MNL-1088 - 5500 - Motherboard
X8DAL-3
X8DAL-i
USER’S MANUAL
Revision 1.1b
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Preface
Preface
About this Manual
This manual is written for system integrators, PC technicians and knowledgeable PC
users. It provides information for the installation and use of the
X8DAL-3/
X8DAL-i motherboard.
About this Motherboard
The
X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i supports the Intel® 5500/5600 Series Processor platform, the first dual-processing platform that supports the Intel QuickPath
Interconnect (QPI) Technology, providing the next generation point-to-point system
interface to replace the current Front Side Bus. With the Intel 5500 chipset built in,
the X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i substantially enhances system performance with increased
bandwidth and scalability, optimized for CAD workstations or graphic intensive
systems. Please refer to our web site (http://www.supermicro.com/products/) for
processor and memory support updates. This product is intended to be installed
and serviced by professional technicians.
Manual Organization
Chapter 1 describes the features, specifications and performance of the motherboard and provides detailed information about the chipset.
Chapter 2 provides hardware installation instructions. Read this chapter when installing the processor, memory modules and other hardware components into the
system. If you encounter any problems, see Chapter 3, which describes troubleshooting procedures for video, memory and system setup stored in the CMOS.
Chapter 4 includes an introduction to the BIOS and provides detailed information
on running the CMOS Setup utility.
Appendix A lists BIOS POST Error Codes. Appendix B and Appendix C provide
the Windows OS and Other Software Installation Instructions.
Conventions Used in the Manual
Special attention should be given to the following symbols for proper installation and
to prevent damage done to the components or injury to yourself:
Danger/Caution: Instructions to be strictly followed to prevent catastrophic
system failure or to avoid bodily injury.
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Warning: Important information given to ensure proper system installation
or to prevent damage to the components.
Note: Additional Information given to differentiate various models or to
ensure correct system setup.
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Contacting Supermicro
Contacting Supermicro
Headquarters
Address:
Super Micro Computer, Inc.
980 Rock Ave.
San Jose, CA 95131 U.S.A.
Tel:
+1 (408) 503-8000
Fax:
+1 (408) 503-8008
Email:
marketing@supermicro.com (General Information)
support@supermicro.com (Technical Support)
Web Site:
www.supermicro.com
Europe
Address:
Super Micro Computer B.V.
Het Sterrenbeeld 28, 5215 ML
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Tel:
+31 (0) 73-6400390
Fax:
+31 (0) 73-6416525
Email:
sales@supermicro.nl (General Information)
support@supermicro.nl (Technical Support)
rma@supermicro.nl (Customer Support)
Asia-Pacific
Address:
Super Micro Computer, Inc.
4F, No. 232-1, Liancheng Rd.
Chung-Ho 235, Taipei County
Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel:
+886-(2) 8226-3990
Fax:
+886-(2) 8226-3991
Web Site:
www.supermicro.com.tw
Technical Support:
Email:
support@supermicro.com.tw
Tel:
+886-(2) 8226-5990
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Table of Contents
Preface
Chapter 1 Introduction
1-1
Overview ......................................................................................................... 1-1
1-2
Chipset Overview ............................................................................................ 1-9
1-3
Special Features ........................................................................................... 1-10
1-4
PC Health Monitoring (w/SDII or SDIII) ........................................................ 1-10
1-5
ACPI Features................................................................................................1-11
1-6
Power Supply .................................................................................................1-11
1-7
Super I/O ....................................................................................................... 1-12
Chapter 2 Installation
2-1
Static-Sensitive Devices .................................................................................. 2-1
Precautions ..................................................................................................... 2-1
Unpacking ....................................................................................................... 2-1
2-2
Motherboard Installation .................................................................................. 2-2
Tools Needed .................................................................................................. 2-2
Installation Instructions.................................................................................... 2-2
2-3
Processor and Heatsink Installation................................................................ 2-3
Installing a CPU Heatsink ............................................................................... 2-5
2-4
Memory Installation ........................................................................................ 2-7
2-5
Control Panel Connectors/IO Ports................................................................2-11
1. Back Panel Connectors/IO Ports ...............................................................2-11
ATX PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Ports ............................................ 2-12
Universal Serial Bus (USB) ...................................................................... 2-13
Serial Ports ............................................................................................... 2-14
Ethernet Ports .......................................................................................... 2-15
(Back_Panel) High Definition Audio (HD Audio) ..................................... 2-16
CD Header ............................................................................................... 2-16
Front Panel Audio..................................................................................... 2-17
2. Front Control Panel ................................................................................... 2-18
3. Front Control Panel Pin Definitions .......................................................... 2-19
NMI Button ............................................................................................... 2-19
Power LED .............................................................................................. 2-19
HDD LED.................................................................................................. 2-20
NIC1/NIC2 LED Indicators ....................................................................... 2-20
Overheat (OH)/Fan Fail ............................................................................ 2-21
Power Fail LED ........................................................................................ 2-21
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Reset Button ........................................................................................... 2-22
Power Button ........................................................................................... 2-22
2-6
Connecting Cables ........................................................................................ 2-23
Power Connectors ................................................................................... 2-23
Fan Headers............................................................................................. 2-24
Chassis Intrusion ..................................................................................... 2-24
Internal Speaker ....................................................................................... 2-25
Power LED/Speaker ................................................................................. 2-25
Overheat LED/Fan Fail (JOH1) ................................................................ 2-26
Power SMB (I2C) Connector .................................................................... 2-26
T-SGPIO 1/2 & 3-SGPIO 1/2 Headers..................................................... 2-27
I-Button ..................................................................................................... 2-27
2-7
Jumper Settings ............................................................................................ 2-28
Explanation of Jumpers ................................................................................ 2-28
GLAN Enable/Disable .............................................................................. 2-28
CMOS Clear ............................................................................................. 2-29
Watch Dog Enable/Disable ...................................................................... 2-29
I2C Bus to PCI-Exp. Slots ........................................................................ 2-30
Audio Enable ............................................................................................ 2-30
SAS Enable/Disable (X8DAL-3 only) ....................................................... 2-31
SAS RAID Mode Select (X8DAL-3) ......................................................... 2-31
USB Wake-Up ......................................................................................... 2-32
2-8
Onboard LED Indicators ............................................................................... 2-33
GLAN LEDs .............................................................................................. 2-33
Onboard Power LED ............................................................................... 2-34
SAS Heartbeat LED (X8DAL-3) ............................................................... 2-34
2-9
Serial ATA and SAS Connections ................................................................. 2-35
Serial ATA Ports........................................................................................ 2-35
SAS Ports (X8DAL-3 only) ....................................................................... 2-35
Chapter 3 Troubleshooting
3-1
Troubleshooting Procedures ........................................................................... 3-1
Before Power On ............................................................................................ 3-1
No Power ........................................................................................................ 3-1
No Video ......................................................................................................... 3-2
Losing the System’s Setup Configuration ....................................................... 3-2
Memory Errors ............................................................................................... 3-2
3-2
Technical Support Procedures ........................................................................ 3-3
3-3
Frequently Asked Questions ........................................................................... 3-3
3-4
Returning Merchandise for Service................................................................. 3-4
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Chapter 4 BIOS
4-1
Introduction...................................................................................................... 4-1
4-2
Main Setup ...................................................................................................... 4-2
4-3
Advanced Setup Configurations...................................................................... 4-3
4-4
Security Settings ........................................................................................... 4-20
4-5
Boot Configuration ........................................................................................ 4-21
4-6
Exit Options ................................................................................................... 4-23
Appendix A BIOS Error Beep Codes
A-1
BIOS Error Beep Codes ................................................................................. A-1
Appendix B Installing the Windows OS
B-1
Installing the Windows OS to a RAID System................................................ B-1
B-2
Installing the Windows OS to a Non-RAID System ........................................ B-2
Appendix C Software Installation Instructions
C-1
Installing Software Programs .........................................................................C-1
C-2
Configuring Supero Doctor III .........................................................................C-2
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 1
Introduction
1-1
Overview
Checklist
Congratulations on purchasing your computer motherboard from an acknowledged
leader in the industry. Supermicro boards are designed with the utmost attention
to detail to provide the highest standards in quality and performance. Check that
the following items have all been included with your motherboard. If anything listed
here is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
The following items are included in the retail box.
•
One (1) Supermicro Mainboard
•
Six (6) Serial ATA cables (CBL-0044L) (For X8DAL-i)
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Eight (8) Serial ATA cables (CBL-0044L) (For X8DAL-3)
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One (1) I/O backpanel shield (MCP-260-74301-0N)
•
One (1) Supermicro CD containing drivers and utilities
•
One (1) User's/BIOS Manual
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X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i Image
Note: The drawings and pictures shown in this manual were based on
the latest PCB Revision available at the time of publishing of the manual.
The motherboard you’ve received may or may not look exactly like the
graphics shown in the manual.
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X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i Layout
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
USB 0/1/2/3
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
CD1
JD1
SAS CTRL
Battery
JL1
T-SGPIO2
SAS6
SAS5
SAS3
SAS4
SAS2
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA1
I-SATA3
I-SATA4
I-SATA5
USB8/9
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
USB6/7
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
SP1
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
JWD JPUSB2
4
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
JI2C2
JI2C1
Differences between X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i
SATA (ICH10R)
SAS (1068E)
3-SGPIO 1/2
T-SGPIO 1/2
X8DAL-3
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
X8DAL-i
Yes
No
No
Yes
Note
SAS Ports, SAS jumpers, and the LSI 1068E chip are available on the
X8DAL-3 only. For SAS RAID configuration, refer to the LSI User Guide
posted on our website @ http://www.supermicro.com/support/manuals/
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X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i Quick Reference
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
USB 0/1/2/3
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
CD1
JD1
SAS CTRL
South Bridge
Battery
JL1
JPAC
SAS6
SAS5
SAS3
SAS4
SAS2
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
T-SGPIO2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA1
I-SATA3
USB8/9
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
4
1
4
USB6/7
I-SATA4
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
SP1
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
I-SATA5
SPKR
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
COM2
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
JI2C2
JI2C1
Notes
1. Jumpers not indicated are for test purposes only.
2. " " indicates the location of Pin 1.
3. When LE1 is on, the onboard power connection is on. Make sure to unplug
the power cables before removing or installing components.
Warning! 1. To prevent damage to the power supply or motherboard,
please use a power supply that contains a 24-pin and two 8-pin power
connectors. Be sure to connect these connectors to the 24-pin (JPW1)
and the two 8-pin (JPW2,JPW3) power connectors on the motherboard.
Failure in doing so will void the manufacturer warranty on your power
supply and motherboard.
2. To avoid possible system overheating, be sure to provide adequate
airflow to the system.
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X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i Quick Reference
Jumper
Description
Default Setting
JBT1
CMOS Clear
Open (Normal)
JI2C1/JI2C2
SMB to PCI/PCI-E Slots
Open/Open (Disabled)
JPAC1
Audio Enabled
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPL1/JPL2
LAN1/2 Enable
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPS1
SAS Enable
Pins 1-2 (Enabled) (X8DAL-3)
JPS2
SAS RAID Mode Select
Closed (SR RAID) (X8DAL-3)
JPUSB1
Backpanel USB Wake-Up
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPUSB2
Front Access USB Wake-Up
Pins 2-3 (Disabled)
JWD
Watch Dog
Pins 1-2 (Reset)
Connector
Description
Audio/CD1/JC1
Audio Input_Output_Mic/CD-ROM/HD Audio Headers
COM1/COM2
COM1/COM2 Serial Port/Header
FAN 1-6
System/CPU Fan Headers (Fans 1~2: CPU Fans)
I-Button
I-Button for HostRAID Storage (X8DAL-3)
JD1
PWR LED/Speaker Header (Pins 4~7: Speaker)
JF1
Front Panel Connector
JL1
Chassis Intrusion Header
JOH1
Overheat LED Header
JPI2C
Power Supply SMBbus I2C Header
JPW1, JPW2/JPW3
24-pin ATX PWR, 8-pin Secondary PWR (See Page 1-4)
LAN1/LAN2
G-LAN (RJ45) Ports
SAS 0~7
SAS Ports 0~7 (X8DAL-3 only)
I-SATA0 ~ I-SATA5
(Intel South Bridge) SATA Ports
SP1
Speaker/Internal Buzzer
3-SGPIO-1/3-SGPIO-2
Serial General Purpose I/O Headers for SAS (X8DAL-3)
T-SGPIO-1/T-SGPIO-2
Serial General Purpose I/O Headers for SATA
USB 0~3
Backplane Universal Serial Bus (USB) Ports
USB 6/7, 8/9
Front Panel USB Connections
LED
Description
LE1
Onboard Standby LED Indicator
LES2
SAS Heartbeat LED (X8DAL-3)
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Motherboard Features
CPU
•
Two Intel® 5500/5600 Series (LGA 1366) processors, each processor supporting
two full-width Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) @6.4 GT/s with a total of up
to 51.2 GB/s Data Transfer Rate (6.4 GB/s per direction)
Memory
•
Six 240-pin DIMM sockets support up to 96 GB of Registered ECC or 24 GB
Unbuffered ECC/Non-ECC DDR3 1333 MHz/1066 MHz/800 MHz Memory (See
Section 2-4 in Chapter 2 for DIMM Slot Population.)
Chipset
•
Intel 5500 chipset, including: the 5500 North Bridge and the ICH10R South
Bridge.
Expansion Slots
•
•
•
•
One PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot (Slot 6)
One PCI-E 2.0 x4 slot in x16 slot (Slot 3)
One PCI-E x4 (in x8) slots (Slot 2)
Two 32-bit PCI 33 slots (Slot 4 and Slot 5)
BIOS
•
•
4 MB AMI SPI Flash ROM
PCI 2.2, DMI 2.3, ACPI 1.0/2.0/3.0, Plug and Play (PnP), DMI 2.3, USB Keyboard
support, and SMBIOS 2.3
PC Health Monitoring
•
Onboard voltage monitors for Vcore1, Vcore2, 1.5V, 5VDD, 5VSB, 12V, -12V,
3.3Vcc, 3.3VSB, VBAT and Vtt.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Fan status monitor with firmware control
Tachometer Monitoring
Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) fan control.
Low-noise fan speed control
CPU/chassis temperature monitoring
Platform Environment Control Interface (PECI) ready
Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) support
CPU fan auto-off in sleep mode
CPU slow-down on temperature overheat
CPU thermal trip support for processor protection, power LED
Power-up mode control for recovery from AC power loss
Auto-switching voltage regulator for CPU cores
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•
•
System overheat/Fan Fail LED Indicator and control
Chassis intrusion detection/header
System resource alert via Supero Doctor III
ACPI Features
•
•
•
Slow blinking LED for suspend state indicator
Main switch override mechanism
ACPI/ACPM Power Management
Onboard I/O
•
Intel ICH10R supports six SATA2 ports (with RAID0, RAID1, RAID10, RAID5
supported in the Windows OS Environment, and RAID0, RAID1, RAID10 supported in the Linux platforms) (Note 1)
•
LSI 1068E supports eight SAS ports with RAID 5 support optional w/AOCibutton68 (For X8DAL-3) (Note 2)
•
•
Dual 82574LGigabit Ethernet controllers support two Giga-bit LAN ports
•
•
•
One COM port and one Serial Header
HD ALC883 Audio Controller supports High Definition 7.1 Audio with Line-in,
Line-out and Microphone
PS/2 mouse and PS/2 keyboard ports
Up to Eight USB 2.0 connections (4 Backpanel USB Ports, and 2 Headers w/4
connections supported)
•
Super I/O: Winbond W83627DHG-P
Other
•
•
Console redirection
Onboard Fan Speed Control by Thermal Management via BIOS
CD/Diskette Utilities
•
BIOS flash upgrade utility and device drivers
Dimensions
•
Ext. ATX 12.00" (L) x 10.00" (W) (304.80 mm x 254.20 mm)
Note 1: For more information on SATA HostRAID configuration, please
refer to the Intel SATA HostRAID User's Guide posted on our website @
http://www.supermicro.com/support/manuals/.
Note 2: For more information on LSI SAS RAID configuration, please refer
to the LSI MegaRAID User's Guide posted on our website @ http://www.
supermicro.com/support/manuals/.
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LGA1366
LGA1366
C
Gen2 x4
Port 1
Ports
1,2
E
F
E
DDR3 DIMM
B
DDR3 DIMM
D
CPU 2
CSI
CPU 1
DDR3 DIMM
A
F
Port 0
Intel
5500
Gen2 x16 Ports
7,8,9,10
Port 3 ESI CLINK
SAS Ports
0~3
LSI 1068E
Gen2 x4
B3
SAS Ports
4~7
SAS CTRL
PCI32bit/33MHz
PCI32/33 Slot1
PCI32/33 Slot2
PCI-E x16 Slot6 PCI-E x16 Slot5
B
DDR3 DIMM
C
DDR3 DIMM
SST
25VF016
SPI
PCI-Ex8 Slot3
DDR3 DIMM
X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i User's Manual
DMI CLINK
Gen1 x4 Ports
1~4
PCI
Intel
ICH10R
SATA
SATA 1
SATA 2
SATA 3
SATA 4
SATA 5
SATA 6
USB
USB 0/1
USB 2/3
USB 4/5
USB 6
Port 5
Port 6
x1
Intel
82574L
RJ45
x1
Intel
82574L
RJ45
LPC
SIO
W83627DHG
COM1
COM2
PS2 KB/MS
Block Diagram of the Intel 5500 Chipset Platform
Note: This is a general block diagram. Please see the previous Motherboard features pages for details on the features of each motherboard.
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Chipset Overview
Built upon the functionality and the capability of the Intel 5500 chipset platform,
the X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i motherboard provides the performance required for dualprocessor-based CAD workstations or graphic-intensive systems. The 5500 chipset consists of the 5500 (LGA 1366) processor, the 5500 (North Bridge), and the
South Bridge (ICH10R). With the Intel QuickPath interconnect (QPI) controller built
in, the 5500/5600 Series Processor platform is the first dual-processing platform
that offers the next generation point-to-point system interconnect interface, replacing the current Front Side Bus Technology that substantially enhances system
performance with increased bandwidth and scalability.
The 5500 North Bridge connects to each processor through an independent QPI
link. Each link consists of 20 pairs of unidirectional differential lanes for transmission and receiving in addition to a differential forwarded clock. A full-width QPI
link pair provides 84 signals. Each processor supports two QPI links, one going
to the other processor and the other to the North Bridge.
The 5500 Chipset supports up to 24 PCI Express Gen2 lanes, peer-to-peer read
and write transactions. The ICH10R provides up to six PCI-Express ports, six
SATA ports and eight USB connections.
In addition, the 5500 platform also supports a wide range of RAS (Reliability,
Availability and Serviceability) features. These features include memory interface
ECC, x4/x8 Single Device Data Correction (SDDC), Cyclic Redundancy Check
(CRC), parity protection, out-of-band register access via SMBus, memory mirroring, memory sparing, and Hot-plug support on the PCI-Express Interface.
Main Features of the 5500/5600 Series Processor and the
5500 Chipset
•
Four processor cores in each processor with 8MB shared cache among cores
•
Two full-width Intel QuickPath interconnect links, up to 6.4 GT/s of data transfer
rate in each direction
•
Virtualization Technology, Integrated Management Engine supported
•
Point-to-point cache coherent interconnect, Fast/narrow unidirectional links, and
Concurrent bi-directional traffic
•
Error detection via CRC and Error correction via Link level retry
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Special Features
Recovery from AC Power Loss
BIOS provides a setting for you to determine how the system will respond when
AC power is lost and then restored to the system. You can choose for the system
to remain powered off (in which case you must hit the power switch to turn it back
on) or for it to automatically return to a power- on state. See the Advanced BIOS
Setup section to change this setting. The default setting is Last State.
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PC Health Monitoring (w/SDII or SDIII)
This section describes the PC health monitoring features of the X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i.
All have an onboard System Hardware Monitor chip that supports PC health monitoring via SuperO Doctor II or III. An onboard voltage monitor will scan these onboard
voltages continuously: Vcore1, Vcore2, 1.5V, 5VDD, 5VSB, 12V, -12V, 3.3Vcc,
3.3VSB, VBAT and Vtt. Once a voltage becomes unstable, a warning is given or
an error message is sent to the screen. Users can adjust the voltage thresholds to
define the sensitivity of the voltage monitor.
Fan Status Monitor with Firmware Control
The PC health monitor can check the RPM status of the cooling fans. The onboard
CPU and chassis fans are controlled by Thermal Management via BIOS (under
Hardware Monitoring in the Advanced Setting).
Environmental Temperature Control
The thermal control sensor monitors the CPU temperature in real time and will turn
on the thermal control fan whenever the CPU temperature exceeds a user-defined
threshold. The overheat circuitry runs independently from the CPU. Once it detects
that the CPU temperature is too high, it will automatically turn on the thermal fan
control to cool down the system, effectively preventing CPU overheating. The
onboard chassis thermal circuitry can monitor the overall system temperature and
alert users when the chassis temperature is too high.
Note: To avoid system overheating, be sure to provide adequate airflow
to the system.
System Resource Alert
This feature is available when used with Supero Doctor III in the Windows OS
environment or used with Supero Doctor II in Linux. Supero Doctor is used to
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notify the user of certain system events. For example, you can also configure
Supero Doctor to provide you with warnings when the system temperature, CPU
temperatures, voltages and fan speeds go beyond a pre-defined range.
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ACPI Features
ACPI stands for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface. The ACPI specification defines a flexible and abstract hardware interface that provides a standard
way to integrate power management features throughout a PC system, including
its hardware, operating system and application software. This enables the system
to automatically turn on and off peripherals such as CD-ROMs, network cards, hard
disk drives and printers.
In addition to enabling operating system-directed power management, ACPI
provides a generic system event mechanism for Plug and Play and an operating
system-independent interface for configuration control. ACPI leverages the Plug
and Play BIOS data structures while providing a processor architecture-independent
implementation that is compatible with both Windows 2000 and Windows 2003
Operating Systems.
Slow Blinking LED for Suspend-State Indicator
When the CPU goes into a suspend state, the chassis power LED will start blinking
to indicate that the CPU is in suspend mode. When the user presses any key, the
CPU will wake-up and the LED will automatically stop blinking and remain on.
Main Switch Override Mechanism
When an ATX power supply is used, the power button may function as a system
suspend button, allowing the system to enter a SoftOff state. The monitor will be
suspended and the hard drive will spin down. Pressing the power button again to
"wake-up" the whole system. During the SoftOff state, the ATX power supply provides power to keep the required circuitry in the system "alive." In case the system
malfunctions and you want to turn off the power, just press and hold the power
button for 4 seconds. This option can be set in the BIOS Setup utility.
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Power Supply
As with all computer products, a stable power source is necessary for proper and
reliable operation. It is even more important for processors that have high CPU
clock rates.
The X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i can accommodate 24-pin ATX power supplies. Although
most power supplies generally meet the specifications required by the CPU, some
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are inadequate. In addition, the two 12V 8-pin power connections are also required
to ensure adequate power supply to the system. Also your power supply must supply 1.5A for the Ethernet ports.
It is strongly recommended that you use a high quality power supply that meets ATX
power supply Specification 2.02 or above. It must also be SSI compliant. (For more
information, please refer to the web site at http://www.ssiforum.org/). Additionally, in
areas where noisy power transmission is present, you may choose to install a line
filter to shield the computer from noise. It is recommended that you also install a
power surge protector to help avoid problems caused by power surges.
Warning: To prevent damage to the power supply or motherboard, please
use a power supply that contains a 24-pin and two 8-pin power connectors.
Be sure to connect these connectors to the 24-pin (JPW1) and the two
8-pin (JPW2,JPW3) power connectors on the motherboard for adequate
power supply to your system. Failure in doing so will void the manufacturer
warranty on your power supply and motherboard.
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Super I/O
The wide range of functions integrated onto the Super I/O greatly reduces the
number of components required for interfacing with floppy disk drives. It also
provides two high-speed, 16550 compatible serial communication ports (UARTs).
Each UART includes a 16-byte send/receive FIFO, a programmable baud rate
generator, complete modem control capability and a processor interrupt system.
Both UARTs provide legacy speed with baud rate of up to 115.2 Kbps as well as
an advanced speed with baud rates of 250 K, 500 K, or 1 Mb/s, which support
higher speed modems.
The Super I/O provides functions that comply with ACPI (Advanced Configuration
and Power Interface), which includes support of legacy and ACPI power management through an SMI or SCI function pin. It also features auto power management
to reduce power consumption.
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Chapter 2
Installation
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Static-Sensitive Devices
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) can damage electronic components. To prevent damage to your motherboard, it is important to handle it very carefully. The following
instructions are generally sufficient to protect your equipment from ESD.
Precautions
•
Use a grounded wrist strap designed to prevent static discharge.
•
Touch a grounded metal object before removing the motherboard from the
antistatic bag.
•
Handle the motherboard by its edges only; do not touch its components, peripheral chips, memory modules or gold contacts.
•
When handling chips or modules, avoid touching their pins.
•
Put the motherboard and peripherals back into their antistatic bags when not
in use.
•
For grounding purposes, make sure that your computer chassis provides excellent conductivity between different components, including the power supply, the
chassis, mounting fasteners and the motherboard.
•
Use only the correct type of onboard CMOS battery as specified by the
manufacturer. Do not install the onboard battery upside down to avoid possible
explosion.
Unpacking
The motherboard is shipped in antistatic packaging to avoid static damage. When
unpacking the board, make sure that the person handling it is static protected.
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Motherboard Installation
All motherboards have standard mounting holes to fit different types of chassis.
Make sure that the locations of all the mounting holes for both motherboard and
chassis match. Although a chassis may have both plastic and metal mounting
fasteners, metal ones are highly recommended because they ground the motherboard to the chassis. Make sure that the metal standoffs click in or are screwed in
tightly. Then use a screwdriver to secure the motherboard onto the motherboard
tray. Note: Some components are very close to the mounting holes. Please take
precautionary measures to prevent damage to these components when installing
the motherboard to the chassis.
Locations of Mounting Holes
Tools Needed
1. Phillips Screwdriver
2. Pan head #6 screws
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Installation Instructions
1. Install the IO shield into the chassis.
2. Locate the mounting holes on the
motherboard. Refer to the layout on
the right for mounting hole locations.
3. Locate the matching mounting holes on the chassis. Align the mounting holes
on the motherboard against those on the chassis.
4. Install standoffs in the chassis as needed.
5. Install the motherboard into the chassis carefully to avoid damage to motherboard components.
Warning: To avoid damaging the motherboard and its components, please
do not apply any force greater than 8 lb/sq.in (8 lbs. per square inch) when
installing a screw into a mounting hole.
6. Insert a Pan head #6 screw into a mounting hole on the motherboard and its
matching mounting hole on the chassis, using a Phillips screwdriver.
7. Repeat Step 4 to insert #6 screws to all mounting holes.
8. Make sure that the motherboard is securely installed in the chassis.
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Processor and Heatsink Installation
When handling the processor package, avoid placing direct pressure on
!
the label area of the fan.
Notes:
1. Always connect the power cord last and always remove it before adding, removing or changing any hardware components. Make sure that you install the
2. Make sure to install the motherboard into the chassis before you install the
CPU heatsink and heatsink fans.
3. When purchasing a motherboard without a 5500/5600 Series processor preinstalled, make sure that the CPU socket plastic cap is in place, and none of
the CPU socket pins are bent; otherwise, contact the retailer immediately.
4. Refer to the MB Features Section for more details on CPU support.
Installing an LGA 1366 Processor
1. Press the socket clip to release
the load plate that covers the
CPU socket from its locking
position.
Socket Clip
Load Plate
2. Gently lift the socket clip to
open the load plate.
Plastic Cap
3. Hold the plastic cap at its north
and south center edges to remove it from the CPU socket.
Hold the north & south edges of
the plastic cap to remove it
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CPU Socket CPU
4. After removing the plastic cap,
using your thumb and the index
finger, hold the CPU at the north
and south center edges.
5. Align the CPU key, which is the
semi-circle cutout against the
6. When both CPU and the socket are
aligned, carefully lower the CPU
straight down into the socket. (Do
not rub the CPU against the surface
of the socket or its pins to avoid
damaging the CPU or the socket.)
7. With the CPU inside the socket,
inspect the four corners of the CPU
to make sure that the CPU is properly installed.
8. Once the CPU is securely seated
on the socket, lower the CPU load
plate to the socket.
CPU Keys
low the gold color dot, on the side
of the socket.
Socket Keys
socket key, which is the notch be-
Warning: Be sure to save the
plastic cap. The motherboard
must be shipped with the plastic cap properly installed to
protect the CPU socket pins.
Shipment without the plastic
cap properly installed on the
CPU will cause damage to the
socket pins.
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Load Plate
9. Use your thumb to gently push the
socket clip down to the clip lock.
Chapter 2: Installation
Installing a CPU Heatsink
1. Do not apply any thermal
grease to the heatsink or the
CPU die because the required
amount has already been applied.
Screw#1
Screw#2
2. Place the heatsink on top of the
CPU so that the four mounting
holes are aligned with those on
the retention mechanism.
Screw#1
Install Screw#1
3. Install two diagonal screws (ie
the #1 and the #2 screws) and
tighten them until just snug (-do
not fully tighten the screws to
avoid possible damage to the
CPU.)
4. Finish the installation by fully
tightening all four screws.
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Removing the Heatsink
Warning: We do not recommend that the CPU or the heatsink be removed. However, if you do need to remove the heatsink, please follow
the instructions below to remove the heatsink and prevent damage to the
CPU or other components.
1. Unplug the power cord from the
power supply.
2. Disconnect the heatsink fan
wires from the CPU fan header.
3. Using a screwdriver, loosen and
remove the heatsink screws
from the motherboard in the sequence as show in the picture
on the right.
Using a screwdriver to
remove Screw#1
4. Hold the heatsink as shown
in the picture on the right and
gently wriggle the heatsink to
loosen it from the CPU. (Do not
use excessive force when wriggling the heatsink.)
Remove Screw#2
5. Once the heatsink is loosened,
remove it from the CPU socket.
6. To reinstall the CPU and the
heatsink, clean the surface of
the CPU and the heatsink to get
rid of the old thermal grease.
Reapply the proper amount of
thermal grease on the surface
before reinstalling them on the
motherboard.
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Memory Installation
Note: Check the Supermicro web site for recommended memory modules.
CAUTION
Exercise extreme care when installing or removing DIMM
modules to prevent any possible damage. Also note that the
memory is interleaved to improve performance (See step 1).
DIMM Installation
Press down the release tabs
1. Insert the desired number of DIMMs into the
memory slots, starting with P1-DIMM 1A. For
best memory performance, please install memory
modules of the same type and same speed on
the memory slots as indicated on the tables below. (See the Memory Installation Table Below.)
2. Insert each DIMM module vertically into its slot.
Pay attention to the notch along the bottom of
the module to prevent inserting the DIMM module
incorrectly.
Insert & press down a
DIMM module into the slot
3. Gently press down on the DIMM module until
it snaps into place in the slot. Repeat for all
modules.
Memory Support
Installing and Removing DDR3 Memory
Notch
Front View
Notch
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Note: Notch should align
with the receptive key
point on the slot.
Release Tab
To Remove:
Use your thumbs
to gently push the
release tabs near both
ends of the module.
This should release it
from the slot.
Release Tab
Top View of DDR3 Slot
To Install: Insert module vertically and press down until it snaps into
place. Pay attention to the alignment notch at the bottom.
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The X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i supports up to 96 GB of Registered ECC or 24 GB Unbuffered ECC/Non-ECC DDR3 1333 MHz/1066 MHz/800 MHz in six DIMMs.
Note: Memory speed support is dependent on the type of CPU used.
DIMM Module Population Configuration
For memory to work properly, follow the tables below for memory installation:
Memory Population for Optimal Performance
-For a motherboard with One CPU (CPU1) installed
Branch 0
3 DIMMs
P1 DIMM1A
Branch 1
Branch 2
P1 DIMM2A
P1 DIMM3A
Memory Population for Optimal Performance
-For a motherboard with One CPU (CPU2) installed
Branch 0
3 DIMMs
P2 DIMM1A
Branch 1
Branch 2
P2 DIMM2A
P2 DIMM3A
Memory Population for Optimal Performance
-For a motherboard with Two CPUs installed
CPU1
Branch 0
6 DIMMs
P1-DIMM1A
CPU2
Branch 1
Branch 2
Branch 0
Branch 1
P1-DIMM2A
P1-DIMM3A
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
Branch 2
P2-DIMM3A
Memory Support for the Motherboard with the 5500 Series
Processor(s) Installed
RDIMM Population for Motherboard with the 5500
Processor Installed
RDIMM (Reg. DIMM/
Registered DIMM)
Speeds (in MHz)
Ranks per DIMM
(any combination;
SR=Single Rank,
DR=Dual Rank,
QR=Quad Rank)
Reg. DDR3 ECC
800,1066,1333
SR or DR
Reg. DDR3 ECC
800,1066
QR
UDIMM Population for Motherboard with the 5500
Processor Installed
UDIMM (Unb. DIMM/
Unbuffered DIMM)
Speeds (in MHz)
Ranks per DIMM (any
combination; SR=Single
Rank,
DR=Dual Rank,
QR=Quad Rank)
Unb. DDR3 ECC/
Non-ECC
800,1066,1333
SR, or DR
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Memory Support for the Motherboard with the 5600 Series
Processor(s) Installed
1.5V DIMMs
1.5V RDIMM Population for the Motherboard w/5600 Series Processors
DIMM
Slots per
Channel
DIMMs
Populated
per Channel
RDIMM (Reg. DIMM/
Registered DIMM)
Speeds (in MHz)
Ranks per DIMM
(any combination;
SR=Single Rank,
DR=Dual Rank,
QR=Quad Rank)
3
1
Reg. DDR3 ECC
800,1066,1333
SR or DR
3
1
Reg. DDR3 ECC
800,1066 (Note 1)
QR
Note: 1333 MHz RDIMMs will run at 1066 MHz (-BIOS automatic downgrading).
1.5V UDIMM Population for the Motherboard w/5600 Processors Installed
DIMM
Slots per
Channel
DIMMs
Populated
per Channel
UDIMM (Unb. DIMM/
Unbuffered DIMM)
Speeds (in MHz)
Ranks per DIMM
(any combination;
SR=Single Rank,
DR=Dual Rank,
QR=Quad Rank)
3
1
Unb. DDR3 ECC/Non-ECC
800,1066,1333
SR or DR
Note: Mixing of 1.35V and 1.5V DIMMs is not recommended.
1.35V DIMMs
1.35V RDIMM Population for the Motherboard w/5600 Processors
DIMM
Slots per
Channel
DIMMs
Populated
per Channel
RDIMM (Reg. DIMM/
Registered DIMM)
Speeds (in MHz)
Ranks per DIMM
(any combination;
SR=Single Rank,
DR=Dual Rank,
QR=Quad Rank)
3
1
Reg. DDR3 ECC
800,1066,1333
SR or DR
3
1
Reg. DDR3 ECC
800 (Note 1)
QR
Note 1: 1333/1066 MHz QR RDIMMs will run at 800 MHz (-BIOS automatic downgrading).
Note 2: Mixing of 1.35V and 1.5V DIMMs is not recommended.
1.35V UDIMM Population for the Motherboard w/5600 Processors Installed
DIMM
Slots per
Channel
DIMMs
Populated
per Channel
UDIMM (Unb. DIMM/
Unbuffered DIMM)
Speeds (in MHz)
Ranks per DIMM
(any combination;
SR=Single Rank,
DR=Dual Rank,
QR=Quad Rank)
3
1
Unb. DDR3 ECC
800,1066, 1333
SR or DR
Note: Mixing of 1.35V and 1.5V DIMMs is not recommended.
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Note 1: Due to OS limitations, some operating systems may not show
more than 4 GB of memory.
Note 2: Due to memory allocation to system devices, the amount of
memory that remains available for operational use will be reduced when
4 GB of RAM is used. The reduction in memory availability is disproportional. (See the following Table.)
Possible System Memory Allocation & Availability
System Device
Size
Physical Memory
Remaining (-Available) (4 GB Total System
Memory)
Firmware Hub flash memory (System
BIOS)
1 MB
3.99 GB
Local APIC
4 KB
3.99 GB
Area Reserved for the chipset
2 MB
3.99 GB
I/O APIC (4 Kbytes)
4 KB
3.99 GB
PCI Enumeration Area 1
256 MB
3.76 GB
PCI Express (256 MB)
256 MB
3.51 GB
PCI Enumeration Area 2 (if needed)
-Aligned on 256-MB boundary-
512 MB
3.01 GB
VGA Memory
16 MB
2.85 GB
TSEG
1 MB
2.84 GB
Memory available for the OS & other
applications
2.84 GB
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Control Panel Connectors/IO Ports
The I/O ports are color coded in conformance with the PC 99 specification. See
the picture below for the colors and locations of the various I/O ports.
1. Back Panel Connectors/IO Ports
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Back Panel Connectors
1. Keyboard (Purple)
2. PS/2 Mouse (Green)
3. Back Panel USB Port 0
4. Back Panel USB Port 1
5. Back Panel USB Port 2
6. Back Panel USB Port 3
7. COM Port 1 (Turquoise)
8. LAN Port 1
9. LAN Port 2
10. Side_Surround (Grey)
11. Back_Surround (Black)
12. CEN/LFE (Orange)
13. Microphone-In (Pink)
14. Front (Green)
15. Line-In (Blue)
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ATX PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2
PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Pin
Definitions
Mouse Ports
The ATX PS/2 keyboard and PS/2
PS2 Keyboard
PS2 Mouse
mouse are located next to the Back
Pin#
Definition
Pin#
Definition
Panel USB Ports 0~3 on the moth-
1
KB Data
1
Mouse Data
erboard. See the table at right for pin
definitions.
2
No Connection
2
No Connection
3
Ground
3
Ground
4
Mouse/KB VCC
(+5V)
4
Mouse/KB VCC
(+5V)
5
KB Clock
5
Mouse Clock
6
No Connection
6
No Connection
VCC: with 1.5A PTC (current limit)
1. Keyboard (Purple)
2. Mouse (Green)
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Universal Serial Bus (USB)
Back Panel USB
(USB 0~3)
Four Universal Serial Bus ports (USB
0~USB 3) are located on the I/O back
Pin#
Definitions
1
+5V
panel. Additionally, four USB con-
2
PO-
nections (USB 6/7, 8/9) are on the
3
PO+
motherboard to provide front chassis
access. (Cables are not included).
4
Ground
5
N/A
See the tables on the right for pin
Front Panel USB
Pin Definitions (USB 6/7, 8/9)
definitions.
USB 6, 8
Pin #
Definition
USB 7, 9
Pin #
Definition
1
+5V
1
+5V
2
PO-
2
PO-
3
PO+
3
PO+
4
Ground
4
Ground
5
Key
5
No connection
1. Backpanel USB 0
2. Backpanel USB 1
3. Backpanel USB 2
4. Backpanel USB 3
5. Front Panel USB 6/7
6. Front Panel USB 8/9
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Serial Ports
Serial Ports-COM1/COM2
Pin Definitions
Two COM connections (COM1 &
COM2) are located on the motherboard. COM1 port is located on the I/O
backpanel. COM2, located next to the
Front Panel Audio connector, provides
front panel serial access. See the table
on the right for pin definitions.
Pin #
Definition
Pin #
1
DCD
6
DSR
2
RXD
7
RTS
3
TXD
8
CTS
4
DTR
9
RI
5
Ground
10
N/A
1. COM1
2. COM2
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Ethernet Ports
LAN Ports
Pin Definition
Two Ethernet ports (LAN 1/LAN2) are
located at on the IO backplane. These
ports accept RJ45 type cables. (Note:
Please refer to the LED Indicator Section for LAN LED information.)
Pin# Definition
1
P2V5SB
10
SGND
2
TD0+
11
Act LED
3
TD0-
12
P3V3SB
4
TD1+
13
Link 100 LED
(Yellow, +3V3SB)
5
TD1-
14
Link 1000 LED
(Yellow, +3V3SB)
6
TD2+
15
Ground
7
TD2-
16
Ground
8
TD3+
17
Ground
9
TD3-
88
Ground
(NC: No Connection)
1. LAN1
2. LAN2)
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(Back_Panel) High Definition Audio
(HD Audio)
Conn#
Signal
This motherboard features a 7.1+2 Chan-
1
Side_Surround
nel High Definition Audio (HDA) codec that
2
Back_Surround
3
CEN/LFE
4
Microphone_In
5
Front
6
Line_In
provides 10 DAC channels. The HD Audio
connections simultaneously supports multiple-streaming 7.1 sound playback with
2 channels of independent stereo output
HD Audio
(BP) HD Audio
3
6
2
5
1
4
through the front panel stereo out for front
L&R, rear L&R, center and subwoofer
speakers. Use the Advanced software
included in the CD-ROM with your motherboard to enable this function.
CD Header
There is a 4-pin CD header (CD1) and a
Front Pane Accessible Audio header (JC1)
on the motherboard. These headers allow
you to use the onboard sound for audio
CD playback. Connect an audio cable from
your CD drive to the CD header that fits
your cable's connector. See the tables at
right for pin definitions. (For details on FP
Audio, please see the next page.)
CD1 Pin Definition
Pin#
Definition
1
Left
2
Ground
3
Ground
4
Right
1~6 (See above)
7. CD-In Header
8. Front Panel Audio Header
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Front Panel Audio
Front Panel Audio
When front panel headphones are
plugged in, the back panel audio output
Pin#
Signal
1
Microphone_Left
is disabled. This is done through the FP
2
Audio_Ground
Audio header (JC1). If the front panel in-
3
Microphone_Right
terface card is not connected to the Front
Panel Audio header, jumpers should be
4
FP Audio_Detect
5
Line_2_Right
6
Ground
7
FP_Jack_Detect
8
Key
9
Line_2_Left
10
Ground
put on the pin-pairs of 1/2, 5/6, and 9/10
on the FP Audio Header. If these jumpers
are not installed, the back panel line_out
connector will be disabled and microphone input Pin 1 will be left floating,
which can lead to excessive back panel
microphone noise and cross talk. See the
table on the right for pin definitions.
1. Front Panel Audio Header
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2. Front Control Panel
JF1 contains header pins for various buttons and indicators that are normally located on a control panel at the front of the chassis. These connectors are designed
specifically for use with Supermicro server chassis. See the figure below for the
descriptions of the various control panel buttons and LED indicators. Refer to the
following section for descriptions and pin definitions.
JF1 Header Pins
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
20
19
Ground
NMI
X
X
Power LED
Vcc
HDD LED
Vcc
NIC1 LED
Vcc
NIC2 LED
Vcc
OH/Fan Fail LED
Vcc
PWR Fail LED
Vcc
Ground
Reset
Reset Button
Ground
PWR
Power Button
2
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3. Front Control Panel Pin Definitions
NMI Button
NMI Button
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The non-maskable interrupt button
header is located on pins 19 and 20
of JF1. Refer to the table on the right
for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
19
Control
20
Ground
Power LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Power LED
The Power LED connection is located
on pins 15 and 16 of JF1. Refer to the
table on the right for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
15
+5V
16
Ground
A. NMI
B. PWR LED
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
20
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
19
B Ground
NMIA
COM1
USB 0/1/2/3
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
X
P2-DIMM1A
X
Power LED
Vcc
HDD LED
Vcc
NIC1 LED
Vcc
NIC2 LED
Vcc
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
Vcc
I-Button
JI2C2
JI2C1
1
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
CD1
JBT1
SAS CTRL
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
JD1
Battery
T-SGPIO2
SAS6
SAS5
SAS7
SAS2
SAS3
SAS4
SAS1
SAS0
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
I-SATA4
JPS2
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
USB8/9
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
1
Reset
Reset Button
Ground
PWR
Power Button
3-SGPIO1
USB6/7
4
Ground
JL1
JWD JPUSB2
SP1
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
SPKR
JC1 JPS5
PWR Fail LED
JOH1
3
FP Audio
Vcc
JF1
3
SIO
OH/Fan Fail LED
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
2
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HDD LED
HDD LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The HDD LED connection is located
on pins 13 and 14 of JF1. Attach a
cable here to indicate HDD/SATA
activities from the ICH10R South
Pin#
Definition
13
+5V
14
HD Active
Bridge. See the table on the right for
pin definitions.
NIC1/NIC2 LED Indicators
GLAN1/2 LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The NIC (Network Interface Controller) LED connection for GLAN port 1 is
located on pins 11 and 12 of JF1, and
the LED connection for GLAN Port 2
is on Pins 9 and 10. Attach the NIC
LED cables to display network activities. Refer to the table on the right for
pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
9/11
Vcc
10/12
Ground
A. HDD LED
B. NIC1 LED
C. NIC2 LED
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
20
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
19
JPW1
USB 0/1/2/3
Ground
COM1
NMI
LAN
CTRL
Vcc
A HDD LED
Vcc
B NIC1 LED
Vcc
C
Vcc
FAN3
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
P2-DIMM1A
X
Power LED
JPL2
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
X
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
Vcc
I-Button
JI2C2
JI2C1
1
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
CD1
JBT1
SAS CTRL
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
JD1
Battery
T-SGPIO2
SAS6
SAS5
SAS7
SAS2
SAS3
SAS4
SAS1
SAS0
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
I-SATA4
JPS2
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
USB8/9
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
1
Reset
Reset Button
Ground
PWR
Power Button
3-SGPIO1
USB6/7
4
Ground
JL1
JWD JPUSB2
SP1
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
SPKR
JC1 JPS5
PWR Fail LED
JOH1
3
FP Audio
Vcc
JF1
3
SIO
OH/Fan Fail LED
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
NIC2 LED
2
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Overheat (OH)/Fan Fail
OH/Fan Fail LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Connect an LED cable to the OH/
Fan Fail connection on pins 7 and
Pin#
8 of JF1 to provide advanced warnings for chassis overheat/fan failure.
Definition
7
Vcc
8
OH/Fan Fail LED
OH/Fan Fail Indicator
Status
Refer to the table on the right for pin
definitions.
State
Definition
Off
Normal
On
Overheat
Flashing
Fan Fail
Power Fail LED
PWR Fail LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The Power Fail LED connection is
located on pins 5 and 6 of JF1. Refer to the table on the right for pin
definitions.
Pin#
Definition
5
Vcc
6
Ground
A. OH/Fan Fail LED
B. PWR Supply Fail
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
20
JPW1
USB 0/1/2/3
19
COM1
Ground
NMI
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X
Power LED
Vcc
HDD LED
Vcc
NIC1 LED
Vcc
NIC2 LED
Vcc
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
X
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
JD1
B
South Bridge
Battery
JL1
Reset
Reset Button
T-SGPIO2
SAS6
SAS5
SAS7
SAS2
SAS3
SAS4
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
USB8/9
Ground
PWR
Power Button
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
USB6/7
I-SATA4
SP1
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
4
Ground
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
1
COM2
Vcc
PWR Fail LED
SAS CTRL
JPAC
4
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
Vcc
1
JOH1
3
SIO
A OH/Fan Fail LED
JF1
3
2
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Reset Button
Reset Button
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The Reset Button connection is located
on pins 3 and 4 of JF1. Attach it to a
hardware reset switch on the computer
case. Refer to the table on the right for
Pin#
Definition
3
Reset
4
Ground
pin definitions.
Power Button
Power Button
Pin Definitions (JF1)
The Power Button connection is located
on pins 1 and 2 of JF1. Momentarily contacting both pins will power on/off the system. This button can also be configured
to function as a suspend button (with a
setting in the BIOS - see Chapter 4). To
turn off the power when set to suspend
mode, press the button for at least 4
seconds. Refer to the table on the right
for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
1
Signal
2
+3V Standby
A. Reset Button
B. PWR Button
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
20
JPW1
USB 0/1/2/3
19
Ground
COM1
NMI
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
X
P2-DIMM1A
X
Power LED
Vcc
HDD LED
Vcc
NIC1 LED
Vcc
NIC2 LED
Vcc
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
OH/Fan Fail LED
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
LES2
LES1
JPS1
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
Vcc
JBT1
Ground
SAS CTRL
Reset
Reset Button
PWR
Power Button B
A
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
JD1
Battery
JL1
T-SGPIO2
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS4
SAS1
SAS0
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
I-SATA4
JPS2
Ground
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
4
USB8/9
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
USB6/7
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
SP1
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
SPKR
JC1 JPS5
Power Fail LED
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
HW
Monitor
FP Audio
Vcc/Front UID LED
LE1
IOH-24D
2
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2-6
Connecting Cables
ATX Power 24-pin Connector
Pin Definitions
Pin# Definition Pin #
Definition
Power Connectors
13
+3.3V
1
+3.3V
A 24-pin main power supply connector(JPW1)
and two 8-pin CPU PWR connectors (JPW2/
14
-12V
2
+3.3V
15
COM
3
COM
JPW3) on the motherboard. These power
16
PS_ON
4
+5V
connectors meet the SSI EPS 12V specifi-
17
COM
5
COM
cation. In addition to the 24-pin ATX power
connector, the 12V 8-pin CPU PWR connec-
18
COM
6
+5V
19
COM
7
COM
tors at JPW2/JPW3 must also be connected
20
Res (NC)
8
PWR_OK
to your power supply. See the table on the
right for pin definitions.
21
+5V
9
5VSB
22
+5V
10
+12V
Warning: To prevent damage to
the power supply or motherboard,
please use a power supply that
contains a 24-pin and two 8-pin
power connectors. Be sure to
connect these connectors to the
24-pin (JPW1) and the two 8-pin
(JPW2,JPW3) power connectors
on the motherboard. Failure in doing so will void the manufacturer
warranty on your power supply and
motherboard.
C B
23
+5V
11
+12V
24
COM
12
+3.3V
JPW3
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
P1-DIMM1A
1 through 4
Ground
5 through 8
+12V
(Required)
A. 24-pin ATX PWR (Req'd)
A
JPW1
USB 0/1/2/3
Definition
FAN2
JPI2C
JPUSB1
Pins
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
KB/Mouse
12V 8-pin PWR Connector
Pin Definitions
B/C.8-pin Processor PWR
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
(Required)
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
JD1
SAS CTRL
Battery
JL1
SAS4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
USB8/9
3-SGPIO2
T-SGPIO2
2-23
FAN4
1
1
USB6/7
I-SATA4
SP1
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
4
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
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Fan Headers
Fan Header
Pin Definitions
This motherboard has four chassis/
system fan headers (Fan 3 to Fan6) and
Pin#
Definition
two CPU fans (Fan1/Fan2) on the moth-
1
Ground
erboard. All these 4-pin fans headers are
2
+12V
3
Tachometer
4
PWR Modulation
backward compatible with the traditional
3-pin fans. However, fan speed control
is available for 4-pin fans only. The fan
speeds are controlled by Thermal Management via Hardware Monitoring in
the Advanced Setting in the BIOS. (The
Default setting is Disabled.) See the table
on the right for pin definitions.
Chassis Intrusion
Chassis Intrusion
Pin Definitions (JL1)
A Chassis Intrusion header is located
at JL1 on the motherboard. Attach an
appropriate cable from the chassis to
inform you of a chassis intrusion when
the chassis is opened.
A
B
Pin#
Definition
1
Intrusion Input
2
Ground
A. Fan 1 (CPU2 Fan)
B. Fan 2 (CPU1 Fan)
C. Fan 3
D. Fan 4
E. Fan 5
F
F. Fan 6
E
G. Chassis Intrusion
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Chapter 2: Installation
Internal Speaker
Internal Buzzer (SP1)
Pin Definition
The Internal Speaker, located at SP1,
can be used to provide audible indica-
Pin#
tions for various beep codes. See the
table on the right for pin definitions.
Definitions
Pin 1
Pos. (+)
Beep In
Pin 2
Neg. (-)
Alarm
Speaker
Refer to the layout below for the locations of the Internal Buzzer (SP1).
PWR LED Connector
Pin Definitions
Power LED/Speaker
On the JD1 header, pins 1~3 are used
for power LED indication, and pins 4-7
are for the speaker. See the tables
on the right for pin definitions. If you
wish to use the onboard speaker, you
should close pins 6~7 with a jumper.
Connect a cable to pins 4~7 of JD1 to
use an external speaker.
Pin Setting
JPW2
FAN3
JPL1
JPL2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
Audio
LAN2
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
SAS CTRL
South Bridge
Battery
JL1
3-SGPIO1
1
1
4
SAS4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
USB8/9
I-SATA1
USB6/7
I-SATA4
SP1
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
T-SGPIO2
2-25
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
A
JWD JPUSB2
SAS7
JPAC
4
JC1 JPS5
COM2
B
JD1
JBT1
ICH10R
I-SATA5
Audio
CTRL
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
CD1
Pin3
NA
Definition
Pins 4~7
External Speaker
Pins 6~7
Internal Speaker
B. PWR LED/Speaker
JPW1
LAN
CTRL
Cathode (-)
FAN2
JPI2C
P1-DIMM1A
USB 0/1/2/3
LAN
CTRL
Pin2
A. Internal Speaker (Buzzer)
FAN1
P1-DIMM2A
Anode (+)
Pin Setting
JPW3
JPUSB1
Pin 1
Speaker Connector
Pin Definitions
P1-DIMM3A
KB/Mouse
Definition
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Overheat LED/Fan Fail (JOH1)
Overheat LED
Pin Definitions
The JOH1 header is used to connect an
LED indicator to provide warnings of chassis
overheating or fan failure. This LED will blink
when a fan failure occurs. Refer to the table
Pin#
Definition
1
5vDC
2
OH Active
on right for pin definitions.
OH/Fan Fail LED
Pin Definitions
State
Message
Solid
Overheat
Blinking
Fan Fail
PWR SMB
Pin Definitions
Power SMB (I2C) Connector
Power System Management Bus (I2C) Connector (JPI2C) monitors power supply, fan and
Pin#
Definition
1
Clock
system temperatures. See the table on the
right for pin definitions.
2
Data
3
PWR Fail
4
Ground
5
+3.3V
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
JPW2
B
P1-DIMM1A
A. OH LED
FAN2
B. PWR SMB
JPW1
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
USB 0/1/2/3
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
Audio
CTRL
JD1
SAS CTRL
Battery
JL1
SAS4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
I-SATA4
USB8/9
T-SGPIO2
2-26
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
USB6/7
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
SP1
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
4
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
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Chapter 2: Installation
T-SGPIO 1/2 & 3-SGPIO 1/2
Headers
T-SGPIO
Pin Definitions
Two SGPIO (Serial-Link General
Purpose Input/Output) headers (TSGPIO-1/T-SGPIO-2) are located
the motherboard. In addition, 3-GPIO
1/2 located on the X8DAL-3 models
These headers support serial link
Pin#
Definition
Pin
Definition
1
NC
2
NC
3
Ground
4
Data
5
Load
6
Ground
7
Clock
8
NC
Note: NC= No Connections
interfaces for the onboard SATA and
SAS connectors. See the table on the
right for pin definitions. Refer to the
board layout below for the location.
I-Button
An onboard I-Button, located next to
the LSI SAS Controller, is an 1-wire
computer chip enclosed in a durable
stainless steel can. I-Button stores
instructions, provides electronic interface and allows HostRAID to operate
with Mega-RAID firmware.
JPW3
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
B. T-SGPIO-2
JPI2C
JPUSB1
A. T-SGPIO-1
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
USB 0/1/2/3
COM1
C. 3-SGPIO-1 (X8DAL-3)
D. 3-SGPIO-2 (X8DAL-3)
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
E. I-Button (X8DAL-3)
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JOH1
3
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
JBT1
SAS CTRL
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
JD1
Battery
JL1
T-SGPIO2
2-27
SAS7
SAS4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
USB8/9
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
4
USB6/7
3-SGPIO1
I-SATA4
A
B
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
I-SATA5
JWD JPUSB2
SP1
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
SPKR
JC1 JPS5
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
HW
Monitor
FP Audio
E
JF1
3
SIO
C
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Jumper Settings
Explanation of Jumpers
Connector
Pins
3
2
1
3
2
1
To modify the operation of the motherboard, jumpers can be used to choose
between optional settings. Jumpers create shorts between two pins to change
the function of the connector.
Jumper
Cap
Pin 1
is identified with a square solder pad
Setting
on the printed circuit board. See the
motherboard layout pages for jumper
locations.
Pin 1-2 short
Note: On two pin jumpers,
"Closed" means the jumper
is on and "Open" means the
jumper is off the pins.
GLAN Enable/Disable
JPL1/JPL2 enable or disable the GLAN
Port1/GLAN Port2 on the motherboard. See the table on the right for
jumper settings. The default setting is
Enabled.
GLAN Enable
Jumper Settings
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
Definition
1-2
Enabled (default)
2-3
Disabled
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
Pin#
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
COM1
USB 0/1/2/3
A. GLAN Port 1 Enable
B. GLAN Port 2 Enable
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
AB
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
Audio
CTRL
JD1
SAS CTRL
Battery
JL1
SAS4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
USB8/9
T-SGPIO2
2-28
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
USB6/7
I-SATA4
SP1
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
4
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
Chapter 2: Installation
CMOS Clear
JBT1 is used to clear CMOS. Instead of pins, this "jumper" consists of contact
pads to prevent the accidental clearing of CMOS. To clear CMOS, use a metal
object such as a small screwdriver to touch both pads at the same time to short
the connection. Always remove the AC power cord from the system before clearing CMOS.
Note: For an ATX power supply, you must completely shut down the system, remove the AC power cord and then short JBT1 to clear CMOS.
Watch Dog Enable/Disable
Watch Dog
Jumper Settings (JWD)
Watch Dog (JWD) is a system monitor that
can reboot the system when a software application hangs. Close Pins 1-2 to reset the
system if an application hangs. Close Pins
2-3 to generate a non-maskable interrupt
signal for the application that hangs. See the
table on the right for jumper settings. Watch
Dog must also be enabled in the BIOS.
JPW3
JPW2
JPW1
FAN3
JPL1
JPL2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
Audio
LAN2
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
B
Audio
CTRL
LSI 1068
JBT1
SAS CTRL
ICH10R
South Bridge
Battery
JL1
JPAC
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS4
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
I-SATA4
USB8/9
T-SGPIO2
2-29
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
4
USB6/7
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
SP1
4
JC1 JPS5
COM2
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
JD1
SPKR
FP Audio
A
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
3
SIO
Reset
(default)
Pins 2-3
NMI
Open
Disabled
B. Watch Dog Enable
P1-DIMM1A
USB 0/1/2/3
LAN
CTRL
Pins 1-2
FAN2
JPI2C
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
Definition
A. Clear CMOS
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
KB/Mouse
Jumper Setting
X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i User's Manual
I2C Bus to PCI-Exp. Slots
I2C for PCI/PCI-E slots
Jumper Settings
Jumpers JI2C1 and JI2C2 allow you to
Jumper Setting
connect the System Management Bus
(I 2C) to PCI and PCI-Express slots.
These two jumpers are to be set at the
Definition
Closed
Enabled
Open
Disabled (Default)
same time. The default setting is Open
to disable the connections. See the table
on the right for jumper settings.
Audio Enable
Audio Enable
Jumper Settings
Jumper JPAC1 allows you to enable
Audio connection. See the table on the
right for jumper settings.
Jumper Setting
JPW3
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
P1-DIMM1A
2~3
Disabled
B. JI2C2
JPW1
USB 0/1/2/3
Enabled (Default)
FAN2
JPI2C
JPUSB1
1~2
A. JI2C1
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
KB/Mouse
Definition
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
C. Audio Enable
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
B
A
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
SAS CTRL
C
JL1
3-SGPIO1
1
1
SAS4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
USB8/9
I-SATA3
USB6/7
I-SATA1
SP1
I-SATA4
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
T-SGPIO2
2-30
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
JPAC
Battery
JWD JPUSB2
4
COM2
South Bridge
SAS7
JD1
I-SATA5
Audio
CTRL
4
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
Chapter 2: Installation
SAS Enable/Disable (X8DAL-3 only)
SAS Enable
Jumper Settings
Jumper JPS1 allows you to enable or
disable the onboard SAS connections.
Jumper Setting
The default setting is Pins 1-2 to enable
the connection. See the table on the right
Definition
1-2
SAS Enabled (Default)
2-3
SAS Disabled
for jumper settings.
SAS RAID Mode Select (X8DAL-3)
SAS RAID Config. Select
Jumper Settings
Jumper JPS2 allows you to select RAID
Configuration settings for the onboard
SAS connections. See the table on the
right for jumper settings.
Jumper Setting
Definition
Open
Integrated Target Mode (IT)
Closed
Software RAID (SR) (Default)
Note: For more information on LSI SAS RAID please refer to the LSI MegaRAID User's Guide @ http://www.supermicro.com/support/manuals/.
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
B. SAS RAID Mode Select
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
A. SAS Enable
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
USB 0/1/2/3
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
Intel
JBT1
SAS CTRL
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
JD1
Battery
JL1
SAS6
SAS5
SAS7
SAS2
SAS3
SAS4
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
3-SGPIO1
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
USB8/9
B
T-SGPIO2
2-31
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
4
USB6/7
I-SATA4
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
I-SATA5
JWD JPUSB2
SP1
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
SPKR
JC1 JPS5
LSI 1068
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
FP Audio
A
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
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USB Wake-Up
The system may be woken up from the standby
state by pushing a key on a USB keyboard connected to an enabled USB port. JPUSB1 is for the
rear I/O USB ports and JPUSB2 is for the front
access USB headers. See the tables on the right
for jumper settings.
A
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
USB 0/1/2/3
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
JBT1
SAS CTRL
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
JD1
Battery
JL1
SAS7
SAS4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
USB8/9
T-SGPIO2
2-32
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
USB6/7
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
I-SATA4
SP1
3-SGPIO1
B
I-SATA5
JWD JPUSB2
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
4
JC1 JPS5
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
SPKR
FP Audio
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
HW
Monitor
Definition
1-2
Enabled (Default)
2-3
Disabled
JPUSB2 (Front Panel USB
Wake-up Enable)
Pin#
Definition
1-2
Enabled
2-3
Disabled (Default)
Enable
B. Front Panel USB WakeUP Enable
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
JPW3
Pin#
A. Backplane USB Wake-UP
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPUSB1 (BackPanel USB
Wake-up Enable)
Chapter 2: Installation
2-8
Onboard LED Indicators
Link LED
Activity LED
GLAN LEDs
Two LAN ports (LAN 1/LAN 2) are located
on the IO Backplane of the motherboard.
Each Ethernet LAN port has two LEDs. The
Rear View (when facing the
rear side of the chassis)
Yellow LED on the right indicates activity,
while the Link LED may be green, amber
or off to indicate the speed of the con-
LAN 1/LAN 2 Activity LED (Left)
LED State
nections. See the tables at right for more
Color
Status
Definition
information.
Yellow
Flashing
Active
LAN 1/LAN 2 Link LED (Right)
LED State
LED Color
Definition
Off
No Connection or 10 Mbps
Green
100 Mbps
Amber
1 Gbps
A. LAN1/2 LEDs
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
A
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
USB 0/1/2/3
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
JD1
SAS CTRL
Battery
JL1
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS4
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
USB8/9
T-SGPIO2
2-33
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
USB6/7
I-SATA4
SP1
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
4
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
Audio
CTRL
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
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Onboard Power LED
Onboard PWR LED (LE1)
Settings
An Onboard Power LED is located at
LE1 on the motherboard. When this
LED Color
Definition
Off
System Off (PWR cable
not connected)
Green
System Power On
LED is on, the system is on. Be sure
to turn off the system and unplug the
power cord before removing or installing
components. See the tables at right for
more information.
SAS Heartbeat LED (X8DAL-3)
SAS Heartbeat LED
(LES2) Settings
An Onboard SAS Heartbeat LED is located at LES2. When LES2 is blinking,
SAS connections work properly. See the
layout below for the location of LES2.
LED Color
Blinking
JPW3
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
A. PWR LED
FAN2
JPI2C
JPUSB1
SAS: Normal
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
KB/Mouse
Definition
P1-DIMM1A
B. SAS Heartbeat LED
JPW1
USB 0/1/2/3
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
(X8DA;-3)
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
A
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
B
3
JOH1
3
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
CD1
Audio
CTRL
JD1
SAS CTRL
Battery
JL1
SAS4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
I-SATA1
USB8/9
T-SGPIO2
2-34
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
1
1
USB6/7
I-SATA4
SP1
I-SATA5
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
SAS7
3-SGPIO1
JWD JPUSB2
4
COM2
South Bridge
JPAC
4
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
SPKR
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
Chapter 2: Installation
2-9
Serial ATA and SAS Connections
Serial ATA Ports
Serial ATA
Pin Definitions
There are Six Serial ATA Ports (ISATA0~I-SATA 5) located on the
Pin#
Definition
motherboard. These ports provide
1
Ground
serial-link signal connections, which
2
TX_P
are faster than the connections of
Parallel ATA. See the table on the
3
TX_N
4
Ground
right for pin definitions.
5
RX_N
6
RX_P
7
Ground
SAS Ports (X8DAL-3 only)
SAS Ports 0~7 provide SAS (SerialAttached SCSI) connections on the
X8DAL-3. See the layout below for
SAS port locations.
Note 1: For more information on SATA HostRAID configuration, please
refer to the Intel SATA HostRAID User's Guide posted on our website @
http://www.supermicro.com/support/manuals/.
Note 2: For more information on LSI SAS RAID configuration, please
refer to the LSI MegaRAID User's Guide posted on our website @ http://
www.supermicro.com/support/manuals/.
FAN1
P1-DIMM3A
JPW3
JPUSB1
P1-DIMM2A
JPW2
FAN2
JPI2C
KB/Mouse
P1-DIMM1A
JPW1
USB 0/1/2/3
A. I-SATA0~5
JPL2
LAN
CTRL
X8DAL-3/i Rev.2.0
LAN
CTRL
FAN3
JPL1
Audio
LAN2
LAN1
FAN5 FAN6
COM1
B.SAS 0~7 (X8DAL-3)
P2-DIMM1A
P2-DIMM2A
P2-DIMM3A
Slot6 PCI-E 2.0x16
Slot5 PCI 33MHz
Intel
5500
FP CTRL
LE1
IOH-24D
I-Button
Slot4 PCI 33MHz
1
JF1
3
JOH1
3
SIO
JI2C2
JI2C1
SAS CTRL
A
South Bridge
B
JPAC
JL1
3-SGPIO1
1
1
4
SAS6
SAS5
SAS2
SAS3
SAS4
SAS1
SAS0
JPS2
I-SATA0
I-SATA2
I-SATA3
USB8/9
I-SATA1
USB6/7
I-SATA4
T-SGPIO1 BIOS
I-SATA5
JWD JPUSB2
SP1
4
Battery
T-SGPIO2
2-35
3-SGPIO2
FAN4
JD1
SPKR
JC1 JPS5
JBT1
ICH10R
COM2
FP Audio
LSI 1068
Intel
Slot2 PCI-E x4(in x 8 Slot)
Audio
CTRL
SAS7
CD1
HW
Monitor
LES2
LES1
JPS1
Slot3 PCI-E 2.0x4 (in x16 Slot)
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Notes
2-36
Chapter 3: Troubleshooting
Chapter 3
Troubleshooting
3-1
Troubleshooting Procedures
Use the following procedures to troubleshoot your system. If you have followed all
of the procedures below and still need assistance, refer to the ‘Technical Support
Procedures’ and/or ‘Returning Merchandise for Service’ section(s) in this chapter.
Note: Always disconnect the power cord before adding, changing or installing any
hardware components.
Before Power On
1. Make sure that there are no short circuits between the motherboard and
chassis.
2. Disconnect all ribbon/wire cables from the motherboard, including those for
the keyboard and mouse.
3. Remove all add-on cards.
4. Install CPU 1 first and connect the chassis speaker and the power LED to
the motherboard. (Making sure that the CPU is fully seated. Also, Check all
jumper settings as well.)
No Power
1. Make sure that there are no short circuits between the motherboard and the
chassis.
2. Make sure that all jumpers are set to their default positions.
3. Check that the 115V/230V switch on the power supply is properly set.
4. Turn the power switch on and off to test the system.
5. The battery on your motherboard may be old. Check to verify that it still supplies ~3VDC. If it does not, replace it with a new one.
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No Video
1. If the power is on but you have no video, remove all the add-on cards and
cables.
2. Use the speaker to determine if any beep codes exist. Refer to the Appendix
A for details on beep codes.
Losing the System’s Setup Configuration
1. Make sure that you are using a high quality power supply. A poor quality
power supply may cause the system to lose the CMOS setup information.
Refer to Section 1-6 for details on recommended power supplies.
2. The battery on your motherboard may be old. Check to verify that it still supplies ~3VDC. If it does not, replace it with a new one.
3. If the above steps do not fix the Setup Configuration problem, contact your
vendor for repairs.
Memory Errors
When a No_Memory_Beep_Code is issued by the system, check the following:
1. Make sure that the DIMM modules are properly and fully installed.
2. Check if different speeds of DIMMs have been installed and check if the BIOS
setup is configured for the fastest speed of RAM used. (It is recommended to
use the same RAM speed for all DIMMs in the system.)
3. Make sure you are using the correct type of DDR3 Registered ECC or Unbuffered ECC/Non-ECC 1333/1066/800 MHz SDRAM (recommended by the
manufacturer.)
4. Check for bad DIMM modules or slots by swapping a single module between
all memory slots and check the results.
5. Make sure that all memory modules are fully seated in their slots. Make sure
to follow the instructions given on DIMM population in Section 2-4 in Chapter
2.
6. Check the position of the 115V/230V switch on the power supply.
7. Please follow the instructions given in the DIMM Population Tables listed in
Section 2-4 to install your memory modules.
3-2
Chapter 3: Troubleshooting
3-2
Technical Support Procedures
Before contacting Technical Support, please take the following steps. Also, please
note that as a motherboard manufacturer, Supermicro does not sell directly to endusers, so it is best to first check with your distributor or reseller for troubleshooting
services. They should know of any possible problem(s) with the specific system
configuration that was sold to you.
1. Please go through the ‘Troubleshooting Procedures’ and 'Frequently Asked
Question' (FAQ) sections in this chapter or see the FAQs on our web site
(http://www.supermicro.com/support/faqs/) before contacting Technical Support.
2. BIOS upgrades can be downloaded from our web site at (http://www.
supermicro.com/support/bios/).
3. If you still cannot resolve the problem, include the following information when
contacting Supermicro for technical support:
•
•
•
•
•
Motherboard model and PCB revision number
BIOS release date/version (this can be seen on the initial display when your
system first boots up)
System configuration
An example of a Technical Support form is on our web site at (http://www.
supermicro.com/support/contact.cfm).
Distributors: For immediate assistance, please have your account number ready
when placing a call to our technical support department. We can be reached by
e-mail at support@supermicro.com or by fax at: (408) 503-8000, option 2.
3-3
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What are the various types of memory that my motherboard can
support?
Answer: The X8DAL-3/X8DAL-i has six 240-pin DIMM slots that support DDR3
Registered ECC or Unbuffered ECC/Non-ECC 1333/1066/800 MHz SDRAM modules. It is strongly recommended that you do not mix memory modules of different
speeds and sizes. Please follow all memory installation instructions given on Section 2-4 in Chapter 2.
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Question: How do I update my BIOS?
Answer: It is recommended that you do not upgrade your BIOS if you are not
experiencing any problems with your system. Updated BIOS files are located on
our web site at http://www.supermicro.com/support/bios/. Please check our BIOS
warning message and the information on how to update your BIOS on our web
site. Select your motherboard model and download the BIOS file to your computer.
Also, check the current BIOS revision and make sure that it is newer than your
BIOS before downloading. You can choose from the zip file and the .exe file. If you
choose the zip BIOS file, please unzip the BIOS file onto a bootable USB device.
Run the batch file using the format flash.bat filename.rom from your bootable USB
device to flash the BIOS. Then, your system will automatically reboot. Please note
that this process may take a few minutes to complete. Do not be concerned if the
screen is paused for a few minutes.
Warning: Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS
to prevent possible system boot failure!
Note: The SPI BIOS chip used on this motherboard cannot be removed.
Send your motherboard back to our RMA Department for repair.
Question: What's on the CD that came with my motherboard?
Answer: The supplied CD has drivers and programs that are needed for your system. Please review the CD and install the applications you need. Applications on
the CD include chipset drivers for the Windows OS, security and audio drivers.
3-4
Returning Merchandise for Service
A receipt or copy of your invoice marked with the date of purchase is required before any warranty service will be rendered. You can obtain service by calling your
vendor for a Returned Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. When returning to
the manufacturer, the RMA number should be prominently displayed on the outside
of the shipping carton, and mailed prepaid or hand-carried. Shipping and handling
charges will be applied for all orders that must be mailed when service is complete.
For faster service, You can also request a RMA authorization online (http://www.
supermicro.com/support/rma/).
This warranty only covers normal consumer use and does not cover damages incurred in shipping or from failure due to the alternation, misuse, abuse or improper
maintenance of products.
During the warranty period, contact your distributor first for any product problems.
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Chapter 4
BIOS
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Introduction
This chapter describes the AMI BIOS Setup Utility for the X8DAL-3. The AMI ROM
BIOS is stored in a Flash EEPROM and can be easily updated. This chapter describes the basic navigation of the AMI BIOS Setup Utility setup screens.
Note: For instructions on BIOS recovery, please refer to the instruction
guide posted at http://www.supermicro.com/support/manuals/.
Starting BIOS Setup Utility
To enter the AMI BIOS Setup Utility screens, press the <Delete> key while the
system is booting up.
Note: In most cases, the <Delete> key is used to invoke the AMI BIOS
setup screen. There are a few cases when other keys are used, such as
<F1>, <F2>, etc.
Each main BIOS menu option is described in this manual. The Main BIOS setup
menu screen has two main frames. The left frame displays all the options that can
be configured. Grayed-out options cannot be configured. Options in blue can be
configured by the user. The right frame displays the key legend. Above the key
legend is an area reserved for a text message. When an option is selected in the
left frame, it is highlighted in white. Often a text message will accompany it. (Note:
the AMI BIOS has default text messages built in. Supermicro retains the option to
include, omit, or change any of these text messages.)
The AMI BIOS Setup Utility uses a key-based navigation system called "hot keys".
Most of the AMI BIOS setup utility "hot keys" can be used at any time during the
setup navigation process. These keys include <F1>, <F10>, <Enter>, <ESC>, arrow keys, etc.
Note: Options printed in Bold are default settings.
How To Change the Configuration Data
The configuration data that determines the system parameters may be changed by
entering the AMI BIOS Setup utility. This Setup utility can be accessed by pressing
<Del> at the appropriate time during system boot.
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Starting the Setup Utility
Normally, the only visible Power-On Self-Test (POST) routine is the memory test.
As the memory is being tested, press the <Delete> key to enter the main menu of
the AMI BIOS Setup Utility. From the main menu, you can access the other setup
screens. An AMI BIOS identification string is displayed at the left bottom corner of
the screen below the copyright message.
Warning! Do not upgrade the BIOS unless your system has a BIOS-related
issue. Flashing the wrong BIOS can cause irreparable damage to the
system. In no event shall Supermicro be liable for direct, indirect, special,
incidental, or consequential damages arising from a BIOS update. If you
have to update the BIOS, do not shut down or reset the system while the
BIOS is updating. This is to avoid possible boot failure.
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Main Setup
When you first enter the AMI BIOS Setup Utility, you will enter the Main setup screen.
You can always return to the Main setup screen by selecting the Main tab on the
top of the screen. The Main BIOS Setup screen is shown below.
BIOS SETUP UTILTY
Main
Advanced
Security
Boot
Exit
System Overview
System Time
System Date
[09:20:40]
[Wed. 10/06/2010]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system time.
Super Micro X8DAL
Version
: 2.0a
Build Date
: 09/16/10
Processor
Intel(R) Xeon (R) CPU
Speed
: 2266MHz
Physical Count
:1
Logical Count : 8
E5520 @ 2.27GHz
: Move
Enter : Select
+/-/ : Value
F10 : Save
ESC : Exit
F1 : General Help
F8 : Fail-Safe Defaults
F9 : Optimized Defaults
System Memory
Size : 2048MB
vXX.XX (C) Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
System Overview: The following BIOS information will be displayed:
System Time/System Date
Use this option to change the system time and date. Highlight System Time or System Date using the arrow keys. Key in new values through the keyboard and press
<Enter>. Press the <Tab> key to move between fields. The date must be entered in
Day MM/DD/YY format. The time is entered in HH:MM:SS format. (Note: The time
is in the 24-hour format. For example, 5:30 P.M. appears as 17:30:00.)
Super Micro X8DAL BIOS
•
Version: This item displays the BIOS revision used in your system.
•
Build Date: This item displays the date when this BIOS was completed.
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Processor
The AMI BIOS will automatically display the status of the processor used in your
system:
•
CPU Type: This item displays the type of CPU used in the motherboard.
•
Speed: This item displays the speed of the CPU detected by the BIOS.
•
Physical Count: This item displays the number of processors installed in your
system as detected by the BIOS.
•
Logical Count: This item displays the number of CPU Cores installed in your
system as detected by the BIOS.
System Memory
This displays the size of memory available in the system.
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Advanced Setup Configurations
Use the arrow keys to select Boot Setup and hit <Enter> to access the submenu
items:
BIOS SETUP UTILTY
Main
Advanced
Security
Boot
Exit
Advanced Settings
Configure BOOT
Features.
BOOT Feature
Processor & Clock Options
Advanced Chipset Control
IDE / SATA Configuration
PCI/PnP Configuration
Super IO Device Configuration
Remote Access Configuration
Hardware Health Configuration
ACPI Configuration
Event Log Configuration
: Move
Enter : Select
+/-/ : Value
F10 : Save
ESC : Exit
F1 : General Help
F8 : Fail-Safe Defaults
F9 : Optimized Defaults
vXX.XX (C) Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
Boot Features
Quick Boot
If this item is set to Enabled, this option will skip certain tests during POST to reduce
the time needed for system boot. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Quiet Boot
This option allows the bootup screen options to be modified between POST messages or the OEM logo. Select Disabled to display the POST messages. Select
Enabled to display the OEM logo instead of the normal POST messages. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
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AddOn ROM Display Mode
This sets the display mode for Option ROM. The options are Force BIOS and
Keep Current.
Bootup Num-Lock
This feature selects the Power-on state for Numlock key. The options are Off
and On.
Wait For 'F1' If Error
This forces the system to wait until the 'F1' key is pressed if an error occurs. The
options are Disabled and Enabled.
Hit 'Del' Message Display
This feature displays "Press DEL to run Setup" during POST. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
Interrupt 19 Capture
Interrupt 19 is the software interrupt that handles the boot disk function. When this
item is set to Enabled, the ROM BIOS of the host adaptors will "capture" Interrupt
19 at boot and allow the drives that are attached to these host adaptors to function
as bootable disks. If this item is set to Disabled, the ROM BIOS of the host adaptors will not capture Interrupt 19, and the drives attached to these adaptors will not
function as bootable devices. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Power Configuration
Watch Dog Function
If enabled, the Watch Dog Timer will allow the system to reboot when it is inactive
for more than 5 minutes. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Power Button Function
If set to Instant_Off, the system will power off immediately as soon as the user hits
the power button. If set to 4_Second_Override, the system will power off when the
user presses the power button for 4 seconds or longer. The options are Instant_Off
and 4_Second_Override.
Restore on AC Power Loss
Use this feature to set the power state after a power outage. Select Power-Off for
the system power to remain off after a power loss. Select Power-On for the system
power to be turned on after a power loss. Select Last State to allow the system to
resume its last state before a power loss. The options are Power-On, Power-Off
and Last State.
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EUP Support
Enable this feature for EuP support to meet Eco-design requirements for energyefficient products. Disable this feature to supply standby power and allow the machine to "wake-up" in the S5 state. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Processor and Clock Options
This submenu allows the user to configure the Processor and Clock settings.
Clock Spread Spectrum
Select Enable to use the feature of Clock Spectrum, which will allow the BIOS to
monitor and attempt to reduce the level of Electromagnetic Interference caused by
the components whenever needed. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Hardware Prefetcher (Available when supported by the CPU)
If set to Enabled, the hardware pre fetcher will pre fetch streams of data and instructions from the main memory to the L2 cache in the forward or backward manner to
improve CPU performance. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Adjacent Cache Line Prefetch (Available when supported by the CPU)
The CPU fetches the cache line for 64 bytes if this option is set to Disabled. The
CPU fetches both cache lines for 128 bytes as comprised if Enabled.
L1 Data Prefetcher (Available when supported by the CPU)
Select Enabled to activate L1 Data Prefetcher to enhance system performance for
UP platforms. For DP/MP servers, enable or disable this feature based on application specifications. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Data Reuse Optimization (Available when supported by the CPU)
Select Enabled to maximize Data Reuse support to enhance system performance
for UP platforms. For DP/MP servers, enable or disable this feature based on application specifications. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
MPS and ACPI MADT Ordering
This feature allows the user to configure the MPS (Multi-Processor Specifications)
and ACPI settings for the motherboard. Select Modern Ordering if XP or a newer
version of the Windows OS is used in the motherboard. Select Legacy Ordering
if 2000 or an earlier version of the Windows OS is used. The options are Modern
Ordering and Legacy Ordering.
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Available when supported by the CPU)
Select Enabled to use the feature of Virtualization Technology to allow one platform
to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions, creat-
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ing multiple "virtual" systems in one physical computer. The options are Enabled
and Disabled. Note: If there is any change to this setting, you will need to power
off and restart the system for the change to take effect. Please refer to Intel’s web
site for detailed information.
Execute-Disable Bit Capability (Available when supported by the OS and
the CPU)
Set to Enabled to enable the Execute Disable Bit which will allow the processor
to designate areas in the system memory where an application code can execute
and where it cannot, thus preventing a worm or a virus from flooding illegal codes
to overwhelm the processor or damage the system during an attack. The default is
Enabled. (Refer to Intel and Microsoft Web Sites for more information.)
Intel AES-NI (Available when supported by the OS and the CPU)
If set to Enabled, Intel AES-NI will add new encryption features to help accelerate
AES SW application, providing code authorization and signature verification to improve system performance. The default is Disabled. (Refer to Intel and Microsoft
Web Sites for more information.)
Simultaneous Multi-Threading (Available when supported by the CPU)
Set to Enabled to use the Simultaneous Multi-Threading Technology, which will
result in increased CPU performance. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Active Processor Cores
Set to Enabled to use a processor's Second Core and beyond. (Please refer to
Intel's web site for more information.) The options are All, 1 and 2.
Intel® EIST Technology
EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology) allows the system to automatically
adjust processor voltage and core frequency in an effort to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. Please refer to Intel’s web site for detailed information.
The options are Disable (Disable GV3) and Enable (Enable GV3).
Intel® TurboMode Tech. (Available when Intel® EIST Technology is enabled)
Select Enabled to use the Turbo Mode to boost system performance. The options
are Enabled and Disabled.
C1E Support
Select Enabled to use the feature of Enhanced Halt State. C1E significantly reduces
the CPU's power consumption by reducing the CPU's clock cycle and voltage during
a "Halt State." The options are Disabled and Enabled.
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Intel® C-STATE Tech
This feature allows the user to set Processor Idle state for power saving. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
C-State package limit setting (Available when Intel® C-State Tech is
enabled)
If set to Auto, the AMI BIOS will automatically set the limit on the C-State package
register. The options are Auto, C1, C3, C6 and C7.
C1 Auto Demotion
Select Enable for the CPU to conditionally demote C3, C6 or C7 requests to C1
based on un-core auto-demote information. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
C3 Auto Demotion
Select Enable for the CPU to conditionally demote C6 or C7 requests to C3 based
on un-core auto-demote information. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
ACPI T State
Select Enabled to allow the BIOS to report processor throttling in ACPI. The options
are Enabled and Disabled.
Advanced Chipset Control
The items included in the Advanced Settings submenu are listed below:
CPU Bridge Configuration
Request Transaction ID
This feature is used to determine how a QPI Transaction ID is initiated. The options
are Balanced and IO Biased.
QPI Links Speed
This feature selects QPI's data transfer speed. The options are Slow-mode, and
Full Speed.
QPI Frequency
This selects the desired QPI frequency. The options are Auto, 4.800 GT, 5.866GT,
6.400 GT.
QPI L0s and L1
This enables the QPI power state to low power. L0s and L1 are automatically selected by the motherboard. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
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Memory Frequency
This feature forces a DDR3 frequency slower than what the system has detected.
The available options are Auto, Force DDR-800, Force DDR-1066, and Force
DDR-1333.
Memory Mode
The options are Independent, Channel Mirror, and Lockstep.
Independent - All DIMMs are available to the operating system.
Channel Mirror - The motherboard maintains two identical copies of all data in
Channel 1 and Channel 2 memory for redundancy.
Lockstep - The motherboard uses two areas of memory to run the same set of
operations in parallel.
Demand Scrubbing
A memory error-correction scheme where the Processor writes corrected data back
into the memory block from where it was read by the Processor. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
Patrol Scrubbing
A memory error-correction scheme that works in the background looking for and
correcting resident errors. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Throttling - Closed Loop
Throttling improves reliability and reduces power in the processor by automatic voltage control during processor idle states. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
North Bridge Configuration
This feature allows the user to configure the settings for the Intel North Bridge.
Intel I/O AT
This feature works with the Intel I/O AT (Acceleration Technology) to accelerate
the performance of TOE devices. (Note: A TOE device is a specialized, dedicated
processor that is installed on an add-on card or a network card to handle some
or all packet processing of this add-on card.) When this feature is set to Enabled,
it will enhance overall system performance by providing direct memory access for
data transferring. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
DCA (Direct Cache Access) Technology (Available when Intel I/O AT is
enabled)
This feature works in conjunction with the Intel I/O AT (Acceleration Technology) to
accelerate the performance of the TOE device. When this feature set to Enabled, it
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will enhance overall system performance by providing direct cache access for data
transferring. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
DCA Prefetch Delay
A DCA Prefetch is used with TOE components to prefetch data in order to shorten
execution cycles and maximize data processing efficiency. Prefetching too frequently can saturate the cache directory and delay necessary cache accesses. This
feature reduces or increases the frequency the system prefetches data. The options
are [8], [16], [32], [40], [48], [56], [64], [72], [80], [88], [96], [104], [112], [120]
Intel VT-d
Select Enabled to enable Intel's Virtualization Technology support for Direct I/O VT-d
by reporting the I/O device assignments to VMM through the DMAR ACPI Tables.
This feature offers fully-protected I/O resource-sharing across the Intel platforms,
providing the user with greater reliability, security and availability in networking and
data-sharing. The settings are Enabled and Disabled.
Active State Power Management
Select Enabled to start Active-State Power Management for signal transactions
between L0 and L1 Links on the PCI Express Bus. This maximizes power-saving
and transaction speed. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
IOH PCIE Max Payload Size
Some add-on cards perform faster with the coalesce feature, which limits the
payload size to 128B; while others, with a payload size of 256B which inhibits the
coalesce feature. Please refer to your add-on card user guide for the desired setting. The options are 256B and 128MB.
South Bridge Configuration
This feature allows the user to configure the settings for the Intel South Bridge.
USB Functions
This feature allows the user to decide the number of onboard USB ports to be
enabled. The Options are: Disabled, and Enabled. (If this item is set to Enabled,
USB 2.0 Controller will be enabled.)
Legacy USB Support
Select Enabled to use Legacy USB devices. If this item is set to Auto, Legacy USB
support will be automatically enabled if a legacy USB device is installed on the
motherboard, and vise versa. The settings are Disabled, Enabled and Auto.
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Port64h/60h Emulation
Select Enabled to enable 64h/60h emulation for complete USB keyboard support
for operating systems that are not compatible with USB devices. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
USB 2.0 Controller
Select Enabled to activate USB 2.0 Controller. The options are Enabled and Disabled. (Note: If the item - USB Functions is enabled, USB 2.0 Controller will always
be enabled. When the item - USB Functions is set to Disabled, the user has the
option to enable or disable USB 2.0 Controller.)
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
This setting allows you to select the USB 2.0 Controller mode. The options are
Hi-Speed (480 Mbps) and Full Speed (12 Mbps).
BIOS EHCI Hand-Off
Select Enabled to enable BIOS Enhanced Host Controller Interface support to
provide a workaround solution for an operating system that does not have EHCI
Hand-Off support. When enabled, the EHCI Interface will be changed from the BIOScontrolled to the OS-controlled. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
HDA Controller
Select Enabled to activate the onboard High-Definition Audio controller. The options
are Enabled and Disabled.
Route Port 80h Cycle to
Use this item to decide where to route Port 80h Cycle to. The Options are LPC
and PCI.
IDE/SATA Configuration
When this submenu is selected, the AMI BIOS automatically detects the presence
of the IDE devices and displays the following items.
SATA#1 Configuration
If Compatible is selected, it sets SATA#1 to legacy compatibility mode, while selecting Enhanced sets SATA#1 to native SATA mode. The options are Disabled,
Compatible and Enhanced.
Configure SATA#1 as
This feature allows the user to select the drive type for SATA#1. The options are
IDE, RAID and AHCI. (When the option-RAID is selected, the item-ICH RAID
Code Base will appear.
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ICH RAID Code Base (This feature is available when the option-RAID is
selected)
Select Intel to enable Intel's SATA RAID firmware to configure Intel's SATA RAID
settings. Select Adaptec to enable Adaptec's SATA RAID firmware to configure
Adaptec's SATA RAID settings. The options are Intel and Adaptec.
SATA#2 Configuration (This feature is available when the option-IDE is
selected)
Selecting Enhanced will set SATA#2 to native SATA mode. The options are Disabled,
and Enhanced.
IDE Detect Timeout (sec)
Use this item to set the time-out value for the BIOS to detect the ATA, ATAPI devices
installed in the system. The options are 0 (sec), 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35.
Primary IDE Master/Slave, Secondary IDE Master/Slave, Third IDE Master,
and Fourth IDE Master
These settings allow the user to set the parameters of Primary IDE Master/Slave,
Secondary IDE Master/Slave, Third and Fourth IDE Master slots. Hit <Enter> to
activate the following submenu screen for detailed options of these items. Set the
correct configurations accordingly. The items included in the submenu are:
Type
Select the type of device connected to the system. The options are Not Installed,
Auto, CD/DVD and ARMD.
LBA/Large Mode
LBA (Logical Block Addressing) is a method of addressing data on a disk drive.
In the LBA mode, the maximum drive capacity is 137 GB. For drive capacities
over 137 GB, your system must be equipped with a 48-bit LBA mode addressing.
If not, contact your manufacturer or install an ATA/133 IDE controller card that
supports 48-bit LBA mode. The options are Disabled and Auto.
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer)
Block Mode boosts the IDE drive performance by increasing the amount of data
transferred. Only 512 bytes of data can be transferred per interrupt if Block Mode
is not used. Block Mode allows transfers of up to 64 KB per interrupt. Select
Disabled to allow data to be transferred from and to the device one sector at
a time. Select Auto to allow data transfer from and to the device occur multiple
sectors at a time if the device supports it. The options are Auto and Disabled.
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PIO Mode
The IDE PIO (Programmable I/O) Mode programs timing cycles between the
IDE drive and the programmable IDE controller. As the PIO mode increases, the
cycle time decreases. The options are Auto, 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Select Auto to allow the AMI BIOS to automatically detect the PIO mode. Use
this value if the IDE disk drive support cannot be determined.
Select 0 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 0. It has a data transfer rate
of 3.3 MBs.
Select 1 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 1. It has a data transfer rate
of 5.2 MBs.
Select 2 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 2. It has a data transfer rate
of 8.3 MBs.
Select 3 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 3. It has a data transfer rate
of 11.1 MBs.
Select 4 to allow the AMI BIOS to use PIO mode 4. It has a data transfer bandwidth of 32-Bits. Select Enabled to enable 32-Bit data transfer.
DMA Mode
Select Auto to allow the BIOS to automatically detect IDE DMA mode when the
IDE disk drive support cannot be determined.
Select SWDMA0 to allow the BIOS to use Single Word DMA mode 0. It has a
data transfer rate of 2.1 MBs.
Select SWDMA1 to allow the BIOS to use Single Word DMA mode 1. It has a
data transfer rate of 4.2 MBs.
Select SWDMA2 to allow the BIOS to use Single Word DMA mode 2. It has a
data transfer rate of 8.3 MBs.
Select MWDMA0 to allow the BIOS to use Multi Word DMA mode 0. It has a
data transfer rate of 4.2 MBs.
Select MWDMA1 to allow the BIOS to use Multi Word DMA mode 1. It has a
data transfer rate of 13.3 MBs.
Select MWDMA2 to allow the BIOS to use Multi-Word DMA mode 2. It has a
data transfer rate of 16.6 MBs.
Select UDMA0 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 0. It has a data transfer
rate of 16.6 MBs. It has the same transfer rate as PIO mode 4 and Multi Word
DMA mode 2.
Select UDMA1 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 1. It has a data transfer
rate of 25 MBs.
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Select UDMA2 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 2. It has a data transfer
rate of 33.3 MBs.
Select UDMA3 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 3. It has a data transfer
rate of 44.4 MBs.
Select UDMA4 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 4. It has a data transfer
rate of 66.6 MBs.
Select UDMA5 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 5. It has a data transfer
rate of 100 MBs.
Select UDMA6 to allow the BIOS to use Ultra DMA mode 6. It has a data transfer
rate of 133 MBs. The options are Auto, SWDMAn, MWDMAn, and UDMAn.
S.M.A.R.T.
Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) can help predict
impending drive failures. Select Auto to allow the AMI BIOS to automatically detect hard disk drive support. Select Disabled to prevent the AMI BIOS from using
the S.M.A.R.T. Select Enabled to allow the AMI BIOS to use the S.M.A.R.T. to
support hard drive disk. The options are Disabled, Enabled, and Auto.
32Bit Data Transfer
Select Enable to enable the function of 32-bit IDE data transfer. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
PCI/PnP Configuration
Clear NVRAM
This feature clears the NVRAM during system boot. The options are No and Yes.
Plug & Play OS
Selecting Yes allows the OS to configure Plug & Play devices. (This is not required
for system boot if your system has an OS that supports Plug & Play.) Select No to
allow the AMI BIOS to configure all devices in the system.
PCI Latency Timer
This feature sets the latency Timer of each PCI device installed on a PCI bus. Select
64 to set the PCI latency to 64 PCI clock cycles. The options are 32, 64, 96, 128,
160, 192, 224 and 248.
PCI IDE BusMaster
When enabled, the BIOS uses PCI bus mastering for reading/writing to IDE drives.
The options are Disabled and Enabled.
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SR-IOV Support
Single Root I/O Virtualization is an industry-standard mechanism that allow devices
to advertise their capability to be simultaneously shared among several virtual
machines. SR-IOV is capable of partitioning a PCI function into several virtual
interfaces for sharing the resources of a PCI Express device under a virtual environment. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Slot 2 PCIE X4 in X8 Slot, Slot 3 PCIE X4 in X16 Slot, Slot 4 PCI 33MHz,
Slot 5 PCI 33MHz, Slot 6 PCIE X16
This feature allows you to Enable or Disable the Option ROM of a PCI slot specified.
The options are Enable and Disable.
Onboard LAN Option ROM Select
This feature allows the user to select the onboard LAN option ROM type. The options are iSCSI and PXE.
Load Onboard LAN1 Option ROM/Load Onboard LAN2 Option ROM
Select Enabled to enable the onboard LAN1 or LAN2 Option ROM. This is to boot
computer using a network interface. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Load Onboard SAS Option ROM
Select Enabled to enable the onboard SAS Option ROM. This is to boot computer
using a network interface. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Boot Graphics Adapter Priority
This feature allows the user to select the priority graphics adapter for system boot.
The options are Slot 6 and Offboard VGA.
Super IO Device Configuration
Serial Port1 Address/ Serial Port2 Address
This option specifies the base I/O port address and the Interrupt Request address
of Serial Port 1 and Serial Port 2. Select Disabled to prevent the serial port from
accessing any system resources. When this option is set to Disabled, the serial port
physically becomes unavailable. Select 3F8/IRQ4 to allow the serial port to use 3F8
as its I/O port address and IRQ 4 for the interrupt address. The options for Serial
Port1 are Disabled, 3F8/IRQ4, 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3. The options for Serial Port2
are Disabled, 2F8/IRQ3, 3E8/IRQ4, and 2E8/IRQ3.
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Remote Access Configuration
Remote Access
This allows the user to enable the Remote Access feature. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
If Remote Access is set to Enabled, the following items will display:
Serial Port Number
This feature allows the user decide which serial port to be used for Console Redirection. The options are COM 1 and COM 2.
Base Address, IRQ
This item displays the based address and IRQ of the serial port specified.
Serial Port Mode
This feature allows the user to set the serial port mode for Console Redirection.
The options are 115200 8, n 1; 57600 8, n, 1; 38400 8, n, 1; 19200 8, n, 1; and
9600 8, n, 1.
Flow Control
This feature allows the user to set the flow control for Console Redirection. The
options are None, Hardware, and Software.
Redirection After BIOS POST
Select Disabled to turn off Console Redirection after Power-On Self-Test (POST).
Select Always to keep Console Redirection active all the time after POST. (Note:
This setting may not be supported by some operating systems.) Select Boot Loader
to keep Console Redirection active during POST and Boot Loader. The options
are Disabled, Boot Loader, and Always.
Terminal Type
This feature allows the user to select the target terminal type for Console Redirection. The options are ANSI, VT100, and VT-UTF8.
VT-UTF8 Combo Key Support
A terminal keyboard definition that provides a way to send commands from a remote
console. Available options are Enabled and Disabled.
Sredir Memory Display Delay
This feature defines the length of time in seconds to display memory information.
The options are No Delay, Delay 1 Sec, Delay 2 Sec, and Delay 4 Sec.
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Hardware Health Monitor
This feature allows the user to monitor system health and review the status of each
item as displayed.
CPU Overheat Alarm
This option allows the user to select the CPU Overheat Alarm setting which determines when the CPU OH alarm will be activated to provide warning of possible
CPU overheat.
Warning! 1.Any temperature that exceeds the CPU threshold temperature predefined by the CPU manufacturer may result in CPU overheat or
system instability. When the CPU temperature reaches this predefined
threshold, the CPU and system cooling fans will run at full speed. 2. To
avoid possible system overheating, please be sure to provide adequate
airflow to your system.
The options are:
•
The Early Alarm: Select this setting if you want the CPU overheat alarm (including the LED and the buzzer) to be triggered as soon as the CPU temperature
reaches the CPU overheat threshold as predefined by the CPU manufacturer.
•
The Default Alarm: Select this setting if you want the CPU overheat alarm
(including the LED and the buzzer) to be triggered when the CPU temperature
reaches about 5oC above the threshold temperature as predefined by the CPU
manufacturer to give the CPU and system fans additional time needed for CPU
and system cooling. In both the alarms above, please take immediate action
as shown below.
CPU1 Temperature/CPU2 Temperature/System Temperature
This feature displays current temperature readings for the CPU and the System.
The following items will be displayed for your reference only:
CPU1 Temperature/CPU2 Temperature
The CPU Temperatures feature will display the CPU temperature status as detected
by the BIOS:
Low – This level is considered as the ‘normal’ operating state. The CPU temperature
is well below the CPU ‘Temperature Tolerance’. The motherboard fans and CPU will
run normally as configured in the BIOS (Fan Speed Control).
User intervention: No action required.
Medium – The processor is running warmer. This is a ‘precautionary’ level and
generally means that there may be factors contributing to this condition, but the CPU
is still within its normal operating state and below the CPU ‘Temperature Tolerance’.
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The motherboard fans and CPU will run normally as configured in the BIOS. The
fans may adjust to a faster speed depending on the Fan Speed Control settings.
User intervention: No action is required. However, consider checking the CPU fans
and the chassis ventilation for blockage.
High – The processor is running hot. This is a ‘caution’ level since the CPU’s ‘Temperature Tolerance’ has been reached (or has been exceeded) and may activate
an overheat alarm. The system may shut down if it continues for a long period to
prevent damage to the CPU.
User intervention: If the system buzzer and Overheat LED has activated, take action
immediately by checking the system fans, chassis ventilation and room temperature
to correct any problems.
Notes:
The CPU thermal technology that reports absolute temperatures (Celsius/Fahrenheit) has been upgraded to a more advanced feature by Intel in its newer
processors. The basic concept is each CPU is embedded by unique temperature
information that the motherboard can read. This ‘Temperature Threshold’ or
‘Temperature Tolerance’ has been assigned at the factory and is the baseline on
which the motherboard takes action during different CPU temperature conditions
(i.e., by increasing CPU Fan speed, triggering the Overheat Alarm, etc). Since
CPUs can have different ‘Temperature Tolerances’, the installed CPU can now
send information to the motherboard what its ‘Temperature Tolerance’ is, and not
the other way around. This results in better CPU thermal management.
Supermicro has leveraged this feature by assigning a temperature status to
certain thermal conditions in the processor (Low, Medium and High). This makes
it easier for the user to understand the CPU’s temperature status, rather than by
just simply seeing a temperature reading (i.e., 25oC).
The information provided above is for your reference only. For more information
on thermal management, please refer to Intel’s Web site at www.Intel.com.
System Temperature: The system temperature will be displayed (in degrees in
Celsius and Fahrenheit) as it is detected by the BIOS.
Fan Speed Readings
This feature displays the fan speed readings from Fan1 through Fan6.
Fan Speed Control Modes
This feature allows the user to decide how the system controls the speeds of the
onboard fans. The CPU temperature and the fan speed are correlative. When the
CPU on-die temperature increases, the fan speed will also increase for effective
system cooling. Select "Full Speed/FS" to allow the onboard fans to run at full
speed for maximum cooling. The FS setting is recommended for special system
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configuration or debugging. Select "Performance/PF" for better system cooling. The
PF setting is recommended for high-power-consuming and high-density systems.
Select "Balanced/BL" for the onboard fans to run at a speed that will balance the
needs between system cooling and power saving. The BL setting is recommended
for regular systems with normal hardware configurations. Select "Energy Saving/ES"
for best power efficiency and maximum quietness. The Options are: Full Speed/FS,
Performance/PF, Balanced/BL, and Energy Saving/ES.
Voltage Readings
The following voltage readings will be displayed.
Vcore1, Vcore2, 1.5V, 5VDD, 5VSB, 12V, -12V, 3.3Vcc, 3.3VSB, VBAT and Vtt.
ACPI Configuration
Use this feature to configure Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)
power management settings for your system.
High Precision Event Timer
Select Enabled to activate the High Precision Event Timer (HPET) that produces
periodic interrupts at a much higher frequency than a Real-time Clock (RTC) does
in synchronizing multimedia streams, providing smooth playback and reducing
the dependency on other timestamp calculation devices, such as an x86 RDTSC
Instruction embedded in the CPU. The High Performance Event Timer is used
to replace the 8254 Programmable Interval Timer. The options are Enabled and
Disabled.
USB Device Wakeup
Select Enable to "wake-up" the system via a USB device when the system is in
S3 or S4 State. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
ACPI Aware O/S
Enable ACPI support if it is supported by the OS to control ACPI through the Operating System. Otherwise, disable this feature. The options are Yes and No.
Suspend Mode
This setting allows you to configure the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface) state for your system when it is in the Suspend mode. The options are
S1 (POS), S3 (STR) and Auto.
ACPI APIC Support
Select Enabled to include the ACPI APIC Table Pointer in the RSDT (Root System
Description Table) pointer list. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
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APIC ACPI SCI IRQ
When this item is set to Enabled, APIC ACPI SCI IRQ is supported by the system.
The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Headless Mode
This feature is used to enable system to function without a keyboard, monitor and/
or mouse attached The options are Enabled and Disabled.
ACPI Version Features
The options are ACPI v1.0, ACPI v2.0 and ACPI v3.0. Please refer to ACPI's website
for further explanation: http://www.acpi.info/.
NUMA Support
Select Enabled to enable Non-Uniform Memory Access support to enhance software execution performance for NUMA-aware operating systems. Select Disabled
for better memory accessibility for non-NUMA operating systems. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
Event Log Configuration
View Event Log
Use this option to view the System Event Log.
Mark all event as read
This option marks all events as read. The options are OK and Cancel.
Clear event log
This option clears the Event Log memory of all messages. The options are OK
and Cancel.
PCIe Error Log
Use this option to enable PCI-Exp. error (PERR) logging. The options are Yes and
No.
Memory Error Log
Use this option to enable memory. error logging. The options are Yes and No.
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Security Settings
The AMI BIOS provides a Supervisor and a User password. If you use both passwords, the Supervisor password must be set first.
BIOS SETUP UTILTY
Main
Advanced
Security
Boot
Exit
Security Settings
Install or Change the
password.
Supervisor Password : Installed
User Password
: Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
[Setup]
Boot Sector Virus Protection
[Disabled]
[Full Access]
: Move
Enter : Select
+/-/ : Value
F10 : Save
ESC : Exit
F1 : General Help
F8 : Fail-Safe Defaults
F9 : Optimized Defaults
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Supervisor Password
This item indicates if a Supervisor password has been entered for the system. "Not
Installed" means a Supervisor password has not been used.
User Password
This item indicates if a user password has been entered for the system. "Not Installed" means that a user password has not been used.
Change Supervisor Password
Select this feature and press <Enter> to access the submenu, and then type in a
new Supervisor Password.
User Access Level (Available when Supervisor Password is set as above)
Available options are Full Access: grants full User read and write access to the
Setup Utility, View Only: allows access to the Setup Utility but the fields cannot be
changed, Limited: allows only limited fields to be changed such as Date and Time,
No Access: prevents User access to the Setup Utility.
Change User Password
Select this feature and press <Enter> to access the submenu , and then type in a
new User Password.
Clear User Password (Available only when User Password has been set)
This item allows you to clear a user password after it has been entered.
Password Check
This item allows you to check a password after it has been entered. The options
are Setup and Always.
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Boot Sector Virus Protection
When Enabled, the AMI BIOS displays a warning when any program (or virus) issues a Disk Format command or attempts to write to the boot sector of the hard
disk drive. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
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Boot Configuration
Use this feature to configure boot settings.
BIOS SETUP UTILTY
Main
Advanced
Security
Boot
Exit
Boot Settings
Specifies the
Boot Device
Priority sequence.
Boot Device Priority
Hard Disk Drives
Removable Drives
CD/DVD Drives
USB Drives
Network Drives
Retry Boot Devices
: Move
Enter : Select
+/-/ : Value
F10 : Save
ESC : Exit
F1 : General Help
F8 : Fail-Safe Defaults
F9 : Optimized Defaults
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Boot Device Priority
This feature allows the user to specify the sequence of priority for the Boot Device.
The settings are 1st boot device, 2nd boot device, 3rd boot device, 4th boot device,
5th boot device and Disabled.
•
1st Boot Device
Hard Disk Drives
This feature allows the user to specify the boot sequence from all available hard
disk drives. The settings are Disabled and a list of all hard disk drives that have
been detected (i.e., 1st Drive, 2nd Drive, 3rd Drive, etc).
•
1st Drive
Removable Drives
This feature allows the user to specify the boot sequence from available Removable
Drives. The settings are 1st boot device, 2nd boot device, and Disabled.
•
1st Drive
•
2nd Drive
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CD/DVD Drives
This feature allows the user to specify the boot sequence from available CD/DVD
Drives (i.e., 1st Drive, 2nd Drive, etc).
USB Drives
This feature allows the user to specify the boot sequence from available USB Drives
(i.e., 1st Drive, 2nd Drive, etc).
Network Drives
This feature allows the user to specify the boot sequence from available Network
Drives (i.e., 1st Drive, 2nd Drive, etc).
Retry Boot Devices
Select Enabled to enable Retry Boot Devices support to allow the system to attempt
to boot from a specific boot device after a boot failure. The options are Enabled
and Disabled.
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Exit Options
Select the Exit tab from the AMI BIOS Setup Utility screen to enter the Exit BIOS
Setup screen.
BIOS SETUP UTILTY
Main
Advanced
Security
Boot
Exit
Boot Settings
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
Save Changes and Exit
Discard Changes and Exit
Discard Changes
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Load Optimal Defaults
Load Failsafe Defaults
: Move
Enter : Select
+/-/ : Value
F10 : Save
ESC : Exit
F1 : General Help
F8 : Fail-Safe Defaults
F9 : Optimized Defaults
vXX.XX (C) Copyright 1985-2009, American Megatrends, Inc.
Save Changes and Exit
When you have completed the system configuration changes, select this option
to leave the BIOS Setup Utility and reboot the computer, so the new system configuration parameters can take effect. Select Save Changes and Exit from the Exit
menu and press <Enter>.
Discard Changes and Exit
Select this option to quit the BIOS Setup without making any permanent changes
to the system configuration, and reboot the computer. Select Discard Changes and
Exit from the Exit menu and press <Enter>.
Discard Changes
Select this option and press <Enter> to discard all the changes and return to the
AMI BIOS Utility Program.
Load Optimal Defaults
To set this feature, select Load Optimal Defaults from the Exit menu and press
<Enter>. Then, select OK to allow the AMI BIOS to automatically load Optimal Defaults to the BIOS Settings. The Optimal settings are designed for maximum system
performance, but may not work best for all computer applications.
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
To set this feature, select Load Fail-Safe Defaults from the Exit menu and press
<Enter>. The Fail-Safe settings are designed for maximum system stability, but not
for maximum performance.
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Appendix A: BIOS POST Error Codes
Appendix A
BIOS Error Beep Codes
During the POST (Power-On Self-Test) routines, which are performed each time
the system is powered on, errors may occur.
Non-fatal errors are those which, in most cases, allow the system to continue
the boot-up process. The error messages normally appear on the screen.
Fatal errors will not allow the system to continue the boot-up procedure. If a
fatal error occurs, you should consult with your system manufacturer for possible
repairs.
These fatal errors are usually communicated through a series of audible beeps.
The numbers on the fatal error list correspond to the number of beeps for the
corresponding error.
A-1 BIOS Error Beep Codes
BIOS Error Beep Codes
Beep Code
Error Message
Description
1 beep
Refresh
Circuits have been reset.
(Ready to power up)
5 short beeps + 1 long
beep
Memory error
No memory detected in the
system
8 beeps
Display memory
read/write error
Video adapter missing or with
faulty memory
1 continuous beep w/
Front Panel OH LED on
System Overheat
1 continuous beep with the
front panel OH LED on
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Appendix B: Installing the Windows OS
Appendix B
Installing the Windows OS
After all hardware components have been installed, you must first configure Intel
South Bridge RAID Settings before you install the Windows OS and other software
drivers. To configure RAID settings, please refer to RAID Configuration User Guides
posted on our website at www.supermicro.com/support/manuals.
B-1 Installing the Windows OS to a RAID System
1. Insert Microsoft's Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista Setup CD in the CD Driver,
and the system will start booting up from CD.
2. Press the <F6> key when the message-" Press F6 if you need to install a
third party SCSI or RAID driver" displays.
3. When the Windows OS Setup screen appears, press "S" to specify additional
device(s).
4. Insert the driver diskette-"Intel AA Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista Driver for
ICH10R" into Drive A: and press the <Enter> key.
5. Choose the Intel(R) ICH10R SATA RAID Controller from the list indicated in
the Windows OS Setup Screen, and press the <Enter> key.
6. Press the <Enter> key to continue the installation process. (If you need to
specify any additional devices to be installed, do it at this time.) Once all
devices are specified, press the <Enter> key to continue with the installation.
7. From the Windows OS Setup screen, press the <Enter> key. The Windows
OS Setup will automatically load all device files and then, continue the Windows OS installation.
8. After the Windows OS Installation is completed, the system will automatically
reboot.
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B-2 Installing the Windows OS to a Non-RAID System
1. Insert Microsoft's Windows XP/Windows 2003/Windows 2008/Windows Vista
Setup CD in the CD Driver, and the system will start booting up from CD.
2. Continue with the OS installation. The Windows OS Setup screen will display.
3. From the Windows OS Setup screen, press the <Enter> key. The Windows
OS Setup will automatically load all device files and then continue with the
Windows OS installation.
4. After the Windows OS Installation is completed, the system will automatically
reboot.
5. Insert the Supermicro Setup CD that came with your motherboard into the CD
Drive during system boot, and the main screen will display.
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Appendix C
Software Installation Instructions
C-1 Installing Software Programs
After you have installed the Windows Operating System, a screen as shown below
will appear. You are ready to install software programs and drivers that have not
yet been installed. To install these software programs and drivers, click the icons
to the right of these items.
Driver/Tool Installation Display Screen
Notes:
1. Click the icons showing a hand writing on the paper to view the readme
files for each item. Click on a computer icon to the right of an item to
install an item (from top to the bottom) one at a time. After installing each
item, you must reboot the system before proceeding with the next item
on the list. The bottom icon with a CD on it allows you to view the entire
contents of the CD.
2. When making a storage driver diskette by booting into a Driver CD,
please set the SATA Configuration to "Compatible Mode" and configure
SATA as IDE in the BIOS Setup. After making the driver diskette, be sure
to change the SATA settings back to your original settings.
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C-2 Configuring Supero Doctor III
The Supero Doctor III program is a Web-based management tool that supports
remote management. It includes Remote and Local Management tools. The local
management is called the SD III Client. The Supero Doctor III program included on
the CDROM that came with your motherboard allows you to monitor the environment
and operations of your system. Supero Doctor III displays crucial system information
such as CPU temperature, system voltages and fan status. See the Figure below
for a display of the Supero Doctor III interface.
Note: 1 The default user name and password are ADMIN.
Note 2: In the Windows OS environment, the Supero Doctor III settings
take precedence over the BIOS settings. When first installed, Supero Doctor III adopts the temperature threshold settings previously set in BIOS. Any
subsequent changes to these thresholds must be made within Supero Doctor, since the SD III settings override the BIOS settings. For the Windows
OS to adopt the BIOS temperature threshold settings, please change the
SDIII settings to be the same as those set in BIOS.
Supero Doctor III Interface Display Screen-I (Health Information)
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Supero Doctor III Interface Display Screen-II (Remote Control)
Note: SD III Software Revision 1.0 can be downloaded from our Web
site at: ftp://ftp.supermicro.com/utility/Supero_Doctor_III/. You can also
download SDIII User's Guide at: http://www.supermicro.com/PRODUCT/
Manuals/SDIII/UserGuide.pdf. For Linux, we will still recommend that you
use Supero Doctor II.
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(Disclaimer Continued)
The products sold by Supermicro are not intended for and will not be used in life support systems, medical equipment, nuclear facilities or systems, aircraft, aircraft devices,
aircraft/emergency communication devices or other critical systems whose failure to perform be reasonably expected to result in significant injury or loss of life or catastrophic
property damage. Accordingly, Supermicro disclaims any and all liability, and should buyer use or sell such products for use in such ultra-hazardous applications, it does so
entirely at its own risk. Furthermore, buyer agrees to fully indemnify, defend and hold Supermicro harmless for and against any and all claims, demands, actions, litigation, and
proceedings of any kind arising out of or related to such ultra-hazardous use or sale.
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