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Table of Contents
Overview ..................................................................................... 5
Motherboard Features ....................................................................... 5
Preparing Your Computer.................................................................. 6
Package Contents ............................................................................. 6
Product Specifications.............................................................. 7
Chapter 1 .................................................................................... 8
Layout Diagram and Jumper Settings ............................................... 8
Jumpers ........................................................................................ 9
Connectors ................................................................................... 9
Headers ...................................................................................... 10
Expansion Sockets ..................................................................... 10
Chapter 2 .................................................................................. 11
Hardware Installation....................................................................... 11
Hardware installation Steps ........................................................ 11
Checking Motherboard’s Jumper Setting .................................... 11
Installing the AMD Athlon64 754-pin CPU .................................. 13
Installing the Memory.................................................................. 13
Installing Expansion Cards ......................................................... 15
Assigning IRQs for Expansion Card ........................................... 15
Interrupt Request Table for This Motherboard ............................ 16
AGP Slot ..................................................................................... 17
Connectors and Headers............................................................ 18
Starting Up Your Computer ............................................................. 26
Chapter 3 .................................................................................. 27
BIOS Introduction ............................................................................ 27
Entering the BIOS Setup ................................................................. 27
Getting Help Once Inside the BIOS Setup.................................. 27
BIOS Setup Main Menu................................................................... 28
Standard CMOS Features ............................................................... 29
Advanced BIOS Features................................................................ 31
Advanced Chipset Features ............................................................ 34
Integrated Peripherals ..................................................................... 36
Onboard IDE Function ................................................................ 36
Onboard Device Function ........................................................... 38
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Onboard Super IO Function........................................................ 39
Init Display First .......................................................................... 40
Power On Function ..................................................................... 40
PWR Status after PWR Failure................................................... 40
Power Management Setup .............................................................. 41
PnP/PCI Configuration Setup .......................................................... 43
PC Health Status ............................................................................. 45
Clock/Voltage Control...................................................................... 46
Load Standard and Optimized Defaults........................................... 48
Set Supervisor/User Passwords ...................................................... 48
Save & Exit Setup/Exit Without Saving............................................ 48
Chapter 4 .................................................................................. 49
Motherboard Device Drivers ............................................................ 49
Chapter 5 .................................................................................. 50
Glossary .......................................................................................... 50
Chapter 6 .................................................................................. 51
Useful Information ........................................................................... 51
Contacting Customer Service ..................................................... 51
Information to keep handy before calling .................................... 51
Compliance Information................................................................... 52
FCC Compliance Information...................................................... 52
CE Compliance Information ........................................................ 52
Legal Information............................................................................. 52
Software License Agreement...................................................... 52
Trademark Information ............................................................... 52
Warranty Information ....................................................................... 53
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Overview
Thank you for purchasing a genuine EVGA® motherboard. EVGA is an
NVIDIA® Select Solution Provider that builds high performance 3D
accelerators and motherboards based on reference designs by the
NVIDIA Corporation. Your new EVGA motherboard is fully capable of
supporting DPMS (energy savings) and DDC-2B (plug and play)
functions.
Motherboard Features
This motherboard supports 64-bit AMD® Athlon64™ and Sempron™
processors (K8 Processors). The NVIDIA NForce3 250 Chipset delivers
a high performance and professional desktop platform solution which
utilizes the Socket 754 design. The memory size on this motherboard is
expandable to 2.0GB.
The EVGA motherboard uses the newest NVIDIA N Force3 250 Chipset
which supports an 800MHz system bus. The motherboard provides
133MHz, 166MHz and a 200MHz Memory clock frequency which
supports DDR266, DDR333 and DDR400 DDR Module. The
motherboard offers ULTRA ATA 133 and Serial ATA RAID 0, RAID 1,
RAID 0+1 functions to provide faster HDD performance throughout to
boosts overall system performance.
The nForce3 has an integrated LAN chip that supports 10, and
100 Mbps data transfer rate for full and half duplex operation.
An integrated on-board 6-channel AC’97 CODEC is fully compatible
with Sound Blaster Pro that gives the best sound quality and
compatibility.
For those wanting even greater graphics performance, the 115-K8NF33 is outfitted with an AGP slot supports AGP 8X/4X capability and
Fast Write Transactions.
This motherboard provides high performance and meets future
specification demands. It is wise choice for your computing needs.
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Preparing Your Computer
WARNING: Turn off the power to your system and discharge your
body’s static electric charge by touching a grounded surface – for
example, the metal surface of the power supply – before performing any
hardware procedure. EVGA assumes no liability for any damage,
caused directly or indirectly, by improper installation of any components.
If you do not feel comfortable performing the installation, consult a
qualified computer technician. Damage to system components, such as
the motherboard or graphics card, and injury to yourself may result if
power is applied during installation. Now that you have prepared your
computer, you are ready to install your motherboard.
Package Contents
EVGA Motherboard
Driver Install CD
I/O shield for ATX case
IDE data cable (2)
Floppy drive data cable
Serial ATA data cable (2)
User Guide
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Product Specifications
Spec
Description
Design
ATX form factor 4 layer PCB, size 30.4x21.0cm.
Chipset
NVIDIA nForce3 250 single Chipset.
Support 64bit AMD Athlon64 754-Pin package utilizes FlipChip Pin Grid Array package processor
CPU Socket 754
Support CPU Frequency 800MHz
Support up to 3200+ ~ 4000+ processor
Reserves support for future AMD Athlon64 Sempron 754-pin
processors
184-pin DDR Module socket x 2
Memory Socket
Expansion Slot
Integrated IDE and
Serial ATA RAID
Support 2pcs DDR266/DDR33/DDR400 DDR Modules
Expandable to 2.0GB
AGP slot x1 support AGP 2.0 & AGP 3.0 for 4X/8X mode
32-bit PCI slot x5
Two PCI IDE controllers support PCI Bus Mastering, ATA
PIO/DMA and the ULTRA DMA 33/66/100/133 functions that
deliver the data transfer rate up to 133 MB/s; Two Serial
ATA ports provide 150 MB/sec data transfer rate for two
Serial ATA Devices and offer RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1
functions
Integrated LAN chip
10/100 LAN
Support Fast Ethernet LAN function provide 10/100
Mb/s data transfer rate
AC’97 Digital Audio controller integrated
Audio
6-channel AC’97 Audio CODEC on board
Audio driver and utility included
BIOS
Award 2MB Flash ROM
PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse connectors
Floppy disk drive connector x1
Multi I/O
Parallel port x1
Serial port x2
USB2.0 port x 4 and headers x 4 (connecting cable option)
Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
Design
ATX form factor 4 layers PCB size: 30.4x21.0cm
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Jumpers
Jumper
Name
Description
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JP5
CMOS RAM Clear
3-pin Block
11
JP1
Keyboard Power On
Enabled/Disabled
3-pin Block
12
USB Power On Enabled/Disabled
3-pin Block
12
JP2/JP6
Connectors
Connector
Name
Description
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ATX Power Connector
20-pin Block
18
ATX 12V Power Connector
4-pin Block
19
PS/2 Mouse & PS/2 Keyboard
Connector
6-pin Female
19
USB1/USB2
USB Port Connector
4-pin Connector
19
LAN
LAN Port Connector
RJ-45 Connector
19
Parallel Port Connector
25-pin Female
19
Audio Connector
3 phone jack Connector
19
COM1/COM2
Serial Port COM1/COM2
connector
9-pin Connector
19
FDD
Floppy Driver Connector
34-pin Block
20
IDE1/IDE2
Primary/Secondary IDE
Connector
40-pin Block
21
Serial ATA IDE Connector
7-pin Connector
21
PWR
ATX12V
KB1
PARALLEL
CN1
SATA1/SATA2
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Headers
Header
Name
Description
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SPEAKER, MIC header
9-pin Block
22
USB Port Headers
9-pin Block
22
PC Speaker connector
4-pin Block
23
Power LED
3-pin Block
23
Front Panel Header (including
Power LED/ IDE activity
LED/Reset Switch / Power On
Button lead)
9-pin Block
23
FAN Headers
3-pin Block
24
CDIN
CD Audio-In Headers
4-pin Block
24
SPDIF
SPDIF Connector
9-pin Block
25
AUDIO
USB3
USB4
SPEAK
PWR LED
FP
(Power
LED/Reset/
IDE LED/Power
Button)
SYSFAN1
SYSFAN2
CPUFAN
Expansion Sockets
Socket/Slot
Description
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CPU Socket
754-pin mPGAB
Athlon64 CPU Socket
13
DDR Module Socket
184-pin DDR Module
Socket
14
PCI1∼ PCI5
PCI Slot
32-bit PCI Local Bus
Expansion slots
15
AGP
AGP 4X/8X Mode Slot
AGP Expansion Slot
16
ZIF Socket 754
DIMM1
Name
DIMM2
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Chapter 2
Hardware Installation
Hardware installation Steps
Before using your computer, complete the following steps:
1. Check the motherboard jumper settings.
2. Install the CPU, heatsink and fan.
3. Install the system memory (DIMM).
4. Install any expansion cards that are to be used in the system.
5. Connect the IDE and floppy cables as well as the front and
back panel cables.
6. Connect ATX power supply cable.
7. Power-On and load the standard default motherboard settings.
8. Reboot the system.
9. Install the Operating System.
10. Install any drivers and utility software as needed.
Checking Motherboard’s Jumper Setting
9 JP5 – CMOS RAM Clear (3-pin)
A battery must be used to retain the motherboard configuration in
CMOS RAM short 1-2 pins of JP5 to store the CMOS data.
To clear the CMOS, follow the procedure below:
1. Turn off the system and unplug the AC power
2. Remove ATX power cable from ATX power connector
3. Locate JP5 and short pins 2-3 for a few seconds
4. Return JP5 to its normal setting by shorting pins 1-2
5. Connect ATX power cable back to ATX power connector
Note: The CMOS should be cleared when troubleshooting, forgetting
a password or after over clocking and the system failed to boot.
1
3
1
JP5
1-2 closed
Normal
2-3 closed
CMOS RAM Clear Setting
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3
JP5
Clear CMOS
9 JP1 – Keyboard Power On function Enabled/Disabled
JP1
JP1
1
1
3
3
1-2 closed - KB Power
ON Disable (Default)
2-3 closed - KB Power
ON Enabled
Keyboard/USB Power On Setting
9 JP2, JP6 – USB Power On function Enabled/Disabled
JP2
JP2
1
1
3
3
1-2 closed USB Power
ON Disable (Default)
1
2-3
closed
USB
Power On Enabled
1
3
JP6
1-2 closed USB Power
ON Disable (Default)
2-3 closed USB
Power On Enabled
USB Power On Setting
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3
JP6
Installing the AMD Athlon64 754-pin CPU
This motherboard provides a 754-pin surface mount, Zero Insertion
Force (ZIF) socket, referred to as the mPGA754 socket which supports
the AMD Athlon64 processor in the 754 Pin package utilizes Flip-Chip
Pin Grid Array package technology.
The CPU that comes with the motherboard should have a cooling FAN
attached to prevent overheating. If this is not the case, purchase the
correct cooling FAN before turning on the system.
WARNING: Be sure that there is sufficient air circulation across the
processor’s heatsink. In addition, ensure the CPU cooling FAN is
working correctly; otherwise it may cause the processor and
motherboard to overheat which could cause damage to the system.
An auxiliary cooling FAN may be installed if necessary.
To install the CPU, follow the procedures below:
1. Turn off your system and remove its cover.
2. Locate the ZIF socket and open it by first pulling the lever
sideways away from the socket then upward to a 90-degree
angle.
3. Insert the CPU with the correct orientation as shown below.
4. Replace the lever to its original position.
Note: Locate the notched corner and place the CPU in the socket
accordingly. Because the CPU has a corner pin for two of the four
corners, the CPU will only fit in the orientation as shown.
Golden Arrow
Socket 754
CPU ZIF mPGAB Socket
Installing the Memory
This motherboard has two 184-pin DDR Dual Inline Memory Modules
(DIMM) slots for DDR memory. The minimum memory size for this
motherboard is 64MB and expands to a maximum memory size of
2.0GB of DDR SDRAM.
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Valid Memory Configurations:
Bank
184-pin DDR DIMM
PCS
Total Memory
Bank 0, 1
(DIMM1)
DDR266/DDR333/DDR400
DDR DRAM Module
X1
64MB∼1.0GB
Bank 2, 3
(DIMM)
DDR266/DDR333/DDR400
DDR DRAM Module
X1
64MB∼1.0GB
System Memory (Max. 2.0GB)
X2
64MB∼2.0GB
Total
Installing DDR SDRAM modules in to the motherboard is generally
easy; however, if you need assistance, refer to the illustration below.
DIMM1 (BANK0+BANK1)
DIMM2 (BANK2+BANK3)
Note: When you install DIMM modules fully into the DIMM socket,
the eject tab should be locked into the DIMM module and fit into its
indention on both sides.
WARNING: The DDR SDRAM CLOCK is set at 200MHz; use only
DDR400 compliant DDR Modules. If non-compliant DIMM modules
are used, the system may not boot because of the strict timing
requirements. If the DDR Modules are not DDR400 compliant, set
the SDRAM clock to 133MHz to ensure system stability.
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Installing Expansion Cards
WARNING: Turn off the power to the system when adding or
removing expansion cards or any other system components.
Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the system.
Installation Procedures:
1. Read the documentation that came with the expansion card and
make any necessary hardware or software setting changes for the
expansion card. A good example is jumper setting changes.
2. Remove the computer’s cover and the bracket plate on the slot
you intend to use.
3. Align the card’s connectors and press it in firmly.
4. Secure the card in the slot with the screw that was removed from
the bracket plate.
5. Replace the computer system’s cover.
6. Set up the BIOS if necessary.
7. Install any necessary software drivers for the new expansion card.
Assigning IRQs for Expansion Card
Some expansion cards need an IRQ to operate. Generally, an IRQ must
exclusively be assigned to the expansion card for it to work properly. In
a standard design, there are 16 IRQs available but most of them are
already in use.
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9 - These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
IRQ
Priority
Standard function
0
N/A
System Timer
1
N/A
Keyboard Controller
2
N/A
Programmable Interrupt
3
4
5
6
7
9
9
9
9
9
10
11
12
9
9
9
9
13
14
15
Communications Port (COM2)
9
Communications Port (COM1)
6
Sound Card (sometimes LPT2)
11
Floppy Disk Controller
7
8
9
8
Printer Port (LPT1)
N/A
System CMOS/Real Time Clock
10
ACPI Mode when enabled
3
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
2
IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
4
PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port
N/A
9
9
Numeric Data Processor
5
Primary IDE Channel
1
Secondary IDE Channel
Interrupt Request Table for This Motherboard
Slot
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
INT A
INT B
INT C INT D INT E
INT G INT H
9
9
9
9
Slot 4
9
9
Slot 5
Onboard USB 1
9
Onboard USB 2
AC97/MC97
INT F
9
IMPORTANT! If using PCI cards on shared slots, make sure that the
drivers support “Shared IRQ” or that the cards do not need an IRQ
assignment. If conflicts arise between the two PCI groups, it will make
the system unstable or cards inoperable.
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AGP Slot
This motherboard is equipped with an AGP
Slot that supports 8X/4X AGP VGA cards.
2X
4X
AGP SLOT
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Connectors and Headers
Connectors
PWR: Power Connector (20-pin block)
ATX Power Supply Connector – The motherboard is setup for soft
power on by using the momentary switch that connects from the front
panel switch to the 2-pin Power On jumper on the motherboard. When
the power switch on the back of the ATX power supply is turned on, the
full power will not come into the system board until the front panel
switch is momentarily pressed. Pressing the switch again will turn off the
power to the motherboard.
PIN
1
ROW 1
3.3V
ROW 2
3.3V
2
3.3V
-12V
3
GND
GND
4
5V
Soft Pow er On
5
GND
GND
6
5V
GND
7
GND
GND
8
Pow er OK
-5V
9
+5V (for Soft Logic)
+5V
+12V
+5V
10
Pin 1
ATX12V: ATX 12V Power Connector (4-pin block)
This motherboard has a supplemental power connector that delivers an
additional 12V volts for processors that require additional power. If the
4-pin power connector is not connected to the motherboard, the system
can become unstable and not function properly.
Pin 1
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KB1: PS/2 Mouse & PS/2 Keyboard Connector
These are connectors for the PS/2 keyboard and the PS/2 Mouse.
USB1/USB2: USB Port connector
These are 4-pin connectors that connect USB devices to the system
board.
LAN: LAN Port connector
This is a standard RJ45 connector which allows connectivity to a
network.
PARALLEL: Parallel Port Connector (25-pin female)
The Parallel Port connector is a 25-pin D-Subminiature Receptacle
connector. The On-board Parallel Port can be disabled through the
BIOS SETUP. Please refer to INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS SETUP
section for more detail information.
CN1: AUDIO (LINE-OUT, LINE-IN, MIC): Audio and Game Connector
ƒ
Line-Out: Audio output to speakers.
ƒ
Line-In: Audio input to the sound chip.
ƒ
MIC: Connects a Microphone to the system
COM1/COM2: Serial Ports
These are 9-pin D-Subminiature male connectors. The On-board serial
ports can be disabled through the BIOS SETUP MENU. Please refer to
the INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS SETUP section for more details
regarding this information.
PS/2Mous
PRINT
USB1
LAN
MIC
LINE-IN
LINE-OUT
PS/2 KB COM1
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COM2
USB2
FDD: Floppy drive Connector (34-pin block)
This connector supports the 3 ½ inch floppy drive ribbon cable. Use the
cable provided to connect the floppy drive to the system motherboard.
FDD
Pin 1
Floppy Drive Connector
IDE1: Primary IDE Connector (40-pin block)
This connector supports the IDE1 hard disk ribbon cable. Use the cable
provided to connect the primary hard drive to the system motherboard.
Note: If two hard disks are installed, the second drive must configured
as a slave by setting its jumpers accordingly. Please refer to the
documentation of the hard disk for the correct jumper settings.
IDE1
Pin 1
Primary IDE
Connector
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IDE2: Primary IDE Connector (40-pin block)
This connector supports the IDE2 hard disk ribbon cable. Use the cable
provided to connect the primary hard drive to the system motherboard.
IDE2
Pin 1
Secondary IDE
Connector
Two hard disks can be connected to each connector. The first HDD is
referred to as the Master and the second HDD is referred to as the
Slave.
For performance issues, we strongly suggest that CD-ROM drives or
DVD-ROM drives are NOT installed on the same IDE channel. This can
produce a drop in system performance.
SATA1/SATA2: Serial-ATA Port connector
This connector supports the provided Serial ATA hard disk cable. Use
the cable to connect the Serial ATA hard disk to the motherboard.
SATA1
SATA2
Serial-ATA Port Connector
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Headers
AUDIO: Line-Out/MIC Header for the Front Panel (9-pin)
Some case manufactures supply audio connectors built into the front of
the case. This header will allow a cable to be connected from the
motherboard to those built in connectors. This header connects to the
front panel Line-Out and the MIC.
Without the cable installed, this headers default jumper setting are 5-6
short and 9-10 short. When you install the cable, you must remove
these jumpers.
AUDIO
Pin 1
2
AUD_GND
AUD_VCC
AUD_RET_R
AUD_MIC
AUD_MIC_BIAS
AUD_FPOUT_R
HP_ON
AUD_FPOUT_L
AUD_RET_L
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10
Line-Out, MIC Headers
VCC
-DATA
+DATA
GND
OC
VCC
+DATA
GND
Pin 1
USB4
-DATA
+DATA
GND
OC
VCC
USB3
-DATA
USB3/USB4: USB Port Headers (9-pin)
These headers are used for connecting an additional USB port plug. By
attaching the optional USB cable, two additional USB plugs can be
affixed to the back panel.
+DATA
GND
VCC
-DATA
Pin 1
USB Port Headers
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SPEAK: Speaker connector
This 4-pin connector connects to the case-mounted speaker.
PWR LED: Power LED
The Power LED is illuminated while the system power is on. Connect
the Power LED from the system case to this pin.
HD LED: IDE Activity LED
This connector connects to the hard disk activity indicator light on the
case.
RESET: Reset switch lead
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted reset switch for
rebooting the system without having to turn off your power switch. This
is a preferred method of rebooting in order to prolong the lift of the
system’s power supply. See the figure below.
PWRLED
Pin 1
SPEAK
JW FP
PWRBTN
GND
PWRLED
PWRBTN
VCC5
PWR LED
PWR BTN: Power switch
This 2-pin connector connects to the case-mounted power switch to
power ON/OFF the system.
Pin 1
VCC5
HDDLE
GND
RSTSW
NC
HDLED
RESET
GND
VCC5
SPKR
NC
Pin 1
System Case Connections
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SYSFAN1, SYSFAN2, CPUFAN: FAN Headers (3-pin)
These connectors support cooling fans of 350mA (4.2 Watts) or less,
depending on the fan manufacturer, the wire 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 connector.
1
CPUFAN
3
1
SYSFAN
3
1
3
SYSFAN
CDIN: CD Audio-In Headers (4-pin)
CDIN are the connectors for CD-Audio Input signal. Please connect it
to CD-ROM CD-Audio output connector.
CDIN
4
1
CD Audio-In Headers
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SPDIF
SPDIF-OUT
GND
CENTER
GND
SPDIF: SPDIF IN/OUT Headers (9-pin)
10
2
Pin 1
12V
SURROUT
SURROUT
SPDIF-IN
BASS
9
SPDIF In/Out Header
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Starting Up Your Computer
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
After all connections have been made and any expansion
cards have been installed, close the computer case and fasten
the cover.
Be sure all switches are off, and confirm that the power supply
input voltage is set to proper position, usually in-put voltage is
220V∼240V or 110V∼120V depending on your country’s
voltage.
Connect the power supply cord to the back of the power supply
unit located on the back of the system case.
Turn on the peripherals in following order:
The monitor
Other external peripheral (e.g. Printer, Scanner, External
Modem)
Power on the system. In most cases, the ATX power switch is
located on the front of the case.
The power LED on the front panel of the system case will
illuminate. The LED on the monitor may light up or switch
between orange and green after the system has started. The
system will then run self tests.
Note: Notice any beeps or messages that appear on the
screen. These are used to notify users of any alarms that need
to be addressed during start-up.
In the event the screen is black and nothing appears within 30
seconds from the time you turn on the power, the system may
have failed and was unable to perform the power-on test. If this
is the case, recheck your jumper settings and all connections
to the motherboard.
Beep
Meaning
No short beep when displaying
the logo.
No errors during post.
Long beeps in an endless loop.
One long beep followed by 3
short beeps.
High frequency beeps with
system is working.
7.
No DRAM installed or detected.
Video card not found.
CPU is overheating / System
running at a lower frequency.
During power-on, press the DELETE key to enter BIOS Setup
Menu. Follow the instructions in BIOS Setup section of this
manual.
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Chapter 3
BIOS Introduction
The BIOS is a program that lives in the flash memory of the
motherboard. This program acts a bridge between the motherboard and
the operating system. When the computer is started, the BIOS performs
a self test called POST (Power On Self Test) and runs through a series
of auto diagnostic tests. These tests are checking the hardware and
configuring the parameters for synchronization. Once the POST has
been completed, the computer will start the Operating System (OS) and
allow the user to start using the computer. Since the BIOS is the only
channel for hardware and software to communicate, it is the key factor
for system stability ensuring that the system performance is at its best.
In the BIOS Setup Main Menu, there are several options to choose from
when configuring the system. These options will be explained step by
step in the following pages of this chapter. Below is a short description
of the function keys that will be used to navigate through the BIOS
menu.
Press the ESC key to quit the BIOS Setup.
Press the ↑↓←→ (up, down, left, right) arrow keys, from the main
menu, to select the categories that need to be modified.
Press the F10 key to Exit and Save the changes that were made to
the BIOS.
Press the Page Up/Page Down keys to modify the BIOS
parameters for the active option.
Entering the BIOS Setup
Enter the BIOS Setup by pressing the DEL key just before the system
starts to POST. In the event the DEL key was not pressed in-time,
restart the system and try again. This can be done by pressing the
Reset button on the front of the system case or by turning the power
OFF and then ON. Pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL keys simultaneously
will also restart the system.
Getting Help Once Inside the BIOS Setup
Once inside the BIOS Setup, the F1 key can be pressed to popup a
small help window that that describes the appropriate keys to use and
the possible selections for the highlighted item. To exit the Help
Window, press ESC.
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BIOS Setup Main Menu
Once inside the Award® BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu will
appear with fourteen setup functions and two exit choices. Use arrow
the keys to navigate through the items and press ENTER to select the
desired function. See Figure 3.1 below.
Figure 3.1
Standard CMOS Features
Select this option for basic system configurations.
Advanced BIOS Features
This is used to set the Advanced Features available on your system.
Advanced Chipset Features
Select this option to change the values in the chipset register and as
well as optimize the system’s performance.
Integrated Peripherals
This is to specify the settings for integrated peripherals.
Power Management Setup
Select this option to specify the settings for power management.
PnP/PCI configurations
This entry appears if the system supports PnP/PCI.
PC Health Status
Select the option to show the health of the PC status.
Clock/Voltage Control
Select this option to specify the settings for miscellaneous controls such
as clock speeds and voltages.
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Load Optimized Defaults
This will load the BIOS’s default values. These settings are used for
optimal system performance.
Load Standard Defaults
This will load the BIOS’s default values for a stable system operation.
These are the factory settings for normal use.
Set Supervisor/User Password
This will allow a Supervisor or an Administrator to setup User and
Supervisor Passwords.
Save & Exit Setup
Save CMOS value changes to CMOS and exit setup.
Exit Without Saving
Abandon all CMOS value changes and exit setup.
Standard CMOS Features
The items in the Standard CMOS Setup Menu are divided into several
categories. Use the arrow keys to highlight category, then use the PgUp
/PgDn keys to select the values to be change. For an example of the
Standard CMOS Features menu, see the example below.
Figure 3.2
Date
The date format is as follows:
Day: This value ranges from Sunday through Saturday and is
automatically changed as the values below are entered.
Month (mm): Change this value to the appropriate month. This
value ranges from January through December.
Date (dd): Change this value to the appropriate date. Values range
from 1 to 31. These can also be keyed in by using the numeric key
pad.
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Year (yy): Change this value to the appropriate year.
Time
The time format is as follows (Military Time is represented here):
Hours (hh): Change this value to represent the appropriate time,
hours. The range for value is 00 through 24.
Minutes (mm): Change this value to the appropriate time, minutes.
The range for this value is 00 through 59.
Seconds (ss): Change this value to the appropriate time, seconds.
The range for this value is 00 through 59.
IDE Channel
0 Master
0 Slave
1 Master
1 Slave
2 Master
3 Master
Navigate to each of the appropriate drives for configuration. Once
selected, hit ENTER to bring up the IDE Channel configuration menu.
From there, the IDE HDD Auto Detection function can be used to
detect and setup the selected drive pressing the ENTER key.
Each channel can also be setup individually by navigating to the IDE
Channel 0 Master, or which ever drives is being setup at the time. In
this example 0 Master was selected. Use the PgUp /PgDn keys to
configure the hard drive(s). The values for this setting are Manual, Auto
and None.
Note: The specifications of the hard drive must match with the drive
table within the BIOS. The hard disk(s) will not work properly if incorrect
information is set for this selection. If the hard disk drive type is not
matched or listed, use the Manual option to define the hard drive type.
If the Manual option is selected, necessary related information must be
provided. Enter the information directly from the keyboard. This
information should be provided in the documentation from the hard disk
vendor or the system manufacturer.
If the controller of HDD interface is SCSI, the selection will be
None.
If the controller of HDD interface is a CD-ROM, the selection will be
None.
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Change the following to match the hard disk settings when entering in
this information manually. Refer for the hard drive manufacturer
documentation for details.
Access Mode: The settings for this item are: Auto CHS, LBA and
Large.
Cylinder: Provide the number of cylinders for the hard drive.
Head: Provide the number of heads for the hard drive.
Precomp: Enter the Write Precomp value.
Landing Zone: Enter the Landing Zone value.
Sector: Provide the number of sectors.
Drive A
Select the appropriate device for Drive A. Set this function to one of the
configuration options: None, 360K/5.25in, 1.2M/3.5in, 370k/3.5in,
1.44M/3.5in or 2.88M/3.5in.
Video
Select the appropriate video device. Set this function to one of the
configuration options: EGA/VGA, CGA 40, CGA 80 or Mono.
Halt On
This setting determines at which point the boot up process will be
stopped in the event errors happen to occur. Set this function to one of
the configuration options: All Errors, No Errors, All But KB, All But
Diskette or All But Disk/Key.
Advanced BIOS Features
The following information is provided as a reference for the Advanced
BIOS Features of this motherboard. See Figure 3.3 below.
Figure 3.3
Anti-Virus Protection
This feature provides a WARNING in the event if an attempt is made to
write data to the IDE hard disk boot sector. If enabled, a warning
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message will appear on screen and an audible alarm sound indicating
an attempt has been made to write data to this area of the boot sector.
Disabled (default) – No warning message will appear when
attempts to access the boot sector or hard disk partition table.
Enabled – Activates automatically when the system boots up
causing a warning message to appear when attempts to access the
boot sector of the hard disk partition table have been made.
CPU L1 Cache/CPU L2 Cache
Since cache memory is much faster than conventional DRAM system
memory, these fields allow users to enable or disable the CPU’s Level 1
internal cache and Level 2 external cache. Set this function to one of the
configuration options: Enabled or Disabled. Enabled is default for both
settings.
Quick Power On Self-Test
This option determines the type of POST (Power On Self Test) that will
be ran during the system startup. If this option is set to Enabled (Quick
POST), the BIOS skips some of the self tests that are run during POST.
Set this function to one of the configuration options: Enabled or
Disabled.
Hard Disk Boot Priority
Under this section, all of the systems drives will be listed.
First, Second, Third, Other Boot Device
This option sets the sequence of drives the BIOS attempts boot from
and load the operating system after the POST completes. Once POST
is complete, the BIOS will search the drives for an operating system.
Set this function to one of the configuration options: Floppy, LS120,
Hard Disk, CD-ROM, Zip100, USB-FDD, USB-Zip or USB-CD-ROM.
Boot Up Floppy Seek
This is a self check to ensure the floppy drive’s power is on after starting
the computer system. Set this function to one of the configuration
options: Enabled or Disabled.
Boot Up NumLock Status
This option determines if the Num Lock key pad will be enabled during
system startup. The configuration for this item is as follows: On
(default), numeric keypad is functional when the operating system starts
and, Off, numeric keypad is not functional when the operating system
starts, only the four arrow keys function.
Gate A20 Option
Gate A20 refers to the way the system addresses memory above 1 MB
(extended memory). When set to Fast, the system chipset controls Gate
A20. When set to Normal, a pin in the keyboard controller controls Gate
A20. Setting Gate A20 to Fast improves system speed, particularly with
OS/2 and Windows.
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Typematic Rate Setting
Keystrokes repeat at a rate determined by the keyboard controller.
When enabled, the Typematic Rate and Typematic Delay can be
selected. This option is either Enabled or Disabled.
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec)
This option sets the number of times a second to repeat a
keystroke when a key is held down. Set this function to one of the
configuration options: 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 24, or 30.
Typematic Delay (Msec)
This sets the delay time after the key is held down before it begins
to repeat the keystroke. Set this function to one of the configuration
options: 250, 500, 750 or 1000.
Security Option
If a password is set, select whether the password is required every time
the System boots, or only when users enter Setup. Set this function to
one of the configuration options: Setup (default) or System.
APIC Mode
APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller) Mode was
developed to comply with the PC2001 standard. By enabling APIC
Mode, the system increases the availability of IRQ resources. Set this
function to one of the configuration options: Enable or Disable.
MPS Version Control For OS
This item allows users to select which MPS (Multi-Processor
Specification) version is used for the operating system. The BIOS
supports versions 1.1 and 1.4 of the Intel multiprocessor specification.
Select the version supported by the operating system running on this
system.
OS Select For DRAM > 64MB
Select OS2 only if the system is running the OS/2 operating system and
has greater than 64MB of RAM. Set this function to one of the
configuration options: OS2 or Non-OS2.
HDD S.M.A.R.T Capability
Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) is a
technology that enables the BIOS early detection and warning of a
possible failure of storage devices such as hard disk drives. Set this
function to one of the configuration options: Enabled or Disabled.
Report No FDD For Windows
Set this option to No if the system is not running a floppy drive. The
configuration options for this setting are Yes and No.
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Advanced Chipset Features
The Advanced Chipset Features setup option is used to change the
values of the chipset registers. These registers control most of the
system options in the computer. See Figure 3.4 below.
Figure 3.4
DRAM CAS Latency
When synchronous DRAM is installed, the number of clock cycles of
CAS latency depends on the DRAM timing. Set this function to one of
the configuration options: Auto, 2.0, 2.5 or 3.0. Unless the CAS Latency
is known, Auto should be selected.
SDRAM RAS-to-CAS Delay
This field allows for a timing delay between the CAS and RAS strobe
signals, used when DRAM is written to, read from, or refreshed. Set this
function to one of the configuration options: Auto, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7. The
Default setting for this function is Auto.
SDRAM Cycle Time
The Default and recommended setting for this function is Auto. System
performance can be improved if adjusted; however, system instability
may occur if this setting is not set to the proper value.
SDRAM RAS Precharge Time
If an insufficient number of cycles are allowed for the RAS to
accumulate its charge before DRAM refresh, the refresh may be
incomplete and the DRAM may fail to retain data. If this item is set to a
smaller increment, the system yields faster performance; however, if the
item is set to a larger number, the system yields more stable
performance. This field applies only when synchronous DRAM is
installed in the system. Set this function to one of the configuration
options: Auto, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. The Default setting for this function is Auto.
1T/2T Memory Timing
This feature sets the memory timing for the system. Set this function to
one of the configuration options: Auto, 1T and 2T.
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AGP Aperture Size
Select the size of the Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) aperture. The
aperture is a portion of the PCI memory address range dedicated for
graphics memory address space. Host cycles that hit the aperture range
are forwarded to the AGP without any translation. Set this function to
one of the configuration options: 32M, 64M, 128M, 256M or 512M.
AGP 3.0 Speed
This setting is Enabled if an AGP 3.0 graphics card is detected by the
system.
AGP 2.0 Speed
This option is for configuring the AGP bus speed. Set this function to
one of the configuration options: Auto, 1x, 1x2x or 1x2x4x.
AGP Fast Write
Selecting auto for this feature will allow the Fast Write Protocol to
function (AGP 8X/4X). Set this function to one of the configuration
options: Auto or Disabled.
Note: Not all AGP cards support Fast Write.
AGP Sideband Address
Configuring this option determines the bus address between AGP card
and CPU. Set this function to one of the configuration options: Auto or
Disabled.
HT Frequency
Set this function to one of the configuration options: 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X or
5X.
Special I/O for PCI Card
The purpose of this item is to allocate specific addresses for specific
PCI cards. The configuration settings for this option are Enabled or
Disabled. If enabled, Base I/O Address and I/O Length will also have
to be configured.
System BIOS Cacheable
Selecting Enabled allows caching of the system BIOS ROM at F0000hFFFFFh resulting in better system performance. However, if any
program writes to this memory area, a system error may result. Set this
function to one of the configuration options: Enabled or Disabled.
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Integrated Peripherals
The information contained in this part of the CMOS Setup Utility
provides details on setting up the peripheral devices for the system. See
the Figure 3.5.
Figure 3.5
Onboard IDE Function
The following information is provided as a reference for the Onboard
IDE Function of the BIOS. Below is an illustration of the menu for this
section. See Figure 3.6.
Figure 3.6
OnChip IDE Channal0/Channel1
The integrated peripheral controller contains an IDE interface with
support for two IDE channels. Select Enabled to activate each channel
separately. Set this function to one of the configuration options: Enabled
or Disabled.
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Primary/Secondary Master/Slave PIO
The four IDE PIO (Programmed Input/Output) fields set the PIO mode
(0-4) for each of the four IDE devices that the onboard IDE interface
supports. Modes 0 through 4 provide successively increased
performance. In Auto mode, the system automatically determines the
best mode for each device. Set this function to one of the configuration
options: Auto, Mode 0, Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 3 or Mode 4.
Primary/Secondary Master/Slave UDMA
Ultra DMA/33 implementation is possible only if the IDE hard drive
supports it and the operating environment includes a DMA driver
(Windows 95 OSR2 or a third-party IDE bus master driver). If the hard
drive and the system software both support Ultra DMA/33 and Ultra
DMA/66, select Auto to enable BIOS support. Set this function to one of
the configuration options: Auto or Disabled.
Primary/Secondary Master/Slave RAID
Configure the RAID controllers accordingly. The setting for this option is
Enabled or Disabled.
IDE Prefetch Mode
The onboard IDE drive interfaces support IDE prefetching, for faster
drive accesses. If a primary and or secondary add-in IDE interfaces are
installed, set this field to Disabled if the interface does not support
prefetching. Set this function to one of the configuration options:
Enabled or Disabled.
IDE DMA Transfer Access
This setting is for the standard controllers on the motherboard,
configuring it accordingly. Set this function to one of the configuration
options: Enabled or Disabled.
IDE HDD Block Mode
Block mode is also called block transfer, multiple commands, or multiple
sector read/write. If the IDE hard drive supports block mode (most new
drives do), select Enabled for automatic detection of the optimal number
of block read/writes per sector the drive can support. Set this function to
one of the configuration options: Enabled or Disabled.
SATA Controller
This item determines if the SATA Controller is functional, configuring it
accordingly. Set this function to one of the configuration options:
Enabled or Disabled.
SATA DMA Transfer
This item selects the DMA mode for devices connected through SATA
channels. Set this function to one of the configuration options: Enabled
or Disabled.
SATA Primary/Secondary Master RAID
These items set the SATA Primary and Secondary Master RAID
devices. Set this function to one of the configuration options: Enabled or
Disabled
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Onboard Device Function
The following information is provided as a reference for the Onboard
Device Function of the BIOS. Below is an illustration of the menu for this
section. See Figure 3.7.
Figure 3.7
AC97 Sound Device
Set this option to Enabled to use the on-board AC97 Audio features.
The configuration options for this setting are Auto, Enabled and
Disabled.
nVIDIA LAN Function
Set this option to Enabled to use the on-board 250 LAN feature. The
configuration options for this setting are Auto, and Disabled.
MAC Media Interface
Use this item to set the MAC Media Interface feature. The configuration
options for this setting are Pin Strap, MII and RGMI.
LAN MAC Address Input
This feature allows the user to enter the MAC Address of the network.
USB Host Controller
This item controls the USB support on the motherboard. If Enabled is
selected, the USB 2.0 Support option and the USB KB/Storage
Support option can be configured.
USB 2.0 Support - Select Enabled if the system contains a
Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 controller and will be used. Set this
function to one of the configuration options: Enabled or Disabled.
USB KB/Storage Support - Select Enabled if the system contains
a Universal Serial Bus (USB) controller and will have a USB
keyboard attached. Set this function to one of the configuration
options: Enabled or Disabled.
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Onboard Super IO Function
The following information is provided as a reference for the Onboard
Super IO Function of the BIOS. Below is an illustration of the menu for
this section. See Figure 3.8.
Figure 3.8
Onboard FDD Controller
Select Enabled if the system has a floppy disk controller (FDD) installed
and will be used. If an add-on Floppy Disk Controller will be installed or
the system has no floppy drive, select Disabled. Set this function to one
of the configuration options: Enabled or Disabled.
Onboard Serial Port 1/Port 2
Select an address and a corresponding interrupt for the first and the
second serial ports. Set this function to one of the configuration options:
3F8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3, 3E8/IRQ4, 2F8/IRQ3, Disabled or Auto.
UART Mode Select
This function allows the user to select an operating mode for the second
serial port. The configuration settings for this item are Normal, IrDA,
ASKIR or SCR.
IR Duplex Mode – This feature becomes available when either
IrDA or ASKIR is selected. The available options for this setting are
Full or Half Duplex.
Onboard Parallel Port
Select the LPT port address and corresponding interrupt for the physical
parallel port. Set this function to one of the configuration options:
Disabled, 3BC/IRQ7, 278/IRQ5 or 378/IRQ7.
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Parallel Port Mode
Select an operating mode for the onboard parallel (printer) port. Select
SPP unless the hardware and software both support one of the other
available modes. The options for this setting are SPP, EPP, ECP and
ECP+EPP.
Note: To operate the onboard parallel port as a Standard Parallel Port
ONLY, select SPP. To operate the onboard parallel port in the Extended
Parallel modes simultaneously, choose EPP. By selecting ECP, the
onboard parallel port will operate in ECP mode only. Choosing
ECP+EPP will allow the onboard parallel port to support both the ECP
and EPP modes at the same time. The ECP mode has to use the DMA
channel, so select the onboard parallel port with the ECP feature. After
it has been selected, the following message will appear, “ECP Mode
Use DMA.” At this time, the user can choose between DMA channels 3
to 1. Since the onboard parallel port is EPP Spec. compliant, so after
the user chooses the onboard parallel port with the EPP function, the
following message will be displayed on the screen: “EPP Mode Select.”
At this time either EPP 1.7 spec. or EPP 1.9 spec. can be chosen.
ECP Mode Use DMA: This item automatically specifies DMA
channel 1 or 3 for the parallel port when it is set to EPP or
ECP+EPP.
Init Display First
This function allows user to determine which display will initialize when
the system starts. Set this function to one of the configuration options:
AGP or PCI Slot.
Power On Function
This function determines by which method the system will be started.
Set this function to one of the configuration options: Password, Hot Key,
Any Key or Button Only.
Password – A password must be correctly entered in order to wake-up
the system so that it can be used.
The KB Power ON Password function will be enabled and the
password will be entered here during setup.
Hot Key – A hotkey combination can be entered in order to wake the
system up so that it can be used.
The Hot Key Power ON function has twelve hotkey combinations
to select. The configuration options for this setting are CTRL-F1
through CTRL-F12.
PWR Status after PWR Failure
This function determines what the system will do in the event of a power
failure. The options for this setting are Always Off, Always On and
Former Status.
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Power Management Setup
The Power Management Setup allows for the most effective power
saving configurations while operating the PC in a manner consistent
with users own style of computing needs. Below is an illustration of the
menu for this section. See Figure 3.9.
Figure 3.9
ACPI Function
This item allows users to Enabled or Disabled the Advanced
Configuration and Power Management (ACPI) functions. Set this
function to one of the configuration options: Enabled or Disabled.
ACPI Suspend Type
This item specifies the power saving modes for the ACPI Function. Set
this function to one of the configuration options: S1 (POS), S3 (STR) or
S1 & S3.
S1 (POS) - S1 is for the low power state. There is no system
context (CPU or Chipset) lost and the hardware maintains all
system contexts.
S3 (STR) - S3 is a lower power state, where the information of
system configuration and opened applications / files are saved to
main memory. The remaining power of other hardware components
are turn off to save energy. The information stored in memory will
be used to restore the system.
S1 & S3 - If S3 state is supported by the system, by default S3 is
automatically selected otherwise S1 is chosen.
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Video Off Method
This function determines the manner in which the monitor is blanked.
The configuration options for this function are DPMS, Blank Screen and
V/H SYNC+Blank.
DPMS (default) - Initial display power management signaling.
Blank Screen - This option only writes blanks to the video buffer.
V/H SYNC+Blank - This selection will cause the system to turn off
the vertical and horizontal synchronization ports and write blanks to
the video buffer.
Power Button Function
This function allows users to set the action of the power button. If set to
Delay 4 Sec, it will cause the computer sleep mode if the power button
is held in for at least 4 seconds. The configuration settings are Delay 4
Sec and Instant-Off.
Wake-Up On PCI PME
When this function is set to Enabled, any event happening from a PCI
card (PME) will awaken the system from being powered down. Set this
function to one of the configuration options: Disabled or Enabled.
Wake-Up on Ring/LAN
When this function is set to Enabled, any event affecting from a modem
ring or LAN activity will awaken a system that has powered down. Set
this function to one of the configuration options: Disabled or Enabled.
USB Resume from S3/S4/S5
When this function is set to Enabled, any event affecting from the
onchip USB will awaken a system that has powered down state of S3,
S4 or S5. Set this function to one of the configuration options: Enabled
or Disabled.
Wake-Up on RTC Alarm
This option is for setting up a date and time for the computer to boot up
automatically.
Day of Month Alarm: Sets the date in which the computer will
automatically start. Select which month the system will boot up. Set
to 0, the computer will boot every day.
Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm: Set the hour, minutes and seconds
(hh:mm:ss) when the computer is scheduled to start.
AMD K8 Cool ‘n’ Quiet Control
When this option is set to Auto, it reduces processor power
consumption without degrading system performance. The settings for
this function are Auto and Disabled.
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PnP/PCI Configuration Setup
This section describes configuring the PCI bus system. PCI, or Personal
Computer Interconnect, is a system which allows I/O devices to operate
at speeds nearing the speed the CPU itself uses when communicating
with its own special components. This section covers some very
technical items and it is strongly recommended that only experienced
users should make any changes to the default settings. Below is an
illustration of the menu for this section. See Figure 3.10.
Figure 3.10
Reset Configuration Data
Typically, this field Disabled. Set this function to Enabled to reset the
Extended System Configuration Data (ESCD). This would be done
when you exiting Setup and a new add-on has been installed and the
system reconfiguration has caused such a serious conflict that the
operating system cannot boot. Set this function to one of the
configuration options: Enabled or Disabled.
Resource Controlled By
The Award Plug and Play BIOS has the capability to automatically
configure all bootable and Plug and Play compatible devices; however,
this capability means absolutely nothing unless a Plug and Play
operating system such as Windows®95/98/XP is installed. If this field is
set to Manual, specific resources have to be selected by going into each
of the sub menus and selecting them for the corresponding interrupts.
Set this function to one of the configuration options: Auto (ESCD) or
Manual.
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IRQ Resources - When resources are controlled manually, each
system interrupt must be assigned a corresponding IRQ number.
The corresponding IRQ type is dependant upon the type of device
that requires the interrupt. The settings for this function are PCI
Device and Reserved. See Figure 3.11 below.
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop
Leave this field at Disabled.
Figure 3.11
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PC Health Status
This section shows the over all health Status of the system. From this
section of the CMOS Setup Utility Menu, users can monitor current
system temperatures, voltages, CPU FAN as well as System FAN
operating speeds. Below is an illustration of the menu for this section.
See Figure 3.12.
Figure 3.12
Shutdown Temperature
This option allows users to set the shutdown temperature of the
processor in the event the system overheats. When the CPU
temperature reaches an unacceptable temperature, the processor will
automatically shutdown to protect itself. Set this function to one of the
configuration options: Disabled, 60°C/140°F, 65°C/149°F or 70°F/158°F.
Show PCHealth in POST
Set to Enabled, this feature displays the health of the PC during POST
of the initial system startup. Set this function to one of the configuration
options: Enabled or Disabled.
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Clock/Voltage Control
Use this section to setup and configure the CPU Frequency and Voltage
Controls. Below is an illustration of the menu for this section. See Figure
3.13.
Figure 3.13
WARNING: This motherboard has features which allow users to
overclock. Before any adjustments to the defaults settings are made,
please make sure your peripherals are able to tolerate abnormal
settings. Any attempt to operate this product beyond the default
specifications is not recommended. EVGA is NOT responsible for
damage caused by inadequate operation or settings beyond the product
specifications.
CPU Clock at next Boot is
This option is to setup the CPU frequency, in MHz, using single
incremental steps. The configuration options for this item are 200MHz 250MHz.
AGP Clock at next Boot is
This option is to setup the AGP frequency, in MHZ, using single
incremental steps. The configuration options for this item are 66MHz 100MHz.
Mem Clock at next Boot is
This field displays the capability of the memory modules that can be
used. Set this function to one of the configuration options: Auto, 100,
133, 166 or 200.
VDIMM/VDDQ Over Voltage
This item is used to enable the VDIMM and the VDDQ Over Voltage
controls. Set this function to one of the configuration options: Enabled or
Disabled.
VDIMM Select
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This item is used to select the VDIMM voltage. If the VDIMM Over
Voltage is enabled, the options for this selection are 2.55V,
2.65V(Default), 2.75V or 2.85V. If the previous option is disabled, the
settings are 2.50V, 2.60V(Default), 2.70V and 2.8V.
VDDQ Select
This item is used to select the VDDQ voltage. If the VDDQ Over Voltage
is enabled, the options for this selection are 1.55V(Default), 1.65V,
1.75V or 1.85V. If the previous option is disabled, the settings are
1.50V(Default), 1.60V, 1.70V and 1.80V.
Vcore Over Voltage
This item is used to set the Vcore Voltage for the processor. The
selections for this item are Disabled, +50mV, +100mV and +150mV.
Hammer FID Select
The configuration settings for this option are Default (Recommended),
X4 800MHz – X12 2400MHz in 200MHz increments.
Hammer Vcore Select
The configuration settings for this option are Default (Recommended),
1.550V – 0.825V in 25V increments.
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Load Standard and Optimized Defaults
Load Standard Defaults
This option loads the BIOS defaults that are the most stable with
minimal system performance.
Load Optimized Defaults
This option loads the BIOS factory settings that are the most stable with
optimal system performance.
Set Supervisor/User Passwords
Set Supervisor Password
Only individuals who have a supervisor password, typically System
Administrators, will be able to enter the system BIOS and change the
values once they have provided the correct password.
Set User Password
Individuals who are assigned a user password ONLY have the ability to
enter the BIOS. They are unable to make any changes to the BIOS
settings.
Save & Exit Setup/Exit Without Saving
Save & Exit Setup
This option saves the changes made to the BIOS and exits the BIOS
setup menu.
Exit Without Saving
This option exits the BIOS setup menu without saving any changes
were made to the BIOS.
Figure 3.14
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Chapter 4
Motherboard Device Drivers
To begin using the nForce3 Motherboard Driver CD, insert it into the
CD-ROM drive. The CD will automatically display the device drivers
menu if Autorun is enabled on the system. See Figure 4.1 below.
Note: In the event Autorun is not enabled, navigate to the CD-ROM
Drive within Windows® Explorer and double click the autorun.exe
icon.
Once the Device Drivers Menu appears, select the item(s) that are to be
installed on the system.
Figure 4.1
Install Motherboard Drivers
This Item installs the NVIDIA Chipset Drivers for the nForce3
Chipset. This includes the LAN driver as well as the IDE driver.
Install Audio Drivers
This item installs the ALC AC97’ Codec Audio Divers for the onboard sound.
Install USB 2.0 Drivers
This item installs the USB 2.0 Drivers. This requires Windows® XP
Service Pack 1 or higher.
Install NVIDIA nTune™ Software
This enables the easiest, safest, and highest performing
overclocking available for NVIDIA nForce-based PCs.
Install Acrobat® Reader®
This item installs the Acrobat Reader. It is required to view the PDF
version of the CD Manual.
View CD Manual
This item brings up the PDF version of the user’s manual.
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Chapter 5
Glossary
Chipset (or core logic) - two or more integrated circuits which control
the interfaces between the system processor, RAM, I/O devises, and
adapter cards.
Processor slot/socket - the slot or socket used to mount the system
processor on the motherboard.
Slot (AGP, PCI, ISA, RAM) - the slots used to mount adapter cards and
system RAM.
AGP - Accelerated Graphics Port - a high speed interface for video
cards; runs at 1X (66MHz), 2X (133MHz), or 4X (266MHz), or 8X
(533MHz).
PCI - Peripheral Component Interconnect - a high speed interface for
video cards, sound cards, network interface cards, and modems; runs at
33MHz.
Serial Port - a low speed interface typically used for mouse and
external modems.
Parallel Port - a low speed interface typically used for printers.
PS/2 - a low speed interface used for mouse and keyboards.
USB - Universal Serial Bus - a medium speed interface typically used
for mouse, keyboards, scanners, and some digital cameras.
Sound (interface) - the interface between the sound card or integrated
sound connectors and speakers, MIC, game controllers, and MIDI
sound devices.
LAN (interface) - Local Area Network - the interface to your local area
network.
BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) - the program logic used to boot up a
computer and establish the relationship between the various
components.
Driver - software, which defines the characteristics of a device for use
by another device or other software.
Processor - the "central processing unit" (CPU); the principal integrated
circuit used for doing the "computing" in "personal computer"
Front Side Bus Frequency - the working frequency of the
motherboard, which is generated by the clock generator for CPU,
DRAM and PCI BUS.
CPU L2 Cache - the flash memory inside the CPU, normal it depend on
CPU type.
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Chapter 6
Useful Information
Contacting Customer Service
EVGA is dedicated to supporting our products. Contacting EVGA
Customer Service is easy! We can be reached by phone, fax, and on
the web. Before contacting Customer Service, please review this
manual. If you need to contact Customer Service, please have your
system configuration as well as your motherboards model number and
serial number ready. You will need to register your product before a
support technician can assist you. You may register your card online at:
http://www.evga.com/register, or when you call for support a staff
member will register you.
Hours of Operation: 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday, PST
Phone Support: (888) 881-EVGA (3842)
Fax Support: (714) 528-4501
Tech Support Web Site: http://www.evga.com/support
Information to keep handy before calling
Motherboard Model Number:
Motherboard Chipset:
Processor Type and Speed:
Operating System and
Version (Service Packs installed,
if any):
Installed Hardware:
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Compliance Information
FCC Compliance Information
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:
Increase the separation between the equipment and signal source. Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the signal source is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced computer technician for help. The use of shielded cables for connection of the
monitor to the graphics card is required to ensure 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.
CE Compliance Information
EMC Directive 89/336/EEC and Amendment 92/31/EEC, Class B Digital Device EN 50081-14, Generic Emissions
Standard for Residential, Commercial and Light Industrial Products (EN 55022/CISPR 22, Limits and Methods of
measurement of Radio). (EN 55022/CISPR 22, Limits and Method of Measurement of Radio Interference
Characteristics Information Technology Equipment) Warning: This is a Class B product. In a domestic environment
this product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measure. EN
50082-1, Generic Immunity Standard for Residential, Commercial and Light Industrial Products (IEC 801-2, IEC 801-3,
IEC 801-4)
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Software License Agreement
Single User Products
The EVGA ADM software (the “Software”) is copyrighted by EVGA.com Corp. and is is protected by U.S.
Patent Number 6, 832, 312. All rights are
reserved. The purchaser is granted a license to use the Software only, subject to the following restrictions
and limitations:
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The license is for the original purchaser only, and is not transferable without written consent from
EVGA.
The original purchaser may use the Software on a single computer owned or leased by the original
purchaser. You may not use the Software on more than a single machine, even if you own or lease
more than one machine, without written consent from EVGA.
The original purchaser may make backup copies of the Software for his or her own use only, subject to
the use limitations of this license.
The original purchaser may not engage in, nor permit third parties to engage in, any of the following:
Providing or disclosing the Software to third parties.
Providing use of the Software in a computer service business, network, time –sharing, multiple
CPU or multi-user arrangement to users who are not individually licensed by EVGA
Making alterations or copies of any kind in the Software (except as specifically permitted above).
Attempting to unassemble, de-compile or reverse engineer the Software in any way.
Granting sublicenses, leases, or rights in the Software to others.
Making copies, or verbal or media translations, of the user’s guide.
Making telecommunication data transmissions of the Software.
Trademark Information
2001-2005 EVGA.com Corp. EVGA, the EVGA logo and combinations thereof are trademarks of EVGA.com Corp.
NVIDIA, NVIDIA Logo, nForce are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United
States and other countries and are used under license to EVGA.com Corporation from NVIDIA Corporation. AMD is a
registered trademark of Advanced Micro Devices. All brands and companies are trademarks of registered Trademarks
of their respective companies. EVGA reserves the right to terminate this license if there is a violation of its terms or
default by the Original Purchaser. Upon termination, for any reason, all copies of the Software must be immediately
returned to EVGA and the Original Purchaser shall be liable to EVGA.com Corp. for any and all damages suffered as
a result of the violation or default.
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