960GC-GS FX
User Manual
Version 1.0
Published June 2013
Copyright©2013 ASRock INC. All rights reserved.
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Contents
1. Introduction................................................................. 5
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
Package Contents......................................................................
Specifications..............................................................................
Unique Features.........................................................................
Motherboard Layout .................................................................
I/O Panel . .................................................................................
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2. Installation................................................................... 14
Pre-installation Precautions................................................................. 14
2.1 CPU Installation.......................................................................... 15
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink . ..................................... 15
2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)..................................... 16
2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)............................ 18
2.5 Multi Monitor Feature.................................................................. 19
2.6 Jumpers Setup............................................................................ 21
2.7 Onboard Headers and Connectors . ...................................... 22
2.8 Serial ATA2 (SATA2) Hard Disks Installation .......................... 27
2.9 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for Serial ATA2 (SATA2)
HDDs ........................................................................................ 27
2.10 Driver Installation Guide............................................................. 28
2.11 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM
64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions............................... 28
2.11.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID
Functions........................................................................ 28
2.11.2 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions................................. 29
2.12 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM
64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions.......................... 30
2.12.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions........................................................................ 30
2.12.2 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions............................ 31
2.13 Untied Overclocking Technology ............................................ 31
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3. BIOS SETUP UTILITY.................................................. 32
3.1 Introduction................................................................................. 32
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
3.1.1 BIOS Menu Bar................................................................
3.1.2 Navigation Keys................................................................
Main Screen................................................................................
OC Tweaker Screen...................................................................
Advanced Screen.......................................................................
3.4.1 CPU Configuration............................................................
3.4.2 Chipset Configuration.......................................................
3.4.3 ACPI Configuration...........................................................
3.4.4 Storage Configuration.......................................................
3.4.5 PCIPnP Configuration......................................................
3.4.6 Floppy Configuration........................................................
3.4.7 Super IO Configuration.....................................................
3.4.8 USB Configuration............................................................
Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen................................
Boot Screen................................................................................
3.6.1 Boot Settings Configuration..............................................
Security Screen..........................................................................
Exit Screen.................................................................................
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4. Software Support........................................................ 52
4.1
4.2
Install Operating System.............................................................
Support CD Information..............................................................
4.2.1 Running Support CD........................................................
4.2.2 Drivers Menu....................................................................
4.2.3 Utilities Menu....................................................................
4.2.4 Contact Information..........................................................
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing ASRock 960GC-GS FX motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers
excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to
quality and endurance.
In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and stepby-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration
guide to BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.
Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might
be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without
notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may
find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as
well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com
If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit
our website for specific information about the model you are using.
www.asrock.com/support/index.asp
1.1 Package Contents
ASRock 960GC-GS FX Motherboard (Micro ATX Form Factor)
ASRock 960GC-GS FX Quick Installation Guide
ASRock 960GC-GS FX Support CD
2 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)
1 x I/O Panel Shield
ASRock Reminds You...
To get better performance in Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM
/ VistaTM 64-bit, it is recommended to set the BIOS option in Storage
Configuration to AHCI mode.
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1.2 Specifications
Platform
CPU
- Micro ATX Form Factor
- Support for Socket AM3+ processors (see CAUTION 1)
- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD PhenomTM II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron processors
- Support for Socket AM2+ / AM2 processors: AMD PhenomTM
FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core /
Athlon X2 Dual-Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
- Supports 8-Core CPU
- Supports AMD OverDriveTM with ACC feature (Advanced
Clock Calibration)
- Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM Technology
- FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
- Northbridge: AMD 760G
- Southbridge: AMD SB710
- Dual Channel DDR3/DDR2 Memory Technology
- 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Support DDR3 1866(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066 non-ECC,
un-buffered memory (see CAUTION 2)
- Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB (see CAUTION 3)
- 2 x DDR2 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR2 1066/800/667/533 non-ECC, un-buffered
memory
- Max. capacity of system memory: 8GB (see CAUTION 3)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE2 @ x16 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
- 2 x PCI slots
- Integrated AMD Radeon 3000 graphics
- DX10 class iGPU, Pixel Shader 4.0
- Max. shared memory 512MB
Audio
LAN
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @
60Hz
- 5.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec)
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Realtek RTL8111G
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
Chipset
Memory
Expansion Slot
Graphics
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- Supports LAN Cable Detection
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
I/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x Serial Port: COM1
- 1 x D-Sub Port
- 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED
LED)
- HD Audio Jack: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
- 6 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 10 and JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
- 1 x ATA 133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
- 1 x Floppy connector
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x Print Port header
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion header
- 1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
- 1 x Chassis Fan connector (3-pin)
- 1 x Power Fan connector (3-pin)
- 1 x 24 pin ATX power connector
- 1 x 4 pin 12V power connector
- 1 x CD In header
- 1 x Front panel audio connector
- 1 x SPDIF Out connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
- 16Mb AMI Legal BIOS
- Supports “Plug and Play”
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, VCCM, NB Voltage Multi-adjustment
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),
CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, Google Chrome
Browser and Toolbar
- CPU/Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Multi-Speed Control
Rear Panel I/O
Storage
Connector
BIOS Feature
Support CD
Hardware Monitor
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OS
Certifications
- CASE OPEN detection
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
- Microsoft® Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP Media Center / XP 64-bit compliant
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com
WARNING
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking,
including adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking
Technology, or using third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may
affect your system’s stability, or even cause damage to the components
and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and
expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by
overclocking.
CAUTION!
1. This motherboard supports CPU up to 95W. Please refer to our
website for CPU support list.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
2. Whether 1866/1600MHz memory speed is supported depends
on the AM3/AM3+ CPU you adopt. If you want to adopt DDR3
1866/1600 memory module on this motherboard, please refer
to the memory support list on our website for the compatible
memory modules.
ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com
3. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size
may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 8 / 7 / VistaTM / XP. For Windows® 64-bit OS with
64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
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1.3 Unique Features
ASRock OC Tuner
ASRock OC Tuner is a user-friendly overclocking tool which allows you to surveil your system by hardware monitor function
and overclock your hardware devices to get the best system
performance under Windows® environment. Please visit our
website for the operation procedures of ASRock OC Tuner.
ASRock Intelligent Energy Saver
Featuring an advanced proprietary hardware and software design, Intelligent Energy Saver is a revolutionary technology that
delivers unparalleled power savings. The voltage regulator can
reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when
the CPU cores are idle. In other words, it is able to provide exceptional power saving and improve power efficiency without
sacrificing computing performance. To use Intelligent Energy
Saver function, please enable Cool ‘n’ Quiet option in the BIOS
setup in advance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of Intelligent Energy Saver.
ASRock Instant Boot
ASRock Instant Boot allows you to turn on your PC in just a few
seconds, provides a much more efficient way to save energy,
time, money, and improves system running speed for your system. It leverages the S3 and S4 ACPI features which normally
enable the Sleep/Standby and Hibernation modes in Windows®
to shorten boot up time. By calling S3 and S4 at specific timing
during the shutdown and startup process, Instant Boot allows
you to enter your Windows® desktop in a few seconds.
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash
ROM. This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update
system BIOS without entering operating systems first like MSDOS or Windows®. With this utility, you can press the <F6> key
during the POST or the <F2> key to enter into the BIOS setup
menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool and
save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or
hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks
without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other
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complicated flash utility. Please be noted that the USB flash
drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system.
ASRock OC DNA
The software name itself – OC DNA literally tells you what it is
capable of. OC DNA, an exclusive utility developed by ASRock,
provides a convenient way for the user to record the OC settings and share with others. It helps you to save your overclocking record under the operating system and simplifies the complicated recording process of overclocking settings. With OC DNA,
you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your
friends! Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own
system to get the same OC settings as yours! Please be noticed
that the OC profile can only be shared and worked on the same
motherboard.
ASRock APP Charger
If you desire a faster, less restricted way of charging your
Apple devices, such as iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, ASRock has
prepared a wonderful solution for you - ASRock APP Charger.
Simply install the APP Charger driver, it makes your iPhone
charge much quickly from your computer and up to 40% faster
than before. ASRock APP Charger allows you to quickly charge
many Apple devices simultaneously and even supports continuous charging when your PC enters into Standby mode (S1),
Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5).
With APP Charger driver installed, you can easily enjoy the marvelous charging experience.
ASRock XFast USB
ASRock XFast USB can boost USB storage device performance. The performance may depend on the properties of the
device.
ASRock XFast LAN
ASRock XFast LAN provides a faster internet access, which
includes the benefits listed below. LAN Application Prioritization: You can configure your application’s priority ideally and/or
add new programs. Lower Latency in Game: After setting online
game’s priority higher, it can lower the latency in games. Traffic
Shaping: You can watch Youtube HD videos and download
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simultaneously. Real-Time Analysis of Your Data: With the status window, you can easily recognize which data streams you
are transferring currently.
ASRock XFast RAM
ASRock XFast RAM fully utilizes the memory space that cannot
be used under Windows® OS 32-bit CPU. ASRock XFast RAM
shortens the loading time of previously visited websites, making web surfing faster than ever. And it also boosts the speed of
Adobe Photoshop 5 times faster. Another advantage of ASRock
XFast RAM is that it reduces the frequency of accessing your
SSDs or HDDs in order to extend their lifespan.
ASRock X-Boost
ASRock’s X-Boost Technology is a smart auto-overclocking
function and is brilliantly designed to unlock the hidden power of
your CPUs. Simply press “X” when turning on the PC, X-Boost
will automatically overclock the relative components to get up to
15.77% performance boost! With the smart X-Boost, overclocking CPU can become a near one-button process.
* The functionality of “Unlock CPU Cores” feature might vary by different processors.
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1.4 Motherboard Layout
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1
4
3
PS2
Mouse
PS2
Keyboard
COM1
ATXPWR1
CPU_FAN1
Top:
RJ-45
FSB800
DDR3_B1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
USB 2.0
T: USB0
B: USB1
DDRII_2 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
DDRII_1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
FSB800
AM2/AM3/AM3+
VGA1
USB 2.0
T: USB2
B: USB3
DDR3_A1 (64 bit, 240-pin module)
ATX12V1
5
IDE1
LAN
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Center:
FRONT
Top:
LINE IN
Bottom:
MIC IN
AMD
760G
Chipset
AUDIO
CODEC
PCIE1
6
PWR_FAN1
CLRCMOS1
1
960GC-GS FX
RoHS
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PCIE2
X Fast LAN X Fast USB X Fast RAM
Super
I/O
AMD
SB710
Chipset
CMOS
BATTERY
PCI1
CHA_FAN1
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1
USB6_7 USB8_9
SATAII_2 (PORT 1)
FLOPPY1
1
SATAII_5 (PORT 4)
PLED PWRBTN
SPEAKER1
1
1
HDLED RESET
LPT1
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
13
10
SATAII_3 (PORT 2)
SATAII_1 (PORT 0)
IR1
1
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SATAII_4 (PORT 3)
USB4_5
CI1
1
SPDIF_OUT1
SATAII_6 (PORT 5)
PCI2
HD_AUDIO1
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24
8
16Mb
BIOS
CD1
1
1
1
1
PANEL1
22 21
20
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ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)
2 x 240-pin DDR2 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel: DDRII_1, DDRII_2)
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots
(Dual Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1) CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)
ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1) Primary IDE Connector (IDE1)
Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)
Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1) SATA2 Connector (SATAII_6 (PORT 5))
SATA2 Connector (SATAII_5 (PORT 4)) SATA2 Connector (SATAII_4 (PORT 3))
SATA2 Connector (SATAII_3 (PORT 2))
Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER1)
18 17 16 15
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SATA2 Connector (SATAII_1 (PORT 0))
SATA2 Connector (SATAII_2 (PORT 1))
USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9)
USB 2.0 Header (USB6_7)
USB 2.0 Header (USB4_5)
System Panel Header (PANEL1)
Floppy Connector (FLOPPY1)
Infrared Module Header (IR1)
Chassis Intrusion Header (CI1)
Print Port Header (LPT1)
SPDIF Out Connector (SPDIF_OUT1)
Front Panel Audio Header (HD_AUDIO1)
Internal Audio Connector (CD1)
Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)
1.5 I/O Panel
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1
3
4
5
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1
* 2
3
** 4
5
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PS/2 Mouse Port (Green)
LAN RJ-45 Port
Line In (Light Blue)
Front Speaker (Lime)
Microphone (Pink)
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USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)
USB 2.0 Ports (USB23)
D-Sub Port
COM Port
PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)
* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN Port LED Indications
Activity/Link LED
Status
Description
Off
No Link
Blinking Data Activity
On
Link
Status
Off
Orange
Green
SPEED LED
Description
10Mbps connection
100Mbps connection
1Gbps connection
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
LAN Port
** To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header. Please refer to below steps for the software setting of Multi-Streaming.
For Windows® XP:
After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system. Please select “Mixer
ToolBox”
, click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click “ok”. Choose “2CH” or
“4CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA Primary output” to use Rear Speaker
and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek HDA Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio. Then
reboot your system.
For Windows® 8 / 7 / VistaTM:
After restarting your computer, please double-click “Realtek HD Audio Manager” on the
system tray. Set “Speaker Configuration” to “Quadraphonic” or “Stereo”. Click “Device
advanced settings”, choose “Make front and rear output devices playbacks two different audio
streams simultaneously”, and click “ok”. Then reboot your system.
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2. Installation
This is a Micro ATX form factor motherboard. Before you install the motherboard,
study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Pre-installation Precautions
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the
power 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.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the
like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety
grounded object before you handle components.
Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.
When placing screws into the screw holes to secure the motherboard to the chassis, please do not over-tighten the screws! Doing
so may damage the motherboard.
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2.1 CPU Installation
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Step 1. Unlock the socket by lifting the lever up to a 90 angle.
Step 2. Position the CPU directly above the socket such that the CPU corner with the golden triangle matches the socket corner with a small triangle.
Step 3. Carefully insert the CPU into the socket until it fits in place.
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to avoid bending of the pins.
Step 4. When the CPU is in place, press it firmly on the socket while you push down the socket lever to secure the CPU. The lever clicks on the side tab to indicate that it is locked.
Lever 90° Up
CPU Golden Triangle
Socker Corner
Small Triangle
STEP 1:
Lift Up The Socket Lever
STEP 2 / STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Match The CPU Golden Triangle Push Down And Lock
To The Socket Corner Small
The Socket Lever
Triangle
2.2 Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink
After you install the CPU into this motherboard, it is necessary to install a
larger heatsink and cooling fan to dissipate heat. You also need to spray
thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation. Make sure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened
and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the
CPU FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see Page 12, No. 4). For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of the CPU fan
and the heatsink.
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2.3 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM)
This motherboard provides two 240-pin DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2) DIMM
slots and two 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots, and supports
Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration, you always
need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chip-type) DDR2/
DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots of the same color. In other words, you have to
install identical DDR2 DIMM pair in Dual Channel (DDRII_1 and DDRII_2;
Yellow slots; see p.12 No.2), or identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel
(DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1; Blue slots; see p.12 No.3), so that Dual Channel Memory Technology can be activated. You may refer to the Dual Channel
Memory Configuration Table below.
Dual Channel DDR2 Memory Configurations
(DS: Double Side, SS: Single Side)
DDRII_1
(Yellow Slot)
2 memory modules SS
2 memory modules DS
DDRII_2
(Yellow Slot)
SS
DS
Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Configurations
(DS: Double Side, SS: Single Side)
DDR3_A1
(Black Slot)
2 memory modules SS
2 memory modules DS
DDR3_B1
(Black Slot)
SS
DS
1. If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility
and reliability, it is recommended to install them in the slots of the
same color. In other words, install them in the set of black slots
(DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1), or in the set of yellow slots (DDRII_1
and DDRII_2).
2. If only one memory module is installed in the DIMM slot on this
motherboard, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel Memory
Technology.
3. It is not allowed to install a DDR3 memory module into DDR2 slot
or install a DDR2 memory module into DDR3 slot; otherwise, this
motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.
4. DDR2 and DDR3 memory modules cannot be installed on this
motherboard at the same time.
5. DDR3 memory module is only supported by installing AM3/AM3+
CPU. DDR2 memory module is only supported by installing AM2/
AM2+/AM3 CPU.
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Installing a DIMM
Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or the system components.
Step 1. Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.
Step 2. Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the
break on the slot.
notch
break
notch
break
The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent
damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into
the slot at incorrect orientation.
Step 3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends
fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.
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2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI and PCI Express Slots)
There are 2 PCI slots and 2 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.
PCI Slots: PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI interface.
PCIE Slots:
PCIE1 (PCIE x1 slot) is used for PCI Express x1 lane width graphics
cards.
PCIE2 (PCIE x16 slot) is used for PCI Express x16 lane width graphics
cards. Installing an expansion card
Step 1.
Step 2.
Step 3.
Step 4.
Step 5.
Step 6. Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware
settings for the card before you start the installation.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screws for later use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot.
Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.
Replace the system cover.
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2.5 Multi Monitor Feature
This motherboard supports multi monitor feature. With the internal VGA output
support and the external add-on PCI Express VGA card, you can easily enjoy the
benefits of multi monitor feature.
Please refer to the following steps to set up a surround display environment:
1. Install the PCI Express VGA cards on PCIE2 slot. Please refer to page 18 for
proper expansion card installation procedures for details.
2. Connect D-Sub monitor cable to VGA port on the I/O panel. And connect other monitor cables to the corresponding connectors of the add-on PCI Express VGA
cards on PCIE2 slot.
VGA port
3. Boot your system. Press <F2> or <Del> to enter BIOS setup. Enter “Share
Memory” option to adjust the memory capability to [32MB], [64MB], [128MB]
[256MB] or [512MB] to enable the function of VGA. Please make sure that the
value you select is less than the total capability of the system memory. If you do
not adjust the BIOS setup, the default value of “Share Memory”, [Auto], will
disable VGA function when the add-on VGA card is inserted to this motherboard.
4. Install the onboard VGA driver and the add-on PCI Express VGA card driver to your system. If you have installed the drivers already, there is no need to install them again.
5. Set up a multi-monitor display.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Right click the desktop, choose “Properties”, and select the “Settings” tab so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor according to
the steps below.
A. Click the “Identify” button to display a large number on each monitor.
B. Right-click the display icon in the Display Properties dialog that you
wish to be your primary monitor, and then select “Primary”. When you
use multiple monitors with your card, one monitor will always be
Primary, and all additional monitors will be designated as Secondary.
C. Select the display icon identified by the number 2.
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D. Click “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor”.
E. Right-click the display icon and select “Attached”, if necessary.
F. Set the “Screen Resolution” and “Color Quality” as appropriate for the second monitor. Click “Apply” or “OK” to apply these new values.
G. Repeat steps C through E for the diaplay icon identified by the number
one, two and three.
For Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Right click the desktop, choose “Personalize”, and select the “Display Settings” tab so that you can adjust the parameters of the multi-monitor according to the steps below.
A. Click the number ”2” icon.
B. Click the items “This is my main monitor” and “Extend the desktop onto this monitor”.
C. Click “OK” to save your change.
D. Repeat steps A through C for the display icon identified by the number three.
6. Use multi monitor feature. Click and drag the display icons to positions representing the physical setup of your monitors that you would like to use. The placement of display icons determines how you move items from one monitor to another.
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2.6 Jumpers Setup
The illustration shows how jumpers are
setup. When the jumper cap is placed on
pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap
is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The
illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose
pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap
is placed on these 2 pins.
Jumper
Setting
Clear CMOS Jumper
Description
(CLRCMOS1)
(see p.12, No. 7)
Default
Clear CMOS
Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. To clear and reset the
system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug
the power cord from the power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a
jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However,
please do not clear the CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need
to clear the CMOS when you just finish updating the BIOS, you must boot
up the system first, and then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action. Please be noted that the password, date, time, user default profile, 1394
GUID and MAC address will be cleared only if the CMOS battery is removed.
If you clear the CMOS, the case open may be detected. Please adjust
the BIOS option “Clear Status” to clear the record of previous chassis
intrusion status.
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2.7 Onboard Headers and Connectors
Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place
jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps
over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the
motherboard!
Floppy Connector
(33-pin FLOPPY1)
(see p.12 No. 20)
the red-striped side to Pin1
Note: Make sure the red-striped side of the cable is plugged into Pin1 side of the connector.
Primary IDE connector (39-pin IDE1, see p.12 No. 6)
connect the black end
to the IDE devices
connect the blue end
to the motherboard
80-conductor ATA 66/100/133 cable
Note: Please refer to the instruction of your IDE device vendor for the details.
Serial ATA2 Connectors
(SATAII_1 (PORT 0): see p.12, No. 14)
(SATAII_2 (PORT 1): see p.12, No. 15)
(SATAII_3 (PORT 2): These six Serial ATA2 (SATA2) connectors support SATA data
cables for internal storage
devices. The current SATA2 interface allows up to 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.
see p.12, No. 12)
(SATAII_4 (PORT 3):
see p.12, No. 11)
(SATAII_5 (PORT 4):
see p.12, No. 10)
(SATAII_6 (PORT 5):
SATAII_6 (PORT 5)
SATAII_2 (PORT 1)
SATAII_4 (PORT 3)
SATAII_1 (PORT 0)
SATAII_3 (PORT 2)
SATAII_5 (PORT 4)
see p.12, No. 9)
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Serial ATA (SATA)
Data Cable
Either end of the SATA data cable can be connected to the (Optional)
SATA2 hard disk or the SATA2
connector on this motherboard.
USB 2.0 Headers
(9-pin USB4_5)
(see p.12 No. 18)
USB_PWR
P-4
P+4
GND
DUMMY
1
GND
P+5
P-5
USB_PWR
Besides four default USB 2.0
ports on the I/O panel, there
are three USB 2.0 headers on
this motherboard. Each USB 2.0
header can support two USB
2.0 ports.
(9-pin USB6_7)
(see p.12 No. 17)
(9-pin USB8_9)
(see p.12 No. 16)
USB_PWR
P-9
P+9
GND
DUMMY
1
GND
P+8
P-8
USB_PWR
Front Panel Audio Header
(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)
(see p.12 No. 25)
GND
PRESENCE#
MIC_RET
OUT_RET
1
This is an interface for the front panel audio cable that allows convenient connection and control of audio devices.
OUT2_L
J_SENSE
OUT2_R
MIC2_R
MIC2_L
1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.
2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio header as below:
A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.
B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.
C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).
D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.
E. To activate the front mic.
For Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS:
Select “Mixer”. Select “Recorder”. Then click “FrontMic”.
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For Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS:
Go to the "FrontMic" Tab in the Realtek Control panel. Adjust “Recording Volume”.
SPDIF Out Connector
(2-pin SPDIF_OUT1)
(see p.12 No. 24)
Please connect the
SPDIF_OUT connector of a
HDMI VGA card to this header
with a cable.
1
GND
SPDIFOUT
System Panel Header
(9-pin PANEL1)
(see p.12 No. 19)
This header accommodates
several system front panel functions.
Connect the power switch, reset switch and system status indicator
on the chassis to this header according to the pin assignments below.
Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
PWRBTN (Power Switch):
Connect to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch.
RESET (Reset Switch):
Connect to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset
switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart.
PLED (System Power LED):
Connect to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking
when the sys-tem is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system
is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).
HDLED (Hard Drive Activity LED):
Connect to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The
LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data.
The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module
mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive
activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front
panel module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the
pin assign-ments are matched correctly.
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Chassis Speaker Header
(4-pin SPEAKER 1)
Please connect the chassis
speaker to this header.
(see p.12, No. 13)
Infrared Module Header
(5-pin IR1)
(see p.12, No. 21)
Print Port Header
(25-pin LPT1)
(see p.12 No. 23)
This header supports an
optional wireless transmitting
and receiving infrared module.
AFD#
ERROR#
PINIT#
SLIN#
GND
1
SPD7
SPD6 ACK#
SPD5
BUSY
SPD4
PE
SPD3
SLCT
SPD2
SPD1
SPD0
STB#
Chassis Intrusion Header
(2-pin CI1)
(see p.12 No. 22)
Internal Audio Connectors
(4-pin CD1)
(CD1: see p.12 No. 26)
This is an interface for print
port cable that allows convenient connection of printer
devices.
This motherboard supports
CASE OPEN detection feature
that detects if the chassis cover
has been removed. This feature
requires a chassis with chassis
intrusion detection design.
1
GND
Signal
CD1
This connector allows you
to receive stereo audio input
from sound sources such as
a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, TV tuner card, or MPEG card.
Chassis and Power Fan Connectors
(3-pin CHA_FAN1)
GND
+12V
(see p.12 No. 8)
CHA_FAN_SPEED
+12V
Please connect the fan cable to the fan connector and match the black wire to the ground pin.
(3-pin PWR_FAN1)
(see p.12 No. 27)
GND
PWR_FAN_SPEED
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CPU Fan Connector FAN_SPEED_CONTROL
(4-pin CPU_FAN1)CPU_FAN_SPEED
Please connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector and
(see p.12 No. 4)
match the black wire to the ground pin.
+12V
GND
1 2 3 4
Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function. If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.
Pin 1-3 Connected
3-Pin Fan Installation
ATX Power Connector
(24-pin ATXPWR1)
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX power
supply to this connector.
(see p.12 No. 5)
Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector,
it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.
To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power
supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.
20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation
ATX 12V Power Connector
(4-pin ATX12V1)
12
24
1
13
Please connect an ATX 12V
power supply to this connector.
(see p.12 No. 1)
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2.8 Serial ATA2 (SATA2) Hard Disks Installation
This motherboard adopts AMD SB710 chipset that supports Serial ATA2 (SATA2)
hard disks and RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 and JBOD) functions. You may install SATA2 hard disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This section
will guide you to install the SATA2 hard disks.
STEP 1: Install the SATA2 hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.
STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA2 hard disk.
STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATA2
connector.
STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA2 hard disk.
2.9 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for Serial ATA2
(SATA2) HDDs
This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA2 in RAID
/ AHCI mode. AMD SB710 chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host
controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for SATA host controllers
developed thru a joint industry effort.
NOTE
What is Hot Plug Function?
If the SATA2 HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called
“Hot Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA2 HDDs while
the system is still power-on and in working condition. However, please
note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been installed into
the SATA2 HDD.
What is Hot Swap Function?
If SATA2 HDDs are built as RAID 1 then it is called “Hot Swap” for the
action to insert and remove the SATA2 HDDs while the system is still
power-on and in working condition.
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2.10 Driver Installation Guide
To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical
drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and
listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side
to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly.
2.11 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP
/ XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA / SATA2 HDDs with RAID
functions, please follow below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.11.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or
more SATA / SATA2 HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Operation Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATA2 Driver Diskette.
A. Insert the Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.
B. During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and
then a window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM as
the boot device.
C. When you see the message on the screen, “Generate Serial ATA driver diskette
[YN]?”, press <Y>.
D. Then you will see these messages,
Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive.
WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will
lose ALL data in it!
Start to format and copy files [YN]?
Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press any key.
E. The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA / SATA2 drivers
into the floppy diskette.
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STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 4: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
After step 1, 2, 3, you can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your
system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID
driver. When prompted, insert the SSATA / SATA2 driver diskette containing the
AMD RAID driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select
the driver to install according to the OS you install.
2.11.2 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit With RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on a
RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA / SATA2 HDDs with RAID functions, please
follow below steps.
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Operation Mode” option to [RAID].
STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.
Before you start to configure RAID function, you need to check the RAID installation
guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the BIOS RAID
installation guide part of the document in the following path in the Support CD:
.. \ RAID Installation Guide
STEP 3: Install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on
your system.
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2.12 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP
/ XP 64-bit OS on your SATA / SATA2 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow
below procedures according to the OS you install.
2.12.1 Installing Windows® XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID
Functions
If you want to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA / SATA2 HDDs without
RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATA2 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Operation Mode” option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
You can start to install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system. At the beginning of Windows® setup, press F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When
prompted, insert the SATA / SATA2 driver diskette containing the AMD AHCI driver.
After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install
according to the OS you install.
Using SATA / SATA2 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Operation Mode” option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.
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2.12.2 Installing Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM /
VistaTM 64-bit Without RAID Functions
If you want to install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit on
your SATA / SATA2 HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.
Using SATA / SATA2 HDDs with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Operation Mode” option to [AHCI].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on
your system.
Using SATA / SATA2 HDDs without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
STEP 1: Set up BIOS.
A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced screen
Storage Configuration.
B. Set the “SATA Operation Mode” option to [IDE].
STEP 2: Install Windows® 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit OS on
your system.
2.13 Untied Overclocking Technology
This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during
overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you
enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of BIOS
setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is untied
during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB can
operate under a more stable overclocking environment.
Please refer to the warning on page 8 for the possible overclocking risk before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.
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3. BIOS SETUP UTILITY
3.1 Introduction
This section explains how to use the BIOS SETUP UTILITY to configure your system. The SPI Memory on the motherboard stores the BIOS SETUP UTILITY. You
may run the BIOS SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press
<F2> or <Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the BIOS SETUP
UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.
If you wish to enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by
pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system
chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.
Because the BIOS software is constantly being updated, the following
BIOS setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only,
and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen.
3.1.1 BIOS Menu Bar
The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:
Main
To set up the system time/date information
OC Tweaker To set up overclocking features
Advanced To set up the advanced BIOS features
H/W Monitor To display current hardware status
Boot
To set up the default system device to locate and load the
Operating System
Security
To set up the security features
Exit
To exit the current screen or the BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Use <
> key or <
> key to choose among the selections on the menu
bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen.
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3.1.2 Navigation Keys
Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation
key.
Navigation Key(s)
/
/ + / -
<Enter>
<F1>
<F9>
<F10>
<ESC>
Function Description
Moves cursor left or right to select Screens
Moves cursor up or down to select items
To change option for the selected items
To bring up the selected screen
To display the General Help Screen
To load optimal default values for all the settings
To save changes and exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY
To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen
3.2 Main Screen
When you enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display
the system overview.
Main
OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor
Boot
Security
Exit
System Overview
System Time
System Date
[17:00:09]
[Tue 06/11/2013]
: 960GC-GS FX P1.00
: AMD Phenom(tm) 9550 Quad-Core
Processor (64bit)
Processor Speed : 2200MHz
Microcode Update : 100F23/0
: 512KB
L1 Cache Size
: 2048KB
L2 Cache Size
: 2048KB
L3 Cache Size
BIOS Version
Processor Type
Total Memory
DDRII_A1
DDRII_A2
: 1024MB with 128MB shared memory
Single-Channel Memory Mode
: 1024MB/266MHz DDR2_533
: None
Use [Enter], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
+Tab
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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System Time [Hour:Minute:Second]
Use this item to specify the system time.
System Date [Day Month/Date/Year]
Use this item to specify the system date.
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3.3 OC Tweaker Screen
In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.
Main OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor
Boot
CPU Configuration
Overclock Mode
CPU Frequency (MHz)
PCIE Frequency (MHz)
Spread Spectrum
Boot Failure Guard
Boot Failure Guard Count
Advanced Clock Calibration
Processor Maximum Frequency
North Bridge Maximum Frequency
Processor Maximum Voltage
Multiplier/Voltage Change
HT Bus Speed
HT Bus Width
[Auto]
[400]
[100]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[3]
[Disabled]
x31.5 6300 MHZ
x31.0 62 00 MHz
1.5500 V
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Memory Configuration
Memory Clock
[Auto]
Security
Exit
Overclocking may cause
damage to your CPU and
motherboard.
It should be done at
your own risk and
expense.
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU Configuration
Overclock Mode
Use this to select Overclock Mode. The default value is [Auto]. Configuration options: [Auto], [CPU, PCIE, Sync.], [CPU, PCIE, Async.] and [Optimized].
CPU Frequency (MHz)
Use this option to adjust CPU frequency.
PCIE Frequency (MHz)
Use this option to adjust PCIE frequency.
Spread Spectrum
This feature will be set to [Enabled] as default. Configuration options:
[Disabled] and [Enabled].
Boot Failure Guard
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.
Boot Failure Guard Count
Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.
Advanced Clock Calibration
This allows you to adjust Advanced Clock Calibration feature. The default
valueis [Disabled]. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Auto], [All Cores]
and [PerCore]. If you select [All Cores], you will see the option “Value (All
Cores)”.Configuration options: [+12%] to [-12%]. If you select [Per Core],
you will seethe options “Value (Core 0)”, “Value (Core 1)”, “Value (Core 2)”
and “Value(Core 3)”. Configuration options: [+12%] to [-12%].
Processor Maximum Frequency
It will display Processor Maximum Frequency for reference.
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North Bridge Maximum Frequency
It will display North Bridge Maximum Frequency for reference.
Processor Maximum Voltage
It will display Processor Maximum Voltage for reference.
Multiplier/Voltage Change
This item is set to [Auto] by default. If it is set to [Manual], you may adjust
the value of Processor Frequency and Processor Voltage. However, it is
recommended to keep the default value for system stability.
Main OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor
Boot
CPU Configuration
Overclock Mode
CPU Frequency (MHz)
PCIE Frequency (MHz)
Spread Spectrum
Boot Failure Guard
Boot Failure Guard Count
Advanced Clock Calibration
Processor Maximum Frequency
North Bridge Maximum Frequency
Processor Maximum Voltage
Multiplier/Voltage Change
HT Bus Speed
HT Bus Width
[Auto]
[400]
[100]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[3]
[Disabled]
x31.5 6300 MHZ
x31.0 62 00 MHz
1.5500 V
[Manual]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Memory Configuration
Memory Clock
[Auto]
Security
Exit
Overclocking may cause
damage to your CPU and
motherboard.
It should be done at
your own risk and
expense.
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU Frequency Multiplier
For safety and system stability, it is not recommended to adjust the value
of this item.
Processor Voltage
It allows you to adjust the value of processor voltage. However, for safety
and system stability, it is not recommended to adjust the value of this item.
NB Frequency Multiplier
For safety and system stability, it is not recommended to adjust the value
of this item.
HT Bus Speed
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus speed.
HT Bus Width
This feature allows you selecting Hyper-Transport bus width.
Memory Configuration
Memory Clock
This item can be set by the code using [Auto]. You can set one of the standard values as listed for DDR2 memory modules: [200MHz DDR2_400],
[266MHz DDR2_533], [333MHz DDR2_667] and [400MHz DDR2_800]. If
you adopt Phenom CPU, there is one more option: [533MHz DDR2_1066].
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You can set one of the standard values as listed for DDR3 memory modules: [400MHz DDR3_800], [533MHz DDR3_1066], [667MHz DDR3_1333]
and [800MHz DDR3_1600].
DRAM Voltage
Use this to select DRAM voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Memory Timing
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
OC Tweaker
Memory Timing
Power Down Enable
Bank Interleaving
Channel Interleaving
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
CAS Latency (CL)
TRCD
TRP
TRAS
Command Rate
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
TRC
TWR
TRFC
TRRD
TWTR
TRTP
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Power Down Enable
Use this item to enable or disable DDR power down mode.
Bank Interleaving
Interleaving allows memory accesses to be spread out over banks on the
same node, or accross nodes, decreasing access contention.
Channel Interleaving
It allows you to enable Channel Memory Interleaving. The default value for
DDR2 is [Hash 1]. The default value for DDR3 is [Hash 2].
CAS Latency (CL)
Use this item to adjust the means of memory accessing. The default value
is [Auto].
TRCD
Use this to adjust TRCD values. The default value is [Auto].
TRP
Use this to adjust TRP values. The default value is [Auto].
TRAS
Use this to adjust TRAS values. The default value is [Auto].
Command Rate
Use this item to change Command Rate Auto/Manual setting. Min: 1N.
Max: 2N. The default is [Auto].
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TRC
Use this to adjust TRC values. The default value is [Auto].
TWR
Use this to adjust TWR values. The default value is [Auto].
TRFC
Use this to adjust TRFC values. The default value is [Auto].
TRRD
Use this to adjust TRRD values. The default value is [Auto].
TWTR
Use this to adjust TWTR values. The default value is [Auto].
TRTP
Use this to adjust TRTP values. The default value is [Auto].
Chipset Settings
NB Voltage
Use this to select NB voltage. The default value is [Auto].
SB Voltage
Use this to select SB voltage. The default value is [Auto].
+1.8V Voltage
Use this to select +1.8V voltage. The default value is [Auto].
Would you like to save current setting user defaults?
In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults
according to your own requirements.
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3.4 Advanced Screen
In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration, Chipset Configuration, ACPI Configuration, Storage Configuration, PCIPnP
Configuration, Floppy Configuration, Super IO Configuration and USB Configuration.
Main
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
OC Tweaker Advanced H/W Monitor
Advanced Settings
Security
Exit
Options for CPU
WARNING : Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
CPU Configuration
Chipset Configuration
ACPI Configuration
Storage Configuration
PCIPnP Configuration
Floppy Configuration
SuperIO Configuration
USB Configuration
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
BIOS Update Utility
Instant Flash
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
Instant Flash
Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS without
entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows®. Just launch
this tool and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk
or hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash
utility. Please be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use
FAT32/16/12 file system. If you execute Instant Flash utility, the utility will
show the BIOS files and their respective information. Select the proper
BIOS file to update your BIOS, and reboot your system after BIOS update
process completes.
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3.4.1 CPU Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
CPU Configuration
Cool' n' Quiet
Secure Virtual Machine
Enhanced Halt State(C1E)
CPU HTC
CPU Thermal Throttle
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Cool ‘n’ Quiet
Use this item to enable or disable AMD’s Cool ‘n’ QuietTM technology. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
If you install Windows® 8 / 7 / VistaTM and want to enable this function,
please set this item to [Enabled]. Please note that enabling this function
may reduce CPU voltage and memory frequency, and lead to system stability or compatibility issue with some memory modules or power supplies.
Please set this item to [Disable] if above issue occurs.
Secure Virtual Machine
When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture)
can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by AMD-V. The
default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].
Enhance Halt State (C1E)
All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported
through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no
hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor
maintains the context of the system caches.
CPU Thermal Throttle
Use this item to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep
the CPU from overheated. The default value is [Auto].
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3.4.2 Chipset Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Chipset Settings
Onboard HD Audio
Front Panel
Onboard Lan
Primary Graphics Adapter
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[PCI]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Onboard HD Audio
Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If
you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound
Card is plugged.
Front Panel
Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.
Onboard Lan
This allows you to enable or disable the onboard Lan feature.
Primary Graphics Adapter
This item will switch the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for video
card. It allows you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple
video controllers. The default value of this feature is [PCI]. Configuration
options: [Onboard], [PCI] and [PCI Express].
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3.4.3 ACPI Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
ACPI Settings
Suspend To RAM
Check Ready Bit
Away Mode Support
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
Restore on AC / Power Loss
Ring-In Power On
PCI Devices Power On
PS / 2 Keyboard Power On
RTC Alarm Power On
[Power Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[By OS]
ACPI HPET Table
[Enabled]
Select auto-detect or
disable the STR
feature.
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Suspend to RAM
Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-toRAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.
Check Ready Bit
Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.
Away Mode Support
Use this item to enable or disable Away Mode support under Windows® XP
Media Center OS. The default value is [Disabled].
Restore on AC/Power Loss
This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss.
If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the system
starts to boot up when the power recovers.
Ring-In Power On
Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
PCI Devices Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from
the power-soft-off mode.
PS/2 Keyboard Power On
Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system
from the power-soft-off mode.
RTC Alarm Power On
Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the
system.
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ACPI HPET table
Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is
[Enabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this motherboard to submit Windows® certification.
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3.4.4 Storage Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure onboard
serial ATA
controller.
Storage Configuration
Onboard SATA Controller
SATA Operation Mode
SATA IDE Combined Mode
IDE1 Master
IDE1 Slave
SATAII_1
SATAII_2
SATAII_3
SATAII_4
SATAII_5
SATAII_6
[Enabled]
[AHCI]
[Enabled]
[Hard Disk]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
[Not Detected]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Onboard SATA Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the “Onboard SATA Controller” feature.
SATA Operation Mode
Use this item to adjust Onboard SATA Operation Mode. The default value
of this option is [AHCI]. Configuration options: [AHCI], [IDE] and [RAID].
If you set this item to RAID mode, it is suggested to install SATA ODD
driver on SATAII_5 (PORT 4) and SATAII_6 (PORT 5) ports.
SATA IDE Combined Mode
This item is for SATAII_5 (PORT 4) and SATAII_6 (PORT 5) ports. Use this
item to enable or disable SATA IDE combined mode. The default value is
[Enabled].
If you want to build RAID on SATAII_5 (PORT 4) and SATAII_6 (PORT 5)
ports, please disable this item.
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3.4.5 PCIPnP Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Value in units of PCI
clocks for PCI device
latency timer
register.
Advanced PCI / PnP Settings
PCI Latency Timer
PCI IDE BusMaster
[32]
[Enabled]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Setting wrong values in this section may cause
the system to malfunction.
PCI Latency Timer
The default value is 32. It is recommended to keep the default value unless the installed PCI expansion cards?specifications require other settings.
PCI IDE BusMaster
Use this item to enable or disable the PCI IDE BusMaster feature.
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3.4.6 Floppy Configuration
In this section, you may configure the type of your floppy drive.
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Floppy Configuration
Floppy A
Select the type of
floppy drive
connected to the
system.
[Disabled]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.4.7 Super IO Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
Configure Super IO Chipset
OnBoard Floppy Controller
Serial Port Address
Infrared Port Address
Allow BIOS to Enable
or Disable Floppy
Controller.
[Disabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[Disabled]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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OnBoard Floppy Controller
Use this item to enable or disable floppy drive controller.
Serial Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port. Configuration
options: [3F8 / IRQ4] and [3E8 / IRQ4].
Infrared Port
Use this item to enable or disable the onboard infrared port.
Infrared Port Address
Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port.Configuration
options: [2F8 / IRQ3] and [2E8 / IRQ3].
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3.4.8 USB Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced
USB Configuration
USB 2.0 Controller
USB 2.0 Support
Legacy USB Support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
USB Mouse Power On
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
To enable or disable
the onboard USB
controllers.
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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USB 2.0 Controller
Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 2.0 controller.
USB 2.0 Support
Use this option to enable or disable support for USB 2.0 devices. The default value is [Enabled].
Legacy USB Support
Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four
confi guration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [BIOS Setup
Only]. The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions
for the details of these four options:
[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.
[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.
[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and
BIOS setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.
[BIOS Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under BIOS
setup and Windows / Linux OS.
USB Keyboard/Remote Power On
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB
Keyboard/Remote.
USB Mouse Power On
Use this item to enable or disable the system to wake from S5 using USB
Mouse.
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3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen
In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system,
including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU
fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.
Main
OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Advanced H/W Monitor
Hardware Health Event Monitoring
CPU Temperature
M / B Temperature
: 37 C / 98 F
: 27 C / 80 F
CPU Fan Speed
Chassis Fan Speed
Power Fan Speed
: 4722 RPM
: N/A
Vcore
+ 3.30V
+ 5.00V
+ 12.00V
:
:
:
:
1.216V
3.248V
5.136V
12.091V
CPU Fan Setting
Case Open Feature
Security
Exit
Enable/Disable
CPU Quiet Fan
Function.
[Disabled]
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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CPU Fan Setting
This allows you to set the CPU fan speed. Confi guration options: [Full On]
and [Automatic Mode]. The default is value [Full On].
Case Open Feature
This allows you to enable or disable case open detection feature. The
default is value [Disabled].
Clear Status
This option appears only when the case open has been detected. Use this
option to keep or clear the record of previous chassis intrusion status.
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3.6 Boot Screen
In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.
Main
OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor Boot
Boot Settings
Exit
Configure Settings
during System Boot.
Boot Settings Configuration
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
Hard Disk Drives
Removable Drives
Security
[1st Floppy Device]
[HDD: PM - HDS722580VL]
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.6.1 Boot Settings Configuration
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Full Screen Logo
AddOn ROM Display
Boot From Onboard LAN
Bootup Num-Lock
Disabled: Displays
normal POST messages.
Enabled: Displays OEM
Logo instead of POST
messages.
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[ON]
+F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Full Screen Logo
Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled].
AddOn ROM Display
Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option “Full
Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the
system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled]
and [Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].
Boot From Onboard LAN
Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.
Bootup Num-Lock
If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock
function after boot-up.
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3.7 Security Screen
In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system.
For the user password, you may also clear it.
Main
OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor Boot
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
Security
Exit
Install or Change the
password.
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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3.8 Exit Screen
Main
OC Tweaker
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Advanced H/W Monitor Boot
Exit Options
Security Exit
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
Save Changes and Exit
Discard Changes and Exit
Discard Changes
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Load BIOS Defaults
Load Performance Setup Default
Load Power Saving Setup Default
Enter
F1
F9
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Go to Sub Screen
General Help
Load Defaults
Save and Exit
Exit
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Save Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save
configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to save the changes
and exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY.
Discard Changes and Exit
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY
without saving any changes.
Discard Changes
When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard
changes?” Select [OK] to discard all changes.
Load BIOS Defaults
Load BIOS default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used
for this operation.
Load Performance Setup Default
This performance setup default may not be compatible with all system
configurations. If system boot failure occurs after loading, please resume
optimal default settings. F5 key can be used for this operation.
Load Power Saving Setup Default
Load power saving setup default. F6 key can be used for this operation.
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4. Software Support
4.1 Install Operating System
This motherboard supports various Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: 8 /
8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit / VistaTM / VistaTM 64-bit / XP / XP Media Center / XP 64-bit.
Because motherboard settings and hardware options vary, use the setup procedures
in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more
information.
4.2 Support CD Information
The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and
useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.
4.2.1 Running The Support CD To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD
automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your computer. If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on
the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the
menus.
4.2.2 Drivers Menu
The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects the
installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
4.2.3 Utilities Menu
The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.
4.2.4 Contact Information
If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your dealer for further information.
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