Chapter 4 Appendix ................................................................................................... 53
4-1
Unique Software Utilities ................................................................................ 53
4-1-1
4-1-2
4-1-3
4-1-4
4-1-5
4-1-6
4-2
EasyTune 5 Introduction ..................................................................................... 53
Xpress Recovery2 Introduction ......................................................................... 54
Flash BIOS Method Introduction ........................................................................ 56
Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility Introduction ...................................................... 65
2 / 4 / 6 / 8 Channel Audio Function Introduction ........................................... 72
Jack-Sensing and UAJ Introduction .................................................................. 78
Troubleshooting ............................................................................................... 80
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GA-8VT880P Combo Motherboard Layout
KB_MS
LGA775
LPT
COMA
ATX_12V
AGP
BAT
PCIE_16
CODEC
IT8705F
SPDIF_IO
BIOS
VT8237R
CLR_CMOS
RTL8110S
IDE1
SUR_CEN
DDR2
VIA PT880 Pro
DDRII_2
CD_IN
CPU_FAN
AUDIO
DDR1
LAN
USB
F_AUDIO
DDRII_1
R_USB
IDE2
GA-8VT880P Combo
COMB
ATX
CI
FDD
PCI1
SATA1
PCI2
SYS_FAN
SATA0
PWR_LED
PCI3
F_USB1 F_USB2
F_PANEL
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Block Diagram
AGP 8X/4X
AGPCLK
(66MHz)
CPUCLK+/-(200/133MHz)
LGA775
Processor
Host
Interface
DDR 400/333MHz DIMM
Dual Channel Memory
PCI-ECLK
(100MHz)
VIA PT880 Pro
PCI Express x4
DDRII 533/400MHz DIMM
Dual Channel Memory
HOST CLK (133/200MHz)
66MHz
33MHz
14.318MHz
48MHz
V-Link
3 PCI
RJ45
PCI Bus
RTL
8110S
ATA33/66/100/133
IDE Channels
VT8237R
BIOS
IT8705F
AC97 Link
Floppy
LPT Port
LINE-OUT
PCICLK
(33MHz)
MIC
LINE-IN
AC97
CODEC
2 Serial ATA
8 USB
Ports
PS/2 KB/Mouse
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24MHz
33MHz
COM Ports
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Chapter 1 Hardware Installation
Considerations Prior to Installation
Preparing Your Computer
The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can
become damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Thus, prior to installation, please
follow the instructions below:
1. Please turn off the computer and unplug its power cord.
2. When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors.
3. It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) cuff when handling electronic components
(CPU, RAM).
4. Prior to installing the electronic components, please have these items on top of an antistatic pad or
within a electrostatic shielding container.
5. Please verify that the power supply is switched off before unplugging the power supply connector
from the motherboard.
Installation Notices
1. Prior to installation, please do not remove the stickers on the motherboard. These stickers are required
for warranty validation.
2. Prior to the installation of the motherboard or any hardware, please first carefully read the information
in the provided manual.
3. Before using the product, please verify that all cables and power connectors are connected.
4. To prevent damage to the motherboard, please do not allow screws to come in contact with the
motherboard circuit or its components.
5. Please make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or
within the computer casing.
6. Please do not place the computer system on an uneven surface.
7. Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system
components as well as physical harm to the user.
8. If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the product,
please consult a certified computer technician.
Instances of Non-Warranty
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Damage due to natural disaster, accident or human cause.
Damage as a result of violating the conditions recommended in the user manual.
Damage due to improper installation.
Damage due to use of uncertified components.
Damage due to use exceeding the permitted parameters.
Product determined to be an unofficial Gigabyte product.
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Feature Summary
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Slots
IDE Connections
FDD Connections
Onboard SATA
Peripherals
Onboard LAN
Onboard Audio
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Supports the latest Intel® Pentium® 4 LGA775 CPU
Supports 800/533MHz FSB
L2 cache varies with CPU
Northbridge: VIA PT880 Pro Chipset
Southbridge: VIA 8237R
2 DDR DIMM memory slots (supports up to 2GB memory)
Supports 2.5V DDR DIMM
Supports dual channel DDR 400/333 DIMM
2 DDR II DIMM memory slots (supports up to 2GB memory)
Supports 1.8V DDR II DIMM
Supports dual channel DDR II 533/400 DIMM
(Note: Mixed mode, populating DDR and DDR II memory modules
simultaneously is not supported.)
1 PCI Express x 16 slot (Note1)
1 AGP slot
3 PCI slots
2 IDE connection (UDMA 33/ATA 66/ATA 100/ATA 133), allows connection of 4
IDE devices(IDE1/IDE2)
1 FDD connection, allows connection of 2 FDD devices
2 Serial ATA connections (Note2)
1 parallel port supporting Normal/EPP/ECP mode
2 Serial port (COMA/COMB)
8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (rear x 4, front x 4 via cable)
1 front audio connector
1 PS/2 keyboard port
1 PS/2 mouse port
Onboard Realtek 8110S chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
1 RJ 45 port
ALC850 CODEC (UAJ)
Supports Jack Sensing function
Supports 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 channel audio
Supports Line In / Line Out / MIC connection
Surround Back Speaker (use of Surround-Kit to select)
SPDIF In / Out
CD In
(Note1) Due to the PT880 Pro chipset's limitation, the PCI Express x16 slots work at the bandwidth of
PCI Express x4.
(Note 2) It is recommended to use SATA (1.5Gb/s) hard disks.
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I/O Control
Hardware Monitor
BIOS
Additional Features
Overclocking
Form Factor
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Built in VT8237R
Supports Disk striping (RAID0) or DISK Mirroring (RAID1)
Supports UDMA up to 150 MB/sec
Up to 2 SATA Device
IT8705F
System voltage detection
CPU / System temperature detection
CPU / System fan speed detection
CPU smart fan control
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Supports Q-Flash
Supports @BIOS
Supports EasyTune (only supports Hardware Monitor function)
Over Voltage via BIOS (CPU/DDR/AGP)
Over Clock via BIOS (CPU/DDR/PCI/AGP)
ATX form factor; 29.5cm x 24.4cm
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On-Board SATA RAID
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Installation of the CPU and Heatsink
Before installing the CPU, please comply with the following conditions:
1. Please make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU.
2. Please take note of the one indented corner of the CPU. If you install the CPU in the wrong
direction, the CPU will not insert properly. If this occurs, please change the insert direction
of the CPU.
3. Please add an even layer of heat sink paste between the CPU and heatsink.
4. Please make sure the heatsink is installed on the CPU prior to system use, otherwise
overheating and permanent damage of the CPU may occur.
5. Please set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the processor specifications. It is not
recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications since it
does not meet the required standards for the peripherals. If you wish to set the frequency
beyond the proper specifications, please do so according to your hardware specifications
including the CPU, graphics card, memory, hard drive, etc.
HT functionality requirement content :
Enabling the functionality of Hyper-Threading Technology for your computer system requires all
of the following platform components:
- CPU: An Intel® Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology
- Chipset: An VIA Chipset that supports HT Technology
- BIOS: A BIOS that supports HT Technology and has it enabled
- OS: An operation system that has optimizations for HT Technology
1-3-1 Installation of the CPU
Metal Lever
Fig. 1
Gently lift the metal
lever located on the
CPU socket to the
upright position.
Fig. 2
Remove the plastic
covering on the CPU
socket.
Fig. 3
Notice the small gold
colored triangle located
on the edge of the CPU
socket. Align the
indented corner of the
Fig. 4
Once the CPU is
properly inserted,
please replace the
load plate and
push the metal lever
back into its original
position.
CPU with the triangle and gently insert the CPU into
position. (Grasping the CPU firmly between your
thumb and forefinger, carefully place it into the socket
in a straight and downwards motion. Avoid twisting or
bending motions that might cause damage to the CPU
during installation.)
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Male Push Pin
The top of Female Push Pin
Female Push Pin
Fig.1
Please apply an even layer of heatsink paste on
the surface of the installed CPU.
Fig. 2
(Turning the push pin along the direction of arrow is
to remove the heatsink, on the contrary, is to install.)
Please note the direction of arrow sign on the male
push pin doesn't face inwards before installation. (This
instruction is only for Intel boxed fan)
Fig. 3
Place the heatsink atop the CPU and make sure
the push pins aim to the pin hole on the
motherboard.Pressing down the push pins
diagonally.
Fig. 4
Please make sure the Male and Female push pin are
joined closely. (for detailed installation instructions,
please refer to the heatsink installation section of the
user manual)
Fig. 5
Please check the back of motherboard after
installing. If the push pin is inserted as the picture,
the installation is complete.
Fig. 6
Finally, please attach the power connector of the
heatsink to the CPU fan header located on the
motherboard.
The heatsink may adhere to the CPU as a result of hardening of the heatsink paste.To prevent
such an occurrence, it is suggested that either thermal tape rather than heat sink paste be used for
heat dissipation or using extreme care when removing the heatsink.
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1-3-2 Installation of the Heatsink
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Installation of Memory
Before installing the memory modules, please comply with the following conditions:
1. Please make sure that the memory used is supported by the motherboard. It is recommended that
memory of similar capacity, specifications and brand be used.
2. Before installing or removing memory modules, please make sure that the computer power is switched
off to prevent hardware damage.
3. Memory modules have a foolproof insertion design. A memory module can be installed in only one
direction. If you are unable to insert the module, please switch the direction.
The motherboard supports DDR II & DDR memory modules, whereby BIOS will automatically detect memory
capacity and specifications. Memory modules are designed so that they can be inserted only in one direction.
The memory capacity used can differ with each slot.
DDR
Notch
DDR II
Fig.1
The DIMM socket has a notch, so the DIMM memory module
can only fit in one direction. Insert the DIMM memory module
vertically into the DIMM socket. Then push it down.
Fig.2
Close the plastic clip at both edges of the DIMM sockets to
lock the DIMM module.
Reverse the installation steps when you wish to remove the
DIMM module.
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GA-8VT880P Combo supports the Dual Channel Technology. After operating the Dual Channel Technology,
the bandwidth of Memory Bus will add double.
If you want to operate the Dual Channel Technology, please note the following explanations due
to the limitation of Intel chipset specifications.
1. Dual Channel mode will not be enabled if only one DDR/DDR II memory module is installed.
2. To enable Dual Channel mode with 2 memory modules (it is recommended to use memory
modules of identical brand, size, chips, and speed), you must install them into DIMM sockets
of the same color.
The following is a Dual Channel Memory configuration table: (DS: Double Side, SS: Single Side)
2 memory modules
DDR 1
DS/SS
DDR 2
DS/SS
OR
2 memory modules
DDR II 1
DDR II 2
DS/SS
DS/SS
Note: Mixed mode, populating DDR and DDR II memory modules simultaneously is not supported.
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Dual Channel Memory Configuration
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Installation of Expansion Cards
You can install your expansion card by following the steps outlined below:
1. Read the related expansion card's instruction document before install the expansion card into the
computer.
2. Remove your computer's chassis cover, screws and slot bracket from the computer.
3. Press the expansion card firmly into expansion slot in motherboard.
4. Be sure the metal contacts on the card are indeed seated in the slot.
5. Replace the screw to secure the slot bracket of the expansion card.
6. Replace your computer's chassis cover.
7. Power on the computer, if necessary, setup BIOS utility of expansion card from BIOS.
8. Install related driver from the operating system.
Installing a PCI Express x 16 expansion card:
Please carefully pull out the small whitedrawable bar at the end of the
PCI Express x 16 slot when you try to
install/Uninstall the VGA card. Please align
the VGA card to the onboard
PCI Express x 16 slot and press firmly down
on the slot .Make sure your VGA card is
locked by the small white-drawable bar.
Installing a AGP expansion card:
Please carefully pull out the small whitedrawable bar at the end of the AGP slot
when you try to install/uninstall the VGA
card. Please align the VGA card to the
onboard AGP slot and press firmly down on
the slot. Make sure your VGA card is locked
by the small white-drawable bar.
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ATi Chipset:
GV-RX60P128D (Radeon X600 PRO)
GV-RX60X128V (Radeon X600XT)
GV-RX70P128D (Radeon X700 PRO)
GV-RX80T256V (Radeon X800XT)
GV-RX80L256V (Radeon X800XL)
GV-RX80256D (Radeon X800)
Nvidia Chipset:
GV-NX53128D (Geforce PCX5300)
GV-NX57128D (Geforce PCX5750)
GV-NX59128D (Geforce PCX5900)
GV-NX62128D (Geforce 6200)
GV-NX66256D (Geforce 6600)
GV-NX66T128VP (Geforce 6600GT)
GV-NX66T128D (Geforce 6600GT)
GV-NX68T256DH (Geforce 6800GT)
GV-NX55128DP (Geforce 5200 Ultra)
GV-NX68U256D (Geforce 6800 Ultra)
GV-NX62T256D (Geforce 6200)
Please view the graphics cards support list currently validated by GIGABYTE enginneers. For more
updated information, please logon to GIGABYTE website at http://www.gigabyte.com.tw
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1-5-1 Recommended PCI Express x 16 graphics cards for the GA-8VT880 Combo
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I/O Back Panel Introduction
PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Connector
To install a PS/2 port keyboard and mouse, plug the mouse to the upper port (green) and the keyboard
to the lower port (purple).
LPT (Parallel Port)
The parallel port allows connection of a printer, scanner and other peripheral devices.
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COM A/COM B (Serial Port)
Connects to serial-based mouse or data processing devices.
USB port
Before you connect your device(s) into USB connector(s), please make sure your device(s) such as
USB keyboard, mouse, scanner, zip, speaker...etc. have a standard USB interface.
Also make sure your OS supports USB controller. If your OS does not support USB controller,
please contact OS vendor for possible patch or driver upgrade. For more information please
contact your OS or device(s) vendors.
LAN Port
The provided Internet connection is Gigabit Ethernet, providing data transfer speeds of
10/100/1000Mbps.
Line In
Devices like CD-ROM, walkman etc. can be connected to Line In jack.
Line Out
Connect the stereo speakers, earphone or front surround channels to this connector.
MIC In
Microphone can be connected to MIC In jack.
You can use audio software to configure 2-/4-/6-/8- channel audio functioning.
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Connectors Introduction
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1-7
3
2
11
6
10
12
16
17
15
13
5
4
9
8
14
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2)
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9)
ATX_12V
ATX (Power Connector)
CPU_FAN
SYS_FAN
FDD
IDE1 /IDE2
SATA0 / SATA1
F_PANEL
PWR_LED
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11)
12)
13)
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15)
16)
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F_AUDIO
CD_IN
SUR_CEN
SPDIF_IO
F_USB1 / F_USB2
CI
CLR_CMOS
BAT
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ATX_12V/ATX (Power Connector)
With the use of the power connector, the power supply can supply enough stable power to all the
components on the motherboard. Before connecting the power connector, please make sure that all
components and devices are properly installed. Align the power connector with its proper location on
the motherboard and connect tightly.
The ATX_12V power connector mainly supplies power to the CPU. If the ATX_12V power
connector is not connected, the system will not start.
Caution!
Please use a power supply that is able to handle the system voltage requirements. It is
recommended that a power supply that can withstand high power consumption be used (300W or
greater). If a power supply is used that does not provide the required power, the result can lead to an
unstable system or a system that is unable to start.
If you use a 24-pin ATX power supply, please remove the small cover on the power connector
on the motherboard before plugging in the power cord ; Otherwise, please do not remove it.
Pin No.
3
4
1
2
GND
2
3
GND
+12V
4
+12V
Pin No.
12
1
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Definition
1
Definition
1
3.3V
2
3.3V
3
4
GND
+5V
5
GND
6
+5V
7
8
GND
Power Good
9
5V SB(stand by +5V)
10
+12V
11
12
+12V
3.3V(Only for 24pins ATX)
13
3.3V
14
-12V
15
16
GND
PS_ON(soft On/Off)
17
GND
18
GND
19
20
GND
-5V
21
+5V
22
+5V
23
24
+5V
GND
The cooler fan power connector supplies a +12V power voltage via a 3-pin/4-pin (only for CPU_FAN)
power connector and possesses a foolproof connection design.
Most coolers are designed with color-coded power connector wires. A red power connector wire
indicates a positive connection and requires a +12V power voltage. The black connector wire is
the ground wire (GND).
Please remember to connect the power to the cooler to prevent system overheating and failure.
Caution!
Please remember to connect the power to the CPU fan to prevent CPU overheating and failure.
1
Pin No.
CPU_FAN
1
Definition
GND
2
+12V
3
4
Sense
Speed Control
1
(Only for CPU_FAN)
SYS_FAN
5) FDD (Floppy Connector)
The FDD connector is used to connect the FDD cable while the other end of the cable connects to the
FDD drive. The types of FDD drives supported are: 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB, 1.44MB and 2.88MB.
Please connect the red power connector wire to the pin1 position.
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3/4) CPU_FAN / SYS_FAN (Cooler Fan Power Connector)
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6) IDE1/IDE2 (IDE Connector)
An IDE device connects to the computer via an IDE connector. One IDE connector can connect to one
IDE cable, and the single IDE cable can then connect to two IDE devices (hard drive or optical drive). If
you wish to connect two IDE devices, please set the jumper on one IDE device as Master and the other
as Slave (for information on settings, please refer to the instructions located on the IDE device).
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2
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7) SATA0/SATA1 (Serial ATA Connector)
Serial ATA can provide up to 150MB/s transfer rate. Please refer to the BIOS setting for the Serial ATA
and install the proper driver in order to work properly.
Pin No.
7
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1
Definition
1
2
GND
TXP
3
TXN
4
GND
5
6
RXN
RXP
7
GND
Please connect the power LED, PC speaker, reset switch and power switch etc of your chassis front
panel to the F_PANEL connector according to the pin assignment below.
Speaker Connector
Message LED/
Power/
Sleep LED
SPEAK-
SPEAK+
MSG+
MSGPW+
PW-
Power
Switch
2
1
NC
HD+
RES-
HD-
RES+
20
19
Reset Switch
IDE Hard Disk Active LED
HD (IDE Hard Disk Active LED) (Blue)
Pin 1: LED anode(+)
SPEAK (Speaker Connector) (Amber)
Pin 2: LED cathode(-)
Pin 1: Power
Pin 2- Pin 3: NC
Pin 4: Data(-)
RES (Reset Switch) (Green)
PW (Power Switch) (Red)
Open: Normal
Close: Reset Hardware System
Open: Normal
Close: Power On/Off
MSG(Message LED/Power/Sleep LED)
(Yellow)
Pin 1: LED anode(+)
Pin 2: LED cathode(-)
NC ( Purple)
NC
9) PWR_LED
PWR_LED is connect with the system power indicator to indicate whether the system is on/off. It will
blink when the system enters suspend mode.
Pin No.
1
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Definition
1
MPD+
2
MPD-
3
MPD-
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8) F_PANEL (Front Panel Jumper)
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10) F_AUDIO (Front Audio Connector)
If you want to use Front Audio connector, you must remove 5-6, 9-10 Jumper. In order to utilize the
front audio header, your chassis must have front audio connector. Also please make sure the pin
assigment on the cable is the same as the pin assigment on the MB header. To find out if the chassis
you are buying support front audio connector, please contact your dealer.Please note, you can have the
alternative of using front audio connector or of using rear audio connector to play sound.
Pin No.
10
9
2
1
Definition
1
MIC
2
3
GND
MIC_BIAS
4
POWER
5
FrontAudio(R)
6
7
Rear Audio (R)/ Return R
NC
8
No Pin
9
FrontAudio (L)
10
Rear Audio (L)/ Return L
11) CD_IN (CD IN)
Connect CD-ROM or DVD-ROM audio out to the connector.
1
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Pin No.
1
Definition
CD-L
2
GND
3
GND
4
CD-R
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12) SUR_CEN
Please contact your nearest dealer for optional SUR_CEN cable.
Pin No.
8
2
Definition
1
SUR OUTL
7
2
SUR OUTR
1
3
4
GND
No Pin
5
CENTER_OUT
6
BASS_OUT
7
8
AUX_L
AUX_R
13) SPDIF_IO (SPDIF In/Out)
The SPDIF output is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or compressed AC3 data to
an external Dolby Digital Decoder. Use this feature only when your stereo system has digital input
function. Use SPDIF IN feature only when your device has digital output function.
Be careful with the polarity of the SPDIF_IO connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you
connect the SPDIF cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the
device unable to work or even damage it. For optional SPDIF cable, please contact your local
dealer.
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Definition
Power
2
No Pin
3
SPDIF
4
5
SPDIFI
GND
6
GND
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14) F_ USB1 / F_USB2 (Front USB Connector)
Be careful with the polarity of the front USB connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while
you connect the front USB cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make
the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional front USB cable, please contact your
local dealer.
Pin No.
1
2
1
2
10
9
Definition
Power
Power
3
USB DX-
4
5
USB DyUSB DX+
6
USB Dy+
7
GND
8
9
GND
No Pin
10
NC
15) CI (Chassis Intrusion, Case Open)
This 2-pin connector allows your system to detect if the chassis cover is removed. You can check
the "Case Opened" status in BIOS Setup.
Pin No.
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Definition
1
Signal
2
GND
You may clear the CMOS data to its default values by this jumper. To clear CMOS, temporarily short
1-2 pin. Default doesn't include the "Shunter" to prevent from improper use this jumper.
1
1
Open: Normal
Short: Clear CMOS
17) BAT(Battery)
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type
recommended by the manufacturer.
Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer's
instructions.
If you want to erase CMOS...
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Take out the battery gently and put it aside for about 10
minutes (Or you can use a metal object to connect the
positive and negative pins in the battery holder to make
them short for one minute).
3. Re-install the battery.
4. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
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16) CLR_CMOS (Clear CMOS)
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BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) includes a CMOS SETUP utility which allows user to configure
required settings or to activate certain system features.
The CMOS SETUP saves the configuration in the CMOS SRAM of the motherboard.
When the power is turned off, the battery on the motherboard supplies the necessary power to the CMOS
SRAM.
When the power is turned on, pushing the <Del> button during the BIOS POST (Power-On Self Test) will
take you to the CMOS SETUP screen. You can enter the BIOS setup screen by pressing "Ctrl + F1".
When setting up BIOS for the first time, it is recommended that you save the current BIOS to a disk in the
event that BIOS needs to be reset to its original settings. If you wish to upgrade to a new BIOS, either
Gigabyte's Q-Flash or @BIOS utility can be used.
Q-Flash allows the user to quickly and easily update or backup BIOS without entering the operating system.
@BIOS is a Windows-based utility that does not require users to boot to DOS before upgrading BIOS but
directly download and update BIOS from the Internet.
CONTROL KEYS
< >< ><
<Enter>
<Esc>
><
<Page Up>
<Page Down>
<F1>
<F2>
<F5>
<F6>
<F7>
<F8>
<F9>
<F10>
> Move to select item
Select Item
Main Menu - Quit and not save changes into CMOS Status Page Setup Menu
and Option Page Setup Menu - Exit current page and return to Main Menu
Increase the numeric value or make changes
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
General help, only for Status Page Setup Menu and Option Page Setup Menu
Item Help
Restore the previous CMOS value from CMOS, only for Option Page Setup Menu
Load the file-safe default CMOS value from BIOS default table
Load the Optimized Defaults
Q-Flash utility
System Information
Save all the CMOS changes, only for Main Menu
Main Menu
The on-line description of the highlighted setup function is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Status Page Setup Menu / Option Page Setup Menu
Press F1 to pop up a small help window that describes the appropriate keys to use and the possible selections for the highlighted item. To exit the Help Window press <Esc>.
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Chapter 2 BIOS Setup
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The Main Menu (For example: BIOS Ver. : FD)
Once you enter Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu (as figure below) will appear on the screen.
Use arrow keys to select among the items and press <Enter> to accept or enter the sub-menu.
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
If you can't find the setting you want, please press "Ctrl+F1" to search the advanced option hidden.
„ Standard CMOS Features
This setup page includes all the items in standard compatible BIOS.
„ Advanced BIOS Features
This setup page includes all the items of Award special enhanced features.
„ Integrated Peripherals
This setup page includes all onboard peripherals.
„ Power Management Setup
This setup page includes all the items of Green function features.
„ PnP/PCI Configuration
This setup page includes all the configurations of PCI & PnP ISA resources.
„ PC Health Status
This setup page is the System auto detect Temperature, voltage, fan, speed.
„ MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
This setup page is control CPU clock and frequency ratio.
„ Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Fail-Safe Defaults indicates the value of the system parameters which the system would be in safe
configuration.
„ Load Optimized Defaults
Optimized Defaults indicates the value of the system parameters which the system would be in best
performance configuration.
„ Set Supervisor Password
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to limit access to the system and Setup, or just to Setup.
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„ Set User Password
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to limit access to the system.
„ Save & Exit Setup
Save CMOS value settings to CMOS and exit setup.
„ Exit Without Saving
Abandon all CMOS value changes and exit setup.
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Time (hh:mm:ss)
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Item Help
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IDE Channel 0 Master
IDE Channel 0 Slave
IDE Channel 1 Master
IDE Channel 1 Slave
IDE Channel 2 Master
IDE Channel 3 Master
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
Change the day, month,
year
Drive A
Drive B
Floppy 3 Mode Support
[1.44M, 3.5"]
[None]
[Disabled]
Halt On
[All, But Keyboard]
Base Memory
Extended Memory
Total Memory
640K
511M
512M
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
<Week>
Sun. to Sat.
<Month>
Jan. to Dec.
<Day>
1 to 31 (or maximum
allowed in the month)
<Year>
1999 to 2098
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
Date
The date format is <week>, <month>, <day>, <year>.
Week
The week, from Sun to Sat, determined by the BIOS and is display only
Month
The month, Jan. Through Dec.
Day
The day, from 1 to 31 (or the maximum allowed in the month)
Year
The year, from 1999 through 2098
Time
The times format in <hour> <minute> <second>. The time is calculated base on the 24-hour
military-time clock. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:00:00.
IDE Channel 0/1 Master, Slave
IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press "Enter" to select this option for automatic device detection.
IDE Device Setup. You can use one of three methods:
Auto
Allows BIOS to automatically detect IDE devices during POST(default)
None
Select this if no IDE devices are used and the system will skip the automatic
detection step and allow for faster system start up.
Manual
User can manually input the correct settings
Access Mode Use this to set the access mode for the hard drive. The four options are:
CHS/LBA/Large/Auto(default:Auto)
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IDE Channel 2/3 Master
IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press "Enter" to select this option for automatic device detection.
Extended IDE Drive SATA devices setup. You can use one of two methods:
Auto
Allows BIOS to automatically detect SATA IDE devices during POST. (Default value)
None
Select this if no SATA IDE devices are used and the system will skip the automatic
detection step and allow for faster system start up.
Access Mode Use this to set the access mode for the hard drive. The two options are:
Large/Auto(default:Auto)
Capacity
Capacity of currently installed hard disk.
Hard drive information should be labeled on the outside drive casing. Enter the appropriate option
based on this information.
Cylinder
Number of cylinders
Head
Number of heads
Precomp
Write precomp
Landing Zone
Landing zone
Sector
Number of sectors
Drive A / Drive B
The category identifies the types of floppy disk drive A or drive B that has been installed in the computer.
None
No floppy drive installed
360K, 5.25"
5.25 inch PC-type standard drive; 360K byte capacity.
1.2M, 5.25"
5.25 inch AT-type high-density drive; 1.2M byte capacity
(3.5 inch when 3 Mode is Enabled).
720K, 3.5"
3.5 inch double-sided drive; 720K byte capacity
1.44M, 3.5"
3.5 inch double-sided drive; 1.44M byte capacity.
2.88M, 3.5"
3.5 inch double-sided drive; 2.88M byte capacity.
Floppy 3 Mode Support (for Japan Area)
Disabled
Drive A
Drive B
Both
Normal Floppy Drive. (Default value)
Drive A is 3 mode Floppy Drive.
Drive B is 3 mode Floppy Drive.
Drive A & B are 3 mode Floppy Drives.
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The category determines whether the computer will stop if an error is detected during power up.
No Errors
The system boot will not stop for any error that may be detected and you
will be prompted.
All Errors
Whenever the BIOS detects a non-fatal error the system will be stopped.
All, But Keyboard The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error; it will stop for all other
errors. (Default value)
All, But Diskette
The system boot will not stop for a disk error; it will stop for all other errors.
All, But Disk/Key
The system boot will not stop for a keyboard or disk error; it will stop for all
other errors.
Memory
The category is display-only which is determined by POST (Power On Self Test) of the BIOS.
Base Memory
The POST of the BIOS will determine the amount of base (or conventional) memory installed
in the system.
The value of the base memory is typically 512K for systems with 512K memory installed on
the motherboard, or 640K for systems with 640K or more memory installed on the motherboard.
Extended Memory
The BIOS determines how much extended memory is present during the POST.
This is the amount of memory located above 1 MB in the CPU's memory address map.
Total Memory
This item displays the memory size that used.
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Advanced BIOS Features
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Advanced BIOS Features
X Hard Disk Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Password Check
# CPU Hyper-Threading
Limit CPUID Max. to 3
[Press Enter]
[Floppy]
[Hard Disk]
[CDROM]
[Setup]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level`
Select Hard Disk Boot
Device Priority
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
" # " System will detect automatically and show up when you install the Intel® Pentium® 4
processor with HT Technology.
Hard Disk Boot Priority
Select boot sequence for onboard(or add-on cards) SCSI, RAID, etc.
Use < > or < > to select a device, then press<+> to move it up, or <-> to move it down the list. Press
<ESC> to exit this menu.
First / Second / Third Boot Device
Floppy
LS120
Hard Disk
CDROM
ZIP
USB-FDD
USB-ZIP
USB-CDROM
USB-HDD
Legacy LAN
Disabled
Select your boot device priority by Floppy.
Select your boot device priority by LS120.
Select your boot device priority by Hard Disk.
Select your boot device priority by CDROM.
Select your boot device priority by ZIP.
Select your boot device priority by USB-FDD.
Select your boot device priority by USB-ZIP.
Select your boot device priority by USB-CDROM.
Select your boot device priority by USB-HDD.
Select your boot device priority by Legacy LAN.
Disable this function.
Password Check
Setup
The system will boot but will not access to Setup page if the correct
password is not entered at the prompt. (Default value)
System
The system will not boot and will not access to Setup page if the correct
password is not entered at the prompt.
If you want to cancel the setting of password, please just press ENTER to make [SETUP] empty.
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Enabled
Disabled
Enables CPU Hyper Threading Feature. Please note that this feature is only working
for operating system with multi processors mode supported. (Default value)
Disables CPU Hyper Threading.
Limit CPUID Max. to 3
Enabled
Disabled
2-3
Limit CPUID Maximum value to 3 when use older OS like NT4.
Disables CPUID Limit for windows XP. (Default value)
Integrated Peripherals
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Integrated Peripherals
OnChip IDE Channel 0
OnChip IDE Channel 1
OnChip Serial ATA
SATA Mode
AC97 Audio
USB 1.1 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller
USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
Onboard H/W LAN
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Serial Port 2
UART Mode Select
x UR2 Duplex Mode
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[RAID]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[2F8/IRQ3]
[Normal]
Half
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
OnChip IDE Channel0
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard 1st channel IDE port.(Default value)
Disable onboard 1st channel IDE port.
OnChip IDE Channel1
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard 2nd channel IDE port.(Default value)
Disable onboard 2nd channel IDE port.
OnChip Serial ATA
Enabled
Disabled
Enable VT8237R Serial ATA support. (Default value)
Disable this function.
SATA Mode
RAID
IDE
Set onboard SATA mode to RAID. (Default value)
Set onboard SATA mode to IDE.
AC97 Audio
Auto
Disabled
Enable onboard AC'97 audio function. (Default value)
Disable this function.
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CPU Hyper-Threading
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USB 1.1 Controller
Disabled
Enabled
Disable USB 1.1 controller.
Enable USB 1.1 controller. (Default value)
USB 2.0 Controller
Disabled
Enabled
Disable USB 2.0 controller.
Enable USB 2.0 controller. (Default value)
USB Keyboard Support
Enabled
Disabled
Enable USB keyboard support.
Disable USB keyboard support. (Default value)
USB Mouse Support
Enabled
Disabled
Enable USB mouse support.
Disable USB mouse support. (Default value)
Onboard H/W LAN
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard LAN chip function. (Default value)
Disable onboard LAN chip function.
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
This function decide whether to invoke the boot ROM of the onboard LAN chip.
Enabled
Enable this function.
Disabled
Disable this function. (Default value)
Onboard Serial Port 1
Auto
3F8/IRQ4
2F8/IRQ3
3E8/IRQ4
2E8/IRQ3
Disabled
BIOS will automatically setup the port 1 address.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 3F8/IRQ4. (Default value)
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 2F8/IRQ3.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 3E8/IRQ4.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 2E8/IRQ3.
Disable onboard Serial port 1.
Onboard Serial Port 2
Auto
3F8/IRQ4
2F8/IRQ3
3E8/IRQ4
2E8/IRQ3
Disabled
BIOS will automatically setup the port 2 address.
Enable onboard Serial port 2 and address is 3F8/IRQ4.
Enable onboard Serial port 2 and address is 2F8/IRQ3. (Default value)
Enable onboard Serial port 2 and address is 3E8/IRQ4.
Enable onboard Serial port 2 and address is 2E8/IRQ3.
Disable onboard Serial port 2.
UART Mode Select
This item allows you to determine which Infra Red(IR) function of Onboard I/O chip.
Normal
Set onboard I/O chip UART to Normal mode.(Default value)
IrDA
Set onboard I/O chip UART to IrDA mode.
ASKIR
Set onboard I/O chip UART to ASKIR mode.
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UR2 Duplex Mode
This feature allows you to select IR mode.
This function is available only when UART Mode Select is not set to Normal.
Half
IR Function Duplex Half. (Default value)
Full
IR Function Duplex Full.
Onboard Parallel Port
Disabled
378/IRQ7
278/IRQ5
3BC/IRQ7
Disable onboard LPT port.
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 378/IRQ7. (Default value)
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 278/IRQ5.
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 3BC/IRQ7.
Parallel Port Mode
SPP
EPP
ECP
ECP+EPP
Using Parallel port as Standard Parallel Port. (Default value)
Using Parallel port as Enhanced Parallel Port.
Using Parallel port as Extended Capabilities Port.
Using Parallel port as ECP and EPP mode.
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Power Management Setup
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Power Management Setup
ACPI Suspend Type
x USB Device Wake-Up From S3
Power LED in S1 state
Soft-Off by PWRBTN
AC BACK Function
Keyboard Power On
Mouse Power On
PME Event Wake Up
Modem Ring Resume
Resume by Alarm
x Date (of Month) Alarm
x Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[S1(POS)]
Disabled
[Blinking]
[Instant-Off]
[Soft-Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Everday
0:0:0
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
Item Help
Menu Level`
[S1]
Set suspend type to
Power On Suspend under
ACPI OS
[S3]
Set suspend type to
Suspend to RAM under
ACPI OS
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
ACPI Suspend Type
S1(POS)
S3(STR)
Set ACPI suspend type to S1/POS(Power On Suspend). (Default value)
Set ACPI suspend type to S3/STR(Suspend To RAM).
USB Device Wake-Up From S3
Disabled
Enabled
Disable USB Device Wake-Up from S3. (Default value)
Enable USB Device Wake-Up from S3.
Power LED in S1 state
Blinking
OFF
In standby mode(S1), power LED will blink. (Default value)
In standby mode(S1), power LED will turn off.
Soft-Off by PWRBTN
Instant-Off
Delay 4 Sec.
Press power button then Power off instantly. (Default value)
Press power button 4 sec. to Power off. Enter suspend if button is pressed
less than 4 sec.
AC BACK Function
Memory
Soft-Off
Full-On
When AC-power back to the system, the system will be back to the last state
before AC-power is lost.
When AC-power back to the system, the system will be in "Off" state.
(Default value)
When AC-power back to the system, the system always in "On" state.
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Password
Disabled
Keyboard 98
Enter from 1 to 8 characters to set the Keyboard Power On Password.
Disabled this function. (Default value)
If your keyboard have "POWER Key" button, you can press the key to power
on the system.
Mouse Power On
Disabled
Enabled
Disabled this function. (Default value)
Double click on PS/2 mouse left button to power on the system.
PME Event Wake Up
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the 5VSB lead.
Disabled
Disable this function.
Enabled
Enable PME as wake up event. (Default value)
Modem Ring Resume
An incoming call via modem can awake the system from any suspend state.
Disabled
Disable Modem Ring Resume function.
Enabled
Enable Modem Ring Resume function. (Default value)
Resume by Alarm
You can set "Resume by Alarm" item to enabled and key in Date/Time to power on system.
Disabled
Disable this function. (Default value)
Enabled
Enable alarm function to POWER ON system.
If Resume by Alarm is Enabled.
Date (of Month) Alarm :
Everyday, 1~31
Time (hh: mm: ss) Alarm:
(0~23) : (0~59) : (0~59)
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PnP/PCI Configurations
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PCI 1 IRQ Assignment
PCI 2 IRQ Assignment
PCI 3 IRQ Assignment
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
PCI 1 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Auto assign IRQ to PCI 1. (Default value)
Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 1.
PCI 2 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Auto assign IRQ to PCI 2. (Default value)
Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 2.
PCI 3 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
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Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 3.
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PC Health Status
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PC Health Status
Reset Case Open Status
Case Opened
Vcore
DDR POWER
+3.3V
+12V
Current CPU Temperature
Current CPU FAN Speed
Current SYSTEM FAN Speed
CPU Smart FAN Control
CPU Smart FAN Mode
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[Disabled]
No
OK
OK
OK
OK
44oC
4687 RPM
0
RPM
[Enabled]
[Auto]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
Reset Case Open Status
Disabled
Enabled
Don't reset case open status. (Default value)
Clear case open status at next boot.
Case Opened
If the case is closed, "Case Opened" will show "No".
If the case have been opened, "Case Opened" will show "Yes".
If you want to reset "Case Opened" value, set "Reset Case Open Status" to "Enabled" and save
CMOS, your computer will restart.
Current Voltage(V) Vcore / DDR POWER / +3.3V / +12V
Detect system's voltage status automatically.
Current CPU Temperature
Detect CPU temperature automatically.
Current CPU/SYSTEM FAN Speed (RPM)
Detect CPU/SYSTEM Fan speed status automatically.
CPU Smart FAN Control
Disabled
Enabled
Disable this function.
When this function is enabled, CPU fan will run at different speed depending on
CPU temperature. Users can adjust the fan speed with Easy Tune based on
their requirements. (Default Value)
CPU Smart FAN Mode
This option is available only when CPU Smart FAN Control is enabled.
Auto
BIOS autodetects the type of CPU fan you installed and sets the optimal CPU
Smart FAN control mode for it. (Default Value)
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Voltage
Set to Voltage when you use a CPU fan with a 3-pin fan power cable.
PWM
Set to PWM when you use a CPU fan with a 4-pin fan power cable.
Note: In fact, the Voltage option can be used for CPU fans with 3-pin or 4-pin power cables.
However, some 4-pin CPU fan power cables are not designed following Intel 4-Wire fans PWM
control specifications. With such CPU fans, selecting PWM will not effectively reduce the fan speed.
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Frequency/Voltage Control
CPU Clock Ratio
CPU Host Clock Control
x CPU Clock
C.I.A. Function
x C.I.A. Frequency (Mhz)
x Fixed AGP/PCI Frequency
AGP/PCI Frequency
DRAM Clock
CPU Voltage Control
Normal CPU Vcore
AGP Voltage Control
DDR Voltage Control
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
[16X]
[Disabled]
200MHz
[Disabled]
Cruise
Disabled
66/33
[Auto]
[Normal]
1.3875V
[Normal]
[Normal]
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Incorrect using these features may cause your system broken. For power end-user use only.
CPU Clock Ratio
This setup option will automatically assign by CPU detection.
The option will display "Locked" and read only if the CPU ratio is not changeable.
CPU Host Clock Control
Please note that if your system is overclocked and cannot restart, please wait 20secs.
for automatic system restart or clear the CMOS setup data and perform a safe restart.
Disabled
Disable CPU Host Clock Control. (Default value)
Enabled
Enable CPU Host Clock Control.
CPU Clock
200MHz ~ 600MHz Set CPU Host Clock from 200MHz to 600MHz.
Incorrectly using this function may damage your system. For power users only.
C.I.A. Function
C.I.A. (CPU Intelligent Acelerator) is designed to detect CPU loading during software program
executing, and automatically adjust CPU computing power to maximize system performance.
Disabled
Disable this function. (Default value)
Enabled
Enable this function.
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Cruise
Set C.I.A. to Cruise. (Automatically increase CPU frequency(3%) by CPU loading.
Sports
Set C.I.A. to Sports. (Automatically increase CPU frequency(5%) by CPU loading.
Racing
Set C.I.A. to Racing. (Automatically increase CPU frequency(7%) by CPU loading.
Turbo
Set C.I.A. to Turbo. (Automatically increase CPU frequency(10%) by CPU loading.
Warning: Stability is highly dependent on system components.
Fixed AGP/PCI Frequency
This item will be available when "CPU Host Clock Control" is set to Enabled.
Adjust AGP/PCI clock asychrohous with CPU.
AGP/PCI Frequency (Mhz)
The values depend on Fixed AGP/PCI Frequency.
DRAM Clock (MHz)
Please set DRAM Clock according to your requirement.
If you use DDR333 DRAM module, please set "DRAM Clock(MHz)" to "166-DDR333". If you use DDR400/
DDRII400 DRAM module, please set "DRAM Clock(MHz)" to "200-DDR400".
Incorrect using it may cause your system broken. For power End-User use only!
CPU Voltage Control
Supports adjustable CPU Vcore from 0.8375V to 1.6000V. (Default value: Normal)
Warning: CPU may be damaged or reduce CPU life-cycle when CPU is over-voltage.
Normal CPU Vcore
Display your CPU Vcore Voltage.
AGP Voltage Control
Normal
Set AGP Voltage Control to Normal. (Default value)
+0.1V
Set AGP Voltage Control to +0.1V.
+0.2V
Set AGP Voltage Control to +0.2V.
+0.3V
Set AGP Voltage Control to +0.3V.
Increase AGP voltage may get stable for Over_Clock. But it may damage to AGP Card when
enable this feature.
DDR Voltage Control
Please note that by overclocking your system through the increase of the DDR voltage, damage to the
memory may occur.
Normal
Set DDR Voltage Control to Normal. (Default value)
+0.1V
Set DDR Voltage Control to +0.1V.
+0.2V
Set DDR Voltage Control to +0.2V.
+0.3V
Set DDR Voltage Control to +0.3V.
+0.4V
Set DDR Voltage Control to +0.4V.
+0.5V
Set DDR Voltage Control to +0.5V.
+0.6V
Set DDR Voltage Control to +0.6V.
+0.7V
Set DDR Voltage Control to +0.7V.
Incorrect using it may cause your system broken. For power End-User use only!
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C.I.A. Frequency (Mhz)
English
2-8
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Power Management Setup
Set User Password
Load Fail-Safe DefaultsSave
(Y/N)?
N Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
& Exit
PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
KLJI: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Fail-Safe defaults contain the most appropriate values of the system parameters that allow minimum system
performance.
2-9
Load Optimized Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Power Management Setup
Set User Password
Load Optimized DefaultsSave
(Y/N)?
N Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
& Exit
PC Health Status
Exit Without Saving
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
KLJI: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
Load Optimized Defaults
Selecting this field loads the factory defaults for BIOS and Chipset Features which the system automatically
detects.
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2-10 Set Supervisor/User Password
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
Enter Password:
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
Change/Set/Disable Password
When you select this function, the following message will appear at the center of the screen to assist you in
creating a password.
Type the password, up to eight characters, and press <Enter>. You will be asked to confirm the password.
Type the password again and press <Enter>. You may also press <Esc> to abort the selection and not enter
a password.
To disable password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter password. A message
"PASSWORD DISABLED" will appear to confirm the password being disabled. Once the password is disabled,
the system will boot and you can enter Setup freely.
The BIOS Setup program allows you to specify two separate passwords:
SUPERVISOR PASSWORD and a USER PASSWORD. When disabled, anyone may access all BIOS Setup
program function. When enabled, the Supervisor password is required for entering the BIOS Setup program
and having full configuration fields, the User password is required to access only basic items.
If you select "System" at "Password Check" in Advance BIOS Features Menu, you will be prompted for the
password every time the system is rebooted or any time you try to enter Setup Menu.
If you select "Setup" at "Password Check" in Advance BIOS Features Menu, you will be prompted only when
you try to enter Setup.
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2-11 Save & Exit Setup
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Optimized Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Power Management Setup
Set User Password
PnP/PCI Configurations
Save & Exit Setup
Save to CMOS and EXITExit
(Y/N)?
Y Saving
PC Health Status
Without
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
KLJI: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
Save Data to CMOS
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility and save the user setup value to RTC CMOS.
Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.
2-12 Exit Without Saving
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Quit Without Saving (Y/N)?
Save &NExit Setup
Exit Without Saving
KLJI: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
Abandon all Data
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility without saving to RTC CMOS.
Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.
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Pictures below are shown in Windows XP.
Insert the driver CD-title that came with your motherboard into your CD-ROM drive, the driver
CD-title will auto start and show the installation guide. If not, please double click the CD-ROM
device icon in "My computer", and execute the Setup.exe.
3-1
Install Chipset Drivers
After insert the driver CD, "Xpress Install" will scan automatically the system and then list all the drivers that
recommended to install. The "Xpress Install" uses the"Click and Go" technology to install the drivers
automatically. Just select the drivers you want then click the "GO" button. The "Xpress Install" will execute
the installation for you automatically.
Some device drivers will restart your system automatically. After restarting your system the "Xpress
Install" will continue to install other drivers.
System will reboot automatically after install the drivers, afterward you can install others application.
For USB2.0 driver support under Windows XP operating system, please use Windows Service
Pack. After install Windows Service Pack, it will show a question mark "?" in "Universal Serial Bus
controller" under "Device Manager". Please remove the question mark and restart the system
(System will auto-detect the right USB2.0 driver).
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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation
English
3-2
Software Application
This page displays all the tools that Gigabyte developed and some free software. You can click an item to
install it.
3-3
Software Information
This page lists the contents of software and drivers in this CD-title.
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3-4
This page lists all device you have for this motherboard.
3-5
Contact Us
Please see the last page for details.
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Chapter 4 Appendix
Unique Software Utilities
4-1-1 EasyTune 5 Introduction
EasyTune 5 presents the most convenient Windows based system performance enhancement and
manageability utility. Featuring several powerful yet easy to use tools such as 1) Overclocking for enhancing
system performance, 2) C.I.A. and M.I.B. for special enhancement for CPU and Memory, 3) Smart-Fan
control for managing fan speed control of both CPU cooling fan and North-Bridge Chipset cooling fan, 4) PC
health for monitoring system status.(Note)
User Interface Overview
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
(Note)
Button / Display
Overclocking
C.I.A./C.I.A.2 and M.I.B./M.I.B.2
Smart-Fan
PC Health
GO
"Easy Mode" & "Advance Mode"
Display screen
Function display LEDs
GIGABYTE Logo
Help button
Exit or Minimize button
Description
Enters the Overclocking setting page
Enters the C.I.A./2 and M.I.B./2 setting page
Enters the Smart-Fan setting page
Enters the PC Health setting page
Confirmation and Execution button
Toggles between Easy and Advance Mode
Display panel of CPU frequency
Shows the current functions status
Log on to GIGABYTE website
Display EasyTuneTM 5 Help file
Quit or Minimize EasyTune TM 5 software
EasyTune 5 functions may vary depending on different motherboards.
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4-1-2 Xpress Recovery2 Introduction
Xpress Recovery2 is designed to provide quick backup and restoration of hard disk data. Supporting Microsoft operating systems including
Windows XP/2000/NT/98/Me and DOS, and file systems including
FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS, Xpress Recovery2 is able to back up data
on hard disks on PATA and SATA IDE controllers. After Xpress Recovery2 is executed from CD-ROM
for the first time, it will stay permanent in your hard disk. If you wish to run Xpress Recovery2 later, you
can simply press F9 during system bootup to enter Xpress Recovery2 without the CD-ROM.
System requirements:
1. Intel x86 platforms
2. At least 64M bytes of system memory
3. VESA-supported VGA cards
How to use the Xpress Recovery2
Initial access by booting from CD-ROM and subsequent access by pressing the F9 key:
Steps: After entering BIOS Setup, go to Advanced BIOS Feature and set to boot from CD-ROM. Save
the settings and exit the BIOS Setup. Insert the provided driver CD into your CD-ROM drive. Upon
system restart, the message which says "Boot from CD/DVD:" will appear in the bottom left corner
of the screen. Press any key to enter Xpress Recovery2.
After the steps above are completed, subsequent access to Xpress Recovery2 can be made
by simply pressing the <F9> key during system power-on.
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.
Boot from CD/DVD:
Press any key to startup XpressRecovery2.....
Boot from CD/DVD:
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2004, Award Software, Inc.
Intel 945 BIOS for 8I945GME E7
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<F9> Xpress Recovery2
<DEL>:BIOS Setup/Q-Flash, <F9>: Xpress Recovery2
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1.
2.
3.
If you have already entered Xpress Recovery2 by booting from the CD-ROM, you can
enter Xpress Recovery2 by pressing the <F9> key in the future.
System storage capacity and the reading/writing speed of the hard disk will affect
the data backup speed.
It is recommended that Xpress Recovery2 be immediately installed once you complete installations of OS and all required drivers as well as software.
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1. RESTORE:
Restore the backed-up data to your hard disk.
(This button will not appear if there is no backup
file.)
2. BACKUP:
Back up data from hard disk.
3. REMOVE:
Remove previously-created backup files
to release disk space.
(This button will not appear if there is no backup
file.)
4. REBOOT:
Exit the main screen and restart the system.
Limitations:
1.
2.
3.
Not compatible to Xpress Recovery.
For the use of Xpress Recovery2, a primary partition must be reserved.
Xpress Recovery2 will store the backup file at the end of the hard disk, so free space available
on the hard disk for the backup file must be allocated in advance. (A minimum 4GB is recommended but the actual space is dependent on the size of the data to be backed up)
4. Capable of backing up hard disks installed with Windows operating systems including DOS and
Windows XP/2000/NT/9x/Me.
5. USB hard disks are currently not supported.
6. Does not support RAID/AHCI (class code 0104/0106) hard disks.
7. Capable of backing up and restoring only the first physical hard disk.
Hard disks detection sequence is as follows:
a. PATA IDE primary channel
b. PATA IDE secondary channel
c . SATA IDE channel 1
d. SATA IDE channel 2
e. SATA IDE channel 3
f. SATA IDE channel 4
Precautions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
When using hard disks with more than 128G under Windows 2000, be sure to execute the
EnableBigLba.exe program from the driver CD before data backup.
It is normal that data backup takes longer time than data restoration.
Xpress Recovery2 is compliant with the GPL regulations.
On a few motherboards based on Nvidia chipsets, BIOS update is required for Xpress Recovery2
to correctly identify RAID and SATA IDE mode. Please contact your motherboard manufacturer.
Xpress Recovery2 supports only PATA hard disks and not SATA hard disks on the following
motherboards (As this is a BIOS-related issue, it can be solved by BIOS update)
GA-8N-SLI Royal
GA-K8NXP-9
GA-K8U
GA-K8N Ultra-9
GA-8N-SLI Pro
GA-K8U-9
GA-K8NF-9 (PCB Ver. 1.0)
GA-8N-SLI
GA-K8NXP-SLI
GA-K8NE (PCB Ver. 1.0)
GA-K8N Ultra-SLI
GA-K8NMF-9
GA-K8N Pro-SLI
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The Main Screen of Xpress Recovery2
English
4-1-3 Flash BIOS Method Introduction
Method 1 : Q-FlashTM Utility
Q-Flash TM is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. With this utility,
users only have to stay in the BIOS menu when they want to update
BIOS. Q-Flash?allows users to flash BIOS without any utility in DOS or
Windows. Using Q-FlashTM indicating no more fooling around with any complicated instructions and
operating system since it is in the BIOS menu.
Please note that because updating BIOS has potential risk, please do it with caution!! We are
sorry that Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd is not responsible for damages of system because of
incorrect manipulation of updating BIOS to avoid any claims from end-users.
Before You Begin:
Before you start updating BIOS with the Q-Flash TM utility, please follow the steps below first.
1.
2.
3.
Download the latest BIOS for your motherboard from Gigabyte's website.
Extract the BIOS file downloaded and save the BIOS file (the one with model name.Fxx. For
example, 8KNXPU.Fba) to a floppy disk.
Reboot your PC and press Del to enter BIOS menu.
The BIOS upgrading guides below are separated into two parts.
If your motherboard has dual-BIOS, please refer to Part One.
If your motherboard has single-BIOS, please refer to Part Two.
Part One:
Updating BIOS with Q-FlashTM Utility on Dual BIOS Motherboards.
Some of Gigabyte motherboards are equipped with dual BIOS. In the BIOS menu of the motherboards
supporting Q-Flash and Dual BIOS, the Q-Flash utility and Dual BIOS utility are combined in the same
screen. This section only deals with how to use Q-Flash utility.
In the following sections, we take GA-8KNXP Ultra as the example to guide you how to flash BIOS
from an older version to the latest version. For example, from Fa3 to Fba.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2003, Award Software, Inc.
The BIOS file is Fa3
before updating
Intel i875P AGPset BIOS for 8KNXP Ultra Fa3
Check System Health OK , VCore = 1.5250
Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.6GHz (133x12)
<CPUID : 0F27 Patch ID : 0027>
Memory Testing : 131072K OK
Memory Frequency 266 MHz in Single Channel
Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08
Primary Slave : None
Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101
Secondary Slave : None
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Dual BIOS / Q-Flash / F9 For
Xpress Recovery
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Entering the Q-FlashTM utility:
Step1: To use Q-Flash utility, you must press Del in the boot screen to enter BIOS menu.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
Step 2: Press F8 button on your keyboard and then Y button to enter the Dual BIOS/Q-Flash utility.
Exploring the Q-FlashTM / Dual BIOS utility screen
The Q-Flash / Dual BIOS utility screen consists of the following key components.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From.........................................
Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size.............................SST 49LF003A
Backup ROM Type/Size.........................SST 49LF003A
Task menu for
Dual BIOS
utility
Task menu for
Q-FlashTM utility
Dual BIOS utility bar
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
Auto Recovery Enable
Halt On Error Disable
Copy Main ROM Data to Backup
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
Enter : Run
:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
Q-FlashTM utility title
bar
Action bar
Task menu for Dual BIOS utility:
Contains the names of eight tasks and two item showing information about the BIOS ROM type. Blocking a
task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable execution of the task.
Task menu for Q-Flash utility:
Contains the names of four tasks. Blocking a task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable execution of the task.
Action bar:
Contains the names of four actions needed to operate the Q-Flash/Dual BIOS utility. Pressing the buttons
mentioned on your keyboards to perform these actions.
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Using the Q-FlashTM utility:
This section tells you how to update BIOS using the Q-Flash utility. As described in the "Before you begin"
section above, you must prepare a floppy disk having the BIOS file for your motherboard and insert it to your
computer. If you have already put the floppy disk into your system and have entered the Q-Flash utility,
please follow the steps below to flash BIOS.
Steps:
1.
Press arrow buttons on your keyboard to move the light bar to "Load Main BIOS from Floppy" item in
the Q-Flash menu and press Enter button.
Later, you will see a box pop up showing the BIOS files you previously downloaded to the floppy disk.
If you want to save the current BIOS for backup purpose, you can begin Step 1 with "Save Main
BIOS to Floppy" item.
2. Move to the BIOS file you want to flash and press Enter.
In this example, we only download one BIOS file to the floppy disk so only one BIOS file,
8KNXPU.Fba, is listed.
Please confirm again you have the correct BIOS file for your motherboard.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From.........................................
Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size.............................SST 49LF003A
Backup ROM Type/Size.........................SST 49LF003A
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
1 file(s)Main
foundBios
Boot From
8KNXPU.Fba
512K
Auto Recovery Enable
Halt On Error Disable
Total size Copy
: 1.39M
Free
size
:
911.50K
Main ROM Data to Backup
F5 : Refresh
DEL : Delete
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
Enter : Run
:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
BIOS file in the floppy
disk.
After pressing Enter, you'll then see the progress of reading the BIOS file from the floppy disk.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From.........................................
Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size.............................SST 49LF003A
Backup ROM Type/Size.........................SST 49LF003A
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
Reading BIOS file from floppy ...
Auto Recovery Enable
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.....................
Halt On Error Disable
Copy Main ROM Data to Backup
Don't Turn Off Power or Reset System
Load Default Settings
Enter : Run
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
Do not turn off power or
reset your system at this
stage!!
After BIOS file is read, you'll see a confirmation dialog box asking you "Are you sure to update BIOS?"
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3. Press Y button on your keyboard after you are sure to update BIOS.
Then it will begin to update BIOS. The progress of updating BIOS will be displayed.
Please do not take out the floppy disk when it begins flashing BIOS.
4. Press any keys to return to the Q-Flash menu when the BIOS updating procedure is completed.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From.........................................
Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size.............................SST 49LF003A
Backup ROM Type/Size.........................SST 49LF003A
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
Auto
Recovery
Enable - Pass !!
!!
Copy
BIOS completed
Halt On Error Disable
Copy
Main
ROM
Data
to continue
Backup
Please press any key to
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
Enter : Run
:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
5.
You can repeat Step 1 to
4 to flash the backup
BIOS, too.
Press Esc and then Y button to exit the Q-Flash utility. The computer will restart automatically after
you exit Q-Flash.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From.........................................
Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size.............................SST 49LF003A
Backup ROM Type/Size.........................SST 49LF003A
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
AutoAre
Recovery
you sure Enable
to RESET ?
Halt On Error Disable
Copy
Main
ROM
Data
to Backup
[Enter] to continure or [Esc]
to abort...
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
Enter : Run
:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
After system reboots, you may find the BIOS version on your boot screen becomes the one you flashed.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2003, Award Software, Inc.
The BIOS file
becomes Fab after
updating.
Intel i875P AGPset BIOS for 8KNXP Ultra Fba
Check System Health OK , VCore = 1.5250
Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.6GHz (133x12)
<CPUID : 0F27 Patch ID : 0027>
Memory Testing : 131072K OK
Memory Frequency 266 MHz in Single Channel
Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08
Primary Slave : None
Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101
Secondary Slave : None
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Dual BIOS / Q-Flash / F9 For
Xpress Recovery
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6.
Press Del to enter BIOS menu after system reboots. When you are in BIOS menu, move to
Load Fail-Safe Defaults item and press Enter to load BIOS Fail-Safe Defaults. Normally the system
redetects all devices after BIOS has been upgraded. Therefore, we highly recommend reloading the
BIOS defaults after BIOS has been upgraded.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
Standard CMOS Features
Select Language
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
Set Supervisor
Password
Load Fail-Safe Defaults (Y/N)?
Y
Set User Password
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F3: Change Language
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
Press Y on your keyboard to load defaults.
7.
Select Save & Exit Setup item to save the settings to CMOS and exit the BIOS menu.
System will reboot after you exit the BIOS menu. The procedure is completed.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor
Password
Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)?
Y
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
Press Y on your keyboard to save and exit.
Part Two:
Updating BIOS with Q-FlashTM Utility on Single-BIOS Motherboards.
This part guides users of single-BIOS motherboards how to update BIOS using the Q-Flash TM utility.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Top Performance
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
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The Q-FlashBIOS utility screen consists of the following key components.
Q-FlashTM utility bar
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
Task menu for
Q-FlashTM utility
Enter : Run
Keep DMI Data Enable
Update BIOS from Floppy
Save BIOS to Floppy
:Move
ESC:Reset
256K
F10:Power Off
Action bar
Task menu for Q-Flash utility:
Contains the names of three tasks. Blocking a task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable
execution of the task.
Action bar:
Contains the names of four actions needed to operate the Q-Flash utility. Pressing the buttons mentioned on
your keyboards to perform these actions.
Using the Q-FlashTM utility:
This section tells you how to update BIOS using the Q-Flash utility. As described in the "Before you begin"
section above, you must prepare a floppy disk having the BIOS file for your motherboard and insert it to your
computer. If you have already put the floppy disk into your system and have entered the Q-Flash utility,
please follow the steps below to flash BIOS.
Steps:
1.
Press arrow buttons on your keyboard to move the light bar to "Update BIOS from Floppy" item in the
Q-Flash menu and press Enter button.
Later, you will see a box pop up showing the BIOS files you previously downloaded to the floppy disk.
If you want to save the current BIOS for backup purpose, you can begin Step 1 with "Save BIOS
to Floppy" item.
2.
Move to the BIOS file you want to flash and press Enter.
In this example, we only download one BIOS file to the floppy disk so only one BIOS file,
8GE800.F4, is listed.
Please confirm again you have the correct BIOS file for your motherboard.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
256K
1 file(s) found
8GE800.F4Keep DMI Data Enable
256K
Update BIOS from Floppy
Save
BIOS
to
Floppy
Total size : 1.39M
Free size : 1.14M
Enter
:Move
ESC:Reset
F5: :Run
Refresh
DEL : Delete F10:Power Off
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
Keep
Reading BIOS
fileDMI
fromData
floppyEnable
...
Update BIOS from Floppy
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.....................
Save BIOS to Floppy
EnterDon't
: RunTurn Off Power
:Moveor ResetESC:Reset
System
BIOS file in the floppy
disk.
256K
Do not turn off power or
reset your system at
F10:Power Off
this stage!!
After BIOS file is read, you'll see a confirmation dialog box asking you "Are you sure to update BIOS?"
Please do not take out the floppy disk when it begins flashing BIOS.
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Exploring the Q-FlashTM utility screen
English
3.
Press Y button on your keyboard after you are sure to update BIOS.
Then it will begin to update BIOS. The progress of updating BIOS will be shown at the same time.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
256K
Keep DMI
Data BIOS
Enable
Updating
Now
Update BIOS from Floppy
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.........................
Save BIOS to Floppy
EnterDon't
: RunTurn Off Power
:Moveor ResetESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
System
4.
reset your system
at this stage!!
Press any keys to return to the Q-Flash menu when the BIOS updating procedure is completed.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
Enter : Run
5.
Do not turn off power or
256K
Keep DMI Data Enable
!! Copy
BIOSBIOS
completed
- Pass !!
Update
from Floppy
Save BIOS to Floppy
Please press any key to continue
:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
Press Esc and then Y button to exit the Q-Flash utility. The computer will restart automatically after
you exit Q-Flash.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
256K
Keep DMI Data Enable
Are
you sure
RESET
?
Update
BIOStofrom
Floppy
Save BIOS to Floppy
[Enter] to continure or [Esc] to abort...
Enter : Run
:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
After system reboots, you may find the BIOS version on your boot screen becomes the one you flashed.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2003, Award Software, Inc.
The BIOS file
becomes F4 after
updating
Intel 845GE AGPSet BIOS for 8GE800 F4
Check System Health OK
Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.7GHz (100x17.0)
<CPUID : 0F0A Patch ID : 0009>
Memory Testing : 122880K OK + 8192K Shared Memory
Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08
Primary Slave : None
Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101
Secondary Slave : None
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Q-Flash
03/18/2003-I845GE-6A69YG01C-00
6.
Press Del to enter BIOS menu after system reboots and "Load BIOS Fail-Safe Defaults". See how
to Load BIOS Fail-Safe Defaults, please kindly refer to Step 6 to 7 in Part One.
Congratulation!! You have updated BIOS successfully!!
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If you do not have a DOS startup disk, we recommend that you use the
new @BIOS utility. @BIOS allows users to update their BIOS under
Windows. Just select the desired @BIOS server to download the latest
version of BIOS.
Fig 1. Installing the @BIOS utility
Fig 2. Installation Complete and Run @BIOS
Click Sart/ Programs/ GIGABYTE/@BIOS
Select @BIOS item
Fig 3. The @BIOS Utility
Click " "
Fig 4. Select the desired @BIOS server
Click "Update New BIOS"
1. Methods and steps:
I. Update BIOS through Internet
a. Click "Internet Update" icon
b. Click "Update New BIOS" icon
c. Select @BIOSTM sever
d. Select the exact model name on your motherboard
e. System will automatically download and update the BIOS.
II. Update BIOS NOT through Internet:
a. Do not click "Internet Update" icon
b. Click "Update New BIOS"
c. Please select "All Files" in dialog box while opening the old file.
d. Please search for BIOS unzip file, downloading from internet or any other methods (such as:
8VT880P Combo.D2).
e. Complete update process following the instruction.
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Method 2 : @BIOSTM Utility
English
III. Save BIOS
In the very beginning, there is "Save Current BIOS" icon shown in dialog box. It means to save the
current BIOS version.
IV. Check out supported motherboard and Flash ROM:
In the very beginning, there is "About this program" icon shown in dialog box. It can help you check out
which kind of motherboard and which brand of Flash ROM are supported.
2. Note:
I.
In method I, if it shows two or more motherboard's model names to be selected, please make
sure your motherboard's model name again. Selecting wrong model name will cause the
system unbooted.
II. In method II, be sure that motherboard's model name in BIOS unzip file are the same as your
motherboard's. Otherwise, your system won't boot.
III. In method I, if the BIOS file you need cannot be found in @BIOSTM server, please go onto
Gigabyte's web site for downloading and updating it according to method II.
IV. Please note that any interruption during updating will cause system unbooted
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RAID Levels
RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a method of combining two hard disk drives into one logical
unit. The advantage of an Array is to provide better performance or data fault tolerance. Fault tolerance is
achieved through data redundant operation, where if one drives fails, a mirrored copy of the data can be
found on another drive. This can prevent data loss if the operating system fails or hangs. The individual disk
drives in an array are called members. The configuration information of each member is recorded in the
reserved sector that identifies the drive as a member. All disk members in a formed disk array are recognized
as a single physical drive to the operating system.
Hard disk drives can be combined together through a few different methods. The different methods are
referred to as different RAID levels. Different RAID levels represent different performance levels, security
levels and implementation costs. The RAID levels which the VIA VT8237R chipset supports are RAID 0,
RAID 1,and JBOD.
RAID 0 (Striping)
RAID 0 reads and writes sectors of data interleaved between multiple drives. If any disk member fails, it
affects the entire array. The disk array data capacity is equal to the number of drive members times the
capacity of the smallest member. The striping block size can be set from 4KB to 64KB. RAID 0 does not
support fault tolerance.
RAID 1 (Mirroring)
RAID 1 writes duplicate data onto a pair of drives and reads both sets of data in parallel. If one of the
mirrored drives suffers a mechanical failure or does not respond, the remaining drive will continue to function.
Due to redundancy, the drive capacity of the array is the capacity of the smallest drive. Under a RAID 1
setup, an extra drive called the spare drive can be attached. Such a drive will be activated to replace a failed
drive that is part of a mirrored array. Due to the fault tolerance, if any RAID 1 drive fails, data access will not
be affected as long as there are other working drives in the array.
JBOD (Spanning)
A spanning disk array is equal to the sum of the all drives when the drives used are having different capacities.
Spanning stores data onto a drive until it is full, then proceeds to store files onto the next drive in the array.
When any disk member fails, the failure affects the entire array. JBOD is not really a RAID and does not
support fault tolerance.
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4-1-4 Serial ATA BIOS Setting Utility Introduction
English
Please follow the steps below to construct a complete RAID array:
1) Have ready your hard drives for RAID construction.
Note: To achieve best performance, it is recommended that the hard drives used are of similar make
and storage capacity.
2) Please attach the hard drive connectors to their appropriate location on the motherboard ie. IDE, SCSI,
or SATA.
3) Enter the motherboard BIOS and locate RAID setup (Please refer to the section on Integrated Peripherals).
4) Enter RAID setup in the BIOS and select the RAID type (For instance, enter Tab to select VT8237R
RAID; Ctrl + S to select Silicon Image).
5) Complete driver installation.
6) Complete RAID utility installation.
More information on steps 4 and 5 is provided. (For more detailed setup information, please visit our website
at http:\\www.gigabyte.com.tw to read or download the information you need.)
Configuring the VT8237(VT8237R) SATA RAID BIOS
The RAID BIOS setup utility lets you choose the RAID array type and which hard drives you want to make
part of the array.
Entering the VT8237(VT8237R) SATA RAID BIOS Setup Utility
1. After rebooting your computer, wait until you see the RAID software prompting you to press Tab. The
RAID prompt appears as part of the system POST and boot process prior to loading the OS. You have a few
seconds to press Tab before the window disappears.
VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.41
Copyright (C) VIA Technologies, Inc. All Right reserved.
Scan Devices, Please wait...
Press <Tab> key into User Window!
Serial_Ch0 Master : ST3120026AS
Serial_Ch1 Master : ST3120026AS
Press Tab to enter RAID setup utility, the VT8237 SATA RAID BIOS utility screen will appear. You can press
up arrow key< > or down arrow key< > to move the selection bar and select the item that you want to
execute.
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Create Array
Delete Array
Create/Delete Spare
Select Boot Array
Serial Number View
Channel
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
,
Enter
ESC
Drive Name
Array Name
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
Serial_Ch0 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
Serial_Ch1 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
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A. Create Array:
Press Enter on Create Array item, you will see the screen as shown below.
VIA Tech. VT8237 SATA RAID BIOS Ver 2.41
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
Auto Setup For Performance
Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
Select Disk Drives
Block Size 64K
Start Create Process
Channel
Drive Name
F1
,
Enter
ESC
:
:
:
:
Array Name
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
Serial_Ch0 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
Serial_Ch1 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
Before create an Array, you have to set the array mode first. Select Array Mode and press Enter, use the
arrow key to select the array mode. The options are: RAID 0 for performance, RAID 1 for data protection,
and RAID SPAN for capacity.
VIA Tech. VT8237 SATA RAID BIOS Ver 2.41
Auto Setup For Data Security
RAID
0 forRAID
performance
Array
Mode
0 (Striping)
RAID
1 for
data protection
Select
Disk
Drives
RAID
SPAN
Block
Size
64K for capacity
Start Create Process
Channel
Drive Name
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
,
Enter
ESC
Array Name
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
Serial_Ch0 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
Serial_Ch1 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Hdd
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After array mode is selected, there are two methods to create a disk array. One method is Auto Setup and
the other one is Select Disk Drives. Auto Setup allows BIOS to select the disk drives and create arrays
automatically, but it does not duplicate the mirroring drives even if the user selected Create and duplicate for
RAID 1. It is recommended all disk drives are new ones when wanting to create an array. Select Disk
Drives lets the user select the array drives by their requirements. Select the Select Disk Drives item and
press Enter, use the arrow key to select the hard disk. The selected hard disk will be marked a star(*) signal.
VIA Tech. VT8237 SATA RAID BIOS Ver 2.41
Auto Setup For Performance
Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
Select Disk Drives
Block Size 64K
Start Create Process
Channel
Drive Name
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
,
Enter
ESC
:
:
:
:
Array Name
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
[*]Serial_Ch0 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Stripe0
[*]Serial_Ch1 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Stripe1
If you select a RAID 0 array, the block size of the array can also be selected. Use the arrow key to select
Block Size and press Enter, then select a block size from the popup menu. The block size can be 4KB to
64KB.
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Auto Setup For Performance
4K
Array Mode RAID 0 (Striping)
8K
Select Disk Drives
16K
Block Size 64K
32K
Start Create Process
64K
Channel
Drive Name
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
,
Enter
ESC
Array Name
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
[*]Serial_Ch0 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Stripe0
[*]Serial_Ch1 Master
ST3120026AS
SATA
111.79
Stripe1
Use the arrow key to select Start Create Process and press Enter. A warning message will appear [The
data on the selected disks will be destroied. Continue? (Y/N)], press Y to finish the creation, or press N
to cancel the creation.
Important note: All existing contents in the hard drive will be destroyed after array creation.
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Create Array
Delete Array
Create/Delete Spare
Select Boot Array
Serial Number View
Delete a RAID array contain
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
,
Enter
ESC
The selected array will be destoried.
Are you sure? Continue? Press Y/N
Channel
Drive Name
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Array Name
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
[*]Serial_Ch0 Master
ST3120026AS
ARRAY 0
SATA
111.79
Stripe0
[*]Serial_Ch1 Master
ST3120026AS
ARRAY 0
SATA
111.79
Stripe1
Deleting a disk array will destroy all the data on the disk array except RAID 1 arrays. When a RAID is
deleted, the data on these two hard disk drives will be reserved and become two normal disk drives.
C. Select Boot Array:
You can select a disk array as boot device if you want to boot operating system from an array. Boot disk
array cannot be selected if the operating system does not boot from the disk array. Highlight the Select Boot
Array item; press Enter and the channel column will be activated. Then highlight the target disk array and
press Enter. Press Esc to go back to main menu. If you want to cancel the boot array, select the disk array
that has a star(*) mark and press Enter, its boot setting will be canceled.
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Create Array
Delete Array
Create/Delete Spare
Select Boot Array
Serial Number View
Channel
Set/Clear bootable array
F1
,
Enter
ESC
Drive Name
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Array Name
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
[*]Serial_Ch0 Master
ST3120026AS
ARRAY 0
SATA
111.79
Boot
[*]Serial_Ch1 Master
ST3120026AS
ARRAY 0
SATA
111.79
Boot
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B. Delete Array:
If you want to delete the Array, select Delete Array in the main menu and press Enter. The channel column
will be activated. Select the member of an array that is to be deleted and press Enter. A warning message
will show up, press Y to delete or press N to cancel.
English
D. Serial Number View:
Highlight Serial Number View and press Enter. Use arrow key to select a drive, the selected drive's serial
number can be viewed in the last column. The serial number is assigned by the disk drive manufacturer.
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Create Array
Delete Array
Create/Delete Spare
Select Boot Array
Serial Number View
Channel
View the serial number of
hard disk, it is useful for
identify same model disks
F1
,
Enter
ESC
Drive Name
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Array Name
Mode
Size(GB)
Status
Serial_Ch0 Master
ST3120026AS
ARRAY 0
SATA
111.79
Stripe0
Serial_Ch1 Master
ST3120026AS
ARRAY 0
SATA
111.79
Stripe1
Serial Number:
3JT354CP
E. View Array Status:
Press the F1 key to show the array status on the lower screen. If there are no disk arrays then nothing will be
displayed on the screen.
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Create Array
Delete Array
Create/Delete Spare
Select Boot Array
Serial Number View
Create a RAID array with
the hard disks attached to
VIA RAID controller
F1
,
Enter
ESC
:
:
:
:
View Array/disk Status
Move to next item
Confirm the selection
Exit
Array Name
Array Mode
Block Size(GB)
Size(GB)
ARRAY 0
Stripe
64K
223.58
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To install operating system onto a serial ATA hard disk successfully, you need to install the SATA controller
driver during OS installation. Without the driver, the hard disk may not be recognized during the Windows
setup process. First of all, copy the driver for the SATA controller from the motherboard driver CD-ROM to a
floppy disk. See the instructions below about how to copy the driver in MS-DOS mode (Note1). Prepare a startup
disk that has CD-ROM support and a blank formatted floppy disk.
Step 1: Insert the prepared startup disk and motherboard driver CD-ROM in your system. Boot from the
startup disk. Once at the A:\> prompt, change to the CD-ROM drive (example: D:\>). At the D:\> prompt, type
the following two commands. Press ENTER after each command (Fig.1):
cd bootdrv
menu
Step 2: When the controller menu (Fig.2) appears, remove the startup disk and insert the blank formatted
disk. Select the controller driver by pressing the corresponding letter from the menu. Your system will then
automatically zip and transfer this driver file to the floppy disk. Press 0 to exit when finished.
Fig.1
Fig. 2
Step 3: After completing the steps, boot from the Windows installation disk to install the RAID drivers.
Press F6 as soon as you see the "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver" message,
then supply serial ATA controller driver by this floppy disk. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the
installation.
(Each time you add a new hard drive to a RAID array, the RAID driver will have to be installed under
Windows once for that hard drive. After that, the driver will not have to be installed.)
(Note 1): For users without a startup disk.
Use an alternative system and insert the GIGABYTE motherboard drive CD-ROM. From the CDROM drive (example: D:\) double click the MENU.exe file in the BootDrv folder. A command prompt
window will open similar to that in Fig. 2.
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Installing the RAID drivers
English
4-1-5 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 Channel Audio Function Introduction
The installation of windows 98SE/2K/ME/XP is very simple. Please follow next step to install the function!
Stereo Speakers Connection and Settings:
We recommend that you use the speaker with amplifier to acqiire the best sound effect if the stereo output is
applied.
STEP 1:
Connect the stereo speakers or earphone to "Line
Out".
Line Out
STEP 2 :
Following installation of the audio driver, you find a
icon a Sound Effect
icon on the lower right hand
taskbar. Click the icon to select the function.
STEP 3:
Click "Speaker Configuration" then click on the left
selection bar and select "2CH Speaker" to complete
2 channel audio configuration.
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4 Channel Analog Audio Output Mode
STEP 1 :
Connect the front channels to "Line Out",
the rear channels to "Line In".
Line Out Line In
STEP 2 :
Following installation of the audio driver, you find a
icon a Sound Effect
icon on the lower right hand
taskbar. Click the icon to select the function.
STEP 3 :
Click "Speaker Configuration" and select the "UAJ
Function". Then click on the left selection bar and
select "4CH Speaker" to complete 4 channel audio
configuration.
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6 Channel Analog Audio Output Mode
Use the back audio panel to connect the audio output
without any additional module.
STEP 1 :
Connect the front channels to "Line Out",the rear
channels to "Line In", and the Center/Subwoofer channels to "MIC In".
Line In
MIC In
STEP 2 :
Following installation of the audio driver, you find a
icon a Sound Effect
icon on the lower right hand
taskbar. Click the icon to select the function.
STEP 3 :
Click "Speaker Configuration" and select the "UAJ
Function". Then click on the left selection bar and
select "6CH Speaker" to complete 6 channel audio
configuration.
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Line Out
English
8 Channel Audio Setup (using Audio Combo Kit, Optional Device):
(Audio Combo Kit offers SPDIF output, an optical and
coaxial cable and a Surround-Kit. The
Surround-Kit offers R/L surround, center/subwoofer
output and rear surround)
STEP 1 :
Secure the Audio Combo Kit at the panel on the back
of the case.
STEP 2 :
Connect the Surround-Kit to the SUR_CEN connector located on the motherboard.
STEP 3 :
There are two methods of 8 channel audio
configuration:
Method 1:
Connect the front channels to the "LINE OUT" port
located on the audio panel and the rear channels to
the Surround-Kit "REAR R/L" port. Connect the center/subwoofer channels to the Surround-Kit "SUB
CENTER" and the R/L channels to the Surround-Kit
"SUR BACK" port.
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Method 2:
Connect the front channels to the "LINE OUT" port
located on the audio panel and the rear channels to
the "LINE IN" port. Connect the center/subwoofer
channels to the "MIC IN" port located on the audio
panel and the R/L channels to the Surround-Kit "SUR
BACK" port. (This method requires UAJ function)
STEP 4 :
Following installation of the audio driver, you find a
icon a Sound Effect
icon on the lower right hand
taskbar. Click the icon to select the function.
STEP 5 :
Click "Speaker Configuration" and select both the
"UAJ Function" and "Only Surround-Kit". Then click
on the left selection bar and select "8CH Speaker" to
complete 8 channel audio configuration.
Sound Effect Configuration:
At the sound effect menu, users can adjust
sound option settings as desired.
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SPDIF Output Device (Optional Device)
A "SPDIF output" device is available on the
motherboard. Cable with rear bracket is provided and
could link to the "SPDIF output" connector (As picture.)
For the further linkage to decoder, rear bracket provides coaxial cable and Fiber
connecting port.
1.
Connect the SPDIF output device to the rear
bracket of PC, and fix it with screw.
2. Connect SPDIF device to the motherboard.
3. Connect SPDIF to the SPDIF decoder.
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4-1-6 Jack-Sensing and UAJ Introduction
Jack-Sensing provides audio connectors error-detection function.
Install Microsoft DirectX8.1 or later version before to enable Jack-Sensing support for Windows
98/98SE/2000/ME.
Jack-Sensing includes 2 parts: AUTO and MANUAL. Following is an example for 2 channels (Windows XP):
Introduction of audio connectors
You may connect CDROM, Walkman or others audio
input devices to Line In jack, speakers, earphone or
others output devices to Line Out jack, and microphone to MIC In jack.
Auto-detecting:
Please connect the devices to the right jacks as
above. A window will appear as right
picture if you setup the devices properly.
Please note that 3D audio function will only
appear when 3D audio inputs.
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If you set wrong with the connectors, the warning
message will come out as right picture.
Manual setting:
If the device picture shows different from what you
set, please press "Manual Selection" to set.
UAJ Introduction
UAJ (Universal Audio Jack) has a very smart feature: It will switch signal automatically when user plugs his
audio device to the wrong jack (Line-in/ Line-out). That means users do not need to worry the audio device
should be plug in Line-in or Line-out jack, the device will work perfectly after UAJ is activated.
Enable UAJ function:
You can click "UAJ Automatic" button to enable UAJ
function.
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4-2
Troubleshooting
Below is a collection of general asked questions. To check general asked questions based on a specific
motherboard model, please log on to http://www.gigabyte.com.tw
Question 1: I cannot see some options that were included in previous BIOS after updating BIOS. Why?
Answer: Some advanced options are hidden in new BIOS version. Please press Ctrl and F1 keys after
entering BIOS menu and you will be able to see these options.
Questions 2: Why is the light of my keyboard/optical mouse still on after computer shuts down?
Answer: In some boards, a small amount of electricity is kept on standby after computer shuts down and
that's why the light is still on.
Question 3: How do I clear CMOS?
Answer: If your board has a Clear CMOS jumper, please refer to the Clear CMOS steps in the manual. If your
board doesn't have such jumper, you can take off the on-board battery to leak voltage to clear CMOS.
Please refer to the steps below:
Steps:
1. Turn off power.
2. Disconnect the power cord from MB.
3. Take out the battery gently and put it aside for about 10 minutes (Or you can use a metal object to
connect the positive and negative pins in the battery holder to makethem short for one minute).
4. Re-insert the battery to the battery holder.
5. Connect power cord to MB again and turn on power.
6. Press Del to enter BIOS and load Fail-Safe Defaults(or load Optimized Defaults).
7. Save changes and reboot the system.
Question 4: Why do I still get a weak sound after turning up the speaker to the maximum volume?
Answer: Please make sure the speaker you are using is equipped with an internal amplifier. If not, please
change another speaker with power/amplifier and try again later.
Question 5: Sometimes I hear different continuous beeps from computer after system boots up. What do
these beeps usually stand for?
Answer: The beep codes below may help you identify the possible computer problems. However, they are
only for reference purposes. The situations might differ from case to case.
AMI BIOS Beep Codes
*Computer gives 1 short beep when system boots successfully.
*Except for beep code 8, these codes are always fatal.
1 beep Refresh failure
2 beeps Parity error
3 beeps Base 64K memory failure
4 beeps Timer not operational
5 beeps Processor error
6 beeps 8042 - gate A20 failure
7 beeps Processor exception interrupt error
8 beeps Display memory read/write failure
9 beeps ROM checksum error
10 beeps CMOS shutdown register read/write error
11 beeps Cache memory bad
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1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long 1 short: DRAM or M/B error
1 long 2 short: Monitor or display card error
1 long 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: DRAM error
Continuous short beeps: Power error
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