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1.04 E295
November 1998
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CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION .............................................................................. 7
How this manual is organized ............................................................. 7
Item Checklist ..................................................................................... 7
II. FEATURES ....................................................................................... 8
Features of the ASUS P2B-VM Motherboard .................................... 8
Parts of the ASUS P2B-VM Motherboard .................................. 11
III. INSTALLATION ........................................................................... 12
ASUS P2B-VM Motherboard Layout .............................................. 12
Installation Steps ............................................................................... 14
1. Jumpers ......................................................................................... 14
2. System Memory (DIMM) ............................................................. 17
DIMM Memory Installation .................................................. 18
3. Central Processing Unit (CPU) .................................................... 19
Universal Retention Mechanism ........................................... 19
Heatsinks ............................................................................... 19
Installing the Processor ............................................................... 20
Recommended Heatsinks for Slot 1 Processors .................... 23
4. Expansion Cards ........................................................................... 24
Expansion Card Installation Procedure ................................. 24
Assigning IRQs for Expansion Cards .................................... 24
Assigning DMA Channels for ISA Cards .............................. 25
5. External Connectors ..................................................................... 26
Power Connection Procedures .......................................................... 35
IV. BIOS SOFTWARE ......................................................................... 36
Flash Memory Writer Utility ............................................................ 36
Main Menu .................................................................................. 36
Managing and Updating Your Motherboard’s BIOS ................... 38
6. BIOS Setup .................................................................................. 39
Load Defaults ........................................................................ 40
Standard CMOS Setup ................................................................ 40
Details of Standard CMOS Setup: ......................................... 40
BIOS Features Setup ................................................................... 43
Details of BIOS Features Setup ............................................. 43
Chipset Features Setup ................................................................ 46
Details of Chipset Features Setup .......................................... 46
Power Management Setup ........................................................... 49
Details of Power Management Setup .................................... 49
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PNP and PCI Setup ..................................................................... 52
Details of PNP and PCI Setup ............................................... 52
Load BIOS Defaults .................................................................... 54
Load Setup Defaults .................................................................... 54
Supervisor Password and User Password ................................... 55
IDE HDD Auto Detection ........................................................... 56
Save & Exit Setup ....................................................................... 57
Exit Without Saving .................................................................... 57
V. SUPPORT CD ................................................................................. 58
ASUS Support CD Main Menu ........................................................ 58
A. Video Driver ................................................................................ 61
B. Other Video Drivers .................................................................... 65
C. ATI Player ................................................................................... 77
D. Audio Driver ............................................................................... 81
E. Audio Software ........................................................................... 85
F. Software Wavetable ..................................................................... 92
G. DMI Utility .................................................................................. 93
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FCC & DOC COMPLIANCE
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. 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:
•
•
•
•
Re-orient 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.
WARNING! 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.
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I. INTRODUCTION
I. INTRODUCTION
Manual / Checklist
How this manual is organized
This manual is divided into the following sections:
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
Introduction:
Features:
Installation:
BIOS Software:
Support CD:
Manual information and checklist
Information and specifications concerning this product
Instructions on setting up the motherboard
Instructions on setting up the BIOS software
Information on the included support software
Item Checklist
Please check that your package is complete. If you discover damaged or missing
items, please contact your retailer.
(1) ASUS Motherboard
(1) Universal Retention Mechanism for SECC/SECC2/SEPP
(1) IDE ribbon cable for master and slave drives
(1) Floppy ribbon cable for (1) 5.25inch floppy and (2) 3.5inch floppies
(1) Bag of spare jumper caps
(1) Support CD with drivers and utilities
(1) Motherboard User’s Manual
COM2 connector with bracket (optional)
ASUS PC100 DIMM memory module (optional)
ASUS PCI-L101 Wake-On-LAN 10/100 Fast Ethernet Card (optional)
IrDA-compliant infrared module (optional)
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II. FEATURES
Features of the ASUS P2B-VM Motherboard
II. FEATURES
Features
The ASUS P2B-VM is carefully designed for the demanding PC user who wants
advanced features processed by the fastest CPU.
Specifications:
• Multi-Speed: Supports Intel Pentium® II (233MHz to 450MHz) and CeleronTM
(266MHz and faster) processors.
• Intel AGPset: Features Intel’s 440BX AGPset with I/O subsystems and front-side
bus (FSB) platform, which boosts the traditional 66-MHz internal bus speed to 100MHz.
• Multi-Cache: Supports processors with either 0, 128, or 512KB Pipelined Burst
Level 2 cache.
• PC100 Memory Support: Equipped with three DIMM sockets to support Intel
PC100-compliant SDRAMs (8, 16, 32, 64, 128, or 256MB) up to 768MB. These
new SDRAMs are necessary to meet the critical enhanced 100MHz bus speed
requirement.
• Peripheral Wake Up: Supports modem wake up, keyboard wake up, and LAN
card wake up functions from sleep or soft-off mode.
• AGP 3D VGA: Features optional onboard ATI 3D Rage Pro AGP 2X (8MB
SDRAM) or Rage IIC AGP (4MB SDRAM) for 3D hardware acceleration.
• AGP Slot (optional): Supports AGP graphics cards for high performance, component level interconnect targeted at 3D graphical display applications. This
slot is available as an option with the Rage IIC only.
• PCI Audio (optional): Features optional ESS 32-bit PCI audio onboard.
• SB-Link™: Features Creative’s SB-Link™, allowing SB16 compatibility, using Intel’s PC-PCI DMA and serialized IRQ protocols, to AWE64D or compatible PCI audio cards.
• PCI & ISA Expansion Slots: Provides three 32-bit PCI slots and one 16-bit ISA
slot. The ISA slot is shared with a PCI slot.
• Super Multi-I/O: Provides two high-speed UART compatible serial ports and
one parallel port with EPP and ECP capabilities. UART2 can also be directed from
COM2 to the Infrared Module for wireless connections.
• Ultra DMA/33 Bus Master IDE: Comes with an onboard PCI Bus Master IDE
controller with two connectors that support four IDE devices in two channels, supports
UltraDMA/33, PIO Modes 3 and 4 and Bus Master IDE DMA Mode 2, and supports
Enhanced IDE devices, such as Tape Backup and CD-ROM, and LS-120 drives.
• Universal Retention Mechanism: Supports a Pentium® II processor packaged
in a Single Edge Contact Cartridge (SECC/SECC2) or a CeleronTM processor
packaged in a Single Edge Processor Package (SEPP).
• Wake-On-LAN Header: Supports Wake-On-LAN activity with special network cards, such as the ASUS PCI-L101 10/100 Fast Ethernet PCI card.
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II. FEATURES
II. FEATURES
Features
Special Features:
• Enhanced ACPI: Features a programmable BIOS, offering enhanced ACPI for
Windows 98 compatibility, built-in firmware-based virus protection through
Trend ChipAway Virus codes, and autodetection of most devices for virtually
automatic setup.
• Desktop Management Interface (DMI): Supports DMI through BIOS, which
allows hardware to communicate within a standard protocol creating a higher
level of compatibility. (Requires DMI-enabled components.)
• Easy Installation: Incorporates BIOS that supports autodetection of hard disk
drives, PS/2 mouse, and Plug and Play devices to make the setup of hard disk
drives, expansion cards, and other devices virtually automatic.
• PC’98 Compliant: Both the BIOS and hardware levels of ASUS smart series of
motherboards meet PC’98 compliancy. The new PC’98 requirements for systems and components are based on the following high-level goals: Support for
Plug and Play compatibility and power management for configuring and managing all system components, and 32-bit device drivers and installation procedures for Windows 95/98/NT.
• Anti-Boot Virus BIOS & PC-cillin Bundled: Double protection for your
motherboard against boot sector viruses through boot firmware (Anti-Boot Virus BIOS) and file viruses through the bundled PC-cillin.
• Symbios SCSI BIOS: Supports optional ASUS SCSI controller cards through
onboard SYMBIOS firmware.
Performance Features:
• Concurrent PCI: Concurrent PCI allows multiple PCI transfers from PCI master busses to the memory and to the processor.
• Double the IDE Transfer Speed: ASUS smart series motherboards with Intel
chipsets improves IDE transfer rate using Bus Master UltraDMA/33 IDE which
can handle data transfer up to 33MB/s. The best of all is that this new technology is compatible with existing ATA-2 IDE specs so there is no need to upgrade
current hard drives or cables.
• SDRAM Optimized Performance: Supports the new generation memory - Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM) which increases the data
transfer rate from 528MB/s max using EDO memory to 800MB/s max using
SDRAM.
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II. FEATURES
II. FEATURES
Features
Intelligent Features:
• Auto Fan Off: The system fans will power off automatically even in sleep
mode. This function reduces both energy consumption and system noise, and is
an important feature in implementing silent PC systems.
• Dual Function Power Button: Pushing the power button for less than 4 seconds when the system is in the working state places the system into one of two
states: sleep mode or soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting (see “Power
Management Setup” under BIOS SOFTWARE). When the power button is
pressed for more than 4 seconds, the system enters the soft-off mode regardless
of the BIOS setting.
• Keyboard Power Up: Keyboard Power Up can be enabled or disabled to allow
the computer to be powered on by pressing the space bar on the keyboard.
• Message LED (requires ACPI OS support): Turbo LEDs now act as information providers. Through the way a particular LED illuminates, the user can determine the stage the computer is in. A simple glimpse provides useful information to the user.
• Remote Ring On (requires external modem): This allows a computer to be
turned on remotely through an external modem. With this benefit on-hand, any
user can access vital information from their computer from anywhere in the world!
• System Resources Alert: Today’s operating systems such as Windows 95/98/
NT and OS/2, require much more memory and hard drive space to present enormous user interfaces and run large applications. The system resource monitor
will warn the user before the system resources are used up to prevent possible
application crashes. Suggestions will give the user information on managing
their limited resources more efficiently.
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II. FEATURES
Parts of the ASUS P2B-VM Motherboard
ATX Power
CPU Slot1
Intel 440BX
AGPset
ATI Multimedia Connector
3 DIMM 4MB VGA Memory (Rage IIC)
Sockets 8MB VGA Memory (Rage Pro)
II. FEATURES
Motherboard Parts
T: PS/2 Mouse
B: PS/2 Keyboard
T: USB Conn 1
B: USB Conn 2
Serial COM 1
Parallel Port
VGA Connector
(Optional)
T: Joystick/MIDI
Connector
B: Audio Ports
ESS Audio
(optional)
Accelerated Graphics
Port (optional)
3 PCI Slots
Multi-I/O, Keyboard
Controller
1 ISA Slot
Serial COM 2
Header
SB-LinkTM
Connector
Programmable
Flash EEPROM
Intel PIIX4E
PCIset with RTC
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ASIC
ATI 3D Rage Pro AGP 2X
ATI 3D Rage IIC AGP
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III. INSTALLATION
ASUS P2B-VM Motherboard Layout
TOP:
Mouse
CHA_FAN
BOTTOM:
PWR_FAN
PS_FAN
VGAEN
Accelerated Graphics Port
CLRTC
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32-bit PCI
Audio
Chipset
SB-LINK
CR2032 3V
Lithium Cell
(BIOSPower)
PCI Slot 1 (PCI1)
COM2 header
PCI Slot 2 (PCI2)
Multi-I/O,
Keyboard
Controller
Intel
PIIX4E
PCIset
PCI Slot 3 (PCI3)
ISA Slot 1 (ISA1)
(Grayed items are optional at the time of purchase.)
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FREQ MULT
BF0
BF1
BF2
BF3
AUDIO_EN
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ASIC
WOL_CON
IR
Flash EEPROM
(Programable BIOS)
ATI Multimedia Connector
PRIMARY IDE
CD_IN
VPANEL
45
ATI 3D Rage
Pro AGP 2X/
IIC AGP
VGA Chipset
Panel Connectors
23
INT_EN
SECONDARY IDE
Line
Out
Line
In
ROW 0 1
MODEM_IN
Mic
In
GAME/AUDIO
(optional)
VGA
8MB available on
Rage Pro only
FLOPPY
III. INSTALLATION
Motherboard Layout
Intel
440BX
AGPset
2 MB
SDRAM
PARALLEL PORT
CPU Slot 1
COM1
2 MB
SDRAM
USB 2
AMC
2 MB
SDRAM
BOTTOM:
2 MB
SDRAM
USB 1
CPU_FAN
DIMM Socket 3 (64/72 bit, 168 pin module)
TOP:
USB
FS0
FS1
FS2
FS3
FS4
DIMM Socket 2 (64/72 bit, 168 pin module)
KB_WAK
BUS FREQ
ATXPWR
Keyboard
DIMM Socket 1 (64/72 bit, 168 pin module)
PS/2
III. INSTALLATION
Jumpers
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
INT_EN
VGAEN
CLRTC
KB_WAK
FS0, FS1, FS2, FS3, FS4
BF0, BF1, BF2, BF3
p. 14 VGA Interrupt Setting (Enable/Disable)
p. 14 VGA Setting (Enable/Disable)
p. 15 Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM
p. 15 Keyboard Power (Wake) Up (Enable/Disable)
p. 16 CPU External Clock (BUS) Frequency Selection
p. 16 CPU:BUS Frequency Multiple
Expansion Slots
1)
2)
3)
4)
DIMM Sockets
CPU Slot1
PCI Slot 1, 2, 3
ISA Slot 1
p. 17
p. 19
p. 25
p. 25
168-Pin DIMM Memory Support
Pentium® II/CeleronTM CPU Support
32-bit PCI Bus Expansion Slots
16-bit ISA Bus Expansion Slot
Connectors
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Layout Contents
1) MOUSE
P. 26 PS/2 Mouse Connector (6-pin female)
2) KEYBOARD
p. 26 PS/2 Keyboard Connector (6-pin female)
3) PRINTER
p. 27 Parallel Port Connector (25-pin female)
4) COM1
p. 27 Serial Port COM1 Connector (9-pin male)
5) VGA
p. 27 Monitor (VGA) Output Connector (15-pin female)
6) AUDIO (optional)
p. 28 Audio Port Connectors (Three 1/8” female) (optional)
7) GAME (optional)
p. 28 Joystick/Midi Connector (15-pin female) (optional)
8) USB
p. 28 Universal Serial BUS Ports 1 & 2 (Two 4-pin female)
9) PRIMARY/SECONDARY IDE p. 29 Primary/Secondary IDE Connectors (Two 40-1pins)
10) FLOPPY
p. 29 Floppy Disk Drive Connector (34-1pins)
11) IR
p. 30 IrDA-Compliant Infrared Module Connector (5 pins)
12) WOL_CON
p. 30 Wake-On-LAN Connector (3 pins)
13) CHA_, CPU_, PWR_FAN p. 31 Chassis, CPU, Power Supply Fan Connectors (Three 3-pin)
14) ATXPWR
p. 31 ATX Power Supply Connector (20 pins)
15) SB-LINK
p. 32 SBLink Connector (6-1 pins)
16) CD_IN, MODEM_IN
p. 32 Stereo Audio In and Modem Audio (Two 4-pin)
17) MLED (PANEL)
p. 33 System Message LED (2 pins)
18) KEYLOCK (PANEL)
p. 33 Keyboard Lock Switch Lead (2 pins)
19) SMI (PANEL)
p. 33 SMI Switch Lead (2 pins)
20) SPEAKER (PANEL)
p. 33 Speaker Output Connector (4 pins)
21) PWR (PANEL)
p. 33 ATX Power & Soft-Off Switch Lead (2 pins)
22) IDELED (PANEL)
p. 33 IDE Activity LED (2 pins)
p. 33 System Power LED Lead (3-1 pins)
23) PLED (PANEL)
24) RESET (PANEL)
p. 33 Reset Switch Lead (2 pins)
25) COM2
p. 34 Serial Port COM2 Header (10-1 pins)
26) AMC
p. 34 ATI Multimedia Channel (40-3 pins)
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Installation Steps
Before using your computer, you must complete the following steps:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Set Jumpers on the Motherboard
Install System Memory Modules
Install the Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Install Expansion Cards
Connect Ribbon Cables, Cabinet Wires, and Power Supply
Setup the BIOS Software
III. INSTALLATION
Jumpers
WARNING! Computer motherboards, baseboards and components, such as SCSI
cards, contain very delicate Integrated Circuit (IC) chips. To protect them against
damage from static electricity, you should follow some precautions whenever you
work on your computer.
1. Unplug your computer when working on the inside.
2. Use a grounded wrist strap before handling computer components. If you do
not have one, touch both of your hands to a safely grounded object or to a
metal object, such as the power supply case.
3. Hold components by the edges and try not to touch the IC chips, leads or
connectors, or other components.
4. Place components on a grounded antistatic pad or on the bag that came with
the component whenever the components are separated from the system.
1. Jumpers
1. VGA Interrupt Selection (INT_EN) and 2. VGA Setting (VGAEN)
The INT_EN jumper allows you to set the VGA interrupt method. The default
disables the chipset’s internal interrupt routing. Some TV-Tuner or MPEG cards
may require that the interrupt be assigned by the onboard chipset, in which case
enable INT_EN. The VGAEN jumper allows you to enable or disable the onboard
VGA. Disable the onboard VGA if you are using a VGA card on the expansion slot.
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P2B-VM VGA Settings
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VGAEN
1
2
3
VGAEN
1
2
3
Enable
(Default)
Disable
INT_EN
1
2
3
INT_EN
1
2
3
Disable
(Default)
Enable
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3. Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM (CLRTC)
The CMOS RAM is powered by the onboard button cell battery. To clear the
RTC data: (1) Unplug your computer, (2) Short solder points, (3) Turn on your
computer, (4) Hold down <Delete> during bootup and enter BIOS setup to reenter user preferences.
RTC RAM CLRTC
Clear CMOS [short solder points momentarily]
III. INSTALLATION
Jumpers
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CLRTC
P2B-VM Clear RTC RAM
4. Keyboard Power (Wake) Up (KB_WAK)
This allows you to disable or enable the keyboard power up function. Set this
jumper to Enable if you wish to use your keyboard (by pressing the spacebar) to
power up your computer. This feature requires an ATX power supply that can
supply at least 300mAmp on the +5VSB lead. The default is set to Disable
because not all computers have the appropriate ATX power supply. Your computer will not power on if you set this to Enable and if you do not have the right
ATX power supply. WARNING! This jumper setting must coincide with the
BIOS setting (see “Power Up By Keyboard” in the Power Management Setup of
the BIOS SOFTWARE) or else conflicts will occur.
Setting
Disable
Enable
KB WAK
[1-2] (default)
[2-3]
KB_WAK
1
2
3
Disable
(Default)
KB_WAK
1
2
3
Enable
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5. CPU Bus Frequency Selector (FS0, FS1, FS2, FS3, FS4)
This option tells the clock generator what frequency to send to the CPU, DRAM, and
440BX AGPset. This allows the selection of the CPU’s External frequency (or BUS
Clock). The BUS Clock multiplied by the BUS Ratio equals the CPU’s Internal frequency (the advertised CPU speed).
6. CPU Core:BUS Frequency Multiple (BF0, BF1, BF2, BF3)
This option sets the frequency multiple between the Internal frequency of the
CPU and the CPU’s External frequency. These must be set in conjunction with the
CPU Bus Frequency.
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
CPU 66.8MHz CPU 75.0MHz CPU 83.0MHz CPU100.3MHz CPU 103MHz
PCI 33.4MHz PCI 37.5MHz PCI 41.6MHz PCI 33.4MHz PCI 34.3MHz
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
1
2
3
CPU 105.0MHz
PCI 35.0MHz
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
1
2
3
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
1
1
1
2
2
2
3
3
3
CPU 110.0MHz CPU 112.0MHz CPU115.0MHz CPU 120.0MHz
PCI 36.7MHz PCI 37.3MHz PCI 38.3MHz PCI 40.0MHz
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1 FS0
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Jumpers
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
CPU 124.0MHz CPU 124.0MHz CPU 133.0MHz CPU133.0MHz
PCI 41.3MHz PCI 31.0MHz PCI 44.3MHz PCI 33.3MHz
CPU Bus Frequency
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BF3 BF2 BF1 BF0
1
2
3
P2B-VM CPU Settings
BF3 BF2 BF1 BF0
1
2
3
BF3 BF2 BF1 BF0
1
2
3
2.0x(2/1)
2.5x(5/2)
3.0x(3/1)
BF3 BF2 BF1 BF0
BF3 BF2 BF1 BF0
BF3 BF2 BF1 BF0
1
2
3
1
2
3
4.0x(4/1)
BF3 BF2 BF1 BF0
1
2
3
3.5x(7/2)
1
2
3
4.5x(9/2)
5.0x(5/1)
CPU Core:Bus Frequency Multiple
WARNING! Frequencies above 100MHz exceed the specifications for the onboard Intel Chipset and are not guaranteed to be stable.
WARNING! PCI frequencies above 33MHz exceed the specifications for PCI
cards and are not guaranteed to be stable.
Set the jumpers by the Internal speed of your processor as follows:
Intel CPU Model
Pentium II
Pentium II
Pentium II
Freq.
450MHz
400MHz
350MHz
Ratio
4.5x
4.0x
3.5x
Pentium II/Celeron 333MHz 5.0x
Pentium II/Celeron 300MHz 4.5x
Pentium II/Celeron 266MHz 4.0x
BUS F.
100MHz
100MHz
100MHz
(CPU BUS Freq.)
FS4 FS3 FS2 FS1
[1-2] [2-3] [1-2] [1-2]
[1-2] [2-3] [1-2] [1-2]
[1-2] [2-3] [1-2] [1-2]
FS0
[1-2]
[1-2]
[1-2]
(Freq. Multiple)
BF3 BF2 BF1 BF0
[2-3] [1-2] [2-3] [1-2]
[2-3] [1-2] [2-3] [2-3]
[2-3] [2-3] [1-2] [1-2]
66MHz [2-3] [2-3] [2-3] [1-2] [1-2] [2-3] [1-2] [1-2] [2-3]
66MHz [2-3] [2-3] [2-3] [1-2] [1-2] [2-3] [1-2] [2-3] [1-2]
66MHz [2-3] [2-3] [2-3] [1-2] [1-2] [2-3] [1-2] [2-3] [2-3]
NOTES: Overclocking your processor is not recommended. It may result in a slower
speed. Voltage Regulator Output Selection (VID) is not needed for the Pentium II/Celeron
processor because it sends a VID signal directly to the onboard power controller.
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2. System Memory (DIMM)
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System Memory
This motherboard uses only Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMMs). Sockets are
available for 3.3Volt (power level) unbuffered Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM). One side (with memory chips) of the DIMM takes up one
row on the motherboard.
To utilize the chipset’s Error Checking and Correction (ECC) feature, you must use a
DIMM module with 9 chips per side (standard 8 chips/side + 1 ECC chip) and make
the proper settings through “Chipset Features Setup” in BIOS setup.
Memory speed setup is recommended through SDRAM Configuration under “Chipset
Features Setup” in BIOS setup.
Install memory in any combination as follows:
DIMM Location
168-pin DIMM Size
Total Memory
Socket 1 (Rows 0&1)
SDRAM 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256MB
x1
Socket 2 (Rows 2&3)
SDRAM 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256MB
x1
Socket 3 (Rows 4&5)
SDRAM 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256MB
x1
Total System Memory (Max 768MB)
=
General DIMM Notes
• For the system CPU bus to operate at 100MHz, use only PC100-compliant DIMMs
•
•
•
•
•
compatible with Intel’s PC100 SDRAM specifications. This motherboard operates at
100MHz, thus most systems will not even boot if non-compliant modules are used because of the strict timing issues involved under this speed. If your DIMMs are not PC100compliant, set the CPU bus frequency to 66MHz.
Two possible memory chips are supported: SDRAM with and without ECC.
SDRAM chips are generally thinner with higher pin density than EDO (Extended Data
Output) chips.
BIOS shows SDRAM memory on bootup screen.
8 chips/side modules do not support ECC, only 9 chips/side modules support ECC.
Single-sided DIMMs come in 16, 32, 64,128MB; double-sided come in 32, 64, 128, 256MB.
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DIMM Memory Installation
Insert the module(s) as shown. Because the number of pins are different on either
side of the breaks, the module will only fit in the orientation as shown. DIMM
modules are longer and have different pin contact on each side and therefore have a
higher pin density. SIMM modules have the same pin contact on both sides.
20 Pins 60 Pins
88 Pins
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System Memory
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P2B-VM 168-Pin DIMM Sockets
The DIMMs must be 3.3V Unbuffered for this motherboard. To determine the DIMM
type, check the notches on the DIMMs (see figure below).
168-Pin DIMM Notch Key Definitions (3.3V)
DRAM Key Position
Unbuffered
RFU
Buffered
Voltage Key Position
Reserved
5.0V
3.3V
The notches on the DIMM module will shift between left, center, or right to identify
the type and also to prevent the wrong type from being inserted into the DIMM slot on
the motherboard. You must tell your retailer the correct DIMM type before purchasing. This motherboard supports four clock signals.
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3. Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Your motherboard provides a Slot 1 connector for a Pentium® II processor packaged
in a Single Edge Contact Cartridge (SECC/SECC2) or a Celeron™ processor packaged in a Single Edge Processor Package (SEPP).
Pentium II processor packaged in an SECC with heatsink and
fan (top view)
Pentium II processor packaged in an SECC2 or Celeron™ processor
packaged in an SEPP with heatsink and fan (top view)
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CPU
Universal Retention Mechanism
Your motherboard comes preinstalled with a Universal Retention Mechanism (URM).
The URM supports Pentium II and Celeron processors.
Universal Retention Mechanism (URM)
Heatsinks
The recommended heatsinks (see section on recommended heatsinks for Pentium II
processors for more information) for the boxed Pentium II and Celeron processors
are those with three-pin fans that can be connected to the fan connectors on the
motherboard.
WARNING! Be sure that there is sufficient air circulation across the processor’s
heatsink by regularly checking that your CPU fan is working. Without sufficient
circulation, the processor could overheat and damage both the processor and the
motherboard. You may install an auxiliary fan, if necessary.
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Installing the Processor
1. Unlock the URM’s Folding Support Arms:
The folding support arms of the URM are
locked when shipped.
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CPU
Locked Folding Support
To unlock the support arms, simply flip them up to an upright position.
Unlocked Folding Support
Arms
The URM is now ready for the installation of your processor.
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2. Attach the Heatsink
NOTE: Follow carefully the heatsink attachment instructions included with your
heatsink or processor. The following steps are provided only as a general guide
and may not reflect those for your heatsink.
SECC with Pentium® II
Place the SECC face down on a flat surface and lay the heat sink flush on the
back (metal side) of the SECC. Check the orientation of the heatsink against the
illustration below. The thicker fin must be orientated toward the bottom. The top
clamp is wider than the bottom clamp so only this orientation will fit. With a
screw driver, push the clamps one at a time into the SECC. Be sure that the
heatsink is firmly pressed against the SECC.
Lock
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CPU
Push each end of the clamps until they lock
Lock
SECC2 with Pentium® II/SEPP with Celeron™
Insert the heatsink clip through the holes at the SECC2/SEPP’s back, making sure that
the bottom of the clip plate sits against the processors’s back. Remove the tab from the
thermal grease, which is located on the bottom of the heatsink) and place the heatsink
over the processor. A slight rocking motion may be necessary to place the heatsink on the
SECC2/SEPP, with one pair of the heatsink clip legs going first through the corresponding heatsink holes, and then the other pair. (NOTE: The heatsink and SECC2/SEPP
holes are slightly offset to ensure good locking grip between the two.)
SECC2/SEPP
Heatsink Clip Legs
WARNING! Make sure the heatsink is mounted tightly against the SECC, SECC2
or SEPP; otherwise, the CPU will overheat. You may install an auxiliary fan to
provide adequate circulation across the processor’s passive heatsink.
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3. Insert the SECC/SECC2/SEPP
SECC with Pentium® II only: Push the SECC’s two locks inward until you hear
a click (the picture in step 2 shows the locks in the outward position and inward in
the picture below).
With the heatsink facing the motherboard’s chipset, push the SECC, SECC2, or
SEPP gently but firmly into the Slot 1 connector until it is fully inserted.
SECC
SECC2/SEPP
Push lock inward
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CPU
CPU fan cable to
fan connector
CPU fan cable to
fan connector
4. Secure the SECC/SECC2/SEPP
Secure the SECC/SECC2/SEPP in place by pushing the SECC/SECC2/SEPP
until it is firmly seated on the Slot 1 connector.
SECC with Pentium® II only: The SECC locks should be outward when secured so that the lock shows through the retention mechanism’s lock holes.
SECC
SECC2/SEPP
Lock hole
CPU fan cable to
fan connector
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CPU fan
cable to fan
connector
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Recommended Heatsinks for Slot 1 Processors
The recommended heatsinks for the Slot 1 processors are those with three-pin fans,
such as the ASUS Smart Fan, that can be connected to the motherboard’s CPU fan
connector. These heatsinks, such as the Elan Vital Heatsink with Fan, dissipate heat
more efficiently and with an optional hardware monitor, they can monitor the fan’s
RPM and use the alert function with the Intel LANDesk Client Manager (LDCM)
and the ASUS PC Probe software.
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Elan Vital Heatsink with Fan
To install, simply follow the procedures for Installing the Processor. The Elan Vital heatsink, however, comes with a lever to clamp the heatsink into the SEC cartridge. Mount the heatsink in the orientation as shown then flip the lever from “Unlock” to “Lock.”
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4. Expansion Cards
WARNING! Unplug your power supply when adding or removing expansion
cards or other system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to
both your motherboard and expansion cards.
Expansion Card Installation Procedure
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Expansion Cards
1. Read the documentation for your expansion card and make any necessary hardware or software settings for your expansion card, such as jumpers.
2. Remove your computer system’s cover and the bracket plate on the slot you
intend to use. Keep the bracket for possible future use.
3. Carefully align the card’s connectors and press firmly.
4. Secure the card on the slot with the screw you removed above.
5. Replace the computer system’s cover.
6. Set up the BIOS if necessary
(such as IRQ xx Used By ISA: Yes in PNP AND PCI SETUP)
7. Install the necessary software drivers for your expansion card.
Assigning IRQs for Expansion Cards
Some expansion cards need to use an IRQ to operate. Generally, an IRQ must be
exclusively assigned to one use. In a standard design, there are 16 IRQs available
but most of them are already in use, leaving 6 IRQs free for expansion cards. If your
motherboard has audio onboard, an extra 3 IRQs will be used, leaving 3 IRQs free.
Both ISA and PCI expansion cards may require to use IRQs. System IRQs are available to cards installed in the ISA expansion bus first, then any remaining IRQs are
available to PCI cards. Currently, there are two types of ISA cards. The original ISA
expansion card design, now referred to as legacy ISA cards, requires that you configure the card’s jumpers manually and then install it in any available slot on the ISA
bus. You may use the Microsoft Diagnostics (MSD.EXE) utility located in the Windows directory to see a map of your used and free IRQs. If you use Windows 95, the
Resources tab under Device Manager displays the resource settings being used by
a particular device (to gain access, double-click the System icon under the Control
Panel program). Ensure that no two devices share the same IRQs or your computer
will experience problems when those two devices are in use at the same time.
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To simplify this process, this motherboard has complied with the Plug and Play
(PNP) specification which was developed to allow automatic system configuration
whenever a PNP-compliant card is added to the system. For PNP cards, IRQs are
assigned automatically from those available.
If the system has both Legacy and PNP ISA cards installed, IRQs are
assigned to PNP cards from those not used by Legacy cards. The PCI and PNP
configuration of the BIOS setup utility can be used to indicate which IRQs are being
used by Legacy cards. For older Legacy cards that do not work with the BIOS, you
can contact your vendor for an ISA Configuration Utility.
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An IRQ number is automatically assigned to PCI expansion cards after those used
by Legacy and PNP ISA cards. In the PCI bus design, the BIOS automatically
assigns an IRQ to a PCI slot that has a card in it that requires an IRQ. To install a
PCI card, you need to set something called the INT (interrupt) assignment. Since all
the PCI slots on this motherboard use an INTA #, be sure that the jumpers on your
PCI cards are set to INT A.
Assigning DMA Channels for ISA Cards
Some ISA cards, both legacy and PnP, may also need to use a DMA (Direct Memory
Access) channel. DMA assignments for this motherboard are handled the same way
as the IRQ assignment process described earlier. You can select a DMA channel in
the PCI and PnP configuration section of the BIOS Setup utility.
IMPORTANT: To avoid conflicts, reserve the necessary IRQs and DMAs for legacy
ISA cards (under PNP AND PCI SETUP of the BIOS SOFTWARE, choose Yes in IRQ
xx Used By ISA and DMA x Used By ISA for those IRQs and DMAs you want to reserve).
Accelerated Graphics Port (optional)
This motherboard provides an accelerated graphics port (AGP) slot to support a new
generation of graphics cards with ultra-high memory bandwidth, such as an ASUS
3D Hardware Accelerator. NOTE: You must set the VGAEN jumper to Disable
when using an external AGP card in order to disable the onboard AGP chipset.
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5. External Connectors
WARNING! Some pins are used for connectors or power sources. These are
clearly distinguished from jumpers in the Motherboard Layout. Placing jumper
caps over these connector pins will cause damage to your motherboard.
IMPORTANT: Ribbon cables should always be connected with the red stripe on the
Pin 1 side of the connector. The four corners of the connectors are labeled on the
motherboard. Pin 1 is the side closest to the power connector on hard drives and
floppy drives. IDE ribbon cable must be less than 46cm(18in.), with the second drive
connector no more than 15cm (6in.) from the first connector.
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Connectors
1. PS/2 Mouse Connector (6-pin Female)
The system will direct IRQ12 to the PS/2 mouse if one is detected. If not detected, expansion cards can use IRQ12. See “PS/2 Mouse Control” in BIOS
Features Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE.
PS/2 Mouse (6-pin Female)
2. PS/2 Keyboard Connector (6-pin Female)
This connection is for a standard keyboard using a PS/2 plug (mini DIN). This
connector will not allow standard AT size (large DIN) keyboard plugs. You
may use a DIN to mini DIN adapter on standard AT keyboards.
PS/2 Keyboard (6-pin Female)
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3. Parallel Port Connector (25-pin Female)
You can enable the parallel port and choose the IRQ through “Onboard Parallel
Port” in Chipset Features Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE.
NOTE: Serial printers must be connected to the serial port.
Parallel (Printer) Port (25-pin Female)
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4. Serial Port COM1 Connector (9-pin Male)
One serial port is ready for a mouse or other serial devices. A second serial port
is available using a serial port bracket connected from the motherboard to an
expansion slot opening. See “Onboard Serial Port” in Chipset Features Setup of
the BIOS SOFTWARE for settings.
Serial Port (9-pin Male) COM 1
5. Monitor (VGA) Output Connector (15-pin Female)
This connector is for output to a VGA-compatible device.
VGA Monitor (15-pin Female)
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6. Audio Port Connectors (Three 1/8” Female) (with optional onboard audio)
Line Out can be connected to headphones or preferably powered speakers.
Line In allows tape players or other audio sources to be recorded by your computer or played through the Line Out. Mic allows microphones to be connected
for inputing voice.
Line Out Line In Mic
1/8" Stereo Audio Connectors
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Connectors
7. Joystick/Midi Connector (15-pin Female) (with optional onboard audio)
You may connect game joysticks or game pads to this connector for playing
games. Connect Midi devices for playing or editing audio.
Joystick/Midi (15-pin Female)
8. Universal Serial BUS Ports 1 & 2 (Two 4-pin Female)
Two USB ports are available for connecting USB devices.
USB 1
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2
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9. Primary / Secondary IDE connectors (Two 40-1pin IDE)
These connectors support the provided IDE hard disk ribbon cable.
After connecting the single end to the board, connect the two plugs at the other
end to your hard disk(s). If you install two hard disks, you must configure the
second drive to Slave mode by setting its jumper accordingly. Please refer to the
documentation of your hard disk for the jumper settings. BIOS now supports
SCSI device or IDE CD-ROM bootup (see “HDD Sequence SCSI/IDE First” &
“Boot Sequence” in the BIOS Features Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE) (Pin
20 is removed to prevent inserting in the wrong orientation when using
ribbon cables with pin 20 plugged).
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TIP: You may configure two hard disks to be both Masters using one ribbon
cable on the primary IDE connector and another ribbon cable on the secondary
IDE connector. You may install one operating system on an IDE drive and
another on a SCSI drive and select the boot disk through BIOS Features Setup.
NOTE: Orient the red markings
(usually zigzag) on the IDE
ribbon cable to PIN 1
PIN 1
Secondary IDE Connector
Primary IDE Connector
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10. Floppy Disk Drive Connector (34-1pin FLOPPY)
This connector supports the provided floppy drive ribbon cable. After connecting the single end to the board, connect the two plugs on the other end to the
floppy drives. (Pin 5 is removed to prevent inserting in the wrong orientation when using ribbon cables with pin 5 plugged).
NOTE: Orient the red markings on
the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1
PIN 1
Floppy Disk Drive Connector
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11. IrDA-Compliant infrared module connector (5-pin IR)
This connector supports the optional wireless transmitting and receiving infrared
module. This module mounts to a small opening on system cases that support this
feature. You must also configure the setting through “UART2 Use Infrared” in
Chipset Features Setup to select whether UART2 is directed for use with COM2
or IrDA. Use the five pins as shown on the Back View and connect a ribbon cable
from the module to the motherboard according to the pin definitions.
Front View
Back View
+5V
(NC)
IRRX
GND
IRTX
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+5V
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IRTX
GND
(NC)
IRRX
P2B-VM Infrared Module Connector
12. Wake-On-LAN Connector (3-pin WOL_CON)
These connector connects to LAN cards with a Wake On LAN output, such as
the ASUS PCI-L101. The connector powers up the system when a wakeup packet
or signal is received through the LAN card.
IMPORTANT: This feature requires that the WAKE On LAN Power Up Control is set to Enabled (see “Power Management Setup” under BIOS SOFTWARE section) and that your system has an ATX power supply with at least
720mA +5V standby power.
Ground
+5 Volt Standby
PME
IMPORTANT: Requires an ATX power
supply with at least 720mA +5Volt
standby power
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13. Chassis, CPU , & Power Supply Fan Connectors (3-pin CHA_, CPU_, PWR_FAN)
These connectors support cooling fans of 500mAMP (6 Watts) or less. Orientate the fans so that the heat sink fins allow airflow to go across the onboard heat
sink(s) instead of the expansion slots. Depending on the fan manufacturer, the
wiring and plug may be different. The red wire should be positive, while the
black should be ground. Connect the fan’s plug to the board taking into consideration the polarity of the this connector. NOTE: The “Rotation” signal is to
be used only by a specially designed fan with rotation signal.
WARNING! The CPU and/or motherboard will overheat if there is no airflow
across the CPU and onboard heatsinks. Damage may occur to the motherboard
and/or the CPU fan if these pins are incorrectly used. These are not jumpers,
do not place jumper caps over these pins.
Power Supply Fan
Rotation
+12V
GND
Rotation
+12V
GND
CPU Fan Power
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Chassis Fan Power
Rotation
+12V
GND
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14. ATX Power Supply Connector (20-pin block ATXPWR)
This connector connects to an ATX power supply. The plug from the power supply will only insert in one orientation because of the different hole sizes. Find the
proper orientation and push down firmly making sure that the pins are aligned.
+12.0Volts
+5V Standby
Power Good
Ground
+5.0 Volts
Ground
+5.0 Volts
Ground
+3.3 Volts
+3.3 Volts
+5.0 Volts
+5.0 Volts
-5.0 Volts
Ground
Ground
Ground
Power Supply On
Ground
-12.0Volts
+3.3Volts
IMPORTANT: Make sure that your ATX power supply can supply at least 10mA
on the 5-volt standby lead (5VSB). You may experience difficulty in powering
on your system if your power supply cannot support the load. For Wake-OnLAN support, your ATX power supply must supply at least 720mA +5VSB.
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15. SB-Link™ Connector (6-1 pin SBLINK)
Using Intel’s PC-PCI and serialized IRQ protocols found in this motherboard’s
AGPset, this connector allows Sound Blaster 16 compatibility to AWE64D (Digital) or other PCI audio cards, enabling users to play Real-mode DOS games and
multimedia applications. SB-Link acts as a bridge between the motherboard and
the PCI audio card by providing the DMA and IRQ signals present in the ISA
bus but not available on the PCI bus.
PC/PCI Request
Sideband Signal
1
DGND
5
Serial IRQ 6
PC/PCI Grant
Sideband Signal
2
DGND
SB-LINK
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NOTE: Pin 3 is removed to ensure the
correct orientation of the cable on it.
P2B-VM SB-Link™ Connector
16. Stereo Audio In Connector (4-pin )/Voice Modem In Connector (4-pin)
The CD_IN connector can be used to receive stereo audio input from an internal
CD-ROM drive or other sound sources such as a TV tuner or MPEG card. The
MODEM_IN connector allows mono input and output for a voice modem microphone and speaker interface.
Right Audio Channel
Ground
Ground
Left Audio Channel
CD_IN
MODEM_IN
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Input
Ground
Ground
Output
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Connectors
17. Message LED Lead (2-pin MLED)
This indicates whether a message has been received from a fax/modem. The LED
will remain lit when there is no signal and blink when data are being transfer or
messages are waiting in the inbox. This function requires ACPI OS support.
18. Keyboard Lock Switch Lead (2-pin KEYLOCK)
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted key switch to allow keyboard locking.
19. System Management Interrupt Lead (2-pin SMI)
This allows the user to manually place the system into a suspend mode or “Green”
mode where system activity will be instantly decreased to save electricity and
expand the life of certain components when the system is not in use. This 2-pin
connector (see the figure below) connects to the case-mounted suspend switch.
If you do not have a switch for the connector, you may use the “Turbo Switch”
since it does not have a function. SMI is activated when it detects a short to open
moment and therefore leaving it shorted will not cause any problems. May
require one or two pushes depending on the position of the switch. Wake-up can
be controlled by settings in the BIOS but the keyboard will always allow wakeup (the SMI lead cannot wake-up the system). If you want to use this connector,
“Suspend Switch” in the Power Management Setup of the BIOS SOFTWARE
section should be on the default setting of Enable.
20. Speaker Connector (4-pin SPEAKER)
This 4-pin connector connects to the case-mounted speaker.
21. ATX Power Switch/Soft Power Switch (2-pin PWR)
The system power is controlled by a momentary switch connected to this lead.
Pushing the button once will switch the system between ON and SLEEP. Pushing the switch while in the ON mode for more than 4 seconds will turn the
system off. The system power LED shows the status of the system’s power.
22. IDE Activity LED (2-pin IDELED)
This 2-pin connector supplies power to the cabinet’s IDE activity LED. Read
and write activity by devices connected to the Primary or Secondary IDE connectors will cause the LED to light up.
23. System Power LED (3-1 pin PLED)
This 3-1 pin connector connects the system power LED, which lights when the
system is powered on and blinks when it is in sleep mode.
24. Reset Switch Lead (2-pin RESET)
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted reset switch for rebooting
your computer without having to turn off your power switch This is a preferred
method of rebooting to prolong the life of the system’s power supply.
Keyboard Lock SMI Lead
Message LED
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ATX Power Switch
IDELED
+
+
+
+5V
GND
GND
SPKR
Speaker Connector
Reset Switch
Power LED
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25. Serial Port COM 2 (10-1 pin COM2)
The optional serial port bracket can be used to add an additional serial port for
additional serial devices.
Pin 1
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26. ATI Multimedia Channel AMC (40-3 pin AMC)
This connector is used for video accessories such as video capture cards or television tuners.
2
1
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Power Connection Procedures
1. After all connections are made, close the system case cover.
2. Be sure that all switches are off (in some systems, marked with ).
3. Connect the power supply cord into the power supply located on the back of
your system case according to your system user’s manual.
4. Connect the power cord into a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector.
5. You may then turn on your devices in the following order:
a. Your monitor
b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain)
c. Your system power. For ATX power supplies, you need to switch on the power
supply as well as press the ATX power switch on the front of the case.
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6. The power LED on the front panel of the system case will light. For ATX power
supplies, the system LED will light when the ATX power switch is pressed. The
LED on the monitor may light up or switch between orange and green after the
system’s if it complies with “green” standards or if it has a power standby feature. The system will then run power-on tests. While the tests are running, additional messages will appear on the screen. If you do not see anything within 30
seconds from the time you turn on the power, the system may have failed a
power-on test. Recheck your jumper settings and connections or call your retailer for assistance.
7. During power-on, hold down <Delete> to enter BIOS setup. Follow the instructions in the next section, BIOS SOFTWARE.
* Powering Off your computer: You must first exit or shut down your operating
system before switching off the power switch. For ATX power supplies, you
can press the ATX power switch after exiting or shutting down your operating
system. If you use Windows 95, click the Start button, click Shut Down, and
then click Shut down the computer?
NOTE: The message “You can now safely turn off your computer” will not
appear when shutting down with ATX power supplies.
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Flash Memory Writer Utility
AFLASH.EXE: This is the Flash Memory Writer utility that updates the BIOS by uploading
a new BIOS file to the programmable flash ROM chip on the motherboard. To determine the
BIOS version of your motherboard, check the last four numbers of the code displayed on the
upper left-hand corner of your screen during bootup. Larger numbers represent a newer BIOS
file. This file works only in DOS mode.
NOTE: The following screen displays are provided as examples only and may not reflect the
screen contents displayed on your system.
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Flash Memory Writer
IMPORTANT! If “unknown” is displayed after Flash Memory:, the memory
chip is either not programmable or is not supported by the ACPI BIOS and therefore, cannot be programmed by the Flash Memory Writer utility
Main Menu
1. Save Current BIOS To File
This option allows you to save a
copy of the original motherboard
BIOS in case you need to reinstall
it. It is recommended that you save
AFLASH.EXE and the BIOS file
to a bootable floppy disk.
To save your current BIOS, type
[1] at the Main Menu and then
press <Enter>. The Save Current
BIOS To File screen appears.
Type a filename and the path, for example, A:\XXX-X and then press <Enter>.
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2. Update BIOS Including Boot Block and ESCD
This option updates the boot block, the baseboard BIOS, and the ACPI extended system configuration data (ESCD) parameter block from a new BIOS file. See the next page for procedures on downloading an updated BIOS file.
To update your current BIOS,
type [2] at the Main Menu and
then press <Enter>. The Update
BIOS Including Boot Block
and ESCD screen appears. Type
the filename of your new BIOS
and the path, for example,
A:\XXXXXXX.AWD, and then
press <Enter>.
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Flash Memory Writer
When prompted to confirm the
BIOS update, press Y to start the
update.
The utility starts to program the
new BIOS information into the
flash ROM. When the programming is finished, Flashed Successfully will be displayed.
Follow the onscreen instructions
to continue.
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Managing and Updating Your Motherboard’s BIOS
Upon First Use of the Computer System
1. Create a bootable system floppy disk by typing [FORMAT A:/S] from the DOS
prompt without creating “AUTOEXEC.BAT” and “CONFIG.SYS” files.
2. Copy AFLASH.EXE to the just created boot disk.
3. Run AFLASH.EXE from this new disk and select option 1. Save Current BIOS
to File. See 1. Save Current BIOS To File on the previous page for more details and the rest of the steps.
Updating BIOS Procedures (only when necessary)
1. Download an updated ASUS BIOS file from the Internet (WWW or FTP) or a
BBS (Bulletin Board Service) (see ASUS CONTACT INFORMATION on page
3 for details) and save to the disk you created earlier.
2. Boot from the disk you created earlier.
3. At the “A:\” prompt, type AFLASH and then press <Enter>.
4. At the Main Menu, type 2 and then press <Enter>. See 2. Update BIOS Including Boot Block and ESCD on the previous page for more details and the
rest of the steps.
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Updating BIOS
WARNING! If you encounter problems while updating the new BIOS, DO NOT
turn off your system since this might prevent your system from booting up. Just
repeat the process, and if the problem still persists, update the original BIOS file
you saved to disk above. If the Flash Memory Writer utility was not able to
successfully update a complete BIOS file, your system may not be able to boot
up. If this happens, your system will need service.
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6. BIOS Setup
The motherboard supports two programmable Flash ROM chips: 5 Volt and 12
Volt. Either of these memory chips can be updated when BIOS upgrades are released. Use the Flash Memory Writer utility to download the new BIOS file into the
ROM chip as described in detail in this section.
All computer motherboards provide a Setup utility program for specifying the system configuration and settings. If your motherboard came in a computer system, the
proper configuration entries may have already been made. If so, invoke the Setup
utility, as described later, and take note of the configuration settings for future reference; in particular, the hard disk specifications.
If you are installing the motherboard, reconfiguring your system or you receive a
Run Setup message, you will need to enter new setup information. This section
describes how to configure your system using this utility.
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BIOS Setup
The BIOS ROM of the system stores the Setup utility. When you turn on the computer, the system provides you with the opportunity to run this program. This appears during the Power-On Self Test (POST). Press <Delete> to call up the Setup
utility. If you are a little bit late pressing the mentioned key(s), POST will continue
with its test routines, thus preventing you from calling up Setup. If you still need to
call Setup, reset the system by pressing <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <Delete>, or by pressing
the Reset button on the system case. You can also restart by turning the system off
and then back on again. But do so only if the first two methods fail.
When you invoke Setup, the CMOS SETUP UTILITY main program screen will
appear with the following options:
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Load Defaults
The “Load BIOS Defaults” option loads the minimum settings for troubleshooting.
Load Setup Defaults, on the other hand, is for loading optimized defaults for regular use. Choosing defaults at this level will modify all applicable settings.
A section at the bottom of the above screen displays the control keys for this screen.
Take note of these keys and their respective uses. Another section just below the
control keys section displays information on the currently highlighted item in the list.
Standard CMOS Setup
The “Standard CMOS Setup” option allows you to record some basic system hardware configuration and set the system clock and error handling. If the motherboard
is already installed in a working system, you will not need to select this option.
However, if the configuration stored in the CMOS memory on the board gets lost or
damaged, or if you change your system hardware configuration, you will need to
respecify the configuration values. The configuration values usually get lost or
corrupted when the power of the onboard CMOS battery weakens.
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Standard CMOS
The preceding screen provides you with a list of options. At the bottom of this screen
are the control keys for this screen. Take note of these keys and their respective uses.
User-configurable fields appear in a different color. If you need information on the
selected field, press <F1>. The help menu will then appear to provide you with the
information you need. The memory display at the lower right-hand side of the screen
is read-only and automatically adjusts accordingly.
Details of Standard CMOS Setup:
Date
To set the date, highlight the “Date” field and then press either <Page Up>/<Page Down>
or <+>/<–> to set the current date. Follow the month, day and year format. Valid values
for month, day and year are: Month: (1 to 12), Day: (1 to 31), Year: (up to 2079)
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Time
To set the time, highlight the “Time” field and then press either <Page Up>/<Page Down>
or <+>/<–> to set the current time. Follow the hour, minute and second format. Valid
values for hour, minute and second are: (Hour: (00 to 23), Minute: (00 to 59), Second:
(00 to 59).
NOTE: You can bypass the date and time prompts by creating an AUTOEXEC.BAT
file. For information on how to create this file, please refer to the MS-DOS manual.
Hard Disks
This field records the specifications for all non-SCSI hard disk drives installed in
your system. The onboard PCI IDE connectors provide Primary and Secondary
channels for connecting up to four IDE hard disks or other IDE devices. Each channel can support up to two hard disks; the first of which is the “master” and the
second is the “slave”.
Specifications for SCSI hard disks need not to be entered here since they operate
using device drivers and are not supported by any the BIOS. If you install either the
optional PCI-SC200 or PCI-SC860 SCSI controller card into the motherboard, see
section VI for instructions. If you install other vendor’s SCSI controller card, refer
to their respective documentations on how to install the required SCSI drivers.
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Standard CMOS
For IDE hard disk drive setup, you can:
• Use the Auto setting for detection during bootup.
• Use the IDE HDD AUTO DETECTION in the main menu to automatically
enter the drive specifications.
• Enter the specifications yourself manually by using the “User” option.
The entries for specifying the hard disk type include CYLS (number of cylinders),
HEAD (number of read/write heads), PRECOMP (write precompensation), LANDZ
(landing zone), SECTOR (number of sectors) and MODE. The SIZE field automatically adjusts according to the configuration you specify. The documentation
that comes with your hard disk should provide you with the information regarding
the drive specifications.
The MODE entry is for IDE hard disks only, and can be ignored for MFM and ESDI
drives. This entry provides three options: Normal, Large, LBA, or Auto (see below). Set MODE to the Normal for IDE hard disk drives smaller than 528MB; set
it to LBA for drives over 528MB that support Logical Block Addressing (LBA) to
allow larger IDE hard disks; set it to Large for drives over 528MB that do not support LBA. Large type of drive can only be used with MS-DOS and is very uncommon. Most IDE drives over 528MB support the LBA mode.
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Auto detection of hard disks on bootup
For each field: Primary Master, Primary Slave, Secondary Master, and Secondary
Slave, you can select Auto under the TYPE and MODE fields. This will enable auto
detection of your IDE hard disk during bootup. This will allow you to change your
hard disks (with the power off) and then power on without having to reconfigure
your hard disk type. If you use older hard disks that do not support this feature, then
you must configure the hard disk in the standard method as described earlier by the
“User” option.
NOTE: After the IDE hard disk drive information has been entered into BIOS, new
IDE hard disk drives must be partitioned (such as with FDISK) and then formatted
before data can be read from and write on. Primary IDE hard disk drives must have
its partition set to active (also possible with FDISK).
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Drive A (None)
This field records the types of floppy disk drives installed in your system. The
available options for drive A are: 360K, 5.25 in.; 1.2M, 5.25 in.; 720K, 3.5 in.;
1.44M, 3.5 in.; 2.88M, 3.5 in.; None.
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Standard CMOS
Floppy 3 Mode Support (Disabled)
This is the Japanese standard floppy drive. The standard stores 1.2MB in a 3.5inch
diskette. This is normally disabled but you may choose from either: Drive A and
Disabled.
Video (EGA/VGA)
Set this field to the type of video display card installed in your system. The options
are EGA/VGA, CGA 40, CGA 80, and MONO (for Hercules or MDA).
If you are using a VGA or any higher resolution card, choose EGA/VGA.
Halt On (All Errors)
This field determines which types of errors will cause the system to halt. Choose from
All Errors; No Errors; All, But Keyboard, All, But Diskette; and All, But Disk/Key.
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BIOS Features Setup
The “BIOS Features Setup” option consists of configuration entries that allow you
to improve your system performance, or let you set up some system features according to your preference. Some entries are required by the motherboard’s design to
remain in their default settings.
IV. BIOS
BIOS Features
A section at the lower right of the screen displays the control keys you can use. Take
note of these keys and their respective uses. If you need information on a particular
entry, highlight it and then press <F1>. A pop-up help menu will appear to provide
you with the information you need. <F5> loads the last set values, <F6> and <F7>
loads the BIOS default values and Setup default values, respectively.
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Details of BIOS Features Setup
CPU Internal Core Speed
This function is reserved for future use and is currently disabled.
Boot Virus Detection (Enabled)
This field allows you to set boot virus detection, ensuring a virus-free boot sector.
This new antivirus solution is unlike native BIOS tools, which offer limited virus
protection typically by write-protecting the partition table. With this new solution,
your computer is protected against boot virus threats earlier in the boot cycle, that is,
before they have a chance to load into your system. This ensures your computer
boots to a clean operating system. The system halts and displays a warning message
when it detects a virus. If this occurs, you can either allow the operation to continue
or use a virus-free bootable floppy disk to restart and investigate your system. Because of conflicts with new operating systems, for example, during installation of
new softwares, you may have to set this to Disabled to prevent write errors.
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CPU Level 1 Cache / CPU Level 2 Cache (Enabled)
These fields allow you to choose from the default of Enabled or choose Disabled to
turn on or off the CPU’s Level 1 and Level 2 built-in cache.
CPU Level 2 Cache ECC Check (Disabled)
This function controls the ECC check capability in the CPU level 2 cache.
BIOS Update (Enabled)
This functions as an update loader integrated into the BIOS to supply the processor
with the required data. The BIOS will load the update on all processors during
system bootup in the default position of Enabled.
Turbo Mode (Disabled)
Leave on default setting for best performance.
Quick Power On Self Test (Enabled)
This field speeds up the Power-On Self Test (POST) routine by skipping retesting a
second, third, and forth time. Setup default setting for this field is Enabled. A
complete test of the system is done on each test.
IV. BIOS
BIOS Features
HDD Sequence SCSI/IDE First (IDE)
When using both SCSI and IDE hard disk drives, IDE is always the boot disk using
drive letter C (default setting of IDE). This new feature allows a SCSI hard disk
drive to be the boot disk when set to SCSI. This allows multiple operating systems
to be used on both IDE and SCSI drives or the primary operating system to boot
using a SCSI hard disk drive.
Boot Sequence (A,C)
This field determines where the system looks first for an operating system. Options
are A, C; C, A; A, CDROM, C; CDROM, C, A; D, A; E, A; F, A; C only; LS/ZIP, C;
LAN, A, C; and LAN, C, A. The setup default setting is to check first the floppy disk
and then the hard disk drive, that is, A, C.
Boot Up Floppy Seek (Disabled)
When enabled, the BIOS will seek drive A once.
Floppy Disk Access Control (R/W)
This allows protection of files from the computer system to be copied to floppy
disks by allowing the setting of Read Only to only allow reads from the floppy disk
drive but not writes. The setup default R/W allows both reads and writes.
IDE HDD Block Mode Sectors (HDD MAX)
This field enhances hard disk performance by making multi-sector transfers instead
of one sector per transfer. Most IDE drives, except older versions, can utilize this
feature. Selections are HDD MAX, Disabled, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32.
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BIOS Features
HDD S.M.A.R.T. capability (Disabled)
This allows the enabling or disabling of the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis
and Reporting Technology) system which utilizes internal hard disk drive monitoring technology. This feature is normally disabled because system resources used in
this feature may decrease system performance.
PS/2 Mouse Function Control (Auto)
The default of Auto allows the system to detect a PS/2 mouse on bootup. If detected,
IRQ12 will be used for the PS/2 mouse. IRQ12 will be reserved for expansion cards
if a PS/2 mouse is not detected. Enabled will always reserve IRQ12, whether on
bootup a PS/2 mouse is detected or not.
OS/2 Onboard Memory > 64M (Disabled)
When using OS/2 operating systems with installed DRAM of greater than 64MB,
you need to set this option to Enabled otherwise leave this on Disabled.
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PCI/VGA Palette Snoop (Disabled)
Some display cards that are nonstandard VGA such as graphics accelerators or MPEG
Video Cards may not show colors properly. The setting Enabled should correct this
problem. Otherwise leave this on the setup default setting of Disabled.
Video ROM BIOS Shadow (Enabled)
This field allows you to change the video BIOS location from ROM to RAM. Relocating to RAM enhances system performance, as information access is faster than
the ROM.
C8000-CBFFF to DC000-DFFFF (Disabled)
These fields are used for shadowing other expansion card ROMs. If you install
other expansion cards with ROMs on them, you will need to know which addresses
the ROMs use to shadow them specifically. Shadowing a ROM reduces the memory
available between 640K and 1024K by the amount used for this purpose.
Boot Up NumLock Status (On)
This field enables users to activate the Number Lock function upon system boot.
Typematic Rate Setting (Disabled)
When enabled, you can set the two typematic controls listed next. Setup default
setting is Disabled.
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) (6)
This field controls the speed at which the system registers repeated keystrokes.
Options range from 6 to 30 characters per second. Setup default setting is 6; other
settings are 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 24, and 30.
Typematic Delay (Msec) (250)
This field sets the time interval for displaying the first and second characters. Four
delay rate options are available: 250, 500, 750, and 1000.
Security Option (System)
When you specify a Supervisor Password and/or User Password (explained later in
this section), the Security Option field determines when the system prompts for the
password. The default setting is System, where the system prompts for the User
Password every time you start your system. The other option is Setup, where the
system goes through its startup routine unless the Setup utility is called, when the
system prompts for the Supervisor Password.
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Chipset Features Setup
The “Chipset Features Setup” option controls the configuration of the board’s chipset.
Control keys for this screen are the same as for the previous screen.
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Details of Chipset Features Setup
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Chipset Features
SDRAM Configuration (By SPD)
This sets the optimal timings for items 2-5. Leave on default setting.
SDRAM CAS Latency (2T)
This controls the latency between SDRAM read command and the time that the data
actually becomes available. Leave on default setting.
SDRAM RAS to CAS Delay (2T)
This controls the latency between SDRAM active command and the read/write command. Leave on default setting.
SDRAM RAS Precharge Time (2T)
This controls the idle clocks after issuing a precharge command to SDRAM. Leave
on default setting.
DRAM Idle Timer (0T)
This controls the idle clocks before closing an opened SDRAM page. Leave on
default setting.
SDRAM MA Wait State (Normal)
This controls the leadoff clocks for CPU read cycles. Leave on default setting.
Snoop Ahead (Enabled)
Enabled will allow PCI streaming. Leave on default setting.
Host Bus Fast Data Ready (Disabled)
Leave on default setting.
16-bit I/O Recovery Time (1 BUSCLK) / 8-bit I/O Recovery Time (1 BUSCLK)
Timing for 16-bit and 8-bit ISA cards, respectively. Leave on default setting.
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Graphics Aperture Size (64MB)
Memory-mapped, graphics data structures can reside in a Graphics Aperture. Leave
on default setting.
Video Memory Cache Mode (UC)
USWC (uncacheable, speculative write combining) is a new cache technology for
the video memory of the processor. It can greatly improve the display speed by
caching the display data. You must leave this on the default setting of UC
(uncacheable) if your display card cannot support this feature or else your system
may not boot.
PCI 2.1 Support (Enabled)
This function allows you to enable or disable PCI 2.1 features including passive release
and delayed transaction. Leave Enabled (default setting) for PCI 2.1 compliancy.
Memory Hole At 15M–16M (Disabled)
Enabling this feature reserves 15MB to 16MB memory address space to ISA expansion cards that specifically require this setting. This makes the memory from 15MB
and up unavailable to the system. Expansion cards can only access memory up to
16MB. The default is Disabled.
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Chipset Features
DRAM are xx bits wide
If all your DIMMs have ECC (e.g., 8 chips + 1 ECC chip), they are considered
72bits and the following will be displayed:
If your DIMMs do not have ECC (e.g. 8 chips), they are considered 64 bits and the
following will be displayed instead:
Data Integrity Mode (Non-ECC)
Non-ECC has byte-wise write capability but no provision for protecting data integrity in
the DRAM array. EC-Only data errors are detected but not corrected. ECC with hardware scrubbing allows a detection of single-bit and multiple-bit errors and recovery of
single-bit errors. (See section III for more information on DRAM memory modules.)
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Onboard FDC Controller (Enabled)
When Enabled, this field allows you to connect your floppy disk drives to the onboard
floppy disk drive connector instead of a separate controller card. If you want to use a
different controller card to connect the floppy disk drives, set this field to Disabled.
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Onboard Serial Port 1 (3F8H/IRQ4)
Settings are 3F8H/IRQ4, 2F8H/IRQ3, 3E8H/IRQ4, 2E8H/IRQ10, and Disabled for
the onboard serial connector.
Onboard Serial Port 2 (2F8H/IRQ3)
Settings are 3F8H/IRQ4, 2F8H/IRQ3, 3E8H/IRQ4, 2E8H/IRQ10, and Disabled for
the onboard serial connector.
Onboard Parallel Port (378H/IRQ7)
This field sets the address of the onboard parallel port connector. You can select
either: 3BCH / IRQ 7, 378H / IRQ 7, 278H / IRQ 5, Disabled. If you install an I/O card
with a parallel port, ensure that there is no conflict in the address assignments. The PC
can support up to three parallel ports as long as there are no conflicts for each port.
Parallel Port Mode (ECP+EPP)
This field allows you to set the operation mode of the parallel port. The setting
Normal, allows normal-speed operation but in one direction only; EPP allows bidirectional parallel port operation at maximum speed; ECP allows the parallel port to
operate in bidirectional mode and at a speed faster than the maximum unidirectional
data transfer rate; ECP+EPP allows normal speed operation in a two-way mode.
ECP DMA Select (3)
This selection is available only if you select ECP or ECP+EPP in the Parallel Port
Mode. Select either DMA Channel 1, 3, or Disable.
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Chipset Features
UART2 Use Infrared (Disabled)
When enabled, this field activates the onboard infrared feature and sets the second
serial UART to support the infrared module connector on the motherboard. If your
system already has a second serial port connected to the onboard COM2 connector, it
will no longer work if you enable the infrared feature. By default, this field is set to
Disabled, which leaves the second serial port UART to support the COM2 serial port
connector. See IrDA-compliant infrared module connector under section III.
Onboard PCI IDE Enable (Both)
You can select to enable the primary IDE channel, secondary IDE channel, both, or
disable both channels (for systems with only SCSI drives).
IDE Ultra DMA Mode (Auto)
This field autodetects Ultra DMA capability (for improved transfer speeds and data integrity) for compatible IDE devices. Set to Disable to suppress Ultra DMA capability.
IDE 0 Master/Slave PIO/DMA Mode, IDE 1 Master/Slave PIO/DMA Mode (Auto)
Each channel (0 and 1) has both a master and a slave making four IDE devices
possible. Because each IDE device may have a different Mode timing (0, 1, 2, 3, 4),
it is necessary for these to be independent. The default setting of Auto will allow
autodetection to ensure optimal performance
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Power Management Setup
The “Power Management Setup” option allows you to reduce power consumption.
This feature turns off the video display and shuts down the hard disk after a period
of inactivity.
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Details of Power Management Setup
IV. BIOS
Power Management
Power Management (User Define)
This field acts as the master control for the power management modes. Max Saving
puts the system into power saving mode after a brief period of system inactivity;
Min Saving is almost the same as Max Saving except that this time the system inactivity period is longer; Disable disables the power saving features; User Define allows you to set power saving options according to your preference.
IMPORTANT: Advanced Power Management (APM) should be installed to keep
the system time updated when the computer enters suspend mode activated by the
BIOS Power Management. For DOS environments, you need to add the statement,
DEVICE=C:\DOS\POWER.EXE, in you CONFIG.SYS. For Windows 3.x and Windows 95, you need to install Windows with the APM feature. A battery and power
cord icon labeled “Power” will appear in the “Control Panel.” Choose “Advanced”
in the Power Management Field.
Video Off Option (Suspend -> Off )
This field determines when to activate the video off feature for monitor power management. The settings are Suspend -> Off and Always On.
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Video Off Method (DPMS OFF)
This field defines the video off features. The following options are available: DPMS
OFF, DPMS Reduce ON, Blank Screen, V/H SYNC+Blank, DPMS Standby, and
DPMS Suspend. The DPMS (Display Power Management System) features allow
the BIOS to control the video display card if it supports the DPMS feature. Blank
Screen only blanks the screen (use this for monitors without power management or
“green” features. If set up in your system, your screen saver will not display with
Blank Screen selected). V/H SYNC+Blank blanks the screen and turns off vertical
and horizontal scanning.
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PM Timers
This section controls the time-out settings for the Power Management scheme. The
fields included in this section are “HDD Power Down”, which places the hard disk
into its lowest power consumption mode, and the Suspend mode which suspends the
CPU.
The system automatically “wakes up” from any power saving mode when there is
system activity such as when a key is pressed from the keyboard, or when there is
activity detected from the enabled IRQ channels.
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Power Management
HDD Power Down (Disable)
Shuts down any IDE hard disk drives in the system after a period of inactivity. This
time period is user-configurable to 1–15 Min or Disable. This feature does not
affect SCSI hard drives.
Suspend Mode (Disable)
Sets the period of time after which each of these modes activate: 30 sec, 1 Min, 2
Min, 4 Min, 8 Min, 20 Min, 30 Min, 40 Min, 1 Hour, and Disable.
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Power Up Control
This section determines the ways the system can be controlled when it is started or
restarted, when modem activity is detected, or when power to the computer is interrupted and reapplied. The Soft-Off mode refers to powering off the system through
a momentary button switch (ATX switch) or through the software as opposed to
disconnecting the AC power by way of a rocker switch or other means.
PWR Button < 4 Secs (Soft Off)
When set to Soft Off, the ATX switch can be used as a normal system power-off
button when pressed for less than 4 seconds. Suspend allows the button to have a
dual function where pressing less than 4 seconds will place the system in sleep
mode. Regardless of the setting, holding the ATX switch for more than 4 seconds
will power off the system.
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PWR Up On Modem Act (Enabled)
This allows either settings of Enabled or Disabled for powering up the computer (turns the
ATX power supply on) when the modem receives a call while the computer is Soft Off.
NOTE: The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and applications are fully running, thus connection cannot be made on the first try. Turning
an external modem off and then back on while the computer is off causes an initialization string that will also cause the system to power on.
AC PWR Loss Restart (Disabled)
This allows you to set whether you want your system to boot up after the power has
been interrupted. Disabled leaves your system off after reapplying power and Enabled boots up your system after reapplying power.
Power Up By Keyboard (Disabled)
This allows the computer to be powered on by pressing any key on the keyboard. Set
of Enabled to set this feature. WARNING: This setting must coincide with the keyboard power up jumper setting or else conflicts will occur.
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Power Management
Wake On LAN (Enabled)
This allows you to remotely power up your system through your network by sending a wake-up frame or signal. With this feature, you can remotely upload/download
data to/from systems during off-peak hours. Set to Enabled to set this feature.
IMPORTANT: This feature requires the ASUS PCI-L101 LAN Card and an ATX
power supply with at least 720mA +5V standby power.
Automatic Power Up (Disabled)
This allows you to have an unattended or automatic power up of your system. You may
configure your system to power up at a certain time of the day by selecting Everyday,
which will allow you to set the time or at a certain time and day by selecting By Date.
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IV. BIOS SOFTWARE
PNP and PCI Setup
The “PNP and PCI Setup” option configures the PCI bus slots. All PCI bus slots on
the system use INTA#, thus all installed PCI cards must be set to this value.
NOTE: SETUP Defaults are noted in parenthesis next to each function heading.
Details of PNP and PCI Setup
IV. BIOS
Plug & Play / PCI
PNP OS Installed (No)
This field allows you to use a Plug-and-Play (PnP) operating system to configure
the PCI bus slots instead of using the BIOS. Thus interrupts may be reassigned by
the OS when Yes is selected. When a non-PnP OS is installed or to prevent reassigning of interrupt settings, select the default setting of No.
Slot 1 IRQ (Auto) / Slot 2/Audio IRQ (5) / Slot 3 IRQ (Auto)
These fields set how IRQ use is determined for each PCI slot. The default setting for Slot
1 IRQ and Slot 2 IRQ is Auto, which uses auto-routing to determine IRQ use. The other
options are manual settings of NA, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, or 15 for each slot. The
default setting for Slot 2/Audio IRQ is 5.
PCI Latency Timer (32 PCI Clock)
The default setting of 32 PCI Clock enables maximum PCI performance for this
motherboard.
IRQ xx Used By ISA (No/ICU)
These fields indicate whether or not the displayed IRQ for each field is being used
by a legacy (non-PnP) ISA card. Two options are available: No/ICU and Yes. The
first option, the default value, indicates either that the displayed IRQ is not used or
an ISA Configuration Utility (ICU) is being used to determine if an ISA card is
using that IRQ. If you install a legacy ISA card that requires a unique IRQ, and you
are not using an ICU, you must set the field for that IRQ to Yes. For example: If you
install a legacy ISA card that requires IRQ 10, then set IRQ10 Used By ISA to Yes.
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DMA x Used By ISA (No/ICU)
These fields indicate whether or not the displayed DMA channel for each field is
being used by a legacy (non-PnP) ISA card. Available options include: No/ICU and
Yes. The first option, the default setting, indicates either that the displayed DMA
channel is not used or an ICU is being used to determine if an ISA card is using that
channel. If you install a legacy ISA card that requires a unique DMA channel, and
you are not using an ICU, you must set the field for that channel to Yes.
ISA MEM Block BASE (No/ICU)
This field allows you to set the base address and block size of a legacy ISA card that
uses any memory segment within the C800H and DFFFH address range. If you
have such a card, and you are not using an ICU to specify its address range, select a
base address from the six available options; the ISA MEM Block SIZE field will
then appear for selecting the block size. If you have more than one legacy ISA card
in your system that requires to use this address range, you can increase the block
size to either 8K, 16K, 36K, or 64K. If you are using an ICU to accomplish this task,
leave ISA MEM Block BASE to its default setting of No/ICU.
SYMBIOS SCSI BIOS (Auto)
The default uses Auto settings for the onboard SCSI BIOS. If you do not want to use
the onboard SCSI BIOS, choose Disabled
IV. BIOS
Plug & Play / PCI
USB IRQ (Enabled)
Enabled reserves an IRQ# for the USB to work, Disabled does not allow the USB to
have an IRQ# and therefore prevents the USB from functioning. If you are not using
any USB devices, you may set this feature to Disabled to save an extra IRQ# for
expansion cards.
ONB VGA BIOS First (No)
This field gives priority to the onboard VGA BIOS over other VGA controllers. The
default setting for this field is No.
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IV. BIOS SOFTWARE
Load BIOS Defaults
The “Load BIOS Defaults” option allows you to load the troubleshooting default
values permanently stored in the BIOS ROM. These default settings are non-optimal and disable all high performance features. To load these default settings, highlight “Load BIOS Defaults” on the main screen and then press <Enter>. The system
displays a confirmation message on the screen. Press <Y> and then <Enter> to
confirm. Press <N> and then <Enter> to abort. This feature does not affect the
fields on the Standard CMOS Setup screen.
Load Setup Defaults
The “Load Setup Defaults” option allows you to load the default values to the system configuration fields. These default values are the optimized configuration settings for the system. To load these default values, highlight “Load Setup Defaults”
on the main screen and then press <Enter>. The system displays a confirmation
message on the screen. Press <Y> and then <Enter> to confirm. Press <N> and
then <Enter> to abort. This feature does not affect the fields on the Standard CMOS
Setup screen.
IV. BIOS
Load Defaults
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Supervisor Password and User Password
IV. BIOS
Passwords
These two options set the system passwords. “Supervisor Password” sets a password that will be used to protect the system and the Setup utility; “User Password”
sets a password that will be used exclusively on the system. By default, the system
comes without any passwords. To specify a password, highlight the type you want
and then press <Enter>. A password prompt appears on the screen. Taking note that
the password is case sensitive, and can be up to 8 alphanumeric characters long, type
in your password and then press <Enter>. The system confirms your password by
asking you to type it again. After setting a password, the screen automatically reverts to the main screen.
To implement password protection, specify in the “Security Option” field of the
BIOS Features Setup screen when the system will prompt for the password. If you
want to disable either password, press <Enter> instead of entering a new password
when the “Enter Password” prompt appears. A message confirms the password has
been disabled.
NOTE: If you forget the password, see CMOS RAM for procedures on clearing the
CMOS.
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IV. BIOS SOFTWARE
IDE HDD Auto Detection
The “IDE HDD Auto Detection” option detects the parameters of an IDE hard disk
drive, and automatically enters them into the Standard CMOS Setup screen.
IV. BIOS
Hard Disk Detect
Up to four IDE drives can be detected, with parameters for each listed inside the
box. To accept the optimal entries, press <Y> or else select from the numbers displayed under the OPTIONS field (2, 1, 3 in this case); to skip to the next drive, press
<N>. If you accept the values, the parameters will appear listed beside the drive
letter on the screen. The process then proceeds to the next drive letter. Pressing
<N> to skip rather than to accept a set of parameters causes the program to enter
zeros after that drive letter.
Remember that if you are using another IDE controller that does not feature Enhanced IDE support for four devices, you can only install two IDE hard disk drives.
Your IDE controller must support the Enhanced IDE features in order to use Drive E
and Drive F. The onboard PCI IDE controller supports Enhanced IDE, with two
connectors for connecting up to four IDE devices. If you want to use another controller that supports four drives, you must disable the onboard IDE controller in the
Chipset Features Setup screen.
When auto-detection is completed, the program automatically enters all entries you
accepted on the field for that drive in the Standard CMOS Setup screen. Skipped
entries are ignored and are not entered in the screen.
If you are auto-detecting a hard disk that supports the LBA mode, three lines will
appear in the parameter box. Choose the line that lists LBA for an LBA drive. Do
not select Large or Normal.
The auto-detection feature can only detect one set of parameters for a particular IDE
hard drive. Some IDE drives can use more than one set. This is not a problem if the
drive is new and empty.
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IMPORTANT: If your hard disk was already formatted on an older previous system,
incorrect parameters may be detected. You will need to enter the correct parameters
manually or use low-level format if you do not need the data stored on the hard disk.
If the parameters listed differ from the ones used when the disk was formatted, the
disk will not be readable. If the auto-detected parameters do not match the ones that
should be used for your disk, do not accept them. Press <N> to reject the presented
settings and enter the correct ones manually from the Standard CMOS Setup screen.
Save & Exit Setup
IV. BIOS
Save & Exit
Select this option to save into the CMOS memory all modifications you specified
during the current session. To save the configuration changes, highlight the “Save
& Exit Setup” option on the main screen, type “Y”, and then press <Enter>.
Exit Without Saving
Select this option to exit the Setup utility without saving the modifications you specify
during the current session. To exit without saving, highlight the “Exit Without Saving” option on the main screen and then press <Enter>.
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V. SUPPORT CD
ASUS Support CD Main Menu
Insert your support CD or doubleclick your CD drive icon in “My
Computer” to bring up the autorun
menu or run Setup.exe in the root
directory of the ASUS support CD.
NOTE: The CD version and contents are constantly modified without notice.
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Contents
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LDCM Local Setup: Installs software to monitor the local system. The
LANDesk Client Manager must be installed in order to use the hardware manager features.
LDCM Administrator Setup: Installs software to monitor PC systems on the
network within the same bridge address with the Local software installed. The
administrator should install both Local and Administrator Software.
Adobe Acrobat Reader: Installs the Adobe Acrobat Reader software necessary to view the LDCM manual in the LDCM directory.
BusMaster: (Windows 95 only) Installs the Intel BusMaster IDE drivers.
Install Video Driver and Utility: Installs the video driver and utilities for the
onboard VGA chipset.
Install Audio Driver: Audio driver installation instructions for the onboard audio.
Install Audio Utilities: Installs AudioRack32 audio utility.
Install Software Wave Table: Expands the audio sound capability for increased
sound effects.
Patch for PIIX4 chipset: (Windows 95 only) Installs the necessary drivers for
PCI card and PCI bridge for Windows 95/95a (OSR1) and 95b (OSR2) for ASUS
motherboards.
Install PCCillin: Installs “PC-cillin” virus protection software. View the online
help if you have any questions.
Browse this CD: Allows you to see the contents of the ASUS support CD.
Read Me: View additional notes with Notepad.
LDCM Introduce (MPEG VCD): View a video on the LDCM features.
Exit: Exit the selection menu.
Additonal CD Contents: DMI Configuration Utility in the DMI directory and
Flash BIOS writer in the AFLASH directory.
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V. Support CD
A. Video Driver ................................................................. 61
First Time Installation ....................................................................... 61
Operating Systems ................................................................. 61
Install Video Driver and Utility (Windows 95/98) ........................... 62
Display Settings for Windows 95/98 ................................................ 63
Adjustment Menu ........................................................................ 63
Panning Menu ............................................................................. 63
Color ............................................................................................ 64
Settings ........................................................................................ 64
B. Other Video Drivers ..................................................... 65
Video Driver Installation for Windows NT 4.0 ................................ 65
Installing Video Drivers for Windows NT 4.0 ............................ 65
Video Driver Installation for IBM OS/2 ........................................... 66
System Information (optional) .......................................................... 68
Quick Setup (optional) ...................................................................... 68
VDIF Files (optional) ........................................................................ 69
Advanced Setup (optional) ............................................................... 70
Diagnostics ........................................................................................ 70
Troubleshooting ................................................................................ 71
System Lockup ............................................................................ 71
Troubleshooting .......................................................................... 71
Windows 95 enhanced display driver .................................... 73
Windows 95 property page problems .................................... 73
ATI Video Player Notes ......................................................... 73
Other Problems & Actions ..................................................... 74
C. ATI Player ..................................................................... 75
V. Support CD
Contents
ATI Player ......................................................................................... 75
Features ............................................................................................. 75
Playing Audio CDs (Only in window 95) ................................... 76
Playing Media Files ..................................................................... 77
Playing Interactive Discs (Video CD 2.0) ............................. 77
D. Audio Driver ................................................................. 79
First Time Installation ....................................................................... 79
For Windows 95 .......................................................................... 79
For Windows 98 .......................................................................... 79
First Time Installation ................................................................. 80
For Windows NT 4.0 ................................................................... 81
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E. Audio Software ............................................................ 83
V. Support CD
Contents
Audio Rack Installation .................................................................... 83
Audio Rack Introduction .................................................................. 83
The Command Center ....................................................................... 84
Introduction ................................................................................. 84
The Command Center Controls .................................................. 84
The Command Center Display .................................................... 84
The Miniature Mode ......................................................................... 85
Introduction ................................................................................. 85
The Miniature Mode Controls ..................................................... 85
The Audio Mixer ............................................................................... 86
Introduction ................................................................................. 86
The Audio Mixer Controls .......................................................... 86
The Digital Audio Player .................................................................. 87
Introduction ................................................................................. 87
The Digital Audio Player Controls .............................................. 87
The Digital Audio Player Display ............................................... 87
The MIDI Player ............................................................................... 88
Introduction ................................................................................. 88
The MIDI Player Controls .......................................................... 88
The MIDI Player Display ............................................................ 88
The Compact Disk Player ................................................................. 89
Introduction ................................................................................. 89
The Compact Disk Player Controls ............................................. 89
The Audio Recorder .......................................................................... 90
Introduction ................................................................................. 90
The Audio Recorder Controls ..................................................... 90
The Audio Recorder Display ....................................................... 90
Release Notes .................................................................................... 91
Disable Eject Button on the CD Player ....................................... 91
Using AudioRack CD Player as Default CD Player ................... 91
Configuring Playback Mixer ....................................................... 91
F. Software Wavetable ..................................................... 92
Install Software Wavetable (Windows 95/98) .................................. 92
G. DMI Utility .................................................................. 93
Desktop Management Interface (DMI) ............................................. 93
Introducing the ASUS DMI Configuration Utility ................ 93
Starting the ASUS DMI Configuration Utility ...................... 93
Using the ASUS DMI Configuration Utility ......................... 94
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A. Video Driver
A. Video Driver
First Time Installation
First Time Installation
When you start Windows for the first time after the installation of your motherboard,
Windows 95/98 will detect the onboard video chip (either ATI 3D Rage Pro AGP 2X
or ATI 3D Rage IIC AGP, depending on your motherboard) and may attempt to
install a driver from its system registry. When prompted to restart, select No. Then
follow the normal installation procedure later in this section.
IMPORTANT: Selecting No for the initial restart prompt is a necessary step because Windows may load an older display driver that is incompatible with the onboard
ATI 3D Rage chip. Always use the driver available on the ASUS Support CD or an
applicable driver update from your ASUS vendor or from the ASUS web site.
Operating Systems
You should always use the latest operating system and updates when using new
hardware in order to ensure full compliancy. For Windows 95, you must use OSR
2.0 or later. For Windows NT 4.0, you must use Service Pack 3.0 or later.
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A. Video Driver
A. Video Driver
Windows 95/98
Install Video Driver and Utility (Windows 95/98)
Install Video Driver and Utility installs the video driver necessary for your card to
have higher performance, resolutions, and special features. You can also install the
ATI Player–a software multimedia player which provides full-screen MPEG video
playback with excellent color quality, plus a host of advanced multimedia features.
To install the video driver and utility for Windows 95/98
Insert the Support CD that came with your
motherboard into your CD-ROM drive or
double-click the CD drive icon in My
Computer to bring up the autorun screen
or run Setup.exe in the root directory of
your CD-ROM drive.
Click Install Video Driver and Utility.
The ATI Installation dialog box will appear.
Click Easy Install to begin the Installation Wizard.
The ATI Setup screen will appear.
Click Next to proceed with the installation and follow the onscreen instructions
to complete the installation.
When prompted to restart your computer,
click Yes.
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A. Video Driver
A. Video Driver
Display Settings
Display Settings for Windows 95/98
To change resolution, color, and other display properties, either right-click the Windows 95/98 desktop and then choose Properties, double-click the Display icon in
the Control Panel, or right-click the ATI icon in the system tray.
Adjustment Menu
You can adjust the screen output on the monitor from the Adjustment menu. Use the
Position and Size arrows to center your screen and make it as large as possible.
Panning Menu
This allows you to assign hotkeys in the Value box for moving your screen up,
down, left, right, in, or out in any application. Click Defaults to fill in the Value box
with default values.
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A. Video Driver
A. Video Driver
Display Settings
Color
This allows you to adjust the Gamma level for your monitor and color levels for
Red, Green, and Blue. You can save your settings by clicking Save As and typing in
a file name. This allows you to recall previously saved settings. Click Defaults to
restore all settings to their defaults.
Settings
This allows you to adjust the Color palette, Font size, and Display area. Choose
Center dialog boxes to keep messages visible, Enable task bar icon for easy access to the ATI configuration menus, and Show settings icon on task bar for quick
resolution changes.
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B. Other Video Drivers
Video Driver Installation for Windows NT 4.0
B. Other Video Drivers
Windows NT 4.0
IMPORTANT!
• Windows NT 3.5x does not support AGP cards.
• Before installing the ASUS display driver in Windows NT 4.0, make sure that
you have installed the Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack version 3.0 (available on
the Internet at http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/support/bldqpage.idc?Product
Page=q_servpk). Otherwise, the system will hang and will not be able to start up!
• For all the AGP features to be available you must be using Windows NT 5.0
(available in the future)
Installing Video Drivers for Windows NT 4.0
Windows NT will default to standard VGA mode (640x480, 16 colors) when you
first start up. Follow the procedure below to install the video driver and player for
Windows NT 4.0.
To install the video driver and player for Windows NT 4.0
1. Insert the ASUS Support CD into your CD-ROM drive.
If Windows NT autoruns the CD, skip to step 5.
2. Click Start.
3. Select Run.
4. Type D:\ATISETUP (where D is your CD-ROM drive).
5. Click Easy Install to begin the Installation Wizard.
6. Follow the Wizard’s on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
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B. Other Video Drivers
Video Driver Installation for IBM OS/2
The ATI OS/2 video driver is to be used for the English version of OS/2 only.
To install ATI video drivers for OS/2 or OS/2 Warp, use the INSTALL program.
This program checks the system for possible conflicts, sets the monitor type, and
installs the enhanced display driver.
B. Other Video Drivers
IBM OS/2
To run the INSTALL program
1. Start OS/2.
2. Check that OS/2 is using a standard VGA driver and no other applications are
running.
3. Double-click the OS/2 System folder.
4. Double-click the Command Prompts folder.
5. Double-click the OS/2 Full Screen object.
6. Insert the ASUS Support CD.
7. Type D: <Enter> (assuming D is your CD-ROM driver).
8. Type CD ATI\UTILITY <Enter>. Type OS2INST <Enter>
9. Select Utilities Installation from the Main Menu.
This copies the utiities onto your hard drive.
10. Press <Enter> to select the default destination directory.
11. When prompted, let the INSTALL program make changes to your Autoexec.bat
file.
12. Select QUICK SETUP.
You need to select QUICK SETUP to specify a monitor. Proper monitor
selection is necessary for correct resolution and refresh rate operation.
13. Select your monitor from the list.
or
If you do not see your monitor listed, see Custom Monitor Configuration..
After you have selected a monitor, you are ready to cop y the enhanced driver files.
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IBM OS/2
To copy the driver files
1. Select Drivers Installation from the Main Menu.
2. Select IBM OS/2 from the list of applications.
3. Select Install for the correct version of OS/2.
4. Press <Enter> to select the default destination directory or specify a destination
directory for the OS/2 driver files.
5. After the files have been copied, press any key.
6. Press ESC to exit.
You are now ready to install the enhanced driver for OS/2.
To install the driver for OS/2
1. In the OS/2 full-screen command prompt, type DSPINSTL <Enter>.
2. When the Display Driver Install panel appears, select Primary Display. Click
OK to bring up the driver selection list.
3. Select the latest ATI driver version from the list, and click OK.
4. In the Monitor Configuration Selection Utility, select Install Using Defaults
for Monitor Type, then click OK.
5. When the source directory panel appears, choose Change and specify the
location of the driver. (The default location is C:\MACK_OS2.)
6. Click SET.
7. Click INSTALL.
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System Information (optional)
The program will check the system for possible conflicts with the device, and display both the device and system configurations in the INFO BOX. In case of a
conflict, it will issue a warning and suggest possible corrective actions.
B. Other Video Drivers
System Information
Your onboard video device is PCI Plug-and-Play compatible: your system will automatically allocate system resources and resolve possible conflicts between your
Plug-and-Play compatible video device and other expansion cards.
System Information
Quick Setup (optional)
Select Quick Setup to configure the video device to work with your monitor. As you
highlight each monitor, the display specifications for that monitor type are listed in
the INFO BOX. Proper monitor selection is necessary for correct resolution and
refresh rate operation. You have four options to choose a correct Monitor Type.
Selecting Your Monitor Type: Factory Default/Apple.../IBM.../MIT.../NEC.../
VESA-Std.../Generic.../Read VDIF.../Custom...
Select Read VDIF... If you have a VDIF file for your monitor and wish to use its
parameters to automatically configure the video device. Additional VDIF details are
provided later in this chapter, in the section: VDIF Files
Select Custom... if none of the above applies to you, or you wish to manually configure the settings. Please refer to the information provided later in this chapter in
the section: Custom Configuration
Notes On Refresh Rates:
• A higher refresh rate reduces screen flicker, and therefore reduces eye strain.
Not all refresh rates are supported at all color depths. Refer to the features
section for specifications of your onboard video device.
• The resolution used by your software application is independent of the refresh rate.
Resolution depends on the installed software driver and selected display mode.
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B. Other Video Drivers
VDIF Files (optional)
VDIF files are VESA Display Information Format files. They contain all the necessary configuration parameters for getting optimal resolution and refresh rate operation from the specified monitor. Consult your monitor manufacturer for availability
of VDIF files.
B. Other Video Drivers
VDIF Files
If you have a VDIF file for your monitor, select it. The INSTALL program will read the
VDIF file and automatically configure the device to properly work with your monitor.
Procedure:
1. Start the INSTALL program.
2. Select Quick Setup and press <Enter>.
3. Insert into a floppy drive the disk containing the VDIF file.
4. Select READ VDIF... and press <Enter>.
5. Type in the location of the VDIF file (typically A: or B:). INSTALL will read
the file and configure the device to support your monitor according to the
VDIF specification.
Custom Configuration
If your monitor is not listed in the Monitor Selection Menu, or you are not using
DDC or VDIF, you can set up display modes, i.e., resolutions and refresh rates, on
the device using the Custom... option. This option is useful even if you had selected
a monitor from the list. For example, you can modify the screen centering or refresh
rate on one resolution, and not change the other resolutions.
Procedure:
1. Start the INSTALL program.
2. Select Quick Setup and press <Enter>.
3. Select Custom... and press <Enter>.
4. Pick a resolution, then a refresh rate. You will see a box outline.
WARNING! Using the wrong refresh rate may permanently damage your monitor. For more information, refer to the manual.
NOTE: An incorrect Monitor Type setting may damage your monitor. Review your
monitor specifications before making a selection from the Monitor Selection Menu.
Do not exceed the monitor specifications. Using a refresh rate (i.e., vertical frequency)
that is higher than specified may damage your monitor. The manufacturer will not be
liable for any damage caused by incorrect settings. Consult your monitor manual to
determine the highest refresh rate for each resolution that your monitor supports. A
scrambled screen indicates your monitor is not capable of the selected display mode.
In which case, you should immediately press <Esc> to exit.
TIP: If the monitor produces a scrambled display, try a lower refresh rate. If it is
already at the lowest refresh rate, set that resolution to Not Supported.”
5. Adjust the size and position of the box outline. Press <Enter> to accept.
6. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are satisfied with the box outline for all the
resolutions. When finished, remember to exit and save the settings.
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Advanced Setup (optional)
If you wish to fine tune its settings for your monitor and system type, select Advanced Setup from the Main Menu. On-screen context sensitive help is displayed as
you highlight each Advanced Menu item.
B. Other Video Drivers
Adv. / Diagnostics
WARNING! The Advanced Configuration option allows you to use certain features that may add additional performance to your device. However these options may not be compatible with your system. If problems appear after an advanced option is changed, returning the device to factory defaults will rectify the
situation.
Factory Defaults
The device can be reset to factory defaults by pressing <Shift>+<F7>.
Saving Your Configuration
Once you have finished configuring the necessary parameters described above, save
them by pressing <F10>.
Diagnostics
All installed graphics modes for your video device can be viewed and tested, by running the INSTALL program from the DOS prompt, or by running a diagnostics program called M64DIAG.EXE. Do not run it in a windowed or full-screen DOS box. In
the INSTALL program, select Test Graphics Adapter from the Diagnostics... option of
the Main Menu. The Test Graphics Adapter menu has the following options:
• VGA Tests ...
• Accelerator Tests ...
Any time you suspect there is a problem, especially during installation, run the above
tests. The information provided in this appendix will enable you to solve most problems.
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Troubleshooting
System Lockup
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If you are using a memory manager such as QEMM or 386MAX you need to
modify the command line in the CONFIG.SYS file so that the address of the
graphics device video BIOS, C000 - C7FF, is excluded. For example, add “EXCLUDE = C000 - C7FF” to the command line.
Remove all unnecessary boards.
Disable shadow RAM.
Ensure that the board is seated correctly and that the device has been installed
using the proper utilities.
Try the device in a different system and reset to factory defaults using the INSTALL program. If the device works in another system, the problem is likely
due to incorrect configuration.
B. Other Video Drivers
Diagnostics
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Troubleshooting
Because a typical computer system consists of many different parts, difficulties
may arise from a combination of items, from software or hardware installation, to
monitor compatibility. Listed below are several checks you can make to help determine what the problem is.
Test Patterns OK; Applications Do Not Sync
The wrong monitor type has been selected. Change the settings in the INSTALL
program.
Windows Driver Not Installing Properly
Windows must be running in 386 Enhanced Mode. Incompatible memory managers may prevent Windows from starting in enhanced mode. If this occurs, remove
the offending driver or memory manager.
Windows NT 4.0 driver cannot pass “Test VGA.”
Please bypass “Test VGA” then load ATI drivers after completing installation.
AutoCAD Driver Not Installing Properly
If using a 386, ensure that AutoCAD has been configured for the appropriate ADI
driver. The protected mode driver requires extended memory.
Error Codes and Messages
Problems and solutions for some common errors found by the test program are
provided for your reference as follows:
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Memory aperture test failure or Diagnostics program locks or Reboots during
aperture test
If you receive an error message indicating that the memory aperture location is conflicting with your system memory, restart the INSTALL program as follows: INSTALL APMAP <Enter>. Now when you enable Memory Aperture, you must select a location above but not overlapping System Memory (S), BIOS (B) or Reserved (R) locations. Not applicable for ISA cards.
B. Other Video Drivers
Error Codes
Desired resolution is disabled and displayed in gray
A mode displayed in gray means that the BIOS is told this mode is not available,
based on the device configuration. Reinstall using custom monitor selection.
Menu item is disabled and displayed in gray
The test program has determined that the mode or test is not available under the
current configuration. Aperture tests are not available if the aperture is disabled, and
CRT mode and pixel depth are determined by current installation, DAC type, memory
size, and memory type.
Adapter not detected
This message should only occur when a mach64 ASIC is not detected. If this message occurs and a mach64 board is present, it may indicate an I/O conflict, conflicts
between the Extended Memory Manager (EMM) and the video ROM. Try removing all other boards from the system and booting from a plain DOS disk. Try excluding the video BIOS address (C0000-C7FFF) from the memory manager. Refer to
the documentation furnished with the memory manager software for information.
Any FIFO test error
The effects of a bad command FIFO should be visible. (e.g., the screen does not
come up, or it displays garbage.)
Quick memory test error
Run Detailed RAM Test to confirm the error and identify the address of the error.
Detailed memory test error.
Run Detailed RAM Test several times to confirm the error and take notes of any
messages and error codes.
DAC LUT test failure.
An error has occurred while testing the DAC LookUp Table. The problem should be
visible on the top color bar of any 8bpp mode.
ROM checksum error.
An error has been detected in the ROM.
Draw sequence failure.
An error has occurred in the draw engine. If the error is intermittent, it might indicate a marginal RAM failure. The effects of this failure may not be immediately
apparent.
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B. Other Video Drivers
Windows 95 enhanced display driver
B. Other Video Drivers
Driver / Player
The Windows 95 enhanced display driver is capable of using monitor timing data
contained within Windows 95. This data is selected by configuring a monitor type at
Windows 95 installation time or through the Settings page of the display properties
sheet.
The Windows 95 enhanced display driver may incorrectly interpret Windows 95
monitor timing data for some older monitors which require interlaced modes. This
may cause some options to be disabled. A solution to this problem is to select one of
the “(Standard monitor types)” available through the Settings page of the display
properties sheet.
If you change the selected monitor type through the Settings page of the Display
Properties sheet the new timing data may not take effect until after restarting Windows 95. A solution to this problem is to always restart Windows 95 after changing
the monitor type.
In Windows 95, display drivers can be installed using the “Add New Hardware”
wizard. This is not recommended because when the Windows 95 enhanced display
driver is installed using the “Add New Hardware” wizard, the Settings page does
not get installed into the Display Adapter Property sheet.
Windows 95 property page problems
While adjusting monitor settings in the Adjustment page of the Display Properties
sheet, your monitor could become unreadable. If this occurs, press the ESC key to
return to your previous monitor settings.
ATI Video Player Notes
Why can my Video Player not execute in Windows 3.1 ?
The Video Player needs at least 600K DOS CONVENTIONAL MEMORY. You can
try to close some programs to acquire more memory to use. If it still happens, return
to DOS and run “MEMMAKER” in your DOS directory to modify your memory
configuration. Quiting some DOS TSRs (Terminate and Stay Resident) programs
also helps.
After installing Xing MPEG Player, my ATI Video Player can not play Video CD
even standard MPEG files.
Xing MPEG Player and ATI Video Player can not be installed together. They confilct
with each other. The previously installed player will work abnormally. You can reinstall ATI Video Player to recover it.
Why can I not use the TV output function in Windows 95?
You need to make sure that your resolution is 800x600 or under and refresh rate
equal to or less than 60Hz in NTSC and 50Hz in PAL.
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B. Other Video Drivers
Other Problems & Actions
My monitor is not capable of high resolution or refresh rate.
It depends on the display characteristics of your monitor. Consult your monitor documentation for the proper configuration.
B. Other Video Drivers
Descriptions/Actions
After installing the driver, Windows 95 doesn't prompt me to restart and the driver
still doesn't work after I restart my computer.
You may have installed similar drivers before. Try the following steps to install:
1. Right-click My Computer on the desktop.
2. Select Properties. The System Properties dialog box appears.
3. Click the Device Manager tab. Be sure that View devices by type is selected.
4. Double-click Display adapters. If Display adapters does not appear, jump to
step 8 and continue.
5. The name of your device will be listed in the box. Double-click it.
6. The properties box of your device appears. Click the Driver tab.
7. Click Change Driver... and follow the installation steps.
8. Click Other devices. Your device should be listed.
9. Click the name of your device to bring up the properties box of your device.
Select the Driver tab.
10. Click Change Driver... and follow the installation steps.
After installation and restarting, Windows 95 informs me that the display setting
is still incorrect.
There may be a conflict between a previous and the current display drivers. This is
caused by the incomplete removal of the previous display driver. Try the following
steps to remove it:
1. Right-click My Computer on the desktop.
2. Select Properties. The System Properties dialog box appears.
3. Click the Device Manager tab. Be sure that View devices by type is selected.
4. Double-click Display adapters.
5. You will find two (or more) conflicting adapters.
6. Disable all previous adapters by selecting them and clicking Remove.
7. Close Device Manager and restart Windows 95.
8. Your display driver should work correctly this time.
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C. ATI Player
ATI Player
ATI Player and control panel (Win3.1x and Win95)
If VIDEO drivers are installed, for playing video clips, the ATI Player icon will
appear in the DeskTop. Double click on this icon to bring up the Video Screen as
shown here: (Detailed button definitions are shown when holding the cursor over
the individual buttons for a few seconds.)
The Task Control Panel
The Task control panel indicates what mode the player is in and what it’s doing.
(Your Task control panel may not look exactly like the illustration-only installed or
available features will have controls.)
Under Win95 environment
PAL/NTSC
CD Audio MPEG Video In Capture
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Windows 95/3.x
Under win31 environment
Help Minimize Exit
PAL/NTSC
CDAudio–Play standard audio CDs (only in Windows 95)
MPEG Playback—Play MPEG and AVI video files
Video In (Tuner button)—Display live video sources
(available only on video model)
Capture–Capture still images, video sequences, or audio-only
(available only on video model)
Features
The question mark on top right of the Video Screen allows inspection into each
button on the control panel. Click on the “?” then on a button that you would like to
know about.
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C. ATI Player
Playing Audio CDs (Only in window 95)
PAL/NTSC
Click the Audio CD button in the Task control panel to switch to Audio CD mode
Random
Loop Play
Stop Pause Intro
Play
Position
Slider
Eject Setup
Track Skip Skip
Track Time
Down Back Forward Up Mode
Time
Display
Volume
Control
Volume
Mute
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The Audio CD player has its own control panel for controlling the audio CD playback.
You can use the Audio CD panel to play standard audio CDs. Advanced features
such as Random play, Intro play, which plays the first ten seconds of each track, and
Loop play are available.
Current Time
Track Name
Disc Name
Current Time
The Audio CD player has its own display.
To play an audio CD
1. Insert the audio CD into your CD-ROM drive.
2. In the Audio CD panel, click the Setup Dialogs button
3. Click the Disc Info tab.
4. From the Available Tracks list, add or remove tracks as desired.
The Play List displays your current selections.
5. Click OK.
6. In the Audio CD panel, click the Play button
The Audio CD player uses Windows 95 standard INI file to store disc names, track
names, and the play list. You can use the Setup dialog to enter the name of the artist
and the disc.
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C. ATI Player
Playing Media Files
Click the MPEG Playback button in the Task control panel to switch to playback mode.
PAL/NTSC
The Control panel changes to the Playback panel.
To view/hide the Playback panel in Full Screen mode, press F2.
Play/Stop
First
Frame
Full
Screen
Advance
Rewind
File Name
Last
Frame
Previous Audio Track
Track
Select
Next
Track
Open File
Volume
Control
Setup
Dialog
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Windows 95/3.x
Loop Track/
Playlist
Volume
Mute
You can use the Media Playback panel to play the following media files:
• MPEG-1 digital audio and video, including Karaoke?including dual-channel audio, CDi, Games, and reference application titles
• *.AVI video files
To play a file
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
In the Playback panel, click the File Open button
Select a file from the list.
Click Add, then click OK.
Click the Play button
The file plays in the Display panel.
Playing Interactive Discs (Video CD 2.0)
Play
Menu Selection
Capture
Audio Track
Select
Open
File
Play Return
Selection
Setup
Dialog
Play
Default
When playing Video CD 2.0 discs, the Control panel changes to this interactive panel.
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D. Audio Driver
First Time Installation
When starting Windows 95/98/NT 4.0, the operating system will automatically detect the ESS Solo-1 PCI Audio Driver.
For Windows 95
1. When the New Hardware Found screen prompts for a driver, select Driver from
disk provided by hardware manufacturer and insert the ASUS Support CD
into your CD-ROM drive.
2. Click OK.
3. Click Browse.
4. Locate the D:\audio\w95 folder (where D is your CD-ROM Drive) and click
OK.
5. Click OK again and the driver files will be copied.
6. Click Yes to restart the computer.
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First Time Installation
1. When the Add New Hardware screen prompts you for a driver, select Display a
list of all the drivers in a specific location, so you can select the driver you
want and click Next.
2. Select Sound, video and game controllers and click Next.
3. Click Have Disk.
4. Insert the ASUS Support CD into your CD-ROM drive.
5. Click Browse.
6. Locate the D:\audio\w95 folder (where D is your CD-ROM Drive) and click
OK.
7. Click OK again and the driver files will be copied.
8. Click Yes to restart the computer.
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D. Audio Driver
First Time Installation
When starting Windows 95/98/NT 4.0, the operating system will detect that you
have a new PCI Multimedia Device.
Click Next when the Update Device Wizard
screen appears.
Click Other Locations to direct the wizard to
the audio driver files.
Click Browse to locate the \audio\Win95 folder
for Windows 95/98 or the \audio\Nt40 folder for
Windows NT on the ASUS Support CD.
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First Installation
Click OK to select the folder.
Click OK and your device and driver location
will be shown. Click Finish.
You will be prompted to insert the ASUS Support CD. Click OK.
Click Browse and locate the \audio\Win95 (or \audio\Nt40) folder on the ASUS Support
CD again.
Follow the self-explanatory instructions to finish your driver installation.
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D. Audio Driver
For Windows NT 4.0
D. Audio Driver
Windows NT 4.0
1. Run the Windows NT “Multimedia” program located in Control Panel.
(Start->Settings->Control Panels->Multimedia)
2. Click the Devices tab.
3. Select Audio Devices under Multimedia Devices.
4. Click Add.
5. Select Unlisted or Updated Driver under List of Drivers.
6. Click OK.
7. When Windows prompts you for the driver location, click Browse.
8. Locate the D:\audio\Nt40 folder (where D is your CD-ROM Drive).
A list of audio drivers will be displayed.
9. Select the driver for your audio chipset and click OK.
Windows will prompt you to restart.
10. Click OK to restart the computer.
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E. Audio Software
Audio Rack Installation
Reinsert your CD or double click on your CD drive icon in My Computer to bring
up the autorun screen or run Setup.exe in the root directory of the CD. Click Install
Audio Utilities from the main menu.
Audio Rack Introduction
The AudioRack32 enables you to take advantage of your computer’s audio capabilities with all of the controls conveniently in one compact space. You can play audio
CDs, wave files (in .WAV and .AUD formats), and MIDI files (in.MID and .RMI
formats). With the multisource Audio Mixer, you can blend these sources with linein and microphone sources any way you choose. You can then record your creations
as wave files and edit them with the Audio Recorder.
The AudioRack32 has six main parts:
• Command Center—customizes the appearance of the AudioRack32.
• Audio Mixer—controls the volume and balance of the AudioRack32 devices.
• Digital Audio Player—plays and records files in the .WAV format.
• MIDI Player—enables you to play MIDI files.
• Compact Disk Player—enables you to play audio CDs on a CD-ROM drive.
In addition, the AudioRack32 has a miniature mode enabling you to control the
AudioRack32 while using minimal screen space.
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The Audio Recorder is a separate application from the AudioRack32. It can be used
to add effects and edit files recorded with the Digital Audio Player or by the Audio
Recorder itself. The Audio Recorder can be launched from the AudioRack32’s Digital
Audio Player or on its own.
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The Command Center
Counters
Component Icons
(DAT, MIDI, CD)
Transport State
Indicators
Track or
File Names
Time Indexes
Introduction
The Command Center controls which parts of the AudioRack32 are displayed. You
can display or hide any part of the AudioRack32 you choose, customizing its appearance to suit your needs or desires. It also displays information on the status of
the different audio components.
The Command Center Controls
closes the AudioRack32 window.
enables the Miniature mode, minimizing the AudioRack32 display.
displays or hides the Digital Audio Player.
accesses On-line Help.
displays or hides the Compact Disk Player.
displays or hides the Audio Mixer.
displays or hides the MIDI Player.
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Counter: shows you which track or file in the playlist the component is playing.
Component Icon: is displayed when the associated component is shown and is not
displayed when the component is hidden.
Transport State Indicator: shows the state of a component. It indicates when the
component is playing, paused, has the Auto Repeat enabled, or in the case of the
Digital Audio Player, is recording.
Track or File Name: shows the name of the current track or file in the playlist.
Time Index: displays the amount of time elapsed for the track or file in hours,
minutes, seconds, and tenths of a second.
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The Miniature Mode
Introduction
The Miniature mode is designed to give you full control of the AudioRack32 while
using a minimum of space. You are able to effectively use the AudioRack32 and still
have enough room on your desktop to run other applications. In the Miniature mode,
you can play, pause, stop, and control the master volume of the AudioRack32.
The Miniature Mode Controls
stops currently playing tracks or files of active components.
plays currently loaded tracks or files of active components.
pauses currently playing tracks or files of active components.
calls a popup menu where you can restore the AudioRack32, invoke the Al-
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ways on Top command, select active components (DAT, MIDI, or CD), or exit the
AudioRack32. The Stop, Pause, and Play buttons affect components that are currently active.
controls the master volume.
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The Audio Mixer
Introduction
The Audio Mixer has two modes: Playback mode and Record mode. You can use
these two modes to fully control which of your audio sources you are listening to or
recording, how loud each of those sources are and how they are balanced. Each
audio source has its own module with mute, balance and volume controls.
In addition, the Audio Mixer provides special effects controls for chorus, reverb,
treble, bass, and 3-D effects.
The Audio Mixer Controls
The two Playback and Record toggle buttons are used to switch between Playback
mode and Record mode.
The Effects toggle button switches the display to the effects panel where you can
use the buttons to enable and disable effects and the sliders to control the amount of
the effect.
There are a number of audio source modules displayed on the Audio Mixer. The
exact number displayed depends on the capabilities of your hardware. Each module
has three controls:
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a slider to adjust the balance
a slider to adjust the volume
a button for muting
Modules that your hardware may provide for are: Master, Line, Wave, Mic, CD,
MIDI, andAuxB.
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The Digital Audio Player
Introduction
The Digital Audio Player enables you to play, record, and compress sound as .WAV
files. In addition, you can play .AUD files. The .WAV files use PCM, which is the
Windows‘ audio file format. The.AUD format uses ESPCM‘ compression to produce an audio file. Files are written directly to your hard disk as you record, enabling you to record very large files. Your only limitation is the amount of free space
on your hard disk. The voice activation feature is useful for recording any kind of
intermittent audio. The Digital Audio Player provides a choice of linear PCM (8 or
16 bit) recording. Note that you have additional options using the Audio Recorder,
which is invoked by the Edit button.
The Digital Audio Player Controls
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starts recording to your hard disk.
goes to the end of the wave file or to the next file in the current playlist.
plays the wave file currently loaded.
enables or disables the Auto Repeat.
activates or deactivates the Pause
opens the Audio Recorder window.
stops the file currently playing.
opens the Set Playlist dialog box.
goes back one second in the wave file.
starts a new file by opening the New Options dialog box.
goes forward one second in the wave file.
brings up the Open file dialog box in order to load a file into the Digital Audio Player.
goes to the beginning of the wave file or to the previous file in the current playlist.
saves an audio file.
The Digital Audio Player Display
The Level Meter displays the output from the left (top) and right (bottom)
channels when a wave file is played.
By clicking on the image of the tape deck, you can display information about the
file currently loaded in the Digital Audio Player. The display tells you the file
name, size, number of bits per sample, sample rate, and whether the file was
recorded in stereo or mono. Click again to return to the image of the tape deck.
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The MIDI Player
Introduction
The MIDI Player enables you to play MIDI files with the .MID or .RMI file extensions. These MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) files can be produced by
sequencer programs and then played back using the MIDI Player. You can also mix
MIDI files with other audio sources. Or you can compile MIDI files in a playlist and
play them back in any order you choose.
The MIDI Player Controls
plays the MIDI file currently loaded.
goes back one file in the playlist.
activates or deactivates the Pause
goes forward one file in the playlist.
stops the file currently playing.
enables or disables the Auto Repeat.
goes back one second in the MIDI file.
opens the Set Playlist dialog box.
goes forward one second in the MIDI file.
The MIDI Player Display
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MIDI Player
By clicking on the image of the floppy drive, you can display the length and name of
the current MIDI file in the playlist. Click the display to return to the image of the
floppy drive.
The MIDI Player has an indicator to show when you are listening to
ESFM. When the ESFM light to the left of the playlist button is lit, the MIDI Player
is using ESFM synthesis. ESFM performs superior-quality music synthesis compared to that of traditional FM, producing richer timbre and greater depth of instrument voices. FM synthesis is a lower quality technology compared with Wave
table synthesis. This card supports Wave table synthesis therefore ESFM is not
supported on this card.
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E. Audio Software
The Compact Disk Player
Introduction
If you have a CD-ROM drive, you can play audio CDs. Check your hardware manual
about setting up CD audio hardware and drivers. The Compact Disk Player uses
intelligent CD playlist management: The Compact Disk Player maintains a record
of each CD you play. It remembers the last playlist you used with each CD and loads
that playlist automatically whenever you insert that CD.
The Compact Disk Player Controls
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Compact Disk Player
plays the MIDI file currently loaded.
goes back one file in the playlist.
activates or deactivates the Pause
goes forward one file in the playlist.
stops the file currently playing.
enables or disables the Auto Repeat.
goes back one second in the MIDI file.
opens the Set Playlist dialog box.
goes forward one second in the MIDI file.
ejects the CD from the CD-ROM drive.
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The Audio Recorder
Introduction
The Audio Recorder enables you to record, compress, store, and play back voice,
music, and other sound. It provides settings for sound attributes such as mono/stereo, compression level, and sampling rate. You can use it to embed sound objects in
documents created in applications that support object linking and embedding (OLE).
The Audio Recorder’s edit, record, and playback capabilities are compatible with
the Windows Sound Recorder and other recorders that record and play back in the
PCM format. Like the Digital Audio Player, the Audio Recorder can record and play
back .WAV and .AUD files. The Audio Recorder allows a choice of compression
from low, medium, and high ESPCM and ADPCM.
The Audio Recorder Controls
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starts a new audio file.
inserts the Clipboard audio at the cursor or replaces the selected portion.
opens an audio file.
mixes the Clipboard audio with the audio beginning at the cursor.
saves an audio file.
starts recording.
reverses the last change you made to the current audio file.
plays the currently loaded audio file.
removes the selected portion of the audio file and stores it on the Clipboard.
stops the file currently playing or recording.
copies the selected audio portion to the Clipboard without removing it.
determines the cursor postion on the waveform.
The Audio Recorder Display
The four text boxes under the tool bar display the length in seconds of the selected
part of the currently loaded file, the total length in seconds of the current file, whether
the file is in stereo or mono, and the sampling rate in kilohertz.
To the right of the text boxes is a box displaying the icon associated with the particular file. If a file has no icon associated with it, it is given a default icon.
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E. Audio Software
Release Notes
This information is provided for convenience only. Information here is subject to
change without prior notice. View the installation CD for any updated information
in Readme text files. The AudioRack also provides detailed online help (click the
Help button on the “Command Center”)
Disable Eject Button on the CD Player
Under the Windows directory in the file “auddrive.ini”, there is a string
“DisableEjectButton=0” under the [cdplayer] section. If you would like to disable
EJECT button on the CD player, you can change the value from 0 to 1. You need to
close AudioRack and launch it again to make the new settings take effect.
Using AudioRack CD Player as Default CD Player
During installation, you will be asked if you want to use AudioRack CD player as
the default CD player. Normally Windows 95 CD player is the default and will
automatically run when an audio CD is inserted into the CD-ROM. If you answer
“Yes”, the installation program will overwrite the value of the key
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT]\AudioCD\shell\play\command in the registry. You may
switch back to Windows 95 CD player by resetting this key value.
Configuring Playback Mixer
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Release Notes
The onboard PCI audio device offers eight inputs for the playback mixer, including
“Line”, “Wave”, “CD”, “Synth”, “Aux A”, “Aux B”, “Mic”, and “Mono In”.
AudioRack can only display six of them at a time. You may configure the settings
by modifying the file “auddrive.ini” in the Windows directory. Under the section
[MixerRak], you can enable or disable the display of each input by setting its corresponding binary value to 1(enable) or 0(disable).
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F. Software Wavetable
Install Software Wavetable (Windows 95/98)
F. Wavetable
Installation
Insert the ASUS Support CD into your CDROM drive or double-click the CD drive
icon in My Computer to bring up the
autorun menu or run Setup.exe in the root
directory of your CD-ROM driver. This
will bring up the main menu.
Click Install Software Wave Table.
Select Install ESS Software Wavetable
and click Next.
When Setup has finished installing all the
necessary files on your computer, it will
prompt you to restart your computer.
Select Yes, I want to restart my computer
now and then click Finish to restart your
computer and complete setup.
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G. DMI Utility
Desktop Management Interface (DMI)
Introducing the ASUS DMI Configuration Utility
G. DMI Utility
DMI Introduction
This motherboard supports DMI within the BIOS level and provides a DMI Configuration Utility to maintain the Management Information Format Database (MIFD).
DMI is able to auto-detect and record information pertinent to a computer’s system
such as the CPU type, CPU speed, and internal/external frequencies, and memory
size. The onboard BIOS will detect as many system information as possible and
store those collected information in a 4KB block in the motherboard’s Flash EPROM
and allow the DMI to retrieve data from this database. Unlike other BIOS software,
the BIOS on this motherboard uses the same technology implemented for Plug and
Play to allow dynamic real-time updating of DMI information versus creating a new
BIOS image file and requiring the user to update the whole BIOS. This DMI Configuration Utility also allows the system integrator or end user to add additional
information into the MIFD such as serial numbers, housing configurations, and vendor information. Those information not detected by the motherboard BIOS and has
to be manually entered through the DMI Configuration Utility and updated into the
MIFD. This DMI Configuration Utility provides the same reliability as PnP updating and will prevent the refreshing failures associated with updating the entire BIOS.
Starting the ASUS DMI Configuration Utility
The DMI Configuration Utility (DMICFG2.EXE) must be used in real mode in
order for the program to run, the base memory must be at least 180K. Memory
managers like HIMEM.SYS (required by windows) must not be installed. You can
boot up from a system diskette without AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files,
“REM” HIMEM.SYS in the CONFIG.SYS, or press <Shift>+<F5> during bootup
to bypass your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files.
1. In Windows, copy DMICFG.EXE to your hard disk drive.
2. Restart your computer and press <Shift>+<F5> during bootup to enter safe mode
command prompt.
3. Go to the directory containing DMICFG.EXE.
4. Type DMICFG and press <Enter> to run.
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G. DMI Utility
Using the ASUS DMI Configuration Utility
NOTE: The following screen displays are provided as examples only and may not
reflect the screen contents on your system.
Edit DMI (or delete)
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Using DMI Utility
Use the ←→ (left-right) cursors to move the top menu items and the ↑↓ (up-down)
cursor to move between the left hand menu items. The bottom of the screen will
show the available keys for each screen. Press enter at the menu item to enter the
right hand screen for editing. “Edit component” appears on top. The reversed color
field is the current cursor position and the blue text are available for editing. The
orange text shows auto-detected information and are not available for editing. The
blue text “Press [ENTER] for detail” contains a second pop-up menu is available,
use the + - (plus-minus) keys to change the settings. Enter to exit and save, ESC to
exit and not save.
If the user has made changes, ESC will prompt you to answer Y or N. Enter Y to go
back to the left-hand screen and save, enter N to go back to left-hand screen and not
save. If editing has not been made, ESC will send you back to the left hand menu
without any messages.
Notes
A heading, *** BIOS Auto Detect ***, appears on the right for each menu item on
the left side that has been auto detected by the system BIOS.
A heading, *** User Modified ***, will appear on the right for menu items that
have been modified by the user.
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G. DMI Utility
Using DMI Utility
Save MIFD
You can save the MIFD (normally only saved to flash ROM) to a file by entering the
drive and path here. If you want to cancel save, you may press ESC and a message
“Bad File Name” appears here to show it was not saved.
Load MIFD
You can load the disk file to memory by entering a drive and path and file name
here.
Load BIOS Defaults
You can load the BIOS defaults from a MIFD file and can clear all user modified
and added data. You must reboot your computer in order for the defaults to be saved
back into the Flash BIOS.
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