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A X 4 5 H 8 X M a x O n l l i i n e M a n u a l l

AX45H-8X Max

DOC. NO.: AX45H8XMAX-OL-E0212A

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W h a t t ’ ’ s i i n t t h i i s m a n u a l l

AX45H-8X Max

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What’s in this manual .................................................................................................................................................................... 2

You Must Notice ............................................................................................................................................................................ 6

Before You Start ............................................................................................................................................................................ 7

Overview ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

Feature Highlight ........................................................................................................................................................................... 9

Quick Installation Procedure ....................................................................................................................................................... 14

Motherboard Map ........................................................................................................................................................................ 15

Block Diagram ............................................................................................................................................................................. 16

Hardware Installation............................................................................................................................17

About “User Upgrade Optional” and “Manufacture Upgrade Optional”… ................................................................................... 18

CPU Installation........................................................................................................................................................................... 19

Hyper Threading Technology ...................................................................................................................................................... 22

Enlarged Aluminum Heatsink ...................................................................................................................................................... 24

Full-range Adjustable CPU Core Voltage .................................................................................................................................... 25

CPU and System Fan Connector (with H/W Monitoring) ............................................................................................................ 27

DIMM Sockets ............................................................................................................................................................................. 28

DDR 266(PC2100) and DDR 333(PC2700)................................................................................................................................ 30

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Front Panel Connector ................................................................................................................................................................ 31

ATX Power Connector................................................................................................................................................................. 32

AC Power Auto Recovery............................................................................................................................................................ 32

IDE and Floppy Connector .......................................................................................................................................................... 33

ATA/133 Supported ..................................................................................................................................................................... 35

IrDA Connector............................................................................................................................................................................ 36

Support AGP 8X (Accelerated Graphic Port) Expansion Slot ..................................................................................................... 37

WOM (Zero Voltage Wake on Modem) Connector...................................................................................................................... 38

WOM by External BOX Modem................................................................................................................................................... 39

WOM by Internal Modem Card.................................................................................................................................................... 40

WOL (Wake on LAN) Connector ................................................................................................................................................. 41

Support 10/100 Mbps LAN onboard............................................................................................................................................ 43

CNR (Communication and Network Riser) Expansion Slot......................................................................................................... 44

Support 2 nd USB 2.0 Port ............................................................................................................................................................ 45

Colored Back Panel..................................................................................................................................................................... 46

Super 5.1 Channel Audio Effect .................................................................................................................................................. 47

Front Audio Connector ................................................................................................................................................................ 48

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) Connector ...................................................................................................................... 49

Dr. LED Connector (User Upgrade Optional).............................................................................................................................. 50

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Onboard IEEE 1394 Connectors................................................................................................................................................. 52

Case Open Connector................................................................................................................................................................. 53

CD Audio Connector ................................................................................................................................................................... 54

AUX-IN Connector....................................................................................................................................................................... 55

Game Port Bracket Supported .................................................................................................................................................... 56

JP1 Buzzer and JP2 Speaker Enable/Disable Jumpers ............................................................................................................. 57

JP14 Clear CMOS Data .............................................................................................................................................................. 58

JP15/JP16 Dr. Voice Language Select Jumpers......................................................................................................................... 59

JP27 / JP28 Keyboard/Mouse Wake-up Jumper ........................................................................................................................ 60

JP29 DDR Voltage Jumper ......................................................................................................................................................... 61

STBY LED ................................................................................................................................................................................... 62

AGP Protection Technology and AGP LED ................................................................................................................................. 63

Battery-less and Long Life Design .............................................................................................................................................. 65

Over-current Protection ............................................................................................................................................................... 66

Hardware Monitoring ................................................................................................................................................................... 67

Resettable Fuse .......................................................................................................................................................................... 68

3300µF Low ESR Capacitor........................................................................................................................................................ 69

Phoenix-AWARD BIOS............................................................................................................................71

About BIOS Function Description… ............................................................................................................................................ 72

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How To Use Phoenix-Award™ BIOS Setup Program ................................................................................................................. 73

How To Enter BIOS Setup........................................................................................................................................................... 75

BIOS Upgrade under Windows environment .............................................................................................................................. 76

Vivid BIOS technology................................................................................................................................................................. 78

Driver and Utility....................................................................................................................................79

Auto-run Menu from Bonus CD ................................................................................................................................................... 79

Install IDE Driver ......................................................................................................................................................................... 80

Install USB2.0 Driver ................................................................................................................................................................... 81

Installing LAN Driver.................................................................................................................................................................... 82

Installing Onboard Sound Driver ................................................................................................................................................. 85

Installing AGP Driver ................................................................................................................................................................... 86

AOConfig Utility ........................................................................................................................................................................... 87

Installing Hardware Monitoring Utility .......................................................................................................................................... 89

Glossary .................................................................................................................................................90

Troubleshooting ...................................................................................................................................101

Technical Support................................................................................................................................105

Product Registration............................................................................................................................108

How to Contact Us...............................................................................................................................109

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Y o u M u s t t N o t t i i c e

Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat is trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

AMD, the AMD logo, Athlon and Duron are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Celeron, Pentium II, Pentium III and Pentium 4 are trademarks of Intel Corporation.

Microsoft, Windows, and Windows logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

All product and brand names used on this manual are used for identification purposes only and may be the registered trademarks of their respective owners.

All of the specifications and information contained in this manual are subject to change without notice. AOpen reserves the right to revise this publication and to make reasonable changes. AOpen assumes no responsibility for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear in this manual, including the products and software described in it.

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No part of this document may be used or reproduced in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system without prior written permission from AOpen Corporation.

Copyright © 1996-2002, AOpen Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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B e f f o r r e Y o u S t t a r r t t

This Online Manual will introduce to the user how this product is installed. All useful information will be described in later chapters. Please

keep this manual carefully for future upgrades or system configuration changes. This Online Manual is saved in PDF format

, we recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 for online viewing, it is included in Bonus CD or you can get free download from Adobe web site .

Although this Online Manual is optimized for screen viewing, it is still capable for hardcopy printing, you can print it by A4 paper size and set

2 pages per A4 sheet on your printer. To do so, choose File > Page Setup and follow the instruction of your printer driver.

Thanks for the help of saving our earth.

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O v e r r v i i e w

Thank you for choosing AOpen AX45H-8X Max motherboard. AX45H-8X Max is Intel ® Socket 478 motherboard (M/B) based on the ATX

form factor featuring the SIS 648 chipset . As high performance chipset built in the M/B, AX45H-8X Max motherboard can support Intel

®

Socket 478 Pentium ® 4 (Willamette / Northwood) and 533 MHz

Front Side Bus (FSB) clock. In the AGP performance, it has one AGP slot

and supports AGP 8X mode and pipelined spilt-transaction long burst transfer up to 2112MB/sec. According to different customer’s requirements, this motherboard supports DDR333 (PC2700) SDRAM up to 2GB maximum and DDR 266 (PC2100) SDRAM up to 3GB maximum. The onboard IDE controller supports

Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 mode. Further flexibility can be achieved by taking advantage of

the

Communication and Network Riser (CNR)

card option that allows audio and modem configuration on a single baseboard design. More than that, on the strength of Realtek 8100BL LAN controller on board, which is a highly-integrated Platform LAN Connect device, it provides

10/100M bps Ethernet for office and home use. Besides, AX45H-8X Max has a S/PDIF connector and an

AC97

CODEC

chipset onboard, providing high performance and magic surround stereo sound to let people enjoy working with it. Now, let’s enjoy all features from AOpen AX45H-8X Max motherboard.

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F e a t t u r r e H i i g h l l i i g h t t

CPU

Supports Intel ® Socket 478 Pentium ®

4 (Willamette / Northwood) 1.4GHz~3.06GHz+ with 533MHz Front Side Bus (FSB) designed for

Socket 478 technology. The AX45H-8X Max motherboard supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.

Chipset

The motherboard is equipped with SIS 648 chipset. SIS 648 Host & Memory & AGP Controller integrates a high performance host interface for Intel Pentium 4 processor, a high performance memory controller, a AGP interface. The SIS 648 Host Interface supports Intel Pentium

4 Series processors with FSB up to 133MHz. The host interface plays the role of processor transactions’ dispatcher. It dispatches transactions to Memory, I/O interface and AGP bus. Transactions to different destinations can be dispatched concurrently in order to maximum pipeline efficiency. The Memory controller can support DDR SDRAM. The memory controller also supports the Suspend to

RAM function by retaining the CKE# pins asserted in ACPI S3 state in which only AUX source deliver power. The AGP interface can support external AGP slot with AGP 4X/8X capability and Fast Write Transactions.

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Expansion Slots

Including six 32-bit/33MHz PCI, one CNR and one AGP 4X/8X slots. The

PCI local bus throughput can be up to 132MB/s. The

Communication & Nectworking Riser (CNR)

slot provided from AX45H-8X Max can support CNR interface for a Modem/Audio card. The

Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) specification provides a new level of video display sophistication and speed. The AGP video cards

support data transfer rate up to 2112MB/s. Of six PCI slots provided, except the first PCI slot is slave, all other five slots are master PCI slots with arbitration and decoding for all integrated functions and LPC bus.

Memory

Provides three 184-pin DDR

SDRAM

DIMM sockets that support up to 2GB of PC2700 (DDR333) and 3GB of PC2100 (DDR266) compliant

SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory).

Watch Dog Timer

Includes AOpen “Watch Dog Timer” function that can auto-reset system in 4.8 seconds when you fail to system overclocking.

1MHz Stepping Frequency Adjustment

Provides “1MHz Stepping Frequency Adjustment” function in the BIOS. This magic function allows you to adjust CPU FSB frequency from

100~248MHz by 1MHz stepping adjustment, and helps your system get maximum performance.

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LAN Port

On the strength of Realtek 8100BL LAN controller on board, which is a highly-integrated Platform LAN Connect device, it provides 10/100

Mbps Ethernet for office and home use.

Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 Bus Mater IDE

Comes with an on-board PCI Bus Master IDE controller with two connectors that support four IDE devices in two channels, supports

Ultra

DMA 33/66/100/133, PIO Modes 3 and 4 and Bus Master IDE DMA Mode 5, and supports Enhanced IDE devices.

On-board AC’97 Sound

AX45H-8X Max uses RealTek ALC650

AC97

sound chip. This on-board audio includes a complete audio recording and playback system.

Six USB2.0 Ports

Provides four ports on the back panel and one connector with a total of six

USB

ports for USB2.0 interface devices, such as mouse, keyboard, modem, scanner, etc.

Dr. LED (Upgrade Optional)

Dr. LED

has 8 LEDs on this AX45H-8X Max M/B to easily show what kind of problems you may encounter.

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AGP Protection Technology

With AGP Protection Technology implemented, this motherboard will automatically detect the voltage of AGP card and prevent your chipsets from being burnt out.

Dr. Voice

Dr. Voice provides 4 language versions (English, Chinese, Japanese and German) that can easily tell you the problem you may encounter.

You can also adjust the volume of Dr. Voice through speakers. Specially tailored made for users, we have defaulted the language versions of Japanese market to Japanese only in order to save users from the hassle of setting jumpers, and thus making motherboard a real jumper less design.

S/PDIF Connectors

S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) is the newest audio transfer file format, which provides impressive quality through optical fiber and allows you to enjoy digital audio instead of analog audio.

On-board IEEE 1394 Connectors

Comes with two onboard IEEE 1394 (IEEE-1394a-2000) fully compliant cable ports at 100/200/400 Mbits/sec for you to connect IEEE 1394 devices, such as digital camera or other IEEE 1394 storage devices.

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Power Management/Plug and Play

Supports the power management function that confirms to the power-saving standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Energy Star program. It also offers Plug-and-Play , which helps save users from configuration problems, thus making the system much

user-friendlier.

Hardware Monitoring Management

Supports CPU or system fans status, temperature and voltage monitoring and alert, through the on-board hardware monitor module.

Enhanced ACPI

Fully implement the ACPI

standard for Windows ® 98/ME/2000 series compatibility, and supports Soft-Off, STR (Suspend to RAM, S3), STD

(Suspend to Disk, S4) features.

Super Multi-I/O

Provides two high-speed UART compatible serial ports and one parallel port with EPP and ECP capabilities. UART can also be directed from COM1 to the Infrared Module for the wireless connections.

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Q u i i c k I I n s t t a l l l l a t t i i o n P r r o c e d u r r e

This page gives you a quick procedure on how to install your system. Follow each step accordingly.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

Installing CPU and Fan

Installing System Memory (DIMM )

Connecting Front Panel Cable

Connecting IDE and Floppy Cable

Connecting ATX Power Cable

6.

7.

Connecting Back Panel Cable

Power-on and Load BIOS Setup Default

8.

9.

Setting CPU Frequency

Reboot

10.

Installing Operating System (such as Windows XP)

11.

Installing Driver and Utility

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27 USBLAN Wakeup Jumper

ALC650 AC’97 CODEC

Front Audio Connector

AUX-IN Connector

JP1 Buzzer Jumper

JP15/16 Dr. Voice Language

Select Jumper

JST-MIDI Connecto r

JP2 Speaker Jumpe r

CD-IN Connector

S/PDIF Connector

CNR Expansion Slot

32-bit PCI Expansion Slot x6

Dr. LED Connector

WOM Connector

WOL Connector

2 nd USB2.0 Connectors

JP14 CMOS Clear Jumper

Chassis Intrusion Detector

IEEE 1394 Connector x2

IrDA Connector

Front Panel Connector

SYS-FAN3 Connec tor

FDD Connector

Motherboard Map

PC99 Colored Back Panel

JP28 Keyboard/Mouse

Wakeup Jumper

SYS-FAN2 Connector

4-pin 12V. ATX Power Connector

3300 μ F Low ESR Capacitors

AGP 8x/4x Expansion Slot(1.5V)

478-pin CPU socket

(Willamette/ Northwood) with

Voltage and Frequency

Auto-detection that supports

Intel ® Pentium ® 4

SIS 648/963 Chipset

CPU FAN connector

184-pin DIMMx3 supports DDR

266/333 SDRAM maximum up to 3GB/2GB

ATX Power Connector

JP29 DDR Voltage Jumper

ATA100/133 IDE Connector x2

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B l l o c k D i i a g r r a m

Socket 478

Intel Pentium 4

CPU(Willamette

/Northwood)

1 st IEEE1394

AGP 8X Slot

2 nd IEEE 1394

AGERE

FW803

DDR266/DDR333

SDRAM Up to

3GB/2GB

DIMM Socket x3

533MHz System

Bus

SIS 648

LAN connect Component

Realtek

RTL8100BL

USB2.0 Ports x6

1 st USB Port

2 nd USB Port

3 rd USB Port

32-bit PCI Slot x6

PCI Bus

ATA

66/100/133

Primary

Channel

Secondary

Channel

SIS 963

Winbond

W83697HF

Floppy Disk Drive x2

RealTek

AC97

CODEC

AC Link

2Mbit Flash EEPROM

Parallel Port

Serial Port x2

IDE Drive x4

CNR Slot

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H a r r d w a r r e I I n s t t a l l l l a t t i i o n

This chapter describes jumpers, connectors and hardware devices of this motherboard.

Note: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards, and other components. Always observe the following precautions before you install a system component.

1. Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.

2. Wear a wrist ground strap and attach it to a metal part of the system unit before handling a component. If a wrist strap is not available, maintain contact with the system unit throughout any procedure requiring

ESD protection.

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A b o u t t “ U s e r r U p g r r a d e O p t t i i o n a l l ” a n d “ M a n u f f a c t t u r r e U p g r r a d e O p t t i i o n a l l ” …

When you read this online manual and start to assemble your computer system, you may notice that some of the functions are marked as

“User Upgrade Optional” or “Manufacture Upgrade Optional”. Although all of AOpen’s motherboards have included many amazing and powerful features, sometimes not every user is familiar with these powerful features. As a result of this we define features that can be upgraded by users as “User Upgrade Optional”. You can upgrade these functions by purchasing additional devices. As for functions that cannot be upgraded by users, we define them as “Manufacture Upgrade Optional”. If need be, you can contact our local distributors or resellers to purchase “Manufacture Upgrade Optional” components, and again you are also welcome to visit our official website at www.aopen.com

for detail information.

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C P U I I n s t t a l l l l a t t i i o n

This motherboard supports Intel ® Pentium 4 Socket 478 series CPU (Willamette / Northwood). Be careful of CPU orientation when you plug it into CPU socket.

1.

Pull up the CPU socket lever and up to 90-degree angle.

2. Locate Pin 1 in the socket and look for mark on the CPU upper interface.

Match Pin 1 and cut edge, then insert the CPU into the socket.

CPU socket

Lever

CPU pin 1 and cut edge

Note: Those pictures are for example only; they may not look the same with the motherboard you purchased.

CPU cut edge

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3. Press down the CPU socket lever and finish CPU installation.

CPU cut edge

Note: If you do not match the CPU socket Pin 1 and CPU cut edge well, you may damage the CPU.

Note: This socket supports

Micro-FC-PGA2 package CPU, which is the latest CPU package developed by

Intel. Other forms of CPU package are impossible to be fitted in.

Note: This picture is for example only; it may not look the same with the motherboard you purchased.

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C P U F a n I I n s t t a l l l l a t t i i o n

This motherboard comes with a retention module attached on the CPU socket when shipped, we strongly recommend you to install AOpen special designed CPU Fan as shown below on the retention module for better heat dissipation. Please install the CPU Fan correctly as the following pictures shown.

1.

Gently put the CPU Fan down on the retention module with clips aligning correctly to the four corners.

2. Pressing down the four clips with force one by one on the retention module.

Clip

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H y p e r r T h r r e a d i i n g T e c h n o l l o g y

What is Hyper-Threading?

Hyper-Threading technology is an innovative design from Intel that enables multi-threaded software applications to process threads in parallel within each processor resulting in increased utilization of processor execution resources. As a result, an average improvement of

~40% in CPU resource utilization yields higher processing throughput.

How Hyper-Threading Works

A form of simultaneous multi-threading technology (SMT), Hyper-Threading technology allows multiple threads of software applications to be run simultaneously on one processor by duplicating the architectural state on each processor while the same processor execution resources is shared.

The figure below represents how a

Hyper-Threading based processor differentiates a traditional multiprocessor.

The left-hand configuration shows a traditional multiprocessor system with two physical processors. Each processor has its own independent execution resources and architectural state. The right-hand configuration represents an

Intel Hyper-Threading technology based processor. You can see that the architectural state for each processor is duplicated, while the execution resources is shared.

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For multiprocessor-capable software applications, the Hyper-Threading based processor is considered two separate logical processors on which the software applications can run without modification. Also, each logical processor responds to interrupts independently. The first logical processor can track one software thread, while the second logical processor tracks another software thread simultaneously. Because the two threads share the same execution resources, the second thread can use resources that would be otherwise idle if only one thread was executing. This results in an increased utilization of the execution resources within each physical processor.

The figure below represents how Hyper-Threading saves time when it works. With two logical processors available on every single physical processor, multi-threaded applications can now take advantage of thread-level parallelism on each physical processor for additional performance. As software applications continue to be optimized to take greater advantage of processor parallelism, Hyper-Threading technology provides an additional boost for newer capabilities and the growing needs of today’s users.

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E n l l a r r g e d A l l u m i i n u m H e a t t s i i n k

Cool down CPU and Chipset are important for system reliability. Enlarged aluminum heat sink provides better heat consumption especially when you are trying to over-clock the CPU.

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F u l l l l r r a n g e A d j j u s t t a b l l e C P U C o r r e V o l l t t a g e

This function is dedicated to overclockers and supports Adjustable CPU Core Voltage from 1.10V to 1.85V. However, this motherboard can also automatically detects CPU VID signal and generates proper CPU core voltage.

S e t t t t i i n g C P U F r r e q u e n c y

BIOS Setup > Frequency/Voltage Control > CPU Clock Setting

This motherboard is 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 Speed Setting" for overclocking.

Core Frequency = CPU

FSB

Clock * CPU Ratio

PCI Clock = CPU FSB Clock / Clock Ratio

AGP

Clock = PCI Clock x 2

CPU Ratio

CPU FSB (By Manual)

(By Table)

8x, ……….30x

100~248MHz by 1MHz stepping

100 and 133MHz

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Northwood CPU

Pentium 4 1.6G

Pentium 4 1.6G

Pentium 4 1.7G

Pentium 4 1.8G

Pentium 4 2.0G

Pentium 4 2.2G

Pentium 4 2.2G

Pentium 4 2.4G

Pentium 4 2.4G

Pentium 4 2.53G

Pentium 4 2.66G

Pentium 4 2.80G

Pentium 4 3.06G

CPU Core

Frequency

1600MHz

1600MHz

1700MHz

1800MHz

2000MHz

2200MHz

2200MHz

2400MHz

2400MHz

2530MHz

2660MHz

2800MHz

3060MHz

FSB Clock

100MHz

133MHz

133MHz

100MHz

100MHz

100MHz

133MHz

100MHz

133MHz

133MHz

133MHz

133MHz

133MHz

System

Bus

400MHz

533MHz

533MHz

400MHz

400MHz

400MHz

533MHz

400MHz

533MHz

533MHz

533MHz

533MHz

533MHz

Ratio

16x

12x

13x

18x

20x

22x

16x

24x

18x

19x

20x

21x

23x

Warning: SIS 648 chipset supports maximum 400MHz (100MHz*4) /

533MHz (133MHz*4) system bus and 66MHz AGP clock; higher clock setting may cause serious system damage.

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Willamette

CPU

Pentium 4

1.5G

Pentium 4

1.6G

Pentium 4

1.7G

Pentium 4

1.8G

Pentium 4

1.9G

Pentium 4

2.0G

CPU Core

Frequency

1500MHz

1600MHz

1700MHz

1800MHz

1900MHz

2000MHz

FSB

Clock

100MHz

System

Bus

400MHz

Ratio

100MHz

100MHz

100MHz

100MHz

100MHz

400MHz

400MHz

400MHz

400MHz

400MHz

15x

16x

17x

18x

19x

20x

Celeron

CPU

1.7G

1.8G

CPU Core

Frequency

1700MHz

1800MHz

FSB

Clock

100MHz

100MHz

System

Bus

400MHz

400MHz

Ratio

17x

18x

Note: Since the latest processor, Northwood, would detect the clock ratio automatically, you may not be able to adjust the clock ratio in BIOS manually.

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C P U a n d S y s t t e m F a n C o n n e c t t o r r ( ( w i i t t h H / / W M o n i i t t o r r i i n g ) )

Plug in the CPU fan cable to the 3-pin CPUFAN1 connector. If you have chassis fan, you can also plug it on SYSFAN2 or SYSFAN3 connector.

SYSFAN2 Connector

GND

+12V

SENSOR

CPUFAN1 Connector

SYSFAN3 Connector

Note: Some CPU fans do not have sensor pin, so that they cannot support hardware monitoring function.

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D I I M M S o c k e t t s

This motherboard has three 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets that allow you to install PC2100 (DDR266) memory up to 3GB or PC2700

(DDR333) memory up to 2GB. Please note that when you install PC1600 or PC2100 DDR SDRAM, you can install them fully into 3 sockets; however, when you install PC2700 DDR SDRAM, we suggest you to install DIMM1 and DIMM2 ONLY.

DIMM1

DIMM2

DIMM3

PC2100/PC1600

DDR SDRAM

PC2700

DDR SDRAM

DIMM 1

DIMM 2

DIMM 3 V

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H o w t t o I I n s t t a l l l l M e m o r r y M o d u l l e s

Please follow the procedure as shown below to finish memory installation.

1. Make sure the DIMM module’s pin face down and match the socket’s size as depicted below.

Pin 1

52 pins 40 pins

2. Insert the module straight down to the DIMM slot with both hands and press down firmly until the DIMM module is securely in place.

Tab

Key

3. Repeat step 2 to finish additional DIMM modules installation.

Pin 1

Note: The tabs of the DIMM slot will close-up to hold the DIMM in place when the DIMM touches the slot’s bottom.

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D D R 2 6 6 ( ( P C 2 1 0 0 ) ) a n d D D R 3 3 3 ( ( P C 2 7 0 0 ) )

DDR SDRAM utilizes the existing SDRAM infrastructure and technology while doubling the nominal bandwidth available to systems. To put it in a simple way, DDR SDRAM is like data going along a two lane highway, while at the same time data in traditional SDRAM go along a one way street. Therefore, it is a more advanced technology that provides a great overall improvement in system performance. DDR266

(PC2100) runs two times faster than the traditional PC133 SDRAM with the speed of Front Side Bus (FSB) up to 266MHz. (2x133=266).

And DDR333 (PC2700) is running at 333MHz FSB. Both PC2100 and PC2700 are a new naming standard for speed of DDR 266 and

DDR 333, representing their theoretical speeds of the RAM. The theoretical transfer rate of DDR 266 (PC2100) is 2.1GB/s and 2.7GB/s is for DDR 333 (PC2700).

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F r r o n t t P a n e l l C o n n e c t t o r r

Pin 1

Attach the power LED, Keylock, speaker, power and reset switch connectors to 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 female connector from the housing front panel. Plug this connector to the soft-power switch connector marked SPWR .

Suspend Type

Power on Suspend (S2) or Suspend to RAM (S3)

Suspend to Disk (S4)

ACPI LED

Flashing for every second

The LED will be turned off

IDE LED

Speaker

1

SPWR

ACPI & PWR

LED

ACPI LED (BLUE)

Reset

NC

NC

+5V

IDE LED

IDE LED

+5V

+5V

GND

NC

SPEAKER

1

SPWR

GND

ACPI LED-

GND

ACPILED

NC

ACPI_B

GND

RESET

GND

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A T X P o w e r r C o n n e c t t o r r

This motherboard comes with a 20-pin and 4-pin ATX power connector. Make sure you plug in the right direction. We strongly recommend you to connect the 4-pin 12V ATX connector before connecting the 20-pin ATX power connector and use standard power supply specially designed for Pentium 4 system.

Ground

12V

12V

Ground

A C P o w e r r A u t t o R e c o v e r r y

A traditional ATX system should remain at power off stage when AC power resumes from power failure. This design is inconvenient for a network server or workstation, without an UPS, that needs to keep power-on. This motherboard implements an AC Power Auto Recovery function to solve this problem.

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I I D E a n d F l l o p p y C o n n e c t t o r r

Connect 34-pin floppy cable and 40-pin IDE cable to floppy connector FDD and IDE connector. Be careful of the pin1 orientation. Wrong orientation may cause system damage.

Secondary

Slave (4th)

Secondary

Master (3rd)

IDE 2 (Secondary)

IDE 1 (Primary)

Pin 1

FDD Connector

Pin 1

Secondary

Slave (2nd)

ATA 66/100/133

IDE Connector

Primary

Master (1st)

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IDE1 is also known as the primary channel and IDE2 as the secondary channel. Each channel supports two IDE devices that make a total of four devices. In order to work together, the two devices on each channel must be set differently to Master and Slave mode. Either one can be the hard disk or the CDROM. The setting as master or slave mode depends on the jumper on your IDE device, so please refer to your hard disk and CDROM manual accordingly.

Tip:

1. For better signal quality, it is recommended to set the far end side device to master mode and follow the suggested sequence to install your new device.

Please refer to above diagram

2. To achieve the best performance of Ultra DMA 66/100/133 hard disks, a special

80-wires IDE cable for Ultra DMA 66/100/133 is required.

Warning: The specification of the IDE cable is a maximum of 46cm (18 inches); make sure your cable does not exceed this length.

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A T A / / 1 3 3 S u p p o r r t t e d

This motherboard supports ATA66 , ATA100 or ATA133 IDE devices. Following table lists the transfer rate of IDE PIO and DMA modes. The

IDE bus is 16-bit, which means every transfer is two bytes. As the hard drive industry introduces faster and higher capacity hard drives, the current Ultra ATA/100 interface causes a data bottleneck between the drive and the host computer. To avoid this problem, hard disk manufactures have introduced the new Ultra ATA-133 interface technology. Compared to traditional ATA/100, ATA/133 has up to 33 percent increase in interface speed with transfer rate of 133MB/s. ATA/133 performance is ideal for new operating systems, such as

Window XP, that demand more storage space and faster data transfer rates from more responsive computing experiences.

To make good use of this new technology and enjoy its best performance, we recommend you to pair your system with a hard disk equipped with ATA/133 technology so that your system's need for speed on this motherboard can be satisfied.

Mode

PIO mode 0

PIO mode 1

PIO mode 2

PIO mode 3

PIO mode 4

DMA mode 0 30ns

DMA mode 1 30ns

DMA mode 2 30ns

ATA 66

ATA 100

ATA 133

30ns

20ns

15ns

Clock Period Clock Count Cycle Time

30ns 20 600ns

30ns 13 383ns

30ns

30ns

30ns

8

6

4

240ns

180ns

120ns

16

5

4

2

2

2

480ns

150ns

120ns

60ns

40ns

30ns

Data Transfer Rate

(1/600ns) x 2byte = 3.3MB/s

(1/383ns) x 2byte = 5.2MB/s

(1/240ns) x 2byte = 8.3MB/s

(1/180ns) x 2byte = 11.1MB/s

(1/120ns) x 2byte = 16.6MB/s

(1/480ns) x 2byte = 4.16MB/s

(1/150ns) x 2byte = 13.3MB/s

(1/120ns) x 2byte = 16.6MB/s

(1/60ns) x 2byte x2 = 66MB/s

(1/40ns) x 2byte x2 = 100MB/s

(1/30ns) x 2byte x2= 133MB/s

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I I r r D A C o n n e c t t o r r

The IrDA connector can be configured to support wireless infrared module, with this module and application software such as Laplink or

Windows 95 Direct Cable Connection, the user can transfer files to or from laptops, notebooks, PDA devices and printers. This connector supports HPSIR (115.2Kbps, 2 meters) and ASK-IR (56Kbps).

Install the infrared module onto the IrDA connector and enable the infrared function from BIOS Setup, UART Mode, make sure to have the correct orientation when you plug in the IrDA connector.

NC

+5V

IR_TX

I I r r D A

1

C o n n e c

KEY

GND

IR_RX t t o r

Pin 1

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S u p p o r r t t A G P 8 X ( ( A c c e l l e r r a t t e d G r r a p h i i c P o r r t t ) ) E x p a n s i i o n S l l o t t

AX45H-8X Max 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 is 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.

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W O M ( ( Z e r r o V o l l t t a g e W a k e o n M o d e m ) ) C o n n e c t t o r r

T h i i s m o t t h e r r b o a r r d i i m p l l e m e n t t s s p e c i i a l l c i i r r c u i i t t t t o s u p p o r r t t W a k e O n M o d e m ; ; b o t t h I I n t t e r r n a l l m o d e m c a r r d a n d e x t t e r n a l l b o x m o d e m a r e s u p p o r t t e d .

.

S i i n c e I I n t t e r n a l l m o d e m c a r r d c o n s u m e s n o p o w e r r w h e n s y s t t e m p o w e r r i i s o f f f f , , i i t t i i s r r e c o m m e n d e d t t o u s e a n i i n t t e r n a l l m o d e m .

.

T o u s e i i n t t e r r n a l l m o d e m , , c o n n e c t t 4 p i i n c a b l l e f f r r o m R I I N G c o n n e c t t o r r o f f m o d e m c a r d t t o W O M c o n n e c t t o r r o n t t h e m o t t h e r r b o a r r d .

.

1

+5VSB

NC

RI-

GND

WOM Connector

Pin 1

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W O M b y E x t t e r r n a l l B O X M o d e m

T r r a d i i t t i i o n a l l G r r e e n P C s u s p e n d m o d e d o e s n o t t r r e a l l l l y t t u r r n o f f f f t t h e s y s t t e m p o w e r r s u p p l l y , , i i t t u s e s e x t t e r r n a l l b o x m o d e m t t o t t r r i i g g e r M B C O M p o r r t t a n d r r e s u m e b a c k t t o a c t t i i v e .

.

Serial Port (Modem

Side)

Pin 1

Pin 1

Serial Port

(Motherboard Side)

Note: This picture is for example only; it may not look exactly the same as the motherboard you purchased.

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W O M b y I I n t t e r r n a l l M o d e m C a r r d

W i i t t h t t h e h e l l p o f f t t h e A T X s o f f t t p o w e r r O n / / O f f f f , , i i t t i i s p o s s i i b l l e t t o h a v e a s y s t t e m t t o t t a l l l l y p o w e r r o f f f f , , a n d w a k e u p t t o a u t t o m a t t i i c a l l l l y a n s w e r a p h o n e c a l l l l a s a n a n s w e r i i n g m a c h i i n e o r t t o s e n d / / r e c e i i v e a f f a x .

.

Y o u m a y i i d e n t t i i f f y w h e t t h e r o r n o t t y o u r r s y s t t e m i i s i i n t t r r u e p o w e r r o f f f f m o d e b y c h e c k i i n g t t o s e e i i f f t t h e f f a n o f f y o u r r p o w e r r s u p p l l y i i s o f f f f .

.

B o t t h a n e x t t e r n a l l b o x m o d e m a n d a n i i n t t e r r n a l l m o d e m c a r d c a n b e u s e d t t o s u p p o r t t M o d e m W a k e

U p , , b u t t i i f f y o u u s e a n e x t t e r r n a l l m o d e m , , y o u h a v e t t o l l e a v e y o u r b o x m o d e m o n .

.

Note: This picture is for example only; it may not look exactly the same as the motherboard you purchased.

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W O L ( ( W a k e o n L A N ) ) C o n n e c t t o r r

To use Wake On LAN function, you must have a network card with chipset that supports this feature, and connect a cable from LAN card to motherboard WOL connector. The system identification information (probably IP address) is stored on network card and because there is a lot of traffic on the Ethernet, you need to install network management software, such as ADM, for the checking of how to wake up the system. Note that, at least 600mA ATX standby current is required to support the LAN card for this function.

LID

GND

+5VSB

WOL connector

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WOL Connector

(Motherboard Side)

Note: This picture is for example only; it may not exactly look the same with the motherboard you purchased.

WOL Connector

(Ethernet Card Side)

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S u p p o r r t t 1 0 / / 1 0 0 M b p s L A N o n b o a r r d

The South Bridge SIS963 includes a fast Ethernet controller on chip. On the strength of Realtek 8100BL LAN controller on board, which is a highly-integrated Platform LAN Connect device, it provides 10/100M bps Ethernet for office and home use, the Ethernet RJ45 connector is located on top of USB connectors. The green LED indicates the link mode, it lights when linking to network and blinking when transferring data. The orange LED indicates the transfer mode, and it lights when data is transferring in 100Mbps mode. To enable or disable this function, you may simply adjust it through BIOS. To enable this LAN wakeup function, you have to set the “Wake on PCI Card” enable in the BIOS “Power Management Setup” section.

Green/ACT

Orange/Speed

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C N R ( ( C o m m u n i i c a t t i i o n a n d N e t t w o r r k R i i s e r r ) ) E x p a n s i i o n S l l o t t

CNR

is a riser card specification to replace the

AMR (Audio/Modem Riser)

that supports V.90 analog modem, multi-channel audio, and phone-line based networking. Owing to CPU computing power getting stronger, the digital processing job can be implemented in main

chipset and share CPU power. The analogy conversion ( CODEC

) circuit requires a different and separate circuit design, which is put on

CNR card. This motherboard implements sound CODEC on board, but reserve CNR slot for the option of modem function. Note that you can still use PCI modem card.

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S u p p o r r t t 2 n d U S B 2 .

.

0 P o r r t t

This motherboard provides six

USB

ports to connect USB devices such as mouse, keyboard, modem, printer, etc. There are four connectors on the back panel. You can use proper cables to connect USB devices from back panel or connect USB2 header to the front panel of chassis.

Compared to traditional USB 1.0/1.1 with the speed of 12Mbps, USB 2.0 has a fancy speed up to 480 Mbps which is 40 times faster than the traditional one. Except for the speed increase, USB 2.0 supports old USB 1.0/1.1 software and peripherals, offering impressive and even better compatibility to customers. On this motherboard, all six ports support USB 2.0 function.

Pin1

+5V

SBD2-

SBD2+

GND

KEY

1

+5V

SBD3-

SBD3+

GND

NC

USB2.0 Connector

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C o l l o r r e d B a c k P a n e l l

The onboard I/O devices are PS/2 Keyboard, PS/2 Mouse, RJ-45 LAN Connector, COM1 and COM2, Printer, USB

, and AC97 sound. The view angle of the drawing shown here is from the back panel of the housing.

PS/2 Mouse

Connector

SPP/EPP/ECP

Parallel Port

RJ-45 LAN

Connector

LINE-IN

USB Ports

SPEAKER OUT

MIC-IN

PS/2 Keyboard

Connector

PS/2 Keyboard:

PS/2 Mouse:

USB2.0 Port:

Parallel Port:

COM1/COM2 Port:

RJ-45 LAN connector

VGA Connector:

Speaker Out:

Line-In:

MIC-In:

COM 1 Port COM 2 Port

For standard keyboard, which is using a PS/2 plug.

For PC-Mouse, which is using a PS/2 plug.

Available for connecting USB1.1/2.0 devices.

To connect with SPP/ECP/EPP printer.

To connect with pointing devices, modem or others serial devices.

To connect Ethernet for home or office use.

To connect with PC monitor.

To External Speaker, Earphone or Amplifier.

Comes from the signal sources, such as CD/Tape player.

From Microphone.

USB Ports

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S u p e r r 5 .

.

1 C h a n n e l l A u d i i o E f f f f e c t t

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 below 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.

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F r r o n t t A u d i i o C o n n e c t t o r r

If the housing has been designed with an audio port on the front panel, you’ll be able to connect onboard audio to front panel through this connector. By the way, please remove the jumper cap from the Front Audio Connector before you connect the cable. Do not remove this yellow jumper cap if your housing doesn’t have an audio port on the front panel.

Pin 1

FP_MIC

FP_VREF

PHONE_R

NC

PHONE_L

1

F

C r o o n n t n t A u e c u t d o r i i o

GND

+5V

JS1

NC

Note: Please remove the jumper cap from the front audio connector before you connect the cable. Do not remove this yellow jumper cap if your housing doesn’t have an audio port on the front panel.

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S / / P D I I F ( ( S o n y / / P h i i l l i i p s D i i g i i t t a l l I I n t t e r r f f a c e ) ) C o n n e c t t o r r

5

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.

1 +5V

NC

SPDIFOUT

GND

SPDIFIN

Pin 1

S/PDIF

Connector

S/PDIF OUT (RCA)

S/PDIF IN (RCA)

S/PDIF OUT (Optical)

S/PDIF IN (Optical)

S/PDIF

Cable

S/PDIF Module

(User Upgrade Optional)

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D r r .

.

L E D C o n n e c t t o r r ( ( U s e r r U p g r r a d e O p t t i i o n a l l ) )

Connecting Dr. LED you can easily find the system problems that may occur while assembling. It can clearly indicate whether the problem is caused from components or improper installation through the 8 LED lights of Dr. LED on the front panel. That is to say you can diagnose your system status quickly.

Pin 1

3.3V

NC

GND

1 2

5 6

S1

S2

S3

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Dr. LED is a CD disc storage box with 8 LEDs on its front panel, the size of Dr. LED is exactly the same as 5.25 in floppy drive, so that it can be mount into normal 5.25 in drive bay of any housing.

7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

Boot O.K. KB HDD Floppy PCI Video Memory CPU

The total 8 LEDs light up alternatively if the system fails in one of eight stages. Once the LED7 (latest LED) is lit, this indicates that the system has completed its boot-up procedure.

The 8 LEDs indicate the following messages when lit:

LED 0 - Indicates that the CPU may have been installed incorrectly or is damaged.

LED 1 - Indicates that the memory may have been installed incorrectly or is damaged.

LED 2 - Indicates that the AGP may have been installed incorrectly or is damaged.

LED 3 - Indicates that the PCI card may have been installed incorrectly or is damaged.

LED 4 - Indicates that the floppy disk drive may have been installed incorrectly or is damaged.

LED 5 - Indicates that the HDD may have been installed incorrectly or is damaged.

LED 6 - Indicates that the keyboard may have been installed incorrectly or is damaged.

LED 7 - Indicates that the system is OK.

Note: During POST ( P ower O n S elf T est) procedure, the Debug

LED will light on sequentially from LED0 to LED7 until the system boot O.K

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O n b o a r d I I E E E 1 3 9 4 C o n n e c t t o r s

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.

10 9

SHIED GND

+12V (Fused)

TPB-

GND

TPA-

+12V (Fused)

TPB+

GND

2 1

TPA+

Pin 1

Pin 1

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C a s e O p e n C o n n e c t t o r

The “CASE OPEN” header provides chassis intrusion-monitoring function. To make this function works, you have to enable it in the system

BIOS, connect this header to a sensor somewhere on the chassis. So, whenever the sensor is triggered by lights or by the opening of the chassis, the system will beep to inform you. Please be informed that this useful function only applies to advanced chassis, you may purchase an extra sensor, attach it on your chassis, and make a good use of this function.

1

GND

Sensor

Pin 1

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C D A u d i i o C o n n e c t t o r r

This connector is used to connect CD Audio cable from CDROM or DVD drive to onboard sound.

CD-IN

R

GND

GND

L

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A U X I I N C o n n e c t t o r r

This GREEN connector is used to connect MPEG Audio cable from MPEG card to onboard sound.

R

GND

GND

L

A U X I I N C o n n e c t o r

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G a m e P o r r t t B r r a c k e t t S u p p o r r t t e d

This motherboard comes with a game port (Joystick-Midi) for you to connect any midi devices or joysticks. To use this function you have to have a joystick module and connect it with a game port cable to this port on the motherboard.

Joystick Module

(User Upgrade Optional)

Pin1

JST-MIDI Port

+5V

JAB1

JACX

GND

GND

JACY

JAB2

+5V

1

+5V

JBB1

JBCX

MIDI_TXD

JBCY

JBB2

MIDI_RXD

KEY

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J P 1 B u z z e r r a n d J P 2 S p e a k e r r E n a b l l e / / D i i s a b l l e J u m p e r r s

This motherboard comes with another considerate option that allows you to turn off the voice from buzzer and speaker. You can choose not to be bothered by the warning made from Dr. Voice when it detects any error in operating system. To disable this function, set JP1 and JP2 to pin 2-3 to stop both the buzzer and speaker from sending out voices.

JP2 (Speaker)

1

Enable

(Default)

1

Disable

JP1 (Buzzer)

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J P 1 4 C l l e a r r C M O S D a t t a

4.

5.

You can clear CMOS to restore system default setting. To clear CMOS, follow the procedure below.

1.

2.

3.

Turn off the system and unplug the AC power.

Remove ATX power cable from connector PWR2.

Locate JP14 and short pins 2-3 for a few seconds.

Return JP14 to its normal setting by shorting pin 1 & pin 2.

Connect ATX power cable back to connector PWR2.

1

Normal

(default)

1

Clear CMOS

Pin 1

Tip: When should I Clear CMOS?

1. Boot fail because of overclocking…

2. Forget password…

3. Troubleshooting…

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J P 1 5 / / J P 1 6 D r r .

.

V o i i c e L a n g u a g e S e l l e c t t J u m p e r r s

Dr. Voice is a great feature of AX45H-8X Max, 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 provides four language versions: English , German , Japanese and Chinese . You can select your preferred language by JP15 & JP16 jumpers. However, if you want to disable this function, you may also adjust both JP1 and JP2 and set them to pin 2-3 to disable the buzzer and speaker from making out voices.

JP15 Pin 1

JP16 Pin 1

Dr. Voice Language

Select Jumper

JP15 JP16

1 1

English

(Default)

Chinese

Japanese German

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J P 2 7 / / J P 2 8 K e y b o a r r d / / M o u s e W a k e u p J u m p e r r

This motherboard provides USB and PS2 keyboard / mouse wake-up function. You can use JP27 / JP28 to enable or disable the resuming of your system from suspend mode with any USB keyboard or mouse connected. JP28 controls 1 st USB channel, and JP27 controls 2 nd

USB channel. The factory default setting is set to “Disable”(1-2), and you may enable this function by setting the jumper to 2-3. Please note that you have to enable USB, PS2 keyboard and PS2 mouse settings in the “Power Management Setup” section in BIOS before you use this function.

1 st USB Channel

2 nd USB Channel

Pin 1

Pin 1

JP27 KB/Mouse

Wake-up

JP28 KB/Mouse

Wake-up

1 1

1 1

Enable

E n a b l l e

(

D

( i i

D s e a f b a l l u e l l t ) )

Disable

(Default)

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J P 2 9 D D R V o l l t t a g e J u m p e r r

T h i i s m o t t h e r r b o a r r d s u p p o r r t t s a l l l l D D R 2 0 0 / / 2 6 6 / / 3 3 3 D D R S D R A M i i n t t h e m a r r k e t t , , t t h e r r e f f o r e y o u d o n ’ ’ t t n e e d t t o a d j j u s t t t t h i i s J P 2 9 m e m o r r y v o l l t t a g e j j u m p e r f f r r o m i i t t s d e f f a u l l t t s e t t t t i i n g a t t 2 .

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5 V .

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H o w e v e r r , , i i f f y o u w i i s h t t o u s e D D R 4 0 0 S D R A M w h i i c h r e q u i i r r e s h i i g h e r r v o l l t t a g e o n t t h i i s m o t t h e r r b o a r r d , , y o u m a y h a v e t t o a d j j u s t t t t h e j j u m p e r t t o s e t t a s u i i t t a b l l e v o l l t t a g e s u p p l l y f f r r o m 2 .

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5 V t t o 2 .

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6 5 V .

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1

2 .

5 V

1

2.55V

1

2.6V

Note: Since this motherboard mainly supports DDR266/333

SDRAM, we don’t guarantee that DDR400 SDRAM is workable on this board.

1

2.65V

Pin 1

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S T B Y L E D

STBY LED is AOpen’s considerate design that we aim at providing you friendly system information. The STBY LED will light up when power is provided to the motherboard. This is a convenient indication for you to check the system power status in many circumstances such as power on/off, stand-by mode and RAM power status during Suspend to RAM mode .

System

Power LED

Warning: Do not install or remove the

DIMM module or others devices when the

STBY LED lights on.

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A G P P r o t t e c t t i i o n T e c h n o l l o g y a n d A G P L E D

W i i t t h t t h e o u t t s t t a n d i i n g R & D a b i i l l i i t t y o f f A O p e n a n d i i t t s s p e c i i a l l l l y d e v e l l o p e d c i i r r c u i i t t , , t t h i i s m o d e l l i i m p l l e m e n t t s a b l l e n d n e w t t e c h n o l l o g y t t o p r r o t t e c t t y o u r r m o t t h e r r b o a r r d f f r o m b e i i n g d a m a g e d b y o v e r r v o l l t t a g i i n g o f f A G P c a r r d .

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W h e n A G P P r o t t e c t t i i o n T e c h n o l l o g y i i s i i m p l l e m e n t t e d , , t t h i i s m o t t h e r b o a r d w i i l l l l a u t t o m a t t i i c a l l l l y d e t t e c t t t t h e v o l l t t a g e o f f A G P c a r r d a n d p r r e v e n t t y o u r r c h i i p s e t t s f f r o m b e i i n g b u r n t t o u t t .

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P l l e a s e n o t t e t t h a t t i i f f y o u i i n s t t a l l l l a A G P c a r d w i i t t h 3 .

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3 V , , w h i i c h i i s n o t t s u p p o r r t t e d b y S I I S 6 4 8 , , t t h e A G P L E D o n t t h e m o t t h e r r b o a r r d w i i l l l l l l i i g h t t u p t t o w a r r n y o u t t h e p o s s i i b l l e d a m a g e o f f t t h e e x c e e d i i n g v o l l t t a g e .

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Y o u m a y c o n t t a c t t y o u r r A G P c a r d v e n d o r r f f o r f f u r r t t h e r s u p p o r t t .

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Warning: It is strongly recommended not to install a 3.3V AGP card, which is not supported by SIS648. When you do so, the

AGP LED on the motherboard will light up to warn you the possible damage.

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A O p e n “ W a t t c h D o g T i i m e r r ”

AOpen provides a special and useful feature on this motherboard for overclockers. When you power-on the system, the BIOS will check last system

POST status. If it succeeded, the BIOS will enable “Watch

Dog Timer” function immediately, and set the CPU FSB frequency according to user’s settings stored in

the BIOS. If system failed in BIOS POST, the “Watch Dog Timer” will reset the system to reboot in five seconds. Then, BIOS will detect the CPU’s default frequency and POST again. With this special feature, you can easily overclock your system to get a higher system performance without removing the system housing and save the hassle from setting the jumper to clear CMOS data when system hangs.

Enable/Disable Signal from

BIOS

BIOS

Reset Signal

AOpen

Watch Dog Timer Clock Generator

CPU ID Signal

Countdown about

5 seconds if fails in POST

CPU

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B a t t t t e r r y l l e s s a n d L o n g L i i f f e D e s i i g n

This Motherboard implements a Flash ROM

and a special circuit that provide you no batter power consumption of current CPU and CMOS

Setup configurations. The RTC (real time clock) can also keep running as long as the power cord is plugged. If you lose your CMOS data by accident, you can just reload the CMOS configurations from Flash ROM and the system will recover as usual.

ATX Stand-by Power Battery

Auto Switch

Flash ROM

RTC

(Real Time Clock)

00:00:00

Auto switching to ATX standby power as long as AC power line battery on motherboard.

CMOS

Backup by EEPROM

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O v e r r c u r r r e n t t P r r o t t e c t t i i o n

The Over Current Protection is a popular implementation on ATX 3.3V/5V/12V switching power supply. However, the new generation CPU uses different voltage with a regulator to transfer 12V to CPU voltage (for example, 2.0V), and thus makes 5V over current protection useless. This motherboard is with switching regulator onboard supporting CPU over-current protection; in conjunction with 3.3V/5V/12V power supply provide the full line over-current protection.

3.3V (Protected by power supply)

ATX Switching Powe

5V (Protected by power supply)

Supply

12V (Protected by power supply)

Over-Current Protection Circuit

CPU Core Voltage

Note: Although we have implemented protection circuit and tried to prevent any human operating mistake, certain risks might still happen when CPU, memory, HDD or add-on cards installed on this motherboard is damaged due to component failure, human operating error or other unknown natural reasons. AOpen cannot guarantee that the protection circuit will always work perfectly.

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H a r r d w a r r e M o n i i t t o r i i n g

This motherboard implements a hardware monitoring system. As you turn on your system, this smart design will monitor your system’s working voltage, fan status and CPU temperature. If any of those systems’ status goes wrong, there will be an alarm through the chassis external speaker or buzzer of motherboard (if having this function and enabled) to warn the user.

Fan

CPU

Fan Speed

CPU Temperature

CPU Voltage

Detection Circuit

AOpen H/W Monitoring

Utility

Power

System Voltage

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R e s e t t t t a b l l e F u s e

Traditional motherboard uses fuses to prevent Keyboard and USB

port from over-current or shortage. These fuses are soldered onboard that when it is broken (function to protect motherboard), user cannot replace them and result in malfunction of motherboard.

With expensive Resettable Fuse, the motherboard can be resumed back to normal function even after the fuse had done its protection job.

Resettable

Fuse

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3 3 0 0 μ F L o w E S R C a p a c i i t t o r r

The quality of low ESR capacitor (Low Equivalent Series Resistance) during high frequency operation is very important for the stability of

CPU power. The idea of where to put these capacitors is another know-how that requires experience and detail calculation.

Not only that, AX45H-8X Max implements 3300 μ F capacitors, which is much larger than normal capacitor (1000 & 1500 μ F ) and it provides better stability for CPU power.

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The power circuit of the CPU core voltage must be checked to ensure system stability for high speed CPUs (such as the new Pentium III, or when overclocking). A typical CPU core voltage is 2.0V, so a good design should control voltage between 1.860V and 2.140V. That is, the transient must be below 280mV. Below is a timing diagram captured by a Digital Storage Scope, it shows the voltage transient is only

143mv even when maximum 60A current is applied.

Note: This diagram for example only, it may not be exactly the same as the motherboard you purchased.

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P h o e n i i x A W A R D B I I O S

System parameters can be modified by going into

BIOS

Setup menu, this menu allows you to configure the system parameters and save the configuration into the 128 bytes CMOS area, (normally in the RTC chip or in the main chipset).

Phoenix-Award BIOS™ installed in the Flash ROM

of the motherboard is a custom version of an industry standard BIOS. The BIOS provides critical low-level support for standard devices such as hard disk drives, serial and parallel ports.

Most BIOS settings of this model have been optimized by AOpen’s R&D engineering team. But, the default setting of BIOS still can’t fine-tune the chipset controlling entire system. Therefore, the rest of this chapter intends to guide you the process of configuring your system setup.

To enter to BIOS setup menu , press <Del> when

POST (Power-On Self Test) screen is shown on your monitor.

Note: Because the BIOS code is the most often changed part of the motherboard design, the BIOS information contained in this manual may be different with actual BIOS that come with your motherboard.

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A b o u t t B I I O S F u n c t t i i o n D e s c r r i i p t t i i o n …

AOpen always dedicates to give user a more friendly computer system. Now, we include all function descriptions of BIOS setup program into the BIOS Flash ROM. When you select one function of BIOS setup program, the function description will appear at the right side of screen. Therefore, you don’t need to read this manual while you change BIOS settings.

Menu Items Select Window Item Function Description Window

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H o w T o U s e P h o e n i i x A w a r r d ™ B I I O S S e t t u p P r r o g r r a m

Generally, you can use arrow keys to highlight items that you want to choose, then press <Enter> key to select, and use the <Page Up> and <Page Down> key to change setting values. You can also press <F1> key for help and press <Esc> key to quit Phoenix-Award™ BIOS setup program. The following table provides details about how to use keyboard in the Phoenix-Award ™ BIOS setup program. By the way, all products of AOpen also provide a special function in BIOS setup; you can press <F3> key selecting you preferred menu language.

Key

Page Up or +

Description

Changing setting to next value or increase the value.

Page Down or - Changing setting to previous value or decrease value.

Enter Select the item.

Esc 1. In main menu: Quit and don’t save any change.

2. In sub menu: Exit current menu to main menu.

Up Arrow Highlight previous item.

Down Arrow Highlight next item.

Left Arrow Move the light bar to left side of menu.

Right Arrow Move the light bar to right side of menu.

F1

F3

F5

Get menu or item help description.

Changing menu language.

Load previous setting value from CMOS.

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Key

F6

F7

F10

Description

Load fail-save setting value from CMOS.

Load turbo setting value from CMOS.

Save changed setting and exit setup program.

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H o w T o E n t t e r B I I O S S e t t u p

After you finish jumper settings and connect correct cables, power on and enter the BIOS Setup. Press <Del> during

POST (Power-On Self

Test)

and choose "Load Setup Defaults" for recommended optimal performance.

Del

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.

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B I I O S U p g r r a d e u n d e r r W i i n d o w s e n v i i r r o n m e n t t

With outstanding R&D ability of AOpen, we now bring you a whole new BIOS Flash wizard ----

EzWinFlash. With an eye to users convenience, EzWinFlash combines the BIOS binary code and flash module together, so the only thing you have to do is just clicking on the utility you downloaded from web and let it helps you complete the flash process automatically. EzWinFlash detects your motherboard and checks the BIOS version cleverly to prevent your system from any possible failure. Moreover, EzWinFlash has been taken into consideration to go with any windows platform you might be using, no matter if you’re using Windows 95/98, 98SE/ME, NT4.0/2000, or even the latest Windows XP.

In the meanwhile, in order to provide a much more user-friendly operating environment, AOpen EzWinFlash is natively designed to have multi-language function to provide easier way for users’ usage in changing BIOS setting.

Caution: By updating your motherboard, you are taking a risk of BIOS flash failure. If your motherboard is working stable, and there are no major bugs that had been fixed by a latter BIOS revision, we recommend that you DO NOT try to upgrade your BIOS.

If you intent on upgrading, PLEASE BE

SURE to get the right BIOS revision for the right motherboard model to avoid any possibility failure.

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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: WAX45H8XMAX102.ZIP) with WinZip ( http://www.winzip.com

) in Windows environment.

3. Save the unzipped files into a folder, for example, WAX45H8XMAX102.EXE & WAX45H8XMAX102.BIN.

4. Double click on the WAX45H8XMAX102.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 FLASH PROCESS.

Warning: The new BIOS upgrade will permanently replace your original BIOS’s settings when flashing. You may need to reconfigure your BIOS setting so that your system can go back to work as normal.

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V i i v i i d B I I O S t t e c h n o l l o g y

Have you been fed up with the conservative and immutable POST screen? Let’s rule out the tradition idea that POST screen are stiff and frigid, and let AOpen show you the newly developed VividBIOS to experience the lively vivid colorful POST screen!

Unlike earlier graphic POST screen which could occupy the whole screen and mask text information during POST, AOpen VividBIOS deals with graphics and texts separately, and makes them running simultaneously during POST. With this innovative design, VividBios now brings you a beautiful and sleek 256 colors screen without missing any important information shown on POST screen.

In addition, the limited space of BIOS ROM is another big issue. When all of the traditional BIOS can only show space-consuming and uncompressed Bitmap, AOpen has considerately tuned the BIOS to next generation, to recognize the smaller-sized GIF format and even dynamic-showing GIF animation.

Vivid BIOS shares the same fundamental technology with Open JukeBox CD Player, you may use the same EzSkin utility to change your

Vivid BIOS screen or to download your favorite Open JukeBox skin. If you see this little logo shown beside your model name on the

BIOS download page, http://english.aopen.com.tw/tech/download/skin , it is assured that your motherboard supports this innovative feature!

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D r r i i v e r r a n d U t t i i l l i i t t y

There are motherboard drivers and utilities in AOpen Bonus CD . You don’t need to install all of them to boot your system. But after you finish the hardware installation, you have to install your operation system first (such as Windows 98) before you install any drivers or utilities.

Please refer to your operation system’s installation guide.

A u t t o r r u n M e n u f f r r o m B o n u s C D

You can use the auto-run menu of Bonus CD. Choose the utility and driver and select model name.

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I I n s t t a l l l l I I D E D r i i v e r r

To use IDE devices you have to install IDE driver from Bonus Pack CD.

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I I n s t t a l l l l U S B 2 .

.

0 D r r i i v e r r

In Bonus Pack CD, you can install USB2.0 driver from the following screen.

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I I n s t t a l l l l i i n g L A N D r r i i v e r r

You can download LAN Driver from the Bonus Pack CD and install it under Windows 95 (Golden version), Win95A, OSR2, Windows 98/98

SE, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows NT v4.0 driver for Realtek RTL8139 PCI Fast Ethernet adapter.

[Windows 95 (Golden version), Win95A and OSR2]

Installing driver procedure on Microsoft Windows 95 :

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1. Ask you to select which driver you want to install, select "Driver from disk provided by hardware manufacturer".

2. Specify the setup file pathname

[CD-ROM]:Driver\LAN\RTL8100\Windows\Win95\WIN95A (for Windows 95 and Win95A) or

[CD-ROM]:Driver\LAN\RTL8100\Windows\Win95 (for Windows 95 OSR2).

3. Windows 95 will appear some messages to insert Windows 95 system disk to complete setup step.

4. Windows 95 will finish the other installation procedure automatically, then you restart the system.

[Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows2000, Windows ME, Windows XP]

Installing driver for Win98/Win98 SE/Windows2000/Windows ME/Windows XP :

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1. Ask you to select which driver you want to install, select "Driver from disk provided by hardware manufacturer".

2. Specify the setup file pathname

[CD-ROM]:Driver\LAN\RTL8100\Windows\WIN98 (for Windows 98/98 SE) or

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[CD-ROM]:Driver\LAN\RTL8100\Windows\WIN2000 (for Windows 2000) or

[CD-ROM]:Driver\LAN\RTL8100\Windows\WINME (for Windows ME) or

[CD-ROM]:Driver\LAN\RTL8100\Windows\WinXP (for Windows XP)

3. Win98/Win98 SE/Windows2000/Windows ME will appear some messages to insert Win98/Win98 SE/Windows2000/Windows ME system disk to complete setup step.

4. Win98/Win98 SE/Windows2000/Windows ME will finish the other installation procedure automatically, then you restart the system.

[Windows NT 3.5, 3.51 & 4.0]

Installing driver procedure on Microsoft Windows NT :

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When you are in Windows NT :

1. In the Main group of NT, select the "Control Panel" icon.

2. In the Control Panel window, choose the "Network" icon.

3. In the Network Settings dialog box, choose the "Add Adapter" button. The Add Network Adapter dialog box appears.

4. In the list of network cards, select "<other> Requires disk from manufacturer", and then press <Enter> button.

5. Enter drive and pathname

[CD-ROM]:\Driver\LAN\RTL8100\Windows\WinNT4 (for NT 4.0) which is the path where the setup file OEMSETUP.INF is located, and then choose the OK button.

6. The screen will appear "Select Line Speed" dialog box which is provide by RTL8139.SYS driver. The default value is "auto" so that the

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RTL8139 PCI Fast Ethernet adapter and its driver RTL8139.SYS will auto-detect the line speed, 10 Mb or 100Mb, while the RTL8139.SYS is loading. The other values, "10" or "100", are only used when you want to forced RTL8139 PCI Fast Ethernet adapter to 10Mb or 100Mb.

7. The screen will appear "Input EthernetID" dialog box which is provide by RTL8139.SYS driver. This option is only required when you have more than one Realtek RTL8139 PCI Fast Ethernet adapters on this computer. Select "SKIP" if only one adapter is installed on this computer.

8. "Bus Location" display in next screen. Your machine contains more than one hardware bus, please select the Bus Type and Bus number on which your network adapter card is installed.

9. NT will then perform the binding process. If any additional network software options were installed, you may be prompted for specific information for these packages.

10. Restarting your system you will acquire network service.

NOTES:

* Installing Multiple LAN Adapters:

Enter Windows NT and follow above setup procedure step 2,in the "Network Settings" dialog box, choose the "Configure.." button.

The "Input Ethernet ID" dialog box appears and input adapter's Ethernet ID. Last step to select OK and close NETWORK SETUP.

Select SKIP if only one adapter is installed on this computer.

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I I n s t t a l l l l i i n g O n b o a r r d S o u n d D r r i i v e r r

This motherboard comes with RealTek ALC650 AC97

CODEC

. This audio driver supports Windows 98SE and upper Windows OS; you can find the audio driver from the Bonus Pack CD auto-run menu.

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I I n s t t a l l l l i i n g A G P D r r i i v e r

Y o u c a n f f i i n d A G P d r r i i v e r f f r o m t t h e B o n u s P a c k C D a u t t o r u n m e n u .

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A O C o n f f i i g U t t i i l l i i t t y

A Open always dedicated to provide users a much friendly computer environment. We now bring you a comprehensive system detection utility. AOConfig is a Windows based utility with user-friendly interface that allows users to obtain information of the operation system and hardware such as motherboard, CPU, memory, PCI devices and IDE devices. The powerful utility also displays the version of BIOS and firmware for your convenience of maintenance.

Moreover, AOConfig allows users to save information in *.BMP or *.TXT format which users may collect the system information in detail and send them to AOpen directly for technical support or for further diagnose of system problems.

1. The system page shows the

detailed information of the

motherboard, operating

system, processor, and

BIOS version.

2. The PCI device page shows the configurations of all PCI devices installed in your motherboard.

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3. This page presents the IDE

device information, such as

serial number, manufacturer, firmware version, and capacity.

4. From this page, users can

obtain the technical support

information of AOpen. Moreover, detailed information could be saved in .bmp or .txt format.

NOTE:

AOConfig can be used under Windows 98SE/ME, NT4.0/2000, or even the latest Windows XP. Please also note that

AOConfig can only be operated in a system equipped with an AOpen motherboard. Before running AOConfig, all applications must be closed.

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I I n s t t a l l l l i i n g H a r r d w a r r e M o n i i t t o r r i i n g U t t i i l l i i t t y

You can install Hardware Monitoring Utility to monitor CPU temperature, fans and system voltage. The hardware monitoring function is automatically implemented by BIOS and utility software. No hardware installation is needed.

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G l l o s s a r r y

AC97 CODEC

Basically, AC97 CODEC is the standard structure of PCI sound card. As we know, computer is digital-based, but music is based on analog-based. Therefore, there must be a process to turn digital into analog during the last stage processing of sound in computer. Hence, the component on sound card that play this important task is what we called CODEC.

Audio CODEC 97 (briefly called AC97) is the specification regulated by Intel, and it’s about the structure of audio conversion. The special place about CODEC is that it is separated from sound card (CODEC is an independent chipset). Therefore, PCI sound card could possess with 90db and do other application process as well. We called CODEC that meets this structure AC97 CODEC.

ACPI (Advanced Configuration & Power Interface)

ACPI is the power management specification of PC97 (1997). It intends to save more power by taking full control of power management to

operating system and bypass BIOS

. The chipset or super I/O chip needs to provide standard register interface to operating system (such as

Windows 98). This is a bit similar as the

PnP register interface. ACPI defines ATX momentary soft power switch to control the power state

transition.

ACR (Advanced Communication Riser)

Building on the PC motherboard riser architecture, ACR slot is backward compatible with AMR but beyond the limitation of it. The ACR specification is designed to support modem, audio, Local Area Network (LAN) and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).

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AGP (Accelerated Graphic Port)

The main function of AGP simply put is to tell monitor what screen information had to be shown, a visual transmission device actually. With the rapid developing of AGP card, we can see that it had been developed from single colorful AGP card to 2D and 3D graphic. AGP supports only memory read/write operation and single-master single-slave one-to-one only. Though AGP and PCI share the same algorithm of 32-bit, its frequencies are 66MHz and 33MHz respectively. AGP interface had been developed from 2X to 8x.

1X AGP, data transfer rate is 66MHz x 4byte x 1 = 264MB/s

2X AGP, data transfer rate is 66MHz x 4byte x 2 = 528MB/s

4X AGP, data transfer rate is 66MHz x 4byte x 4 = 1056MB/s.

8X AGP, data transfer rate is 66MHz x 4byte x 8 = 2112MB/s.

AMR (Audio/Modem Riser)

The CODEC circuit of AC97 sound/modem solution can be put on motherboard or put on a riser card (AMR card) that connects to motherboard through AMR connector.

ATA (AT Attachment)

Before talking about ATA (AT Attachment), we must understand DMA (Direct Memory Access), which allows devices to skip the CPU devices and access memory directly. DMA specification could not only eliminate the workload of CPU, but also accelerate the transmission of data. DMA begins with a data transfer rate of 16.6MB/Sec, but afterward developed to new data rate of 33.3MB/Sec, which is twice the data rate and we called it Ultra DMA . ATA details power and data signals between the drive and integrated drive controller and the computer's motherboard. Two drives (master and slave) are supported. The ATA specification allows the drive to connect directly to the ISA

bus on the computer. ATA transfer rate then had been developed to 133MHz/Sec and would come out with fastest rate later (please refer to

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Serial ATA

).

DMA , data transfer rate is 16.6MHz/s.

Ultra DMA , data transfer rate is 16.6MHz x 2 = 33MB/s.

ATA/66 , data transfer rate is 16.6MHz x 4 = 66MB/s.

ATA/100 , data transfer rate is 16.6MHz x 6 = 100MB/s.

ATA/133 , data transfer rate is 16.6MHz x 8 = 133MB/s.

(ATA/133 uses both rising edge and falling edge as ATA/66 but clock cycle time is reduced to 30ns.)

BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)

BIOS, is a set of assembly routine/program that reside in EPROM

or

Flash ROM

. BIOS controls Input/output devices and other hardware devices of motherboard. In general, to provide hardware independent portability, operation system and drivers is required to access BIOS without directly access hardware devices.

B l l u e t t o o t h

Bluetooth is a wireless transferring technology that enables short-range wireless connections between desktop and laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), cellular phones, printers, scanners, digital cameras and even home appliances. The principle of

Bluetooth (a chipset) is to transfer information and voices at the frequency of ISM Band. Every Bluetooth technology devices do come with a standard address for you to connect one-to-one or one-to-seven (to form a Pico-net), with transferring range up to 10 meters (100 meters to follow), using low power radio. Bluetooth do not only possess high transfer rate of 1MB/s, it also could be encrypted with pin code. With hopping rate of 1600 hops per second, it’s difficult to be intercepted and are less interrupted by electromagnetic wave.

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CNR (Communication and Networking Riser)

The CNR specification provides the PC industry the opportunity to deliver a flexible and cost reduced method of implementing LAN, home networking, DSL, USB, wireless, audio and modem subsystems widely used in today's "connected PCs". The CNR specification is an open industry specification and is supported by OEMs, IHV card manufacturers, silicon supplier and Microsoft.

DDR (Double Data Rate) RAM

DDR RAM utilizes the existing SDRAM

(For ex, PC-100, PC-133) infrastructure and technology while doubling the nominal bandwidth available to systems in an easy to design and simple to adopt way. Based on FSB frequency, DDR RAM on the market are DDR200,

DDR266 and DDR333 with more coming around soon.

DDR200 , transfer bandwidth up to 200x64/8=1600MB/s (PC1600)

DDR266 , transfer bandwidth up to 266x64/8=2100MB/s (PC2100)

DDR333 , transfer bandwidth up to 333x64/8=2700MB/s (PC2700)

DDR400 , transfer bandwidth up to 400x64/8=3200MB/s (PC3200)

ECC (Error Checking and Correction)

The ECC mode needs 8 ECC bits for 64-bit data. Each time memory is accessed; ECC bits are updated and checked by a special algorithm. The ECC algorithm has the ability to detect double-bit error and automatically correct single-bit error while parity mode can only detect single-bit error.

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EEPROM (Electronic Erasable Programmable ROM)

Also known as E 2 PROM. Both EEPROM and

Flash ROM

can be re-programmed by electronic signals, but the interface technology is different. Size of EEPROM is much smaller than flash ROM.

EPROM (Erasable Programmable ROM)

Traditional motherboard stores BIOS code in EPROM. EPROM can only be erased by ultra-violet (UV) light. If BIOS has to be upgraded, you need to remove EPROM from motherboard, clear by UV light, re-program, and then insert back.

EV6 Bus

EV6 Bus is the technology of Alpha processor from Digital Equipment Corporation. EV6 bus uses both rising and falling clock edge to transfer data, similar as DDR RAM or ATA/66 IDE bus.

EV6 Bus Speed = CPU external bus clock x 2.

200 MHz EV6 bus , 200MHz = 100 MHz external bus clock x 2

FCC DoC (Declaration of Conformity)

The DoC is component certification standard of FCC EMI regulations. This standard allows DIY component (such as motherboard) to apply

DoC label separately without a shielding of housing.

FC-PGA (Flip Chip-Pin Grid Array)

FC means Flip Chip, FC-PGA is a package of Intel for Pentium III for 0.18µm process CPU, which can be plugged into SKT370 socket.

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F C P G A 2 ( ( F l l i i p C h i i p P i i n G r i i d A r r a y ) )

After FC-PGA, FC-PGA2 is the package for 0.13µm process CPU developed by Intel, which can be plugged into SKT423/478 socket as well.

Flash ROM

Flash ROM can be re-programmed by electronic signals. It is easier for BIOS to upgrade by a flash utility, but it is also easier to be infected by virus. Because of increase of new functions, BIOS size is increased from 64KB to 512KB (4M bit).

Hyper Threading

Hyper-Threading technology is an innovative design from Intel that enables multi-threaded software applications to process threads in parallel within each processor resulting in increased utilization of processor execution resources. As a result, an average improvement of

~40% in CPU resource utilization yields higher processing throughput.

IEEE 1394

IEEE 1394, which also called Firewire, is a serial data transfer protocol and interconnection system. The main feature of the Firewire that assures its adoption for the digital video and audio (A/V) consumer application is its low cost. Fire wire interface is capable of supporting various high-end digital A/V applications, such as consumer A/V device control and signal routing, Digital Video (DV) editing, home networking, and more than 32 channels of digital mixing. Gone are those days of expensive video capture cards. Firewire allows for video capture from both newer DV camcorders with Firewire ports and older analog equipment using A/V to Firewire converters.

The advantages of the IEEE1394:

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High data transfer rate – Start from 400 Mbps, (with 800/1600/3200 Mbps coming soon), which is about 30 times faster than USB 1.1.

Supports up to 63 devices (16 - daisy chained) with cable length up to about 4.5 m (14 feet).

Hot-pluggable (like USB). No need to turn of your device to connect or disconnect, and you don't need to reboot your PC. Also, it is a plug-and-play bus.

IEEE1394 is very easy to connect (Like USB1.1/2/0).

Parity Bit

The parity mode uses 1 parity bit for each byte, normally it is even parity mode, that is, each time the memory data is updated, parity bit will be adjusted to have even count "1" for each byte. When next time, if memory is read with odd number of "1", the parity error is occurred and this is called single bit error detection.

PCI (Peripheral Component Interface) Bus

Developed by Intel, Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) is a local bus standard. A bus is a channel used to transfer data to (input) and from (output) a computer and to or from a peripheral device. Most PCs have a PCI bus usually implemented at 32-bits providing a 33 MHz clock speed with a throughput rate of 133 MBps.

PDF Format

With PDF file, it is easy to do universal document exchange. Virtually any document may be converted in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Contents in PDF documents are exactly the same as the original file, including fonts and graphics, and they can be distributed by e-mail or stored on the World Wide Web, an intranet, a file system, or a CD-ROM for other users to view on any platforms. You may download

Acrobat Reader in order to read PDF file from its website ( www.adobe.com

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PnP (Plug and Play)

Oversimplified, Plug-and-Play automatically tells the software (device drivers) where to find various pieces of hardware (devices) such as modems, network cards, sound cards, etc. Plug-and-Play's task is to match up physical devices with the software (device drivers) that operates them and to establish channels of communication between each physical device and its driver.

POST (Power-On Self Test)

The BIOS self-test procedure after power-on, sometimes, it is the first or the second screen shown on your monitor during system boot.

PSB (Processor System Bus) Clock

PSB Clock means the external bus clock of CPU.

CPU internal clock = CPU PSB Clock x CPU Clock Ratio

RDRAM (Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory)

A DRAM technology developed by Rambus Corporation*, to achieve high speed of memory through the use of multiple channels in parallel by 16-bits. Basically, RDRAM uses new structure of Multibank, which is quite different from FPM, EDO, SDRAM. Using different memory module as well, RDRAM uses “RIMM” with transfer rate of 600/700/800MHz, providing bandwidth as high to 1.6GB.

RIMM (Rambus Inline Memory Module)

184-pin memory module that supports RDRAM

memory technology. A RIMM memory module may contain up to maximum of 16 RDRAM

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SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM)

SDRAM is one of the DRAM technologies that allow DRAM to use the same clock as the CPU host bus (EDO and FPM are asynchronous and do not have clock signal). It is similar as PBSRAM to use burst mode transfer. SDRAM comes in 64-bit 168-pin DIMM and operates at

3.3V, and have been gradually replaced by DDR RAM.

SATA (Serial ATA)

The Serial ATA specification is designed to overcome speed limitations while enabling the storage interface to scale with the growing media rate demands of PC platforms. Serial ATA is to replace parallel

ATA

with the compatibility with existing operating systems and drivers, adding performance headroom for years to come. It is developed with data transfer rate of 150 Mbytes/second, and 300M/bs, 600M/bs to come. It reduces voltage and pins count requirements and can be implemented with thin and easy to route cables.

SMBus (System Management Bus)

SMBus is also called I 2 C bus. It is a two-wire bus developed for component communication (especially for semiconductor IC). For example, set clock of clock generator for jumper-less motherboard. The data transfer rate of SMBus is only 100Kbit/s, it allows one host to communicate with CPU and many masters and slaves to send/receive message.

SPD (Serial Presence Detect)

SPD is a small ROM or

EEPROM

device resided on the DIMM or RIMM

. SPD stores memory module information such as DRAM timing and chip parameters. SPD can be used by

BIOS

to decide best timing for this DIMM or RIMM.

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USB 2.0 (Universal Serial Bus)

A Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an external bus (an interconnect) standard that supports data transfer rates of 12 Mbps. A single USB port can be used to connect up to 127 peripheral devices, such as mouse, modems and keyboards. Introduced in 1996, USB has completed replaced serial and parallel ports. It also supports plug-and-play installations and hot plugging Plug-and-play is the ability to add and remove devices to a computer while the computer is running and have the operating system automatically recognize the change. USB 2.0, which supports data transfer rates of 480 Mbps, has been widely used in motherboard these days.

VCM (Virtual Channel Memory)

NEC’s Virtual Channel Memory (VCM) is a new DRAM core architecture that dramatically improves the memory system’s ability to service multimedia requirements. VCM increases memory bus efficiency and performance of any DRAM technology by providing a set of fast static registers between the memory core and I/O pins. Using VCM technology results in reduced data access latency and reduced power consumption.

W i i r e l l e s s L A N – 8 0 2 .

1 1 b

802.11 is a specification developed by IEEE and Wireless LAN technology, which is an interface between a wireless client and a base station or between two wireless clients.

802.11 family includes the following specifications and with more coming:

802.11 = 1 or 2 Mbps transmission in the 2.4 GHz band, using either frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) or direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS)).

802.11a = 54 Mbps in the 5GHz band, using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing)

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802.11b (11 Mbps transmission in the 2.4 GHz band, using direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS).

ZIP file

A compressed file format to reduce file size. To unzip file, run shareware PKUNZIP ( http://www.pkware.com/ ) for DOS and other operating system or WINZIP ( http://www.winzip.com/ ) for windows environment.

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T r o u b l l e s h o o t t i i n g

If you encounter any trouble to boot you system, follow the procedures accordingly to resolve the problem.

Start

Turn off the power and unplug the AC power cable, then remove all of the add-on cards and cables, including VGA, IDE, FDD, COM1, COM2 and printer.

Make sure if all

jumper settings

are correct.

Clear CMOS

Next

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Yes

Continue

Install the VGA card. Then connect your monitor and keyboard.

Next

Turn on the power and check if the power supply and CPU fan work properly.

No

The problem is probably caused by

power supply or motherboard failure

.

Please contact your reseller or local distributor for repairing.

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Continue

No

Check if there is display?

Yes

Press <Ctrl> and <Alt> key at the same time, hold them and then press <Del> to reboot the system.

Check if the system reboots?

Yes

Next

No

Perhaps your VGA card or monitor is defective.

It is very possible that your

keyboard is defective.

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Continue

During system rebooting, press <Del> to enter BIOS setup .

Choose “Load Setup Default”.

Turn off the system and re-connect IDE cable.

No

Check if the system can reboot successfully?

Yes

Re-install the operating system such as Windows 98.

End

The problem should be caused by the IDE cable or HDD itself .

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T e c h n i i c a l l S u p p o r r t t

Dear Customer,

Thanks for choosing AOpen products. To provide the best and fastest service to our customer is our first priority. However, we receive numerous emails and phone-calls worldwide everyday, it is very hard for us to serve everyone on time. We recommend you follow the procedures below and seek help before contact us. With your help, we can then continue to provide the best quality service to more customers.

Thanks very much for your understanding!

AOpen Technical Supporting Team

Online Manual: Please check the manual carefully and make sure the jumper settings and installation procedure are correct.

You can also find the manual and EIG in AOpen Bonus Pack.

http://english.aopen.com.tw/tech/download/manual/default.htm

Test Report: We recommend you to choose board/card/device from the compatibility test reports for assembling your PC. It may prevent incompatibility problems. http://english.aopen.com.tw/tech/report/default.htm

FAQ: Here we list problems that users often encounter and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). You may be able to find a solution to your problem. http://club.aopen.com.tw/faq/

Download Software: Check out this table to get the latest updated BIOS/utility and drivers. In most case, newer versions of drivers and BIOS have solved earlier bugs or compatibility problems. http://english.aopen.com.tw/tech/download/default.htm

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5 eForum: We welcome you to join AOpen eForum to discuss our products with other users. Your problem probably had been discussed before or will be answered by other power users here. http://club.aopen.com.tw/forum/

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Contact Distributors/Resellers: We sell our products through resellers and integrators. They should know your system configuration very well and should be able to solve your problem efficiently and provide important reference for you.

7

Contact Us : Please prepare detail system configuration and error symptom before contacting us. The part number , serial number and BIOS version are also very helpful.

P a r t t N u m b e r r a n d S e r i i a l l N u m b e r r

The Part Number and Serial number are printed on bar code label. You can find this bar code label on the outside packing or on component side of PCB. For example:

Part No. Serial No.

Part No. Serial No.

P/N: 91.88110.201

is part number, S/N: 91949378KN73 is serial number.

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M o d e l l n a m e a n d B I I O S v e r r s i i o n

Model name and BIOS version can be found on upper left corner of first boot screen (

POST

screen). For example:

-

AX45H-8X Max R1.20

Dec.01.2002 AOpen Inc.

Award Plug and Play BIOS Extension v1.0A

Copyright © 2002, Award Software, Inc.

AX45H-8X Max is model name of motherboard; R1.20

is BIOS version.

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P r o d u c t t R e g i i s t t r r a t t i i o n

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Have opportunities to play online slot machine and win a prize from AOpen by accumulating your bonuses for later prize exchange.

Be upgraded to gold membership of Club AOpen program.

Receive email notification about product safety alerts. Its purpose is to alert consumers quickly and conveniently when products contain technical issues.

Receive email notification about latest product's announcements.

Be able to personalize your AOpen web pages.

Receive e-mail notification about latest BIOS/Driver/Software release information.

Have opportunities to participate special product promotional programs.

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Be able to join the discussions of web-based news groups.

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Further, AOpen will not disclose any of information you submitted under any conditions. Please consult our online privacy policy for further information on our company policy.

Note: If registering products purchased from different dealers/retails and/or purchased on different dates, please submit a separate form for each product.

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H o w t t o C o n t t a c t t U s

Please do not hesitate contact us if you have any problem about our products. Any opinion will be appreciated.

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Tel: 886-2-3789-5888

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