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Pichimalla 7:42am on Saturday, October 9th, 2010 
Ok replacement for older systems - no SATA2 Purchased this product to replace a failing motherboard in an older system that still gets heavy daily use...
Nickleby 12:24pm on Monday, October 4th, 2010 
Awesome mid grade mobo Built new system 2 years ago (11-2007) using this mobo (A8V-EX) with AMD Athlon64 x2 dual core 2.0 GHz with 1Gb Ram. Great Service The motherboard was shipped promptly, but unfortunately had to be returned due to a compatibility issue. Great Service The motherboard was shipped promptly, but unfortunately had to be returned due to a compatibility issue.
nigeljn 1:38am on Monday, June 7th, 2010 
I will buy any expansion pack regardless I am more a builder then actual player. So I found the building.furnishings nice.
Sonix 4:24am on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 
1 casefan and CPU fan automaticly slow down when CPU temps are low, which is all the time if in a room below 90F using stock fan on a 4200+. Beware, do not buy this board if you are planning on using Windows Vista. This board works great with Windows XP.

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CPU Socket 939 for AMD Athlon 64FX/AMD Athlon 64 processor Supports AMD 64 architecture that enables simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit architecture Supports AMD Cool n Quiet! Technology Northbridge: VIA K8T890 Southbridge: VIA VT8237R 2000 MT/s Dual-channel memory architecture 4 x 184-pin DIMM sockets support ECC/non-ECC unbufferred 400/333/266 MHz DDR memory modules Supports up to 4 GB system memory 1 x PCI Express x16 slot for discrete graphics card 2 x PCI Express x1 slots 3 x PCI slots VIA VT8237R Southbridge supports: - 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33 - 2 x Serial ATA with RAID 0 and RAID 1 Realtek ALC850 8-channel CODEC 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out port 1 x Optical S/PDIF out port Supports Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology WiFi-g wireless solution provides: - support for IEEE 802.11g/b standard - up to 54Mbps wireless data transmission - Software Access Point (Soft AP) feature on Windows XP and 2003 Server Marvell 88E8053 PCI Express Gigabit LAN controller Supports Marvell Virtual Cable Tester technology Supports POST Network-diagnostic program T1 TSB43AB22A 1394a controller supports: - 1 x IEEE 1394 internal connector - 1 x IEEE 1394 port Supports up to 8 USB 2.0 ports (continued on the next page)
Chipset System Bus Memory

Expansion slots

Storage

AI Audio

Wireless LAN

IEEE 1394

AI Overclocking ASUS AI Overclocking (Intelligent CPU frequency tuner) ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall) ASUS JumperFree CPU, Memory, and chipset voltage adjustable Stepless Frequency Selection(SFS) from 200 MHz up to 400 MHz at 1 MHz increment ASUS Wi-Fi@HOME ASUS Post Reporter ASUS Q-Fan2 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 ASUS Multi-language BIOS ASUS MyLogo2 ASUS Instant Music 4 MB Flash ROM, Phoenix-Award BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.x Parallel port 1 x IEEE 1394 port 1 x LAN (RJ-45) port 1 x WiFi-g antenna port 1 x Wireless LAN LED 4 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x Optical S/PDIF out port 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out port 1 x PS/2 keyboard port 1 x PS/2 mouse port 8-channel audio port 1 x Floppy disk drive connector 2 x IDE connectors 2 x Serial ATA connectors 1 x CPU fan connector 1 x Power fan connector 2 x Chassis fan connector 1 x Serial port connector (COM port) 1 x 24-pin ATX power connector 1 x 4-pin ATX 12 V power connector 2 x USB 2.0 connectors for 4 additional USB 2.0 ports 1 x Internal audio connectors 1 x IEEE 1394 connector 1 x GAME/MIDI connector 1 x Chassis intrusion connector 1 x Front panel audio connector System panel connector (continued on the next page)

Special features

BIOS features Rear panel

Internal connectors

Power Requirement Form Factor Support CD contents ATX power supply (with 24-pin and 4-pin 12 V plugs) ATX 12 V 2.0 compliant ATX form factor: 12 in x 9.6 in (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) Device drivers ASUS PC Probe ASUS Live Update Utility Antivirus software (OEM version) WiFi-g One-touch wizard

*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
This chapter describes the motherboard features and the new technologies it supports.

Product introduction

Chapter summary

1.1 1.2 1.3

Welcome!... 1-1 Package contents... 1-1 Special features... 1-2

ASUS A8V-E Deluxe

Welcome!
T h a n k y o u f o r b u y i n g a n A S U S A 8 V - E D e l u x e m o t h e r b o a r d ! The motherboard delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards! Before you start installing the motherboard, and hardware devices on it, check the items in your package with the list below.

Package contents

ASUS A8V-E Deluxe motherboard IEEE1394 (1 port) module Serial port module (COM port) USB 2.0 (2 ports) and GAME (1 port) module 2 x Serial ATA signal cables 1 x Serial ATA power cables (dual plugs) 2 x Ultra DMA/133 cables 40-conductor IDE cable Floppy disk drive cable Dipolar wireless LAN antenna I/O shield ASUS motherboard support CD InterVideo WinDVD Suite User guide
Check your motherboard package for the following items. Motherboard I/O modules

Cables

Accessories Application CDs Documentation
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.

Product highlights

Latest processor technology
The AMD Athlon 64FX and Athlon 64 desktop processors are based on AMDs 64-bit and 32-bit architecture, which represents the landmark introduction of the industrys first x86-64 technology. These processors provide a dramatic leap forward in compatibility, performance, investment protection, and reduced total cost of ownership and development. See page 2-6.
HyperTransport Technology
HyperTransport Technology is a high-speed, low latency, point-to-point link designed to increase the communication speed between integrated circuits in computers, networking and telecommunicatons equipment up to 48 times faster than other existing technologies.
AMD Cool n Quiet! Technology
The motherboard supports the AMD Cool n Quiet! Technology that dynamically and automatically changes the CPU speed, voltage and amount of power depending on the task the CPU performs. See pages 4-18 and 5-27 for details.
Dual Channel DDR memory support
Employing the Double Data Rate (DDR) memory technology, the motherboard supports up to 4GB of system memory using DDR400/333/ 266 DIMMs. The ultra-fast 400MHz memory bus delivers the required bandwidth for the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. See page 2-10.

LAN port

4. 5. 6. 7.

R e a r S p e a k e r O u t p o r t ( g r a y ). This port connects the rear speakers on a 4-channel, 6-channel, or 8-channel audio configuration. S i d e S p e a k e r O u t p o r t ( b l a c k ). This port connects the side speakers in an 8-channel audio configuration. L i n e I n p o r t ( l i g h t b l u e ). This port connects the tape, CD, DVD player, or other audio sources. L i n e O u t p o r t ( l i m e ). This port connects a headphone or a speaker. In 4-channel, 6-channel, and 8-channel configuration, the function of this port becomes Front Speaker Out.
Refer to the audio configuration table on the next page for the function of the audio ports in 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration.
W i F i - g a n t e n n a p o r t. This port connects to the optional dipolar antenna for the onboard ASUS WiFi-g solution. (Wireless Edition only ) W i r e l e s s L A N d a t a t r a n s m i s s i o n L E D. This green A I R LED indicates the data transmission status of the onboard wireless LAN adapter. Refer to the table below for the LED indications.
Wireless LAN LED indications
Status On Off Flashing Indication The onboard WiFi-g is on but has no data activity. The onboard WiFi-g card is off. The onboard WiFi-g card is transmitting and/or receiving data.
1 0. M i c r o p h o n e p o r t ( p i n k ). This port connects a microphone. 1 1. C e n t e r / S u b w o o f e r p o r t ( y e l l o w o r a n g e ). This port connects the center/subwoofer speakers.
Audio 2, 4, 6, or 8-channel configuration
Port Light Blue Lime Pink Gray Black Yellow Orange Headset 2-channel Line In Line Out Mic In 4-channel Line In Front Speaker Out Mic In Rear Speaker Out 6-channel Line In Front Speaker Out Mic In Rear Speaker Out Center/Subwoofer 8-channel Line In Front Speaker Out Mic In Rear Speaker Out Side Speaker Out Center/Subwoofer
1 2. U S B 2. 0 p o r t s 3 a n d 4. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices. 1 3. U S B 2. 0 p o r t s 1 a n d 2. These two 4-pin Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports are available for connecting USB 2.0 devices. t. 1 4. O p t i c a l S / P D I F O u t p o r t This port connects an external audio output device via an optical S/PDIF cable. 1 5. C o a x i a l S / P D I F O u t p o r t. This port connects an external audio output device via a coaxial S/PDIF cable. 1 6. P S / 2 k e y b o a r d p o r t ( p u r p l e ). This port is for a PS/2 keyboard. 1 7. P S / 2 m o u s e p o r t ( g r e e n ). This port is for a PS/2 mouse.

+5V J1B1 J1CX GND GND J1CY J1B2 +5V
A8V-E DELUXE Game connector
+5V J2B1 J2CX MIDI_OUT J2CY J2B2 MIDI_IN
1 0. Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS) This connector is for a chassis-mounted intrusion detection sensor or switch. Connect one end of the chassis intrusion sensor or switch cable to this connector. The chassis intrusion sensor or switch sends a high-level signal to this connector when a chassis component is removed or replaced. The signal is then generated as a chassis intrusion event. By default, the pins labeled Chassis Signal and Ground are shorted with a jumper cap. Remove the jumper caps only when you intend to use the chassis intrusion detection feature.

CHASSIS

(Default)
A8V-E DELUXE Chassis alarm lead
1 1. IEEE 1394 connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2) These connectors are for IEEE 1394a ports. Connect the IEEE 1394 module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.

+12V TPB2+ GND TPA2+

Chassis Signal GND
IE1394_2 A8V-E DELUXE IEEE 1394 connector

GND +12V TPB2GND TPA2-

Never connect a U S B c a b l e to the IEEE 1394a connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard!

+5VSB_MB

1 2. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO) This connector is for a chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module that supports legacy AC 97 audio standard. Connect one end of the front panel audio I/O module cable to this connector.
BLINE_OUT_R +5VA AGND BLINE_OUT_L
A8V-E DELUXE Front panel audio connector
1 3. Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF) This connector is for an additional Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) port(s). Connect the S/PDIF module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis.

GND SPDIF_OUT

SPDIF_IN +5V
A8V-E DELUXE Digital audio connector
The S/PDIF module is purchased separately.
Line out_L NC Line out_R MICPWR MIC2
1 4. System panel connector (20-pin PANEL) This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.

PLED+ PLED-

SPEAKER
+5V Ground Ground Speaker ExtSMI# Ground PWR Ground
IDE_LED+ IDE_LEDA8V-E DELUXE

IDE LED

RESET PWR
* Requires an ATX power supply.
A8V-E DELUXE System panel connector
The sytem panel connector is color-coded for easy connection. Refer to the connector description below for details.
System power LED (Green 3-pin PLED) This 3-pin connector is for the system power LED. Connect the chassis power LED cable to this connector. The system power LED lights up when you turn on the system power, and blinks when the system is in sleep mode. System warning speaker (Orange 4-pin SPEAKER) This 4-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted system warning speaker. The speaker allows you to hear system beeps and warnings. Hard disk drive activity (Red 2-pin IDE_LED) This 2-pin connector is for the HDD Activity LED. Connect the HDD Activity LED cable to this connector. The IDE LED lights up or flashes when data is read from or written to the HDD. Power/Soft-off button (Yellow 2-pin PWR) This connector is for the system power button. Pressing the power button turns the system ON or puts the system in SLEEP or SOFT-OFF mode depending on the BIOS settings. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds while the system is ON turns the system OFF. Reset button (Blue 2-pin RESET) This 2-pin connector is for the chassis-mounted reset button for system reboot without turning off the system power.

Reset Ground

This chapter describes the power up sequence, the vocal POST messages, and ways of shutting down the system.

Powering up

3.1 3.2 3.3
Starting up for the first time.. 3-1 Powering off the computer.. 3-2 ASUS POST Reporter... 3-3

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Starting up for the first time
After making all the connections, replace the system case cover. Be sure that all switches are off. Connect the power cord to the power connector at the back of the system chassis. Connect the power cord to a power outlet that is equipped with a surge protector. Turn on the devices in the following order: a. Monitor b. External SCSI devices (starting with the last device on the chain) c. System power
After applying power, the system power LED on the system front panel case lights up. For systems withATX power supplies, the system LED lights up when you press the ATX power button. If your monitor complies with green standards or if it has a power standby feature, the monitor LED may light up or switch between orange and green after the system LED turns on. The system then runs the power-on self tests or POST. While the tests are running, the BIOS beeps (see BIOS beep codes table below) or additional messages appear on the screen. If you do not see anything within 30 seconds from the time you turned on the power, the system may have failed a power-on test. Check the jumper settings and connections or call your retailer for assistance.
At power on, hold down the <Delete> key to enter the BIOS Setup. Follow the instructions in Chapter 4.

1. 2. 3.

Powering off the computer
Using the OS shut down function
If you are using Windows 2000: Click the S t a r t button then click S h u t D o w n. Make sure that the S h u t D o w n option button is selected, then click the O K button to shut down the computer. The power supply should turn off after Windows shuts down.
If you are using Windows XP: 1. 2. 3. Click the S t a r t button then select T u r n O f f C o m p u t e r. Click the T u r n O f f button to shut down the computer. The power supply should turn off after Windows shuts down.
Using the dual function power switch
While the system is ON, pressing the power switch for less than four seconds puts the system to sleep mode or to soft-off mode, depending on the BIOS setting. Pressing the power switch for more than four seconds lets the system enter the soft-off mode regardless of the BIOS setting. Refer to section 4.5 Power Menu in Chapter 4 for details.

From the Voice Editor screen, click the A d d button to display the A d d W a v e F i l e window. Copy the wave files that you recorded to the database, then close the window when done.
Select a POST event on the Voice Editor main window, then click the E d i t button. The E v e n t S o u n d E d i t o r window appears. Locate and select your wave file for the event, then click on the arrow opposite Voice1. The file you select appears on the space next to it. Click O K to return to the Voice Editor main window. Do steps 6 to 8 for the other events.
10. When done, click S a v e A e. window appears prompting you to save your configuration. 11. Type a file name with an. f l h extension, then click Save.
12. Click the W r i t e button to compress the file and copy into the EEPROM. 13. Click Y e s on the confirmation window that appears. If you receive an error message telling you that the files exceed the total allowable size, do any or all of the following: Shorten your messages. Save the wave files at a lower quality Do not include seldom-used events like FDD Detection, IDE HDD Detection, etc.
This chapter tells how to change the system settings through the BIOS Setup menus. Detailed descriptions of the BIOS parameters are also provided.

BIOS setup

4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7
Managing and updating your BIOS.. 4-1 BIOS setup program... 4-11 Main menu... 4-15 Advanced menu... 4-18 Power menu.. 4-33 Boot menu... 4-37 Exit menu... 4-44
Managing and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup. 1. 2. A w a r d B I O S F l a s h U t i l i t y (Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a bootable floppy disk.) A S U S C r a s h F r e e B I O S 2 (Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy disk or the motherboard support CD when the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted.) A S U S E Z F l a s h (Updates the BIOS in DOS using a floppy disk or the motherboard support CD.) A S U S U p d a t e (Updates the BIOS in Windows environment.)
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
Save a copy of the original motherboard BIOS file to a bootable floppy disk in case you need to restore the BIOS in the future. Copy the original motherboard BIOS using the ASUS Update or AwardBIOS Flash utilities.

Creating a bootable floppy disk
Do either one of the following to create a bootable floppy disk.

DOS environment

a. Insert a 1.44MB floppy disk into the drive. b. At the DOS prompt, type format A:/S then press <Enter>.

Windows XP environment

a. Insert a 1.44 MB floppy disk to the floppy disk drive. b. Click S t a r t from the Windows desktop, then select M y r. Computer c. Select the 3 1/2 Floppy Drive icon. t. d. Click F i l e from the menu, then select F o r m a t A F o r m a t / 2 F l o p p y D i s k window appears. e. Select C r e a t e a n M S - D O S s t a r t u p d i s k from the format options field, then click S t a r t t.

Windows 2000 environment

To create a set of boot disks for Windows 2000: a. Insert a formatted, high density 1.44 MB floppy disk into the drive. b. Insert the Windows 2000 CD to the optical drive.
c. Click S t a r t then select R u n t, n. d. From the Open field, type D:\bootdisk\makeboot a: assuming that D: is your optical drive. e. Press <Enter>, then follow screen instructions to continue. 2. Copy the original or the latest motherboard BIOS file to the bootable floppy disk.

Updating the BIOS

The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) can be updated using the AwardBIOS Flash Utility. Follow these instructions to update the BIOS using this utility. 1. Download the latest BIOS file from the ASUS web site. Rename the file to A 8 V - E. B I N and save it to a floppy disk.
Save only the updated BIOS file in the floppy disk to avoid loading the wrong BIOS file.

2. 3. 4.

Copy the AwardBIOS Flash Utility (awdflash.exe) from the Software folder of the support CD to the floppy disk with the latest BIOS file. Boot the system in DOS mode using the bootable floppy disk you created earlier. When the A : > appears, replace the bootable floppy disk with the floppy disk containing the new BIOS file and the Award BIOS Flash Utility. At the prompt, type a w d f l a s h then press <Enter>. The Award BIOS Flash Utility screen appears.
AwardBIOS Flash Utility for ASUS V1.01 (C) Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All Rights Reserved For K8T890-8237-A8V-E-00 DATE: 09/10/2004 Flash Type - PMC Pm49FL004T LPC/FWH File Name to Program:
Message: Please input File Name!
Type the BIOS file name in the F i l e N a m e t o P r o g r a m field, then press <Enter>.

Sub-menu items

Legend bar

Menu bar

For changing the basic system configuration For changing the advanced system settings For changing the advanced power management (APM) configuration For changing the system boot configuration For selecting the exit options and loading default settings
The menu bar on top of the screen has the following main items: Main Advanced Power Boot Exit
To select an item on the menu bar, press the right or left arrow key on the keyboard until the desired item is highlighted.
The BIOS setup screens shown in this chapter are for reference purposes only, and may not exactly match what you see on your screen. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS information.
At the bottom of the Setup screen is a legend bar. The keys in the legend bar allow you to navigate through the various setup menus. The following table lists the keys found in the legend bar with their corresponding functions.
Navigation Key <F1> <F5> <Esc> Left or Right arrow Up or Down arrow Function Displays the General Help screen Loads setup default values Exits the BIOS setup or returns to the main menu from a sub-menu Selects the menu item to the left or right Moves the highlight up or down between fields
P a g e D o w n o r ( m i n u s ) Scrolls backward through the values for the highlighted field Page Up or + (plus) <Enter> <F10> Scrolls forward through the values for the highlighted field Brings up a selection menu for the highlighted field Saves changes and exit

Menu items

The highlighted item on the menu bar displays the specific items for that menu. For example, selecting M a i n shows the Main menu items. The other items (Advanced, Power, Boot, and Exit) on the menu bar have their respective menu items.
A solid triangle before each item on any menu screen means that the iteam has a sub-menu. To display the sub-menu, select the item and press <Enter>.

Configuration fields

These fields show the values for the menu items. If an item is user-configurable, you can change the value of the field opposite the item. You cannot select an item that is not user-configurable. A configurable field is enclosed in brackets, and is highlighted when selected. To change the value of a field, select it then press <Enter> to display a list of options. Refer to 4.2.7 Pop-up window.

Plug & Play O/S [No]

When set to [No], the BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set to [Yes] and if you install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating system configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
Resources Controlled By [Auto]
When set to [Auto], the BIOS automatically configures all the boot and Plug and Play compatible devices. Set to [Manual] if you want to assign the IRQ DMA and memory base address fields. Configuration options: [Auto] [Manual]
When the item Resources Controlled By is set to [Auto], the item IRQ Resources is grayed out and not user-configurable. Refer to the section IRQ Resources for information on how to enable this item.

IRQ Resources

This sub-menu is activated only when the R e s o u r c e s C o n t r o l l e d B y item is set to Manual.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Advanced IRQ Resources IRQ-3 assigned to IRQ-4 assigned to IRQ-5 assigned to IRQ-7 assigned to IRQ-9 assigned to IRQ-10 assigned to IRQ-11 assigned to IRQ-12 assigned to IRQ-14 assigned to IRQ-15 assigned to [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Select Menu Item Specific Help Legacy ISA for devices compliant with the original PC AT bus specification, PCI/ISA PnP for devices compliant with the Plug and Play standard whether designed for PCI or ISA bus architecture

IRQ-xx assigned to

When set to [PCI Device], the specific IRQ is free for use of PCI/PnP devices. When set to [Reserved], the IRQ is reserved for legacy ISA devices. Configuration options: [PCI Device] [Reserved]
PCI/VGA Palette Snoop [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the pallete snooping feature informs the PCI devices that an ISA graphics device is installed in the system so that the latter can function correctly. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Assign IRQ for VGA [Enabled]
When set to [Enabled], the BIOS assigns an IRQ to PCI VGA card if the card requests for an IRQ. When set to [Disabled], the BIOS does not assign an IRQ to the PCI VGA card even if requested. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Maximum Payload Size [4096]
Sets the maximum payload size in bytes for PCI Express devices. Configuration options: [128] [256] [512] [1024] [2048] [4096]

The following items are user-configurable only when the AI Overclocking item is set to [Manual].
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Advanced JumperFree Configuration Overclock Profile x Overclock Options x N.O.S. Option Frequency Configuration CPU Multiplier Hammer Vid control Memory Voltage Adjustment CPU Vcore Adjustment [Auto] Disabled Disabled [Auto] [Startup] [2.75 V] [+100 mv] Select Menu Item Specific Help

Frequency Configuration

The items in this sub-menu show the frequency information auto-detected by the BIOS.
Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS Setup Utility Advanced Frequency Configuration Spread Spectrum PCIEx clock Sync. to CPU x PCIEx Clock PCI clock Sync. to CPU x PCI Clock CPU Clock [Auto] [Enable] 100MHz [Enabled] 33.0 MHz [200MHz] Select Menu Item Specific Help

Spread Spectrum [Auto]

Enables or disables the clock generator spread spectrum. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
PCIEx clock Sync. to CPU [Enable]
Enables or disables the PCI Express synchronous clock to the CPU. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCIEx Clock [XXX] (value is auto-detected)
Allows you to set the PCI Express clock frequency. This item is user-configurable only when the P C I E x c l o c k S y n c. t o C P U item is set to Disabled. The BIOS detects the default value of this item. Press <Enter> then key-in desired PCI Express clock frequency within range.
PCI clock Sync. to CPU [Enable]
Enables or disables the PCI synchronous clock to the CPU. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCI Clock [XXX] (value is auto-detected)
Allows you to set the PCI clock frequency. This item is user-configurable only when the P C I c l o c k S y n c. t o C P U item is set to Disabled. The BIOS detects the default value of this item. Press <Enter> then key-in desired PCI clock frequency within range.
CPU Clock [XXX] (value is auto-detected)
Displays the frequency sent by the clock generator to the system bus and PCI bus. The default value of this item is auto-detected by the BIOS. Use the <+> and <-> keys to adjust the CPU frequency. Refer to the following table for the correct Front Side Bus and CPU External Frequency settings.

Load Setup Defaults

This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears. Select Y e s to load default values. Select E x i t & S a v e C h a n g e s or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.

Discard Changes

This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select Y e s to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
This chapter describes the contents of the support CD that comes with the motherboard package.

Software support

5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6
Installing an operating system.. 5-1 Support CD information... 5-1 Software information... 5-9 RAID configurations.. 5-18 Creating a RAID driver disk.. 5-26 Cool n Quiet! Technology.. 5-27
Installing an operating system
This motherboard supports Windows 2000/2003 Server/XP operating systems (OS). Always install the latest OS version and corresponding updates to maximize the features of your hardware.
Motherboard settings and hardware options vary. Use the setup procedures presented in this chapter for reference only. Refer to your OS documentation for detailed information. Make sure that you install Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or the Windows XP Service Pack1 or later versions before installing the drivers for better compatibility and system stability.

Support CD information

The support CD that came with the motherboard package contains the drivers, software applications, and utilities that you can install to avail all motherboard features.
The contents of the support CD are subject to change at any time without notice. Visit the ASUS website(www.asus.com) for updates.

Running the support CD

Place the support CD to the optical drive. The CD automatically displays the D r i v e r s menu if Autorun is enabled in your computer.
Click an icon to display support CD/motherboard information

Using the Virtual Cable Tester
To use the the Marvell Virtual Cable Tester utility: 1. 2. Launch the VCT utility from the Windows desktop by clicking r. Start > All Programs > Marvell > Virtual Cable Tester Click V i r t u a l C a b l e T e s t e r from the menu to display the screen below.
Click the R u n button to perform a cable test.
The VCT only runs on systems with Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating systems. The R u n button on the Virtual Cable Tester main window is disabled if no problem is detected on the LAN cable(s) connected to the LAN port(s). If you want the system to check the LAN cable before entering the OS, enable the P O S T C h e c k L A N c a b l e item in the BIOS. See section 4.4.7 LAN Cable Status for details.

Audio configurations

The Realtek ALC850 AC 97 audio CODEC provides 8-channel audio capability to deliver the ultimate audio experience on your PC. The software provides Jack-Sensing function (Line-In, Line-Out, Mic-In), S/PDIF out support and interrupt capability. The ALC850 also includes the Realtek proprietary UAJ (Universal Audio Jack) technology for three ports (Line-In, Line-Out and Mic-In), eliminating cable connection errors and giving users plug and play convenience. Follow the installation wizard to install the R e a l t e k A L C 0 A u d i o D r i v e r a n d A p p l i c a t i o n from the support CD that came with the motherboard package. If the Realtek audio software is correctly installed, you will find the SoundEffect icon on the taskbar. From the taskbar, double-click on the S o u n d E f f e c t icon to display the R e a l t e k A u d i o C o n t r o l P a n e ll.

Realtek SoundEffect icon

The Jack-sensing and UAJ technology features are supported on the Line-In, Line-Out, and Mic jacks only.

Sound Effect options

The Realtek ALC850 Audio CODEC allows you to set your listening environment, adjust the equalizer, set the karaoke, or select pre-programmed equalizer settings for your listening pleasure.
To set the sound effect options: 1. 2. 3. 4. From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the S o u n d E f f e c t button. Click the shortcut buttons to change the acoustic environment, adjust the equalizer, or set the karaoke to your desired settings. The audio settings take effect immediately after you click on the buttons. Click the Exit (X ) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window X to exit.

S/PDIF option

The Sony/Philips Digital Interface (S/PDIF) options allows you to change your S/PDIF output settings. To set the S/PDIF options: 1. 2. 3. From the Realtek Audio Control Panel, click the S P D I F button. Click the option buttons to change your S/PDIF out settings. X Click the Exit (X ) button on the upper-right hand corner of the window to exit.

RAID Span for capacity

RAID RAID RAID RAID
0 for performance 1 for data protection 0/1 SPAN for capacity
Select R A I D S P A N f o r c a p a c i t y then press <Enter>. From this point, you can auto-configure the RAID array by selecting A u t o S e t u p f o r C a p a c i t y or manually configure the RAID array for spanned sets. If you want to auto-configure, continue with next step; otherwise, proceed to step 6. Select A u t o S e t u p f o r C a p a c i t y and press <Enter>. The following confirmation message appears.
Press <Y> to confirm or <N> to return to the configuration options. If you selected <Y>, proceed to step 11. Select S e l e c t D i s k D r i v e s then press <Enter>. Use arrow keys to s, select disk drive/s, then press <Enter>. An asterisk appears before a selected drive. Select S t a r t C r e a t e P r o c e s s and press <Enter> to start RAID system setup. The following inquiry appears:
Save the data on Span 0 disk after creation? (Y/N)
If you select <Y>, the utility will save your disk data on Span 0 disk then configure the RAID set. Proceed to step 11. If you select <N>, the following confirmation message appears.

Delete Array

1. From the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select D e l e t e A r r a y then press <Enter>.
[ ]Serial_Ch0 Master XXXXXXXXXXX [ ]Serial_Ch1 Master XXXXXXXXXXX
From the list of channel used for IDE RAID arrays, press < E n t e r > to select a RAID array to delete. The following confirmation message appears.
The selected array will be destroyed. Are you sure? Continue? Press Y/N
Press <Y> to confirm or <N> to return to the configuration options.

Select Boot Array

1. 2. From the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select S e l e c t B o o t A r r a y then press <Enter>. From the list of channel used for IDE RAID arrays, press <Enter> to select a RAID array for boot. After selection, the S t a t u s of the selected array will change to Boot. Press <ESC> to return to the menu items. Follow the same procedure to deselect the the boot array.

Serial Number View

1. 2. From the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select S e r i a l N u m b e r V i e w then press <Enter>. From the list of channel used for IDE RAID arrays, use the arrow keys to move the selection bar on each item. The serial number for the selected drive is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
This option is useful for identifying same model disks.

Serial Number:

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MB Model A8V-VX(K8) ABN32-SLI ABN-SLI Premium ABN-SLI Deluxe K8N-E A8N32-SLI DELUXE A8N5X A8N-E A8N-SLI A8N-SLI Deluxe A8N-SLI PREMIUM A8N-SLI SE AMD socket 939 A8N-VM A8N-VM CSM A8R32-MVP DELUXE A8R-MVP A8S-X A8V A8V DELUXE A8V-E DELUXE NW A8V-E SE A8V-MX A8V-VM A8V-M A8V-X A8V-VM XE
Compatible V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V v v v
Note Since Motherboard could be designed differently, when mechanical interference, please reposition your retention bracket 90o.

 

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