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First Edition December 2003
Copyright 2003 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. All Rights Reserved. No part of this manual, including the products and software described in it, may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language in any form or by any means, except documentation kept by the purchaser for backup purposes, without the express written permission of ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (ASUS). Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing. ASUS PROVIDES THIS MANUAL AS IS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL ASUS, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF USE OR DATA, INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS AND THE LIKE), EVEN IF ASUS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY DEFECT OR ERROR IN THIS MANUAL OR PRODUCT. SPECIFICATIONS AND INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MANUAL ARE FURNISHED FOR INFORMATIONAL USE ONLY, AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE, AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY ASUS. ASUS ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR INACCURACIES THAT MAY APPEAR IN THIS MANUAL, INCLUDING THE PRODUCTS AND SOFTWARE DESCRIBED IN IT. Products and corporate names appearing in this manual may or may not be registered trademarks or copyrights of their respective companies, and are used only for identification or explanation and to the owners benefit, without intent to infringe.
Notices.... v Safety information... vi About this guide.... vii ASUS contact information.. viii P4V8X-X specifications summary.. ix
Chapter 1: Product introduction
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Welcome!... 1-2 Package contents... 1-2 Special features... 1-2 Motherboard components.. 1-4 Motherboard layout.. 1-7 Before you proceed.. 1-8 Motherboard installation... 1-9 1.7.1 Placement direction.. 1-9 1.7.2 Screw holes... 1-9 1.8 Central Processing Unit (CPU)... 1-10 1.8.1 Overview.. 1-10 1.8.2 Installing the CPU..1-11 1.9 System memory... 1-12 1.9.1 Installing a DIMM.. 1-12 1.9.2 Memory configurations.. 1-13 1.10 Expansion slots... 1-14 1.10.1 Standard interrupt assignments.. 1-14 1.10.2 IRQ assignments for this motherboard. 1-14 1.10.3 PCI slots.. 1-15 1.10.4 AGP slot... 1-15 1.11 Jumper.... 1-16 1.12 Connectors... 1-18
Chapter 2: BIOS information
2.1 Managing and updating your BIOS. 2-2 2.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk.. 2-2 2.1.2 Using AFUDOS to update the BIOS.. 2-2 2.1.3 Using AFUDOS to copy BIOS from PC.. 2-4 2.1.4 Using ASUS EZ Flash to update the BIOS. 2-5 2.1.5 Using ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2.. 2-6 BIOS Setup program... 2-8 iii
2.2.1 BIOS menu screen.. 2-9 2.2.2 Menu bar... 2-9 2.2.3 Navigation keys... 2-9 2.2.4 Menu items... 2-10 2.2.5 Sub-menu items... 2-10 2.2.6 Configuration fields... 2-10 2.2.7 Pop-up window.. 2-10 2.2.8 Scroll bar.. 2-10 2.2.9 General help... 2-10 Main menu...2-11 2.3.1 System Time [xx:xx:xxxx].. 2-11 2.3.2 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx]..2-11 2.3.3 Legacy Diskette A,B [1.44M, 3.5 in.]. 2-11 2.3.4 Primary/Secondary/Third/Fourth IDE Master/Slave.. 2-12 2.3.5 System Information... 2-13 Advanced menu... 2-14 2.4.1 JumperFree Configuration.. 2-14 2.4.2 USB Configuration.. 2-15 2.4.3 CPU Configuration.. 2-17 2.4.4 Chipset... 2-17 2.4.5 Onboard Devices Configuration.. 2-20 2.4.6 PCI PnP... 2-21 Power menu... 2-22 2.5.1 Suspend Mode [Auto].. 2-22 2.5.2 Repost Video on S3 Resume [No].. 2-22 2.5.3 ACPI 2.0 Support [No]... 2-22 2.5.4 ACPI APIC Support [Enabled].. 2-23 2.5.5 APM Configuration.. 2-23 2.5.6 Hardware Monitor.. 2-24 Boot menu.. 2-26 2.6.1 Boot Device Priority.. 2-26 2.6.2 Boot Settings Configuration.. 2-27 2.6.3 Security... 2-28 Exit menu... 2-30
To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet before relocating the system. When adding or removing devices to or from the system, ensure that the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible, disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you add a device. Before connecting or removing signal cables from the motherboard, ensure that all power cables are unplugged. Seek professional assistance before using an adpater or extension cord. These devices could interrupt the grounding circuit. Make sure that your power supply is set to the correct voltage in your area. If you are not sure about the voltage of the electrical outlet you are using, contact your local power company. If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.
Before installing the motherboard and adding devices on it, carefully read all the manuals that came with the package. Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected and the power cables are not damaged. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately. To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry. Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area where it may become wet. Place the product on a stable surface. If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.
About this guide
Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used throughout this manual. WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task. CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task. IMPORTANT: Information that you MUST follow to complete a task. NOTE: Tips and additional information to aid in completing a task.
Where to find more information
Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates. 1. ASUS Websites The ASUS websites worldwide provide updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. The ASUS websites are listed in the ASUS Contact Information on page viii. 2. Optional Documentation Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer. These documents are not part of the standard package.
ASUS contact information
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (Asia-Pacific)
Address Telephone Web site 150 Li-Te Road, Peitou, Taipei, Taiwan 112 +886-2-2894-3447 www.asus.com.tw
Telephone(MB/Component) (Notebook) (Server/PC) (Networking) Support fax +886-2-2890-7121 (English) +886-2-2890-7122 (English) +886-2-2890-7123 (English) +886-2-2890-7902 (English) +886-2-2890-7698
ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America)
Address Fax E-mail Web site 44370 Nobel Drive, Fremont, CA 94538, USA +1-510-608-4555 email@example.com usa.asus.com
Telephone (General) (Notebook) Support fax Support e-mail +1-502-995-0883 +1-510-739-3777 +1-502-933-8713 firstname.lastname@example.org
ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria)
Address Telephone Fax Online contact Harkort Str. 25, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany +49-2102-95990 +49-2102-959911 www.asuscom.de/sales
Telephone Fax Online support Web site +49-2102-95990 +49-2102-959911 www.asuscom.de/support www.asuscom.de/news
ASUS COMPUTER (Middle East and North Africa)
Address Telephone Fax Web site P.O. Box 64133, Dubai, U.A.E. +9714-283-1774 +9714-283-1775 www.ASUSarabia.com
P4V8X-X specifications summary
CPU Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron with speeds up to 3.2 GHz+ Supports Intel Hyper-Threading technology Supports Intel Prescott FSB533 CPU VIA P4X533 VIA VT8237 800*/533/400 MHz (*Overclocking mode) 3 x 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets for up to 3GB memory Supports PC3200/PC2700/PC2100 non-ECC DDR DIMMs 1 x AGP 8X/4X (0.8V, 1.5V only) 5 x PCI 2 x UltraDMA 133 connectors 2 x Serial ATA connectors with RAID 0, RAID 1 function ADI AD1980 SoundMax 6-channel audio CODEC support for S/PDIF out interface Realtek RTL8201BL 10/100 Mbps LAN PHY Maximum of 8 USB 2.0 ports Intelligent CPU frequency tuner ASUS JumperFree CPU and Memory voltage adjustable SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection) at 1 MHz increment Adjustable FSB/DDR ratio ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall) Power Loss Restart ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall) support S/PDIF out interface ASUS EZ Flash CrashFree BIOS 2 ASUS MyLogox Parallel port 1 x Serial port 1 x PS/2 keyboard port 1 x PS/2 mouse port 4 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x S/PDIF out 1 x RJ-45 port Line In/Line Out/Microphone ports (continued on the next page)
Follow these steps to install a DIMM. 1. Unlock a DIMM socket by pressing the retaining clips outward. 2. Align a DIMM on the socket such that the notch on the DIMM matches the break on the socket. 3. Firmly insert the DIMM into the socket until the retaining clips snap back in Unlocked Retaining Clip place and the DIMM is properly seated.
DDR DIMM notch
1.9.2 Memory configurations
You may install 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB DDR DIMMs into the DIMM sockets on this motherboard.
PC3200 DDR DIMMs max to 2 DIMMs only.
256MB 256MB 256MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 256MB 512MB 512MB 256MB 256MB 256MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 256MB 512MB 512MB 512MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 512MB 1024MB 128M 256MB 512MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 512MB
DDR400 Qualified Vendor List (QVL)
TwinMos TwinMos TwinMos Apacer Apacer Transcend Transcend Transcend Transcend A DATA A DATA A DATA GEIL GEIL KINGSTON KINGSTON KINGSTON Winbond Infineon SAMSUNG Hynix Hynix PSC KINGMAX MICRON MICRON ATP ATP ATP NANYA NANYA NANYA CENTURY CENTURY Elixir Elixir
M2G9I08AFATT9F081AA4T M2G9I08AFTT9F0811DDT M2S9I08AFAPS9F0811A-T 77.10636.465 77.10736.464 TS32MLD64V4F3 TS32MLD64V4F3 TS64MLD64V4F3 TS64MLD64V4F3 MDOAD5F3G315B1EC2 MDOWB5F3G316B1EAE MDOAD5F3G31YB1EZ2 MAG32UL6464D2TG5A-KC MAG16UL3264D1TG5A-KC KVR400X64C25/256 KVR400X64C3A/256 KVR400X64C3A/512 W9425GCDB-5 HYS64D64320GU-5-B M368L3223ETM-CCC HYMD232646B8J-D43 AA HYMD264646B8J-D43 AA AL6D8A53T1-5B MPXB62D-68KX3 MT8VDDT3264AG-40BC4 MT16VDDT6464AG-40BC4 AG32L64T8SQC4S AG32L64T8SQC4S AG28L64T8SMC4M NT128D64SH4B1G-5T NT256D64S88B1G-5T N512D64S8HB1G-5T DXV6S8SSCCD3K27C DXV2S8SSCCD3K27C M2U25664DS88B3G-5T M2U25664DS8HB3G-5T
TMD7608F8E50D TMD7608F8E50B A2S56D30ATP K4H560838D-TCC4 K4H560838D-TCC4 K4H560838D-TCCC V58C2256804SAT5 V58C2256804SAT5 HY5DU56822BT-D43 ADD8608A8A-5B W942508BH-5 ADD8608A8A-5B GL3LC32G88TG-5A GL3LC32G88TG-5A W942508BH-5 HY5DU56822BT-D43 HY5DU56822BT-D43 W942508CH-5 HYB25D256800BT-5B K4H560838E-TCCC HY5DU56822BT-D43 HY5DU56822BT-D43 A2S56D30ATP KDL684T4AA-50 MT46V32M8TG-5BC MT46V32M8TG-5BC K4H560838D-TCC4 K4H560838D-TCC4 MT46V64M4TG-5BC NT5DS16M16BT-5T NT5DS32M8BT-5T NT5DS32M8BT-5T K4H560838D-TCCC K4H560838D-TCCC N2DS25680BT-5T N2DS25680BT-5T
SS SS SS SS DS SS SS DS DS SS SS SS SS DS SS SS DS SS DS SS SS DS DS DS SS DS SS DS DS SS SS DS SS DS SS DS
Obtain DDR DIMMs only from ASUS qualified vendors for better system performance. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) for the latest QVL.
1.10 Expansion slots
The motherboard has five PCI slots and one Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) slot. To install and configure an expansion card: 1. Install an expansion card following the instructions that came with the chassis. NOTE: The AGP slot supports only 1.5V and 0.8V AGP cards. 2. Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See Chapter 2 for BIOS information. 3. Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables below. 4. Install the drivers and/or software applications for the expansion card according to the card documentation.
1.10.1 Standard interrupt assignments
IRQ Priority Standard Function System Timer Keyboard Controller 2 N/A Programmable Interrupt 3* 11 Communications Port (COM2) 4* 12 Communications Port (COM1) 5* 13 Sound card (sometimes LPT2) Floppy Disk Controller 7* 15 Printer Port (LPT1) System CMOS/Real Time Clock 9* 4 ACPI Mode when used 10* 5 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering 11* 6 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering 12* 7 PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port Numeric Data Processor 14* 9 Primary IDE Channel 15* 10 Secondary IDE Channel These IRQs are usually available for ISA or PCI devices.
1.10.2 IRQ assignments for this motherboard
PCI slot 1 PCI slot 2 PCI slot 3 PCI slot 4 PCI slot 5 AGP slot Onboard USB controller HC0 Onboard USB controller HC1 Onboard USB controller HC2 Onboard USB controller HC3 Onboard USB 2.0 controller Onboard LAN Onboard audio A shared shared shared shared shared B shared shared shared shared C shared shared shared D used
1.10.3 PCI slots
There are five 32-bit PCI slots on this motherboard. The slots support PCI cards such as a LAN card, SCSI card, USB card, and other cards that comply with PCI specifications.
1.10.4 AGP slot
This motherboard has an Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) slot that supports AGP 8X/4X cards. When you buy an AGP card, make sure that you ask for one with +1.5V or +0.8V specification. Note the notches on the card golden fingers to ensure that they fit the AGP slot on your motherboard.
This motherboard does not support 3.3V AGP cards.
Keyed for 1.5v
P4V8X-X Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
1. Clear RTC RAM (CLRTC1) This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The RAM data in CMOS, that include system setup information such as system passwords, is powered by the onboard button cell battery. To erase the RTC RAM: 1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord. 2. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5~10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2. 3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer. 4. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to re-enter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC1 jumper default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!
P4V8X-X Clear RTC RAM
2. USB device wake-up (3-pin USBPW12, USBPW34, USBPW56, USBPW78) Set these jumpers to +5V to wake up the computer from S1 sleep mode (CPU stopped, DRAM refreshed, system running in low power mode) using the connected USB devices. Set to +5VSB to wake up from S3 sleep mode (no power to CPU, DRAM in slow refresh, power supply in reduced power mode). All jumpers are set to pins 1-2 (+5V) by default because not all computers have the appropriate power supply to support this feature. The USBPW12 and USBPW34 jumpers are for the rear USB ports.The USBPW56 and USBPW78 jumpers are for the internal USB header that you can connect to the front USB ports.
1. 2. This feature requires a power supply that can provide 500mA on the +5VSB lead for each USB port. The total current consumed must NOT exceed the power supply capability (+5VSB) whether under normal or in sleep mode.
P4V8X-X USB Device Wake Up
This section describes and illustrates the internal connectors on the motherboard. 1. Floppy disk drive connector (34-1 pin FLOPPY1) This connector supports the provided floppy drive ribbon cable. After connecting one end to the motherboard, connect the other end to the floppy drive. (Pin 5 is removed to prevent incorrect insertion when using ribbon cables with pin 5 plug).
NOTE: Orient the red markings on the floppy ribbon cable to PIN 1.
P4V8X-X Floppy Disk Drive Connector
2. Serial ATA connectors (7-pin SATA1, SATA2)
These next generation connectors support the thin Serial ATA cables for Serial ATA hard disks. The current Serial ATA interface allows up to 150 MB/s data transfer rate, faster than the standard parallel ATA with 133 MB/s (Ultra ATA/133).
P4V8X-X SATA Connectors
GND RSATA_RXP2 RSATA_RXN2 GND RSATA_TXN2 RSATA_TXP2 GND
GND RSATA_RXP1 RSATA_RXN1 GND RSATA_TXN1 RSATA_TXP1 GND
3. IDE connectors (40-1 pin PRI_IDE, SEC_IDE) This connector supports the provided UltraDMA100/66 IDE ribbon cable. Connect the cables blue connector to the primary (recommended) or secondary IDE connector, then connect the gray connector to the UltraDMA100/66 slave device (hard disk drive) and the black connector to the UltraDMA100/66 master device. It is recommended that you connect non-UltraDMA100/66 devices to the secondary IDE connector. If you install two hard disks, you must configure the second drive as a slave device by setting its jumper accordingly. Refer to the hard disk documentation for the jumper settings. BIOS supports specific device bootup. If you have more than two UltraDMA100/66/33 devices, purchase another UltraDMA100/66/33 cable. You may configure two hard disks to be both master devices with two ribbon cables one for the primary IDE connector and another for the secondary IDE connector.
Right Audio Channel Ground Ground Left Audio Channel
P4V8X-X Internal Audio Connectors
7. USB header (10-1 pin USB56, USB78) If the USB ports on the rear panel are inadequate, two USB headers are available for additional USB ports. The USB header complies with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to 480 Mbps connection speed. This speed advantage over the conventional 12 Mbps on USB 1.1 allows faster Internet connection, interactive gaming, and simultaneous running of high-speed peripherals. Connect an optional USB 2.0/GAME module to this header. The module has two USB 2.0 ports that support the next generation USB peripherals such as high resolution cameras, scanners, and printers.
You must install the driver before you can use the USB 2.0 capability.
USB+5V USB_P8USB_P8+ GND NC
USB+5V USB_P7USB_P7+ GND
USB+5V USB_P5USB_P5+ GND
P4V8X-X USB 2.0 Header
The USB2.0/GAME module is purchased separately.
USB+5V USB_P6USB_P6+ GND NC
8. GAME/MIDI connector (16-1 pin GAME1) This connector supports a GAME/MIDI module. Connect an optional GAME/MIDI cable to this connector. The GAME/MIDI port on the module connects a joystick or a game pad for playing games, and MIDI devices for playing or editing audio files.
The USB/GAME module is purchased separately.
GAME1 P4V8X-X Game Connector
MIDI_IN J2B2 J2CY MIDI_OUT J2CX J2B1 +5V
AGND +5VA BLINE_OUT_R
9. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO1) This is an interface for the Intel front panel audio cable that allow convenient connection and control of audio devices.
MIC2 MICPWR Line out_R NC Line out_L
P4V8X-X Front Panel Audio Connector
+5V J1B2 J1CY GND GND J1CX J1B1 +5V
10. Chassis intrusion connector (4-1 pin CHASSIS1) This lead is for a chassis designed with intrusion detection feature. This requires an external detection mechanism such as a chassis intrusion sensor or microswitch. When you remove any chassis component, the sensor triggers and sends a high-level signal to this lead to record a chassis intrusion event. By default, the pins labeled Chassis Signal and Ground are shorted with a jumper cap. If you wish to use the chassis intrusion detection feature, remove the jumper cap from the pins.
User recovery requested. Starting BIOS recovery. Checking for floppy. Floppy found! Reading file p4v8xx.rom. Completed. Start flashing. Flashed successfully. Rebooting.
2.1.5 Recovering the BIOS with CrashFree BIOS 2
The CrashFree BIOS 2 auto recovery tool allows you to restore BIOS from the motherboard support CD, or from a floppy disk that contains the BIOS file, in case the current BIOS on the motherboard fails or gets corrupted.
1. Prepare the support CD that came with the motherboard or a floppy disk that contains the motherboard BIOS (P4V8XX.ROM) before proceeding with the BIOS update process. If you have saved a copy of the original motherboard BIOS to a bootable floppy disk, you may also use this disk to restore the BIOS. See section 2.1.1 Creating a bootable floppy disk.
To recover the BIOS from a floppy disk:
1. Boot the system. 2. When a corrupted BIOS is detected, the following message appears.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery. Checking for floppy.
3. Insert a floppy disk that contains the original, or the latest, BIOS file for this motherboard (P4V8XX.ROM). If the BIOS file that you downloaded from the ASUS website has a different filename (e.g. P4V8XX2.ROM), rename it to P4V8XX.ROM. The BIOS update process continues when the P4V8XX.ROM is found.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery. Checking for floppy. Floppy found! Reading file p4v8xx.rom. Completed. Start flashing.
4. When the BIOS update process is complete, reboot the system.
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1. Boot the system. 2. When a corrupted BIOS is detected, the following screen message appears.
If there is no floppy disk found in the drive, the system automatically checks the CD-ROM.
3. Place the support CD in the CD-ROM. The support CD contains the original BIOS for this motherboard.
Bad BIOS checksum. Starting BIOS recovery. Checking for floppy. Floppy not found! Checking for CD-ROM. CD-ROM found. Reading file p4v8xx.rom. Completed. Start flashing.
The recovered BIOS may not be the latest BIOS version for this motherboard. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file.
PCI Delay Transaction [Enabled]
This item enables or disables the PCI Delay Transaction feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard LAN [Enabled]
This item enables or disables the onboard LAN controller. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
This item enables or disables the onboard LAN Boot ROM. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
OnBoard AC97 Audio [Auto]
This item disables or set to auto-detect the onboard AC97 audio CODEC. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Auto]
2.4.5 Onboard Devices Configuration
Serial Port1 Address Parallel Port Address Parallel Port Mode ECP Mode DMA Channel Parallel Port IRQ Onboard Game/MIDI Port [3F8/IRQ4]  [ECP] [DMA3] [IRQ7] [Disabled]
Serial Port1 Address [3F8/IRQ4]
Allows you to select the Serial Port1 base address. Configuration options: [Disabled] [3F8/IRQ4] [2F8/IRQ3] [3E8/IRQ4] [2E8/IRQ3]
Parallel Port Address 
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses. Configuration options: [Disabled]   [3BC]
Parallel Port Mode [ECP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode. Configuration options: [Normal] [Bi-directional] [EPP] [ECP]
ECP Mode DMA Channel [DMA3]
Allows selection of the Parallel Port ECP DMA channel. This item appears only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to ECP. Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1] [DMA3]
Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port IRQ. Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
EPP Version [1.9]
This item appears only when the Parallel Port Mode is set to [EPP]. It allows you to to select the Parallel Port EPP version. Configuration options: [1.9] [1.7]
OnBoard Game/MIDI Port [Disabled]
This item enable or disables the onboard Game/MIDI port. Configuration options: [Disabled] [200/300] [200/330] [208/300] [208/330]
2.4.6 PCI PnP
The PCI PnP menu items allow you to change the advanced settings for PCI/PnP devices. The menu includes setting IRQ and DMA channel resources for either PCI/PnP or legacy ISA devices, and setting the memory size block for legacy ISA devices. Take caution when changing the settings of the PCI PnP menu items. Incorrect field values may cause the system to malfunction.
Advanced PCI/PnP settings WARNING: Setting wrong values in the sections below may cause system to malfunction. Plug and Play OS [No] PCI Latency Timer  Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA [Yes] Palette Snooping [Disabled] PCI IDE BusMaster [Enabled] IRQ3 IRQ4 IRQ5 IRQ7 IRQ9 IRQ10 IRQ11 IRQ14 IRQ15 [Available] [Available] [Available] [Available] [Available] [Available] [Available] [Available] [Available]
NO: Lets the bIOS configure all the devices in the system. YES: Lets the operating system configure Plug and Play (PnP) devices not required for boot if your system has a Plug and Play operating system. Select Screen Select Item Change Option General Help Save and Exit Exit
Plug and Play O/S [No]
When set to [No], BIOS configures all the devices in the system. When set to [Yes] and if you installed a Plug & Play operating system, the operating system configures the Plug & Play devices not required for boot. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
PCI Latency Timer 
Allows you to select the value in units of PCI clocks for the PCI device latency timer register. Configuration options:        
Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA [Yes]
When set to [Yes], BIOS assigns an IRQ to PCI VGA card if the card requests for an IRQ. When set to [No], BIOS does not assign an IRQ to the PCI VGA card even if requested. Configuration options: [Yes] [No]
Palette Snooping [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], the pallete snooping feature informs the PCI devices that an ISA graphics device is installed in the system so that the latter can function correctly. Setting to [Disabled] deactivates this feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
PCI IDE BusMaster [Enabled]
Allows BIOS to use PCI bus mastering when reading/writing to IDE devices. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
IRQ xx [Available]
When set to [Available], 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: [Available] [Reserved]
The Power menu items allow you to change the settings for the Advanced Power Management (APM). Select an item then press Enter to display the configuration options.
Suspend Mode Repost Video on S3 Resume ACPI 2.0 Support ACPI APIC Support APM Configuration Hardware Monitor
[S1 (POS) & S3 (STR)] [No] [No] [Enabled]
2.5.1 Suspend Mode [S1 (POS) & S3 (STR) Auto]
Allows you to select the ACPI state to be used for system suspend. Configuration options: [S1 (POS) Only] [S3 Only] [S1 (POS) & S3 (STR) Auto]
2.5.2 Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]
Allows you to set whether to repost video after an S3 resume event. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
2.5.3 ACPI 2.0 Support [No]
Allows you to add more tables for ACPI 2.0 specifications. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]
2.5.4 ACPI APIC Support [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the ACPI support in the APIC. When set to Enabled, the ACPI APIC table pointer is included in the RSDT pointer list. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
2.5.4 APM Configuration
Power Management/APM Video Power Down Mode Hard Disk Power Down Mode Suspend Time Out Power Button Mode Restore on AC Power Loss Wake Up/Power On by Ring Power On by Onboard LAN Power On by PCI Device Power On by RTC Alarm Power On by PS/2 Mouse Power On by Keyboard [Enabled] [Suspend] [Suspend] [Disabled] [On/Off] [Power Off] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] Enabled or disable APM.
Power Management/APM [Enabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the Advanced Power Management (APM) feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The following items appears only if the Power Management/APM item is set to [Enabled]
Video Power Down Mode [Suspend]
Allows you to select the video power down mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Suspend]
Hard Disk Power Down Mode [Suspend]
Allows you to set the hard disk power down mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Suspend]
Suspend Time Out [Disabled]
Allows you to select the specified time at which the system goes on suspend. Configuration options: [Disabled] [1 Min] [2 Min] [4 Min] [8 Min] [10 Min] [20 Min] [30 Min] [40 Min] [50 Min] [60 Min]
Power Button Mode [On/Off]
Allows the system to go into On/Off mode or suspend mode when the power button is pressed. Configuration options: [On/Off] [Suspend]
Restore on AC Power Loss [Power Off]
This item sets the system status after restore on AC power loss. Configuration options: [Power Off] [Power On] [Last State]
Wake Up/Power On by Ring [Disabled]
This allows either settings of [Enabled] or [Disabled] for powering up the computer when the external modem receives a call while the computer is in Soft-off mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The computer cannot receive or transmit data until the computer and applications are fully running. Thus, connection cannot be made on the first try. Turning an external modem off and then back on while the computer is off causes an initialization string that turns the system power on.
Power On by Onboard LAN [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard LAN to generate PME in SoftOFF mode. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Power On by PCI Device [Disabled]
When set to [Enabled], this parameter allows you to turn on the system through a PCI LAN or modem card. This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the +5VSB lead. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Clear User Password
Select this item if you wish to clear the user password. In case you forgot the password, use the Clear RTC RAM jumper to clear the CMOS. See page 1-16 for details.
Take caution when clearing the CMOS to clear password, the value of the other CMOS parameters are also erased.
Password Check [Setup]
When set to [Setup], BIOS checks for user password when accessing the Setup utility. When set to [Always], BIOS checks for user password both when accessing Setup and booting the system. Configuration options: [Setup] [Always]
Boot Sector Virus Protection [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the boot sector virus protection. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The Exit menu items allow you to load the optimal or failsafe default values for the BIOS items, and save or discard your changes to the BIOS items.
Exit Options Exit & Save Changes Exit & Discard Changes Discard Changes Load Setup Defaults
Exit system setup after saving the changes. F10 key can be used for this operation.
Pressing <Esc> does not immediately exit this menu. Select one of the options from this menu or <F10> from the legend bar to exit.
Exit & Save Changes
Once you are finished making your selections, choose this option from the Exit menu to ensure the values you selected are saved to the CMOS RAM. The CMOS RAM is sustained by an onboard backup battery and stays on even when the PC is turned off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select [Yes] to save changes and exit.
If you attempt to exit the Setup program without saving your changes, the program prompts you with a message asking if you want to save your changes before exiting. Pressing <Enter> saves the changes while exiting.
Exit & Discard Changes
Select this option only if you do not want to save the changes that you made to the Setup program. If you made changes to fields other than system date, system time, and password, the BIOS asks for a confirmation before exiting.
This option allows you to discard the selections you made and restore the previously saved values. After selecting this option, a confirmation appears. Select [Yes] to discard any changes and load the previously saved values.
Load Setup Defaults
This option allows you to load the default values for each of the parameters on the Setup menus. When you select this option or if you press <F5>, a confirmation window appears. Select [Yes] to load default values. Select Exit Saving Changes or make other changes before saving the values to the non-volatile RAM.
Follow these steps to install the SATA hard disks for RAID configuration.
Before setting up your new RAID array, verify the status of your hard disks. Make sure the Master/Slave jumpers are configured properly. Both the data and power SATA cables are new cables. You cannot use older 40-pin 80-conductor IDE or regular IDE power cables with Serial ATA drives. Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks require the use of new Serial ATA cable (4-conductor) which supports the Serial ATA protocol and a Serial ATA power cable. Either end of the Serial ATA data cable can be connected to the SATA hard disk or the SATA connector on the motherboard.
1. Install the Serial ATA hard disks into the drive bays. 2. Connect one end of the Serial ATA cable to the motherboards primary Serial ATA connector (SATA1). 3. Connect the other end of Serial ATA cable to the master Serial ATA hard disk. 4. Connect one end of the second Serial ATA cable to the motherboards secondary Serial ATA connector (SATA2). 5. Connect the other end of Serial ATA cable to the secondary Serial ATA hard disk. 6. Connect the Serial ATA power cable to the power connector on each drive. 7. Proceed to section 5.4.2 Entering VIA Tech RAID BIOS Utility for the next procedure.
3.3.2 Entering VIA Tech RAID BIOS Utility
1. 2. Boot-up your computer. During POST, press <Tab> to enter VIA RAID configuration utility. The following menu options will appear.
The RAID BIOS information on the setup screen shown is for reference only. What you see on your screen may not be exactly the same as shown.
VIA Tech. RAID BIOS Ver 1.XX
Create Array Delete Array Create/Delete Spare Select Boot Array Serial Number View
Create a RAID array with the hard disk attached to VIA IDE controller F1 : , : Enter: ESC : Array Name View Array/Disk Status Move to next item Confirme the selection Exit Mode xxxxx xxxxx Size(GB) xxx.xx xxx.xx Status Hdd Hdd
Channel Serial_Ch0 Master Serial_Ch1 Master
Drive Name XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX
On the upper-right side of the screen is the message and legend box. The keys on the legend box allows you to navigate through the setup menu options. The message describes the function of each menu item. The following lists the keys found in the legend box with their corresponding functions.
F1 , Enter ESC 3-6
: : : :
View Array/Disk Status Move to the next item Confirm the selection Exit
3.3.3 Create Array
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