Part Number: MS-7125-060
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MSI MS-7125 Motherboard, size: 4.8 MB
Mainboard K8N Neo4
User reviews and opinions
|na17han||5:36pm on Friday, October 1st, 2010|
|Relatively low priced, elegant style, great sounding and recording feature is great. It is supremely portable and ease of carrying around.|
|shicks9||8:56am on Sunday, September 12th, 2010|
|A nice board with some great overclocking features its an all around nice board for the cost ; great for a multitasking setup or home pc replacement i... MSI Technical support is great. I had a problem on my older board, the Northbridge fan was starting to die, and The Overnighted the part to me. Since the upgrade was from an MSI MB to another, Windows just asked for the drivers and was able to update software without having to reinstall OS.|
|jl002||12:59pm on Thursday, August 19th, 2010|
|This, isnt a bad little player, its small, light and packs features. -------SIZE------- First of all, the size, its about 100mm wide.|
|kandhaswamy||11:20pm on Sunday, July 18th, 2010|
|The 411 The MEGA STICK 1 is an ultra-light, high-performance Digital Audio Player that fits in the palm of your hand and weighs just 1.4 ounces.|
|sryley||11:14pm on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010|
|features including fm radio, mp3 player, voice recorder.... bad radio signal, too much plastic|
|rhfarr||3:11am on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010|
|I was using a mp3 player of 128MB, it was of red color and a good one, sound quality was good and it was made by China. On buying this item you realise that the instructions are useful and the player is easy to use. A really good gadget from a point of view of a student. All people know what MP3 player is.|
|doctorz||3:49am on Thursday, April 1st, 2010|
|Features all great, the best I like is the recording. Should offer larger memory size|
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DIMM1~4 (from bottom to top)
Introduction to DDR SDRAM
DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM is similar to conventional SDRAM, but doubles the rate by transferring data twice per cycle. It uses 2.5 volts as opposed to 3.3 volts used in SDR SDRAM, and requires 184-pin DIMM modules rather than 168-pin DIMM modules used by SDR SDRAM. High memory bandwidth makes DDR an ideal solution for high performance PC, workstations and servers.
DIMM Module Combination
Install at least one DIMM module on the slots. Each DIMM slot supports up to a maximum size of 1GB. Users can install either single- or double-sided modules to meet their own needs. Please note that each DIM M can work respectively for singlechannel DDR, but there are some rules while using dual-channel DDR (Please refer to the suggested DDR population table below). Users may install memory modules of different type and density on different-channel DDR DIMMs. However, the same type and density memory modules are necessary while using dual-channel DDR, or instability may happen. Please refer to the following table for detailed dual-channel DDR. Other combination not listed below will function as single-channel DDR.
GREEN DIMM1 (Ch A) 128MB~1GB 128MB~1GB
PURPLE DIMM2 (Ch B) 128MB~1GB
GREEN DIMM3 (Ch A) 128MB~1GB
PURPLE DIMM4 (Ch B) 128MB~1GB 128MB~1GB System Density 256MB~2GB 256MB~2GB 512MB~4GB
MSI Reminds You. - Dual-channel DDR works ONLY in the 3 combinations listed in the table as below. - Please select the identical memory modules to install on the dual channel, and DO NOT install three memory modules on three DIMMs, or it may cause some failure. - Always insert the memory modules into the GREEN slots first, and it is strongly recommended not to insert the memory modules into the PURPLE slots while the GREEN slots are left empty. - This mainboard DO NOT support the memory module installed with more than 18 pieces of IC (integrated circuit).
Recommended Memory Combination List DIMM Slots Green Purple DIMM2 DIMM3 S D S D S D S D
S: Single Side 2-8
Green DIMM1 S D S D S D S D
Purple DIMM4 S D S D
Max Speed DDR400 DDR400 DDR400 DDR400 DDR400 DDR333 DDR400 DDR400 DDR400 DDR400 DDR400 DDR333
S D S D
D: Double Side
MSI Reminds You. 1. The maximum memory speed decreases when the following two Memory Combination is selected (you can also refer to the Recommended Memory Combination list shown in the previous page: - Each channel is installed with two double-sided memory modules - Both DIMM1 and DIMM3 slots are installed with double-sided memory module. 2. Due to the South Bridge resource deployment, the system density will only be detected up to 3+GB (not full 4GB) when each DIMM is installed with an 1GB memory module.
LAN (RJ-45) Jack
The mainboard provides one standard RJ-45 jacks for connection to single Local Area Network (LAN). This Giga-bit LAN enables data to be transferred at 1000, 100 or 10Mbps. You can connect a network cable to either LAN jack.
Giga-bit LAN Pin Definition
PIN 3 SIGNAL D0P D0N D1P D2P D2N D1N D3P D3N DESCRIPTION Differential Pair 0+ Differential Pair 0Differential Pair 1+ Differential Pair 2+ Differential Pair 2Differential Pair 1Differential Pair 3+ Differential Pair 3-
RJ-45 LAN Jack
Audio Port Connectors
The left 3 audio jacks are for 2-channel mode for stereo speaker output: Line Out is a connector for Speakers or Headphones. Line In is used for external CD player, Tape player, or other audio devices. Mic is a connector for microphones. However, there is an advanced audio application provided by Realtek ALC850 to offer support for 7.1-channel audio operation and can turn rear audio connectors from 2-channel to 4-/5.1-/7.1 channel audio.
Line In ( in 7.1CH / 6CH)
Rear Speaker Out (in 7.1CH / 6CH / 4CH) Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out ( in 7.1CH / 6CH) S/PDIF Out-Optical (in 7.1CH / 6CH)
Parallel Port Connector: LPT1
The mainboard provides a 25-pin female centronic connector as LPT. A parallel port is a standard printer port that supports Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) and Extended Capabilities Parallel Port (ECP) mode.
PIN 25 SIGNAL STROBE DATA0 DATA1 DATA2 DATA3 DATA4 DATA5 DATA6 DATA7 ACK# BUSY PE SELECT AUTO FEED# ERR# INIT# SLIN# GND GND GND GND GND GND GND GND DESCRIPTION Strobe Data0 Data1 Data2 Data3 Data4 Data5 Data6 Data7 Acknowledge Busy PaperEnd Select AutomaticFeed Error Initialize Printer Select In Ground Ground Ground Ground Ground Ground Ground Ground
The mainboard provides connectors to connect to FDD, IDE HDD, case, LAN, USB Ports, IR module and CPU/System FAN.
Floppy Disk Drive Connector: FDD1
The mainboard provides a standard floppy disk drive connector that supports 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88M floppy disk types.
Fan Power Connectors: CPUFAN1 / SFAN1 / SFAN2 / NBFAN1
The CPUFAN1 (processor fan), SFAN1 (system fan 1), SFAN2 (system fan 2) and NBFAN1 (NorthBridge Chipset fan) support system cooling fan with +12V. It supports three-pin head connector. W hen connecting the wire to the connectors, always take note that the red wire is the positive and should be connected to the +12V, the black wire is Ground and should be connected to GND. If the mainboard has a System Hardware Monitor chipset on-board, you must use a specially designed fan with speed sensor to take advantage of the CPU fan control.
The connector allows you to connect to IrDA Infrared module. You must configure the setting through the BIOS setup to use the IR function. JIR1 is compliant with Intel Front Panel I/O Connectivity Design Guide.
JIR1 Pin Definition
Pin Signal NC VCC5 IRTX Pin 6 Signal NC GND IRRX
IEEE 1394 Connectors: J1394_1 (Optional)
The mainboard provides another 1394 pin header that allows you to connect IEEE 1394 ports via an external IEEE1394 bracket (optional).
PIN SIGNAL TPA+ Ground TPB+ Cable power Key (no pin) PIN 10 SIGNAL TPAGround TPBCable power Ground
Connected to J1394 (the 1394 pinheader in GREEN color)
IEEE1394 Bracket (Optional)
D-Bracket 2 Connector: JDB1
The mainboard comes with a JDB1 connector for you to connect to D-Bracket 2. DBracket 2 is a USB Bracket that supports both USB1.1 & 2.0 spec. It integrates four LEDs and allows users to identify system problem through 16 various combinations of LED signals.
Pin Signal DBG1 (high for green color) DBR1 (high for red color) DBG2 (high for green color) DBR2 (high for red color) DBG3 (high for green color) DBR3 (high for red color) DBG4 (high for green color) DBR4 (high for red color) Key NC
D-Bracket 2 Connected to JDB1 (Optional)
Connected to JUSB1, JUSB2 or JUSB3 (the USB pinheader in YELLOW color)
D-Bracket 2 is an external USB bracket integrating four Diagnostic LEDs, which use graphic signal display to help users understand their system. The LEDs provide up to 16 combinations of signals to debug the system. The 4 LEDs can debug all problems that fail the system, such as VGA, RAM or other failures. This special feature is very useful for the overclocking users. These users can use the feature to detect if there are any problems or failures. D-Bracket 2 supports both USB 1.1 & 2.0 specification.
Red D-Bracket 4
G reen Description System Power ON The D-LED will hang here if the processor is damaged or not installed properly. Early Chipset Initialization
Memory Detection Test Testing onboard memory size. The D-LED will hang if the memory module is damaged or not installed properly.
Decompressing BIOS image to RAM for fast booting.
Initializing Keyboard Controller.
Testing VGA BIOS This will start writing VGA sign-on message to the screen.
Description Processor Initialization This will show information regarding the processor (like brand name, system bus, etc.) Testing RTC (Real Time Clock)
Initializing Video Interface This will start detecting CPU clock, checking type of video onboard. Then, detect and initialize the video adapter.
BIOS Sign On This will start showing information about logo, processor brand name, etc. Testing Base and Extended Memory Testing base memory from 240K to 640K and extended memory above 1MB using various patterns. Assign Resources to all ISA.
Initializing Hard Drive Controller This will initialize IDE drive and controller. Initializing Floppy Drive Controller This will initialize Floppy Drive and controller.
Boot Attempt This will set low stack and boot via INT 19h.
Operating System Booting
The motherboard provides the following button for you to set the computers function. This section will explain how to change your motherboards function through the use of button.
Clear CMOS Button: SW1
There is a CMOS RAM on board that has a power supply from external battery to keep the system configuration data. W ith the CMOS RAM, the system can automatically boot OS every time it is turned on. If you want to clear the system configuration, use the SW 1 (Clear CMOS Button ) to clear data. Press the button in the middle of the connector top side to clear the data.
The mainboard provides one PCI Express x16 slot, one PCI Express x1 slots, one PCI Express x4 slots and four 32-bit PCI bus slots.
PCI Express Slots
The PCI Express slots, as a high-bandwidth, low pin count, serial, interconnect technology. You can insert the expansion cards to meet your needs. W hen adding or removing expansion cards, make sure that you unplug the power supply first. PCI Express architecture provides a high performance I/O infrastructure for Desktop Platforms with transfer rates starting at 2.5 Giga transfers per second over a PCI Express x1 lane for Gigabit Ethernet, TV Tuners, 1394 controllers, and general purpose I/O. Also, desktop platforms with PCI Express Architecture will be designed to deliver highest performance in video, graphics, multimedia and other sophisticated applications. Moreover, PCI Express architecture provides a high performance graphics infrastructure for Desktop Platforms doubling the capability of existing AGP8x designs with transfer rates of 4.0 GB/s over a PCI Express x16 lane for graphics controllers, while PCI Express x1 supports transfer rate of 250 MB/s.
Power Button Function This feature sets the function of the power button. Settings are: [Power Off] The power button functions as normal power off button. [Suspend] When you press the power button, the computer enters the suspend/sleep mode, but if the button is pressed for more than four seconds, the computer is turned off. Restore On AC Power Loss This item specifies whether your system will reboot after a power failure or interrupt occurs. Available settings are: [Off] Always leaves the computer in the power off state. Always leaves the computer in the power on state. [On] [Last State] Restores the system to the status before power failure or interrupt occurred. Wake-Up Event Activity Press <Enter> and the following sub-menu appears.
Resume S3 by PS2/Keyboard, Resume S3 by PS2/Mouse These fields allow the activity of the PS2 (keyboard and mouse) to wake up the system from S3 sleep state. Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled]. Resume By PCI Device PME# When set to [Enabled], the feature allows your system to be awakened from the power saving modes through any event on PME (Power Management Event). Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled]. Resume By RTC Alarm The field is used to enable or disable the feature of booting up the system on a scheduled time/date. Settings: [Enabled], [Disabled]. Date The field specifies the date for Resume By RTC Alarm. Settings: ~. HH:MM:SS The field specifies the time for Resume By RTC Alarm. Format is <hour> <minute><second>.
This section describes configuring the PCI bus system and PnP (Plug & Play) feature. PCI, or Peripheral Component Interconnect, is a system which allows I/O devices to operate at speeds nearing the speed the CPU itself uses when communicating with its special components. This section covers some very technical items and it is strongly recommended that only experienced users should make any changes to the default settings.
Primary Graphics Adapter This item specifies which graphic card is your primary graphics adapter. Settings: [First PCIE], [PCI Slot]. Resource Controlled By The Award Plug and Play BIOS has the capacity to automatically configure all of the boot and Plug and Play compatible devices. However, this capability means absolutely nothing unless you are using a Plug and Play operating system such as Windows 95/98. If you set this field to [Manual], choose specific resources by going into each of the sub menu that follows this field (a sub menu is preceded by a ). The settings are: [Auto (ESCD)], [Manual]. IRQ Resources The items are adjustable only when Resources Controlled By is set to [Manual]. Press <Enter> and you will enter the sub-menu of the items. IRQ Resources list IRQ 3/4/5/7/9/10/11/12/14/15 for users to set each IRQ a type depending on the type of device using the IRQ. Settings are: [PCI Device] [Reserved] For Plug & Play compatible devices designed for PCI bus architecture. The IRQ will be reserved for further request.
Adjust CPU Ratio This item lets you adjust the CPU ratio. Setting to [Startup] enables the CPU running at the fastest speed which is detected by system. Setting options are: [Startup], [x4]~ [x12]. Adjust CPU VID This item lets you adjust the CPU VID. Setting to [Startup] enables the CPU running at the default VID which is detected by system. Setting options are: [Startup], [0.825V], [0.850V],[0.875V],~, [1.550V]. CPU Voltage This feature allows you to trim the voltage of CPU. Setting options are: [By CPU VID], [Over VID 3.3%], [Over VID 5.0%],[Over VID 8.3%]. Memory Voltage Adjusting the DDR voltage can increase the DDR speed. Any changes made to this setting may cause a stability issue, so changing the DDR voltage for long-term purpose is NOT recommended. Setting options are: [Auto], [2.50V]~[2.85V]. NF4 Voltage NV4 voltage is adjustable in the field. Setting options are: [1.50V]~[1.85V].
MSI Reminds You. The settings shown in different color in CPU Voltage, Memory Voltage and NF4 Voltage help to verify if your setting is proper for your system. Gray: Default setting. Yellow: High performance setting. Red: Not recommended setting and the system may be unstable. Changing CPU VID, CPU Voltage, Memory Voltage and NF4 Voltage may result in the instability of the system; therefore, it is NOT recommended to change the default setting for long-term usage.
The two options on the main menu allow users to restore all of the BIOS settings to the default Optimized values. The Optimized Defaults are the default values set by the mainboard manufacturer specifically for optimal performance of the mainboard. The Fail-Safe Defaults are the default values set by the BIOS vendor for stable system performance. When you select Load Optimized Defaults, a message as below appears:
Pressing Y loads the default factory settings for optimal system performance.
BIOS Setting Password
When you select this function, a message as below will appear on the screen:
Type the password, up to eight characters in length, and press <Enter>. The password typed now will replace any previously set password from CMOS memory. You will be prompted to confirm the password. Retype the password and press <Enter>. You may also press <Esc> to abort the selection and not enter a password. To clear a set password, just press <Enter> when you are prompted to enter the password. A message will show up confirming the password will be disabled. Once the password is disabled, the system will boot and you can enter Setup without entering any password. When a password has been set, you will be prompted to enter it every time you try to enter Setup. This prevents an unauthorized person from changing any part of your system configuration.
Six buttons are placed on the left column of the screen. Click the desired button to start the update process. Live BIOS Updates the BIOS online. Live Driver Updates the drivers online. Live VGA BIOS Updates the VGA BIOS online. Live VGA Driver Updates the VGA driver online. Live OSD Updates the firmware of the OSD products online. Live Utility Updates the utilities online. If the product you purchased does not support any of the functions listed above, a sorry message is displayed. For more information on the update instructions, insert the companion CD and refer to the Live Update Guide under the Manual Tab.
In the MEGA STICK sub-menu, you can configure the settings of MSI MEGA STICK and the media files (*.m3u, *.mp3, *.wav, *.cda, *.wma) on your system.
Here you can edit your own play list with the buttons load, save, delete, shuttle, repeat & print.
Load Save Delete
Shuffle Repeat Print
To load media files or the playlist of mp3 files (*.m3u) on your system or on your MEGA STICK. To save a loaded playlist of mp3 files (*.m3u) on your system or on your MEGA STICK. Click on the media files in the Play List: field and use Delete button to remove the media file from the play list. You may remove multi media files simultaneously by using Ctrl to select multi files. To play the media file in the Play List: in a random order. To repeat the selected files in the Play List:. This button has 2 functions: 1. To print out the details of current play list through your printer with the following information: Song title --- Song length --- Singer name 2. To save the details of current play list and save the file in the plain text file format in the \\Program files\MSI\DigiCell\MyMusic.txt for your reference. The MyMusic.txt file is with the following information: Song title --- Song length --- Singer name
There is also a toolbar for you to execute some basic function, like play, stop, pause, previous/next song, song info and volume adjust. There is also a scroll bar on the top for you to forward/rewind.
next forward/rewind bar
Right-click on the MP3 file and choose Info, a MP3 Info dialogue will pop up to show the information of the file, including the title, artist, album, release year and others. You may also add your own comment in the comment field. Then click Save to save the change, click Cancel to discard the change, or click Remove to remove all this information.
Non-Unicode programs supported
If you are using an operating system in European languages, and youd like to play the media files in MEGA STICK with East-Asian languages (such as Chinese, Japanese. etc.), it is possible that the file names display incorrectly. However, you can install the Supplemental Language Support provided by Microsoft to solve this problem. You need to have your Microsoft Setup CD prepared in the CD-ROM. The system will start to install the necessary components after the settings are configured here. Follow the steps described below. 1. Go to [Control Panel] and choose [Regional and Languages Options].
Here you may adjust the CPU fan speed. If you choose User mode, you may adjust the CPU fan speed in 8 different modes, from High Speed to Low speed. If you choose CoolnQuiet the system will automatically configure an optimal setting for , you.
MSI Reminds You. To ensure that CoolnQuiet function is activated and will be working properly, it is required to double confirm that: 1. Run BIOS Setup, and select Cell Menu. Under Cell Menu, find CoolnQuiet Support, and set this item to Enable. 2. Enter Windows, and select [Start]->[Settings]-> [Control Pannel]->[Power Options]. Enter Power Options Properties tag, and select Minimal Power Management under Power schemes.
Audio Speaker Setting
In the Audio Speaker Setting sub-menu, you can configure the multi-channel audio operation, perform speaker test, and choose the environment you prefer while enjoying the music.
You can scroll the bar of each equalizer to regulate the current playing digital sound source. Also you may click on the on button to enable/disable the equalizer function. Once the equalizer function is enabled, you can choose several preset equalizers for your preference. You may also right-click anywhere to execute this function. After you have chosen one equalizer, it will be indicated next to the on button in yellow.
The Environment setting lets you select the environment you like, such as Cave or Convert Hall.
Click on the Speaker test button and the following dialogue box will appear:
In this Speaker Configuration dialogue box, select the audio configuration which is identical to the audio jack on your mainboard. Once the correct audio configuration is selected, click Apply to save the changes. Then the following screen will appear. In this Speaker Configuration dialogue box, first select the correct item from the Speaker mode drop-down list, and then click on each connected speaker to ensure if Headphone, 2-, 4-, 5.1-, or 7.1- channel audio operation is working properly. If any speaker fails to make sound, then check whether the cable is inserted firmly to the connector, or replace the bad speakers with good ones.
It shows that two disks have been assigned as RAID1 array disks in the figure above.
Completing the RAID BIOS Setup 1. After assigning your RAID array disks, press F7. The Clear disk data prompt appears.
2. 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.
3. Use the arrow keys to select the array that you want to set up, then press Enter. The Array Detail window appears.
4. If you want to mark this disk as empty and wipe out all its contents then press C. 5. At the prompt, press Y to wipe out all the data, otherwise press N. 6. Press Enter again to go back to the previous window and then press Ctrl-X to exit the RAID setup. Now that the RAID setup has been configured from the RAID BIOS, the next step is to configure and load NVRAID drivers under Windows, as explained in Installing the NVIDIA RAID Software Under Windows on p5-9.
NVIDIA RAID Utility Installation
Installing the RAID Driver (for bootable RAID Array)
1. After you complete the RAID BIOS setup, boot from the Windows CD, and the Windows Setup program starts. 2. Press F6 and wait for the Windows Setup screen to appear.
3. Specify the NVIDIA drivers: (1) Insert the floppy that has the RAID driver, press S, then press Enter. The Windows Setup screen appears as below:
MSI Reminds You. Please follow the instruction below to make an nVIDIA RAID driver for yourself. 1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive. 2. Ignore the Setup screen and use Explorer to browse the CD. 3. Copy all the contents (not including the sub-folders) in the \\nVidia\System\CK804\IDE\WinXP or \\nVidia\System\CK804\IDE\Win2k to a formatted floppy disk. 4. The driver disk for nVIDIA RAID driver is done. (2) Select NVIDIA RAID CLASS DRIVER and then pressEnter. (3) Press S again at the Specify Devices screen, then press Enter. (4) Select NVIDIA NForce Storage Controller and then pressEnter. The following Windows Setup screen appears listing both drivers:
4. Press Enter to continue with Windows XP Installation. Be sure to leave the floppy disk inserted in the floppy drive until the blue screen portion of Windows XP installation is completed, then take out the floppy. 5. Follow the instructions on how to install Windows XP. During the GUI portion of the install you might be prompted to click Yes to install the RAID driver. Click Yes as many times as needed in order to finish the installation. This will not be an issue with a signed driver. MSI Reminds You. Each time you add a new hard drive to a RAID array, the RAID driver will have to be installed under Windows once for that hard drive. After that, the driver will not have to be installed
Installing the NVIDIA RAID Software Under Windows (for Non-bootable RAID Array)
The existing Windows IDE Parallel ATA driver (as well as the Serial ATA driver if SATA is enabled) must be upgraded to use the NVIDIA IDE Parallel ATA driver (as well as the NV Serial ATA driver if SATA is enabled). This section describes how to run the setup application and install the RAID software which will upgrade the Windows IDE driver and install the RAID software. 1. Start the nForce Setup program to open the NVIDIA Windows nForce Drivers page.
2. Select the modules that you want to install. Make sure that the NVIDIA IDE Driver is selected. 3. Click Next and then follow the instructions. 4. After the installation is completed, be sure to reboot the PC. 5. After the reboot, initialize the newly created array.
Initializing and Using the Disk Array
The RAID array is now ready to be initialized under Windows. 1. Launch Computer Management by clicking Start --> Settings --> Control Panel --> Switch to Classic View then open the Administrative Tools folder and double click on Computer Management. 2. Click Disk Management (under the Storage section). The Initialize and Convert Disk Wizards appears.
3. Click Next. The Select Disks to Initialize window appears. The disks listed depend on how many arrays you have configured.
4. Click Next. The Select Disks to Convert window appears.
5. Check the disk in the list if you want to make the array a dynamic disk, then click Next. The Completing the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard window appears.
6. Click Finish. The Computer Management window appears.
The actual disks listed will depend on your system, and the unallocated partition is the total combined storage of two hard disks. You must format the unallocated disk space in order to use it. 7. Format the unallocated disk space. Right click Unallocated space, select New Partition and follow the wizard. After the drive has been formatted, it is ready for use.
RAID Drives Management
There is an application called NVRAIDMAN which helps you perform the following tasks of nVDIA RAID. Viewing RAID Array Configurations View an array configuration (mirrored, striped, mirror-striped, JBOD, or any supported combination) Setting Up a Spare RAID Disk View free and/or dedicated free disks Designate a free disk to a particular array Rebuilding a RAID Mirrored Array Rebuild a broken mirrored array Watch the progress of rebuilding an array
Viewing RAID Array Configurations
To view your RAID configuration from Windows, launch the NVRAID Management utility by clicking Start-->Programs-->NVIDIA Corporation-->RAID Manager-->RAID Manager (the default location of NvRaidMan.exe is in \\nVidia\System\CK804\IDE\WinXP\raidtool or \\nVidia\System\CK804\ide\win2k\raidtool of the setup CD accompanied with your mainboard). The RAID configuration information appears in the right-side pane, as shown below.
2. Click Designate Spare and then follow the instructions in the Wizard. The figure below shows an example of a RAID 1 array that has one spare disk dedicated to it. Once a dedicated disk has been assigned to a particular array, it can be removed at any time. To remove the disk, right click on the dedicated disk and select the option to remove it.
Rebuilding a RAID Mirrored Array
Rebuilding is the process of recovering data from one hard drive to another. All data is copied from one hard drive to another and then the data is synchronized between the two hard drives. This only applies to RAID 1 array as well as a RAID 0+1 array. Rebuilding Instructions After creating a mirrored array, you can rebuild the array using the following steps: 1. Go to Windows and run the NVRAID Management utility. The figure below shows an example of a system with one mirrored array.
2. Right-click on Mirroring. The popup menu appears.
3. From the popup menu, click Rebuild Array. The NVIDIA Rebuild Array Wizard appears.
4. Click Next. The Disk Selection page appears.
5. Select the drive that you want to rebuild by clicking it from the list, then click Next. The Completing the NVIDIA Rebuild Array page appears.
6. Click Finish. The array rebuilding starts after a few seconds, and a small pop-up message appears towards the bottom right corner of the screen as shown in the figure below.
During the rebuilding process, the NVRAID Management utility screen shows the status under the System Tasks and Details sections.
More About Rebuilding Arrays Rebuilding Occurs in the Background The rebuilding process is very slow (it can take up to a day) and occurs in the background so as not to affect the performance of the system. Rebuilding Applies Only to RAID 1 or RAID 0+1 Arrays Rebuilding an array works only when using RAID1 and/or RAID 0+1. Rebuilding does not apply to RAID 0 and JBOD arrays. You Can Use Any Available Free Disk You can rebuild a mirrored array using any available Free Disk or Dedicated Disk. For example, the figure below shows a mirrored array using 34.48 GB HD while having two Free Disks each 55.90 GB large.
To use one of these available free disks to rebuild your array, except when prompted to select a disk, choose one of the two available free disks.
Silicon Image SATARAID5 TM Introduction
Installing Drivers and GUI
Before installing the SATARAID5 software, Silicon Image Serial ATA host adapter driver must be installed. Insert MSI driver CD into the computers CDROM drive and select Silicon Image SATA RAID Drivers.
The Java 2 Runtime Environment is required for the SATARAID5 GUI. The Java 2 Runtime Installer and executable package must be downloaded from the Sun Microsystems website at http://java.sun.com/j2se/downloads.html. The computer must have an Internet connection set up before installation can proceed. Save the installer file to a known location, such as the My Documents folder. Using Windows Explorer or by clicking on the My Computer icon on the desktop, select the installation file and open it. The installation will begin. The installer program will download the needed files from the Internet.
When a window appears asking for acceptance the license agreement, select I accept the terms of this license agreement and click Next.
Choose the Typical setup type and click Next.
When the installation completes, click Finish. Restart the computer when prompted.
Installation of Drivers and Utility
Chapter 6. Installation of Driver & Utility
Installation of Drivers & Utility
MSI provides a setup CD along with your mainboard, which contains the required drivers for your system, and many other useful and powerful utility to bring you the best experience for your office professional working and for your home leisure entertainment.
Click on the Driver tab and the screen below will display. Click on the driver you like to install, and follow the proceeding instructions.
NVIDIA nForce4 System Driver
This driver is only available for Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating system. Please follow the following step to install the driver correctly. 1. Click on this button to install the NVIDIA nForce4 System Drivers for your Windows OS. Then the welcome dialogue will display. Click Next to continue.
2. Then the following screen displays the available components to install. All the components shown here will be selected to be installed by default. Then click Next.
3. The system will start installing the selected driver components automatically.
4. Then the following screen displays the information for the NVIDIA IDE SW Driver installation. Click Next to continue.
5. Then the following screen displays the installation of NVIDIA IDE SW Driver. Click Yes to continue.
6. The following screen indicates that the installation is complete. Click Yes to restart your computer or click No to restart it later.
MSI Reminds You. The installation of NVIDIA Firewall and ForceWare Network Access Manager. It is a software firewall to protect the softwares from hacking. However, it is strongly suggested that you do not install this component. Please follow the instruction below to make a software firewall CD for yourself. 1. Insert the MSI CD into the CD-ROM drive. 2. Ignore the Setup screen and use Explorer to browse the CD. 3. In the \\nVidia\System\CK804\Ethernet\Firewall doubleclicking NewworkAccessManagerSetup file to install the software.
Realtek AC97 Audio Driver
1. Click on this button to install the Realtek AC97 Audio Driver. Then the welcome dialogue will display. Click Next to continue. The installation process will launch automatically.
2. The following screen indicates the installation is complete. Click Yes to restart your computer or click No to restart it later.
Click on the Utility tab and the screen below will display. Click on the utility you like to install, and follow the proceeding instructions.
K8N Neo4 Platinum(MS-7125) ATX Mainboard
Supports AMD Socket 939 K8 Athlon64 Processor
Bottom: COM Port 1394 Port SPDIF OUT Top : Parallel Port T: Line-In M: Line-Out B:Mic T:RS-Out M:CS -Out B:SPDIF Out Top : mouse Bottom: k eyboard T: LAN jack B: USB ports B: USB ports J1394_1 Codec 88E8053-NNC VIA VT6307 JAUD1 J CD1 PCI Slot 4 PCI Slot 3 PCI Slot 2 PCI Slot 1 PCI _E1 PCI _E2 JDB1 SATA6 SATA7 JUSB2 J USB3 J LPC1 JFP2 JFP1 SATA5 SATA8 SFAN2 JUSB1 SATA2 SATA3 SATA1 SATA4
PCI _E3 CPUFAN1
CPU Supports 64bit Athlon64(Socket939) processor Supports up to 3500+, 3800+ Athlon64FX 53, or higher CPU Chipset nVIDIA nForce4 Ultra chipset - HyperTransport link to the AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX CPU - HyperTransport supporting speed up to 1GHz (2000MT/s) - Supports PCI Express x16/x1 interface - Two independent SATA controllers, for four drives - Dual Fast ATA-133 IDE controllers - IEEE802.3 nVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T Main Memory Supports, dual channel, eight memory banks DDR 266/333/400, using four 184-pin DDR DIMMs Supports a maximum memory size up to 4GB with ECC Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM Slots One PCI Express x16 slot (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant) Two PCI Express x1 slots (support PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant) Four 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots, one orange slot reserves as communication slot. Support 3.3V/5V PCI bus Interface On-Board IDE An IDE controller on the nVIDIA nForce4 Ultra chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 operation modes Can connect up to 4 IDE devices On-Board SATA NV RAID supports 4 SATA ports(SATA1-4). Transfer rate is up to 300MB/s. Silicon Images SATARAID5TM supports another 4 SATA ports(SATA58). Transfer rate is up to 150MB/s. USB Interface 10 USB ports - Controlled by nForce4 Ultra chipset - 4 ports in the rear I/O, 6 ports via the external bracket NV RAID (Software) Supports up to 4 SATA plus 2 ATA133 Hard drives - RAID O or 1, 0+1, JBOD is supported - RAID function work w/ATA133+SATA H/D or 2 SATA H/D Silicon Images SATARAID5 TM (Software) RAID 0 or 1, RAID5, RAID10, and JBOD groups are supported Support up to 4 SATA devices connected to a single controller Dual LAN Supports dual LAN jacks - 1st LAN supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Marvell 88E1111 - 2nd LAN supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Marvell 88E8053 IEEE 1394 Supports up to 2 * 1394 ports (rear panel x 1, pinheader x 1). Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps
Silicon Image SATALink Sil3114CT176 MSI CoreCell
IDE 2 ATX1
DIMM 1 DIMM 2 DIMM 3 DIMM 4
Audio Chip integrated by Realtek ALC850 (7.1 ch S/W audio) - Direct Sound AC97 audio - 7.1 Channel output On-Board Peripherals On-Board Peripherals include: - 1 floppy port supports 2 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes - 1 serial port (COMA ) - 1 parallel port supporting SPP/EPP/ECP mode - 1 Audio jack(5-in-1), coaxial/fiber SPDIF out - 1 D-Bracket2 pinheader - 1 CD-in pinheader - 2 IEEE1394a (Rear * 1 / Front * 1) - 10 USB1.1/2.0 ports (Rear * 4 / Front * 6) - 1 IrDA pinheader BIOS The mainboard BIOS provides Plug & Play BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically. The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your mainboard specifications. Supports boot from LAN, USB Device 1.1 & 2.0, and SATA HDD. Dimension ATX Form Factor (30.4 cm X 24.4 cm) Mounting 9 mounting holes
ATX Form Factor Supports Accelerated Graphic Port (AGP) Add-On Card Supports AMD Socket 939 Athlon64 processor at 1GHz System Bus Frequencies Supports DDR 266/333/400 up to 4GB Chip Integrated Audio (7.1-channel software audio) Live BIOS / Live Driver Update SATA RAID 0 or 1 or 0+1 Supports DMI (Desktop Management Interface) through BIOS Supports PCI 2.3 Suspends to RAM/Disk D-Bracket2 bundle DigiCell & CoreCell supported
* These specification is subject to change without prior notice.
K8N Neo4 Platinum (MS-7125)
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