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Gigabyte GA-K8NSGigabyte GA-K8NS - motherboard - ATX - nForce3 250 - Socket 754

Gigabyte - ATX - 3 GB - Onboard Sound - 1 CPU Socket - DDR

Supporting the revolutionary AMD Athlon 64 processor, GA-K8NS delivers the most cost effective platform and brings new levels of performance and features to the desktop systems. The brand new AMD Athlon 64 processor is furnished with unprecedented framework consisted of AMD's 64-bit computing platform, HyperTransport Technology, and the CPU-integrated memory controller to boost the overall performance. Accompanied with the innovative designs of Athlon 64, the advanced NVIDIA nForce3 platform... Read more

 

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Everything you need... except This motherboard has it all. It is easy to configure and/or tweak, simple to configure the IDE and SATA RAID.

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F1_1394*
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Block Diagram

CPUCLK+/-(800MHz) DDR 400/333/266/200MHz DIMM Dual Channel Memory AGP Slot 4X/8X AGPCLK (66MHz) Hyper Transport Bus

AMD K8 Socket 939 CPU

Main BIOS Backup BIOS* 2 Serial ATA
nVIDIA vForceTM 3 Ultra PCI Bus LPC BUS
ATA33/66/100/133 IDE Channels IR_CIR Floppy IT8712 LPT Port COM Port

TSB43AB23*

Marvell 8001 RJ45
PS/2 KB/Mouse 24MHz CODEC 33MHz
3 IEEE1394 Ports* PCICLK (33MHz)

MIC Line-Out Line-In

8 USB Ports
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Chapter 1 Hardware Installation
1-1 Considerations Prior to Installation

Preparing Your Computer

The motherboard contains numerous delicate electronic circuits and components which can become damaged as a result of electrostatic discharge (ESD). Thus, prior to installation, please follow the instructions below: 1. Please turn off the computer and unplug its power cord. 2. When handling the motherboard, avoid touching any metal leads or connectors. 3. It is best to wear an electrostatic discharge (ESD) cuff when handling electronic components (CPU, RAM). 4. Prior to installing the electronic components, please have these items on top of an antistatic pad or within a electrostatic shielding container. 5. Please verify that the power supply is switched off before unplugging the power supply connector from the motherboard.

English

Installation Notices
1. Prior to installation, please do not remove the stickers on the motherboard. These stickers are required for warranty validation. 2. Prior to the installation of the motherboard or any hardware, please first carefully read the information in the provided manual. 3. Before using the product, please verify that all cables and power connectors are connected. 4. To prevent damage to the motherboard, please do not allow screws to come in contact with the motherboard circuit or its components. 5. Please make sure there are no leftover screws or metal components placed on the motherboard or within the computer casing. 6. Please do not place the computer system on an uneven surface. 7. Turning on the computer power during the installation process can lead to damage to system components as well as physical harm to the user. 8. If you are uncertain about any installation steps or have a problem related to the use of the product, please consult a certified computer technician.

If two memory modules are to be used to achieve Dual Channel mode, we recommend installing them in DDR1 and DDR2 DIMM sockets. All of the memory configurations below will cause system unable to boot. (DS: Double Side, SS: Single Side)
DDR memory module 2 memory modules X X X DS/SS X 3 memory modules DS/SS X DS/SS DS/SS DDR 2 DS/SS X DS/SS X DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS X DS/SS DDR 3 X X DS/SS X X DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS X DDR 4 X DS/SS X DS/SS DS/SS X DS/SS DS/SS DS/SS

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Installation of Expansion Cards
You can install your expansion card by following the steps outlined below: 1. Read the related expansion card's instruction document before install the expansion card into the computer. 2. Remove your computer's chassis cover, screws and slot bracket from the computer. 3. Press the expansion card firmly into expansion slot in motherboard. 4. Be sure the metal contacts on the card are indeed seated in the slot. 5. Replace the screw to secure the slot bracket of the expansion card. 6. Replace your computer's chassis cover. 7. Power on the computer, if necessary, setup BIOS utility of expansion card from BIOS. 8. Install related driver from the operating system. Installing a AGP VGA card:
Please carefully pull out the small whitedrawable bar at the end of the AGP slot when you try to install/uninstall the VGA card. Please align the VGA card to the onboard AGP slot and press firmly down on the slot. Make sure your VGA card is locked by the small white-drawable bar.

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I/O Back Panel Introduction
PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Mouse Connector
To install a PS/2 port keyboard and mouse, plug the mouse to the upper port (green) and the keyboard to the lower port (purple).

Parallel Port

The parallel port allows connection of a printer, scanner and other peripheral devices.
COM A, COMB (Serial Port)
Connects to serial-based mouse or data processing devices.

USB port

Before you connect your device(s) into USB connector(s), please make sure your device(s) such as USB keyboard, mouse, scanner, zip, speaker.etc. have a standard USB interface. Also make sure your OS supports USB controller. If your OS does not support USB controller, please contact OS vendor for possible patch or driver upgrade. For more information please contact your OS or device(s) vendors.

LAN Port

The provided Internet connection is Gigabit Ethernet, providing data transfer speeds of 10/100/1000Mbps.

Line In

Devices like CD-ROM, walkman etc. can be connected to Line In jack.

12) CD_IN (CD In Connector)
Connect CD-ROM or DVD-ROM audio out to the connector.

Pin No. 3 4

Definition CD-L GND GND CD-R

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13) SUR_CEN (Surround Center Connector)
Please contact your nearest dealer for optional SUR_CEN cable.

Pin No.

Definition SUR OUTL SUR OUTR GND No Pin CENTER_OUT BASS_OUT AUX_L AUX_R
14) SPDIF_IO (SPDIF In / Out Connector)
The SPDIF output is capable of providing digital audio to external speakers or compressed AC3 data to an external Dolby Digital Decoder. Use this feature only when your stereo system has digital input and output function. Use SPDIF in feature only when your device has digital output function. Be careful with the polarity of the SPDIF_IO connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you connect the SPDIF cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional SPDIF cable, please contact your local dealer.
Definition VCC No Pin SPDIF SPDIFI GND GND

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15) F_ USB1 / F_USB2 (Front USB Connector)
Be careful with the polarity of the front USB connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you connect the front USB cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional front USB cable, please contact your local dealer.
Definition Power Power USB DXUSB DyUSB DX+ USB Dy+ GND GND No Pin NC
16) F1_1394 / F2_1394 (IEEE 1394 Connector)*
Serial interface standard set by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which has features like high speed, high bandwidth and hot plug. Be careful with the polarity of the IEEE1394 connector. Check the pin assignment carefully while you connect the IEEE1394 cable, incorrect connection between the cable and connector will make the device unable to work or even damage it. For optional IEEE1394 cable, please contact your local dealer. 2 16

F2_1394 F1_15

Pin No. 15 16
Definition Power Power TPA1+ TPA1GND GND TPB1+ TPB1Power Power TPA2+ TPA2GND No Pin TPB2+ TPB2-

Pin No. 9 10

Definition TPA0+ TPA0GND GND TPB0+ TPB0No Pin Power Power GND
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Onboard Parallel Port

Parallel Port Mode

ECP Mode Use DMA

Game Port Address

Midi Port Address

Midi Port IRQ

Disabled

CIR Port Address

CIR Port IRQ

Enabled Disabled

IDE DMA transfer

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CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Power Management Setup [S1(POS)] [Instant-off] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] Everyday 0:0:0 [Disabled] [Disabled] Enter [Soft-Off] Item Help Menu Level
ACPI Suspend Type Soft-Off by PWR-BTTN PME Event Wake Up Modem Ring On S3 Resume by USB device Resume by Alarm x Day of Month Alarm x Time (hh:mm:ss) Alarm Power On by Mouse Power On by Keyboard x KB Power ON Password AC BACK Function

ACPI Suspend Type

S1(POS) S3(STR) Instant-off Delay 4 Sec. Set ACPI suspend type to S1/POS(Power On Suspend). (Default value) Set ACPI suspend type to S3/STR(Suspend To RAM). Press power button then Power off instantly. (Default value) Press power button 4 sec. to Power off. Enter suspend if button is pressed less than 4 sec.

Soft-off by PWR-BTTN

PME Event Wake Up
This feature requires an ATX power supply that provides at least 1A on the 5VSB lead. Disabled Disable this function. Enabled Enable PME as wake up event. (Default value)

Modem Ring On

An incoming call via modem can awake the system from any suspend state. Disabled Disable Modem Ring on function. (Default value) Enabled Enable Modem Ring on function.

S3 Resume by USB device

Disabled Enable Disable this function. (Default value) Enable USB device wake up system from S3 suspend type.

Resume by Alarm

You can set "Resume by Alarm" item to enabled and key in Date/Time to power on system. Disabled Disable this function. (Default value) Enabled Enable alarm function to POWER ON system. If RTC Alarm Lead To Power On is Enabled. Day of Month Alarm : Everyday, 1~31 Time (hh: mm: ss) Alarm : (0~23) : (0~59) : (0~59)

Power On by Mouse

Disabled Double Click Disable this function. (Default value) Double click on PS/2 mouse left button to power on the system. - 40 -

Power On by Keyboard

Password Disabled Keyboard 98 Enter from 1 to 5 characters to set the Keyboard Power On Password. Disable this function. (Default value) If your keyboard have "POWER Key" button, you can press the key to power on the system.

CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Top Performance Advanced BIOS Features Load Optimized Defaults Integrated Peripherals Set Supervisor Password Power Management Setup Set User Password Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)?Exit Setup PnP/PCI Configurations Save & N PC Health Status Exit Without Saving MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) ESC: Quit F8: DualBIOS*/Q-Flash : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Optimized Defaults
Selecting this field loads the factory defaults for BIOS and Chipset Features which the system automatically detects.
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2-10 Set Supervisor/User Password
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations Enter Password: PC Health Status MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) ESC: Quit F8: DualBIOS*/Q-Flash Top Performance Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving
: Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Change/Set/Disable Password
When you select this function, the following message will appear at the center of the screen to assist you in creating a password. Type the password, up to eight characters, and press <Enter>. You will be asked to confirm the password. Type the password again and press <Enter>. You may also press <Esc> to abort the selection and not enter a password. To disable password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter password. A message "PASSWORD DISABLED" will appear to confirm the password being disabled. Once the password is disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup freely. The BIOS Setup program allows you to specify two separate passwords: SUPERVISOR PASSWORD and a USER PASSWORD. When disabled, anyone may access all BIOS Setup program function. When enabled, the Supervisor password is required for entering the BIOS Setup program and having full configuration fields, the User password is required to access only basic items. If you select "System" at "Password Check" in Advance BIOS Features Menu, you will be prompted for the password every time the system is rebooted or any time you try to enter Setup Menu. If you select "Setup" at "Password Check" in Advance BIOS Features Menu, you will be prompted only when you try to enter Setup.

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2-11 Save & Exit Setup
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Top Performance Advanced BIOS Features Load Optimized Defaults Integrated Peripherals Set Supervisor Password Power Management Setup Set User Password PnP/PCI Configurations Save & Y Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)?Exit Setup PC Health Status Exit Without Saving MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) ESC: Quit F8: DualBIOS*/Q-Flash : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Save Data to CMOS
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility and save the user setup value to RTC CMOS. Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.

2-12 Exit Without Saving

CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) ESC: Quit F8: DualBIOS*/Q-Flash Top Performance Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Quit Without Saving (Y/N)? NExit Setup Save & Exit Without Saving
: Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Abandon all Data
Type "Y" will quit the Setup Utility without saving to RTC CMOS. Type "N" will return to Setup Utility.
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Chapter 3 Drivers Installation
Pictures below are shown in Windows XP. Insert the driver CD-title that came with your motherboard into your CD-ROM drive, the driver CD-title will auto start and show the installation guide. If not, please double click the CD-ROM device icon in "My computer", and execute the Setup.exe.

Install Chipset Drivers

After insert the driver CD, "Xpress Install" will scan automatically the system and then list all the drivers that recommended to install. The "Xpress Install" uses the"Click and Go" technology to install the drivers automatically. Just select the drivers you want then click the "GO" button. The "Xpress Install" will execute the installation for you automatically.

BIOS file in the floppy disk.
After pressing Enter, you'll then see the progress of reading the BIOS file from the floppy disk.
Wide Range Protection Disable Boot From Main Bios Reading BIOS file from floppy. Auto Recovery Enable >>>>>>>>>>>>>>. Halt On Error Disable Copy Main ROM Data to Backup Don't Turn Off Power or Reset System Load Default Settings Save Settings to CMOS Q-Flash Utility Load Main BIOS from Floppy Load Backup BIOS from Floppy Save Main BIOS to Floppy Save Backup BIOS to Floppy Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off
Do not trun off power or reset your system at this stage!!
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3. Press Y button on your keyboard after you are sure to update BIOS. Then it will begin to update BIOS. The progress of updating BIOS will be displayed. Please do not take out the floppy disk when it begins flashing BIOS. 4. Press any keys to return to the Q-Flash menu when the BIOS updating procedure is completed.
Wide Range Protection Disable Boot From Main Bios Auto Recovery Enable !! Copy BIOS completed - Pass !! Halt On Error Disable Copy Main ROM Data to continue Please press any key Backup Load Default Settings Save Settings to CMOS Q-Flash Utility Load Main BIOS from Floppy Load Backup BIOS from Floppy Save Main BIOS to Floppy Save Backup BIOS to Floppy Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off
You can repeat Step 1 to 4 to flash the backup BIOS, too.
Press Esc and then Y button to exit the Q-Flash utility. The computer will restart automatically after you exit Q-Flash.
Wide Range Protection Disable Boot From Main Bios Auto Recovery Enable Are you sure to RESET ? Halt On Error Disable Copy Main ROM Data to Backup [Enter] to continure or [Esc] to abort. Load Default Settings Save Settings to CMOS Q-Flash Utility Load Main BIOS from Floppy Load Backup BIOS from Floppy Save Main BIOS to Floppy Save Backup BIOS to Floppy Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off
After system reboots, you may find the BIOS version on your boot screen becomes the one you flashed.
The BIOS file becomes Fba after updating.
Intel i875P AGPset BIOS for 8KNXP Ultra Fba Check System Health OK , VCore = 1.5250 Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.6GHz (133x12) <CPUID : 0F27 Patch ID : 0027> Memory Testing : 131072K OK Memory Frequency 266 MHz in Single Channel Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08 Primary Slave : None Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101 Secondary Slave : None

Press DEL to enter SETUP / Dual BIOS / Q-Flash / F9 For Xpress Recovery 09/23/2003-i875P-6A79BG03C-00

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Press Del to enter BIOS menu after system reboots. When you are in BIOS menu, move to Load Fail-Safe Defaults item and press Enter to load BIOS Fail-Safe Defaults. Normally the system redetects all devices after BIOS has been upgraded. Therefore, we highly recommend reloading the BIOS defaults after BIOS has been upgraded.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Select Language Advanced BIOS Features Load Fail-Safe Defaults Integrated Peripherals Load Optimized Defaults Power Management Setup Set Supervisor Password Load Fail-Safe Defaults (Y/N)? Y PnP/PCI Configurations Set User Password PC Health Status Save & Exit Setup MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Exit Without Saving ESC: Quit F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash F3: Change Language F10: Save & Exit Setup Time, Date, Hard Disk Type.
Press Y on your keyboard to load defaults. 7. Select Save & Exit Setup item to save the settings to CMOS and exit the BIOS menu. System will reboot after you exit the BIOS menu. The procedure is completed.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Select Language Advanced BIOS Features Load Fail-Safe Defaults Integrated Peripherals Load Optimized Defaults Power Management Setup Set Supervisor Password Save to CMOS and EXIT (Y/N)? Y PnP/PCI Configurations Set User Password PC Health Status Save & Exit Setup MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Exit Without Saving ESC: Quit F8: Dual BIOS/Q-Flash F3: Change Language F10: Save & Exit Setup Time, Date, Hard Disk Type.
Press Y on your keyboard to save and exit.
Part Two: Updating BIOS with Q-FlashTM Utility on Single-BIOS Motherboards.
This part guides users of single-BIOS motherboards how to update BIOS using the Q-FlashTM utility.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2004 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash Top Performance Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving F3: Change Language F10: Save & Exit Setup Time, Date, Hard Disk Type.

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Exploring the Q-FlashTM utility screen
The Q-FlashBIOS utility screen consists of the following key components.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30 Flash Type/Size..SST 49LF003A

Q-FlashTM utility bar

Enter : Run
Keep DMI Data Enable Update BIOS from Floppy Save BIOS to Floppy :Move ESC:Reset

F10:Power Off

Contains the names of three tasks. Blocking a task and pressing Enter key on your keyboard to enable execution of the task.
Contains the names of four actions needed to operate the Q-Flash utility. Pressing the buttons mentioned on your keyboards to perform these actions.

1. Press arrow buttons on your keyboard to move the light bar to "Update BIOS from Floppy" item in the Q-Flash menu and press Enter button. Later, you will see a box pop up showing the BIOS files you previously downloaded to the floppy disk. If you want to save the current BIOS for backup purpose, you can begin Step 1 with "Save BIOS to Floppy" item. 2. Move to the BIOS file you want to flash and press Enter. In this example, we only download one BIOS file to the floppy disk so only one BIOS file, 8GE800.F4, is listed. Please confirm again you have the correct BIOS file for your motherboard.
Q-Flash Utility V1.30 Flash Type/Size..SST 49LF003A 256K
1 file(s) found 8GE800.F4Keep DMI Data Enable 256K Update BIOS from Floppy Save BIOS toFree size : 1.14M Floppy Total size : 1.39M Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F5 : Refresh DEL : Delete F10:Power Off
Q-Flash Utility V1.30 Flash Type/Size..SST 49LF003A Keep DMI Data Enable Reading BIOS file from floppy. Update BIOS from >>>>>>>>>>>>>>. Floppy Save BIOS to Floppy Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset Don't Turn Off Power or Reset System

Do not trun off power or

reset your system at this stage!!
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Press Y button on your keyboard after you are sure to update BIOS. Then it will begin to update BIOS. The progress of updating BIOS will be shown at the same time.
Keep DMI Data BIOS Now Updating Enable Update BIOS from Floppy >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.. Save BIOS to Floppy Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off Don't Turn Off Power or Reset System
Press any keys to return to the Q-Flash menu when the BIOS updating procedure is completed.
Keep DMI Data Enable !! Copy BIOS completed - Pass !! Update BIOS from Floppy Save BIOS to Floppy Please press any key to continue F10:Power Off :Move ESC:Reset
Keep DMI Data Enable Are you sure to RESET ? Update BIOS from Floppy Save BIOS to Floppy [Enter] to continure or [Esc] to abort. Enter : Run :Move ESC:Reset F10:Power Off
The BIOS file becomes F4 after updating
Intel 845GE AGPSet BIOS for 8GE800 F4 Check System Health OK Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.7GHz (100x17.0) <CPUID : 0F0A Patch ID : 0009> Memory Testing : 122880K OK + 8192K Shared Memory Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08 Primary Slave : None Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101 Secondary Slave : None

Selecting the RAID Mode

By default, this is set to Mirroring. To change to a different RAID mode, press the down arrow key until the mode that you want appears in the RAID Mode box - either Mirroring, Striping, Spanning, or Stripe Mirroring.
Selecting the Striping Block Size
Striping block size is given in kilobytes, and affects how data is arranged on the disk. It is recommended to leave this value at the default Optimal, which is 64KB, but the values can be between 4 KB and 128 KB.

Assigning the Disks

The disks that you enabled from the RAID Config BIOS setup page appear in the Free Disks block. These are the drives that are available for use as RAID array disks. To designate a free disk to be used as a RAID array disk, 1. Tab to the Free Disks section. The first disk in the list is selected. 2. Move it from the Free Disks block to the Array Disks block by pressing the rightarrow key ( ). The first disk in the list is moved, and the next disk in the list is selected and ready to be moved. 3. Continue pressing the right-arrow key ( ) until all the disks that you want to use as RAID array disks appear in the Array Disks block.
Free Disks Loc Disk Model Name
Array Disks Loc Disk Model Name 1.0.M 1.1.M ST3120026AS ST3120026AS

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Completing the RAID BIOS Setup
After assigning your RAID array disks, press F7. The Clear disk data prompt appears.
Array Clear disk data ? Disks Loc Disk Model Name 1.0.M [Y] YES [N] NO 1.1.M [ ] Add ST3120026AS ST3120026AS
Press Y if you want to wipe out all the data from the RAID array, otherwise press N. You must choose Yes if the drives were previously used as RAID drives. The Array List window appears, where you can review the RAID arrays that you have set up. You can select a disk array as boot device if you want to boot operating system from an array. Use the arrow keys to select the array, then press B to specify the array as bootable.
NVIDIA RAID Utility May - Array List Boot BBS Id 2 Status Healthy Vendor NVIDIA Array Model Name MIRROR 111.79G

[Ctrl-X] Exit

[B] Set Boot

[N] New Array

[ENTER] Detail

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Press Enter to view and verify details. The Array Detail screen appears. The Array Detail screen shows various information about the array that you selected, such as Striping Block used, RAID Mode, Striping Width, Disk Model Name, and disk capacity.
Array 2 : NVIDIA MIRROR 111.79G - Array Detail RAID Mode: Mirroring Striping Width : 1

Striping Block:

Adapt 1 1

Channel 0 1

M/S Master Master

Index 0 1

Disk Model Name ST3120026AS ST3120026AS
Capacity 111.79GB 111.79GB

[R] Rebuild

[D] Delete

You may connect CDROM, Walkman or others audio input devices to Line In jack, speakers, earphone or others output devices to Line Out jack, and microphone to MIC In jack.

Auto-detecting:

Please connect the devices to the right jacks as above. A window will appear as right picture if you setup the devices properly. Please note that 3D audio function will only appear when 3D audio inputs.

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If you set wrong with the connectors, the warning message will come out as right picture.

Manual setting:

If the device picture shows different from what you set, please press "Manual Selection" to set.

UAJ Introduction

UAJ (Universal Audio Jack) has a very smart feature: It will switch signal automatically when user plugs his audio device to the wrong jack (Line-in/ Line-out). That means users do not need to worry the audio device should be plug in Line-in or Line-out jack, the device will work perfectly after UAJ is activated.

Enable UAJ function:

You can click "UAJ Automatic" button to enable UAJ function.

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Troubleshooting
Below is a collection of general asked questions. To check general asked questions based on a specific motherboard model, please log on to http://www.gigabyte.com.tw Question 1: I cannot see some options that were included in previous BIOS after updating BIOS. Why? Answer: Some advanced options are hidden in new BIOS version. Please press Ctrl and F1 keys after entering BIOS menu and you will be able to see these options. Questions 2: Why is the light of my keyboard/optical mouse still on after computer shuts down? Answer: In some boards, a small amount of electricity is kept on standby after computer shuts down and that's why the light is still on. Question 3: How do I clear CMOS? Answer: If your board has a Clear CMOS jumper, please refer to the Clear CMOS steps in the manual. If your board doesn't have such jumper, you can take off the on-board battery to leak voltage to clear CMOS. Please refer to the steps below: Steps: 1. Turn off power. 2. Disconnect the power cord from MB. 3. Take out the battery gently and put it aside for about 10 minutes (Or you can use a metal object to connect the positive and negative pins in the battery holder to makethem short for one minute). 4. Re-insert the battery to the battery holder. 5. Connect power cord to MB again and turn on power. 6. Press Del to enter BIOS and load Fail-Safe Defaults. 7. Save changes and reboot the system. Question 4: Why does system seem unstable after updating BIOS? Answer: Please remember to load Fail-Safe Defaults (Or Load BIOS Defaults) after flashing BIOS. However, if the system instability still remains, please clear CMOS to solve the problem. Question 5: Why do I still get a weak sound after turning up the speaker to the maximum volume? Answer: Please make sure the speaker you are using is equipped with an internal amplifier. If not, please change another speaker with power/amplifier and try again later. Question 6: How do I disable onboard VGA card in order to add an external VGA card? Answer: Gigabyte motherboards will auto-detect the external VGA card after it is plugged in, so you don't need to change any setting manually to disable the onboard VGA. Question 7: Why cannot I use the IDE 2? Answer: Please refer to the user manual and check whether you have connected any cable that is not provided with the motherboard package to the USB Over Current pin in the Front USB Panel. If the cable is your own cable, please remove it from this pin and do not connect any of your own cables to it.

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Question 8: Sometimes I hear different continuous beeps from computer after system boots up. What do these beeps usually stand for? Answer: The beep codes below may help you identify the possible computer problems. However, they are only for reference purposes. The situations might differ from case to case. AMI BIOS Beep Codes *Computer gives 1 short beep when system boots successfully. *Except for beep code 8, these codes are always fatal. 1 beep: Refresh failure 2 beeps: Parity error 3 beeps: Base 64K memory failure 4 beeps: Timer not operational 5 beeps: Processor error 6 beeps: 8042 - gate A20 failure 7 beeps: Processor exception interrupt error 8 beeps: Display memory read/write failure 9 beeps: ROM checksum error 10 beeps: CMOS shutdown register read/write error 11 beeps: Cache memory bad AWARD BIOS Beep Codes 1 short: System boots successfully 2 short: CMOS setting error 1 long 1 short: DRAM or M/B error 1 long 2 short: Monitor or display card error 1 long 3 short: Keyboard error 1 long 9 short: BIOS ROM error Continuous long beeps: DRAM error Continuous short beeps: Power error

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Taiwan (Headquarters) GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. Address: No.6, Bau Chiang Road, Hsin-Tien, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan. TEL: +886 (2) 8912-4888 FAX: +886 (2) 8912-4003 Tech. Support : http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) : http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp WEB address (English): http://www.gigabyte.com.tw WEB address (Chinese): http://chinese.giga-byte.com U.S.A. G.B.T. INC. Address: 17358 Railroad St, City of Industry, CA 91748. TEL: +1 (626) 854-9338 FAX: +1 (626) 854-9339 Tech. Support : http://www.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) : http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp WEB address : http://www.giga-byte.com Germany G.B.T. TECHNOLOGY TRADING GMBH Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Damm Hamburg Deutschland TEL: +49-40-2533040 (Sales) +49-1803-428468 (Tech.) FAX: +49-40-25492343 (Sales) +49-1803-428329 (Tech.) Tech. Support : http://de.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) : http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.de Japan NIPPON GIGA-BYTE CORPORATION WEB address : http://www.gigabyte.co.jp Singapore GIGA-BYTE SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. Tech. Support : http://tw.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) : http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp U.K. G.B.T. TECH. CO., LTD. Address: GUnit 13 Avant Business Centre 3 Third Avenue, Denbigh West Bletchley Milton Keynes, MK1 1DR, UK, England TEL: +44-1908-362700 FAX: +44-1908-362709 Tech. Support : http://uk.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) : http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp WEB address : http://uk.giga-byte.com The Netherlands GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY B.V. TEL: +NL Tech.Support: 0900-GIGABYTE (0900-44422983) BE Tech.Support: 0900-84034 FAX: +Tech. Support : http://nz.giga-byte.com/TechSupport/ServiceCenter.htm Non-Tech. Support(Sales/Marketing) : http://ggts.gigabyte.com.tw/nontech.asp WEB address : http://www.giga-byte.nl

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Technical specifications

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Supporting the revolutionary AMD Athlon 64 processor, GA-K8NS delivers the most cost effective platform and brings new levels of performance and features to the desktop systems. The brand new AMD Athlon 64 processor is furnished with unprecedented framework consisted of AMD's 64-bit computing platform, HyperTransport Technology, and the CPU-integrated memory controller to boost the overall performance. Accompanied with the innovative designs of Athlon 64, the advanced NVIDIA nForce3 platform processor and Gigabyte's unique technology also contribute to the functionality and stability of this platform. The high speed Fast Ethernet interface is equipped for establishing the efficient broadband connection to the Internet. The Universal Audio Jack (UAJ), a brand new audio feature, is designed to provide better user experience during installation of audio devices. GA-K8NS represents the great choice for full-function platform applied in home and office environment.

General
Product TypeMotherboard
Form FactorATX
Width12 in
Depth9.1 in
Compatible ProcessorsAthlon 64
64-bit Processors CompatibilityYes
Processor SocketSocket 754
Chipset TypeNVIDIA nForce3 250
Max Bus Speed800 MHz
BIOS TypeAward
Storage ControllerATA-133, Serial ATA-150 (RAID)
Processor
Installed Qty (Max Supported)0 ( 1 )
Memory
Supported RAM TechnologyDDR SDRAM
RAM Installed ( Max )0 MB / 3 GB (max)
Supported RAM SpeedPC2100, PC2700, PC3200
Audio
Audio OutputSound card
Audio CodecRealtek ALC850
Sound Output Mode7.1 channel surround
Compliant StandardsAC '97
Telecom / Networking
NetworkingNetwork adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Features
BIOS FeaturesACPI support, DMI support
Manual SettingsCPU frequency, processor core voltage, memory voltage, AGP slot voltage, memory bus frequency
Hardware MonitoringCPU fan tachometer, CPU core voltage
Sleep / Wake UpSuspend to RAM (STR)
Hardware FeaturesQ-Flash
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slot(s)1 ( 1 ) x AGP 8x ( 1.5 V ) 1 ( 1 ) x processor - Socket 754 3 ( 3 ) x memory - DIMM 184-pin 5 ( 5 ) x PCI
Storage InterfacesSerial ATA-150 - connector(s): 2 x 7pin Serial ATA ATA-133 - connector(s): 2 x 40pin IDC
Interfaces1 x storage - floppy interface - 34 pin IDC 4 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A 1 x audio - line-in 1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) 1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style) 1 x network - RJ-45 2 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9) 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25) 1 x audio - line-in - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5 mm
Additional Connectors (Optional)4 x Hi-Speed USB
Miscellaneous
Software IncludedDrivers & utilities, @BIOS, Norton Internet Security 2004
Compliant StandardsFCC Class B certified, CE, EN 61000-3-2, EN55022, EN 61000-3-3, EN55024
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandGigabyte Technology
Part NumberGA-K8NS
GTIN08717344963510, 04719331811105, 00072874404826, 00818313002334

 

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