890GX Extreme4
User Manual
Version 2.0
Published February 2011
Copyright©2011 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1 . Introduction ............................................................ 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
Package Contents .....................................................................
Specifications ............................................................................
Motherboard Layout .................................................................
I/O Panel ....................................................................................
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6
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2 . Installation .............................................................. 15
Pre-installation Precautions ...............................................................
2.1 CPU Installation .........................................................................
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink .......................................
2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) ....................................
2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots) ..........................
2.5 Dual Monitor and Surround Display Features ..........................
2.6 CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM
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20
Operation Guide ........................................................................ 23
ATITM Hybrid CrossFireXTM Operation Guide ............................. 29
Jumpers Setup .......................................................................... 31
Onboard Headers and Connectors .......................................... 32
Smart Switches ........................................................................ 38
Dr. Debug .................................................................................. 39
Serial ATA3 (SATA3) Hard Disks Installation ............................ 43
Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA3 HDDs ............... 43
SATA3 HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation Guide ................. 44
Driver Installation Guide ............................................................ 46
Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit With RAID Functions ................................................. 46
2.16.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions .................................................................... 46
2.16.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
With RAID Functions ..................................................... 47
2.17 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP /
XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions ............................................ 48
2.17.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions ...................................................................... 48
2.17.2 Installing Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
Without RAID Functions ................................................ 49
2.18 Untied Overclocking Technology .............................................. 49
2.7
2.8
2.9
2.10
2.11
2.12
2.13
2.14
2.15
2.16
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3 . UEFI SSETUP
ETUP UTILITY .................................................... 50
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
Introduction ...............................................................................
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar ................................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys .............................................................
Main Screen ..............................................................................
OC Tweaker Screen .................................................................
Advanced Screen ....................................................................
3.4.1 CPU Configuration ..........................................................
3.4.2 North Bridge Configuration .............................................
3.4.3 South Bridge Configuration ............................................
3.4.4 Storage Configuration ....................................................
3.4.5 Super IO Configuration ...................................................
3.4.6 ACPI Configuration .........................................................
3.4.7 USB Configuration ..........................................................
Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen .............................
Boot Screen ..............................................................................
Security Screen ........................................................................
Exit Screen ...............................................................................
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4 . Software Support ................................................... 68
4.1
4.2
Install Operating System ...........................................................
Support CD Information .............................................................
4.2.1 Running Support CD .......................................................
4.2.2 Drivers Menu ..................................................................
4.2.3 Utilities Menu ...................................................................
4.2.4 Contact Information ........................................................
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock 890GX Extreme4 motherboard, a reliable
motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and step-by-step
guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration guide to
BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might be
updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated
version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You
may find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website
as well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for specific information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1
P ack
age Contents
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ASRock 890GX Extreme4 Motherboard
(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
ASRock 890GX Extreme4 Quick Installation Guide
ASRock 890GX Extreme4 Support CD
4 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) HDD Power Cables (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel
4 x HDD Screws
6 x Chassis Screws
1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit,
it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage Configuration to AHCI
mode. For the BIOS setup, please refer to the “User Manual” in our support
CD for details.
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1.2
Specifications
Platform
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
Graphics
- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality
Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
- Support for Socket AM3+ processors
- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD PhenomTM II X6 /
X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 /
Sempron processors
- Supports 8-Core CPU
- Supports UCC feature (Unlock CPU Core) (see CAUTION 1)
- Advanced V8 + 2 Power Phase Design
- Supports CPU up to 140W
- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM Technology
- FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology (see CAUTION 2)
- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
- Northbridge: AMD 890GX
- Southbridge: AMD SB850
- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 3)
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Support DDR3 1866(OC)/1800(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066/800
non-ECC, un-buffered memory (see CAUTION 4)
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION 5)
- 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE2/PCIE3: single at x16 or
dual at x8/x8 mode; PCIE4: x4 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
- 3 x PCI slots
- Supports ATITM Quad CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM,
CrossFireXTM and Hybrid CrossFireXTM
- Integrated AMD Radeon HD 4290 graphics
- DX10.1 class iGPU, Shader Model 4.1
- Max. shared memory 512MB (see CAUTION 6)
- Built-in 128MB DDR3 1333/1200MHz SidePort Memory
- Three VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI
- Supports HDMI Technology with max. resolution up to
1920x1200 (1080P)
- Supports Dual-link DVI with max. resolution up to 2560x1600
@ 75Hz
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536
@ 85Hz
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Audio
LAN
Rear Panel I/O
SATA3
USB 3.0
Connector
- Supports HDCP function with DVI and HDMI ports
- Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback
with DVI and HDMI ports
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection
(Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudio ProTM
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Atheros® AR8151
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x VGA/D-Sub Port
- 1 x VGA/DVI-D Port
- 1 x HDMI Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATA3 Connector
- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- HD Audio Jack: Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/Line in/
Front Speaker/Microphone (see CAUTION 7)
- 5 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug"
functions
- 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support
USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by
Etron EJ168A, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
- 5 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s connectors
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x IEEE 1394 header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- Front panel audio connector
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Smart Switch
BIOS Feature
Support CD
Unique Feature
Hardware
Monitor
OS
Certifications
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Dr. Debug (7-Segment Debug LED)
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
- 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, VCCM, NB, SB Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version)
- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) (see CAUTION 8)
- ASRock Instant Boot
- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 9)
- ASRock APP Charger (see CAUTION 10)
- ASRock XFast USB (see CAUTION 11)
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 12)
- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 13)
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Turbo 25 / Turbo 30 GPU Overclocking
- Turbo UCC
- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit
/ XP / XP 64-bit compliant
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
(see CAUTION 14)
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
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WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting
the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or using the thirdparty overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even
cause damage to the components and devices of your system. It should be done at
your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by
overclocking.
CAUTION!
1.
ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activation. As
long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you can unlock the
extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. When UCC feature is
enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to the quad-core CPU, and
some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also increase L3 cache size up to
6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade CPU performance with a better
price. Please be noted that UCC feature is supported with AM3/AM3+ CPU
2.
only, and in addition, not every AM3/AM3+ CPU can support this function
because some CPU’s hidden core may be malfunctioned.
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology. Please read “Un-
3.
tied Overclocking Technology” on page 49 for details.
This motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Before you
implement Dual Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the
installation guide of memory modules on page 17 for proper installation.
4.
Whether 1866/1800/1600MHz memory speed is supported depends on the
AM3/AM3+ CPU you adopt. If you want to adopt DDR3 1866/1800/1600
memory module on this motherboard, please refer to the memory support
list on our website for the compatible memory modules.
5.
ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be
less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 7 /
VistaTM / XP. For Windows® OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
6.
The maximum shared memory size is defined by the chipset vendor and
is subject to change. Please check AMD website for the latest information.
7.
For microphone input, this motherboard supports both stereo and mono modes.
For audio output, this motherboard supports 2-channel, 4-channel, 6-channel,
and 8-channel modes. Please check the table on page 13 for proper
connection.
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8.
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one tool to ne-tune
different system functions in a user-friendly interface, which is including
Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control,
it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking,
you are allowed to overclock CPU frequency for optimal system
performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and
share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to their
own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy
Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to
improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing
computing performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU).
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
9.
ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM.
This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS
without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. With
this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to
BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool
and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please
be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file
system.
10. If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your Apple devices,
such as iPhone/iPod/iPad Touch, ASRock has prepared a wonderful
solution for you - ASRock APP Charger. Simply installing the APP Charger
driver, it makes your iPhone charged much quickly from your computer
and up to 40% faster than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to
quickly charge many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports
continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1), Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). With APP
Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging
experience than ever.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/Feature/AppCharger/index.asp
11. ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The
performance may depend on the property of the device.
12. Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU bus frequencies may cause the instability of the system
or damage the CPU.
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13. While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown.
Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the
motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug it
back again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal
grease between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC
system.
14. EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by
European Union to define the power consumption for the completed
system. According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system
shall be under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standard, an
EuP ready motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required.
According to Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet
the standard of 5v standby power efficiency is higher than 50% under
100 mA current consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection,
we recommend you checking with the power supply manufacturer for
more details.
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1.3 Motherboard Layout
2
1
3
4
6
5
7
8
CHA_FAN3
9
FSB800
10
30.5cm (12.0-in)
CHA_FAN2
Center:
FRONT
Bottom:
MIC IN
Top:
LINE IN
Bottom:
Optical
SPDIF
Center:
REAR SPK
Top:
CTR BASS
Designed in Taipei
RJ-45 LAN
PCIE1
CHA_FAN1
eSATA3
IEEE 1394
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AMD
890GX
Chipset
DDR3_B2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
Clr
CMOS
42
41
40
LAN
PHY
FSB800
SOCKET AM3b
HDMI1
USB 3.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
43
DDR3_A2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
VGA1
DVI_CON1
USB 2.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
CPU_FAN2
Support 8-Core CPU
FSB2.6GHz
140W CPU
CPU_FAN1
ATX12V1
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
USB 2.0
T: USB4
B: USB5
Phenom II
AM3+
DDR3 1866
HT3.0
Dual Channel DX10.1
PS2
Keyboard
PWR_FAN1
24.4cm (9.6-in)
PCIE2
PCI1
USB 3.0
ErP/EuP Ready
890GX Extreme4
RoHS
Sideport memory 128MB
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CMOS
BATTERY
PCI2
SATA3 6Gb/s
AMD
SB850
Chipset
SPEAKER1
1
1394a
PLED1
1
PANEL 1
PLED PWRBTN
1
HDLED
USB3_2_3
COM1
IR1
USB6_7
USB8_9
1
1
34 33 32 31
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
1
1
30
RSTBTN
11
1
29
FRONT_1394
USB10_11
PWRBTN
1
HDMI_SPDIF1
8
Dr.
Debug
PCI3
HD_AUDIO1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
CLRCMOS1
1
35
28
27 26 25 24 23
Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
CPU Heatsink Retention Module
AM3+ CPU Socket
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN2)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel A: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1; Blue)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel B: DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2; White)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)
Northbridge Controller
Southbridge Controller
Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER 1, White)
Power LED Header (PLED1)
System Panel Header (PANEL1, White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA4 (PORT 3), White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA5 (PORT 4), White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA2 (PORT 1), White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA1 (PORT 0), White)
SATA3 Connector (SATA3 (PORT 2), White)
Front Panel IEEE 1394 Header
(FRONT_1394, White)
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22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
SATA1 (PORT 0)
SATA2 (PORT 1)
32Mb
BIOS
SATA3 (PORT 2)
SATA4 (PORT 3)
SATA5 (PORT 4)
Front USB 3.0
PCIE4
AUDIO
CODEC
1
12
PCIE3
Super
I/O
36
11
RESET
13
14
15
16
17
18
22 21 20 19
Dr. Debug (LED)
USB 3.0 Header (USB3_2_3, Light Blue)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
SPI Flash Memory (32Mb)
Reset Switch (RSTBTN)
Power Switch (PWRBTN)
USB 2.0 Header (USB10_11, Blue)
USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9, Blue)
USB 2.0 Header (USB6_7, Blue)
Serial Port Connector (COM1)
Infrared Module Header (IR1)
HDMI_SPDIF Header (HDMI_SPDIF1, White)
Front Panel Audio Header
(HD_AUDIO1, White)
PCI Slot (PCI3)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4; Blue)
PCI Slot (PCI2)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE3; Blue)
PCI Slot (PCI1)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2; Blue)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1; White)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN3)
1.4
I/O PPanel
anel
1
17
1
2
3
*4
5
6
7
8
** 9
2
3
15
16
4
13 12
14
USB 2.0 Ports (USB45)
VGA/D-Sub Port
USB 2.0 Ports (USB23)
LAN RJ-45 Port
Central / Bass (Orange)
Rear Speaker (Black)
Optical SPDIF Out Port
Line In (Light Blue)
Front Speaker (Lime)
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11
12
*** 13
14
15
16
17
5
8
6
9
7
10
11
Microphone (Pink)
USB 3.0 Port (USB01)
IEEE 1394 Port (IEEE 1394)
eSATA3 Connector
Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN)
VGA/HDMI Port
VGA/DVI-D Port
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED
indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Status
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Off
Orange
Green
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
LAN Port
** If you use 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”.
See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use.
TABLE for Audio Output Connection
Audio Output Channels Front Speaker Rear Speaker
(No. 9)
(No. 6)
Central / Bass
(No. 5)
Line In
or
Side Speaker
(No. 8)
2
4
V
V
-V
---
---
6
8
V
V
V
V
V
V
-V
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To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system.
Please select “Mixer ToolBox”
, click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click
“ok”. Choose “2CH”, “4CH”, “6CH”, or “8CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA
Primary output” to use Rear Speaker, Central/Bass, and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek
HDA Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio.
*** eSATA3 connector supports SATA Gen3 in cable 1M.
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2. Installation
This is an ATX form factor (12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) motherboard.
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the
power is switched off or the power cord is detached from the
power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static
electricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or
the like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a
safety grounded object before you handle components.
Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.
When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the motherboard
to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing so may
damage the motherboard.
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2.1
CPU Installation
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
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Unlock the socket by lifting the lever up to a 90 angle.
Position the CPU directly above the socket such that the CPU corner with
the golden triangle matches the socket corner with a small triangle.
Carefully insert the CPU into the socket until it fits in place.
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to avoid bending of the pins.
Step 4.
When the CPU is in place, press it firmly on the socket while you push
down the socket lever to secure the CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab
to indicate that it is locked.
Lever 90° Up
CPU Golden Triangle
Socker Corner
Small Triangle
STEP 1:
Lift Up The Socket Lever
STEP 2 / STEP 3:
Match The CPU Golden Triangle
To The Socket Corner Small
Triangle
STEP 4:
Push Down And Lock
The Socket Lever
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
After you install the CPU into this motherboard, it is necessary to install a
larger heatsink and cooling fan to dissipate heat. You also need to spray
thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat
dissipation. Make sure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to
the CPU FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see Page 12, No. 5 or CPU_FAN2,
see Page 12, No. 6). For proper installation, please kindly refer to the
instruction manuals of the CPU fan and the heatsink.
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2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots,
and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration,
you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chiptype) DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots of the same color. In other words, you have to
install identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel A (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1;
Blue slots; see p.12 No.7) or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel B
(DDR3_A2 and DDR3_B2; White slots; see p.12 No.8), so that Dual Channel
Memory Technology can be activated. This motherboard also allows you to
install four DDR3 DIMMs for dual channel configuration, and please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four slots. You may refer to the Dual Channel Memory
Configuration Table below.
Dual Channel Memory Configurations
DDR3_A1
(Blue Slot)
Populated
Populated
(1)
(2)
(3)*
*
DDR3_A2
(White Slot)
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B1
(Blue Slot)
Populated
Populated
DDR3_B2
(White Slot)
Populated
Populated
For the configuration (3), please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four
slots.
1.
If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility
and reliability, it is recommended to install them in the slots of the
same color. In other words, install them either in the set of blue slots
(DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1), or in the set of white slots (DDR3_A2
and DDR3_B2).
2.
3.
If only one memory module or three memory modules are installed
in the DDR3 DIMM slots on this motherboard, it is unable to activate
the Dual Channel Memory Technology.
If a pair of memory modules is NOT installed in the same Dual
Channel, for example, installing a pair of memory modules in
DDR3_A1 and DDR3_A2, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel
4.
Memory Technology .
It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into
5.
DDR3 slot; otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
If you adopt DDR3 1866/1800/1600 memory modules on this
motherboard, it is recommended to install them on DDR3_A2 and
DDR3_B2 slots.
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Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or
removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1.
Step 2.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the break
on the slot.
notch
break
notch
break
The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into the slot
at incorrect orientation.
Step 3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends fully
snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)
There are 3 PCI slots and 4 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCI Slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI
interface.
PCIE Slots:
PCIE1 (PCIE x1 slot; White) is used for PCI Express cards with x1 lane
width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card and SATA2 card.
PCIE2 / PCIE3 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x16 lane
width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to
support CrossFireXTM function.
PCIE4 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width
cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support 3-Way
CrossFireXTM function.
1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express
x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot.
2. In CrossFireXTM mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics cards
on PCIE2 and PCIE3 slots. Therefore, both these two slots will work at
x8 bandwidth.
3. In 3-Way CrossFireXTM mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics
cards on PCIE2, PCIE3 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, PCIE2 and PCIE3
slots will work at x8 bandwidth while PCIE4 slot will work at x4 bandwidth.
4. Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connector
(CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3) when using multiple
graphics cards for better thermal environment.
5. PCIE1 slot is shared with PCIE4 slot. If you use PCIE1 slot, PCIE4
slot will work at x1 bandwidth. If you use PCIE4 slot, PCIE1 slot will be
disabled.
Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power
supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the
documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screws
for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.5 Dual Monitor and Surround Display Features
Dual Monitor Feature
This motherboard supports dual monitor feature. With the internal VGA output
support (DVI-D, D-Sub and HDMI), you can easily enjoy the benefits of dual monitor
feature without installing any add-on VGA card to this motherboard. This
motherboard also provides independent display controllers for DVI-D, D-Sub and
HDMI to support dual VGA output so that DVI-D, D-sub and HDMI can drive same or
different display contents.
To enable dual monitor feature, please follow the below steps:
1. Connect DVI-D monitor cable to VGA/DVI-D port on the I/O panel, connect D-Sub
monitor cable to VGA/D-Sub port on the I/O panel, or connect HDMI monitor
cable to HDMI port on the I/O panel.
VGA/D-Sub port
VGA/DVI-D port
HDMI port
2. If you have installed onboard VGA driver from our support CD to your system
already, you can freely enjoy the benefits of dual monitor function after your
system boots. If you haven’t installed onboard VGA driver yet, please install
onboard VGA driver from our support CD to your system and restart your
computer. Then you can start to use dual monitor function on this motherboard.
1. DVI-D and HDMI ports cannot function at the same time. When one of
them is enabled, the other one will be disabled.
2. When you playback HDCP-protected video from Blu-ray (BD) or
HD-DVD disc, the content will be displayed only in one of the two
monitors instead of both monitors.
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Surround Display Feature
This motherboard supports surround display upgrade. With the internal VGA
output support (DVI-D, D-Sub and HDMI) and external add-on PCI Express VGA
cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of surround display feature.
Please refer to the following steps to set up a surround display environment:
1. Install the ATITM PCI Express VGA cards on PCIE2, PCIE3 and PCIE4 slots. Please
refer to page 19 for proper expansion card installation procedures for details.
2. Connect DVI-D monitor cable to VGA/DVI-D port on the I/O panel, connect D-Sub
monitor cable to VGA/D-Sub port on the I/O panel, or connect HDMI monitor
cable to HDMI port on the I/O panel. Then connect other monitor cables to the
corresponding connectors of the add-on PCI Express VGA cards on PCIE2,
PCIE3 and PCIE4 slots.
3. Boot your system. Press <F2> to enter UEFI setup. Enter “Share Memory”
option to adjust the memory capability to [32MB], [64MB], [128MB] [256MB] or
[512MB] to enable the function of VGA/D-sub. Please make sure that the value
you select is less than the total capability of the system memory. If you do not
adjust the UEFI setup, the default value of “Share Memory”, [Auto], will disable
VGA/D-Sub function when the add-on VGA card is inserted to this
motherboard.
4. Install the onboard VGA driver and the add-on PCI Express VGA card driver to
your system. If you have installed the drivers already, there is no need to install
them again.
5. Set up a multi-monitor display.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Right click the desktop, choose “Properties”, and select the “Settings” tab
so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor according to the
steps below.
A. Click the “Identify” button to display a large number on each monitor.
B. Right-click the display icon in the Display Properties dialog that you wish
to be your primary monitor, and then select “Primary”. When you use
multiple monitors with your card, one monitor will always be Primary,
and all additional monitors will be designated as Secondary.
C. Select the display icon identified by the number 2.
D. Click “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor”.
E. Right-click the display icon and select “Attached”, if necessary.
F. Set the “Screen Resolution” and “Color Quality” as appropriate for the
second monitor. Click “Apply” or “OK” to apply these new values.
G. Repeat steps C through E for the diaplay icon identified by the number
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight.
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For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Right click the desktop, choose “Personalize”, and select the “Display
Settings” tab so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor
according to the steps below.
A. Click the number ”2” icon.
B. Click the items “This is my main monitor” and “Extend the desktop onto
this monitor”.
C. Click “OK” to save your change.
D. Repeat steps A through C for the display icon identified by the number
three, four, five, six, seven and eight.
6. Use Surround Display. Click and drag the display icons to positions representing
the physical setup of your monitors that you would like to use. The placement
of display icons determines how you move items from one monitor to another.
HDCP Function
HDCP function is supported on this motherboard. To use HDCP
function with this motherboard, you need to adopt the monitor that
supports HDCP function as well. Therefore, you can enjoy the
superior display quality with high-definition HDCP encryption
contents. Please refer to below instruction for more details about
HDCP function.
What is HDCP?
HDCP stands for High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection, a
specification developed by Intel® for protecting digital entertainment
content that uses the DVI interface. HDCP is a copy protection
scheme to eliminate the possibility of intercepting digital data
midstream between the video source, or transmitter - such as a
computer, DVD player or set-top box - and the digital display, or
receiver - such as a monitor, television or projector. In other words,
HDCP specification is designed to protect the integrity of content as it
is being transmitted.
Products compatible with the HDCP scheme such as DVD players,
satellite and cable HDTV set-top-boxes, as well as few entertainment PCs requires a secure connection to a compliant display. Due
to the increase in manufacturers employing HDCP in their equipment,
it is highly recommended that the HDTV or LCD monitor you purchase
is compatible.
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2.6
CrossF
ireX TM, 3W ay CrossF
ireX TM and Quad
CrossFireX
3-W
CrossFireX
CrossFireX TM Operation Guide
This motherboard supports CrossFireXTM, 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad
CrossFireXTM feature. CrossFireXTM technology offers the most advantageous means
available of combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPU) in
a single PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with intelligent software
design and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFireXTM enables the highest
possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D application. Currently
CrossFireXTM feature is supported with Windows® XP with Service Pack 2 / VistaTM
/ 7 OS. 3-way CrossFireXTM and Quad CrossFireXTM feature are supported with
Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS only. Please check AMD website for ATITM CrossFireX TM
driver updates.
1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the
performance benefits of CrossFireXTM. All three CrossFireXTM components, a
CrossFireXTM Ready graphics card, a CrossFireXTM Ready motherboard and a
CrossFireXTM Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly to
benefit from the CrossFireXTM multi-GPU platform.
2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFireXTM Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both cards
will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFireXTM mode.
2.6.1 Graphics Card Setup
2.6.1.1 Installing TTwo
wo CrossF
ireX TM-R
eady Graphics
CrossFireX
-Ready
Cards
Different CrossFireXTM cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireXTM
feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 3870 as the example graphics card.
For other CrossFireXTM cards that ATITM has released or will release in the future, please
refer to ATITM graphics card manuals for detailed installation guide.
Step 1.
Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon
graphics card to PCIE3 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated
on the slots.
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Step 2.
Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on
CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards.
(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not
bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor
for details.)
CrossFire Bridge
or
Step 3.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics
card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert the
DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.6.1.2 Installing Three CrossFireX TM-Ready Graphics
Cards
Step 1.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE2 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 2.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE3 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 3.
Install one Radeon graphics card to PCIE4 slot. For the proper installation
procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Step 4.
Use one CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon graphics cards on PCIE2
and PCIE3 slots, and use the other CrossFireTM Bridge to connect Radeon
graphics cards on PCIE3 and PCIE4 slots. (CrossFireTM Bridge is provided
with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard.
Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)
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CrossFireTM Bridge
Step 5.
Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics
card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert the
DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor
cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)
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2.6.2 Driver Installation and Setup
Step 1.
Step 2.
Power on your computer and boot into OS.
Remove the ATITM driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your system.
The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this
utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.
Please check AMD website for ATITM driver updates.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Install the required drivers to your system.
For Windows® XP OS:
A. ATITM recommends Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be
installed (If you have Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed
in your system, there is no need to download it again):
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to
downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please
check Microsoft website for details.
For Windows® 7 / VistaTM OS:
Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.
Restart your computer.
Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.
Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
Step 6.
Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select
“CrossFireXTM”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireXTM”. Select “2
GPUs” and click “Apply” (if you install two Radeon graphics cards). Select
“3 GPUs” and click “OK” (if you install three Radeon graphics cards).
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Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFireTM”, the CrossFireXTM
function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically reboot. After
restarting your computer, please confirm whether the option “Enable
CrossFireTM” in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not; if not, please
select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM
feature.
Step 7.
You can freely enjoy the benefit of CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM or
Quad CrossFireXTM feature.
* CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of ATITM Technologies Inc., and is
used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
* For further information of ATITM CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website for
updates and details.
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2.7
ATI TM Hybrid CrossF
ireX TM Operation Guide
CrossFireX
This motherboard supports ATITM Hybrid CrossFireXTM feature. ATITM Hybrid
CrossFireXTM brings multi-GPU performance capabilities by enabling an AMD
890GX integrated graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to
operate simultaneously with combined output to a single display for blisteringlyfast frame rates. Currently, ATITM Hybrid CrossFireXTM Technology is only
supported with Windows® VistaTM / 7 OS, and is not available with Windows® XP
OS. In the future, ATITM Hybrid CrossFireXTM may be supported with Windows® XP
OS.
What does an ATI TM Hybrid CrossFireX TM system include?
An ATITM Hybrid CrossFireXTM system includes an ATITM RadeonTM 2400, 3450 or 5450
series graphics processor and a motherboard based on an AMD 890GX integrated
chipset, all operating in a Windows® VistaTM / 7 environment. Please refer to below
PCI Express graphics card support list for ATITM Hybrid CrossFireXTM. For the future
update of more compatible PCI Express graphics cards, please visit our website for
further information.
Vendor Chipset
Model
ATI
RADEON HD2400XT
POWERCOLOR HD2400 XT
256MB DDR3
Support CD 8.70
Driver
RADEON HD3450
POWERCOLOR AX3450
256MD2-S
Support CD 8.70
RADEON HD5450
ATI RADEON HD5450 1GB
Support CD 8.70
Enjoy the benefit of A
TI TM Hybrid CrossF
ireX TM
ATI
CrossFireX
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6.
Install one compatible PCI Express graphics card to PCIE2 slot (blue). For
the proper installation procedures, please refer to section “Expansion Slots”.
Connect the monitor cable to the correspondent connector on the PCI
Express graphics card on PCIE2 slot.
Boot your system. Press <F2> to enter BIOS setup. Enter “Advanced”
screen, and enter “Chipset Settings”. Then set the option “Surround View”
to [Enabled].
Boot into OS. Please remove the ATITM driver if you have any VGA driver
installed in your system.
Install the onboard VGA driver from our support CD to your system for both
the onboard VGA and the discrete graphics card.
Restart your computer. Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on
your Windows® taskbar.
ATI Catalyst Control Center
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Step 7.
Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, click “CrossFireTM”,
and then select the option “Enable CrossFireTM”.
View
Enable CrossFireTM
CrossFireTM
Step 8.
Click “Yes” to continue.
Step 9.
Click “OK” to save your change.
Step 10. Reboot your system. Then you can freely enjoy the benefit of HybridTM
CrossFireXTM feature.
* Hybrid CrossFireXTM appearing here is a registered trademark of ATITM Technologies Inc.,
and is used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to
infringe.
* For further information of ATITM Hybrid CrossFireXTM technology, please check AMD website
for up dates and details.
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2.8
Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose pin1
and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap is
placed on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Clear CMOS Jumper
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.12, No. 24)
Setting
1_2
Default
2_3
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. The data in CMOS includes
system setup information such as system password, date, time, and system
setup parameters. To clear and reset the system parameters to default setup,
please turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power
supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3
on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However, please do not clear the CMOS right
after you update the BIOS. If you need to clear the CMOS when you just finish
updating the BIOS, you must boot up the system first, and then shut it down
before you do the clear-CMOS action.
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2.9 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
SATA3 (PORT 2)
SATA4 (PORT 3)
Serial ATA3 Connectors
(SATA1 (PORT 0): see p.12, No. 19)
(SATA3 (PORT 2): see p.12, No. 20)
(SATA4 (PORT 3): see p.12, No. 16)
(SATA5 (PORT 4): see p.12, No. 17)
SATA1 (PORT 0)
SATA2 (PORT 1)
(SATA2 (PORT 1): see p.12, No. 18)
Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
These five Serial ATA3
(SATA3) connectors support
SATA data cables for internal
storage devices. The current
SATA3 interface allows up to
6.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
Either end of the SATA data cable
can be connected to the SATA3
hard disk or the SATA3
connector on this motherboard.
(Optional)
Serial ATA (SATA)
Power Cable
(Optional)
SATA5 (PORT 4)
motherboard!
connect to the SATA HDD
power connector
connect to the
power supply
USB 2.0 Headers
USB_PWR
P-7
P+7
GND
DUMMY
(9-pin USB6_7)
(see p.12 No. 30)
1
GND
P+6
P-6
USB_PWR
USB_PWR
P-9
P+9
GND
DUMMY
(9-pin USB8_9)
(see p.12 No. 29)
1
GND
P+8
P-8
USB_PWR
USB_PWR
P-11
P+11
GND
DUMMY
(9-pin USB10_11)
(see p.12 No. 28)
1
GND
P+10
P-10
USB_PWR
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Please connect the black end of
SATA power cable to the power
connector on each drive. Then
connect the white end of SATA
power cable to the power
connector of the power supply.
Besides four default USB 2.0
ports on the I/O panel, there are
three USB 2.0 headers on this
motherboard. Each USB 2.0
header can support two USB
2.0 ports.
USB 3.0 Header
IntA_P2_D+
IntA_P2_DGND
IntA_P2_SSTX+
IntA_P2_SSTXGND
IntA_P2_SSRX+
IntA_P2_SSRXVbus
(19-pin USB3_2_3)
(see p.12 No. 23)
1
ID
Besides two default USB 3.0
ports on the I/O panel, there is
one USB 3.0 header on this
motherboard. This USB 3.0
header can support two USB
3.0 ports.
Vbus
IntA_P1_SSRXIntA_P1_SSRX+
GND
IntA_P1_SSTXIntA_P1_SSTX+
GND
IntA_P1_DIntA_P1_D+
Infrared Module Header
IRTX
+5V
DUMMY
(5-pin IR1)
(see p.12 No. 32)
1
GND
IRRX
Front Panel Audio Header
GND
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT_RET
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
(see p.12, No. 34)
1
OUT2_L
J_SENSE
OUT2_R
MIC2_R
MIC2_L
This header supports an
optional wireless transmitting
and receiving infrared module.
This is an interface for the front
panel audio cable that allows
convenient connection and
control of audio devices.
1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on
the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the
instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio
header as below:
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).
D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t
need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.
E. To activate the front mic.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”.
For Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Go to the "FrontMic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust
“Recording Volume”.
System Panel Header
PLED+
PLEDPWRBTN#
GND
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.12 No. 15)
1
DUMMY
RESET#
GND
HDLEDHDLED+
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This header accommodates
several system front panel
functions.
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator on
the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note
the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may
configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to
perform a normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED
is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the
sys-tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4
sleep state or powered off (S5).
HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module
mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive
activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front panel
module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the pin
assign-ments are matched correctly.
Power LED Header
(3-pin PLED1)
(see p.12 No. 14)
Chassis Speaker Header
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
(see p.12 No. 13)
Please connect the chassis
power LED to this header to
indicate system power status.
The LED is on when the system
is operating. The LED keeps
blinking in S1 state. The LED is
off in S3/S4 state or S5 state
(power off).
1
PLEDPLED+
PLED+
1
SPEAKER
DUMMY
DUMMY
+5V
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Please connect the chassis
speaker to this header.
Chassis and Power Fan Connectors
(4-pin CHA_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 9)
GND
+12V
CHA_FAN_SPEED
FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
(3-pin CHA_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 42)
Please connect the fan cables
to the fan connectors and
match the black wire to the
ground pin. CHA_FAN1/2/3 fan
speed can be controlled through
UEFI or AXTU.
(3-pin CHA_FAN3)
(see p.12 No. 43)
(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 1)
CPU Fan Connectors
Please connect the CPU fan
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)
cable to this connector and
match the black wire to the
ground pin.
(see p.12 No. 5)
1 2 3 4
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin
CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function.
If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this
motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
(3-pin CPU_FAN2)
(see p.12 No. 6)
ATX Power Connector
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24
1
13
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(see p.12 No. 10)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power
supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
12
24
1
13
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
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ATX 12V Power Connector
8
5
(8-pin ATX12V1)
4
1
Please connect an ATX 12V
power supply to this connector.
(see p.12 No. 2)
Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work
if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the 4-pin ATX power
supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 5. 8
5
4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation
IEEE 1394 Header
RXTPAM_0
GND
RXTPBM_0
+12V
GND
(9-pin FRONT_1394)
(see p.12 No. 21)
1
+12V
RXTPBP_0
GND
RXTPAP_0
Serial port Header
RRXD1
DDTR#1
DDSR#1
CCTS#1
(9-pin COM1)
(see p.12 No.31)
1
(see p.12 No. 33)
1
Besides one default IEEE 1394
port on the I/O panel, there is one
IEEE 1394 header
(FRONT_1394) on this
motherboard. This IEEE 1394
header can support one IEEE
1394 port.
This COM1 header supports a
serial port module.
RRI#1
RRTS#1
GND
TTXD1
DDCD#1
HDMI_SPDIF Header
(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)
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HDMI_SPDIF header, providing
SPDIF audio output to HDMI VGA
card, allows the system to
connect HDMI Digital TV/
projector/LCD devices. Please
connect the HDMI_SPDIF
connector of HDMI VGA card to
this header.
1
GND
SPDIFOUT
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Front USB 3.0 Panel Installation Guide
Step 1 Prepare the bundled Front USB 3.0 Panel,
four HDD screws, and six chassis screws.
Step 2 Screw the 2.5” HDD/SSD to the Front
USB 3.0 Panel with four HDD screws.
Step 3 Intall the Front USB 3.0 Panel into the 2.5”
drive bay of the chassis.
Step 4 Screw the Front USB 3.0 Panel to the
drive bay with six chassis screws.
Step 5 Plug the Front USB 3.0 cable into the USB 3.0
header (USB3_2_3) on the motherboard.
Step 6 The Front USB 3.0 Panel is ready
to use.
Rear USB 3.0 Bracket Installation Guide
Step 1 Unscrew the two screws from the Front
USB 3.0 Panel.
Step 2 Put the USB 3.0 cable and the
rear USB 3.0 bracket together.
Step 4 Put the rear USB 3.0 bracket into
the chassis.
Step 3 Screw the two screws into the rear
USB 3.0 bracket.
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2.10 Smart Switches
This motherboard has three smart switches: power switch, reset switch and
clear CMOS switch, allowing users to quickly turn on/off or reset the system or
clear the CMOS values.
Power Switch
Power Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly turn
on/off the system.
(PWRBTN)
(see p.12 No. 27)
Reset Switch
(RSTBTN)
(see p.12 No. 26)
Reset Switch is a smart switch,
allowing users to quickly reset
the system.
RESET
Clear CMOS Switch
(CLRCBTN)
Clear CMOS Switch is a smart
switch, allowing users to quickly
clear the CMOS values
clr
(see p.13 No. 14)
CMOS
You are not allowed to use Clear CMOS switch function if you set up the system
password. If you want to clear the CMOS values, please clean your system
password in advance or refer to page 31 “Clear CMOS jumper” description
instead.
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2.11 Dr. Debug
Dr. Debug is used to provide code information, which makes troubleshooting even
easier. Please see the diagrams below for reading the Dr. Debug codes.
Status Code
0x00
Description
Not used
0x01
0x02
Power on. Reset type detection (soft/hard)
AP initialization before microcode loading
0x03
0x04
North Bridge initialization before microcode loading
South Bridge initialization before microcode loading
0x05
0x06
OEM initialization before microcode loading
Microcode loading
0x07
0x08
AP initialization after microcode loading
North Bridge initialization after microcode loading
0x09
0x0A
South Bridge initialization after microcode loading
OEM initialization after microcode loading
0x0B
0x0C – 0x0D
Cache initialization
Reserved for future AMI SEC error codes
0x0E
0x0F
Microcode not found
Microcode not loaded
0x10
0x11
PEI Core is started
Pre-memory CPU initialization is started
0x12
0x13
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
0x14
0x15
Pre-memory CPU initialization (CPU module specific)
Pre-memory North Bridge initialization is started
0x16
0x17
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
0x18
0x19
Pre-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization is started
0x1A
0x1B
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
0x1C
0x1D – 0x2A
Pre-memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
OEM pre-memory initialization codes
0x2B
0x2C
Memory initialization. Serial Presence Detect (SPD) data reading
Memory initialization. Memory presence detection
0x2D
0x2E
Memory initialization. Programming memory timing information
Memory initialization. Configuring memory
0x2F
0x30
Memory initialization (other)
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
0x31
0x32
Memory Installed
CPU post-memory initialization is started
0x33
0x34
CPU post-memory initialization. Cache initialization
CPU post-memory initialization. Application Processor(s) (AP) initialization
0x35
0x36
CPU post-memory initialization. Boot Strap Processor (BSP) selection
CPU post-memory initialization. System Management Mode (SMM)
initialization
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0x37
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization is started
0x38
0x39
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
0x3A
0x3B
Post-Memory North Bridge initialization (North Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization is started
0x3C
0x3D
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
0x3E
0x3F-0x4E
Post-Memory South Bridge initialization (South Bridge module specific)
OEM post memory initialization codes
0x4F
0x50
DXE IPL is started
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory type or incompatible memory
0x51
speed
Memory initialization error. SPD reading has failed
0x52
Memory initialization error. Invalid memory size or memory modules do not
match
0x53
0x54
Memory initialization error. No usable memory detected
Unspecified memory initialization error
0x55
0x56
Memory not installed
Invalid CPU type or Speed
0x57
0x58
CPU mismatch
CPU self test failed or possible CPU cache error
0x59
0x5A
CPU micro-code is not found or micro-code update is failed
Internal CPU error
0x5B
0x5C-0x5F
reset PPI is not available
Reserved for future AMI error codes
0xE0
0xE1
S3 Resume is stared (S3 Resume PPI is called by the DXE IPL)
S3 Boot Script execution
0xE2
0xE3
Video repost
OS S3 wake vector call
0xE4-0xE7
0xE8
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
S3 Resume Failed
0xE9
0xEA
S3 Resume PPI not Found
S3 Resume Boot Script Error
0xEB
0xEC-0xEF
S3 OS Wake Error
Reserved for future AMI error codes
0xF0
0xF1
Recovery condition triggered by firmware (Auto recovery)
Recovery condition triggered by user (Forced recovery)
0xF2
0xF3
Recovery process started
Recovery firmware image is found
0xF4
0xF5-0xF7
Recovery firmware image is loaded
Reserved for future AMI progress codes
0xF8
0xF9
Recovery PPI is not available
Recovery capsule is not found
0xFA
0xFB – 0xFF
Invalid recovery capsule
Reserved for future AMI error codes
0x60
0X61
DXE Core is started
NVRAM initialization
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0x62
Installation of the South Bridge Runtime Services
0x63
0x64
CPU DXE initialization is started
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
0x65
0x66
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
0x67
0x68
CPU DXE initialization (CPU module specific)
PCI host bridge initialization
0x69
0x6A
North Bridge DXE initialization is started
North Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
0x6B
0x6C
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
0x6D
0x6E
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
0x6F
0x70
North Bridge DXE initialization (North Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE initialization is started
0x71
0x72
South Bridge DXE SMM initialization is started
South Bridge devices initialization
0x73
0x74
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
0x75
0x76
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
0x77
0x78
South Bridge DXE Initialization (South Bridge module specific)
ACPI module initialization
0x79
0x7A – 0x7F
CSM initialization
Reserved for future AMI DXE codes
0x80 – 0x8F
0x90
OEM DXE initialization codes
Boot Device Selection (BDS) phase is started
0x91
0x92
Driver connecting is started
PCI Bus initialization is started
0x93
0x94
PCI Bus Hot Plug Controller Initialization
PCI Bus Enumeration
0x95
0x96
PCI Bus Request Resources
PCI Bus Assign Resources
0x97
0x98
Console Output devices connect
Console input devices connect
0x99
0x9A
Super IO Initialization
USB initialization is started
0x9B
0x9C
USB Reset
USB Detect
0x9D
0x9E – 0x9F
USB Enable
Reserved for future AMI codes
0xA0
0xA1
IDE initialization is started
IDE Reset
0xA2
0xA3
IDE Detect
IDE Enable
0xA4
0xA5
SCSI initialization is started
SCSI Reset
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0xA6
SCSI Detect
0xA7
0xA8
SCSI Enable
Setup Verifying Password
0xA9
0xAA
Start of Setup
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
0xAB
0xAC
Setup Input Wait
Reserved for ASL (see ASL Status Codes section below)
0xAD
0xAE
Ready To Boot event
Legacy Boot event
0xAF
0xB0
Exit Boot Services event
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP Begin
0xB1
0xB2
Runtime Set Virtual Address MAP End
Legacy Option ROM Initialization
0xB3
0xB4
System Reset
USB hot plug
0xB5
0xB6
PCI bus hot plug
Clean-up of NVRAM
0xB7
0xB8 – 0xBF
Configuration Reset (reset of NVRAM settings)
Reserved for future AMI codes
0xC0 – 0xCF
0xD0
OEM BDS initialization codes
CPU initialization error
0xD1
0xD2
North Bridge initialization error
South Bridge initialization error
0xD3
0xD4
Some of the Architectural Protocols are not available
PCI resource allocation error. Out of Resources
0xD5
0xD6
No Space for Legacy Option ROM
No Console Output Devices are found
0xD7
0xD8
No Console Input Devices are found
Invalid password
0xD9
0xDA
Error loading Boot Option (LoadImage returned error)
Boot Option is failed (StartImage returned error)
0xDB
0xDC
Flash update is failed
Reset protocol is not available
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2.12 Serial A
ATTA3 (SA
(SATTA3) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts AMD SB850 chipset that supports Serial ATA3 (SATA3)
hard disks and RAID functions. You may install SATA3 hard disks on this
motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install the
SATA3 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA3 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA3
connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA3 hard disk.
2.13 Hot Plug and Hot Swap FFunctions
unctions for SA
SATTA3 HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA3 in RAID/
AHCI mode. AMD SB850 chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host
controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA host controllers
developed thru a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA3 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called “Hot
Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the
system is still power-on and in working condition.
However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been
installed into the SATA3 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA3 HDDs are built as RAID 1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot Swap”
for the action to insert and remove the SATA3 HDDs while the system is
still power-on and in working condition.
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2.14 SA
eature and Operation Guide
SATTA3 HDD Hot Plug FFeature
This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA3 HDD in RAID / AHCI mode.
Please read below operation guide of Hot Plug feature carefully. Before you process
the SATA3 HDD Hot Plug, please check below cable accessories from the motherboard
gift box pack.
A. 7-pin SATA data cable
B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface
A. SATA data cable (Red)
SATA 7-pin
connector
B. SATA power cable
The SATA 15-pin power
connector (Black) connect
to SATA3 HDD
1x4-pin conventional
power connector (White)
connect to power supply
Caution
1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA3 Hot Plug cannot be
processed.
2. Even some SATA3 HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power connector and IDE
1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE 1x4-pin conventional
power connector interface is definitely not able to support Hot Plug and will
cause the HDD damage and data loss.
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which
supports SATA3 HDD Hot Plug.
* The SATA3 Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset because of
its limitation, the SATA3 Hot Plug support information of our motherboard is
indicated in the product spec on our website: www.asrock.com
2. Make sure your SATA3 HDD can support Hot Plug function from your dealer or
HDD user manual. The SATA3 HDD, which cannot support Hot Plug function, will
be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.
3. Please make sure the SATA3 driver is installed into system properly. The latest
SATA3 driver is available on our support website: www.asrock.com
4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our
motherboard package.
5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash
or data loss.
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How to Hot Plug a SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Please connect SATA power cable 1x4-pin end
Step 2 Connect SATA data cable to
the motherboard’s SATA3 connector.
(White) to the power supply 1x4-pin cable.
SATA power cable 1x4-pin
power connector (White)
Step 3 Connect SATA 15-pin power cable connector
(Black) end to SATA3 HDD.
Step 4
Connect SATA data cable to
the SATA3 HDD.
How to Hot Unplug a SATA3 HDD:
Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:
Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper
procedure will cause the SATA3 HDD damage and data loss.
Step 1 Unplug SATA data cable from SATA3 HDD side.
Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA3 HDD side.
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2.15 Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical
drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom
side to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work
properly.
2.16 Installing Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM /
Vista TM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit on
a RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow
below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.16.1 Installing Windows ® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
FFunctions
unctions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or more
SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage
Configuration.
B.
Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette. (Please use USB floppy or floppy
disk.)
A.
Insert the ASRock Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.
B.
During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and
then a window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CDROM as the boot device.
C.
When you see the message on the screen, “Generate Serial ATA driver
diskette [YN]?”, press <Y>.
D.
Then you will see these messages,
All data in the disk will be destroyed,
proceed? [Y/N]
Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press any key.
E.
The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA3
drivers into the floppy diskette.
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STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID installation
guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After step 1, 2, 3, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
At the beginning of Windows ® setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID driver.
When prompted, insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD RAID driver.
After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install
according to the OS you install.
2.16.2 Installing Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM /
Vista TM 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on a RAID disk
composed of 2 or more SATA3 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below
steps.
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage
Configuration.
B.
Set the “SATA Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID installation
guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette.
Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.16.1 step 2 on page 46.
STEP 4: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
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2.17 Installing Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM /
Vista TM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit OS
on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below procedures
according to the OS you install.
2.17.1 Installing Windows ® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA3 HDDs without RAID
functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage
Configuration.
B.
Set the “SATA Mode” option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Make a SATA3 Driver Diskette.
Make a SATA3 driver diskette by following section 2.16.1 step 2 on page 46.
STEP 3: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
You can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. At the beginning
of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When prompted,
insert the SATA3 driver diskette containing the AMD AHCI driver. After reading the
floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install according to the
OS you install.
Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage
Configuration.
B.
Set the “SATA Mode” option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.17.2 Installing Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM /
Vista TM 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on your SATA3
HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA3 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage
Configuration.
B.
Set the “SATA Mode” option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
Using SATA3 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A.
Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage
Configuration.
B.
Set the “SATA Mode” option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on your
system.
2.18 Untied Overclocking TTechnology
echnology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during
overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of UEFI
setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is untied
during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB can
operate under a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 9 for the possible overclocking risk
before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
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3. UEFI SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the UEFI SETUP UTILITY to configure your system.
The SPI Memory on the motherboard stores the UEFI SETUP UTILITY. You may run the
UEFI SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press <F2> or <Del>
during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, otherwise,
POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the UEFI software is constantly being updated, the following
UEFI setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only,
and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
3.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar
The top of the
Main
OC Tweaker
Advanced
H/W Monitor
Boot
screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
To set up the system time/date information
To set up overclocking features
To set up the advanced UEFI features
To display current hardware status
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
Use < > key or < > key to choose among the selections on the menu bar,
and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
/
/
+ / <Enter>
<F1>
<F9>
<F10>
<ESC>
3.2
Function Description
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
Moves cursor up or down to select items
To change option for the selected items
To bring up the selected screen
To display the General Help Screen
To load optimal default values for all the settings
To save changes and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
Main Screen
When you enter the UEFI SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display the
system overview.
System Time [Hour:Minute:Second]
Use this item to specify the system time.
System Date [Day Month/Date/Year]
Use this item to specify the system date.
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3.3 OC TTweak
weak
er Screen
weaker
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
CPU Configuration
Overclock Mode
Use this to select Overclock Mode. Configuration options: [Auto] and [Manual].
The default value is [Auto].
Spread Spectrum
This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability.
ASRock UCC
ASRock UCC (Unlock CPU Core) feature simplifies AMD CPU activation. As
long as a simple switch of the UEFI option “ASRock UCC”, you can unlock
the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost. When UCC
feature is enabled, the dual-core or triple-core CPU will boost to the quadcore CPU, and some CPU, including quad-core CPU, can also increase L3
cache size up to 6MB, which means you can enjoy the upgrade CPU
performance with a better price. Please be noted that UCC feature is supported with AM3/AM3+ CPU only, and in addition, not every AM3/AM3+ CPU
can support this function because some CPU’s hidden core may be
malfunctioned.
CPU Active Core Control
This allows you to adjust CPU Active Core Control feature. The configuration options depend on the CPU core you adopt. The default value is [Disabled].
Processor Maximum Frequency
It will display Processor Maximum Frequency for reference.
North Bridge Maximum Frequency
It will display North Bridge Maximum Frequency for reference.
Processor Maximum Voltage
It will display Processor Maximum Voltage for reference.
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Multiplier/Voltage Change
This item is set to [Auto] by default. If it is set to [Manual], you may adjust the
value of Processor Frequency and Processor Voltage. However, it is
recommended to keep the default value for system stability.
CPU Frequency (MHz)
Use this option to adjust CPU frequency.
CPU Voltage
It allows you to adjust the value of CPU voltage. However, for safety and
system stability, it is not recommended to adjust the value of this item.
NB Frequency (MHz)
Use this option to adjust NB frequency.
NB Voltage
It allows you to adjust the value of NB voltage. However, for safety and
system stability, it is not recommended to adjust the value of this item.
HT Bus Speed (MHz)
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus speed. Configuration options: [Auto], [200MHz] to [2000MHz].
HT Bus Width
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus width. Configuration options: [Auto], [8 Bit] and [16 Bit].
DRAM Configuration
DRAM Frequency
If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s)
inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically.
DRAM Timing Control
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Power Down Enable
Use this item to enable or disable DDR power down mode.
Bank Interleaving
Interleaving allows memory accesses to be spread out over banks on the
same node, or accross nodes, decreasing access contention.
Channel Interleaving
It allows you to enable Channel Memory Interleaving. Configuration options:
[Disabled], [Address bits 6], [Address bits 12], [HASH 1] and [HASH 2]. The
default value is [HASH 2].
CAS# Latency (tCL)
Use this item to change CAS# Latency (tCL) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
Use this item to change RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Row Precharge Time (tRP)
Use this item to change Row Precharge Time (tRP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS# Active Time (tRAS)
Use this item to change RAS# Active Time (tRAS) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Command Rate (CR)
Use this item to change Command Rate (CR) Auto/Manual setting. Min:
1N. Max: 2N. The default is [Auto].
RAS# Cycle Time (tRC)
Use this item to change RAS# Cycle Time (tRC) Auto/Manual setting. The
default is [Auto].
Write Recovery Time (tWR)
Use this item to change Write Recovery Time (tWR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC)
Use this item to change Refresh Cyle Time (tRFC) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD)
Use this item to change RAS to RAS Delay (tRRD) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Write to Read Delay (tWTR)
Use this item to change Write to Read Delay (tWTR) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
Read to Precharge (tRTP)
Use this item to change Read to Precharge (tRTP) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
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Four Activate Window (tFAW)
Use this item to change Four Activate Window (tFAW) Auto/Manual setting.
The default is [Auto].
GPU Clock Override
Onboard GPU Clock Override
Use this item to enable ot disable GPU clock override. The default value is
[Disabled].
Voltage Control
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
NB Voltage
Use this to select NB Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
HT Voltage
Use this to select HT Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
CPU Load-Line Calibration
CPU Load-Line Calibration helps prevent CPU voltage droop when the
system is under heavy load.
PCIE VDDA Voltage
Use this to select PCIE VDDA Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
SB Voltage
Use this to select SB Voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Would you like to save current setting user defaults?
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4
Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU
Configuration, North Bridge Configuration, South Bridge Configuration, Storage
Configuration, SuperIO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, and USB Configuration.
Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock Instant Flash is a UEFI flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This
convenient UEFI update tool allows you to update system UEFI without
entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch
this tool and save the new UEFI file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or
hard drive, then you can update your UEFI only in a few clicks without
preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility.
Please be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/
12 file system. If you execute ASRock Instant Flash utility, the utility will
show the UEFI files and their respective information. Select the proper
UEFI file to update your UEFI, and reboot your system after UEFI update
process completes.
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3.4.1 CPU Configuration
Cool ‘n’ Quiet
Use this item to enable or disable AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM technology. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Auto], [Enabled] and
[Disabled]. If you install Windows ® 7 / VistaTM and want to enable this
function, please set this item to [Enabled]. Please note that enabling this
function may reduce CPU voltage and memory frequency, and lead to
system stability or compatibility issue with some memory modules or power
supplies. Please set this item to [Disable] if above issue occurs.
Secure Virtual Machine
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by AMD-V. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
Enhance Halt State (C1E)
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported
through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no
hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor
maintains the context of the system caches.
CPU Thermal Throttle
Use this item to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep the
CPU from overheated. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.2
North Bridge Configuration
Internal Graphics Mode
This allows you to adjust internal graphics mode. Configuration options:
[UMA] and [Disabled]. The default value is [UMA].
Share Memory
This allows you to set share memory feature. The default value is [Auto].
Configuration options: [Auto], [32MB], [64MB], [128MB], [256MB] and
[512MB]. This option only appears when you set “Internal Graphics Mode”
to [UMA].
Onboard HDMI HD Audio
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard HDMI HD Audio in AMD
890GX. If you use Dual-link DVI monitor, please set this item to [Disabled].
Primary Graphics Adapter
This item will switch the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for video
card. It allows you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple
video controllers. The default value of this feature is [PCI Express]. Configuration options: [PCI], [Onboard] and [PCI Express].
Surround View
This allows you to enable or disable the Surround View feature or Hybrid
CrossFireXTM feature.
PCIE2 Link ASPM
This allows you to adjust PCIE2 Link ASPM. Configuration options:
[Disabled], [L0s], [L1] and [L0s & L1]. The default value is [Disabled].
PCIE3 Link ASPM
This allows you to adjust PCIE3 Link ASPM. Configuration options:
[Disabled], [L0s], [L1] and [L0s & L1]. The default value is [Disabled].
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3.4.3
South Bridge Configuration
Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound
Card is plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
Onboard LAN
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN feature.
Onboard IEEE 1394
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard IEEE 1394 feature.
Onboard Debug Port LED
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard Debug Port LED feature.
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
SATA Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the “SATA Controller” feature.
SATA Mode
Use this item to adjust SATA Mode. The default value of this option is [IDE
Mode]. Configuration options: [AHCI Mode], [RAID Mode] and [IDE Mode].
If you set this item to RAID mode, it is suggested to install
SATA ODD driver on SATA3_5 or eSATA3 port.
SATA IDE Combined Mode
This item is for SATA3_5 and eSATA3 ports. Use this item to enable or
disable SATA IDE combined mode. The default value is [Enabled].
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3.4.5 Super IO Configuration
Serial Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard serial port.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port.
Configuration options: [Auto], [3F8 / IRQ4], [2F8 / IRQ3], [3E8 / IRQ4],
[2E8 / IRQ3].
Infrared Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port.
Infrared Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port.
Confi guration options: [Auto], [3F8 / IRQ4], [2F8 / IRQ3], [3E8 / IRQ4],
[2E8 / IRQ3].
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3.4.6
ACPI Configuration
Suspend to RAM
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power
loss. If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the
power recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes
and the system starts to boot up when the power recovers.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from the
power-soft-off mode.
Ring-In Power On
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
ACPI HPET Table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Disabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this
motherboard to submit Windows® VistaTM certification.
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3.4.7 USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
USB 3.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 3.0 controller.
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
confi guration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [UEFI Setup Only].
The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the
details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and
UEFI setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility
issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[UEFI Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under UEFI
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
Legacy USB 3.0 Support
Use this option to enable or disable legacy support for USB 3.0 devices.
The default value is [Enabled].
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3.5
Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU fan
speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
CPU Fan 1 & 2 Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan 1 & 2 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 1 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On], [Manual Mode] and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 2 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 2 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Chassis Fan 3 Setting
This allows you to set the chassis fan 3 speed. Confi guration options: [Full
On] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
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3.6
Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.
Setup Prompt Timeout
This shows the number of seconds to wait for setup activation key.
65535(0XFFFF) means indefi nite waiting.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled].
AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option
“Full Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information
when the system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options:
[Enabled] and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
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3.7 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system.
For the user password, you may also clear it.
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3.8 Exit Screen
Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to save the changes
and exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to exit the UEFI SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard changes?” Select [OK] to discard all changes.
Load UEFI Defaults
Load UEFI default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
Launch EFI Shell from filesystem device
Attempts to Launch EFI Shell application (Shell64.efi) from one of the
available filesystem devices.
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Software
Supportt
4. Sof
tware Suppor
4.1 Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 7 / 7
64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings and
hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information.
4.2 Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4.2.1 Running The Support CD
To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD
automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your computer.
If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on the file
“ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the menus.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects the
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports.
Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome
to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your
dealer for further information.
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Installing OS on a HDD Larger Than 2TB
This motherboard is adopting UEFI BIOS that allows Windows® OS to be
installed on a large size HDD (>2TB). Please follow below procedure to
install the operating system.
1. Please make sure to use Windows® VistaTM 64-bit (with SP1 or
above) or Windows® 7 64-bit.
2. Set AHCI Mode in UEFI Setup Utility > Advanced > Storage
Configuration > SATA Mode.
3. Press F11 to launch boot menu at system POST.
4. Choose the item “UEFI:xxx“ to boot. (“xxx” is the device which contains
your Windows® installation fi les. Normally it is an optical drive.)
5. Start Windows® installation.
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