M61PMV Series Motherboard User`s Manual

M61PMV Series Motherboard User`s Manual
M61PMV Series Motherboard
User’s Manual
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Version:
User’s Manual V1.3 for M61PMV Series motherboard.
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Declaration of conformity
HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY COMPANY LTD
66 , CHUNG SHAN RD., TU-CHENG INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT,
TAIPEI HSIEN, TAIWAN, R.O.C.
declares that the product
Motherboard M61PMV/ M61PMV-E/ M61PMVK
is in conformity with
(reference to the specification under which conformity is declared in
accordance with 89/336 EEC-EMC Directive)
■ EN 55022:1998/A2: 2003 Limits and methods of measurements of radio disturbance characteristics of information technology equipment
■ EN 61000-3-2/:2000 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
Part 3: Limits
Section 2: Limits for harmonic current emissions
(equipment input current <= 16A per phase)
■ EN 61000-3-3/A1:2001 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
Part 3: Limits
Section 2: Limits of voltage fluctuations and flicker in low voltage supply systems for equipment with rated current <= 16A
■ EN 55024/A2:2003 Information technology equipment-Immunity characteristics limits and methods of measurement
Signature : Printed Name : James Liang Place / Date : TAIPEI/2009
Declaration of conformity
Trade Name:
FOXCONN
M61PMV/ M61PMV-E/ M61PMVK
odel Name:
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Responsible Party: PCE Industry Inc.
Address:
458 E. Lambert Rd.
Fullerton, CA 92835
Telephone:
714-738-8868
Facsimile:
714-738-8838
Equipment Classification:
Type of Product:
Manufacturer:
Address:
FCC Class B Subassembly
Motherboard
HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY
COMPANY LTD
66 , CHUNG SHAN RD., TU-CHENG
INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT, TAIPEI HSIEN, TAIWAN, R.O.C.
Supplementary Information:
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions : (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Tested to comply with FCC standards.
Signature : Date :
2009
Installation Precautions
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Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden and momentary electric current
that flows between two objects at different electrical potentials. Normally it
comes out as a spark which will quickly damage your electronic equipment.
Please wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) wrist strap when handling
components such as a motherboard, CPU or memory.
Ensure that the DC power supply is turned off before installing or removing
CPU, memory, expansion cards or other peripherals. It is recommended to
unplug the AC power cord from the power supply outlet. Failure to unplug
the power supply cord may result in serious damage to your system.
Please carefully read the following procedures to install your computer :
It is suggested to select high-quality, certified fans in order to avoid damage
to the motherboard and CPU due to high temperature. Never turn on the
computer if the CPU fan is not properly installed.
We cannot guarantee that your system can operate normally when your
CPU is overclocked. Normal operation depends on the overclocking capacity of your device.
If there is any, when connecting USB, audio, RS232 COM, IrDA or S/PDIF
cables to the internal connectors on the motherboard, make sure their
pinouts are matching with the connectors on the motherboard. Incorrect connections might damage the motherboard.
When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors.
If there is a PCI Express x16 graphics card installed in your system, we
recommend using a 24-pin ATX power supply to get the best performance.
Before turning on the power, please make sure the power supply AC input
voltage setting has been configured to the local standard.
To prevent damage to the motherboard, do not allow screws to come in contact
with the motherboard circuit or its components. Also, make sure there are no
leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or within the
computer casing.
If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to
the use of the product, please consult a certified computer technician.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Product Introduction
Product Specifications................................................................... 2
Layout............................................................................................ 4
Back Panel Connectors................................................................. 5
Chapter 2 Hardware Install
Install the CPU and CPU Cooler................................................... 8
Install the Memory....................................................................... 10
Install an Expansion Card........................................................... 12
Install other Internal Connectors................................................. 13
Jumpers....................................................................................... 16
Chapter 3 BIOS Setup
Enter BIOS Setup........................................................................ 19
Main Menu................................................................................... 19
System Information..................................................................... 21
Fox Central Control Unit.............................................................. 23
Advanced BIOS Features............................................................ 27
Advanced Chipset Features........................................................ 28
Integrated Peripherals................................................................. 29
Power Management Setup.......................................................... 34
PC Health Status......................................................................... 37
Load Optimized Defaults............................................................. 38
Set Supervisor Password............................................................ 38
Set User Password...................................................................... 38
Save & Exit Setup....................................................................... 38
Exit Without Saving..................................................................... 38
Chapter 4 CD Instruction
Utility CD content......................................................................... 40
Install driver and utility................................................................. 41
FOX ONE
Main Page.............................................................................. 44
CPU Control........................................................................... 48
Frequency Control................................................................. 50
Limit Setting........................................................................... 51
Voltage Control...................................................................... 53
Fan Control............................................................................ 54
FOX LiveUpdate
Local Update.......................................................................... 55
Online Update........................................................................ 57
Configure .............................................................................. 60
About & Help.......................................................................... 62
FOX LOGO.................................................................................. 63
FOX DMI..................................................................................... 64
Chapter 5 RAID Configuration
RAID Configuration Introduction.................................................. 67
NVIDIA® MediaShield Driver...................................................... 69
Create two RAID Driver Diskettes............................................... 71
RAID Enable in BIOS.................................................................. 73
Select a RAID Array for Use........................................................ 73
Install a New Windows XP.......................................................... 89
Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array....................................... 96
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Worldwide Online Contact Support :
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Thank you for buying Foxconn M61PMV Series motherboard.
Foxconn products are engineered to maximize computing power,
providing only what you need for break-through performance.
With advanced overclocking capability and a range of connectivity
features for today multi-media computing requirements, M61PMV
/M61PMV-E/M61PMVK enables you to unleash more power from
your computer.
This chapter includes the following information:
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Product Specifications
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Layout
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Back Panel Connectors
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1-1 Product Specifications
CPUSupport AMD socket AM2+ PhenomTM series processors
Support AMD socket AM2 series processors :
AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core/ AthlonTM 64/ SempronTM series processors
HyperTransport2000/1600MT/s
ChipsetNVIDIA GeForce 6100/ nForce 430
Memory 2 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
Support up to 4GB of system memory
Dual channel DDR2 1066*/800/667/533MHz architecture
*DDR2 1066 is only supported by some AM2+ CPUs
Audio
Realtek 6-channel audio chip (M61PMV-E)
VIA 6-channel audio chip (M61PMV/ M61PMVK)
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/-channel
Support Jack-Sensing function
LAN
Realtek 10/100Mb/s LAN chip (M61PMV-E)
Broadcom 10/100Mb/s LAN PHY (M61PMV)
Realtek 10/100/1000Mb/s LAN PHY (M61PMVK)
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Onboard Serial ATA 4 x SATA connectors
300MB/s data transfer rate
Support hot plug and NCQ (Native Command Queuing )
USBSupport hot plug
Support up to 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 rear panel ports, 2 onboard USB
headers supporting 4 extra ports)
Support USB 2.0 protocol up to 480Mb/s
Internal Connectors1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
4 x SATA connectors
2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supporting 4 x USB devices)
1 x CPU fan header (4-pin)
1 x System fan header (4-pin)
1 x Front panel connector
1 x CD_IN connector
1 x Front Audio connector
1 x Chassis intrusion alarm header (INTR)
1 x S/PDIF_OUT connector
1 x IrDA connector
Back Panel1 x PS/2 keyboard port
Connectors1 x PS/2 mouse port
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The chipset driver of this motherboard does not support Windows® 2000.
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1 x VGA port
1 x Parallel port
1 x Serial port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 LAN port
6-channel Audio ports
Hardware MonitorSystem voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System fan speed detection
CPU/System overheating warning
CPU/System fan speed control
PCI Express x1Support 250MB/s (500MB/s concurrent) bandwidth
Low power consumption and power management features
PCI Express x16Support 4GB/s (8GB/s concurrent) bandwidth
Low power consumption and power management features
Green FunctionSupport ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
Support S0 (normal), S1 (power on suspend), S3 (suspend to RAM), S4
(suspend to disk), and S5 (soft - off)
Bundled SoftwareFOX ONE
FOX LiveUpdate
FOX LOGO
FOX DMI
Operating SystemSupport for Microsoft® Windows® Vista/XP only
Form FactorMicro ATX Form Factor, 9.6 inches x 8.0 inches (24.4cm x 20.3cm)
1-2 Layout
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1. 4-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
2. Chassis Intrusion Alarm Header
3. USBPWR2 Jumper
4. System fan Header
5. Clear CMOS Jumper
6. S/PDIF Out Connector
7. IrDA Connector
8. PCI Express x16 Slot
9. PCI Express x1 Slot
10. PCI Slots
11. Front Audio Connector
12. CD_IN Connector
13. Floppy Connector
14. Front Panel Connector
15. USBPWR1 Jumper
16. Front USB Connectors
17. SATA Connectors
18. Chipset : NVIDIA Geforce 6100/ nForce 430
19. IDE Connector
20. 24-pin ATX Power Connector
21. DDR2 DIMM Slots
22. CPU_FAN Header
23. CPU Socket
Note : The above motherboard layout is for reference only, please refer to the physical motherboard for detail.
1-3 Back Panel Connectors
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Parallel Port
LAN Port
3
8
1
PS/2 Mouse Port
Line In
Line Out
Microphone
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5
6
7
VGA Port
USB Ports
Audio Ports
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PS/2 Keyboard Port Serial Port
1. PS/2 Mouse Port
Use the upper port (green) to connect a PS/2 mouse.
2. PS/2 Keyboard Port
Use the lower port (purple) to connect a PS/2 keyboard.
3. Parallel Port
This connector provides printer port interface.
4. Serial Port
This is output of RS232 COM1 port.
5. VGA Port
To connect with external display devices, such as monitor or LCD display.
6. USB Ports
The USB port supports the USB 2.0/1.1 specification. Use this port for USB devices such as an
USB keyboard/mouse, USB printer, USB flash drive and etc.
7. Audio Ports
For the definition of each audio port, please refer to the table below :
Port
2-channel
4-channel
5.1-channel
Blue
Line In
Rear Speaker Out*
Rear Speaker Out*
Green
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Microphone In
Microphone In
Center/Subwoofer Out*
* : Please refer to Chapter 4, and install the Realtek audio driver (in CD) to assign the audio
output ports for different applications of 2/4/5.1 channels. The fundamental audio outputs are
depicted in the table above.
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8. RJ-45 LAN Port
The Ethernet LAN port provides Internet connection at up to 10/100/1000Mb/s data rate.
LAN Type
100M
1000M
Left: Active
Right: Link
Status
Description
Status
Description
Off
No Link
Off
No Link
Green
Blinking
Data Activity
Orange
10/100Mb/s Connection
Off
No Link
Off
No Link
Off
10Mb/s Connection
Green
Blinking
Data Activity
Green
100Mb/s Connection
Orange
1000Mb/s Connection
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M61PMV and M61PMV-E support 10/100Mb/s Ethernet.
M61PMVK supports 1Gb/s Ethernet.
Link
LED
This chapter introduces the hardware installation process, including
the installation of the CPU, memory, power supply, slots, pin headers
and the mounting of jumpers. Caution should be exercised during
the installation of these modules. Please refer to the motherboard
layout prior to any installation and read the contents in this chapter
carefully.
This chapter includes the following information :
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Install the CPU and CPU Cooler
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Install the Memory
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Install an Expansion Card
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Install other Internal Connectors
Jumpers
This motherboard supports low power energy-saving CPUs (drawing less than
95W under normal operation).
This currently includes most PhenomTM Series, AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core processors, and all AthlonTM 64 and SempronTM models.
CPUs with a power rating higher than 95W are not supported, and will result in
system working abnormally or damaging the hardware.
Please visit this website for more supporting information about CPU, Memory
and VGA for your motherboard :
http://www.foxconnchannel.com/product/Motherboards/compatibility.aspx
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2-1 Install the CPU and CPU Cooler
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Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the CPU :
Make sure that the motherboard supports the CPU.
Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power supply before
installing the CPU to prevent hardware damage.
Locate the Pin-1 of the CPU. The CPU cannot be inserted if oriented incorrectly.
Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the CPU.
Do not turn on the computer if the CPU cooler is not installed, otherwise overheating
and damage of the CPU may occur.
Set the CPU host frequency in accordance with the CPU specifications. It is not
recommended that the system bus frequency be set beyond hardware specifications
since it does not meet the standard requirements for the peripherals. If you want to
set the frequency beyond the standard specifications, please do so according to your
hardware specifications including the CPU, graphics card, memory, hard drive, etc.
Install the CPU
Locate the Pin-1 CPU triangle mark and the Pin-1 of the CPU socket.
Pin-1 corner of the
CPU socket
Pin-1 triangle
marking of CPU
2. Align Pin-1 of the CPU with the CPU
socket, and gently put the CPU
onto the socket.
1. Release the CPU socket lever.
3. When CPU is properly seated,
push the CPU socket lever back
to its locked position.
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Install the CPU Cooler
Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU cooler. (The following procedures use Foxconn
cooler as the example.)
1. Apply and spread an even thermal
grease on the surface of CPU.
2. Buckle the heatsink firmly at one
side of the stand.
3. Buckle the heatsink at another
side, and press the fasten lever
down to tightly seat the cooler.
4. Attach the 4-wire CPU cooler
connector to the CPU fan header
on the motherboard .
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Use extreme care when removing the CPU cooler because the thermal grease may
adhere to the CPU. Inadequately removing the CPU cooler may damage the CPU.
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2-2 Install the Memory
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Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the memory :
Make sure that the motherboard supports the memory. It is recommended that memory
of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used.
Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
installing the memory to prevent hardware damage.
Memory modules have a foolproof design. A memory module can be installed in only
one direction. If you are unable to insert the memory, switch the direction.
Dual Channel Memory Configuration
This motherboard provides two DDR2 memory sockets and supports Dual Channel Technology.
When memory is installed, the BIOS will automatically check the memory in your system.
Two DDR2 memory sockets are divided into two channels :
Channel 0 : DIMM1
Channel 1 : DIMM2
The combinations of DIMM modules are :
DIMM1
DIMM2
DS/SS
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Single Channel
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DS/SS
Dual Channel
DS/SS
DS/SS
Single Channel
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(DS : Double Side, SS : Single Side, - : No Memory)
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It is recommended that memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used and please select dual channel first to achieve optimum performance.
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Installing a Memory
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Before installing a memory module, make sure to turn off the computer and unplug the
power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the memory module. Be sure
to install DDR2 DIMMs on this motherboard.
128-Pin
112-Pin
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Notch
If you take a look at front side of memory module, it has asymmetric pin counts on both sides separated
by a notch in the middle, so it can only fit in one direction. Follow the steps below to correctly install
your memory modules into the sockets.
Step 1:
Spread the clips at both ends of the memory socket.
Place the memory module onto the socket, then put
your fingers on top edge of the module, and push
it down firmly and seat it vertically into the memory
socket.
Step 2:
The clips at both ends of the socket will snap into place
when the memory module is securely inserted.
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2-3 Install an Expansion Card
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■ Make sure the motherboard supports the expansion card. Carefully read the manual that
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came with your expansion card.
Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before
installing an expansion card to prevent hardware damage.
PCI Express x1
PCI Express x16
PCI
Follow the steps below to correctly install your expansion card in the expansion slot.
1. Locate an expansion slot that supports your card. Remove the metal slot cover from the chassis
back panel.
2. Align the card with the slot, and press down on the card until it is fully seated in the slot.
3. Make sure the metal contacts on the card are completely inserted into the slot.
4. Secure the card's metal bracket to the chassis back panel with a screw.
5. After installing all expansion cards, replace the chassis cover.
6. Turn on your computer. If necessary, go to BIOS Setup to make any required BIOS changes for
your expansion card(s).
7. Install the driver provided with the expansion card in your operating system.
Installing and Removing a PCI Express x16 Graphics Card :
• Installing a Graphics Card:
Gently insert the graphics card into the PCI Express x16 slot.
Make sure the graphics card is locked by the latch at the end of
the PCI Express x16 slot.
• Removing the Card:
Push the latch at the end of the PCI Express x16 slot to release
the card and then pull the card straight up from the slot.
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2-4 Install other Internal Connectors
Power Connectors
This motherboard uses an ATX power supply. In order not to damage any device, make sure all the
devices have been installed properly before applying the power supply.
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24-pin ATX power connector : PWR1
PWR1 is the ATX power supply connector. Make sure that the power supply cable and pins are
properly aligned with the connector on the motherboard. Firmly plug the power supply cable into the
connector and make sure it is secure.
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24
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Pin #
Definition
Pin #
1
3.3V
13
Definition
3.3V
2
3.3V
14
-12V
3
GND
15
GND
4
+5V
16
PS_ON(Soft On/Off)
5
GND
17
GND
6
+5V
18
GND
7
GND
19
GND
8
Power Good
20
NC
9
+5V SB(Stand by +5V)
21
+5V
10
+12V
22
+5V
11
+12V
23
+5V
12
3.3V
24
GND
1
PWR1
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Pin No. 24
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We recommend you using a 24-pin power supply.
If you are using a 20-pin power supply, you need
to align the ATX power connector according to
the picture.
20-Pin Power
4-pin ATX 12V Power Connector : PWR2
Connect the 4-pin ATX 12V power supply to PWR2 and provides power to the CPU.
3
1
+12V
GND
4
2
PWR2
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Pin #
Definition
1
GND
2
GND
3
+12V
4
+12V
Front Panel Connector : FP1
2
This motherboard includes one connector for connecting the
front panel switch and LED Indicators.
Hard Disk LED Connector (HDD-LED)
Connect to the chassis front panel IDE indicator LED. It
indicates the active status of the hard disks. This 2-pin
connector is directional with +/- sign.
HDD-LED
+
1
2
-
RESET-SW
+
PWR-LED
PWR-SW
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FP1
Reset Switch (RESET-SW)
Attach the connector to the Reset switch on the front
panel of the case; the system will restart when the switch
is pressed.
Power LED Connector (PWR-LED)
Connect to the power LED indicator on the front panel of
the chassis. The Power LED indicates the system’s status.
When the system is in operation (S0 status), the LED is
on. When the system gets into sleep mode (S1) , the LED
is blinking; When the system is in S3/S4 sleep state or
power off mode (S5), the LED is off. This 2-pin connector
is directional with +/- sign.
Power Switch Connector (PWR-SW)
Connect to the power button on the front panel of the
chassis. Push this switch allows the system to be turned
on and off rather than using the power supply button.
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USB Connectors : F_USB1/2
In addition to the two USB ports on the rear panel, this product
also provides two 10-pin USB headers on its motherboard. By
connecting through USB cables with them, user can quickly
expand another four USB ports on the front panel.
VCC
DD+
GND
EMPTY
The Serial ATA connector is used to connect with SATA Hard
Disk or CD devices which support this feature. The current
Serial ATA II interface allows up to 300MB/s data transfer
rate.
VCC
DD+
GND
NC
9 10
F_USB 1/2
1
Serial ATA Connectors : SATA_1/2/3/4
2
GND
TX+
TXGND
RXRX+
GND
SATA_1/2/3/4
IDE Connector : PIDE
With the provided Ultra DMA IDE ribbon cable, you can connect
to any IDE type of hard disk and CD/DVD ROM/RW drive.
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Audio Connector : F_AUDIO
The audio connector supports HD Audio standard.
It provides the Front Audio output choice.
PORT1_L
PORT1_R
PORT2_R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2_L
1 2
AUD_GND
PRESENCE_J
SENSE1_RETURN
EMPTY
SENSE2_RETURN
9 10
F_AUDIO
CD_IN is a Sony standard audio connector, it can be connected to a CD/DVD-ROM drive through a CD/DVD audio
cable.
Chassis Intruder Connector : INTR
The connector can be connected to a security switch on
the chassis. The system can detect the chassis intrusion
through the function of this connector. If eventually the
chassis is closed, the system will send a message out.
S/PDIF Connector : SPDIF_OUT
CD_L GND CD_R
1
CD_IN
1
INTRUDERJ
GND
INTR
+5V
EMPTY
SPDIF_OUT
GND
1
2
3
4
SPDIF_OUT
The connector is used for S/PDIF output.
Floppy Disk Drive Connector : FLOPPY
This motherboard includes a standard floppy disk drive
(FDD) connector, supporting 360KB, 720KB, 1.2MB,
1.44MB, and 2.88MB FDDs.
Fan Connectors : CPU_FAN, SYS_FAN
There are two main fan headers on this motherboard. The
fan speed can be controlled and monitored in “PC Health
Status” section of the BIOS Setup. These fans can be automatically turned off after the system enters S3, S4 and S5
sleeping states.
IrDA Connector : IR
This connector supports infrared wireless transmitting and
receiving device.
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1
GND
POWER
SENSE
CONTROL
CPU_FAN/SYS_FAN
1
+5V
2
EMPTY
3
IRRX
GND
IRTX
4
5
IR
2
Audio Connector : CD_IN
2-5 Jumpers
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For some features needed, users can change the jumper settings on this motherboard to modify them.
This section explains how to use the various functions of this motherboard by changing the jumper
settings. Users should read the following content carefully prior to modifying any jumper setting.
Description of Jumpers
1. For any jumper on this motherboard, pin 1 can be identified by the bold silkscreen next to it.
However, in this manual, pin 1 is simply labeled as “1”.
2. The following table explains different types of the jumper settings. "Closed" means placing a jumper
cap on the two pins to temporarily short them. The shorting can also be done by touching two
pins by a screwdriver for a few seconds, but using jumper cap is recommended. It can prevent
hazardous ESD (Electrical Static Discharge) problem.
Jumper
Diagram
Definition
Description
1
1-2
Set Pin 1 and Pin 2 closed
1
2-3
Set Pin 2 and Pin 3 closed
1
Clear CMOS Jumper: CLR_CMOS
The motherboard uses CMOS RAM to store the basic hardware information (such as BIOS data,
date, time information, hardware password...etc.). Clear CMOS data is the fast way to go back to
factory default when the BIOS settings were mistakenly modified.
The steps to clear CMOS data are :
1. Turn off the computer, unplug the power cord from the power outlet.
2. Remove jumper cap from pins 2-3, put it onto pins 1-2 to short them. This will clear CMOS
data.
3. Return the setting to its original with pins 2-3 closed.
4. Plug in the power cord to your computer and turn it on.
5. Go to BIOS Setup to configure new system as described in next chapter.
Clear
1
2
3
Normal
(Default)
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■ Disconnect the power cable before adjusting the jumper settings.
■ Do not clear the CMOS while the system is turned on.
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USB device wake-up Jumpers: USB_PWR1 / USB_PWR2
1. Set the jumper to pins 1-2 (+5V) to wake up the computer from S1 sleep mode using the connected USB devices.
+5V
(Default)
+5VSB
1
2
3
1
2
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USB_PWR2 is for the internal USB connectors, USB_PWR1 is for the rear USB ports.
The USB device wake-up feature requires a power supply that can provide 500mA on +5VSB lead for each USB port; otherwise, the system will not power up.
The total current consumed must not exceed the power supply capability (+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep mode.
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2. Set the jumper to pins 2-3 (+5VSB) to wake up the computer from S3 and S4 sleep modes
using the connected USB devices. At the same time, a corresponding setting must be set in
BIOS as below:
Set “Power Management Setup” -> “USB Resume from S3” to “Enabled”.
This chapter tells how to change system settings through
the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS
parameters are also provided.
You have to run the Setup Program when the following cases
occur :
1. An error message appears on the screen during the system
Power On Self Test (POST) process.
2. You want to change the default CMOS settings.
This chapter includes the following information :
■
Enter BIOS Setup
■
Main Menu
■
System Information
■
Fox Central Control Unit
■
Advanced BIOS Features
■
Advanced Chipset Features
■
Integrated Peripherals
■
Power Management Setup
■
PC Health Status
■
Load Optimized Defaults
■
Set Supervisor Password
■
Set User Password
■
Save & Exit Setup
■
Exit Without Saving
Since BIOS could be updated some other times, the BIOS information described
in this manual is for reference only. We do not guarantee the content of this
manual will remain consistent with the newly released BIOS at any given time in
the future. Please visit our website for updated manual if it is available.
Enter BIOS Setup
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The BIOS is the communication bridge between hardware and software, correctly setting up the
BIOS parameters is critical to maintain optimal system performance. Power on the computer,
when the message "Press [DEL] to enter Setup, [ESC] to boot menu" appears at the bottom of
the screen, you can press [Del] key to enter Setup.
!
Main Menu
The main menu allows you to select from a list of setup functions together with two exit choices.
Use the arrow keys to select a specific item and press [Enter] to go to the sub-menu.
Each item in the main menu is explained below:
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►
► System
System Information
Information
► PC Health Status
► Fox Central Control Unit
Load Optimized Defaults
► Advanced BIOS Features
Set Supervisor Password
► Advanced Chipset Features
Set User Password
► Integrated Peripherals
Save & Exit Setup
► Power Management Setup
Exit Without Saving
Esc : Quit
F10 : Save & Exit Setup
↑↓←→
: Select Item
Time, Date, Hard Disk Type...
► System Information
It displays the basic system configuration, such as system date, time and floppy drive. They all
can be set up through this menu.
► Fox Central Control Unit
Some special proprietary features (such as overclocking) can be set up through this menu.
► Advanced BIOS Features
The advanced system features can be set up through this menu.
► Advanced Chipset Features
The values for the chipset can be changed through this menu, and the system performance
can be optimized.
► Integrated Peripherals
All onboard peripherals can be set up through this menu. There are IDE devices, Super I/O
devices such as Serial I/O, Parallel port and other USB ports...etc.
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We do not suggest that you change the default values in the BIOS Setup, and we shall
not be responsible for any damage which resulted from the change you made.
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► Power Management Setup
All the items related with Green function features can be set up through this menu.
► PC Health Status
This setup enables you to read/change Fan speeds, and displays temperatures and voltages
of your CPU/System.
► Load Optimized Defaults
The optimal performance settings can be loaded through this menu. However, it may offer
better performance in some ways (such as less I/O cards, less memory ...etc.), still, it may
cause problem if you have more memory or I/O cards installed. It means, if your system
loading is heavy, set to optimal default may sometimes come out an unstable system. What
you need now is to adjust BIOS setting one by one, trial and error, to find out the best setting
for your current system.
► Set Supervisor Password
The supervisor password can be set up through this menu.
► Set User Password
The user password can be set up through this menu.
► Save & Exit Setup
Save setting values to CMOS and exit.
► Exit Without Saving
Do not change anything and exit the setup.
!
When we talk about [+] and [-] keys in this manual, they are the single-keypad keys of
the numeric keypad which is located at the right hand side of your desktop keyboard.
They are not the combination keys made by pressing and holding down [Shift] key
first, then press [+ =] or [ _-] key the next.
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System Information
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System Information
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults This submenu is used to set up the standard BIOS features, such as the date, time, floppy drive
and so on. Use the arrow up/down keys to select an item, then use the [+] or [-] keys to change
the setting.
► Date - <weekday><month><date><year> format
Day—weekday from Sun. to Sat., automatically displayed by BIOS (Read Only).
Month—month from 1 to 12.
Date—date from 1st to 31st.
Year—year, set up by users.
Use [Enter], [Tab] keys to select a field. Use [+], [-], [PageUp] or [PageDown] to select a value.
► Time - <hour> : <minute> : <second> format
This item allows you to configure the desired time. Use [Enter], [Tab] to move forward and
select a field. Directly input a value or use [PageUp], [PageDown], [+] or [-] to select a value.
► IDE Channel Master / Slave
These categories identify the hard disks connected to the PATA port in the system.
In each channel’s display, you can press [Enter] to go to its submenu. You can further
configure specific drive settings. [None] and [Auto] settings allow you to enable or disable this
drive. [None] means no HDD is installed or set, and [Auto] means the system can auto-detect
the hard disk when booting up. In Access Mode setting, selections of [CHS], [LBA], [Large] and
[Auto] can help you to select hard drive for legacy compatibility.
Award (Phoenix) BIOS can support 3 HDD modes: CHS, LBA and Large.
CHS
For HDD <528MB
LBA
For HDD >528MB & Supporting LBA (Logical Block Addressing)
Large
For HDD >528MB but not supporting LBA
Note: Set to [Auto] , the system can detect the hard disk and select the HDD mode
automatically. Suggest you select this option.
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Date (mm:dd:yy)
Fri, Feb 29 2008
Item Help
Time (hh:mm:ss)
17 : 44 : 13
Menu Level ►
[ None ]
► IDE Channel Master
[ None ]
Change the day, month,
► IDE Channel Slave
[ None ]
year and century
► SATA Channel 1 Master
► SATA Channel 2 Master
[ None ]
[ None ]
► SATA Channel 3 Master
[ None ]
► SATA Channel 4 Master
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Drive A
Halt On
[All , But Keyboard]
Model Name
M61PMV
BIOS Version B10
1024M
Memory MAC Address 04 4B 80 80 80 03 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+
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► SATA Channel 1/2/3/4 Master
When SATA Operation Mode is set to [IDE], These items will appear. The relationships
between SATA channels and SATA ports on the motherboard are :
SATA Channel 1 Master is the SATA port 1 of the motherboard.
SATA Channel 2 Master is the SATA port 2.
SATA Channel 3 Master is the SATA port 3.
SATA Channel 4 Master is the SATA port 4.
► Drive A
This option allows you to select which kind of the Floppy Disk Drive is installed in your system.
It can be [None], [360KB, 5.25 in], [1.2MB, 5.25 in], [720KB, 3.5 in], [1.44MB, 3.5 in] and
[2.88 MB, 3.5in].
► Halt On
This category determines whether or not the computer will stop if an error is detected during
powering up.
All Errors
Whenever the BIOS detects a nonfatal error, the system will stop
and you will be prompted.
No Errors
The system boot will not stop for any errors that may be
detected.
All, But Keyboard The system boot will not stop for a keyboard error; but it will stop
for all other errors.
All, But Diskette
The system boot will not stop for a diskette error; but it will stop
for all other errors.
All, But Disk/Key
The system boot will not stop for a keyboard or disk error, but it
will stop for all other errors.
► Model Name
This item shows the model name.
► BIOS Version
This item shows the BIOS version.
► Memory
These are Display-Only information of the system memory, determined by POST(Power On
Self Test) of the BIOS.
► MAC Address
This item shows the MAC address.
► CPU Name
This item shows the CPU name installed in your system.
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Fox Central Control Unit
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Fox Central Control Unit
Press Enter
[Press
Enter]
Item Help
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
Menu Level ►
[Default]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
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►Smart BIOS
► Fox Intelligent Overclock
► Memory Timing Setting
Memory Voltage
K8<->NB HT Speed
K8<->NB HT Width
PCIE Spread Spectrum
CPU Spread Spectrum
AMD K8 Cool&Quiet Control
Super BIOS Protect
Auto Detect PCI CIK
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► Smart BIOS / Fox Intelligent Overclock / Memory Timing Setting
Press [Enter] to get into each submenu.
► Memory Voltage
This item is used to change the voltage of memory group(1.8V). The default option is: [Default].
► K8<->NB HT Speed
HT stands for HyperTransport bus. The CPU<->NB HT Speed option controls the physical
speed of the CPU to Northbridge HT link. The settings are [Auto], [200 MHz], [400 MHz], [800
MHz] and [1 GHz].
► K8<->NB HT Width
The CPU<->NB HT Width controls the CPU to Northbridge link bandwidth, it is highly
recommended to set to [Auto] for overall performance.
► PCIE Spread Spectrum
This option is used to enable or disable the PCIE spread spectrum function. If you enabled this
function, it can significantly reduce the EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) generated by the
system, so to comply with FCC regulation.
► CPU Spread Spectrum
This option is used to enable or disable clock generator spread spectrum. If you enabled this
function, it can significantly reduce the EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) generated by the
system, so to comply with FCC regulation. But if overclocking is activated, you had better disable it.
► AMD K8 Cool&Quiet Control (Appears only when CPU support)
This option helps lowering down the CPU frequency and voltage when system is idling. When
the CPU speed is slowing down, the temperature will drop as well. This option will be displayed
only if your CPU is supporting this feature.
► AMD Family 10th Down Core (Appears only when CPU support)
At this moment, AMD family 10 series is equivalent to AM2+, and most CPU in this series are
Quad Cores. This option enables shutting down portions of the circuits in core when not in load,
it is a new feature of AM2+ CPU. This option will be displayed only if your CPU is supporting
this feature.
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[Auto] : Enable entire cores,
[Single Core] : Enable 1 core,
[Dual Core] : Enable 2 cores,
[Tri Core] : Enable 3 cores,
[Quad Core] : Enable 4 cores.
► Super BIOS Protect
To protect the system BIOS from virus attack, there is a BIOS write-protection mechanism
provided. Super BIOS Protect function protects your BIOS from being affected by viruses, e.g.
CIH.
► Auto Detect PCI Clk
This option is used to auto detect PCI slots. When enabled, the system will turn off clock of the
empty PCI slot to reduce EMI (Electromagnetic Interference).
Smart BIOS
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Smart BIOS
Smart Boot Menu
[Disabled]
Item Help
Disabled
Smart Power LED
[Enabled]
Menu Level ►
Smart Boot Menu with a
timer to let user to
control boot device
easily.
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► Smart Boot Menu
When PC starts, if [Enabled] is selected, a Boot Menu will be automatically displayed to inform
you to select a boot device. If no device is selected, the first device will be used. If [Disabled] is
selected, then PC will ask you to press [Esc] key to get into Boot Menu. This setting simplifies
multiple boot devices user from pressing [Esc] key to enter boot menu.
► Smart Power LED
Smart Power LED is a feature built on your motherboard to indicate different states during
Power On System Test (POST). The LED is located at the front panel, and it displays POST
state by different long-short blinking intervals. You can always leave this state enabled.
System Status
Power LED Status
Stop Blinking Condition
Normal
Always On
Always On
No Memory
Continue blinking On (1sec.), Off (1sec.)
Reboot & Memory OK
No Display
Continue blinking On (2sec.), Off (2sec.)
Reboot & Display OK
Post Error Message
Quick blinking twice (1/3sec. On, 1/3sec. Off),
one long On (1sec.), continuously.
Enter Setup or Skip
No CPU Fan
Continue blinking On (1/2sec.), Off (1/2sec.)
Reboot & Fan OK
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Fox Intelligent Overclock
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Fox Intelligent Overclock
CPU Clock PCIE Clock
NPT FID Control
[200]
Item Help
200
[100]
Menu Level ►
[Auto]
3
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► CPU Clock / PCIE Clock
These items allow you to select different CPU clock and PCIE clock.
► NPT FID Control (Appears only when CPU support)
This is CPU multiplier. It allows you to configure CPU's speed much easier. This option will be
displayed only if your CPU is supporting this feature.
Memory Timing Setting
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DRAM Configuration
x
x
Timing Mode
Memory Clock Value Limit
DCTs Mode
CKE Base Power Down Mode
CKE Base Power Down Memclock Tri-stating
Memory Hole Remapping Auto Optimize Bottom IO Bottom of [31:24] IO Space
Bottom of UMA DRAM [31:24]
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Auto
DDR 400
[Unganged] Menu Level ►
[Enabled]
[Per Channel]
Auto, no user limit
[Disabled]
MaxMemCLK, limit by
[Enabled]
memory clock value.
[Enabled]
C0
[FC]
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► Timing Mode
This item allows you to set the memory timing mode. The available options are:
[Auto]: System will detect the timing automatically;
[MaxMemCLK]: The memory timing is limited by the memory clock value set in the next item.
► Memory Clock Value Limit
This item allows you to set the system memory's clock value.
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► DCTs Mode (Appears only when CPU support)
DCT stands for DRAM Controller.
Ganged refers to the use of both DRAM controllers within a memory controller acting in concert to access memory. For a description of ganged (128-bit DRAM data width) and unganged
(64-bit DRAM data width) DRAM modes :
Ganged channels (DDR2) :
■ DCT channels A and B can be ganged as a single logical 128-bit DIMM.
■ Offers highest DDR2 bandwidth.
■ Requires both DIMMs in a logical pair to have identical size and timing parameters, both
DCTs programmed identically.
Unganged channels
■ DCT channels A and B operate as two completely independent 64-bit channels (both channels operate at the same frequency).
■ Reduce DRAM page conflicts – more concurrent open dram pages .
■ Better bus efficiency.
Burst lengths supported
When both DCTs are enabled in unganged mode, BIOS must initialize the frequency of each
DCT in order.
► CKE Base Power Down Mode
This item allows you to enable or disable the CKE base power down mode.
► CKE Base Power Down
CKE power down mode selection.
► Memclock Tri-stating
Enables the DDR memory clocks to be tristated when alternate VID mode is enabled.
► Memory Hole Remapping
This item is used to enable/disable memory remapping around memory hole. PCI doesn't actually care much which addresses are used, but by convention the PC platform puts them at the
top of the 32-bit address space. For many years it wasn't possible or practical to put that much
RAM into a PC. But now it is, so it's up to the memory controller and host bridge to figure out
what to do. Many systems cause that high RAM to simply be ignored, resulting in the loss of
effective RAM. More complex systems will take the RAM that would occupy that 3.5-4GB
address space and re-map it into the 4.0-4.5 address space. The RAM doesn't care because it's just an array of storage cells, it's up to the memory controller to associate addresses
with those storage cells. Of course, that only works if you're using a 64-bit (or 32-bit physical
address extension (PAE) enabled) OS that can deal with physical addresses larger than 32
bits.Once this option is enabled, the BIOS can see 4096MB of memory.
► Auto Optimize Bottom IO
Auto optimize maximum DRAM size when kernel assigns PCI resources done.
► Bottom of [31:24] IO Space
Select bottom of [31:24] IO space manually when "Auto Optimize Bottom IO" option is
disabled.
► Bottom of UMA DRAM [31:24]
This is a memory allocation method addition to the Unified Memory Architecture (UMA)
concept. Normally, select the default value.
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Advanced BIOS Features
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Advanced BIOS Features
► Removable Device Priority
► Hard Disk Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Other Device
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Boot Up NumLock Status
Security Option
Full Screen Logo Show
[Press
Enter]
Item Help
Press Enter
[Press Enter]
[Hard Disk] Menu Level ►
[CDROM]
Select removable boot
[Removable] device priority
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[On]
[Setup]
[Enabled]
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↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► Removable Device Priority
This option is used to select the priority for removable device.
► Hard Disk Boot Priority
This option is used to select the priority for HDD startup. After pressing [Enter], you can
select the HDD using the Up/Down arrow keys, and change the HDD priority using [PageUp]/
[PageDown]; you can exit this menu by pressing [Esc].
► First / Second / Third Boot Device
These three options allow you to select the priority of boot sequence from different devices.
► Boot Other Device
With this function set to enable, the system will boot from some other devices provided that the
first/second/third boot devices failed.
► Boot Up Floppy Seek
This item controls whether the BIOS will check for a floppy drive while booting up. If it cannot
detect one (either due to improper configuration or physical unavailability), it will appear an
error message. Disabling this function, then POST will not detect the floppy.
► Boot Up NumLock Status
This item defines if the keyboard Num Lock key is active when your system is started. The
available settings are: On (default) and Off.
► Security Option
When it is set to “Setup”, a password is required to enter the CMOS Setup screen. When it
is set to “System”, a password is required not only to enter CMOS Setup, but also to start up
your PC.
► Full Screen Logo Show
This item allows you to enable or disable full screen customer's logo.
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Advanced Chipset Features
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Advanced Chipset Features
Frame Buffer Size
128M
[128M]
Item Help
Menu Level ►
3
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► Frame Buffer Size
Allocates system memory for use as video memory to ensure the most efficient use of
available resources for maximum 2D/3D graphics performance.
This is a memory allocation method addition to the Unified Memory Architecture (UMA)
concept, wherein a static amount of page-locked graphics memory is allocated during driver
initialization. This fixed amount of memory will provide the user with a guaranteed graphics
memory at all times, and will no longer be available to the OS.
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Integrated Peripherals
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Integrated Peripherals
► OnChip IDE Devices
► RAID Config
► OnBoard Devices
► SuperIO Devices
► USB Devices
Press Enter
[Press
Enter]
Item Help
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter] Menu Level ►
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
3
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► OnChip IDE Devices / RAID Config / OnBoard Devices / SuperIO Devices / USB Devices
Press [Enter] to go to each submenu.
OnChip IDE Devices
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OnChip IDE Devices
OnChip IDE Channel
IDE DMA Transfer Access
SATA Controller
[Enabled]
Item Help
Enabled
[Enabled]
[Enabled] Menu Level ►
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► OnChip IDE Channel
This option is used to enable/disable function of IDE drives connected to the PATA interface.
► IDE DMA Transfer Access
[Disabled] : to disable DMA transfers for all IDE drives. They will revert to PIO mode transfers.
[Enabled] : to enable DMA transfers for all IDE drives. The proper DMA mode will be detected
at boot-up. If the drive does not support DMA transfers, then it will use PIO mode instead.
► SATA Controller
This option is used to enable/disable function of SATA drives connected to the SATA ports.
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RAID Config
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RAID Config
RAID Enable
SATA Pri-Master RAID SATA Pri-Slave RAID SATA Sec-Master RAID SATA Sec-Slave RAID [Disabled
IDE]
Item Help
Disabled
Disabled Menu Level ►
Disabled
Disabled
3
x
x
x
x
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► RAID Enable
This item is used to enable or disable the RAID mode of your SATA ports.
► SATA Pri-Master RAID / SATA Pri-Slave RAID / SATA Sec-Master RAID / SATA Sec-Slave
RAID
These items are valid only when "RAID Enable" is set to [Enabled]. They are used to enable or
disable the RAID function of each SATA port on the motherboard.
The relationships between RAID settings and SATA ports on the motherboard are :
SATA Pri-Master RAID is the SATA port 1 of the motherboard.
SATA Pri-Slave RAID is the SATA port 2.
SATA Sec-Master RAID is the SATA port 3.
SATA Sec-Slave RAID is the SATA port 4.
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OnBoard Devices
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OnBoard Devices
OnBoard Audio Controller
OnBoard LAN Controller
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
[Auto]
Item Help
[Auto]
[Disabled]
Menu Level ►
3
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► OnBoard Audio Controller
This item is used to select the operation of your audio controller. Select [Auto], system will turn
on the audio controller. Select [Disabled] will turn off audio function.
► OnBoard LAN Controller
This item is used to enable or disable the onboard LAN controller.
► OnBoard LAN Boot ROM
This item is used to enable or disable the onboard LAN boot optional ROM. A LAN boot ROM
lets you set up a diskless workstation on the network. By installing a boot ROM in the network
board, you can enable a client PC system on the network to be booted remotely.
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SuperIO Devices
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SuperIO Devices
OnBoard FDC Controller
OnBoard Serial Port 1
OnBoard Serial Port 2
Serial Port 2 Mode Select
IrDA Duplex Mode
OnBoard Parallel Port
Parallel Port Mode
ECP Mode Use DMA
[Enabled]
Item Help
Enabled
[3F8/IRQ4]
[2F8/IRQ3] Menu Level ►
[Normal]
Half
[378/IRQ7]
[SPP]
3
3
x
x
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
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► OnBoard FDC Controller
This item is used to enable or disable the onboard FDC controller.
► OnBoard Serial Port 1
This item is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for the onboard serial
port COM1.
► OnBoard Serial Port 2
This item is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for the onboard serial
port COM2.
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"OnBoard Serial Port1" and "OnBoard Serial Port2 " must be configured to different
port and IRQ, you can set them to default values to follow PC standard.
► Serial Port 2 Mode Select
This item is used to configure COM2 PORT as :
[Normal] : A RS232 device.
[IrDA] : An IrDA device for maximum 115200 bit/s.
[ASKIR] : A faster IrDA for 1152000 bit/s.
► IrDA Duplex Mode
This item enables you to determine the transfer mode of the onboard infrared chip.
► OnBoard Parallel Port
This item is used to assign the I/O address and interrupt request (IRQ) for the onboard parallel
port .
► Parallel Port Mode
This item is used to set parallel port mode.
► ECP Mode Use DMA
When “Parallel Port Mode” set to “ECP” or “ECP+EPP”, this item is used to select the the
channel of ECP mode.
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USB Devices
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USB Devices
OnChip USB USB Keyboard Support
USB Mouse Support
USB Storage Support
[ V1.1+V2.0]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Item Help
Menu Level ►
3
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► OnChip USB
Select [V1.1], the Universal Host Controller Interface for USB will be enabled;
Select [V1.1+V2.0], the Enhanced Host Controller Interface for USB will be enabled;
Select [Disabled], BIOS will turn off USB function.
► USB Keyboard Support
This item is used to enable the support for USB keyboard on legacy OS. If you have a USB
keyboard, set to enabled.
► USB Mouse Support
This item is used to enable the support for USB mouse on legacy OS. If you have a USB
mouse, set to enabled.
► USB Storage Support
This option is used to set whether the USB Mass Storage controller is enabled in a legacy
operating system (such as DOS).
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Power Management Setup
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Power Management Setup
ACPI Function
ACPI Suspend Type
Power Button
[Enabled]
Item Help
Enabled
[S3(STR)]
[Instant-Off] Menu Level ►
3
**Power Management Events **
[Disabled]
Wake Up by PCI/PCIE PME
USB Resume from S3
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Resume by Alarm
x Date of Month Alarm
0
x Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
0:0:0
HPET Support
[Enabled]
PWRON After PWR-Fail
[Off]
x Power On by Button
Enabled
PS/2 Mouse Resume from S3 [Disabled]
PS/2 KB Resume from S3
[Disabled]
x Hot Key Resume
Ctrl-F1
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) is an open industry standard that defines
power and configuration management interfaces between an operating system and the BIOS. In
other words, it is a standard that describes how computer components work together to manage
system hardware. In order to use this function the ACPI specification must be supported by the
OS (for example, Windows2000 or WindowsXP).
ACPI defines five sleeping states, they are :
S1 - The S1 sleeping state is a low wake latency sleeping state. In this state, no system
context is lost (CPU or chip set) and hardware maintains all system context. (also called
Power On Suspend)
S2 - The S2 sleeping state is a low wake latency sleeping state. This state is similar to
the S1 sleeping state except that the CPU and system cache context is lost (the OS
is responsible for maintaining the caches and CPU context). Control starts from the
processor’s reset vector after the wake event.
S3 - The S3 sleeping state is a low wake latency sleeping state where all system context is lost
except system memory. CPU, cache, and chip set context are lost in this state. Hardware
maintains memory context and restores some CPU and L2 configuration context. Control
starts from the processor’s reset vector after the wake event. (also called Suspend to
RAM)
S4 - The S4 sleeping state is the lowest power, longest wake latency sleeping state supported
by ACPI. In order to reduce power to a minimum, it is assumed that the hardware platform
has powered off all devices. Platform context is maintained. (also called Suspend to
Disk)
S5 - The S5 state is similar to the S4 state except that the OS does not save any context. The
system is in the “soft” off state and requires a complete boot when it wakes. Software
uses a different state value to distinguish between the S5 state and the S4 state to allow
for initial boot operations within the BIOS to distinguish whether or not the boot is going to
wake from a saved memory image.
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When "Resume by Alarm" is set to “Enabled”, this item can be modified. It is used to set the
timing for the start-up time.
► HPET Support
HPET stands for High Precision Even Timer. If you have the HPET disabled, then windows
does not have access to it and therefore falls back to less accurate timing methods. This item
is used to enable or disable the HPET Support.
► PWRON After PWR-Fail
This item is used to set which state the PC will take with when it resumes after an AC power
loss.
► Power On by Button
This feature is valid only when "PS/2 KB Resume from S3" is set to Hot key or Keyboard 98.
Enabling this feature allows normal powering on by pressing power button, while disabling it
then pressing power button has no function.
► PS/2 Mouse Resume from S3
When enabled, it allows you to use the PS/2 mouse to wake up the system from S3 mode.
This feature requires an ATX power supply.
► PS/2 KB Resume from S3
This item allows you to use the PS/2 keyboard to wake up the system from S3 mode. This
feature requires an ATX power supply. The setting values: [Disabled]; [Hot KEY]; [Any KEY],
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► ACPI Function
This item is used to enable or disable the ACPI function.
► ACPI Suspend Type
This item is used to set the energy saving mode of the ACPI function. When you select “S1
(POS)” mode, the power is always on and computer can be resumed at any time. When
you select “S3 (STR)” mode, the power will be down after a period of time. The status of the
computer before it entering STR will be saved in memory, and the computer can quickly return
to previous state when the STR function wakes.
► Power Button
This item is used to set the power down method. This function is only valid for systems using
an ATX power supply. When set to [Delay 4 Sec.], the power button will put the system in
Suspend mode if you push the power button in less than 4 Second then release. If set to
[Instant-Off], the PC powers off immediately when the power button is pressed.
** Power Management Events **
► Wake Up by PCI/PCIE PME
This item is used to set the system to be waken up by PCI/PCIE card.
► USB Resume from S3
This item is used to set the system to be waken up by USB device when it is staying at S3 (Suspend to RAM) state.
► Resume by Alarm
This item is used to set the timing of the start-up function. In order to use this function, the
start-up password function must be disabled. Also, the PC power source must not be turned
off.
► Date of Month Alarm
When "Resume by Alarm" is set to “Enabled”, this item can be modified. It is used to set the
timing for the start-up date.
► Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
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and [Keyboard 98].
► Hot Key Resume
Wen "PS/2 KB Resume from S3" is set to [Hot KEY], this item allows you to press a [Ctrl] +
Function key to wake up the system from S3 mode.
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PC Health Status
Case Open Warning
Shutdown Temperature
CPU Vcore
VTT(V)
+3.3V
+ 5V
+ 12V
5VSB(V)
Voltage of Battery
CPU Temperature
System Temperature
CPU Fan Speed
System Fan Speed
Smart Fan Control
Start PWM Temperature
Start PWM Value
Slope PWM Value
[Disabled]
Item Help
Disabled
[Disabled]
1.34 V Menu Level ►
1.88 V
3.34 V
5.16 V
11.90 V
4.99V
3.05V
45oC
39oC
3000 RPM
0 RPM
[Disabled]
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↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
► Case Open Warning
This item is used to enable or disable case open warning function.
► Shutdown Temperature
This item is used to set the system temperature upper limit. When the temperature exceeds
the set value, the system will shut down automatically.
► CPU Vcore/VTT(V)/+ 3.3V/+5V/+12V/5VSB(V)/Voltage of Battery
The current voltages are automatically detected and displayed by the system.
► CPU/System Temperature
The CPU/System temperature are automatically detected and displayed by the system.
► CPU Fan/System Fan Speed
The CPU fan/System fan speed are automatically detected and displayed by the system.
► Smart Fan Control
This option is used to enable or disable smart fan function. Only when this option is enabled,
you can set some correlative parameters.
► Start PWM Temperature
It allows you set a temperature value from which smart fan starts its operation.
► Start PWM Value
It allows you to set an initial PWM value to drive the fan when the temperature reaches Start
PWM value and smart fan begins its operation. The higher PWM value can achieve the faster
fan speed.
► Slope PWM Value
When temperature changes one degree celsius, the PWM will be increased or decreased
by a step value accordingly.
► Delta Temp(oC)
It is used to set the delta value for temperature. When change of the temperature reaches
plus/minus delta value, then the PWM will be increased or decreased by a step value based
on the slope formula.
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x
x
x
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
PC Health Status
Load Optimized Defaults
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Select this option and press [Enter]. A dialogue pops out, input [Y]
then press [Enter] to load the defaults; press [N] to skip.
Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? N
By this default, BIOS have set the optimized performance
parameters of system to improve the performances of system
components. But if the optimized performance parameters to be set cannot be supported by your
hardware devices, the system may fail to work. It may happen on when you installed too many
add-on cards on your system, or overloaded the hardware until it can not afford.
Set Supervisor Password
The access rights and permissions associated with the Supervisor password are higher than those
of a regular User password. The Supervisor password can be used to start the system or modify
the CMOS settings, while User password can only be used to start the system, view the CMOS
settings, but modify CMOS settings is not allowable.
When you select the Set Supervisor/User Password option, the
Enter Password message will appear :
Enter Password:
The supervisor password can be set up through this menu.
PASSWORD DISABLED !!!
Press any key to continue...
Key in a password, not exceeding 8 characters, save the
change and exit. The next time, when you enter the BIOS,
it will ask you to input this password to confirm your access right. After you get the right to
access the BIOS, you then can select this setting again, and press [Enter] to disable this function
or input a new password to replace the original one.
If you select “System” for the Security Option in “Advanced BIOS Features” menu, then you will
be asked to enter a password when the system is started or when you try to enter the CMOS
setting program. If an incorrect password is entered, it will hold there.
If you select “Setup” for the Security Option in “Advanced BIOS Features” menu, you will be
asked to enter a password only when you enter the CMOS setting program.
Set User Password
The user password can be set up through this menu. Only when there exists a Supervisor
password, then this setting can be activated.
Save & Exit Setup
When you select this option and press [Enter],
Press [Y] to save your changes to CMOS and exit the program;
Press [N] or [ESC] to return to the main menu.
Exit Without Saving
If you select this option and press [Enter],
Press [Y] to exit CMOS without saving your modifications;
Press [N] or [ESC] to return to the main menu.
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SAVE to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)? Y
Quit Without Saving (Y/N)? N
The utility CD that came with the motherboard contains useful software
and several utility drivers that enhance the motherboard features.
This chapter includes the following information:
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Utility CD content
■
Install driver and utility
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FOX ONE
■
FOX LiveUpdate
■
FOX LOGO
■
FOX DMI
Note : Because each module is independent, so the section number
will be reorganized and unique to each module, please understand.
Utility CD content
This motherboard comes with one DVD. You can simply put it into your DVD-ROM drive, and the
main menu will be displayed on your PC screen to guide you how to install.
1. Install Driver
Use these options to install all the drivers for your system. You should install the drivers in order,
and you need to restart your computer after all the drivers have been installed.
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M61PMV-E:
A. NVIDIA MCP61 Chipset Driver
B. Realtek HDA Audio Driver
C. Realtek LAN Driver
M61PMV/ M61PMVK:
A. NVIDIA MCP61 Chipset Driver
B. VIA HDA Audio Driver
2. Software Utilities
Use these options to install additional software programs. FOX ONE is a very powerful user
interface program which allows you to change your system setting without going to BIOS. Some
auto features help user to improve (or overclock) your system without being a computer literate.
A. FOX ONE
B. FOX LiveUpdate
C. FOX LOGO
D. FOX DMI
E. Microsoft DirectX 9.0
F. Adobe Acrobat Reader
G. Norton Internet Security
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Install driver and utility
1. Install Driver
M61PMV-E:
You must click "NVIDIA MCP61 Chipset Driver" to install it first. After that, you can click "One
Click Setup" to install all the other drivers left, or you can click on each individual driver to install it
manually.
Manual
Installation Step
by Step
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Automatic
Installation by
One Click.
Exit the program
Drop to
System Tray
Click to visit
Foxconn's
website
Select to
Install Utilities
Select to
Install Drivers
Browse CD
M61PMV/M61PMVK:
After install "NVIDIA MCP61 Chipset Driver" first, you can click on each individual driver to install
it manually.
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2. Install Utility
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You can select the specific utility to install.
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FOX ONE
FOX ONE is a powerful utility for easily modifying system settings. It also allows users to monitor
various temperature values, voltage values, frequencies and fan speeds at any time.
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With FOX ONE, you can :
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Modify system performance settings, such as the CPU and memory bus speeds, CPU
voltages, fan speeds, and other system performance options.
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Monitor hardware temperatures, voltages, frequencies and fan speeds.
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Supporting Operating Systems :
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Windows 2000
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Using FOX ONE :
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The very first time you run FOX ONE, F.I.S. Calibration function (FOX Intelligent
Stepping) will require you to calibrate the CPU’s loading. Click “OK” to proceed
and start the Utility. F.I.S. is a feature of FOX ONE, which can automatically adjust your CPU
clock based on your current system loading.
!
Before you running the FOX ONE program, the system parameters (such as CPU
clock, voltage...etc.) are controlled by BIOS settings. After you run FOX ONE, it will
take over, and the controlling right will be transferred to FOX ONE. Later, if you exit
FOX ONE, then BIOS control will be back again.
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Depending on hardware support, voltage monitoring and Fox Intelligent Stepping
features are optional and only supported in some models. If the option is selectable, it
also means the feature is supported.
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Voltage Monitoring is supported only in FOX ONE Premium & Deluxe products.
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Fox Intelligent Stepping is supported only in FOX ONE Deluxe products.
1. Main Page
Show CPU
Information
Toolbar
Alert Lamp
Switch Button
Skin Button
Exit
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Minimum
Configuration
Homepage
Monitor Frequency/Voltage/Fan
speed/Temperature value
Toolbar
Use the toolbar to navigate to other pages.
Alert Lamp
When the system is in healthy state, the color of alert lamp is green. When the system is in
abnormal state, the alert lamp color is red.
Switch Button
Click this button, it will simplify the whole FOX ONE control panel to a smaller information bar (i.e.
Simple Mode) as depicted below, you can drag this bar to any place on your screen to help you
monitoring system status.
Exit FOX ONE
Click here to go back to
FOX ONE full screen
Click here will drop the FOX ONE to Windows system tray
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Skin Button
There are more choices of FOX ONE screen panels. Click this button, you can select your
favorite skin (FOX ONE Panel).
Apply the changes
Cancel the changes
Exit
Click this button to exit the program.
Minimum
Click this button to drop the FOX ONE to Windows system tray located at the lower right corner of
your screen.
Homepage
Click this button to visit Foxconn motherboard website :
http://www.foxconnchannel.com
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Click the new skin
picture to select
the new skin
Configuration
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This menu allows you to configure :
1). Monitor interval (ms) :
This is to define the interval of different messages of system settings which are to be
displayed on Simple Mode screen. Minimum value is 1 second.
2). Simple Mode :
To select which message of system settings are to be displayed in the Simple Mode.
Messages such as CPU frequency, voltage...etc., they can be displayed one by one in Simple
Mode.
3). F.I.S. Calibration (FOX Intelligent Stepping, Optional)
This function will re-calibrate the CPU's loading, and it may take several minutes to proceed.
The FOX ONE calibration process will apply different loadings to your CPU, record PWM IC
voltage together with the CPU clock running at these loadings, so it can define and estimate
within a particular range of system loading, what the CPU clock should be.
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Step 1 : Click Calibration icon, a message pops out to ask for continue. Select Yes.
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Step 2 : After data is collected, it will ask you to restart your computer now.
Later on, when the FOX ONE program is activated, and F.I.S. feature (in CPU Page) is
also enabled, FOX ONE will automatically adjust your CPU clock according to your system
loadings. (Loadings are like Power Gaming, Data Mining...etc.)
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2. CPU Page - CPU Control
This page lets you select (or overclock) CPU clock to meet the current performance level of the
system. The fastest and suitable CPU clock running for current system can be calculated by FOX
ONE automatically or manually input by yourselves.
Manual :
You can press the up/down button to adjust your CPU clock.
Auto :
Click this button to let FOX ONE check the highest CPU clock you can use. System will raise the
CPU clock step by step until it hangs, you can then push the RESET button on your PC panel to
restart the system. When system restarts, run FOX ONE again, it will display a recommended
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highest CPU clock for you, click <Yes> to apply it.
Go to CPU page
Adjust by manual
Press Auto button to let FOX
ONE check the highest CPU
clock you can use.
Reset the
changes
FIS Features :
Apply the
Select the different changes
benchmarks
A message informs you to
push RESET button later if the
system hangs finally.
Click Yes to continue.
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You can see the system is
raising CPU clock until the
system hangs.
Push RESET button on the front
panel of your system to restart
the computer.
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Run FOX ONE program again,
it will inform you the previous
test found that 255MHz is the
recommended CPU clock for
your system.
Click Yes to apply it to your
system.
Now, your system is running at
a CPU clock of 255MHz.
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FOX Intelligent Stepping (F.I.S., Optional)
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Select FOX Intelligent Stepping will allow your system to automatically adjust your CPU clock rate
based on different system loadings. For example, if you select Power Gaming, CPU clock will
be driven to run at its maximum speed. While in Energy Saving, CPU will lower down its speed
to a minimum. The four benchmarks - Power Gaming, Data Mining, Office and Energy Saving,
the references of their system loading were calculated and defined in the FIS Calibration option
of Configuration menu. Select Auto, CPU will automatically adjust its clock according to current
system loading.
3. Frequency Page - Frequency Control
This page lets you set memory and PCI Express frequencies by manual.
Go to Freq. page
Close this page
Select the option
you want to set
Adjust by manual
Reset the changes
Apply the changes
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4. Limit Setting
4.1 Limit Setting - CPU Temperature
This page lets you to set CPU high limit temperature and enable the alert function.
Go to Limit Setting
page
Show current CPU
temperature value
Show current high
limit value of the CPU
temperature
Set high limit by
dragging the lever
4.2 Limit Setting - System Temperature
This page lets you to set system high limit temperature and enable the alert function.
Show current system
temperature value
Enable alert function
when the system
temperature is higher
than high limit value
Show current high
limit value of system
temperature
Set high limit by
dragging the lever
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Enable alert function
when the CPU
temperature is higher
than high limit value
4.3 Limit Setting - CPU Fan
This page lets you to set CPU fan low limit rpm and enable the alert function.
Show current CPU
fan rpm value
Enable alert function
when the CPU fan runs
slower than the low
limit rpm value
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Show current low limit
rpm value of CPU fan
Set low limit rpm by
dragging the lever
4.4 Limit Setting - System Fan
This page lets you to set system fan low limit rpm and enable the alert function.
Show current system
fan rpm value
Enable alert function
when the system fan
runs slower than low
limit rpm value
Show current low limit
rpm value of system
fan
Set low limit rpm by
dragging the lever
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4.5 Limit Setting - FAN1 Fan
This page lets you to set FAN1 fan low limit rpm and enable the alert function.
Show current FAN1
fan rpm value
Enable alert function
when the FAN1 fan
runs slower than low
limit rpm value
Show current low limit
rpm value of FAN1 fan
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Set low limit rpm by
dragging the lever
5. Voltage Page - Voltage Control (Optional)
This page lets you set CPU voltage, memory voltage and North Bridge voltage manually. CPU
voltage can be stepped up/down by a unit of 12.5mV, while memory is 0.05V/step, and North
Bridge is 0.04V/step.
Go to Voltage page
Select the option
you want to set
Adjust by manual
Reset the changes
Apply the changes
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6. Fan Page - Fan Control
This page lets you enable Smart Fan function or set the fan speed by manual.
When Smart Fan is selected, you must use a 4-pin CPU cooler in your system.
Go to Fan page
Enable or disable
smart fan function
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Set fan speed by
dragging the lever
Apply the changes
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FOX LiveUpdate
FOX LiveUpdate is a useful utility to backup and update your system BIOS, drivers and utilities by
local or online.
Supporting Operating Systems :
■
Windows 2000
■
Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
■
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Using FOX LiveUpdate :
1. Local Update
1-1 Local Update - BIOS Information
This page lets you know your system BIOS information.
Minimum
Link to website
Exit
Show current
BIOS information
Toolbar
*** : please refer to the physical motherboard for detail.
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1-2 Local Update - Backup
This page can backup your system BIOS. You can click “Backup”, and key in a file name, then
click “Save” to finish the backup operation. The extension of this backup file is ".BIN" for Award
BIOS and ".ROM" for AMI BIOS. Default directory is "C:\Desktop\My Documents" in Windows XP
and "Documents" in Vista. Make sure you can remember the file name together with the directory
which it is stored, prevented that you may need them to recover your BIOS later.
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Key in a BIOS name
Click here
1-3 Local Update - Update
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This page helps you to update your BIOS from a local file. After click “Update”, An alert message
will be displayed to ensure if you really want to continue, click “Yes” to confirm. A setup wizard
will guide you to load a local BIOS file to finish the operation. You must remember from which
directory to load your new BIOS file (with an extension of ".BIN" for Award BIOS, ".ROM" for AMI
BIOS) before the setup wizard starts.
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FOX LiveUpdate can automatically backup old BIOS before update. This feature can be
enabled in the "Configure-System" setup. Please refer to "Configure-System" section
for more detail. The default backup directory is C:\LiveUpdate_Temp, but the backup
file name will be automatically generated. It is hard to find it out from a backup directory,
and we recommend you using Explorer to check date/time message of this backup file
to find it out and write its name down to remember it.
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2. Online Update
2-1 Online Update - Update BIOS
This page lets you update your system BIOS from Internet. Click “start”, it will search the new
BIOS from Internet. Then follow the wizard to finish the update operation.
Click here
Current information
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Search new BIOS
from Internet
Select BIOS to update
Browse detailed
information
Update BIOS
Close the window
2-2 Online Update - Update Driver
This page lets you update your system drivers from Internet. Click “start”, it will search the new
drivers from Internet. Then follow the wizard to finish the update operation.
Click here
Current information
Search new drivers
from Internet
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Select the driver to update
Browse detailed
information
Install the selected
driver
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Close the window
2-3 Online Update - Update Utility
This page lets you update utilities from Internet. Click “start”, it will search the new utilities from
Internet. Then follow the wizard to finish the update operation.
Click here
Current information
Search new utilities
from Internet
Select the utility to update
Browse detailed
information
Install the selected
utility
Close the window
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2-4 Online Update - Update All
This page lets you update your system drivers from Internet. Click “start”, it will search all new
BIOS/drivers/utilities from Internet. Then follow the wizard to finish the update operation.
Click here
Current information
Browse detailed
BIOS information
Browse detailed
driver information
Browse detailed
utility information
Close the window
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Search all new BIOS/
drivers/utilities from
Internet
3. Configure
3-1 Configure - option
This page lets you set auto search options. After you enable the auto search function, FOX
LiveUpdate will start its searching from Internet and if any qualified item found, it will pop out a
message on the task bar to inform you to do the next step.
Click here
Set auto
search options
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Set auto search
the latest
FOX LiveUpdate
Select search
which kind of
versions
Apply the changes
Reset to default value
Double click on the icon as show below, you can see the detailed information.
Double click here
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When you enable "Auto Search FOX LiveUpdate", if your FOX LiveUpdate version is older, it will
auto search from internet and prompt you to install the new version.
3-2 Configure - System
This page lets you set the backup BIOS location and change different skin of the FOX LiveUpdate
utility.
Click here
Set the location of
download files or
auto backup BIOS
Select different skin
of the software
Reset to default value
Determine if the FOX LiveUpdate can
auto run when the system starts up
Apply the changes
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Prompt you to
install the new
FOX LiveUpdate
3-3 Configure - Advance
This page lets you select to flash BIOS / Boot Block and clear CMOS. If you choose Flash Boot
Block, it means BIOS is not protective, and you must make sure the flash process is continuous
and without any interruption.
Click here
Select which BIOS ROM
to flash(Only available to
motherboard with backup
BIOS ROM )
Select to flash Boot Block
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Select to clear CMOS
Apply the changes
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Reset to default value
We recommend that you had better keep the default setting unchanged to avoid any
damage.
4. About & Help
This page shows some information about FOX LiveUpdate.
Click here
Show information about
FOX LiveUpdate
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FOX LOGO
FOX LOGO is a simple and useful utility to backup, change and delete the boot time Logo. The
boot Logo is the image that appears on screen during POST (Power-On Self-Test).
You can prepare a JPG image (1024x768) file, then use FOX LOGO to open it and change the
boot time Logo. Boot time Logo will be displayed if you enable the BIOS "Full Screen Logo Show"
setting in "Advanced BIOS Features" menu.
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Supporting Operating Systems :
■
Windows 2000
■
Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
■
Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Using FOX LOGO:
Main Page
Main screen
Exit
Backup
Minimize
Change
Website
About
Delete
NING
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When you change Logo or delete current Logo, the system will flash BIOS file automatically. During this time, please DO NOT shut down the application and the system,
or the motherboard will be damaged seriously.
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FOX DMI
FOX DMI is a full Desktop Management Interface viewer, and it provides three DMI data formats :
Report, Data Fields and Memory Dump.
With DMI information, system maker can easily analyze and troubleshoot your motherboard if there
is any problem occurred.
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Supporting Operating Systems :
■
Windows 2000
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Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Using FOX DMI:
Please operate this utility as the comments shows.
Click here to select
the type you want
to view.
Click here to select
the DMI Data format
you need
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This chapter will cover two topics :
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Creating a Bootable Array - Installing a new Windows XP
(Vista) in a brand new RAID system.
Creating a Non-Bootable Array - Existing Windows XP
(Vista) system with new RAID built as data storage.
It includes the following information :
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RAID Configuration Introduction
NVIDIA® MediaShield Driver
Create two RAID Driver Diskettes
RAID Enable in BIOS
Select a RAID Array for Use
Install a New Windows XP
Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array
The RAID BIOS Setup pictures shown in this chapter are for
reference only, please refer to the practical screen.
Creating a Bootable Array - Installing a new Windows XP (or Vista) in
a brand new RAID system.
1. Follow 5-1 to create two RAID driver diskettes.
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2. Follow 5-2 to set RAID enabled in BIOS.
3. Follow 5-3 to select a RAID array for use.
4. Follow 5-4 to Install a new Windows Operating System.
What kinds of hardware and software you need here :
1. A floppy drive.
2. A DVD-ROM drive.
3. Several SATA hard disks.
4. Two RAID driver diskettes. (Can be created by using motherboard driver CD)
5. A motherboard driver CD.
6. Windows XP or Vista Install CD.
Creating a Non-Bootable Array - Existing Windows XP (or Vista)
system with new RAID built as data storage.
Follow 5-5 to go through the processes to build a new RAID array in your existing
Windows XP system, it includes :
1. Set RAID enabled in BIOS.
2. Follow 5-3 to select a RAID array for use.
3. Run setup program to install NVIDIA RAID driver into your current Windows XP
system.
4. Use Administrative Tools in Control Panel to format new RAID array.
What kinds of hardware and software you need here :
1. A DVD-ROM drive.
2. Several SATA hard disks.
3. A motherboard driver CD.
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RAID Configuration Introduction
RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a method for computer data storage
schemes that divide and/or replicate data among multiple hard drives. RAID can be
designed to provide increased data reliability (fault tolerance) or increased I/O (input/
output) performance, or both. The following RAID configurations are provided for
users.
There are three major key concepts in RAID:
1. Mirroring : The copying of data to more than one disk;
2. Striping : The splitting of data across more than one disk;
3. Error correction : Where redundant data is stored to allow problems to be detected
and possibly fixed (known as fault tolerance).
The configuration affects reliability and performance in different ways. The problem
with using more disks is that it is more likely that one will go wrong, but by using
error checking the total system can be made more reliable by being able to survive
and repair the failure. Basic mirroring can speed up reading data as a system can
read different data from both the disks, but it may be slow for writing if it insists that
both disks must confirm that the data is correctly written. Striping is often used for
performance, where it allows sequences of data to be read off multiple disks at the
same time. Error checking typically will slow the system down as data needs to be
read from several places and compared. The design of RAID systems is therefore a
compromise and understanding the requirements of a system is important. Modern
disk arrays typically provide the facility to select the appropriate RAID configuration.
RAID is often used in high availability systems, where it is important that the system
keeps running as much of the time as possible.
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Different RAID levels use one or more of these techniques, depending on the system
requirements. The main aims of using RAID are to improve reliability, important for
protecting information that is critical to a business, for example a database of customer
orders; or where speed is important, for example a system that delivers video on
demand TV programs to many viewers.
RAID 0 (Striping)
RAID 0 reads and writes sectors of data interleaved among multiple drives. If any disk
member fails, it affects the entire array. The disk array data capacity is equal to the
number of drive members times the capacity of the smallest member. RAID 0 does
not support fault tolerance.
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RAID 1 (Mirroring)
RAID 1 writes duplicate data onto a pair of drives and reads both sets of data in
parallel. If one of the mirrored drives suffers a mechanical failure or does not respond,
the remaining drive will continue to function. Due to redundancy, the drive capacity of
the array is the capacity of the smallest drive.
RAID 5 (Parity)
RAID 5 provides data striping at the byte level and also stripes error correction
information. This results in excellent performance and good fault tolerance. Level 5 is
one of the most popular implementations of RAID.
RAID 0+1 (Stripe Mirroring)
RAID 10 is a combination of striping and mirroring. This configuration provides optimal
speed and reliability, but you need four SATA hard disks.
Spanning (JBOD)
JBOD stands for “Just a Bunch of Disks”. Each drive is accessed as if it was on a
standard SCSI host bus adapter. This is useful when a single drive configuration is
needed, but it offers no speed improvement or fault tolerance. A spanned volume is a
formatted partition which data is stored on more than one hard disk, yet appears as
one volume. Unlike RAID, spanned volumes have no fault-tolerance, so if any disk
fails, the data on the whole volume could be lost. Additionally, the system or boot
partitions cannot be included in a spanned volume. FAT16/32 and NTFS file systems
may be used, and the volume can span up to 32 hard disks.
Comparison Table :
Solution
Hard Disks No.
Capacity
Performance
Reliability
Application
RAID0
>=2
All
Highest
Dangerous
Look for speed
RAID1
2
50%
Read faster
Excellent
100% Data backup
RAID5
>=3
N-1
Read faster
Write slower
Good
Limited budget
>=4
(Even number)
Smallest
*2
High
Excellent
Unlimited budget
>=1
All
none
Dangerous
Big disk space
RAID0+1
Span
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NVIDIA® MediaShield Driver
The NVIDIA® MediaShield driver supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 0+1
functions. It allows you to get high performance with fault tolerance, big capacity, or
data safety provided by different RAID functions.
Here, we will use four SATA hard disks as an example to guide you how to select your
RAID system. Assume four hard disks are connected to the motherboard :
SATA port 1 - WDC WD1200JD-98HBBO, 111.79GB
SATA port 2 - Hitachi HDT725025VLA, 232.88GB
SATA port 3 - HDS728080PLA380, 76.69GB
SATA port 4 - ST3320620AS, 298.09GB
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
RAID Config
RAID Enable
SATA Pri-Master RAID SATA Pri-Slave RAID SATA Sec-Master RAID SATA Sec-Slave RAID [Enabled
IDE]
Item Help
[Enabled]
[Enabled] Menu Level ►
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
In section 5-3 later, you will know the relationships between port numbers in the
MediaShield BIOS and SATA ports on the motherboard. We put their descriptions here
for better arrangement. They are :
Port 1.1 is the SATA port 2 of the motherboard.
Port 1.0 is the SATA port 1.
Port 2.1 is the SATA port 4.
Port 2.0 is the SATA port 3.
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The relationships between RAID settings and SATA ports on the motherboard are :
SATA Pri-Master RAID is the SATA port 1 of the motherboard.
SATA Pri-Slave RAID is the SATA port 2.
SATA Sec-Master RAID is the SATA port 3.
SATA Sec-Slave RAID is the SATA port 4.
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
Capacity
[-›] Add
[‹-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5
[ESC] Quit
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Two topics will be covered in the following sections :
1). Creating a Bootable Array - Installing a new Windows XP in a brand new RAID
system.
2). Creating a Non-Bootable Array - Existing Windows XP system with new RAID
built as data storage.
Install SATA Hard Disks before we continue :
■
Shut down your computer.
■
Install SATA hard disks into the drive bays, connect all power and SATA cables.
NING
AR
!
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To achieve the best performance and reliability, we highly recommend you
using the hard disks with the same brand, size and model number. Though
we are using four different hard disks as an example to describe RAID
function in this chapter, it is only helpful in explaining what the final disk
volume of the RAID array will be. In the real world, using the same model to
build a disk array is strongly recommended.
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5-1 Create two RAID Driver Diskettes
If you want to install a brand new Windows XP on a RAID system, you need to create two
RAID driver floppy diskettes which will be used during Windows XP installation later.
1. Find a PC, put a diskette into its floppy
drive A:, this diskette will be formatted later.
Put the driver CD into its DVD-ROM drive.
3. Click "GO" to start.
4. Select the desired destination FDD drive.
It can be the default drive A: or any USB
FDD. Click "OK" to continue.
5. Insert a diskette, click "OK" to continue.
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2. Depending on which platform your XP
system is, normally, it is a 32-bit system.
Use Windows explorer, and go to CD:\
Driver\NVIDIA\MCP61\Chipset\WinXP\
32bit\IDE\WinXP\sataraid\Floppy\
Disk1, click on RaidTool icon to start the
creation.
6. You can input a volume label for this diskette,
click on "Start" to format.
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7. Click on "OK" to go through this warning
message.
8. Format finished. Click "OK", then click "Close"
to continue copying of RAID driver into this
diskette.
9. Check if the first diskette contains the
driver files.
10. Go to CD:\Driver\NVIDIA\MCP61\
Chipset\WinXP\32bit\IDE\WinXP\
sataraid\Floppy\Disk2, click on
RaidTool icon to start the second RAID
driver diskette creation. Repeat the
steps from step 4 to step 9.
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5-2 RAID Enable in BIOS
1. Enter the BIOS setup by pressing [DEL] key when boot up.
2. Select the “Integrated Peripherals” from the “Main menu”, then select the “RAID
Config” menu and press [Enter] to go to the configuration items.
3. Enable RAID function and individual SATA port for hard drive or DVD connection.
4. Press [F10] to save the setting then PC will reboot itself.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
RAID Config
RAID Enable
SATA Pri-Master RAID SATA Pri-Slave RAID SATA Sec-Master RAID SATA Sec-Slave RAID [Enabled
IDE]
Item Help
[Enabled]
[Enabled] Menu Level ►
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
5
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
5-3 Select a RAID Array for Use
When BIOS is restarted, it will display a message asking you to press [F10] key to
enter the main menu of MediaShield BIOS. Press [F10], the screen appears.
At the bottom of each screen displayed, there is one line listing each key’s function,
such as [Tab], [Enter], [ESC]...etc. It is helpful to make your choice easier.
MediaShield BIOS Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0
1.0 WDC
WDC WD1200JD-9
WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[-›] Add
[‹-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
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[↑↓] Select
[Enter] Popup
Create RAID 0 (Striping)
1. Select "Striping" from the RAID Mode. The menu appears :
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[-›] Add
5
0.0
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[‹-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select two hard disks to build our RAID0 system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield Utility Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
0.3
298.09GB
[-›] Add
[‹-] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
[TAB] Navigate
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Capacity
0.0
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe value should be selected based on different applications. It ranges from
4KB to 128KB. Some suggested choices are :
16K - Best for sequential transfer.
64K - Good general purpose strip size.
128K - Best performance for most desktops and workstations.
Keep it at Optimal default value. Press [F7] to finish the setting. Press [Y] to clear
disk data.
MediaShield Utility Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
0.0
Clear disk data?
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
0.3
298.09GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[-›] Add
[Y] YES [N] NO
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[‹-] Del
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. The screen displays a STRIPE array of 153.38GB, which is twice the size of the smallest
hard disk. That is, 2*76.69GB = 153.38GB.
If you want to build a new Operating System (such as Windows XP) in this RAID
system, please press [B] to select it as bootable.
You can then press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield Utility Apr 26 2007
- Array List -
[Ctrl-X] Exit
Boot
Status
Vendor
Array Model Name
No
Healthy
NVIDIA
STRIPE
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
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153.38G
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
6. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA STRIPE 153.38G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Striping
Striping Width :
2
Port Index Disk Model
0
1
64K
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
HDS728080PLA380
111.79G
76.69GB
5
1.0
2.0
Striping Block:
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
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[ENTER] Return
Create RAID 1 (Mirroring)
1. Select “Mirroring” from the RAID Mode.
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[-›] Add
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[‹-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select two hard disks to build our RAID1 system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield Utility Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[-›] Add
[‹-] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
[TAB] Navigate
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Capacity
0.0
111.79GB
1.1 WDC
HitachiWD1200JD-9
HDT725
232.88GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe block value is fixed and not changeable.
Press [F7] to finish the setting.Press [Y] to clear disk data.
MediaShield Utility Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
111.79GB
Clear disk data?0.0
1.1 WDC
HitachiWD1200JD-9
HDT725
232.88GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[-›] Add
[Y] YES [N] NO
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[‹-] Del
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. The screen displays a MIRROR array of 232.88GB, which is the size of the smallest
hard disk. That is, 232.88GB.
If you want to build a new Operating System (such as Windows XP) in this RAID
system, please press [B] to select it as bootable.
You can then press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield Utility Apr 26 2007
- Array List -
[Ctrl-X] Exit
Boot
Status
Vendor
Array Model Name
No
Healthy
NVIDIA
MIRROR 232.88G
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
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[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
6. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA MIRROR 232.88G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Stripe Width :
1
Port Index Disk Model
1.1
2.1
Capacity
Hitachi HDT725025VLA380
ST3320620AS
[D] Delete
64K
[C] Clear MBR
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232.88G
298.09G
[ENTER] Return
5
[R] Rebuild
0
1
Stripe Block:
Create RAID 0+1 (Stripe Mirroring)
1. Select “Stripe Mirroring” from the RAID Mode. The menu appears :
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Stripe
Mirrored
Mirroring
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[-›] Add
5
0.0
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[‹-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select four hard disks to build our RAID0+1 system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Stripe
Mirrored
Mirroring
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
0.0
1.0
1.1
[-›] Add 2.0
2.1
[‹-] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Optimal
Optimal
WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[TAB] Navigate
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Capacity
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe value should be selected based on different applications. It ranges from
4KB to 128KB. Some suggested choices are :
16K - Best for sequential transfer.
64K - Good general purpose strip size.
128K - Best performance for most desktops and workstations.
Keep it at Optimal default value. Press [F7] to finish the setting. Press [Y] to clear
disk data.
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Stripe
Mirrored
Mirroring
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Clear disk data?0.0
1.0
1.1
[-›] Add 2.0
[Y] YES [N] NO2.1
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
ST3320620AS
298.09GB
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[‹-] Del
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. The screen displays a RAID 0+1 array of 153.38GB, which is twice the size of the
smallest hard disk. That is, 2*76.69= 153.38GB.
If you want to build a new Operating System (such as Windows XP) in this RAID
system, please press [B] to select it as bootable.
You can then press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield BIOS Apr 26 2007
- Array List -
[Ctrl-X] Exit
Boot
Status
Vendor
Array
No
Healthy
NVIDIA
RAID 0+1 153.38G
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
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Size
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
6. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA RAID 0+1 153.38G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Striped Mirror
Stripe Width :
2
Stripe Block:
Index
Disk Model
1.1
2.0
2.1
1.0
0
1
2
3
Hitachi HDT725025VLA380
HDS728080PLA380
ST3320620AS
WDC WD1200JD-98HBB
Capacity
232.88G
76.69GB
298.09G
111.79G
5
Port
64K
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear MBR
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[ENTER] Return
Create RAID 5
1. Select “RAID5” from the RAID Mode.
The menu appears :
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: RAID
Mirrored
5
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[-›] Add
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[‹-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select three SATA hard disks to build our RAID5 system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
MediaShield BIOS Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: RAID5
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
0.0
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[-›] Add 1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[‹-] Del
2.1 ST3320620AS
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
298.09GB
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
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[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe value should be selected based on different applications. It ranges from
4KB to 128KB. Some suggested choices are :
16K - Best for sequential transfer.
64K - Good general purpose strip size.
128K - Best performance for most desktops and workstations.
Keep it at Optimal default value. Press [F7] to finish the setting. Press [Y] to clear
disk data.
MediaShield BIOS Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: RAID5
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Clear disk data?
0.0
298.09GB
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[-›] Add 1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[Y] YES [N] NO
2.1 ST3320620AS
5
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[‹-] Del
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. The screen displays a RAID5 array of 153.38GB, which is twice the size of the smallest
hard disk. That is, 2*76.69= 153.38GB. Another hard disk is used for parity check.
If you want to build a new Operating System (such as Windows XP) in this RAID
system, please press [B] to select it as bootable.
You can then press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield BIOS Apr 26 2007
- Array List -
[Ctrl-X] Exit
Boot
Status
Vendor
Array
No
Healthy
NVIDIA
RAID5
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
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Size
153.38G
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
6. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA RAID5 153.38G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: RAID5
Stripe Width :
2
Port Index Disk Model
1.0
1.1
2.0
0
1
2
Stripe Block:
64K
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
Hitachi HDT725025VLA380
HDS728080PLA380
111.79G
232.88G
76.69GB
5
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear MBR
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[ENTER] Return
Create Spanning RAID
1. Select “Spanning” from the RAID Mode. The menu appears :
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Spanning
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
5
0.0
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
2.1 ST3320620AS
298.09GB
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
[-›] Add
[‹-] Del
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
2. Select three SATA hard disks to build our Spanned RAID system.
3. Press [TAB] to navigate to left drive panel, then use [→] and [↓] keys to add the hard
disks to the right drive panel.
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- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Spanning
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
2.1 ST3320620AS
Optimal
Optimal
Capacity
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[-›] Add 2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[‹-] Del
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
298.09GB
Stripe Block:
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
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[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
4. The stripe block value is fixed and not changeable.
Press [F7] to finish the setting. Press [Y] to clear disk data.
MediaShield Utillity Apr 26 2007
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Spanning
Mirrored
Free Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Stripe Block:
Optimal
Optimal
Array Disks
Port Disk Model
Capacity
Clear disk data?
298.09GB
1.0 WDC WD1200JD-9 111.79GB
1.1 Hitachi HDT725
232.88GB
[-›] Add 2.0 HDS728080PLA38 76.69GB
[Y] YES [N] NO
2.1 ST3320620AS
[ESC] Quit
[F6] Back
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[‹-] Del
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
5. The screen displays a Spanned RAID array of 421.36GB, which is the total sizes of
these three hard disks. That is, 111.79+76.69+232.88= 421.36GB. We recommend
not setting it to bootable as it will be impossible to recover if crashed. You can then
press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit the setup program, and restart your PC.
MediaShield BIOS Apr 26 2007
- Array List Boot
Status
No
[Ctrl-X] Exit
[↑↓] Select
Healthy
Vendor
Array
NVIDIA
[B] Set Bootable
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JBOD
Size
421.36G
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
6. In above screen, you also can press [Enter] to know the detailed drive information of
this RAID system. Press [D] here allow you to delete previous settings, and go back
to the first time when MediaShield was started.
Array 4 : NVIDIA JBOD 421.36G
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Spanning
Stripe Width :
3
Port Index Disk Model
0
1
2
64K
Capacity
WDC WD1200JD-98HBB0
Hitachi HDT725025VLA380
HDS728080PLA380
111.79G
232.88G
76.69GB
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1.0
1.1
2.0
Stripe Block:
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear MBR
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[ENTER] Return
5-4 Creating a Bootable Array- Install a New Windows XP
Assume a Mirrored array (232.88GB) was created as introduced in section 5-3, after
the system restarts :
1. Press [DEL] to enter BIOS Setup during POST.
2. Insert the Windows installation CD into the optical drive.
3. Set the “First Boot Device” to “CDROM”, save changes and exit BIOS.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced BIOS Features
► Removable Device Priority
► Hard Disk Boot Priority
First Boot Device
Second Boot Device
Third Boot Device
Boot Other Device
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Boot Up NumLock Status
Security Option
Full Screen Logo Show
[Press Enter]
Item Help
[Press Enter]
[CDROM
CDROM] Menu Level ►
[Hard Disk]
Select Your Boot
[Removable] Device Priority
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[On]
[Setup]
[Enabled]
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↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
4.The computer will reboot, and it will start installing Windows Operating System.
Watch the screen carefully, when the following picture appears, press [F6] key
immediately. If you forgot to do this, PC will go to an fatal blue screen, and you
may need to reboot the system again. PC may not respond to your [F6] input
immediately, and it keeps loading files until the next screen displays.
Windows Setup
Press F6 if you need to install a 3rd party SCSI or RAID driver.
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5.After some files are copied to your system, the following picture appears, press [S]
to continue the specific driver installation.
Windows Setup
Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices
installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter.
Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
<none>
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drivers, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
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S=Specify Additional Device
ENTER=Continue
F3=Exit
6. It will ask you to insert the RAID driver diskette 1 into your floppy drive. Press [Enter]
after it is done.
Windows Setup
Please insert the disk labeled
manufacturer-supplied hardware support disk
into Drive A:
* Press ENTER when ready
Enter=Continue ESC=Cancel F3=Exit
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7. There are two drivers, all these two drivers must be installed. Press [Enter] to select
the first driver - "NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)".
Windows Setup
You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows,
using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.
Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC
to return to the previous screen.
NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)
NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)
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ENTER=Select
F3=Exit
8. A confirmation message appears to double check if the driver is really what we
wanted. As we need to install both two drivers, so we will press [S] again to select
the second driver. It will ask you to insert the RAID driver diskette into your floppy
drive again, press [Enter] to continue.
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drivers, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device
ENTER=Continue
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F3=Exit
9. Use [↓] key to select "NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)", then press
[Enter]. Still, The RAID floppy diskette 1 is inside the floppy drive.
Windows Setup
You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with Windows,
using a device support disk provided by an adapter manufacturer.
Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC
to return to the previous screen.
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NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)
NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)
ENTER=Select
F3=Exit
10. Two drivers are displayed. Press [Enter] to continue.
Windows Setup
Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
NVIDIA RAID Driver (required)
NVIDIA nForce Storage Controller (required)
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drivers, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Device
ENTER=Continue
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F3=Exit
11. Windows will display the partition of your system. As we are using a Mirrored RAID
array as an example, its size 232.88GB is now displayed as 238473MB. You can
press [C] to create partitions as many as you wish, assign them C:, D: or E: logical
drive names.
(Note : 238473MB/1024 = 232.88GB)
Windows XP Professional Setup
The following list shows the existing partitions and
unpartitioned space on this computer.
Use the UP ad DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.
● To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER.
● To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
● To delete the selected partitions, press D.
238473 MB Disk 0 at id 1 on bus 0 on nvrd32 [MBR]
ENTER=Install
C=Create Partition
238473
MB
F3=Quit
12. In this example, we will create a 30GB partition C: and leave the remainding space
as a partition E:. Drive D: is DVD drive. Press [Enter] to install Windows.
Windows XP Professional Setup
The following list shows the existing partitions and
unpartitioned space on this computer.
Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.
● To set up Windows XP on the selected item, press ENTER.
● To create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.
● To delete the selected partitions, press D.
238473 MB Disk 0 at id 1 on bus 0 on nvrd32 [MBR]
C:Partition1 [New (Raw)]
E: Partition2 [New (Raw)]
Unpartitioned space
ENTER=Install
D=Delete Partition
29996 MB ( 29996 MB free)
208468 MB ( 208468 MB free)
8 MB
F3=Quit
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Unpartitioned space
13. The Windows XP install processes will ask you to format your hard disk, select
quick formatting using NTFS file system, press [ENTER].
Windows XP Professional Setup
The partition you selected is not formatted. Setup will now
format the partition.
Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select the file system
you want, and then press ENTER.
If you want to select a different partition for Windows XP,
press ESC.
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Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)
Format the partition using the FAT file system (Quick)
Format the partition using the NTFS file system
Format the partition using the FAT file system
ENTER=Continue
ESC=Cancel
14. After drive C: is formatted, Setup will copy files from RAID floppy diskette 1 to the
Windows installation folders, then ask you to insert the second RAID diskette.
Press [Enter] to continue when it is done.
Windows Setup
Insert the disk labeled :
NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI) disk 2
into drive A:
* Press ENTER when ready.
F3=Quit
Enter=Continue
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15. After Setup copies files from RAID floppy diskette 2 to the Windows installation
folders, it then will ask you to insert the first RAID diskette into floppy drive again.
Press [Enter] to continue when it is done.
Windows Setup
Insert the disk labeled :
NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI) disk 1
into drive A:
* Press ENTER when ready.
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F3=Quit
Enter=Continue
16. Again, after Setup copies files from RAID floppy diskette 1 to the Windows
installation folders, it then will ask you to insert the second RAID diskette into
floppy drive. Press [Enter] to continue when it is done.
Windows Setup
Insert the disk labeled :
NVIDIA RAID DRIVER (SCSI) disk 2
into drive A:
* Press ENTER when ready.
F3=Quit
Enter=Continue
17. Setup will be coping files to the RAID disk array to create your new Windows XP
system. You can follow the normal procedures to complete the installations.
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5-5 Setting Up a Non-Bootable RAID Array
This section assumes the following setup :
■ Boot Disk with Windows XP installed :
One hard disk HDS728080PLAT20 (80GB) is connected to the IDE channel, and set
to Master.
■ A Mirrored RAID Array Disk :
Two SATA hard disks are configured as a mirrored RAID1 array, they are :
Hitachi HDT725025VLA, (232.88GB) connected to SATA port2 of the motherboard.
Segate ST3320620AS, (298.09GB) connected to SATA port4.
■ A SATA DVD Drive :
A DVD drive connected to SATA port1.
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NING
AR
!
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To achieve the best performance and reliability, we highly recommend you
using the hard disks with the same brand, size and model number. Though
we are using different brand of hard disks as an example here, the purpose
is only for easy understanding.
1. Reboot your system, and go to "RAID Enable" menu.
Enable the RAID function together with the SATA ports which have the hard disks
and DVD drive connected. Press [F10] to save the settings and reboot.
Phoenix - AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility
RAID Config
RAID Enable
SATA Pri-Master RAID SATA Pri-Slave RAID SATA Sec-Master RAID SATA Sec-Slave RAID [Enabled
IDE]
Item Help
[Enabled]
[Enabled] Menu Level ►
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
↑↓→←:Move Enter:Select +/-/PU/PD:Value
F5: Previous Values
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F10:Save ESC:Exit F1:General Help
F7: Optimized Defaults
2. Select a RAID array for use (also can refer to section 5-3)
After rebooting your computer, you will see the RAID software prompting you to
press [F10].
Press [F10] to enter the NVIDIA MediaShield BIOS setup and configure the mirrored
RAID array as described in the 5-3 section. Finally, you can reach this step as
depicted.
MediaShield Utility Apr 26 2007
- Array List Boot
Status
Vendor
Array Model Name
No
Healthy
NVIDIA
MIRROR 232.88G
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[Ctrl-X] Exit
[↑↓] Select
[B] Set Bootable
[N] New Array
[ENTER] Detail
3. Press [Ctrl]+[X] keys to exit and go to Windows.
4. In Windows, click "Cancel" to skip any "Found New Hardware Wizard".
Use driver CD and click on "NVIDIA MCP61 Chipset Driver" to install the NVIDIA
RAID driver. The RAID driver can be installed only when you select [Enable] in BIOS
"RAID Enable" setting. If you do not select [Enabled], then RAID driver can not be
installed.
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5. The installation of driver may take a while, after the NVIDIA driver is installed, it will
ask you to click "Finish" to restart your computer.
6. When Windows starts, a "Found New Hardware Wizard" appears. Click on "Cancel"
to ignore it.
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7. After PC starts, the RAID array is now ready to be initialized under Windows.
Launch Computer Management by clicking Start -> Settings -> Control Panel then
open the Administrative Tools folder and double click on Computer Management.
Click Disk Management (under the Storage section).
The Initialize and Convert Disk Wizards appears. Click "Next" to continue.
The RAID array is named as Disk1 and its status is unknown and not Initialized.
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8. A "Select Disks to Initialize" window will appear. The disks listed depend on how
many arrays you have configured. Select "Disk1" and click "Next" to continue.
9. When "Select Disks to Convert" window appears, do not select anything and click
"Next" to continue.
10. When the "Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard" window appears,
click "Finish" to complete the wizard.
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11. The Computer Management window appears. The actual disks listed will depend
on your system. In below figure, you can see there is a 232.88 GB unallocated
partition. You must format the unallocated disk space before using it.
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Right click "Unallocated space", select "New Partition…" and follow the Wizard
instructions.
12. When "New Partition Wizard" appears, click "Next" to continue.
13. When "Primary partition" screen appears, click "Next" to continue.
14. When "Specify Partition Size" screen appears, click "Next" to continue.
15. When "Assign Drive Letter or Path" screen appears, click "Next" to continue.
16. Click "Finish" to end the "New Partition Wizard".
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17. The format of disk array (Disk1) is in processing.
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18. Format completed, now you can start using your RAID array.
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