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Realtek Gigabit PCI LAN Chip
Game Port Connector
Front Audio Connector
ALC650 AC’97 CODEC
32-bit PCI Expansion Slots x6
JP24/JP25 BIOS Rescue Jumper
USB 2.0 Connector
Die-hard BIOS II
Serial ATA Connector
Supports 150 MB/s Transfer Rate
JP15/16 Dr. Voice II Language Select Jumper
IEEE 1394 Connectorsx2
Front Panel Connector
Case Open Connector
Dr. LED Connector
JP2 Dr. Voice II Output Jumper
JP14 CMOS Clear Jumper
SPP/EPP/ECP Parallel Port
COM 1 Port COM 2 Port USB Ports
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JP28 KB/Mouse Wakeup Jumper
4-pin 12V. ATX Power Connector
3300 μ F Low ESR Capacitors
AGP 8x Expansion Slot
478-pin CPU socket (Northwood) with Voltage and Frequency Auto-detection that supports Intel
Pentium ® 4 1.6GHz~3.20GHz
(Supports Intel ® Hyper-Threading Technology)
SIS 648FX/963 Chipset
CPU FAN Connector
184-pin DIMMx3 supports DDR266/333/400 RAM maximum up to 3GB
ATX Power Connector
ATA 60/100/133 IDE Connectors x3
Everything you need to boot this motherboard is included in this
Easy Installation Guide. For more information, a complete Online
User's Manual can be found in the
Bonus Pack CD . Thanks for the help of saving our earth.
User’s Manual x1
Easy Installation Guide x1
EzRestore Guide x1
40-wire IDE Cable x1
80-wire IDE Cable x1
Floppy Disk Drive Cable x1
Serial ATA Cable x1
Serial ATA Power Cable x1
IEEE1394 Cable x1
USB 2.0 Cable x1
S/PDIF Cable x1
Registration Card x1
Bonus Pack CD x1
Norton Anti-Virus CD x1
Back Panel I/O Shield x1
1. JP14 Clear CMOS
You can clear CMOS to restore system default setting. To clear the CMOS, follow the procedure below.
1. Turn off the system and unplug the AC power.
2. Remove ATX power cable from connector PWR2.
3. Locate JP14 and short pins 2-3 for a few seconds.
4. Return JP14 to its normal setting by shorting pin 1 & pin 2.
5. Connect ATX power cable back to connector PWR2.
Tip: When should I Clear CMOS?
1. Boot fails because of overclocking…
2. Forget password…
2. JP28 Keyboard/Mouse Wakeup Jumper
This motherboard provides keyboard / mouse wake-up function. You can use JP28 to enable or disable this function, which could resume your system from suspend mode with keyboard or mouse. The factory default setting is “Disable” (1-2), and you may enable this function by setting the jumper to 2-3.
PART NO: 49.8A301.E01 DOC. NO: AX45F8XMAX-EG-E0307B
3. Connecting ATX Power Connector
This motherboard comes with a 20-pin and 4-pin ATX power connector as shown below.
Make sure you plug in the right direction. We strongly recommend you to insert the 4-pin connector before connecting the 20-pin connector.
4. Front Panel Connector
ACPI & Power LED
5. Setting CPU Voltage & Frequency
Setting CPU Core Voltage
This motherboard supports CPU VID function. The CPU core voltage will be automatically detected and the range is from 0.8375V to 1.6V. It is not necessary to set CPU Core
Setting CPU Frequency
This motherboard includes CPU jumper-less design, you can set CPU frequency through the BIOS setup, and no jumpers or switches are needed. The default setting is "table select mode". You can adjust the FSB from "CPU Bus Frequency" for overclocking.
CPU FSB (By BIOS table)
100~248MHz by 1MHz stepping
SiS648FX/SiS963 Chipset supports maximum 800MHz system bus and 66MHz
AGP clock; higher clock setting may cause serious system damage.
Pentium 4 1.6G
Pentium 4 1.8G
Pentium 4 2.0G
Pentium 4 2.2G
Pentium 4 2.26G
Pentium 4 2.4G
Pentium 4 2.4G
Pentium 4 2.4G
Pentium 4 2.53G
Pentium 4 2.66G
Pentium 4 2.80G
Pentium 4 2.80G
Pentium 4 3.00G
Pentium 4 3.06G
Pentium 4 3.20G
Chipset only support
Northwood processor, and don’t support Willamette processor. Northwood processor would detect the clock ratio automatically, you may not be able to adjust the clock ratio in BIOS manually.
BIOS will show the adjustable settings for customers to choose.
Attach the power LED, speaker, and reset switch connectors to
+5V the corresponding pins. If you enable “Suspend Mode” item in
BIOS Setup, the ACPI & Power LED will keep flashing while the system is in suspend mode.
Locate the power switch cable from your ATX housing. It is 2-pin
+5V female connector from the housing front panel. Plug this connector to the soft-power switch connector marked SPWR .
6. Support Six USB Ports
This motherboard provides six USB 2.0 ports to connect USB devices such as mouse, keyboard, modem, printer, etc. There are four ports on the back panel. You can use proper cables to connect USB devices from back panel or connect USB 2.0 header to the front panel of chassis.
8. S/PDIF Connector
S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is a latest audio transfer file format that provides impressive quality through optical fiber and allows you to enjoy digital audio instead of analog. Normally there are two S/PDIF outputs as shown, one for RCA connector, the most common one used for consumer audio products, and the other for optical connector with a even better audio quality. Through a specific audio cable, you can connect the
S/PDIF connector to a S/PDIF audio module bearing S/PDIF digital output. However, you must have a S/PDIF supported speaker with S/PDIF digital input to make the most of this function.
S/PDIF OUT (RCA)
USB 2.0 Connector
7. Super 5.1 Channel Audio Effects
This motherboard comes with an ALC650 Codec which supports high quality of 5.1 Channel audio effect, bringing you a brand new audio experience. On the strength of the innovative design of ALC650, you're able to use standard line-jacks for surround audio output without connecting any external module. To apply this function, you have to install the audio driver in the Bonus Pack CD as well as an audio application supporting 5.1 Channel. Picture bellow represents the standard location of all speakers in 5.1 Channel sound track. Please connect the plug of your front speakers to the green “Speaker out” port, rear speakers’ plug to the blue “Line in” port and both of the center and subwoofer speakers to the red “MIC in” port.
S/PDIF IN (RCA)
S/PDIF OUT (Optical)
S/PDIF IN (Optical)
(User Upgrade Optional)
9. Support Gigabit LAN Chip onboard
On the strength of RTL8110S-32 Gigabit LAN controller on board, which is a highly-integrated Platform LAN Connect device, it provides Gigabits Ethernet for office and home use. The Ethernet RJ45 connector is located on top of USB connectors. The right-hand side LED indicates the link mode, it blinks in orange whenever linking to network.
The left-hand side LED indicates the Connecting mode, and it lights in green when
100Mbps LAN is connected (never lights while 10Mbps is connected), but lights in yellow when Gigabits LAN is connected. To enable or disable this function, you may simply adjust
10. IEEE 1394 Connectors
This motherboard has two IEEE 1394 connectors onboard. The IEEE 1394 provides data transfer rate up to 400Mb/s. Therefore the IEEE 1394 interface can connect with the devices that need high data transferring performance, such as digital camera, scanner or others IEEE 1394 devices. Please use the proper cable to connect with devices.
12. AGP 8X Expansion Slot
This model provides an AGP 8x slot which is the latest AGP specification. The AGP 8x calls for the bus to operate at the basic AGP 66-MHz clock frequency and the bandwidth are
2.1Gbytes/s. It is a great improvement on the performance of 3D graphic. AGP supports only memory read/write operation and single-master single-slave one-to-one only. AGP uses both rising and falling edge of the 66MHz clock, for 2X AGP, the data transfer rate is 66MHz x 4bytes x 2 = 528MB/s and AGP 4x mode, 66MHz x 4bytes x 4 = 1056MB/s. Now the transfer rate is
66MHz x 4bytes x 8 = 2112MB/s.
11. Dr. Voice II and JP15/16
Dr. Voice II is a great feature which can identify the problems you may encounter in the operating system. It can clearly “ tell you ” whether the problem is caused from components or improper installation such as CPU, memory module, VGA, PCI add-on card, FDD, HDD or keyboard. Dr. Voice II provides four language versions: English , German , Japanese and
Chinese . You can select your preferred language by JP15 & JP16 jumpers. Furthermore, you may also set JP2 to choose sending out voices from buzzer or speaker.
Warning: It is strongly recommended not to install a 3.3V AGP card, which is not supported by
SiS648FX. When you do so, the AGP LED on the motherboard will light up to warn you the possible damage.
13. Connecting Serial ATA Connector
To connect a Serial ATA disk, you must use a 7-pin serial ATA cable. Connect two ends of the serial ATA cable to the serial ATA header on the main board and the disk. Like every other traditional disk, you also have to connect a power cable. Please note that it is a jumper free implement; you don’t need to set jumpers to define a master or slave disk. When connecting two serial ATA disks, the system will automatically take the one connected to “Serial ATA 1” header as a master disk.
JP16 Pin 1
JP15 Pin 1
Dr. Voice Language
Chinese Japanese German
SATA port 1 (Promise) SATA port 2 (Promise)
14. Die Hard BIOS II
Many viruses have been found that they may destroy bios code and data area lately. This motherboard implements a very effective hardware protection method without any software or
BIOS coding involved, therefore it is 100% virus free. Once your BIOS were crashed, it is easy to save it back. First step is to set JP24 to Pin2-3 to boot up the system with BIOS 2.
After that, please set the JP24 back to Pin1-2, go to AOpen website
( http://download.aopen.com.tw/downloads ) to get your BIOS version suited for your motherboard, and have it downloaded and flashed.
15. AOpen Bonus Pack CD
You can use the autorun menu of Bonus CD. Choose the utility and driver and select model name. After selecting the model name, you can install its AGP, IDE, Audio, LAN and USB2.0 drivers from this CD.
16. Power-on and Load BIOS Setup
After you finish jumper settings and connect correct cables, power on and enter the BIOS Setup. Press <Del> during POST (Power on Self Test).
Choose "Load Setup Defaults" for recommended optimal performance.
Warning: Please avoid of using "Load Turbo
Defaults", unless you are sure your system components (CPU, DRAM, HDD, etc.) are good enough for turbo setting.
17. BIOS Upgrade under Windows Environment
You may accomplish BIOS upgrade procedure with EzWinFlash by the following steps, and it’s STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to close all the applications before you start the upgrading.
1. Download the new version of BIOS package zip file from AOpen official web site. (ex: http://www.aopen.com
2. Unzip the download BIOS package (ex: WAX45F8XMAX102.ZIP) with WinZip
) in Windows environment.
3. Save the unzipped files into a folder, for example, WAX45F8XMAX102.EXE &
4. Double click on the WAX45F8XMAX102.EXE; EzWinFlash will detect the model name and BIOS version of your motherboard. If you had got the wrong BIOS, you will not be allowed to proceed with the flash steps.
5. You may select preferred language in the main menu, then click [Start Flash] to start the BIOS upgrade procedure.
6. EzWinFlash will complete all the process automatically, and a dialogue box will pop up to ask you to restart Windows. You may click [YES] to reboot Windows.
7. Press <Del> at POST to enter BIOS setup , choose "Load Setup Defaults", then “Save
& Exit Setup”. Done!
It is strongly recommended NOT to turn off the power or run any application during
If you encounter any trouble while booting your system, follow the procedures accordingly to resolve the problem.
Turn off the power and unplug the AC power cable, then remove all of the addon cards and cables, including VGA, IDE, FDD, COM1,
COM2 and Printer.
Make sure if the jumper settings for CPU and DRAMs are correct.
Clear CMOS, then plug the ATX power cord correctly.
(For P4 system, please also plug the 4pin(+12V) cord.
Install the VGA card. Then connect your monitor and keyboard.
Turn on the power, and check if the power supply and CPU fan work properly.
The problem was probably caused by power supply or motherboard failure. Please contact your reseller or local distributor for repairing.
Check if there is display.
Perhaps your VGA card or monitor is defective.
Press Ctrl, and Alt key at the same time, hold them and then press Del to see if the system reboots.
During system rebooting, press Del to enter BIOS Setup. Choose
“Load Setup Default".
It is very possible that your keyboard is defective.
Turn off the system and re-connect the IDE cable.
Check if the system can reboot successfully.
Re-install Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT.
The problem should be caused by the
IDE cables or HDD itself.
Part Number and Serial Number
The Part Number and Serial number are printed on bar code label. You can find the bar code label on the outside packing or on the component side of PCB. For example:
Part No. Serial No.
Part No. Serial No.
is part number, S/N: 91949378KN73 is serial number.
Model name and BIOS version
Model name and BIOS version can be found on upper left corner of first boot screen
(POST screen). For example:
AX45F-8X MAX R1.00
Jul. 01. 2003 AOpen Inc.
Award Plug and Play BIOS Extension v1.0A
Copyright © 2003, Award Software, Inc.
AX45F-8X MAX is model name of motherboard; R1.00
is BIOS version
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