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Gigabyte Good motherboard, Plenty of scope to upgrade later with a wide choice of processors. Installation and instructions very clear. Great motherboard This was the first time i have built a computer and i have to say i am very impressed with how easy it was to connect everything to ...
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Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 Motherboard I put it in the case and nothing, No fans, Beeps of anything. Unlike the dodo bird witch was alive at some point.

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Step 1: Completely lift up the CPU socket locking lever.
Step 2: Align the CPU pin one (small triangle marking) with the triangle mark on the CPU socket and gently insert the CPU into the socket. Make sure that the CPU pins fit perfectly into their holes. Once the CPU is positioned into its socket, place one finger down on the middle of the CPU, lowering the locking lever and latching it into the fully locked position.
Do not force the CPU into the CPU socket. The CPU cannot fit in if oriented incorrectly. Adjust the CPU orientation if this occurs.

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1-3-2 Installing the CPU Cooler
Follow the steps below to correctly install the CPU cooler on the CPU. (The following procedure uses the GIGABYTE cooler as the example.)
Step 1: Apply an even and thin layer of thermal grease on the surface of the installed CPU.
Step 2: Place the CPU cooler on the CPU.
Step 3: Hook the CPU cooler clip to the mounting lug on one side of the retention frame. On the other side, push straight down on the the CPU cooler clip to hook it to the mounting lug on the retention frame.
Step 4: Turn the cam handle from the left side to the right side (as the picture above shows) to lock into place. (Refer to your CPU cooler installation manual for instructions on installing the cooler.)
Step 5: Finally, attach the power connector of the CPU cooler to the CPU fan header (CPU_FAN) on the motherboard.
Use extreme care when removing the CPU cooler because the thermal grease/tape between the CPU cooler and CPU may adhere to the CPU. Inadequately removing the CPU cooler may damage the CPU. GA-M720-US3 Motherboard - 14 -

Installing the Memory

Read the following guidelines before you begin to install the memory: Make sure that the motherboard supports the memory. It is recommended that memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used. (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.) Always turn off the computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet before installing the memory to prevent hardware damage. Memory modules have a foolproof design. A memory module can be installed in only one direction. If you are unable to insert the memory, switch the direction.

Connection/ Speed LED Activity LED Connection/Speed LED: State Description Orange 1 Gbps data rate Green Off 100 Mbps data rate 10 Mbps data rate Activity LED: State Blinking Off Description Data transmission or receiving is occurring No data transmission or receiving is occurring

LAN Port

When removing the cable connected to a back panel connector, first remove the cable from your device and then remove it from the motherboard. When removing the cable, pull it straight out from the connector. Do not rock it side to side to prevent an electrical short inside the cable connector.

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Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out Jack (Orange)
Use this audio jack to connect center/subwoofer speakers in a 5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.
Rear Speaker Out Jack (Black)
Use this audio jack to connect rear speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.
Side Speaker Out Jack (Gray)
Use this audio jack to connect side speakers in a 7.1-channel audio configuration.

Line In Jack (Blue)

The default line in jack. Use this audio jack for line in devices such as an optical drive, walkman, etc.

Line Out Jack (Green)

The default line out jack. Use this audio jack for a headphone or 2-channel speaker. This jack can be used to connect front speakers in a 4/5.1/7.1-channel audio configuration.

Mic In Jack (Pink)

The default Mic in jack. Microphones must be connected to this jack. In addition to the default speakers settings, the ~ audio jacks can be reconfigured to perform different functions via the audio software. Only microphones still MUST be connected to the default Mic in jack ( ). Refer to the instructions on setting up a 2/4/5.1/ 7.1-channel audio configuration in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio."

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1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10)
ATX_12V ATX CPU_FAN SYS_FAN1/SYS_FAN2 PWR_FAN FDD IDE SATA2_0 / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 PWR_LED BATTERY
11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19)
F_PANEL F_AUDIO CD_IN SPDIF_O F_USB1 / F_USB2 F1_1394 COM CI CLR_CMOS
Read the following guidelines before connecting external devices: First make sure your devices are compliant with the connectors you wish to connect. Before installing the devices, be sure to turn off the devices and your computer. Unplug the power cord from the power outlet to prevent damage to the devices. After installing the device and before turning on the computer, make sure the device cable has been securely attached to the connector on the motherboard. GA-M720-US3 Motherboard - 20 -
1/2) ATX_12V/ATX (2x2 12V Power Connector and 2x12 Main Power Connector)

Pin No. 1 2

Definition MPD+ MPDMPD-
System Status LED S0 S1 S3/S4/S5 On Blinking Off

10) BATTERY

The battery provides power to keep the values (such as BIOS configurations, date, and time information) in the CMOS when the computer is turned off. Replace the battery when the battery voltage drops to a low level, or the CMOS values may not be accurate or may be lost.
You may clear the CMOS values by removing the battery: 1. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord. 2. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute. (Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and negative terminals of the battery holder, making them short for 5 seconds.) 3. Replace the battery. 4. Plug in the power cord and restart your computer.
Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord before replacing the battery. Replace the battery with an equivalent one. Danger of explosion if the battery is replaced with an incorrect model. Contact the place of purchase or local dealer if you are not able to replace the battery by yourself or uncertain about the battery model. When installing the battery, note the orientation of the positive side (+) and the negative side (-) of the battery (the positive side should face up). Used batteries must be handled in accordance with local environmental regulations. GA-M720-US3 Motherboard - 24 -
11) F_PANEL (Front Panel Header)
Connect the power switch, reset switch, speaker and system status indicator on the chassis front panel to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
Message/Power/ Sleep LED Power Switch Speaker

MSG+ MSGPW+ PW-

SPEAK+

RES+ NC HD-

SPEAK-

Hard Drive Activity LED

MSG (Message/Power/Sleep LED, Yellow): Connects to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The System Status LED LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when S0 On S1 Blinking the system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4/S5 Off S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5). PW (Power Switch, Red): Connects to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Power Management Setup," for more information). SPEAK (Speaker, Orange): Connects to the speaker on the chassis front panel. The system reports system startup status by issuing a beep code. One single short beep will be heard if no problem is detected at system startup. If a problem is detected, the BIOS may issue beeps in different patterns to indicate the problem. Refer to Chapter 5, "Troubleshooting," for information about beep codes. HD (Hard Drive Activity LED, Blue) Connects to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data. RES (Reset Switch, Green): Connects to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart. NC (Purple): No connection

The front panel design may differ by chassis. A front panel module mainly consists of power switch, reset switch, power LED, hard drive activity LED, speaker and etc. When connecting your chassis front panel module to this header, make sure the wire assignments and the pin assignments are matched correctly. - 25 Hardware Installation

Reset Switch

12) F_AUDIO (Front Panel Audio Header)
The front panel audio header supports Intel High Definition audio (HD) and AC'97 audio. You may connect your chassis front panel audio module to this header. Make sure the wire assignments of the module connector match the pin assignments of the motherboard header. Incorrect connection between the module connector and the motherboard header will make the device unable to work or even damage it.
For HD Front Panel Audio: Pin No. Definition 1
For AC'97 Front Panel Audio: Pin No. Definition MIC GND MIC Power NC Line Out (R) NC NC No Pin Line Out (L) NC
MIC2_L GND MIC2_R -ACZ_DET LINE2_R GND FAUDIO_JD No Pin LINE2_L GND
The front panel audio header supports HD audio by default. If your chassis provides an AC'97 front panel audio module, refer to the instructions on how to activate AC'97 functioninality via the audio software in Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio." Audio signals will be present on both of the front and back panel audio connections simultaneously. If you want to mute the back panel audio (only supported when using an HD front panel audio module), refer to Chapter 5, "Configuring 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio." Some chassis provide a front panel audio module that has separated connectors on each wire instead of a single plug. For information about connecting the front panel audio module that has different wire assignments, please contact the chassis manufacturer.
13) CD_IN (CD In Connector)
You may connect the audio cable that came with your optical drive to the header.
Definition CD-L GND GND CD-R

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14) SPDIF_O (S/PDIF Out Header)
This header supports digital S/PDIF out and connects a S/PDIF digital audio cable (provided by expansion cards) for digital audio output from your motherboard to certain expansion cards like graphics cards and sound cards. For example, some graphics cards may require you to use a S/PDIF digital audio cable for digital audio output from your motherboard to your graphics card if you wish to connect an HDMI display to the graphics card and have digital audio output from the HDMI display at the same time. For information about connecting the S/PDIF digital audio cable, carefully read the manual for your expansion card.

Motherboard Model BIOS Version
Function Keys: <TAB>: POST SCREEN Press the <Tab> key to show the BIOS POST screen. To show the BIOS POST screen at system startup, refer to the instructions on the Full Screen LOGO Show item on page 42. <DEL>: BIOS SETUP\Q-FLASH Press the <Delete> key to enter BIOS Setup. <F9>: XPRESS RECOVERY2 If you have ever entered Xpress Recovery2 to back up hard drive data using the motherboard driver disk, the <F9> key can be used for subsequent access to XpressRecovery2 during the POST. For more information, refer to Chapter 4, "Xpress Recovery2." <F12>: BOOT MENU Boot Menu allows you to set the first boot device without entering BIOS Setup. In Boot Menu, use the up arrow key < > or the down arrow key< > to select the first boot device, then press <Enter> to accept. To exit Boot Menu, press <Esc>. The system will directly boot from the device configured in Boot Menu. Note: The setting in Boot Menu is effective for one time only. After system restart, the device boot order will still be based on BIOS Setup settings. You can access Boot Menu again to change the first boot device setting as needed. <End>: Q-FLASH Press the <End> key to access the Q-Flash utility directly without having to enter BIOS Setup first. GA-M720-US3 Motherboard - 32 -

The Main Menu

Once you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main Menu (as shown below) appears on the screen. Use arrow keys to move among the items and press <Enter> to accept or enter a sub-menu.
(Sample BIOS Version: F1ec)
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Change CPU's Clock & Voltage F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving

ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash

BIOS Setup Program Function Keys

x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

SLI-Ready Memory

Allows you to enable or disable the SLI-Ready (EPP) memory function. (Default: Disabled)

Set Memory Clock

Determines whether to manually set the memory clock. Auto lets BIOS automatically set the memory clock as required. Manual allows all clock control items below to be configurable. (Default: Auto)

Memory Clock

This option is configurable only when Set Memory Clock is set to Manual. When you use a AM2 CPU: DDR 400 Sets Memory Clock to DDR 400. DDR 533 Sets Memory Clock to DDR 533. DDR 667 Sets Memory Clock to DDR 667. DDR 800 Sets Memory Clock to DDR 800. When you use a AM2+ CPU: X2.00 Sets Memory Clock to X2.00. X2.66 Sets Memory Clock to X2.66. X3.33 Sets Memory Clock to X3.33. X4.00 Sets Memory Clock to X4.00. X5.33 Sets Memory Clock to X5.33.

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DDRII Timing Items
Manual allows all DDRII Timing items below to be configurable. Options are: Auto (default), Manual.

CAS# latency

Options are: Auto (default), 3T~6T.

RAS to CAS R/W Delay

Row Precharge Time

Minimum RAS Active Time

Options are: Auto (default), 5T~18T.

1T/2T Command Timing

Options are: 1T (default), 2T.

TwTr Command Delay

Options are: Auto (default), 1T~3T.

Trfc0 for DIMM1

Options are: 75ns, 105ns (default), 127.5ns, 195ns, 327.5ns.

Trfc2 for DIMM2

Options are: 75ns, 105ns, 127.5ns, 195ns, 327.5ns.

Trfc1 for DIMM3

Trfc3 for DIMM4

Write Recovery Time

Precharge Time
Options are: Auto (default), 2T, 3T.

Row Cycle Time

Options are: Auto (default), 11T~26T.

RAS to RAS Delay

Options are: Auto (default), 2T~5T.

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System Voltage Optimized

System Voltage Control
Determines whether to manually set the system voltages. Auto lets BIOS automatically set the system voltages as required. Manual allows all voltage control items below to be configurable. (Default: Auto)

Memory

These fields are read-only and are determined by the BIOS POST. Base Memory Also called conventional memory. Typically, 640 KB will be reserved for the MS-DOS operating system. Extended Memory The amount of extended memory.

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Advanced BIOS Features
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software Advanced BIOS Features [Disabled] [Enabled] [Auto] [Press Enter] [Floppy] [Hard Disk] [CDROM] [Setup] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Enabled] [PEG] Item Help Menu Level
Virtualization Patch AMD TLB Erratum (Note) AMD K8 Cool&Quiet control Hard Disk Boot Priority First Boot Device Second Boot Device Third Boot Device Password Check HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability Away Mode Full Screen LOGO Show Init Display First

Virtualization

Virtualization allows a platform to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions. With virtualization, one computer system can function as multiple virtual systems. (Default: Disabled)
Patch AMD TLB Erratum (Note)
Enables or disables the Patch AMD TLB Erratum function. (Default: Enabled)
AMD K8 Cool&Quiet control
Auto Disabled Lets the AMD Cool'n'Quiet driver dynamically adjust the CPU clock and VIA to reduce heat output from your computer and its power consumption. (Default) Disables this function.

Hard Disk Boot Priority

Specifies the sequence of loading the operating system from the installed hard drives. Use the up or down arrow key to select a hard drive, then press the plus key <+> (or <PageUp>) or the minus key <-> (or <PageDown>) to move it up or down on the list. Press <Esc> to exit this menu when finished.
First/Second/Third Boot Device
Specifies the boot order from the available devices. Use the up or down arrow key to select a device and press <Enter> to accept. Options are: Floppy, LS120, Hard Disk, CDROM, ZIP, USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, USB-CDROM, USB-HDD, Legacy LAN, Disabled.
This item is present only if you install a CPU that supports this feature. - 41 BIOS Setup

Password Check

Specifies whether a password is required every time the system boots, or only when you enter BIOS Setup. After configuring this item, set the password(s) under the Set Supervisor/User Password item in the BIOS Main Menu. Setup A password is only required for entering the BIOS Setup program. (Default) System A password is required for booting the system and for entering the BIOS Setup program.
HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability
Enables or disables the S.M.A.R.T. (Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology) capability of your hard drive. This feature allows your system to report read/write errors of the hard drive and to issue warnings when a third party hardware monitor utility is installed. (Default: Disabled)

Away Mode

Enables or disables Away Mode in Windows XP Media Center operating system. Away Mode allows the system to silently perform unattended tasks while in a low-power mode that appears off (Default: Disabled)

CPU/SYSTEM/POWER FAN Fail Warning
Allows the system to emit warning sound if the CPU/system/power fan is not connected or fails. Check the fan condition or fan connection when this occurs. (Default: Disabled)

CPU Smart FAN Control

Enables or disables the CPU fan speed control function. Enabled allows the CPU fan to run at different speed according to the CPU temperature. You can adjust the fan speed with EasyTune based on system requirements. If disabled, CPU fan runs at full speed. (Default: Enabled)

CPU Smart FAN Mode

Specifies how to control CPU fan speed. This item is configurable only if CPU Smart FAN Control is set to Enabled. Auto Lets BIOS autodetect the type of CPU fan installed and sets the optimal CPU fan control mode. (Default) Voltage Sets Voltage mode for a 3-pin CPU fan. PWM Sets PWM mode for a 4-pin CPU fan.

System Smart FAN Control

Enables or disables the system fan speed control function. Enabled allows the system fan to run at different speed according to the system temperature. You can adjust the fan speed with EasyTune based on system requirements. If disabled, system fan runs at full speed. (Default: Enabled)

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2-10 Load Fail-Safe Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Load Fail-Safe DefaultsSave & Exit Setup (Y/N)? N Exit Without Saving
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
Press <Enter> on this item and then press the <Y> key to load the safest BIOS default settings. In case system instability occurs, you may try to load Fail-Safe defaults, which are the safest and most stable BIOS settings for the motherboard.
2-11 Load Optimized Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Optimized Defaults Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? N Setup Save & Exit Exit Without Saving
Press <Enter> on this item and then press the <Y> key to load the optimal BIOS default settings. The BIOS defaults settings helps the system to operate in optimum state. Always load the Optimized defaults after updating the BIOS or after clearing the CMOS values.

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2-12 Set Supervisor/User Password

4-2-1 Updating the BIOS with the Q-Flash Utility

A. Before You Begin:

1. 2. 3. From GIGABYTE's website, download the latest compressed BIOS update file that matches your motherboard model. Extract the file and save the new BIOS file (e.g. M720US3.F1) to your floppy disk, USB flash drive, or hard drive. Note: The USB flash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 file system. Restart the system. During the POST, press the <End> key to enter Q-Flash. Note: You can access Q-Flash by either pressing the <End> key during the POST or pressing the <F8> key in BIOS Setup. However, if the BIOS update file is saved to a hard drive in RAID/AHCI mode or a hard drive attached to an independent IDE/SATA controller, use the <End> key during the POST to access Q-Flash.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally Copyright (C) 1984-2008, Award Software, Inc. M720-US3 F1ec. <DEL>: BIOS Setup <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash 12/26/2008-NF-MCP78-6A61OG06C-00
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B. Updating the BIOS

When updating the BIOS, choose the location where the BIOS file is saved. The follow procedure assumes that you save the BIOS file to a floppy disk. Step 1: 1. Insert the floppy disk containing the BIOS file into the floppy disk drive. In the main menu of Q-Flash, use the up or down arrow key to select Update BIOS from Drive and press <Enter>. The Save Main BIOS to Drive option allows you to save the current BIOS file. Q-Flash only supports USB flash drive or hard drives using FAT32/16/12 file system. If the BIOS update file is saved to a hard drive in RAID/AHCI mode or a hard drive attached to an independent IDE/SATA controller, use the <End> key during the POST to access Q-Flash. 2. Select Floppy A and press <Enter>.
Q-Flash Utility v2.08 Flash Type/Size..SST 25VF080B 1M
Enter : Run A Floppy HDD 0-0
Keep DMI Data Enable Update BIOS from Drive Save BIOSfound 0 file(s) to Drive :Move ESC:Reset <Drive> F10:Power Off <Drive>

Total size : 0

Free size : 0
Select the BIOS update file and press <Enter>. Make sure the BIOS update file matches your motherboard model.

Free Disks Port Disk Model

Capacity [] Add

Array Disks Port Disk Model 0.0 0.2 ST3120026AS ST3120026AS
Capacity 111.79GB 111.79GB
Figure 4 Step 6: After assigning the RAID drives, press <F7>. A message which says "All data on new(or added) disks may be overwritten. Continue?" appears (Figure 5). To overwrite the data in the selected hard drives, press <Y> to confirm or press <N> to cancel. (If the hard drives contain a previously created RAID array, you need to press <Y> to clear the data in the hard drives.) If you confirm Yes to the prompt above, the "Clear MBR?" prompt appears. Press <Y> to clear or <N> to abort. (We recommend that you clear the MBR to reduce drive errors.)
Array Disks All data on new(or added) disks may be overwritten. Contiune? Port Disk Model Capacity Clear disk data ? 1.0.M [Y] Add 1.1.M [] YES [N] NO [Y] YES [ ] Del [N] NO ST3120026AS ST3120026AS

[ESC] Quit

[F6] Back

[F7] Finish

[TAB] Navigate

[ Select ]

[ENTER] Popup

Figure 5

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After that, the Array List screen appears, displaying the RAID array that you have created (Figure 6). (Note: BBS stands for BIOS Boot Specification. This indicates that the boot device is defined in the BIOS.)
MediaShield BIOS Apr - Array List Boot BBS Status Healthy Vendor NVIDIA Array Size

STRIPE 223.57G

[Ctrl-X] Exit

[B] Set Bootable

[N] New Array

[ENTER] Detail

Figure 6 To read more information about the RAID array, press <Enter> to enter the Array Detail screen (Figure 7), which shows various information about the array, including the RAID mode, stripe block size, hard drive model name, and hard drive capacity, etc.
Array 2: NVIDIA STRIPE 233.57G - Array Detail RAID Mode: Striped Stripe Width : 2

Stripe Block: 64K

Port 0.0 0.2

Index 0 1

Disk Model ST3120026AS ST3120026AS

[R] Rebuild

[D] Delete

[C] Clear MBR

[V] remove Vol

[ENTER] Return

Figure 7 To clear MBR, press <C> in the Array Detail screen. When the "Clear MBR?" message appears, press <Y> to clear or <N> to cancel. To delete the array, press <D> in the Array Detail screen. When the "Delete array?" message appears, press <Y> to confirm or <N> to cancel. Press <Enter> to return to the Array List screen. To exit the NVIDIA RAID setup utility, press <Esc> in the main menu or <Ctrl>+<X> in the Array List screen. Now, you can proceed to the installation of the SATA controller driver and operating system. - 73 Appendix
5-1-2 Making a SATA RAID/AHCI Driver Diskette for Windows XP
(Required for AHCI and RAID Mode)
To successfully install operating system onto SATA hard drive(s) that is/are configured to RAID/AHCI mode, you need to install the SATA controller driver during the OS installation. Without the driver, the hard drive may not be recognized during the Windows setup process. First of all, copy the driver for the SATA controller from the motherboard driver disk to a floppy disk. For installing Windows Vista, please directly load the SATA RAID driver from the motherboard driver disk during the OS installation process. For more details, refer to the next section. See the instructions below about how to copy the driver in MS-DOS mode (Note). Prepare a startup disk that has CD-ROM support and one blank formatted floppy disk. Step 1: Insert the prepared startup disk and motherboard driver disk in your system. Boot from the startup disk. Once at the A:\> prompt, change to your optical drive (example: D:\>). At the D:\> prompt, type the following two commands. Press <Enter> after each command (Figure 1): cd bootdrv menu Step 2: When the controller menu (Figure 2) appears, remove the startup disk and insert the blank formatted disk. Select the controller driver by pressing the corresponding letter from the menu. For example, in the menu in Figure 2, In RAID mode, select 2) NVIDIA MCP72 and MCP78 Series RAID Driver (XP) for Windows XP 32-bit operating system or 4) NVIDIA MCP72 and MCP78 Series RAID Driver (XP64) for Windows XP 64-bit. In AHCI mode, select 1) NVIDIA MCP72 and MCP78 Series AHCI Driver (XP) for Windows XP 32-bit operating system or D) NVIDIA MCP72 and MCP78 Series AHCI Driver (XP64) for Windows XP 64-bit. Your system will then automatically zip and transfer this driver file to the floppy disk. Press <0> to exit when finished.

S/PDIF Coaxial Cable

S/PDIF Optical Cable
Connect a S/PDIF coaxial cable or a S/PDIF optical cable (either one) to an external decoder for transmitting the S/PDIF digital audio signals. 2. Configuring S/PDIF Out: On the Digital Output screen, click the Default Format tab and then select the sample rate and bit depth. Click OK to complete.
The actual locations of the SPDIF In and SPDIF Out connectors may differ by model. - 81 Appendix
5-2-3 Configuring Microphone Recording
Step 1: After installing the audio driver, the HD Audio Manager will appear in the notification area. Doubleicon click the icon to access the HD Audio Manager.
Step 2: Connect your microphone to the Mic in jack (pink) on the back panel or the Mic in jack (pink) on the front panel. Then configure the jack for microphone functionality. Note: The microphone functions on the front panel and back panel cannot be used at the same time.
Step 3: Go to the Microphone screen. Do not mute the recording volume, or you'll not be able to record the sound. To hear the sound being recorded during the recording process, do not mute the playback volume. It is recommended that you set the volumes at a middle level.
If you want to change the current sound input default device to microphone, right-click on Microphone and select Set Default Device.

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Step 4: To raise the recording and playback volume for the microphone, click the Microphone Boost icon on the right of the Recording Volume slider and set the Microphone Boost level.
Step 5: After completing the settings above, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Sound Recorder to begin the sound recording.

* Enabling Stereo Mix

If the HD Audio Manager does not display the recording device you wish to use, refer to the steps below. The following steps explain how to enable Stereo Mix (which may be needed when you want to record sound from your computer). Step 1: Locate the Volume icon in the notification area and right-click on this icon. Select Recording Devices.

Finally, we suggest that you practice other environmentally friendly actions by understanding and using the energy-saving features of this product (where applicable), recycling the inner and outer packaging (including shipping containers) this product was delivered in, and by disposing of or recycling used batteries properly. With your help, we can reduce the amount of natural resources needed to produce electrical and electronic equipment, minimize the use of landfills for the disposal of "end of life" products, and generally improve our quality of life by ensuring that potentially hazardous substances are not released into the environment and are disposed of properly.
China Restriction of Hazardous Substances Table
The following table is supplied in compliance with China's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (China RoHS) requirements:

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Hardware Installation

Product Specifications
Support for Socket AM2+/AM2 processors: AMD PhenomTM FX processor/AMD Phenom TM X4 processor/ AMD PhenomTM X3 processor/AMD Athlon TM X2 processor/ AMD Athlon TM processor/AMD SempronTM X2 processor/ AMD SempronTM processor (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.) 5200/2000 MT/s NVIDIA nForce 8200 chipset 4 x 1.8V DDR2 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory (Note 1) Dual channel memory architecture Support for DDR(Note 2)/1066/800 MHz memory modules (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.) Realtek ALC888 codec High Definition Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel Support for S/PDIF Out Support for CD In Realtek 8111C chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (The PCI Express x16 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.) 2 x PCI Express x1 slots 4 x PCI slots NVIDIA nForce 8200 chipset: - 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices - 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices - Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and JBOD iTE IT8720 chip: - 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive T.I. TSB43AB23 chip Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header) Integrated in the NVIDIA nForce 8200 chipset - Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers) 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector 1 x floppy disk drive connector 1 x IDE connector 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors 1 x CPU fan header 2 x system fan headers 1 x power fan header 1 x front panel header - 10 -
Hyper Transport Bus Chipset Memory Audio

LAN Expansion Slots

Storage Interface

IEEE 1394

Internal Connectors

GA-M720-US3 Motherboard

Back Panel Connectors

I/O Controller Hardware Monitor

Unique Features

Bundled Software Operating System Form Factor
1 x front panel audio header 1 x CD In connector 1 x S/PDIF Out header 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers 1 x IEEE 1394a header 1 x serial port header 1 x power LED header 1 x chassis intrusion header 1 x PS/2 keyboard port 1 x PS/2 mouse port 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports 1 x RJ-45 port 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone) iTE IT8720 chip System voltage detection CPU/System temperature detection CPU/System fan speed detection CPU overheating warning CPU/System fan fail warning CPU/System fan speed control (Note 3) 2 x 8 Mbit flash Use of licensed AWARD BIOS Support for DualBIOSTM PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b Support for @BIOS Support for Download Center Support for Q-Flash Support for EasyTune (Note 4) Support for Xpress Install Support for Xpress Recovery2 Support for Virtual Dual BIOS Support for Easy Energy Saver (Note 5) Norton Internet Security (OEM version) Support for Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 21.5cm

9) PWR_LED (System Power LED Header)
This header can be used to connect a system power LED on the chassis to indicate system power status. The LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when the system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5).

Pin No. 1 2

Definition MPD+ MPDMPD-
System Status LED S0 S1 S3/S4/S5 On Blinking Off

10) BATTERY

The battery provides power to keep the values (such as BIOS configurations, date, and time information) in the CMOS when the computer is turned off. Replace the battery when the battery voltage drops to a low level, or the CMOS values may not be accurate or may be lost.
You may clear the CMOS values by removing the battery: 1. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord. 2. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one minute. (Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive and negative terminals of the battery holder, making them short for 5 seconds.) 3. Replace the battery. 4. Plug in the power cord and restart your computer.
Always turn off your computer and unplug the power cord before replacing the battery. Replace the battery with an equivalent one. Danger of explosion if the battery is replaced with an incorrect model. Contact the place of purchase or local dealer if you are not able to replace the battery by yourself or uncertain about the battery model. When installing the battery, note the orientation of the positive side (+) and the negative side (-) of the battery (the positive side should face up). Used batteries must be handled in accordance with local environmental regulations. GA-M720-US3 Motherboard - 24 -
11) F_PANEL (Front Panel Header)
Connect the power switch, reset switch, speaker and system status indicator on the chassis front panel to this header according to the pin assignments below. Note the positive and negative pins before connecting the cables.
Message/Power/ Sleep LED Power Switch Speaker

MSG+ MSGPW+ PW-

SPEAK+

RES+ NC HD-

SPEAK-

Hard Drive Activity LED

MSG (Message/Power/Sleep LED, Yellow): Connects to the power status indicator on the chassis front panel. The System Status LED LED is on when the system is operating. The LED keeps blinking when S0 On S1 Blinking the system is in S1 sleep state. The LED is off when the system is in S3/S4/S5 Off S3/S4 sleep state or powered off (S5). PW (Power Switch, Red): Connects to the power switch on the chassis front panel. You may configure the way to turn off your system using the power switch (refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Power Management Setup," for more information). SPEAK (Speaker, Orange): Connects to the speaker on the chassis front panel. The system reports system startup status by issuing a beep code. One single short beep will be heard if no problem is detected at system startup. If a problem is detected, the BIOS may issue beeps in different patterns to indicate the problem. Refer to Chapter 5, "Troubleshooting," for information about beep codes. HD (Hard Drive Activity LED, Blue) Connects to the hard drive activity LED on the chassis front panel. The LED is on when the hard drive is reading or writing data. RES (Reset Switch, Green): Connects to the reset switch on the chassis front panel. Press the reset switch to restart the computer if the computer freezes and fails to perform a normal restart. NC (Purple): No connection

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BIOS Setup

Startup Screen

The following screens may appear when the computer boots.
A. The LOGO Screen (Default)

Function Keys

B. The POST Screen
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally Copyright (C) 1984-2008, Award Software, Inc. M720-US3 F1ec. <DEL>: BIOS Setup <F9>: XpressRecovery2 <F12>: Boot Menu <End>: Qflash 12/26/2008-NF-MCP78-6A610G06C-00
Motherboard Model BIOS Version
Function Keys: <TAB>: POST SCREEN Press the <Tab> key to show the BIOS POST screen. To show the BIOS POST screen at system startup, refer to the instructions on the Full Screen LOGO Show item on page 42. <DEL>: BIOS SETUP\Q-FLASH Press the <Delete> key to enter BIOS Setup. <F9>: XPRESS RECOVERY2 If you have ever entered Xpress Recovery2 to back up hard drive data using the motherboard driver disk, the <F9> key can be used for subsequent access to XpressRecovery2 during the POST. For more information, refer to Chapter 4, "Xpress Recovery2." <F12>: BOOT MENU Boot Menu allows you to set the first boot device without entering BIOS Setup. In Boot Menu, use the up arrow key < > or the down arrow key< > to select the first boot device, then press <Enter> to accept. To exit Boot Menu, press <Esc>. The system will directly boot from the device configured in Boot Menu. Note: The setting in Boot Menu is effective for one time only. After system restart, the device boot order will still be based on BIOS Setup settings. You can access Boot Menu again to change the first boot device setting as needed. <End>: Q-FLASH Press the <End> key to access the Q-Flash utility directly without having to enter BIOS Setup first. GA-M720-US3 Motherboard - 32 -

The Main Menu

Once you enter the BIOS Setup program, the Main Menu (as shown below) appears on the screen. Use arrow keys to move among the items and press <Enter> to accept or enter a sub-menu.
(Sample BIOS Version: F1ec)
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Change CPU's Clock & Voltage F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Save & Exit Setup Exit Without Saving

ESC: Quit F8: Q-Flash

BIOS Setup Program Function Keys
< >< >< <Enter> <Esc> >< > Move the selection bar to select an item Execute command or enter the submenu Main Menu: Exit the BIOS Setup program Submenus: Exit current submenu Increase the numeric value or make changes Decrease the numeric value or make changes Show descriptions of the function keys Move cursor to the Item Help block on the right (submenus only) Restore the previous BIOS settings for the current submenus Load the Fail-Safe BIOS default settings for the current submenus Load the Optimized BIOS default settings for the current submenus Access the Q-Flash utility Display system information Save all the changes and exit the BIOS Setup program Save CMOS to BIOS Load CMOS from BIOS

CPU Frequency

Allows you to manually set the CPU host frequency. Important It is highly recommended that the CPU frequency be set in accordance with the CPU specifications.

HT Link Frequency

Allows you to manually set the frequency for the HT Link between the CPU and chipset. Auto BIOS will automatically adjust the HT Link Frequency. (Default) 200 MHz~1 GHz Sets HT Link Frequency to 200 MHz~1 GHz.

PCIE Clock

Allows you to manually set the PCIe clock frequency. The adjustable range is from 100 MHz to 200 MHz. (Default: 100)

CPU Clock Ratio

Allows you to alter the clock ratio for the installed CPU. The adjustable range is dependent on the CPU being used.
CPU NorthBridge Freq. (Note)
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Robust Graphics Booster

Enables or disables the control of VGA Core clock.

VGA Core Clock

Allows you to alter the core clock for the graphics chip and is configurable only if the Robust Graphics Booster option is set to Enabled. The core clock can be increased by 1% ~ 50%.

DRAM Configuration

CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software DRAM Configuration SLI-Ready Memory Set Memory Clock Memory Clock DDRII Timing Items CAS# latency RAS to CAS R/W Delay Row Precharge Time Minimum RAS Active Time 1T/2T Command Timing TwTr Command Delay Trfc0 for DIMM1 Trfc2 for DIMM2 Trfc1 for DIMM3 Trfc3 for DIMM4 Write Recovery Time Precharge Time Row Cycle Time RAS to RAS Delay [Disabled] [Auto] DDR 800 [Auto] SPD Auto 5T Auto 5T Auto 5T Auto 15T Auto -Auto 3T Auto 105ns Auto -Auto -Auto -Auto 6T Auto 3T Auto 21T Auto 3T +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F10: Save Item Help Menu Level Auto 5T 5T 5T 15T -3T 105ns ---6T 3T 21T 3T ESC: Exit F1: General Help F7: Optimized Defaults
x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

SLI-Ready Memory

Allows you to enable or disable the SLI-Ready (EPP) memory function. (Default: Disabled)

Set Memory Clock

Determines whether to manually set the memory clock. Auto lets BIOS automatically set the memory clock as required. Manual allows all clock control items below to be configurable. (Default: Auto)

Memory Clock

This option is configurable only when Set Memory Clock is set to Manual. When you use a AM2 CPU: DDR 400 Sets Memory Clock to DDR 400. DDR 533 Sets Memory Clock to DDR 533. DDR 667 Sets Memory Clock to DDR 667. DDR 800 Sets Memory Clock to DDR 800. When you use a AM2+ CPU: X2.00 Sets Memory Clock to X2.00. X2.66 Sets Memory Clock to X2.66. X3.33 Sets Memory Clock to X3.33. X4.00 Sets Memory Clock to X4.00. X5.33 Sets Memory Clock to X5.33.

CPU Voltage Control

Allows you to set the CPU voltage. Normal sets the CPU voltage as required. The adjustable range is dependent on the CPU being installed. (Default: Normal) Note: Increasing CPU voltage may result in damage to your CPU or reduce the useful life of the CPU.

Normal CPU Vcore

Displays the normal operating voltage of your CPU.

(Note)

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Standard CMOS Features

CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software Standard CMOS Features Date (mm:dd:yy) Time (hh:mm:ss) Thu, Dec 18:25:04 [None] [None] [None] [None] [None] [None] [1.44M, 3.5"] [Disabled] [All, But Keyboard] 640K 1022M Item Help Menu Level
IDE Channel 0 Master IDE Channel 0 Slave IDE Channel 2 Master IDE Channel 2 Slave IDE Channel 3 Master IDE Channel 3 Slave Drive A Floppy 3 Mode Support Halt On Base Memory Extended Memory
+/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Default
Sets the system date. The date format is week (read-only), month, date and year. Select the desired field and use the up arrow or down arrow key to set the date.
Sets the system time. For example, 1 p.m. is 13:0:0. Select the desired field and use the up arrow or down arrow key to set the time.
IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave IDE HDD Auto-Detection
Press <Enter> to autodetect the parameters of the IDE/SATA device on this channel. IDE Channel 0 Master/Slave Configure your IDE/SATA devices by using one of the three methods below: Auto Lets BIOS automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during the POST. (Default) None If no IDE/SATA devices are used, set this item to None so the system will skip the detection of the device during the POST for faster system startup. Manual Allows you to manually enter the specifications of the hard drive when the hard drive access mode is set to CHS. Access Mode Sets the hard drive access mode. Options are: Auto (default), CHS, LBA, Large.
IDE Channel 2, 3 Master/Slave
IDE Auto-Detection Press <Enter> to autodetect the parameters of the IDE/SATA device on this channel. Extended IDE Drive Configure your IDE/SATA devices by using one of the two methods below: Auto Lets BIOS automatically detect IDE/SATA devices during the POST. (Default) None If no IDE/SATA devices are used, set this item to None so the system will skip the detection of the device during the POST for faster system startup. Access Mode Sets the hard drive access mode. Options are: Auto (default), Large. - 39 BIOS Setup
The following fields display your hard drive specifications. If you wish to enter the parameters manually, refer to the information on the hard drive. Capacity Approximate capacity of the currently installed hard drive. Cylinder Head Precomp Landing Zone Sector Number of cylinders. Number of heads. Write precompensation cylinder. Landing zone. Number of sectors.

Note: The Gigabit hub will only operate at a speed of 10/100Mbps in MS-DOS mode; it will operate at a normal speed of 10/100/1000 Mbps in Windows mode or when the LAN Boot ROM is activated. When a Cable Problem Occurs. If a cable problem occurs on a specified pair of wires, the Status field will show Short and thenlength shown will be the approximate distance to the fault or short. Example: Part1-2 Status = Short / Length = 2m Explanation: A fault or short might occur at about 2m on Part 1-2. Note: Part 4-5 and Part 7-8 are not used in a 10/100 Mbps environment, so their Status fields will show Open, and the length shown is the approximate length of the attached LAN cable.

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Onboard LAN Boot ROM
Allows you to decide whether to activate the boot ROM integrated with the onboard LAN chip. (Default: Disabled)

Onboard Serial Port

Enables or disables the first serial port and specifies its base I/O address and corresponding interrupt. Options are: Auto, 2F8/IRQ3, 3F8/IRQ4(default), 3E8/IRQ4, 2E8/IRQ3, Disabled.

On-Chip USB

Configures the integrated USB controller. V1.1+V2.0 Enables the integrated USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 controllers. (Default) V1.1 Enables only the integrated USB 1.1 controller. Disabled Disables the integrated USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 controllers. Disabled will turn off all of the USB functionalities below.

USB Memory Type

Specifies the type of memory allocated for USB devices. Options are: SHADOW (default), Base Memory (640K).

USB Keyboard Support

Allows USB keyboard to be used in MS-DOS. (Default: Disabled)

USB Mouse Support

Allows USB mouse to be used in MS-DOS. (Default: Disabled)
Legacy USB storage detect
Determines whether to detect USB storage devices, including USB flash drives and USB hard drives during the POST. (Default: Enabled)

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Power Management Setup
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software Power Management Setup [S3(STR)] [Instant-off] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Enabled] [Disabled] Everyday 0:0:0 [Disabled] [32-bit mode] [Disabled] [Disabled] Enter [Soft-Off] Item Help Menu Level

PCI1 IRQ Assignment

Auto 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 BIOS auto-assigns IRQ to the first PCI slot. (Default) Assigns IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to the first PCI slot. BIOS auto-assigns IRQ to the second PCI slot. (Default) Assigns IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to the second PCI slot. BIOS auto-assigns IRQ to the third PCI slot. (Default) Assigns IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to the third PCI slot. BIOS auto-assigns IRQ to the fourth PCI slot. (Default) Assigns IRQ 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15 to the fourth PCI slot.

PCI2 IRQ Assignment

Auto 3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,14,15

PCI3 IRQ Assignment

PCI4 IRQ Assignment

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PC Health Status
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software PC Health Status Reset Case Open Status Case Opened Vcore DDR2 1.8V +3.3V +12V Current System Temperature Current CPU Temperature Current CPU FAN Speed Current SYSTEM FAN1 Speed Current SYSTEM FAN2 Speed Current POWER FAN Speed System Warning Temperature CPU Warning Temperature CPU FAN Fail Warning SYSTEM FAN1 Fail Warning SYSTEM FAN2 Fail Warning POWER FAN Fail Warning CPU Smart FAN Control [Disabled] No 1.376V 1.872V 3.328V 12.112V 30 oC 47 oC 3375 RPM 0 RPM 0 RPM 0 RPM [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Disabled] [Enabled] +/-/PU/PD: Value F6: Fail-Safe Defaults F10: Save Item Help Menu Level
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software PC Health Status CPU Smart FAN Mode System Smart FAN Control [Auto] [Enabled] Item Help Menu Level

Reset Case Open Status

Keeps or clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status. Enabled clears the record of previous chassis intrusion status and the Case Opened field will show "No" at next boot. (Default: Disabled)

Case Opened

Displays the detection status of the chassis intrusion detection device attached to the motherboard CI header. If the system chassis cover is removed, this field will show "Yes", otherwise it will show "No". To clear the chassis intrusion status record, set Reset Case Open Status to Enabled, save the settings to CMOS, and then restart your system.

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Current Voltage(V) Vcore/DDR2 1.8V/+3.3V/+12V
Displays the current system voltages.
Current System/CPU Temperature
Displays current system/CPU temperature.
Current CPU/SYSTEM/POWER FAN Speed (RPM)
Displays current CPU/system/power fan speed.

System/CPU Warning Temperature
Sets the warning threshold for system/CPU temperature. When system/CPU temperature exceeds the threshold, BIOS will emit warning sound. Options are: Disabled (default), 60 oC/140 o F, 70 o C/158 o F, 80 o C/176 o F, 90 o C/194 o F.
CPU/SYSTEM/POWER FAN Fail Warning
Allows the system to emit warning sound if the CPU/system/power fan is not connected or fails. Check the fan condition or fan connection when this occurs. (Default: Disabled)

CPU Smart FAN Control

Enables or disables the CPU fan speed control function. Enabled allows the CPU fan to run at different speed according to the CPU temperature. You can adjust the fan speed with EasyTune based on system requirements. If disabled, CPU fan runs at full speed. (Default: Enabled)

CPU Smart FAN Mode

Specifies how to control CPU fan speed. This item is configurable only if CPU Smart FAN Control is set to Enabled. Auto Lets BIOS autodetect the type of CPU fan installed and sets the optimal CPU fan control mode. (Default) Voltage Sets Voltage mode for a 3-pin CPU fan. PWM Sets PWM mode for a 4-pin CPU fan.

System Smart FAN Control

Enables or disables the system fan speed control function. Enabled allows the system fan to run at different speed according to the system temperature. You can adjust the fan speed with EasyTune based on system requirements. If disabled, system fan runs at full speed. (Default: Enabled)

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2-10 Load Fail-Safe Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Load Fail-Safe DefaultsSave & Exit Setup (Y/N)? N Exit Without Saving
F11: Save CMOS to BIOS F12: Load CMOS from BIOS
Press <Enter> on this item and then press the <Y> key to load the safest BIOS default settings. In case system instability occurs, you may try to load Fail-Safe defaults, which are the safest and most stable BIOS settings for the motherboard.
2-11 Load Optimized Defaults
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Optimized Defaults Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? N Setup Save & Exit Exit Without Saving

Software Applications

This page displays all the tools and applications that GIGABYTE develops and some free software. You may press the Install button following an item to install it.

Driver CD Information

This page provides information about the drivers, applications and tools in this driver disk.

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Hardware Information
This page provides information about the hardware devices on this motherboard.

Contact Us

For the detailed contact information of the GIGABYTE Taiwan headquarter or worldwide branch offices, click the URL on this page to link to the GIGABYTE Website.

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Drivers Installation

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Chapter 4 Unique Features

4-1 Xpress Recovery2

Xpress Recovery2 is a utility that allows you to quickly compress and back up your system data and perform restoration of it. Supporting NTFS, FAT32, and FAT16 file systems, Xpress Recovery2 can back up data on PATA and SATA hard drives and restore it.

Before You Begin:

Xpress Recovery2 will check the first physical hard drive* for the operating system. Xpress Recovery2 can only back up/restore the first physical hard drive that has the operating system installed. As Xpress Recovery2 will save the backup file at the end of the hard drive, make sure to leave enough unallocated space in advanced (10 GB or more is recommended; actual size requirements vary, depending on the amount of data). It is recommended to back up your system soon after the operating system and drivers are installed. The amount of data and hard drive access speed may affect the speed at which the data is backed up/restored. It takes longer to back up a hard drive than to restore it.

System Requirements:

At least 512 MB of system memory VESA compatible graphics card Windows XP with SP1 or later, Windows Vista
Xpress Recovery and Xpress Recovery2 are different utilities. For example, a backup file created with Xpress Recovery cannot be restored using Xpress Recovery2. USB hard drives are not supported. Hard drives in RAID/AHCI mode are not supported.
Installation and Configuration
Turn on your system to boot from the Windows Vista setup disk.
A. Installing Windows Vista and Partitioning the Hard Drive
Step 1: Click Drive options.

Step 2: Click New.

"*" Xpress Recovery2 checks the first physical hard drive in the following sequence: The first PATA IDE connector, the second PATA IDE connector, the first SATA connector, the second SATA connector and so forth. For example, when hard drives are attached to the first IDE and the first SATA connectors, the hard drive on the first IDE connector is the first physical drive. When hard drives are attached to the first and second SATA connectors, the hard drive on the first SATA connector is the first physical drive.

Q-Flash Utility v2.08 Flash Type/Size..SST 25VF080B Keep DMI Data Enable Update BIOS from Drive !! Copy BIOS completed - Pass !! Save BIOS to Drive Please press any key to continue :Move ESC:Reset 1M

Enter : Run

F10:Power Off

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Step 4: Press <Esc> and then <Enter> to exit Q-Flash and reboot the system. As the system boots, you should see the new BIOS version is present on the POST screen. Step 5: During the POST, press <Delete> to enter BIOS Setup. Select Load Optimized Defaults and press <Enter> to load BIOS defaults. System will re-detect all peripherals devices after a BIOS update, so we recommend that you reload BIOS defaults.
CMOS Setup Utility-Copyright (C) 1984-2008 Award Software MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.) Standard CMOS Features Advanced BIOS Features Integrated Peripherals Power Management Setup PnP/PCI Configurations PC Health Status : Select Item F10: Save & Exit Setup Load Optimized Defaults Load Fail-Safe Defaults Load Optimized Defaults Set Supervisor Password Set User Password Load Optimized Defaults (Y/N)? Y& Exit Setup Save Exit Without Saving
Press <Y> to load BIOS defaults Step 6: Select Save & Exit Setup and then press <Y> to save settings to CMOS and exit BIOS Setup. The procedure is complete after the system restarts.

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4-2-2 Updating the BIOS with the @BIOS Utility
1. 2. In Windows, close all applications and TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) programs. This helps prevent unexpected failures when performing a BIOS update. During the BIOS update process, ensure the Internet connection is stable and do NOT interrupt the Internet connection (for example, avoid a power loss or switching off the Internet). Failure to do so may result in a corrupted BIOS or a system that is unable to start. Do not use the G.O.M. (GIGABYTE Online Management) function when using @BIOS. GIGABYTE product warranty does not cover any BIOS damage or system failure resulting from an inadequate BIOS flashing.

B. Using @BIOS:

Update the BIOS Using the Internet Update Function: Click Update BIOS from GIGABYTE Server, select the @BIOS server site closest to your location and then download the BIOS file that matches your motherboard model. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete. If the BIOS update file for your motherboard is not present on the @BIOS server site, please manually download the BIOS update file from GIGABYTE's website and follow the instructions in "Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function" below.
Update the BIOS without Using the Internet Update Function: Click Update BIOS from File, then select the location where you save the BIOS update file obtained from the Internet or through other source. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete. Save Current BIOS to File: Click Save Current BIOS to save the current BIOS file. Load BIOS defaults after BIOS Update: Select the Load CMOS default after BIOS update check box and then the system will automatically load BIOS defaults after BIOS update and after the system restarts.

MediaShield ROM BIOS 10.0.0.27 RPT IDP Copyright (C) 2008 NVIDIA Corp. Detecting arrays. Press F10 to enter RAID setup utility.
Figure 2 Step 2: The Define a New Array screen is the first option screen when you enter the NVIDIA RAID setup utility. (Figure 3). You can press the <Tab> key to move from field to field until the appropriate field is highlighted. Step 3: In the RAID Mode field, use the up or down arrow key to select a RAID mode. The supported RAID modes include Mirrored, Striped, Spanned, Striped Mirror, and RAID5. The following procedure demonstrates how a RAID 0 array is created. Step 4: If RAID 0 (Striped) is selected, you can manually set the stripe block size. In the Stripe Block field, use the up or down arrow key to set the stripe block size. Stripe block size is given in kilobytes. We recommend you leaving it at the default Optimal, which is 64 KB. The stripe block size can be set from 4 KB to 128 KB
MediaShield BIOS Apr - Define a New Array RAID Mode: Striped Stripe Block: Optimal
Free Disks Port Disk Model 0.0 0.2 ST3120026AS ST3120026AS
Capacity 111.79GB 111.79GB [] Add
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Capacity

[ ] Del [ESC] Quit [F6] Back [F7] Finish [TAB] Navigate [ Select ] [ENTER] Popup

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Step 5: Next, select the hard drives which you wish to be included in the disk array. The Free Disks block displays the information about the SATA hard drives that are available for use as RAID array drives. Press <Tab> to move to the Free Disks block. Select the target hard drives using the up or down arrow key and use the right arrow key to add the hard drives to the Array Disks block (Figure 4).
Free Disks Port Disk Model

Capacity [] Add

Array Disks Port Disk Model 0.0 0.2 ST3120026AS ST3120026AS
Capacity 111.79GB 111.79GB
Figure 4 Step 6: After assigning the RAID drives, press <F7>. A message which says "All data on new(or added) disks may be overwritten. Continue?" appears (Figure 5). To overwrite the data in the selected hard drives, press <Y> to confirm or press <N> to cancel. (If the hard drives contain a previously created RAID array, you need to press <Y> to clear the data in the hard drives.) If you confirm Yes to the prompt above, the "Clear MBR?" prompt appears. Press <Y> to clear or <N> to abort. (We recommend that you clear the MBR to reduce drive errors.)

A. Configuring Speakers:

(The following instructions use Windows Vista as the example operating system.) Step 1: After installing the audio driver, the HD Audio Manager icon will appear in the notification area. Doubleclick the icon to access the HD Audio Manager.
(Note) 2/4/5.1/7.1-Channel Audio Configurations: Refer to the following for multi-channel speaker configurations. 2-channel audio: Headphone or Line out. 4-channel audio: Front speaker out and Rear speaker out. 5.1-channel audio: Front speaker out, Rear speaker out, and Center/Subwoofer speaker out. 7.1-channel audio: Front speaker out, Rear speaker out, Center/Subwoofer speaker out, and Side speaker out. - 79 Appendix
Step 2: Connect an audio device to an audio jack. The The current connected device is dialog box appears. Select the device according to the type of device you connect. Then click OK.
Step 3: On the Speakers screen, click the Speaker Configuration tab. In the Speaker Configuration list, select Stereo, Quadraphonic, 5.1 Speaker, or 7.1 Speaker according to the type of speaker configuration you wish to set up. Then the speaker setup is completed.
B. Configuring Sound Effect:
You may configure an audio environment on the Sound Effects tab.
C. Activating an AC'97 Front Panel Audio Module:
If your chassis provides an AC'97 front panel audio module, to activate the AC'97 functionality, click the tool icon on the Speaker Configuration tab. On the Connector Settings dialog box, select the Disable front panel jack detection check box. Click OK to complete.
D. Muting the Back Panel Audio (For HD Audio Only):
Click Device advanced settings on the top right corner on the Speaker Configuration tab to open the Device advanced settings dialog box. Select the Mute the rear output device, when a front headphone plugged in check box. Click OK to complete.

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5-2-2 Configuring S/PDIF Out

S/PDIF Out:

The S/PDIF out jacks can transmit audio signals to an external decoder for decoding to get the best audio quality. 1. Conneting a S/PDIF Out Cable

S/PDIF Coaxial Cable

S/PDIF Optical Cable
Connect a S/PDIF coaxial cable or a S/PDIF optical cable (either one) to an external decoder for transmitting the S/PDIF digital audio signals. 2. Configuring S/PDIF Out: On the Digital Output screen, click the Default Format tab and then select the sample rate and bit depth. Click OK to complete.

WEEE Symbol Statement

The symbol shown below is on the product or on its packaging, which indicates that this product must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, the device should be taken to the waste collection centers for activation of the treatment, collection, recycling and disposal procedure. The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local government office, your household waste disposal service or where you purchased the product for details of environmentally safe recycling. When your electrical or electronic equipment is no longer useful to you, "take it back" to your local or regional waste collection administration for recycling. If you need further assistance in recycling, reusing in your "end of life" product, you may contact us at the Customer Care number listed in your product's user's manual and we will be glad to help you with your effort. GA-M720-US3 Motherboard - 88 -
Finally, we suggest that you practice other environmentally friendly actions by understanding and using the energy-saving features of this product (where applicable), recycling the inner and outer packaging (including shipping containers) this product was delivered in, and by disposing of or recycling used batteries properly. With your help, we can reduce the amount of natural resources needed to produce electrical and electronic equipment, minimize the use of landfills for the disposal of "end of life" products, and generally improve our quality of life by ensuring that potentially hazardous substances are not released into the environment and are disposed of properly.
China Restriction of Hazardous Substances Table
The following table is supplied in compliance with China's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (China RoHS) requirements:

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