ECS X48T-A motherboard
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digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
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not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
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interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
Connect the equipment onto an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
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this device. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the system’s manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
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Declaration of Conformity
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
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This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation
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About the Manual
The manual consists of the following:
Chapter 1
Describes features of the
motherboard.
Go to
H page 1
Introducing the Motherboard
Describes installation of
motherboard components.
Chapter 2
Installing the Motherboard
Go to
H
page 7
Provides information on using the BIOS Setup Utility.
Chapter 3
Using BIOS
Go to
Chapter 4
Using the Motherboard Software
TM
ATI CrossfireX
Technology Support
®
Intel Matrix Storage Manager
RAID Configurations
page 45
H
page 51
Describes the Intel® Matrix
Storage Manager RAID Configurations
Go to
Preface
H
Describes the ATI
CrossfireXTM Technology
Go to
Chapter 6
page 25
Describes the motherboard
software
Go to
Chapter 5
H
H
page 55
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
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Chapter 1
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Introducing the Motherboard
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Introduction.....................................................................................1
Feature..............................................................................................2
Specifications...................................................................................4
Motherboard Components............................................................5
Chapter 2
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Installing the Motherboard
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Safety Precautions...........................................................................7
Choosing a Computer Case............................................................7
Installing the Motherboard in a Case...........................................7
Checking Jumper Settings..............................................................8
Setting Jumpers.......................................................................8
Checking Jumper Settings.......................................................9
Jumper Settings.......................................................................9
Installing Hardware..................................................................10
Installing the Processor.........................................................10
Installing Memory Modules..................................................12
Expansion Slots.....................................................................15
Connecting Optional Devices................................................17
Installing a Hard Disk Drive/CD-ROM/SATA Hard Drive...19
Installing a Floppy Diskette Drive........................................20
Connecting I/O Devices................................................................21
Connecting Case Components....................................................22
Front Panel Header...............................................................24
Chapter 3
25
Using BIOS
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About the Setup Utility........................ ......................................... 25
The Standard Configuration..................................................25
Entering the Setup Utility......................................................25
Using BIOS......................................................................................26
Standard CMOS Setup...........................................................27
Advanced Setup.....................................................................30
Advanced Chipset Setup.........................................................32
Integrated Peripherals...........................................................33
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Power Management Setup.................................................34
PCI/PnP Setup...................................................................35
PC Health Status...............................................................36
M.I.B (MB Intelligent BIOS)..............................................39
Load Default Settings........................................................42
Supervisor Password........................................................42
User Password..................................................................43
Save & Exit Setup..............................................................43
Exit Without Saving............................................................43
Updating the BIOS..............................................................44
Chapter 4
45
Using the Motherboard Software
45
About the Software CD-ROM......................................................45
Auto-installing under Windows XP/Vista..................................45
Running Setup....................................................................46
Manual Installation........................................................................50
Utility Software Reference............................................................50
Chapter 5
51
ATI CrossFireX™Technology Support
51
Requirements..................................................................................51
Installing a single graphics card..................................................51
Installing CrossFireX™ graphics cards......................................52
The Catalyst™ Control Center Dialog Box.................................54
View....................................................................................54
To Enable CrossFireX™...................................................54
Chapter 6
55
Intel®Matrix Storage Manager RAID Configurations
55
Before creating a RAID set...........................................................55
Entering Intel®Matrix Storage Manager RAID BIOS utility....56
Creating a RAID set.......................................................................57
Deleting a RAID set.......................................................................59
Resetting disks to Non-RAID......................................................60
Exiting Setup...................................................................................60
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Chapter 1
Introducing the Motherboard
Introduction
Thank you for choosing the X48T-A motherboard. This motherboard is a high
performance, enhanced function motherboard designed to support the LGA775 socket
Intel® Yorkfield/Wolfdale/CoreTM 2 Extreme/CoreTM 2 Quad/CoreTM 2 Duo processors
for high-end business or personal desktop markets.
The motherboard incorporates the Intel X48 Northbridge (NB) and Intel ICH9-R
Southbridge (SB) chipsets. The Northbridge supports a Front Side Bus (FSB) frequency of 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz using a scalable FSB Vcc_CPU. The memory
controller supports DDR3 memory DIMM frequencies of 1600/1333/1066/800. It
supports four DDR3 sockets with up to maximum memory of 8 GB. DDR3 Maximum
memory bandwidth of 25.6 GB/s in dual-channel symmetric mode assuming DDR3
1600 MHz. High resolution graphics via two PCI Express slots, intended for Graphics
Interface, is fully compliant to the PCI Express Base Specification revision 2.0. It
supports the ATI CrossFireXTM Technology that allows you to install GPU graphics
cards.
The ICH9-R Southbridge supports two PCI slots which are PCI v2.3 compliant. In
addition, two PCI Express x1 slots are supported, fully compliant to the PCI Express
Base Specification, Revision 1.1. It implements an EHCI compliant interface that
provides 480 Mb/s bandwidth for twelve USB 2.0 ports (six USB ports and three USB
headers support additional six USB ports). The Southbridge integrates a Serial ATA
host controller, supporting six SATA ports with maximum transfer rate up to 3.0 Gb/
s each. It supports Intel® Matrix Storage Technology, providing both AHCI and RAID
0, 1, 5 and 10 configuration.
The motherboard is equipped with advanced full set of I/O ports in the rear panel,
including PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors, COM, one RCA SPDIFI port, one
RCA SPDIFO port, one optical SPDIFO port, one ESATA port, six USB ports, two
LAN ports and audio jacks for microphone, line-in and 6-ch line-out. Additionally,
one Heat pipe heat sink is supported for NB & CPU heat dissipation.
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Feature
Processor
The motherboard uses an LGA775 type of Intel® Yorkfield/Wolfdale/CoreTM 2
Extreme/CoreTM 2 Quad/CoreTM 2 Duo that carries the following features:
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Accommodates Intel® Yorkfield/Wolfdale/CoreTM 2 Extreme/CoreTM 2
Quad/CoreTM 2 Duo processors
Supports a system bus (FSB) of 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
Chipset
The X48 Northbridge (NB) and ICH9-R Southbridge (SB) chipsets are based on
an innovative and scalable architecture with proven reliability and performance.
X48 (NB)
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ICH9-R
(SB)
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Supports 36-bit host bus addressing, allowing the CPU to
access the entire 64 GB of the memory address space
2 GB/s point-to-point Direct Media Interface (DMI) to ICH9 (1
GB/s each direction)
Supports 512 Mb and 1 Gb DDR3 DRAM technologies for
x8 and x16 devices
Two, 16-lane PCI Express ports intended for external device attach, compliant to the PCI Express* Base Specification revision 2.0
Enhanced DMA Controller, interrupt controller, and timer functions
Compliant with PCI v2.3 specification
Integrated SATA 3.0 Gb/s Host Controller
Supports up to twelve USB 2.0 ports
Integrated Gigabit LAN Controller
Supports Intel® Matrix Storage Technology, providing both
AHCI and RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 configuration
Memory
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Supports DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800 DDR3 SDRAM with Dual-channel architecture
Accommodates four unbuffered DIMMs
Up to 2 GB per DIMM with maximum memory size up to 8 GB
Audio
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Compliant with Intel High Definition Audio Codec
8-channel audio CODEC
Onboard LAN (Optional)
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Intel Giga LAN Controller
Realtek Giga LAN Controller
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Expansion Options
The motherboard comes with the following expansion options:
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Two PCI Express x16 slots for Graphic Interface
Two PCI Express x1 slots
Two 32-bit PCI v2.3 compliant slots
One 40-pin IDE connector that supports two IDE devices
One floppy disk drive interface
Six 7-pin SATA connectors
Integrated I/O
The motherboard has a full set of I/O ports and connectors:
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Two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard
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One Heat pipe heat sink for NB & CPU heat dissipation
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One Serial port
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One RCA SPDIFI port
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One RCA SPDIFO port
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One optical SPDIFO port
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One ESATA port
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Six USB ports
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Two LAN ports
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Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and 6-ch line-out
BIOS Firmware
This motherboard uses AMI BIOS that enables users to configure many system
features including the following:
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Power management
Wake-up alarms
CPU parameters
CPU and memory timing
ECS M.I.B. BIOS
The firmware can also be used to set parameters for different processor clock
speeds.
1. Some hardware specifications and software items are subject to change
without prior notice.
2. Due to chipset limitation, we recommend that motherboard be operated in the ambiance between 0 and 50 ° C.
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Specifications
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LGA775 socket for latest Intel® Yorkfield/Wolfdale/CoreTM 2
Extreme/CoreTM 2 Quad/CoreTM 2 Duo porcessors
FSB 1600/1333/1066/800 MHz
Chipset
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Intel X48 & ICH9R
North Bridge: Intel X48
South Bridge: Intel ICH9R
Memory
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Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 8 GB
Supports DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800 DDR3 SDRAM
XMP DDR3
Expansion
Slots
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2 x PCI Express Gen 2.0 x16 slots
2 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Storage
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Support by Intel ICH9R
6 x Serial ATAII devices
Supports RAID0, 1, 5, 10
Support by JMicron® JMB361
2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 device
4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 8 GB
1 x e-SATAII 3.0 Gb/s device
Audio
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Realtek ALC 888S supports 8-channel HD audio
CPU
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Dual Giga LAN •
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Heat Pipe
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Intel 82566DC GigaLAN Controller
Realtek 8111B PCIE GigaLAN Controller
1 x ECS QooTechII Heat Pipe
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1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
6 x USB ports
1 x e-SATA port
1 x COM port
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port (1 Line in, 4 x Line out, 1 Optical SPDIF Out)
1 x RCA SPDIF Out connector (Orange)
1 x RCA SPDIF In connector (Yellow)
Internal I/O
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Connectors &
Headers
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Form Factor
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1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector & 8-pin 12V connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x Serial ATA connectors
3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
1 x Clear CMOS header
1 x Front panel header
1 x Front panel audio header
1 x CD_in header
1 x IrDA for SIR header
1 x BUZZER
CPUFAN/SYSFAN connectors
AMI BIOS with 16Mb SPI ROM
Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI
Supports ACPI revision 1.0 specification
ATX Size, 305mm x 244mm
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Motherboard Components
Table of Motherboard Components
LABEL
1. CPU Socket
2. DDR3_1~4
3. CPU_FAN
4. ATX_POWER
5. FDD
6. SATA1~6
7. F_PANEL
8. F_USB1~3
9. CLR_CMOS
10. IR
11. IDE
12. CD_IN
13. F_AUDIO
14. PCI1~2
15. PCIEX16
PCIEX16_C
16. PCIE1~2
17. ATX4P1
18. ATX12V
19. SYS_FAN
COMPONENTS
LGA775 socket for Intel ® Yorkfield XE
1600FSB/Yorkfield/Wolfdale/CoreTM 2
Extreme/CoreTM 2 Quad/Intel ® Core TM 2 Duo
240-pin DDR3 SDRAM slots
CPU cooling fan connector
Standard 24-pin ATX power connector
Floppy Disk Drive connector
Serial ATA connectors
Front panel switch/LED header
Front Panel USB headers
Clear CMOS jumper
Infrared Header
Primary IDE connector
Analog audio input connector
Front Panel Audio header
32-bit add-on card slots
PCI Express slots for graphics interface
32-bit add-on card slots
Auxiliary power connector for graphics card
8-pin +12V power connector
System cooling fan connector
This concludes Chapter 1. The next chapter explains how to install the motherboard.
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Memo
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Chapter 2
Installing the Motherboard
Safety Precautions
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Follow these safety precautions when installing the motherboard
Wear a grounding strap attached to a grounded device to avoid damage from static electricity
Discharge static electricity by touching the metal case of a safely
grounded object before working on the motherboard
Leave components in the static-proof bags they came in
Hold all circuit boards by the edges. Do not bend circuit boards
Choosing a Computer Case
There are many types of computer cases on the market. The motherboard complies
with the specifications for the ATX system case. First, some features on the
motherboard are implemented by cabling connectors on the motherboard to indicators and switches on the system case. Make sure that your case supports all the
features required. Secondly, this motherboard supports one floppy diskette drive and
two enhanced IDE drives. Make sure that your case has sufficient power and space for
all drives that you intend to install.
Most cases have a choice of I/O templates in the rear panel. Make sure that the I/O
template in the case matches the I/O ports installed on the rear edge of the
motherboard.
This motherboard carries an ATX form factor of 305 x 244 mm. Choose a case that
accommodates this form factor.
Installing the Motherboard in a Case
Refer to the following illustration and instructions for installing the motherboard in
a case.
Most system cases have mounting brackets installed in the case, which correspond
the holes in the motherboard. Place the motherboard over the mounting brackets
and secure the motherboard onto the mounting brackets with screws.
Ensure that your case has an I/O template that supports the I/O ports and expansion
slots on your motherboard.
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Do not over-tighten the screws as this can stress the motherboard.
Checking Jumper Settings
This section explains how to set jumpers for correct configuration of the motherboard.
Setting Jumpers
Use the motherboard jumpers to set system configuration options. Jumpers with
more than one pin are numbered. When setting the jumpers, ensure that the jumper
caps are placed on the correct pins.
The illustrations show a 2-pin jumper. When
the jumper cap is placed on both pins, the
jumper is SHORT. If you remove the jumper
cap, or place the jumper cap on just one pin,
the jumper is OPEN.
SHORT
This illustration shows a 3-pin jumper. Pins
1 and 2 are SHORT.
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Checking Jumper Settings
The following illustration shows the location of the motherboard jumpers. Pin 1 is
labeled.
Jumper Settings
Jumper
Type
Description
Setting (default)
1-2: NORMAL
CLR_CMOS 3-pin
Clear CMOS
2-3: CLEAR CMOS
Before clearing the
CMOS, make sure to
turn off the system.
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CLR_CMOS
To avoid the system unstability after clearing CMOS, we recommend users
to enter the main BIOS setting page to “Load Default Settings” and then
“Save Changes and Exit”.
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Installing Hardware
Installing the Processor
Caution: When installing a CPU heatsink and cooling fan make sure that
you DO NOT scratch the motherboard or any of the surface-mount resistors with the clip of the cooling fan. If the clip of the cooling fan scrapes
across the motherboard, you may cause serious damage to the motherboard
or its components.
On most motherboards, there are small surface-mount resistors near the
processor socket, which may be damaged if the cooling fan is carelessly
installed.
Avoid using cooling fans with sharp edges on the fan casing and the clips.
Also, install the cooling fan in a well-lit work area so that you can clearly
see the motherboard and processor socket.
Before installing the Processor
This motherboard automatically determines the CPU clock frequency and system bus
frequency for the processor. You may be able to change the settings in the system
Setup Utility. We strongly recommend that you do not over-clock processors or
other components to run faster than their rated speed.
Warning:
1. Over-clocking components can adversely affect the reliability of the
system and introduce errors into your system. Over-clocking can permanently damage the motherboard by generating excess heat in components
that are run beyond the rated limits.
2. Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from the
power outlet before installing or removing the motherboard or other
hardware components.
This motherboard has an LGA775 socket. When choosing a processor, consider the
performance requirements of the system. Performance is based on the processor
design, the clock speed and system bus frequency of the processor, and the quantity
of internal cache memory and external cache memory.
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CPU Installation Procedure
The following illustration shows CPU installation components.
A. Read and follow the instructions shown
on the sticker on the CPU cap.
B. Unload the cap
· Use thumb & forefinger to hold the
lifting tab of the cap.
· Lift the cap up and remove the cap
completely from the socket.
C. Open the load plate
· Use thumb & forefinger to hold the
hook of the lever, pushing down and
pulling aside unlock it.
· Lift up the lever.
· Use thumb to open the load plate. Be
careful not to touch the contacts.
D. Install the CPU on the socket
· Orientate CPU package to the socket.
Make sure you match triangle marker
to pin 1 location.
E. Close the load plate
· Slightly push down the load plate onto
the tongue side, and hook the lever.
· CPU is locked completely.
F. Apply thermal grease on top of the CPU.
G. Fasten the cooling fan supporting base
onto the CPU socket on the motherboard.
H. Make sure the CPU fan is plugged to the
CPU fan connector. Please refer to the
CPU cooling fan user’s manual for more
detail installation procedure.
1. To achieve better airflow rates and heat dissipation, we suggest that
you use a high quality fan with 3800 rpm at least. CPU fan and
heatsink installation procedures may vary with the type of CPU fan/
heatsink supplied. The form and size of fan/heatsink may also vary.
2. DO NOT remove the CPU cap from the socket before installing a
CPU.
3. Return Material Authorization (RMA) requests will be accepted
only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the LGA775 socket.
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Installing Memory Modules
This motherboard accommodates four memory modules. It can support four 240-pin
DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800. The total memory capacity is 8 GB.
DDR3 SDRAM memory module table
Memory module
DDR3
DDR3
DDR3
DDR3
800
1066
1333
1600
Memory Bus
400
533
667
800
MHz
MHz
MHz
MHz
You must install at least one module in any of the four slots. Each module can be
installed with 2 GB of memory; total memory capacity is 8 GB.
The four DDR3 memory sockets (DDR3_1, DDR3_2, DDR3_3, DDR3_4) are divided into two channels and each channel has two memory sockets as following:
ff Channel A: DDR3_1, DDR3_2
ff Channel B: DDR3_3, DDR3_4
Do not remove any memory module from its antistatic packaging
until you are ready to install it on the motherboard. Handle the
modules only by their edges. Do not touch the components or metal
parts. Always wear a grounding strap when you handle the modules.
Since the model supports one 1600 MHz XMP memory module on
each channel, we can only plug two 1600 MHz XMP memory modules on the motherboard.
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Installation Procedure
Refer to the following to install the memory modules.
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This motherboard supports unbuffered DDR3 SDRAM .
Push the latches on each side of the DIMM slot down.
Align the memory module with the slot. The DIMM slots are keyed with
notches and the DIMMs are keyed with cutouts so that they can only be
installed correctly.
Check that the cutouts on the DIMM module edge connector match the
notches in the DIMM slot.
Install the DIMM module into the slot and press it firmly down until it
seats correctly. The slot latches are levered upwards and latch on to
the edges of the DIMM.
Install any remaining DIMM modules.
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Table A: DDR3 (memory module) QVL (Qualified Vendor List)
The following DDR3 1600/1333/1066/800 memory modules have been tested and
qualified for use with this motherboard.
Type
DDR3 800
Size
Vendor
512 MB
Nanya
1 GB
HYNIX
Aeneon
Apacer
512 MB
ELPIDA
Hynix
Kingston
DDR3 1066
1GB
DDR3 1333
1GB
DDR3 1600
1GB
0649 NT5CB64M8AN-25D
0650 NT5CB64M8AN-BE
HY5TQ1G831ZN F-S6
AEH93R10F 0737
Qimonda IDSH51-03A1F1C10F
PC3-8500U-7-00-AP
J53088ASE-AC-E
HYMT164U64ZNF6-G8 AA
ELPIDA J5308BASE-AC-E
07090W093
A-data
M3OSS3H3I3120B5Z/Boxed
Aeneon
AEH93R10F 0737
Corsair
CM3X1024-1066C7/Boxed
Hynix
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G8
J5308BASE-AC-E
07090W063
Kingston
2 GB
Module Name
Micron
Hynix
7UD22D9JNL
HY5TQ1G831ZNFP-G8
Corsair
CM3X1024-1333C9/Boxed
CM3X10241333C9DHX/Boxed
Qimonda
0734 IDSH51-03A1F1D
Kingston
KHX13000D3LL/1G
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Expansion Slots
Installing Add-on Cards
The slots on this motherboard are designed to hold expansion cards and connect them
to the system bus. Expansion slots are a means of adding or enhancing the
motherboard’s features and capabilities. With these efficient facilities, you can increase the motherboard’s capabilities by adding hardware that performs tasks that are
not part of the basic system.
PCI1~2 Slots
This motherboard is equipped with two standard PCI slots. PCI
stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect and is a bus standard for expansion cards, which for the most part, is a supplement of the older ISA bus standard. The PCI slots on this board
are PCI v2.3 compliant.
PCIEX16/
PCIEX16_C
Slots
The PCI Express x16 slots are used to install an external PCI
Express graphics card that is fully compliant to the PCI Express
Base Specification revision 2.0. For CrossFireXTM information
please refer to Chapter 5.
PCIE1~2 Slots
The PCI Express x1 slots are fully compliant to the PCI Express Base Specification revision 1.1.
Before installing an add-on card, check the documentation for the
card carefully. If the card is not Plug and Play, you may have to
manually configure the card before installation.
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Follow these instructions to install an add-on card:
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Remove a blanking plate from the system case corresponding to the
slot you are going to use.
Install the edge connector of the add-on card into the expansion slot.
Ensure that the edge connector is correctly seated in the slot.
Secure the metal bracket of the card to the system case with a screw.
1. For some add-on cards, for example graphics adapters and network
adapters, you have to install drivers and software before you can begin
using the add-on card.
2. The onboard PCI interface does not support 64-bit SCSI cards.
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Connecting Optional Devices
Refer to the following for information on connecting the motherboard’s optional
devices:
F_AUDIO: Front Panel Audio header
This header allows the user to install auxiliary front-oriented microphone and lineout ports for easier access.
Pin
1
3
5
7
9
Signal Name
Pin
Signal Name
PORT 1L
2
AUD_GND
PORT 1R
4
PRESENCE#
PORT 2R
6
SENSE_SEND
PORT 2L
8
10
SENSE1_RETURN
KEY
SENSE2_RETURN
SATA1~6: Serial ATA connectors
These connectors are use to support the Serial ATA devices for the highest data
transfer rates (3.0 Gb/s), simpler disk drive cabling and easier PC assembly. It eliminates limitations of the current Parallel ATA interface. But maintains register compatibility and software compatibility with Parallel ATA.
Pin
Signal Name
1
3
Ground
5
7
Pin
Signal Name
TX+
TX-
2
4
RXGround
6
-
RX+
-
Ground
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F_USB1~3: Front Panel USB headers
The motherboard has six USB ports installed on the rear edge I/O port array. Additionally, some computer cases have USB ports at the front of the case. If you have
this kind of case, use auxiliary USB connector to connect the front-mounted ports to
the motherboard.
Pin
Signal Name
Function
1
USBPWR
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
USBPWR
Front Panel USB Power
USB_FP_P0-
USB Port 0 Negative Signal
USB_FP_P1-
USB Port 1 Negative Signal
Front Panel USB Power
USB_FP_P0+
USB Port 0 Positive Signal
USB_FP_P1+
USB Port 1 Positive Signal
GND
GND
Ground
Ground
Key
No pin
USB_FP_OC0
Overcurrent signal
Please make sure that the USB cable has the same pin assignment as
indicated above. A different pin assignment may cause damage or system
hang-up.
CD_IN: Analog Audio Input connector
Pin
1
2
3
4
Signal Name
Function
CD_L
CD In left channel
GND
Ground
GND
CD_R
Ground
CD In right channel
IR: Infrared header
The motherboard supports an Infrared (IR) data port. Infrared ports allow the wireless exchange of information between your computer and similarly equipped devices
such as printers, laptops, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and other computers.
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
Signal Name
Not Assigned
Key
+5V
GND
IR_TX
IR_RX
Function
Not assigned
No pin
IR Power
Ground
IrDA serial output
IrDA serial input
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Installing a Hard Disk Drive/CD-ROM/SATA Hard Drive
This section describes how to install IDE devices such as a hard disk drive and a CDROM drive.
About IDE Devices
Your motherboard has one IDE interface. An IDE ribbon cable supporting two IDE
devices is bundled with the motherboard.
You must orient the cable connector so that the pin1 (color) edge of the
cable corresponds to the pin 1 of the I/O port connector.
IDE: IDE Connector
This motherboard supports six high data transfer SATA ports with each runs up to 3.0
Gb/s. To get better system performance, we recommend users connect the CD-ROM
to the IDE channel, and set up the hard dives on the SATA ports.
IDE devices enclose jumpers or switches used to set the IDE device as MASTER or
SLAVE. Refer to the IDE device user’s manual. Installing two IDE devices on one
cable, ensure that one device is set to MASTER and the other device is set to SLAVE.
The documentation of your IDE device explains how to do this.
About SATA Connectors
Your motherboard features six SATA connectors supporting a total of six drives.
SATA refers to Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) is the standard interface for the IDE hard drives which are currently used in most PCs. These connectors
are well designed and will only fit in one orientation. Locate the SATA connectors on
the motherboard and follow the illustration below to install the SATA hard drives.
Installing Serial ATA Hard Drives
To install the Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives, use the SATA cable that supports the
Serial ATA protocol. This SATA cable comes with a SATA power cable. You can
connect either end of the SATA cable to the SATA hard drive or the connector on the
motherboard.
SATA cable
(optional)
SATA power cable
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Refer to the illustration below for proper installation:
1
2
3
Attach either cable end to the connector on the motherboard.
Attach the other cable end to the SATA hard drive.
Attach the SATA power cable to the SATA hard drive and connect the
other end to the power supply.
This motherboard supports the “Hot-Plug” function.
Installing a Floppy Diskette Drive
FDD: Floppy Disk Connector
Connect the single end of the floppy connector to the onboard floppy connector
firstly, and then connect the remaining plugs on the other end to the floppy drives
correspondingly.
You must orient the cable connector so that the pin 1 (color) edge of
the cable corresponds to the pin 1 of the I/O port connector.
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Connecting I/O Devices
The backplane of the motherboard has the following I/O ports:
PS2 Mouse
Use the upper PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 pointing device.
PS2 Keyboard
Use the lower PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 keyboard.
Serial Port
(COM)
Use the COM port to connect serial devices such as mouse
or fax/modems.
ESATA Port
Use this port to connect to an external SATA box or a Serial
ATA port multiplier.
Before connecting the ESATA cable, make sure to turn off
the power of the external enclosure.
LAN Ports
Connect an RJ-45 jack to the LAN port to connect your
computer to the Network.
USB Ports
Use the USB ports to connect USB devices.
SPDIFO
This jack connects to external digital audio output devices.
SPDIFI
This jack connects to external digital audio input devices.
Optical SPDIF
Output
This jack connects to external optical digital audio output
devices.
Audio Ports
Use the audio jacks to connect audio devices. The C port is
for stereo line-in signal, while the E port is for microphone
in signal. This motherboard supports audio devices that correspond to the A,B, and D port respectively. In addition, all
of the 3 ports, B, and D provide users with both right & left
channels individually. Users please refer to the following
note for specific port function definition.
A: Center & Woofer
D: Front Out
B: Back Surround
E: Mic_in Rear
C: Line-in
-
The above port definition can be changed to audio input or
audio output by changing the driver utility setting.
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Connecting Case Components
After you have installed the motherboard into a case, you can begin connecting the
motherboard components. Refer to the following:
1
2
3
4
5
6
Connect the CPU cooling fan cable to CPU_FAN.
Connect the system cooling fan connector to SYS_FAN.
Connect the case switches and indicator LEDs to the F_PANEL.
Connect the standard power supply connector to ATX_POWER.
Connect the connector for graphics interface to ATX4P1.
Connect the auxiliary case power supply connector to ATX12V.
1. Connecting 24-pin power cable
The ATX 24-pin connector allows you to connect to ATX v2.x power
supply.
With ATX v2.x power supply, users please note
that when installing 24-pin power cable, the
latches of power cable and the ATX_POWER
match perfectly.
24-pin power cable
2. Connecting 8-pin power cable
The ATX12V power connector is used to provide power to the CPU.
When installing 8-pin power cable, the latches
of power cable and the ATX12V match perfectly.
8-pin power cable
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CPU_FAN: FAN Power Connector
Pin
Signal Name
GND
1
2
3
4
+12V
Sense
PWM
Function
System Ground
Power +12V
Sensor
PWM
Users please note that the fan connector supports the CPU cooling fan
of 1.1A ~ 2.2A (26.4W max) at +12V.
SYS_FAN: System Cooling FAN Power Connector
Pin
Signal Name
Function
1
GND
System Ground
2
3
+12V
Power +12V
Sensor
Sense
ATX_ POWER: ATX 24-pin Power Connector
Pin
Signal Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
+3.3V
10
11
12
+12V
Pin
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
+3.3V
Ground
+5V
Ground
+5V
Ground
PWRGD
+5VSB
22
23
24
+12V
+3.3V
Signal Name
+3.3V
-12V
Ground
PS_ON
Ground
Ground
Ground
-5V
+5V
+5V
+5V
Ground
ATX12V: ATX 12V Power Connector
Pin
Signal Name
Pin
1
2
3
4
Ground
5
6
7
8
Ground
Ground
Ground
Signal Name
+12V
+12V
+12V
+12V
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ATX4P1: Auxliary Power Connector for Graphics Interface
Pin
Signal Name
1
2
3
4
NC
GND
GND
+12V
Make sure to connect a 4-pin ATX power cable to ATX4P1; otherwise, the system will be unstable.
Front Panel Header
The front panel header (F_PANEL) provides a standard set of switch and LED headers
commonly found on ATX or Micro ATX cases. Refer to the table below for information:
Pin
Signal
Function
Pin
2
Signal
Function
1
HD_LED_P Hard disk LED(+)
FP PWR/SLP *MSG LED(+)
3
HD_LED_N Hard disk LED(- )
4
FP PWR/SLP *MSG LED(-)
5
RST_SW_N Reset Switch(-)
6
PWR_SW_P Power Switch(+)
7
RST_SW_P
Reset Switch(+)
8
PWR_SW_N Power Switch(-)
9
RSVD
Reserved
10 Key
No pin
* MSG LED (dual color or single color)
Hard Drive Activity LED
Connecting pins 1 and 3 to a front panel mounted LED provides visual indication
that data is being read from or written to the hard drive. For the LED to function
properly, an IDE drive should be connected to the onboard IDE interface. The LED
will also show activity for devices connected to the SCSI (hard drive activity LED)
connector.
Power/Sleep/Message waiting LED
Connecting pins 2 and 4 to a single or dual-color, front panel mounted LED provides
power on/off, sleep, and message waiting indication.
This concludes Chapter 2. The next chapter covers the BIOS.
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Chapter 3
Using BIOS
About the Setup Utility
The computer uses the latest “American Megatrends Inc.” BIOS with support for
Windows Plug and Play. The CMOS chip on the motherboard contains the ROM
setup instructions for configuring the motherboard BIOS.
The BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) Setup Utility displays the system ’ s
configuration status and provides you with options to set system parameters. The
parameters are stored in battery-backed-up CMOS RAM that saves this information
when the power is turned off. When the system is turned back on, the system is
configured with the values you stored in CMOS.
The BIOS Setup Utility enables you to configure:
•
•
•
•
Hard drives, diskette drives and peripherals
Video display type and display options
Password protection from unauthorized use
Power Management features
The settings made in the Setup Utility affect how the computer performs. Before
using the Setup Utility, ensure that you understand the Setup Utility options.
This chapter provides explanations for Setup Utility options.
The Standard Configuration
A standard configuration has already been set in the Setup Utility. However, we
recommend that you read this chapter in case you need to make any changes in the
future.
This Setup Utility should be used:
•
•
•
•
•
when changing the system configuration
when a configuration error is detected and you are prompted to make
changes to the Setup Utility
when trying to resolve IRQ conflicts
when making changes to the Power Management configuration
when changing the password or making other changes to the Security
Setup
Entering the Setup Utility
When you power on the system, BIOS enters the Power-On Self Test (POST)
routines. POST is a series of built-in diagnostics performed by the BIOS. After the
POST routines are completed, the following message appears:
Press DEL to enter SETUP
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Press the delete key to access the BIOS Setup Utility.
CMOS Setup Utility -- Copyright (C) 1985-2008, American Megatrends, Inc.
f Standard CMOS Setup
f Advanced Setup
f Advanced Chipset Setup
f Integrated Peripherals
f Power Management Setup
f PCI/PnP Setup
f PC Health Status
fM.I.B. (MB Intelligent BIOS)
Load Default Settings
fSupervisor Password
fUser Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
ESC: Exit
v02.61 (C)Copyright 1985-2008, American Mega trends, Inc.
Using BIOS
The main menu of the Setup Utility displays a list of the options that are available.
A highlight indicates which option is currently selected. Use the cursor arrow keys to
move the highlight to other options. When an option is highlighted, execute the
option by pressing <Enter>.
Some options lead to pop-up dialog boxes that prompt you to verify that you wish to
execute that option. Other options lead to dialog boxes that prompt you for information.
Some options (marked with a triangle f) lead to submenus that enable you to change
the values for the option. Use the cursor arrow keys to scroll through the items in the
submenu.
In this manual, default values are enclosed in parenthesis. Submenu items are denoted
by a triangle f .
The default BIOS setting for this motherboard applies for most conditions
with optimum performance. It is not suggested to change the default
values in the BIOS setup and the manufacture takes no responsibility to
any damage caused by changing the BIOS settings.
BIOS Navigation Keys
The BIOS navigation keys are listed below:
KEY
ESC
FUNCTION
Exits the current menu
mnlk
Scrolls through the items on a menu
+/-/PU/PD
Enter
Modifies the selected field’s values
Select
F9
Loads an optimized setting for better performance
F10
Saves the current configuration and exits setup
F1
Displays a screen that describes all key functions
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For the purpose of better product maintenance, the manufacture reserves
the right to change the BIOS items presented in this manual. The BIOS
setup screens shown in this chapter are for reference only and may differ
from the actual BIOS. Please visit the manufacture’s website for updated
manual.
Standard CMOS Setup
This option displays basic information about your system.
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Standard CMOS Setup
Date (www mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)
fSATA1
fSATA2
fSATA3
fSATA4
fSATA5
fSATA6
fESATA
fPATA MASTER
fPATA SLAVE
Tue 03/11/2008
02:49:21
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
Not Detected
IDE BusMaster
Enabled
Drive A:
1.44 MB 31/2”
Help Item
User [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Date.
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Date & Time
The Date and Time items show the current date and time on the computer. If you are
running a Windows OS, these items are automatically updated whenever you make
changes to the Windows Date and Time Properties utility.
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f SATA 1~6/ESATA/PATA MASTER/SLAVE
Your computer has one IDE channel and each channel can be installed with one or
two devices (Master and Slave). In addition, this motherboard supports six SATA
channels and each channel allows one SATA device to be installed. Use these items to
configure each device on the SATA channel.
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SATA1
SATA1
Help Item
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: ST3160812AS
Size
: 160.0GB
LBA Mode : Supported
Block Mode : 16Sectors
PIO Mode : 4
Async DMA : MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA : Ultra DMA-6
S.M.A.R.T. : Supported
Type
LBA/Large Mode
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer)
PIO Mode
DMA Mode
S.M.A.R.T.
32Bit Data Transfer
Select the type
of device connected
to the system.
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
Enabled
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F9: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
Type (Auto)
Use this item to configure the type of the IDE device that you specify. If the feature
is enabled, it will enhance hard disk performance by reading or writing more data
during each transfer.
LBA/Large Mode (Auto)
Use this item to set the LAB/Large mode to enhance hard disk performance by
optimizing the area the hard disk is visited each time.
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) (Auto)
If the feature is enabled, it will enhance hard disk performance by reading or writing
more data during each transfer.
PIO Mode (Auto)
Use this item to set the PIO mode to enhance hard disk performance by optimizing
the hard disk timing.
DMA Mode (Auto)
DMA capability allows user to improve the transfer-speed and data-integrity for
compatible IDE devices.
S.M.A.R.T. (Auto)
The S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) system is a
diagnostics technology that monitors and predicts device performance. S.M.A.R.T.
software resides on both the disk drive and the host computer.
32Bit Data Transfer (Enabled)
Use this item to set the onboard SATA-IDE channel to be disabled, IDE, or RAID.
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Press <Esc> to return to the Standard CMOS Setup page.
IDE BusMaster (Enabled)
This item enables or disables the DMA under DOS mode. We recommend you to leave
this item at the default value.
Drive A (1..44 MB 31/2”)
This item defines the characteristics of any diskette drive attached to the system.
You only can connect one diskette drive.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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Advanced Setup
This page sets up more advanced information about your system. Handle this page
with caution. Any changes can affect the operation of your computer.
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Advanced Setup
TM Status
Limit CPUID MaxVal
Enhanced Halt (C1E)
Intel XD Bit
Intel Virtualization Tech.
Intel EIST
Quick Power on Self Test
Boot Up Numlock Status
APIC Mode
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
Hard Disk Drives
Removable Drives
Boot Other Device
TM1/TM2
Disabled
Enabled
Disabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
On
Enabled
Corsair Flash Voyag
CD/DVD
1st FLOPPY DRIVE
Press Enter
Press Enter
Yes
f
f
Help Item
Disabled for WindowsXP
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
TM Status(TM1/TM2)
This item shows TM function status if CPU can support TM function.
Limit CPUID MaxVal (Disabled)
This item allows users to enable or disable the Intel XD bit.
Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Enabled)
This item enables or disables enhanced halt (C1E).
Intel XD Bit (Disabled)
This item allows users to enable or disable the Intel XD bit.
Intel Virtulization Tech. (Enabled)
This item allows users to enable or disable the Intel Virtulization technology.
Intel EIST (Enabled)
This item allows users to enable or disable the EIST (Enhanced Intel SpeedStep
technology).
Quick Power on Self Test (Enabled)
Enable this item to shorten the power on testing (POST) and have your system start
up faster. You might like to enable this item after you are confident that your system
hardware is operating smoothly.
Boot Up Numlock Status (On)
This item defines if the keyboard Num Lock key is active when your system is
started.
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APIC Mode (Enabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable the APCI (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller) mode. APIC provides symmetric multi-processing (SMP) for systems, allowing support for up to 60 processors.
1st/2nd3rd Boot Device (Corsair Flash Voyag/CD/DVD/1st FLOPPY DRIVE)
Use this item to determine the device order the computer used to look for an
operating system to load at start-up time. The devices showed here will be different
depending on the exact devices installed on your motherboard.
f Hard Disk Drives
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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Hard Disk Drives
Help Item
Hard Disk Drives
ST3160812AS
Corsair Flash Voyag
1st Drive
2nd Drive
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select
F1: General Help
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
+/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Setup page.
f Removable Drives
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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Removable Drives
Help Item
Removable Drives
1st FLOPPY DRIVE
1st Drive
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select
F1: General Help
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
+/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Setup page.
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Boot Other Device (Yes)
When enabled, the system searched all other possible location for an operating
system if it fails to find one in the devices specified under the First, Second and Third
boot devices.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
Advanced Chipset Setup
This page sets up more advanced information about your system. Handle this page
with caution. Any changes can affect the operation of your computer.
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Advanced Chipset Setup
Memory Remap Feature
HPET
Enabled
Enabled
Help Item
ENABLE: Allow
remapping of
overlapped PCI
memory above the total
physical memory.
DISABLE: Do not allow
remapping of memory.
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Memory Remap Feature (Enabled)
This item allows you to remap the overlapped PCI memory above the total physical
memory if you have a 64 bit OS and 4 GB of RAM.
HPET (Enabled)
This item enables or disables HPET (High Precision Event Timer) support.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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Integrated Peripherals
This page sets up some parameters for peripheral devices connected to the system.
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Integrated Peripherals
SATA Configuration
Onboard SATA Mode
Onboard AUDIO Function
Intel GLAN Function
Intel GLAN Boot ROM
Realtek GLAN Function
Realtek GLAN Boot ROM
Serial Port1 Address
Onboard IR
USB Functions
Legacy USB Support
On Chip SATA2 Controller
mnlk : Move
Enhanced
IDE
Enabled
Enabled
Disabled
Enabled
Disabled
3F8/IRQ4
Disabled
Enabled
Enabled
IDE Mode
Enter : Select +/-/: Value
F1:General Help
Help Item
Options
Disabled
Compatible
Enhanced
F10: Save ESC: Exit
F9: Optimized Defaults
SATA Configuration (Enhanced)
Use this item to show the Serial ATA Configuration options: Disabled, Compatible,
Enhanced.
OnBoard SATA Mode (IDE)
Use this item to select the mode of the Serial ATA.
Onboard AUDIO Function (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard Audio function.
Intel GLAN Function (Enabled)
Enables or disables the Intel Giga LAN function.
Intel GLAN Boot ROM (Disabled)
Use this item to enable and disable the booting from the Intel Giga LAN or a
network add-in card with a remote boot ROM installed.
Realtek GLAN Function (Enabled)
Enables or disables the Realtek Giga LAN function.
Realtek GLAN Boot ROM (Disabled)
Use this item to enable and disable the booting from the Realtek Giga LAN or a
network add-in card with a remote boot ROM installed.
Serial Port1 Address (3F8/IRQ4)
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard COM1 serial port, and to assign a
port address.
Onboard IR (Disabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port, and to assign a port
address.
USB Functions (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the USB function.
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Legacy USB Support (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable support for legacy USB devices. Setting to Auto
allows the system to detect the presence of USB device at startup. If detected, the
USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected, the legacy
USB support is disabled.
On Chip SATA2 Controller (IDE Mode)
This item allows you to enable or disable the onchip Serial ATA controller.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
Power Management Setup
This page sets up some parameters for system power management operation.
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Power Management Setup
ACPI Suspend Type
Soft-off by PWR-BTTN
PWRON After PWR-Fail
Resume By RING
Resume By PCI/PCI-E/Lan PME
Resume By USB (S3)
Resume By PS2 KB (S3)
Resume By PS2 MS (S3)
Resume on RTC Alarm
S3 (STR)
Instant Off
Power Off
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save
F9: Optimized Defaults
F1:General Help
Help Item
Select the ACPI
state used for
System Suspend.
ESC: Exit
ACPI Suspend Type (S3(STR))
Use this item to define how your system suspends. In the default, S3, the suspend
mode is a suspend to RAM, i.e, the system shuts down with the exception of a refresh
current to the system memory.
Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN (Instant Off)
Under ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power management Interface) you can
create a software power down. In a software power down, the system can be resumed
by Wake Up Alarms. This item lets you install a software power down that is controlled by the power button on your system. If the item is set to Instant-Off, then the
power button causes a software power down. If the item is set to Delay 4 Sec, then
you have to hold the power button down for four seconds to cause a software power
down.
PWRON After PWR-Fail (Power Off)
This item enables your computer to automatically restart or return to its operating
status.
Resume By RING (Disabled)
An input signal on the serial Ring Indicator (RI) line (in other words, an incoming call
on the modem) awakens the system from a soft off state.
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Resume By PCI/PCI-E/Lan PME (Disabled)
The system can be turned off with a software command. If you enable this item, the
system can automatically resume if there is an incoming call on the PCI Modem or
PCI LAN card. You must use an ATX power supply in order to use this feature. Use
this item to do wake-up action if inserting the PCI card.
Resume By USB (S3) (Disabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable the USB device wakeup function from S3
mode.
Resume By PS2 KB (S3) (Disabled)
This item enable or disable you to allow keyboard activity to awaken the system
from power saving mode.
Resume By PS2 MS (S3) (Disabled)
This item enable or disable you to allow mouse activity to awaken the system from
power saving mode.
Resume on RTC Alarm (Disabled)
The system can be turned off with a software command. If you enable this item, the
system can automatically resume at a fixed time based on the system’s RTC (realtime
clock). Use the items below this one to set the date and time of the wake-up alarm.
You must use an ATX power supply in order to use this feature.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
PCI / PnP Setup
This page sets up some parameters for devices installed on the PCI bus and those
utilizing the system plug and play capability.
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PCI / PnP Setup
Init Display First
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
PCI/PCI Express
Yes
Help Item
Select which graphics
controller to use as
the primary boot
device.
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Init Display First (PCI/PCI Express)
Use this item to select which graphics controller to use as the primary boot devices.
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA (Yes)
If this item is enabled, an IRQ will be assigned to the PCI VGA graphics system. You
set this value to No to free up an IRQ.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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PC Health Status
On motherboards support hardware monitoring, this item lets you monitor the
parameters for critical voltages, temperatures and fan speeds.
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PC Health Status
-=- System Hardware Monitor-=Press Enter
f Smart Fan Function
System Temperature
: 36°C/96°F
CPU Fan Speed
: 950 RPM
System Fan Speed
: N/A
CPU Vcore
: 1.184 V
VDIMM
: 1.488 V
NB Vcore
: 1.232 V
-=- PECI Mode -=Offset to TCC Activation Temp.
: -60
Help Item
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
f Smart Fan Function
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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Smart Fan Function
CPU Smart Fan Control
CPU SMART Fan start PWM
CPU Fan start Offset (-)
CPU DeltaT
CPU Fan Slope PWM /1 Unit
CPU Fan Full Speed Offset (-)
SYS SMART Fan Control
SYS SMART Fan start PWM
SYS Fan start Offset (-)
SYS DeltaT
SYS Fan Slope PWM /1 Unit
SYS Fan Full Speed Offset (-)
Enabled
28
30
+3
5
10
Enabled
28
30
+3
5
10
Help Item
Options
Disabled
Enabled
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
CPU/SYS SMART Fan Control (Enabled)
These items enable you to define the CPU/System temperature by smartly adjusting
the CPU/System fan. When it is set at certain temperature, the CPU/SYS Fan
PWM value will change accordingly.
CPU/SYS SMART Fan Start PWM (28)
These items are used to set the start PWM value of the CPU/SYS smart fan.
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CPU/SYS Fan start Offset (-) (30)
This item is used to set the start temperature of the smart fan.
CPU/SYS DeltaT (+3)
This item specifies the range that controls CPU/SYS temperature and keeps it
from going so high or so low when smart fan works.
CPU/SYS Fan Slope PWM /1 Unit (5)
This item is used to set the Slope Select PWM of the CPU/SYS fan.
CPU/SYS Fan Full Speed Offset (-) (10)
This item is used to set the full speed offset of the CPU/SYS fan.
Press <Esc> to return to the PC Health Status page.
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ECS supports the latest PECI host technology. While using Wolfdale or
Yorkfield CPU, the original images of the BIOS item “PC Health Status” and
“Smart FAN Function” will be replaced by PECI mode and negative number. (The max data from PECI is zero.)
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PC Health Status
Help Item
Hardware Health Event Monitoring
fSmart Fan Function
Press Enter
33°C/91°F
2537 RPM
0 RPM
1.280V
1.840V
System Temperature
CPU Fan Speed:
SYS FAN Speed:
CPU Vcore:
VDIMM:
-=- PECI Mode-=Offset to TCC Activation Temp.:
-20
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
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Smart Fan Function
SMART Fan Control
SMART Fan start PWM value
SMART Fan start Offset (-)
CPU DeltaT
Fan1 Slope PWM value/1 Unit
Fan1 Full Speed Offset (-)
SMART Fan2 Control
Enabled
28
30
+3
5
10
Disabled
Help Item
Options
Disabled
Enabled
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to the PC Health Status page.
System Component Characteristics
These items display the monitoring of the overall inboard hardware health events,
such as System & CPU temperature, CPU & DIMM voltage, CPU & system fan
speed,...etc.
•
•
•
•
•
System Temperature
CPU/System Fan Speed
CPU Vcore
VDIMM
NB Vcore
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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M.I.B (MB Intelligent BIOS)
This page enables you to set the clock speed and system bus for your system. The
clock speed and system bus are determined by the kind of processor you have installed in your system.
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M.I.B (MB Intelligent BIOS)
*
Manufacturer : Intel
Ratio Status: Unlocked (Min:06, Max:Unlimited)
Ratio Actual Value: 6
Ratio CMOS Setting
8
CPU Frequency
:
400MHz
CPU Over-clocking Func.
:
Disabled
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk
Enabled
Spread Spectrum
Enabled
Help item
Sets the ratio between
CPU Core Clock and
the FSB Frequency.
Note:
Only available when
SpeedStep technology
is disabled.
Memory Current Type: 7-20-7-7-8-60-4-4-4
DRAM Frequency
Auto
** Configure DRAM Timing by SPD Enabled
SPD eXtreme Memory Profile Standard
DRAM Command Rate
Auto
CPU Voltage
Memory Voltage
Normal
1.5V
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Manufacturer (Intel)
This item displays the information of current manufacturer of the CPU installed
in your computer.
Ratio Status/Ratio Actual Value
These items show the Locked ratio status and the actual ratio of the CPUinstalled
in your system.
Ratio CMOS Setting
This item allows you to set the ratio between CPU Core Clock and FSB Frequency.
CPU Frequency (400MHz)
This item indicates the current CPU frequency. Users can not make any change to
this item. Please noted that the frequency will be varied with different CPU.
CPU Over-clocking Func. (Disabled)
This item decides the CPU over-clocking function installed in your system.
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* When enable the item CPU Over-clocking Func., the following picture will show.
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Frequency/Voltage Control
Manufacturer : Intel
Ratio Status: Unlocked (Min:06, Max:Unlimited)
Ratio Actual Value: 6
Ratio CMOS Setting
6
CPU Over-clocking Func. :
Enabled
CPU Over-clocking Freq. :
600
PCIE Over-clocking Func. :
100
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk
Enabled
Spread Spectrum
Enabled
CPU Voltage
Normal
Memory Voltage
1.5V
Help item
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
1. The adjustment range of CPU Over-clocking Freq. depends on the
processor. And the system efficiency can be improved by adjusting the
item PCIE Over-clocking Func..
2. If the over-clocking fails, please turn off the system power. And then,
hold the PageUp key (similar to the Clear CMOS function) and turn on
the power, the BIOS will recover the safe default.
3. The improper use or the setting beyond the hardware specification will
result in the system instability.
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk (Enabled)
When this item is enabled, BIOS will disable the clock signal of free DIMM/PCI slots.
Spread Spectrum (Disabled)
If you enable spread spectrum, it can significantly reduce the EMI (Electro-Magnetic
Interference) generated by the system.
Memory Current Type (7-20-7-7-8-60-4-4-4)
This item shows the Memory Current Type.
DRAM Frequency (Auto)
This item shows the frequency of the DRAM in your computer.
Configure DRAM Timing by SPD (Enabled)
When this item is set to enable, the DDR timing is configured using SPD. SPD (Serial
Presence Detect) is located on the memory modules, BIOS reads information coded
in SPD during system boot up.
SPD eXtreme Memory Profile (Standard)
Use this item to select the SPD eXtreme Memory Profile. If the item is set to
Standard, the memory will work under the standard mode. If the item is set to Profile
1/2, the memory is capable to reach 1600 MHz.
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DRAM Command Rate (Auto)
When the host (northbridge) locates the desired memory address, it then processors
the wait state of command.
CPU Voltage (Normal)
This item allows users to adjust the CPU voltage.
Memory Voltage (1.5V)
This item allows users to adjust the memory voltage.
Warning: Since the manual adjustment to the DIMM setting may result in
the instability of the system, users need adjust it carefully when overclocking.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
** When users disable the item Configure DRAM Timing by SPD, the following
picture will show.
Manufacturer : Intel
Ratio Actual Value: 9
CPU Frequency
:
CPU Over-clocking Func. :
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk
Spread Spectrum
f
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M.I.B. (MB Intelligent BIOS)
266MHz
Disabled
Enabled
Enabled
Memory Current Type: 8-21-8-8-9-61-5-5-5
DRAM Frequency
Auto
Configure DRAM Timing by SPD Disabled
DRAM tCL
8
DRAM tRAS
21
DRAM tRP
8
DRAM tRCD
8
DRAM tWR
9
DRAM tRFC
61
DRAM tWTR
5
DRAM tRRD
5
DRAM tRTP
5
DRAM Command Rate
Auto
Normal
1.5V
Options
Enabled
Disabled
12
12
12
12
12
12
f
CPU Voltage
Memory Voltage
Help Item
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Users can adjust the values according to those labelled on the DIMM
specification to improve the efficiency of the system. In principle, you
need set the values of tCL (CAS Latency Time), tRAS (Active to Precharge
Delay), tRP (RAS Precharge Time) and tRCD (RAS to CAS Delay). Besides, the items tWR, tRFC, tWTR, tRRD and tRTP are for the adjustment of DIMM when over-clocking.
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Load Default Settings
This option opens a dialog box that lets you install stability-oriented defaults for
all appropriate items in the Setup Utility. Select [OK] and then press <Enter> to
install the defaults. Select [Cancel] and then press <Enter> to not install the
defaults.
Supervisor Password
This page helps you install or change a password.
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Supervisor Password
Supervisor Password
Help item
:Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
Press Enter
Install or Change the
password.
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Supervisor Password (Not Installed)
This item indicates whether a supervisor password has been set. If the password has
been installed, Installed displays. If not, Not Installed displays.
Change Supervisor Password (Press Enter)
You can select this option and press <Enter> to access the sub menu. You can use the
sub menu to change the supervisor password.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
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User Password
This page helps you install or change a password.
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User Password
User Password
: Not Installed
Change User Password
Help item
Press Enter
Install or Change the
password.
mnlk : Move
Enter : Select +/-/: Value F10: Save ESC: Exit
F1:General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
User Password (Not Installed)
This item indicates whether a user password has been set. If the password has been
installed, Installed displays. If not, Not Installed displays.
Change User Password (Press Enter)
You can select this option and press <Enter> to access the sub menu. You can use the
sub menu to change the user password.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu setting page.
Save & Exit Setup
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to save the changes that you have made in the
Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Save and Exit dialog box appears,
select [OK] to save and exit, or select [Cancel] to return to the main menu.
Exit Without Saving
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to discard any changes that you have made in
the Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Exit Without Saving dialog
box appears, select [OK] to discard changes and exit, or select [Cancel] to return to
the main menu.
If you have made settings that you do not want to save, use the “Exit
Without Saving” item and select [OK] to discard any changes you have
made.
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Updating the BIOS
You can download and install updated BIOS for this motherboard from the
manufacturer’s Web site. New BIOS provides support for new peripherals, improvements in performance, or fixes for known bugs. Install new BIOS as follows:
1
If your motherboard has a BIOS protection jumper, change the setting to
allow BIOS flashing.
2
If your motherboard has an item called Firmware Write Protect in Advanced BIOS features, disable it. (Firmware Write Protect prevents
BIOS from being overwritten.)
3
Prepare a bootable device or create a bootable system disk. (Refer to
Windows online help for information on creating a bootable system
disk.)
4
Download the Flash Utility and new BIOS file from the manufacturer’s
Web site. Copy these files to the bootable device.
5
Turn off your computer and insert the bootable device in your computer. (You might need to run the Setup Utility and change the boot
priority items on the Advanced BIOS Features Setup page, to force
your computer to boot from the bootable device first.)
6
At the C:\ or A:\ prompt, type the Flash Utility program name and the file
name of the new BIOS and then press <Enter>. Example:
AMINF340.EXE040706.ROM
7
When the installation is complete, remove the bootable device from the
computer and restart your computer. If your motherboard has a Flash
BIOS jumper, reset the jumper to protect the newly installed BIOS from
being overwritten. The computer will restart automatically.
This concludes Chapter 3. Refer to the next chapter for information on the software
supplied with the motherboard.
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Chapter 4
Using the Motherboard Software
About the Software CD-ROM
The support software CD-ROM that is included in the motherboard package contains
all the drivers and utility programs needed to properly run the bundled products.
Below you can find a brief description of each software program, and the location for
your motherboard version. More information on some programs is available in a
README file, located in the same directory as the software. Before installing any
software, always inspect the folder for files named README.TXT, INSTALL.TXT,
or something similar. These files may contain important information that is not
included in this manual.
1. Never try to install all software from folder that is not specified for use with
your motherboard.
2. The notice of Intel HD audio installation (optional): The Intel High Definition audio functionality unexpectedly quits working in Windows Server
2003 Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. Users need
to download and install the update packages from the Microsoft Download
Center “before” installing HD audio driver bundled in the Driver CD.
Please log on to http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;enus;901105#appliesto for more information.
Auto-installing under Windows XP/Vista
The Auto-install CD-ROM makes it easy for you to install the drivers and software
for your motherboard.
If the Auto-install CD-ROM does not work on your system, you can still
install drivers through the file manager for your OS (for example, Windows Explorer). Refer to the Utility Folder Installation Notes later in this
chapter.
The support software CD-ROM disc loads automatically under Windows XP/Vista.
When you insert the CD-ROM disc in the CD-ROM drive, the autorun feature will
automatically bring up the install screen. The screen has three buttons on it, Setup,
Browse CD and Exit.
If the opening screen does not appear; double-click the file “setup.exe”
in the root directory.
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Setup Tab
Setup
Click the Setup button to run the software installation program.
Select from the menu which software you want to install.
Browse CD The Browse CD button is the standard Windows command that
allows you to open Windows Explorer and show the contents of
the support CD.
Before installing the software from Windows Explorer, look for
a file named README.TXT, INSTALL.TXT or something similar. This file may contain important information to help you
install the software correctly.
Some software is installed in separate folders for different operating systems, such as Windows XP/Vista. Always go to the correct
folder for the kind of OS you are using.
In install the software, execute a file named SETUP.EXE or
INSTALL.EXE by double-clicking the file and then following the
instructions on the screen.
Exit
The EXIT button closes the Auto Setup window.
Application Tab
Lists the software utilities that are available on the CD.
Read Me Tab
Displays the path for all software and drivers available on the CD.
Running Setup
Follow these instructions to install device drivers and software for the motherboard:
1.
Click Setup. The installation program begins:
The following screens are examples only. The screens and driver lists will be
different according to the motherboard you are installing.
The motherboard identification is located in the upper left-hand corner.
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2.
Click Next. The following screen appears:
3.
Check the box next to the items you want to install. The default options are recommended.
4.
Click Next run the Installation Wizard. An item installation screen appears:
5.
Follow the instructions on the screen to install the items.
1. Drivers and software are automatically installed in sequence. Follow
the onscreen instructions, confirm commands and allow the computer
to restart a few times to complete the installation.
2. During the Windows Vista Driver Auto Setup Procedure, users should
use one of the following two methods to install the driver after the
system restart.
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Method 1. Run Reboot Setup
Windows Vista will block startup programs by default when installing drivers after the
system restart. You must select taskbar icon Run Blocked Program and run Reboot
Setup to install the next driver, until you finish all drivers installation.
Method 2. Disable UAC (User Account Control)
* For administrator account only. Standard user account can only use Method 1.
Disable Vista UAC function before installing drivers, then use CD driver to install
drivers, it will continue to install drivers after system restart without running blocked
programs.
Follow these instructions to Disable Vista UAC function:
1.
Go to Control Panel.
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2.
Select Classic View.
3.
Set User Account.
4.
Select Turn User Account Control on or off and press Continue.
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5. Disable User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer item and
press OK, then press Restart Now. Then you can restart your computer and continue to install
drivers without running blocked programs.
Manual Installation
Insert the CD in the CD-ROM drive and locate the PATH.DOC file in the root
directory. This file contains the information needed to locate the drivers for your
motherboard.
Look for the chipset and motherboard model; then browse to the directory and path
to begin installing the drivers. Most drivers have a setup program (SETUP.EXE) that
automatically detects your operating system before installation. Other drivers have
the setup program located in the operating system subfolder.
If the driver you want to install does not have a setup program, browse to the
operating system subfolder and locate the readme text file (README.TXT or
README.DOC) for information on installing the driver or software for your operating system.
Utility Software Reference
All the utility software available from this page is Windows compliant. They are
provided only for the convenience of the customer. The following software is furnished under license and may only be used or copied in accordance with the terms of
the license.
These software(s) are subject to change at anytime without prior notice.
Please refer to the support CD for available software.
This concludes Chapter 4.
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Chapter 5
ATI CrossFireXTM Technology Support
This motherboard supports the ATI CrossFireX TM Technology that allows you to
install multi-graphics processing units (GPU) graphics cards. Follow the installation
procedures in this section.
Requirements
1
2
3
4
You should have a CrossFireXTM Ready motherboard, a CrossFireXTM Edition graphics card and a CrossFireXTM ready graphics card.
Visit the ECS website (www.ecs.com.tw) for a list of qualified CrossFireXTM
ready graphics card for this motherboard.
Make sure that your graphics card driver supports the ATI CrossFireXTM
technology. Download the latest driver from the ATI website
(www.ati.com).
Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least the
minimum power required by your system.
Installing a single graphics card
1. Install a PCI Express x16 graphics card on the PCIEX16 slot.
2. Connect one end of the external cable to the graphics card.
3. Connect the loose end to the corresponding port on your monitor.
4. Connect an auxiliary power source from the power supply to the graphics card.
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Installing CrossFireXTM graphics cards
1. Insert the CrossFireXTM graphics cards into the PCIEX16 and PCIEX16_C slots.
Make sure that the card is properly seated on the slot.
2. Connect an external cable to the CrossFireXTM ready graphics card installed on the
PCIEX16_C slot.
External Cable
3. Connect the two CrossFireXTM Edition graphics cards installed on PCIEX16 and
PCIEX16_C slots with the CrossFire Bridge.
4. Connect the external cable to the corresponding port on your monitor.
5. Connect an auxiliary power source from the power supply to the graphics cards.
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Table A: Supported PCI Express VGA Card List for CrossFireXTM Function
Vender
ATI
PCI-E Card
MSI RX1300 TD256E (256M)
ATI X1600XT (256M)
PowerColor X1900XTX (512M)
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A (256M)
MSI RX2600XT (256MB)
MSI RX3850-T2D256E-OC (256MB)
POWER Color AX3870 512MD-PH
Radeon X1300Pro
Radeon X1600XT
Radeon X1900XTX
Radeon X19500Pro
Radeon HD2600XT
Radeon HD3850
Radeon HD3870
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The CatalystTM Control Center Dialog Box
View
The CatalystTM Control Center provides two views; one is Standard view for beginners, the other is Advance view for advanced users to access and configure the
complete features of the software.
To enable CrossFireXTM:
•
•
•
•
Set the view to Advance.
Click the CrossFireXTM item in Graphics Settings.
In the CrossFireX TM Setting dialog, tick the box opposite Enable
CrossFireXTM.
Click OK to effect the setting.
Set to Advanced View to enable the CrossFireXTM function.
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Chapter 6
Intel®Matrix Storage Manager RAID Configurations
The Intel® Matrix Storage Manager allows you to configure RAID 0, and 1 sets on the
external Serial ATA hard disk drives.
Before creating a RAID set
Prepare the following items:
1.
2.
3.
4.
One SATA HDD.
A write-enabled floppy disk.
Microsoft ® Windows® OS installation disk (Windows XP/Vista).
Motherboard support CD with Intel® Matrix Storage Manager driver.
Complete the following steps before you create a RAID set:
1.
Install the external Serial ATA hard disk drive (HDD) on your system.
2.
Set the Onboard SATA Mode item in the BIOS to .RAID..
See section “Integrated Peripherals” for details.
3.
Enter the Intel ® Matrix Storage Manager option to set up your RAID
configuration.
4.
Create an Intel® Matrix Storage Manager driver disk for Windows ® OS
installation. See section “Creating a RAID driver disk” for details.
5.
Install the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager driver after the Windows® OS
had been installed.
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Entering Intel®Matrix Storage Manager RAID BIOS utility
1.
During POST, press <Ctrl-I> to enter the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager
RAID BIOS menu.
2.
The main Intel® Matrix Storage Manager RAID BIOS menu appears.
3.
Use the arrow keys to move the color bar and navigate through the items.
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Creating a RAID set
1.
In the main Intel® Matrix Storage Manager RAID BIOS menu, highlight
Create RAID Volume using the up/down arrow key then press <Enter>.
2.
When the RAID Level item is highlighted, use the up/down arrow key to
select the RAID set that you want to create.
When more than two HDDs are installed in your computer, the Disks item
will be selectable. Then users can select the HDD that you want to belong
to the RAID set. Please be noticed that selecting a wrong disk will result in
losing the original data of the HDD.
3.
Key in the RAID volume capacity. Use the up/down arrow to choose the
Capacity. The default value indicates the maximum capacity using the
selected disks. Entering a lower capacity allows you to create a second
volume on these disks.
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4.
When done, press <Enter> to confirm the creation of the RAID set. A
dialogue box appears to confirm the action. Press <Y> to confirm; otherwise, press <N>.
Pressing <Y> deletes all the data in the HDDs.
5.
The following screen appears, displaying the relevant information about
the RAID set you created.
Users please be noted that RAID 0 (Stripe) is set to accelerate the data
access, and RAID 1 (Mirror) is set to provide the data backup. If you want
to set RAID 0, you need to set the 2nd Boot Device item in the BIOS to
Intel Volume0. See section “Advanced Setup” for details.
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Deleting a RAID set
1.
In the main Intel® Matrix Storage Manager RAID BIOS menu, highlight
Delete RAID Volume using the up/down arrow key then press <Enter>.
2.
Use the space bar to select the RAID set you want to delete.
Press the <Del> key to delete the set.
3.
A dialogue box appears to confirm the action. Press <Y> to confirm;
otherwise, press <N>.
Pressing <Y> deletes all the data in the HDDs.
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Resetting disks to Non-RAID
An HDD that has been previously configured as part of another RAID set
in another platform is called a broken RAID HDD. When you install a
broken RAID HDD, you cannot select this disk when configuring a RAID
set through the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager option. If you still want to
use this broken RAID HDD as part of the RAID set configured through
the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager, you may do so by resetting the disk to
Non-RAID. You will, however, lose all data and previous RAID configurations.
To reset disks to Non-RAID:
1.
In the main Intel® Matrix Storage Manager RAID BIOS menu, highlight
Reset Disks to Non-RAID using the up/down arrow key then press <Enter>.
2.
Use the space bar to select the HDD to reset to Non-RAID.
3.
A dialogue box appears to confirm the action. Press <Y> to confirm;
otherwise, press <N>.
Pressing <Y> deletes all the data in the HDDs.
Exiting Setup
When you have finished, highlight Exit using the up/down arrow key then press
<Enter> to exit the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager RAID BIOS utility.
A dialogue box appears to confirm the action. Press <Y> to confirm; otherwise, press
<N> to return to the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager RAID BIOS menu.
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