Motherboard
M2N-E
E2630
First Edition
May 2006
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Contents
Notices......................................................................................................... vii
Safety information..................................................................................... viii
About this guide.......................................................................................... ix
M2N-E specifications summary.................................................................. xi
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights............................................................ 1-2
1.3.2
ASUS AI Lifestyle features . ............................................ 1-4
1.3.3
ASUS Special features.................................................... 1-5
1.3.4
ASUS Intelligent Overclocking features........................... 1-6
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.2.1
Placement direction......................................................... 2-2
2.2.2
Screw holes..................................................................... 2-2
2.2.3
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 2-3
2.2.4
Layout contents................................................................ 2-4
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-6
2.3.1
Installing the CPU............................................................ 2-6
2.3.2
Installing the heatsink and fan......................................... 2-8
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.4.1
Overview.........................................................................2-11
2.4.2
Memory configurations....................................................2-11
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-15
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM......................................................... 2-15
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-16
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card.......................................... 2-16
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-16
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments.................................................... 2-17
2.5.4
PCI slots......................................................................... 2-17
2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slot........................................................ 2-18
2.5.6
PCI Express x16 slots.................................................... 2-18
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Contents
2.6
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-19
2.7
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-20
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors................................................... 2-20
2.7.2
Internal connectors........................................................ 2-21
Chapter 3: Powering up
3.1
Starting up for the first time......................................................... 3-1
3.2
Powering off the computer........................................................... 3-2
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function..................................... 3-2
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch............................... 3-2
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.1
4.2
4.3
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Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 4-1
4.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 4-1
4.1.2
Creating a bootable floppy disk........................................ 4-4
4.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 4-5
4.1.4
Updating the BIOS........................................................... 4-6
4.1.5
Saving the current BIOS file............................................. 4-8
4.1.6
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 4-9
BIOS setup program................................................................... 4-10
4.2.1
BIOS menu screen..........................................................4-11
4.2.2
Menu bar.........................................................................4-11
4.2.3
Legend bar..................................................................... 4-12
4.2.4
Menu items.................................................................... 4-12
4.2.5
Sub-menu items............................................................. 4-12
4.2.6
Configuration fields........................................................ 4-12
4.2.7
Pop-up window.............................................................. 4-13
4.2.8
General help.................................................................. 4-13
Main menu................................................................................... 4-14
4.3.1
System Time.................................................................. 4-14
4.3.2
System Date.................................................................. 4-14
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A.......................................................... 4-14
4.3.4
Primary IDE Master/Slave.............................................. 4-15
4.3.5
SATA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6....................................................... 4-17
4.3.6
HDD SMART Monitoring................................................ 4-18
4.3.7
Installed Memory............................................................ 4-18
Contents
4.3.8
4.4
4.5
4.6
4.7
4.8
Usable Memory.............................................................. 4-18
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 4-19
4.4.1
JumperFree Configuration............................................. 4-19
4.4.2
AI NET2......................................................................... 4-22
4.4.3
PEG Link Mode.............................................................. 4-22
4.4.4
CPU Configuration......................................................... 4-23
4.4.5
Chipset........................................................................... 4-27
4.4.6
PCIPnP.......................................................................... 4-28
4.4.7 Onboard Device Configuration....................................... 4-29
Power menu................................................................................. 4-32
4.5.1
ACPI Suspend Type....................................................... 4-32
4.5.2
ACPI APIC Support........................................................ 4-32
4.5.3
APM Configuration......................................................... 4-33
2.5.4
Hardware Monitor.......................................................... 4-35
Boot menu................................................................................... 4-37
4.6.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 4-37
4.6.2
Removable Drives.......................................................... 4-38
4.6.3
Hard Disk Drives............................................................ 4-38
4.6.4
CDROM Drives.............................................................. 4-38
4.6.5
Boot Settings Configuration .......................................... 4-39
4.6.6
Security.......................................................................... 4-40
Tools menu.................................................................................. 4-42
4.7.1
ASUS Music Alarm......................................................... 4-42
4.7.2
ASUS O.C. Profile.......................................................... 4-44
4.7.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 4-46
Exit menu..................................................................................... 4-47
Chapter 5: Software support
5.1
Installing an operating system.................................................... 5-1
5.2
Support CD information............................................................... 5-1
5.2.1
Running the support CD.................................................. 5-1
5.2.2
Drivers menu.................................................................... 5-2
5.2.3
Utilities menu................................................................... 5-3
5.2.4
Make Disk menu.............................................................. 5-4
5.2.5
Manuals menu................................................................. 5-5
5.2.6
ASUS Contact information............................................... 5-6
Contents
5.2.7
5.3
Other information............................................................. 5-6
Software information.................................................................... 5-8
5.3.1
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology............................................ 5-8
5.3.2
ASUS PC Probe II.......................................................... 5-10
5.3.3
ASUS Music Alarm......................................................... 5-16
5.3.4
ASUS AI Nap................................................................. 5-19
5.3.5 ASUS AI Gear................................................................ 5-20
5.3.6
SoundMAX® High Definition Audio utility........................ 5-22
Audio Setup Wizard...................................................................... 5-23
5.4
5.5
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RAID configurations................................................................... 5-26
5.4.1
Installing hard disks....................................................... 5-27
5.4.2
NVIDIA® MediaShield RAID configurations................... 5-28
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 5-35
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is
required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications
to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance
could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the
power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are
connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system
before you add a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure
that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adpater or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area.
If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using,
contact your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all
the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer
immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical
and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local
regulations for disposal of electronic products.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and configuring
the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This guide contains the following parts:
•
Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports.
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It includes description of the switches,
jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.
•
Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter describes the power up sequence and ways of shutting down
the system.
•
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
•
Chapter 5: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes with the
motherboard package.
•
Chapter 6: NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology support
This chapter tells how to install SLI‑ready PCI Express graphics cards.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and
software updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and
software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty
flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not
part of the standard package.
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Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following
symbols used throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a
task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key> Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign
means that you must press the enclosed key.
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the
Enter or Return key.
<Key1>+<Key2>+<Key3> If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the
key names are connected with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<D>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly as
shown.
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
format a:
M2N-E specifications summary
CPU
Socket AM2 for AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 /AMD Athlon™ 64
/AMD Athlon™ 64 FX/AMD Sempron™ processors
Supports AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology
AMD64 architecture enables simultaneous 32-bit and
64-bit computing
AMD Live!™ ready
Chipset
NVIDIA® nForce® 570 Ultra™ MCP
System bus
2000 / 1600 MT/s
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
- 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support unbuffered
ECC/non-ECC DDR2 800/667/533 MHz memory
modules
- Supports up to 8 GB system memory
Expansion slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot
1 x PCI Express x4 slot
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
3 x PCI 2.2 slots
Storage
NVIDIA® nForce® 570 Ultra™ MCP supports:
- 1 x IDE connector for up to two Ultra DMA
133/100/66/33 devices
- 6 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors support six
Serial ATA devices
- RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, and JBOD
configurations spanning across Serial ATA drives
via the onboard NVIDIA® MediaShield™ RAID
controller
High Definition Audio
SoundMAX® ADI AD1988 8-channel CODEC
Supports Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-Streaming,
and Jack-Retasking Technology
Coaxial S/PDIF Out interfaces
USB
Supports up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (six at mid-board,
- four on the rear panel)
ASUS AI Lifestyle
features
AI Nap
AI Gear
Advanced Thermal Design
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe Thermal solution
ASUS Crystal Sound
- Noise filter
LAN
NVIDIA® nForce® 570 Ultra™ MCP built-in Gigabit
MAC with external Marvell® PHY
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ASUS Exclusive
Overclocking features
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System)
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- ASUS PEG Link
ASUS O.C. Profile: overclocking configuration-sharing tool
Precision Tweaker:
- vDIMM: 4-step DRAM voltage control
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125 V
increment
- Stepless Frequency Selection(SFS) allows FSB
tuning from 200 MHz up to 400 MHz at 1 MHz
increment
- PCI Express frequency allows PCI Express x16
frequency tuning from 100 MHz to 200 MHz at 1
MHz increment
Overclocking protection:
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
ASUS AI Booster Utility
Internal connectors
3 x USB 2.0 connectors support six additional USB 2.0
ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector for two devices
6 x Serial ATA connectors
1 x CPU / 4 x Chassis / 1 x Power fan
connectors
1 x ADH connector
1 x Parallel connector
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
Chassis intrusion connector
Front panel audio connector
CD audio in connector
24-pin ATX power connector
4-pin ATX 12 V power connector
System panel connector
Special features
ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Music Alarm
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M2N-E specifications summary
Rear panel
1 x PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse port (green)
1 x Serial (COM1) port
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
1 x LAN (RJ-45) ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel audio ports
BIOS features
4 Mb AWARD BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis intrusion, PXE
Power requirements
ATX power supply with 24-pin and 4-pin 12V plugs
ATX 12V 2.0 compliant
Support CD contents
Device drivers
ASUS AI Booster
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
NVIDIA® MediaShield™ RAID
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form factor
ATX form factor: 12 in x 9.6 in (30.5 cm x 24.5 cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
1
Product
introduction
Chapter summary
1
1.1
Welcome!....................................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Package contents.......................................................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features............................................................................. 1-2
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Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS® M2N-E motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it
another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the
items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
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Cables
4 x Serial ATA cables
2 x Serial ATA power cables for four devices
1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 cable
1 x Floppy disk drive cable
Accessories
I/O shield
Application CD
ASUS motherboard support CD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Latest processor technology
The motherboard comes with a 940-pin AM2 socket that supports AMD Athlon™
64 X2/AMD Athlon™ 64/AMD Athlon™ 64 FX/AMD Sempron™ processors. With
an integrated low-latency high-bandwidth memory controller and a highly scalable
HyperTransport™ technology-based system bus, the motherboard provides a
powerful platform for your diverse computing needs, increased office productivity,
and enhanced digital media experience. See page 2-6 for details.
DDR2 memory support
The motherboard supports DDR2 memory that features data transfer rates of
800/667/533 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest
3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR2
architecture doubles the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system
performance, eliminating bottlenecks with peak bandwidths of up to 12.8 GB/s.
See pages 2­‑11 to 2-13 for details.
PCI Express™ interface
The motherboard fully supports PCI Express, the latest I/O interconnect technology
that speeds up the PCI bus. PCI Express features point‑to­‑point serial
interconnections between devices and allows higher clockspeeds by carrying data
in packets. This high speed interface is software compatible with existing PCI
specifications. See page 2-18 for details.
Serial 3Gb/s RAID
The NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra™ chipsets incorporate six SATA 3Gb/s ports
with high performance RAID functions in RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD. This
motherboard is the ideal solution to enhance hard disk performance and data back
up protection without the cost of add-on cards.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
High Definition Audio
Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High
Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality
192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multistreaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different
destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphone while playing a
multi-channel network games. All of these are done on one computer.
Gigbit LAN
The NVIDIA native Gigabit LAN controller delivers transfer speeds up to ten
times faster than conventional 10/100 Ethernet connections. Gigabit LAN is the
networking standard for the early future and is ideal for handling large amounts of
data such as video, audio, and voice.
S/PDIF digital sound ready
The motherboard supports the S/PDIF technology through the S/PDIF interfaces
on the rear panel. The S/PDIF technology turns your computer into a high-end
entertainment system with digital connectivity to powerful audio and speaker
systems. See pages 2-21 and 2-24 for details.
USB 2.0 technology
The motherboard implements the Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 specification,
dramatically increasing the connection speed from the 12 Mbps bandwidth on USB
1.1 to a fast 480 Mbps on USB 2.0. USB 2.0 is backward compatible with USB 1.1.
See pages 2-21 and 2-24 for details.
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AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Technology, which monitors
system operation and automatically adjusts CPU voltage and frequency for a cool
and quiet operating environment. See page 4-26 for details.
1.3.2
ASUS AI Lifestyle features
AI Gear
AI Gear provides four modes that adjust the CPU frequency and Vcore voltage
minimizing system noise and power consumption. You can choose the mode that
best suits your computing needs. See page 5-21 for details
AI Nap
With AI Nap, the system can continue running at minimum power and noise
when the user is temporarily away. To wake the system and return to the OS
environment, simply click the mouse or press a key. See page 5-20 for details.
ASUS Crystal Sound
Noise Filter
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises (non-voice signals) like
computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates
it in the incoming audio stream while recording.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Advanced Thermal Design
Fanless Design and Heat-pipe
The ASUS fanless design allows multi-directional heat flow from major
thermal sources in the motherboard to lower overall system temperature,
resulting in quieter operation and longer system life. ASUS has devoted
special efforts to address the thermal issues across the motherboard, and
most notably in the following areas: CPU, power, VGA, and chipset. The heat
pipe, heatsink, and strategic board layout were tailor made to dissipate heat
in the most efficient manner.
1.3.3
ASUS Special features
ASUS Music Alarm
Wake up to the music of your choice instead of the irritating sound of an alarm
clock. The ASUS Music Alarm gives you a personal wake-up call with your favorite
CD music without having to enter the OS. See pages 4-42 and 5-17 for details.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a
USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle
of buying a replacement BIOS chip. See page 4-9 for details.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the predefined
hotkey to launch the utility and update the BIOS without entering the OS. Update
your BIOS easily without preparing a bootable diskette or using an OS-based flash
utility. See page 4-5 for details.
PEG Link Mode This feature enhances your PCI Express graphics card performance. It allows the
motherboard to automatically adjust the PCI Express graphics link mode to the
correct frequency based on the system configuration. Four additional settings are
available for overclocking the PEG Link Mode.
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Precision Tweaker
This feature allows you to fine tune the CPU/memory voltage and gradually
increase the Front Side Bus (FSB) and PCI Express frequency at 1MHz increment
to achieve maximum system performance.
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
The C.P.R. feature of the motherboard BIOS allows automatic re-setting to the
BIOS default settings in case the system hangs due to overclocking. When the
system hangs due to overclocking, C.P.R. eliminates the need to open the system
chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply shut down and reboot the system, and the
BIOS automatically restores the CPU default setting for each parameter.
1.3.4
ASUS Intelligent Overclocking features
ASUS O.C. Profile
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently
store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the
CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite
settings.
AI NOS™ (Non-Delay Overclocking System)
ASUS Non-delay Overclocking System™ (NOS) is a technology that auto‑detects
the CPU loading and dynamically overclocks the CPU speed only when needed.
See page 4-20 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components. It
includes description of the jumpers and
connectors on the motherboard.
2
Hardware
information
Chapter summary
2
2.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-2
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-6
2.4
System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.5
Expansion slots........................................................................... 2-16
2.6
Jumper......................................................................................... 2-19
2.7
Connectors.................................................................................. 2-20
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2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components
or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or to
a metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling
components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded
antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure
that the ATX power supply is switched off or the power cord is detached
from the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED. The green LED lights up
to indicate that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft‑off mode. This is a
reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable
before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration
below shows the location of the onboard LED.
SB_PWR
M2N-E
R
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
M2N-E Onboard LED
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2.2
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to
ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage
motherboard components.
2.2.1
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the chassis in
the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the
chassis as indicated in the image below.
2.2.2
Screw holes
Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard
to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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Motherboard layout
24.5cm (9.6in)
PWR_FAN
ATX12V
CPU_FAN
Super I/O
SPDIF_O1
FLOPPY
EATXPWR
AUDIO
DDR2 DIMM_A2 (240-pin module)
CHA_FAN1 CHA_FAN2
USB34
DDR2 DIMM_A1 (240-pin module)
LAN1_USB12
DDR2 DIMM_B2 (240-pin module)
Socket AM2
LPT
DDR2 DIMM_B1 (240-pin module)
COM1
USB910
PCIEX1_1
PRI_IDE
Marvell
88E1116
30.5cm (12.0in)
PS/2KBMS
T: Mouse
B: Keyboard
PCIEX16_1
PCIEX1_2
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SATA6
SATA4
SATA2
SATA3
SATA1
PCI1
PCIEX4
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
PCI2
ADI
1988
4Mb
BIOS
CLRTC
CHASSIS
SB_PWR
CHA_FAN4
PCI3
CD
AAFP
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USB78
ADH
CHA_FAN3
USB56
PANEL
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Slots
1.
2.
3.
4.
5. DDR2 DIMM slots
PCI slots
PCI Express x1 slots
PCI Express x4 slot
PCI Express x16 slot
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Jumper
1.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
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Rear panel connectors
1.
PS/2 mouse port (green)
2.
Serial (COM) port
3.
LAN 1 (RJ-45) port.
4.
Rear Speaker Out port (black)
5.
Center/Subwoofer port (orange)
6.
Line In port (light blue)
7.
Line Out port (lime)
8.
Microphone port (pink)
9.
Side Speaker Out port (gray)
10.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2, 3 and 4
11.
Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
12.
PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
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Internal connectors
1.
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
2.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
3.
NVIDIA® nForce 570 Ultra Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1 [red], SATA2 [red], SATA3 [red],
SATA4 [red], SATA5 [red], SATA6 [red])
4.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78, USB910)
5.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
6.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN1, 3-pin CHA_FAN2,
3-pin CHA_FAN3, 3-pin CHA_FAN4, 3-pin PWR_FAN1)
7.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
8.
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
9.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
10.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin EATX12V)
11.
Parallel port connector (26-1 pin LPT)
12.
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
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System power LED (2-pin LED)
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWR)
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
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2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a 940-pin AM2 socket designed for the AMD Athlon™
64/AMD Athlon™ 64 FX/AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 and AMD Sempron™ processors.
The AM2 socket has a different pin layout from the 940-pin socket designed for
the AMD AM2 processor. Make sure you use a CPU is designed for the AM2
socket. The CPU fits in only one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU into
the socket to prevent bending the connectors on the socket and damaging the
CPU!
2.3.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
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2.
Unlock the socket by pressing the
lever sideways, then lift it up to a
90º angle.
Socket lever
Make sure that the socket lever is lifted up to a 90º angle; otherwise, the CPU
will not fit in completely.
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3.
Position the CPU above the socket
such that the CPU corner with the
gold triangle matches the socket
corner with a small triangle.
4.
Carefully insert the CPU into the
socket until it fits in place.
Gold triangle
Small triangle
5.
When the CPU is in place, push
down the socket lever to secure the
CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab
to indicate that it is locked.
6.
Install a CPU heatsink and fan
following the instructions that came
with the heatsink package.
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Installing the heatsink and fan
The AMD Athlon™ 64/AMD Athlon™ 64 FX/AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 and
AMD Sempron™ processors require a specially designed heatsink and fan
assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
Make sure that you use only AMD-certified heatsink and fan assembly.
To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, making sure that the heatsink
fits properly on the retention module base.
•
The retention module base is already installed on the motherboard
upon purchase. •
You do not have to remove the retention module base when
installing the CPU or installing other motherboard components.
•
If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, make
sure that a Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU
heatsink or CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
CPU fan
CPU heatsink
Retention module base
Retention bracket
Retention bracket lock
Your boxed CPU heatsink and fan assembly should come with installation
instructions for the CPU, heatsink, and the retention mechanism. If the
instructions in this section do not match the CPU documentation, follow the
latter.
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2.
Attach one end of the retention bracket
to the retention module base.
3.
Align the other end of the retention
bracket (near the retention bracket
lock) to the retention module base.
A clicking sound denotes that the
retention bracket is in place.
Make sure that the fan and
heatsink assembly perfectly fits
the retention mechanism module
base, otherwise you cannot snap
the retention bracket in place.
4.
Push down the retention bracket lock
on the retention mechanism to secure
the heatsink and fan to the module
base.
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When the fan and heatsink assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan cable
to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
CPU FAN PWM
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWR
GND
CPU_FAN
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•
Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring
errors can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
•
This connector is backward compatible to the 3-pin CPU fan connector..
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) Dual Inline Memory
Modules (DIMM) sockets.
A DDR2 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR DIMM but has a
240-pin footprint compared to the 184-pin DDR DIMM. DDR2 DIMMs are notched
differently to prevent installation on a DDR DIMM socket.
DIMM_A2
DIMM_A1
DIMM_B1
DIMM_B2
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR2 DIMM sockets:
128 Pins
112 Pins
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Channel A
Channel B
2.4.2
Sockets
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2
Memory configurations
You may install 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, and 2GB unbuffered ECC/non-ECC DDR2
DIMMs into the DIMM sockets.
Recommended Memory Configurations
Mode
Single Channel
Sockets
DIMM_A1
DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1
DIMM_B2
Populated
–
–
–
–
Populated
–
–
–
–
Populated
–
–
–
–
Populated
Dual-channel (1)
Populated
–
Populated
–
–
Populated
–
Populated
Dual-channel (2)
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
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* For dual-channel memory configuration (2), you may:
• install identical DIMMs in all four sockets OR
• install an identical DIMM pair in DIMM_A1 and DIMM_B1 (yellow
sockets) and another identical DIMM pair in DIMM_A2 and DIMM_B2
(black sockets)
* Always use identical DDR2 DIMM pairs for dual-channel model. For
optimum compatibility, we recommend that you obtain memory modules
from the same vendor. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the
latest Qualified Vendors List.
Important notice on installing Windows® XP 32-bit version
If you install Windows® XP 32-bit version Operating System (OS), the limitation
of this OS version is that it may reserve a certain amount of memory space for
system devices. We recommend that you install less than 3 GB system memory
if you would like to work under Windows® XP 32-bit version OS. The excess
memory installation will not cause any usage problem, but it will not give users
the benefit of manipulating this excess memory space.
Visit the ASUS FAQ site for further
explanation:
http://support.asus.com/faq/faq.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us
Under General Search, make the
selections as shown, then click Search.
Click the article titled “4GB memory installed but less memory size
detected.”
You also may check the URLs below for third party comments on this issue:
http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/4GB_Rev1.pdf
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sb/cs-016594.htm
This motherboard can support 8 GB physical memory on the operating systems
listed below. You may install a maximum of 2 GB DIMMs on each slot.
32-bit
Windows® 2000 Advanced Server
Windows® Server 2003 Enterprise
Edition
64-bit
Windows® Server 2003 Standard
x64 Edition
Windows® XP Professional x64
Edition
Windows® Server 2003 Enterprise
x64 Edition
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Qualified Vendors List
DDR2-667
DDR2
Size
Vendor
Model
Side(s)
Component
DIMM socket
support
A*
B*
C*
512MB
KINGSTON
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
KVR667D2N5/512
•
•
•
1024MB
KINGSTON
E5108AE-6E-E
DS
KVR667D2N5/1G
•
512MB
KINGSTON
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
KVR667D2E5/512
•
256MB
KINGSTON
HYB18T256800AF3
SS
KVR667D2N5/256
•
•
•
256MB
SAMSUNG
K4T56083QF-ZCE6
SS
M378T3253FZ0-CE6
•
•
•
256MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51163QC-ZCE6
SS
M378T3354CZ0-CE6
•
•
•
512MB
SAMSUNG
ZCE6K4T51083QC
SS
M378T6553CZ0-CE6
•
•
•
1024MB
SAMSUNG
ZCE6K4T51083QC
DS
M378T2953CZ0-CE6
•
•
•
512MB
MICRON
4VB41D9CZM
DS
MT16HTF6464AY-667B4
•
256MB
Infineon
HYB18T512160AF-3S
SS
HYS64T32000HU-3S-A
•
•
•
512MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800AF3S
SS
HYS64T64000HU-3S-A
•
•
•
256MB
Infineon
HYB18T256800AF3S(ECC)
SS
HYS72T32000HU-3S-A
•
512MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800AF3S(ECC)
SS
HYS72T64000HU-3S-A
•
•
•
1024MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800AF3S(ECC)
DS
HYS72T128020HU-3S-A
•
•
•
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5
SS
HYMP564U64AP8-Y5
•
•
•
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5
DS
HYMP512U64AP8-Y5
•
•
•
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS1G831FP-Y5(ECC)
SS
HYMP112U72P8-Y5
•
•
•
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5(ECC)
SS
HYMP564U72AP8-Y5
•
•
•
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5(ECC)
DS
HYMP512U72AP8-Y5
•
•
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y4
SS
HYMP564U64AP8-Y4
•
•
•
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y4(ECC)
SS
HYMP564U72AP8-Y4
•
•
•
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y4(ECC)
DS
HYMP512U72AP8-Y4
•
•
•
256MB
ELPIDA
E2508AB-6E-E
SS
EBE25UC8ABFA-6E-E
•
•
•
512MB
ELPIDA
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
EBE51UD8AEFA-6E-E
•
•
•
1024MB
ELPIDA
Engineering Sample
DS
EBE11UD8AEFA-6E-E
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•
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512MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL6464AA664.16FB
•
•
•
1024MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AA664.16FA
•
•
•
512MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL6464AL664.16FB
•
•
1024MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AL664.16FA
•
•
1024MB
Apacer
E5108AE-6E-E
DS
78.01092.420
•
512MB
A-DATA
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
M20EL5G3H3160B1C0Z
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DDR2-800
DDR2
Size
Vendor
Side(s)
Model
Component
DIMM socket
support
A*
B*
C*
512MB
KINGSTON
K4T51083QC
SS
KVR800D2N5/512
•
•
•
1024MB
KINGSTON
K4T51083QC
DS
KVR800D2N5/1G
•
•
•
512MB
Infineon
HYB18T256800AF25F
DS
HYS64T64020HU-25F-A
•
•
•
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821BFP-S5
SS
HYMP564U64BP8-S5
•
•
512MB
MICRON
5JAIIZ9DQQ
SS
MT8HTF6464AY-80EA3
•
•
512MB
MICRON
5ZD22D9GKX
SS
MT8HTF6464AY-80ED4
•
•
512MB
MICRON
6CD22D9GKX
SS
MT8HTF6464AY-80ED4
•
•
256MB
A-DATA
E2508AB-GE-E
SS
M20EL6F3G3160A1D0Z
Side(s): SS - Single-sided
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DS - Double-sided
DIMM Support:
A - Supports one module inserted in any slot for a single-channel memory
configuration.
B - Supports one pair of modules inserted into either the yellow slots or the black
slots as one pair of dual-channel memory configuration.
C - Supports two pairs of modules inserted into the yellow and black slots as two
pairs of dual-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the latest memory Qualified Vendor
List (QVL).
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2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other
system components. Failure to do so can cause severe damage to both the
motherboard and the components.
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To install a DIMM:
1.
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clips
outward.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the DIMM
matches the break on the socket.
3.
Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips
snap back in place and the
DIMM is properly seated.
3
DDR2 DIMM notch
1
Unlocked retaining clip
2.4.4
•
A DDR2 DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. Do
not force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
•
The DDR2 DIMM sockets do not support DDR DIMMs. DO not install DDR
DIMMs to the DDR2 DIMM sockets.
Removing a DIMM
To remove a DIMM:
1.
Support the DIMM lightly with
your fingers when pressing the
retaining clips. The DIMM might
get damaged when it flips out
with extra force.
2.
2
Simultaneously press the retaining
clips outward to unlock the DIMM.
1
1
DDR2 DIMM notch
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The following sub‑sections
describe the slots and the expansion cards that they support.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion
cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a
chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screw
for later use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure the it by adjusting the software
settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 4 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support “Share
IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments; otherwise, conflicts will
arise between the two PCI groups, making the system unstable and the card
inoperable.
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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
0
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Priority
1
2
–
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Standard function
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Redirect to IRQ#9
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Floppy Disk Controller
Printer Port (LPT1)*
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port*
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A
PCI Slot 1
B
C
D
E
F
PCI Slot 2
H
shared
PCI Slot 3
shared
PCIe x16 slot 1
shared
PCIe x4 slot 1
shared
PCIe x1 slot 1
PCIe x1 slot 2
2.5.4
G
shared
shared
shared
PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other
cards that comply with PCI specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location
of the slots.
We recommend that you use PCI3 slot for long PCI cards.
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2.5.5
PCI Express x4 slot & PCI Express x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express x4 and PCI Express x1 network cards,
SCSI cards and other cards that comply with the PCI Express specifications. Refer
to the figure below for the location of the slot.
2.5.6
PCI Express x16 slots
This motherboard supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards that comply with the
PCI Express specifications. Refer to the figure below for the location of the slots.
PCI Express x1 slot
PCI Express x16 slot
(at x16 speed)
PCI slots
PCI Express x 4 slot
PCI slots
PCI Express x1 slot
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2.6
Jumper
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup
parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button
cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup
information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Remove the onboard battery.
3. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on
pins 2-3 for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
4. Reinstall the battery.
5. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
6. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup
to re-enter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper
default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
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Make sure to re-enter your previous BIOS settings after you clear the
CMOS.
•
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
3
2
1
4 5
6
7
12
10
11
9
8
1.
PS/2 mouse port (green). This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
2.
Serial port. This 9-pin COM1 port is for pointing devices and other serial
devices.
3.
LAN 1 (RJ-45) port. Supported by Marvell® 88E1116 Gigabit LAN controller,
this port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a
network hub. Refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
Activity/Link Speed LED
Status
Description
OFF
No link
ORANGE
Linked
BLINKING
Data activity
4.
Status
OFF
ORANGE
GREEN
Description
10 Mbps connection
100 Mbps connection
1 Gbps connection
ACT/LINK
LED
SPEED
LED
LAN port
Rear Speaker Out port (black). This port connects the rear speakers in a
4-channel, 6-channel, or 8-channel audio configuration.
5. Center/Subwoofer port (orange). This port connects the center/subwoofer
speakers.
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6.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects the tape, CD, DVD player, or
other audio sources.
7.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In
4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the function of this port
becomes Front Speaker Out.
8.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone.
9.
Side Speaker Out port (gray). This port connects the side speakers in an
8-channel audio configuration.
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Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in
2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port
Headset
2-channel
Line In
Line Out
Mic In
–
–
–
Light Blue
Lime
Pink
Gray
Black
Orange
4-channel
6-channel
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
–
Rear Speaker Out
–
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
–
Rear Speaker Out
Center/Subwoofer
8-channel
Line In
Front Speaker Out
Mic In
Side Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Center/Subwoofer
10. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2, 3 and 4. These 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB)
ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
11. Coaxial S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output device
via an coaxial S/PDIF cable.
12. PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
2.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable. Insert
one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other end to the
signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable connection when
using a FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
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FLOPPY
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
M2N-E Floppy Disk Drive Connector
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2.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
The onboard IDE connector is for the Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable.
There are three connectors on each Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal cable:
blue, black, and gray. Connect the blue connector to the motherboard’s IDE
connector, then select one of the following modes to configure your device.
Drive jumper setting
Single device
Two devices
Cable-Select or Master
Cable-Select
Master
Slave
Mode of
device(s)
Master
Slave
Master
Slave
Cable connector
Black
Black
Gray
Black or gray
•
Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole on the
Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion when you
connect the IDE cable.
•
Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 100/66 IDE devices.
If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” make sure all other device
jumpers have the same setting.
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PRI_IDE
R
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3.
NVIDIA® nForce® 570 Ultra MCP Serial ATA connectors
(7-pin SATA1 [red], SATA2 [red], SATA3 [red], SATA4 [red], SATA5 [red],
SATA6 [red])
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA 3.0
Gb/s hard disk and optical disk drives. The Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s is backward
compatible with Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s specification.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 0+1, RAID 5, or JBOD configuration through the onboard NVIDIA®
MediaShield™ controller.
The RAID function of these connectors is set to [Disabled] by default. If you
intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these connectors, enable the RAID
Enabled item in the SATA Configuration sub-menu in the BIOS. See section
“4.4.7 Onboard Device Configuration” for details.
SATA5
M2N-E
R
SATA1
GND
RSATA_RXN1
RSATA_RXP1
GND
RSATA_TXN1
RSATA_TXP1
GND
GND
RSATA_RXN6
RSATA_RXP6
GND
RSATA_TXN6
RSATA_TXN6
GND
GND
RSATA_TXP5
RSATA_TXN5
GND
RSATA_RXP5
RSATA_RXN5
GND
SATA6
SATA2
GND
RSATA_RXN2
RSATA_RXP2
GND
RSATA_TXN2
RSATA_TXP2
GND
SATA3
GND
RSATA_RXN3
RSATA_RXP3
GND
RSATA_TXN3
RSATA_TXP3
GND
SATA4
GND
RSATA_RXN4
RSATA_RXP4
GND
RSATA_TXN4
RSATA_TXP4
GND
M2N-E SATA Connectors
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4.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78, USB910)
USB+5V
USB_P10USB_P10+
GND
NC
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module cable
to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the
back of the system chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0
specification that supports up to 480 Mbps connection speed.
1
USB+5V
USB_P9USB_P9+
GND
USB910
M2N-E
1
1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
M2N-E USB 2.0 Connectors
USB56
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
USB78
USB+5V
USB_P6 USB_P6+
GND
NC
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
R
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
The USB module cable is purchased separately.
5.
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT)
R
SPDIFOUT
GND
M2N-E
+5V
This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF)
port(s). Connect the S/PDIF In/Out module cable to this connector, then
install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
SPDIF_OUT
M2N-E Digital Audio Connector
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
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6.
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors
(4-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN1, 3-pin CHA_FAN2, 3-pin CHA_FAN3,
3-pin CHA_FAN4, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350 mA ~ 2000 mA (24 W max.)
or a total of 1 A ~ 7 A (84 W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan cables to the
fan connectors on the motherboard, making sure that the black wire of each
cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Insufficient air
flow inside the system may damage the motherboard components. These are
not jumpers! Do not place jumper caps on the fan connectors!
CPU FAN PWM
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWR
GND
Rotation
+12V
GND
PWR_FAN
CPU_FAN
R
GND
+12V
Rotation
M2N-E Fan Connectors
•
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GND
+12V
Rotation
CHA_FAN4
Rotation
+12V
GND
CHA_FAN3
CHA_FAN2
Rotation
+12V
GND
CHA_FAN1
M2N-E
Only the CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2, CHA_FAN3, and
CHA_FAN4 connectors support the ASUS Q-Fan2 feature.
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7.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch.
Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this
connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to
this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced. The signal
is then generated as a chassis intrusion event.
M2N-E
R
CHASSIS
Chassis Signal
GND
+5VSB_MB
By default, the pins labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted with
a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the
chassis intrusion detection feature.
(Default)
M2N-E Chassis Intrusion Connector
8.
Optical drive audio connector (4-pin CD)
M2N-E
R
CD
(black)
Right Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Left Audio Channel
This connector allows you to receive stereo audio input from an optical drive
such as DVD or CD-ROM..
M2N-E Internal Audio Connector
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9.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that
supports either HD Audio or legacy AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end
of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
AAFP
NC
NC
NC
AC �97-compliant
pin definition
AGND
SENSE2_RETUR
GND
PRESENCE#
SENSE1_RETUR
Azalia-compliant
pin definition
M2N-E
MIC2_L
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
PORT1 L
PORT1 R
PORT2 R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2 L
R
M2N-E Azalia Front Panel Audio Connector
•
We recommend that you connect a high-definition front panel audio
module to this connector to avail of the motherboard’s high-definition audio
capability.
•
By default, this connector is set to AC97 Audio. If you want to connect a
High Definition front panel audio module to this connector, set the Front
Panel Support Type item in the BIOS to [HD Audio]. See section “4.4.7
Onboard Device Configuration” for details..
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10. ATX power connectors (24-pin ATXPWR, 4-pin EATX12V)
These connectors are for ATX power supply plugs. The power supply plugs
are designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper
orientation and push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
ATX12V
GND
+12V DC
M2N-E
R
EATXPWR
GND
+12V DC
+3 Volts
-12 Volts
Ground
PSON#
Ground
Ground
Ground
-5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
Ground
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
Power OK
+5V Standby
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+3 Volts
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•
For a fully configured system, we recommend that you use a power supply
unit (PSU) that complies with ATX 12 V Specification 2.0 (or later version)
and provides a minimum power of 300 W.
•
Do not forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12 V power plug; otherwise, the
system will not boot.
•
Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when configuring
a system with more power-consuming devices. The system may become
unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
11. Parallel port connector (26-1 pin LPT)
This connector is for a parallel port. Connect the parallel port module cable
to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the
system chassis.
LPT
M2N-E
R
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
GND
SLIN#
INIT#
ERR#
AFD
1
SLCT
PE
BUSY
ACK#
PD7
PD6
PD5
PD4
PD3
PD2
PD1
PD0
STB#
M2N-E Parallel Port Connector
The parallel port cable is purchased separately.
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12. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
SPEAKER
PLED-
PLED+
PLED
M2N-E
Reset
Ground
PWR
Ground
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PANEL
R
IDE_LED
RESET
PWRSW
* Requires an ATX power supply
M2N-E System Panel Connector
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System power LED (2-pin PLED)
This 2-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power
LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn
on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode.
•
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity
LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is
read from or written to the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The
speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button
turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off mode depending
on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds
while the system is ON turns the system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system
reboot without turning off the system power.
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter describes the power up
sequence and ways of shutting down the
system.
3
Powering up
Chapter summary
3
3.1
Starting up for the first time......................................................... 3-1
3.2
Powering off the computer........................................................... 3-2
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3.1
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2.
Be sure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge
protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
6.
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case
lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up
when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with “green”
standards or if it has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up
or switch between orange and green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are
running, the BIOS beeps or additional messages appear on the screen.
If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the time you turned on
the power, the system may have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper
settings and connections or call your retailer for assistance.
7.
At power on, hold down the <Del> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 4.
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3.2
Powering off the computer
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® 2000:
1. Click the Start button then click Shut Down...
2. Make sure that the Shut Down option button is selected, then click the OK
button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts
the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting.
Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the
soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. Refer to section “4.5 Power Menu”
in Chapter 4 for details.
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Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter tells how to change
the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions
of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
4
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
4
4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 4-1
4.2
BIOS setup program................................................................... 4-10
4.3
Main menu................................................................................... 4-14
4.4
Advanced menu.......................................................................... 4-19
4.5
Power menu................................................................................. 4-32
4.6
Boot menu................................................................................... 4-37
4.7
Tools menu.................................................................................. 4-42
4.8
Exit menu..................................................................................... 4-47
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4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic
Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1.
ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
2.
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS in DOS using a floppy disk, USB flash
disk, or the motherboard support CD.)
3.
Award BIOS Flash Utility (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a bootable
floppy disk.)
4.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk,
USB flash disk, or the motherboard support CD when the BIOS file fails or
gets corrupted.)
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk in
case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard
BIOS using the ASUS Update or Award BIOS Flash utilities.
4.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the
motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility allows you
to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
•
View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support CD that comes with the motherboard
package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an
Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support CD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX. See page
5-3 for the Utilities screen menu.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
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Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
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1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from the
Internet option from the drop‑down
menu, then click Next.
3.
Select the ASUS FTP site nearest
you to avoid network traffic, or
click Auto Select. Click Next.
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4.
From the FTP site, select the BIOS
version that you wish to download.
Click Next.
5.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself through
the Internet. Always update the
utility to avail all its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking Start
> Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update
main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
3.
Locate the BIOS file from the Open
window, then click Open.
4.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
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4.1.2
1.
Creating a bootable floppy disk
Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk drive.
b. Click Start from the Windows® desktop, then select My Computer.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2 Floppy
Disk window appears.
e. Select Create an MS-DOS startup disk from the format options field,
then click Start.
Windows® 2000 environment
To create a set of boot disks for Windows® 2000:
a. Insert a formatted, high density 1.44 MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. Insert the Windows® 2000 CD to the optical drive.
c. Click Start, then select Run.
d. From the Open field, type
D:\bootdisk\makeboot a:
assuming that D: is your optical drive.
e. Press <Enter>, then follow screen instructions to continue.
2.
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Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable floppy
disk.
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4.1.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having to go
through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and using a DOS‑based
utility. The EZ Flash utility is built-in the BIOS chip so it is accessible by pressing
<Alt> + <F2> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST).
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
the motherboard.
2.
Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk or a USB flash disk, then restart the
system.
3.
You can launch the EZ Flash 2 by two methods.
(1) Insert the floppy disk / USB flash disk that contains the BIOS file to the
floppy disk drive or the USB port.
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility B312
FLASH TYPE: Winbond W39V080A 8Mb LPC
Current ROM
Update ROM
BOARD: M2NE
BOARD: Unknown
VER: 0122
VER: Unknown
DATE: 04/27/2006
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\M2N320C
WIN98SE
NETTERM
DRIVERS
RECYCLED
WUTEMP
NEWFOL~1
INSTALL
TEST_REB
A:
C:
MSDOWNLD.TMP
Note
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
[Enter] Select
[S] Save
[Tab] Switch
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[ESC] Exit
(2) Enter BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash 2 and press <Enter> to enable it.
You can switch between drives by pressing <Tab> before the correct file is
found. Then press <Enter>.
4.
When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS update
process and automatically reboots the system when done.
•
This function can support devices such as USB flash disk, hard disk, or
floppy disk with FAT 32/16/12 format only.
•
Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot failure!
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4.1.4
Updating the BIOS
The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) can be updated using the AwardBIOS
Flash Utility. Follow these instructions to update the BIOS using this utility.
1.
Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS web site. Rename the file to
m2ne.bin and save it to a floppy disk CD ROM or a USB flash disk in FAT
16/12 format.
Save only the updated BIOS file in the floppy disk to avoid loading the wrong
BIOS file.
2.
Copy the AwardBIOS Flash Utility (awdflash.exe) from the Software folder of
the support CD to the floppy disk, CD-ROM, or USB flash disk with the latest
BIOS file.
3.
Boot the system in DOS mode using the bootable floppy disk, CD-ROM, or
USB flash disk you created earlier.
4. When the A:> appears, replace the bootable floppy disk with the floppy disk
containing the new BIOS
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.14
file and the Award BIOS
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
Flash Utility.
For M2N-E
DATE:03/30/2006
Flash Type - PMC Pm49FL004T LPC/FWH
File Name to Program: Message: Please input File Name!
6.
Type the BIOS file name in
the File Name to Program
field, then press <Enter>.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.14
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For M2N-E
DATE:03/30/2006
Flash Type - PMC Pm49FL004T LPC/FWH
File Name to Program: 0104.bin
Message: Do You Want To Save Bios (Y/N)
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7.
Press <N> when the utility prompts you to save the current BIOS file. The
following screen appears.
8.
The utility verifies the
BIOS file in the floppy disk,
CD-ROM, or USB flash
disk and starts flashing the
BIOS file.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.14
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For M2N-E
DATE:03/30/2006
Flash Type - PMC Pm49FL004T LPC/FWH
File Name to Program:
m2ne.bin
Programming Flash Memory - OFE00 OK
Write OK
No Update
Write Fail
Warning: Don’t Turn Off Power Or Reset System!
Do not turn off or reset the system during the flashing process!
9.
The utility displays a
Flashing Complete
message indicating that
you have successfully
flashed the BIOS file.
Remove the disk then
press <F1> to restart the
system.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.14
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For M2N-E
DATE:03/30/2006
Flash Type - PMC Pm49FL004T LPC/FWH
File Name to Program: m2ne.bin
Flashing Complete
Press <F1> to Continue
Write OK
No Update
Write Fail
F1 Reset
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4.1.5
Saving the current BIOS file
You can use the AwardBIOS Flash Utility to save the current BIOS file. You can
load the current BIOS file when the BIOS file gets corrupted during the flashing
process.
Make sure that the disk has enough space to save the file.
To save the current BIOS file using the AwardBIOS Flash Utility:
1. Follow steps 1 to 6 of the
previous section.
2.
Press <Y> when the utility
prompts you to save the
current BIOS file. The
following screen appears.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.14
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For M2N-E
DATE:03/30/2006
Flash Type - PMC Pm49FL004T LPC/FWH
File Name to Program: m2nsli.bin
Save current BIOS as:
Message:
3.
Type a filename for the
current BIOS file in the
Save current BIOS as
field, then press <Enter>.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.14
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For M2N-E
DATE:03/30/2006
Flash Type - PMC Pm49FL004T LPC/FWH
File Name to Program: m2ne.bin
Checksum: 810DH
Save current BIOS as: m2ne.bin
Message: Please Wait!
4.
The utility saves the
current BIOS file to the
disk, then returns to the
BIOS flashing process.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.14
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For M2N-E
DATE:03/30/2006
Flash Type - PMC Pm49FL004T LPC/FWH
File Name to Program: m2ne.bin
Now Backup System BIOS to
File!
Message: Please Wait!
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4.1.6
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to restore
the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating process. You can
update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard support CD, floppy, or USB
flash disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
Prepare the motherboard support CD, floppy, or USB flash disk containing the
updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
Recovering the BIOS from the support CD
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the motherboard support CD to the optical drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks the CD
for the BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted
BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
Found CDROM, try to Boot from it... Pass
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
Recovering the BIOS from the USB flash disk
To recover the BIOS from the USB flash disk:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains BIOS file to the USB port.
2.
Turn on the system.
3.
The utility will automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file When found,
the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted BIOS file.
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
•
UseonlyaUSBflashdisksmallerthan8GBwithsinglepartitionandFAT
32/16/12format.
•
DONOTshutdownorresetthesystemwhileupdatingtheBIOS!Doingso
cancausesystembootfailure!
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4.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable Low-Pin Count (LPC) chip that you
can update using the provided utility described in section “4.1 Managing and
updating your BIOS.”
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard, reconfiguring
your system, or prompted to“Run Setup.” This section explains how to configure
your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change the
configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can enable the
security password feature or change the power management settings. This
requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup program so that the
computer can recognize these changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the
LPC chip.
The LPC chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start up the
computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. Press
<Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the Setup utility; otherwise,
POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, reboot the system by doing any of the
following procedures:
• Restart using the OS standard shut-down procedure.
• Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> simultaneously.
• Press the reset button on the system chassis.
• Press the power button to turn the system off then back on.
Using the power button, reset button, or the <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> keys to
force reset from a running operating system can cause damage to your data
or system. We recommend to always shut-down the system properly from the
operating system.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being a
menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus and make
your selections from the available options using the navigation keys.
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The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most conditions
to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes unstable after
changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings to ensure system
compatibility and stability. Select the Load Default Settings item under the
Exit Menu. See section “4.8 Exit Menu.”
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference purposes
only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for
this motherboard.
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.2.1
BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Advanced
Power
Configuration fields
General help
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools Exit
System Time
System Date
15 : 30 : 36
Thu, Apr 6 2006
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Legacy Diskette A:
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA 1
SATA 2
SATA 3
SATA 4 SATA 5 SATA 6 HDD SMART Monitoring
[ST321122A]
[ASUS CDS520/A]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[Disabled]
Installed Memory
Usable Memory
512MB
511MB
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Change the day, month,
year and century.
-/+: Change Value F5: Setup Defaults
Enter: Select SubMenu F10: Save and Exit
Sub-menu items
4.2.2
Legend bar
Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
Select to change basic system configurations
Advanced
Select to configure advanced system settings
Power
Select for advanced power management (APM) configurations
Boot
Select to change system boot configuration
Tools
Select to use various ASUS BIOS tools.
Exit
Select for the exit options and to load default BIOS settings
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard
until the desired item is highlighted.
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this chapter are for reference purposes
only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS
information.
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4.2.3
Legend bar
At the bottom of the Setup screen is a legend bar. The keys in the legend bar allow
you to navigate through the various setup menus. The following table lists the keys
found in the legend bar with their corresponding functions.
Navigation Key
Function
<F1>
Displays the General Help screen
<F5>
Loads setup default values
<Esc>
Exits the BIOS setup or returns to the main menu from a sub‑menu
Left or Right arrow
Selects the menu item to the left or right
Up or Down arrow
Moves the highlight up or down between fields
Page Down or - (minus) field
Scrolls backward through the values for the highlighted
Page Up or + (plus) Scrolls forward through the values for the highlighted field
4.2.4
Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu.
For example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have their
respective menu items.
4.2.5
Sub-menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the item has a
sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press <Enter>.
4.2.6
Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user‑configurable,
you can change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item
that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To
change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options.
Refer to “4.2.7 Pop-up window.”
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4.2.7
Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools
Exit
System Time
System Date
15 : 30 : 36
Thu, Apr 6 2006
Select Menu
Legacy Diskette A:
Item Specific Help
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
A:
Primary IDE Master Legacy Diskette
[ST321122A]
Primary IDE Slave
[ASUS CDS520/A]
Disabled
..... [ ]
SATA 1
[None]
720K , 3.5 in.
..... [ ]
SATA 2
[None]
1.44M, 3.5 in.
..... [ ]
SATA 3
[None]
SATA 4 [None]
SATA 5 [None]
SATA 6 [None]
HDD SMART Monitoring
[Disabled]
Specifies the capacity and
physical size of diskette
drive A.
Installed Memory
Usable Memory
↑↓ :Move
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
ENTER:Accept
512MB
512MB
ESC:Abort
-/+: Change Value F5: Setup Defaults
Enter: Select SubMenu F10: Save and Exit
Pop-up menu
4.2.8
General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the selected
item.
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4.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving
you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section “4.2.1 BIOS menu screen” for information on the menu screen
items and how to navigate through them.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools
Exit
System Time
System Date
15 : 30 : 36
Thu, Apr 6 2006
Legacy Diskette A:
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA 1
SATA 2
SATA 3
SATA 4 SATA 5 SATA 6 HDD SMART Monitoring
[ST321122A]
[ASUS CDS520/A]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[Disabled]
Installed Memory
Usable Memory
512MB
511MB
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
4.3.1
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Change the day, month,
year and century.
-/+: Change Value F5: Setup Defaults
Enter: Select SubMenu F10: Save and Exit
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
4.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed.
Configuration options: [None] [360K, 5.25 in.] [1.2M, 5.25 in.] [720K , 3.5 in.]
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4.3.4
Primary IDE Master/Slave
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE devices.
There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device item then
press <Enter> to display the IDE device information.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Main
Primary IDE Master
PIO Mode
UDMA Mode
[Auto]
[Auto]
Primary IDE Master
Access Mode
[Auto]
[Auto]
Cylinder
Head
Sector
Transfer Mode
Capacity
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
82 GB
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Set a PIO mode for IDE
device. Mode0 through 4
for successive increase in
performance.
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16
255
UDMA 5
-/+: Change Value F5: Setup Defaults
Enter: Select SubMenu F10: Save and Exit
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items
(Capacity, Cylinder, Head, Sector and Transfer Mode). These values are not
user‑configurable. These items show N/A if no IDE device is installed in the
system.
PIO Mode [Auto]
Sets the PIO mode for the IDE device. Configuration options: [Auto] [Mode 0] [Mode 1] [Mode 2] [Mode 3] [Mode 4]
UDMA Mode [Auto]
Disables or sets the UDMA mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Primary IDE Master/Slave [Auto]
Select [Auto] to automatically detect an IDE hard disk drive. If automatic detection
is successful, the BIOS automatically fills in the correct values for the remaining
fields on this sub-menu. If the hard disk was already formatted on a previous
system, the setup BIOS may detect incorrect parameters. Select [Manual] to
manually enter the IDE hard disk drive parameters. If no drive is installed select
[None]. Configuration options: [None] [Auto] [Manual]
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Access Mode [Auto]
The default [Auto] allows automatic detection of an IDE hard disk drive.
Select [CHS] for this item if you set the IDE Primary Master/Slave to [Manual].
Configuration options: [CHS] [LBA] [Large] [Auto]
Before attempting to configure a hard disk drive, make sure you have the
correct configuration information supplied by the drive manufacturer. Incorrect
settings may cause the system to fail to recognize the installed hard disk.
Capacity
Displays the auto-detected hard disk capacity. This item is not configurable.
Cylinder
Shows the number of the hard disk cylinders. This item is not configurable.
Head
Shows the number of the hard disk read/write heads. This item is not configurable.
Sector
Shows the number of sectors per track. This item is not configurable.
Transfer Mode
Shows the Transfer mode. This item is not configurable.
After entering the IDE hard disk drive information into BIOS, use a disk utility,
such as FDISK, to partition and format new IDE hard disk drives. This is
necessary so that you can write or read data from the hard disk. Make sure to
set the partition of the Primary IDE hard disk drives to active.
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4.3.5
SATA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of Serial ATA
devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each SATA device. Select a device item
then press <Enter> to display the SATA device information.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Main
SATA 1
Select Menu
Extended IDE Drive
Access Mode
[Auto]
[Auto]
Capacity
0 MB
Cylinder
Head
Landing Zone
Sector
0
0
0
0
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select SubMenu
Item Specific Help
Selects the type of fixed
disk connected to the
system.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Capacity,
Cylinder, Head, Landing Zone and Sector). These values are not userconfigurable. These items show 0 if no SATA device is installed in the system.
Extended IDE Drive [Auto]
Selects the type of fixed disk connected to the system.
Configuration options: [None] [Auto]
Access Mode [Auto]
Sets the sector addressing mode. Configuration options: [Large] [Auto]
Before attempting to configure a hard disk drive, make sure you have the
correct configuration information supplied by the drive manufacturer. Incorrect
settings may cause the system to fail to recognize the installed hard disk.
Capacity
Displays the auto-detected hard disk capacity. This item is not configurable.
Cylinder
Shows the number of the hard disk cylinders. This item is not configurable.
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Head
Shows the number of the hard disk read/write heads. This item is not configurable.
Landing Zone
Shows the number of landing zone per track. This item is not configurable.
Sector
Shows the number of sectors per track. This item is not configurable.
After entering the IDE hard disk drive information into BIOS, use a disk utility,
such as FDISK, to partition and format new IDE hard disk drives. This is
necessary so that you can write or read data from the hard disk. Make sure to
set the partition of the Primary IDE hard disk drives to active.
4.3.6
HDD SMART Monitoring [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the HDD Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting
Technology (SMART) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.3.7
Installed Memory [xxx MB]
Shows the size of installed memory.
4.3.8
Usable Memory [XXX MB]
Shows the size of usable memory.
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4.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items. Incorrect
field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools
Exit
Select Menu
JumperFree Configuration
AI NET2
PEG Link Mode
Item Specific Help
Adjust system frequency/
voltage.
CPU Configuration
Chipset
PCIPnP
Onboard Device Configuration
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
4.4.1
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select SubMenu
JumperFree Configuration
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
JumperFree Configuration
x
x
x
x
x
x
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
AI Tuning
Overclock Options
N.O.S. Option
CPU Frequency
DDR2 Voltage Control
CPU Voltage
CPU Multiplier
Advanced Voltage Control
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[Auto]
Disabled
Disabled
200.0
Auto
Auto
Auto
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to select
overclock profile.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
AI Tuning [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU internal
frequency. Selct either one of the preset overclocking configuration options:
Manual
Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto
Loads the optimal settings for the system.
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Standard
Loads the standard settings for the system.
AI Overclock
Loads overclocking profiles with optimal parameters for
stability when overclocking.
AI N.O.S.
The ASUS Non-delay Overclocking System feature
intelligently determines the system load and automatically
boosts the performance for the most demanding tasks.
The following item becomes user-configurable when you set AI Tuning to
[AI Overclocking].
Overclock Options [Disabled]
Allows you to set the overclocking options.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Overclock 3%] [Overclock 5%] [Overclock 8%]
[Overclock 10%]
The following item becomes user-configurable when you set AI Tuning to
[AI N.O.S.]
N.O.S. Option [Disabled]
Allows you to set the Non-delay Overclocking System mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Overclock 3%] [Overclock 5%] [Overclock 8%]
[Overclock 10%]
The following items become user-configurable when you set AI Tuning to
[Manual].
CPU Frequency [XXX] (value is auto-detected)
Indicates the frequency sent by the clock generator to the system bus and PCI
bus. The bus frequency (external frequency) multiplied by the bus multiple equals
the CPU speed. The BIOS auto-detects the value of this item. The values range
from 200.0 to 400.0.
Setting a very high CPU frequency may cause the system to become unstable.
If this happens, revert to the default setting.
DDR2 Voltage Control [Auto]
Allows you to set the operating DDR2 voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.80V] [1.85V] [1.90V] ~ [1.95V]
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CPU Multiplier [Auto]
Allows you to set the operating CPU multiplier. The configuration options may vary
depending on the type of CPU installed. Configuration options: [Auto] [5x] [6x] ~
[11x]
CPU Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to set the operating CPU voltage. The configuration options vary
depending on the type of CPU installed.
Refer to the CPU documentation before setting the CPU vCore voltage. Setting
a high vCore voltage may damage the CPU.
Advanced Voltage Control
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced Voltage Control
CPU VCore Offset Voltage
[Disabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Set NB Core/PCI-E Voltage.
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
CPU VCore Offset Voltage [Disabled]
Allows you to disable or set the processor vCore offset voltage.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Offset 50.0mV]
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4.4.2
AI NET2
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
AI NET2
Select Menu
POST Check LAN Cable
[Disabled]
Pair
LAN1(1-2)
LAN1(3-4)
LAN1(5-6)
LAN1(7-8)
Status
Open
Open
Open
Open
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Item Specific Help
Length
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Enable or Disable LAN
cable check during POST.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
POST Check LAN Cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the LAN cable during the Power-On Self‑Test
(POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.4.3
PEG Link Mode
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
PEG Link Mode
PEG Link Mode
Select Menu
[Auto]
Item Specific Help
Enhance performance on
PCIE serial graphic card.
PEG Link Mode [Auto]
Allows you to enhance the performance of your PCI Express graphics card.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Normal] [Fast] [Faster]
Setting to [Fast] or [Faster] may cause your system to be unstable. If this
happens, revert to the default setting [Auto].
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4.4.4
CPU Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
CPU Configuration
Select Menu
CPU Type
AMD Engineering Sample
CPU Speed
2600 MHz
Cache RAM
1024K
DRAM Configuration
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Function
[Enabled]
Item Specific Help
DRAM timing and control.
DRAM Configuration
The items in the sub-menu show the DRAM-related information auto-detected by
the BIOS.
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
DRAM Configuration
Memory Clock Frequency
Tcl
Trcd
Trp
Tras
1T/2T Memory Timing
Advance Memory Settings
DRAM Timing Control
Output Driver Control
Current DRAM Timing
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Select Menu
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Item Specific Help
Setting platform Memclock
or limit value.
533MHz-4-4-4-12-2T
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Memory Clock Frequency [Auto]
Sets the memory clock frequency.
Configuration options: [Auto] [DDR2 400] [DDR2 533] [DDR2 667] [DDR2 800]
Tcl [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Trcd [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Trp [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Tras [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5] [6] [7] ~ [18]
1T/2T Memory Timing [Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1T] [2T]
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Advance Memory Settings
CPU On-die Termination
Configuration options: [Auto] [300ohm] [150ohm] [75ohm]
Trc
Configuration options: [Auto] [11] [12] [13]...[25] [26]
Twr
Configuration options: [Auto] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Trrd
Configuration options: [Auto] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Trwt
Configuration options: [Auto] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
Twtr
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] [2] [3]
Trtp
Configuration options: [Auto] [2/4] [3/5]
Twrrd
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3]
Twrwr
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] [2] [3]
Trdrd
Configuration options: [Auto] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Tref
Configuration options: [Auto] [7.8 us] [3.9 us]
Trfc
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3]
DRAM Termination
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [75 ohms] [150 ohms] [50 ohms]
Max Async Latency
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 ns] [1 ns] [2 ns] [3 ns]...[14 ns] [15 ns]
R/W Queue Bypass
Configuration options: [Auto] [2x] [4x] [8x] [16x]
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Dynamic Idle Cycle Counter
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
Idle Cycle Limit
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 cycles] [4 cycles] [8 cycles] [16 cycles] [32
cycles] [64 cycles] [128 cycles] [256 cycles]
DCQ Bypass Maximum
Configuration options: [Auto] [0x] [1x] [2x] [3x]...[14x] [15x]
DRAM Burst Length
Configuration options: [Auto] [64-byte] [32-byte]
RdPadRcvFIFO Delay
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.5] [2] [2.5] [3] [3.5]
Disable Jitter
Configuration options: [Auto] [OFF] [ON]
DRAM Bank Interleaving
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Bank Swizzle Mode
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
DRAM Timing Control
CKE Fine Delay
Configuration options: [Auto] [No delay] [1/64 MEMCLK delay] [2/64
MEMCLK delay] [3/64 MEMCLK delay] [4/64 MEMCLK delay] [5/64
MEMCLK delay]...[30/64 MEMCLK delay] [31/64 MEMCLK delay]
CKE Setup Time
Configuration options: [Auto] [1/2 MEMCLK] [1 MEMCLK]
CS/ODT Fine Delay
Configuration options: [Auto] [No delay] [1/64 MEMCLK delay] [2/64
MEMCLK delay] [3/64 MEMCLK delay] [4/64 MEMCLK delay] [5/64
MEMCLK delay]...[30/64 MEMCLK delay] [31/64 MEMCLK delay]
CS/ODT Setup Time
Configuration options: [Auto] [1/2 MEMCLK] [1 MEMCLK]
Address/Command Fine Delay
Configuration options: [Auto] [No delay] [1/64 MEMCLK delay] [2/64
MEMCLK delay] [3/64 MEMCLK delay] [4/64 MEMCLK delay] [5/64
MEMCLK delay]...[30/64 MEMCLK delay] [31/64 MEMCLK delay]
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Address/Command Setup Time
Configuration options: [Auto] [1/2 MEMCLK] [1 MEMCLK]
Read DQS Timing Control
Configuration options: [Auto] [No delay] [1/96 MEMCLK delay] [2/96
MEMCLK delay] [3/96 MEMCLK delay] [4/96 MEMCLK delay] [5/96
MEMCLK delay]...[46/96 MEMCLK delay] [47/96 MEMCLK delay]
Write Data Timing Control
Configuration options: [Auto] [No delay] [1/96 MEMCLK delay] [2/96
MEMCLK delay] [3/96 MEMCLK delay] [4/96 MEMCLK delay] [5/96
MEMCLK delay]...[46/96 MEMCLK delay] [47/96 MEMCLK delay]
DQS Receiver Enable Timing
Configuration options: [Auto] [0 ps] [50 ps] [100 ps] [150 ps] [200 ps] [250
ps]
[300 ps] [350 ps] [400 ps]...[8550 ps] [8600 ps] [8650 ps] [8700 ps]
Output Driver Control
CKE Drive Strength
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.00x] [1.25x] [1.50x] [2.00x]
CS/ODT Drive Strength
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.00x] [1.25x] [1.50x] [2.00x]
Add/CMD Drive Strength
Configuration options: [Auto] [1.00x] [1.25x] [1.50x] [2.00x]
MEMCLK Drive Strength
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1.00x] [1.25x] [1.50x]
Data Drive Strength
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1.00x] [1.25x] [1.50x]
DQS Drive Strength
Configuration options: [Auto] [0.75x] [1.00x] [1.25x] [1.50x]
DRAM Drivers Weak Mode
Configuration options: [Auto] [Normal] [Weak]
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Function [Disabled]
Enables or disables the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
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4.4.5
Chipset
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Chipset
CPU<->MCP55 HT Speed
CPU<->MCP55 HT Width
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Select Menu
[5x]
[↓16 ↑16]
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Item Specific Help
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
CPU<->MCP55 HT Speed [5x]
Sets the processor and MCP55 HyperTransport speed.
Configuration options: [1x] [2x] [3x] [4x] [5x]
CPU<->MCP55 HT Width [↓16 ↑16]
Allows you to set processor and MCP55 HyperTransport speed.
Configuration options: [↓8 ↑8] [↓16 ↑16]
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4.4.6
PCIPnP
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
PCIPnP
Select Menu
Plug & Play O/S
[No]
Item Specific Help
Resources Controlled By
x IRQ Resources
[Auto]
Select Yes if you are using
a Plug and Play capable
operating system. Select
No if you need the BIOS to
configure non-boot devices.
Plug & Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], the BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set to
[Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating system
configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot. Configuration options:
[No] [Yes]
Resources Controlled By [Auto]
When set to [Auto], the BIOS automatically configures all the boot and Plug and
Play compatible devices. Set to [Manual] if you want to assign the IRQ DMA and
memory base address fields. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
The item IRQ Resources becomes user-configurable when you set Resources
Controlled By to [Manual].
IRQ Resources
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
IRQ Resources
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
IRQ-5 assigned to IRQ-7 assigned to
IRQ-9 assigned to
IRQ-10 assigned to
IRQ-11 assigned to
IRQ-14 assigned to
IRQ-15 assigned to
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Legacy ISA for devices
compliant with the original
PC AT bus specification,
PCI/ISA PnP for devices compliant with the Plug
and Play standard whether
designed for PCI or ISA
bus architecture.
IRQ-xx assigned to
When set to [PCI Device], the specific IRQ is free for use of PCI/PnP
devices. When set to [Reserved], the IRQ is reserved for legacy ISA devices.
Configuration options: [PCI Device] [Reserved]
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4.4.7 Onboard Device Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
Onboard Device Configuration
IDE Function Setup
Serial-ATA Configuration
USB Configuration
Onboard NV LAN Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Primary Display Adapter
HD Audio Front Panel Support Type Serial Port1 Address
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
x ECP Mode Use DMA
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[PCI-E slot]
[Auto]
[AC97]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[378/IRQ7]
[EPP]
3
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Press [Enter] to set
-/+: Change Value
F5: Setup Defaults
Enter: Select Sub-menu F10: Save and Exit
IDE Function Setup
This sub-menu contains IDE function-related items. Select an item then press
<Enter> to edit.
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
IDE Function Setup
OnChip IDE Channel0
IDE DMA transfer access
IDE Prefetch Mode
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
OnChip IDE Channel0 [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onchip IDE channel 0 controller .
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE DMA transfer access [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the IDE DMA transfer access.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Prefetch Mode [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the IDE PIO read prefetch mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Serial-ATA Configuration
This sub-menu allows you to change Serial ATA settings. Select an item then press
<Enter> to edit.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
Serial-ATA Configuration
x
x
x
x
x
x
Serial-ATA Controller
RAID Enabled
SATA 1
RAID
SATA 2
RAID
SATA 3
RAID
SATA 4
RAID
SATA 5
RAID
SATA 6
RAID
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Serial-ATA Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables the Serial ATA controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
RAID Enabled [Disabled]
Enables or disables the onboard RAID controller. When set to [Enabled], the
succeeding items become user-configurable. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
SATA 1~6 RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the RAID function of the SATA 1~6 drives.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features. Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
USB Configuration
USB Controller
USB2.0 Controller
USB Legacy support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Enable or Disable the USB
Controller.
USB Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onchip USB controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 controller. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB Legacy Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable support for USB devices on legacy operating
systems (OS). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Onboard NV LAN [Enabled]
Enables or disables the onboard NVIDIA® LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN boot ROM.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Primary Display Adapter [PCI-E Slot]
Allows you to select the graphics controller to use as the primary boot device.
Configuration options: [PCI Slot] [PCI-E slot]
HD Audio [Auto]
Allows you to disable or set the High-Definition audio function.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
Front Panel Support Type [AC97]
Allows you to set the front panel audio support type.
Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3] [Auto]
Parallel Port Address [378/IRQ7]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port address. Configuration options: [Disabled] [378/IRQ7] [278/IRQ5] [3BC/IRQ7]
Parallel Port Mode [EPP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode. Configuration options: [Normal] [EPP] [ECP] [Bi-Directional]
The “ECP Mode Use DMA” item becomes user-configurable when the “ Parallel
Port Mode” item is set to [ECP] or [Bi-Directional]
ECP Mode Use DMA [3]
Allows selection of ECP Mode. Configuration options: [1] [3]
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4.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) and the Advanced Power Management
(APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools
Exit
ACPI Suspend Type
ACPI APIC support
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
4.5.1
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[S1&S3]
[Enabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to select
whether or not to restart
the system after AC power
loss.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select SubMenu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
ACPI Suspend Type [S1&S3]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)
state to be used for system suspend. Configuration options: [S1 (POS)] [S3(STR)]
[S1&S3]
4.5.2
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) support in the Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC). When set
to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.5.3
APM Configuration
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss
PWR Button < 4 secs
Power On By PCI/PCIE Devices
Power On By External Modems
Power On by RTC Alarm
x Date (of Month) Alarm
x Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm
Power Up By PS/2 Mouse
Power Up By PS/2 Keyboard
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
[Power-Off]
[Instant-Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
0
0 : 0 : 0
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select SubMenu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to select
whether or not to restart
the system after AC power
loss.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Restore on AC Power Loss [Power-Off]
Allows you to enable or disable the Restore on AC Power Loss function.
Configuration options: [Power-Off] [Power-On]
PWR Button < 4 secs [Instant-Off]
Allows you to set the event after the power button is pressed for more than 4
seconds. Configuration options: [Suspend] [Instant-Off]
Power On By PCI/PCIE Devices [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PME to wake up from S5 by PCI or PCI
Express devices and NV Onboard LAN. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
This allows either settings of [Enabled] or [Disabled] for powering up the computer
when the external modem receives a call while the computer is in Soft-off mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and
applications are fully running. Thus, connection cannot be made on the first
try. Turning an external modem off and then back on while the computer is
off causes an initialization string that turns the system power on.
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Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item is
set to Enabled, the items Date of Month Alarm and Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm items
become user-configurable with set values.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Date of Month Alarm [Disabled]
To set the date of alarm, highlight this item and press <Enter> to display the Date
of Month Alarm pop-up menu. Key-in a value within the specified range then press
<Enter>. Configuration options: [Min=0] [Max=31]
Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm [Disabled]
To set the time of alarm:
1. Highlight this item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up menu for the hour
field.
2.
Key-in a value (Min=0, Max=23), then press <Enter>.
3.
Press <TAB> to move to the minutes field then press <Enter>.
4.
Key-in a minute value (Min=0, Max=59), then press <Enter>.
5.
Press <TAB> to move to the seconds field then press <Enter>.
6.
Key-in a value (Min=0, Max=59), then press <Enter>.
Power On By PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse to turn on
the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on
the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function or set specific
keys on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX
power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-ESC] [Power Key]
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2.5.4
Hardware Monitor
The items in this sub-menu displays the hardware monitor values automatically
detected by the BIOS. It also allows you to change CPU Q-Fan feature-related
parameters. Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Hardware Monitor
Select Menu
x
x
CPU Q-Fan Control
CPU Q-Fan Profile
Chassis Q-Fan Control
Chassis Q-Fan Profile
Vcore Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[Disabled]
Performance
[Disabled]
Performance
1.47V
3.15V
5.05V
11.58V
CPU Temperature
M/B Temperature
CPU FAN Speed CHA_FAN1 Speed
CHA_FAN2 Speed
CHA_FAN3 Speed
CHA_FAN4 Speed
PWR_FAN Speed
CPU Fan Speed warning
48ºC
41ºC
3068 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
0 RPM
[ 800 RPM]
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select SubMenu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to enable or
disable.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
CPU Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU Q-Fan controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The CPU Q-Fan Profile item becomes user-configurable when you set the CPU
Q-Fan Control item to [Enabled].
CPU Q-Fan Profile [Performance]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the CPU Q-Fan. When
set to [Optimal], the CPU fan automatically adjusts depending on the CPU
temperature. Set this item to [Silent] to minimize fan speed for quiet CPU fan
operation, or [Performance] to achieve maximum CPU fan speed. Configuration
options: [Performance] [Optimal] [Silent]
Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the chassis Q-Fan controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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The Chassis Q-Fan Profile item becomes user-configurable when you set the
Chassis Q-Fan Control item to [Enabled].
Chassis Q-Fan Profile [Performance]
Allows you to set the appropriate performance level of the chassis Q-Fan. When
set to [Optimal], the chassis fan automatically adjusts depending on the chassis
temperature. Set this item to [Silent] to minimize fan speed for quiet chassis fan
operation, or [Performance] to achieve maximum chassis fan speed. Configuration
options: [Performance] [Optimal] [Silent]
Vcore Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through
the onboard voltage regulators.
CPU Temperature, M/B Temperature
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the motherboard
and CPU temperatures. These items are not user-configurable.
CPU Fan Speed
CHA_FAN1/2/3/4 Speed
PWR_FAN Speed
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU,
Chassis, power, and Southbridge chip fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM).
If any of the fans is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows 0. These
items are not user-configurable.
CPU Fan Speed warning [ 800 RPM]
Allows you to disable or set the CPU fan warning speed.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [800 RPM] [1200 RPM] [1600 RPM]
CPU Fan Speed warning
Allows you to set CPU Fan Speed warning.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [800 RPM] [1200 RPM] [1600 RPM]
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4.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools
Exit
Select Menu
Boot Device Priority
Removable Drives
Hard Disk Drives
CDROM Drives
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
4.6.1
Item Specific Help
Select Boot Device
Priority
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu Boot Device Priority
Boot
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot Device Priority
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Boot
Boot
Boot
Boot
Device
Device
Device
Device
[Removable]
[Hard Disk]
[CDROM]
[Disabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Select Your Boot
Device Priority
1st ~ 4th Boot Device [Removable]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices.
The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number
of devices installed in the system. Configuration options: [Removable] [Hard Disk]
[CDROM] [Disabled]
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4.6.2
Removable Drives
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Removable Drives
1. Floppy Disks
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
1. Floppy Disks
Allows you to assign a removable drive attached to the system.
4.6.3
Hard Disk Drives
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Hard Disk Drives
1. 1st Master: XXXXXXXXX
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
1. 1st Master: XXXXXXXXX
Allows you to assign hard disk drives attached to the system.
4.6.4
CDROM Drives
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
CDROM Drives
1. 1st Slave: XXXXXXXXX
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
1. 1st Slave: XXXXXXXXX
Allows you to assign optical drives attached to the system.
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4.6.5
Boot Settings Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Case Open Warning
Quick Boot
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Bootup Num-Lock
Typematic Rate Setting
x Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
x Typematic Delay (Msec)
OS Select For DRAM > 64MB
Full Screen LOGO
Halt On
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[On]
[Disabled]
6
250
[Non-OS2]
[Enabled]
[All Errors]
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to
enable or disable.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Case Open Warning [Enabled]
Enables or disables the chassis open status feature. Setting to Enabled, clears the
chassis open status. Refer to section “2.7.2 Internal connectors” for setting details.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the system quick boot feature. When Enabled,
the system skips certain tests while booting. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[Enabled]
Boot Up Floppy Seek [Disabled]
Enables or disables the floppy seek feature while booting. Setting to Enabled,
clears the chassis open status. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Typematic Rate Setting [Disabled]
Allows you to set the keystroke rate. Enable this item to configure the Typematic
Rate (Chars/Sec) and the Typematic Delay (Msec).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The items Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) and Typematic Delay (Msec) become
user-configurable only when the item Typematic Rate Setting is enabled.
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Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) [6]
Allows you to select the rate at which a character repeats when you hold a key.
Configuration options: [6] [8] [10] [12] [15] [20] [24] [30]
Typematic Delay (Msec) [250]
Allows you to set the delay before keystrokes begin to repeat. Configuration
options: [250] [500] [750] [1000]
OS Select for DRAM > 64MB [Non-OS2]
Set this item to OS2 only when you are running on an OS/2 operating system with
an installed RAM of greater than 64 KB. Configuration options: [Non-OS2] [OS2]
Full Screen LOGO [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Make sure that the above item is set to [Enabled] if you want to use the ASUS
MyLogo2™ feature.
Halt On [All Errors]
Allows you to error report type.
Configuration options: [All Errors] [No Errors] [All, But Keyboard] [All, But Diskette]
[All, But Disk/Key]
4.6.6
Security
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Security
Supervisor Password
User Password
Password Check
Select Menu
Clear
Clear
[Setup]
Item Specific Help
Supervisor Password
User Password
These fields allow you to set passwords:
To set a password:
1. Select an item then press <Enter>.
2.
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3. When prompted, confirm the password by typing the exact characters again,
then press <Enter>. The password field setting is changed to Set.
To clear the password:
1.
Select the password field and press <Enter> twice. The following message
appears:
PASSWORD DISABLED !!!
Press any key to continue...
2.
Press any key to continue. The password field setting is changed to Clear.
A note about passwords
The Supervisor password is required to enter the BIOS Setup program
preventing unauthorized access. The User password is required to boot the
system preventing unauthorized use.
Forgot your password?
If you forget your password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real Time
Clock (RTC) RAM. The RAM data containing the password information is
powered by the onboard button cell battery. If you need to erase the CMOS
RAM, refer to section “2.6 Jumper” for instructions.
Password Check
This field requires you to enter the password before entering the BIOS setup or the
system. Select [Setup] to require the password before entering the BIOS Setup.
Select [System] to require the password before entering the system. Configuration
options: [Setup] [System]
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4.7
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to configure options for special functions. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools
Exit
ASUS Music Alarm
ASUS O.C. Profile
ASUS EZ Flash 2
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
4.7.1
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
ASUS Music Alarm
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Tools
ASUS Music Alarm
ASUS Music Alarm
x Alarm Date:Sunday
x
Monday
x
Tuesday
x
Wednesday
x
Thursday
x
Friday
x
Saturday
x Alarm Time (hh:mm)
x Audio CD Drive
x Detect CD
x Starting Track
x Repeat Track
x Length
x Volume
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
[Disabled]
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
0 : 0
Primary IDE Master
Enter
N/A
Disabled
10 Mins
16
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select SubMenu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to select.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
ASUS Music Alarm [Disabled
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Music Alarm function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The succeeding items become user-configurable when you enable the ASUS
Music Alarm.
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Alarm Date: Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/
Saturday [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the alarm for a particular day.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Alarm Time (hh:mm) 0 : 0
Allows you to set the alarm time. Press <Tab> to select the field, then use <+> or
<-> to change the value. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Audio CD Drive [Primary IDE Master]
Allows you to select the connection configuration of the optical storage device from
which the alarm music will play from. Configuration options: [Primary IDE Master]
[Primary IDE Slave]
Detect CD
Press <Enter> to search the CD track number.
Starting Track
Allows you to choose the starting track from the CD from which you would like the
alarm music to play.
Repeat Track [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the repeat track function.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Single] [All]
Length [10 Mins]
Allows you to set the length of the music alarm.
Configuration options: [10 Mins] [20 Mins] [30 Mins] [1 Hour]
Volume [16]
Allows you to set the volume level of the music alarm.
Configuration options: [01] ~ [32]
•
Only the IDE ATAPI devices from the chipset can support the Music Alarm
function.
•
When Music Alarm is enabled, the system needs standby power. Make
sure that the power cord is plugged to a power source.
•
You can also set the alarm time from the operating system using the ASUS
Music Alarm utility. See section “5.3.6 ASUS Music Alarm” for details.
•
ASUS Music Alarm supports audio CDs only.
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4.7.2
ASUS O.C. Profile
This item allows you to store or load multiple BIOS settings.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Tools
ASUS BIOS Profile
Load BIOS Profile
Save BIOS Profile
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to select.
Load BIOS Profile
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Tools
Load BIOS Profile
Load from Profile 1
Load from Profile 2
Load from File
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Load BIOS Profile from
Profile 1.
Load from Profile 1/2
Allows you to load the previous BIOS settings saved in the BIOS Flash. Press
<Enter> to load the file.
Load from File
Allows you to load the previous BIOS file saved in the hard disk, floppy disk, or
USB flash disk with a FAT32/16/12 format.
To load the BIOS file:
1. Insert the storage device that contains the “xxx.CMO” BIOS profile.
2. Turn on the system.
3. Enter BIOS setup program. Go to Tools then select Load from File and
press <Enter>.
4. Press <Tab> to select the drive with the BIOS profile then press <Enter>
to load file.
5. Follow message screen when loading is finished.
Update only a BIOS file coming from the same memory/CPU configuration and
BIOS version.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Tools
Load BIOS Profile
Load from Profile 1
Load from Profile 2
Load from File
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Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Load BIOS Profile from
Profile 1.
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Save BIOS Profile
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Tools
Save BIOS Profile
Select Menu
Save to Profile 1
Save to Profile 2
Save to File
Item Specific Help
Save current BIOS Profile
to Profile 1.
Save to Profile 1/2
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the BIOS Flash. Press <Enter> to save
the file.
Save to File
Allows you to save the current BIOS file to the hard disk, a floppy, or USB flash
disk with a FAT32/16/12 format.
To save the BIOS file:
1.
Insert the storage device with at least xxMB of available storage space.
2.
Turn on the system.
3.
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to Tool then select Save to File and
press <Enter>.
4.
Press <Tab> to select the drive with the BIOS profile then press <Enter>
to load file.
5.
Follow message screen when loading is finished. A pop-up message will
inform you when the saving process is finished.
ASUSTek O.C. Profile Utility B311
Current CMOS
BOARD: M2NSLI
VER: 04241.bin
DATE: 05/12/2006
Update CMOS
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\M2N320C
CMOS WINDOWS
backup is done! Press<DIR>
any key to Exit.
A:
C:
M2N32
DOCUME"1
PROGRA"1
SYSTEM"1
M2NSLI
RECYCLED
TEST_REB
BOOTFONT.BIN
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
213830 2001-09-05 20:00:00
Note
[Enter] Select [Y] Yes [N/Eec] No [Left/Right]: Switch
The BIOS file will be saved as “xxx.CMO“.
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4.7.3
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. Press <Enter> to start EZ Flash 2 then from
the confirmation screen, use the left or right arrows to select [Yes] or [No] then
press <Enter>.
The following screen appears if you select [Yes]. Follow screen instructions to flash
the BIOS.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility B311
FLASH TYPE: Winbond W39V080A 8Mb LPC
Current ROM
Update ROM
BOARD: M2NE
BOARD: Unknown
VER: 0122.bin
VER: Unknown
DATE: 05/12/2006
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\M2N320C
A:
C:
WIN98SE
NETTERM
DRIVERS
RECYCLED
WUTEMP
NEWFOL~1
INSTALL
TEST_REB
MSDOWNLD.TMP
Note
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<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
[Enter] Select
[S] Save
[Tab] Switch
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
[ESC] Exit
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Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the
BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools Exit
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Load Setup Default
Discard Changes
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
This option save data
to CMOS and exiting
the setup menu.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options
from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit
menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. An onboard
backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned
off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select YES to
save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the
program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes
before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to
the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than System Date, System
Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the
Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation
window appears. Select YES to load default values. Select Exit & Save Changes
or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
YES to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
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This chapter describes the contents
of the support CD that comes with the
motherboard package.
5
Software
support
Chapter summary
5
5.1
Installing an operating system.................................................... 5-1
5.2
Support CD information............................................................... 5-1
5.3
Software information.................................................................... 5-8
5.4
RAID configurations................................................................... 5-26
5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk........................................................ 5-35
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Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® 2000/XP/64-bit XP operating systems (OS).
Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the
features of your hardware.
5.2
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Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS
documentation for detailed information.
•
Make sure that you install Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4 or the Windows®
XP Service Pack2 or later versions before installing the drivers for better
compatibility and system stability.
Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard package contains the drivers,
software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard
features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time without
notice. Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates.
5.2.1
Running the support CD
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The CD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to display
support CD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click the
ASSETUP.EXE to run the CD.
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Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects installed
devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
Nvidia Chipset Driver Program
Installs the NVIDIA® Chipset drivers for the NVIDIA® nForce™ 570 Ultra chipset.
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Driver
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ technology driver.
SoundMAX ADI1988 Audio Driver
Installs the SoundMAX® ADI1988 audio driver and application.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) driver.
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Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the motherboard
supports.
ASUS Cool ‘n’ Quiet Utility
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ software.
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system voltages,
and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you keep your computer
in healthy operating condition.
ASUS Update
The ASUS Update utility allows you to update the motherboard BIOS in Windows®
environment. This utility requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
ADOBE Acrobat V7.0
Installs the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader that allows you to open, view, and print
documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
Installs the Microsoft® DirectX 9.0c driver. The Microsoft DirectX® 9.0c is a
multimedia technology that enhances computer graphics and sound. DirectX®
improves the multimedia features of you computer so you can enjoy watching
TV and movies, capturing videos, or playing games in your computer. Visit the
Microsoft website (www.microsoft.com) for updates.
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ASUS AI Booster
The ASUS AI Booster application allows you to overclock the CPU speed in
Windows® environment.
ASUS AI Nap
The ASUS AI Nap application allows you to minimize the power consumption of
your computer whenever you are away.
ASUS AI Gear
The ASUS AI Gear application provides system performance options that allows
you to select the best performance for your computing needs.
Anti-virus Utility
The anti-virus application scans, identifies, and removes computer viruses. View
the online help for detailed information.
ASUS Screen Saver
Bring life to your computer screen by installing the ASUS screen saver.
5.2.4
Make Disk menu
The Make Disk menu contains items to create the NVIDIA® nForce™ 570 Ultra or
RAID driver disk.
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Make nVidia 32bit SATA RAID Driver
Make nVidia 64bit SATA RAID Driver
Allows you to create an NVIDIA® Serial ATA RAID driver disk for a 32-bit/64-bit
system.
5.2.5
Manuals menu
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an item to
open the folder of the user manual.
Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF). Install the
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before opening a user manual
file.
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ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also find
this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
5.2.7
Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information on the
motherboard and the contents of the support CD. Click an icon to display the
specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
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Browse this CD
Displays the support CD contents in graphical format.
Technical support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out when
requesting technical support.
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Software information
Most of the applications in the support CD have wizards that will conveniently guide
you through the installation. View the online help or readme file that came with the
software application for more information.
5.3.1
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that dynamically
and automatically change the CPU speed, voltage, and amount of power
depending on the task the CPU performs.
Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
To enable Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology:
1.
Turn on the system and enter BIOS by pressing the <Del> key during the
Power On Self-Tests (POST).
2.
Go to Advanced -> CPU Configuration -> AMD K8 Cool ‘n’Quiet Control and
set it to [Enabled]. See section “4.4 Advanced Menu.”
3.
In the Power menu, select the item ACPI 2.0 Support and set it to [Enabled].
See section “4.5 Power Menu.”
4.
Save your changes and exit BIOS Setup.
5.
Reboot your computer and set your Power Option Properties depending on
your operating system.
Windows® 2000/XP
1.
From the Windows® 2000/XP operating system, click the Start button. Select
Settings, then Control Panel.
2.
Make sure the Control Panel is set
to Classic View.
3.
Double-click the Display icon in
the Control Panel then select the
Screen Saver tab.
4.
Click the Power... button. The
following dialog box appears.
5.
From the Power schemes combo
list box, select Minimal Power
Management.
6.
Click OK to effect settings.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’
Quiet!™ driver and application
before using this feature.
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Make sure to install the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ driver and application before
using this feature.
•
The AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology feature works only with the AMD
heatsink and fan assembly with monitor chip
•
If you purchased a separate heatsink and fan package, use the ASUS
Q-Fan technology feature to automatically adjust the CPU fan speed
according to your system loading.
Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software
The motherboard support CD includes the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software that enables
you to view your system’s real-time CPU Frequency and voltage.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software from the motherboard support
CD. Refer to section “5.2.3 Utilities menu” for details.
To launch the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ program:
1.
If you are using Windows® 98SE/Me/2000, click the Start button. Select
Programs-> ASUS -> Cool & Quiet -> Cool & Quiet.
2.
If you are using Windows® XP, click the Start button. Select All Programs->
ASUS -> Cool & Quiet -> Cool & Quiet.
3.
The Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology screen appears and displays the current
CPU Frequency and CPU Voltage.
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ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and detects
and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe II senses fan
rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among others. Because PC
Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring your computer the moment
you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured that your computer is always at a
healthy operating condition.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab appears
if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the support
CD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder. Double-click
the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
3.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the Windows
®
desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All Programs
> ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.00.43. The PC Probe II main window
appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the Windows ®
taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Main window
The PC Probe II main window allows you to view the current status of your system
and change the utility configuration.
By default, the main window displays
the Preference section. You can close
or restore the Preference section by
clicking on the triangle on the main
window right handle.
Click to close the
Preference panel
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Button
Function
Opens the Configuration window
Opens the Report window
Opens the Desktop Management Interface window
Opens the Peripheral Component Interconnect window
Opens the Windows Management Instrumentation window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the Preference section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle turns red,
as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to the
Monitor panels section for details.
Preferences
You can customize the application using the
Preference section in the main window. Click
the box before each preference to activate or
deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor such as
fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large) and
rectangular (small). When you check the Enable Monitoring Panel option from the
Preference section, the monitor panels appear on your computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop, click
the arrow down button of the Scheme options, then select another
position from the list box. Click OK when finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using a magnetic effect. If you want
to detach a monitor panel from the group, click
the horseshoe magnet icon. You can now move
or reposition the panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold value
You can adjust the sensor threshold value
in the monitor panel by clicking the or
buttons. You can also adjust the threshold
values using the Config window.
You cannot adjust the sensor threshold
values in a small monitoring panel.
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increase
value
Click to
decrease
value
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower than the
threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the
WMI (Windows Management
I n s t r u m e n t a t i o n ) b r o w s e r. T h i s
browser displays various Windows
®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display on
the right panel. Click the plus sign (+)
before WMI Information to display the
available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right corner
of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays various
desktop and system information.
Click the plus sign (+) before DMI
Information to display the available
information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the PCI
(Peripheral Component Interconnect)
b r o w s e r. T h i s b r o w s e r p r o v i d e s
information on the PCI devices installed
on your system. Click the plus sign
(+) before the PCI Information item to
display available information.
Usage
The Usage browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk drive
space, and memory usage. Click
to display the Usage browser.
CPU usage
The CPU tab displays real-time CPU
usage in line graph representation.
If the CPU has an enabled Hyper­
‑Threading, two separate line graphs
display the operation of the two logical
processors.
Hard disk drive space usage
The Hard Disk tab displays the used
and available hard disk drive space.
The left panel of the tab lists all logical
drives. Click a hard disk drive to display
the information on the right panel. The
pie chart at the bottom of the window
represents the used (blue) and the
available HDD space.
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both used
and available physical memory. The
pie chart at the bottom of the window
represents the used (blue) and the
available physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference. The Sensor/
Threshold tab enables you to activate the sensors or to adjust the sensor threshold
values. The Preference tab allows you to customize sensor alerts, or change the
temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values for
each sensor
Applies your
changes
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ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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5.3.3
ASUS Music Alarm
This motherboard is equipped with an audio alarm clock called ASUS Music Alarm.
The ASUS Music Alarm gives you a personal wake-up called with your favorite CD
music when the system is off. The onboard audio CODEC supports this feature,
which requires an optical drive (CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM).
•
Make sure that the power cord is plugged to a grounded power source so
that the system has standby power.
•
ASUS Music Alarm only supports audio CDs.
•
ASUS Music Alarm will not work if you installed and enabled an add-on
sound card.
•
Only IDE ATAPI devices from the Southbridge support this feature.
Hardware setup
To set up the hardware:
1.
Connect the analog audio cable from the optical drive to the 4-pin CD-In
connector labeled CD on the motherboard. See section “2.x.x Internal
connectors” for the connector location.
2.
Connect speakers or a headphone to the Line-Out (lime-colored) port on
the front or rear panel for audio output. You may also connect speakers or a
headphone to the output jack on the optical drive.
3.
Refer to the succeeding sections to make the appropriate settings in the
BIOS or in Windows®.
BIOS configuration
To enable ASUS Music Alarm in the BIOS:
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1.
Turn on the system.
2.
During POST, press <Del> to enter BIOS setup.
3.
Go to the Tools menu, then select ASUS Music Alarm.
4.
Set the ASUS Music Alarm item to [Enabled]. See section “4.7.1 ASUS
Music Alarm” for details.
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OS configuration
To configure ASUS Music Alarm in Windows®
1.
Place the support CD into the optical drive.
2.
Click the Utilities tab and choose ASUS Music Alarm to install the utility.
3.
Insert an audio CD into the optical drive.
4.
Launch the ASUS Music Alarm application by going to Start > ASUS > ASUS
Music Alarm. The main window appears.
Alarm information section
shows the alarm time and
days
Music section
shows the drive letter of the
chosen optical drive and the
starting track number to use
as music alarm
5.
Click the arrow ( ) next to Time
for Next Alarm in the Alarm
information section. The Alarm
Time Setting panel appears. Set
the days and time of the alarm, or
enable/disable the Music Alarm
feature.
When done, click OK.
6.
Click the arrow ( ) next to Music in the Music
section. The Music Selection panel appears.
Select the optical storage device, then choose
the starting CD track number from which you
would like the music alarm to play.
When done, click OK.
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Exit button
Options section
shows playing options
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7.
Click the arrow ( ) next to Options
in the Options section. The Options
panel appears. Disable or select the
Repeat mode, then specify the length
of the alarm music to play. Set the
desired volume.
When done, click OK.
8.
After you have finished making all the required settings, turn off the system.
Adjusting the volume
To adjust the volume while the music alarm is playing:
•
Use the <Up> or <Down> arrow key to increase or decrease the volume.
Turning off the music alarm
To turn off the music alarm:
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Press any key to stop playing the CD and turn off the system.
•
While the music alarm is playing, the system wake-up features (LAN,
keyboard, mouse, PCI/PCIE device, modem) are deactivated.
•
If the system loses connection or if it does not detect any optical drive or
audio CD, the ASUS Music Alarm is automatically disabled/turned off.
•
While the music alarm is playing, the optical drive front panel functions are
automatically disabled.
•
The ASUS Music Alarm works only when the system is off.
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5.3.4
ASUS AI Nap
This feature allows you to minimize the power consumption of your computer
whenever you are away. Enable this feature for minimum power consumption and
a more quiet system operation.
After installing AI Nap from the bundled support CD, you can launch the utility
by double-clicking the AI Nap icon on the Windows OS taskbar. Click Yes on the
confirmation screen.
To exit AI Nap mode, press the system power or mouse button then click Yes on
the confirmation screen.
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5.3.5 ASUS AI Gear
ASUS AI Gear provides four system performance options that allows you to select
the best performance setting for your computing needs. This easy-to-use utility
adjusts the processor frequency and vCore voltage to minimize system noise and
power consumption.
After installing AI Gear from the bundled support CD, you can launch AI Gear by
double-clicking the AI Gear icon on your Windows OS taskbar.
Shift the gear to the performance setting that you like.
Medium
Performance
Maximum
Performance
High
Performance
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You can also set the AI Gear modes by clicking the AI Gear icon on the Windows
taskbar.
•
When AI Gear is enabled, the system will automatically optimize the CPU
and chassis fan speed according to the system loading.
•
The AI Booster (AI NOS) and AI Gear functions cannot be enabled
simultaneously.
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5.3.6
SoundMAX® High Definition Audio utility
The ADI AD1988 High Definition Audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio
capability through the SoundMAX ® audio utility with AudioESP™ software to
deliver the ultimate audio experience on your PC. The software implements high
quality audio synthesis/rendering, 3D sound positioning, and advanced voice-input
technologies.
Follow the installation wizard to install the ADI AD1988 Audio Driver from the
support CD that came with the motherboard package to activate the SoundMAX®
audio utility.
•
You must use 4-channel, 6-channel or 8-channel speakers for this setup.
•
SoundMAX® requires Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP or later version. Make
sure that one of these operating systems is installed before installing
SoundMAX®.
•
Jack Retasking function works on High Definition front panel audio ports
only.
If the SoundMAX® audio utility is correctly installed,
you will find the SoundMAX® icon on the taskbar.
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From the taskbar, double-click on the SoundMAX® icon to display the SoundMAX®
Control Panel.
Audio Setup Wizard
By clicking the
icon from the SoundMAX® control panel, you can easily
configure your audio settings. Simply follow succeeding screen instructions and
begin enjoying High Definition Audio.
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Jack configuration
Adjust speaker volume
This screen helps you configure
your computer’s audio ports,
depending on the audio devices
you have installed.
This screen helps you adjust
speaker volume. Click the Test
button to hear the changes you
have made.
Adjust microphone volume
This screen helps you adjust microphone volume. You will be asked to
read pre-written text to allow the AudioWizard to adjust the volume as you
speak.
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Audio preferences
Click the
icon to go to the Preferences page. This page allows you to change
various audio settings.
General options
Click the General tab to choose your playback and recording devices, enable/
disable the AudioESP™ feature, and enable/disable digital output.
Microphone options
Click the Listening Environment tab allows you to optimize your microphone input
settings.
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5.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the NVIDIA® nForce™ 570 Ultra MultiShield™ RAID
controllers that allow you to configure Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID sets.
The motherboard supports the following RAID configurations.
RAID 0 (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. Use of two new identical hard disk drives
is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (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. Use two new drives or use an
existing drive and a new drive for this setup. The new drive must be of the same
size or larger than the existing drive.
RAID 0+1 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity (redundancy
data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID 0+1 configuration you get
all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations. Use four new hard disk
drives or use an existing drive and three new drives for this setup.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard
disk drives. Among the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better
HDD performance, fault tolerance, and higher storage capacity. The RAID
5 configuration is best suited for transaction processing, relational database
applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems. Use a
minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
JBOD (Spanning ) stands for Just a Bunch of Disks and refers to hard disk drives
that are not yet configured as a RAID set. This configuration stores the same data
redundantly on multiple disks that appear as a single disk on the operating system.
Spanning does not deliver any advantage over using separate disks independently
and does not provide fault tolerance or other RAID performance benefits.
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If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a RAID set,
copy first the RAID driver from the support CD to a floppy disk before you install
an operating system to a selected hard disk drive. Refer to section “5.6 Creating
a RAID driver disk” for details.
5.4.1
Installing hard disks
The motherboard supports Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance,
install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
Refer to the RAID controllers user manual in the motherboard support CD for
detailed information on RAID configurations. See section “5.2.4 Manuals menu.”
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5.4.2
NVIDIA® MediaShield™ RAID configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance SATA RAID controller integrated in
the NVIDIA® nForce™ 570 Ultra southbridge chipset. It supports RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 0+1, RAID 5 and JBOD for six independent Serial ATA channels.
Setting the BIOS RAID items
After installing the hard disk drives, make sure to set the necessary RAID items in
the BIOS before setting your RAID configuration.
To set the BIOS RAID items:
1.
Boot the system and press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to
enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
2.
From the Main > IDE Configuration menu item in the BIOS set the nVidia
RAID Function item to Enabled.
3.
Select and enable the SATA drive(s) that you want to configure as RAID. See
section “4.3.6 IDE Configuration” for details.
4.
Save your changes and Exit Setup.
Make sure to re-enter your NVRAID settings after the CMOS is cleared;
otherwise, the system will not recognize your RAID setup.
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For detailed descriptions on the NVIDIA® RAID configuration, refer to the
“NVIDIA® MediaShield RAID User’s Manual” found in your motherboard
support CD.
•
When using Windows 2000 operating system, make sure to install the
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or later versions.
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Entering the NVIDIA® MediaShield RAID utility
To enter the NVIDIA® RAID utility:
1. Boot up your computer.
2.
During POST, press <F10> to display the main menu of the utility.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference only, and
may not exactly match the items on your screen.
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- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Striping Block:
Free Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
Array Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
1.0.M
1.1.M
2.0.M
2.1.M
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Optimal
[→] Add
[←] Del
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
At the bottom of the screen are the navigation keys. These keys allow you to move
through and select menu options.
Creating a RAID Volume
To create a RAID volume:
1.
From the NVIDIA® RAID utility Define a New Array menu, select RAID Mode
then press <Enter>. The following submenu appears.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a
RAID mode then press <Enter>.
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2.
Press <TAB> select the Striping
Block then press <Enter>. The
following submenu appears:
If you selected Striping or Stripe Mirroring, use the up or down arrow keys to
select the stripe size for your RAID 0 array then press <Enter>.The available
values range from 8 KB to 128 KB. The default selection is 128 KB. The strip
value should be chosen based on the planned drive usage.
• 8 /16 KB - low disk usage
• 64 KB - typical disk usage
• 128 KB - performance disk usage
8K ↑
16K
32K
64K
128K
Optim↓
TIP: For server systems, we recommend using a lower array block size. For
multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and video editing, we
recommend a higher array block size for optimum performance.
3.` Press <TAB> to select the Free Disks area. Use the left or right arrow keys to
assign the array disks.
4.
Press <F7> to create RAID set. The following message box appears.
Clear disk data?
[Y] YES
5.
[N]
Press <Y> to clear the selected disks or <N> to proceed without clearing the
disks. The following screen appears.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
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- Array List Boot
Id
Status
Vendor
Array Model Name
No
4
Healthy
NVIDIA
MIRROR
[Ctrl-X]Exit
[↑↓]Select
[B]Set Boot
XXX.XXG
[N]New Array
[ENTER]Detail
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the screen.
6.
Press <Ctrl+X> to save settings and exit.
Rebuilding a RAID array
To rebuild a RAID array:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a RAID
array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
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[C] Clear Disk
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A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the screen.
2.
Press <R> to rebuild a RAID array. The following screen appears.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Select Disk Inside Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[↑↓] Select [F6] Back
3.
[F7] Finish
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a RAID array to rebuild, then press
<F7>. The following confirmation message appears.
Rebuild array?
[ENTER] OK
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[ESC] Cancel
4.
Press <Enter> to start rebuilding array or press <Esc> to cancel.
5.
After the rebuild process, the Array list menu appears.
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Deleting a RAID array
To delete a RAID array:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a RAID
array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
[ENTER] Return
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the screen.
2.
Press <D> to delete a RAID array. The following confirmation message
appears.
Delete this array?
[Y] YES
3.
[N] No
Press <Y> to delete array or press <N> to cancel.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
4.
If you selected Yes, the Define a New Array menu appears.
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Clearing a disk data
To clear disk data:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a RAID
array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
[ENTER] Return
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the screen.
2.
Press <C> to clear disk. The following confirmation message appears.
Clear disk data?
[Y] YES
5.
[N]
Press <Y> to clear the disk data or press <N> to cancel.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
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5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows® 2000/XP
operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID set.
To create a RAID driver disk:
1.
Place the motherboard support CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Select Make Disk tab.
3.
From the Make Disk menu, select the RAID driver disk you want to create or
browse the contents of the support CD to locate the driver disk utility.
Refer to section “5.2.4 Make Disk menu” for details.
4. Insert floppy disk to floppy disk drive.
5. Follow succeeding screen information to complete process.
6.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
To install the RAID driver:
1.
During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key to
install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2.
Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy disk
drive.
3.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Due to chipset limitation, the Serial ATA ports supported by the NVIDIA chipset
doesn’t support Serial Optical Disk Drives (Serial ODD) under DOS.
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