User Guide
Motherboard
K8N-E
Deluxe
E1883
Checklist
Revised Edition V2
January 2005
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Contents
Features
Notices .......................................................................................... vii
Safety information ........................................................................ viii
About this guide .............................................................................. ix
How this guide is organized .................................................. ix
Where to find more information ............................................. ix
Conventions used in this guide .............................................. x
Typography ............................................................................. x
K8N-E Deluxe specifications summary .......................................... xi
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1
1.2
1.3
Welcome! ........................................................................... 1-1
Package contents ............................................................... 1-1
Special features .................................................................. 1-2
1.3.1 Product Highlights .................................................. 1-2
1.3.2 Unique ASUS features ........................................... 1-4
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
Before you proceed ............................................................ 2-1
Motherboard overview ........................................................ 2-2
2.2.1 Placement direction ............................................... 2-2
2.2.2 Screw holes ........................................................... 2-2
2.2.3 Motherboard layout ................................................ 2-3
2.2.4 Layout Contents ..................................................... 2-4
Central Processing Unit (CPU) ........................................... 2-6
2.3.1 Overview ................................................................ 2-6
2.3.2 Installing the CPU .................................................. 2-6
2.3.3 Installing the heatsink and fan ............................... 2-8
2.3.4 Connecting the CPU fan cable ............................ 2-10
2.3.5 CPU heatsink and fan Qualified Vendors List ...... 2-10
System memory ................................................................ 2-11
2.4.1 Overview ............................................................... 2-11
2.4.2 Memory configurations ......................................... 2-11
2.4.3 Installing a DIMM ................................................. 2-13
2.4.4 Removing a DIMM ............................................... 2-13
Expansion slots ................................................................ 2-14
2.5.1 Installing an expansion card ................................ 2-14
2.5.2 Configuring an expansion card ............................ 2-14
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Safeguards
2.6
2.7
2.5.3 Interrupt assignments .......................................... 2-15
2.5.4 PCI slots .............................................................. 2-16
2.5.5 AGP slot ............................................................... 2-16
Jumpers ............................................................................ 2-17
Connectors ....................................................................... 2-19
2.7.1 Rear panel connectors ......................................... 2-19
2.7.2 Internal connectors .............................................. 2-20
Chapter 3: Powering up
3.1
3.2
3.3
Starting up for the first time ................................................ 3-1
Powering off the computer ................................................. 3-2
3.2.1 Using the OS shut down function .......................... 3-2
3.2.2 Using the dual-function power switch .................... 3-2
ASUS POST Reporter™ .................................................... 3-3
3.3.1 Vocal POST messages .......................................... 3-3
3.3.2 Winbond Voice Editor ............................................ 3-5
Chapter 4: BIOS setup
4.1
4.2
4.3
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Managing and updating your BIOS .................................... 4-1
4.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk ............................. 4-1
4.1.2 Using AFUDOS to update the BIOS ...................... 4-2
4.1.3 Using AFUDOS to copy BIOS from PC ................. 4-3
4.1.4 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS ............ 4-4
4.1.5 Recovering the BIOS with CrashFree BIOS 2 ....... 4-5
4.1.6 ASUS Update ........................................................ 4-7
BIOS Setup program .......................................................... 4-9
4.2.1 BIOS menu screen .............................................. 4-10
4.2.2 Menu bar .............................................................. 4-10
4.2.3 Navigation keys ................................................... 4-10
4.2.4 Menu items ........................................................... 4-11
4.2.5 Sub-menu items .................................................... 4-11
4.2.6 Configuration fields ............................................... 4-11
4.2.7 Pop-up window ..................................................... 4-11
4.2.8 Scroll bar ............................................................... 4-11
4.2.9 General help ......................................................... 4-11
Main menu ........................................................................ 4-12
4.3.1 System Time ........................................................ 4-12
4.3.2 System Date ........................................................ 4-12
Contents
4.4
4.5
4.6
4.7
4.3.3 Legacy Diskette A ................................................ 4-12
4.3.4 Language ............................................................. 4-12
4.3.5 Primary and Secondary IDE Master/Slave .......... 4-13
4.3.6 System Information .............................................. 4-14
Advanced menu ............................................................... 4-15
4.4.1 Instant Music Configuration ................................. 4-15
4.4.2 JumperFree Configuration ................................... 4-16
4.4.3 Speech Configuration .......................................... 4-17
4.4.4 CPU Configuration ............................................... 4-18
4.4.5 Chipset ................................................................. 4-19
4.4.6 Onboard Devices Configuration ........................... 4-23
4.4.7 PCI PnP ............................................................... 4-25
Power menu ..................................................................... 4-27
4.5.1 Suspend Mode ..................................................... 4-27
4.5.2 Repost Video on S3 Resume ............................... 4-27
4.5.3 ACPI 2.0 Support ................................................. 4-27
4.5.4 ACPI APIC Support .............................................. 4-27
4.5.5 APM Configuration ............................................... 4-28
4.5.6 Hardware Monitor ................................................ 4-29
Boot menu ........................................................................ 4-31
4.6.1 Boot Device Priority ............................................. 4-31
4.6.2 Hard Disk Drives .................................................. 4-32
4.6.3 Boot Settings Configuration ................................. 4-32
4.6.4 Security ................................................................ 4-33
Exit menu ......................................................................... 4-36
Chapter 5: Software support
5.1
5.2
5.3
Installing an operating system ............................................ 5-1
Support CD information ...................................................... 5-1
5.2.1 Running the support CD ........................................ 5-1
5.2.2 Drivers menu ......................................................... 5-2
5.2.3 Utilities menu ......................................................... 5-3
5.2.4 Manuals menu ....................................................... 5-5
5.2.5 ASUS Contact information ..................................... 5-6
5.2.6 Other information ................................................... 5-6
Software Information .......................................................... 5-9
5.3.1 ASUS MyLogo2™ .................................................. 5-9
5.3.2 ASUS Instant Music ..............................................5-11
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5.4
5.5
5.6
5.7
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Audio configurations ......................................................... 5-13
5.4.1 Sound Effect options ............................................ 5-14
5.4.2 S/PDIF options ..................................................... 5-14
5.4.3 Speaker Configuration ......................................... 5-15
5.4.4 AI Audio feature ................................................... 5-16
5.4.5 HRTF Demo ......................................................... 5-17
5.4.6 General settings ................................................... 5-18
5.4.7 Rear panel audio ports function variation ............ 5-18
RAID configurations ......................................................... 5-19
5.5.1 Installing hard disks ............................................. 5-20
5.5.2 NVIDIA® RAID configurations .............................. 5-21
5.5.3 Silicon Image RAID configurations ...................... 5-22
Creating a RAID driver disk .............................................. 5-23
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology ............................................ 5-24
5.7.1 Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology ................. 5-24
5.7.2 Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software ............. 5-26
Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the
graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations.
Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the
party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to
operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise
emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference
Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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Safety information
Electrical safety
• To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
• When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the
power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are
connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing
system before you add a device.
• Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard,
ensure that all power cables are unplugged.
• Seek professional assistance before using an adapter or extension cord.
These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit.
• Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your
area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are
using, contact your local power company.
• If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a
qualified service technician or your retailer.
Operation safety
• Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read
all the manuals that came with the package.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected
and the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage,
contact your dealer immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the
product in any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
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About this guide
This user guide contains the information you need when installing the
motherboard.
How this guide is organized
This manual contains the following parts:
• Chapter 1: Product introduction
This chapter describes the motherboard features and the new
technologies it supports.
• Chapter 2: Hardware information
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to
perform when installing system components. It includes description of
the jumpers and connectors on the motherboard.
• Chapter 3: Powering up
This chapter describes the power up sequence, the vocal POST
messages, and ways of shutting down the system.
• Chapter 4: BIOS setup
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS
Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also
provided.
• Chapter 5: Software support
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes with
the motherboard package.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product
and software updates.
1. ASUS websites
The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware
and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information.
2. Optional documentation
Your product package may include optional documentation, such as
warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These
documents are not part of the standard package.
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Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the
following symbols used throughout this manual.
DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself
when trying to complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components
when trying to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Information that you MUST follow to complete a
task.
NOTE: Tips and additional information to aid in completing a task.
Typography
Bold text
Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics
Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>
Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than
sign indicates that you must press the enclosed
key. Example: <Enter> indicates that you must
press the Enter or Return key.
<Multiple key names> If you must press two or more keys
simultaneously, the key names are linked with a
plus sign (+). Example: <Ctrl+Alt+D>
Command
Means that you must enter the command
exactly as shown then supply the appropriate
values that appear in brackets. Example:
At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /i[filename]
In this example, you must supply a filename for
[filename].
afudos /iK8NE.ROM
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K8N-E Deluxe specifications summary
CPU
Socket 754 for AMD Athlon™ 64 processor
Supports AMD 64 architecture that enables simultaneous
32-bit and 64-bit computing
Supports AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
Chipset
NVIDIA® nForce™ 3 250Gb
System Bus
800 MHz
Memory
3 x 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets for up to 3GB unbuffered
ECC and non-ECC PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/PC1600
SDRAM memory
Expansion slots
1 x AGP 8X/4X
5 x PCI
Storage
NVIDIA® nForce™ 3 250Gb supports
- 2 x Ultra ATA 133 connector
- 2 x Serial ATA connectors
- RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD sets
Silicon Image® Sil 3114 RAID controller supports
- 4 x Serial ATA connectors
- RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, and JBOD sets
LAN
Marvell® 88E1111 Gigabit LAN PHY
AI Audio
Realtek® ALC850 8-channel CODEC
Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
Coaxial and Optical S/PDIF out support
AI BIOS
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
ASUS Q-Fan Technology 2
ASUS Post Reporter™
AI Overclocking
CPU, Memory and AGP voltage adjustable
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) from 200 MHz up to
300 MHz at 1 MHz increment
Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio. Fixed AGP/PCI frequencies
ASUS JumperFree
ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
IEEE 1394
VIA VT6307 controller supports
- 2 x IEEE 1394 ports
USB
Maximum of eight USB 2.0 ports
Special features
ASUS MyLogo2™
ASUS Multi-Language BIOS
ASUS Instant Music
ASUS EZ Flash
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Back panel I/O
1 x Parallel port
1 x Serial port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x IEEE 1394 port
1 x RJ-45 port
1 x 8-channel audio I/O ports
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
Internal I/O
2 x USB 2.0 connector for 4 additional USB ports
CPU/Chassis/Power fan connectors
20-pin/4-pin ATX 12V power connectors
Chassis intrusion connector
CD/AUX connectors
GAME/MIDI connector
IEEE 1394 connector
Serial port 2 connector
Front Panel connector
BIOS features
4Mb Flash EEPROM
AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
ASUS EZ Flash, ASUS MyLogo2, ASUS Q-Fan2, ASUS
Multi-Language BIOS, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
Industry standard
PCI 2.2, USB 2.0
Manageability
WfM2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME,
Chassis intrusion
Power Requirement
ATX power supply (with 4-pin 12V plug)
Form Factor
ATX form factor: 12 in x 9.6 in (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
Support CD contents
Device drivers
ASUS PC Probe
ASUS Live Update utility
Anti-virus utility
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Chapter 1
This chapter describes the motherboard
features and the new technologies it
supports.
Product introduction
Chapter summary
1.1
Welcome! ........................................................ 1-1
1.2
Package contents .......................................... 1-1
1.3
Special features ............................................. 1-2
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1.1
Welcome!
Thank you for buying the ASUS® K8N-E Deluxe motherboard!
The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies
making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards!
The motherboard combines the powers of the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor
and the NVIDIA® nForce™ 3 250 Gb chipset to set a new benchmark for
an effective desktop platform solution.
Supporting up to 3GB of system memory with PC3200/PC2700/PC2100/
PC1600 DDR SDRAM, high-resolution graphics via an AGP 8X slot, Dual
Serial ATA RAID, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, and 8-channel audio features, the
motherboard takes you ahead in the world of power computing!
Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it,
check the items in your package with the list below.
1.2
Package contents
Check your motherboard package for the following items.
ASUS motherboard
ASUS support CD
4 x Serial ATA cables
1 x 2-port USB/Game module
1 x Single port 1394 module
2 x 80-conductor ribbon cable for Ultra DMA 133/100/66 IDE drives
1 x 40-conductor IDE cable
1 x Ribbon cable for a 3.5-inch floppy drive
2 x 2-port Serial ATA power cables
InterVideo® WinDVD Suite® (Retail boxes only)
I/O shield
Bag of extra jumper caps
User guide
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
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1.3
Special features
1.3.1 Product Highlights
Latest processor technology
The AMD Athlon™ 64 desktop processor is based on AMD’s 64-bit
architecture, which represents the landmark introduction of the industry’s
first x86-64 technology. This processor provides a dramatic leap forward in
compatibility, performance, investment protection, and reduced total cost
of ownership and development.
HyperTransport™ Technology
HyperTransport™ Technology is a high-speed, low latency, point-to-point
link designed to increase the communication speed between integrated
circuits in computers, networking and telecommunicatons equipment up to
48 times faster than other existing technologies.
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that
dynamically and automatically changes the CPU speed, voltage and
amount of power depending on the task the CPU performs.
Serial ATA solution
The motherboard supports six interfaces compliant to the Serial ATA
(SATA) specification, an evolutionary replacement of the Parallel ATA
storage interface. The Serial ATA specification allows for thinner, more
flexible cables with lower pin count, reduced voltage requirement, up to
150 MB/s data transfer rate.
Dual Serial ATA RAID
The motherboard provides two high-performance Serial ATA RAID
controllers that enhance hard disk performance and data backup
protection without the cost of additional RAID cards. The Silicon Image
SATARaid™ Sil 3114 Serial ATA controller incorporates four Serial ATA and
one parallel connector with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, JBOD and RAID 5
functions while the onboard NVIDIA® nForce3 250Gb chipset provides an
additional two Serial ATA connectors for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and
JBOD functions.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Gigabit LAN solution
The NVIDIA® nForce3 250Gb chipset comes with a built-in LAN controller
that works with the Marvell® Gigabit LAN PHY to provide a solution for
LAN on Motherboard (LOM) applications.
AGP 8X support
AGP 8X (AGP 3.0) is the VGA interface specification that enables
enhanced graphics performance with maximum bandwidth speed of up to
2.12 GB/s.
S/PDIF out
The motherboard’s S/PDIF out function turns your computer into a
high-end entertainment system with digital connectivity to powerful
speaker systems.
IEEE 1394 support
The IEEE 1394 interface provides high-speed and flexible PC connectivity
to a wide range of peripherals and devices compliant to IEEE 1394a
standards. The IEEE 1394 interface allows up to 400Mbps transfer rates
through simple, low-cost, high-bandwidth asynchronous (real-time) data
interfacing between computers, peripherals, and consumer electronic
devices such as camcorders, VCRs, printers,TVs, and digital cameras.
USB 2.0 technology
The motherboard implements the new Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
specification, extending the connection speed from 12 Mbps on USB 1.1
to a fast 480 Mbps on USB 2.0 - supporting up to eight USB 2.0 ports. The
higher bandwidth of USB 2.0 allows connection of devices such as high
resolution video conferencing cameras, next generation scanners and
printers, and fast storage units. USB 2.0 is backward compatible with USB
1.1.
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1.3.2 Unique ASUS features
AI Audio technology
The motherboard supports 8-channel audio through the onboard ALC850
CODEC with 16-bit DAC, a stereo 16-bit ADC, and an AC97 2.3
compatible multi-channel audio designed for PC multimedia systems. It
also features intelligent detection of plugged peripherals into the audio
ports and identifies any incompatible devices. See page 5-16.
AI BIOS solution
The AI BIOS is a combination of three ASUS intelligent solutions: Q-Fan,
POST Reporter, and CrashFree BIOS 2.
ASUS Q-Fan technology 2
The ASUS Q-Fan technology smartly adjusts the fan speeds according to
the system loading to ensure quiet, cool, and efficient operation. See page
4-30.
CrashFree BIOS 2
This feature allows you to restore the original BIOS data from the ASUS
support CD in case when the BIOS codes and data are corrupted. This
protection eliminates the need to buy a replacement ROM chip. See page
4-5.
ASUS POST Reporter™
The motherboard offers an exciting feature called the ASUS POST
Reporter™ to provide friendly voice messages and alerts during the
Power-On Self-Tests (POST). Through an added external speaker, you will
hear the messages informing you of the system boot status and causes of
boot errors, if any. The bundled Winbond Voice Editor software allows you
to customize the voice messages, and provides multi-language support.
See page 3-3.
ASUS MyLogo2™
This new feature present in the motherboard allows you to personalize and
add style to your system with customizable boot logos. See pages 4-32,
5-9.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
The C.P.R. feature of the motherboard BIOS allows automatic re-setting to
the BIOS default settings in case the system hangs due to overclocking.
When the system hangs due to overclocking, C.P.R. eliminates the need to
open the system chassis and clear the RTC data. Simply reboot the
system to restore previously saved BIOS settings.
ASUS EZ Flash BIOS
With the ASUS EZ Flash, you can easily update the system BIOS even
before loading the operating system. No need to use a DOS-based utility
or boot from a floppy disk. See page 4-4.
ASUS Multi-language BIOS
The multi-language BIOS allows you to select the language of your choice
from the available options. The localized BIOS menus allow you to
configure easier and faster. See page 4-12.
ASUS Instant Music
This unique feature allows you to playback audio files even without
booting the system to Windows™. Just press the ASUS Instant Music
special function keys and enjoy the music! See pages 4-15, 5-11.
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
Chapter 2
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform when
installing system components. It includes
description of the jumpers and connectors
on the motherboard.
Hardware information
Chapter summary
2.1
Before you proceed ....................................... 2-1
2.2
Motherboard overview ................................... 2-2
2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU) ..................... 2-6
2.4
System memory ............................................ 2-11
2.5
Expansion slots ........................................... 2-14
2.6
Jumpers ........................................................ 2-18
2.7
Connectors ................................................... 2-20
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2.1
Before you proceed
Note of the following precautions before you install motherboard
components or change any motherboard settings.
•
Unplug the power cord from the wall socket before touching any
component.
•
Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or to
a metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling
components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
•
Hold components by the edges to avoid touching the ICs on them.
•
Whenever you uninstall any component, place it on a grounded
antistatic pad or in the bag that came with the component.
•
Before you install or remove any component, ensure that the ATX
power supply is switched off or the power cord is detached from
the power supply. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to
the motherboard, peripherals, and/or components.
Onboard LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED. When lit, this green
LED indicates that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode, a
reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power
cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The
illustration below shows the location of the onboard LED.
SB_PWR
®
K8N-E
ON
Standby
Power
OFF
Powered
Off
K8N-E Onboard LED
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2.2
Motherboard overview
Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis
to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard.
Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage
motherboard components.
2.2.1 Placement direction
When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the
chassis in the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the
rear part of the chassis as indicated in the image below.
2.2.2 Screw holes
Place nine (9) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the
motherboard to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.2.3 Motherboard layout
24.5cm (9.6in)
PS/2KBMS
T: Mouse
B: Keyboard
CPU_FAN
ATX12V
USBPW12
USBPW34
USB2.0 Top:
T: USB3 RJ-45
B: USB4
Top:
Rear Surround L/R
Middle:
Side surround L/R
Bottom:
Center/Subwoofer
SATA1
SATA2
Gigabit
LAN
PHY
CD
AUX
ATX Power Connector
PRI_IDE
PWR_FAN
Top:Line In
Center:Line Out
Below:Mic In
FP_AUDIO
30.5cm (12.0in)
Top:
USB1
USB2 1394
SEC_IDE
Bottom:
DDR DIMM3 (64 bit,184-pin module)
COM1
DDR DIMM2 (64 bit,184-pin module)
DDR DIMM1 (64 bit,184-pin module)
SPDIF_O2
Socket 754
PARALLEL PORT
SPDIF_O1
Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
Audio
Codec
nVIDIA
nForce3
250Gb
PCI1
IE1394_2
VIA
VT6307
Chipset
PCI2
®
4Mbit
BIOS
PCI3
Silicon Image
SATA
Controller
PCI4
CR2032 3V SB_PWR
Lithium Cell
CMOS Power
K8N-E
USB56
+5V
(Default)
+5VSB
1 2
+5V
(Default)
CHASSIS
SATA_RAID4
CLRTC
1 2
PANEL
2 3
2 3
+5VSB
Normal
(Default)
PANEL
Clear CMOS
Power LED
IDE_LED
Speaker
Connector
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
2 3
CLRTC
Reset
Ground
1 2
USBPW56
USBPW78
USB78
PWR
Ground
SATA_RAID2
USBPW12
USBPW34
SATA_RAID3
PLED+
COM2
SATA_RAID1
Speech
Controller
PLED-
PCI5
GAME
FLOPPY
USBPW56
USBPW78
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
Super
I/O
CHA_FAN
Reset SW
ATX Power
Switch*
* Requires an ATX power supply.
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2.2.4 Layout Contents
2-4
Slots
Page
1. DDR DIMM slots
2-11
2. PCI slots
2-16
3. AGP slot
2-16
Jumpers
Page
1. Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC)
2-17
2. USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW12, USBPW34,
USBPW56, USBPW78)
2-18
Rear Panel Connectors
Page
1. PS/2 mouse port
2-19
2. Parallel port
2-19
3. IEEE 1394 port
2-19
4. Gigabit LAN port (RJ-45)
2-19
5. Rear Speaker out port
2-19
6. Side Speaker out port
2-19
7. Line In jack
2-19
8. Line Out jack
2-19
9. Microphone jack
2-19
10. Center/Subwoofer port
2-20
11. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4
2-20
12. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2
2-20
13. Serial connector
2-20
14. S/PDIF optical cable jack
2-20
15. S/PDIF coaxial cable jack
2-20
16. PS/2 keyboard port
2-20
Chapter 2: Hardware information
Internal Connectors
Page
1. Floppy disk connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
2-20
2. Primary IDE connector (40-1 pin PRI_IDE)
2-21
3. Secondary IDE connector (40-1 pin SEC_IDE)
2-21
4. Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2)
2-22
5. RAID Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA_RAID1,
SATA_RAID2, SATA_RAID3, SATA_RAID4)
2-23
6. CPU fan connector (3-pin CPU_FAN)
2-24
7. Power fan connector (3-pin PWR_FAN)
2-24
8. Chassis fan connector (3-pin CHA_FAN)
2-24
9. Serial Port 2 connector (10-1 pin COM2)
2-24
10. ATX power connector (20-pin ATXPWR)
2-25
11. ATA 12V power connector (4-pin ATX12V)
2-25
12. USB headers (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
2-26
13. CD connector (4-pin CD)
2-27
14. AUX connector (4-pin AUX)
2-27
15. IEEE 1394 connector (10-1 pin IE1394_1)
2-27
16. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO)
2-28
17. GAME/MIDI connector (16-1 pin GAME)
2-28
18. Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
2-29
19. System panel connector (20-pin PANEL)
2-29
- System power LED (Green 3-pin PLED)
- System warning speaker (Orange 4-pin SPEAKER)
- Reset switch (Blue 2-pin RESET)
- ATX Power switch (Yellow 2-pin PWRSW)
- Hard disk activity LED (Red 2-pin IDE_LED)
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2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
2.3.1 Overview
The motherboard comes with a surface mount 754-pin Zero Insertion
Force (ZIF) socket designed for the AMD Athlon™ 64 processor.
The 128-bit-wide data paths of these processors can run applications
faster than processors with only 32-bit or 64-bit wide data paths.
Take note of the marked corner (with
gold triangle) on the CPU. This mark
should match a specific corner on the
socket to ensure correct installation.
Gold triangle
2.3.2 Installing the CPU
Follow these steps to install a CPU.
1. Locate the 754-pin ZIF socket on the motherboard.
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2. Unlock the socket by pressing the
lever sideways, then lift it up to a
90°-100° angle.
Socket Lever
Make sure that the socket lever is lifted up to 90°-100° angle,
otherwise the CPU does not fit in completely.
3. Position the CPU above the
socket such that the CPU corner
with the gold triangle matches the
socket corner with a small
triangle.
4. Carefully insert the CPU into the
socket until it fits in place.
Gold triangle
Small triangle
The CPU fits only in one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU
into the socket to prevent bending the pins and damaging the CPU!
5. When the CPU is in place, push
down the socket lever to secure
the CPU. The lever clicks on the
side tab to indicate that it is
locked.
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2.3.3 Installing the heatsink and fan
The AMD Athlon™ 64 processor requires a specially designed heatsink
and fan assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.
Make sure that you use only qualified heatsink and fan assembly.
Follow these steps to install the CPU heatsink and fan.
1. Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, making sure that the
heatsink fits properly on the retention module base.
•
The retention module base is already installed on the motherboard
upon purchase.
•
You do not have to remove the retention module base when
installing the CPU or installing other motherboard components.
CPU Fan
CPU Heatsink
Retention Module Base
Retention bracket
Retention bracket lock
Your boxed CPU heatsink and fan assembly should come with
installation instructions for the CPU, heatsink, and the retention
mechanism. If the instructions in this section do not match the CPU
documentation, follow the latter.
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2. Attach one end of the retention bracket to the retention module base.
3. Align the other end of the retention bracket (near the retention bracket
lock) to the retention module base. A clicking sound denotes that the
retention bracket is in place.
Make sure that the fan and
heatsink assembly perfectly
fits the retention mechanism
module base, otherwise you
cannot snap the retention
bracket in place.
4. Push down the retention bracket lock on the retention mechanism to
secure the heatsink and fan to the module base.
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2.3.4 Connecting the CPU fan cable
When the heatsink and fan assembly is in place, connect the CPU fan
cable to the connector on the motherboard labeled CPU_FAN.
CPU Fan Connector
(CPU_FAN)
Do not forget to connect the CPU fan connector! CPU overheating and
hardware monitoring errors may occur if you fail to plug this connector.
CPU heatsink and fan Qualified Vendors List
The following table lists the CPU heatsink and fan assembly that have
been tested and qualified for use with this motherboard.
Vendor
AVC
Thermaltake
Taisol
2-10
Part Number
Z7UB003
AP1892
111-8061010-90
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4
System memory
2.4.1 Overview
The motherboard comes with three Double Data Rate (DDR) Dual Inline
Memory Module (DIMM) sockets.
®
K8V-E
DIMM3
DIMM2
80 Pins
104 Pins
DIMM1
The following figure illustrates the location of the sockets.
K8N-E 184-Pin DDR DIMM Sockets
2.4.2 Memory configurations
You may install 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB unbuffered ECC
and non-ECC DDR DIMMs into the DIMM sockets using the memory
configurations in this section.
Important notes on memory configurations
•
Installing DDR DIMMs other than the given memory configurations
may cause memory sizing error or system boot failure. Use any of
the memory configurations in Table 1.
•
For optimum compatibility, obtain memory modules from qualified
vendors. See Qualified Vendors List on page 2-13.
•
Use the blue DIMM slot first.
•
Stacked RAM and DDR DIMM modules with more than 18 chips
are not supported.
•
Always install DIMMs with the same CAS Latency. For optimum
compatibility, obtain memory modules from the same vendors. See
Qualified Vendors List on page 2-13.
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Table 1
Memory configurations
Number of
DIMMs
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
DIMM1
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Single Side
Single Side
Single Side
Double Side
Double Side
Double Side
Double Side
Single Side
Single Side
Single Side
Single Side
Double Side
Double Side
Double Side
Double Side
DIMM Slot
DIMM2
DIMM3
Max Speed
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Single Side
Double Side
Double Side
Single Side
Single Side
Double Side
Double Side
Single Side
Single Side
Double Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
Single Side
Double Side
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 400
DDR 333
DDR 200
DDR 200
DDR 200
DDR 400
DDR 333
DDR 200
DDR 200
DDR 200
DDR 333
DDR 200
DDR 200
DDR 200
DDR Qualified Vendors List
The following table lists the PC3200 (DDR400) memory modules that have
been tested and qualified for use with this motherboard. Visit the ASUS
website (www.asus.com) for the latest DDR 400 QVL for this motherboard.
DIMM Vendor
Chip Number
Chip Brand
SS/DS
Module Part Number
Size
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
Hynix
Hynix
MICRON
MICRON
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
CORSAIR
CORSAIR
HY5DU56822BT-D43
HY5DU56822BT-D43
V58C2256804SAT5(ECC)
V58C2256804SAT5(ECC)
HYB25D256800BT-5B
HYB25D256809BT-5B
D3208DL2T-5
D328DIB-50
Heat-Sink Package
K4H560838E-TCCC(ECC)
K4H560838E-TCCC(ECC)
K4H560838E-TCCC
K4H560838E-TCCC
K4H560838F-TCCC
K4H560838F-TCCC
HY5DU56822BT-D43
HY5DU56822BT-D43
MT46V32M8TG-5BC
MT46V32M8TG-5BC
HYB25D256800BT-5B
HYB25D256800BT-5B
HYB25D256800CE-5C
HYB25D256800CE-5C
W942508BH-5
Heat-Sink Package
Hynix
Hynix
Mosel
Mosel
Infineon
Infineon
KINGSTON
KINGSTON
N/A
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
SAMSUNG
Hynix
Hynix
MICRON
MICRON
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
Infineon
Winbond
Winbond
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
SS
DS
KVR400X64C3A/256
KVR400X64C3A/512
KVR400X72C3A/256
KVR400X72C3A/512
KVR400X64C3A/256
KVR400X64C3A/512
KVR400X64C3A/256
KVR400X64C3A/512
KHX3200A/512
M381L3223ETM-CCC
M381L6423ETM-CCC
M368L3223ETM-CCC
M368L6423ETM-CCC
M368L3223FTN-CCC
M368L6423FTN-CCC
HYMD232646B8J-D43 AA
HYMD264646B8J-D43 AA
MT8VDDT3264AG-40BCB
MT16VDDT6464AG-40BCB
HYS64D32300GU-5-B
HYS64D64320GU-5-B
HYS64D32300HU-5-C
HYS64D64320HU-5-C
CMX256A-3200C2PT
CMX512-3200C2
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
256MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
256MB
512MB
Legend: SS - Single-Sided DIMMs
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DS - Double-Sided DIMMs
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.4.3 Installing a DIMM
Make sure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing
DIMMs or other system components. Failure to do so may cause
severe damage to both the motherboard and the components.
1. Unlock a DIMM socket by
pressing the retaining clips
outward.
2. Align a DIMM on the socket such
that the notch on the DIMM
matches the break on the socket.
DDR DIMM NOTCH
Unlocked Retaining Clip
A DDR DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction.
DO NOT force a DIMM into a socket to avoid damaging the DIMM.
3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the
socket until the retaining clips
snap back in place and the DIMM
is properly seated.
Locked Retaining Clip
2.4.4 Removing a DIMM
Follow these steps to remove a DIMM.
1. Simultaneously press the
retaining clips outward to unlock
the DIMM.
Support the DIMM lightly with your fingers when pressing the retaining
clips. The DIMM might get damaged when it flips out with extra force.
2. Remove the DIMM from the socket.
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2.5
Expansion slots
In the future, you may need to install expansion cards. The motherboard
has available PCI slots and an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) slot. The
following sub-sections describe the slots and the expansion cards that
they support.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing
expansion cards. Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and
damage motherboard components.
2.5.1 Installing an expansion card
Follow these steps to install an expansion card.
1. Read the documentation that came with the expansion card and make
the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2. Remove the system unit cover (if your motherboard is already installed
in a chassis).
3. Remove the bracket opposite the slot that you intend to use. Keep the
screw for later use.
4. Align the card connector with the slot and press firmly until the card is
completely seated on the slot.
5. Secure the card to the chassis with screws.
6. Replace the system cover.
2.5.2 Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure the card by adjusting the
software settings.
1. Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any.
See Chapter 4 for information on BIOS setup.
2. Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3. Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
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2.5.3 Interrupt assignments
Standard Interrupt Assignments
*
IRQ
Priority
Standard Function
0
1
System Timer
1
2
Keyboard Controller
2
N/A
Programmable Interrupt
3*
11
Communications Port (COM2)
4*
12
Communications Port (COM1)
5*
13
Sound Card (sometimes LPT2)
6
14
Floppy Disk Controller
7*
15
Printer Port (LPT1)
8
3
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
9*
4
ACPI Mode when used
10*
5
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
11*
6
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
12*
7
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
13
8
Numeric Data Processor
14*
9
Primary IDE Channel
15*
10
Secondary IDE Channel
These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCI slot 1
PCI slot 2
PCI slot 3
PCI slot 4
PCI slot 5
PCI 1394
Serial ATA
AGP slot
INT A
shared
—
—
—
shared
—
—
—
INT B
—
shared
—
—
—
shared
—
—
INT C
—
—
shared
—
—
—
shared
—
INT D
—
—
—
shared
—
—
—
—
INT E
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
used
When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support
“Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments.
Otherwise, conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the
system unstable and the card inoperable.
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2.5.4 PCI slots
The PCI slots support PCI cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB
card, and other cards that comply with PCI specifications. The following
figure shows a LAN card installed on a PCI slot.
2.5.5 AGP slot
The Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) slot supports AGP8X/4X cards.
When you buy an AGP card, make sure that you ask for one with +1.5V
specification. Note the notches on the card golden fingers to ensure that
they fit the AGP slot on your motherboard.
Install only 1.5V AGP cards on this motherboard! 3.3V AGP cards are
not supported in this motherboard.
®
Keyed for 1.5v
K8V-E
K8N-E Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
If installing the ATI® 9500 or 9700 Pro Series VGA cards, use only the
card version PN xxx-xxxxx-30 or later, for optimum performance and
overclocking stability.
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2.6
Jumpers
1. Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC)
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in
CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system
setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The RAM
data in CMOS, that include system setup information such as system
passwords, is powered by the onboard button cell battery.
To erase the RTC RAM:
1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Remove the onboard battery.
3. Move the jumper from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap
on pins 2-3 for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to
pins 1-2.
4. Replace the battery.
5. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
6. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS
setup menu.
7. Load the BIOS default settings or key-in data.
CLRTC
®
K8V-E
1 2
Normal
(Default)
2 3
Clear CMOS
K8N-E Clear RTC RAM
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2. USB device wake-up
(3-pin USBPW12, USBPW34, USBPW56, USBPW78)
Set these jumpers to +5V to wake up the computer from S1 sleep
mode (CPU stopped, DRAM refreshed, system running in low power
mode) using the connected USB devices. Set to +5VSB to wake up
from S3 and S4 sleep modes (no power to CPU, DRAM in slow
refresh, power supply in reduced power mode).
USBPW12
USBPW34
2 3
1 2
+5V
(Default)
+5VSB
USBPW56
USBPW78
®
1 2
2 3
K8V-E
K8N-E USB Device Wake Up
2-18
+5V
(Default)
+5VSB
•
The USB device wake-up feature requires a power supply that can
provide 500mA on the +5VSB lead for each USB port. Otherwise,
the system would not power up.
•
The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply
capability (+5VSB) whether under normal condition or in sleep
mode.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
2.7
Connectors
2.7.1 Rear panel connectors
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
1. PS/2 mouse port. This green 6-pin connector is for a PS/2 mouse.
2. Parallel port. This 25-pin port connects a parallel printer, a scanner, or
other devices.
3. IEEE 1394 port. This 6-pin IEEE 1394 port provides high-speed
connectivity for audio/video devices, storage peripherals, other PC’s
and/or portable devices.
4. RJ-45 port. This port allows Gigabit connection to a Local Area
Network (LAN) through a network hub. Refer to the table below for the
LAN port LED indications.
LAN port LED indications
ACT/LINK LED
Status
SPEED LED
Description
Status
Description
OFF
No link
OFF
10 Mbps connection
OFF
Linked
ORANGE
100 Mbps connection
BLINKING
Data activity
GREEN
1 Gbps connection
ACT/LINK SPEED
LED
LED
LAN port
5. Rear Speaker out port. This Rear Speaker (gray) port connects to the
rear speakers on a 4-channel, 6-channel or 8-channel audio
configuration.
6. Side Speaker out port. This Side Speaker out (black) port connects to
the side speakers in an 8-channel audio configuration.
7. Line In port. This Line In (light blue) port connects a tape player or
other audio sources.
8. Line Out port. This Line Out (lime) port connects a headphone or a
speaker. In 4-channel, 6-channel and 8-channel mode, the function of
this jack becomes Front Speaker Out.
9. Microphone port. This Mic (pink) port connects a microphone.
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10. Center/Subwoofer port. This Center/Subwoofer (yellow orange) port
connects to the center/subwoofer speakers on a 6-channel or
8-channel audio configuration.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Headset/
2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Light Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Gray
-
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Black
-
-
-
Side Speaker Out
Orange
-
-
Center/Subwoofer
Center/Subwoofer
11. USB 2.0 ports 3 and 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB)
ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
12. USB 2.0 ports 1 and 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB)
ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices.
13. Serial connector. This 9-pin COM1 port is for serial devices.
14. S/PDIF optical out port. This port connects to external audio output
devices with optical cable connectors.
15. S/PDIF coaxial out port. This port connects to external audio output
devices with coaxial cable connectors.
16. PS/2 keyboard port. This purple connector is for a PS/2 keyboard.
2.7.2 Internal connectors
1. Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY)
This connector supports the provided floppy drive ribbon cable. After
connecting one end to the motherboard, connect the other end to the
floppy drive. (Pin 5 is removed to prevent incorrect insertion when
using ribbon cables with pin 5 plug).
FLOPPY
PIN 1
®
K8V-E
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
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2. IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE)
This connector supports the provided UltraDMA IDE hard disk ribbon
cable. Connect the cable’s blue connector to the primary
(recommended) or secondary IDE connector, then connect the gray
connector to the UltraDMA slave device (hard disk drive) and the black
connector to the UltraDMA master device.
Follow the hard disk drive documentation when setting the device
in master or slave mode.
•
Pin 20 on each IDE connector is removed to match the covered hole
on the UltraDMA cable connector. This prevents incorrect orientation
when you connect the cables.
K8V-E
PRI_IDE
®
SEC_IDE
•
K8N-E IDE Connectors
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NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1.
PIN 1
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SATA2
SATA1
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
RSATA_TXN2
RSATA_TXP2
GND
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
RSATA_TXN1
RSATA_TXP1
GND
3. Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2)
These connectors support the thin Serial ATA cables for primary
internal storage devices. The current Serial ATA interface allows up to
150 MB/s data transfer rate, faster than the standard parallel ATA with
133 MB/s (UltraDMA133).
You can configure a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, or JBOD set together
with the Primary IDE connector.
®
K8V-E
K8N-E SATA Connectors
Important notes on Serial ATA solution:
• The Serial ATA cable is smaller and more flexible, allowing easier
routing inside the chassis. The lower pin count of the Serial ATA
cable eliminates the problem caused by the wide, flat ribbon cables
of the Parallel ATA interface.
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•
Hot plug support for Serial ATA drive and connections is not
available on this motherboard.
•
Install Windows® XP Service Pack 1 when using Serial ATA drives.
•
Refer to section “5.6.2 NVIDIA® RAID configurations” for details on
SATA RAID configuration.
Chapter 2: Hardware information
4. RAID Serial ATA connectors
(7-pin SATA_RAID1, SATA_RAID2, SATA_RAID3, SATA_RAID4)
These Serial ATA connectors support SATA hard disks that you can
configure as a RAID set. Through the onboard Silicon Image
SATALink™ Sil 3114 RAID controller, you can create a RAID 0, RAID
1, RAID 10, JBOD or RAID 5 configuration. See Chapter 5 for details
on RAID configuration.
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
GND
RSATA_TXP1
RSATA_TXN1
GND
RSATA_RXP1
RSATA_RXN1
GND
SATA_RAID1 SATA_RAID3
SATA_RAID2 SATA_RAID4
K8V-E
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN2
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
GND
RSATA_TXP2
RSATA_TXN2
GND
RSATA_RXP2
RSATA_RXN2
GND
®
K8N-E SATA RAID Connectors
•
To create a RAID set, make sure that you have installed the Serial
ATA devices and connected the Serial ATA cables. You cannot
enter the Silicon Image RAID utility during POST if you did not
install any Serial ATA device.
•
The SATALink™ RAID 5 and JBOD configuration can be set using
the SATALink™ SATA RAID Management Software only. See
section “5.5.3 Silicon Image RAID configurations” for details.
•
Refer to section “5.6.3 Silicon Image RAID Configurations” for
details on SATA RAID configuration.
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5. CPU, Power and Chassis Fan Connectors
(3-pin CPU_FAN, PWR_FAN, CHA_FAN)
The fan connectors support cooling fans of 350mA~740mA (8.88W
max.) or a total of 1A~2.22A (26.64W max.) at +12V. Connect the fan
cables to the fan connectors on the motherboard, making sure that the
black wire of each cable matches the ground pin of the connector.
Do not forget to connect the fan cables to the fan connectors. Lack of
sufficient air flow within the system may damage the motherboard
components. These are not jumpers! DO NOT place jumper caps on
the fan connectors!
Rotation
+12V
GND
CPU_FAN
PWR_FAN
GND
+12V
Rotation
®
CHA_FAN
Rotation
+12V
GND
K8V-E
K8N-E 12-Volt Fan Connectors
6. Serial Port 2 connector (10-1 pin COM2)
This connector accommodates a serial port using a serial port bracket.
Connect the bracket cable to this connector then install the bracket into
a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.
COM2
PIN 1
®
K8V-E
K8N-E Serial COM2 Bracket
The serial port bracket is purchased separately.
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7. ATX power connectors (20-pin ATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V)
These connectors are for the ATX 12V power supply. The plugs from
the power supply are designed to fit these connectors in only one
orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the
connectors completely fit.
In addition to the 20-pin ATX power connector, this motherboard
requires that you connect the 4-pin ATX +12V power plug to provide
sufficient power to the CPU.
•
Do not forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12V power plug.
Otherwise, the system does not boot up.
•
Make sure that your ATX 12V power supply can provide 8A on the
+12V lead and at least 1A on the +5-volt standby lead (+5VSB).
The minimum recommended wattage is 300W, or 350W for a fully
configured system. The system may become unstable or might not
boot up, if the power is inadequate.
ATX12V
ATXPWR
Pin 1
GND
+12V DC
®
K8V-E
GND
+12V DC
+12.0VDC
+5VSB
PWR_OK
COM
+5.0VDC
COM
+5.0VDC
COM
+3.3VDC
+3.3VDC
+5.0VDC
+5.0VDC
-5.0VDC
COM
COM
COM
PS_ON#
COM
-12.0VDC
+3.3VDC
K8N-E ATX Power Connectors
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8. USB headers (10-1 pin USB56, USB78)
If the USB ports on the rear panel are inadequate, a USB header is
available for additional USB ports. The USB header complies with USB
2.0 specification that supports up to 480 Mbps connection speed. This
speed advantage over the conventional 12 Mbps on USB 1.1 allows
faster Internet connection, interactive gaming, and simultaneous
running of high-speed peripherals.
®
USB78
1
K8N-E USB 2.0 Headers
1
USB+5V
USB_P7USB_P7+
GND
USB56
USB+5V
USB_P5USB_P5+
GND
K8V-E
USB+5V
USB_P8USB_P8+
GND
NC
USB+5V
USB_P6USB_P6+
GND
NC
You must install the driver before you can use the USB 2.0 capability.
NEVER connect a 1394 cable to any of the USB (blue) connectors.
Doing so will damage the motherboard!
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9. Internal audio connectors (4-pin CD, AUX)
These connectors allow you to receive stereo audio input from sound
sources such as a CD-ROM, TV tuner, or MPEG card.
CD (Black)
AUX (White)
Right Audio Channel
Ground
®
Left Audio Channel
K8V-E
K8N-E Internal Audio Connectors
TPA0GND
TPB0+12V
GND
10. IEEE 1394 connectors (10-1 pin IE1394_2)
This connector is for the bundled IEEE 1394 module. Attach the
10-1 pin cable plug to this connector. You can also connect a
1394-compliant internal hard disk to this connector.
®
IE1394_2
1
K8N-E IEEE-1394 Connector
TPA0+
GND
TPB0+
+12V
K8V-E
NEVER connect a USB cable to the IEEE 1394 (red) connector. Doing
so will damage the motherboard!
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BLINE_OUT_L
AGND
+5VA
BLINE_OUT_R
11. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO)
This is an interface for the front panel audio cable that allows
convenient connection and control of audio devices.
By default, the pins labeled LINE_OUT_R/BLINE_OUT_R and the pins
LINE_OUT_L/BLINE_OUT_L are shorted with jumper caps. Remove
the caps only when you are connecting the front panel audio cable.
MIC2
MICPWR
Line out_R
NC
Line out_L
FP_AUDIO
®
K8V-E
K8N-E Front Panel Audio Connector
+5V
J2B1
J2CX
MIDI_OUT
J2CY
J2B2
MIDI_IN
12. GAME/MIDI connector (16-1 pin GAME)
This connector supports a GAME/MIDI module. If a GAME/MIDI
module is available, connect the GAME/MIDI cable to this connector.
The GAME/MIDI port on the module connects a joystick or a game pad
for playing games, and MIDI devices for playing or editing audio files.
®
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+5V
J1B1
J1CX
GND
GND
J1CY
J1B2
+5V
GAME
K8N-E Game Connector
Chapter 2: Hardware information
13. Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS)
This lead is for a chassis designed with intrusion detection feature.
This requires an external detection mechanism such as a chassis
intrusion sensor or microswitch. When you remove any chassis
component, the sensor triggers and sends a high-level signal to this
lead to record a chassis intrusion event.
By default, the pins labeled “Chassis Signal” and “Ground” are shorted
with a jumper cap. To use the chassis intrusion detection feature,
remove the jumper cap from the pins.
®
Chassis Signal
GND
+5VSB_MB
CHASSIS
K8V-E
(Default)
K8N-E Chassis Alarm Lead
14. System panel connector (20-pin PANEL)
This connector accommodates several system front panel functions.
®
K8V-E
K8N-E System Panel Connector
IDE_LED
Reset
Ground
+5V
Ground
Ground
Speaker
Speaker
Connector
PWR
Ground
PLED-
IDE_LED+
IDE_LED-
PLED+
Power LED
Reset SW
ATX Power
Switch*
* Requires an ATX power supply.
The System Panel connector is color-coded for easy and foolproof
connection. Take note of the specific connector colors as described.
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• System power LED lead (Green 3-pin PLED)
This 3-1 pin connector is for the system power LED. The LED lights up
when you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in
sleep mode.
• System warning speaker lead (Orange 4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector is for the case-mounted speaker. It allows you to
hear system beeps and warnings.
• Reset switch lead (Blue 2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector is for the the case-mounted reset switch to reboot
the system without turning off the system power.
• ATX Power switch / Soft-Off switch lead (Yellow 2-pin PWRSW)
This connector is for the system power switch. Pressing the power
switch turns the system between ON and SLEEP, or ON and SOFT
OFF, depending on the BIOS or OS settings. Pressing the power
switch while in the ON mode for more than four seconds turns the
system OFF.
• Hard disk activity LED (Red 2-pin IDE_LED)
This connector supplies power to the hard disk activity LED. Any read
or write activity of an IDE device causes this LED to light up.
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Chapter 3
This chapter describes the power up
sequence, the vocal POST messages and
ways of shutting down the system.
Powering up
Chapter summary
3.1
Starting up for the first time .......................... 3-1
3.2
Powering off the computer ........................... 3-2
3.3
ASUS POST Reporter™ ................................. 3-3
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Starting up for the first time
1. After making all the connections, replace the system case cover.
2. Make sure that all switches are off.
3. Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system
chassis.
4. Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge
protector.
5. Turn on the devices in the following order:
a. Monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. System power (if you are using an ATX power supply, you need to
switch on the power supply as well as press the ATX power switch on
the front of the chassis).
6. After applying power, the power LED on the system front panel case lights
up. For ATX power supplies, the system LED lights up when you press the
ATX power switch. If your monitor complies with “green” standards or if it
has a “power standby” feature, the monitor LED may light up or switch
between orange and green after the system LED turns on. The system
then runs the power-on tests. While the tests are running, the BIOS beeps
or additional messages appear on the screen. If you do not see anything
within 30 seconds from the time you turned on the power, the system may
have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or
call your retailer for assistance.
7. At power on, hold down <Del> to enter BIOS Setup. Follow the
instructions in Chapter 4.
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3.2
Powering off the computer
3.2.1 Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows® 98SE/ME/2000:
1. Click the Start button then click Shut Down...
2. Make sure that the Shut down option button is selected, then click the
OK button to shut down the computer.
3. The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
If you are using Windows® XP:
1. Click the Start button then select Turn Off Computer.
2. Click the Turn Off button to shut down the computer.
3. The power supply should turn off after Windows® shuts down.
3.2.2 Using the dual-function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four
seconds puts the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on
the BIOS setting. If you press the power switch for more than four
seconds, the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS
setting. See section “4.5 Power Menu” in Chapter 4.
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Chapter 3: Powering up
3.3
ASUS POST Reporter™
This motherboard includes the Winbond speech controller to support a
special feature called the ASUS POST Reporter™. This feature gives you
vocal POST messages and alerts you of system events and boot status. In
case of a boot failure, you will hear the specific cause of the problem.
These POST messages are customizable using the Winbond Voice Editor
software that came with your package. You can record your own
messages to replace the default messages.
3.3.1 Vocal POST messages
Following is a list of the default POST messages and their corresponding
actions:
POST Message
Action
No CPU installed
• Install a supported processor into
the CPU socket. See section “2.3
Central Processing Unit (CPU)” for
supported processors.
System failed CPU test
• Check the CPU if properly installed.
• Call ASUS technical support for
assistance. See the “ASUS contact
information” on the inside front
cover of this manual.
System failed memory test
• Install supported DDR DIMMs into
the sockets.
• Check if the DIMMs on the DIMM
sockets are properly installed.
• Make sure that your DIMMs are
not defective.
• Refer to section “2.4 System
memory” for instructions on
installing a DIMM.
System failed VGA test
• Install a PCI VGA card into one of
the PCI slots, or a 1.5V AGP card
into the AGP slot.
• Make sure that your VGA/AGP card
is not defective.
System failed due to CPU
overclocking
• Check your CPU settings in the
BIOS and make sure you only set to
the recommended settings. See
section “4.4 Advanced menu.”
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POST Message
Action
No keyboard detected
• Check your keyboard if it is properly
connected to the purple PS/2
connector on the rear panel.
• See section “2.7.1 Rear panel
connectors” for the location of the
connector.
No IDE hard disk detected
• Make sure you have connected an
IDE hard disk drive to one of the
IDE connectors on the motherboard.
CPU temperature too high
• Check CPU fan if it is working
properly.
CPU fan failed
• Check the CPU fan and make sure
it turns on after you apply power
to the system.
• Make sure that your CPU fan
supports the fan speed detection
function.
CPU voltage out of range
• Check your power supply and
make sure it is not defective.
• Call ASUS technical support for
assistance. See the “ASUS contact
information” on the inside front
cover of this manual.
System completed Power-On Self Test • No action required
Computer now booting from operating • No action required
system
You can disable the ASUS POST Reporter™ in the BIOS setup. See
section “4.4.3 Speech Configuration”.
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3.3.2 Winbond Voice Editor
The Winbond Voice Editor software allows you to customize the vocal
POST messages. Install the software from the utilities menu of the support
CD. See section “5.2.3 Utilities menu” for details.
To avoid conflicts, do not run the Winbond Voice Editor while running
the ASUS PC Probe.
Follow these steps to use the Winbond Voice Editor.
Launching the program
Launch the program either from the Winbond Voice Editor icon on your
desktop, or from the Windows Start menu, select Programs > Winbond
Voice Editoe > Voice Editor.
The Winbond Voice Editor screen appears.
Default Messages
POST Events
Playing the default wave files
To play the default wave files, simply click on a POST event on the left
side of the screen, then click the Play button.
The default language setting is English.
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Changing the default language
1. Click the Load button. A window
showing the available languages
appears.
2. Select your desired language
then click Open. The event
messages for the language you
selected appear on the Voice
Editor screen.
For some languages, not all events have a corresponding message
due to file size constraints.
3. Click the Write button to update the EEPROM.
4. Click Yes on the confirmation
window that appears. The next
time you boot your computer,
the POST messages are
announced in the language that
you selected.
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Customizing your POST messages
If your language is not in the selection or if you want to record your own
POST messages to replace the pre-installed wave files, you can easily do
so.
Follow these steps to customize your POST messages.
1. Launch the Voice Editor and take note of the list of POST events on
the leftmost column of the screen.
2. Prepare your message for each event.
The total compressed size for all the wave files must not exceed 1Mbit,
so make your messages as short as possible.
3. Use a recording software, such as Windows Recorder, to record your
messages.
4. Save the messages as wave files (.WAV). We recommend that you
save your files in low quality to keep them small. For example, use
8-bit, mono quality at 22Khz sampling rate.
We suggest that you create a separate folder for your wave files so you
can locate them easily in one place.
5. From the Voice Editor screen,
click the Add button to display the
Add Wave File window.
6. Copy the wave files that you
recorded to the database. Close
the window when done.
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7. Select a POST event on the Voice
Editor screen, then click the Edit
button. The Event Sound Editor
window appears.
8. Locate and select your wave file
for the event then click on the
arrow opposite Voice1. The file
you selected appears on the
space next to it.
9. Click OK to return to the Voice
Editor screen.
10. Repeat steps 7 to 9 for the other
events.
11. When done, click Save. A window
appears prompting you to save
your configuration.
12. Type a file name with a .flh
extension, then click Save.
13. Click the Write button to
compress the file and copy into
the EEPROM.
14. Click Yes on the confirmation
window that appears.
If you receive an error message telling you that the files exceed the total
allowable size, do one or all of the following.
• Modify your messages to make them shorter.
• Save the wave files at a lower quality.
• Skip lesser used events like FDD Detection, IDE HDD Detection, etc.
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Chapter 3: Powering up
Chapter 4
This chapter tells how to change the system
settings through the BIOS Setup menus.
Detailed descriptions of the BIOS
parameters are also provided.
BIOS setup
Chapter summary
4.1
Managing and updating your BIOS .............. 4-1
4.2
BIOS Setup program ...................................... 4-9
4.3
Main menu .................................................... 4-12
4.4
Advanced menu ........................................... 4-15
4.5
Power menu .................................................. 4-27
4.6
Boot menu .................................................... 4-31
4.7
Exit menu ...................................................... 4-36
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Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard
Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
1. ASUS AFUDOS - Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk in
DOS mode.
2. ASUS EZ Flash - Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk during POST.
3. ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 - Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy
disk or the motherboard support CD.
4. ASUS Update - Updates the BIOS in a Windows® environment.
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Important notes
•
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable
floppy disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future.
Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the AFUDOS utility.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) and download the latest
BIOS file for this motherboard using the ASUS Update utility.
4.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk
1. Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.
DOS environment
Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk into the drive. At the DOS prompt, type:
format A:/S
then press <Enter>.
Windows® XP environment
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
b. From your Windows desktop, click on Start, then select My
Computer.
c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon.
d. Click File from the menu, then select Format. A Format 3 1/2
Floppy Disk window appears.
e. Select Create an MS-DOS startup disk from the format options
field, then click Start.
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Windows® 2000 environment
To create a set of boot disks for Windows® 2000, run the Makeboot.exe
tool from the Windows® 2000 CD:
a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
b. Insert the Windows® 2000 CD into the CD-ROM drive.
c. Click Start, then select Run.
d. From the Open box, type
D:\bootdisk\makeboot a: then press <Enter>,
assuming that D: is your CD-ROM drive.
e. Follow succeeding screen instructions.
2. Copy the original (or the latest) motherboard BIOS to the bootable
floppy disk.
4.1.2 Using AFUDOS to update the BIOS
To update the BIOS using the AFUDOS.EXE utility:
1. Visit the ASUS website to download the latest BIOS file for your
motherboard. Save the BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk.
Write the BIOS file name on a piece of paper. You need to type the
exact BIOS file name at the prompt.
2. Copy the AFUDOS.EXE utility from the support CD to the bootable
floppy disk that contains the BIOS file.
3. Boot the system from the floppy disk.
4. At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /i[filename]
where [filename] means the latest (or original) BIOS file that you
copied to the bootable floppy disk.
5. Press <Enter>. The succeeding screen displays the status of the
update process.
The BIOS information on the screen is for reference only. What you
see on your screen may not be exactly the same as shown.
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A:\>afudos /iK8NE.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading file ..... done
Erasing flash .... done
Writing flash .... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS!
Doing so may cause system boot failure!
When the BIOS update process is complete, the utility returns to the
DOS prompt.
A:\>afudos /iK8NE.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading file .....
Erasing flash ....
Writing flash ....
Verifying flash ..
done
done
0x0008CC00 (9%)
done
A:\>
6. Reboot the system from the hard disk.
4.1.3 Using AFUDOS to copy BIOS from PC
You can use the AFUDOS.EXE utility to copy the current system BIOS to a
floppy or hard disk and use it as a backup in case the system BIOS fails or
gets corrupted.
To copy the BIOS from your PC using AFUDOS.EXE:
1. At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /o[filename]
where [filename] string of not more than eight (8) alpha-numeric
characters for the main filename and three (3) alpha-numeric
characters for the extension name.
2. Press <Enter>.
The BIOS information on the screen is for reference only. What you
see on your screen might not be exactly the same as shown.
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Main filename
Extension name
A:\>afudos /oMYBIOS03.ROM
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... 0x0008CC00 (9%)
3. The utility will copy the current system BIOS by default to the floppy
disk. Make sure that the floppy disk has at least 600KB of free disk
space and is not write-protected.
A:\>afudos /oMYBIOS03.rom
AMI Firmware Update Utility - Version 1.10
Copyright (C) 2002 American Megatrends, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reading flash ..... done
A:\>
When the copy process is complete, the utility returns to the DOS
prompt.
4.1.4 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS
The ASUS EZ Flash feature allows you to easily update the BIOS without
having to go through the long process of booting from a diskette and using
a DOS-based utility. The EZ Flash is built-in to the BIOS firmware so it is
accessible by simply pressing <Alt + F2> during the Power-On Self Tests
(POST).
To update the BIOS using ASUS EZ Flash:
1. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS
file for your motherboard and rename the downloaded file as
K8NE.ROM. Save the BIOS file to a floppy disk.
2. Reboot the system.
3. To launch EZ Flash, press <Alt+F2> during POST to display the
following.
User recovery requested. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
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•
If there is no floppy disk in the drive, the error message
“Floppy not found!” appears.
•
If the correct BIOS file is not in the floppy disk, the error
message “Floppy not found!” is displayed. Make sure to rename
the downloaded BIOS file as “K8NE.ROM”.
4. Insert the floppy disk that contains the BIOS file. If all the necessary
files are found in the floppy disk, EZ Flash performs the BIOS update
process and automatically reboots the system when done.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS!
Doing so may cause system boot failure!
User recovery requested. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “K8NE.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
Flashed successfully. Rebooting.
4.1.5 Recovering the BIOS with CrashFree BIOS 2
The CrashFree BIOS 2 auto recovery tool allows you to restore BIOS from
the motherboard support CD, or from a floppy disk that contains the BIOS
file, in case the current BIOS on the motherboard fails or gets corrupted.
•
Prepare the support CD that came with the motherboard or a
floppy disk that contains the motherboard BIOS before proceeding
with the BIOS update process.
•
If you have saved a copy of the original motherboard BIOS to a
bootable floppy disk, you can also use this disk to restore the
BIOS. See section “4.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk.”
To recover the BIOS from a floppy disk:
1. Boot the system.
2. When a corrupted BIOS is detected, the following screen message
appears.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
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3. Insert a floppy disk that contains the original or the latest BIOS file for
this motherboard. If all the necessary files are found in the floppy disk,
the BIOS update process continues.
Make sure that the BIOS file in the floppy disk is renamed as
“K8NE.ROM”.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy found!
Reading file “K8NE.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
DO NOT shutdown or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing
so may cause system boot failure!
4. When the BIOS update process is complete, reboot the system.
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1. Boot the system.
2. When a corrupted BIOS is detected, the following screen message
appears.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
If there is no floppy disk found in the drive, the system automatically
checks the CD-ROM.
3. Place the support CD in the CD-ROM. The support CD contains the
original BIOS for this motherboard.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery...
Checking for floppy...
Floppy not found!
Checking for CD-ROM...
CD-ROM found.
Reading file “K8NE.ROM”. Completed.
Start flashing...
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DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS!
Doing so may cause system boot failure!
4. When the BIOS update process is complete, reboot the system.
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this
motherboard. Visit ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the
latest BIOS file.
4.1.6 ASUS Update
The ASUS Update is a utility that allows you to update the motherboard
BIOS in Windows® environment. This utility is available in the support CD
that comes with the motherboard package. ASUS Update requires an
Internet connection either through a network or an Internet Service
Provider (ISP).
To install ASUS Update:
1. Insert the support CD into the CD-ROM drive. The Drivers menu
appears.
2. Click the Utilities tab, then click Install ASUS Update VX.XX.XX. See
page 5-3 for the Utilities menu screen.
3. The ASUS Update utility is copied into your system.
To update the BIOS using ASUS Update:
1. Launch the utility from the Windows desktop by clicking Start > Programs
> ASUS > ASUSUpdate > ASUSUpdate. The ASUS Update initial screen
appears.
2. Select your desired update
method, then click Next.
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3. If you select updating/
downloading from the Internet,
select the ASUS FTP site
nearest you to avoid network
traffic, or choose Auto Select.
Click Next.
4. From the FTP site, select the
BIOS version that you wish to
download. Click Next.
5. Follow the instructions on the
succeeding screens to complete
the update process.
6. If you select the option to
update the BIOS from a file, a
window prompts you to locate
the file. Select the file, click
Save, then follow the screen
instructions to complete the
update process.
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4.2
BIOS Setup program
This motherboard supports a programmable firmware chip that you can
update using the provided utility described in section “4.1 Managing and
updating your BIOS.”
Use the BIOS Setup program when you are installing a motherboard,
reconfiguring your system, or prompted to “Run Setup”. This section
explains how to configure your system using this utility.
Even if you are not prompted to use the Setup program, you can change
the configuration of your computer in the future. For example, you might
want to enable the security password feature or change the power
management settings. This requires you to reconfigure your system using
the BIOS Setup program so that the computer can recognize these
changes and record them in the CMOS RAM of the firmware hub.
The firmware hub on the motherboard stores the Setup utility. When you
start up the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run
this program. Press <Del> during the Power-On Self Test (POST) to enter
the Setup utility. Otherwise, POST continues with its test routines.
If you wish to enter Setup after POST, restart the system by pressing
<Ctrl+Alt+Delete>, or by pressing the reset button on the system chassis.
You can also restart by turning the system off and then back on. Do this
last option only if the first two failed.
The Setup program is designed to make it as easy to use as possible. It is
a menu-driven program, which means you can scroll through the various
sub-menus and make your selections from the available options using the
navigation keys.
The default BIOS settings for this motherboard apply for most
conditions to ensure optimum performance. If the system becomes
unstable after changing any BIOS settings, load the default settings to
ensure system compatibility and stability. Select the Load Default
Settings item under the Exit Menu. See section “4.7 Exit Menu.”
•
The BIOS setup screens shown in this chapter are for reference
purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your
screen.
•
Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest
product and BIOS information.
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4.2.1 BIOS menu screen
Menu items Menu bar
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Configuration fields
[11:51:19]
[Thu 08/05/2003]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[English]
: [ST320413A]
: [ASUS CD-S340]
: [Not Detected]
: [Not Detected]
General help
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system
time.
System Information
Sub-menu items
Navigation keys
4.2.2 Menu bar
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items:
Main
Advanced
Power
Boot
Exit
For changing the basic system configuration
For changing the advanced system settings
For changing the advanced power management (APM)
configuration
For changing the system boot configuration
For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the
keyboard until the desired item is highlighted.
4.2.3 Navigation keys
At the bottom right corner of a menu screen are the navigation keys for
that particular menu. Use the navigation keys to select items in the menu
and change the settings.
Some of the navigation keys differ from one screen to another.
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4.2.4 Menu items
The highlighted item on the menu bar
displays the specific items for that menu.
For example, selecting Main shows the
Main menu items.
The other items (Advanced, Power,
Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have
their respective menu items.
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Third IDE Master
Fourth IDE Master
IDE Configuration
[11:10:19]
[Thu 03/27/2003]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[English]
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system time.
:[ST320413A]
:[ASUS CD-S340]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
+Tab
F1
F10
ESC
System Information
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Field
Select Field
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Main menu items
4.2.5 Sub-menu items
An item with a sub-menu on any menu screen is distinguished by a solid
triangle before the item. To display the sub-menu, select the item and
press <Enter>.
4.2.6 Configuration fields
These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is
user-configurable, you may change the value of the field opposite the item.
You can not select an item that is not user-configurable.
A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when
selected. To change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to
display a list of options. Refer to “4.2.7 Pop-up window.”
4.2.7 Pop-up window
Select a menu item then press <Enter>
to display a pop-up window with the
configuration options for that item.
4.2.8 Scroll bar
Advanced Chipset settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in the sections below
may cause system to malfunction.
Configure DRAM Timing by SPD
Memory Acceleration Mode
DRAM Idle Timer
DRAm Refresh Rate
[Enabled]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
Graphic Adapter Priority
Graphics Aperture Size
Spread Spectrum
[AGP/PCI]
[ 64 MB]
[Enabled]
ICH Delayed Transaction
[Enabled]
MPS Revision
[1.4]
A scroll bar appears on the right side of
Pop-up window
a menu screen when there are items
that do not fit on the screen. Press
Up/Down arrow keys or PageUp/
PageDown keys to display the other items on the screen.
+F1
F10
ESC
Select Screen
Select Item
Change Option
General Help
Save and Exit
Exit
Scroll bar
4.2.9 General help
At the top right corner of the menu screen is a brief description of the
selected item.
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4.3
Main menu
When you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main menu screen appears,
giving you an overview of the basic system information.
Refer to section “4.2.1 BIOS menu screen” for information on the
menu screen items and how to navigate through them.
System Time
System Date
Legacy Diskette A
Language
Primary IDE Master
Primary IDE Slave
Secondary IDE Master
Secondary IDE Slave
Third IDE Master
Third IDE Slave
Fourth IDE Master
Fourth IDE Slave
Use [ENTER], [TAB]
or [SHIFT-TAB] to
select a field.
[11:51:19]
[Thu 08/05/2003]
[1.44M, 3.5 in]
[English]
Use [+] or [-] to
configure system
time.
:[ST320413A]
:[ASUS CD-S340]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
:[Not Detected]
System Information
4.3.1 System Time [xx:xx:xxxx]
Allows you to set the system time.
4.3.2 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]
Allows you to set the system date.
4.3.3 Legacy Diskette A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]
Sets the type of floppy drive installed.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [360K, 5.25 in.] [1.2M , 5.25 in.]
[720K , 3.5 in.] [1.44M, 3.5 in.] [2.88M, 3.5 in.]
4.3.4 Language [English]
Allows you to choose the BIOS language version from the available
options. Configuration options: [Français] [German] [English]
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4.3.5 Primary and Secondary IDE Master/Slave
While entering Setup, BIOS auto-detects the presence of IDE devices.
There is a separate sub-menu for each IDE device. Select a device item
then press <Enter> to display the IDE device information.
Primary IDE Master
Device
: Hard Disk
Vendor
: ST320413A
Size
: 20.0GB
LBA Mode
: Supported
Block Mode
: 16 Sectors
PIO Mode
: Supported
Async DMA
: MultiWord DMA-2
Ultra DMA
: Ultra DMA-5
SMART Monitoring: Supported
Type
LBA/Large Mode
Block(Multi-sector Transfer)
PIO Mode
DMA Mode
Smart Monitoring
32Bit Data Transfer
Select the type
of device connected
to the system
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
The values opposite the dimmed items (Device, Vendor, Size, LBA Mode,
Block Mode, PIO Mode, Async DMA, Ultra DMA, and SMART monitoring)
are auto-detected by BIOS and are not user-configurable. These items
show N/A if no IDE device is installed in the system.
Type [Auto]
Selects the type of IDE drive. Setting to Auto allows automatic
selection of the appropriate IDE device type. Select CDROM if you are
specifically configuring a CD-ROM drive. Select ARMD (ATAPI
Removable Media Device) if your device is either a ZIP, LS-120, or MO
drive. Configuration options: [Not Installed] [Auto] [CDROM] [ARMD]
LBA/Large Mode [Auto]
Enables or disables the LBA mode. Setting to Auto enables the LBA
mode if the device supports this mode, and if the device was not
previously formatted with LBA mode disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
Block (Multi-sector Transfer) [Auto]
Enables or disables data multi-sectors transfers. When set to Auto, the
data transfer from and to the device occurs multiple sectors at a time if
the device supports multi-sector transfer feature. When set to
Disabled, the data transfer from and to the device occurs one sector at
a time. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
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PIO Mode [Auto]
Selects the PIO mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [0] [1] [2] [3] [4]
DMA Mode [Auto]
Selects the DMA mode. Configuration options: [Auto] [SWDMA0]
[SWDMA1] [SWDMA2] [MWDMA0] [MWDMA1] [MWDMA2] [UDMA0]
[UDMA1] [UDMA2] [UDMA3] [UDMA4] [UDMA5]
SMART Monitoring [Auto]
Sets the Smart Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled] [Enabled]
32Bit Data Transfer [Disabled]
Enables or disables 32-bit data transfer.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.3.6 System Information
This menu gives you an overview of the general system specifications.
The items in this menu are auto-detected by BIOS.
AMI BIOS
Version
Build Date
: 08.00.09
: 03/31/04
Processor
Type
Speed
Count
: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
: 2000MHz
: 1
System Memory
Size
: 512MB
AMI BIOS
Displays the auto-detected BIOS information.
Processor
Displays the auto-detected processor information.
System Memory
Displays the auto-detected system memory.
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4.4
Advanced menu
The Advanced menu items allow you to change the settings for the CPU
and other system devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the Advanced menu items.
Incorrect field values may cause the system to malfunction.
Configure CPU.
Instant Music Configuration
JumperFree Configuration
Speech Configuration
CPU Configuration
Chipset
Onboard Devices Configuration
PCI PnP
4.4.1 Instant Music Configuration
Instant Music Option
Instant Music
[Disabled]
If enabled, power up
by PS/2 keyboard
function will be
disabled.
Instant Music [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Instant Music feature in BIOS.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Enabling Instant Music automatically disables the PS/2 keyboard
power-up feature. See page 5-11 for details.
Instant Music CD-ROM Drive [IDE Secondary Master]
Allows you to select the CD-ROM drive that you wish to use for the Instant
Music CD playback. Configuration options: [IDE Primary Master]
[IDE Primary Slave] [IDE Secondary Master] [IDE Secondary Slave]
The above item appears only if you enable the Instant Music item.
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4.4.2 JumperFree Configuration
Configure System Frequency/Voltage
AI Overclock Tuner
AGP Overclock in MHz
Mode Select
DDR RAM Voltage
AGP Voltage
[Standard]
[ 66]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[1.5V]
AI Overclock Tuner [Standard]
Allows selection of CPU overclocking options to achieve desired CPU
internal frequency. Select either one of the preset overclocking options and
the relevant parameters will appear.
Configuration options: [Manual] [Standard] [Overclock 5%]
[Overclock 10%] [Overclock 20%] [Overclock 30%]
CPU FSB Frequency [200]
Allows you to adjust the CPU FSB operating frequency. The FSB
frequency configuration ranges from 200 to 300 MHz. Use the plus <+> or
minus <-> keys to adjust the values.
The CPU FSB Frequency item appears only when the AI Overclock
Tuner field is set to Manual.
Selecting a very high CPU frequency may cause the system to
become unstable! If this happens, revert to the default setting.
AGP Overclock in MHz [ 66]
Allows you to adjust the AGP slot clock. The AGP frequency configuration
ranges from 66 to 75 MHz. Use the plus <+> or minus <-> keys to adjust
the values.
FID/VID Change [Auto]
When set to Auto the Frequency ID and Voltage ID will be based on the
rated frequency and voltage. Set to Manual to adjust the Processor
Frequency Multiplier and CPU voltage.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
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Processor Frequency Multiplier [ xxxxMhz]
Allows you to set the processor frequency multiplier. The default value and
configuration options depend on the CPU installed.
CPU Voltage [x.xxxx V]
Allows you to set the CPU voltage. The default value and configuration
options depend on the on the CPU installed.
Selecting a very high CPU voltage or frequency multiplier may cause
the system to become unstable! If this happens, revert to the default
setting.
Mode Select [Auto]
Selects the overclocking mode.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Standard] [Turbo]
DDR RAM Voltage [Auto]
Allows you to automatically detect or select from a list the DDR operating
voltage. Configuration options: [Auto] [2.5V] [2.6V] [2.7V]
AGP Voltage [1.5V]
Adjusts the AGP voltage setting. Configuration options: [1.5V] [1.6V] [1.7V]
4.4.3 Speech Configuration
Disabled/Enable Speech
Speech Option
Speech Post Reporter
Report IDE Error
Report System Booting
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
Speech POST Reporter [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the ASUS Speech POST Reporter™
feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when Speech POST Reporter™ is set
to Enabled.
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Report IDE Error [Disabled]
Enables or disables the Report IDE Error feature. Configuration options:
[Disabled] [Enabled]
Report System Booting [Disabled]
Enables or disables the Report System Booting feature. Configuration
options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.4.4 CPU Configuration
The items in this menu show the CPU-related information auto-detected by
BIOS.
Type
: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
Speed
: 2000MHz
AMD Cool ‘N Quiet Configuration
GART Error Reporting
[Disabled]
Type
Displays the processor type and properties installed in your system.
Speed
Displays the speed of the processor installed in your system.
AMD Cool & Quiet Configuration
AMD Cool & Quiet Configuration
Cool N’Quiet
[Disabled]
Enable/Disable AMD
K8 Cool N’Quiet
function.
Cool N’ Quiet [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
feature. Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled]
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•
Make sure that the above item is set to Enabled if you want to use
the AMD CPU Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology feature.
•
This feature requires the AMD CPU heatsink and fan assembly
with monitor chip. If you purchased a separate heatsink and fan
package, use the ASUS Q-Fan Technology feature to automatically
adjust the CPU fan speed according to your system loading.
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GART Error Reporting [Disabled]
Enables or disables the GART Error Reporting feature. This option should
always be disabled for normal operation. Device driver developers may
enable it for testing purpose. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.4.5 Chipset
The items in this menu show the chipset-related information auto-detected
by BIOS.
Memory CLK
: 200 MHz
CAS Latency
: 2.5
DRAM RAS TO CAS Delay : 3 CLK
DRAM ACTIVE TIME : 8 CLK
DRAM RAS PRECHANGE TIME : 3 CLK
MemClock Mode
CAS Latency
DRAM CAS to CAS Delay
DRAM RAS PRECHANGE Time
DRAM ACTIVE TIME
Master ECC Enabled
Audio CODEC Interface
Primary Video
Aperture Size
AGP FW Enable
AGP SideBand Address
Onboard Device
USB Configuration
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Auto]
[Disabled]
[Auto]
[PCI]
[ 128 MB]
[Auto]
[Auto]
MEMCLK can be set
by the code using
AUTO, or if you use
LIMIT, you can set
one of the standard
values.
Memclock Mode [ Auto]
Allows you to set the memory clock mode. Set by the code using [Auto] or
select [Manual] to set using one of the standard values.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
MemClock Value [200 MHz]
Sets the Memory clock value. This item appears only when the MemClock
Mode item is set to Manual.
Configuration options: [200 MHz] [266 MHz] [333 MHz] [400 MHz]
CAS Latency (CL) [Auto]
Sets the CAS Latency value.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2.0] [3.0] [2.5]
DRAM RAS TO CAS Delay [Auto]
Sets the DRAM RAS TO CAS Delay.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] [3 CLK] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK]
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DRAM RAS PRECHANGE Time [Auto]
Sets the DRAM RAS PRECHANGE Time.
Configuration options: [Auto] [2 CLK] [3 CLK] [4 CLK] [5 CLK] [6 CLK]
DRAM ACTIVE TIME [Auto]
Sets the DRAM ACTIVE TIME. Configuration options: [Auto] [5 CLK]
[6 CLK] [7 CLK] [8 CLK] [9 CLK] [10 CLK] [11 CLK] [12 CLK] [13 CLK]
[14 CLK] [15 CLK]
1T/2T Timing [Auto]
Sets the DRAM command timing. When set to Auto, the DRAM timing is
set to 2T if the CPU installed can support 2T timing.
Configuration options: [Auto] [1TS]
Master ECC Enable [Disabled]
Enables or disables support on all nodes for ECC error detect and
correction. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Audio CODEC Interface [Auto]
Allows you to set the onboard audio CODEC interface. [Auto] allows the
BIOS to detect whether you are using any audio device.
Configuration options: [Enabled] [Disabled] [Auto]
Primary Video [PCI]
Switches the PCI Bus scanning order while searching for a video card.
This allows you to select the type of Primary VGA in case of multiple video
controllers. Configuration options: [PCI] [AGP]
Aperture Size [ 128 MB]
Allows you to select the size of mapped memory for AGP graphic data.
Configuration options: [32 MB] [64 MB] [128 MB] [256 MB] [512 MB]
AGP FW Enable [Auto]
Disables or sets to automatic the AGP Fast Write feature.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
AGP Sideband Address [Auto]
Disables or sets to automatic the AGP Sideband address.
Configuration options: [Auto] [Disabled]
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Onboard Device
The items in this sub-menu allows you to change the settings of the
onboard devices.
VIA 1394 Enable/Disable
Silicon Image Mode
MAC Interface
Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Internal SATA IDE Interface
RAID Option ROM
Primary Master as RAID
Primary Slave as RAID
Secondary Master as RAID
Secondary Slave as RAID
Third Master as RAID
Fourth Master as RAID
[Enabled]
[RAID Mode]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
Silicon Image SATA/
RAID BOOTROM
Configuration
VIA 1394 Enable/Disable [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard VIA 1394 controller.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Silicon Image Mode [RAID Mode]
Allows you to disable or set the onboard Silicon Image RAID controller
mode. Configuration options: [SATA Mode] [RAID Mode] [Disabled]
MAC Interface [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the internal 802.3 MAC interface.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN Boot ROM.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Internal SATA IDE Interface [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onchip Serial ATA and IDE interface.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
RAID Option ROM [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onchip NVIDIA® Serial ATA boot ROM.
Enable this item when the Silicon Image Mode item is set as RAID Mode
to allow you to configure the Parallel and Serial ATA ports as RAID .
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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The following items appear only when RAID Option ROM item is set to
Enabled.
Primary Master as RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the use of the Primary IDE Master as RAID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Primary Slave as RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the use of the Primary IDE Slave as RAID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Secondary Master as RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the use of the Secondary IDE Master as RAID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Secondary Slave as RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the use of the Secondary IDE Slave as RAID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Third Master as RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the use of the Third IDE Master as RAID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Fourth Master as RAID [Disabled]
Enables or disables the use of the Fourth IDE Master as RAID.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB Configuration
The items in this menu allows you to change the USB-related features.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Enables USB
host controllers.
USB Configuration
Module Version - 2.23.2-7.4
USB Devices Enabled: None
USB Controller Support
Legacy USB Support
USB 2.0 Controller Mode
[USB 1.1+USB 2.0]
[Auto]
[HiSpeed]
The Module Version and USB Devices Enabled items show the
auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the item shows
None.
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USB Controller Support [USB 1.1+USB 2.0]
Allows you to disable or set the USB controller support type.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [USB 1.1 only] [USB 1.1+USB 2.0]
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable support for legacy USB devices. Setting to
Auto allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If
detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is
detected, the legacy USB support is disabled.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [HiSpeed]
Allows you to configure the USB 2.0 controller in HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or
Full Speed (12 Mbps). Configuration options: [HiSpeed ] [Full Speed]
4.4.6 Onboard Devices Configuration
Configure ITE8712 Super IO Chipset
Serial Port1 Address
Serial Port2 Address
Parallel Port Address
Parallel Port Mode
EPP Version
ECP Mode DMA Channel
Parallel Port IRQ
OnBoard Game Port
[3F8/IRQ4]
[2F8/IRQ3]
[378]
[EPP+ECP]
[1.9]
[DMA3]
[IRQ7]
[Enabled]
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Serial Port2 Address [2F8/IRQ3]
Allows you to select the Serial Port2 base address.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Parallel Port Address [378]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [378] [278] [3BC]
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The following items appear only when the Parallel Port Address item is
set to Enabled.
Parallel Port Mode [EPP+ECP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode.This item appears only when
the Parallel Port Address is not Disabled.
Configuration options: [Normal] [Bi-directional] [EPP] [ECP]
EPP Version [1.9]
Allows selection of the Parallel Port EPP version. This item appears
only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to EPP.
Configuration options: [1.9] [1.7]
ECP Mode DMA Channel [DMA3]
Allows you to set the Parallel Port ECP DMA. This item appears only
when the Parallel Port Mode is set to ECP.
Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1] [DMA3]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
Onboard Game Port [Enabled]
Enables or disables the onboard Game port.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard MIDI Port [300]
Disables or sets the onboard MIDI port.
Configuration options: [300] [330] [Disabled]
MIDI IRQ Select [IRQ5]
Sets the MIDI port IRQs.
Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7] [IRQ10] [IRQ11]
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4.4.7 PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for
PCI/PnP devices. The menu includes setting IRQ and DMA channel
resources for either PCI/PnP or legacy ISA devices, and setting the
memory size block for legacy ISA devices.
Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items.
Incorrect field values may cause the system to malfunction.
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings
WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections
may cause system to malfunction.
Plug And Play O/S
PCI Latency Timer
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA
Palette Snooping
PCI IDE BusMaster
OffBoard PCI/ISA IDE Card
[No]
[64]
[Yes]
[Disabled]
[Enabled]
[Auto]
IRQ3
IRQ4
IRQ5
IRQ7
IRQ9
IRQ10
IRQ11
IRQ14
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
IRQ15
[PCI Device]
DMA
DMA
DMA
DMA
DMA
DMA
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
Channel
0
1
3
5
6
7
Reserved Memory Size
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
[PCI
NO: Lets the BIOS
configure all the
devices in the system.
YES: Lets the
operating system
configure Plug and
Play (PnP) devices not
required for boot if
your system has a Plug
and Play operating
system.
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
Device]
[Disabled]
Plug and Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set
to [Yes] and if you installed a Plug & Play operating system, the operating
system configures the Plug & Play devices not required for boot.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
PCI Latency Timer [64]
Allows you to select the value in units of PCI clocks for the PCI device
latency timer register. Configuration options: [32] [64] [96] [128] [160] [192]
[224] [248]
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA [Yes]
When set to [Yes], BIOS assigns an IRQ to PCI VGA card if the card
requests for an IRQ. When set to [No], BIOS does not assign an IRQ to
the PCI VGA card even if requested. Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
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Palette Snooping [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the pallete snooping feature informs the PCI
devices that an ISA graphics device is installed in the system so that the
latter can function correctly. Setting to [Disabled] deactivates this feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCI IDE BusMaster [Enabled]
Allows the BIOS to use PCI bus mastering when reading/writing to IDE
devices. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OffBoard PCI/ISA IDE Card [Auto]
Sets the OffBoard PCI/ISA IDE card slot. Some PCI IDE cards requires
you to set the PCI slot number that is holding the card.
Configuration options: [Auto] [PCI Slot 1] [PCI Slot 2] [PCI Slot 3]
[PCI Slot 4] [PCI Slot 5] [PCI Slot 6]
IRQ xx [Available]
When set to [PCI Device], the specific IRQ is free for PCI/PnP devices to
use. When set to [Reserved], the IRQ is reserved for legacy ISA devices.
Configuration options: [PCI Device] [Reserved]
DMA Channel x [PCI Device]
When set to [PCI Device], the specific IRQ is free for use of PCI/PnP
devices. When set to [Reserved], the IRQ is reserved for legacy ISA
devices. Configuration options: [PCI Device] [Reserved]
Reserved Memory Size [Disabled]
Disables or sets the reserve memory size.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [16k] [32k] [64k]
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4.5
Power menu
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced
Power Management (APM) feature. Select an item then press <Enter> to
display the configuration options.
Suspend Mode
Repost Video on S3 Resume
ACPI 2.0 Support
ACPI APIC Support
[S1 (POS) & S3 (STR]
[No]
[No]
[Enabled]
Select the ACPI state
used for System
Suspend.
APM Configuration
Hardware Monitor
4.5.1 Suspend Mode [S3 only]
Allows you to select the ACPI state to be used for system suspend.
Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S3 Only]
4.5.2 Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Determines whether to invoke VGA BIOS POST on S3/STR resume.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
4.5.3 ACPI 2.0 Support [No]
Allows you to add more tables for ACPI 2.0 specifications.
Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
4.5.4 ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Enables or disables the ACPI support in the ASIC. When set to Enabled,
the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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4.5.5 APM Configuration
PME Resume
RI Resume
Onboard LAN Resume
RTC Resume
Resume On PS/2 Keyboard
Restore On PS/2 Mouse
Restore on AC Power Loss
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Disabled]
[Power Off]
PME Resume [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the PME# to generate a wake event. This
feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
RI Resume [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the RI to generate a wake event. This
feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard LAN Resume [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN to generate a wake
event. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A
on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
RTC Resume [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable RTC to generate a wake event. When this
item is set to Enabled, the items RTC Alarm Date, RTC Alarm Hour, RTC
Alarm Minute, and RTC Alarm Second appear with set values. This feature
requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB
lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Resume On PS/2 Keyboard [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the keyboard wake-up feature. This
feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the
+5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Resume On PS/2 Mouse [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to use the PS/2 mouse
to resume the system. This feature requires an ATX power supply that
provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
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Restore on AC Power Loss [Power Off]
When set to Power Off, the system goes into off state after an AC power
loss. When set to Power On, the system goes on after an AC power loss.
When set to Last State, the system goes into either off or on state
whatever was the system state before the AC power loss.
Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
4.5.6 Hardware Monitor
Hardware Monitor
CPU Temperature
MB Temperature
CPU Temperature
[35ºC/95ºF]
[48ºC/118ºF]
CPU Fan Speed
Chassis Fan Speed
Power Fan Speed
[3260RPM]
[N/A]
[N/A]
VCORE Voltage
3.3V Voltage
5V Voltage
12V Voltage
[ 1.520V]
[ 3.280V]
[ 5.086V]
[11.742V]
Smart Q-Fan Control
[Disabled]
MB Temperature [xxx ºC/xxx ºF]
CPU Temperature [xxx ºC/xxx ºF]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
CPU and motherboard temperatures. Select Disabled if you do not wish to
display the detected temperatures.
CPU Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
Chassis Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
Power Fan Speed [xxxxRPM] or [N/A]
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects and displays the
CPU, chassis, and power fan speeds in rotations per minute (RPM). If any
of the fans is not connected to the motherboard, the specific field shows
N/A.
VCORE Voltage, +3.3V Voltage, +5V Voltage, +12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output
through the onboard voltage regulators.
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Smart Q-FAN Function [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Smart Q-Fan feature that monitors the
CPU and system temperature and smartly adjusts the fan speed according
to the temperature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appear only when the Smart Q-Fan Function item
is set Enabled.
Fan Auto Mode Start Voltage [5.0V]
Allows you to set the fan auto mode start voltage.
Configuration options: [4.0V] [4.5V] [5.0V] [5.5V] [6.0V]
Fan Auto Mode Start Speed Temp [25ºC]
Allows you to set the fan auto mode start speed temperature.
Configuration options: [25ºC] ~ [75ºC]
Fan Auto Mode Full Speed Temp [55ºC]
Allows you to set the fan auto mode full speed temperature.
Configuration options: [25ºC] ~ [75ºC]
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4.6
Boot menu
The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select
an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Specifies the Boot
Device Priority
sequence.
Boot Settings
Boot Device Priority
Boot Settings Configuration
Security
4.6.1 Boot Device Priority
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device
2nd Boot Device
3rd Boot Device
[1st FLOPPY DRIVE]
[PM-ST320413A]
[SM-ASUS CD-S360]
A device enclosed in
parenthesis has been
disabled in the
corresponding type
menu.
1st ~ xxth Boot Device [1st Floppy Drive]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available
devices. The number of device items that appear on the screen depends
on the the number of devices installed in the system.
Configuration options: [xxxxx Drive] [Disabled]
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4.6.2 Hard Disk Drives
Specifies the boot
sequence from the
available devices.
Hard Disk Drives
1st Drive
2nd Drive
[PM-ST330620A]
[NVIDIA MIRROR 111.]
1st ~ xxth Drive [XXXXXXXX]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available
devices. The number of device items that appear on the screen depends
on the the number of devices installed in the system.
Configuration options: [xxxxx Drive] [Disabled]
4.6.3 Boot Settings Configuration
Boot Settings Configuration
Quick Boot
Full Screen Logo
AddOn ROM Display Mode
Bootup Num-Lock
PS/2 Mouse Support
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display
Interrupt 19 Capture
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Force BIOS]
[On]
[Auto]
[Enabled]
[Enabled]
[Disabled]
Allows BIOS to skip
certain tests while
booting. This will
decrease the time
needed to boot the
system.
Quick Boot [Enabled]
Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some Power On Self Tests
(POST) while booting to decrease the time needed to boot the system.
When set to [Disabled], BIOS performs all the POST items.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Make sure that the above item is set to [Enabled] if you wish to use the
ASUS MyLogo2™ feature.
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Add On ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM.
Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]
Bootup Num-Lock [On]
Allows you to select the power-on state for the NumLock.
Configuration options: [Off] [On]
PS/2 Mouse Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable support for PS/2 mouse.
Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
Wait for ‘F1’ If Error [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system waits for F1 key to be pressed when
error occurs. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Hit ‘DEL’ Message Display [Enabled]
When set to Enabled, the system displays the message “Press DEL to run
Setup” during POST. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Interrupt 19 Capture [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this function allows the option ROMs to trap
Interrupt 19. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
4.6.4 Security
The Security menu items allow you to change the system security settings.
Select an item then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Not Installed
: Not Installed
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disable password.
Change Supervisor Password
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Change Supervisor Password
Select this item to set or change the supervisor password. The Supervisor
Password item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After
you have set a password, this item shows Installed.
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To set a Supervisor Password:
1. Select the Change Supervisor Password item and press <Enter>.
2. From the password box, type a password combination of at least six
(6) letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you have
successfully set your password.
The Supervisor Password item now shows Installed.
To change the supervisor password, follow the same steps as in setting a
user password.
To clear the supervisor password, select the Change Supervisor Password
then press <Enter>. The message “Password Uninstalled” appears.
If you forget your BIOS password, you can clear clear it by erasing the
CMOS Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM. See section “2.6 Jumpers” for
information on how to erase the RTC RAM.
After you have set a supervisor password, the other items appear to allow
you to change other security settings.
Security Settings
Supervisor Password
User Password
: Installed
: Not Installed
Change Supervisor Password
User Access Level
Change User Password
Clear User Password
Password Check
Boot Sector Virus Protection
<Enter> to change
password.
<Enter> again to
disabled password.
[Full Access]
[Setup]
[Disabled]
User Access Level (Full Access]
Allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items.
Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access]
No Access prevents user access to the Setup utility.
View Only allows access but does not allow change to any field.
Limited allows change only to selected fields, such as Date and Time.
Full Access allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup
utility.
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Change User Password
Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password
item on top of the screen shows the default Not Installed. After you have
set a password, this item shows Installed.
To set a User Password:
1. Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>.
2. On the password box that appears, type a password combination of at
least six (6) letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>.
3. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message “Password Installed” appears after you have
successfully set your password.
The User Password item now shows Installed.
To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user
password.
Clear User Password
Select this item if you wish to clear the user password.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the
Setup utility. When set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both
when accessing Setup and booting the system.
Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
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4.7
Exit menu
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values
for the BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Exit Options
Exit & Save Changes
Exit & Discard Changes
Discard Changes
Exit system setup
after saving the
changes.
F10 key can be used
for this operation.
Load Setup Defaults
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the
options from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the
Exit menu to ensure that the values you selected are saved to the CMOS
RAM. An onboard backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM and stays on
even when the PC is turned off. When you select this option, a
confirmation window appears. Select Yes to save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes,
the program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save
your changes before exiting. Press <Enter> to save the changes
while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you
made to the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than
System Date, System Time, and Password, the BIOS asks for a
confirmation before exiting.
Discard Changes
Allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the previously
saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select
Yes to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the
parameters on the Setup menus. When you select this option or if you
press <F5>, a confirmation window appears. Select Yes to load default
values. Select Exit and Save Changes or make other changes before
saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
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Chapter 5
This chapter describes the contents of the
support CD that comes with the
motherboard package.
Software support
Chapter summary
5.1
Installing an operating system ..................... 5-1
5.2
Support CD information ................................ 5-1
5.3
Software Information ..................................... 5-9
5.4
Audio configurations ................................... 5-13
5.5
RAID configurations .................................... 5-19
5.6
Creating a RAID driver disk ........................ 5-23
5.7
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology ...................... 5-24
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Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows® 2000/XP/2003 Server operating
systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding
updates to maximize the features of your hardware.
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary, so use the setup
procedures presented in this chapter for general reference only. Refer
to your OS documentation for more information.
5.2
Support CD information
The support CD that came with the motherboard contains useful software
and several utility drivers that enhance the motherboard features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time
without notice. Visit the ASUS website for updates.
5.2.1 Running the support CD
To begin using the support CD, simply insert the CD into your CD-ROM
drive. The CD automatically displays the Drivers menu if Autorun is
enabled in your computer.
Click an item to install
Click an icon to display
more information
If Autorun is NOT enabled in your computer, browse the contents of
the support CD to locate the file ASSETUP.EXE from the BIN folder.
Double-click the ASSETUP.EXE to run the CD.
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5.2.2 Drivers menu
The drivers menu shows the available device drivers if the system detects
installed devices. Install the necessary drivers to activate the devices.
Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Driver
Installs the Microsoft® DirectX™ 9.0 driver.
Nvidia Chipset Driver Program
Installs the NVIDIA® Chipset drivers for the NVIDIA® nForce™ 3 250Gb
chipset.
Make sure to install the Microsoft® DirectX™ 9.0 driver before installing
the NVIDIA® Chipset drivers.
Make Chipset IDE Driver Disk
Creates the NVIDIA® driver disk for Serial ATA and RAID features.
ALC850 Driver
Installs the Realtek® ALC850 audio controller and application.
USB 2.0 Driver
Installs the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB 2.0) driver.
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Driver
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology driver.
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Silicon Image RAID Driver
Displays the README file of the Silicon Image SATA Link™ Sil 3114 driver
driver installation.
Make Silicon SATA RAID Driver Disk
Creates the Silicon Image SATA Link™ Sil 3114 driver disk for Serial ATA
RAID.
The Silicon Image RAID 5 configuration is supported in Windows® XP
Professional, 2000 and 2003 Server operating system only.
The screen display and drivers option may not be the same for
different operating system versions.
5.2.3 Utilities menu
The Utilities menu shows the applications and other software that the
motherboard supports.
ASUS’ AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet Software
Installs the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet! Technology software.
ASUS PC Probe
This smart utility monitors the fan speed, CPU temperature, and system
voltages, and alerts you of any detected problems. This utility helps you
keep your computer in healthy operating condition.
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ASUS Update
Allows you to download the latest version of the BIOS from the ASUS
website.
Before using the ASUS Update, make sure that you have an Internet
connection so you can connect to the ASUS website.
Winbond Voice Editor
This program is for recording and customizing wave files for the ASUS
POST Reporter™. Use this program to change the default vocal POST
messages. See section “3.2 Vocal POST Messages” for a list of the default
messages.
Anti-virus Utility
The anti-virus application scans, identifies, and removes computer viruses.
View the online help for detailed information.
ADOBE Acrobat Reader
Installs the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader V5.0.
ASUS Screen Saver
Installs the ASUS screen saver.
NVIDIA System Utility
Installs the NVDIA® System utility.
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5.2.4 Manuals menu
The Manuals menu contains a list of supplementary user manuals. Click
an item to display the manual folder of file.
Install the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the Utilities menu before
opening the manual files.
NVIDIA Firewall Administrator’s Guide
Allows you to open the NVIDIA® ForceWare Networking and Firewall
Administrator’s Guide.
NVIDIA RAID User’s Guide
Allows you to open the NVIDIA® RAID User’s Guide.
Sil3114 User’s Manual
Allows you to open the Silicon Image SATARaid™ Serial ATA RAID
Management Software user’s manual.
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5.2.5 ASUS Contact information
Clicking the ASUS Contact Information tab displays as stated. You can
also find this information on the inside front cover of this user guide.
5.2.6 Other information
The icons on the top right corner of the screen give additional information
on the motherboard and the contents of the support CD. Click an icon to
display the specified information.
Motherboard Info
Displays the general specifications of the motherboard.
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Browse this CD
Displays the support CD contents in graphical format.
Technical Support Form
Displays the ASUS Technical Support Request Form that you have to fill
out when requesting technical support.
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Filelist
Displays the contents of the support CD and a brief description of each in
text format.
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5.3
Software Information
Most of the applications in the support CD have wizards that will
conveniently guide you through the installation. View the online help or
readme file that came with the software for more information.
This section provides details of the software applications that the
motherboard supports.
5.3.1 ASUS MyLogo2™
The ASUS MyLogo2™ is automatically installed when you install the
ASUS Update utility from the software menu. See section “5.2.3 Utilities
menu”.
Before using ASUS MyLogo2™ feature, use the AFUDOS utility to
make a copy of your original BIOS file, or obtain the latest BIOS
version from the ASUS website.
Make sure that the BIOS Item Full Screen Logo is set to [Enabled] if
you want to use ASUS MyLogo2™. See section “4.6.2 Boot Settings
Configuration”.
Follow these steps to use ASUS MyLogo2™.
1. Launch the ASUS Update utility.
See section “4.1.6 ASUS Update.”
2. When prompted for the BIOS
update method, select the option
“Update BIOS from a file.”
3. Specify the location of the BIOS
file, such as from a floppy disk.
Click Next.
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4. From the selection that appears,
choose a logo image. Click
Next.
You can create your own
boot logo image in GIF, JPG,
or BMP file formats.
5. When you click on an image, it
displays larger on the
MyLogo2™ screen.
•
ASUS MyLogo2™ might
encounter problems with
complex images. If a
problem occurs, replace
with a simpler image or
make the image smaller.
•
To reduce the logo image,
click on the arrow on the
Ratio item and select
your desired scale.
6. The next screen prompts you to
flash the original BIOS to update
it with the new boot logo. Click
Flash to update the BIOS.
7. When finished, click Exit, then
reboot your computer.
Your system boots with the new
boot logo.
Instead of starting from ASUS Update, you can also launch ASUS
MyLogo2™ directly from the Windows Start menu to change your
BIOS boot logo. After you have modified the BIOS file with the new
logo, use the ASUS Update utility to upload the new BIOS.
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5.3.2 ASUS Instant Music
The motherboard is equipped with a BIOS-based audio playback feature
called Instant Music. The onboard audio AC’97 CODEC supports this
feature, which requires an optical drive (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or CD-RW).
•
•
•
Instant Music only supports CDs in audio format.
Instant Music does not work if you installed and enabled an add-on
sound card.
Instant Music only supports PS/2 keyboard.
To enable ASUS Instant Music:
1. Connect the analog audio cable from the optical drive (CD-ROM,
DVD-ROM, or CD-RW drive) to the 4-pin CD-In connector (labeled CD)
on the motherboard. See section “2.7 Connectors” for the location.
Make sure to connect the CD-ROM audio cable; otherwise, you cannot
control the audio volume using the Instant Music function keys.
2. Turn on the system and enter the BIOS by pressing the <Del> key
during the Power On Self-Tests (POST).
3. From the BIOS screen select Advanced then Instant Music
Configuration.
4. In the Instant Music Configuration menu, select the item Instant
Music and set it to Enabled. See section “4.4.1 Instant Music
Configuration”.
5. The Instant Music CD-ROM Drive item appears if you enabled Instant
Music. Highlight the item then press <Enter> to display the CD-ROM
options.
6. Save your changes and exit BIOS Setup.
•
•
•
•
The Scroll Lock LED is fixed to ON after enabling Instant Music.
The Caps Lock LED turns ON when you pause the CD playback.
When set to Instant Music mode, the system wake-up features
(LAN, keyboard, mouse, USB) are deactivated. In this case, power
up the system using the power switch.
If the system looses connection or does not detect any optical
drive, the Instant Music feature turns OFF (disabled) automatically.
A “beep” indicates this condition.
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To use ASUS Instant Music:
1. Ensure that the power cord is plugged to a grounded power source, so
that the system has standby power.
2. Use either one of the two sets of special function keys on your
keyboard to play audio CDs. These keys only function as indicated if
you enabled the Instant Music item in BIOS.
Instant Music function keys (Set 1)
CD
ON/OFF
PLAY/PAUSE
Esc
F1
STOP/EJECT
PREVIOUS
NEXT
F3
F4
F2
VOL. DOWN
VOL. UP
F5
F6
F7
F8
Instant Music function keys (Set 2)
CAPS
LOCK
LED
CD ON/OFF
PLAY/PAUSE
STOP/EJECT
PREVIOUS
VOL. DOWN
SCROLL
LOCK
LED
NEXT
VOL. UP
3. Connect speakers or a headphone to the Line Out (lime colored) port
on the rear panel for audio output. You may also connect a headphone
to the headphone jack on the CD-ROM drive front panel.
4. Press <Esc> to turn ON Instant Music.
5. Place an audio CD into the CD-ROM drive.
6. Press <F1> or the <Space Bar> to play the first track on the CD.
If there is no CD in the drive and you press <F1> or <Space Bar>, the
drive tray ejects.
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7. Refer to the Instant Music function key definitions on the previous page
to select other tracks or control the volume.
8. Press <F2> or <Enter> once to stop playing the CD.
Press <F2> or <Enter> one more time to eject the CD.
5.4
Audio configurations
The Realtek® ALC850 AC ‘97 audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio
capability to deliver the ultimate audio experience on your PC. The
software provides Jack-Sensing function (Line-In, Line-Out, Mic-In),
S/PDIF out support and interrupt capability. The ALC850 also includes the
Realtek® proprietary UAJ® (Universal Audio Jack) technology for three
ports (Line-In, Line-Out and Mic-In), eliminating cable connection errors
and giving users plug and play convenience.
Follow the installation wizard to install the Realtek ALC850 Audio Driver
and Application from the support CD that came with the motherboard
package.
If the Realtek audio software is correctly
installed, you will find the SoundEffect icon
on the taskbar.
Realtek SoundEffect icon
From the taskbar, double-click on the
SoundEffect icon to display the Realtek Audio Control Panel.
The Jack-sensing and UAJ® technology features are supported on the
Line-In, Line-Out, and Mic jacks only.
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5.4.1 Sound Effect options
The Realtek® ALC850 Audio CODEC allows you to set your listening
environment, adjust the equalizer, set the karaoke, or select
pre-programmed equalizer settings for your listening pleasure.
To set the sound effect options:
1. From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the Sound Effect button.
2. Click the shortcut buttons to change the acoustic environment, adjust
the equalizer, or set the karaoke to your desired settings.
3. The audio settings take effect immediately after you click on the
buttons.
4. Click the Exit (X) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
to exit.
5.4.2 S/PDIF options
The Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) options allows you to change
your S/PDIF output settings.
To set the S/PDIF options:
1. From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the SPDIF button.
2. Click the option buttons to change your S/PDIF out settings.
3. Click the Exit (X) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
to exit.
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5.4.3 Speaker Configuration
This option allows you to set your speaker configuration.
To set the speaker configuration:
1. From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the Speaker
Configuration button.
2. Select from the combo list box your current speaker setup, then click
Auto Test to test your settings.
3. Click the UAJ Automatic button to enable or disable the Universal
Audio Jack(UAJ®) technology feature.
4. Click the Exit (X) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
to exit.
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5.4.4 AI Audio feature
The AI Audio feature works through the connector sensing option that
allows you to check if your audio devices are connected properly.
To start the connector sensing:
1. From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the Connector Sensing
button.
2. Click the Bracket button to display connected audio devices.
3. Click the Option button to change sensing options.
4. Click the Start button to start connection sensing. A progress bar
displays current connector sensing status.
Make sure to exit all audio applications before starting this function.
5. When finished, the utility prompts the Realtek® EZ-connection dialog
box showing your current audio connections. The text at the bottom of
the box explains your audio connection status. An X mark denotes an
incorrect connection.
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6. If there are detected problems, make sure that your audio cables are
connected to the proper audio jack and repeat connector sensing.
7. Click the X button to exit EZ-connection dialog box.
8. Click the Exit (X) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
to exit audio control panel.
5.4.5 HRTF Demo
This option shows a demo of the Head-Related Transfer Functions
(HRTF).
To start the HRTF demo:
1. From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the HRTF Demo button.
2. Click the option buttons to change the sound, moving path or EAX
settings.
3. Click the Play button to start or the Stop button to stop.
4. Click the Exit (X) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
to exit.
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5.4.6 General settings
This option shows the audio settings and allows you to change the
language setting or toggle the SoundEffect icon display on the Windows
taskbar.
To display the general settings:
1. From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the General button.
2. Click the option button to enable or disable the icon display on the
Windows taskbar.
3. Click the Language combo list box to change language display.
4. Click the Exit (X) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window
to exit.
5.4.7 Rear panel audio ports function variation
The functions of the Line Out (lime), Line In (blue), Mic (pink), Rear
Speaker Out (gray), Side Speaker Out (black), and Center/Subwoofer
(orange) ports on the rear panel change when you select the 4-channel,
6-channel or 8-channel audio configuration as shown in the following
table.
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Headset/
2-channel
4-channel
6-channel
8-channel
Light Blue
Line In
Line In
Line In
Line In
Lime
Line Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Front Speaker Out
Pink
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Mic In
Gray
-
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Black
-
-
-
Side Speaker Out
Orange
-
-
Center/Subwoofer
Center/Subwoofer
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5.5
RAID configurations
The motherboard includes the Silicon Image SATARaid™ Sil3114
controller chipset and the NVIDIA® RAID controller integrated in the
NorthBridge to support Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)
configurations. The following defines the supported RAID set
configurations:
RAID 0 (called data striping) optimizes two identical hard disk drives to
read and write data in parallel, interleaved stacks. Two hard disks perform
the same work as a single drive but at a sustained data transfer rate,
double that of a single disk alone, thus improving data access and
storage.
RAID 1 (called data mirroring) copies and maintains an identical image of
data from one drive to a second drive. If one drive fails, the disk array
management software directs all applications to the surviving drive as it
contains a complete copy of the data in the other drive. This RAID
configuration provides data protection and increases fault tolerance to the
entire system.
RAID 0+1 is data striping and data mirroring combined without parity
(redundancy data) having to be calculated and written. The advantage of
RAID 0 + 1 is fast data access (like RAID 0), but with the ability to loose
one drive and have a complete duplicate surviving drive or set of drives
(like RAID 1).
RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more hard
disk drives. RAID 5 is seen by many as the ideal combination of good
performance, good fault tolerance, and high capacity and storage capacity.
It is best suited for transaction processing, relational database
applications, enterprise resource planning and other business systems.
RAID 10 is implemented as a striped array whose segments are RAID 1
arrays. It has the same fault tolerance as RAID 1 and has the same
overhead for fault-tolerance as mirroring alone. Its high input/output rates
are achieved by striping RAID 1 segments. Under some circumstances, a
RAID 10 array can sustain multiple simultaneous drive failure.
JBOD stands for Just a Bunch of Disks or also called spanning, refers to
hard disks that are not yet configured according to RAID. The JBOD
configuration stores the same data redundantly on multiple disks that
appear as a single disk on the operating system. Spanning does not
deliver any advantage over using separate disks independently and does
not provide fault tolerance or performance benefits of RAID.
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If you use either Windows® XP or Windows® 2000 operating system
(OS), copy first the RAID driver from the support CD to a floppy disk
before creating RAID configurations. Refer to section “5.7 Creating a
RAID driver disk” for details.
5.5.1 Installing hard disks
The motherboard supports UltraDMA 133/100/66 and Serial ATA hard disk
drives. For optimal performance, install identical drives of the same model
and capacity when creating a disk array.
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If you are creating a RAID 0 (striping) array for performance, use
two new drives.
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If you are creating a RAID 1 (mirroring) array for protection, you
can use two new drives or use an existing drive and a new drive
(the new drive must be of the same size or larger than the existing
drive).
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If you are creating a RAID 0+1 array for protection, you can use
four new drives or use an existing drive and three new drives.
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If you are creating a RAID 10 array for very high reliability
combined with high performance, a minimum of four disk drives is
required.
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If you are creating a RAID 5 configuration, use a minimum of three
disk drives; the maximum number of drives is set by controller. Use
of disk drives with identical size and type is recommended.
Installing Parallel ATA hard disks
To install the hard disks for RAID configuration:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Set the jumpers of each hard disk as Master/Slave.
Install the hard disks into the drive bays.
Connect the HDD signal cable.
Connect the power cable to the power connector on each drive.
Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
To install the SATA hard disks for RAID configuration:
1. Install the Serial ATA hard disks into the drive bays.
2. Connect the Serial ATA signal cables.
3. Connect the SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
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5.5.2 NVIDIA® RAID configurations
The motherboard includes a high performance IDE RAID controller
integrated in the NVIDIA® nForce™ 3 250 Gb chipset. It supports RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and JBOD configurations. Use the NVIDIA® RAID
utility to configure a disk array.
Setting BIOS RAID items
After installing the hard disk drives, make sure to set the necessary RAID
items in the BIOS before setting your RAID configuration.
To set the BIOS RAID items:
1. Boot the system and press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test
(POST) to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
2. Go to the Advanced > Chipset > Onboard Device menu item in the
BIOS.
3. Set the RAID Option ROM item to Enabled. A new set of BIOS items
appear.
4. Set the Primary Master as RAID and/or Primary Slave as RAID
items to Enabled.
5. Save your changes and Exit Setup.
Entering NVIDIA® RAID BIOS Utility
To enter the NVIDIA® RAID BIOS utility:
1. Boot your computer.
2. During POST, press <F10> to enter the NVIDIA® RAID configuration
utility.
Launching the NVIDIA® RAID Manager
To launch NVIDIA® RAID Manager from Windows® XP:
Click the Start button. Select All Programs > NVIDIA Corporation >
RAID Manager > RAID Manager.
For detailed descriptions on the NVIDIA® RAID configuration, refer to
the “NVIDIA® RAID User’s Guide” found in your motherboard support
CD.
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5.5.3 Silicon Image RAID configurations
The Silicon Image RAID controller supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1,
and RAID 5 configurations. Use the Silicon Image RAID utility to configure
a disk array.
Setting BIOS RAID items
After installing the hard disk drives, make sure to set the necessary RAID
items in the BIOS before setting your RAID configuration.
To set the BIOS RAID items:
1. Boot the system and press <Del> during the Power-On Self-Test
(POST) to enter the BIOS Setup Utility.
2. Go to the Advanced > Chipset > Onboard Device menu item in the
BIOS.
3. Make sure that the Silicon Image Mode item is set in RAID Mode.
4. Set the RAID Option ROM item to Enabled.
5. Set the Secondary Master, Secondary Slave, Third Master or
Fourth Master as RAID items to Enabled.
6. Save your changes and Exit Setup.
Entering the Silicon Image BIOS RAID Configuration Utility
1. Boot-up your computer.
2. During POST, press <Ctrl+S> or <F4> to enter the Silicon Image RAID
configuration utility.
Launching the Silicon Image Array Management Software
To launch Silicon Image Array Management software from Windows® XP:
Click the Start button. Select All Programs > Silicon Image > Sam
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For detailed descriptions on the Silicon Image SATARaid™ RAID
configuration, refer to the “Sil3114 User’s Manual” found in your
motherboard support CD.
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A RAID 5 configuration requires at least 1 GB of system memory
and 3 GHz processor core speed for optimum performance.
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The SATALink™ RAID 5 and JBOD configuration can be set using
the SATALink™ SATA RAID Management Software only.
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Make sure to install the Silicon Image SATA Link Sil 3114 driver
and the Silicon Image RAID 5 Array Management Utility before
using the RAID 5 or JBOD configuration.
Creating a RAID driver disk
A floppy disk with the RAID driver is required when installing Windows®
2000/XP operating system. You can create a RAID driver disk using your
motherboard support CD.
To create a RAID driver disk:
1. Insert the motherboard support CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Insert a clean floppy disk into the floppy disk drive.
3. To create an NVIDIA® RAID driver disk, click Make Chipset IDE Driver
Disk item from the Drivers menu.
To create a Silicon Image SATARaid™ RAID driver disk, click Make
Sil3114 RAID Driver Disk item from the Drivers menu.
Refer to section “5.2.2 Drivers menu” for details.
4. Follow succeeding screen information to complete process.
5. Write-protect the floppy disk to avoid computer virus infection.
To install the RAID driver:
1. During the OS installation, the system prompts you to press the F6 key
to install third-party SCSI or RAID driver.
2. Press <F6> then insert the floppy disk with RAID driver into the floppy
disk drive.
3. Follow the succeeding screen instructions to complete the installation.
For additional information on RAID installation and configuration, refer
to the Manuals menu of the support CD.
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5.7
Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology that
dynamically and automatically change the CPU speed, voltage, and
amount of power depending on the task the CPU performs.
5.7.1 Enabling Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology
To enable Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology:
1. Turn on the system and enter BIOS by pressing the <Del> key during
the Power On Self-Tests (POST).
2. In the Advanced > CPU Configuration > AMD CPU Cool & Quiet
Configuration menu, select the item Cool N’Quiet and set it to
Enabled. See section “4.4 Advanced Menu” in the user guide.
3. In the Power menu, select the item ACPI 2.0 Support and set it to
Yes. See section “4.5 Power Menu” in the user guide.
4. Save your changes and exit BIOS Setup.
5. Reboot your computer and set your Power Option Properties
depending on your operating system.
Windows® 2000/XP
1. From the Windows® 2000/XP operating system, click the Start button.
Select Settings, then Control Panel.
2. Make sure the Control Panel is
set to Classic View.
3. Double-click the Display icon in
the Control Panel then select the
Screen Saver tab.
4. Click the Power... button. The
following dialog box appears.
5. From the Power schemes
combo list box, select Minimal
Power Management.
6. Click OK to effect settings.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ driver and application before
using this feature.
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Windows® 98SE/ME
1. From the Windows® 98SE/ME operating system, click the Start button.
Select Settings, then Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Display icon in
the Control Panel then select the
Screen Saver tab.
3. From the Energy saving features
of monitor group, click the
Settings... button.
4. From the Power Options
Properties dialog box, select
the AMD’s Cool ‘n’ Quiet(tm)
Technology tab.
5. Click the Performance combo
list box to select desired mode.
Automatic Mode is the
recommended setting.
6. Click OK to effect settings.
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Make sure to install the AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ driver and
application before using this feature.
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The AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ Technology feature works only with the
AMD heatsink and fan assembly with monitor chip.
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If you purchased a separate heatsink and fan package, use the
ASUS Q-Fan Technology feature to automatically adjust the CPU
fan speed according to your system loading.
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5.7.2 Launching the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software
The motherboard support CD includes the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software that
enables you to view your system’s real-time CPU Frequency and voltage.
Make sure to install the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ software from the
motherboard support CD. Refer to section “5.2.3 Utilities”, for details.
To launch the Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ program:
1. If you are using Windows® 98SE/ME/2000, click the Start button.
Select Programs > ASUS > Cool & Quiet > Cool & Quiet.
2. If you are using Windows® XP, click the Start button. Select All
Programs > ASUS > Cool & Quiet > Cool & Quiet.
3. The Cool ‘n’ Quiet!™ technology screen appears and displays the
current CPU Frequency and CPU Voltage.
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