Chapter 4. Introduction to DigiCell. MSI MS-7207, K8NGM2-L

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MS-7207 M-ATX Mainboard

Entering Setup

Power on the computer and the system will start POST (Power On Self Test) process. W hen the message below appears on the screen, press <DEL> key to enter Setup.

Pr ess DEL to enter SET UP

If the message disappears before you respond and you still wish to enter

Setup, restart the system by turning it OFF and On or pressing the RESET button. You may also restart the system by simultaneously pressing <Ctrl>, <Alt>, and <Delete> keys.

Control Keys

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<Enter>

<Esc>

<+/PU>

<-/PD>

<F1>

<F5>

<F6>

<F7>

<F10>

Move to the previous item

Move to the next item

Move to the item in the left hand

Move to the item in the right hand

Select the item

Jumps to the Exit menu or returns to the main menu from a submenu

Increase the numeric value or make changes

Decrease the numeric value or make changes

General help, only for Status Page Setup Menu and

Option Page Setup Menu

Restore the previous CMOS value from CMOS, only for

Option Page Setup Menu

Load Optimized defaults

Load Fail-Safe

Save all the CMOS changes and exit

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BIOS Setup

Getting Help

After entering the Setup menu, the first menu you will see is the Main Menu.

M ain M enu

The main menu lists the setup functions you can make changes to. You can use the control keys (

↑↓ ) to select the item. The on-line description of the highlighted setup function is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Sub-M enu

If you find a right pointer symbol (as shown in the right view) appears to the left of certain fields that means a sub-menu containing additional options can be launched from this field. You can use control keys (

↑↓ )

to highlight the field and press <Enter> to call up the sub-menu. Then you can use the control keys to enter values and move from field to field within a sub-menu. If you want to return to the main menu, just press <Esc >.

General Help <F1>

The BIOS setup program provides a General Help screen. You can call up this screen from any menu by simply pressing <F1>. The Help screen lists the appropriate keys to use and the possible selections for the highlighted item. Press <Esc> to exit the Help screen.

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The Main Menu

Once you enter AMI

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BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu (Figure 1) will appear on the screen. The Main Menu allows you to select from twelve setup functions and two exit choices. Use arrow keys to select among the items and press

<Enter> to accept or enter the sub-menu.

Standard CMOS Features

Use this menu for basic system configurations, such as time, date etc.

Advanced BIOS Features

Use this menu to setup the items of AMI

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special enhanced features.

Advanced Chipset Features

Use this menu to change the values in the chipset registers and optimize your system ’ s performance.

Integrated Per ipher als

Use this menu to specify your settings for integrated peripherals.

Power M anagement Setup

Use this menu to specify your settings for power management.

PNP/PCI Configurations

This entry appears if your system supports PnP/PCI.

H/W Monitor

This entry shows your PC health status.

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BIOS Setup

Cell_M enu

This menu shows the frequency of CPU.

Load Fail-Safe Defaults

Use this menu to load the default values set by the BIOS vendor for stable system performance.

Load Optimized Defaults

Use this menu to load the default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard.

BIOS Setting Password

Use this menu to set the Password.

Save & Exit Setup

Save changes to CMOS and exit setup.

Exit Without Saving

Abandon all changes and exit setup.

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Standard CMOS Features

The items in Standard CMOS Features Menu are divided into several categories.

Each category includes no, one or more than one setup items. Use the arrow keys to highlight the item and then use the <PgUp> or <PgDn> keys to select the value you want in each item.

Date (MM:DD:YY)

This allows you to set the system to the date that you want (usually the current date).

The format is <day><month> <date> <year>.

day Day of the week, from Sun to Sat, determined by

BIOS. Read-only.

mon th date year

The month from Jan. through Dec.

The date from 1 to 31 can be keyed by numeric function keys.

The year can be adjusted by users.

Time (HH:MM:SS)

This allows you to set the system time that you want (usually the current time). The time format is <hour> <minute> <second>.

Primary/Secondary IDE Master/ Slave, Serial-ATA 1/2 Primary/Secondary

Press <+> or <-> to select the hard disk drive type. The specification of hard d i s k drive will show up on the right hand according to your selection. Press <Enter> for the sub-menu of each item:

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BIOS Setup

Dev ice

This item shows the information about the specified item (Read-only).

Type

This item defines the HDD parameters.

LBA/Large M ode

This item allows you to enable or disable the LBA (Logical Block Address, the logical block size in hard disk) mode. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].

Block Mode

W hen the setting is Auto, it will read or write more sector at every circle to enhance the hard disk performance. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].

PIO M ode

The PIO (Programmed Input/Output) Mode let you set a PIO mode (0-4) for the 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. The settings are: [Auto], [Mode 0],

[Mode 1], [Mode 2], [Mode 3], [Mode 4].

DM A M ode

This item allows you to enable or disable the DMA (Direct Memory Access) mode.

Setting options: [Auto], [SWDMA0], [SWDMA1], [SWDMA2], [MWDMA0], [MWDMA1],

[MW DMA2], [UDMA0], [UDMA1], [UDMA2], [UDMA3], [UDMA4], [UDMA5].

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Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T.

This allows you to activate the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting

Technology) capability for the hard disks. S.M.A.R.T is a utility that monitors your disk status to predict hard disk failure. This gives you an opportunity to move data from a hard disk that is going to fail to a safe place before the hard disk becomes offline. Settings: [Auto], [Enabled], [Disabled].

32Bit Data Transfer

This allows you to activate the 32bit data transfer to enhance the IDE hard disk performance.Settings options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Floppy A

This item allows you to set the type of floppy drives installed. Available options:

[None], [360K, 5.25 in.], [1.2M, 5.25 in.], [720K, 3.5 in.], [1.44M, 3.5 in.], [2.88M, 3.5 in.].

System Information

Press <Enter> to for the sub-menu of each item:

Usage M emory

This item shows the memory status (read only).

**CPU Information**

AM D Sempron(tm) Processor/CPU ID

The two items show the CPU related information of your system (read only).

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Advanced BIOS Features

BIOS Setup

Quick Boot

Select Enabled to reduce the amount of time required to run the power-on self-test

(POST). A quick POST skips certain steps. We recommend that you normally disable quick POST. It is better to find a problem during POST than lose data during your work.

Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Full Screen LOGO Display

This item enables you to show the company logo on the bootup screen. Settings are:

[Enabled] Shows a still image (logo) on the full screen at boot.

[Disabled] Shows the POST messages at boot.

Boot Sector Protection

This function protects the BIOS from accidental corruption by unauthorized users or computer viruses. W hen enabled, the BIOS ’ data cannot be changed when attempting to update the BIOS with a Flash utility. To successfully update the BIOS, you ’ ll need to disable this Flash BIOS Protection function.

You should enable this function at all times. The only time when you need to disable it is when you want to update the BIOS. After updating the BIOS, you should immediately re-enable it to protect it against viruses. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Boot to OS/2

This allows you to run the OS/2

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operating system with DRAM larger than 64MB.

W hen you choose [No], you cannot run the OS/2

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operating system with DRAM larger than 64MB. But it is possible if you choose [Yes].

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IOAPIC Function

This field is used to enable or disable the APIC (Advanced Programmable Interrupt

Controller). Due to compliance with PC2001 design guide, the system is able to run in

APIC mode. Enabling APIC mode will expand available IRQ resources for the system.

Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

M PS Table Version

This field allows you to select which MPS (Multi-Processor Specification) version to be used for the operating system. You need to select the MPS version supported by your operating system. To find out which version to use, consult the vendor of your operating system. Setting options: [1.4], [1.1].

Boot Sequence

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu, and the following screen appears.

1st/2nd/3rd Boot Device

The items allow you to set the sequence of boot devices where BIOS attempts to load the disk operating system.

Hard Disk Drives

This feature allows you to specify the hard disk boot priority.

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Advanced Chipset Features

BIOS Setup

MSI Reminds You...

Change these settings only if you are familiar with the chipset.

M emclock M ode

Users can place an artificial memory clock on the system. Please note that memory is prevented from running faster than this frequency. Setting options:[Auto], [Limit].

M CT Timing M ode

This field has the capacity to automatically detect all of the DRAM timing. The settings are: [Auto], [Manual].

User Config mode

This field has the capacity to automatically detect all of the following 4 fields default value.. If you set this field to [Manual], the following fields will be selectable. The settings are: [Auto], [Manual].

Burst Length

This setting allows you to set the size of Burst-Length for DRAM. Bursting feature is

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MS-7207 M-ATX Mainboard a technique that DRAM itself predicts the address of the next memory location to be accessed after the first address is accessed. To use the feature, you need to define the burst length, which is the actual length of burst plus the starting address and allows internal address counter to properly generate the next memory location. The bigger the size, the faster the DRAM performance. Setting options: [8 Beats], [4

Beats] and [2 Beats].

Hardware M emory Hole

In order to improve performance, certain space in memory can be reserved for ISA peripherals. This memory must be mapped into the memory space below 16MB.

W hen this area is reserved, it cannot be cached. Settings: [Disabled], [15MB-16MB].

Hyper Transport Configuration

The following items are used for setting the frequency and the linkwidth from CPU to

North Bridge and from North Bridge to South Bridge.

CPU to NB Frequemcy:

NB to SB Frequemcy:

CPU to NB LinkWidth:

NB to SB LinkWidth:

200/400/600/800/1000 MHz

200/400/600/800/1000 MHz

8 ↓ 8 ↑ / 16 ↓ 16 ↑

4 ↓ 4 ↑ / 8 ↓ 8 ↑ / 16 ↓ 16 ↑

Flash Protect

This function protects the BIOS from accidental corruption by unauthorized users or computer viruses. W hen enabled, the BIOS data cannot be changed when attempting to update the BIOS with a Flash utility. To successfully update the BIOS, you will need to disable this Flash Protection function. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Primary Graphics Adapter

This setting specifies which VGA card is your primary graphics adapter. Setting options are:

[PCI Express] The system initializes the installed PCI Express card first. If an PCI

Express card is not available, it will initialize the onboard VGA card.

[Onboard] The system initializes the onboard VGA card first.

OnChip and PCIe VGA selection

This setting allows you to enable both OnChip and PCIe VGA, or enable PCIe VGA only. Setting options: [Disbale Onchip VGA if have PCIe VGA], [Both exist and OnChip

VGA by frame buffer select].

OnChip VGA Frame Buffer Size

Frame Buffer is the video memory that stores data for video display (frame). This field is used to determine the memory size for Frame Buffer. Larger frame buffer size increases video performance. Setting options: [Disabled], [16MB], [32MB], [64MB],

[128MB].

RGB/TV Display

This item allows you to select an display device to display. Setting options: [Auto],

[RGB], [TV].

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BIOS Setup

TV M ode Support

This item allows you to select the TV display mode. Setting options: [NTSC_M],

[NTSC_J], [PAL_M], [PAL_BDGHI], [PAL_N], [PAL_NC], [Default].

OnChip VGA Trap Enable

Setting options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].

CPU-LDT Frequency, MHz

This setting shows the current CPU Front Side Bus clock frequency.

PCI-Express Frequency, MHz

This setting shows the current PCI-Express Front Side Bus clock frequency.

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Integrated Peripherals

USB 1.1 Controller

This setting disables/enables the USB 1.1 controller. Setting options: [Enabled],

[Disabled].

USB 2.0 Controller

Set to [Enabled] if you need to use any USB 2.0 device in the operating system that does not support or have any USB 2.0 driver installed, such as DOS and SCO Unix.

Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

USB Device Legacy Support

Set to Enabled if your need to use any USB 1.1/2.0 device in the operating system that does not support or have any USB 1.1/2.0 driver installed, such as DOS and SCO

Unix. Set to Disabled only if you want to use any USB device other than the USB mouse. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].

Onboard Devices Configuration

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

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Onboard IEEE1394 Controller

This setting allows you to enable/disable the onboard IEEE 1394 controller. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

AZALIA AUDIO

Select Enabled to use the audio capabilities of your system. Setting options:

[Auto], [Disabled].

M AC LAN

This setting controls the onboard LAN controller. Setting options: [Auto], [Disabled].

MAC LAN Bridge

This setting controls the onboard LAN bridge. Setting options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

M AC Media Interface

This setting controls the onboard LAN media interface. Setting options: [Pin

Setup], [MII], [RGMII].

I/O Devices Configuration

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

Onboard Floppy Controller

Select [Enabled] if your system has a floppy disk controller (FDD) installed on the system board and you wish to use it. If you install add-on FDC or the system has no floppy drive, select [Disabled] in this field. The settings are: [Enabled],

[Disabled].

COM Port 1

Select an address and corresponding interrupt for Serial Port 1. Setting options:

[Disabled], [3F8/IRQ4], [2F8/IRQ3], [3E8/IRQ4], [2E8/IRQ3].

IR M ode

This setting allows you to specify the operation mode for serial port 2. Setting options: [Disabled], [IrDA], [ASKIR].

[Disabled] Disable RS-232C Serial Port

[IrDA] IrDA-compliant Serial Infrared Port

[ASK IR] Amplitude Shift Keyed Infrared Port

Parallel Port

This specifies the I/O port address and IRQ of the onboard parallel port. Setting options: [378], [278], [3BC], [Disabled].

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IDE Devices Configuration

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

PCI IDE BusM aster

This item allows you to enable/ disable the PCI IDE busmaster. Setting options:

[Disabled], [Enabled].

On-Chip IDE Controller

The integrated peripheral controller contains an IDE interface with support for two IDE channels. Choose [Both] to activate the two channels. Setting options:

[Disabled], [Primary], [Secondary], [Both].

SATA Devices Configuration

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears.

Serial-ATA 1/2

This field allows you to enable or disabled the SATA controllers. Settings options:

[Enabled], [Disabled].

nVidia RAID Setup

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

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This field allows you to enable or disabled the nVidia RAID function. Settings options: [Enabled], [Disabled].

Power Management Features

BIOS Setup

MSI Reminds You...

S3-related functions described in this section are available only when your BIOS supports S3 sleep mode.

ACPI Function

This item is to activate the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Management

Interface) Function. If your operating system is ACPI-aware, such as Windows 98SE/

2000/ME, select [Enabled]. Setting options: [Enabled] and [Disabled].

ACPI Standby State

This item specifies the power saving modes for ACPI function. If your operating system supports ACPI, such as W indows 98SE, W indows ME and W indows 2000, you can choose to enter the Standby mode in S1/POS or S3/STR fashion through the setting of this field. Options are:

S1/POS

S3/STR

Auto

The S1 sleep mode is a low power state. In this state, no system context is lost (CPU or chipset) and hardware maintains all system context.

The S3 sleep mode is a lower power state where the in formation of system configuration and open applications/ files is saved to main memory that remains powered while most other hardware components turn off to save energy. The information stored in memory will be used to restore the system when a “ wake up ” event occurs.

The system will decide when to enter S1 or S3 state.

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Power Button Function

This feature allows users to configure the Power Button function. Settings are:

[On/Off] The power button functions as a normal power-on/-off

[Suspend] button.

W hen you press the power button, the computer enters the suspend/sleep mode, but if the button is pressed for more than four seconds, the computer is turned off.

Restor e on AC Power Loss

This setting specifies whether your system will reboot after a power failure or interrupt occurs. Available settings are:

[Off] Leaves the computer in the power off state.

[On]

[Last State]

Leaves the computer in the power on state.

Restores the system to the previous status before power failure or interrupt occurred.

Wakeup Event Setup

Press <Enter> to enter sub-menu and the following screen appears.

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Force Throttle

Enable this item will decrease the frequency of the CPU when the CPU is overheat.

Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

Manual Throttle Ratio

The item specifies the percentage of descreasing. Setting options: [87.5%],

[75%], [62.5%], [50%], [37.5%], [25%], [12.5%].

Sy stem Thermal

Enable this item will decrease the frequency of the CPU when the system is overheat. Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

Thermal throttle Ratio

The item specifies the percentage of descreasing. Setting options: [87.5%],

[75%], [62.5%], [50%], [37.5%], [25%], [12.5%].

BIOS Setup

PS/2 Device Wakeup from S5

This controls how and whether the PS/2 keyboard is able to power on the system from S5. If you choose [Password], you must type the password to power on the system. The S3 wakeup function can be set up from W indows.

Settings: [Disabled], [Enabled].

Specific Key for PowerOn

If PS/2 Device Wakeup is set to [Enabled], then you can set a key in the field for the PS/2 keyboard to power on the system.

Resume by M AC LAN

An input signal from the LAN awakens the system from a soft off state. Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

Resume by PCI Device (PME#)

W hen setting to [Enabled], this setting allows your system to be awakened from the power saving modes through any event on PME (Power Management Event).

Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

Resume by RTC Alarm

This is used to enable or disable the feature of booting up the system on a scheduled time/date from the S3, S4, and S5 state. Setting options: [Disabled],

[Enabled].

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PNP/PCI Configurations

This section describes configuring the PCI bus system and PnP (Plug & Play) feature. PCI, or P eripheral C omponent I nterconnect, is a system which allows I/O devices to operate at speeds nearing the speed the CPU itself uses when communicating with its 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.

Clear NVRAM

The ESCD (Extended System Configuration Data) NVRAM (Non-volatile Random Access Memory) is where the BIOS stores resource information for both PNP and non-

PNP devices in a bit string format. W hen the item is set to [Yes], the system will reset

ESCD NVRAM right after the system is booted up and then set the setting of the item back to [No] automatically.

PCI Latency Timer

This item controls how long each PCI device can hold the bus before another takes over. W hen set to higher values, every PCI device can conduct transactions for a longer time and thus improve the effective PCI bandwidth. For better PCI performance, you should set the item to higher values. Setting options: [32], [64], [96], [128], [160],

[192], [224], [248].

PCI Slot1/2 IRQ

These items specify the IRQ line for each PCI slot. Setting options: [4], [5], [7], [10],

[11], [Auto]. Selecting [Auto] allows BIOS to automatically determine the IRQ line for each PCI slot.

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BIOS Setup

IRQ Resource Setup

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears.

IRQ 3/4/5/7/9/10/11/14/15

These items specify the bus where the specified IRQ line is used.

The settings determine if BIOS should remove an IRQ from the pool of available

IRQs passed to devices that are configurable by the system BIOS. The available

IRQ pool is determined by reading the ESCD NVRAM. If more IRQs must be removed from the IRQ pool, the end user can use these settings to reserve the

IRQ by assigning an [Reserved] setting to it. Onboard I/O is configured by AMIBIOS.

All IRQs used by onboard I/O are configured as [Available]. If all IRQs are set to

[Reserved], and IRQ 14/15 are allocated to the onboard PCI IDE, IRQ 9 will still be available for PCI and PnP devices. Available settings: [Reserved] and [Available].

DM A Resource Setup

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

DMA Channel 0/1/3/5/6/7

These items specify the bus that the system DMA (Direct Memory Access) channel is using.

The settings determine if AMIBIOS should remove a DMA from the available

DMAs passed to devices that are configurable by the system BIOS. The available DMA pool is determined by reading the ESCD NVRAM. If more DMAs must be removed from the pool, the end user can reserve the DMA.

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MSI Reminds You...

IRQ (Interrupt Request) lines are system resources allocated to I/O devices. When an I/O device needs to gain attention of the operating system, it signals this by causing an IRQ to occur. After receiving the signal, when the operating system is ready, the system will interrupt itself and perform the service required by the I/O device.

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BIOS Setup

H/W Monitor

This section shows the status of your CPU, fan, overall system status, etc.

Monitor function is available only if there is hardware monitoring mechanism onboard.

Chassis Intrusion

The field enables or disables the feature of recording the chassis intrusion status and issuing a warning message if the chassis is once opened. To clear the warning message, set the field to [Reset]. The setting of the field will automatically return to

[Enabled] later. Setting options: [Enabled], [Reset], [Disabled].

Smart Fan Target Temperature

The mainboard provides the Smart Fan system which can control the fan speed automatically depending on the current temperature to keep it with in a specific range.

System/CPU Temperature, SYSTEM FAN Speed, CPU Vcore, +12.0V, +5.0V,

+3.3V, Battery

These items display the current status of all of the monitored hardware devices/ components such as CPU voltages, temperatures and all fans ’ speeds.

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Cell_Menu

The items in Cell Menu includes some important settings of CPU, PCIE, DRAM.

MSI Reminds You...

Change these settings only if you are familiar with the chipset.

Current CPU Clock

This field shows the current clocks of CPU. Read-only.

Cool ’ n ’ Quiet

This feature is especially desiged for AMD Athlon processor, which provides a CPU temperature detecting function to prevent your CPU ’ s from overheading due to the heavy working loading. Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

MSI Reminds You...

For the purpose of ensuring the stability of Cool'n'Quiet function, it is always recommended to have the memories plugged in DIMM1.

Voltage Control Function

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

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BIOS Setup

Adjust DDR Voltage (V)

Adjusting the DDR voltage can increase the DDR speed. Any changes made to this setting may cause a stability issue, so changing the DDR voltage for long-term purpose is NOT recommended .

Spr ead Spectrum

Press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu and the following screen appears:

W hen the motherboard ’ s clock generator pulses, the extreme values (spikes) of the pulses creates EMI (Electromagnetic Interference). The Spread Spectrum function reduces the EMI generated by modulating the pulses so that the spikes of the pulses are reduced to flatter curves.

CPU Spread Spectrum

Setting options: [Disabled], [Center Spread], [Down Spread].

PCIE Spread Spectrum

Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

SATA Spread Spectrum

Setting options: [Disabled], [Enabled].

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Load Fail-Safe/Optimized Defaults

The two options on the main menu allow users to restore all of the BIOS settings to the default Fail-Safe or Optimized values. The Optimized Defaults are the default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard. The Fail-Safe Defaults are the default values set by the BIOS vendor for stable system performance.

W hen you select Load Fail-Safe Defaults , a message as below appears:

Pressing [Y] loads the BIOS default values for the most stable, minimal system performance.

W hen you select Load Optimized Defaults , a message as below appears:

Pressing [Y] loads the default factory settings for optimal system performance.

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BIOS Setting Password

W hen you select this function, a message as below will appear on the screen:

Type the password, up to six characters in length, and press <Enter>. The password typed now will replace any previously set password from CMOS memory.

You will be prompted to confirm the password. Retype the password and press

<Enter>. You may also press <Esc> to abort the selection and not enter a password.

To clear a set password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter the password. A message will show up confirming the password will be disabled. Once the password is disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup without entering any password.

W hen a password has been set, you will be prompted to enter it every time you try to enter Setup. This prevents an unauthorized person from changing any part of your system configuration.

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Introduction to DigiCell

to DigiCell

Introduction to DigiCell

DigiCell, the most useful and powerful utility that MSI has spent much research and efforts to develop, helps users to monitor and configure all the integrated peripherals of the system, such as audio program, power management, MP3 files management and communication / 802.11g W LAN settings. Moreover, with this unique utility, you will be able to activate the MSI well-known feature

Live Update

, which makes it easier to update the BIOS/drivers online, and to monitor the system hardware status (CPU/Fan temperature and speed).

Once you have your DigiCell installed (locate the setup source file in the setup CD accompanying with your mainboard, path: Utility

--> M SI Utility --> M SI DigiCell ), it will have an icon in the system tray, a short cut icon on the desktop, and a short cut path in your “ Start-up ” menu. You may double-click on each icon to enable

DigiCell.

short-cut icon in the system tray short-cut path in the start-up menu

(path: Start-->Programs-->MSI-->DigiCell)

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Main

Before using this utility, it is required to have all the integrated peripherals/cards (LAN card, W ireless LAN card, MegaStick... etc.) and all the necessary drivers (onboard

LAN driver, audio driver, CoreCenter, Live Update... etc.) installed correctly.

The icon representing each item will be lit up if it is inserted/installed correctly and properly. Otherwise, the icon will remain gray and user is not able to view the functionality/connection of that item.

Introduction:

Click on each icon appearing above to enter the sub-menu to make further configuration.

M SI

Click on this button to link to MSI website: http://www.msi.com.tw.

Quick Guide

Click on this button and the quick guide of DigiCell will be displayed for you to review.

H/W Diagnostic

In this sub-menu, it provides the information of each DigiCell button for you to check if the representing peripherals/cards/drivers are correctly installed.

Comm.

In this sub-menu, you can see the configuration details for communication products, including the status, strength, speed and channel of the connection of the Ethernet LAN & W ireless LAN.

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Software Access Point

In this sub-menu, you can change your connection mode to different ones, and configure the advanced settings for each mode, such as the authentication encryption... etc.

Live Update

You can take advantage of Live Update to detect and update BIOS and drivers online.

PC Alert

You can take advantage of PC Alert to monitor the health status of your system.

M EGA STICK

If you have your MEGA STICK connected to your system, this icon will be lit up. Click this blue icon to turn DigiCell into a MP3 player, and then you can load media files from your MEGA STICK or the system, and edit the preferred playlist.

Power on Agent

In this sub-menu, you can configure date, time and auto-executed programs of the power-on, power-off and restarting features.

MSI Reminds You...

Click on back button in every sub-menu and it will bring you back to the main menu.

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H/W Diagnostic

In the H/W Diagnostic sub-menu, you can see the information, status and note of each DigiCell. You may double check the connection and installation of the item marked as gray.

You may also click on the Mail to MSI button to send your questions or suggestions to MSI ’ s technical support staff.

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Communication

In the Communication sub-menu, you can see the status of all the LAN / W LAN /

Bluetooth on the screen if the hardware is installed. The first icon indicates the onboard LAN on your system, the second icon indicates the wireless LAN status, and the third one is the information about the bluetooth on your system. Click on each item for details.

This icon indicates the information and connection status of onboard LAN, which is read-only.

The second icon indicates the wireless connection. You may click this icon to configure the advanced settings in the WLAN Card Mode dialogue box

(see the image on p.4-8). Please note that it is only available when the

Software Access Point is set to WLAN Card Mode .

The third icon indicates the connection using bluetooth devices. If your system is connected to the bluetooth device, the icon will light up.

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Software Access Point

In the Software Access Point sub-menu, you can see the communication status on your system and choose the desired software access point mode by clicking on the desired icon, in which the default settings are configured for your usage. The default software access point mode is set to WLAN Car d M ode . For more advanced security settings and channels switching, click on “ Setting ” button to enter its submenu.

Terminology

Here are the introduction of W LAN / AP communication terminology.

WEP Key

In the wireless network environment, the administrator can set up password

(Network Key) to protect the network from being attacked or unauthorized access. W hen building the network, you can set up 4 sets of W EP keys, which can be 5 characters (10 hex-adecimal digital) or 13 characters (26 hex-adecimal digital) and specify one of them to use.

Ad-hoc M ode

An Ad-hoc network is a local area network or other small network, especially one with wireless or temporary plug-in connections, in which some of the network devices are part of the network only for the duration of a communications session. Users in the network can share files, print to a shared printer, and access the Internet with a shared modem. In this kind of network, new devices can be quickly added; however, users can only communicate with other wireless LAN computers that are in this wireless LAN workgroup, and are within range.

Infrastructure M ode

The difference between Infrastructure network and Ad-hoc network is that the former one includes an Access Point. In an Infrastructure network, the

Access Point can manage the bandwidth to maximize bandwidth utilization.

Additionally, the Access Point enables users on a wireless LAN to access an existing wired network, allowing wireless users to take advantage of the wired networks resources, such as Internet, email, file transfer, and printer sharing. The scale and range of the Infrastructure networking are larger and wider than that of the Ad-hoc networking.

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Access Point Mode

Click on “ Setting ” button of the Access Point Mode and the following screen will display.

IP Sharing

Click on this icon to enable/disable the IP sharing. The default of this setting is disabled.

Disabled.

Enabled.

Enabling/disabling IP sharing depends on the different situation. For example:

1. If your family and you are getting on Internet at home with multi computers, and your ISP only provides one IP for you, you may need to enable IP Sharing function in order to use this one IP to get on Internet with multi computers simultaneously.

2. If you are getting on Internet in office, usually the LAN card will automatically get the IP this computer uses. In this case you don ’ t have to enable this function.

SSID

Means Service Set Identifier, a unique name shared among all points in a wireless network. It must be identical for all points in the network. Then the card will be able to connect to an access point with the same SSID.

Channel

Specifies the operating radio frequency channel in Infrastructure mode , which should be set to an available one (ex: with less traffic to ensure the stable and better connection).

Associated Client List

This option is to display information of stations that are currently associated to your wireless gateway.

Association Control

This option allows you to control which PC can connect to the wireless LAN. If you

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M AC Addr ess

MAC stands for Media Access Control. A MAC address is the hardware address of a device connected to a network.

Security

This option allows you to enable/disable the authentication function.

Authentication

Open : Communicates the key across the network.

Shared : Devices must have identical W EP settings to communicate.

WLAN Card Mode

Click on “ Setting ” button of the WLAN Card Mode for the WEP status of your APs.

If the AP you are selecting (the highlighted one) is not encrypted ( Disabled shown in the Encryption column), the screen will display as below. You can click

Connect

” to make connection to that AP, click “ Cancel ” to close this dialogue box, or click

“ Refresh ” button to update the available W LAN connections.

If the network you are selecting is encrypted ( WEP shown in the Encryption column), the screen will display as below. You need to enter the correct W EP key defined by

AP in the specified WEP Key 1~4 fields to make the connection.

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Live Update

Click on the Live Update icon in the main menu and the Live Update program will be enabled.

The Live Update 3 ™ is a tool used to detect and update your

BIOS/drivers/VGA BIOS/VGA Driver/Utility online so that you don

’ t need to search for the correct BIOS/driver version throughout the whole Web site. To use the function, you need to install the “ MSI

Live Update 3 ” application. After the installation, the “ MSI Live

Update 3 ” icon (as shown on the right) will appear on the screen.

Double click the

MSI Live Update 3

icon, and the following screen will appear:

Several buttons are placed on the left column of the screen. Click the desired button to start the update process.

Live BIOS – Updates the BIOS online.

Live Driver – Updates the drivers online.

Live VGA BIOS – Updates the VGA BIOS online.

Live VGA Driver

Updates the VGA driver online.

Live Utility – Updates the utilities online.

If the product you purchased does not support any of the functions listed above, a

“ sorry ” message is displayed. For more information on the update instructions, insert the companion CD and refer to the

Live Update Guide

under the

Manual

Tab.

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MEGA STICK

In the MEGA STICK sub-menu, you can configure the settings of MSI MEGA STICK and the media files (*.m3u, *.mp3, *.wav, *.cda, *.wma) on your system.

Basic Function

Here you can edit your own play list with the buttons “ load ” , “ save ” , “ delete ” ,

“ shuttle

,

“ repeat

&

“ print

.

Load To load media files or the playlist of mp3 files (*.m3u) on your system or on your MEGA STICK.

To save a loaded playlist of mp3 files (*.m3u) on your system or on Save your MEGA STICK.

Del ete Click on the media files in the Play List: field and use “ Delete ” button to remove the media file from the play list. You may remove multi media files simultaneously by using “ Ctrl ” to select multi files.

Shuffle To play the media file in the Play List: in a random order.

R epeat To repeat the selected files in the Play List: .

Print This button has 2 functions:

1. To print out the details of current play list through your printer with the following information:

Song title --- Song length --- Singer name

2. To save the details of current play list and save the file in the plain text file format in the \\Program files\MSI\DigiCell\MyMusic.txt

for your reference. The MyMusic.txt

file is with the following information:

Song title --- Song length --- Singer name

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There is also a toolbar for you to execute some basic function, like play, stop, pause, previous/next song, song info and volume adjust. There is also a scroll bar on the top for you to forward/rewind .

previous pause next forward/rewind bar stop song ’ s information play

Right-click on the MP3 file and choose

Info

, a MP3 Info dialogue will pop up to show the information of the file, including the title, artist, album, release year and others. You may also add your own comment in the comment field. Then click “ Save ” to save the change, click

“ Cancel ” to discard the change, or click “ Remove ” to remove all this information.

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Non-Unicode programs supported

If you are using an operating system in European languages, and you

’ d like to play the media files in MEGA STICK with East-Asian languages (such as Chinese, Japanese...

etc.), it is possible that the file names display incorrectly.

However, you can ins tall the Supplemental Language Suppor t provided by

Microsoft to solve this problem. You need to have your Microsoft Setup CD prepared in the CD-ROM. The system will start to install the necessary components after the settings are configured here. Follow the steps described below.

1. Go to [Control Panel] and choose [Regional and Languages Options].

2. Go to the [Languages] tab and enable the check box of [Install files for East

Asian languages]. A dialogue box will pop up to remind you the above selection is chosen.

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3. Then go to the [Advanced] tab and select the language you want to be supported (the language of the filename in the MegaStick) from the dropdown list in the [Language for non-Unicode programs], then click [Apply]. The system will install the necessary components from your Microsoft Setup CD immediately.

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PC Alert

Click on the PC Alert icon in the main menu and the PC Alert program will be enabled.

PC Alert is just like your PC doctor that can detect and view the PC hardware and system status during real time operation.

On the top of the screen it shows the current PC hardware status such as the CPU

& system temperatures. On the middle of the screen it shows the current system status includiing the Vcore, 3.3V, +5V and +12V. The under screen shows the current fan speeds.

When you click the MENU button, an menu list will appear for users to select. Click the

Sys Info/ W MI Info, it will show the system/ peripheral informations. Click the Settings, you can select the period time for PC Alert to detect the temperatures, voltages and fan speeds.

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Power on Agent

In the Power on Agent sub-menu, you can configure setting of power-on, poweroff and restarting status.

In the screen below, you can set the date, time, start-up programs respectively for power-on, power-off and restarting.

Power On

Here are the available settings for Power On function:

Date

T im e

Use the drop-down list to select the date for power-on.

Use the arrow keys to select the hour/minute/second for power-on, power-off and restarting. Then click “ Apply ” to save the changes. As you click “ Apply ” , the following dialogue will appear to show you the next power-on schedule, and the system will start to count down to restart. Click “ OK ” to restart the computer right away or click “ Later ” to restart your computer later.

MSI Reminds You...

Please note that the new setting will not take effect until you restart your computer.

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Power Off / Restart

You may configure the time (in the format hh:mm:ss) for the next power-off / restart.

Start With

Use the button “ +Add ” to add the start-up programs as DigiCell is activated next time. For example, you may like to have Outlook activated or a specified website linked when you get to the office every morning.

Step 1: Click on the Program: field and click “ >>

button to browse for the path of Outlook or Internet Explorer.

Step 2: Click on “ OK ” to apply the setting.

add the desired startwith program

Step 3: For specified file or specified website, you may enter the file name with the complete path or the website link in the Parameters: field.

To activate Outlook as DigiCell is enabled next time

To activate a specified website as DigiCell is enabled next time

Of course you may use the button “ -Delete ” to remove the added programs, or you can right-click on the selected program and click Delete .

delete the added program

MSI Reminds You...

You can also enable the Every turn on function, which will enable the specified program(s) and file(s) every time the Digi Cell utility runs.

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Auto Login

Since the Power On function allows the system to power on automatically, you may have to enable this Auto Login function in the following situations:

1. If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, and you need to enter your user name & password everytime when you boot up your computer.

2. If there are multi users using the same computer and you

’ d like to power on the computer automatically with one specific user.

Enable Auto Login

Enable this setting if you want to use the Auto Login feature. It supports the following operating systems: W in9X, W indows ME, W indows 2000 & W indows XP.

Default User Name

It is only available for W indows 2000 & W indows XP.

-- If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, please enter your login user name in this field.

-- If you are using a computer with multi users (for Windows XP operating system), please enter the user name you ’ d like to auto power-on in this field.

Default Password

It is only available for W indows 2000 & W indows XP.

-- If you are using a computer belonging to a domain in office, please enter your login password in this field.

-- If you are using a computer with multi-users (for Windows XP operating system), please enter the password for the user name you ’ d like to auto power-on in this field.

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