SUPER
X7DB8-X
X7DBE-X
USER’S MANUAL
Revision 1.1a
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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
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X motherboard. The
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X
the
supports dual Intel Xeon 64-bit dual core processors at a front side bus speed of
1333/1066/667 MHz. With dual Xeon 64-bit dual core processors, the 5000P chipset,
and eight DDR2 FBD 667/533 memory modules built-in, the X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X
offers substantial functionality and performance enhancements to the motherboards
based on the dual core NetBurst microarchitecture while remaining compatible with
the 32-bit based software. Key features include the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, Virtualization Technology, Hyper Pipelined Technology, Execution Trace Cache,
Thermal Monitor 1/2 (TM1/TM2), Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology, Advanced
Dynamic Execution, Advanced Transfer Cache, Streaming SIMD Extensions 3
(SSE3) and Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T). These features allow the
motherboard to operate at much higher speeds with better power management in
much safer environments than the traditional motherboards. The X7DB8-X/X7DBEX is ideal for high performance dual processor (DP) enterprise server/workstation
environments. This product is intended to be professionally installed.
Manual Organization
Chapter 1 describes the features, specifications and performance of the mainboard
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 the video, the memory and the system setup stored
in CMOS.
Chapter 4 includes an introduction to BIOS and provides detailed information on
running the CMOS Setup utility.
Appendix A and Appendix B provide BIOS POST Messages and POST Codes.
Appendix C, Appendix D and Appendix E list HostRAID Setup Guidelines and
Other Software Driver and Program 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.
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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Table of Contents
Preface
About This Manual ...................................................................................................... iii
Manual Organization ................................................................................................... iii
Conventions Used in the Manual .................................................................................. iii
Chapter 1: Introduction
1-1
Overview ......................................................................................................... 1-1
Checklist ................................................................................................... 1-1
Contacting Supermicro ............................................................................. 1-2
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X Image ......................................................... 1-3
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X Layout ......................................................... 1-4
Quick Reference ...................................................................................... 1-5
Motherboard Features ................................................................................ 1-6
Intel 5000P Chipset: System Block Diagram ........................................... 1-8
1-2
Chipset Overview ........................................................................................... 1-9
1-3
Special Features ........................................................................................... 1-10
Recovery from AC Power Loss .............................................................. 1-10
1-4
PC Health Monitoring .................................................................................... 1-10
1-5
ACPI Features .............................................................................................. 1-11
1-6
Power Supply ............................................................................................... 1-12
1-7
Super I/O ........................................................................................................ 1-13
Chapter 2: Installation
2-1
Static-Sensitive Devices ................................................................................. 2-1
Precautions................................................................................................ 2-1
Unpacking ................................................................................................ 2-1
2-2
Processor and Heatsink Installation ............................................................... 2-2
2-3
Installing DIMMs ............................................................................................. 2-6
2-4
Control Panel Connectors and IO Ports ......................................................... 2-8
A. Back Panel Connectors/IO Ports .............................................................. 2-8
B. Front Control Panel ................................................................................... 2-9
C. Front Control Panel Pin Definitions ........................................................ 2-10
NMI Button ............................................................................................. 2-10
Power LED ............................................................................................. 2-10
HDD LED .............................................................................................. 2-11
NIC1/NIC2 LEDs ................................................................................... 2-11
Overheat/Fan Fail LED ......................................................................... 2-12
Power Fail LED ........................................................................................ 2-12
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Reset Button ......................................................................................... 2-13
Power Button .......................................................................................... 2-13
2-5 Connecting Cables ......................................................................................... 2-14
ATX Power Connector .......................................................................... 2-14
Processor Power Connector ................................................................. 2-14
Universal Serial Bus ................................................................................ 2-15
Chassis Intrusion .................................................................................... 2-15
Fan Headers .......................................................................................... 2-16
Keylock ..................................................................................................... 2-16
ATX PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse Ports..................................................... 2-17
Serial Ports ............................................................................................. 2-17
Wake-On-Ring .......................................................................................... 2-18
Wake-On-LAN .......................................................................................... 2-18
GLAN (Ethernet Ports) ............................................................................. 2-19
Speaker/Power LED Header .................................................................. 2-19
Power Fault .............................................................................................. 2-20
Alarm Reset.............................................................................................. 2-20
Overheat LED/Fan Fail ............................................................................ 2-21
SMB Connector ........................................................................................ 2-21
SMB Power Connector ............................................................................. 2-22
VGA Connector ........................................................................................ 2-22
SGPIO Headers ....................................................................................... 2-23
2-6 Jumper Settings .............................................................................................. 2-24
Explanation of Jumpers ......................................................................... 2-24
GLAN Enable/Disable ............................................................................ 2-24
Clear CMOS ............................................................................................. 2-25
Watch Dog ................................................................................................ 2-25
SCSI Controller Enabled/Disabled ........................................................... 2-26
SCSI Termination Enabled/Dsiabled ........................................................ 2-26
3rd PWR Supply PWR Fault .................................................................... 2-27
VGA Enable/Disable ................................................................................. 2-27
I2C Bus to PCI-X-PCI-E Slots .................................................................. 2-28
2-7 Onboard Indicators .......................................................................................... 2-29
GLAN LEDs .............................................................................................. 2-29
Onboard SCSI Activity LED ..................................................................... 2-30
Onboard Standby PWR LED ................................................................... 2-30
2-8 Floppy, SIMLP IPMI, Hard Disk Drive and SCSI Connections ....................... 2-31
Floppy Connector .................................................................................... 2-31
IDE Connectors ....................................................................................... 2-32
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SIMLP IPMI Slot ...................................................................................... 2-32
Ultra 320 SCSI Connectors ..................................................................... 2-33
Chapter 3: Troubleshooting
3-1
Troubleshooting Procedures ........................................................................... 3-1
Before Power On....................................................................................... 3-1
No Power................................................................................................... 3-1
No Video .................................................................................................. 3-1
Memory Errors........................................................................................... 3-1
Losing the System’s Setup Configuration ................................................ 3-1
3-2
Technical Support Procedures ....................................................................... 3-2
3-3
Frequently Asked Questions .......................................................................... 3-3
3-4
Returning Merchandise for Service ................................................................. 3-4
Chapter 4: BIOS
4-1
Introduction ....................................................................................................... 4-1
4-2
Running Setup ................................................................................................. 4-2
4-3
Main BIOS Setup ............................................................................................. 4-2
4-4
Advanced Setup ............................................................................................... 4-7
4-5
Security Setup ............................................................................................... 4-24
4-6
Boot Setup ...................................................................................................... 4-25
4-7
Exit .................................................................................................................. 4-26
Appendices:
Appendix A: BIOS POST Messages ..........................................................................A-1
Appendix B: BIOS POST Codes ................................................................................B-1
Appendix C: Intel HostRAID Setup Guidelines ..........................................................C-1
Appendix D: Adaptec HostRAID Setup Guidelines ....................................................D-1
Appendix E: Installing Other Software Programs and Drivers ...................................E-1
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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 you with 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. All are included
in the Retail Box.
One (1) Supermicro Mainboard
One (1) ribbon cable for IDE devices (CBL-0036L-002)
One (1) floppy ribbon cable (CBL-0022L)
One (1) 2-Port USB cable (CBL-0083)
Four (4) SATA cables (CBL-0044L)
One (1) COM port cable (CBL-010L)
One (1) SCSI cable (CBL-034L-U320) (*X7DB8-X only)
One (1) i/O Backplane Shield (CSE-PT07L)
One (1) Supermicro CD containing drivers and utilities (CDR-X7)
One (1) Motherboard User's/BIOS Manual
One (1) Ultra 320 SCSI User's Manual (*X7DB8-X only)
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Contacting Super Micro
Headquarters
Address:
Tel:
Fax:
Email:
Web Site:
Super Micro Computer, Inc.
980 Rock Ave.
San Jose, CA 95131 U.S.A.
+1 (408) 503-8000
+1 (408) 503-8008
marketing@supermicro.com (General Information)
support@supermicro.com (Technical Support)
www.supermicro.com
Europe
Address:
Tel:
Fax:
Email:
Super Micro Computer B.V.
Het Sterrenbeeld 28, 5215 ML
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
+31 (0) 73-6400390
+31 (0) 73-6416525
sales@supermicro.nl (General Information)
support@supermicro.nl (Technical Support)
rma@supermicro.nl (Customer Support)
Asia-Pacific
Address:
Super Micro, Taiwan
4F, No. 232-1 Liancheng Road
Chung-Ho 235, Taipei Hsien, 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:
886-2-8228-1366, ext.132 or 139
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Figure 1-1.
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X 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 the same as the
graphics shown in the manual.)
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Figure 1-2.
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X Motherboard Layout
(not drawn to scale)
J8B3
DIMM 3B (B ank 3)
J8B2
DIMM 3A (B ank 3)
J8B1
DIMM 2B (B ank 2)
J7B3
DIMM 2A (B ank 2)
J7B2
DIMM 1B (B ank 1)
JF1
FP Ctrl
DIMM 4A (B ank 4)
CPU1
Fan2
PWLE DSPK
JP1 JD1
JCOM1
DIMM 4B (B ank 4)
Battery
DIMM 1A (B ank 1)
J7B1
JLAN1
GLAN2
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
JLAN2
Fan3
CPU2
Fan8
North Bridge
SGPIO2
J30
J29
SGPIO1
5000P
VGA
South
Bridge
PCI-X 100 MHz
J14
A
J4
PCI-X 133 MHz
JPA2
Channel
JPL1
JPL2
Slot2
PCI-X 100 MHz
J28
J27
PCI-X 133 MHz
PXH
Slot1
J12
JWOR1
SI/O
JPA3
ESB2
PXH
Slot4
JWD
Slot3
LAN
CTRL
PCI-X 133 MHz
JBT1
Slot5
J13
Video
Memory
CTRL
J16
Floppy
SIMLPIP MI
JPG1
Slot6
J5
Slot7
IDE1
GLAN1
J22
J15
PCI-X 100 MHz (ZCR-X7DB8 only)
JCOM2
USB4
JUSB3
JWOL1
WOL
USB2/3
DA2
JUSB2
JK1 SMB
SATA4 SATA5
JS4
JS6 JPA1
J18 JL1
SATA0 SATA1 SATA2 SATA3
JS3
JS5
JS2
JS1
SCSI CTRL
Adaptec 7902
320 S CSI
VGA
JOH1
BIOS
Fan1
J9B2
J9B1
JIDE1
JUSB1
8-pin PW R
JPW3
JA1
320 S CSI
DA1
USB0/1
COM1
4-Pin
24-Pin ATX PW R
JP3 PSF
F an 7 SMBPS
J17
PWR
JPW1Buzzer
J3P
JPW2
JAR
F an 6 F an 5
KB/
Mouse
JKM1
Channel B
Fan4
JA2
1. Jumpers not indicated are for test purposes only.
2. See Chapter 2 for detailed information on jumpers, I/O ports and
JF1 front panel connections.
3. " " indicates the location of Pin 1.
4. SCSI is for the X7DB8-X only.
5. When LE1 is on, make sure to disconnect the power supply before removing
or installing components.
6. For the ZCR card to function properly, be sure to install it in the green slot.
(Green Slot is available for the X7DB8-X only.)
7. Slot 1 supports up to 100 MHz.
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Quick Reference ( X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X)
Jumper
J27, J28
J3P
Description
I2C Bus to PCI-X/PCI-E Slots
3rd PWR Failure Detect
Default Setting
Open (Disabled)
Off (Disabled)
JBT1
CMOS Clear
See Chapter 2
JPA1
SCSI Controller Enable
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)(*Note)
JPA2, JPA3
SCSI CHA(JPA2),CHB(JPA3)Term.En Off (Enabled) (*Note)
JPG1
VGA Enable
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JPL1/ JPL2
GLAN1/GLAN2 Enable
Pins 1-2 (Enabled)
JWD
Watch Dog
Pins 1-2 (Reset)
Connector
Description
ATX PWR (JPW1)
Primary 24-Pin ATX PWR Connector
Aux. PWR/CPU PWR
+12V 4-pin PWR (JWP2)/+12V 8-pin PWR(JPW3)
Alarm Reset (JAR)
Alarm Reset Off (Normal)
Chassis Intrusion (JL1) Chassis Intrusion Header
COM1/COM2 (JCOM1/2) COM1/COM2 Serial Port Connectors
DA1/DA2
SCSI Activity LED Indicators (See Chapter 2)
DIMM#1A-DIMM#4B
Memory FBD DDRII Slots
FAN 1-8
Fans 1-8 (CPU Fans/Chassis Fans)
Floppy (J22)
Floppy Disk Drive Connector
FP CTRL (JF1)
Front Control Panel Connector
GLAN 1/2 (JLAN1/2)
G-bit Ethernet Ports
IDE1
IDE1 Hard Drive (JIDE1)
Keylock (JK1)
Keylock Header
OH LED (JOH1)
Overheat LED
PSF (JP3)
Power Supply Failure (See Chapter 2)
PWR LED (LE1)
PWR LED Indicator (*Note 6 on Pg.1-4)
PWR LED/SPKR (JD1) PWR LED(pins1-3)/SpeakerHeader (pins 4-7)
PWR SMB (J17)
Power System Management (I2C) Header
SATA0-SATA5 (JS1-JS6) SATA 0-5 Connectors
SCSI Chan. A/B(JA1/JA2)SCSI Channel A/B Connectors (*Note)
SGPIO 1/2 (J29,J30)
Serial General Purpose Input/Output Headers
SMB (J18)
System Management Bus Header
Slot 1
PCI-X 100 MHz (ZCR) Slot (*Note)
Slot 2/Slot 3/Slot 6
PCI-X 133 MHz Slots
Slot 4/Slot 5
PCI-X 100 MHz Slots
Slot 7 (J16)
SIM Low Profile IPMI (J16) Slot
USB 0/1,USB 2/3, USB4 Back Panel USB 0/1, Front Panel USB 2/3, FP USB4
VGA (J15)
VGA Connector
WOL (JWOL)
Wake-on-LAN Header
WOR (JWOR)
Wake-on-Ring Header
(*Note: X7DB8-X only)
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Motherboard Features
CPU
•
Dual Intel® 64-bit Xeon LGA 771 dual core processors at a front side bus
speed of 1.333 GHz/1.066 GHz/667 MHz with a system clock speed of
333/267 MHz
Memory
•
Eight 240-pin DIMM sockets with support up to 16 (32) GB DDR2 Fully Buffered (FBD) ECC 667/533 Memory (*See Section 2-3 in Chapter 2 for DIMM
Slot Population.)
Chipset
• Intel 5000P chipset, including: the 5000P Memory Control Hub (MCH), the
Enterprise South Bridge 2 (ESB2), and the PXH I/O subsystem (x2).
Expansion Slots
• Three PCI-X 133 MHz slots (*Slots 2/3/6)
• Three PCI-X 100 MHz slots (*two PCI-X-100 MHz slots: Slots 4/5, one PCI-X100 MHz w/ZCR slot: Slot 1) (*ZCR is available for the X7DB8-X only.)
BIOS
•
•
8 Mb Phoenix® Flash ROM
DMI 2.3, PCI 2.2, ACPI 1.0, Plug and Play (PnP)
PC Health Monitoring
• Onboard voltage monitors for CPU cores, chipset voltage, +3.3V, +5V, +12V,
−12V and +5V standby
• Fan status monitor with firmware control
• CPU/chassis temperature monitors
• Platform Environment Control Interface (PECI) ready
•
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
• System overheat/Fan Fail LED Indicator and control
• Chassis intrusion detection
• System resource alert via Supero Doctor III
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ACPI Features
•
Slow blinking LED for suspend state indicator
• Main switch override mechanism
• ACPI/ACPM Power Management
• Keyboard Wakeup from Soft-off
Onboard I/O
•
Adaptec 7902 dual channel Ultra 320 SCSI with ZCR option (*X7DB8-X only)
•
Six SATA2 ports (supporting RAID0, 1, 10 and 5)
•
One SIMLP IPMI socket
• Intel 82563 Gigabit Ethernet controller supporting two Giga-bit LAN ports
•
EIDE Ultra DMA/100 bus master interfaces supporting one IDE slot
• Two SGPIO (Serial General Purpose Input/Output) headers
• One floppy port interface
• Two COM ports (1 header, 1 port)
•
PS/2 mouse and PS/2 keyboard ports
•
Up to five USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus) (2 ports, 3 Headers)
• ATI ES1000 with 16 MB Graphic Controller
•
Super I/O: Winbond W83627HF w/Hardware Monitor support: W83793,
HECETA
Other
• Internal/external modem ring-on
• Wake-on-LAN (WOL)
•
Wake-on-Ring (WOR)
•
Console redirection
•
Onboard Fan Speed Control by Thermal Management via BIOS
CD/Diskette Utilities
•
BIOS flash upgrade utility and device drivers
Dimensions
•
ATX Ext. 12" x 13.05" (304.8 mm x 331.5 mm)
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FBD CHNL2
FBD CHNL3
PORT
#2,3
PXH
PCI-X133
B
spare, For IPMI later
spare, For SAS later
VGA
CONN
PCI-E X4
PORT
#0
PCI-E X8
PORT
#1,2
PORT
#4
ATA 100
PORT
#3
EXP. BUS
ESB2
J14
#3
PCI-X Slot
(PCI-E based)
PORT
#0
PCI 33MHz
DDR
SIO
W83627 HF
GILGAL
Figure 1-9.
EBUS CONN
LPC
KUMERAN
FDD
RJ45
RJ45
USB 2.0
GB LAN
IDE CONN
3.0 Gb/S
PCI-X 133
VGA
RN 50
#8
#7
SATA
#0-5
7902
PCI-E X8
PCI-X100
A
#5
PCIE X4
SCSI
PCIE X8
ZCR
PCI-X
FBD CHNL1
MCH
PORT
#6,7
J13 J12
#2 #1
PCI-X Slot
5000P
#6
#3
FBD DIMM
#5
FBD CHNL0
PORT
#4,5
#4
#2
#1
FBD DIMM
#4
B
PCI-EX8
FBD DIMM
PCI-X Slot
#6
PXH
ISL6307
1067/1333
MT/S
1067/1333
MT/S
A
VRM
PROCESSOR#1
FBD DIMM
PROCESSOR#2
J3
PCI-X Slot
PCI-X Slot
J4
USB
#0-4
VRM
ISL6307
J5
MS
KB
FWH
COM1
COM2
Block Diagram of the 5000P Chipset
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 5000P chipset, the X7DB8-X/
X7DBE-X motherboard provides the performance and feature set required for dual
processor-based servers with configuration options optimized for communications,
presentation, storage, computation or database applications. The 5000P chipset
supports single or dual Xeon 64-bit dual core processor(s) with front side bus speeds
of up to 1.333 GHz. The chipset consists of the 5000P Memory Controller Hub
(MCH), the Enterprise South Bridge 2 (ESB2), and two PXH I/O subsystems.
The 5000P MCH chipset is designed for symmetric multiprocessing across two
independent front side bus interfaces. Each front side bus uses a 64-bit wide, 1.333
GHz data bus that transfers data at 10.7 GB/sec. The MCH chipset connects up to
eight Fully Buffered DIMM modules, providing a total memory of up to 32.0 GB. In
addition, the 5000P chipset offers a wide range of RAS features, including memory
interface ECC, x4/x8 Single Device Data Correction, CRC, parity protection, memory
mirroring and memory sparing.
The Xeon Dual Core Processor Features
Designed to be used with conjunction of the 5000P chipset, the Xeon dual core
Processor provides a feature set as follows:
The Xeon Dual Core Processors
*L1 Cache Size: Instruction Cache (32KB/16KB), Data Cache (32KB/24KB)
*L2 Cache Size: 4MB/2MB (per core)
*Data Bus Transfer Rate: 8.5 GB/s
*Package: FC-LGA6/FC-LGA4, 771 Lands
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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 Power Lost Control setting in the Advanced BIOS Setup section to change this setting. (*Default:
Last State)
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PC Health Monitoring
This section describes the PC health monitoring features of the X7DB8-X/X7DBEX. All have an onboard System Hardware Monitor chip that supports PC health
monitoring.
Onboard Voltage Monitors for CPU Core, HT Voltage, Memory
Voltage, Chipset Voltage, +1.8V, +3.3V, +5V, +12V, −12V, +3.3V
Standby, +5V Standby and VBATT.
An onboard voltage monitor will scan these voltages continuously. 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 prevent any overheat damage to the CPU. The onboard chassis thermal
circuitry can monitor the overall system temperature and alert users when the chassis temperature is too high.
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CPU Fan Auto-Off in Sleep Mode
The CPU fan activates when the power is turned on. It continues to operate when
the system enters Standby mode. When in sleep mode, the CPU will not run at
full power, thereby generating less heat.
CPU Overheat LED and Control
This feature is available when the user enables the CPU overheat warning function
in the BIOS. This allows the user to define an overheat temperature. When this temperature is exceeded, both the overheat fan and the warning LED are triggered.
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
notify the user of certain system events. For example, if the system is running
low on virtual memory and there is insufficient hard drive space for saving the
data, you can be alerted of the potential problem. You can also configure Supero
Doctor to provide you with warnings when the system temperature goes 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. This also includes consumer devices connected to the PC
such as VCRs, TVs, telephones and stereos.
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 NT 5.0.
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.
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Main Switch Override Mechanism
When an ATX power supply is used, the power button can function as a system
suspend button to make the system enter a SoftOff state. The monitor will be
suspended and the hard drive will spin down. Pressing the power button again
will cause the whole system to wake-up. 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 Power section of
the BIOS Setup routine.
External Modem Ring-On
Wake-up events can be triggered by a device such as the external modem ringing
when the system is in the SoftOff state. Note that external modem ring-on can only
be used with an ATX 2.01 (or above) compliant power supply.
Wake-On-LAN (WOL)
Wake-On-LAN is defined as the ability of a management application to remotely
power up a computer that is powered off. Remote PC setup, up-dates and asset
tracking can occur after hours and on weekends so that daily LAN traffic is kept to
a minimum and users are not interrupted. The motherboard has a 3-pin header
(WOL) to connect to the 3-pin header on a Network Interface Card (NIC) that has
WOL capability. In addition, an onboard LAN controller can also support WOL
without any connection to the WOL header. The 3-pin WOL header is to be used
with a LAN add-on card only.
*Note: Wake-On-LAN requires an ATX 2.01 (or above) compliant power supply.
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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 X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X can only accommodate 24-pin ATX power supplies. Although most power supplies generally meet the specifications required by the CPU,
some are inadequate. In addition, the 12V 4-pin power supply - is also required to
ensure adequate power supply to the system. Also your power supply must supply
1.5A for the Ethernet ports.
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NOTE: The + 12V 8-pin Aux. Power Connector is also required to support
Intel 64-bit CPUs. Failure to provide this extra power will result in CPU PWR
Failure. See Section 2-5 for details on connecting the power supply.
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 (info 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.
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Super I/O
The disk drive adapter functions of the Super I/O chip include a floppy disk drive
controller that is compatible with industry standard 82077/765, a data separator,
write pre-compensation circuitry, decode logic, data rate selection, a clock generator, drive interface control logic and interrupt and DMA logic. The wide range of
functions integrated onto the Super I/O greatly reduces the number of components
required for interfacing with floppy disk drives. The Super I/O supports 360 K, 720
K, 1.2 M, 1.44 M or 2.88 M disk drives and data transfer rates of 250 Kb/s, 500 Kb/s
or 1 Mb/s.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 supports one PC-compatible printer port (SPP), Bi-directional Printer
Port (BPP) , Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) or Extended Capabilities Port (ECP).
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
2-1
Static-Sensitive Devices
Electric-Static-Discharge (ESD) can damage electronic components. To prevent
damage to your system board, it is important to handle it very carefully. The following
measures 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 board from the antistatic
bag.
• Handle the board 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 your computer chassis provides excellent
conductivity between the power supply, the case, the 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 the person handling it is static protected.
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Processor and Heatsink Fan 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
processor into the CPU socket before you install the CPU heatsink.
2. Intel's boxed Xeon CPU package contains the CPU fan and heatsink assembly.
If you buy a CPU separately, make sure that you use only Intel-certified multi-directional heatsink and fan.
3. Make sure to install the motherboard into the chassis before you install the CPU
heatsink and fan.)
4. When purchasing an LGA 771 CPU or when receiving a motherboard with an LGA
771 CPU pre-installed, make sure that the CPU plastic cap is in place and none of
the CPU pins are bent; otherwise, contact the retailer immediately.
5. Refer to the MB Features Section for more details on CPU support.
Installation of the LGA771 Processor
Socket Clip
Load Plate
1. Press the socket clip to release
the load plate, which covers the CPU
socket, from its locking position.
2. Gently lift the socket clip to open
the load plate.
Load Plate
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North Center Edge
3. Use your thumb and your index
finger to hold the CPU at the North
Center Edge and the South Center
Edge of the CPU.
4. Align CPU Pin1 (the CPU corner
marked with a triangle) against the
socket corner that is marked with a
triangle cutout.
South Center Edge
gold dot
5. Align the the CPU key that is the
semi-circle cutout below a gold dot
against the socket key, the notch on
the same side of the triangle cutout
on the socket.
Socket Key
(Socket Notch)
6. Once aligned, carefully lower the
CPU straight down to the socket.
(**Do not drop the CPU on the
socket. Do not move the CPU horizontally or vertically. Do not rub the
CPU against the surface or against
any pins of the socket to avoid damage to the CPU or the socket.)
CPU Key (semicircle cutout)
below the circle.
7. With the CPU inside the socket,
inspect the four corners of the CPU
to make sure that the CPU is properly installed.
Corner with a
triangle cutout
CPU Pin1
Socket clip
8. Use your thumb to gently push the
socket clip down to the clip lock.
CPU in the CPU socket
9. If the CPU is properly installed
into the socket, the plastic cap will
be automatically released from the
load plate when the clip is pushed in
the clip lock. Remove the plastic cap
from the motherboard.
Plastic cap
is released
from the
load plate
if the CPU
is properly
installed.
(*Warning: Please 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 will
cause damage to the socket pins.)
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Installation of the Heatsink
CEK Passive Heatsink
CEK Heatsink Installation
1. Do not apply any thermal grease to
the heatsink or the CPU die-the required
amount has already been applied.
2. Place the heatsink on top of the
CPU so that the four mounting holes
are aligned with those on the retention
mechanism.
3. Screw in two diagonal screws (ie the
#1 and the #2 screws) until just snug (-do
not fully tighten the screws to avoid possible damage to the CPU.)
Screw#1
Screw#2
Screw#1
4. Finish the installation by fully tightening
all four screws.
Screw#2
To Un-install the Heatsink
(Warning: We do not recommend
that the CPU or the heatsink be
removed. However, if you do need
to uninstall the heatsink, please
follow the instructions below to
uninstall the heatsink to prevent
damage done to the CPU or the
CPU socket.)
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1. Unscrew and remove the heatsink
screws from the motherboard in the
sequence as show in the picture on the
right.
2. Hold the heatsink as show 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!!)
3. Once the CPU is loosened, remove the
heatsink from the CPU socket.
4. 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 you
re-install the CPU and the heatsink.
Mounting the Motherboard in the Chassis
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. 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 done to these components when you
install the motherboard to the chassis.)
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Installing DIMMs
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 (See Figure 2-2)
1. Insert the desired number of DIMMs into the memory slots, starting with DIMM
#1A. The memory scheme is interleaved so you must install two modules
at a time, beginning with DIMM #1A, then DIMM #2A and so on. (*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.
3. Gently press down on the DIMM module until it snaps into place in the slot.
Repeat for all modules (see step 1 above).
Memory Support
The X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X supports up to 16 GB (32 GB) fully buffered (FBD) ECC
DDR2 667/533 in 8 DIMMs. Populating DIMM modules with pairs of memory
modules of the same size and same type will result in Interleaved Memory which
will increase memory performance.
*Note 1: Due to OS limitations, some operating systems may not show more than
4 GB of memory.
Optimized DIMM Population Configurations
Branch0
Branch1
Number of
DIMMs
2 DIMMs
4 DIMMs
6 DIMMs
8 DIMMs
Bank 1
(Channel 0)
1A
1A
1A
1A
----------1B
1B
Bank 2
(Channel 1)
2A
2A
2A
2A
----------2B
2B
Bank 3
(Channel 2)
-----3A
3A
3A
---------------3B
Bank 4
(Channel 3)
-----4A
4A
4A
---------------4B
(*Notes: i. DIMM slot# specified: DIMM slot to be populated; “---“: DIMM slot not to
be populated. ii. Both FBD 533 MHz and 667MHz DIMMs are supported; however,
you need to use the memory modules of the same speed and of the same type on a
motherboard. iii. Interleaved memory is supported when pairs of DIMM modules are
installed. To optimize memory performance, please install pairs of DIMMs in both
Branch 0 and Branch 1. iv. For memory to work properly, you need to follow the
restrictions listed above. )
*Note 2: Due to memory allocation to system devices, memory remaining available for operational use will be reduced when 4 GB of RAM is used. The reduction
in memory availability is disproportional. (Refer to the following Memory Availability
Table for details.
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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
Local APIC
4 KB
3.99
Area Reserved for the chipset
2 MB
3.99
I/O APIC (4 Kbytes)
4 KB
3.99
PCI Enumeration Area 1
256 MB
3.76
PCI Express (256 MB)
256 MB
3.51
PCI Enumeration Area 2 (if needed)
-Aligned on 256-MB boundary-
512 MB
3.01
VGA Memory
16 MB
2.85
TSEG
1 MB
2.84
Memory available to OS and other applications
2.84
Figure 2-2. Installing and Removing DIMMs
DDR2 FBD
S UPER
®
X7DB8/E-X
To Install: Insert module vertically and press down until it
snaps into place. Pay attention to the alignment notch at
the bottom.
To Remove:
Use your thumbs
to gently push
the release tabs
near both ends of
the module. This
should release it
from the slot.
DDR2 FBD Slot II
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Control Panel Connectors/IO Ports
The I/O ports are color coded in conformance with the PC 99 specification. See
Figure 2-3 below for the colors and locations of the various I/O ports.
A. Back Panel Connectors/IO Ports
S UPER
®
X7DB8/E-X
Figure 2-3. Back Panel I/O Port Locations and Definitions
Back Panel Connectors
1. Keyboard (Purple)
2. PS/2 Mouse (Green)
3. Back Panel USB Port 0
4. Back Panel USB Port 1
5. COM Port 1 (Turquoise)
6. VGA Port (Blue)
7. Gigabit LAN 1
8. Gigabit LAN 2
(*See Section 2-5 for details.)
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B. 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 Figure 2-4 for the descriptions of
the various control panel buttons and LED indicators. Refer to the following section
for descriptions and pin definitions.
Figure 2-4. JF1 Header Pins
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®
X7DB8/E-X
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C. 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
The Power LED connection is located
on pins 15 and 16 of JF1. Refer to the
table on the right for pin definitions.
Power LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Pin#
Definition
15
+5V
16
Ground
A. NMI
B. PWR LED
(B a nk
Fan1
F P C trl
DIMM 4A
4)
C P U1
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B IOS
C O M1
Fan2
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
A
B uzzer
(B a nk 4)
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in AT X P WR
DIMM 4B
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
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Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
J P A2
A
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
JK1
C OM2
J P A3
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
IDE 1
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
PXH
S lot4
Floppy
J B T1
S lot5
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
DA 2
J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5 J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
SMB
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
VGA
Fan4
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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 the
hard drive LED cable here to display
disk activity (for any hard drives on
the system, including SAS, Serial ATA
and IDE). See the table on the right
for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
13
+5V
14
HD Active
NIC1/NIC2 LED Indicators
The NIC (Network Interface Controller) LED connection for GLAN port1 is
located on pins 11 and 12 of JF1 and
the LED connection for GLAN Port2
is on Pins 9 and 10. Attach the NIC
LED cables to display network activity.
Refer to the table on the right for pin
definitions.
GLAN1/2 LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Pin#
A. HDD LED
B. NIC1 LED
C. NIC2 LED
B uzzer
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
C P U1
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk 2)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B IOS
C O M1
Fan1
F P C trl
(B a nk 4)
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in AT X P WR
DIMM 4B
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
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Fan3
C P U2
A
B
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
P C I-X 100 MHz
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
JK1
C OM2
J P A3
PXH
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S outh
B ridge
IDE 1
J B T1
DA 2
J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5 J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
C
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
SMB
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan4
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Definition
9/11
Vcc
10/12
Ground
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Overheat/Fan Fail LED (OH)
OH/Fan Fail LED
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Connect an LED to the OH/Fan Fail
connection on pins 7 and 8 of JF1
to provide a warning in the event of
chassis overheating or fan failure.
Refer to the table on the right for pin
definitions.
Pin#
Definition
7
Vcc
8
Ground
OH/Fan Fail Indicator
Status
State
Off
Power Fail LED
Overheat
Flashing
Fan Fail
Pin#
Vcc
6
Ground
B. PWR Supply Fail
B uzzer
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
C P U1
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B IOS
C O M1
Fan1
F P C trl
(B a nk 4)
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in AT X P WR
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
DIMM 4B
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
J P A2
A
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
S lot1
US B 4
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
JK1
C OM2
B
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
J WOR 1
S I/O
A
J P A3
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
IDE 1
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
PXH
S lot4
Floppy
J B T1
S lot5
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
DA 2
J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5 J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
SMB
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
VGA
Fan4
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Definition
5
A. OH/Fan Fail LED
F a n6 F a n5
Normal
On
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.
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Reset Button
The Reset Button connection is located
on pins 3 and 4 of JF1. Attach it to the
hardware reset switch on the computer
case. Refer to the table on the right for
pin definitions.
Reset Button
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Pin#
Definition
3
Reset
4
Ground
Power Button
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.
Power Button
Pin Definitions (JF1)
Pin#
Definition
1
Signal
2
+3V Standby
A. Reset Button
B. PWR Button
B uzzer
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
C P U1
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk 2)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B IOS
C O M1
Fan1
F P C trl
(B a nk 4)
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in AT X P WR
DIMM 4B
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
J P A2
A
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
P C I-X 133 MHz
PXH
US B 4
J WOR 1
S lot1
IDE 1
J P A3
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
S I/O
C OM2
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
PXH
S lot4
Floppy
J B T1
S lot5
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
WOL
US B 2/3
DA 2
JK1
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
320 S C S I
C hannel
A
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
B
B
DA 1
S lot7
VGA
Fan4
2-13
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2-5
ATX Power 24-pin Connector
Pin Definitions
Connecting Cables
ATX Power Connector
There are a 24-pin main power supply connector(JPW1) and an 8-pin
CPU PWR connector (JPW3) on the
motherboard. These power connectors meet the SSI EPS 12V specification. The 4-pin 12V PWR supply is
required to provide adequate power
to the system. See the table on the
right for pin definitions. For the 8-pin
PWR (JPW3), please refer to the item
listed below.
Pin#
Definition
13
+3.3V
Pin #
1
+3.3V
Definition
14
-12V
2
+3.3V
15
COM
3
COM
16
PS_ON
4
+5V
17
COM
5
COM
18
COM
6
+5V
19
COM
7
COM
20
Res (NC)
8
PWR_OK
21
+5V
9
5VSB
22
+5V
10
+12V
23
+5V
11
+12V
24
COM
12
+3.3V
Required Connection
12V 4-pin Power Connector
Pin Definitions
Processor Power Connector
Pins
In addition to the Primary ATX power
connector (above), the 12V 8-pin CPU
PWR connector at JPW3 must also
be connected to your power supply.
See the table on the right for pin
definitions.
Ground
3 and 4
+12V
Required Connection
12V 8-pin Power CPU
Connector
Pin Definitions
Pins
C
GLAN1
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
Fan1
C P U1
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
Fan2
A. 24-pin ATX PWR
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
2)
PW LED SPK
J P1
4)
B. 8-pin Processor PWR
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
DIMM 1B
(B a nk 1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
®
SUPER
1)
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
J P A2
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J P A3
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
A
S lot4
Floppy
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
PXH
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
P C I-X 133 MHz
J B T1
S lot5
C hannel
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
320 S C S I
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
320 S C S I
2-14
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
+12V
B uzzer
(B a nk
B attery
VGA
Ground
5 through 8
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in AT X P WR
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
B
J OH1
US B 0/1
A
Definition
1 through 4
F P C trl
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Definition
1 and 2
Fan4
C. 4-pin PWR
Chapter 2: Installation
Back Panel USB
(USB0/1)
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
There are five USB 2.0 (Universal
Serial Bus) ports/headers on the
motherboard. Two of them are Back
Panel USB ports (USB#0/1:JUSB1),
and the other three are Front Panel
USB headers (USB#2/3:JUSB2,
USB#4: JUSB3). See the tables on
the right for pin definitions.
Front Panel USB
(USB2/3)
Pin#
Definitions
Pin#
Definition
1
+5V
1
Vcc
2
PO-
2
Data-
3
PO+
3
Data+
4
Ground
4
Ground
5
N/A
5
NA
Front Panel USB
(USB4)
Pin#
Definitions
1
+5V
2
PO-
3
PO+
4
Ground
5
Key
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.
2
Ground
B uzzer
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk 1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
F P C trl
Fan1
DIMM 4B
C P U1
Fan2
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
A. Backpanel USB 0-1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in AT X P WR
B IOS
C O M1
Intrusion Input
PW LED SPK
J P1
A
US B 0/1
Definition
1
1)
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Pin#
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
J P A2
P C I-X 133 MHz
C
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
S CS I CTR L
B Adaptec 7902
DA 2
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J P A3
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
A
S lot4
Floppy
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
PXH
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
P C I-X 133 MHz
J B T1
S lot5
C hannel
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
320 S C S I
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
320 S C S I
2-15
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan4
B. Front Panel USB 2-3
C. Front Panel USB 4
D. Chassis Intrusion
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X User's Manual
Fan Headers
3-pin Fan Header
Pin Definitions (Fan1-4)
The X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X has six chassis/system fan headers (Fan1 to Fan6) and two CPU
Fans (Fans 7/8). (*Note: Fan1 to Fan4 are
3-pin fans, and Fan5 to Fan8 are 4-pin fans.
However, Pins 1-3 of 4-pin fan headers are
backward compatible with the traditional 3-pin
fans.) See the table on the right for pin definitions. (*The onboard fan speeds are controlled
by Thermal Management via BIOS Hardware
Monitor in the Advanced Setting. Note: Default:
Disabled.)
Pin#
Definition
1
Ground
2
+12V
3
Tachometer
4-pin Fan Header
Pin Definitions (Fan5-8)
Pin#
Definition
1
Ground
2
+12V
3
Tachometer
4
PWR Modulation
Keylock
Keylock
Pin Definitions
The keyboard lock connection is designated
JK1. Utilizing this header allows you to inhibit
any actions made on the keyboard, effectively
"locking" it.
Keylock R-N
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
C P U1
GLAN1
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
P C I-X 100 MHz
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
J P A2
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J P A3
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
A
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S outh
B ridge
PXH
S lot4
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-16
320 S C S I
G. Fan 7
C
(CPU Fan 1)
H. Fan 8
I. Keylock
P C I-X 133 MHz
J B T1
S lot5
C hannel
Video
Memory
CTR L
F. Fan 6
(CPU Fan 2)
320 S C S I
VGA
E. Fan 5
S G P IO1
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
D. Fan 4
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
C. Fan 3
B
Fan2
DIMM 2A
A. Fan 1
B. Fan 2
Fan1
F P C trl
(B a nk
B attery
VGA
A
B uzzer
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
Ground
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
Definition
1
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Pin#
Fan4
Chapter 2: Installation
ATX PS/2 Keyboard and
PS/2 Mouse Ports
PS/2 Keyboard and
Mouse Port Pin
Definitions
The ATX PS/2 keyboard and the PS/2
mouse are located at JKM1. See the
table on the right for pin definitions.
(The mouse port is above the keyboard port. See the table on the right
for pin definitions.)
Pin#
Definition
1
Data
2
NC
3
Ground
4
VCC
5
Clock
6
NC
Serial Port Pin Definitions
(COM1/COM2)
Serial Ports
Pin #
COM1 is a connector located on the
IO Backpanel and COM2 is a header
located at JCOM2. See the table on
the right for pin definitions.
Definition
Pin #
Definition
1
CD
6
DSR
2
RD
7
RTS
3
TD
8
CTS
4
DTR
9
RI
5
Ground
10
NC
(Pin 10 is available on COM2
only. NC: No Connection.)
B uzzer
(B a nk 4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
C P U1
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B IOS
C O M1
F P C trl
DIMM 4B
Fan1
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
B
US B 0/1
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
A. Keyboard/Mouse
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
A
KB/
Mous e
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
P C I-X 133 MHz
PXH
US B 4
J WOR 1
S lot1
C
IDE 1
J P A3
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
S I/O
C OM2
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
PXH
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
P C I-X 133 MHz
J B T1
S lot5
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
WOL
US B 2/3
DA 2
JK1
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
320 S C S I
2-17
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan4
B. COM1
C. COM2
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X User's Manual
Wake-On-Ring
Wake-On-Ring
Pin Definitions
(JWOR)
The Wake-On-Ring header is designated JWOR1.This feature allows
your computer to be awakened by an
incoming call to the modem when the
system is in the suspend state. See
the table on the right for pin definitions. You must have a Wake-On-Ring
card and a cable to use this feature.
Wake-On-LAN
C O M1
Pin#
Definition
1
+5V Standby
2
Ground
3
Wake-up
A. WOR
B uzzer
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Fan1
F P C trl
DIMM 4B
B IOS
Wake-up
C P U1
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
2
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
Ground
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
Definition
1
Wake-On-LAN
Pin Definitions
(JWOL)
The Wake-On-LAN header is located
at JWOL1 on the motherboard. See
the table on the right for pin definitions. (You must also have a LAN card
with a Wake-On-LAN connector and
cable to use this feature.)
KB/
Mous e
Pin#
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S outh
B ridge
A
US B 4
B
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-18
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan4
B. WOL
Chapter 2: Installation
GLAN 1/2 (Giga-bit Ethernet
Ports)
Two G-bit Ethernet ports are designated JLAN1 and JLAN2 on the IO
backplane. This port accepts RJ45
type cables.
GLAN1
GLAN2
Power LED/Speaker
On the JD1 header, pins 1-3 are for
a power LED and pins 4-7 are for the
speaker. See the table on the right
for speaker pin definitions. Note:
The speaker connector pins are for
use with an external speaker. If you
wish to use the onboard speaker, you
should close pins 6-7 with a jumper.
Internal Speaker
Pins 4-7
External Speaker
8-pin P W R
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Fan1
GLAN1
C P U1
Fan2
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
GLAN2
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
Fan3
C P U2
A
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-19
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
B. PWR LED/Speaker
F P C trl
(B a nk 4)
B attery
VGA
A. GLAN1/2
B uzzer
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
Pins 6-7
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
Definition
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
Pin Setting
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Speaker Connector
Fan4
B
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X User's Manual
Power Fault (PWR Supply
Failure)
PWR Supply Fail LED
Pin Definitions
Connect a cable from your power
supply to the Power Fail (PSF) header
(JP3) to provide a warning in the
event of a power supply failure. This
warning signal is passed through the
PWR_LED pin to indicate of a power
failure on the chassis. See the table
on the right for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
1
PWR 1: Fail
2
PWR 2: Fail
3
PWR 3: Fail
4
Signal: Alarm Reset
Note: This feature is only available when using
Supermicro redundant power supplies.
Alarm Reset
If three power supplies are installed
and Alarm Reset (JAR) is enabled, the
system will notify you when any of the
three power modules fails. Connect
JAR to a micro-switch to enable you
to turn off the alarm that is activated
when a power module fails. See the
table on the right for pin definitions.
Alarm Reset
Pin Setting
Definition
Pin 1
Ground
Pin 2
+5V
A
B uzzer
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
B IOS
C O M1
Fan1
B
F P C trl
DIMM 4B
C P U1
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
A. Power Fault
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in AT X P WR
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
J P A2
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J P A3
ESB2
P C I-X 100 MHz
A
S lot4
Floppy
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
PXH
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
P C I-X 133 MHz
J B T1
S lot5
C hannel
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
320 S C S I
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-20
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan4
B. Alarm Reset
Chapter 2: Installation
Overheat LED/Fan Fail
(JOH1)
Overheat LED
Pin Definitions
The JOH1 header is used to connect
an LED to provide warning of chassis
overheating. This LED will blink to indicate a fan failure. Refer to the table
on right for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
1
5vDC
2
OH Active
OH/Fan Fail LED
State
Message
Solid
Overheat
Blinking
Fan Fail
SMB
SMB Header
Pin Definitions
A System Management Bus header is
located at J18. Connect an appropriate cable here to utilize SMB on your
system.
Ground
3
Clock
4
No Connection
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Fan1
GLAN1
C P U1
Fan2
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
B
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
WOL
US B 2/3
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-21
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
B. SMB
F P C trl
(B a nk
B attery
VGA
A. OH/Fan Fail LED
B uzzer
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
Data
2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
Definition
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Pin#
Fan4
A
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X User's Manual
Power SMB (I2 C) Connector
PWR SMB
Pin Definitions
Power SMB (I2 C) Connector (J17)
monitors the status of PWR Supply,
Fan and system temperature. See the
table on the right for pin definitions.
Pin#
Definition
1
Clock
2
Data
3
PWR Fail
4
Ground
5
+3.3V
VGA Connector
A VGA connector (J15) is located next
to the COM1 port on the IO backplane.
Refer to the board layout below for
the location.
A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
B
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Fan1
F P C trl
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
A. PWR SMB
B uzzer
C P U1
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-22
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan4
B. VGA
Chapter 2: Installation
SGPIO Headers
There are two SGPIO (Serial General
Purpose Input/Output) headers (J29,
J30) located on the motherboard. These
headers support serial link 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.
B uzzer
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk 1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
F P C trl
4)
B IOS
C O M1
Fan1
(B a nk
C P U1
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
DIMM 4B
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
1)
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
B
North B ridge
5000P
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
S lot5
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
A
J B T1
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-23
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan8
Fan4
A. SGPIO1
B. SGPIO2
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X User's Manual
2-6
Jumper Settings
Explanation of
Jumpers
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. Pin 1 is identified with a
square solder pad on the printed circuit
board. See the motherboard layout
pages for jumper locations.
Note: On two pin jumpers, "Closed"
means the jumper is on and "Open"
3
2
1
3
2
1
Pin 1-2 short
means the jumper is off the pins.
GLAN Enable/Disable
GLAN Enable
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.
Disabled
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Fan1
F P C trl
(B a nk
C P U1
Fan2
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
SUPER
®
A. GLAN Port1 Enable
B uzzer
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
2-3
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
Enabled (*default)
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
4-P in
PWR
Definition
1-2
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Pin#
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 133 MHz
AJJ 2827
B P C I-X
PXH
133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-24
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan4
B. GLAN Port2 Enable
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)
JWD allows you to enable the Watch Dog timer.
Watch Dog is used for system monitoring. It can
cause the system to reboot when a software application hangs. Clsoe 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 is hung up. See the table on the
right for jumper settings. Watch Dog must also
be enabled in BIOS. (If enabled in the BIOS, the
user needs to write his/her own program to disable the WD Timer.)
NMI
Open
Disabled
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Fan1
F P C trl
4)
C P U1
Fan2
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
A. Clear CMOS
B uzzer
(B a nk
B IOS
C O M1
Pins 2-3
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
Reset
(*default)
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
DIMM 4B
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
P C I-X 100 MHz
A
B
C hannel
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
A
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-25
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Definition
Pins 1-2
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Jumper Setting
Fan4
B. Watch Dog Enable
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X User's Manual
SCSI Controller Enable/
Disable (*X7DB8-X Only)
SCSI Enable/Disable
Jumper Settings (JPA1)
Jumper Setting
Jumper JPA1 is used to enable or disable
the LSI SCSI controller. The default setting is on pins 1-2 to enable SCSI. See
the table on the right for jumper settings.
Definition
Pins 1-2
Enabled
Pins 2-3
Disabled
SCSI Termination Enable/
Disable (*X7DB8-X Only)
Jumpers JPA2/JPA3 are used to enable
or disable termination for SCSI Channel
A (JPA2) and Channel B (JPA3) connectors. The default setting is open to
enable termination. See the table on the
right for jumper settings.
SCSI Term. Enable/Disable
Jumper Settings
Jumper Setting
Definition
Open
Enabled
Closed
Disabled
*Note: In order for the SCSI drives to
function properly, please do not change
the default setting (enabled) set by the
manufacturer.
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
F P C trl
Fan1
4)
B IOS
C O M1
B uzzer
(B a nk
C P U1
Fan2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
DIMM 4B
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
J P A2
P C I-X 100 MHz
B
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
JK1
C OM2
ESB2
C hannel
S lot4
C
J P A3
PXH
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
P C I-X 100 MHz
A
S lot5
S outh
B ridge
IDE 1
J B T1
DA 2
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
A
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-26
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Fan4
A. SCSI Enable
B. SCSI Channel A Termination Enable
C. SCSI Channel B Termination Enable
Chapter 2: Installation
3rd PWR Supply PWR Fault
Detect (J3P)
3rd PWR Supply PWR Fault
Jumper Settings
Jumper Setting
The system can notify you in the event
of a power supply failure. This feature
available when three power supply units
are installed in the chassis with one acting as a backup. If you only have one
or two power supply units installed, you
should disable this (the default setting)
with J3P to prevent false alarms.
Enabled
Open
Disabled (*Default)
VGA Enable/Disable
VGA Enable/Disable
Jumper Settings (JPG1)
JPG1 allows you to enable or disable the
VGA port. The default position is on pins
1 and 2 to enable VGA. See the table on
the right for jumper settings.
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Enabled
Pins 2-3
Disabled
8-pin P W R
A
C P U1
Fan2
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
A. 3rd PWR Fail
Fan1
F P C trl
4)
B IOS
C O M1
B uzzer
(B a nk
Definition
Pins 1-2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
DIMM 4B
Both Jumpers
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
B
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-27
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Definition
Closed
Fan4
B. VGA Enabled
X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X User's Manual
I2C Bus to PCI-X/PCI-Exp.
Slots
I2C to PCI-S/PCI/Exp
Jumper Settings
Jumper Setting
Jumpers J27, J28 allow you to connect
the System Management Bus
(I2C) to PCI-X slots. The default setting
is "Open" to disable the connection.
See the table on the right for jumper
settings.
4-P in
PWR
Disabled (*Default)
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Fan1
F P C trl
(B a nk
C P U1
Fan2
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
A. SMBus to PCI slots
B uzzer
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
Open
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
Enabled
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
A
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-28
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Definition
Closed
Fan4
Chapter 2: Installation
Onboard Indicators
GLAN LEDs
Link LED (Green,
Activity LED
Amber, Off)
(Yellow)
(Rear View:When viewing from
the back of the system)
There are two GLAN ports on the
motherboard. Each Gigabit Ethernet LAN port has two LEDs. The yellow Activity LED indicates activity,
while the Link LED may be green,
amber or off to indicate the speed
of the connection. See the tables at
right for more information.
Definition
Flashing
Active
GLAN Link Indicator
LED Color
Definition
Off
No Connection or 10 Mbps
Green
100 Mbps
Amber
1 Gbps
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
Fan1
C P U1
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
Fan2
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
GLAN2
®
S
AUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
Fan3
C P U2
B
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
P C I-X 100 MHz
A
S lot4
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
CJ K 1
C OM2
IDE 1
S lot5
Floppy
J B T1
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
C hannel
Video
Memory
CTR L
320 S C S I
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-29
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
A. GLAN Port1 LEDs
B uzzer
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
Status
Yellow
F P C trl
US B 0/1
Color
PW LED SPK
J P1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
KB/
Mous e
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J OH1
2-7
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Onboard SCSI Activity LED
Indicators (*X7DB8-X only)
There are two Onboard SCSI Activity LED
indicators on the X7DB8-X. DA1 indicates
the activity status of SCSI Channel A, and
DA2 indicates the activity status of SCSI
Channel B.
Onboard Power LED
There is an Onboard Power LED located
on the motherboard. When this LED is lit,
the system is on. Be sure to turn off the
system and unplug the power cord before
removing or installing components. See
the layout below for the LED location.
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
Fan1
C P U1
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
Fan2
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
PW LED SPK
J P1
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
B uzzer
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
B attery
VGA
GLAN1
®
SUPER
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
J OH1
US B 0/1
A. SCSI Channel A Activ-
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
F P C trl
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
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ity LED
B. SCSI Channel B Activity LED
C. Onboard PWR LED
C
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
Fan8
North B ridge
5000P
S lot5
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
P C I-X 133 MHz
PXH
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
WOL
US B 2/3
DA 2
B
C OM2
IDE 1
J B T1
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
JK1
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-30
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
Floppy
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
S G P IO2
S IMLP IPMI
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
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Floppy Drive, Hard Disk Drive, SIMLP IPMI
and SCSI Connections
Note the following when connecting the floppy and hard disk drive cables:
• The floppy disk drive cable has seven twisted wires.
•
A red mark on a wire typically designates the location of pin 1.
• A single floppy disk drive ribbon cable has 34 wires and two connectors to provide
for two floppy disk drives. The connector with twisted wires always connects to
drive A, and the connector that does not have twisted wires always connects to
drive B.
Floppy Drive Connector
Pin Definitions (Floppy)
Floppy Connector
The floppy connector is located at
J22. See the table below for pin
definitions.
GLAN1
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
DIMM 2B
(B a nk 2)
3
Ground
4
Reserved
5
Key
6
FDEDIN
7
Ground
8
Index
9
Ground
10
Motor Enable
11
Ground
12
Drive Select B
13
Ground
14
Drive Select B
15
Ground
16
Motor Enable
17
Ground
18
DIR
C P U1
Ground
20
STEP
21
Ground
22
Write Data
23
Ground
24
Write Gate
25
Ground
26
Track 00
27
Ground
28
Write Protect
29
Ground
30
Read Data
31
Ground
32
Side 1 Select
33
Ground
34
Diskette
Fan2
3)
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
(B a nk 1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
2)
1)
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
Fan3
C P U2
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
J B T1
S lot5
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
JK1
C OM2
J P A3
PXH
S lot4
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
S G P IO1
P C I-X 133 MHz
DA 2
J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5 J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
S G P IO2
Fan8
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
DA 1
S lot7
VGA
A
IDE 1
5000P
Floppy
GLAN2
North B ridge
SMB
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
Fan4
2-31
Definition
19
Fan1
4)
DIMM 1B
®
SUPER
FDHDIN
F P C trl
(B a nk 4)
B attery
VGA
Pin #
B uzzer
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
2
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
Ground
8-pin P W R
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
Definition
1
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
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IDE Connector
IDE Drive Connectors
Pin Definitions
There is one IDE Connector (JIDE1)
on the motherboard. See the table on
the right for pin definitions.
SIMLP IPMI Slot
There is a SIM Low Profile IPMI Slot
on the motherboard. Refer to the layout below for the IPMI Slot location.
2
Ground
3
Host Data 7
4
Host Data 8
5
Host Data 6
6
Host Data 9
7
Host Data 5
8
Host Data 10
9
Host Data 4
10
Host Data 11
Pin #
Host Data 3
12
Host Data 12
13
Host Data 2
14
Host Data 13
15
Host Data 1
16
Host Data 14
17
Host Data 0
18
Host Data 15
19
Ground
20
Key
21
DRQ3
22
Ground
23
I/O Write
24
Ground
25
I/O Read
26
Ground
27
IOCHRDY
28
BALE
29
DACK3
30
Ground
31
IRQ14
32
IOCS16
33
Addr1
34
Ground
35
Addr0
36
Addr2
37
Chip Select 0
38
Chip Select 1
39
Activity
40
Ground
GLAN1
DIMM 4A
(B a nk
4)
DIMM 3B
(B a nk 3)
DIMM 3A
(B a nk
3)
DIMM 2B
(B a nk
2)
B. SIMLP IPMI
Fan1
F P C trl
4)
C P U1
Fan2
DIMM 2A
(B a nk
2)
DIMM 1B
(B a nk
1)
DIMM 1A
(B a nk
1)
®
SUPER
A. IDE
8-pin P W R
B uzzer
(B a nk
B attery
VGA
LE1
X7DB8/E-X
Fan3
C P U2
GLAN2
B
S G P IO2
S G P IO1
S outh
B ridge
P C I-X 100 MHz
J P A3
PXH
J PL1
J PL2
S lot2
ESB2
J P A2
A
P C I-X 100 MHz
C hannel
S lot4
P C I-X 133 MHz
J 28
J 27
PXH
P C I-X 133 MHz
US B 4
J WOR 1
S I/O
S lot1
WOL
US B 2/3
P C I-X 100 MHz (ZC R -X 7DB 8 only )
DA 2
S CS I CTR L
Adaptec 7902
JK1
C OM2
IDE 1
S lot5
Floppy
P C I-X 133 MHz
J B T1
J WD
S lot3
LAN
C TR L
5000P
320 S C S I
Video
Memory
CTR L
North B ridge
S IMLP IPMI
J PG1
S lot6
VGA
Fan8
SMB J L 1 S A T A 4 S A T A 5
J P A1
S ATA0 S ATA1 S ATA2 S ATA3
2-32
320 S C S I
C hannel
B
DA 1
S lot7
Definition
11
F a n7 S MB PS PSF
J 3P
J AR
24-P in A T X P WR
DIMM 4B
B IOS
C O M1
Reset IDE
PW LED SPK
J P1
US B 0/1
Definition
1
J OH1
4-P in
PWR
F a n6 F a n5
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Ultra320 SCSI Drive Connector
Pin Definitions
Ultra 320 SCSI
Connectors
(*X7DB8-X only)
There are two SCSI connectors
on the motherboard. SCSI
Channel A is located at JA1,
and SCSI Channel B is located
at JA2. Refer to the table
below for the pin definitions of
the Ultra 320 SCSI connectors
located at JA1 and JA2.
A. SCSI Channel A
B. SCSI Channel B
S UPER
®
Pin#
Definition
Pin #
Definition
1
+DB (12)
35
-DB (12)
2
+DB (13)
36
-DB (13)
3
+DB (14)
37
-DB (14)
4
+DB (15)
38
-DB (15)
5
+DB (P1)
39
-DB (P1)
6
+DB (0)
40
-DB (0)
7
+DB (1)
41
-DB (1)
8
+DB (2)
42
-DB (2)
9
+DB (3)
43
-DB (3)
10
+DB (4)
44
-DB (4)
11
+DB (5)
45
-DB (5)
12
+DB (6)
46
-DB (6)
13
+DB (7)
47
-DB (7)
14
+DB (P)
48
-DB (P)
15
Ground
49
Ground
16
DIFFSENS
50
Ground
17
TERMPWR
51
TERMPWR
18
TERMPWR
52
TERMPWR
19
Reserved
53
Reserved
20
Ground
54
Ground
21
+ATN
55
-ATN
22
Ground
56
Ground
23
+BSY
57
-BSY
24
+ACK
58
-ACK
25
+RST
59
-RST
26
+MSG
60
-MSG
27
+SEL
61
-SEL
28
+C/D
62
-C/D
29
+REQ
63
-REQ
30
+I/O
64
-I/O
31
+DB (8)
65
-DB (8)
32
+DB (9)
66
-DB (9)
33
+DB (10)
67
-DB (10)
34
+DB (11)
68
-DB (11)
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A
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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 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 one CPU (making sure it is fully seated) and connect the chassis speaker
and the power LED to the motherboard. (Check all jumper settings as well.)
5. Use only the correct type of CMOS onboard battery as recommended by the
Manufacturer. Do not install the onboard battery upside down to avoid possible explosion.
No Power
1. Make sure no short circuits between the motherboard and the chassis.
2. Verify 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.
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
for details on beep codes.
Losing the System’s Setup Configuration
1. Ensure 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.
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NOTE
If you are a system integrator, VAR or OEM, a POST diagnostics
card is recommended. For I/O port 80h codes, refer to App. B.
Memory Errors
1. Make sure the DIMM modules are properly and fully installed.
2. Determine if different speeds of DIMMs have been installed and verify that 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 DDR2 Fully Buffered (FBD) ECC
533/667 SDRAM (*recommended by the manufacturer.)
4. Check for bad DIMM modules or slots by swapping a single module between
four slots and noting the results.
5. Make sure all memory modules are fully seated in their slots. As an interleaved
memory scheme is used, you must install two modules at a time, beginning
with Bank 1, then Bank 2, and so on (see Section 2-3).
6. Check the position of the 115V/230V switch on the power supply.
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Technical Support Procedures
Before contacting Technical Support, please take the following steps. Also, note
that as a motherboard manufacturer, Super Micro does not sell directly to end-users, 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/.
Note: Not all BIOS can be flashed depending on the modifications to the boot
block code.
3. If you still cannot resolve the problem, include the following information when
contacting Super Micro 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
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An example of a Technical Support form is on our web site at
http://www.supermicro.com/support/contact.cfm/.
4. 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What are the various types of memory that my motherboard can
support?
Answer: The X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X has eight 240-pin DIMM slots that support DDR2
FBD ECC 533/667 SDRAM modules. It is strongly recommended that you do not
mix memory modules of different speeds and sizes. (See Chapter 2 for detailed
Information.)
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 device or
a USB pen. Run the batch file using the format flash.bat filename.rom from your
bootable device or USB pen to flash the BIOS. Then, your system will automatically reboot. If you choose the .exe file, please run the .exe file under Windows to
create the BIOS flash floppy disk. Insert the floppy disk into the system you wish
to flash the BIOS. Then, bootup the system to the floppy disk. The BIOS utility will
automatically flash the BIOS without any prompts. 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 BIOS to
prevent possible system boot failure!)
Question: What's on the CD that came with my motherboard?
Answer: The supplied compact disc has quite a few drivers and programs that will
greatly enhance your system. We recommend that you review the CD and install the
applications you need. Applications on the CD include chipset drivers for Windows
and security and audio drivers.
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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.
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
Chapter 4
BIOS
4-1 Introduction
This chapter describes the Phoenix BIOS™ Setup utility for the X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X.
The Phoenix ROM BIOS is stored in a flash chip and can be easily upgraded using
a floppy disk-based program.
Note: Due to periodic changes to the BIOS, some settings may have been added or
deleted and might not yet be recorded in this manual. Please refer to the Manual
Download area of the Supermicro web site <http://www.supermicro.com> for any
changes to the BIOS that may not be reflected in this manual.
System BIOS
The BIOS is the Basic Input Output System used in all IBM® PC, XT™, AT®, and
PS/2® compatible computers. The Phoenix BIOS stores the system parameters,
types of disk drives, video displays, etc. in the CMOS. The CMOS memory requires
very little electrical power. When the computer is turned off, a backup battery provides power to the CMOS Logic, enabling it to retain system parameters. When the
computer is powered on, the computer is configured with the values stored in the
CMOS Logic by the system BIOS, which gains control at boot up.
How To Change the Configuration Data
The CMOS information that determines the system parameters may be changed by
entering the BIOS Setup utility. This Setup utility can be accessed by pressing the
<Delete> key at the appropriate time during system boot. (See below.)
Starting the Setup Utility
Normally, the only visible POST (Power On Self Test) routine is the memory test. As
the memory is being tested, press the <Delete> key to enter the main menu of the
BIOS Setup utility. From the main menu, you can access the other setup screens,
such as the Security and Power menus. Beginning with Section 4-3, detailed descriptions are given for each parameter setting in the Setup utility.
Warning: Do not shut down or reset the system while updating BIOS
to prevent possible boot failure.
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Running Setup
*Default settings are in bold text unless otherwise noted.
The BIOS setup options described in this section are selected by choosing
the appropriate text from the main BIOS Setup screen. All displayed text is
described in this section, although the screen display is often all you need to
understand how to set the options (see next page).
When you first power on the computer, the Phoenix BIOS™ is immediately activated.
While the BIOS is in control, the Setup program can be activated in one of two
ways:
1.
By pressing <Delete> immediately after turning the system on, or
2. When the message shown below appears briefly at the bottom of the screen
during the POST (Power On Self-Test), press the <Delete> key to activate the
main Setup menu:
Press the <Delete> key to enter Setup
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Main BIOS Setup
All main Setup options are described in this section. The main BIOS Setup screen
is displayed below.
Use the Up/Down arrow keys to move among the different settings in each menu.
Use the Left/Right arrow keys to change the options for each setting.
Press the <Esc> key to exit the CMOS Setup Menu. The next section describes in
detail how to navigate through the menus.
Items that use submenus are indicated with the press the <Enter> key to access the submenu.
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icon. With the item highlighted,
Chapter 4: BIOS
Main BIOS Setup Menu
Main Setup Features
System Time
To set the system date and time, key in the correct information in the appropriate
fields. Then press the <Enter> key to save the data.
System Date
Using the arrow keys, highlight the month, day and year fields, and enter the correct
data. Press the <Enter> key to save the data.
BIOS Date
This field displays the date when this version of BIOS was built.
Legacy Diskette A
This setting allows the user to set the type of floppy disk drive installed as diskette A.
The options are Disabled, 360Kb 5.25 in, 1.2MB 5.25 in, 720Kb 3.5 in, 1.44/1.25MB,
3.5 in and 2.88MB 3.5 in.
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IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave, IDE Channel 1 Master/Slave, SATA
Port2 and SATA Port3
These settings allow the user to set the parameters of IDE Channel 0 Master/
Slave, IDE Channel 1 Master/Slave, IDE Channel 2 Master, IDE Channel 3
Master slots. Hit <Enter> to activate the following sub-menu screen for detailed
options of these items. Set the correct configurations accordingly. The items
included in the sub-menu are:
Type
This item allows the user to select the type of IDE hard drive. The option "User"
will allow the user to enter the parameters of the HDD installed at this connection.
The option "Auto" will allow the BIOS to automatically configure the parameters
of the HDD installed at the connection. Choose the option 1-39 to select a
predetermined HDD type. Select CDROM if a CDROM drive is installed. Select
ATAPI if a removable disk drive is installed.
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Chapter 4: BIOS
CHS Format
The following items will be displayed by the BIOS:
TYPE: This item displays the type of IDE or SATA Device.
Cylinders: This item indicates the status of Cylinders.
Headers: This item indicates the number of headers.
Sectors: This item displays the number of sectors.
Maximum Capacity: This item displays the maximum storage capacity of the
system.
LBA Format
The following items will be displayed by the BIOS:
Total Sectors: This item displays the number of total sectors available in the
LBA Format.
Maximum Capacity: This item displays the maximum capacity in the LBA
Format.
Multi-Sector Transfers
This item allows the user to specify the number of sectors per block to be
used in multi-sector transfer. The options are Disabled, 4 Sectors, 8 Sectors,
and 16 Sectors.
LBA Mode Control
This item determines whether the Phoenix BIOS will access the IDE Channel 0
Master Device via the LBA mode. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
32 Bit I/O
This option allows the user to enable or disable the function of 32-bit data transfer.
The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Transfer Mode
This option allows the user to set the transfer mode. The options are Standard,
Fast PIO1, Fast PIO2, Fast PIO3, Fast PIO4, FPIO3/DMA1 and FPIO4/DMA2.
Ultra DMA Mode
This option allows the user to select Ultra DMA Mode. The options are Disabled,
Mode 0, Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 3, Mode 4, and Mode 5.
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Parallel ATA
This setting allows the user to enable or disable the function of Parallel ATA. The
options are Disabled, Channel 0, Channel 1, and Both.
Serial ATA
This setting allows the user to enable or disable the function of Serial ATA. The
options are Disabled and Enabled.
Native Mode Operation
Select the native mode for ATA. The options are: Parallel ATA, Serial ATA,
Both, and Auto.
SATA Controller Mode
Select Compatible to allow the SATA and PATA drives to be automatically-detected
and be placed in the Legacy Mode by the BIOS. Select Enhanced to allow the
SATA and PATA drives to be to be automatically-detected and be placed in the
Native IDE Mode. (*Note: The Enhanced mode is supported by the Windows
2000 OS or a later version.)
When the SATA Controller Mode is set to "Enhanced", the following items will
display:
Serial ATA (SATA) RAID Enable
Select Enable to enable Serial ATA RAID Functions. (*For the Windows OS
environment, use the RAID driver if this feature is set to Enabled. When this item
is set to Enabled, the item: "ICH RAID Code Base" will be available for you to
select either Intel or Adaptec Host RAID firmware to be activated. If this item is
set to Disabled, the item-SATA AHCI Enable will be available.) The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
ICH RAID Code Base
Select Intel to enable Intel's SATA RAID firmware. Select Adaptec to use Adaptec's
HostRAID firmware. The options are Intel and Adaptec.
SATA AHCI
Select Enable to enable the function of Serial ATA Advanced Host Interface. (*Take
caution when using this function. This feature is for advanced programmers only.
The options are Enabled and Disabled.)
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System Memory
This display informs you how much system memory is recognized as being present
in the system.
Extended Memory
This display informs you how much extended memory is recognized as being
present in the system.
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Advanced Setup
Choose Advanced from the Phoenix BIOS Setup Utility main menu with the arrow keys.
You should see the following display. The items with a triangle beside them have sub
menus that can be accessed by highlighting the item and pressing <Enter>.
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Boot Features
Access the submenu to make changes to the following settings.
QuickBoot Mode
If enabled, this feature will speed up the POST (Power On Self Test) routine by
skipping certain tests after the computer is turned on. The settings are Enabled
and Disabled. If Disabled, the POST routine will run at normal speed.
QuietBoot Mode
This setting allows you to Enable or Disable the graphic logo screen during
boot-up.
POST Errors
Set to Enabled to display POST Error Messages if an error occurs during bootup.
If set to Disabled, the system will continue to boot without displaying any error
message even when a boot error occurs.
ACPI Mode
Use the setting to determine if you want to employ ACPI (Advanced Configuration
and Power Interface) power management on your system. The options are
Yes and No.
Power Button Behavior
If set to Instant-Off, the system will power off immediately as soon as the user
hits the power button. If set to 4-sec., the system will power off when the user
presses the power button for 4 seconds or longer. The options are instant-off
and 4-sec override.
Resume On Modem Ring
Select On to “wake your system up” when an incoming call is received by
your modem. The options are On and Off.
Power Loss Control
This setting allows you to choose how the system will react when power returns
after an unexpected loss of power. The options are Stay Off, Power On, and
Last State.
Watch Dog
If enabled, this option will automatically reset the system if the system is not
active for more than 5 minutes. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Summary Screen
This setting allows you to Enable or Disable the summary screen which displays
the system configuration during bootup.
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Memory Cache
Cache System BIOS Area
This setting allows you to designate a reserve area in the system memory to be
used as a System BIOS buffer to allow the BIOS to write (cache) its data into this
reserved memory area. Select Write Protect to enable this function, and this
area will be reserved for BIOS ROM access only. Select Uncached to disable this
function and make this area available for other devices.
Cache Video BIOS Area
This setting allows you to designate a reserve area in the system memory to be
used as a Video BIOS buffer to allow the BIOS to write (cache) its data into this
reserved memory area. Select Write Protect to enable the function and this area
will be reserved for Video BIOS ROM access only. Select Uncached to disable this
function and make this area available for other devices.
Cache Base 0-512K
If enabled, this feature will allow the data stored in the base memory area: block
0-512K to be cached (written) into a buffer, a storage area in the Static DROM
(SDROM) or to be written into L1, L2 cache inside the CPU to speed up CPU
operations. Select Uncached to disable this function. Select Write Through to allow
data to be cached into the buffer and written into the system memory at the
same time. Select Write Protect to prevent data from being written into the base
memory area of Block 0-512K. Select Write Back to allow the CPU to write data
back directly from the buffer without writing data to the System Memory for fast
CPU data processing and operation. The options are Uncached, Write Through,
Write Protect, and Write Back.
Cache Base 512K-640K
If enabled, this feature will allow the data stored in the memory area: 512K-640K
to be cached (written) into a buffer, a storage area in the Static DROM (SDROM)
or written into L1, L2, L3 cache inside the CPU to speed up CPU operations.
Select Uncached to disable this function. Select Write Through to allow data to
be cached into the buffer and written into the system memory at the same time.
Select Write Protect to prevent data from being written into the base memory
area of Block 512-640K. Select Write Back to allow the CPU to write data back
directly from the buffer without writing data to the System Memory for fast CPU
data processing and operation. The options are Uncached, Write Through, Write
Protect, and Write Back.
Cache Extended Memory
If enabled, this feature will allow the data stored in the extended memory area to
be cached (written) into a buffer, a storage area in the Static DROM (SDROM)
or written into L1, L2, L3 cache inside the CPU to speed up CPU operations.
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Select Uncached to disable this function. Select Write Through to allow data
to be cached into the buffer and written into the system memory at the same
time. Select Write Protect to prevent data from being written into the extended
memory area above 1 MB. Select Write Back to allow the CPU to write data back
directly from the buffer without writing data to the System Memory for fast CPU
data processing and operation. The options are Uncached, Write Through, Write
Protect, and Write Back.
Discrete MTRR Allocation
If enabled, MTRRs (-Memory Type Range Registers) are configured as distinct,
separate units and cannot be overlapped. If enabled, the user can achieve better
graphic effects when using a Linux graphic driver that requires the write-combining
configuration with 4GB or more memory. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
PCI Configuration
Access the submenu to make changes to the following settings for PCI devices.
Onboard GLAN1/Onboard GLAN2 (Gigabit- LAN) OPROM Configure
Enabling this option provides the capability to boot from GLAN. The options are
Disabled and Enabled.
Onboard SCSI OPROM Configure
Enabling this option provides the capitally to boot from SCSI HDD. The options
are Disabled and Enabled.
PCI Parity Error Forwarding
The feature allows SERR and PERR errors detected in PCI slots to be sent
(forwarded) to the BIOS DMI Event Log for the user to review. The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
Reset Configuration Data
If set to Yes, this setting clears the Extended System Configuration Data- (ESCD)
area. The options are Yes and No.
Frequency for PCI-X#4-#5, PCI-X#6, PCI-X#3, PCI-X#1 and PCI-X#2
This option allows the user to change the bus frequency for the devices installed
in the slot indicated. The options are Auto, PCI 33 MHz, PCI 66 MHz, PCI-X 66
MHz, PCI-X 100 MHz, and PCI-X 133 MHz.
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Slot1 PCI-X 100 MHz ZCR, Slot2 PCI-X 133MHz, Slot3 PCI-X
133MHz, Slot4 PCI-X 100 MHz, Slot5 PCI-X 100 MHz, and Slot6 PCI-X
133MHz
Access the submenu for each of the settings above to make changes to the
following:
Option ROM Scan
When enabled, this setting will initialize the device expansion ROM. The options
are Enabled and Disabled.
Enable Master
This setting allows you to enable the selected device as the PCI bus master.
The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Latency Timer
This setting allows you to set the clock rate for Bus Master. A high-priority, highthroughout device may benefit from a greater clock rate. The options are Default,
0020h, 0040h, 0060h, 0080h, 00A0h, 00C0h, and 00E0h. For Unix, Novell and
other Operating Systems, please select the option: other. If a drive fails after
the installation of a new software, you might want to change this setting and
try again. A different OS requires a different Bus Master clock rate.
Large Disk Access Mode
This setting determines how large hard drives are to be accessed. The options are
DOS or Other (for Unix, Novelle NetWare and other operating systems).
Advanced Chipset Control
Access the submenu to make changes to the following settings.
*Warning: Take Caution when changing the Advanced settings. Incorrect
values entered may cause system malfunction. Also, a very high DRAM
frequency or incorrect DRAM timing may cause system instability. When this
occurs, revert to the default setting.
SERR Signal Condition
This setting specifies the ECC Error conditions that an SERR# is to be asserted.
The options are None, Single Bit, Multiple Bit, and Both.
4GB PCI Hole Granularity
This feature allows you to select the granularity of PCI hole for PCI slots. If MTRRs
are not enough, this option may be used to reduce MTRR occupation. The options
are: 256 MB, 512 MB, 1GB and 2GB.
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Memory Branch Mode
This option determines how the two memory branches operate. System address
space can either be interleaved between the two branches or Sequential from one
branch to another. Mirror mode allows data correction by maintaining two copies
of data in two branches. Single Channel 0 allows a single DIMM population during
system manufacturing. The options are Interleave, Sequential, Mirroring, and
Single Channel 0.
Branch 0/1 Rank Interleave
Select enable to enable the Interleave feature for Branch 0 Rank/Branch1 Rank.
The options are 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4.
Branch 0/Branch 1 Rank Sparing
Select enable to enable the sparing feature for Branch 0 Rank/Branch 1 Rank. The
options are Enabled and Disabled.
Enhanced x8 Detection
Select Enabled to enable Enhanced x8 DRAM UC Error Detection. The options
are Disabled and Enabled.
Crystal Beach Features
This feature cooperates with 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. For the X7DB8-X/E,
the TOE device is built inside the ESB 2 South Bridge chip.) The options are
Enabled and Disabled.
Route Port 80h Cycles to
This feature allows the user to decide which bus to send debug information to. The
options are Disabled, PCI and LPC.
Clock Spectrum Feature
If Enabled, the BIOS will monitor the level of Electromagnetic Interference caused
by the components and will attempt to decrease the interference whenever needed.
The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Enabling Multi-Media Timer
Select Yes to activate a set of timers that are alternative to the traditional 8254
timers for the OS use. The options are Yes and No.
USB Function
Select Enabled to enable the function of USB devices specified. The settings are
Enabled and Disabled.
Legacy USB Support
This setting allows you to enable support for Legacy USB devices. The settings
are Enabled and Disabled.
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Advanced Processor Options
Access the submenu to make changes to the following settings.
CPU Speed
This is a display that indicates the speed of the installed processor.
Frequency Ratio (*Available when supported by the CPU.)
The feature allows the user to set the internal frequency multiplier for the CPU.
The options are: Default, x12, x13, x14, x15, x16, x17 and x18.
Hyper-threading (*Available when supported by the CPU.)
Set to Enabled to use the Hyper-Threading Technology, which will result in increased
CPU performance. The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Core-Multi-Processing (*Available when supported by the CPU.)
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 Disabled and Enabled.
Machine Checking (*Available when supported by the CPU.)
Set to Enabled to activate the function of Machine Checking and allow the CPU to
detect and report hardware (machine) errors via a set of model-specific registers
(MSRs). The options are Disabled and Enabled.
Thermal Management 2 (*Available when supported by the CPU.)
Set to Enabled to use Thermal Management 2 (TM2) which will lower CPU voltage
and frequency when the CPU temperature reaches a predefined overheat threshold.
Set to Disabled to use Thermal Manager 1 (TM1), allowing CPU clocking to be
regulated via CPU Internal Clock modulation when the CPU temperature reaches
the overheat threshold.
C1 Enhanced Mode (*Available when supported by the CPU.)
Set to Enabled to enable Enhanced Halt State to lower CPU voltage/frequency to
prevent overheat. The options are Enabled and Disabled. (*Note: please refer
to Intel’s web site for detailed information.)
Execute Mode Memory Protection (*Available when supported by the
CPU and the OS.)
Set to Enabled to enable Execute Disable Bit and allow the processor to classify
areas in memory where an application code can execute and where it cannot, and
thus preventing a worm or a virus from inserting and creating a flood of codes to
overwhelm the processor or damage the system during an attack.
(*Note: this feature is available when your OS and your CPU support the function
of Execute Disable Bit.) The options are Disabled and Enabled. (Note: For more
information regarding hardware/software support for this function, please refer to
Intel's and Microsoft's web sites.)
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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. The options
are Disabled and Enabled.
Hardware Prefetch (*Available when supported by the CPU.)
Set to this option to enabled to enable the hardware components that are used in
conjunction with software programs to prefetch data in order to shorten execution
cycles and maximize data processing efficiency. The options are Disabled and
Enabled.
Intel <R> 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, creating
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.
Intel EIST Support (*Available when supported by the CPU.)
Select Enabled to use the Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology and allows the
system to automatically adjust processor voltage and core frequency in an effort
to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation. The options are Enabled and
Disabled. Please refer to Intel’s web site for detailed information.
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I/O Device Configuration
Access the submenu to make changes to the following settings.
KBC Clock Input
This setting allows you to select clock frequency for KBC. The options are 6MHz,
8MHz, 12MHz, and 16MHz.
Serial Port A
This setting allows you to assign control of serial port A. The options are Enabled
(user defined), Disabled, and Auto (BIOS- or OS- controlled).
Base I/O Address
This setting allows you to select the base I/O address for serial port A. The options
are 3F8, 2F8, 3E8, and 2E8.
Interrupt
This setting allows you to select the IRQ (interrupt request) for serial port A. The
options are IRQ3 and IRQ4.
Serial Port B
This setting allows you to assign control of serial port B. The options are Enabled
(user defined), Disabled, Auto (BIOS controlled) and OS Controlled.
Mode
This setting allows you to set the type of device that will be connected to serial
port B. The options are Normal and IR (for an infrared device).
Base I/O Address
This setting allows you to select the base I/O address for serial port B. The
options are 3F8, 2F8, 3E8 and 2E8.
Interrupt
This setting allows you to select the IRQ (interrupt request) for serial port B. The
options are IRQ3 and IRQ4.
Floppy Disk Controller
This setting allows you to assign control of the floppy disk controller. The options
are Enabled (user defined), Disabled, and Auto (BIOS and OS controlled).
Base I/O Address
This setting allows you to select the base I/O address for the Floppy port. The
options are Primary and Secondary.
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DMI Event Logging
Access the submenu to make changes to the following settings.
Event Log Validity
This is a display to inform you of the event log validity. It is not a setting.
Event Log Capacity
This is a display to inform you of the event log capacity. It is not a setting.
View DMI Event Log
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to view the contents of the event log.
Event Logging
This setting allows you to Enable or Disable event logging.
ECC Event Logging
This setting allows you to Enable or Disable ECC event logging.
Mark DMI Events as Read
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to mark the DMI events as read.
Clear All DMI Event Logs
Select Yes and press <Enter> to clear all DMI event logs. The options are Yes
and No.
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Console Redirection
Access the submenu to make changes to the following settings.
COM Port Address
This item allows you to specify which COM port you want to redirect the console
to: Onboard COM A or Onboard COM B. This setting can also be Disabled.
BAUD Rate
This item allows you to set the BAUD rate for console redirection. The options
are 300, 1200, 2400, 9600, 19.2K, 38.4K, 57.6K, and 115.2K.
Console Type
This item allows you to select the console type for console redirection. The options
are VT100, VT100,8bit, PC-ANSI, 7bit, PC ANSI, VT100+, and VT-UTF8.
Flow Control
This item allows you to set the flow control for console redirection. The options
are: None, XON/XOFF, and CTS/RTS.
Console Connection
This item allows you to decide how the console is to be connected: either Direct
or Via Modem.
Continue CR after POST
This item allows you to decide if you want to continue with console redirection
after the POST routine. The options are On and Off.
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Hardware Monitoring
*Note: The Phoenix BIOS will automatically detect the type of CPU(s) and hardware
monitoring chip used on the motherboard and will display the Hardware Monitoring
Screen accordingly. Your Hardware Monitoring Screen may look like the one shown
on this page, on P. 4-19, or on P. 4-20, depending on the type of CPU(s) and HW
Monitoring chip you are using.
CPU Temperature Threshold
This option allows the user to set a CPU temperature threshold that will activate the
alarm system when the CPU temperature reaches this pre-set temperature threshold.
The options are 70oC, 75oC, 80oC and 85oC. (*See the note below.)
Highlight this and hit <Enter> to see monitor data for the following items:
CPU1 Temperature/CPU1 Second Core
CPU2 Temperature/CPU2 Second Core
System Temperature
Fan1-Fan8 Speeds: If the feature of Auto Fan Control is enabled, the BIOS will
automatically display the status of the fans indicated in this item.
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, and vice versa.
If the option is set to “3-pin fan”, the fan speed is controlled by voltage. If the option is set to “4-pin”, the fan speed will be controlled by Pulse Width Modulation
(PWM). Select “3-pin” if your chassis came with 3-pin fan headers. Select “4-pin”
if your chassis came with 4-pin fan headers. Select “Workstation” if your system is
used as a Workstation. Select “Server” if your system is used as a Server. Select
“Disable” to disable the fan speed control function to allow the onboard fans to
constantly run at full speed (12V). The Options are: 1. Disable, 2. 3-pin (Server),
3. 3-pin (Workstation), 4. 4-pin (Server) and 5. 4-pin (Workstation).
Voltage Monitoring
The following items will be monitored and displayed:
P12V_VR0/P12V_VR1/FSB VTT/PXH Vcore/ES2B Vcore/CPU1Vcore/CPU2Vcore/
P3V3
*Note: 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 the 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 the BIOS.
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Hardware Monitoring (*See the Note on Page 4-18.)
CPU Temperature Threshold
This option allows the user to set a CPU temperature threshold that will activate the
alarm system when the CPU temperature reaches this pre-set temperature threshold.
The options are 70oC, 75oC, 80oC and 85oC. (*See the note below.)
Highlight this and hit <Enter> to see monitor data for the following items:
CPU1 Temperature/CPU1 Second Core
CPU2 Temperature/CPU2 Second Core
System Temperature
Fan1-Fan8 Speeds: If the feature of Auto Fan Control is enabled, the BIOS will
automatically display the status of the fans indicated in this item.
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, and vice versa.
If the option is set to “3-pin fan”, the fan speed is controlled by voltage. If the option is set to “4-pin”, the fan speed will be controlled by Pulse Width Modulation
(PWM). Select “3-pin” if your chassis came with 3-pin fan headers. Select “4-pin”
if your chassis came with 4-pin fan headers. Select “Workstation” if your system is
used as a Workstation. Select “Server” if your system is used as a Server. Select
“Disable” to disable the fan speed control function to allow the onboard fans to
constantly run at full speed (12V). The Options are: 1. Disable, 2. 3-pin (Server),
3. 3-pin (Workstation), 4. 4-pin (Server) and 5. 4-pin (Workstation).
Voltage Monitoring
The following items will be monitored and displayed:
Vcore A/Vcore B
-12V/+12V
P1V5
+3.3V
5Vsb/5VDD
P_VTT
Vbat
*Note: 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 the 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 the BIOS.
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Hardware Monitoring (*See the Note on Page 4-18.)
CPU Temperature Threshold
This option allows the user to set a CPU temperature threshold that will activate the
alarm system when the CPU temperature reaches this pre-set temperature threshold.
The options are 70oC, 75oC, 80oC and 85oC. (*See the note below.)
Highlight this and hit <Enter> to see monitor data for the following items:
CPU1 Temperature/CPU1 Second Core
CPU2 Temperature/CPU2 Second Core
System Temperature
Fan1-Fan8 Speeds: If the feature of Auto Fan Control is enabled, the BIOS will
automatically display the status of the fans indicated in this item.
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, and vice versa.
If the option is set to “3-pin fan”, the fan speed is controlled by voltage. If the option is set to “4-pin”, the fan speed will be controlled by Pulse Width Modulation
(PWM). Select “3-pin” if your chassis came with 3-pin fan headers. Select “4-pin”
if your chassis came with 4-pin fan headers. Select “Workstation” if your system is
used as a Workstation. Select “Server” if your system is used as a Server. Select
“Disable” to disable the fan speed control function to allow the onboard fans to
constantly run at full speed (12V). The Options are: 1. Disable, 2. 3-pin (Server),
3. 3-pin (Workstation), 4. 4-pin (Server) and 5. 4-pin (Workstation).
Voltage Monitoring
The following items will be monitored and displayed:
Vcore A:/Vcore B:
-12V/+12V
P1V2_NIC_SEN
+3.3V
5Vsb/5VDD
P_VTT
Vbat
*Note: 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 the 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 the BIOS.
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IPMI (The option is available only when an IPMI card is installed
in the system.)
IPMI Specification Version: This item displays the current IPMI Version.
Firmware Version: This item displays the current Firmware Version.
System Event Logging
Select Enabled to enable IPMI Event Logging. When this function is set to Disabled,
the system will continue to log events received via system interface. The options
are Enabled and Disabled.
Clear System Event Logging
Enabling this function to force the BIOS to clear the system event logs during the
next cold boot. The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Existing Event Log Number
This item displays the number of the existing event log.
Event Log Control
System Firmware Progress
Enabling this function to log POST progress. The options are Enabled and
Disabled.
BIOS POST Errors
Enabling this function to log POST errors. The options are Enabled and
Disabled.
BIOS POST Watch Dog
Set to Enabled to enable POST Watch Dog. The options are Enabled and
Disabled.
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OS Boot Watch Dog
Set to Enabled to enable OS Boot Watch Dog. The options are Enabled and
Disabled.
Timer for Loading OS (Minutes)
This feature allows the user to set the time value (in minutes) for the previous
item: OS Boot Watch Dog by keying-in a desired number in the blank. The default
setting is 10 (minutes.) (Please ignore this option when OS Boot Watch Dog is set
to "Disabled".)
Time Out Option
This feature allows the user to determine what action to take in an event of a system
boot failure. The options are No Action, Reset, Power Off and Power Cycles.
System Event Log/System Event Log (List Mode)
These options display the System Event (SEL) Log and System Event (SEL) Log
in List Mode. Items include: SEL (System Event Log) Entry Number, SEL Record
ID, SEL Record Type, Time Stamp, Generator ID, SEL Message Revision, Sensor
Type, Sensor Number, SEL Event Type, Event Description, and SEL Event Data.
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Realtime Sensor Data
This feature display information from motherboard sensors, such as temperatures,
fan speeds and voltages of various components.
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Security
Choose Security from the Phoenix BIOS Setup Utility main menu with the arrow
keys. You should see the following display. Security setting options are displayed
by highlighting the setting using the arrow keys and pressing <Enter>. All Security
BIOS settings are described in this section.
Supervisor Password Is:
This item indicates if a supervisor password has been entered for the system. Clear
means such a password has not been used and Set means a supervisor password
has been entered for the system.
User Password Is:
This item indicates if a user password has been entered for the system. Clear
means such a password has not been used and Set means a user password has
been entered for the system.
Set Supervisor Password
When the item "Set Supervisor Password" is highlighted, hit the <Enter> key. When
prompted, type the Supervisor's password in the dialogue box to set or to change
supervisor's password, which allows access to the BIOS.
Set User Password
When the item "Set User Password" is highlighted, hit the <Enter> key. When
prompted, type the user's password in the dialogue box to set or to change the
user's password, which allows access to the system at boot-up.
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Password on Boot
This setting allows you to decide if a password tis required for the user to enter the
system at boot-up. The options are Enabled (password required) and Disabled
(password not required).
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Boot
Choose Boot from the Phoenix BIOS Setup Utility main menu with the arrow keys.
You should see the following display. See details on how to change the order and
specs of boot devices in the Item Specific Help window. All Boot BIOS settings are
described in this section.
Boot List
Candidate
List
Boot Priority Order/Excluded from Boot Orders
The devices included in the boot list section (above) are bootable devices listed in
the sequence of boot order as specified. The boot functions for the devices included
in the candidate list (above) are currently disabled. Use a <+> key or a <-> key to
move the device up or down. Use the <f> key or the <r> key to specify the type of
an USB device, either fixed or removable. You can select one item from the boot
list and hit the <x> key to remove it from the list of bootable devices (to make its
resource available for other bootable devices). Subsequently, you can select an
item from the candidate list and hit the <x> key to remove it from the candidate
list and put it in the boot list. This item will then become a bootable device. See
details on how to change the priority of boot order of devices in the "Item Specific
Help" window.
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Exit
Choose Exit from the Phoenix BIOS Setup Utility main menu with the arrow keys.
You should see the following display. All Exit BIOS settings are described in this
section.
Exit Saving Changes
Highlight this item and hit <Enter> to save any changes you made and to exit the
BIOS Setup utility.
Exit Discarding Changes
Highlight this item and hit <Enter> to exit the BIOS Setup utility without saving any
changes you may have made.
Load Setup Defaults
Highlight this item and hit <Enter> to load the default settings for all items in the
BIOS Setup. These are the safest settings to use.
Discard Changes
Highlight this item and hit <Enter> to discard (cancel) any changes you made.
You will remain in the Setup utility.
Save Changes
Highlight this item and hit <Enter> to save any changes you made. You will remain
in the Setup utility.
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Appendix A
BIOS POST Messages
During the Power-On Self-Test (POST), the BIOS will check for problems. If a problem is found, the BIOS will activate an alarm or display a message. The following is
a list of such BIOS messages.
Failure Fixed Disk
Fixed disk is not working or not configured properly. Check to see if fixed disk is attached properly. Run Setup. Find out if the fixed-disk type is correctly identified.
Stuck key
Stuck key on keyboard.
Keyboard error
Keyboard not working.
Keyboard Controller Failed
Keyboard controller failed test. May require replacing keyboard controller.
Keyboard locked - Unlock key switch
Unlock the system to proceed.
Monitor type does not match CMOS - Run SETUP
Monitor type not correctly identified in Setup
Shadow Ram Failed at offset: nnnn
Shadow RAM failed at offset nnnn of the 64k block at which the error was detected.
System RAM Failed at offset: nnnn
System RAM failed at offset nnnn of in the 64k block at which the error was detected.
Extended RAM Failed at offset: nnnn
Extended memory not working or not configured properly at offset nnnn.
System battery is dead - Replace and run SETUP
The CMOS clock battery indicator shows the battery is dead. Replace the battery and
run Setup to reconfigure the system.
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System CMOS checksum bad - Default configuration used
System CMOS has been corrupted or modified incorrectly, perhaps by an application
program that changes data stored in CMOS. The BIOS installed Default Setup Values.
If you do not want these values, enter Setup and enter your own values. If the error
persists, check the system battery or contact your dealer.
System timer error
The timer test failed. Requires repair of system board.
Real time clock error
Real-Time Clock fails BIOS hardware test. May require board repair.
Check date and time settings
BIOS found date or time out of range and reset the Real-Time Clock. May require
setting legal date (1991-2099).
Previous boot incomplete - Default configuration used
Previous POST did not complete successfully. POST loads default values and offers
to run Setup. If the failure was caused by incorrect values and they are not corrected,
the next boot will likely fail. On systems with control of wait states, improper Setup
settings can also terminate POST and cause this error on the next boot. Run Setup
and verify that the waitstate configuration is correct. This error is cleared the next
time the system is booted.
Memory Size found by POST differed from CMOS
Memory size found by POST differed from CMOS.
Diskette drive A error
Diskette drive B error
Drive A: or B: is present but fails the BIOS POST diskette tests. Check to see that
the drive is defined with the proper diskette type in Setup and that the diskette drive
is attached correctly.
Incorrect Drive A type - run SETUP
Type of floppy drive A: not correctly identified in Setup.
Incorrect Drive B type - run SETUP
Type of floppy drive B: not correctly identified in Setup.
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System cache error - Cache disabled
RAM cache failed and BIOS disabled the cache. On older boards, check the cache
jumpers. You may have to replace the cache. See your dealer. A disabled cache slows
system performance considerably.
CPU ID:
CPU socket number for Multi-Processor error.
EISA CMOS not writeable
ServerBIOS2 test error: Cannot write to EISA CMOS.
DMA Test Failed
ServerBIOS2 test error: Cannot write to extended DMA (Direct Memory Access)
registers.
Software NMI Failed
ServerBIOS2 test error: Cannot generate software NMI (Non-Maskable Interrupt).
Fail-Safe Timer NMI Failed
ServerBIOS2 test error: Fail-Safe Timer takes too long.
device Address Conflict
Address conflict for specified device.
Allocation Error for: device
Run ISA or EISA Configuration Utility to resolve resource conflict for the specified
device.
CD ROM Drive
CD ROM Drive identified.
Entering SETUP ...
Starting Setup program
Failing Bits: nnnn
The hex number nnnn is a map of the bits at the RAM address which failed the memory
test. Each 1 (one) in the map indicates a failed bit. See errors 230, 231, or 232 above
for offset address of the failure in System, Extended, or Shadow memory.
Fixed Disk n
Fixed disk n (0-3) identified.
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Invalid System Configuration Data
Problem with NVRAM (CMOS) data.
I/O device IRQ conflict
I/O device IRQ conflict error.
PS/2 Mouse Boot Summary Screen:
PS/2 Mouse installed.
nnnn kB Extended RAM Passed
Where nnnn is the amount of RAM in kilobytes successfully tested.
nnnn Cache SRAM Passed
Where nnnn is the amount of system cache in kilobytes successfully tested.
nnnn kB Shadow RAM Passed
Where nnnn is the amount of shadow RAM in kilobytes successfully
tested.
nnnn kB System RAM Passed
Where nnnn is the amount of system RAM in kilobytes successfully tested.
One or more I2O Block Storage Devices were excluded from the Setup Boot
Menu
There was not enough room in the IPL table to display all installed I2O block-storage
devices.
Operating system not found
Operating system cannot be located on either drive A: or drive C:. Enter Setup and
see if fixed disk and drive A: are properly identified.
Parity Check 1 nnnn
Parity error found in the system bus. BIOS attempts to locate the address and display
it on the screen. If it cannot locate the address, it displays ????. Parity is a method
for checking errors in binary data. A parity error indicates that some data has been
corrupted.
Parity Check 2 nnnn
Parity error found in the I/O bus. BIOS attempts to locate the address and display it
on the screen. If it cannot locate the address, it displays ????.
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Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to Setup, <F3> for previous
Displayed after any recoverable error message. Press <F1> to start the boot process
or <F2> to enter Setup and change the settings. Press <F3> to display the previous
screen (usually an initialization error of an Option ROM, i.e., an add-on card). Write
down and follow the information shown on the screen.
Press <F2> to enter Setup
Optional message displayed during POST. Can be turned off in Setup.
PS/2 Mouse:
PS/2 mouse identified.
Run the I2O Configuration Utility
One or more unclaimed block storage devices have the Configuration Request bit set
in the LCT. Run an I2O Configuration Utility (e.g. the SAC utility).
System BIOS shadowed
System BIOS copied to shadow RAM.
UMB upper limit segment address: nnnn
Displays the address nnnn of the upper limit of Upper Memory Blocks, indicating
released segments of the BIOS which can be reclaimed by a virtual memory manager.
Video BIOS shadowed
Video BIOS successfully copied to shadow RAM.
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Appendix B: BIOS POST Codes
Appendix B
BIOS POST Codes
This section lists the POST (Power On Self Test) codes for the PhoenixBIOS. POST
codes are divided into two categories: recoverable and terminal.
Recoverable POST Errors
When a recoverable type of error occurs during POST, the BIOS will display an
POST code that describes the problem. BIOS may also issue one of the following beep codes:
1 long and two short beeps - video configuration error
1 repetitive long beep - no memory detected
1 continuous beep (with OH LED on) - system overheat
Terminal POST Errors
If a terminal type of error occurs, BIOS will shut down the system. Before doing
so, BIOS will write the error to port 80h, attempt to initialize video and write the
POST Code Description
01h
02h
03h
04h
06h
07h
08h
09h
0Ah
0Bh
0Ch
0Eh
0Fh
10h
11h
12h
13h
14h
16h
17h
IPMI Initialization
Verify Real Mode
Disable Non-Maskable Interrupt (NMI)
Get CPU type
Initialize system hardware
Disable shadow and execute code from the ROM.
Initialize chipset with initial POST values
Set IN POST flag
Initialize CPU registers
Enable CPU cache
Initialize caches to initial POST values
Initialize I/O component
Initialize the local bus IDE
Initialize Power Management
Load alternate registers with initial POST values
Restore CPU control word during warm boot
Reset PCI Bus Mastering devices
Initialize keyboard controller
1-2-2-3 BIOS ROM checksum
Initialize cache before memory Auto size
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POST Code Description
18h
1Ah
1Ch
20h
22h
24h
28h
29h
2Ah
2Ch
2Eh
2Fh
32h
33h
36h
38h
3Ah
3Ch
3Dh
41h
42h
45h
46h
48h
49h
4Ah
4Bh
4Ch
4Eh
4Fh
50h
51h
52h
54h
55h
58h
59h
5Ah
5Bh
8254 timer initialization
8237 DMA controller initialization
Reset Programmable Interrupt Controller
1-3-1-1 Test DRAM refresh
1-3-1-3 Test 8742 Keyboard Controller
Set ES segment register to 4 GB
Auto size DRAM
Initialize POST Memory Manager
Clear 512 kB base RAM
1-3-4-1 RAM failure on address line xxxx*
1-3-4-3 RAM failure on data bits xxxx* of low byte of
memory bus
Enable cache before system BIOS shadow
Test CPU bus-clock frequency
Initialize Phoenix Dispatch Manager
Warm start shut down
Shadow system BIOS ROM
Auto size cache
Advanced configuration of chipset registers
Load alternate registers with CMOS values
Initialize extended memory for RomPilot (optional)
Initialize interrupt vectors
POST device initialization
2-1-2-3 Check ROM copyright notice
Check video configuration against CMOS
Initialize PCI bus and devices
Initialize all video adapters in system
QuietBoot start (optional)
Shadow video BIOS ROM
Display BIOS copyright notice
Initialize MultiBoot
Display CPU type and speed
Initialize EISA board (optional)
Test keyboard
Set key click if enabled
Enable USB devices
2-2-3-1 Test for unexpected interrupts
Initialize POST display service
Display prompt “Press <ESC> to enter SETUP”
Disable CPU cache
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POST Code Description
5Ch
60h
62h
64h
66h
67h
68h
69h
6Ah
6Bh
6Ch
70h
72h
76h
7Ch
7Dh
7Eh
80h
81h
82h
83h
84h
85h
86h
87h
88h
89h
8Ah
8Bh
8Ch
8Fh
90h
91h
92h
93h
95h
96h
97h
98h
Test RAM between 512 and 640 kB
Test extended memory
Test extended memory address lines
Jump to UserPatch1
Configure advanced cache registers
Initialize Multi Processor APIC
Enable external and CPU caches
Setup System Management Mode (SMM) area
Display external L2 cache size
Load custom defaults (optional)
Display shadow-area message
Display error messages
Check for configuration errors
Check for keyboard errors
Set up hardware interrupt vectors
Initialize Intelligent System Monitoring (optional)
Initialize coprocessor if present
Disable onboard Super I/O ports and IRQs (optional)
Late POST device initialization
Detect and install external RS232 ports
Configure non-MCD IDE controllers
Detect and install external parallel ports
Initialize PC-compatible PnP ISA devices
Re-initialize onboard I/O ports.
Configure Motherboard Configurable Devices
(optional)
Initialize BIOS Data Area
Enable Non-Maskable Interrupts (NMIs)
Initialize Extended BIOS Data Area
Test and initialize PS/2 mouse
Initialize floppy controller
Determine number of ATA drives (optional)
Initialize hard-disk controllers
Initialize local-bus hard-disk controllers
Jump to UserPatch2
Build MPTABLE for multi-processor boards
Install CD ROM for boot
Clear huge ES segment register
Fix up Multi Processor table
1-2 Search for option ROMs and shadow if successful. One
long, two short beeps on checksum failure
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POST Code Description
99h
9Ch
9Dh
9Eh
9Fh
A0h
A2h
A4h
A8h
AAh
ACh
AEh
B0h
B1h
B2h
B4h
B5h
B6h
B7h
B9h
BAh
BCh
BDh
BEh
BFh
C0h
C1h
C2h
C3h
C4h
C6h
C7h
C8h
C9h
CDh
Check for SMART Drive (optional)
Set up Power Management
Initialize security engine (optional)
Enable hardware interrupts
Determine number of ATA and SCSI drives
Set time of day
Check key lock
Initialize typematic rate
Erase <ESC> prompt
Scan for <ESC> key stroke
Enter SETUP
Clear Boot flag
Check for errors
Inform RomPilot about the end of POST (optional)
POST done - prepare to boot operating system
1 One short beep before boot
Terminate QuietBoot (optional)
Check password (optional)
Initialize ACPI BIOS and PPM Structures
Prepare Boot
Initialize SMBIOS
Clear parity checkers
Display MultiBoot menu
Clear screen (optional)
Check virus and backup reminders
Try to boot with INT 19
Initialize POST Error Manager (PEM)
Initialize error logging
Initialize error display function
Initialize system error flags
Console redirection init.
Unhook INT 10h if console redirection enabled
Force check (optional)
Extended ROM checksum (optional)
Reclaim console redirection vector
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POST Code Description
D2h
D4h
D8h
D9h
DEh
Unknown interrupt
Check Intel Branding string
Alert Standard Format initialization
Late init for IPMI
Log error if micro-code not updated properly
The following are for boot block in Flash ROM
POST Code Description
E0h
E1h
E2h
E3h
E4h
E5h
E6h
E7h
E8h
E9h
EAh
EBh
ECh
EDh
EEh
EFh
F0h
F1h
F2h
F3h
F4h
F5h
F6h
F7h
Initialize the chipset
Initialize the bridge
Initialize the CPU
Initialize system timer
Initialize system I/O
Check force recovery boot
Checksum BIOS ROM
Go to BIOS
Set Huge Segment
Initialize Multi Processor
Initialize OEM special code
Initialize PIC and DMA
Initialize Memory type
Initialize Memory size
Shadow Boot Block
System memory test
Initialize interrupt vectors
Initialize Run Time Clock
Initialize video
Initialize System Management Manager
Output one beep
Clear Huge Segment
Boot to Mini DOS
Boot to Full DOS
* If the BIOS detects errors on 2C, 2E, or 30 (base 512K RAM error), it displays an
additional word-bitmap (xxxx) indicating the address line or bits that have failed. For
example, “2C 0002” means address line 1 (bit one set) has failed. “2E 1020" means
data bits 12 and 5 (bits 12 and 5 set) have failed in the lower 16 bits. The BIOS also
sends the bitmap to the port-80 LED display. It first displays the checkpoint code,
followed by a delay, the high-order byte, another delay, and then the loworder byte of
the error. It repeats this sequence continuously.
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Appendix C: Intel HostRAID Setup Guidelines
Appendix C
Intel HostRAID Setup Guidelines
After all the hardware has been installed, you must first configure Intel's ESB2
SATA RAID* before you install the Windows Operating System and other software
drivers.
Important Notes to the User:
*Note 1: If you do not wish to configure onboard SATA RAID functions, please go
directly to Section C-2, Appendix D and Appendix E for Operating System & Other
Software Installation.
*Note 2: This chapter describes RAID Configuration Instructions for the Intel ESB2
RAID Controller designed for the Windows OS.
C-1 Introduction to Serial ATA and Parallel ATA
To configure the SATA RAID functions, you must first use the Intel ESB2 SATA
RAID Utility program to configure the RAID Level that you desire before installing
the Windows XP/2000/2003 operating system and other software drivers. (The
necessary drivers are all included on the Supermicro CD that came packaged with
your motherboard.) Note that the current version of the ESB2 SATA RAID Utility
can only support Windows XP/2000/2003 Operating Systems.
Serial ATA (SATA)
Serial ATA (SATA) is a physical storage interface that uses a single cable with a
minimum of four wires to create a point-to-point connection between devices. It is a
serial link, which supports transfer rates up to 3.0 Gbps. Because the serial cables
used in SATA are thinner than the traditional cables used in Parallel ATA (PATA),
SATA systems have better airflow and can be installed in smaller chassis than
Parallel ATA. In addition, the cables used in PATA are limited to a length of 40cm,
while Serial ATA cables can be up to one meter in length. Overall, SATA provides
better functionality than PATA.
Introduction to the Intel ESB2 Serial RAID
Located in the South Bridge of the 5000P chipset, the I/O Controller Hub (ESB2)
provides the I/O subsystem with access to the rest of the system. It supports an
1-channel UltraATA/100 Bus Master IDE controller (PATA) and six Serial ATA (SATA)
ports. The ESB2 supports the following PATA and SATA device configurations:
Legacy mode and Native mode.
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The Intel HostRAID Configurations
The following types of Intel's HostRAID configurations are supported:
RAID 0 (Data Striping): this writes data in parallel, interleaved ("striped") sections
of two hard drives. Data transfer rate is doubled over using a single disk.
RAID1 (Data Mirroring): an identical data image from one drive is copied to another
drive. The second drive must be the same size or larger than the first drive.
RAID 10 (Striping & Mirroring): RAID 0 and 1 schemes are combined (without parity
information) to get the benefits of both.
RAID 5: both data and parity information are striped and mirrored across three or
more hard drives.
The Intel Matrix Storage
The Intel Matrix Storage, supported by the ESB2, allows the user to create RAID
0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 5 sets by using only six identical hard disk drives.
The Intel Matrix Storage Technology creates two partitions on each hard disk drive
and generate a virtual RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 5 sets. It also allows
you the change the HDD partition size without any data.
Configuring BIOS settings for SATA RAID Functions (Native Mode)
1. Press the <Del> key during system bootup to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
Note: If it is the first time powering on the system, we recommend you load the
Optimized Default Settings. If you have already done so, please skip to Step 3.
2. Use the arrow keys to select the "Exit" Settings. Once in the "Exit" settings,
Scroll down to select "Load Optimized Default Settings" and press the <Enter>
key. Select "OK" to confirm the selection. Press the <Enter> key to load the default
settings for the BIOS.
3. Use the arrow keys to select the "Main" section in BIOS.
4. Scroll down to "SATA Controller Mode" and press the <Enter> key to select
"Enhanced"
5. Scroll down to "SATA RAID Enabled" and press <Enter>. Then, select "Enabled."
6. Scroll down to the item: "ICH RAID Code Base." Select "Intel" and press <Enter>.
7. Press <F10> to save the changes and exit the BIOS.
8. Once you've exited the BIOS Utility, the system will re-boot.
9. During the system boot-up, press the <Ctrl> and <I> keys simultaneously to run
the Intel RAID Configuration Utility when prompted by the following message: Press
<Ctrl> <I> for the Intel RAID Configuration Utility.
(*Note: The Intel RAID Configuration Utility is only available for systems with two
or more drives installed. The Intel RAID Utility screen will not display in systems
with one drive installed.)
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Using the Intel ESB2 SATA RAID Utility Program
1. Creating, Deleting and Resetting RAID Volumes:
a. After the system exits from the BIOS Setup Utility, the system will automatically
reboot. The following screen appears after Power-On Self Test.
b. When you see the above screen, press the <Ctrl> and the <I> keys simultaneously to have the main menu of the SATA RAID Utility appear:
*Note: All graphics and screen shots shown in the manual are for reference only. The
screen shots shown in the manual do not imply Supernicro's endorsement or non-endorsement on any 3rd party's product. Your screens may or many not look exactly the
same as the graphics shown in this manual.
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Creating a RAID 0 Volume:
a. Select "Create RAID Volume" from the main menu and press the <Enter> key.
The following screen will appear:
b. Specify a name for the RAID 0 set and press the <Tab> key or the <Enter> key
to go to the next field. (You can use the <Esc> key to select the previous menu.)
c. When RAID Level item is highlighted, press the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys
to select RAID 0 (Stripe) and hit <Enter>.
d. When the Disks item is highlighted, press <Enter> to select the HDD to configure
as RAID. The following pop-up screen (*See the note on Page C-3) displays:
e. Use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys to highlight a drive and press <Space>
to select it. A triangle appears to confirm the selection of the drive.
f. Use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys to select the stripe size, ranging from
4 KB to 128 KB for the RAID 0 array, and hit <Enter>. (*Note: For a server, please
use a lower stripe size, and for a multimedia system, use a higher stripe size. The
default stripe size is 128 KB.)
g. Press <Enter> when the Create Volume item is highlighted. A warning message
displays.
h. When asked "Are you sure you want to create this volume (Y/N), press "Y" to
create the RAID volume, or type "N" to go back to the Create Volume menu.
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Creating a RAID 1 Volume:
a. Select "Create RAID Volume" from the main menu and press the <Enter> key.
The following screen will appear:
b. Specify a name for the RAID 1 set and press the <Tab> key or the <Enter> key
to go to the next field. (You can use the <Esc> key to select the previous menu.)
c. When RAID Level item is highlighted, press the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys
to select RAID 1 (Mirror) and hit <Enter>.
d. When the Capacity item is highlighted, enter your RAID volume capacity and hit
<Enter>. The default setting is the maximum capacity allowed.
e. Press <Enter> when the Create Volume item is highlighted. A warning message
displays.
f. When asked "Are you sure you want to create this volume (Y/N), press "Y" to
create the RAID volume, or type "N" to go back to the Create Volume menu.
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Creating a RAID 10 (RAID 1+ RAID 0):
a. Select "Create RAID Volume" from the main menu and press the <Enter> key.
The following screen will appear:
b. Specify a name for the RAID 10 set and press <Enter>.
c. When RAID Level item is highlighted, use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys
to select RAID 10 (RAID1 + RAID0) and hit <Enter>.
d. When the Stripe Size is highlighted, use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys to
select the stripe size from 4 KB to 128 KB for your RAID 10 and hit <Enter>. The
default setting is 64 KB. (*Note: For a server, please use a lower stripe size, and
for a multimedia system, use a higher stripe size.)
e. When the RAID Volume Capacity item is highlighted, enter your RAID volume
capacity and hit <Enter>. The default setting is the maximum capacity allowed.
f. Press <Enter> when the Create Volume item is highlighted. A warning message
displays.
g. When asked "Are you sure you want to create this volume (Y/N), press "Y" to
create the RAID volume, or type "N" to go back to the Create Volume menu.
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Creating a RAID 5 Set (Parity):
a. Select "Create RAID Volume" from the main menu and press the <Enter> key.
The following screen will appear:
b. Specify a name for the RAID 5 set and press <Enter>.
c. When the Raid Level is highlighted, use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys to
select RAID 5 (Parity) and hit <Enter>.
d. When the Disk item is highlighted, press <Enter> to select the HDD to configure
as RAID. The following pop-up screen (*See the note on Page C-3) displays:
e. Use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys to highlight a drive and press <Space>
to select it. A triangle appears to confirm the selection of the drive.
f. Use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys to select the stripe size, ranging from
4 KB to 128 KB for the RAID 5 array, and hit <Enter>. (*Note: For a server, please
use a lower stripe size, and for a multimedia system, use a higher stripe size. The
default stripe size is 128 KB.)
g. Enter your desired RAID volume capacity and press <Enter> when the capacity
item is highlighted. The default setting is the maximum capacity allowed.
h Press Enter when the Create Volume item is highlighted. A warning message
displays.
i. When asked "Are you sure you want to create this volume (Y/N), press "Y" to
create the RAID volume, or type "N" to go back to the Create Volume menu.
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Deleting RAID Volume:
(Warning: Be sure to back up your data before deleting a RAID set. You
will lose all data on the disk drives when deleting a RAID set.)
a. From the main menu, select item2-Delete RAID Volume, and press <Enter>.
b. Use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys to select the RAID set you want to
delete and press <Del>. A Warning message displays.
c. When asked "Are you sure you want to delete this volume (Y/N), press "Y" to
delete the RAID volume, or type "N" to go back to the Delete Volume menu.
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Resetting to Non-RAID and Resetting a RAID HDD
Warning: Be cautious when you reset a RAID volume HDD to nonRAID or Resetting a RAID HDD. Resetting a RAID volume HDD or
Resetting a RAID HDD will reformat the HDD and delete the internal
RAID structure on the drive.
a. From the main menu, select item3-Reset Disks to Non- RAID, and press <Enter>.
The following screen will appear:
b. Use the <Up Arrow>, <Down Arrow> keys to highlight the RAID set drive to reset
and press <Space> to select.
c. Press <Enter> to reset the RAID set drive. A Warning message displays.
d. Press "Y" to reset the drive, or type "N" to go back to the main menu.
Exiting the Intel Matrix Storage Manager Utility:
a. From the main menu, select item4-Exit, and press <Enter>. A warning message
will appear.
b. Press "Y" to reset the drive, or type "N" to go back to the main menu.
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C-2 Installing the Windows XP/2000/2003 for systems
with RAID Functions
Installing a New Operating System-Windows XP/2000/2003 OS
a. Insert the Microsoft Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup CD in the CD Driver, and the
system will start booting up from CD.
b. Press the <F6> key when the message-" Press F6 if you need to install a third
party SCSI or RAID driver" displays.
c. When the Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup screen appears, press "S" to specify
additional device(s).
d. Insert the driver diskette-"Intel AA RAID XP/2000/2003 Driver for ESB2 into Drive
A: and press the <Enter> key.
e. Choose the Intel(R) ESB2 SATA RAID Controller from the list indicated in the
XP/2000/2003 Setup Screen, and press the <Enter> key.
f. 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.
g. From the Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup screen, press the <Enter> key. The
XP/2000/2003 Setup will automatically load all device files and then, continue the
Windows XP/2000/2003 installation.
h. After Windows XP/2000/2003 Installation is completed, the system will automatically reboot.
*Note: the current version of the ESB2 SATA RAID Utility can only support Windows
XP/2000/2003 Operating System.
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Appendix D: Adaptec HostRAID Setup Guidelines
Appendix D
Adaptec HostRAID Setup Guidelines
After all the hardware has been installed, you must first configure the Adaptec Embedded
Serial ATA RAID before you install the Windows operating system. The necessary
drivers are all included on the Supermicro bootable CDs that came packaged with your
motherboard. *Note: The following section provides information on the Adaptec SATA
RAID Driver based on the Intel Enterprise South Bridge 2 (ESB2) Controller.
D-1 Introduction to the Adaptec Embedded Serial ATA RAID
Controller Driver
Serial ATA (SATA)
Serial ATA(SATA) is a physical storage interface. It uses a single cable with a
minimum of four wires to create a point-to-point connection between devices. It
is a serial link which supports SATA Transfer rates up to 3.0 Gbps. Because the
serial cables used in SATA are thinner than the traditional cables used in Parallel ATA(PATA), SATA systems have better airflow and can be installed in smaller
chassis than Parallel ATA. In addition, the cables used in PATA can only extend
to 40cm long, while Serial ATA cables can extend up to one meter. Overall, Serial
ATA provides better functionality than Parallel ATA.
Introduction to the Intel ESB2 I/O Controller Hub
Located in the South Bridge of the Intel 5000P Chipset, the ESB2 I/O Controller
Hub provides the I/O subsystem with access to the rest of the system. It supports
1-channel Ultra ATA/100 Bus Master IDE controller (PATA) and one Adaptec's Serial ATA (SATA) Host Controller, which support up to six Serial ATA drives, up to
two RAID volumes and up to four drives in RAID Configurations. (See the table
below for details.)
* Adaptec’s SATA HostRAID Controller Firmware supports:
Drives supported
Six
Number of RAID Volumes supported
Two
Total Drives in RAID Configurations
Four
Examples of Valid RAID Configurations:
Two drives of RAID 1 + two drives of RAID 0
Two drives of RAID 1 + two drives of RAID 1
Three drives of RAID 0
Four drives of RAID 0
Examples of Invalid RAID Configurations:
Three drives of RAID 0 + two drives of RAID 1
(*Note: this table is applicable to Adaptec’s HostRAID Controller
Firmware only.)
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To configure the Adaptec SATA RAID for Operating Systems that
support RAID functions(--Windows, Red Hat & SuSe, Linux)
1. Press the <Del> key during system bootup to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
Note: If it is the first time powering on the system, we recommend you load the
Optimized Default Settings. If you have already done so, please skip to Step 3.
2. Use the arrow keys to select the "Exit" Settings. Once in the "Exit" settings,
Scroll down to select "Load Optimized Default Settings" and press the <Enter>
key. Select "OK" to confirm the selection. Press the <Enter> key to load the default
settings for the BIOS.
3. Use the arrow keys to select the "Main" section in BIOS.
4. Scroll down to "SATA Control Mode" and press the <Enter> key to select "Enhanced"
5. Scroll down to "SATA RAID Enabled" and press <Enter>. Then, select "Enabled."
6. Scroll down to "ICH RAID Codebase" and select "Adaptec". Then press <Enter>.
(*For ICH RAID Codebase: Change the setting from Intel to Adaptec.)
7. Press <F10> to save the changes and exit the BIOS.
8. Once you've exited the BIOS Utility, the system will re-boot.
9. During the system boot-up, press the <Ctrl> and <A> keys simultaneously to run
the Intel RAID Configuration Utility when prompted by the following message: Press
<Ctrl> <A> for Intel RAID Configuration Utility.
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The Adaptec Embedded Serial ATA with HostRAID Controller
Driver
The Adaptec Embedded Serial ATA RAID Controller adds SATA/RAID functionality
and performance enhancements to a motherboard. RAID striping (RAID 0) allows
data to be written across multiple drives, greatly improving hard disk I/O performance. RAID mirroring (RAID 1) allows data to be simultaneously written to two
drives, improving data security even if a single hard disk fails. A Stripe of Mirrors
(RAID 10) provides multiple RAID 1 mirrors and a RAID 0 stripe, maximizing data
security and system efficiency. By incorporating the Adaptec Embedded Serial ATA
into the motherboard design, Supermicro's X7DB8-X/X7DBE-X offers the user the
benefits of SATARAID without the high costs associated with hardware RAID applications.
Using the Adaptec RAID Configuration Utility (ARC)
The Adaptec RAID Configuration Utility, an embedded BIOS Utility, includes the
following:
*Array Configuration Utility: Use this utility to create, configure and manage arrays.
* Disk Utilities: Use this option to format or verify disks.
To run the Adaptec RAID Configuration Utility, you will need to do the following:
1. Enable RAID functions in the system BIOS (refer to Chapter 4 for System BIOS
Configurations).
2. Press the <Ctrl> and <A> keys simultaneously when prompted to do so during
system boot. (Refer to the previous page for detailed instructions.)
A. Using the Array Configuration Utility (ACU)
When you press <Ctrl> and <A> keys simultaneously at the prompt during system
bootup, the main menu will appear.
*Note: To select an option, use the arrow keys to highlight the item and then press
the <Enter> key to select it. To return to the previous menu, press the <ESC> key.
Press the <Insert> key to select a drive. When a drive is highlighted (selected),
press the <Delete> key to de-select it.)
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Managing Arrays
Select this option to view array properties, and configure array settings.
To select this option, using the arrow keys and the <enter> key, select "Managing
Arrays" from the main menu as shown above.
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Configuring Disk Drives
You may need to configure a disk drive before you can use it.
Caution: Configuring a disk may overwrite the partition table on the disk and may
make any data on the disk inaccessible. If the drive is used in an array, you may
not be able to use the array again.
Do not configure a disk that is part of a boot array. To determine which disks are
associated with a particular array, please refer to Viewing Array Properties.
To configure a disk drive:
1. From the main menu (shown on Page D-4), select Configure Drives and hit
<Enter> (as shown below.)
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2. From the "Select Drives for Configuring" List (shown below,) select the drives
you want to configure and press <Insert>.
3. The drive you've selected will appear in the "Selected Drives Dialog Box" on
the right (as shown below.) Repeat the same steps until all drives that you want to
configure appear in the selected drives box.
4. Once both drives display in the selected drive box, press <Enter>.
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5. Read the warning message as shown in the screen below.
6. Make sure that you have selected the correct disk drives to configure. If correct,
type Y to continue.
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Creating Arrays
Before you create arrays, make sure that the disks for the array are connected and
installed in your system. Note that disks with no usable space, or disks that are
un-initialized or not formatted are shown in gray and cannot be used. (*Note: It is
recommended that you configure devices before you create arrays.)
To create an array:
1. From the main menu (shown on page D-4), select Create Array.
2. Select the disks for the new array and press Insert (as the screen shown below).
(*Note: To de-select any disk, highlight the disk and press Delete.)
3. The arrays you have selected will appear on the Selected Drives dialog box on
the right (as shown below.)
4 Press Enter when both disks for the new array are selected. The Array Properties menu displays.
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Assigning Array Properties
Once a new array is completed, you can assign properties to the array.
*Caution: Once the array is created and its properties are assigned, and you cannot
change the array properties using this utility.
To assign properties to the new array:
1. In the Array Properties menu (as shown in the screen below), select an array
type and press Enter. Only the available array types will be displayed on the screen.
(*RAID 0 or RAID 1 requires two drives.)
2. Under the item "Arrays Label", type in a label and press <Enter>. (*Note: The
label shall not be more than 15 characters.)
3. For RAID 0, select the desired stripe size. (*Note: Available stripe sizes are 16,
32, and 64 KB. 64K is default. Please do not change the default setting.)
4. The item: "Create RAID via" allows you to select between the different ways of
creating methods for RAID 0 and RAID 1.
The following table gives examples of when each is appropriate.
Raid Level
RAID 0
RAID 0
Create Via
Quick Init
Migrate*
RAID 1
Build*
RAID 1,
RAID 10
Clear
RAID 1,
RAID 10
Quick Init
When Appropriate
Creating a RAID 0 on new drives
Creating a RAID 0 from one new drive and
one drive with data you wish to preserve
Any time you wish to create a RAID 1, but especially if
you have data on one drive that you wish to preserve
Creating a RAID 1 or RAID 10 on new drives, or when
you want to ensure that the array contains no data after
creation.
Fastest way to create a RAID 1 or RAID 10
Appropriate when using new drives
(*Note: If you select Migrate for RAID 0, or Build for RAID 1, you will be asked
to select the source drive. The contents of the source drive will be preserved.
However, the data on the new drive will be lost.)
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5. When you are finished, press <Done> (as the screen shown below).
Notes:
1. Before adding a new drive to an array, be sure to back up any data stored on
the new drive; otherwise, all data will be lost.
2. If you stop the Build or Clear process on a RAID 1, you can restart it by pressing <Ctrl> and <R>.
3. If you've used the Quick Init option to create a RAID1, it may return some data
mis-comparison when you run a consistency check at a later time. This is normal.
4. The Adaptec Host RAID allows you to use drives of different sizes in a RAID.
However, you can only select a smaller drive as the source or first drive during a
build operation.
5. When migrating from single volume to RAID 0, migrating from a larger drive to
a smaller drive is allowed. However, the destination drive must be at least half the
capacity of the source drive.
6. It is not recommended that you migrate or build an array on Windows dynamic
disks (volumes) because it will result in data loss.
Warning: Do not interrupt the process when you create a RAID 0 using the Migrate
option. If you do, you will not be able to restart the system, or to recover the data
that was on the source drive.
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Adding a Bootable Array
To make an array bootable:
1. From the Main menu, select Manage Arrays.
2. From the List of Arrays, select the array you want to make bootable, and press
<Ctrl> and <B>.
3. Enter Y to create a bootable array when the following message is displayed: "This
will make all other existing bootable array non-bootable. Do you want to make this
array bootable? (Yes/No):" Then, a bootable array will be created. An asterisk (*)
will appear next to the bootable array (as shown in the picture below:)
Deleting a Bootable Array
To delete a bootable array:
1. From the Main menu, select Manage Arrays.
2. From the List of Arrays, select the bootable array you want to delete, and
press <Ctrl> and <B>. Note: a bootable array is the array marked with an asterisk * (as shown in the picture above.)
3. When the following message is displayed: "The array is already marked
bootable. Do you want to make this array as not bootable? (Yes/No)," Enter Y to
delete a bootable array. The bootable array will be deleted and the asterisk will
disappear.
(*Note: Do not use the delete key to delete the bootable array.)
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Adding/Deleting Hotspares
To add a Hotspare:
(*Note: In order to rebuild a RAID (RAID 0 or RAID 1), you would need to add a
new HDD as a hotspare.)
1. From the main menu (shown on Page D-4), select Add/Delete Hotspares.
4. Use the up and down arrow keys to highlight and select the disk you want to
designate as a hotspare, and press <Insert>, and then, press <Enter>.
5. Press Yes when the following prompt is displayed:
"Do you want to create spare?" (Yes/No?)
The spare you have selected will appear in the Selected drives Menu.
To delete a Hotspare:
1. From the main menu (shown on Page D-4), select Add/Delete Hotspares.
2. Use the up and down arrow keys to highlight and select the Hotspare you
want to delete, and press <delete>, and then, press <Enter>.
3. When the following warning is displayed: "Do you want to delete the hot
spare?" (Yes/No?), press Yes to delete the hotspare you have selected.
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Viewing Array Properties
To view the properties of an existing array:
1. From the main menu, select Manage Arrays and hit <Enter> (as shown on the
previous page.)
2. From the List of Arrays dialog box (shown below), select the array you want to
view and press Enter.
The Array Properties dialog box appears (as shown below), showing detailed information on the array. The physical disks associated with the array are displayed
here.
3. Press Esc to return to the previous menu.
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Rebuilding Arrays
*Note 1: Rebuilding applies to Fault Tolerant array (RAID 1) only.
If an array Build process is interrupted or when one critical member is missing,
you must perform a Rebuild to restore its functionality. For a critical array rebuild
operation, the optimal drive is the source drive.
*Note 2: If no spare array exists and a hard disk drive fails, you need to create a
spare before you can rebuild an array.
To Rebuild an array:
1 From the Main Menu, select Manage Arrays (as shown in the screen below).
From the List of Arrays, select the array you want to Rebuild.
2 Press <Ctrl> and <R> to Rebuild.
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Deleting Arrays
*Warning: Back up the data on an array before you delete it to prevent data loss
Deleted arrays cannot be restored.
To delete an existing array:
1. From the main menu (shown on Page D-4), select Manage Arrays.
2. Select the array you wish to delete and press <delete>.
3. In the Array Properties dialog box, select Delete and press <Enter>. The following prompt is displayed:
*Warning!! Deleting the array will render array unusable. Do you want to delete
the array? (Yes/No):
RAID 1 only—the following prompt is also displayed:
Deleting the partition will result in data loss! Do you also want to delete the partition? (Yes/No):
4. Press Yes to delete the array and partition or No to return to the
previous menu.
5. Press Esc to return to the previous menu.
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Using the Disk Utilities
The Disk Utilities enable you to format or verify the media of your Serial ATA hard
disks.
To access the disk utilities:
1. From the Adaptec RAID Configuration Utility Menu, select Disk Utilities (as shown
above) and press <Enter>. The following screen appears.
2. Select the desired disk and press <Enter>. The following screen appears:
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To format a disk:
*Note: The operation of Formatting Disk allows you to perform a low-level formatting
of a hard drive by writing zeros to the entire disk. Serial ATA drives are low-level
formatted at the factory and do not need to be low-level formatted again.
3 When the screen shown below displays, select Format Disk and press <Enter>.
The following screen appears:
4 Read the warning message when it appears in the screen as shown below. To
continue with disk formatting, select Yes and hit <Enter>. Otherwise, select No
and press <Enter>.
(*Caution: Formatting a disk destroys all data on the drive. Be sure to back up
your data before formatting a disk.)
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To verify disk media:
3 When the screen shown above displays, select Verify Disk Media and press
<Enter>.
4 A message will display, indicating that the selected drive will be scanned for media
defects. Select Yes and hit <Enter> to proceed with disk verifying; otherwise, select
No and hit <Enter>.
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To Exit Adaptec RAID Configuration Utility
1. Once you have completed RAID array configurations, press ESC to exit. The
following screen will appear.
2. Press Yes to exit the Utility.
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D-2 Installing Intel's ESB2 Driver by Adaptec and
Installing the OS
a. Insert Supermicro's bootable CD that came with the package into the CD Drive
during the system reboot, and the screen: "Super Micro Driver Diskette Maker"
will appear.
b. Choose from the list the item: "Intel ESB2 Driver by 3rd Party (Adaptec)" and
press <ENTER>.
c. From the next screen displayed, choose the OS driver you want to install and
press <Enter>.
d. Insert a formatted diskette into drive A: and press <Enter> as prompted.
e. Exit the program after the process is completed. Then, reboot the system.
f. Insert the Microsoft Windows OS Setup CD in the CD Driver, and the system will
start to boot up from CD.
g. Press the <F6> key when the message-"Press F6 if you need to install a third
party SCSI or RAID driver" displays.
h. When the Windows OS Setup screen appears, press "S" to specify additional
device(s).
i. Insert the driver diskette-"Adaptec Embedded Serial ATA Raid Controller Driver"
into Drive A: and press the <Enter> key.
j. Choose the Adaptec Embedded Host Serial ATA Raid Controller from the list
indicated in the Windows OS Setup Screen, and press the <Enter> key.
k. 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.
l. From the Windows OS Setup screen, press <Enter>. The OS Setup will automatically load all device files, and, then, continue with the Windows OS installation.
m. After the Windows OS Installation is completed, the system will automatically
reboot.
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Appendix E
Installing Other Software Programs and Drivers
A. Installing Drivers other than the Adaptec Embedded
Serial ATA RAID Controller Driver
After you've 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
*Note: Click the icons showing a hand writing on the paper to view the readme files
for each item. Click 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 re-boot
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.
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B. Configuring Supero Doctor III
The Supero Doctor III program is a Web-base management tool that supports
remote management capability. 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 the 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 the BIOS.
Supero Doctor III Interface Display Screen-I (Health Information)
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Supero Doctor III Interface Display Screen-II (Remote Control)
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Notes
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