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Motherboard
AT3GC-I
E4628
First Edition V1
June 2009
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................... v
Safety information....................................................................................... vi
About this guide.......................................................................................... vi
AT3GC-I specifications summary............................................................. viii
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
Before you proceed...................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Motherboard overview.................................................................. 1-2
1.2.1
Motherboard layout.......................................................... 1-2
1.2.2
Layout contents................................................................ 1-2
1.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 1-3
1.4
System memory............................................................................ 1-3
1.5
1.4.1
Overview.......................................................................... 1-3
1.4.2
Memory configurations..................................................... 1-3
Expansion slots............................................................................. 1-4
1.5.1
Installing an expansion card............................................ 1-4
1.5.2
Configuring an expansion card........................................ 1-4
1.5.3
PCI slot............................................................................ 1-4
1.6
Jumpers......................................................................................... 1-5
1.7
Connectors.................................................................................... 1-7
1.8
1.7.1
Rear panel ports.............................................................. 1-7
1.7.2
Internal connectors.......................................................... 1-8
Software support......................................................................... 1-14
1.8.1
Installing an operating system....................................... 1-14
1.8.2
Support DVD information............................................... 1-14
Chapter 2: BIOS information
2.1
Managing and updating your BIOS............................................. 2-1
2.1.1
ASUS Update utility......................................................... 2-1
2.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.................................................... 2-2
2.1.3
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility....................................... 2-3
2.2
BIOS setup program..................................................................... 2-4
2.3
Main menu..................................................................................... 2-4
2.3.1
System Time.................................................................... 2-4
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Contents
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
2.8
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2.3.2
System Date.................................................................... 2-4
2.3.3
Primary IDE Master/Slave................................................ 2-5
2.3.4
SATA 1-2.......................................................................... 2-5
2.3.5
Storage Configuration...................................................... 2-6
2.3.6
System Information.......................................................... 2-6
Advanced menu............................................................................ 2-7
2.4.1
USB Configuration........................................................... 2-7
2.4.2
CPU Configuration........................................................... 2-8
2.4.3
Chipset............................................................................. 2-8
2.4.4
Onboard Devices Configuration....................................... 2-9
2.4.5
PCI PnP......................................................................... 2-10
Power menu................................................................................. 2-10
2.5.1
Suspend Mode................................................................2-11
2.5.2
ACPI 2.0 Support ...........................................................2-11
2.5.3
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled].........................................2-11
2.5.4
APM Configuration..........................................................2-11
2.5.5
HW Monitor Configuration.............................................. 2-12
Boot menu................................................................................... 2-12
2.6.1
Boot Device Priority....................................................... 2-13
2.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration........................................... 2-13
2.6.3
Security.......................................................................... 2-13
Tools menu.................................................................................. 2-15
2.7.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2........................................................... 2-15
2.7.2
AI NET 2........................................................................ 2-15
Exit menu..................................................................................... 2-15
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.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of
Chemicals) regulatory framework, we published the chemical substances in our products at
ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/english/REACH.htm
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been designed to
enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. 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.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not be placed in municipal
waste.
Safety information
Electrical safety
•
To prevent electric shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electric 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 adapter or extension cord. These devices
could interrupt the grounding circuit.
•
Ensure 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, ensure that 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 flat and stable surface.
•
If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
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
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This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new technology it
supports.
•
Chapter 2: BIOS information
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.
Conventions used in this guide
To ensure 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.
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.
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.
Typography
Bold text
Italics
<Key>
<Key1>+<Key2>+<Key3>
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
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.
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key
names are linked with a plus sign (+).
Example: <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<D>
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AT3GC-I specifications summary
CPU
Integrated dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor 330
Chipset
Northbridge: Intel® 945GC
Southbridge: Intel® ICH7
North Bridge Fan
Dimension of Fan: 40mm x 40mm x 10mm
Rated Speed: 5000 + 10% R.P.M
Voltage (V): DC 12V
Maximum Air Flow: 5.57CFM
Noise: 25.3dBA (Max. 27.5 dBA)
Front Side Bus
533 MHz
Memory
Single-channel memory architecture
1 x 240-pin DIMM slot supports unbuffered non-ECC
DDR2 533 MHz memory module
Supports up to 2GB system memory
* Refer to www.asus.com for the latest Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors List).
Graphics
Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
D-Sub Max. resolution: 2048 x 1536 x 32Bpp x 75Hz
Maximum shared memory of 224MB
Expansion slots
1 x PCI slot
Storage
1 x UltraDMA 100/66 connector
2 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors
Audio
VIA VT 1705 High Definition Audio 6-channel CODEC
USB
Supports up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports at mid-board,
4 ports at the back panel)
LAN
Realtek® PCIe Gb LAN
ASUS special features
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS MyLogo 2
Back panel I/O ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
1 x PS/2 Mouse port
1 x RJ45 port
1 x VGA port
1 x COM port
1 x LPT port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
6-channel audio I/O ports
(continued on the next page)
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Internal I/O connectors
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors support additional
4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x IDE connector
2 x SATA connectors
1 x System panel connector
1 x CD audio-in connector
1 x Internal speaker connector
1 x High Definition front panel audio connector
1 x Chassis fan connector
1 x Chassis intrusion connector
1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x TPM connector (optional)
BIOS
8Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0,
SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a
Accessories
1 x Serial ATA cable
1 x UltraDMA 100/66 cable
1 x I/O shield
1 x User’s Manual
Support DVD
Drivers
ASUS Update
ASUS PC Probe II
Anti-Virus software (OEM version)
User Manual
Form Factor
MiniITX form factor: 6.75 in x6.75 in (17cm x 17cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1
Product introduction
Thank you for buying an ASUS® AT3GC-I motherboard!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in
your motherboard package. Refer to page ix for the list of accessories.
If any of the items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
1.1
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.
• Before handling components, use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded
object or a metal object, such as the power supply case, 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, switch off the ATX power supply and
detach its power cord. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard,
peripherals, or components.
Onboard LED
AT3GC-I
This motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate that the system
is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder that you must 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.
AT3GC-I Onboard LED
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1.2
Motherboard overview
1.2.1
Motherboard layout
Ensure that you install the motherboard into the chassis in the correct orientation. The edge
with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis.
1 2
3
4
5
6
7
17.1cm(6.75in)
KBPWR
KBMS
ATX12V
AT3GC-I
RTL
8112
ICS
9LRS954
LAN1_USB12
CHA_FAN
Intel®
ICH7
CHASSIS
CD
AUDIO
USB56
USB78
USBPW5-8
F_PANEL
16 4 15
14
13
EATXPWR
SB_PWR
8Mb
BIOS
PCI1
17.1cm(6.75in)
8
SATA2
SATA1
VIA
VT1705
AAFP
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
12 11
PRI_IDE
USB34
DDR2 DIMM1 (64bit, 240-pin module)
Intel®
945GC
USBPW1-4
3
CLRTC
LPT
Super
I/O
COM
Intel®
Atom 330
VGA
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis.
9
SPEAKER
10
Place four 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.
1.2.2
Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED
Page Connectors/Jumpers/Slots/LED
Page
1.
Keyboard power (3-pin KBPWR)
1-6
9.
Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2)
1-8
2.
Chassis fan connectors (3-pin CHA_FAN)
1-10
10.
Speaker connector (4- pin SPEAKER)
1-11
3.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR,
4-pin ATX12V)
1-11
11.
Onboard LED
1-1
4.
USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW1-4,
USBPW5-8)
1-6
12.
Front panel connector (10-1 F_PANEL)
1-12
5.
Intel® Atom processor 330 and heatsink
1-3
13.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
1-10
6.
DDR2 DIMM socket
1-3
14.
Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin
CHASSIS)
1-13
7.
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
1-5
15.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) 1-13
8.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
1-9
16.
Optical drive audio in connector (4-pin CD)
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1.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with an onboard Intel® Atom 330 processor and a specially designed
CPU heatsink.
1.4
System memory
1.4.1
Overview
AT3GC-I
DIMM1
The motherboard comes with one Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) sockets. The figure illustrates the location of the DDR2 DIMM socket:
AT3GC-I 240-pin DDR2 DIMM socket
1.4.2
Memory configurations
You may install a 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB unbuffered non-ECC DDR2 DIMM into the
DIMM socket.
AT3GC-I Motherboard Qualified Vendors List (QVL)
DDR2-533MHz capability
Vendor
Part No.
Size
SS/DD
Brand
DIMM
support
Chip No.
A*
Corsair
VS 512MB533D2
512MB
SS
Corsair
64M8CEDGPS0900805
•
Corsair
VS 512MB533D2
512MB
DS
Corsair
MIII0052532M8CEC
•
Corsair
VS1GB533D2
1024MB
DS
Corsair
64M8CFEGQIB0900718
•
Elpida
EBE51UD8ABFA-5C-E
512MB
SS
Elpida
E5108AB-5C-E
•
Kingmax
KLBC28F-A8KB4
512MB
SS
Kingmax
KKEA88B4IAK-37
•
Aeneon
AET860UD00-370A08X
2048MB
DS
AENEON
AET03F370AFVV26176G 0542
•
Elixir
M2Y1G64TU8HBOB-37B
1024MB
DS
Elixir
N2TU 51280BE-37B61921300CP
•
REMAXEL
RML1040EG38D6F-533
512MB
SS
Elpida
E5108AG-5C-E
•
TAKEMS
TMS51B264C081-534AE
512MB
SS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3.7EA07100
•
TAKEMS
TMS51B264C081-534AP
512MB
SS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3.7P0704D
•
TAKEMS
TMS51B264C081-534QI
512MB
SS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3.7
•
TAKEMS
TMS1GB264C081-534AE
1024MB
DS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3.7EA0651D
•
TAKEMS
TMS1GB264C081-534AP
1024MB
DS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3.7P0645D
•
TAKEMS
TMS1GB264C081-534QI
1024MB
DS
takeMS
MS18T 51280-3.7
•
SS: Single-sided / DS: Double-sided
DIMM support:
A*: Supports one module inserted into either slot as the single-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com for the latest QVL.
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1.5
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.
Unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards. Failure to do so may
cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.
1.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that comes with it and
make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
Remove the chassis cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis).
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely
seated on the slot.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw.
Replace the chassis cover.
1.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
1.
2.
3.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See Chapter 2 for
information on BIOS setup.
Assign an IRQ to the card.
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.
1.5.3
PCI slot
The PCI slots support cards such as LAN cards, SCSI cards, USB cards, and other cards
that comply with the PCI specifications.
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1.6
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin 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.
2
1
AT3GC-I
2
3
CLRTC
Normal
(Default)
Clear RTC
AT3GC-I Clear RTC RAM
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. 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.
3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
4. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to reenter
data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper default
position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
• If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move the jumper again
to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After clearing the CMOS, reinstall the battery.
• You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to overclocking. For
system failure due to overclocking, use the CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R.) feature. Shut
down and reboot the system, then the BIOS automatically resets parameter settings to
default values.
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2.
Keyboard power (3-pin KBPWR)
This jumper allows you to enable or disable the keyboard wake-up feature. When you
set this jumper to pins 2–3 (+5VSB), you can wake up the computer by pressing a key
on the keyboard (the default is the Space Bar)s. This feature requires an ATX power
supply that can supply at least 1A on the +5VSB lead, and a corresponding setting in
the BIOS.
KBPWR
AT3GC-I
1
2 3
2
+5V
(Default)
+5VSB
AT3GC-I Keyboard Power Setting
3.
USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW1-4, USBPW5-8)
Set these jumpers to +5V to wake up the computer from S1 sleep mode (CPU stopped,
DRAM refreshed, system running in low power mode) using the connected USB
devices. Set to +5VSB to wake up from S3 and S4 sleep modes (no power to CPU,
DRAM in slow refresh, power supply in reduced power mode).
1
2
2 3
USBPW1-4
+5V
+5VSB
(Default)
AT3GC-I
USBPW5-8
1
2 3
2
+5V
(Default)
+5VSB
AT3GC-I USB Device Wake Up
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1.7
Connectors
1.7.1
Rear panel ports
1
2
11
1.
3
10
9
8
4 5
7
6
PS/2 Mouse port. This port is for a PS/2 mouse.
2.
Parallel port. This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner, or other devices.
3.
LAN (RJ-45) port. 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 indicators.
LAN port LED indications
ACT/LINK LED
SPEED LED
Status
Description
Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10 Mbps connection
ORANGE
Linked
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
BLINKING
Data activity
GREEN
1 Gbps connection
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
LAN port
4.
Line In port (light blue). This port connects to the tape, CD, DVD player, or other
audio sources.
5.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects to a headphone or a speaker. In 4-channel
and 6-channel configurations, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
6.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects to a microphone.
Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio ports in 2, 4, or
6-channel configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6-channel configuration
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Port
Headset 2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
Light Blue
Line In
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Bass/Center
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7.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports connect to
USB 2.0/1.1 devices.
8.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports connect to
USB 2.0/1.1 devices.
9.
Video Graphics Adapter (VGA) port. This 15-pin port is for a VGA monitor or other
VGA-compatible devices.
10. COM port. This 9-pin COM1 port is for pointing devices or other serial devices.
11.
PS/2 Keyboard port. This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
1.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2)
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard disk
and optical disk drives. The Serial ATA 3Gb/s is backward compatible with Serial ATA
1.5Gb/s specification. The data transfer rate of the Serial ATA 3Gb/s is faster than the
standard parallel ATA with 133MB/s (Ultra DMA133).
SATA2
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN2
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
AT3GC-I
SATA1
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
AT3GC-I SATA connectors
Install the Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later version before using Serial ATA.
2.
Optical drive audio in connector (4-pin CD)
This connector allows you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources such as a
CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
AT3GC-I
CD
Left Audio Channel
GND
GND
Right Audio Channel
AT3GC-I Internal audio connector
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3.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
The onboard IDE connector is for an Ultra DMA 100/66 signal cable. There are three
connectors on each Ultra DMA 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 devices.
Single device
Drive jumper setting
Mode of device(s)
Cable connector
Cable-Select or Master
-
Black
Master
Black
Cable-Select
Two devices
Slave
Master
Master
Slave
Slave
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.
• If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select”, ensure that all other device jumpers have
the same setting.
• Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 100/66 IDE devices.
PIN1
AT3GC-I
PRI_IDE
NOTE:Orient the red markings
on the IDE ribbon cable to PIN 1.
AT3GC-I IDE connector
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4.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
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 the USB 2.0 specification that supports up
to 480Mbps connection speed.
USB56
USB+5V
USB+5V
USB_P8- USB_P5USB_P8+ USB_P5+
GND
GND
NC
PIN 1
AT3GC-I
USB78
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
PIN 1
AT3GC-I USB2.0 connectors
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the
motherboard!
The USB 2.0 module is purchased separately.
5.
Chassis fan connectors (3-pin CHA_FAN)
This fan connector supports cooling fans of 350mA~740mA (8.88W max.) at +12V.
Connect the fan cable to the fan connector on the motherboard, ensuring that the black
wire of the cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
DO NOT forget to connect the fan cable to the fan connector. Insufficient air flow inside
the system may damage the motherboard components. It is not a jumper! DO NOT place
jumper cap on the fan connector.
AT3GC-I
CHA_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
AT3GC-I fan connectors
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6.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for an ATX power supply. The plugs from the power supply are
designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and
push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
GND
GND
ATX12V
AT3GC-I
+12V DC
+12V DC
PIN 1
EATXPWR
+3 Volts
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+5V Standby
Power OK
GND
+5 Volts
GND
+5 Volts
GND
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
GND
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
-5 Volts
GND
GND
GND
PSON#
GND
-12 Volts
+3 Volts
PIN 1
AT3GC-I ATX power connectors
• We recommend that you use an ATX 12V Specification 2.0‑compliant power supply unit
(PSU) with a minimum of 300W power rating. This PSU type has 24-pin and 4-pin power
plugs.
• If you intend to use a PSU with 20-pin and 4-pin power plugs, make sure that the 20-pin
power plug can provide at least 15 A on +12 V and that the PSU has a minimum power
rating of 300 W. The system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is
inadequate.
• DO NOT forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12 V power plug; otherwise, the system will
not boot up.
• We recommend that you use a PSU with higher power output when configuring a
system with more power-consuming devices or when you intend to install additional
devices. The system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is
inadequate.
• If you are uncertain about the minimum power supply requirement for your system,
refer to the Recommended Power Supply Wattage Calculator at http://support.asus.
com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalculator.aspx?SLanguage=en-us for details.
7.
Speaker connector (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.
AT3GC-I
+5V
GND
GND
Speaker Out
SPEAKER
PIN 1
AT3GC-I Speaker Out Connector
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System panel connector (10-1 pin F_PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
F_PANEL
PWR LED PWR BTN
GND
PWR
PLEDPLED+
Reset
Ground
IDE_LEDIDE_LED+
AT3GC-I
PIN 1
HD_LED
RESET
AT3GC-I System panel connector
•
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 +HDLED)
•
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.
Power/Soft-off button (2-pin PWRBTN)
•
This 2-pin 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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Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP)
NC
AGND
NC
NC
SENSE2_RETUR
GND
PRESENCE#
SENSE1_RETUR
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports
either High Definition Audio or AC`97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front
panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
AAFP
HD-audio-compliant
pin definition
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
PIN 1
PORT1 L
PORT1 R
PORT2 R
SENSE_SEND
PORT2 L
AT3GC-I
PIN 1
Legacy AC’97
compliant definition
AT3GC-I Analog front panel connector
If you want to connect a high-definition front panel audio module to this connector, ensure
that the Front Panel Support Type item in the BIOS is set to [HD Audio]. If you want to
connect an AC97 front panel audio module to this connector, set the item to [AC97]. See
section 2.4.5 Onboard Devices Configuration for details.
10. Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch. 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.
By default , the pin 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.
AT3GC-I
CHASSIS
GND
Chassis Signal
+5VSB_MB
AT3GC-I 240-pin Chassis intrusion connector
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1.8
Software support
1.8.1
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® XP/Vista Operating Systems (OS). Always install the
latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the features of your hardware.
• Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Refer to your OS documentation for
detailed information.
• Ensure that you install Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later versions / Windows® Vista
Service Pack 1 or later versions before installing the drivers for better compatibility and
system stability.
1.8.2
Support DVD information
The Support DVD that comes with the motherboard package contains drivers, software
applications, and utilities that you can install to get all motherboard features.
To run the Support DVD
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive. The DVD automatically displays the Drivers
menu if the Autorun function is enabled on your computer.
The contents of the Support DVD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the
ASUS website at www.asus.com for updates.
Click an icon to
display Support DVD/
motherboard information
Click an item to install
If the Autorun function is NOT enabled on your computer, browse the contents of the
Support DVD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Double-click
ASSETUP.EXE to run the DVD.
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Chapter 2
BIOS information
2.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a USB flash disk in case you need to
restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update
utility.
2.1.1
ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update the motherboard
BIOS in Windows® environment.
• ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
• This utility is available in the Support DVD that comes with the motherboard package.
Installing ASUS Update:
1.
Place the Support DVD into the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this utility.
Updating the BIOS:
To update the BIOS:
1.
From the Windows® desktop, Click Start > Programs > ASUS > ASUS Update >
ASUS Update to launch the ASUS Update utility.
2.
From the dropdown list, select either of the following methods:
Updating from the Internet
a. Select Update BIOS from the Internet, then click Next.
b. Select the ASUS FTP site nearest you to avoid network traffic, or click Auto Select
then click Next.
c. From the FTP site, select the BIOS version you want to download then click Next.
The ASUS Update utility is capable of updating itself through the Internet. Always update
the utility to get all its features.
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a. Select Update BIOS from a file, then click Next.
b. Locate the BIOS file from the Open window, then click Open.
3.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the updating process.
2.1.2
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without using an OS‑based
utility.
Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains the latest BIOS file to a USB port, then launch
EZ Flash 2 in either of the following ways.
•
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following:
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility V3.37
FLASH TYPE: MXIC 25L8005
Current ROM
BOARD: AT3GC-I
VER: 0204 (H:00 B:00)
DATE: 05/20/2009
Update ROM
BOARD: Unknown
VER: Unknown
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\
C:
Note
[Enter] Select or Load [Tab] Switch [V] Drive Info
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move [B] Backup
[Esc] Exit
Enter the BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu to select EZ Flash 2 and press <Enter> to enable it.
•
2.
Press <Tab> to locate the correct file. Press <Enter>.
When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS updating process and
automatically reboots the system when done.
• Only a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and single partition supports the ASUS EZ
Flash 2 utility.
• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to prevent system boot
failure!
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2.1.3
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 DVD or a USB flash disk that contains the updated BIOS
file.
• Prepare the motherboard Support DVD or a USB flash disk containing the updated
motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
• Always connect the SATA cable to the SATA1/2 connector; otherwise, the utility will not
function.
Recovering the BIOS
To recover the BIOS:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the Support DVD or USB flash disk containing the BIOS file to the optical disk
drive or a USB port.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks the Support DVD
or the USB flash disk for the BIOS file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for CD-ROM...
When the BIOS file is found, the utility reads it and starts erasing the corrupted BIOS
file.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for CD-ROM...
CD-ROM found!
Reading file “AT3GC-I.ROM”. Completed.
Start Erasing...
Start Programming...
3.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
• Only a USB flash disk with FAT 32/16 format and single partition supports ASUS
CrashFree BIOS 3. The device size should be smaller than 8GB.
• DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing so can cause
system boot failure!
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this motherboard. Download
the latest BIOS file from the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
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BIOS setup program
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.
If you want 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 that you always shut down the system properly from the operating system.
• The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply to 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 Setup Defaults item under the Exit menu. See section 2.8 Exit menu.
• The BIOS setup screens in this section are for reference only. They may not exactly
match what you see on your screen.
• Visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com to download the latest BIOS file for this
motherboard.
2.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears, giving you an
overview of the basic system information.
Main
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Main Settings
System Time
System Date
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
SATA1
SATA2
Storage Configuration
[18:43:30]
[Fri 05/22/2009]
:[Not
:[Not
:[Not
:[Not
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
Detected]
System Information
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system Time.
+-
Tab
2.3.1
System Time [xx:xx:xx]
2.3.2
System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Select
Select
Change
Select
Screen
Item
Field
Field
Allows you to set the system time.
Allows you to set the system date.
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2.3.3
Primary IDE Master/Slave
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE devices. There is
a separate submenu for each IDE device. Select a device item then press <Enter> to display
the IDE device information.
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device, Vendor,
Size, LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and SMART monitoring).
These values are not user-configurable. These items show Not Detected if no IDE device is
installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the appropriate
IDE device type. Select [CDROM] if you are specifically configuring a CD-ROM drive. Select
[ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the device
supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA mode disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the data transfer from
and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multi-sector transfer
feature. When set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the device occurs one sector
at a time. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.3.4
SATA 1-2
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of SATA devices. There
is a separate submenu for each SATA device. Select a device item then press <Enter> to
display the SATA device information.
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items (Device, Vendor, Size,
LBA Mode, Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and SMART monitoring). These
values are not user-configurable. These items show Not Detected if no SATA device is
installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Setting to [Auto] allows automatic selection of the appropriate
IDE device type. Select [CDROM] if you are specifically configuring a CD-ROM drive. Select
[ARMD] (ATAPI Removable Media Device) if your device is either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO drive.
Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
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LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to [Auto] enables the LBA mode if the device
supports this mode, and if the device was not previously formatted with LBA mode disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-Sector Transfer) M [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to [Auto], the data transfer from
and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if the device supports multi-sector transfer
feature. When set to [Disabled], the data transfer from and to the device occurs one sector
at a time. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. Configuration options: [Auto]
[Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Enabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.3.5
Storage Configuration
The Storage Configuration menu allows you to configure your storage device(s). Select an
item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Onboard IDE Operate Mode [Enhanced Mode]
Disables or allows selection of the IDE operation mode depending on the operating system
(OS) that you installed. Set to Enhanced Mode if you are using native OS, such as Windows®
XP/Vista. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Compatible Mode] [Enhanced Mode]
Enhanced Mode Support On [S-ATA]
Configuration options: [S-ATA+P-ATA] [S-ATA] [P-ATA]
IDE Detect Time Out [35]
Selects the time out value for detecting ATA/ATAPI devices.
Configuration options: [0] [5] [10] [15] [20] [25] [30] [35]
2.3.6
System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications. The BIOS
automatically detects the items in this menu.
AMI BIOS
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information
Processor
Displays the auto-detected CPU specification
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory
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2.4
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
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Advanced Settings
USB Configuration
Adjust System
Frequency/Voltage etc.
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
PCIPnP
2.4.1
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.
The Module Version and USB Devices Enabled items show the auto-detected values. If
no USB device is detected, the item shows None.
USB Functions [Enabled]
Enables or disables the USB functions. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable support for Legacy USB storage devices, including USB flash
drives and USB hard drives. Setting to Auto allows the system to detect the presence of USB
devices at startup. If detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device
is detected, the legacy USB support is disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
[Auto]
USB 2.0 Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables the USB 2.0 Controller. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to configure the USB 2.0 controller in HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or Full Speed
(12 Mbps). Configuration options: [FullSpeed] [HiSpeed]
The following items may only appear when a USB storage device is plugged.
USB Mass Storage Device Configuration
USB Mass Storage Reset Delay [20 Sec]
Allows you to set the maximum time that the BIOS waits for the USB storage device to
initialize. Configuration options: [10 Sec] [20 Sec] [30 Sec] [40 Sec]
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Emulation Type [Auto]
Allows you to set the emulation type. Configuration options: [Auto] [Floppy] [Forced FDD]
[Hard Disk] [CDROM]
2.4.2
CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information that the BIOS automatically
detects.
Max CPUID Value Limit [Disabled]
Setting this item to [Enabled] allows legacy operating systems to boot even without support
for CPUs with extended CPUID functions. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Execute-Disable Bit Capability [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the No-Execution Page Protection Technology. Setting this
item to [Disabled] forces the XD feature flag to always return to zero (0). Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hyper Threading Technology [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Intel® Hyper Threading Technology.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
2.4.3
Chipset
The Chipset menu allows you to change the advanced chipset settings. Select an item then
press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Configure DRAM Timing by SPD [Enabled]
When this item is enabled, the DRAM timing parameters are set according to the DRAM SPD
(Serial Presence Detect). When disabled, you can manually set the DRAM timing parameters
through the DRAM sub-items. The following sub-items appear when this item is Disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hyper Path 3 [Auto]
Sets this item to enabled to reduce bottlenecks of memory bandwidth. Sets it to disabled for
safe mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
DRAM Throttling Threshold [Auto]
Allows you to enable DRAM Thermal Throttling to make your system more stable.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Boot Graphic Adapter Priority [PCI/Int-VGA]
Allows selection of the graphics controller to use as primary boot device. Configuration
options: [Internal VGA] [PCI/Int-VGA]
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Internal Graphics Mode Select [Enabled, 8MB]
Sets the internal graphics mode.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled, 1MB] [Enabled, 8MB]
DVMT Mode Select [DVMT Mode]
Allows you to select the graphics memory type.
Configuration options: [Fixed Mode] [DVMT Mode] [Combo Mode]
DVMT/FIXED Memory [128MB]
Configuration options: [64MB] [128MB] [Maximum DVMT]
2.4.4
Onboard Devices Configuration
HD Audio Controller [Enabled]
Enables or disables the Azalia/AC’97 CODEC. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Front Panel Support Type [HD Audio]
Allows you to set the front panel audio connector (AAFP) mode to legacy AC’97 or
high-definition audio depending on the audio standard that the front panel audio
module supports. Configuration options: [AC97] [HD Audio]
Onboard PCIEX LAN [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard PCIe 10/100 MB LAN controller.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
LAN Option ROM [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the option ROM in the onboard LAN controller. This
item appears only when the Onboard LAN item is set to Enabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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]
Serial Port1 Mode [Normal]
Allows you to select the serial port1 mode.
Configuration options: [Normal] [IrDA] [ASK IR]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [378] [278] [3BC]
Parallel Port Mode [SPP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode.
Configuration options: [SPP] [EPP] [ECP] [EPP+ECP]
The following item appears only when the Parallel Port Mode item is set to [ECP]
ECP Mode DMA Channel [DMA3]
Appears only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to [ECP]. This item allows you to
set the Parallel Port ECP DMA. Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1] [DMA3]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
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PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP devices.
The menu includes setting IRQ and DMA channel resources for either PCI/PnP or legacy ISA
devices, and setting the memory size block for legacy ISA devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items. Incorrect field values
can cause the system to malfunction.
Plug and Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], 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]
PCI Latency Timer [64]
Allows you to select the value in units of PCI clocks for the PCI device latency timer register.
Configuration options: [32] [64] [96] [128] [160] [192] [224] [248]
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA [Yes]
When set to [Yes], BIOS assigns an IRQ to PCI VGA card if the card requests for an IRQ.
When set to [No], BIOS does not assign an IRQ to the PCI VGA card even if requested.
Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Palette Snooping [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the pallete snooping feature informs the PCI devices that an
ISA graphics device is installed in the system so that the latter can function correctly.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IRQ-xx assigned to [PCI Device]
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]
2.5
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.
Power Settings
Suspend Mode
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
HW Monitor Configuration
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Suspend Mode [Auto]
2.5.2
ACPI 2.0 Support [Disabled]
2.5.3
ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
2.5.4
APM Configuration
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) state to be used
for system suspend. Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S3 Only] [Auto]
[S1(POS) Only] - Enables the system to enter the ACPI S1 (Power on Suspend) sleep state.
In S1 sleep state, the system appears suspended and stays in a low power
mode. The system can be resumed at any time.
[S3 Only] - Enables the system to enter the ACPI S3 (Suspend to RAM) sleep state (default).
In S3 sleep state, the system appears to be off and consumes less power than in
the S1 state. When signaled by a wake-up device or event, the system resumes
to its working state exactly where it was left off.
[Auto] - Detected by OS.
Allows you to add additional tables as per Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) 2.0 specifications. Configuration options: [Disabled] [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]
Restore on AC Power Loss [Power Off]
When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power loss. When set to
Power On, the system goes on after an AC power loss. Configuration options: [Power On]
[Power Off] [Last State]
Power On RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this item is set to
Enabled, the items RTC Alarm Date, RTC Alarm Hour, RTC Alarm Minute, and RTC Alarm
Second appear with set values. 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.
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to wake the system through a PCI LAN
or modem card. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Power on By Lan [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to wake the system through a LAN
connection. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to use specific keys on the 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]
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]
2.5.5
HW Monitor Configuration
CPU Temperature [xxxºC/xxxºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the CPU temperature.
Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the detected temperatures.
Chassis Fan Speed (RPM) [xxxxRPM] or [Ignored]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the chassis fan speed in
rotations per minute (RPM). If the fan is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows
N/A. Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the detected speed.
VCORE Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage or [Ignored]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard
voltage regulators. Select Ignored if you do not wish to display the detected voltage output.
2.6
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
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
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Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
A virtual floppy disk
drive (Floppy Drive B:)
may appear when you set
the CD-ROM drive as the
first boot device.
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Boot Device Priority
1st ~ xxth Boot Device
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 Device] [Hard Drive]
[ATAPI CD-ROM ] [Disabled]
2.6.2
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST) while booting to
decrease the time needed to boot the system. When set to [Disabled], BIOS performs all the
POST items. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo 2™ feature.
AddOn ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM. Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock. Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system waits for the F1 key to be pressed when error occurs.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system displays the message Press DEL to run Setup during
POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.6.3
Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings. Select an item
then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor Password item
on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item
shows Installed.
To set a Supervisor Password:
1.
Select the Change Supervisor Password item then press <Enter>.
2.
On the password box, key in a password containing up to six letters or numbers, or
both, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted. The message Password Installed appears
after you successfully set your password.
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To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps in setting a supervisor password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password then press
<Enter> twice. The message Password uninstalled appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS Real Time Clock
(RTC) RAM. See section 1.6 Jumpers for information on how to erase the RTC RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow you to change
other security settings.
User Access Level [Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
[No Access] - prevents user access to the Setup utility.
[View Only] - allows access but does not allow change to any field.
[Limited] - allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
[Full Access] - allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.
Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on top of the
screen shows the default Not Installed. After you set a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1.
Select the Change User Password item.
2.
From the password box, type a password composed of at most six letters and/or
numbers, then press <Enter>.
3.
Confirm the password when prompted.
The message Password Installed appears after you set your password successfully.
To change the user password, follow the same steps in setting a user password.
Clear User Password
Select this item to clear the user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup utility. When
set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when accessing Setup and booting the
system. Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
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2.7
Main
Tools menu
Advanced
Power
BIOS SETUP UTILITY
Boot
Tools
Exit
Tools Settings
ASUS EZ Flash 2
AI NET2
2.7.1
ASUS EZ Flash 2
2.7.2
AI NET 2
Press ENTER to run the
utility to select and
update BIOS.
This utility supports :
1. FAT 12/16/32 (r/w)
2. NTFS (read only)
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. When you press <OK>, a confirmation message
appears. Use the left/right arrow key to select between [Yes] or [No], then press <OK> to
confirm your choice.
Check Realtek LAN cable [Disabled]
Enables or disables checking of the Realtek LAN cable during the Power-On Self‑Test
(POST). Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.8
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.
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Load Setup Defaults
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be
used for this
operation.
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options from this
menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
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