ASROCK P55 PRO/USB3 - User manual

ASROCK P55 PRO/USB3 - User manual

P55 Pro/USB3

User Manual

Version 1.0

Published April 2010

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This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and

(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

CALIFORNIA, USA ONLY

The Lithium battery adopted on this motherboard contains Perchlorate, a toxic substance controlled in Perchlorate Best Management Practices (BMP) regulations passed by the California Legislature. When you discard the Lithium battery in

California, USA, please follow the related regulations in advance.

“Perchlorate Material-special handling may apply, see www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate”

ASRock Website: http://www.asrock.com

1.1 Package Contents .......................................................... 5

1.2 Specifications ................................................................ 6

1.3 Two CrossFireX

TM

Graphics Card Support List ............ 11

1.4 Motherboard Layout ...................................................... 12

1.5 I/O Panel ......................................................................... 13

2.1 Screw Holes ................................................................. 14

2.2 Pre-installation Precautions ........................................... 14

2.3 CPU Installation .............................................................. 15

2.4 Installation of Heatsink and CPU fan ............................. 17

2.5 Installation of Memory Modules (DIMM) ......................... 18

2.6 Expansion Slots

(PCI and PCI Express Slots) .....................

20

2.7 CrossFireX

TM

and Quad CrossFireX

TM

Operation Guide 21

2.8 Surround Display Feature ............................................. 25

2.9 Jumpers Setup .............................................................. 26

2.10 Onboard Headers and Connectors .............................. 27

2.11 Smart Switches ............................................................. 31

2.12 Dr. Debug ...................................................................... 32

2.13 SATAII Hard Disk Setup Guide ....................................... 35

2.14 Serial ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) Hard Disks

Installation ...................................................................... 36

2.15 Hot Plug and Hot Swap Functions for SATA / SATAII

HDDs ............................................................................ 37

2.16 SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug Feature and Operation

Guide .............................................................................. 38

2.17 Driver Installation Guide ................................................. 40

2.18 Installing Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit With RAID Functions .................. 40

2.18.1 Installing Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit With RAID

Functions ............................................................ 40

2.18.2 Setting Up a “RAID Ready” System ................... 41

2.18.3 Migrating a “RAID Ready” System to RAID 0,

RAID 1 or RAID 5 ................................................. 42

2.18.4 Installing Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/

Vista

TM

64-bit With RAID Functions ................... 43

2.19 Installing Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit

/ XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID Functions ........................ 44

2.19.1 Installing Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID

Functions ........................................................... 44

2.19.2 Installing Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/

Vista

TM

64-bit Without RAID Functions .............. 45

2.20 Untied Overclocking Technology ................................... 45

3 BIOS S

ETUP UTILITY

3.1 Introduction .................................................................... 46

3.1.1 BIOS Menu Bar .................................................... 46

3.1.2 Navigation Keys ................................................... 47

3.2 Main Screen................................................................... 47

3.3 OC Tweaker Screen ...................................................... 48

3.4 Advanced Screen ......................................................... 52

3.4.1 CPU Configuration ................................................ 53

3.4.2 Chipset Configuration .......................................... 55

3.4.3 ACPI Configuration ............................................... 56

3.4.4 Storage Configuration ......................................... 57

3.4.5 PCIPnP Configuration ........................................... 59

3.4.6 Floppy Configuration ........................................... 60

3.4.7 Super IO Configuration ........................................ 60

3.4.8 USB Configuration ............................................... 61

3.5 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen .................. 62

3.6 Boot Screen................................................................... 63

3.6.1 Boot Settings Configuration .................................. 63

3.7 Security Screen ............................................................ 64

3.8 Exit Screen .................................................................... 65

4.1 Install Operating System ............................................... 66

4.2 Support CD Information ................................................. 66

4.2.1 Running Support CD ............................................ 66

4.2.2 Drivers Menu ........................................................ 66

4.2.3 Utilities Menu ........................................................ 66

4.2.4 Contact Information .............................................. 66

Thank you for purchasing ASRock P55 Pro/USB3 motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and endurance.

In this manual, chapter 1 and 2 contain introduction of the motherboard and step-by-step guide to the hardware installation. Chapter 3 and 4 contain the configuration guide to

BIOS setup and information of the Support CD.

Because the motherboard specifications and the BIOS software might be updated, the content of this manual will be subject to change without notice. In case any modifications of this manual occur, the updated version will be available on ASRock website without further notice. You may find the latest VGA cards and CPU support lists on ASRock website as well. ASRock website http://www.asrock.com

If you require technical support related to this motherboard, please visit our website for specific information about the model you are using.

www.asrock.com/support/index.asp

1.1 P ack age Contents

ASRock P55 Pro/USB3 Motherboard

(ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm)

ASRock P55 Pro/USB3 Quick Installation Guide

ASRock P55 Pro/USB3 Support CD

4 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)

1 x I/O Panel Shield

1.2

Specifications

Platform

CPU

Chipset

Memory

Expansion Slot

Audio

LAN

Rear Panel I/O

- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm

- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality

Conductive Polymer Capacitors)

- Supports Intel

®

Core

TM

i7 / i5 / i3 and Pentium

®

G6950

Processors in LGA1156 Package

- Advanced V8 + 2 Power Phase Design

- Supports Intel

®

Turbo Boost Technology

- Supports Hyper-Threading Technology (see CAUTION 1)

- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology (see CAUTION 2)

- Supports EM64T CPU

- Intel

®

P55

- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology (see CAUTION 3)

- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots

- Supports DDR3 2600+(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/

1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory

- Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB (see CAUTION 4)

- Supports Intel

®

Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

(see CAUTION 5)

- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots

(blue @ x16 mode; white @ x4 mode)

- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots (2.5GT/s)

- 2 x PCI slots

- Supports ATI

TM

CrossFireX

TM

and Quad CrossFireX

TM

- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection

(Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)

- Premium Blu-ray audio support

- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s

- Realtek RTL8111E

- Supports Wake-On-LAN

- Supports LAN Cable Detection

I/O Panel

- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port

- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port

- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port

- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port

- 7 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports

- 1 x eSATAII Connector

- 1 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Port

USB3.0

Connector

Smart Switch

BIOS Feature

- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED

LED)

- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED

- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker/Rear Speaker/Central/Bass/

Line in/Front Speaker/Microphone (see CAUTION 6)

- 1 x USB 3.0 port by Fresco FL1000G, supports USB 3.0 up to

5Gb/s

- 7 x SATAII 3.0Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0,

RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, JBOD and Intel Rapid Storage), NCQ,

AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions (see CAUTION 7)

- 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)

- 1 x Floppy connector

- 1 x IR header

- 1 x COM port header

- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header

- 1 x Power LED header

- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector

- 24 pin ATX power connector

- 8 pin 12V power connector

- CD in header

- Front panel audio connector

- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)

- 1 x Dr. Debug (7-Segment Debug LED)

- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED

- 1 x Power Switch with LED

- 1 x Reset Switch with LED

- 16Mb AMI BIOS

- AMI Legal BIOS

- Supports “Plug and Play”

- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events

- Supports jumperfree

- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support

Support CD

- CPU, DRAM, VTT, PCH, CPU PLL Voltage Multi-adjustment

- Supports I. O. T. (Intelligent Overclocking Technology)

- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version),

ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite and Creative

Sound Blaster X-Fi MB) (OEM and Trial Version)

Unique Feature

- ASRock OC Tuner (see CAUTION 8)

- Intelligent Energy Saver (see CAUTION 9)

- Instant Boot

- ASRock Instant Flash (see CAUTION 10)

- ASRock OC DNA (see CAUTION 11)

Hardware

Monitor

OS

- Hybrid Booster:

- CPU Frequency Stepless Control (see CAUTION 12)

- ASRock U-COP (see CAUTION 13)

- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)

- Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) (see CAUTION 14)

- Good Night LED

- Turbo 40 / Turbo 50 CPU Overclocking

- CPU Temperature Sensing

- Chassis Temperature Sensing

- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer

- CPU Quiet Fan

- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control

- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore

- Microsoft

®

Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit

Certifications

/ XP / XP 64-bit compliant

- FCC, CE, WHQL

- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)

(see CAUTION 15)

* For detailed product information, please visit our website: http://www.asrock.com

WARNING

Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting the setting in the BIOS, applying Untied Overclocking Technology, or using the thirdparty overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking.

CAUTION!

1. About the setting of “Hyper Threading Technology”, please check page 54.

2. This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology. Please read

“Untied Overclocking Technology” on page 45 for details.

3. This motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. Before you implement Dual Channel Memory Technology, make sure to read the installation guide of memory modules on page 18 for proper installation.

4. Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows

®

7 /

Vista

TM

/ XP. For Windows

®

XP 64-bit and Windows

®

OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.

5. For those CPU that only support up to DDR3 1333, the XMP DDR3 1600 is supported through overclocking.

6. For microphone input, this motherboard supports both stereo and mono modes. For audio output, this motherboard supports 2-channel, 4-channel,

6-channel, and 8-channel modes. Please check the table on page 13 for proper connection.

7. Before installing SATAII hard disk to SATAII connector, please read the

“SATAII Hard Disk Setup Guide” on page 35 to adjust your SATAII hard disk drive to SATAII mode. You can also connect SATA hard disk to SATAII connector directly.

8. It is a user-friendly ASRock overclocking tool which allows you to surveil your system by hardware monitor function and overclock your hardware devices to get the best system performance under Windows

®

environment.

Please visit our website for the operation procedures of ASRock OC

Tuner.

ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/feature/OCTuner/index.htm

9. Featuring an advanced proprietary hardware and software design,

Intelligent Energy Saver is a revolutionary technology that delivers unparalleled power savings. In other words, it is able to provide exceptional power saving and improve power efficiency without sacrificing computing performance. Please visit our website for the operation procedures of

Intelligent Energy Saver.

ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/feature/IES/index.html

10. ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM.

This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows

®

. With this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to

BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility. Please be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system.

11. The software name itself – OC DNA literally tells you what it is capable of.

OC DNA, an exclusive utility developed by ASRock, provides a convenient way for the user to record the OC settings and share with others. It helps you to save your overclocking record under the operating system and simplifies the complicated recording process of overclocking settings.

With OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your friends! Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings as yours! Please be noticed that the OC profile can only be shared and worked on the same motherboard.

12. Although this motherboard offers stepless control, it is not recommended to perform over-clocking. Frequencies other than the recommended CPU bus frequencies may cause the instability of the system or damage the

CPU.

13. While CPU overheat is detected, the system will automatically shutdown.

Before you resume the system, please check if the CPU fan on the motherboard functions properly and unplug the power cord, then plug it back again. To improve heat dissipation, remember to spray thermal grease between the CPU and the heatsink when you install the PC system.

14. Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.) provides the flexible option to adopt two different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775 and LGA 1156. Please be noticed that not all the 775 CPU Fan can be used.

15. EuP, stands for Energy Using Product, was a provision regulated by

European Union to define the power consumption for the completed system.

According to EuP, the total AC power of the completed system shall be under 1.00W in off mode condition. To meet EuP standard, an EuP ready motherboard and an EuP ready power supply are required. According to

Intel’s suggestion, the EuP ready power supply must meet the standard of

5v standby power efficiency is higher than 50% under 100 mA current consumption. For EuP ready power supply selection, we recommend you checking with the power supply manufacturer for more details.

1.3

TTTTTwo CrossF ireX

TM

Graphics Card Suppor t List

(for Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit)

Chipset Model Name

Vendor

ATI

Chipset Name Driver

Powercolor AX3650 512MMD3-XP RADEON 3650

Gigabyte GV-RX385256H-B RADEON 3850

Catalyst 9.12

Catalyst 9.12

Powercolor AX3870 512MD4-H RADEON 3870 Catalyst 9.12

ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2/A RADEON HD 4350 Catalyst 9.12

Powercolor AX4670 512MD3-P RADEON 4670 Catalyst 9.12

Gecube GC-HD485PG3-E3 RADEON 4850

ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5/A RADEON 5850

MSI-ATI-R5770-PM2D1G RADEON 5770

Catalyst 9.12

Catalyst 9.12

Catalyst 9.12

* For the latest updates of the supported PCI Express VGA card list for

CrossFireX

TM

Mode, please visit our website for details.

ASRock website: http://www.asrock.com/support/index.htm

1

1

PS2_USB_PWR1

ATX12V1

2

21.8cm (8.6 in)

3 4 5 6

41

USB 2.0

T: USB6

B: USB7

USB 2.0

T: USB0

B: USB1

1

USB_PWR2

40

39

38

37

36

35

34

USB 2.0

T: USB4

B: USB5

Top:

RJ-45

LAN

PHY

USB 3.0

PCIE1

P55 Pro/USB3

PCI Express 2.0

PCIE2

PWR_FAN1 CPU_FAN1

CHA_FAN3

Super

I/O

PCIE3

PCIE4

PCI1

AUDIO

CODEC

1

HD_AUDIO1

CD1

1

HDMI_SPDIF1

1

COM1

33 32 31

FLOPPY1

PCI2

30

Intel

P55

JMicron

JMB363

CMOS

Battery

IDE1

16Mb

BIOS

ErP/EuP Ready

RoHS

Dr.

Debug

1

SPEAKER1

RSTBTN

1 IR1

1

USB_PWR3

PWRBTN

CHA_FAN1

CLRCMOS1

1

USB8_9

11 11

USB10_11

USB12_13

1

PANEL1

PLED PWRBTN

1

HDLED RESET

1

PLED1

29 28 27 26 25 24 23

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

20

21

22

1

2

3

4

5

6

19

20

21

15

16

17

18

11

12

13

14

7

8

9

10

PS2_USB_PWR1 Jumper

ATX 12V Power Connector (ATX12V1)

1156-Pin CPU Socket

CPU Fan Connector (CPU_FAN1)

2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots

(Dual Channel: DDR3_A2, DDR3_B2, Blue)

2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM Slots

(Dual Channel: DDR3_A1, DDR3_B1, White)

Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN2)

ATX Power Connector (ATXPWR1)

SATAII Connector (SATAII_1_2, Blue)

SATAII Connector (SATAII_3_4, Blue)

SATAII Connector (SATAII_5_6, Blue)

Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN3)

SATAII Connector (SATAII_7, Blue)

Intel P55 Chipset

33

Primary IDE Connector (IDE1, Blue)

16Mb SPI Flash

Infrared Module Header (IR1) 38

Chassis Speaker Header (SPEAKER 1, White) 39

34

35

36

37

Reset Switch (RSTBTN)

Dr. Debug

Power Switch (PWRBTN)

30

31

32

40

41

26

27

28

29

22

23

24

25

USB_PWR3 Jumper

Power LED Header (PLED1)

System Panel Header (PANEL1, White)

USB 2.0 Header (USB12_13, Blue)

USB 2.0 Header (USB10_11, Blue)

USB 2.0 Header (USB8_9, Blue)

Clear CMOS Jumper (CLRCMOS1)

Chassis Fan Connector (CHA_FAN1)

Floppy Connector (FLOPPY1)

COM Port Header (COM1)

HDMI_SPDIF Header

(HDMI_SPDIF1, White)

Front Panel Audio Header

(HD_AUDIO1, White)

Internal Audio Connector: CD1 (Black)

PCI Slots (PCI1-2)

PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE4, White)

PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE3, White)

PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2, Blue)

PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot (PCIE1, White)

Power Fan Connector (PWR_FAN1)

USB_PWR2 Jumper

1.5

I/O Panel

1

2 3 4

5

6

7

8

9

10

18

17

16

1 PS/2 Mouse Port (Green)

2 Coaxial SPDIF Out Port

3 USB 2.0 Ports (USB67)

* 4 LAN RJ-45 Port

5 Side Speaker (Gray)

6 Rear Speaker (Black)

7 Central / Bass (Orange)

8 Line In (Light Blue)

** 9 Front Speaker (Lime)

15 14 13 12 11

10 Microphone (Pink)

11 USB 2.0 Ports (USB45)

12 USB 2.0 Port (USB2)

13 USB 3.0 Port (USB3)

14 USB 2.0 Ports (USB01)

15 eSATAII Connector (eSATAII_1)

16 Optical SPDIF Out Port

17 Clear CMOS Switch (CLRCBTN)

18 PS/2 Keyboard Port (Purple)

* There are two LED next to the LAN port. Please refer to the table below for the LAN port LED

indications.

LAN Port LED Indications

ACT/LINK

SPEED

Activity/Link LED SPEED LED

LED LED

Status Description Status Description

Off No Link Off 10Mbps connection

Blinking Data Activity Orange 100Mbps connection

On Link Green 1Gbps connection

LAN Port

**

If you use 2-channel speaker, please connect the speaker’s plug into “Front Speaker Jack”.

See the table below for connection details in accordance with the type of speaker you use.

TABLE for Audio Output Connection

Audio Output Channels Front Speaker Rear Speaker

2

4

6

8

(No. 9)

V

V

V

V

(No. 6)

--

V

V

V

Central / Bass

(No. 7)

--

--

V

V

Side Speaker

(No. 5)

--

--

--

V

To enable Multi-Streaming function, you need to connect a front panel audio cable to the front

panel audio header. After restarting your computer, you will find “Mixer” tool on your system.

Please select “Mixer ToolBox” , click “Enable playback multi-streaming”, and click

“ok”. Choose “2CH”, “4CH”, “6CH”, or “8CH” and then you are allowed to select “Realtek HDA

Primary output” to use Rear Speaker, Central/Bass, and Front Speaker, or select “Realtek

HDA Audio 2nd output” to use front panel audio.

This is an ATX form factor (12.0" x 8.6", 30.5 x 21.8 cm) motherboard. 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 may cause physical injuries to you and damages to motherboard components.

Place screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis.

Do not over-tighten the screws! Doing so may damage the motherboard.

Take note of the following precautions before you install motherboard components or change any motherboard settings.

1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any component.

2. To avoid damaging the motherboard components due to static electricity, NEVER place your motherboard directly on the carpet or the like. Also remember to use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safety grounded object before you handle components.

3. Hold components by the edges and do not touch the ICs.

4. Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded antistatic pad or in the bag that comes with the component.

Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the power is

switched off or the power cord is detached from the power supply.

Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard, peripherals,

and/or components.

For the installation of Intel 1156-Pin CPU, please follow the steps below.

Load Plate

Load Lever

Socket Body

Contact Array

1156-Pin Socket Overview

Before you insert the 1156-Pin CPU into the socket, please check if the CPU surface is unclean or if there is any bent pin on the socket.

Do not force to insert the CPU into the socket if above situation is found. Otherwise, the CPU will be seriously damaged.

Step 1. Open the socket:

Step 1-1. Disengaging the lever by depressing down and out on the hook to clear retention tab.

Step 1-2. Rotate the load lever to fully open position at approximately 135 degrees.

Step 1-3. Rotate the load plate to fully open position at approximately 100 degrees.

Step 2. Remove PnP Cap (Pick and Place Cap).

1. It is recommended to use the cap tab to handle and avoid kicking

off the PnP cap.

2. This cap must be placed if returning the motherboard for after

service.

Step 3. Insert the 1156-Pin CPU:

Step 3-1. Hold the CPU by the edge where is marked with black line.

Step 3-2. Orient the CPU with IHS (Integrated Heat

Sink) up. Locate Pin1 and the two orientation key notches.

orientation key notch alignment key

Pin1 alignment key

1156-Pin Socket orientation key notch

1156-Pin CPU

For proper inserting, please ensure to match the two orientation key notches of the CPU with the two alignment keys of the socket.

Step 3-3. Carefully place the CPU into the socket by using a purely vertical motion.

Step 3-4. Verify that the CPU is within the socket and properly mated to the orient keys.

Step 4. Close the socket:

Step 4-1. Rotate the load plate onto the IHS.

Step 4-2. While pressing down lightly on load plate, engage the load lever.

Step 4-3. Secure load lever with load plate tab under retention tab of load lever.

Pin1

2.4

Installation of CPU Fan and Heatsink

This motherboard is equipped with 1156-Pin socket that supports Intel 1156-Pin CPU.

Please adopt the type of heatsink and cooling fan compliant with Intel 1156-Pin CPU to dissipate heat. Before you installed the heatsink, you need to spray thermal interface material between the CPU and the heatsink to improve heat dissipation.

Ensure that the CPU and the heatsink are securely fastened and in good contact with each other. Then connect the CPU fan to the CPU_FAN connector (CPU_FAN1, see page 12, No. 4).

For proper installation, please kindly refer to the instruction manuals of your

CPU fan and heatsink.

Below is an example to illustrate the installation of the heatsink for 1156-Pin CPU.

Step 1. Apply thermal interface material onto center of

IHS on the socket surface.

Apply Thermal

Interface Material

Step 2. Place the heatsink onto the socket. Ensure fan cables are oriented on side closest to the

CPU fan connector on the motherboard

(CPU_FAN1, see page 12, No. 4).

Step 3. Align fasteners with the motherboard throughholes.

Step 4. Rotate the fastener clockwise, then press down on fastener caps with thumb to install and lock. Repeat with remaining fasteners.

Fan cables on side closest to MB header

Fastener slots pointing straight out

Press Down

(4 Places)

If you press down the fasteners without rotating them clockwise, the heatsink cannot be secured on the motherboard.

Step 5. Connect fan header with the CPU fan connector on the motherboard.

Step 6. Secure excess cable with tie-wrap to ensure cable does not interfere with fan operation or contact other components.

Please be noticed that this motherboard supports Combo Cooler

Option (C.C.O.), which provides the flexible option to adopt two different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775 and LGA 1156. The white throughholes are for Socket LGA 1156 CPU fan.

This motherboard provides four 240-pin DDR3 (Double Data Rate 3) DIMM slots, and supports Dual Channel Memory Technology. For dual channel configuration, you always need to install identical (the same brand, speed, size and chiptype) DDR3 DIMM pair in the slots of the same color. In other words, you have to install identical DDR3 DIMM pair in Dual Channel (DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1; white slots; see p.12 No.6), so that Dual Channel Memory Technology can be activated. This motherboard also allows you to install four DDR3 DIMMs for dual channel configuration, and please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four slots.

You may refer to the Dual Channel Memory Configuration Table below.

Dual Channel Memory Configurations

DDR3_A2 DDR3_A1 DDR3_B2 DDR3_B1

(Blue Slot) (White Slot) (Blue Slot) (White Slot)

(1) -

(2)* Populated

Populated -

Populated Populated

Populated

Populated

*

For the configuration (2), please install identical DDR3 DIMMs in all four

slots.

1. If you want to install two memory modules, for optimal compatibility and reliability, it is recommended to install them in the slots of the same color. In other words, install them either in the set of white slots

(DDR3_A1 and DDR3_B1).

2. If only one memory module or three memory modules are installed in the DDR3 DIMM slots on this motherboard, it is unable to activate the Dual Channel Memory Technology.

3. It is not allowed to install a DDR or DDR2 memory module into

DDR3 slot;otherwise, this motherboard and DIMM may be damaged.

4. Please install the memory module into the white slot (DDR3_B1) for the first priority.

Please make sure to disconnect power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or the system components.

Step 1. Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the retaining clips outward.

Step 2. Align a DIMM on the slot such that the notch on the DIMM matches the break on the slot.

notch break notch break

The DIMM only fits in one correct orientation. It will cause permanent damage to the motherboard and the DIMM if you force the DIMM into the slot at incorrect orientation.

Step 3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the slot until the retaining clips at both ends fully snap back in place and the DIMM is properly seated.

There are 2 PCI slots and 4 PCI Express slots on this motherboard.

PCI slots:

PCI slots are used to install expansion cards that have the 32-bit PCI interface.

PCIE slots:

PCIE1 / PCIE3 (PCIE x1 slot; White) is used for PCI Express cards with x1 lane width cards, such as Gigabit LAN card, SATA2 card, etc.

PCIE2 (PCIE x16 slot; Blue) is used for PCI Express x16 lane width graphics cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support CrossFireX

TM

function.

PCIE4 (PCIE x16 slot; White) is used for PCI Express x4 lane width cards, or used to install PCI Express graphics cards to support

CrossFireX

TM

function.

1. In single VGA card mode, it is recommended to install a PCI Express

x16 graphics card on PCIE2 slot.

2. In CrossFireX

TM

mode, please install PCI Express x16 graphics cards

on PCIE2 and PCIE4 slots. Therefore, PCIE2 slot will work at x16

bandwidth while PCIE4 slot will work at x4 bandwidth.

3. If you use PCIE3 slot, PCIE4 slot will work at x2 bandwidth.

4. Please connect a chassis fan to motherboard chassis fan connector

(CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 or CHA_FAN3) when using multiple

graphics cards for better thermal environment.

Step 2.

Step 3.

Step 4.

Step 5.

Step 6.

Step 1.

Before installing the expansion card, please make sure that the power supply is switched off or the power cord is unplugged. Please read the documentation of the expansion card and make necessary hardware settings for the card before you start the installation.

Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed in a chassis).

Remove the bracket facing the slot that you intend to use. Keep the screws for later use.

Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is completely seated on the slot.

Fasten the card to the chassis with screws.

Replace the system cover.

2.7

CrossFireX

TM

and Quad CrossFireX

TM

This motherboard supports CrossFireX

TM

and Quad CrossFireX

TM

feature.

CrossFireX

TM

technology offers the most advantageous means available of combining multiple high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPU) in a single

PC. Combining a range of different operating modes with intelligent software design and an innovative interconnect mechanism, CrossFireX

TM

enables the highest possible level of performance and image quality in any 3D application.

Currently CrossFireX

TM

feature is supported with Windows

®

XP with Service Pack

2 / Vista

TM

/ 7 OS. Quad CrossFireX

TM feature are supported with Windows

®

Vista

TM

/ 7 OS only. Please check AMD website for ATI

TM

CrossFireX

TM

driver updates.

1. If a customer incorrectly configures their system they will not see the

performance benefits of CrossFireX

TM

. All three CrossFireX

TM

components, a

CrossFireX

TM

Ready graphics card, a CrossFireX

TM

Ready motherboard and a

CrossFireX

TM

Edition co-processor graphics card, must be installed correctly to

benefit from the CrossFireX

TM

multi-GPU platform.

2. If you pair a 12-pipe CrossFireX

TM

Edition card with a 16-pipe card, both cards

will operate as 12-pipe cards while in CrossFireX

TM

mode.

Different CrossFireX

TM

cards may require different methods to enable CrossFireX

TM feature. In below procedures, we use Radeon HD 3870 as the example graphics card.

For other CrossFireX

TM

cards that ATI

TM

has released or will release in the future, please refer to ATI TM graphics card manuals for detailed installation guide.

Step 1. Insert one Radeon graphics card into PCIE2 slot and the other Radeon graphics card to PCIE4 slot. Make sure that the cards are properly seated on the slots.

Step 2. Connect two Radeon graphics cards by installing CrossFire Bridge on

CrossFire Bridge Interconnects on the top of Radeon graphics cards.

(CrossFire Bridge is provided with the graphics card you purchase, not bundled with this motherboard. Please refer to your graphics card vendor for details.)

CrossFire Bridge or

Step 2. Connect the DVI monitor cable to the DVI connector on the Radeon graphics card on PCIE2 slot. (You may use the DVI to D-Sub adapter to convert the

DVI connector to D-Sub interface, and then connect the D-Sub monitor cable to the DVI to D-Sub adapter.)

Step 1. Power on your computer and boot into OS.

Step 2. Remove the ATI

TM

driver if you have any VGA driver installed in your system.

The Catalyst Uninstaller is an optional download. We recommend using this utility to uninstall any previously installed Catalyst drivers prior to installation.

Please check AMD website for ATI TM driver updates.

Step 3. Install the required drivers to your system.

For Windows ® XP OS:

A. ATI

TM

recommends Windows

®

XP Service Pack 2 or higher to be

installed (If you have Windows

®

XP Service Pack 2 or higher installed

in your system, there is no need to download it again):

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx

B. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework installed prior to

downloading and installing the CATALYST Control Center. Please

check Microsoft website for details.

For Windows ® 7 / Vista TM OS:

Install the CATALYST Control Center. Please check AMD website for details.

Step 4. Restart your computer.

Step 5. Install the VGA card drivers to your system, and restart your computer.

Then you will find “ATI Catalyst Control Center” on your Windows

®

taskbar.

(Driver Version: 8-12_vista32_dd_ccc_wdm_enu_72275.exe)

ATI Catalyst Control Center

Step 6. Double-click “ATI Catalyst Control Center”. Click “View”, select “CrossFireX

TM

”, and then check the item “Enable CrossFireX

TM

”. Select the option according to the total GPU number on the Radeon graphics cards. Click “Apply”.

Although you have selected the option “Enable CrossFire

TM

”, the CrossFireX

TM function may not work actually. Your computer will automatically reboot. After restarting your computer, please confirm whether the option “Enable CrossFire

TM

” in “ATI Catalyst Control Center” is selected or not; if not, please select it again, and then you are able to enjoy the benefit of CrossFireX

TM feature.

Step 7. You can freely enjoy the benefit of CrossFireX

TM

or Quad CrossFireX

TM feature.

* CrossFireX

TM

appearing here is a registered trademark of ATI

TM

Technologies Inc., and is

used only for identification or explanation and to the owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.

* For further information of ATI TM CrossFireX TM technology, please check AMD website for

updates and details.

This motherboard supports Surround Display upgrade. With the external add-on

PCI Express VGA cards, you can easily enjoy the benefits of Surround Display feature. For the detailed instruction, please refer to the document at the following path in the Support CD:

..\ Surround Display Information

2.9

Jumpers Setup

The illustration shows how jumpers are setup. When the jumper cap is placed on pins, the jumper is “Short”. If no jumper cap is placed on pins, the jumper is “Open”. The illustration shows a 3-pin jumper whose pin1 and pin2 are “Short” when jumper cap is placed on these 2 pins.

Jumper Setting

PS2_USB_PWR1

(see p.12, No. 1)

1_2 2_3

Short pin2, pin3 to enable

+5VSB (standby) for PS/2 or

+5V +5VSB

USB67 wake up events.

Note: To select +5VSB, it requires 2 Amp and higher standby current provided by power supply.

USB_PWR2

(see p.12, No. 41)

1_2

Short pin2, pin3 to enable

+5V_DUAL for USB01/23/45

+5V

+5V_DUAL wake up events.

Note: To select +5V_DUAL, it requires 2 Amp and higher standby current provided by power supply. When you select +5V_DUAL, USB devices can wake up the system under S3 (Suspend to RAM) state. To support ErP/EuP requirement, please set this jumper to +5V.

USB_PWR3

(see p.12, No. 22)

1_2

+5V

2_3

+5VSB

Short pin2, pin3 to enable

+5VSB (standby) for

USB8_9/10_11/12_13 wake up events.

Note: To select +5VSB, it requires 2 Amp and higher standby current provided by power supply.

Clear CMOS Jumper

(CLRCMOS1)

1_2 2_3

(see p.12, No. 28)

Default Clear CMOS

Note: CLRCMOS1 allows you to clear the data in CMOS. The data in CMOS includes system setup information such as system password, date, time, and system setup parameters. To clear and reset the system parameters to default setup, please turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power supply. After waiting for 15 seconds, use a jumper cap to short pin2 and pin3 on CLRCMOS1 for 5 seconds. However, please do not clear the CMOS right after you update the BIOS. If you need to clear the CMOS when you just finish updating the BIOS, you must boot up the system first, and then shut it down before you do the clear-CMOS action.

Onboard headers and connectors are NOT jumpers. Do NOT place jumper caps over these headers and connectors. Placing jumper caps over the headers and connectors will cause permanent damage of the motherboard!

FDD connector

(33-pin FLOPPY1)

(see p.12 No. 30)

Pin1

FLOPPY1 the red-striped side to Pin1

Note: Make sure the red-striped side of the cable is plugged into Pin1 side of the connector.

Primary IDE connector (Blue)

(39-pin IDE1, see p.12 No. 15)

PIN1

IDE1 connect the blue end to the motherboard connect the black end to the IDE devices

80-conductor ATA 66/100/133 cable

Note: Please refer to the instruction of your IDE device vendor for the details.

Serial ATAII Connectors

(SATAII_1_2: see p.12, No. 9)

(SATAII_3_4: see p.12, No. 10)

(SATAII_5_6: see p.12, No. 11)

(SATAII_7: see p.12, No. 13)

These seven Serial ATAII

(SATAII) connectors support

SATA data cables for internal storage devices. The current

SATAII interface allows up to

3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate.

Serial ATA (SATA)

Data Cable

(Optional)

Either end of the SATA data cable can be connected to the SATA /

SATAII hard disk or the SATAII connector on this motherboard.

USB 2.0 Headers

(9-pin USB12_13)

(see p.12 No. 25)

(9-pin USB10_11)

(see p.12 No. 26)

(9-pin USB8_9)

(see p.12 No. 27)

USB_PWR

P-13

P+13

GND

1

P-12

P+12

USB_PWR

USB_PWR

P-11

P+11

DUMMY

1

GND

P+10

P-10

USB_PWR

USB_PWR

P-9

P+9

Besides seven default USB 2.0

ports on the I/O panel, there are three USB 2.0 headers on this motherboard. Each USB 2.0

header can support two USB

2.0 ports.

1

P-8

USB_PWR

Infrared Module Header

(5-pin IR1)

(see p.12 No. 17)

IRTX

+5VSB

DUMMY

1

GND

IRRX

This header supports an optional wireless transmitting and receiving infrared module.

Internal Audio Connectors

(4-pin CD1)

(CD1: see p.12 No. 34)

Front Panel Audio Header

(9-pin HD_AUDIO1)

(see p.12 No. 33)

CD1

GND

PRESENCE#

OUT_RET

This connector allows you to receive stereo audio input from sound sources such as a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, TV tuner card, or MPEG card.

This is an interface for front panel audio cable that allows convenient connection and control of audio devices.

1

OUT2_R

MIC2_R

MIC2_L

OUT2_L

J_SENSE

1. High Definition Audio supports Jack Sensing, but the panel wire on

the chassis must support HDA to function correctly. Please follow the

instruction in our manual and chassis manual to install your system.

2. If you use AC’97 audio panel, please install it to the front panel audio

header as below:

A. Connect Mic_IN (MIC) to MIC2_L.

B. Connect Audio_R (RIN) to OUT2_R and Audio_L (LIN) to OUT2_L.

C. Connect Ground (GND) to Ground (GND).

D. MIC_RET and OUT_RET are for HD audio panel only. You don’t

need to connect them for AC’97 audio panel.

System Panel Header

(9-pin PANEL1)

(see p.12 No. 24)

PLED+

PLED-

PWRBTN#

GND

1

RESET#

GND

DUMMY

HDLED-

HDLED+

This header accommodates several system front panel functions.

Power LED Header

(3-pin PLED1)

(see p.12 No. 23)

1

PLED-

PLED+

PLED+

Please connect the chassis power LED to this header to indicate system power status.

The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking in S1 state. The LED is off in S3/S4 state or S5 state

(power off).

Please connect the chassis speaker to this header.

Chassis Speaker Header

(4-pin SPEAKER 1)

(see p.12 No. 18)

1

SPEAKER

DUMMY

Chassis and Power Fan Connectors

(4-pin CHA_FAN1)

(see p.12 No. 29)

FAN_SPEED_CONTROL

+12V

CHA_FAN_SPEED

(3-pin CHA_FAN2)

(see p.12 No. 7)

GND

+12V

CHA_FAN_SPEED

Please connect the fan cables to the fan connectors and match the black wire to the ground pin.

(3-pin CHA_FAN3)

(see p.12 No. 12)

(3-pin PWR_FAN1)

(see p.12 No. 40)

CPU Fan Connector

(4-pin CPU_FAN1)

(see p.12 No. 4)

GND

+12V

CHA_FAN_SPEED

4 3 2 1

+12V

CPU_FAN_SPEED

FAN_SPEED_CONTROL

Please connect a CPU fan cable to this connector and match the black wire to the ground pin.

Though this motherboard provides 4-Pin CPU fan (Quiet Fan) support, the 3-Pin

CPU fan still can work successfully even without the fan speed control function.

If you plan to connect the 3-Pin CPU fan to the CPU fan connector on this

motherboard, please connect it to Pin 1-3.

Pin 1-3 Connected

3-Pin Fan Installation

ATX Power Connector

(24-pin ATXPWR1)

(see p.12, No. 8)

12 24

Please connect an ATX power supply to this connector.

1 13

Though this motherboard provides 24-pin ATX power connector, it can still work if you adopt a traditional 20-pin ATX power supply.

To use the 20-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 13.

12 24

20-Pin ATX Power Supply Installation

1 13

ATX 12V Power Connector

(8-pin ATX12V1)

(see p.12 No. 2)

8 5

4 1

Please connect an ATX 12V power supply to this connector.

Though this motherboard provides 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, it can still work if you adopt a traditional 4-pin ATX 12V power supply. To use the 4-pin ATX power supply, please plug your power supply along with Pin 1 and Pin 5.

8 5

4-Pin ATX 12V Power Supply Installation

4 1

Serial port Header

(9-pin COM1)

RRXD1

DDTR#1

This COM1 header supports a

serial port module.

(see p.12 No.31)

1

RRI#1

RRTS#1

GND

TTXD1

DDCD#1

HDMI_SPDIF Header

(2-pin HDMI_SPDIF1)

(see p.12 No. 32)

1

GND

SPDIFOUT

HDMI_SPDIF header, providing

SPDIF audio output to HDMI VGA card, allows the system to connect HDMI Digital TV/ projector/LCD devices. Please connect the HDMI_SPDIF connector of HDMI VGA card to this header.

This motherboard has three smart switches: power switch, reset switch and clear CMOS switch, allowing users to quickly turn on/off or reset the system or clear the CMOS values.

Power Switch

(PWRBTN)

(see p.12 No. 21)

Power Switch is a smart switch, allowing users to quickly turn on/off the system.

Reset Switch

(RSTBTN)

(see p.12 No. 19)

RESET

Reset Switch is a smart switch, allowing users to quickly reset the system.

Clear CMOS Switch

(CLRCBTN)

(see p.13 No. 17)

clr

CMOS

Clear CMOS Switch is a smart switch, allowing users to quickly clear the CMOS values.

You are not allowed to use Clear CMOS switch function if you set up the system password. If you want to clear the CMOS values, please clean your system password in advance or refer to page 26 “Clear CMOS jumper” description instead.

Dr. Debug is used to provide code information, which makes troubleshooting even easier. Please see the diagrams below for reading the Dr. Debug codes.

The Bootblock initialization code sets up the chipset, memory and other components before system memory is available. The following table describes the type of checkpoints that may occur during the bootblock initialization portion of the

BIOS:

D4

D5

D6

D0

D2

D3

Checkpoint

Before D1

D1

D7

D8

D9

DA

Description

Early chipset initialization is done. Early super I/O initialization is done including RTC and keyboard controller. NMI is disabled.

Perform keyboard controller BAT test. Check if waking up from power management suspend state. Save power-on CPUID value in scratch

CMOS.

Go to flat mode with 4GB limit and GA20 enabled. Verify the bootblock checksum.

Disable CACHE before memory detection. Execute full memory sizing module. Verify that flat mode is enabled.

If memory sizing module not executed, start memory refresh and do memory sizing in Bootblock code. Do additional chipset initialization.

Re-enable CACHE. Verify that flat mode is enabled.

Test base 512KB memory. Adjust policies and cache first 8MB. Set stack.

Bootblock code is copied from ROM to lower system memory and control is given to it. BIOS now executes out of RAM.

Both key sequence and OEM specific method is checked to determine if

BIOS recovery is forced. Main BIOS checksum is tested. If BIOS recovery is necessary, control flows to checkpoint E0.

Restore CPUID value back into register. The Bootblock-Runtime interface module is moved to system memory and control is given to it. Determine whether to execute serial flash.

The Runtime module is uncompressed into memory. CPUID information is stored in memory.

Store the Uncompressed pointer for future use in PMM. Copying Main BIOS into memory. Leaves all RAM below 1MB Read-Write including E000 and

F000 shadow areas but closing SMRAM.

Restore CPUID value back into register. Give control to BIOS POST

(ExecutePOSTKernel).

05

06

C0

C1

C2

C5

C6

C7

0A

0B

0C

0E

13

24

30

2A

2C

2E

31

The POST code checkpoints are the largest set of checkpoints during the BIOS pre-boot process. The following table describes the type of checkpoints that may occur during the POST portion of the BIOS:

Checkpoint

03

04

08

Description

Disable NMI, Parity, video for EGA, and DMA controllers. Initialize BIOS,

POST, Runtime data area. Also initialize BIOS modules on POST entry and

GPNV area. Initialized CMOS as mentioned in the Kernel Variable

“wCMOSFlags.”

Check CMOS diagnostic byte to determine if battery power is OK and

CMOS checksum is OK. Verify CMOS checksum manually by reading storage area. If the CMOS checksum is bad, update CMOS with power-on default values and clear passwords. Initialize status register A.

Initializes data variables that are based on CMOS setup questions.

Initializes both the 8259 compatible PICs in the system

Initializes the interrupt controlling hardware (generally PIC) and interrupt vector table.

Do R/W test to CH-2 count reg. Initialize CH-0 as system timer. Install the

POSTINT1Ch handler. Enable IRQ-0 in PIC for system timer interrupt.

Traps INT1Ch vector to “POSTINT1ChHandlerBlock.”

Initializes the CPU. The BAT test is being done on KBC. Program the keyboard controller command byte is being done after Auto detection of

KB/MS using AMI KB-5.

Early CPU Init Start — Disable Cache - Init Local APIC

Set up boot strap proccessor Information

Set up boot strap proccessor for POST

Enumerate and set up application proccessors

Re-enable cache for boot strap proccessor

Early CPU Init Exit

Initializes the 8042 compatible Key Board Controller.

Detects the presence of PS/2 mouse.

Detects the presence of Keyboard in KBC port.

Testing and initialization of different Input Devices. Also, update the Kernel

Variables. Traps the INT09h vector, so that the POST INT09h handler gets control for IRQ1. Uncompress all available language, BIOS logo, and Silent logo modules.

Early POST initialization of chipset registers.

Uncompress and initialize any platform specific BIOS modules.

Initialize System Management Interrupt.

Initializes different devices through DIM.

See DIM Code Checkpoints section of document for more information.

Initializes different devices. Detects and initializes the video adapter installed in the system that have optional ROMs.

Initializes all the output devices.

Allocate memory for ADM module and uncompress it. Give control to ADM module for initialization. Initialize language and font modules for ADM.

Activate ADM module.

33

37

38

39

3A

3B

3C

40

50

52

85

87

8C

8D

60

75

78

7A

7C

84

8E

90

A0

A1

A2

A4

A7

A8

A9

AA

AB

AC

B1

00

Initializes the silent boot module. Set the window for displaying text information.

Displaying sign-on message, CPU information, setup key message, and any OEM specific information.

Initializes different devices through DIM.

Initializes DMAC-1 & DMAC-2.

Initialize RTC date/time.

Test for total memory installed in the system. Also, Check for DEL or ESC keys to limit memory test. Display total memory in the system.

Mid POST initialization of chipset registers.

Detect different devices (Parallel ports, serial ports, and coprocessor in

CPU, etc.) successfully installed in the system and update the BDA,

EBDA, etc.

Programming the memory hole or any kind of implementation that needs an adjustment in system RAM size if needed.

Updates CMOS memory size from memory found in memory test.

Allocates memory for Extended BIOS Data Area from base memory.

Initializes NUM-LOCK status and programs the KBD typematic rate.

Initialize Int-13 and prepare for IPL detection.

Initializes IPL devices controlled by BIOS and option ROMs.

Initializes remaining option ROMs.

Generate and write contents of ESCD in NVRam.

Log errors encountered during POST.

Display errors to the user and gets the user response for error.

Execute BIOS setup if needed / requested.

Late POST initialization of chipset registers.

Build ACPI tables (if ACPI is supported)

Program the peripheral parameters. Enable/Disable NMI as selected

Late POST initialization of system management interrupt.

Check boot password if installed.

Clean-up work needed before booting to OS.

Takes care of runtime image preparation for different BIOS modules. Fill the free area in F000h segment with 0FFh. Initializes the Microsoft IRQ

Routing Table. Prepares the runtime language module. Disables the system configuration display if needed.

Initialize runtime language module.

Displays the system configuration screen if enabled. Initialize the CPU’s before boot, which includes the programming of the MTRR’s.

Prepare CPU for OS boot including final MTRR values.

Wait for user input at config display if needed.

Uninstall POST INT1Ch vector and INT09h vector. Deinitializes the ADM module.

Prepare BBS for Int 19 boot.

End of POST initialization of chipset registers.

Save system context for ACPI.

Passes control to OS Loader (typically INT19h).

Before installing SATAII hard disk to your computer, please carefully read below

SATAII hard disk setup guide. Some default setting of SATAII hard disks may not be at SATAII mode, which operate with the best performance. In order to enable SATAII function, please follow the below instruction with different vendors to correctly adjust your SATAII hard disk to SATAII mode in advance; otherwise, your

SATAII hard disk may fail to run at SATAII mode.

Western Digital

7

8

5

6

3

4

1

2

If pin 5 and pin 6 are shorted, SATA 1.5Gb/s will be enabled.

On the other hand, if you want to enable SATAII 3.0Gb/s, please remove the jumpers from pin 5 and pin 6.

SAMSUNG

7

8

5

6

3

4

1

2

If pin 3 and pin 4 are shorted, SATA 1.5Gb/s will be enabled.

On the other hand, if you want to enable SATAII 3.0Gb/s, please remove the jumpers from pin 3 and pin 4.

HITACHI

Please use the Feature Tool, a DOS-bootable tool, for changing various ATA features. Please visit HITACHI’s website for details: http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm

The above examples are just for your reference. For different SATAII hard

disk products of different vendors, the jumper pin setting methods may

not be the same. Please visit the vendors’ website for the updates.

This motherboard adopts Intel

®

P55 / JMicron JMB363 chipset that supports Serial

ATA (SATA) / Serial ATAII (SATAII) hard disks. You may install SATA / SATAII hard disks on this motherboard for internal storage devices. This section will guide you to install the SATA / SATAII hard disks.

STEP 1: Install the SATA / SATAII hard disks into the drive bays of your chassis.

STEP 2: Connect the SATA power cable to the SATA / SATAII hard disk.

STEP 3: Connect one end of the SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATAII connector.

STEP 4: Connect the other end of the SATA data cable to the SATA / SATAII hard disk.

1. RAID functions are supported with Intel ® SATAII_1 to SATAII_6 connectors

only. JMicron SATAII_7 connector does not support RAID functions.

2. If you plan to use RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10 or Intel Rapid Storage

function, you need to install at least 2 SATA / SATAII hard disks. If you

plan to use RAID 5 function, you need to install at least 3 SATA / SATAII

hard disks.

3. It is not recommended to switch the “SATA Operation Mode” setting

between AHCI, RAID and IDE mode after OS installation.

2.15 Hot Plug and Hot Swap F unctions for SA

This motherboard supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap functions for SATA / SATAII in

RAID / AHCI mode. Intel

®

P55 / JMicron JMB363 chipset provides hardware support for Advanced Host controller Interface (AHCI), a new programming interface for

SATA host controllers developed thru a joint industry effort.

NOTE

What is Hot Plug Function?

If the SATA / SATAII HDDs are NOT set for RAID configuration, it is called

“Hot Plug” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATAII HDDs while the system is still power-on and in working condition.

However, please note that it cannot perform Hot Plug if the OS has been installed into the SATA / SATAII HDD.

What is Hot Swap Function?

If SATA / SATAII HDDs are built as RAID1 or RAID 5 then it is called “Hot

Swap” for the action to insert and remove the SATA / SATAII HDDs while the system is still power-on and in working condition.

AII HDD Hot Plug F eature and Operation

This motherboard supports Hot Plug feature for SATA / SATAII HDD in RAID / AHCI mode. Please read below operation guide of SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug feature carefully. Before you process the SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug, please check below cable accessories from the motherboard gift box pack.

A. 7-pin SATA data cable

B. SATA power cable with SATA 15-pin power connector interface

A. SATA data cable (Red) B. SATA power cable

SATA 7-pin connector

The SATA 15-pin power connector (Black) connect to SATA / SATAII HDD

1x4-pin conventional power connector (White) connect to power supply

Caution

1. Without SATA 15-pin power connector interface, the SATA / SATAII Hot Plug

cannot be processed.

2. Even some SATA / SATAII HDDs provide both SATA 15-pin power connector

and IDE 1x4-pin conventional power connector interfaces, the IDE 1x4-pin

conventional power connector interface is definitely not able to support Hot

Plug and will cause the HDD damage and data loss.

Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:

1. Below operation procedure is designed only for our motherboard, which

supports SATA / SATAII HDD Hot Plug.

* The SATA / SATAII Hot Plug feature might not be supported by the chipset

because of its limitation, the SATA / SATAII Hot Plug support information of our

motherboard is indicated in the product spec on our website:

www.asrock.com

2. Make sure your SATA / SATAII HDD can support Hot Plug function from your

dealer or HDD user manual. The SATA / SATAII HDD, which cannot support Hot

Plug function, will be damaged under the Hot Plug operation.

3. Please make sure the SATA / SATAII driver is installed into system properly. The

latest SATA / SATAII driver is available on our support website:

www.asrock.com

4. Make sure to use the SATA power cable & data cable, which are from our

motherboard package.

5. Please follow below instructions step by step to reduce the risk of HDD crash

or data loss.

How to Hot Plug a SATA / SATAII HDD:

Points of attention, before you process the Hot Plug:

Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Plug, improper procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII HDD damage and data loss.

Step 1

Please connect SATA power cable 1x4-pin end

(White) to the power supply 1x4-pin cable.

Step 2

Connect SATA data cable to the motherboard’s SATAII connector.

SATA power cable 1x4-pin power connector (White)

Step 3

Connect SATA 15-pin power cable connector

(Black) end to SATA / SATAII HDD.

Step 4

Connect SATA data cable to the SATA / SATAII HDD.

How to Hot Unplug a SATA / SATAII HDD:

Points of attention, before you process the Hot Unplug:

Please do follow below instruction sequence to process the Hot Unplug, improper procedure will cause the SATA / SATAII HDD damage and data loss.

Step 1

Unplug SATA data cable from SATA / SATAII HDD side.

Step 2 Unplug SATA 15-pin power cable connector (Black) from SATA / SATAII HDD side.

To install the drivers to your system, please insert the support CD to your optical drive first. Then, the drivers compatible to your system can be auto-detected and listed on the support CD driver page. Please follow the order from up to bottom side to install those required drivers. Therefore, the drivers you install can work properly.

2.18 Installing Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

If you want to install Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit

OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below procedures according to the OS you install.

2.18.1 Installing Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit With RAID

If you want to install Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit on your SATA / SATAII HDDs with

RAID functions, please follow below steps.

STEP 1: Set up BIOS.

A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.

B. Set the option “SATA Operation Mode” to [RAID].

STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATAII Driver Diskette.

A. Insert the Support CD into your optical drive to boot your system.

B. During POST at the beginning of system boot-up, press <F11> key, and then a

window for boot devices selection appears. Please select CD-ROM as the boot

device.

C. When you see the message on the screen, “Do you want to generate Serial

ATA driver diskette [YN]?”, press <Y>.

D. Then you will see these messages,

Please insert a diskette into the floppy drive.

WARNING! Formatting the floppy diskette will lose ALL data in it!

Start to format and copy files [YN]?

Please insert a floppy diskette into the floppy drive, and press <Y>.

E. The system will start to format the floppy diskette and copy SATA / SATAII

drivers into the floppy diskette.

STEP 3: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.

Before you start to configure the RAID function, you need to check theinstallation guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the document in the Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”, which is located in the folder at the following path:

.. \ RAID Installation Guide

STEP 4: Install Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.

After making a SATA / SATAII driver diskette and using “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration, you can start to install Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit on your system. At the beginning of Windows setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII driver diskette containing the

Intel

®

RAID driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install according to the mode you choose and the OS you install.

After the installation of Windows

®

XP / XP-64bit OS, if you want to manage RAID functions, you are allowed to use both “RAID Installation Guide” and “Intel Rapid Storage Information” for RAID configuration. Please refer to the document in the Support CD, “Guide to SATA

Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide and the document in the support CD, “Guide to

Intel Rapid Storage”, which is located in the folder at the following path:

.. \ Intel Rapid Storage Information

If you want to use “Intel Rapid Storage” in Windows

®

environment, please install “SATAII driver” from the Support CD again so that “Intel Rapid

Storage” will be installed to your system as well.

You can also set up a “RAID Ready” system with a single SATA / SATAII hard disk.

A “RAID Ready” system can be seamlessly upgraded to RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID 5 at a later date by using RAID migration feature of Intel Rapid Storage. The following steps outline how to build an Intel “RAID Ready” system.

1. Assemble the system and attach a single SATA / SATAII hard drive.

2. Set up system BIOS as step 1 of page 40. When done, exit Setup.

3. Make a SATA / SATAII driver diskette as step 2 of page 40. Begin Windows

®

setup by booting from the installation CD.

4. At the beginning of Windows

®

setup, press F6 to install a third-party RAID

driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII driver diskette containing the

Intel

®

RAID driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented.

Select the driver to install according to the mode you choose and the OS you

install.

5. Finish the Windows

®

installation and install all necessary drivers.

6. Install the Intel(R) Rapid Storage software via the CD-ROM included with your

motherboard or after downloading it from the Internet. This will add the Intel(R)

Rapid Storage Console which can be used to manage the RAID configuration.

7. After setting up a “RAID Ready” system as the above steps, you can follow the

procedures of the next section to migrate the system to RAID 0, RAID 1 or RAID

5.

If you have an existing “RAID Ready” system, then you can use the following steps to perform a migration from a single non-RAID configuration to a two drive

RAID 0, RAID 1 configuration or three drive RAID 5 configuration. To prepare for this, you will need another SATA / SATAII / SATA3 hard drive with a capacity equal to or greater than that currently being used as the source hard drive.

1. Physically attach one additional SATA / SATAII hard drive to the SATAII port not

being used. Note the serial number of the hard drive already in the system; you

will use this to select it as the source hard drive when initiating the migration.

2. Boot Windows

®

, install the Intel(R) Rapid Storage software, if not already

installed, using the setup package obtained from a CD-ROM or from the

Internet. This will install the necessary Intel Storage Utility and start menu links.

3. Open the Intel Storage Utility from the Start Menu and select “Create RAID

volume from Existing Hard Drive” from the Actions menu. This will activate the

Create RAID volume from Existing Hard Drive Wizard. Click through the dialogs

as prompted. It’s important to understand what will occur during the migration

process because any data on the destination hard drive will be lost.

4. Once the migration is complete, reboot the system. If you migrated to a RAID 0

volume, use Disk Management from within Windows

®

in order to partition and

format the empty space created when the two hard drive capacities are

combined. You may also use third-party software to extend any existing

partitions within the RAID volume.

2.18.4 Installing Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

If you want to install Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit on your SATA /

SATAII HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below steps.

STEP 1: Set up BIOS.

A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.

B. Set the option “SATA Operation Mode” to [RAID].

STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID configuration.

Before you start to configure the RAID function, you need to check the installation guide in the Support CD for proper configuration. Please refer to the document in the Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”, which is located in the folder at the following path:

.. \ RAID Installation Guide

STEP 3: Install Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit OS on your system.

After the installation of Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit OS, if you want to manage RAID functions, you are allowed to use both “RAID Installation Guide” and “Intel

Rapid Storage Information” for RAID configuration. Please refer to the document in the

Support CD, “Guide to SATA Hard Disks Installation and RAID Configuration”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ RAID Installation Guide and the document in the support CD, “Guide to Intel Rapid Storage”, which is located in the folder at the following path: .. \ Intel Rapid Storage Information

If you want to use “Intel Rapid Storage” in Windows ® environment, please install “SATAII driver” from the Support CD again so that “Intel Rapid

Storage” will be installed to your system as well.

2.19 Installing Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

If you want to install Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit

OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below procedures according to the OS you install.

2.19.1 Installing Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit Without RAID

If you want to install Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit OS on your SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.

Using SATA / SATAII HDDs with NCQ function (AHCI mode)

STEP 1: Set Up BIOS.

A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.

B. Set the option “SATA Operation Mode” to [AHCI].

STEP 2: Make a SATA / SATAII driver diskette.

Please make a SATA / SATAII driver diskette by following section 2.18.1 step 2 on page 40.

STEP 3: Install Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.

After making a SATA / SATAII driver diskette, you can start to install Windows

®

XP /

XP 64-bit on your system. At the beginning of Windows

®

setup, press F6 to install a third-party AHCI driver. When prompted, insert the SATA / SATAII driver diskette containing the Intel

®

AHCI driver. After reading the floppy disk, the driver will be presented. Select the driver to install according to the mode you choose and the OS you install.

Using SATA / SATAII HDDs without NCQ function (IDE mode)

STEP 1: Set up BIOS.

A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.

B. Set the option “SATA Operation Mode” to [IDE].

STEP 2: Install Windows

®

XP / XP 64-bit OS on your system.

2.19.2 Installing Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

If you want to install Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit OS on your

SATA / SATAII HDDs without RAID functions, please follow below steps.

Using SATA / SATAII HDDs with NCQ function (AHCI mode)

STEP 1: Set Up BIOS.

A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.

B. Set the option “SATA Operation Mode” to [AHCI].

STEP 2: Install Windows

®

7 / 7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit OS on your system.

Using SATA / SATAII HDDs without NCQ function (IDE mode)

STEP 1: Set up BIOS.

A. Enter BIOS SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen Storage Configuration.

B. Set the option “SATA Operation Mode” to [IDE].

STEP 2: Install Windows ® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista TM / Vista TM 64-bit OS on your system.

Untied Overclocking T echnology

This motherboard supports Untied Overclocking Technology, which means during overclocking, FSB enjoys better margin due to fixed PCI / PCIE buses. Before you enable Untied Overclocking function, please enter “Overclock Mode” option of

BIOS setup to set the selection from [Auto] to [Manual]. Therefore, CPU FSB is untied during overclocking, but PCI / PCIE buses are in the fixed mode so that FSB can operate under a more stable overclocking environment.

Please refer to the warning on page 8 for the possible overclocking risk before you apply Untied Overclocking Technology.

This section explains how to use the BIOS SETUP UTILITY to configure your system.

The BIOS FWH chip on the motherboard stores the BIOS SETUP UTILITY. You may run the BIOS SETUP UTILITY when you start up the computer. Please press <F2> or

<Del> during the Power-On-Self-Test (POST) to enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY, otherwise, POST will continue with its test routines.

If you wish to enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY after POST, restart the system by pressing <Ctl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis. You may also restart by turning the system off and then back on.

Because the BIOS software is constantly being updated, the following BIOS setup screens and descriptions are for reference purpose only, and they may not exactly match what you see on your screen.

The top of the screen has a menu bar with the following selections:

Main

To set up the system time/date information

OC Tweaker

To set up overclocking features

Advanced

To set up the advanced BIOS features

H/W Monitor

To display current hardware status

Boot

To set up the default system device to locate and load the

Security

Operating System

To set up the security features

Exit

To exit the current screen or the BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Use < > key or < > key to choose among the selections on the menu bar, and then press <Enter> to get into the sub screen.

Please check the following table for the function description of each navigation key.

Navigation Key(s)

/

/

+ / -

<Enter>

<F1>

<F9>

<F10>

<ESC>

Function Description

Moves cursor left or right to select Screens

Moves cursor up or down to select items

To change option for the selected items

To bring up the selected screen

To display the General Help Screen

To load optimal default values for all the settings

To save changes and exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY

To jump to the Exit Screen or exit the current screen

When you enter the BIOS SETUP UTILITY, the Main screen will appear and display the system overview.

Main

OC Tweaker

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced H/W Monitor Boot Security Exit

System Overview

System Time

System Date

BIOS Version

Processor Type

Processor Speed

Microcode Update

Cache Size

[ 14 :00:09]

[Tue 07/14/2009]

: P55 Pro/USB3 P1.00

: Intel (R) Core (TM) CPU

870 @ 2.93GHz (64bit)

: 2933MHz

: 106E5/3

: 1024KB

Total Memory

DDR3_A2

DDR3_A1

DDR3_B2

DDR3_B1

: 2048MB

Single-Channel Memory Mode

: None

: None

: 2048MB/667MHz DDR3_1333

: None

Use [Enter], [TAB] or [SHIFT-TAB] to select a field.

Use [+] or [-] to configure system Time.

+-

Select Screen

Select Item

Change Field

Tab

F1

F9

F10

Select Field

General Help

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

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System Time [Hour:Minute:Second]

Use this item to specify the system time.

System Date [Day Month/Date/Year]

Use this item to specify the system date.

OC T weak er Screen

In the OC Tweaker screen, you can set up overclocking features.

Main

OC Tweaker

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced H/W Monitor Boot

OC Tweaker Settings

Turbo 50 [Press Enter]

Load CPU EZ OC Setting

[Press Enter]

Load Memory EZ OC Setting

Load XMP Setting

[Press Enter]

[Default]

Profile 1 : DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 1.35V

Intelligent Energy Saver

Good Night LED

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

Overclock Mode

BCLK Frequency (MHz)

PCIE Frequency (MHz)

Boot Failure Guard

Boot Failure Guard Count

Spread Spectrum

CPU Ratio Setting

QPI Frequency

DRAM Frequency

[Auto]

[133]

[100]

[Enabled]

[3]

[Auto]

24

[Auto]

6.400GT

DDR3_1333

[Auto]

[Auto]

Security Exit

Overclocking may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard.

It should be done at your own risk and expense.

Select Screen

Select Item

Enter Go to Sub Screen

F1 General Help

F9 Load Defaults

F10 Save and Exit

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Turbo 50

You can use this option to increase your system performance. Configuration options: [Press Enter], [OFF], [System Performance Increases 40%] and [System Performance Increases 50%]. This option appears only when your CPU supports this function.

Load CPU EZ OC Setting

You can use this option to load CPU EZ overclocking setting. Please note that overclocking may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard. It should be done at your own risk and expense.

Load Memory EZ OC Setting

You can use this option to load memory EZ overclocking setting. Please note that overclocking may cause damage to your memory and motherboard.

It should be done at your own risk and expense.

Load XMP Setting

You can use this option to load XMP memory setting. Configuration options:

[Default] and [Profile 1]. The default value is [Default].

Intelligent Energy Saver

Intelligent Energy Saver is a revolutionary technology that delivers unparalleled power savings. The default value is [Disabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you want to enable this function, please set this item to [Enabled]. Besides the BIOS option, you can also choose our Intelligent Energy Saver utility to enable this function.

Good Night LED

Enable this option to turn off Power LED and Lan LED when the system is power on. The keyboard LED will also be turned off in S1, S3 and S4 state.

The default value is [Disabled].

Overclock Mode

Use this to select Overclock Mode. Configuration options: [Auto], [Manual],

[I.O.T.] and [Optimized]. The default value is [Auto]. If you select [Manual],

Untied Overclocking function is enabled. Please refer to page 45 for the details of Untied Overclocking Technology. Therefore, you are allowed to adjust the Host frequency and PCIE frequency in the following two items.

If you select [I.O.T.] (Intelligent Overclocking Technology), the system will automatically enable the overclocking function when your CPU is heavy loaded.

BCLK Frequency (MHz)

Use this option to adjust BCLK (Internal Base Clock) frequency.

PCIE Frequency (MHz)

Use this option to adjust PCIE frequency.

Boot Failure Guard

Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard.

Boot Failure Guard Count

Enable or disable the feature of Boot Failure Guard Count.

Spread Spectrum

This item should always be [Auto] for better system stability.

CPU Ratio Setting

If the ratio status is unlocked, you will find this item appear to allow you changing the ratio value of this motherboard.

QPI Frequency

Use this item to select QPI frequency. Configuration options: [Auto],

[3.200GT] to [6.400GT]. The default value is [Auto].

DRAM Frequency

If [Auto] is selected, the motherboard will detect the memory module(s) inserted and assigns appropriate frequency automatically. You may select

[Auto], [400MHz DDR3_800], [533MHz DDR3_1066] or [667MHz DDR3_1333].

DRAM Timing Control

Use this item to control DRAM Timing.

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

DRAM Timing Control

DRAM tCL

DRAM tRCD

DRAM tRP

DRAM tRAS

DRAM tRFC

DRAM tWR

DRAM tWTR

DRAM tRRD

DRAM tRTP

DRAM tFAW

DRAM Command Rate

9

[Auto]

9 [Auto]

9

[Auto]

24

[Auto]

74 [Auto]

10 [Auto]

5

4

5

[Auto]

[Auto]

[Auto]

20 [Auto]

[Auto]

DRAM tCL

Min = 6

Max = 11

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DRAM tCL

Use this item to adjust the means of memory accessing. Configuration options : [Auto], [6] to [11].

DRAM tRCD

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRCD. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [3] to [15].

DRAM tRP

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRP. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [3] to [15].

DRAM tRAS

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRAS. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [9] to [31].

DRAM tRFC

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRFC. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [15] to [255].

DRAM tWR

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TWR. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [3] to [15].

DRAM tWTR

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TWTR. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [2] to [10].

DRAM tRRD

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRRD. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [4] to [7].

DRAM tRTP

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TRTP. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [2] to [13].

DRAM tFAW

This controls the number of DRAM clocks for TFAW. Configuration options:

Configuration options: [Auto], [1] to [63].

DRAM Command Rate

Use this item to adjust DRAM Command Rate. Configuration options : [1], [2] and [Auto].

ASRock VDroop Control

Use this to enable or disable ASRock VDroop control. Configuration options:

[With VDroop] and [Without VDroop]. The default value is [With VDroop].

CPU Voltage

Use this to select CPU Voltage. Configuration options: [Auto], [Manual] and

[Overdrive Offset]. The default value is [Auto].

DRAM Voltage

Use this to select DRAM Voltage. Configuration options: [Auto], [0.998V] to

[2.008V]. The default value is [Auto].

VTT Voltage

Use this to select VTT Voltage. Configuration options: [Auto], [0.814V] to

[1.594V]. The default value is [Auto].

PCH Voltage

Use this to select PCH Voltage. Configuration options: [Auto], [1.066V] to

[1.488V]. The default value is [Auto].

CPU PLL Voltage

Use this to select CPU PLL Voltage. Configuration options: [Auto],

[1.812V] to [2.324V]. The default value is [Auto].

Would you like to save current setting user defaults?

In this option, you are allowed to load and save three user defaults according to your own requirements.

In this section, you may set the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration,

Chipset Configuration, ACPI Configuration, Storage Configuration, PCIPnP

Configuration, Floppy Configuration, SuperIO Configuration, and USB Configuration.

Main OC Tweaker

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

H/W Monitor Boot

Advanced Settings

WARNING : Setting wrong values in below sections may cause system to malfunction.

CPU Configuration

Chipset Configuration

ACPI Configuration

Storage Configuration

PCIPnP Configuration

Floppy Configuration

SuperIO Configuration

USB Configuration

BIOS Update Utility

ASRock Instant Flash

Security Exit

Options for CPU

Select Screen

Select Item

Enter Go to Sub Screen

F1

F9

General Help

Load Defaults

F10

ESC

Save and Exit

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Setting wrong values in this section may cause the system to malfunction.

ASRock Instant Flash

ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS flash utility embedded in Flash ROM. This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS without entering operating systems first like MS-DOS or Windows ® . Just launch this tool and save the new BIOS file to your USB flash drive, floppy disk or hard drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or other complicated flash utility.

Please be noted that the USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/

12 file system. If you execute ASRock Instant Flash utility, the utility will show the BIOS files and their respective information. Select the proper

BIOS file to update your BIOS, and reboot your system after BIOS update process completes.

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

Configure advanded CPU settings

Intel (R) Core (TM) CPU

Frequency :2.93GHz

Cache L1 :128 KB

Cache L2

Cache L3

:1024 KB

:8192 KB

870 @ 2.93GHz

Ratio Status:Unlocked (Min:09, Max:22)

Ratio Actual Value:22

CPU Ratio Setting

Enhanced Halt State

Intel (R) Virtualization Tech

CPU Thermal Throttling

No-Excute Memory Protection

Hyper Threading Technology

Active Processor Cores

A20M

Intel (R) SpeedStep (tm) tech

24

[Auto]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

[All]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

Select the ration between CPU Core

Clock and the FSB

Frequency.

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CPU Ratio Setting

If the ratio status is unlocked, you will find this item appear to allow you changing the ratio value of this motherboard.

Enhance Halt State

All processors support the Halt State (C1). The C1 state is supported through the native processor instructions HLT and MWAIT and requires no hardware support from the chipset. In the C1 power state, the processor maintains the context of the system caches.

Intel (R) Virtualization Tech

When this option is set to [Enabled], a VMM (Virtual Machine Architecture) can utilize the additional hardware capabilities provided by Vanderpool

Technology. This option will be hidden if the installed CPU does not support

Intel (R) Virtualization Technology.

CPU Thermal Throttling

You may select [Enabled] to enable CPU internal thermal control mechanism to keep the CPU from overheated.

No-Excute Memory Protection

No-Execution (NX) Memory Protection Technology is an enhancement to the IA-32 Intel Architecture. An IA-32 processor with “No Execute (NX)

Memory Protection” can prevent data pages from being used by malicious software to execute code. This option will be hidden if the current CPU does not support No-Excute Memory Protection.

Hyper Threading Technology

To enable this feature, it requires a computer system with an Intel Core

TM

i7 processor that supports Hyper-Threading technology and an operating system that includes optimization for this technology, such as Microsoft

®

Windows

®

XP / Vista

TM

/ 7. Set to [Enabled] if using Microsoft

®

Windows

®

XP, Vista

TM

,

7 or Linux kernel version 2.4.18 or higher. This option will be hidden if the installed CPU does not support Hyper-Threading technology.

Active Processor Cores

Use this item to select the number of cores to enable in each processor package.

Configuration options: [All], [1] and [2]. The default value is [All].

A20M

Use this item to enable or disable A20M. Legacy OS and AP may need A20M enabled. The default value is [Disabled].

Intel (R) SpeedStep(tm) tech

Intel (R) SpeedStep(tm) tech is Intel’s new power saving technology. Processor can switch between multiple frequency and voltage points to enable power savings. The default value is [Enabled]. Configuration options:

[Auto], [Enabled] and [Disabled]. If you install Windows

®

XP and select

[Auto], you need to set the “Power Schemes” as “Portable/Laptop” to enable this function. If you install Windows

®

Vista

TM

/ 7 and want to enable this function, please set this item to [Enabled]. This item will be hidden if the current CPU does not support Intel (R) SpeedStep(tm) tech.

Please note that enabling this function may reduce CPU voltage and lead to system stability or compatibility issue with some power supplies. Please set this item to

[Disable] if above issue occurs.

Intel (R) TurboMode tech

Use this item to enable or disable Intel (R) Turbo Boost Technology. Turbo mode allows processor cores to run faster than marked frequency in specific condition. The default value is [Enabled].

Intel (R) C-STATE tech

Intel (R) C-STATE tech is achieved by making the power and thermal control unit part of the core logic and not part of the chipset as before. Migration of the power and thermal management flow into the processor allows us to use a hardware coordination mechanism in which each core can request any C-state it wishes, thus allowing for individual core savings to be maximized. The CPU C-state is determined and entered based on the lowest common denominator of both cores’ requests, portraying a single CPU entity to the chipset power management hardware and flows. Thus, software can manage each core independently, while the actual power management adheres to the platform and CPU shared resource restrictions.

C State package limit setting

This item appears only when you set the item “Intel (R) C-STATE tech” to

[Enabled]. The selected option will programme into C State package limit register. Configuration options: [Auto], [C3] and [C6]. The default value is

[Auto].

Advanced

Chipset Settings

Primary Graphics Adapter

Onboard HD Audio

Front Panel

OnBoard Lan

Dr. LAN

Link speed : 100Mbps

Intel VT-d Configuration

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

[PCI]

[Auto]

[Auto]

[Enabled]

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Primary Graphics Adapter

This allows you to select [PCI] or [PCI Express] as the boot graphic adapter priority. The default value is [PCI].

Onboard HD Audio

Select [Auto], [Enabled] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio feature. If you select [Auto], the onboard HD Audio will be disabled when PCI Sound Card is plugged.

Front Panel

Select [Auto] or [Disabled] for the onboard HD Audio Front Panel.

OnBoard Lan

This allows you to enable or disable the “OnBoard Lan” feature.

Dr. LAN

This allows you to select “LAN Cable Detection” function.

Intel VT-d Configuration

Use this to enable or disable Intel

®

VT-d technology (Intel

®

Virtualization

Technology for Directed I/O). The default value of this feature is [Disabled].

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

ACPI Configuration

Suspend To RAM

Check Ready Bit

Restore on AC/Power Loss

Ring-In Power On

PCI Devices Power On

PS / 2 Keyboard Power On

RTC Alarm Power On

ACPI HPET Table

[Auto]

[Enabled]

[Power Off]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

Select auto-detect or disable the STR feature.

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F1

Select Screen

Select Item

Change Option

General Help

F9

F10

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

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Suspend to RAM

Use this item to select whether to auto-detect or disable the Suspend-to-

RAM feature. Select [Auto] will enable this feature if the OS supports it.

Check Ready Bit

Use this item to enable or disable the feature Check Ready Bit.

Restore on AC/Power Loss

This allows you to set the power state after an unexpected AC/power loss. If [Power Off] is selected, the AC/power remains off when the power recovers. If [Power On] is selected, the AC/power resumes and the system starts to boot up when the power recovers.

Ring-In Power On

Use this item to enable or disable Ring-In signals to turn on the system from the power-soft-off mode.

PCI Devices Power On

Use this item to enable or disable PCI devices to turn on the system from the power-soft-off mode.

PS/2 Keyboard Power On

Use this item to enable or disable PS/2 keyboard to turn on the system from the power-soft-off mode.

RTC Alarm Power On

Use this item to enable or disable RTC (Real Time Clock) to power on the system.

ACPI HPET Table

Use this item to enable or disable ACPI HPET Table. The default value is

[Disabled]. Please set this option to [Enabled] if you plan to use this motherboard to submit Windows

®

Vista

TM

certification.

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

Storage Configuration

SATA Operation Mode

SATAII 1,2,3,4 Configuration

SATAII 5,6 Configuration

Onboard SATAII 7, eSATAII & IDE eSATAII Operation Mode

SATAII_1

SATAII_2

SATAII_3

SATAII_4

SATAII_5

SATAII_6

SATAII_7 eSATAII_1

IDE1 Master

IDE1 Slave

[IDE]

[Compatible]

[Enhanced]

[Enabled]

[IDE]

[Hard Disk]

[Not Detected]

[Not Detected]

[Not Detected]

[Not Detected]

[Not Detected]

[Not Detected]

[Not Detected]

[Not Detected]

[Not Detected]

IDE

RAID

AHCI

Disabled

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SATA Operation Mode

Use this to select SATA Operation Mode. Configuration options: [IDE], [RAID],

[AHCI] and [Disabled]. The default value is [IDE].

If you select [IDE] mode, the options “SATAII 1,2,3,4 Configuration” and

“SATAII 5,6 Configuration” will appear.

If you select [RAID] or [AHCI] mode, the options “Hot Plug” and “Link Power

Management” will appear.

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) supports NCQ and other new features that will improve SATA disk performance but IDE mode does not have these advantages.

Onboard SATAII 7, eSATAII & IDE

Use this item to enable or disable onboard SATAII 7, eSATAII & IDE. The default value is [Enabled]. If you enable this item, the option “eSATAII

Operaion Mode” will appear.

IDE Device Configuration

You may set the IDE configuration for the device that you specify. We will use the “Primary IDE Master” as the example in the following instruction.

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

Primary IDE Master

Device

Vendor

Size

LBA Mode

Block Mode

PIO Mode

Async DMA

Ultra DMA

S.M.A.R.T.

Type

LBA/Large Mode

Block (Multi-Sector Transfer)

PIO Mode

DMA Mode

S . M . A . R . T .

32Bit Data Transfer

:Hard Disk

:ST340014A

:40.0 GB

:Supported

:16Sectors

:4

:MultiWord DMA-2

:Ultra DMA-5

:Supported

[Auto]

[Auto]

[Auto]

[Auto]

[Auto]

[Disabled]

[Enabled]

Select the type of device connected to the system.

+-

F1

Select Screen

Select Item

Change Option

General Help

F9

F10

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

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TYPE

Use this item to configure the type of the IDE device that you specify. Configuration options: [Not Installed], [Auto], [CD/DVD], and [ARMD].

[Not Installed]:

Select [Not Installed] to disable the use of IDE device.

[Auto]:

Select [Auto] to automatically detect the hard disk drive.

After selecting the hard disk information into BIOS, use a disk utility, such as FDISK, to partition and format the 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.

[CD/DVD]:

This is used for IDE CD/DVD drives.

[ARMD]:

This is used for IDE ARMD (ATAPI Removable Media Device), such as MO.

LBA/Large Mode

Use this item to select the LBA/Large mode for a hard disk > 512 MB under

DOS and Windows; for Netware and UNIX user, select [Disabled] to disable the LBA/Large mode.

Block (Multi-Sector Transfer)

The default value of this item is [Auto]. If this feature is enabled, it will enhance hard disk performance by reading or writing more data during each transfer.

PIO Mode

Use this item to set the PIO mode to enhance hard disk performance by optimizing the hard disk timing.

DMA Mode

DMA capability allows the improved transfer-speed and data-integrity for compatible IDE devices.

S.M.A.R.T.

Use this item to enable or disable the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled], [Auto],

[Enabled].

32-Bit Data Transfer

Use this item to enable 32-bit access to maximize the IDE hard disk data transfer rate.

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

Advanced PCI / PnP Settings

PCI Latency Timer

PCI IDE BusMaster

[64]

[Enabled]

Value in units of PCI clocks for PCI device latency timer register.

+-

F1

F9

F10

Select Screen

Select Item

Change Option

General Help

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

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PCI Latency Timer

The default value is 32. It is recommended to keep the default value unless the installed PCI expansion cards’ specifications require other settings.

PCI IDE BusMaster

Use this item to enable or disable the PCI IDE BusMaster feature.

In this section, you may configure the type of your floppy drive.

Advanced

Floppy Configuration

Floppy A

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Select the type of floppy drive connected to the system.

Select Screen

+-

F1

F9

Select Item

Change Option

General Help

Load Defaults

F10 Save and Exit

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BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

Configure Super IO Chipset

OnBoard Floppy Controller

Serial Port Address

Infrared Port Address

[Enabled]

[3F8 / IRQ4]

[Disabled]

Allow BIOS to Enable or Disable Floppy

Controller.

+-

F1

Select Screen

Select Item

Change Option

General Help

F9

F10

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

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OnBoard Floppy Controller

Use this item to enable or disable floppy drive controller.

Serial Port Address

Use this item to set the address for the onboard serial port or disable it.

Configuration options: [Disabled], [3F8 / IRQ4], [2F8 / IRQ3], [3E8 / IRQ4],

[2E8 / IRQ3].

Infrared Port Address

Use this item to set the address for the onboard infrared port or disable it.

Configuration options: [Disabled], [2F8 / IRQ3], and [2E8 / IRQ3].

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced

USB Configuration

USB Controller

Legacy USB Support

USB 2.0 Rate Matching hub

USB 3.0 Controller

USB Keyboard/Remote Power On

USB Mouse Power On

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Disabled]

[Disabled]

To enable or disable the onboard USB controllers.

+-

F1

F9

Select Screen

Select Item

Change Option

General Help

Load Defaults

F10 Save and Exit

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USB Controller

Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB controller.

Legacy USB Support

Use this option to select legacy support for USB devices. There are four configuration options: [Enabled], [Auto], [Disabled] and [BIOS Setup Only].

The default value is [Enabled]. Please refer to below descriptions for the details of these four options:

[Enabled] - Enables support for legacy USB.

[Auto] - Enables legacy support if USB devices are connected.

[Disabled] - USB devices are not allowed to use under legacy OS and BIOS setup when [Disabled] is selected. If you have USB compatibility issue, it is recommended to select [Disabled] to enter OS.

[BIOS Setup Only] - USB devices are allowed to use only under BIOS setup and Windows / Linux OS.

USB 2.0 Rate Matching hub

Use this item to enable or disable the USB 2.0 Rate Matching hub.

USB 3.0 Controller

Use this item to enable or disable the use of USB 3.0 controller.

USB Keyboard/Remote Power On

Use this item to enable or disable USB Keyboard/Remote Power On on the system.

USB Mouse Power On

Use this item to enable or disable USB Mouse Power On on the system.

In this section, it allows you to monitor the status of the hardware on your system, including the parameters of the CPU temperature, motherboard temperature, CPU fan speed, chassis fan speed, and the critical voltage.

Main OC Tweaker

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced H/W Monitor

Boot

Hardware Health Event Monitoring

CPU Temperature

M/B Temperature

: 37 C / 98 F

: 31 C / 87 F

CPU Fan Speed

Chassis Fan1 Speed

Chassis Fan2 Speed

Chassis Fan3 Speed

Power Fan Speed

Vcore

+ 3.30V

+ 5.00V

+ 12.00V

CPU Fan Setting

Chassis Fan 1 Setting

Chassis Fan 2 Setting

Chassis Fan 3 Setting

: N/A

: N/A

: N/A

: N/A

: N/A

: 1.152V

: 3.312V

: 11.968V

: 5.080V

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Exit

F1

F9

F10

ESC

Select Screen

Select Item

General Help

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

Exit

CPU Fan Setting

This allows you to set the CPU fan speed. Configuration options: [Full On] and [Automatic mode]. The default is value [Full On].

Chassis Fan 1 Setting

This allows you to set the chassis fan 1 speed. Configuration options:

[Full On] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full On].

Chassis Fan 2 Setting

This allows you to set the chassis fan 2 speed. Configuration options:

[Level 1], [Level 2], [Level 3] and [Level 4]. The default is value [Level 4].

Chassis Fan 3 Setting

This allows you to set the chassis fan 3 speed. Configuration options:

[Full On] and [Manual Mode]. The default is value [Full On].

In this section, it will display the available devices on your system for you to configure the boot settings and the boot priority.

Main OC Tweaker

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Advanced H/W Monitor Boot

Security Exit

Boot Settings

Boot Settings Configuration

1st Boot Device

2nd Boot Device

3rd Boot Device

Hard Disk Drives

Removable Drives

CD/DVD Drives

[1st Floppy Device]

[HDD: PM - HDS722580VL]

[CD / DVD: 3S - CD - ROM C]

Configure Settings during System Boot.

Select Screen

Select Item

Enter Go to Sub Screen

F1 General Help

F9

F10

ESC

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

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BIOS SETUP UTILITY

Boot

Boot Settings Configuration

Full Screen Logo

AddOn ROM Display

Boot Logo

Boot From Onboard LAN

Bootup Num-Lock

[Enabled]

[Enabled]

[Auto]

[Disabled]

[On]

Disabled: Displays normal POST messages.

Enabled: Displays OEM

Logo instead of POST messages.

+ -

Select Screen

Select Item

Change Option

F1

F9

General Help

Load Defaults

F10 Save and Exit

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Full Screen Logo

Use this item to enable or disable OEM Logo. The default value is [Enabled].

AddOn ROM Display

Use this option to adjust AddOn ROM Display. If you enable the option

“Full Screen Logo” but you want to see the AddOn ROM information when the

system boots, please select [Enabled]. Configuration options: [Enabled] and

[Disabled]. The default value is [Enabled].

Boot Logo

Use this option to select logo in POST screen. This option only appears when

you enable the option “Full Screen Logo”. Configuration options: [Auto],

[EuP], [Scenery] and [ASRock]. The default value is [Auto].

Boot From Onboard LAN

Use this item to enable or disable the Boot From Onboard LAN feature.

Boot Up Num-Lock

If this item is set to [On], it will automatically activate the Numeric Lock function after boot-up.

In this section, you may set or change the supervisor/user password for the system. For the user password, you may also clear it.

BIOS SETUP UTILITY

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Security Settings

Supervisor Password : Not Installed

User Password : Not Installed

Change Supervisor Password

Change User Password

Install or Change the password.

Select Screen

Select Item

Enter Change

F1 General Help

F9

F10

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

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BIOS SETUP UTILITY

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Exit Options

Save Changes and Exit

Discard Changes and Exit

Discard Changes

Load BIOS Defaults

Load Performance Setup Default (IDE/SATA)

Load Performance Setup AHCI Mode

Load Performance Setup RAID Mode

Load Power Saving Setup Default

Exit system setup after saving the changes.

F10 key can be used for this operation.

Select Screen

Select Item

Enter Go to Sub Screen

F1 General Help

F9

F10

Load Defaults

Save and Exit

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Save Changes and Exit

When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Save configuration changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to save the changes and exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY.

Discard Changes and Exit

When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard changes and exit setup?” Select [OK] to exit the BIOS SETUP UTILITY without saving any changes.

Discard Changes

When you select this option, it will pop-out the following message, “Discard changes?” Select [OK] to discard all changes.

Load BIOS Defaults

Load BIOS default values for all the setup questions. F9 key can be used for this operation.

Load Performance Setup Default (IDE/SATA)

This performance setup default may not be compatible with all system configurations. If system boot failure occurs after loading, please resume optimal default settings. F5 key can be used for this operation.

Load Performance Setup AHCI Mode

This performance setup AHCI mode may not be compatible with all system configurations. If system boot failure occurs after loading, please resume optimal default settings. F3 key can be used for this operation.

Load Performance Setup RAID Mode

This performance setup RAID mode may not be compatible with all system configurations. If system boot failure occurs after loading, please resume optimal default settings. F4 key can be used for this operation.

Load Power Saving Setup Default

Load power saving setup default. F6 key can be used for this operation.

Chapter 4: Sof tware Suppor

4.1

Install Operating System

This motherboard supports various Microsoft

®

Windows

®

operating systems: 7 /

7 64-bit / Vista

TM

/ Vista

TM

64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit. Because motherboard settings and hardware options vary, use the setup procedures in this chapter for general reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for more information.

The Support CD that came with the motherboard contains necessary drivers and useful utilities that enhance the motherboard features.

To begin using the support CD, insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD automatically displays the Main Menu if “AUTORUN” is enabled in your computer.

If the Main Menu did not appear automatically, locate and double click on the file “ASSETUP.EXE” from the BIN folder in the Support CD to display the menus.

The Drivers Menu shows the available devices drivers if the system detects installed devices. Please install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.

The Utilities Menu shows the applications software that the motherboard supports. Click on a specific item then follow the installation wizard to install it.

If you need to contact ASRock or want to know more about ASRock, welcome to visit ASRock’s website at http://www.asrock.com; or you may contact your dealer for further information.

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