GA-8N-SLI QUAD Royal
GA-8N-SLI QUAD Royal
Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition
Intel® Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 LGA775 Processor Motherboard
User's Manual
Rev. 1002
12ME-8NSLIQU-1002R
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Motherboard
GA-8N-SLl QUAD Royal
Nov. 16, 2005
Motherboard
GA-8N-SLI QUAD Royal
Nov. 16, 2005
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Table of Contents
GA-8N-SLI QUAD Royal Motherboard Layout ............................................................... 6
Block Diagram ................................................................................................................ 7
Chapter 1 Hardware Installation ..................................................................................... 9
1-1
Considerations Prior to Installation .................................................................... 9
1-2
1-3
Feature Summary .......................................................................................... 10
Installation of the CPU and Heatsink .............................................................. 12
1-3-1
1-3-2
Installation of the CPU ......................................................................................... 12
Installation of the Heatsink .................................................................................. 13
1-4
1-5
Installing/Removing Cool-Plus (Northbridge Cooling Fan) .............................. 14
Installation of Memory .................................................................................... 14
1-6
1-7
Installation of Expansion Cards ...................................................................... 16
Setup of SLI (Scalable Link Interface) Configuration ....................................... 17
1-7-1
1-7-2
1-7-3
Before You Begin ................................................................................................. 17
Combination of SLI Applications ........................................................................ 20
Graphic Cards Support List ................................................................................ 20
1-8 Configuring a Multi View System ................................................................... 22
1-8-1 Combination of Multi View Applications .......................................................... 23
1-8-2
Graphic Cards Support List ................................................................................ 23
1-9 I/O Back Panel Introduction ........................................................................... 24
1-10Connectors Introduction ...................................................................................... 25
Chapter 2 BIOS Setup ................................................................................................ 37
The Main Menu (For example: BIOS Ver. : F1) ....................................................... 38
2-1 Standard CMOS Features ............................................................................. 40
2-2 Advanced BIOS Features .............................................................................. 43
2-3 Integrated Peripherals ..................................................................................... 45
2-4
2-5
2-6
2-7
Power Management Setup ............................................................................. 49
PnP/PCI Configurations ................................................................................. 51
PC Health Status ........................................................................................... 52
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) ....................................................................... 53
2-8
2-9
2-10
2-11
Select Language ............................................................................................. 58
Load Fail-Safe Defaults ................................................................................... 58
Load Optimized Defaults ................................................................................. 58
Set Supervisor/User Password ..................................................................... 59
2-12
2-13
Save & Exit Setup ......................................................................................... 60
Exit Without Saving ....................................................................................... 60
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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation ...................................................................................... 61
3-1
Install Chipset Drivers .................................................................................... 61
3-2
3-3
3-4
3-5
Software Application ....................................................................................... 62
Software Information ....................................................................................... 62
Hardware Information ..................................................................................... 63
Contact Us ..................................................................................................... 63
Chapter 4 Appendix ................................................................................................... 65
4-1
Unique Software Utilities ................................................................................ 65
4-1-1
4-1-2
4-1-3
4-1-4
4-1-5
EasyTune 5 Introduction ..................................................................................... 66
Xpress Recovery2 Introduction ......................................................................... 67
Flash BIOS Method Introduction ........................................................................ 70
Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s) (Controller: nVIDIA nForce4 SLI) ............... 81
2- / 4- / 6- / 8- Channel Audio Function Introduction ...................................... 96
4-2
Troubleshooting ............................................................................................. 100
4-3
POST Error Code ........................................................................................ 101
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GA-8N-SLI QUAD Royal Motherboard Layout
MEN_FAN
KB_MS
RUSB_PSEL
CPU_FAN
SPDIF_RCA
LGA775
NVIDIA C19
ET1310
AUDIO2
ATX_12V
PWR_FAN
PCIEX16_1
IT8712
PCIEX1_2
PCIEX16_2
BATTERY
PCI
W83L951F
F_USB1
TSB43AB23
PWR_LED
PCIEX8_2
COMA
DDRII4
NVIDIA CK804
Backup
BIOS
F_USB2
1394_CON
DDRII3
IDE1
Main
BIOS
SYS_FAN
F_USB3
FUSB_PSEL RF_ID F_PANEL
FDD
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7_SEG_LED
IR
SB_FAN
S_ATA2 S_ATA3
ALC850
SPDIF_IN
SLI Switch Module Socket
PCIEX1_1
CLR_CMOS
CD_IN
88E1111
PCIEX8_1
DDRII2
DDRII1
NB_FAN
F_AUDIO
IDE2
LAN1
LAN2
AUDIO1
AUX_FAN
S_ATA0 S_ATA1
USB
USB
1394_6P
ATXPWR
GA-8N- SLI QUAD Royal
LPT
SPDIF_O
Block Diagram
2 PCIEx16
Slot1 / Slot2
CPUCLK+/-(1066/800/533MHz)
LGA775
Processor
PCI-ECLK
(100MHz)
Host
Interface
DDRII 667/533MHz DIMM
Dual Channel Memory
PCI Express x 16 Bus
nVIDIA®
C19
NBCLK (25MHz)
HCLK+/- (133/200/266MHz)
PCI Express Bus
x1
x1
PCI-ECLK
(100MHz)
x1
33MHz
25MHz
48MHz
ET1310I
RJ45
LAN 1
PCI Express x 16 Bus
4 SATA 3Gb/s
ATA33/66/100/133
IDE Channels
Floppy
nVIDIA®
CK804
PCI Bus
LPC BUS
LPT Port
IT8712F
TSB43AB23
PCI-ECLK
(100MHz)
ROMCLK33MHz
BIOS
Marvell
88E1111
RJ45
LAN 2
2 PCI Express x 1
COM Port
PS/2KB
PS/2 Mouse
2 PCIEx16
Slot3 / Slot4
1PCI
PCICLK
(33MHz)
33 MHz
Surround Speaker Out
Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
MIC
Line-Out
Line-In
SPDIF In
SPDIF Out
3 IEEE1394a
CODEC
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10 USB
Ports
24.576MHz
24 MHz
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1-1
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Chapter 1 Hardware Installation
Considerations Prior to Installation
Preparing Your Computer
The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can
become damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Thus, prior to installation, please
follow the instructions below:
1. Please turn off the computer and unplug its power cord.
2. When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors.
3. It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) cuff when handling electronic components
(CPU, RAM).
4. Prior to installing the electronic components, please have these items on top of an antistatic pad or
within a electrostatic shielding container.
5. Please verify that the power supply is switched off before unplugging the power supply connector
from the motherboard.
Installation Notices
1. Prior to installation, please do not remove the stickers on the motherboard. These stickers are required
for warranty validation.
2. Prior to the installation of the motherboard or any hardware, please first carefully read the information
in the provided manual.
3. Before using the product, please verify that all cables and power connectors are connected.
4. To prevent damage to the motherboard, please do not allow screws to come in contact with the
motherboard circuit or its components.
5. Please make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or
within the computer casing.
6. Please do not place the computer system on an uneven surface.
7. Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system
components as well as physical harm to the user.
8. If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the product,
please consult a certified computer technician.
Instances of Non-Warranty
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Damage due to natural disaster, accident or human cause.
Damage as a result of violating the conditions recommended in the user manual.
Damage due to improper installation.
Damage due to use of uncertified components.
Damage due to use exceeding the permitted parameters.
Product determined to be an unofficial Gigabyte product.
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1-2
Feature Summary
CPU
Chipset
Memory
Slots
IDE Connections
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
FDD Connections
Š
Onboard SATA 3Gb/s Š
Peripherals
Onboard LAN
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Supports LGA775 Intel ® Pentium ® Processor Extreme Edition/ Pentium ® D /
Pentium® 4
Supports 1066/800/533MHz FSB
L2 cache varies with CPU
Northbridge: nVIDIA® nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition (Crush 19)
Southbridge: nVIDIA® CK804
Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems
4 DDR II DIMM memory slots (supports up to 4 GB memory)
Supports dual channel DDR II 667/533 unbuffered DIMM
Supports 1.8V DDR II DIMM
4 PCI Express x 16 slots
2 PCI Express x 1 slots
1 PCI slots
2 ports from CK804 (IDE1/IDE2) (UDMA 33/ATA 66/ATA 100/ATA 133),
allows connection of 4 IDE devices
- Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems
1 FDD connection, allows connection of 2 FDD devices
4 SATA 3Gb/s ports:
4 ports from CK804 controller (SATA0, SATA1, SATA2, SATA3)
- Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems
1 parallel port supporting Normal/EPP/ECP mode
1 Serial port (COMA)
10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (rear x 4, front x 6 via cable)
3 IEEE1394a connectors (requires cable)
1 front audio connector
1 PS/2 keyboard port
1 PS/2 mouse port
Onboard Agere ET1310 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)
Onboard Marvell 88E1111 phy (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
- Supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems
2 RJ45 ports
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Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
I/O Control
Š
Hardware Monitor
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Onboard SATA 3Gb/s Š
RAID
BIOS
Additional Features
Overclocking
Form Factor
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
Š
ALC850 CODEC
Supports 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 channel audio
Supports Line In ; Line Out (Front Speaker Out) ; MIC ; Surround Speaker
Out (Rear Speaker Out) ; Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out ; Side Speaker
Out connection
SPDIF_IN connection
SPDIF_Out (optical+coaxial) connection
CD_IN connection
IT8712F
System voltage detection
CPU / NB / Power IC / temperature detection
CPU / System / Power / Auxilliary / Memory fan speed detection
CPU warning temperature
CPU / system / power fan failure warning
Onboard nVIDIA ® CK804 chipset
- supports data striping (RAID 0) or mirroring (RAID 1), striping +
mirroring (RAID 0+1) or RAID 5 function
- supports data transfer rate of up to 300 MB/s
- supports hot plugging function
- supports a maximum of 4 SATA 3Gb/s connections
- supported on the Win 2000/XP operating systems
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Supports Dual BIOS/Q-Flash/Multilanguage BIOS
Supports @BIOS
Supports EasyTune 5 (Note 1)
Over Voltage via BIOS (FSB/DIMM/PCIE/CPU/North Bridge/South Bridge)
Over Clock via BIOS (CPU/DIMM/PCIE)
ATX form factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
(Note 1) EasyTune 5 functions may vary depending on different motherboards.
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Onboard Audio
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1-3
Installation of the CPU and Heatsink
Before installing the CPU, please comply with the following conditions:
1. Please make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU.
2. Please take note of the one indented corner of the CPU. If you install the CPU in the wrong
direction, the CPU will not insert properly. If this occurs, please change the insert direction
of the CPU.
3. Please add an even layer of heat sink paste between the CPU and heatsink.
4. Please make sure the heatsink is installed on the CPU prior to system use, otherwise
overheating and permanent damage of the CPU may occur.
5. Please set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the processor specifications. It is not
recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications since it
does not meet the required standards for the peripherals. If you wish to set the frequency
beyond the proper specifications, please do so according to your hardware specifications
including the CPU, graphics card, memory, hard drive, etc.
6. Suggest CPU Fan speed must be over 3000rpm.
HT functionality requirement content :
Enabling the functionality of Hyper-Threading Technology for your computer system requires all of the following platform components:
- CPU: An Intel® Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology
- Chipset: A NVIDIA ® Chipset that supports HT Technology
- BIOS: A BIOS that supports HT Technology and has it enabled
- OS: An operation system that has optimizations for HT Technology
1-3-1 Installation of the CPU
Metal Lever
Fig. 1
Gently lift the metal
lever located on the
CPU socket to the
upright position.
Fig. 2
Remove the plastic
covering on the CPU
socket.
Fig. 3
Notice the small gold
colored triangle located
on the edge of the CPU
socket. Align the
indented corner of the
Fig. 4
Once the CPU is
properly inserted,
please replace the
load plate and
push the metal lever
back into its original
position.
CPU with the triangle and gently insert the CPU into
position. (Grasping the CPU firmly between your
thumb and forefinger, carefully place it into the socket
in a straight and downwards motion. Avoid twisting or
bending motions that might cause damage to the CPU
during installation.)
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Male Push Pin
The top of Female Push Pin
Female Push Pin
Fig.1
Please apply an even layer of heatsink paste on
the surface of the installed CPU.
Fig. 2
(Turning the push pin along the direction of arrow is
to remove the heatsink, on the contrary, is to install.)
Please note the direction of arrow sign on the male
push pin doesn't face inwards before installation. (This
instruction is only for Intel boxed fan)
Fig. 3
Place the heatsink atop the CPU and make sure
the push pins aim to the pin hole on the
motherboard.Pressing down the push pins
diagonally.
Fig. 4
Please make sure the Male and Female push pin are
joined closely. (for detailed installation instructions,
please refer to the heatsink installation section of the
user manual)
Fig. 5
Please check the back of motherboard after
installing. If the push pin is inserted as the picture,
the installation is complete.
Fig. 6
Finally, please attach the power connector of the
heatsink to the CPU fan header located on the
motherboard.
The heatsink may adhere to the CPU as a result of hardening of the heatsink paste.To prevent
such an occurrence, it is suggested that either thermal tape rather than heat sink paste be used for
heat dissipation or using extreme care when removing the heatsink.
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1-3-2 Installation of the Heatsink
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1-4
Installing/Removing Cool-Plus (Northbridge Cooling Fan)
Fig.1
To attach Cool-Plus to
a heatsink, align the
extensions on both
sides with the grooves
in the heatsink as
shown. Firmly press
down until it snaps into
position.
Fig.2
Once the fan is properly affixed onto the
heatsink, plug the
power cable into the
NB_FAN connector.
Fig.3
Before proceeding, first check to make sure that the fan's power cable is
disconnected. Then, while applying pressure to the top of the fan, carefully
use a screwdriver to dislodge the extension on one side.
Exerting too much pressure on the fan during removal might
cause the side extensions to break-off.
1-5
Installation of Memory
Before installing the memory modules, please comply with the following conditions:
1. Please make sure that the memory used is supported by the motherboard. It is
recommended that memory of similar capacity, specifications and brand be used.
2. Before installing or removing memory modules, please make sure that the computer
power is switched off to prevent hardware damage.
3. Memory modules have a foolproof insertion design. A memory module can be installed
in only one direction. If you are unable to insert the module, please switch the direction.
The motherboard supports DDR II memory modules, whereby BIOS will automatically detect memory
capacity and specifications. Memory modules are designed so that they can be inserted only in one
direction. The memory capacity used can differ with each slot.
Notch
DDR II
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Fig.2
Close the plastic clip at both edges of the DIMM sockets to lock the
DIMM module.
Reverse the installation steps when you wish to remove the DIMM
module.
Dual Channel DDR II
GA-8N-SLI QUAD Royal supports the Dual Channel Technology. After operating the Dual Channel
Technology, the bandwidth of Memory Bus will double.
If you want to operate the Dual Channel Technology, please note the following explanations due to the
limitation of Intel chipset specifications.
1. Dual channel memory cannot be used if one or three DDR II memory
modules are installed.
2. To enable Dual Channel mode with 2 or 4 memory modules, it is
recommended to use memory modules of identical brand, size, chips,
and speed.
We'll strongly recommend our user to slot two DDR II memory modules into the DIMMs of the same
color in order for Dual Channel Technology to work.
The following table is for Dual Channel Technology combination: (DS: Double Side, SS: Single Side)
2 memory modules
4 memory modules
DDR II 1
DDR II 2
DDR II 3
DS/SS
X
DS/SS
X
X
DS/SS
X
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
DS/SS
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DDR II 4
Hardware Installation
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Fig.1
The DIMM socket has a notch, so the DIMM memory module can only
fit in one direction. Insert the DIMM memory module vertically into the
DIMM socket. Then push it down.
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1-6
Installation of Expansion Cards
You can install your expansion card by following the steps outlined below:
1. Read the related expansion card's instruction document before install the expansion card into the
computer.
2. Remove your computer's chassis cover, screws and slot bracket from the computer.
3. Press the expansion card firmly into expansion slot in motherboard.
4. Be sure the metal contacts on the card are indeed seated in the slot.
5. Replace the screw to secure the slot bracket of the expansion card.
6. Replace your computer's chassis cover.
7. Power on the computer, if necessary, setup BIOS utility of expansion card from BIOS.
8. Install related driver from the operating system.
Installing a PCI Express x 16 expansion card:
Please carefully pull out the small whitedrawable bar at the end of the PCI Express x 16 slot when you try to install/
uninstall the VGA card. Please align the
VGA card to the onboard PCI Express x
16 slot and press firmly down on the slot.
Make sure your VGA card is locked by
the small white-drawable bar.
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Setup of SLI (Scalable Link Interface) Configuration
The nVIDIA ® nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset offers blistering graphics performance with the ability to
bridge two NVIDIA SLI-ready PCI Express TM graphics cards! The SLI design takes advantage of the
increased bandwidth of the PCI Express TM bus architecture, features hardware and software innovations within NVIDIA GPU (graphics processing unit) and the nVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition chipset.
Together, the NVIDIA SLI technologies work seamlessly to allow two graphics cards to operate in
parallel and share the work and deliver heart-pounding PC performance. This section introduces steps
to configure an SLI system on the GA-8N-SLI QUAD Royal motherboard.
1-7-1 Before You Begin
I. Understanding the components:
… The SLI bridge connector (GC-SLICON)
The GC-SLICON is used to bridge two SLI-capable graphics cards
in order to set up an SLI configuration.
… The SLI switch module (GC-SLISW-C19)
The GC-SLISW-C19 switch module is installed in the SLI switch
module socket by factory default. This SLI switch module has gold
edge connectors on two sides. One is SLI Mode and the other is
Normal mode.
… The SLI switch module (GC-SLISW-3D1)
For users who wish to install the GIGABYTE GV-3D1 graphics
card on this motherboard, they must insert the GC-SLISW-3D1
switch module in the 3D1 Mode direction.
(The Normal Mode is the same as that of the GC-SLISW-C19
module.)
GC-SLICON
GC-SLISW-C19
GC-SLISW-3D1
We do not recommend removing the SLI switch module (GC-SLISW-C19 or GC-SLISW3D1) from the motherboard because in that case, both of the PCIE x 16 slots will not be
available.
II. Power Requirements:
Before installation, assure that the power supply you use is able to provide sufficient power to fully
support an SLI configuration and other components in your system. We recommend a power supply
that provides at least 20A 5V and 12V current and a minimum of 500W wattage. Please note that the
exact power requirements will depend on your overall system configurations.
III. Supported Operating Systems:
Only Windows XP operating system is currently supported by the NVIDIA SLI technology.
Note: As the SLI on GA-8N-SLI QUAD Royal supports various multiple video outputs combination,
we suggest you follow the "Optimal Performance" or “Recommended” combinations provided
in this guide.
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Enabling SLI Mode-Set the SLI switch module:
Note that as the switch module (GC-SLISW-C19) is preinstalled in the Normal Mode direction by factory default,
the first step to enable SLI mode on your system is to take out the module from the socket, turn it around and
insert it in the SLI Mode direction.
Step 1: Gently spread the retaining clips of the socket and the
module may then be removed from the socket. Hold the
module by the edges and lift it away from the socket.
Step 2: Position the SLI Mode side of the module above the socket at
a 25 o angle. Align the small notch at the top edge of the module
with the key in the socket.
Step 3: Insert the top edge of the module into the socket. Make sure
the gold edge connectors are fully inserted.
Step 4: Gently press down on the two ends of the module until it is
locked in place by the socket clips. (You should hear a "click"
when the module is attached.)
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Connecting Two Graphics Cards:
Step 1: Observe the steps in "1-6 Installation of Expansion
Cards" on page 16 and install two SLI-ready graphics
cards of the same model to the PCIEX16_1(SLOT2) and
PCIEX16_2(SLOT3) slots.
Step 2: Insert the SLI bridge (the GC-SLICON) to the SLI gold
edge connector on top of both cards. Make sure the
two mini female slots on the bridge connector
securely fit onto the SLI gold edge connetors of both
cards.
Female slots on the bridge connector
Gold edge connector on the top of
graphics card
Step 3: In order to securely fix the bridge connector between the two cards, you must install the retention
bracket included with the motherboard and secure
the retention bracket to the chassis back panel with
a screw.
place this part on the top of
the bridge connector.
retention bracket
Graphics Card Driver Setting:
Step 1: After installing graphics card driver in operating
system, right-click the NVIDIA icon in your system tray and then select NVIDIA Display. The
NVIDIA control panel will appear.
Step 2: Select SLI multi-GPU from the side menu and
then select the Enable SLI multi-GPU checkbox
in the SLI multi-GPU dialog box. System will
restart after you click Apply. Then the SLI
configuration is completed.
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1-7-2 Combination of SLI Applications
Please make sure the BIOS settings and graphics cards conforms to the following conditions, to enable
the SLI function.
Condition 1: SLI function will use graphic cards of identical brand and chips.
(For example: GIGABYTE GV-NX66T128D).
Condition 2: Set PCIex16 Slot Lanes to “Auto” in BIOS setup.
(Please refer to page 55).
North Bridge
Combination
1
Combination
2
Combination
South Bridge
NB SLI Switch
VGA Driver
SLI
Module
SLI Enabled
Mode
Video
Remark
Outputs(Note1)
PCIEX8_1 PCIEX16_1 PCIEX16_2 PCIEX8_2
(SLOT1)
(SLOT3)
(SLOT4)
(SLOT2)
nVidia (x16) nVidia (x16)
nVidia (x8) nVidia (x8)
YES
YES
(SLl Mode)
nVidia (x8) nVidia (x8)
3
GC-SLISW-C19
(Normal Mode)
GC-SLISW-C19
Don’t Care
x16-x16
(NB+SB)
x8-x8
2
Optimal
Performance
2
(NB)
YES
x8-x8
2
(SB)
Note 1. Video output quantity is based on to graphic card.
Due to nVidia driver’s limition, the SLI function is not used when more than 2 pieces nVidia
graphic cards are installed.
1-7-3 Graphic Cards Support List
(The items below are all supported under the Windows XP operating system.)
Graphic cards support listed below are for reference only.
Due to massive graphic cards on the market, we can only verify some of them.
Graphic cards not listed below does not mean they are not supported by this M/B.
For more detail support lists please click onto Gigabyte’s website at
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw
Figure 1-1. Combination 1 (2 slots on Sourth Bridge + North Bridge)
Graphics Chip
Nvidia
Maker
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Model Name
* GV-NX66T128D
* GV-NX68T256DH
* GV-NX68U256D
GV-3D1
* GV-NX68256D
GV-NX78X256V-B
* GV-NX78T256V-B
GPU
Geforce 6600GT (NV43GT)
Geforce 6800GT (NV45GT)
Geforce 6800 Ultra (NV45 Ultra)
Geforce 6600GT x 2
Geforce 6800
Geforce 7800GTX
Geforce 7800GT
Note: Models above marked with "*" may experience problems display issues when resuming from
S1 standby due to nVidia driver limitations.
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Graphics Chip
Nvidia
Maker
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Model Name
GV-NX66T128D
GV-NX68T256DH
GV-NX68U256D
GV-3D1
GV-NX68256D
GV-NX78X256V-B
GV-NX78T256V-B
GPU
Geforce 6600GT (NV43GT)
Geforce 6800GT (NV45GT)
Geforce 6800 Ultra (NV45 Ultra)
Geforce 6600GT x 2
Geforce 6800
Geforce 7800GTX
Geforce 7800GT
Figure 1-3. Combination 3 (2 slots on Sourth Bridge)
Graphics Chip
Nvidia
Maker
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Model Name
GV-NX66T128D
GV-NX68T256DH
GV-NX68U256D
GV-3D1
GV-NX68256D
GV-3D1-68GT
GV-NX78T256V-B
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GPU
Geforce 6600GT (NV43GT)
Geforce 6800GT (NV45GT)
Geforce 6800 Ultra (NV45 Ultra)
Geforce 6600GT x 2
Geforce 6800
Geforce 6800GT x 2
Geforce 7800GT
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Figure 1-2. Combination 2 (2 slots on North Bridge)
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1-8
Configuring a Multi View System
This function is supported only on Windows XP operating system.
With Multi View technology from GIGABYTE, Quad Graphic enabled motherboards offer multiple
display support on up to eight separate monitors. This improves the capabilities and productivity of the
user by allowing them to spread multiple windows over eight monitors and view them simultaneously.
Multiple display support for increasing productivity
Multiple display support for immersive video / gaming experience
Before you begin-I.
Power requirement:
The exact power requirement will depend on your overall system configurations. You need a
power supply that can provide sufficient and stable power to your system and the two graphics
cards. We recommend a power supply that supplies 500W (or above) and 25A (or above) +12V
current.
II.
NVIDIA video driver of version later than 7.7.7.2 should be used.
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1-8-1 Combination of Multi View Applications
The Multi View function must establish in the BIOS setup item comfirms to the condition.
Condition 1: It will set PCIex16 Slot Lanes to “Auto” in BIOS setup item .
(Please refer to page 55).
North Bridge
South Bridge
PCIEX8_1
PCIEX16_1
PCIEX16_2
PCIEX8_2
(SLOT1)
(SLOT2)
(SLOT3)
(SLOT4)
nVidia/ATI(x8) nVidia/ATI (x8) nVidia/ATI (x8) nVidia/ATI (x8)
NB SLI Switch
VGA Driver
SLI
Module
SLI Enabled
Mode
Outputs(Note1)
Video
GC-SLISW-C19
NO
N/A
8
Remark
Recommended
(SLl Mode)
1-8-2 Graphic Cards Support List
Figure 1-1. 4 slots on Sourth Bridge + North Bridge
Graphics Chip
Nvidia
ATI
Maker
Gigabyte
Gigabyte
Model Name
GV-NX78X256V-B x2
GV-RX60P128DE x2
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GPU
Geforce 7800GTX
Radeon X600Pro
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1-9
I/O Back Panel Introduction
PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Connector
To install a PS/2 port keyboard and mouse, plug the mouse to the upper port (green) and the keyboard
to the lower port (purple).
Parallel Port
The parallel port allows connection of a printer, scanner and other peripheral devices.
COAXIAL (SPDIF_RCA)
The SPDIF coaxial output port is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or
compressed AC3 data to an external Dolby Digital Decoder via a coaxial cable.
OPTICAL (SPDIF_O)
The SPDIF optical output port is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or com
pressed AC3 data to an external Dolby Digital Decoder via an optical cable.
IEEE1394 Port
Connects the IEEE1394 devices to this connector.
LAN Port 2
The provided Internet connection is Gigabit Ethernet, providing data transfer speeds of 10/100/
1000Mbps.
LAN Port 1
The provided Internet connection is Gigabit Ethernet (PCI Express Gigabit), providing data transfer
speeds of 10/100/1000Mbps.
USB port
Before you connect your device(s) into USB connector(s), please make sure your device(s) such
as USB keyboard, mouse, scanner, zip, speaker...etc. have a standard USB interface. Also make
sureyour OS supports USB controller. If your OS does not support USB controller, please contact
OS vendor for possible patch or driver upgrade. For more information please contact your OS or
device(s) vendors.
Line In
Devices like CD-ROM, walkman etc. can be connected to Line In jack.
Line Out (Front Speaker Out)
Connect the stereo speakers, earphone or front surround speakers to this connector.
MIC In
Microphone can be connected to MIC In jack.
Rear Speaker Out
Connect the rear surround speakers to this connector.
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Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out
Connect the Center/Subwoofer speakers to this connector.
Side Speaker Out
Connect the side surround speakers to this connector.
You can use audio software to configure 2-/4-/6-/8-channel audio functioning.
1-10 Connectors Introduction
1
3
9
20
2
6
15
5
16
7
11
17
12
22
24
18
13
8
25
23
21
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8)
9)
10)
11)
12)
13)
ATX_12V
ATX (Power Connector)
CPU_FAN
SYS_FAN
PWR_FAN
NB_FAN
SB_FAN
AUX_FAN
MAN_FAN
FDD
IDE1 / IDE2
SATA0/1/2/3
PWR_LED
4
10
19 26
14)
15)
16)
17)
18)
19)
20)
21)
22)
23)
24)
25)
26)
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F_PANEL
F_AUDIO
CD_IN
SPDIF_IN
F_USB1 / F_USB2/F_USB3
FUSB_PSEL
RUSB_PSEL
COMA
BATTERY
1394_CON
CLR_CMOS
IR
RF_ID
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ATX_12V/ATX (Power Connector)
With the use of the power connector, the power supply can supply enough stable power to all
the components on the motherboard. Before connecting the power connector, please make sure
that all components and devices are properly installed. Align the power connector with its
proper location on the motherboard and connect tightly.
The ATX_12V power connector mainly supplies power to the CPU. If the ATX_12V power
connector is not connected, the system will not start.
Caution!
Please use a power supply that is able to handle the system voltage requirements. It is
recommended that a power supply that can withstand high power consumption be used (350W
or greater). If a power supply is used that does not provide the required power, the result can
lead to an unstable system or a system that is unable to start.
If you use a 24-pin ATX power supply, please remove the small cover on the power connector
on the motherboard before plugging in the power cord ; otherwise, please do not remove it.
Pin No.
13
1
Definition
1
3.3V
2
3.3V
3
4
GND
+5V
5
GND
6
+5V
7
8
GND
Power Good
9
5V SB(stand by +5V)
10
+12V
11
12
+12V
3.3V
13
3.3V
14
15
-12V
GND
(Only for 24pins ATX)
Pin No.
5
1
8
4
Definition
24
12
1
GND
2
3
GND
GND
16
PS_ON(soft On/Off)
17
GND
4
GND
5
+12V
18
19
GND
GND
6
7
+12V
+12V
20
-5V
21
+5V
8
+12V
22
23
+5V
+5V
24
GND
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CPU_FAN / SYS_FAN/ PWR_FAN (Cooler Fan Power Connector)
The cooler fan power connector supplies a +12V power voltage via a 3-pin/4-pin (only for
CPU_FAN)power connector and possesses a foolproof connection design.
Most coolers are designed with color-coded power connector wires. A red power connector wire
indicates a positive connection and requires a +12V power voltage. The black connector wire is
the ground wire (GND).
Please remember to connect the power to the cooler to prevent system overheating and failure.
Caution!
Please remember to connect the power to the CPU fan to prevent CPU overheating and failure.
1
CPU_FAN
Pin No.
1
PWR_FAN
Definition
1
GND
2
+12V
3
4
Sense
Speed Control
(Only for CPU_FAN)
1
SYS_FAN
6/7) NB_FAN / SB_FAN (Chip Fan Power Connector)
If you installed wrong direction, the chip fan will not work. Sometimes will damage the chip fan.
(Usually black cable is GND)
1
NB_FAN
1
Pin No.
Definition
1
+12V
2
GND
SB_FAN
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8/9) AUX_FAN / MEN_FAN (Chip Fan Power Connector)
If you installed wrong direction, the chip fan will not work. Sometimes will damage the chip fan.
(Usually black cable is GND)
1
Pin No.
AUX_FAN
1
Definition
1
2
GND
+12V
3
Sense
MEM_FAN
10) FDD (Floppy Connector)
The FDD connector is used to connect the FDD cable while the other end of the cable connects to the
FDD drive. The types of FDD drives supported are: 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB, 1.44MB and 2.88MB.
Please connect the red power connector wire to the pin1 position.
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34
1
33
An IDE device connects to the computer via an IDE connector. One IDE connector can connect to one
IDE cable, and the single IDE cable can then connect to two IDE devices (hard drive or optical drive). If
you wish to connect two IDE devices, please set the jumper on one IDE device as Master and the other
as Slave (for information on settings, please refer to the instructions located on the IDE device).
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2
1
12) SATA0/1/2/3 (SATA 3Gb/s Connectors, Controlled by CK804)
SATA 3Gb/s can provide up to 300MB/s transfer rate. Please refer to the BIOS setting for the
SATA 3Gb/s and install the proper driver in order to work properly.
Pin No.
1
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Definition
1
GND
2
3
TXP
TXN
4
GND
5
RXN
6
7
RXP
GND
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11) IDE1/IDE2 (IDE Connector)
PWR_LED is connected with the system power indicator to indicate whether the system is on/off.
It will blink when the system enters suspend mode.
Pin No.
1
Definition
1
2
MPD+
MPD-
3
MPD-
14) F_PANEL (Front Panel Jumper)
Please connect the power LED, PC speaker, reset switch and power switch etc of your chassis front
panel to the F_PANEL connector according to the pin assignment below.
Speaker Connector
Message LED/
Power/
Sleep LED
2
1
RES+
NC
HD+
HD-
20
19
Reset Switch
IDE Hard Disk Active LED
HD (IDE Hard Disk Active LED) (Blue)
SPEAK (Speaker Connector) (Amber)
Pin 1: LED anode(+)
Pin 2: LED cathode(-)
Pin 1: Power
Pin 2- Pin 3: NC
RES (Reset Switch) (Green)
Pin 4: Data(-)
Open: Normal
Close: Reset Hardware System
PW (Power Switch) (Red)
Open: Normal
MSG(Message LED/Power/Sleep LED)
Close: Power On/Off
Pin 1: LED anode(+)
(Yellow)
Pin 2: LED cathode(-)
NC ( Purple)
NC
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SPEAK-
SPEAK+
MSG+
MSGPW+
PW-
Power
Switch
RES-
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13) PWR_LED
If you want to use Front Audio connector, you must remove 5-6, 9-10 Jumper. In order to utilize the
front audio header, your chassis must have front audio connector. Also please make sure the pin
assigments on the cable are the same as the pin assigments on the MB header. To find out if the chassis
you are buying support front audio connector, please contact your dealer.Please note, you can have the
alternative of using front audio connector or of using rear audio connector to play sound.
Pin No.
Definition
1
MIC
GND
MIC_BIAS
10
9
2
3
2
1
4
POWER
5
FrontAudio(R)
6
7
Rear Audio (R)/ Return R
NC
8
No Pin
9
FrontAudio (L)
10
Rear Audio (L)/ Return L
16) CD_IN (CD IN)
Connect CD-ROM or DVD-ROM audio out to the connector.
Pin No.
1
1
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CD-L
2
GND
3
GND
4
CD-R
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15) F_AUDIO (Front Audio Connector)
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17) SPDIF_IN (SPDIF In)
Use SPDIF IN feature only when your device has digital output function.
Be careful with the polarity of the SPDIF_IN connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while
you connect the SPDIF cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the
device unable to work or even damage it. For optional SPDIF cable, please contact your local
dealer.
Pin No.
1
Definition
1
Power
2
3
SPDIFI
GND
18) F_ USB1 / F_USB2 / F_USB3 (Front USB Connector)
Be careful with the polarity of the front USB connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while
you connect the front USB cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make
the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional front USB cable, please contact your
local dealer.
2
1
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9
Pin No.
Definition
1
2
Power(5V)
Power(5V)
3
USB DX-
4
USB Dy-
5
6
USB DX+
USB Dy+
7
GND
8
GND
9
10
No Pin
NC
These 2 jumpers are used to select the power of the rear & front USB devices.
Normal 5V (jumper set to 1-2) and standby 5V (jumper set to 2-3) are available. When standby 5V
is selected, users can wake up system from USB devices.
1
Pin No.
1-2 Short
Definition
Normal 5V
2-3 Short
Standby 5V
21) COMA (Serial Port Connector)
Be careful with the polarity of the COMA connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you
connect the COMA cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the
device unable to work or even damage it. For optional COMA cable, please contact your local
dealer.
Pin No.
1
2
1
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9
Definition
NDCDA-
2
NSINA
3
NSOUTA
4
5
NDTRAGND
6
NDSRA-
7
NRTSA-
8
9
NCTSANRIA-
10
No Pin
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19/20) RUSB_PSEL / FUSB_PSEL
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22) BAT(Battery)
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended
by the manufacturer.
Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer's
instructions.
If you want to erase CMOS...
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Take out the battery gently and put it aside for about 10 minutes.
(Or you can use a metal object to connect the positive and negative pins in the battery holder to makethem short for one
minute.)
3. Re-install the battery.
4. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
23) 1394_CON (IEEE 1394 Connectors)
Serial interface standard set by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which has features
like high speed, high bandwidth and hot plug. Be careful with the polarity of the IEEE1394
connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you connect the IEEE1394 cable, incorrect
connection between the cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage
it. For optional IEEE1394 cable, please contact your local dealer.
Pin No.
15
16
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2
Definition
1
Power (12V)
2
3
Power (12V)
TPA1+
4
TPA1-
5
GND
6
7
GND
TPB1+
8
TPB1-
9
Power (12V)
10
11
Power (12V)
TPA2+
12
TPA2-
13
GND
14
15
No Pin
TPB2+
16
TPB2-
You may clear the CMOS data to its default values by this header. To clear CMOS, temporarily
short 1-2 pin. Default doesn't include the jumper to prevent from improper use of this header.
1
1
1-2 Short : Clear CMOS
2-3 Short : Normal (Default value)
25) IR
Be careful with the polarity of the IR connector while you connect the IR. Please contact your
nearest dealer for optional IR device.
Pin No.
1
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Definition
1
VCC
2
No Pin
3
4
IR RX
GND
5
IR TX
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24) CLR_CMOS (Clear CMOS)
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26) RF_ID
This connector allows you to connect external devices to use extra function. Check the pin
assignments before you connect the external device cable. Please contact your nearest
dealer for the optional GIGABYTE external device.
Pin No.
1
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Definition
1
Power
2
3
RFID_RIRF_TXD
4
RF_RXD
5
NC
6
GND
BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) includes a CMOS SETUP utility which allows user to configure
required settings or to activate certain system features.
The CMOS SETUP saves the configuration in the CMOS SRAM of the motherboard.
When the power is turned off, the battery on the motherboard supplies the necessary power to the CMOS
SRAM.
When the power is turned on, pushing the <Del> button during the BIOS POST (Power-On Self Test) will
take you to the CMOS SETUP screen. You can enter the BIOS setup screen by pressing "Ctrl + F1".
When setting up BIOS for the first time, it is recommended that you save the current BIOS to a disk in the
event that BIOS needs to be reset to its original settings. If you wish to upgrade to a new BIOS, either
Gigabyte's Q-Flash or @BIOS utility can be used.
Q-Flash allows the user to quickly and easily update or backup BIOS without entering the operating system.
@BIOS is a Windows-based utility that does not require users to boot to DOS before upgrading BIOS but
directly download and update BIOS from the Internet.
CONTROL KEYS
< >< ><
<Enter>
<Esc>
<Page Up>
<Page Down>
<F1>
<F2>
<F3>
<F5>
<F6>
<F7>
<F8>
<F9>
<F10>
><
> Move to select item
Select Item
Main Menu - Quit and not save changes into CMOS Status Page Setup Menu
and Option Page Setup Menu - Exit current page and return to Main Menu
Increase the numeric value or make changes
Decrease the numeric value or make changes
General help, only for Status Page Setup Menu and Option Page Setup Menu
Item Help
Select Language
Restore the previous CMOS value from CMOS, only for Option Page Setup
Menu
Load the fail-safe default CMOS value from BIOS default table
Load the Optimized Defaults
Dual BIOS/Q-Flash utility
System Information
Save all the CMOS changes, only for Main Menu
Main Menu
The on-line description of the highlighted setup function is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Status Page Setup Menu / Option Page Setup Menu
Press <F1> to pop up a small help window that describes the appropriate keys to use and the possible
selections for the highlighted item. To exit the Help Window press <Esc>.
Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, please do it with caution and avoid inadequate
operation that may result in system malfunction.
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Chapter 2 BIOS Setup
English
The BIOS Setup menus described in this chapter are for reference only and may differ from the
exact settings for your motherboard.
The Main Menu (For example: BIOS Ver. : F1)
Once you enter Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu (as figure below) will appear on the screen.
Use arrow keys to select among the items and press <Enter> to accept or enter the sub-menu.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
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Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
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MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
If you can't find the setting you want, please press "Ctrl+F1" to search the advanced option
hidden.Please Load Optimized Defaults in the BIOS when somehow the system works not
stable as usual. This action makes the system reset to the default for stability.
„ Standard CMOS Features
This setup page includes all the items in standard compatible BIOS.
„ Advanced BIOS Features
This setup page includes all the items of Award special enhanced features.
„ Integrated Peripherals
This setup page includes all onboard peripherals.
„ Power Management Setup
This setup page includes all the items of Green function features.
„ PnP/PCI Configuration
This setup page includes all the configurations of PCI & PnP ISA resources.
„ PC Health Status
This setup page is the System auto detect Temperature, voltage, fan, speed.
„ MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
This setup page is control CPU clock and frequency ratio.
„ Select Language
This setup page is to select multi languages.
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Fail-Safe Defaults indicates the value of the system parameters which the system would be in safe
configuration.
„ Load Optimized Defaults
Optimized Defaults indicates the value of the system parameters which the system would be in
best performance configuration.
„ Set Supervisor Password
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to limit access to the system and Setup, or just
to Setup.
„ Set User Password
Change, set, or disable password. It allows you to limit access to the system.
„ Save & Exit Setup
Save CMOS value settings to CMOS and exit setup.
„ Exit Without Saving
Abandon all CMOS value changes and exit setup.
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„ Load Fail-Safe Defaults
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2-1
Standard CMOS Features
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
Standard CMOS Features
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Date (mm:dd:yy)
Time (hh:mm:ss)
Tue, Mar 15 2005
14:42:37
Item Help
Menu Level`
IDE Channel 0 Master
IDE Channel 0 Slave
IDE Channel 1 Master
IDE Channel 1 Slave
IDE Channel 2 Master
IDE Channel 3 Master
IDE Channel 4 Master
IDE Channel 5 Master
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
Change the day, month,
year
Drive A
Drive B
Floppy 3 Mode Support
[1.44M, 3.5"]
[None]
[Disabled]
<Day>
1 to 31 (or maximum
allowed in the month)
Halt On
[All, But Keyboard]
<Year>
1999 to 2098
Base Memory
640K
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F5: Previous Values
<Week>
Sun. to Sat.
<Month>
Jan. to Dec.
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
Integrated Peripherals
Extended Memory
Total Memory
KLJI: Move
511M
512M
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F5: Previous Values
Item Help
Menu Level`
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
F1: General Help
Date
The date format is <week>, <month>, <day>, <year>.
Week
The week, from Sun to Sat, determined by the BIOS and is display only
Month
The month, Jan. Through Dec.
Day
The day, from 1 to 31 (or the maximum allowed in the month)
Year
The year, from 1999 through 2098
Time
The times format in <hour> <minute> <second>. The time is calculated based on the 24-hour
military-time clock. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:00:00.
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IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press "Enter" to select this option for automatic device detection.
IDE Device Setup. You can use one of three methods:
Auto
Allows BIOS to automatically detect IDE devices during POST(default)
None
Select this if no IDE devices are used and the system will skip the automatic
detection step and allow for faster system start up.
Manual
User can manually input the correct settings
Access Mode Use this to set the access mode for the hard drive. The four options are:
CHS/LBA/Large/Auto(default:Auto)
IDE Channel 2/3/4/5 Master
IDE HDD Auto-Detection Press "Enter" to select this option for automatic device detection.
Extended IDE Drive SATA devices setup. You can use one of two methods:
Auto
Allows BIOS to automatically detect SATA IDE devices during POST.
(Default value)
None
Select this if no SATA IDE devices are used and the system will skip the
automatic detection step and allow for faster system start up.
Access Mode Use this to set the access mode for the hard drive. The two options are:
Large/Auto(default:Auto)
Capacity
Capacity of currently installed hard disk.
Hard drive information should be labeled on the outside drive casing. Enter the appropriate option
based on this information.
Cylinder
Number of cylinders
Head
Number of heads
Precomp
Write precomp
Landing Zone
Landing zone
Sector
Number of sectors
Drive A / Drive B
The category identifies the types of floppy disk drive A or drive B that has been installed in the
computer.
None
No floppy drive installed.
360K, 5.25"
5.25 inch PC-type standard drive; 360K byte capacity.
1.2M, 5.25"
5.25 inch AT-type high-density drive; 1.2M byte capacity.
(3.5 inch when 3 Mode is Enabled).
720K, 3.5"
3.5 inch double-sided drive; 720K byte capacity
.
1.44M, 3.5"
3.5 inch double-sided drive; 1.44M byte capacity.
2.88M, 3.5"
3.5 inch double-sided drive; 2.88M byte capacity.
Floppy 3 Mode Support (for Japan Area)
Disabled
Drive A
Drive B
Both
Normal Floppy Drive. (Default value)
Drive A is 3 mode Floppy Drive.
Drive B is 3 mode Floppy Drive.
Drive A & B are 3 mode Floppy Drives.
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IDE Channel 0 Master, Slave, IDE Channel 1 Master, Slave
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Halt on
The category determines whether the computer will stop if an error is detected during power up.
No Errors
The system boot will not stop for any error that may be detected and you
ill be prompted.
All Errors
Whenever the BIOS detects a non-fatal error the system will be stopped.
All, But Keyboard The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error; it will stop for all other
errors. (Default value)
All, But Diskette
The system boot will not stop for a disk error; it will stop for all other errors.
All, But Disk/Key The system boot will not stop for a keyboard or disk error; it will stop for all
other errors.
Memory
The category is display-only which is determined by POST (Power On Self Test) of the BIOS.
Base Memory
The POST of the BIOS will determine the amount of base (or conventional) memory installed in the
system.
The value of the base memory is typically 512K for systems with 512K memory installed on the
motherboard, or 640K for systems with 640K or more memory installed on the motherboard.
Extended Memory
The BIOS determines how much extended memory is present during the POST.
This is the amount of memory located above 1 MB in the CPU's memory address map.
Total Memory
This item displays the memory size that used.
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Advanced BIOS Features
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Advanced BIOS Features
` Hard Disk Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Password Check
CPU Hyper-Threading #
Limit CPUID Max. to 3
No-Execute Memory Protect (Note)
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note)
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) (Note)
CPU EIST Function (Note)
Full Screen LOGO Show
[Press Enter]
[Floppy]
[Hard Disk]
[CDROM]
[Disabled]
[Setup]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
Select Hard Disk Boot
Device Priority
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
"#" : This option is available only when the processor you install supports Intel ® HyperThreading Technology.
Hard Disk Boot Priority
Select boot sequence for onboard(or add-on cards) SCSI, RAID, etc.
Use < > or < > to select a device, then press<+> to move it up, or <-> to move it down the list.
Press <ESC> to exit this menu.
First / Second / Third Boot Device
Floppy
LS120
Hard Disk
CDROM
ZIP
USB-FDD
USB-ZIP
USB-CDROM
USB-HDD
Legacy LAN
Disabled
Select your boot device priority by Floppy.
Select your boot device priority by LS120.
Select your boot device priority by Hard Disk.
Select your boot device priority by CDROM.
Select your boot device priority by ZIP.
Select your boot device priority by USB-FDD.
Select your boot device priority by USB-ZIP.
Select your boot device priority by USB-CDROM.
Select your boot device priority by USB-HDD.
Select your boot device priority by LAN.
Disable this function.
Boot Up Floppy Seek
During POST, BIOS will determine the floppy disk drive installed is 40 or 80 tracks. 360K type is
40 tracks 720K, 1.2M and 1.44M are all 80 tracks.
Enabled
BIOS searches for floppy disk drive to determine it is 40 or 80 tracks. Note that
BIOS can not tell from 720K, 1.2M or 1.44M drive type as they are all 80 tracks.
Disabled
BIOS will not search for the type of floppy disk drive by track number. Note that
there will not be any warning message if the drive installed is 360K. (Default
value)
(Note)
This item will show up when you install a processor that supports this function.
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Password Check
System
Setup
The system can not boot and can not access to Setup page will be denied if the
correct password is not entered at the prompt.
The system will boot, but access to Setup will be denied if the correct password
is not entered at the prompt. (Default value)
CPU Hyper-Threading
This option appears only when the processor you install supports Intel ® Hyper-Threading Technology.
Enabled
Enable CPU Hyper-Threading feature. Please note that this feature only works
for operating system with multiprocessors mode supported. (Default value)
Disabled
Disable CPU Hyper-Threading.
Limit CPUID Max. to 3
Enabled
Disabled
Limit CPUID Maximum value to 3 when using older OS like NT4.
Disable CPUID Limit for Windows XP.(Default value)
No-Execute Memory Protect (Note)
Enabled
Disabled
Enable No-Execute Memory Protect function.(Default value)
Disable No-Execute Memory Protect function.
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note)
Enabled
Disabled
Enable CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) function.(Default value)
Disable CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) function.
CPU Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) (Note)
Enabled
Disabled
Enable CPU Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) function.(Default value)
Disable CPU Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) function.
CPU EIST Function (Note)
Enabled
Disabled
Enable CPU EIST function.(Default value)
Disable CPU EIST function.
Full Screen LOGO Show
Enabled
Disabled
Display Full Screen Logo during POST. (Defaults value)
Do not display Full Screen Logo.
(Note) This item will show up when you install a processor that supports this function.
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Integrated Peripherals
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Integrated Peripherals
` IDE/SATAII RAID Config
On-Chip USB
USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
AC97 Audio
Legacy USB Storage detect
Onboard LAN2 Function
Onboard 1394 Function
Onboard LAN Function
Onboard Serial Port 1
i-Lock
UART Mode Select
x UR2 Duplex Mode
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
[Press Enter]
[V1.1+V2.0]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[Enabled]
[Normal]
Half
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
IDE/SATAII RAID Config
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IDE/SATAII RAID Config
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
On-Chip IDE Channel0
On-Chip IDE Channel1
IDE1 Conductor Cable
IDE2 Conductor Cable
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Serial-ATAII 1
Serial-ATAII 2
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
IDE/SATAII RAID function
IDE Primary Master RAID
IDE Primary Slave RAID
IDE Secndry Master RAID
IDE Secndry Slave RAID
SATAII 1 Primary RAID
SATAII 1 Secondary RAID
SATAII 2 Primary RAID
SATAII 2 Secondary RAID
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
On-Chip IDE Channel0
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard 1st channel IDE port. (Default value)
Disable onboard 1st channel IDE port.
On-Chip IDE Channel1
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard 2nd channel IDE port. (Default value)
Disable onboard 2nd channel IDE port.
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IDE1 Conductor Cable
Auto
BIOS autodetects IDE1 conductor cable .(Default Value)
ATA66/100/133 Set IDE1 Conductor Cable to ATA66/100/133 (Please make sure your IDE
device and cable are compatible with ATA66/100/133).
ATA33
Set IDE1 Conductor Cable to ATA33. (Please make sure your IDE device
and cable are compatible with ATA33)
IDE2 Conductor Cable
Auto
BIOS autodetects IDE2 conductor cable. (Default Value)
ATA66/100/133 Set IDE2 Conductor Cable to ATA66/100/133. (Please make sure your IDE
device and cable are compatible with ATA66/100/133)
ATA33
Set IDE2 Conductor Cable to ATA33. (Please make sure your IDE device
and cable are compatible with ATA33)
Serial-ATAII 1 (Onboard nVIDIA chipset)
Enabled
Disabled
Enable Serial-ATAII 1 support. (Default Value)
Disable Serial-ATAII 1 support.
Serial-ATAII 2 (Onboard nVIDIA chipset)
Enabled
Disabled
Enable Serial-ATAII 2 support. (Default Value)
Disable Serial-ATAII 2 support.
IDE/SATAII RAID function
Enabled
Disabled
Enable IDE/SATAII function.
Disable IDE/SATAII function.(Default value)
IDE Primary Master RAID
Enabled
Disabled
Enable 1st master channel IDE RAID function.
Disable this function. (Default value)
IDE Primary Slave RAID
Enabled
Disabled
Enable 1st slave channel IDE RAID function.
Disable this function. (Default value)
IDE Secndry Master RAID
Enabled
Disabled
Enable 2nd master channel IDE RAID function.
Disable this function. (Default value)
IDE Secndry Slave RAID
Enabled
Disabled
Enable 2nd slave channel IDE RAID function.
Disable this function. (Default value)
SATAII 1 Primary RAID
Enabled
Disabled
Enable SATAII 1 1st SATA RAID function.
Disable this function.(Default value)
SATAII 1 Secondary RAID
Enabled
Disabled
Enable SATAII 1 2nd SATA RAID function.
Disable this function.(Default value)
SATAII 2 Primary RAID
Enabled
Disabled
Enable SATAII 2 1st SATA RAID function.
Disable this function.(Default value)
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Enabled
Disabled
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SATAII 2 Secondary RAID
Enable SATAII 2 2nd SATA RAID function.
Disable this function.(Default value)
On-Chip USB
V1.1+V2.0
V1.1
Disabled
Enable USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 controllers. (Default Value)
Enable only USB 1.1 controller
Disable onchip USB support.
USB Keyboard Support
Enabled
Disabled
Enable USB keyboard support.
Disable USB keyboard support. (Default value)
USB Mouse Support
Enabled
Disabled
Enable USB mouse support.
Disable USB mouse support. (Default value)
AC97 Audio
Auto
Disabled
Autodetect onboard AC'97 audio function. (Default value)
Disable this function.
Legacy USB storage detect
Enabled
Disabled
Enable USB storage device boot.(Default value)
Disable this function.
Onboard LAN2 Function (Marvell 88E1111)
Auto
Disabled
Autodetect onboard LAN2 chip function.(Default value)
Disable onboard LAN2 chip function.
Onboard 1394 Function
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard IEEE1394 function.(Default value)
Disable onboard IEEE1394 function.
Onboard LAN Function (Agere ET1310)
Enabled
Disabled
Enable onboard LAN chip function. (Default value)
Disable onboard LAN chip function.
Onboard Serial Port 1
Auto
3F8/IRQ4
2F8/IRQ3
3E8/IRQ4
2E8/IRQ3
Disabled
BIOS will automatically setup the port 1 address.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 3F8/IRQ4. (Default value)
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 2F8/IRQ3.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 3E8/IRQ4.
Enable onboard Serial port 1 and address is 2E8/IRQ3.
Disable onboard Serial port 1.
i-LOCK
Enabled
Disabled
Enable the i-Lock function. (Default value)
Disable i-Lock function.
UART Mode Select
This item allows you to determine which Infra Red(IR) function of Onboard I/O chip.
Normal Set onboard I/O chip UART to Normal Mode. (Default Value)
IrDA
Set onboard I/O chip UART to IrDA Mode.
ASKIR
Set onboard I/O chip UART to ASKIR Mode.
SCR
Set onboard I/O chip UART to SCR Interface.
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UR2 Duplex Mode
This feature allows you to seclect IR mode.
This function will available when "UART Mode Select" doesn't set at Normal/SCR.
Half
IR Function Duplex Half. (Default Value)
Full
IR Function Duplex Full.
Onboard Parallel Port
Disabled
378/IRQ7
278/IRQ5
3BC/IRQ7
Disable onboard LPT port.
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 378/IRQ7. (Default value)
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 278/IRQ5.
Enable onboard LPT port and address is 3BC/IRQ7.
Parallel Port Mode
SPP
EPP
ECP
ECP+EPP
Using Parallel port as Standard Parallel Port. (Default value)
Using Parallel port as Enhanced Parallel Port.
Using Parallel port as Extended Capabilities Port.
Using Parallel port as ECP and EPP mode.
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Power Management Setup
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Power Management Setup
ACPI Suspend Type
Soft-Off by Power button
PME Event Wake Up
Modem Ring On
USB Resume from Suspend
Power-On by Alarm
x Day of Month Alarm
x Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
Power On By Mouse
Power On By Keyboard
x KB Power ON Password
AC BACK Function
[S1(POS)]
[Instant-Off]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Everyday
0:0:0
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Enter
[Soft-Off]
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
ACPI Suspend Type
S1(POS)
S3(STR)
Set ACPI suspend type to S1/POS(Power On Suspend). (Default value)
Set ACPI suspend type to S3/STR(Suspend To RAM).
Soft-Off by Power button
Instant-Off
Press power button then Power off instantly. (Default value)
Delay 4 Sec. Press power button 4 sec. to Power off. Enter suspend if button is pressed
less than 4 sec.
PME Event Wake Up
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the 5VSB lead.
Disabled
Disable this function.
Enabled
Enable PME as wake up event. (Default value)
Modem Ring On
An incoming call via modem can awake the system from any suspend state.
Disabled
Disable this function.
Enabled
Enable Modem Ring On function. (Default value)
USB Resume from Suspend
Disabled
Enable
Disable this function.
Enable USB device wake up system from suspend mode.(Default value)
Power-On by Alarm
You can set "Power-On by Alarm" item to enabled and key in Date/Time to power on system.
Disabled
Disable this function. (Default value)
Enabled
Enable alarm function to POWER ON system.
If Power-On by Alarm is Enabled.
Day of Month Alarm : Everyday, 1~31
Time (hh: mm: ss) Alarm : (0~23) : (0~59) : (0~59)
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Power On By Mouse
Disabled
Double Click
Disabled this function. (Default value)
Double click on PS/2 mouse left button to power on the system.
Power On By Keyboard
Disabled
Disabled this function. (Default value)
Keyboard 98 If your keyboard have "POWER Key" button, you can press the key to power
on the system.
Password
Set password to power on the system.
KB Power ON Password
When "Power On by Keyboard" is set to Password, you can set the password here.
Enter
Input password (from 1 to 5 characters) and press Enter to set the Keyboard
Power On password.
AC BACK Function
Soft-Off
Full-On
When AC-power back to the system, the system will be in "Off" state.
(Default value)
When AC-power back to the system, the system always in "On" state.
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PnP/PCI Configurations
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PCI 1 IRQ Assignment
[Auto]
Item Help
Menu Level`
Assign PCI IRQ For
Device
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
PCI 1 IRQ Assignment
Auto
3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15
Auto assign IRQ to PCI 1. (Default value)
Set IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to PCI 1.
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PC Health Status
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PC Health Status
Vcore
DDR18V
+3.3V
+5V
+12V
Current CPU Temperature
Current NB Temperature
Power IC Temperature
Current CPU FAN Speed
Current POWER FAN Speed
Current SYSTEM FAN Speed
Auxilliary Fan Speed
Memory Fan Speed
CPU Warning Temperature
CPU FAN Fail Warning
POWER FAN Fail Warning
SYSTEM FAN Fail Warning
OK
OK
OK
OK
OK
38 oC
39 oC
54 oC
2109 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Item Help
Menu Level `
[Disabled]
Don’t reset case
open status
[Enabled]
Clear case open status
and set to be Disabled
at next boot
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Current Voltage(V) Vcore / DDR18V / +3.3V / +5V / +12V
Detect system's voltage status automatically.
Current CPU / NB / Power IC Temperature
Detect CPU / NB / Power IC temperature automatically.
Current CPU/POWER/SYSTEM/Auxilliary/Memory FAN Speed (RPM)
Detect CPU/Power/System/Auxilliary/Memory fan speed status automatically.
CPU Warning Temperature
60 o C / 140 o F
70 o C / 158 o F
80 o C / 176 o F
90 o C / 194 o F
Disabled
Monitor CPU temperature at 60o C /
Monitor CPU temperature at 70o C /
Monitor CPU temperature at 80o C /
Monitor CPU temperature at 90o C /
Disable this function. (Default value)
140oF.
158oF.
176oF.
194oF.
CPU/POWER/SYSTEM FAN Fail Warning
Disabled
Enabled
Disable CPU/Power/System fan fail warning function. (Default value)
Enable CPU/Power/System fan fail warning function.
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C.A.M.
CPU Clock Ratio(Note)
C.I.A.2
FSB Turbo Mode
System Clock Mode
Current FSB Speed (QDR)
Target FSB Speed (QDR)
x New FSB Speed (QDR)
Current MEM Speed (DDR)
Target MEM Speed (DDR)
x New MEM Speed (DDR)
(Note)
PCIe x16 Slot Lanes
Init Display First
SLI Broadcast Aperture
Robust Graphics Booster
` Advanced Voltage Control
` Advanced Freq. Control
[High]
[16x]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Optimal]
800.0 MHz
800.0 Mhz
Auto
533.3 MHZ
533.3 MHZ
Auto
Item Help
Menu Level`
[Auto]
[PEG(SLOT2)]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Advanced Voltage Control
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Advanced Voltage Control
CPU Voltage Control
Normal CPU Vcore
DIMM OverVoltage Control
N.Bridge OverVoltage Control
S.Bridge OverVoltage Control
FSB OverVoltage Control
[Normal]
1.3875V
[Normal]
[Normal]
[Normal]
[Normal]
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Advanced Freq. Control
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Advanced Freq. Control
PCIE Frequency(MHz)
LDT Frequency
[100.0000]
[4X]
KLJI: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level`
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Incorrect using these features may cause your system broken. For power end-user use only.
(Note)
This item will show up when you install a processor that supports this function.
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C.A.M. (Note)
High
Low
Set clock ratio for frequency-locked CPU to High. (Default value)
Set clock ratio for frequency-locked CPU to Low.
CPU Clock Ratio(Note)
This setup option will automatically assign by CPU detection. The option will display "Locked" and
read only or will not show up if the CPU ratio is not changeable.
C.I.A.2
C.I.A.2 (CPU Intelligent Accelerator 2) is designed to detect CPU loading during software program
executing, and automatically adjust CPU computing power to maximize system performance.
Disabled
Disable this function. (Default value)
Cruise
Set C.I.A.2 to Cruise. Automatically increase CPU frequency(5%,7%) by CPU
loading.
Sports
Set C.I.A.2 to Sports. Automatically increase CPU frequency(7%,9%) by CPU
loading.
Racing
Set C.I.A.2 to Racing. Automatically increase CPU frequency(9%,11%) by CPU
loading.
Turbo
Set C.I.A.2 to Turbo. Automatically increase CPU frequency(15,17%) by CPU
loading.
Full Thrust
Set C.I.A.2 to Full Thrust. Automatically increase CPU frequency(17%,19%) by
CPU loading.
Warning: Stability is highly dependent on system components.
FSB Turbo Mode
Disabled
Enabled
Disable FSB Turbo Mode. (Default value)
Enable FSB Turbo Mode.
System Clock Mode
Optimal
Linked
Expert
Set FSB and memory speed automatically. (Default value)
Allows FSB and memory speed to be overclocked proportionally.
Enter FSB and memory speed manually.
Current FSB Speed (QDR)
Displays the current CPU FSB speed.
Target FSB Speed (QDR)
This item depends on the value set in New FSB Speed (QDR).
New FSB Speed (QDR)
This item becomes active when System Clock Mode is set to Linked or Expert. Type in a new
FSB speed or use the PLUS SIGN (+)/MINUS SIGN (-) to set the FSB speed.
Current MEM Speed (DDR)
Displays the current memory speed.
Target MEM Speed (DDR)
The value changes based on the value set in New FSB Speed (QDR) and New MEM Speed
(DDR).
New MEM Speed (DDR)
This item becomes active when System Clock Mode is set to Expert. Type in a new memory
speed or use the PLUS SIGN (+)/MINUS SIGN (-) to set the memory speed.
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PCIe x16 Slot Lanes
It is dependent on setting of the SLI switch module (GC-SLISW-C19).
SLI Mode:
Auto / 8-8-16-0 / 8-8-8-8 / 0-3D1-16-1 / 0-3D1-3D1-1 (Default value: Auto)
Normal Mode:
Auto / 1-16-16-1 / 0-16-8-8 / 1_16-3D1-1 (Default value: Auto)
[Auto]
Automatic select the most optimized setting.
[1-16-16-1]
PEG in blue= x16
PEG in black=x1
[0-16-8-8]
PEG1=Disabled
PEG2=x16, PEG3&4=x8
[8-8-16-0]
PEG1&2=x8, PEG3=x16
PEG4=Disabled
[8-8-8-8]
PEGs are all x8
Init Display First
This feature allows you to select the first initiation of the monitor display from which card when you
install a PCI card and a PCI Express VGA card on the motherboard.
PCI Slot
Set Init Display First to PCI VGA card.
PEG (SLOT2) Set Init Display First to PCI Express VGA card (Slot2). (Default value)
PEG (SLOT1) Set Init Display First to PCI Express VGA card (Slot1).
PEG (SLOT3) Set Init Display First to PCI Express VGA card (Slot3).
PEG (SLOT4) Set Init Display First to PCI Express VGA card (Slot4).
SLI Broadcast Aperture
Auto
Disabled
Set SLI Broadcast Aperture to Auto.
Disable this function. (Default value)
Robust Graphics Booster
Select the options can enhance the VGA graphics card bandwidth to get higher performance.
Auto
Set Robust Graphics Booster to Auto. (Default value)
Fast
Set Robust Graphics Booster to Fast.
Turbo
Set Robust Graphics Booster to Turbo.
CPU Voltage Control
Supports adjustable CPU Voltage at 0.0125V. (Default value: Normal)
Warning: CPU may be damaged or CPU life-cycle may be reduced when CPU is over-voltage.
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DIMM OverVoltage Control
Supports adjustable DIMM OverVoltage at 0.05V.
Normal
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to Normal. (Default value)
+0.10V
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to +0.10V.
+0.15V
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to +0.15V.
+0.20V
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to +0.20V.
+0.25V
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to +0.25V.
+0.30V
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to +0.30V.
+0.35V
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to +0.35V.
+0.40V
Set DIMM OverVoltrage Control to +0.40V.
+0.45V
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to +0.45V.
+0.50V
Set DIMM OverVoltrage Control to +0.50V.
+0.55V
Set DIMM OverVoltage Control to +0.55V.
Warning: Increase DIMM Voltage may get more stable for overclock but it may make damage to DIMM
module.
N. Bridge Voltage Control
Supports adjustable North Bridge OverVoltage at 0.05V.
Normal
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to Normal. (Default value)
+0.10V
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.10V.
+0.15V
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.15V.
+0.20V
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.20V.
+0.25V
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.25V.
+0.30V
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.30V.
+0.35V
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.35V.
+0.40V
Set N. Bridge Voltrage Control to +0.40V.
+0.45V
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.45V.
+0.50V
Set N. Bridge Voltrage Control to +0.50V.
+0.55V
Set N. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.55V.
Warning: Increase N. Bridge Voltage may get more stable for overclock but it may make damage to
PCI-E Device.
S. Bridge Voltage Control
Supports adjustable Sourth Bridge OverVoltage at 0.05V.
Normal
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to Normal. (Default value)
+0.10V
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.10V.
+0.15V
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.15V.
+0.20V
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.20V.
+0.25V
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.25V.
+0.30V
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.30V.
+0.35V
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.35V.
+0.40V
Set S. Bridge Voltrage Control to +0.40V.
+0.45V
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.45V.
+0.50V
Set S. Bridge Voltrage Control to +0.50V.
+0.55V
Set S. Bridge Voltage Control to +0.55V.
Warning: Increase S. Bridge Voltage may get more stable for overclock but it may make damage to
PCI-E Device.
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FSB OverVoltage Control
Supports adjustable Front Side Bus OverVoltage at 0.025V.
Normal
Set FSB OverVoltrage Control to Normal. (Default value)
+0.025V
Set FSB OverVoltrage Control to +0.025V.
+0.050V
Set FSB OverVoltrage Control to +0.050V.
+0.075V
Set FSB OverVoltrage Control to +0.075V.
+0.100V
Set FSB OverVoltrage Control to +0.100V.
+0.125V
Set FSB OverVoltrage Control to +0.125V.
+0.150V
Set FSB OverVoltrage Control to +0.150V.
+0.175V
Set FSB OverVoltrage Control to +0.175V.
PCIE Frequency(MHz)
Display your PCIE Frequency.
LDT Frequency(MHz)
Set
Set
Set
Set
Set
Set
LDT Frequency to 1X.
LDT Frequency to 2X.
LDT Frequency to 3X.
LDT Frequency to 4X.(Default value)
LDT Frequency to 5X.
LDT Frequency to 3.5X.
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BIOS Setup
English
2-8
Select Language
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
`
`
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
`
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PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Multi-language supports 7 languages. There are English, French, German, Spanish, Traditional Chinese,
Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
2-9
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
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Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
`
`
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Load Fail-Safe DefaultsSet
(Y/N)?
User NPassword
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
Esc: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Fail-Safe defaults contain the most appropriate values of the system parameters that allow minimum
system performance.
2-10 Load Optimized Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
`
`
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
`
`
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Load Optimized DefaultsSet
(Y/N)?
User N
Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
Esc: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Selecting this field loads the factory defaults for BIOS and Chipset Features which the system automatically detects.
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English
2-11 Set Supervisor/User Password
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
`
`
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
`
`
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
`
`
PnP/PCI Configurations
Enter Password:
PC Health Status
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Exit Without Saving
Esc: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Change/Set/Disable Password
When you select this function, the following message will appear at the center of the screen to assist
you in creating a password.
Type the password, up to eight characters, and press <Enter>. You will be asked to confirm the
password. Type the password again and press <Enter>. You may also press <Esc> to abort the
selection and not enter a password.
To disable password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter password. A message
"PASSWORD DISABLED" will appear to confirm the password being disabled. Once the password is
disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup freely.
The BIOS Setup program allows you to specify two separate passwords:
SUPERVISOR PASSWORD and a USER PASSWORD. When disabled, anyone may access all BIOS
Setup program function. When enabled, the Supervisor password is required for entering the BIOS
Setup program and having full configuration fields, the User password is required to access only basic
items.
If you select "System" at "Password Check" in Advance BIOS Features Menu, you will be prompted
for the password every time the system is rebooted or any time you try to enter Setup Menu.
If you select "Setup" at "Password Check" in Advance BIOS Features Menu, you will be prompted only
when you try to enter Setup.
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BIOS Setup
English
2-12 Save & Exit Setup
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
`
`
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
`
`
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
`
`
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)? Y
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
Esc: Quit
F3: Change Language
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Save & Exit Setup
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility and save the user setup value to RTC CMOS.
Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.
2-13 Exit Without Saving
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
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Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
`
`
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
`
`
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
Quit Without Saving (Y/N)? N
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
Esc: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Abandon all Data
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility without saving to RTC CMOS.
Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.
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Pictures below are shown in Windows XP.
Insert the driver CD-title that came with your motherboard into your CD-ROM drive, the driver
CD-title will auto start and show the installation guide. If not, please double click the CD-ROM
device icon in "My computer", and execute the Setup.exe.
3-1
Install Chipset Drivers
After insert the driver CD, "Xpress Install" will scan automatically the system and then list all the drivers that
recommended to install. The "Xpress Install" uses the"Click and Go" technology to install the drivers
automatically. Just select the drivers you want then click the "GO" button. The "Xpress Install" will execute
the installation for you automatically.
1
1
Some device drivers will restart your system automatically. After restarting your system the "Xpress
Install" will continue to install other drivers.
System will reboot automatically after install the drivers, afterward you can install others application.
For USB2.0 driver support under Windows XP operating system, please use Windows Service
Pack. After install Windows Service Pack, it will show a question mark "?" in "Universal Serial Bus
controller" under "Device Manager". Please remove the question mark and restart the system
(System will auto-detect the right USB2.0 driver).
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Drivers Installation
English
Chapter 3 Drivers Installation
English
3-2
Software Application
This page displays all the tools that Gigabyte developed and some free software, you can choose anyone
you want and press "install" to install them.
3-3
Software Information
This page lists the contents of software and drivers in this CD-title.
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Hardware Information
English
3-4
This page lists all device you have for this motherboard.
3-5
Contact Us
Please see the last page for details.
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Drivers Installation
English
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4-1
English
Chapter 4 Appendix
Unique Software Utilities
(Not all model support these Unique Software Utilities, please check your MB features.)
U-PLUS D.P.S. (Universal Plus Dual Power System)
The U-Plus Dual Power System (U-Plus DPS) is a revolutionary eight-phase power circuit
built for ultimate system protection. Designed to withstand varying current levels and
changes, the U-Plus D.P.S. provides an immensely durable and stable power circuit to the
CPU for solid system stability. These characteristics make it the ideal companion with the
latest LGA775 Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor as well as future Intel® processors. As well, 4
blue LED's are mounted on the U-Plus D.P.S. for intelligent indication of system loading.
M.I.T. (Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker)
Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.) allows user to access and change BIOS feature
settings with relative speed and ease. Through GIGABYTE M.I.T. feature the user is no
longer required to switch into different modes within BIOS setup in order to change system
settings such as the CPU system bus, memory timings or to enabled Gigabyte's unique
C.I.A. 2 and M.I.B. 2 features. M.I.T.'s integration of all platform performance settings into
a single mode now gives any user the ability to control and enhance their computer system
to the desired level.
C.I.A.2 (CPU Intelligent Accelerator 2)
GIGABYTE CPU Intelligent Accelerator 2(C.I.A. 2) is designed to automatically adjust CPU
computing power to maximize system performance. When enabled, the program detects
the current CPU loading and automatically accelerates the CPU computing performance to
allow for a faster and smoother execution of programs. When the function is disabled, the
CPU is returned to its initial status.
M.I.B.2 (Memory Intelligent Booster 2)
Built on the original M.I.B., the new Memory Intelligent Booster 2 (M.I.B. 2) is designed
especially to maximize memory performance and boost memory bandwidth up to 10%.
With added branded memory module information, users are able to optimize memory
performance by selecting from a recommended memory module list.
S.O.S. (System Overclock Saver)
System Overclock Saver (S.O.S.) is a unique feature that eliminates system boot-up errors
resulting from system over-enhancement by the user. With GIGABYTE's proprietary
S.O.S. feature, users no longer need to open up the PC chassis and short-circuit the "Clear
CMOS" pins or the battery on the motherboard to reset the system back to factory default
settings. Instead, S.O.S. automatically resets the overclocked system settings back to their
factory defaults to provide a more user-friendly and reliable platform for users.
Download Center
Download Center allows users to quickly download and update their BIOS as well as the
latest drivers for their system. Download Center automatically runs a system check of the
user PC and provides the user with the current system information as well as displaying a
detailed list of all new drivers with the option for download.
C.O.M. (Corporate Online Management)
A web-based system management tool that allows system hardware information such as
CPU, memory, graphics card, etc. to be monitored and controlled via the Internet, C.O.M.
allows corporate MIS engineers to easily maintain corporate computers such as providing
the most up-to-date drivers and BIOS.(Do not use C.O.M. and @BIOS at the same time.)
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Appendix
English
4-1-1 EasyTune 5 Introduction
EasyTune 5 presents the most convenient Windows based system performance enhancement and
manageability utility. Featuring several powerful yet easy to use tools such as 1) Overclocking for enhancing
system performance, 2) C.I.A. and M.I.B. for special enhancement for CPU and Memory, 3) Smart-Fan
control for managing fan speed control of both CPU cooling fan and North-Bridge Chipset cooling fan, 4) PC
health for monitoring system status.(Note)
User Interface Overview
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
(Note)
Button / Display
Overclocking
C.I.A./C.I.A.2 and M.I.B./M.I.B.2
Smart-Fan
PC Health
GO
"Easy Mode" & "Advance Mode"
Display screen
Function display LEDs
GIGABYTE Logo
Help button
Exit or Minimize button
Description
Enters the Overclocking setting page
Enters the C.I.A./2 and M.I.B./2 setting page
Enters the Smart-Fan setting page
Enters the PC Health setting page
Confirmation and Execution button
Toggles between Easy and Advance Mode
Display panel of CPU frequency
Shows the current functions status
Log on to GIGABYTE website
Display EasyTuneTM 5 Help file
Quit or Minimize EasyTune TM 5 software
EasyTune 5 functions may vary depending on different motherboards.
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Xpress Recovery2 is designed to provide quick backup and restoration of hard disk data. Supporting Microsoft operating systems including
Windows XP/2000/NT/98/Me and DOS, and file systems including
FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS, Xpress Recovery2 is able to back up data
on hard disks on PATA and SATA IDE controllers. After Xpress Recovery2 is executed from CD-ROM
for the first time, it will stay permanent in your hard disk. If you wish to run Xpress Recovery2 later, you
can simply press F9 during system bootup to enter Xpress Recovery2 without the CD-ROM.
System requirements:
1. Intel x86 platforms
2. At least 64M bytes of system memory
3. VESA-supported VGA cards
How to use the Xpress Recovery2
Initial access by booting from CD-ROM and subsequent access by pressing the F9 key:
Steps: After entering BIOS Setup, go to Advanced BIOS Feature and set to boot from CD-ROM. Save
the settings and exit the BIOS Setup. Insert the provided driver CD into your CD-ROM drive. Upon
system restart, the message which says "Boot from CD/DVD:" will appear in the bottom left corner
of the screen. Press any key to enter Xpress Recovery2.
After the steps above are completed, subsequent access to Xpress Recovery2 can be made
by simply pressing the <F9> key during system power-on.
.
.
Boot from CD/DVD:
Press any key to startup XpressRecovery2.....
Boot from CD/DVD:
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2004, Award Software, Inc.
Intel 945 BIOS for 8I945GME E7
.
.
.
.
<DEL>:BIOS Setup/Q-Flash, <F9>: Xpress Recovery2, <F12>For Boot Menu
11/07/2005-I945-6A79HG0GC-00
<F9> Xpress Recovery2
1. If you have already entered Xpress Recovery2 by booting from the CD-ROM, you can
enter Xpress Recovery2 by pressing the <F9> key in the future.
2. System storage capacity and the reading/writing speed of the hard disk will affect
the data backup speed.
3. It is recommended that Xpress Recovery2 be immediately installed once you complete installations of OS and all required drivers as well as software.
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English
4-1-2 Xpress Recovery2 Introduction
English
The Main Screen of Xpress Recovery2
1. RESTORE:
Restore the backed-up data to your hard disk.
(This button will not appear if there is no backup
file.)
2. BACKUP:
Back up data from hard disk.
3. REMOVE:
Remove previously-created backup files
to release disk space.
(This button will not appear if there is no backup
file.)
4. REBOOT:
Exit the main screen and restart the system.
Limitations:
1.
2.
3.
Not compatible to Xpress Recovery.
For the use of Xpress Recovery2, a primary partition must be reserved.
Xpress Recovery2 will store the backup file at the end of the hard disk, so free space available
on the hard disk for the backup file must be allocated in advance. (A minimum 4GB is recommended but the actual space is dependent on the size of the data to be backed up)
4. Capable of backing up hard disks installed with Windows operating systems including DOS and
Windows XP/2000/NT/9x/Me.
5. USB hard disks are currently not supported.
6. Does not support RAID/AHCI (class code 0104/0106) hard disks.
7. Capable of backing up and restoring only the first physical hard disk.
Hard disks detection sequence is as follows:
a. PATA IDE primary channel
b. PATA IDE secondary channel
c . SATA IDE channel 1
d. SATA IDE channel 2
e. SATA IDE channel 3
f. SATA IDE channel 4
Precautions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
When using hard disks with more than 128G under Windows 2000, be sure to execute the
EnableBigLba.exe program from the driver CD before data backup.
It is normal that data backup takes longer time than data restoration.
Xpress Recovery2 is compliant with the GPL regulations.
On a few motherboards based on Nvidia chipsets, BIOS update is required for Xpress Recovery2
to correctly identify RAID and SATA IDE mode. Please contact your motherboard manufacturer.
Xpress Recovery2 supports only PATA hard disks and not SATA hard disks on the following
motherboards (As this is a BIOS-related issue, it can be solved by BIOS update)
GA-K8NXP-9
GA-8N-SLI Royal
GA-K8U
GA-K8N Ultra-9
GA-8N-SLI Pro
GA-K8U-9
GA-8N-SLI
GA-K8NF-9 (PCB Ver. 1.0)
GA-K8NXP-SLI
GA-K8NE (PCB Ver. 1.0)
GA-K8N Ultra-SLI
GA-K8NMF-9
GA-K8N Pro-SLI
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A. What is Dual BIOS Technology?
Dual BIOS means that there are two system BIOS (ROM) on the
motherboard, one is the Main BIOS and the other is Backup BIOS.
Under the normal circumstances, the system works on the Main BIOS. If the Main BIOS is corrupted or
damaged, the Backup BIOS can take over while the system is powered on. This means that your PC will still
be able to run stably as if nothing has happened in your BIOS.
B. How to use Dual BIOS and Q-Flash Utility?
a. After power on the computer, pressing <Del> immediately during POST (Power On Self Test) it will allow
you to enter Award BIOS CMOS SETUP, then press <F8> to enter Flash utility.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
`
`
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
`
`
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Set Supervisor Password
Set User Password
`
`
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
KLJI: Select Item
F10: Save & Exit Setup
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
b.
Dual BIOS / Q-Flash Programming Utility
Dual BIOS Utility V1.33
Boot From.................................................
Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size...............................
Backup ROM Type/Size...........................
Wide Range Protection
Boot From
Auto Recovery
Halt On Error
SST 49LF004A
SST 49LF004A
512K
512K
Disable
Main Bios
Enable
Disable
Keep DMI Data
Enable
Copy Main ROM Data to Backup
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Update Main BIOS from Floppy
Update Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
PgDn/PgUp: Modify
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
KL: Move
ESC: Reset
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F10: Power Off
Appendix
English
4-1-3 Flash BIOS Method Introduction
English
c.
Dual BIOS Item explanation:
Wide Range Protection: Disable(Default), Enable
Status 1:
If any failure (ex. Update ESCD failure, checksum error or reset? occurs in the Main BIOS, just before the
Operating System is loaded and after the power is on, and that the Wide Range Protection is set to "Enable",
the PC will boot from Backup BIOS automatically.
Status 2:
If the ROM BIOS on peripherals cards(ex. SCSI Cards, LAN Cards,..) emits signals torequest restart of the
system after the user make any alteration on it, the boot up BIOS will not be changed to the Backup BIOS.
Boot From : Main BIOS(Default), Backup BIOS
Status 1:
The user can set to boot from main BIOS or Backup BIOS.
Status 2:
If one of the main BIOS or the Backup BIOS fails, this item "Boot From : Main BIOS(Default)" will
become gray and will not be changed by user.
Auto Recovery : Enable(Default), Disable
When one of the Main BIOS or Backup BIOS occurs checksum failure, the working BIOS will automatically
recover the BIOS of checksum failure.
(In the Power Management Setup of the BIOS Setting, if ACPI Suspend Type is set to Suspend to RAM, the
Auto Recovery will be set to Enable automatically.)
(If you want to enter the BIOS setting, please press "Del" key when the boot screen appears.)
Halt On Error : Disable(Default), Enable
If the BIOS occurs a checksum error or the Main BIOS occurs a WIDE RANGE PROTECTION error and Halt
On Error set to Enable, the PC will show messages on the boot screen, and the system will pause and wait
for the user's instruction.
If Auto Recovery :Disable, it will show <or the other key to continue.>
If Auto Recovery :Enable, it will show <or the other key to Auto Recover.>
Keep DMI Data : Enable(Default), Disable
Enable: The DMI data won't be replaced by flashing new BIOS.(recommend)
Disable: The DMI data will be replaced by flashing new BIOS.
Copy Main ROM Data to Backup
(If you boot from Backup ROM, this item will change to Copy Backup ROM Data to Main)
Auto recovery message:
BIOS Recovery: Main to Backup
The means that the Main BIOS works normally and could automatically recover the Backup BIOS.
BIOS Recovery: Backup to Main
The means that the Backup BIOS works normally and could automatically recover the Main BIOS.
(This auto recovery utility is set by system automatically and can’t be changed by user.)
Load Default Settings
Load dual BIOS default value.
Save Settings to CMOS
Save revised setting.
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Q-Flash TM is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. With this utility,
users only have to stay in the BIOS menu when they want to update
BIOS. Q-Flash TM allows users to flash BIOS without any utility in DOS or
TM
Windows. Using Q-Flash indicating no more fooling around with any complicated instructions and
operating system since it is in the BIOS menu.
Please note that because updating BIOS has potential risk, please do it with caution!! We are
sorry that Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd is not responsible for damages of system because of
incorrect manipulation of updating BIOS to avoid any claims from end-users.
Before You Begin:
Before you start updating BIOS with the Q-Flash TM utility, please follow the steps below first.
1.
2.
3.
Download the latest BIOS for your motherboard from Gigabyte's website.
Extract the BIOS file downloaded and save the BIOS file (the one with model name.Fxx. For example,
8KNXPU.Fba) to a floppy disk.
Reboot your PC and press Del to enter BIOS menu.
The BIOS upgrading guides below are separated into two parts.
If your motherboard has dual-BIOS, please refer to Part One.
If your motherboard has single-BIOS, please refer to Part Two.
Part One:
Updating BIOS with Q-FlashTM Utility on Dual BIOS Motherboards.
Some of Gigabyte motherboards are equipped with dual BIOS. In the BIOS menu of the motherboards
supporting Q-Flash and Dual BIOS, the Q-Flash utility and Dual BIOS utility are combined in the same
screen. This section only deals with how to use Q-Flash utility.
In the following sections, we take GA-8KNXP Ultra as the example to guide you how to flash BIOS
from an older version to the latest version. For example, from Fa3 to Fba.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2003, Award Software, Inc.
The BIOS file is Fa3
before updating
Intel i875P AGPset BIOS for 8KNXP Ultra Fa3
Check System Health OK , VCore = 1.5250
Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.6GHz (133x12)
<CPUID : 0F27 Patch ID : 0027>
Memory Testing : 131072K OK
Memory Frequency 266 MHz in Single Channel
Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08
Primary Slave : None
Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101
Secondary Slave : None
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Dual BIOS / Q-Flash / F9 For Xpress Recovery
08/07/2003-i875P-6A79BG03C-00
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Appendix
English
Method 1 : Q-FlashTM Utility
English
Entering the Q-FlashTM utility:
Step1: To use Q-Flash utility, you must press Del in the boot screen to enter BIOS menu.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
`
`
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
`
`
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
`
`
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
Step 2: Press F8 button on your keyboard and then Y button to enter the Dual BIOS/Q-Flash utility.
Exploring the Q-FlashTM / Dual BIOS utility screen
The Q-Flash / Dual BIOS utility screen consists of the following key components.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From...................................... Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size...................... SST 49LF004A
Backup ROM Type/Size.................. SST 49LF004A
Task menu for
Dual BIOS
utility
Task menu for
Q-FlashTM utility
Dual BIOS utility bar
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
Auto Recovery Enable
Halt On Error Disable
Copy Main ROM Data to Backup
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
Enter : Run
KL:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
Q-FlashTM utility title
bar
Action bar
Task menu for Dual BIOS utility:
Contains the names of eight tasks and two item showing information about the BIOS ROM type. Blocking a
task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable execution of the task.
Task menu for Q-Flash utility:
Contains the names of four tasks. Blocking a task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable execution of the task.
Action bar:
Contains the names of four actions needed to operate the Q-Flash/Dual BIOS utility. Pressing the buttons
mentioned on your keyboards to perform these actions.
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This section tells you how to update BIOS using the Q-Flash utility. As described in the "Before you begin"
section above, you must prepare a floppy disk having the BIOS file for your motherboard and insert it to your
computer. If you have already put the floppy disk into your system and have entered the Q-Flash utility,
please follow the steps below to flash BIOS.
Steps:
1.
Press arrow buttons on your keyboard to move the light bar to "Load Main BIOS from Floppy" item in
the Q-Flash menu and press Enter button.
Later, you will see a box pop up showing the BIOS files you previously downloaded to the floppy disk.
If you want to save the current BIOS for backup purpose, you can begin Step 1 with "Save Main
BIOS to Floppy" item.
2. Move to the BIOS file you want to flash and press Enter.
In this example, we only download one BIOS file to the floppy disk so only one BIOS file,
8KNXPU.Fba, is listed.
Please confirm again you have the correct BIOS file for your motherboard.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From...................................... Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size...................... SST 49LF004A
Backup ROM Type/Size.................. SST 49LF004A
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
1 file(s)Main
foundBios
Boot From
8KNXPU.Fba
512K
Auto Recovery Enable
Halt On Error Disable
Total size Copy
: 1.39M
Free
size
:
911.50K
Main ROM Data to Backup
F5 : Refresh
DEL : Delete
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
Enter : Run
KL:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
BIOS file in the floppy
disk.
After pressing Enter, you'll then see the progress of reading the BIOS file from the floppy disk.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From...................................... Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size...................... SST 49LF004A
Backup ROM Type/Size.................. SST 49LF004A
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
Reading BIOS file from floppy ...
Auto Recovery Enable
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.....................
Halt On Error Disable
Copy Main ROM Data to Backup
Don't Turn Off Power or Reset System
Load Default Settings
Enter : Run
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
KL:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
Do not trun off power or
reset your system at this
stage!!
After BIOS file is read, you'll see a confirmation dialog box asking you "Are you sure to update BIOS?"
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Using the Q-FlashTM utility:
English
3. Press Y button on your keyboard after you are sure to update BIOS.
Then it will begin to update BIOS. The progress of updating BIOS will be displayed.
Please do not take out the floppy disk when it begins flashing BIOS.
4. Press any keys to return to the Q-Flash menu when the BIOS updating procedure is completed.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From...................................... Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size...................... SST 49LF004A
Backup ROM Type/Size.................. SST 49LF004A
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
Auto
Recovery
Enable - Pass !!
!!
Copy
BIOS completed
Halt On Error Disable
Copy
Main
ROM
Data
to continue
Backup
Please press any key to
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
Enter : Run
KL:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
5.
You can repeat Step 1 to
4 to flash the backup
BIOS, too.
Press Esc and then Y button to exit the Q-Flash utility. The computer will restart automatically after
you exit Q-Flash.
Dual BIOS Utility
Boot From...................................... Main Bios
Main ROM Type/Size...................... SST 49LF004A
Backup ROM Type/Size.................. SST 49LF004A
512K
512K
Wide Range Protection Disable
Boot From Main Bios
AutoAre
Recovery
you sure Enable
to RESET ?
Halt On Error Disable
Copy
Main
ROM
Data
to Backup
[Enter] to continure or [Esc]
to abort...
Load Default Settings
Save Settings to CMOS
Q-Flash Utility
Load Main BIOS from Floppy
Load Backup BIOS from Floppy
Save Main BIOS to Floppy
Save Backup BIOS to Floppy
Enter : Run
KL:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
After system reboots, you may find the BIOS version on your boot screen becomes the one you flashed.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2003, Award Software, Inc.
The BIOS file
becomes Fba after
updating.
Intel i875P AGPset BIOS for 8KNXP Ultra Fba
Check System Health OK , VCore = 1.5250
Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.6GHz (133x12)
<CPUID : 0F27 Patch ID : 0027>
Memory Testing : 131072K OK
Memory Frequency 266 MHz in Single Channel
Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08
Primary Slave : None
Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101
Secondary Slave : None
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Dual BIOS / Q-Flash / F9 For Xpress Recovery
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Press Del to enter BIOS menu after system reboots. When you are in BIOS menu, move to
Load Fail-Safe Defaults item and press Enter to load BIOS Fail-Safe Defaults. Normally the system
redetects all devices after BIOS has been upgraded. Therefore, we highly recommend reloading the
BIOS defaults after BIOS has been upgraded.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software
`
Standard CMOS Features
Select Language
`
`
Advanced BIOS Features
Integrated Peripherals
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
`
`
Power Management Setup
PnP/PCI Configurations
`
`
PC Health Status
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Set Supervisor
Password
Load Fail-Safe Defaults (Y/N)?
Y
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F3: Change Language
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
Press Y on your keyboard to load defaults.
7.
Select Save & Exit Setup item to save the settings to CMOS and exit the BIOS menu.
System will reboot after you exit the BIOS menu. The procedure is completed.
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`
`
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
`
`
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
`
`
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Select Language
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor
Password
Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)?
Y
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
Press Y on your keyboard to save and exit.
Part Two:
Updating BIOS with Q-FlashTM Utility on Single-BIOS Motherboards.
This part guides users of single-BIOS motherboards how to update BIOS using the Q-Flash TM utility.
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`
`
Standard CMOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features
Top Performance
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
`
`
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
Load Optimized Defaults
Set Supervisor Password
`
`
PnP/PCI Configurations
PC Health Status
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
`
MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Exit Without Saving
ESC: Quit
F8: Q-Flash
F3: Change Language
F10: Save & Exit Setup
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
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6.
English
Exploring the Q-FlashTM utility screen
The Q-FlashBIOS utility screen consists of the following key components.
Q-FlashTM utility bar
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
Task menu for
Q-FlashTM utility
Enter : Run
Keep DMI Data Enable
Update BIOS from Floppy
Save BIOS to Floppy
KL:Move
ESC:Reset
256K
F10:Power Off
Action bar
Task menu for Q-Flash utility:
Contains the names of three tasks. Blocking a task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable
execution of the task.
Action bar:
Contains the names of four actions needed to operate the Q-Flash utility. Pressing the buttons mentioned on
your keyboards to perform these actions.
Using the Q-FlashTM utility:
This section tells you how to update BIOS using the Q-Flash utility. As described in the "Before you begin"
section above, you must prepare a floppy disk having the BIOS file for your motherboard and insert it to your
computer. If you have already put the floppy disk into your system and have entered the Q-Flash utility,
please follow the steps below to flash BIOS.
Steps:
1.
Press arrow buttons on your keyboard to move the light bar to "Update BIOS from Floppy" item in the
Q-Flash menu and press Enter button.
Later, you will see a box pop up showing the BIOS files you previously downloaded to the floppy disk.
If you want to save the current BIOS for backup purpose, you can begin Step 1 with "Save BIOS
to Floppy" item.
2.
Move to the BIOS file you want to flash and press Enter.
In this example, we only download one BIOS file to the floppy disk so only one BIOS file,
8GE800.F4, is listed.
Please confirm again you have the correct BIOS file for your motherboard.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
256K
1 file(s) found
8GE800.F4Keep DMI Data Enable
256K
Update BIOS from Floppy
Save
BIOS
to
Floppy
Total size : 1.39M
Free size : 1.14M
Enter
ESC:Reset
F5: :Run
Refresh KL:Move
DEL : Delete F10:Power Off
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
Keep
Reading BIOS
fileDMI
fromData
floppyEnable
...
Update BIOS from Floppy
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.....................
Save BIOS to Floppy
EnterDon't
: RunTurn OffKL:Move
Power or ResetESC:Reset
System
BIOS file in the floppy
disk.
256K
Do not trun off power or
reset your system at
F10:Power Off
this stage!!
After BIOS file is read, you'll see a confirmation dialog box asking you "Are you sure to update BIOS?"
Please do not take out the floppy disk when it begins flashing BIOS.
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Press Y button on your keyboard after you are sure to update BIOS.
Then it will begin to update BIOS. The progress of updating BIOS will be shown at the same time.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
256K
Keep DMI
Data BIOS
Enable
Updating
Now
Update BIOS from Floppy
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.........................
Save BIOS to Floppy
EnterDon't
: RunTurn OffKL:Move
F10:Power Off
Power or ResetESC:Reset
System
4.
reset your system
at this stage!!
Press any keys to return to the Q-Flash menu when the BIOS updating procedure is completed.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
Enter : Run
5.
Do not trun off power or
256K
Keep DMI Data Enable
!! Copy
BIOSBIOS
completed
- Pass !!
Update
from Floppy
Save BIOS to Floppy
Please press any key to continue
KL:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
Press Esc and then Y button to exit the Q-Flash utility. The computer will restart automatically after
you exit Q-Flash.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30
Flash Type/Size.................................SST 49LF003A
256K
Keep DMI Data Enable
Are
you sure
RESET
?
Update
BIOStofrom
Floppy
Save BIOS to Floppy
[Enter] to continure or [Esc] to abort...
Enter : Run
KL:Move
ESC:Reset
F10:Power Off
After system reboots, you may find the BIOS version on your boot screen becomes the one you flashed.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright (C) 1984-2003, Award Software, Inc.
The BIOS file
becomes F4 after
updating
Intel 845GE AGPSet BIOS for 8GE800 F4
Check System Health OK
Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.7GHz (100x17.0)
<CPUID : 0F0A Patch ID : 0009>
Memory Testing : 122880K OK + 8192K Shared Memory
Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08
Primary Slave : None
Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101
Secondary Slave : None
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Q-Flash
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6.
Press Del to enter BIOS menu after system reboots and "Load BIOS Fail-Safe Defaults". See how
to Load BIOS Fail-Safe Defaults, please kindly refer to Step 6 to 7 in Part One.
Congratulation!! You have updated BIOS successfully!!
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3.
English
Method 2 : @BIOSTM Utility
If you do not have a DOS startup disk, we recommend that you use the
new @BIOS utility. @BIOS allows users to update their BIOS under
Windows. Just select the desired @BIOS server to download the latest
version of BIOS.
Fig 1. Installing the @BIOS utility
Fig 2. Installation complete and run @BIOS
Click Start/ Programs/ GIGABYTE/@BIOS
Select @BIOS item than click Install
Fig 3. The @BIOS utility
Click "3"
Fig 4. Select the desired @BIOS server
Click "Update New BIOS"
1. Methods and steps:
I. Update BIOS through Internet
a. Click "Internet Update" icon
b. Click "Update New BIOS" icon
c. Select @BIOSTM sever
d. Select the exact model name on your motherboard
e. System will automatically download and update the BIOS.
II. Update BIOS NOT through Internet:
a. Do not click "Internet Update" icon
b. Click "Update New BIOS"
c. Please select "All Files" in dialog box while opening the old file.
d. Please search for BIOS unzip file, downloading from internet or any other methods (such as:
8NSLIQ.F1).
e. Complete update process following the instruction.
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IV. Check out supported motherboard and Flash ROM:
In the very beginning, there is "About this program" icon shown in dialog box. It can help you check out
which kind of motherboard and which brand of Flash ROM are supported.
2. Note:
I.
In method I, if it shows two or more motherboard's model names to be selected, please make
sure your motherboard's model name again. Selecting wrong model name will cause the
system unbooted.
II. In method II, be sure that motherboard's model name in BIOS unzip file are the same as your
motherboard's. Otherwise, your system won't boot.
III. In method I, if the BIOS file you need cannot be found in @BIOS TM server, please go onto
Gigabyte's web site for downloading and updating it according to method II.
IV. Please note that any interruption during updating will cause system unbooted
V. Do not use @BIOS and C.O.M. (Corporate Online Management) at the same time.
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III. Save BIOS
In the very beginning, there is "Save Current BIOS" icon shown in dialog box. It means to save the
current BIOS version.
English
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4-1-4 Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s) (Controller: nVIDIA nForce4 SLI)
To configure SATA hard drive(s), follow the steps below:
(1)
(2)
(3)*
(4)
Install SATA hard drive(s) in your system.
Configure SATA controller mode and boot sequence in BIOS Setup.
Configure RAID set in RAID BIOS.
Make a floppy disk containing the SATA controller driver.
(5) Install the SATA controller driver during OS installation.
Before you begin
Please prepare:
(a) At least two SATA hard drives (to ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that you use two
hard drives with identical model and capacity). If you do not want to create RAID, you may prepare
only one hard drive.
(b) An empty formatted floppy disk.
(c) Windows XP/2000 setup disk.
(d) Driver CD for your motherboard.
(1)
Installing SATA hard drive(s) in your computer
Attach one end of the SATA signal cable to the rear of the SATA hard drive and the other end to available
SATA port(s) on the motherboard. If there are more than one SATA controller on your motherboard, you
may refer to the motherboard user's manual to identify the SATA controller for the connector. Then
connect the power connector from your power supply to the hard drive.
(2)
Configuring SATA controller mode and boot sequence in BIOS Setup
You have to make sure whether the SATA controller is configured correctly in system BIOS Setup and
set BIOS boot sequence for the SATA hard drive(s)/RAID array.
Step 1:
Turn on your computer and press Del to enter BIOS Setup during POST (Power-On Self Test). In the
example in Figure 1, make sure that Serial-ATAII 1 or Serial-ATAII 2 under the Integrated Peripherals menu is enabled (Serial-ATAII1 controls the SATAII0/1 connectors and Serial-ATAII2 controls the
SATAII2/3 connectors). If you wish to create RAID array, press ENTER on the IDE/SATAII RAID
Config item to enter the submenu .
"*" Skip this step if you do not want to create RAID array on the SATA controller.
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Integrated Peripherals
IDE/SATAII RAID Config
On-Chip USB
USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
AC97 Audio
Onboard LAN2 Function
Onboard LAN Function
Onboard 1394 Function
Onboard Serial Port 1
i-Lock
UART Mode Select
x UR2 Duplex Mode
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
[Press Enter]
[V1.1+V2.0]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[Enabled]
[Normal]
Half
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Figure 1
In the IDE/SATAII RAID Config submenu, enable IDE/SATAII RAID function. Then enable the SATA
ports with hard disks that you want to use for RAID. In the example in Figure 2, enable SATAII 1
Primary/Secondary RAID or SATAII 2 Primary/Secondary RAID). (For example, if you wish to
create RAID with hard disks on the SATAII0 and SATAII1 connectors, set SATAII 1 Primary/Secondary
RAID to Enabled).
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
IDE/SATAII RAID Config
On-Chip IDE Channel0
On-Chip IDE Channel1
IDE1 Conductor Cable
IDE2 Conductor Cable
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Serial-ATAII 1
Serial-ATAII 2
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
IDE/SATAII RAID function
IDE Primary Master RAID
IDE Primary Slave RAID
IDE Secndry Master RAID
IDE Secndry Slave RAID
SATAII 1 Primary RAID
SATAII 1 Secondary RAID
SATAII 2 Primary RAID
SATAII 2 Secondary RAID
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Figure 2
The BIOS Setup menus described in this section may not show the exact settings for your
motherboard. The actual BIOS Setup menu options you will see shall depend on the motherboard
you have and the BIOS version.
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Hard Disk Boot Priority
1. CH2 M.
:
2. CH3 M.
:
3. Bootable Add-in Cards
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
Item Help
Menu Level
Use < > or < > to
select a device, then
press <+> to move it
up, or <-> to move it
down the list. Press
<ESC> to exit this
menu.
: Move
PU/PD/+/-: Change Priority
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
Figure 3
After configuring the SATA controller mode in system BIOS, if you wish to create RAID, save the settings
and exit. Then go to RAID BIOS (refer to page 6) to configure the RAID array. After finished, re-enter the
system BIOS Setup to set hard disk boot priority before OS installation. Select Hard Disk Boot Priority
under the Advanced BIOS Features menu. In the Hard Disk Boot Priority submenu, select the
RAID array onto which you wish to install Microsoft Windows 2000/XP (Figure 4).
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Hard Disk Boot Priority
1. SCSI-0:
NVIDIA MIRROR 111.7
2. Bootable Add-in Cards
Item Help
Menu Level
Use < > or < > to
select a device, then
press <+> to move it
up, or <-> to move it
down the list. Press
<ESC> to exit this
menu.
: Move
PU/PD/+/-: Change Priority
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
Figure 4
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Step 2:
If you do not create RAID, select Hard Disk Boot Priority under the Advanced BIOS Features
menu. In the Hard Disk Boot Priority submenu, select the model of the SATA hard drive onto which
you wish to install Microsoft Windows 2000/XP. You should see a screen similar to Figure 3 below.
English
Step 3:
To boot from Windows installation CD-ROM, set First Boot Device under the Advanced BIOS
Features menu to CD-ROM (Figure 5).
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Advanced BIOS Features
Hard Disk Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Password Check
CPU Hyper-Threading #
Limit CPUID Max. to 3
No-Execute Memory Protect (Note)
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) (Note)
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) (Note)
CPU EIST Function (Note)
Full Screen LOGO Show
[Press Enter]
[CDROM]
[Hard Disk]
[CDROM]
[Disabled]
[Setup]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Figure 5
Step 4:
Save and exit BIOS Setup.
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Item Help
Menu Level
Select Hard Disk Boot
Device Priority
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Configuring RAID set in RAID BIOS
Enter the RAID BIOS setup utility to configure a RAID array. Skip this step and proceed to Section 4 if
you do not want to create RAID.
Step 1:
After the POST memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins, look for a message
which says "Press F10 to enter RAID setup utility" (Figure 6). Hit the F10 key to enter the RAID BIOS
setup utility.
MediaShield IDE ROM BIOS 5.16
Copyright (C) 2005 NVIDIA Corp.
Detecting array ...
Press F10 to enter RAID setup utility ...
Figure 6
Step 2:
The Define a New Array screen is the first option screen when you enter the NVIDIA RAID setup utility.
(Figure 7). You can press the TAB key to highlight through options.
Step 3:
In the RAID Mode field, use the UP or DOWN ARROW key to select a RAID mode. The supported RAID
modes include Mirroring (default), Striping, Stripe Mirroring, Spanning and Raid 5. The following is an
example of RAID 0 array creation.
Step 4:
If RAID 0 (Striping) is selected, you can manually set the striping block size. In the Striping Block field,
use the UP or DOWN ARROW key to set the Striping Block size. The KB is the standard unit of Striping
Block size. We recommend you leaving it to the default setting--Optimal (64K). The size range is from
4K to 128K.
MediaShield RAID Utility Feb 8 2005
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Block: Optimal
Free Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
Array Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
2.0.M
2.1.M
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
[ ] Add
[ ] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[
] Select
[ENTER] Popup
Figure 7
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(3)
English
Step 5:
Next, select the hard drives which you wish to be included in the disk array. The Free Disks section
displays the information about the currently installed SATA hard drives. Press the TAB key to move to
the Free Disks section. Select the target hard drives using the UP or DOWN ARROW key and use the
RIGHT ARROW key to add the hard drives to the Array Disks section (Figure 8).
MediaShield RAID Utility Feb 8 2005
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Block: Optimal
Free Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
Array Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
2.0.M
2.1.M
[ ] Add
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
[ ] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[
] Select
[ENTER] Popup
Figure 8
Step 6:
Press F7 after selecting the target hard disks. A message which says "Clear disk data?" will appear
(Figure 9). If you are sure to clear the data in the selected hard drives, press Y. (If the hard drives
contain previously created RAID array, you need to press Y to clear the data from the hard drives.)
MediaShield RAID Utility Feb 8 2005
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Block: Optimal
Free Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
Array Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
Clear disk data ?
1.0.M ST3120026AS
1.1.M ST3120026AS
[ ] Add
[Y] YES
[N] NO
[ ] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
Figure 9
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[
] Select
[ENTER] Popup
MediaShield RAID Utility Feb 8 2005
- Array List Boot
Id
Status
Vendor
Array Model Name
No
2
Healthy
NVIDIA
MIRROR 111.79G
[Ctrl-X] Exit
[
] Select
[B] Set Boot
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
Figure 10
To read more information about the RAID array, press ENTER to enter the Array Detail screen (Figure
11), where you should see detailed information about RAID mode, disk block size, disk model name,
and disk capacity, etc.
Array 2 : NVIDIA MIRROR 111.79G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width : 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
2
0
1
Master
Master
0
1
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
111.79GB
111.79GB
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
[ENTER] Return
Figure 11
To delete the array, press D in the Array Detail screen. When the "Delete this array?" message appears,
press Y to confirm or N to cancel. Press ENTER to return to the Array List screen.
To exit the Nvidia RAID utility, press ESC in the main menu or Ctrl+X in the Array List screen.
Now, you can proceed to install the SATA controller driver and operating system.
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After that, the Array List screen displaying the RAID array you created will appear (Figure 10).
If you want to set the disk array as boot device, use the UP or DOWN ARROW key to select the array
and press B. The Boot section will show Yes.
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Making a SATA controller driver disk
To install Windows 2000/XP onto a SATA hard drive/RAID array on the nVIDIA nForce4 SLI controller
successfully, you need to install required driver for the SATA controller during OS installation. Without
the driver, the hard drive/RAID array may not be recognized during the Windows setup process.
First of all, you need to copy the driver for the SATA controller from the motherboard driver CD to a
floppy disk. The instructions below explain how to copy the driver.
Step 1: Find an available system and insert the motherboard driver CD into the CD-ROM drive. The
installation utility will appear automatically. Quit the installation utility first.
Step 2: Go to My Computer and right-click the CD-ROM drive icon and select Open (Figure 12).
Figure 12
Step 3: Go to the BootDrv folder and look for an executable program named MENU.exe (Figure 13).
Figure 13
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Step 5:
Insert an empty floppy disk and select the nVIDIA Serial ATA driver by pressing the corresponding letter
from the menu (for example, from the menu in Figure 14, press C to select nVIDIA CK804 Series Raid
(XP) if you wish to install Windows XP or press E to select nVIDIA CK804 Series Raid (2K) if you
wish to install Windows 2000). Then it will take about one minute to copy the SATA driver from the
motherboard driver CD to the floppy disk.
Step 6:
Press 0 to exit when the procedure is complete.
(Note): The name of the drivers in the menu might differ, depending on the version of your
driver CD-ROM disk.
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Step 4:
Double-click MENU.exe. An MS-DOS prompt screen similar to Figure 14 below will appear (Note) .
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Installing SATA controller driver during OS installation
Now that you have prepared the SATA driver disk and configured BIOS settings, you are ready to install
Windows 2000/XP onto your SATA hard drive with the driver. The following is an example of Windows
XP installation.
Step 1: Restart your system to boot from the Windows 2000/XP Setup disk and press F6 as soon as
you see the "Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver" message (Figure 15). After
pressing F6, there will be a few moments of some files being loaded before you see the next screen.
Windows Setup
Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver.
Figure 15
Step 2:
When a screen similar to that below appears (Figure 16), insert the floppy disk containing the SATA
driver and press S.
Windows Setup
Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices
installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter.
Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage devices(s)
<none>
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device ENTER=Continue F3=Exit
Figure 16
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Windows Setup
You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows,
using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.
Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC
to return to the previous screen.
NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)
NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller (required)
ENTER=Select F3=Exit
Figure 17
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device Enter=Continue F3=Exit
Figure 18
If a message appears saying one or some file(s) cannot be found, please check the floppy disk
or copy the correct SATA driver again from the motherboard driver CD.
"*" If you want to create RAID, select both NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER and then NVIDIA
NForce Storage Controller.
If you do not create RAID, select NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller only.
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Step 3:
If Setup correctly recognizes the driver in the floppy disk, a controller menu similar to Figure 17 below
will appear. Use the ARROW keys to select NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER* (Figure 17) and press
ENTER. Later, when a screen similar to Figure 18 appears, you must press S to select additional
driver. The screen will return to previous screen as shown in Figure 17. Select NVIDIA NForce
Storage Controller and press ENTER.
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Step 4:
When the next screen (Figure 19) appears, press ENTER to continue the SATA driver installation from
the floppy disk.
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER (required)
NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller (required)
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drives, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device Enter=Continue F3=Exit
Figure 19
After the SATA controller driver installation is completed, you should see a screen similar to that below.
You can proceed with the Windows 2000/XP installation now.
WindowsXP Professional Setup
Welcome to Setup.
This port of the Setup program prepares Microsoft(R)
Windows (R) XP to run on your computer.
To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using
Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Enter= Continue
R=Repair
F3=Exit
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Configuring a bootable RAID array with Microsoft Windows 2000
Problem: Users cannot install Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2 (or previous versions) to a bootable
RAID volume.
There are two solutions to resolve this issue.
Solutions 1:
Use the NVRAID tool (nForce Driver Version 5.xx) to convert the boot volume to a RAID array. Here
are the detailed step-by-step instructions:
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Integrated Peripherals
IDE/SATAII RAID Config
On-Chip USB
USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
AC97 Audio
Onboard LAN2 Function
Onboard LAN Function
Onboard 1394 Function
Onboard Serial Port 1
i-Lock
UART Mode Select
x UR2 Duplex Mode
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
[Press Enter]
[V1.1+V2.0]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[Enabled]
[Normal]
Half
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
Figure 21
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Award Software
IDE/SATAII RAID Config
On-Chip IDE Channel0
On-Chip IDE Channel1
IDE1 Conductor Cable
IDE2 Conductor Cable
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Serial-ATAII 1
Serial-ATAII 2
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
IDE/SATAII RAID function
IDE Primary Master RAID
IDE Primary Slave RAID
IDE Secndry Master RAID
IDE Secndry Slave RAID
SATAII 1 Primary RAID
SATAII 1 Secondary RAID
SATAII 2 Primary RAID
SATAII 2 Secondary RAID
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
: Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F3: Language
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
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Step 1:
Install Windows 2000 onto a selected hard drive. Download and install Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
from Microsoft's website.
Step 2:
After system restarts, press Del to enter system BIOS Setup during POST (Power-On Self Test). Under
the Integrated Peripherals menu (Figure 21) assure the SATA port connecting the SATA hard disk (the
one containing the Windows 2000) is Enabled (Figure 21/22). Save settings and exit the BIOS setup.
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Step 3:
After system restarts, press F10 to enter the NVIDIA RAID setup utility. Select Striping in the RAID Mode
filed (Figure 23). Move to the Free Disks section with the TAB key. Select the desired disk and use the
RIGHT ARROW key to add it to Array Disks menu.
MediaShield RAID Utility Feb 8 2005
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Striping Block: Optimal
Free Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
Array Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
2.0.M
2.1.M
[ ] Add
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
[ ] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[
] Select
[ENTER] Popup
Figure 23
Step 4:
After all the settings, press F7 to complete the configuration. When prompted to Clear Disk Data (Figure
24), press N. Then press CTRL+X to exit the NVIDIA RAID BIOS. Restart the computer to boot into
Windows 2000.
MediaShield RAID Utility Feb 8 2005
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Striping Block: Optimal
Free Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
Array
Clear disk data
? Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
1.0.M
[Y]
NO
[ ]YES
Add [N]1.1.M
ST3120026AS
ST3120026AS
[ ] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
Figure 24
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] Select
[ENTER] Popup
Solutions 2:
Users must create a combination installation CD that includes Windows 2000 and Service Pack 3 or
Service Pack 4 fixes integrated in. To create the combination installation CD, refer to the following
website:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/servicepacks/sp4/HFdeploy.htm
Note: If users choose not to install Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or 4, RAID is still supported on
Windows 2000. However, users will not be able to create a bootable RAID volume.
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Step 5:
Install the NVIDIA nForce Driver Package while in Windows 2000 and reboot the system. Go to START>
Programs>Nvidia Corporation and select NVRAID manager. You should see the single disk RAID
array (in striping mode) that was created from the boot disk. Select the single boot disk RAID Array by
clicking on it. Select Convert Array under the System Tasks and select Next following the instructions.
Select the desired type of RAID array you want to convert and then select Next. You are prompted to
select the desired Free Disk(s) to add to the bootable RAID array. Press Finish then NVRAID will start
converting the single disk RAID array into a multi-disk RAID array in a bootable format.
Note: Conversion may take 1~2 hours depending on disk size.
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4-1-5 2- / 4- / 6- / 8- Channel Audio Function
Introduction
This motherboard provide 6 audio connector. You are able to use 2-/
4-/6-/8-channnels audio feature by audio software selection.
Introduction of audio connectors:
You may connect CD-ROM/DVD-ROM, walkman or
others audio input to Line In.
The front channels or earphone can be connected to
Line In
Rear Speaker Out
Line Out (Front Speaker Out).
Line Out
Center/Subwoofer
(Front Speaker Out)
Speaker Out
Connect microphone to Mic In.
Side Speaker
Mic In
Connect the rear channels to Rear Speaker Out.
Out
Connect the Center/Subwoofer channels to Center/
Subwoofer Speaker Out.
Connect the side channels to Side Speaker Out.
The installation of audio software is very simple. Please follow the steps to install the function.
(Following pictures are in Windows XP)
Stereo Speakers Connection and Settings:
We recommend that you use the speaker with amplifier to acquire the best sound effect if the stereo output
is applied.
STEP 1:
Connect the stereo speakers or earphone to "Line
Out".
Line Out
STEP 2 :
Following installation of the audio driver, you find a
Sound Effect
icon on the lower right hand taskbar.
Click the icon to select the function.
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STEP 3:
Click "Speaker Configuration" then click on the
left selection bar and select "2CH Speaker" to
complete 2 channel audio configuration.
4 Channel Audio Setup
STEP 1 :
Connect the front channels to "Front Speaker Out",
the rear channels to "Rear Speaker Out".
Front Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
STEP 2 :
Following installation of the audio driver, you find a
Sound Effect
icon on the lower right hand taskbar.
Click the icon to select the function.
STEP 3:
Click "Speaker Configuration" then click on the
left selection bar and select "4CH Speaker" to
complete 4 channel audio configuration.
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6 Channel Audio Setup
STEP 1 :
Connect the front channels to "Front Speaker Out",
the rear channels to "Rear Speaker Out", and the
Center/Subwoofer channels to "Center/Subwoofer
Speaker Out".
Front Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Center/Subwoofer
Speaker Out
STEP 2 :
Following installation of the audio driver, you find a
Sound Effect
icon on the lower right hand taskbar.
Click the icon to select the function.
STEP 3:
Click "Speaker Configuration" then click on the
left selection bar and select "6CH Speaker" to
complete 6 channel audio configuration.
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STEP 1 :
Connect the front channels to "Front Speaker Out",
the rear channels to "Rear Speaker Out", the Center/
Subwoofer channels to "Center/Subwoofer Speaker
Out", and the side channels to "Side Speaker Out".
Front Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Center/Subwoofer
Speaker Out
Side Speaker Out
STEP 2 :
Following installation of the audio driver, you find a
Sound Effect
icon on the lower right hand taskbar.
Click the icon to select the function.
STEP 3:
Click "Speaker Configuration" then click on the
left selection bar and select "8CH Speaker" to
complete 8 channel audio configuration.
Sound Effect Configuration:
At the sound effect menu, users can adjust sound
option settings as desired.
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Troubleshooting
Below is a collection of general asked questions. To check general asked questions based on a specific
motherboard model, please log on to www.gigabyte.com.tw
Question 1: I cannot see some options that were included in previous BIOS after updating BIOS. Why?
Answer: Some advanced options are hidden in new BIOS version. Please press Ctrl and F1 keys after
entering BIOS menu and you will be able to see these options.
Questions 2: Why is the light of my keyboard/optical mouse still on after computer shuts down?
Answer: In some boards, a small amount of electricity is kept on standby after computer shuts down
and that's why the light is still on.
Question 3: How do I clear CMOS?
Answer: If your board has a Clear CMOS jumper, please refer to the Clear CMOS steps in the manual.
If your board doesn't have such jumper, you can take off the on-board battery to leak voltage to clear
CMOS. Please refer to the steps below:
Steps:
1. Turn off power.
2. Disconnect the power cord from MB.
3. Take out the battery gently and put it aside for about 10 minutes (Or you can use a metal object
to connect the positive and negative pins in the battery holder to makethem short for one
minute).
4. Re-insert the battery to the battery holder.
5. Connect power cord to MB again and turn on power.
6. Press Del to enter BIOS and load Fail-Safe Defaults(or load Optimized Defaults).
7. Save changes and reboot the system.
Question 4: Why do I still get a weak sound after turning up the speaker to the maximum volume?
Answer: Please make sure the speaker you are using is equipped with an internal amplifier. If not,
please change another speaker with power/amplifier and try again later.
Question 5: Sometimes I hear different continuous beeps from computer after system boots up. What do
these beeps usually stand for?
Answer: The beep codes below may help you identify the possible computer problems. However,
they are only for reference purposes. The situations might differ from case to case.
AMI BIOS Beep Codes
*Computer gives 1 short beep when system boots successfully.
*Except for beep code 8, these codes are always fatal.
1 beep Refresh failure
2 beeps Parity error
3 beeps Base 64K memory failure
4 beeps Timer not operational
5 beeps Processor error
6 beeps 8042 - gate A20 failure
7 beeps Processor exception interrupt error
8 beeps Display memory read/write failure
9 beeps ROM checksum error
10 beeps CMOS shutdown register read/write error
11 beeps Cache memory bad
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1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long 1 short: DRAM or M/B error
1 long 2 short: Monitor or display card
error
1 long 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: DRAM error
Continuous short beeps: Power error
POST Error Code
POST (hex)
CFh
C0h
C1h
C3h
C5h
0h1
03h
05h
07h
08h
0Ah
0Eh
10h
12h
14h
16h
18h
1Bh
Description
Test CMOS R/W functionality.
Early chipset initialization:
-Disable shadow RAM
-Disable L2 cache (socket 7 or below)
-Program basic chipset registers
1. Detect memory
-Auto-detection of DRAM size, type and ECC.
-Auto-detection of L2 cache (socket 7 or below)
2. PEG slots Auto-Configuration
Expand compressed BIOS code to DRAM
Call chipset hook to copy BIOS back to E000 & F000 shadow RAM.
Expand the Xgroup codes locating in physical address 1000:0
Initial Superio_Early_Init switch.
1. Blank out screen
2. Clear CMOS error flag
1. Clear 8042 interface
2. Initialize 8042 self-test
1. Test special keyboard controller for Winbond 977 series Super
I/O chips.
2. Enable keyboard interface.
1. Disable PS/2 mouse interface (optional).
2. Auto detect ports for keyboard & mouse followed by a port &
interface swap (optional).
3. Reset keyboard for Winbond 977 series Super I/O chips.
Test F000h segment shadow to see whether it is R/W-able or not. If
test fails, keep beeping the speaker.
Auto detect flash type to load appropriate flash R/W codes into the
run time area in F000 for ESCD & DMI support.
Use walking 1’s algorithm to check out interface in CMOS
circuitry. Also set real-time clock power status, and then check for override.
Program chipset default values into chipset. Chipset default values are
MODBINable by OEM customers.
Initial Early_Init_Onboard_Generator switch.
Detect CPU information including brand, SMI type (Cyrix or Intel) and CPU
level (586 or 686).
Initial interrupts vector table. If no special specified, all H/W interrupts are
directed to SPURIOUS_INT_HDLR & S/W interrupts to
SPURIOUS_soft_HDLR.
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POST (hex)
1Dh
1Fh
21h
23h
25h
26h
27h
29h
2Bh
2Dh
33h
3Ch
3Eh
40h
43h
47h
49h
4Eh
Description
Initial EARLY_PM_INIT switch.
Load keyboard matrix (notebook platform)
HPM initialization (notebook platform)
1. Check validity of RTC value:
e.g. a value of 5Ah is an invalid value for RTC minute.
2. Load CMOS settings into BIOS stack. If CMOS checksum fails,
use default value instead.
3. Prepare BIOS resource map for PCI & PnP use. If ESCD is
valid, take into consideration of the ESCD¡¦s legacy information.
4. Onboard clock generator initialization. Disable respective clock
resource to empty PCI & DIMM slots.
5.Early PCI initialization:
-Enumerate PCI bus number
-Assign memory & I/O resource
-Search for a valid VGA device & VGA BIOS, and put it
into C000:0.
PCI Bus Initialization
Init clock Generator
Initialize INT 09 buffer
1. Program CPU internal MTRR (P6 & PII) for 0-640K memory address.
2. Initialize the APIC for Pentium class CPU.
3. Program early chipset according to CMOS setup. Example: onboard IDE
controller.
4. Measure CPU speed
Invoke video BIOS.
1. Initialize multi-language
2. Put information on screen display, including Award title, CPU type,
CPU speed ......
Reset keyboard except Winbond 977 series Super I/O chips.
Test 8254
Test 8259 interrupt mask bits for channel 1.
Test 8259 interrupt mask bits for channel 2.
Test 8259 functionality.
Initialize EISA slot
1. Calculate total memory by testing the last double word of each 64K page.
2. Program write allocation for AMD K5 CPU 64K page.
1. Program MTRR of M1 CPU
2. Initialize L2 cache for P6 class CPU & program CPU with proper
cacheable range.
3. Initialize the APIC for P6 class CPU.
4. On MP platform, adjust the cacheable range to smaller one in case the
cacheable ranges between each CPU are not identical.
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59h
5Bh
5Dh
60h
65h
67h
69h
6Bh
6Dh
6Fh
73h
75h
77h
7Ah
7Fh
Description
Initialize USB
Test all memory (clear all extended memory to 0)
Display number of processors (multi-processor platform)
1. Display PnP logo
2. Early ISA PnP initialization
-Assign CSN to every ISA PnP device.
Initialize the combined Trend Anti-Virus code.
(Optional Feature)
Show message for entering AWDFLASH.EXE from FDD (optional)
1. Initialize Init_Onboard_Super_IO switch.
2. Initialize Init_Onbaord_AUDIO switch.
Okay to enter Setup utility; i.e. not until this POST stage can users
enter the CMOS setup utility.
Initialize PS/2 Mouse
Prepare memory size information for function call:
INT 15h ax=E820h
Turn on L2 cache
Program chipset registers according to items described in Setup &
Auto-configuration table.
1. Assign resources to all ISA PnP devices.
2. Auto assign ports to onboard COM ports if the corresponding item in Setup
is set to “AUTO”.
1. Initialize floppy controller
2. Set up floppy related fields in 40:hardware.
(Optional Feature)
Enter AWDFLASH.EXE if :
-AWDFLASH is found in floppy drive.
-ALT+F2 is pressed
Detect & install all IDE devices: HDD, LS120, ZIP, CDROM¡K..
Detect serial ports & parallel ports.
Detect & install co-processor
1. Switch back to text mode if full screen logo is supported.
-If errors occur, report errors & wait for keys
-If no errors occur or F1 key is pressed to continue:
Clear EPA or customization logo.
E8POST.ASM starts
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POST (hex)
50h
52h
55h
57h
English
POST (hex)
82h
83h
84h
85h
93h
94h
95h
96h
FFh
Description
1. Call chipset power management hook.
2. Recover the text fond used by EPA logo (not for full screen logo)
3. If password is set, ask for password.
Save all data in stack back to CMOS
Initialize ISA PnP boot devices
1. USB final Initialization
2. NET PC: Build SYSID structure
3. Switch screen back to text mode
4. Set up ACPI table at top of memory.
5. Invoke ISA adapter ROMs
6. Assign IRQs to PCI devices
7. Initialize APM
8. Clear noise of IRQs.
Read HDD boot sector information for Trend Anti-Virus code
1. Enable L2 cache
2. Program boot up speed
3. Chipset final initialization.
4. Power management final initialization
5. Clear screen & display summary table
6. Program K6 write allocation
7. Program P6 class write combining
1. Program daylight saving
2. Update keyboard LED & typematic rate
1. Build MP table
2. Build & update ESCD
3. Set CMOS century to 20h or 19h
4. Load CMOS time into DOS timer tick
5. Build MSIRQ routing table.
Boot attempt (INT 19h)
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WEB address : http://www.giga-byte.nl
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.de
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Appendix
English
China
Russia
NINGBO G.B.T. TECH. TRADING CO., LTD.
Moscow Representative Office Of GIGA-BYTE Technology Co.,
Tech. Support :
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Ltd.
Tech. Support :
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.com.cn
Shanghai
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.ru
Poland
TEL: +86-021-63410999
FAX: +86-021-63410100
Office of GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd. in POLAND
Beijing
TEL: +86-10-62102838
Tech. Support :
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
FAX: +86-10-62102848
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
Wuhan
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
TEL: +86-27-87851061
FAX: +86-27-87851330
GuangZhou
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.pl
Serbia & Montenegro
Representative Office Of GIGA-BYTE Technology Co., Ltd. in
TEL: +86-20-87586074
SERBIA & MONTENEGRO
FAX: +86-20-85517843
Chengdu
Tech. Support :
TEL: +86-28-85236930
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
FAX: +86-28-85256822
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Xian
TEL: +86-29-85531943
WEB address: http://www.gigabyte.co.yu
FAX: +86-29-85539821
Czech Republic
Representative Office Of GIGA-BYTE Technology Co., Ltd. in
Shenyang
CZECH REPUBLIC
TEL: +86-24-23960918
FAX: +86-24-23960918-809
Tech. Support :
Australia
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY PTY. LTD.
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Tech. Support :
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
WEB address: http://www.gigabyte.cz
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
Romania
Representative Office Of GIGA-BYTE Technology Co., Ltd. in
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
Romania
WEB address : http://www.giga-byte.com.au
France
Tech. Support :
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY FRANCE S.A.R.L.
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
Tech. Support :
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm
Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) :
WEB address: http://www.gigabyte.com.ro
http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp
WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.fr
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