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one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver
Connect the equipment onto an outlet on a circuit different from that to
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Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
Shielded interconnect cables and a shielded AC power cable must be employed with
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This device may not cause harmful interference.
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This device must accept any interference received, including interference
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About the Manual
The manual consists of the following:
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Chapter 1
Introducing the Motherboard
Describes features of the
motherboard.
 page 1
Chapter 2
Installing the Motherboard
Describes installation of
motherboard components.
 page 7
Chapter 3
Using BIOS
Provides information on using the BIOS Setup Utility.
 page 25
Chapter 4
Describes the motherboard
Using the Motherboard Software software.
 page 53
Chapter 5
Setting Up AMD A75 RAID
Configuration
Provides information about
SATA RAID Setup
 page 57
Chapter 6
Trouble Shooting
Provides
basic
shooting tips.
 page 65
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
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Chapter 1
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Introducing the Motherboard
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Introduction...........................................................................................1
Pakage Contents..................................................................................1
Specifications......................................................................................2
Motherboard Components................................................................4
I/O Ports...............................................................................................6
Chapter 2
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Installing the Motherboard
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Safety Precautions..............................................................................7
Installing the Motherboard in a Chassis.......................................7
Checking Jumper Settings..................................................................8
Installing Hardware...........................................................................9
Installing the Processor............................................................9
Installing the CPU Cooler........................................................10
Installing Memory Modules...................................................11
Installing Add-on Cards..........................................................12
Connecting Optional Devices.................................................14
Installing a SATA Hard Drive...................................................20
Connecting Case Components........................................................21
Front Panel Header................................................................23
Chapter 3
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Using BIOS
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About the Setup Utility......................................................................25
The Standard Configuration........................ ...........................25
Entering the Setup Utility.......................................................25
Resetting the Default CMOS Values.....................................26
Using BIOS.........................................................................................26
BIOS Navigation Keys..............................................................27
Main Menu.............................................................................28
Advanced Menu......................................................................29
Chipset Menu..........................................................................41
M.I.B III(MB Intelligent BIOS III) Menu....................................43
Boot Menu...............................................................................45
Security Menu.........................................................................47
Exit Menu...............................................................................50
Updating the BIOS......................................................................51
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Chapter 4
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Using the Motherboard Software
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Auto-installing under Windows XP/7/8.......................................53
Running Setup........................................................................53
Manual Installation..........................................................................55
ECS Utility Software (Intelligent EZ Utility).....................................55
Chapter 5
57
Setting Up AMD A75 RAID Configuration
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Setting Up a Bootable RAID Array..................................................57
Chapter 6
65
Trouble Shooting
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Start up problems during assembly..............................................65
Start up problems after prolong use............................................66
Maintenance and care tips..............................................................66
Basic Troubleshooting Flowchart.....................................................67
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Introduction
Chapter 1
Chapter 1
Introducing the Motherboard
Thank you for choosing the A75F2-M2 motherboard. This motherboard is a high performance, enhanced function motherboard that supports socket FM2 for AMD TRINITY processors for high-end business or personal desktop markets.
The motherboard is based on AMD A75 (Hudson D3) express chipset for best desktop
platform. A75 is a single-chip, highly integrated, high performance Hyper-Transport
peripheral controller, unmatched by any other single chip-device controller. The
memory controller supports DDR3 memory DIMM frequencies of 1866/1600/1333/
1066/800. It supports two DDR3 slots with maximum memory size of 32 GB. One PCI
Express x16 slot, intended for Graphics Interface, is fully compliant to the PCI Express Gen2 (version 2.0). In addition, two PCI Express x1 slots and one v2.2 PCI slot
are supported.
It integrates USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 interface, supporting up to ten USB 2.0 ports (six
USB 2.0 ports at the rear panel and two USB 2.0 headers support additional four USB
2.0 ports) and four USB 3.0 ports (two USB 3.0 ports at the rear panel and one USB 3.0
header supports additional two USB 3.0 ports). The gray USB 2.0 header provides EZ
charger technology, please refer to Front Panel USB 2.0 headers of chapter 2 for
more details. This motherboard integrates a Serial ATA host controller, supporting
four SATA ports with maximum transfer rate up to 6Gb/s each.
There is an full set of I/O ports in the rear panel, including PS/2 mouse and keyboard
combo connectors, one D-sub (VGA) port, one HDMI port, one DVI port, six USB 2.0
ports, two USB 3.0 ports, one LAN port, three audio jacks for microphone, line-in and
6-ch line-out.
Package Contents
Your motherboard package ships with the following items:
 A75F2-M2 Motherboard
 Quick Installation Guide
 User Manual
 DVD
 I/O Shield
 2 SATA 6Gb/s Cables
The package contents above are for reference only, please take the actual
package items as standard.
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Chapter 1
Specifications
CPU
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Socket FM2 for AMD TRINITY processors
Supports CPU up to 100W TDP
Note: Please go to ECS website for the latest CPU support list.
Chipset
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AMD A75 Chipset
Memory
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Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
2 x 240-pin DDR3 UDIMM sockets support up to 32 GB
Supports DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz DDR3
SDRAM
Expansion
Slots
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1 x PCI Express x16 Gen2 slot
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
1 x PCI slot
Storage
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Supported by AMD A75 (Hudson D3)
- 6 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors
Audio
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ALC662 6-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
- Compliant with HD audio specification
LAN
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RTL8111E Gigabit Lan
RTL8105E 10/100 LAN (optional)
Note: Please go to ECS website for the latest CPU support list.
Rear Panel I/O •
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1 x PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo connector
1 x D-Sub port (VGA)
1 x HDMI port
1 x DVI port
6 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN connector
1 x Audio port (Line in, Line out, Mic_in Rear)
Internal I/O
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Connectors & •
Headers
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1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 x 4-pin 12V Power connector
1 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional four USB 2.0 ports
(F_USB1 supports EZ Charger function)
1 x USB 3.0 header supports additional two USB 3.0 ports
6 x Serial SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x COM header
1 x Case open header
1 x SPDIF out header
1 x TPM header
1 x Front Panel audio header
1 x Front Panel switch/LED header
1 x Speaker header
1 x Parallel port header(LPT)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
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AMI BIOS with 32Mb SPI Flash ROM
- Supports ECS MIB III Utility
- Supports Plug and Play, S1/STR (S3)/STD (S4)
- Supports Hardware Monitor
- Supports ACPI 3.0 version & DMI
- Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
- Supports ECS GUI UEFI BIOS
- Supports Over-Clocking
- Supports Dual Display
- F7 hot key for boot up devices option
- Supports Multi-language BIOS
- Supports PaUp clear CMOS Hotkey (Has PS2 KB Model only)
AP Support
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Supports eBLU*/eDLU/eSF*/EZ Charger
Chapter 1
System BIOS
Note: Please go to ECS website to get the latest news for AP
supporting.
*Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is required.
Form Factor
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Micro-ATX Size, 244mm x 210mm
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Motherboard Components
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1. CPU Socket
2. SYS_FAN
3. CPU_FAN
4. DDR3_1~2
5. ATX_POWER
6. SATA1~6
7. F_PANEL
COMPONENTS
FM2 for AMD TRINITY processors
System cooling fan connector
CPU cooling fan connector
240-pin DDR3 SDRAM slots
Standard 24-pin ATX power connector
Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors
Front panel switch/LED header
Front panel USB 2.0 headers
8. F_USB1~2
(F_USB1 supports EZ Charger function)
9. USB3F
Front panel USB 3.0 header
10. PWR_FAN Power cooling fan connector
11. SPK
Speaker header
12. CLR_CMOS Clear CMOS jumper
13. LPT
Parallel port header
14. COM
Serial port header
15. TPM
Trusted Platform Module
16. CASE
Case open header
17. PCIE1~2
PCI Express x1 slots
18. SPDIFO
SPDIF out header
19. PCI
32-bit PCI add-on card slot
20. PCIEX16
PCI Express slot for graphics interface
21. F_AUDIO
Front panel audio header
22. ATX12V
4-pin +12V power connector
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Table of Motherboard Components
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I/O Ports
1. PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse combo connector
Use the PS/2 port to connect a PS/2 mouse or a PS2 keyboard.
2. VGA Port
Connect VGA display device to the VGA port.
3. HDMI Port
Connect HDMI display device to the HDMI port.
4. USB 2.0 Ports
Use the USB 2.0 ports to connect USB 2.0 devices.
5. USB 3.0 Ports
Use the USB 3.0 ports to connect USB 3.0 devices.
6. LAN Port
Connect an RJ-45 jack to the LAN port to connect your computer to the Network.
LAN LED
Activity LED
Link LED
Status
Description
OFF
Orange blinking
OFF
Green
No data
Active
No link
Link
Link LED
LAN Port
7. Line-in(blue)
It can be connected to an external CD/DVD player, tape player or other audio
devices for audio input.
8. Line-out(lime)
It is used to connect to speakers or headphones.
9. Microphone(pink)
It is used to connect to a microphone.
10. DVI Port
Connect DVI display device to the DVI port.
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Chapter 2
Installing the Motherboard
Follow these safety precautions when installing the motherboard:
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Wear a grounding strap attached to a grounded device to avoid damage
from static electricity.
Discharge static electricity by touching the metal case of a safely grounded
object before working on the motherboard.
Leave components in the static-proof bags.
Always remove the AC power by unplugging the power cord from the power
outlet before installing or removing the motherboard or other hardware
components.
Chapter 2
2-1. Safety Precautions
2-2. Installing the motherboard in a Chassis
This motherboard carries a Micro ATX form factor of 244 x 210 mm. Choose a chassis
that accommodates this form factor. Make sure that the I/O template in the chassis
matches the I/O ports installed on the rear edge of the motherboard. Most system
chassis have mounting brackets installed in the chassis, which corresponds to the
holes in the motherboard. Place the motherboard over the mounting brackets and
secure the motherboard onto the mounting brackets with screws.
Do not over-tighten the screws as this can damage the motherboard.
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2-3. Checking Jumper Settings
The following illustration shows the location of the motherboard jumpers. Pin 1 is
labeled.
Chapter 2
To avoid the system instability after clearing CMOS, we recommend users to
enter the main BIOS setting page to “Load Default Settings” and then “Save
and Exit Setup”
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2-4. Installing Hardware
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This motherboard has an FM2 socket.
When choosing a processor, consider the performance requirements of
the system. Performance is based on the processor design, the clock speed
and system bus frequency of the processor, and the quantity of internal
cache memory and external cache memory.
You may be able to change the settings in the system Setup Utility. We
strongly recommend you do not over-clock processor or other components to run faster than their rated speed.
The following illustration shows CPU installation components.
A.
Chapter 2
2-4-1. Installing the Processor
Pull up the lever away from the socket and lift up to 90-degree angle.
B. Locate the CPU cut edge (the corner with the pin hold noticeably
missing). Align and insert the CPU correctly.
C.
Press the metal lever back into its original position.
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2-4-2. Installing the CPU Cooler
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Chapter 2
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Install the cooling fan in a well-lit work area so that you can clearly see the
motherboard and processor socket.
Avoid using cooling fans with sharp edges in case the fan casing and the
clips cause serious damage to the motherboard or its components.
To achieve better airflow rates and heat dissipation, we suggest that you
use a high quality fan with 3800 rpm at least. CPU fan and heat sink installation procedures may vary with the type of CPU fan/heatsink supplied.
The form and size of fan/heatsink may also vary.
The following illustration shows how to install CPU fan.
A. Apply some thermal grease onto the contacted area between the
heatsink and the CPU, and make it to be a thin layer.
B. Put the CPU Fan down on the retention module and flip the levers
over the heat sink in place.
C. Connect the CPU cooler power connector to the CPU_FAN connector.
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This motherboard accommodates four memory modules. It can support
two 240-pin DDR3 1866/1600/1333/1066/800.
Do not remove any memory module from its antistatic packaging until
you are ready to install it on the motherboard. Handle the modules only
by their edges. Do not touch the components or metal parts. Always wear
a grounding strap when you handle the modules.
You must install at least one module in any of the two slots. Total memory
capacity is 32 GB.
Refer to the following to install the memory modules.
A. Push the latches on each side of the DIMM slot down.
Chapter 2
2-4-3. Installing Memory Modules
B. Install the DIMM module into the slot and press it firmly down until it
seats correctly. Check that the cutouts on the DIMM module edge
connector match the notches in the DIMM slot.
C. The slot latches are levered upwards and latch on to the edges of the
DIMM.
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2-4-4. Installing Add-on Cards
The slots on this motherboard are designed to hold expansion cards and connect
them to the system bus. Expansion slots are a means of adding or enhancing the
motherboard’s features and capabilities. With these efficient facilities, you can
increase the motherboard’s capabilities by adding hardware that performs tasks
that are not part of the basic system.
Chapter 2
PCIEX16 Slot
The PCI Express x16 slot is used to install an external PCI Express graphics card that is fully compliant to the PCI Express
Base Specification revision 2.0.
PCIE1~2 Slots
The PCI Express x1 slots are fully compliant to the PCI Express
Base Specification revision 2.0.
PCI Slot
This motherboard is equipped with one standard PCI slot. PCI
stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect and is a bus
standard for expansion cards, which for the most part, is a
supplement of the older ISA bus standard. The PCI slot on this
board is PCI v2.2 compliant.
Before installing an add-on card, check the documentation for the card carefully. If the card is not Plug and Play, you may have to manually configure the
card before installation.
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Remove a blanking plate from the system case corresponding to the slot
you are going to use.
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Install the edge connector of the add-on card into the expansion slot.
Ensure that the edge connector is correctly seated in the slot.
3
Secure the metal bracket of the card to the system case with a screw.
1. For some add-on cards, for example graphics adapters and network adapters, you have to install drivers and software before you can begin using the
add-on card.
Chapter 2
Follow these instructions to install an add-on card:
2. The onboard PCI interface does not support 64-bit SCSI cards.
Please refer the following illustrations to install the add-on card:
Install the VGA Card in the PCI slot
Install the LAN Card in the PCIE1 slot
Install the VGA Card in the PCIE X16 slot
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2-4-5. Connecting Optional Devices
Refer to the following for information on connecting the motherboard’s optional
devices:
Chapter 2
No.
Components
No.
1
SATA1~6
6
Components
TPM
2
F_USB1~2
7
CASE
3
USB3F
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SPDIFO
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LPT
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F_AUDIO
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COM
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1. SATA1~6: Serial ATA III connectors
SATA1~6 connectors are used to support the new Serial ATA device for the highest
data transfer rates (6.0 Gb/s), simpler disk drive cabling and easier PC assembly. It
eliminates limitations of the current Parallel ATA interface. But maintains register
compatibility and software compatibility with Parallel ATA.
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2. F_USB1~2: Front Panel USB 2.0 headers
F_USB1 supports EZ Charger technology, provides 3 times current than general USB
2.0 port in off mode for USB devices. It is useful and excellent, especially for the
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that need a large amount of current for faster
recharging within less time.
Chapter 2
The motherboard has two USB 2.0 headers supporting four USB 2.0 ports. Additionally, some computer cases have USB 2.0 ports at the front of the case. If you have this
kind of case, use auxiliary USB 2.0 connector to connect the front-mounted ports to
the motherboard.
Please make sure that the USB cable has the same pin assignment as indicated above. A different pin assignment may cause damage or system hangup.
3. USB3F: Front Panel USB 3.0 header
This Motherboard implements one USB 3.0 header supporting 2 extra front USB 3.0
ports, which delivers 5Gb/s transfer rate.
Please make sure that the USB cable has the same pin assignment as indicated above. A different pin assignment may cause damage or system hangup.
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4. LPT: Onboard parallel port Header
This is a header that can be used to connect to the printer, scanner or other devices.
Chapter 2
5. COM: Onboard serial port header
Connect a serial port extension bracket to this header to add a serial port to your
system.
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6. TPM: Trusted Platform Module header
Chapter 2
Trusted platform module (TPM) is a published specification detailing a micro controller that can store secured information, and implementations of that specification.
7. CASE: Chassis Intrusion Detect Header
This detects if the chassis cover has been removed. This function needs a chassis
equipped with intrusion detection switch and needs to be enabled in BIOS.
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8. SPDIFO: SPDIF out header
This is an optional header that provides an SPDIFO (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)
output to digital multimedia device through optical fiber or coaxial connector.
Chapter 2
9. F_AUDIO: Front Panel Audio Header
The front panel audio header allows the user to install auxiliary front-oriented microphone and line-out ports for easier access. This header supports HD audio by
default. If you want connect an AC’ 97 front panel audio to HD onboard headers,
please set as below picture.
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AC’ 97 Audio Configuration: To enable the front panel audio connector to support AC97 Audio mode.
Chapter 2
If you use AC’ 97 Front Panel, please tick off the option of “ Disabled Front Panel
Detect ”. If you use HD Audio Front Panel, please don’ t tick off “Disabled Front Panel
Detect ” .
* For reference only
If you use AC’ 97 Front Panel, please don’ t tick off “Using Front Jack Detect ”. If you
use HD Audio Front Panel, please tick off the option of “Using Front Jack Detect ”.
* For reference only
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2-4-6. Installing a SATA Hard Drive
This section describes how to install a SATA Hard Drive.
About SATA Connectors
Chapter 2
Your motherboard features six SATA connectors supporting a total of six drives. SATA
refers to Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) is the standard interface for
the IDE hard drives which are currently used in most PCs. These connectors are well
designed and will only fit in one orientation. Locate the SATA connectors on the
motherboard and follow the illustration below to install the SATA hard drives.
Installing Serial ATA Hard Drives
To install the Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives, use the SATA cable that supports the Serial
ATA protocol. This SATA cable comes with a SATA power cable. You can connect either
end of the SATA cable to the SATA hard drive or the connector on the motherboard.
Refer to the illustration below for proper installation:
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2
3
Attach either cable end to the connector on the motherboard.
Attach the other cable end to the SATA hard drive.
Attach the SATA power cable to the SATA hard drive and connect the other
end to the power supply.
* For reference only
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2-4-7. Connecting Case Components
Chapter 2
After you have installed the motherboard into a case, you can begin connecting the
motherboard components. Refer to the following:
No.
Components
No.
Components
1
SYS_FAN
5
PWR_FAN
2
CPU_FAN
6
SPK
3
ATX_POWER
7
ATX_12V
4
F_PANEL
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1 & 2 & 5. SYS_FAN(System Cooling FAN Power Connector) & CPU_FAN(CPU
cooling FAN Power Connector) & PWR_FAN(Power Cooling FAN Power Connector)
Connect the CPU cooling fan cable to CPU_FAN.
Connect the System cooling fan connector to SYS_FAN.
Connect the Power cooling fan connector to PWR_FAN.
Users please note that the fan connector supports the CPU cooling fan of 1.1A
~ 2.2A (26.4W max) at +12V.
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3 & 7. ATX_POWER (ATX 24-pin Power Connector) & ATX12V (ATX 12V Power
Connector)
Connect the standard power supply connector to ATX_POWER.
Connect the auxiliary case power supply connector to ATX12V.
Chapter 2
Connecting 24-pin power cable
The ATX 24-pin connector allows you to connect to ATX v2.x power supply.
With ATX v2.x power supply, users please
note that when installing 24-pin power
cable, the latches of power cable and the
ATX match perfectly.
24-pin power cable
Connecting 4-pin power cable
The ATX12V power connector is used to provide power to the CPU.
When installing 4-pin power cable, the
latches of power cable and the ATX12V
match perfectly.
4-pin power cable
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4. Front Panel Header
Chapter 2
The front panel header (F_PANEL) provides a standard set of switch and LED headers
commonly found on ATX or Micro ATX cases. Refer to the table below for information:
Hard Drive Activity LED
Connecting pins 1 and 3 to a front panel mounted LED provides visual indication that
data is being read from or written to the hard drive. For the LED to function properly,
an IDE drive should be connected to the onboard IDE interface. The LED will also
show activity for devices connected to the SCSI (hard drive activity LED) connector.
Power/Sleep/Message waiting LED
Connecting pins 2 and 4 to a single or dual-color, front panel mounted LED provides
power on/off, sleep, and message waiting indication.
Reset Switch
Supporting the reset function requires connecting pin 5 and 7 to a momentary-contact switch that is normally open. When the switch is closed, the board resets and
runs POST.
Power Switch
Supporting the power on/off function requires connecting pins 6 and 8 to a momentary-contact switch that is normally open. The switch should maintain contact for at
least 50 ms to signal the power supply to switch on or off. The time requirement is
due to internal de-bounce circuitry. After receiving a power on/off signal, at least
two seconds elapses before the power supply recognizes another on/off signal.
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6. SPK: Speaker header
Connect the case speaker cable to SPK.
Chapter 2
This concludes Chapter 2. The next chapter covers the BIOS.
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Chapter 3
Using BIOS
About the Setup Utility
The BIOS (Basic Input and Output System) Setup Utility displays the system’s configuration status and provides you with options to set system parameters. The parameters are stored in battery-backed-up CMOS RAM that saves this information
when the power is turned off. When the system is turned back on, the system is
configured with the values you stored in CMOS.
The BIOS Setup Utility enables you to configure:
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Hard drives, diskette drives and peripherals
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Video display type and display options
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Password protection from unauthorized use
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Power Management features
Chapter 3
The computer uses the latest “American Megatrends Inc. ” BIOS with support for
Windows Plug and Play. The CMOS chip on the motherboard contains the ROM setup
instructions for configuring the motherboard BIOS.
The settings made in the Setup Utility affect how the computer performs. Before
using the Setup Utility, ensure that you understand the Setup Utility options.
This chapter provides explanations for Setup Utility options.
The Standard Configuration
A standard configuration has already been set in the Setup Utility. However, we recommend that you read this chapter in case you need to make any changes in the
future.
This Setup Utility should be used:
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when changing the system configuration
•
when a configuration error is detected and you are prompted to make
changes to the Setup Utility
•
when trying to resolve IRQ conflicts
•
when making changes to the Power Management configuration
•
when changing the password or making other changes to the Security
Setup
Entering the Setup Utility
When you power on the system, BIOS enters the Power-On Self Test (POST) routines.
POST is a series of built-in diagnostics performed by the BIOS. After the POST routines
are completed, the following message appears:
Press DEL to enter SETUP
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Press the delete key to access BIOS Setup Utility.
Chapter 3
Above image is for reference only, for details please refer to actual image.
Resetting the Default CMOS Values
When powering on for the first time, the POST screen may show a “CMOS Settings
Wrong” message. This standard message will appear following a clear CMOS data
at factory by the manufacturer. You simply need to Load Default Settings to reset
the default CMOS values.
Note: Changes to system hardware such as different CPU, memories, etc. may
also trigger this message.
Using BIOS
When you start the Setup Utility, the main menu appears. The main menu of the
Setup Utility displays a list of the options that are available. A highlight indicates
which option is currently selected. Use the cursor arrow keys to move the highlight
to other options. When an option is highlighted, execute the option by pressing
<Enter>.
Some options lead to pop-up dialog boxes that prompt you to verify that you wish to
execute that option. Other options lead to dialog boxes that prompt you for information.
Some options (marked with an icon
) lead to submenus that enable you to change
the values for the option. Use the cursor arrow keys to scroll through the items in the
submenu.
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In this manual, default values are enclosed in parenthesis. Submenu items are
denoted by an icon .
The default BIOS setting for this motherboard apply for most conditions
with optimum performance. We do not suggest users change the default
values in the BIOS setup and take no responsibility to any damage caused
by changing the BIOS settings.
BIOS Navigation Keys
The BIOS navigation keys are listed below:
+/Enter
Exits the current menu
Scrolls through the items on a menu
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ESC

Change Opt.
Select
F1
General Help
F2
Previous Value
F3
Optimized Defaults
F4
Save & Exit
KEY
FUNCTION
1. For the purpose of better product maintenance, the manufacture
reserves the right to change the BIOS items presented in this manual. The
BIOS setup screens shown in this chapter are for reference only and may
differ from the actual BIOS. Please visit the manufacture’s website for
updated manual.
2. In this Gui BIOS, you can operate by mouse or keyboard. Click : select
item; Double click: enter; Right click: exit.
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Main Menu
This menu shows the information of BIOS and enables you to set the system
language, date and time.
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Exit
Choose the system default
language
BIOS Information
System Language
English
System Date
System Time
Fri 04/27/2012
00:11:52
 : Select Screen
Chapter 3
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
System Language (English)
This item is used to set system language.
Date & Time
The Date and Time items show the current date and time on the computer. If you are
running a Windows OS, these items are automatically updated whenever you make
changes to the Windows Date and Time Properties utility.
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Advanced Menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU and other
system.
Advanced
Chipset
LAN Configuration
PC Health Status
Power Management Setup
ACPI Settings
CPU Configuration
SATA Configuration
USB Configuration
Super IO Configuration
Trusted Computing
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Exit
LAN Configuration Parameters
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
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LAN Configuration
The item in the menu shows the LAN-related information that the BIOS
automatically detects.
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Exit
Enabled/Disabled Onboard
LAN 1 Controller
LAN Configuration
Onboard LAN Controller
Enabled
Network stack
Ipv4 PXE Support
Ipv6 PXE Support
Enabled
Enabled
Enabled
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 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Onboard LAN Controller (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable Onboard LAN 1 controller.
Network stack (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable UEFI network stack.
Ipv4/6 PXE Support (Enabled)
Use these items to enable or disable the Ipv4/6 PXE Boot support. If disabled
IPV4/6 PXE boot option will not be created.
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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PC Health Status
On motherboards support hardware monitoring, this item lets you monitor the
parameters for critical voltages, temperatures and fan speeds.
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Exit
PC Health Status
:
:
:
:
:
+63
3134 RPM
+1.464 V
+1.592 V
+1.243 V
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Chapter 3
Smart Fan Function
CPU Tct1
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Voltage
DIMM Voltage
PCH Voltage
Smart Fan Function
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
CPU Smart Fan Control
Smart Fan Mode
Boot
Security
Exit
Enabled
Normal
High Limit Temperature
Low Limit Temperature
High Limit PWM
Low Limit PWM
60
30
255
110
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
CPU Smart Fan Control (Enabled)
This item enables you to define the CPU by smartly adjusting the CPU Fan. When it
is set at certain temperature, the CPU Fan PWM value will change accordingly.
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Smart Fan Mode (Normal)
This item allows you to select the fan mode (Normal, Quiet, Silent, or Manual) for a
better operation environment. If you choose Normal mode, the fan speed will be
auto adjusted depending on the CPU temperature. If you choose Quite mode, the
fan speed will be auto minimized for quiet environment. If you choose Silent mode,
the fan speed will be auto restricted to make system more quietly. If you choose
Manual mode, the fan speed will be adjust depending on users’ parameters.
Press <Esc> to return to the PC Health Status page.
Chapter 3
System Component Characteristics
These items display the monitoring of the overall inboard hardware health events,
such as System temperature, CPU & DIMM voltage, CPU & System fan speed... etc.
•
•
•
•
•
CPU Tct1
CPU Fan Speed
CPU Voltage
DIMM Voltage
PCH Voltage
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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Power Management Setup
This page sets up some parameters for system power management operation.
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Resume By RING
Resume By PME
Resume By USB 1.x/2.0 (S3)
Resume By PS2 KB (S3)
Resume By PS2 MS (S3)
EUP Function
Power LED Type
Security
Exit
About Resume by RING
Power Management Setup
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Disabled
Enabled
Dual Color LED
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Resume By RING (Disabled)
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An input signal on the serial Ring Indicator (RI) line (in other words, an incoming call
on the modem) awakens the system from a soft off state.
Resume By PME (Disabled)
This item specify whether the system will be awakened from power saving modes
when activity or input signal of the specified hardware peripheral or components is
detected.
Resume By USB 1.x/2.0 (S3) (Disabled)
This item allows you to enable/disable the USB device wakeup function from S3
mode.
Resume By PS2 KB (S3) (Disabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable keyboard activity to awaken the sytem
from power saving mode.
Resume By PS2 MS (S3) (Disabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable mouse activity to awaken the sytem from
power saving mode.
EUP Function (Enabled)
This item allows user to enable or disable EUP support.
Power LED Type (Dual Color LED)
This item shows the type of the Power LED.
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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ACPI Configuration
The item in the menu shows the highest ACPI sleep state when the system enters
suspend.
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
ACPI Settings
ACPI Sleep State
S3 (Suspend to RAM)
Security
Exit
Select the highest ACPI
sleep state the system
will enter when the
SUSPEND button is pressed.
Chapter 3
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
ACPI Sleep State [S3(Suspend to RAM)]
This item allows user to enter the ACPI S3 (Suspend to RAM) Sleep State(default).
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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CPU Configuration
The item in the menu shows the CPU.
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
--------- Cache per Core --------L1 Instruction Cache: 64 KB/2-way
L1 Data Cache: 16 KB/4-way
L2 Cache: 2048 KB/16-way
No L3 Cache Present
C6 Mode
CPB Mode
AMD C&Q
Enabled
Auto
Enabled
Security
Exit
Enabled/disabled C6
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Chapter 3
Main
CPU Configuration
Socket0: AMD A8-5600K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
Max Speed: 3600 MHZ Intended Speed: 3600 MHZ
Microcode Patch Level: 600110f
Max/Intended Speed (3600 MHZ)
These items show the maximum/intended speed of the CPU.
Microcode Patch Level (600100f)
This item shows the Microcode revision.
L1 Instruction Cache (64KB/2-way)
This item shows CPU L1 Cache.
L1 Data Cache (16KB/4-way)
This item shows CPU L1 Cache.
L2 Cache (2048 KB/16-way)
This item shows CPU L2 Cache.
No L3 Cache Present
This item shows CPU L3 Cache.
C6 Mode (Enabled)
This item enables or disables the C6 mode.
CPB Mode (Auto)
This item is used to set the CPB mode.
AMD C&Q (Enabled)
This item enables or disables the CPU C&Q Function.
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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SATA Configuration
Use this item to show the mode of serial SATA configuration options.
Main
Advanced
SATA Configuration
Serial-ATA Controller
SATA Mode
SATA Port1
SATA Port2
SATA Port3
SATA Port4
SATA Port5
SATA Port6
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Enabled
IDE Mode
ST3500413AS
(500.1G
PIONEER DVD-RW ATAPI
Not Present
Not Present
Not Present
Not Present
Security
Exit
Chapter 3
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Serial-ATA Controller (Enabled)
Use this item to select Serial-ATA controller options: Disabled, Compatible, Enhanced.
SATA Mode (IDE Mode)
Use this item to select SATA mode.
SATA Port1~6
This motherboard supports six SATA channels, each channel allows one SATA device
to be installed. Use these items to configure each device on the SATA channel.
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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USB Configuration
Use this item to show the information of USB configuration.
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Save
& Exit
Exit
Set
of Serial
USBParameters
Support Parameters
Port 0 (COMA)
Super
Chip
All
USBIODevices
SerialUSB
Port 0
Configutation
Legacy
Support
Parallel Port Configutation
IT8728
Enabled
Enabled
 : Select Screen
: Select
Screen

/Click:
Select
Item

/Click: Select

Enter/Dbl
Click : Item
Select
+/:
Change
Opt.
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
F1:
+/- :General
ChangeHelp
Opt.
F2: Previous
Values
F1:
General Help
F3:
Defaults
F2: Optimized
Previous Values
F4:
Save
&
Exit
F3: Optimized Defaults
ESC/Right Click: Exit
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Chapter 3
Main
Super
IO Configuration
USB
Configuration
All USB Devices (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable all USB devices.
Legacy USB Support (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable support for legacy USB devices.
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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Super IO Configuration
Use this item to show the information of Super IO configuration.
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Exit
Set Parameters of Serial
Port 0 (COMA)
Super IO Configuration
Serial Port 0 Configuration
Parallel Port Configuration
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Chapter 3
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
 Serial Port 0 Configuration
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Serial Port 0 Configuration
Security
Exit
Enabled or Disabled Serial
Port (COM)
Serial Port
Device Settings
Enabled
IO=3F8h; IRQ=4;
Change Settings
Auto
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Serial Port (Enabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable serial port.
Device Settings (IO=3F8h; IRQ=4)
This item shows the information of the device settings.
Change Settings (Auto)
Use this item to change device settings.
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Parallel Port Configuration
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Exit
Enabled or Disabled
Parallel Port (LPT/LPTE)
Parallel Port Configuration
Parallel Port
Device Settings
Enabled
I0=378h; IRQ=5;
Change Settings
Device Mode
Auto
Standard and Bi-dir...
 : Select Screen
/Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Chapter 3
Main
Parallel Port (Enabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable parallel port.
Device Settings (IO=378h; IRQ=5)
This item shows the information of the device settings.
Change Settings (Auto)
Use this item to change device settings.
Device Mode (Standard and Bi-dir...)
Use this item to select device mode.
Press <Esc> to return to the Super IO Configuration page.
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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Trusted Computing
Use this item to show the information of trusted computing configuration.
Main
Advanced
Chipset
Configuration
TPM SUPPORT
M.I.B III
Boot
Disabled
Current Status Information
No Security Device Found
Security
 : Select Screen
Chapter 3
/Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
TPM Support (Disabled)
This item enables or disables TPM support.
Current TPM Status Information
This item shows the information of current TPM status.
NO Security Device Found
This item shows the information of the security device.
Press <Esc> to return to the Advanced Menu page.
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Save & Exit
Enables or Disables BIOS
support for security
device. O.S. will not show
Security Device. TCG EFI
protocol and INT1A
interface will not be
available.
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Chipset Menu
The chipset menu items allow you to change the settings for the North Bridge
chipset, South Bridge chipset and other system.
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Northe Bridge
South Bridge
Security
Exit
North Bridge Parameters
 : Select Screen
/Click:
/Click:Select
SelectItem
Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Chapter 3
Main
North Bridge
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> and view the following screen:
Main
Advanced
Chipset
North Bridge
North Bridge Parameters.
IGD Memory
Initate Graphics Adapter
Dual Graphics Mode
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Exit
IGD Share Memory Size
Auto
PCI Express
Disabled
 : Select Screen
/Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
IGD Memory (Auto)
This item shows the information of the IGD (Internal Graphics Device) memory.
Initiate Graphic Adapter (PCI Express)
This item allows you to select graphics controller to use as the primary boot device.
Dual Graphics Mode (Disabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable Dual Graphics Mode function.
Press <Esc> to return to the Chipset Menu page.
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South Bridge
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen:
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
South Bridge
Restore AC Power Loss
Power Off
Audio Configuration
Azalia HD Audio
Azalia Internal HDMI codec
Enabled
Enabled
Case Open Warning
Chassis Opened
Disabled
No
Security
Exit
Select What state to go
to when power is
re-applied after a power
failure (G3 state).
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Chapter 3
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Restore AC Power Loss (Power Off)
This item enables your computer to automatically restart or return to its operating
status.
Audio Configuration
This item shows the information of the audio configuration.
Azalia HD Audio (Enabled)
This item enables or disables Azalia HD audio.
Azalia Internal HDMI codec (Enabled)
This item enables or disables Azalia Internal HDMI codec.
Case Open Warning (Disabled)
This item enables or disables the warning if the case is opened up, and the item
below indicates the current status of the case.
Chassis Opened (No)
This item indicates whether the case has been opened.
Press <Esc> to return to the Chipset Menu page.
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M.I.B III (MB Intelligent BIOS III) Menu
This page enables you to set the clock speed and system bus for your system. The
clock speed and system bus are determined by the kind of processor you have
installed in your system.
Advanced
Chipset
Core Clock multiplier
Memory Clock
Memory Timing Configuration
Memory Clock DCT0 is:
Command Rate
CAS# Latency(tCL)
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
Row Precharge Time (tRP)
RAS# Active Time (tRAS)
Memory Clock DCT1 is:
Command Rate
CAS# Latency(tCL)
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD)
Row Precharge Time (tRP)
RAS# Active Time (tRAS)
SB Spread Spectrum
CPU Over-clocking Func.
IGD Over-clocking Func.
M.I.B III
Boot
Auto
Auto
Auto
None
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
(DDR-1333/667Mhz)
1T
9 CLK
9 CLK
10 CLK
24 CLK
Enabled
Disabled
Disabled
Security
Exit
Core Clock multiplier
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
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Core Clock Multiplier (Auto)
Use this item to set the core clock multiplier.
Memory Clock (Auto)
This item is used to set the memory clock.
Memory Timing Configuration (Auto)
This item shows the information of Memory Timing Configuration.
Memory Clock DCT0/1 is (None/DDR-1333/667 Mhz)
These items show current memory clock of DCT0/1.
Command Rate (N/A/1 T)
This item is used to set command rate.
CAS# Latency (tCL) (N/A/9 CLK)
This item determines the operation of DDR SDRAM memory CAS (column address
strobe). It is recommended that you leave this item at the default value. The 2T
setting requires faster memory that specifically supports this mode.
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) (N/A/9 CLK)
This item specifies RAS# to CAS# delay to Rd/Wr command to the same bank.
Row Precharge Time (tRP) (N/A/10 CLK)
This item specifies Row precharge to Active or Auto-Refresh of the same bank.
RAS# Active Time (tRAS) (N/A/24 CLK)
This item specifies the RAS# active time.
SB Spread Spectrum (Enabled)
This item enables or disables the SB Clock Spread Spectrum.
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CPU Over-clocking Func. (Disabled)
This item decides the CPU Over-Clocking function installed in your system. If the
over-clocking fails, please turn off the system power. And then, hold the PageUp key
(similar to the Clear CMOS function) and turn on the power, the BIOS will recover the
safe default.
IGD Over-clocking Func. (Disabled)
This item enables or disables IGD Over-Clocking function.
Press <Esc> to return to the M.I.B III Menu page.
Chapter 3
Warning:
Over-clocking components can adversely affect the reliability of the system
and introduce errors into your system. Over-clocking can permanently
damage the motherboard by generating excess heat in components that are
run beyond the rated limits.
Fail-Safe Procedures for Over-clocking
When end-users encounter failure after attempting over-clocking, please take the
following steps to recover from it.
1. Shut down the computer.
2. Press and hold the “Page Up Key (PgUp)” of the keyboard, and then boot the PC
up.
3. Two seconds after the PC boots up, release the “Page Up Key (PgUp)”.
4. The BIOS returns to the default setting by itself.
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Boot Menu
This page enables you to set the keyboard NumLock state.
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Operation System Select
Launch PXE OpROM
Launch Strorage OpROM
Windows 7 or other OS
Disabled
Enabled
Bootup NumLock State
Quiet Boot
Boot mode select
On
Enabled
LEGACY
Set Boot Priority
Boot Option #1
Boot Option #2
Boot Option #3
Boot Option #4
Boot Option #5
Boot Option #6
Boot Option #7
Hard Disk
CD/DVD
USB Floppy
USB CD/DVD
USB Hard Disk
USB Key: Ut165 1.00
Network
Hard Disk Drive Priorities
CD/DVD ROM Drive Priorities
USB/Floppy Drive Priorities
USB CD/DVD ROM Drive Priorities
USB HardDisk Drive Priorities
USB Flash Drive Priorities
NETWORK Device Priorities
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
[Press Enter]
CSM parameters
[Press Enter]
Security
Exit
Windows 7 or other OS:
Boot policy for Legacy OS
Windows 8: Boot policy for
UEFI OS without
Compatibility Support
Module(CSM)
Manual: User customized
CSM parameters & boot
policy
Chapter 3
Main
Boot Configuration
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Boot Configuration
This item shows the information of the Boot Configuration.
Operation System Select (Windows 7 or other OS)
This item is used to select the operation system.
Launch PXE OpROM (Disabled)
The item enables or disables launch PXE Option ROM.
Launch Storage OpROM (Enabled)
Use this item to enable or disable the Storage OpROM.
Bootup NumLock State (On)
This item enables you to select NumLock state.
Quiet Boot (Enabled)
This item enables or disables quiet boot.
Boot mode select (LEGACY)
Use this item to select boot mode.
Set Boot Priority
This item enables you to set boot priority for all boot devices.
Boot Option #1/2/3/4/5/6/7
These items show the boot priorities.
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Hard Disk Drive/ CD/DVD ROM Drive/ USB/IDE Floppy Drive/ USB CD/DVD ROM Drive/
USB HardDisk Drive/ USB Flash Drive/ NETWORK Device Drive Priorities
These items enable you to specify the sequence of loading the operating system.
Press <Enter> to see the submenu.
CSM parameters
OpROM execution, boot options filter,etc.
 CSM parameters
Scroll to this item and press <Enter> to view the following screen.
Chapter 3
Main
Advanced
Chipset
Launch CSM
Boot option filter
Launch PXE OpROM policy
Launch Storage OpROM policy
Launch Video OpROM policy
Other PCI device ROM priority
M.I.B III
Boot
Always
UEFI and Legacy
Do not launch
Legacy only
Legacy only
Legacy OpROM
Security
Exit
This option controls if CSM
will be launched
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Launch CSM (Always)
This option controls if CSM will be launched.
Boot option filter (UEFI and Legacy)
This option controls what devices system can boot to.
Launch PXE OpROM policy (Do not Launch)
This controls the execution of UEFI and Legacy PXE OpROM.
Launch Storage OpROM policy (Legacy only)
This controls the execution of UEFI and Legacy Storage OpROM.
Launch Video OpROM policy (Legacy only)
This controls the execution of UEFI and Legacy Video OpROM.
Other PCI device ROM priority (Legacy OpROM)
For PCI devices other than Network, Mass storage or Video defines which OpROM to
launch.
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Security Menu
This page enables you to set setup administrator password and user password.
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Not Install
Not Install
Administrator Password
System Mode state
Secure Boot state
Setup
Disabled
Secure Boot
Secure Boot Mode
Image Execution Policy
Key Management
Enabled
Custom
Boot
Security
Exit
Secure Boot mode selector.
‘Standard’ -fixed Secure
boot policy, ‘Custom’ changeable Image
Execution policy and Secure
Boot Key databases
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
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Main
Administrator Password Status
User Password Status
Administrator Password Status (Not Install)
This item shows administrator password installed or not.
User Password Status (Not Install)
This item shows user password installed or not.
System Mode state (Setup)
This item shows system mode setup or not.
Secure Boot state (Disabled)
This item allows you to enable or disable the secure boot state.
Secure Boot (Enabled)
This item is used to control the secure boot flow, it is possible only if system runs in
User Mode.
Secure Boot Mode (Custom)
This item is used to select secure boot mode, when you select standard mode, secure boot policy is fixed; when you select custom mode, the image execution policy
and secure boot key databases are changeable.
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 Image Execution Policy
Scroll to this item to view the following screen:
Main
Advanced
Internal FV
Option ROM
Removable Media
Fixed Media
Chipset
M.I.B III
Always Execute
Deny Execute
Deny Execute
Deny Execute
Boot
Security
Exit
Image Execution Policy per
device path on Security
Violation. Note: Only users
logged with Administrative
password can exercise
Query User policy setting
Chapter 3
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Internal FV/Option ROM/Removable Media/Fixed Media (Always Execute/Deny Execute)
These items allow you to select image execution policy per device path on security
violation. Only users logged with administrative password can exercise query user
policy setting.
Press <Esc> to return to the Security Menu page.
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 Key Management
Scroll to this item to view the following screen:
Advanced
Chipset
Platform Key (PK)
Set PK from File
Get PK to File
Delete the PK
Key Exchange Key Database (KEK)
Set KEK from File
Get KEK to File
Delete the KEK
Append an entry to KEK
Authorized Signature Database (DB)
Set DB from File
Get DB to File
Delete the DB
Append an entry to DB
Forbidden Signature Database (DBX)
Set DBX from File
Get DBX to File
Delete the DBX
Append an entry to DBX
M.I.B III
Boot
Disabled
Security
Exit
Force OEM default Secure
Boot Keys if System is in
Setup Mode.
NOT INSTALLED
NOT INSTALLED
NOT INSTALLED
NOT INSTALLED
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
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Main
Default Key Provisioning
Manage All Factory Keys (PK, KEK, DB, DBX)
Install default Secure Boot keys
Default Key Provisioning (Disabled)
This item enables or disables you to force OEM default secure boot keys if system is
in setup mode.
Platform Key (PK)
This item shows the information of the platform key.
Set PK/KEK/DB/DBX from File
This item launches the file browser to set Efi Variable from the file. The file data must
be formatted as Efi Variable with TimeBased Authenticated Header.
Get PK/KEK/DB/DBX to File
This item is used to store secure variable to a file with a matching name in selected
file system’s root.
Delete the PK/KEK/DB/DBX
This item is used to delete the variable.
Key Exchange Key Database (KEK)
This item shows the information of the key exchange key database.
Authorized Signature Database (DB)
This item shows the information of the authorized signature database.
Forbidden Signature Database (DBX)
This item shows the information of the forbidden signature database.
Append an entry to KEK/DB/DBX
This item launches the file browser to Append new signature database from the file.
The file data must be formatted as Efi Variable with TimeBased Authenticated Header.
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Exit Menu
This page enables you to exit system setup after saving or without saving the
changes.
Main
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Back to EZ Mode
Security
Exit
Go back to EZ Mode
Save Changes and Exit
Discard Changes and Exit
Save Changes and Reset
Discard Changes and Reset
Chapter 3
Save Options
Save Changes
Discard Changes
Restore Defaults
Save as User Defaults
Restore User Defaults
Boot Override
SATA PM: INTEL SSDSC2CN060A3
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Back to EZ Mode
This item enables you to back to EZ mode.
Save Changes and Exit
This item enables you to exit system setup after saving the changes.
Discard Changes and Exit
This item enables you to exit system setup without saving any changes.
Save Changes and Reset
This item enables you to reset the system setup after saving the changes.
Discard Changes and Reset
This item enables you to reset system setup without saving any changes.
Save Options
This item enables you to save the options that you have made.
Save Changes
This item enables you to save the changes that you have made.
Discard Changes
This item enables you to discard any changes that you have made.
Restore Defaults
This item enables you to restore the system defaults.
Save as User Defaults
This item enables you to save the changes that you have made as user defaults.
Restore Defaults
This item enables you to restore user defaults to all the setup options.
Boot Override
Use this item to select the boot device.
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Updating the BIOS
1
If your motherboard has a BIOS protection jumper, change the setting to
allow BIOS flashing.
2
If your motherboard has an item called Firmware Write Protect in Advanced BIOS features, disable it. (Firmware Write Protect prevents BIOS
from being overwritten.)
3
Prepare a bootable device or create a bootable system disk. (Refer to
Windows online help for information on creating a bootable system disk.)
4
Download the Flash Utility and new BIOS file from the manufacturer’s
Web site. Copy these files to the bootable device.
5
Turn off your computer and insert the bootable device in your computer.
(You might need to run the Setup Utility and change the the boot priority
items on the Advanced BIOS Features Setup page, to force your computer
to boot from the bootable device first.)
6
At the C:\ or A:\ prompt, type the Flash Utility program name and the file
name of the new BIOS and then press <Enter>. Example: AFUDOS.EXE
040706.ROM
7
When the installation is complete, remove the bootable device from the
computer and restart your computer. If your motherboard has a Flash
BIOS jumper, reset the jumper to protect the newly installed BIOS from
being overwritten. The computer will restart automatically.
Chapter 3
You can download and install updated BIOS for this motherboard from the
manufacturer’s Website. New BIOS provides support for new peripherals, improvements in performance, or fixes for known bugs. Install new BIOS as follows:
This concludes Chapter 3. Refer to the next chapter for information on the software
supplied with the motherboard.
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Chapter 4
Using the Motherboard Software
Auto-installing under Windows XP/7/8
The auto-install DVD-ROM makes it easy for you to install the drivers and software. The
support software DVD-ROM disc loads automatically under Windows XP/7/8. When
you insert the DVD-ROM disc in the DVD-ROM drive, the auto-run feature will automatically bring up the installation screen. The screen has four buttons on it: Setup,
Utilities, Browse CD and Exit.
Click “Exit” button to
close the Auto-Setup
window.
Click the “Setup”
button to select and run
the software installation
program.
Click the “ Utilities”
button to select and
install ECS Intelligent
Utility.
Browse CD:
Open Windows Explorer
and show the contents of
the support disk.
Chapter 4
Information:
Displays the path for all
software and drivers
available on the disk.
Running Setup
Follow these instructions to install device drivers and software for the motherboard:
1.
Click Setup. The installation program begins:
The following screens are examples only. The screens and driver lists will be
different according to the motherboard you are installing.
The motherboard identification is located in the upper left-hand corner.
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Click Next. The following screen appears:
3.
Check the box next to the items you want to install. The default options are recommended.
4.
Click Next to run the Installation Wizard. An item installation screen appears:
5.
Follow the instructions on the screen to install the items.
Chapter 4
2.
Drivers and software are automatically installed in sequence. Follow the
onscreen instructions, confirm commands and allow the computer to restart a few times to complete the installation.
Windows 8 will show the following screen after system restart, you
must select “Desktop” in the bottom left to install the next driver.
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Manual Installation
Chapter 4
Windows 7/8 will appear below UAC (User Account Control) message after
the system restart. You must select “Yes” to install the next driver. Continue
this process to complete the drivers installation.
If the auto-install DVD-ROM does not work on your system, you can still install drivers
through the file manager for your OS (for example, Windows Explorer). Look for the
chipset and motherboard model, and then browse to the directory and path to begin installing the drivers. Most drivers have a setup program (SETUP.EXE) that automatically
detects your operating system before installation. Other drivers have the setup program
located in the operating system subfolder.
If the driver you want to install does not have a setup program, browse to the operating
system subfolder and locate the readme text file (README.TXT or README.DOC) for information on installing the driver or software for your operating system.
ECS Utility Software (Intelligent EZ Utility)
ECS Intelligent EZ Utility provides friendly interfaces under Windows O.S, which makes
your computing more easily and conveniently.
These software(s) are subject to change at anytime without prior notice. Please
refer to the support disk for available software.
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eSF
eSF(Smart Fan) utility provides easy and safe way to adjust fan speed in accordance
with your PC’s system loading and temperature.
It has five modes to adjust fan speed in a safe range without entering the BIOS to
optimize your system cooling environment.
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is required.
eDLU
Chapter 4
ECS eDLU utility makes updating drivers fast and easy. eDLU saves time and hassle
by listing all the latest drivers online. Just select the one you prefer and start to
download and install the drivers.
eBLU
ECS eBLU utility makes BIOS update faster and easier. eBLU will list the latest BIOS with a
default check-mark. Click”install” button to install.
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is required.
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Chapter 5
Setting Up AMD A75 RAID Configuration
Setting Up a bootable RAID Array
This section explains how to configure a bootable AMD RAID array.
Setting Up the BIOS
1.
Start your computer, then press Delete to enter the BIOS setup.
The BIOS CMOS Setup Utility screen appears.
Advanced
Chipset
M.I.B III
Boot
Security
Exit
Choose the system default
language
BIOS Information
System Language
English
System Date
System Time
Fri 04/27/2012
00:11:52
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
Figure 1.1
2.
Main
BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Main Screen
Use the arrow keys to select Advanced menu (see Figure 1.1), then select
SATA Configuration and press Enter.
Advanced
Chipset
SATA Configuration
Serial-ATA Controller
SATA Mode
SATA Port1
SATA Port2
SATA Port3
SATA Port4
SATA Port5
SATA Port6
M.I.B III
Boot
Enabled
IDE Mode
ST3500413AS
(500.1G
PIONEER DVD-RW ATAPI
Not Present
Not Present
Not Present
Not Present
Figure 1.2
Security
Chapter 5
Main
Exit
 : Select Screen
 /Click: Select Item
Enter/Dbl Click : Select
+/- : Change Opt.
F1: General Help
F2: Previous Values
F3: Optimized Defaults
F4: Save & Exit
ESC/Right Click: Exit
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3.
Use the arrow keys to select the SATA Configuration (see Figure 1.2) and
globally set SATA Configuration to RAID.
4.
Press F4 to save the configuration and exit.
5.
Enter the RAID BIOS Setup by pressing Ctrl-F when prompted, and proceed
to set up the AMD RAID BIOS as described in the next section.
The PC reboots.
Configuring the AMD RAID BIOS (Windows XP Installation)
The AMD RAID BIOS set up lets you choose the RAID type and which hard drives you
want to make part of the array.
Entering the RAID BIOS Setup:
1.
Wait until you see the RAID software prompting you to press Ctrl-F.
The RAID prompt appears as part of the system POST and boot process
prior to loading of the OS. You have a few seconds to press Ctrl-F before the
screen disappears.
2.
Press Ctrl-F.
The Main Menu screen appears (Figure 1.3).
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FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2006 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Main Menu ]
View Drive Assignments..................[ 1 ]
Define LD..........................................[ 2 ]
Define LD..........................................[ 3 ]
Controller Configuration...................[ 4 ]
[ Keys Available ]
Press 1..4 to Select Option
Figure 1.3
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Select [2], then select LD 1 in the following page.
The Define LD Menu screen appears (Figure 1.4).
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2006 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
LD 1
RAID Mode
Total Drv
RAID 0
0
Stripe Block :
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary : ON
Past Init :
Cache Mode :
OFF
WriteThru
[ Drives Assignments ]
Channel : ID
Drive Model
Capacity (MB)
3 : Mas WDC WD3200AAJS-22B4
320073
4 : Mas WDC WD1600JS-22NVB1
160042
Assignment
N
N
[ Keys Available ]
[] Up [ ] Down [ESC] Exit
Figure 1.4
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y] Save
Define LD Menu
Using the Define a New Array Screen
Note: If you want to use the function of the following RAID Mode, you have
to install enough HDD.
RAID READY (1 piece of HDD); RAID 0,1 ,JBOD (2 or more pieces of HDD);
RAID 0+1 (4 pieces of HDD)
•
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If necessary, press the tab key to move from field to field until the appropriate field
is highlighted.
Selecting the RAID Mode
By default, this is set to Mirroring. To change to a different RAID mode,
press the spacebar until the mode that you want appears in the RAID Mode
box—RAID0/1/10/JBOD.
Note: Not all RAID levels are supported on all platforms.
•
Selecting the Stripe Block Size
Stripe block size is given in kilobytes, and affects how data is arranged on
the disk. It is recommended to leave this value at the default Optimal,
which is 64KB, but the values can be 64 KB and 128 KB. When choose RAID
1, the Stripe block size is unchangeable.
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Assigning the Disks
1.
Select the Assignment to Y to designate a free disk to be used as a RAID
array disk.
Figure 1.5 illustrates the Define a New Array screen after two disks have
been assigned as RAID 0 array disks.
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2006 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
RAID Mode
Total Drv
RAID 0
2
LD 1
Stripe Block :
64 KB
Gigabyte Boundary : ON
Past Init :
Cache Mode :
OFF
WriteThru
[ Drives Assignments ]
Channel : ID
Drive Model
Capacity (MB)
3 : Mas WDC WD3200AAJS-22B4
320073
4 : Mas WDC WD1600JS-22NVB1
160042
Assignment
Y
Y
[ Keys Available ]
[] Up [] Down [ESC] Exit
Figure 1.5
2.
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y] Save
FastBuild Utility—Array Disks Assigned
Press Ctrl-Y to save the configuration and exit.
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The Define LD Menu screen appears (Figure 1.6).
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2006 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Define LD Menu ]
LD No
LD 1
LD 2
LD 3
LD 4
LD 5
LD 6
LD 7
LD 8
RAID Mode
Total Drv
Capacity(MB)
2
----------------------
318000
------------------------------------
RAID 0
----------------------
Status
Functional
----------------------
[ Keys Available ]
[] Up [] Down [ESC] Exit
[Space] Change Option
[Ctrl-Y] Save
Figure 1.6 Define LD Menu
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Press ESC to exit.
The Main Menu screen appears (Figure 1.7).
FastBuild (tm) Utility (c) 2006 ATI Technology, Inc.
[ Main Menu ]
View Drive Assignments..................[ 1 ]
Define LD..........................................[ 2 ]
Define LD..........................................[ 3 ]
is going to REBOOT!4 ]
ControllerSystem
Configuration...................[
Are You Sure?
Y - Reboot / Any Key - Back
[ Keys Available ]
Press 1..4 to Select Option
[ESC] Exit
Press Y to reboot.
The following screen appears (Figure 1.8).
RAID BIOS Version 2.5.1540.33
(c) 2006 ATI Technology, Inc. All rights reserved.
ID
Mode
1
2
2+0 RAID 0
ASUS DVD-E818AT
Size
318000M
TRACK-MAPPING
38661/255/63
STATUS
Functional
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3.
Press <Ctrl-F> to enter FastBuild (tm) Utility..._
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Installing the RAID Drivers
Your system may come with a Windows install CD that already includes AMD RAID
drivers. If so, then this section is not relevant.
If that is not the case (or you are trying to install a new version of Windows), then you
will need an AMD RAID driver F6 install floppy. Check to see if one came with your
system. If not, you can create one by downloading the appropriate driver package
and following the steps in this section.
1.
Copy all files in "...\RAID\ATI\A75\Floppy\Win3264" to a floppy disk.
2.
After you complete the RAID BIOS setup, boot from the Windows CD.
The Windows Setup program starts.
Windows Setup
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Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver...
Figure 1.9
3.
Press F6 and wait a few moments for the Windows Setup screen to
a p p e a r.
Windows Setup
Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices.
installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter.
Currently, Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s).
<none>
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drivers, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storag device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Devices
Figure 1.10
4.
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ENTER=Continue
F3=Exit
Windows Setup—Specify Devices
Specify the AMD drivers.
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Insert the floppy that has the RAID driver, press S, then press Enter.
The following Windows Setup screen appears:
Windows Setup
--------You have chosen to configure a SCSI Adapter for use with windows£¬
using a device support disk provided bu an adapter manufacturer.
Select the SCSI Adapter you want from the following list, or press ESC
to return to the previous screen.
ATI AHCI Compatible RAID Controller-x86 platform
ATI AHCI Compatible RAID Controller-x64 platform
ENTER=Select
F3=Exit
Figure 1.11
b
Windows Setup—Selected SCSI Adapter
Select “ATI AHCI Compatible RAID Controller-x86 platform” and press
Enter for 32-bit OS or Select “ATI AHCI Compatible RAID Controller-x64
platform” and press Enter for 64-bit OS.
The following Windows Setup screen appears listing both drivers:.
Windows Setup
--------ATI AHCI Compatible RAID Controller-x86 platform
* To specify additional SCSI adapters, CD-ROM drivers, or special
disk controllers for use with Windows, including those for
which you have a device support disk from a mass storag device
manufacturer, press S.
* If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage
device manufacturer, or do not want to specify additional
mass storage devices for use with Windows, press ENTER.
S=Specify Additional Devices
ENTER=Continue
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Setup will load support for the following mass storage device(s):
F3=Exit
Figure 1.12 Windows Setup—AMD drives listed
5.
Press Enter to continue with Windows XP Installation.
Be sure to leave the floppy disk inserted in the floppy drive until the blue
screen portion of Windows XP installation is completed, then take out
the floppy.
6.
Follow the instructions on how to install Windows XP.
After Windows XP is completely installed, it is recommended that you
install the ForceWare software in order to access the FastBuild RAID Management tool.
Note: Each time you add a new hard drive to a RAID array, the RAID driver
will have to be installed under Windows once for that hard drive. After that,
the driver will not have to be installed.
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Chapter 6
Trouble Shooting
Start up problems during assembly
After assembling the PC for the first time you may experience some start up
problems. Before calling for technical support or returning for warranty, this
chapter may help to address some of the common questions using some basic
troubleshooting tips. You may also log onto our ECS website for more information:
http:// www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Support/Support_FAQ.aspx?MenulD=49&
childid=M 49&LanlD=0
a) System does not power up and the fans are not running.
1. Disassemble the PC to remove the VGA adaptor card, DDR memory, LAN, USB and
other peripherals including keyboard and mouse. Leave only the motherboard,
CPU with CPU cooler and power supply connected. Make sure the power cord is
plugged into the wall socket & the switch on the Power Supply Unit (PSU) is turned
“ on “ as well. Turn on again to see if the CPU and power supply fans are running.
2. Make sure to remove any unused screws or other metal objects such as
screwdrivers from the inside PC case. This is to prevent damage from short circuit.
3. Check the CPU FAN connector is connected to the motherboard.
4. For Intel platforms check the pins on the CPU socket for damage or bent. A bent
pin may cause failure to boot and sometimes permanent damage from short circuit.
5. Check the 12V power connector is connected to the motherboard.
b) Power is on, fans are running but there is no display
1. Make sure the monitor is turned on and the monitor cable is properly connected
to the PC.
2. Check the VGA adapter card (if applicable) is inserted properly.
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6. Check that the 12V power & ATX connectors are fully inserted into the
motherboard connectors. Make sure the latches of the cable and connector are
locked into place.
3. Listen for beep sounds. If you are using internal PC speaker make sure it is
connected.
a. continuous 3 short beeps: memory not detected
b. 1 long beep and 8 short beeps: VGA not detected
c) The PC suddenly shuts down while booting up.
1. The CPU may experience overheating so it will shutdown to protect itself. Apply
the thermal grease onto the CPU heatsink & ensure the CPU fan is well-connected
with the CPU heatsink. Check if the CPU fan is working properly while the system
is running.
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2. From the BIOS setting, try to disable the Smartfan function to let the fan run at
default speed. Doing a Load Optimised Default will also disable the Smartfan.
Start up problems after prolong use
After a prolong period of use your PC may experience start up problems again. This
may be caused by breakdown of devices connected to the motherboard such as
HDD, CPU fan, etc. The following tips may help to revive the PC or identify the cause
of failure.
1. Clear the CMOS values using the CLR_CMOS jumper. Refer to CLR_CMOS jumper
in Chapter 2 for Checking Jumper Settings in this user manual. When completed,
follow up with a Load Optimised Default in the BIOS setup.
2. Check the CPU cooler fan for dust. Long term accumulation of dust will reduce its
effectiveness to cool the processor. Clean the cooler or replace a new one if
necessary.
3. Check that the 12V power & ATX connectors are fully inserted into the
motherboard connectors. Make sure the latches of the cable and connector are
locked into place.
4. Remove the hard drive, optical drive or DDR memory to determine which of
these components may be at fault.
5. Check whether there is any bulked up electrolytic capacitor or abnormal
component.
Please logo onto our ECS website: http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Support/
Technical_Support_List.aspx?MenuID=50&LanID=0 for more information.
Maintenance and care tips
Chapter 6
Your computer, like any electrical appliance, requires proper care and
maintenance. Here are some basic PC care tips to help prolong the life of the
motherboard and keep it running as best as it can.
1. Keep your computer in a well ventilated area. Leave some space between the
PC and the wall for sufficient airflow.
2. Keep your computer in a cool dry place. Avoid dusty areas, direct sunlight and
areas of high moisture content.
3. Routinely clean the CPU cooler fan to remove dust and hair.
4. In places of hot and humid weather you should turn on your computer once
every other week to circulate the air and prevent damage from humidity.
5. Add more memory to your computer if possible. This not only speeds up the
system but also reduces the loading of your hard drive to prolong its life span.
6. If possible, ensure the power cord has an earth ground pin directly from the
wall outlet. This will reduce voltage fluctuation that may damage sensitive devices.
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If fail, contact RMA
CLR CMOS and restart.
Yes
Halt at POST screen
Yes
Check if monitor has
display
Yes
Check if Power Supply
Unit (PSU) is working
Power Bu on is pressed
but PC fails to start.
-
need to CLRCMOS.
HDD problem.
CMOS setup error,
-
Peripheral device issue
No
No
No
VGA not detected
- If 1 long beep and 8 short beeps:
inserted or memory failure
DIMM memory not properly
- If 3 short beeps:
Yes
Any Beep sound
No
Yes
Check if monitor
has display
Restart the PC
is connected
if CPU 12V power
CLR CMOS and check
Basic Troubleshooting Flowchart
Problem with PSU or board?
Yes
-> contact RMA
Board problem
If board problem -> contact RMA
a er modify BIOS se ng.
System fail to start or unstable
No
AC power cord is plugged
and PSU switch is turned on?
CLR CMOS and restart
and restart.
or connect to wall socket
Turn on PSU switch
No
Memo
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