K9A2 Neo Series
MS-7388 (v1.X) Mainboard
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Copyright Notice
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INTERNATIONAL. We take every care in the preparation of this document, but no
guarantee is given as to the correctness of its contents. Our products are under
continual improvement and we reserve the right to make changes without notice.
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Revision History
Revision
Revision History
Date
V1.1
First release for PCB 1.X
January, 2008
Technical Support
If a problem arises with your system and no solution can be obtained from the user’s
manual, please contact your place of purchase or local distributor. Alternatively,
please try the following help resources for further guidance.
Visit the MSI website for FAQ, technical guide, BIOS updates, driver updates,
an d ot h er i n f orm at i on: h t t p: / / g l o ba l . m s i. c o m . t w / i n d e x .p h p ?
func=faqIndex
Contact our technical staff at: http://support.msi.com.tw/
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Safety Instructions
1.
Always read the safety instructions carefully.
2.
Keep this User’s Manual for future reference.
3.
Keep this equipment away from humidity.
4.
Lay this equipment on a reliable flat surface before setting it up.
5.
The openings on the enclosure are for air convection hence protects the equipment from overheating. DO NOT COVER THE OPENINGS.
6.
Make sure the voltage of the power source and adjust properly 110/220V before connecting the equipment to the power inlet.
7.
Place the power cord such a way that people can not step on it. Do not place
anything over the power cord.
8.
Always Unplug the Power Cord before inserting any add-on card or module.
9.
All cautions and warnings on the equipment should be noted.
10. Never pour any liquid into the opening that could damage or cause electrical
shock.
11. If any of the following situations arises, get the equipment checked by a service
personnel:
The power cord or plug is damaged.
Liquid has penetrated into the equipment.
The equipment has been exposed to moisture.
The equipment has not work well or you can not get it work according to
User’s Manual.
† The equipment has dropped and damaged.
† The equipment has obvious sign of breakage.
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12. DO NOT LEAVE THIS EQUIPMENT IN AN ENVIRONMENT UNCONDITIONED, STORAGE TEMPERATURE ABOVE 600 C (1400F), IT MAY DAMAGE THE EQUIPMENT.
CAUT ION: Danger of expl os i on if bat ter y i s i nc orrec tl y r epl ac ed.
Replac e only with the same or equivalent type rec ommended by the
manufacturer.
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FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement
T h is eq uip men t h as been
tested and found to c omply
with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the measures listed
below.
† Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
† Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
† Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
† Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help.
Notice 1
The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Notice 2
Shielded interface cables and A.C. power cord, if any, must be used in order to
comply with the emission limits.
VOIR LA NOTICE D’INSTALLATION AVANT DE RACCORDER AU RESEAU.
Micro-Star International
MS-7388
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
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WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Statement
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CONTENTS
Copyright Notice .............................................................................................................. ii
Trademarks ....................................................................................................................... ii
Revision History .............................................................................................................. ii
Technical Support ........................................................................................................... ii
Safety Instructions ......................................................................................................... iii
FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement ........................................................ iv
W EEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Statement .................................... v
Chapter 1. Getting Started .................................................................................... 1-1
Mainboard Specifications ................................................................................... 1-2
Mainboard Layout ................................................................................................ 1-4
Packing Checklist ................................................................................................. 1-5
Chapter 2. Hardware Setup .................................................................................. 2-1
Quick Components Guide .................................................................................... 2-2
CPU (Central Processing Unit) ............................................................................ 2-3
Memory ................................................................................................................. 2-6
Power Supply ...................................................................................................... 2-8
Back Panel ............................................................................................................ 2-9
Connectors ......................................................................................................... 2-11
Jumpers .............................................................................................................. 2-18
Slots .................................................................................................................... 2-19
Chapter 3 BIOS Setup ............................................................................................. 3-1
Entering Setup ..................................................................................................... 3-2
The Main Menu ..................................................................................................... 3-4
Standard CMOS Features ................................................................................... 3-6
Advanced BIOS Features ................................................................................... 3-8
Integrated Peripherals ........................................................................................ 3-11
Power Management Setup ............................................................................... 3-13
PNP/PCI Configurations ..................................................................................... 3-16
H/W Monitor ........................................................................................................ 3-18
Cell Menu ............................................................................................................ 3-19
Load Fail-Safe/ Optimized Defaults ................................................................. 3-22
BIOS Setting Password ..................................................................................... 3-23
Appendix A Realtek ALC888 Audio .................................................................... A-1
Installing the Realtek HD Audio Driver ................................................................ A-2
Software Configuration ...................................................................................... A-4
Hardware Setup ................................................................................................ A-19
Appendix B SATA RAID ........................................................................................... B-1
RAID Configuration .............................................................................................. B-2
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Getting Started
Chapter 1
Getting Started
Thank you for choosing the K9A2 Neo Series (MS7388 v1.X) ATX mainboard. The K9A2 Neo Series
mainboards are based on AMD® 770 & SB600 chipsets
for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced AMD® Phenom/Athlon/Sempron series in Socket
AM2/ AM2+, the K9A2 Neo Series deliver a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.
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Mainboard Specifications
Processor Support
- AMD® Phenom/Athlon/Sempron series processors in AM2/ AM2+
package
- Supports 4 pin CPU Fan Pin-Header with Fan Speed Control
(For the latest information about CPU, please visit
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=cpuform)
Supported FSB
- AM2 CPU supports Hyper Transport 1.0
- AM2+ CPU supports Hyper Transport 3.0
Chipset
- North Bridge: AMD® 770 chipset
- South Bridge: AMD® SB600 chipset
M emory Support
- DDR2 800/667/533 DRAM (240pin/ 1.8V)
- 4 DDR2 DIMMs (8GB Max)
(For more information on compatible components, please visit
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=testreport)
LAN
- Supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111B
1394 (Optional)
- Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps
- Controlled by VIA VT6308P (optional)
Audio
- Chip integrated by Realtek® ALC888
- Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
- Compliant with Azalia 1.0 spec
IDE
- 1 IDE port by SB600
- Supports Ultra DMA 66/100/133 mode
- Supports PIO, Bus Master operation mode
SATA
- 4 SATAII ports by SB600
- 1 eSATA port by Silicon Image Sil3531(optional)
- Supports storage and data transfers at up to 300MB/s
Floppy
- 1 floppy port
- Supports 1 FDD with 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB, 1.44MB and 2.88MB
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RAID
- SATA1~4 support RAID 0/ 1/ 0+1 mode
Connectors
Back panel
- 1 PS/2 mouse port
- 1 PS/2 keyboard port
- 1 1394 port (optional)
- 1 COM port
- 1 LAN jack
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- 1 eSATA port (optional)
- 6 flexible audio jacks
On-Board Pinheaders
- 3 USB 2.0 pinheaders
- 1 1394 pinheader (optional)
- 1 Front Panel Audio pinheader
- 1 CD-in pinheader
- 1 TPM Module pinheader (optional)
- 1 SPDIF-out pinheader (optional)
- 1 Chassis Intrusion pinheader
TPM (optional)
- Supports TPM
Slots
- 1 PCI Express x16 slot compatible with PCIE 2.0 specification
- 2 PCI Express x 1 slot
- 2 PCI slots
Form Factor
- ATX (30.5cm X 22.0 cm)
M ounting
- 6 mounting holes
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Mainboard Layout
CPUFAN1
Top : m ouse
Bottom : keyboard
JPW 1
Top :
USB Ports
Bottom:
1394 port (optional)
C O M port
ATXPWR 1
Top: LAN Jack
Bottom : U S B
ports
ESATA Port
(optional)
T: Line-In
M: Line-Out
B: M ic
T:R S -O ut
M:C S -O ut
B:SS-O ut
AMD
770
DIMM4
DIMM3
LAN
Chip
DIMM2
DIMM1
SYSFAN 1
JC I1
AMD
SB600
PCI _EX3
PCI _EX2
Audio
codec
BATT
+
PCI1
VIA
VT6308P
(optional)
PCI2
JBAT1
SYSFAN2
JC D1
JAU D 1
JTPM
JSPD1
FDD 1 J1394_1
(Optional)
JU S B3
JUSB1
JU SB2 JFP1
K9A2 Neo Series (MS-7388 v1.X)
ATX Mainboard
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ID E1
I/O
C hi p
SATA4 SATA3 SATA2 SATA1
PCI _EX1
JFP2
Getting Started
Packing Checklist
MSI motherboard
Power Cable
MSI Driver/Utility CD
SATA Cable
Standard Cable for
IDE Devices
Back IO Shield
User’s Guide
* The pictures are for reference only and may vary from the packing contents of the
product you purchased.
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Hardware Setup
Chapter 2
Hardware Setup
This chapter provides you with the information about
hardware setup procedures. While doing the installation,
be careful in holding the components and follow the
installation procedures. For some components, if you
install in the wrong orientation, the components will not
work properly.
Use a grounded wrist strap before handling computer
c om ponen ts . S tatic elec tric ity m ay damage the
components.
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Quick Components Guide
DDR2 DIMMs, p.2-6
JPW1, p.2-8
CPUFAN1, p.2-13
CPU, p.2-3
Back Panel
I/O, p.2-9
ATXPWR1, p.2-8
SYSFAN1,
p.2-13
SATA1~4,
p.2-12
JCI1, p.2-16
IDE1, p.2-11
PCI Express
slots, p.2-19
JTPM, p.2-14
JBAT1, p.2-18
SYSFAN2,
PCI Slots,
p.2-22
p.2-13
JFP2, p.2-16
JFP1, p.2-16
FDD1, p.2-11
JSPD1, p.2-17
JCD1, p.2-13
JAUD1, p.2-14
2-2
JUSB1~3,
p.2-15
J1394_1, p.2-17
Hardware Setup
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
The mainboard supports AMD® Athlon64 X2/ Athlon64/ Sempron processors in Socket
AM2, and supports Phenom X4/X3, Athlon X2, Sempron processors in Socket AM2+.
The Socket AM2/ AM2+ offer a easy CPU installation. W hen you are installing the CPU,
make sure the CPU has a heat sink and a cooling fan attached on the top to
prevent overheating. If you do not have the heat sink and cooling fan, contact your
dealer to purchase and install them before turning on the computer.
For the latest information about CPU, please visit:
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=cpuform
Important
Overheating
Overheating will seriously damage the CPU and system. Always make sure
the cooling fan can work properly to protect the CPU from overheating. Make
sure that you apply an even layer of thermal paste (or thermal tape) between
the CPU and the heatsink to enhance heat dissipation.
Replacing the CPU
While replacing the CPU, always turn off the ATX power supply or unplug the
power supply’s power cord from the grounded outlet first to ensure the safety
of CPU.
Overclocking
This mainboard is designed to support overclocking. However, please make
sure your components are able to tolerate such abnormal setting, while
doing overclocking. Any attempt to operate beyond product specifications is
not recommended. We do not guarantee the damages or risks caused
by inadequate operation or beyond product specifications.
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CPU Installation Procedures for Socket AM2/ AM2+
1. Please turn off the power and
unplug the power cord before
installing the CPU.
2. Pull the lever s ideways away
from the socket. Make sure to
raise the lever up to a 90-degree angle.
3. Look for the gold arrow on the
CPU. The gold arrow should point
as shown in the picture. The CPU
c an on l y f i t i n t h e c or r ec t
orientation.Lower the CPU down
onto the socket.
4. If the CPU is correctly installed,
the pins should be completely
embedded into the socket and
can not be seen. Please note
that any violation of the correct
in s tal lati on p roc edur es m ay
cause permanent damages to
your mainboard.
5. Press the CPU down firmly into
the socket and close the lever.
As the CPU is likely to move while
the lever is being closed, always close the lever with your
fingers pressing tightly on top of
the CPU to make sure the CPU is
properly and completely embedded into the socket.
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Open the lever
Sliding
the plate
90 degree
Gold arrow
Correct CPU
placement
Gold arrow
Gold arrow
O
Incorrect CPU
placement
Press down
the CPU
Close
the lever
Hardware Setup
Installing CPU Cooler Set
W hen you are installing the CPU, make sure the CPU has a heat sink and a
cooling fan attached on the top to prevent overheating. If you do not have the
heat sink and cooling fan, contact your dealer to purchase and install them before
turning on the computer.
Important
1. Read the CPU status in BIOS (Chapter 3).
2. Mainboard photos shown in this section are for demonstration of the CPU/
cooler installation only. The appearance of your mainboard may vary depending on the model you purchase.
1. Position the cooling set onto the retention mechanism.
Hook one end of the clip to hook
first.
2. Then press down the other end of
the clip to fasten the cooling set on
the top of the retention mechanism.
Locate the Fix Lever and lift up it .
Fixed Lever
3. Fasten down the lever.
4. Attach the CPU Fan cable to the CPU
fan connector on the mainboard.
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Memory
These DIMM slots are used for installing memory modules.
For more information on compatible components, please visit:
http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=testreport
DDR2
240-pin, 1.8V
56x2=112 pin
64x2=128 pin
Dual-Channel Memory Population Rules
In Dual-Channel mode, the memory modules can transmit and receive data with two
data bus lines simultaneously. Enabling Dual-Channel mode can enhance the system
performance. Please refer to the following illustrations for population rules under
Dual-Channel mode.
1
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
2
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
3
DIMM1
DIMM2
DIMM3
DIMM4
Installed
Empty
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Installing Memory Modules
1. The memory module has only one notch on the center and will only fit in the right
orientation.
2. Insert the memory module vertically into the DIMM slot. Then push it in until the
golden finger on the memory module is deeply inserted in the DIMM slot.
Important
You can barely see the golden finger if the memory module is properly inserted
in the DIMM slot.
3. The plastic clip at each side of the DIMM slot will automatically close.
Volt
Notch
Important
- DDR2 memory modules are not interchangeable with DDR and the DDR2
standard is not backwards compatible. You should always install DDR2
memory modules in the DDR2 DIMM slots.
- In Dual-Channel mode, make sure that you install memory modules of the
same type and density in different channel DIMM slots.
- To enable successful system boot-up, always insert the memory modules
into the DIM M1 first.
- Due to the chipset resource deployment, the system density will only be
detected up to 7+GB (not full 8GB) when each DIMM is installed with a 2GB
memory module.
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Power Supply
ATX 24-Pin Power Connector: ATXPWR1
This connector allows you to connect an ATX 24-pin power supply.
To connect the ATX 24-pin power supply, make sure the plug of the
power supply is inserted in the proper orientation and the pins are
aligned. Then push down the power supply firmly into the connector.
You may use the 20-pin ATX power supply as you like. If you’d like
to use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power supply along with pin 1 & pin 13 (refer to the image at the right hand).
There is also a foolproof design on pin 11, 12, 23 & 24 to avoid
wrong installation.
pin 13
pin 12
Pin Definition
12
24
ATXPWR1
13
1
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
+3.3V
13
+3.3V
2
3
+3.3V
GND
14
15
-12V
GND
4
5
+5V
GND
16
17
PS-ON#
GND
6
7
+5V
GND
18
19
GND
GND
8
9
PWR OK
5VSB
20
21
Res
+5V
10
11
+12V
+12V
22
23
+5V
+5V
12
+3.3V
24
GND
ATX 12V Power Connector: JPW1
This power connector JPW 1 is used to provide power to the CPU.
Pin Definition
3
4
JPW1
1
2
PIN
SIGNAL
1
GND
2
3
GND
12V
4
12V
Important
1. Maker sure that all the connectors are connected to proper ATX power supplies to ensure stable operation of the mainboard.
2. Power supply of 350 watts (and above) is highly recommended for system
stability.
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Back Panel
Mouse
LAN
USB Ports
Line-In
RS-Out
Line-Out CS-Out
Keyboard 1394
(optional)
USB Ports
Serial Port
eSATA Port
(optional)
Mic
SS-Out
M ouse/Keyboard
The standard PS/2® mouse/keyboard DIN connector is for a PS/2® mouse/keyboard.
IEEE 1394 Port (optional)
The 1394 port on the back panel provides connection to 1394 devices.
Serial Port
The serial port is a 16550A high speed communications port that sends/ receives 16
bytes FIFOs. You can attach a serial mouse or other serial devices directly to the
connector.
USB Port
The USB (Universal Serial Bus) port is for attaching USB devices such as keyboard,
mouse, or other USB-compatible devices.
LAN
The standard RJ-45 LAN jack is for connection to the Local Area Network (LAN).
You can connect a network cable to it.
LED
Color
LED State
Left
Orange
On (steady state)
Off
Activity Indicator
Link Indicator
Condition
LAN link is not established.
LAN link is established.
On (brighter & pulsing) The computer is communicating with another computer on the LAN.
Green
Right
Orange
Off
10 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
On
100 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
On
1000 Mbit/sec data rate is selected.
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eSATA Port (optional)
The eSATA port is for attaching the eSATA external hard drive.
Audio Ports
These audio connectors are used for audio devices. You can differentiate the color
of the audio jacks for different audio sound effects.
Line-In (Blue) - Line In, is used for external CD player, tapeplayer or other
audio devices.
Line-Out (Green) - Line Out, is a connector for speakers or headphones.
Mic (Pink) - Mic, is a connector for microphones.
RS-Out (Black) - Rear-Surround Out in 4/ 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode.
CS-Out (Orange) - Center/ Subwoofer Out in 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode.
SS-Out (Gray) - Side-Surround Out 7.1 channel mode.
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Connectors
Floppy Disk Drive Connector: FDD1
This connector supports 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB, 1.44MB or 2.88MB floppy disk drive.
FDD1
IDE Connector: IDE1
This connector supports IDE hard disk drives, optical disk drives and other IDE devices.
IDE1
Important
If you install two IDE devices on the same cable, you must configure the
drives separately to master / slave mode by setting jumpers. Refer to IDE
dev ic e’s doc umentation s upplied by the vendors for jumper s etting
instructions.
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Serial ATA Connector: SATA1/ SATA2/ SATA3/ SATA4
This connector is a high-speed Serial ATA interface port. Each connector can connect to one Serial ATA device.
SATA1
SATA2
SATA3
SATA4
Important
Please do not fold the Serial ATA cable into 90-degree angle. Otherwise,
data loss may occur during transmission.
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Fan Power Connectors: CPUFAN1, SYSFAN1, SYSFAN2
The fan power connectors support system cooling fan with +12V. W hen connecting
the wire to the connectors, always note that the red wire is the positive and should
be connected to the +12V; the black wire is Ground and should be connected to GND.
If the mainboard has a System Hardware Monitor chipset on-board, you must use a
specially designed fan with speed sensor to take advantage of the CPU fan control.
CONTROL
SENSOR
+1 2V
GND
SENSOR
+1 2V
GND
SYSFAN1
CPUFAN1
SENSOR
GND
+1 2V
SYSFAN2
Important
1. Please refer to the recommended CPU fans at processor’s official website
or consult the vendors for proper CPU cooling fan.
2. CPUFAN1 supports fan control. You can install Dual Core Center utility
that will automatically control the CPU fan speed according to the actual
CPU temperature.
3. Fan/heatsink with 3 or 4 pins are both available for CPUFAN1.
CD-In Connector: JCD1
This connector is provided for external audio input..
R
GND
L
JCD1
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Front Panel Audio Connector: JAUD1
This connector allows you to connect the front panel audio and is compliant with
Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.
JAUD1
1
2
9
10
Pin Definition
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
2
AUD_MIC
AUD_GND
Front panel microphone input signal
Ground used by analog audio circuits
3
4
AUD_MIC_BIAS
AUD_VCC
Microphone power
Filtered +5V used by analog audio circuits
5
6
AUD_FPOUT_R
AUD_RET_R
Right channel audio signal to front panel
Right channel audio signal return from front panel
7
8
HP_ON
KEY
Reserved for future use to control headphone amplifier
No pin
9
10
AUD_FPOUT_L
AUD_RET_L
Left channel audio signal to front panel
Left channel audio signal return from front panel
TPM Module Connector: JTPM (optional)
This connector connects to a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) module (optional). Please
refer to the TPM security platform manual for more details and usages.
2
1
14
13
Pin
1
Signal
LCLK
Description
LPC clock
Pin
2
Signal
3V dual/3V_STB
Description
3V dual or 3V standby power
3
5
LRST#
LAD0
LPC reset
LPC address & data pin0
4
6
VCC3
SIRQ
3.3V power
Serial IRQ
7
9
LAD1
LAD2
LPC address & data pin1
LPC address & data pin2
8
10
VCC5
KEY
5V power
No pin
11
13
LAD3
LFRAME#
LPC address & data pin3
LPC Frame
12
14
GND
GND
Ground
Ground
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Front USB Connector: JUSB1 / JUSB2 / JUSB3
This connector, compliant with Intel® I/O Connectivity Design Guide, is ideal for connecting high-speed USB interface peripherals such as USB HDD, digital cameras,
M P3 players, printers, modems and the like.
Pin Definition
1
2
9
10
JUSB1/2/3
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
VCC
2
VCC
3
USB0-
4
USB1-
5
USB0+
6
USB1+
7
GND
8
GND
9
Key (no pin)
10
USBOC
USB 2.0 Bracket
(Optional)
Important
Note that the pins of VCC and GND must be connected correctly to avoid
possible damage.
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Front Panel Connectors: JFP1, JFP2
These connectors are for electrical connection to the front panel switches and LEDs.
The JFP1 is compliant with Intel® Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.
JFP1 Pin Definition
Reset HDD
Switch LED
+ - - +
JFP1
9
10
1
2
- +
Power Power
Switch LED
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
1
HD_LED +
Hard disk LED pull-up
2
3
FP PWR/SLP
HD_LED -
MSG LED pull-up
Hard disk active LED
4
5
FP PWR/SLP
RST_SW -
MSG LED pull-up
Reset Switch low reference pull-down to GND
6
7
PWR_SW +
RST_SW +
Power Switch high reference pull-up
Reset Switch high reference pull-up
8
9
PWR_SW RSVD_DNU
Power Switch low reference pull-down to GND
Reserved. Do not use.
JFP2 Pin Definition
JFP2
7
8
PIN
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
Power LED
1
GND
Ground
1
2
2
3
SPKSLED
SpeakerSuspend LED
4
5
BUZ+
PLED
Buzzer+
Power LED
6
7
BUZNC
BuzzerNo connection
8
SPK+
Speaker+
- +
+
Speaker
Chassis Intrusion Connector: JCI1
This connector connects to the chassis intrusion switch cable. If the chassis is
opened, the chassis intrusion mechanism will be activated. The system will record
this status and show a warning message on the screen. To clear the warning, you
must enter the BIOS utility and clear the record.
CINTRU
GND
1
2
JCI1
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IEEE1394 Connector: J1394_1 (Optional)
This connector allows you to connect the IEEE1394 device via an optional IEEE1394
bracket.
Pin Definition
1
2
9
10
J1394_1
PIN
SIGNAL
PIN
SIGNAL
1
TPA+
2
TPA-
3
Ground
4
Ground
5
TPB+
6
TPB-
7
Cable power
8
Cable power
9
Key (no pin)
10
Ground
IEEE1394 Bracket (Optional)
S/PDIF-Out Connector: JSPD1 (Optional, for HDMI graphics card
only)
This connector is used to connect S/PDIF (Sony & Philips Digital Interconnect Format)
interface for digital audio transmission to the HDMI graphics card.
SPDIFO
GND
JSPD1
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Jumpers
Clear CMOS Jumper: JBAT1
There is a CMOS RAM onboard that has a power supply from an external battery to
keep the data of system configuration. W ith the CMOS RAM, the system can automatically boot OS every time it is turned on. If you want to clear the system configuration,
set the jumper to clear data.
JBAT1
1
1
3
Keep Data
1
3
Clear Data
Important
You can clear CMOS by shorting 2-3 pin while the system is off. Then return
to 1-2 pin position. Avoid clearing the CMOS while the system is on; it will
damage the mainboard.
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Slots
PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Express Slot
The PCI Express slot supports the PCI Express interface expansion card.
Mazarine PCI Express x16 Slot (PCI_EX1)
supports up to PCI Express 2.0x16 speed
PCI Express x1 Slot
Important
The mainboard supports CrossFire technology with two PCI Express x16
slots.
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PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Slot
The PCI slot supports LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other add-on cards that
comply with PCI specifications.
32-bit PCI Slot
PCI Interrupt Request Routing
The IRQ, acronym of interrupt request line and pronounced I-R-Q, are hardware lines
over which devices can send interrupt signals to the microprocessor. The PCI IRQ
pins are typically connected to the PCI bus pins as follows:
Order 1
Order 2
Order 3
Order 4
PCI Slot 1
INT A#
INT B#
INT C#
INT D#
PCI Slot 2
INT B#
INT C#
INT D#
INT A#
Important
When adding or removing expansion cards, make sure that you unplug the
power supply first. Meanwhile, read the documentation for the expansion
card to configure any necessary hardware or software settings for the expansion card, such as jumpers, switches or BIOS configuration.
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Chapter 3
BIOS Setup
This chapter provides information on the BIOS Setup
program and allows you to configure the system for
optimum use.
You may need to run the Setup program when:
² An error message appears on the screen during the
system booting up, and requests you to run SETUP.
² You want to change the default settings for customized features.
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Entering Setup
Power on the computer and the system will start POST (Power On Self Test) process.
W hen the message below appears on the screen, press <DEL> key to enter Setup.
Press DEL to enter SETUP
If the message disappears before you respond and you still wish to enter Setup,
restart the system by turning it OFF and On or pressing the RESET button. You may
also restart the system by simultaneously pressing <Ctrl>, <Alt>, and <Delete> keys.
Important
1. The items under each BIOS category described in this chapter are under
continuous update for better system performance. Therefore, the description may be slightly different from the latest BIOS and should be held for
reference only.
2. Upon boot-up, the 1st line appearing after the memory count is the BIOS
version. It is usually in the format:
A7388AMS V1.0 083007 where:
1st digit refers to BIOS maker as A = AMI, W = AWARD, and P =
PHOENIX.
2nd - 5th digit refers to the model number.
6th digit refers to the chipset as I = Intel, N = NVIDIA, A = AMD and
V = VIA.
7th - 8th digit refers to the customer as MS = all standard customers.
V1.0 refers to the BIOS version.
083007 refers to the date this BIOS was released.
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Control Keys
< ↑>
Move to the previous item
< ↓>
Move to the next item
< ←>
Move to the item in the left hand
< →>
Move to the item in the right hand
<Enter>
Select the item
<Esc>
Jumps to the Exit menu or returns to the main menu from a
submenu
<+/PU>
Increase the numeric value or make changes
<-/PD>
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
<F6>
Load Optimized Defaults
<F7>
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
<F10>
Save configuration changes and exit setup
Getting Help
After entering the Setup menu, the first menu you will see is the Main Menu.
M ain M enu
The main menu lists the setup functions you can make changes to. You can use the
arrow keys ( ↑↓ ) to select the item. The on-line description of the highlighted setup
function is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Sub-M enu
If you find a right pointer symbol (as shown in the
right view) appears to the left of certain fields that
means a sub-menu can be launched from this field. A
sub-menu c ontains additional options f or a field
parameter. You can use arrow keys ( ↑↓ ) to highlight the field and press <Enter> to
call up the sub-menu. Then you can use the control keys to enter values and move
from field to field within a sub-menu. If you want to return to the main menu, just press
the <Esc >.
General Help <F1>
The BIOS setup program provides a General Help screen. You can call up this screen
from any menu by simply pressing <F1>. The Help screen lists the appropriate keys
to use and the possible selections for the highlighted item. Press <Esc> to exit the
Help screen.
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The Main Menu
Standard CM OS Features
Use this menu for basic system configurations, such as time, date etc.
Advanced BIOS Features
Use this menu to setup the items of AMI® special enhanced features.
Integrated Peripherals
Use this menu to specify your settings for integrated peripherals.
Power M anagement Setup
Use this menu to specify your settings for power management.
PNP/PCI Configurations
This entry appears if your system supports PnP/PCI.
H/W M onitor
This entry shows your PC health status.
Cell M enu
Use this menu to specify your settings for frequency/voltage control and overclocking.
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Use this menu to load the default values set by the BIOS vendor for stable system
performance.
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Load Optimized Defaults
Use this menu to load the default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard.
BIOS Setting Password
Use this menu to set the password for BIOS.
Save & Exit Setup
Save changes to CMOS and exit setup.
Exit Without Saving
Abandon all changes and exit setup.
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Standard CMOS Features
The items in Standard CMOS Features Menu includes some basic setup items. Use
the arrow keys to highlight the item and then use the <PgUp> or <PgDn> keys to select
the value you want in each item.
Date (MM:DD:YY)
This allows you to set the system to the date that you want (usually the current date).
The format is <day><month> <date> <year>.
day
Day of the week, from Sun to Sat, determined by
BIOS. Read-only.
mon th
The month from Jan. through Dec.
date
The date from 1 to 31 can be keyed by numeric function keys.
year
The year can be adjusted by users.
Time (HH:MM :SS)
This allows you to set the system time that you want (usually the current time). The
time format is <hour> <minute> <second>.
IDE Primary Master/ Slave, SATA1/ 2/ 3/ 4
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu, and the following screen appears.
Important
IDE Primary Master/ Slave, SATA1/ 2/ 3/ 4 are appearing when you
connect the HD devices to the IDE/ SATA connector on the mainboard.
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Device/ Vender/ Size
It will showing the device information that you connected to the IDE/SATA
connector.
LBA/Large M ode
This allows you to enable or disable the LBA Mode. Setting to Auto enables LBA
mode if the device supports it and the devices is not already formatted with LBA
mode disabled.
DM A M ode
Select DMA Mode.
Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.
This allows you to activate the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting
Technology) capability for the hard disks. S.M.A.R.T is a utility that monitors your
disk status to predict hard disk failure. This gives you an opportunity to move
data from a hard disk that is going to fail to a safe place before the hard disk
becomes offline.
Floppy A
This item allows you to set the type of floppy drives installed.
System Information
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu, and the following screen appears.
CPU Infromation/ BIOS Version/ M emory Information
These items show the CPU information, BIOS version and memory status of your
system (read only).
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Advanced BIOS Features
Full Screen LOGO Display
This item enables you to show the company logo on the bootup screen. Settings are:
[Enabled]
Shows a still image (logo) on the full screen at boot.
[Disabled]
Shows the POST messages at boot.
Quick Booting
Setting the item to [Enabled] allows the system to boot within 5 seconds since it will
skip some check items.
Boot Up Num-Lock LED
This setting is to set the Num Lock status when the system is powered on. Setting to
[On] will turn on the Num Lock key when the system is powered on. Setting to [Off]
will allow users to use the arrow keys on the numeric keypad.
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IOAPIC Function
This field is used to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt
Controller). Due to compliance with PC2001 design guide, the system is able to run in
APIC mode. Enabling APIC mode will expand available IRQ resources for the system.
MPS Table Version
This field allows you to select which MPS (Multi-Processor Specification) version to
be used for the operating system. You need to select the MPS version supported by
your operating system. To find out which version to use, consult the vendor of your
operating system.
CPU Feature
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
C1E Support
W hen the C1E Support (Enhanced Halt Powerdown State) is enabled, the processor will transition to a lower core to bus ratio and lower voltage ID driven by
the processor to the voltage regulator before entering Halt Powerdown State
(C1). Not all porcessors support Enhanced Halt Powerdown State (C1E).
SVM Support
SVM (Secure Virtual Machine) technology provides a set of hardware extensions designed to enable economical and efficient implementation of virtual machine systems. Generally speaking, hardware support falls into two complementary c ategories : v irtualiz ation s upport and s ec urity s upport. Not all
porcessors support SVM.
Chipset Feature
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
HPET
The HPET (High Precision Event Timers) is a component that is part of the chipset.
You can to enable it, and will provide you with the means to get to it via the
various ACPI methods.
Boot Sequence
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
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1st Boot Device
The items allow you to set the first boot device where BIOS attempts to load the
disk operating system.
Boot From Other Device
Setting the option to [Yes] allows the system to try to boot from other device. if
the system fails to boot from the 1st boot device.
TPM Feature
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:
TCG/TPM SUPPORT
This field is used to enable or disable TPM (Trusted Platform Module).
Execute TPM Command
This field is used to enable(activate)/disable(deactivate) Command to TPM.
TPM Enable/Disable status, TPM Owner Status
These items show the status of TPM (read only).
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Integrated Peripherals
USB Controller
This setting allows you to enable/disable the onboard USB 1.1/ 2.0 controller.
USB Device Legacy Support
Select [Enabled] if you need to use a USB-interfaced device in the operating system.
Onboard LAN Controller
This setting allows you to enable/disable the onboard LAN controller.
LAN Option ROM
This item is used to decide whether to invoke the Boot ROM of the onboard LAN.
ESATA Controller (optional)
This setting allows you to enable/disable the onboard ESATA controller.
ESATA Option ROM (optional)
This item is used to decide whether to invoke the Boot ROM of the onboard ESATA.
Onboard IEEE1394 Controller (optional)
This item allows you to enable/disable the onboard IEEE1394 controller.
HD Audio Controller
This setting is used to enable/disable the HD audio controller.
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On-Chip ATA Devices
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu:
PCI IDE BusMaster
This item allows you to enable/ disable BIOS to used PCI busmastering for
reading/ writing to IDE drives.
On-Chip SATA Controller
These items allow users to enable or disable the SATA controller.
RAID M ode
This item is used to enable/disable the RAID function for SATA devices.
I/O Devices
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu:
COM Port
This item specifies the base I/O port addresses of the onboard Serial Port.
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Power Management Setup
Important
S3-related functions described in this section are available only when your
BIOS supports S3 sleep mode.
ACPI Function
This item is to activate the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Management
Interface) Function. If your operating system is ACPI-aware, such as Windows 98SE/
2000/ME/ XP, select [Enabled].
ACPI Standby State
This item specifies the power saving modes for ACPI function. If your operating
system supports ACPI, such as W indows 2000/ XP , you can choose to enter the
Standby mode in S1(POS) or S3(STR) fashion through the setting of this field. Settings are:
[S1]
The S1 sleep mode is a low power state. In this state, no
system context is lost (CPU or chipset) and hardware maintains all system context.
[S3]
The S3 sleep mode is a lower power s tate where the in
formation of system configuration and open applications/files
is saved to main memory that remains powered while most
other hardware components turn off to save energy. The
information stored in memory will be used to restore the system when a “wake up” event occurs.
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Suspend Time Out (M inute)
If system activity is not detected for the length of time specified in this field, all
devices except CPU will be shut off.
Power Button Function
This feature sets the function of the power button. Settings are:
[Power On/ Off]
The power button functions as normal power on/ off
button.
[Suspend]
W hen you press the power button, the computer enters the
suspend/sleep mode, but if the button is pressed for more
than four seconds, the computer is turned off.
Restore On AC Power Loss
This item specifies whether your system will reboot after a power failure or interrupt
occurs. Settings are:
[Off]
Always leaves the computer in the power off state.
[On]
Always leaves the computer in the power on state.
[Last State]
Restores the system to the status before power failure
or interrupt occurred.
Wake up Event Setup
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu:
Resume From S3 By USB Device
The item allows the activity of the USB device to wake up the system from S3
(Suspend to RAM) sleep state.
Resume From S3 By PS/2 Keyboard
This controls how the PS/2 keyboard is able to power on the system. If you
choose Specific Key, the power button on the case will not function anymore
and you must type the password to power on the system.
Resume from S3 By PS/2 Mouse
This setting determines whether the system will be awakened from what power
saving modes when input signal of the PS/2 mouse is detected.
Resume By PCI Device (PM E#)
W hen set to [Enabled], the feature allows your system to be awakened from the
power saving modes through any event on PME (Power Management Event).
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Resume By PCI-E Device
W hen set to [Enabled], the feature allows your system to be awakened from the
power saving modes through any event on PCIE device.
Resume By RTC Alarm
The field is used to enable or disable the feature of booting up the system on a
scheduled time/date.
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PNP/PCI Configurations
This section describes configuring the PCI bus system and PnP (Plug & Play) feature.
PCI, or Peripheral Component Interconnect, is a system which allows I/O devices to
operate at speeds nearing the speed the CPU itself uses when communicating with
its special components. This section covers some very technical items and it is
strongly recommended that only experienced users should make any changes to the
default settings.
Primary Graphic’s Adapter
This setting specifies which graphic card is your primary graphics adapter.
PCI Latency Timer
This item controls how long each PCI device can hold the bus before another takes
over. W hen set to higher values, every PCI device can conduct transactions for a
longer time and thus improve the effective PCI bandwidth. For better PCI performance,
you should set the item to higher values.
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IRQ Resource Setup
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears.
IRQ 3/4/5/7/9/10/11/14/15
These items specify the bus where the specified IRQ line is used.
The settings determine if AMIBIOS should remove an IRQ from the pool of available IRQs passed to devices that are configurable by the system BIOS. The
available IRQ pool is determined by reading the ESCD NVRAM. If more IRQs must
be removed from the IRQ pool, the end user can use these settings to reserve
the IRQ by assigning an [Reserved] setting to it. Onboard I/O is configured by
AMIBIOS. All IRQs used by onboard I/O are configured as [Available]. If all IRQs
are set to [Reserved], and IRQ 14/15 are allocated to the onboard PCI IDE, IRQ 9
will still be available for PCI and PnP devices.
Important
IRQ (Interrupt Request) lines are system resources allocated to I/O devices.
When an I/O device needs to gain attention of the operating system, it signals this by causing an IRQ to occur. After receiving the signal, when the
operating system is ready, the system will interrupt itself and perform the
service required by the I/O device.
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H/W Monitor
Chassis Intrusion
The field enables or disables the feature of recording the chassis intrusion status
and issuing a warning message if the chassis is once opened. To clear the warning
message, set the field to [Reset]. The setting of the field will automatically return to
[Enabled] later.
CPU Smart FAN Target
The mainboard provides the Smart Fan function which can control the CPU fan speed
automatically depending on the current temperature to keep it with in a specific range.
You can select a fan target value here. If the current CPU fan temperature reaches to
the target value, the smart fan function will be activated. It provides several sections
to speed up for cooling down automaticlly .
PC Health Status
CPU/ System Temperature, CPU FAN/ SYS FAN1/ SYS FAN2 Speed, CPU
Vcore, 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 5V SB
These items display the current status of all of the monitored hardware devices/
components such as CPU voltage, temperatures and all fans’ speeds.
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Cell Menu
Important
Change these settings only if you are familiar with the chipset.
Current CPU Clock/ DRAM Frequency
These items show the current clocks of CPU and Memory frequency. Read-only.
D.O.T. Control
This item allows users to select either/both of CPU and PCIE to be controlled under D.
O.T. The D.O.T. (Dynamic Overclocking Technology) is an automatic overclocking
function, included in the MSITM ’s newly developed Dual CoreCellTM Technology. It is
designed to detect the load balance of CPU and PCIE while running programs, and to
adjust the best frequency automatically. W hen the motherboard detects system is
running programs, it will speed up automatically to make the program run smoothly
and faster. W hen the system is temporarily suspending or staying in the low load
balance, it will restore the default settings instead. Usually the Dynamic Overclocking
Technology will be powered only when users' PC need to run huge amount of data
like 3D games or the video process, and the CPU and PCIE frequency need to be
boosted up to enhance the overall performance.
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AMD Cool’n’Quiet
The Cool’n’ Quiet technology can effectively and dynamically lower CPU speed and
power consumption.
Important
To ensure that Cool’n’Quiet function is activated and will be working properly, it is
required to double confirm that:
1. Run BIOS Setup, and select Cell Menu.
Under Cell M enu, find AM D
Cool’n’Q uiet, and s et this item to
“Enable.”
2. Enter Windows , and select [Start]->
[Settings]->[Control Pannel]->[Power
Options]. Enter Power Options Properties tag, and select Minimal Power
Management under Power schemes.
HT Ratio
This item allows you to set the Hyper Transport ratio.
Adjust CPU FSB Frequency
This item allows you to set the CPU FSB frequency (in MHz).
Adjust CPU Ratio
This item allows you to set the CPU ratio.
Adjusted CPU Frequency
It shows the adjusted CPU frequency (FSB x Ratio). Read-only.
Advance DRAM Configuration
Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears.
DRAM Timing Mode
Setting to [Auto] enables DRAM CAS# Latency automatically to be determined by
BIOS based on the configurations on the SPD (Serial Presence Detect) EEPROM
on the DRAM module.
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FSB/Memory Ratio
This item will allow you to adjust the FSB/Ratio of the memory.
Adjusted DDR M emory Frequency
It shows the adjusted DDR Memory frequency. Read-only.
Adjust PCIE Frequency
This item allows you to set the PCI Express frequency (in MHz).
Auto Disable DIM M/PCI Frequency
W hen set to [Enabled], the system will remove (turn off) clocks from empty DIMM and
PCI slots to minimize the electromagnetic interference (EMI).
CPU Voltage / M omory Voltage / NB Voltage / Hypertransport Voltage
These items dispaly the power status of CPU, Memory, FSB and chipset. Read-only.
Spread Spectrum
W hen the motherboard’s clock generator pulses, the extreme values (spikes) of the
pulses create EMI (Electromagnetic Interference). The Spread Spectrum function
reduces the EMI generated by modulating the pulses so that the spikes of the pulses
are reduced to flatter curves. If you do not have any EMI problem, leave the setting at
Disabled for optimal system stability and performance. But if you are plagued by EMI,
set to Enabled for EMI reduction. Remember to disable Spread Spectrum if you are
overclocking because even a slight jitter can introduce a temporary boost in clock
speed which may just cause your overclocked processor to lock up.
Important
1. If you do not have any EMI problem, leave the setting at [Disabled] for
optimal system stability and performance. But if you are plagued by EMI,
select the value of Spread Spectrum for EMI reduction.
2. The greater the Spread Spectrum value is, the greater the EMI is reduced,
and the system will become less stable. For the most suitable Spread
Spectrum value, please consult your local EMI regulation.
3. Remember to disable Spread Spectrum if you are overclocking because
even a slight jitter can introduce a temporary boost in clock speed which
may just cause your overclocked processor to lock up.
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Load Fail-Safe/ Optimized Defaults
The two options on the main menu allow users to restore all of the BIOS settings to
the default Fail-Safe or Optimized values. The Optimized Defaults are the default
values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the
mainboard. The Fail-Safe Defaults are the default values set by the BIOS vendor for
stable system performance.
W hen you select Load Fail-Safe Defaults, a message as below appears:
Selecting Ok and pressing Y loads the BIOS default values for the most stable,
minimal system performance.
W hen you select Load Optimized Defaults, a message as below appears:
Selecting Ok and pressing Y loads the default factory settings for optimal system
performance.
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BIOS Setting Password
W hen you select this function, a message as below will appear on the screen:
Type the password, up to six characters in length, and press <Enter>. The password
typed now will replace any previously set password from CMOS memory. You will
be prompted to confirm the password. Retype the password and press <Enter>. You
may also press <Esc> to abort the selection and not enter a password.
To clear a set password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter the
password. A message will show up confirming the password will be disabled. Once
the password is disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup without
entering any password.
W hen a password has been set, you will be prompted to enter it every time you try
to enter Setup. This prevents an unauthorized person from changing any part of your
system configuration.
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Appendix A
Realtek ALC888 Audio
The Realtek ALC888 provides 10-channel DAC that simultaneously supports 7.1 sound playback and 2 channels of independent s tereo s ound output (multiple
streaming) through the Front-Out-Left and Front-OutRight channels.
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Installing the Realtek HD Audio Driver
You need to install the driver for Realtek ALC888 codec to function properly before
you can get access to 2-, 4-, 6-, 8- channel or 7.1+2 channel audio operations.
Follow the procedures described below to install the drivers for different operating
systems.
Installation for Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista
For W indows ® 2000, you must install W indows ® 2000 Service Pack4 or later before
installing the driver. For Windows ® XP, you must install W indows ® XP Service Pack1
or later before installing the driver.
The following illustrations are based on W indows ® XP environment and could look
slightly different if you install the drivers in different operating systems.
1. Insert the application CD into the CD-ROM drive. The setup screen will automatically appear.
2. Click Realtek HD Audio Driver.
Click here
Important
software utility is under continuous update
The HD Audio Configuration
to enhance audio applications. Hence, the program screens shown here in
this section may be slightly different from the latest software utility and shall
be held for reference only.
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3. Click Next to install the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver.
Click here
4. Click Finish to restart the system.
S el ec t t hi s
option
Click here
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Software Configuration
After installing the audio driver, you are able to use the 2-, 4-, 6- or 8- channel audio
feature now. Click the audio icon
from the system tray at the lower-right corner of
the screen to activate the HD Audio Configuration. It is also available to enable the
audio driver by clicking the Realtek HD Audio M anager from the Control Panel.
Double click
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Sound Effect
Here you can select a sound effect you like from the Environment list.
Environment Simulation
You will be able to enjoy different sound experience by pulling down the arrow,
totally 23 kinds of sound effect will be shown for selection. Realtek HD Audio Sound
Manager also provides five popular settings “Stone Corridor”, “Bathroom”, “Sewer
pipe”, “Arena” and “Audio Corridor” for quick enjoyment.
You may choose the provided sound effects, and the equalizer will adjust automatically.
If you like, you may also load an equalizer setting or make an new equalizer setting to
save as an new one by using the “Load EQ Setting” and “Save Preset” button,
click “Reset EQ Setting” button to use the default value, or click “Delete EQ Setting” button to remove a preset EQ setting.
There are also other pre-set equalizer models for you to choose by clicking “Others”
under the Equalizer part.
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Equalizer Selection
Equalizer frees users from default settings; users may create their owned preferred
settings by utilizing this tool.
10 bands of equalizer, ranging from 100Hz to 16KHz.
Save
The settings are saved
permanently for future
use
Reset
10 bands of equalizer
would go back to the default setting
Enable / Disable
To disable, you can temporarily s top the sound
effect without losing the
settings
Lo ad
W henever you would like to
use preload settings, simply
click this, the whole list will
be shown for your selection.
Delete
To delete the pre-saved settings which are created from previous steps.
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Frequently Used Equalizer Setting
Realtek recognizes the needs that you might have. By leveraging our long experience
at audio field, Realtek HD Audio Sound Manager provides you certain optimized equalizer settings that are frequently used for your quick enjoyment.
[How to Use It]
Other than the buttons “Pop” “Live” “Club” & “Rock” shown on the page, to pull down
the arrow in “Others”, you will find more optimized settings available to you.
Karaoke M ode
Karaoke mode brings Karaoke fun back home. Simply using the music you usually
play, Karaoke mode can help you eliminate the vocal of the song or adjust the key to
accommodate your range.
1.Vocal Cancellation: Single click on “Voice Cancellation”, the vocal of the song would
be eliminated, while the background music is still in place, and you can be that
singer!
2.Key Adjustment: Using “Up / Down Arrow” to find a key which better fits your vocal
range.
Raise the key
Remov e the
human voice
Lower the key
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Mixer
In the Mixer part, you may adjust the volumes of the rear and front panels individually.
1. Adjust Volume
You can adjust the volume of the speakers that you pluged in front or rear panel by
select the Realtek HD Audio rear output or Realtek HD Audio front output
items.
Important
Before set up, please make sure the playback devices are well plugged in the
jacks on the rear or front panel. The Realtek HD Audio front output item
will appear after you pluging the speakers into the jacks on the front panel.
2. Multi-Stream Function
ALC888 supports an outstanding feature called Multi-Stream, which means you may
play different audio sources simultaneously and let them output respectively from the
indicated real panel or front panel. This feature is very helpful when 2 people are
using the same computer together for different purposes.
Click the
button and the Mixer ToolBox menu will appear. Then check the Enable
playback multi-streaming and click OK to save the setup.
Important
If you use AC97 front panel, the device have to be plugged into the jacks on
the panel before enable the multi-stream function.
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W hen you are playing the first audio source (for example: use W indows Media
Player to play DVD/VCD), the output will be played from the rear panel, which is the
default setting.
Then you must to select the Realtek HD Audio front output from the scroll list
first, and use a different program to play the second audio source (for example: use
Winamp to play MP3 files). You will find that the second audio source (MP3 music) will
come out from the Line-Out audio jack of Front Panel.
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3. Playback control
Playback device
Tool
Mute
This function is to let you freely decide which ports to
output the sound. And this is essential when multistreaming playback enabled.
- Realtek HD Audio Rear Output
- Realtek HD Audio Front Output
M u te
You may choose to mute single or multiple volume controls or to completely mute
sound output.
Tool
- Show the following volume controls
This is to let you freely decide which volume control items to be displayed.
- Advanced controls
- Enable playback multi-streaming
W ith this function, you will be able to have an audio chat with your friends via
headphone (stream 1 from front panel) while still have music (stream 2 from back
panel) in play. At any given period, you can have maximum 2 streams operating
simultaneously.
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4. Recording control
Tool
Mute
Recording device
-Back Line in/Mic, Front Line in
-Realtek HD Audio Input
M u te
You may choose to mute single or multiple volume controls or to completely mute
sound input.
Tool
- Show the following volume controls
This is to let you freely decide which volume control items to be displayed.
- Enable recording multi-streaming
Important
ALC888 allows you to record the CD, Line, Mic and Stereo Mix channels
simultaneously, frees you from mixing efforts. At any given period, you may
choose 1 of the following 4 channels to record.
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Audio I/O
In this tab, you can easily configure your multi-channel audio function and speakers.
You can choose a desired multi-channel operation here.
a. Headphone for the common headphone
b. 2CH Speaker for Stereo-Speaker Output
c. 4CH Speaker for 4-Speaker Output
d. 6CH Speaker for 5.1-Speaker Output
e. 8CH Speaker for 7.1-Speaker Output
Speaker Configuration:
1. Plug the speakers in the corresponding jack.
2. Dialogue “connected device” will pop up for your selection. Please select the
device you have plugged in.
- If the device is being plugged into the correct jack, you will be able to find the icon
beside the jack changed to the one that is same as your device.
- If not correct, Realtek HD Audio Manager will guide you to plug the device into the
correct jack.
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Connector Settings
Click
to access connector settings.
Disable front panel jack detection (option)
Find no function on front panel jacks? Please check if front jacks on your system are
so-called AC’97 jacks. If so, please check this item to disable front panel jack detection.
M ute rear panel output when front headphone plugged in.
Enable auto popup dialogue, when device has been plugged in
Once this item checked, the dialog “Connected device” would automatically pop up
when device plugged in.
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S/PDIF
Short for Sony/Philips Digital Interface, a standard audio file transfer format. S/PDIF
allows the transfer of digital audio signals from one device to another without having
to be converted first to an analog format. Maintaining the viability of a digital signal
prevents the quality of the signal from degrading when it is converted to analog.
Output Sampling Rate
44.1KHz: This is recommend while playing CD.
48KHz: This is recommended while playing DVD or Dolby.
96KHz: This is recommended while playing DVD-Audio.
192KHz: This is recommended while playing High quality Audio.
Output Source
Output digital audio source: The digital audio format (such as .wav, .mp3,.midi etc)
will come out through S/PDIF-Out.
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Test Speakers
You can select the speaker by clicking it to test its functionality. The one you select
will light up and make testing sound. If any speaker fails to make sound, then check
whether the cable is inserted firmly to the connector or replace the bad speakers
with good ones. Or you may click the auto test
button to test the sounds of
each speaker automatically.
Center
Front Left
Front Right
Side Right
Side Left
Rear Left
Subwoof er
Rear Right
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Microphone
In this tab you may set the function of the microphone. Select the Noise Suppression to remove the possible noise during recording, or select Acoustic Echo
Cancellation to cancel the acoustic echo druing recording.
Acoustic Echo Cancellation prevents playback sound from being recorded by microphone together with your sound. For example, you might have chance to use
VOIP function through Internet with your friends. The voice of your friend will come
out from speakers (playback). However, the voice of your friend might also be
recorded into your microphone then go back to your friend through Internet. In that
case, your friend will hear his /her own voic e again. W ith AEC(Ac oustic Echo
Cancellation) enabled at your side, your friend can enjoy the benefit with less echo.
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3D Audio Demo
In this tab you may adjust your 3D positional audio before playing 3D audio applications like gaming. You may also select different environment to choose the most
suitable environment you like.
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Information
In this tab it provides some information about this HD Audio Configuration utility,
including Audio Driver Version, DirectX Version, Audio Controller & Audio Codec. You
may also select the language of this utility by choosing from the Language list.
Also there is a selection Show icon in system tray. Switch it on and an icon
will show in the system tray. Right-click on the icon and the Audio Accessories
dialogue box will appear which provides several multimedia features for you to take
advantage of.
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Hardware Setup
Connecting the Speakers
W hen you have set the Multi-Channel Audio Function mode properly in the software
utility, connect your speakers to the correct phone jacks in accordance with the
setting in software utility.
n 2-Channel M ode for Stereo-Speaker Output
1
4
2
5
3
6
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
No function
5
No function
6
No function
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n 4-Channel M ode for 4-Speaker Output
1
4
2
5
3
6
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
No function
6
No function
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n 6-Channel M ode for 6-Speaker Output
1
2
4
5
3
6
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel)
6
No function
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n 8-Channel M ode for 8-Speaker Output
1
2
4
5
3
6
1
Line In
2
Line Out (Front channels)
3
MIC
4
Line Out (Rear channels)
5
Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel)
6
Line Out (Side channels)
Important
To enable 7.1 channel audio-out function on Vista operating system, you have to
install the Realtek Audio Driver. Or, the mainboard will support 5.1 channel
audio-out only.
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Appendix B
SATA RAID
The south bridge SB600 integrate SATA host controller
that supports four SATA ports and RAID function for
performance and reliability.
SATA RAID provides support for RAID 0 (Striping), RAID
1 (Mirroring), RAID 0+1 (Striping & Mirroring). RAID 0
greatly improves h ard d is k I/O p erf or manc e by
concurrently striping data across multiple drives. RAID
1 makes sure data is not lost if a drive fails as data is
simultaneously written to two drives. Drives configured
for RAID Striping are said to form a RAID 0 set, while
drives configured for RAID Mirroring are said to form a
RAID 1 set. RAID 0+1 is implemented as a mirrored
array whose segments are RAID 0 arrays. RAID 0+1
has same fault tolerance as mirroring and reduces
overhead by striping. It needs at least four drives to
form a RAID 0+1.
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RAID Configuration
Creating and deleting RAID set and performing other RAID setting up operations are
done in the RAID BIOS. During bootup, a screen similar to the one below will appear
for about few seconds. Press <Ctrl-F> to enter the FastBuild utility.
Important
Be sure to set the SATA Mode to “RAID” in BIOS (the path is : Intergrated
Peripherals => On-Chip ATA Devices => OnChip SATA Controller) before configuting the RAID BIOS.
The Fast Build Utility menu screen will appear. The Main Menu is used to choose the
operation to be performed.
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View Drives Assignments
This window displays the model number, capacities and assignment of the drives
physically attached to the SATA host adapter.
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Define LD (Creating RAID)
The selection of the RAID configuration should be based upon factors including
performance, data security, and the number of drives available. It is best to carefully
consider the long-term role of the system and plan the data storage strategy. RAID
sets can be created either automatically, or to allow the greatest flexibility, manually.
1. Press 2 on the Main Menu screen to enter the Define LD Menu.
2. Press the arrow keys to highlight an logical drive number you want to define
and press Enter to select it.
and press Enter to select it.
3. On the next screen, use the space key to choose a RAID mode (RAID 0/ 1/
0+1) and use the arrow key to move to the Drives Assignments window.
• Initialize logical drive, zero the disk drives. RAID 1 or 10 only.
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• Stripe Block Size, the default 64KB is best for most applications. RAID 0 or
10 only.
• Gigabyte Boundary, allows use of slightly smaller replacement drives.
• Cache Mode, W riteThru or W riteBack.
4. On the Drives Assignments window, use the arrow key to choose the hard
drives which you want to make part of the LD, use the space key to change
the assignment to “Y”. Then press [Ctrl+Y] to save the configuration.
5. A message will show up on the bottom, press any key to save the configuration or press [Ctrl-Y] to allocate the RAID capacity manually.
Important
1. The default capacity is the full capacity of the selected hard drives.
2. If you allocate the first LD capacity manually, you can create second LD
with remaining capacity of the selected hard drives.
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6. The LD creation is done, the screen shows the LD information as below.
Press ESC key to the main screen.
7. Press ESC key to exit the utility, a message “System is going to REBOOT! Are
You Sure?” will display, answer “Y” to exit it and the system will reboot.
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Delete LD (Deleting RAID)
1. Select “Delete LD” on the main screen.
2. Choose a LD No you want to delete and press “Del” or “Alt+D” delete the RAID
set.
3. On the next screen, a message will display to inform you, press “Ctrl+Y” to
delete the RAID set or other key to abort it. Press “Ctrl+Y” to complete the
deletion.
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Installing the RAID Driver (for bootable RAID Array)
1.
2.
After you complete the RAID BIOS setup, boot from the W indows CD, and the
W indows XP Setup program starts.
Press F6 and wait for the W indows Setup screen to appear.
Important
Please follow the instruction below to make a SATA RAID driver for yourself.
1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Click the “Browse CD” on the Setup screen.
3. Copy all the contents in the :
for Windows XP driver CD
\ATI\ATIDrv\SBDrv\RAID
for Windows Vista driver CD
\ChipSet\ATI\Packages\Drivers\SBDrv\RAID\x86 and
\ChipSet\ATI\Packages\Drivers\SBDrv\RAID\x64 to a formatted floppy
disk.
4. The driver disk for RAID controller is done.
3.
Insert the floppy that contains the RAID driver,Press the “S” key to select “Specify
Additional Device”.
4. For W indows Vista:
During the Operating system installation, after selecting the location to install
Vista click on “Load Driver” button to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver.
5. W hen prompted, insert the floppy disk or media (Floppy, CD/DVD Or USB) and
press Enter.
6. You should be shown a list of available SCSI Adapters.
7. Select “ATI AHCI Compatible RAID Controller -x86 platform” when the
system is 32-bit version or “ATI AHCI Compatible RAID Controller -x64
platform” when the system is 64-bit version and then press ENTER.
8. The next screen should confirm that you have selected the ATI RAID controller.
Press ENTER again to continue.
9. You have successfully installed the ATI RAID driver, and W indows setup should
continue.
10. Leave the disk in the floppy drive until the system reboots itself. W indows setup
will need to copy the files from the floppy again after the RAID volume is formatted,
and W indows setup starts copying files.
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Installing the RAID Driver Under Windows
(for Non-bootable RAID Array)
1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. The CD will auto-run and the setup screen will appear.
3. Under the Driver tab, click on ATI System Driver. The ATI System Driver
includes RAID Driver.
4. The driver will be automatically installed.
Important
You must install the RAID driver to enable RAID.
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