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Motherboard User’s Guide
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user’s guide, nor any of the material contained herein, may be reproduced
without the express written consent of the manufacturer.
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the right to revise this publication and to make changes from time to time in the
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such revision or changes.
Trademarks
IBM, VGA, and PS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business
Machines.
Intel, Pentium/II/III, Pentium 4, Celeron and MMX are registered trademarks of
Intel Corporation.
Microsoft, MS-DOS and Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
AMI is a trademark of American Megatrends Inc.
It has been acknowledged that other brands or product names in this manual are
trademarks or the properties of their respective owners.
Static Electricity Precautions
1. Don’t take this motherboard and components out of their original staticproof package until you are ready to install them.
2. While installing, please wear a grounded wrist strap if possible. If you
don’t have a wrist strap, discharge static electricity by touching the bare
metal of the system chassis.
3. Carefully hold this motherboard by its edges. Do not touch those
components unless it is absolutely necessary. Put this motherboard on
the top of static-protection package with component side facing up
while installing.
Pre-Installation Inspection
1. Inspect this motherboard whether there are any damages to components
and connectors on the board.
2. If you suspect this motherboard has been damaged, do not connect
power to the system. Contact your motherboard vendor about those
damages.
Copyright © 2006
All Rights Reserved
P51G Series, V1.0
December 2006
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Table of Contents
Trademark ............................................................................................................ i
Static Electricity Precautions ......................................................................................... i
Pre-Installation Inspection ............................................................................................. i
Chapter 1: Introduction ..................................................................................... 1
Key Features .................................................................................................................... 1
Package Contents ........................................................................................................... 3
Chapter 2: Motherboard Installation .............................................................. 5
Motherboard Components ............................................................................................ 6
I/O Ports .......................................................................................................................... 7
Installing the Processor ................................................................................................. 8
Installing Memory Modules .......................................................................................... 9
Jumper Settings ............................................................................................................ 1 0
Install the Motherboard ............................................................................................... 11
Connecting Optional Devices ..................................................................................... 1 2
Install Other Devices .................................................................................................... 1 4
Expansion Slots ............................................................................................................ 1 6
Chapter 3: BIOS Setup Utility ....................................................................... 18
Introduction .................................................................................................................. 1 8
Running the Setup Utility ................................................... …………………………...18
Standard CMOS Setup Page ....................................................................................... 1 9
Advanced Setup Page .................................................................................................. 2 0
Advanced Chipset Setup Page .................................................................................... 2 1
Integrated Peripherals Page ....................................................................................... 2 2
Power Management Setup Page ................................................................................ 2 3
PCI/PnP Setup Page .................................................................................................... 2 5
PCI Health Status Page ............................................................................................... 2 5
Frequency/Voltage Control Page ............................................................................... 2 7
Load Default Settings ................................................................................................... 2 8
Supervisor Password Page .......................................................................................... 2 8
User Password Page .................................................................................................... 2 9
Save & Exit Setup ......................................................................................................... 2 9
Exit Without Saving ...................................................................................................... 2 9
Chapter 4: Software & Applications .............................................................. 30
Introduction .................................................................................................................. 3 0
Installing Support Software ........................................................................................ 3 0
Bundled Software Installation .................................................................................... 3 2
Chapter 5:VIA VT8237 SATA RAID Setup Guide ........................................ 33
VIA RAID Configuration ............................................................................................. 3 3
Installing RAID Software & Drives ............................................................................ 4 1
Using VIA RAID Tool ................................................................................................... 4 3
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Notice:
1
Owing to Microsoft’s certifying schedule is various to every supplier,
we might have some drivers not certified yet by Microsoft. Therefore, it
might happen under Windows XP that a dialogue box (shown as below)
pop out warning you this software has not passed Windows Logo
testing to verify its compatibility with Windows XP. Please rest assured
that our RD department has already tested and verified these drivers.
Just click the “Continue Anyway” button and go ahead the installation.
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 1 Introduction
This motherboard has a LGA775 socket for latest Intel® CoreTM2 Duo/
Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron D processors with Hyper-Threading
Technology and Front-Side Bus (FSB) speeds up to 1066 MHz. HyperThreading Technology, designed to take advantage of the multitasking features in
Windows XP, gives you the power to do more things at once.
It integrates the VIA P4M900 Northbridge and VT8237A/VT8237S Southbridge
that supports theSerial ATA interface for high-performance and mainstream
desktop PCs; the built-in USB 2.0 providing higher bandwidth, implementing
Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0 and is compliant with UHCI
1.1 and EHCI 1.0. It supports High Definition Audio Codec and provides
Ultra DMA 133/100/66 function. It has one PCI ExpressX16, one PCI
ExpressX1, one CNR and two 32-bit PCI slots. There is a full set of I/O ports
including two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard, οne serial port, one parallel
port, one VGA port, one LAN port (optional), four back-panel USB 2.0 ports
and Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and 6/8-channel (optional) line-out and
onboard USB headers providing extra ports by connecting the Extended USB
Module to the motherboard.
It is a Micro ATX motherboard and has power connectors for an ATX power
supply.
Key Features
The key features of this motherboard include:
LGA775 Socket Processor
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Supports the latest Intel® CoreTM2 Duo/Pentium D/Pentium 4/
Celeron D processors with Hyper-Threading Technology
Supports up to 1066 MHz Front-Side Bus
Hyper-Threading technology enables the operating system into thinking it’s
hooked up to two processors, allowing two threads to be run in
parallel, both on separate ‘logical’ processors within the same physical
processor.
Chipset
There are VIA P4M900 Northbridge and VT8237A/VT8237S in the chipsets in
accordance with an innovative and scalable architecture with proven reliability
and performance.
•
High Performance Host Interface: Supports Intel Pentium 4 processor
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•
•
•
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family with FSB 1066 MHz
Hyper-Threading Technology
System Memory Controller Support: DDR2 and DDR SDRAMs with
up to maximum memory of 4 GB.
PCI Express Graphics Interface Support: One PCI Express X16 port
PCI Bus Interface Support: PCI Revision 2.3 Specification at 33MHz
Integrade Serial ATA Host Controller: Independent DMA operation on
two ports with Data transfer rates up to 1.5/3.0 Gb/s
Intgrated IDE Controller: Ultra DMA-133/100/66/33 Bus Master EIDE
Controller
USB 2.0: Integrated USB 2.0 interface, supporting up to eight functional
ports
Memory Support
•
Two 240-pin DIMM sockets for DDR SDRAM memory modules
•
Supports DDR2 667/533/400 memory bus
•
Maximum installed memory is 4 GB
Expansion Slots
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Two 32-bit PCI slots
•
One PCI ExpressX16 slot
•
One PCI ExpressX1 slot
•
One CNR slot
Onboard IDE channels
•
Two IDE Connectors
•
Supports PIO (Programmable Input/Output) and DMA (Direct Memory
Access) modes
•
Supports IDE Ultra DMA bus mastering with transfer rates of 133/100/
66/33 MB/sec
Serial ATA
•
Two Serial ATA Connectors
•
Transfer rate exceeding best ATA (1.5/3.0 Gb/s) with scalability to
higher rates
•
Low pin count for both host and devices
High Definition Audio Codec
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All ADCs support 48k/192kHz Independent Sample Rate
Exceeds Microsoft PC2001 Requirements
High Quality Differential CD input
Power Support: Digital:3.3V; Analog:3.3V/5.0V
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Onboard I/O Ports
•
Two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard
•
One serial port
•
One parallel port
•
One VGA port
•
One LAN port (optional)
•
Four back-panel USB2.0 ports
•
Audio jacks for microphone, line-in and 6/8-channel (optional) line-out
Fast Ethernet LAN (optional)
•
Supports 10 Mb/s and 100 Mb/s N-way Auto-negotiation operation
•
Single Chip 100Base-TX/10Base-T Physical Layer Solution
•
Half/Full Duplex capability
USB 2.0
•
Compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 2.0
•
Compliant with Intel’s Enhanced Host Controller Interface Specification
Revision 1.0
•
Compliant with Universal Host Controller Interface Specification
Revision 1.1
BIOS Firmware
This motherboard uses AMI BIOS that enables users to configure many system
features including the following:
•
Power management
•
Wake-up alarms
•
CPU parameters and memory timing
•
CPU and memory timing
The firmware can also be used to set parameters for different processor clock
speeds.
Dimensions
•
Micro ATX form factor of 244 x 220 mm
Note: Hardware specifications and software items are subject to change
without notification.
Package Contents
Your motherboard package ships with the following items:
‰ The motherboard
‰ The User’s Guide
‰ One diskette drive ribbon cable (optional)
‰ One IDE drive ribbon cable
‰ The Software support CD
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Optional Accessories
You can purchase the following optional accessories for this motherboard.
‰ The Extended USB module
‰ The CNR v.90 56K Fax/Modem card
‰ The Serial ATA cable
‰ The Serial ATA power cable
Note: You can purchase your own optional accessories from the third party,
but please contact your local vendor on any issues of the specification
and compatibility.
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Chapter 2 Motherboard Installation
To install this motherboard in a system, please follow these instructions in this
chapter:
‰ Identify the motherboard components
‰ Install a CPU
‰ Install one or more system memory modules
‰ Make sure all jumpers and switches are set correctly
‰ Install this motherboard in a system chassis (case)
‰ Connect any extension brackets or cables to headers/connectors on the
motherboard
‰ Install peripheral devices and make the appropriate connections to
headers/connectors on the motherboard
Note:
1.
2.
Before installing this motherboard, make sure jumper CLR_CMOS1
is under Normal setting. See this chapter for information about
locating CLR_CMOS1 and the setting options.
Never connect power to the system during installation; otherwise, it
may damage the motherboard.
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Motherboard Components
LABEL
1. CPU Socket
2. CPU_FAN1
3. DDRII1~2
4. PWR1
5. IDE1
6. IDE2
7. CLR_CMOS1
8. SATA1~2
9. SPK1
10. PANEL1
11. F_USB1~2
12. FDD1
13. IR1
14. CNR1
15. PCI1~2
16. CD_IN1
17. F_AUDIO1
18. PCIEX1
19. PCIEX2
20. USB_PWR1
21. SYS_FAN1
22. PWR2
COMPONENTS
®
LGA775 socket for Intel CoreTM 2 Duo/Pentium
D/Pentium 4/Celeron D CPUs
CPU cooling fan connector
240-pin DDR2 SDRAM slots
Standard 24-pin ATX power connector
Primary IDE channel
Secondary IDE channel
Clear CMOS jumper
Serial ATA connectors
Speaker header
Front panel switch/LED header
Front Panel USB headers
Floppy disk drive connector
Onboard infrared header
CNR slot
32-bit add-on card slots
Analog audio input connector
Front panel audio header
PCI Express x1 slot
PCI Express x16 slot for graphics interface
USB power select jumper
System cooling fan connector
Auxiliary 4-pin power connector
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I/O Ports (Optional)
The illustration below shows a side view of the built-in I/O ports on the
motherboard.
PS/2 Mouse
Use the upper PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 pointing
device.
PS/2 Keyboard
Use the low er PS/2 port to connect a PS/2
keyboard.
Parallel Port (LPT1)
Use the Parallel port to connect printers or other
parallel communications devices.
COM1
Use the COM port to connect serial devices such
as mice or fax/modems. COM1 is identified by the
system as COM1.
VGA
Use the VGA port to connect VGA devices.
LAN Port (optional)
Connect an RJ-45 jack to the LAN port to connect
your computer to the Netw ork.
USB Ports
Use the USB ports to connect USB devices.
Audio Ports
Use these three audio jacks to connect audio
devices. The first jack is for stereo Line-In signal,
the second jack for stereo Line-Out signal, and the
third jack for Microphone.
Use these audio jacks to connect audio devices.
The Aport is for stereo Line-In signal, w hlie the C
port is for microphone in signal. The motherboard
supports 8-channel audio devices that correspond
to A, B, D and E port respectively. In addition, all of
the three ports, A, B and D provide users w ith
both right & left channels individually.
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Installing the Processor
This motherboard has a LGA775 socket for the latest Intel® CoreTM2 Duo/
Pentium D/Pentium 4/ Celeron D processors. When choosing a processor,
consider the performance requirements of the system. Performance is based on
the processor design, the clock speed and system bus frequency of the processor, and the quantity of internal cache memory and external cache memory.
CPU Installation Procedure
Follow these instructions to install the CPU:
A. Read and follow the instructions
shown on the sticker on the CPU cap.
B. Unload the cap
• Use thumb & forefinger to hold the
lifting tab of the cap.
• Lift the cap up and remove the cap
completely from the socket.
C. Open the load plate
• Use thumb & forefinger to hold the
hook of the lever, pushing down and
pulling aside unlock it.
• Lift up the lever.
• Use thumb to open the load plate.
Be careful not to touch the contacts.
D. Install the CPU on the socket
• Orientate CPU package to the socket.
Make sure you match triangle marker
to pin 1 location.
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E. Close the load plate
• Slightly push down the load plate onto
the tongue side, and hook the lever.
• CPU is locked completely.
F. Apply thermal grease on top of the CPU.
G. Fasten the cooling fan supporting base
onto the CPU socket on the motherboard.
H. Make sure the CPU fan is plugged to the CPU
fan connector. Please refer to the CPU cooling fan
user’s manual for mor detail installation procedure.
Note 1: To achieve better airflow rates and heat dissipation, we suggest that
you use a high quality fan with 3800 rpm at least. CPU fan and
heatsink installation procedures may vary with the type of CPU fan/
heatsink supplied. The form and size of fan/heatsink may also vary.
Note 2: The fan connector supports the CPU cooling fan of 1.1A~2.2A (26.4W
max.) at +12V.
Note 3: Do Not remove the CPU cap from the socket before installing a CPU.
Note 4: Return Material Authorization (RMA) requests will be accepted only if
the motherboard comes with the cap on the LGA775 socket.
Installing Memory Modules
This motherboard accommodates two 240-pin DIMM sockets (Dual Inline
Memory Module) for unbuffered DDR2 667/533/400 memory modules (Double
Data Rate SDRAM), and maximum 4 GB installed memory.
Over its predecessor, DDR-SDRAM, DDR2-SDRAM offers greater bandwith
and density in a smaller packahe along with a reduction in power consumption.
In addition, DDR2-SDRAM offers new features and functions that enable a
higher clock rate and data rate operations of 400 MHz, 533 MHz and 667 MHz.
DDR2 transfer 64 bits of data twice every clock cycle.
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Memory Module Installation Procedure
These modules can be installed with up to 4 GB system memory. Refer to the
following to install the memory module.
1.
Push down the latches on both sides of the DIMM socket.
2.
Align the memory module with the socket. There is a notch on the
DIMM socket that you can install the DIMM module in the correct
direction. Match the cutout on the DIMM module with the notch on
the DIMM socket.
3.
Install the DIMM module into the socket and press it firmly down
until it is seated correctly. The socket latches are levered upwards and
latch on to the edges of the DIMM.
4.
Install any remaining DIMM modules.
Jumper Settings
Connecting two pins with a jumper cap is SHORT; removing a jumper cap from
these pins, OPEN.
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CLR_CMOS1: Clear CMOS Jumper
Use this jumper to clear the contents of the CMOS memory. You may need to
clear the CMOS memory if the settings in the Setup Utility are incorrect and
prevent your motherboard from operating. To clear the CMOS memory,
disconnect all the power cables from the motherboard and then move the jumper
cap into the CLEAR setting for a few seconds.
1
CLR_CMOS1
Function
Jum per
Normal
Short Pins 1-2
Clear CMOS Short Pins 2-3
Note: To avoid the system unstability after clearing CMOS, we recommend
users to enter the main BIOS setting page to “Load Optimal De-faults”
and then “Save Changes and Exit”.
USB_PWR1: USB Power Select Jumper
Use these jumpers to select the voltage for USB port.
1
USB_PWR1
Function
VCC5V
SB5V
Jumper Setting
Short Pins 1-2
Short Pins 2-3
Note: Make sure the power supply provides enough SB5V voltage before
selecting the SB5V function.
Install the Motherboard
Install the motherboard in a system chassis (case). The board is a Micro ATX
size motherboard. You can install this motherboard in an ATX case. Make sure
your case has an I/O cover plate matching the ports on this motherboard.
Install the motherboard in a case. Follow the case manufacturer’s instructions to
use the hardware and internal mounting points on the chassis.
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Connect the power connector from the power supply to the PWR1 connector on
the motherboard. The PWR2 is a +12V connector for CPU Vcore power.
If there is a cooling fan installed in the system chassis, connect the cable from the
cooling fan to the SYSFAN1 fan power connector on the motherboard.
Connect the case switches and indicator LEDs to the PANEL1 header.
Here is a list of the PANEL1 pin assignments.
Pin
1
3
5
7
9
Signal
HD_LED_P(+)
HD_LED_N(-)
RESET_SW_N(-)
RESET_SW_P(+)
RSVD_DNU
Pin
2
4
6
8
10
Signal
FP PWR/SLP(+)
FP PWR/SLP(-)
POWER_SW_P(+)
POWER_SW_N(-)
KEY
Connecting Optional Devices
Refer to the following for information on connecting the motherboard’s optional
devices:
SPK1: Speaker Header
Connect the cable from the PC speaker to the SPK1 header on the motherboard.
Pin
1
3
Signal
SPKR
GND
Pin
2
4
12
Signal
NC
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F_AUDIO1: Front Panel Audio Header
This header allows the user to install auxiliary front-oriented microphone and
line-out ports for easier access.
Pin
1
3
5
7
9
Signal
AUD_MIC
AUD_MIC_BIAS
AUD_FPOUT_R
HP_ON
AUD_FPOUT_L
Pin
2
4
6
8
10
Signal
AUD_GND
AUD_VCC
AUD_RET_R
KEY
AUD_RET_L
F_USB1/F_USB 2: Front panel USB Headers
The motherboard has USB ports installed on the rear edge I/O port array.
Additionally, some computer cases have USB ports at the front of the case. If
you have this kind of case, use auxiliary USB headers F_USB1/F_USB2 to
connect the front-mounted ports to the motherboard.
Pin
1
3
5
7
9
1.
2.
3.
Signal
VERG_FP_USBPWR0
USB_FP_P0(-)
USB_FP_P0(+)
GROUND
KEY
Pin
2
4
6
8
10
Signal
VERG_FP_USBPWR0
USB_FP_P1(-)
USB_FP_P1(+)
GROUND
USB_FP_OC0
Locate the F_USB1/F_USB2 header on the motherboard.
Plug the bracket cable onto the F_USB1/F_USB2 header.
Remove a slot cover from one of the expansion slots on the system
chassis. Install an extension bracket in the opening. Secure the
extension bracket to the chassis with a screw.
IR1: Infrared Header
The infrared port allows the wireless exchange of information between your
computer and similarly equipped devices such as printers, laptops, Personal
Digital Assistants (PDAs), and other computers.
Pin
1
3
5
1.
2.
Signal Pin
NC
2
+5V
4
IRTX
6
Signal
KEY
GND
IRRX
Locate the infrared port-IR1 header on the motherboard.
If you are adding an infrared port, connect the ribbon cable from the
port to the IR1 header and then secure the port to an appropriate
place in your system chassis.
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Install Other Devices
Install and connect any other devices in the system following the steps below.
Floppy Disk Drive
The motherboard ships with a floppy disk drive cable that can support one or
two drives. Drives can be 3.5" or 5.25" wide, with capacities of 360 K, 720 K,
1.2 MB, 1.44 MB, or 2.88 MB.
Install your drives and connect power from the system power supply. Use the
cable provided to connect the drives to the floppy disk drive connector FDD1.
IDE Devices
IDE devices include hard disk drives, high-density diskette drives, and CD-ROM
or DVD-ROM drives, among others.
The motherboard ships with an IDE cable that can support one or two IDE
devices. If you connect two devices to a single cable, you must configure one of
the drives as Master and one of the drives as Slave. The documentation of the
IDE device will tell you how to configure the device as a Master or Slave device.
The Master device connects to the end of the cable.
Install the device(s) and connect power from the system power supply. Use the
cable provided to connect the device(s) to the Primary IDE channel connector
IDE1 on the motherboard.
If you want to install more IDE devices, you can purchase a second IDE cable
and connect one or two devices to the Secondary IDE channel connector IDE2
on the motherboard. If you have two devices on the cable, one must be Master
and one must be Slave.
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Serial ATA Devices
The Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) is the standard interface for
the IDE hard drives, which is designed to overcome the design limitations while
enabling the storage interface to scale with the growing media rate demands of PC
platforms. It provides you a faster transfer rate of 1.5 Gb/s. If you have installed a
Serial ATA hard drive, you can connect the Serial ATA cables to the Serial ATA hard
drive or the connector on the motherboard.
On the motherboard, locate the Serial ATA connectors SATA1/2, which support
new Serial ATA devices for the highest data transfer rates, simpler disk drive cabling
and easier PC assembly.
It eliminates limitations of the current Parallel ATA interface, but maintains register
compatibility and software compatibility with Parallel ATA.
Analog Audio Input Header
If you have installed a CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive, you can connect
the drive audio cable to the onboard sound system.
When you first start up your system, the BIOS should automatically detect
your CD-ROM/DVD drive. If it doesn’t, enter the Setup Utility and configure
the CD-ROM/DVD drive that you have installed. On the motherboard, locate
the 4-pin header CD_IN1.
Pin
1
2
3
Signal
CD IN L
GND
GND
4
CD IN R
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Expansion Slots
This motherboard has one PCI Ex16, one PCI Ex1, one CNR and two 32-bit PCI
slots.
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Follow the steps below to install an PCI Express/CNR/PCI expansion card.
1
Locate the PCI Express, CNR or PCI slots on the motherboard.
2
Remove the blanking plate of the slot from the system chassis.
3
Install the edge connector of the expansion card into the slot. Ensure
the edge connector is correctly seated in the slot.
4
Secure the metal bracket of the card to the system chassis with a
screw.
PCI Express Slot
You can install an external PCI Express graphics card that is fully compliant to the
PCI Express Base Specification revsion 1.0a.
CNR Slot
You can install the CNR (Communications and Networking Riser) cards in this
slot, including LAN, Modem, and Audio functions.
PCI Slots
You can install the 32-bit PCI interface expansion cards in the slots.
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Chapter 3 BIOS Setup Utility
Introduction
The BIOS Setup Utility records settings and information of your computer, such
as date and time, the type of hardware installed, and various configuration
settings. Your computer applies the information to initialize all the components
when booting up and basic functions of coordination between system components.
If the Setup Utility configuration is incorrect, it may cause the system to
malfunction. It can even stop your computer booting properly. If it happens,
you can use the clear CMOS jumper to clear the CMOS memory which has
stored the configuration information; or you can hold down the Page Up key
while rebooting your computer. Holding down the Page Up key also clears the
setup information.
You can run the setup utility and manually change the configuration. You might
need to do this to configure some hardware installed in or connected to the
motherboard, such as the CPU, system memory, disk drives, etc.
Running the Setup Utility
Every time you start your computer, a message appears on the screen before the
operating system loading that prompts you to “Hit <DEL>if you want to run
SETUP”. Whenever you see this message, press the Delete key, and the Main
menu page of the Setup Utility appears on your monitor.
CMOS Setup Utility – Copyright (C) 1985-2005, American Megatrends, Inc
Standard CMOS Setup
Advanced Setup
Advanced Chipset Setup
Integrated Peripherals
Power Management Setup
PCI / PnP Setup
PC Health Status
Frequency/Voltage Control
Load Default Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
Save & Exit Setup
Exit Without Saving
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
V02.59 (C) Copyright 1985-2005, American Megatrends, Inc.
You can use cursor arrow keys to highlight anyone of options on the main menu
page. Press Enter to select the highlighted option. Press the Escape key to leave
the setup utility. Press +/-/ to modify the selected field’s values.
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Some options on the main menu page lead to tables of items with installed values
that you can use cursor arrow keys to highlight one item, and press PgUp and
PgDn keys to cycle through alternative values of that item. The other options on
the main menu page lead to dialog boxes requiring your answer OK or Cancel by
selecting the [OK] or [Cancel] key.
If you have already changed the setup utility, press F10 to save those changes
and exit the utility. Press F1 to display a screen describing all key functions.
Press F9 to load optimtimal settings.
Standard CMOS Setup Page
This page displays a table of items defining basic information of your system.
CMOS Setup Utility – Copyright (C) 1985-2005, American Megatrends, Inc.
Standard CMOS Setup
Date
Time
Sat 11/05/2005
02:50:45
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
S-ATA1
S-ATA2
IDE BusMaster
Drive A
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Not
Help Item
Detected
Detected
Detected
Detected
Detected
Detected
User [Enter], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
Enabled
1.44 MB 31/2
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Date & Time
These items set up system date and time.
IDE Primary Master/Primary Slave/Secondary Master/Secondary Slave
Use these items to configure devices connected to the Primary/Secondary IDE
channels. To configure an IDE hard disk drive, choose Auto. If the Auto setting
fails to find a hard disk drive, set it to User, and then fill in the hard disk
characteristics (Size, Cyls, etc.) manually. If you have a CD-ROM drive, select
the setting CDROM. If you have an ATAPI device with removable media (e.g. a
ZIP drive or an LS-120), select Floptical.
S-ATA1/2
These items display the status of auto detection of saa devices when “Onboard
SATA-IDE” sets to “IDE”.
IDE BusMaster
This item enables or disables the DMA under DOS mode. We recommend you to
leave this item at the default value.
Drive A
The item defines the characteristics of any diskette drive attached to the system.
You can connect one or two diskette drives.
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Advanced Setup Page
This page sets up more advanced information about your system. Handle this
page with caution. Any changes can affect the operation of your computer.
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Advanced Setup
Thermal Management
TM Status
Limit CPUID MaxVal
Intel XD Bit
Quick Power on Self Test
Bootup NumLock Status
APIC Mode
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
Removable Drives
Try Other Boot Device
Enabled
TM1
Disabled
Disabled
Enabled
On
Enabled
Hard Drive
Removable Dev.
CD/DVD
Press Enter
Yes
Help Item
For the processor its
CPUID belows 0F41h.
TM2 only can be enable
under below setting.
1. Freq. >=3.6GHz FSB800
2. Freq. >=2.8GHz FSB533
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Thermal Management
This item displays CPU’s temperature and enables you to set a safe temperature
to Prescott CPU.
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TM Status (TM1): This item displays CPU Monitor status.
Limit CPUID MaxVal
This item can support Prescott CPUs for old OS. Users please note that under
NT 4.0, it must be set “Enabled”, while under WinXP, it must be set “Disabled”
Intel XD Bit
This item allows users to enable or disable the Intel XD bit.
Quick Power on Self Test
Enable this item to shorten the power on testing (POST) and have your system
start up faster. You might like to enable this item after you are confident that
your system hardware is operating smoothly.
Boot Up NumLock Status
This item set the Num-Lock key to be on or off after bootup.
APIC Mode
This item allows you to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable
Interrupt Controller) mode. APCI provides symmetric multi-procesing (SMP)
for systems, allowing support for up to 60 processors.
1st Boot Device/2nd Boot Device/3rd Boot Device
Use these items to determine the device order the computer uses to look for an
operating system to load at start-up time.
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f Removable Drives (Press Enter)
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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Removable Drives
Help Item
Removable Drives
1st FLOPPY DRIVE
1st Drive
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to Advanced Setup screen.
Try Other Boot Device
When enabled, the system searches all other possible locations for operating
system if it fails to find one in the devices specified under the First, Second, and
Third boot devices.
Press <Esc> to return to the main menu page.
Advanced Chipset Setup Page
This page sets up more advanced chipset information about your system.
Handle this page with caution. Any changes can affect the operation of your
computer.
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Advanced Chipset Setup
Aperture Size Select
DRAM Timing
Share Memory Size
DRAM Driving
Help Item
128MB
Auto
64MB
Normal
Options
32MB
64MB
128MB
256MB
512MB
1GB
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Aperture Size Select
This item enables you to select the size of the aperture if you use an AGP
graphics adapter. The AGP aperture refers to a section of the PCI memory
address range used for graphics memory. We recommend that you leave this item
at the default value.
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DRAM Timing
This item allows you to set up the DRAM timing automatically.
Share Memory Size
This item shows the VGA memory size borrowed from main memory capability.
In this case, 64MB is borrowed, which in the meanwhile the same the main
memory loses.
DRAM Driving
When this item is defaulted at “Normal”, some DDRs might cause the problem
of booting or system stability; in that case, please set it at “High”.
Integrated Peripherals Page
This page sets up some parameters for peripheral devices connected to the
system.
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Integrated Peripherals
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Serial Port1 Address
Onboard IR Port
Onboard IR Mode
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
ECP Mode DMA Channel
Parallel Port IRQ
Parallel ATA IDE Controller
OnBoard SATA-IDE
HDAC Audio Controller
Ethernet Device
LAN Boot ROM
OnBoard USB Function
USB Function For DOS
Enabled
3F8/IRQ4
3FB/IRQ3
Full Duplex
378
ECP
DMA3
IRQ7
Both
IDE
Auto
Enabled
Disabled
Enabled
Enabled
Help Item
Allows BIOS to Enable
or Disable Floppy
Controller.
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard floppy disk drive interface.
Serial Port1 Address
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard COM1/2 serial port, and
to assign a port address.
OnBoard IR Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port, and to assign a port
address.
OnBoard IR Mode
Use this item to set the onboard IR mode.
Parallel Port Address
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard Parallel port, and to assign a port
address.
Parallel Port Mode
Use this item to set the parallel port mode. You can select ECP (Extended
Capabilities Port) & EPP (Enhanced Parallel Port).
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ECP Mode DMA Channel
This item assigns a DMA channel to the parallel port.
Parallel Port IRQ
Use this item to assign IRQ to the parallel port.
Parallel ATA IDE Controller
Use this item to assign IRQ to the parallel port.
OnBoard SATA-IDE
Use this item to enable the onboard SATA-IDE channel.
HDAC Audio Controller
This option allows you to control the onboard HDAC Audio. Disable this item
if you are going to install a PCI audio add-on card.
Ethernet Device
This item enables or disables the onboard Ethernet LAN.
LAN Boot ROM
Enable this item if you want to execute the Boot ROM function of onboard
LAN while starting the system.
Onboard USB Function
Enable this item if you plan to use the USB ports on this motherboard.
USB Function For DOS
Enable this item if you plan to use the USB ports on this motherboard in a DOS
environment.
Power Management Setup Page
This page sets some parameters for system power management operation.
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Power Management Setup
ACPI Suspend Type
Suspend Time Out
Resume on RTC Alarm
Resume on Ring
Resume on PME#
Resume on PS/2 Mouse
Resume on PCI-E PME
PWRON After PWR-Fail
Soft-off by PWR-BTTN
USB resume from S3
Resume from PS2 KB
Wake-up Key
S3
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Power Off
Delay 4 Sec
Disabled
Disabled
Any Key
Help Item
Select the ACPI
state used for
System Suspend.
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
ACPI Suspend Type
Use this item to define how your system suspends. In the default, S3 (STR), the
suspend mode is a suspend to RAM, i.e., the system shuts down with the
exception of a refresh current to the system memory.
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Suspend Time Out
This sets the timeout for Suspend mode in minutes. If the time selected passes
without any system activity, the computer will enter power-saving Suspend
mode.
Resume On RTC Alarm
The system can be turned off with a software command. If you enable this item,
the system can automatically resume at a fixed time based on the system’s RTC
(realtime clock). Use the items below this one to set the date and time of the
wake-up alarm. You must use an ATX power supply in order to use this feature.
Resume On Ring
An input signal on the serial Ring indicator (RI) line (in other words, and
incoming call on the modem) awakens the system from a soft off state.
Resume On PME
The system can be turned off with a software command. If you enable this
item,the system can automatically resume if there is an incoming call on the PCI
Modem or PCI LAN card. You must use an ATX power supply in order to use
this feature. Use this item to do wake-up action if inserting the PCI card.
Resume On PS/2 Mouse
These items enable or disable you to allow moused activity to awaken the
system from power saving mode.
Resume by PCI-E PME
This item specifies whether the system will be awakened from power saving
modes when activity or input signal of the specified hardware peripheral or
component is detected.
PWRON After PWR-Fail
This item enables your computer to automatically restart or return to its
operating status.
Soft-off by PWR-BTTN
This item lets you install a software power down that is controlled by the power
buttonon your system. If the item is set to Instant-Off, then the power button
cause a software power down. If the item is set to Delay 4 Sec. Then you have
to hold the power button down for four seconds to cause a software power
down.
USB Resume from S3
This option allows the activity of the USB devices (keyboard and mouse) to
wake-up the system from S3 sleep state.
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Resume from PS2 KB
These items enable or disable you to allow keyboard activity to awaken the
system from power saving mode.
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Wake-Up Key: When Keyboard Power On is set to Enabled, this item is
available and users can enter any key, or hot key on the keyboard or
type in the password.
PCI / PnP Setup Page
This page sets up some parameters for devices installed on the PCI bus and
those utilizing the system plug and play capability.
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PCI / PnP Setup
Init Display First
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
PCI
Yes
Help Item
Options
PCI
PCI Express Card
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Init Dispaly First
This item allows you to choose the primary display card.
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
If this item is enabled, an IRQ will be assigned to the PCI VGA graphics system.
You set this value to No to free up an IRQ.
PC Health Status Page
This page helps you monitor the parameters for critical voltages, temperatures
and fan speeds.
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PC Health Status
-=- System Hardware Monitor -=Help Item
Smart Fan Function
Press Enter
CPU Vcore
: 1.264 V
VDIMM
: 1.904 V
CPU FAN Speed
: 2596 RPM
SYSTEM FAN Speed
: N/A
CPU Temperature
: 38°C/ 100°F
SYSTEM Temperature
: 34°C/ 93°F
Shutdown Temperature
Disabled
Warning Temperature
Dsiabled
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
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Smart Fan Function (Press Enter)
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
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Smart Fan Function
SMART Fan Control
Help Item
Dsiabled
Options
Disabled
Enabled
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Press <Esc> to return to PC Health Status screen.
System Component Characteristics
These fields provide you with information about the system current operating
status.
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•
•
•
•
•
CPU Vorce
VDIMM
CPU FAN Speed
SYSTEM FAN Speed
CPU Temperature
SYSTEM Temperature
Shutdown Temperature
Enables you to set the maximum temperature the system can reach before powering
down.
Warning Temperature
This item enables you to set the system warning temperature.
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Frequency/Voltage Control Page
This page helps you to set the clock speed and system bus for your system. The
clock speed and system bus are determined by the kind of processor you have
installed in your system.
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Frequncey/Voltage Control
Manufacturer: Intel
Ratio Status: Unlocked (Max:27, Min:12)
Ratio Actual Value: 27
Ratio CMOS Setting
DRAM Frequency
CPU Over-clocking Func. :
CPU Fequency
:
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk
Spread Spectrum
Help Item
12
Auto
Disabled
133 MHz
Enabled
Disabled
Sets the ratio between CPU
Core Clock and the FSB
Frequency.
Note:
Only available when
SpeedStep technology
is disabled.
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Manufacturer (Intel)
These items show the brand of the CPU installed in your system.
Ratio Status/Ratio Actual Value
These items show the Locked ratio status and the actual ratio of the CPU
installed in your system.
Ratio CMOS Setting
This item allows you to set the ratio between CPU Core Clock and FSB
Frequency.
DRAM Frequency
This item shows the frequency of the DRAM in your system.
CPU Over-clocking Func.
This item decides the CPU over-clocking function installed in your system. If
the over-clocking fails, please turn off the system power. And then, hold the
PageUp key (similar to the Clear CMOS function) and turn on the power, the
BIOS will recover the safe default.
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CPU Frequency: This item shows the frequency of the CPU installed in
your system.
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk
This item allows you to enable or disable you to detect DIMM/PCI clock
automatically.
Spread Spectrum
If you enable spread spectrum, it can sighificantly reduce the EMI (ElectroMagnetic Interference) generated by the system.
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Load Default Settings
This option opens a dialog box to ask if you are sure to install optimized
defaults or not. You select [OK], and then <Enter>, the Setup Utility loads all
default values; or select [Cancel], and then <Enter>, the Setup Utility does not
load default values.
Note: It is highly recommend that users enter this option to load optimal default
values for accessing the best performance.
Supervisor Password Page
This page helps you set up some parameters for the hardware monitoring
function of this motherboard.
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Supervisor Password
Supervisor Password : Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
Help Item
Press Enter
Installed or Change the
password
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
Supervisor Password
This item indicates whether a supervisor password has been set. If the password
has been installed , Installed displays. If not, Not Installed dispalys.
Change Supervisor Password
You can select this option and press<Enter> to access the sub menu. You can use
the sub menu to change the supervisor password.
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User Password Page
This page helps you set up some parameters for the hardware monitoring
function of this motherboard.
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User Password
User Password : Not Installed
Change User Password
Help Item
Press Enter
Installed or Change the
password
: Move Enter: Select +/-/: Value
F10: Save Esc: Exit
F1: General Help
F9: Optimized Defaults
User Password
This item indicates whether a user password has been set. If the password has
been installed , Installed displays. If not, Not Installed dispalys.
Change User Password
You can select this option and press<Enter> to access the sub menu. You can use
the sub menu to change the supervisor password.
Save & Exit Setup
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to save the changes that you have made in
the Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Save and Exit dialog box
appears, press [Y] to save and exit, or press [N] to return to the main menu.
Exit Without Saving
Highlight this item and press <Enter> to discard any changes that you have made
in the Setup Utility and exit the Setup Utility. When the Exit Without Saving
dialog box appears, press [Y] to discard changes and exit, or press [N] to return
to the main menu.
Note: If you have made settings that you do not want to save, use the “Exit
Without Saving” item and presst [Y] to discard any changes you have
made.
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Chapter 4 Software & Applications
Introduction
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD-ROM that comes with the
motherboard package.
The support CD-ROM contains all useful software, necessary drivers and utility
programs to properly run our products. More program information is available in
a README file, located in the same directory as the software.
To run the support CD, simply insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. An Auto
Setup screen automatically pops out, and then you can go on the auto-installing or
manual installation depending on your operating system.
If your operating system is Windows 2000/XP, it will automatically install all the
drivers and utilities for your motherboard.
Installing Support Software
1
2
3
Insert the support CD-ROM disc in the CD-ROM drive.
When you insert the CD-ROM disc in the system CD-ROM drive,
the CD automatically displays an Auto Setup screen.
The screen displays three buttons of Setup, Browse CD and Exit on
the right side, and three others Setup, Application and ReadMe at
the bottom. Please see the following illustration.
The Setup button runs the software auto-installing program as explained in next
section.
The Browse CD button is a standard Windows command that you can check the
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contents of the disc with the Windows file browsing interface.
The Exit button closes the Auto Setup window. To run the program again, reinsert
the CD-ROM disc in the drive; or click the CD-ROM driver from the Windows
Explorer, and click the Setup icon.
The Application button brings up a software menu. It shows the bundled software
that this mainboard supports.
The ReadMe brings you to the Install Path where you can find out path names of
software driver.
Auto-Installing under Windows 2000/XP
If you are under Windows 2000/XP, please click the Setup button to run the
software auto-installing program while the Auto Setup screen pops out after
inserting the support CD-ROM:
1
The installation program loads and displays the following screen.
Click the Next button.
2
Select the items that you want to setup by clicking on it (the default
options are recommended). Click the Next button to proceed.
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3
The support software will automatically install.
Once any of the installation procedures start, software is automatically installed in
sequence. You need to follow the onscreen instructions, confirm commands and
allow the computer to restart as few times as needed to complete installing whatever software you selected. When the process is finished, all the support software
will be installed and start working.
Bundled Software Installation
All bundled software available on the CD-ROM is for users’ convenience. You can
install bundled software as follows:
1
Click the Application button while the Auto Setup screen pops out
after inserting the support CD-ROM.
2
A software menu appears. Click the software you want to install.
3
Follow onscreen instructions to install the software program step by
step until finished.
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Chapter 5 VIA VT8237 SATA RAID Setup Guide
VIA RAID Configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance Serial ATA RAID controller
integrated in the VIA VT8237 Southbridge chipset. It supports RAID 0, RAID
1 and JBOD with two independent Serial ATA channels.
RAID: (Redundant Array of Independent Disk Drives) use jointly several hard
drives to increase data transfer rates and data security. It depends on the number
of drives present and RAID function you select to fulfill the seurity or performance pruposes or both.
RAID 0 (called data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read
and write data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same
work as a single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that of a single
disk alone, thus improving data access and storage.
RAID 1 (called data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of data
from one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array management
software directs all applications to the surviving drive as it contains a complete
copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID configuration provides data
protection and increases fault tolerance to the entire system.
JBOD: (Just a Bunch of Drives) Also known as “Spanning”. Two or more hard
drives are required. Several hard disk types configured as a single hard disk. The
hard drives are simply hooked up in series. This expands the capacity of your
drive and results in a useable total capacity. However, JBOD will not increase
any performance or data security.
Install the Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
The VIA VT8237 Southbridge chipset supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For
optimal performance, install identical drives of the same model and capacity
when creating a RAID set.
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If you are creating a RAID 0 (striping) array of performance, use two
new drives.
•
If you are creating a RAID 1 (mirroring) array for protection, you can
use two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive (the new
drive must be of the same size or larger than the existing drive). If you
use two drives of different sizes, the smaller capacity hard disk will be
the base storage size. For example, one hard disk has an 80 GB storage
capacity and the other hard disk has 60 GB storage capacity, the
maximum storage capacity for the RAID 1 set is 60 GB.
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Follow these steps to install the SATA hard disks for RAID configuration.
i Before setting up your new RAID array, verify the status of your hard
disks. Make sure the Master/Slave jumpers are configured properly.
ii Both the data and power SATA cables are new cables. You cannot use
older 40-pin 80-conductor IDE or regular IDE power cables with Serial
ATA drives. Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks require the use of
new Serial ATA cable (4-conductor) which supports the Serial ATA
protocol and a Serial ATA power cable.
iii Either end of the Serial ATA data cable can be connected to the SATA
hard disk or the SATA connector on the motherboard.
1 Install the Serial ATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2 Connect one end of the Serial ATA cable to the motherboard’s primary
Serial ATA connector (SATA1).
3 Connect the other end of Serial ATA cable to the master Serial ATA hard
disk.
4 Connect one end of the second Serial ATA cable to the motherboard’s
secondary Serial ATA connector (SATA2).
5 Connect the other end of Serial ATA cable to the secondary Serial ATA
hard disk.
6 Connect the Serial ATA power cable to the power connector on each
drive.
7 Proceed to section “Entering VIA Tech RAID BIOS Utility” for the next
procedure.
Entering VIA Tech RAID BIOS Utility
1 Boot-up your computer.
2 During POST, press <TAB> to enter VIA RAID configuration utility.
The following menu options will appear.
The RAID BIOS information on the setup screen shown is for
reference only. What you see on your screen may not by exactly
the same as shown.
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On the upper-right side of the screen is the message and legend box. The keys on
the legend box allow you to navigate through the setup menu options. The
message describes the function of each menu item. The following lists the keys
found in the legend box with their corresponding functions.
F1
View Array
mn
Move to the next item
Enter
Confirm the selection
ESC
Exit
Create Array
1 In the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Create Array then
press the <Enter> key. The main menu items on the upper-left corner of
the screen are replaced with create array menu options.
RAID 0 for performance
1 Select the second option item Array Mode, then press the <Enter> key.
The RAID system setting pop-up menu appears.
2
3
Select RAID 0 for performance from the menu and press <Enter>.
From this point, you may choose to auto-configure the RAID array by
selecting Auto Setup for Performance or manually configure the RAID
array for stripped sets. If you want to manually configure the RAID
array continue with next step, otherwise, proceed to step #5.
Select Select Disk Drives, then press <Enter>. Use arrow keys to
select disk drive/s, then press <Enter> to mark selected drive. An
asterisk is placed before the selected drive.
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4
Select Block Size, then press <Enter> to set array block size. Lists of
valid array block sizes are displayed on a pop-up menu.
Tip
For server systems, it is recommended to use a
lower array block size. For multimedia computer
systems used mainly for audio and video editing,
a higher array block size is recommended for
optimum performance.
Use arrow keys to move selection bar on items and press <Enter> to select.
5
Select Start Create Process and press <Enter> to setup hard disk for
RAID system. The following confirmation appears:
The same confirmation message appears when
the Auto Setup for Performance option is selected.
Press “Y” to confirm or “N” to return to the configuration options.
RAID 1 for data protection
1
Select the second option item Array Mode, then press the <Enter> key.
The RAID system setting pop-up menu appears.
2
Select RAID 1 for data protection from the menu and press <Enter>.
Select next task from pop-up menu. The task Create only creates the
mirrored set without creating a backup. Create and duplicate creates
both mirrored set and backup.
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3
4
5
Select task and press <Enter>. The screen returns to Create Array menu
items. From this point, you may choose to auto-configure the RAID
array by selecting Auto Setup for Data Security or manually configure
the RAID array for mirrored sets. If you want to manually configure the
RAID array continue with next step, otherwise, proceed to step #5.
Select Select Disk Drives, then press <Enter>. Use arrow keys to select
disk drive/s, then press <Enter> to mark selected drive. (An asterisk is
placed before a selected drve.)
Select Start Create Process and press <Enter> to setup hard disk for
RAID system. The following confirmation message appears:
The same confirmation message appears when
the Auto Setup for Performance option is selected.
Press “Y” to confirm or “N” to return to the configuration options.
Delete Array
1 In the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Delete Array then
press the <Enter> key. The focus is directed to the list of channel used for
IDE RAID arrays.
2 Press the <Enter> key to select a RAID array to delete. The following
confirmation message appears.
Press “Y” to confirm or “N” to return to the configuration options.
Select Boot Array
1
2
In the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Select Boot Array then
press the <Enter> key. The focus is directed to the list of channel used
for IDE RAID arrays.
Press the <Enter> key to select a RAID array for boot. The Status of the
selected array will change to Boot. Press <ESC> key to go return to
menu items. Follow the same procedure to deselect the boot array.
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Serial Number View
1 In the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select Serial Number View
then press the <Enter> key. The focus is directed to the list of channel
used for IDE RAID arrays. Move the selection bar on each item and the
serial number is displayed at the bottom of the screen. This option is
useful for identifying same model disks.
Duplicate Critical RAID 1 Array
When booting up the system, BIOS will detect if the RAID 1 array has any
inconsistencies between user data and backup data. If BIOS detects any
inconsistencies, the status of the disk array will be marked as critical, and BIOS
will prompt the user to duplicate the RAID 1 in order to ensure the backup data
consistency with the user data.
If user selects Continue to boot, it will enable duplicating the array after
booting into OS.
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Rebuild Broken RAID 1 Array
When booting up the system, BIOS will detect if any member disk drives of
RAID has failed or is absent. If BIOS detects any disk drive failures or missing
disk drives, the status of the array will be marked as broken.
If BIOS detects a broken RAID 1 array but there is a spare hard drive available
for rebuilding the broken array, the spare hard drive will automatically become
the mirroring drive. BIOS will show a main interface just like a duplicated
RAID 1. Selecting Continue to boot enables the user to duplicate the array
after booting into operating system.
If BIOS detects a broken RAID 1 array but there is no spare hard drive available
for rebuilding the array, BIOS will provide several operations to solve such
1. Power off and Check the Failed Drive:
This item turns off the computer and replaces the failed hard drive with a good
one. If your computer does not support APM, you must turn off your
computer manually. After replacing the hard drive, boot into BIOS and select
Choose replacement drive and rebuild to rebuild the broken array.
2. Destroy the Mirroring Relationship:
This item cancels the data mirroring relationship of the broken array. For broken
RAID 1 arrays, the data on the surviving disk will remain after the destroy
operation. However, Destroy the Mirroring Relationship is not recommended because the data on the remaining disk will be lost when the hard drive is
used to create another RAID 1 array.
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3. Choose Replacement Drive and Rebuild:
This item enables users to select an already-connected hard drive to rebuild the
broken array. After choosing a hard drive, the channel column will be activated.
Highlight the target hard drive and press <Enter>, a warning message will appear.
Press Y to use that hard drive to rebuild, or press N to cancel. Please note
selecting option Y will destroy all the data on the selected hard drive.
4. Continue to boot:
This item enables BIOS to skip the problem and continue booting into OS.
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Installing RAID Software & Drivers
Install Driver in Windows OS
New Windows OS (2000/XP/NT4) Installation
The following details the installation of the drivers while installing Windows XP.
1 Start the installation:
Boot from the CD-ROM. Press F6 when the message “Press F6 if you
need to install third party SCSI or RAID driver’ appears.
2 When the Windows Setup window is generated, press S to specify an
Additional Device(s).
3 Insert the driver diskette VIA VT8237 Disk Driver into drive A: and
press <Enter>.
4 Depending on your operation system, choose VIA Serial ATA RAID
Controller (Windows XP), VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller
(Windows 2000) or VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller (Windows
NT4) from the list that appears on Windows XP Setup screen, press the
<Enter> key.
5 Press <Enter> to continue with installation or if you need to specify any
additional devices to be installed, do so at this time. Once all devices are
specified, press <Enter> to continue with installation.
6 From the Windows XP Setup screen press the <Enter> key. Setup will
now load all device files and the continue the Windows XP installation.
Existing Windows XP Driver Installation
1
2
3
4
Insert the ECS CD into the CD-ROM drive.
The CD will auto-run and the setup screen will appear.
Under the Driver tab, click on VIA SATA RAID Utility.
The drivers will be automatically installed.
Confirming Windows XP Driver Installation
1
2
3
From Windows XP, open the Control Panel from My Computer
followed by the System icon.
Choose the Hardware tab, then click the Device manager tab.
Click the “+” in front of the SCSI and RAID Controllers hardware
type. The driver VIA IDE RAID Host Controller should appear.
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Installation of VIA SATA RAID Utility
The VIA SATA RAID Utility is the software package that enables highperformance RAID 0 arrays in the Windows*XP operating system. This
version of VIA SATA RAID Utility contains the following key features:
• Serial ATA RAID driver for Windows XP
• VIA SATA RAID utility
• RAID0 and RAID1 functions
Insert the ECS CD and click on the Setup to install the software.
The InstallShield Wizard will begin automatically for installation. Click on the
Next button to proceed the installation in the welcoming window.
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Put a check mark in the check box to install the feature you want. Then click
Next button to proceed the installation.
Using VIA RAID Tool
Once the installation is complete, go to Start---> Programs---> VIA--->
raid_tool.exe to enable VIA RAID Tool.
After the software is finished installation, it will
automatically started every time Windows is
initiated. You may double-click on the
icon shown in the system tray of the tool bar to
launch the VIA RAID Tool utility.
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The main interface is divided into two windows and the toolbar above contain
the main functions. Click on these toolbar buttons to execute their specific
functions. The left windowpane displays the controller and disk drives and the
right windowpane displays the details of the controller or disk drives. The
available features are as following:
View by Controller
View by Devices
View Event log
Help Topics
It means that VT8237 SATA RAID only has the feature of monitoring the
statuses of RAID 0 and RAID 1.
Click on
or
button to determine the viewing type of left windowpane. There are two viewing types: By controllers and by device. Click on the
object in the left windowpane to display the status of the object in the right
windowpane. The following screen shows the status of Array 0-RAID 0.
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Click on the plus (+) symbol next to Array 0--RAID 0 to see the details of each
disk.
You may also use the same
Array 0--RAID 1.
or
button to view the statuses of
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Click on the plus (+) symbol next to Array 0; RAID 1 to see the details of each
disk.
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