System Board
User’s Manual
Copyright
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merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. The user will assume the
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manufacturer reserves the right to revise this publication and make changes to
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revisions or changes.
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Trademarks
Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Award is a registered trademark of Award Software, Inc. Other trademarks
and registered trademarks of products appearing in this manual are the properties of their respective holders.
FCC and DOC Statement on Class B
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment
is operated in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio TV technician for help.
Notice:
1. The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible
for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
2. Shielded interface cables must be used in order to comply with the emission
limits.
Table of Contents
Copyright. .......................................................................................... 2
Trademarks......................................................................................... 2
FCC and DOC Statement on Class B............................................... 3
Warranty
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Static Electricity Precautions.............................................................. 8
Safety Measures.................................................................................. 8
About the Package............................................................................. 9
Before Using the System Board......................................................... 9
Chapter 1 - Introduction................................................................. 10
Specifications................................................................................. 10
Features . ..................................................................................... 12
Chapter 2 - Hardware Installation................................................... 14
System Board Layout..................................................................... 14
System Memory............................................................................ 15
Installing the DIM Module.......................................................... 17
CPU............................................................................................. 19
Installing the CPU..................................................................... 19
Installing the Fan and Heat Sink................................................. 23
Jumper Settings............................................................................. 25
Clear CMOS Data...................................................................... 25
PS/2 Power Select..................................................................... 26
USB Power Select...................................................................... 27
Rear Panel I/O Ports. .................................................................... 28
PS/2 Mouse and PS/2 Keyboard Ports.......................................... 29
Parallel Port.............................................................................. 30
COM (Serial) Ports.................................................................... 31
VGA Port.................................................................................. 32
USB Ports................................................................................ 33
RJ45 LAN Port.......................................................................... 35
Audio ..................................................................................... 36
Internal I/O Connectors. ............................................................... 37
CD-in Internal Audio Connector.................................................. 37
S/PDIF-out Connector................................................................ 38
SATA (Serial ATA) Connectors..................................................... 39
IDE Connector.......................................................................... 40
FDD (Floppy Disk Drive) Connector............................................. 42
Cooling Fan Connectors.............................................................. 43
Chassis Instrusion Connector .................................................... 44
Power Connectors..................................................................... 45
Standby Power LED................................................................... 46
Front Panel Connectors.............................................................. 47
Expansion Slots........................................................................ 48
Battery.................................................................................... 49
Chapter 3 - BIOS Setup................................................................... 50
Switchable Modes for Overclocking
............................................... 50
Easy Mode .............................................................................. 50
Advance Mode ......................................................................... 50
Award BIOS Setup Utility............................................................... 51
Standard CMOS Features........................................................... 52
Advanced BIOS Features............................................................ 56
Advanced Chipset Features......................................................... 63
Integrated Peripherals .............................................................. 65
Power Management Setup.......................................................... 74
PnP/PCI Configurations.............................................................. 77
PC Health Status....................................................................... 79
Genie BIOS Setting................................................................... 81
CMOS Reloaded........................................................................ 87
Load Optimized Defaults............................................................ 90
Set Supervisor Password............................................................ 91
Set User Password.................................................................... 92
Save & Exit Setup..................................................................... 93
Exit Without Saving................................................................... 94
Updating the BIOS. ....................................................................... 95
Chapter 4 - Supported Software..................................................... 97
Chipset Driver..................................................................................................... 98
Graphics Driver................................................................................................. 101
Audio Driver....................................................................................................... 103
Network Driver................................................................................................. 105
Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.05........................................................................... 107
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Appendix A - ABS: Auto Boost System.......................................... 109
Installing ABS............................................................................... 109
The ABS Utility. .......................................................................... 112
Appendix B - Troubleshooting....................................................... 117
Appendix C - Debug LED Post and Troubleshooting
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Introduction
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Warranty
1. Warranty does not cover damages or failures that arised from misuse of the
product, inability to use the product, unauthorized replacement or alteration
of components and product specifications.
2. The warranty is void if the product has been subjected to physical abuse,
improper installation, modification, accidents or unauthorized repair of the
product.
3. Unless otherwise instructed in this user’s manual, the user may not, under
any circumstances, attempt to perform service, adjustments or repairs on the
product, whether in or out of warranty. It must be returned to the purchase
point, factory or authorized service agency for all such work.
4. We will not be liable for any indirect, special, incidental or consequencial
damages to the product that has been modified or altered.
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Static Electricity Precautions
It is quite easy to inadvertently damage your PC, system board, components
or devices even before installing them in your system unit. Static electrical discharge can damage computer components without causing any signs of physical
damage. You must take extra care in handling them to ensure against electrostatic build-up.
1. To prevent electrostatic build-up, leave the system board in its anti-static bag
until you are ready to install it.
2. Wear an antistatic wrist strap.
3. Do all preparation work on a static-free surface.
4. Hold the device only by its edges. Be careful not to touch any of the components, contacts or connections.
5. Avoid touching the pins or contacts on all modules and connectors. Hold
modules or connectors by their ends.
Important:
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drive and
other components. Perform the upgrade instruction procedures described
at an ESD workstation only. If such a station is not available, you can
provide some ESD protection by wearing an antistatic wrist strap and
attaching it to a metal part of the system chassis. If a wrist strap is
unavailable, establish and maintain contact with the system chassis
throughout any procedures requiring ESD protection.
Safety Measures
To avoid damage to the system:
• Use the correct AC input voltage range.
To reduce the risk of electric shock:
• Unplug the power cord before removing the system chassis cover for installation or servicing. After installation or servicing, cover the system chassis
before plugging the power cord.
Battery:
• Danger of explosion if battery incorrectly replaced.
• Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommend by the manufacturer.
• Dispose of used batteries according to local ordinance.
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About the Package
The system board package contains the following items. If any of these items are
missing or damaged, please contact your dealer or sales representative for assistance.
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One
One
Two
One
One
One
One
system board
IDE cable
Serial ATA data cables
Serial ATA power cable
I/O shield
DVD
user’s manual
The system board and accessories in the package may not come similar to the
information listed above. This may differ in accordance to the sales region or
models in which it was sold. For more information about the standard package in
your region, please contact your dealer or sales representative.
Before Using the System Board
Before using the system board, prepare basic system components.
If you are installing the system board in a new system, you will need at least the
following internal components.
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A CPU
Memory module
Storage devices such as hard disk drive, CD-ROM, etc.
You will also need external system peripherals you intend to use which will normally include at least a keyboard, a mouse and a video display monitor.
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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Specifications
Processor
•LGA 775 socket for:
- Intel® CoreTM2 Quad / Intel® CoreTM2 Duo
- Intel® Wolfdale 45nm processors
•Supports Intel Enhanced Memory 64 Technology (EMT64T)
•Supports Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST)
•1333/1066/800MHz FSB
Chipset
•Intel® chipset
- Northbridge: Intel® G41 Express chipset
- Southbridge: Intel® ICH7 I/O Controller Hub
System Memory
•Two 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
•Supports DDR3 800/1066MHz
•Supports maximum memory bandwidth of 17GB/s in dualchannel mode when using DDR3 1066MHz
•Supports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interface
•Supports up to 8GB system memory
•Supports unbuffered x8 and x16 DIMMs
Expansion Slots
•1 PCI Express x16 slot (PCIE 1.1)
•1 PCI Express x1 slot (PCIE 1.1)
•2 PCI slots (PCI 2.3)
Graphics
•Intel GMA X4500
- Supports 3D, 2D and video capabilities, DX10 and
OpenGL 1.5
Audio
•Realtek ALC662
•6-channel High Definition Audio
•S/PDIF output interface
LAN
•One Realtek RTL8111C PCI Express Gigabit controller
•Supports 10Mbps, 100Mbps and 1Gbps data transmission
•IEEE 802.3 (10/100Mbps) and IEEE 802.3ab (1Gbps) compliant
Serial ATA
•Supports 4 SATA (Serial ATA) interfaces which are compliant
with SATA 1.0 specification
•SATA speed up to 3Gb/s (SATA 2.0)
IDE
•Supports up to two IDE devices
•Ultra ATA 100/66/33
Rear Panel I/O •1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
•1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
Ports
•1 DB-25 parallel port
•1 DB-9 serial port
•1 DB-15 VGA port
•1 RJ45 LAN port
•4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
•Mic-in, line-in and line-out
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I/O Connectors
•2
•1
•1
•1
•1
•4
•1
•1
•1
•1
•1
•1
•3
BIOS
•Award BIOS
•8Mbit SPI interface BIOS
Energy Efficient
Design
•Supports ACPI specification and OS Directed Power Management
•Supports ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
•Wake-On-Events include:
- Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
- Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse
- Wake-On-LAN
- Wake-On-Ring
- RTC timer to power-on the system
•System power management supported
•Microsoft®/Intel® APM 1.2 compliant
•Soft Power supported - ACPI v3.0b specification
•AC power failure recovery
Damage Free
Intelligence
•Monitors CPU/System/AUX temperature and overheat alarm
•Monitors CPU/DIMM/3.3V/5V/12V/V3SB/1.1V/VBAT voltages
and failure alarm
•Monitors CPU/System/2nd fan speed and failure alarm
•Read back capability that displays temperature, voltage and
fan speed
•Watchdog timer function
Temperature
•0oC to 60oC
Humidity
•10% to 90%
PCB
•4-layers, microATX form factor
•24.4cm (9.6”) x 24.4cm (9.6”)
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connectors for 4 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports
connector for an external serial port
front audio connector
CD-in internal audio connector
S/PDIF-out connector
Serial ATA connectors
40-pin IDE connector
FDD connector
24-pin ATX power connector
4-pin 12V power connector
chassis open connector
front panel connector
fan connectors
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Features
DDR3
DDR3 delivers increased system bandwidth and improved performance. It offers
peak data transfer rate of up to 21 Gb/s bandwidth. The advantages of DDR3
are its higher bandwidth and its increase in performance at a lower power than
DDR2.
Graphics
The Intel northbridge chip comes integrated with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500 delivering 3D, 2D and video capabilities. With support for Microsoft
DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1, Intel GMA X4500 delivers excellent video and 3D
graphics with outstanding graphics responsiveness. These enhancements deliver
the performance and compatibility needed for today’s and tomorrow’s business
applications.
PCI Express
PCI Express is a high bandwidth I/O infrastructure that possesses the ability to
scale speeds by forming multiple lanes. The x1 PCI Express lane supports transfer rate of 2.5 Gigabytes (250MBbps) per second. The PCI Express architecture
also provides a high performance graphics infrastructure by enhancing the capability of a x16 PCI Express lane to provide 4 Gigabytes per second transfer rate.
S/PDIF
S/PDIF is a standard audio file transfer format that transfers digital audio signals to a device without having to be converted first to an analog format. This
prevents the quality of the audio signal from degrading whenever it is converted
to analog. S/PDIF is usually found on digital audio equipment such as a DAT
machine or audio processing device. The S/PDIF connector on the system board
sends surround sound and 3D audio signal outputs to amplifiers and speakers
and to digital recording devices like CD recorders.
Serial ATA
Serial ATA is a storage interface that is compliant with SATA 1.0a specification.
With speed of up to 3Gbps, it improves hard drive performance faster than the
standard parallel ATA whose data transfer rate is 100MB/s.
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Gigabit LAN
The Realtek RTL8111C PCI Express Gigabit controller supports up to 1Gbps data
transmission.
USB
The system board supports USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports. USB 1.1 supports 12Mb/
second bandwidth while USB 2.0 supports 480Mb/second bandwidth providing a
marked improvement in device transfer speeds between your computer and a
wide range of simultaneously accessible external Plug and Play peripherals.
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Chapter 2 - Hardware Installation
System Board Layout
Mouse
KB
PS/2 power
select (JP1)
1
COM1
DIMM 1 DIMM 2
1
+12V power
ATX
power
Socket 775
Parallel
Parallel
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1
13
VGA
USB 0
USB 1
1
USB 0-3 power
select (JP3)
LAN
USB 2
USB 3
Mic-in
Line-in
Line-out
1
CPU fan
Realtek
RTL8111C
1
Intel
G41
2nd fan
1
Battery
PCIE x16
CD-in
PCIE x1
Realtek
ALC662
System
fan
S/PDIF
1
PCI 2
Winbond
W83627
Chassis
intrussion
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1
COM 2
USB 4-5
1
SATA 2
USB 6-7
FDD
1
SATA 1
1
Standby Power LED
SPI Flash
BIOS
1
1
SATA 3
1
1
Clear CMOS
(JP5)
USB 4-7 power
select (JP2)
1
1
SATA 4
Intel
ICH7
PCI 1
Front audio
1
1
IDE
Front panel
1
1
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Important:
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your system board, processor,
disk drives, add-in boards, and other components. Perform the upgrade
instruction procedures described at an ESD workstation only. If such a
station is not available, you can provide some ESD protection by wearing
an antistatic wrist strap and attaching it to a metal part of the system
chassis. If a wrist strap is unavailable, establish and maintain contact
with the system chassis throughout any procedures requiring ESD protection.
System Memory
Parallel
DIMM 1
DIMM 2
The DIMM sockets support DDR3 memory modules. It supports dual channel
memory interface.
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The system board supports the following memory interface.
Single Channel (SC)
Data will be accessed in chunks of 64 bits (8B) from the memory channels.
Dual Channel (DC)
Data will be accessed in chunks of 128 bits from the memory channels. Dual
channel provides better system performance because it doubles the data transfer
rate.
Single Channel
DIMMs are on the same channel.
DIMMs in a channel can be identical or completely different. However, we highly recommend
using identical DIMMs.
Not all slots need to be populated.
Dual Channel
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DIMMs of the same memory configuration are
on different channels.
Hardware Installation
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Installing the DIM Module
Note:
The system board used in the following illustrations may not resemble
the actual board. These illustrations are for reference only.
1. Make sure the PC and all other peripheral devices connected to it has been
powered down.
2. Disconnect all power cords and cables.
3. Locate the DIMM socket on the system board.
4. Push the “ejector tabs” which are at the ends of the socket to the side.
Ejector tab
Ejector tab
5. Note how the module is keyed to the socket.
Notch
Key
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6. Grasping the module by its edges, position the module above the socket with
the “notch” in the module aligned with the “key” on the socket. The keying
mechanism ensures the module can be plugged into the socket in only one
way.
7. Seat the module vertically, pressing it down firmly until it is completely seated in the socket.
8. The ejector tabs at the ends of the socket will automatically snap into the
locked position to hold the module in place.
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CPU
The system board is equipped with a surface mount LGA 775 socket. This socket
is exclusively designed for installing a LGA 775 packaged Intel CPU.
Important:
1. Before you proceed, make sure (1) the LGA775 socket comes with a
protective cap, (2) the cap is not damaged and (3) the socket’s contact pins are not bent. If the cap is missing or the cap and/or contact
pins are damaged, contact your dealer immediately.
2. Make sure to keep the protective cap. RMA requests will be accepted
and processed only if the LGA775 socket comes with the protective
cap.
Installing the CPU
1. Make sure the PC and all other peripheral devices connected to it has been
powered down.
2. Disconnect all power cords and cables.
3. Locate the LGA 775 CPU
socket on the system
board.
Parallel
Important:
The CPU socket must not
come in contact with anything other than the CPU.
Avoid unnecessary exposure. Remove the protective cap only when you are
about to install the CPU.
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4. The CPU socket comes
with a removable protective cap. The cap is used
to protect the CPU socket
against dust and harmful particles. Remove the
protective cap only when
you are about to install the
CPU.
Protective cap
5. To remove the protective
cap, lift the cap on the location pointed on the right
photo.
Lift this part up
6. Unlock the socket by pushing the load lever down,
moving it sideways until it
is released from the retention tab; then lift it up.
Load lever
Retention tab
7. Life the load plate.
Load plate
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8. Position the CPU above the
socket. The gold mark on
the CPU must align with
pin 1 of the CPU socket.
Important:
Handle the CPU by its edges and avoid touching the
pins.
Pin 1
of the
socket
Gold mark
9. Insert the CPU into the
socket until it is seated
in place. The CPU will fit
in only one orientation
and can easily be inserted
without exerting any force.
Important:
Do not force the CPU into
the socket. Forcing the
CPU into the socket may
bend the pins and damage
the CPU.
CPU
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10. Close the load plate.
Load plate
11.Push the load lever down
to lock the socket. The
lever should hook onto the
retention tab to indicate
that the CPU is completely
secured in the socket.
Retention tab
Load lever
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Installing the Fan and Heat Sink
The CPU must be kept cool by using a CPU fan with heat sink. Without sufficient
air circulation across the CPU and heat sink, the CPU will overheat damaging both
the CPU and system board.
Note:
A boxed Intel® processor already includes the CPU fan and heat sink assembly. If your CPU was purchased separately, make sure to only use
Intel®-certified fan and heat sink.
1. Before you install the fan / heat sink, you must apply a thermal paste onto
the top of the CPU. The thermal paste is usually supplied when you purchase
the fan / heat sink assembly. Do not spread the paste all over the surface.
When you later place the heat sink on top of the CPU, the compound will disperse evenly.
Some heat sinks come with a patch of pre-applied thermal paste. Do not apply thermal paste if the fan / heat sink already has a patch of thermal paste
on its underside. Peel the strip that covers the paste before you place the fan
/ heat sink on top of the CPU.
2. Place the heat sink on top
of the CPU. The 4 pushpins around the heat sink,
which are used to secure
the heat sink onto the system board, must match the
4 mounting holes around
the socket.
3. Orient the heat sink such
that the CPU fan’s cable is
nearest the CPU fan connector.
Parallel
Mounting
hole
Parallel
CPU fan
connector
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4. Rotate each push-pin according to the direction of
the arrow shown on top of
the pin.
Fan
Push down two pushpins
that are diagonally across
the heat sink. Perform the
same procedure for the
other two push-pins.
Push pin
Heat sink
5. Connect the CPU fan’s cable connector to the CPU fan connector on the system board.
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Jumper Settings
Clear CMOS Data
Parallel
1 2 3
1 2 3
1-2 On: Normal
(default)
2-3 On:
Clear CMOS Data
JP5
If you encounter the following,
a) CMOS data becomes corrupted.
b) You forgot the supervisor or user password.
you can reconfigure the system with the default values stored in the ROM BIOS.
To load the default values stored in the ROM BIOS, please follow the steps below.
1. Power-off the system and unplug the power cord.
2. Set JP5 pins 2 and 3 to On. Wait for a few seconds and set JP5 back to its
default setting, pins 1 and 2 On.
3. Now plug the power cord and power-on the system.
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PS/2 Power Select
JP1
3
3
2
1
2
1
1-2 On: 5V
(default)
Parallel
2-3 On:
5V_standby
JP1 is used to select the power of the PS/2 keyboard/mouse port. Selecting
5V_standby will allow you to use the PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 mouse to wake up
the system.
BIOS Setting
Configure the PS/2 keyboard/mouse wake up function in the Integrated Peripherals submenu (“Super IO Device” section) of the BIOS. Refer to chapter 3 for
more information.
Important:
The 5VSB power source of your power supply must support ≥720mA.
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USB Power Select
Parallel
USB 0-3
(JP3)
3
3
2
1
2
1
1-2 On: 5V
(default)
USB 4-7
(JP2)
2-3 On:
5V_standby
1 2 3
1 2 3
1-2 On: 5V
(default)
2-3 On:
5V_standby
These jumpers are used to select the power of the USB ports. Selecting 5V_
standby will allow you to use a USB device to wake up the system.
BIOS Setting
“USB KB Wake-Up From S3” in the Power Management Setup submenu of the
BIOS must be set to Enabled. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
Important:
If you are using the Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse function for 2 USB
ports, the 5V_standby power source of your power supply must support
≥1.5A. For 3 or more USB ports, the 5V_standby power source of your
power supply must support ≥2A.
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Rear Panel I/O Ports
PS/2
Mouse
LAN
Parallel
Mic-in
USB 1
Line-in
Line-out
PS/2 K/B
COM 1
VGA
USB 0
The rear panel I/O ports consist of the following:
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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PS/2 mouse port
PS/2 keyboard port
Parallel port
COM port
VGA port
LAN port
4 USB ports
Mic-in jack
Line-in jack
Line-out jack
USB 2-3
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PS/2 Mouse and PS/2 Keyboard Ports
PS/2 Mouse
PS/2 KB
Parallel
These ports are used to connect a PS/2 mouse and a PS/2 keyboard. The PS/2
mouse port uses IRQ12. If a mouse is not connected to this port, the system will
reserve IRQ12 for other expansion cards.
Important:
Make sure to turn off your computer prior to connecting or disconnecting
a mouse or keyboard. Failure to do so may damage the system board.
Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
The Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse function allows you to use the PS/2 keyboard
or PS/2 mouse to power-on the system. To use this function:
•
Jumper Setting
JP1 must be set to “2-3 On: 5V_standby”. Refer to “PS/2 Power Select” in
this chapter for more information.
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BIOS Setting
Configure the PS/2 keyboard/mouse wake up function in the Integrated Peripherals submenu (“Super IO Device” section) of the BIOS. Refer to chapter
3 for more information.
Important:
The 5V_standby power source of your power supply must support
≥720mA.
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Parallel Port
Parallel
Parallel
The parallel port is for interfacing your PC to a parallel printer. It supports SPP,
ECP and EPP.
SPP
(Standard Parallel Port)
Allows normal speed operation but in one direction only.
ECP
(Extended Capabilities
Port)
Allows parallel port to operate in bidirectional
mode and at a speed faster than the SPP’s data
transfer rate.
EPP
(Enhanced Parallel Port)
Allows bidirectional parallel port operation at
maximum speed.
BIOS Setting
Configure the onboard parallel in the Integrated Peripherals submenu (“Super IO
Device” section) of the BIOS. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
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COM (Serial) Ports
Parallel
COM 1
RD
DTRDSRCTS-
DCDRD
TD
DTRGND
COM 2
1 2 3 4 5
2
1
DSRRTSCTSRI-
DCDTD
GND
RTSRI-
6 7 8 9
9
COM 2
COM 1
The serial ports are RS232 asynchronous communication ports with 16C550Acompatible UARTs that can be used with modems, serial printers, remote display
terminals, and other serial devices.
Connecting an External Serial Port
Your COM port may come mounted on a card-edge bracket. Install the card-edge
bracket to an available slot at the rear of the system chassis then insert the serial port cable to the COM connector. Make sure the colored stripe on the ribbon
cable is aligned with pin 1 of the COM connector.
BIOS Setting
Configure the serial ports in the Integrated Peripherals submenu (“Super IO Device” section) of the BIOS. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
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VGA Port
Parallel
VGA
The VGA port is used for connecting a VGA monitor. Connect the monitor’s 15-pin
D-shell cable connector to the VGA port. After you plug the monitor’s cable connector into the VGA port, gently tighten the cable screws to hold the connector
in place.
BIOS Setting
Configure the onboard VGA in the Advanced Chipset Features submenu of the
BIOS. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
Driver Installation
Install the graphics driver. Refer to chapter 4 for more information.
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USB Ports
Parallel
USB 1
USB 0
USB 3
Key
GND
+Data
-Data
VCC
USB 2
9
10
USB 4-5
USB 6-7
N. C.
GND
+Data
-Data
VCC
1
2
USB allows data exchange between your computer and a wide range of simultaneously accessible external Plug and Play peripherals.
The system board is equipped with four onboard USB 2.0/1.1 ports. The two
10-pin connectors allow you to connect 4 additional USB 2.0/1.1 ports. The additional USB ports may be mounted on a card-edge bracket. Install the card-edge
bracket to an available slot at the rear of the system chassis then insert the USB
port cables to a connector.
BIOS Setting
Configure the onboard USB in the Integrated Peripherals submenu (“USB Device
Setting” section) of the BIOS. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
Driver Installation
You may need to install the proper drivers in your operating system to use the
USB device. Refer to your operating system’s manual or documentation for more
information.
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Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse
The Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse function allows you to use a USB keyboard or
USB mouse to wake up a system from the S3 (STR - Suspend To RAM) state. To
use this function:
•
Jumper Setting
JP2 and/or JP3 must be set to “2-3 On: 5V_standby”. Refer to “USB Power
Select” in this chapter for more information.
•
BIOS Setting
“USB KB Wake-Up From S3” in the Power Management Setup submenu of the
BIOS must be set to Enabled. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
Important:
If you are using the Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse function for 2 USB
ports, the 5V_standby power source of your power supply must support
≥1.5A. For 3 or more USB ports, the 5V_standby power source of your
power supply must support ≥2A.
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RJ45 LAN Port
Parallel
LAN
The LAN port allows the system board to connect to a local area network by
means of a network hub.
BIOS Setting
Configure the onboard LAN in the Integrated Peripherals submenu of the BIOS.
Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
Driver Installation
Install the LAN drivers. Refer to chapter 4 for more information.
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Audio
Rear audio
Parallel
Mic-in
Line-in
Presence Signal
Mic2-JD
Key
Line2-JD
GND
Line-out
10
9
Mic2-L
Mic2-R
Line2-R
Front_IO_Sense
Line2-L
Front 2
audio 1
Rear Audio
The system board is equipped with 3 audio jacks. A jack is a one-hole connecting
interface for inserting a plug.
•
Mic-in Jack (Pink)
This jack is used to connect an external microphone.
•
Line-in Jack (Light Blue)
This jack is used to connect any audio devices such as Hi-fi set, CD player,
tape player, AM/FM radio tuner, synthesizer, etc.
•
Line-out Jack (Lime)
This jack is used to connect a headphone or external speakers.
Front Audio
The front audio connector allows you to connect to the second line-out and micin jacks that are at the front panel of your system.
Driver Installation
Install the audio driver. Refer to chapter 4 for more information.
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I/O Connectors
CD-in Internal Audio Connector
Parallel
4
Right audio channel
Ground
Ground
Left audio channel
1
The CD-in connector is used to receive audio from a CD-ROM drive, TV tuner or
MPEG card.
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S/PDIF-Out Connector
Parallel
SPDIF out
Key Ground
+5V
1
N. C.
5
The S/PDIF-out connector is used to connect an external S/PDIF-out port. Your S/PDIF port may be mounted on a card-edge bracket. Install the card-edge
bracket to an available slot at the rear of the system chassis then connect the
audio cable to the S/PDIF-out connector. Make sure pin 1 of the audio cable is
aligned with pin 1 of the S/PDIF-out connector.
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SATA (Serial ATA) Connectors
Parallel
SATA 4 SATA 3
1
GND
TXP
TXN
GND
RXN
RXP
GND
SATA 2 SATA 1
7
The Serial ATA connectors are used to connect Serial ATA devices. Connect one
end of the Serial ATA cable to a SATA connector and the other end to your Serial
ATA device.
BIOS Setting
Configure the Serial ATA drives in the Integrated Peripherals submenu (“OnChip
IDE Device” section) of the BIOS. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
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IDE Connector
Parallel
40
2
39
1
The IDE connector is used to connect hard drives. The connector on the IDE
cable can be inserted into this connector only if pin 1 of the cable is aligned with
pin 1 of this connector.
The IDE connector supports 2 devices, a Master and a Slave. Use an IDE ribbon
cable to connect the drives to the system board. An IDE ribbon cable have 3
connectors on them, one that plugs into the IDE connector on the system board
and the other 2 connects to IDE devices. The connector at the end of the cable is
for the Master drive and the connector in the middle of the cable is for the Slave
drive.
Note:
Refer to your disk drive user’s manual for information about selecting
proper drive switch settings.
Adding a Second IDE Disk Drive
When using two IDE drives, one must be set as the master and the other as the
slave. Follow the instructions provided by the drive manufacturer for setting the
jumpers and/or switches on the drives.
The system board supports Enhanced IDE or ATA-2, ATA/33, ATA/66 and ATA/100
hard drives. We recommend that you use hard drives from the same manufacturer. In a few cases, drives from two different manufacturers will not function
properly when used together. The problem lies in the hard drives, not the system
board.
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Important:
If you encountered problems while using an ATAPI CD-ROM drive that is
set in Master mode, please set the CD-ROM drive to Slave mode. Some
ATAPI CD-ROMs may not be recognized and cannot be used if incorrectly
set in Master mode.
BIOS Setting
Configure the onboard IDE in the Integrated Peripherals submenu (“OnChip IDE
Device” section) of the BIOS. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
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FDD (Floppy Disk Drive) Connector
Parallel
33
34
1
2
The FDD connector supports a standard floppy disk drive. The floppy cable can
be inserted into this connector only if pin 1 of the cable is aligned with pin 1 of
this connector.
Connecting the FDD Cable
Insert one end of the FDD cable into the FDD connector and the other end of
the cable to the floppy drive. Pin 1 of the cable must align with pin 1 of the FDD
connector.
BIOS Setting
Enable or disable this function in the Integrated Peripherals submenu (“Super IO
Device” section) of the BIOS. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
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Cooling Fan Connectors
Parallel
Ground
Power
Sense
1
3
2nd fan
1
CPU fan
4
3
1
Ground
Power
Sense
System fan
Speed
Ground
Control Power
Sense
The fan connectors are used to connect cooling fans. The cooling fans will provide
adequate airflow throughout the chassis to prevent overheating the CPU and system board components.
BIOS Setting
The PC Health Status submenu of the BIOS will display the current speed of the
cooling fans. Refer to chapter 3 for more information.
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Chassis Instrusion Connector
Parallel
1
2
Signal
Ground
The board supports the chassis intrusion detection function. Connect the chassis intrusion sensor cable from the chassis to this connector. When the system’s
power is on and a chassis intrusion occurred, an alarm will sound. When the
system’s power is off and a chassis intrusion occurred, the alarm will sound only
when the system restarts.
Hardware Monitor for Windows
Install the “Hardware Monitor for Windows” utility. By default, the chassis intrusion detection function is disabled. When enabled, a warning message will appear
when the chassis is open. The utility can also be configured so that a beeping
alarm will sound when the chassis is open. Refer to the “Hardware Monitor for
Windows” section in chapter 4 for more information.
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Power Connectors
12 24
+3.3VDC
Parallel
COM
+12VDC
+5VDC
+12VDC
+5VDC
+5VSB
+5VDC
PWR_OK
NC
COM
COM
+5VDC
COM
COM
COM
+5VDC
COM
PS_ON#
COM
+3.3VDC
-12VDC
+3.3VDC
+3.3VDC
1 13
ATX power
+12V
+12V
3
4
1
2
12V power
Ground
Ground
Use a power supply that complies with the ATX12V Power Supply Design Guide
Version 1.1. An ATX12V power supply unit has a standard 24-pin ATX main power
connector that must be inserted into the 24-pin connector. The 4-pin +12V power
connector enables the delivery of more +12VDC current to the processor’s Voltage Regulator Module (VRM).
The power connectors from the power supply unit are designed to fit the 24-pin
and 4-pin connectors in only one orientation. Make sure to find the proper orientation before plugging the connectors.
The system board requires a minimum of 300 Watt power supply to operate. Your
system configuration (CPU power, amount of memory, add-in cards, peripherals,
etc.) may exceed the minimum power requirement. To ensure that adequate
power is provided, we strongly recommend that you use a minimum of 400 Watt
(or greater) power supply.
Important:
Insufficient power supplied to the system may result in instability or
the add-in boards and peripherals not functioning properly. Calculating
the system’s approximate power usage is important to ensure that the
power supply meets the system’s consumption requirements.
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Standby Power LED
Parallel
Standby
Power LED
This LED will light when the system’s standby power is on.
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Front Panel Connectors
Parallel
PWR-BTN
PWR-LED
2
12
1
11
HDD-LED
RESET-SW
HDD-LED - HDD LED
This LED will light when the hard drive is being accessed.
RESET SW - Reset Switch
This switch allows you to reboot without having to power off the system.
PWR-BTN - Power Switch
This switch is used to power on or off the system.
PWR-LED - Power/Standby LED
When the system’s power is on, this LED will light. When the system is in the S1
(POS - Power On Suspend) state, it will blink every second. When the system is
in the S3 (STR - Suspend To RAM) state, it will blink every 4 seconds.
Pin
Pin Assignment
N. C.
1
N. C.
PWR-LED
2
4
6
HDD-LED
3
5
HDD Power
Signal
PWR-BTN
8
10
Signal
Ground
RESET SW
7
9
Ground
RST Signal
11
N. C.
Key
12
Key
N. C.
Pin
Pin Assignment
LED Power
LED Power
Signal
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Expansion Slots
Parallel
PCI Express x16
PCI Express x1
PCI 1
PCI 2
PCI Express x16 Slot
Install PCI Express x16 graphics card, that comply to the PCI Express specifications, into the PCI Express x16 slot. To install a graphics card into the x16 slot,
align the graphics card above the slot then press it down firmly until it is completely seated in the slot. The retaining clip of the slot will automatically hold the
graphics card in place.
PCI Express x1 Slot
Install PCI Express cards such as network cards or other cards that comply to the
PCI Express specifications into the PCI Express x1 slot.
PCI Slots
The PCI slots support expansion cards that comply with PCI specifications.
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Battery
Parallel
Battery
The lithium ion battery powers the real-time clock and CMOS memory. It is an
auxiliary source of power when the main power is shut off.
Safety Measures
•
Danger of explosion if battery incorrectly replaced.
•
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommend by the manufacturer.
•
Dispose of used batteries according to local ordinance.
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Chapter 3 - BIOS Setup
Switchable Modes for Overclocking
Aimed to provide convenience and superb overclockability, the Genie BIOS Setting submenu comes available in Easy mode (default mode) and Advance mode.
Easy Mode
Easy mode displays fields commonly used by users.
Advance Mode
If you intend to tweak your PC or boost its overclock feature, you can switch
the Genie BIOS Setting submenu from Easy mode to Advance mode by simply
pressing <F9> in the main menu of the Award BIOS utility then pressing <Y> to
select Advance Mode. The Advance mode will display a wide range of fields useful
in overclocking the board.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
►
Standard CMOS Features
►
Genie
►
Advanced BIOS Features
►
CMOS
BIOS Setting
Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults
►
Integrated
Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
►
Power
Y:Advance Mode; N:Easy Mode
(Y/N)?
Management Setup
Set
User Y
Password
►
PnP/PCI
►
PC
Configurations
Health Status
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
↑ ↓ → ←:
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
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Reloaded
►
Advanced
Select Item
BIOS Setup
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Award BIOS Setup Utility
The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) is a program that takes care of the basic level of communication between the processor and peripherals. In addition,
the BIOS also contains codes for various advanced features found in this system
board. This chapter explains the Setup Utility for the Award BIOS.
After you power up the system, the BIOS message appears on the screen and
the memory count begins. After the memory test, the following message will appear on the screen:
Press DEL to enter setup
If the message disappears before you respond, restart the system or press the
“Reset” button. You may also restart the system by pressing the <Ctrl> <Alt>
and <Del> keys simultaneously.
When you press <Del>, the main menu screen will appear.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility

Standard
CMOS Features

Genie
BIOS Setting

Advanced
BIOS Features

CMOS

Advanced
Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults

Integrated
Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Management Setup
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving

Power

PnP/PCI

PC
Configurations
Health Status
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
↑ ↓ → ←:
Reloaded
Select Item
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
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Standard CMOS Features
Use the arrow keys to highlight “Standard CMOS Features” and press <Enter>. A
screen similar to the one below will appear.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Standard CMOS Features
Date <mm:dd:yy>
Time <hh:mm:ss>
Tue, Jul 21 2009
9 : 3 : 54

IDE

IDE

IDE

IDE
ST3500630NS
None
PIONEER DVD-ROM
None
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
0
0
1
1
Master
Slave
Master
Slave
Drive A
Video
Halt On
Base Memory
Extended Memory
Total Memory
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Item Help
Menu Level

Change the day, month,
year and century
1.44M, 3.5 in.
EGA/VGA
All Errors
640K
2086912K
2087936K
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
Date
The date format is <day>, <month>, <date>, <year>. Day displays a day, from
Sunday to Saturday. Month displays the month, from January to December. Date
displays the date, from 1 to 31. Year displays the year, from 1999 to 2099.
Time
The time format is <hour>, <minute>, <second>. The time is based on the 24hour military-time clock. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:00:00. Hour displays hours
from 00 to 23. Minute displays minutes from 00 to 59. Second displays seconds
from 00 to 59.
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IDE Channel 0 Master to IDE Channel 1 Slave
To configure the IDE drives, move the cursor to a field then press <Enter>. The
following screen will appear.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
IDE Channel 0 Master
IDE HDD Auto-Detection
Press Enter
IDE Channel 0 Master
Access Mode
Auto
Auto
Capacity
Move
Enter: Select
+/-/PU/PD: Value

To auto-detect the
HDD’s size, head... on
this channel
0MB
0
0
0
0
0
Cylinder
Head
Precomp
Landing Zone
Sector
↑↓→←:
Item Help
Menu Level
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F5: Previous
Values
F6: Fail-Safeonly.
Defaults
F7: Optimized
The settings
on the
screen are for reference
Your version may
not be Defaults
identical to
this one.
IDE HDD Auto-Detection
Detects the parameters of the drive. The parameters will automatically be
shown on the screen.
IDE Channel 0 Master to IDE Channel 1 Slave
If you select ”Auto”, the BIOS will auto-detect the HDD & CD-ROM drive at
the POST stage and show the IDE for the HDD & CD-ROM drive. If a hard
disk has not been installed, select “None”.
Access Mode
For hard drives larger than 528MB, you would typically select the LBA type.
Certain operating systems require that you select CHS or Large. Please check
your operating system’s manual or Help desk on which one to select.
Capacity
Displays the approximate capacity of the disk drive. Usually the size is
slightly greater than the size of a formatted disk given by a disk checking
program.
Cylinder
This field displays the number of cylinders.
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Head
This field displays the number of read/write heads.
Precomp
This field displays the number of cylinders at which to change the write timing.
Landing Zone
This field displays the number of cylinders specified as the landing zone for
the read/write heads.
Sector
This field displays the number sectors per track.
Drive A
This field identifies the type of floppy disk drive installed.
None No floppy drive is installed
360K, 5.25 in.
5-1/4 in. standard drive; 360KB capacity
1.2M, 5.25 in.
5-1/4 in. AT-type high-density drive; 1.2MB capacity
720K, 3.5 in.
3-1/2 in. double-sided drive; 720KB capacity
1.44M, 3.5 in.
3-1/2 in. double-sided drive; 1.44MB capacity
2.88M, 3.5 in.
3-1/2 in. double-sided drive; 2.88MB capacity
Video
This field selects the type of video adapter used for the primary system monitor.
Although secondary monitors are supported, you do not have to select the type.
The default setting is EGA/VGA.
EGA/VGA
Enhanced Graphics Adapter/Video Graphics Array. For EGA, VGA, SVGA and
PGA monitor adapters.
CGA 40
Color Graphics Adapter. Power up in 40-column mode.
CGA 80
Color Graphics Adapter. Power up in 80-column mode.
Mono
Monochrome adapter. Includes high resolution monochrome adapters.
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Halt On
This field determines whether the system will stop if an error is detected during
power up. The default setting is All Errors.
No Errors
The system boot will not stop for any errors detected.
All Errors The system boot will stop whenever the BIOS detects a non-fatal error.
All, But Keyboard
The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error; it will stop for all other
errors.
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 disk or keyboard error; it will stop for all
other errors.
Base Memory
Displays 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
Displays the amount of extended memory detected during boot-up.
Total Memory
Displays the total memory available in the system.
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Advanced BIOS Features
The Advanced BIOS Features allows you to configure your system for basic operation. Some entries are defaults required by the system board, while others, if
enabled, will improve the performance of your system or let you set some features according to your preference.

CPU

Hard
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Press Enter
Press Enter
Disabled
Floppy
CDROM
Hard Disk
Enabled
Disabled
On
Fast
Disabled
6
250
Setup
Enabled
1.4
Non-OS2
No
1
Disabled
Disabled
Item Help
Menu Level

Select Removable Boot
Device Priority

Feature
Disk Boot Priority
Virus Warning
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Other Device
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Boot Up NumLock Status
Gate A20 Option
Typematic Rate Setting
x Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
x Typematic Delay (Msec)
Security Option
APIC Mode
MPS Version Control For OS
OS Select For DRAM > 64MB
Report No FDD For WIN 95
Delay For HDD (Secs)
Full Screen LOGO Show
Small Logo(EPA) Show

Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced BIOS Features
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The screen above list all the fields available in the Advanced BIOS Features submenu,
for ease of reference in this manual. In the actual CMOS setup, you have to use the
scroll bar to view the fields. The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your
version may not be identical to this one.
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CPU Feature
This field is used to configure the CPU that is installed on the system board.
Move the cursor to this field then press <Enter>.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
CPU Feature
PPM Mode
Limit CPUID MaxVal
C1E Function
Execute Disable Bit
Virtualization Technology
Core Multi-Processing
Item Help
Native Mode
Disabled
Auto
Enabled
Disabled
Enabled
Menu Level

↑↓:
Move
PU/PD/+/-: Change Priority
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
PPM Mode
The Native mode fully support operating systems that support ACPI such as
Windows XP and Windows Vista. SMM mode is for legacy OS like Windows
2000.
Limit CPUID MaxVal The CPUID instruction of some newer CPUs will return a value greater than 3.
The default is Disabled because this problem does not exist in the Windows
series operating systems. If you are using an operating system other than
Windows, this problem may occur. To avoid this problem, enable this field to
limit the return value to 3 or lesser than 3.
C1E Function The options are Auto and Disabled.
Execute Disable Bit
When this field is set to Disabled, it will force the XD feature flag to always
return to 0.
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Virtualization Technology
When this field is set to Enabled, the VMM can utilize the additional hardware
capabilities provided by Vanderpool Technology.
Core Multi-Processing
The options are Enabled and Disabled.
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Hard Disk Boot Priority
This field is used to select the boot sequence of the hard drives. Move the cursor
to this field then press <Enter>. Use the Up or Down arrow keys to select a device then press <+> to move it up or <-> to move it down the list.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Hard Disk Boot Priority
Item Help
1.Ch0 M.
: ST3500630NS
2.Bootable Add-in Cards
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
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save
ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
Virus Warning
This field protects the boot sector and partition table of your hard disk drive.
When this field is enabled, the Award BIOS will monitor the boot sector and partition table of the hard disk drive. If an attempt is made to write to the boot sector or partition table of the hard disk drive, the BIOS will halt the system and an
error message will appear.
After seeing the error message, if necessary, you will be able to run an anti-virus
program to locate and remove the problem before any damage is done. Many
disk diagnostic programs which attempt to access the boot sector table will cause
the warning message to appear. If you are running such a program, we recommend that you first disable this field.
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First Boot Device, Second Boot Device, Third Boot Device and Boot Other
Device
Select the drive to boot first, second and third in the “First Boot Device” “Second Boot Device” and “Third Boot Device” fields respectively. The BIOS will boot
the operating system according to the sequence of the drive selected. Set “Boot
Other Device” to Enabled if you wish to boot from another device.
Boot Up Floppy Seek
When enabled, the BIOS will check whether the floppy disk drive installed is 40
or 80 tracks. Note that the BIOS cannot distinguish between 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M
and 2.88M drive types as they are all 80 tracks. When disabled, the 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 360KB.
Boot Up NumLock Status
This allows you to determine the default state of the numeric keypad. By default,
the system boots up with NumLock on wherein the function of the numeric keypad is the number keys. When set to Off, the function of the numeric keypad is
the arrow keys.
Gate A20 Option
This entry allows you to select how gate A20 is handled. Gate A20 is a device
used to address memory above 1 Mbyte. Initially, gate A20 was handled via the
keyboard controller. Today, while keyboards still provide this support, it is more
common, and much faster, for the system chipset to provide support for gate
A20.
Typematic Rate Setting
Disabled Continually holding down a key on your keyboard will cause the BIOS to report that the key is down.
Enabled The BIOS will not only report that the key is down, but will first wait for a
moment, and, if the key is still down, it will begin to report that the key has
been depressed repeatedly. For example, you would use such a feature to
accelerate cursor movements with the arrow keys. You can then select the
typematic rate and typematic delay in the “Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)” and
“Typematic Delay (Msec)” fields below.
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Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
This field allows you to select the rate at which the keys are accelerated.
Typematic Delay (Msec)
This field allows you to select the delay between when the key was first depressed and when the acceleration begins.
Security Option
This field determines when the system will prompt for the password - everytime
the system boots or only when you enter the BIOS setup. Set the password in
the Set Supervisor/User Password submenu.
System The system will not boot and access to Setup will be denied unless the correct password is entered at the prompt.
Setup
The system will boot, but access to Setup will be denied unless the correct
password is entered at the prompt.
APIC Mode
Leave this field in its default setting.
MPS Version Control for OS
This field is used to select the MPS version used by the system.
OS Select for DRAM > 64MB
This field allows you to access the memory that is over 64MB in
tions are: Non-OS2 and OS2.
OS/2. The op-
Report No FDD For WIN 95
Yes Will report no FDD for Windows® 95.
No Will not report no FDD for Windows® 95.
Delay for HDD (Secs)
This field is used to enter the time that would delay the HDD controller’s initial
time. This is specially useful for some HDDs which will not be ready at first boot
when you power-on the system.
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Full Screen LOGO Show
This field is applicable only if you want a particular logo to appear during system
boot-up.
Enabled
The logo will appear in full screen during system boot-up.
Disabled
The logo will not appear during system boot-up.
Small Logo(EPA) Show
Enabled The EPA logo will appear during system boot-up.
Disabled The EPA logo will not appear during system boot-up.
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Advanced Chipset Features
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Advanced Chipset Features
System BIOS Cacheable
Memory Hole At 15M-16M
 PCI Express Root Port Func
** VGA Setting **
PEG/Onchip VGA Control
PEG Force X1
Total GFX Memory
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Enabled
Disabled
Press Enter
Item Help
Menu Level

Auto
Disabled
128MB
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
This section gives you functions to configure the system based on the specific
features of the chipset. The chipset manages bus speeds and access to system
memory resources. These items should not be altered unless necessary. The
default settings have been chosen because they provide the best operating conditions for your system. The only time you might consider making any changes
would be if you discovered some incompatibility or that data was being lost while
using your system.
System BIOS Cacheable
When this field is enabled, accesses to the system BIOS ROM addressed at
F0000H-FFFFFH are cached, provided that the cache controller is enabled. The
larger the range of the Cache RAM, the higher the efficiency of the system.
Memory Hole At 15M-16M
In order to improve system performance, certain space in memory can be reserved for ISA cards. This memory must be mapped into the memory space
below 16MB. When enabled, the CPU assumes the 15-16MB memory range is
allocated to the hidden ISA address range instead of the actual system DRAM.
When disabled, the CPU assumes the 15-16MB address range actually contains
DRAM memory. If more than 16MB of system memory is installed, this field must
be disabled to provide contiguous system memory.
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PCI Express Root Port Func
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PCI Express Root Port Func
Auto
Auto
v1.0a
PCI Express Port 1
PCI Express GIGA LAN
PCI-E Compliancy Mode
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
PCI Express Port 1
This field is used to enable or disable the PCI Express x1 slot.
PCI Express GIGA LAN
This field is used to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller.
PCI-E Compliancy Mode
This field is used to select the mode for the PCI Express add-in card.
PEG/Onchip VGA Control
This field is used to select the graphics controller that will serve as the primary
boot device.
PEG Force X1
The options are Enabled and Disabled.
Total GFX Memory
For Windows XP operating system, the maximum value is based on the system
memory size.
512MB for 1GB DRAM
768MB for 1.5GB to 2GB DRAM
1GB for above 2GB DRAM
The options are 128MB, 256MB and MAX.
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Integrated Peripherals
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Integrated Peripherals

OnChip IDE Device

Onboard Device

Super IO Device

USB Device Setting
Onboard LAN boot ROM
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Press Enter
Press Enter
Press Enter
Press Enter
Disabled
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
OnChip IDE Device
Onboard Device
Super I/O Device
Refer to the following pages for more information on
these submenus.
USB Device Setting
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Enable this field if you wish to use the boot ROM (instead of a disk drive) to
boot-up the system and access the local area network directly.
If you wish to change the boot ROM’s settings, type the <Shift> and <F10> keys
simultaneously when prompted during boot-up. Take note: you will be able to access the boot ROM’s program (by typing <Shift> + <F10>) only when this field
is enabled.
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OnChip IDE Device
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The following screen will appear.
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OnChip IDE Device
IDE HDD Block Mode
IDE DMA Transfer Access
On-Chip Primary PCI IDE
On-Chip Secondary PCI IDE
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
x
x
x
IDE
Auto
Normal
Primary
P1, P3 is Secondary
*** On-Chip Serial ATA Setting ***
SATA Mode
On-Chip Serial ATA
SATA PORT Speed Settings
PATA IDE Mode
SATA Port
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

If your IDE hard drive
supports block mode
Select Enabled for
automatic detection of
the optimal number of
block read/writes per
sector the drive can
support
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
IDE HDD Block Mode
Enabled The IDE HDD uses the block mode. The system BIOS will check the hard disk
drive for the maximum block size the system can transfer. The block size will
depend on the type of hard disk drive.
Disabled The IDE HDD uses the standard mode.
IDE DMA Transfer Access
This field is used to enable or disable the DMA transfer function of an IDE
hard drive.
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On-Chip Primary/Secondary PCI IDE
These fields are used to enable or disable the primary or secondary IDE controller. The default is Enabled. Select Disabled if you want to add a different
hard drive controller.
SATA Mode
IDE This option configures the Serial ATA drives in IDE mode.
On-Chip Serial ATA
Disabled
Disables the onboard SATA.
Auto
The system will detect the existing SATA and IDE drives then automatically
set them to the available master/slave mode.
Combined Mode
This option allows you to use both IDE and SATA drives; allowing a maximum
of 4 drives.
Enhanced Mode
This option allows you to use both IDE and SATA drives; allowing a maximum
of 6 drives.
SATA Only
This option automatically sets the SATA drives to Primary Master and Secondary Master modes. Since both drives are in master mode, you cannot set the
IDE drives to Master mode.
SATA Port Speed Settings
Normal
SATA will run at 1.5Gb/s which is the first generation SATA speed.
Force GEN II
SATA will run at 3Gb/s which is the second generation SATA speed.
PATA IDE Mode and SATA Port
The PATA IDE field is used to select the function mode for the IDE connector
and its relation to the SATA ports.
Primary
IDE serves as Primary Master and Primary Slave channel. SATA 1 and SATA 3
serve as Secondary Master and Secondary Slave channel.
Secondary
IDE serves as Secondary Master and Secondary Slave channel. SATA 0 and
SATA 2 serve as Primary Master and Primary Slave channel.
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Onboard Device
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Onboard Device
Azalia Audio Select
Auto
Item Help
Menu Level
↑↓:
Move
PU/PD/+/-: Change Priority
F5: Previous Values
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
F10: Save

ESC: Exit
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
Azalia Audio Select
This field is used to enable or disable the onboard audio.
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Super IO Device
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The following screen will appear.
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Super IO Device
x
x
x
x
Power On Function
KB Power ON Password
Hot Key Power On
Onboard FDC Controller
Onboard Serial Port 1
Onboard Serial Port 2
Onboard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
EPP Mode Select
ECP Mode Use DMA
PWRON After PWR-Fail
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
BUTTON ONLY
Enter
Ctrl-F1
Enabled
3F8/IRQ4
2F8/IRQ3
378/IRQ7
SPP
EPP1.7
3
Off
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
Power On Function
This field allows you to use the PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 mouse to power-on
the system.
Button only
Default setting. Uses the power button to power on the system.
Password
When this option is selected, set the password you would like to use to power-on the system in the “KB Power On Password” field.
Hot Key
When this option is selected, select the function key you would like to use to
power-on the system in the “Hot Key Power On” field.
Mouse Left
When this option is selected, double-click the left button of the mouse to
power-on the system.
Mouse Right
When this option is selected, double-click the right button of the mouse to
power-on the system.
Any Key
Press any key to power-on the system.
Keyboard 98
When this option is selected, press the “wake up” key of the Windows® 98
compatible keyboard to power-on the system.
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KB Power On Password
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. Enter your password. You
can enter up to 5 characters. Type in exactly the same password to confirm,
then press <Enter>.
The power button will not function once a keyboard password has been set in
this field. You must type the correct password to power on the system. If you
forgot the password, power-off the system and remove the battery. Wait for
a few seconds and install it back before powering-on the system.
Hot Key Power On
This field is used to select a function key that you would like to use to power-on the system.
Onboard FDC Controller
Enabled
Enables the onboard floppy disk controller.
Disabled
Disables the onboard floppy disk controller.
Onboard Serial Port 1 and Onboard Serial Port 2
Auto
The system will automatically select an I/O address for the onboard serial
port 1 and serial port 2.
3F8/IRQ4, 2F8/IRQ3, 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3
Allows you to manually select an I/O address for the onboard serial port 1
and serial port 2.
Disabled
Disables the onboard serial port 1 and/or serial port 2.
Onboard Parallel Port
378/IRQ7, 3BC/IRQ7, 278/IRQ5
Selects the I/O address and IRQ for the onboard parallel port.
Disabled
Disables the onboard parallel port.
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Parallel Port Mode
The options are SPP, EPP, ECP and ECP+EPP. These apply to a standard specification and will depend on the type and speed of your device. Refer to your
peripheral’s manual for the best option.
SPP
Allows normal speed operation but in one direction only.
“ECP (Extended Capabilities Port)”
Allows parallel port to operate in bidirectional mode and at a speed faster
than the normal mode’s data transfer rate.
“EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port)”
Allows bidirectional parallel port operation at maximum speed.
EPP Mode Select
This field is used to select the EPP mode.
ECP Mode Use DMA
This field is used to select a DMA channel for the parallel por t. The options
are 1 and 3. Default setting: 3.
PWRON After PWR-Fail
Off
When power returns after an AC power failure, the system’s power is off. You
must press the Power button to power-on the system.
On
When power returns after an AC power failure, the system will automatically
power-on.
Former-Sts
When power returns after an AC power failure, the system will return to the
state where you left off before power failure occurs. If the system’s power
is off when AC power failure occurs, it will remain off when power returns.
If the system’s power is on when AC power failure occurs, the system will
power-on when power returns.
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USB Device Setting
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The following screen will appear.
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USB Device Setting
USB 1.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Controller
USB Operation Mode
USB Keyboard Function
USB Mouse Function
USB Storage Function
Enabled
Enabled
High Speed
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
*** USB Mass Storage Device Boot Setting ***
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

[Enable] or [Disable]
Universal Host
Controller Interface
for Universal Serial
Bus.
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
USB 1.0 Controller
This field is used to enable or disable the Universal Host Controller Interface
(USB 1.0).
USB 2.0 Controller
This field is used to enable or disable the Enhanced Host Controller Interface
(USB 2.0).
USB Operation Mode
This field is used to select the USB’s operation mode. The options are Full/
Low Speed and High Speed.
USB Keyboard Function
Due to the limited space of the BIOS ROM, the support for legacy USB keyboard (in DOS mode) is by default set to Disabled. With more BIOS ROM
space available, it will be able to support more advanced features as well as
provide compatibility to a wide variety of peripheral devices.
If a PS/2 keyboard is not available and you need to use a USB keyboard to
install Windows (installation is performed in DOS mode) or run any program
under DOS, set this field to Enabled.
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USB Mouse Function
Due to the limited space of the BIOS ROM, the support for legacy USB mouse
(in DOS mode) is by default set to Disabled. With more BIOS ROM space
available, it will be able to support more advanced features as well as provide
compatibility to a wide variety of peripheral devices.
If a PS/2 mouse is not available and you need to use a USB mouse to install
Windows (installation is performed in DOS mode) or run any program under
DOS, set this field to Enabled.
USB Storage Function
This field is used to enable or disable the support for legacy USB mass storage.
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Power Management Setup
The Power Management Setup allows you to configure your system to most effectively save energy.
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Power Management Setup
uPCI
x
x
Express PM Function
ACPI Suspend Type
Soft-Off By PWR-BTTN
Wake-Up by PCI Card
Power On by Ring
USB KB Wake-up From S3
Resume By Alarm
Date(of Month) Alarm
Time(hh:mm:ss) Alarm
HPET Support
HPET Mode
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Press Enter
S3(STR)
Instant-Off
Enabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
0
0:0:0
Enabled
32-bit mode
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
PCI Express PM Function
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The following screen will appear.
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PCI Express PM Function
PEG Port ASPM
Root Port ASPM
DMI Port ASPM
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
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PEG Port ASPM
The options are Disabled, L0s and L1/L0s.
Root Port ASPM
The options are Disabled, L0s, L1 and L1/L0s.
DMI Port ASPM
The options are Disabled and L0s.
ACPI Suspend Type
This field is used to select the type of Suspend mode.
S1(POS)
Enables the Power On Suspend function.
S3(STR)
Enables the Suspend to RAM function.
Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN
This field allows you to select the method of powering off your system.
Delay 4 Sec.
Regardless of whether the Power Management function is enabled or disabled,
if the power button is pushed and released in less than 4 sec, the system enters the Suspend mode. The purpose of this function is to prevent the system
from powering off in case you accidentally “hit” or pushed the power button.
Push and release again in less than 4 sec to restore. Pushing the power button for more than 4 seconds will power off the system.
Instant-Off
Pressing and then releasing the power button at once will immediately power
off your system.
Wake-Up By PCI Card
Enabled This field should be set to Enabled only if your PCI card such as LAN card or
modem card uses the PCI PME (Power Management Event) signal to remotely
wake up the system. Access to the LAN card or PCI card will cause the system to wake up. Refer to the card’s documentation for more information.
Disabled The system will not wake up despite access to the PCI card.
Power On By Ring
When this field is set to Enabled, the system will power-on to respond to calls
coming from a modem.
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USB KB Wake-Up From S3
This field, when enabled, allows you to use a USB keyboard or USB mouse to
wake up a system that is in the S3 (STR - Suspend To RAM) state. This can be
configured only if the “ACPI Suspend Type” field is set to “S3(STR)”.
Resume By Alarm
Enabled
When Enabled, you can set the date and time you would like the Soft Power
Down (Soft-Off) PC to power-on in the “Date (of Month) Alarm” and “Time
(hh:mm:ss) Alarm” fields. However, if the system is being accessed by incoming calls or the network (Resume On Ring/LAN) prior to the date and
time set in these fields, the system will give priority to the incoming calls or
network.
Disabled
Disables the automatic power-on function. (default)
Date (of Month) Alarm
0
The system will power-on everyday according to the time set in the “Time
(hh:mm:ss) Alarm” field.
1-31
Select a date you would like the system to power-on. The system will poweron on the set date, and time set in the “Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm” field.
Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
This is used to set the time you would like the system to power-on. If you want
the system to power-on everyday as set in the “Date (of Month) Alarm” field, the
time set in this field must be later than the time of the RTC set in the Standard
CMOS Features submenu.
HPET Support
This field is used to enable or disable HPET.
HPET Mode
The options are 32-bit mode and 64-bit mode.
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PnP/PCI Configurations
This section shows how to configure the PCI bus system. It covers some very
technical items and it is strongly recommended that only experienced users
should make any changes to the default settings.
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PnP/PCI Configurations
Init Display First
Reset Configuration Data
PCI Slot
Disabled
Resources Controlled By
x IRQ Resources
Auto(ESCD)
Press Enter
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
Disabled
** PCI Express Relative Items **
Maximum Payload Size
128
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
Init Display First
Onboard
When the system boots, it will first initialize the onboard VGA.
PCI Slot
When the system boots, it will first initialize PCI.
Reset Configuration Data
Enabled
The BIOS will reset the Extended System Configuration Data (ESCD) once
automatically. It will then recreate a new set of configuration data.
Disabled
The BIOS will not reset the configuration data.
Resources Controlled By The Award Plug and Play BIOS has the capability to automatically configure all of
the boot and Plug and Play compatible devices.
Auto(ESCD)
The system will automatically detect the settings for you.
Manual
Choose the specific IRQ resources in the “IRQ Resources” field.
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IRQ Resources Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. Set each system interrupt to
either PCI Device or Reserved.
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IRQ Resources
IRQ-3 assigned to
IRQ-4 assigned to
IRQ-5 assigned to
IRQ-7 assigned to
IRQ-9 assigned to
IRQ-10 assigned to
IRQ-11 assigned to
IRQ-12 assigned to
IRQ-14 assigned to
IRQ-15 assigned to
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
PCI
Device
Device
Device
Device
Device
Device
Device
Device
Device
Device
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

Legacy ISA for
devices compliant with
the original PC AT bus
specification. PCI/ISA
PnP for devices compliant with the Plug and
Play standard whether
designed for PCI or ISA
bus architecture.
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
This field determines whether the MPEG ISA/VESA VGA cards can work with PCI/
VGA or not. The default value is Disabled.
Enabled MPEG ISA/VESA VGA cards work with PCI/VGA.
Disabled
MPEG ISA/VESA VGA cards does not work with PCI/VGA.
Maximum Payload Size
This field is used to select the maximum TLP payload size of the PCI Express devices. The unit is byte.
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PC Health Status
Case Open Warning
Shutdown Temperature
Current System Temp
Current CPU Temperature
Current AUX Temperature
System Fan Speed
CPU Fan Speed
2nd Fan Speed
CPU Voltage
+5V
Chipset Voltage
DDR3 Voltage
+12V
VCC3 (V)
VBAT (V)
3VSB
System Fan Temperature
System Fan Tolerance Value
CPU FAN Temperature
CPU FAN Tolerance Value
2nd Fan Temperature
2nd Fan Tolerance Value
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Disabled
60oC/140oF
38oC/100oF
35oC/95oF
46oC/114oF
0
RPM
1132 RPM
0
RPM
1.29V
5.08V
1.11V
1.48V
12.20V
3.31V
3.02V
3.31V
35oC/95oF
5
40oC/104oF
5
35oC/95oF
5
Item Help
Menu Level



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PC Health Status
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The screen above list all the fields available in the PC Health Status submenu, for ease
of reference in this manual. In the actual CMOS setup, you have to use the scroll bar
to view the fields. The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may
not be identical to this one.
Case Open Warning
Set this field to Enabled to allow the system to alert you of a chassis intrusion
event.
Shutdown Temperature
You can prevent the system from overheating by selecting a temperature at
which the system will shutdown. If the system detected that its temperature exceeded the one set in this field, it will automatically shutdown.
Current System Temp to 3VSB
These fields will show the temperature, fan speed and output voltage of the
monitored devices or components.
System FAN Temperature
This field is used to select the temperature at which the system fan runs at full
speed. The temperature will vary within the range of the tolerance value selected
in the field below.
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System Fan Tolerance Value
This field is used to select the tolerance value of the system’s temperature. The
options are 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. If you selected 3, it allows the temperature to run
3 degrees higher or lower. The system fan will smartly adjust it’s speed in accordance to the temperature.
CPU Fan Temperature
This field is used to select the temperature at which the CPU fan runs at full
speed. The temperature will vary within the range of the tolerance value selected
in the field below.
CPU Fan Tolerance Value
This field is used to select the tolerance value of the CPU’s temperature. The options are 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. If you selected 3, it allows the temperature to run 3
degrees higher or lower. The CPU fan will smartly adjust it’s speed in accordance
to the temperature.
2nd Fan Temperature
This field is used to select the temperature at which the 2nd fan runs at full
speed. The temperature will vary within the range of the tolerance value selected
in the field below.
2nd Fan Tolerance Value
This field is used to select the tolerance value of the system’s temperature. The
options are 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. If you selected 3, it allows the temperature to run 3
degrees higher or lower. The 2nd fan will smartly adjust it’s speed in accordance
to the temperature.
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Genie BIOS Setting
Aimed to provide convenience and superb overclockability, this submenu comes
available in Easy mode (default mode) and Advance mode.
Easy Mode
Easy mode displays fields commonly used by users.
Advance Mode
If you intend to tweak your PC or boost its overclock features, you can switch
the Genie BIOS Setting submenu from Easy mode to Advance mode by simply
pressing <F9> in the main menu of the Award BIOS utility then pressing <Y> to
select Advance Mode. The Advance mode will display a wide range of fields useful
in overclocking the board.
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
Standard
CMOS Features

Genie
BIOS Setting

Advanced
BIOS Features

CMOS

Advanced
Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults

Integrated
Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password

Power
Y:Advance Mode; N:Easy Mode
(Y/N)?
Management Setup
Set
User Y
Password

PnP/PCI

PC
Reloaded
Configurations
Health Status
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
↑ ↓ → ←:
Select Item
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
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Genie BIOS Setting

Voltage

DRAM
Control
Timing
CPU Clock
CPU Clock Ratio Unlock
x CPU Clock Ratio
CPU N/2 Ratio
PCIE Clock
CPU Spread Spectrum
PCIE Spread Spectrum
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Press Enter
Press Enter
333 MHz
Disabled
8X
Enabled
100 MHz
Disabled
Disabled
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
Voltage Control
DRAM Timing
Refer to the following pages for more information on these
submenus.
CPU Clock
This field provides several options for selecting the external system bus clock of
the processor.
CPU Clock Ratio Unlock
Set this field to Enabled to unlock the CPU clock ratio. This will allow you to select the CPU clock ratio in the field below.
CPU Clock Ratio
This field is used to select the CPU’s frequency ratio.
CPU N/2 Ratio
The options are Enabled and Disabled.
PCIE Clock
This field is used to select the bus clock of the PCI Express.
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CPU Spread Spectrum
The options are Disabled, -0.5%, +-0.25%, -1.0% and +-0.5%.
PCIE Spread Spectrum
The options are Disabled, -0.5%, and -1.0%.
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Voltage Control
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The following screen will appear.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Voltage Control
CPU Voltage
Memory Voltage
VTT Voltage
PLL Voltage
NB Voltage
SB Voltage
CPU Voltage
DDR3 Voltage
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
Default
1.49V
1.21V
1.53V
1.12V
1.07V
Item Help
Menu Level

1.20V
1.47V1.47V
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
CPU Voltage
This field is used to select the CPU’s voltage.
Memory Voltage
This field is used to manually select higher voltage supplied to the DRAM.
VTT Voltage
This field is used to select the HT Link’s voltage.
PLL Voltage
This field is used to select the PLL voltage.
NB Voltage
This field is used to select the NB’s voltage.
SB Voltage
This field is used to select the SB’s voltage.
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CPU Voltage
This field will show the CPU’s current voltage.
DDR3 Voltage
This field will show the DRAM’s current voltage.
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DRAM Timing
Move the cursor to this field and press <Enter>. The following screen will appear.
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DRAM Timing
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
DRAM Speed
CAS Latency Time (tCL)
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
RAS# Precharge (tRP)
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults
Item Help
Menu Level

ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may not be identical to
this one.
DRAM Speed
This field is used to select the clock speed of the DIMM.
CAS Latency Time (tCL)
This field is used to select the clock cycle of the CAS latency time. The option selected specifies the timing delay before SDRAM starts a read command
after receiving it.
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
This field is used to select the RAS# to CAS# delay time when reading and
writing to the same bank.
RAS# Precharge (tRP)
This field is used to select the idle clocks after issuing a precharge command
to the DRAM.
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CMOS Reloaded
The CMOS Reloaded submenu allows you to save different configurations and
when needed, allows you to conveniently restore one of these previously saved
configurations. Highlight CMOS Reloaded in the main menu then press <Enter>.
Auto Save Bootable Setting
Load Last Bootable Setting
Enabled
Load

Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
CMOS Reloaded
Item Help
Menu Level
Save Setting to Bank with
Last Saved CMOS
User Defined Setting Bank #1
Description
Options
Bank description
Save to this bank
Load from this bank
Hotkey => 1
Description
Options

This item will immediately decide which
setting will be saved to
User Defined Setting
Banks. The option is one
of following:
1. Current BIOS setting
2. Last BIOS setting
which already exists in
CMOS.
User Defined Setting Bank #2
Description
Options
Bank description
Save to this bank
Load from this bank
Hotkey => 1
Description
Options
User Defined Setting Bank #3
Description
Options
Bank description
Save to this bank
Load from this bank
Hotkey => 1
Description
Options
↑↓→←:
Move
Enter: Select
F5: Previous Values
+/-/PU/PD: Value
F10: Save
F6: Fail-Safe Defaults

User Defined Setting Bank #4
Description
Options
Bank description
Save to this bank
Load from this bank
Hotkey => 1
Description
Options
ESC: Exit
F1: General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
The screen above list all the fields available in the CMOS Reloaded submenu, for ease
of reference in this manual. In the actual CMOS setup, you have to use the scroll bar
to view the fields. The settings on the screen are for reference only. Your version may
not be identical to this one.
CMOS Reloaded is especially helpful to overclockers who often go through the
tiresome trial and error process of repeatedly changing the BIOS settings to
come up with the most ideal overclocked setting. By being able to save and load
the settings, it eliminates the tedious job of remembering several settings and/
or repeatedly resetting settings during the trial process. The settings are stored
in the SEEPROM. SEEPROM is divided into 5 banks - the backup bank and the 4
user defined banks.
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Auto Save Bootable Setting
This field is used to automatically save the last bootable setting from CMOS to an
area in the SEEPROM referred to as the backup bank. To use this function:
1. Set this field to Enabled.
2. Select “Save & Exit Setup” in the main menu then press <Enter>.
3. Type <Y> then press <Enter>.
If the changes to the setting allowed the system to boot, the setting will be
stored in the SEEPROM. In other words, if the system did not boot up, the setting will not be stored. You may then follow the steps in the next section to load
the last bootable setting.
Load Last Bootable Setting
If, during the trial and error process, the setting resulted to the system’s instability or worse yet, not being able to boot up the system, please follow the steps
below to use the Load function.
Note:
You can use the Load function only if you have set the “Auto Save Bootable Setting” to Enabled.
1. If the system did not boot up properly but you were able to enter the BIOS
utility:
a. Select “CMOS Reloaded” in the main menu then press <Enter>.
b. Move the cursor to “Load Last Bootable Setting” then press “Load”.
c. Press <Y> to load the last bootable setting that was stored in the backup
bank.
2. If you cannot enter the BIOS utility:
a. Use the Clear CMOS jumper to clear the CMOS. Refer to chapter 2 for
more information about clearing CMOS.
b. Enter the BIOS utility then perform steps 1a to 1c.
Saving, Loading and Naming BIOS Settings
For overclockers who require different sets of settings for various system environments or operating systems, CMOS Reloaded allows you to save, load and name
up to four sets of BIOS settings - in the “User Defined Setting Bank #1” to “User
Defined Setting Bank #4” fields.
Save Setting to Bank With
This field is used to select the type of setting you would like saved to a User Defined Setting Bank when you use the “Save to this Bank” function of that bank.
Current BIOS Setting This option will save the current BIOS setting to the User Defined Setting
Bank.
Last BIOS Setting
This option will save the last saved BIOS setting to the User Defined Setting
Bank.
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User Defined Setting Bank #1/2/3/4
Bank Description
To name the BIOS setting, move the cursor to “Bank Description” then press
<Enter>. You can enter up to 60 characters. Providing a name to the BIOS
setting will allow you to easily remember the settings in the bank.
Save to this Bank
To save the BIOS setting, move the cursor to “Save to this Bank” then press
<Enter>. Type <Y> then press <Enter>. This will save the current setting or
the last saved setting to this bank; depending on the option selected in the
“Save Setting to Bank With” field. If you want to immediately reboot to use
the new settings, make sure to save before you exit the BIOS setup utility by
selecting “Y” in the “Save & Exit Setup” submenu.
Load from this Bank
To load the setting saved in the bank, move the cursor to “Load from this
Bank” then press <Enter>. The setting in this bank will replace the current
setting. Make sure to save before you exit the BIOS setup utility by selecting
“Y” in the “Save & Exit Setup” submenu.
Hotkey
You can now load a BIOS setting during system boot up; bypassing the
lengthy process of entering the BIOS utility to load a setting. Move the cursor
to “Hotkey” then press <Enter>. Select the key you would like to use to load
the settings from the bank. When the system boots up, press the key to load
the setting.
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Load Optimized Defaults
The “Load Optimized Defaults” option loads optimized settings from the BIOS
ROM. Use the default values as standard values for your system. Highlight this
option in the main menu and press <Enter>.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility

Standard
CMOS Features

Genie
BIOS Setting

Advanced
BIOS Features

CMOS

Advanced
Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults

Integrated
Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Management Setup
Set User Password

Power

PnP/PCI

PC
Configurations
Health Status
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
Reloaded
Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)?
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
↑ ↓ → ←:
Select Item
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Type <Y> and press <Enter> to load the Setup default values.
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Set Supervisor Password
If you want to protect your system and setup from unauthorized entry, set a
supervisor’s password with the “System” option selected in the Advanced BIOS
Features. If you want to protect access to setup only, but not your system, set
a supervisor’s password with the “Setup” option selected in the Advanced BIOS
Features. You will not be prompted for a password when you cold boot the system.
Use the arrow keys to highlight “Set Supervisor Password” and press <Enter>.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility

Standard
CMOS Features

Genie
BIOS Setting

Advanced
BIOS Features

CMOS

Advanced
Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults

Integrated
Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Management Setup
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving

Power

PnP/PCI
Configurations
Enter Password:

PC Health Status
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
↑ ↓ → ←:
Reloaded
Select Item
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Type in the password. You are limited to eight characters. When done, the message below will appear:
Confirm Password:
You are asked to verify the password. Type in exactly the same password. If you
type in a wrong password, you will be prompted to enter the correct password
again. To delete or disable the password function, highlight “Set Supervisor Password” and press <Enter>, instead of typing in a new password. Press the <Esc>
key to return to the main menu.
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Set User Password
If you want another user to have access only to your system but not to setup,
set a user’s password with the “System” option selected in the Advanced BIOS
Features. If you want a user to enter a password when trying to access setup,
set a user’s password with the “Setup” option selected in the Advanced BIOS
Features.
Using user’s password to enter Setup allows a user to access only “Set User
Password” that appears in the main menu screen. Access to all other options is
denied.
Use the arrow keys to highlight “Set User Password” and press <Enter>.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility

Standard

Genie
CMOS Features
BIOS Setting

Advanced
BIOS Features

CMOS

Advanced
Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults

Integrated
Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Management Setup
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving

Power

PnP/PCI
Configurations
Enter Password:

PC Health Status
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
↑ ↓ → ←:
Reloaded
Select Item
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Type in the password. You are limited to eight characters. When done, the message below will appear:
Confirm Password:
You are asked to verify the password. Type in exactly the same password. If you
type in a wrong password, you will be prompted to enter the correct password
again. To delete or disable the password function, highlight “Set User Password”
and press <Enter>, instead of typing in a new password. Press the <Esc> key to
return to the main menu.
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Save & Exit Setup
When all the changes have been made, highlight “Save & Exit Setup” and press
<Enter>.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility

Standard
CMOS Features

Genie
BIOS Setting

Advanced
BIOS Features

CMOS

Advanced
Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults

Integrated
Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Management Setup
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup

Power

PnP/PCI

PC
Configurations
Health Status
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
Reloaded
SAVE to CMOS and EXIT
(Y/N)?
Exit
Without Saving
↑ ↓ → ←:
Select Item
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Type “Y” and press <Enter>. The modifications you have made will be written
into the CMOS memory, and the system will reboot. You will once again see the
initial diagnostics on the screen. If you wish to make additional changes to the
setup, press <Ctrl> <Alt> <Esc> simultaneously or <Del> after memory testing
is done.
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Exit Without Saving
When you do not want to save the changes you have made, highlight “Exit Without Saving” and press <Enter>.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility

Standard
CMOS Features

Genie
BIOS Setting

Advanced
BIOS Features

CMOS

Advanced
Chipset Features
Load Optimized Defaults

Integrated
Peripherals
Set Supervisor Password
Management Setup
Set User Password
Save & Exit Setup

Power

PnP/PCI

PC
Configurations
Health Status
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
Reloaded
Exit
Quit Without Saving (Y/N)?
N Without Saving
↑ ↓ → ←:
Select Item
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
Type “Y” and press <Enter>. The system will reboot and you will once again see
the initial diagnostics on the screen. If you wish to make any changes to the
setup, press <Ctrl> <Alt> <Esc> simultaneously or <Del> after memory testing
is done.
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Updating the BIOS
To update the BIOS, you will need the new BIOS file and a flash utility, AWDFLASH.EXE. Please contact technical support or your sales representative for the
files.
1. Save the new BIOS file along with the flash utility AWDFLASH.EXE to a floppy
disk.
2. Reboot the system and enter the Award BIOS Setup Utility to set the first
boot drive to “Floppy”.
3. Save the setting and reboot the system.
4. After the system booted from the floppy disk, execute the flash utility by typing AWDFLASH.EXE. The following screen will appear.
Award BIOS Flash Utility V.8.15B
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
(The current BIOS information will appear in this area.)
File Name to Program :
5. Type the new BIOS file name onto the gray area that is next to “File Name to
Program” then press <Enter>.
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6. The following will appear.
Do You Want to Save BIOS (Y/N)
This question refers to the current existing BIOS in your system. We recommend that you save the current BIOS and its flash utility; just in case you
need to reinstall the BIOS. To save the current BIOS, press <Y> then enter
the file name of the current BIOS. Otherwise, press <N>.
7. The following will then appear.
Press “Y” to Program or “N” to Exit
8. Press <Y> to flash the new BIOS.
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Supported Software
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Chapter 4 - Supported Software
The DVD that came with the system board contains drivers, utilities and software
applications required to enhance the performance of the system board.
Insert the DVD into an optical drive. The screen shown below will appear. If after
inserting the DVD, “Autorun” did not automatically start, please go directly to the
root directory of the DVD and double-click “Setup”.
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Chipset Driver
On the top row of the screen, click the 1st icon to open the Chipset Driver menu.
1. Click “Intel(R) Chipset Device Software”.
2. The setup program is now
ready to install the utility.
Click Next.
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3. Read the license agreement
then click Yes.
4. Go through the readme
document for system
requirements and installation
tips then click Next.
5. The setup program is now
installing the driver. Click
Next to continue.
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6. Click “Yes, I want to restart this computer now”
then click Finish.
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Restarting the system will
allow the new software installation to take effect.
Supported Software
4
Graphics Driver
On the top row of the screen, click the 2nd icon to open the Graphics Driver
menu.
1. Click “G41 Onboard Graphics”.
2. Setup is now ready to install the graphics driver.
Click Next.
3. Read the license agreement
then click Yes.
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4. Go through the readme
document for more installation tips then click Next.
5. Setup is currently installing
the driver. After installation
has completed, click Next.
6. Click “Yes, I want to restart
this computer now.” then
click Finish.
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Restarting the system will
allow the new software installlation to take effect.
Supported Software
4
Audio Driver
On the top row of the screen, click the 3rd icon to open the Audio Driver menu.
1. Click “Realtek ALC662 Audio
Drivers”.
2. The setup program is now
ready to install the driver.
Click Next.
3. The setup program is currently installing the driver.
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4. Click “Yes, I want to restart
my computer now” then
click Finish.
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Restarting the system will
allow the new driver installation to take effect.
Supported Software
4
Network Driver
On the top row of the screen, click the 4th icon to open the Network Driver
menu.
1. Click “Realtek RTL8111C
LAN Drivers”.
2. The installation wizard will
extract the files needed to
install the driver.
3. You are now ready to install
the driver. Click Install.
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4. Setup is currently installing
the driver.
5. After completing installation, click Finish to exit
setup.
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4
Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.05
On the top row of the screen, click the last icon to open the Manuals menu. Click
“Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.05”.
1. Click Next to continue.
2. Setup is now ready to install. Click Next.
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3. Click Next to install or click
Change Destination Folder
to select another folder.
4. Click Install to begin installation.
5. Click Finish to exit installaion.
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A
Appendix A - ABS: Auto Boost System
The ABS (Auto Boost System) technology provides
the convenience of saving and loading several OC
settings. It allows you to use the best OC setting to
optimize your system’s performance. You can “Auto
Boost” your system by simply pressing the <F1>
key.
ABS provides the following functions that are easy for users to operate.
•
•
•
Backup OC profile
Load OC profile
Exchange OC profile
Installing ABS
1. The ABS utility is included in the provided DVD. Insert the DVD into an optical drive. On the top row of the screen, click the 6th icon to open the Utility
menu.
2. Click “Auto Boost System”.
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3. The installation wizard is
extracting the files needed
to install the utility. The
wizard will lead you to
complete the installation.
4. Setup is now ready to install the utility. Click Next.
5. Click Next to install to the
destination folder or click
Change to select another
folder.
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6. Click Install to begin the
installation.
7. The installation wizard will
copy all the necessary files
and optimize the ABS features.
8. Click Finish to exit setup.
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The ABS Utility
1. To run the ABS utility,
power up your system then
press F1. The screen will
show the CPU upgrade information. Press “Any Key”
to continue.
2. When the system enters
the operating system, the
ABS utility will appear and
display the system’s information. Click Auto Upgrade.
3. The screen on the right will
appear.
4. Select the system board in
use.
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5. Click Confirm.
6. ABS supports Win Reloaded
and Auto Upgrade features.
Click Auto Upgrade.
7. Click Backup.
8. The default settings will
appear on the screen. Click
Save.
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9. Enter a name for the default setting then click
Save. You have just created a backup file of the
board’s default setting.
10.If in any case a new OC
setting causes system instability, you can always
retrieve the backup file
saved earlier by clicking
Reload.
11.Click Open.
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12.Select the backup file then
click Open.
13.Click Write to load Banks
1-4 into the BIOS.
If you want the system to
auto upgrade the setting
the next time you boot the
system, click “Enable Auto
Upgrade Next Boot”.
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14.Click Yes to reboot.
Important:
1. We strongly recommend that you backup the default setting. If in any
case your overclock setting causes system instability, you can always
retrieve the default setting by reloading the backup file.
2. Everytime you change the BIOS settings, remember to always backup
the file because the previous backup file will not match the new BIOS
settings therefore it will not work.
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B
Appendix B - Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting Checklist
This chapter of the manual is designed to help you with problems that you may
encounter with your personal computer. To efficiently troubleshoot your system,
treat each problem individually. This is to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the
problem in case a problem has multiple causes.
Some of the most common things to check when you encounter problems while
using your system are listed below.
1. The power switch of each peripheral device is turned on.
2. All cables and power cords are tightly connected.
3. The electrical outlet to which your peripheral devices are connected is working. Test the outlet by plugging in a lamp or other electrical device.
4. The monitor is turned on.
5. The display’s brightness and contrast controls are adjusted properly.
6. All add-in boards in the expansion slots are seated securely.
7. Any add-in board you have installed is designed for your system and is set
up correctly.
Monitor/Display
If the display screen remains dark after the system is turned on:
1. Make sure that the monitor’s power switch is on.
2. Check that one end of the monitor’s power cord is properly attached to the
monitor and the other end is plugged into a working AC outlet. If necessary,
try another outlet.
3. Check that the video input cable is properly attached to the monitor and the
system’s display adapter.
4. Adjust the brightness of the display by turning the monitor’s brightness control knob.
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The picture seems to be constantly moving.
1. The monitor has lost its vertical sync. Adjust the monitor’s vertical sync.
2. Move away any objects, such as another monitor or fan, that may be creating
a magnetic field around the display.
3. Make sure your video card’s output frequencies are supported by this monitor.
The screen seems to be constantly wavering.
1. If the monitor is close to another monitor, the adjacent monitor may need
to be turned off. Fluorescent lights adjacent to the monitor may also cause
screen wavering.
Power Supply
When the computer is turned on, nothing happens.
1. Check that one end of the AC power cord is plugged into a live outlet and the
other end properly plugged into the back of the system.
2. Make sure that the voltage selection switch on the back panel is set for the
correct type of voltage you are using.
3. The power cord may have a “short” or “open”. Inspect the cord and install a
new one if necessary.
Floppy Drive
The computer cannot access the floppy drive.
1. The floppy diskette may not be formatted. Format the diskette and try again.
2. The diskette may be write-protected. Use a diskette that is not write-protected.
3. You may be writing to the wrong drive. Check the path statement to make
sure you are writing to the targeted drive.
4. There is not enough space left on the diskette. Use another diskette with adequate storage space.
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Hard Drive
Hard disk failure.
1. Make sure the correct drive type for the hard disk drive has been entered in
the BIOS.
2. If the system is configured with two hard drives, make sure the bootable
(first) hard drive is configured as Master and the second hard drive is configured as Slave. The master hard drive must have an active/bootable partition.
Excessively long formatting period.
If your hard drive takes an excessively long period of time to format, it is likely a
cable connection problem. However, if your hard drive has a large capacity, it will
take a longer time to format.
Serial Port
The serial device (modem, printer) doesn’t output anything or is outputting garbled characters.
1. Make sure that the serial device’s power is turned on and that the device is
on-line.
2. Verify that the device is plugged into the correct serial port on the rear of the
computer.
3. Verify that the attached serial device works by attaching it to a serial port
that is working and configured correctly. If the serial device does not work,
either the cable or the serial device has a problem. If the serial device works,
the problem may be due to the onboard I/O or the address setting.
4. Make sure the COM settings and I/O address are configured correctly.
Keyboard
Nothing happens when a key on the keyboard was pressed.
1. Make sure the keyboard is properly connected.
2. Make sure there are no objects resting on the keyboard and that no keys are
pressed during the booting process.
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System Board
1. Make sure the add-in card is seated securely in the expansion slot. If the
add-in card is loose, power off the system, re-install the card and power up
the system.
2. Check the jumper settings to ensure that the jumpers are properly set.
3. Verify that all memory modules are seated securely into the memory sockets.
4. Make sure the memory modules are in the correct locations.
5. If the board fails to function, place the board on a flat surface and seat all
socketed components. Gently press each component into the socket.
6. If you made changes to the BIOS settings, re-enter setup and load the BIOS
defaults.
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CPU VID is incorrect.
A0~AF Definition: Initializing memory 1.Incompatible memory modules.
check code.
00 -> C1 -> Stopped at A0
00 -> C1 -> Stopped at b8
00 -> Stopped at C0
A0
b8
C0
3.Replace a suitable PSU.
4.Inspect the 12V connection.
5.Inspect the cable that connects the
reset button to the front panel connector.
3.Incompatible PSU.
4.No CPU power.
5.Reset button short-circuited.
Initializing memory.
3.Remove and reconnect the PCI
devices.
2.Remove and reinstall the memory
modules.
1.Clear the CMOS data.
2.Clear the CMOS data.
2.SPD value is lost or empty.
2.Replace the memory modules.
1.Probing for failed memory devices. 1.Make sure the memory modules are
installed properly in the slots.
3.Incompatible PCI devices.
B0~BF Definition: Initializing memory/ 1.Mixed-up BIOS data.
devices check code
(registers).
2.Incompatible memory modules.
2.Mixed-up BIOS data.
1.Remove and reinstall the memory
modules.
Replace a PSU that will provide
adequate power to the system.
2.Remove and reinstall the CPU.
2.Defective CPU connection.
PSU does not comply with the
system’s requirement.
1.Clear the CMOS data.
1.Mixed-up BIOS data.
2.Replace a suitable PSU.
Solution
2.5Vsb of PSU is insufficient.
(Minimum required - 2A)
1.Set the CMOS jumper to pins 1-2
(default).
Power on -> 00 ->
Reset -> Looping
Possible Cause
1.CMOS jumper is set at pins 2-3.
00
BIOS program starts to set VID/FID
to initialize CPU. (Boot Block area).
BIOS Program Definition
Power on -> Stopped at 00
00
Debug Code Action
Nil
None, blank
Power on
POST (hex)
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BIOS Program Definition
Resume on S1/S3 failed.
E0-EF Definition: Initializing PCIE
device check code.
Shutdown -> Stopped at CF
(Shutdown -> CF -> Reset)
C0 -> C1 -> Stopped at E0
E0
C3/C5
CF
Detecting DRAM size and type.
ECC auto-detection of L2 cache.
Detecting memory.
Expanding compressed BIOS code to
the DRAM.
00 -> C0 -> Stopped at C1
(00 -> C0 -> C1 ->
Reset -> Looping)
Debug Code Action
C0 -> C1 -> Stopped at C3/C5
(C0 -> C1 -> C3 ->
Reset -> Looping)
C1
POST (hex) 2.Remove and reinstall the PCI device.
4.Upgrade to the latest BIOS.
4.BIOS issue.
2.Incompatible PCI devices.
3.Load the default DRAM speed.
3.Overclocking issue (tight DRAM
timing).
1.Clear the CMOS data.
2.Remove and reinstall the memory
modules.
1.Mixed-up BIOS data.
1.Increase the DRAM’s voltage.
3.Remove and reinstall the memory
modules.
3.Overclocking issue.
2.Incompatible memory modules.
2.Increase the DRAM’s voltage.
2.Insufficient DRAM voltage.
1.Insufficient DRAM voltage.
1.Clear the CMOS then load the
default speed.
3.Try installing a single module only.
3.One of the memory modules is
defective.
1.Tight DRAM timing (system is
unstable).
2.Clear the CMOS then load the
default speed.
Solution
2.Overclocking issue (tight DRAM
timing).
1.Remove and reinstall the memory
modules.
Possible Cause
1.Incompatible memory modules.
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Initializing the FDD device.
Initializing USB devices.
C3 -> 25 -> 26 ->
Stopped at 41
Power on -> Stopped at 50
41
50
3.Replace the graphics card.
4.Remove and reinstall the graphics
card.
3.Defective graphics card.
(VGA BIOS did not initialize)
4.The graphics card was not installed
properly.
Initializing onboard H/W monitor
devices.
Initializing onboard PWM3.
2.Try connecting the device to another
USB port.
2.Incompatible USB devices.
4.Set the USB power source to 5V by
means of the 5V/5Vsb select jumper.
3.Test the USB devices one by one.
1.Clear the CMOS data first.
*Replace a new BIOS chip.
*Mixed-up BIOS data could be one
of the causes too.
1.USB failed to boot. (BBS issue)
Unplug the FDD cable and check for
errors or check the BIOS settings.
Detected floppy error.
2.Clear the CMOS data.
2.Initialized wrong BIOS process.
(Clock-gen circuit / Super IO circuit)
Disabling respective clock resource
to empty PCI & DIMM slots.
1.Defective graphics card.
Initializing onboard clock generator.
1.Replace the graphics card.
2.Remove all USB devices including
the USB keyboard and instead use a
PS/2 keyboard to test.
Solution
2.Incompatible USB devices.
1.Remove all PCI/PCIE devices and
leave only the graphics card to test
first. Test the devices one at a time to
determine the one with problem.
Possible Cause
1.Incompatible PCI devices.
Initializing display card.
Assigning memory & I/O resource
-searching for a valid VGA device &
VGA BIOS then placing it in C000:0.
00 -> C1 -> C3 ->
Stopped at 26
BIOS Program Definition
Enumerating PCI bus number.
26
Debug Code Action
00 -> C1 -> C3 ->
Stopped at 25
25
POST (hex)
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124
Boot attempt (INT 19h)
System booted normally.
*RMA action required.
*The battery circuit of the MB is
defective.
*Blank Screen
4.Decrease the overclock range.
4.Overclocking issue.
Power on -> Run to FF
3.Replace a new battery.
3.Onboard battery is depleted.
Waiting for keys:
DEL key to load the BIOS default.
F1 key to continue.
FF
2.Alter or adjust the BIOS setting.
2.Error occured after clearing the
CMOS.
Reporting BIOS check errors.
Nil
*Remove and reinstall the graphics
* The graphics card was not
card.
connected properly or it is defective.
Normal Operation
3.Remove the disc, if present, from the
CD-ROM device.
3.CD-ROM’s spin took too long.
*Checksum error always
appear after the BIOS default
has been loaded.
2.Inspect the IDE cable connection or
replace another PATA/ SATA device.
2.Incompatible SATA or PATA
device.
1.Load the optimized default setting of
the BIOS.
Solution
1.Checksum error occured.
(Change/add devices such as CPU/
DRAM)
BIOS setup module in progress.
Possible Cause
1.Lost power source of some devices. 1.Inspect the power cable connection.
Power on -> Stopped at 7F
BIOS Program Definition
7F
Initializing storage devices.
(Probing for IDE devices or SATA
devices)
Debug Code Action
Power on -> Stopped at 75
75
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2 3
2.RMA action required.
2.MB is defective.
(NB chip may be defective.)
1-2 On: Normal
2-3 On:
(default)
Clear CMOS Data
2 3
1.Clear the CMOS data.
2.RMA action required.
2.MB is defective.
(NB chip may be defective.)
1.Mixed-up BIOS data.
1.Clear the CMOS data.
1.Mixed-up BIOS data.
2.RMA action required.
Solution
2.MB is defective.
(NB chip may be defective.)
1.Clear the CMOS data.
Possible Cause
1.Mixed-up BIOS data.
Unplug the AC power and remove the battery for 5 minutes then reinstall
the battery and plug the AC power back on.
Totally Discharging the Motherboard
3.Wait for 5 seconds then move the jumper cap back to
pins 1-2.
2.Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 to pins 2-3.
1.Turn-off and unplug the AC power.
Clearing CMOS Data
1
Definition: BIOS process completed.
(BIOS program executed the wrong
process therefore showing the wrong
POST code.)
Power on -> Prompt Stopped
at FF
FF
Index
There is no “88” definition on the
Award BIOS code.
(BIOS program executed the wrong
process therefore showing the wrong
POST code.)
Power on -> Prompt Stopped
at 88
BIOS Program Definition
88
There is no “79” definition on the
Award BIOS code.
(BIOS program executed the wrong
process therefore showing the wrong
POST code.)
Debug Code Action
Power on -> Prompt Stopped
at 79
79
POST (hex)
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