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Motherboard
M2N4-SLI
E2670
First Edition
July 2006
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Contents
Notices.................................................................................................vii
Safety information..............................................................................viii
About this guide................................................................................... ix
Typography........................................................................................... x
M2N4-SLI specifications summary....................................................... xi
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
Welcome!............................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Package contents.................................................................. 1-1
1.3
Special features..................................................................... 1-2
1.3.1
Product highlights.................................................... 1-2
1.3.2
ASUS Special features.............................................. 1-4
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.1
Before you proceed............................................................... 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview........................................................... 2-2
2.3
2.4
2.2.1
Placement direction................................................. 2-2
2.2.2
Screw holes.............................................................. 2-2
2.2.3
Motherboard layout................................................. 2-3
2.2.4
Layout Contents...................................................... 2-4
Central Processing Unit (CPU)............................................... 2-5
2.3.1
Installing the CPU..................................................... 2-5
2.3.2
Installing the heatsink and fan................................. 2-7
System memory................................................................... 2-10
2.4.1
2.5
Overview................................................................ 2-10
2.4.2
Memory configurations.......................................... 2-10
2.4.3
Installing a DIMM.................................................... 2-15
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM................................................... 2-15
Expansion slots.................................................................... 2-16
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card................................... 2-16
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card............................... 2-16
2.5.3
Interrupt assignments............................................ 2-17
2.5.4
PCI slots................................................................. 2-17
2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slot................................................ 2-18
2.5.6
PCI Express x16 slots............................................. 2-18
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Contents
2.6
Jumpers............................................................................... 2-19
2.7
Connectors.......................................................................... 2-22
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors........................................... 2-22
2.7.2
Internal connectors................................................ 2-24
Chapter 3: Powering up
3.1
3.2
Starting up for the first time................................................. 3-1
Powering off the computer.................................................... 3-2
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function............................ 3-2
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch...................... 3-2
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.1
4.2
4.3
Managing and updating your BIOS......................................... 4-1
4.1.1
Creating a bootable floppy disk............................... 4-1
4.1.2
Updating the BIOS.................................................... 4-2
4.1.3
Saving the current BIOS file..................................... 4-4
4.1.4
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility................................. 4-5
4.1.5
ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility............................................. 4-7
4.1.6
ASUS Update utility................................................. 4-8
BIOS setup program............................................................. 4-11
4.2.1
BIOS menu screen.................................................. 4-12
4.2.2
Menu bar................................................................ 4-12
4.2.3
Legend bar............................................................. 4-13
4.2.4
Menu items............................................................ 4-13
4.2.5
Sub-menu items..................................................... 4-13
4.2.6
Configuration fields................................................ 4-13
4.2.7
Pop-up window....................................................... 4-14
4.2.8
General help........................................................... 4-14
Main menu............................................................................ 4-15
4.3.1
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System Time . ....................................................... 4-15
4.3.2
System Date ......................................................... 4-15
4.3.3
Legacy Diskette A ................................................ 4-15
4.3.5
Primary and Secondary IDE Master/Slave.............. 4-16
4.3.6
SATA 1, 2, 3, 4...................................................... 4-18
4.3.7
HDD SMART Monitoring.......................................... 4-19
Contents
4.3.8
4.4
Installed Memory.................................................... 4-19
Advanced menu................................................................... 4-20
4.4.1
JumperFree Configuration...................................... 4-20
4.4.3 CPU Configuration.................................................. 4-23
4.4.4 PCIPnP.................................................................... 4-25
4.5
4.6
4.4.5
Onboard Device Configuration............................... 4-26
4.4.6
SLI Configuration.................................................... 4-31
Power menu......................................................................... 4-32
4.5.1
ACPI Suspend Type . ............................................. 4-32
4.5.2
ACPI APIC Support ................................................ 4-32
4.5.3
APM Configuration................................................. 4-33
4.5.4
Hardware Monitor................................................... 4-35
Boot menu........................................................................... 4-37
4.6.1
Boot Device Priority............................................... 4-37
4.6.2
Removable Drives................................................... 4-38
4.6.3
Hard Disk Drives..................................................... 4-38
4.6.4
Boot Settings Configuration ................................. 4-39
4.6.5
Security.................................................................. 4-41
4.7
Tools menu.......................................................................... 4-43
4.8
Exit menu............................................................................. 4-44
ASUS EZ Flash 2................................................................... 4-43
Chapter 5: Software support
5.1
Installing an operating system............................................... 5-1
5.2
Support CD information......................................................... 5-1
5.2.1
5.3
5.4
Running the support CD........................................... 5-1
5.2.2
Drivers menu............................................................ 5-2
5.2.3
Utilities menu........................................................... 5-3
5.2.4
Manuals menu.......................................................... 5-4
5.2.5
ASUS Contact information....................................... 5-5
5.2.6
Other information.................................................... 5-5
Software information............................................................. 5-8
5.3.1
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology.................................... 5-8
5.3.2
ASUS PC Probe II.................................................... 5-10
RAID configurations............................................................. 5-16
Contents
5.5
5.4.1
Installing hard disks................................................ 5-17
5.4.2
NVIDIA® RAID configurations.................................. 5-18
Creating a RAID driver disk.................................................. 5-25
Chapter 6: NVIDIA® SLI™ technology support
6.1
Overview................................................................................ 6-1
Requirements......................................................................... 6-1
6.2
Dual graphics card setup....................................................... 6-2
6.2.1
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Installing SLI-ready graphics cards........................... 6-2
6.2.2
Installing the device drivers..................................... 6-5
6.2.3
Enabling the multi-GPU feature in Windows............. 6-5
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics
card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes
or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate
this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise
emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference
Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian
ICES-003.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from
the electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that
the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables
are connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing
system before you add a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard,
ensure that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your
area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you
are using, contact your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully
read all the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected
and the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage,
contact your dealer immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the
product in any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
The symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product
(electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal
waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing and
configuring the motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This manual contains the following parts:
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the features of the motherboard and the new
technology it supports.
•
Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to
perform when installing system components. It includes description of
the switches, jumpers, and connectors on the motherboard.
•
Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter describes the power up sequence, the vocal POST
messages, and ways of shutting down the system.
•
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
•
Chapter 5: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes
with the motherboard package.
•
Chapter 6: NVIDIA® SLI™ technology support
This chapter tells how to install SLI-ready PCI Express graphics cards.
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Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product
and software updates.
1.
ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware
and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2.
Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as
warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These
documents are not part of the standard package.
Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the
following symbols used throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to help you complete a
task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase
<Key> Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means
that you must press the enclosed key
Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or
Return key
<Key1>+<Key2>+<Key3>
If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the
key names are linked with a plus sign (+)
Example: <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<D>
Command
Means that you must type the command exactly as shown,
then supply the required item or value enclosed in
brackets
Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
awdflash M2N4SLI.ROM
M2N4-SLI specifications summary
CPU
Socket AM2 for AMD Athlon™ 64 FX/AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 /AMD Athlon 64™/AMD Sempron™ processors
Supports AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology
AMD64 architecture enables simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit computing
AMD Live!™ ready
Chipset
NVIDIA® nForce® 4 SLI™ MCP
System bus
2000 / 1600 MT/s
Memory
Dual-channel memory architecture
- 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support unbuffered
ECC/non-ECC DDR2 800/667/533 MHz memory
modules
- Supports up to 8 GB system memory
Expansion slots
2 x PCI Express™ x16 slots Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology (both at x8 mode)
2 x PCI Express™ x1 slots
2 x PCI 2.2 slots
Scalable Link Interface
(SLI™)
Supports two identical NVIDIA® SLI™-ready graphics card
ASUS two-slot thermal design
Storage
NVIDIA® nForce® 4 SLI™ MCP supports:
- 2 x IDE connector for up to four Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 devices
- 4 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors support four Serial ATA devices
- RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, and JBOD configurations spanning across Serial ATA drives
LAN
NVIDIA® nForce® 4 SLI™ MCP built-in Gigabit MAC with external Attansic PHY
Supports TCP/IP Acceleration
Audio
Realtek® ALC850 6-channel AC’97 CODEC
Supports Jack-Sensing and Enumeration Technology
Supports S/PDIF Out interface
USB 2.0
Supports up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (six at mid-board, four on the rear panel)
ASUS Exclusive
Overclocking features
AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
Stepless Frequency Selection(SFS) allows FSB tuning
from 200 MHz up to 400 MHz at 1 MHz increment
ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
Adjustable FSB/DDR2 ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies
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Special features
ASUS EZ DIY:
- Q-Connector
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Fan 2
ASUS MyLogo2
Rear panel
1 x Parallel port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse port (green)
1 x Serial (COM1) port
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
1 x LAN (RJ-45) ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
6-channel audio ports
Internal connectors
3 x USB 2.0 connectors support six additional USB 2.0 ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
2 x IDE connector for four devices
4 x Serial ATA connectors
1 x CPU / 1 x Chassis / 1 x Power fan connectors
S/PDIF out connector
Front panel audio connector
CD/AUX audio in connectors
24-pin ATX power connector
4-pin ATX 12 V power connector
System panel connector
BIOS features
4 Mb BIOS ROM, AWARD BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis intrusion, PXE
Power requirements
ATX power supply with 24-pin and 4-pin 12V plugs
ATX 12V 2.0 compliant
Support CD contents
Device drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
NVIDIA® MediaShield™ RAID
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
Form factor
ATX form factor: 12 in x 9 in (30.5 cm x 22.8 cm)
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies
it supports.
1
Product
introduction
Chapter summary
1.1
Welcome!............................................................................... 1-1
1.2
Package contents.................................................................. 1-1
1.3
Special features..................................................................... 1-2
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1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying an ASUS ® M2N4-SLI motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies,
making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it,
check the items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
Motherboard
ASUS M2N4-SLI motherboard
Cables
2 x Serial ATA signal cables
1 x Serial ATA power cable with dual plugs
1 x Ultra DMA/133 cable
1 x Floppy disk drive cable
Accessories
I/O shield
ASUS SLI™ bridge
1 x ASUS Q-Connector Kit
(USB, System panel; Retail version only)
Application CDs
ASUS motherboard support CD
Documentation
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1
Product highlights
Latest processor technology
The motherboard comes with a 940-pin AM2 socket that supports AMD
Athlon™ 64 X2/AMD Athlon™ 64/AMD Athlon™ 64 FX/AMD Sempron™
processors. With an integrated low-latency high-bandwidth memory
controller and a highly scalable HyperTransport™ technology-based system
bus, the motherboard provides a powerful platform for your diverse
computing needs, increased office productivity, and enhanced digital media
experience. See page 2-5 for details.
Scalable Link Interface (SLI™) technology
The NVIDIA® nForce4® Scalable Link Interface (SLI™) technology allows two
graphics processing units (GPUs) in a single system. This technology takes
advantage of the PCI Express™ bus architecture and features intelligent
hardware and software solutions that allows multiple GPUs to work
together and achieve exceptional graphics performance. See Chapter 6 for
details.
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that
dynamically and automatically changes the CPU speed, voltage and amount
of power depending on the task the CPU performs. See pages 4-25, 5‑3
and 5-9.
Gigabit LAN
The motherboard comes with a Gigabit LAN controller built into the
NVIDIA® nForce™4 chipset to meet your growing networking needs. The
controller uses the PCI Express segment to provide faster data bandwidth
for your Internet, LAN, and file sharing requirements. See page 2-22 for
details.
DDR2 memory support
The motherboard supports DDR2 memory that features data transfer rates
of 800/667/533 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the
latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel
DDR2 architecture doubles the bandwidth of your system memory to boost
system performance, eliminating bottlenecks with peak bandwidths of up
to 12.8 GB/s. See pages 2­‑10 to 2-13 for details.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Serial ATA 3Gb/s RAID
The motherboard supports the next-generation Serial ATA hard drives
based on the SATA 3Gb/s storage specification. The onboard NVIDIA
nForce® 4 SLI™ MCP allows RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, and JBOD.
See page 2‑25.
PCI Express™ interface
The motherboard fully supports PCI Express, the latest I/O interconnect
technology that speeds up the PCI bus. PCI Express features point‑to­‑point
serial interconnections between devices and allows higher clockspeeds by
carrying data in packets. This high speed interface is software compatible
with existing PCI specifications. See page 2-18 for details.
S/PDIF digital sound ready
The motherboard supports the S/PDIF Out function through the S/PDIF
interfaces on the rear panel. The S/PDIF technology turns your computer
into a high-end entertainment system with digital connectivity to powerful
audio and speaker systems. See page 2-23 for details.
USB 2.0 technology
The motherboard implements the Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
specification, dramatically increasing the connection speed from the
12 Mbps bandwidth on USB 1.1 to a fast 480 Mbps on USB 2.0. USB 2.0 is
backward compatible with USB 1.1. See page 2-23 and 2-27 for details.
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1.3.2
ASUS Special features
ASUS Two-slot thermal design
The motherboard is designed with two PCI Express x1 slots placed between
the PCI Express x16 slots allowing an increase in airflow between the two
PCI Express x16 graphics cards. This special design permits more room for
ventilation thus lowering the overall system temperature.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data
from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users
the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip. See page 4-5 for
details.
ASUS EZ Flash 2
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply press the predefined
hotkey to launch the utility and update the BIOS without entering the OS.
Update your BIOS easily without preparing a bootable diskette or using an
OS-based flash utility. See page 4-7 for details.
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily connect or disconnect the chassis
front panel cables to the motherboard. This unique module eliminates the
trouble of connecting the system panel cables one at a time and avoiding
wrong cable connections.
ASUS Q-Fan 2 technology
The ASUS Q-Fan technology smartly adjusts the CPU and chassis fan
speeds according to the system loading to ensure quiet, cool, and efficient
operation. See page 4-35 for details.
ASUS MyLogo2™
This new feature present in the motherboard allows you to personalize and
add style to your system with customizable boot logos.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing system components.
It includes description of the jumpers
and connectors on the motherboard.
2
Hardware
information
Chapter summary
2.1
Before you proceed............................................................... 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview........................................................... 2-2
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)............................................... 2-5
2.4
System memory................................................................... 2-10
2.5
Expansion slots.................................................................... 2-16
2.6
Jumpers............................................................................... 2-19
2.7
Connectors.......................................................................... 2-22
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2.1
Before you proceed
Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
• Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least
the minimum power required by your system. See “8. ATX power
connectors” on page 2-26 for details.
• Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
• Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or
to a metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling
components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity
• Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
• Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded
antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.
• Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX
power supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from
the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the
motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to
indicate that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode.
This is a reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug
the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard
component. The illustration below shows the location of the onboard
LED.
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M2N4-SLI Onboard LED
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SB_PWR
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
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2.2
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis
to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the
motherboard. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage
motherboard components.
2.2.1
Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the
chassis in the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the
rear part of the chassis as indicated in the image below.
2.2.2
Screw holes
Place six (6) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the
motherboard to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.3
Motherboard layout
23.0cm (9.0in)
CPU_FAN
M2N4-SLI
PRI_IDE
R
AUX
ALC850
30.5cm (12.0in)
CD
AUDIO
Attansic
F1
SEC_IDE
LAN_USB34
EATXPWR
USBPW34
DDR2 DIMM_B2 (64 bit,240-pin module)
USB12
DDR2 DIMM_B1 (64 bit,240-pin module)
DDR2 DIMM_A2 (64 bit,240-pin module)
Socket AM2
USBPW12
COM1
DDR2 DIMM_A1 (64 bit,240-pin module)
ATX12V
PARALLEL PORT
SPDIF_O1
PS/2KBMS KBPWR
T: Mouse
B: Keyboard
PCIEX16_1
FP_AUDIO
PCIEX1_1
PWR_FAN
SPDIF_OUT
CHA_FAN
NVIDIA NF4 SLI
PCIEX1_2
4Mb
BIOS
CLRTC
PCI1
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USB56
USB78
USB910
CHASSIS
F_PANEL
SATA4
USBPW56
USBPW78
USBPW910
SATA3
PCI2
SATA2
SB_PWR
SATA1
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
PANEL
Super I/O
PCIEX16_2
FLOPPY
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2.2.4
Layout Contents
Slots Page
1. DDR2 DIMM slots
2-10
2. PCI slots
2-17
3. PCI Express x16 slot
2-18
4. PCI Express x1 slot
2-18
Slots Page
1. CLRTC (3-pin CLRTC1)
2-19
2. USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW12, USBPW34, USBPW56,
USBPW78, USBPW910)
2-20
3. Keyboard Power (3-pin KBPWR)
2-21
Rear panel connectors Page
1. PS/2 mouse port (green)
2-22
2. Parallel port
2-22
3. Serial (COM) port
2-22
4. LAN (RJ-45) port
2-22
5. Line In port (light blue)
2-22
6. Microphone port (pink)
2-22
7. Line Out port (lime)
2-22
8. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
2-23
9. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
2-23
10. Coaxial S/PDIF out port
2-23
11. PS/2 keyboard port (purple)
2-23
Internal connectors Page
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1. Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
2-23
2. Primary/Secondary IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE)
2-24
3. nForce 4 Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2, SATA3, SATA4)
2-25
4. CPU fan connector (3-pin CPU_FAN)
2-26
5. Power fan connector (3-pin PWR_FAN)
2-26
6. Chassis fan connector (3-pin CHA_FAN)
2-26
7. USB headers (10-1 USB56, USB78, USB910)
2-27
8. ATX power connector (24-pin EATXPWR1)
2-28
9. ATX 12V power connector (4-pin ATX12V1)
2-28
10. Internal audio connectors (4-pin CD/AUX)
2-29
11. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO)
2-29
12. System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL)
2-30
•
•
•
•
•
System power LED (2-pin LED)
Hard disk drive activity LED (2-pin IDE_LED)
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWR)
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
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2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a 940-pin AM2 socket designed for the AMD
Athlon™ 64 X2/AMD Athlon™ 64 FX/AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Sempron™
processors.
Make sure you use a CPU is designed for the AM2 socket. The CPU fits in
only one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU into the socket to
prevent bending the connectors on the socket and damaging the CPU!
2.3.1
Installing the CPU
To install a CPU:
1.
Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
M2N4-SLI
R
M2N4-SLI CPU Socket AM2
2.
Unlock the socket by pressing
the lever sideways, then lift it up
to a 90º angle.
Socket lever
Make sure that the socket lever is lifted up to a 90º angle; otherwise,
the CPU will not fit in completely.
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3.
Position the CPU above the
socket such that the CPU corner
with the gold triangle matches
the socket corner with a small
triangle.
Gold triangle
Small triangle
2-
5.
When the CPU is in place, push
down the socket lever to secure
the CPU. The lever clicks on the
side tab to indicate that it is
locked.
6.
Install a CPU heatsink and fan
following the instructions that
came with the heatsink package.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.3.2
Installing the heatsink and fan
The the AMD Athlon™ FX, AMD Athlon 64™, AMD Sempron™ or AMD
Athlon™ X2 processor require a specially designed heatsink and fan
assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
Make sure that you use only qualified heatsink and fan assembly.
Follow these steps to install the CPU heatsink and fan.
1.
Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, making sure that the
heatsink fits properly on the retention module base.
• The retention module base is already installed on the motherboard upon purchase. • You do not have to remove the retention module base when installing the CPU or installing other motherboard components.
• If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, make sure that a Thermal Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or CPU before you install the heatsink and fan assembly.
CPU Fan
CPU Heatsink
Retention Module Base
Retention bracket
Retention bracket lock
Your boxed CPU heatsink and fan assembly should come with installation
instructions for the CPU, heatsink, and the retention mechanism. If the
instructions in this section do not match the CPU documentation, follow
the latter.
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2.
Attach one end of the retention bracket to the retention module base.
3.
Align the other end of the retention bracket (near the retention
bracket lock) to the retention module base. A clicking sound denotes
that the retention bracket is in place.
Make sure that the fan and
heatsink assembly perfectly
fits the retention mechanism
module base, otherwise you
cannot snap the retention
bracket in place.
4.
2-
Push down the retention bracket lock on the retention mechanism to
secure the heatsink and fan to the module base.
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5.
When the fan and heatsink assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
GND
CPU FAN PWR
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWM
CPU_FAN
M2N4-SLI
R
M2N4-SLI CPU Fan Connectors
Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! Hardware monitoring
errors can occur if you fail to plug this connector.
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2.4
System memory
2.4.1
Overview
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) Dual Inline
Memory Modules (DIMM) sockets.
A DDR2 module has the same physical dimensions as a DDR DIMM but has
a 240-pin footprint compared to the 184-pin DDR DIMM. DDR2 DIMMs are
notched differently to prevent installation on a DDR DIMM socket.
DIMM_B2
DIMM_B1
DIMM_A1
DIMM_A2
The figure illustrates the location of the DDR2 DIMM sockets:
128 Pins
M2N4-SLI
R
112 Pins
M2N4-SLI 240-pin DDR2 DIMM Sockets
Channel
Channel A
Channel B
2.4.2
Sockets
DIMM_A1 and DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2
Memory configurations
You may install 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB, and 2GB unbuffered ECC/non-ECC
DDR2 DIMMs into the DIMM sockets.
Recommended Memory Configurations
Mode
Single Channel
Dual-channel (1)
Dual-channel (2)
2-10
Sockets
DIMM_A1
DIMM_A2
DIMM_B1
Populated
–
–
DIMM_B2
–
–
Populated
–
–
–
–
Populated
–
–
–
–
Populated
Populated
–
Populated
–
–
Populated
–
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
Populated
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* For dual-channel memory configuration (2), you may:
• install identical DIMMs in all four sockets OR
• install an identical DIMM pair in DIMM_A1 and DIMM_B1 (yellow
sockets) and another identical DIMM pair in DIMM_A2 and
DIMM_B2 (black sockets)
* Always use identical DDR2 DIMM pairs for dual-channel model. For
optimum compatibility, we recommend that you obtain memory
modules from the same vendor. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.
com) for the latest Qualified Vendors List.
Important notice on installing Windows® XP 32-bit version
If you install Windows® XP 32-bit version Operating System (OS), the
limitation of this OS version is that it may reserve a certain amount of
memory space for system devices. We recommend that you install less
than 3 GB system memory if you would like to work under Windows® XP
32-bit version OS. The excess memory installation will not cause any
usage problem, but it will not give users the benefit of manipulating this
excess memory space.
Visit the ASUS FAQ site for further
explanation:
http://support.asus.com/faq/faq.
aspx?SLanguage=en-us
Under General Search, make the
selections as shown, then click Search. Click the article titled “4GB
memory installed but less memory size detected.”
This motherboard can support 8 GB physical memory on the operating systems
listed below. You may install a maximum of 2 GB DIMMs on each slot.
32-bit
Windows® 2000 Advanced Server
Windows® Server 2003 Enterprise
Edition
64-bit
Windows® Server 2003 Standard
x64 Edition
Windows® XP Professional x64
Edition
Windows® Server 2003 Enterprise
x64 Edition
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Qualified Vendors List
DDR2-533
DDR2
Size
2-12
Vendor
Model
Side(s)
Component
DIMM socket
support
A*
256MB
KINGSTON
E5116AF-5C-E
SS
KVR533D2N4/256
1024MB
KINGSTON
5YDIID9GCT
DS
KVR533D2N4/1G
B*
C*
V
V
V
V
V
512MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800AC37
SS
HYS64T64000GU-3.7-A
V
V
V
256MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512160AF-3.7
SS
HYS64T32000HU-3.7-A
V
V
V
512MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800AF37
SS
HYS64T64000HU-3.7-A
V
V
256MB
Qimonda
HYB18T5121608BF-3.7 SS
HYS64T32000HU-3.7-B
V
V
V
V
512MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF37
SS
HYS64T64000HU-3.7-B
V
V
1024MB
Qimonda
HYB18T512800BF37
DS
HYS64T128020HU-3.7-B
V
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821F-C4
SS
HYMP564U648-C4
V
V
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821F-C4
DS
HYMP512U648-C4
V
V
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821F-C4(ECC) DS
HYMP512U728-C4
V
V
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821FP-C4(ECC) SS
HYMP564U728-C4
V
V
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-C3
SS
HYMP564U64AP8-C3
V
V
V
512MB
ELPIDA
E5108AB-5C-E
SS
EBE51UD8ABFA-5C-E
V
V
V
512MB
KINGMAX
E5108AE-5C-E
SS
KLBC28F-A8EB4
V
512MB
KINGMAX
KKEA88E4AAK-37
SS
KLBC28F-A8KE4
V
V
V
1024MB
KINGMAX
5MB22D9DCN
DS
KLBD48F-A8ME4
V
V
V
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Qualified Vendors List
DDR2-667
DDR2
Size
Vendor
Model
Side(s)
Component
512MB
KINGSTON
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
KVR667D2N5/512
1024MB
KINGSTON
E5108AE-6E-E
DS
KVR667D2N5/1G
DIMM socket
support
A*
B*
C*
V
V
V
V
V
512MB
KINGSTON
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
KVR667D2E5/512
V
V
V
256MB
KINGSTON
HYB18T256800AF3
SS
KVR667D2N5/256
V
V
V
256MB
SAMSUNG
K4T56083QF-ZCE6
SS
M378T3253FZ0-CE6
V
V
V
256MB
SAMSUNG
K4T51163QC-ZCE6
SS
M378T3354CZ0-CE6
V
V
V
512MB
SAMSUNG
ZCE6K4T51083QC
SS
M378T6553CZ0-CE6
V
V
V
1024MB
SAMSUNG
ZCE6K4T51083QC
DS
M378T2953CZ0-CE6
V
V
V
512MB
MICRON
4VB41D9CZM
DS
MT16HTF6464AY-667B4
V
V
V
256MB
Infineon
HYB18T512160AF-3S
SS
HYS64T32000HU-3S-A
V
V
V
512MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800AF3S
SS
HYS64T64000HU-3S-A
V
V
V
1024MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800AF3S
DS
HYS64T128020HU-3S-A
V
V
V
256MB
Infineon
HYB18T256800AF3S(ECC)SS
HYS72T32000HU-3S-A
V
V
V
512MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800AF3S(ECC)SS
HYS72T64000HU-3S-A
V
V
V
1024MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800AF3S(ECC)DS
HYS72T128020HU-3S-A
V
V
V
512MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800BF3S(ECC)SS
HYS72T64000HU-3S-B
V
V
V
V
1024MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800BF3S(ECC)DS
HYS72T128020HU-3S-B
V
V
256MB
Infineon
HYB18T512160BF-3S
HYS64T32000HU-3S-B
V
V
SS
512MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800BF3S
SS
HYS64T64000HU-3S-B
V
V
V
1024MB
Infineon
HYB18T512800BF3S
DS
HYS64T128020HU-3S-B
V
V
V
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5
SS
HYMP564U64AP8-Y5
V
V
V
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5
DS
HYMP512U64AP8-Y5
V
V
V
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5(ECC)SS
HYMP564U72AP8-Y5
V
V
V
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y5(ECC)DS
HYMP512U72AP8-Y5
V
V
V
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y4
SS
HYMP564U64AP8-Y4
V
V
V
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y4
DS
HYMP512U64AP8-Y4
V
V
V
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y4(ECC)SS
HYMP564U72AP8-Y4
V
V
V
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821AFP-Y4(ECC)DS
HYMP512U72AP8-Y4
V
V
V
256MB
ELPIDA
E2508AB-6E-E
SS
EBE25UC8ABFA-6E-E
V
V
V
512MB
ELPIDA
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
EBE51UD8AEFA-6E-E
V
V
V
1024MB
ELPIDA
Engineering Sample
DS
EBE11UD8AEFA-6E-E
V
V
512MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
SS
BL6464AA663.8FD
V
V
V
1024MB
crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AA663.16FD
V
V
V
512MB
A-DATA
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
M20EL5G3H3160B1C0Z
V
V
V
512MB
A-DATA
AD29608A8B-3EG
SS
M20AD5Q3H3163J1C52
V
V
V
512MB
Transcend
E5108AE-6E-E
SS
TS64MLQ64V6J
V
1024MB
Transcend
E5108AE-6E-E
DS
TS128MLQ64V6J
V
V
512MB
Transcend
J12Q3AB-6
SS
JM367Q643A-6
V
V
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Qualified Vendors List
DDR2-800
DDR2
Size
Vendor
Model
Component
Side(s)
DIMM socket
support
A*
B*
C*
512MB
KINGSTON
Heat-Sink Package
SS
KHX6400D2/512
V
V
512MB
KINGSTON
K4T51083QC
SS
KVR800D2N5/512
V
V
V
1024MB
KINGSTON
K4T51083QC
DS
KVR800D2N5/1G
V
V
V
512MB
SAMSUNG
EDD339XX
SS
M378T6553CZ3-CE7
V
V
V
512MB
Infineon
HYB18T256800AF25 DS
HYS64T64520HU-2.5-A
V
V
V
512MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821BFP-S5
SS
HYMP564U64BP8-S5
V
V
V
1024MB
Hynix
HY5PS12821BFP-S5
DS
HYMP512U64BP8-S5
V
V
512MB
MICRON
5JAIIZ9DQQ
SS
MT8HTF6464AY-80EA3
V
V
V
1024MB
MICRON
5JAIIZ9DQQ
DS
MT16HTF12864AY-80EA3
V
V
V
512MB
MICRON
5ZD22D9GKX
SS
MT8HTF6464AY-80ED4
V
V
V
1024MB
MICRON
5ZD22D9GKX
DS
MT16HTF12864AY-80ED4
V
V
V
512MB
MICRON
6CD22D9GKX
SS
MT8HTF6464AY-80ED4
V
V
V
1024MB
MICRON
6CD22D9GKX
DS
MT16HTF12864AY-80ED4
V
V
V
1024MB
CORSAIR
Heat-Sink Package
DS
CM2X1024-6400PRO
V
V
V
1024MB
CORSAIR
Heat-Sink Package
DS
CM2X1024-6400C4
V
V
V
256MB
A-DATA
E2508AB-GE-E
SS
M20EL6F3G3160A1D0Z
V
V
V
512MB
A-DATA
N/A
SS
M2OAD6G3H3160J1E52
V
512MB
A-DATA
AD29608A8A-25EG
SS
M20AD6G3H3160I1E5E
512MB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
SS
BL6464AA804.8FA
V
V
V
V
V
1024MB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AA804.16FA
V
V
1024MB
Crucial
Heat-Sink Package
DS
BL12864AA804.16FD
V
V
256MB
Apacer
E2508AB-GE-E
SS
78.81091.420
V
Side(s): SS - Single-sided DS - Double-sided
DIMM Support:
A - Supports one module inserted in any slot for a single-channel memory
configuration.
B - Supports one pair of modules inserted into either the yellow slots or
the black
slots as one pair of dual-channel memory configuration.
C - Supports two pairs of modules inserted into the yellow and black slots
as two
pairs of dual-channel memory configuration.
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the latest memory Qualified
Vendor List (QVL).
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2.4.3
Installing a DIMM
Unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or other
system components. Failure to do so can cause severe damage to both
the motherboard and the components.
2
To install a DIMM:
1.
Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clips
outward.
2.
Align a DIMM on the socket
such that the notch on the
DIMM matches the break on
the socket.
3.
3
DDR2 DIMM notch
1
Firmly insert the DIMM into
the socket until the retaining
clips snap back in place and
the DIMM is properly seated.
Unlocked retaining clip
• A DDR2 DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one
direction. Do not force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the
DIMM.
• The DDR2 DIMM sockets do not support DDR DIMMs. DO not install
DDR DIMMs to the DDR2 DIMM sockets.
2.4.4
Removing a DIMM
To remove a DIMM:
1.
Support the DIMM lightly with
your fingers when pressing
the retaining clips. The DIMM
might get damaged when it
flips out with extra force.
2.
2
Simultaneously press the
retaining clips outward to unlock
the DIMM.
1
1
DDR2 DIMM notch
Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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2.5
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.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing
expansion cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and
damage motherboard components.
2.5.1
Installing an expansion card
To install an expansion card:
1.
Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that
came with it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.
Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already
installed in a chassis).
3.
Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep
the screw for later use.
4.
Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5.
Secure the card to the chassis with the screw you removed earlier.
6.
Replace the system cover.
2.5.2
Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure the it by adjusting the
software settings.
1.
Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any.
See Chapter 4 for information on BIOS setup.
2.
Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.
Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support
“Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments; otherwise,
conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the system
unstable and the card inoperable.
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2.5.3
Interrupt assignments
Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ
0
1
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Priority
1
2
–
12
13
14
15
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Standard function
System Timer
Keyboard Controller
Redirect to IRQ#9
Communications Port (COM1)*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
Floppy Disk Controller
Printer Port (LPT1)*
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering*
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port*
Numeric Data Processor
Primary IDE Channel
* These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A
PCI Slot 1
B
C
D
E
G
H
shared
PCI Slot 2
shared
PCIe x16 slot 1
shared
PCIe x16 slot 2
shared
PCIe x1 slot 1
PCIe x1 slot 2
2.5.4
F
shared
shared
PCI slots
The PCI slots support cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and
other cards that comply with PCI specifications. Refer to the figure below
for the location of the slots.
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2.5.5
PCI Express x1 slot
This motherboard supports PCI Express x1 network cards, SCSI cards and
other cards that comply with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the
figure below for the location of the slot.
2.5.6
PCI Express x16 slots
This motherboard supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards that comply
with the PCI Express specifications. Refer to the figure below for the
location of the slots.
PCI Express x16 blue slot
(at x16 speed)
PCI slots
PCI Express x1 slot
PCI Express x 16 black slot
(at x8 speed)
• In single card mode, we recommend that you use the blue PCI
Express x16 (PCIEX16_1) slot.
• Due to chipset limitation, the black PCI Express x16 (PCIEX16_2)
slot can only operate at x8 speed.
• Connect a rear chassis fan to the chassis (CHA_FAN1 or CHA_
FAN2) connector when using two graphics cards for better thermal
environment. See page 2-28 for details.
• We recommend that you provide sufficient power when running
NVIDIA® SLI™ mode. See pages 2-29 and 2-30 for details.
Recommended PCI Express x16 configurations
Mode
Non-SLI mode
Dual graphics
card in SLI Mode
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PCIEX16_1 (Blue) slot
PCIE16_2 (Black) slot
Card type
Speed
Card type
PCIe x16 graphics card
x16
NA
Speed
PCIe x16 graphics card
x8
PCIe x16 graphics card
x8
PCIe x16 graphics card
x8
Other PCIe devices
x8, x4, x1
Two identical NVIDIA® SLI™ Edition graphics cards at x8, x8 speed
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.6
1.
Jumpers
Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system
setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard
button cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include
system setup information such as system passwords.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1.
Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2.
Remove the onboard battery.
3.
Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the
cap on pins 2-3 for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to
pins 1-2.
4.
Re-install the battery.
5.
Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
6.
Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS
setup to re-enter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC
jumper default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
CLRTC
M2N4-SLI
R
1 2
Normal
(Default)
2 3
Clear CMOS
M2N4-SLI Clear RTC RAM
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to
overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the C.P.R. (CPU
Parameter Recall) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS
can automatically reset parameter settings to default values.
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2.
USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW12, USBPW34, USBPW56,
USBPW78, USBPW910)
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).
USBPW12
2 3
1 2
+5V
(Default)
M2N4-SLI
R
+5VSB
USBPW56
USBPW78
USBPW910
1 2
M2N4-SLI USB device Wake up
USBPW34
1 2
+5V
+5V
(Default)
2 3
+5VSB
2 3
+5VSB
(Default)
• The USB device wake-up feature requires a power supply that can
provide 500mA on the +5VSB lead for each USB port; otherwise,
the system would not power up.
• The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply
capability (+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep mode.
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3.
Keyboard power (3-pin KBPWR)
This jumper allows you to enable or disable the keyboard wake-up
feature. Set this jumper to pins 2-3 (+5VSB) if you wish to wake up
the computer when you press a key on the keyboard (the default
value is [Disabled]). This feature requires an ATX power supply that
can supply at least 1A on the +5VSB lead, and a corresponding
setting in the BIOS (see section 2.5.5 APM Configuration).
KBPWR
1 2
+5V
(Default)
2 3
+5VSB
M2N4-SLI
R
M2N4-SLI Keyboard Power Setting
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2.7
Connectors
2.7.1
Rear panel connectors
1
2
3
4
5
6
11
10
9
8
7
1.
PS/2 mouse port (green). 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. Supported by the NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 Gigabit MAC
with external Attansic PHY, this port allows Gigabit connection to a
Local Area Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table
below for the LAN port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
ACT/LINK LED
SPEED LED
Status
Description Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10 Mbps connection
GREEN
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 the tape, CD, DVD player,
or other audio sources.
5.
Line Out port (lime). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In
4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the function of this
port becomes Front Speaker Out.
6.
Microphone port (pink). This port connects a microphone.
Refer to the audio configuration table below for the function of the audio
ports in 2, 4, or 6-channel configuration.
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Audio 2, 4, or 6-channel configuration
Port
Light Blue
Headset
2-channel
Line In
4-channel
6-channel
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Center/Subwoofe
7.
USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB)
ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
8.
USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB)
ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
9.
Serial port (COM port). This 9-pin COM port is for pointing devices and
other serial devices.
10. Coaxial S/PDIF Out port. This port connects an external audio output
device via a coaxial S/PDIF cable.
11. PS/2 keyboard port (purple). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard.
2.7.2
1.
Internal connectors
Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector is for the provided floppy disk drive (FDD) signal cable.
Insert one end of the cable to this connector, then connect the other
end to the signal connector at the back of the floppy disk drive.
The Pin 5 on the connector is removed to prevent incorrect cable
connection when using an FDD cable with a covered Pin 5.
FLOPPY
M2N4-SLI
R
PIN 1
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
M2N4-SLI Floppy Disk Drive Connector
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2.
IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE)
The onboard IDE connector is for the Ultra DMA 133/100/66 signal
cable. There are three connectors on each Ultra DMA 133/100/66
signal cable: blue, black, and gray. Connect the blue connector to the
motherboard’s IDE connector, then select one of the following modes
to configure your device.
Drive jumper setting
Single device
Two devices
Cable-Select or Master
Cable-Select
Master
Slave
Mode of
device(s)
Master
Slave
Master
Slave
Cable connector
Black
Black
Gray
Black or gray
• Pin 20 on the IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole
on the Ultra DMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect insertion
when you connect the IDE cable.
• Use the 80-conductor IDE cable for Ultra DMA 100/66 IDE devices.
If any device jumper is set as “Cable-Select,” make sure all other device
jumpers have the same setting.
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2-24
PIN1
PIN1
PRI_IDE
SEC_IDE
R
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the ID
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
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3.
Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2, SATA3, SATA4)
These connectors are for the Serial ATA signal cables for Serial ATA
3.0 Gb/s hard disk and optical disk drives. The Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s is
backward compatible with Serial ATA 1.5 Gb/s specification.
If you installed Serial ATA hard disk drives, you can create a RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, or JBOD configuration through the onboard
NVIDIA® MediaShield™ controller.
The RAID function of these connectors is set to [Disabled] by default.
If you intend to create a Serial ATA RAID set using these connectors,
enable the RAID Enabled item in the SATA Configuration sub-menu in the
BIOS. See section “4.4.7 Onboard Device Configuration” for details.
M2N4-SLI
R
SATA1
M2N4-SLI SATA Connectors
GND
RSATA_RXN1
RSATA_RXP1
GND
RSATA_TXN1
RSATA_TXP1
GND
SATA2
GND
RSATA_RXN2
RSATA_RXP2
GND
RSATA_TXN2
RSATA_TXP2
GND
SATA3
GND
RSATA_RXN3
RSATA_RXP3
GND
RSATA_TXN3
RSATA_TXP3
GND
SATA4
GND
RSATA_RXN4
RSATA_RXP4
GND
RSATA_TXN4
RSATA_TXP4
GND
right angle side
Connect the right-angle side
of the SATA signal cable to
the SATA device or you may
connect the right-angle side
of the SATA cable to the
onboard SATA port to avoid
placement conflict with huge
graphics cards.
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4.
CPU, Chassis, and Power fan connectors
(3-pin CPU_FAN, 3-pin PWR_FAN, 3-pin CHA_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350mA~2000mA (24
W max.) or a total of 1A~3.48A (41.76 W max.) at +12V. Connect
the fan cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, making
sure that the black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the
connector.
• Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Lack
of sufficient air flow inside the system may damage the motherboard
components. These are not jumpers! DO NOT place jumper caps on
the fan connectors!
• The ASUS Q-Fan function is supported using the CPU Fan (CPU_FAN)
and Chassis Fan (CHA_FAN) connectors only.
GND
CPU FAN PWR
CPU FAN IN
CPU FAN PWM
CPU_FAN
M2N4-SLI
R
PWR_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
CHA_FAN
M2N4-SLI Fan Connectors
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GND
+12V
Rotation
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5.
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78, USB910)
These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the USB module
cable to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot
opening at the back of the system chassis. These USB connectors
comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to 480 Mbps
connection speed.
M2N4-SLI
1
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
1
M2N4-SLI USB 2.0 Connectors
USB+5V
USB_P10USB_P10+
GND
NC
USB910
1
USB+5V
USB_P9USB_P9+
GND
USB78
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
USB56
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
USB+5V
USB_P6 USB_P6+
GND
NC
R
Never connect a 1394 cable to the USB connectors. Doing so will
damage the motherboard!
The USB module is purchased separately.
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6.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR1,4-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for an ATX power supply plugs. The power
supply plugs are designed to fit these connectors in only one
orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the
connectors completely fit.
• Do not forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12 V power plug;
otherwise, the system will not boot.
• Use of a PSU with a higher power output is recommended when
configuring a system with more power-consuming devices. The
system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is
inadequate. ATX12V
• Make sure that your power supply unit
(PSU) can provide at least
the minimum power required by your
See the table below
GND system.GND
+12V DC
for details.
+12V DC
EATXPWR
M2N4-SLI
R
+3 Volts
-12 Volts
Ground
PSON#
Ground
Ground
Ground
-5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
+5 Volts
Ground
+3 Volts
+3 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
+5 Volts
Ground
Power OK
+5V Standby
+12 Volts
+12 Volts
+3 Volts
M2N4-SLI ATX Power Connector
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7.
Internal audio connectors (4-pin CD, AUX)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound
sources such as a CD-ROM, TV-tuner, or MPEG card.
CD
(black)
Right Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Left Audio Channel
AUX
(White)
M2N4-SLI
Left Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Right Audio Channel
R
M2N4-SLI Internal Audio Connectors
8.
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO)
This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module
that supports either HD or legacy AC ‘97 audio standard. Connect one
end of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
MIC2
MICPWR
BLINE_OUT_L
R
NC
Line out_L
M2N4-SLI
AGND
+5VA
BLINE_OUT_R
FP_AUDIO
M2N4-SLI Front panel audio connector
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9.
System panel connector (20-pin PANEL)
This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.
SPEAKER
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
PLED-
PLED+
PLED
IDE_LED
Reset
Ground
PWR
Ground
R
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PANEL
M2N4-SLI
RESET
PWRSW
*Requires an ATX power supply
M2N4-SLI 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 IDE_LED)
This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD
Activity LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes
when data is read from or written to the HDD.
•
System warning speaker (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning
speaker. The speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings.
•
ATX power button/soft-off button (2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power
button turns the system on or puts the system in sleep or soft-off
mode depending on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for
more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the system OFF.
•
Reset button (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for
system reboot without turning off the system power.
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Q-Connector (System panel)
ASUS Q-Connector allows you to easily to connect the chassis front
panel cables to the motherboard. Perform these steps to install ASUS QConnector.
Step 1
Connect the front panel cables to
their respective connectors on the
ASUS Q-Connector. Refer to the
labels on the Q-Connector for proper
connection and pin definition.
Step 2
Carefully connect the ASUS
Q-Connector to the System panel
connector.
The ASUS Q-Connector fits only in
one orientation; if it doesn’t fit, try
reversing it.
When installed, the Q-connector
appears as shown.
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This chapter describes the power up
sequence and ways of shutting down the
system.
3
Powering up
Chapter summary
3.1
3.2
3
Starting up for the first time......................................................... 3-1
Powering off the computer........................................................... 3-2
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3.1
Starting up for the first time
1.
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2.
Be sure that all switches are off.
3.
Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the
system chassis.
4.
Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a
surge protector.
5.
Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power
6.
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front
panel case lights up. For systems with ATX power supplies, the system
LED lights up when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor
complies with “green” standards or if it has a “power standby”
feature, the monitor LED may light up or switch between orange and
green after the system LED turns on.
The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the
tests are running, the BIOS beeps or additional messages appear on
the screen. If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the
time you turned on the power, the system may have failed a power-on
test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call your retailer
for assistance.
7.
At power on, hold down the <Del> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow
the instructions in Chapter 4.
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3.2
Powering off the computer
3.2.1
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® 2000:
1. Click the Start button then click Shut Down...
2. Make sure that the Shut Down option button is selected, then click
the OK button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3.
The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
3.2.2
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four
seconds puts the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending
on the BIOS setting. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds
lets the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting.
Refer to section “4.5 Power Menu” in Chapter 4 for details.
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Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter tells how to change
the system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions
of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
4
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS......................................... 4-1
4.2
BIOS setup program............................................................. 4-11
4.3
Main menu............................................................................ 4-15
4.4
Advanced menu................................................................... 4-20
4.5
Power menu......................................................................... 4-32
4.6
Boot menu........................................................................... 4-37
4.7
Tools menu.......................................................................... 4-43
4.8
Exit menu............................................................................. 4-44
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4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard
Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1.
Award BIOS Flash Utility (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a
bootable floppy disk.)
2.
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable USB flash
disk, floppy disk or the motherboard support CD when the BIOS file
fails or gets corrupted.)
3.
ASUS EZ Flash 2 (Updates the BIOS in DOS using a floppy disk or the
motherboard support CD.)
4.
ASUS Update (Updates the BIOS in Windows® environment.)
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy
disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original
motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or AwardBIOS Flash utilities.
4.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk
1.
Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk drive.
b. Click Start from the Windows® desktop, then select My Computer.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2
Floppy Disk window appears.
e. Select Create an MS-DOS startup disk from the format options
field, then click Start.
Windows® 2000 environment
To create a set of boot disks for Windows® 2000:
a. Insert a formatted, high density 1.44 MB floppy disk into the drive.
b. Insert the Windows® 2000 CD to the optical drive.
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c. Click Start, then select Run.
d. From the Open field, type
D:\bootdisk\makeboot a:
assuming that D: is your optical drive.
e. Press <Enter>, then follow screen instructions to continue.
2.
Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable
floppy disk.
4.1.2 Updating the BIOS
The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) can be updated using the
AwardBIOS Flash Utility. Follow these instructions to update the BIOS using
this utility.
1. Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS web site. Rename the file
to M2N4SLI.BIN and save it to a floppy disk.
Save only the updated BIOS file in the floppy disk to avoid loading the
wrong BIOS file.
2.
Copy the AwardBIOS Flash Utility (awdflash.exe) from the Software
folder of the support CD to the floppy disk with the latest BIOS file.
3.
Boot the system in DOS mode using the bootable floppy disk you
created earlier.
4. When the A:> appears, replace the bootable floppy disk with the
floppy disk containing the new BIOS file and the Award BIOS Flash
Utility.
5.
At the prompt, type
awdflash then press
<Enter>. The Award
BIOS Flash Utility
screen appears.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-M2N4-SLI
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program:
Message: Please input File Name!
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6.
Type the BIOS file name
in the File Name to
Program field, then press
<Enter>.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-M2N4-SLI
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: m2n4sli.bin
Message: Do You Want To Save Bios (Y/N)
7.
Press <N> when the utility prompts you to save the current BIOS file.
The following screen appears.
8.
The utility verifies the
BIOS file in the floppy
disk and starts flashing
the BIOS file.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-M2N4-SLI
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: m2n4sli.bin
Program Flashing Memory - OFE00 OK
Write OK
No Update
Write Fail
Warning: Don’t Turn Off Power Or Reset System!
Do not turn off or reset the system during the flashing process!
9.
The utility displays
a Flashing Complete
message indicating that
you have successfully
flashed the BIOS file.
Remove the floppy disk
then press <F1> to
restart the system.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-M2N4-SLI
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: m2n4sli.bin
Flashing Complete
Press <F1> to Continue
Write OK
No Update
Write Fail
F1 Reset
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4.1.3 Saving the current BIOS file
You can use the AwardBIOS Flash Utility to save the current BIOS file. You
can load the current BIOS file when the BIOS file gets corrupted during the
flashing process.
Make sure that the floppy disk has enough disk space to save the file.
To save the current BIOS file using the AwardBIOS Flash Utility:
1. Follow steps 1 to 6 of
the previous section.
2.
Press <Y> when the
utility prompts you
to save the current
BIOS file. The following
screen appears.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-M2N4-SLI
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: m2n4sli.bin
Save current BIOS as:
Message:
3.
Type a filename for
the current BIOS file in
the Save current BIOS
as field, then press
<Enter>.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-M2N4-SLI
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: m2n4sli.bin
Checksum: DAD6H
Save current BIOS as: m2n4sli2.bin Message: Please Wait!
4. The utility saves the
current BIOS file to the floppy
disk, then returns to the BIOS
flashing process.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01
(C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved
For NF-KC804-M2N4-SLI
DATE: 11/18/2004
Flash Type - SST 49LF004A/B /3.3V
File Name to Program: m2n4sli2.bin
Now Backup System BIOS to
File!
Message: Please Wait!
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4.1.4 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 is an auto recovery tool that allows you to
restore the BIOS file when it fails or gets corrupted during the updating
process. You can update a corrupted BIOS file using the motherboard
support CD, floppy, or USB flash disk that contains the updated BIOS file.
Prepare the motherboard support CD, floppy, or USB flash disk
containing the updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
Recovering the BIOS from the support CD
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1.
Turn on the system.
2.
Insert the motherboard support CD to the optical drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks
the CD for the BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
When found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the
corrupted BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
Found CDROM, try to Boot from it... Pass
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
Recovering the BIOS from the USB flash disk
To recover the BIOS from the USB flash disk:
1.
Insert the USB flash disk that contains BIOS file to the USB port.
2.
Turn on the system.
3.
The utility will automatically checks the devices for the BIOS file When
found, the utility reads the BIOS file and starts flashing the corrupted
BIOS file.
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
•
UseonlyaUSBflashdisksmallerthan8GBwithsinglepartitionandFAT
32/16/12format.
•
DONOTshutdownorresetthesystemwhileupdatingtheBIOS!Doingso
cancausesystembootfailure!
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Recovering the BIOS from a floppy disk
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1.
Remove any CD from the optical drive, then turn on the system.
2.
Insert the floppy disk with the original or updated BIOS file to the
floppy disk drive.
3.
The utility displays the following message and automatically checks
the floppy disk for the original or updated BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
When no CD is found, the utility automatically checks the optical
drive for the original or updated BIOS file. The utility then updates the
corrupted BIOS file.
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Detecting IDE ATAPI device...
Found CDROM, try to Boot from it... Fail
Detecting floppy drive A media...
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing
so can cause system boot failure!
4.
Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this
motherboard. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the
latest BIOS file.
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4.1.5 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility
The ASUS EZ Flash 2 feature allows you to update the BIOS without having
to go through the long process of booting from a floppy disk and using a
DOS‑based utility. You can launch ASUS EZ Flash 2 by press <Alt> + <F2>
during the Power-On Self-Test (POST).
To update the BIOS using EZ Flash 2:
1.
Go to the ASUS website (www.asus.com) and download the latest
BIOS file for your motherboard.
2.
Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk or a USB flash disk then restart your
computer.
3.
You can launch the EZ Flash 2 in two ways:
(1) Insert the floppy disk or USB flash disk that contains the BIOS file
into the floppy disk drive or the USB port.
Press <Alt> + <F2> during POST to display the following.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility B312
FLASH TYPE: Winbond W39V080A 8Mb LPC
Current ROM
Update ROM
BOARD: M2N4-SLI
BOARD: Unknown
VER: 0122
VER: Unknown
DATE: 06/27/2006
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\M2N320C
WIN98SE
NETTERM
DRIVERS
RECYCLED
WUTEMP
NEWFOL~1
INSTALL
TEST_REB
A:
C:
MSDOWNLD.TMP
Note
[Enter] Select
[Tab] Switch
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
[S] Save
[ESC] Exit
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
(2) Enter BIOS setup program. Go to the Tools menu then select EZ
Flash 2 and press <Enter>.
You can switch between drives by pressing <Tab> before the correct
file is found. Then press <Enter>.
4.
When the correct BIOS file is found, EZ Flash 2 performs the BIOS
update process and automatically reboots the system when done.
• This function can support devices such as USB flash disk, hard disk,
or floppy disk with FAT 32/16/12 format only.
• Do not shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS to
prevent system boot failure!
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4.1.6 ASUS Update utility
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to manage, save, and update
the motherboard BIOS in Windows® environment. The ASUS Update utility
allows you to:
•
Save the current BIOS file
•
Download the latest BIOS file from the Internet
•
Update the BIOS from an updated BIOS file
•
Update the BIOS directly from the Internet, and
•
View the BIOS version information.
This utility is available in the support CD that comes with the motherboard
package.
ASUS Update requires an Internet connection either through a network
or an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Installing ASUS Update
To install ASUS Update:
1.
Place the support CD in the optical drive. The Drivers menu appears.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX. See
page 5-3 for the Utilities screen menu.
3.
The ASUS Update utility is copied to your system.
Quit all Windows® applications before you update the BIOS using this
utility.
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Updating the BIOS through the Internet
To update the BIOS through the Internet:
1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by clicking
Start > Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS
Update main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from
the Internet option from the
drop‑down menu, then click
Next.
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Select the ASUS FTP site
nearest you to avoid network
traffic, or click Auto Select.
Click Next.
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4.
From the FTP site, select the
BIOS version that you wish to
download. Click Next.
5.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
The ASUS Update utility is
capable of updating itself
through the Internet. Always
update the utility to avail all
its features.
Updating the BIOS through a BIOS file
To update the BIOS through a BIOS file:
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1.
Launch the ASUS Update utility from the Windows® desktop by
clicking Start > Programs > ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The
ASUS Update main window appears.
2.
Select Update BIOS from a file
option from the drop‑down menu,
then click Next.
3.
Locate the BIOS file from the
Open window, then click Open.
4.
Follow the screen instructions to
complete the update process.
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4.2
BIOS setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable Low-Pin Count (LPC) chip
that you can update using the provided utility described in section “4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS.”
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard,
reconfiguring your system, or prompted to“Run Setup.” This section
explains how to configure your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change
the configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you can
enable the security password feature or change the power management
settings. This requires you to reconfigure your system using the BIOS Setup
program so that the computer can recognize these changes and record
them in the CMOS RAM of the LPC chip.
The LPC chip on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you start
up the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this
program. Press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) to enter the
Setup utility; otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, reboot the system by doing any of
the following procedures:
• Restart using the OS standard shut-down procedure.
• Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> simultaneously.
• Press the reset button on the system chassis.
• Press the power button to turn the system off then back on.
Using the power button, reset button, or the <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> keys
to force reset from a running operating system can cause damage to
your data or system. We recommend to always shut-down the system
properly from the operating system.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. Being
a menu-driven program, it lets you scroll through the various sub-menus
and make your selections from the available options using the navigation
keys.
• The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most
conditions to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes
unstable after changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings
to ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Default
Settings item under the Exit Menu. See section “4.8 Exit Menu.”
• The BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference
purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your
screen.
• Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS
file for this motherboard.
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4.2.1 BIOS menu screen
Menu items
Main
Menu bar
Advanced
Power
Configuration fields
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Exit
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A:
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
SATA 1 SATA 2 SATA 3 SATA 4
HDD SMART Monitoring
[ST321122A]
[ASUS CDS520/A]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[Disabled]
Installed Memory
Usable Memory
256MB
256MB
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
General help
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Wed, Nov 5 2004
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Sub-menu items
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Change the day, month,
year and century.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Legend bar
4.2.2 Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
For changing the basic system configuration
Advanced
For changing the advanced system settings
Power
For changing the advanced power management (APM) configuration
Boot
For changing the system boot configuration
Exit
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the
keyboard until the desired item is highlighted.
• The BIOS setup screens shown in this chapter are for reference
purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your
screen.
• Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS
information.
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4.2.3 Legend bar
At the bottom of the Setup screen is a legend bar. The keys in the legend
bar allow you to navigate through the various setup menus. The following
table lists the keys found in the legend bar with their corresponding
functions.
Navigation Key
Function
<F1>
Displays the General Help screen
<F5>
Loads setup default values
<Esc>
Exits the BIOS setup or returns to the main menu from a sub‑menu
Left or Right arrow
Selects the menu item to the left or right
Up or Down arrow
Moves the highlight up or down between fields
Page Down or – (minus)
Scrolls backward through the values for the highlighted field
Page Up or + (plus) Scrolls forward through the values for the highlighted field
<Enter>
Brings up a selection menu for the highlighted field
<F10>
Saves changes and exit
4.2.4 Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that
menu. For example, selecting Main shows the Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
4.2.5 Sub-menu items
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the
iteam has a sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press
<Enter>.
4.2.6 Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is
user‑configurable, you can change the value of the field opposite the item.
You cannot select an item that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when
selected. To change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to
display a list of options. Refer to “4.2.7 Pop-up window.”
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4.2.7 Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter> to display a pop-up window with
the configuration options for that item.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Exit
System Tim
System Date
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Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Legacy Diskette A:
Legacy Diskette A:[ST321122A]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
[ASUS CDS520/A]
Disabled
.....
Secondary IDE Master
[None][ ]
720K , 3.5 in.
.....
Secondary IDE Slave
[None][ ]
1.44M, 3.5 in.
.....
First SATA Master
[None][ ]
Second SATA Slave
[None]
Third SATA Master
[None]
Fourth SATA Slave
[None]
HDD SMART Monitoring
[Disabled]
↑↓ :Move
Installed Memory
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Specifies the capacity and
physical size of diskette
drive A.
ENTER:Accept
256MB ESC:Abort
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Pop-up menu
4.2.8 General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the
selected item.
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4.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears,
giving you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section “4.2.1 BIOS menu screen” for information on the menu
screen items and how to navigate through them.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Exit
System Tim
System Date
Legacy Diskette A:
[1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
SATA 1
SATA 2
SATA 3
SATA 4
HDD SMART Monitoring
[ST321122A]
[ASUS CDS520/A]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[None]
[Disabled]
Installed Memory
Usable Memory
256MB
256MB
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
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Wed, Nov 5 2004
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Change the day, month,
year and century.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
4.3.1 System Time [xx:xx:xx]
Allows you to set the system time.
4.3.2 System Date [Day, xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
4.3.3 Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed. Configuration options: [Disabled]
[720K , 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
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4.3.5 Primary and Secondary IDE Master/Slave
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of IDE
devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device
item then press <Enter> to display the IDE device information.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Main
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Master
Access Mode
Capacity
[Auto]
[Auto]
xxxxx
xx
xx
[Auto]
[Auto]
xxxxxxx
Cylinder
Head
Sector
PIO Mode
UDMA Mode
Transfer Mode
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
xxxxx MB
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to
select
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items
(Capacity, Cylinder, Head, Sector and Transfer Mode). These values are not
user-configurable. These items show N/A if no IDE device is installed in the
system.
Primary IDE Master/Slave [Auto];
Secondary IDE Master/Slave [Auto]
Select [Auto] to automatically detect an IDE hard disk drive. If automatic
detection is successful, the BIOS automatically fills in the correct values
for the remaining fields on this sub-menu. If the hard disk was already
formatted on a previous system, the setup BIOS may detect incorrect
parameters. Select [Manual] to manually enter the IDE hard disk drive
parameters. If no drive is installed select [None]. Configuration options: [None] [Auto] [Manual]
Access Mode [Auto]
The default [Auto] allows automatic detection of an IDE hard disk drive.
Select [CHS] for this item if you set the IDE Primary Master/Slave to
[Manual]. Configuration options: [CHS] [LBA] [Large] [Auto]
Before attempting to configure a hard disk drive, make sure you have
the correct configuration information supplied by the drive manufacturer.
Incorrect settings may cause the system to fail to recognize the
installed hard disk.
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Capacity
Displays the auto-detected hard disk capacity. This item is not
configurable.
Cylinder
Shows the number of the hard disk cylinders. This item is not configurable.
Head
Shows the number of the hard disk read/write heads. This item is not
configurable.
Sector
Shows the number of sectors per track. This item is not configurable.
PIO Mode
Sets the PIO mode for the IDE device. Configuration options: [Auto] [Mode 0] [Mode 1] [Mode 2] [Mode 3]
[Mode 4]
UDMA Mode
Disables or sets the UDMA mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Transfer Mode
Shows the Transfer mode. This item is not configurable.
After entering the IDE hard disk drive information into BIOS, use a disk
utility, such as FDISK, to partition and format new IDE hard disk drives.
This is necessary so that you can write or read data from the hard disk.
Make sure to set the partition of the Primary IDE hard disk drives to
active.
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4.3.6 SATA 1, 2, 3, 4
While entering Setup, the BIOS automatically detects the presence of Serial
ATA devices. There is a separate sub-menu for each SATA device. Select a
device item then press <Enter> to display the SATA device information.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Main
SATA 1
Select Menu
Extended IDE Drive
Access Mode
[Auto]
[Auto]
Capacity
xxxxx MB
Cylinder
Head
Landing Zone
Sector
xxxxx
xx
xx
xx
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to
select
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
The BIOS automatically detects the values opposite the dimmed items
(Capacity, Cylinder, Head, Precomp, Landing Zone and Sector). These
values are not user-configurable. These items show 0 if no SATA device is
installed in the system.
Extended Drive
Selects the type of fixed disk connected to the system.
Configuration options: [None] [Auto]
Access Mode
Sets the sector addressing mode. Configuration options: [Large] [Auto]
Before attempting to configure a hard disk drive, make sure you have
the correct configuration information supplied by the drive manufacturer.
Incorrect settings may cause the system to fail to recognize the
installed hard disk.
Capacity
Displays the auto-detected hard disk capacity. This item is not
configurable.
Cylinder
Shows the number of the hard disk cylinders. This item is not configurable.
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Head
Shows the number of the hard disk read/write heads. This item is not
configurable.
Landing Zone
Shows the number of landing zone per track. This item is not configurable.
Sector
Shows the number of sectors per track. This item is not configurable.
After entering the IDE hard disk drive information into BIOS, use a disk
utility, such as FDISK, to partition and format new IDE hard disk drives.
This is necessary so that you can write or read data from the hard disk.
Make sure to set the partition of the Primary IDE hard disk drives to
active.
4.3.7 HDD SMART Monitoring
Allows you to enable or disable the HDD Self-Monitoring Analysis and
Reporting Technology (SMART) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.3.8 Installed Memory
Shows the size of installed memory.
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4.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU
and other system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items.
Incorrect field values can cause the system to malfunction.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Exit
Select Menu
JumperFree Configuration
Item Specific Help
CPU Configuration
PCIPnP
Onboard Device Configuration
SLI Configuration
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Press Enter to Set
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
4.4.1 JumperFree Configuration
Advanced
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JumperFree Configuration
DRAMAI Tuning
xOverclock Options
xCPU Frequency
xPCI Express Clock
xDDR2 Voltage
xCPU Multiplier
xCPU Voltage
xPCI Clock Sychronization Mod
[Auto]
Disabled
200.0
100Mhz
Auto
Auto
Auto
Auto
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
DPress [Enter] to select
overclock profile
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
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Overclock Profile [Auto]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired
CPU internal frequency. Select either one of the preset overclocking
configuration options:
Manual Allows you to individually set overclocking parameters.
Auto Loads the optimal settings for the system.
Standard Loads the standard settings for the system.
AI Overclock Loads overclocking profiles with optimal parameters for stability when overclocking.
The following items are user-configurable only when the Overclock Profile
item is set to [Manual].
CPU Frequency [XXX] (value is auto-detected)
Indicates the frequency sent by the clock generator to the system bus
and PCI bus. The bus frequency (external frequency) multiplied by the bus
multiple equals the CPU speed. The value of this item is auto-detected by
BIOS. The values range from 200 to 400. Refer to the following table for
the correct Front Side Bus and CPU External Frequency settings.
Selecting a very high CPU frequency may cause the system to become
unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting.
PCI Express Clock [100MHz]
Allows you to set the PCI Express clock. Key-in a decimal value between
100-200 MHz. Configuration options: [100Mhz] [101Mhz~[145Mhz]
DDR2 Voltage [Auto]
Sets the operating DDR voltage. Configuration options: [Auto] [1.80V]
[1.85V] [1.90V] [1.95V]
CPU Multiplier [Auto]
Sets the operating CPU multiplier. The configuration options vary depending
on the type of CPU installed. Configuration options: [Auto] [5x] [6x] [7x]
[8x] [9x]
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CPU Voltage [Auto]
Sets the operating CPU voltage. The configuration options vary depending
on the model of processor installed.
PCI Clock Synchronization Mode [Auto]
Sets the PCI Clock Synchronization mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [To CPU] [33.33MHz]
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4.4.3 CPU Configuration
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Select Menu
Onboard Device Configuration
CPU Type
AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3200+
CPU Speed
1800MHz
Cache RAM
128K
Dram Configuration
Hyper Transport Frequency
AMD Cool’n’Quiet Function
AMD Live! Function
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Item Specific Help
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
DRAM timing and control
[4x]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
DRAM Configuration
The items in this sub-menu show the DRAM-related information
auto‑detected by the BIOS.
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Select Menu
DRAM Configuration
Memory Clock Frequency
Tcl
Trcd
Trp
Tras
Trc
Twr
Trrd
Trwt
Twtr
Trtp
Twrrd
Twrwr
Trdrd
Trfc
DQS Signal Timing Training Con
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Perform DQS]
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Setting platform Memclock
or limit valu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Memory Clock Frequency[Auto]
Sets platform Memclock or limit value. Configuration options:
[Auto] [DDR2 400] [DDR2 533] [DDR2 667] [DDR2 800]
Tcl[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3] [4] [5] [6]
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Trcd[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Trp[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Tras[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]
[14] [15] [16] [17] [18]
Trc[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]
[19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26]
Twr[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [3] [4] [5] [6]
Trrd[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Trwt[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
Twtr[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] [2] [3]
Trtp[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2/4] [3/5]
Twrrd[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3]
Twrwr[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [1] [2] [3]
Trdrd[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [2] [3] [4] [5]
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Trfc[Auto]
Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3]
DQS Signal Timing Training Control[Perform DQS]
Configuration Options: [Skip DQS] [Perform DQS]
Hyper Transport Frequency[4x]
Configuration options: [1x] [2x] [3x] [4x] [5x]
AMD Cool’n’Quiet Function[Disabled]
Enables or disables the AMD Cool’n’Quiet function.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
AMD Live! Function [Disabled]
Enable or disables AMD Live! technology.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.4.4 PCIPnP
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Select Menu
PCIPnP
Plug & Play O/S
Primary Display Adapter
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Item Specific Help
[No]
[PCI]
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Enable or Disable LAN
cable check during POST.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Plug & Play O/S[No]
When set to [No], the BIOS configures all the devices in the system.
When set to [Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the
operating system configures the Plug and Play devices not required for
boot.Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
Primary Display Adapter[PCI]
Allows selection of graphics controller to use as the primary boot device.
Configuration options: [PCI] [PCI-E]
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4.4.5 Onboard Device Configuration
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Onboard Device Configuration
IDE Funtion Setup NVRAID Configuration
USB Configuration
Onboard nVidia LAN
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
AC97 Audio
Serial Port1 Address
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
x ECP Mode Use DMA
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[3F8/IRQ4]
[378/IRQ7]
[EPP]
3
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
IDE Function Setup
This item in this sub-menu allows you to enable or disable IDE functions.
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Onboard Device Configuration
OnChip IDE Channel0
OnChip IDE Channel1
IDE DMA transfer access
SATA Port 1,2
SATA DMA transfer
SATA Port 3,4
SATA2 DMA transfer
IDE Prefetch
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[Enabled] [Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
OnChip IDE Channel0[Enabled]
Allows to disable or enable OnChip IDE Channel0
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnChip IDE Channel1[Enabled]
Allows to disable or enable OnChip IDE Channel1
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE DMA transfer access[Enabled]
Allows to disable or enable IDE DMA transfer access
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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SATA Port 1, 2[Enabled]
Allows to disable or enable OnChip SATA(Port 1, Port 2)
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SATA DMA transfer [Enabled]
Allows to disable or enable to switch to support SATA DMA tranfer
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SATA Port 3, 4[Enabled]
Allows to disable or enable OnChip SATA2(Port 3, Port 4)
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
SATA2 DMA transfer [Enabled]
Allows to disable or enable to switch to support SATA2 DMA tranfer
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Prefetch Mode[Enabled]
Allows to disable or enable IDE PIO read prefetch mode. When prefetch
is enabled, either 16-bit or 32-bit are allowed on IDE bus.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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NVRAID Configuration
This item in this sub-menu allows you to set up RAID feature.
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
NVRAID Configuration
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
RAID Enable
IDE Primary Master RAID
IDE Primary Slave RAID
IDE Secondary Master RAID
IDE Secondary Slave RAID
First SATA Master RAID
Second SATA Master RAID
Third SATA Master RAID
Fourth SATA Master RAID
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[Disabled] [Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
RAID Enable[Disabled]
Allows to disable or enable nVIDIA RAID feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items are user-configurable only when the RAID Enable is
set to [Enabled].
IDE Primary Master RAID[Disabled]
Selects this device as RAID set.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Primary Slave RAID[Disabled]
Selects this device as RAID set.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Secondary Master RAID[Disabled]
Selects this device as RAID set.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IDE Secondary Slave RAID[Disabled]
Selects this device as RAID set.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
First SATA Maser RAID[Disabled]
Selects this device as RAID set.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Second SATA Maser RAID[Disabled]
Selects this device as RAID set.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Third SATA Maser RAID[Disabled]
Selects this device as RAID set.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Fourth SATA Maser RAID[Disabled]
Selects this device as RAID set.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB Configuration
The items in this sub-menu allows you to set the USB configuration.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Advanced
USB Configuration
USB Controller
USB 2.0 Controller
USB Legacy support
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to set.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
USB Controller[enabled]
Enables or disables USB 1.1 and 2.0 Controller
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
When USB Controller is set to [Disabled], both USB 2.0 Controller and
USB Legacy support will be disabled..
USB 2.0 Controller[enabled]
Enables or disables 2.0 Controller
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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USB 2.0 Legacy support[enabled]
Enables or disables USB legacy device (USB keyboard and USB mouse)
support. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard nVidia LAN[Enabled]
Enable or Disable Onboard NV LAN Interface.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Onboard LAN Boot ROM[Disabled]
Enable or Disable the bootrom of the onboard LAN.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
AC97 Audio[Enabled]
Enable or Disable Onboard AC 97.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4]
[2E8/IRQ3] [Auto]
Parallel Port Address [378/IRQ7]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [378/IRQ7] [278/IRQ5] [3BC/IRQ7]
Parallel Port Mode [ECP+EPP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode. Configuration options: [SPP] [EPP] [ECP] [ECP+EPP]
ECP Mode Use DMA [3]
Allows selection of ECP Mode. Configuration options: [1] [3]
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4.4.6 SLI Configuration
Advanced
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
SLI Configuration
AI-Selector F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
[Auto]
Item Specific Help
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
AI-Selector[Auto]
Allows selection of the Scalable Link Interface mode. When set to Auto,
BIOS detects the setting of SLI EZ Selector Card. Set to Normal when using
single PCI-E graphic cardpluged.
Configuration: [Auto] [Single Video Card] [Dual Video Card]
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4.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) and the Advanced Power
Management (APM). Select an item then press <Enter> to display the
configuration options.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Exit
ACPI Suspend Type
ACPI APIC support
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[S1&S3]
[Enabled]
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
4.5.1 ACPI Suspend Type [S1&S3]
Allows you to select the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI) state to be used for system suspend. Configuration options: [S1 (POS)] [S3(STR)] [S1&S3]
4.5.2 ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface (ACPI) support in the Application-Specific Integrated Circuit
(ASIC). When set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the
RSDT pointer list. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.5.3 APM Configuration
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Select Menu
APM Configuration
Restore on AC Power Loss
PWR Button < 4 secs
Power On By PCI/PCIE Devices
Power On By External Modems
Power-On by RTC Alarm
x Date (of Month)
x Resume Time (hh:mm)
Power Up By PS/2 Mouse
Power Up By PS/2 Keyboard
[Power-Off]
[Instant-Off]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
0
0 : 0 : 0
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [ENTER] to
select whether or not
to restart the system
after AC power loss.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Restore on AC Power Loss [Power-Off]
Allows you to enable or disable the Restore on AC Power Loss function.
Configuration options: [Power-Off] [Power-On]
PWR Button < 4 secs [Instant-Off]
Allows you to set the event after the power button is pressed for more
than 4 seconds. Configuration options: [Suspend] [Instant-Off]
Power On By PCI Devices [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to turn on 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]
Power On By External Modems [Disabled]
This allows either settings of [Enabled] or [Disabled] for powering up the
computer when the external modem receives a call while the computer is in
Soft-off mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and
applications are fully running. Thus, connection cannot be made on the
first try. Turning an external modem off and then back on while the
computer is off causes an initialization string that turns the system
power on.
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Power On By RTC Alarm [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this
item is set to Enabled, the items Date of Month Alarm and Time (hh:mm:ss)
Alarm items become user-configurable with set values. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Day of Month Alarm [Disabled]
To set the date of alarm, highlight this item and press <Enter> to display
the Day of Month Alarm pop-up menu. Key-in a value within the specified
range then press <Enter>. Configuration options: [Min=0] [Max=31]
Time (hh:mm) Alarm [Disabled]
To set the time of alarm:
1. Highlight this item and press <Enter> to display a pop-up menu for the
hour field.
2.
Key-in a value (Min=0, Max=23), then press <Enter>.
3.
Press <TAB> to move to the minutes field then press <Enter>.
4.
Key-in a minute value (Min=0, Max=59), then press <Enter>.
5.
Press <TAB> to move to the seconds field then press <Enter>.
6.
Key-in a value (Min=0, Max=59), then press <Enter>.
Power Up By PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse
to turn on the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that
provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On By PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to disable the Power On by PS/2 keyboard function or set
specific keys on the PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Space Bar] [Ctrl-ESC] [Power Key]
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4.5.4 Hardware Monitor
The items in this sub-menu displays the hardware monitor values
automatically detected by the BIOS. It also allows you to change CPU Q-Fan
feature-related parameters. Select an item then press <Enter> to display
the configuration options.
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Hardware Monitor
CPU Q-Fan Control
x CPU Q-Fan Profile
Chassis Q-Fan Control
x Chassis Q-Fan Profile
Vcore Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
CPU Temperature
M/B Temperature
CPU FAN Speed
CHA FAN Speed
Power FAN Speed
CPU Fan Speed warning
[Disabled]
Performance
[Disabled]
Performance
[1.50V]
[3.31V]
[4.94V]
[11.26V]
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to
enable or disable
48ºC
38ºC
4962 RPM
0 RPM
5443 RPM
[880 RPM]
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
CPU/Chassis Q-Fan Control [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the CPU/Chassis Q-Fan controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
CPU/Chassis Q-Fan Profile [Performance]
Allows you to set the CPU/Chassis Q-Fan type.
Configuration options: [Performance] [Optimal] [Silent]
Only when the Q-Fan Control is set to [Enabled], Q-Fan Profile are
configurable.
VCORE Voltage[1.42V]
Allows you to enable or ignore the VCore voltage..
Configuration options: [1.42V] [Ignore]
3.3V Voltage[3.31V]
Allows you to set or ignore the 3.3V voltage.
Configuration options: [3.31V] [Ignore]
5V Voltage[4.97V]
Allows you to set or ignore the 5V voltage.
Configuration options: [1.42V] [Ignore]
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12V Voltage[11.96V]
Allows you to set or ignore the 12V voltage.
Configuration options: [11.96V] [Ignore]
CPU Temperature, M/B Temperature
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
motherboard and CPU temperatures. These items are not user-configurable.
CPU FAN Speed, CHASSIS FAN Speed, POWER Fan Speed
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
Chassis, CPU, and power fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM). If the
fan is not connected to the motherboard, the field shows 0. These items
are not user-configurable.
CPU Fan Speed warning [800 RPM]
Enables or disables the CPU Fan speed warning feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [800 RPM] [1200 RPM] [1600 RPM]
Please be careful when the CPU Fan speed warning is set to [Disabled].
It will not produce and warning message during POST even the fan is bad
or not present.
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4.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot Exit
Select Menu
Boot Device Priority
Removable Drives
Hard Disk Drives
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Item Specific Help
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
4.6.1 Boot Device Priority
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot Device Priority
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Boot
Boot
Boot
Boot
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
Device
Device
Device
Device
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
[Removable]
[Hard Disk]
[CDROM]
[Disabled]
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Select your boot
device priority
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
1st ~ xxth Boot Device [Removable]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available
devices. The number of device items that appears on the screen depends
on the number of devices installed in the system.
Configuration options: [Removable] [Hard Disk] [CDROM] [Disabled]
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4.6.2 Removable Drives
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Removable Drives
Select Menu
1. Floppy Disks
Item Specific Help
Use <↑> or <↓> to
select a device, then
press <+> to move it
up, or <-> to move it
down the list. Press
<ESC> to exit this
menu.
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
1. Floppy Disks
Allows you to assign a removable drive attached to the system.
4.6.3 Hard Disk Drives
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Hard Disk Drives
1. 1st Master: XXXXXXXXX
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Use <↑> or <↓> to
select a device, then
press <+> to move it
up, or <-> to move it
down the list. Press
<ESC> to exit this
menu.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
1. 1st Master: XXXXXXXXX
Allows you to assign hard disk drives attached to the system.
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4.6.4 Boot Settings Configuration
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Case Open Warning
Quick Boot
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Bootup Num-Lock
Typematic Rate Setting
x Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
x Typematic Delay (Msec)
OS Select For DRAM > 64MB
Full Screen LOGO
Halt On
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[On]
[Disabled]
6
250
[Non-OS2]
[Enabled]
[All, But Keyboard]
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Press [Enter] to
enable or disable.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Case Open Warning [Enabled]
Enables or disables the chassis open status feature. Setting to Enabled,
clears the chassis open status. Refer to section “2.7 Internal connectors”
for setting details. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the system quick boot feature.
When Enabled, the system skips certain tests while booting. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Boot Up Floppy Seek [Disabled]
Enable this item to check for a boot floppy disk during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
Typematic Rate Setting [Disabled]
Allows you to set the keystroke rate. Enable this item to configure
the Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) and the Typematic Delay (Msec).
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The items Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) and Typematic Delay (Msec)
becomes user-configurable only when the item Typematic Rate Setting
is enabled.
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) [6]
Allows you to select the rate at which a character repeats when you hold a
key. Configuration options: [6] [8] [10] [12] [15] [20] [24] [30]
Typematic Delay (Msec) [250]
Allows you to set the delay before keystrokes begin to repeat.
Configuration options: [250] [500] [750] [1000]
OS Select for DRAM > 64MB [Non-OS2]
Set this item to OS2 only when you are running on an OS/2 operating
system with an installed RAM of greater than 64 KB. Configuration options: [Non-OS2] [OS2]
Full Screen LOGO [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
• Make sure that the above item is set to [Enabled] if you want to use
the ASUS MyLogo2™ feature.
• See section “5.4.1 ASUS MyLogo2™” for details.
Halt On [All, But Keyboard]
Allows you to error report type. Configuration options: [All Errors] [No Errors] [All, But Keyboard] [All, But Diskette] [All, But Disk/Key]
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4.6.6 Security
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Boot Settings Configuration
Supervisor Password
User Password
Password Check
Clear
Clear
[Setup]
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
Supervisor password
controls full access,
<Enter> to change
password.
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Supervisor Password
User Password
These fields allow you to set passwords:
To set a password:
1. Select an item then press <Enter>.
2.
Type in a password using a combination of a maximum of eight (8)
alpha-numeric characters, then press <Enter>.
3. When prompted, confirm the password by typing the exact characters
again, then press <Enter>. The password field setting is changed to
Set.
To clear the password:
1.
Select the password field and press <Enter> twice. The following
message appears:
PASSWORD DISABLED !!!
Press any key to continue...
2.
Press any key to continue. The password field setting is changed to
Clear.
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A note about passwords
The Supervisor password is required to enter the BIOS Setup program
preventing unauthorized access. The User password is required to
boot the system preventing unauthorized use.
Forgot your password?
If you forget your password, you can clear it by erasing the CMOS
Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM. The RAM data containing the password
information is powered by the onboard button cell battery. If you
need to erase the CMOS RAM, refer to section “2.6 Jumpers” for
instructions.
Password Check
This field requires you to enter the password before entering the BIOS
setup or the system. Select [Setup] to require the password before
entering the BIOS Setup. Select [System] to require the password before
entering the system. Configuration options: [Setup] [System]
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4.7
Tools menu
The Tools menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot Tools Exit
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
ASUS EZ Flash 2
Allows you to run ASUS EZ Flash 2. Press <Enter> to start EZ Flash 2 then
from the confirmation screen, use the left or right arrows to select [Yes] or
[No] then press <Enter>. See page 4-5 for details.
The following screen appears if you select [Yes]. Follow screen instructions
to flash the BIOS.
ASUSTek EZ Flash 2 BIOS ROM Utility B311
FLASH TYPE: Winbond W39V080A 8Mb LPC
Current ROM
Update ROM
BOARD: M2NSLI Deluxe
BOARD: Unknown
VER: 0122.bin
VER: Unknown
DATE: 05/12/2006
DATE: Unknown
PATH: C:\M2N320C
A:
C:
WIN98SE
NETTERM
DRIVERS
RECYCLED
WUTEMP
NEWFOL~1
INSTALL
TEST_REB
MSDOWNLD.TMP
Note
[Enter] Select
[Tab] Switch
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<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
<DIR>
[S] Save
[ESC] Exit
[Up/Down/Home/End] Move
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4.8
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.
Main
Advanced
Power
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility
Boot
Tools
Exit
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Load Setup Default
Discard Changes
F1:Help
ESC: Exit
↑↓ : Select Item
→←: Select Menu
Select Menu
Item Specific Help
This option save data
to CMOS and exiting
the setup menu.
-/+: Change Value
Enter: Select Sub-menu
F5: Setup Defaults
F10: Save and Exit
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the
options from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the
Exit menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM.
An onboard backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even
when the PC is turned off. When you select this option, a confirmation
window appears. Select Yes to save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes,
the program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save
your changes before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes while
exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you
made to the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than
System Date, System Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation
before exiting.
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Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the
parameters on the Setup menus. When you select this option or if you
press <F5>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to load default
values. Select Exit & Save Changes or make other changes before saving
the values to the non-volatile RAM.
Discard Changes
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the
previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears.
Select Yes to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
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This chapter describes the contents
of the support CD that comes with
the motherboard package.
5
Software
support
Chapter summary
5.1
Installing an operating system............................................... 5-1
5.2
Support CD information......................................................... 5-1
5.3
Software information............................................................. 5-8
5.4
RAID configurations............................................................. 5-16
5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk.................................................. 5-25
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Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® 2000/XP 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. Use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to
your OS documentation for detailed information.
• Make sure that you install Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4 or the
Windows® XP Service Pack2 or later versions before installing the
drivers for better compatibility and system stability.
5.2
Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard package contains the
drivers, software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all
motherboard features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time
without notice. Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates.
5.2.1 Running the support CD
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The CD automatically displays the
Drivers menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to
display support
CD/motherboard
information
Click an item to install
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the
support CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder. Doubleclick the ASSETUP.EXE to run the CD.
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5.2.2 Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
NVIDIA nForce Chipset Driver
Installs the NVIDIA® Chipset drivers for the NVIDIA® nForce™ 4 SLI chipset.
Realtek Audio Driver
Installs the Realtek® audio driver and application.
AMD Cool’n’Quiet Driver
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet! driver and application.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) driver.
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5.2.3 Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the
motherboard supports.
ASUS PC Probe II
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system
voltages, and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you
keep your computer in healthy operating condition.
ASUS Update
Allows you to download the latest version of the BIOS from the ASUS
website.
Before using the ASUS Update, make sure that you have an Internet
connection so you can connect to the ASUS website.
ASUS Screen Saver
Bring life to your computer screen by installing the ASUS screen saver.
ASUS AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Utility
Installs the AMD® Cool ‘n’ Quiet! software.
ADOBE Acrobat Reader
Installs the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader that allows you to open, view, and
print documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).
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Microsoft DirectX
Installs the Microsoft® DirectX 9.0 driver. The Microsoft DirectX® 9.0 is
a multimedia technology that enhances computer graphics and sound.
DirectX® improves the multimedia features of you computer so you can
enjoy watching TV and movies, capturing videos, or playing games in your
computer. Visit the Microsoft website (www.microsoft.com) for updates.
Anti-virus Utility
The anti-virus application detects and protects your computer from viruses
that destroys data.
5.2.4 Manuals menu
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click an
item to open the folder of the user manual.
• Most user manual files are in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Install the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before
opening a user manual file.
• Some user manuals listed in this menu may not be applicable for this
motherboard model.
NVIDIA RAID User’s Guide
Allows you to open the NVIDIA® RAID User’s Guide.
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5.2.5 ASUS Contact information
Click the Contact tab to display the ASUS contact information. You can also
find this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
5.2.6 Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information
on the motherboard and the contents of the support CD. Click an icon to
display the specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
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Displays the support CD contents in graphical format.
Technical support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill out
when requesting technical support.
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Filelist
Displays the contents of the support CD and a brief description of each in
text format.
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Software information
Most of the applications in the support CD have wizards that will
conveniently guide you through the installation. View the online help or
readme file that came with the software application for more information.
5.3.1 Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that
dynamically and automatically change the CPU speed, voltage, and amount
of power depending on the task the CPU performs.
Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
To enable Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology:
1.
Turn on the system and enter BIOS by pressing the <Del> key during
the Power On Self-Tests (POST).
2.
Go to Advanced -> CPU Configuration -> AMD Cool ‘n’Quiet Function
and set it to [Enabled]. See section “4.4 Advanced Menu.”
3.
Save your changes and exit BIOS Setup.
4.
Reboot your computer and set your Power Option Properties
depending on your operating system.
Windows ® 2000/XP
1.
From the Windows® 2000/XP operating system, click the Start button.
Select Settings, then Control Panel.
2.
Make sure the Control Panel is set to Classic View.
3.
Double-click the Display icon in the Control Panel then select the
Screen Saver tab.
4.
Click the Power... button. The
following dialog box appears.
5.
From the Power schemes combo
list box, select Minimal Power
Management.
6.
Click OK to effect settings.
Make sure to install the
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ driver and
application before using this
feature.
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• The AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology feature works only with the
AMD heatsink and fan assembly with monitor chip
• If you purchased a separate heatsink and fan package, use the
ASUS Q-Fan technology feature to automatically adjust the CPU fan
speed according to your system loading.
Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software
The motherboard support CD includes the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software that
enables you to view your system’s real-time CPU Frequency and voltage.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software from the motherboard
support CD. Refer to section “5.2.3 Utilities menu” for details.
To launch the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ program:
1.
If you are using Windows® 2000, click the Start button. Select
Programs-> ASUS -> Cool & Quiet -> Cool & Quiet.
2.
If you are using Windows® XP, click the Start button. Select All
Programs-> ASUS -> Cool & Quiet -> Cool & Quiet.
3.
The Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology screen appears and displays the
current CPU Frequency and CPU Voltage.
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5.3.2 ASUS PC Probe II
PC Probe II is a utility that monitors the computer’s vital components, and
detects and alerts you of any problem with these components. PC Probe
II senses fan rotations, CPU temperature, and system voltages, among
others. Because PC Probe II is software-based, you can start monitoring
your computer the moment you turn it on. With this utility, you are assured
that your computer is always at a healthy operating condition.
Installing PC Probe II
To install PC Probe II on your computer:
1.
Place the support CD to the optical drive. The Drivers installation tab
appears if your computer has an enabled Autorun feature.
If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, browse the contents of the
support CD to locate the setup.exe file from the ASUS PC Probe II folder.
Double-click the setup.exe file to start installation.
2.
Click the Utilities tab, then click ASUS PC Probe II.
3.
Follow the screen instructions to complete installation.
Launching PC Probe II
You can launch the PC Probe II right after installation or anytime from the
Windows® desktop.
To launch the PC Probe II from the Windows® desktop, click Start > All
Programs > ASUS > PC Probe II > PC Probe II v1.00.43. The PC Probe II
main window appears.
After launching the application, the PC Probe II icon appears in the
Windows® taskbar. Click this icon to close or restore the application.
Using PC Probe II
Main window
The PC Probe II main window allows
you to view the current status of
your system and change the utility
configuration. By default, the main
window displays the Preference
section. You can close or restore the
Preference section by clicking on the
triangle on the main window right
handle.
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Function
Opens the Configuration window
Opens the Report window
Opens the Desktop Management Interface window
Opens the Peripheral Component Interconnect window
Opens the Windows Management Instrumentation window
Opens the hard disk drive, memory, CPU usage window
Shows/Hides the Preference section
Minimizes the application
Closes the application
Sensor alert
When a system sensor detects a problem, the main window right handle
turns red, as the illustrations below show.
When displayed, the monitor panel for that sensor also turns red. Refer to
the Monitor panels section for details.
Preferences
You can customize the application using the
Preference section in the main window. Click
the box before each preference to activate or
deactivate.
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Hardware monitor panels
The hardware monitor panels display the current value of a system sensor
such as fan rotation, CPU temperature, and voltages.
The hardware monitor panels come in two display modes: hexagonal (large)
and rectangular (small). When you check the Enable Monitoring Panel
option from the Preference section, the monitor panels appear on your
computer’s desktop.
Small display
Large display
Changing the monitor panels position
To change the position of the monitor panels in the desktop,
click the arrow down button of the Scheme options, then
select another position from the list box. Click OK when
finished.
Moving the monitor panels
All monitor panels move together using
a magnetic effect. If you want to detach
a monitor panel from the group, click the
horseshoe magnet icon. You can now move
or reposition the panel independently.
Adjusting the sensor threshold
value
You can adjust the sensor threshold
value in the monitor panel by clicking
the or buttons. You can also adjust
the threshold values using the Config
window.
You cannot adjust the sensor threshold
values in a small monitoring panel.
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increase
value
Click to
decrease
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Monitoring sensor alert
The monitor panel turns red when a component value exceeds or is lower
than the threshold value. Refer to the illustrations below.
Small display
Large display
WMI browser
Click
to display the
WMI (Windows Management
Instrumentation) browser. This
browser displays various Windows®
management information. Click an
item from the left panel to display
on the right panel. Click the plus
sign (+) before WMI Information to
display the available information.
You can enlarge or reduce the browser size by dragging the bottom right
corner of the browser.
DMI browser
Click
to display the DMI
(Desktop Management Interface)
browser. This browser displays
various desktop and system
information. Click the plus sign (+)
before DMI Information to display
the available information.
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PCI browser
Click
to display the
PCI (Peripheral Component
Interconnect) browser. This browser
provides information on the PCI
devices installed on your system.
Click the plus sign (+) before the
PCI Information item to display
available information.
Usage
The Usage browser displays real-time information on the CPU, hard disk
drive space, and memory usage. Click
to display the Usage browser.
CPU usage
The CPU tab displays real-time CPU
usage in line graph representation.
Hard disk drive space usage
The Hard Disk tab displays the used
and available hard disk drive space.
The left panel of the tab lists all
logical drives. Click a hard disk drive
to display the information on the
right panel. The pie chart at the
bottom of the window represents
the used (blue) and the available
HDD space.
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Memory usage
The Memory tab shows both used
and available physical memory.
The pie chart at the bottom of the
window represents the used (blue)
and the available physical memory.
Configuring PC Probe II
Click
to view and adjust the sensor threshold values.
The Config window has two tabs: Sensor/Threshold and Preference. The
Sensor/Threshold tab enables you to activate the sensors or to adjust the
sensor threshold values. The Preference tab allows you to customize sensor
alerts, or change the temperature scale.
Loads the default
threshold values
for each sensor
Applies your
changes
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ignores your
changes
Loads your saved
configuration
Saves your
configuration
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5.4
RAID configurations
The motherboard comes with the NVIDIA® SLI Southbridge RAID controllers
that allow you to configure IDE and Serial ATA hard disk drives as RAID
sets. The motherboard supports the following RAID configurations.
RAID 0 (Data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to read and
write data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform the same
work as a single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate, double that
of a single disk alone, thus improving data access and storage. Use of two
new identical hard disk drives is required for this setup.
RAID 1 (Data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of
data from one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array
management software directs all applications to the surviving drive as
it contains a complete copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID
configuration provides data protection and increases fault tolerance to the
entire system. Use two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive
for this setup. The new drive must be of the same size or larger than the
existing drive.
RAID 0+1 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity
(redundancy data) having to be calculated and written. With the RAID
0+1 configuration you get all the benefits of both RAID 0 and RAID 1
configurations. Use four new hard disk drives or use an existing drive and
three new drives for this setup.
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard
disk drives. Among the advantages of RAID 5 configuration include better
HDD performance, fault tolerance, and higher storage capacity. The RAID 5
configuration is best suited for transaction processing, relational database
applications, enterprise resource planning, and other business systems.
Use a minimum of three identical hard disk drives for this setup.
RAID 1+0 is a striped configuration with each stripe a RAID 1 array of
drives. It combines the features of both RAID 1 and RAID 0. Fault tolerance
is provided through mirroring while adding performance through striping.
This offers higher performance than a RAID 1 configuration but at a much
higher cost. A minimum of four hard disk drives is required for this setup.
JBOD (Spanning) stands for Just a Bunch of Disks and refers to hard disk
drives that are not yet configured as a RAID set. This configuration stores
the same data redundantly on multiple disks that appear as a single disk on
the operating system. Spanning does not deliver any advantage over using
separate disks independently and does not provide fault tolerance or other
RAID performance benefits.
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If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a RAID
set, copy first the RAID driver from the support CD to a floppy disk
before you install an operating system to a selected hard disk drive.
Refer to section “5.6 Creating a RAID driver disk” for details.
5.4.1 Installing hard disks
The motherboard supports Ultra DMA /133/100/66 and Serial ATA hard
disk drives. For optimal performance, install identical drives of the same
model and capacity when creating a disk array.
Installing Parallel ATA hard disks
To install IDE hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Set the jumpers of each hard disk as Master/Master or Slave/Slave.
2.
Install the hard disks into the drive bays.
3.
Connect the HDD signal cables.
4.
Connect a 4-pin power cable to the power connector on each drive.
Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration:
1.
Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2.
Connect the SATA signal cables.
3.
Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
Refer to the RAID controllers user manual in the motherboard support
CD for detailed information on RAID configurations. See section “5.2.4
Manuals menu”.
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5.4.2 NVIDIA ® RAID configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance IDE RAID controller
integrated in the NVIDIA® SLI southbridge chipset. It supports RAID 0, RAID
1, RAID 0+1, and JBOD with four independent Serial ATA channels.
Setting the BIOS RAID items
After installing the hard disk drives, make sure to set the necessary RAID
items in the BIOS before setting your RAID configuration.
To set the BIOS RAID items:
1.
Boot the system and press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test
(POST) to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
2.
From the Advanced > Onboard Devices Configuration > NVRAID
Configuration menu item in the BIOS set the RAID Enabled item to
Enabled. The succeeding items become user‑configurable.
3.
Select and enable the IDE or SATA drive(s) that you want to configure
as RAID. See section “5.4.3 Onboard Devices Configuration” for
details.
4.
Save your changes and Exit Setup.
For detailed descriptions on the NVIDIA® RAID configuration, refer to the
“NVIDIA® RAID User’s Manual” found in your motherboard support CD.
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Entering the NVIDIA ® RAID utility
To enter the NVIDIA® RAID utility:
1. Boot up your computer.
2.
During POST, press <F10> to display the main menu of the utility.
The RAID BIOS setup screens shown in this section are for reference
only, and may not exactly match the items on your screen.
NVIDIA RAID Utility Oct 5 2004
- Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striping
Free Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
1.0.M
1.1.M
2.0.M
2.1.M
Striping Block:
Optimal
Array Disks
Loc
Disk Model Name
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
[→] Add
[←] Del
[F6] Back
[F7] Finish
[TAB] Navigate
[↑↓] Select
[ENTER] Popup
At the bottom of the screen are the navigation keys. These keys allow you
to move through and select menu options.
Creating a RAID Volume
To create a RAID volume:
1.
From the NVIDIA® RAID utility Define a New Array menu, select RAID
Mode then press <Enter>. The following submenu appears.
Use the up or down arrow keys
Mirroring
to select a RAID mode then press
Striping
<Enter>.
Stripe Mirroring
Spanning
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2.
Press <TAB> select the Striping
Block then press <Enter>. The
following submenu appears:
If you selected Striping or Stripe Mirroring, use the up or down
arrow keys to select the stripe size for your RAID 0 array then press
<Enter>.The available values range from 8 KB to 128 KB. The default
selection is 128 KB. The strip value should be chosen based on the
planned drive usage.
8K ↑
16K
32K
64K
128K
Optim↓
• 8 /16 KB - low disk usage
• 64 KB - typical disk usage
• 128 KB - performance disk usage
TIP: For server systems, we recommend using a lower array block
size. For multimedia computer systems used mainly for audio and
video editing, we recommend a higher array block size for optimum
performance.
3.` Press <TAB> to select the Free Disks area. Use the left or right arrow
keys to assign the array disks.
4.
Press <F7> to create RAID set. The following message box appears.
Clear disk data?
[Y] YES
5.
[N] NO
Press <Y> to clear the selected disks or <N> to proceed without
clearing the disks. The following screen appears.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
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NVIDIA RAID Utility Oct 5 2004
- Array List Boot
Id
Status
Vendor
Array Model Name
No
4
Healthy
NVIDIA
MIRROR
[Ctrl-X]Exit
[↑↓]Select
[B]Set Boot
XXX.XXG
[N]New Array
[ENTER]Detail
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the
screen.
6.
Press <Ctrl+X> to save settings and exit.
Rebuilding a RAID array
To rebuild a RAID array:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a
RAID array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
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[C] Clear Disk
[ENTER] Return
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A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the
screen.
2.
Press <R> to rebuild a RAID array. The following screen appears.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Select Disk Inside Array RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[↑↓] Select [F6] Back
3.
[F7] Finish
Use the up or down arrow keys to select a RAID array to rebuild, then
press <F7>. The following confirmation message appears.
Rebuild array?
[ENTER] OK
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[ESC] Cancel
4.
Press <Enter> to start rebuilding array or press <Esc> to cancel.
5.
After the rebuild process, the Array list menu appears.
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Deleting a RAID array
To delete a RAID array:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a
RAID array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
[ENTER] Return
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the
screen.
2.
Press <D> to delete a RAID array. The following confirmation message
appears.
Delete this array?
[Y] YES
3.
[N] No
Press <Y> to delete array or press <N> to cancel.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
4.
If you selected Yes, the Define a New Array menu appears.
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Clearing a disk data
To clear disk data:
1.
From the Array List menu, use the up or down arrow keys to select a
RAID array then press <Enter>. The RAID Array details appear.
Array 1 : NVIDIA MIRROR XXX.XXG
- Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring
Striping Width: 1
Striping Block: 64K
Adapt
Channel
M/S
Index
Disk Model Name
Capacity
2
1
1
0
Master
Master
0
1
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXX.XXGB
XXX.XXGB
[R] Rebuild
[D] Delete
[C] Clear Disk
[ENTER] Return
A new set of navigation keys is displayed on the bottom of the
screen.
2.
Press <C> to clear disk. The following confirmation message appears.
Clear disk data?
[Y] YES
5.
[N]
Press <Y> to clear the disk data or press <N> to cancel.
Take caution in using this option. All data on the RAID drives will be lost!
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5.5
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows®
2000/XP operating system on a hard disk drive that is included in a RAID
set.
To create a RAID driver disk:
1.
Place the motherboard support CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. When the Drivers menu appears, select the RAID driver disk you want
to create:
• Click Make NVIDIA RAID Driver to create an NVIDIA® RAID driver disk.
• Click Make Silicon SATA RAID Driver Disk to create a Silicon Image SATARaid™ RAID driver disk.
Or
Browse the contents of the support CD to locate the driver disk
utility.
• Go to \Drivers\Chipset\WINXP_2K\Driver_Disk for the NVIDIA® RAID driver disk utility.
• Go to \Drivers\Sil3114 for the Silicon Image RAID driver disk utility.
Refer to section “5.2.2 Drivers menu” for details.
4. Insert floppy disk to floppy disk drive.
5. Follow succeeding screen information to complete process.
6.
Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
To install the RAID driver:
1.
During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6
key to install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2.
Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy
disk drive.
3.
Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
Due to chipset limitation, the Serial ATA ports supported by the NVIDIA
chipset doesn’t support Serial Optical Disk Drives (Serial ODD) under
DOS.
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This chapter tells how to install
SLI‑ready PCI Express graphics cards.
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technology
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Chapter summary
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Overview
The motherboard supports the NVIDIA® SLI™ (Scalable Link Interface)
technology that allows you to install two identical PCI Express™ x16
graphics cards. Follow the installation procedures in this section.
Requirements
•
You should have two identical SLI-ready graphics cards that are
NVIDIA® certified.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for a list of qualified SLI‑ready
graphics cards for this motherboard.
•
Make sure that your graphics card driver supports the NVIDIA SLI
technology. Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA website
(www.nvidia.com).
•
Make sure that your power supply unit (PSU) can provide at least
the minimum power required by your system. See “8. ATX power
connectors” on page 2-26 for details.
• The NVIDIA SLI technology supports Windows® XP™ operating
system only.
• Visit the NVIDIA website for the supported 3D applications.
• Visit the NVIDIA zone website (http://www.nzone.com) for the
latest certified graphics card list.
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Dual graphics card setup
6.2.1
Installing SLI-ready graphics cards
Install only identical SLI-ready graphics cards that are ASUS and NVIDIA®
certified. Different types of graphics cards will not work together
properly.
To install the graphics cards:
1. Prepare two graphics cards. Each graphics card should have
goldfingers for the SLI connector.
Goldfingers
2. Remove the metal bracket covers opposite the two PCI Express x16
slots.
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3. Insert one graphics card into the blue slot labeled PCIEX16_1. Make
sure that the card is properly seated on the slot.
4. Insert the second graphics card into the black slot labeled PCIEX16_2.
Make sure that the card is properly seated on the slot.
If required, connect an auxiliary power source to the PCI Express graphics
cards.
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5. Align and insert the SLI flexible cable connector to the goldfingers on
each graphics card. Make sure that the connector is firmly in place.
SLI flexible cable connector
6. If using a 20-pin ATX power connector, connect a 4-pin ATX power
cable to the EZ Plug™ labeled EZ_PLUG on your motherboard.
ASUS EZ Plug™
The onboard red warning LED lights up if you do not plug a 4-pin ATX
power cable to the EZ Plug.
7. Connect a VGA cable or a DVI-I cable to the graphics card installed on
the blue PCI Express slot.
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6.2.2
Installing the device drivers
Refer to the documentation that came with your graphics card package to
install the device drivers.
Make sure that your PCI Express graphics card driver supports the
NVIDIA SLI technology. Download the latest driver from the NVIDIA
website (www.nvidia.com).
6.2.3
Enabling the multi-GPU feature in Windows
After installing your graphics cards and the device drivers, enable
the Multi‑Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) feature in the NVIDIA nView
properties.
To enable the multi-GPU feature:
1.
Click the NVIDIA Settings icon
on your Windows taskbar.
NVIDIA Settings icon
2.
From the pop-up menu, select
nView Desktop Manager then
click nView Properties.
3.
From the nView Desktop
Manager window, select the
Desktop Management tab.
4.
Click Properties to display the
Display Properties dialog box.
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5.
From the Display Properties
dialog box, select the Settings
tab then click Advanced.
6.
Select the NVIDIA GeForce tab.
7. Click the slider to display the following
screen, then select the SLI multi‑GPU
item.
Slider
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8.
Click the Enable SLI multi-GPU check box.
9.
Click OK when done.
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