GA-F2A55M-DS2
User's Manual
Rev. 1001
12ME-F255MS2-1001R
Motherboard
GA-F2A55M-DS2
Aug. 20, 2012
GA-F2A55M-DS2
Motherboard
Aug. 20, 2012
Copyright
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Identifying Your Motherboard Revision
The revision number on your motherboard looks like this: "REV: X.X." For example, "REV:
1.0" means the revision of the motherboard is 1.0. Check your motherboard revision before
updating motherboard BIOS, drivers, or when looking for technical information.
Example:
Table of Contents
GA-F2A55M-DS2 Motherboard Layout............................................................................5
GA-F2A55M-DS2 Motherboard Block Diagram................................................................6
Chapter 1 Hardware Installation......................................................................................7
1-1
1-2
1-3
1-4
1-5
1-6
1-7
1-8
Installation Precautions..................................................................................... 7
Product Specifications....................................................................................... 8
Installing the APU............................................................................................ 10
Installing the Memory...................................................................................... 11
Installing an Expansion Card.......................................................................... 11
Setup of the AMD Dual Graphics Configuration.............................................. 12
Back Panel Connectors................................................................................... 13
Internal Connectors......................................................................................... 14
Chapter 2 BIOS Setup...................................................................................................21
2-1 Startup Screen................................................................................................ 22
2-2 The Main Menu............................................................................................... 23
2-3M.I.T................................................................................................................ 25
2-4System............................................................................................................ 32
2-5 BIOS Features................................................................................................ 33
2-6Peripherals...................................................................................................... 35
2-7 Power Management........................................................................................ 38
2-8 Save & Exit...................................................................................................... 40
Chapter 3 Drivers Installation.........................................................................................41
Chapter 4 Appendix.......................................................................................................41
Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)................................................................................. 41
Regulatory Statements............................................................................................... 44
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KB_MS
DDR3_1
DDR3_2
GA-F2A55M-DS2 Motherboard Layout
ATX_12V
VGA
Socket FM2
ATX
DVI
CPU_FAN
R_USB
SATA2
2
3
USB_LAN
AUDIO
Realtek
GbE LAN
BAT
GA-F2A55M-DS2
iTE
Super I/O
PCIEX16
PCIEX1
M_BIOS
AMD A55
B_BIOS
PCI
CODEC
CLR_CMOS
COM
F_AUDIO
SYS_FAN
SPDIF_O
SATA2 0 1
F_USB1
F_USB2
F_PANEL
Box Contents
55 GA-F2A55M-DS2 motherboard
55 Motherboard driver disk
55 User's Manual
55 Two SATA cables
55 I/O Shield
* The box contents above are for reference only and the actual items shall depend on the product package you obtain.
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GA-F2A55M-DS2 Motherboard Block Diagram
1 PCI Express x16
APU CLK+/- (100 MHz)
DISP CLK+/- (100 MHz)
1 PCI Express x1
DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz
AMD APU
Dual Channel Memory
PCIe CLK
(100 MHz)
x16
PCI Express Bus
DVI-D
x1
D-Sub
x1
UMI
Realtek
GbE LAN
RJ45
LAN
PCI Bus
8 USB 2.0/1.1
Dual BIOS
AMD A55
4 SATA 3Gb/s
LPC
Bus
COM
iTE
Super I/O
PS/2 KB/Mouse
PCI CLK
(33 MHz)
S/PDIF Out
1 PCI
MIC (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out)
Line Out (Front Speaker Out)
Line In (Rear Speaker Out)
CODEC
For detailed product information/limitation(s), refer to "1-2 Product Specifications."
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Chapter 1 Hardware Installation
1-1 Installation Precautions
The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can become
damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Prior to installation, carefully read the user's
manual and follow these procedures:
•• Prior to installation, make sure the chassis is suitable for the motherboard.
•• Prior to installation, do not remove or break motherboard S/N (Serial Number) sticker or
warranty sticker provided by your dealer. These stickers are required for warranty validation.
•• Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet before
installing or removing the motherboard or other hardware components.
•• When connecting hardware components to the internal connectors on the motherboard, make
sure they are connected tightly and securely.
•• When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors.
•• It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap when handling electronic
components such as a motherboard, APU or memory. If you do not have an ESD wrist strap,
keep your hands dry and first touch a metal object to eliminate static electricity.
•• Prior to installing the motherboard, please have it on top of an antistatic pad or within an
electrostatic shielding container.
•• Before unplugging the power supply cable from the motherboard, make sure the power supply
has been turned off.
•• Before turning on the power, make sure the power supply voltage has been set according to
the local voltage standard.
•• Before using the product, please verify that all cables and power connectors of your hardware
components are connected.
•• To prevent damage to the motherboard, do not allow screws to come in contact with the
motherboard circuit or its components.
•• Make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or
within the computer casing.
•• Do not place the computer system on an uneven surface.
•• Do not place the computer system in a high-temperature environment.
•• Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system
components as well as physical harm to the user.
•• If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the
product, please consult a certified computer technician.
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1-2 Product Specifications
APU
ŠŠ FM2 Socket:
- AMD A series processors
- AMD Athlon™ series processors
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest APU support list.)
Chipset
ŠŠ AMD A55
Memory
ŠŠ 2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
*Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical
memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of
the physical memory installed.
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
Onboard
Graphics
Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
Support for AMD Memory Profile (AMP) memory modules
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory
modules.)
ŠŠ APU:
Audio
-
-
*To use the onboard graphics ports, you must install an AMD APU with integrated
graphics.
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600
*Support for 2560x1600 resolution requires both a monitor and cable that support
Dual Link DVI.
* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
ŠŠ Realtek ALC887 codec
ŠŠ High Definition Audio
ŠŠ 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
* T
o configure 7.1-channel audio, you have to use an HD front panel audio module
and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver.
ŠŠ Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
ŠŠ Realtek GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots ŠŠ 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
ŠŠ 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
(All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
ŠŠ 1 x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics ŠŠ Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology
* Only A series APUs support AMD Dual Graphics.
Technology
Storage Interface ŠŠ Chipset:
- 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
- Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, and JBOD
USB
ŠŠ Chipset:
- Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through
the internal USB headers)
Internal
ŠŠ 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
ŠŠ 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
Connectors
ŠŠ 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
ŠŠ 1 x APU fan header
ŠŠ 1 x system fan header
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Internal
Connectors
Back Panel
Connectors
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x serial port header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
ŠŠ iTE I/O Controller Chip
Hardware
Monitor
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
BIOS
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
Unique Features ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
ŠŠ
System voltage detection
APU/System temperature detection
APU/System fan speed detection
APU overheating warning
APU/System fan fail warning
APU/System fan speed control
* Whether the APU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the
APU/system cooler you install.
2 x 32 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install
Support for EasyTune
* Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
Support for Smart Recovery 2
Support for Auto Green
Support for ON/OFF Charge
Support for 3TB+ Unlock
Support for Q-Share
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Bundled
Software
Operating
System
Form Factor
ŠŠ Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
ŠŠ Support for Microsoft® Windows 8/7/Vista/XP
ŠŠ Micro ATX Form Factor; 22.5cm x 17.4cm
* GIGABYTE reserves the right to make any changes to the product specifications and product-related information without
prior notice.
* Please visit GIGABYTE's website to check the supported operating system(s) for the software listed in the "Unique Features"
and "Bundled Software" columns.
1-3 Installing the APU
Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the APU:
•• Make sure that the motherboard supports the APU.
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest APU support list.)
•• Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing the
APU to prevent hardware damage.
•• Locate the pin one of the APU. The APU cannot be inserted if oriented incorrectly.
•• Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the APU.
•• Do not turn on the computer if the APU cooler is not installed, otherwise overheating and damage
of the APU may occur.
•• Set the APU host frequency in accordance with the APU specifications. It is not recommended
that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications since it does not meet the
standard requirements for the peripherals. If you wish to set the frequency beyond the standard
specifications, please do so according to your hardware specifications including the APU, graphics
card, memory, hard drive, etc.
Installing the APU
Locate the pin one (denoted by a small triangle) of the APU socket and the APU.
A Small Triangle Marking Denotes
Pin One of the Socket
A Small Triangle Marking
Denotes APU Pin One
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FM2 Socket
APU
1-4 Installing the Memory
Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the memory:
•• Make sure that the motherboard supports the memory. It is recommended that memory of the
same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used.
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory modules.)
•• Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing the
memory to prevent hardware damage.
•• Memory modules have a foolproof design. A memory module can be installed in only one direction.
If you are unable to insert the memory, switch the direction.
Dual Channel Memory Configuration
DDR3_2
DDR3_1
This motherboard provides two DDR3 memory sockets and supports Dual Channel Technology. After the memory
is installed, the BIOS will automatically detect the specifications and capacity of the memory. Enabling Dual
Channel memory mode will double the original memory bandwidth.
The two DDR3 memory sockets are divided into two channels and each channel has one memory socket as
following:
Channel
0: DDR3_2
Channel
1: DDR3_1
Due to APU limitations, read the following guidelines before installing the memory in Dual Channel mode.
1. Dual Channel mode cannot be enabled if only one DDR3 memory module is installed.
2. When enabling Dual Channel mode with two memory modules, it is recommended that memory of
the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used for optimum performance.
1-5 Installing an Expansion Card
Read the following guidelines before you begin to install an expansion card:
•• Make sure the motherboard supports the expansion card. Carefully read the manual that came
with your expansion card.
•• Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing an
expansion card to prevent hardware damage.
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1-6 Setup of the AMD Dual Graphics Configuration
Combining the onboard GPU with a discrete graphics card, AMD's Dual Graphics technology can provide
significantly advanced display performance for AMD platform. Read the following instructions on configuring a
Dual Graphics system.
A. System Requirements
-- AMD A series processor
-- Windows 7 operating system
-- An AMD Dual Graphics technology-supported motherboard (with the BIOS updated to the latest version)
and correct driver (make sure the onboard graphics driver version is Rev. 8.981 or above)
-- An AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card that supports AMD Dual Graphics technology (for more
details, please visit AMD's official website) and correct driver
B. Installing the Graphics Cards and Configuring BIOS Setup
Step 1:
Observe the steps in "1-5 Installing an Expansion Card" and install an AMD Dual Graphics technology-supported
graphics card on the PCIEX16 slot. Plug the monitor cable into the graphics card and start up your computer.
Step 2:
Enter BIOS Setup to set the following items under the Peripherals\GFX Configuration menu:
-- Set Integrated Graphics to Force.
-- Set UMA Frame Buffer Size to 512M or above.
Save the settings and exit BIOS Setup. Restart your computer.
C. Configuring the Graphics Card Driver
After installing the graphics card driver in the operating system, go to
the AMD VISION Engine Control Center. Browse to Performance\
AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics and ensure the Enable AMD
Radeon Dual Graphics check box is selected.
(Note)
Make sure the drivers for the Chipset, onboard graphics, and external graphics card are properly
installed.
Procedure and driver screen for enabling the AMD Dual Graphics technology may differ by
graphics card and driver version. Refer to the manual that came with your graphics card for more
information.
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1-7 Back Panel Connectors
PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Port
Use the upper port (green) to connect a PS/2 mouse and the lower port (purple) to connect a PS/2 keyboard.
D-Sub Port
The D-Sub port supports a 15-pin D-Sub connector. Connect a monitor that supports D-Sub connection
to this port.
DVI-D Port (Note)
The DVI-D port conforms to the DVI-D specification and supports a maximum resolution of 2560x1600.
Connect a monitor that supports DVI-D connection to this port. Please note that the actual resolutions
supported are dependent on the monitor being used and support for 2560x1600 resolution requires both
a monitor and cable that support Dual Link DVI.
USB 2.0/1.1 Port
The USB port supports the USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Use this port for USB devices such as a USB
keyboard/mouse, USB printer, USB flash drive and etc.
RJ-45 LAN Port
The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 1 Gbps data rate. The following
describes the states of the LAN port LEDs.
Connection/
Speed LED
Activity LED
LAN Port
Connection/Speed LED:
State
Orange
Green
Off
Activity LED:
Description
1 Gbps data rate
100 Mbps data rate
10 Mbps data rate
State
Blinking
Off
Description
Data transmission or receiving is occurring
No data transmission or receiving is occurring
Line In Jack (Blue)
The default line in jack. Use this audio jack for line in devices such as an optical drive, walkman, etc.
Line Out Jack (Green)
The default line out jack. Use this audio jack for a headphone or 2-channel speaker. This jack can be used
to connect front speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.
Mic In Jack (Pink)
The default Mic in jack. Microphones must be connected to this jack.
To configure 7.1-channel audio, you have to use an HD front panel audio module and enable the
multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver.
•• When removing the cable connected to a back panel connector, first remove the cable from your
device and then remove it from the motherboard.
•• When removing the cable, pull it straight out from the connector. Do not rock it side to side to prevent
an electrical short inside the cable connector.
(Note)
The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
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1-8 Internal Connectors
1
2
3
5
12
8
5
7
4
10
9
6
11
1)
ATX_12V
7)
F_AUDIO
2)
ATX
8)
SPDIF_O
3)
CPU_FAN
9)
F_USB1/F_USB2
4)
SYS_FAN
10)
COM
5)
SATA2 0/1/2/3
11)
CLR_CMOS
6)
F_PANEL
12)
BAT
Read the following guidelines before connecting external devices:
•• First make sure your devices are compliant with the connectors you wish to connect.
•• Before installing the devices, be sure to turn off the devices and your computer. Unplug the power
cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the devices.
•• After installing the device and before turning on the computer, make sure the device cable has
been securely attached to the connector on the motherboard.
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1/2)ATX_12V/ATX (2x4 12V Power Connector and 2x12 Main Power Connector)
With the use of the power connector, the power supply can supply enough stable power to all the components
on the motherboard. Before connecting the power connector, first make sure the power supply is turned
off and all devices are properly installed. The power connector possesses a foolproof design. Connect the
power supply cable to the power connector in the correct orientation.
The 12V power connector mainly supplies power to the APU. If the 12V power connector is not connected,
the computer will not start.
To meet expansion requirements, it is recommended that a power supply that can withstand high
power consumption be used (500W or greater). If a power supply is used that does not provide the
required power, the result can lead to an unstable or unbootable system.
ATX_12V:
1
5
4
8
ATX_12V
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Definition
GND (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
GND (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
GND
GND
+12V (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
+12V (Only for 2x4-pin 12V)
+12V
+12V
Pin No.
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Definition
3.3V
-12V
GND
PS_ON (soft On/Off)
GND
GND
GND
-5V
+5V
+5V
+5V (Only for 2x12-pin ATX)
ATX:
12
24
1
13
ATX
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Definition
3.3V
3.3V
GND
+5V
GND
+5V
GND
Power Good
5VSB (stand by +5V)
+12V
+12V (Only for 2x12-pin
ATX)
3.3V (Only for 2x12-pin
ATX)
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24
GND (Only for 2x12-pin
ATX)
3/4)CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN (Fan Headers)
All fan headers on this motherboard are 4-pin. Most fan headers possess a foolproof insertion design.
When connecting a fan cable, be sure to connect it in the correct orientation (the black connector wire
is the ground wire). The motherboard supports APU fan speed control, which requires the use of a APU
fan with fan speed control design. For optimum heat dissipation, it is recommended that a system fan be
installed inside the chassis.
1
Pin No. Definition
1
GND
2
+12V
3
Sense
DEBUG
4 PORT
Speed Control
CPU_FAN
1
SYS_FAN
DEBUG
PORT
•• Be sure to connect fan cables to the fan headers to prevent your APU and system from
overheating. Overheating may result in damage to the APU or the system may hang.
•• These fan headers are not configuration jumper blocks. Do not place a jumper cap on the headers.
5) SATA2 0/1/2/3 (SATA 3Gb/s Connectors)
The SATA connectors conform to SATA 3Gb/s standard and are compatible with SATA 1.5Gb/s standard.
Each SATA connector supports a single SATA device. The AMDDEBUG
A55 Chipset DEBUG
supports RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 10, and JBOD. Refer to Chapter 4, "Configuring SATA HardPORT
Drive(s)," forPORT
instructions on configuring
a RAID array.
1
SATA2
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
2
3
7
Definition
GND
TXP
TXN
GND
RXN
RXP
GND
SATA2 0 1
1
7
•• A RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration requires at least two hard drives. If more than two hard drives
are to be used, the total number of hard drives must be an even number.
•• A RAID 10 configuration requires four hard drives.
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6) F_PANEL (Front Panel Header)
Connect the power switch, reset switch, speaker, 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.
Power
Switch
Hard Drive Reset
Activity LED Switch
F_PANEL
(H61M-D2)
Power LED
Chassis Intrusion
Header
•• MSG/PWR (Message/Power/Sleep LED):
Connects to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The LED
System Status LED
BIOS Switcher (X58A-OC)
is on when the system is operating. The LED is off when the system is in S3/
S0
On
S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).
S3/S4/S5
Off
1
DB_PORT
SPEAK20
19
HD+
HDRESRES+
CICI+
2
1
PWR-
F_PANEL(NH)
F_AUDIO(H)
Speaker
SPEAK+
MSG+
MSGPW+
PW-
Message/Power/
Sleep LED
PWR+
1
M_SATA
1
DIP
DIP
1 2 3
DIP
1 2 3
1 2 3
1 2 3
1
•• PW (Power Switch):
Connects to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your
ACPI_CPT
system using the power switch (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Power Management,"
(GA-IVB)for more
Voltage measurement module(X58A-OC)
information).
PWM Switch (X58A-OC)
•• Speaker (Speaker):
Connects to the speaker on the chassis front panel. The system reports system startup status by issuing
a beep code. One singleDIP short beep will be heard if no problem is detected at system startup.
SMB_CPT
•• HD (Hard Drive Activity LED):
(GA-IVB)
(SATA)(X58A-OC)
Connects to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the hard drive
PCIe power connector
is reading or writing data.
•• RES (Reset Switch):
Connects to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the computer
CLR_CMOS
if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.
CI
•• CI (Chassis Intrusion Header):
DIS_ME
GP15_CPT
Connects to the chassis intrusion switch/sensor on the chassis that can detect if the chassis
cover has
(GA-IVB)
been removed. This function requires a chassis with a chassis intrusion switch/sensor.
XDP_CPU
XDP_PCH
(GA-IVB)
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 assignments are
matched correctly.
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7) F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header)
The front panel audio header supports Intel High Definition audio (HD) and AC'97 audio. You may connect
your chassis front panel audio module to this header. Make sure the wire assignments of the module
connector match the pin assignments of the motherboard header. Incorrect connection between the module
connector and the motherboard header will make the device unable to work or even damage it.
9
10
1
2
For HD Front Panel Audio:
Pin No. Definition
1
MIC2_L
2
GND
3
MIC2_R
4
-ACZ_DET
5
LINE2_R
6
GND
7
FAUDIO_JD
8
No Pin
9
LINE2_L
10
GND
For AC'97 Front Panel Audio:
Pin No. Definition
1
MIC
2
GND
3
MIC Power
4
NC
5
Line Out (R)
6
NC
7
NC
8
No Pin
9
Line Out (L)
10
NC
•• The front panel audio header supports HD audio by default.
•• Audio signals will be present on both of the front and back panel audio connections simultaneously.
•• Some chassis provide a front panel audio module that has separated connectors on each wire
instead of a single plug. For information about connecting the front panel audio module that has
different wire assignments, please contact the chassis manufacturer.
8) SPDIF_O (S/PDIF Out Header)
This header supports digital S/PDIF Out and connects a S/PDIF digital audio cable (provided by expansion
cards) for digital audio output from your motherboard to certain expansion cards like graphics cards and
sound cards. For example, some graphics cards may require you to use a S/PDIF digital audio cable for
digital audio output from your motherboard to your graphics card if you wish to connect an HDMI display
to the graphics card and have digital audio output from the HDMI display at the same time.
For information about connecting the S/PDIF digital audio cable, carefully read the manual for your expansion
card.
1
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Pin No. Definition
1
SPDIFO
2
GND
9) F_USB1/F_USB2 (USB 2.0/1.1 Headers)
The headers conform to USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Each USB header can provide two USB ports via an
optional USB bracket. For purchasing the optional USB bracket, please contact the local dealer.
9
10
1
2
Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Definition
Power (5V)
Power (5V)
USB DXUSB DYUSB DX+
USB DY+
GND
GND
No Pin
NC
•• Do not plug the IEEE 1394 bracket (2x5-pin) cable into the USB header.
•• Prior to installing the USB bracket, be sure to turn off your computer and unplug the power cord
from the power outlet to prevent damage to the USB bracket.
10) COM (Serial Port Header)
The COM header can provide one serial port via an optional COM port cable. For purchasing the optional
COM port cable, please contact the local dealer.
9
10
1
2
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Pin No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Definition
NDCDNSIN
NSOUT
NDTRGND
NDSRNRTSNCTSNRINo Pin
11) CLR_CMOS (Clear CMOS Jumper)
Use this jumper to clear the CMOS values (e.g. date information and BIOS configurations) and reset the
CMOS values to factory defaults. To clear the CMOS values, use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch
the two pins for a few seconds.
Open: Normal
Short: Clear CMOS Values
•• Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before clearing
the CMOS values.
•• After system restart, go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized Defaults) or
manually configure the BIOS settings (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," for BIOS configurations).
12) BAT (Battery)
The battery provides power to keep the values (such as BIOS configurations, date, and time information)
in the CMOS when the computer is turned off. Replace the battery when the battery voltage drops to a low
level, or the CMOS values may not be accurate or may be lost.
You may clear the CMOS values by removing the battery:
1. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute.
(Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and negative
terminals of the battery holder, making them short for 5 seconds.)
3. Replace the battery.
4. Plug in the power cord and restart your computer.
•• Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord before replacing the battery.
•• Replace the battery with an equivalent one. Danger of explosion if the battery is replaced with
an incorrect model.
•• Contact the place of purchase or local dealer if you are not able to replace the battery by yourself
or uncertain about the battery model.
•• When installing the battery, note the orientation of the positive side (+) and the negative side (-)
of the battery (the positive side should face up).
•• Used batteries must be handled in accordance with local environmental regulations.
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Chapter 2 BIOS Setup
BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) records hardware parameters of the system in the CMOS on the
motherboard. Its major functions include conducting the Power-On Self-Test (POST) during system startup,
saving system parameters and loading operating system, etc. BIOS includes a BIOS Setup program that allows
the user to modify basic system configuration settings or to activate certain system features.
When the power is turned off, the battery on the motherboard supplies the necessary power to the CMOS to
keep the configuration values in the CMOS.
To access the BIOS Setup program, press the <Delete> key during the POST when the power is turned on.
To upgrade the BIOS, use either the GIGABYTE Q-Flash or @BIOS utility.
•• Q-Flash allows the user to quickly and easily upgrade or back up BIOS without entering the operating system.
•• @BIOS is a Windows-based utility that searches and downloads the latest version of BIOS from the Internet
and updates the BIOS.
For instructions on using the Q-Flash and @BIOS utilities, refer to Chapter 4, "BIOS Update Utilities."
•• Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, if you do not encounter problems using the current
version of BIOS, it is recommended that you not flash the BIOS. To flash the BIOS, do it with
caution. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction.
•• It is recommended that you not alter the default settings (unless you need to) to prevent system
instability or other unexpected results. Inadequately altering the settings may result in system's
failure to boot. If this occurs, try to clear the CMOS values and reset the board to default values.
(Refer to the "Load Optimized Defaults" section in this chapter or introductions of the battery or
the clear CMOS jumper in Chapter 1 for how to clear the CMOS values.)
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2-1 Startup Screen
The following startup Logo screen will appear when the computer boots.
Function Keys
Function Keys:
<DEL>: BIOS SETUP\Q-FLASH
Press the <Delete> key to enter BIOS Setup or to access the Q-Flash utility in BIOS Setup.
<F9>: SYSTEM INFORMATION
Press the <F9> key to display your system information.
<F12>: BOOT MENU
Boot Menu allows you to set the first boot device without entering BIOS Setup. In Boot Menu, use the up
arrow key <h> or the down arrow key <i> to select the first boot device, then press <Enter> to accept.
The system will boot from the device immediately.
Note: The setting in Boot Menu is effective for one time only. After system restart, the device boot order
will still be based on BIOS Setup settings.
<END>: Q-FLASH
Press the <End> key to access the Q-Flash utility directly without having to enter BIOS Setup first.
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2-2 The Main Menu
A. The 3D BIOS Screen (Default)
On GIGABYTE's uniquely designed 3D BIOS screen, you can use your mouse to move through the motherboard
image and click to enter the function menu in each area for quick configuration. For example, pass your mouse
arrow over the CPU and memory sockets and enter the System Tuning menu to configure CPU/memory
frequency, memory timings, and voltage settings. For more detailed configuration items, you can click the
function menu icons at the bottom of the screen or press <F1> to switch to the main menu of the BIOS Setup
program. (If a mouse is not connected, the 3D BIOS screen will automatically switch to the main menu of the
BIOS Setup Program.)
B. The Main Menu of the BIOS Setup Program
On the main menu of the BIOS Setup program, press arrow keys to move among the items and press <Enter>
to accept or enter a sub-menu. Or you can use your mouse to select the item you want.
(Sample BIOS Version: F1b)
Setup Menus
Enter Q-Flash
Switch to
3D BIOS
screen
Help
Function Keys
Configuration Items
Current Settings
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BIOS Setup Program Function Keys
<f><g>
<h><i>
<Enter>
<+>/<Page Up>
<->/<Page Down>
<F1>
<F5>
<F7>
<F8>
<F9>
<F10>
<F12>
<Esc>
Move the selection bar to select a setup menu
Move the selection bar to select an configuration item on a menu
Execute command or enter a menu
Increase the numeric value or make changes
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
Switch to 3D BIOS screen
Restore the previous BIOS settings for the current submenus
Load the Optimized BIOS default settings for the current submenus
Access the Q-Flash utility
Display system information
Save all the changes and exit the BIOS Setup program
Capture the current screen as an image and save it to your USB drive
Main Menu: Exit the BIOS Setup program
Submenus: Exit current submenu
BIOS Setup Menus
„„ M.I.T.
Use this menu to configure the clock, frequency, and voltages of your CPU and memory, etc. Or check the
system/CPU temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds.
„„ System
Use this menu to configure the default language used by the BIOS and system time and date. This menu
also displays information on the devices connected to the SATA ports.
„„ BIOS Features
Use this menu to configure the device boot order, advanced features available on the CPU, and the primary
display adapter.
„„ Peripherals
Use this menu to configure all peripheral devices, such as SATA, USB, integrated audio, and integrated
LAN, etc.
„„ Power Management
Use this menu to configure all the power-saving functions.
„„ Save & Exit
Save all the changes made in the BIOS Setup program to the CMOS and exit BIOS Setup. You can save
the current BIOS settings to a profile or load optimized defaults for optimal-performance system operations.
•• When the system is not stable as usual, select the Load Optimized Defaults item to set your
system to its defaults.
•• The BIOS Setup menus described in this chapter are for reference only and may differ by BIOS
version.
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2-3M.I.T.
Whether the system will work stably with the overclock/overvoltage settings you made is dependent
on your overall system configurations. Incorrectly doing overclock/overvoltage may result in damage
to CPU, chipset, or memory and reduce the useful life of these components. This page is for advanced
users only and we recommend you not to alter the default settings to prevent system instability or
other unexpected results. (Inadequately altering the settings may result in system's failure to boot. If
this occurs, clear the CMOS values and reset the board to default values.)
This section provides information on the BIOS version, CPU base clock, CPU frequency, memory frequency,
total memory size, CPU temperature, Vcore, and memory voltage.
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`` M.I.T. Current Status
This screen provides information on CPU/memory frequencies/parameters.
`` Advanced Frequency Settings
&& BCLK/PCIe Clock Control
Allows you to manually set the CPU base clock and PCIe bus frequency in 1 MHz increments. (Default:
Auto)
Important: It is highly recommended that the CPU frequency be set in accordance with the CPU
specifications.
&& Processor Graphics Clock
Allows you to set the onboard graphics clock. The adjustable range is from 300 MHz to 2000 MHz.
&& NB Clock Control
Enables or disables the control of CPU North Bridge frequency. (Default: Auto)
&& NB Clock (Mhz)
Allows you to manually set the CPU North Bridge frequency. The adjustable range is from 800 MHz to 6000 MHz.
This item is configurable only when NB Clock Control is set to Manual.
&& CPU Clock Ratio
Allows you to alter the clock ratio for the installed CPU. The adjustable range is dependent on the CPU
being installed.
&& CPU Frequency
Displays the current operating CPU frequency.
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`` Advanced CPU Core Features
&& CPU Clock Ratio, CPU Frequency
The settings above are synchronous to those under the same items on the Advanced Frequency Settings
menu.
&& Core Performance Boost (Note)
Allows you to determine whether to enable the Core Performance Boost (CPB) technology, a CPU
performance-boost technology. (Default: Enabled) (Default: Auto)
&& CPB Ratio (Note)
Allows you alter the ratio for the CPB. The adjustable range is dependent on the CPU being installed.
(Default: Auto)
&& Cool&Quiet
Enabled
Lets the AMD Cool'n'Quiet driver dynamically adjust the CPU clock and VID to reduce
heat output from your computer and its power consumption. (Default)
Disabled
Disables this function.
&& SVM Mode
Virtualization enhanced by Virtualization Technology will allow a platform to run multiple operating systems
and applications in independent partitions. With virtualization, one computer system can function as multiple
virtual systems. (Default: Enabled)
&& C6 Mode
Allows you to determine whether to let the CPU enter C6 mode in system halt state. When enabled, the
CPU core frequency will be reduced during system halt state to decrease power consumption. The C6
state is a more enhanced power-saving state than C1. (Default: Enabled)
&& C1E SUPPORT
Allows you to determine whether to let the CPU enter C1 mode in system halt state. When enabled, the
CPU core frequency and voltage will be reduced during system halt state to decrease power consumption.
(Default: Disabled)
(Note)
This item is present only when you install a CPU that supports this feature.
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&& AMD Memory Profile (A.M.P.) (Note)
Allows the BIOS to read the SPD data on AMP memory module(s) to enhance memory performance when
enabled.
Disabled
Disables this function. (Default)
Profile1
Uses Profile 1 settings.
(Note)
Profile2
Uses Profile 2 settings.
&& System Memory Multiplier
Allows you to set the system memory multiplier. Auto sets memory multiplier according to memory SPD
data. (Default: Auto)
&& Memory Frequency (MHz)
This value is automatically adjusted according to the BCLK/PCIe Clock Control and System Memory
Multiplier settings.
`` Advanced Memory Settings
&& AMD Memory Profile (A.M.P.) (Note), System Memory Multiplier, Memory Frequency(MHz)
The settings above are synchronous to those under the same items on the Advanced Frequency Settings
menu.
&& DRAM Timing Selectable
Quick and Expert allows the memory timing settings below to be configurable. Options are: Auto (default),
Quick, Expert.
&& Profile DDR Voltage
When using a non-AMP memory module or AMD Memory Profile (A.M.P.) is set to Disabled, this item will
display as 1.50V. When AMD Memory Profile (A.M.P.) is set to Profile1 or Profile2, this item will display
the value based on the SPD data on the AMP memory.
(Note)
This item is present only when you install a memory module that supports this feature.
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&& Profile VTT Voltage
The value displayed here is dependent on the CPU being used.
&& Rank Interleaving
Enables or disables memory rank interleaving. Enabled allows the system to simultaneously access different
ranks of the memory to increase memory performance and stability. (Default: Enabled)
&& Channel Interleaving
Enables or disables memory channel interleaving. Enabled allows the system to simultaneously access
different channels of the memory to increase memory performance and stability. (Default: Enabled)
``
Channel A/B Timing Settings
This sub-menu provides memory timing settings for each channel of memory. The respective timing setting
screens are configurable only when DRAM Timing Selectable is set to Quick or Expert. Note: Your system
may become unstable or fail to boot after you make changes on the memory timings. If this occurs, please reset
the board to default values by loading optimized defaults or clearing the CMOS values.
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`` Advanced Voltage Settings
This sub-menu allows you to set CPU, Chipset, and memory voltages.
`` PC Health Status
&& Reset Case Open Status
Disabled
Keeps or clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status. (Default)
Enabled
Clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status and the Case Open field will show
"No" at next boot.
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&& Case Open
Displays the detection status of the chassis intrusion detection device attached to the motherboard CI
header. If the system chassis cover is removed, this field will show "Yes", otherwise it will show "No". To
clear the chassis intrusion status record, set Reset Case Open Status to Enabled, save the settings to
the CMOS, and then restart your system.
&& CPU Vcore/Dram Voltage/+3.3V/+5V/+12V
Displays the current system voltages.
&& CPU/System Temperature
Displays current CPU/system temperature.
&& CPU/System FAN Speed
Displays current CPU/system fan speeds.
&& CPU Warning Temperature
Sets the warning threshold for CPU temperature. When CPU temperature exceeds the threshold, BIOS
will emit warning sound. Options are: Disabled (default), 60oC/140oF, 70oC/158oF, 80oC/176oF, 90oC/194oF.
&& CPU/System Fan Fail Warning
Allows the system to emit warning sound if the CPU fan or system fan are not connected or fail. Check the
fan condition or fan connection when this occurs. (Default: Disabled)
&& CPU Fan Speed Control
Allows you to determine whether to enable the CPU fan speed control function and adjust the fan speed.
Normal
Allows the CPU fan to run at different speeds according to the CPU temperature. You can
adjust the fan speed with EasyTune based on your system requirements. (Default)
Silent
Allows the CPU fan to run at slow speeds.
Manual
Allows you to control the CPU fan speed under the Slope PWM item.
Disabled
Allows the CPU fan to run at full speeds.
&& Slope PWM
Allows you to control the CPU fan speed. This item is configurable only when CPU Fan Speed Control is
set to Manual. Options are: 0.75 PWM value /oC ~ 2.50 PWM value /oC.
&& System Fan Speed Control
Allows you to determine whether to enable the system fan speed control function and adjust the fan speed.
Normal
Allows the system fan to run at different speeds according to the system temperature. You
can adjust the fan speed with EasyTune based on your system requirements. (Default)
Silent
Allows the system fan to run at slow speeds.
Manual
Allows you to control the system fan speed under the Slope PWM item.
Disabled
Allows the system fan to run at full speeds.
&& Slope PWM
Allows you to control the system fan speed. This item is configurable only when System Fan Speed Control
is set to Manual. Options are: 0.75 PWM value /oC ~ 2.50 PWM value /oC.
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2-4System
This section provides information on your CPU, memory, motherboard model, and BIOS version. You can also
select the default language used by the BIOS and manually set the system time.
&& System Language
Selects the default language used by the BIOS.
&& System Date
Sets the system date. The date format is week (read-only), month, date, and year. Use <Enter> to switch
between the Month, Date, and Year fields and use the <Page Up> or <Page Down> key to set the desired
value.
&& System Time
Sets the system time. The time format is hour, minute, and second. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:0:0. Use
<Enter> to switch between the Hour, Minute, and Second fields and use the <Page Up> or <Page Down>
key to set the desired value.
&& Access Level
Displays the current access level depending on the type of password protection used. (If no password is
set, the default will display as Administrator.) The Administrator level allows you to make changes to all
BIOS settings; the User level only allows you to make changes to certain BIOS settings but not all.
`` ATA Port Information
This section provides information on the device connected to each SATA port controlled by AMD Chipset.
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2-5 BIOS Features
&& Boot Option Priorities
Specifies the overall boot order from the available devices. For example, you can set hard drive as the
first priority (Boot Option #1) and DVD ROM drive as the second priority (Boot Option #2). The list only
displays the device with the highest priority for a specific type. For example, only hard drive defined as the
first priority on the Hard Drive BBS Priorities submenu will be presented here.
Removable storage devices that support GPT format will be prefixed with "UEFI:" string on the boot device
list. To boot from an operating system that supports GPT partitioning, select the device prefixed with "UEFI:"
string.
Or if you want to install an operating system that supports GPT partitioning such as Windows 7 64-bit, select
the optical drive that contains the Windows 7 64-bit installation disk and is prefixed with "UEFI:" string.
&& Hard Drive/CD/DVD ROM Drive/Floppy Drive/Network Device BBS Priorities
Specifies the boot order for a specific device type, such as hard drives, optical drives, floppy disk drives,
and devices that support Boot from LAN function, etc. Press <Enter> on this item to enter the submenu that
presents the devices of the same type that are connected. This item is present only if at least one device
for this type is installed.
&& Bootup NumLock State
Enables or disables Numlock feature on the numeric keypad of the keyboard after the POST. (Default:
Enabled)
&& Security Option
Specifies whether a password is required every time the system boots, or only when you enter BIOS Setup.
After configuring this item, set the password(s) under the Administrator Password/User Password item.
Setup
A password is only required for entering the BIOS Setup program. (Default)
SystemA
password is required for booting the system and for entering the BIOS Setup program.
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&& Full Screen LOGO Show
Allows you to determine whether to display the GIGABYTE Logo at system startup. Disabled skips the
GIGABYTE Logo when the system starts up. (Default: Enabled)
&& CSM Support
Enables or disables UEFI CSM (Compatibility Support Module) to support a legacy PC boot process.
Always
Enables UEFI CSM. (Default)
Never
Disables UEFI CSM and supports UEFI BIOS boot process only.
&& Boot Mode Selection
Allows you to select which type of operating system to boot.
UEFI and LegacyAllows booting from operating systems that support legacy option ROM or UEFI
option ROM. (Default)
Legacy
Only
Allows booting from operating systems that only support legacy option ROM.
UEFI
Only
Allows booting from operating systems that only support UEFI option ROM.
This item is configurable only when CSM Support is set to Always.
&& PXE Boot Option Control
Allows you to select whether to enable the UEFI or legacy option ROM for the LAN controller.
Disabled
Disables option ROM. (Default)
Legacy
Only
Enables legacy option ROM only.
UEFI
Only
Enables UEFI option ROM only.
Legacy
First
Enables legacy option ROM first.
UEFI
First
Enables UEFI option ROM first.
This item is configurable only when CSM Support is set to Always.
&& Storage Boot Option Control
Allows you to select whether to enable the UEFI or legacy option ROM for the storage device controller.
Disabled
Disables option ROM.
Legacy
Only
Enables legacy option ROM only. (Default)
UEFI
Only
Enables UEFI option ROM only.
Legacy
First
Enables legacy option ROM first.
UEFI
First
Enables UEFI option ROM first.
This item is configurable only when CSM Support is set to Always.
&& Display Boot Option Control
Allows you to select whether to enable the UEFI or legacy option ROM for the graphics controller.
Disabled
Disables option ROM.
Legacy
Only
Enables legacy option ROM only. (Default)
UEFI
Only
Enables UEFI option ROM only.
Legacy
First
Enables legacy option ROM first.
UEFI
First
Enables UEFI option ROM first.
This item is configurable only when CSM Support is set to Always.
&& Other PCI Device ROM Priority
Allows you to select whether to enable the UEFI or Legacy option ROM for the PCI device controller other
than the LAN, storage device, and graphics controllers.
Legacy
OpROM
Enables legacy Option ROM only.
UEFI
OpROM
Enables UEFI Option ROM only. (Default)
&& Network stack
Disables or enables booting from the network to install a GPT format OS, such as installing the OS from
the Windows Deployment Services server. (Default: Disable Link)
&& Ipv4 PXE Support
Enables or disables IPv4 PXE Support. This item is configurable only when Network stack is enabled.
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&& Ipv6 PXE Support
Enables or disables IPv6 PXE Support. This item is configurable only when Network stack is enabled.
&& Administrator Password
Allows you to configure an administrator password. Press <Enter> on this item, type the password, and
then press <Enter>. You will be requested to confirm the password. Type the password again and press
<Enter>. You must enter the administrator password (or user password) at system startup and when entering
BIOS Setup. Differing from the user password, the administrator password allows you to make changes to
all BIOS settings.
&& User Password
Allows you to configure a user password. Press <Enter> on this item, type the password, and then press
<Enter>. You will be requested to confirm the password. Type the password again and press <Enter>.
You must enter the administrator password (or user password) at system startup and when entering BIOS
Setup. However, the user password only allows you to make changes to certain BIOS settings but not all.
To cancel the password, press <Enter> on the password item and when requested for the password, enter the
correct one first. When prompted for a new password, press <Enter> without entering any password. Press
<Enter> again when prompted to confirm.
2-6Peripherals
&& OnChip SATA Channel
Enables or disables the integrated SATA controllers. (Default: Enabled)
&& OnChip SATA Type
Enables or disables RAID for the SATA controllers integrated in the AMD Chipset or configures the SATA
controllers to AHCI mode.
Native
IDEConfigures the SATA controller to IDE mode. (Default)
RAID
Enables RAID for the SATA controller.
AHCI
Configures the SATA controllers to AHCI mode. Advanced Host Controller Interface
(AHCI) is an interface specification that allows the storage driver to enable advanced
Serial ATA features such as Native Command Queuing and hot plug.
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&& Enable all USB device
Enables or disables the integrated USB controller. (Default: Enabled)
&& HD Audio Azalia Device
Enables or disables the onboard audio function. (Default: Enabled)
If you wish to install a 3rd party add-in audio card instead of using the onboard audio, set this item to
Disabled.
&& IOMMU
Enables or disables AMD IOMMU support. (Default: Enabled)
&& Onboard LAN Controller
Enables or disables the onboard LAN function. (Default: Enabled)
If you wish to install a 3rd party add-in network card instead of using the onboard LAN, set this item to
Disabled.
&& Legacy USB Support
Allows USB keyboard/mouse to be used in MS-DOS. (Default: Enabled)
&& EHCI Hand-off
Determines whether to enable EHCI Hand-off feature for an operating system without EHCI Hand-off
support. (Default: Disabled)
&& Port 60/64 Emulation
Enables or disables emulation of I/O ports 64h and 60h. This should be enabled for full legacy support
for USB keyboards/mice in MS-DOS or in operating system that does not natively support USB devices.
(Default: Disabled)
&& USB Storage Devices
Displays a list of connected USB mass storage devices. This item appears only when a USB storage device
is installed.
`` SATA Configuration
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&& PORT0 Hot Plug~PORT3 Hot Plug
Enables or disable the hot plug capability for each SATA port. (Default: Disabled)
&& SATA Power on PORT0~SATA Power on PORT3
Enables or disables each SATA port. (Default: Enabled)
`` GFX Configuration
&& Primary Video Device
Specifies the first initiation of the monitor display from the installed PCI Express graphics card or the onboard
graphics.
IGD
Video
Sets the onboard graphics as the first display.
NB
PCIe Slot VideoSets the PCI Express graphics card on the PCI Express slot controlled by the
North Bridge as the first display. (Default)
SB
PCIe Slot VideoSets the PCI Express graphics card on the PCI Express slot controlled by the
South Bridge as the first display.
&& Integrated Graphics
Enables or disables the onboard graphics function.
AutoThe
BIOS will automatically enable or disable the onboard graphics depending on
the graphics card being installed. (Default)
Disabled
Disables the onboard graphics.
Force
Always activates the onboard graphics, whether or not a PCI Express card is
installed.
&& UMA Frame Buffer Size
This item is configurable only when Integrated Graphics is set to Force. Frame buffer size is the total
amount of system memory allocated solely for the onboard graphics controller. MS-DOS, for example, will
use only this memory for display. Options are: Auto (default), 256M, 512M, 1G, 2G.
`` Super IO Configuration
This section provides information on the super I/O chip and allows you to configure the serial port.
&& Serial Port A
Enables or disables the onboard serial port. (Default: Enabled)
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2-7 Power Management
&& Resume by Alarm
Determines whether to power on the system at a desired time. (Default: Disabled)
If enabled, set the date and time as following:
Wake
up day: Turn on the system at a specific time on each day or on a specific day in a month.
Wake
up hour/minute/second: Set the time at which the system will be powered on automatically.
Note: When using this function, avoid inadequate shutdown from the operating system or removal of the
AC power, or the settings may not be effective.
&& HPET Timer (Note)
Enables or disables High Precision Event Timer (HPET) for Windows 7/Vista operating system. (Default:
Enabled)
&& ErP
Determines whether to let the system consume least power in S5 (shutdown) state. (Default: Disabled)
Note: When this item is set to Enabled, the following functions will become unavailable: PME event wake
up, power on by mouse, power on by keyboard, and wake on LAN.
&& Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN
Configures the way to turn off the computer in MS-DOS mode using the power button.
Instant-Off
Press the power button and then the system will be turned off instantly. (Default)
Delay
4 SecPress and hold the power button for 4 seconds to turn off the system. If the power
button is pressed for less than 4 seconds, the system will enter suspend mode.
&& AC BACK
Determines the state of the system after the return of power from an AC power loss.
Memory
The system returns to its last known awake state upon the return of the AC power.
Always
On
The system is turned on upon the return of the AC power.
Always
Off
The system stays off upon the return of the AC power. (Default)
(Note)
Supported on Windows 7/Vista operating system only.
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&& Power On By Keyboard
Allows the system to be turned on by a PS/2 keyboard wake-up event.
Note: To use this function, you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Disabled
Disables this function. (Default)
Password
Set a password with 1~5 characters to turn on the system.
Keyboard
98 Press POWER button on the Windows 98 keyboard to turn on the system.
Any
Key
Press any key to turn on the system.
&& Power On Password
Set the password when Power On by Keyboard is set to Password.
Press <Enter> on this item and set a password with up to 5 characters and then press <Enter> to accept.
To turn on the system, enter the password and press <Enter>.
Note: To cancel the password, press <Enter> on this item. When prompted for the password, press <Enter>
again without entering the password to clear the password settings.
&& Power On By Mouse
Allows the system to be turned on by a PS/2 mouse wake-up event.
Note: To use this function, you need an ATX power supply providing at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Disabled
Disables this function. (Default)
Move
Move the mouse to turn on the system.
Double
Click Double click on left button on the mouse to turn on the system.
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2-8 Save & Exit
&& Save & Exit Setup
Press <Enter> on this item and select Yes. This saves the changes to the CMOS and exits the BIOS Setup
program. Select No or press <Esc> to return to the BIOS Setup Main Menu.
&& Exit Without Saving
Press <Enter> on this item and select Yes. This exits the BIOS Setup without saving the changes made
in BIOS Setup to the CMOS. Select No or press <Esc> to return to the BIOS Setup Main Menu.
&& Load Optimized Defaults
Press <Enter> on this item and select Yes to load the optimal BIOS default settings. The BIOS defaults
settings help the system to operate in optimum state. Always load the Optimized defaults after updating
the BIOS or after clearing the CMOS values.
&& Boot Override
Allows you to select a device to boot immediately. Press <Enter> on the device you select and select Yes
to confirm. Your system will restart automatically and boot from that device.
&& Save Profiles
This function allows you to save the current BIOS settings to a profile. You can create up to 8 profiles and
save as Setup Profile 1~ Setup Profile 8. Press <Enter> to complete. Or you can select Select File in
HDD/USB/FDD to save the profile to your storage device.
&& Load Profiles
If your system becomes unstable and you have loaded the BIOS default settings, you can use this function
to load the BIOS settings from a profile created before, without the hassles of reconfiguring the BIOS
settings. First select the profile you wish to load and then press <Enter> to complete. You can select Select
File in HDD/USB/FDD to input the profile previously created from your storage device or load the profile
automatically created by the BIOS, such as reverting the BIOS settings to the last settings that worked
properly (last known good record).
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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation
•• Before installing the drivers, first install the operating system.
•• After installing the operating system, insert the motherboard driver disk into your optical drive. The
driver Autorun screen is automatically displayed which looks like that shown in the screen shot
below. (If the driver Autorun screen does not appear automatically, go to My Computer, double-click
the optical drive and execute the Run.exe program.)
After inserting the driver disk, "Xpress Install" will automatically scan your system and then list all the drivers
that are recommended to install. You can click the Install All button and "Xpress Install" will install all the recommended drivers. Or click Install Single Items to manually select the drivers you wish to install.
Chapter 4 Appendix
Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)
Before you begin
•• At least two SATA hard drives (to ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that you use two hard drives
with identical model and capacity). If you do not want to create RAID, you may prepare only one hard drive.
•• Windows 7/Vista/XP setup disk.
•• Motherboard driver disk.
•• A USB floppy disk drive (needed during Windows XP installation)
•• An empty formatted floppy disk (needed during Windows XP installation)
Configuring the Onboard SATA Controller
A. Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computer
Attach one end of the SATA signal cable to the rear of the SATA hard drive and the other end to available SATA
port on the motherboard. Then connect the power connector from your power supply to the hard drive.
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B. Configuring SATA controller mode in BIOS Setup
Make sure to configure the SATA controller mode correctly in system BIOS Setup. For the BIOS Setup menus,
refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Integrated Peripherals."
Steps:
1. Turn on your computer and press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup during the POST (Power-On Self-Test).
Ensure OnChip SATA Channel is enabled under Peripherals. To enable RAID for the SATA2 0/1/2/3 connectors, set OnChip SATA Type to RAID.
2. Save changes and exit BIOS Setup.
The BIOS Setup menus described in this section may differ from the exact settings for your motherboard. The actual BIOS Setup menu options you will see shall depend on the motherboard you
have and the BIOS version.
C. Configuring RAID set in RAID BIOS
Enter the RAID BIOS setup utility to configure a RAID array. After the POST memory test begins and
before the operating system boot begins, look for a message which says "Press <Ctrl-F> to enter RAID
Option ROM Utility". Press <Ctrl> + <F> to enter the RAID BIOS setup utility. To create a new array, press
<2> to enter the LD View/LD Define Menu window. To create an array, press <Ctrl+C> to access the LD
Define Menu. In the LD Define Menu, use the up or down arrow key to move to an item for further configuration. In the following procedure, we'll create RAID 0 as an example.
Steps:
1. Under the RAID Mode section, press the <SPACE> key to select RAID 0.
2. Set the Stripe Block size. 64 KB is the default.
3. Under the Drives Assignments section, press the up or down arrow key to highlight a drive.
4. Press the <SPACE> key or <Y>to change the Assignment option to Y. This action adds the drive to the
disk array. The Drv section will show the number of disks assigned.
5. Press <Ctrl>+<Y> keys to save the information. The message in Figure 1 will appear. Press <Ctrl>+<Y>
to input the array name. If you do not input the array name, the default array name will be used.
Please press Ctrl-Y key to input the LD Name
or press any key to exit.
If you do not input any LD name, the default
LD name will be used.
Figure 1
6. When the next message appears, press <Ctrl>+<Y> to clear the MBR or press other keys to ignore this
option.
Fast Initialization Option has been selected
It will erase the MBR data of the disk.
<Press Ctrl-Y Key if you are sure to erase it>
<Press any other key to ignore this option>
Figure 2
7. Then, the message in Figure 3 will appear. Press <Ctrl>+<Y> to set the capacity of the RAID array or
press other keys to set the array to its maximum capacity.
Press Ctrl-Y to Modify Array Capacity or press any
other key to use maximum capacity...
Figure 3
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8. After the creation is complete, the screen will return to LD View Menu where you will see the newlycreated array.
9. Press <Esc> to return to Main Menu and press <Esc> again if you want to exit the RAID BIOS utility.
Making a SATA RAID/AHCI Driver Diskette
Before installing Windows XP, connect a USB floppy disk drive to your computer first because you need to install
the SATA RAID/AHCI driver from a floppy disk that contains the driver during the OS installation. To copy the
RAID/AHCI driver for Windows XP, copy all files in the \BootDrv\Hxp folder in the motherboard driver disk to
your floppy disk. To install Windows 7/Vista, you also need to install the SATA RAID/AHCI driver during the OS
installation. To copy the RAID/AHCI driver for Windows 7, copy the whole Hw7 folder under the BootDrv folder
in the motherboard driver disk to a USB flash drive.
Installing the SATA RAID/AHCI Driver and Operating System
A. Installing Windows XP
Restart your system to boot from the Windows XP setup disk and press <F6> as soon as you see the message
"Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver." Insert the floppy disk containing the SATA
RAID/AHCI driver. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver that suits your operating system. When
completed, proceed with the Windows XP installation.
B. Installing Windows 7/Vista
(The following instructions use Windows 7 as the example operating system.)
Boot from the Windows 7 setup disk and perform standard OS installation steps. When the screen requesting
you to load the driver appears, select Browse. Then browse to the USB flash drive that contains the driver and
select the location of the driver. The locations of the drivers are as follows:
RAID driver for Windows 7 32-bit: Hw7\RAID\x86
RAID driver for Windows 7 64-bit: Hw7\RAID\x64
AHCI driver for Windows 7 32-bit: Hw7\AHCI\W7
AHCI driver for Windows 7 64-bit: Hw7\AHCI\W764A
After loading the driver, continue the OS installation.
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cannot, however, assume any responsibility for errors or omissions in this text. Also note that the information
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Our Commitment to Preserving the Environment
In addition to high-efficiency performance, all GIGABYTE motherboards fulfill European Union regulations
for RoHS (Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and WEEE
(Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) environmental directives, as well as most major worldwide safety
requirements. To prevent releases of harmful substances into the environment and to maximize the use of
our natural resources, GIGABYTE provides the following information on how you can responsibly recycle or
reuse most of the materials in your "end of life" product.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive Statement
GIGABYTE products have not intended to add and safe from hazardous substances (Cd, Pb, Hg, Cr+6,
PBDE and PBB). The parts and components have been carefully selected to meet RoHS requirement.
Moreover, we at GIGABYTE are continuing our efforts to develop products that do not use internationally
banned toxic chemicals.
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GIGABYTE will fulfill the national laws as interpreted from the 2002/96/EC WEEE (Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment) directive. The WEEE Directive specifies the treatment, collection, recycling and
disposal of electric and electronic devices and their components. Under the Directive, used equipment must
be marked, collected separately, and disposed of properly.
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must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, the device should be taken to the waste
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The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to
conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health
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please contact your local government office, your household waste disposal service or where you purchased
the product for details of environmentally safe recycling.
ŠŠ When your electrical or electronic equipment is no longer useful to you, "take it back" to your local or
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Customer Care number listed in your product's user's manual and we will be glad to help you with your
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Finally, we suggest that you practice other environmentally friendly actions by understanding and using the
energy-saving features of this product (where applicable), recycling the inner and outer packaging (including
shipping containers) this product was delivered in, and by disposing of or recycling used batteries properly.
With your help, we can reduce the amount of natural resources needed to produce electrical and electronic
equipment, minimize the use of landfills for the disposal of "end of life" products, and generally improve our
quality of life by ensuring that potentially hazardous substances are not released into the environment and
are disposed of properly.
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