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Dirt 2 gameplay on 1.8Ghz Pentium dual core


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Comments to date: 2. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
Robert J Grills 7:34am on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 
AGP, P4 520 Support. My 24 Pin PSU couldnt run the MB. Runs cool, Low power draw, Nice stock fan, POST first try w/ ASUS P5VDC-MX. Good build quality (visual feel), compatibility with DDR and DDR2 (just not simultaneously). No PCIe16 slot - but dont mind so much.
oSci 10:55pm on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 
found that the bouard was easy to instal, and ran with compatablity of all the other hardware.

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BIOS setup program... 2-11

Main menu... 2-14

Advanced menu... 2-17
2.4.6 2.5 2.5.1 2.5.2 2.5.3 2.5.4 2.5.5 2.5.6 2.6 2.6.1 2.6.2 2.6.3 2.7 PCI PnP... 2-25 Suspend Mode [Auto].. 2-27 Repost Video on S3 Resume [No]. 2-27 ACPI 2.0 Support [No]... 2-27 ACPI APIC Support [Enabled].. 2-27 APM Configuration.. 2-28 Hardware Monitor.. 2-29 Boot Device Priority... 2-30 Boot Settings Configuration.. 2-31 Security... 2-32

Power menu.. 2-27

Boot menu... 2-30

Exit menu... 2-34

Chapter 3: Software support
3.1 3.2 Installing an operating system.. 3-2 Support CD information... 3-2 3.2.1 3.2.2 3.2.3 3.2.4 3.2.5 3.2.6 3.3 3.4 3.3.1 Running the support CD... 3-2 Drivers menu... 3-3 Utilities menu... 3-4 Make Disk menu.. 3-5 Manuals menu.. 3-5 ASUS Contact information.. 3-6 Installing hard disks.. 3-8
RAID configurations.. 3-7 Creating a RAID driver disk.. 3-12


Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: This device may not cause harmful interference, and This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturers instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the users authority to operate this equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications. This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

Conventions used in this guide
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used throughout this manual. D A N G E R / W A R N I N G : Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task. C A U T I O N : Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task. I M P O R T A N T : Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task. N O T E : Tips and additional information to help you complete a task.


Bold text Indicates a menu or an item to select Used to emphasize a word or a phrase Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-than sign means that you must press the enclosed key Example: <Enter> means that you must press the Enter or Return key <Key1+Key2+Key3> If you must press two or more keys simultaneously, the key names are linked with a plus sign (+) Example: <Ctrl+Alt+D>




Means that you must type the command exactly as shown, then supply the required item or value enclosed in brackets Example: At the DOS prompt, type the command line:
afudos /i[filename] afudos /iP5VDCMX.ROM
P5VDC-MX specifications summary
CPU LGA775 socket for Intel Pentium D/Pentium 4/ Celeron CPU Compatible with Intel 05B/05A and 04B/ 04A processor Supports Intel EM64T/Hyper-Threading Technology (Note: Due to chipset limitation, the Intel Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology, C1E, and TM2 are not supported in this model) Northbridge: VIA P4M800 PRO Southbridge: VIA VT8251 800/533 MHz 2 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 2GB DDR2 533/400 non-ECC, unbuffered memory. 2 x 184-pin DIMM sockets support max. 2GB DDR 400/ 333/266 non-ECC, unbuffered memory (Note:DDR and DDR2 memory can not be used simulltaneously) 1 x AGP 8X/4X (1.5V only) 1 x PCI Express xx PCI, PCI 2.2 Integrated VIA UniChrome Graphics, up to 64MB shared memory South Bridge: VTx UltraDMA 133/100/x Serial ATA 3Gb/s with RAID 0, 1, 0+1 & JBOD function Realtek RTL8201CL 10/100 LAN controller Realtek ALC653 AC97 6-channel Audio CODEC ASUS Q-Fan ASUS EZ Flash CrashFree BIOS 2 ASUS MyLogo 1 x Parallel port 1 x RJ-x USB 2.0/1.x VGA out 1 x Serial port 1 x PS/2 keyboard 1 x PS/2 mouse 1 x 6-Channel Audio I/O
Chipset Front Side Bus Memory

Expansion slots

VGA Storage
LAN Audio Other ASUS Special Features

Back panel I/O Ports

(continued on the next page)
BIOS Manageability USB Internal I/O connectors 4 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, DMI2.0, SM BIOS 2.3 WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis Intrussion, PXE, RPL Max. 8 USB 2.0 ports 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connector supports additional 4 USB ports 4 x SATA connector 2 x IDE connector CPU/Chassis fan connectors Game/MIDI connector 24-pin EATX Power connector 4-pin ATX 12 V Power connector CD/AUX audio-in connector Chassis Intrusion 1 x Floppy disk drive connector 1 x S/PDIF out connector Front panel audio connector System panel connector mATX Form Factor, 9.6 in x 9.6 in (24.5 cm x 24.5 cm) Drivers ASUS PC Probe ASUS Live Update utility Anti-virus software (OEM version)


P5VDC-MX Onboard LED

ON Standby Power

OFF Powered Off

Motherboard overview

Before you install the motherboard, study the configuration of your chassis to ensure that the motherboard fits into it.
Make sure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing the motherboard. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and damage motherboard components.

Placement direction

When installing the motherboard, make sure that you place it into the chassis in the correct orientation. The edge with external ports goes to the rear part of the chassis as indicated in the image below.

Screw holes

Place eight (8) screws into the holes indicated by circles to secure the motherboard to the chassis.
Do not overtighten the screws! Doing so can damage the motherboard.
Place this side towards the rear of the chassis

Motherboard layout

24.5cm (9.6in)
PS/2KBMS T: Mouse B: Keyboard




DDR2_1 (64 bit,240-pin module)
DDR2_2 (64 bit,240-pin module)




Top:Line In Center:Line Out Below:Mic In








Super I/O
CR2032 3V Lithium Cell CMOS Power

VIA VT8251







DDR_1 (64 bit,184-pin module)
DDR_2 (64 bit,184-pin module)
Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA775 socket designed for the Intel Pentium 4/Intel Pentium D processor in the 775-land package.
Your boxed Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 processor package should come with installation instructions for the CPU, fan and heatsink assembly. If the instructions in this section do not match the CPU documentation, follow the latter. Upon purchase of the motherboard, make sure that the PnP cap is on the socket and the socket pins are not bent. Contact your retailer immediately if the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP cap/socket pins/motherboard components. ASUS will shoulder the cost of repair only if the damage is shipment/ transit-related. Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes with the cap on the LGA775 socket. The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket pins resulting from incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/ loss/incorrect removal of the PnP cap.

Due to chipset limitation.The motherboard does not support Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology, C1E and TM2 technology. This motherboard does not support Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition.

Installling the CPU

To install a CPU: Locate the CPU socket on the motherboard.
P5VDC-MX CPU Socket 775 Before installing the CPU, make sure that the socket box is facing towards you and the load lever is on your left.
Press the load lever with your thumb (A) and move it to the left (B) until it is released from the retention tab.

PnP Cap

Retention tab

Load lever

This side of the cam box should face you.
To prevent damage to the socket pins, do not remove the PnP cap unless you are installing a CPU.
Lift the load lever in the direction of the arrow to a 135 angle.
Lift the load plate with your thumb and forefinger to a 100 angle (A), then push the PnP cap from the load plate window to remove (B).

Load plate

Position the CPU over the socket, making sure that the gold triangle is on the bottom-left corner of the socket. The socket alignment key should fit into the CPU notch.

Alignment key

Gold triangle mark
Close the load plate (A), then push the load lever (B) until it snaps into the retention tab.
The CPU fits in only one correct orientation. DO NOT force the CPU into the socket to prevent bending the connectors on the socket and damaging the CPU!
Notes on Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
This motherboard supports Intel Pentium 4 CPUs in the 775-land package with Hyper-Threading Technology. Hyper-Threading Technology is supported under Windows XP/2003 Server and Linux 1.7.x (kernel) and later versions only. Under Linux, use the Hyper-Threading compiler to compile the code. If you are using any other operating systems, disable the Hyper-Threading Technology item in the BIOS to ensure system stability and performance. Installing Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later version is recommended. Make sure to enable the Hyper-Threading Technology item in BIOS before installing a supported operating system. For more information on Hyper-Threading Technology, visit
To use the Hyper-Threading Technology on this motherboard: 1. 2. Install an Intel Pentium 4 CPU in the 775-land package that supports Hyper-Threading Technology. Power up the system and enter the BIOS Setup (see Chapter 2: BIOS setup). Under the Advanced Menu, make sure that the item Hyper-Threading Technology is set to Enabled. The item appears only if you installed a CPU that supports Hyper-Threading Technology. Reboot the computer.
Installling the CPU heatsink and fan
The Intel Pentium 4/Pentium D LGA775 processor requires a specially designed heatsink and fan assembly to ensure optimum thermal condition and performance.

Memory Configurations

You may install 256MB, 512MB, and 1 GB unbuffered non-ECC DDR/DDR2 DIMMs into the DIMM sockets.

DDR2_1 DDR2_2

DDR Qualified Vendors List
Visit the ASUS website ( for the latest DDR DIMM modules for this motherboard.
DDR2-533 Qualified Vendors List
Size Vendor Model Brand Side(s) Component DIMM support A B
256MB 512MB 1024MB 512MB 256MB 512MB 1024MB 512MB 256MB 256MB 512MB 512MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 256MB 512MB 1024MB 512MB 1024MB 1024MB 512MB 1024MB 512MB 512MB 1024MB 2048MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 256MB 512MB 256MB 1024MB 512MB 512MB 256MB 512MB 512MB 1024MB
E5116AB-5C-E HY5PS56821F-C4 D6408TE7BL-37 K4T51083QB-GCD5 K4T56083QF-GCD5 K4T56083QF-GCD5 K4T51083QB-GCD5 4FBIID9BQM 4DBIIZ9BQT 4FBIID9CHM 4FBIID9CHM HYB18T512800AC37 HYB18T512160AF-3.7 HYB18T512800AF37 HYB18T512800AF37 HYB18T5121608BF-3.7 HYB18T512800BF37 HYB18T512800BF37 HY5PS12821F-C4 HY5PS12821F-C4 HY5PS12821FP-C4 HY5PS12821AFP-C3 HY5PS12821AFP-C3 E5108AB-5C-E E5108AB-5C-E E5108AB-5C-E E1108AA-5C-E MIII0051832M8CEC MI110052432M8CEC E5116AB-5C-E Heat-Sink Package Heat-Sink Package K4T56083QF-GCD5 E5108AB-5C-E E5108AB-5C-E KKEA88A4IA-37 E5116AB-5C-E E5108AE-5C-E K4T51083QB-GCD5 K4T51083QB-GCD5
KVR533D2N4/256 KVR533D2N4/512 KVR533D2N4/1G M378T6553BG0-CD5 M378T3253FG0-CD5 M378T6453FG0-CD5 M378T2953BG0-CD5 MT16HTF6464AG-53EB2 N/A MT8HTF3264AY-53EB3 MT16HTF6464AY-53EB2 HYS64T64000GU-3.7-A HYS64T32000HU-3.7-A HYS64T64000HU-3.7-A HYS64T128020HU-3.7-A HYS64T32000HU-3.7-B HYS64T64000HU-3.7-B HYS64T128020HU-3.7-B HYMP564U648-C4 HYMP512U648-C4 HYMP512U648-C4 HYMP564U64AP8-C3 HYMP512U64AP8-C3 EBE51UD8ABFA-5C EBE51UD8ABFA-5C-E EBE11UD8ABFA-5C-E EBE21EE8AAFA-5C-E VS256MB533D2 VS512MB533D2 78.81077.420 BL3264AA53V.8FB BL6464AA53V.16FB KLBB68K-38SP4 KLBD48F-A8EP4 KLBC28F-A8EP4 KLBC28F-A8KP4 KLBB68F-36EP4 KLBC28F-A8EB4 TS64MLQ64V5J TS128MLQ64V5J


P5VDC-MX Digital audio connector
The S/PDIF out module is purchased separately.
ATX power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 4-pin ATX12V) These connectors are for an ATX power supply. The plugs from the power supply are designed to fit these connectors in only one orientation. Find the proper orientation and push down firmly until the connectors completely fit.
Do not forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12 V power plug; otherwise, the system will not boot up. When using an ATX 12 V PSU with 20-pin power plug, make sure that it can provide 8 A on the +12 V lead and at least 1A on the +5V standby lead (+5 VSB). The minimum recommended wattage is 300 W, or 350 W for a fully configured system. The system may become unstable or may not boot up if the power is inadequate. You must install a Power Supply Unit (PSU) with a higher power rating if you intend to install additional devices.


P5VDC-MX ATX power connectors
+3 Volts -12 Volts Ground PSON# Ground Ground Ground -5 Volts +5 Volts +5 Volts +5 Volts Ground
+3 Volts +3 Volts Ground +5 Volts Ground +5 Volts Ground Power OK +5V Standby +12 Volts +12 Volts +3 Volts
GAME/MIDI port connector (16-1 pin GAME) This connector is for a GAME/MIDI port. Connect the USB/GAME module cable to this connector, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis. The GAME/MIDI port connects a joystick or game pad for playing games, and MIDI devices for playing or editing audio files.
GAME P5VDC-MX Game connector
USB connectors (10-1 pin USB56, USB78) These connectors are for USB 2.0 ports. Connect the optional USB/GAME module cable to any of these connectors, then install the module to a slot opening at the back of the system chassis. These USB connectors comply with USB 2.0 specification that supports up to 480 Mbps connection speed.
USB56 P5VDC-MX USB 2.0 connectors
Never connect a c a b l e to the USB connectors. Doing so will damage the motherboard! The USB/GAME module is purchased separately.


1 0. Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin FP_AUDIO) This is an interface for the front panel audio cable that allows convenient connection and control of audio devices. By default, the pins labeled LINE_OUT_R/BLINE_OUT_R and the pins LINE_OUT_L/BLINE_OUT_L are shorted with jumper caps. Remove the caps only when you are connecting the front panel audio cable.


MIC2 MICPWR Line out_R NC Line out_L
P5VDC-MX Front panel audio connector
1 1. 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.


P5VDC-MX Chassis intrusion connector

Chassis Signal GND



1 2. System panel connector (20-1 pin F_PANEL) This connector supports several chassis-mounted functions.


+5V Ground Ground Speaker PWR Ground
IDE_LED+ IDE_LEDReset Ground


* Requires an ATX power supply.
P5VDC-MX 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. 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.
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. Power/Soft-off button (Yellow 2-pin PWRSW) 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.

+F1 F10 ESC

The Module Version and USB Devices Enabled items show the auto-detected values. If no USB device is detected, the item shows None.
USB 1.1 Ports Configuration [Enabled]
Allows you to choose the number of USB 1.1 ports to enable. Setting to [Disabled] disables the USB 1.1 host controllers. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
USB 2.0 Ports Enable [Enable]
Allows you to enable or disable the USB 2.0 host controllers. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enable]
Legacy USB Support [Auto]
Allows you to enable or disable support for legacy USB devices. Setting to Auto allows the system to detect the presence of USB devices at startup. If detected, the USB controller legacy mode is enabled. If no USB device is detected, the legacy USB support is disabled. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto]
USB 2.0 Controller Mode [Hispeed]
Allows you to configure the USB 2.0 controller in HiSpeed (480 Mbps) or Full Speed (12 Mbps). Configuration options: [FullSpeed] [HiSpeed ]

Chapter 2: BIOS Setup

BIOS EHCI Hand-Off [Enabled]
Allows you to enable support for operating systems without an EHCI hand-off feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Do not disable the BIOS EHCI Hand-Off option if you are running a Windows operating system with USB device.

CPU Configuration

The items in this menu show the CPU-related information auto-detected by BIOS.
Configure Advanced CPU settings Manufacturer: Brand String: Frequency : FSB Speed : Cache L1 Cache L2 Cache L3 Intel Genuine Intel(R) CPU 3.80GHz 3914Mhz 825Mhz

: 16 KB : 2048 KB : 0 KB

Ratio Status: Unlocked (Max:19, Min:14) Ratio Actual Value: 19 Ratio CMOS Setting: [ 19] Max CPUID Value Limit: [Disabled] Excute Disable Function [Disabled] Hyper Threading Technology [Disabled]

Ratio CMOS Setting [ 16]

Sets the ratio between the CPU Core Clock and the Front Side Bus frequency. The default value of this item is auto-detected by BIOS. Use the <+> or <-> keys to adjust the values.

Parallel Port Address [378]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port base addresses. Configuration options: [Disabled] [378] [278]
Parallel Port Mode [EPP+ECP]
Allows you to select the Parallel Port mode. Configuration options: [Normal] [EPP] [ECP] [EPP+ECP]

EPP Version [1.9]

Allows selection of the Parallel Port EPP version. This item appears only when the P a r a l l e l P o r t M o d e is set to E P P P. Configuration options: [1.9] [1.7]
ECP Mode DMA Channel [DMA3]
Allows selection of the Parallel Port ECP DMA channel. This item appears only when the P a r a l l e l P o r t M o d e is set to E C P P. Configuration options: [DMA0] [DMA1] [DMA3]

Parallel Port IRQ [IRQ7]

Allows you to select the Parallel Port IRQ. Configuration options: [IRQ5] [IRQ7]
Onboard Game Port [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard Game port. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Onboard MIDI Port [Disabled]
Allows you to enable or disable the onboard MIDI port. Configuration options: [Disabled] [300] [330]


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 can cause the system to malfunction.
Advanced PCI/PnP Settings WARNING: Setting wrong values in below sections may cause system to malfunction. Plug And Play O/S PCI Latency Timer Allocate IRQ to PCI VGA Palette Snooping 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-14 assigned to IRQ-15 assigned to [No] [64] [Yes] [Disabled] [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI [PCI Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device] Device]

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 install a Plug and Play operating system, the operating system configures the Plug and Play devices not required for boot. Configuration options: [No] [Yes]

VCORE Voltage, 3.3V Voltage, 5V Voltage, 12V Voltage
The onboard hardware monitor automatically detects the voltage output through the onboard voltage regulators.
Q-FAN Function [Disabled]
Allows you to disable or enabled the Q-Fan function that monitors the CPU/ System temperature and smartly adjust the fan speed. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
The CPU Fan Ratio item appears when you enable th CPU Q-Fan Function.

CPU Fan Ratio [Auto]

Allows you to select the appropriate the CPU fan speed ratio for the system. The default [Auto] automatically selects the fan speed ratio when operate the low CPU temperature. Select a higher ratio if you installed additional devices and the system requires more ventilation. This item appears only when the CPU Q-Fan Function is Enabled. Configuration options: Configuration options: [Auto] [90%] [80%]~[20%]

Boot menu

The Boot menu items allow you to change the system boot options. Select an item then press <Enter> to display the sub-menu.
Boot Settings Boot Device Priority Boot Settings Configuration Security

Boot Device Priority

Boot Device Priority 1st Boot Device 2nd Boot Device 3rd Boot Device [1st FLOPPY DRIVE] [PM-ST330620A] [PS-ASUS CD-S360]
1st ~ xxth Boot Device [1st Floppy Drive]
These items specify the boot device priority sequence from the available devices. The number of device items that appears on the screen depends on the number of devices installed in the system. Configuration options: [xxxxx Drive] [Disabled]
2-30 Chapter 2: BIOS setup
Boot Settings Configuration
Boot Settings Configuration Quick Boot Full Screen Logo AddOn ROM Display Mode Bootup Num-Lock Wait For F1 If Error Hit DEL Message Display Interrupt 19 Capture [Enabled] [Enabled] [Force BIOS] [On] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Disabled]
Allows BIOS to skip certain tests while booting. This will decrease the time needed to boot the system.

Quick Boot [Enabled]

Enabling this item allows the BIOS to skip some power on self tests (POST) while booting to decrease the time needed to boot the system. When set to [Disabled], BIOS performs all the POST items. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
This allows you to enable or disable the full screen logo display feature. Configuration options: [Disabled] [Enabled]
Set this item to [Enabled] to use the ASUS MyLogo feature.
Add On ROM Display Mode [Force BIOS]
Sets the display mode for option ROM. Configuration options: [Force BIOS] [Keep Current]

User Access Level (Full Access]
This item allows you to select the access restriction to the Setup items. Configuration options: [No Access] [View Only] [Limited] [Full Access] N o A c c e s s prevents user access to the Setup utility. V i e w O n l y allows access but does not allow change to any field. L i m i t e d allows changes only to selected fields, such as Date and Time. F u l l A c c e s s allows viewing and changing all the fields in the Setup utility.

Change User Password

Select this item to set or change the user password. The User Password item on top of the screen shows the default N o t I n s t a l l e d After you set d. a password, this item shows I n s t a l l e d d. To set a User Password: 1. 2. 3. Select the Change User Password item and press <Enter>. On the password box that appears, type a password composed of at least six letters and/or numbers, then press <Enter>. Confirm the password when prompted.
The message Password Installed appears after you set your password successfully. To change the user password, follow the same steps as in setting a user password.

Clear User Password

Select this item to clear the user password.


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]

Exit menu

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
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. An onboard backup battery sustains the CMOS RAM so it stays on even when the PC is turned off. When you select this option, a confirmation window appears. Select Y e s 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. Press <Enter> to save 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.

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.

If you want to boot the system from a hard disk drive included in a RAID set, copy first the RAID driver from the support CD to a floppy disk before you install an operating system to a selected hard disk drive. Refer to section 3.4 Creating a RAID driver disk for details.

Installing hard disks

The motherboard supports RAID function on Serial ATA hard disk drives. For optimal performance, install identical drives of the same model and capacity when creating a disk array.
Installing Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks
To install the SATA hard disks for a RAID configuration: 1. 2. 3. Install the SATA hard disks into the drive bays. Connect the SATA signal cables. Connect a SATA power cable to the power connector on each drive.
Refer to the RAID controllers user manual in the motherboard support CD for detailed information on RAID configurations. See section 3.2.4 Manuals menu.
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 below is for reference only. What you see on your screen may not exactly match what is shown here.

Create Array

From the VIA RAID BIOS utility main menu, select C r e a t e A r r a y then press < E n t e r > The main menu items on the upper-left corner of the >. screen are replaced with create array menu options.
VIA Tech. VT8251 Series SATA RAID BIOS Ver 1.xx Auto Setup For Data Security Array Mode RAID 1 (Mirroring) Select Disk Drives Start Create Process Create a RAID array with the hard disks attached to VIA RAID controller F1 , Enter ESC : : : : View Array/Disk Status Move to next item Confirm the selection Exit


Drive Name
Size(GB) Status 999.99 999.99 XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
Serial_Ch0 Master XXXXXXXXXXX Serial_Ch1 Master XXXXXXXXXXX

RAID 0 for performance

1. From the create array menu, select A r r a y M o d e then press e, <Enter>. The supported RAID configurations appear on a pop-up menu.
RAID 0 for performance RAID 1 for data protection RAID SPAN for capacity
Select R A I D 0 f o r p e r f o r m a n c e then press <Enter>. From this point, you may choose to auto-configure the RAID array by selecting A u t o S e t u p f o r P e r f o r m a n c e or manually configure the RAID array for stripped sets. If you want to auto-configure, proceed to the next step, otherwise, skip to step 5. Select A u t o S e t u p f o r P e r f o r m a n c e and press <Enter>. The following confirmation message appears.


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