MSI MS-7100 K8N SLI Platinum Owner's Manual

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MSI MS-7100 K8N SLI Platinum Owner's Manual | Manualzz

K8N SLI Platinum &

K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI

MS-7100 (v1.X) ATX Mainboard

G52-M7100X2 i

Manual Rev: 1.1

Release Date: Dec. 2004

FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

Notice 1

The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user ’ s authority to operate the equipment.

Notice 2

Shielded interface cables and A.C. power cord, if any, must be used in order to comply with the emission limits.

VOIR LA NOTICE D ’ INSTALLATION AVANT DE RACCORDER AU RESEAU.

Micro-Star International

MS-7100

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and

(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation ii

Copyright Notice

T he material in this document is the intellec tual property of M ICR O-STAR

INTERNATIONAL . W e take every care in the preparation of this document, but no guarantee is given as to the correctness of its contents. Our products are under continual improvement and we reserve the right to make changes without notice.

Trademarks

All trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

AMD, Athlon ™ 64 and Athlon ™ FX are registered trademarks of AMD Corporation.

Intel

®

and Pentium

®

are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.

PS/2 and OS

®

/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines

Corporation.

Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. W indows

®

98/2000/NT/

XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, DualNet, and nForce are registered trademarks or trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Netware

®

is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc.

Award

®

is a registered trademark of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

AMI

®

is a registered trademark of American Megatrends Inc.

Kensington and MicroSaver are registered trademarks of the Kensington Technology

Group.

PCMCIA and CardBus are registered trademarks of the Personal Computer Memory

Card International Association.

Revision History

Revision

V1.1

Revision History

First release for PCB 1.X

with nVIDIA nForce4 SLI (Platinum)

Date

Dec. 2004 iii

Technical Support

If a problem arises with your system and no solution can be obtained from the user

’ s manual, please contact your place of purchase or local distributor. Alternatively, please try the following help resources for further guidance.

Visit the MSI homepage & FAQ site for technical guide, BIOS updates, driver updates, and other information: http://www.msi.com.tw

& http://www.msi.

com.tw/pr ogram/service/faq/faq/esc_faq_list.php

† Contact our technical staff at: [email protected]

Safety Instructions

1.

Always read the safety instructions carefully.

2.

Keep this User ’ s Manual for future reference.

3.

Keep this equipment away from humidity.

4.

Lay this equipment on a reliable flat surface before setting it up.

5.

The openings on the enclosure are for air convection hence protects the equipment from overheating. Do not cover the openings.

6.

Make sure the voltage of the power source and adjust properly 110/220V before connecting the equipment to the power inlet.

7.

Place the power cord such a way that people can not step on it. Do not place anything over the power cord.

8.

Always Unplug the Power Cord before inserting any add-on card or module.

9.

All cautions and warnings on the equipment should be noted.

10. Never pour any liquid into the opening that could damage or cause electrical shock.

11.

If any of the following situations arises, get the equipment checked by a service personnel:

The power cord or plug is damaged.

Liquid has penetrated into the equipment.

The equipment has been exposed to moisture.

The equipment has not work well or you can not get it work according to

User ’ s Manual.

The equipment has dropped and damaged.

The equipment has obvious sign of breakage.

12. Do not leave this equipment in an environment unconditioned, storage temperature above 60 0 C (140 0 F), it may damage the equipment.

CAUT ION: D anger of explosion if battery is incorrec tly replac ed.

Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.

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CONTENTS

FCC-B Radio Frequency Interference Statement ......................................................... iii

Copyright Notice .............................................................................................................. iii

Revision History .............................................................................................................. iii

Safety Instructions ......................................................................................................... iv

Technical Support .......................................................................................................... iv

Chapter 1. Getting Started .................................................................................... 1-1

Mainboard Specifications ................................................................................... 1-2

Mainboard Layout ................................................................................................ 1-5

Packing Contents ................................................................................................. 1-6

Chapter 2. Hardware Setup .................................................................................. 2-1

Quick Components Guide ................................................................................... 2-2

Central Processing Unit: CPU ............................................................................. 2-3

CPU Installation Procedures for Socket 939 ............................................. 2-4

Installing AMD Athlon64/ Athlon64 FX CPU Cooler Set ............................. 2-5

Memory ................................................................................................................. 2-7

Introduction to DDR SDRAM ....................................................................... 2-7

DIMM Module Combination ........................................................................... 2-7

Recommended Memory Combination List .................................................. 2-8

Installing DDR Modules ................................................................................ 2-9

Power Supply .................................................................................................... 2-10

ATX 24-Pin Power Connector: JPWR1 .................................................... 2-10

ATX 12V Power Connector: JPW R2 ........................................................ 2-10

Important Notification about Power Issue................................................. 2-11

Back Panel ......................................................................................................... 2-12

Mouse Connector (Green) / Keyboard Connector (Purple) .................. 2-12

IEEE1394 Port (optional) ............................................................................ 2-12

Serial Port Connector ................................................................................ 2-13

USB Connectors ........................................................................................ 2-13

LAN (RJ-45) Jack ...................................................................................... 2-14

Audio Port Connectors .............................................................................. 2-14

Parallel Port Connector: LPT1 ................................................................... 2-15

Connectors ........................................................................................................ 2-16

Floppy Disk Drive Connector: FDD1 ......................................................... 2-16

Fan Power Connectors: C_FAN1 / S_FAN1 / S_FAN2 / NB_FAN1 ....... 2-16

Hard Disk Connectors: IDE1 / IDE2 ........................................................... 2-17

Chassis Intrusion Switch Connector: JCI1 .............................................. 2-17 v

S e r i a l A T A / S e r i a l A T A R A I D C o n n e c t o r s c o n t r o l l e d b y nForce4 SLI: SATA1 / SATA2 / SATA3 / SATA4; .................................... 2-18

S e r i a l A T A / S e r i a l A T A R A I D C o n n e c t o r s c o n t r o l l e d b y

Silicon Image ’ s SATARAID: SATA5 / SATA6 (only for K8N Neo4 Platinum/

SLI) .............................................................................................................. 2-18

CD-In Connector: JCD1 ............................................................................. 2-18

Front Panel Connectors: JFP1 / JFP2 ...................................................... 2-19

Front USB Connectors: JUSB1 / JUSB2 / JUSB3 ................................... 2-19

Front Panel Audio Connector: AUD1 ........................................................ 2-20

IrDA Infrared Module Header: JIR1 ........................................................... 2-20

IEEE 1394 Connectors: J1394_1 / J1394_2 (optional) ........................... 2-21

D-Bracket ™ 2 Connector: JDB1 .............................................................. 2-21

NV SLI (Scalable Link Interface) connector: PCI_E4 .............................. 2-24

Button ................................................................................................................. 2-27

Clear CMOS Button: SW1 .......................................................................... 2-27

Slots .................................................................................................................... 2-28

PCI Express Slots: PCI_E1 & PCI_E3 ........................................................ 2-28

PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Slots: PCI1~3 ........................ 2-28

PCI Interrupt Request Routing ................................................................... 2-29

Chapter 3. BIOS Setup ............................................................................................ 3-1

Entering Setup ..................................................................................................... 3-2

Selecting the First Boot Device .................................................................. 3-2

Control Keys ................................................................................................ 3-3

Getting Help .................................................................................................. 3-3

The Main Menu ..................................................................................................... 3-4

Standard CMOS Features ................................................................................... 3-6

Advanced BIOS Features ................................................................................... 3-8

Advanced Chipset Features ............................................................................. 3-11

Integrated Peripherals ....................................................................................... 3-12

Power Management Setup ............................................................................... 3-17

PNP/PCI Configurations ..................................................................................... 3-20

H/W Monitor ....................................................................................................... 3-22

Cell Menu ............................................................................................................ 3-24

Load Fail-Safe/Optimized Defaults .................................................................. 3-30

BIOS Setting Password .................................................................................... 3-31

Chapter 4. Introduction to DigiCell ..................................................................... 4-1

Main ...................................................................................................................... 4-2

Introduction: ................................................................................................. 4-2 vi

H/W Diagnostic .................................................................................................... 4-4

Communication ..................................................................................................... 4-5

Software Access Point ....................................................................................... 4-6

Terminology .................................................................................................. 4-6

Access Point Mode ..................................................................................... 4-7

WLAN Card Mode ........................................................................................ 4-8

Live Update .......................................................................................................... 4-9

MEGA STICK ....................................................................................................... 4-10

Basic Function ........................................................................................... 4-10

Non-Unicode programs supported ........................................................... 4-12

Core Center (for AMD Processor) ................................................................... 4-14

Power on Agent ................................................................................................. 4-16

Power On ................................................................................................... 4-16

Power Off / Restart ................................................................................... 4-17

Start W ith .................................................................................................... 4-17

Auto Login .................................................................................................. 4-18

Chapter 5. Introduction to Creative Sound Blaster ....................................... 5-1

Using 2-, 4-, 6- & 8- Channel Audio Function ................................................... 5-1

Installing the Creative Audio Driver .................................................................... 5-6

Installation for W indows 2000/XP .............................................................. 5-6

Software Configuration ...................................................................................... 5-8

SURROUND MIXER ....................................................................................... 5-9

SPEAKER SETTINGS ................................................................................ 5-10

MEDIA SOURCE PLAYER ........................................................................... 5-12

EAX CONSOLE .......................................................................................... 5-13

GRAPHIC EQUALIZER ............................................................................... 5-17

Chapter 6. nVidia RAID Introduction .................................................................. 6-1

Introduction .......................................................................................................... 6-2

System Requirement ................................................................................... 6-2

RAID Arrays ................................................................................................. 6-2

Summary of RAID Configurations .............................................................. 6-2

RAID Configuration ............................................................................................... 6.3

Basic Configuration Instructions ................................................................ 6-3

Setting Up the NVRAID BIOS ...................................................................... 6-3

Installing the RAID Driver(for Non-bootable RAID Array) ................................ 6-7

NVIDIA RAID Utility Installation ............................................................................ 6-7

Installing the RAID Driver (for bootable RAID Array) ............................... 6-9

Initializing and Using the Disk Array ......................................................... 6-10 vii

RAID Drives Management ................................................................................. 6-12

Chapter 7. Silicon Image SATARAID5 TM Introduction ..................................... 7-1

Introduction .......................................................................................................... 7-2

RAID - Redundant Array of Independent Disks ........................................ 7-2

RAID 0 (Striping) .......................................................................................... 7-2

RAID 1 (Mirroring) ........................................................................................ 7-2

JBOD (Just Bunch of Disks) ....................................................................... 7-2

Creating and Deleting RAID sets with BIOS Utility ............................................ 7-3

Main Menu .................................................................................................... 7-3

Help W indow ................................................................................................ 7-4

Physical Drive Information .......................................................................... 7-4

Logical Drive Information ............................................................................ 7-4

Command Line .............................................................................................. 7-4

Creating RAID Groups ................................................................................. 7-5

Creating Spare Drive .................................................................................... 7.6

Creating JBOD .............................................................................................. 7-7

Deleting RAID Groups, Spare Drive, and JBOD ........................................ 7-7

Rebuild RAID 1 Set ...................................................................................... 7-8

Resolving Conflicts ...................................................................................... 7-8

Low Level Formatting ................................................................................ 7-11

Logical Drive Information ........................................................................... 7-11

Reserved Drive and Setting Size for RAID Set, Spare Drive, or JBOD 7-12

Installing the RAID Driver .................................................................................. 7-13

Install Driver in W indows XP / 2000 ........................................................ 7-13

Chapter 8. Installation of NVIDIA System Driver ............................................ 8-1

NVIDIA System Driver Installaion ........................................................................ 8-2 viii

Getting Started

C h ap t e r 1 . G e t t i n g

Started

Getting Started

Thank you for choosing the K8N SLI Platinum & K8N Neo4

Platinum/SLI (MS-7100) v1.X ATX mainboard. The K8N SLI Platinum & K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI mainboards are based on n VIDIA

® nForce

4 SLI chipset for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced AM D

®

K8 Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 processor, the

K8N SLI Platinum & K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI mainboards deliver a high performance and professional desktop platform solution.

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Mainboard Specifications

CPU

† Supports Socket-939 for AMD K8 Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 (Socket939) processor

Supports up to 4000+ Athlon FX55 , or higher CPU

(For the latest information about CPU, please visit http://www.msi.com.tw/program/ products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_cpu_support.php)

C hipset

† nVIDIA nForce4 SLI

- HyperTransport link to the AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX CPU

- HyperTransport supporting speed up to 1GHz (2000MT/s)

- Supports 2 PCI Express x16/ x1 interface

- Two independent SATA controllers, for four drives

- Dual Fast ATA-133 IDE controllers

- IEEE802.3 nVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T

M ain M emory

Supports dual channel, eight memory banks DDR 266/333/400, using four 184pin DDR DIMMs

† Supports a maximum memory size up to 4GB

Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM

(For the updated supporting memory modules, please visit http://www.msi.com.tw/ program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_trp_list.php.)

Slots

† Two PCI Express x16 slots (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a

compliant)

† 2nd PCI Express x16 slot (PCI_E3) is compatible with PCI Express x 1

Three 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots, includes one orange slot which is reserved as a communication slot.

† Support 3.3V/5V PCI bus Interface

On-Board IDE

An IDE controller on the nVIDIA

®

nForce4 SLI chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 operation modes

Can connect up to 4 IDE devices

On-Board SATA

† NV RAID supports 4 SATA II ports (SATA1-4). Transfer rate is up to 300 MB/s.

Supports RAID 0, 0+1 and JBOD mode.

† Silicon Image ’ s SATARAID supports another 2 SATA II ports (SATA5/6). Transfer rate is up to 300 MB/s. Supports RAID 0 & 1 mode (only for K8N Neo4 Platinmu/

SLI).

Getting Started

USB Interface

† 10 USB ports

- Controlled by nForce4 SLI chipset

- 4 ports in the rear I/O, 6 ports via the external bracket

NV RAID (Software)

Supports up to 4 SATA and 2 ATA133 Hard drives

- RAID 0 or 1, 0+1, JBOD is supported

- RAID function available for ATA133+SATA H/D or 4 SATA H/D drives

Silicon Image

’ s SATARAID (Software) (Optional)

† RAID 0 or 1 and multiple RAID groups are supported

† Support up to 2 SATA devices connected to a single controller

LAN

Supports dual LAN jacks

- 1st LAN supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by nForce4 SLI

- 2nd PCI Express LAN supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Marvell

88E8053 (only for K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI).

IEEE 1394 (Optional)

Supports up to three 1394 ports (rear panel x 1, pinheader x 2). Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps

Audio

Power by Creative Sound Bluster 24 bits H/W audio

- 24-bit / 96~192 KHz audio quality

- Up to 100 db SNR clarity

- 7.1 Channel output supported, Dolby Digital decoder

- Supports S/PDIF digital interface

- PCI 2.3 Specification compliant

On-Board Peripherals

† On-Board Peripherals include:

- 1 floppy port supports 1 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes

- 1 serial port (COM1)

- 1 parallel port supporting SPP/EPP/ECP mode

- 1 Audio jack(5-in-1), coaxial/fiber SPDIF out

- 1 D-Bracket 2 pinheader

- 1 CD-In pinheader

- 3 IEEE 1394 (Rear * 1 / Front * 2) (optional)

- 10 USB1.1/2.0 ports (Rear * 4 / Front * 6)

- 1 IrDA pinheader

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BIOS

† The mainboard BIOS provides “ Plug & Play ” BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.

† The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications.

† Supports boot from LAN, USB Device 1.1 & 2.0, and SATA HDD.

Dimension

ATX Form Factor (30.4 cm X 24.4 cm)

M ounting

† 9 mounting holes

MSI Reminds You...

To create a bootable RAID volume for a Windows 2000 environment,

Microsoft ’ s Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) is required. As the end user cannot boot without SP4, a combination installation CD must be created before attempting to install the operating system onto the bootable RAID volume.

To create the combination installation CD, please refer to the following website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/servicepacks/ sp4/HFdeploy.htm

Getting Started

Top : m ous e

Bot tom : ke yboard

JPW R2

Mainboard Layout

C_FAN1

JCI1

JIR1

To p : Parallel Port

Bott om:

CO M Por t

1394 Po rt (O ptional)

SPDIF O UT

T: LAN jack

B: USB port s

T: LAN jack (opt ional)

B: USB port s

T: Line- In

M:

B:

Line-O ut

Mic

T:RS-Out

M: CS -O ut

B: SPDIF Out

88E1111 -RCJ

S_FAN1

JCD1

MSI

Core Cell

PCI _E1

Sw1

CREATI VE

Sound

Bluster

88E8053-NNC

AUD1

PCI Slot 1

PCI _E3

PCI _E4 (SLI Connect or) nVIDIA

CK8-04 SLI

SATA2

SATA1

SATA4

SATA3

PCI Slot 2

VI A

VT6306

(O ptional)

NB_FAN1

S_FAN2

JDB1

PCI Slot 3

J139 4_1

(O ption al)

J1394_2

SATA5 SATA6

(O pt ional) (Opt ional) (O ptional)

JUSB2

JLPC1 JFP1 JFP2

JUSB3 JUSB1

K8N SLI Platinum & K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI

(MS-7100 v1.X) ATX Mainboard

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Packing Contents

MSI Driver/Utility CD

SATA RAID Driver

Diskette/ Creative

Audio Driver

SATA Cable/

Power Cable (Optional)

SLI Switch card

D-Bracket 2

(Optional)

Round Cable of

Floppy Disk

1394 Cable

(Optional)

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Back IO Shield

User ’ s Guide/

Test Report (optional) Quick Guide (optional)

Hardware Setup

Chapter 2. Hardware Setup

Hardware Setup

This chapter tells you how to install the CPU, memory modules, and expansion cards, as well as how to setup the jumpers on the mainboard. Also, it provides the instructions on connecting the peripheral devices, such as the mouse, keyboard, etc.

W hile doing the installation, be careful in holding the components and follow the installation procedures.

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Quick Components Guide

Back Panel

I/O , p.2-12

S_FAN1 , p.2-16

JPWR2 , p.2-10

CPU , p.2-3

C_FAN1 , p.2-16

DDR DIMMs , p.2-7

JCI1 , p.2-17

JIR1 , p.2-20

FDD1 , p.2-16

JPWR1 , p.2-10

IDE1/2 , p.2-17

JCD1 , p.2-18

PCI_E1 , p.2-28

PCI_E4 , p.2-24

PCI_E3 , p.2-28

PCI Slot 1~3 , p.2-28

AUD1 , p.2-20

SFAN2 , p.2-16

J1394_1~2,

p.2-21

(Optional)

SATA5~6 ,

p.2-18

(Optional)

SW1 , p.2-27

SATA1~4 , p.2-18

NB_FAN1 , p.2-16

JDB1 , p.2-22

JFP2 , p.2-19

JFP1 , p.2-19

JUSB1~3 , p.2-19

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Central Processing Unit: CPU

The mainboard supports AMD

®

Athlon64/ Athlon64 FX proc essors. The mainboard uses a CPU socket called Socket-939 for easy CPU installation. When you are installing the CPU, make sure the CPU has a heat sink and a cooling fan attached on the top to prevent overheating.

If you do not have the heat sink and cooling fan, contact your dealer to purchase and install them before turning on the computer.

For the latest information about CPU, please visit http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_cpu_support.php.

MSI Reminds You...

Over heating

Overheating will seriously damage the CPU and system, always make sure the cooling fan can work properly to protect the C PU from overheating.

Replacing the CPU

While replacing the CPU, always turn off the ATX power supply or unplug the power supply ’ s power cord from grounded outlet first to ensure the safety of CPU.

Over clocking

This motherboard is designed to support overclocking. However, please make sure your components are able to tolerate such abnormal setting, while doing overclocking. Any attempt to operate beyond product specifications is not recommended. We do not guarantee the damages or risks caused by inadequate oper ation or beyond product specifications.

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CPU Installation Procedures for Socket 939

1. Please turn off the power and unplug the power cord before installing the CPU.

2. Pull the lever s ideways away from the socket. Make sure to raise the lever up to a 90-degree angle.

Slid ing

Plate

Open Leve r

90 de gre e

3. Look for the gold arrow. The gold arrow should point towards the lever pivot. The CPU can only fit in the correct orientation.

Go ld arro w

4. If the CPU is correctly installed, the pins should be completely embedded into the socket and can not be seen. Please note that any violation of the correct in s tal lati on p roc edur es m ay cause permanent damages to your mainboard.

Go ld arro w

Gold arro w

Correc t CP U placeme nt

O

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5. Press the CPU down firmly into the socket and close the lever.

As the CPU is likely to move while the lever is being closed, always close the lever with your fingers pressing tightly on top of the CPU to make sure the CPU is properly and completely embedded into the socket.

Hardware Setup

Installing AMD Athlon64/ Athlon64 FX CPU Cooler Set

W hen you are installing the CPU, make sure the CPU has a heat sink and a cooling fan attached on the top to prevent overheating.

If you do not have the heat sink and cooling fan, contact your dealer to purchase and install them before turning on the computer.

1. Detach the shield of the backplate

’ s paster.

3. Turn over the mainboard again, and plac e the mainboard on the f lat surface.

Locate the two screw holes of the mainboard.

2. Turn over the mainboard, and install the backplate to the proper position.

4. Align the retention mechanism and the backplate.

Fix the retention mechanism and the backplate with two screws.

retention mechanism

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5. Position the cooling set onto the retention mechanism.

7. Fasten down the lever.

Hook one end of the clip to hook first, and then press down the other end of the clip to fasten the cooling set on the top of the retention mechanism.

8. Make sure the safety hook completely clasps the fixed bolt of the retention mechanism.

6. Locate the Fix Lever, Safety Hook and the Fixed Bolt.

Lift up the intensive fixed lever.

9. Attach the CPU Fan cable to the CPU fan connector on the mainboard.

Safety Hook

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Fixed Lever Fixed Bolt

MSI Reminds You...

While disconnecting the Safety Hook from the fixed bolt, it is necessary to keep an eye on your fingers, because once the Safety Hook is disconnected from the fixed bolt, the fixed lever will spring back instantly.

Hardware Setup

Memory

The mainboard provides 4 slots for 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM (Double In-Line

Memory Module) modules and supports the memory size up to 4GB. You can install

DDR266/ 333/400 modules on the DDR DIMM slots (DDR 1~4).

For the updated supporting memory modules, please visit http://www.msi.com.tw/ program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_trp_list.php.

DIMM1~4

(from bottom to top)

Introduction to DDR SDRAM

DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM is similar to conventional SDRAM, but doubles the rate by transferring data twice per cycle. It uses 2.5 volts as opposed to 3.3 volts used in SDR SDRAM, and requires 184-pin DIMM modules rather than 168-pin DIMM modules used by SDR SDRAM. High memory bandwidth makes DDR an ideal solution for high performance PC, workstations and servers.

DIMM Module Combination

Install at least one DIMM module on the slots. Each DIMM slot supports up to a maximum size of 1GB. Users can install either single- or double-sided modules to meet their own needs. Please note that each DIM M can work respectively for single-channel DDR, but there are some rules while using dual-channel

DDR (Please refer to the suggested DDR population table below) .

Users may install memory modules of different type and density on different-channel DDR DIMMs.

However, the same type and density memory modules are necessary while using dual-channel DDR, or instability may happen. Please refer to the following table for detailed dual-channel DDR. Other combination not listed below will function as single-channel DDR.

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GREEN PURPLE GREEN

DIMM1 (Ch A) DIMM2 (Ch B) DIMM3 (Ch A)

128MB~1GB 128MB~1GB

128MB~1GB 128MB~1GB

128MB~1GB

128MB~1GB

PURPLE

DIMM4 (Ch B) System Density

256MB~2GB

128MB~1GB

128MB~1GB

256MB~2GB

512MB~4GB

MSI Reminds You...

- Dual-channel DDR works ONLY in the 3 combinations listed in the table shown in the previous page.

- Please select the identical memory modules to install on the dual channel, and DO NOT install three memory modules on three

DIMMs, or it may cause some failure.

- Always insert the memory modules into the GREEN slots first, and it is strongly recommended not to insert the memory modules into the PURPLE slots while the GREEN slots are left empty.

- This mainboard DO NOT support the memory module installed with more than 18 pieces of IC (integrated circuit).

Recommended Memory Combination List

Green

DIMM1

S

-

D

D

S

-

-

S

S

D

D

-

DIMM Slots

-

S

-

-

-

Purple Green Purple

DIMM2 DIMM3 DIMM4

-

-

S

-

-

D

S

-

D

S

-

S

-

-

-

D

S

-

D

-

D

S

D

-

D

S

D

Max Speed

DDR 400

DDR 400

DDR 400

DDR 400

DDR 400

DDR 333

DDR 400

DDR 400

DDR 400

DDR 400

DDR 400

DDR 333

S: Single Side D: Double Side

Hardware Setup

Installing DDR Modules

1.

The DDR DIMM has only one notch on the center of module. The module will only fit in the right orientation.

2.

Insert the DIMM memory module vertically into the DIMM slot. Then push it in until the golden finger on the memory module is deeply inserted in the socket.

3.

The plastic clip at each side of the DIMM slot will automatically close.

Volt Notch

MSI Reminds You...

You can barely see the golden finger if the module is properly inserted in the socket.

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Power Supply

The mainboard supports ATX power supply for the power system. Before inserting the power supply connector, always make sure that all components are installed properly to ensure that no damage will be caused.

ATX 24-Pin Power Connector: JPWR1

This connector allows you to connect an SSI power supply. To connect the

SSI power supply, make sure the plug of the power supply is inserted in the proper orientation and the pins are aligned. Then push down the power supply firmly into the connector.

JPWR1

13

24

1

12

PIN

5

6

7

8

1

2

3

4

9

10

11

12

SIGNAL

+3.3V

+3.3V

GND

+5V

GND

+5V

GND

PW R OK

5VSB

+12V

+12V

NC

Pin Definition

PIN

17

18

19

20

13

14

15

16

21

22

23

24

SIGNAL

+3.3V

-12V

GND

PS-ON#

GND

GND

GND

-5V

+5V

+5V

+5V

GND

ATX 12V Power Connector: JPWR2

This 12V power connector is used to provide power to the CPU.

4

3

JPWR2

2

1

JPW1 Pin Definition

PIN SIGNAL

1

2

3

4

GND

GND

12V

12V

MSI Reminds You...

1. These two connectors connect to the ATX power supply and have to work together to ensure stable operation of the mainboard.

2. Power supply of 450 watts (and above) is highly recommended for system stability.

3. For ATX 12V power connection, it should be greater than 18A.

4. For this model, you must use the power supply that with a -5V pin supply.

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Important Notification about Power Issue

NForce chipset is very sensitive to ESD (Electrostatic Discharge), therefore this issue mostly happens while the users intensively swap memory modules under

S5 (power-off) states, and the power code is plugged while installing modules. Due to several pins are very sensitive to ESD, so this kind of memory-replacement actions might cause system chipset unable to boot. Please follow the following solution to avoid this situation.

Unplug the AC power cable (shown in figure 1) or unplug the JPWR1 & JPWR2 power connectors (shown in figure 2 & figure 3) before the 1st installation or during system upgrade procedure.

Figure 1:

Unplug the AC power cable

Figure 2:

Unplug the JPWR1 power conn.

Figure 3:

Unplug the JPWR2 power conn.

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Back Panel

The back panel provides the following connectors:

M ou se

Parallel

LAN

(optional)

LAN

L-In RS-Out

Keyboard COM Port

1394 Port SPDIF

(optional) Out

(Coaxial)

USB Ports L-Out

Mic

CS-Out

SPDIF Out

(Optical)

Mouse Connector (Green) / Keyboard Connector (Purple)

The mainboard provides a standard PS/2

®

mouse/keyboard mini DIN connector for attaching a PS/2

®

mouse/keyboard. You can plug a PS/2

®

mouse/keyboard directly into this connector. The connector location and pin assignments are as follows:

4

6 5

3

2 1

PS/2 Mouse / Keyboard

(6-pin Female)

Pin Definition

PIN SIGNAL

4

5

6

1

2

3

Mouse/Keyboard Data

NC

GND

DESCRIPTION

Mouse/Keyboard data

No connection

Ground

VCC +5V

Mouse/Keyboard Clock Mouse/Keyboard clock

NC No connection

IEEE1394 Port (Optional)

The back panel provides one standard IEEE 1394 port. The IEEE1394 highspeed serial bus complements USB by providing enhanced PC connectivity for a wide range of devices, including consumer electronics audio/video (A/V) appliances, storage peripherals, other PCs, and portable devices.

IEEE1394 Port

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Serial Port Connector

The mainboard offers one 9-pin male DIN connector as the serial port. The port is a 16550A high speed communication port that sends/receives 16 bytes FIFOs. You can attach a serial mouse or other serial devices directly to the connector.

1 2 3 4 5

6 7 8 9

9-Pin Male DIN Connector

PIN

6

7

4

5

8

9

1

2

3

Pin Definition

SIGNAL

DCD

SIN

SOUT

DTR

GND

DSR

RTS

CTS

RI

DESCRIPTION

Data Carry Detect

Serial In or Receive Data

Serial Out or Transmit Data

Data Terminal Ready)

Ground

Data Set Ready

Request To Send

Clear To Send

Ring Indicate

USB Connectors

The mainboard provides two OHCI (Open Host Controller Interface) Universal

Serial Bus roots for attaching USB devices such as keyboard, mouse or other USBcompatible devices. You can plug the USB device directly into the connector.

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8

USB Ports

PIN

7

8

5

6

3

4

1

2

USB Port Description

SIGNAL

VCC

-Data 0

+Data0

GND

VCC

-Data 1

+Data 1

GND

DESCRIPTION

+5V

Negative Data Channel 0

Positive Data Channel 0

Ground

+5V

Negative Data Channel 1

Positive Data Channel 1

Ground

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LAN (RJ-45) Jack

The mainboard provides 1 (or 2 for K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI) standard RJ-45 jack(s) for connection to single Local Area Network (LAN). This Giga-bit LAN enables data to be transferred at 1000, 100 or 10Mbps. You can connect a network cable to either LAN jack.

Giga-bit LAN Pin Definition

RJ-45 LAN Jack

PIN

3

4

1

2

5

6

7

8

SIGNAL

D0P

D0N

D1P

D2P

D2N

D1N

D3P

D3N

DESCRIPTION

Differential Pair 0+

Differential Pair 0-

Differential Pair 1+

Differential Pair 2+

Differential Pair 2-

Differential Pair 1-

Differential Pair 3+

Differential Pair 3-

Audio Port Connectors

The left 3 audio jacks are for 2-channel mode for stereo speaker output: Line

Out is a connector for Speakers or Headphones. Line In is used for external CD player, Tape player, or other audio devices. Mic is a connector for microphones.

However, there is an advanced audio application provided by Creative CA0106 to offer support for 7.1-channel audio operation and can turn rear audio connectors from 2-channel to 4-/5.1-/7.1 channel audio.

S/PDIF Out-Coaxial

Line In

Line Out

M IC

Rear Speaker Out

(in 7.1CH / 6CH)

C enter /Subwoofer

Speaker Out

( in 7.1CH / 6CH)

S/PDIF Out-Optical

(in 7.1CH / 6CH)

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Parallel Port Connector: LPT1

The mainboard provides a 25-pin female centronic connector as LPT. A parallel port is a standard printer port that supports Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) and Extended Capabilities Parallel Port (ECP) mode.

13 1

PIN

13

14

15

16

9

10

11

12

7

8

5

6

3

4

1

2

21

22

23

24

25

17

18

19

20

25 14

Pin Definition

SIGNAL

SLIN#

GND

GND

GND

GND

GND

GND

GND

GND

STROBE

DATA0

DATA1

DATA2

DATA3

DATA4

DATA5

DATA6

DATA7

ACK#

BUSY

PE

SELECT

AUTO FEED#

ERR#

INIT#

DESCRIPTION

Select In

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Strobe

Data0

Data1

Data2

Data3

Data4

Data5

Data6

Data7

Acknowledge

Busy

Paper End

Select

Automatic Feed

Error

Initialize Printer

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Connectors

The mainboard provides connectors to connect to FDD, IDE HDD, case, LAN,

USB Ports, IR module and CPU/System FAN.

Floppy Disk Drive Connector: FDD1

The mainboard provides a standard floppy disk drive connector that supports

360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88M floppy disk types.

FDD1

Fan Power Connectors: C_FAN1 / S_FAN1 / S_FAN2 / NB_FAN1

The C_FAN1 (processor fan), S_FAN1 (system fan 1), S_FAN2 (system fan 2) and NB_FAN1 (NorthBridge Chipset fan) support system cooling fan with +12V. It supports three-pin head connector. W hen connecting the wire to the connectors, always take note that the red wire is the positive and should be connected to the

+12V, the black wire is Ground and should be connected to GND. If the mainboard has a System Hardware Monitor chipset on-board, you must use a specially designed fan with speed sensor to take advantage of the CPU fan control.

GND

+12V

Sensor

C_FAN1

GND

+12V

Sensor

S_FAN1

GND

+12V

NC

S_FAN2

GND

+12V

Sensor

NB_FAN1

MSI Reminds You...

1. Always consult the vendors for proper CPU cooling fan.

2. CPUFAN1 supports fan control. You can install Core Center utility that will automatically control the CPU fan speed according to the actual CPU temperature.

3. Please refer to the recommended CPU fans at AMD

®

official website.

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Hard Disk Connectors: IDE1 / IDE2

The mainboard has a 32-bit Enhanced PCI IDE and Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 controller that provides PIO mode 0~4, Bus Master, and Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 function. You can connect up to four hard disk drives, CD-ROM, or other devices.

IDE2 IDE1

IDE1 (Primary IDE Connector)

The first hard drive should always be connected to IDE1. IDE1 can connect a

Master and a Slave drive. You must configure second hard drive to Slave mode by setting the jumper accordingly.

IDE2 (Secondary IDE Connector)

IDE2 can also connect a Master and a Slave drive.

MSI Reminds You...

If you install two hard disks on cable, you must configure the second drive to Slave mode by setting its jumper. Refer to the hard disk documentation supplied by hard disk vendors for jumper setting instructions.

Chassis Intrusion Switch Connector: JCI1

This connector is connected to a 2-pin chassis switch. If the chassis is opened, the switch will be short. The system will record this status and show a warning message on the screen. To clear the warning, you must enter the BIOS utility and clear the record.

GND 2

CINTRU

1

JCI1

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S eri al ATA/ S eri al ATA RAID Con n ect o rs co nt ro ll ed b y nForce4 SLI: SATA1 / SATA2 / SATA3 / SATA4;

S eri al ATA/ S eri al ATA RAID Con n ect o rs co nt ro ll ed b y

Silicon Image ’ s SATARAID: SATA5 / SATA6 (only for K8N Neo4

Platinum/SLI)

The single chip of this mainboard is nForce4 SLI which supports four serial

ATA connectors SATA1~SATA4. Silicon Image ’ s SATARAID of this mainboard supports another two serial ATA connectors SATA5/ SATA6.

SATA1~SATA6 are high-speed Serial ATA interface ports. Each supports serial

ATA data rates of 300MB/s. Both connectors are fully compliant with Serial ATA 1.0

specifications. Each Serial ATA connector can connect to 1 hard disk device. Please refer to the nVidia RAID Introduction & Silicon Image RAID Introduction for detail software installation procedure.

SATA4 SATA5 SATA6

SATA1~ SATA6 Pin Definition

PIN SIGNAL PIN SIGNAL

7 1

SATA3

7 1 7 1 1

3

5

7

GND

TXN

RXN

GND

2

4

6

TXP

GND

RXP

SATA2

7 1

SATA1

Serial ATA cable

(optional)

Take out the dust cover and connect to the hard disk devices

Connect to serial ATA ports

MSI Reminds You...

Please do not fold the serial ATA cable in a 90-degree angle, which will cause the loss of data during the transmission.

CD-In Connector: JCD1

The connector is for CD-ROM audio connector.

JCD1

R

GND

GND

L

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Front Panel Connectors: JFP1 / JFP2

The mainboard provides two front panel connectors for electrical connection to the front panel switches and LEDs. JFP1 is compliant with Intel

®

Front Panel I/O

Connectivity Design Guide.

JFP1 Pin Definition

JFP1 2

1

Power

LED

Power

Switch

HDD

LED

Reset

Switch

10

9

PIN

7

8

5

6

9

3

4

1

2

SIGNAL

HD_LED_P

FP PWR/SLP

HD_LED_N

FP PWR/SLP

RST_SW_N

PWR_SW_P

RST_SW_P

PWR_SW_N

RSVD_DNU

DESCRIPTION

Hard disk LED pull-up

MSG LED pull-up

Hard disk active LED

MSG LED pull-up

Reset Switch low reference pull-down to GND

Power Switch high reference pull-up

Reset Switch high reference pull-up

Power Switch low reference pull-down to GND

Reserved. Do not use.

JFP2

2

1

Speaker

Power

LED

8

7

JFP2 Pin Definition

PIN SIGNAL

1

3

5

7

GND

SLED

PLED

NC

PIN SIGNAL

2

4

6

8

SPK-

BUZ+

BUZ-

SPK+

Front USB Connectors: JUSB1 / JUSB2 / JUSB3

The mainboard provides three standard USB 2.0 pin headers JUSB1 & JUSB2

& JUSB3. USB 2.0 technology increases data transfer rate up to a maximum throughput of 480Mbps, which is 40 times faster than USB 1.1, and is ideal for connecting highspeed USB interface peripherals such as USB HDD , digital cameras , MP3 players , printers , modems and the like .

JUSB1 & JUSB2 & JUSB3 Pin Definition

2

1

10

9

JUSB1, JUSB2, JUSB3

(USB 2.0)

7

9

3

5

PIN SIGNAL

1 VCC

USB0-

USB0+

GND

Key (no pin)

4

6

PIN SIGNAL

2 VCC

USB1-

USB1+

8

10

GND

USBOC

Connected to JUSB1, JUSB2, or JUSB3

(the USB pinheader in YELLOW color)

USB 2.0 Bracket

(Optional)

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MSI Reminds You...

Note that the pins of VCC and GND must be connected correctly, or itmay cause some damage.

Front Panel Audio Connector: AUD1

The AUD1 front panel audio connector allows you to connect to the front panel audio and is compliant with Intel

®

Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.

2

1

AUD1

10

9

PIN

7

8

5

6

3

4

1

2

9

10

SIGNAL

AUD_MIC

AUD_GND

AUD_MIC_BIAS

AUD_VCC

AUD_FPOUT_R

AUD_RET_R

HP_ON

KEY

AUD_FPOUT_L

AUD_RET_L

Pin Definition

DESCRIPTION

Front panel microphone input signal

Ground used by analog audio circuits

Microphone power

Filtered +5V used by analog audio circuits

Right channel audio signal to front panel

Right channel audio signal return from front panel

Reserved for future use to control headphone amplifier

No pin

Left channel audio signal to front panel

Left channel audio signal return from front panel

MSI Reminds You...

If you don

’ t want to connect to the front audio header, pins 5 & 6, 9 & 10 have to be jumpered in order to have signal output directed to the rear audio ports. Otherwise, the Line-Out connector on the back panel will not function.

6

10

5

9

IrDA Infrared Module Header: JIR1

The connector allows you to connect to IrDA Infrared module. You must configure the setting through the BIOS setup to use the IR function. JIR1 is compliant with

Intel

®

Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.

6

2

5

1

JIR1

Pin

1

3

5

JIR1 Pin Definition

Signal

NC

VCC5

IRTX

Pin

2

4

6

Signal

NC

GND

IRRX

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IEEE 1394 Connectors: J1394_1 / J1394_2 (optional)

The mainboard provides two 1394 pin headers that allow you to connect IEEE

1394 ports via an external IEEE1394 bracket.

2

1

10

9

J1394_1/ J1394_2

7

9

3

5

PIN

1

Pin Definition

SIGNAL

TPA+

Ground

TPB+

Cable power

Key (no pin)

4

6

PIN

2

8

10

SIGNAL

TPA-

Ground

TPB-

Cable power

Ground

IEEE1394 Bracket

(Optional)

Foolproof Design

(the 1394 pinheader in GREEN color)

D-Bracket ™ 2 Connector: JDB1

The mainboard comes with a JDB1 connector for you to connect to D-Bracket ™

2. D-Bracket ™ 2 is a USB Bracket that supports both USB1.1 & 2.0 spec. It integrates four LEDs and allows users to identify system problem through 16 various combinations of LED signals.

2

1

JDB1

10

9

Pin

Pin Definition

Signal

1 DBG1 (high for green color)

2 DBR1 (high for red color)

3 DBG2 (high for green color)

4 DBR2 (high for red color)

5 DBG3 (high for green color)

6 DBR3 (high for red color)

7 DBG4 (high for green color)

8 DBR4 (high for red color)

9 Key

10 NC

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Connected to JDB1

D-Bracket ™ 2

(Optional)

Connected to JUSB1, JUSB2 or JUSB3

(the USB pinheader in YELLOW color)

LEDs

D-Bracket ™ 2 is an external USB bracket integrating four Diagnostic LEDs, which use graphic signal display to help users understand their system. The LEDs provide up to 16 combinations of signals to debug the system. The 4 LEDs can debug all problems that fail the system, such as VGA, RAM or other failures. This special feature is very useful for the overclocking users. These users can use the feature to detect if there are any problems or failures.

D-Bracket ™ 2 supports both USB 1.1 & 2.0 specification.

D-Bracket

2

1 2

3 4

Red G reen

D-Bracket

2

1 2

3 4

Description

System Power ON

The D-LED will hang here if the processor is damaged or not installed properly.

Early Chipset Initialization

Memory Detection Test

Testing onboard memory size. The D-LED will hang if the memory module is damaged or not installed properly.

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Decompressing BIOS image to RAM for fast booting.

Initializing Keyboard Controller.

Testing VGA BIOS

This will start writing VGA sign-on message to the screen.

Processor Initialization

This will show information regarding the processor (like brand name, system bus, etc...)

Testing RTC (Real Time Clock)

Initializing Video Interface

This will start detecting CPU clock, checking type of video onboard. Then, detect and initialize the video adapter.

BIOS Sign On

This will start showing information about logo, processor brand name, etc...

Testing Base and Extended Memory

Testing base memory from 240K to 640K and extended memory above 1MB using various patterns.

Assign Resources to all ISA.

Initializing Hard Drive Controller

This will initialize IDE drive and controller.

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D-Bracket ™ 2 Description

Initializing Floppy Drive Controller

This will initialize Floppy Drive and controller.

Boot Attempt

This will set low stack and boot via INT 19h.

Operating System Booting

NV SLI (Scalable Link Interface) Connector: PCI_E4

NVIDIA SLI (Scalable Link Interface) technology allows two GPUs to run in tandem within a system to achieve up to twice the performance of a single graphics card. To utilize this technology, the two GPU cards must be connected by an SLI bridge card.

You c an find an SLI s witc h c ard on the mainboard configured to non-SLI mode by default

(fig.1).

SLI Switch Card SLI Bridge Card non-SLI mode

Fig.1

If you intend to use the SLI interface for better graphics performance, please refer to the following instructions.

1. Turn the latch either right or left to loosen the SLI switch card (refer to fig.2).

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Turn the latc h to loosen the card

Fig.2

MSI Reminds You...

Make sure that you power off the system before removing the SLI switch card.

Hardware Setup

2. Remove the SLI switch card. Flip it over to the other side (SLI mode side) and insert it slantwise (at 40-degree angle) into the NV SLI connector (fig.3).

SLI mode

Fig.3

3. Press down the SLI switch card and secure it with the latch (fig.4). Before installing or removing an NV SLI module, make sure that you unplug the power supply first.

Turn the latch to fix the card

Fig.4

4. After configuring the switch card to SLI mode, you can now install two graphics cards on PCI Express x16 slots. W ith two cards installed, an SLI bridge card is required to connect the atop golden fingers of these two graphics cards (fig.5). Please note that although you have installed two graphics cards, only the video outputs on the first card will work. Hence, you only need to connect a monitor to the first PCI Express card.

SLI br idge card

Fig.5

MSI Reminds You...

1. Mainboard photos shown in this section are for demonstration only.

The appearance of your mainboard may vary depending on the model you purchase.

2. If you intend to install only ONE x16 graphics card, make sure that: a. your graphics card is Installed on the PCI_E1 slot; b. the SLI switch card is set to non-SLI mode.

3. If you intend to install TWO x16 graphics cards, make sure that: a. these two graphics cards are of the same brand and specifications; b. the SLI switch card is set to SLI mode.

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5. After the hardware installation is completed, restart the system and install the NV SLI driver/utility. A configuration panel will be provided for Multi-GPU control. Check the Enable multi-GPU box to enable the SLI function for the onboard graphics cards (concerning the details of multi-GPU settings, please refer to your graphics card manual) .

Check the box

6. Restart your system and a pop-up will show in the system tray confirming that M ulti-GPU has been enabled .

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MSI Reminds You...

If you want to remove one graphics card and quit the SLI function, make sure that you reset the SLI switch card (SLI mode to non-SLI mode) and disable the "MultiGPU" function.

Hardware Setup

Button

The motherboard provides the following jumpers for you to set the computer ’ s function. This section will explain how to change your motherboard ’ s function through the use of button.

Clear CMOS Button: SW1

There is a CMOS RAM on board that has a power supply from external battery to keep the system configuration data. W ith the CMOS RAM, the system can automatically boot OS every time it is turned on. If you want to clear the system configuration, use the SW 1 (Clear CMOS Button) to clear data. Press the button in the middle of the connector top side to clear the data:

SW1

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Slots

slots.

The mainboard provides two PCI Express x16 slot and three 32-bit PCI bus

PCI Express Slots: PCI_E1 & PCI_E3

The PCI Express slots, as a high-bandwidth, low pin count, serial, interconnect technology, support Intel highest performance desktop platforms utilizing the

Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology with these platform benefits. You can insert the expansion cards to meet your needs. W hen adding or removing expansion cards, make sure that you unplug the power supply first.

PCI Express architecture provides a high performance I/O infrastructure for

Desktop Platforms with transfer rates starting at 2.5 Giga transfers per second over a PCI Express x1 lane for Gigabit Ethernet, TV Tuners, 1394 controllers, and general purpose I/O. Also, desktop platforms with PCI Express Architecture will be designed to deliver highest performance in video, graphics, multimedia and other sophisticated applications. Moreover, PCI Express architecture provides a high performance graphics

(PDF, 166Kb) infrastructure for Desktop Platforms doubling the capability of existing

AGP8x designs with transfer rates of 4.0 GB/s over a PCI Express x16 lane for graphics controllers, while PCI Express x1 supports transfer rate of 250 MB/s.

PCI Express x16 slot

PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Slots: PCI1~3

The PCI slots allow you to insert the expansion cards to meet your needs.

W hen adding or removing expansion cards, make sure that you unplug the power supply first. Meanwhile, read the documentation for the expansion card to make any necessary hardware or software settings for the expansion card, such as jumpers, switches or BIOS configuration.

The orange PCI slot (PCI3) also works as a communcation slot, which allows you to insert the communcation card.

PCI Slots

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PCI Interrupt Request Routing

The IRQ, acronym of interrupt request line and pronounced I-R-Q, are hardware lines over which devices can send interrupt signals to the microprocessor. The

PCI IRQ pins are typically connected to the PCI bus INT A# ~ INT D# pins as follows:

PCI Slot 1

PCI Slot 2

PCI Slot 3

Order 1

INT A#

INT B#

INT C#

Order 2

INT B#

INT C#

INT D#

Order 3

INT C#

INT D#

INT A#

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Chapter 3. BIOS Setup

BIOS Setup

This chapter provides information on the BIOS Setup program and allows you to configure the system for optimum use.

You may need to run the Setup program when:

² An error message appears on the screen during the system booting up, and requests you to run SETUP.

² You want to change the default settings for customized features.

MSI Reminds You...

1. The items under each BIOS category described in this chapter are under c ontinuous update for better s y s tem performanc e.

Therefore, the description may be slightly different from the latest

BIOS and should be held for reference only.

2. While booting up, the BIOS version is shown in the 1st line appearing after the memory counting. It is usually in the format: example: W7100MS V1.0 111803 where:

1st digit refers to BIOS maker as A=AMI(R); W=AWARD(R)

2nd - 5th digit refers to the model number.

6th - 7th digit refers to the customer, MS=all standard customers.

V1.0 refers to the BIOS version.

111803 refers to the date this BIOS is released.

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Entering Setup

Power on the computer and the system will start POST (Power On Self Test) process. W hen the message below appears on the screen, press <DEL> key to enter Setup.

Press DEL to enter SETUP

If the message disappears before you respond and you still wish to enter

Setup, restart the system by turning it OFF and On or pressing the RESET button. You may also restart the system by simultaneously pressing <Ctrl>, <Alt>, and <Delete> keys.

Selecting the First Boot Device

You are allowed to select the 1st boot device without entering the BIOS setup utility by pressing <F11>. W hen the same message as listed above appears on the screen, press <F11> to trigger the boot menu.

The POST messages might pass by too quickly for you to respond in time. If so, restart the system and press <F11> after around 2 or 3 seconds to activate the boot menu similar to the following.

Floppy

IDE-0

CDROM

[Up/Dn] Select

Select First Boot Device

: 1st Floppy

: IBM-DTLA-307038

: ATAPI CD-ROM DRIVE 40X M

[RETURN] Boot [ESC] cancel

The boot menu will list all the bootable devices. Select the one you want to boot from by using arrow keys, then press <Enter>. The system will boot from the selected device. The selection will not make changes to the settings in the BIOS setup utility, so next time when you power on the system, it will still use the original first boot device to boot up.

MSI Reminds You...

The items under each BIOS category described in this chapter are under continuous update for better system performance. Therefore, the description may be slightly different from the latest BIOS and should be held for reference only.

BIOS Setup

Control Keys

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<Enter>

<Esc>

<+/PU>

<-/PD>

<F7>

<F9>

<F10>

Move to the previous item

Move to the next item

Move to the item in the left hand

Move to the item in the right hand

Select the item

Jumps to the Exit menu or returns to the main menu from a submenu

Increase the numeric value or make changes

Decrease the numeric value or make changes

Load BIOS Setup Defaults

Load High Performance Defaults

Save all the CMOS changes and exit

Getting Help

After entering the Setup menu, the first menu you will see is the Main Menu.

M ain M enu

The main menu lists the setup functions you can make changes to. You can use the arrow keys (

↑↓ ) to select the item. The on-line description of the highlighted setup function is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Sub-M enu

If you find a right pointer symbol (as shown in the right view) appears to the left of certain fields that means a sub-menu can be launched from this field. A submenu contains additional options for a field parameter. You can use arrow keys (

↑↓ )

to highlight the field and press <Enter> to call up the sub-menu. Then you can use the control keys to enter values and move from field to field within a sub-menu. If you want to return to the main menu, just press the <Esc >.

General Help <F1>

The BIOS setup program provides a General Help screen. You can call up this screen from any menu by simply pressing <F1>. The Help screen lists the appropriate keys to use and the possible selections for the highlighted item. Press <Esc> to exit the Help screen.

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The Main Menu

Once you enter Phoenix-Award

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BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu will appear on the screen. The Main Menu allows you to select from twelve setup functions and two exit choices. Use arrow keys to select among the items and press

<Enter> to accept or enter the sub-menu.

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Standard CMOS Features

Use this menu for basic system configurations, such as time, date etc.

Advanced BIOS Features

Use this menu to setup the items of AWARD

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special enhanced features.

Advanced Chipset Features

Use this menu to change the values in the chipset registers and optimize your system ’ s performance.

Integrated Per ipher als

Use this menu to specify your settings for integrated peripherals.

Power M anagement Setup

Use this menu to specify your settings for power management.

PNP/PCI Configurations

This entry appears if your system supports PnP/PCI.

H/W Monitor

This entry shows your PC health status.

Cell M enu

Use this menu to specify your settings for CPU/AGP frequency/voltage control and overclocking.

BIOS Setup

Load Optimized Defaults

Use this menu to load the default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard.

BIOS Setting Password

Use this menu to set the password for BIOS.

Save & Exit Setup

Save changes to CMOS and exit setup.

Exit Without Saving

Abandon all changes and exit setup.

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Standard CMOS Features

The items in Standard CMOS Features Menu includes some basic setup items.

Use the arrow keys to highlight the item and then use the <PgUp> or <PgDn> keys to select the value you want in each item.

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Date

This allows you to set the system to the date that you want (usually the current date).

The format is <day><month> <date> <year>.

day Day of the week, from Sun to Sat, determined by

BIOS. Read-only.

mon th date year

The month from Jan. through Dec.

The date from 1 to 31 can be keyed by numeric function keys.

The year can be adjusted by users.

T im e

This allows you to set the system time that you want (usually the current time). The time format is <hour> <minute> <second>.

IDE Primary/Secondary M aster/Slave

IDE Third/ Fourth/ Fifth/ Sixth Master

Press PgUp/<+> or PgDn/<-> to select [Manual], [None] or [Auto] type. Note that the specifications of your drive must match with the drive table. The hard disk will not work properly if you enter improper information for this category. If your hard disk drive type is not matched or listed, you can use [Manual] to define your own drive type manually.

If you select [Manual], related information is asked to be entered to the following items. Enter the information directly from the keyboard. This information should be provided in the documentation from your hard disk vendor or the system manufacturer.

BIOS Setup

Access M ode

Capacity

Cylinder

Head

Pr eco mp

Landing Z one

Sector

MSI Reminds You...

The settings are CHS, LBA, Large, Auto.

The formatted size of the storage device.

Number of cylinders.

Number of heads.

W rite precompensation.

Cylinder location of the landing zone.

Number of sectors.

IDE Third/ Fourth/ Fifth/ Sixth Master are appearing when you connect the HD devices to the SATA connector on the mainboard.

Drive A

This item allows you to set the type of floppy drive installed. Available options: [None],

[360K, 5.25 in.], [1.2M, 5.25 in.], [720K, 3.5 in.], [1.44M, 3.5 in.], [2.88M, 3.5 in.].

Halt On

The setting determines whether the system will stop if an error is detected at boot.

Available options are:

[All Errors]

[No Errors]

[All, But Keyboard]

[All, But Diskette]

[All, But Disk/Key]

The system stops when any error is detected.

The system doesn ’ t stop for any detected error.

The system doesn ’ t stop for a keyboard error.

The system doesn ’ t stop for a disk error.

The system doesn ’ t stop for either a disk or a keyboard error.

System Information

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

CPU Type/BIOS Version/System M emory/Total Memory

The items show the CPU type, BIOS version and memory status of your system (read only).

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Advanced BIOS Features

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Quick Boot

Setting the item to [Enabled] allows the system to boot within 5 seconds since it will skip some check items. Available options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Boot To OS/2

This allows you to run the OS/2

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operating system with DRAM larger than 64MB.

W hen you choose [No], you cannot run the OS/2

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operating system with DRAM larger than 64MB. But it is possible if you choose [Yes].

IOAPIC Function

This field is used to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt

Controller). Due to compliance with PC2001 design guide, the system is able to run in

APIC mode. Enabling APIC mode will expand available IRQ resources for the system.

Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled].

M PS Table Version

This field allows you to select which MPS (Multi-Processor Specification) version to be used for the operating system. You need to select the MPS version supported by your operating system. To find out which version to use, consult the vendor of your operating system. Settings: [1.4], [1.1].

Full Screen LOGO Display

This item enables you to show the company logo on the bootup screen. Settings are:

[Enabled] Shows a still image (logo) on the full screen at boot.

[Disabled] Shows the POST messages at boot.

Boot Sequence

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

BIOS Setup

1st/2nd/3rd Boot Device

The items allow you to set the sequence of boot devices where BIOS attempts to load the disk operating system.

Boot Other Device

Setting the option to [Enabled] allows the system to try to boot from other device if the system fails to boot from the 1st/2nd/3rd boot device.

Hard Disk Boot Priority

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. Then you may use the arrow keys (

↑↓ ) to select the desired device, then press <+>, <-> or <PageUp>, <PageDown> key to move it up/down in this hard disk boot priority list.

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Advanced Chipset Features

SLI Broadcast Aperture

Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].

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BIOS Setup

USB Controller

This setting allows you to enable/disable the onboard USB controller. Setting options:

[Disabled], [Enabled].

USB KB/Storage Support

Select [Enabled] if you need to use a USB-interfaced keyboard or storage device in the operating system. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

nVidia MAC LAN

This setting controls the nVidia LAN controller. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].

nVidia MAC LAN ROM

This setting is used to enable/disable the nVidia MAC LAN ROM. Setting options:

[Enabled], [Disabled].

OnBoard IEEE1394 Controller

This setting is used to enable/disable the onboard IEEE 1394 controller. Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

Marvell GigaBit LAN

This setting controls the Marvell GigaBit LAN controller. Setting options: [Enabled],

[Disabled].

Marvell GigaBit LAN ROM

This setting is used to enable/disable the Marvell GigaBit LAN ROM. Setting options:

[Enabled], [Disabled].

OnBoard CREATIVE AUDIO

This setting is used to enable/disable the onboard Creative audio. Setting options:

[Enabled], [Disabled].

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OnBoard Sil3132 RAID

This setting controls the onboard Sil3132 RAID chip. Setting options: [Enabled],

[Disabled].

OnBoard Sil3132 Mode

This setting allows you to select the Onboard Sil3132 mode. Setting options: [SATA],

[RAID].

I/O Device Configuration

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

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Onboard FDC Controller

Select [Enabled] if your system has a floppy disk controller (FDD) installed on the system board and you wish to use it. If you install add-on FDC or the system has no floppy drive, select [Disabled] in this field. The settings are: [Enabled],

[Disabled].

COM Port 1

Select an address and corresponding interrupt for the first serial port. The settings are: [3F8/IRQ4], [2E8/IRQ3], [3E8/IRQ4], [2F8/IRQ3], [Disabled], [Auto].

IR Function Select

This setting allows you to specify the operation mode for serial port 2. Setting options: [IrDA], [ASKIR], [Disable].

[Disable]

[IrDA]

[ASKIR]

RS-232C Serial Port

IrDA-compliant Serial Infrared Port

Amplitude Shift Keyed Infrared Port

RxD, TxD Active

This setting controls the receiving and transmitting speed of the IR peripheral in use. Setting options: [Hi,Hi], [Hi,Lo], [Lo,Hi], [Lo,Lo].

IR Transmission Delay

This setting determines whether the IR transmission rate will be delayed while converting to receiving mode. Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

BIOS Setup

UR2 Duplex Mode

This setting controls the operating mode of IR transmission/reception. Setting options: [Full], [Half]. Under [Full] Duplex mode, synchronous, bi-directional transmission/reception is allowed. Under [Half] Duplex mode, only asynchronous, bidirectional transmission/reception is allowed.

Use IR Pins

Please consult your IR peripheral documentation to select the correct setting of the TxD and RxD signals. Setting options: [RxD2/TxD2], [IR-Rx2Tx2].

Parallel Port

There is a built-in parallel port on the on-board Super I/O chipset that provides

Standard, ECP, and EPP features. It has the following options:

[Disabled]

[3BC/IRQ7]

[278/IRQ5]

[378/IRQ7]

Line Printer port 0

Line Printer port 2

Line Printer port 1

Parallel Port M ode

SPP : Standard Parallel Port

EPP : Enhanced Parallel Port

ECP : Extended Capability Port

ECP + EPP: Extended Capability Port + Enhanced Parallel Port

Normal

EPP M ode Select

The onboard parallel port is EPP Spec. compliant, so after the user chooses the onboard parallel port with the EPP function, the following message will be displayed on the screen:

EPP Mode Select.

At this time either [EPP 1.7] spec or

[EPP 1.9] spec can be chosen.

ECP Mode Use DMA

The ECP mode has to use the DMA channel, so choose the onboard parallel port with the ECP feature. After selecting it, the following message will appear:

ECP Mode Use DMA.

At this time, the user can choose between DMA channel

[3] or [1].

IDE Devices Configuration

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

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OnChip IDE Channel 0

The integrated peripheral controller contains an IDE interface with support for two IDE channels. Choose [Enabled] to activate each channel separately.

Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled].

OnChip IDE Channel 1

The integrated peripheral controller contains an IDE interface with support for two IDE channels. Choose [Enabled] to activate each channel separately.

Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled].

IDE DMA Transfer Access

This item is used to enable or disable the DMA transfer function of the IDE Hard

Drive. The settings are: [Enabled], [Disabled].

SATA1/SATA2 & SATA3/SATA4

This item is used to enable or disable onchip SATA controller. The settings are:

[Enabled], [Disabled].

nVidiaRAID Config

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

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RAID Enabled

This item is used to enable/disable the onchip RAID function. W hen you set to enable and the following fields will be selectabled. Setting options: [Enabled],

[Disabled].

IDE Primary/ Secondary M aster/Slave RAID

This feature allows users to enable or disable the RAID function for each IDE hard disk drive. Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled].

SATA1/ SATA2/ SATA3/ SATA4 RAID

This feature allows users to enable or disable the RAID function for each onchip SATA hard disk drive. The settings are: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Power Management Setup

BIOS Setup

MSI Reminds You...

S3-related functions described in this section are available only when your BIOS supports S3 sleep mode.

ACPI Standby State

This item specifies the power saving modes for ACPI function. If your operating system supports ACPI, such as W indows 98SE, W indows ME, W indows 2000, and

W indows XP, you can choose to enter the Standby mode in S1(POS) or S3(STR) fashion through the setting of this field. Options are:

[S1 (POS)] The S1 sleep mode is a low power state. In this state, no

[S3 (STR)] system context is lost (CPU or chipset) and hardware maintains all system context.

The S3 sleep mode is a lower power s tate where the in formation of system configuration and open applications/files is saved to main memory that remains powered while most other hardware components turn off to save energy. The information stored in memory will be used to restore the system when a “ wake up ” event occurs.

Video Off M ethod

This determines the manner in which the monitor is blanked.

[V/H SYNC+Blank] This selection will cause the system to turn off the vertical and horizontal synchronization ports and write blanks to the video buffer.

[Blank Screen]

[DPMS Support]

This option only writes blanks to the video buffer.

Initial display power management signalling.

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Power Button Function

This feature sets the function of the power button. Settings are:

[Power Off] The power button functions as normal power off button.

[Suspend] W hen you press the power button, the computer enters the suspend/sleep mode, but if the button is pressed for more than four seconds, the computer is turned off.

Restore On AC Power Loss

This item specifies whether your system will reboot after a power failure or interrupt occurs. Available settings are:

[Off]

[On]

[Last State]

Always leaves the computer in the power off state.

Always leaves the computer in the power on state.

Restores the system to the status before power failure or interrupt occurred.

Wake-Up Event Activity

Press <Enter> and the following sub-menu appears.

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Resume S3 by PS2/Keyboard, Resume S3 by PS2/M ouse

These fields allow the activity of the PS2 (keyboard and mouse) to wake up the system from S3 sleep state. Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Resume By PCI Device PM E#

W hen set to [Enabled], the feature allows your system to be awakened from the power saving modes through any event on PME (Power Management Event).

Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Resume By RTC Alarm

The field is used to enable or disable the feature of booting up the system on a scheduled time/date. Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Date

The field specifies the date for Resume By RTC Alarm .

Settings: [0]~[31].

HH:MM:SS

The field specifies the time for Resume By RTC Alarm . Format is <hour>

<minute><second>.

BIOS Setup

PNP/PCI Configurations

This section describes configuring the PCI bus system and PnP (Plug & Play) feature. PCI, or P eripheral C omponent I nterconnect, is a system which allows I/O devices to operate at speeds nearing the speed the CPU itself uses when communicating with its special components. This section covers some very technical items and it is strongly recommended that only experienced users should make any changes to the default settings.

Primary Graphic ’ s Adapter

This item specifies which graphic card is your primary graphics adapter. Settings:

[First PCIE], [PCI Slot] .

Resource Controlled By

The Award Plug and Play BIOS has the capacity to automatically configure all of the boot and Plug and Play compatible devices. However, this capability means absolutely nothing unless you are using a Plug and Play operating system such as W indows

®

95/98. If you set this field to [Manual], choose specific resources by going into each of the sub menu that follows this field (a sub menu is preceded by a

“ } ”

). The settings are: [Auto (ESCD)], [Manual].

IRQ Resources

The items are adjustable only when Resources Controlled By is set to [Manual].

Press <Enter> and you will enter the sub-menu of the items. IRQ Resources list IRQ

3/4/5/7/9/10/11/12/14/15 for users to set each IRQ a type depending on the type of device using the IRQ. Settings are:

[PCI Device]

[Reserved]

For Plug & Play compatible devices designed for PCI bus architecture.

The IRQ will be reserved for further request.

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** PCI Express relative items **

M aximum Payload Size

This item allows you to set the PCI Express Maximum payload size per time . Settings:

[4096], [128], [256], [512], [1024], [2048] .

MSI Reminds You...

IRQ (Interrupt Request) lines are system resources allocated to I/O devices. When an I/O device needs to gain attention of the operating system, it signals this by causing an IRQ to occur. After receiving the signal, when the operating system is ready, the system will interrupt itself and perform the service required by the I/O device.

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H/W Monitor

This section shows the status of your CPU, fan, overall system status, etc.

Monitor function is available only if there is hardware monitoring mechanism onboard.

Chassis Intrusion Detect

The field enables or disables the feature of recording the chassis intrusion status and issuing a warning message if the chassis is once opened. To clear the warning message, set the field to [Reset]. The setting of the field will automatically return to

[Enabled] later. Setting options: [Enabled], [Reset], [Disabled].

Smart CPU Fan Target

There are 2 pairs of Temperature/FAN Speed control: System Temperature with

System Fan, and CPU Temperature with CPU Fan. W 83627THF provides the Smart

Fan system which can control the fan speed automatically depending on the current temperature to keep it with in a specific range. Settings: [40 o C/104 o F], [40 o C/104 o F],

[40 o C/104 o F], [Disabled].

PC Health Status

Press <Enter> and the following sub-menu appears.

Current System/CPU Temperature, System Fan/CPU Fan Speed, Vcore,

+12.0V, +3.3V, +5.0V, Battery, +5VSB

These items display the current status of all of the monitored hardware devices/components such as CPU voltage, temperatures and all fans

speeds.

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Cell Menu

The items in Cell Menu includes some important settings of CPU, AGP, DRAM and overclocking functions.

MSI Reminds You...

Change these settings only if you are familiar with the chipset.

Current CPU / DDR Clock

These two items show the current clocks of CPU & DDR. Read-only.

DRAM Configuration

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

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Timing M ode

This field has the capacity to automatically detect all of the DRAM timing. If you set this field to [Manual], the following fields will be selectable. The settings are:

[Auto], [Manual].

BIOS Setup

M emclock index value (M hz)

W hen it is set to Manual in “ Timing Mode ” , user can place an artificial memory clock on the system. Please note that memory is prevented from running faster than this frequency. Setting options: [100], [133], [166], [200].

CAS# Latency (Tcl)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable.This controls the CAS latency, which determines the timing delay (in clock cycles) before

SDRAM starts a read command after receiving it. Settings: [Auto], [CL=2.0],

[CL=2.5], [CL=3.0]. [CL=2.0] increases the system performance the most while

[CL=3.0] provides the most stable performance.

Min RAS# Active Time (Tras)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. This setting determines the time RAS takes to read from and write to a memory cell. Setting options: [Auto], [5T], [6T], [7T], [8T], [9T], [10T], [11T], [12T], [13T], [14T], [15 T].

RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. W hen DRAM is refreshed, both rows and columns are addressed separately. This setup item allows you to determine the timing of the transition from RAS (row address strobe) to CAS (column address strobe). The less the clock cycles, the faster the DRAM performance. Setting options: [Auto], [2T], [3T], [4T], [5T], [6T], [7T].

Row Precharge Time (Trp)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. This item controls the number of cycles for Row Address Strobe (RAS) to be allowed to precharge. If insufficient time is allowed for the RAS to accumulate its charge before DRAM refresh, refreshing may be incomplete and DRAM may fail to retain data. This item applies only when synchronous DRAM is installed in the system. Available settings: [Auto], [2T], [3T], [4T], [5T], [6T], [7T].

Row to Row delay (Trrd)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. Specifies the active-to-active delay of different banks. Available settings: [Auto], [2T], [3T],

[4T].

Row cycle time (Trc)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. The row cycle time determines the minimum number of clock cycles a memory row takes to complete a full cycle, from row activation up to the precharging of the active row. Available settings: [Auto], [2T], [3T], [4T].

Row refresh cyc time (Trfc)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. Auto-refresh

-active to RAS#-active or RAS# auto-refresh. Available settings: [Auto], [9T],

[10T] ~ [24T].

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Read to Write delay (Trwt)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. This is not a

DRAM-specified timing parameter, but must be considered due to routing latencies on the clock forwarded bus. It is counted from the first address bus slot that was not associated with part of the read burst. Available settings: [Auto],

[1T], [2T], [3T], [4T], [5T], [6T].

Write recover y time (Twr)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. It specifies the amount of delay (in clock cycles) that must elapse after the completion of a valid write operation, before an active bank can be precharged. This delay is required to guarantee that data in the write buffers can be written to the memory cells before precharge occurs. Available settings: [Auto], [2T], [3T].

Write to Read delay (Twtr)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. This item controls the W rite Data In to Read Command Delay memory timing. This constitutes the minimum number of clock cycles that must occur between the last valid write operation and the next read command to the same internal bank of the DDR device. Available settings: [Auto], [1T], [2T].

Refresh period (Tref)

W hen the Timing Mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. Specifies the refresh rate of the DIMM requiring the most frequent refresh. Available settings:

[Auto], [1x1552], [1x2064], [1x2592], [1x3120], [1x3632], [1x4128], [1x4672],

[2x1552], [2x2064], [2x2592], [2x3120], [2x3632], [2x4128], [2x4672], [4x1552],

[4x2064], [4x2592], [4x3120], [4x3632], [4x4128], [4x4672], [128].

User Config mode

This field has the capacity to automatically detect all of the following 4 fields default value.. If you set this field to [Manual], the following fields will be selectable.

The settings are: [Auto], [Manual].

Bottom of 32-bit [ 31:24] IO

When the User Config mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable.

This field specifies the memory which could be remapped to another address higher than

00E0. (This item only activities in 64-bit OS) The settings are: [0000~00E0].

1T/ 2T M emory Timing

When the User Config mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. This field controls the SDRAM command rate. Selecting [1T] makes SDRAM signal controller to run at 1T (T=clock cycles) rate. Selecting [2T] makes SDRAM signal controller run at 2T rate. Setting options: [1T], [2T].

Read Preamble value

W hen the User Config mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. The time prior to the max-read DQS-return when the DQS receiver should be turned on.

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This is specified in units of 0.5ns. The controller needs to know when to enbale its DQS receiver in anticipation of the DRAM DQS driver truning on for a read.

The controller will disable its DQS receiver until the read preamble time and then enable its DQS receiver while the DRAM asserts DQS. Setting options: [2ns], [2.

5ns], [3ns], [3.5ns], [4ns], [4.5ns], [5ns], [5.5ns], [6ns], [6.5ns], [7ns], [7.5ns],

[8ns], [8.5ns], [9ns], [9.5ns].

Async Latency value

When the User Config mode is set to [Manual], the field is adjustable. This field should be loaded with 4-bit value equal to th e maximum asynchronous latency in the DRAM read round-trip loop. Setting options: [2ns], [3ns], [4ns], [5ns],

[6ns], [7ns], [8ns], [9ns], [10ns], [11ns].

S/W & H/W memory hole Remapping

This field enables software/hardware to remap the physical memory to the address higher than 00E0. (This item only activities in 64-bit OS) Setting options:

[Disabled], [Enabled].

MTRR M apping Mode

This field allows you to control the MTRR mapping Mode. Setting options:

[Disabled], [Continuous].

Aggressive timing

This item allows you to enable or disable the memory clock. When [Enabled] is selected, the timing delay of memory will be shorten to increase the performance. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Dynamic Overclocking

Dynamic Overclocking Technology is the automatic overclocking function, included in the MSI TM ’ s newly developed CoreCell TM Technology. It is designed to detect the load balance of CPU while running programs, and to adjust the best CPU frequency automatically. W hen the motherboard detects CPU is running programs, it will speed up CPU automatically to make the program run smoothly and faster. W hen the CPU is temporarily suspending or staying in the low load balance, it will restore the default settings instead. Usually the Dynamic Overclocking Technology will be powered only when users' PC need to run huge amount of data like 3D games or the video process, and the CPU frequency need to be boosted up to enhance the overall performance.

Setting options:

[Disabled]

[Private]

[Sergeant]

[Captain]

Disable Dynamic Overclocking function.

1st level of overclocking, increasing the CPU frequency by 1%.

2nd level of overclocking, increasing the CPU frequency by 3%.

3rd level of overclocking, also the default value of "Load High

[Colonel]

[General]

Performance Defaults", increasing the CPU frequency by 5%.

4th level of overclocking, increasing the CPU frequency by 7%.

5th level of overclocking, increasing the CPU frequency by 9%.

[Commander] 6th level of overclocking, increasing the CPU frequency by 11%.

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MSI Reminds You...

Even though the Dynamic Overclocking Technology is more stable than manual overclocking, basically, it is still risky. We suggest user to make sure that your CPU can afford to overclocking regularly first.

If you find the PC appears to be unstable or reboot incidentally, it's better to disable the Dynamic Overclocking or to lower the level of overclocking options. By the way, if you need to conduct overclocking manually, you also need to disable the D.O.T Ranger first.

Adjust CPU FSB Frequency

This item allows you to select the CPU Front Side Bus clock frequency (in MHz).

Select the number between [200]~[400] for needed frequency.

HT Frequency

This setting specifies the maximum operating frequency of the link ’ s transmitter clock.

Setting options: [1x], [1.5x], [2x], [2.5x], [3x], [4x], [5x].

HT Width

This field allows you to set the HT W idth between CPU & Chip.

mark means Chip to

CPU HT W idth. And

mark means CPU to Chip HT Width. Setting options: [

8

8], [

16

8], [

8

16], [

16

16].

CPU Spread Spectrum

This setting is used to enable or disable the CPU Spread Spectrum feature. W hen overclocking the CPU, always set it to [Disabled]. Setting options: [Center Spread],

[Disabled].

SATA Spread Spectrum

This setting is used to enable or disable the SATA Spread Spectrum feature. Setting options: [Disabled], [Down Spread].

PCIE Spread Spectrum

This setting is used to enable or disable the PCIE Spread Spectrum feature. Setting options: [Disabled], [Down Spread].

PCIE Clock

This item allows you to select the PCIE Bus clock frequency (in MHz). Select the number between [100]~[145] for needed frequency.

SSE/ SSE2 Instructions

This setting disables/enables the SSE/SSE2 Instructions. The Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) were introduced in the Pentium III processor. The SSE extensions consist of a new set of instructions and a new set of registers. These instructions and registers are designed to allow Single-Instruction Multiple-Data (SIMD) computations to be made on single-precision floating-point numbers.

The Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 (SSE2) were introduced in the Pentium 4 and Intel

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Xeon processors. They consist of a new set of instructions that operate on the XXM and MXCSR registers and perform SIMD operations on double-precision floatingpoint values and on integer values.Several of these new SSE/SSE2 instructions also operate in the MMX registers. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Cool ’ n ’ Quiet control

This feature is especially designed for AMD Athlon processor, which provides a CPU temperature detecting function to prevent your CPU ’ s from overheating due to the heavy working loading. Setting options: [Disabled], [Auto].

MSI Reminds You...

For the purpose of ensuring the stability of Cool'n'Quiet function, it is always recommended to have the memories plugged in DIMM1.

Adjust CPU Ratio

This item lets you adjust the CPU ratio. Setting to [Startup] enables the CPU running at the fastest speed which is detected by system. Setting options are: [Startup], [x4]~

[x25].

Adjust CPU VID

This item lets you adjust the CPU VID. Setting to [Startup] enables the CPU running at the default VID which is detected by system. Setting options are: [Startup], [0.825V],

[0.850V],[0.875V],~, [1.550V].

CPU Voltage

This feature allows you to trim the voltage of CPU.

M emory Voltage

Adjusting the DDR voltage can increase the DDR speed. Any changes made to this setting may cause a stability issue, so changing the DDR voltage for long-term purpose is NOT recommended .

NF4 Voltage

NF4 voltage is adjustable in the field.

MSI Reminds You...

The settings shown in different color in CPU Voltage , Memory Voltage and NF4 Voltage help to verify if your setting is proper for your system.

G ray: Default setting.

Yellow: High performance setting.

Red: Not r ecommended setting and the system may be unstable.

Changing CPU Voltage, Memory Voltage and NF4 Voltage may result in the instability of the system; therefore, it is NOT recommended to change the default setting for long-term usage.

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Load Fail-Safe/Optimized Defaults

The two options on the main menu allow users to restore all of the BIOS settings to the default Fail-Safe or Optimized values. The Optimized Defaults are the default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard. The Fail-Safe Defaults are the default values set by the BIOS vendor for stable system performance.

W hen you select Load Fail-Safe Defaults, a message as below appears:

Pressing Y loads the BIOS default values for the most stable, minimal system performance.

W hen you select Load Optimized Defaults, a message as below appears:

Pressing Y loads the default factory settings for optimal system performance.

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BIOS Setting Password

W hen you select this function, a message as below will appear on the screen:

Type the password, up to six characters in length, and press <Enter>. The password typed now will replace any previously set password from CMOS memory.

You will be prompted to confirm the password. Retype the password and press

<Enter>. You may also press <Esc> to abort the selection and not enter a password.

To clear a set password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter the password. A message will show up confirming the password will be disabled. Once the password is disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup without entering any password.

W hen a password has been set, you will be prompted to enter it every time you try to enter Setup. This prevents an unauthorized person from changing any part of your system configuration.

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Introduction to DigiCell

DigiCell, the most useful and powerful utility that MSI has spent much research and efforts to develop, helps users to monitor and configure all the integrated peripherals of the system, such as audio program, power management, MP3 files management and communication / 802.11g W LAN settings. Moreover, with this unique utility, you will be able to activate the

MSI well-known features, Live Update and Core Center, which makes it easier to update the BIOS/drivers online, and to monitor the system hardware status (CPU/Fan temperature and speed) or to overclock the CPU/ memory.

Once you have your DigiCell installed (locate the setup source file in the setup CD accompanying with your mainboard, path: Utility --> MSI Utility --> MSI DigiCell ), it will have an icon in the system tray, a short cut icon on the desktop, and a short cut path in your “ Start-up ” menu. You may double-click on each icon to enable DigiCell.

short-cut icon in the system tray short-cut path in the start-up menu

(path: Start-->Programs-->MSI-->DigiCell)

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Main

Before using this utility, it is required to have all the integrated peripherals/cards (LAN card, W ireless LAN card, MegaStick... etc.) and all the necessary drivers (onboard

LAN driver, audio driver, CoreCenter, Live Update... etc.) installed correctly.

The icon representing each item will be lit up if it is inserted/installed correctly and properly. Otherwise, the icon will remain gray and user is not able to view the functionality/connection of that item.

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Click on each icon appearing above to enter the sub-menu to make further configuration.

M SI

Click on this button to link to MSI website: http://www.msi.com.tw.

Quick Guide

Click on this button and the quick guide of DigiCell will be displayed for you to review.

H/W Diagnostic

In this sub-menu, it provides the information of each DigiCell button for you to check if the representing peripherals/cards/drivers are correctly installed.

Comm.

In this sub-menu, you can see the configuration details for communication products, including the status, strength, speed and channel of the connection of the Ethernet LAN & W ireless LAN.

Software Access Point

In this sub-menu, you can change your connection mode to different ones, and configure the advanced settings for each mode, such as the authentication encryption... etc.

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Live Update

You can take advantage of Live Update to detect and update BIOS and drivers online.

Core Center

You can take advantage of Core Center to monitor the health status of your system and to overclock under W indows O S if your sys tem s upports overclocking function.

M EGA STICK

If you have your MEGA STICK connected to your system, this icon will be lit up. Click this blue icon to turn DigiCell into a MP3 player, and then you can load media files from your MEGA STICK or the system, and edit the preferred playlist.

Audio Speaker Setting

In this sub-menu, you can configure and test the multi-channel audio function, speakers, sound effect and environment.

Power on Agent

In this sub-menu, you can configure date, time and auto-executed programs of the power-on, power-off and restarting features.

MSI Reminds You...

Click on back button in every sub-menu and it will bring you back to the main menu.

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H/W Diagnostic

In the H/W Diagnostic sub-menu, you can see the information, status and note of each DigiCell. You may double check the connection and installation of the item marked as gray.

You may also click on the Mail to MSI button to send your questions or suggestions to MSI ’ s technical support staff.

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Communication

In the Communication sub-menu, you can see the status of all the LAN / W LAN /

Bluetooth on the screen if the hardware is installed. The first icon indicates the onboard LAN on your system, the second icon indicates the wireless LAN status, and the third one is the information about the bluetooth on your system. Click on each item for details.

This icon indicates the information and connection status of onboard LAN, which is read-only.

The second icon indicates the wireless connection. You may click this icon to configure the advanced settings in the WLAN Card Mode dialogue box

(see the image on p.4-8). Please note that it is only available when the

Software Access Point is set to WLAN Card Mode .

The third icon indicates the connection using bluetooth devices. If your system has connected to the bluetooth device, the icon will light up.

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Software Access Point

In the Software Access Point sub-menu, you can see the status of communicating on your system and choose the desired software access point mode by clicking on the desired icon, in which the default settings are configured for your usage. The default software access point mode is set to WLAN Card Mode . For more advanced security settings and channels switching, click on “ Setting ” button to enter its sub-menu.

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Terminology

Here are the introduction of W LAN / AP communication terminology.

WEP Key

In the wireless network environment, the administrator can set up password

(Network Key) to protect the network from being attacked or unauthorized access. W hen building the network, you can set up 4 sets of W EP keys, which can be 5 characters (10 hex-adecimal digital) or 13 characters (26 hex-adecimal digital) and specify one of them to use.

Ad-hoc M ode

An Ad-hoc network is a local area network or other small network, especially one with wireless or temporary plug-in connections, in which some of the network devices are part of the network only for the duration of a communications session. Users in the network can share files, print to a shared printer, and access the Internet with a shared modem. In this kind of network, new devices can be quickly added; however, users can only communicate with other wireless LAN computers that are in this wireless LAN workgroup, and are within range.

Infrastructure M ode

The difference between Infrastructure network and Ad-hoc network is that the former one includes an Access Point. In an Infrastructure network, the

Access Point can manage the bandwidth to maximize bandwidth utilization.

Additionally, the Access Point enables users on a wireless LAN to access an existing wired network, allowing wireless users to take advantage of the wired networks resources, such as Internet, email, file transfer, and printer sharing. The scale and range of the Infrastructure networking are larger and wider than that of the Ad-hoc networking.

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Access Point Mode

Click on “ Setting ” button of the Access Point Mode and the following screen will display.

IP Sharing

Click on this icon to enable/disable the IP sharing. The default of this setting is disabled.

Disabled.

Enabled.

Enabling/disabling IP sharing depends on the different situation. For example:

1. If your family and you are getting on Internet at home with multi computers, and your ISP only provides one IP for you, you may need to enable IP Sharing function in order to use this one IP to get on Internet with multi computers simultaneously.

2. If you are getting on Internet in office, usually the LAN card will automatically get the IP this computer uses. In this case you don ’ t have to enable this function.

SSID

Means Service Set Identifier, a unique name shared among all points in a wireless network. It must be identical for all points in the network. Then the card will be able to connect to an access point with the same SSID.

Channel

Specifies the operating radio frequency channel in Infrastructure mode , which should be set to an available one (ex: with less traffic to ensure the stable and better connection).

Associated Client List

This option is to display information of stations that are currently associated to your wireless gateway.

Association Control

This option allows you to control which PC can connect to the wireless LAN. If you

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M AC Addr ess

MAC stands for Media Access Control. A MAC address is the hardware address of a device connected to a network.

Security

This option allows you to enable/disable the authentication function.

Authentication

Open : Communicates the key across the network.

Shared : Devices must have identical W EP settings to communicate.

WLAN Card Mode

Click on “ Setting ” button of the WLAN Card Mode for the WEP status of your APs.

If the AP you are selecting (the highlighted one) is not encrypted ( Disabled shown in the Encryption column), the screen will display as below. You can click “ Connect ” to make connection to that AP, click “ Cancel ” to close this dialogue box, or click

Refresh

button to update the available W LAN connections.

If the network you are selecting is encrypted ( WEP shown in the Encryption column), the screen will display as below. You need to enter the correct W EP key defined by

AP in the specified WEP Key 1~4 fields to make the connection.

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Live Update

Click on the Live Update icon in the main menu and the Live Update program will be enabled.

The Live Update 3 ™ is a tool used to detect and update your

BIOS/drivers/VGA BIOS/VGA Driver/OSD/Utility online so that you don ’ t need to search for the correct BIOS/driver version throughout the whole Web site. To use the function, you need to install the

“ MSI Live Update 3 ” application. After the installation, the “ MSI

Live Update 3 ” icon (as shown on the right) will appear on the screen.

Double click the “ MSI Live Update 3 ” icon, and the following screen will appear:

Five buttons are placed on the left column of the screen. Click the desired button to start the update process.

Live BIOS – Updates the BIOS online.

Live Driver

Updates the drivers online.

Live VGA BIOS – Updates the VGA BIOS online.

Live VGA Driver – Updates the VGA driver online.

Live OSD – Updates the firmware of the OSD products online.

Live Utility – Updates the utilities online.

If the product you purchased does not support any of the functions listed above, a

“ sorry ” message is displayed. For more information on the update instructions, insert the companion CD and refer to the “ Live Update Guide ” under the “ Manual ” Tab.

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MEGA STICK

In the MEGA STICK sub-menu, you can configure the settings of MSI MEGA STICK and the media files (*.m3u, *.mp3, *.wav, *.cda, *.wma) on your system.

Basic Function

Here you can edit your own play list with the buttons “ load ” , “ save ” , “ delete ” ,

“ shuffle ” , “ repeat ” & “ print ” .

Load To load media files or the playlist of mp3 files (*.m3u) on your system or on your MEGA STICK.

To save a loaded playlist of mp3 files (*.m3u) on your system or on Save your MEGA STICK.

Del ete Click on the media files in the Play List: field and use “ Delete ” button to remove the media file from the play list. You may remove multi media files simultaneously by using “ Ctrl ” to select multi files.

Shuffle To play the media file in the Play List: in a random order.

R epeat To repeat the selected files in the Play List: .

Print This button has 2 functions:

1. To print out the details of current play list through your printer with the following information:

Song title --- Song length --- Singer name

2. To save the details of current play list and save the file in the plain text file format in the \\Program files\MSI\DigiCell\MyMusic.txt

for your reference. The MyMusic.txt

file is with the following information:

Song title --- Song length --- Singer name

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There is also a toolbar for you to execute some basic function, like play, stop, pause, previous/next song, song info and volume adjust. There is also a scroll bar on the top for you to forward/rewind .

previous pause next forward/rewind bar stop song ’ s information play

Right-click on the MP3 file and choose “ Info ” , a MP3 Info dialogue will pop up to show the information of the file, including the title, artist, album, release year and others. You may also add your own comment in the comment field. Then click “ Save ” to save the change, click

Cancel

to dis card the change, or clic k

Remove

to all this information.

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Non-Unicode programs supported

If you are using an operating system in European languages, and you ’ d like to play the media files in MEGA STICK with East-Asian languages (such as Chinese, Japanese...

etc.), it is possible that the file names display incorrectly.

However, you can ins tall the Supplemental Language Suppor t provided by

Microsoft to solve this problem. You need to have your Microsoft Setup CD prepared in the CD-ROM. The system will start to install the necessary components after the settings are configured here. Follow the steps described below.

1. Go to [Control Panel] and choose [Regional and Languages Options].

2. Go to the [Languages] tab and enable the check box of [Install files for East

Asian languages]. A dialogue box will pop up to remind you the above selection is chosen.

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3. Then go to the [Advanced] tab and select the language you want to be supported (the language of the filename in the MegaStick) from the dropdown list in the [Language for non-Unicode programs], then click [Apply]. The system will install the necessary components from your Microsoft Setup CD immediately.

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Core Center (for AMD Processor)

Click on the Core Center icon in the main menu and the Core Center program will be enabled.

Cool ’ n ’ Quiet

This utility provides a CPU temperature detection function called Cool ’ n ’ Quiet .

Cool ’ n ’ Quiet is a special feature designed only for AMD

®

Athlon64 processor, and with Cool ’ n ’ Quiet , the system will be capable of detecting the temperature of the

CPU according to the CPU ’ s working loading. When the CPU temperature climbs up to a certain degree, the speed of the system cooling fan will be risen automatically, and on the other hand, the speed of the system cooling fan will slow down instantly when the CPU temperature descends to its normal degree.

Here the current system status (including Vcore, 3.3V, +5V and 12V) and the current

PC hardware status (such as the CPU & system temperatures and all fans speeds) are shown on the left and right sides for you to monitor.

W hen you click the red triangles in the left and right sides, two sub-menus will open for users to overclock, overspec or to adjust the thresholds of system to send out the warning messages.

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Left-side: Current system status

In the left sub-menu, you can configure the settings of FSB, Vcore, Memory Voltage and AGP Voltage by clicking the radio button in front of each item and make it available

(the radio button will be lighted as yellow when selected), use the “ + ” and “ ” buttons to adjust, then click “ OK ” to apply the changes. Then you can click “ Save ” to save the desired FSB you just configured.

Also you may click “ Auto ” to start testing the maximum CPU overclocking value. The

CPU FSB will automatically increase the testing value until the PC reboots. Or you may click “ Default ” to restore the default values.

Right-side: PC hardware status during real time operation

In the right sub-menu, here you can configure the PC hardware status such as CPU

& system temperatures and fan speeds. You may use the scroll bars to adjust each item, then click “ OK ” to apply the changes. The values you set for the temperatures are the maximum thresholds for the system for warnings, and the values for fan speeds are the minimum thresholds.

Center-side: User mode/Auto mode

Here you may adjust the CPU fan speed. If you choose User mode , you may adjust the CPU fan speed in 8 different modes, from High Speed to Low speed . If you choose Cool ’ n ’ Quiet , the system will automatically configure an optimal setting for you.

MSI Reminds You...

To ensure that Cool ’ n ’ Quiet function is activated and will be working properly, it is required to double confirm that:

1. Check the serial number printed on the top of CPU. On the top of CPU, there are three lines listed under AMD Athlon TM . Find the 13 characters of the first line, and locate the last one from those 13 characters.

If the last character is “ O ” or after “ O ” (such as P, Q, R, and so on), that means this CPU supports Cool ’ n ’ Quiet function. On the contrary, if the last character is before

O

, that means this CPU does n o t s u p p or t C o ol ’ n ’ Q uie t function.

2. Run BIOS Setup, and select

F r e q u e n c y / V o l t a g e

Control . Under Frequency/

V o l t a g e C o n t r o l , f i n d

Cool

’ n

Quiet Support , and set this item to “ Enable.

3. Enter W indows, and select

[Start]->[Settings]->[Control

Pannel]->[Pow er Options].

Enter Power Options Properties tag, and select M inimal Pow e r M a nagem ent under Power schemes .

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Power on Agent

In the Power on Agent sub-menu, you can configure setting of power-on, poweroff and restarting status.

In the screen below, you can set the date, time, start-up programs respectively for power-on, power-off and restarting.

Power On

Here are the available settings for Power On function:

Date Use the drop-down list to select the date for power-on.

T im e Use the arrow keys to select the hour/minute/second for power-on, power-off and restarting. Then click “ Apply ” to save the changes. As you click “ Apply ” , the following dialogue will appear to show you the next power-on schedule, and the system will start to count down to restart. Click “ OK ” to restart the computer right away or click “ Later ” to restart your computer later.

MSI Reminds You...

Please note that the new setting will not take effect until you restart your computer.

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Power Off / Restart

You may configure the time (in the format hh:mm:ss) for the next power-off / restart.

Start With

Use the button “ +Add ” to add the start-up programs as DigiCell is activated next time. For example, you may like to have Outlook activated or a specified website linked when you get to the office every morning.

Step 1: Click on the Program: field and click “ >> ” button to browse for the path of Outlook or

Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Click on “ OK ” to apply the setting.

add the desired startwith program

Step 3: For specified file or specified website, you may enter the file name with the complete path or the website link in the Parameters: field.

To activate Outlook as DigiCell is enabled next time

To activate a specified website as DigiCell is enabled next time

Of course you may use the button “ -Delete ” to remove the added programs, or you can right-click on the selected program and click Delete .

delete the added program

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You can also enable the Every turn on function, which will enable the specified program(s) and file(s) every time the Digi Cell utility runs.

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Auto Login

Since the Power On function allows the system to power on automatically, you may have to enable this Auto Login function in the following situations:

1. If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, and you need to enter your user name & password everytime when you boot up your computer.

2. If there are multi users using the same computer and you ’ d like to power on the computer automatically with one specific user.

Enable Auto Login

Enable this setting if you want to use the Auto Login feature. It supports the following operating systems: W in9X, W indows ME, W indows 2000 & W indows XP.

Default User Name

It is only available for W indows 2000 & W indows XP.

-- If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, please enter your login user name in this field.

-- If you are using a computer with multi users (for Windows XP operating system), please enter the user name you

’ d like to auto power-on in this field.

Default Password

It is only available for W indows 2000 & W indows XP.

-- If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, please enter your login password in this field.

-- If you are using a computer with multi-users (for Windows XP operating system), please enter the password for the user name you ’ d like to auto power-on in this field.

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Chapter 5. Introduction to

Creative Sound Blaster

Introduction to

Creative Sound Blaster

The mainboard is equipped with Creative CA0106 chip. Creative CA0106 supports up to 8-channel & SPDIF audio effect and allows the board to attach 2, 4, 6 or 8 speakers for better surround sound effect. The section will tell you how to install and use 2-, 4-, 6- or 8-channel audio function on the board.

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Using 2-, 4-, 6- & 8- Channel Audio Function

Connecting the Speakers

W hen you have set the Multi-Channel Audio Function mode properly in the software utility, connect your speakers to the correct phone jacks in accordance with the setting in software utility.

n 2-Channel M ode for Stereo-Speaker Output

Refer to the following diagram and caption for the function of each phone jack on the back panel when 2-Channel Mode is selected.

Back Panel

2

1

4

5

7

3

6

1 Line In/ Side Surround Out (Side channels, but not function on this mode)

2 Line Out (Front channels)

3 MIC

4 Line Out (Rear channels, but no functioning in this mode)

5 Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel, but no functioning in this mode)

6 S/PDIF Out-Optical

7 S/PDIF Out-Coaxial

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Back Panel

1

2

4

7

3

5

6

Description:

Connect two speakers to back panel

’ s Line Out connector and two speakers to the real-channel Line Out connector.

4-Channel Analog Audio Output

1 Line In/ Side Surround Out (Side channels, but not function on this mode)

2 Line Out (Front channels)

3 MIC

4 Line Out (Rear channels)

5 Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel, but no functioning in this mode)

6 S/PDIF Out-Optical

7 S/PDIF Out-Coaxial

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6-Channel M ode for 6-Speaker Output

2

1

5

4

3

7

6

Description:

Connect two speakers to back panel

’ s Line Out connector, two speakers to the rear-channel and two speakers to the center/subwoofer-channel Line Out connectors.

6-Channel Analog Audio Output

1 Line In/ Side Surround Out (Side channels, but not function on this mode)

2 Line Out (Front channels)

3 MIC

4 Line Out (Rear channels)

5 Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel)

6 S/PDIF Out-Optical

7 S/PDIF Out-Coaxial

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2

1

5

4

3

7

6

Description:

Connect two speakers to back panel ’ s Line Out connector, two speakers to the rear-channel, two speakers to the c enter/ subwoofer-channel Line Out connectors, and two speakers to the side-channel Line Out connectors.

8-Channel Analog Audio Output

1 Line In/ Side Surround Out (Side channels)

2 Line Out (Front channels)

3 MIC

4 Line Out (Rear channels, but no functioning in this mode)

5 Line Out (Center and Subwoofer channel, but no functioning in this mode)

6 S/PDIF Out-Optical

7 S/PDIF Out-Coaxial

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Installing the Creative Audio Driver

You need to install the driver for Creative CA0106 to function properly before you can get access to 2-, 4-, 6- or 8- channel and SPDIF audio operations. Follow the procedures described below to install the drivers for different operating systems.

Installation for Windows 2000/XP

For W indows

®

2000, you must install W indows before installing the driver. And for W indows

®

®

2000 Service Pack4 or later

XP, you must install W indows

®

XP

Service Pack1 or later before installing the driver.

The following illustrations are based on Windows

®

XP environment and could look slightly different if you install the drivers in different operating systems.

1.

Insert the Creative audio driver CD into the CD-ROM drive. The setup screen will automatically appear.

2.

Click Next to enter the next page.

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The screens shown here in this appendix may be slightly different from the latest software utility and shall be held for reference only.

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3.

Select the language that you needed from the scroll list .

4.

On the next page, click Install to start the installation and follow the setup intructions to complete the installation.

5.

Finally, you have to restart the system on the last step .

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Software Configuration

After installing the creative audio driver, you are able to use the 2-, 4-, 6- or 8channel and the SPDIF audio feature now. Click the creative volume control audio icon from the system tray at the lower-right corner of the screen to activate the

Creative Audio Configuration. Or you can move the mouse to the top of screen and a

Creative MediaSource Go quickstart bar will float on the desktop, simply click on each icon button to enter the configuration screen .

Creative MediaSource Go quick start bar

Creative volume control icon

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SURROUND MIXER

Click on the surround mixer icon to enter the configuration screen.

Here you can to create the perfect listening environment. You can adjust volume levels, select input sources and even balance your speakers.

Use Creative Surround Mixer to select the device you wish to listen to or record from. It operates in two possible modes. Click the Basic Mode or Advanced

Mode button to switch between the two modes:

In Basic mode, you can:

- mix sounds from various audio input sources when playing or recording.

- control volume.

In Advanced mode, you can:

- control balance and vary the loudness ratio between front/rear speakers

(fader).

- control the relative loudness levels between Front Center, Rear Center and

Subwoofer loudspeakers (if any).

For more information and usage details on Creative Surround Mixer, refer to its online Help.

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You can simply click on the Default button to load the audio volume defaults for the speakers you connected.

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SPEAKER SETTINGS

Click on the speaker settings icon to enter its configuration screen.

Here you can adjust your speaker configuration from one place. You can use it to select your type of speaker system, and to adjust the volume and cutoff frequency for your subwoofer.

This is the main application to use for the following tasks:

- Designating the number and configuration of speakers to use => select the

speakers type that you conneted.

- Testing your speakers => click on the Channel or Noise button to test the

speakers.

- Activating or deactivating Digital Output => check the Digital Output Only item

to enable the Digital Output only.

- Managing bass output by selecting subwoofer crossover frequency and

volume.

For more information and usage details on Creative Speaker Settings, refer to its online Help.

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Please follow the steps below, if you want to play a 4/ 5.1 content in a 7.1 speaker system configurtion.

1. Choose Start/ Setting/ Control Panel/ View X86 Control Panel Icon (for

Win XP only)/ Device control and click the Decoder Tab and the screen will shown below.

1

2

2. Left click the

4/5.1 Content Speaker Mapping Settings...

item and a screen will appear as below. Then you can select the left-surround and right-surround of the 4/

5.1 content to map to side speakers or/ and rear speakers.

MSI Reminds You...

You have to choose 7.1 speakers on Speaker Selection section to enable the 4 or 5.1Content Speaker M apping Settings menu.

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MEDIA SOURCE PLAYER

Click on the player icon to enter its configuration screen.

MediaSource Player is the digital music center for playing, creating, organizing and transferring digital music. This is your ultimate all-in-one digital entertainment s of tware.

W ith MediaSource Player, you can:

- experience immersive listening with EAX effects.

- clean up and convert your vinyl records and cassette tapes to digital formats with the integrated recorder.

- rip CDs and create high quality compressed digital audio files (up to 320 Kbps for MP3 & 160 Kbps for W MA).

- burn personalized MP3 and audio CDs with a CD-writer, and print your own

CD covers.

- organize your digital music collection with a powerful, easy to use music library.

- search for tracks with an advanced Find feature that searches as you type.

- transfer tracks and files seamlessly to and from your digital audio player with

AudioSync and SmartFit.

- automatically generate playlists from your music library, based on your preferences, with Smart Playlist.

- rate each track (up to 5 stars) to automatically generate playlists of songs you like/dislike, with Smart Playlist.

- automatically crossfade the end of a track with the start of the next track during playback. MP3, W MA and WAV file formats are supported.

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EAX CONSOLE

Click on the EAX console icon to enter its configuration screen.

Here you can to configure the Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit processor's effects engine. These audio effects take your computer beyond home-theater quality, immersing you in sound so vivid, your imagination can almost "see" it.

Creative EAX Console consists of five sections: Effects , Karaoke , CMSS

3D , Clean-up , and Time Scaling .

Audio Effects: Environmental Sound Processing

In Audio Effects, you have to check the Enable Audio Effects item to enable its configuration mean. Then you can choose how you want to enhance all kinds of ordinary two-channel sounds.

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Karaoke: Creating instant karaoke music

First, you have to check the Enable Karaoke item to enable its configuraion maen. Then you can create instant karaoke background music from any CD, MP3,

W MA, or WAV file by suppressing the vocals. You can also adjust the pitch of the music and microphone effect to suit your voice.

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CM SS 3D: Simulating Surround Sound

Creative MultiSpeaker Surround (CMSS) 3D makes ordinary two-channel (Left and Right Stereo) sound seem to surround you, even through only two speakers. For users with 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 multichannel speaker systems, CMSS can also simulate surround sound from ordinary stereo. This is useful for watching DVDs and VCDs, which contain only stereo soundtracks, or listening to CDs with two-channel audio.

To enable the CMSS 3D configuration mean by check the Enable CM SS 3D item.

Then you can select CMSS for multichannel audio enhancement on 4/4.1, 5.1, 6.1 or

7.1 speaker systems, and CMSS 2 for movies.

MSI Reminds You...

For a 4/4.1-speaker system, audio for your subwoofer is processed by the speaker system.

Audio Clean-up: Removing noise and distortion

First, you have to check the Enabled Audio Clean-up item to enable its configuration mean. Audio Clean-up allows you to process prerecorded as well as real-time audio, in order to remove noise, click sounds and other artifacts. For example, when recording music from old vinyl records, "click" and "pop" sounds can be removed with the Clean-up feature. The Click Meter informs you whenever the noise clean-up feature is activated during recording and also how many clicks are removed.

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Time Scaling: Varying the speed of playback

Karaoke fans and musicians may sometimes wish to slow a song down (or speed it up) to catch the lyrics or play along with the music. However, varying the speed usually also varies the pitch of the song. W ith the Time Scaling feature, Sound

Blaster Live! 24-bit users can maintain the pitch of a song while varying the playback speed.

For more information and usage details on EAX ADVANCED HD, refer to the

Creative EAX online Help.

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GRAPHIC EQUALIZER

Click on the player icon to enter its configuration screen.

Creative Graphic Equalizer (EQ) is designed to improve and fine-tune the audio quality of your playback. You have to check the Enabled Equalizer item to enable the configuraion mean. Just select any one of the factory presets, or adjust the boost or cut amount (up to 12 dB) for 10 preselected frequency bands. You can also save the settings as a custom preset once you are satisfied with the adjustments.

For more information and usage details on Creative Graphic Equalizer, refer to its online Help.

MSI Reminds You...

To enter online Help for each configuration mean by click on the icon.

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Chapter 6. nVidia RAID Introduction nVidia RAID Introduction

NVIDIA brings Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) technology — which is used by the world ’ s leading businesses — to the common PC desktop. This technology uses multiple drives to either increase total disk space or to offer data protection. For all levels, RAID techniques optimize storage solutions by using multiple disks grouped together and treating them as a s ingle storage resource.

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Introduction

System Requirement

Operating System Support

NVRAID supports the following operating systems:

W indows XP Home Edition

W indows XP Professional Edition

W indows 2000 Professional

RAID Arrays

NVRAID supports the following types of RAID arrays described in this section:

RAID 0: RAID 0 defines a disk striping scheme that improves the disk read and write times for many applications.

RAID 1: RAID 1 defines techniques for mirroring data.

RAID 0+1: RAID 0+1 combines the techniques used in RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays.

Spanning (JBOD): JBOD provides a method for combining drives of different s i z e s into one large disk.

Summary of RAID Configurations

Array Uses Advantages

RAID 0

RAID 1

RAID 0+1

Non-critical data requiring high performance.

Small databases or any other small capacity environment requiring fault tolerance.

Critical data requiring high performance.

JBOD

High data throughput.

100% data redundancy.

Combining odd size drives into one big drive

Optimized for both

100% data redundancy and performance.

Allows spare disks.

Combines and uses the capacity of odd size drives.

Drawbacks

No fault tolerance.

Requires 2 drives for the storage space of 1 drive.

Requires 2 drives for the storage space of 1 drive

— the same as

RAID level 1.

Decreases performance because of the difficulty in using drives concurrently or to optimize drives for different uses.

# Hard

Disks multiple

2

4+

Multiple

Fault

Tolerance

None

Yes

Yes

No

MSI Reminds You...

Please note that users cannot install OS, either WinME or Win98, in their SATA hard drive. Under these two OSs, SATA can not support.

nVIDIA RAID Introduction

RAID Configuration

Basic Configuration Instructions

The following are the basic steps for configuring NVRAID:

Non-Bootable RAID Array

1. Choose the hard disks that are to be RAID enabled in the system BIOS. (Check p.

3-13 for details.)

2. Specify the RAID level, either Mirroring (RAID 1), Striping (RAID 0), Striping and

Mirroring (RAID 0+1), or Spanning (JBOD) and create the desired RAID array.

3. Enter the W indows OS, run the W indows nForce Setup application and install the

RAID software. (Check p.6-9 for details.)

4. Initialize the NVRAID Array Disks.

Bootable RAID Array

1. Choose the hard disks that are to be RAID enabled in the system BIOS. (Check p.

3-13 for details.)

2. Specify the RAID level, either Mirroring (RAID 1), Striping (RAID 0), Striping and

Mirroring (RAID 0+1), or Spanning (JBOD) and create the desired RAID array.

3. Boot from the W indows CD, use the floppy disk that has the RAID driver to copy

and install the nForce RAID software. (Check p.6-9 for details.)

4. Initialize the NVRAID Array Disks.

Setting Up the NVRAID BIOS

Be sure to enable the IDE Primary/ Secondary Master/ Slave RAID & SATA1/

SATA2/SATA3/SATA4 RAID items in nVidia RAID Config of Integrated Peripherals in BIOS (refer to p.3-13 for details) before configuring the NVRAID BIOS. After that press F10 to save the configuration and exit. The PC will reboot right away. Then enter the RAID BIOS Setup by pressing F10 when prompted, and follow the procedures described below to set up the NVRAID BIOS.

NVRAID BIOS setup lets you choose the RAID array type and which hard drives you want to make part of the array.

Entering the RAID BIOS Setup

1. After rebooting your PC, wait until yo u s e e t h e R A I D s of t w ar e prompting you to press F10 . The

RAID prompt appears as part of the system POST and boot process prior to loading the OS.

2. Press F10 , and the NVIDIA RAID

Utility --- Define a New Array window will appear.

The default RAID M ode is set to

Mirroring and Striping Block is set to Optimal .

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Understanding the “ Define a New Array ” Window

Use the Define a New Array window to

• Select the RAID Mode

• Set up the Striping Block

• Specify which disks to use for the RAID Array

Depending on the platform used, the system can have one or more channels. In a typical system there is usually one controller and multiple channels, and each channel has a slave and a master.

The channel/controller/master/slave status of each hard disk is given in the Loc

(location) columns of the Free Disks and Array Disks lists.

In the example above, 1.0.M means the hard drive is attached to Channel 1, Controller

0, and the drive is set to Master. The following is a list of all possible combinations:

Parallel ATA

0.0.M

0.0.S

0.1.M

0.1.S

Channel 0, controller 0, Master

Channel 0, controller 0, Slave

Channel 0, controller 1, Master

Channel 0, controller 1, Slave

Serial ATA

1.0.M

1.1.M

2.0.M

2.1.M

Channel 1, controller 0, Master

Channel 1, controller 1, Master

Channel 2, controller 0, Master

Channel 2, controller 1, Master

MSI Reminds You...

There is no such thing as Slave drive in Serial ATA. All drives are considered to be Master since there is a one to one connection between the drive and the controller.

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Using the Define a New Array Window

If necessary, press the tab key to move from field to field until the appropriate field is highlighted.

• Selecting the RAID Mode

By default, this is set to [Mirroring]. To change to a different RAID mode, press the down arrow key until the mode that you want appears in the RAID Mode box — either

[Mirroring], [Striping], [Spanning], or [Stripe Mirroring].

• Selecting the Striping Block Size

Striping Block size is given in kilobytes, and affects how data is arranged on the disk. It is recommended to leave this value at the default [Optimal], which is 32KB, but the values can be between [4 KB] and [128 KB].

• Assigning the Disks

The disks that you enabled from the RAID Config BIOS setup page appear in the Free

Disks block. These are the drives that are available for use as RAID array disks.

To designate a free disk to be used as a RAID array disk,

1. Tab to the F ree Disks section. The first disk in the list is selected.

2. Move it from the Free Disks block to the Array Disks block by pressing the right arrow key (-->). The first disk in the list is moved, and the next disk in the list is selected and ready to be moved.

3. Continue pressing the right-arrow key (<-- ) until all the disks that you want to use as RAID array disks appear in the Array Disks block.

It shows that two disks have been assigned as RAID1 array disks in the figure above.

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Define a New Array

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Completing the RAID BIOS Setup

1. After assigning your RAID array disks, press F7. The Clear disk data prompt appears.

2. Press Y if you want to wipe out all the data from the RAID array, otherwise press

N . You must choose Yes if the drives were previously used as RAID drives.

The Array List window appears, where you can review the RAID arrays that you have set up.

3.

Use the arrow keys to select the array that you want to set up, then press Enter.

The Array Detail window appears.

4.

If you want to mark this disk as empty and wipe out all its contents then press C .

5.

At the prompt, press Y to wipe out all the data, otherwise press N .

6. Press Enter again to go back to the previous window and then press F10 to exit the RAID setup. Now that the RAID setup has been configured from the RAID BIOS, the next step is to configure and load NVRAID drivers under W indows, as explained in “ Installing the NVIDIA RAID Software Under W indows ” on p6-9.

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Installing the RAID Driver (for bootable RAID Array)

1. After you complete the RAID BIOS setup, boot from the W indows CD, and the

W indows Setup program starts.

2. Press F6 and wait for the W indows Setup screen to appear.

3. Specify the NVIDIA drivers:

(1) Insert the floppy that has the RAID driver, press S, then press Enter. The

W indows Setup screen appears as below:

MSI Reminds You...

Please follow the instruction below to make an nVIDIA Serial ATA RAID driver for yourself.

1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive.

2. Ignore the Setup screen and use “ Explorer ” to browse the CD.

3. C o py a ll t he c on te nts ( in c lud in g th e s ub -f olde rs ) in t he

\\nVidia\System\CK804\IDE\Win2k-XP\ to a formatted floppy disk.

4. The driver disk for nVIDIA Serial ATA driver is done.

(2) Select

NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER

and then press Enter .

(3) Press S again at the Specify Devices screen, then press Enter.

(4) Select “ NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller ” and then press Enter. The following W indows Setup screen appears listing both drivers:

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4. Press Enter to continue with W indows XP Installation. Be sure to leave the floppy disk inserted in the floppy drive until the blue screen portion of W indows XP installation is completed, then take out the floppy.

5. Follow the instructions on how to install W indows XP. During the GUI portion of the install you might be prompted to click Yes to install the RAID driver. Click Yes as many times as needed in order to finish the installation. This will not be an issue with a signed driver.

MSI Reminds You...

Each time you add a new hard drive to a RAID array, the RAID driver will have to be installed under Windows once for that hard drive. After that, the driver will not have to be installed

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NVIDIA RAID Utility Installation

Installing the NVIDIA RAID Software Under Windows

(for Non-bootable RAID Array)

The existing W indows IDE Parallel ATA driver (as well as the Serial ATA driver if SATA is enabled) must be upgraded to use the NVIDIA IDE Parallel ATA driver (as well as the

NV Serial ATA driver if SATA is enabled).

This section describes how to run the setup application and install the RAID software which will upgrade the W indows IDE driver and install the RAID software.

1. Start the nForce Setup program to open the NVIDIA W indows nForce Drivers page.

2. Select the modules that you want to install. Make sure that the

NVIDIA IDE Driver

” is selected.

3. Click Next and then follow the instructions.

4. After the installation is completed, be sure to reboot the PC.

5. After the reboot, initialize the newly created array. See “ Initializing and Using the

Disk Array

on p6-10.

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Initializing and Using the Disk Array

The RAID array is now ready to be initialized under W indows.

1. Launch Computer Management by clicking

Start

-->

Settings

-->

Control Panel

” then open the “ Administrative Tools ” folder and double click on “ Computer

Management ” .

2. Click “ Disk Management ” (under the “ Storage ” section). The Initialize and Convert

Disk W izards appears.

3. Click Next . The Select Disks to Initialize window appears. The disks listed depend on how many arrays you have configured.

4. Click Next . The Select Disks to Convert window appears.

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5. Check the disk in the list if you want to make the array a dynamic disk, then click

Next . The Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard window appears.

6. Click Finish . The “ Computer Management ” window appears.

The actual disks listed will depend on your system, and the unallocated partition is the total combined storage of two hard disks. You must format the unallocated disk space in order to use it.

7 .

Format the unallocated disk space. Right click “ Unallocated space ” , select “ New

Partition …” and follow the wizard. After the drive has been formatted, it is ready for use.

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RAID Drives Management

There is an application called NVRAIDMAN which helps you perform the following tasks of nVDIA RAID.

• Viewing RAID Array Configurations

View an array configuration (mirrored, striped, mirror-striped, JBOD, or any supported combination)

• Setting Up a Spare RAID Disk

• View free and/or dedicated free disks

• Designate a free disk to a particular array

Rebuilding a RAID Mirrored Array

• Rebuild a broken mirrored array

• W atch the progress of rebuilding an array

Viewing RAID Array Configurations

To view your RAID configuration from W indows, launch the NVRAID Management utility by double-clicking NvRaidMan.exe (the default location of NvRaidMan.exe is in

\\nVidia\System\CK8S\Win2k-XP\IDE\WinXP of the setup CD accompanied with your mainboard).

The RAID configuration information appears in the right-side pane, as shown below.

MSI Reminds You...

The information in the figures in this part may very from what it is shown in your system.

NVRAID M irrored Array

The figure below shows an example of a two hard drive mirrored array using identical 55.90 GB IDE hard drives (ST360015A), where one drive is configured as

Master and the other drive is configured as Slave. The total hard disk space used is

55.90 GB. (1.1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes)

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NVRAID Striped Array

The figure below shows an example of a two hard drive striped array using identical

55.90 GB IDE hard drives (ST360015A), where one drive is configured as Master and the other drive is configured as Slave. The total disk space used is 111.80 GB.

NVRAID Striped Mirror Array

The figure below shows an example of a four hard drive stripe-mirrored array. The total disk space used is 111.80 GB.

NVRAID Spanning (JBOD) Array

The figure below shows an example of a two hard drive spanning array. The total disk space used is 111.80 GB.

NVRAID Mirrored Array and a Striped Array

Figure 3.6 shows an example of a two hard drive mirrored array as well as a two hard drive striped array.

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Setting Up a Spare RAID Disk

You can designate a hard drive to be used as a spare drive for a RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 array2. The spare drive can take over for a failed disk. NVRAID supports two types of spare drives:

• Free Disk

A free disk is a disk that is not part of any RAID array, but can be used by any available RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 array that requires a particular disk when one of its disks crashes or becomes unusable. The process is automatic and doesn ’ t require any user interaction.

For example, if you have a system with four hard disks where one disk is used to boot the OS, two hard drives are set up in a mirrored array, and a fourth hard disk is set up as a free disk, then if one of the mirrored array drives fails, the free disk will be automatically assigned to the mirrored array to be used instead of the failed disk.

• Dedicated Disk

A dedicated free disk is a disk that is assigned to a RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 array and that disk is used by that array only when needed, for example during a system crash where a RAID mirrored drive is broken. The dedicated disk can be used only by the array that it is assigned to and not by any other array, unlike a free disk which can be used by any available RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 array.

Assigning a Free Disk

To mark a disk as free, or not a part of any array,

1.

Enter the system BIOS setup and make sure that the drive that you want to mark as free is RAID enabled.

2.

Enter the RAID BIOS and make sure that the drive is not part of any array (if one exists).

3.

Boot into W indows and run the NVRAIDMAN program. The drive appears under the

Free Disk section. The figure below shows an example of the NVRAIDMAN display if you have a mirror array and one free disk.

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Assigning a Dedicated Disk

To mark a disk as dedicated, or reserve it for use by a specific array,

Step 1: Mark the Disk as a Free Disk

1.

Enter the system BIOS setup and make sure that the drive that you want to mark as free is RAID enabled.

2.

Enter the RAID BIOS and make sure that the drive is not part of any array (if one exists).

3.

Boot into W indows and run the NVRAIDMAN program. The drive appears under the

Free Disk section.

Step 2: Dedicate the Free Disk to an Array

W hile running NVRAIDMAN, dedicate the free disk to an array using one of the following two methods:

• Method 1: Select a free disk and then assign it to an array.

• Method 2: Select an array and then assign a free disk to it.

Both methods are equally simple ways of accomplishing the same task.

M ethod 1: Select a free disk and then assign it to an array.

1. Right click one of the available disks under the Free Disk section. The pop-up menu

appears.

2. Select Designate Spare from the menu to launch the Spare Disk Allocation Wizard.

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3. Click Next .

The RAID Array Selection page appears.

4. From the RAID Array Selection page, select one of the arrays from the list.

This is the array to which you want to allocate the dedicated free disk.

5.

Click Next .

The Completing the NVIDIA Spare Disk Allocation page appears.

6.

Click Finish .

As shown in figure below, the ST380023AS drive is now a dedicated free disk in the mirrored array. If a system crash occurs that causes any of the two ST360015A drives to fail, the ST380023AS hard drive will take over and be used in the newly formed mirrored array.

Once a dedicated disk has been assigned to a particular array, it can be removed at any time. To remove the disk, right click on the dedicated disk and select the option to remove it.

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M ethod 2: Select an array and then assign a free disk to it.

1.

Right click on the array to which you want to assign a dedicated free disk. The popup menu appears.

2. Select Designate Spare from the menu to launch the Spare Disk Allocation Wizard.

3 . Click Next. The Free Disk Selection page appears.

4. From the Free Disk Selection page, select one of the disks from the list. Please note that there can be more than one disk to choose from.

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5.

Click Next . The Completing the NVIDIA Spare Disk Allocation page appears.

6.

Click Finish .

You have now assigned a dedicated free disk to a mirrored array.

Once a dedicated disk has been assigned to a particular array, it can be removed at any time. To remove the disk, right click on the dedicated disk and select the option to remove it.

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Example of Dedicating a Free Disk in a RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 Array

You can also assign a dedicated free disk to a RAID 1 or a RAID 0+1 array, using the same process.

1.

Right-click either the free disk that you want to dedicate to an array, the array type, or the array drives as shown in the figure below. Then click Designate Spare to launch the Spare Disk Allocation W izard.

2.

Click Designate Spare and then follow the instructions in the W izard. The figure below shows an example of a RAID 1 array that has one spare disk dedicated to it.

Once a dedicated disk has been assigned to a particular array, it can be removed at any time. To remove the disk, right click on the dedicated disk and select the option to remove it.

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Rebuilding a RAID Mirrored Array

Rebuilding is the process of recovering data from one hard drive to another. All data is copied from one hard drive to another and then the data is synchronized between the two hard drives. This only applies to RAID 1 array as well as a RAID 0+1 array.

Rebuilding Instructions

After creating a mirrored array, you can rebuild the array using the following steps:

1.

Go to Windows and run the NVRAID Management utility. The figure below shows an example of a system with one mirrored array.

2 . Right-click on Mirroring. The popup menu appears.

3.

From the popup menu, click Rebuild Array . The NVIDIA Rebuild Array W izard appears.

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5. Select the drive that you want to rebuild by clicking it from the list, then click Next .

The Completing the NVIDIA Rebuild Array page appears.

6.

Click Finish . The array rebuilding starts after a few seconds, and a small pop-up message appears towards the bottom right corner of the screen as shown in the figure below.

During the rebuilding process, the NVRAID Management utility screen shows the status under the System Tasks and Details sections.

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M ore About Rebuilding Arrays

• Rebuilding Occurs in the Background

The rebuilding process is very slow (it can take up to a day) and occurs in the background so as not to affect the performance of the system.

• Rebuilding Applies Only to RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 Arrays

Rebuilding an array works only when using RAID1 and/or RAID 0+1. Rebuilding does not apply to RAID 0 and JBOD arrays.

• You Can Use Any Available Free Disk

You can rebuild a mirrored array using any available Free Disk or Dedicated Disk.

For example, the figure below shows a mirrored array using 34.48 GB HD while having two Free Disks each 55.90 GB large.

To use one of these available free disks to rebuild your array, follow the same steps as explained in “ Rebuilding a RAID Mirrored Array ” on p.5-20, except when prompted to select a disk, choose one of the two available free disks.

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Chapter 7. Silicon Image

SATARAID Introduction

Silicon Image SATARAID

Introduction

Silicon Image ’ s SATARAID software provides Serial ATA RAID 0 (Striping)

, RAID 1 (Mirroring) and concatenation functionality to enhance the industry ’ s leading PCI-to-SATA host controller products. Two major challenges facing the storage industry today are keeping pace with the increasing performance demands of computer systems by improving disk I/O throughput and providing data accessibility in the face of hard disk failures while utilizing full disk capacity.

W ith SiIicon Image Serial ATA host controller and SATARAID, both of these problems are solved. SATARAID software provides a Graphical User Interface

(GUI) for easy-to-use configurations of the RAID Groups.

MSI Reminds You...

All the information/volumes listed in your system might differ from the illustrations in this appendix.

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Introduction

RAID - Redundant Array of Independent Disks

RAID technology manages multiple disk drives to enhance I/O performance and provide redundancy in order to withstand the failure of any individual member, without loss of data. SATA RAID provides two RAID Set types, Striping (RAID 0) and Mirroring (RAID 1).

RAID 0 (Striping)

Striping is a performance-oriented, non-redundant data mapping technique.

W hile Striping is discussed as a RAID Set type, it actually does not provide fault tolerance. Striping arrays use multiple disks to form a larger virtual disk.

RAID 1 (Mirroring)

Disk mirroring creates an identical twin for a selected disk by having the data simultaneously written to two disks. This redundancy provides instantaneous protection from a single disk failure. If a read failure occurs on one drive, the system reads the data from the other drive.

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Concatenation

Concatenation provides a method for combining drives of different sizes into one large disk

Silicon RAID Introduction

Creating and Deleting RAID sets with BIOS Utility

Creating and deleting RAID sets must be performed in the BIOS for operating systems other than W indows 2000 and XP.For 2000 and XP, RAID sets can be created and managed by either the BIOS utility or the SATARAID GUI.

Be sure to enable the Silicon RAID Controller in Onboard Devices Configuration of Integrated Peripherals in BIOS before configuring the silicon BIOS. After that press F10 to save the configuration and exit. During boot up, a screen similar to that below will appear for about 5 seconds. Press CTRL+S or the F4 key to enter the

BIOS RAID utility.

The RAID Utility menu screen will be displayed. A brief description of each section is presented on the next page.

M ain M enu

The Main Menu in the upper left corner is used to choose the operation to be performed. The selections are:

Create RAID set

Delete RAID set

Rebuild RAID 1 set

Resolve Conflicts

Low Level Format

Logical Drive Info

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Create RAID set is used to create a new legacy RAID Set or for allocating legacy spare drives.

Delete RAID set is used to delete a legacy RAID Set or to deallocate a legacy spare drive.

Rebuild RAID 1 Set is used to initiate the rebuild of a RAID 1 set after, for example, a drive in the Group has been replaced.

Resolve Conflicts is used to automatically find the member drives of a RAID set which has been disrupted (physical drives swapped around, for example) and restore the Set to proper operation.

Low Level Format allows a single drive to have its data completely wiped out.

Drives assigned to Sets or allocated as spares cannot be low level formatted.

Logical Drive Info shows the current configuration of each RAID set, allocated spare, and unallocated physical drive attached to the SATA host adapter.

These operations are detailed in the pages that follow.

Help Window

This window displays context-sensitive help and status messages.

Physical Drive Information

This window displays the model number and capacities of the drives physically attached to the SATA host adapter.

Logical Drive Information

This window displays all logical drives connected to the controller. The upper part lists RAID sets and JBOD drives reported to the system BIOS. The lower part lists spare drives, reserved drives, conflict drives, and invalid drives not reported to the system BIOS.

Command Line

The bottom line of the display lists the currently active command keys:

Up and Down arrows select the menu item or action

ESC takes the user to the previous menu

Enter selects the highlighted choice

Ctrl-E exits the utility

Other keys may be active depending upon the currently selected action.

Silicon RAID Introduction

Creating RAID Groups

As previously discussed, the Silicon Image SATA host adapter supports RAID 0, 1, and Concatenation configurations. The selection of the RAID level to be used should be based upon factors including performance, data security, and number of drives available. It is best to carefully consider the long-term role of the system and plan the data storage strategy appropriately.Silicon Image has made the creation of RAID sets very simple. They can be created either automatically or to allow the greatest flexibility, manually.

1. Select “ Create RAID set ”

2. Choose a RAID 0 Striped, a RAID 1 Mirrored, or a Concatenation combination set.

3. Select “ Automatically ” or “ Manually configuration ” of the RAID Set.

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4. If manual configuration is selected, the chunk size of RAID Sets can be selected.

5. If auto configuration is selected, BIOS will select RAID member drives automatically.

6. Select RAID set size with and keys.

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7. After the RAID set size is set, the message

Are You Sure?

will display before completing the configuration. Answer “ N ” to abort the creation of the new RAID set, or “ Y ” to proceed with the RAID set creation.

8. RAID sets can be created in both BIOS and in the SATARaid GUI. If you have excess capacity left on your hard drives after creating a RAID set in the BIOS, you can later go to the SATARaid GUI to create additional logical drives that fully utilize the capacity on all your hard drives.

Creating Spare Drive

If there is a RAID 1 set, spare driver can be created. The spare drive can be allocated to the RAID 1 set in the event of a failure of one of the drives in the RAID

1 set.

1. To create a spare drive for RAID 1 set, Select “ Create RAID set ”

2. Select “ Spare Drive ” and press Enter.

3. Select spare drive from the physical drive list and press Enter.

4. Select spare drive size with and keys.

5. After the spare drive size is set, the message

Are You Sure?

will display before completing the configuration. Answer “ N ” to abort the creation of the spare drive, or “ Y ” to proceed with the spare drive creation.

Silicon RAID Introduction

Creating Concatenation

Since BIOS no longer reports non-RAID drives to the system BIOS, if a non-RAID boot drive or data drive is desired, a Concatenation can be created so BIOS will report it to the system BIOS.

1. To create a Concatenation, Select ” Create RAID set ”

2. Select “ Concatenation ” and press Enter.

3. Select Concatenation drive from the physical drive list and press Enter.

4. Select Concatenation size with and keys.

5. After the Concatenation size is set, the message

Are You Sure?

will display before completing the configuration. Answer “ N ” to abort the creation of the

Concatenation, or “ Y ” to proceed with the Concatenation creation.

Deleting RAID Groups, Spare Drive, and Concatenation

1. To remove one or more RAID sets, spare drives, and Concatenation, select

“ Delete RAID set ”

2. Select the desired item to delete from the logical drive list and press Enter.

3. Press “ Y ” when asked, “ Are You Sure?

4. The drives will be returned to the selection of logical drives from which a new

RAID set can be created.

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Rebuild RAID 1 Set

This menu selection is used to initiate the copying of data from an existing drive to a replacement drive that has been installed in a RAID 1 set after the failure of one of the members.

1. Select “ Rebuild RAID 1 set ”

2. Select the desired set and press Enter.

3. Press “ Y ” when asked, “ Are You Sure?

4. The set will be rebuilt. The status of the rebuild is displayed in the MAIN MENU w i nd ow .

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Resolving Conflicts

W hen a RAID set is created, the metadata written to the disk includes drive connection information including the channel on the host adapter to which it is connected. If after a disk failure the replacement disk was previously part of a RAID set or used in another system, it may have conflicting metadata, specifically in reference to the drive connection information. If so, this will prohibit the RAID set from being either created or rebuilt. In order for the RAID set to function properly, this old metadata must be first overwritten with the new metadata. To correct this, select “ Resolve

Conflict

and the correct metadata, including the correct drive connection information; will automatically be written to the replacement disk.

1. Select “ Resolve Conflicts ” and press Enter.

Silicon RAID Introduction

2. Select the “ Conflict ” entry in the Logical Drive Status window and press Enter.

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3. Note that some conflict resolutions may result in the drive letter assignment changing; for example the RAID set may have been drive D: but after the conflict resolution, it may become drive E. Be aware of this when performing a conflict resolution. To maintain the same drive lettering, the SATA cables connected to the drives may need to be swapped, or in the case of a SATA-based removable drive unit, the order of the drives within the chassis made need to be changed.

Press ‘ Y ’ to accept the change and resolve the conflict.

4. The conflict will be resolved. The RAID Set will appear in the Logical Drive window.

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Silicon RAID Introduction

Low Level Formatting

The Low Level Format menu selection allows the complete erasure of data on a hard drive. This is not an action, which typically needs to be performed as formatting the drive under W indows is usually sufficient to prepare the drive for use.

Logical Drive Information

This menu item allows the display of the assignment of physical drives within a logical set (RAID set, RAID 1 spare, or unassigned). It is a display-only function. Use the up and down arrow keys to scroll between the drives in the Logical Drive Properties window. Press the ESC key when done viewing logical drive information.

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Reserved Drive and Setting Size for RAID Set, Spare Drive, or

Concatenation

Once a physical drive has been used to create a RAID set, spare drive, or

Concatenation by BIOS utility, BIOS saves user selected set or drive size in the reserved area of the physical drive. There is no way to remove the reserved area information even after the user deletes the set or drive. For this reason, after a set or drive is deleted, BIOS recognizes the physical drive as a reserved logical drive and it will not report the drive to the system BIOS.

W hen user selects to create a RAID set, spare drive, or Concatenation, he or she has to select size for the set or drive. BIOS will set a default size for it and user can use the and keys to change the size. If the physical drive has never been used to create a set or drive by the BIOS before, the full size of the physical drive will be set as default size. Otherwise, BIOS will set default size to the size it saved in the reserved area of the physical drive before.

If the user wants to increase the default size, BIOS will display a warning message in the help window and for user ’ s response before changing the default size.

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Silicon RAID Introduction

Installing the RAID Driver (For bootable RAID array)

Install Driver in Windows XP / 2000

† New Windows XP / 2000 Installation

The following details the installation of the drivers while installing W indows XP /

2000.

1. Start the installation:

Boot from the CD-ROM. Press F6 when the message "Press F6 if you need to install third party SCSI or RAID driver" appears.

2. W hen the W indows XP/2000 Setup window is generated, press <S> key to specify an Additional Device(s).

3. Insert the driver diskette Silicon Image RAID Driver For Win2K/XP driver into drive A: and press <Enter>.

MSI Reminds You...

The Silicon Image Sil 3132 SATARAID Driver Installation Disk should be accompanied in the mainboard package. You may make the Serial

ATA RAID driver by yourself by following the instruction below.

1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive.

2. Click the “ Browse CD ” botton on the Setup Screen.

3. C o py all th e c ont ent s ( inc luding the s u b-f old ers ) in t he

\\nVidia\IDE\Silicon_Image\Sil3132\RAID to a formatted floppy dis k . (F or b oo ta ble no n- R A ID d ev ic e, t he c op y pa th is

\\nVidia\IDE\Silicon_Image\Sil3132\SATA )

4. Th e driv e r d is k f or Si li co n I ma ge Si l 31 32 SATA R A ID

(SATALINK) Controller is done.

4. Choose the driver Silicon Image Sil 3132 SATARAID Controller that appears on W indows XP/2000 Setup screen, and press the <Enter> key.

5. Press <Enter> to continue with installation or if you need to specify any additional devices to be installed, do so at this time. Once all devices are specified, press <Enter> to continue with installation.

6. From the W indows XP/2000 Setup screen, press the <Enter> key. Setup will now load all device files and then continue the W indows XP/2000 installation.

Installing OS on RAID Drive

1. After setup examines your disks, it will copy files to W indows installation folders and restart the system.

2. The setup program will continue and finish the installation after restarting.

3. W ait until W indows XP/2000 finishes installing devices, regional settings, networking settings, components, and final set of tasks, then reboot the system if necessary.

† Confirming Windows XP/2000 Driver Installation

1. From W indows XP/2000, open the Control Panel from My Computer followed by the System icon.

2. Choose the Hardware tab, then click the Device M anager tab.

3. Click the " + " in front of the SCSI and RAID Controllers hardware type.

The driver should appear.

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Installation of nVidia System Driver

Chapter 6. Installation of Driver & Utility

Installation of NVIDIA

System Driver

MSI provides a setup CD along with your mainboard, which contains the required drivers for your system, and many other useful and powerful utility to bring you the best experience for your office professional working and for your home leisure entertainment.

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NVIDIA System Driver Installation

Click on the Driver tab and the screen below will display.

NVIDIA nForce4 System Driver

This driver is only available for W indows 2000 and W indows XP operating system.

Please follow the following step to install the driver correctly.

1. Click on the NVIDIA nForce4 System Driver button to install the NVIDIA nForce4

System Drivers for your W indows OS. Then the welcome dialogue will display.

Click Next to continue.

Installation of nVidia System Driver

2. Then the following screen displays the available components to install. All the components shown here will be selected to be installed by default. Then click

Next .

3. The system will start installing the selected driver components automatically.

4. Then the following screen displays the information for the NVIDIA IDE SW Driver installation. Click Next to continue.

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5. Then the following screen displays the installation of NVIDIA IDE SW Driver. Click

Yes to continue.

MSI Reminds You...

The installation of NVIDIA Firewall and ForceWare Network Access

Manager. It is a software firewall to protect the softwares from hacking.

However, it is strongly suggested that you do not install this component.

Please follow the instruction below to make a software firewall CD for yourself.

1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive.

2. Ignore the Setup screen and use

Explorer

to browse the CD.

3. C o py a ll t he c on te nts ( in c lud in g th e s ub -f olde rs ) in t he

\\nVidia\System\CK804\Ethernet\Firewall to a formatted floppy disk.

4. The driver disk for software firewall CD is done.

6. The following screen indicates that the installation is complete. Click Yes to restart your computer or click No to restart it later.

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